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?

Designer Series Paper

Designer Series Paper

Wow, the Designer Series Paper selection in the new Holiday Catalog is absolutely outstanding. Click on the photo above to watch a short video to see all of the gorgeous patterns.

What’s so great about Designer Series Paper you ask? The Designer Series Paper (affectionately known as DSP) is lighter weight than cardstock, and perfect for adding patterned layers to a project. Most DSP is double-sided, so you get two patterns for the price of one. Stuck for color inspiration? Pick your favorite pattern and use the colors from the paper as a starting point for your project. The DSP patterns and colors coordinate with stamps and cardstock for an easy way to get started creating. And last but not least, DSP is drool-worthy!

Beautiful You

Beautiful You
Beautiful You


I attended Stampin’ Up OnStage in Madison, a gathering of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators where we got to see the new Occasions catalog and stamped with new goodies. I came home with the gorgeous new set, Beautiful You and I paired it with the Stitched Shapes Framelits that are available for the month of November. The set features brushwork art and absolutely fabulous sentiments. A bit of watercolor with the new pencils makes the figure pop. I peeled the back off the White Perfect Accents and applied three of them with the Fine Tip Glue Pen. I thought the sentiment was fitting for the results of the election this week, as well as Veteran’s Day.

Leap Year Challenge

Leap Year
Leap Year

I can’t believe February is almost over – and it ‘s a leap year, so we get one extra day. Leap years occur every four years – something about catching up time. I’m all for more time to craft, so how about a 4-day leap year challenge?

I challenge you to create four ‘projects’ – from paper. The projects can be four different cards, gift packaging, 3D items, assembled kits, or even 3×3 notecards, or any combination. They can be clean and simple, or as detailed and multilayered as you wish. The four items must be mostly Stampin’ Up product, preferably current, but okay if some retired.

Send me a photo of each item, starting February 26, and ending February 29. I’ll add your name with a watermark and upload the photo to my blog.

What do you get out of this? The fun of making something, the pleasure of having a card or gift ready to go for that next special day, and the thrill of sharing your creativity with others. Oh, and one more thing, a pack of 24 sheets of Stampin’ Up cardstock, my gift to you for participating in all four days.

4-day Leap Year Challenge
Submit photo of item made by 10:00pm on February 26, 27, 28 and 29 to to be eligible for gift of 24 sheets of Stampin’ Up cardstock.

Wink of Glitter

Glitter without the mess! You are going to love Wink of Stella, you are going to WANT Wink of Stella, you need Wink of Stella. Add a hint of glimmer to stamped images, designer series paper, vellum, ribbon, wooden embellishments, buttons, pearls, photos, and more. The Wink of Stella Glitter Brush can also pick up any reinker color just like an AquaPainter or Blender Pen! What will you do with your Wink of Stella?

Glow Butterfly Glow

Glow Butterfly Glow
Glow Butterfly Glow

I just adore how this card turned out! The base card is from the Tin of Cards kit. No cutting or prepping needed – just open the box 🙂

Then a mat of Gold Foil Sheet with a slightly narrower piece of Fancy Foil Designer Vellum. When I was making the mat and overlay, I thought I cut them the same size. Happily, they weren’t and it looks better that way. And I adhered the vellum overlay with the new Fine Tip Glue Pen. If you only get one thing from the new Holiday catalog, it has to be that glue pen. No clogging and a super fine tip make it a must for a crafting toolbox.

The focal point shines with a Gold Foil Sheet butterfly layered with a Watercolor Wings butterfly completes the card. I used Mint Macaron, Wild Wasabi and a stamped off Bermuda Bay to layer the color on the smaller butterfly.

You’ll probably be seeing a lot of the crushed rock background in my photographs – we’re having some professional landscaping done, and the variegated rock just glows near sunset.

Silhouette Meets So You

So You Smile
So You Smile

See that word ‘Smile” on my card? It’s from the Stampin’ Up! photopolymer stamp set called So You, but it’s actually cut out of card stock with my Silhouette!

How did I turn a stamp into an SVG file for cutting?I saw a card on Kaitlyn Zumbach’s site that I had to CASE. Her version had the word ‘Happy” from the Hello You thinlets. I didn’t have that particular thinlet, but I did have the So You stamp set with that big ol’ Smile. I tried stamping the word with Whisper White craft ink on both vellum and window sheets. Only problem was the sentiment disappeared into the background on my card.

Light bulb moment here – cut it out of card stock on my Silhouette! I had the PixScan mat and hadn’t figured out how to use it. Fifteen minutes later, I had my cut out sentiment ready to go on my vellum layer.

I placed the tear sheet that the stamp set is on in the box on my PixScan mat, took a photo of it with my phone, and sent it to my computer. I opened up my Silhouette Designer Software, imported the picture, traced it and sent to cut. The whole process couldn’t have been easier.

I see lots more possibilities for adding stamp images with my  Silhouette!

Olympic Skater

In honor of the Olympics, make a penguin skater with her own portable rink. A small tin, a paper clip, and a strong magnet on the bottom, and you’ll be able to triple-toe like the gold medalists 🙂

Olympic Skater
Olympic Skater

Downton Abbey in Paper

Downton Abbey on Paper
Downton Abbey

It’s on!  I don’t know about you, but I was glued to the screen watching the return of Downton Abbey tonight. In case you haven’t watched it yet, I don’t want to spoil anything. So I whipped up this card in honor of all the great fashions worn on the season opener.

The card base is Smoky Slate, the mat is Elegant Eggplant, and the overlay is Vellum card stock embossed with the Beautifully Baroque embossing folder. An Antique brad and pearls add a touch of elegance, just like the Crawley ladies.