Got Coffee?

Can you believe that it’s almost October? Do you know what that means?

That’s right! It’s time to grab a cup of coffee and your Stampin’ Up! catalogs and study the designer series paper packs!

From from Oct 1-31, Stampin’ Up! is offering an amazing deal — buy three packages of Designer Series Paper, and get one free!  Choose from the following selection of 12″x12″ paper packs or 6″x6″ paper stacks in the annual and holiday catalogs:

  • Just Add Color 
  • Delightful Daisy
  • Birthday Memories
  • Be Merry
  • Pick A Pattern
  • Coffee Break
  • Naturally Eclectic
  • Whole Lot of Lovely
  • Christmas Around the World (holiday catalog)
  • Painted Autumn (holiday catalog)
  • Petal Garden (stack)
  • Color Theory (stack)
  • Wood Textures (stack)

Look at these wonderful cards Merry Cafe’ stamp set and designer series paper.  This fun stamp set has sentiments and images for all seasons! These cards feature patterns from the new Painted Autumn and the Coffee Break design series paper packs.

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coffee cafe samples fom catalog

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




Random Act of Kindness

random act of kindness is any action designed to offer kindness towards the outside world. The phrase “practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty” was written by Anne Herbert on a place mat in Sausalito, California in 1982.  Ten years later, Anne published a book, entitled Random Acts of Kindness, speaking about true stories of acts of kindness.

Today, RAKtivists are changing the world through random acts of kindness.   


‘RAKtivist’ is short for ‘Random Acts of Kindness activist’ – a kindness ambassador who inspires others with hope, kindness and generosity through their actions.   RAKtivists are everywhere.  The stranger who stops to hold the door open for a young mother with her hands full.  The commuter who offers their bus seat to an elderly passenger.  The person who leaves behind painted rocks for others to find.  The crafter who sends cards to brighten someone’s day.   Yes, you are a RAKtivist!

Recently, I received two RAK cards from other Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.  These are ladies that I have never met – but they choose to send crafting hugs to me.  I literally did the happy dance at the mailbox.  I couldn’t wait to open a crafting hug to me!

This card uses the “Crafting Forever” stamp set.  

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And this card uses “Oh So Eclectic” bundle.

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World Kindness Day – November 13, 2017

While we should probably celebrate kindness every day, the official day is Monday, November 13th.  So mark your calendar & get ready to spread lots of kindness!

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



Hello Friend Embossing Project Kit

Recently, I taught a stamp camp using the Hello Friend Embossing Project Kit and Hello Friend stamp set.  This was a great way to step-up my cardmaking and share several different embossing techniques to make the cards in the kit.

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This kit contains all the supplies to make 15 cards – three of each design.  To make this kit, you need the following items:  Hello Friend stamp set plus have Calypso Coral, Peekaboo Peach and Powder Pink pads, VersaMark pad, aqua painters, dimensionals, glue dots, snail adhesive, stamp-a-ma-jig, heat tool, grid paper and strip of cardstock.

Tip #1:  Use the stamp-a-ma-jig tool to perfectly place sentiments on each of the punched label pieces by first temporarily holding the label punch in place with a tiny bit of snail adhesive.

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Tip #2:   Temporarily adhere the “hello die cut” to strip of cardstock before covering it with VersaMark – now, you’ll have something to hold so that you won’t smudge the embossing powder or burn your fingers while using the heat tool!

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Tip #3:  Hello Friend stamp set will make a lovely Christmas Card.  Versamark on Old Olive cardstock shows up darker.  With clear embossing powder, the stamped image looks like Always Artichoke, so I matted the piece with Always Artichoke cardstock and added some Natural Trim ribbon with gold metallic center.

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This stamp set has lots of possibilities, and the embossing kit will give you lots of supplies to make a bunch of cards to have on hand.  All of these items are available for purchase using my on-line store.

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


Touches of Texture

The Touches of Textures stamp set will add dimension and character to any of your cards with the many fun, eclectic and useful design images found in this stamp set.

This card features the floral sprig image and the bumble bee and the splatters plus the Delicate Doilies and Lots of Labels framelits dies.


Add some cardstock, designer paper and baker’s twine, and you have a finished card for any occasion!

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


Watercolor Wings with Butterfly Basics

What can you do with this mix of organic images, backgrounds, and sentiments from Watercolor Wings and Butterfly Basics stamp sets?

Well, here is a lovely card that I received in Random Act of Kindness card swap from another talented Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, Toni Campana from Greensboro NC.  Toni created this card using Pear Pizzazz, Marina Mist and Sweet Sugarplum inks and matted the image with Soft Sky cardstock.  First, she created the background.  Next, she stamped and fussy cut the butterfly from scrap piece of cardstock, popped it up with dimensionals and added some gold thread for accents. 



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




Vintage Leaves

Why wait for Mother Nature? You’re no longer at the mercy of the season — create your own leaves anytime, for any occasion and in the colors you want!  Here is a super quick card using the maple leaf image from Vintage Leaves stamp set.  

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For this card, I stamped images from light to dark.  First, I stamped in Pool Party and then cleaned my stamp well.  Then repeated the process with Sahara Sand, Crushed Curry and Cajun Craze.  The sentiment from Work of Art stamp set is stamped in Archival Basic Black ink.  Next I splatter some Cajun Craze ink over the card using my aqua painter for a bit of interest, and matted the card with Basic Black cardstock.  

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Until next time, sending you 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.

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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!


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!


Part 2: High Tide Stamp Set

High Tide is a Two-Step Stampin’ set is terrific for combining several stamped images for capturing a beautiful beach scenes in the colors you want.  This is a photopolmer stamp set which is totally transparent to ensure perfect image placement every time!

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high tide card idea

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This stamp set is available from my on-line store; just click on this link or the SHOP tab above.

And if you need inspiration, would like to learn stamping techniques or craft with friends, I offer monthly workshops and stamp camps.  Just click on the CONTACT ME tab above.

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