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Open Sea Banner Blast

This card uses the Open Seas stamp set with the Banner Blast Sale-a-Bration stamp set.  It was one that my upline received in a card swap she participated in, so I don’t know who created it.  I do know that this is a VERY CREATIVE use of the banner blast stamp set and punch!!  It certainly give a nautical effect to the card.

Open Sea, Banner Blast

Remember, there’s only one week left to take advantage of Stampin’ Up’s! Sale-a-Bration event!!!  Earn FREE products with every $50 spent (before shipping and handling).  You can shop my online store or contact me by email to place an order.

Thanks for stopping and have fun “stampin’ it up!”


Layered Flower on a Card

This layered flower was created with three stamp sets: Mixed Bunch, Flower Shop and Petite Petals.  One of my customers had a party last weekend, and this was the make and take project we created.

Petite Petals, Flower Shop, Mixed BunchEveryone sure had fun creating this card and most were surprised at how the three stamp sets coordinated so well together.

Here are some Project Notes:

  • Stamp sets used (with coordinating punches):  Mixed Bunch (W 128442, C 125537), Flower Shop (W 130939, C 130942), Petite Petals (W 133152, C 133155)
  • Technique used:  Color on Color stamping.  Coastal Cabana ink was stamped on Coastal Cabana card stock.
  • Retro Fresh designer paper (a32993) and Baked Brown Sugar card stock was used to create the border piece.
  • The Sale-a-Bration Decorative Dots embossing folder (133520) was used to add background texture.  (Remember, you can earn this product FREE with a $50 Stampin’ Up! product purchase, but only through March 31.)
  • The flower layers were created by putting Stampin’ Dimensionals between each layer.

If you haven’t already done so, make sure to take advantage of the many great Sale-A-Bration items you can earn FREE with a $50 Stampin’ Up! product purchase (before shipping/handling and tax).  You can shop and check out the Sale-A-Bration items here in my online store.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have fun “stampin’ it up!”

Petite Petals for First Day of Spring

I’m sharing this spring-like card made with Stampin’ Up! Sweet Sorbet designer paper in honor of the First Day of Spring!!  Whew…it sure has been a long, cold winter here in Minnesota so I’m really ready for that fresh taste of spring!!

Petite Petals, Sassy SalutationsI love it when a piece of designer paper can stand on it’s own.  This pattern in the Sale-A-Bration Sweet Sorbet designer paper pack is so perfect that it needs very little embellishment.  I’m going to confess however, this is not an original idea with me.  I re-created this card from one that I found on Pintrest.  When a card is as gorgeous as this, why mess with it??  That’s what the C.A.S.E. (Copy and Share Everything) idea is about anyway.

Project Notes:

  • Pulling the black color from the Sweet Sorbet designer paper (Sale-A-Bration 133521) really makes this card pop!!
  • The Petite Petals (W 133152, C 133155) stamp set is a perfect compliment to this designer paper.  I stamped the flowers in Black Staz-On ink and then used an AquaPainter (103954) and Pool Party ink (126982) to color the images.
  • Sentiment is from Sassy Salutations (W 132070, C 126707) stamp set.
  • Ovals Collection Framelit Dies (129381) were used to cut the ovals.
  • Solid black card stock flowers were punched and put behind the stamped images to provide some “pop” to the flowers.

March is over halfway gone…and soon the opportunity to earn FREE Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration products will be gone.  Don’t miss your chance. Shop my online store today (or contact me to place an order) by March 31.

Thanks for stopping and have fun “stampin’ it up!”


Help with Rubber Stamping Halos

The problem of  catching corners”, “catching an edge”, or leaving halos can be so frustrating  when stamping on your project, leaving an extra edge mark behind  Here’s a photo of the problem I’m describing.

Halo problems with rubber stampingI’d like to share some solutions to prevent this from happening on your rubber stamping projects.

  1. First of all, make sure that you aren’t pressing down too hard on the ink pad.  It’s really easy to press too hard with Stampin’ Up’s! new firm foam ink pads because they have a bit more “give” than the old felt pads.  The secret is to remember to lightly “tap, tap, tap” them.  If you look on the photo above, you can see how the ink is not only on the raised sentiment image, but also on edge of the base rubber of the image.

  2. Secondly, lower the stamp straight down onto your project, pressing firmly but not too hard.  Also, make sure not to “rock” the stamp from side to side.  After stamping,  lift straight up off the project.

  3. Sometimes there is excess rubber around the stamp design, and this is the area that can collect excess ink.  The edge shouldn’t extend more than 1/4″ past the design area.  The excess can be cut off with a scissor, but make sure you cut STRAIGHT UP AND DOWN and not at an angle and be careful not to cut into the rubber design.  Of course, if the stamp will be mounted on a wood block, this trimming must be done before mounting.

  4. A “creative adjustment” is also a solution to the halo problem.  If a halo occurs, simply add a ribbon or embellishment over “oops” area.

My hope is that you have found this post to be helpful in your rubber stamping endeavors.  I’d love it if you’d leave a comment letting me know what other challenges you face in your paper crafting and I’ll try to address them in future blog posts.

Thanks for stopping and have fun “stampin’ it up!”


Happy St. Pats Day!!

Today is St. Patrick’s Day and even though this handmade card doesn’t contain any Leprechauns or pots of gold, this would be a great card to send to let someone know you are thinking of them!

Petite Petals, Four You, Sweet Sorbet Designer PaperHere are the project notes:

  • Pistachio Pudding card stock and coordinating Sweet Sorbet designer paper were used.  I LOVE the soft, subtle color of Pistachio Pudding!
  • Stamp sets used were (sentiment) Four You (W130535, C 130538)  and Petite Petals (W 133152, C 133155)
  • The In-Colors of Strawberry Slush, Crisp Cantaloupe and Coastal Cabana were used to stamp the flower images.
  • Banner pieces were created using the Hearts A Flutter framelit die for the Big Shot.
  • Baker’s Twine was used to “hang” the banner on the card front.

I’d like to encourage you to brighten someone’s mailbox today by sending a card letting them know you’re thinking of them.  In the hustle and bustle of the world we live in, taking time to touch the lives of others can easily fall by the wayside.  However, I feel it’s one of the most important things you can do!  TAKE THE TIME TODAY!!

May your day be filled with rainbows on this St. Patrick’s Day!  Have fun “stampin’ it up!”

So Very Grateful Gatefold Card

Here’s another card I created using my Gatefold Card Tutorial and the So Very Grateful stamp set.  I think that this stamp set is my favorite one from Stampin’ Up’s! 2014 Occasions catalog.


So Very Grateful Gatefold

The So Very Grateful stamp set is one that I LOVE to color.  On this card I used a Blender Pen (102845) and ink pads to color the flowers.

Project Notes:

  • Pool Party is the dominant color.  The green “ring” around the opening is Wild Wasabi and was created using Oval Collection Framelits (129381).
  • Subtles Color Collection Designer Series Paper 130135 (Pool Party) was used for the background.
  • I stamped color-on-color on the four corners of the card, using the smaller coordinating stamp from the So Very Grateful stamp set.

This is such a fresh feeling card that reminds me of SPRING (I hope it will soon be here!!). If you are interested in directions for how to create the base for this Gatefold Card, I have them available for purchase here.  Once you learn how to create this card base, the possibilities are endless!!

I do appreciate you taking the time to stop by today.  Have fun “stampin’ it up!”



Chevron Punch Lattice Technique


I’ve seen many projects like this on the internet where the Chevron Border Punch was used to create a lattice. I was happy to learn how to create it at the Sale-A-Bration Expo I co-hosted earlier this month.  Attendees learned SIX new techniques and this was one technique my upline demonstrated.

Petite Petals, Chevron Punch, You're Lovely

What I learned was that the trellis is created by punching two card stock strips using the Chevron Border punch and then moving the strips against each to create the desired look.  The tips of the punched chevron border click into one another to hold them together until they can be attached to the project.  (Did that make any sense??  Hope it did.)   You can see this in my photo.

Project Notes:

  • Crisp Cantaloupe and Pistachio Pudding are the card colors.
  • Arrows Textured Embossing Folder (132187) was used to add texture to the background.
  • Petite Petals stamp set (W 133152, C 133155) and Petite Petals punch (133322) were used for the flowers.
  • You’re Lovely stamp set (W 133575, C 133578) is the sentiment.  This is a FREE Sale-A-Bration stamp set you can choose with a Stampin’ Up! product order of $50.
  • Little Leaves Sizzlits (114511), used in the Big Shot,  created the leaves.
  • Deco Labels Collection Framelits (130102) were also used.

The You’re Lovely stamp set wasn’t one of my top picks from the Sale-A-Bration brochure, but it sure makes a beautiful card.  I’m curious to know which Sale-A-Bration choices are YOUR favorite.  If you’re willing to share, please leave a comment below.

So glad you took the time to stop and visit!  Have fun “stampin’ it up!”

See Ya Later, Alligator!

See Ya Later Sale-A-Bration

This make-and-take project from the Sale-A-Bration Expo we hosted two weekends ago uses Stampin’ Up’s! See Ya Later stamp set that can be earned FREE with a $50 product purchase.

Creating this card took a bit of brain power!!  The Chevron Punch was used on the right hand side of the card, and the chevrons are punched through BOTH layers of the card.  Stampin’ Up! punches are designed to only punch through ONE card stock layer at a time.  I think attendees might agree that the biggest challenge of the day was figuring out how to hold the punch and paper and get it to come out correctly.

Project Notes:

  • Always Artichoke and So Saffron are the color choices for this card.

  • Ovals Collection Framelits (129381) were used to create the graduated oval shapes.

  • The designer series paper pattern used for this card reminds me somewhat of texture of an alligator’s hide.  This sheet can be found in the Regals Collection Designer Series Paper Stack (130139)

  • Pearl Basic Jewels (119247) add a nice finishing touch to the project.

March will soon be half over…and the chance to earn FREE Sale-a-Bration products with a $50 purchase ends on March 31.  Don’t miss your opportunity to get in on the fun!  You can shop my online store here.

Thanks for taking time to visit today….have fun “stampin’ it up!”