Monthly Archives: January 2012

It’s that time…Mojo Monday!

This week’s Mojo Monday is definitely my style…a very straightforward design with no embellishments incorporated.While I sometimes make cards with ribbons, brads, buttons and other embellishments, most often I simply allow the stamps, papers, and inks to speak for themselves. This weeks sketch allowed me to put together in literally just a few minutes; here’s the sketch:

And here is the card that I created:

Stamped image c. Stampin' Up!

To create this card, I used the following: Crumb Cake card stock (item# 120953), Lucky Limeade card stock (item #122926), Well Worn Designer Series Paper (item #122359), Not Quite Navy Classic Stampin’ Pad (item #103008), and the polar bear comes from the “Zoo Review” stamp set (item #122199).

Literally, all I had to do was pull out the supplies, trim down the paper, “tip” the edges (much more than I did for my first Mojo Monday entry), stamp the polar bear, and adhere all the paper. Since the the Mojo Monday post for this week included dimensions, I simply worked from those. Could not have been easier to make this card.

There is certainly room for a sentiment up above the polar bear…sometimes when I make cards, I will intentionally leave off a sentiment so that I can add the appropriate message —  “happy birthday”, “thank you”, etc. —  when I send the card days, weeks or even months later.

Happy stamping!

Loads of Love for Valentine’s Day

Loads of Love item #115022; copyright Stampin’ Up!

Earlier this week I blogged about the very first stamp set that I purchased from Stampin’ Up! — the set is called “Loads of Love”. It remaines as one of my favorite sets and with Valentine’s Day just under a month away, I wanted to share something I made with this stamp set. It is the perfect little tag for a Valentine’s Day treat bag!  I made the tags and attached to bags that I had purchased at a craft store.

  • Stamped the heart images from the “Loads of Love” set a few times onto the neautral card stock.
  • Colored in the hearts using a few different Stampin’ Write Markers.
  • Stamped the sentiment onto a piece of coordinating color card stock.
  • Mounted the sentiment over a portion of the hearts on the main part of the tag.
  • Filled the bag with treats.

After filling the bag with treats, all I had to do was to punch two holes side by side through both the tag and the bag, thread through some ribbon, and tie two notes. A great little project for giving away Valentine’s treats and one that is easy to replicate if you need to make several.

If you read my post from Sunday, you will see that “Loads of Love” can be exceptionally versatile and that is part of what I think makes this paricular set (and so many others that Stampin’ Up! has to offer) such a great value. Not only was I able to use this set for my Christmas cards immediately after purchasing, but I was able to make these Valentine’s gifts a short time later!

Come back again later this week to see another project that I have made using the “Loads of Love” set.

Happy Stamping!

PS: Clearly I need to work on my photo taking…I love the ease of using the camera on my phone, but I could get better images pulling out our regular camera…guess I should  start to do that!

It’s a Mojo Monday!

This week I have been inspired again by the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge. When I saw the sketch, several ideas came to mind and of course I had to choose just one (at least for today). Here’s the sketch:

And here is the card that I came up with…

The supplies that I used in making this card are: Natural White Card Stock (item # 102316), Pool Party Smooth Card Stock (item # 122924), Island Indigo Smooth Card Stock (item #122926), Lucky Limeade Smooth Card Stock (item #122922),  Lucky Limeade 3/8″ Ruffled Ribbon (item #122977), Old Olive Classic Stampin ‘ Pad (item # 102277), SNAIL Adhesive (item #104332 or refill only item #104331), and Stampin’ Dimensionals (item #104430). How could I forget the stamp? It is called “Packed for Birthday” and it is item # 125746. You’ll notice I used the stamp not only on the white rectangle but also on the Lucky Limeade Card Stock where it is a tone on tone effect.

The stamp is an ala carte stamp meaning you purchase just one individual stamp (or more) and provides a great opportunity to give stamping a try!

With the exception of the Old Olive ink, all of the colors featured on this card are from the 2011-2013 In Colors collection and these will only be available until 2013. The card stock is available in an assorted pack (item #124329) — this is perfect for those of us who cannot choose just one color that we love!

Happy stamping!

How it all started…

When I attended my first Stampin’ Up! workshop back in 2005, it was the fall and it was time to start thinking of what I would make for my holiday cards that year. I was instantly attracted to a stamp set called “Loads of Love”…that very same set is still available today! Here it is:

Loads of Love item #115022; copyright Stampin' Up!

I quickly decided to purchase this set and one of coordinating stamping wheels to use for my holiday cards that year. Below is one version of the card that I made and you’ll notice the stamped strip along the bottom — this was made with the “Time for a Tree” wheel (item#104524). I had never before used a stmaping wheel and have come to love these as a quick and easy way jazz up a project.

Stamped images c. Stampin' Up!

This stamp set continues to be one of my favorites! It is an incredibly versatile set and when combined with the “Loads of Love Accessories” (item 115024), the possibilities on what occassions you can use this set for are nearly unlimited.

Watch for more this week on how I have used this set.


This post is has nothing to do with cows or gratuities…it has to do with one of my favorite stamping techniques. Some people might call the technique something else, but I call it tipping.

What exactly do I mean? Take a peek at my post from January 2nd. Do you notice the dark edges around most of my cardstock? That is what I refer to as tipping. To achieve the dark edge, I pulled the edge of my cardstock along my ink pad. Depending on the angle that you use you can get a little or a lot of ink on the edges. Instead of a darker color, you can also use white craft pink which will give a slightly different effect.

I like tipping because it is a quick and easy way to add depth to a project without having to pull out additional supplies. While this is easy to do, be sure to hold your paper carefully to avoid smudging! Sometimes when I’ve gotten a little smudging, I simply “tip” some more to get more ink all around and other times I’ve turned the paper over and started again.

Do you have a favorite technique or perhaps one you’d like to learn? Please leave me a comment and perhaps you’ll see that technique featured in the future!

Happy crafting!


My First Mojo Monday Entry!

The Mojo Monday Blog is one of the places that I go to for stamping ideas and I plan to start becoming a regular contributor to their weekly sketch challenge. If you’ve not been to this site before, know that I love it. Lots of ideas! Here is my entry…

Mojo Monday entry Jan 2 2012
Stamped image c. Stampin’ Up!

I like to keep my projects pretty clean and simple so you’ll notice minimal accessories on this one…just a little ribbon. The products I used in creating this card are: Pool Party, Lucky Limeade, Wisterian Wonder, and Naturals White cardstock; Early Espresso 1/4 Grosgrain ribbon, Rich Razzleberry Classic Stampin’ Pad, Stampin’ Dimensionals, and SNAIL Adhesive. The circles were created with my 1-1/4″ and 1-3/8′ punches. You’ll notice that my ribbon along the left side of the card is a bit crooked, but that is the beauty of a handmade card so not something that I worry about!

The sentiment on the card is from the set “You’re My Type” which is available as of January 4. This set has a fun vintage element with a typewriter and several sentiments that can be used…stay tuned to check it out in a couple days!
The photo was taken using my phone and the Instragram app…it is one of my favorite new apps!

Happy crafting!

A New Year, A New Venture!

Happy 2012! As this new year begins, I am embarking on a new venture! That new venture is sharing ideas about rubber stamping and other paper crafting activities.

Sometime back in the 90’s I started making my own holiday cards and they always featured a rubber stamping design. Then somewhere around 2005, I was introduced to Stampin’ Up! by a colleague and friend of mine. I was instantly hooked… stamps sold in sets that could easily be interchanged with one another, papers and inks that coordinate, and lots of great accessories. I became so hooked in fact that a year or so later, I signed on as an Independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and I also started selling handmade cards, invitations, and other paper crafts (think little boxes, gift card holders, notebooks, etc). After becoming a mom in 2008, my time for crafting and my stamping business decreased though most on my holiday card list would not know because I have yet to give up making my cards each year despite the fact that there are so many fabulous options for cards out there these days.

Like so many women, I juggle family with a career outside the home. While it is not always easy, I want to be sure to have balance in my life… time for my family (my husband Erik and our daughters Brooklyn and Britt), time for my career as a college admissions professional, and time for me to engage in creative pursuits. Not only because of what I have on my plate, but also because I like simplicity, what you’ll find on my blog promises to fresh and fun stamping ideas that are also quick and easy!

To get things started off, here’s an idea for some fabulous recipe cards! Recipe Cards!
You’ll notice there are the details about paper size so you could easily replicate. The stamp set I used is called “From the Kitchen of” and it is item #114964; it retails for $29.95. You can visit my website to order this set to make recipe cards for yourself or to give as gifts.

Thanks for joining me on this venture!

– Kerry