Ready for Autumn Gatherings? Here’s a Happy Harvest Blessings Card

By | October 21, 2018

Just Stamp | Country Home Autumn Blessings Zoom

I’m no farmer, and I won’t be harvesting any crops this year, but I’ll still celebrate Thanksgiving this November 22. No matter how big or small the feast, no matter how many friends and family gather, turkey or no turkey — gratitude and blessings are the order of the day.

Since the gatherings seem to be shrinking in my household every year, sending hand-crafted greetings seems apropos. It’s a great way to tell someone they’re in my thoughts despite their absence at the table.

Stampin’ Up!’s Country Home 14-piece stamp set has all the trendy farmhouse elements and sweet sentiments one needs to create kind greeting cards or photo album pages. Pair it with the rich fall colors and designs of the Country Lane Designer Series Paper and create away. I used this card to jump start my creativity.Stampin' Up! Country Home

Stampin' Up! Country Lane Designer Series Paper


Here’s What I Did to Make a Happy Harvest Blessings Card

Create a 5 1/2 x 4 1/4″ Mint Macaron card base using the Stampin’ Trimmer to cut and score. Cut a piece of  Crumb Cake cardstock to 5 x 3 /3/4″. Ink the raised side of the Pinewood Planks Embossing Folder with the Crumb Cake Ink Pad and emboss the card stock using the Big Shot. Adhere to the card base using Multi-Purpose Glue.

Trim a 1 x 5″ piece of the Early Espresso wood print DSP and a 2 x 4″ piece of the Mint Macaron/Whisper White cotton DSP. Adhere to the card base with Multi-Purpose Glue.

Using the Black Memento Pad stamp the cotton floral  and pitcher images on a 2 3/4 x 4″ piece of Whisper White cardstock. Crop using the second largest of the ovals from the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies and the Big Shot. Add color using the Light Crumb Cake, Light Blackberry Bliss, Light Pool Party and Light Blackberry Bliss Stampin’ Blends. Adhere using Multi-Purpose Glue.

Stamp the pitcher on Galvanized Metallic Paper. Hand-snip the pitcher without the handle and adhere using a Stampin’ Dimensional.

Stamp the sentiment on to a piece of Mint Macaron in Early Espresso ink. Trim and adhere using one Stampin’ Dimensional on the right and Multi-Purpose Glue on the left.

Embellish with a small bow tied using 3/16″ Braided Linen Thread.

Here’s What I Used to Make a Happy Harvest Blessings Card


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Sign Up Today to Create 16 Traditional Christmas Cards

By | October 11, 2018

Just Stamp | Traditional Christmas Cards Class


With Christmas less than 11 weeks away, the countdown to the happiest time of the year is on! If you were hoping to send special hand-crafted cards this year, I have the perfect offer for you today. Sign up to create 16 traditional style Christmas cards with me on Saturday, Oct 27, from 11 am to 2 pm. You’ll have your beautiful cards ready before Halloween arrives.

Your friends and family will be thrilled with your keepsake hand-made cards. Each of these simply elegant cards feature some of my favorite new stamps and tools from Stampin’ Up!’s Holiday Catalog. All have been designed in traditional colors, include the perfect sentiments, and the right embellishments to make each one a mail-able holiday greeting card.

The class includes materials to make four each of four designs, plus envelopes. Everything will be prepped and ready for you to enjoy stamping and assembling your cards. Adhesive is not included in the class fee, but is available to pre-order or purchase the day of class.

RSVP and prepayment by Monday, Oct. 15, is a must. Your materials will be ordered and prepared just for you. Email me for the registration link at today to reserve your spot.

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Halloween Takeout Treat Boxes

By | October 9, 2018

Just Stamp | Halloween Takeout Treats Boxes


Come October first, it’s officially Bring on the Candy Season for me. Of course, I like to share the sugar and treats as small gifts for loved ones all through the month.  Look at the adorable Halloween Takeout Treat Box I created to present the treats to my canine, feline and human pals. The witchy pooch and mummy kitty warm my heart and make me smile.

Stampin’ Up!’s Trick or Tweet, Spooky Sweets and Takeout Thinlits Dies helped create the take away boxes super easily.

Stampin' Up! | Trick or Tweet

One of the sentiments, along with the spooky bats that can be quickly cropped with the set’s coordinating Spooky Bats Punch, was borrowed from Spooky Sweets. For another Just Stamp project using Stampin’ Up!’s Trick or Tweet stamp set, click here.

Here’s What I Did to Make the Halloween Takeout Treat Boxes

Using the Big Shot, die cut two box thinlits in Pumpkin Pie and Gorgeous Grape. As the Big Shot cuts, it also creates the score lines needed to construct the box. Apply Tear & Tape Adhesive on one base and along the tabs to assemble.


Just Stamp | Halloween Takeout Treat Box

Stamp the characters with Memento Black on Whisper White cardstock. To create the circle bursts — the hat point and tail curve that burst out of the circle — hand snip only around the edges. Slip the 1 5/8″ circle thinlit from the Layering Circles Framelits under the snipped image area before cranking through the Big Shot. Add color using Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Pumpkin Pie, Smoky Slate  and Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends.

Punch Crushed Curry and Gorgeous Grape circles using the 1 3/4″ Circle Punch. Adhere beneath the stamped images, then adhere to box.

Stamp sentiments on Basic Black (VersaMark Pad) and Granny Apple Green (Memento Pad). Use Whisper White Embossing Powder. Crop to size and adhere.

Stamp trio of bats on Whisper White and crop with the Spooky Bats Punch. Adhere using a Mini Stampin’ Dimensional.

Add the finishing touch: a 12″ ribbon of 3/8″ Basic Black Shimmer Ribbon

Voilá! Now that we have made an adorable treat box to gift four- and two-legged pals, I must confess that I feel somewhat of an enabler. My health conscious son lectures me on the evils of sugar that is temptingly packaged as cookies, chocolates, candy … Now, we have gone yet a step further to package the already temptingly packaged sweets into adorable takeout boxes. Do I feel guilty? Not enough to stop the practice!

How ’bout you? Leave a comment if you love gifting treats in cute packaging too.

Here’s What I Used to Make Halloween Takeout Treat Boxes

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Halloween Greeting From the Dog — Or You

By | October 7, 2018

Just Stamp | Trick or Tweet | Halloween Greetings from the Dog

Have you stepped inside your local pet supply store? It’s clear Halloween isn’t just for humans anymore. Your canine or feline companion can participate in a costume contest and enjoy holiday treats just like their human.

So today I offer the holiday greeting created with Stampin’ Up!’s adorable Trick or Tweet stamp set. You or your canine or feline companion can send it off to a favorite pal — two-legged or four-legged. Months ago when I first cracked open my Holiday Catalog, Trick or Tweet was the first set on my wish list.

Stampin' Up! | Trick or Tweet

Here’s What I Did to Create My Halloween Greeting From the Dog

Start with a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2″ Gorgeous Grape card base trimmed and scored with the help of the Stampin’ Trimmer.

Just Stamp — Trick or Tweet Dog Zoom | Halloween Greeting from the Dog

Using the Stamparatus, Memento Pad and the must-have Buffalo Check background stamp — also from the Holiday Catalog — stamp the background on to Whisper White cardstock and trim to 4 x 5 1/4″. Adhere to card base.

Use the Big Shot and the Corrugated Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, emboss  a 2 1/2 x 4 1/4″ wide Pumpkin Pie scrap. Trim to 2 1/2 x 4″ and adhere to card.

Crop a circle using the largest circle from the Stitched Shapes Framelits and the dotted Lemon Lime Twist pattern from Toil & Trouble Designer Series Paper. Adhere to card using Dimensionals.

Stamp the costumed hound on Whisper White. Add color using Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Pumpkin Pie and Smoky Slate Stampin’ Blends. Crop using the 2″ Circle Punch. Adhere to the card.

Stamp the sentiment in Memento Black on Whisper White measuring 1 x 1 3/4″. Snip the ends with the Banner Triple Punch and tuck behind the focal point circle.

Add the finishing touch — a sparkly bow created with Black 3/8″ Glittered Organdy Ribbon.

Here’s What I Used to Make a Halloween Greeting from the Dog

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Best Ever Sentiment for a Sympathy Greeting Card

By | August 23, 2018

Stampin' Up! | Paper Pumpkin | August 2018


August Paper Pumpkin Includes the Best Ever Sentiment for a Sympathy Card

The August Paper Pumpkin kit, Blissful Blooms, makes it super easy to fit crafting pretty cards for friends and family into your schedule. The kit includes watercolor style cards, elegant lined envelopes with silver foil trim, and the best ever sentiment for a sympathy card.

This month’s kit is a great example of why I love the monthly subscription service that delivers an all-inclusive craft kit to your snail mail box every month. Everything is prepped for you to relax and craft a supply of beautiful cards to have on hand as needed. This month’s stamp set includes stamps for sympathy, thank you notes, congratulations and “just because.”

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You’re going to be tempted to experiment with this kit. Here’s a peek at some alternative projects.

Stampin' Up! | Paper Pumpkin August 2018 | Alternative Projects


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Stampin' Up! | Paper Pumpkin | September 2018

Next month’s kit is a Halloween project set to arrive in a scary-cute, special edition box. You must subscribe by September 10. Click here to subscribe. Remember to select AnaMarie Palmerin as your demonstrator.

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A Multi-Functional Card: More Than a Greeting Card

By | August 17, 2018

Stampin' Up! | Broadway Bound Birthday Gift CardHolder

Cards and gifts, they go together. Today I share a creation to marry the two, card and gift, into one. It’s a multi-functional card.

This multi-functional card template is the little black dress that’s perfect for scads of occasions. This design features the new Broadway Bound Suite and makes a glitzy birthday card and gift card holder.

Open and Peek

Outside the card, the retro style sign shouts a happy message. Open the card to find the birthday message on the right, and a slot to secure the gift card on the left. No slipping and sliding. The slot fits the gift card just right.

Stampin' Up! | Broadway Bound Inside


Here’s What I Did To Make a Multi-Functional Card

Begin with the 4 1/4 x 11 inch card base scored at 2 3/4 and 5 1/2 inches. Next, trim 1/8 inch off the side nearest the 2 3/4 inch score. Fold at the 5 1/2 inch score, then fold the short panel inwardly.

Decorate the card by adhering solid and patterned papers to suit your occasion.

Punch a semi-circle notch on the short panel using a 1 1/4 inch circle punch. Add Tear and Tape or Tombow Multi-purpose glue to the top and bottom of the short panel. Do not add adhesive to the notched edge.

Stampin' Up! | Broadway Bound Birthday GC Holder Zoom

Here’s What I Used To Make a Multi-Functional Card

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Hot Air Balloon for a Birthday Card That Suits All

By | August 8, 2018

Just Stamp | Stampin' Up! | Lift Me Up Birthday

Here’s What I Made

Birthdays are lurking around every corner.  Be ready for them all by keeping your BDay card stash stocked with cards that suit all: young, mature, boys, girls and all the in-betweens.

Today’s BD card idea that suits all is the sum of a colorful equation. Lift Me Up Stamp Set + Up and Away Thinlits + Best Route Designer Series Paper = Card That Suits All

I love the huge Mango Melody hot air balloon. Although the 15-piece die set includes a splashy detailed balloon, I opted for the solid fragments that total the huge balloon. It’s spectacular.

The Blueberry Bushel street map background is one pattern from the new Best Route Designer Series Paper. It was hard to choose the background design since the paper pack includes several that would be perfect.

The finishing detail that makes my crafty heart patter is the exclamation point I added to the birthday greeting. Find it in the Best Route Enamel Shapes embellishment pack. These little self-adhesive beauties are too cool!

Just Stamp | Stampin' Up! | Lift Me Up Birthday Details


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Here’s What I Used to Make A Birthday Card that Suits All

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Every month Paper Pumpkin includes an exclusive stamp set, ink, embellishments and pre-cut, pre-scored paper and card stock.  Projects are quick and easy to assemble. The kits are perfect for an hour or two of crafting relaxation.


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Impressionist Art Inspired Kindness Card

By | July 5, 2018

Stampin' Up! | Just Stamp | Abstract Impressions Kindness

Quick and Easy Abstract Impressionism with Two- and Three-Step Stamping

All you need to make a quick and easy abstract impressionism inspired card can be had from Stampin’ Up!’s new Abstract Impressions Bundle. The 21-piece stamp set can create colorful brushstrokes for soft nature scenes. Plus the three-piece Springtime Impressions Thinlits Dies set crops a detailed butterfly, a small accent flower and lacey garden border that add the perfect embellishment for your masterpieces.

Today’s garden scene was easily created by carefully layering two and three brushstrokes using coordinating colors, some “stamped off” to create the flowers and foliage. Each time you stamp, you can create a unique scene.

One thing I love about this set is that it not only includes floral images, it also includes the perfect sentiments you’ll need to personalize your cards. There’s a thank you, congratulations, and friendship greeting.

Stampin' Up! | Just Stamp | Abstract Impressions Kindness


Here’s another card I created with this bundle.

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