Category Archives: Big Shot

How to Make Ghosts Out of Hearts for Halloween


I made this Halloween card to show you how to make ghosts out of hearts because it reminds me of when I signed up to be a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.

I was first introduced to Stampin’ Up! when I went to my friend’s house, probably over fifteen years ago, to go to a wedding shower for a mutual friend. She only had time to tell me she had signed up to be a Demonstrator and showed me some projects she had made at a stamp camp. I didn’t really know much at all about rubber stamping but I was surprised how cute her little projects were! Later on that summer we were back in town for the wedding and I got to spend several days with my friend, and all I wanted to do was stamp with her and look at all her samples! I was mesmerized! Sometime later she suggested I sign up so we could go to the Stampin’ Up! Convention together. It took me awhile to be convinced, even though I did think it would be great to go to the next convention with her. I think it was yet another visit that I went with her to a group meeting of Demonstrators in her upline and sideline that I saw so many cute ideas on display of cards and other projects. One that I really fell in love with was a card something like the one I made above. The person made a ghost by cutting a punched heart in half, and I thought it was one of the most clever ideas I’d ever seen!

It has now been fourteen years since I bought my Starter Kit (don’t think we had any choice of products back then!) and I have loved every minute of it! Customers couldn’t even order online themselves back then, only through a Demonstrator and I don’t think any (or certainly not many) people had blogs or social media. Our Demonstrator websites were new sometime after I joined.  Lots of changes in catalogs, products, ink pads, types of stamps over the years!

If you would like to be a part of this great company, Stampin’ Up!, now is a great time to join! Someday you might be saying “I joined Stampin’ Up! 14 years ago!” I love that Stampin’ Up! values all Demonstrators, whether you want to work hard and turn this into a big business or whether you want to just get the discount and benefits for yourself, or something in between.

For an introduction, click HERE to find out about joining Stampin’ Up! All you need to do is purchase a “Starter Kit”, which means you choose $125 worth of current products (your choice) and only pay $99.  You also get about $50 in catalogs and business supplies to get your business started. Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you have. When you feel ready to join, just read the Demonstrator Agreement, enter your information, choose your Starter Kit and submit.  Within minutes you will be a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and have your Demo ID# and can start looking around on the Demo side of the website.


As for the Halloween card, I used Pumpkin Pie Cardstock for the card base and layered with a piece of paper from the Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series PaperFor the ghosts I just die cut some hearts of different sizes with the Sweet & Sassy Framelits Dies out of Whisper White Cardstock. Then I cut each heart in half with a scissors and adhered them to the card front. Use a black marker or Sharpie to draw in some eyes on each ghost. The greeting is from the Spooky Fun Photopolymer Stamp Set and I added just one Halloween Night Enamel Dot. I love these enamel dots because they are cute and flat enough for mailing! For a little extra pizzazz I die cut a strip of stars from Gold Glimmer Paper with the stars die in the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies. Adhere a few of the stars with a tiny drop of Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

Maybe this card will inspire you to join the Stampin’ Up! family for lots more creative ideas! Look over the information on the Stampin’ Up! website and then email me at  if you would like more information or answers about your particular situation.

Anniversary Card with a Silver Glimmer Flourish

Anniversary Card with a Silver Glimmer Flourish

Recently I made this anniversary card with a silver glimmer flourish. I wanted to use the new Fancy Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper because it is so beautiful, and I knew it would make a lovely wedding or anniversary card. In spite of the name and the fact that it appeared in the Holiday Catalog, doesn’t mean it is only for Christmas! There are a few patterns that do suggest the holidays a bit, but the rest are definitely “plain” and can be used for anything. This paper is a little difficult to photograph but I think you can see the pattern I used.

I thought some Silver Glimmer Paper would look pretty with the white patterned paper, so I die cut a flourish with the Flourish Thinlits Dies.  Apparently I am short on “Happy Anniversary” greetings, but I thought “Celebrate” would also work! I found the word and the banner in the Thoughtful Banners Photopolymer Stamp Set. After punching out the banner stamped on white with Elegant Eggplant ink I trimmed it down a little and layered it on Elegant Eggplant cardstock and then on Silver Glimmer Paper.

You can purchase the Thoughtful Banners Photopolymer Bundle which includes the stamp set and Duet Banner Punch so you will be all set and save 10% in the process!

Try the Fancy Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper!  It’s different than anything else we have had since it is a dry embossed textured pattern. You can leave it white or you can color it a bit with Sponge Daubers, Brayer or Sponges.

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Halloween Night Mini Treat Bag

Halloween Night Mini Treat Bag

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, one of my favorite Stampin’ Up! products in the catalog are the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies.  I just think the little bags you can make for treats, for money, for gift cards, and used as envelopes are the cutest things and so versatile.

On this Halloween mini treat bag, I used a piece of the Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper for the bag.  You could really use either side of the paper for this project! I also stamped the skeleton in the Cookie Cutter Halloween Stamp Set and punched out with the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch.  So easy!  Then I stuck him on the front of the bag for decoration as well as tying around some Halloween Night Baker’s Twine.  The greeting is stamped from the Spooky Fun Photopolymer Stamp Set and made into a little banner.  The ghost I thought would be cute, from the same stamp set!

Just put a candy treat inside or a Halloween note card or whatever you like!  Just be sure it is spooky when you make this Halloween Night Mini Treat Bag!

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Sweet 16 Birthday Card for a Girl

Sweet 16 Birthday Card

Recently I needed a birthday card for my niece turning 16, not that I can believe that little girl is 16 years old already, but I came up with this Sweet 16 Birthday Card for her. You could modify the background stamping for a boy and maybe not use the Glimmer paper.

The card base is Melon Mambo with a layer of Whisper White. I die cut the numbers with the Big Shot and the Large Numbers Framelits Dies.  The background is stamped with the stems and flowers from the Number of Years Photopolymer Stamp Set. I did cut out a few flowers for a more 3D effect. And I loved adding the little Enamel Dots to the flowers!

The greeting is stamped from the set and then I used two Oval Framelits to cut the curved banner shape.  I accented the bottom of the card with strips of Pop of Pink Designer Washi Tape. It’s so fun to play with washi tape!

Stampin’ Up! Updates!

  • We are happy to announce that we are bringing back the replacement Stampin’ Trimmer Cutting Mats and Scoring Blades. These items will be available for you  to start ordering today.Stampin’ Trimmer Replacement Cutting Mat (item 131375); $4.00 US

       Stampin’ Trimmer Scoring Blades (item 126996); $5.00 US

We came to this decision by taking another look at the overall strategy of the Stampin’ Trimmer and its supporting pieces, and we were able to work out issues with our supplier to be able to offer these items to you. Keep in mind that the cutting blade that comes with the Stampin’ Trimmer does not make contact with the cutting mat so it should not wear it down. Like the cutting mat, the scoring blade is made to last and will not wear out. These replacement items may be helpful for you if you lose a piece or prefer to have extras on hand.

  • Handheld Stapler Being DiscontinuedDue to supplier issues outside of our control, the Handheld Stapler (item 139083) and coordinating Silver Mini Staples (item 135847) will be discontinued after our current inventory runs out. We apologize for any inconvenience.

I LOVE my Stapler!  If you want one, be sure to order one right away.

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Bargains!! Stampin’ Up! Bargains on the Clearance Rack!

Stampin' Up! Clearance Rack Banner 2016

Wow! This is how to start off your day!! Tons of Stampin’ Up! products added to the Clearance Rack today!

RUN, don’t walk to check them out and don’t hesitate to order if you see things you want! Products only available while supplies last. Lots of ribbon! Designer Papers! The Black Spider Web Doilies from last year! Punches! Lots of things!

Shop the Clearance Rack NOW!  Don’t delay!

Also:  Special Offers available today and tomorrow!

Thoughtful Branches still available, too!

Swirly Bird Pumpkins Halloween Card

Swirly Bird Pumpkins Halloween Card

I’ve been playing with the pile of extra stamped or cut out pieces on my table and this Swirly Bird Pumpkins Halloween Card is one card I’ve come up with! Sometimes when I am die-cutting pieces with my Big Shot, I cut extra pieces while I am at it and/or sometimes I just change my mind about what I am doing and don’t use the pieces I cut out.  Instead of throwing them all out, save the decent ones (in a pile on your table!) and if they don’t collect too much dust, get them out one day and see what you can make with them!

On this card, I had extra Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies pieces plus used the Swirly Bird Stamp Set to stamp the solid pumpkin image in Peekaboo Peach, one of the new In Colors and the little vines on the pumpkins. The pumpkin stems are pieces cut from leaves made with the Botanical Builder Framelits Dies.  The colorful moon is a Swirly Scribbles die cut sponged with some Pumpkin Pie ink.  The tiny little bats are die cuts from the Home Sweet Home Thinlits DiesI was trying out those new dies and since I had black cardstock I just cut a bunch of bats! They are perfect on this card!

For the background sky of the card, I used my Aqua Painter and various ink colors to make a colorful, spooky night sky! You could also sponge colors on with Stamping Sponges or Sponge Daubers.

While I don’t necessarily think this is my best card ever, it was fun playing with the pieces and coming up with a Halloween card! Even though the sky isn’t the best I’ve ever done, it’s okay because it is for Halloween and why couldn’t a fall sky look like this?! Not everything has to be a masterpiece! (I should use that for a quote!)

Look at your scraps (I know you have them!!) and see what you can make! We need to use up those scraps every now and then. They don’t do anyone any good just being in a pile or bag or box.  Use them!  Create something! Mail the card!

Need more cardstock to make more scraps??!  Order some today from

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The Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog Is Ready For You!

Holiday Catalog 2016 Banner

Today is the day!  It’s September 1st (can you believe it?!) and the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog is LIVE!



Special Offers Week 1

AND Special Offers September 1-7! (Kind of like the old Weekly Deals!) Add these to your order!

New offers Sept. 8 and Sept. 15 also. Don’t know what they are yet, though!  You will love the Enamel Shapes!  Think about the Metallic Enamel Shapes, the star shapes, for the tops of Christmas trees!Stampin' Up! Holiday Houses

Go check out the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog now!  Let me know what you think! If you do not have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator you are working with currently, contact me and I would be happy to mail you a catalog!

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Home Sweet Home Halloween House

Home Sweet Home Halloween House

It’s so fun to play with the Sweet Home Stamp Set and the Home Sweet Home Thinlits Dies to make all kinds of little houses for holiday home decor, party favors, treat holders or gift box like my Home Sweet Home Halloween House.  You can make these as simple or as involved as you like.  Cut two pieces with the dies to make a house, then stamp or add additional die cuts, like for windows perhaps, and then glue it all together!  The Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog gives you photos of three types of houses – Halloween, Christmas, and a regular house. There are plenty of stamps and dies to embellish your houses for whatever occasion you like!

Purchase the Sweet Home Stamp Set and Home Sweet Home Thinlits Dies in a Bundle and save 10%!  #143516

For my Halloween house, I stamped the lines to look like the wood siding and die cut all the rest of the pieces. I put a gray ghost up in the top window! For the windows I just cut the black frames and cut pieces of Daffodil Delight yellow for the “light” behind them, sponged with a little Pumpkin Pie to look spooky for Halloween. I also sponged the house with Crumb Cake ink to look spooky.  The roof shingles are all die cut, plus I sponged those with Craft White ink. The little doorknob is one of the new self-adhesive Brights Enamel Shapes.

Home Sweet Home Halloween House Side

Home Sweet Home Halloween House Back

The new Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog goes LIVE in just a few days, on September 1st! You will be overwhelmed with fantastic choices for all the holidays coming up! If you are interested in Stampin’ Up! products and would like a catalog, just email me with your contact information and I would be happy to send you a complimentary catalog.


And don’t forget to order your Thoughtful Branches Bundle by August 31! This stamp set and dies has been extremely popular and you can make beautiful cards for all seasons with this set! You can even make a pumpkin out of the flower/tree top in orange!

Thoughtful Branches Samples

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Something For Baby Card

Something For Baby Card

I needed a baby card so I turned to the Something For Baby Stamp Set in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. If you look on page 59 you will see the sample that I copied.  I loved the little stamp that looks like the stacking colored rings that I’m sure we all had for our babies to play with! However, I did use a greeting from a retired stamp set, Big News. I also used a piece of retired designer paper on the front of the card,

To make the ring stack, just color each ring with a different colored Stampin’ Write Marker. I used several Brights colors plus Crumb Cake. Just color with the markers but then breathe (huff) on the stamp before stamping to remoisten the ink. Then cut out with the Big Shot and the Baby’s First Framelits DiesI popped it up on a Stampin’ Dimensional or two.

The little hearts are stamped from the Big News stamp set. I couldn’t resist using some of the Brights Enamel Shapes.

Don’t forget to use your Stampin’ Up! catalog for ideas and inspiration for your cards and projects!  There are more ideas than you can possibly use!  Even if you tried to follow each one, you would change it up some of the time and make something different. It’s an easy way to find ideas.

If you need some supplies for making cards, please visit my Stampin’ Up! Online Store HERE!

Only One Week of August Left! Don’t Forget These Things!

There are several things going on in August at Stampin’ Up! so here are reminders!  There is only one week left in August!  Can you believe it?! My husband and I have noticed how much earlier it is getting dark out in the evening, but it doesn’t feel like fall is on the way at all here in Houston!  It’s still August and hot as can be! But only for one more week!Redeem Stampin' Up! Bonus Coupons

If you ordered in July and earned any Bonus coupons, be sure you use them on an order in August.  The coupons expire August 31.

Thoughtful Branches Bundle

Thoughtful Branches Bundle

This beautiful stamp set and thinlits dies are only available in August or while supplies last!  I have seen cards made for all seasons with this Bundle. Be sure to get it while you can, the Thoughtful Branches Photopolymer Bundle.

Paper Pumpkin BOGO

Paper Pumpkin BOGO

Paper Pumpkin is the crafting kit that comes in your mailbox once a month. If you are a new subscriber, you can buy one kit, get one free!  Sign up HERE by September 10th to purchase the September kit and get the October kit for FREE!  Or sign up between September 11 and October 10th to purchase the October kit and get the November kit FREE!


Use Promo Code:  BOGO

  • This offer is open to first-time subscribers only.  Not valid on prepaid subscriptions.
  • After the first two months, the subscription will continue for $19.95+ tax per month (shipping included) unless cancelled or suspended.
  • Offer will be void if subscription is suspended or cancelled during the first two months.
  • Offer ends October 10, 2016 (the last day to subscribe and get the October kit).

Paper Pumpkin Box

Wouldn’t you LOVE to have this cute box waiting for you in your mailbox once a month?!


Do You Like to Stamp? Do You Like to Sew?

Festive Stitching SU

Do you like to stamp?  Do you like to sew?  Now you can do both!  In the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog, coming September 1st, you can purchase the Festive Season Stamp Set and Festive Stitching Thinlits Dies in a Bundle! Save 10% and be almost ready to go! Add the Baker’s Twine Trio Pack with Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, and gold twine for stitching!

The thinlits actually poke holes in your stamped image and you are ready to stitch! Now if you do not want to stitch, you could draw on fake stitches with a fine marker! Who will know the difference when you send the card?! Or maybe even leave it plain and have it look paper-pierced!

Watch the Stampin’ Up! video below and see how Carrie at the Home Office makes these cards!

Don’t worry!  September 1st will be here before we know it!  Perhaps you have already received your Holiday Catalog in the mail, if you are lucky! If you are new to me and would like a copy, please email me with your contact information!

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For Your Viewing Pleasure: Holiday Catalog Videos by Stampin’ Up!

What could be more fun that watching videos using some of the new products in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog?!  Usually these are saved until after the catalog goes live, but this year Stampin’ Up! has released them early for all of you!

This new Holiday Catalog is so full of new products that 10 videos don’t even cover everything! But you will get a good idea while you wait for your catalog to arrive! One of my customers told me she received her catalog today so they must be on their way!

Once you watch the video above, the next one will appear.  But if you want to see the page where all the videos are or choose which ones you want to watch, just click HERE.

The new Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog goes live on September 1, 2016. Amazingly, August is half over so September is not far behind! It won’t be long!

If you are new to me and aren’t working with a Demonstrator currently, just email me with your contact information and I would be happy to mail you a catalog when they come out. Email me at  You will love this catalog!!  It will be online Sept. 1st as well.

If you can’t wait until September 1st to order, you may want to become a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator yourself!  We Demonstrators have been able to do a pre-order and you could too!  It only takes minutes to sign up!  Join the Stampin’ Up! family!  Let me know if you have any questions I can answer for you!

Enjoy the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog videos!!

Swirly Scribbles Flowers and Watercolored Background

Swirly Scribbles Flowers and Watercolored Background

It was time to play with the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies and make some Swirly Scribbles Flowers on a watercolored background. Once you cut out the flower pieces with the Big Shot, just glue them down with tiny dots of Multipurpose Liquid Glue or the Fine Tip Glue Pen. Then add any greeting you like for the occasion and any embellishments. I like to cut out extra scribbles to use another time.

It’s always best to use Watercolor Paper if you are going to do any watercoloring, but perhaps the next best thing is our Shimmery White CardstockYou can barely see the watercoloring on my card behind the flowers. It is very light and subtle.  I used Blushing Bride, Melon Mambo, and Soft Sky inks with my Aqua Painter to pick up the color. There’s no skill to it, honestly, it’s just picking up the ink with the Aqua Painter and smearing it on the cardstock in each area! Anyone can do it! The Shimmery White Cardstock is so beautiful with its very subtle shimmer and glimmer! You can perhaps see it in this photograph at the top of the card.

For some accents on the card, I turned to the new Brights Enamel Shapes . These are small and flat, great for mailing, and oh so pretty. They come in each Color Family, too, so you can have any color you need, plus Metallic. I also used the White Perfect AccentsThese can even be colored with Sharpies if you like.

For the little bit of stamping on the card, I used the leaves from the Swirly Bird Photopolymer Stamp Set and a small “Hello” greeting, making this a card for any friendly occasion, from the Crazy About You Photopolymer Stamp Set. Almost any greeting you could need is in this set and you can make your own combinations since the words are separate from each other.

The Swirly Bird Bundle has been very popular! If you don’t want to have FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) then order yours from Stampin’ Up! today!  If you have Bonus Coupons to use, remember to use them during August.

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Order the Thoughtful Branches Bundle in August!

Thoughtful Branches Samples

The Thoughtful Branches Bundle is available only during the month of August (while supplies last) so be sure to order yours today! It is quite the versatile stamp set, for all seasons and all kinds of projects!  I have seen too many beautiful and creative cards made with this stamp set. The Bundle also comes with the coordinating Beautiful Branches Thinlets Dies. Buy the stamp set and thinlits together in the Bundle and save 10%!

Order your Thoughtful Branches Bundle now!

Thoughtful Branches Bundle

Want to see some lovely ideas using this stamp set and dies?  Visit the Stampin’ Up! Pinterest Board HERE.




The Stampin’ Up! Thoughtful Branches Bundle is Now Available!

Thoughtful Branches SamplesThe Thoughtful Branches Bundle from Stampin’ Up! is available to customers starting today, August 2! Get yours right away because these will only be available during August while supplies last! I’ve seen so many pretty sneak peek samples that I imagine this limited time product will be very popular.

Here is the Thoughtful Branches Bundle!    #144328   $52.00 USD

Thoughtful Branches Bundle

And if you prefer just the stamp set, Thoughtful Branches Photopolymer Stamp Set,  here it is!     #143539   $27.00 USD

Thoughtful Branches Stamp Set

If you ordered in July and received those Bonus Days Coupon Codes, you can use them starting today!  Apply them to this Bundle or Stamp Set or any other products you would like! Use your Bonus Coupons before August 31!

Stampin’ Up! Trimmer Blades will be available TOMORROW (Limit of 3) if you need some! They are unavailable today, but will be available tomorrow! Be sure to put them on your order because when these are gone, we will have to wait until the next shipment arrives.

Stampin' Trimmer Blades

Order Thoughtful Branches or anything else that you need HERE at Stampin’ Up! Online!




Watercolor Words You’re the Best Card

Watercolor Words You're the Best Card

I’m still copying cards, like this Watercolor Words You’re the Best Card from the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog or at least getting some inspiration! The catalog is a great resource when you are looking for any kind of idea. Even if you see an idea for a card, you might be able to use it on a scrapbook page.  If you see an idea for a tag, you might be able to use that on a card. You will find ideas for boxes and gift-wrapping and home decor items, and the samples in the catalog are there for you to take inspiration from!

This is another sample I have made from page 135 in the Stampin’ Up! Catalog. It didn’t turn out exactly like the catalog sample, but it doesn’t have to. Change it up according to what products and stamps you have. You could have used different flowers on this card, a different greeting or different paper.

For this card, I used Pool Party cardstock and a piece from the Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper for the banner, which is die cut with the Big Shot and the Banners Framelits Dies. The greeting and flowers are stamped with the Watercolor Words Photopolymer Stamp Set and the flowers and leaves cut out by hand. The greeting is cut out with one of the circles in the Layering Circles Framelits Dies. For a little extra something, I adhered some sequins from the Metallics Sequin Assortment.  Who wouldn’t like to receive a card that says, “You’re the Best”!

Flip through the catalog next time you need an idea for a card or other project!  If you need a catalog, please send me your contact information and I can mail one to you.

Stampin' Up! Bonus Days

Stampin’ Up! Bonus Days are coming to an end!  Did you place your $50 order so you could get $5 back to use in August on another order?  Last day July 31!!  Redeem your coupons beginning August 2.

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A Birthday Card with Sweet Cupcake

Birthday Card with Sweet Cupcake Stamp Set

Once you start playing with the Sweet Cupcake Stamp Set you will find so many possibilities with this stamp set and even more with the coordinating Cupcake Cutouts Framelits Dies. Buy these two products together in the Sweet Cupcake Photopolymer Bundle and save 10%, but most importantly, you will have all these tools to make great cards and other projects!

For this card, like yesterday’s card, I used Watermelon Wonder Cardstock for the card base. Then I die cut five squiggles with the Big Shot from the Cupcake Cutouts dies, also out of Watermelon Wonder, just to add a little texture to the background.  I love those squiggles! They are probably the reason I bought the framelits! To adhere them, I just used tiny dots of Multipurpose Liquid Glue. I like to use the Silicone Craft Sheet underneath any narrow pieces like the squiggles so that I don’t get glue on my Grid Paper where I am working on the whole card, and the glue can be wiped off the Silicone Craft Sheet.

I stamped the cupcake the same way I did in yesterday’s post using Pink Pirouette and Watermelon Wonder ink for the frosting and So Saffron and Crumb Cake for the cupcake bottom (or wrapper). I die cut this cupcake and popped it up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  For some extra pizzazz on the cupcake, I used a few of the Brights Enamel ShapesThis is a product that you might overlook in the catalog, but once you have them you know that they are SO CUTE! Really a fun embellishment!

If you have them, use the Layering Squares Framelits Dies for the background for the cupcake and the little scalloped edge. The Sweet Cupcake Stamp Set comes with lots of great greetings for both the front of the card and the inside so you will get lots of use from this set!

If you are new to my blog or Stampin’ Up! and would like a copy of the new Stampin’ Up! catalog, please contact me at   I would be happy to send you the fantastic new catalog if you are interested in Stampin’ Up! products or would like to get started in the fun hobby (or even BUSINESS!) of stamping, memory-keeping, and papercrafting! Or if you prefer, check out the catalog online HERE.

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Sweet Cupcake Birthday Card

Sweet Cupcake Birthday Card

It was finally time to play around with the Sweet Cupcake stamp set and make this Sweet Cupcake Birthday Card!  I think you can even see the glimmer on the frosting from the Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush. (Once you start painting on that glitter, you don’t want to stop!)  I didn’t realize that these cupcake stamps are actually 3-step stamping.  You can experiment with them with ink choices and whether to stamp them 1-2-3 or 3-2-1. The stamps are numbered inside on the plastic so you can use that for a guide.  That may sound crazy but the choice will be yours.  You can stamp this cupcake and cut it out with the Cupcake Cutouts Framelits Dies and the Big Shot and pop it up with Stampin’ Dimensionals to give it a 3D look. Get the Sweet Cupcake Photopolymer Bundle with both the stamp set and framelits and save 10% plus be all set to make some cute cards and projects!!

To stamp the cupcake frosting, I used Pink PIrouette Ink and Watermelon Wonder.  I meant to use the new Watermelon Wonder 5/8″ Mini Striped Ribbon on the card but I completely forgot! Maybe the next one!  The cupcake itself (or the cupcake wrapper) is stamped with So Saffron Ink and Crumb Cake. There are lots of combinations or single inks that you can experiment with.

And I love the sayings in this stamp set. I even took a picture of the inside of the card because we seldom show that.  Since the Watermelon Wonder card stock base is rather dark for writing a greeting, I added a Whisper White layer and stamped my greeting. Also, if you noticed on the front, since the stamps are photopolymer, you can actually bend them a little as I did for the greeting above the cupcake.  I also love all the die cuts you can make with the framelits, like the word “Sweet”. At the bottom I added a piece of doily, it’s not one of the new Delicate White Doiliesbut I wanted to use up the ones that I already had. If you don’t own any doilies, they are great to have on hand for just a little bit of texture or embellishment sometimes.

Sweet Cupcake Birthday Card Inside

Don’t forget Stampin’ Up! Bonus Days are going on!  When you spend $50 or more, or any number of increments of $50, you will receive (by email) a $5 coupon to spend in August! Spend $100 in July, get 2 $5 coupons to spend in August, etc. You must have an email address and keep track of your coupons yourself to take advantage of this offer.  Bonus Days end July 31. You can redeem coupons August 2-31.

Can’t you just imagine all the birthday cards you can make with this cute stamp set?! Remember how important it is to send real birthday cards in the mail to our friends, not just take one second to write a greeting on social media! If you want to join the movement started by Shannon West of the Stampin’ Up! Home Office, you might like to invest in this #IMBRINGINGBIRTHDAYSBACK stamp to use maybe on the back of envelopes!

#imbringingbirthdaysback stamp

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Thoughtful Branches Coming in August!

Thoughtful Branches Samples

Here is a sneak peek of a new stamp set called Thoughtful Branches that will be available during the month of August only, while supplies last!  There is also a coordinating set of thinlits to die cut the images, called Beautiful Branches. And you can buy the stamps and thinlits in a Bundle and save 10%!  If you receive coupons from your July orders of $50 or more, you can use those to help purchase the Thoughtful Branches products in August!

This promotion runs August 2-31. Here is the ordering information:

Thoughtful Branches Ordering Info

Here is what you get!

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Make a Card For National Ice Cream Day

Make a Card For National Ice Cream Day

Today is National Ice Cream Day so why not celebrate by making a card about ice cream! Last year’s Ronald McDonald House Charities stamp set by Stampin’ Up! was carried over to the new catalog this year (which I think is a first, that I can remember) and is perfect to use to celebrate National Ice Cream Day! The Sprinkles of Life Stamp Set, with which you can make ice cream cones, also comes with a coordinating punch, the Tree Builder Punch by Stampin’ Up!,

I made the card with a card base of Crumb Cake card stock and a layer of the new In Color Flirty FlamingoThe background layer of the card is Very Vanilla embossed with the Polka Dot Embossing Folder.  The ice cream cone is stamped with Delightful Dijon Ink on Delightful Dijon Card Stock and just cut out with Paper Snips.  The ice cream scoops are punched with the Tree Builder Punch.  I made the flavors out of Pink Pirouette, Very Vanilla, Mint Macaron, Flirty Flamingo and Soft Suede.  The punch even has a little cherry (or in some cases it could be an apple!) to put on top of the ice cream! I added a little glimmer with the Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush to the cherry.  So fun to play with the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush!

The greeting comes in the stamp set and I layered it on the new Layering Squares Framelits Dies. Since I had a little space at the top, I added a little knot tied with the Gold 1/8″ Ribbon. This ribbon has been around for awhile and it is so useful.  It also comes in silver so be sure you have both!

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?  Be sure to celebrate National Ice Cream Day by eating a big bowl of ice cream with all your favorite toppings!  And if you must save calories, then make an ice cream card instead!

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