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”.

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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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So Kind of You …

Hello Stampers ~

Today I am sharing a simply beautiful card created with the “By the Tide” stamp set from the Spring Catalog.

shell card

I am excited to say that this versatile stamp set will carry over into the NEW 2013-14 Idea Book and Catalog!

I love to layer white on white, it sets up the card with a great foundation.  Don’t forget to give the first layer of white a “lift” by using stampin’ dimensionals… they are definitely a necessity in any stampin’ kit!

The combination of a simple greeting “so kind of you” from the “Sweet Essentials” stamp set with the single shell from the “By the Tide” stamp set created this beautiful card.


The addition of texture to the card using the “Houndstooth Folder” really sets off the accent of the Midnight Muse 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon.  As you can see, I only partially embossed the card to create a more dramatic effect.

Every now and then we all look for an easy to make, yet beautiful card.  I hope this fulfilled that need for you.

If you enjoyed this card, please leave a comment.  I’d love to hear from you!

Happy Stampin’



Today’s post is great “Man Card”… done by guest stamper and my upline Vicki Towell.


When I saw this fish in the “By the Tide” stamp set in the Spring Catalog, I just had to have it.  I knew the fish would make great man cards, not to mention the rest of the set which would create an awesome scrapbook page.

By the Tide

The background is stamped with VersaMark™ onto Crumb Cake cardstock.  The fish “popped” up with the Stampin’ Dimensionals are stamped in Chocolate Chip (with coordination cardstock used as card back).  Just a touch from the White Gel Pen is what brought the eyes to life.  Don’t forget to brush on some “Crystal Effects” onto the shell!

fish close-up

You’ll find the greetings from the “One in a Million” stamp set in the 2012-13 Idea Book & Catalog on page 135.

Back to the Spring Catalog for the beautiful embellishments added to the card … Basic Designer Buttons and Natural Trim Ribbon both found on page 20.


If you enjoyed today’s post, please feel free to leave a comment.

Happy Stampin’