Oh What a Night …

Hello Stampin’  Friends ~

Oh what a night … I always liked that song! And last night was a blast! I held my Catalog Launch party and we gathered to made 8 Holiday cards, ranging from Halloween to Christmas. Even our snacks ranged from Halloweens Nutter Butter Peanut Butter Mummies to White Chocolate Dipped Rice Krispy Yummies!

We all had a great time, met some new people and enjoyed a night full of stamping …

Let’s start our card share with Halloween!! This enchanting card will put a spell on you with it’s bubbling cauldron of fun. It comes from the new Toil & Trouble product suite …

Our Granny Apple Green background was embossed with the  Scattered Sequins Embossing Folder … I like that it looked like little bubbles floating up, just like my cauldron is doing!  It was matted with the Gorgeous Grape and adhered to the Basic Black base… all of these are in the Toil & Trouble Cardstock pack.

My bubbling cauldron is from the Toil & Trouble Designer Series paper and cut with the Cauldron Framelits Dies. I stamped the bubbles above it, added some pearls colored with the Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends and a touch of the Wink of Stella! I finished off my card with the awesome Black Glitter Ribbon – LOVE IT!!

I forgot to tell you that my sweet -n- spooky ghost was created with the Gorgeous Grape Watercolor Pencil from  Assortment 2, a blender pen and a touch of Wink of Stella.  I also used the Watercolor Pencils on my Fall card …

There it is … that Blended Seasons Bundle again!! I have more cards up in my head because there is are just so many things you can to with bundle. I don’t think I need to explain much on this card, I’ve said it all before with my past cards… This stamp really should be in your stamp collection.

The last card I’m going to share with you is the Christmas card … so simple and so elegant!  My base is the new Balmy Blue. The greeting is from the new Timeless Tidings stamp set and is Heat Embossed in white. It brings out that touch of white that surrounds the silver.

We embossed the “Seasonal Wreath” onto the Silver Foil Sheet. If you like it on the photo, you should see it in person … it’s stunning!!

We also added some Silver Twine and the Clear Faceted Gem to add some bling, dimension and texture.

I hope you enjoyed the cards we made last night, and we’d love to have you join us at our next stamp camp ..

Thank you so much coming over today. See you soon.

Just a reminder that with each $50 purchase (before shipping & handling) you will receive a Bonus Buy coupon code worth $5 from Stampin’ Up! to spend on your September purchase … when the Holiday Catalog goes live!!  AND … you will also get a Virtual Rewards point from me as well … double the fun!



I’m back with tips & a beautiful fall card!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Thank you for your patience! I had several unexpected visitors yesterday … pleasant visitors. First my granddaughter brought over my great-grandson to visit, then my oldest daughter came over with my grandson … don’t get to see them much so it was pure pleasure!

Onto my tips for stamping with the “Thoughtful Branches” stamp set!

First, I want to show you the “tips” or “tabs” or “notches” that are on your stamps and die …


These are here to help you position your images. They should be used at the “top” when stamping and cutting. You will also notice an indent in the bottom image / die – this also helps in the alignment, especially when you place the die over your stamped image.

Next, when I stamp large images, I like to flip my block over and ink from the top. This gives you much more control when inking, especially with the new ink pads and you can see if the entire image is inked up.


I like to tell my stampers … “Show it who the boss is!”

Now we are going to create a two-tone image. Stamp your image with the “tip / tab” to the top of your cardstock. Then pick it up and turn it slightly to the right (without re-inking) and stamp again.



This created a beautiful two-tone effect, and by moving the stamp to the right, it creates a wonderful layering effect that gives your card the illusion of dimension, just by stamping.


You can also create multiple colors …

Once your first color is stamped, clean, ink with new color and slightly turn your block/stamp to the right, then stamp image, and repeat with a different color. Each time you stamp a new color … you will move the block/stamp to the right each time. For example (if using the numbers on a clock) Your first color would be at 12 o’clock … the tab to the top, the second color somewhere between the 1 and 2, and the third color at 3.


Once you begin using the stamp, you will see how easy it is to arrange your stamp to create this multi-color effect.

Now … just add some cardstock and a bit of ribbon (SNEAK PEEK from the Holiday Catalog) and you have created a beautiful card!


I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and if you have any questions on this technique please leave me a message below or you can reach me by e-mail … just click the link at the top right of this page.

Thank you so much for stopping back again.

Have a beautiful weekend!




Simply Sunday: Grateful for cool tools!

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

I’m back with a pretty card that showcases some of my favorite tools for cardmaking. Have you ever thought … what did I do before the BigShot? Me too!! I love using my BigShot and all the tools for cutting and embossing.

Maybe someday I’ll show you some of my first cards … I think we all giggle when we look back. But we had to start somewhere right! That was 15 years ago.

On to today’s card …


I began with the thought of using the “Into the Woods” Designer Series paper. I wanted to highlight the pretty flowers so I punched some out with the 2″ circle punch. Did you know the designs on this set of designer paper was hand painted by our designers? Watch this quick video to learn more (Into the Woods is the 3rd highlighted) …

Once I punched out the flowers I chose my color pallet … Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry and Mossy Meadow. I used the Razzleberry for my base and mat behind the flowers to make the razzleberry flowers pop in the bouquet of flowers. The mat was cut with the Circle Framelit Dies.

It’s so easy to create beautiful backgrounds with our embossing folders, and I wanted to use the new “Woodland” folder, it coordinates so well with the “Woodland” theme of this card.


Finally my greeting … a simple choice! I used the “Seasonal Framelit Dies” and chose the grateful die cut and adhered it with the new Fine Tip Glue Pen. If you don’t have this yet, you will really need to get it on your wish list. I works so nice!


Thanks so much for joining me today. I hope you enjoyed the fun tools (punches, folders & framelits) that were used to create today’s Simply Sunday card.

Hope  you are having a wonderful weekend.





Dropping in to Say HI …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I hope you had a wonderful weekend! I had the chance to spend time with my granddaughter and her little guy … He’s so cute!

Today I’d like to share with you the last of my “sneak peeks” into the Holiday Catalog because tomorrow it goes live!! Yes, you can finally order from this fabulous catalog.

For those of you who can’t wait … you should consider becoming one of my Star’s! There’s no obligation to sell (unless you want to make some money) you only need to keep yourself active to be able to see the catalogs early and order early … just one of the fun perks. Let me know … we’ll talk.

Here’s my card …


I started with the fabulous “Into the Woods” Designer Series paper. Our designers actually hand painted the designs, how pretty, and it coordinates with several of our stamp sets.

I choose the “Acorny Thank You” stamp set because I felt like dropping in on you to say Hi! I think that is so cute. I love all the acorns too! Oh yes … it has a coordinating punch, which you can bundle and save 15% … gotta love that!

I highlighted my punching it out with the “Decorative Label” punch … you will recognize that one. It’s in our main catalog and I use it quite a bit.

I also wanted to add some texture to my card so I created a banner with the Burlap Ribbon. I don’t know, I think burlap looks great on fall cards. What do you think?


Hope you enjoyed today’s card … I’d really love to hear what you think. You can comment below on this card or any of the “sneak peek” cards I have shared with you.

I’d also like to THANK all those who participated in my “Free Stamp Special” … I hope you enjoy you stamps. Thanks again!

Hope you all have a wonderful day … I’ll be back tomorrow with some new “Weekly Deals”.

Take care ~


Vintage Leaves

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Summer is coming to an end and fall is right around the corner … I know this because the beautiful Maple down the street is beginning to turn colors! Really …Wow!

On that note, I thought I would pay homage to a beautiful new stamp set found in our main Idea Book & Catalog… the new Vintage Leaves stamp set.

I found this awesome sample on one of the boards at Convention this year and just had to share with you. I wish I knew who created this beautiful card but names are not listed (at least visible to us).

Convention Card - Vintage Leaves

No fussy cutting with this card … Stampin’ Up! has created coordinating framelits “Leaflets” make recreating this card simple.

I love, love, love, the addition of the glimmer paper … how pretty! To tie it all up … the “Linen Thread”.

And finally the greeting comes from our fun “Expressions Natural Elements” … fit’s perfectly with this card, don’t you think!?

I hope you enjoyed this beautiful card as much as I did when I saw it on the Convention board.

Thanks much for stopping by.

Have a wonderful day ~