Clean off Gummy Snips


Gummy scissors are a fact of life for crafters. My favorite adhesive remover for Snips, is GOO GONE! It's available in all big box stores and really works! I moisten a cotton ball with Goo Gone and wipe all cutting surfaces. I  also use it on my Big Shot Cutting Plates, then clean any oily residue that remains. Test before using on non-metal surfaces. It's a life saver! Keep it handy!

Drapery Fold Card


Sympathy cards are SO IMPORTANT to send, so I try to keep a supply handy. This is called a Drapery Fold. I didn't have a pattern to follow so I just folded the designer paper back and forth, then cut off the excess. I glued only the top edge.


This Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper #146913 is so gorgeous - you can almost smell the flowers! I love this sympathy card.

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Colorful Season


Autumn is coming sooner than you think! This is "circle stamping" with the Stamparatus positioning tool #146276 and Colorful Seasons photopolymer stamp set #143726.


These colors are Cherry Cobbler and Daffodil Delight.


These colors are Cajun Craze and the NEW Mango Melody. I often make 2-3 cards at the same time, changing each a bit. I really enjoy my Stamparatus and it's PRECISE placement!! Get ready for FALL!!

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Fast Swappin' Card Idea


This format goes together fast if you need a stack of swap cards in a hurry! Grab Designer Series Paper and do the ECONOMICAL cut of 3X3". Mount coordinating designs in opposite corners of a standard 4-1/4 X 5-1/2" card. Add a center sentiment/embellishment. BAM! DONE!


I used a Gorgeous Grape base card. The pattern is my favorite, Brights 6X6" Designer Series Paper Stack #146964. The center is the Darling Label Punch Box #146855 that includes the punch and 6 sentiments. This format also works perfectly with 12X12" designer papers. Going to OnStage as a demonstrator?? This could be YOUR swap with any current designer papers! TRY IT!

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How to Glam Up File Folders


I love practical applications of my papercrafting! The lovely, heavyweight Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper #146926 is PERFECT to cover file folders!! It takes the ordinary and makes it extraordinary!!


I used TEAR & TAPE #138995 at the very edge, all the way around the file folders. After pressing on the designer paper, I cut off the excess from the backside. Very simple.


This is the inside showing a solid color cardstock in coordinating colors. My three folders are labelled: Classes, Clubs, Meetings (for my team.) If you are not a demonstrator, try these labels: Fancy Folds, Stamping Techniques, 3-D Projects. These folder sets are gifts for my outstanding Team members! Brighten your work space! Try it!!


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Under the Mistletoe Designer Series Paper


This UNDER THE MISTLETOE Designer Series Paper #146921 is included in this month's promo: Buy 3 Designer Papers, Get 1 FREE!! This is the same card format as my last post. This fancy fold card begins with a 5-1/2 X 12" base. Score at 4-1/4, 7-1/4, and 10-1/4". It's EASY and a great way to show off Designer Paper!!


Love these Reindeer!!


This card features a "slip-off" belly band of 1 X 10". Try this FUN fancy fold!!



Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper


Buy 3 Designer Papers, get 1 FREE this month of July!! This botanical NATURE'S POEM Designer Series Paper #146338 is included in this promo and it's FUN!!


This fancy fold card begins with a 5-1/2 X 12" base. Score at 4-1/4, 7-1/4, and 10-1/4". It's EASY and a great way to show off Designer Paper!!


Don't miss my next posting using this same fancy fold!!

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Laser-cut Specialty Paper

Laser- cut DSP



Simply cut along the panels and then choose the white side or the vanilla side. This card shows the vanilla diagonal lattice design over TEA ROOM SPECIALTY DESIGNER SERIES PAPER #146894. SO easy with BIG impact!!


This card is a "gardener's delight," for sure!


Here is a white floral section over Coastal Cabana paper from the BRIGHTS 6X6" DESIGNER SERIES PAPER PACK #146964. Lovely and quick!!


My favorite adhesive is TOMBOW LIQUID GLUE #110755 and I used tiny dot of adhesive for these laser-cut panels. The FINE-TIP GLUE PEN #3138309 works well, also.

Try these Laser-Cut papers!!

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Paper Pumpkin Special and Dandelion Wishes


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Try a 3X6" card! The NEW Dandelion Wishes Stamp Set #146744 wood or #146747 clear, fits perfectly. These colors are Pineapple Punch, Grapefruit Grove, and Lovely Lipstick, all NEW & BRIGHT colors!!


The handy Envelope Punch Board #133774 makes 66 sizes of envelopes and a perfect size for this 3X6" card!! Use cardstock or designer series papers with this GREAT tool!


Try it!!



Graceful Glass Vellum


Do you love to color? THIS is for YOU!! These 3 stained glass panels were created with just one sheet of the NEW "Graceful Glass" 6X6" Specialty Designer Series VELLUM #146344! Use either Blends or Stampin' Write Markers to color on the backside of this EMBOSSED image vellum! So LOVELY!!


Back the vellum panel with white cardstock to keep the colors true. All the flowers were sparkled with Clear Wink of Stella glitter pen #141897. Click the photo to see a larger detail.


These designs work well for sympathy cards. Try Grace Glass Vellum!

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One for ALL Stamp Set


Here is a FUN, breezy summer card!! The image is from a NEW stamp set called, ONE FOR ALL #146652 wood OR #146655 clear. The background is Brights Stampin' Write Markers #147157 on Glossy Cardstock #144240.


This shot shows the Glossy Paper. The marker colors are Poppy Parade, Melon Mambo, Flirty Flamingo, Mango Melody and Daffodil Delight. The markers blend very well on the glossy surface! Try it!!

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Accented Blooms with Blends


Accented Blooms Stamp Set # 146678 wood OR # 146681 clear, has a coordinating punch called Tailored Tag # 145667! This set pairs perfectly with Stampin' Blends, alcohol markers!! Note how the lower flowers have a soft shadow of Light Crumb Cake Blends. The base card is embossed with the NEW Subtle Embossing Folder # 143706 that gives a "linen look!"



On this card I did a Resist Technique for the sentiment. I stamped the sentiment in Versamark Ink and heat embossed it using Clear Embossing Powder. Next, I used the Old Olive Blends Marker to write over the "hello" which had no clear embossing on the letters.


I highly recommend this lovely Accented Blooms and Tailored Tag Punch for your collection! ALL Stampin' BLENDS are in stock now so get them while you can! You will love them - I do!!




Dandelion Wishes


"Dandelion Wishes" Stamp Set is soft and sweet! These colors are Soft Suede combined with Powder Pink or Pool Party. Lots of sponging adds to the softness. Each tiny seed has a dot of Clear Wink of Stella glitter pen #141897.


This card is off to a friend who unfortunately broke her arm...I hope it makes her smile!! Click on the picture to get a BIGGER view.

Dandelion Wishes - 6 images

#146744 wood OR #146747 clear


Abstract Impressions Bundle


There is nothing better than playing with NEW stamps!! I love to pull out a "suite" of products and just start creating. 


This card really shows off the Garden Impressions 6X6" Designer Series Paper #146289 that coordinates with this Abstract Impression Bundle, #148348!


This gorgeous butterfly die is part of the Bundle. Bundled products save you 10%!


The wing tips are not attached and slightly curved up to show a "peekaboo" of the designer paper!


This unique corner die is cut from the same designer paper as the envelope flap. There is ENDLESS versatility when you purchase an entire "suite" of products that the professional artists have designed to coordinate!!

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Rooted in Nature meets Stamparatus


These similar cards were created with the Stamparatus positioner, using the "Hinge Step" method. The Stamparatus #146276 is now available!! After stamping the leaves, I cut around them on one side. The leaves are all "splattered" with Stampin' Write Markers. 


This base card is Mint Macaron with a Tranquil Tide die cut "Happy Birthday," #143700.


This base card is soft Sea Foam with a Gold Foil sentiment.


This base card is Mint Macaron with a Silver Foil die cut "Happy Birthday." These designs are gender neutral and created with the NEW versatile Rooted in Nature Stamp Set of 16 images, #146479 wood OR #146482 clear. 

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Team Catalog Open House

Visit my TEAM's Kick Off:
Annual Catalog Open House  
Fri.,  June 15, 2018  Noon - 7 pm
Sat., June 16, 2018 10 am - 3 pm
 14310 Dorr Road
South Beloit, IL  61080
Sometimes you need quick, simply summer stampin'! This sweet notecard is created with Varied Vases Bundle #148381, a BIG FAVORITE of mine from the NEW Annual Catalog! The vase is shaded with Stampin' Up! BLENDS alcohol markers, punched out and dimensionalized!
I try to keep these finished notecards on hand for quick mailing! This is a fun BUNDLE to add to your collection!!

Lift Me Up Stamp Set

Hot air balloons

These two cards are in the mail to nursing homes. My goal was HAPPY, CHEERY cards so I used bright colors. The envelopes were created with the Envelope Punch Board #133774 and NEW Mango Melody cardstock! That color is sure to bring a SMILE!! I LOVE the NEW Stampin' Up! Colors!! Add some NEW colors to your collection!!


I challenged my TEAM, North Star Stampers, to send monthly cards to someone in a nursing home, battling an illness or any life challenge! It feels so good to SEND A SMILE!! Try it!




Used Stamp Sale in Northern Illinois

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 Visit my TEAM's Sale for DEALS!!


Stateline Stampin’ Stravaganza
16th Annual Used Stamp Sale

14310 Dorr Road
South Beloit, Illinois

Saturday, June 9, 2018 
8 am to noon


NEW Abstract Impressions Stamp Set

part ONE



This is Abstract Impressions Stamp Set #147513, 21 photopolymer images. MANY years ago, maybe 19-20, Stampin' Up! had a popular stamp set called, "Roses in Winter." This flower is from that set, in honor of Stampin' Up!'s 30th Anniversary Year!! 


This is my FAVORITE color combo "this week" - Gorgeous Grape, Granny Apple Green and Lemon Lime Twist! It POPS so well!! It's happy!! There are so many exciting new colors to play with!


Really enjoyed creating with these easy multi-step images and fun new colors! My next post will use different images from the same Abstract Impression Stamp Set! Stop Back!


Catalog Kick Off & Used Stamp $ale

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2018-19 Catalog Arrives

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If you purchased $50 or more from me during the previous 12 months, WATCH your mailbox for this EXCITING new 2018-19 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog containing a beautiful NEW MIX of wonderful colors and trendy stamp designs!! Catalogs are arriving now!!

2018 all new colors

These are the FUN new colors in Stampin' Up!'s Color Revamp!! There's TONS to LOVE in this catalog!!! Here's how you can get MORE for your crafting dollar -


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Rooted in Nature Bundle


Sneak Peek into next week's NEW 2018-19 Annual Catalog!! I cannot get enough of this gnarled pine tree! This is the AWESOME new Rooted in Nature BUNDLE of 16 images and 12 dies #148352 in wood, or #148353 in clear mount. 


I used the "Masking Tape Technique:" press a low adhesive tape (like painter's tape) onto your ink pad to pick up color, then press the tape onto your cardstock to transfer the color. SO EASY!


The coordinating Nature's Poem Designer Series Paper #146338 makes perfect wrapping paper for smaller gifts! Click this picture to get a larger view of this lovely detailed leaf print. This bundle will be a top-seller! It is available beginning June 1, 2018. A WINNER, for sure.


How to make Sunglasses


To create realistic sunglasses for a handmade card, I started with Pocketful of Sunshine Bundle #145345. Stamp the sunglass image two times: once on the color of cardstock for the eyeglass frame and once on Silver Foil Paper #132178. Die Cut the eyeglass frame. Hand cut the lens only from the Silver Foil Paper. Layer. EASY! It's so cute to have a fancy pocket to show off your Rhinestone embellished sunglasses!!


Pocketful of Sunshine BUNDLE $AVES you 10% when purchased by May 31th!!


Did you notice the "Pick A Pattern" Washi Tape #144166 made the pocket more FUN??


Love What You Do


NEW ink pad colors add so many more color combos for you!! This card features the products in the May Early Release Promo! The new Blueberry Bushel ink pad pairs nicely with the current Calypso Coral! These "dots" are part of the two-step images for flowers...but they stand alone very sweetly as classic polka dots!!


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Paper Saving Tip


Copper Heat Embossing looks so natural with any rosy hued paper! This is the May Early Release Bundle, Love What You Do! I have a "paper saving tip" for YOU -

20180503_160729The Copper Foil #142020 layer of this card made TWO layers!! I used my Stampin' Up! Paper Trimmer #126889 to cut the smaller layer from the center of the larger layer. The Designer Paper totally covers the hole!


No one knows my secret except you! Don't tell! Try it!!


Lovely Floral Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder


Sometimes you want to create something soft and special. I really like the look of this simple sponging technique!


I used the DEBOSSED side of the Lovely Floral Dynamic Embossing Folder that is part of the May 2018 Early Release Promo. I prefer Sponge Daubers #133773, but you can also use Stampin' Sponges #141337. Pounce the dauber on a ink pad to collect ink. Then gently rub onto the image. It's very easy because it is "inexact." Rubbing lightly is best - you can always add more color if desired.


The sentiment is stamped in Soft Suede ink instead of a bold black ink. Try this simple coloring trick!

How to create glossy greetings


A GLOSSY greeting for someone special! Cut 2-3 sentiments using the Happy Birthday Thinlits #143700. Stack them exactly on top of each other with adhesive. Simply heat emboss the greeting two times, using Versamark ink pad and CLEAR embossing powder. A tweezers is very helpful. Attach to your card.


This angle really shows the SHINE!! The sentiment seems to jump off the paper!


Share What You Love Suite


This is a sweetly simple card! These charming little flowers are from the Early Release May 2018 Promo. The color is Calypso Coral.


Note the dry embossed image peeking out under the layer! It's the Lovely Floral Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder! Another new item in the May Promo!


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