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Touches of Texture Flashback


I pulled out the Touches of Texture Stamp Set and had a BIG FLASHBACK to 1994. My first stamp was a lovely delicate vine wreath with tiny flowers. I gold embossed that first stamp hundreds of times because I was sooooo excited to create something so pretty when I had ZERO drawing talent! I WAS HOOKED!! It's now 23 years later and I have tons of stamping supplies thanks to becoming a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator 20 years ago!!


This is a simple, stately 3-1/2 X 5" notecard, like I might have made 23 years ago.


This is my 2017 version - I've discovered GLIMMER PAPER!! The tiny flower centers have Clear Wink of Stella, too. I am using these for sympathy cards, but they have a general appeal. Gold Embossing is a true CLASSIC.

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Touches of Texture by Stampin' Up!


Here is a sassy card in Peekaboo Peach using the cool Touches of Texture Stamp Set!


The flower is a two-step stamping detail. The center is painted with Gold Wink of Stella shimmery pen over marker color. This is a very versatile design to make up and add the appropriate sentiment when the occasion arises! 

Touches of Texture Stamp Set

15 images

#141934 wood - $45

#143251 clear - $33

Touches of Texture

March Paper Pumpkin Kit Alternative


LOVE my Paper Pumpkin Kits and always try to create alternative ideas with the stamps that come in the kit! Check out this sweet bunny made with a 1-1/4" Circle Punch!! The trick: stamp the facial features low on the circle. I added sponged cheeks, ears and card edges for softness. I used Clear Wink of Stella on the ears, eyes and noses for shimmer!


These are Notecards with 1/4" cut off the top edges so the eggs line up nicely! This is a quick cute Easter card! Try it!

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Best Birds Bundle


WELCOME Spring!! Bluebirds are a sure sign of spring. I've had MANY bluebird houses over the years in the Midwest. One of my favorite memories is Bluebird parents teaching their young to bathe in our birdbath!


The Watercolor Pencils #141709, Watercolor Paper #122959 and Aqua Painter #103954 are a perfect coloring method for this bird. 


 Best Birds BUNDLE

#142315 - $43

13 photopolymer stamps & 9 dies

Best Birds Bundle $43

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SAB third release 2017

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Stylish Stems Framelits Dies


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Glimmery, stylish 3x3 cards are quick and easy to create!! Click the picture for a larger view. I used the 6x6" Glimmer Paper Assortment Pack which is a FREE Sale-A-Bration item with a $50 purchase till March 31, 2017!! One pass thru the Big Shot Die Cutting Machine is all you need placing the flower die inside of the 2-1/8" square Stitched Shapes Framelit #145372. Try it!

Stylish Stems Framelits Dies

#142750 - $31

11 dies, also available in a bundle

Stylish Stems Framelits $31

Little Bit of Sass


Stampin' Up!'s CEO, Sara, designed the April 2017 Paper Pumpkin KIT and included a FREE GIFT!! I'm anxious to get my kit and gift! Sara said, "It's bold, vibrant, and artistic - with a little bit of SASS." Can't wait!

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How to Create Water on Cards


It's very easy to create water on your handmade cards. Simply tear cardstock!! Keep your fingers close together and tear towards yourself for the most control. I like to use the torn side with exposed fibers for even more interest and texture. The same "paper tearing" technique can create sand for a beach!


I cut the left edge of the shovel away from the bucket so I could "push" it into the sand! This is another card from my recent FLORIDA THEMED CARDS CLASS. Try tearing some cardstock!!

Day at the Beach Stamp Set

11 images 

#142258 wood - $27

#142261 clear - $19

Day at the Beach OC



Day at the Beach


I just had a FLORIDA THEMED CARDS CLASS!! Think flip flops and sunglasses!!


We used Jet Black StazOn ink to stamp the glasses onto Silver Foil Paper, cut out just the lens, and add to Daffodil Delight sunglass frames!! Pretty cute!! You can almost feel the warm sand between your toes!! TRY THIS simple sunglass technique!

Day at the Beach Stamp Set

11 images

#142258 wood - $27

#142261 clear - $19

  Day at the Beach OC

How to create Motion with Stamps


Some stamp images just scream MOTION!! It's easy to create: ink up once, stamp repeatedly moving slightly each time. For this hammer, I kept the heel of the handle in the same place when repeating the image. Stamp in the OPPOSITE direction of the actual motion you want to mimic. I stamped first near the wood and then rotated the head of the hammer upward.


I love this masculine stamp set called NAILED IT!! It's a great BUNDLE for GUY cards! Father's Day will be here before you know it! 

Nailed It Bundle

#144734 wood - $50.25

#144735 clear - $43

16 images & 9 coordinating dies

Nailed It Bundle

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More Embedded Shapes


As promised, here is another idea for EMBEDDED SHAPES! I used the same cheery color combo of Real Red, Tempting Turquoise and Very Vanilla.


However, I changed the shapes to 3/4", 1", and 1-1/4" Circles. I also changed the Embossing Folder to Festive #141471.


This is such a Fast 'n Fun technique!! If you missed the last post w/ the tutorial, view it HERE

You must try this!

How to Embed Shapes in Greeting Cards Tutorial


Embed shapes into your greeting card!

It's easy!!


I used the Blossom Punch #140612 to punch flowers out of cardstock using Real Red, Tempting Turquoise and Very Vanilla as my color palette. I attached the flowers to the front of my card with Tombow Liquid Glue.


Next, I used the Large Polka Dot Embossing Folder #133739 to run the card front thru my Big Shot Machine.


Embellished the inside of the card. DONE! FAST-EASY-FUN!!


Now YOU try it! Be sure to click by for my next post for another Embedded Shapes Card!!

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