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Posted on January 12, 2021

Cardmaking – did you know?

Papercrafting/ Stamping

Hey Stamping Peeps! Hope the new year is going well for all of you. I've titled today's post Cardmaking – did you know? I've been making handmade cards for years but I have never taken the time to actually research the history of my craft. I found some interesting facts so I thought you might enjoy, too!

Believe it or not, the custom of sending greeting cards can be traced back to the ancient Chinese and Egyptians. In Chinese society, people exchanged sentiments of good will to celebrate the new year and the early Egyptians were sending their greetings on papyrus scrolls.

Early in the 15th century, handmade greetings (now on paper) were being exchanged all over Europe. Valentines were one of the most popular forms of cards to send out.

In the 1800's, with advances in printing, more people were able to participate in this form of personal communication; it had been relatively expensive prior to this time. This trend continued on and holidays like Christmas caused an explosion in the greeting card industry.

E-cards made their debut into the market in the late 1990's. Now, I still prefer the handmade greeting card; I'm sure that comes as no surprise since I'm a Stampin' Up! demonstrator!😊😊

Over SEVEN BILLION greeting cards were sent in the United States alone next year. I knew cardmaking was popular, but this number actually boggles my mind! Covid has curtailed many craft fairs and markets but so many sold their creations through this avenue. The wedding industry is huge and many cardmakers use their skills to turn a hefty profit making handmade wedding invitations and favors.

I thought these facts were interesting; hope you enjoyed reading them!

I'll have a new card project for you tomorrow so please pop on in!

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Posted on January 7, 2021

Let’s Get Started Stamping!

Customer Q & A/ Stamping

Hi there! If this is your first time to visit my blog, I'm Anne!

I’ve been stamping for over 18 years! I’m so excited to know that you are interested in giving stamping a try.

You don’t have to be “crafty” or have a lot of “stuff” to do this. I know it can be overwhelming but it’s really much easier than you think! I’m here to help you along the way!

It’s a fun, creative outlet that you can do with friends or just by yourself. During this past year I found myself with time on my hands and I had so much enjoyment making cards.

When you create a card and share it with someone you are bringing a bit of sunshine to them…instead of a bill!😊

Here is a little information to help you get started!

You Need 3 Things to Get Started!

  1. Stamps: you can start with red rubber (cling) or photopolymer (clear) stamps. Whether you're using an image of a cake or a sentiment that says “Happy Birthday”, this is where your stamping fun begins and is the focal point of your card.
  2. Ink (stamp pads): Adding ink to your stamp and then putting your image to paper is where the fun begins! You see your project start to “magically” take shape before your eyes. I just love seeing the joy when a new stamper sees this all come together on their very first card!
  3. Paper (Cardstock): Believe it or not, the paper you choose does make a difference. Stampin' Up!® is known in the “crafting world” for its quality cardstock.

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Posted on October 20, 2020

Tuesday Inspiration – Campology Stamp Set

Stampin' Blends/ Stamping

Today's project share features the Campology stamp set by Stampin' Up! I love the inspirational sentiment, “you brighten my path”. Whose day could you brighten by sending a card like this?

I've included supplies, measurements and instructions below. If you might need to order anything used for this project, simply click on a picture below and you'll go right to my online store.


  • Stamp set: Campology (152801)
  • Cardstocks: Basic Black (121045), Whisper White (100730), Bermuda Bay (131197)
  • Stampin’ Pad: Tuxedo Black Memento (148897), Balmy Blue (147105), Mossy Meadow (147111), Old Olive (147090)
  • Stampin’ Blends combos: Old Olive (154892), Smoky slate (154904), Mango Melody (154888), Bermuda Bay (154878), Lifter (144608)
  • Mics: Stitched Rectangle Dies (151820), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Stampin' Seal (152813), Stamping Sponge (141337), Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine (149653)



  1. Stamp the tent on post-it note and hand cut. You will use this as a “mask” in a later step.
  2. Onto the 3¾” x 5″ Whisper White, stamp the tent using Black memento ink.
  3. Color the tent using Stampin’ Blends Bermuda Bay. To lighten color on the side and door of the tent use the color lifter to remove some of the ink.
  4. Place “post-it note tent” onto the stamped tent for a mask.
  5. Stamp the trees using Mossy Meadow ink.
  6. Sponge the bottom using Old Olive ink and top using Balmy Blue ink.
  7. Remove the post-it note tent.
  8. Die cut this piece with the 3-3/8″ x 4¾” Stitched Rectangle die.
  9. Adhere to the Bermuda Bay and then adhere both pieces to the card base.
  10. Stamp the greeting onto the strip of Whisper White using Mossy Meadow ink.
  11. Adhere to the card front about ½” from the bottom.
  12. Stamp the lantern on the 3″ x 1½” Whisper White piece using black Memento ink.
  13. Color with Stampin’ Blends.
  14. Hand cut the lantern.
  15. Adhere the lantern using Stampin' Dimensionals.
  16. Onto the 5¼” x 4″ Whisper White piece, stamp the tress using Mossy Meadow ink.
  17. Adhere to the inside of the card base.
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