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Posted on February 27, 2019

Where Can I Find Inspiration For My Papercrafting Projects?

Customer Q & A/ Die Cut

Hey Stampers! Today I'm here to answer one of the questions most frequently asked by by customers. Where can I find inspiration for my papercrafting projects? We all hit creative “walls” from time to time and we might want some inspiration other than Pinterest, right?

So, today I was trolling through Facebook and this image came up.

Where Can I Find Inspiration For My Papercrafting Projects?

Now, here's the completed project.

Where Can I Find Inspiration For My Papercrafting Projects?

See the similarities? The card was made using the Tufted Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder by Stampin' Up!.

Instructions are below and if you need any supplies to complete this project or any others you might be making, click HERE to go to my online store.

I encourage you to start looking in new places to find your cardmaking inspiration. If I can ever help you with ideas, please just GIVE ME SHOUT!


  • Stamp SetsMeant To Be Cling Stamp Set (148626)
  • Cardstock – Thick Whisper White Cardstock (140272); Blushing Bride Cardstock (131198); Whisper White Cardstock (100730)
  • Stamp Pads – Blushing Bride Ink (147100)
  • Misc. – Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets (144106); Tufted Dynamic Embossing Folder (146335); Be Mine Stitched Framelit (148527); Rhinestone Jewels (144220); Big Shot (143263)


  • Thick Whisper White Cardstock :    11” x 4 1/4”
  • Whisper White Cardstock:    4 ¼ x 4 1/4
  • Blushing Bride Cardstock:    4 x 5 1/4”


  1. Fold your Thick Whisper White piece in half to create your card base.
  2. Run your Blushing Bride piece of cardstock through your Big Shot using the Tufted Dynamic Impressing Embossing Folder.
  3. Adhere your Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet to the piece of Whisper White Cardstock.
  4. Position your Be Mine Framelits on the adhesive backed cardstock and run it through the Big Shot.
  5. Carefully separate the heart cutouts and position them on your card after removing the adhesive backing.
  6. Stamp your sentiment in Blushing Bride ink on the solid heart cutout, remove the backing and place it on the card within the opening of the remaining heart outline.
  7. Add rhinestones if desired.
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Posted on August 16, 2017

Fresh Eyes On Your Papercrafting Supplies – Cardstock

Paper crafting/ Samples/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Fresh Eyes On Your Papercrafting Supplies – Cardstock.

Let's face it. From time to time, we all get into a rut when it comes to papercrafting. We use the same products in the same way, sometimes very uneconomically. I've been thinking a lot about how I waste or underutilize my supplies and that led to my Fresh Eyes On Your Papercrafting Supplies series that I'll be starting on my blog today! I'll revisit some topics and start a brand new conversation on others. I hope you'll find my topics of interest and value

Today, let's talk about cardstock. How many of you, when measuring for a mat or card layer, just “eyeball it” or, even worse, just take a hunk out of a full sheet, thereby creating ANOTHER scrap piece?  Do you get sick of doing the math over and over again to create proportional matting? Without a doubt, I can say “guilty”!

Here is a template to show you how I cut my card layers and/or scrapbooking photo mats, thereby maximizing cuts in my cardstock and saving time when creating these layers. Each layer is 1/4″ smaller than the next. These are the measurements I use most frequently.

I've also created a short video about proportional matting that I share exclusively with my newsletter subscribers. In the video I actually show you layered pieces of cardstock to give you an actual color visual of this chart.

If you aren't yet a newsletter subscriber, I'd love to have you! Just put your name and email into the box above. You'll get a free gift, in addition to a short series of helpful video tips and techniques. I offer specials, projects, helpful tips and many exclusive features, only for my subscribers!

Don't forget all the August specials going on right now!

Clearance Rack items discounted up to 60%

Carols of Christmas Sneak Peek and Early Release

Monthly Crafting Kit – save 50%

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you enjoyed my first article in “Fresh Eyes On Your Papercrafting Supplies”. If I can help you in any way, please give me a shout!



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Posted on May 18, 2017

Save money on papercrafting supplies and handmade greeting cards

Big Shot/ Join My Team/ Paper crafting/ Product Information

Yep…if you would like to learn how to save money on craft supplies and handmade greeting cards then keep reading!

This sensational bundle At Home makes its debut on June 1 and is only one of the brand new money saving bundles from Stampin' Up! Bundles are simply the BEST-you save 10% on each one and on June 1 you will have the opportunity to get all of them.

If getting all of the new Stampin' Up! bundles is on your to do list, as a host in June you can earn an additional $35 in host dollars to spend on product…even bundles! But WAIT!

Hosting isn't the BEST way to save on all the amazing new products that you want from the 2017-2018 Catalog; getting the “I Want It ALL” Starter Bundle is the absolute best way – for $99 plus tax (NO shipping…it is FREE for this bundle!) you will choose $125 in  products and you will be eligible to enjoy BOTH host AND Demonstrator benefits at the very same time! If this sounds great (and you KNOW it does!) I invite you to contact me today!

I'll be ordering all my new products in June and I'll be earning host dollars, the extra $35 in host benefits during June, a 50% off item, saving 25% AND earning an additional rebate on all my sales. As a demonstrator I also earned free product credits during our Sale-a-Bration promotion earlier this year so I'll be redeeming those for even more new products!

JOIN NOW and you'll be all set to enjoy all the benefits in June…the host special, an initial 20% product discount…and, best of all….you'll be a member of the best team in all of Stampin' Up!…Girls, INK! (Yes, I might be just a “tad” biased). You'll even get a case of the new catalogs to share with all your friends!



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Posted on May 20, 2015

Trendy Color Block Design with A Round Array

Product Information/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques/ Uncategorized

I love the trendy color block design of this card! The best part about this technique is that it works with any color combo and stamp set!


The “A Round Array” Stamp Set featured here is on sale as a part of Stampin' Up!'s annual catalog product “retirement”. You can get this versatile set at a 20% discount…how great is that!

129090 A Round Array (Clear)  $14.95 20% $11.96

Here's a tutorial for the above card…enjoy! ARoundArrayColorBlockCard

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Posted on April 2, 2015

Spring Has Sprung…..For REAL this time???

Sale-A-Bration/ Stamping

Hello stampers…our weather here in the Dallas area has gone from snow to sunshine to hail to sunshine…MAYBE Spring is here to stay????  Let's hope for the best!!


This card uses one of my favorite colors, Calypso Coral.  The second flower is “shadow stamped” (the technique of re-stamping an image before re-inking it) to make it lighter.  This is a great way to get a lighter and darker shade of the exact same color by just using one color of ink pad!

The Flower Medallion Punch from Stampin' Up!'s Occasions Catalog coordinates beautifully with the image; I just LOVE it when I can use coordinating punches or Framelits.  This punch not only coordinates with this stamp set “Crazy About You”, but it also coordinates with another stamp set in the Occasions Catalog called “Petal Potpourri”.

Stamp Sets: Crazy About You &  Simply Wonderful (from Sale-A-Bration)**

Cardstock:  Calypso Coral, Blushing Bride, Whisper WhiteDesigner Series Paper:  Best Day Ever (SAB)** 

Ink Pads: Calypso Coral, Wild Wasabi

Accessories:  Petite Petals Punch, Flower Medallion Punch, Glue Dots, Dimensionals, Basic Pearls, Best Day Ever (SAB)** ribbon, Scalloped Edge Border Punch

**if you did not happen to get these items during Sale-A-Bration…no worries!! Select another coordinating Designer Series Paper and ribbon…there are many from which to choose!! 🙂

Hope you like this card; to purchase any of these supplies, please visit my online store.

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Posted on January 28, 2015

One Versatile Stamp Set!

Stamping/ Videos

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ONE versatile stamp set, Painted Petals,  made all of these adorable notecards! Available in clear, photopolymer, or wood mount, this set is the perfect addition to your collection. Look at all the fabulous images that are included in this stamp set:


Watch this short video to see how easy creating these notecards can be!

In addition to the stamp set, you'll just need to pick out a few colors of ink pads, a package of notecards,  the Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper, and you are all set. Of course, it's perfectly okay to embellish with ribbon, buttons, or whatever suits your style! Colors used here are:

Hello Honey Classic Stampin' Pad133643
Price: $5.95
Blackberry Bliss Classic Stampin' Pad133642
Price: $5.95
Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad126953
Price: $5.95
Smoky Slate Classic Stampin' Pad131179
Price: $5.95

You can stamp a set for you and several to give as gifts. Who wouldn't  love a set of these in their favorite colors!

Once you buy the stamp set and anything else you might need, let me know; I'll send you some cute packaging and card folder ideas!!

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Posted on January 19, 2015

Mojo Monday Sketch and Challenge

Mojo Monday/ Paper crafting/ Stamping


Hidee-Ho Stampers! For today's Mojo Monday Sketch (courtesy of and Challenge, I want you to think “leftovers”!

We eat tons of leftovers around my house; we save a lot of money by using up “odds and ends” we have in the fridge. So…for my sample card today I used up scraps and things I had laying around my stampin' room.


You'll notice this is very simple and would be easy to re-create with different paper scraps. Sometimes a simple idea is just what we need to get our “mojo” flowing!

So, get to work and be sure to send me your creations! I'm having a blast doing these posts and I want you to have fun with these weekly challenges, too!

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Posted on December 5, 2014

Paper Snowmen – Not Your Typical Frosty!

Holidays / Special Days/ Stamping




Aren't these Paper Snowmen the cutest things you've ever seen??? Remember the 3D paper pumpkin project I showed you a few weeks ago? Now you can create fun paper snowmen using the same technique!

You could also use these snowmen  as cute package toppers or place card holders for your holiday parties. Another idea would be to gather your kids/grandkids together together and make a bunch of these to decorate your home.

Create the hat using a 2-1/4″ circle, a 1-1/2″ circle, and 1-1/2″ x 5″ strip of cardstock or Designer Series Paper. Make the snowman’s body using 2-3/4″, 2-1/4″, and 1-7/8″ circles (or whatever size you wish)! Use the Owl Punch for eyes and the Bird Punch to make the nose and mouth.

Find all of the items needed to make these adorable guys  at my online store. Supply list is below.

While you're there, be sure to check out all the “year end closeout” items; some are discounted as much as 80%!!!


Snowmen Supply List

Early Espresso Cardstock (item # 119686)

Kraft Cardstock (item # 133674)

Pumpkin Pie Cardstock (item # 105117)

Whisper White Cardstock (item # 100730)

Nordic Noel Designer Series Paper (item # 135822)

Gold Foil Sheets (item # 132622)

Red Glimmer Paper (item # 121790)

Real Red 3/8″ Satin Woven Ribbon (item # 135840)

Frosted Sequins (item # 135835)

Bird Punch (item # 117191)

Owl Punch (item # 118074)

Circles Collection Framelits Dies (item # 130911)

Wonderful Wreath Framelits Dies (item # 135851

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Posted on October 13, 2014

Rock And Rolling Into Fall

Big Shot/ Die Cut/ Holidays / Special Days


One of the techniques I love to teach is the “rock and roll” technique. Usually, I use two colors. I stamp an image with a light color and then “roll” the edges of the stamp in a darker color and then stamp onto cardstock.

For the pumpkins in this card,  a rock and roll technique with three (wowzer!) ink colors (Cajun Craze, Hello Honey, and Pumpkin Pie), then water spritzing on the stamp before stamping on Watercolor Paper gives an even more appealing look. Coordinating Framelits cut out each image and the same spritzing technique on the leaves using Mossy Meadow ink really gives a washed out watercolored look.

One of the coolest things about this technique is that the results are never the same…you always get a different look!

If you use this technique on any of your fall cards, please send me a sample; I'd love to feature you as a guest artist here on my blog!

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Posted on October 6, 2014

Hugs and Kisses, Fall Style

Classes / Events/ Holidays / Special Days/ Paper crafting
For clubs this month, I wanted a card that could be used to express friendship, thanks, or birthday in fall colors, but not using typical fall images. I also wanted to use my favorite In Color, Blackberry Bliss, and Crushed Curry. I had seen this color combo on a Demo friend's card and loved it. Here are two versions of the card I designed.
hugsandkissesYou aren't seeing double on the sentiment on the card on top…I stamped it twice, first in Crumb Cake ink and then right next to that, in Blackberry Bliss so it would look like a shadow. On the bottom card, on top of the Washi Tape and Ribbon, I also attached a small Gold Baker's Twine Bow.
Crumb Cake Cardstock 8½” x 5 ½”
Very Vanilla Cardstock 3¼”x 4½”
Blackberry Bliss Cardstock 3½”x 4¾”
Scrap Pieces of Very Vanilla And Blackberry Bliss Cardstock 2½” x 1″
Beach House Washi Tape (Crushed Curry Roll)
small piece of Blackberry Bliss 3/8″ Satin Ribbon
8″ piece of Gold Baker's Twine
Supply List:
Work of Art Stamp Set
Everything Eleanor Stamp Set
Blackberry Bliss Ink Pad
Crushed Curry Ink Pad
Crumb Cake Ink Pad
Mini Glue Dots
Paper Snips
SNAIL Adhesive
Basic Pearl Jewels
Small Butterfly Punch
1.Fold the Crumb Cake Cardstock in half and crease with a Bone Folder.
2.Stamp the smallest “swoop” from Work of Art image once in Crushed Curry and once in Blackberry Bliss Ink on the Very Vanilla Cardstock .If you want lighter images, stamp off first.
3.Stamp the small heart  image from Work of Art in Crumb Cake Ink.
4.Squeeze the lid of the Blackberry Bliss Ink Pad and pick up the ink in the lid with an Aqua Painter.
5.Squeeze the Aqua Painter so that extra water is flowing and flick the ink on the Very Vanilla
Cardstock. (you can also use a Stampin' Spritzer if you prefer).
6.Tear along the bottom of the Very Vanilla Cardstock.
7.Attach Washi Tape piece to the Very Vanilla Cardstock; trim or fold over to back of cardstock.
8.Adhere the Very Vanilla Cardstock to the Blackberry Bliss Cardstock with SNAIL Adhesive and tear along the bottom of the Blackberry Bliss Cardstock.
9.Adhere Vanilla/Blackberry Bliss Cardstock unit to the card front with SNAIL Adhesive.
10.Tie the Gold Linen Thread into a bow and attach to the card with a Mini Glue Dot (second card picture). Trim threads ends to desired length.
11.Stamp the sentiment of your choice (hugs and kisses from Good Greetings used here) with Crumb Cake and/or Blackberry Bliss Ink on scrap Very Vanilla Cardstock and cut both ends into a “flag” shape. Attach to card with glue dots. You can also stamp directly onto the card front.
 Leave me a comment and let me know which card you prefer and why!
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Posted on September 30, 2014

24 Hours Until 12 Weeks of Christmas Starts!

Announcements/ Holidays / Special Days/ Join My Team/ Projects

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I don't want you to miss a single one of my fun project ideas (similar to the one pictured here) that I send out during my annual 12 weeks of Christmas program! This is one of several free gifts only available to my newsletter subscribers.

Each week, starting this Wednesday, you'll receive a card, gift, or bag/tag/wrap project complete with step by step instructions, supplies list, AND color photos…delivered right to your email box! I know there will be one or two that you'll want to incorporate into your holiday season, saving you time!! Why re-create the wheel when I've done it for you!

So, don't delay, if you don't currently receive my newsletter, sign up now!

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Posted on September 26, 2014

And The Winner Is…….

Announcements/ Product Information

Blackberry Bliss! Lost Lagoon was a close second. Watch later today for some samples in both these fabulous colors!

EVERYONE who left me a comment will get a little “sumthin sumthin” in the mail….SO, keep an eye out!!


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Posted on September 23, 2014

Glimmering Blackberry Bliss

Contests/ Stamping/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques/ Tuesday Tips

Blackberry Bliss is my favorite color from Stampin' Up!'s 2014-2016 In Color Collection! I use it all the time in my clubs and classes and so far my customers don't seem to be sick of it!

(this lovely card was done by Sue Hansford, one of our talented UK Demos)

Black Bliss sample

Did you know that you can”spritz” Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper? You just put a few re-inker drops and either water or alcohol into a spritzer bottle and then add the color to your paper. You can also lay down one of our decorative masks and then spritz. It does take awhile to dry, even when you use alcohol. You can use a heat tool to set or heat emboss with Iridescent Ice where you've added the color. But WAIT…have you seen “glimmering Blackberry Bliss”?

pritz glimmer paper

Fill an Aqua Painter with rubbing alcohol and a few drops of Blackberry Bliss Re-inker…experiment with the proportions to get the shade you like. Apply across the Glimmer Paper and you'll get saturated color, which will then work perfectly as a card focal point.

Which is your favorite 2014 – 2016 In Color? I'll put everyone's name who leaves a comment here on my blog into a basket and randomly draw one; the winner will receive something in that color from me in the mail!! I'm looking forward to seeing which color gets the most votes!


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Posted on May 19, 2014

Cruise “Happy”

Paper crafting/ Product Information

One of my “happy” moments on our recent Stampin' Up! Incentive Cruise was the swapping! I received 25 different creations from demos all over the world; I'll be sharing some this week.

cruise swap

This little treat box was made by one of the German demos; unfortunately she only put her Demo ID on the back, not her name so I can't give her credit.

I love it because it uses one of my favorite items from the Occasions Catalog, the Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper Stack. I have used this little paper pack on so many projects; I am sad it is going away!

BUT…good news! You have until June 1 to get your own pack, or any other retiring product you may have overlooked (some items are no longer available).



Order Now…the clock is ticking!

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