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.

Learn more about the Abstract Impressions Bundle in this Stampin’ Up! short video.

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Impressionist Art Inspired Thank You Card

By | July 1, 2018

Stampin' Up! Abstract Impressions | Just Stamp | Thank You Card

You’ve got to love Stampin’ Up! for taking the guesswork out of coordination. Colors, papers, ink, ribbons, stamps and dies make creativity a snap for anyone. Take the Garden Impressions Suite.

Here’s What I Did to Make an Impressionist Art Inspired Thank You Card

I inked the sentiment using Blueberry Bushel ink and added a So Saffron brushstroke behind the sentiment. Both stamps are included in the 21-stamp Abstract Impressions set. The Whisper White cardstock was hand-snipped. The So Saffron print from the Garden Impressions 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper creates a large banner background measuring 3 1/4 x 5 1/4. The flag was hand-snipped. The floral banner measures 2 x 5 1/2″.

The cardstock and ink colors were chosen straight out of the DSP: Blueberry Bushel for the card base and butterfly, and Soft Sea Foam for the 2 3/4 square that was scored 1/4″ around the outside border with the Simply Scored Scoring Tool.

A splash of Shaded Spruce ribbon from the Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack peeks from behind the sentiment.

Both the butterfly and sentiment banner were adhered using Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Stampin' Up! | Just Stamp | Abstract Impressions Suite

Want to see more Thank You card examples? Click here and here.

Here’s What I Used to Make an Impressionist Art Inspired Thank You Card

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Here’s Some Important Information

The Designer Series Paper Sale is back again starting today! Buy 3, get 1 FREE on select Designer Series Paper. This is the best time to stock up.

The sale runs July 1-31.

Item Description Page Price (USD)
146338 Nature’s Poem Designer Series Paper 189 $11.00
146284 Twinkle Twinkle Designer Series Paper 189 $11.00
146921 Under the Mistletoe Designer Series Paper 189 $11.00
146902 Animal Expedition Designer Series Paper 190 $11.00
146897 Best Route Designer Series Paper 190 $11.00
146913 Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper 190 $11.00
146331 Tranquil Textures Designer Series Paper 190 $11.00
146289 Garden Impressions 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper 191 $11.00
146916 Tropical Escape 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper 191 $11.00
144177 Wood Textures 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper 191 $11.00

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Fresh New Crafting Supplies and Tools Now Available

By | June 1, 2018

Order Now! New 2018-19 Stampin’ Up! Catalog

New crafting supplies are finally here! View the new catalog here.

New Ink Pad Design

There are loads of changes, starting with a new ink pad design that “fixes” the irksome issues the old design presented. Listen as John and Cheryl from the home office introduce the new design.

Color Revamp

Stampin’ Up! colors have evolved. Stampin’ Up! makes a point to keep an eye on color trends across different markets and industries. When changes happen, SU! review the color spectrum to stay on top of the trends. This brings us to the 2018 Color Revamp!

With this revamp, there’s a new variety of shades to inspire creativity and allow you to explore more sides of your crafting. Check out the new collection.

Stampin Up! Color Revamp

My Exclusive Host Code Offer

Ready to start shopping? Click over to my store. Place a product order of $75 or more and use this host code at checkout to earn the new Simply Shammy. This reusable stamp cleaning cloth makes stamp cleaning effortless. Just add water, then wipe stamps on the shammy. Durable, thick shammy easily cleans ink from narrow grooves. No lint, no chemicals—just clean! (Ink will stain shammy but won’t transfer to your fingers or other stamps.) With its portable 5″ x 7″ (12.7 x 17.8 cm) size, it fits neatly in a stamp case. Earn it FREE this month. My FREE gift will be mailed or delivered separately from your order.  If mailed, it will arrive mid-July.

Stampin' Up! Simply Shammy

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Order by June 20 to qualify for June’s FREE gift.

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Make an Apron Card with Coffee Die Cuts to Perk Up a Friend

By | April 11, 2018

Just Stamp | Apron Card with Coffee Die Cuts


Coffee die cuts spill onto the barista’s apron for a card sure to perk up a friend. The Coffee Break Suite on page 31 of the current catalog are go-to favorites on my shelf. The suite includes the 16-piece Coffee Café stamp set, coordinating Coffee Cups Framelits and the Coffee Break designer paper. Here’s a Coffee Café card using the Center Step Fancy Fold.

Now I find that the new Apron of Love and coordinating Apron Builder Framelits are the perfect blend for the coffee suite. In fact, I’m discovering that the Apron of Love set will be another favorite go-to since the apron is the uniform for loads of trades and crafts. The baker. The grill master. The gardener. The seamstress. The DIY handyman. The artist. The hairdresser. The barista. The stamper. All my favorite peeps that I love to craft for don an apron.

Here’s What I Did to Make an Apron Card with Coffee Die Cuts

I prepared a Crumb Cake card base by cutting and scoring  11″ x 4 1/4″. Next, using Fast Fuse adhesive I adhered a 5 1/4″ x 4″ patterned paper from the Coffee Break DSP.

For the banner, I snipped tails on a 2 1/2″ x 5″ patterned paper and wrapped Linen Thread around the banner several times. With Fast Fuse, I adhered it to the card.

To create the apron, I die cut the apron, neck and ties from patterned paper. I stamped the sentiment on Whisper White card stock and die cut it with the pocket die cut. The spoon and whisk in the pocket were die cut from Crumb Cake cardstock.

The petite coffee cup was die cut directly from patterned paper while the spilled coffee beans were stamped using Early Espresso ink on Whisper White cardstock. I die cut and added a small green heart to the cup sleeve.

The apron and embellishments were adhered to the largest circle of the Layering Circle Framelits. The entire circle with the focal image was adhered using Stampin’ Dimensionals.



Here’s What I Used to Make An Apron Card with Coffee Die Cuts

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Retiring Stamps and Tools List Coming Monday

By | April 7, 2018

Retiring Stamp and Tool List

The Retirement List is coming soon – the afternoon of April 9th to be exact! Are you ready?

Based on experience, when the retirement list is announced the retiring In Colors and many Designer Series Papers sell out quickly. Avoid the disappointment of sold out In Colors and papers by ordering your ink refills and stocking up on your go-to paper colors and styles now.

All retiring items are only available through May 31st or while supplies last, whichever comes first. Jump to the head of the line by ordering now before the retirement list is released!

Stampin Up! 2016-18 In Colors



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Colorful Easter Bunny Card

By | March 31, 2018

Just Stamp | Colorful Easter Bunny Card


Nothing says Happy Easter better than a cute bunny. Pair the cute bunny with colorful bursts and stripey letters and you have a fun colorful Easter bunny card for all WITHOUT having to own an Easter stamp set. How ’bout that?

Here’s What I Made

Ironically, my colorful card starts with a Whisper White card base cut to measure 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″. It’s scored at 4 1/4″ to create a “standard” card size.

My color combination was taken from the bright and cheery Bubbles & Fizz Designer Series Paper, a Stampin’ Up! Sale-a-Bration free gift. Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral and Daffodil Delight were inked using the sunburst from the Amazing You stamp set, also a Sale-a-Bration free gift. To add texture and contrast, I also stamped using VersaMark and heat embossed with White Embossing Powder. This created a stunning backdrop for the hand-snipped HAPPY from the Happy Celebrations stamp set.

In place of the A, I slipped in a cute bunny that was hand-snipped from the We Must Celebrate stamp set and colored using Stampin’ Blends. The Labeler Alphabet was used for the Bermuda Bay Easter. I like the labeled letter effect. This stamp set is handy when you need specific words not readily available in one of the gazillion stamp sets on the shelf. ( 😉 Just kidding. I must have “Easter” somewhere … but it’s never the “right” size.)

Here’s a closer look. Even without the word, the bunny purrs “Happy.”


Just Stamp | Colorful Easter Bunny Card


Here’s What I used to Make a Colorful Easter Bunny Card

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Sale-a-Bration Ends Today

It is no coincidence that today’s card features the Amazing You and Bubbles & Fizz Designer Series Paper. They are hands down two of my favorites from this year’s Sale-a-Bration picks.  Don’t let the chance to get them free slip by. Skip over to my store to shop.  

Happy Easter!

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Easy To Make Easter Card with Peekaboo Bunnies

By | March 25, 2018

easy to make Easter card



Wish everyone on your friends and family list a Happy Easter with an easy to make Easter card. Circle punches in a variety of sizes, patterned paper, whimsical bunnies and a witty sentiment make a super cute card in a jiffy.

Here’s What I Did

Cloud patterned paper cut to measure 4″ x 5 1/2″ serves as the background for four peeking bunnies borrowed from the We Must Celebrate 12-piece stamp set featured in the 2018 Occasions Catalog. The main stamp in the set features four cute woodland animals. To make stamping the single bunny easier, I snipped the four critters on the single stamp image apart. Voilá! One stamp became four. On Whisper White cardstock scraps, I stamped the bunnies using Archival Basic Gray ink and colored with Stampin’ Blends (please read my update at the end of this post).

The peep holes were quickly created with the 3/4″, 1″, 1 1/4″ and 1 3/8″ punches. Using Stampin’ Dimensionals, I adhered the bunnies in whimsical positions to the back of the cloud paper. Warning: the backside of the card is unattractive, but once mounted on Daffodil Delight cardstock measuring 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″, all the unsightly paperwork is quickly hidden.

Finally, I mounted the peekaboo bunnies in the clouds onto a Whisper White Thick Cardstock base using Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue.

The witty sentiment’s origin? Eggstra special wishes came out of the long ago retired Loads of Love Accessories (a set I knew would be a “keeper” for me).


We Must Celebrate Easter

Here’s What I Used for the Easy to Make Easter Card

Looking for other easy Easter ideas? Here’s another easy-to-recreate bunny using punches.

Stampin’ Blends Update

The new alcohol markers are amazing. I admit, I was slow to begin using and promoting the new Stampin’ Up! coloring tools. But now, I am totally sold on their merits. So are many crafters, to the extent that Stampin’ Up!’s supply has nearly been depleted. Here’s how Stampin’ Up! has explained the situation.

Extremely long lead times with our supplier, combined with an unexpected increase in demand, has caused many of our current 27-color offering to go on backorder.

At this time, we’ve had to make the difficult decision to make our entire Stampin’ Blends product line unorderable until approximately the end of May. This is not a decision we came to lightly; but with backorders only likely to get worse in the coming weeks, it is in the best interest of the company—and by association, Stampin’ Up! demonstrators—to temporarily make them unavailable.

Be assured that this decision has not been made due to any financial challenges on the part of Stampin’ Up! This is purely due to the rise in demand and the complications we face with our supplier for this particular product line.

We will keep you posted on the availability of Stampin’ Blends as we learn more.

The good news is they will soon be available again. I’ll keep you posted. Thanks for your understanding.

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Holiday Matchbook Treat Holder with FREE PDF Tutorial

By | March 15, 2018

Just Stamp | Matchbook Treat Holder

Quick and Easy Matchbook Treat Holders

A matchbook treat holder makes a perfect token of friendship anytime, especially for a holiday. For St. Patricks Day, I grabbed a favorite holiday stamp set and punch from Christmases past. That’s right, Christmas!

Cookie Cutter Christmas was a popular favorite when it debuted a couple Christmases ago. Click to see one of my favorite Christmas cards I created with this stamp set and coordinating punch. I said it before and I’ll repeat it again: this set is super cute. If you don’t own it, get it. AND the coordinating punch is a must-have.

For St. Patricks Day, I was inspired by Scottish stamper Kirsteen Gill who ingeniously transformed Santa into a leprechaun. How clever! When I saw her lucky green guy, I was motivated to craft and assemble quick and easy treats for friends and co-workers this St. Paddy’s Day.

Here’s What I Made

Batch of St. Patricks Day Matchbook Treat Holders

After a trip to my fav local chocolate shop founded by Charles, Mary and Florence See, I was well-stocked with tasty Café Latté Krispies. They’re conveniently individually packaged in small envelopes with flaps. I mention this because the matchbook template lends itself so easily to this candy packaging. Here they are. 

Click here for a FREE Step-by-Step PDF tutorial to create the Matchbook Treat Holder.

Here’s What I Used to Make the Matchbook Treat Holder

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