Beautiful Bouquet

The “Beautiful Bouquet” bundle can be used for many different occasions — its beautiful sentiments combined with many different floral images provides you with countless design choices to brighten someone’s day.   While the stamp set and coordinating die can be purchased separately, you save 10% when they are bundled together.

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This lovely card was made with Whisper White and Soft Sky cardstock, and stamped and with Soft Sky, Tempting Turquoise, Pear Pizzazz, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry and Smoky Slate inks.  The floral pieces were die cut and popped up with dimensionals.

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The sentiment piece was die cut using straight edge and scallop edge squares from the Layering Square Framelit diesThe card base front was dry embossed using the new Polka Dot Basics embossing folder.  And a piece of one of the Delicate White Doilies and White Perfect Accents were used as soft embellishments.

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Packaging Part 4 – Popcorn Box Thinlit Dies

Make treat packaging for popcorn or other goodies using Stampin’ Up! Popcorn Box Thinlit Dies.  You can die cut these boxes in record time with Thinlits dies and the Big Shot and embellish them for the fun factor.

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By coloring several flowers from You’ve Got This stamp set before die cutting, you will create a beautiful box with a lovely scalloped edge that almost looks like a vase.  And,  tall gifts can be sealed in 3″x6″ Gusseted Cellophane Bags.

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And, you can score and fold down the top to create a cute closed box clipped shut with mini Gold Binder Clips.  Here, designer series paper and cardstock were used to create darling boxes for small gifts and treats. 

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Garden Trellis Embossing Folder

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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.  

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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.

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CASE-ing Birthday Blooms

CASE – Copy And Share Everything or Copy And Selectively Edit

In the world of paper crafting, there is no shame in copying.  In fact, Stampin’ Up! encourages it.  As the card designer, you can copy a project exactly or you can change some of the elements to adapt it.  For instance, you could substitute a different stamp set, use different colors of inks and cardstock, change the layout (portrait or landscape orientation) or relocate images (from bottom-right to top-left).

And, the best place to look for inspiration is your catalog!  Here is the card image from page 70 using Birthday Blooms stamp set.

For the background, the floral image is stamped twice with Crumb Cake ink on Crumb Cake cardstock.  The floral image is them stamped on Thick Whisper White card stock using Crumb Cake.  A blender pen or aqua painter was used to apply Old Olive to the leaves.  The floral image was fussy-cut and popped-up on dimensionals with the sentiment stamped in Soft Suede.


Using the above catalog image for inspiration, I created the background piece as described above and added a birthday sentiment from the same stamp set.  Next, I made a design decision to heat set the floral image using gold embossing  powder on Thick Whisper White cardstock to create a raised gold outline image.  I used my aqua painter to color the image using Melon Mambo and Old Olive.  I also used my watercolor pencils to deepen the color when necessary.  I then fussy cut the image, adhered it to the background piece and matted it with Melon Mambo cardstock.

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And when I was done, I had a lovely birthday card for my wonderful daughter!

With CASE-ing, you can take an idea from any kind of project and create something completely different.  For example, the method used to create the card background above (Crumb Cake ink on Crumb Cake cardstock) can be used to dress up a plain paper gift bag with a similar or contrasting ink color.  

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Part 2: Remarkable You

Here is another card that I stamped and colored using my watercolor pencils and a blender pen using the Remarkable You stamp set.

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Staring with 4 x 5-1/4 piece of Whisper White cardstock, I stamped and masked the flower image on the right, then stamped the image on the left.  I used the brush tip of my Basic Black stampin’ write marker to extend the stem.  I added my sentiment in close, and matted this piece on a piece of Old Olive cut to 4-1/4 x 5-1/2.

Next I stamped the blossoms on scrap Whisper White cardstock and colored them using the Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight watercolor pencils and blender pen.  I then fussy cut the blossoms and adhered them with snail and some carefully placed dimensionals.  Notice how the fussy cut flower extends over the left edge of the card. This is an easy way to add instant wow factor to your handmade card.

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High Tide

Do you hear the beach calling your name?  Or the light from the lighthouse beckoning you?  Well, this is one stamp set that you’re definitely going to want to play with in your craft room!  The High Tide is a a Two-Step Stampin’ set that can be used in lots of different ways.  The images are perfect for someone who loves the beach, nature and the outdoors.  Change the colors, and it makes a handsome masculine card.  And paired the right sentiment, you’ll make a lovely encouragement card for someone special.

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Here, I used my watercolor pencils and aqua painters to create a soft sunrise using just three colors:  Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo and Pacific Point.

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Here I used the two-step stampin’ technique to create depth and changed the colors to create a more masculine card using Cherry Cobbler, Marina Mist, Soft Sky and Crumb Cake inks.

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And finally, here are some more ideas from the catalog.

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This is a great set — did you notice how the flying seagulls were used differently in each card design?  This is accomplished by selectively inking the stamp image plus thoughtful placement.  

Until next time, happy crafting and inspiration wishes!


Nailed It


If I had a hammer stamp, I’d stamp it in the morning, I’d stamp it in the evening, and all over this land.  As I’ve mentioned before, when you see a great masculine stamp set — buy it.  And, that’s just what I did.   I just loved this stamp set as do many other stampers.  

The Nailed It stamp set was the most popular set from the 2017 Occasions catalog.  Sadly, it will be retired on May 31st.  And, fortunately for you, it is still available and on sale for 25% off.

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Since my wonderful husband can build and fix anything, this made the perfect birthday card for him!

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And, my son is just as talented as his father.  So while his birthday isn’t until August, here is a sneak peek at the card that I made for him.

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For these cards, I stamped the image first on silver foil paper, and again on Crushed Curry cardstock.  Then I fussy cut the tool handles from the Crushed Curry cardstock, and adhered the handles on top of the silver foil image.  This little trick really made the tools pop of the card.

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Floral Phrases Bundle

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Elegance is underrated. This stamp set combine simplicity and elegance in exquisite sentiments and images, perfect for wedding, congratulations, and thank-you cards.  Buy these two coordinating products in the Floral Phrases bundle and save 10%.   And, a little birdie told me that you’ll really want to purchase this bundle while you can….there is something in the new catalog that will coordinate with this perfectly…..but this stamp set and coordinating die will only be available separately.

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Lift Me Up!

The “Lift Me Up” stamp set is one of my favorites from the Spring Occasions Catalog.  This set will lift you up through the clouds to see the sunshine.  It has happy blend of images and sentiments make this the perfect pick-me-up stamp set that can be bundled with Up & Away Thinlit dies.



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Birthday Card Organization

Stampin’ Up! Training Manager, Shannon West, personally sent out over 2,000 birthday cards last year—wow!  She had to be super organized to keep track of all those birthdays. And she is, plus she is leading a personal campaign to bring back birthday cards with personal handmade birthday wishes.  Definitely a “note” worthy cause!

While your birthday card ambitions might not be that grand, now is a great time to get your 2017 birthday list together, devise a plan to send cards to everyone on it and be a part of Shannon’s campaign.   The new Occasions catalog has lots of great stamp sets, bundles and product suites to choose from. And, please don’t forget the annual catalog.  It has 15 pages packed full of birthday themed products plus fabulous ideas for using those products!


With my family and friends, I personally make about 125 birthday cards a year.  While I know many people are electronically keeping track of important dates using the calendar app on their cellphone, it is just easier for me to work with paper and pencil – using a perpetual birthday calendar (retired from Stampin Up) with all important birthdays, anniversaries and holidays marked. While it is so low tech that it classifies as “no-tech”, the simplicity works for me!

Since I often travel for my day job, I make batches of cards and stage the finished cards where I can physically see them everyday – the dinning room table since I adjust the thermostat each morning and again each night which is located in the dinning room.  I keep a cheat sheet with a list of upcoming birthdays for a quick reference.  And, my family is well-trained.   When they see cards and a pen sitting on the breakfast bar – they know that need to take 30 seconds to sign the card before they do anything else!  LOL!

I purchased three napkin holders from the Dollar Store – one holds the male birthday cards and envelopes, the other holds the female birthday cards and envelopes, and the third one holds postage stamps, return address labels, plus any anniversary cards or seasonal cards that I may be sending out.  Nothing fancy, but it works!  (And, I use a similar system at work – one napkin holder and a cheat sheet for my co-worker’s birthdays.)

Previously, I used one of those crafting shoe boxes but it was too big.  The cards would fall over and slide around.  While I could have purchased a more expensive file folder system at an office supply place, the napkin holders are inexpensive and they can hold any size card without bending the corners or warping the sides of the cards.

So that’s my birthday card organization method.  What works for you?

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Until next time, happy crafting!