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Hello!  I hope today’s card reminds you that spring is just around the corner.  I’ve layered tons of images onto the First Edition Designer Series Paper by stamping in different colors.  It may be hard to see in the photo, but in real life, it looks really, really cool.  One other thing I LOVE about this card is the butterflies from Papillon Potpourri – they were probably the simplest thing I did on this page because of their matching punches!!!  I was beyond excited when I saw that the smaller butterfly had a matching punch in the new Spring Catalog!  (FYI:  The Bitty Butterfly Punch also matches the butterfly in the FREE Sale-A-Bration offering, Bloomin’ Marvelous.)  YAY!!!  Anyway, I love the vintage style and don’t typically gravitate to making cards of that style myself so I signed up for a Vintage Swap at Leadership Conference for a bit of a challenge! 🙂  I love the final result and it makes me want to try vintage more often!

You may be thinking that this card looks familiar!  That’s because I showed you a few of the pieces of how I made it in two of my recent videos HERE and HERE!  If you haven’t watched those yet, I hope you do!  A few other details – the Label Framelit layered behind the Oval Punch is turned 90 degrees from how you typically see it.  It is also pierced with its matching template from the Festive Paper-Piercing Pack and then flipped over to the other side so you see the rough sides of the holes instead of the clean ones.  Again, a little vintage touch!  I also really like to do that to masculine cards to give them more of a rough feel.

You may have been thinking, wait, I thought that paper-piercing pack was in the Holiday Catalog?  You’d be right!  It did debut there but it is in the Spring Catalog on page 36 with the other selection of items that were in the Holiday Catalog and are still available for order.  The stamp sets are listed on the side (please let me know if you don’t have a Holiday Catalog if you’d like to see the images) and then the rest of the goodies are pictured on that page.  One item that is still available but missed making it onto the page is the Champagne Glimmer Paper!  I LOVE all of the Glimmer Papers so I was pretty excited about this!  If you want to order it, just punch in item 127885!

Ok, finally, I’ll give you a rundown of what those “tons of images” that are stamped on the First Edition DSP so you can recreate this card! 🙂  It doesn’t really matter the order you do these things in – although I normally go from your lightest ink to darkest so you can best see what and where you’re stamping.  I stamped the large floral image from Elements of Style several times in Crumb Cake ink over the entire piece to cover it.  The Swallowtail butterfly is stamped in Baja Breeze ink.  Then I stamped the paint splatter image (LOVE IT!  This is a must-have stamp for me!) several times in Soft Suede ink.  Finally I stamped my Music Notes wheel in Early Espresso ink towards the bottom.  I unmount my wheels (see a video of that HERE) and I didn’t want to have a harsh edge so I used a torn post it note to mask off the left side of the wheel so it would look gradual with the torn edge instead of harsh with a straight edge.  If I had it to do over again, I would either stamp my Music Notes wheel all the way to the bottom or move my ribbon up a bit.  In the video showing you how to gather your ribbon like I did on this swap, you see why this happened to me as my ribbon hung down much farther than where I originally applied my sticky strip.  (I knew this would happen but didn’t compensate for it as much as I should’ve to show the music notes a bit more.)  I layered this piece onto my distressed Espresso piece (see that video HERE), and then applied the ribbon treatment on top of that so I could tape the ends onto the back.  The butterflies were added with glue dots and the sentiment and Espresso pierced framelit were layered together with Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive and then added onto the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals!

I hope you enjoyed this project!  It’s one of my favorites that I’ve made in a long, long time!  If you don’t want to miss out on a single post, please subscribe to my blog! 🙂

Papillon Potpourri (Wood-Mount 123757, Clear-Mount 123759)
From My Heart (Wood-Mount 126555, Clear-Mount 126557)
Swallowtail (Wood-Mount 129213, Clear-Mount 129216) – Spring Catalog pg. 18
French Foliage (Wood-Mount 120845, Clear-Mount 121166)
Elements of Style (Wood-Mount 118611, Clear-Mount 120045)
Music Notes Wheel (120327)

8-1/2″ x 11″ Naturals Ivory Card Stock (101849)
8-1/2″ x 11″ Baja Breeze Card Stock (111352)
8-1/2″ x 11″ Early Espresso Card Stock (119686)
First Edition Specialty Designer Paper (121878)

Baja Breeze Classic Stampin’ Pad (126960)
Crumb Cake Classic Stampin’ Pad (126975)
Early Espresso Classic Stampin’ Pad (126974)
Soft Suede Classic Stampin’ Pad (126978)

5/8″ Victoria Crochet Trim (118481)
Baja Breeze 1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon (122331)
SNAIL Adhesive (104332)
Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755)
Mini Glue Dots (103683)
Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)
Anywhere Glue Sticks (104045)
Sticky Strip (104294)

Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959)
Simply Scored Scoring Tool (122334)
Bone Folder (102300)
Craft Scissors (108360)
Stampin’ Distress Tool (127562) – Spring Catalog pg. 14
Paper Piercing Tool (126189)
Stampin’ Pierce Mat (126199)
Festive Paper-Piercing Pack (127857) – Spring Catalog pg. 36
Extra-Large Oval Punch (119859)
Elegant Butterfly Punch (127526)
Bitty Butterfly Punch (129406)
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439)
Labels Collection Framelits Dies (125598)
Grid Paper (102787)
Stampin’ Scrub (126200)
Stampin’ Mist (102394)

This week’s video is all about cleaning your rubber stamps! I LOVE Stampin’ Up!’s Stampin’ Scrub and Stampin’ Mist and show you how I use them in the video! Check it out!!!


Hello!  Our new Firm Foam Pads need to be reinked a bit differently than the old felt style ones, so hopefully this video will help you to reink your awesome new Firm Foam Pads successfully!  It’s super easy and one reinker should last you a very long time!  Let me know if you have questions.

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Hi there! My 5th and final video in my Big Shot series covering how to run all the different Sizzix items Stampin’ Up! offers through the Big Shot! Check out THIS playlist for the rest of the videos, as well as a few other videos that show how I used them on my projects.  Let me know if you have questions on how to use the Big Shot after watching these videos!!!

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I hope you enjoy today’s video! Embosslits are tiny but pack a lot of punch as they cut and emboss at the same time! I LOVE to use these on any of my projects! The perfect accent!

In other news, do any of you watch the X Factor? I’m loving the talent this season, especially that Tate Stevens! I was on the edge of my seat last night because he was in the third group, after the first gotten the good news and the second the bad. Man, I love that show!

Anyway, hope you’re all having a great week! If you haven’t signed up for my mailing list yet, get that done so you don’t miss out on the 2nd Week of Christmas, which will be out next Wednesday.

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The video today is all about our most versatile Big Shot item:  the Originals and Bigz dies.  Why do I say they are the most versatile?  Because they cut through 50 different materials!  Here’s a list of all of those materials:

  • Thick corkboard
  • Thick chipboard (59 mil)
  • Colored magnet
  • Ruffle board
  • Paper wood
  • Balsa wood (3/32″)
  • Bass wood (1/16″)
  • Metal mesh
  • Aluminum (.016)
  • Tin (.008)
  • Adhesive and non-adhesive mat board
  • Drawer liner
  • Shelf liner
  • Vinyl
  • Static cling vinyl
  • Shrink film
  • Fine sandpaper
  • Clear acetate (20 mil)
  • Vellum
  • Card stock
  • Patterned paper
  • Flocked paper
  • Contact paper
  • Textured paper
  • Metallic paper
  • Linen paper
  • Suede paper
  • Embossed metallic paper
  • Basketball embossed paper
  • Faux alligator textured paper
  • Self-adhesive glitter paper
  • Fabric
  • Canvas
  • Iron-on fabric
  • Soft plush fabric
  • Burlap
  • Velvet
  • Corduroy
  • Lace
  • Heavyweight denim
  • Terry cloth
  • Funky fur
  • Thin leather
  • Quilt batting
  • Warm & natural batting
  • Fusible fleece
  • Self-adhesive craft metal
  • Self-adhesive cork
  • Self-adhesive foam
  • Self-adhesive magnet
  • Self-adhesive felt
  • Adhesive and non-adhesive rubber
  • Pop up sponge
  • Poly foam
  • 100% pure beeswax (cut with parchment paper on top & bottom of beeswax.)

Again, this list is just for those thicker dies!  Do not try to cut these materials with Framelits or Sizzlits!!!

I also show you how to use the Bigz dies that have score lines on the die cuts with the Crease Pads.  TIP:  If you are going to buy an XL die with score lines (like the Designer Rosette Bigz XL die I show in the video), you need the Extended Crease Pad.  However, you can use this extra-long crease pad with all of your other dies too!  I know it costs more than the Standard one, but you can use it for ALL of these dies whereas the Standard one will only work with the non-XL ones.  Depends on your plans…I have both because I had the Standard one first, but if you want to save a bit of money that’s just a tip for you! 🙂


Hi there! Quick video today showing some comparisons between the new, fabulous Illuminate Glimmer Watermark Stampin’ Pad that debuted in the 2012 Holiday Catalog and the long-time stamping essential, VersaMark!!! I LOVE both of these products and hope you enjoy seeing a bit of how they compare to one another. As always, I recommend buying the refill ink (or reinker) at the time that your purchase the pad so that you have that reinker when you need it! Also, I have no idea if the Illuminate Glimmer Watermark Ink will be available after the Holiday Catalog is over so get it now so you don’t forget! Leave a comment below!

Hi there! Sorry I missed posting for a few days – we were home for the long weekend here in the US. I did get the audio dubbed into that video I was talking about in my last post so that’s what I have for you today! Check back later for the Quick Tip Tuesday using the ribbon in the new “Back to Spool” September promotion!!!

I hope you enjoy the video today!  This is probably the way I use my Big Shot most and my favorite thing to add to my project – TEXTURE with the embossing folders! 🙂  I show a few different ways to use them, as well as what “sandwich” you need for each type of folder.

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“But I’m not creative…” That short phrase is probably one I hear more than any other as a demonstrator!  I hear it at classes I teach, at workshops, and in the community when I tell people what I do and say they can do it too!  Creativity is a tricky thing – I understand not feeling creative!  I know some of my peers have more creativity in their pinky finger than I do in my entire body.  But I love doing what I do, so my response is always the same!  You don’t have to be creative to create things and to enjoy the process!

This card is a GREAT example of that!  I used a color combination from the Stampin’ Up! Color Coach #120148 (a GREAT tool – in fact I did a video on it a while ago that I will link HERE):  Perfect Plum, Wild Wasabi, and So Saffron!!!  Gorgeous!  This ended up being my favorite swap card I made for Stampin’ Up! Convention 2012!  We also made this card shortly before I left for Convention in my Crazy about Techniques class as it uses the Faux Linen technique!  This technique is an oldy but a goody!!!  You use glossy card stock and sand it horizontally and vertically until the gloss is worn off, then sponge and stamp it and sand it more if you want until you get the desired result!!!  LOVE IT!  The layout is one I took from an old Mojo Monday challenge (I LOVE to print their monthly ones and then page through them when I’m creating – I rarely participate in a challenge in real time.  I just found it and it was from Week 2 of Mojo Monday!!!  Really really old!)  I also LOVE the Field Flowers stamp set!  (I do wish I had it in Wood-Mount though so I could make permanent vellum sheets to use with the Stamp-a-ma-jig!)  And I used Teeny Tiny Wishes – my go-to stamp set as it includes every greeting I could need!  (This card would be great for any occasion – just switch out the greeting!!!)  I most always punch it out with the Word Window punch as I have here – super easy, cute and will fit anywhere on any card!!!  I used another favorite of mine from SU! – background stamps!!!  I LOVE them and they are a favorite of mine.  I almost always make a card with either a background stamp or a background embossed with a Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and the Big Shot!  Anyway enjoy!!!  Let me know if you have any questions!!!

Supply List

Field Flowers (Wood-Mount 122760, Clear-Mount 122762)
Teeny Tiny Wishes (Wood-Mount 115370, Clear-Mount 127802)
Netting Background Stamp (122655)
Distressed Dots Background Stamp (122815)

8-1/2″ x 11″ Glossy White Card Stock (102599)
8-1/2″ x 11″ Very Vanilla Card Stock (101650)
8-1/2″ x 11″ Perfect Plum Card Stock (101889)
8-1/2″ x 11″ So Saffron Card Stock (105118)
8-1/2″ x 11″ Wild Wasabi Card Stock (108641)

Perfect Plum Classic Stampin’ Pad (126963)
So Saffron Classic Stampin’ Pad (126957)
Wild Wasabi Classic Stampin’ Pad (126959)

Victoria 5/8″ Crochet Trim (118481)
Vintage Trinkets (118764)
SNAIL Adhesive (104332)
Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755)
Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

Tabletop Paper Cutter (106959)
Simply Scored Scoring Tool (122334)
Color Coach (120148)
2012-2014 In Color Color Coach Cards (126890)
2011-2013 In Color Color Coach Cards (124886)
Bone Folder (102300)
Craft Scissors (108360)
Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049)
Paper Piercing Tool (126189)
Stampin’ Pierce Mat (126199)
3/16″ Corner Rounder Punch (119871)
Word Window Punch (119857)
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439)
Labels Collection Framelits Dies (125598)
Grid Paper (102787)
Stampin’ Scrub (126200)
Stampin’ Mist (102394)

I hope you enjoy today’s video on how to cut out a stamped image with a Framelits Die and the Big Shot. Many of our Stampin’ Up! stamps are designed to coordinate with Framelits dies and I couldn’t be more thrilled to see a 15% discount on the Bundles that include a stamp set and matching Framelits dies in the Holiday Catalog! I’ll list all the bundles that are discounted below, and highlight the 4 that are stamp sets and matching Framelits. My other favorite bundle: the Ghoulish Googlies bundle!  You’ll see that in an upcoming post soon! (You can click on any of the links to see the products in my online store.)  Leave a comment below and let me know what your favorite bundle is!!! 🙂

Holiday Catalog Bundles

Ornament Keepsakes Bundle (Wood-Mount 129949, Clear-Mount 129950)
Scentsational Season Bundle (Wood-Mount 129945, Clear-Mount 129946)
Noel Notes Bundle (129909)
Everyday Happenings Bundle (129936)
Ghoulish Googlies Bundle (Wood-Mount 129852, Clear-Mount 129853)
Perfectly Preserved Bundle (Wood-Mount 129943, Clear-Mount 129944)
Friendship Preserves Bundle (Wood-Mount 129947, Clear-Mount 129948)
Remember December Digital Collection Disc (129836)
Haunts & Harvest Digital Collection Disc (129835)

Hi there!  Make sure you scroll down to see yesterday’s post (AND VIDEO!) as I posted it pretty late at night.  I hope you enjoy today’s video – a little comparison between Stampin’ Up!’s New and Improved Heat Tool vs. the old one, as well as a quick and easy tutorial on the very basics of heat embossing!  Love that cute, new gingerbread man!  Check it out!!!  Head on over to my YouTube channel by clicking the YouTube logo in the right sidebar and subscribe so you don’t miss out on a single video!


Hi stampers!  Today’s video really features 3 tools as I show how I make my card bases for all of my cards.  I also share a few helpful tips on mass producing, as well as the 2 main ways to cut your card stock for an A2 card.  Enjoy!!!


Hi!  Here’s the Tool Time Thursday from last week!  I LOVE the Stamp-a-ma-jig – it totally revolutionized my stamping to have sentiments straight instead of having to re-stamp the card!  The supply list from the video is below the video!  See you tomorrow with a brand new Quick Tip Tuesday!!! 🙂

Supply List

Stamp-a-ma-jig #101049
Vellum Card Stock #101856
StazOn Jet Black Ink Pad #101406
Dotto Repositionable Adhesive #103305


Today’s Tool Time Thursday features the Color Spritzer Tool – a quick and easy way to add some dimension to your cards!  All you need is a marker (only $3.50 per marker) and the Color Spritzer Tool (107066 – only $12.95)!  Also remember that you can buy the markers by collection or the entire marker set as well – I’ll list the prices and item numbers below the video with links to my Online Store!  I know it is pricey to buy all the markers at once, but if you can swing it now, you can get 2 FREE SAB items with it until March 31, 2012.  I bought mine when I joined Stampin’ Up! over 4 years ago now and they are still working GREAT!!! 🙂

Color Spritzer Tool (107066)

Many Marvelous Markers (38 markers – $109.95 – 119806) – save $23.05, like getting 6 markers FREE!!!

Bright Collection Stampin’ Write Markers (10 markers – $28.95 – 119702) – save $6.05, like getting a marker FREE!

Subtles Collection Stampin’ Write Markers (10 markers – $28.95 – 119700) – save $6.05, like getting a marker FREE!

Regals Collection Stampin’ Write Markers (10 markers – $28.95 – 119701) – save $6.05, like getting a marker FREE!

Neutrals Collection Stampin’ Write Markers (8 markers – $22.95 – 119703) – save $5.05, like getting a marker FREE!

2010 – 2012 In Color Stampin’ Write Markers (5 markers – $14.95 – 119801) – save $2.55

2011 – 2013 In Color Stampin’ Write Markers (5 markers – $14.95 – 123002) – save $2.55



Hello stampers!  I am starting another new weekly feature to the blog TODAY!  Tool Time Thursday will feature a different Stampin’ Up! tool every week.  What better way to begin than with my favorite Stampin’ Up! tool of all?  I LOVE this paper cutter more than any paper cutter I’ve ever had.  Watch the video below to see why!  Then, if you don’t have it – get yourself over to my Online Store and pick one up!  Add a roll of ribbon or some other small item and get a free Sale-A-Bration item until March 31st!!! 🙂  Here’s a link to this item in my store.  Hope you enjoy Tool Time Thursday!  Let me know if there is a tool you would like to see reviewed/featured on my blog soon!!!

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