Simply Sunday: Simple Spotlighting Technique

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Hope you’re enjoying your weekend. It’s been nice here lately but rain is in the forecast for today, so it’s a good day to stamp.  If you’re looking for a quick way to make cards with your designer paper and want to add a pop of fun, I love the “Spotlighting” technique! When using your designer papers, there’s no coloring or fuss at all. (Although I do love to color)!

Today I’m using the Bird Ballad Designer paper from the Bird Ballad Suite / Free As A Bird Bundle.  I teamed that up with the Layering Square Framelits (the Stitched Nested Labels Dies come in the suite/bundle).  I also used the Free As A Bird stamp set for my greeting …

To create the spotlighting “with no wasted designer paper” simply cut your designer paper at 4″ x 5-1/4″ … this will give you a nice boarder around your designer paper.  Lay your designer paper onto your die cutter and cut out your desired image, you can see here that I am using the bird to “spotlight” on my card.

Then I simply die cut a coordinating piece of cardstock … I used Early Espresso for my base and mat behind my spotlighted area.  When you place your die cut bird directly from your designer paper and then put it right back in it’s place with a mat behind it … it spotlights that image. Do you see how the images on the cut piece still line up with the images on the background?  Cool right? And Simple.

I love using this technique on our patterned papers that have fun and interesting images.  The spotlighting technique can also be used on your stamped images, and I can share that with you tomorrow!

Thank you for taking time out of your Sunday to visit with me. Hope you found this card helpful and that it inspires you to create some quick -n- easy cards.

Enjoy the rest of your day ~

Today’s Stampin’ Supply List … Just click on any of the items for more information or to begin shopping.  


Back by Popular Demand …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Due to popular demand … I have opened yet another “It’s Raining Men” Card Class.  This third class will be held this upcoming Monday, the 24th of June at 1 pm at my Stampin’ Studio!  This class only has 3 spots left!! I would love to see you, so if you’d like to join us, give me a call at 262-334-1009.  I’m cutting tomorrow so give me a call before tomorrow evening.

Here are the updated details …

Also want to let you know that the “Magnolia Class” has filled to capacity.  If you and your friends would like to attend this class … pull together 4 – 6 of your friends and we will schedule a date.

Thanks much for checking out today’s post.  I’ll be back tomorrow with my Simply Sunday post and a beautiful card!!

Enjoy this beautiful day ~

Magnolia Lane Card Class Announcement

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I am excited to announce a fabulous new class I will be hosting on Thursday, June 27th … I am highlighting the Magnolia Lane product suite.  This is an amazing opportunity to get your hands on these amazing products before you buy!!  Plus … I will have more samples to view, so bring your camera (or phone for photos).

You will get to use or see every item that is included in the suite, plus you will be going home with 5 wonderful projects ready to send or give, or keep as your samples.  Here are the details …

Thank you so much for stopping by today and checking out my upcoming class. Can’t wait to see you there!!  If it fills, I will host a second class or third … this is going to be a popular class.  

Have a great day!!


Come Sail Away …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Sail away on an open course to creativity with the Come Sail Away Suite! The artsy maritime Designer Series Paper, stamp set, and coordinating dies come together perfectly to help you feel you’re relaxing on the cape. With some Baker’s Twine and Sail Away Trinkets, you can make handmade cards for everyone on your list, no matter where they are in their journey. With this suite you’ll soon see the endless possibilities this suite has to offer!

But if all you want are stamps and dies, the Sailing Home Bundle is perfect for you, and you can buy it separately with its own item number and price! Whatever you need to give the gift of sailing (without actually buying a boat), we’ve got you covered! So trim your sails and set a course for crafting nostalgia with this fun nautical suite and bundle. You won’t be able to get enough of it!

Thank you for joining me today, I hope yours is a good one!



Magnolia Lane …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Hope you all enjoyed the weekend and Father’s Day, no matter how you celebrate it. Today I’d like to share samples from one of my favorite product suites in the new catalog; the Magnolia Lane product suite…

I will be announcing a class tomorrow on my blog, so make sure you stop back to get all the details!  We will be using the coordinating products from the beautiful Magnolia Lance product suite and highlighting different folds and techniques.

These are just 3 of the patterns I used to create my Thank you cards ….

Here is a card the my friends and fellow demonstrator Gloria Helmbrecht made …

This one is simply highlighting the designer paper.  We will be utilizing the beautiful paper in my upcoming class, and it will be displayed beautifully by the design of the card.

So friends, I’m sure you know by know that you can save 10% when purchasing the stamp set and dies in a bundle, well, if you look in the upper right hand corner of the catalog on page 37 … you will see that you can now order the “entire” product suite with just one number!!  Wooo Hoooo … easy, breazy!

Thank you so very much for stopping by and spending some time with me today.

Let’s start out this week with a smile … have a great day!


TODAY’S STAMPING SUPPLY LIST: The Magnolia product suite will be available for purchase beginning June 4th. If you would like to purchase any of the items used in creating these cards and don’t have a demonstrator, I’d be honored to be your creative coach. With each $50 purchase, you will receive a Rewards Point, when you collect 10, I will send you a coupon for a FREE Stamp set of your choice. Just click on any of the items to get to my online store. If you have any questions or would like a catalog, please message me.



Masculine Cards … Card Class

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today is the last day to RSVP for our Masculine Cards Card Class … there are only a couple spots left in each class so contact me today….

I’m hosting 2 classes on Monday, June 17th at 1 pm in the afternoon and 6 pm in the evening.  When you RSVP … please be sure to designate the time you would like to attend / Cards are the same.  CLASSES WILL BE HELD IN MY STAMPIN’ STUDIO.

Details are listed here …

Besides the cards you will be making in class, I will have many more for you to see and take pictures of in my Stampin’ Studio.

Please let me know if you have any questions about the class,  If you do not live in my area (West Bend, WI) contact me by messaging me below or email at for details, I’m happy to share these with you as well.

Thank you for checking back in with me today, and I can’t wait to see you in class!!

Have an awesome day ~


You’re My Anchor … Masculine Card

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

With Father’s Day right around the corner, I knew another masculine card was in order.  Today’s card also comes from the Come Sail Away suite and works perfectly when your sending encouragement …

My background has one of the designs for the Come Sail Away Designer Series paper and is adhered to the Night of Navy card base.  My lighthouse is stamped with Night of Navy on Whisper White cardstock.  I used the coordinating Balmy Blue cardstock to pull the color out of the designer paper and stamped the greeting onto it, then cut it out with the coordinating die that is included in the bundle.

Also included in the suite are the Bakers Twine and Sail Away Trinkets which really tie the whole card together and works nice to attach my anchor!

There will be many more samples to come from this amazing product suite.   Thanks for joining me today.

See you tomorrow ~