Stampin’ Up! Holiday Card Ideas

By | November 21, 2016

I hope you have been enjoying the holiday cards I’ve been sharing here on my blog.  I have some more inspiration for you today, but before we get to that I want to remind you that Stampin’ Up’s Online Extravaganza begins today.  It’s a great opportunity to snag some deals on Stampin’ Up! products.  I’ll have a link at the end of this post for a list of all the great deals.

One of the extravaganza product deals is the Pine Bough Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  During the sale you can get it for 30% off regular price.  That was the embossing folder used on the first two cards I’m sharing today.

Here’s the first card I’m sharing.  I made this one.


Make unique handmade cards Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • I love the white on white look of the card base and textured card stock piece.  The pine branches were made with the Pine Boughs Textured Impression Embossing Folder (141831).
  • The sparkly ornament was cut with the Big Shot and Merry Tags Framelits Dies (141835).  It might be hard to tell from the photo, but the ornament is actually made of three different foil papers: gold (132622), silver (132178) and copper (142020).  You cut the ornament out three times, once from each paper.  Snip off the silver deer and copper trees (by the ground) and then attach to over the gold deer and gold trees.  If you cut a second gold ornament, you can make a second three color ornament, this time with a copper deer and silver trees.
  • The foil paper piece is then glued onto a 2″ circle punched from Dazzling Details Glimmer Paper (135315).  Attach to card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Tie bow using a piece of 1/8″ Gold Ribbon (134583).

Here’s a similar card I received in a recent card swap.  It was made by Sandy Stellenberg.

Make unique handmade cards Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • The same ornament die from the Merry Tags Framelits was used on this card.  However, it was attached to a Night of Navy circle piece that was heat embossed with gold embossing powder to make it look like snow.  The dotted stamp image from the coordinating Merriest Wishes stamp set (Wood 142063, Clear 142066) was used to make the “snow”.  NOTE: The stamp set and die are also sold together in a bundle (Wood 143519, Clear 143520).
  • Sentiment is from the Merriest Wishes stamp set and is heat embossed with gold embossing powder.
  • The Gold 1/4″ Natural Trim Ribbon (141484) was used to create the hanger.


I searched for quite awhile to discover the stamp set that my next card came from. The card was one I received in a recent swap…it was made by Denise Wilson.

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Project Notes:

  • The stamped images used to make this card came from the Twinkle Trees stamp set (142173) found on page 28 of the Holiday catalog.  I have to admit, I was puzzled as to which stamp set was used.  Guess that this was one that I just skipped over in the catalog.
  • Love the clean and simple look of this card.  This would be a great layout to use for ANY card project!!
  • Layering Ovals Framelits (141706) were used to create the focal image.
  • Playful Palette Designer Washi Tape (141659) was used behind the oval.


Here’s my final card for today.  Also another received in a swap and made by Cheryl Lee.

Make unique handmade cards Stampin' Up!

Isn’t this Santa Bear the cutest thing you have ever seen?!!

Project Notes:

  • The Baby Bear stamp set (141859) from the Annual Catalog is the focal point of this card.  (This stamp set is on sale for $19.50 through November 30.)
  • The bow image (in the Baby Bear stamp set) was punched using the Holly Berry Builder Punch (141843).  Did you know that the bow image on the punch coordinates perfectly with the bow in this stamp set??  The good news is that this punch will be carried over for purchase after January 4.  Yea!!
  • The santa hat was made with the Jolly Hat Builder Punch (141847).  The hat tassel is an actual pom-pom glued onto the card.
  • Background of the card was made using the Gently Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (139672).

Well, that’s it for today’s projects.  One last note about the Pine Bough embossing folder…it is on the “retiring” list for holiday catalog products, so is available only while supplies last.

Make sure to check out all the great deals during Stampin’ Up’s! Online Extravaganza.  They can be found here.  Then, head on over to my online store to do your shopping.


Make Unique Handmade Cards with Christmas Pines

By | November 16, 2016

Any stamp set in the catalog is a great way to make unique handmade cards using Stampin’ Up! products.  The stamp set I’m highlighting today is found in the 2016 Holiday catalog….Christmas Pines stamp set (142049).  It has a coordinating Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies set (141851) that cuts some great pine branches and pine cones.  Of course, the two products can be purchased together in a bundle (143496) at a savings of 10%.

The first card I have to share is a quick and easy one to make.

Make Unique handmade cards Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • This bold sentiment is found in the Christmas Pines stamp set.  I stamped it using Emerald Envy ink.  What a great shade of green for Christmas cards!!
  • The textured pine branches were made using the coordinating Pine Boughs Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (141831).  This folder is a MUST HAVE addition to your collection of embossing folders!!
  • The leaf sprigs and Cherry Cobbler bow were cut using the Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies.
  • I rounded THREE of the four corners of the Whisper White card stock using the Project Life Corner Punch (135346).

There’s a product in the Holiday Catalog that I feel has been overlooked….Glitter Stampin’ Emboss Powder (page 7).  It’s a great way to add some sparkle and bling to projects!!  I decided to make the exact same card as the one I shared above, except I embossed the sentiment with Emerald Envy Glitter Stampin’ Emboss Powder (142668).  Here’s how it looks:

Make Unique handmade cards Stampin' Up!

I think the glitter embossing powder takes the entire project up a notch!!  How about you?? (I know the sparkle is hard to see in the photo.)

Here’s what I did on the inside of the card:

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The next two cards I have to share are ones I received in a swap, so I didn’t create these beauties!!  Here’s the first card, made by Beth Tetzlaff:

Make Unique handmade cards Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • Sentiment is from the Christmas Pines stamp set, stamped in Early Espresso ink.
  • There are three pine branches stamped in the upper left corner of the Very Vanilla card stock piece.  Then, she added two cut out pine branches and a red “berry like” branch.  She topped those pieces off with two pinecones.
  • A Cherry Cobbler ribbon piece and some gold metallic thread top off the pine boughs.
  • The textured background piece was made with the Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (143537).
  • One interesting thing to note about how this card opens…Beth used a piece of cardstock measuring 4 1/4″ x 11″.  Instead of having it open top to bottom, she has it opening side to side, so the fold is on the left side of the card. (Hope that makes sense.)

My fourth card for today was made by Diana Trettel.

Make Unique handmade cards Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • This card combines two stamp sets…..Christmas Pines and Jars of Love (141587), from the Annual Catalog.
  • I like the way she built her scene…and the pops of red that she tucked in to add interest.


Hope you have enjoyed the card projects I shared today using the Christmas Pines stamp set and coordinating Pretty Pines thinlits dies.  You can find any of these products when you visit my online store (or click on the links in my post).  And remember, it’s easy to make unique handmade cards when you use Stampin’ Up! products!!

Stampin’ Up! for unique handmade holiday cards

By | November 14, 2016

The holiday catalog is FULL of great ideas to make unique handmade cards using Stampin’ Up! products.  I recently participated in a holiday catalog card swap with some fabulously talented demonstrators and today I’m sharing THREE of the cards I received.

My first card was made by Lin Olson and it features a NON Holiday stamp set….Swirly Bird.  My goodness, the possibilities with this stamp set are ENDLESS!!

make unique handmade cards Stampin' Up!
Project Notes:

  • Swirly Bird stamp set (141749, Photopolymer) and the coordinating Swirly Scribbles Thinlits dies (141497) were used for this card.  Make sure to use the Precision Base Plate (139684) when cutting the card stock wreath shape.
  • Sentiment is found in the Flurry of Wishes stamp set (139732, Photopolymer).
  • Color combination: Real Red and Emerald Envy
  • The red bird is hand cut and popped up with a Stampin’ Dimensional.
  • If you look closely at the background of the red card front, you will see a holly design.  She used the outline holly branch from the Holly Berry Happiness stamp set (142061, Photopolymer) and repeatedly stamped using Real Red ink.  It makes for a great, subtle background!!
  • Notice the red rhinestones.  Did you know that you can COLOR the Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246) with Sharpie markers to create custom colors??  I’m guessing that’s what she did.


Here’s the second card I’m sharing today.  It was made by Amber Swift.

make unique handmade cards Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • Santa’s Sleigh (142057, Photopolymer) was the stamp set used on this card.  The tree and sentiment are both found in the stamp set.  She used the coordinating Santa’s Sleigh Thinlits (140278) to cut out the tree.  (Buy both products in a bundle and save 10%, 143499)
  • Color Combination: Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Crumb Cake, Whisper White
  • The border piece was made using the Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (143537).  Notice, it is just a 1″ wide strip, so several cards can be made from one embossed card stock piece.
  • The banner piece is a 3/4″ wide piece of Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper (141991), punched with the Banner Triple Punch (138292).  What a great, simple idea!!
  • Tree is embellished with some Black Metallic Thread (141695) wrapped behind the tree.  Two Stampin’ Dimensionals are placed on the back of the tree piece (top and bottom), then the thread is wrapped in a circular motion, making sure it is caught on both dimensional pieces.
  • I love the simplicity of this card.  It would be a REALLY EASY one to make for those on your Christmas list.  You could get multiple border pieces from one sheet of textured card stock.


Card number three was made by someone who didn’t include their name on the back of the swap card, so I can’t give credit.

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Project Notes:

Do you create your own holiday cards to send in the mail?  If so, it’s time to get started stamping and assembling in order to get the cards out on time.  My best advice to you is to keep the project simple.  Any one of the three projects would be easy to create in multiples!!  And, who doesn’t feel good about making unique handmade cards with Stampin’ Up! products!!

Unique handmade Christmas Cards with Stampin’ Up!

By | November 9, 2016

It’s fun to make unique handmade cards using Stampin’ Up! products.  Today I’m featuring three Christmas cards I received in a swap.  These were cards that were made by other Stampin’ Up! demonstrators using the exclusive hostess stamp sets found in the 2016 holiday catalog.  Believe it or not, I DON’T own every stamp set in the catalog and swaps are a great way for me to get ideas using the sets that I don’t personally have in my collection.  I also LOVE to share other’s creativity!

Here’s the first card.  It’s made by Amy Rich.

Make unique handmade cards Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • Stamp set used for this card was the Holly Jolly Layers hostess stamp set (Wood 142220, Clear 142223).  This set has four wonderful images that allow you to add a message to either cards or gift tags.  It also includes a candy cane image, as well as a string of lights.
  • Cutting out the images in this stamp set is SO EASY when you use the coordinating Layering Circles (141705), Layering Squares (141708), and Layering Ovals (141706) Framelits.
  • Colors: Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green
  • Holly Textured Impressions Embossing folder (141634) was used for the texture on the Garden Green card stock.
  • A piece of 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon (141487) was used as an accent.


Here’s the second card made by Sandy Carlson.

Make unique handmade cards Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • This card uses the ADORABLE Cozy Critters hostess stamp set (142214, Photopolymer).  This set contains a cute owl image (seen in this card) that coordinates with the Owl Builder Punch (118074).  It also has a fox that coordinates with the Fox Builder Punch (141470).  Because this is a holiday set, there is also a santa hat image that coordinates with the Jolly Hat Builder Punch (141847).
  • Sentiment is from Star of Light stamp set (142110, photopolymer), but you could easily use a sentiment from any stamp set you own.
  • Colors: Early Espresso, Real Red, Crumb Cake
  • The owls are popped up using Dimensionals, AND the owl eyes are also popped up with dimensionals.
  • It’s the details that make this card so spectacular!!  The cut out eyes, the cut out scarves and rhinestones on the ornaments all “step up” the card.  That’s a great tip for any card you make….pay attention to the little details.


The third card also uses the Cozy Critters stamp set and features the owl.  It was made by Penny Keener.

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Project Notes:


Hosting a Stampin’ Up! workshop is the only way of adding either of these two sets to your personal collection.  Orders of $150 (before shipping and tax) will allow you to get  the Cozy Critters stamp set.  You could also choose the Holly Jolly Layers clear mount stamp set. (Orders of $170 needed for the wood mount option.)  One way to host is to get some friends together for a stamping event where I demonstrate some fun projects.  Another is to get some friends together and place a qualifying order.  Of course, you could also order all the goodies lurking on your Stampin’ Up! wish list and create your own party!!  Contact me today if you are interested in hosting a Stampin’ Up! event that lets you earn free products!!  Then, you can make unique handmade cards with Stampin’ Up! products!!

Make Unique Handmade Cards with Love and Affection

By | November 7, 2016

I’m still sharing how to make unique handmade cards using Stampin’ Up! builder stamp sets.  Last Wednesday I shared some cards made with the Bunch of Blossoms stamp set.  Builder stamp sets allow you to combine many of the stamp images in an infinite number of ways.  Well, today I’m sharing cards made with another builder stamp set from Stampin’ Up!


The Love and Affection stamp set (141545, Photopolymer) was a set that demonstrators could pre-order way back in May, when the new Annual Catalog was unveiled last spring.  It contains flower and leaf images that can be combined.  It wasn’t a set that I personally ordered, but recently I was able to borrow it from another demonstrator friend.  Today I’m sharing the cards I made with it.

Here’s the first card I made.  It was based on a card idea from Michelle Gleeson.

Love and Affection Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • I used a single flower image as the focal point of this card.  This stamp set is a “building” stamp set, so I built the flower using two of the images in the set.
  • The Layering Squares Framelits (141708) was the tool I used to create the layering for the focal flower image.  I popped the layered piece up with Stampin’ Dimensionals to add some depth to the card.
  • Colors used:  Rich Razzleberry and Sweet Sugarplum.  In my opinion, this contrasting color combination is a keeper.  The two colors seem to be in the same “hue” family.  One is just a lighter value of the other.


My second card has a bit more detail to it.  The idea for it was inspired by a card made by Lisa Curcio.

Love and Affection Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • Color combination on this card is Dapper Denim and Sweet Sugarplum.
  • I used the same single flower image on this card, but used two different colors to create it.  I fussy cut the flower, and it really didn’t take too long to do!!
  • Sentiment is from the Flourishing Phrases stamp set (Wood 141531, Clear 141534).  The banner end was made with the Banner Triple Punch (138292).
  • Bottom border is a piece of Playful Palette Designer Series Paper Pack (141657).  It is a perfect design to make a border.
  • Center Frame was cut using the Layering Squares Framelits(141708) .  Notice both the edges are scalloped.  The texture was added after the frame was cut and I used the Lovely Lace embossing folder (133737).  It is placed on the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Here’s how I placed the framelits before cutting in the Big Shot to create the textured frame.



Here’s my last card.

Love and Affection Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • This card is my own original creation and started with the embossed flower image.  I used one of the Floral Affection embossing folders (141713    you get TWO in the pack!!) as my starting point.
  • I used my Flirty Flamingo and Crushed Cucumber Stampin’ Write Markers to color the raised flower and leaf images.  It’s a quick and easy technique to try.
  • The touches of gold were created using the Gold Wink of Stella Glitter Brush (141898)
  • Sentiment comes from the Floral Affection stamp set.

Here’s a close-up of the “colored” flower lines.

Floral Affection Textured Impressions Folder Stampin' Up1


I have one more project to share using the Love and Affection stamp set.  This one is actually a gift tag, tied onto a Clear Tiny Treat Box (141699).  This project shows how perfectly this stamp set can be used to “build” a unique stamped image.


Love and Affection Stampin' Up!


The box is also decorated with the coordinating Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper (141632), an easy way to step up projects you create with the Love and Affection stamp set.

Consider using builder stamp sets from Stampin’ Up! when you want to make unique handmade cards using Stampin’ Up! products and let your imagination soar!


Unique Handmade cards with Bunch of Blossoms

By | November 2, 2016

One way to make unique handmade cards with Stampin’ Up! products is to use their builder stamp sets.  Builder stamp sets have images that can be used and combined in MANY different ways, so that each of your card creations can be totally unique.  The cards I’m sharing today were made using the Bunch of Blossoms stamp set (Photopolymer 141573).

Being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator has many perks, and one of them is the friendships that happen with other demonstrators.  One of the benefits of those friendships is the opportunity to swap ideas and card samples with each other.  The cards I’m sharing today were ones that were made and given to me by my demonstrator friend Brenda.  They are beautiful and I’m happy to share them here today.


Here’s her first card.

Bunch of Blossoms Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • Soft Sky, Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugarplum and Garden Green are the colors found on this card.  This would be a great color combination to use on any floral themed card!!
  • The coordinating Blossom Builder Punch (141469) makes it quick and easy to punch out the stamped flower petals and leaves.  In fact, when purchasing, you can bundle the punch with the stamp set and save 10% over purchasing each product separately.  (Bundle, 142345)
  • It might be difficult to see from the photo, but a piece of vellum cardstock (101856) covers the plain Soft Sky cardstock front of this card.  The green stems and the dots above the flower blossoms are stamped on the vellum and all other elements are attached to the card on top of the vellum.  TIP:  This is a great technique to use on any card!!


Here’s the second card that Brenda made.

Bunch of Blossoms Stampin' Up!


Project Notes:

  • This card uses a piece of Irresistibly Floral Specialty Designer Paper (141644) on the card front.  Brenda used the designer paper as is, choosing not to add any color to it.
  • There is NO STAMPING to create the flowers on this card. The shapes are simply punched out of card stock and assembled as flowers.
  • Sentiment piece is stamped with Melon Mambo then punched with the Duet Banner Punch (141483).
  • My questions was how Brenda made the flower stems on this card.  I don’t know for sure, but I’m guessing that the stems are cut outs from the Sliding Star Framelits (141820).


Here’s the third card that Brenda gave to me.

Bunch of Blossoms Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • Color combination is Emerald Envy and Melon Mambo.
  • This card only uses the leaf images from the Bunch of Blossoms stamp set.  Some leaves are stamped directly on the card front while others are stamped, punched and attached with SNAIL.
  • She used Kraft Cardstock (133674) for the sentiment and created the flagged ends using the Banner Triple Punch (138292).  It is raised with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • A piece of Pop of Pink Washi Tape (141649) and Melon Mambo Thick Baker’s Twine (141689) accent the card.


The sentiments on each of Brenda’s cards are also found in the Bunch of Blossoms stamp set.  The stamps in the Bunch of Blossoms stamp set are totally clear, so you can see through for perfect placement every time.  This is a very important feature when using builder stamp sets.  You can find all the products used on these cards in my online store, or by clicking on the name of the product throughout this blog post.

Let your creativity soar with builder stamp sets.  As you can see, making unique handmade cards using Stampin’ Up! builder stamp sets is easy and fun.


12 Weeks of Christmas Opportunity!!

By | November 1, 2016

I’ve already delivered the first four 12 Weeks of Christmas projects to those on my mailing list.

12 Weeks of Christmas BeeBug Creations

However, there still are 8 projects remaining!!! Sign up for my newsletter mailing list to get the rest of these exclusive projects. You won’t be sorry!!   To subscribe, use the sign up box in the right side bar of my blog.

Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies by Stampin’ Up!

By | November 1, 2016

Exciting news about a NEW product from Stampin’ Up!  Not only that, but coordinating stamp sets are discounted at 25% off!!  Products are now available to order.


Here’s a link to the Stitched Shapes Framelits in my online store.


Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies Stampin' Up!

Stampin’ Up! has a video that will tell you all about this fun new product.


It’s exciting that the Stitched Shapes Framelits will continue to be available after November.  However, be aware that the 25% off stamp deal only goes until November 30.

Easy Fall Card Creativity

By | October 31, 2016


It’s always fun to participate in card swaps with other Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators.  Recently I participated in an awesome swap and there were two fall themed cards I received that I’d like to share with you.  Both cards use stamped images that aren’t limited to fall cards, but are great ones to use when you want to create a fall theme.

The first card uses the good old standby stamp set Lovely as a Tree (Wood 128655, Clear 127793).

Basket of Wishes Stampin' Up!

Isn’t this a gorgeous card?!!  It was made by Carole Garrison.

Project Notes:


Here’s the second card I received in the swap.  It uses the Paisleys & Posies stamp set (142196) and was created by Brenda Sprenger.

Paisleys & Posies Stampin' Up!


Project Notes:

I’ve shared quite a few fall cards on my blog during the month of October.  Hope that you have enjoyed them.  Here are the links to the other posts if you missed any of them.

Fall Card Making Inspiration

Fall Inspired Handmade Greeting Cards

Basket of Wishes Fall Themed Cards

More Fall Card Making Inspiration, Part 1

More Fall Card Making Inspiration, Part 2

Fall Themed Cards Don’t Have to Have Leaves

Handmade Cards using Kraft Cardstock

So glad that you took time to stop and visit me!!

Have fun “stampin’ it up!”



How to use Seasonal Decorative Masks

By | October 26, 2016

Are you wondering how to use the seasonal decorative masks in the 2016 Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog??  If so, this blog post is for you!!  I recently held a local stamp club meeting and we tried making a card using the seasonal decorative masks.  I’m sharing some of what we learned here.

First of all, here’s the card that we made at our club meeting.

How to use Seasonal Decorative Masks Stampin Up

You can see the background we made using one of the Seasonal Decorative Masks from Stampin’ Up!.  We created this by sponging Old Olive ink onto the Old Olive card stock.

Project Notes:

In preparing for the club meeting, I also tried some other “techniques” with the Seasonal Decorative Masks.  Here’s a summary (along with a photo) of each.

Ways to use Seasonal Decorative Masks Stampin Up


Here’s all the “must knows” about the Seasonal Decorative Masks (141848) from Stampin’ Up!  There are four stencils in the package (stripes, dots, “raindrop” shapes and sweater knit design).  The stencils are 6″ x 6″ and are easy to clean.

Why would I want to use Seasonal Decorative Masks?

They are a great way to let your creativity soar and add interest to your projects!  You can use these stencils to create fun patterns and backgrounds for your projects.  Don’t have the right color designer paper to use?  Create your own using the Seasonal Decorative Masks!!


What products can I use with the Seasonal Decorative Masks?

Inks, Markers, Acrylic Paint can be used on paper, fabric or canvas.


What tools work well with the Seasonal Decorative Masks?

Stamping Sponges (141337), Sponge Daubers (133773), Sponge Brayers (141714), Stampin’ Spritzers (126185) and AquaPainters (103954).  VersaMark Ink (102283) can also be used to heat emboss, but it is a bit more difficult to clean the glue-like ink off the mask.


Other tips and tricks for using the Seasonal Decorative Masks:

  • Clean the stencils by running under water.  If desired, they can be cleaned with dish soap.  Pat dry.
  • Use Washi Tape to prevent the card stock from sliding while inking.  I like to tape the cardstock directly to the back of the mask, then place on my work surface.
  • Always protect the work area with scrap paper so that ink doesn’t get on your work surface.
  • I find that sponges work well when I’m wanting to color a large area with ONE color.  If I want to be more selective, I use the sponge daubers.
  • Sponge daubers work the best if you want to use more than one ink as they offer more precise control in color placement. (See above photo) Always start with your lightest color ink first!!
  • Pouncing (up and down motion) with a sponge gives a lighter look that scrubbing (back and forth motion).  See red stripes in the photo above.


If you haven’t ever tried masking/stenciling, I’d encourage you to give it a try.  Experiment with different colors, techniques and tools.  Seasonal Decorative Masks from Stampin’ Up! are an inexpensive way to add unique and creative looks to your projects!  And, now that you know how to use Seasonal Decorative Masks you’ll be a pro in no time at all!!!



Cookie Cutter Halloween Ideas

By | October 24, 2016

My FAVORITE product line in the new Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog is the Cookie Cutter line of products….Cookie Cutter Halloween stamp set (142252), coordinating Cookie Cutter Builder Punch (140396), and the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set (142043).  The images in the two stamp sets are so adorable and make a great addition to card projects, gift bags and tags or scrapbooks.

I’ve got several projects to share today that use the Cookie Cutter Halloween stamp set.  Here’s the first one…

Cookie Cutter Halloween Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • This was a card idea that I saw on Pinterest and copied almost exactly (sorry I can’t remember who the original was made by).  I think the only element I changed was the border strip.  I used the same piece of designer paper from the Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper pack (142022), but changed the direction the stripes ran.  The other designer papers are also from this same paper pack.

  • Pumpkin images are found in the Spooky Fun stamp set (142236) and cut with the coordinating Halloween Edgelits Framelits Dies (141842).

Here’s a second card made with this same stamp set.  I received this one in a swap I was part of.  It was created by Juli Knudsen.

Cookie Cutter Halloween Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:


My last project isn’t a card, but a super cute gift bag.  The idea for this project came from a post I saw by Kelly Acheson.

Cookie Cutter Halloween Stampin' Up!

How cute is this for a gift bag!!!

Project Notes:


If you’ve enjoyed any of the projects I’ve shared today, I’d love it if you’d spread the word by either sharing them on Pinterest or Facebook.  You can use the buttons found below this blog post.

Thanks for stopping…

Have fun “stampin’ it up!”

Spooky Fun for Halloween

By | October 19, 2016

I’m really not much of a Halloween project maker, but there was one product in the Holiday Catalog that spoke “fun” to me that I had to have….Halloween Scenes Edgelits Dies (141842).  I LOVED the tree and fence cut-outs, and saw uses for those far beyond Halloween themed cards.

And, as long as I was purchasing the dies, I might as well get the coordinating Spooky Fun stamp set (142236).  Purchasing them together in a bundle (144437) saved me 10% over purchasing each individually.  Remember to look for these bundle deals as you browse the Stampin’ Up! catalogs.

Well, on with the card sharing….

The first card I’m sharing is one that my club members made.  I created a fall scene using the Edgelits dies and pumpkin stamp image.

Spooky Fun Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • Tree is cut from Soft Suede card stock.  Fence is cut from Early Espresso card stock.  I raised them up from the card base to add some dimension.

  • The “moon” was made with the Layering Circles Framelits (141705).  I sponged some Crushed Curry ink onto the edge of the scallop circle to add some depth.

  • Pumpkins were stamped on Shimmery White card stock (101910) using Black Archival ink (140931), then water colored before attaching to the card.

  • I love the “bling” the strip of Pumpkin Pie Glimmer Paper (142029) adds to the card.


Here’s another way to use the dies and stamps…create a trick and treat gift bag!!

Spooky Fun Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • I used a Glassine Gift Bag (141700) as the base for this project.

  • I cut two tree images…one from black card stock and the other from white.  I used the white piece behind the black to create a “moon shadow”.

  • To make the orange background square I created a square stencil/mask from scrap tag board using the Layering Squares Framelits (141708).  I placed the stencil as desired on the bag and sponged with Pumpkin Pie ink.  Because the bag has a semi-glossy surface, it will take the ink a few minutes to dry.

  • The bats and sentiment are found in the Spooky Fun stamp set.

  • Bow is made with the Halloween Night Baker’s Twine (142027).


The last card I have to share is a WOW card…one that I saw on Rick Adkins blog.  He amazed me with his card, and I wanted to try one for myself.  Here it is…

Spooky Fun Stampin' Up!

Project Notes:

  • I pretty much copied his basic layout with the trees.  His card was definitely a Halloween scene with a witch.  I wanted mine to be more fall, so I left off the witch and the trick and treat sentiment.

  • Background is sponged with various shades of oranges and purples.  Of course, I masked before sponging to create the moon.

  • I cut two fences…crumb cake and soft suede, and layered them to look like a reflection.


The card front looks spectacular…but wait, there’s more:

Spooky Fun Stampin' Up!

The fence opens up to create a scene!!  Here’s what it looks like open all the way.

Spooky Fun Stampin' Up!

Again…this card idea wasn’t original with me.  Rick did such a great job with his card I just HAD to copy his idea!!

I’m so glad that there are so many talented Stampin’ Up! demonstrators who are willing to share their projects and ideas.  I would guess that 75% of the projects I create are inspired by something I see another demonstrator post.  So, in turn, it is my hope that the cards and projects I share here are inspiration to you who stop by to visit.  My desire is to encourage you in your pursuit of stamping!!

Thanks for stopping..

Have fun “stampin it up!”

Handmade Cards using Kraft Cardstock

By | October 17, 2016

Kraft cards stock is a nice alternative to Crumb Cake card stock and gives a different look to your projects.  I have three cards I’m sharing with you today and they all use Kraft card stock.  Each card is inspired from card projects found in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.

My first card is made using the Remarkable You stamp set (Wood 139891, Clear 139894).  The card inspiration for this project is found on page 128 of the catalog.


Remarkable You Stampin' Up!


Project Notes:

  • Let me say first of all….I LOVE the bold look of this card.  Black and Kraft are an awesome combination together!!

  • I adapted the layout in the catalog to make a full size card by mounting the leaf image onto a Basic Black card stock base.

  • Sentiment is from the Wetlands stamp set (Wood 126695, Clear 126697) and cut with a die from the Project Life Cards and Labels Framelits (135707).

  • I used Basic Black Archival ink (140931) for stamping, as it has better coverage on the Kraft card stock.

  • The corners were rounded using the Project Life Corner Punch (135346).


My next two cards are based on the card sample found on page 112 of the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.  The cards feature the Wild About Flowers stamp set (138728).  I changed the layout because I thought the card in the catalog was too “flat” looking and needed some color.  Here’s the first one.


Wild About Flowers Stampin' Up!


Project Notes:

  • I stamped the first one using White Craft ink (101731) as shown in the catalog.  The white craft ink leaves a subtle image on the Kraft card stock.  It almost looks like bleach is used in the stamping.

  • TIP: Remember to allow some extra dry time for Craft ink.  To speed up the process, use the Heat Tool to dry the ink.

  • I think that the sentiment on this card is a little light.  If I were to do this card again, I’d probably experiment with other colors…either Smoky Slate, Basic Gray or Elegant Eggplant.  I’d want the sentiment to show a bit more, but not be too overpowering for the card.

  • The textured border on the left is made with the Woodgrain embossing folder (127821).

  • Card base is Elegant Eggplant.


Here’s the second card, and as you can see, the layout is exactly the same as the one above.


Wild About Flowers Stampin' Up!

The only change I made to this card was stamping the flower image with Elegant Eggplant ink.  This ink stamped on Kraft card stock looks almost black.


If you’re looking to make some masculine or fall themed cards, I’d encourage you to experiment with Kraft Card stock (133674).  This product is sold in 12″ x 12″ sheets and is found on the “Paper Basics” page of the annual catalog (page 1755).

Kraft card stock is a great way to get fall themed cards without a fall themed stamp. Recently I shared another way to make fall themed cards without themed stamps…using COLOR.  You can check those out here.

Behind the Scenes in my Craft Room

By | October 10, 2016

What do you do when a card doesn’t come out the way you’d like??  That very thing happened to me the other day.  However, none of you who read my blog would ever know I have projects that don’t work out because I only show you the finished product I’m happy with.  That got me thinking….why not show the process I use to turn something I don’t like into something I do like.    I’m guessing that many of you also have projects that don’t turn out the way you imagined and it might be of some encouragement.  Here’s how I handled it.

First of all…we’ll start with the end.  Here’s a teaser of the final outcome of all my creative efforts.



Step One:

Since Stampin’ Up! is having an awesome designer paper sale this month, I decided to make a card that highlighted designer paper.  I immediately thought of using the ghosting technique and decided that the Floral Boutique designer paper (141663) would work perfectly!!

I had the outcome all pictured in my mind.  I chose the paper pattern design I wanted to use (it needs to be a light background), stamped the image onto the designer paper with versa mark, sprinkled with clear embossing powder, heat set and sponged the designer paper with the matching Night of Navy ink.

I was less than “wowed” with the results…clearly a disappointment!!  ( I didn’t get a photo of this step…the idea to share my process came after the next step.   That’s when I started taking photos.)

Well, if you know me, I HATE to waste anything…especially my precious designer paper.  So, I put my thinking cap on.

Step Two:

Hmmmm…I now have a sponged piece of designer paper with a clear embossed blob in the center.  I wondered if I could make it look better by highlighting the background piece with stamping.  I took out the Floral Phrases stamp set (Wood 141764, Clear 141767) and repeatedly stamped this image over the sponged background.  Here’s what it looked like when I was done (and, although I liked the look of the repeated stamping, I was less than thrilled with these results as well!)


Creative Card Making Process 1


Step Three:

What to do next?? My first thought was, in order to salvage the paper, I needed to cover up the embossed image.  Layering Circle Framelits (141705) to the rescue!!  Using Night of Navy card stock, I cut a scalloped circle large enough to cover the ugly image.

Now the question was, what do I put in the scalloped circle?  A sentiment of course!!  I decided to use the floral image from the Floral Phrases stamp set.  My idea was to stamp the flower on the circle with a sentiment.  Well, it took me three tries to get what I wanted.

Creative Card Making Process 3.1

Here’s my third attempt and what it looked like on the scallop circle.


Creative Card Making Process 3.3


It looked promising, but I decided it might also need a border.  Here’s what I came up with.  The border piece is a strip of the original designer paper sponged lightly to decrease the brightness of the white background.


Creative Card Making Process 2


Finally I had a layout that I liked.  But, I wasn’t sure the stamped sentiment circle was the best element for the focal point.

Step Four:

I decided to try a die cut flower in place of the sentiment circle.  I used the May Flowers Framelits (140276) to cut the largest flower from Whisper White card stock.   I placed it on the scallop circle.   The card still needed a sentiment so I took one of the “oops” stamped circles and cut out the sentiment like this.


Creative Card Making Process 4

Finally, here was a layout that I liked!!


Creative Card Making Process

Wondering how long it took me??  I didn’t look at a clock, but I think I spent more time writing this blog post about my creative process than I actually spent on making the card.

My goal in sharing this story is to encourage you.  First of all, don’t give up if the first result isn’t what you wanted!!  Step back and ask yourself what it is that needs to change?  Then, keep on trying different things until you get the result you want!!

Secondly, when you are struggling to make a project to come together, lay it aside for an hour or two, or maybe even a day, and come back to it with a fresh perspective.   This is a trick I use all the time.

Remember, we only see the end results of other’s work, not all the struggle that went into creating the final outcome.   Because of this, we tend to think that things went perfectly for them in the process.  Most of the time this is probably not the case.  Remember, nothing good ever comes easy!!

Hope this post has encouraged your!! I’d love it if you’d leave a comment for me and let me know how you handle your creative struggles!!

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