Big Brothers / Big Sisters Organization Stamp Camp

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Yesterday afternoon I had the pleasure of working with the Big Brothers / Big Sisters Organization. The local Volunteer Center donated the facility for us … it was a wonderful collaboration by all so the “Big Sisters” and their “littles” could spend an afternoon together stamping.


The theme for the stamp camp was Christmas… the season of giving. The projects everyone made reflected a “giving theme” and I elaborated that the beauty of stamping is much like Christmas … a gathering of friends.

Our first project we did was the “Santa Card” … so easy but so stinkin’ cute!


We used the Real Red cardstock as our base and Basic Black for the belt. The buckle was created with the Silver Foil paper and the Curvy Label punch.

We used the beautiful new “Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper” for the fur on the jacket, and finished it off with the “Happy Holidays” greeting I borrowed from my November Paper Pumpkin Kit.

Our next project was the Christmas Treat Tree Box … this comes from the October Paper Pumpkin Kit. The adhesive is already on the cardstock … all we did was punch out the tree and add a window sheet … Ta Da!


I should have put candy in it for you … it really is cute, and who wouldn’t want a cute treat box filled with candy!

Our last project was the sweet little treat box … remember, our theme was “the season of giving”.


Create a belly band with any designer paper, the one shown here is retired. My poinsettia flower was created using the “Petite Petals” punch. It takes a bit of layering to get it to look this full but our group did an awesome job!

The front tag was created using the “Cheerful Tags” stamp set … just wanted to add a greeting to our gift box.  These “Tiny Treat Boxes” can be found in the Holiday catalog.

I hope you enjoyed viewing our Stamp Camp projects … I had a wonderful time with the Big Sisters and their littles. I also want to Thank the Volunteer Center for letting us all gather together for the afternoon in their facility.

Wishing you all a fabulous day today ~



The “JOY” of Christmas Cards and Stampin’ Tips!

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

OK … Halloween is over and many of you know that I just loved that “Motley Monsters” Designer Series paper, but what are we going to do with it now that Halloween is over?

Don’t fret … I have an obvious solution for you in today’s card share plus an awesome stamping tip! 000_1646

 The obvious answer … Yep, flip it over! The great wood-grain paper below comes from “Motley Monsters”! I teamed it up with the “Wondrous Wreath” stamp set and coordinating framelits. Save 15% when you bundle the stamp set with the framelits!


The stamp set and framelits are amazing to work with … the beautiful color you create when using this two-step stamp set. I stamped Old Olive onto the Whisper White and then the Mossy Meadow in-color on top of the Olive.

* Just a quick reminder that the tabs on the photopolymer stamps are there for you to align the images and make your stamping easier.


You know me, I wanted that holiday sparkle so I used the Red Glimmer Paper and Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details. I had a blast putting this card together. The Multi-purpose glue works wonders on glimmer paper and holds superbly.

Yes, the “JOY” comes in the Wonderful Wreath framelits collection!!


One of the things I liked about this stamp set was that it also had a beautiful verse for the inside of the card, but if you are like me …. you can never stamp it straight! Today I want to share an easy solution to that problem …

1. Begin with the Grid Paper and align the inside of your card so it’s straight …


2. Use Washi tape and place it where you want your verse to “end” ….

(I unsticky my washi tape a bit by placing it on my skin or clothing … you don’t want it to peel your cardstock)

3. Align the bottom of your verse slightly above your washi tape and stamp …


Ahhh … doesn’t that look nice! Perfectly straight! I love it, I love it, I love it! Why didn’t I think of this before, like 13 years ago – lol.


I hope you enjoyed my card and stamping tips …


I’d love to hear what you think… you can leave me a message below. I will have another “Motley Monsters” transformation for you tomorrow!

Till then, have a great day ~


PS… I still haven’t found those swaps!




Introducing … Gentle Peace Stamp Set

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Today I have a new product share for you.  A brand new photopolymer stamp set just in time for Christmas, and it looks like a beautiful stained glass window.


Designed specifically with our new alcohol-based Blendabilities markers in mind, it’s perfect for any coloring medium you prefer.  You can see by the second sample, you can create an amazing card just by embossing it too. Whether you want to do super-detailed cards or something simple but meaningful–Gentle Peace is a great choice!



Gentle Peace is available beginning October 14th, but you can pre-order it NOW.  I recommend that, because I have a feeling this one is going to go on backorder pretty much instantly! The set is clear photopolymer and costs just $15.95. Email me today and I will put the order in bright and early on the 14th so none of us misses out!

I look forward to connecting with you …

Stop back this week as I will be sharing more Halloween fun with you.

Have a wonderful Sunday.


Time for Weekly Deals!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~


It’s time for the weekly deals and today I’m going to list my favorites, CLICK HERE to view all the products on sale this week.

I’m going to start with one of my all time favorite products … the Silver Glimmer Paper.

With Christmas just around the corner this stunning, no-mess way to add glitter accents is perfect for your card making. The glitter won’t brush off this cover-weight paper!

Here are a couple of my Christmas Cards using the Silver Glimmer paper …

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HOT STAMPIN’ TIP: When cutting with framelits, place your framelits on the un-glittered side … Because it is cover weight (a bit heavier than cardstock) and has a protective layer, cutting from the back side works beautifully.

The next product I would like to showcase is the “This and That Journal” … what a perfect gift for a your kids or grandkids, then invite them over to embellish the cover (if you haven’t done it for them).  Journals are an age-old gift and are very popular now.  It’s a gift that keeps on giving through out the year!

Again, these are just two of the items I love, there’s more framelits and punches and ribbon – Oh my!


I have put the links for the key ingredients for my cards below.

Thank you for stopping by and enjoy your day ~




Marvelous Monday Card Share …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

It’s the start of a new week and I have some great cards to share with you today.  These cards were created by the Stampin’ Up! Concept team … aren’t they just “marvelous!”


This sweet birthday card was created with the Flower Patch stamp set.




Wouldn’t you just love to find this bright and fun “hello” in your mailbox?  They used the “Draw the Line” and “Borderettes” stamp sets.


Last but not least … is our Thanks card from the stamp set “Another Thank You” … the “many” was omitted from this stamp to simply say “THANKS”.

Thanks for stopping by!

Hope you have a marvelous Monday!




Guest Stamper … Jenny’s Christmas Card

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Hope you had a nice weekend … it looks as if we are in for a fabulous week here in Wisconsin.  Warm days and cool nights and today being the first day of Autumn – I love it!

Today I am going to share a card from my sideline / stampin’ sister Jenny F… we did her card as a Make & Take at our meeting. Jenny used a masking technique and sponging, as I did yesterday but it’s a totally different look, another beautiful Christmas card.

We began by stamping our greeting … you can choose any greeting that you have at home or one of the new ones in our Holiday catalog.


The second step was a torn piece of paper, a sponge and the gray ink to create the layers of snow.  Just lightly pull the ink into the paper to add a bit on ink and a softness to the line.

Next, was the Serene Silhouette stamp set and we used markers to color it so our birds could be red.

The moon was created next with a mask made from the 1-1/4″ circle punch and two-way glue pen.  The two-way glue pen when applied and then let dry, will work like a post it … sticky but removable.  Once the circle is placed on the card, you simply sponge around it to create clouds, then lift it off and you’ll have the Moon!

Lastly we added glitter … always a holiday favorite on your cards.

Thank you for stopping by today, hope it’s a good one.



Christmas in Pink -n- Gray

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend so far.  I hosted the last of my clubs for the month yesterday and this afternoon I’m off to work.  I have to train a new employee today.

Yesterday I promised that I would share the Christmas card that I pulled together at my Star’s meeting on Friday.  I tried to use as much of the paper I had already cut, so I stuck with the Whisper White but swapped the Rose Red for Going Gray.

I already had the Pink Pirouette seam binding cut so I thought … what goes good with pink? Hmmmm… GRAY! I have been known to make a few cards with some very non-traditional Christmas colors so here’s my first for the season …


I used the tried and true “Lovely as a Tree” and stamped it in Smokey Slate, then used the greeting from the beautiful “Wondrous Wreath” stamp set. This set comes with the coordinating framelits, so you can bundle the two and save yourself 15%!!

Combining the embossing technique with our decorative masks creates a beautiful effect, especially when you sponge the embossing with an ink to really make them POP! A touch of dazzling diamonds glitter on the tree really gave our card that holiday effect.

The sweet and soft Pink Pirouette seam binding is added for additional dimension, and it just looks prettier!

What better way to finish off your card then to add some star’s to the inside too, and the easiest way was to use our new “Confetti Star’s Punch”. I even slid a piece of Pink Pirouette cardstock behind it to tie our color pallet together and finish off the card.


Not bad for creating a card on the spot! The layout was inspired by the card my club members made this month, so I hope they enjoy another sample.

You may begin shopping by clicking on any of the items used for today’s card.

Thank you for taking time out of your weekend to stop and see me.

Have a beautiful day ~



Season of Stars ….

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

It is beginning to get a bit chilly out…  Are you starting your Christmas cards yet?  Are you thinking about them?

Well, today I would like to share with you a beautiful Christmas card made with one of my favorite new accessories … the Star Framelits!  I teamed it up with the “All is Calm” Specialty Designer Series Paper which will surely soften the winds of winter.


I knew I wanted to use the Silver Glimmer paper, so I layered my stars … smallest and the next two sizes up for my card. I placed all 3 onto the glimmer paper and aligned the product markings on the stars to ensure a perfect alignment.


Each BigShot cuts or embosses differently … my stars needed a bit of help coming apart, so next time I will add a bit of a shim by placing a piece of paper into the sandwich as well. This only happened when cutting my glimmer paper and is well worth it.

My base color is the Soft Sky which coordinates with the All is Calm paper and really sets the tone for the card.  I used that and Lost Lagoon behind my stars for an added pop of color.

Adding a layer of the Shimmer paper between the base and the designer paper just adds that “holiday” touch to the card.


This angle shows the two smaller stars and the banner are popped up with the Stampin’ Dimensionals. It creates wonderful dimension to the card … and brings it to life!

The greeting comes from the “Bright & Beautiful” stamp set found in the Holiday catalog and is stamped in with Lost Lagoon. The banner was trimmed at the end using the square punch.

The items used for creating this card are listed below, click on anyone of them for more details or to begin your shopping at my on-line store.

Thank you so much for stopping by.

Hope you weekend is a wonderful one ~




Thinkin’ Spring …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Whew … didn’t think it would take me this long to get back to my computer today!  Sorry for the late post, too many chores last night.  Once I sat down … I was out for the count and woke up around 3:30 this morning!  We’ve all had those days, and now I’m back down in my stampin’ studio!

Today’s card is to inspire you to Think Spring!  I was happy to hear that our forecast of 5 to 8″ of snow has now turned into only 1 t0 3 inches!  I can deal with that.


I chose the “Watercolor Wonder” designer series paper.  The design is the Daffodil Delight and Tangerine Tango watercolor sheet.  Those colors are so warming, and that is just what we need right now!

The designer paper is cut to 5-1/4″ x 4″ … that will leave a 1/4″ border when you adhere it to the Whisper White card.

The front of the card is also Whisper White and cut to 5″ x 3-3/4″ … then emboss it using one of your favorite embossing folders and the Bigshot.  My apologies for grabbing the one that was from the Holiday catalog … let’s hope they put it back in the new 2014-15 Catalog!  It’s not on the Clearance Rack so let’s keep our fingers crossed!


I used the cute little “Petite Petals” punch found on page 33 of the Occasions catalog.  Center your punch in the middle of your card front that you just embossed and punch.  Then punch out additional flowers on each side of the center flower.

Now … for the ribbon.  You may remember this technique from my February 22nd post (Faux Dipping) where I colored it with marks and spritzed it.  If not, your in luck because this time I took pictures to help explain how I did it.


I began with the 3/8″ Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon and colored it with my Daffodil Delight and Tangerine Tango Markers.  Just slide your “brush end” (it also has a writing end) across the ribbon, don’t be afraid to go darker.

Once your finished inking up your ribbon, place it on some paper towel.  The paper towel will absorb some of the ink, that is why it’s OK to go darker when coloring it.  Fill your Stampin’ Spritzer with water and spritz over your ribbon… the more water you spritz on, the lighter your ribbon will become.  Set aside to dry.


Tip:  You can the new Heat Tool to dry your ribbon because it actually has a low setting for drying!

I love this technique and it looks so nice with the Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper.  Give it a try… it really is quite easy and can add a stunning look to your card.

Thanks for stopping by today.


Here is the list of ingredients I used today …


 Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper  / $10.95


 Petite Petals Punch / $12.95


 Taffeta Ribbon – Whisper White / $6.95


 Stampin’ Spritzer / $2.95 – Set of 2


 Pearls Basic Jewels / $4.95

 You may view or purchase any of these items just by clicking on the item number.  It will take you directly to my stampin’ store.  Shop 24/7 – 365

Thank you.

White Christmas …

Hello my Stampin’ Friends,

OK … it is officially winter here!  Snow, slippery roads, and cold … I’m ready for spring!  However, I do love Thanksgiving and Christmas so I’ll hold out for those.

My card share today is a beautiful card that we made at our Holiday Retreat this year.   I think it’s my favorite of all the cards and projects we did (I love the look and the bling).


As you can see there are many layers here, but all done in Whisper White, which gives it that special look.  We used the “Beautifully Baroque” embossing folder to create some texture.

The “silver” embossed snowflake comes from the “Festive Flurry” stamp set found in the Holiday Catalog and can also be purchased in a bundle with the coordinating framelits.  The snowflake was centered on the stunning “Silver Glimmer” Paper which in now on sale!  Click on any of the highlighted items to see what is included in that stamp set.

Our greeting “Christmas Cheer” comes from the stamp set “Sweet Essentials” found on page 41 of our catalog.  I decides to create a banner for the greeting so it would stand out more.


Quite simple and very elegant with some holiday bling, you can see why I love this card.  Hope you enjoyed it as well.

Thanks for stopping by and stay warm.

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Here is a list of supplies used for today’s card …






 Festive Flurry – WOOD



 Festive Flurry – CLEAR



 Sweet Essentials – WOOD



 Sweet Essentials – CLEAR



 Beautifully Baroque Embossing Folder



 Rhinestones (Basic) Jewels



 Heat Tool (Embossing Gun)



 Silver Embossing Powder

Clicking on the item number will link you to my on-line store.