Background Bits

The delicate floral themes of the Background Bits Stamp Set lends itself to elegant themed cards and projects. Perfect whether the stamps create your background, your focal point, or anything else.  Background Bits stamp set is a host stamp set.  They are exclusive, time-limited (based on the catalog sales period) and an exceptional value!

Below, I used Berry Burst, Emerald Envy, Crumb Cake to design a tag for a gift bag and a coordinating note card to dress up a plain white gift bag.

background bits 3 bag and tag

Although host sets were designed to encourage you to host a party and invite your friends over to stamp, here are two options for earning these wonderful stamp sets without hosting a party.

Option 1:  Place an order of $150 in Stampin’ Up! products and automatically earn Stampin’ Rewards just as if you had hosted a party!  You will earn 10% of your purchase in Stampin’ Rewards and have your choice of products from in the current catalog, including the exclusive host stamp sets.  Or,

Option 2:  Book an on-line party with me.  I will provide you with a host code and shopping instructions to share with your friends.  It usually it only takes one or two small orders — in addition to your own — to reach that magic $150 mark and earn those Stampin’ Reward benefits!

However if you like the social aspects of hosting a party, we can do it at your house or at my house!  Just let me know how you’d like to earn those benefits.

Host sets come in an array of styles – so there is something for everyone.  Host sets can be found on pages 219-223 in your catalog.

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


Colorful Seasons

Colorful Seasons and Color Theory Product Suite

Have you looked at the nature-inspired colors and images on Page 146-147 in your Annual Catalog.  The Colorful Season stamp set has all of the beautiful seasons – spring, summer, fall and winter – wrapped into ONE  great stamp set.  The Seasonal Layers Thinlit die set enhances your design with coordinating dies with just a few turns of the Big Shot handle. The Color Theory Designer Series paper stack has beautiful seasonal colors in Berry Burst, Crushed Curry, Dapper Denim, Old Olive and Whisper White using colorful designs – a paint chip style, ombre color variation, wood grain and paint crackle.

I just love, love, love this product suite for the following reasons.

  • It can be used year round for any occasion – birthdays, encouragement, thinking of you, sympathy, get well, retirement….the possibilities are endless.
  • 24-piece photopolymer stamp set that works with multiple techniques, including 2-step stamping with six fabulous sentiment stamps with wonderful fonts!
  • 17-piece Layering Framelits dies — solid and lacy maple leaves, delicate snowflakes, beautiful blossoms, rugged tree branch, relaxing Adirondack chair and scallop edge piece.
  • Plus, it coordinates with matching ribbons, glitter enamel dots and 72-piece memories & more card pack with extra embellishments.

All of these items and more are available for purchase using my on-line store.

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


Sneak Peek: Carols of Christmas

For the month of August, you have the special opportunity to purchase the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set, Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies, or both in a bundle (and save 10%) a month before it is even released in the holiday catalog.

***If you earned Bonus Day coupons in July, they can be used to purchase these products.  Just click on the SHOP tab above or any of the links.


The stamp set includes two large sentiments which can be the focal point of your card design.  Here, I showcased the sentiment with silver heat embossing powder with simple layers of Whisper White, Tranquil Tide, Silver Foil and Vellum cardstock and bow tied with Cherry Cobbler satin ribbon (retired).

This stamp set is so versatile that it can be used for years to come!  The first card design is just a classic design with traditional colors — .  And, here is another card design using the exact same sentiment — do you think anyone would recognize it from the previous year?  Probably not.

carols of Christmas 2

For this second card, I sponged a piece of Whisper White cardstock with Night of Navy, Pacific Point, Rose Red, Peekaboo Peach and Garden Green ink.  Next, I stamped the tree image from Lovely as Tree using Archival Basic Black ink.  After waiting for the sponged ink to dry, I  swiped my Embossing Buddy are the card front piece to prevent extra embossing powder from sticking to my project.  Then, I stamped the sentiment in VersaMark, applied silver embossing powder and heat seat the sentiment with my heat tool.  To create the skyline, I first die cut the moon and stars from the Card Front Builders thinlits and then matted the piece on Silver Foil to allow the moon and stars to shine through the die cut holes.

And here is a quick video with other great card making ideas from Stampin’ Up!  You’ll love the idea on how to dress up the family photo!

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




CASE-ing Birthday Blooms

CASE – Copy And Share Everything or Copy And Selectively Edit

In the world of paper crafting, there is no shame in copying.  In fact, Stampin’ Up! encourages it.  As the card designer, you can copy a project exactly or you can change some of the elements to adapt it.  For instance, you could substitute a different stamp set, use different colors of inks and cardstock, change the layout (portrait or landscape orientation) or relocate images (from bottom-right to top-left).

And, the best place to look for inspiration is your catalog!  Here is the card image from page 70 using Birthday Blooms stamp set.

For the background, the floral image is stamped twice with Crumb Cake ink on Crumb Cake cardstock.  The floral image is them stamped on Thick Whisper White card stock using Crumb Cake.  A blender pen or aqua painter was used to apply Old Olive to the leaves.  The floral image was fussy-cut and popped-up on dimensionals with the sentiment stamped in Soft Suede.


Using the above catalog image for inspiration, I created the background piece as described above and added a birthday sentiment from the same stamp set.  Next, I made a design decision to heat set the floral image using gold embossing  powder on Thick Whisper White cardstock to create a raised gold outline image.  I used my aqua painter to color the image using Melon Mambo and Old Olive.  I also used my watercolor pencils to deepen the color when necessary.  I then fussy cut the image, adhered it to the background piece and matted it with Melon Mambo cardstock.

birthday blooms for megan

And when I was done, I had a lovely birthday card for my wonderful daughter!

With CASE-ing, you can take an idea from any kind of project and create something completely different.  For example, the method used to create the card background above (Crumb Cake ink on Crumb Cake cardstock) can be used to dress up a plain paper gift bag with a similar or contrasting ink color.  

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


Dimensionals – Regular, Mini and Strips

What are Dimensionals?  Double-sided, adhesive foam dots that instantly bond and create depth and dimension to your craft project.  These days, dimensionals come in different shapes and sizes — Regular come in 3/8″ hexagon dots, Minis are 1/4″ hexagon dots and Foam Strips are 1/8″ wide by 9″ long strip.  They can be mixed, matched and cut to fit.   They are perfectly sized for all your crafting needs – to pop up various design elements and to create shaker cards!

These items are available from my on-line store.  Just click on the SHOP tab above or the link below.

Regulars #104430

Minis #144108

Foam Strips #141825

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!


Don’t miss out on these July Promotions!

promotion - bonus days


EARN IN JULY, from July 1 – 31! 

  • For every $50 spent, you’ll earn a $5.00 Bonus Days coupon that you can redeem between August 1 – 31, 2017.
  • Keep Your Codes!  Save both the electronic copy of email containing your Bonus Days coupon codes AND a printed version of the email to put some place safe.
  • Codes cannot be re-sent, recovered or transferred.  Bonus Days coupon codes can only be delivered via your email.
  • No Limit!  There is no limit to the number of coupons you can receive per order or the number of orders you place throughout the duration of the promotion.

REDEEM  IN AUGUST, from Aug 1 -31!

  • No Limit!  There is no limit on the number of coupons you can use on an order during redemption.
  • What Will You Use Your Coupon Codes For?  Bonus Days coupon codes can be redeemed for any Stampin’ Up! product and brand new prepaid Paper Pumpkin kits (1, 3, 6 and 12 month fixed subscriptions).  Coupons cannot be used on Starter Kits, Stampin’ (Host) Rewards and existing Paper Pumpkin month to month subscriptions.  

Carols-of-Christmas samples


Not only will you save 10% when you bundle between August 1 and 31, you may use your Bonus Days coupons to purchase the Carols of Christmas items (or your choice of products).  

Christmas in July promotion


The $99 Starter Kit is a fabulous way to purchase $125 worth of Stampin’ Up! products, and in July you’ll recieve an additonal $72 worth of BONUS products in the Free Essentials Gift Pack!  What’s in the Free Essentials Gift Pack:  two D-sized acrylic blocks, snips, grid paper, snail adhesive, bone folder and Carols of Christmas stamp set.  And, Stampin’ Up! will ship it directly to your home for FREE for even more savings!

Plus, there is no risk, no penalty to drop and no obligation to purchase anything further.  Contact me to learn more.

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





Hello Friend Embossing Project Kit

Recently, I taught a stamp camp using the Hello Friend Embossing Project Kit and Hello Friend stamp set.  This was a great way to step-up my cardmaking and share several different embossing techniques to make the cards in the kit.

hello friends kit

This kit contains all the supplies to make 15 cards – three of each design.  To make this kit, you need the following items:  Hello Friend stamp set plus have Calypso Coral, Peekaboo Peach and Powder Pink pads, VersaMark pad, aqua painters, dimensionals, glue dots, snail adhesive, stamp-a-ma-jig, heat tool, grid paper and strip of cardstock.

Tip #1:  Use the stamp-a-ma-jig tool to perfectly place sentiments on each of the punched label pieces by first temporarily holding the label punch in place with a tiny bit of snail adhesive.

hello friends kit 6

Tip #2:   Temporarily adhere the “hello die cut” to strip of cardstock before covering it with VersaMark – now, you’ll have something to hold so that you won’t smudge the embossing powder or burn your fingers while using the heat tool!

hello friends kit 5

Tip #3:  Hello Friend stamp set will make a lovely Christmas Card.  Versamark on Old Olive cardstock shows up darker.  With clear embossing powder, the stamped image looks like Always Artichoke, so I matted the piece with Always Artichoke cardstock and added some Natural Trim ribbon with gold metallic center.

hello friends kit 4

This stamp set has lots of possibilities, and the embossing kit will give you lots of supplies to make a bunch of cards to have on hand.  All of these items are available for purchase using my on-line store.

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