Monday, November 13, 2017

Big News! The Stamparatus is Coming!

I had an amazing time attending the Stampin' Up! On Stage event this weekend in Salt Lake City, Utah. They announced a brand new product called the Stamparatus!  It's different from all other stamping placement tools on the market. This tool will allow you to perfectly place and stamp images - especially multiple stamps!  There are FOUR stamping sides, and you can do the "hinge step" and stamp images down or across perfectly by lifting the plate and moving to the next hinge, ink and stamp, repeat!  And, you can use any size paper.   
Get in ASAP on the FIRST PRE-ORDER period which is this Thursday, November 16 at 3pm. Stampin' Up! is trying something new with the pre-orders to avoid backorders. Here's the scoop:
  • Reservation quantities are while supplies last.
  • Limit is 1 tool per customer per reservation window.  
  • Everyone may participate in multiple reservation windows.
  • In order to reserve your Stamparatus, you are required to provide your credit card information.
  • Credit cards will not be charged until the Stamparatus ships in February. When inventory arrives in the warehouse, SU will add your reservation to a shopping cart. They will then send you an email notifying you that your Stamparatus order is ready. Once you finalize payment and close your order, the system will charge your credit card. Please be sure to choose me as your demonstrator. 

I need product details!
  • Compatible with Stampin' Up!'s red rubber and photopolymer stamp
  • Foam mat to use with photopolymer stamps
  • Rulers and grid lines for quick measuring
  • 2 open sides so you can stamp on larger paper
  • 2 reversible plates: a total of 4 surfaces to work with
  • 2 magnets to hold the paper in place
  • Magnet storage areas
  • Retail Price-$49.00 USD
Why do YOU need one? You'll fall in love with stamping all over again when you learn everything you can do with it!
  • Make multiples with ease
  • Consistently stamp crisp, clean images
  • If you want a darker impression, apply more ink and restamp-no need to start over
  • Make fewer mistakes, saving time and money
  • Easily create 2-step, 3-step, and 4-step stamped images using reversible plates
  • Develop new and specialized stamping techniques with adjustable stamping plates and precision placement
Visit on Thursday and reserve yours! 

Friday, November 10, 2017

Carols of Christmas Stacked Double Z Fold Card

I wasn't really sure what to call this technique. I've seen z fold cards which open up horizontally, but I wanted this one to open up so that it looked like a long sheet of music. The sentiments are stamped from the Carols of Christmas and Merry Little Labels stamp sets and the background is the Music Specialty Designer Series Paper. I used the Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder for the card base. It looks so cozy!
There a couple of subtle differences on these two cards. The first one is matted on Whisper White cardstock and I left off the bling. The second is on a Basic Black mat and I added the Clear Faceted Gems. They look like ice crystals.
Here you can see how it is attached and how it folds flat to fit in a Medium Envelope 5-3/4" x 4-3/8".  The little pine sprigs were cut out in Old Olive using the Christmas Staircase Thinlits Dies.
The measurements for this card are a little bit tricky because I wanted my focal sentiment to be stamped on the largest square from the Stitched Shapes thinlits die. This square has a weird measurement of 2 5/8" (it looks like it's  2 1/2" but it's not). This was throwing off my mat because I wanted a 1/4" all around it. 
Here are the measurements to create this card using the large square from the Stitched Shapes Framelits die as your focal image: 
Whisper White Card Base: 4 1/4" x 11", Score at 2 3/4" and 5 1/2"
Center z fold (black or white mat): 9 3/8" x 3 1/8", Score at 3 1/8" and 6 2/8"
Music Specialty DSP: 2 13/8" x 8 15/8"  Glue to your mat and fold. You don't need to score it first.

I was inspired by a traditional fold card created by Tanya Boser. Please leave a comment and if you would like to order any of the items featured in this post, you can shop at and please choose me as your demonstrator.

  • Stamp Set: Carols of Christmas, Merry Little Labels
  • Colors & Ink: Whisper White, Basic Black, Old Olive, Black Memento
  • DSP:  Music Specialty
  • Embelishments: Clear Faceted Gems
  • Tools: Simply Scored, Stampin' Trimmer, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin' Dimensionals
  • Big Shot: Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies, Christmas Staircase Thinlits

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Stampin Blends and Limited Project Kit are Available!
Say hello to a new world of colorful creativity! Meet Stampin’ Blends, artist-quality alcohol markers in 12 exclusive Stampin’ Up! colors, available in singles or in one light and one darker shade combo pack: Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Night of Navy, Old Olive, Pink Pirouette, Pool Party, Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry and Smoky Slate. Or buy them all in a combo pack! To cover all the blending bases, SU is also offering a limited-time 16-card Color me Happy project kit and stamp set with beautiful line-art images to practice your blending skills. Available while supplies last. Check out the product catalog HERE.

To order any of items featured in this post, please go to and choose me as your demonstrator. 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

We Create Blog Hop - November Step It Up

Hello November! Welcome to our Blog Hop. We are a group of Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators who create a simple project and then a “stepped up” version on the first of every month. I'm featuring the Ready for Christmas Bundle which is available through the Holiday Catalog until January 2, 2018. 
The Ready for Christmas Bundle includes the Ready for Christmas stamp set and the coordinating Christmas Staircase Thinlits Dies. You save 10% when your order them together in the bundle. Just go to and you can choose me as your demonstrator to order any of the items featured in this post.
For the simple card, I used an Old Olive base with a Basic Black Mat and the Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper (also featured in the Holiday Catalog). I cut out the largest square with the Stitched Shapes Framelit die and stamped the images. Then I cut this square with the next to largest framelit. I stuck one of the frames flat, next the image, and then popped up the last layered frame with Stampin' Dimensionals. The cute little dog is stamped and cut out with the matching framelit from the bundle. 
For the stepped up card, I created a gate fold card and added the gate from the Detailed Gate Thinlits Die.  I added little Pearl Basic Jewels embellishments to the red bows. Inside, the sentiment is stamped onto a shape from the Stitched Shape Framelits. 

I played around with this idea a little more and created a flat cardfront (which doesn't open like the gate). I added some garland to the top of the gate and added the snow with the Embossing Paste. I can't get enough of this plaid paper! I hope you enjoyed my creations. Please leave a comment and let me know if you have any questions.   

Thank you so much for stopping by! To see what the other bloggers' stepped up cards look like, hop on over to my creative friend Julie Davidse's blog, Stampin Jul by clicking Next Blog below:
  • Stamp Set: Ready for Christmas
  • Colors & Ink: Basic Black, Whisper White, Old Olive, Real Red, Early Espresso, Black Memento
  • Embellishments: Basic Pearl Jewels, Embossing Paste
  • DSP:  Merry Little Christmas DSP and Merry Music Specialty DSP for the photo background
  • Tools: Blender Pen, Simply Scored, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin' Trimmer, Paper Snips, Stampin' Dimensionals
  • Big Shot: Detailed Gate Thinlits Die, Christmas Staircase Thinlits Dies, Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Quick & Easy Classroom Halloween Treats

These little test tube holders are so quick and easy to put together. I CASED this idea from Chris Slogar's YouTube video. The test tubes are 4 1/2" tall and the card measures 3" x 3" with the test tube inserted.
To create the card base, I cut a piece of Basic Black Cardstock 3" x 6". Then I used the Simply Scored to score at 2 3/8", 3", and 3 5/8". 
Fold the card in half and use paper snips to cut in about an inch on each side to leave the opening for the test tube to slide into the middle or spine of the card. This is where your grid paper comes in handy. I decorated the cover with a Pumpkin Pie base measuring 2" x 2 3/4" and then used different scraps and pieces of the Spooky Night DSP measuring 1 3/4" x 2 1/2". I used the coordinating Cat Punch to punch out the cats from the DSP and fussy cut some of the witch hats.
On the inside I added a piece of Very Vanilla measuring 2 x 2 3/4" and stamped the "Eat at Your Own Risk" sentiment from the Spooky Cat stamp set. 
These came together very quickly. Perfect for making classroom goodies. I added Nerds candy to the test tubes. I just love all of the different pieces of DSP in this pack. It's not late to select expedited shipping and get these for the weekend! Just go to and choose me as your demonstrator.
  • Stamp Set: Spooky Cat
  • Colors & Ink: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Pumpkin Pie, Black Memento
  • Embellishments: Test Tubes, Spooky Night Designer Series Paper
  • Tools: Simply Scored, Snail Adhesive, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin' Trimmer, Paper Snips, Cat Punch

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Spooky Night Fall Recipe Book for College Care Package

Every October I send my college son a care package with pumpkin bread and Halloween treats. I thought it would be fun to include a Fall Recipe book with his favorite Fall recipes like Mom's chili, Touchdown Taco Dip and Beef Stew. 
I got the idea from an old Holiday Recipe book which was created by Kelly Acheson for Craft Project Central. It's created by cutting two pieces of cardstock 6" x 6" and scoring each at 6" and 6 1/2". Then you slide the two pieces together and adhere them to create the trifold book. I've embellished the book with the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper, the Spooky Cat Stamp and the new 7/8" striped ribbon. The title is created with Amy Tangerine Thickers.  The embellishment on the inside right panel was CASE'd from Lauren Alarid at her Crafty Little Peach blog. 
I created the accordion recipe card holder by adhering 8 Very Vanilla envelopes together. Fold the envelope flap backwards so that it is touching the front of the envelope where you would put the address. Attach the first envelope to the center panel. I applied 3 lines of Tear n Tape to the bottom of the flap and the bottom of the envelope. Attach the rest of the envelopes the same way. Each envelope is only adhered to each other with the Tear n Tape at the bottom and on the flap. Before attaching the last envelope, cut of the flap and punch out the front center with half of 1 1/4" circle punch and embellish with ribbon.
The recipe card mat is 5 1/2" x 4 1/2" and the Very Vanilla piece is 1/4" smaller on each side. If you have longer recipes you can cut out that piece like a card,  then fold it and attach for more pages.

Thanks for stopping by. What are your favorite Fall recipes?
  • Stamp Set: Spooky Cat
  • Designer Series Paper: Spooky Night
  • Colors & Ink: Lemon Lime Twist, Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Elegant Eggplant, Tempting Turquoise
  • Embellishments: 7/8" Striped Ribbon, Very Vanilla Envelopes
  • Tools: Cat Punch, Retired Tab Punch, Simply Scored, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin' Trimmer, Paper Snips, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Retired Scallop Edge Punch

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Haunted House

I purchased this awesome MDF wooden haunted house from SA Crafters, LLC at the Great American Scrapbooking Convention in Arlington. When I was a child my favorite pop-up book was a Hallmark book called, A Visit to the Haunted House. Photos courtesy of Google:

So it began, my love for all things Halloween. The base of the house is made of MDF wood, like the fence. I covered it with different woodgrain strips of the Stampin' Up! Wood Textures Designer Series Paper (144177) using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755). I didn't have any wood glue, but to my surprise, this glue even held the wooden house together on the base and the held the fences to it. I created the shingles by punching out lots of circles with Basic Black cardstock using the 1/2" Circle Punch (119869). Black glitter was added over the top. The bats were MDF wood as well and they are attached to craft wire with a glue dot. They wire and bats are painted with black chalkboard paint.
To create the consistent board shapes, I punched out the paper using the Classic Label Punch (141491) and cut off the ends. I added a Window Sheet (142314) which has the spider web stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento (132708) from the retired Happy Scenes set.The doorknob was punched out with the retired Jewelry Tag. I drew the keyhole and added a rhinestone brad.
I inked the openings of the door and windows using a Sponge Dauber (133773) and Black Archival Ink (140931). The vintage people, broomstick and pumpkins came from Tim Holtz Idea-ology.
The Woodgrain DSP is part of the Buy 3 Get 1 Free of Select Designer Series Paper sale that is going on through October. To purchase any of the Stampin' Up! items used to make this project, please visit and choose me as your demonstrator. 
  • Stamp Set: Happy Scenes (retired)
  • Colors & Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento, Black Archival Ink
  • Embellishments: Rhinestone Jewel, Window Sheets
  • Tools:  Multipurpose Liquid Glue, 1/2" Circle Punch, Classic Label Punch, Jewelry Tag Punch (retired)
Thanks for stopping by. Please leave a comment!

Monday, October 2, 2017

A Season Of Style Paper Pumpkin and October Specials all in One Post

Paper Pumpkin is a monthly subscription kit by Stampin' Up! that is mailed right to your door with all of the supplies included. To give you more of what you love, during October and November Stampin' Up! is offering two straight months of perfectly coordinated Christmas cardmaking and gifting projects in the kit. Just order your kit before October 10th.

Two coordinating kits means that 1) You will have everything you need to complete unique holiday cards and gifts, 2) You will have more creative options, and 3) You can get that handmade holiday touch without the fuss. Basically, there are two ways to get a get a Paper Pumpkin kit. You can subscribe monthly or you can add a prepaid kit to your order. If you add a prepaid kit to your order, you can use the price of the kit toward your hostess benefits. And if you order more than $300 you can get the Merry Patterns Stamp Set for free. See below. To learn more about subscribing to Paper Pumpkin here is a link and cute video from Carrie at Stampin' Up!:

Four more October specials are happening now!

- Merry Patterns Stamp Set:

Get the Merry Patterns Stamp Set Item 144973 when you purchase $300 in sales before tax and shipping before October 31st.  

- Buy 3 Get 1 Free of Select Designer Series Paper.
- Get 15% off Note Cards & Envelopes and select stamp sets. 

- Buy 1 Fast Fuse Adhesive (item 129026) and get TWO Fast Fuse refills for free.  Fast Fuse Special No Longer Available

Visit to order and choose me as your demonstrator.

Last, breaking news! Remember Blendabilities? Well they are making a comeback, but they will be called Stampin' Blends. They are alcohol based markers. Demonstrators may preorder them. Stampin' Up! hasn't released a customer launch date yet, but I will keep you posted.  

Sunday, October 1, 2017

We Create Blog Hop - October Step it Up


Welcome to our October Blog Hop! We are a group of Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators who create a simple project and then a “stepped up” version on the first of every month. October 7th is World Card Making Day! So, I'll be showing you two fun Halloween cards created with the new Spooky Night suite from the Holiday Catalog. Be sure to read to the bottom of this post for details on 3 special Stampin' Up! sales this month.   
Stepped up card on the left and simple card on the right.
For the simple card, I cut off the top of the gate from the Detailed Gate Thinlints Die to create the embellishment on the left. I used the moon image from the Spooky Night DSP and cut it down to a 2 3/4" square and matted it onto a 3" square of Basic Black cardstock. I punched out the black cat using the new Cat Punch and stuck him in the tree with a Dimensional. The sentiment is from the Spooky Cat stamp set on Very Vanilila cardstock. It's finished off with a piece of Black Vintage Crochet Trim.
I stepped it up by creating a gate fold card with a piece of Basic Black cardstock measuring 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" then scored the panels at 2 1/8" x 6 3/8". The outside Spooky Night DSP panels measure 1 7/8" x 5 1/4". The main image was created by cutting out a the moon image to measure 3" x 3" and matting onto a 3 1/4" square of Basic Black cardstock. The witch hat was fussy cut from the same DSP pack and adhered to the tree. I cut off two gate tops and two Pumpkin Pie coordinating background pieces using the Detailed Gate Thinlits Die and adhered them to the back of the square. Then the left side of this embellishment was glued to the left panel on the front and the black rhinestone jewels were added.
When you open the card, it's amazing! I love this DSP! I cut off the bottom of the detailed gate and punched out the cat from the DSP and stamped the sentiment onto Very Vanilla cardstock.
Later, I went back and added some creepy black flowers which I cut from the Everyday Jars Framelits. Then, I didn't like it and thought it was a bit too much. But, they were already stuck down. However, I do like the black rhinestone jewels that I added to the sentiment. I think the Cat Punch is Fiona's favorite! 

Thank you for stopping by! To see what the other bloggers' stepped up cards look like, hop on over to my creative friend Julie Davidse's blog, Stampin Jul by clicking Next Blog below:

There are three different SU sales starting today!
1) Buy 3 Get 1 Free of Select Designer Series Paper.
2) Get 15% off Note Cards & Envelopes and select stamp sets.
3) Buy 1 Fast Fuse Adhesive (item 129026) and get TWO Fast Fuse refills for free.

Please choose me as your happy demonstrator when you order from
  • Stamp Set: Spooky Cat
  • Colors & Ink: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Pumpkin Pie, Black Memento
  • Embellishments: Black Rhinestone Jewels, Black Vintage Crochet Trim
  • Tools: Simply Scored, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Fine Tip Glue Pen, Stampin' Trimmer, Paper Snips, Cat Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals
  • Big Shot: Detailed Gate Thinlits Die

Saturday, September 30, 2017

October 1st! Designer Series Paper Sale! Buy 3 Get 1 Free

During October, buy three packages of select Designer Series Paper and get one FREE! This sale includes Designer Series Paper from both the annual and holiday catalogs. And it even includes select Specialty and Designer Series Paper Stacks on sale! Price is USD before tax and shipping. 
Annual (p. 189)144180Just Add Color Specialty Designer Series Paper$13.00
Annual (p. 189)144137Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper$11.00
Annual (p. 189)144118Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper$11.00
Annual (p. 188)144111Be Merry Designer Series Paper$11.00
Annual (p. 188)144163Pick a Pattern Designer Series Paper$11.00
Annual (p. 188)144155Coffee Break Designer Series Paper$11.00
Annual (p. 188)144185Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper$11.00
Annual (p. 188)144110Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper$11.00
Annual (p. 187)144168Petal Garden Designer Series Paper Stack$10.00
Annual (p. 187)144193Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack$10.00
Annual (p. 187)144177Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack$10.00
Holiday (p. 29)144629Christmas Around the World Designer Series Paper$11.00
Holiday (p. 49)144613Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper$11.00

Just Add Color
Delightful Daisy
Birthday Memories
Be Merry
Pick a Pattern
Coffee Break
Naturally Eclectic
Whole Lot of Lovely
Petal Garden
Color Theory
Wood Textures
Christmas Around the World
Painted Autumn
Please visit Stampin' Up! to order any of these beautiful Designer Series Papers and please choose me as your demonstrator!

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