New & worth a look...............

Gift for Halloween

This ribbon might not be on your WISH LIST but it should be ~ it's amazing.  You can find it on page 53 in Stampin' Up!'s Mini Catalog ~ 1-1/2" METALLIC MESH RIBBON.  It is featured in the MAGIC IN THIS NIGHT SUITE ~ designed for Halloween but it is so much more.  It is perfect for wrapping a package or using on a card in so many different ways ~ here's another way I have used it ~ 

JOY watermarked Much better 'in person' but it creates a sparkly background for a 'snowy' card.

Gift for Halloween  ribbon The order number is 153550 and it is $8 and this SILVER MESH RIBBON can be colored using Stampin' Up! ink and sponge daubers!!!

Gift for Halloween ribbon 2

Blending with Stampin' Up!

Tomorrow in my BEAUTIFUL AUTUMN CARD CLASS we will be using Stampin' Up! Blends for one of the cards (I will post it for you on Sunday).  Stampin' Up! has had Blends (alcohol based markers) for several years and they are wonderful because they create a very smooth overall color on your image.  There are two in a package ~ one dark and one light ~ and each blend has a tiny line end and a brush end for application.  Always use Memento Ink when you color with Blends as this prevents bleeding.  And, keep the lid on so that the alcohol does not evaporate.  It is also wise to purchase the COLOR LIFTER with the Blends.  This tool removes color if you are outside of the lines of your image and you can use it to create highlights and shading.  The video below is an excellent one from Stampin' Up! ~ it is all about techniques of using blends ~ you'll love it! Enjoy!  Let me know if you have questions ~ just leave a comment and I will get back to you!  



ZANY ZEBRAS from Stampin' Up!

Stampin' Up! has a new brochure that you might like to have and you might like to share.  Most of you who read my blog are long time crafters and wonderful friends who love to share what you create.  But, we all know those friends who shy away from papercrafting  feeling overwhelmed with everything involved.  If you know a newcomer who might not know where to start, this new brochure is just right to share with those who are new to crafting.  I would love to share it with you (and, happy to mail you one or more copies)!

From Stampin' Up!: The Beginner Brochure features high-quality products with coordination, versatility, coloring, building relationships, easy to accomplish techniques, and card kits that are easy to get started. We combine these in a way that tells a story about card marking. This creates a clear path for new crafters to follow, which helps them decide where to start and where to go from there.

One of the sets featured in the brochure is one you are familiar with ~ Zany Zebras on page 104 in the Annual Catalog.  It is also featured in the new brochure because it is one that can be used easily and it is definitely fun!  Let me know if you would like brochures to share ~ so happy to send some to YOU!



Stampin' Up! ~ Masking?

Melissa sent me this picture yesterday afternoon and I wanted to share it with you.  I would title it 'the joy of masking'.  Melissa changed the card she made from one that she would take to the post office to mail to a friend to one that she can give her husband on Wednesday ~ their 25th anniversary!

Melissa Masking

Stampin' Up!.....available early! Oh my!

I do hope that you are not getting tired of me talking about the new Die Cut & Embossing Machine!  I know I am excited to have mine in the Cat/Art Studio.  And, tomorrow ~ September 1 ~ everyone can order their own!  And, tomorrow we can ALL also order the Magnetic Plate.

Here's what Stampin' Up! has to say about it ~

Good news! Our vendor was able to produce and ship our new Magnetic Cutting Plates earlier than anticipated and it will be available for both you and your customers to order starting 1 September! The Magnetic Cutting Plate is not required for use with your new machine but is fun to incorporate into your die-cutting experience. It is a thin, fully magnetic sheet with a self-healing cutting surface and holds dies securely in place, even nested dies. This slim, portable sheet replaces a Cutting Plate in your sandwich, making it even easier to take with you. 




Bow Pants to the rescue...............

Some of my stamping friends seem to have a problem tying bows to add to their projects.  I have been using a simple little tool for years (so long ago that I can't remember when it started or where it came from) ~ BOW PANTS.  The name of the tool is easy to remember because it looks like a pair of pants and it makes bows!  I make mine from the lightweight cardboard in the back of the package of Stampin' Up!'s Designer Series Paper.  I make mine using an old punch some of you will remember ~ Word Window ~ but the CLASSIC LABEL PUNCH (on page 166 AC) will work just as well!  You can see the different sizes of bows (and, how much ribbon you will need) below the video.  This card will show you the finished bow made with Bow Pants!

Birthday card corrected


Bow Pants




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 ~

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