Simply Sunday: Stamps * Ink * Paper

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Happy Sunday to you! I hope you got the chance to see all my cards created from the Ice Cream Corner suite. Today I’m going from yummy to masculine as I kick off a series of cards created from the Well Suited Suite which can be found on page 66 and 67 of the Mini Catalog.

The suite includes the Handsomely Suited Stamp set, Suite & Ties Dies, Well Suited Designer Paper and the Well Suited Twine ….

Today we are just using simply; stamps * ink * paper! Isn’t this how the whole “stamping” thing got started? My color pallet will be Night of Navy, Merry Merlot and Basic White … masculine. I started with my base in Night of Navy and my mat in Merry Merlot and my Basic White to stamp on, and I choose the ties!

The ties with the diamond shapes are stamped in Night of Navy and the one with the stripes was stamped in Merry Merlot … they are pretty easy to line up but you can always use your Stamparatus if you want it perfect. I started with the Merry Merlot tie in the center and then stamped the two in Night of Navy.

The greeting was stamped on a piece of scrap that I had lying around and fit it well, and then I added some Night of Navy to mat the greeting.

Such a nice masculine card that is easy to make! There is also a birthday greeting in the stamp set and a few others so you can send many masculine cards throughout the year.

Thank you for stopping by this Sunday, and I hope you have a wonderful day. Be sure to stop back tomorrow to see how I step up this card!

TODAY’S STAMPIN’ SUPPLY LIST … If you liked the products used in today’s projects, I have links for you below. Just click on the item you would like more information on, or to begin your shopping. It will take you directly to my website. Thank you

Kick Start My Heart …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Hope you have kicked off your weekend with some fun festivities! I love this time of year … there is always something fun to do. This Sunday our home town is hosting a car show downtown, so I thought I’d pay tribute to my car lovin’ friends ~

I used the nuts and smudge stamps to create my background which sets the stage for my muscle car … all jazzed up and ready to go! I used Blueberry Bushel as a mat and coordinates with my car. I used the Stampin’ Write Markers to color the car. Both the cardstock and markers are on sale … see below.

The greeting comes from the Geared Up Garage stamp set and was punched with the Tailored Tag Punch. I punched a second piece out and cut it in half so I could create a mat.

The silver strips were scrap pieces I used to highlight my greeting and my car … nice masculine card, or a girl who is into nice cars! Love me a classic.

Hope you enjoyed today’s card, and that you have a wonderful weekend.

Thank you ~

TODAY’S STAMPIN’ SUPPLY LIST … If you liked the products used in today’s projects, I have links for you below. Just click on the item you would like more information on, or to begin your shopping. It will take you directly to my website. Thank you ♥ 

Oooh … that Mountain Air

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

One of the most requested stamps set and bundles I hear from you is masculine products, well … whether you consider this just masculine or perfect for nature lovers the Mountain Air Bundle is perfect for both.  Mountains, trees, moons and more! What else could you possibly want in a stamp and die bundle?

Grab your coffee and join me to learn more about this amazing bundle with this short video …

Perfect right! And the coordinating dies will take your crafting from point a to point brilliant! Take a look at the projects close up …

Don’t forget that with a purchase of $50 (before Ship/Tax) you will qualify for a FREE Sale-a-bration item!

Thank you for joining me today.

Hope you are having a beautiful day.




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 ~


It’s Raining Men! … Card Class

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Many of you have been asking for masculine cards, so I have answered your request … I will be hosting an “It’s Raining Men” card class featuring the Best Catch, Let It Ride, and Geared Up Garage Stamp sets!  You’ll be making 2 cards from each of these stamp sets so you’ll go home with a great variety of masculine cards.

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 ~


Masculine Card … Thinking of You

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Hope this weekend finds in well and feelin’ good! I’m happy to have the day off of work so I can head down into my Stampin’ Studio and create!!

With Mother’s Day upon us, I thought I would share a masculine card and get your thinking about Father’s Day. Masculine cards are one of the most requested classes I get.

Today we will be using the “In the Meadow” stamp set and the Woodland embossing folder (will be in the upcoming catalog). This fun technique I’m about to share creates awesome dimension on your card with little effort!


Begin with a light background … I used Soft Sky on my card. Then you will ink up your deer image and stamp it directly onto the folder. Yes, directly onto the folder. You are stamping on the area that will show the heads of the deer.

There are two ways to color your tree’s … I love white birch!! I use either the brayer with the White Craft Ink or you can use your Chalk Marker, either one works great. The brayer is faster … however, you may get some white spots on the blue area of the card.

The brown spots on the birch tree were created by using the writing tip of the marker in the recessed areas on the tree (super simple).


I stamped an extra deer and cut out just the fawn … then I colored all the deer and added some color to the grass with a marker. The fawn is then popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals to give it a 3-D look. The deer on the blue will color differently than the fawn stamped on white cardstock, but I love the way it darkens them and makes it look as if they really are in that forest!!

A simple greeting on a banner created with the banner punch and anchored with one of the beautiful Antique Brads (retiring) and a twist of Linen Thread complete my card.

This is one of the masculine cards that we made at our Spring Stamping Retreat. I like to share different styles, techniques and occasions at the Spring Retreat. For more information about our retreats, click on the tab at the top of my blog.


I’d love to hear what you think about today’s card share.

Thank you for stopping by my blog today, have a wonderful Saturday!




“Going Places” is fun, fun, fun!

Hi Stampin’ Friends ~

If you’ve been waiting for new stamps and accessories to create those cards for the men in your life, then the Occasions catalog has answered your prayers!

Check out our “Going Places” product suite … you will find it on pages 38 and 39 of the Occasions catalog.

I didn’t have to look twice to know this product suite was going to be top on my Wish List.


The Lost Lagoon card was created with the “World Traveler” Embossing folder and the “Going Global” stamp set. If you look closely you will also see the “Itty Bitty Accents” Epoxy sticker … they add a nice touch to finish off the card.

The treat bag was created using the “Going Places” designer series paper stack, the “Going Global” stamp set and the coordinating 2″ circle punch.

This product suite will be featured at my Stamp Camp later this month …  SAVE THE DATE: January 25th. I’ll be sending the notice out by this weekend.

Thank you for joining me today.

I hope your day is a great one!



These items when purchased would qualify you for a FREE Sale-a-bration item!!


This cards For You!

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Today I’d like to share a card that will be just one of many featured at my New Catalog Kick-Off Party! We will be showcasing 7 stamp sets! You will make 7 fabulous cards – 1 from each of the showcased stamp set, plus you’ll get to use some of the new designer papers and embellishments!

Each of the 7 stamp sets will also have a coordinating board which will have 5 additional samples made from that stamp set!  If that isn’t enough … we’ll be raffling the boards off at the end of the night! You could go home with all those cards!

If you have not received your e-invite … then please message me ( or leave a note below with your e-mail and I will make sure I send you all the information.

Today’s card features the “Wilderness Awaits” stamp set. I knew I had to have this set … so many of my friends are dog lovers, and well … that fox is just too cute! I think it will make great masculine cards.


The elk is stamped on vanilla … I love that the designer papers take all the guess work out of coordinating my colors.The elk is stunning and I simply colored it in using my ink pads and blender pen.

I wanted a lot of color yet still maintain the masculine look so I used the Bohemian Designer Series paper, and mounted it on Island Indigo cardstock.

The greeting comes from the stamp set and was punched out with the 3/4″ oval punch (discontinued) but the back is actually from the bow builder punch!!  I just cut off the edges!

Hope you enjoyed today’s card share and that you consider joining us on the 13th of July (remember to contact me for more details)   We’d love to see you there!

Thanks for stopping by, enjoy the rest of you day!


Simply Sunday: You’re My Light

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

As promised, I am back with a card share from the “From Land to Sea” stamp set. I think this is a very versatile set, but one look at the lighthouse and I knew I had to have it!

My card was created in honor of Father’s Day even though my own Father has long since passed, I think of a good Dad as a “guiding light” for his children. Just like a lighthouse … they are there to guide us through the foggy or difficult times in our life.


A simple card … illustrating that you don’t need all of the latest gadgets and tricks to create a nice card. I simply stamped my own background with the wheel, did a bit of layering for a dramatic color scheme, and popped up my lighthouse and greeting with dimensionals for “dimension” and texture.

I stamped my lighthouse with the Momento Ink Pad and then colored it with the Real Red marker. My greeting comes from the “Petite Pairs” stamp set.  I thought the “no matter what” worked perfectly for a Father’s Day card.

One little tip … because I used dimensionals on my lighthouse and greeting, I needed to use 3 of them on the right side of my greeting to even it out! Now that’s dimension!! lol


I do have the ingredients for this card listed at the bottom of my post. Just click on any item to learn more about it, or to begin shopping at my on-line store.

Hope you all have a wonderful day, and I wish all you Dad’s out there … the happiest of Father’s Days!

Thanks for sharing a bit of your day with me.




Simply Sunday … Walk in the Wild 2

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

I hope you are enjoying your weekend!  I got to spend some time with my granddaughter and my sister Eileen.  Yes stampers … we are planning an event, and as soon as I lock down the location, I will send you the details.  It’s going to be fun & exciting!!!  Tentative date: Thursday, May 28th.

Today is day 2 of my “Walk in the Wild” card share … I went pretty masculine on this one.  I am really going to miss this set! I love, love, love the moose.


I wanted something simple, yet a bit different from the textured embossing folders, so I went “old school” and crumpled up my “Baked Brown Sugar” cardstock, cut the edges, and then sponged it … to age it.  I love the warm color of the Baked Brown Sugar against the richness of the Early Espresso…. it even looks better in hand!

Next I stamped my moose with the StazOn™ Ink on Very Vanilla cardstock, and did a color wash over the entire piece.  Just a little ink in the tray of the ink pad and my “Aqua Painters” and your done in mere minutes!

My greeting comes from the”Something to Say” stamp set … then I cut it into a banner, curled up the edges … sponged it (to age it) and then anchored it with an “Antique Brad”.  I used a Blendabilities pen (some of you are still using yours) or you can use a sharpie, to tone down the color a bit.


This angle shows the dimension in the card … I popped up the moose, the greeting, and the brad with my Stampin’ Dimensionals.  TIP: Use your craft scissors to cut the tines off the brad so it lays evenly on your project.

Hope you enjoyed today’s manly moose … and don’t forget to stop back tomorrow to view the last card from my “Walk in the Wild” series.

Remember, it is retiring so you will need to purchase it before the end of this month.  Just click the link I have posted for you below in my “Stampin’ Supply List”.

If you want to be included in my e-mails for upcoming classes … just click on the “Subscribe to my e-mail newsletter” tab located in the black banner on the top of my page.

So until tomorrow … Have a great day!




The Green and Gold …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Yesterday I said I would share a card with you, that I created with the new August “My Paper Pumpkin”.  Well as luck would have it, one of the note cards was Green and Gold … and what do you think a girl from Wisconsin would do with those colors!!!

Make a birthday card!! LOL  It’s  a bit on the “manly” side, thought it was time for one.


The card is quite simple to create … I used the Banner Framelit Dies and cut it from the note card.  I took the star and trimmed it down to the star shape.

The greeting comes with the kit, as did the greeting banner … I just flipped it over because I didn’t want the pink lines to show.


OH MY … is that a sneak peek I see?  Yes, it’s the NEW Star border punch from the Holiday Catalog!  Did you get your’s yet?  Let me know if you need a Holiday Catalog, I’ve sent one to each of my club members and on-line shoppers… but if you do not have a demonstrator, I’d be happy to get you one.

I have to share a wonderful announcement from Stampin’ Up!


Purchase the Starter Kit for $99 and get $150 in product…That’s $51 in FREE product. *You can add items from the new 2014 Holiday Catalog RIGHT NOW! Perks of being a demonstrator!

BONUS: Your kit will ship FREE right to your door – another 10% savings
Also Enjoy: A one time benefit of 30% off your first product order of $150 or more (placed within 45 days). PLUS collect the HOSTESS BENEFITS!

As a Demonstrator: You’ll receive a minimum of a 20% discount on anything you purchase while you remain active.

Join our group of Star’s … we gather for monthly meetings, demonstrator retreats, Convention … where ever, and when ever!! We Inspire, We Create, and We Share!  We can’t wait to sit down and stamp with you!

Just click on the JOIN NOW button for more information.  There’s never any pressure because you do it your way!  Just know I am here to help you with your journey… whether it’s just earning a few extra bucks, building your stamp collection, or starting a business, just let me know.

Have a beautiful day ~


Birthday Fishes (Wishes)…

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Today I would like to share with you a card that we did at a past stamp camp.  Masculine cards are always a hit and much needed.

The stamp set I used is “By the Tide” (Wood – 131910 / Clear – 129120).  When I saw this stamp set in the Spring Catalog I knew I had to have it.   Imagine the possibilities … I think this stamp set is so versatile.


I will admit, it was the fish that attracted me to the “By the Tide” stamp set, as I used to fish with my grandpa, my dad, and even with my mom.  Fishing was always something I did as a kid (unfortunately, not much anymore).

You will be using the “power of the VersaMark” (102283) on this card… watermarks and heat embossing are two techniques used to create the depth of underwater life!


We begin with our heat embossing … I inked up the first (what I call sea weed for this card) with VersaMark™ and the fish in Chocolate Chip – then use clear emboss powder and heat.

You will also ink the birthday greeting (From the stamp set “Blue Ribbon” (Wood – 131964 / Clear – 125981)) in Chocolate Chip and emboss.  The new formula ink pads work great for embossing!

Now that your embossing is done, you will stamp (with VersaMark) the remaining sea weed… this will create the illusion of the sea weed being “behind” the fish!  We also stamped it on the base of the card, just for fun!

Once you have completed your stamping… you can color in your fish and sponge the edges for just a bit more depth and color.

So…  I mentioned how versatile this stamp set is, and I think you can create any style of card with this set.  From manly to whimsical (I would use the seahorse for that) to anything in between.  Here is another sample …


I love the clean and simple look of this card, and so totally different from the fish card.  The greeting comes from the stamp set “Sweet Essentials” (Wood – 132085 / Clear – 126457) found on page 41 of the catalog.

I believe both of these cards were done at the same stamp camp… to show the versatility of this stamp set.

Speaking of stamp camps … I have my “Christmas in July … Oops August” Stamp Camp on Monday the 26th.  There is still time to RSVP.  You will be making 10 fabulous Christmas Cards (with envelopes) that will showcase our Holiday Mini Catalog.  You won’t want to miss this … it’s a great way to get a “hands-on ” approach to your Christmas cards!

Remember… if you see a word or phrase highlighted, it will take you to that link when you click on it.  For example … the Christmas in July will take you to my calendar of events.

Thank you for stopping by today!  And a “Thank You” to Ann-Marie for her comment yesterday and many other posts … I will be sending you a package of our beautiful “Rhinestones” for being an active participant to my blog!

I have all sorts of surprises coming, both here on by blog and for my club and class members!

Have an awesome day!!

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Get your motor running ….

Head out on the highway!

Happy Friday stampers … Hope you are all ready for an awesome weekend.

It is suppose to be a beautiful weekend here in Wisconsin … warm and sunny.  I’ll be in a meeting on Saturday and creating cards for my upcoming classes on Sunday, but I’ll have my windows open!  Sounds like a win – win for me.

For those of you heading out … I got the bike for you!  I could say this is a “MAN” card but I have some of my girl friends who ride too.  They don’t hop on the back of their husbands Harley – they ride their own.  So here’s to all my friends who ride… just be careful!


Notice that the stamping is not straight … that was actually planned (lol).  I just hope you don’t mind that my bike can drive over oceans!  The fun Designer Series paper I’m using is from “I Am Me” (130138) found on page 151 of the big catalog.  That is actually some very versatile paper… great for scrapbooks if your traveling, I love the diagonal lines, and who doesn’t love polka dots!  Check it out.

The stamp set I used is “Rev Up the Fun!” (Wood – 130520 / Clear – 130523) and is found on page 51 of the big catalog.  It is so cute and fun to use.   Great car for the race fan in your family, or gear head (do they still call them that?)  You know … guys who love cars!


If you haven’t noticed the glare … that is coming from the “Foil Sheets” (132178 – Silver / 132622 – Gold) found on page 28 of the Holiday Catalog.  I wanted to replicate “chrome” and I love the way it turned out.  So, just because you find something in the Holiday catalog … doesn’t mean you have to use it for just your holiday stamping.  You want to find as many uses for your stampin’ supplies as possible, so I’m happy to share this tip.


So I hope you enjoyed the ride today!  Be safe.

Have a fabulous weekend.

Guest Stamper … Eileen S.

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Today I’m going to share another card from my downline meeting on Saturday.  I didn’t post this with the Halloween themed cards is because it just didn’t quite fit in …

It’s a wonderful “man” card from the stamp set “Wetlands” (Wood – 126695 / Clear – 126697) found on page 69 of the big catalog.


The card was made by my sister and downline member, Eileen.  I think her color choice suits a masculine card well… Night of Navy and Soft Suede.  Love the look!

To add dimension, Eileen used the “Window Frames Collection” framelits (129021).  You can find those on page 186 of the big catalog.  Do you have a catalog?  If not, let me know and if you are one of my customers I would love to get that to you right away.

You get added dimension by stamping the color on color like Eileen did with the wheat background.

Eileen added a fun design element by “Paper Piercing”.  It is an age old technique made easy with the coordinating “Paper Piercing Pack – Festive” (127857 / page 179).  Don’t you think that it adds that special touch to the card, and yet keeps it “masculine”.  Who doesn’t need man cards!

Would you like to be a “Guest Stamper”?  I would love to share your work … just please use Stampin’ Up! supplies.  Contact me for the address.

Thanks for stopping by today.

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Welcome stampin’ friends!

I am stoked about sharing my card with you today!  WHY… you say?

Because it is one of my favorite new Hostess stamp sets …

“Simply Sketched”

This stamp set is a beautifully designed “sketch” style that just calls your name.  Oh, and the greetings are so pretty!  The card below is the “Make & Take” that I designed from my 2013 Spring Demonstrator Retreat!  We used aqua painters to do the “Watercolor” technique on the flower.


The base is “Crumb Cake” cardstock.  The pretty green “Pear Pizzazz” paper comes from the “Gingham Garden” Designer Series Paper pack.  The “pop” of color is the NEW “Strawberry Slush” from the 2013-15 In-Colors.

I used the 2-1/2 inch circle punch (120906) on the flower and the “Window Frames Collection” Framelits (129021) for the mat.  The pretty button came from the new “Very Vintage Designer Buttons” (129327).


OK… I can’t help it.  I must share my swap card with you too!  The Island Indigo color makes the card “pop” and was chosen to coordinate with the “Soho Subway” Designer Series Paper.  And don’t you just love that little bird!?


Let me just say … “the picture in the catalog does not do this paper justice”.  I simply fell in love with the Soho Subway Designer Series Paper (130140), it’s great for scrapbooking… and any type of card!

And FYI … the “Sympathy” is included in the Simply Sketched stamp set.  Just click on the “Shop Now” button to purchase any of the items you saw here today.

blog insert - shop nowA little reminder that the “Simply Sketched” is an exclusive Hostess set, which you can get FREE when you host a stampin’ party, join one of my clubs, or place an order of $150 (order with a friend or two!)

Have an awesome week!

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