Merry Christmas to All Gift Card Holder


Everyone needs Gift Card Holders for the Holiday. This one is very easy!


Cut base card stock 4-1/4" x 11", and score at 5-1/2" and 8-1/2".  Use about a 1" circle punch to punch a thumb hole in the edge of the card stock. This edge folds to the inside of the card and is attached only on the side edges with strong adhesive like Tear & Tape #138995. Attach the inside layer that is 4" X 2-1/2". Last, close your card and attach the front layer so it hides the inside layer. The lovely sentiment is from the Merry Christmas to All Stamp Set #147702.




Dashing Deer Easel Card


Here is a FUN "easel card" made with the Dashing Deer Stamp Set #147728! It's easy to create.


Cut the base cardstock 4-1/4" X 11, scored at 5-1/2" and 8-1/4". Create your card and attach only the lower half of the front layer. Inside, place a "STOP" for the lower front edge of the card to rest against. I often place a sentiment on the "stop." The "stop" needs to be dimensionalized. Very simply and impressive! Try it!

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Graceful Garden Stamp Set


It's BLACK MAGIC Technique! How do you color on black cardstock?? #1 Heat emboss the image in White Embossing Powder. #2 Grab your BLENDS, alcohol markers, and start coloring the embossing. Easy and Impressive!


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The Stamp Set is called Graceful Garden #143849. I hadn't used this technique in a long time and my demonstrator friend Shari Wicks reminded me about it again. It's always a WOW!! Try it!


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Enjoy Life Stamp Set


I enjoy creating Sunset/Sunrise cards! "Enjoy Life" Stamp Set #148190 is a lovely silhouette stamp set to use with this FUN technique.


Here is my process which allows me to reproduce the same card multiple times:

    *Punch or die cut a generous shape in the center of a quarter sheet of scrap cardstock.

    *Lay this template on your cardstock and hold in place. (I just use my fingers.)

    *Using a Sponge Dauber #133773 pounce on an ink pad to collect color, then scrub ink into the opening of the template, using a horizontal motion going beyond the edges of the template.  Blend one color into the next if desired.

    *Mark your colors for use at a later time and keep in the template in your stamp case.

    *Stamp a silhouette in black ink within the window before removing the template.


This is a lovely, thoughtful sentiment! Try sponging a Sunrise/Sunset!

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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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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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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!!


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


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!


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!

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Stamparatus in the Round


Dorothy Chabot, my friend and Stamp Club member, sent me this "TOO-CUTE-FOR-WORDS" card!! It's extra special because we have a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel in our family, Maxie!! Here is Maxie for comparison-

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Dorothy used her new Stamparatus, advanced positioning tool, to stamp the doggies in a circle! She did an OUTSTANDING job of making a perfectly specific card for ME!! LOVE IT DOROTHY!! Part of the JOY of stamping is personalizing our cards to connect with the receiver!


This sweet pooch is from Bella & Friends Stamp Set #141870. The Stamparatus will be available June 1, 2018 in the NEW 2018-19 Annual Catalog. Here is a link to make a template to use with the Stamparatus to stamp in a "circle!" Ruth with ArtfulStampin'

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Southern Serenade plus Vellum


I NEVER have enough floral images! Southern Serenade Stamp Set #145921 has a lovely lacey image to pair with the floral. I got out Vellum #101856 which I have neglected far too long! This is the "Stained Glass" Technique. Stamp the image on Vellum, dry, color on the BACKSIDE. It's a nice soft look. This is Pink Pirouette cardstock and Blends. Stampin' Write Markers can be used as well.


I scored the left edge of the vellum and wrapped it around the back of the layer to attach. I "hid" a glue dot on the back of a flower center to keep the Vellum flap in place.


Another version - I used Blushing Bride Cardstock and Light Calypso Coral Blends on Vellum. This is a special sympathy card that has already gone in the mailbox.


Try this good old "Stained Glass" Technique!! I'm sorry Blends are sold out at the moment, but never fear - they are coming! Keep them on your Wish List!

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Punch Art Bunny in Chocolate


The Bunnies are multiplying in my office again!! Punch art is so much fun!! Details:

    *Feet - one 3/4" Circle, cut in half

    *Body - 2" Circle

    *Tail - 1/2" Circle, Glimmer Paper

    *Head - 1-3/8" Circle

    *Ears - two of the smallest oval from Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies #145372

The color is Milk Chocolate also known as Soft Suede!! Fold down one ear for "character!"


The Tutti Frutti Cards & Envelopes make a FAST base. Add Washi Tape for interest and texture.


These would be FUN to create with kids!!


Send NON-melting chocolate Bunnies for Easter!! Calorie free, too! Try them!

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How to Emboss Mini Gable Boxes

20180215_191003Love these handy Silver Mini Gable Boxes #145568 for gift giving!! When paired with the NEW Basket Weave Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder it's a WOW!!! Here's how-


Use an exacto knife to gently open the seam of the box so you can lay it flat.


Insert one half of the box into the embossing folder with the EDGE of the embossing folder at the top score mark of the top of the box. Repeat for the other half of the box. Rebuild the box with strong adhesive like Tear & Tape #138995. Embellish! GREAT wedding idea! This Basket Weave Embossing Folder is part of a FREE Bundle with purchase during Sale-A-Bration.


Stamper's Space Saving Tip


Let's start the New Year with one of my favorite SPACE SAVING TIPS! Some clear mount stamp sets come in two cases because the uncut rubber takes up space.


After I attach the images labels, I put all images into the same case.  20171124_094801

The case covers slip easily out of the plastic sleeve of the case. I combine the two case covers into one, making sure I have an index on the spine of the box. A little trimming and gluing and I have ONE perfectly complete stamp case instead of TWO!!


It's important to have an accurate spine index so you see all the images and sentiments when you are searching. Try this!

This adorable Petal Palette Bundle will be available WED., Jan. 3, 2018 in the NEW OCCASIONS CATALOG! GET READY!

Pinwheel Table Favors


I just finished a pile of Pinwheel Table Favors for Thanksgiving at my cousin's home! Thanks to Shari Wicks, my friend and fellow Team member, for sharing this quick and adorable idea with me. Shari saw this on YouTube at:


I used the lovely Painted Harvest Designer Series Paper to create my Pinwheel Favors.


Inside is one Ghirardelli Chocolate Square!

I wish you a WONDERFUL Thanksgivings with your loved ones. Be Grateful!! I sure am!!

How to add Roots to Climbing Orchid


I have about 50 orchids, a small collection by Florida standards! Orchid gardening is my "brain refresh" when my creative juices quit flowing - LOL! Most orchids have roots that escape the pot, because they are "EPIPHYTES" (air plants.) So I decided to add that unique root element to my design. I used the HAPPY BIRTHDAY Thinlits Dies #143700 and cut off some curly ques that made perfect roots for my card create with the Climbing Orchid Bundle #143723.

Easter in August Dec. 2016 roots

Here is an example of healthy orchid roots - they prefer the outside of the pot!


This orchid pot is a 2-1/4" Circle Punch which I cut off the top and bottom. Make some unique orchid designs by adding realistic roots! Try it!!


Bridge Card Modified


I love all the Bridge Card fancy fold layouts I am seeing, but wanted to change it a little. I moved the "bridge" piece up to the top of the card and used a window sheet instead of card stock! This makes the French Horn magically "float!"


I used Tear 'n Tape #139995 to attach the Window Sheet #142314 at the very outside edges of the card. It's clear so it mostly disappears.


This top view really shows the "floating" die cut. I used the Musical Season Bundle #146048, a favorite of mine!


Yes, this card folds flat for mailing. It collapses to the side. Such a FUN fancy fold!!


Here is your pattern:


Top Swap by Julie


This stunning Easel Card designed by Julie Aurand of Rockford, IL was voted BEST SWAP at our recent Team Gathering! CONGRATS to Julie (17 year demonstrator) - she had lots of competition!


To create this EASEL card, cut the pop up layer of cardstock 3X6", scoring at 2-3/4" and 5-1/2". Tuck and attach the 1/2" "HINGE" at the top of your card with STRONG adhesive because it is a moving part. Attach the focal image on the lower 3 X 2-3/4" section ONLY. Be sure to add a "STOP" to support the lower edge of the easel - a dimensionalized punch out is perfect.


The Copper Foil center of the Daisy is a real WOW!! Die cut or punch a center about 1/2" in diameter from Copper Foil Paper. Place the circle face down on a piercing mat. Using the larger end of a stylus, rub tiny circles into the the back of the foil. Mount with a dimensional. 


This design folds flat for mailing. Colors: Berry Burst, Soft Sky, Crumb Cake. TRY IT!

Daisy Delight Bundle

#145361 - $31.50

16 photopolymer images & PUNCH!

Daisy Delight Bundle $31.50


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

Colorful Seasons Bundle for Autumn


Autumn is on our doorstep. It's time to create with colorful leaves!


Gloss Paper #144240 adds another texture to any design. Drop reinker colors onto gloss paper and sponge the ink to move it around, blending one color into the next.


Stamp detailed leaves onto the dried glossy paper and die cut leaves.


The results! 


Leaves are very versatile!


Enjoy the many colors of Autumn!

Colorful Season Bundle

#145348 - $54

24 photopolymer images & 17 dies

Colorful Seasons Bundle $54

How to create perfectly diagonal ribbons on cards


Sometimes a design needs diagonally placed ribbons. Here is how to place them symmetrically.


Put Tear 'n Tape #138995 on the backside of two ribbons cut to the length you need.


Using Grid Paper #130148, place your layer diagonally on the BOLD CENTER LINE of the Grid Paper. Remove the Tear 'n Tape backing and lay the ribbon horizontally across the top corner of your layer. Line it up with the grid markings. Count the squares from the card tip to the edge of the ribbon. Lay the other ribbon on the bottom corner, counting up the same number of squares. Wrap the ribbon ends to the backside of the layer. Perfection!! I love Grid Paper and use it EVERYTIME I create! It has handy measurements, too.


This is the Background Bits HOST Stamp Set. Try this ribbon trick!

Grid Paper - $11

#130148 - 100 sheets of 11X17"

Grid Paper $11

Daisy Punch meets Watercoloring


Playing with watercoloring will make you feel like a kid! It's unstructured and free. I scribbled Real Red and Daffodil Delight Reinker on wet watercolor paper with an Aqua Painter. After it dried, I punched out one Daisy, rotated it 90 degrees and re-attached it with dimensionals. How easy with BOLD results!


This view lets you peek under the Daisy. Try this fun idea!

FYI: This Daisy Punch has been incredible popular! If you order it and the number doesn't come up, it's out of stock again. Try at a later date - it's worth the wait!!

Daisy Punch

#143713 - $18

Daisy Punch $18


Seasonal Layers Thinlits with Polished Stone


SIT BACK and enjoy summer!! I LOVE this Adirondack Chair die!! The leaf is very pretty, too. I used the old "Polished Stone Technique" for the backgrounds. Starting with GLOSSY Cardstock #144240, wet a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol. Then add a couple drops of 2 different reinker. Squeezed several drops of WINK OF STELLA CLEAR shimmer #141897 on the cardstock and started dabbing on color with the cotton ball. It's fun and easy! The large background was my first sheet. The lighter background was my last sheet as the colors were getting used up and became lighter. It takes about 10 minutes to dry on the glossy cardstock. Very cool effect! Try it.


These colors are VERY refreshing: NEW Lemon Lime Twist and Bermuda Bay!! There is SHIMMER and GLOSS that the photo doesn't show.

Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies

#143751 - $33 for 17 dies

also available bundled with images

Seasonal Layers $33


Daisy Delight Bundle


If you are a "traditional stamper," you may not like this card. It's ARTSY! I started with a watercolor base of Crushed Curry ink for Daisies and Emerald Envy ink for leaves. I punched two daisies, centered on the point of color change. I turned the punched out daisies 180 degrees and attached them. Now the colors are flipped!


The NEW Mini Dimensionals #144108 are the perfect size for the petals!!


I attached a "trimming" off the front to the inside for color!


This is a BOLD, HAPPY card outside of the "traditional box!" Try it!!

Daisy Delight Bundle

#145361 - $31.50

16 photopolymer images & punch

Daisy Delight Bundle $31.50

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



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

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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