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!


Balloon Builder Stamp Set – not just for Balloons you know

By | February 17, 2017

Balloon Builder Stamp SetYes you saw the headline right, Balloon Builder! So not only do I say what I mean in a heading, but did I not promise you another way to use this stamp set rather than just for balloons? Guess what else? Its FRIDAY!

When I was looking for ideas for this stamp set, it was honestly hard to choose. People have the best imaginations. For this little bunny, the stamp piece used for the feet and hands (or are they paws?), I saw them used in many different colours and were jelly beans!

If you are  considering this stamp set, you must do a google search so you can see the possibilities. This stamp set can be used over and over again. Balloon Builder is definitely a good choice if you don’t want to have a lot of stamp sets.

Balloon Builders

Beautiful You Stamp Set – very popular for a reason

By | February 16, 2017

Beautiful You Stamp SetThe Beautiful You Stamp Set sure seems to be one of the trending stamp sets. There is something so personable about this stamp set. I’m still hooked on the Watercolor Pencils, and they are perfect for this stamp set. This time I used the Shimmery White Cardstock. It’s a shame you can’t see the glimmer it gives off in this photo. The Shimmery White Cardstock is also perfect for watercoloring. I used Dapper Denim cardstock for the main card, and then the Designer Series Paper is also Dapper Denim from the 2016-2018 In Color Designer Series Paper Stacks. Just add a few rhinestones, and you’re done.  It’s seriously that easy! Beautiful You stamp set is available only until May 31, 2017, so don’t put off getting it.

I can’t resist this Hey Chick Stamp Set, and ssshhhh it’s FREE

By | February 15, 2017

Hey ChickHey Chick! Nooooo, I don’t mean you the reader, I mean Hey Chick Stamp Set. Seriously, is this just not a cute little card? I posted a card last week using one of the other stamps from this set, but the more I look online, the more samples I see, that I just can’t resist!

Have I told you I LOVE this stamp set? Did I tell you it’s FREE? Yes you heard me correctly. It’s one of the stamp sets you can earn and pay $0.00 for if you spend $60.00 from any current Stampin’ Up catalog.  I promise I won’t go on about this, because I’ve already mentioned it in every post so far LOL.

The Designer Series Paper for this card is called Carried Away. But because I promised I won’t go on, I can’t tell you that this too is FREE! So you are going to have to do a little research to find out what I am talking about. (or look in the Sale-a-Bration) catalog and you will find out all the great details there.

I used Watercolor Pencils for the colouring. I’m not sure if the picture shows you the detail or not, but I stamped him twice, and just cut out his wing and then used a glue dot, to hold his wing, and his sign up.

Have you noticed I strayed from Pacific Point? Moved on now to Emerald Green. I love his ribbon. It’s 3/8″ Ruched Ribbon and comes in all the colours in the 2016-2017 In Color Collection. Such a pretty color.

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Balloon Builders stamp set says Happy Valentines Day to you!

By | February 14, 2017

Happy Valentines Day.  I wanted to use the Balloon Builders stamp set for todays technique. If everything works out the way I want it to today, then I should have a little something for each of my 4 daughters made, my husband, and my 3 grandchildren. But first I wanted tOwl builder punch and Balloon Builders Stamp Seto make sure I showed you todays technique.

The technique is called Masking. It’s when you want to stamp more than one object in the same area, but you don’t want the full image all overlapping. In this case the masking was used on the 3 balloons. You can see how the heart balloon appears in the foreground, and the 2 other balloons appear to be in the background. This is accomplished as only part of the image of the 2 balloons is stamped.

It’s very easy to do this, and can be used for absolutely any image at all.

Step #1: Stamp the first image you want in the foreground onto your cardstock.

Step #2: Stamp that same image on a scrap piece of cardstock, and cut that image out. (I used a different colour [purple] so that you could follow easier)

Step #3: Place the cut out image over top of the stamped image.

Step #4: Stamp your second image in the location you want it. Part of that image will be stamped on top of that cut out piece. Because it gets stamped on the cut out piece, it won’t transfer to your cardstock.

Step #5: Reposition your cut out piece if it moved, and stamp your third image where you want it to go. Again, part of your image is stamped on that cut out piece, which is exactly what you want to happen.

When you remove the cut out piece, you now have the overlapping image you wanted. In addition, if I had wanted to stamp a larger number of balloons, I would simply have stamped and cut out another balloon, and used that to place overtop of the balloons that were already stamped.

For this card, because I wanted a distinct difference in the balloons, the heart balloon was done using Read Red, and the other 2 balloons were done using Cherry Cobbler. The stamp set I used for these balloons was Balloon Builders. It is a 2 step stamp set, but it also can be used to give the effect of watercolor. Very versatile stamp set. I have seen many cards done with this stamp set, but the images created were animals, and even little ballerinas. Watch for another post using this stamp set. In the spirit of making sure I use all my current stamp sets, I will show you what I mean.

This is a technique we can teach at your own workshop. If you want to do this, email me and book your date today. If there is another technique you have always wanted to learn, email me , and I can do on an upcoming blog post.