What is the Stamparatus????

By | November 14, 2017

Do you hear the cheers in the Stampin’ Up! world??  I’d describe it as more of a loud ROAR!!  This week Stampin’ Up! is introducing a fantastic new stamping tool….

The Stamparatus

The Stamp-a-what’s that you ask???

The Stamparatus will change the way you stamp, and before long, you’ll wonder how you crafted without it!  You’ll fall in love with stamping all over again when you learn everything you can do with this fantastic new tool!

Why do you need this??

  • You can stamp multiples quickly and easily!!
  • Your stamped images will always be crisp and clean.
  • If you “miss” stamping part of the image the first time, it’s easy to apply more ink and re-stamp—no need to start over
  • You will make fewer mistakes, saving you time and money
  • You can easily create 2-step, 3-step, and 4-step stamped images using reversible plates

Watch this video to see the Stamparatus in action and learn Five Things You Need to Know.

More details!

  • Compatible with Stampin’ Up!’s red rubber and photopolymer stamp
  • Foam mat included to use with photopolymer stamps
  • Rulers and gridlines for quick measuring
  • 2 open sides so you can stamp on larger paper
  • 2 reversible plates: a total of 4 surfaces to work with
  • Plates attach with hinges, and are removable for storage
  • 2 magnets to hold the paper in place
  • Magnet storage areas

Retail Price $49.00

How do I get one???

This process is something new and different for Stampin’ Up!.  You can RESERVE yours beginning this Thursday, November 16, 2017, 2:00 pm (MT). You will then be among the first to receive it, around February 1st!  (this will ensure there are no backorders!)

I think is going to be one hot selling item!  It was just introduced at the Stampin’ Up! National Convention and people went CRAZY!!!!  There are a limited number available, so you will want to make sure to order as early as you can!  I am sure they will SELL OUT FAST!

HOW TO RESERVE (see below for photo tutorial)

Reserving a product is a totally new process.  Just follow these steps.  Your credit card will NOT be charged until it ships.  If you don’t already have an online account, you will have to set that up FIRST. (Make sure to choose Deb Hoekstra as your demonstrator)

Note – You can only order with the link below beginning on Thursday, November 16 at 2pm (MT).


What is the Stamparatus????

What is the Stamparatus????

What is the Stamparatus????

I am SO EXCITED about this new tool and all the possibilities it holds.  I know the reservation system is something new, but it will allow Stampin’ Up! to manage the release of this exciting new product without the frustration of product backorders.  Remember, if you’d like to be one of the first to purchase the Stamparatus, make your reservation THIS THURSDAY, November 16, 2 pm (MT).


Tips for Making Quick and Easy Christmas Cards, Part 2

By | November 13, 2017

Here’s part two of my tips for making quick and easy Christmas cards.  Last week we talked about the process of planning your card.  This week will be all about how to “mass produce” your stash of holiday cards.


Tips for Making Quick and Easy Christmas Cards


Heres’ a review of last week.

  1. Start early
  2. Make a schedule
  3. Design your card and keep it simple
  4. Create a sample of the card

You can read part one of my tips for making quick and easy Christmas cards here.

Step Three – Create the “parts” of  the card

The fastest way to mass produce cards is to focus on each individual element separately, then assemble once all pieces are made.  Breaking up project tasks like this makes creating a large batch of cards much more manageable.

  • Make a note of all paper sizes that will needed for each element.  Also, set up your work area.  Having all the necessary supplies and equipment out and convenient makes the assembly process go much more quickly. 
  • The first step is to score your card bases.  This is done with a full sheet of 8 1/2” x 11” cardstock. It is usually scored at 4 1/4” on the 8” side of the card stock.  Next, cut the 8 12” x 11” card stock  in half to create two card bases.  Make the cut at 5 1/2” on the 11” side.  Fold the bases along the score line.  Set aside.
  • Next, cut all the elements needed for your project.  This includes all pieces for stamped images, mattes, paper panels, die cut embellishments, ribbon, etc.  If ribbon needs to be tied into bows, do so at this point as well.
  • Stamp first, before assembling.  That way, mistakes made won’t mess up the entire project (ask me how I know this!!).  And, if there is more than one image to stamp, only stamp one image at a time using one color ink at a time. This saves time because you aren’t constantly having to change or clean the stamp.  When done, clean the stamp and move to the next image or color. 
  • Stamp your envelope or inside panel of the card as well!!  (Consider computer generating the inside note, and printing on white paper. For a typical card, four inside notes can be printed per page.  Leave room on the bottom of the inside piece for a short personal note.)
  • Use grid paper to stamp on.  Not only will the grid paper protect your work area, the lines and ruler allow for better image placement.  Also, if elements need to be sponged, do so at this point.
  • Once all the elements are cut, stamped and created, it’s time to assemble the project elements.  Adhere mattes to main pieces, assemble embellishments, punch out what needs to be punched, etc.  Remember to complete all of one item before moving to the next.

Step Four – Assemble the Card

When all the project pieces are ready, assemble the card, starting from the bottom (base) of the design and working up, to the top. Ribbons, rhinestones, buttons, etc. are the last things that should be added.

Congratulations!!  Your Christmas cards are done and ready to send!!!


Well, that’s it.  Hope these tips for making quick and easy Christmas cards are helpful this holiday season!!  I’d love to know if this was beneficial!!  Leave a comment for me and let me know.

Tips for Making Quick and Easy Christmas Cards

By | November 6, 2017

The holiday season is upon us.  Quite often, those of us who craft like to send handmade holiday cards. Today, I’m sharing some tips for making quick and easy Christmas cards.  Whether you make 100 cards or only a dozen, these tips will make the job of creating them easier.


The first of my tips for making quick and easy Christmas cards is a good one for ANY type of crafting with a deadline….Start early.

It’s so easy to procrastinate.  I think that I have plenty of time to get the job done, and then before you know it, the deadline is upon me and I’m scurrying around trying to get everything done in time.  And, then I’m feeling stressed and crabby!!

Here’s a suggestion.  Decide on your deadline date.  Then, figure out how much time you have between then and now to get things done.  Next, break your creative project into tasks/steps and then assign a deadline to each of those pieces.

Here’s what it might look like for my holiday cards:

  1. Send Cards on December 8 (DEADLINE).
  2. I have five weeks between now and December 8. (Figure how much time I have)
  3. By November 10 – Decide on card design and create a “sample”.   Then, break down each part of the card (stamped/colored image; die cuts; cardstock to cut; scored card bases; ribbons/bows, etc) and assign a deadline to each.  Make note of the sizes of cardstock you will need to cut as well.
  4. If possible, set up a work area that can stay set up.  If this isn’t possible, gather supplies you will need together and store in a box.  This way, everything you need will be together.
  5. Week of November 13 – Cut cardstock needed for stamping.  Stamp and color images (including envelopes and inside of cards).
  6. Week of November 20 – complete all die cuts and cut needed card stock and card bases.
  7. Week of November 27 – assemble all card elements (mattes, etc) and assemble cards.
  8. Week of December 4 – address envelopes and write cards.

The most important part at this point is making the commitment to DO IT and stick to the schedule!!  Many times I find it’s easy to let the other demands of my life pull me off of commitments I’ve made.  In order for me to overcome this problem, I have to make my card making schedule a PRIORITY!!  Sorry that I don’t have some magic formula for you.  It’s just a matter of making a decision to stick to the plan!!


Continuing on with my tips for making quick and easy Christmas cards.

Step One – Deciding on the card design.

  • My best word of advice here is to keep it simple, especially if you have LOTS of cards to create.  Don’t make it detailed!  Keeping the design simple makes the entire process easier and faster. (See my sample above)
  • Decide on the focal point and keep the focus of the card here.  Card sketches are great tools to use in this initial step!! 
  • Also, if using a technique on your card, use no more than ONE (and make it an easy technique that you enjoy).
  • Limit the colors used to no more than THREE.
  • Choose solid card stock, designer pattern papers, punches, stamps, and dies to lessen the cost of the cards.  Creating card elements this way is more affordable than buying pre-made embellishments.
  • Make your supplies go farther by planning how to best use them without having excess waste.  For instance, what if you wanted to use a piece of 12″ x 12″ designer paper on a 5 1/2” x 4 1/4” card front?  The “best use” of this paper would be to cut 1 1/2″ off one of the paper edges.  That gives a 12″ x 1 1/2″ leftover strip to use on another project.  Cut the remaining 12″ x 10 1/2″ piece of designer paper into six pieces that measure 4″ x 5 1/4″.

Step Two – Do a Test Run

Once you have your card idea in mind, create a sample using scrap or copy paper.  This allows opportunity for experimenting before cutting into your actual project papers.


I’ll have more tips for you next week because I’m going to give you a homework assignment.  Take time to plan your holiday card and make a sample.  Also, decide on your deadline date and set up a schedule like the one I made above.  You have a week to do this.  Then, join me next Monday when I share the rest of my tips for making quick and easy Christmas cards.


Just a Note….

By | November 2, 2017

If you regularly visit my blog, I want to give you a heads up.  I’m in the habit of posting card projects here on Mondays and Wednesdays.  However, because of the busy upcoming holiday season, you MAY find me only posting only one day each week during the months of November and December.  Then, in the new year, I’ll be back to posting twice weekly on a regular basis.  Thanks for understanding.  I really appreciate all who visit my blog on a regular basis.

Ideas for Paper Quilt Greeting Cards

By | October 30, 2017

The ideas for paper quilt greeting cards are endless when you use the Quilt Builder Framelits Dies (144673) from Stampin’ Up!  And, think about what a perfect Christmas gift quilt cards would make for  that quilter in your life!!  I’m back today with more quilt card inspiration.


The cards I’m sharing today use the Petal Garden Designer Series Paper Stack (144168).  The coordinating colors are Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry, and Old Olive.  My focus on these cards will be the elements I used for their centers.


Here’s the first card:

Ideas for Paper Quilt Greeting Cards


  • I used a simple punched 1/2″ cardstock circle for this card.  This makes shapes in the center design look like a flower. (1/2″ Circle Punch, 119869)
  • Note how I used designer paper on both the card front background as well as the quilt square background.   The layers of solid color cardstock work well to separate the two patterns.


Here’s my second card:

Ideas for Paper Quilt Greeting Cards


  • A die cut paper butterfly was placed in the center of this quilt block.  Butterfly die is from the Move Me Thinlits (143732).
  • I used Clear Wink of Stella (141897) on the butterfly body to add a hint of glitter.


Here’s my next card:

Ideas for Paper Quilt Greeting Cards


  • A paper shape was again used for the center of this card…a star shape from the Quilt Builder Framelits Dies.
  • Notice how the placement of the light and dark colors in the quilt pattern make it look like this design is reaching out towards you.


Here’s my fourth card:

Ideas for Paper Quilt Greeting Cards



The ideas for paper quilt greeting cards center just kept coming.  Here’s one more:

Ideas for Paper Quilt Greeting Cards


  • I used the Eastern Medallions Thinlits (143725) to make this layered center element.  It fits very well into this quilt design die shape.


Here’s my last card idea:

Ideas for Paper Quilt Greeting Cards



Other paper quilt blog posts you may enjoy:

How to make paper quilt cards

Paper Quilt Greeting Cards

More Paper Quilt Greeting Cards

Paper Quilt Greeting Card Ideas


I hope that I haven’t overwhelmed you with ideas for paper quilt greeting cards.  These are fast becoming my favorite kind of card to create.  Because you need to die cut so many different papers to make your patterns, you can create so many cards at one time!!  What are your thoughts…do you love quilt themed cards or not??

Paper Quilt Greeting Card Ideas

By | October 25, 2017

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I’ve been seeing paper quilt greeting card ideas everywhere!!  As I’ve shared before…I LOVE quilting with paper.  It gives me such pleasure to combine colors and patterns to come up with a quilt themed card that I love.  And, it’s much less frustrating to me than using a sewing machine and fabric.

Well, I’ve been doing some more playing with the Quilt Builder Framelits Dies (144673) from Stampin’ Up!  As a result, I have more card ideas to share with you.  I made the 5 cards in this group by mixing and matching designer paper from the Petal Garden Designer Series Paper Pack (144168) with coordinating colors of solid colored cardstock.

I’ll share design notes specific to each of the  paper quilt greeting card ideas in the “Design Notes” section of each card.

First card:

Paper Quilt Greeting Card Ideas


  • I used one of my “go to” sketch layouts for this card…a large square on top with the sentiment underneath. (Actually, I used this sketch layout for ALL the cards I’m sharing today!)
  • Background of the quilt design piece is designer paper and the petal design is made with solid cardstock pieces.
  • The sentiment piece is punched using the Everyday Label Punch (144668).  Notice how trimming off the top and bottom of the punched piece creates a different shape.
  • Entire card (except sentiment) is textured using the Quilt Top Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (144687).


My second card uses the same sketch layout at the first, but looks entirely different!!

Paper Quilt Greeting Card Ideas


  • I used designer paper to build in around the edges of the star design, but used two different patterns.  See how different this card looks from my first card?
  • I used the “frame” of the quilt design to highlight the center pattern of this card.  The Pool Party color that you see peeking through is actually the card front.
  • I sponged the center of the Pool Party cardstock to make it appear shaded and a bit darker.  See photo below to learn how I did this.

Paper Quilt Greeting Card Ideas



Here’s my third card, also using the same sketch layout.

Paper Quilt Greeting Card Ideas


  • I love all the faux stitching on this card.  Here’s how I created it:
    1. I ran the 3 1/4″ Blushing Bride square through the Big Shot using the “stitched” framelit die.  This die doesn’t cut out the image, but just leaves stitch marks in the shape of the design.
    2. Next, I cut the 3″ Calypso Coral square using the quilt shape die piece and coordinating square framelit.  SAVE THE OUTSIDE FRAME!!
    3. Finally, use the Stitched Shapes Square Framelit (145372) that matches the size of the inside square and run through the Big Shot.
    4. Assemble the two squares together, fitting the quilt shape piece inside the outside frame.
    5. Hope that all makes sense!! (If not, email me with questions.)


My final two paper quilt greeting card ideas use this same go-to layout as well, I just tipped the layout sideways.  Can you see it??

First card:

Paper Quilt Greeting Card Ideas


  • I love the inlaid look you get when you emboss papers that are layered.  I used the Garden Trellis Textured Embossing Folder (143741) for this card.
  • Sentiment: Vertical Greetings stamp set (Wood 141873, Clear 141876)
  • I used a die cut quilted flower shape (from the quilt dies) and ribbon bow for the center of the quilt design.


Here’s the last card I have for today:

Paper Quilt Greeting Card Ideas


  • This card uses a stamped image from the Christmas Quilt stamp set (144793) to create the stitch marks.  These stamps can be bundled with the quilt dies for a 10% savings (146026)
  • I filled in die cut designer paper pieces between the faux stitch marks to create the pattern paper design.
  • Scallop border was made with the Seasonal Layers Thinlits (143751) and embossed with the Quilt Top embossing folder.


I have another blog post that tells how to use the Quilt Builders Framelits DiesClick here to read that.

The Petal Garden Designer Series Paper Pack is one of the designer papers that Stampin’ Up! has on sale this month.  Click here to learn more about their designer paper sale.

Hope these paper quilt greeting card ideas have inspired you. I really do appreciate you stopping.  More quilt card ideas in my next blog post, so stop back!!

Painted Autumn Quilt Themed Greeting Card

By | October 23, 2017

I love making quilt themed cards…and today I have a Painted Autumn quilt themed greeting card I’d like to share with you.

Quilt themed greeting cards seem to be very popular right now.  Stampin’ Up! has a Quilt Builder Framelits Set (144673) in their new holiday catalog, which makes creating quilt themed cards a breeze!!  But, there are ways to create quilt themed cards without framelit dies.  The quilt themed card I’m sharing today uses designer paper scraps from the Painted Autumn Designer Paper pack (144613)

Tips on making the Painted Autumn quilt themed greeting card

  1. Start with a 1 1/2″ square for the center of the card.  I used PeekABoo Peach cardstock, but you could also use a square of patterned paper.
  2. Attach the square in the center of a 3 3/4″ base piece (I used Whisper White).
  3. Attach 1/2″ strips of designer paper to the base piece, working out from the center square.  Make sure to snug up each pattern paper strip to the one next to it so that the base piece doesn’t show through.  Strip edges can extend past the base piece and be trimmed off when the entire piece is covered.
  4. That’s it!!  A simple way to make a quilt themed card and a GREAT way to use up those scraps of designer paper laying around the craft area!!


Speaking of designer paper….Stampin’ Up! has a great deal on select packs of their designer paper.  During October, buy three packages of select Designer Series Paper and get one FREE! This sale includes Designer Series Paper from both the annual and holiday catalogs. And select Specialty and Designer Series Paper Stacks are included in the sale!  Click here to shop the designer series paper sale.

Here’s what’s on sale:

How did you like the Painted Autumn quilt themed greeting card I shared today??  It was a fun project that I really enjoyed creating.  Let me know if you try it for yourself, and send me a photo of the result!!

How to Use Patterned Paper in Cardmaking, Part 2

By | October 18, 2017

Welcome to the conclusion of my mini series on how to use patterned paper in cardmaking.  Over these past four blog posts I’ve explored ways to use pattern paper when making handmade cards.  Today we are going to see how to use several designer paper patterns together on one card.


My first card uses pattern paper to cover the bottom two-thirds of the card front.  The top part is left available for stamping.

How to Use Patterned Paper in Cardmaking


  • The pattern paper covers 2 3/4″ of the 4″ height of this card.  I left the top for stamping my sentiment.  I could have also chosen to stamp the sentiment on another piece of card stock, use a die cut and then attach it to the card front.
  • Notice how I used a strip of coordinating designer paper to create a narrow, contrasting border piece.
  • Designer paper used: Pick a Pattern (144163).


Here’s another card that combines two pieces of coordinating designer paper from the Coffee Break Designer Series paper pack (144155).

How to Use Patterned Paper in Cardmaking


  • The two pieces of designer paper create the backdrop for this focal image.  Stampin’ Up! designer paper packages make is easy to find papers that go together because each paper is designed to coordinate with the other sheets in the pack.
  • Designer paper sizes are 2″ and 3 1/4″.  I used a piece of Soft Sky 3/8″ Classic Weave Ribbon (144160) over the paper seams.


Here’s my last card that shows how to use patterned paper in cardmaking.  It combines two pieces of pattern paper just as the last card did.

How to Use Patterned Paper in Cardmaking




Interested in my other blog posts in this mini series?  Here are links:

Ways to Use Pattern Paper in Cardmaking, Part 1

Ways to Use Pattern Paper in Cardmaking, Part 2

How to Use Patterned Paper in Cardmaking, Part 1

If this series has inspired you, remember that Stampin’ Up! has an awesome designer paper sale going on during the month of October!  You can find the Stampin’ Up! Sale details here, and shop my online store here.

Designer paper is a “must have” in my craft room.  I use it in so many ways on the handmade cards I create.  I hope you have enjoyed my mini series on how to use patterned paper in cardmaking.  I’d love it if you’d comment below and share one take away you’ve learned that you’d like to try in your cardmaking!!

How to Use Patterned Paper in Cardmaking

By | October 16, 2017

This post is part three in a mini series on how to use patterned paper in cardmaking.  The Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper packs contain gorgeous pattern papers that add beauty to your handmade cards.

So far, we’ve looked at:


As I said in my post on using designer paper as a background, Stampin’ Up! paper has so many GORGEOUS designs that contain stand-alone images.  My cards today use these kinds of papers as a secondary focal point.

Here’s the first card that uses Whole Lot Of Lovely Designer Paper (144110).

How to Use Patterned Paper in Cardmaking


  • One “trick” to using designer papers on your handmade greeting cards is to coordinate the solid color cardstock with the colors in the designer paper.  On this card, I pulled out the Pool Party and Tranquil Tide colors.  Coordinating the colors brings unity to the card design.
  • To make the paper more of a focal point, I cut a wider strip of pattern paper and placed it in the center of the card front.


Here’s another card that uses the same principles:

How to Use Patterned Paper in Cardmaking


  • I used a wider piece of the Be Merry designer paper (144111) on this card.  Notice how I used the same concept of a larger pattern paper piece, but changed the side of the card I placed in on.  Also, I didn’t extend this piece all the way from the top to the bottom of the card front like I did on my first card.
  • Check out this card that shows how to use patterned paper in cardmaking using the exact same layout as this card.


You can also use a narrower strip of designer paper as your secondary focal image.  The designer paper strip on this card looks more like a border, but also serves as a focal piece.  This card was made by Brenda Cardinal.

How to Use Patterned Paper in Cardmaking


  • Here’s another trick to use:  matte the designer paper with a piece of coordinating plain color cardstock, leaving just a narrow border.  To get a narrow border of this size, cut the width of the designer paper 1/8″ LESS than the cardstock size.
  • Designer paper used: Painted Autumn (144613)


Here’s the final card I have for you today.

How to Use Patterned Paper in Cardmaking


  • I placed the designer paper strip all the way to the edge of the Whisper White cardstock piece, almost like a border.  But notice how I incorporated it into the layout as a secondary focal image.


I hope you have enjoyed learning more of how to use patterned paper in cardmaking.  Make sure to stop back Wednesday as I have one more post of pattern paper card ideas to share with you.  See you then!!

Ways to Use Patterned Paper in Cardmaking, Part 2

By | October 11, 2017

Stampin’ Up!  has a fantastic designer paper sale going on right now.  Because of this,  I’ve decided to do a mini blog series on ways to use patterned paper in cardmaking.  In my last post, we learned how to use patterned paper as card front backgrounds.  Today, I’m sharing tips and trick for using pattern paper to create borders.

DESIGNER PAPER TIP:  The number of border pieces you get out of a strip of designer paper depends on the orientation of your card (landscape or portrait).  You can get FOUR 4″ portrait pieces from a strip of 12″ paper or TWO 5 1/2″ landscape pieces. NOTE: if you choose to have 4 1/4″ length portrait pieces, you will only get THREE from a strip.


Here’s my first card.  It uses a strip of Quilted Christmas designer paper (144617).

Ways to Use Patterned Paper in Cardmaking


  • The width of this pattern paper border piece was determined by the paper pattern design.  I cut one row of the design to create this border.  The length of this paper border is 4 1/4″.  You can see it goes from edge to edge on the card front.
  • Other card elements were made using the Quilt Builder Framelits Dies (144673) and the Layering Squares Framelits Dies (141708).
  • The pattern paper border helps to bring attention to the square focal image on this card.


Here’s a second card that uses a portrait orientation.  It has a 4″ long pattern paper strip.

Ways to Use Patterned Paper in Cardmaking


  • The Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Paper border (144147) on this card has a gold foil matte piece behind it.  Matting the pattern paper border helps to define the border and make the pattern paper “pop” and stand out.
  • The gold foil matte around the black cardstock coordinates with the gold foil matte behind the pattern paper border, bringing unity to the card design.
  • Other card elements were created with the Night in Bethlehem stamp set (Wood 144809, Clear 145282).


The last two cards I’m sharing today show more ways to use patterned paper in cardmaking.  Both of these cards use the landscape orientation.


Here’s one card:

Ways to Use Patterned Paper in Cardmaking


  • As I did in the card above, the Spooky Night Designer Series paper strip (144610) on the card was matted, this time using a piece of Basic Black cardstock.  The matte piece gives definition to the patterned paper, as well as coordinating with the other Basic Black elements on the card.
  • Pumpkin image and sentiment is from the Seasonal Chums stamp set (Wood 144945, Clear 144948).
  • Here’s how I colored in the pumpkin.  I used Clear Wink of Stella (141897) to add some sparkle to the face (hard to see in the photo).

Ways to Use Patterned Paper in Cardmaking


Here’s my final designer paper border card.

Ways to Use Patterned Paper in Cardmaking


  • The pattern paper border goes across the center of this card, drawing the eye into the center focal image.  Your border doesn’t have to be continuously visible to be a border!!
  • Other new products used: Labels to Love stamp set (Wood 144970, Clear 144967), Everyday Label Punch (144668), Leaf Punch (144667).

If you’d like to know more about the sale on Stampin’ Up! designer paper click here.

Then, stop back next Monday when I will continue to explore ways to use patterned paper in cardmaking. 

Ways to Use Patterned Paper in Cardmaking

By | October 9, 2017

It’s easy to create great looking cards when you use patterned paper to create an impact.  Today I’m beginning a mini series on ways to use patterned paper in cardmaking.  Currently Stampin’ Up! has a fantastic sale on select packs of their Designer Series Paper.  So….

I though it would be fun to explore different ways to use patterned paper in cardmaking.

The simplest way to create stunning cards is to use a piece of designer series paper as the background for your sentiments or stamped images.  Here’s an example

Ways to Use Patterned Paper in Cardmaking


  • Sometimes the patterned paper has beautiful, stand-alone images that are perfect for card backgrounds.  That’s the case for the sunflower paper piece in the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper pack (144613).
  • This card was easy to make, because all it needed was to have a sentiment added.  I used a greeting from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set (143662).
  • To make the sentiment more of a focal point, I used Layering Oval Framelits. (141706 )
  • Other details to note: Notice the narrow cardstock matte behind the designer paper.  This helps to “pop” the paper and make it stand out.  I also added a piece of 1/4″ Copper Trim ribbon (144179) as an accent.
  • Designer Paper Size: 3 3/4″ x 4 3/4″ ;  Matte Size:  3 7/8″ x 4 7/8″


Here’s another card that uses pattern paper as a background.

Ways to Use Patterned Paper in Cardmaking


  • Symmetric patterned paper also works well for a card front background and helps the stamped images to stand out.   This designer paper is from the Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper pack (144621).
  • The stamped candles from the hostess exclusive Merry Patterns stamp set (144973) make a great focal point for this card.  Notice how the lines on the background design paper help to make the image pop.
  • Tips for using 12″ x 12″ sheets for card backgrounds: If you cut your background piece 5 1/4″ x 4″, you can get 6 card fronts from each sheet of designer paper.  Determine the direction in which you want your pattern paper to be cut (portrait or landscape).  Make the two 5 1/4″ cuts first, and you will have a leftover  1 1/2″ paper strip to use on other projects.  Then, cut each of the three wide strips into 4″ lengths.


My final card uses TWO pieces of patterned paper.

Ways to Use Patterned Paper in Cardmaking


  • On this card, the two pieces of designer paper serve as a way to draw the eye in to the card focal point.
  • TIPS FOR USING TWO PIECES OF PATTERNED PAPER:  My best advice for using two pieces of paper is to start with a coordinated paper collection.  These paper collections are designed to take the guesswork out of coordinating products.  In this case, I used two pieces from the Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper pack (144185).

I hope you have enjoyed learning about ways to use patterned paper in cardmaking.   As I mentioned above, Stampin’ Up! is having a great sale on select Designer Series Paper packs during the month of October. Click here to get details of the sale.   Or, if you prefer, go and check out the paper in my online store.


Four Hour Warning!!

By | October 4, 2017

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How to Change a Card Sketch Layout

By | October 4, 2017

Card sketches are great tools to use when planning and creating handmade cards.  Today I’d like to talk about how to change a card sketch layout and I’ve got two cards to share as an illustration.

If you’ve been a reader of my blog for awhile, you’ll know that in the past I’ve done many blog posts on using card sketches.  They are a go-to tool in my card making tool box.  (If you’d like to see my other posts on this topic, use the search tool in my sidebar and type in the terms Card Sketches and Card Layouts.)

The two cards I’m sharing today use many of the same elements.  However, with a few additions and changes, you can come up with a new twist that looks like a different card!!

Here’s my first card.  This was my original card.  It’s fairly simple to make because we made it at my recent open house (and there isn’t time for complicated at that event!).

How to Change a Card Sketch Layout

I had extra card kits left after the event that I wanted to use.  I also needed to make some Thanksgiving cards for our church to send to our sponsored missionaries.  That brought up the question of  how to change a card sketch layout!!


Here’s what I came up with.

How to Change a Card Sketch Layout

Notice how the overall card layout is exactly the same as the first.  My second card even uses the exact same featured element.  However, I changed the words and shape of the sentiment (a retired Stampin’ Up! stamp and punch), moved it to the left, and added some additional stamped elements.  Now, even though many of the elements are the same, I have two very different cards using the same layout!!


Sometimes we think we need to come up with a new idea each time we make a card.  As you can see from my two cards today, that simply isn’t true!!  Here’s my challenge to you today.  Find a card layout that you like and create a card with it.  Then, figure out how to change a card sketch layout by changing the card elements to make an entirely different card.

P.S. If you’d like to see other cards I made using the Pick a Pumpkin stamp set, you can find them here.

24 Hours Till 12 Weeks of Christmas!!

By | October 3, 2017

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