CASE-ing Let it Ride

Recently, I mentioned how much I love the graceful line-art images of the Let It Ride stamp setLet It Ride stamp set which is carrying over to the new catalog.  Not only can you make beautiful cards — but you can make beautiful framed art projects for gift giving or as home decor pieces.

let it ride sample 1

This framed art project may be create by “CASE-ing” the photograph found on page 45 of the 2019 Occasions Catalog.  

What is “CASE-ing”?  It is an acronym meaning either “Copy and Share Everything” or “Copy and Selectively Edit”You have a choice of copying a design exactly as shown or changing it up a bit with different colors, textures and embellishments.  You could even decide to make it as a card instead of the framed art piece!

let it ride sample 1 close up

The images were stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Watercolor Paper using the StamparatusStamparatus.  Using the Stamparatus will ensure that the ink is applied evenly given the rough texture of Watercolor paper.  Recommend using your aqua painter and dry paper towel for maximum control and lifting color from inside the lids of your ink pads.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs, inspiration wishes and happy CASE-ing!


Sneak Peek: Perennial Essence

perennial essence dsp 2

You are going to love the exquisite hand-painted imagery of the Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper.  These designer papers were inspired by Claude Monet, who loved to capture his impressions of the changing light and seasons in nature.

perennial essence dsp 1

This DSP pack captures nature in colors of Balmy Blue, Blackberry Bliss, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Flirty Flamingo, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive, Petal Pink, So Saffron and Whisper White.  And, this pack of DSP coordinates with Perennial Essence Vellum Papers in Daffodil Delight, Old Olive and Petal Pink.

Floral Essence onstage

Here is the beautiful card that I made using both the beautiful Perennial Essence DSP and Perennial Essence Vellum.  Here I combined two stamped Petal Pink vellum pieces to create each flower and added those fuzzy yellow Perennial Essence Floral Centers for dimension and texture.  Tip:  When stamping on vellum, recommend allowing allow extra time for the ink to dry!!  

Those fuzzy yellow floral centers will work wonderfully with the current Daisy Delight stamp set and new Daisy Lane stamp set in the new 2019-2020 Annual Catalog.

The Floral Essence Bundle comes with the Floral Essence stamp set and Perennial Flower Punch – when purchased together you’ll save 10%.  And for more value, the stamp leaf image from Floral Essence stamp set coordinates with the Leaf Punch from current annual catalog! 

This product suite is featured in the new 2019-2020 Annual Catalog and will be available for purchase on June 4th.  You’re going to love creating with this product suite!  These products are definitely worth the wait!  HOWEVER, if you have to have these products NOW or have a BIG wish list (more than $100 in product), you may wish to sign up as a Demonstrator now so that you can order these products at a 20% discount.  I would love to welcome you to the Crafting Hugs Team!  Please contact me or click here to become a demonstrator.

Until next time, sending crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Lovely as a Tree

lovely as a tree catalog

Stampin’ Up! first introduced Lovely as a Tree stamp set in 2001.  This was the very first stamp set that I purchased eighteen years ago!  It fueled my passion for crafting cards and homemade hugs with family and friends.  It has been my  “GO TO” stamp set for just about everything – for feminine and masculine cards, for simple stamping using just paper, ink and stamps, and for fabulous techniques like watercoloring and embossing paste.  Its timeless tree images provide the perfect “fool proof” stamp set for beginning stampers, the perfect “any occasion for every season” stamp set for the casual stamper and the “amazing technique” stamp set for the avid stamper.  

lovely as a tree pink embossing paste

Furthermore, the Lovely as a Tree stamp set coordinates wonderfully with Rooted in Nature and Winter Woodland stamp sets to keep you in tune with nature.  Allowing you to re-create a walk in the woods as a lovely handmade card and to provide the perfect gift – a crafting hug – to someone special.

Here are some amazing cards and gifts you can make with Rooted in Nature stamp set.

rooted in nature samples

And here are some amazing samples of cards and gifts that you can make with Winter Woods stamp set.

winter woods sample

Unfortunately, the Lovely as a Tree stamp set is retiring on June 3rd.  If you’d like to purchase it from my on-line store, please click here.  Since Stampin’ Up manufactures its own stamps, it is guaranteed to be available through May 23rd — after that, it is while supplies last.  

Both the Rooted in Nature and Winter Woods are still available in both wood- and clear-mount.  When the new catalog is released, these stamps will be reconfigured as cling mount — same great stamp, improved cling but without the bundle price savings.  So if you’d like to save 10% on the Rooted in Nature bundle — stamp set with 12 coordinating dies, please order before June 3rd

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



Sneak Peak – Introducing the new In-Colors

2019-2021 In Colors

Oh my goodness, you are going to love the softness of the new 2019-2021 In-Colors!  Terracotta Tile is what you would expect — earthy, clay color with a touch of salmon.  Seaside Spray is a light periwinkle blue.  Rococo Rose is an amazing dusty rose color that complements Blushing Bride and Flirty Flamingo perfectly.  Pretty Peacock is a bluer version of Tranquil Tide, and complements Bermuda Bay and Night of Navy.  And, Purple Posy will coordinate beautifully with Highland Heather and Gorgeous Grape for monochromatic designs.

Donna Twilford sunrise

And the other day, I swear I saw these new In-Colors painted across the sky at sunrise.  Because I was driving to work, I couldn’t take a photo…..but the sky was almost as beautiful as this photograph taken by my friend, Donna Twiford, who takes the most amazing photographs.  If you look closely at this sunrise photo from Kitty Hawk, NC — you will see these colors.  Yes, they are that beautiful!

2019-2021 In Colors

Right now, the only way to see these wonderful colors is to attend one of my stamp camps.  If you do not have a demonstrator and would like to have fun making paper crafts, please contact me.  I’ll send you a complementary catalog and invite you to my next class – where you can enjoy meeting and crafting with new friends!

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


Storage by Stampin’ Up!® is Here!


Coming April 1st – NO FOOLING – Storage by Stampin’ Up!® for your Ink Pads, Refills, Stampin’ Blends, Stampin’ Write Markers, ribbon and more!  Whether you have an entire room or a small corner in your home for stamping, your creative space should be tailored to you. Our new product line, Storage by Stampin’ Up!, provides you with modular storage solutions that let you organize—and customize—your space your way

The new storage systems allow you to configure the components any way that works for your products.  And you can add pieces as your collection of inks grows.

Here’s some of the other features and benefits of the new system:

  • Keeps your products organized, tidy, visible and in easy reach at all times.
  • Stores your Stampin’ Pads, Stampin’ Write Markers, and Stampin’ Blends horizontally as recommended.
  • Designed to be functional and modular so that it can be arranged to fit any space.
  • Coordinates naturally with any decor with its white neutral color.
  • Easily assembled and disassembled for rearrangement and/or cleaning.

Check out this video — you’re going to love how simple it is to customize!

Click here to see the product details.

Click here to determine how best to configure your storage system and organize your ink pads, markers, blends and reinkers.

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



Design Tips for Embellishments

rule of three

I love simple, easy design tips — and the Rule of Three is perfect for embellishing your card designs.  The Rule of Three is a classic design principle — simply because objects look better in a group of three.  The next best thing to Rule of Three is the Rule of Odd Numbers — using an odd number of items — like one, five, seven, or nine — simply because objects look more natural and not forced.

rule of odd 5

Embellishments add an element of interest to you card design.  And, embellishments tend to enhance your design when you use the Rule of Three or the Rule of Odd Numbers — whether it is three pearls in a straight line or five scattered rhinestones.  Plus, the Rule of Odd Numbers allows you to mix and match embellishments for a little extra design flair – same type of embellishment in a different color, material or size — like the green card above.

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Stampin’ Up offers a large array of embellishments to jazz up your card design and to accent the focal point.   Some choices for embellishment are:  pearls, rhinestones and faceted gems, enamel shapes, sequins, buttons, beads, brads, clips, metal charms and trinkets, doilies, corrugated cardboard pieces and wood elements.  If you’d like to purchase anything from my on-line store, simply click on this link to see all the wonderful embellishments that Stampin’ Up offers.

Until next time, sending crafting hugs and inspiration wishes for embellishments




Limited Release Coordinating Products Available Tomorrow – March 1st!

SAB Banner Coordinating Products

Stampin’ Up is offering six new products to purchase that will make you fall in love again with those wonderful Sale-a-Bration gifts!  

Fair warning….  these items are “while supplies last.”  I would love to promise you that they will be available the entire month of March, but there is no guarantee.  If they sell out sooner, they will be gone forever.  If these products are on your MUST HAVE list, I highly recommend ordering early!

Click here for a download pdf on these six wonderful products that are available for purchase and that coordinate with the free Sale-A-Bration gifts.

What can you make with these new products….here is just a few ideas for taking your free Sale-a-Bration gifts to a new level with Hello Cupcake, Lasting Lily, Painted Season, So Hoppy Together and More Than Words.

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


Tool Tips: Paper Trimmer, Blades & Mats

I love my Stampin’ Trimmer!  

In fact, I have two Stampin’ Trimmers on my desk at all times — because believe it or not, when I am crafting my desktop becomes a disaster area!  So much so. that I loose my trimmer under stacks of DSP.  To divert further chaos, I just grab my other trimmer!  LOL!

What I love about my Stampin’ Trimmer is that it is trimmer that every other trimmer WANTS TO BE! 

Yes, I have tried many trimmers over the last 20+ years.  And, I can honestly say that the Stampin’ Trimmer is MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE!  It is lightweight and portable, but sturdy enough to make straight and precision cuts every time!  Also, it has an extra wide cutting platform with a 14-1/2″ extending arm for larger projects and scrapbook pages.   It comes with both cutting blades and scoring blades, which conveniently slide along the v-track and out of the way.  And, finally, the Stampin’ Trimmer locks closed from storage or transport.  

If you don’t always get the best edges when cutting with your Stampin’ Trimmer, it may be time for a new cutting blade.   

Tip:  Did you know that you can store extra cutting blades, bone folder and other items on backside of the trimmer? 

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To replace your cutting blade or scoring blades, simply slide blades to the rectangle opening at the far-end of the v-track, and lift out with your paper-piercing tool.  

trimmer how to replace the blade

If you’ve replaced the blade are still having trouble getting a clean cut, inspect and clean your Stampin’ Trimmer Mat.  Simply run your paper-piercing tool gently along the track to remove any shredded paper or paper dust that tends to collect inside, then wipe with a alcohol swap to remove any adhesive and gunk.  You can always flip it over because there is a cutting track on the back side, too!.  If you are still having trouble, the mat is worn and it is time to purchase a Stampin’ Trimmer Replacement Mat.

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





So Hoppy Together times Three

so hoppy together image

These whimsical frogs are just so darn cute! 

The other day, I had so much fun coloring the frogs from So Happy Together cling stamp set.  And, well, I just had to make at least one card with googly eyes, some Gingham Gala 6×6 DSP, and cardstock in Basic Black, Lemon-Lime Twist and Daffodil Delight!

So Hoppy Together with googly eyes

This happy frog card is an example of simple stamping and a little fussy cutting.  To create the white belly, I stamped the same frog on Whisper White and trimmed the belly image using my beloved paper snips.  The belly is simple attached with Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  The stamped image was embellished with a banner and Black Baker’s Twine

Since I fell in love with this frog, I had to make two more versions.  One tossing valentine kisses, and the other juggling silver balls (metallic pearls).

This stamp set is one of the free Sale-a-Bration gifts with a $50 purchase.  And, coming March 1st during the Sale-a-Bration Coordination promotion, you can purchase the Hopping Around Framelits for $27 for more crafting fun!  Be sure to plan accordingly, because I am sure that these happy frogs will be one of the items that sale out fast! 

Click here to visit my on-line store to place a qualifying order of $50 or more and earn free Sale-a-Bration gifts!  Until next time, sending crafting hugs and inspirations wishes for a fun Sale-a-bration experience. 


Craft & Carry Stamparatus Bag Coming December 5th!

11-12-18_header_stamparatus_bag_us (1)A tool as beloved and important as the Stamparatus deserves its own special tote and storage solution.  Introducing the Craft & Carry Stamparatus Bag!  

The Craft & Carry Stamparatus Bag is the perfect holiday gift! This new bag is available to order starting December 5, and the timing is perfect for the holiday gift giving!  This is a perfect gift to suggest to a family member or even a little “treat yourself” gift for the holidays.

The tote by itself is $29 (149695)The tote with Stamparatus is $78 (151961).  See attached flyer.  And, you can store the Stamparatus accessories inside as well.


Purchase the Accessory Pack (151049, $24.50) which comes withgrid paper, extra plates and foam mat  for another wonderful gift.  Or purchase the small grid paper (149621, $6.50), extra set of two plates (149693, $15.00), and extra foam mat (150081, $3.00) separately.  And, of course, you should purchase an extra set of magnets (148231, $12.00) to have on hand.

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