CELEBRATE SUNFLOWERS stamp set is part of the FLOWERS for EVERY SEASON SUITE on page 10 in Stampin' Up!'s new annual catalog.  We used this stamp set yesterday in our Fabulous Tuesday Stamp Clubs.  I will post pictures of that card in the future but I wanted to talk about a technique that I used for this sunflower card ~ PLASTIC WRAP SMOOSH TECHNIQUE ~


I used about a 10" square of Saran Wrap and added drops of Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie ink refill to the surface of the wrap.

Then I crumbled up the plastic wrap in a ball and opened it back up.  I spritzed the ink with water.

Lastly I carefully laid Whisper White cardstock over the top ~ the size was 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" ~ and pressed the cardstock into the wet ink.  Then remove the cardstock and let it dry.  The results will vary ~


I cut the sunflower shape out of the paper and layered the detailed die cut sunflower over the top.  It is Early Espresso cardstock.  It is an interesting technique and one you could try with any color combination.  It worked well with the  celebrate sunflower bundle.  Tomorrow I will post more sunflower cards from a recent swap with some fabulous demonstrator friends.  You will find some great ideas for this bundle.  If you have time to try this technique, email me the results.  I would love to see your creation!



Both machines have all these great features ~

Platform folds for space saving storage.

Rotating handle is comfortable and easy to turn.

Rubber feet securely grip work surface.

Portable for on the go crafting.

Comfortable carrying handle.

Easy to learn, simple to use.

Sleek, clean design looks great in any crafting space.

All plates you need to get started are included.

Coming soon for training, tips and ideas ~ stampinup.com/cut&emboss.

I know that you are wondering.....

In your brand new 2020-2021 ANNUAL CATALOG, on page 170, ~ what we have all been waiting for.  Although it is not available to order yet (and, Stampin' Up! has not given me an arrival date)  I know that you are as anxious as I have been to learn a little more about this marvelous new machine.  So, I thought I would post this video for you and let you know that as we get closer to the release date we will have lots more information.  It is definitely on my WISH LIST, how about you?


Come back tomorrow for another video ~ this one about the mini machine that I didn't even know I wanted or needed ~ we'll see!  Happy Friday!    

Take Your Pick

Some of Stampin' Up!'s dies are intricate making it difficult to get all the tiny pieces of cardstock out after the image is cut.  I was using the die in the picture (from the ORNATE STYLE BUNDLE) last night and thought it would be a good time to mention the TAKE YOUR PICK DIE BRUSH TIP.  The brush is used to get the little tiny pieces of cardstock out of the design once you have run the die through the embossing and cutting machine (formerly known as the Big Shot).  My brush in the picture is one of the first that came out and not the current model.  The brush now is one that you insert into the TAKE YOUR PICK tool.  You can find it on page 189 in the annual catalog.  I recommend it to you ~ this tool saves loads of time (and lots of frustration!)...........HAPPY FRIDAY!


Take Your Pick Die Brush Tip

Twisted Gate Fold Technique

This is the package that I sent to Alan's Mom, Eloise, for Mother's Day recently.  She wrote me a really nice Thank You Note and said "the card was outstanding and that she had showed them around because they were very unusual".  Don't we all love to receive comments like that when we create and share?

Twisted Gate Fold Card  w package

This is an unusual card (the little gift box is just covered in the same designer series paper) and I found it online.  The demonstrator who created it shared the project sheet for it which is always so nice (but, I forgot to save her name so that I could give her credit ~ so sorry).  I found it difficult to follow her directions but rewrote them and shared the technique with my stamp clubs this month.  And, with you ~ below.  Let me know if you have questions.

Twisted Gate Fold Card 1

Download Ornate Garden Suite Twisted Gate Fold Card



Blog picture May 21

Inspiration Everywhere ~ from Stampin' Up!

At first glance, you might not know these cards were CASEd (Copy And Share Everything). That’s the beauty of CASEing, no one will ever guess that your project was inspired by another project. We give you permission to grab a catalog, pick a project that catches your attention, and CASE it.

Here’s how it works—you choose one aspect of your chosen inspiration piece and copy it on a new project. We selected the Thank You card from page 65 of the January–June 2020 Mini Catalog as the inspiration piece. Then, we used these CASEing techniques to create three new projects.

  • Copy the color scheme. The Grateful to Be Your Friend card uses the same pink, red, and gray color scheme. Did you know that pairing pink and red is a huge fashion trend this year? Try using it on your next project.
  • Copy the technique. The stunning blue ombre background on the Thank You box mimics the Thank You card, but in a different color, on a different project type, and with a different level of intensity. What will you ombre?
  • Copy the layout. One of the most used CASEing techniques is re-creating the layout. The Butterfly card uses layered die cuts just like the inspiration card, but with a completely different end result. How will you use the layered die cuts layout?


It's amazing what a little time at home will do ~ and, more time in front of the computer, particularly on the Stampin' Up! website (which is an amazing resource but one I don't use often enough ~ obviously!).  You are going to love this resource that I found yesterday ~ SAMPLE RECIPES for our current Spring Mini catty.  Ever wonder exactly what Stampin' Up! products were used to create one, or more, of the samples in the catalog?  Click on the link below to get all the answers from the creative staff that puts it all together.  Print it out and find the samples by the page number in the catty ~ it's like having a personal tutorial.  Questions?  Let me know so I can find an answer for you.  Also, I am putting in an order today, let me know if I can add anything for you.  

2020 Sample Tutortials for the Mini Catty Download 2020-jan-june-mini-sample-recipes

Saved by Tombow.............

I have been working on some swap cards in the last two days ~ 16 cards to send to my friend, Kim Williams, in Butler PA.  There are 15 of us who will be sending her cards and she will 'swap' them out and send them back to us ~ we will have one of each.  Lots of ideas to use for stamp clubs and classes ~ and, to send to friends!  It is such a fabulous way to share ideas! 

So, what's this little ERASER doing in the picture when you thought I was going to show you the card I created for the swap?  Once in a while a stamping catastrophe happens!  Right?  You know what I mean?  That little Memento stamp pad that I was using jumped right out of my hand and hit the corner of the card I was working on!  A minor mess but definitely a mess.  The extra ink on the card prevented it from joining the other cards ready to be sent to Pennsylvania.  

Then I remembered that I had recently ordered a new eraser from Amazon based on information I saw on someone else's blog or website.  The MONO, below, is an INK ERASER from TOMBOW ~ a sand eraser for ink!  And, it works!  It does take some patience so don't be in a big hurry but it is certainly worth correcting ink mistakes and saving your creation!!!



Melissa (Burroughs) sent me an email yesterday and included pictures of her weekend project that she had been working on AND enjoying ~ you can tell!  The made 30 cards using the SHIMMER DETAILED LASER-CUT SPECIALTY PAPER on page 169 in Stampin' Up!'s annual catalog!  Pictures follow and tell the whole story.  Let me know if you have questions (she said she would have a Project Sheet for me soon ~ maybe Tuesday!)  THANK YOU MELISSA FOR SHARING YOUR FABULOUS CARDS!

Laser cut paper 1

Laser cut paper 2

Laser cut paper cut in 6

Blue laser-cut paper 6 pieces

Sunday  March 8 4 cards

Information about the Delicata ink from Stampin' Up!

If you like the Delicata ink that we have been using for several months, and haven't ordered it yet, now is the time (before it is GONE! The Celestial Copper is GONE!).  You can find the product information on page 16 in the Holiday Catty.  I really like it because it provides a beautiful gold color without embossing.  Let me know if you have any questions.  Susan Elise

From  Stampin' Up!:  Delicata® Ink Pads and Refills Available While Supplies Last

We have received shipments of Delicata ink pads and refills (see item list below), and they will be available to purchase before the end for the 2019 holiday catalog sales period (January 2, 2020).

  • Celestial Copper Ink Pad (item 150707)
  • Celestial Copper Ink Refill (item 150708)*
  • Golden Glitz Ink Pad (item 150711)
  • Golden Glitz Ink Refill (item 150712)
  • Silvery Shimmer Ink Pad (item 150709)
  • Silvery Shimmer Ink Refill (item 150710)

*North America only: Our Celestial Copper Ink Refill inventory has already been depleted and has been turned off.

Due to amount of time it takes to receive shipments of these items, they will not be carrying over into the 2020 occasions catalog. Additionally, when inventory for each item is depleted, that item will be turned off.