Dazzling Dinosaurs …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Today I’m just compiling a few of my favorite samples is the DINOROAR … Why is it going 😦  I’m so sad, this is such a cute stamp set and coordinating dies!

Although the designer paper has retired last year … I wanted to share the idea of creating “Welcome Baby” with this stamp and die set.  Totally unique and oh so cute!!

What better way to give a gift than to dress it up with dinosaurs~

I tucked gift cards inside the box … hidden in the packing material. YES … it was a bit messy but oh so much fun!  They loved it.

Probably my favorite dino out of this set, the little guy with his arms wide open because I love you this much ❤  Above and below are two samples using the same dinosaur but totally different look.

And we’ll finish off with a grand showcase of several samples…

I hope you enjoyed sitting with me and looking through a few samples from the amazing Dinoroar set and coordinating dies.

Thank you for joining me!

Saying Good-bye to Old Friends …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Today I’m just compiling a few of my favorite stamps -n- dies that are retiring in a showcase for you. I’m going to miss some of these, but I am excited to start sharing some of the new items coming out when the new catalog goes Live June 3rd!!  Grab a cup of coffee (or wine … depending on when your viewing) and join me on this journey ❤

I’d like to start with my favorite Halloween set … Spooktacular Bash.  This is a “Fun Fold” card that we made in our Stamp Club this year!  Watch as it opens into a display of “fun” …

Spooktacular Bash Bundle 153040

Here are a few more projects from that bundle …

Z-Fold Spooktacular Bash Bundle 153040

Spooktacular Bash Bundle 153040

If I’m correct … The “Monster Bash Designer paper (150447) is currently ON SALE for ONLY $4.60! It appears that the stamp set has already sold out, but if you look closely … I only used it for the greeting. Yikes! However … the Coffin Boxes are available and for only $2.80

Coffin Treat Box 150451

Coffin Treat Box 150451

If you love Halloween like I do … Now is the perfect time to pick up these goodies at an AMAZING Discount!!  Heck, while your laying low during the Covid outbreak … you can have this all planned out.

Next on my list is the DINOROAR … Why is it going 😦  I’m so sad, this is such a cute bundle!

Should we get serious now? lol  Let’s talk flowers … perfect since we are in “planting” season right now.  How about we start with the amazing Beautiful Promenade ….

Or how about the Love What You Do stamp set …

The Embellishment Kit which has the pretty tags and embellishments you see on the cards included in the pretty gift box and the Pearlized Doilies are both on sale now!!

One of my All-Time favorite stamp sets and a big hit on Pinterest; Flourishing Phrases ….

Love, love, love this stamp set and dies … and the greetings are awesome for all occasions!  I don’t see many “Just a Note” anymore unless it has musical notes around it. Which is fine sometimes, but sometimes, I like to send “just a note” to a friend to let them know I’m thinking about them.

I’m going to stop here, because if I start on Christmas … I’ll have you here for hours! 😉  I hope you enjoyed sitting with me and looking through a few of the retiring items (my favorites). I’ll have a list below of the items shown here today.

Thank you for joining me! Enjoy the holiday weekend.

STAMPING SUPPLY LIST ….You’ll see the beautiful Glimmer paper on some of my cards … just a “heads up” that all of the Glimmer Papers are retiring! Sparkle, Gold, Silver … yup, they are all on the discontinued list.






Friday’s Fun Fold with Instructions …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

How are you doing this fabulous Friday? I’m actually doing quite well … I’m back at work but only during the morning hours when the store is closed, so I’m home in plenty of time to get things done! So the studio is cleaned and I got a cute fun fold for you today!

I’ve done this fold before and it’s easy to do and just a little different than sending the same old flat card (those are pretty too!).  I used the “Love What You Do” stamp set in Grapefruit Grove … one of the In-Colors that will be retiring this year.

How would you like some instructions?  OK … Let’s do this!  … oh my!! I forgot to put my Early Espresso Base on!!

  • Cut your card base (It will be on the next picture) 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″
  • Folded (Grapefruit Grove) cardstock: 9-1/2″ x 5-1/4″ then Score at 2-1/2″ and 5-1/2″
  • Inside (Very Vanilla) cardstock: 5″ x 3-3/4″
  • Fold Grapefruit Grove piece in have (at 5-1/2″ score line)
  • Then fold “back” your piece scored at 2-1/2″ so its over the top and the edge is to the left.
  • Either die cut or punch 2″ through the folded piece (slightly less than 1″ from top) Die cutting is easier than punching!
  • Emboss the front piece (ONLY) Bring your folder to the score line and run it through your embossing machine.  I used the Layered Leaves 3D folder.
  • Glue the Scalloped Lace trim onto the back of the embossed edge (Let Dry).
  • You can either glue the flap down at this time, or leave it open to add a little more drama to your card!
  • Set your vanilla piece inside (do not glue yet) fold flap over so you can determine where you will stamp your flower.  I place my finger there to hold the spot before I fold the flap back over … then stamp.  If you are a “perfectionist” … draw a light pencil mark around your punched opening so you know exactly where to stamp. Then erase the pencil line.
  • Color in your flowers … be careful, I used Early Espresso, this will smear when coloring with the marker. I was just very careful.  Otherwise, you can use the Momento ink pad. Add a touch of the Wink of Stella to give it a little sparkle!!
  • I did not measure my cardstock for the greeting … I stamped it onto a scrap piece and cut it to fit.
  • Finish card by adhering the vanilla to the inside, and card front onto the Espresso base.

Here is the sample with the Early Espresso base attached…

The Espresso base really makes the card “pop” and it ties in the Early Espresso mat behind your greeting and your stamped image.  I forgot in my instructions the Grapefruit Grove Grosgrain Ribbon on the banner. That too will be retiring this year 😦  Love the 2018-20 In-Colors.

I prepared a list of ingredients for you as well …

Supply List

I can’t believe it’s Mid-April already!  The retirement list will be coming out soon, so I like to remind my friends that if they need any of the retiring inks / colors to pick them up before the list goes out.  Just the clearance rack … when it’s gone, it’s gone.  One more peek at that cute card … with or without the base?? lol
Thank you so much for coming over to my blog today! It’s fun to spend some time with you, just wish it was in person!!
Our “Safer at Home” has been extended to May 26th!! I’ve been practicing on Facebook so I can bring you a live stamping session! There is a video of my stamp room on there from yesterday.
Have a great day ~


Technique Tuesday: Reverse Masking

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I hope your Monday was good to you!! Today I want to share a technique called Mask Resist. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in the newest fads, we forget how cool some of the old standards are.  I really like this technique because it gives the appearance of dimension, but it fits great in the envelope!! lol


Use any framelit or die to cut out a circle, oval or other shape using Vellum Paper. I cut my vellum piece the same size as the cardstock I will be stamping on (No Mess!)

Adhere the Vellum Paper “reverse mask” to a piece of cardstock with a very small spot of removable adhesive (I use the retired Stampin’ Up! Dotto).

Without moving the mask, ink your Stampin’ Sponge and sponge within the masked area with a light color, leaving a bit lighter area in the center

Remove the vellum mask (remove any Dotto residue with the Adhesive Eraser) and Stamp a focal point stamp INSIDE masked area onto cardstock… you can use any greeting that you love. My outer stamps come from the “Love What You Do” stamp set!

Stamp additional images that overlap the focal area and the white space for added dimension … and a little “Wink of Stella” always adds a sweet little touch of sparkle to your card.

Thank you for hanging out with me today.

Have a wonderful day!