Another Dashing Deer

dashing deet cased from Brian King

Here is quick card using a monochromatic color scheme.  The background piece was stamped using my Stamparatus in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Crumb Cake cardstock.  The deer was diecut using Detailed Deer thinlit dies and my Big Shot using Basic Black cardstock with some Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet applied on the backside.  The stamped art piece was matted with several layers of Basic Black cardstock and some Tranquil Textures DSPTo give the card a little color, I tied some tranquil tide ribbon.  

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



Dashing Deer with Bokeh Dots

dashing deer with bokeh dots

I love the stylized deer from the Dashing Deer stamp set.  It is perfect as an all-occasion card and as a holiday card.  This card was created using three plates on my Stamparatus.

To create the stamped art piece using my Stamparatus, I first centered the star burst image from Bokeh Dots stamp set on a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  I inked the top half of the Bokeh Dots stamp using a sponge dauber and Balmy Blue ink until I achieved the desired color without a “hard” line.  Next, I repeated the process by inking the bottom half of the Bokeh Dots stamp using a different sponge dauber and Granny Apple Green ink, taking care to blend the green into the blue.

Using post-it notes to protect the white space, I stamped the five tree image from Winter Woods stamp set in Early Espresso.  Then I removed the post-it notes, placed the deer partially in the white space, and stamped the two deer several times.  I continued to re-ink the deer stamps until the images were consistent and solid image. 

The stamped art piece was double matted using Granny Apple Green and Early Espresso.

dashing deer with bokeh dots

The Dashing Deer stamp set has a coordinating Detailed Deer thinlits dies, and you can save 10% when purchasing these coordinating products together in the Dashing Deer Bundle.

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




Painted Harvest

painted harvest with dragon flly - lisa

Send someone the beauty of autumn with this sunflower-themed stamp set called Painted HarvestIt is a photopolymer stamp set that builds color and dimension by layering several individual stamp images to create the final stamped image.  And the sentiments are beautiful.

painted harvest - image

For this card, I stamped both the solid and detailed sunflower images in Crushed Curry, in Pumpkin Pie and in Cherry Cobbler.  The center of the sunflowers were stamped with Crumb Cake and Soft Suede.  The leaf images were double stamped in Pear Pizzazz (solid leaf) and Old Olive (detailed leaf image).  The sentiment was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black. 

painted harvest with dragon flly - lisa

To embellish the card, I added squiggly lines from Artisan Textures stamp set in Soft Suede ink, dragonfly diecut from Basic Black cardstock using Detailed Dragonfly thinlits dies and three rhinestones for a little bling.

painted harvest new 2

Here is another card with a modified design using just Crushed Curry, Early Espresso and Old Olive.  These sunflowers are sure to bring a smile to someone’s face!

Until next time, sending crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Shimmer using Champagne Mist All-Purpose Ink

dashing deer with champagne mist spritzedWould you like to create shimmery embossed cardstock for your holiday crafting projects?  Maybe create shimmery cardstock with any of the fifty-three Stampin’up! colors? 

In the time it takes for the alcohol to dry, you can add soft subtle shimmer to any project!

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


Stamparatus & New Accessories


A must-have tool for all stampers is the Stamparatus.  It will change the way you stamp and even diecut.  And before long, you’ll wonder how you crafted without it!


Why do YOU need one?  With your first use, I believe that you will fall in love with this tool.  And, the more you use it and experiment with it, you will be simply amazed with the many things that you can do with it!  Here are just a few of the reasons why I love my Stamparatus:  

  • Saves time when making multiples of the same design — whether you are making 2-3 cards or mass producing cards to swap, this will give you consistent results and save you time. 
  • Stamps images clean and crisp –– if you “rock” your stamp and get those annoying stamp edge lines or block edge lines, you’re going to love Stamparatus!  
  • Applies even pressure — If you have shaky hand or mobility or strength problems, this tool makes it easier to stamp and apply even pressure.
  • Provides a darker impression or corrects a “missed inked spot”), apply more ink and re-stamp—perfect for getting crisp images from you teeny tiny sentiments while getting full and consistent coverage from your large background stamps
  • Touches up your stamped image after various coloring techniques — because you will stamp in the exact same spot.
  • Aligns multi-layer stamps easily using removable and reversible plates
  • Learn new stamping techniques with adjustable stamping plates and precision placement — for stamping using hinge techniques, stamping pre-cut diecut blanks, stamping in the round, mirror stamping and so much more!


  • Compatible with Stampin’ Up!’s red rubber and photopolymer stamp
  • Foam mat to use with photopolymer stamps
  • Built-in rulers and grid lines for quick measuring
  • 2 open sides so you can stamp on larger paper
  • 2 reversible plates: a total of 4 work surfaces to use
  • 2 magnets to hold the paper in place (although you only need one magnet)
  • Magnet storage areas on the back side of the base
  • Retail Price in U.S.–$49.00

With the holidays ahead, the Stamparatus should be on your WISH LIST.  And beginning in October, you can purchase Stamparatus accessories separately such as extra plates, extra foam mats, specially-sized grid paper, and extra magnets.

stamparatus accessories price list

Tips for using your Stamparatus

  • Different things work for different people — so give yourself some time to experiment and learn what works for you.
  • Laminate a sheet of Grid Paper and use it under your stamped art piece to be able to re-use to ensure alignment.
  • Wrap a strip of Washi Tape or clear packing tape around your magnets as “handles” to make it easier to lift and move your magnets.
  • If your magnets snap together, it easier to twist them apart while separating. 
  • Store your Simply Shammy in a standard, clear mount stamp case, and use the case to create a level platform for the “open” Stamparatus plates.  This will do two things:  (a) protect the plate hinges when applying ink to your stamps and (b) keep your shammy handy to wipe away excess ink.
  • Press gently over top of the stamp itself and not just on the edge of the plate.
  • Keep your stamps centered on the plates for best results.
  • Use only one magnet to hold your stamped art piece in place.
  • If using multiple colors of inks, punch a circle of the correct color cardstock and stick it to the plate with a temporary adhesive. That way, no matter how many ink pads you are using, you’ll always reach for the right one.
  • Finished stamping?  Wipe your stamps with Simply Shammy, then place all your stamps on one large acrylic block and clean using your Stampin’ Mist and Stampin’ Scrub at one time.
  • To clean and store your plate, remove plates, wipe on a flat service or run under the faucet to remove any excess ink and store separate from the base.

If you would like to order your own Stamparatus, simply click on the links provided.

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


Paper Pumpkin Flash Sale


Know someone who will loves to do paper crafting? This flash sale is the perfect time to subscribe for yourself or give a gift subscription to someone special.  Sign up during the flash sale and receive your first kit in October and receive the special holiday kit in November.

How it will work:

  • The flash promotion price for new subscribers is $5.
  • The flash promotion starts October 8, 2018.
  • The sale will continue until the supplies run out or the October subscription period ends on October 10, whichever comes first.
  • If the supply runs out before October 10, Stampin’ Up! will end the sale and automatically begin accepting new subscribers for November (which features our one-of-a-kind, exclusive holiday kit in a specially-designed box).
  • Enter the code FLASH1018 before the sale ends to receive this special introductory price.

A few more details:

  • This offer is for new subscribers only.
  • Not valid on prepaid subscriptions.
  • Discount applied to one kit per month for the first month of a new subscription. After the first month, the price for the subscription will return to $19.95.
  • New customers must enter promo code FLASH1018 at before the sale ends to receive the introductory price of $5.

Click here to head over to my Paper Pumpkin store to subscribe beginning on Monday to get this great deal!!

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 you can count on 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) so the fun never ends.
  • The quality of the products and variety of projects each month.
  • Sharing ideas with a community of online crafters.
  • The surprise factor!  It’s like your birthday or Christmas every month when the box arrives!

Until next time, sending crafting hugs and inspiration wishes for a happy paper pumpkin experience!


Oops! Artisan Textures to the rescue!

artisan textures - image

You will be surprised at how much fun you can have creating unobtrusive-looking blots of color.  And better yet, the Artisan Textures stamp set is very forgiving — easy to hide a smudge or a stamped edge line.   Here are two cards that I made using the Artisan Textures stamp set I dare you to find my boo-boos!

artisan textures with dragonflies

This first card was “inspired” by necessity — after dropping my stamp on a new piece of Whisper White cardstock!  Oops!  So, I abandoned my “planned” project and grabbed two different blotches from the Artisan Textures stamp set in Blueberry Bushel, Granny Apple Green and Pineapple Punch inks.  The sentiment is from Beautiful Bouquet stamp set.  The dragonflies are diecut using Detailed Dragonfly thinlits dies and embellished with clear rhinestones.  Honestly, I love the final project.  So, next time, embrace the oops!  And, see what happens!

painted harvest with dragon flly - lisa

This second card is a happy accident that became a design decision.  I had created this stamped art piece using the Painted Harvest stamp set to demonstrate at my last stamp camp.  The stamped art piece was “done” and matting when I noticed the stamped edge of my clear block!  Surprise!  So, I did what every crafter does….. I found away to disguise it!  I added the squiggly lines image from Artisan Textures stamp set to my stamped art piece.  I actually loved how the squiggly lines added a finishing touch to my project.  When I taught this card in class, we made the card with the squiggly lines.  The lines created the impression of movement that complemented the dragonfly and balanced the darkness of the sentiment and the dragonfly.   While I was happy with the original stamped art piece, the oops actually gave my card a more completed look. 

If this happens to you, embrace the oops and see what happens!  You might just be pleasantly surprised with the final product!

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




Winter Woods

Walking through woods is one of the most beautiful experiences. I recreated a sunset using the photorealistic trees from the Winter Woods stamp set.  

winter woods - orange with seasonal framelits die

This card was very simple to make.  I started with a piece of Mango Melody cardstock, and using a sponge brayer applied Pumpkin Pie and Cajun Craze inks over the top two-thirds of the cardstock piece, blending the colors together to create that gorgeous sunset. 

Next, I used my Stamparatus to insure that I got a dark, solid stamp impression of the five trees using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  The stamped piece was double matted with Basic Black and Early Espresso cardstock.  The piece was embellished with a few scattered some gold metallic pearls and a maple leaf diecut. 

To create the maple leaf die cut, I applied a piece of Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets on the backside of some gold foil, and then diecut the leaf from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits dies.

winter woods - bundle image

Winter Woods stamp set coordinates with and can be bundled with In the Woods Framelits dies.  When purchasing the Winter Woods Bundle with these two coordinating products, you automatically save 10%.  And, trust me, you will want this bundle!   These timeless tree images will fill any landscape and keep you in tune with nature. They will never go out of style and it can be paired with Lovely as a Tree and Rooted in Nature Bundle for even more design possibilities!

Simply click on the links provided to learn more about these products.

winter woods - orange with seasonal framelits die

Until next time, sending crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


More Fun with Abstract Impression!

The other day, I had lots of fun crafting with Abstract Impressions photopolymer stamp set and experimenting with bright beautiful colors — Blueberry Bushel, Call Me Clover, Soft Suede, Pineapple Punch, Mango Melody, Highland Heather and Gorgeous Grape on Whisper White cardstock. 

abstract impressions in yellow

abstract impressions in purple

Recently, I had the opportunity to reconnect with a high school friend, and these were two of the cards that I included in a card gift set.  That’s the wonderful thing about crafting is that you have many ways to reconnect with friends — in the mail and in person — something personal and uniquely you!

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



Abstract Impressions Stamp Set

The best thing about Abstract Impressions photopolymer stamp set is that you can release your inner artist and create a work of art easily!  Here is a lovely card that I created using these Monet flowers.

Abstract impressions inky angels shimmer

For a little pizzazz, I added some Clear Wink of Stella to the flowers and the butterfly and scattered some pearls.

Abstract impressions inky angels shimmer close up

This card was stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black, Grapefruit Grove, Old Olive and Pear Pizzazz inks, with some sponging in Pear Pizzazz along the grass line as a foundation to the stamped art piece.  The stamped art piece was double matted in Sahara Sand and Grapefruit Grove cardstock.

Abstract impressions inky angels shimmer

This Abstract Impressions stamp set is offered with a coordinating thinlits die set called Springtime Impression thinlits dies, that lets you create a beautiful die-cut butterfly, flower, or intricate flower cluster in record time with your Big Shot machine. Bundle and save 10% when purchasing these two coordinating products.

abstract impressions - catalog image

You will find yourself reaching for this bundle time and time again to create endless possibilities of beautiful craft projects.  You may purchase any of these products using my on-line store.  Simply click on the links provided.

abstract impressions - catalog samples

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