Step It Up: Simple Card Design Changes

Simple changes will enhance your card design.  As a crafter, your collection of supplies and stamps will gradually grow over time.  In the beginning, all you need is a stamp set, a couple colors of ink and paper, a punch, some sponges and a few embellishments.

As your collection of crafting supplies and tools grow, your designs will be further enhanced with specialty papers, coloring tools, stamping accessories, punches and dies.

And with time, you learn new techniques– some will be quick and simple favorites (like sponging), others require special supplies and tools (heat embossing with VersaMark ink and heat embossing powders), while other techniques are more labor intensive, but so worth the time and effort!

Here are three card designs using the same stamp set, Magical Mermaid.  

Each design is unique and special.  And because it is homemade for someone special, that special someone will absolute love receiving any one of these card designs.  

It is only when you compare all three designs side-by-side that you see the differences.     

Simple Stamping and Sponging:  Design elements include:  (1) Double and triple matting; (2) circle punch; (3) Sponging; and (4) Dazzling Diamonds specialty paper.

magical mermaid 1

Stepping up the simple design:  Combines elements of the previous design with (1) dimensionals to pop-up the sentiment; (2) Die cutting with Stitched Shape framelit dies; and (3) heat embossing with clear embossing powder.  

magical mermaid 2

Stepping it up again:   Combines elements of the previous design with (1) the huff technique using different colored markers to create the sentiment; and, (2) dry embossing with the Seaside Textured Impressions embossing folder.  

magical mermaid 3

Closing Thoughts:  IF you have time to create a card, there is nothing more FUN and REWARDING than creating something you set your mind to make…. Then again, there is nothing more frustrating than to try to make an amazing, over the top, work of art!   Always remember that when that special person opens the mailbox and discovers some happy mail, and when they open the envelop — they are going to absolutely love the card!  They are going to TREASURE IT because YOU MADE IT!  And, that has absolutely nothing to do with the design.

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


Merry Cafe – new holiday catalog stamp

merry cafe simple design with ink colors

Some people firmly believe that coffee is life. And whether that’s you or not, you certainly know someone who feels that way — or someone who loves hot tea or hot chocolate.  Either way, you will have fun creating with this new holiday stamp set.  

This card design features the Merry Cafe stamp set and the Painted Autumn designer series paper – both will be available September 1st in the new holiday catalog.  The Merry Cafe coordinates perfectly with the Coffee Cups Framelits Dies and the Coffee Cafe stamp set  for year round fun.  Better yet, purchase the Coffee Cafe bundle and save 10%.

merry cafe simple design

  • Dry emboss Very Vanilla cardstock using the Layered Leaves 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions embossing folder
  • Die cut coffee cup, lid and cup cozy using Crumb Cake, Early Espresso and Very Vanilla.  Use the scoring blade on your stampin’ trimmer to put a crease longways on the lid.
  • Use paper snips to cut designer series paper about 1/4″inch longer than the top and bottom edge of very vanilla cup cozy piece. 
  • Use Banner Triple punch to cut 2″x4″ piece of Cajun Craze and 1″x4″ piece of DSP and sponge edges with Chocolate Chip ink.
  • Stamp sentiment using Chocolate Chip ink pad on the cup cozy and sponge edges
  • Stamp leave images on the coffee cup, use blender pen to color the leaves using Pumpkin Pie and Cajun Craze, and sponge edges of coffee cup.  
  • Use snail adhesive to assemble coffee cup and assemble card.

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


Lots of New Clearance Items!

Good morning – here is a second post of the day.  Just a quick note to let you know that LOTS of new items been added to the clearance rack.  Please don’t miss out out these awesome deal — at 20% to 60% off.   All items are while supplies last!

There are several punches, card kits, ribbons and twine, embellishments and tools.  Plus there are some great holiday packaging and halloween treat items, too!

Click here to see the great deals!  

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




New Holiday Catalog is Coming!

I love the excitement of a new catalog.  I love looking at each of the pages and putting post it notes on my favorite items. I love making my pre-order list and imagining what I will make with everything.  I think I will always and forever be a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator because I love shopping from the catalog first AT A DISCOUNT!

Come to one of my August stamp camps and see the wonderful new products that are available in the new holiday catalog on September 1st.  You’re going to love everything in this catalog!

There are seven new product suites:  Spooky Night, Painted Autumn, Quilted Christmas, Merry Little Christmas, Season of Glitz, Christmas Around the World and Year of Cheer.

And there is much, much more:

  • 50 new stamps sets
  • 20 new bundles
  • 17 new die sets
  • 3 new punches
  • 2 new kits
  • 7 new ribbons and trimmings
  • 10 new embellishments
  • 2 new embossing folders
  • 7 new Designer Series paper packs with coordinating cardstock packs
  • 4 new gift giving packaging items

holiday catalog 2017

If you are one of my stamping friends, you will automatically receive your catalog in the mail.  If you don’t have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I’d love to provide you a copy of the catalog free.

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


Paper Pumpkin 50% OFF!!!!


If you love a good deal, now is the best time to join Paper Pumpkin—during
our Fall into Savings promotion! We will deliver your first Paper Pumpkin kit
straight to your door, complete with everything you need to make fun,
shareable cards and projects—all for 50% off!

Every kit includes an exclusive stamp set, ink spot, and embellishments to create adorable pre-designed project for a fun crafting experience.

At least six times a year, we send an all card kit with eight or more cards.

Sometimes the kit includes cards plus gift bags, banners, treat bags, or boxes. Other times, it’s home décor, giftables, or just treat packaging.

No matter what it is—we promise you’ll love it, or we’ll make it right!

The Paper Pumpkin is fun & easy!  New subscribers get 50% OFF their first month.  Get your deal HERE.

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


Stamp a Stack with Petal Garden Memories & More Card Pack

As I mentioned yesterday, Memories & More card packs are a great value and they are great for making a stack of cards.  With extra pieces of coordinating cardstock, I was able to stretch the card pack to make 28 cards! LOL!


Here are 15 of the 28 cards that I made….

garden petals 2

One of the nice things about Memories & More is that it coordinates with Stampin’ Up! product suites.  So, there is a coordinating stamp set, framelits and thinlits, designer series paper, ribbon and other accessories (such as embossing folder, embellishments) — providing inspiration for even more uses!

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


Tax Free Weekend is next weekend!

Here’s a way to really take advantage of tax free savings on the adhesives, paper snips (scissors), markers, journaling pens,grid paper and some clip-type embellishments …..especially for those of us that live in Virginia!

Ten states have upcoming state sales tax holidays for school supplies.  What does that mean for you?  Well, certain Stampin’ Up! products that fall under that category will be tax-free for a limited time if you live in one of those states!

Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia all have tax free weekends coming up over the next few weeks and you can pick up certain Stampin’ Up! items tax free during those timeframes!

For Virginia – Tax Free weekend is August 4-6.  To see which products are eligible to purchase tax free, Refer to this PDF .

You must place your order with Stampin’ Up! during the tax holiday period in order to receive these items tax-free (midnight on the first day to 11:59 PM on the last day of the tax holiday).

Keep in mind that this is a state sales tax holiday and may not apply to additional county, city, and special jurisdiction taxes.

Have fun shopping!

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


Tips for Adding Interest and Depth

There are many quick and easy ways to add interest and depth to your stamping projects.  This project uses both dry embossing and heat embossing techniques to add interest, while using dimensionals, bone folder and baker’s twine to add depth.

daisy deligght

I combined the Daisy punch with the Brick Wall embossing folder with the Daisy Delight stamp set and Watercolor Wash background stamp.  For natural depth, I curled the daisy petals with my bone folder.  Dimensionals (regular and minis) were used to pop-up the two daisies, the left leaf and the circle sentiment from Hello Friend stamp set.  I used heat embossing to create the flower center, but you could apply some Wink of Stella instead.  Using the bunny ear technique, I tied together two loops of Baker’s Twine to create a bow, which I adhered with a glue dot (rolled smaller between my finger tips). daisy blog instructions

  • Stamps:  Daisy Delight, Hello Friend, Watercolor Wash
  • Inks:  Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Soft Suede, Cajun Craze and VersaMark
  • Tools:  Brick Wall embossing folder, Big Shot, Daisy punch, 1/2″ and 1-1/4″ circle punches, snips, bone folder, heat tool, acrylic clear blocks
  • Accessories:  white thick baker’s twine, snail adhesive, glue dots, dimensionals, mini-dimensionals, paper trimmer, clear embossing powder

While this card had many steps, it only took about 20 minutes to make from start to finish.  Any one of these tips could be applied to your stamping projects to add that little extra something for relatively low cost.  For instance, a package of dimensionals is $4 while a roll of Baker’s Twine is $3.   

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




Order Now! Daisy Punch is back in stock!

Hey, y’all!  The Daisy Delight Bundle and Daisy Punch are available right now in the online store.  Some of you were disappointed because they sold out quickly – not once but twice.  These are definitely in demand, so if you’re interested – please order them soon!

Here’s handy links to then in my Online Store!  Whoo-hoo!!!


Daisy punch – click here

Daisy Delight bundle (save 10% when ordering both the stamp set and die) – click here.

Until next time, happy crafting!


Monochromatic Card using First and Second Generation Stamping Techniques

Welcome and thank you for stopping by!  Today, I’m going to show you a simple and elegant technique for making monochromatic cards using first and second generation stamping technique and one color of ink to create depth and lighter tones of color.  In this case, I’m going to use Pacific Point classic ink pad but I could have just as easily created this card using Marina Mist or Night of Navy.  

Generation stamping is a technique wherein a single ink is used to create different shaded images by stamping it multiple times without re-inking.  

  • First generation stamping is inking your stamp and applying the inked stamp directly on your project.
  • Second generation stamping is inking your stamp, stamping the image on a scrap piece of paper and then stamping the image on your project without re-inking the stamp. The result is a lighter image.  
  • You can even do third and fourth generation stamping, depending on how juicy your ink pad is and the richness of the ink color.


This project features High Tide stamp set and uses Pacific Point classic ink pad, Pacific Point and Whisper White cardstock and sponges. You will also need grid paper for easy alignment, some large and regular sized post-it notes and painter’s tape.  And, the sentiment is borrowed from So Many Shells stamp set but this card can be used for any occasion.  

First you will need to align your piece of Whisper White cardstock 5-1/4″ x 4″ on your grid paper, and secure first with large post-it notes and add a bit of painter’s tape to secure the post-it note to the grid paper.  (Note:  if you apply painter’s tape directly to the whisper white piece, it could tear the cardstock when it is removed.).  

On the left side, the large post-it note overs up 3/4″; on the right side, it covers up 1″ — leaving 2-1/4″ whisper white cardstock exposed.  

With an inked sponge, start sponging using a swirling motion first on the post-it note and shifting on to the exposed cardstock near the edges of the post-it note.  Sponge more ink to the top of the piece to create a darker sky.  Sponge ink about one-third down from the top to create two white spaces for interest.  Next, use second generation stamping and add the sand image near the bottom of the piece.

Using second generation stamping, add the Outlined Lighthouse image.  Next, use first generation stamping and add the Solid Lighthouse image directly over the outlined image.  

Next, use first, second and third generation stamping to add the grass at the base of the light house.  Stamp some grass directly on the base of the lighthouse to create depth.  Use second generation stamping to add the beacon of light.

For the water, add a post it note (yellow) to ensure you have a straight horizon, then add another post-it note (green) to protect the left side of the light house.  Use second, third and fourth generation stamping to add the water, slightly moving the stamp each time. Relocate the green post-it note to protect the right side of the lighthouse, and use second, third and fourth generation stamping to add the water on that side.


Carefully remove all the post-it notes and masking tape.  Using first generation stamping, add the seagulls and sentiment.  Mat your piece with 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ piece of Pacific Point cardstock.

When complete, your finished card should look like this…


You may purchase any of the supplies used in this project using my on-line store.  Just click on the links or the SHOP tab above.  Remember the Bonus Days promotion, for every $50 you spend July 1–31 (before shipping and tax), you will receive $5 Bonus Days coupon that you can use August 1–31. There is no limit to how many coupons you can earn, so shop all month!

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