Stamparatus Know How …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Yesterday I shared a step by step guide on how use the Stamparatus and the masking technique to add my lighthouse “behind” the house from the By the Bay stamp set.  I explained a few things about the Stamparatus that I think would bring you more clarity by watching this video …

I think by seeing the Stamparatus in action, it will actually bring my words to life and help you better understand my step by step tutorial.  For example, not getting it stamped fully on the first try, it’s easily fixed by re-inking the stamp and stamping it again … perfection!

Hope you enjoyed this video on our Stamparatus, it is a great addition to your stamping tools.  Stop back tomorrow as I will be sharing another cute card and amazing technique using your stamparatus.

Have a great day ~


Meet me at the bay …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I am back today with my latest lighthouse picture and step by step instructions. As I said before, I have a fascination with lighthouses and the minute I say the “By The Bay” stamp set, I knew I wanted to team it up with the “High Tide” stamp set and the lighthouse in it.  This card also features the “Masking” Technique.  I’m in awe … and in love with these two sets!

I am so inspired by lighthouses … they amaze me.  I think I said that before – lol.  You’ve see this lighthouse before (below) but I want you to see where my inspiration came from, the lighthouse is tucked behind the home (Masking Technique) and the roof of the houses are a red …

This is the St. Augustine Lighthouse if Florida … rumor has it, it’s one of the most haunted lighthouses in the United States. I can not confirm that … the only thing that scared me was getting to the top!!

Let’s take a look at how I pulled this together.  I decided to use the Stamparatus because it gives you perfect placement each time, so whether you are creating multiple cards or if you “mis-stamp” and you can go over it again perfectly … it’s a great tool to add to your stamping room.

Because I’m stamping with the red rubber stamp first, I am not using the mat (pad).  Here I will ink up the red rubber stamp and then swing the plate onto my cardstock and I’ll give it a little push down.  Perfect … however, if you miss a spot or if you’d like it darker, then re-ink your image and stamp again … remember, it is already placed on the plate and the card stock is held down so it will stamp directly over your first image.

On this photo you can see my first image, you will also see another stamp (my lighthouse) on the plate.  Isn’t that cool … just flip the plate over and add another stamp.  I will be flipping my hinged plate over to stamp the lighthouse next …

My house is stamped so I need to put the mask on, but before I do that, I had to add the black pad underneath my project because I need the extra height when stamping with the photopolymer stamps.  Once set up, I’m ready to stamp the first of two lighthouse images.

Because I have the “mask” over my house, that part of the lighthouse will not stamp on it … it will appear to be behind the house.  You can also see that I am inking up the second of the lighthouse images, I’m stamping in Real Red.

I just give the plate / image a little pressure to ensure good coverage.  Once that is done … I will be able to remove the mask. It’s a fun reveal.

Time to take my project off and get ready to color … I will be doing that with the Stampin’ Blends…

The greeting I used on todays card comes from the “High Tide” stamp set. And the fun paper behind the stamping comes from the Botanical Butterfly Designer Paper.  This and the By the Bay stamp set can be found in the Sale-a-bration catalog and can be yours FREE.  Ask me how.

I thank you for stopping back today to check out my card.  I can actually picture myself sitting by the bay here … beats the -50 below we are experience here! Work has been called off so I will be stamping and baking today.  Both tasks are in preparation for my upcoming Spring Retreat.

Have yourself a wonderful day ~


Want Free Foil Sheets?

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I’ve been having a little trouble with my connection … not sure if it’s the snow storm or my computer but I will have your lighthouse card tomorrow!!  But today I have some cute samples to share made with the stunning Foil Sheets you can earn FREE during Sale-a-bration with a qualifying purchase.

Foil sheets are the perfect product for when you want to add shimmer and pizzazz to a project. They can be die cut like we did on the “Sending Love” card, punched out into sweet little accents like the flowers on the Valentine’s Day card, or simply trimmed down for accent pieces like we did on the “Hi There” box.

If you are looking for some helpful tips and tricks, watch this video by Stampin’ Up! Product Designer Kaitlyn Zumbach…


I hope these samples and video inspire you to get in your crafting space because baby … It’s Cold Outside!!  I will be back tomorrow with my Lighthouse card and step by step instructions on how I created the look!!

Thank you for joining me today ~

Warm Hugs!!

Simply Sunday: By The Bay

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I am so excited … yesterdays Lighthouse card got several hits on Pinterest right away!! Sometimes it takes months, to get hits (saves) like that!  Woooo hooo 🙂 If you missed it, here it is again …

Today, I’d like to share another card that I have created with the By The Bay stamp set for my Simply Sunday series of cards. We’re going back to the basics today with just stamps, paper and ink, and a paper cutter so we can layer.

I’m using a technique called Monochromatic … ADJECTIVE meaning: containing or using only one color. And what better color to use that Night of Navy. For some reason that just reminds me of all things nautical.

This is the perfect quick -n- simple masculine card. All stamps used come from the stamp set … the sea shell used to create the background is a small image stamped 5 times. Our main image once stamped was matted in the Night of Navy and then popped up with our Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Join me on Monday to see an alternative to the Lighthouse card … OMGosh, this one turned out even better!!

Stay Warm and Stay Safe … Blizzard Warnings today into tomorrow!

It’s a good day to stamp ~

High Tide by the Bay

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Oh yes, I took a sick day yesterday … had this bug hanging on for about a month and Thursday after work, it took me down!!  I hope you are feeling well and that bug by passed you.  Hard to believe it can hang on in these frigid temps … we got a whoppin’ -14°  Brrrrrrr!!

Let’s get to our card share today.  My last two posts I shared the new Sale-a-bration stamp set; By the Bay and Thursday I shared my lighthouse card from High Tide … Today I’m going to combine the two.

Being a demonstrator surely has it’s benefits, and one of my favorites is we not only get to see the catalogs first, we can order from them too! And the cherry on top before Sale-a-bration is that we as demonstrators can earn the Sale-a-bration items during our pre-order!!  So the minute I saw the “By The Bay” stamp set … I knew I had to have it.

I’ve always pictured that house, with a lighthouse sitting next to it …

I stamped my lighthouse first onto a scrap piece of computer paper, then stamped it onto my cardstock.  I cut out the lighthouse on the computer paper so I could use it to mask (cover) the one on my cardstock.  Once I had the lighthouse covered with the mask, I stamped the house by the water image.  I may play with the placement some more, this is my first try … but I did like the way it looked.

I used the Smoky Slate, Old Olive, Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay and Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blends to color my images.  I love the way these layer and blend so nicely… You’d be surprised that the house was done in Crumb Cake (Light & Dark) and Smoky Slate.  I just keep playing until I like the way it looks!! lol

Thank you so much for stopping back in to visit today.  I just have to say, I’m so intrigued by lighthouses and the families that maintained them and guided others safely to shore.  You are sure to see more variations of this … both stamp sets are so cool!!

Oh yes … the greeting comes from the By The Bay stamp set and are punched out with the Tailored Tag punch.

I hope you have a great Saturday & stay warm if your in this artic freeze,



Throwback Thursday: High Tide

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’m sharing a card made a while back using the stamp set “High Tide”.  I love going back into my stampin’ stash and using stamp sets I already have.  Better yet, I like to combine them with some of the new sets in the Occasions catalog. You’ll see what I mean tomorrow.

In the past couple years I have been on a few “lighthouse” hunts where I travel the coastline and stop for any lighthouses I can find … then explore them and if possible, take many pictures, so this card was inspired by those trips …


I began by stamping my lighthouse on the Watercolor paper and then stamped the land around the lighthouse in Sahara Sand, then the water… at that point I started coloring with the Watercolor Pencils.

I was on a bad part of the table and when I stamped the land around the lighthouse, I had a big void.  With the use of the Watercolor Pencils and the Aqua painter I filled everything in and now you can’t even tell!  Now I could have used my Stamparatus!

I then colored the water using the two blues; Bermuda Bay and Pacific Point.  The Pacific Point is the cardstock I used for my base.  Then with a light hand I applied the Melon Mambo and Pacific point (birds were already stamped) and blended the colors to create a subtle evening sky.

I finished off the card with the Real Red Watercolor Pencil to the lighthouse and stamped the grassy images around it with Old Olive ink.


Do you hear the beach calling your name? It sounds a lot like what you hear when these stamps are calling to you. Answer all the calls!  This is a Two-Step Stampin’ set… You can combine individual stamps to create the final image you want in the colors you want.

There are a total of 16 photopolymer stamps and the suggested clear blocks (sold separately): a, b, c, h

I’m glad you checked out my blog today, and I appreciate you taking time out of your day to do that. I hope it inspires you to get out and stamp or check out some lighthouses! They are a part of our history. Here is the last one I explored: St. Augustine, Florida 

I believe this is one of the biggest ones I have seen so far! It was huge, I could not even climb to the top … what a magnificent sight!  I find lighthouses so inspiring.  

Stop back tomorrow as I combine the High Tide stamp set with one of our new stamp sets from the Occasions Catalog.  Can you guess which one it is?

Have a wonderful day ~




By the Bay Stamp Set

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Have you noticed the By the Bay stamp set in your Sale-A-Bration brochure? This is our Sale-a-bration product of the week.

This stamp set is great for masculine, feminine, or gender neutral projects because of the realistic art style and serene imagery. It was designed with coloring techniques in mind, so break out your Stampin’ Blends, your Aquapainters, or Blender pen, and get your coloring groove on!

The Thinking of You card sample is perfect for beginner stampers. By stamping the image multiple times, you can extend your images across the front of your card. Because of the way the stamp is designed, the images has an artistic, hand-drawn look and it can be left without being colored in.

The Thank You card would be great for you casual stampers. You can practice water coloring with just a few colors and get the hang of the method without feeling overwhelmed.  The Wood Textures designer paper adds to the rustic feel of the card and keeps it on the easy side.

The Lead to Happiness sample shows how mixing and layering colors together can achieve this dynamic look. You’ll fall in love with the watercolor technique and this stamp set.

Another Thank You card in case you’ve really fallen in love with your watercoloring and can’t just leave them seagulls without any color …

You’ll find this beautiful card right in your Sale-a-bration catalog!!  Our catalogs have great samples in them and are a wonderful inspiration.

Thanks so much for stopping by … I’m all for a walk on a sandy beach on a warm day, beats shoveling snow! lol

Enjoy your day ~