Game On for Great Masculine Cards

game on Andrew and Henry cards

Hello Crafting Hugs Friends!  You will have so much fun creating great masculine cards using Games On stamp set from Stampin’ Up.  It has classic game images – dice, playing cards and chess pieces.  While not classified as a distinktive stamp, it has the subtle shaping clues which makes blending or coloring a breeze – especially with the Blender Pens.

I love watercoloring with Blender PensThese dual-tipped pens are filled with specialized solution to blend ink easily.  Here, I just blended the ink “left” on the paper from the stamped image.  You can also lift ink from an acryllic block, the lid of an inkpad or the tip of a watercolor pencil.  After coloring, clean your Blender Pens with a few scribbles on scrap paper.  Quick and easy!  

game on Andrew card

These cards are very similar; I just used different pieces of Country Club DSP (retired) for a pop of color.  For the dark blue card, I fussy cut the chess pieces and popped them up with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals.

game on Henry card

For the second card, I fussy cut the chess pieces and the dice, and I used a sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set.  Now, I have two great masculine cards in my stash of ready-made cards!

Do you have a stash of ready-made cards?  Please leave a comment and let me know how you store them.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes for great masculine cards!



Simple Sunflowers

celebrating sunflowers - browns and goldsUsing the Celebrate Sunflowers Bundle, here is a monochromatic card using Very Vanilla, Crumbcake and Soft Suede cardstock, brighted with a few Gilded Gems, some Bumblebee stems from Sunflowers dies and a pretty bow made with Bumblebee Gingham Ribbon.

I used a Blender pen to watercolor the centers of the sunflowers using the Soft Suede ink from the stamped sunflower image.  I stamped the sentiment on 1-1/8″ x 4-1/2″ strip of Very Vanilla cardstock and created an elongated punched sentiment using the Timeless Label Punch.

Tips & Tricks:  Elongate the length of your Timeless Label punch. By inserting only one the right-side of the cardstock strip through the punch opening, I punched the only the far right edge.  Then I inserted the other end of the strip through the left-side of the punch in order to punch the opposite side.  By sliding one end of the strip of cardstock at a time into the punch, I was able to “extend the length” of the punch to accommodate a longer sentiment.  This is a great trick to get more use from your punches.


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


New Stampin’ Seal and Seal+ Adhesives

Introduce SEAL and SEAL+ adhesive

In case you haven’t heard the news, Stampin’ Up retired retired SNAIL Adhesive and is replacing it with a product that is even better and stronger!

Introducing Stampin’ SEAL and Stampin’ SEAL+ Adhesives.

Stampin’ SEAL is an every-day adhesive that bonds instantly and neatly, like SNAIL, yet stronger than SNAIL.  This adhesive is laid down neatly in tiny perforated rectangles, so no more balls of glue sticking to your project.

Stampin’ SEAL+ is a super-strength adhesive, similar to Fast Fuse. It is perfect for heavier layers or 3D projects.  This adhesive is also laid down with tiny perforated rectangles for easy separation after using your tape runner.

GET MORE ADHESIVE!  Change is hard, but one feature that you are going to just love is that both SEAL and SEAL+ Adhesives include 16.4 yds. (15 m) adhesive vs. SNAIL Adhesive’s 13.1 yds. (12 m). That’s about 9-feet more adhesive!  More adhesive for more crafting fun!

Both adhesives come with the exact same clear ergonomic-designed case, that is easy to hold and is easy to swap out the refill cartridges.  The refill cartridges are easily identifiable on your desk top — light blue for SEAL and dark blue for SEAL+.  And, they come with a re-sealable pouch to store it when no in use or to protect it when crafting on-the-go!

I have been using these new tape runners for about a week, and I absolutely love them.  To order, simply visit my online store and shop our extensive collection of adhesives.  It is so important to have the right adhesive in order to achieve the best results on your project.  Sometimes, I use 2-3 different adhesives to ensure that all my design elements are attached securely and neatly.

adhesive chart

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


Stampin’ Spot Tips and Tricks

stampin spots ideas

If you love card kits or if you are (or have been) a Pumpkin Paper subscriber, then you probably have a collection of Stampin’ Spots.  These are the little 1″ inch pads are supper handy to own!  Here are some fun techniques to prove that some of the best things come in tiny packages.

  • Block Background:  Use the ink spot as a stamp. Grab some fun colors.  Turn over the Stampin’ Spot and apply it directly to the paper for the cutest card on the block.
  • Tasteful Texture: To mimic the wood grain, swipe the Stampin’ Spot across the stamps instead of pressing the stamp to the ink.
  • Layered Colors: Use the Stamparatus and apply the darkest colors around the edges of the image. Stamp. Clean the stamp and apply a lighter color in the center. Stamp again to create the look of a multicolored markered image.
  • Distressed Edging:  Swipe the ink spot over the edge of the cardstock – using the same swiping motion as a sponge or dauber – to define a layer or to create a distressed look.
  • Create a water color palette:  Apply small square of ink on a large acrylic block or window sheet and lift the color using a blender pen or a Clear Wink of Stella brush.

Other great advantages:

  • Fast drying, dye-based ink that coordinates with Stampin’ Up! cardstock, markers, and embellishments
  • The raised pads makes it easy to ink any size of rubber stamp.  To ensure good coverage, simply use a circular motion to tap ink onto the stamp.
  • Travel-sized and compact so that you are always ready to Stamp-on-the-go!
  • Stampin’ Spots are cost effective alternative for new stampers who want to get started with a smaller investment or stampers who may have limited storage space.
  • And, you can make your own small ink pads in the colors you need with Uninked Stampin’ Spots and Classic Stampin’ Ink Refills.  Just add 10-12 drops from the ink refill bottle and it is ready to use.  Similarly, you can re-ink the ink spots that you already own.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes for a spot of color!


Introducing Cinnamon Cider, a new In Color for 2020-2022

in color cinnamon cider

I love having on-trend new In Colors for their exciting new color combinations.  In Colors are always on-trend, meaning that you will see them in latest fashions and home decor designs.  These five new In Colors for 2020-2022 work extremely well together and coordinate wonderfully with Stampin’ Up exclusive 40 core colors.  You can trust that every possible color combination imaginable will work perfectly together.

in color 2020 2022

So, say hello to the new 2020-2022 In Color called Cinnamon Cider.  This new, in-trend color is a warm golden brown — like the crust of a freshly baked loaf of cinnamon bread.  This is a color that we currently do not have in our color family offering; so, you are really going to enjoy crafting with it!

in color cinnamon cider

This card showcases many, many new products.  It is decorated using a card from the Flowers for Every Season Memories & More card pack, that is matted with another new In Color called Just Jade and that is embellished with a new Chevron Twill Ribbon in Bubblebee.  This card showcases a hint of another new In Colors called Bumblebee and Misty Moonlight.  The sentiment is from a brand new stamp set called Tasteful Touches.  The sentiment is punched from one of my favorite punches,  These products will be available for purchase June 3rd.  

Did you notice how the sentiment was punched and matted?  There are lots of creative uses for your punches.  Here, I simply punched sentiment piece in Whisper White, and then punched two additional pieces in Just Jade cardstock using the Tailored Tag Punch.  By cutting, one punch lengthwise and the other punch widthwise, I could attach the pieces underneath the Whisper White sentiment punch to create a mat.  This is a very simple yet effective technique to use your punches. 

Stay tuned for more sneak peeks.  Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes.



Adventure Awaits with a Sneak Peek

beautiful world bundle with card

Hello Crafting Hugs Friends!  Thank you for stopping by today. 

After a long wait, my preorder of new products from the 2020-2021 Annual Catalog arrived.  One of the wonderful benefits of being a demonstrator is being one of the first to play with new products and create something new and exciting.  Yesterday, I spent the entire day creating in my craft room.  It was so much fun!  

beautiful world stamp image

This new Beautiful World stamp set was the first thing on my wish list.  I love the beautiful old world, fountain pen-like font paired with feather pen, ink well, globes and compass images.   This stamp set would be great for masculine cards and graduation cards.  It would also make a wonderful father’s day card.

beautiful world lisa swap 

This card show cases two new In-Colors – Misty Moonlight and Cinnamon Cider.  Aren’t they gorgeous together?  Actually, almost everything on this card is from the new catalog.  Do you see the wonderful texture in the embossed Cinnamon Cider cardstock?  That was created by first embossing the cardstock with new Old World Paper 3-D embossing folder and then sponging with Crumb Cake ink.  The pieces of map and denim DSP are from a really handsome World of Good Specialty Designer Series Paper pack and the new 2020-2020 In Color 6×6 DSP.  And the ribbon is new Faux Suede Trim in Early Espresso.

beautiful world lisa swap inside

  • Stamps:  Beautiful World, Beauty Abounds (splatters on inside)
  • Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Misty Moonlight, Cinnamon Cider, Early Espresso
  • Inks:  Night of Navy, Crumb Cake
  • DSP:  World of Good SDSP, 2020-2022 In-Color DSP, Copper Foil and Neutrals DSP
  • Accessories:  World Map dies, Old World Paper EF, Label Me Pretty punch, Gilded Gems, Faux Suede Trim, sponges, dimensionals, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Snail adhesive

If you are looking for a demonstrator, I would love to send you a complementary catalog!  If you are looking to enjoy purchasing all your crafting supplies at a demonstrator discount, please let me know.  I would love to welcome you to the Crafting Hugs team!

Stay tuned for sneak peeks of wonderful new products in the new Annual Catalog!

Until next time, sending crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!  



Stampin’ Up Scrapbook Blog Hop

Scrapbook Blog Hop Banner

Welcome to the first Scrapbook Blog Hop sponsored by Ann Murray from Murray Stamps, Ink and I.  Our scrapbook designs showcase our favorite Stampin’ Up! products because scrapbooking is another creative outlet for using our paper stash  and for getting the most value from our punches, dies and other crafting supplies!  

We are so glad you dropped by.  We made some great scrapbook pages to record our favorite memories — or — in my case, memories of a future date when my family gets together to celebrate Mother’s Day after the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions are lifted.  

This month’s theme is anything *MOM & FAMILY* which to me represents a very full and beautiful life.  Because there are 25 people in my immediate family, I almost always make 2-page layouts because of all the photographs I take!  LOL!  This 2-page layout showcases the Ornate Garden Suite Collection, specifically Ornate Garden Specialty Designer Series Paper and Ornate Style Cling Stamp Set. 

Scrapbook Blog Hop 2020-05 Ornate Garden

My inspiration is a March 2020 sketch from PageMap.comPageMaps is a wonderful resource for when you need a little creative inspiration for your scrapbooking as well as your cardmaking needs.

pagemap march 2020 inspiration

Cut Instructions:

For this 2-page layout, you will need 12×12 cardstock in So Saffron, Old Olive, and Early Espresso as well as two sheets from the Ornate Garden Specialty Designer Series Paper.  These cut instructions will help you get the most out of your cardstock and DSP.  And, guess what?  You will still have plenty of beautiful DSP to support your card making needs.  So, be happy, be confident, chop your beautiful DSP!  I promise you will love the beautiful results of cutting and chopping your DSP to add pops of color in your scrapbook layouts and card designs.PageMap cut instructions 2020-05

This layout is great for using up scraps of cardstock to embellish your layout using Stampin’ Up punches.  For this layout, I used cardstock scraps in Mint Macaroon, Pear Pizzazz, Terracotta Tile and Whisper White.  I had so much fun creating these daisy embellishments using my favorite Stampin’ Up punches.  This layout would have been great with just the color from the cardstock and DSP.  However, the Tone-on-Tone stamping adds some depth while the Stampin’ Up punches add some wonderful dimension to step up this layout design taking it from great to fabulous!  

Scrapbook Blog Hop 2020-05 Ornate Garden - close up

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***Note:  This is our very first Scrapbook Blog Hop for Ann Murray from Murray Stamps, Ink and I.  Please consider participating in our future hops — as we would love to have you joining us in your scrapbooking journey using mostly current and retired Stampin’ Up products.  And, please follow us on Facebook at Scrapbooking Blog Hop.

Please show us some love by commenting on our creations!  We love to read your comments and to see how these designs inspired creativity in your scrapbooks. 

Be sure to mark your calendars for the first Tuesday of every month for more scrapbook inspiration using the wonderful coordinating products from Stampin’ Up!  

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


P.S.  Did you realize Stampin’ Up products coordinate beautifully to make fabulous scrapbook pages?  Did you know that Stampin’ Up actually sells 12×12 cardstock?  Yes, everything used on this 2-page spread is available from Stampin’ Up.  We are very fortunate that Stampin’ Up recognizes the many needs of all paper crafters — both stampers and scrapbookers alike.  Stampin’ Up offers high-quality 12×12 cardstock in its exclusive core colors as well as 12×12 specialty papers — Foil Sheets, Vellum and Glimmer Paper.  Our 12×12 cardstock is sold by color collections, usually 2-4 sheets of every color in each package.  (Tip use the 8.5×11 cardstock for photo mats, diecuts and punches because packages of 8.5×11 cardstock are sold by individual colors and you get 24 sheets per package).  And of course, our cardstock coordinates perfectly with our Designer Series Paper packs that we love to purchase for cardmaking.  Scrapbooking is a great way to use that beautiful Designer Series Paper that we love and get more value from the punches, dies and other crafting supplies that we buy.  And, scrapbooking is a great way to use up our scraps from cardmaking.  It’s a win-win!  

P.S.S   Punches used Daisy punch, Medium Daisy punch, Sprig punch, Leaf punch, Braided Border punch, 1/2″ Circle punch and 3/4″ Circle punch (retired).  Other products used:  Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, Terracotta Tile Classic Ink, Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive, Mini-Glue Dots, Pearlized Doily and Layering Circles Dies.  Because I love to use big scripty fonts on my scrapbook pages, the sentiment from Colorful Seasons stamp sets was perfect for this scrapbook layout.  One Final Tip:  Many of our Birthday, Friendship and Holiday themed stamps sets have great sentiments that can be used for title pages, journal headings as well as embellishments.  Take a good look at your stamps.  I am confident that you will find some great sentiments for stamping on your scrapbook layouts.  Sending Crafting Hugs/Lisa


Blue-Butterfly Day

postive thoughts blue butterfly

It is blue-butterfly day here in spring,
And with these sky-flakes down in flurry on flurry
There is more unmixed color on the wing
Than flowers will show for days unless they hurry.

This is the first stanza of “It’s a Blue Butterfly Day”, a poem by Robert Frost. 

Unfortunately, it is not yet spring but a cold winter day.  However, the sun is shining and I am enjoying a fun afternoon stamping in my craft room.  

I created this card using Positive Thoughts stamp set and Nature’s Thoughts dies (a limited edition, coordinating product released Today, Feb 4th) using Whisper White, Balmy Blue, Pacific Point, Smoky Slate and (retired) Silvery Shimmer Delicata Ink.  And I can envision making this card using different combinations of Stampin’ Up core colors — like Highland Heather and Gorgeous Grape; Blushing Bride and Rococo Rose; and Petal Pink and Grapefruit Grove.

positive thoughts blue butterfly close up

To re-create this card, die cut the stitched rectangle from Nature’s Thoughts dies in Balmy Blue, stamp the sentiment in Pacific Point ink and then stamp the leafy branch using Silvery Shimmer Delicata ink (this is a retired item from 2019 holiday catalog; however for the same effect, simply stamp in Smoky Slate ink and then apply Clear Wink of Stella for shimmer). 

Stamp the leafy branch in Smoky Slate ink on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock, die cut it and attached to the Balmy Blue piece. 

Stamp the butterfly image in Pacific Point ink, blend color in the Blender Pen and die cut image.  In order to add dimension, use your bone folder to score the butterfly die cut and attach with a mini-glue dot

Die cut the oval border edging using a scrap of Pacific Point cardstock.  Do you the Big X’s and  Little o’s in the border edging?  Attach design elements using fine-tip glue pen and matte with Pacific Point cardstock with a thin border showing, and matte again using Balmy Blue for a wider border.

If you love botanical images, then you’re going to want to purchase Positive Thoughts stamp set and the limited-edition, coordinating dies called Nature’s Thoughts

Word of Caution The coordinated product release starts February 4th and items are available while supplies last!  These limited-edition, coordinating products will sell out quickly!  If this item is on your wish list, please place an order soon!  Once they are gone, they are gone.  Click here to see other limited-edition, coordinating products that will be available for order on TODAY, February 4th.

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



Embossing Vellum for Elegance

parisian beauty vellum card

Vellum is a translucent (semi-transparent), plasticized cardstock paper that when dry embossed will create elegance, texture and depth for your project.  Here, the Parisian Flourish 3D Embossing Folder was used to create a lacy vellum overlay for the Pool Party cardstock underneath.  Here is a closer look.

parisian beauty vellum close up

This beautiful card was made using Parisian Beauty Bundle.  The stamped pieces were created using Petal Pink, Pool Party and Tuxedo Black Memento inks on Whisper White cardstock.   The vellum was dry embossed using the Parisian Flourish 3D Embossing Folder to provide a lacy overlay to the solid cardstock underneath.  It was embellished with Champagne Rhinestones and Petal Pink Metallic-Edged Ribbon

Do you see how the translucent vellum was attached???  Actually, the sentiment, the die cut and the rhinestone embellishments hide the mini-glue dots used to attach the vellum and to assemble the card.  Tip:  the best way to hide adhesive is to first attach design elements to the front of the vellum piece.  Next while working on the backside of the vellum, strategically place mini-glue dots, dimensionals or tear & tape underneath those design elements.  Then attached the decorated vellum piece to the rest of the card.

Parisian Beauty stamp catalog image

Different Ways to Incorporate Vellum in your Paper Craft Projects:

  1. Dry emboss vellum using embossing folders to add subtle texture and lacy elegance to your card design — like with the card above
  2. Matte stamped piece to create a soft, subtle border
  3. Layer multiple pieces of vellum to create an ombré effect
  4. Place a vellum overlay on Designer Series Paper to create a softer or faded image
  5. Create a translucent window in the front of your card
  6. Die cut vellum for subtle design elements
  7. Heat emboss a sentiment to create a vellum belly band for your card design
  8. Create a stain-glass effect by heat embossing a stamped image on the front-side of vellum using embossing powder and a heat tool and then coloring the stamped image using Stampin’ Blends 
  9. Make pockets to tuck gift cards inside your card 
  10. Stamp, print or write on your vellum to subtly superimpose stamped images, writing or quotes onto your designer series paper or cardstock. Please allow extra time for the inks to dry.  

Tips for working with Vellum

  1. Attach using mini-glue dots, dimensionals, and tear & tape and hide the adhesive using other design elements and embellishments.  Other options include brads, decorative clips, and tying with ribbon or twine.  If you choose to use multipurpose liquid glue, I recommend applying using a sponge to the backside of the vellum piece and covering the entire piece with a light layer of glue.  This will minimize the potential for vellum to curl as the glue dries and enhance the overall translucent properties of the vellum without showing. 
  2. Thoroughly wash and dry your hands to minimize the potential for hand oils or glue residue to leave smudges on your project. 
  3. Allow extra time for inks and glues to dry before you start handling your project.  If  running your vellum through your computer printer, recommend printing on transparency mode, which uses less ink, or select a lighter shade of ink (gray instead of black) and let it sit to dry overnight before touching.  If you opt to heat set using your heat tool, recommend using a sweeping motion in order to minimize the potential for scorching the vellum. 

Stampin’ Up offers two vellum productswhite vellum 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock in and a package of Perennial Essence Vellum 12″ x 12″ cardstock in three colors:  Old Olive, Petal Pink, So Saffron for more design options.  

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes for using vellum in your paper crafting!



Water Coloring Breathtaking Bouquets

breathtaking bouquet stamp paper piecing images with stamp case

If  you love to color, then you will love the Breathtaking Bouquet Stamp.  It is so beautiful and so versatile, and you get to practice your favorite coloring techniques. 

breathtaking bouquet watercolor pencils

While the Breathtaking Bouquet stamp makes a fabulous floral background card, it creates another unique and fabulous card when you fussy cut the showy roses as the focal point on your card design.  

breathtaking bouquet stamp paper piecing images

Using my paper snips, I fussy cut the large flowers from Breathtaking Bouquet Stamp and the leaves from To a Wild Rose Stamp Set.  I pieced together a bouquet of flowers, and then used Multipurpose Liquid Glue and dimensionals to hold each piece in place on a piece of So Saffron from Subtles 6×6 Designer Series Paper and matted with Basic Black cardstock.  The birthday sentiment is from the new Sale-a-Bration brochure, and it is called Sending You Thoughts stamp setYou can earn this sentiment stamp set free with a qualifying purchase of $50 or more.

breathtaking bouquet stamp paper piecing with my watercolor pencils

This card was created after first stamping Breathtaking Bouquet stamp using Jet Black Stazon Ink on Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper.  Images were colored with Watercolor Pencils and then I used my aqua painter to blend the color for a watercolor effect.  I just love the results I get using Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper and it dries flat!

breathtaking bouquet stamp paper piecing with to a wild rose leaves

Tips for water coloring the leaves:  First, use a very light touch to color the whole selected leaf image with a Granny Apple Green pencil.  Next, add a much-heavier touch toward the base of the leaf with a Granny Apple Green pencil and lastly add a some darker color to the base with the Old Olive pencil.  When using the aqua painter, start by applying a damp brush to the lightest color and pull that wet color towards the darkest end.   If you need to apply more color, wait until the piece dries a little bit, apply more watercolor pencil and blend the color with your aqua painter.  This technique works well with water coloring the flower petals, too!  When water coloring the whole floral background image, work in small areas and allow each area to dry so that color does not bleed into another area.  Keep a paper towel or tissue handy to lift excess water or to clean your aqua painter brush.  As with any new technique, practice, practice, practice.  Your confidence will grow the more you watercolor.  Here is a close up of the leaves so that you can see the shading achieved using this light-hand, heavy-hand, apply a darker different color technique.

watercolor tip - to a wild rose leaves

Stampin’ Up offers two assortments of watercolor pencils for more coloring options.  Watercolor Pencils can be used with the aqua painter, blender pens or alone by themselves.  The first assortment of Watercolor Pencils is offered in 13-colors:  Basic Black, Basic Gray, Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White.  The second assortment of watercolor pencils is offered in 10-colors:  Balmy Blue, Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry, Flirty Flamingo, Garden Green, Gorgeous Grape, Granny Apple Green, Night of Navy.

breathtaking bouquet stamp paper piecing with my watercolor pencils

Thanks for visiting my blog today.  If I can assist you in your paper crafting adventures, please let me know.  If you would like to purchase any the products used today, simply click on the links provided to visit my on-line store.  

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