Happy Stamping with the Hugs From Shelli Kit

By | April 22, 2019

Next month’s Paper Pumpkin subscription kit is going to be a must! The company co-founder is adding her personal style to the all-inclusive monthly kit.

I love her style. It’s elegant, earthy, feminine and So Shelli. Take a look.

What Exactly is Paper Pumpkin?

With a monthly Paper Pumpkin craft subscription box, you can craft and create beautiful projects, save time and money . . . and eventually build a collection of versatile Stampin’ Up! crafting supplies.

Your first kit comes with a FREE, clear stamping block. The box you receive each month contains all the materials you need to craft with ease, from adhesive to precut paper. All you need to do is follow the crafting instructions and assemble the pieces to create a Stampin’ Up! card or project. OR feel free to let your creativity flow and personalize your Paper Pumpkin craft!

Build Your Crafting Tool Box

Our CRAFT subscription box also doubles as a STAMP subscription box. Every month, as part of your subscription, you’ll receive a unique, decorative stamp set and at least one ink spot. Our stamp sets are ideal for all types of crafting projects. Plus, we don’t repeat an ink color in a 12-month period, so you’ll quickly collect a variety of reusable stamps and ink spots.

You Will Love Your Monthly Crafting Experience

I know you’ll find something to love about crafting with Paper Pumpkin. You’ll have cards available at your fingertips for all the occasions that deserve a hand-made greeting, but you no longer have to wonder about what to make or how to make it. Everything is prepared for you.

And every kit is guaranteed. So don’t worry! If you experience any problems with your monthly crafting subscription just contact us at 1-800-STAMP UP or ds@stampinup.com for the answers you need.

Two Ways to Discover The Shelli Kit in May

  1. Join me for a traditional, live class on Thursday, May 23. Simply email me at amp@anamariepalmerin.com to reserve your seat. No subscription or sign-up is needed. No commitment. $20 per kit
  2. Sign up HERE before May 10 (I recommend earlier as kits will likely sell out) for a month-to-month subscription delivered straight to your door. You may cancel or suspend your subscription at any time to meet your needs.

The Best Deal

Enjoy your monthly kit AND savings when you purchase a prepaid subscription. The price per kit of the month-to-month Paper Pumpkin subscription will increase by $2.05 in the United States effective June 1. Lock in the current annual subscription price of $209 (buy 11 at 19.95 and get one kit free) before the price increase.

Just Stamp | The Shelli Kit | Stampin' Up! Paper Pumpkin


Be sure to sign up for my mailing list to receive my newsletters. Thanks for clicking by!


Using a Farmhouse Design for Fable Friends

By | March 20, 2019

Stampin' Up! Fable Friends Farmhouse Design Card by Just Stamp


Chances are you grew up with the tale of Peter Rabbit, the naughty bunny who ignored his mother’s warning to stay out of Mr. McGregor’s garden. I’m a fan.

I’m also a fan of the comfy, cozy and full of charm farmhouse decorating style. I have a super cute card to share that combines both of these favorites. With just the Well Written happy, this hand-made notecard will suite your obligation, occasion or opportunity to connect with friends and family. Meaning: you can use it for a thank you, birthday or “hey, what’s up?” snail mail hand-written note.

Creating the farmhouse style is easy. Of course, the star of the card is the sweet rabbit from Fable Friends, a 9-piece Cling stamp set. I stamped using Smokey Slate on smooth Whisper White and colored using Watercolor Pencils and a Blender Pen.

Next, is the Buffalo Check background stamp. I stamped Whisper White cardstock twice in neutral Basic Gray using the Stamparatus to get a perfect inking. The soft gray neutral keeps the background pattern softly in the background. That’s what I love about stamping your own background — you have total creative control. For a slightly different look, I also created this card design using Balmy Blue to match the rabbit’s little jacket. Both work perfectly.

Stampin' Up! Fable Friends Farmhouse Design Card by Just Stamp


Farmhouse style thrives with the small details. Take the peek of Wood Texture 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper behind the Basic Black frame. Greenery stamped in Soft Seafoam using the simple blades from the Sale-a-Bration Home to Roost accessorize the layers and frame the rabbit. Both the small peek behind the Polaroid-style frame and the lattice were cropped using the now-unavailable Rose Trellis Thinlits. No worries. A soft doily or other thinlit clipping could easily sub for the lattice. A Linen Thread bow adds more texture wrapped around the photo backdrop. Finally, one soft flower from Climbing Roses adds another dose of nature.

Can you see the canvas texture of the rabbit snapshot? I texturized the paper using the Subtle Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. First pass, I placed the stamped and watercolored image vertically. For the second pass, I rotated the image 90 degrees. The result is “canvas” texture for the “watercolor artwork.”

Having the basic supplies of stamps, paper and ink with some special accents makes the farmhouse design with the naughty little rabbit work as a perfect Multi- Occasion card. Here’s one last peek.

Stampin' Up! Fable Friends Farmhouse Design Card by Just Stamp


I’d love to hear your thoughts. Click above to comment. Click HERE to shop.

Be sure to sign up for my mailing list to receive my newsletters. Thanks for clicking by!

Three Die Cut Sets For Your Crafting Tool Kit

By | February 25, 2019

Stampin' Up! Large Letters with Fable Friends | Just Stamp


Do you find it challenging to decide which tools and supplies you must have as a cardmaker? With the infinite choices offered, I think it is possible to have too many choices.

The tools I’m sharing today are definitely three die cut sets every cardmaker and sender should have. They can be combined with the stamp set du jour to create handmade greetings for every obligation, occasion or opportunity — all the reasons we create and send cards.

Large Letter Framelits

It’s a pricey set. While the price might push it down the Wish List ahead of smaller sets with smaller price tags, this alphabet set should be on your “Need,” not “Want” list. The beautiful, timeless font is the perfect size for cards, scrapbook pages and packaging. The 37-piece set is an investment that you will never regret buying. I can honestly say that of EVERY alphabet set I own, despite the hesitation to place them on my purchase orders on account of the price.


Stampin Up! Large Letters Framelits

Well Written Framelits Dies

Creating a handmade card for every obligation, occasion or opportunity is made easier when you own a set of dies with just about any sentiment. The scripty font pairs beautifully with Large Letters to say what needs to be said on your greeting card. Joy, gratitude, sorrow or “just because” are kindly expressed with heartfelt craftiness.


Stampin Up! Well Written Framelits Dies


Take a look. I paired the alphabet with the greeting and added the adorable bunny from the Beatrix Potter-esque stamp set Fable Friends to craft a sweet Baby card. The yellow gingham for the letters and lace texture in the background add softness without overpowering the design. One itty bitty bow finishes off the card.


Stampin' Up! Large Letters with Fable Friends | Just Stamp


Celebrate You Thinlits

A different greeting die cut set for celebration cards is Celebrate You Thinlits. This 3-die set is the epitome of “good things do come in small packages.” I love the three precise words and the different fonts. Paired with the Large Letter alphabet, it’s easy to bring cheer via snail mail.


Stampin Up! Celebrate You Thinlits


Take a peek. I paired the alphabet and greeting with the home decor from Country Home and Tin Tile Dynamic Embossing Folder for country charm ala Fixer Upper.


Stampin' Up! Large Letters with Country Home | Just Stamp


There they are. Three die cut sets that are staples for every craft cupboard. Stamp sets and art styles will come and go, but these timeless letters and greetings will never wither.


Be sure to sign up for my mailing list to receive my newsletters. Thanks for clicking by!


Tutorial: How to Create a Bold Background for Butterfly Beauty Thinlits Dies

By | February 14, 2019

Just Stamp | Beauty Abounds Bundle | Wow! Background

The new Beauty Abounds Bundle is stunning. The 13-piece Cling stamp set combines both pretty images AND pretty sentiments using the trendy mixed font design.

The show-stopper, however, is the 20(!) piece Butterfly Beauty Thinlits Dies set. There are two main thinlits that feature a kaleidoscope or swarm of five butterflies. They were designed to be layered, and there’s a multitude of ways to layer. You can even snip them apart.

Included are also smaller, single butterflies in multiples. Love this! Cutting multiples of the same die cut simultaneously means fewer passes through the Big Shot.

I’m happy to share that I’m thrilled with this beautiful set, and I’m thrilled with the projects that I created using this bundle.

Just Stamp | Beauty Abounds w:3-Step Background

The bold, vibrant colors create a smashing background for the butterfly beauties. I love each color scheme I attempted, even the one (and I won’t reveal which) I didn’t care for as I was creating. I was ready to chuck it early on, but I persevered and wound up with a keeper.

I’ve created a PDF Tutorial to walk you through the techniques to make the bold, colorful background. Click here to learn more.



Just Stamp | Beauty Abounds | Wow! Background



Just Stamp | Beauty Abounds Close-Up


Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration

Be sure to sign up for my mailing list to receive my newsletters. Thanks for clicking by!

Envelope Punch Board + All My Love Suite for a Lovely Valentines Card

By | January 21, 2019

Just Stamp | Stampin' Up! Forever Lovely Valentines Pocket Card


I bought the Stampin’ Up Envelope Punch Board when it was first introduced several years ago. I immediately fell for the persuasive talks and project samples. Once it arrived on my door step, it was quickly shelved in my craft room.

Perhaps I’ve blown off the dust a couple of times over the years, but I’ve never given it a genuine chance to bring me joy. All the numbers on the board intimidate me.

I finally got the inspiration I needed to start scoring, punching and rotating my way to a joyful project. I saw a pretty fancy fold card featuring the Forever Lovely and Lovely Flowers Edgelits Dies at the Stampin’ Up! convention in Orlando. 

I determined to nix the fancy fold and put the Envelope Punch Board to work to create an envelope pocket card for Valentines Day. I wish I had mustered my courage sooner, because the chart is actually easy to follow. Creating the envelope is just as easy. Align. Punch. Score. Rotate. Repeat.

Click to see for yourself.



The Envelope Punch Board is an awesome tool! I chose to make an envelope to fit a  3.5″ x 5″ card. Conveniently, the finished envelope and insert slip into a standard medium envelope for mailing.


Just Stamp | Stampin' Up! Forever Lovely Valentines Pocket Card

All My Love Suite

For Valentines Day and beyond, the All My Love Suite is perfect. The photopolymer stamp set Forever Lovely includes two-step stamps to create a floral spray that can be border cut with the coordinating dies, Lovely Flowers. Fluttering hearts and beautiful sentiments in complementary script and serif fonts complete the 13-piece stamp set.

Stampin' Up! Forever Lovely

Want the measurements and step-by-step instructions to recreate an envelope pocket card of your own? Click here for the PDF and supply list.


Just Stamp | Stampin' Up! Forever Lovely Valentines Pocket Card


Be sure to sign up for my mailing list to receive my newsletters. Thanks for clicking by!

The BEST Stampin’ Up! Promotion of the Year Begins Today

By | January 3, 2019


Stampin' Up! Sale-a-Bration Banner

The SALE-A-BRATION Promotion Starts Now

Happy New Year! I hope your New Year is off to a great start! Mine is since I’m here with my first post of the year about THE best promotion Stampin’ Up! offers each year.

Personally, I think the New Year really kicks off on January 3rd when the new Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration start. That’s today! It’s already the third day of the year.

The new Occasions Catalog and all its pretty new stamps and tools is finally available, and it’s blooming with everything you need for your Spring occasions and holidays from Valentine’s to Father’s Day.

Right beside the new Occasions Catalog is the Sale-a-Bration Catalog. The most popular promotion of the year, Sale-A-Bration gives you bonus rewards whether you shop, host, or join.

SHOP – Choose exclusive reward stamp sets or other items with each purchase of $50. Earn even bigger rewards when you spend $100. Shop in person with me, On-Line, or during a club or class. Each $50 increment earns you a new reward.


HOST – Earn $25 EXTRA Stampin’ Rewards with party sales of $250. This is the perfect time to gather friends to relax, craft and shop. My house or yours.

Don’t want to host? See my tempting Hostess Rewards offer below.


JOIN – Choose $175 in Stampin’ Up! products for only $99! New this year – ask me how you can earn our exclusive Craft & Carry Tote! If you’ve EVER considered joining Stampin’ Up! to get a discount on your supplies or earn money, Sale-A-Bration is the BEST time to sign on.


Stampin' Up! Craft & Carry Tote | Demonstrator Offer


$20 Hostess Rewards

After you shop the new Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs, you will have a big Wish List. I’m here to help with an appetizing offer that rewards you with $20 in Hostess Rewards with just a $100 order. Contact me for details.

AnaMarie’s $20 Hostess Rewards Picks

Stampin' Up! Humming Along | 6 Cling Stamps

Stampin' Up! Beach Happy | 16 Photopolymer Stamps

Stampin' Up! Happy Tails | 16 Photopolymer Stamps

Start Shopping

If you’re ready to shop, click here. Email me at amp@anamariepalmerin.com if you’d like to earn $20 in Hostess Rewards with just a $100 order. Offer ends January 17, 2019.

This year is the year to relax, craft and be kind. Be sure to sign up for my mailing list to receive my newsletters. Thanks for clicking by!

Silly Christmas Card with So Santa and Stampin’ Blends – Part 2

By | December 5, 2018

Just Stamp | So Santa Surfer

It’s the return of the adorable stamp set with no coordinating framelits, So Santa, for another Silly Christmas Card with So Santa and Stampin’ Blends.  Today I present a silly surfer Santa in a multi-purpose Christmas card and gift card holder in one.

Yes, you can create special cards without fancy image-cutting framelits and thinlets. Surfer Santa was colored with an easy watercolor technique and cropped using one of my favorite crafting tools, Stitched Shapes Framelits, to make a delightful beachy card front. No silhouette-cutting required.

To created the card front, Surfer Santa was stamped with the help of the amazing positioning tool, the Stamparatus. First Santa was stamped using Gray Granite followed with another inking in VersaMark. This process prepared the image for Clear Embossing Powder, which was heat set. The heat embossing technique helps keep the watercoloring from creeping into unwanted areas.

So Santa and his surfboard were colored using Stampin’ Blends, while the sand and sky were colored using an Aqua Painter dipped in Pool Party ink.


Just Stamp | So Santa Surfer Zoom

For cutting and scoring instructions to create the gift card holder, click here.


Just Stamp | So Santa Surfer 2


Be sure to sign up for my mailing list to receive my newsletters. Thanks for clicking by!

Silly Christmas Card with So Santa and Stampin’ Blends – Part 1

By | December 4, 2018

Just Stamp | So Santa on a Scooter

Holy smoke! Is it really December? Only 21 days ’til Christmas.

Today we’re exploring the wonderful world of stamping with a stamp set sans coordinating framelits.

Be honest. As you study the pages of stunning projects in a Stampin’ Up! catalog, do you flip right past stamps that don’t have coordinating framelits or thinlets?

Shame, shame. I hope not, but I know many stampers do. It’s a pity because one of the most adorable sets in the holiday catalog falls into that category. So Santa is a set of 10 stamps with three silly Santa caricatures and the perfect punny sentiments to complete fun Christmas cards. It even includes a couple of accent stamps.

There are so many ways to steer your designs; you won’t even miss silhouette-cutting the images. No coordinating framelits are needed.

Stampin' Up! So Santa


Today in Part 1, I’m showing a bright Christmas red card with a hint of tartan plaid to prop jolly Santa as he delivers toys on his fuel efficient motor scooter. I’m calling it the Silly Christmas Card with So Santa and Stampin’ Blends.

Just Stamp | So Santa Scooter Zoom

Santa has been stamped using a Memento ink pad and cropped using the Stitched Shapes Framelits. To color this and the other two Santa images, Stampin’ Blends are the best. Hands. Down. Even the beginning stamper can produce a piece of art.

Here’s What I Used to Make a Silly Christmas Card with So Santa and Stampin’ Blends


Be sure to sign up for my mailing list to receive my newsletters. Thanks for clicking by!