Southern Serenade

southern serenade catalog

The Southern Serenade stamp set has beautiful flowers, lovely textures, and elegant sentiments to send a card to a close friend for almost any occasion.  It comes in both traditional wood-mount and the clear-mount on acrylic blocks.

southern serenade sample 2 rich razzleberry

The card is quick and easy using – Whisper White and Rich Razzleberry cardstock, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Rich Razzleberry Stampin Blends, Old Olive Stampin Blends, Petal Burst embossing folder, Layering Ovals Framelits and Whisper White 1/4″ organza ribbon.

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Coloring Black and White DSP

Do you love coloring?  Do you know that coloring is good for health and wellness?  Did you know that coloring can relieve stress? According to a recent article in The Huffington Post, coloring helps us to focus on a particular activity and not on our worries.  It generate wellness by giving us a little quiet time.  And, it stimulates the brain in areas related to our fine motor skills, our senses and our imagination.

dsp petal passion in black and white

When I saw Petal Pallete DSP, I immediately thought of coloring! This collection just makes me want to pull out my coloring tools and start coloring.

DSP blends 1

Every crafter needs the basics – stamps, inks and papers.  Fortunately, Stampin’ Up! offers a variety of coloring tools to spark our creativity and to encourage us to learn new techniques.

Due to they’re popularity, Stampin’ Blends and are unavailable until May.  However, you can still enjoy coloring, blending and water coloring with your Stampin’ Watercolor Pencils, Brusho Crystal ColoursStampin’ Write Markers and even your Stampin’ ink pads.  You can apply and blend color using aqua painters, blender pens, Wink of Stellasponges, sponge daubers, sponge brayers and spritzers.  

Need more coloring options?  There are several other designer series papers that you’ll love coloring — Just Add Color and Springtime Foils.  Both paper packs are available for free with each qualifying purchase of $50 or more — while supplies last — through March 31st, the last day of the Sale-a-bration promotion.  

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



Paper Pumpkin on Sale!


If you are new to paper pumpkin, here’s a great deal.  You have two months at a 50% discount to try Paper Pumpkin and see if you like it.  You must use the promotion code SAVEFIFTY0418 at checkout.

  • The 50% off discount is applied to one kit per month for the first two month of a new subscription.  
  • How it works:  If a new customer subscribes during April’s subscription period they will receive 50% off their subscription when billed in April and May. If a new subscriber subscribes during May’s subscription period they will receive 50% off their subscription when billed in May and June. I

With each little red box, you can escape your everyday troubles and find happiness crafting because it contains everything you need — stamps, ink, adhesive and embellishments — to create fun and innovative products.  Plus you have the choice to follow the instructions as written or to change things up and create your own unique designs.

The March 2018 kit was Paper Pumpkin’s fifth year!   This kit was so spectacular, it sold out!  Here is a quick video showing how to make the eight cards using the written instructions for eight cards with coordinating envelopes.

While I loved the project, I decided to change things up.  I added some extra cardstock and ribbon from my craft stash to create two each of eight card designs for a total of 16 cards.

pp may we grow 1

I loved the large vintage rose of the printed envelop, but preferred to use it as my card fronts.   I kept my design simple in order to showcase that large vintage rose image — which I matted with Blushing Bride and Flirty Flamingo cardstock or with Very Vanilla and Fresh Fig cardstock.

pp may we grow 2

Can you tell the difference or similarity between the cards below?  Both cards use of a large floral spray die cut.  The left card used the whole die cut.  The right card used a carefully trimmed die cut, with the extra pieces added to the top left of the design — give the card a totally different look.

pp may we grow 3

And here, I fussy cut the flower images that were stamped on cardstock and paired them with die cuts from the kit.   

pp may we grow 4

As you can see, Paper Pumpkin gives you lots of creative opportunities to make wonderful projects.  If you’d like to order Paper Pumpkin, please use this link .

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Magical Mermaid

Do you remember when you were a little girl and dreaming about being a mermaid?  Luckily, you can still have the Magical Mermaid stamp set as a fantastic consolation prize for creating .

magical mermaid image

Well this is one of the stamp sets that I choose for an upcoming demonstrator shoebox swap at April On-Stage in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

While this isn’t my swap, it is the inspiration.  Paper:  Soft Sky, Marina Mist, Wild Wasabi, Shimmery White and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer cardstock.  Inks:  Wild Wasabi, Marina Mist and Soft Suede.  Accessories:  Stitched Shapes Framelits, sponges, Lemon-Lime Twist Ombre ribbon, clear embossing powder, VersaMark and dimensionals. Techniques: sponging, diecutting, dry embossing and huffing.

magical mermaid tag

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Sale-a-bration ending soon!

SAB 2018March 31st is this Saturday at midnight, and Stampin’ Up! biggest sale of the year will end!  And, all of those fabulous, free and exclusive items will be retired!  If there is something that you have been wanting, you need to place a qualifying order as soon as possible.  Because after midnight, those fabulous, free and exclusive items will be gone!

This is your last chance to earn the Beautiful Peacock stamp set with a $50 purchase.

beautiful peacock (2)

This two-step stamp set is fun to use.  Tip:  I created the softer/blended look of the feather fan by applying Pacific Point to the bottom half of the stamp using a sponge dauber.  And, I then applied Emerald Envy to the top half of the stamp using another sponge daughter.  

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


Wood Words

The Wood Words Bundle is country-chic with natural rustic theme.  You will love using the images for making lots of creative cards and 3-D items, specially when using Wood Textures Designer Series Paper.  

The good news is that Stampin’ Up! announced that Wood Textures Designer Series Paper will carry over into the

Here a simple tag becomes the focal point of this Americana themed card.

wood words tag

  • Inks:  Cherry Cobbler, Marina Mist, Crushed Curry, Smoky Slate, Craft White
  • Paper:  Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Wood Textures DSP
  • Accessories:  Linen Thread, Banner Triple punch, Scallop Tag Top punch

wood words eclipse card

  • Inks:  Real Red
  • Paper:  Real Red, Whisper White
  • Accessories:  Large Letters Framelits dies, retired oval punches

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


Epic Celebrations

epic celebrations rainbow colors

Some images are timeless and yet represent youth and creativity like no other.  If you have teens or athletes in your family, you’ll have fun creating cards for the cool dudes ‘n’ gals using Epic Celebrations stamp set, which is exclusive Sale-a-Bration stamp set.

Here, I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to exactly position the shoe image to create a custom background using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I used the fine tip of my Stampin’ Blends to color each pair of shoes a different color – dark Daffodil Delight, dark Pumpkin Pie, light Bermuda Bay, light Cherry Cobbler and light Night of Navy.

Don’t miss out.  This exclusive stamp set is only available now through March 31st with a qualifying purchase of $50 or more from my on-line store.  Just click on the links provided.

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Trimming rubber stamps

A little excess rubber around your stamps can be troublesome!  The other day, I wanted to make a “quick” birthday card using a brand new stamp set.  But alas, my creative genius was frustrated by those dreaded “edge marks”. 

You’ve probably experienced “edge” marks before – where the ink from the outer edge of the stamp leaves a mark on your stamped art piece. 

heartland stamp trimming

When it first happened, I thought maybe a little too much pressure.  When it happen the second time, I thought maybe a little rocking action.  With time being of the essence, it was not going to happen a third time!  I cleaned my inked stamp and pulled out my snips for a little red rubber trimming.

There are several reasons for edge marks when using clear-mount blocks:

  • Getting your stamp too inky by pressing too hard on your ink pad. Remedy:  select your clear-mount block to only be about ½” larger than your stamp, and use a gentle tapping of stamp on ink pad surface. 
  • Pressing too firmly your inked stamp on your project piece. Pressing too firmly can actually blur the image details and produce edge marks when you over compress the stamp.  Remedy:  practice on scrap paper first and add a cushion under your stamped piece to help give more even coverage.
  • Rocking your stamp.  This will leave edge marks of the stamp, especially if it is a small stamp. Remedy:  examine your inked stamp before stamping, wipe away access ink and press straight down or use a stamp-a-ma-jig or Stamparatus for better control
  • Excess rubber around your raised stamp image. During manufacturing, some stamps seem to have a little more rubber around the stamped image.  Remedy:  trim your stamp.

There are two methods for trimming your stamps:

Method#1 – using your Paper Snips (or another short blade scissor), cut in little straight cuts using the tips of your scissors.  Due to the thickness of the foam mount cushion, angle your scissors away from the stamp to avoid undercutting the foam mount cushion.  (Note:  I do not recommend trying to cut along a smooth curve or rounding your cut.  Instead do a series of small straight cuts.)

Method#2 – using a pair of curved cuticle scissors, angle your scissors slightly so that you bevel the edge of the red rubber without cutting the foam mount cushion underneath.

Trim your stamps close to the raised image so that you have less chance of getting ink on the edges of the rubber.  Please use caution when trimming as to not damage the raised stamped image.

And here is the finished card. 

heartland card

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Living in the southeastern Virginia, these class country images are almost an everyday occurrence.  Heritage barns, overalls, geese and tractors are every where.  And, the Heartland stamp set is sure to have you whistling a cheerful tune like the theme song to The Andy Griffith Show.

heartland card plus stamps

heartland catalog  heartland samples

For my card, I stamped the barn image in Soft Suede ink on Sahara Sand cardstock.  I stamped the boy image in Soft Suede ink on Very Vanilla cardstock and then used diecut it using one of the circle dies from Layering Circles Framelits dies.  I used my blender pen and Stampin’ UP! Watercolor pencils to color the image, which was later matted with Soft Suede cardstock.  The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set.  Inside is blank, but I stamped the tractor and dog in the lower left corner.

heartland card

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It’s National Puppy Day – March 23rd

Today, we celebrate the magic and unconditional love that puppies bring to our lives.  National Puppy Day is also a day to bring awareness to the need for care of and homes for orphaned pups as well as to educate people about puppy mills.

What better way to celebrate National Puppy Day, then to show some cards using the darling stamp set, Bella & Friends, and make your best friend’s day.

bella and friends catalog

This darling card is quick and easy to make using Stitched Shapes Framelits paired with Layering Squares Framelits and to embellish with a few Pearl Basic Jewels.

bella and friends pacific point

bella and friends melon

And, you can step up your design with a little watercoloring using your aqua painter and little ink from the inside lid of your inkpad. 

bella and friends sample 1

Here are a few ways to celebrate National Puppy Day:

  1. Adopt a puppy from your local shelter, rescue or pure breed rescue organization
  2. Donate money, food, old towels and toys to your local shelter
  3. Have a puppy party and invite all your friends and their puppies!
  4. Volunteer some time at your local shelter 
  5. Buy your puppy a fun, new puppy toy and throw away an old dirty one
  6. Give your puppy a bath and a good brushing
  7. Install a car safety harness to keep your puppy safe during your travels
  8. Microchip & I.D. Tag your puppy so the shelter can locate you if he gets lost
  9. Make an appointment with the vet to insure your puppy has all required vaccines 
  10. Teach your puppy some fun tricks
  11. Take your puppy to an elderly community and spread some love
  12. And last but not least – pledge to be patient and kind and to give your puppy lots of love and praise every day

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs , inspirations wishes and lots of puppy kisses!