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May 2020

Last Days for the 2019-2020 Annual and Spring Mini Stampin' Up! Catalogs

It's about time to say goodbye to the 2019-2020 Annual and the 2020 Spring Mini Catalogs from Stampin' Up!

2019-2020 annual catalog

2019-2020 Annual Catalog

2020 spring mini catalog

2020 Spring Mini Catalog

Retiring items from both catalogs will be available until June 2, or while supplies last.

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Once the items are gone, they're gone!

Be sure to let me know if you have any questions.




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Mountain Air Thinking of You

Mountain air sympathy thinking of youI guess as I get older, more and more friends I know are losing parents and loved ones.

So sad, but, unfortunately, a way of life.

This is the card I created to send to a friend after the death of a brother (non Corona Virus related.)

I hope it brought some comfort.

I stamped layers of mountains using the Mountain Air stamp set in Basic Gray ink on Very Vanilla card stock full strength and again without reinking.

The trees were stamped in Basic Gray ink and cut out using the Big Shot and coordinating Majestic Mountain die.

The tree was cut out of Basic Black card stock using the Big Shot and Majestic Mountain die, and was attached using a small amount of Tombow Multi-purpose Glue.

The greeting comes from Sincere Salutations, a retired set in my stash that I still use often.


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Mountain Air Paper Towel Background-Have a Great Day

Paper towel have a great day

I like to craft with the paper towels I have used to clean stamps or blot watercolors. 

They make really interesting backgrounds, and it's always good to recycle and reuse!

I combined the paper towel background with Mountain Air stamp set and coordinating Majestic Mountain Dies to create this pretty landscape.

The greeting is from the Paper Pumpkin Kit Flora and Fauna and is one of my favorites.

Just remember to separate the plys from the paper towel, giving you two pieces to craft with.  Attach the paper towel to a piece of card stock using SNAIL, Tombow Multi-purpose Glue or a glue stick.  Then, you will be able to easily cut it down to the size you need.


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Black Ice Technique

The Black Ice Technique: Layer inks on foil paper using the Direct to Paper Technique for a stunning effect. 

The Black Ice Technique is great for masculine-themed cards.

I've combined this technique with Beautiful Day and Country Road, a couple of my favorite retiring stamp sets.

It was also featured in my May 2020 newsletter.

There's still time to receive the newsletter with instructions on how to do the Black Ice Technique.

Add your name to my mailing list anytime in May and receive the FREE newsletter.

The sign up box is located in the upper right-hand corner of this page.

Also, as my gift, you will also receive a FREE Adhesives 101 tutorial.

Black iceBeautiful Day Black Ice on Silver Foil

Black IceCountry Road Black Ice on Copper Foil

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5 Minute Designer Series Paper Cards

Do you ever need quick and easy 5 minute cards?

Here are some ideas using various designer series paper and the stitched rectangle dies.

The possibilities are endless!

You can add a greeting and other embellishments I like did with these 2 cards.

DSPMade with Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper.

Greeting and butterflies are from Butterfly Gala.

DSP 1Made with Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper.

Greeting is from Free as a Bird.

Or, you can leave off a greeting and let the designer paper due the heavy lifting like I did with these 3 cards.

Peaceful poppies easy DSPMade with Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper.


DSPMade with Best Dressed Designer Series Paper.


DSPMade with Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper.

Here's how:

  1. Cut center out of designer series paper card front using the Big Shot and Stitched Rectangle Die.  Cut mat rectangle out of coordinating card stock.  Attach together.
  2. Attach card front to coordinating mat.  Attach to card base.
  3.  Attach rectangle cut-out, matching the design on the card front.  Use Dimensionals to pop it up.
  4.  Option: Add greeting and embellishments if desired.


Please remember, all of these designer series papers are retiring and will be available while supplies last or until June 2.



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May Fresh Ideas-Kite Cards

Kite cardIris Folded Kite Card

Kite cardKite Fold Card

Let's go fly a kite
Up to the highest height!
Let's go fly a kite and send it soaring
Up through the atmosphere
Up where the air is clear
Oh, let's go fly a kite!

-Mary Poppins

Spring is here, and that means spring winds!

Perfect for kite flying!

How about creating some kite cards?

 I made these to send to our two grandchildren.

Madysen (3) received the Iris Folded Kite with a sponged sky background card made using Best Dressed Designer Series Paper.

Ryan (almost 1 year) received the Kite Fold Card featuring Dino Days stamp set and Dino Roar Designer Series Paper.

Perfect for any occasion, and the possibilities are endless!

Want to learn more?

My May Fresh Card Making tutorial will feature an Iris Folded Kite, and a Kite Fold Card.

This tutorial will hit e mail inboxes at 9:00 AM (MST) on May 19, 2020.

Please add your name to my mailing list anytime in  May 2020 to receive this tutorial complete with photos and step-by-step instructions.

To sign up, please use the Sign Up Box located in the upper right hand corner of this page.

Once the sign up process has been completed, you'll receive my Adhesives 101 tutorial via email in pdf format as my gift to you.

I hope to hear from you!



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Varied Vases Cards

Varied Vases in another of my favorite stamp sets that is retiring. 

It'll be available until June or until supplies last.

Please note, the coordinating Vases Builder Punch is not retiring.

Here are a few cards I've made using the stamp set and punch.

Birthday Wishes Paper PiecingPaper Pieced Vases

The vase images were stamped on Best Dressed DSP in Gorgeous Grape ink, then punched out using the Vases Builder Punch.

The flowers were colored using Melon Mambo, Gorgeous Grape, Flirty Flamingo, and Call Me Clover Stampin' Write Markers, then colored in using Petal Pink, Purple Posy, and Pineapple Punch Stampin' Write Markers.

The Stamparatus was used to stamp the scallop border and greeting.

Soft suede watercolorWatercolor Wash Vases in Soft Suede

For this card, I swiped Soft Suede ink using an Aqua Painter on watercolor paper.

The vases were punched using the Vases Builder Punch.  Soft Suede ink was sponged along the edges.

I used the Sprig punch to punch leaves out of Copper Foil card stock.

The greeting from Varied Vases was stamped using the Stamparatus in Soft Suede ink.

Pearls were added for interest, and the card front was attached to Copper Foil card base.

Blue watercolorWatercolor Wash in Night of Navy

For this card, Night of Navy was used for the watercolor wash. 

Nobel Peacock Foil Paper was used for the sprig and card base. 

The pearls were colored using Dark Night of Navy Stampin' Blend.


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Happy Mother's Day Easel Hat Card

Spring Hat Easel CardEasel Hat Mother's Day Card

Happy Mother's Day!

I hope you have a great day!

This Easel Hat card was featured in my April Fresh Ideas Newsletter.

A  tutorial is included in the newsletter with full instructions and color photos in a pdf format.

It's not too late to receive your own tutorial.

Simply add your name to my mailing list using the sign-up box located in the upper right-hand corner of this page by May 18th, 2020.

You will receive the tutorial in an e mail soon after you sign up.

I hope to hear from you soon.



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Beautiful You-Stamping on Ceramic Tiles

Beautiful You Stamped Ceramic Tiles

Stamping on ceramic tiles is one of my all-time favorite techniques!

These make great gifts and are good for an "anything but a card" theme. 

This would be a great idea for Mother's Day.

Or how about for an upcoming bridal or baby shower?

Colors could easily be chosen to match the theme of the party!

The technique is easy to do!

You will first need to purchase the tiles.  These can be found at any home improvement store for very little cost.

There are many varieties in many sizes, but I find that unglazed tiles work the best.  

Great tiles to use for this technique are tumbled marble which can be found at your local hardware store.  These tiles are often pitted which provides interest.

I purchased a shrink wrapped bundle of 9 tumbled marble tiles at our local Ho** De*** for about 10.00.

After removing the shrink wrap, I wiped all sides of the tiles with a damp paper towel to remove any dust.

Once the tiles dried completely, I was ready to start.

I simply stamped the "dancing girl" image and greeting from the stamp set Beautiful You using Stazon ink.

Stazon works well because it is permanent and will not smear. 

If you don't have Stazon, you could use an archival ink.  This should work ok because you will be sealing the tiles at the end anyway.

I then colored in the dress and hat using regular dye based Stampin' Up! Write Markers and set them aside to dry completely.

Stampin' Blends would work also.

This was the fun part.  Mixing and matching colors to create a colorful outfit. 

I found that my favorites were the images colored in bright pinks and blues

Experimenting is half the fun!

Once the marker ink was dry, I sprayed them with a clear acrylic matte sealant to seal in the inks. 

When using the sealant, be sure to follow the directions for use, especially spraying in a well-ventilated area.

The sealant will dry fairly quickly.  And now your tiles should be water resistant!

To protect any furniture that these tiles may be placed on from scratching, I added some fun foam "feet" to the bottom of each.  I simply cut the fun foam down to size (the tiles are approx 4"x4", so the fun foam was cut to 3 1/2" x 3 1/2") and then attached it to the bottom of the tile using a spray adhesive.

  Beautiful You Stamped Ceramic Tile

Beautiful You Stamped Ceramic Tile

Beautiful You Stamped Ceramic Tile

Easy, easy and a perfect gift. 



Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Beautiful You (retiring)

Ink: Black Stazon, various markers

Accessories: tumbled marble tiles, matte sealant, fun foam, spray adhesive



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Stampin' Up! Making A Difference-Covid 19 Giveback

Covid 19 giveback

Stampin’ Up! is committed to making a difference in our global communities and caring about people first. As part of our Making a Difference program we’re offering a product giveback opportunity to support organizations that are helping COVID-19 frontline responders and communities vulnerable to the pandemic.

The Share Sunshine pdf Download can be purchased, and we will donate 100% of the proceeds to COVID-19 efforts.

The Share Sunshine PDF Download is a digital stamp set that’s packed with both lighthearted and heartfelt sentiments and imagery relevant to the unique COVID-19 and social distancing situation we’re currently experiencing.  You can use the download in your card making and papercrafting projects. Simply print the imagery on card stock and cut it out using our Paper Trimmer, punches, or dies. Since we are physically distanced from each other, now is a perfect time to share sunshine with our friends and family by sending cards!

As part of Stampin’ Up!’s Making a Difference program, 100% of the Share Sunshine PDF Download proceeds will go to COVID-19 efforts through these organizations:

The World Health Organization’s COVID-Solidarity Response Fund
United Way Worldwide’s COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund

This digital download is $12.00


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A Few of My Favorite Retiring Stamp Sets-Sign Up for My May Newsletter

May 2020 samplerMy Favorite Retiring Stamp Sets Sampler

This is always a bittersweet time for me.  Stampin' Up! has released the list of retiring stamp sets and accessories, available through June 2 or while supplies last. 

I'm always a little sad to see stamp sets go. 

But, I know this leads up to the release of the new Annual Catalog  in June, which is always an exciting time.

I'll be sharing some of my favorite retiring stamp sets in my May Newsletter.

Projects include the Paper Piecing Technique using Beautiful You, Black Ice Technique using Beautiful Day, and an aged barn card,  perfect for a masculine-themed card using Country Road.

Want to learn more?

My May 2020 newsletter will hit e mail in boxes at 9 am (MST) May 5, 2020.

Get your own copy by adding your name to my mailing list anytime in May 2020.

To sign up, please use the Sign Up Box located in the upper right hand corner of this page.

Once the easy sign up process has been completed, you'll receive my Adhesives 101 tutorial as my gift to you!

Please stay healthy.

I hope to hear from you soon.



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