More This And That

Here’s another spread in the Epic Day This and That journal. Do you see that washi tape? Squee!

This and That - spy the wash tape?
This and That – spy the wash tape?


This And That – An Old Fashioned Pinterest!

What did we do before Pinterest came along? We pulled out pages in magazines, printed stuff from the web, or scratched our head while sayin’ where did I see this? The new line, This And That, from Stampin’ Up! is the perfect way to keep track of things you like in a very pretty way.

Sample two-page spread from This and That
Sample two-page spread from This and That

Love the colors, designs of the paper pack and the stickers! See this post for more on the Epic Day This and That Bundle.


Color Refresh

It’s spring here in the Midwest, and it sure looks dull outside right now – lots of brown dead grass, mud, and the occasional resisting-melting dirty snowpile. Ugh. The robins are back – I’ve seen a few flying about, but not enough to REALLY feel like spring. And there’s still a chill in the air. That’s why Stampin’ Up’s recent announcement of a Color Refresh makes me happy – color brightens my day.

Color Refresh
Color Refresh

Some of my favorite colors from the past are back!  Love my Bermuda Bay, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, and Island Indigo. Can you tell I’m a Pisces? All blues and greens 🙂

Brights Collection
Brights Collection
Subtles Collection
Subtles Collection
Regals Collection
Regals Collection
Neutrals Collection
Neutrals Collection

So glad to know I don’t have to hoard my favorites! How about you – what are you’re favorites?

This and That Journal

Your life is: Awesome. Quirky. Exciting. Perfectly messy. And happening really fast.

So I’m happy to introduce Stampin’ Up’s newest product line that lets you capture it all on-the-go.

This and That Journal will debut in the 2013-2014 annual Stampin Up catalog, but you can get it now.

From today through April 30, you can get all five This and That products in a bundle for 15 percent off!


Here are the Stampin’ Up! item numbers and a pdf you can download:

  • Epic Day This and That Bundle – 133350 – $32.08 (15% off)
  • Epic Day This and That Journal  – 131268 – $10.95
  • Epic Day This and That Designer Series Paper  -130814 – $10.95
  • Remember This and That Rotary Stamp – 130133 – $5.95
  • Epic Day This and That Designer Stickers  – 131271 – $4.95
  • Epic Day This and That Designer Washi Tape – 131269 – $4.95

The fine details…

  • Stampin’ Up is introducing the line with these five products, but will be adding more This and That stuff as time goes on.
  • Bundle Dates: March 23-April 30 (remember the items that come in the bundle will be available in May and in the new catalog, but we’re only offering the discounted bundled until April 30).
  • You can get as many This and That products or bundles as you want.

I’ve got my bundle ordered, and will share pictures and details as soon as it arrives!

Better than Angry Birds!

Want to get creative on your mobile device? Then I’ve got the app for you! Simply Sent is a cute little digital design app for creating quick, custom greetings to share with someone special. And it’s free!

Simply Sent sample
Simply Sent sample

From your Android device, go to the Google Play Store. Search for Simply Sent, select the application, select install and follow the prompts. From your Apple device, go to iTunes or the App Store to download.

Pick a background, add text, a picture, an embellishment or two, then share.

So instead of getting frustrated ’cause you can’t get past level 25 in Angry Birds, try creating with Simply Sent!

Still Clean & Simple

A few simple changes – a little piercing, matching sentiment, sponged edge, and a lined envelope can make a whale of a difference!

Clean & Simple Whale with Lined Envelope
Clean & Simple Whale with Lined Envelope

Now I love this card, and it’s still clean and simple. And the changes took only a few minutes. Quick directions on how to line an envelope. Cut Designer Series Paper to 4″ x 5 11/16″, slide into top of envelope with a little adhesive, trim to fit outside edge of flap.

Watch my YouTube channel for an upcoming video if you need a visual on how to line an envelope.

Too Clean & Simple?

My first attempt at a Clean & Simple card using the super cute Oh Whale stamp set is a bit TOO Clean & Simple for my taste.

Too Clean & Simple Whale
Too Clean & Simple Whale

What I like:  keeping my palette to just two colors, quick and easy

What I don’t like:  feels unfinished to me

Let me know if you like this look. And check back to see what I do to this card to take it up a notch.

Up, Up & Away

Any of you who know me know that I go crazy when it comes to hot air balloons. And these three are no exception.

Up, up, up & away times 3
Up, up, up & away times 3

The bright colors are an instant mood lifter, along with the breezy embossed cloud layer and the psychedelic layer behind the sentiment. A little sponging around the cloud layer gives the card more depth.

Let me know if this card brightens your day by commenting!

The Original Red Box



I love this vintage British phone booth – although my version is a modern Tangerine Tango orange! A little texture courtesy of the Big Shot and Square Lattice Embossing Folder, and a flat bow finishes it off. Video coming soon on how to tie these bows.

Button, Button Revealed



Originally designed for the World’s Fair in Chicago, 1893, the Ferris Wheel is an iconic symbol. This image of an antique ferris wheel brings the joy of that time back to life.

All supplies Stampin’ Up. Feeling Sentimental stamp set and Sycamore Street buttons are free Sale-A-Bration items!

Free Flight


These butterflies are about to fly off the frame – hard to get a picture to do them justice, so you’ll have to take my word for it!

Quick How To

Emboss Swallowtail stamp with Black Embossing Powder on Whisper White cardstock. Sponge Lucky Limeade, Pool Party and Island Indigo classic ink over embossed butterflies. Fussy cut, and apply to store-bought frame with Champagne Glitter Paper inserts using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Close Ups

SwallowtailCloseupL                     SwallowtailCloseupR copy

Digital Valentine

A great way to create something super quick is to use My Digital Studio, an easy to use graphics program. Create a greeting like this in 5 minutes!


Memory books, cards, scrapbook pages, calendars, jpg files, even a movie – all are possible with My Digital Studio. Don’t want to do it yourself? Let me do it for you!

Let’s Fly Away Some More

Can you tell I love this Swallowtail stamp? This card is clean and simple, but talk about wow factor. And it’s quick and easy to do. Pool Party and Daffodil Delight shine on a background of Whisper White. Striking, in my book. Thanks to Elaine Montmorency for the idea.

SwallowtailBlue&Yellow     SwallowtailBule&YellowInside

Glowing Swallowtail

Stamp Swallowtail in Versamark Ink on Whisper White card stock, and emboss with Black Embossing Powder. Sponge Pool Party and Daffodil Ink over butterfly wings as desired. Stamp sentiment in Black Stazon Ink. Layer on Basic Black mat and Whisper White card base.

Order your Swallowtail stamp today!


Feeling Special?

Twenty-five years of creative fun, and Stampin’ Up is celebrating all year long with tons of specials. Can’t keep up? Here’s a quick lowdown for this month…

Sale-a-bration (through March 22, get free product with every $50 purchase)
Spring Catalog (yummy fresh new products available through May 31)
Dude, Your Welcome! (for the guys, but hey, we ladies can use it too – I plan too!)
Paper Pumpkin (monthly subscription kit delivered straight to your door)
Sent With Love (a travel-themed stamp set and designer paper)
Single Stamps Assortment 3 & Single Stamps Assortment 4 (more individual stamp sets!)
Best of Birthdays & Best of Love (12 sets of favorite stamps throughout the years, with a new theme released each month)

Come Fly Away

Come fly away with this ethereal swallowtail butterfly! Card CASEd (Copy And Share Everything) from Mary Brown. The only thing I changed was omitting one of the black butterflies that she had on her card. I also added a small black butterfly to the inside of the card.

SwallowtailNeutralsOhHappyDay          SwallowtailInsideCard

 Tone on Tone Effect

Base of card is Crumb Cake card stock. One layer of black cardstock. Swallowtail is stamped in Crumb Cake Classic Ink on Naturals Ivory card stock. The sentiment from Bloomin’ Marvelous stamp set is stamped in Black Stazon ink on Crumb Cake card stock and layered on Very Vanilla card stock punched with the Decorative Label punch. A notched strip of stripes (say that fast three times!) from the Neutrals Collection Designer Series Paper Stacks and a super skinny strip of Crumb Cake card stock complete the embellishments.

Who says beige is boring?! Get your supplies now.

Rindercella Slopped Her Dripper and Paper Pumpkin

Want a fun paper escape? Don’t have much time? I have a solution for you – introducing My Paper Pumpkin! This easy to use program starts in March. All supplies are cut, prepped and shipped directly to your door.

My Paper Pumpkin

See how you can get in on the fun.

If you sign up for My Paper Pumpkin and choose me as your demonstrator, let me know by emailing me so I can send you a special handmade card.

I can’t help but be reminded of Archie Campbell’s version of Cinderella from HeeHaw. Does that date me? Anyway, check it out on YouTube. I guarantee you’ll never think of Cinderella the same way.

Emboss Your Heart Out

Embossing paper adds an instant wow. Want an even bigger WOW? Emboss glass.
I had these small glass heart ornaments in my stash and turned them into these lovelies.

Emboss Your Heart Out
Emboss Your Heart Out

Quick How To

Press your Versamark Ink Pad all over the bottom half of the heart surface. Generously spoon white embossing powder over the glass Versamarked surface. Heat evenly with your heat gun. [Tip:  Don’t wave the heat gun like a blow dryer, just hover like a helicopter over one spot until the powder melts, then move to the next area.] Let cool and embellish as desired. I used my Big Shot to die cut Silver Glimmer paper and Pink Pirouette card stock snowflakes. A brad in the center holds the layers together, and a glue dot on the back sticks the whole thing to the embossed heart. I whipped out six of these beauties in less than an hour.

Want to make some for yourself? Order all supplies (except the glass ornaments as I used up all of mine!) from my online store today!