Tips for Adding Dimension

Welcome Crafting Friends!  

Today’s tip is about adding dimension and interest to your cards.  If you stamp cards or spend any time scrapbooking, chances are you are always looking for new ways to add texture and tp make your projects more interesting.  One of the easiest things you can do  to make your project unique is to try embossing folders.

First, embossing folders can be used to create an interesting background with different color strips of paper that will make your design pop. 

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Second, you can add texture to enhance the design.  With a light touch and an inked sponge, the embossing folder was used to created pebbles for the beach scene below.

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If a card design seems a little flat or uninspired, and you want to add a little something for that WOW Factor, look for at least two ways to add texture such as:

  • Embossing folders
  • Dimensionals and Foam Adhesive Strips
  • Heat embossing using Stampin’ Up! embossing powders
  • White Perfect Accents and Enamel Shapes
  • Buttons and Charms
  • *NEW* Embossing paste and stencils
  • *NEW* Faceted Gems, Rhinestones and Pearls
  • *NEW* Clips and Wood elements
  • *NEW* Bows and Tassels
  • *NEW* Ribbon and Twine

These items can be found on pages 196-199 and page 210-211 in the new annual catalog. Or, check out my on-line store by clicking on the SHOP tab above. And please remember to check the clearance items — that’s another great place to find discounted items to embellish your cards! 

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


Part 2: High Tide Stamp Set

High Tide is a Two-Step Stampin’ set is terrific for combining several stamped images for capturing a beautiful beach scenes in the colors you want.  This is a photopolmer stamp set which is totally transparent to ensure perfect image placement every time!

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high tide card idea

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This stamp set is available from my on-line store; just click on this link or the SHOP tab above.

And if you need inspiration, would like to learn stamping techniques or craft with friends, I offer monthly workshops and stamp camps.  Just click on the CONTACT ME tab above.

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


Father’s Day is June 18th

Father’s Day is a special day honoring our fathers and the special men who influence our lives.  It is celebrated on various in many parts of the world on different days of he year, but in Europe and the United States, it is celebrated on the third Sunday of June. 

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This card features the new Wood Textures Designers Series Paper Stack, Colorful Seasons Bundle (stamp and dies) and sentiment from retired Beautiful You stamp set.


Have you made your favorite guy a card yet?  

On Thursday, June 8th (7pm) and Saturday, June 10th (10am), I will be hosting stamp camps with a card buffet.  This is your perfect opportunity to make a stash of father’s day cards or birthday cards for the men in your life. 

A card buffet is where you get to pick and choose what cards and how many to make.  Each card is $3 and that price includes all PRE-CUT card stock, paper, envelopes, embellishments PLUS the use of all my tools, stamps and inks required for each card.  Each card design will have step by step instructions and you’ll have the option of making it exactly as is or adding your own special touches.  There will be 10-12 different card designs to choose from, featuring new and many retired masculine Stampin’ Up! stamp sets.  And, after 15 years of card making, I have sets lots of great stamp sets – golfing, football, fishing, lighthouses, sailboats, tall ships, cars and motorcycles.

Contact me soon to reserve your spot.

Until next time, happy crafting!


Card Making – Random Acts of Kindness

I have mixed feelings about social media posts.  It is wonderful for keeping up with friends and family.  The photographs of the crazy antics of kids, grandkids and cute puppy dogs make me smile.  And, I love seeing the photos that my good friends post of gorgeous sunsets on the water and beautiful flowers.  It can be a daily outpouring of love, laughter and encouragement.  It can also be a real downer with negativity!

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As a card maker, you have the ability to send sunshine through the mail.  Social media only provides the sunshine for a split second.  But, a card sends a powerful and lasting message that you really and truly care!  On a particularly bad day, an unexpected card in the mail can be a ray of sunshine!  On a good day, it is icing on the cake!  Finding a card unexpectedly in the mail box will make me do a happy dance!

Here are some cards that I received in the mail from some very talented Stampin’ Up! demonstrators — from left to right: Jacki Lawrence from Illinois, Toni Campana from North Carolina, and Narelle Fasulo from Australia.  Yes, that’s right — Australia.  These random act of kindness cards were sent by talented crafters in the Stampin’ Up! family and these are treasured gifts from ladies who know the joy of making and sending cards and who thought of me!

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So here is my challenge to you — MAKE a card and SEND a card, TODAY!  It will certainly put a smile on your face imaging the recipient doing a happy dance at the mailbox!

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


The New Catalog is Finally Here!

2017 2018 catalog

The new 2017-2018 Annual Catalog has lots of new wonderful products to spark your creativity.  It is hard to believe, but this catalog is bigger and better than last year’s.  Here is a list of the new goodies that you’ll find in the 233-page catalog:

  • 5 new In-Colors
  • 3 new Card Kits
  • 1 Day Planner Kit
  • 6 new Hostess Gifts
  • 6 new Punches
  • 7 new Embossing Folders
  • 14 new Coordinating Product Suites
  • 15 new stacks of Designer Papers
  • 18 new Embellishments
  • 19 new sets of Framelits and Thinlits for die cutting
  • 22 Cost Saving Bundles
  • 56 new Ribbons
  • 74 new stamp sets

Just click here to shop using my on-line store.  

***Remember: All ordering from the new catalog will begin at 12 noon Mountain Time (that’s 2 pm Eastern Time) after Stampin’ Up! transitions their computer systems to the new catalog.  

extra stampin rewards

And starting today, Stampin’ Up! is launching a new “WE HEART HOSTS” promotion along with the new catalog. With qualifying hostess orders greater than $350 (product total excluding shipping and sales tax) through June 30th, you will earn an EXTRA $35 in Stampin’ Rewards—that’s in addition to the Stampin’ Rewards you already earn.  What a wonderful incentive — more free stuff!  There are lots of ways to take advantage of this promotion:  order everything on your wish list *OR* combined your order with a friend and share the rewards *OR* host a party with your friends to reap bigger rewards.  The party can be on-line, in-person at your home or invite your friends to my place.  Just make sure you close your party orders by June 30th.  Just let me know, and I will help you earn free stuff!

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Apply your Stampin’ Rewards toward your very own starter kit and become an independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.  Select items on your wish list from the new catalog for your starter kit — including the cost-savings bundles!  And, Stampin’ Up! with provide the business supplies and ship your starter kit for FREE! (note:  Starter Kit orders do not qualify for the We HEART Hosts promotion mentioned above, however the extra Stampin’ Rewards can be used towards the purchase of the Starter Kit.)

As a demonstrator, you can stock up and save 20% or more on your favorite Stampin’ Up! paper, stamps, inks and tools PLUS earn more free and discounted products thru Stampin’ Rewards and other Stampin’ Up! promotions.  There is no risk and no penalty if you decide to drop.  From the time you join through the end of the first full Stampin’ Up! quarter,you can “test drive” demonstrator discounts and benefits! If you reach $300 in sales by September 30th, you will automatically renew your demonstrator discounts and benefits for another quarter. If you don’t reach $300 in sales, you can “drop” without any penalty.  Contact me for more information!  Joining was one of the best decisions I’ve made!  This is a great way to support your hobby and share what you love!

Sending you crafting hugs!


New Product Videos by Stampin’ Up!

In the last 24 hours, Stampin’ Up! has released 12 new videos featuring tips and techniques for using the wonderful new products from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog!   Find a comfy chair and grab your favorite beverage so that you can enjoy viewing these videos.   And, you might want to find a pencil paper in order to write down the tips and tricks for using products on your wish list.

  • Click here to see tips for using the new 3D Embossing Folders that are extra deep
  • Click here to see how the new Memories & More products coordinate with other fabulous Stampin’ Up! products for memory keeping, card keeping and gift giving
  • Click here to see new cardmaking techniques using the new Embossing Paste for adding texture and interest to your crafting projects
  • Click here to see the new Coffee Cafe bundle — just what every coffee drinker craves!
  • Click here to see the Home Life bundle
  • Click here to see the Oh So Eclectic bundle
  • Click here to see the Little Wild bundle
  • Click here to see the new Move Me bundle
  • Click here to see the Eastern Beauty bundle
  • Click here to see the Hello Friend Heat Embossing Card Kit — this card kit is a great value — you learn new heat embossing techniques and make 15 cards — either five of three designs or switch it up and make your own unique cards.
  • Click here to see the Love Today Planner Kit with refills available
  • Click here to see the new Designer Series Paper
  • Click here to see the new Specialty Designer Papers

Remember the “We Heart Hosts” promotion, especially if you have a large wish list. Starting June 1 and ending June 30th, with a product order of $350 or more (before shipping and tax) you earn $35 in bonus Stampin’ Rewards in addition the regular Stampin’ Rewards benefits.  That’s extra free product!

Leave me a comment or send me an email about your favorite products.  My list of favorite items is coming in a future blog post.

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


Last Day to Order from Current Catalog

Just a quick reminder, today is the last day to order any of those lovely stamps and designer series papers which are retiring from the current catalog.  If there is something that you’ve been wanting on the retired list, this is last time you’ll be able to order it before it’s gone for good.  

Click here to place your order by midnight tonight using my on-line store.

Sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Sneak Peek: Daisy Delight Bundle

One of my favorite items in the new catalog is the Daisy Punch.  I especially love to layer two punches to make a fuller daisy.  And, to add a little personality to your daisy, try a little sponging and curl a few petals with your bone folder.

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daisy delight card ideas

These cards are made using the Daisy Delight bundle — stamp and punch set.  This cards are just so cheerful that they are sure to brighten someone’s days.

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Unfortunately, I have some bad news and some good news for you.  

The bad news is that the new Daisy punch has been so incredibly popular with Stampin’ Up! demonstrators that it is already sold out!  The good news is that Stampin’ Up! has worked with their supplier to expedite a new shipment that is expected to arrive in late June.  

I will post a note on my blog when the Daisy Punch and the Daisy Delight bundle are available to order.   In the mean time, you will find lots and lots of other great products in the catalog.  And, I’ll design a card using this new punch at my next stamp camp so you’ll have the opportunity to play with this fun bundle.

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


Part 2: Remarkable You

Here is another card that I stamped and colored using my watercolor pencils and a blender pen using the Remarkable You stamp set.

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Staring with 4 x 5-1/4 piece of Whisper White cardstock, I stamped and masked the flower image on the right, then stamped the image on the left.  I used the brush tip of my Basic Black stampin’ write marker to extend the stem.  I added my sentiment in close, and matted this piece on a piece of Old Olive cut to 4-1/4 x 5-1/2.

Next I stamped the blossoms on scrap Whisper White cardstock and colored them using the Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight watercolor pencils and blender pen.  I then fussy cut the blossoms and adhered them with snail and some carefully placed dimensionals.  Notice how the fussy cut flower extends over the left edge of the card. This is an easy way to add instant wow factor to your handmade card.

All of these products are available on my on-line store.  Just click on the tab above.

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





Sneak Peek: At Home with You Bundle

Open the door to your creativity with this “a-door-able” bundle, containing the At Home with You Stamp Set and coordinating At Home Framelits Dies.  

In this 3-minute video, Brandi shows you some of the creative possibilities with this bundle.  Whether you are designing a Christmas card or a congratulations on you new home or something else — you’re going to want this bundle on your wish list because it is just adorable!  

Here is a sample of what you can create.  


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