New Catalog Means New Card Designs!

I’m excited that the new 2016-2017 Stampin’ Up! catalog goes live today! This week I have been working on a card design with some new 2016-2018 In Color card stock and inks and the new Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies for a demonstrator’s swap that I will be participating in this weekend:

Swirly Scribbles Swap Card

The pink sponged centers and the lighter die cut flower image on the right are made with the new Flirty Flamingo In Color ink and card stock, and the taller flower is die cut using the new Peekaboo Peach In Color card stock.

I paired these new colors and dies with the Garden in Bloom stamps that I’ve had for the past year, but it’s fun to get a very different look by using updated products with a well-loved set!

Technique Hints: Want to know how I colored the centers of my die cut swirly flowers? It was easy; I punched a circle in the center of a Post-It note with the 1″ Circle Punch, stuck the mask on my card where I wanted it and then dabbed the ink on lightly with Sponge Daubers! Also, when I stamped the solid part of the leaf image, I stamped the Old Olive ink off onto some scrap paper first before stamping on my card so it would be lighter than the outline of the leaf.

Here is one color scheme used in the Swirly Scribbles Swap card.  Be sure to click on the swatches to see other coordinating products that Stampin’ Up! carries, and check the bottom of this post for all of the new 2016-2018 In Colors:

And here are the products that I used to make my card. You can click on any image and go straight to the online store for more information or easy ordering:

Price: $5.25

The Hostess Code for June is XXPKMTJ7. If you use this code with an online order this month, I’ll send you a reusable card hand stamped by me! (Just be sure to allow demonstrator contact so I’ll know where to send it.)

I’m loving the new 2016-2018 In Colorsespecially Flirty Flamingo and Peekaboo Peach together! What do you think of them, and which is your favorite?

Triple Dipping – in Cards & Cones!

Triple Thank You

When the Stamp Group met this weekend we made a card that we had seen on page 16 of the big Annual Catalog. The card in the catalog example was made with Mint Macaron ink and floral embellishment, but I had a container of Blossom Accents in all of the 2015-2017 In Colors so I let them choose which colors they wanted.

Only three of our six members were able to come and stamp this month, so in my mind I was imagining that everyone would choose the same color – silly me! Of course they all picked something different. It reminded me of a story from my childhood:


When my family and I moved from California to Vermont, for the first few days we were just tourists, driving around stopping here and there, seeing the sights. We stopped at a rural outside eatery and ordered ice cream cones. As we were used to doing in California, I ordered a double, one scoop of one flavor, and another scoop of something different. The girl behind the counter gave me the strangest look, and said slowly, “Well… I guess I can do that,” but I realized immediately that I had crossed over some invisible cultural barrier by asking for something out of the ordinary.

That was so many years ago, long before the excitement of Ben & Jerry’s, and no one would bat an eye at a request like that in Vermont these days!

Dijon Thank You

Anyway, choice and variation make things interesting, wouldn’t you agree? Here are the In Colors that our Stamp Group friends chose for their cards, and the supplies used. If you try this, remember to stamp the ink on the flower image onto scrap paper one time first before stamping on your card so it will be light enough to overstamp the sentiment.

Click on any color swatch to see our coordinating products in that color!


Price: $5.25

Recycling Rubber Stamped Cards

One day recently I showed my co-worker Lindita a birthday card that I’d made for my son and she told me about the card ministry that she is a part of in her church. The ladies in the group all write upbeat personal cards or notes to someone in their congregation who needs cheering up and they put them all in a basket for the recipient to open, one card each day. She asked me if I could provide her with a selection of cards for this purpose.

Recycled Cards

I told her that a really cost-effective way for me to make her some cards would be to use some of the card fronts that I’ve collected in swaps from other demonstrators over the years! While these are still lovely cards, they are made with retired sets that I no longer use as examples with my clients. I mounted the card fronts onto blank cards so they can be recycled and used again.

Card Folder Open

I made a holder for all 15 cards and envelopes out of a regular paper school folder. This is quick and easy to do:

  • First, measure a horizontal line 5 inches down from the top of the folder and score it so that it will fold down over the cards.
  • Next, measure 1″ on each side of the vertical fold line at the top, mark with pencil dots and with a ruler draw a line from those points diagonally down to the edge of the folder where it meets the horizontal fold line. Then cut on the pencil lines with pinking shears or other decorative scissors.

Card Envelope Folder

  • Then fold the flap down, close the holder and tie it up with a pretty ribbon!

Have you ever recycled Card Art? What great ideas do you have for reusing paper crafts that are too beautiful to discard?




Chalkboard Cards – Take Ten Spring 2016

First my stamping colleague Suzanne Delaware messaged me with the news, then I got a call from my card-making partner and sister-in-law, Sherry Pakulski and the message was the same; two of my cards appear on page 125 in the Spring 2016 issue of Take Ten.

Take Ten Layout Challege

I actually designed these cards for the layout challenge that appeared in Take Ten’s Winter 2015 issue. However, I’m happy that they were saved for this issue since they were chosen as a Spotlight feature for the Chalkboard Technique. This is really easy to do; just use white craft ink with a bold stamp on black card stock. The stamps from the Friendly Wishes set are perfect for this type of stamping.

The text says, ” Use white ink on a black background with your favorite stamps to create a cute chalkboard effect. Dry-emboss cardstock and vellum to add beautifully textured elements, and finish your design with plenty of pink patterned papers, flowers, and sweet little hearts.”

I love this layout, and have used it multiple times since making these cards. What colors, papers and elements would you use with this layout design?


A Horse of a Different Color…

…or a card of a different shape – either way something unique is worth a second look!

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Reggie gave me a tri-folded Valentine card this year, so I decide to re-create that shape for an appreciation card with a seaside motif:

Starfish 1

I constructed this card from a 12 x 12 piece of Pool Party card stock, cut to 11 1/2″ x 8″. I stamped the solid starfish shape from the new Picture Perfect stamp set randomly on the outside of the card with Pool Party ink before scoring at 3 3/4″ and 7 5/8″ on the Simply Scored scoring tool. I stamped one more Pool Party starfish on the middle panel inside and cut a little curved edge off the top of the front panel.

The three starfish were stamped on Very Vanilla card stock with So Saffron ink, detail stamped over in Soft Suede ink, then cut out with Paper Snips. The sentiments were stamped in Soft Suede ink on Very Vanilla card stock and attached to the front and inside of the card (inside sentiment is from the Flower Patch set.) I made my own custom sized envelope using the Envelope Punch Board and a piece of Tip Top Taupe In Color Envelope weight paper. Perfect!

What creative shapes would you like to try for card-making?

Here are all of the products that I used to make the Seaside Appreciation card; click on any picture for a description and ordering information:


Here Today, Gone to Maui!

Sometimes y0u want to make a masculine card, but hunting and fishing images just won’t do! Every guy likes leisure time, so here’s a cute idea you can try with decorative paper and this origami pattern.

Maui Shirt

I constructed the shirt with the new Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper from the new Spring Occasions catalog. When I saw those tropical prints I just had to try this!

I cut my decorated paper 8″ x 3 1/2″ and followed the folding directions in the link above. I will say that Stampin’ Up!’s Designer Series Paper is so thick and durable, it will require some special handling if you want to use it:

  1. Make one out of blank printer paper first just to familiarize yourself on how it’s made. Then refer to that one as you make your patterned shirt.
  2. Use a bone folder so the folds and creases will stay sharp.
  3. If you want the collar and inside of the shirt to be the same pattern as the rest, carefully cut the top layers out with your Paper Snips. Otherwise they will be in the pattern of the other side of the paper.

For the red buttons, I used some leftover materials from the November 2015 Paper Pumpkin Kit (they were holly berries!) Good reason to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin – there are always leftover accessories to use later!

Now here’s another idea:

Striped Blouse

See what I did here? Same origami pattern but now it’s a ladies’ blouse!

I decided to try our lighter-weight Envelope Paper on page 149 of the big Annual Catalog. It was a lot easier to fold than the DSP, and because the back of this paper is solid, I didn’t need to cut away anything – the contrasting collar looks fine, and a large pearl adds a finishing touch. I used Watermelon Wonder paper, ink, card stock and Dotted Lace Trim. Mint Macaron is a good complementary color as a background, embossed with the Lovely Lace folder. And the sentiment? Our Alphabet Rotary stamp is great for customizing your messages!

What do you think? Are you ready to decorate your cards with cool shirts? I’d love to see what you come up with!

Here are some of the supplies that I used on my two cards:


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 Two Shirts

Valentine’s Day Treats

Valentine Gifts

Our Stamping Hostess Group met again on Saturday and Valentine’s Day was in the air! We made this card and treat holder:


The red heart card was made with the new Bloomin’ Love stamp set and coordinating Bloomin’ Heart thinlits dies. I first showed this card in an earlier post that you can see here.

Forever  Friends Fry Box

We made this project with the Fry Box Bigz L die and the new First Sight stamp set. Here are some of the other products we used; click on any picture for more info:


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One nice thing about the Fry Box die is that it fits perfectly on just a half sheet of 8 1/2″ x 11″ card stock!
Our Hostess, Nancy, brought some extra treats that she made to share with her stamping friends, a sweet tea cup and mini post-it note holder:
Nancy's projects
Nancy made the tea cup with the Envelope Punch Board, and the post-it note holder with the Scallop Tag Topper Punch. Here are some easy directions for the post-it note project:
1. Cut a piece of card stock to 5″ x 2″.
2. Punch one end with the Scallop Tag Topper Punch.
3. Starting with the flat end, score four lines at 1 1/2″, 2″, 3 1/2″ and 4″.
4. Fold on the score lines and adhere the post-it pad inside.
5. Put a mini-brad on the outside flap. Position it to fasten the scalloped top when closed.
Here are some of the products she used:

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What special projects are you planning for Valentine’s Day?

Fright Night Extra!

Fright Nights

Card on left by Kathy Degree. Card on right by Valory Degree.

Extra, extra, read all about it! I’ve never put up two posts in one day, but tonight is an exception because the mail just came and I received another hand-stamped Halloween card, this time from my sister-in-law Kathy Degree.

Kathy Fright Night

Kathy used black embossing powder on her image, and if you’ll notice she cleverly positioned the tree under a lighter place on the printed paper so it would give the impression of moonlight shining around the owl on the branch. The little extra spots of embossing powder enhance the artsy look of the piece, almost giving it a woodcut appearance.

Valory Fright Night

I made this card a few years ago, so the stamps are retired now, but the technique I used is easy to do with any stamps. Cut a circle out of a scrap of card stock or plain paper with a punch or round die cutter to make a mask. Next, lay it on the panel where you want your moon. Sponge very lightly with ink inside the cut out hole, starting around the edge and working inward, leaving some parts lighter and some darker to give variegation.

Here are some of the materials that I used on my Fright Night card. What other color schemes do you think would look good with this sponged moon (or sun) technique?

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Scrap-Happy Bookmark!

Today I’m going to show you how even small scraps of paper can be made into something useful! Thanks to my friend Leslie for showing me how to make these ingenious bookmarks that go right over the corner of the page:

Bookmark 1

In my last post (see here) I showed you a couple of cards made using the Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper plus Mint Macaron card stock, one of this year’s new In Colors. Of course, whenever you cut your papers to size, there are leftover pieces, and I often use whatever is left on my work table in the next project.

Bookmark 4

The first step is to cut your triangles. Cut the corner of a regular business envelope by marking 3″ along one side with a pencil dot, and 3″ along the other side with another dot. Place both dots along the groove in your paper trimmer and cut along that line. Next, measure 2 3/4″ along one side of a leftover scrap of patterned paper, and 2 3/4″ along the other side, marking with pencil dots. Repeat the cutting procedure to make a slightly smaller triangle than the envelope triangle. Repeat with a coordinating color of plain card stock.

Bookmark 3

After cutting, decorate your plain card stock triangle with stamped images. I used the Garden in Bloom set with Basic Black and Pacific Point ink, and after gluing the triangles onto the front and back of the white envelope triangle, I sponged all of the edges with Mint Macaron ink.

Bookmark 2

The back of the book mark is just as pretty as the front!

Here are the supplies I used to make the corner book mark, in addition to a regular white envelope:

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Watercolor Wings Pop-Up Preview

Watercolor Wings Front

My Stamp Group friends will be coming over again on Saturday and here’s a preview of one project that we will be making. I’d like to give fellow demonstrator Julie Davison credit for sharing instructions on Pinterest for constructing this fun pop-up card that’s easy to make, but so impressive for the recipient!

Watercolor Wings folded

The white piece inside is cut 7 1/2″ x 4 3/4″ and scored down the middle. Small pencil dots are marked on top at 2 1/2″ on either side of the middle score line, and also 2 1/2″ down on the score line. Then a diagonal score line is made on each side, from top dot to middle dot, which allows the card to be folded in a “V” as shown. (Erase the pencil marks after scoring.) After folding, the white card is attached inside a regular sized colored card, and the butterfly is secured to one side of the “V” with a foam dimensional. When the card is closed, the butterfly is folded inside,

Watercolor Wings Open

ready to pop up as the card is opened!

I decided to follow a similar color scheme as the example on page 75 of the Annual Catalog illustrating the Watercolor Wings stamp set used here. Here are all of the materials that I used to make this unique card. Click on any picture for more information or to order:

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