Tips for Perfect Punch Outs

Punches are a crafting must-have.  Punches are a quick and easy way to add interest and depth to your projects. And there’s no better way to cut out stamped images—many of our stamp sets have coordinating punches. 

Stampin’ Up offers a variety of punches from basic shapes to more complex builder punches.  They are quality tested to meet the high standards that our demonstrators and customers expect. 

Here are a few tips for keeping your punches in perfect working condition.

KEEP IT THIN. Punches are meant to punch paper or standard cardstock. If you force a punch through anything that’s heavily textured or thicker than our cardstock, you could damage the punch.

SAY NO TO GLITTER. Coarse materials such as Glimmer Paper will dull the cutting edges and may clog the cutting mechanism.

APPLY EVEN PRESSURE.  If you have trouble applying even pressure, try putting your punch on a flat surface (facing up or down) and press down, applying even pressure.

STORE WITH CARE.  Keep punches clean and dry in the locked closed position. Brush away paper crumbs and keep punches away from dust and glue that can clog the cutting mechanisms.

SHARPEN DULL EDGES. If a punch doesn’t cut all the way through or frays the paper, the cutting edges may be dull. Sharpen them by punching through aluminum foil a few times, then punch through wax paper to lubricate the punch and get it moving smoothly again.

FREEZE OUT JAMS. If the punch is stuck or jammed, try sticking it in the freezer for a while. The metal will contract as it gets cold and hopefully release the stuck material.

ALIGNING STAMPED IMAGES:  First, stamp the sentiment or image on scrap of cardstock.  From the backside of your punch, align the stamped image inside the punch opening.  Squeeze gently to punch out image.

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PERFECT ALIGNMENT WITH BUILDER PUNCHES:  Use a scrap piece of cardstock and mark the side that will be inserted into the punch and punch out the blank pieces.  The punched cardstock is a template for aligning your stamps using the Stamparatus.  Once stamped, you can punch out your pieces with ease!

If you found these tips and tricks helpful, please leave me a comment!  I just love to hear from you!

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



Spooky Paper Pumpkin

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Just what we’ve been waiting for, a Spooky Paper Pumpkin to jump start the fun halloween season.

If you are a new subscriber, please subscribe by September 10th to get your crafting adventure in the mail.  If you’ve previously cancelled or suspended your subscription, now is a great time to re-subscribe and have crafting for fall fun!  Just use this link.  It is quick and easy to sign up!  

What is Paper Pumpkin?  It is a month-to-month subscription with auto-delivery that brings a box of supplies with everything you need for a little crafting stay-cation.   Everything comes in the box and all the supplies are travel-sized (small ink spot versus full sized ink pad, sheet of glue dots versus roll of glue dots) so that you can take your Paper Pumpkin anywhere!  Every kit comes with an exclusive stamp set to use over and over!  You can suspend (for a month) or cancel at any time – you just have to sign into your account by the 10th of each month to suspend or cancel to avoid a charge on your credit card.  And, if you don’t love it, Stampin’ Up! will take care of it.  So there really is no risk.   

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


Blended Season in Poppy Parade

The Blended Seasons bundle is perfect for crafting in any season, but it is an exclusive offer that is only available for a limited time!  The coordinating Blended Seasons stamp set and the Stitched Seasons Framelits Dies adds just the right touch to every project. 

I’ve been practicing with these new alcohol markers for awhile now.  To get a smooth blend, you need moisture to blend the alcohol inks.  If one color is already dry, it is very difficult to blend it with another color. 

First, lay down color using the lighter shade of Poppy Parade.  Next add the darker shade of Poppy Parade.  Then, blend using the lighter shade.  You can even add the Color Lifter pulls color from images you colored with Stampin’ Blends markers to add highlights and dimension.  And, repeat using the Granny Apple Green blends combo pack.

Two layers of ink seems to be the perfect amount of moisture for blending. Less that that is too little moisture and the ink doesn’t move around as easily. More than that and there is too much liquid for the paper to hold; the colors start to bleed out of the lines and even pool up on the paper surface causing a blotchy look.

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I added some Pearl Basic Jewels for a little bit of bling and dimension and matted that stitched framelits in Poppy Parade and Granny Apple Green cardstock.

If you live in the United States, I would love to be your demonstrator!  Click on the links provided to order these items.  

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




August Bonus Days and Limited Edition!


Bonus Days are BACK!  Spend $50 between Aug 1-31 and Earn a $5 Coupon Code to Redeem in September!  Yes, you can earn multiple bonus codes in a single order!

  • An email address is required to participate as the Bonus Days coupon codes are sent via email.
  • If you earn multiple codes from a single order, you will receive one email with multiple codes. If you earn multiple codes from multiple orders, you will receive separate emails for each code earned.
  • There is no limit to the number of coupon codes you can earn per order or throughout the duration of the Bonus Days earning period.
  • There is no limit to the number of coupon codes participants can use on an order during redemption.
  • Bonus Days coupon codes may be redeemed for any product (excluding Starter Kits and Paper Pumpkin Monthly Subscriptions.)  New prepaid Paper Pumpkin codes may be discounted with Bonus Days coupon codes.
  • New holiday catalog will be released on September 5th — just in time to use those Bonus Days coupon codes!!!

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The Color Your Season Limited-Time Products are available to order NOW!

  • Products available while supplies last until August 31, 2018. This means products will only be available until August 31 or while supplies last, whichever comes first.  If a product’s supply is depleted before August 31, it will be no longer be available for purchase.
  • Blended Seasons Stamp Set, an exclusive 10-piece wood- or clear-mount stamp set with images for every season.  It is so versatile that it can be used year round for any occasion!
  • Stitched Season Framelits Dies, a coordinating stitched die that includes stitching on both the positive and negative images!
  • Or get the Blended Season Bundle (stamp set and dies only) and save 10%.
  • Watercolor Pencils in 10 new colors!  These are available now for purchase, and will be made available in a future catalog — but, if you love coloring, you’ll want to get these now.
  • Check out this video with Shannon West

Visit my on-line store to purchase these limited edition items and other products, while earning those Bonus Day coupons to redeem in September — when the new holiday catalog is released.  

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


Petal Palette in Bermuda Bay

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I just love birds, and this little bird in the Petal Palette stamp set is super cute!  And, this card just pops with the color combination of Crumb Cake, Mossy Meadow, Bermuda Bay and Pool Party

The bird and two floral sprays are stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink on Whisper White cardstock, and colored  using the Dark Pool Party Stampin’ Blends and Light Bermuda Bay Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers.  The leaves were colored using a Blender pen and some Mossy Meadow ink squeezed onto the lid of the ink pad.  These beautiful accents were die cut in record time with dies and the Big Shot including the little lacy piece die cut in Mossy Meadow and the large circle die cut in Bermuda Bay from Stitched Shapes Framelit dies
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The background piece was created using tone-on-tone stamping — in this case, Crumb Cake ink on Crumb Cake cardstock using the Hardwood stamp. The large size is ideal for backgrounds, or you can stamp it, then cut out an accent from the stamped image.  The background piece was double matted.

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If you do not have a demonstrator, I am interested in helping you in your creative journey and crafting needs.  Just contact me to join my team of demonstrators or to attend my monthly stamp camps or just follow my blog.  

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



Simply Shammy – Keepin’ it Clean!

Stampin’ Scrub is the workhorse for stamp cleaning  For years, it has done a stellar job conditioning our red rubber stamps and cleaning inks from even the most detailed stamps.  The Simply Shammy provides an additional option when it comes to quick clean ups or stamping on the go.

Simply Shammy is a portable cleaning cloth that gets your stamps squeaky clean with just water!  Unlike baby wipes, it does not leave lint, oils or chemicals that affect the inked impression of your photopolymer or red rubber stamps.   While ink will stain the shammy, it will not transfer to your fingers or other stamps.  The shammy is 5″ x 7″ and fits neatly in a stamp case.

Simply Shammy is easy to use:  Just dampen the shammy with water, then wipe stamps on it. When it starts to dry out, flip it over or give it a little spritz of water to refresh it. When the shammy dries out, just add water and it will be ready to go!  Rinse it occasionally during stamping and after long stamping sessions to remove excess ink.  And, don’t panic when the shammy starts to look dirty—that’s just a sign that it’s working!! 

You should still occassionally clean and condition your stamps using Stampin’ Mist and your Stampin’ Scrubespecially before their first use to remove any manufacturing residue.  Stampin’ Mist is a cleaning fluid that comes in a spray bottle and is specially formulated to clean and condition your stamps.  Lightly spray one pad of the Stampin’ Scrub with Stampin’ Mist and leave the other dry.  For best results, do not over-saturate the pad.  Wipe your stamp first with the Simply Shammy, then scrub your stamp on the damp pad and rub it dry on the dry pad.  To clean your Stampin’ Scrub, run tap water over both cleaning pads until the water runs color-free, squeeze out the excess water and allow to air dry..

you can keep your stamps pristine is if you never use them. Ink will stain stamps, no matter how meticulously you clean them. Your goal should be to keep stamps clean, not unstained. If you clean your stamps properly, you’ll never have a leftover shade of ink muddying another color and ruining your projects.

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


Blended Season in Gorgeous Grape

Just look how beautiful the floral image is when colored with Stampin Blends Gorgeous Grape Combo and Stampin Blends Granny Apple Green Combo and paired with Brights 6″x6″ Designer Series Paper.

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Celebrate all year long with the Blended Season Bundle — flowers, wheat stalks, leaves and bowels of holly images and delicate die cut frames and embellishments for every season and occasion.

blended seasons - gorgeous grape blends All of these items are available for purchase from my on-line store, just use the links provided.

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


July Paper Pumpkin Stamp Case Insert


When you’re not riding bikes by the lake, looking for fireflies, or kicking back at a drive-in movie, we recommend that you add a new item to your list: Schedule a lazy afternoon to craft these darling little baskets and matching note cards. They’re perfect for family parties, picnics, or for leaving on a neighbor’s doorstep. Watch the video now to find out why Picnic Paradise is bound to be your new summer “jam.”

If video doesn’t play, click here to watch.

A great way to store Paper Pumpkin along side your other Stampin’ Up stamp sets is to use our standard-sized, clear-mount Stamp Cases.  They are affordable (4 cases for $6) and perfect for holding stamps, instructions and remaining pieces.  Here is the stamp case insert for July!

Stamp Case Insert – July 2018 Picnic Parade

If you’d love to try paper pumpkin, here’s a promotion just for you!  Sign up by Aug 10th using this link and promotion code “BLOOM0818“.


Until next time, sending crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Stampin’ Write Markers

Stampin’ Write Markers are one of my must-have stamping supplies.  They come in EVERY stampin’ Up! color and they coordinate beautifully with the cardstock, designer papers and embellishments.  

Recently, I was asked “Do I need both Stampin’ Write Markers and Stampin’ Blends?”.  My immediate answer was “YES!”  However, after I gave it some thought a better answer is “IT DEPENDS”.  It depends on what techniques you like best and your budget and here is why:  

  1. Stampin’ Write markers are affordable.  They can be purchased in one complete set or in sets by color families so that you can build up your collection of inks quickly and then purchase the full-size inkpads in your favorite colors.
  2. Stampin’ Write markers use the same ink as the ink pads, so if they run out, you just top them up again. Super easy, you just take one of the nibs out and put a few drops of ink (maybe 3 or 4 drops).  Reinsert the nibs and allow the pen to rest awhile in order to redistribute the ink.  
  3. Stampin’ Write markers have dual tips – with one end having a durable, brush tip that provides broad coverage for general usage such as inking a stamp, and a fine tip for coloring in tight spots of outline images or for hand-lettering.
  4. Stampin’ Write markers are perfect for multi-colored stamping.  Highlight one word in a sentiment, color different parts of the image in different colors, omit parts of the design.  Before stamping, recommend breathing (or huffing)  on the stamp to add moisture that may have been lost while applying color.
  5. Stampin’ Write markers add that touch of class when addressing the envelope, writing a personalized message inside the card, journaling in your scrapbooks — so much classier than ball-point pen.
  6. Stampin’ Write markers are great for adding your own unique embellishments — add dots and dashes, draw simple lines, scribbles or curly-qs, and better yet, create your own scripty decorative font!  
  7. Stampin’ Write markers are perfect for colorbook coloring.  Stamp image in Memento Ink or Black Stazon ink and color with markers.  Looks great on glossy card stock. 
  8. Stampin’ Write markers are perfect for watercoloring techniques — this is probably one of my most favorite techniques!   Make a palette by scribbling on your acryllic block.  Pick up the color using your blender pen or aqua painter and paint your image just as with paint.  This technique gives a lighter version of the marker color, much more subtle than coloring directly to the paper with the marker
  9. Stampin’ Write markers are perfect for touching up stamped images or extending lines.

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Couple of Tips:

  1. As these are dual tip markers, recommend always storing  your Markers horizontally to ensure an even distribution of inks between two ends.
  2. The marker label indicates which is the fine-tip and the brush-tip.
  3. The tops of the markers are stackable — so that you won’t loose the tops on your craft table.
  4. When coloring your stamp, apply ink using “the side” of the brush marker.   This will help keep the brush tip firm and minimize the tip breaking down.
  5. When coloring with markers direct to paper start with the lighter colors first and build up with darker and other colors.  To minimize the potential for contaminating ink colors, always scribble the marker on scratch paper before storing.
  6. Only the Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker is available for individual purchase.  However, there are several videos available on-line to show you how to re-ink your marker.

Stampin’ Write Markers are available for purchase from my on-line store.  Simply click on the link provided.

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


Bonus Days of August


From August 1-31, for every $50.00 you purchase (before shipping and tax), you earn a $5 Bonus Days coupon code that can be used September 1–30.  And, you can earn multiple coupon codes that can be applied in September, when the new holiday catalog is released!


  • Earning Period Deadlines
    • Phone: August 31, 2018, by 6:50 PM (MT)
    • OEX/Online: August 31, 2018, by 11:50 PM (MT)
  • An email address is required to participate; Bonus Days coupon codes can be delivered only via email.  Be sure to save your email.  As an added measure, I recommend, printing out a copy of your email and paper clipping it to your catalog with your wish list for quick and easy reference.  
  • If a participant earns multiple codes from a single order, they will receive one email with multiple codes. If they earn multiple codes from multiple orders, they will receive separate emails for each code earned.
  • All order types qualify for this promotion.
  • There is no limit to the number of coupon codes participants can earn per order or throughout the duration of the Bonus Days earning period.
  • There is no limit to the number of coupon codes participants can use on an order during redemption.

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