Category Archives: Tool Tips

Tips for coloring with Stampin’ Blends

Stampin’ Blends markers are my favorite new coloring tool.  Today I’d like to share some of my personal tips for coloring with Stampin’ Blends markers.  For more tips, you can read the article I wrote last week where I share more tips for coloring with Stampin’ Blends.   TIP#1: Color with the light color first, then add the darker shading. This is my preference and is what works for me. … Read More »

Coloring with Stampin’ Blends

Today I’m sharing a blog post about coloring with Stampin’ Blends, Stampin’ Up!’s premier alcohol markers.  I am so enjoying coloring with the Stampin’ Blends!! Wow!  They work so well for coloring stamped images.  There are no start and stop lines like water-based markers.  The ink coverage is smooth, and it’s so easy to blend colors with these markers. Each Stampin’ Blend marker has two tips, a brush tip and… Read More »

How to take care of your embossing folders

When springtime and Easter roll around I’m reminded of baby animals…and the Barnyard Babies stamp set is a perfect one to use for a handmade Easter card!  I had fun creating the Easter card that I’m sharing with you today.  It’s an easy card that goes together quickly.  Read on for the details and then check the end of this post for the best ways to care for your embossing folders.… Read More »

Designer Paper “Saving” Tip

I featured today's card in my newsletter, and usually I don't share those cards on my blog.  However, today I'm sharing it to show a technique I used to make the designer paper go farther. I love getting the most from the craft products I purchase, and here's one way that I make them go farther.  When a stamped image is matted, the designer paper behind that image is hidden… Read More »

Handy Dandy Ink Pad Tip

Today I'd like to share a tip for you that came from a fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator (thank you Barbara Dykhouse!).  Have you ever had two ink pads open at the same time and couldn't tell at a glance which color was which?  Or, worse yet, have you inked a stamp on the wrong color pad because you couldn't tell what the color was?  Both of these calamaties have happened… Read More »

Questions and Answers about Stampin’ Up’s! ink pads

I'm continuing my post from yesterday with FAQ about Stampin' Up's! new foam ink pads. Q: Why did we switch from felt pads to firm foam pads? A: We have worked very hard to improve the functionality of our Classic Stampin’ Pads. The firm foam allows for better ink coverage; plus it stays juicer and lasts longer. Q: Do old Classic Stampin’ Ink Refills work with the new firm foam… Read More »

Stampin’ Up’s! New Foam Ink Pads

When you saw all the inks pads and refills on the retiring accessory list, were you wondering what was happening with the Stampin’ Up! inks and colors?  The explaination is simple…Stampin’ Up! is introducing a new ink pad.  Here’s what they say about them in their own words: With the introduction of the 2012-2013 annual catalog, we have made a very big change to our Stampin’ Pads. Introducing firm foam… Read More »

Card Making Technique

I was constructing a card that needed several punched oval images.  I wanted to stamp and emboss the images first but wanted to make sure I’d be able to get each oval image punched out completely from the strip of card stock. (If you’ve ever stamped an image before punching and then ended up with a partially square rounded image after punching, you’ll know what I was trying to prevent!) … Read More »