Step It Up: Simple Card Design Changes

Simple changes will enhance your card design.  As a crafter, your collection of supplies and stamps will gradually grow over time.  In the beginning, all you need is a stamp set, a couple colors of ink and paper, a punch, some sponges and a few embellishments.

As your collection of crafting supplies and tools grow, your designs will be further enhanced with specialty papers, coloring tools, stamping accessories, punches and dies.

And with time, you learn new techniques– some will be quick and simple favorites (like sponging), others require special supplies and tools (heat embossing with VersaMark ink and heat embossing powders), while other techniques are more labor intensive, but so worth the time and effort!

Here are three card designs using the same stamp set, Magical Mermaid.  

Each design is unique and special.  And because it is homemade for someone special, that special someone will absolute love receiving any one of these card designs.  

It is only when you compare all three designs side-by-side that you see the differences.     

Simple Stamping and Sponging:  Design elements include:  (1) Double and triple matting; (2) circle punch; (3) Sponging; and (4) Dazzling Diamonds specialty paper.

magical mermaid 1

Stepping up the simple design:  Combines elements of the previous design with (1) dimensionals to pop-up the sentiment; (2) Die cutting with Stitched Shape framelit dies; and (3) heat embossing with clear embossing powder.  

magical mermaid 2

Stepping it up again:   Combines elements of the previous design with (1) the huff technique using different colored markers to create the sentiment; and, (2) dry embossing with the Seaside Textured Impressions embossing folder.  

magical mermaid 3

Closing Thoughts:  IF you have time to create a card, there is nothing more FUN and REWARDING than creating something you set your mind to make…. Then again, there is nothing more frustrating than to try to make an amazing, over the top, work of art!   Always remember that when that special person opens the mailbox and discovers some happy mail, and when they open the envelop — they are going to absolutely love the card!  They are going to TREASURE IT because YOU MADE IT!  And, that has absolutely nothing to do with the design.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Merry Cafe – new holiday catalog stamp

merry cafe simple design with ink colors

Some people firmly believe that coffee is life. And whether that’s you or not, you certainly know someone who feels that way — or someone who loves hot tea or hot chocolate.  Either way, you will have fun creating with this new holiday stamp set.  

This card design features the Merry Cafe stamp set and the Painted Autumn designer series paper – both will be available September 1st in the new holiday catalog.  The Merry Cafe coordinates perfectly with the Coffee Cups Framelits Dies and the Coffee Cafe stamp set  for year round fun.  Better yet, purchase the Coffee Cafe bundle and save 10%.

merry cafe simple design

  • Dry emboss Very Vanilla cardstock using the Layered Leaves 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions embossing folder
  • Die cut coffee cup, lid and cup cozy using Crumb Cake, Early Espresso and Very Vanilla.  Use the scoring blade on your stampin’ trimmer to put a crease longways on the lid.
  • Use paper snips to cut designer series paper about 1/4″inch longer than the top and bottom edge of very vanilla cup cozy piece. 
  • Use Banner Triple punch to cut 2″x4″ piece of Cajun Craze and 1″x4″ piece of DSP and sponge edges with Chocolate Chip ink.
  • Stamp sentiment using Chocolate Chip ink pad on the cup cozy and sponge edges
  • Stamp leave images on the coffee cup, use blender pen to color the leaves using Pumpkin Pie and Cajun Craze, and sponge edges of coffee cup.  
  • Use snail adhesive to assemble coffee cup and assemble card.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Garden Trellis Embossing Folder

garden trellis example

It is easy to make a great impression especially when using Stampin’ Up! embossing folders.  Just place a flat piece of cardstock in this embossing folder, run it through the Big Shot, and out comes cardstock with a subtle textured design.  

For this card, I used the Garden Trellis embossing folder to create texture and interest using Lemon Lime Twist, one of the new 2017-2019 In-Colors.  I used my Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush to add a shimmer to the Lemon Lime Twist piece of the butterfly. Some Finely Woven Ribbon and new Black Rhinestones (#144639, available September 1st in the holiday catalog) completed this elegant, yet simple design.  

garden trellis card

Textured Impressions Embossing Folders make clear, crisp impressions—great for card fronts and accent pieces.  Check out pages 210-211 in the annual catalog to see the many different designs of embossing folders –the “regular” textured and the “deeper” 3D Dynamic textured impression embossing folders.

garden trellis product

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Lots of New Clearance Items!

Good morning – here is a second post of the day.  Just a quick note to let you know that LOTS of new items been added to the clearance rack.  Please don’t miss out out these awesome deal — at 20% to 60% off.   All items are while supplies last!

There are several punches, card kits, ribbons and twine, embellishments and tools.  Plus there are some great holiday packaging and halloween treat items, too!

Click here to see the great deals!  

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!




Holiday Tags with Everyday Label Punch

As we approach the month of September, time seems to fly.  The holidays are upon us before we know it.  Now is the time for some quick and easy craft projects to avoid scurrying around at the last minute.  

These tags are quick and easy and will add a special touch to your holiday packaging – present, gift bag or wine bottle, and within a few minutes you can make 45 or 50 tags.

Merry Little Christmas tag examples

Supply List:

  • Snail adhesive
  • Dimensionals
  • Banner Triple Punch (138292)
  • Scallop Tag Topper Punch (133324)
  • Everyday Label punch (144668 from holiday catalog)
  • Labels to Love stamp set (144967 from holiday catalog)
  • Merry Little Labels stamp set (144795 from holiday catalog)
  • Archival Basic Black ink pad
  • Cherry Cobbler ink pad
  • Old Olive ink pad
  • Cherry Cobbler cardstock (2”x4”, 1”x4”, ½”x4”)
  • Old Olive cardstock (2”x4”, 1”x4”, ½”x4”)
  • Very Vanilla cardstock (2”x3”)
  • Merry Little Christmas designer series paper (144621 from holiday catalog) 
  • Ribbon or Twine (5 inches long)
  • Season of Glitz mini bows (144635 from holiday catalog, comes with 45 bows)


  • Select the 2”x4” piece of DSP or cardstock as your bottom layer; punch one end with the Scallop Tag Punch and the other end with Banner Triple punch
  • Stamp the sentiment on Very Vanilla cardstock piece with solid color ink and punch with Everyday Label punch (or use markers and the huffing technique to color sections of the stamp before stamping the Very Vanilla cardstock piece)
  • Using snail adhesive, attach additional layers of DSP or cardstock to the tag
  • Using dimensionals, attach the very vanilla piece to the tag piece
  • Embellish with mini bows
  • Add the ribbon or twine to the tag top

Merry Little Christmas tag punches

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


New Holiday Catalog is Coming!

I love the excitement of a new catalog.  I love looking at each of the pages and putting post it notes on my favorite items. I love making my pre-order list and imagining what I will make with everything.  I think I will always and forever be a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator because I love shopping from the catalog first AT A DISCOUNT!

Come to one of my August stamp camps and see the wonderful new products that are available in the new holiday catalog on September 1st.  You’re going to love everything in this catalog!

There are seven new product suites:  Spooky Night, Painted Autumn, Quilted Christmas, Merry Little Christmas, Season of Glitz, Christmas Around the World and Year of Cheer.

And there is much, much more:

  • 50 new stamps sets
  • 20 new bundles
  • 17 new die sets
  • 3 new punches
  • 2 new kits
  • 7 new ribbons and trimmings
  • 10 new embellishments
  • 2 new embossing folders
  • 7 new Designer Series paper packs with coordinating cardstock packs
  • 4 new gift giving packaging items

holiday catalog 2017

If you are one of my stamping friends, you will automatically receive your catalog in the mail.  If you don’t have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I’d love to provide you a copy of the catalog free.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Paper Pumpkin 50% OFF!!!!


If you love a good deal, now is the best time to join Paper Pumpkin—during
our Fall into Savings promotion! We will deliver your first Paper Pumpkin kit
straight to your door, complete with everything you need to make fun,
shareable cards and projects—all for 50% off!

Every kit includes an exclusive stamp set, ink spot, and embellishments to create adorable pre-designed project for a fun crafting experience.

At least six times a year, we send an all card kit with eight or more cards.

Sometimes the kit includes cards plus gift bags, banners, treat bags, or boxes. Other times, it’s home décor, giftables, or just treat packaging.

No matter what it is—we promise you’ll love it, or we’ll make it right!

The Paper Pumpkin is fun & easy!  New subscribers get 50% OFF their first month.  Get your deal HERE.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Scrapbooking with Memories & More

While Memories & More card packs make great cards, they also make memory keeping a snap – whether using pocket pages or traditional scrapbooking.  These card packs coordinate with Stampin’ Up! Product Suites – so you have coordinating stamp sets, dies, embellishments, designer papers and 12×12 cardstock.  All of the guess work is done because everything coordinates to make great scrapbook pages or complete an album.  All you need to do is create 2-page spreads using your photos!

 Not convinced, look at these scrapbook pages…


These products and more are available from my on-line store.  Just click on the SHOP tab above or click on the links.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Stamp a Stack with Petal Garden Memories & More Card Pack

As I mentioned yesterday, Memories & More card packs are a great value and they are great for making a stack of cards.  With extra pieces of coordinating cardstock, I was able to stretch the card pack to make 28 cards! LOL!


Here are 15 of the 28 cards that I made….

garden petals 2

One of the nice things about Memories & More is that it coordinates with Stampin’ Up! product suites.  So, there is a coordinating stamp set, framelits and thinlits, designer series paper, ribbon and other accessories (such as embossing folder, embellishments) — providing inspiration for even more uses!

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes.


Many Uses of Memories & More Card Packs

Have you checked out the Memories & More — four different designs on page 193-194?  These are coordinating packs of cards that make craft projects fun, quick and easy.  The designs and colors were carefully chosen to coordinate with other product suites.  The cards are perfect for:

  • card making
  • memory keeping
  • home décor projects like shadow boxes and samplers
  • any other project you can imagine. 

These are definitely a budget friendly crafting supply!  For just a $10 investment, you can make a stack of cards!   Each pack includes 52 double-sided 3″ x 4″ cards, 2 each of 26 designs; 20 double-sided 4″ x 6″ cards, 2 each of 10 designs; plus embellishments such as stickers, foil die cuts and acetate overlays.  All you need is some snail adhesive, card blanks and envelopes. 


Petal Garden card pack will make breathtaking cards using the following colors of Calypso Coral, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugarplum and Whisper White.


Perfect Days card pack will make fun-loving cards using Basic Black, Emerald Envy, Lemon Lime Twist, Soft Sky and Sahara Sand.


Color Theory card pack will make great all-occasion cards all year long using Berry Burst, Crushed Curry, Dapper Denim, Old Olive and Soft Suede


And finally, Bundle of Love card pack uses soft pastel cards using Blushing Bride, Sahara Sand, Soft Sky & Very Vanilla.

Check back to see what I’ve made with the Petal Garden Memories & More Card pack!

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!