Storing your Sale-a-Bration Goodies


With all the wonderful freebies in the Sale-a-Bration Brochure and the Coordination Offerings, you may need a few ideas on how best to store your new crafting supplies.

stamp and die storage in ABC groupings

Over the years, I have tried many different storage methods.  The easiest and most efficient method is to store my stamp sets on a shelf in ABC-groupings and attach the envelop of coordinating dies to the corresponding stamp case with a rubber band. 

Here are just a few reasons why ABC-groupings works:

  • It is quick and easy for find the correct stamp set.  While maintaining a true alphabetical listing is too hard and too time-consuming, ABC groupings are easy to maintain!  Now, I only have to remember the name of one product – the stamp set (and not the die set), and look in the grouping that begins with the first letter of the stamp set’s name.  Now I just search through a handful of stamp sets, instead of reading every stamp case on the shelf.  Tip:  To create ABC grouping labels, recommend using discontinued cardstock, repurposing chipboard packaging or cutting plastic file folders to about 6″x6″ size.  
  • It works great to organize and properly store stamp sets when not in use.  Messy craft desk is an occupational hazard.  This system makes it quick and easy to quickly shove that stamp set and coordinating dies back on the shelf.  You’ll love how easy this system is and how it has the potential to minimize the clutter on your craft desk!
  • And, lastly, it is easy to double check past purchases before placing a new product order — thus avoiding duplicating a past purchase!  Trust me, it is possible to make duplicate purchases more than once!  Here again, you just need to check a small grouping instead of reading the product names of everything on your shelf.

How do I keep track of my individual stamps?  Since our clear photopolymer stamp sets have a cling image sheet, I simply match the stamp to the image.  However, your red-rubber stamp sets do not have a cling image sheet.  Therefore, I use the negative from cling vinyl label — that large white rectangle piece that is leftover after attaching the cling vinyl labels to your red rubber stamps.  Simply attach the “negative” cling vinyl to the inside the stamp case and match the individual red rubber stamps to the openings, like a puzzle.  Now, you can see at a glance which stamp is missing and its shape.  

stamps photopolymer to cling sheet with clear envelop to store extra pieces

Time Saving Tip:  Store any left-over stamped images and die cuts in a clear envelop inside the stamp case.  These extra pieces come in handy, when you need to design a card quickly, when you “to refine” a design, or when you need inspiration and need to play around with some design elements until that ah-moment happens and you smile at your wonderful design!

Well, I hope this super simple storage tips help you.  I know that this system works wonders for me.  If you have any storage tips to share, please leave a comment below.

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


Bringing Smiles and Giving Kisses

Have you seen the darling Heart Foil Tins in the new Mini Catalog?  While they are perfect for making Valentine’s Day treats, they can be used any time of the year to make adorable treats — as friendship gifts, party favors, office treats, Sunday School treats, and just anytime you want to make someone feel special and to smile!

heart foil tins with daisy side view

This adorable treat can be made in just minutes – with glue dots and a few punches.  Here, I used Heart Doilies, mini-glue dots, Leaf Punch, Medium Daisy Punch and 1/2″ Circle Punch and selected Pineapple Punch, Call Me Clover and Whisper White cardstock that coordinately so wonderfully with these Real Red doilies.  These Heart Foil Tins are food-safe, very generous in size (3-1/2″ x 3-5/16″ x 1-3/16″ tall), and can be filled with anything — cupcakes, brownies, cookies, candy, gift certificate, small jewelry, etc.  A box of Heart Foil Tins comes with 10 tin bottoms and 10 clear, high-dome lids.

heart foil tins with punches

And, these darling Heart Doilies that are sized perfectly to fit the Heart Foil Tins.  The Heart Doilies come in a package of 40 colored doilies (20 in Real Red and 20 in Flirty Flamingo) – with color on the front and white on the back giving you lots of design options!  

If you’d like to make someone smile, simply click on the links provided and visit my on-line store.  These adorable Heart Foil Tins and Heart Doilies are something that you are going to want to have on hand for making quick and easy gifts at a moments notice.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes to make someone smile!



Black, White and Embossed in Gold

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Friendship is a million little things.  And, this stunning card with six layers showcases the Beauty Abounds Bundle, Crackled Paint Background stamp set and Rectangle Stitched Framelit dies.  And, it is just gorgeous up-close and in-person! 

This is definitely not a beginner card!  The demonstrator who created this design for a card swap — did an incredible amount of cutting and die cutting.  I just wish I could remember who this amazing demonstrator is….oh well!

The butterfly is fussy cut from the large butterfly collage from Butterfly Beauty Thinlits dies.  These dies are meant to be layered — one underneath, one on top.  Tip:  Use scraps of basic black and gold foil cardstock under one corner of the two dies.  The layered butterfly marked with the circle die is what’s being die cut and the fussy cut to create these black and gold foil butterflies

Here’s a few close ups of the design.  The matted stitched rectangle is popped up with foam adhesive strips. Underneath there are four layers – Whisper White, Whisper White with gold heat embossed Crackled Paint image, Whisper White and Basic Black which is then mounted on a card blank.

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This card is truly an amazing work of art, and definitely worth the effort to create.

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




Dandelion Wishes

dandelion wishes catalog image

Dandelion Wishes stamp set is perfect for sending wishes of luck, love and happiness.  Do you remember how to wish on a dandelion?  First, look for the fluffiest white puffball that you can find and pick the stem carefully to retain the magic.  Next, determine the direction of the breeze to ensure good flight for your wish and hold that fluffy puff ball near your mouth.  For the strongest magic, you must blow away all of the seeds in breath. Now take a deep breath, make your wish and blow.  Taking the time to watch until the last seed is out of sight helps the wish come true.

dandelion inky sample

When is the last time you made a wish on a dandelion?  Or sent someone dandelion wishes?

No one knows for sure how or why people started making wishes on dandelions.  These flowers have been around for thousands of years, and there are the many folklore superstitions that have been attached to dandelions such as granting wishes when you blow on those fluffy white puffballs.  Some include dreaming about dandelions or carrying dandelions in a bridal bouquet will bless you with good luck.  Many people believe that if you blow every seed of the dandelion off while thinking of a person you love, it means that they love you back.  Another legend is that your loved one can feel your love – when blow those white seeds in their direction.  Conversely, if you then blow on the bloom and there is at least one remaining seed on it, it means your loved one is thinking of you too.

Dandelions have many secret meanings behind that bright yellow flower.  It is known to have nutritional and healing powers that rejuvenate our bodies.  Its bright yellow color symbolizes the power of the sun.  Since dandelions thrive in even the harshest of conditions, they are considered as symbols of survival and overcoming the greatest hardships in life.  Bright, yellow color of a Dandelion flower is a perfect symbol of happiness and joy that brings back fond memories of our youth playing in summer time.  And finally,  dandelions seeds have been used to make a wish for as long as we can remember. Picking up a flower and blowing to make the seeds fly into the air, and then making a wish is something I did as a child and probably you have too.

How many of these superstitions hold any truth? You can be the judge. The one thing that is for sure, scientifically, is that blowing a dandelion’s seeds into the air will have consequences. Where those seeds fall on fertile soil, there will likely be new dandelions in the future!

dandelion inky sample

This card features the Bokeh Dots background stamp, that has been colored using Stamparatus and Sponge Daubers in Merry Merlot, Old Olive, Gray Granite and So Saffron.  

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


Beautiful You in a Peaceful Place

peaceful place and beautiful you

Life may not be the party we had hoped for, but while we’re here, we might as well find a peaceful place to dance! These two stamp sets — Beautiful You and Peaceful Place — will create a lovely card with the perfect combination of images and sentiments.  You’ll love the artistic feel of this set using different watercolor techniques. 

The best way to create this card is to use your Stamparatus.  First, stamp the dancing girl from Beautiful You stamp set using Basic Black archival ink or Jet Black Stazon ink on a piece of Whisper White cardstock. 

Create a mask of the dancing girl image, by stamping the image on a post-it note (closest to the sticky part) and fussy cut the image.  Place the mask over top of the girl on your stamped piece. 

Place the large landscape image from Peaceful Place stamp set in your Stamparatus, oriented correctly with the girl image.  Because of the detailed image, I found that I needed to ink and stamp this image several times.

Color the stamped images using your favorite watercolor technique.  For instance, try coloring the images with your Watercolor Pencils and softening the color using your Blender Pens.  Or for simplicity, create a watercolor wash by squeezing your ink pads to create a pallet in the lid and coloring the image with your aqua painter.

peaceful place and beautiful you

Add your sentiment and embellish with some Whisper White Baker’s Twine and you’ll have the perfect card to share with someone.

All of these items are available to purchase from my on-line store — just click on the links provided.

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


Clam Shell Box with Designer Paper

DSP box finished

There are so many things that you can do with Stampin’ Up designer series paper.  It is super sturdy, heavy-weight paper and comes in variety of finishes and patterns — both whimsical or sophisticated, masculine or feminine, natural or modern, shiny or matte, foiled or pearlized, and in a dazzling array of gorgeous Stampin’ Up colors.

An excellent way to use your designer series paper is for gift giving.  To make this rather large clam shell box, I used a full sheet from our Share What You Love Designer Series Paper, scored the first side at 2″, 5″, 7″ and 10″.  Score the second side at 2″ and 10″.  Note:  The pattern direction matters!  The four score lines should go horizontally across the paper, while the two score lines should be vertical up/down on the paper.

The score lines will create three small 2″x2″ square, cut and wedge into the squares.  Add tear and tape adhesive to these square tabs on the “pretty” or outside paper.  Assemble the box base by pressing the two square tabs behind the one rectangle tab.  Assemble the clam shell box lid by pressing the last remaining square tab behind he remaining rectangular tab.  To make it easier to open the box, use a small circle punch to take a half circle off the edge of the lid.

To make a matching card, cut a piece of coordinating cardstock 3″x6″ and fold in half.  Decorate the Pearlized Doilies, other circle punches and a sentiment.  Punch a hole in the corner using 1/8″ handheld punch and thread through ribbon to attach to your box.

DSP box finished

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


Country Road

country road samples

There’s nothing better than driving down a country road with the windows down and country music up… but this stamp set comes pretty close! 

I live in rural area, and many of my girlfriends are horse-people or own chickens!  So that’s why I just had to get the Country Road stamp set from the new annual catalog.  It has all of the classic icons of country life — a weather vane with a galloping horse, fields of hay, a wagon wheel and barn stars.  And by switching up the colors, it is easy to design masculine and feminine cards with this stamp set.  

For the happy birthday card, I used my Stamparatus to ensure a good solid ink impression of the weather vane using Early Espresso ink on the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack.  I used another scrap of Wood Textures DSP for the banner and three gold Metallic Pearls for a nailed board effect.

For the just a note card, I used the Stamparatus to first stamp the weather vane in Basic Black Archival ink.  After cleaning my stamp with my Simply Shammy,  I inked parts of the weather vane with my VersaMark marker, stamped and then used Copper embossing powder to created a patena effect.  For the rest of the card, I used Poppy Parade (wheel & sentiment), Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz and Crumb Cake for the hay grass and star.  The panels were matted with Old Olive cardstock and Wood Textures DSP and embellished with Copper Trim.

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Supplies for making these cards are available from my on-line store, just click on the links provided.  And, I offer card classes and workshops in my home.  If you do not currently have a demonstrator, I’d love to offer you a complementary catalog and class.  Just contact me at

Until next time, sending crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Decorative Gift Bag with Card Hanger

bags designed by Ronda Wade - polka dots

Recently, Ronda Wade, a very talented Stampin Up demonstrator from Michigan shared how to make a cute gift bag using two sheets of 12″x12″ designer series paper and some coordinating cardstock.

For this project, you will need a bone folder, tear and tape adhesive, some ribbon or twine, your Stampin’ Trimmer and your Simply Scored Scoring Tool.  And you will need several punches to decorate your card:  Classic Label punch, 1/8″ handheld punch3/4″ circle punch, 1″ circle punchDaisy punch and Leaf punch.

Instructions for creating your gift bag.  Using the full sheet of 12 X 12 designer series paper, score three sides at 3″ and then the top at 1″.  This will be the front of  your bag.  Note pattern direction matters, make sure you score the paper with the 1″ score line going across the top of the paper!  Fold and burnish all score lines using your bone folder.  

Cut the second piece to 8″x12″ (save the 4″x12″ strip to create your card).  Score this piece 1″ along the top of the paper, score the two sides at 1″ and score the bottom at 3″.  This piece will form the backside of your bag.  Noteorient the paper pattern before cutting.  Fold and burnish all score lines using your bone folder.  

Since designer series paper is double sided, create an accent cuff around the top of your bag.  Simply add some adhesive and fold over that one inch strip.  Be sure to burnish with your done folder.   

bag cut lines - Ronda Wades bag from two pieces of cardstock

To form the bottom of the bag, cut up from the bottom to the first score line.  Place tear and tape adhesive using the orange lines in the figure above.  Fold the small tabs in and behind the bottom tab, pull the backing off the tear and tape from those two small tabs, and align corners before pressing the adhesive.  You have now created to halves of the bag. 

Pull the backing from the bottom tab, and nestle that half bag inside the other, aligning the bottom edges.  Now, pull the backing off the sides and finish creating the bag.  Use the handheld punch to create small holes for your ribbon handle. 

To create card hanger, cut 5-1/2″ x 2-1/4″ piece of coordinating card stock.  Using the Classic Label punch, insert long edge to the back and left before punching.  Now slide the piece to the right edge and punch, before sliding to the middle and punching.  Add tear and tape, at the top as shown.  Attach card hanger, next to the bag cuff.

To create your card, use 4-1/4″ x 11″ piece of cardstock (folded in half) and the left-over 4″x12″ strip of designer paper.  Punch four daisies, curl petals and attach with glue dots offsetting the petals.  Punch a 3/4″ circle from a scrap of black cardstock and attach to create the flower center.  Punch three sets of leaves and attach. 

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When card is complete insert into card holder.  Punch an 1″ circle and attached two small glue dots to the bottom edge of the circle punch.  Now attached the circle punch “below” the card, but high enough to hold the card flat against the bag.

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As you can see, I had a blast making gift bags with coordinating cards.  Our designer series paper is very sturdy, and this bag can be used again and again to brighten someone’s day!

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


Tiger Lily Wine Bottles

Very soon, one of my good friends is heading to her summer lakeside retreat in Michigan.  And to help her unwind, I created a cute little gift bag that is just the right size to hold a paperback book and two little bottles of wine to enjoy on her first night.  

Marty gift bag with tiger lily wine bottles

To make the Tiger Lily mini wine bottle covers, you will need your paper snips, a bone folder, a 2″ circle punch, tear and tape adhesive, about 18-20″ of twine, your Stampin’ Trimmer and, if you have it, a Simply Scored Scoring Tool.  

Select a summery color of cardstock, and cut 8-3/4″ x 8-1/2″.

On the short side, score at 1-3/4″ and 5″.  

On the long side, score at 1-1/4″, 2-1/2″, 3-3/4″, 5″, 6-1/4″ and 7-1/2″.  While your cardstock is still in the Stampin’ Trimmer, make a little divot mark or dimple with your stylus at 5/8″, 1-7/8″, 3-1/8″, 4-3/8″, 5-5/8″, 6-7/8″ and 8-1/8″.

Place the short side back in your Simply Scored Scoring Tool, and using a ruler lined up at the 7″ mark, add small divot mark where the ruler crosses the score lines. 

Now, cut up from the bottom to the first score line and cut off a small wedge.  From the top, cut to the second score line.  Using your divot marks, cut a diagonals on each to the top tabs.  On the bottom, cut a small wedge. 

Next, grab a round pen or your paper piercing tool and curl the pointed tabs.  Note:  you may have to curl a couple of times to break the paper fibers and create a soft curl.  Also try to curl each tab at a slightly different angle each time.  This will give your tiger lily petals a more natural look.

Apply some tear and tape, on the edges of the last panel as shown.  Fold the Pull off the wax paper backing from the tear and tape, and fold over to create the cylinder to hold the mini wine bottle.

For the bottom, add some adhesive to 5 of the six tabs.  Fold in the first tab (tab #1), then fold in the opposite tab (#4 tab).  To help make the cylinder uniform, the edges of the opposite tabs should align.  Now, fold in tabs #2 and 5; then fold in the last two tabs.  To make pretty bottom, use a 2″ circle punch.  

Turn cylinder right-side up.  Insert your little mini wine bottle and press down firmly on the bottle to make sure those bottom tabs adhere well.

Now, pinch the curled tabs together around the neck of the wine bottle and loosely tie with twine.  Note:  You will need to re-curl and fuss with your petals to shape your tiger lily.  Again, curl your petals at different angles and in different directions to create a more natural look.

Marty gift bag with tiger lily wine bottles

Stay tuned.  In a couple days, I’ll show you how to make this darling bag with hanging card holder inspired by Ronda Wade, a talented Stampin’ Up demonstrator who just happens to be from Michigan.

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


P.S.  Happy 50th Birthday to my beautiful sister, Leslie!  Love you!






Designer Series Paper (aka DSP)

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There are 21 new designer series paper or pattern paper offered in the new catalog.  It is just gorgeous!  

We all love to buy pretty designer series paper or pattern paper.  If you are like me, you buy it with all the best intentions of using it — yet, it sits on the shelf because either:  (1) we didn’t have an immediate use for it, (2) it’s too pretty to use, or (3) we are saving it for something special.  Since February 2018, Kylie Bertucci, a demonstrator from Australia, has been challenging us with her #LoveItChopIt campaign on Facebook to use our stash of DSP. 

Kylie is giving us permission to tear open the plastic on our 12″x12″ DSP and cut it up.  Why?!?  Because once a sheet inside the package is cut, we are more likely to use other sheets from it!  And you know, she’s right!  When I looked at my paper stash of DSP, I had used more paper from inside “opened” packs of paper.  While other paper packs were forgotten and unloved, sitting in their original plastic wrap.  

And guess what else?  That 6″x6″ size of paper is much easier to store.  And that piece of white cardboard with the DSP label with a list of Stampin’ Up colors, can be trimmed to be divider (7″x6″), or cut to size and slipped into a plastic bag for storage.

Jackie Bultje, a Canadian demonstrator, suggests cutting up your 12″x12″ paper as ready-made card bases, each 4″x5-1/4″, which is the perfect size for matting with cardstock.  First, Jackie cuts her paper into 4″x12″ strips, and then cuts each strip into 5-1/4″ long segments (4″x5-1/4″).  The remaining small piece (1-1/2″x4″) can be used as an accent — because all DSP has two sides.  Now, those ready-made cards bases only need a sentiment and some embellishments to create a completed card!  Click here to check out Jackie’s YouTube video

Other standard sizes for cutting 6″x6″ paper for stamping, Jackie suggests cutting some into 3″x3″, which is the perfect size for mounting a card sentiment, or cutting the rest into 6″x2″ strips. 

For storage of chopped up DSP — Jackie recommends purchasing additional stamp storage cases — in Standard DVD size or in Full Wide/Wood-mount stamp set size.  A set of 4 empty stamp cases is just $7 — very affordable!  And best yet, your chopped paper is handy, sitting on the same shelf as your stamp sets!

Here are a couple of thoughts shared by Alessandra Winfield, another Australian demonstrator, from her #LoveItChopIt experience:

  1. Stampin’ Up mission statement is to Love it – Live it – Share it.  Alessandra sees no point in saving paper.  If it is sitting in its original plastic wrap, she feels like she is wasting money because that beautiful paper is not being enjoyed and it is not fulfilling any purpose!
  2. If you don’t have a specific use for your DSP, then she recommends cut it up as ready-made card fronts, or at least 6″x6″ rather than storing it as its original 12″x12″ size — it will take up less space in your craft room.  
  3. Cutting up your DSP will give you a sense of accomplishment because you will gain storage space, reduce clutter and have a purpose for your DSP — as ready-made card fronts.

In the days ahead, I’ll give you some ideas for using your DSP.

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