This Clean and Simple Little Piggy Makes Me Happy

By | June 13, 2017

Just Stamp | This Little Piggy Picture

Hog Wild for this Clean and Simple Stamp Set

It was Number One on my list after my first peek in the new Stampin’ Up! catalog. The adorable little piggies in This Little Piggy, with their various poses and adorable greetings, make me smile. Anyone receiving a card created with these images will do the came.

Take a look.

This Little Piggy©

 

Options for Coloring the Outline Images

The clean and simple image design gives you option for coloring. For this card, I chose my Watercolor Pencils and Aqua Painters. Calypso Coral, Early Espresso, Daffodil Delight and Old Olive were my color choices.

 

 

If you need some tips on coloring with Watercolor Pencils, here’s a great tutorial. You’ll see a great comparison of images blended with Blender Pens and Aqua Painters.

 

Just Stamp Tips

  • For the background sky, I used my Aqua Painters again and ink from the lid of my Pool Party Classic Stampin’ Pad.
  • The Brick Wall Embossing Folder adds the perfect texture to the Whisper White Thick Cardstock base.
  • Sahara Sand splatter was added to the wall using one single stamp from Swirly Bird.
  • Lemon Lime Twist in the new 1/4″ Ombre Ribbon adds the final pop of color at the piggy’s feet.

 

Here’s a list of the supplies used on the card. Click on any image to shop.

 

Deliver the Cheer with A Fox, A Girl and A Poodle

By | June 8, 2017

New Birthday Memories Suite Makes Crafting Easy

Just Stamp | Birthday Delivery Fox  Just Stamp | Birthday Delivery Girl Photo  Just Stamp | Birthday Delivery Poodle Photo

Introducing a fox, a girl and a poodle. Their expressions make them the perfect team for crafting a birthday message that delivers the cheer. They’re all part of the Birthday Memories Suite in the new Stampin’ Up! catalog, and they’re too cute!

I love the sly fox parading about with the celebratory banner. And the pretty little girl with the coy smile delivering a sweet treat. But the poodle with the wind in her face! She’s my favorite. Too. Stinking. Cute.

Just Stamp | Birthday Delivery Girl Detail Photo  Just Stamp | Birthday Delivery Poodle Detail

The images were inspired from the Little Golden Books of childhood days. These cards are just my latest projects using the suite that includes stamps, framelits and paper, which is a perfect addition to my stamping supplies. The striped panel of the frolicking poodle is a signal that this paper pack coordinates with a load of SU! colors, including some of the new trendy In Colors.

This suite was designed to make birthday greetings easy. The fox, the girl and the poodle will surely put a smile on anybody’s birthday face.

Stamp Along with Me

Just Stamp | Birthday Memories Class Photo

Join me for a relaxing afternoon on Sunday, July 2.
We’ll create five  birthday cards featuring the Birthday Delivery Suite, including two special-fold cards.
Class includes your personal set of Watercolor Pencils, Blender Pen and all consumables.
RSVP and Payment by June 15, 2017. Hop over to my Calendar page for more details and to register.

In the meantime, Click HERE if you’d like to shop.

Coming Soon! Birthday Memories Suite for Celebrating Their Day

By | May 25, 2017

Just Stamp | Birthday Memories

A Birthday Delivery To Bring Smiles

Coming next week in the 2017-18 Stampin’ Up! catalog is the irresistible Birthday Delivery Suite that includes a 23-piece photopolymer stamp set, 10-piece Framelits Dies set and colorful Designer Series Paper called Birthday Memories. I LOVE it!

When I attended the regional Stampin’ Up! event in San Diego last month, I had a sneak peek of this adorable set. Not just a peek, I was able to create the card below. One of the details that sold me was the coordination of the Framelits Die with the Designer Series Paper and the stamp set. Uber cute!

Just Stamp | Birthday Memories Fox

 

I was able to stamp the banner, then crop it AND the fox from the sheet of Designer Series Paper. Way cool!

All the images are reminiscent of the characters from The Little Golden Books most of us grew up with. The poodle with the wind in his face is adorable. So is the baker. And the cherubic little girl. And the …

While this suite is at the top of my list, Stampin’ Up! has managed to once again find all my buttons to push. I’ve pre-ordered many of my favorites — one of the perks of being a demonstrator — but I still have my lengthy list waiting to click SEND on June 1.

If you like this suite, and the sweet side-step card I created, you’ll want to join me on Sunday, July 2, from 1 to 4 pm. We’ll create five colorfully fun projects using the Birthday Memories Suite. Click here for details.

One Easy Card Design, Two Deserving Thoughts for Mom

By | May 10, 2017

Just Stamp Crazy About You Mom

With Mother’s Day just days away, I offer you one easy card design with two deserving thoughts for mom. One greeting for your own mother, one for all the other mothers in your life.

Thanks, Mom

One little word with one big meaning goes nicely with flowers for mom and a little- or big-box gift. Frankly, not much more is needed on this handcrafted card. But there is more; peek inside.

 

Just Stamp Crazy About You Appreciation

I love this greeting from the new Stampin Up! set Just Add Text, available June 1. It’s nice to tell someone they’re appreciated.

Happy Mother’s Day

For all the other mothers in your life—mothers-in-law, aunts, grandmothers, sisters, daughters and friends — here’s a similar card with a switched-up greeting.

Just Stamp Crazy About You Happy Mothers Day

Both cards follow the same layout, and both were designed with Crazy About You, a 33-piece retiring stamp set with coordinating Hello You Thinlits (also retiring) and Flower Medallion Punch (also retiring and nicely discounted).

To personalize the Thanks card, I inked up two letters from the handy Labeler Alphabet stamp set to spell M-O-M. Letters and other characters totalling 101 pieces help spell any word you might need EVER!

Mother’s Day, like any other holiday, always creeps up fast. Use this one easy design with two deserving thoughts card idea to whip up one of the traditional musts for mom: a handcrafted card.

If you’d like to check out the supplies I used on these cards, here’s a quick list.

 

 

 

Sure Way to Ease the Handcrafted Card-Worthy Debate

By | May 8, 2017

Just Stamp Flower Patch Birthday

This handcrafted card-worthy debate often surfaces at my crafting table: Do I know anyone worthy of this handcrafted card?

Sadly, stampers often create a beautiful card, but never send it. Why? Because most card recipients don’t appreciate all that went into crafting the card, they say. “She’ll (or he’ll) just read it and toss it.”

A two-step solution/project to ease the handcrafted card-worthy debate

  • Step One: Stamp
  • Step Two: Crop with Framelits

The rest is just assembly. A sturdy cardbase of solid cardstock, pretty patterned paper and two small rectangles.

Which adhesive?

My go-to, cost-effect Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

It doesn’t get any easier. This card takes just a few minutes to create. The result? As my favorite first grader Junie B. says: Wowie. Wow. Wow.

It beats any store-bought card and costs less to produce than you’ll fork over at the card store.

Just Stamp Flower Patch Detail

 

Cards should be created to be shared. While all recipients may not study and appreciate a stamper’s showpiece, everyone should be handcrafted card-worthy. Who knows. They may have the handcrafted card lovingly displayed at their desk or on the refrigerator without the creator even knowing it.

What do you think? Should crafters let go of their handcrafted cards? Or keep them in a box to stay forever pretty? I invite to share your opinion by leaving a comment.

If you would like to recreate this project, here is a list of some of the supplies used. Many are on discount.

 

Eastern Palace Suite Available Today!

By | May 1, 2017

Brilliant colors, creative shapes—the beautiful Eastern Palace Suite is available beginning today! This exotic suite will be featured in the new Stampin’ Up!® catalog, but you can beginning enjoying it a month early with a special sneak peek offer. It’s one of the most beautiful from the new catalog and it includes three of the new In Colors! PLUS, the bundle offers come with some free gifts! Who doesn’t love freebies, right?

You have two options to purchase:

The Starter Bundle

Eastern Palace Starter Bundle

The Premier Bundle

Eastern Palace Premier Bundle

 

Free Project Tutorial with Purchase

To help you get the most from this trendy bundle, I have a special gift with your purchase of either bundle — a project tutorial with three beautiful cards. Honestly, you will want the Premier Bundle since it includes the Eastern Medallion Thinlits, which are perfect for cropping and more. It is the ultimate! Use the host code below and your tutorial will be delivered to your email box.

Host Code JWP6GSNA

Click HERE to shop.

Add Color by Watercoloring with Pencils and Blender Pens

By | April 24, 2017

Just Stamp Watercoloring with Pencils and Blender Pens

Watercoloring with pencils and blender pens is one of my favorite ways to add color to outline stamps. The results are magical, bringing out the artist in those of us who think we have no artistic talents.

It’s also the solution for crafters and stampers who don’t have a huge stash of ink colors. The Stampin’ Up! set of Watercolor Pencils, priced at only $16, includes 13 pencils in the Stampin’ Up! colors. Use with the Aqua Painters or Blender Pens and you have the perfect watercoloring tools to create and blend infinite colors.

How To Watercolor With Pencils and Blender Pens

Get set right! Stamp your image on the right cardstock with the right ink. I love Shimmery White cardstock. It accepts moisture without pilling and it’s less bumpy than Watercolor Paper. Plus, it has that special shimmer to it.

Next, choose the right ink. I choose either StazOn Jet Black or Archival Basic Black. I must say I have more success with StazOn not bleeding when moisture hits it.

Begin watercoloring. Use a Blender Pen to pick up pigment and add to your art. Or use the pencil tip to scribble inside your outlined image, then use the Blender Pen to pull the color throughout the area. For bolder color, continue to add color from the pencil. Remember: Be mindful of the amount of moisture you add. The paper will pill with too much.

Don’t Forget Your Card’s Purpose

Today’s card was built with Helping Me Grow, a 15-piece set on the Retirement List, and One Big Meaning, a 7-piece set. Together these two sets create cards that convey kindness and gratitude. You will want to mail this beauty!

Stampin' Up! Helping Me Grow    Stampin' Up! One Big Meaning

 

Just Stamp Watercoloring with Pencils and Blender Pens

 

Just Stamp Tips

  • Watercoloring with pencils and blender pens was only one of the techniques I used.
  • Sponging created the background. I snipped a 1/4 wedge from a Stamping Sponge and dipped it into a Tempting Turquoise ink pad. Next, I applied it to the cardstock in circular motion. Remember: Add color in small amounts, continuing to add ink to your preference.
  • Add a greeting. I masked off the Thank You from one stamp image using a Post-It Note. After inking up with the VersaMark Pad, I removed the Post-It and stamped a 3/4 x 4 inch Basic Black cardstock scrap that was pre-treated with the Embossing Buddy to avoid random white flecks.  I sprinkled White Emboss Powder and heat set. Voilà

To view a how-to video and more cards created by watercoloring with blender pens and ink pads, click here.

Are you visiting Just Stamp? I’d love to read your comments. Click on Comment at the top of this post to leave your thoughts and suggestions. TFS!

Manly Tools Plus Snappy Sentiments Make the Best Cards for Everyone

By | April 10, 2017

Just Stamp Nailed It Screwdriver

Nailed It Bundle: Manly, Yes! But Perfect for Everyone

If you’re a cardmaker like me, we’re always in search of manly tools plus snappy sentiments that make the best masculine cards. The 16-piece Nailed It stamp set with coordinating Build It Framelits Dies does that and more! It can make the best cards for everyone.

The set’s hammer, wrench, saw and screwdriver reek of testosterone. The bonus of the set, however, are the darling sentiments.

Sorry I Screwed Up is my daily mantra at home and at work. Here I feature it on my belated birthday card. How apropos. I’m always late sending out birthday cards.

Just Stamp Tips

  • Designer Series Paper makes it a snap to choose a color palette. The neutrals in Urban Underground Speciality Designer Series Paper are a score for a manly card. For the lassies, Melon Mambo hits the nail on the head. For the kiddos, try bright Real Red and Pacific Point.
  • Snipping the tools is a breeze with the Build It Framelits Dies. I stamped and cropped the screwdriver four times to ease building the screwdrivers with colored handles.
  • A short rule is easy peasy with one pass through the Big Shot using a 5″ x 1/2″  Silver Foil Sheet. It makes a perfect seam cover over the Urban Underground and Delightful Dijon panels.
  • The Basic Gray nut on the focal point tag was also cropped with a Framelit.
  • Add thematic texture with the 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Hexagons.
  • Dimensionals prop up the tag to present the sentiment.

More Manly Tools Plus Snappy Sentiments

The elements of this tool set have endless possibilities. Take the saw and coordinating phrase I Knew I Liked You When I Saw You. How perfect would it be to gift that to a significant other or child? A treasure indeed, as are all handmade cards and gifts.

Here’s my punful card. Notice the saw cuts on the patterned paper.

Just Stamp Nailed It Saw Detail

Here are a few more possibilities.

 

Nailed It Girly

Source

Nailed It Happy Father's Day

Source

Nailed It Best Guy Ever

Source

Nailed it Number One

Source

Nailed It is a must-have and a keeper for the cardmaker who wants one versatile set that can make the best cards for everyone. If it’s one for you, hop over to my store to order today. The set will be available only only through May 31, or sooner if supplies run out. Click HERE to shop.

Remember: You save when you bundle the Nailed It stamp set with the Build It Framelits Dies.

 

 

Final Week To Earn FREE Sale-A-Bration Gifts

By | March 24, 2017

Sale-A-Bration Final Days

Sale-A-Bration ends March 31st

Sale-A-Bration has flown by! The bad news is only seven days  of Stampin’ Up!’s biggest promotion of the year are remaining. The good news is that additional FREE gifts were recently added to spice up the selection. While some of those items are no longer available, there are still plenty of great choices to pick from for every $50 you spend.

 

Ordering On-Line?

Enter your FREE gift choice(s) after you enter your purchase selections. No need to enter numbers. Just click in the Special Offers box, enter the quantity for your choice(s) and click SELECT at the bottom of the pop-up box. Remember, Sale-A-Bration ends Friday, March 31.

Paper Pumpkin Easter Bunny Treats

By | March 20, 2017

 

Every month Paper Pumpkin delivers a welcomed surprise. This month the kit includes all the supplies to make 9 adorable bunny treat bags and gift cards. Good News! The Bunny Buddies Kit Refill is already available, but you must be a current Paper Pumpkin subscriber to order.

Don’t Miss the April Paper Pumpkin

ASaraThing

 

If you haven’t tried Paper Pumpkin yet, here’s a great reason to sign up now, or at least by April 10. There’s a big surprise coming in April. I don’t know what’s inside the kit, but it was inspired and designed by Stampin’ Up! CEO Sara Douglass. Her style is “bold, vibrant, and artistic—with a little bit of sass.” AND she’s including a FREE GIFT in every box!

Every Paper Pumpkin Offers

  • All the supplies you need to make a creative project.
  • Photopolymer stamps that keep creating long after your Paper Pumpkin project is completed.
  • Delivery right to your door. No extra shipping fees.
  • A chance to escape and create in just 30 minutes.

More Great Reasons To Sign Up Now

You have lots of choices. Try it out month by month and pause or stop your subscription anytime.

Here’s a better offer: Through March 31, a 3-month subscription is on sale for only $55 (reg. $59) PLUS it qualifies for a FREE Sale-A-Bration pick.

Even better: Take it to the next level and subscribe for a full year (only $215) to earn Hostess Rewards, and FOUR FREE Sale-A-Bration picks. Plus, you save $2 per month on your subscription.

You can subscribe with a pre-paid 1 month, 3 month, 6 month or 12 month subscription by clicking on any of the shopping icons at the bottom of this post.