Giving Thanks…

I was goofing around with the oval framelits and this card appeared.  Love these happy stamping discoveries.  I inked the leaves in Crushed Curry and used a sponge dauber to tap on some Old Olive, Cajun Craze and a little Pumpkin Pie inks to the stamp before pressing to the vanilla card stock.

After I stamped the vanilla card layer, I placed 2 ovals on my magnetic platform and ran it through the Big Shot.  By removing the 2 cut oval rings and layering on Espresso  card stock, it gave a cool, spotlighting type technique.

Then I needed something in the middle so I embossed the greeting on vellum card stock.  Be sure to use an Embossing Buddy on the vellum first before inking with VersaMark and using the gold powder & heat tool.

My leaves are just starting to turn here in the mountains and it’s really exciting with tinges of yellows and reds poppin up. Many of you see this every year but after 25 years in Florida and now living in the mountains, all I can say is wow….beautiful!

Here’s some of the supplies I used, all Stampin’ Up of course!

Hope you find time to stamp today!



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The Classic 2×4…..


One of the easiest card layouts is what I call the 2×4.  Just like the lumber version, it’s a great foundation, divides nicely when cut from 6×6 or 12 x 12 papers and goes together quickly!   Cut your paper 2×4 and layer onto a 4″ x 5-1/4″ card stock.  In this card, I used Cherry Cobbler and embossed with the star folder.  (it looks like the circle and greeting are vanilla here but they are really Sahara Sand)

I was inspired by this project in the CardMaker magaizine this month. It’s a stitched embroidery hoop by Tami Mayberry:


The Warmth & Cheer papers are perfect for this Americana card!


Here’s a brighter version using the same papers but with white and Real Red card stock:

Add whatever you want to the circle!  If you still have the 2-1/2″ circle punch that retired, it’s quick and easy along with a heart punch. For me, I used the circle framelits along with the Perfect Pines framelits and heart framelits.

If you have the tree punch from last year, that would be cute too!

Product List  (click on the link to see in my store) 

Gotta go for now but hope you find time to stamp today!


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Clear Treat Boxes….


I loved making these treat boxes!  These took a little longer with the die cutting and a little stamping but it’s a fun gift to give.  Stampin’ Up sells these Clear Tiny Treat Boxes, 2″ square sized and just right for favors, treats or any little thing you can stuff in there.


Food safe, acid free and 16 to a pack for 7.50.  Item # 141699


Here’s the top of my box, and one side below



I filled with candy corn and stamped the witch on the other side.


I used the Spooky fun bundle


and wrapped the box in the Halloween Night paper, using the brick pattern.


Here are a few more ideas by Stampin’ Up using the clear 2×2 boxes :

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If you would like to make up some of these boxes, try to order by  the end of this week to allow a week ship time and also time for you to make them!

Go Stamp Something,



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Happy World Card Making Day!

Happy World Card Making Day!

I thought it would be fun to share my husband Matt’s first technique card video that he made WAY back in 2007.  I came home one day and found Matt in our carport making his own Man Card.  Totally his idea and I was in tears laughing by the end of it watching him incorporate all his techniques in his ‘creation’!

(this is a spoof on card making so don’t actually try this at home!)

Hopefully you can find a little time to day to stamp a card for someone… without power tools!



Buy 3 of the regular designer paper, get 1 free for the month of October!

Back in December 2015, I made a video for easy origami pouches for treats

You can see the original post here  HERE

but I thought I’d repost my video for using the designer papers! They would be fun to make with holiday papers.


Here are the different sizes:  Red pouch uses 12 x 12 paper and pouch is 7″ wide x 8-1/2″ tall. Green is 8×8 paper and pouch is 4-1/2″ wide x 6″ tall.  Blue is 6×6 paper and pouch is 3-1/2″ x 4-1/4″.


World Card Making Day Sale Starts today also!


In celebration of World Card Making Day, from October 1-5, Stampin’ up is offering 25% on card making essentials to celebrate for 5 days!

You can view/print the flyer HERE

There are 2 great items to get if you don’t have them already. One is the Designer Tin Of Cards Project Kit Item #141651. It’s normally 27.00 and during the sale, only $20.25!


I plan on getting some for gifts and stamping them myself – who wouldn’t love to have pretty cards and envelopes in a cute tin, all ready to send out? I may even put postage stamps on them to make them even more special.


It includes all you see above in the cute tin, although you will need to supply inks and stamps of your choice or get the Designer Tin of Cards Stamp Set (not on sale) It’s $26 and photopolymer so you can see through them to stamp easily:


For ink colors, if you have these or similar colors, they all work with the kit: Crushed Curry, Cucumber Crush, Dapper Denim or Night of Navy, Emerald Envy. Mint Macaron works well also. It’s a pretty kit and lots of stamps and colors will work with it!

I know lots of you already have the Envelope Punch Board, but if you are a new stamper, it’s a tool that I recommend for creating all your own envelopes in any size! The World Card Making Day sale also includes Envelope paper in 2 groups of colors (see end of post for items)

It’s on sale from $20 to only $15!

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Here’s a video from Stampin’ Up showing how the punch board works. (if you are on Stamping School, I have a bunch of projects in there using it also)

Here are the items on sale Oct 1-5 :

Envelope Punch Board


Fast Fuse Adhesive

Buy the starter Fast Fuse and Get a refill FREE!


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Halloween Card Inspiration…..

I am lucky to participate in card swaps across the country with other demonstrators like me.  I thought I’d share a few of my favorite Halloween cards I received lately and a little bit about each one.


I love this layout and card by Sandy Carlson.  (you can see it also on the treat bag below) The large polka dot folder is usually seen on birthday cards but it looks perfectly at home here on a halloween card.  It uses the Spooky fun bundle below.  $36.75 for both the stamp set and coordinating framelits item #144437


Here’s another swap from Amy Combs.  She used the same stamp set and randomly stamped the background in pumpkin pie ink on pumpkin pie paper rather than use designer paper.  I like the strip of washi tape under the greeting and the silver foil paper for the fence.


I love the blue background on the card below by Micah Paige Stewart.  She used soft suede to cut the tree and a gold glittery moon with a circle punch.


Here’s a detailed card by Tina Jones using all the dies in the set! Another blue background using Island Indigo card stock.


Tip:  You may have Thoughtful Branches or Sheltering Tree stamp set…both of those make great spooky tree silhouettes for your halloween cards!


By the way, don’t forget about the Clearance Rack sale online!  Go HERE to see what Stampin’ Up is cleaning out from last year’s catalogs.  Here’s a neat photopolymer set that is only 6.98 on the clearance rack: bite-meI really like the spooky spider web stamp and cat.  Here’s a few ideas from SU using this set:

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Tomorrow I’ll be back with Halloween Treat ideas!



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Need Oval Framelits?


This is the last week of ‘Special Offers’, as Stampin’ Up is calling it.  A handful of items on sale for 25% off from 9/15 – 9/21/16.

The big thing this week is the Layering Oval Framelits! 

Now only 28.26 (down from 35.00)  If you don’t have oval framelits yet or if you have some but you don’t like the thick layers between the sizes, these are a really great staple to have.  There are 15 in the set and the largest one is  2-7/8″ x 3-13/16″.


What I love about these ovals is the 8 solid ovals and you also get 7 scallop ovals to layer, also!


What else is on sale this week?  Some Project Life cards, which are for memory keeping or can make great cards.


  I did a post back in June where I used the Hello Lovely cards to make a bunch of greeting cards. If you missed that post, you can see them all HERE

If you would like a printable PDF flyer of all items on sale, click HERE

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and remember to check out the Clearance Rack online to see last year’s retired items at reduced prices!  Click on the Clearance Rack image above to see what is on sale.  Some are 60% off!

Go Stamp Something!


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New Clearance Rack items posted!

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Stampin’ Up released new Clearance Rack items!  There’s too many to post pics of here so be sure to go look HERE

I see punches, markers, framelits, papers……lots of good stuff from previous catalogs!

The good stuff goes quickly so don’t delay in ordering online or email me your order to


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