Adhesives 101

Adhesives 101, sticky, adhere

Adhesives 101 – or how not to get stuck! Ever wonder which adhesive to use when? Then you’re in luck! Just follow the chart above and you’ll always have the right adhesive for the job. It’s a great time to stock up. For each $50 order placed now until March 31, choose a free Sale-A-Bration item. Contact me today to order your set of adhesives.

Fast Fuse, 129026

129026 Fast Fuse – love it. It’s my go-to adhesive for 3D items.

Snail Adhesive, 104332

104332 SNAIL Adhesive – the original. ‘Nuff said.

Fine Tip Glue Pen, 138309

138309 Fine Tip Glue Pen – for those teeny, tiny embellishments. And it can also add gloss when used as a ‘topper’!

Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Tombow, 110755, Adhesives 101

110755 Multipurpose Liquid Glue – the workhorse of adhesives. If you only have one adhesive, this is the one. It works for everything except ribbon.

Mini Glue Dots, 103683, Adhesives 101

103683 Mini Glue Dots – great for ribbon, and you can roll them up and use on intricate diecuts.

Tear&Tape, 138995, Adhesives 101

138995 Tear&Tape – another great option for those 3D items when you need that extra bit of hold. And no scissors needed, just tear off what you need.

Dimensionals, 104430, 144108, Adhesives 101

104430 & 144108 Dimensionals – regular or mini, these pop up an image. Stack them for even more dimension and variety.

Foam Adhesive Strips, 141825, Adhesives 101

141825 Foam Adhesive Strips – it’s shaker card time!

Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets, 144106, Adhesives 101

144106 Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets – turn a diecut into a sticker with these

Why Join Stampin’Up!?

Why Join Stampin'Up!

Why join Stampin’ Up!? Here are just a few of the reasons why you’ll want to join Stampin’ Up:

  • You have a big wish list
  • You want a discount, no selling necessary unless you want to
  • You get to choose your starter kit contents. Your choice of $125 in product for only $99 plus tax – and free shipping on the starter kit!
  • Ongoing 20% discount off all of your future orders (and the ability to increase that to 25%)
  • Earn additional income of up to another 18% of your sales
  • Early access to new products
  • Earn free stamps with various promotions
  • Qualify for cash bonuses, product rewards, incentive trips and more
  • Receive Stampin’ Success magazine on a quarterly basis
  • Eligibility to attend demonstrator only events, locally and nationally

Why Join During Sale-A-Bration?

Sale-A-Bration (SAB) is the biggest time of the year for Stampin’ Up!  And it runs until March 31st 2018.

When you sign up during SAB you get to choose any two additional stamps sets for free (up to $104 in value)! The stamp sets can be chosen from the 2018 Occasions Catalog or the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog. Also, as a demonstrator you can earn free product during SAB. If this interests you, ask me for the details.

Live Laugh Love

A lovely little card that kind of says it all — Live Laugh Love! Here’s how to make your own:


  • Melon Mambo cardstock – 5-1/2” x 8-1/2”
  • Rich Razzleberry cardstock – 5-1/4” x 4”
  • Whisper White cardstock – 4”x4”
  • Painted with Love DSP – 5” x 3-3/4”, scrap for hearts
  • Love Mini Tinsel – 7”


  1. Adhere the Painted with Love DSP to the Rich Razzleberry cardstock.
  2. Wrap the 7” tinsel around DSP and Rich Razzleberry cardstock and adhere to the back of the card with SNAIL adhesive.
  3. Adhere the Rich Razzleberry cardstock to the Melon Mambo card.
  4. Ink the Live Laugh Love stamp with Melon Mambo, before stamping on cardstock roll the edges of the stamp in the Rich Razzleberry. Stamp on the 4” Whisper White cardstock.
  5. Cut out heart with a heart framelit that frames the words nicely.
  6. Cut out 2 hearts using scrap pieces of the Painted with Love DSP with desired heart framelits.
  7. Adhere the DSP hearts to card using SNAIL adhesive.
  8. Adhere the Live Laugh Love heart to the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.


Lots of Happy

Lots of Happy Card Kit

Wow, what a great all-inclusive card kit, everything you need to make 20 gorgeous cards with coordinating envelopes and a bonus of lots of happy. All you need to do is add your favorite adhesive to the kit and you’re ready to go.

The ‘Lots of Happy’ Photopolymer Stamp Set has 5 sentiments including a birthday greeting, a thank-you sentiment plus two flowers. These sentiments will be great for other greeting cards and projects in the future. The kit include a clear block and a Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Spot for stamping the images.

The colors used in the kit include: Basic Black, Flirty Flamingo, Lemon Lime Twist, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry and Sahara Sand. Included are four full-size Watercolor Pencils: Flirty Flamingo, Lemon Lime Twist, Old Olive, and Rich Razzleberry. The Flirty Flamingo and Lemon Lime Twist Watercolor Pencils are exclusive to this kit. If you love to watercolor with pencils this is your chance to add a couple of extra colors to your stash.

This kit would make a great gift for someone special. Or use it yourself for when you’re short on time, or just need lots of happy in your day 🙂

Lots of Happy Card Kit Contents

Not convinced you need it yet? Make an additional 20 cards by ordering a refill. Or impress your friends with a French version–ooh la la!  Easy ordering information is below:

To a Classy Kind of Guy

Classy Kind of Guy, Masculine Valentine, 3D, treat box

Who’s your classy kind of guy? Your husband, boyfriend, son, dad, father-in-law, uncle, nephew, or your friend, or all of the above? Whoever he is, he’s sure to love this treat box for Valentine’s Day. It’s masculine, and it says you care. Here are the details on how to make your own treat box for your classy kind of guy!

PREP for Classy Kind of Guy:

  1. Cut a piece of Very Vanilla Thick Cardstock to 3” X 4”.
  2. Cut a piece of the True Gentleman Designer Series Paper as follows: 1-1/2” X 12” strip of the plaid pattern, 4” X 4” piece of the Night of Navy paper with dashed lines
  3. Trim a piece of Night of Navy 3/8“ Corduroy Ribbon to approximately 4” long.

INSTRUCTIONS for Classy Kind of Guy:

  1. Assemble the gable box per the directions provided in the package.
  2. Fold the 1-1/2” X 12” strip of True Gentleman Designer Series paper around the circumference of the box, lightly folding at the corners, then remove the strip and burnish the folds with your bone folder.
  3. Place Tear & Tape on the strip of DSP and adhere to the box. It will not meet in the middle, but other elements will cover the empty space.
  4. Punch two shapes using the Tailored Tag Punch, and adhere to the front of the box over the strip of plaid DSP, overlapping them in the center.
  5. Using Chocolate Chip ink, stamp the “To A Classy Kind of Guy” sentiment on the piece of Very Vanilla Thick cardstock.
  6. Using Crushed Curry ink, stamp the striped heart on the Very Vanilla thick cardstock.
  7. Punch out the sentiment with the Tailored Tag punch.
  8. Fussy cut the heart using Paper Snips or cut them out with the matching framelit from the Sweet & Sassy Framelits.
  9. Apply Stampin’ Dimensionals to the backs of the heart and the punched sentiment, and adhere them to the center front of the box, with the heart on the upper left of the sentiment.
  10. Tie the Night of Navy Corduroy Ribbon into a knot and adhere to the heart with Mini Glue Dots.
  11. Add a Metallic Enamel Shape Heart to the right side of the stamped tag.

Newsletter Freebie

Triangular Box, 3D, Newsletter Freebie

Sign up for my newsletter and get a free, bonus, downloadable pdf of instructions on how to make this Triangular Box. Why is it triangular? Look at the ends – triangles! It’s super easy to make. I made a Valentine version as shown above for the tutorial.  The newsletter freebie is easily customized to any holiday or any recipient just be swapping out the paper and accessories.

I send out my newsletter via email around the beginning of each month.  My newsletter includes color inspiration, tips and/or tricks, specials, and project samples and/or instructions. Occasionally I’ll send an extra email blast letting you know about a great special that’s for a limited time only.

Want more inspiration than once a month? For more stamping inspiration, check out my Instagram channel. You’ll find more project samples, as well as photos of things I find inspiring. I usually post 3-4 times a week. I ❤️ Instagram – as the old saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words!

And I’m over on Facebook, so follow me there, too, as I  post different things in different places.

See you on the inter webs!

You’ve Got a Friend in Me, Embossing Buddy

Embossing Buddy, 103083
This Buddy is not just for embossing!

I’m sure any of you who have done any heat embossing know that using the Stampin’ Up! Embossing Buddy on your paper before embossing helps prevent extra powder or glitter from sticking to your project (that’s straight from the Stampin’ Up! website). But did you know that you can use the Embossing Buddy to help you in other ways? One way is to neutralize adhesives that have managed to sneak into places where you don’t want it.

Yesterday I spent a lot of time die-cutting dozens of small pieces of cardstock and then adhering them to my projects using Multipurpose Glue. If you’ve ever used this glue on small pieces, you know that there may end up being quite a few little smudges of glue where you definitely do not want them. I found that my hands had developed some stickiness, there were smudges of dried glue on the grid paper under my projects, and just a bit of glue had peeked out from under those little pieces of cardstock. To top it all off, I managed to have some of the glue on my grid paper transfer itself to the backs of some of my cards.

Yikes! But not for long. My Stampin’ Up! Embossing Buddy rescued me and my projects! Once everything was put together and the glue had dried, I whipped out the Buddy and tap-tap-tapped it wherever I spotted some of that sneaky glue. In an instant all that stickiness was gone. There was a sprinkling of dust in some places where I tapped a bit too hard, but I was able just to blow it off or wipe it away with a tissue.

The Embossing Buddy is also useful when you’ve added some SNAIL or Fast Fuse adhesive to a spot where it shouldn’t have been. I’ve really appreciated having the Embossing Buddy around to tap-tap-tap away the stickiness from that adhesive. In those cases, the dust from the Embossing Buddy is not easily brushed away. But usually where I’ve put the adhesive, either intentionally or accidentally, is a spot that’s not going to show in the final project anyway.

I hope that this has given you some added appreciation for that little Buddy and will get it out on your work table a bit more often!

A Magical Day

Double Z Fold, fancy fold, magical day 

Double z fold, magical day

Not only is this Double Z Fold card magical, but today is a magical day. Today is the first day of the new Occasions catalog and Sale-A-Bration.

What is Sale-A-Bration? This year, Stampin’Up! has UPPED the freebie potential. As usual, for each $50 in product purchases, you get to choose a free item from the Sale-A-Bration brochure. And new this year are additional items for every $100 spent, like an awesome set of dies.

The starter bundle offer is outstanding too. For just $99 you get a completely customizable bundle, plus two free stamp sets (up to $101 total), free shipping and an additional $25 in free product. And there are no strings attached–your $99 also gets you a discount for six months if purchased in January. No obligation whatsoever except to get a pile of goodies and craft away. Sounds like a deal to me – if you think so too, contact me today and I’ll help you get started.

So since it’s a new year and a new catalog, I thought I’d make it a magical day as well.

The new stamp set Magical Day cast a spell on me the first moment I laid eyes on it. It has dragons! Wizards! Mermaids! Unicorns! And the matching paper has all of those, plus it has glittery embossed bits! Be still my heart.

The Double Z Fold is one of those cards that’s a big wow but is very easy to make, once you know how.

How to Make a Double Z Fold

I cut my Basic Grey cardstock at 11″ x 4 1/4″ and scored the long side at 5 1/2″ and 2 3/4″. Then I cut a second piece of Basic Grey cardstock at 8 1/2″ x 2 7/8″ and scored the long side at 2 7/8″ and just a smidgen under 5 3/4″. Fold each piece to resemble the letter “Z”.

I cut my unicorn paper to 5 1/4″ x 4″ and two more pieces at 2 1/2″ x 4″. I used the largest square die from the Stitched Shapes Framelits to cut out three pieces of Shimmery White cardstock.

Adhere the cut pieces as shown to the two Basic Grey base pieces. Then flatten the small z piece so it looks like a square and center it over the back panel of the z peace and adhere. Close the big z piece and wherever the little z piece overlaps it, apply adhesive and press down. Voila, you have a perfect double z fold! Decorate as desired. Below is a list of all the product I used to make my card. Hope your day was magical!


Watercolor Brusho Adds Gorgeous Color

Watercolor Brusho

Watercolor Brusho adds gorgeous color effortlessly, and each time you use it, it is unique!

Havent used Brusho before? Let me give you a few quick tips.

1) Wet your paper first. I used watercolor paper for this card, but you can use other paper, just use less water.

2) Poke 1 or 2 holes in the top of the Brusho container.

3) Start with the lightest color first.

4) Shake the Brusho sparingly over the wet paper. Spritz with water, wait a moment, spritz again.

5) Repeat step 4 until desired color.

6) Add different colors of Brusho as desired, repeating step 4.

7) Dry with heat tool.

I embossed the branch of flowers image first by stamping the image with Versamark and embossing with clear embossing powder. Then I started with the yellow Brusho and ended with the orange Brusho following the steps listed above. I love the washed watercolor look as well as the little specks of color dotted randomly across the surface.

Then I added the embossed cross from Hold on to Hope, a new stamp set and Framelit bundle available June 3 from the new Occasions catalog. I stamped and clear embossed another branch of flowers as well as a mum and die cut both, and adhered with rolled up glue dots.

I tied a piece of Very Vanilla Lace Trim and a piece of the Calypso Coral Shimmer Ribbon (free with a $50 purchase beginning in January) together with the gold 1/8 inch ribbon and used a glue dot to stick the whole thing on the card front.

And Tutti-fretting Adhesive-backed(!) sequins scattered on top finish off the card.

Watch for more projects coming up using the amazing watercolor Brusho!

Shut the Barn Door

Shut the barn door, this little piggy, interactive cardShut the barn door, this little piggy, interactive cardShut_the_barn_door, this little piggy, interactive card

Slide open the barn door and say hello to this little piggy!

The Pinewood Planks embossing folder ups the ante with 3D dynamic texture for my barn. A little sponging with Early Espresso over the Real Red cardstock adds more depth. The hardware is die cut from Copper Foil for some metallic shine, though I suppose I should have grunged it up for a more realistic farm look (my barn wall is new so it can be shiny!)

I colored in my little piggy with a watercolor pencil and blended the color with a Blender Pen so there were no harsh lines on my watercolor paper and fussy cut him out.

And the barn door? So easy with the new bundle, Barn Door stamp set and Sliding Door framelit dies. Ran everything through the Big Shot and voila! a sliding door.

The barn door bundle will be available for purchase on January 3rd. Contact me to get a catalog now.

Self Closing Impossible Box

Impossible Box, Self Closing Box
  Impossible (Self Closing) Box

I love a lot of bang for my buck, and the ‘Not So’ Impossible Box delivers! At first glance, the Impossible Box looks like — a box. The surprise comes when you open the box – the lid slides up and from the top, it looks like a door from the Death Star  is opening!

Top View Closed     Top View Open     Side View Open

Want to make your own Impossible Box? Click here for a free, downloadable PDF with complete, step by step instructions.

I decorated my Impossible Box with the gorgeous, drool-worthy Painted With Love Specialty Designer Series Paper, coming in the Occasions Catalog beginning January 3, 2018. Pink is probably my least favorite color, but I adore every sheet in this collection. Just goes to show you that the right shade of pink makes all the difference 🙂

A dash of gold with the word ‘love’ die cut from gold foil and the gold edging of the vanilla ribbon add a touch of luxe to bring out the gold foil that’s part of the Painted With Love Paper, and my Impossible Box positively glows!

Card Kits Equal Zero Prep

Card Kits, Soft Sayings Card Kit
                                                                                                  Soft Sayings Card Kit

Do you love to make cards, but sometimes want to skip all the preparation such as cutting and scoring cardstock, cutting out images with the Big Shot and searching for matching ribbons and embellishments? Card kits to the rescue!

The Soft Sayings Card Kit (145466) makes it easy to create a stack of all-occasion cards. The kit makes 20cards, 2 each of 10 designs in 3 sizes. The kit includes all the printed, cut and scored card bases, coordinating envelopes, a 15-piece photopolymer stamp set, a clear stamp block, a Basic Gray Stampin’ Spot, die-cut accents, baker’s twine, washi tape, and Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The coordinating colors in this kit are: Basic Gray, Berry Burst, Gold, Lemon Lime Twist, Powder Pink, and Tranquil Tide.

When you’ve completed all your cards, don’t be sad! You can order a refill kit (145387) and use the stamp set, clear block, and ink spot to create 20 more beautiful cards.

Order your kit today and enjoy making some great cards with this awesome card kit!

Boost Your Creativity with a Card Sketch

Sketches can be a great way to boost your creativity. You can create your card exactly like the elements in the sketch or you can make adjustments to the orientation, move the elements or add more details to your card.

With my first card, I’ve followed the sketch pretty closely. I added interest by using my markers to add two tones of color to the sentiment.

Not only have I changed the orientation of the card, I’ve stepped it up by embossing the Old Olive cardstock, adding a third color to the sentiment, and added ribbon and thread.

It’s amazing how a few tweaks can make such a difference.

Five Ways to Store Diecuts

Ever get in the middle of making a card, and can’t find the diecut you want to use? I have five diecuts storage solutions for you!

1)  Many of the Stampin’Up! diecuts coordinate with stamp sets. Cut a piece of magnetic vent cover (purchase it at hardware stores—much cheaper than the magnetic sheets sold at craft stores), cut it to fit inside the front cover of the stamp case, add Fast Fuse or Tear N Tape to the back and adhere it to the case. Place diecuts flat side down on the magnetic sheet.

Store diecut with stamp set

2)  Another option is to store diecuts in a clear-mount stamp case, item #119105. In this case J you can store two sets of diecuts, one on each side. Just adhere the magnetic sheets to both inside covers. I do this with similar diecuts, like the circles and ovals, so it takes up less space.

3)  A third option is to use the original sleeve the diecuts come in. With this option, I adhere the magnetic sheet to the piece of cardstock the diecuts come on. Then place diecuts flat side down on the magnetic sheet. No more trying to pull the diecuts off of the sticky tape!

Diecut in sleeve

4)  Photo albums with sheet protectors work also. Again, adhere a magnetic sheet to a piece of cardstock, add the diecuts, and slide into the sheet protector.

5)  The last option is to use Avery Elle Stamp and Die Storage Pockets. These are available on Amazon. Add a magnetic sheet and you’re all set.

Once you have decided on your method of storage, you will need someplace to put the organized diecuts. You can now file the diecuts on a bookshelf or in a drawer. And to add another layer of organization, you can sort the diecuts and place them in various sized bins.

And a bonus tip: ever misplace a diecut on your work surface? Keep a magnetic bowl out and place the working diecuts in it, OR, adhere a piece of magnetic sheet to a plastic angled photoframe. Pop the diecuts you are working with on it and you’ll never lose sight of the diecut!

Diecut on Picture Frame

Masculine Cards Made Easy

Do you have trouble when it comes to making masculine cards?
I often hear something like this “I have a terrible time coming up with ideas for masculine cards”.  Really, feminine and masculine cards are not much different.  You only need to use items that have more texture, more neutral colors such as earth tones, and simple lines to make a masculine card.

Let’s take this simple card pattern.

masculine card sketch

It has a base layer of cardstock, two different papers, a banner and a circle along with three simple embellishments.  Very simple and not fussy.  Remember, when using a card pattern, you can change positions of the pieces.

Now, using the pattern and the same pieces, let’s make a feminine card.
feminine card from cardsketch

Here I used Pool Party and Sweet Sugarplum cardstock, and the Petal Garden DSP paper stack.  It has two different papers, a circle, and a banner and three rhinestones like the sketch.  I raised the banner higher since my card is in portrait mode.  In the circle I stamped Happy Birthday from the Special Celebrations stamp set.  The verse is stamped on the inside of the card.

Then I wanted to make a masculine card using the same card pattern.

masculine card with faux suede technique
Same banner, two different papers and a circle and three embellishments. I used the Wood Textured Designer Series Paper Stack, Early Expresso cardstock, and a Garden Green layer of yardstick on a Very Vanilla card.  For the banner, to add more texture, I used the Faux Suede technique on the yardstick. I colored the dots with a Sharpie Marker and the verse is stamped in Early Expresso. In the circle I stamped the verse from Special Celebration and the Happy Birthday sentiment is stamped inside the card.

So there you have it, there is not much difference in a masculine and a feminine card.  Just change your ingredients for making the cards.  For masculine, think simple lines, earthy and masculine colors, and lots of texture.  Don’t let masculine cards scare you.

Online Extravaganza!

Online Extravaganza

It’s here! Today only, save 20% on select stamp sets during our once a year Online Extravaganza. And get exclusive deals up to 50% off on select accessories the rest of the week, too!

For online order, please use Host Code JE4H4M6D. Or email me, and I’d be happy to place your order for you.

Click here for a downloadable list of the sale items, or browse the icons below. Happy shopping!


Stamp It Up!

red rubber stamp

Every project – and every stamper – is just a bit different which is why Stampin’ Up! offers unique styles of stamps. All stamps are made in the United States and are packaged in uniformly sized cases with images on the side for easy storage and quick reference. The stamp medium is listed in each stamp set description. Here are the three types of stamps produced by Stampin’ Up!

Classic Rubber Clear Mount – Made using high-quality rubber that allows for detailed images. Come with a compact set of stamps ready to mount on reusable clear blocks (sold separately). Work your stamping magic, then remove the stamp from the block and store everything away for your next project.

Classic Rubber Wood Mount – Made using high-quality rubber that allows for detailed images. Come in larger plastic storage cases and include both stamps and one maple wood block per stamp (in coordinating sizes). Once you’ve mounted the red rubber stamp on the block, it will always be ready for you to used right out of the box.

Photopolymer – The transparent nature of photopolymer stamps makes it easy to line up images for precision placement. Mount the stamps on reusable clear blocks and see where creativity takes you! Some advantages to using photopolymer stamps are – 1) mix & match – combine multiple stamps on a single block; 2) repeating patterns – create backgrounds by repeating images to fill the page; 3) clear alignment – perfect for alphabet sets or builder stamps; 4) two-step – layering two or more stamped images is called Two-Step Stampin. Look for sets throughout the current catalog marked as Two-Step.


Six Alternate Ways to Washi

washi tape, washi

Washi tape is one of those embellishments that I can’t seem to get enough of. It makes for wonderful focal points and accents on cards and scrapbook pages. But what else can you do with a drawer full of washi?

1) Cover the base of battery-operated tealights and use the same washi tape to “seal” the matching paper gift box you make.
2) Wrap different widths and coordinating designs of washi tape around a plain glass vase.
3) Make a bookmark by inserting a piece of washi tape through the big loop end of a paperclip and sticking it back on itself.
4) Run a piece of washi tape the length of a pincer-type clothespin and use the clothespins to hang up your cards.
5) Cover the barrel of a pencil by cutting strips of washi tape the length of the pencil, rolling the tape around the barrel, and trimming the ends as needed. Or wrap strips of washi tape perpendicular around the barrel for  more flair.
6) Create a custom photo frame by adhering a favorite photo to cardstock or designer series paper. Tear washi tape strips and place around the photo to make a frame. Decorate a binder clip with another piece of the washi tape and clip it to the top to hang your photo.

And a BONUS use for washi tape – use it to make tabs for your Stampin’Up! catalog. There is no end to what you can use washi tape for. What will you washi?

World Card Making Day Celebration

Why celebrate one day, when you can celebrate 10 days! Get 15% off select Note Cards & Envelopes and stamp sets now until October 10. Plus, buy Fast Fuse Adhesive (item 129026) and get TWO Fast Fuse Adhesive Refills for FREE! So celebrate the best hobby of all—card making today.

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