Story of Elegance

Hello and Happy Tuesday!

Cardmaking is a delightful way to express our creativity and share heartfelt messages with our loved ones. Today, I’m using the Circle Sayings Punch Bundle to create a card for someone special.  This is also one of the cards that we made during our Elegant Sentiments card class this past weekend.

Circles and smiles go well together.  The circle, with its graceful and seamless shape, has been revered across cultures for its profound symbolism. It represents unity, wholeness, and endless possibilities. When incorporating circles into your card designs, you invite a sense of harmony and balance.  In today’s card I’m using a circle to border a portion of the card sentiment – Smile.

Smiles are a universal language of its own that transcends barriers. It has the remarkable ability to uplift spirits and spread happiness. When you craft cards adorned with smiles or even the word alone, you create a future moment of joy.  And when you pair a sentiment that says smile with a beautiful fun color like Azure Afternnon, you have happiness in an envelope! How’s that for putting some much needed kindness in the world?

Here’s the card I created:

This card has lots to be a happy about – color, texture, flowers – so much to love.  🙂

Elegance Made Easy

Following are the quick steps to recreate this card.

First, make your cuts:

  • Azure Afternoon card stock – 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″
  • Basic White card stock – 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ square and  2 pieces, 4″ x 5 1/4″ (one for card front and one for the inside)
  • Die cuts:
    • Use the flag die from the Stylish Shapes die set to cut the sentiment that has been stamped in black ink.
  • Punches:
    • Use the  2 3/8″ circle punch to punch a circle in the center of the 3 1/2″ Basic White square

Add the Azure Afternoon card stock panel to the front of an A2 card base made with Thick Basic White card stock.  (Note: An A2 card base is made by cutting an 8 1/2″ x 11″  piece of Thick card stock in half.  Score the 5 1/2″ by 8 1/2″  (half sheet) of card stock at 4 1/4 “.)

Dry emboss the 4″ x 5 1/4” Basic White card stock panel using the Countryside Blossoms embossing folder and add to the card front.

Stamp the punched circle with flowers using Azure afternoon ink and the floral stamp from the Circle Sayings stamp set.  Stamp the smile sentiment in black ink in the center of the flowers.  Add the sentiment circle to the card front.

Stamp the corners of the square with flowers using Azure Afternoon ink and add to the card front using Foam Adhesive Squares.

Add the die cut sentiment to the lower portion of the square using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Finish the card front by adding a bow using Azure Afternoon ribbon from the Sheer Ribbon Combo pack.

For the inside, I stamped the floral image to match.


To complete the project, stamp flowers on the envelope front and the flap to coordinate.

Finding Your Creative Elegance

In the end, the beauty of paper crafting lies in its ability to connect us with our own creativity and with others. It’s a chance to slow down, unplug, and create something beautiful and meaningful with our own two hands. So why not give it a try today? You never know where your creativity might take you.

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This kit includes:

  • All the supplies you need to create 9 cards with fun accordion folds: 3 each of 3 designs; and coordinating envelopes
  • An all-occasion stamp set to send friends and family words of encouragement, support and kindness
  • Iridescent Sequin Embellishments
  • 1 Classic Stampin’ Spot: Daffodil Delight
  • Summertime Ephemera pieces, labels, and paper pieces
  • Adhesive Dots and Tear & Tape Adhesive

Completed card size: 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ (14 x 10.8  cm)

Coordinating Stampin’ Up! colors:Azure Afternoon, Basic Gray, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo, Granny Apple Green, Melon Mambo, Pool Party

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Introducing the latest addition to the Kits Collection by Stampin’ Up!

It’s time to sit back, relax, and take family and friends to the beach from the comfort of your home with our latest kit: Boho Beach Kit! It comes with everything you need to make beach-inspired cards, evoking vacation and relaxation in minutes! Send a friendly note to the people you love and don’t miss the acrylic-poured paint art style used in this kit for a dazzling marbled color effect.



Thank you again for stopping by.
Remember, I’ll be back on Friday to share another card.  I hope you’ll stop by.
Have an awesome week.  And Smile – Because You’re Awesome!!
Until next time,

Live Graciously!