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Posted on March 10, 2016

Birthday Card Inspiration – Day 4

Holidays / Special Days/ Projects/ Uncategorized

If you like coloring, today's project is for you!


This card easily turns into a wedding or other occasion by just changing the greeting. Changing the color of the flower allows for personalization in the birthday girl's or bride's colors, too.


  • Stamp Sets: Birthday Blooms (140658 clear) (140655 wood)
  • Inks: Basic Black Archival (140931), Real Red (126949), Old Olive (126953), Daffodil Delight (126944)
  • Paper: Basic Black cs (121688), Very Vanilla cs (106550), Timeless Elegance DSP (138444)
  • Other: Aqua Painter (103954), Wink of Stella brush – clear (141897), Love Blossoms Embellishment Kit (140551), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin’ Trimmer (129722)



Basic Black card stock: 5 ⅞” x 8 ¼ ”, score at 4 ⅛”

Very Vanilla card stock: 4” x 5 ¾ ”

Basic Black card stock: 2” x 5 ½ ”

Very Vanilla card stock: 1 ⅞“ x 5 ⅜“

Timeless Elegance DSP: 3 different patterns : 1 measuring 1 ½ “ x 4”, 1 measuring 1 ½” x 3 ¾” and 1 measuring 1 ½” x 3 ½”



  1. Using Basic Black Archival Ink, stamp the large flower from the Birthday Blooms stamp set onto the Very Vanilla strip of card stock.
  2. Using the Aqua Painter, paint the flower using Real Read for the flower petals. Old Olive for the leaves. Daffodil Delight for the flower centre.
  3. When dry, go over the entire flower and leaves with the clear Wink of Stella pen.
  4. Using the Basic Black Archival Ink, stamp the greeting.
  5. Attach 5 of the pink shimmer enamel dots from the Love Blossoms Embellishment Kit.
  6. Adhere this panel to the black panel.
  7. Cut tails into the 3 strips of Timeless Elegance DSP.
  8. Adhere these strips to the large Very Vanilla piece of card stock.
  9. Adhere this large Very Vanilla piece to the card front..
  10. Adhere the flower panel to the card front.

If you missed the birthday card inspiration I posted earlier in the week, start here for some great ideas.

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Posted on March 8, 2016

Birthday Card Inspiration – Day 2

Die Cut/ Holidays / Special Days/ Product Information/ Punch Art/ Uncategorized

I just love how Stampin' Up!'s Designer Series Paper provides birthday card inspiration in every pack! No matter what your color them is, you're sure to find so many options with our paper offerings.

This card uses the “It's My Party” Paper Stack. There is even a cardstock paper pack to match and, no matter which cardstock you use, the DSP works beautifully! It also uses the Balloon Bouquet Punch featured in yesterday's post.



  • Stamp Sets: Balloon Celebration (140675) Available as a bundle with coordinating Balloon Bouquet Punch (140609), Party Pants (141324 wood mount) or (141327) clear mount) for inside greeting
  • Paper: Basic Black (121045), It’s My Party Cardstock Pack (140553), Whisper White (100730), It’s My Party Paper Stack (140552)
  • Ink: VersaMark (102283), Basic Black Archival Pad (140931) for inside greeting
  • Other: Balloon Bouquet Punch (140609), Confetti Embossing Folder (140592), Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439), Baker’s Twine Whisper White (124262), SNAIL adhesive (104332), Dimensionals (104430), Clear Block “D” (118485)



  • It’s My Party Designer Series Paper Stack 3” x 3”
  • Basic Black 4 ¼” x 9 ½” score at 5 ½”
  • It’s My Party Cardstock Pack 3 1/8” x 3 1/8”, 1” x 4”, scrap for balloons (Crushed Curry used it the sample pictured above)
  • Whisper White 4” x 4” for inside greeting
  • Whisper White Baker’s Twine, 16”




  1. Punch out two large balloons and one small balloon.
  2. Stamp the balloon texture image on one large and one small with VersaMark ink.
  3. Stamp the inside greeting on the other large balloon.
  4. Place the 1” x 4” piece of cardstock at bottom or the top of the Confetti Embossing folder so that you avoid the oval part in the center.
  5. Lay a piece of Baker’s Twine on the back of the balloon near the bottom of the balloon. Secure with a dimensional near the very bottom of the balloon so that the string does not swing out of the side of the balloon.
  6. Assemble card as shown in the photo.
  7. Give this birthday wish to someone special!


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Posted on February 17, 2016

Wednesday WOW: Total Glitz!

Samples/ Stamping/ Uncategorized


If you like to create cards that are sure to wow, this one is for you! With a combination of gold AND silver glitz, the birthday recipient is sure to be impressed!

If you missed Monday's post, I show a cool way to use washi tape to make a birthday hat!
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Posted on February 15, 2016

Want To Take Better Photographs?

Project Life by Stampin' Up!/ Tuesday Tips/ Videos

Hello stampers! I was browsing the Internet and came across this site that I thought you might find useful. I know many of you love to use Project Life by Stampin' Up! (#PLxSU) to document your memories and events; this article has some great tips how to take great pictures to use in those albums.

If you haven't heard about PLxSU, here's a short video to tell you more about it; I completed an album for my nephew as a Christmas present and he loved it. I have to say I had a ball putting it together, and using all my Project Life by Stampin' Up! products made it so easy, too!


You might also enjoy reading a blog post I did last year that shows you some more videos about PLxSU!
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Posted on January 25, 2016

Swap Your Heart Out

Mojo Monday/ Projects/ Uncategorized

Some of my crafty friends and I meet once every six weeks or so to “swap” and our current assignment was to make something out of wood.  We've all been busy since the holidays designing and putting the finishing touches on our masterpieces. I'm excited to share mine!



Here's the “journey” of my project. I started out with a cute little wood basket from a local craft store. I brewed up some tea and coffee, put each into a separate cup and let cool overnight. I took a steel wool pad, some ordinary white vinegar and put into a glass jar, leaving the lid off so it would “oxidize”.

Once everything was ready, I started painting on some of the tea with a sponge brush, making sure to cover all the wood. I kept adding tea, and then some of the coffee because it didn't seem to be getting darker. HINT #1: let it dry overnight; you do not want the wood to be wet when you start to paint on the vinegar.

The color still seemed to be light after it dried but I went ahead and added a lot of the oxidized vinegar solution. I still didn't notice much change. HINT #2: the color change happens overnight..when I checked the wood the next morning, oh my goodness…it looked weathered and worn, which was exactly what I wanted!

My husband had a sanding sponge so I used that to smooth off the rough edges and create a more distressed finish. Here's my finished project, complete with cards and envelopes; we can all use more handmade cards, right?


Our next project will involve a mason jar. In some of the other months we'll be doing cards and tags; in those swaps all 12-15 of us will make one for each participant. When our swap involves a bigger item (like our wood project), we just make one and then draw numbers to see which “prize” we end up with. Can't wait to see what I get!

Leave me a comment and let me know how you like my project. 🙂



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Posted on January 12, 2016

Tuesday Tip – Die Cutting Intricate Thinlits

Big Shot/ Uncategorized


Have you discovered this little treasure on page 16 of Stampin' Up!'s “Handmade from the Heart” Occasions Catalog? It is such a beautiful, intricate die that you might be wondering how in the world all the little pieces come out without tearing up your heart? Well, I thought the same thing, but it really is easier than you think! If you follow these few tips, you are going to love the Bloomin’ Heart Thinlit just as much as I do!

Tips for Die Cutting Detail Design Thinlits

The Sandwich

When using the Big Shot, you are taught how to make a good “sandwich” for your cardstock. . . making a good sandwich is especially important when cutting a detailed thinlit such as this.  To make this sandwich you will need (from bottom to top);

  1. Magnetic Platform (#130658)– absolutely the best platform to hold metal dies in place!
  2. Precision Cutting Pad (#139684)– there is no “give” to this cutting pad so it provides additional pressure for a clean cut on the detailed images.
  3. Your cardstock and thinlit
  4. Acrylic Cutting Pad



Die Cutting

Here are some additional tips to make sure you get a great cut.

  • For detailed dies, it is recommended to run the die through your Big Shot 3-4 times.
  • The middle of your Big Shot tends to be less tight than the edges so, put your detailed dies towards the edge.
  • When cutting Glimmer Paper, cut the paper from the back side when possible.
  • Each Big Shot is slightly different. Sometimes you may need to add a cardstock shim.

Your New Best Friend

The Big Shot Die Brush (#140603) is AMAZING! You will absolutely want to have this helper to assist you in getting all of those pieces out of your framelits and thinlits.  You are going to love it from the first time you give it a try!



And here’s a tip for you to love it even more;   place it inside a Wide stamp case (#127551) and all of your little pieces will be contained in the case and not all over your craft area!







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Posted on January 5, 2016

Share A Little Love!

Sale-A-Bration/ Uncategorized


I am in LOVE with the new Handmade From the Heart Occasions Catalog! My January stamp clubs (both in person and online) will be making these Valentine's Day projects.

For those of you who participated in my online club, I've revamped the club. Here are the new details!

My online clubs will “mirror” my in person clubs. You will get materials for the projects sent to you in the mail, along with instructions (these will be mailed to you in a pdf as soon as you place your order) for assembly. There will be two projects each month and you will get supplies to make two of each one. I will supply the monthly hostess code in my newsletter and on my blog each month. All you have to do is place a minimum $35 order at my online store by the 10th of the month, put in the hostess code on the last screen before you finalize your order.

Your product order will ship directly to you will receive your consumable materials around the 22-25th of each month at the latest. I'm excited to be able to continue my online club so you can stamp with me whenever and wherever! January's hostess code is: TGT9THKS and the product I'm featuring is the Valentine Bundle on Page 16 of the new Occasions Catalog (order# is 140818, $35.50 – bundle features the photopolymer Bloomin' Love Stamp Set and the Bloomin' Hearts Thinlits Dies). Please email me if you have any questions!

Speaking of clubs, myclub  ladies are so excited because in January  they'll be able to start getting their free Sale-A-Bration products! This is definitely the happiest time of the year at Stampin' Up! For each $50 in purchases, you get to choose a free Sale-A-Bration item…how great is that!

If you haven't yet gotten your catalogs, feel free to download these pdf”s and start shopping! One of the best parts about ordering from me is I'll send you ideas for products you buy and personally answer any questions you have!



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Posted on June 29, 2015

Scrapbook burnout??

Project Life by Stampin' Up!/ Videos


If any of these are you…read on:

I am looking for people interested in memory keeping (NOT scrapbooking) or any burned out scrapbookers who want to document their photos without draining time, energy and wallets. No creativity required!!!  No gluing or cropping! It is so quick, easy, and very affordable.

Heard of Project Life? Stampin' Up! has partnered with Becky Higgins and we have some gorgeous supplies in all of our exclusive colors.


Here's a short video on one of our newest Card Collections.

I'd LOVE to show you how you can create beautiful albums documenting your story without all of the time and energy of traditional scrapbooking! ; )

Contact me to book your free party today…all you provide is your pictures and I'll plan all the fun for you and your friends! Not in my area…no problem! We can Skype or set up a Facebook chat!

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Posted on May 21, 2015

What Else Can I Do With Stampin’ Up! Re-inkers?

Paper crafting/ Stamping/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques/ Uncategorized

One of the #1 questions my customers ask me is:”what else can I do with Stampin' Up! re-inkers“? I always encourage my customers to get the re-inker for a particular ink pad color, but not just to have on hand when the ink starts getting light. AND…not just to give me an extra sale! There are so many fun re-inker techniques like baby wipe tie dye, polished stone, shaving cream on photo paper….the list goes on and on.

Today's technique, monoprinting, uses re-inkers on felt to create fun, whimsical images that add unique designs to card fronts. My friend spends a lot of time searching for unique techniques for us to do; this one is way too fun to keep to ourselves so I had to blog about it!

Simply put, monoprinting is a form of printmaking that has images or lines that can only be made once. Usually in printmaking there are multiple “originals”; i.e. photographs, lithographs, etc.

Here's her partially finished project that shows the technique:

monoprint technique

For more information about this form of printmaking, click here.

Technique details:

Place a piece of light-colored felt (you can find at any hobby store) onto a piece of freezer paper or laminated paper that is a bit larger than the felt.  Using Classic Stampin’ Ink Refills, draw patterns onto the felt (the more whimsical and crazy the better).  Island Indigo, Melon Mambo and Daffodil Delight refills were used above. I recommend only using 3-4 colors to prevent a “muddy” end result.

Press a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece (normal card layer) of Whisper White cardstock onto the felt to “monoprint” a design. You can repeat this technique using different designs and colors…let your imagination go wild and see what you can create! You can also use stencils to make fun patterns.

Spraying the inked felt with rubbing alcohol prior to pressing the cardstock onto the felt design will give a more “mottled” look. Be sure to let the cardstock pieces dry completely.

This would be a great summer project to do with your kids. They could even invite friends over to make personalized stationery sets.


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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 23, 2015

Our Men Need Cards, Too!!

Big Shot/ Die Cut/ Stamping/ Uncategorized

Don't you agree that our men need cards, too? When your special guy has an important day to celebrate, you want to give the perfect card, without any froo-froo.

manly project

While the background for this card is stamped onto cardstock, wouldn't it be even cooler to stamp onto a piece of balsam wood…oh yeah!

Here are the supplies used:


Hardwood Stamp

Basic Black Cardstock
Crumb Cake Cardstock
Lost Lagoon Cardstock
Old Olive Cardstock
Crumb Cake Note Cards & Envelopes
Gold Foil Sheets

VersaMark Pad
Tuxedo Black Memento Pad

Accessories & Tools
Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder
Big Shot
Hello You Thinlits Dies

  1. Stamp the Hardwood Stamp image on 4-3/4″ x 3″ pieces of Basic Black Cardstock with VersaMark ink, and emboss. Adhere the cardstock to the front of the Crumb Cake Note Cards.
  2. Cut out the greetings from Gold Foil Sheets and Lost Lagoon and Old Olive Cardstock using the Big Shot and Hello You Thinlits Dies. Adhere a greeting to the center of each card.
  3. Stamp the Hardwood Stamp image in Tuxedo Black Memento ink on the flap of the envelopes.


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Posted on March 9, 2015

Overwhelmed by all the Project Life “Stuff”??

Classes / Events/ Project Life by Stampin' Up!/ Videos


Have you wanted to dive in, but have been a little overwhelmed by all the Project Life “stuff” out there?! I'd like to give you some help!

Becky Higgins originally designed Project Life for busy people to document life events using photos, journaling, and a simple card system. Last year, she and Stampin' Up! partnered to offer crafters already using Stampin' Up! products the ability to use both products in a coordinated way!

A friend of mine put together a great “Q & A” document and allowed us to share. I think if you take a few minutes to open this Word Doc, you will be pleasantly surprised.

Project Life Customer Handout

If you live in the Dallas area, pop on over to my Facebook page and check out an intro class I'm having this Saturday. You'll bring photos and make a page.


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Posted on February 12, 2015

You Won’t be Able to Resist “Irresistibly Yours” Paper!

Holidays / Special Days/ Paper crafting/ Uncategorized/ Videos

It would be futile to try…let me just tell you that you WON'T be able to resist Irresistibly Yours Designer Series Paper from the 2015 Sale-A-Bration Catalog. Watch this fun video and then we'll chat…


Welcome back…didn't I tell you? You know you have to have this fun paper! With all the ways to use it and the fact that using only a small piece will provide the “wow” factor to all your projects, there is no excuse to resist any longer! 🙂

Order $50 from any current catalog and you can get this paper for free!

Here's a “bundle” you might like:

Total merchandise: $62.15


Of course, if you want to add just a few more things to your order, to give you more options, here are my suggestions…AND you'll get another free Sale-A-Bration item!

Total merchandise: &101.45


I've shown you products in our “Brights” color family; there are several others from which to choose if another palette is more your style!





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