Nature’s Poem Product Suite

The Nature’s Poem product suite celebrates everything that is beautiful in nature with images of majestic trees, leaves and tree rings.  This product suite, found on page 142-144 of the new annual catalog, has beautiful coordinating designer series paper, twine and metallic leaf embellishments which will help you create amazing projects — year round for men or women — using any combination of the following colors:  Blackberry Bliss, Cajun Craze, Grapefruit Grove, Mint Macaron, Petal Pink, Rich Razzleberry, Soft Suede, Tranquil Tide and Whisper White.

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Here’s a Stampin’ Up! video showcasing this gorgeous product suite.

All of these products are available from my on-line store.  And, you can save 10% when you purchase the Rooted In Nature bundle (stamp set & coordinating dies).  Just click on the links provide.

Thanks for stopping by.  Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!



New Catalog is Live!


Oh my!  There is so much to love in the new catalog!  There are 14 new product suites of coordinating products; 80 new stamp sets; 26 new dies, 6 new punches and 7 new embossing folders.  To jazz up your project design, there are 16 new designer series papers, 32 new ribbons and 22 new embellishments.  With the color revamp, you will find 16 fresh new colors, 5 new In-Colors and 6 returning favorite colors to spark your creativity by trying lots of new color combinations.  And, if that isn’t enough, there are 3 new kits, 4 new Memories & More card packs and over 450+ samples to CASE (copy and selectively edit).  Here is a short video highlighting just some of these amazing new products!

Couple of items that I know you’ll want on your wish list:

#1 Stamparatus (Item #146276) — this is a must have tool for all stampers!  It helps you to align your align stamped images perfectly; to mass-produce the same project quickly; and to ensure complete ink coverage.  You may want to order replacement magnets (Item #148213) because these powerful magnets can snap together and crack.


#2 Simply Shammy (Item #147042) — this is a reusable stamp cleaning cloth.  Just rinse in tap water under the sink and wipe your stamps, blocks or Stamparatus clean.  After use, rinse out any excess ink and store in an empty, clear-mount, standard-size stamp case (Item# 119105).  If it dries out, simply rinse under the sink faucet.  The shammy is 100-times better than baby wipes because it leaves no lint, no residue on your stamps.  And, while the cloth will stain with repeated used — that just means it is well loved!

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#3 Clear-Mount Standard Stamp Cases (Item #119105) — Extra stamp cases are great for organizing and storing embellishments (pearls, rhinestones, doilies), dimensionals, watercolor pencils, paper pumpkin stamps and of course you new Simply Shammy.  The printed catalog shows incorrectly shows a higher cost, the correct price is shown on-line is $6 for a set of four stamp cases.  These cases are a great way for storing your items on the shelf with your stamp sets. 

To order any of these great products, just click on the links provided or use the SHOP tab above.  If you have any questions or would like to receive a complementary catalog, please contact me at

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


Sea of Texture Diorama

Ever since I got my pre-order, I have been looking for inspiration for making something extra special with the Sea of Textures Bundle and Tranquil Textures designer series paper.  Making a bridge card provided me with the opportunity to create a 3-D diorama that featured Magical Mermaid with lots of shine and dimension.

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For the mermaid, I stamped her on Whisper White cardstock using VersaMark ink and heat set Gold Stampin’ Embossing Powder.  I colored her arm and back with my Ivory Stampin’ Blends alcohol marker.  Her hair was colored with So Saffron and Clear Wink of Stella.  The torso and tail were colored with Tranquil Tide, with Wink of Stella on the tail fins.  Then, I fussy cut the mermaid, added mini Pearl Jewels to her head dress, and set her aside.

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For the octopus, I stamped him on Soft Sea Foam cardstock using VersaMark ink and heat set using Copper Stampin’ Embossing Powder.  I die cut him using the Under the Sea Framelits Dies, and added two mini Pearl Jewels as his eyes.

For the seaweed, coral, sand dollars and starfish, I used the Under the Sea Framelits Dies in following colors of cardstock Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Tranquil Tide, Mint Macaron and Soft Sea Foam.

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To create the diorama or bridge card, I cut a 4-1/4″ x 8″ piece of Tranquil Tide cardstock, and score it at 1-1/4″ and 2-1/2″ from both ends.  For the side panels, I used Soft Sea Form cardstock (1-1/8″ x 4-1/8″ – qty 2) and some green papers from Tranquil Textures designer series paper (1″x4″ – qty 2).  For the center panel and back, I used Soft Sea Foam (2-7/8″ x 4-1/8″ – qty 2); and for only the center panel, I used more Tranquil Textures designer series paper (2-3/4″x4″ – qty 1).

For the bridge across the front, I used piece of Tranquil Tide cardstock (1-1/4″ x 5-1/2″) and another piece of Tranquil Testures designer series paper ( 1″x5-1/4″).  Hidden behind the bridge, is another piece of Soft Sea Foam (3/4″ x 3-3/4″) and scored at 3/8″ from each end, with some Tear & Tape on each of the folded tabs.  This hidden bridge provides yet another place to decorate for additional dimension.

For the sentiment, I stamped a piece of Soft Sea Form cardstock with Tranquil Tide ink and punched using my Tailored Tag punch.  Then, I decorated the piece as desired using Snail adhesive and Fine-tip glue and of course, lots of Pearl Basic Jewels.

sea of textures diorama front

Obviously, this is not a card that you whip up in a few minutes.  While not difficult, it is time consuming to cut all the panels and to die cut all the sea life. 

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


Another sneak peak: Lilypad Lake

Nothing says summertime more than sailboats and white herons!  Whether you love salt, or fresh water, Lilypad Lake stamp set is sure to please!

lilypad lake by sandy alexander

This card was designed by Inky Angels demonstrator by the name of Sandy Alexander.  She used So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, Sahara Sand and Whisper White.  This card certainly celebrates summertime for me!

Lilypad Lake is a new stamp that will be available to purchase on 1 June from the new 2018-2019 Annual Catalog.

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



Coffee Cafe Gift for a Friend

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At a recent Inky Angels Demonstrator meeting, Bobbie Yoakem demonstrated a matchbook style package that holds a single serving pouch of Duncan Hines microwavable cake mix. She used the Lemon Zest Bundle which was inspired by the Lemon Cake mix she found in her local grocery store. 

To save 10% on the Lemon Zest Bundle, please order before midnight on May 31st.  While Lemon Zest stamp set and lemon builder punch will carry over into the new catalog, the special bundle pricing does not.  So if this is on your wish list, please order using the links provided.

While I could not find the Lemon Cake mix, I did find single serve Duncan Hines Cinnamon Coffee Cake mix (yum!) at my local Wal-Mart.  Thus, the cake mix inspired a slightly modified version using Coffee Cafe Bundle, and the retiring Coffee Break designer series paper.  Similarly while the Coffee Cafe stamp set and Coffee Cup Framelits dies will carry over into the new catalog, the special bundle pricing does not nor does the coordinating designer series paper.  If you’d like to save 10% on the bundle and to purchase the coordinating designer series paper, please order before midnight on May 31st.

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The matchbox measurements are:

  • Card stock – 5 x 11, scoring at 2 ½, 3 and 8
  • DSP (2 pieces) – 4 ¾ x 2 ¾ and 4 ¾ x 2 ¼

The framed front piece measurements are:

  • Old Olive cardstock – 3 ½ x 3 ½
  • Crumb Cake cardstock – 3 ¼ x 3 ¼
  • Scraps of Pool Party, Soft Sea Foam, Soft Suede cardstock
  • 18″ coordinating ribbon

I used glue dots to secure the top of the cake mix pouch inside the matchbox fold, making sure that the bottom of the cake mix pouch sat squarely on the bottom of the matchbox fold. 

The ribbon is inserted between the square framed piece and a scrap of cardstock, and tied at the top.  I did insert two glue dots in the bottom corners for more stability.

I think this will make a thoughtful gift for a friend or co-worker!  Here is a photograph of the cake mix box — since it is so much easier to find it on the grocery shelf when you have an idea what the packaging looks like.  And, the single serve cake mix just requires 3 tablespoons of water (or milk), a spoon for mixing in 12oz microwave-safe coffee mug and a microwave to cook for for 1 minute 30 seconds.  

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


SNEAK PEEK: Abstract Impression

Abstract Impressions stamp set will make you feel like an artist.  This two-step photopolymer stamp set will let you create beautiful flowers and butterflies in dazzling colors to display for all the world to see!  This stamp set is reminiscent of an old favorite red rubber Stampin’ Up set called Spring Garden – a personal favorite.  You’re going to love this new stamp set, especially when paired with Garden Impressions designer series paper and the new rainbow colors in 2018-2020 In-Colors collection!

I love the new Garden Impressions designer series paper and it coordinates so well with  Blueberry Bushel, Call Me Clover and Daffodil Delight inks and some Green Envy ribbon (retired) in my stash of craft supplies.

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Here is the same card in Calypso Coral, Call Me Clover and Daffodil Delight inks with Calypso Coral seam binding ribbon.  The image is stamped on Whisper White cardstock and diecut using Stitched Shapes Framelit dies — for a beautiful framed artwork effect.

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You’re going to make stunning projects crafting with these beautiful colors and wonderful new products — available 1 June from the new 2018-2019 Annual Catalog.  Contact me to day, if you’d like to get your personal copy of the catalog.

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



Paper Pumpkin: May 2018

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Even though I subscribe to Paper Pumpkin, I don’t talk it up like I should.  Each month, a pretty box arrives with everything I need to make a fun project just for me!  After assembly this May’s kit, I thought I’d share the fun!

One of the best things about Paper Pumpkin is that it has wonderful instructions, which you can read or view. 

Another thing that I love about Paper Pumpkin is that each kit has enough product to be creative and do something completely different!  And, that’s what I did with May’s kit called Manly Moments.

And, now Stampin’ Up! is changing things up with Paper Pumpkin to make it more fun and exciting.  I love this idea and you’re going to love it too!

The June 2018 kit will coordinate with a new product suite in Stampin’ Up!’s 2018 Annual Catalog.  How fun is that?! While I can’t yet tell you the name of the product suite….this Stampin’ Up! graphic provides a huge hint….that is, if you have a copy of the new catalog!

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If you don’t have a new catalog, which goes live 1 June, then contact me to receive one!  Here’s some information on subscribing to Paper Pumpkin!

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If you’d like to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin, please use this link.

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


Aqua Painters

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Aqua painters are an essential tool for paper crafters, especially if you enjoy water coloring techniques.   There are two painters in a set — precision tip and wide brush tip.  The precision tip lets you create intricate details and effects on all your projects by just dabbing the water-filled brush in water-based inks or water color pencils.  The wide brush tip lets you prepare your watercolor paper to accept ink or to create a soft watercolor wash as your background.  Plus, it can be used to add shading or highlight features on your watercolor project.  A gentle squeeze is all that necessary to control the flow of water for watercolor wash, activating watercolor and adding artistic designs and effects.  

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Different Ways to Use Your Aqua Painter 

  1. To watercolor using the top of your ink pad lid as a pallet.  With a closed ink pad, squeeze your ink pad so that the inside of the lid comes in contact with the ink pad.  When you open your ink pad, you can use the inside of the lid as your own pallet.  Now squeeze a drop of water along one edge of the ink spot and mix with the water, leaving the other side concentrated.  Now you have ability to pick up more concentrated ink or diluted ink to add shading or highlights.
  2. To create a watercolor effect using inked stamps.  Before stamping, brush water on an inked stamp before stamping.  This will give you a soft watercolor effect like an artist.  
  3. To create a watercolor effect on paper by activating the ink from a stamped image.  Just a damp brush will activate the ink on the paper for subtle coloring.
  4. To create splatter a splatter background.  Add a drop of reinker to a clear block, add some drops of water from the aqua painter and mix.  Then, flick the watery ink off the block onto your cardstock.  
  5. To create a watercolor wash.  There are lots of ways to do this.  First, lightly color with your watercolor pencils and brush over top with the aqua painter.
  6. To seal envelopes — simply brush the damp aqua painter along the glued edge of the envelope flap and you’ll never have to lick that awful glue again!

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Tip:  Keep a paper towel or Absorber cloth handy so that you can wipe your brush – either to dry it (if too wet) or to clean it before switching colors.

Tip:  you may need to let your piece dry before adding layers of color to minimize bleeding colors or creating a muddy mess.

aqua painters water color wash

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


Quick Tip: Storing Your New Ink Pads

Today, I spent the entire day re-organizing my craft room to make room for all the new goodies in the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog.  It was so much fun sorting through all the beautiful colors of cardstock, and putting them in rainbow order.  All the new colors are just gorgeous.  I can’t wait to try some new color combinations!

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If you have invested in the Stamp-N-Storage ink pad holders, here is a quick tip.  The new Stampin Up ink pads are just a tiny bit shorter than the older ink pads.  So, I cut some drinking straws into 3-inch long segments. 

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Simply insert two straw segments into each slot, and slide your ink pad in.  

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The straw segments will act as spacers in the back of the ink holder.  Now, your new ink pads will rest at the edge of the slot — making it so much easier to slide out.  Drinking straws are so inexpensive.  If you’re lucky like me, you probably have a few lying around in a kitchen drawer.  So, this is a really quick and easy fix.

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If you are unfamiliar with Stamp-N-Storage, then you need to check them.  I have been a long time loyal customer for years and years.  Their organizational products are simply the best!  With all the new wonderful Stampin’ Up! products in the new catalog, I purchased three new pieces — Punch holder and Side-by-Side Marker Holder that fits perfectly in my IKEA Kallax shelving unit plus the Wafer Die Storage (medium box with lid) for storing new dies and embossing holders.  I love having every organized and at my fingertips when I’m crafting.   

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