Stampin’ Blends – new Alcohol Markers


November 1st, Stampin’ Up! is releasing a new line of alcohol-based markers!! 

I’m so super excited.  I pre-purchased ALL of these amazing markers.  And, I’m so, so happy that I did.  My crafty friends who attended October’s stamp camp had the opportunity to color with these amazing markers and they absolutely loved them.  I truly believe these new markers are a definite must-have crafting supply!  

What are alcohol markers?  They are artist-quality alcohol markers are shades of your favorite Stampin’ Up! colors:  Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Night of Navy, Old Olive, Pink Pirouette, Pool Party, Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry and Smoky Slate.  Each alcohol marker applies just the right amount of color where you need it.  Use the brush tip for coloring large areas, adding dimension or creating shadows.  Use the fine tip for adding details.  Every color (except Ivory and Bronze) has a light and dark shade. There is a Color Lifter to soften the colors, add texture, clean up edges and create highlights.

How to use these markers?   First, stamp the image using Tuxedo Black Memento ink.  (TIP:  To keep the image crisp, give the stamped images a minute or two to dry before adding the saturated color of the markers.) Color the selected area of the image with the lighter shade.  Next, add the darker shade for creating a shadow — adding line of color around the edges.  Then blend out the harsh, darker line using the lighter shade.  So, so simple.  You can also experiment with blending other colors of similar hues.basket of wishes catalog image

Here is a bushel basket for Basket of Wishes stamp set that I colored with the darker Crumb Cake marker and the Bronze marker.  First, I colored the whole image with Crumb Cake (it is lighter than the Bronze marker).  Then, I used the Bronze marker to create shadows because it was darker.  Then, I blended out the Bronze line with the darker Crumb Cake marker.  Quick and easy!  

After stamping the image in Tuxedo Black Memento ink, I quickly colored the basket with dark Crumb Cake.  Each stroke blends into the next stroke without streaking!

Next, I used the Bronze marker to color the basket horizontal bands and over top of the squiggly shadow lines in the image.  Then, I used the dark Crumb Cake marker to smooth and soften the Bronze marker lines.

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I dotted the Color Lifter pen to create highlights and enhance the overall look.  It is truly quick and easy.  And, if you happen to color outside the lines, the Color Lifter works beautifully!  These markers are a MUST-HAVE in your crafting supplies.  

These awesome coloring tools are available November 1st!  Click here to view to see a full color PDF version of the details on the kit, stamp set and Stampin’ Blends.

Click here to see a 1-minute video to see how simple these markers are to use!

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



Paper Crafting Essentials

To enjoy your paper crafting adventure, it is essential to have good basic tools to work with and to use quality paper and adhesives.  Twenty years ago, I began my crafting journey in a corner of the living room and acquired cardstock, tools and paper over time.  And while new stuff comes on the market all the time, these are the essentials that I reach for every day.  In fact, these things are stored within easy reach from my desk chair — so that they are always handy!

  1. Paper Snips — One of my favorite techniques is fussy cutting and these sharp scissors are the best for precision cuts.  The thin, short blades make it easy to cut in small areas.  I love my paper snips so much that I own numerous pairs!!!
  2. Bone Folder – Another inexpensive tool for scoring, burnishing and distressing paper.  The thicker the paper, the more important it is to burnish the score line for a smooth line.
  3. Stampin’ Trimmer – with smooth grid surface and precision measurements, this lightweight, portable trimmer makes accurate, straight cuts.  It has a cutting blade and a scoring blade, that conveniently slide out-of-the-way.
  4. Heat Tool – I love water coloring and heat embossing, and this tool is slim, sleek, and easy to hold.   It has two heat settings: low for drying ink, high for heat-setting embossing powders.
  5. Punches – I have quite the collection because they are quick and easy to use for embellishments.  I particularly love the different label punches and variety of sizes of circle punches.  And, many of the Stampin’ Up! punches coordinate with specific stamps sets and designer papers — like the daisy and cat punches.
  6. Stamp-a-ma-jig – another inexpensive tool that helps with precision stamping especially for red rubber stamps and our well-loved and subsequently stained photopolymer stamp sets.
  7. Simply Scored with double ball stylus.  This board is essential for creating crisp score lines, reducing paper cracks and giving your project a finished look.  It works great for making cards, boxes and other 3-D projects.  TIP:  use the larger ball end of the stylus to create a wider score line, then fold the paper opposite of the valley created by the score line.  In other words, fold it with the mountain side inside and the valley side outside.

Of course, it does go without saying that it is essential to use good quality cardstock and papers for your projects.  We spend a lot of time creating something special for someone so it needs to last and not fall apart when handled or mailed.  Stampin’ Up! cardstock, specialty papers and designer series paper are the best on the market.  They coordinate with the ink pads, markers, washi tape and embellishments to make a sharp sophisticated presentation.    As a paper crafter, you can feel and see the difference.  

All of these tools are available for purchase from my on-line store.  Please click on the links provided or the SHOP tab above.

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



Buy Three, Get One Free!

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

promo - just add color


Just Add Color 

promo - painted autumn

Delightful Daisy

promo - birthday memories

Birthday Memories

promo - be merry

Be Merry

promo - pick a pattern

Pick A Pattern

promo - coffee break

Coffee Break

promo - naturally eclectic

Naturally Eclectic

promo - whole lot of lovely

Whole Lot of Lovely

promo - Christmas Around the World

Christmas Around the World (holiday catalog)

promo - painted autumn

Painted Autumn (holiday catalog)

promo - petal garden

Petal Garden (stack)

promo - color theory

Color Theory (stack)

promo - wood textures

Wood Textures (stack)

All of these products and more are available from my online store.

Until next time, sending crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!



Exciting News to Share!

Fall is an exciting time in the Stampin’ Up! crafting world.  Here is some great news to help you stock up on your crafting supplies and save money!

World Card-Making Day is October 7th.  It’s a day dedicated to doing what you love most—making handmade cards! It celebrates the creativity and personal connection with the special people in your life.  Stampin’ Up! has two great promotions to help you celebrate the joy of card making!

From October 1-10, the following items are on sale (click here for details)

  • Receive 15% off Notecards & Envelopes
  • Receive 15% of select stamp sets
  • When you buy Fast Fuse Adhesive, you’ll get two refills for FREE! 

From October 1-31, Stampin’ Up is offering Buy 3, Get 1 Free Special and choose from select packs of Designer Paper.  There are 13 different patterns to choose from.  Click here for more information.  

And guess what,

  • You can take advantage of both promotions in the same order!
  • And, the stamp sets that are 15% off for World Card-Making Day coordinate perfectly with paper packs that are part of this Buy 3, Get 1 Free special. 

And if you use my host code (TGXHYFZY) and purchase more than $50 in product from my on-line store then:

  • You’ll receive a bonus gift from one from the following:  Black Rhinestones, Pearls, Regular Rhinestones or White Perfect Accents to jazz up your card making projects.
  • Important!  If your order is more than $150, do NOT enter the host code.  You will automatically qualify for my bonus gift as well as earn Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!

How do you place an online order?

  • click here to go to the Stampin’ Up on-line store
  • select your items and add them to your shopping bag (remember to check out clearance rack and 10% off bundles for more great values)
  • click on the shopping bag link
  • add host code (TGXHYFZY) in the field under the Special Offers section of the shopping bag (see below)
  • click Apply.  And, you will see my name appear on the screen
  • click Check Out and follow instructions for making payment 
  • click Place Order
  • if you do not yet have an online account, you will be asked to set one up.  Please be sure to select me as your demonstrator and
  • if you have any questions, please give me a call and I will help you.

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


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

merry cafe simple design

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



Paper Pumpkin – Half off Savings!


This is a great time to try Paper Pumpkin! There are many subscription choices and your September kit could be half off!

Starting August 11 and ending September 10, first time Paper Pumpkin subscribers enjoy 50% OFF their first (September) kit!  You won’t want to miss out on October and November’s kits, either!  With the holidays approaching, having these pumpkin kits will provide quality, holiday crafting fun!  With coordinating, pre-cut designs, they will add that special seasonal touch to your holiday.

Subscribe from August 11–September 10 and Stampin’ Up! will deliver September’s Paper Pumpkin kit straight to your door.  Your kit will be complete with everything you need to make adorable, shareable projects.  And with the holidays approaching, this is a great way to get ahead of the last minute hustle and bustle for half the price.

Here’s the fine print:

  • For first-time subscribers only.
  • You must subscribe by Saturday, September 10, 2017; 11:50 PM (MT).
  • Available for month-to-month subscriptions, not prepaid subscriptions.
  • 50% Discount applied to September’s kit ONLY.   After that, the price for each month’s kit will return to the regular price of $19.95 (which includes shipping).
  • Enter the promo code, HALFOFF0917 upon checkout.
  • Unless you cancel, your membership will continue at full price after your first kit.

TO ORDER YOUR 50% OFF KIT AND SUBSCRIBE THRU ME, visit Paper Pumpkin HERE and enter HALFOFF0917 to receive 50% off the September kit.

Benefits of Having a Paper Pumpkin Month to Month Subscription:

  • The convenience of an all-inclusive kit arriving at your door every month.
  • Exclusive photopolymer stamp sets and the opportunity to build a collection.
  • Crafting time  without a lot of prep work.
  • Trying new techniques.
  • Creating alternate projects with all the goodies in the box.
  • Getting together with friends and family to craft every month.
  • Purchasing past kits and refills (when available) of your favorites.
  • The quality of the products and variety of projects each month.
  • Sharing ideas with a community of online crafters.
  • The surprise factor!

Contact me if you have any questions about this special offer!

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


Many Uses of Memories & More Card Packs

Have you checked out the Memories & More — four different designs on page 193-194?  These are coordinating packs of cards that make craft projects fun, quick and easy.  The designs and colors were carefully chosen to coordinate with other product suites.  The cards are perfect for:

  • card making
  • memory keeping
  • home décor projects like shadow boxes and samplers
  • any other project you can imagine. 

These are definitely a budget friendly crafting supply!  For just a $10 investment, you can make a stack of cards!   Each pack includes 52 double-sided 3″ x 4″ cards, 2 each of 26 designs; 20 double-sided 4″ x 6″ cards, 2 each of 10 designs; plus embellishments such as stickers, foil die cuts and acetate overlays.  All you need is some snail adhesive, card blanks and envelopes. 


Petal Garden card pack will make breathtaking cards using the following colors of Calypso Coral, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugarplum and Whisper White.


Perfect Days card pack will make fun-loving cards using Basic Black, Emerald Envy, Lemon Lime Twist, Soft Sky and Sahara Sand.


Color Theory card pack will make great all-occasion cards all year long using Berry Burst, Crushed Curry, Dapper Denim, Old Olive and Soft Suede


And finally, Bundle of Love card pack uses soft pastel cards using Blushing Bride, Sahara Sand, Soft Sky & Very Vanilla.

Check back to see what I’ve made with the Petal Garden Memories & More Card pack!

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


Colorful Seasons

Colorful Seasons and Color Theory Product Suite

Have you looked at the nature-inspired colors and images on Page 146-147 in your Annual Catalog.  The Colorful Season stamp set has all of the beautiful seasons – spring, summer, fall and winter – wrapped into ONE  great stamp set.  The Seasonal Layers Thinlit die set enhances your design with coordinating dies with just a few turns of the Big Shot handle. The Color Theory Designer Series paper stack has beautiful seasonal colors in Berry Burst, Crushed Curry, Dapper Denim, Old Olive and Whisper White using colorful designs – a paint chip style, ombre color variation, wood grain and paint crackle.

I just love, love, love this product suite for the following reasons.

  • It can be used year round for any occasion – birthdays, encouragement, thinking of you, sympathy, get well, retirement….the possibilities are endless.
  • 24-piece photopolymer stamp set that works with multiple techniques, including 2-step stamping with six fabulous sentiment stamps with wonderful fonts!
  • 17-piece Layering Framelits dies — solid and lacy maple leaves, delicate snowflakes, beautiful blossoms, rugged tree branch, relaxing Adirondack chair and scallop edge piece.
  • Plus, it coordinates with matching ribbons, glitter enamel dots and 72-piece memories & more card pack with extra embellishments.

All of these items and more are available for purchase using my on-line store.

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


Sneak Peek: Carols of Christmas

For the month of August, you have the special opportunity to purchase the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set, Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies, or both in a bundle (and save 10%) a month before it is even released in the holiday catalog.

***If you earned Bonus Day coupons in July, they can be used to purchase these products.  Just click on the SHOP tab above or any of the links.


The stamp set includes two large sentiments which can be the focal point of your card design.  Here, I showcased the sentiment with silver heat embossing powder with simple layers of Whisper White, Tranquil Tide, Silver Foil and Vellum cardstock and bow tied with Cherry Cobbler satin ribbon (retired).

This stamp set is so versatile that it can be used for years to come!  The first card design is just a classic design with traditional colors — .  And, here is another card design using the exact same sentiment — do you think anyone would recognize it from the previous year?  Probably not.

carols of Christmas 2

For this second card, I sponged a piece of Whisper White cardstock with Night of Navy, Pacific Point, Rose Red, Peekaboo Peach and Garden Green ink.  Next, I stamped the tree image from Lovely as Tree using Archival Basic Black ink.  After waiting for the sponged ink to dry, I  swiped my Embossing Buddy are the card front piece to prevent extra embossing powder from sticking to my project.  Then, I stamped the sentiment in VersaMark, applied silver embossing powder and heat seat the sentiment with my heat tool.  To create the skyline, I first die cut the moon and stars from the Card Front Builders thinlits and then matted the piece on Silver Foil to allow the moon and stars to shine through the die cut holes.

And here is a quick video with other great card making ideas from Stampin’ Up!  You’ll love the idea on how to dress up the family photo!

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




Dimensionals – Regular, Mini and Strips

What are Dimensionals?  Double-sided, adhesive foam dots that instantly bond and create depth and dimension to your craft project.  These days, dimensionals come in different shapes and sizes — Regular come in 3/8″ hexagon dots, Minis are 1/4″ hexagon dots and Foam Strips are 1/8″ wide by 9″ long strip.  They can be mixed, matched and cut to fit.   They are perfectly sized for all your crafting needs – to pop up various design elements and to create shaker cards!

These items are available from my on-line store.  Just click on the SHOP tab above or the link below.

Regulars #104430

Minis #144108

Foam Strips #141825

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