This Little Piggy

This stamp set is just so stinkin’ cute.  Lately, Stampin’ Up! has come out with several caricature stamp sets with some of the cutest images.  This Little Piggy has lots of possibilities — to send love, to send congratulations and to send thanks!

this little piggy stamp

this little piggy samples

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


Daisy Punch is now available again!


The Daisy Punch is now available for purchase, as is the Daisy Delight Bundle.

While Stampin’ Up! has received another shipment, it’s popularity could cause it to go back on backorder.  If you’ve been wanting these products, I recommend ordering them as soon as possible using my on-line store.  Just click on the product links above or click on the “Shop” tab.  


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


Part 2: Daisy Delight

We love them – we really do love them! Daisies are the classic summer-time wildflower, just begging to be added to a kitchen counter vase or woven into a daisy chain. White daisies aren’t the only option for that beautiful shape, though. Plenty of plants have daisy-like flowers bringing delight in gardens and bouquets.

There is the classic white Shasta Daisy with its yellow center and bright white petals, and the Calendula with its blooms of yellow sunshine

Next, there are the smiling faces of Black-eyed Susans and the yellow-red Gaillardia, which is also known as the Blanket Flower.

And, let’s not forget the popular Gerbera and Blue Marguerite daisies in their bright, cheerful colors.

And finally, the various purple daisies:  African Daisy or Osteopermum with vibrant purple flowers, the towering Purple Cone Flowers and the soft pastels of Asters.

So go ahead and experiment with the Daisy Delight bundle.  You’re sure to find a winning combination of color and cheerfulness that is sure to brighten someone’s day!

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



Part 1: Daisy Delight Bundle

Picture yourself lying in the sun, sipping your favorite beverage, kids playing nearby, soft music playing, and everything on your to-do list and every household chore is already done. That’s the same feeling you’ll get from this lovely floral stamp set. It really is just delightful — especially when it’s the Daisy Delight Bundle with stamp set and coordinating punch.

daisy bundle

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


Father’s Day

Father’s Day honor fathers and celebrates fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of the very good men in our lives. It has been celebrated since the Middle Ages.  In many European countries, it has been celebrated on March 19, which is Saint Joseph’s Day. Today, many countries have adopted the U.S. date, which is the third Sunday of June — probably because it is better weather is better for grilling a thick steak on the grill!

Earlier this month, my  June stamp camp featured a card buffet of masculine cards.  It was interesting to see which cards my lady friends selected and the stories they told of their fathers and husbands.

Here are some of the cards — made using current and retired Stampin’ Up! stamp sets.

On the Open Sea (retired)

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Urban District (retired)

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Guy Greetings (current)

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Until next time, sending crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Part 3: Remarkable You

Did I mention how much I love the Remarkable You stamp set?  I’ve had a great time designing cards with it.  These images are so easy to color and fussy cut — which adds that WOW factor!  The images of the two flower and branch of leaves were stamped on Whisper White cardstock, colored with watercolor pencils and a blender pen, and cut out separately.  Using the Layering Circles Framelits, I die cut two circles in Whisper White, and two slightly larger circles in Pacific Point.  The circles create focal points to highlight the flowers and the sentiment.

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For my next card, I stamping the leaf image on Emerald Envy before fussy cutting it.  I used the large oval from Stitched Shapes Framelits and some rhinestones as the focal point.  

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The stamp set and dies are carrying over into the new catalog.  So you’re sure to see more card designs in the future.

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


Adirondack chair of Colorful Seasons

Have you seen the Adirondack chair die from the Colorful Seasons Bundle? Nothing says sit back, relax and “just breathe” the fresh air like an Adirondack chair.  I love this die cut shape.  It makes me want to find a cool drink, some sun glasses and enjoy the sunshine!  

Actually, this Colorful Seasons Bundle is probably my favorite bundle in the catalog.  It is one that I know that I’ll be reaching for again and again.  There are so many fun shapes and seasonal images to craft year round — winter, spring, summer and fall.  And, the sentiments are just beautiful and timeless.

colorful seasons stamp ideas

Below is one of the cards from my June stamp camp – which was designed by the very talented Melissa Ellis, another Inky Angel.  It uses five different techniques – tearing, dry embossing, die cutting, sponging and masking – to create depth and interest. It features Tranquil Tide, Soft Sky, Crumb Cake, Whisper White and the Wood Textures Designer Series.  To make the background clouds, I created a mask using the cloud images from Up & Away Thinlits and sponged the clouds with Soft Sky.  After dry embossing the Crumb Cake piece using the Softy Falling embossing folder, I sponged Crumb Cake ink on the raised dots using a very light touch.

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The card was accessories with White Perfect Accents and a banner using Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set.  

Thanks for stopping by.  I think it is a good time to sit in the sunshine and study the new Stampin’ Up! catalog.

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


Crafting Forever

Welcome crafting friends!

As recommended by the sentiment in the Crafting Forever Stamp Set, you should “do something creative every day!” With these beautiful line-art images of crafting essentials, it’s easy to jump right in and get creative anytime. But this set is cut out for so much more!

crafting forever stamp set

It also fulfills the Angel Policy, which allows you to sell hand-stamped items using Stampin’ Up! products while honoring the copyright laws.

crafting forever stamp set

This fun stamp set will remind you how much you love sharing your creativity with others.  Here another fun card using Wood Textures Designer Series Paper stack.

crafting forever stamp set idea

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


Rewards of a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator

You already know how very generous Stampin’ Up! is to its customers.  But, do you know how generous Stampin’ Up is to its demonstrators?  

Here are some great reasons for joining me as a demonstrator:

  1.  $99 Starter Kit — Customize your kit with $125 in product from the new catalog using your wish list.  Your starter kit comes withfree Paper Pumpkin kit (that’s a $20 value) and free catalogs (that’s $40 value) to share with eight family members and friends.  Your starter kit will ship for free (that’s another $10 savings)! And, there is no obligation to host workshops, sell products or personally purchase anything beyond the contents of your kit!
  2. Happy shopper discounts of 20% to 25% on purchases while earning full-price sales credit in Stampin’ Rewards  Stampin’ Up! recognizes that its demonstrators are great customers, too!  Therefore once you join as a demonstrator, you receive same great products at a discount price while earning the full-price value of the Stampin’ Rewards of a customer.  THIS IS TRULY THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS — customer benefits AND demonstrator benefits — with same ability to earn more free stuff!  So, stock up and save on your favorite products, including the cost-saving bundles and other promotions!
  3. Social Aspects — As a demonstrator, you will enjoy stamping with friends and family, making new friends, being part of world-wide Stampin’ Up! community and attending exclusive SU events locally, nationally and internationally. 
  4. Extra spending money, free products and incentive trips — Many demonstrators start out as hobbists to offset the cost of crafting supplies, and then realize the benefits of a successful business in direct sales.  There are many perks including incentive trips and flex point rewards for sales, advancement, leadership and recruiting.
  5. Sneak Peeks and behind the scenes information from Stampin’ Up!  As a demonstrator, you’ll receive weekly emails and a quarterly magazine with latest news, trends and crafting ideas.
  6. Creative Inspiration You will have access to on-line resources, exclusive demonstrator websites and inspiration from Stampin’ Up! family of demonstrators for more crafting ideas and techniques.
  7. Advance purchase of new products before a catalog release As a demonstrator, you can preview new catalogs and purchase new products in August, before the new Holiday Catalog is released; in December, before the new Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration Promotion are announced; and next May, before the new Annual Catalog is released!  
  8. No risk to join! — Enjoy the demonstrator benefits from now through the end of the next full Stampin’ Up! quarter.  If you enjoy the demonstrator benefits mentioned above and wish to continue with those benefits, then you will need to make minimum purchase of $300 (in personal and/or customer sales) by 30 September, and quarterly thereafter.

Joining is one of the best decisions I made! Contact me for more information and we can set up a time to chat.  No pressure, I promise!  I love what I do and would love to share it with you! 

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



PS:  Stampin’ Up! quarters run from January – March; April – June; July – September; and October – December.  Depending on which month that you join, you may receive additional time to enjoy those benefits, to make that first $300 minimum and to decide to continue as a demonstrator or drop with no penalty!  If you join in June, you will have until 30 September to make your minimums and be able to take advantage of “We HEART Host” promotion in June — earning $35 in extra Stampin’ Rewards for more free products.  If you join in July, you will have until 31 December to make your minimum, but you will miss out on June’s We HEART Hosts promotion.  Let’s talk about your situation and when might be best time for you to join!


Quick Sympathy Card

I often stockpile cards that can be easily modified by adding a quick sentiment.  I just love the simplicity of this card design!  This card also features:  Wild About Flowers, Teeny Tiny Wishes and Timeless Textures stamp sets.

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All three stamp sets are keepers!  

As I mentioned before, Teeny Tiny Wishes contains 24 greetings for almost every occasion.  And by changing out one of the greetings, this card can be used in so many different ways – as a sympathy card, a get-well card, happy birthday card or thinking of you card.  You’ll want to keep this stamp set handy because you’re going to be using it a lot!

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Wild about Flowers is a Two-Step Stampin’ set, which gives you so many creative options–combine individual stamps to build the final image  in the colors you want.  It also contains several more great sentiments for a retirement card — like “you’ll be missed” and “congratulations on your new adventure”.

wild about flowers stamp set

And finally, the Timeless Textures will add personality to your projects.  You’ll want to keep this one close by too! You can keep your design clean and simple with one image, or layer more images for more depth and character

timeless textures stamp set

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