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Posted on March 4, 2018

Lots to Love Box Framelits Dies Easter Style

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

Hi stampers! Today's project is a Lots to Love Box Framelits Dies Easter Style! I saw this idea from UK Demo Monica Gale and changed it up to make it my own.

Lots to Love Box Framelits Dies Easter Style

Aren't these fun? I did a Facebook LIVE today and you can see how I made these cute little critters.

The Lots To Love Box Framelits Dies are in our current Occasions catalog. Don't forget, you can still get free Sale-A-Bration products until March 31 when you spend at least $50…and there's no limit on how many free gifts you can earn!

Now is also a great time to check out all the benefits of joining the Stampin' Up! family; there is an extra perk of any two stamp sets out of any of our catalogs as an extra freebie.

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Posted on March 3, 2018

Same Stampin’ Blends Different Look – Coloring Techniques

Stampin' Blends/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Same Stampin' Blends Different Look – Coloring TechniquesHappy Saturday Stampers! I've been working on samples today that show some coloring techniques and tips using Stampin' Up!'s Alcohol Markers, Stampin' Blends.

Same Stampin' Blends Different Look - Coloring Techniques

Both samples were done with light and dark Blends in Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive. The one on the right was stamped on Whisper White cardstock and the one on the left with Sahara Sand. Notice the subtle difference? The Sahara Sand is a more fibrous cardstock so the ink in the markers soaks in a bit more. The colors also look darker, even though I colored both images in the same manner. I like to start with the lighter color first and the lay down my darker shade when I want more contrast. You could easily do it the opposite way if you prefer.

Take a look at my video on Facebook and you'll see a few more tips.

If you need any supplies, including the Stampin' Blends, you can purchase them at my online store.

Now, off for a walk to enjoy the sun!

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Posted on March 2, 2018

Wardrobe Malfunction – Rhinestones to the Rescue!

Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Wardrobe Malfunction – Rhinestones to the Rescue! HA! Do I have your attention? Now, this is not a wardrobe malfunction of Olympic proportions but it sure caused me just a wee bit of pause this morning!

I was getting ready for work, wanting to wear a “blingy” t-shirt that hasn't seen the light of day in awhile. I put it on and…GASP!

Wardrobe Malfunction - Rhinestones to the Rescue!

Do you see it? The grey spot in the middle where there SHOULD be a rhinestone? If your eyes are quite sharp you will see a few other little grey spots…but, I digress.

I doubt my co-workers would be looking that closely but…I knew my shirt was missing some of its bling.

AHA I said to myself. What would any self respecting Stampin' Up! demonstrator do? Why, march into the craft room, take out a package of rhinestones, a pair of Paper Snips and start fixing this “wardrobe malfunction”! That's just what I did!


TADA! Here's the finished piece…not bad!


As I looked more closely I saw some of the copperish rhinestones were also missing. Hmmm…Stampin' Up! doesn't sell those.

AHA! We DO sell Stampin' Blends that work beautifully for coloring rhinestones. So, I took out my Bronze marker and got to work. Here is the result.

Wardrobe Malfunction - Rhinestones to the Rescue!

Moral of my story today? Your craft room has an answer for all of life's problems…well, not really. But, it does hold the key to some small fixes!!

Have a TIGGERiffic day my friends!

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Posted on February 5, 2018

Heartfelt Blooms Distinktive Stamp Set

Online Classes/ Sale-A-Bration/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Happy Monday! Well, if you're an Eagles fan it's happy…lol. My Cowboys weren't at the “big dance” so I was in my craft room on Facebook LIVE giving some tips and tricks and showed some Heartfelt Blooms samples from my upcoming FB LIVE class. If you missed it, no worries! You can watch the video recording here.

Can I just tell you how much I love this Heartfelt Blooms Stamp Set?!

Heartfelt Blooms Distinktive Stamp Set

You can't purchase this beautiful set; but, you CAN get it for free as a Sale-A-Bration choice!

Now, let me confess something. When I first saw this set, I wasn't that excited; first glance had me a bit underwhelmed. But, as I started stamping with it I quickly changed my mind! The details in this image just come to life when you put ink to it. Whether you stamp a monochromatic look or use coloring tools, like Stampin' Blends, the results truly are magical!

Heartfelt Blooms Distinktive Stamp Set

Heartfelt Blooms Distinktive Stamp Set

The stamp set also comes with three sentiments that are perfect for any occasion! There are so many things you can do with just this one set!

I would love for you to join me as I teach 4 projects using this stunning set. Not only will you learn tips for this set, we will also tackle the frustration of tying a perfect bow! You will come away feeling like a bow-tying rock star for sure!

My class is on Wednesday, February 21 t 7 PM CST. Already have plans for that evening? No worries! The class will be recorded and you can ask me questions after the fact. I set up invitation-only groups for my classes and once you register, you're in!

Here's all the scoop for the class and I hope to see you there!

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Posted on December 19, 2017

Block Spritzing Technique Using Flirty Flowers

Holidays / Special Days/ Paper crafting/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques/ Tuesday Tips

Hey stampers? Did you know that you can use your Clear Blocks for a fun technique? Let me show you the Block Spritzing Technique Using Flirty Flowers. This technique is so versatile. You can use virtually any stamp set and any ink color. Besides your favorite stamp set and ink, you just need a Stampin' Spritzer filled with water.

Block Spritzing Technique Using Flirty Flowers

Here are the instructions; give this a try!


  • Stamp SetsFlirty Flowers (143872); Bunch of Blossoms (141573)
  • Card Stock – Whisper White (100730); Dapper Denim (141414)
  • Stamp Pads – Dapper Denim (141394); Emerald Envy (141396); Versamark (102283)
  • Misc. – Watercolor Paper (122959); Clear Block E (118484); Stampin’ Spritzer (126185); Aqua Painter (103954); Heat Tool (129053); White Stampin’ Emboss Powder (109132); Embossing Buddy (103083); SNAIL Adhesive (104332)


  • Whisper White:   4 1/4″ x 11” (score at 5 1/2″)          2 1/8” x 5 1/2″
  • Dapper Denim:   2 1/4” x 5 1/2”
  • Watercolor Paper:          2” x 5 1/2”


  1. Apply Emerald Envy ink on one side of Clear Block E and apply Dapper Denim onto the other side by pressing the stamp pads directly onto the block.
  2. Use Stampin’ Spritzer to spritz water onto the block. Should take about 4 pumps to get the amount of water needed. Flip the block over quickly and place onto the Watercolor Paper at the top. Hold in place until the white spots are filled in with ink.
  3. Repeat process with the bottom of the Watercolor Paper.
  4. If there are white spots that haven’t absorbed the ink you can take an Aqua Painter to move ink into those areas.
  5. Lightly sprinkle with salt and use the Heat Tool to dry. Brush off the salt to reveal the mottled look.
  6. Make sure the Watercolor Paper is completely dry before proceeding. Rub the Embossing Buddy across the paper. Use Versamark ink to stamp the flowery image, sprinkle with White embossing powder and then use Heat Tool to finish embossing.
  7. Use SNAIL adhesive to adhere the various layers together and then adhere to the card base.
  8. Use Dapper Denim ink to stamp with sentiment.

Block Spritzing Technique Using Flirty Flowers

If you have a crafty friend (or maybe your hubby still needs the perfect gift for YOU!) who might enjoy this technique, why not surprise them with a Stamp Maven gift certificate! 

They can use their certificate to buy everything they need to try this technique or anything else they might want. Additionally, Sale-A-Bration is coming up after the first of the year and they can get a free stamp set, paper, card kit, or exclusive Die with their $50-100 purchase!

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