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Snow Front by Stampin' Up!


This a unique use of the scenery stamp set called Snow Front #150483. I featured just one image, the cozy cabin as a focal point!

20190816_100415This could be masculine birthday or Thanksgiving card.


I call this fancy fold "a card within a card." The base is 6-1/2 X 5-1/2", scored at 4-1/4". The smaller piece is 6-1/2 X 4-1/4", scored at 3-3/4". It's an easy fold and can feature two different designer papers. I used Come to Gather Designer Series Paper #1500454 for a rustic look.


This Snow Front Stamp Set coordinates with Waterfront Stamp Set #146386 in the Annual Catalog. Mix and Match all the images!! Try it!

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Above the Clouds Bundle


Soaring thru the sunset! This is a FUN bundle, Above the Clouds Bundle with Punch #151135. The sunset is created with Stampin' Write Markers, using the brush tip to swipe across Whisper White Card Stock. Do not worry about streaks when creating the sunset. The sky has strips of color.


The base card is Basic Black Card Stock embossed with Brick & Mortar 3D Embossing Folder #149643.


Let your CREATIVITY soar!! Try it!


How to Use a Sponge Brayer for Card Making


Sponge Brayers #141714 add fast, FUN COLOR to your card making!! Load the brayer with ink by rolling in ONE DIRECTION across your ink pad. These bright, happy colors are Mango Melody and Poppy Parade. Next roll across your Whisper White Card Stock by starting OFF the edge and ENDING off the end. BLENDING is so easy by simply rolling over one color with another color. Two handles and FOUR sponges come in a set. Just squish under running tap water to clean and air dry.


What a brilliant sunset you can create with this nifty little tool!! This is ABOVE the CLOUDS Stamp Set #149404. You can also purchase it bundled with a Hot Air Balloon PUNCH and $AVE 10%! Be sure to catch my NEXT post to see what else this handy little sponge brayer created!! TRY IT!




How to make a Double Z Fold Card


This fancy fold is called a Double Z. You can see the two Zs. The Whisper White base card is 11 X 4-1/4" scored at 2-3/4" and 5-1/2". The Poppy Parade inset card is 8-1/4" X  3-1/4" scored at 2-3/4" and 5-1/2".  TIP: make sure you put your adhesive on only the outside half of the Poppy Parade front fold.



A friend is having an 80th Birthday on July 4th! Isn't this the perfect design and colors? Poppy Parade, Blueberry Bushel, White.


This is the NEW Family Party Stamp Set #149379 containing numbers and family names! Perfect for every Birthday! TRY IT!

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Friend Like You Bundle by Stampin' Up!


Today's card is for a man or nature lover! The NEW Friend Like You Bundle #151084 has outdoorsy images and dies. I paired it with the NEW Heirloom Frames Dies #152325 and Pinewood Planks 3D Embossing Folder #152320.


The colors are Soft Suede and NEW Terracotta Tile. No fussies on this card!


I really like this card for a Man's Birthday. Try it!

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Love You To Pieces by Stampin' Up!


The LOVE YOU TO PIECES BUNDLE #148396 equals "uniqueness!" It's a great Valentines stamp set, but also perfect for sharing love year around! I used the Big Shot Embossing Mat #146327 to emboss the striped background with texture!


Love these happy colors of Blueberry Bushel and Mango Melody!!


The sentiments are cleverly "puzzle related!"


$AVE 10% now by purchasing this BUNDLE of stamps and dies!! These items are in the next catalog, BUT NOT BUNDLE with the 10% savings.


Jar of Love Stamp Set

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Summer is coming!! Jar of Love Stamp Set #141587 is FILLED with possibilities! There are 37 images to fill the jar! 

Jar of Love $27

Jar of Love  also has coordinating dies called Everyday Jars Framelits Dies #141490.

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I colored the firefly bodies yellow and added Wink of Stella glitter #141897. With a very dry dauber and yellow ink, I added a "glow."

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Love this sentiment from the same stamp set! Try it!


Happy Tails Bundle


Calling all dog lovers!! Happy Tails Bundle with punch #150631 is ADORABLE!! You can create many different breeds. To make this dog look like my Maxie, I elongated the ear by using the largest "spot" in the images. Here is our Maxie-


He is definitely Cajun Craze color!


I stamped the dog house on Wood Textures 6X6" Designer Series Paper #144177. If you love dogs, this bundle is for YOU!!

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Foxy Friends Valentine


A little gray fox is bring Valentine Wishes! Poppy Parade and Basic Gray are a perfect color combo for this foxy message!

20190114_092241The NEW Rectangle Stitched Framelits #148551 focus the eye right to the adorable fox, which was created with the Fox Builder Punch #141470!! The coordinating Stamp Set is FOXY FRIENDS #141549 and makes lot of different critters!

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Home to Roost


These Notecards #131527 are FUN to create!! Simply scribble horizontally using the side of the broad tip of Stampin' Write Markers on GLOSSY cardstock!! BLEND sky colors by overlapping. Do not blend the green "earth." TIP: turn your glossy cardstock upside down to cut which will reduce oily fingerprints that interfere with coloring.


The marker dries quickly. Stamp your silhouette image in STAZ-ON Jet Black Ink #101406. Let dry. 


Use a Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker to color in the Rooster which is an open image. This Home to Roost stamp set is a FREE Sale-A-Bration Promo item with a $50 purchase (usa.) PLAY with different colors!! My next post will have a similar idea for you to try!

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Enjoy Life Stamp Set


Today, I am at Stampin' Up!'s 30th Anniversary Celebrate in Orlando, Florida!! These are my 100+ swap cards!! When Demonstrators get together, we always bring cards to swap. I'll go home with 100 different cards to inspire me.


For this format, cut off 1" from the front edge of a standard card. Tuck it under the inside layer and fold it over the front of the card. It's very easy!! This stamp set is "Enjoy Life" #148190.


Here you see where to tuck the 1" strip. I used the Neutrals Designer Series 6X6" Stack #146967.


Inside. Try this fun FANCY FOLD!!

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Dashing Deer Bundle by Stampin' Up!


I need a masculine Christmas card to send to a Nursing Home. This Buffalo Check Background Stamp #147794 gives a "flannel look!"




This deer silhouette is die cut from the Black Foil Sheets #147898.


This deer is die cut from Gold Foil #132622. I applied Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets #144106 on both the Black and Gold Foils before die cutting with the Big Shot Die Cutting Machine #143263. The deer die cuts become "stickers," which are SIMPLE to apply!!

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Holiday Catalog Sneak Peek




beginning September 5th!! You are going to love it!! If you order from me regularly, you have received your free copy so start your WISH LIST!! If you'd like to order through me and live in the USA, just email me your mailing info: [email protected]



This brand new stamp set is WINTER WOODS!! Start with Shimmery White Cardstock and sponge on colors with Sponge Daubers: Old Olive, Flirty Flamingo, Mango Melody, Poppy Parade, Rich Razzleberry. Stamp the winter trees on top of your sunset using Jet Black Momento Pad. LOVE this sunset look. TRY IT!! Be sure to put Winter Woods on your Wish List!




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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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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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!




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.


Lovely as a Tree


Lovely as a Tree Stamp Set has been in the Stampin' Up! Catalog for a longggg time because it is a true CLASSIC. Today, I used it to try the BLACK ICE TECHNIQUE: Lightly drag an Archival Black Ink Pad over metallic foil paper. Then stamp your image in black ink. Dry completely with a heat tool. Heat emboss the entire layer using Versamark Ink and Clear Embossing Powder. I personally would have named this technique "tintype," because it looks so much like early photography!!


This one uses Gold Foil. SECRET: I got a big blob of black ink on this foil and didn't like it. So...I punched out the trees and threw away the blob!! LOL I actually like this layout!


Don't these look old fashioned??


And here is a quick SPRING card that uses a touch of sponging!

This is a MUST HAVE stamp set, available in my online store now.

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Bubble Over Bundle


I was thinking of NEHI Orange Soda when I was stamping this! LOL I used Tangerine Tango for the bottles. The Bubble Over Bundle #146082 has some really fun framelits! Love the "bendy" straws and realistic looking bottle caps!!



This is a good gender neutral bundle!


Do you call this "soda" or "pop?" That is the question!

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Lemon Zest


Lemon Zest Stamp Set #143808 can be Limes, Oranges or Grapefruits! This Lemon Lime Twist ink makes your mouth water!! Did you notice the Limes are in a "perfect circle?" Yep, this is another Stamparatus in the Round card!! You must to put the Stamparatus, advance positioning tool, on your Wish List for June 1st when the next Annual Catalog begins!! It's FUN!!!


The inside. I paired the Limes with Dapper Denim for a gender neutral card.


Live with ZEST!! Buy the stamps and ENJOY!!

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Foxy Friends


The minute I finished this card, I KNEW it should go to the 91 year old gentleman I send to at a nursing home!! I have never met him, but he mailed me, "Everyday is a Holiday when I receive one of your cards." I get a BIG THRILL sending my cards to him!


This sassy little fox is so CUTE!! He is made with Foxy Friends Stamp Set #141549 and coordinating Fox Builder Punch #141470. Together, they create a VERY WIDE variety of critters!


 You need some paper critters in your life!! 

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Number of Years Stamp Set


I "cased" this cute Birthday Milestone card idea! Two relatives are celebrating special Birthdays this month!


The "39" is stamped and the "40" is die cut with the coordinating "Large Numbers Framelits Dies #140622. The colorful paper is Bubbles & Fizz Designer Series Paper which is a FREE item with purchase during Sale-A-Bration Promo!


 Credit for this CUTE card idea goes to Connie Stewart who has a nice Instruction Sheet HERE. All products are available at my online store HERE. Try it!!

Work of Art Man's Valentine


I needed a serious male Valentine - NO FRILLS!! Here is what I'm sending to a sweet 91 year old man in a nursing home - that I have never met. Word of mouth got back to me that he liked my monthly cards because they weren't flowery!! So NO bling for this guy! My local stamp club sends monthly handmade cards to specific residents. They LOVE IT! We love it, too. PLEASE send cards to those who can no longer get out and about. You will brighten their day AND your heart will feel good!! Do it!! 

Work of Art Stamp Set & Wood Textures Designer Series Paper

How to use Thinlits as Stencils


Autumn has arrived and I love playing with fall colors!  Did you know you can use thinlit dies to create stencils in a SNAP??


Using Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies #143751, die cut the basic leaf shape in the center of a quarter sheet of cardstock to create an instant stencil.


Selected three or more fall color ink pads and coordinating sponges.


Lay the negative of the die cut on Whisper White Cardstock and sponge on colors, blending as you go. Pounce the sponge on the ink pad to pick up color and then pounce or scrub that color inside the stencil. It's best to start with the lightest color and work to the darker color. Blending is simple and smooth.


I created a pile of colorful autumn cards that will go out to some of my North Star Stampers Demonstrator Team. The base card is Basic Gray and the embellishment is the darling Smoky Slate 1/2" Gingham Ribbon.




Pick a Pumpkin by Guest Michelle


Today I have a guest stamper, my friend and Team member, Michelle Miller of Rockford, IL. Michelle masked the large pumpkin to create her fall grouping.


The card front is shortened 1" to show off Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper! Colors: Cajun Craze, Always Artichoke and Very Vanilla.


Very sweet card, Michelle!!

Pick a Pumpkin Stamp Set

#144989 wood - $21

#144993 clear - $16

Pick a Pumpkin


Colorful Seasons Bundle for Autumn


Grab some fall ink pad colors and Watercolor Paper #122959. Spritz the Watercolor Paper lightly with water. While closed, squeeze the ink pads to get the ink on the inside of the lids. Collect ink from the lid of the ink pad with an Aqua Painter. Apply the colors to the Watercolor Paper. Let dry.


Dies of black card stock POP!! I LOVE the NEW Lemon Lime Twist color for a SNAP of COLOR!


Pull up a chair and enjoy the colors of Autumn!


This is a fun, playful technique! Watercolor Backgrounds are always unique. Try it!!

Colorful Seasons Bundle

#145348 - $54

24 photopolymer images & 17 dies

Colorful Seasons Bundle $54

Lovely As a Tree classic


The majestic mighty Oak! A long-lived tree and a long-lived stamp set! It's been in the catalog for YEARS! This is such a detailed image and was perfect for my recent Birthday Time Class. That GREAT brick background was created by applying Crumb Cake ink pad directly to the back inside of the Brick Wall Embossing Folder #138288, inserting the front of the Crumb Cake Card and running thru the Big Shot Die Cutting Machine. A really masculine effect for guy cards!


The inside sentiment is from the Super Duper Stamp Set #142874. 


I used 3 shades of green Stampin' Write Markers and one black to color the rubber image, huffed and print! I bet you own this stamp set!!! Get it out and PLAY!!

 Lovely As a Tree

#128655 wood - $28

#127793 clear - $20

Lovely As a Tree

Foil Frenzy and Flash Deal


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This paper says, "CELEBRATE!" It's colorful and flashy!! These birthday cards are quick and cheery! I drew three radiating lines with the Journaling Pen, then attached the punched Balloons at different heights - SIMPLE!! The Balloon Punch is #140609.


Demonstrators, this is a quick, cute Make & Take Birthday that anyone would love to receive!

Foil Frenzy Specialty Designer Series Paper

#144125 - $13 for 12 sheets of 12X12"

Foil Frenzy $13




Glimmer Flag Card


 This card was just created from the "scrap pile" on my desk. I rarely throw away any extras. It features the NEW Starburst Punch which measures about 2-1/8" in diameter. I diecut the star using the Wood Crate Framelits #143730.


Inside the card and the envelope flap feature the bold Happy Celebrations Stamp Set! It make a BIG STATEMENT! This card is off to a gentleman in an Assisted Living Center! Bet he likes it! PLEASE remember those in senior care facilities. PERSONAL mail brings them sunshine!!


Happy Celebrations Stamp Set

#143012 - $35

22 photopolymer images

  Happy Celebrations $35 OC


Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies


I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this Adirondack Chair Die from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies!! It didn't get photo coverage in the NEW 2017-18 Annual Catalog so I want to make sure you SEE IT!! These comfy chairs say, "VACATION at the LAKE - Relax!" 


Colors: Night of Navy and the NEW Tranquil Tide. You will definitely see MORE of this die in my future blog posts. The BEST VALUE is purchasing these thinlits in the Colorful Seasons BUNDLE to $ave 10%! The images cover ALL FOUR seasons!

NEW Colorful Seasons BUNDLE

#145348 - $54

24 photopolymer images & 17 dies

Colorful Seasons Bundle $54


Feather Together Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!


Robins have built a nest outside my stamping room window! Their busy activity made me grab my Feather Together Stamp Set! This is a very detailed multi-step stamp set that gives GREAT results!


These colors are Dapper Denim & Marina Mist. Clear Wink of Stella glitter pen added sparkle. Click the picture to get a large image and see the shimmer!


These sentiments make a sweet & simple sympathy card.


Here is another version in the same colors.


The first feather I created for this card didn't quite suit me when I I made another. Instead of risking dismantling the card, I just layered another image on top. I liked it! Do you? I think the two rows of stitched edging add interest. Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies #145372

Feather Together Stamp Set

#141597 - $17

14 photopolymer images

Feather Together

Super Duper Guy Birthday Card


Check out this nice, crisp Birthday card for "HIM!" I love this framed sentiment. It's classy without the fuss! No bow. Just use a scrap of ribbon folded in half and tucked under the layer.


Colors: Real Red & Dapper Denim.


You know I love a coordinating envelope to finish off the presentation!

Super Duper Stamp Set - 11 images

#142871 wood - $27

#142874 clear - $19


Super Duper



Nailed It Bundle from Stampin' Up!


It's my brother's birthday soon! He creates with wood and I create with paper (because it's not so heavy - LOL!) The Nail It Bundle is perfect for the guys in your life!!


To make the "wooden" pieces, I used the Tie Dyed Stamp Set! Who knew it makes real looking wood-grain! Those GREAT nail heads are Urban Underground Embellishments and look AUTHENTIC!!


On the inside, I "SAWED" thru the wood!! This was such a fun card to design for my brother!!

Nailed It Bundle

 #144734 wood - $50.25

#144735 clear - $43

16 stamp images & 9 dies

Nailed It Bundle


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

Lift Me Up Bundle


Coordination between product lines is one of the GREAT THINGS I LOVE about Stampin' Up! The Sale-A-Bration Promotion FREE item "Carried Away" Designer Series Papers #143608 pairs perfectly with the "Lift Me Up" Bundle. A coordinating envelope created with the Envelope Punch Board puts EXCITEMENT in the mailbox!!


Designer Papers are also a very good color source. The professional artist selected the colors, and we just borrow the combos! 


These Hot Air Balloons also make great guy cards, too!! Try it!


16 stamp images & 15 dies

#144711 wood - $53

#144712 clear - $45.75

*Coordinating "Carried Away" Design Series Papers are free w/ a $50 purchase thru March 2017!

Lift Me UP Bundle

A Foxy Valentine for Him


Stampin' Up!'s "Foxy Friends Bundle" creates the PERFECT Valentine for HIM!! The 29 photopolymer stamps are combined with the Fox Builder Punch in this bundle to save you 10% and give you GREAT versatility to make LOT of different critters!!


The colors are Real Red, Basic Grey and Whisper White. Be sure to cock the Fox's head to give him a sassy look!


Foxy Friends Bundle

#142326 - $40.50

29 photopolymer images & coordinating punch

Foxy Friends Bundle $40.50

Seaside Shore Valentine


Check out this COASTAL Valentine!! Don't you LOVE the Red Glimmer Heart Shaped bubbles??


By stamping OFF THE PAGE on both sides, you create "motion!"


These colors are Pool Party & Real Red. The Confetti Hearts Border Punch created the bubbles.


If your sweetie loves the beach, here is your perfect Valentine card design!!

Seaside Shore Stamp Set

#141625 - Clear $21

#141622 - Wood $29

Seaside Shore $29 and 21

High Tide Masculine Card


High Tide Stamp Set in the NEW 2017 Occasions Catalog creates handsome masculine cards!! This is a two-step stamp set of photopolymer which lets you see-thru and line up images easily. I used Cherry Cobbler and Real Red for the lighthouse.


Need more ideas for Men's Cards? See my list on the right under "MALE CARDS."

High Tide Stamp Set

#143006 - $26 - 16 photopolymer images


Large Numbers Framelits Dies on SALE


These Large Numbers Dies are 20% off till Nov. 28th! They are perfect for New Years, Graduations, Scrapbooks, and Birthdays!! This card is going to an Assisted Living resident who is male.


I have never met this gentleman, but hope to put a smile on his face throughout the year with my handmade cards! 


Numbers are 3-1/8" tall, nicely sized for cards.

Large Numbers Framelit Dies

#140622 - 11 dies

2 coordinating stamp sets

Reg. $31, NOW $24.80

Lg Numbers $31