Friday, September 14, 2012


Wonderfall is a wonderful (sorry, couldn't help it) new stamp set in the 2012 Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini catalog.
To make things even better, there's a coordinating Bigz Die, Autumn Accents,  for the Big Shot that cuts out the leaves. The woodgrain texture on the upper left card is a new embossing folder.  The card on the upper right is made without the Big Shot.  Can you believe I actually hand-cut the acorn? 

Sorry the picture quality is a bit blurry.  The card reader on my computer isn't recognizing my camera card so I had to take this with my cell phone and email it to myself.  Time to get my 13 year-old IT consultant to fix the problem. 


Thursday, August 9, 2012

Papillon Potpourri and Floral Framelits

Once again I turned to Papillon Potpourri.  I love that set and the matching butterfly punch.  The flower was cut with the largest Floral Framelit on p. 191.  Happy Birthday is from the Bring on the Cake stamp set. 

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Daydream Medallions

Daydream Medallions is a stamp set that works for so many different looks.  On this card I used a neutral pallet for an elegant thank you card.

Stamps: Daydream Medallions, Daydream jumbo wheel, Perfectly Penned
Ink: Basic Black, Sahara Sand
Cardstock: Basic Black, Sahara Sand, Soft Suede
Misc: Antique Brads, Floral Frames Framelits (say that three times fast!)


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Clean and Simple Papillon Potpourri

This quick and easy card features the new stamp set Papillon Potpourri and the matching butterfly punch.  Since I failed kindergarten scissor skills, I love anything that has a coordinating punch.   Although it doesn't show very well in the photo, the bottom is embossed using one of the Delicate Designs embossing folders for the Big Shot. 

Stamps: Papillon Potpourri, Curly Cute
Paper: Whisper white, Rich Razzleberry, Baja Breeze, Floral District designer series paper
Ink: Tangerine Tango, Rich Razzleberry
Accessories:  Rhinestone Basic Jewels (we all need bling!), Delicate Designs embossing folder

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

100 Card Swap

One of the ways for Stampin' Up! demonstrators to have a lot of samples to show our customers is to participate in swaps.  This is where each participant makes a bunch of identical cards and then they all trade.  The Super Bowl of all swaps is a 100 card swap.  I've done this a few times over the years and have gotten so many great samples.  This is the card I made this year.

This card uses four different stamp sets. The three new ones are Papillon Potpourri, Serene Silhouettes and Daydream Medallions.  The oldie is Fabulous Phrases.

I'll post pix of some of the swaps I received once I get the ok from the creators.

Email me to order any of the supplies used to make this card.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Reason to Smile

I'm a bit late posting this, but SU has a great special in July.  Spend $50 and you get a limited edition stamp set for only $5. 

Reason to Smile Promotion

Preorder dates: June 1-30, 2012
Promotion dates: July 1-31, 2012
Promotion Details: During July, you and your customers have the opportunity to purchase an exclusive stamp set, available only through this special offer!
Get the Reason to Smile Set-up to a $20.95 value-for just $5 when you spend $50 on any Stampin' Up! products.
$5 Item
Reason to Smile Wood-Mount Set
Reason to Smile Clear-Mount Set
*Enter this $5 item number after reaching $50 on your order.

Here's a card I made using this fabulous stamp set.  The picture quality stinks, but the card is really cute in real life.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Pleasant Poppies

Love this new background stamp called Pleasant Poppies. In this card I only used a portion of the image. 

I colored the poppies with Pink Pirouette and Pretty in Pink markers.  After I was done with this one, I realized that the flower buds really should be green.  Call it artistic license. 

Friday, June 8, 2012

More Betsy's Blossoms

Here's another fun card using the new stamp set, Betsy's Blossoms. 

Colors are Tangerine Tango, Rose Red, Rich Razzleberry and Baja Breeze.   The designer series paper is a new one called Floral District. How could I resist anything with "floral" in its name?

 I am totally loving the new style of ink pads.  The case is the same, but now they are a foam pad which inks the stamps much more evenly and there's no dip in the center of the pads.  You don't have to press as hard into the pad and when you have a large, solid image stamp, you don't have to do the "tap, tap, tap, check to see if it's inked, tap some more" process.  

Thursday, June 7, 2012

New Toys

So sorry it's been two months since I posted. I really do have a valid reason though. We're doing a huge remodel so life's been a bit abnormal. This is what my kitchen looked like a couple weeks ago.

  My favorite part of the remodel was when the crane moved our 6-800 lb smoker from the back yard up to the front yard. It kind of looked like a UFO flying through the air.   Anyway, we still have almost two months to go before we're back in the kitchen. 

So, on to the stamping...  These cards were made with a brand new set called Betsy's Blossoms.  It's a solid image set with flowers, a bird, a branch and a leaf.  The coordinating wheel at the bottom adds a nice touch.  One tip is to use your sanding block on these The colors on these are from the new 2012-2014 In Colors.  They are Raspberry Ripple, Midnight Muse and Summer Starfruit. 

Check back tomorrow and I'll have another sample with this stamp set.  Plus, I have promised myself that I will do some more stamping soon, so there should be more to come. 

Saturday, June 2, 2012

It's here!  The brand new 2012-2013 catalog is available online. Contact me to get your hard copy.

Annual Idea Book & Catalog
Click to view in .pdf format!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Going, Going, Gone

Tons and tons of stamp sets are being retired on May 31.  Check out this list and order them before they're gone forever.

Email me with your order before it's too late.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Gnome Sweet Gnome

Gnomes seem to be popular right now and this set is pretty cute.

For both of these cards, I stamped the images with Black Staz On on Confetti White cardstock.  After watercolor paper, it's the best one for watercoloring on.  Colors are Lucky Limeade, Poppy Parade, Island Indigo, and Baja Breeze.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Double Dutch Fold

Love the Double Dutch fold that was featured on SCS a while back.  You can find the tutorial for this fold here.

 The front of this card was inspired by Sandi MacIver's card.   The butterfly was cut from a flower in the Mixed Bunch set. Foliage and sentiment are from Just Believe.  Designer series paper is the SAB freebie and colors are Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade and Pool Party.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Another Pop-Up Card

These are very fun to make.  My son commented that this card was a contrast of the plain outside and detailed inside. 

The card base is Island Indigo, designer paper is Twitterpated, pearls were colored with a variety of Sharpies until I got the color right. For details about how I made the pop-up card, see this post. 

Monday, February 13, 2012

Bordering On Romance

This is one of my "go to" layouts.  I love SU's watercolor paper.  It's so easy to make those of us with little artistic talent look good. 
Stamp set is Bordering on Romance, the designer paper is Twitterpated, that gorgeous ribbon is Blushing Bride Pleated Satin Ribbon and you probably recognize the framelits that I used for the Thank You and its mat.  One if my favorite things about the pleated ribbon is that you don't have to tie it; just use a strip of SNAIL to adhere it to your project.  All of these items are in the current Occasions Mini catalog.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Floral Pop-Up Card

How fun is this card? And you don't even need 3-d glasses!  About a year ago I saw a really cool pop-up card in a store and it's taken me this long to implement the idea.
 I punched a variety of flowers from the Sale-A-Bration paper pack called Everyday Enchantment and used them for both the front and inside.

 This is the card open with kind of a top-down view.  The sentiment inside is from the Sprinkled Expressions stamp set, which you can get free during SAB.  "You make my whole face smile" seemed very appropriate for this happy card.

 This is a little different angle of the inside.

You can kind of see how the flowers are attached so they pop out.  For this card I used four strips of Very Vanilla of different lengths. Specifically,

Strip 1:
4 1/2" x 1/2" -- scored at 1/2", 2", 2 1/2" and 4

Strips 2 & 3
3 1/2'" x 1/2" -- scored at 1/2", 1 1/2", 2" and 3"

Strip 4
2 1/2" x 1/2" -- scored at 1/2", 1", 1 1/2" and 2"

Each one is folded into a rectangle with one short side attached to the card and the other to the punched out image. 

  • Make sure to position the pop-ups so that they don't stick out of the card when it's folded shut.
  • Make sure to leave enough space between the pop-ups so they don't rub against the strips supporting another image (like my top flower gets stuck on the one below it ...oops).
  • Even though the rectangles should have two equal sides, I found that they often folded flat better one way than the other.  That might not make sense, but it will if you try it.  Or, maybe I'm just not precise enough and no one else will  have that problem. 
  • Glue dots work great for attaching the pieces together.

These are pretty easy to make, so you may see more of these on my blog.  I have a couple of technical revisions to try, so I'll share those if they work better.


Thursday, February 9, 2012

Mixed Bunch Butterfly

Mixed Bunch is a great stamp set, especially since it has a coordinating punch.  I stink at cutting things out neatly, so I always go for the sets that can be punched out.  The sample in the mini catalog on p. 16 sealed the deal for me.  I loved the way the artist made the flower into a butterfly.  Of course I had to do it too.

This is a relatively clean and simple card.  The pearls along the center of the butterfly are colored with a turquoise Sharpie and the antennae are curled slivers of card stock.  The base is embossed with the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

If You Give a Stamper some Framelits...

...she'll cut out a label shape to put on a card.  And then she'll notice that the opening on the card stock she cut from could be filled with another image.  And then she'll need another label to layer inside the opening... You get the idea.  As you can see, I had a lot of fun.

All of these use Perfectly Penned and  Fresh Vintage stamp sets.  Card stock is Soft Suede and Very Vanilla.  I colored directly on the stamp with Cherry Cobbler, So Saffron, Not Quite Navy and Artichoke.  And, the stars of the cards are the new Labels Collection framelit dies. 

By the way, if you don't get my reference to "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie," you've missed out on a very fun children's book.

Friday, February 3, 2012

More Stamp Club Projects

These are the other two stamp club projects from January.  I adapted both from others I saw online, but I don't remember the sources.  If it's yours or you know where I found it, let me know so I can give credit.

This card uses the a la carte stamp called Candy Conversations which is at the back of the Occasions mini catalog.  Notice the texture at the bottom of the white layer? I used one of the embossing folders from the Adorning Accents set.  It's a narrow folder, so you can place it anywhere on your card stock and it will only emboss on part of it. 

The flower on this card is from Mixed Bunch and was punched out with the matching punch.  Gotta love those!  The dsp is from the Twitterpated pack in the mini. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Stamp Club project #1

This is one of the cards we made at stamp club in January. I really love the new Paper Doily Sizzlet for the Big Shot.  Yes, getting all the little pieces out is a pain, but it's worth it. I love my stamp club ladies, so I didn't make them punch out all the pieces though :-) 

We colored directly on the Fresh Vintage stamp using the Stampin' Write Markers.  It's an easy way to get multiple colors on a single image.  The other goodies that are on this card are Everyday Enchantment designer series paper and Ribbon & Brad Pack (both were FREE), Beautiful Wings Butterfly embosslit and Very Vanilla cardstock.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Fresh Vintage -- Get it FREE

This card was made using Fresh Vintage, which is one of the free sets you can get during Sale-a-Bration. 
The designer paper is another item you can get free during SAB.  Colors on this are: Pool Party, Calypso Coral and Lucky Limeade.