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Embossing TIP ~

Online TIP from demonstrator ~ Laura Seki

This is a Tuesday Tip that I posted on my fb page. I use one of the Mini Cutting Plates (Plate 2) for my top cutting plate on my Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine when I am die cutting smaller shapes. Not only is it more cost efficient to replace but I find that the dies don’t move around as much when I am assembling the sandwich. It’s quick and easy to feed through the mouth of the machine as you aren’t lining up two plates of the same size and I rarely need to use tape to hold the dies in place! Anyone else do this? 💗

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Seasonal SALE!

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Create more by spending less during the Seasonal Sale! Between 15 and 18 November 2022, select products from the 2022–2023 Annual Catalog will be on sale with the following discounts:

  • 10% off all punches
  • 15% of all stamps (Host stamp sets are not included in this sale)
  • 20% off all dies
  • 20% off all embossing folders
  • 20% off all non-specialty Designer Series Paper

With the season of giving upon us, this is a great opportunity to buy gifts for your fellow crafting enthusiasts, or to stock up on supplies for all your upcoming handmade projects. Remember, this sale is for four days only! Don’t miss out!

My stamp set.........

I thought I would introduce you to my stamp set, SEASIDE BAY.  Creation of the set was part of the ongoing event celebrating ONE MILLION in career sales.  It is on display now in the OnStage Pittsburgh demonstrator event and will be in the Jan/April 2023 mini catalog.


Sweetest Christmas Gift Card Holder



Gift Card Holder 1


· Stamp Sets – Handmade Wishes Bundle (159691, page 21 Mini Catalog); Sweet Candy Canes (159560, page 10 Mini Catalog)

· Cardstock – Real Red (102482); Basic White (159276)

· Stamp Pads – Real Red (147084); Garden Green (147089)

· Misc. – Sweetest Christmas Designer Series Paper (159559, page 9 Mini); Handmade Tag Punch (159690); Stylish Shapes Dies (159183); Tear & Tape (154031); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)


· Real Red Cardstock 5 ½” x 4 ¼”

· Basic White Cardstock 9 ¾” x 4 ¼”; 2 ½” x 2 ½”

· Sweetest Christmas DSP 5 ¼” x 4”; 4” x 3”; 4” x 2”


· Adhere the 5 ¼” x 4” DSP to the Real Red Card Base.

· Score the Basic White card at 3 ¼” x 6 ½”; accordion fold it.

· Stamp the sentiment from Sweet Candy Canes on the middle section of the Basic White in Real Red ink.

Gift Card Holder 2

· Adhere the Basic White piece to the card base.

· Add the 4” x 3” DSP to the top section of the basic white.

· Stamp the outline of the punch in Real Red Ink on Basic White 2 ½” x 2 ½”. Stamp the Happy Holidays in Real Red ink inside the outline. Stamp the holly leaves in Garden Green ink. Stamp the berries in Real Red ink. Punch out using the Handmade Tag Punch. Adhere to the front piece with  Dimensionals.

Gift Card Holder 4

· Using the 2nd to the smallest stitched circle from the Stylish Shapes Dies, cut out a semi-circle. Adhere the piece down with Tear & Tape, placing the adhesive just along the two sides and the bottom.  Adhere to the bottom section of the Basic White piece.  Add a gift card and GIFT to a friend!

Gift Card Holder 3


Technique You May Want to Try



Packing Tape Technique

Here’s a quick and easy way to add more texture to your cards using a household staple – packing tape!

I’m using the Sweet Candy Canes Bundle and the Sweetest Christmas DSP for my project.

Sweet Candy Canes Bundle Sweetest Christmas DSP

Did you know the Sweetest Christmas DSP has candy canes that can be cut out with the Candy Canes Dies? I’ll be using one of those candy canes, although this technique works just as well with stamped images. I’m also using regular clear packing tape from the office supply store. You will need to choose an image that is smaller than your packing tape.

Packing Tape Technique 1

Pull out enough packing tape to cover your image. It should be sticky side up. I use a large paper clip to keep the roll in place.

Packing Tape Technique 3

Place your image face down on the packing tape and rub well to get out any air bubbles.

Trim off any excess packing tape around the cardstock or DSP. Use your die to cut out the image. The image will be slick, so use plenty of washi tape to keep the die in place.

Packing Tape Technique 4

How easy is that?! And now I have a nice shiny candy cane. Just think of the possibilities! Ornaments, drink glasses, windows, snow globes, fish bowls……. I’m sure you’ll think of many more ideas.

Packing Tape Technique 5

I used my candy cane to create the simple card below.

Packing Tape Technique 6


Paper Pumpkin 48-Hour Sale



Surprise! Through the end of today, all current Paper Pumpkin subscribers can save up to 50% on Paper Pumpkin past kits, refills, and add-ons November 9th and 10th!  Sign up for your own Paper Pumpkin Kits by November 10 and receive the November From The North Pole Paper Pumpkin Kit!  Sign up ASAP!

Past kits, refills, and add-ons make perfect gifts for this upcoming holiday season.  Get a headstart on holiday shopping now! Past kits don’t include a clear block, but they can be purchased separately. So make sure you include one or two with your purchase to round out your gifts (supply item 148288).

Items are available while supplies last.   You won’t want to miss out on this amazing SALE!


Oh my! What a nice surprise!

Oh my I can load a picture!  YEA!  It's 5:30 on Tuesday evening and I am getting ready for a stamp club tonight.  I thought I would create a blog post for tomorrow but I am so excited to have my 'upload ability' back that I think I'll post it now!!!  And, this is a card that I created with the new collection ~ FITTING FLORETS!  When you download the PROJECT SHEET print it so you have two sides ~ the second side has a description of the collection along with the order numbers.  This collection is available for a limited time as noted in the description.


Download Framed Florets Birthday

Rustic Pumpkin ~ Hello Harvest

Again today ~ picture won't upload so you will have to click on the PDF below to see the project sheet for today's card.  I am using the HELLO HARVEST BUNDLE on page 50 in the Mini Catalog.  If you have this bundle you may want to make your Fall/Thanksgiving cards using these instructions.  It is an easy peasy card ~ you could easily send 25 or more!  The embossing folder makes it so pretty and purrrrrrfect for sending now!

Download Rustic Pumpkin

Sunkissed Christmas

I guess you are getting used to this by now.  Maybe you like all these project sheets that I am posting.  I certainly hope so.  I tried again today but no luck.  So, I think you will like this Christmas card ~ particularly if you are someone who likes to travel South in the Winter or if you have friends who spend the holidays in warm places with palm trees!  Don't forget my last 2022 Christmas Card Class next Monday afternoon at 2 ~


Download Sunkissed Christmas