Brightly Lit Christmas and Embossing Paste

By | December 15, 2017

Stampin Up Brightly Lit ChristmasPeople often look at cards and say, “I could never do that”. Almost every single time I disagree. Maybe you don’t want to because you’re not a crafty person, but if you like to make crafts anyone can do this. While to me all cards are easy, some just take more steps. This is one of those cards. Nothing hard about it all, just a few extra steps.

  1. Fold a piece of 8-1/2 x 5-1/2″ Real Red Cardstock in half
  2. Cut a piece of Whisper White Cardstock to 5-1/4″ x 4″ (you will use this piece to add brick work)
  3. Cut another piece of Whisper White Cardstock 4″ x 2″ (this will be the piece you use to make snow)
  4. Choose which greeting you want and stamp onto Whisper White Cardstock, using Real Red Ink from the Brightly Lit Christmas Stamp Set.
  5. Use your Big Shot and the Christmas Lampost Thinlits dies to cut out:
    1. lamp posts using Basic Black Cardstock
    2. lamps using Basic Black Cardstock
    3. ornamental sign topper using Basic Black Cardstock
    4. luminated lights using Daffodil Delight Cardstock
    5. co-ordinating die to cut out your greeting
    6. Add Real Red re-inker to some Embossing Paste, and mix well.
    7. Use the brick pattern from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks, and lay over top of your previously cut 5-1/4″ x 4″ Whisper White Cardstock. Use any palette knife that you like to work with, and spread the red embossing paste over top of the brick work, until your sheet is covered. Gently lift the mask off the white cardstock. Clean your mask, and palette knife, or put into a tray of warm water until you are ready to clean.
    8. While the embossing paste is drying (only takes a few minutes) take your 4″ x 2″ whisper white cardstock, and starting at one side, tear to the other side, adding a little bit of hills and valleys. (makes it look more like a snow bank)
    9. Next use glue and add dazzling diamonds to the entire snowbank. (An alternative would be to use Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper.
    10. Now piece your card together.
      1. Add the whisper white with the brick work to the front of your folded card.
      2. Add the daffodil yellow “lights” to the back of the lampposts
      3. Adhere the snow bank to bottom of your card
      4. Add the lamp post to front of your card
      5. Add the ornamental sign holder to front of your card
      6. Attach the sign using dimensionals under the sign holder.

Now see, there was nothing hard about that was there? And are you not happy with the results? Now you want to play with that embossing paste even more now right? ME TOO !!! Stay tuned, we will for sure.


Carols of Christmas

By | December 14, 2017

Stamoin Up Carols of Christmas

I am still filling Christmas Card orders and loving every second of it! Have you got your Christmas Cards done yet? The other day I showed you a card using this same stamp yet. It is a pretty awesome one for sure.

This time I just stamped the greetings in using Tuxedo Black memento ink. The background is the Merry Music Specialty Designer Series Paper from the Holiday Occasions Catalogue.

Colouring your stamps

The holly leaf with the berry are the same stamp. To achieve 2 colours, just use your Stampin Write marker to colour directly onto stamp. If you have a larger area to colour, once you are done, just “huff” on your stamp before stamping it onto paper.

Night in Bethlehem

By | December 13, 2017

Stampin Up Night in BethlehemIs this not so elegant? It brings back all my Sunday School lessons, and for me personally reigns me back in when you start to tire of hearing Christmas. This just makes it real again. I used the Night in Bethlehem Stamp Set from Stampin Up, as well as the Bethlehem Edgelits. If your purchase together as a bundle you save 10%. If you put your order in today, you will have your stamp set  it in time for Christmas via regular shipping. You can always expedite your order as well.

I used the layering oval framelits to first cut out the oval shape in the Whisper White Cardstock. Next, I embossed that same piece of white cardstock with the Sparkle Embossing Folder. Stamp your greeting using versamark and silver embossing powder, and heat set with your heat embosser.  Use the same layering oval framelits to cut out your scalloped oval using the Silver Foil. Cut out the next sized oval in Basic Black to go behind your greeting.

I also used the Silver Foil to cut out part of the town, and I used whisper white to cut out different buildings. It is better to use dimensionals to pop up the white buildings over the silver foil ones. It gives it more dimension. The star is cut out using the Silver Glimmer Paper.

Putting it altogether.

Once you have everything punched out, fold your Basic Black cardstock in half. Next adhere the scalloped oval silver foil to the back side of your Whisper White Cardstock, positioning so all sides are equal. Then add your town buildings behind, then adhere all of this directly to your folded black cardstock. Use dimensionals behind the black oval to pop up greeting from your card, and adhere Mary & Joseph directly to the Whisper White. Attach your star directly to the Whisper White cardstock.

Star of Light – One Layer Card

By | December 12, 2017

Stampin Up Star of LightThis is a quick and easy card to do, yet so elegant. It was cased from Angela McKay, and I saw it on Pinterest. I used the Star of Light Stamp Set and the Starlight Thinlit Dies. You can find both of these in the Stampin Up 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue. Use Versamark to stamp the swirl image, and silver embossing powder, then heat set with your embosser. The big star is done using Silver Foil, and Night of Navy cardstock. Ink is also Night of Navy.

Fast and Easy

You can easily make up a good lot of these cards in a short period of time. Very easy, and very appealing to so many people. The stamp set has other greetings, so you can change up the greeting on the outside, as well as create a simple finish on the inside of the card. For a little extra pizzazz I added small rhinestone jewels to the middle of the small stars.

Deck the Halls with Carols of Christmas

By | December 11, 2017

Stampin Up Carols of ChristmasI love this card! This sample uses Deck the Halls greeting, from Stampin Up Carols of Christmas stamp set. There is another greeting in the stamp set that says Peace on Earth, that you could very easily substitute instead of Deck the Halls. The outside edge was done with the Card Front Builder Thinlits Die. It  is such a versatile die, and you will see me use it a few times in upcoming posts.

The Deck the Halls greeting was done with gold embossing powder. I co-ordinated the gold by doing one of the ornaments in gold as well. The other 2 ornaments are done with crushed curry. When you order the Carols of Christmas bundle it comes with the Card Front Builder dies, and you save 10% when ordering together.  In addition, it has the dies to cut out the ornaments as well. The ribbon I used is 3/8″ Gold Metallic-Edge ribbon.

Last Day to Order

Last day to order via regular shipping from Stampin Up is Thursday December 14th, so if you haven’t got your Christmas Cards done, there is still time.

Merry Patterns and Woodland Embossing Folder

By | October 11, 2017

Stampin Up Merry PatternsIs this just not the cutest card ever? When I googled the name of the stamp set, I saw this design from Sue Prather. and immediately knew I had to try it. It is very simple.

Stamp the deer twice, once in soft suede, and the second time in real red ink. Fussy cut the deer out, then cut just the sweater from the second deer, and adhere the red sweater over top of the body of the soft suede deer.

Use the Woodland Embossing Folder, and ink up the folder on the side, where the impressions are indented. then put a piece of 5″ x 3-3/4″  white cardstock inside the folder and run through the big shot. Next, mask the left side of the trees with post it notes, or paper, and use a sponge or dauber and lightly rub smoky slate ink down the side of the trees. Next once again masking over top of your tree, randomly position pine leaves using garden green ink. Use your black stampin’ write marker, to fill in the indents of the tree.

Use an exacto knife to very carefully cut a slit on both sides of a tree, then slide the deer through. I adhered this sheet to a 5-1/4″ x 4″ soft suede, and the main card was done using real red. For the greeting, I just used the layering ovals framelits and dimensionals to adhere to front of card.


So Detailed Thinlits Dies creates stunning card

By | April 7, 2017

Today must be Friday, so hurray for that! To celebrate the upcoming weekend I wanted to share this card, done using the So Detailed Thinlits Dies. Isn’t it pretty? It’s the first time I have used this die set, and it won’t be the last. 3 dies come with the set, so I know I am going to try 2 more designs.

To create this card, I used Blushing Bride cardstock and of course the So Detailed Thinlits. They are so dainty and delicate, yet so very pretty. I also used the Falling In Love Designer Series Paper, which totally softens up the whole look.

The ribbon unfortunately is now no longer available. It was in the sale-a-bration FREE rewards catalog, and is so pretty. Don’t despair though, there are still options. You can use the 1/4″ Natural Trim ribbon, or even the Very Vanilla 1/2″ Lace Trim would work perfectly.

If you like this card, leave a comment. To leave a comment, hover mouse over comments at top of this post. Any comments on this card will be entered in a draw to win a Fabulous prize.

So Detailed Thinlits

Send a beautiful greeting with Easter Message

By | April 6, 2017

Easter is just around the corner, so I thought it was a perfect time to share this card using the Easter Message stamp set. The absolute beauty is, is that you can change up the design so easily,  yet keeping it elegant. I have done this card at a few different workshops lately. Some ladies have been so creative! I LOVE it. For this particular card I used Very Vanilla, and Early Espresso cardstock.  The image from Easter Greetings was stamped using Early Espresso ink, and was stamped onto Watercolor Paper. I then used an Aqua Painter to fill in the cross and the cloth. You can make images as dark or as light as you wish.


I used the Gold Wink oEaster Messagef Stella Glitter Brush on the cross. The background on the main part of the card was also inked using Early Espresso ink. On the lilies I actually used Dazzling Diamonds. I tried the Clear Wink of Stella, but it didn’t add enough “pop” for me. The greeting is also from Easter Messages Stamp set.

I adhered the image to a piece of Early Espresso Cardstock, and then used dimensionals to pop up from the main card.

Different variations could include stamping the lilies more to the bottom of the main card, or I had some ladies not even stamp the lilies at all, just leaving it blank. You could used Wink of Stella on the cloth, instead of the cross. Then of course, the colouring is your choice. By using the Aqua Painter you can make any of the images, as dark or as light as you like.


Sale-A-Bration is winding down, Only 2 days left.

By | March 29, 2017

Don’t forget if there are any items you are wanting, order them now. Once Sale-a-bration is over, anything in the Sale-A-Bration reward catalogs will no longer be available.

You can place your order through me, or you can do directly . I will be putting in one last order Thursday evening. I can tell you that there are a few items that are already sold out, so if you want an updated list, or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to  contact me.



Watercolor with Watercolor Pencils

By | March 28, 2017

I wanted to show you how to use Watercolor Pencils. I have been hosting several workshops during Sale-A-Bration and we have been using re-inkers and Aqua Painters. One of the ladies at a recent workshop asked me if it was the same as using the pencils. In a nutshell, yes, very similar.

One of these days I might be able to make a high quality video. I am trying, you have to give me an “A” for effort. Who knew that when all you wanted to do was share your love of papercrafting, that first you have to become an expert on webpage building and the gazillion things that entails, then you have to learn how to video tape, then how to edit, the list goes on and on….. and I am still smiling! In the meantime, you have this video, but the most important thing is, is that it shows you what you want to know!

More Glimmer Paper and Flourish Thinlits

By | February 24, 2017

Glimmer Paper and Flourish ThinlitsYesterday I told you to hang on to your hats for more glimmer ( or did I?), for sure I told you I was going to share a pretty cool card. I also told you the card I was going to share was an original. I am pretty happy with the way it turned out. There are so many  things I’ve been doing, using items I haven’t used in a while, going out of my comfort zone, AND  posting Monday to Friday. In order to post so frequently, I need product or topic. If it’s product, then I better learn how to get things done faster. Faster, yet great. Today I nailed it (strictly my own opinion). I did it FAST, but Great…. no strike that……GORGEOUS (again my opinion LOL). I used the Flourish Thinlits and the Glimmer paper from the sale-a-bration. Again though I really need to learn how to take better photos. I am working on it, but one thing at a time. The greeting is from the stamp set Garden In Bloom. The inside of the card says – Because that’s just what you are! –


Stamp Set: Garden in Bloom

Main card is Mint Macaron 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″

Card layers: Emerald Envy 5-1/4″ x 4″ ; Whisper White 5″ x 3-3/4″

Ribbon: 3/8″ Sheer Linen Mint Macaron

Oval Cut outs: Layering Oval Framelits

Main Design: Flourish Thinlits & Glimmer Paper (after Sale-a-bration is over, you can still use the Glimmer Paper that is in the Idea Book & Catalogue. There is Blushing Bride, Dazzling Diamonds, Gold, Red and Silver to choose from).

If you are interested in making this card, wanting to place an order, or hosting your own workshop, email me today

Glimmer Paper Assortment Pack FREE from Sale-A-Bration

By | February 23, 2017

I LOVE the new Glimmer Paper, and oh my gosh, IT’S FREE during Sale-A-Bration. I could be wrong but I think this is going to be a huge hit. Stampin’ Up introduced 3 new products that can be earned during Sale-A-Bration on Tuesday. I think this is great for those of you that have already taken advantage, but are ready for something new. Tomorrow I am going to show you another show stopper card done using the Glimmer Paper. I have to share with you though (ok, maybe brag a little) both the card today and tomorrows cards are originals. I kept the internet and books closed, and just used what I had. For today’s card I had just gotten in a new shipment. I had ordered the Falling In Love Designer Series Paper for a workshop I have coming up. I saw a sheet that had butterflies on it, and I was hooked! Now if I could just learn how to take really good photos I’d be doing a whole lot better. This picture really doesnn’t do the card justice. The glimmer is so awesome!

I also used the Bold Butterfly Framelits and Flourish Thinlits Dies, as well as the Elegant Butterfly and Bitty  Butterfly Punch. The greeting is from the Cottage Greetings Stamp Set.Glimmer Paper Assortment Pack

We have just over a month left of Sale-A-Bration. It ends March 31st, so if you want to host a workshop and take advantage of all the offerings, or if you just want to place an order and get things FREE,  email me today. Don’t wait because once it ends, you won’t be able to order again.


Flower Patch Stamp Set and Single Layer Card

By | February 22, 2017

Create your own card using Flower Patch Stamp Set. This beautiful card can be done quickly and easily, and by just doing a single layer, no real fuss.Flower Patch Stamp Set

Stamp Set
Flower Patch

Whisper White

Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango, Calypso Coral, Garden Green, Strawberry Slush,

Pearl Basic Jewels

  1. Fold a piece of 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ Whisper White cardstock in half
  2. Using Pumpkin Pie and Strawberry Slush inks, stamp random flower images on the front of your card.
  3. Using Garden Green ink, stamp leaves and stems onto cards.
  4. Using Strawberry Slush and Pumpkin Pie ink, fill in card with smaller flower images.
  5. Use Tangerine Tango ink, to stamp inside the large solid Pumpkin Pie Flower Image
  6. Adhere pearls to center of either 3 or 5 of your flower images.
  7. Use Garden Green Ink to stamp your greeting.




Happy Celebrations and Celebrations Duo Embossing Folder

By | February 21, 2017

A while back, you will remember me sharing 2 cards with you. These were done with the Happy Celebrations Stamp Set, as well as the Celebrations Duo Embossing Folder. Today I am going to share how to use both of these,and will share a new card as well.

Happy Celebrations

You don’t have to use both the stamp set and the embossing folder. You can just use the stamp set, and also get different looks.

1. Just use the outline image,

2. Just use the fill image

3. Use the outline image AND the fill image, both with the same colour.

4. Use the outline image AND the filll image, using 2 different colours. For these samples I used similar colours (Cherry Cobbler and Real Red), however if you notice in my one card with the triangles, I used completely different colours, Chocolate Chip and Blushing Bride.

This is another sample I made using the Embossing Folder

Happy Celebrations Stamp Set and Celebrations Duo Embossing Folder

This is a good video put out by Stampin’ Up, that shows you the versatility of both the Stamp Set and Embossing Folder.

Pyramid Pals and Playful Pals perfect for all things KIDS

By | February 20, 2017

Happy Monday. Pyramid Pals was my target this past weekend. I was asked to do party favors for a kids party, Pyramid Pals is a thinlit die, and together with the stamp set Playful Pals I had a lot of fun creating. While the Frog and the Giraffe are only 2 ideas, the possibilities are endless. I saw so many great ideas, bunnies, penquins, elephants, cats, dogs and so many more. The box is as you can see a pyrmaid shape. I taped all of it closed, except for the back flap. For this one, I just used a small glue dot. The glue dot allows for the triangle to stay closed, but at the same time, you can open it to retrieve your reward. In this case we put some Hershey Kisses. Pyramid Pals thinlit die can be found in the 2016-2017 Stampin Up Idea Book & Catalog. Pyramid Pals thinlit dies

While I was in a playful mood, I also created some cards using the Playful Pals stamp set. I have to say OMG! Are they not just the cutest?? I think I could have spent an entire day making a whole series of these cards. In fact, I just may come back to it. I


The Playful Pals stamp set is Photopolymer and contains 50 pieces. I am pretty sure every animal out there is a possiblity.Playful Pals Stamp Set

These samples here are from the Stampin’ Up Catalog. Just so you can get idea of other possibilities.

Sample from SU Catalog Sample of Pyramid Pals from SU Catalog

Try your hand with both the thinlit die and stamp set. The only advice I can give is, grab a drink, a snack and close the door! Put out the do not disturb sign, and start creating. You could spend a lot of time and have fun while doing so, and in addition loving everything you created. Go for it!