Colorful Seasons w Glossy Cardstock

Fall Leaves

Stampin' Up! is carrying GLOSSY CARDSTOCK (page 194) once again (it was included in the annual catalog years ago).  It's back!    One of the techniques that works well with this cardstock is called POLISHED STONE.  The leaves on the card above are created with this technique ~ you will need your ink refills and cotton balls.  Print out the directions below.

Download Colorful Seasons Life is a Beautiful Thing


Faux Metal Embossing

Happy Sunday!  Do you have a little time  to craft this afternoon?  If so, you are going to love this technique video from Stampin' Up!  Get out those stamp sets with the beautiful Fall leaves and get creative!  If you try this technique, be sure and send me a picture of your creation so that I can share it with those who check my blog ~ I'll send you a surprise in the mail!  

Susan Elise



Purrrrfect size for the 1/8" Copper Trim

Good Morning ~ Some of you were asking about the tape we used in our class as it was the absolute purrrrfect size to attach the very small trim we were using on our card, below ~

Painted Harvest Sunflower #2

Feeling guilty I admitted that it was not a tape that Stampin' Up! has in the catalog but that my friend, Diane, brought to me as a gift.  It is double sided and very easy to use.  I asked Diane for her source and yesterday she told be that she ordered it from Scor-Pal out of Canada and that, if your order was at least $79, shipping was free.  I got the following message from Diane this morning ~ Morning.  I was looking around the net and Wal Mart has scor tape on line   the 1/8 roll was about 3.00.  Diane

THANKS for your help, Diane!!!  I would be happy to put together an order so that we can save $ on the shipping.  Let me know if you are interested.  And, here are all the products that we used for the pretty card above (all the Stampin' Up! products we used ~ smile!).

Watercolor Wash technique

This technique is so quick and easy and I know you have tried it.  When I saw the video I had to try it again myself.  I didn't have the THANKS stamp so I used another stamp and it turned out a little different.

I couldn't go back into the center of the letters since the embossing was solid on the letters and resisted additional color.  This is a Note Card, a great size for a 'little' note to a friend.  They come in Whisper White and Very Vanilla and you can find them on page 195 in the catalog.  20 cards and envelopes for just $6.00 ~ they are Janie's favorite, right Jane?  Thanks for stopping by ~ Happy Friday!   Watercolor Wash Technique


Technique: Debossing

Debossed celebrate in blue w balloons

On page 40 in Stampin' Up!'s Occasions Catalog is something new ~ a stamp set and two embossing folders.  The interesting thing is that instead of EMbossing these folders DEboss!  The card above is one I made using the celebrate debossing folder ~ the word is indented, not raised.  After you run the folder through the Big Shot, then you stamp on top of the word.

In traditional letterpress printing a raised image is inked and pressed into paper.  That is one way to use our folders but there are a variety of ways to use the Celebration Duo folders and I am looking forward to exploring possibilities.  The folders coordinate with the Happy Celebrations stamp set and give us many opportunities to be creative.

Marble Technique Video

This is not a new technique, but it has such different results each time.  It's a great idea to revisit the idea.  This video was created by Stampin' Up! and it also uses current colors.  What's the look you want, shades of one color family or a rainbow?  Take a look: 

You can use all one color family for a great monochromatic look.  I'm always happy to answer any questions about our products or techniques. 



Technique: Double Z Fold Card


Z Fold Strawberry Card

This card uses two of my favorite products in the Annual Catalog ~ the LAYERING LOVE stamp set and the FRUIT STAND Designer Series Paper!  The DOUBLE Z refers to the way the card and the layered strip are both folded to create the Z shape.  Here are the directions for the card ~ click on the link to print off the project sheet ~  enjoy!

Download Double Z Fold Card 



Janie's ahoy shaker  card 7-10-16

This is another JANIE CARD.  She sent it last week before she sent the pictures of the FLORAL PHRASES cards that she created on Sunday.  Isn't it pretty?  Remember that the key to an easy SHAKER CARD  is the new FOAM ADHESIVE STRIPS (#141825, $8.00 FOR 10 YARDS) in the 2016-17 Stampin' Up! catalog.  You can find a picture of the strips on page 182 in the catalog.

Here is a card using the Jar of Love stamp set in gold.

Jar card with gold

And, the stamp set and Everyday Jars Framelits...........more tomorrow........thanks for stopping by!  Susan Elise



One of my favorite stamp sets in the new catalog is SITTING HERE on page 100.  As soon as you see it you will realize why ~ it is pet oriented ~ with a cute kitty cat ~ purrfect for the CAT/ART STUDIO.  In this video Carrie Cudney, at the home office in Riverton, Utah, will show you how to use the cute dog and cat effectively.  HAPPY SUNDAY! 

Technique: Reverse Image

Fern leaf both directions

I am sure you remember the pretty stamp set, BUTTERFLY BASICS, that is bundled with the BUTTERFLIES THINLITS DIES on page 124 in the ANNUAL CATALOG.  The stamp of the fern, above, is part of that set of 11 stamps.  I wanted you to know how to stamp the fern in both directions ~ it makes the stamp set even more useful!  You will need to have WAX PAPER to stamp on.

Stamp the fern (the darker one on the left).

Stamp the fern on your wax paper and turn the paper over on top of the previously stamped fern.  Rub lightly to transfer.

Fern with glimmer butterfly card

Sorry you're sick inside
I hope you'll try this technique and let me know how it works for you!  Email me your cards so I can share them on my blog ~ I'll put a THANK YOU CARD in the mail to you!  I have several additional cards to show you tomorrow using this stamp set.  Thanks for stopping by!  Susan Elise