Monday, October 9, 2017

Jack-o-Lantern Spinner Card

In the last card class, I decided to introduce the technique of making a spinner card and the Seasonal Chums Bundle made the process easy.  Since Halloween is approaching, the jack-o-lantern from the set was selected for the card design. Stampin' Write Markers were used to color the leaves and jack-o-lantern features but the Watercolor Pencils would work too.  Notice that the inside of the card is backed with a piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the Spooky Night DSP package and a small strip of Very Vanilla is stamped with the Happy Halloween greeting from the Spooky Cat stamp set is peeking through the opening.

 Jack-o-lantern Spinner Card using Stampin' Up! Seasonal Chums Bundle

While it may seem intimidating the spinner card is not extremely difficult so be sure to give the technique a try!   

Also be sure to take advantage of Buy 3 Get 1 Free Designer Series Paper Sale offered until October 31 by Stampin' Up!  Purchase 3 of the select papers available listed below and get another one for Free! 

#144180   Just Add Color Specialty Designer Paper
#144137   Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper
#144118   Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper 
#144111   Be Merry Designer Series Paper
#144163   Pick A Pattern Designer Series Paper
#144155   Coffee Break Designer Series Paper
#144185   Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper
#144110   Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper
#144168   Petal Garden Designer Series Paper Stack
#144193   Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack
#144177   Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack
#144629   Christmas Around The World Designer Series Paper
#144613   Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper


As you can see - there's lots of DSP to select from and with no restrictions on the amount ordered it's a great time to stock up. You can order via the Shop Now link.




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Friday, October 6, 2017

Honoring Breast Cancer Awareness Month

For the card class this past Monday, I thought it appropriate to include a Pink Ribbon card using the Ribbon of Courage stamp set bundle in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Powder Pink cardstock and ink, as well as, the same color in the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack were used for creating the card.  The sentiment was stamped in Smoky Slate on the Whisper White cardstock oval.  It is a simple card to make but conveys a wonderful message.

Pink Ribbon Card using Stampin' Up! Ribbon of Courage Bundle
Also be sure to take advantage of Buy 3 Get 1 Free Designer Series Paper Sale offered until October 31 by Stampin' Up!  Purchase 3 of the select papers available listed below and get another one for Free! (seriously - who doesn't like free?!):

#144180   Just Add Color Specialty Designer Paper
#144137   Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper
#144118   Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper 
#144111   Be Merry Designer Series Paper
#144163   Pick A Pattern Designer Series Paper
#144155   Coffee Break Designer Series Paper
#144185   Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper
#144110   Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper
#144168   Petal Garden Designer Series Paper Stack
#144193   Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack
#144177   Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack
#144629   Christmas Around The World Designer Series Paper
#144613   Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper

As you can see - there's lots of DSP to select from and with no restrictions on the amount ordered it's a great time to stock up.

Thanks for stopping by and check back soon to see another project.
As always, contact me if you have questions or would like to order products for creating projects yourself!  

Enjoy your weekend and look for my next post on Monday.

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Halloween Treat Bag

I must admit that I am not a cat person but when I saw the cat punch in the Stampin' Up! Holiday catalog, I knew it had to go onto my must have list.  Since several friends have cats, the punch will get lots of use.  What is great is that the punch coordinates not only with the Spooky Cat stamp set but also the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper (DSP).  For the treat bag below, I used the cat punch to cut the black cat from the DSP. The witches hat was fussy cut for the DSP also.  The cutting instructions for the treat bag are from Angie Juda.


Halloween Treat Bag using Stampin' Up! Spooky Cat Stamps Set, Spooky Night DSP & Cat Punch
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As always, contact me if you have questions or would like to order products for creating projects yourself!  

Just a reminder...when you place a $300 order or more order in September or October, 2017, you will earn the limited edition stamp set, Merry Patterns.  This is also in addition to the Stampin' Rewards you will earn with your order.  Please contact me for more details. 

Enjoy your week!


#spookycat, #halloweentreat
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Monday, September 18, 2017

"Year of Cheer Suite" Wedding Card

Recently we attended a wedding and I immediately knew that the Year of Cheer Suite was going to be the "go to" for creating a card for the newlywed couple.  The Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP) created the perfect background for layering with a foil snowflake.  Yes, it's a snowflake but it's a great embellishment for a variety of card styles.  The focal sentiment was stamped from the Cheers to the Year stamp set using Soft Suede ink and the trio of hearts was stamped with Real Red.  A small bow was created using the 1/8" Gold Ribbon and added for extra dimension. 

Wedding Card using Stampin' Up! Year of Cheer Suite

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As always, contact me if you have questions or would like to order products for creating projects yourself!  


Just a reminder...when you place a $300 order or more order in September or October, 2017, you will earn the limited edition stamp set, Merry Patterns.  This is also in addition to the Stampin' Rewards you will earn with your order.  Please contact me for more details. 

Have a great week!


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Monday, September 11, 2017

Fun Fold with Painted Harvest

One of my favorite stamp sets in the newly released Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog is  Painted Harvest.  The sunflower stamp can be used with a variety of colors to create beautiful stamped flowers.  In a recent class, I decided to mix it up and use colors that coordinated with the  Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper (DSP).  Don't you love the look of the flower stamped using Emerald Envy and Lemon Lime Twist inks?  Note that the flower stamp is a Two Step stamp and the first step stamp may appear to only partially stamp.  This actually is the way the stamp is designed and not a flaw with the stamp.  When the second step is stamped, the flower becomes complete.  It's also recommended that when using photopolymer stamps to use a piercing mat to ensure even pressure when stamping.  The fun fold card design was CASED from Janet Wakeland with just a few slight modifications. 
Fun Fold using Stampin' Up! Painted Harvest Stamp Set in Emerald Envy & Lemon Lime Twist

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As always, contact me if you have questions or would like to order products for creating projects yourself!  Note:  You can print off the Supply List below Project Materials for items used for today's project.
Have a great week!

#paintedharvest, #emeraldenvy, #lemonlimetwist, #funfold, #stampinup

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

A Touch of Elegance using an Embossing Folder


A great method for adding a touch of elegance to a card is to use a Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (TIEF).  In the card below, the Garden Trellis TIEF was used to emboss not just the cardstock but also the Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper (DSP).  When constructing the card, attach the pieces of DSP to the cardstock layer then insert into the TIEF and run through the Big Shot.  Both layers are embossed at the same time and the embossing adds that little extra touch of dimension creating a subtle elegance to the card.  Best of all, it's quick and easy!

A Touch of Elegance using Stampin' Up! Garden Trellis Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

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As always, contact me if you have questions or would like to order products for creating projects yourself!  Note:  You can print off the Supply List below Project Materials for items used for today's project.
Have a great week!



#GardenTrellisTIEF, #Stampinup, #Hellofriend, #Wholelotof lovely, #Prettylabel

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Double the Fun - More Eclipse Shadow Cards

Hi all!  Before moving on to share cards from the Eclipse Card class, I'd like to ask everyone to say a prayer for the safety of those along the Texas coast.  Hurricane Harvey has caused major flooding and water continues to cause flooding.  There are Stampin' Up! demonstrators whose homes have flooded and they will be faced with months of cleanup. 

Last post, I shared one of the cards from the class held on Eclipse Day.  Below are two more of the cards that were made by attendees.

The first card uses the same shadow technique as the previous post.  Using the dies to cut two layers of the same letter and "shadowing" one behind the other.  For this card, the Large Letters Framelits were used to cut the main greeting from Always Artichoke and Whisper White cardstock.  The word, friend, comes from the Awesomely Artistic stamp set and was stamped using Always Artichoke ink. Notice the leaf - it's from the Painted Harvest stamp set and punched with the coordinating Leaf Punch - these items are from the Holiday Catalog will be available for purchase starting September 1.  Note:  The Large Letter framelits are a must set!  The uses are limitless.  Yes, the may seem pricey but well worth the investment so start saving and add them to your "must have" list.  So Saffron cardstock was cut using an oval from the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies and Gold Metallic Thread was attached behind the oval.  A piece of Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper (DSP) was layered atop the Always Artichoke cardstock base. 

Shadow Card using Stampin' Up! Large Letters Framelits & Delightful Daisy DSP
The second card featured uses the emboss resist method to create a shadow card.  The flowers from the  Host set, Background Bits, was first stamped in Dapper Denim onto the Whisper White cardstock square.  After cleaning the stamp, Versamark was used to stamp the image again and White Embossing Powder was added and heat set.  To create the shadow, the image was stamped "offset" - to ensure desired placement, the Stamp-a-ma-jig was used.   After cooling, a sponge was used to color Dapper Denim ink across the stamped panel.  The panel was cut using a square from the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies and layered atop a Dapper Denim cardstock square cut from the Layered Squares Framelits.  The Just a Note stamp is from Flourishing Phrases and was stamped using the Dapper Denim ink.  The card was finished with a piece of Color Theory DSP cut into a banner using the Banner Punch and embellished with three Glitter Enamel Dots.  Card base is Dapper Denim cardstock with a layer of Whisper White cardstock for the main layer.

Emboss Resist Technique using Stampin' Up! Background Bits Stamp Set
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As always, contact me if you have questions or would like to order products for creating!  
Note:  You can print off the Supply List below Project Materials for items used for these projects.
Have a great week!
#eclipsetechnique, #shadowtechnique, #embossresist, #stampinup

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 Oops - inserted incorrect product in materials list, should have listed Large Letters Framelits, Item #141712, price $99.00

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Celebrating the Great Eclipse - Stamping Style!

What a fun week at the monthly card class!  The class date coincided with the "Great Eclipse" across the United States and since our area was going to experience approximately 97% totality, I decided the class had to celebrate the event.  The four card designs featured various shadow layering techniques and to add to the celebration, everyone received viewing treats at their work stations. 


It was definitely worth taking a few minutes away from stamping to watch the historical event.  Best of all, I was able to snap a photo of attendees before the class ended!

Today, I will detail one of the shadow cards and follow with the remaining cards in the next post.  In the card featured, the Happy Birthday Thinlit was used to cut Night of Navy and So Saffron cardstock pieces which became the feature sentiment.  By offsetting the Night of Navy layer when adhering it to the So Saffron layer, the shadow effect was created.  To highlight it even more, Whisper White cardstock was cut using the largest circle die from the Stitched Shapes Framelits.  The card base uses So Saffron cardstock and the Designer Series Paper (DSP) is found in the Delightful Daisy DSP package.  Night of Navy 5/8" Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon completes the card.

Shadow Card using Stampin' Up! Happy Birthday Thinlit in Night of Navy & So Saffron cardstock


FYI:  My next post will be up much sooner...since my husband retired, my schedule has been somewhat disrupted but now we seem to have settled into a routine so I can get back to my activities on a regular basis!

Thanks for stopping by and check back soon for more project ideas! 

As always, contact me with any questions.

#shadowcard, #eclipse, #happybirthday, #nightofnavy, #sosaffron, #delightfuldaisy

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

CASEing the Stampin' Up! Catalog

On page 163 in the 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! catalog is the stamp set, Floral Statements.  It is one of those sets that can easily be overlooked but the two stamp set is great for creating quick, yet elegant cards.  I decided to recreate the Thanks card from the catalog with one exception - some bling was added!  As I was preparing to color the stamped image, I tested a couple of coloring methods with the aqua painter - one method used the Powder Classic Stampin' Pad and one used the Calypso Coral Watercolor Pencil.  Since some water coloring was involved, Shimmery White cardstock was used.  So which method do you think was decided upon? 


Watercolor fun using Floral Statements Stamp Set from Stampin' Up!


If you guessed the Calypso Coral with the Aqua Painter, you're correct!  It was a pleasant surprise that the color was almost a perfect match with the Powder Pink cardstock layer.  Plus using the watercolor color pencil made it quick and easy to color.  The leaves were colored using the Old Olive watercolor pencil and an aqua painter.  I had fun making the card and will be sharing variations using the stamp set in future posts.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Window Box meets Eastern Medallions

When I received my order with the Eastern Medallions Thinlits a few months ago, I knew they would be perfect to use with the Window Box Thinlits so I came up with a design that was used in a recent class.  What is great is that you can create a variety of looks on the top and/or sides of the window box just by varying which thinlits you select and how much you layer the various thinlits to create a design. After selecting the pieces and cutting the top portion of the window box, a circle was cut using the Layering Circles Framelits and adhered to the inside of the box lid to help showcase the medallion.

Gift Box using Stampin' Up! Window Box Thinlits  & Eastern Medallion Thinlits
The window box is the perfect size when you want to give a small gift or treat.  If adding treats that are not prepackaged, I recommend using the food safe Cellophane bags. 





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#easternmedallion, #windowbox,,#giftbox, #treatbox

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Christmas in July!


Ever thought of becoming a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and having your own business?  Or thought of becoming a demonstrator to reap the benefits on your personal orders as a hobbyist?  Now's the perfect time! 

With your $99 Starter Kit purchased between July 1-31, you'll also receive a FREE Essentials Gift Pack ($72 value).  The Essentials Gift Pack includes the following:


Essentials Gift Pack
Item NumberDescription
118485D Block (X2)
130148Grid Paper
103579Paper Snips
104332SNAIL Adhesive
102300Bone Folder
144804Carols of Christmas Stamp Set

Contact me for more details (Margaret Knight)
or signup online using the following link to join my group:


Come join the fun!




Sunday, July 9, 2017

Birthday Fun!

Have you seen the new Birthday Memories Suite from Stampin' Up!?  It's super cute and is full of fun.  The moment that I saw it in the catalog, it went to the top of my wish list.  The Birthday Delivery stamps and with the coordinating Birthday Friends Framelits Dies make it easy to create a variety of projects.  Best of all, the framelits dies coordinate with the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper (DSP) so no fussy cutting!  The fox and banner in the featured card were all cut from the DSP using the framelits.

Celebrating using Stampin' Up! Birthday Memories DSP & Birthday Friends Framelits

Just a reminder, my July 4th special will be expiring soon...details below:

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Happy 4th of July! Celebrate with me...

In honor of America's birthday, I am offering the following Celebration Special...




Enjoy your 4th of July and check back later this week for project ideas.

Thank you for stopping by! 
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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Quick, Easy & Elegant

Another of the cards from class using the Eastern Beauty stamp set is this quick and easy card.  To create the base, one stamp was used to randomly stamp the repeated design on the upper two-thirds of the thick Vanilla cardstock and a beautiful gold striped piece of Eastern Palace Designer Series Paper was added on the lower card portion.  A design strip from the Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers was trimmed to fit the card and added the perfect extra touch.  Layering the sentiment onto the gold glimmer paper finished the quick, easy and elegant card.



Quick & Easy using  Stampin' Up! Eastern Beauty Stamp Set & Eastern Palace Specialty DSP

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Enjoy Today - Life is Beautiful

In this month's card class, the Eastern Palace Suite Bundle was the theme.  I admit that when the set became available for early order, it did not thrill me but after seeing some of the projects created, I decided to purchase the bundle and am so glad that I did!  The combinations made using the Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies and the Eastern Beauty stamps is almost endless.  The Eastern Palace Designer Series Paper coordinates beautifully and features the new In-color Lemon-LIme Twist.


Eastern Palace Suite Bundle from Stampin' Up!


Currently there are two specials featuring The Eastern Palace Suite Bundle including FREE product!  Take note: The specials are only available for two more days (through Wednesday, May 31) -  the Eastern Palace Starter Bundle and the Eastern Palace Premier Bundle.  You can order via the links in Project Materials listed below.  The new catalog ordering begins on June 1 and the products will be available but not the starter or premier bundles.



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#easternpalace, #easternbeauty, #enjoytodaycard

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

The Perfect Sympathy Card

Recently a younger cousin passed away unexpectedly and after the initial shock, I wanted to make a special card for my wonderful aunt.  As I searched through my stamps to find the perfect sentiment, it became obvious that the Isaiah verse in the Rose Wonder stamp set from Stampin' Up! was the one.  The remainder of the card design utilizes the Botanical Builder Framelits Dies to create a serene but beautiful card.  For the flower centers, I had some leftover candy dots but you can easily create your own centers by using a black sharpie to color Basic Pearls.


The Perfect Sympathy Card using Stampin' Up! Rose Wonder Stamp Set & Botanical Builder Framelits Dies
Please note:  Botanical Builder Framelits Dies & matching stamp set - Botanical Blooms is retiring and is only available through May 31, 2017 or while supplies last.  Click the link in Project Materials to order a set before they are no longer available.  Best of all, both items are on sale (discounted pricing will appear when you link to the online store).

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check back for more project ideas!
#rosewonder, #botanicalbuilderframelits, #Stampinupsympathycard

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms celebrating their special day!  The card being shared is the one that I sent to my mother but the sentiment from Dragonfly Dreams is appropriate for a variety of special occasions.  The Jar of Love stamp set bundle from Stampin' Up! is fun for creating a colorful floral bouquet.  Note:  due to the intense color of Cucumber Crush and Watermelon Wonder inks, the stamps were inked and stamped onto a scrap of paper before stamping onto the cardstock.  This gave the color hue that I preferred for the card.


Stampin' Up! Jar of Love Bundle with sentiment from Dragonfly Dreams

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#stampinupjaroflove

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Colorful Butterfly Card

In the last class featuring Dragonflies and Butterflies, we used a quick and easy technique for creating a colorful butterfly that coordinated with the card's colors.  To make your own "designer" paper that coordinates with your card, simply select three colors and use a variety of background stamps to randomly stamp on a piece of neutral cardstock.  Using the medium butterfly die from the Butterflies Thinlets to cut the butterfly.  The Classic Stampin' Pad ink colors used for creating the butterfly on the card below are:  Island Indigo, Cucumber Crush and Daffodil Delight.  Background stamps from Timeless Textures, Gorgeous Grunge and Dragonfly Dreams were used but any background stamp can be used.

Colorful Butterfly greeting card using Stampin' Up! Butterflies Thinlits Dies, Island Indigo, Cucumber Crush and Daffodil Delight Ink Colors

The color combinations are endless and I find this technique very useful when I just do not seem to have the perfect paper for a project.  Be sure to give it a try!

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oops!  forgot to note that the fern leaves stamp is from Butterfly Basics (Clear Mount #138816, Wood Mount #138813)







Monday, May 1, 2017

Dragonfly Card with Faux Stained Glass Technique

The theme for the April card class was "Butterflies and Dragonflies".  One of the techniques used for a dragonfly card was the "faux stained glass" technique.  The inspiration for the card and technique came from Dawn Griffith at Dawn's Stamping Thoughts.  Not only did I like the technique but the color combination of Wisteria Wonder, So Saffron and Mint Macaron. The Dragonfly Dreams stamp set and detailed Dragonfly Thinlits dies coordinate wonderfully with the Awesomely Artistic stamp set and it's dragonfly. 

Faux Stained Glass Technique using Stampin' Up! Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies, Basic Black & Whisper White Cardstocks, Wisteria Wonder, So Saffron & Mint Macron Stampin' Write Markers

This was a fun technique enjoyed by class participants so be sure to check out Dawn's video via the link.  Be sure to add a dragonfly to your envelope too.  With the many color combinations available using Stampin' Up! products, you can create your own special stained glass dragonfly! 

If you would like to purchase any of the products used for this project, visit my online store.

Thank you for stopping by and check back again for more project ideas! 
The next post will have a butterfly card and a different technique from the class.

#dragonfly, #stampinup,
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