Category Archives: All About Stamping

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Combining Stamping & Children’s Artwork

If you are a parent, you likely have a good bit of children’s artwork. We certainly do at our house. When opportunities arise I like to use the artwork for gift giving. Today is our sitter’s birthday. For the card from our daughters, I decided to combine a painting that my 3 year old did along with a little but of stamping and some ribbon. Here is the card:



The ribbon is 1/8″ taffeta in marina mist (119257) and I mounted my daughter’s artwork on some marina mist card stock (119682). The card base is whisper white card stock (100730) and my gumball green stampin’ write marker from the 2012-2014 in color collection (126856) was used to ink the stamp. The stamp is part of the Happy You set (122800 wood / 122802 clear) — this set is exclusively available when you shop online and are eligible for Stampin’ Rewards or when you host a live workshop.

Do you find ways to use your children’s artwork? I would love to hear about them!



PS: the remainder of my daughter’s painting is being saved for future cards or it may go on the front of a gift bag as it is perfectly sized for that purpose!

Zoo Review Zebra Card, part one of four

The next several days (four to be exact) I want to show you the notion of taking a card and “stepping it up”…i.e. starting with a basic card and adding on complexity.

In the context of a Stampin’ Up! workshop, a demonstrator might have guests do a make and take using one of the the cards I show you today, tomorrow or perhaps the even on Thursday. A make and take is just what it sounds like…you make the card and you take the card home from the workshop. The card you see on Friday is something that a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator simply demonstrates and shows to attendees…and perhaps the hostess gets to keep it for herself each day, I will “step up” the card that we are starting with today.

Today’s card is about a simple as I ever go though frankly you could make it even simpler by stamping on the base of the card as opposed to a separate layer. I also elected to “tip” the edges by dragging them across my ink pad…some people would also call this distressing. Below are a few different options for placement of the stamped image.




Again, this is a very basic card option. While I am a firm believer in keeping my card making simple, this is more basic than I typically go. However, if you were looking to make a batch of notecards really quickly, this could be the perfect choice.

You’ve seen that I chose the zebra from the Zoo Review stamp set to feature this week. In my mind, nothing says summer like a trip to the zoo! For my blog readers in Australia…g’day and hope you are enjoying winter! Same goes for other readers from the southern hemisphere.

Truth be told, we like to go to the zoo year round as the crowds are much more sparse in the cooler months. This year we spent New Year’s Day at the zoo and felt like we had the place to ourselves. We are members of the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, RI.

What is your favorite zoo?

See you later this week as I take this card foundation and build upon it!


A Mouthwatering Birthday Card

Summer is here and in my mind, watermelon definitely says summer! This card definitely says summer birthday. Here are a few pictures as I assembled the card and two possible final layouts…I went with the angled version.





If you wanted to go with a really basic card, you could use simply the printed background paper that I created using the watermelon image, card stock, and the birthday sentiment. On here I used tone on tone ink for the watermelon…and it almost looks like a wedge of lemon or lime.

Or you could easily dress this up with a bit of ribbon or some well placed brads. It is all a matter of your style, the time you have, and what supplies are readily at hand.

With a stamp set like Mouthwatering where the images are solid, my prefere is typically to use whisper white card stock since you get to most saturated ink effect. Also, because I used markers to apply the ink, I made sure to breathe onto the i age before stamping — this helps be sure the ink is moist.

Wishing you a glorious summer day!


supplies: mouthwatering stamp set (125677 clear/125675 wood), teeny tiny wishes stamp set (127802 clear/115370 wood), summer star fruit, primrose petals, and gum all green stampin’ write markers (126856), and card stock in summer star fruit (126839), primrose petals (126841), and whisper white (100730)

A few of my favorite things…part 2 of 2

Yesterday, I showed you some of my favorite tools and accessories from the idea book and catalog…some new, some tried & true. Today I want to share my favorite new stamps, designer series paper, and product suites! Be sure to read all the way for a special promotion I am offering related to my favorites!

My favorite new stamps (one from each catalog section)

Seasonal Celebrations – Cottage Window (127280 wood/127282 clear)

Cottage Window Clear-Mount Stamp Set

Occassions –  For the Birds (126405 wood/126407 clear)

For the Birds Wood-Mount Stamp Set

Growing Up – Bug Me (126575 wood/126577 clear)

Bug Me Clear-Mount Stamp Set

Nature – Blooming with Kindness (126420 wood/126422 clear)

Blooming with Kindness Clear-Mount Stamp Set

Elements – World Treasures (126765 wood/126767 clear)

World Treasures Wood-Mount Stamp Set

Greetings –  One in a Million (126380 wood/126382 clear)

One in a Million Wood-Mount Stamp Set

Honorable Mention – Monogram Stamp (greetings section…check it our on page 147 of the idea book & catalog!)

My favorite new designer series paper…Birds of a Feather (126899)

Birds of a Feather Designer Series Paper

My favorite new flawless fabric…Floral District (126893)

Floral District Designer Fabric

My favorite new product suite (this was such a tough decision!)…Storytime…go here to see all the product suites.

And now for a very special and limited time offer surrounding my favorites and yours…

Place an order totaling $65 or more before shipping, handling and applicable taxes) on my demonstrator website ( by June 30, 2012 and I’ll send you your choice of one item listed below:

  • your very own paper copy of the idea book & catalog
  • a Stampin’ Write Marker in your favorite color
  • 1/8″ taffetta ribbon in the color you like best

After you place your order, please email me you choice to me…

Hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my favorites! Please tell me about yours!


Please note that this is a promotion is one that I am running and is not a Stampin’ Up! promotion. Orders that total $150 or more are eligible for Stampin’ Rewards which are a Stampin’ Up! promotion.

These are a few of my favorite things…part 1 of 2

The new idea book & catalog has been out for a couple weeks now and I’ve spent time pouring over the pages. It is filled with truly stunning project ideas, beautiful stamps, and fabulous tools and accessories. I wanted to devote a couple posts to sharing my favorites with you and today I’ll show you my favorite tools and accessories…these represent a mix of both new and established products.

Color Caddy – love this for keeping my ink pads organized!

Color Caddy - by Stampin' Up!

Stampin’ Dimensionals – perfect for adding a little height to make card elements really pop!Stampin' Dimensionals - by Stampin' Up!

Stampin’ Timmer – while this new tool is not yet available, I cannot wait to add it to my collection! I am excited to purchase it because it allows for a full 12″ cut or score without having to remove either blade — it has a 14.5″ ruler. Stay tuned for details on when it is available for purchase!

Big Shot Die-Cut Machine  – this tool allows you to create such a wide variety of projects and it is so easy to use!

Big Shot Die-Cut Machine - by Stampin' Up!

Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die – we love these butterflies at our house! Just right for embellishing cards and gift bags and we have a mobile in the works!

Beautiful Butterflies Stampin' Up! Bigz Die - by Stampin' Up!

Petite Purse Bigz L Die – my goals is to make some fun fabric purses with these this summer that will be great for dolls and for party favors! This

Petite Purse Bigz L Die

3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon – this beautiful new ribbon comes in the 2012-2014 In Colors…it is a toss up between Gumball Green and Raspberry Ripple as favorite colors.

3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon

And last but not least, I continue to love …

3/8″ Ruffled Ribbon – the ruffles are fun, the texture is fabulous and it comes in the 2011-2013 In Colors that I simply adore.

3/8" Ruffled Ribbon

What are your favorites? I’d love to hear about them!

Tomorrow I’ll be telling about about all of my favorite NEW stamps…be sure to visit me to learn about those and a very special promotion I am going to offer!


The New 2012-2013 Stampin’ Up! Idea Book & Catalog


It is here!

It has lots of fabulous project ideas!

It is gorgeous!

Want to take a look? There are three options for you…

  1. View online
  2. Order it through my demonstrator website for $5.00 plus shipping, handling, and taxes (if applicable)
  3. Place an order on my site for $50 or more in products and I will mail it to you at no charge (please note that this is an exclusive offer from me)

My copy arrived yesterday and it has been hard to put down!

Know you will find lots of inspiration in it!