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Posted on September 16, 2017

Two Stampin’ Up! Embossing Videos You Will Love!

Die Cut/ Holidays / Special Days/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Happy Saturday stamping peeps! If today is a lazy kind of kick back day, take a peek at Two Stampin’ Up! Embossing Videos You Will Love! Brandy and Andrea from the Home Office share some great tips and techniques.

Embossing Techniques


Faux Metal Embossing Technique

Being a “visual learner, I love watching videos that teach AND inspire my own creativity.

Here are the products shown in the Faux Metal Embossing video.

Below are the products shown in the Embossing Techniques video.

Finally, here are two projects which use heat embossing. I hope they inspire you to start creating today!

Two Stampin' Up! Embossing Videos You Will Love!Two Stampin' Up! Embossing Videos You Will Love!

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Posted on September 4, 2017

My Three Favorite “Non-Paper” Things to Stamp

Die Cut/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques/ Tuesday Tips

Happy Tuesday friends! Do you every get in a rut of stamping the same ‘ol cards and maybe gift tags? Today I wanted to shake things up a bit and give you some new inspiration by sharing My Three Favorite “Non-Paper” Things to Stamp.

My Three Favorite "Non-Paper" Things to Stamp On

Stamped Coasters make a lovely gift for any occasion and you can make them with minimal supplies.

  • 4 x 4 natural stone tiles, tumbled would be best since the edges will be soft and rounded.  You can find these at any home improvement store for about $.25 apiece
  • Permanent ink; StazOn works great. You can also use regular die ink but it can be tricky to seal.
  • Stamps
  • Modge Podge or a sealer made for natural stone.
  • Felt or rubber “feet”


1. Clean the tiles with a damp paper towel, and let dry completely.

2. Ink up your stamp and press firmly to the tile. You can do multaiple layers like shown above, but be sure to let each layer dry completely.

3. Once the ink is dry, apply the sealer, following the product’s directions. You may want to do multiple coats.

4. Add the felt or rubber feet to the bottom of each tile.

5. Once your tiles are done, place in a pretty gift bag or just tie some fancy ribbon around the set, add a gift tag and your gift is ready to give!

My Three Favorite "Non-Paper" Things to Stamp On

How about an altered Composition Notebook with a matching pen? Most “big box stores” have these notebooks and they are often on sale for $.50 apiece. In this example, the paper is cut by tracing around the cover and then adhering to the front using Tombow Multi-purpose glue. You definitely want to use an adhesive that won’t come apart. The notebook “spine” is not altered here, but you can cover it with paper or even ribbon. Mulberry paper also works well. The pen is an “RSVP” brand. Cut a piece of matching paper to fit inside the pen (usually 4″ x 2″ or so). Unscrew the barrel of the pen and insert the paper (you’ll need to roll it up tightly). Take a roll of sticky tape and tightly wrap around the decorated part of the pen. Roll in clear micro beads. You will have to roll more than once to make sure entire surface is covered.

My last idea is to create a piece of framed art.

My Three Favorite "Non-Paper" Things to Stamp On

My camera wasn’t cooperating today, but I think you get the idea. I incorporated lots of images from the Holiday Catalog, along with some of my retired favorites. I use a 12″ x 12″ display frame so that I can have 3D items, not just flat, stamped images. When you create framed art, make sure you allow for the edges around the frame when cutting your paper. One of my stamp clubs spent a day creating these and we had so much fun! Nothing better than crafting with friends!

I hope I’ve inspired you today by sharing My Three Favorite “Non-Paper” Things to Stamp.


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Posted on August 31, 2017

Carols of Christmas Sampler – Great Gift Idea

Die Cut/ Holidays / Special Days/ Paper crafting

Carols of Christmas Sampler – Great Gift Idea!

Hey stampers! I have a great gift idea for you today.

Carols of Christmas Sampler - Great Gift Idea

This Carols of Christmas Sampler would make such a perfect handmade gift! It’s easy to assemble and, if you get started now, BEFORE the holidays sneak up on you, you’ll have much more time to ENJOY the season! 🙂

The Carols of Christmas Bundle is available as an “early release” Holiday Catalog item so why not grab it today and save 10%.  The stamp set and thinlits dies are also sold individually.

I’ve included instructions, including measurements, and a supply list. Everything is available at my online store.  In addition, don’t forget there are still lots of items in the Clearance Rack, with discounts up to 60%!


  • Stamp SetsCarols of Christmas Stamp Set (w-144801, c-144804); Bundle (w-146036, c-146037)
  • Card Stock – Marina Mist Card Stock (119682); Night of Navy Card Stock (100867); Soft Sky Card Stock (131203); Chocolate Chip Card Stock (102128); Shimmer White Card Stock (101910); Whisper White Card Stock (100730)
  • Stamp Pads – Marina Mist Ink (126962); Night of Navy Ink (126970); Soft Sky Ink (131181)
  • Misc. – Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper (135315); Silver Glimmer Paper (135314); Silver Foil (132178); Big Shot (143263); Precision Base Plate (139684); Card Front Builder Thinlits (144674); Starlight Thinlits (141840); Softly Falling Embossing Folder (139672); Sponge Dauber (133773); Aqua Painter (103954); Rhinestones (144220); Night of Navy 5/8” Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon (144189); Dimensionals (104430); Mini Dimensionals (144108); Mini Glue Dots (103683); 8”x8” frame (non Stampin’ Up!)


  • Marina Mist Card Stock:            8” x 8”; 2¾” x 3¾”
  • Night of Navy Card Stock:        3” x 4”; 3” x 3¼” (2); 3¼” x 4¼”; 1¼” x 4”
  • Soft Sky Card Stock:     2¾” x 3” (2); 1” x 3¾”; 1½” x 3¾”
  • Shimmer White Card Stock: 3” x 4”
  • Whisper White Card Stock: 1½” x 2” scrap
  • Chocolate Chip Card Stock: 1” x 1” scrap
  • Silver Foil:  3” x 4” scrap
  • Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper: 3” x 4” scrap
  • Silver Glimmer Paper: 1½” x 2” scrap



  1. Emboss Shimmer White with Softly Falling Embossing Folder.
  2. Watercolor wash a background. Use Soft Sky, Marina Mist, and Night of Navy inks in that order. Allow to dry.
  3. Adhere Shimmer White to Night of Navy (3¼” x 4¼”).
  4. Cut the detailed star from Silver Foil. Use the Precision Base Plate to avoid “bumps” on the star. Keep scrap to die cut other items.
  5. Use Mini Dimensionals to adhere star.
  6. Add rhinestones.

Peace on Earth

  1. Ink stamp with Marina Mist. Use Sponge Dauber to add Night of Navy to the edges. Stamp on Soft Sky (3” x 3¼”).
  2. Stamp sparkles in the background with Soft Sky ink.
  3. Adhere to Night of Navy (3¼” x 3½”).

Snow Scene

  1. Cut moon and stars from Marina Mist.
  2. Adhere Marina Mist to Night of Navy (3” x 4”).
  3. Tear the Soft Sky (1½” x 3¾”) strip. Adhere to bottom of Marina Mist.
  4. Cut trees from the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper. Keep scrap to die cut other items.
  5. Cut deer from Chocolate Chip.
  6. Adhere pieces to the scene. Use Dimensionals and Mini Dimensionals to pop up a tree and the deer. 


  1. Stamp ornaments with Soft Sky on Soft Sky (1” x 3¾”).
  2. Adhere Soft Sky to Night of Navy (1¼” x 4”).
  3. Stamp ornaments with Night of Navy on Whisper White scrap. Cut out with die.
  4. Cut out one set of ornaments from Silver Glimmer paper and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper.
  5. Adhere ornaments to background. Adhere some with Mini Dimensionals. Some may need to be adhered after the sampler is all adhered in order to overlap. 

Deck the Halls

  1. Ink stamp with Night of Navy and stamp on Soft Sky (3” x 3¼”).
  2. Adhere to Night of Navy (3¼” x 3½”).
  3. Cut holly leaves from scrap Silver Foil.
  4. Adhere holly leaves to Soft Sky. Use Mini Dimensionals to pop up one of the leaves.
  5. Add rhinestones as holly berries.
  6. Dry fit all pieces onto the 8” x 8” Marina Mist piece.
  7. Stamp sparkles at the bottom between the star piece and the Deck the Halls piece.
  8. Adhere all the pieces as shown in the photo. Add any additional ornaments to overlap.
  9. Tie Night of Navy ribbon into a bow. Adhere to the project with Mini Glue Dots.
  10. Add to the frame.

Of course, feel free to change up the colors and use my instructions and measurements to create your own sampler!

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Posted on August 24, 2017

Today in History: August 24 and Happy Fall

Big Shot/ Die Cut/ Holidays / Special Days/ Paper crafting

Today in History: August 24

First of all, Hurricane Harvey is barreling towards our southern Texas coast. Hopefully it will lose some steam when it hits land. The weather folks are saying there is nothing to push it up or eastward so it might hang around for awhile. I’m sure my customers and downline will seize the opportunity to stay inside and craft!

As a result of being a bit of a history buff I looked up to see Today in History: August 24 for other years. What I found was pretty interesting!

Today in History: August 24

This is the 1992 Hurricane Andrew at peak intensity over the Bahamas on August 23. It hit landfall in South Florida on August 24. Some interesting facts I found:

  1. Hurricane Andrew had humble beginnings, starting as a tropical wave off the west coast of Africa on Aug. 14, 1992. Hurricane Harvey also started as a Tropical Storm.
  2. The hurricane made landfall near Homestead in the early morning hours of Aug. 24, 1992. Hurricane should make landfall in the early hours of Saturday, August 26.
  3. Warnings of Hurricane Andrew’s arrival led to massive evacuations across Florida, Louisiana and Texas. In South Florida, 55,000 left the Florida Keys, 517,000 abandoned Miami-Dade County, 300,000 left Broward County, and 315,000 fled Palm Beach County.
  4. Hurricane Andrew’s winds were thought to be 145 miles per hour at its height, but the data was revisited in 2002 and determined to be 165 miles per hour. This bumped the hurricane’s previous ranking from a Category 4 to a Category 5. The storm is now expected hit the central Texas coast with a combination of winds of 115 miles (185 km) per hour and heavy rains
  5. The morning of Aug. 24, 1992, a storm tide of 4 to 6 feet was measured in Biscayne Bay. Heights as high as nearly 17 feet were measured at the waterfront Burger King International Headquarters.
  6. In Florida, almost 8 inches of rain came down in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties. The most rainfall from Hurricane Andrew was in Hammond, La. with almost 1 foot of rain. Harvey will cause a storm surge that will flood parts of the Texas coast as it makes landfall and linger for days over the state, dumping up to 30 inches (76.2 cm) of rain in some areas

Seems like there are so many similarities here;  perhaps I should have been a meteorologist…lol!

Even though we are several hours from hurricane season in south Texas, our weather here in Dallas is definitely showing signs of Fall. So, I thought today’s project needed an autumn theme. In addition, I surely do love my Pumpkin Spice Lattes, how about you?

Today in History: August 24

The Merry Café Stamp Set coordinates beautifully with the Coffee Café Photopolymer Bundle in the 2017-2018 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. I love suggesting products that work well together, saving my customers money! If you missed yesterday’s  “Fresh Eyes On Your Crafting Supplies” post, click here to read helpful tips on using (and even saving money with) your ink pads.

Instructions, including supplies and measurements for today’s card follow. Everything can be purchased online at my Stampin’ Up! store. Happy shopping! 🙂


  • Stamps: Merry Cafe Stamp Set [144965]
  • Ink : Garden Green [126973] , Cajun Craze [126965] , Early Espresso [126974]
  • Card Stock : Crumb Cake [120953] , Early Espresso [119686] , Very Vanilla [101650] , Peekaboo Peach [141417] , Garden Green [102584], Painted Autumn DSP [144613]
  • Tools & Adhesive : Coffee Cups Framelits Dies [143745], Linen Thread [104199], Stampin’ Dimensionals [104430], Glue Dots [103683]


Cutting Measurements:

  • Crumb Cake: 4 ¼ x 11” card base; 2 x 2 for sentiment
  • Early Espresso CS: 3 x 4 ”
  • Vey Vanilla CS: 2 ¾ x 3 ¾ ”
  • Peekaboo Peach: 2 ½ x 3 ½ for coffee cup
  • Garden Green: scrap for straw toper
  • Designer paper: design with squares -2 x 4 ¼ “ for card front, early espresso design – scrap for die cutting the lid, design with pumpkins – scrap to cut pumpkins



  1. Create card front from Crumb Cake CS by scoring at 5 ½”.
  2. Lay down designer paper on top of the card front, do not adhere yet, just mark approximately where it will be. Stamp outlined leaf in Garden Green ink on top and bottom of the marked lines. Repeat the same with flourish image using Cajun Craze ink. Randomly stamp splatter image with Early Espresso ink. Adhere designer paper to the stamped Crumb Cake card front. Set aside.
  3. Stamp “Happy fall” image into scrap of crumb cake and cup image on peekaboo peach CS with Cajun craze ink. Die cut both imaged. Die cut cup lid from early espresso designer paper. Dies cut straw toper from garden green paper.
  4. Adhere Very vanilla piece to Early Espresso piece.
  5. Stamp outlined leaf in Garden Green on the die cut cup. Adhere cup to the center of very vanilla piece, adhere sentiment to the cup front. Add lid with dimensionals and straw toper with glue dot. Adhere everything to the card front with dimensionals.
  6. Fussy cut the pumpkins from designer paper. Adhere them with dimensinals to the bottom right corner of the card.
  7. Make a bow from linen thread, adhere to the pumpkin with glue dot folded in half.

Thanks for stopping by today and if I can help you at all, please do give me a shout!


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Posted on August 18, 2017

Sharing Sweet Thoughts

Die Cut/ Paper crafting/ People/ Projects

Happy Friday stampers! I love the name of the stamp set for today’s project; Sharing Sweet Thoughts. If you turn your 2017-2018 catalog to page 223, you’ll find this cute set.

I think the images in this stamp set are adorable. Beyond that, it is the Ronald McDonald House Charities set for 2017-2018, so that makes it especially near and dear to me. Each time the Sharing Sweet Thoughts stamp set is purchased, $3.00 is donated by Stampin’ Up! to the RMCD Charities. To date, $1.5 million dollars has been donated. I am beyond proud to be associated with such a philanthropic-minded company!

I love the simplicity of this card. The small touches of black really set off the Pear Pizzazz.

Something else to note, there is another product, Everyday Jar Framelits,  that coordinates perfectly with this stamp set. In fact, the Everyday Jar Framelits has coordinated with quite a few stamp sets, making it “more stamp-ING for less cha-CHING! 🙂

I’ll share the products and measurements used for this card below and a link to our Artisan Blog Hop. I hope after seeing my project and all the ideas at the blog hop, you might consider adding this stamp set, and maybe even the framelits to your collection. You’ll get some fun new “toys” and your contribution from the sale of the stamp set will help some very deserving children and their families! If you click on the stamp set picture below my instructions you’ll easily be able to order Sharing Sweet Thoughts stamp set.


  • Stamp Sets – Sharing Sweet Thoughts C (144051); W (144048)
  • Card Stock –   Thick Whisper White (140272); Pear Pizzazz (131201); Basic Black (121045)
  • Stamp Pads – Tuxedo Black Momento (132708); Pear Pizzazz (131180); Real Red (126949)
  • Misc. – Everyday Jar Framelits (141490); Big Shot (143263); Hexagons Dynamic Embossing Folder (143231); Blender Pens (102845); Wink of Stella Glitter Brush (141897); Linen Thread (104199); Stampin Dimensionals (104430)


  • Card Stock: Thick Whisper White 4 1/4” x 11”, folded in half
  • Scrap of Whisper White to run thru the Big Shot for jar and lid
  • Pear Pizzazz 3 x 4”
  • Basic Black ½ x 3” and 3 ¼ x 4 ¼”


  1. Score and fold the Thick Whisper White
  2. Stamp the jar and lid on scrap piece of Whisper White
  3. Run the jar and lid through the Big Shot
  4. Stamp the images in the jar
  5. Color the images with ink and blender pen and add Wink of Stella
  6. Run the embossing folder through the Big Shot
  7. Attach the ½” layer to the embossed layer
  8. Adhere the embossed layer with Dimensionals to the Basic Black layer and adhere to the card
  9. Add Linen thread to the lid and attach to the jar

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