Category Archives: More Techniques

This Clean and Simple Little Piggy Makes Me Happy

By | June 13, 2017

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.   Options… Read More »

Add Color by Watercoloring with Pencils and Blender Pens

By | April 24, 2017

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… Read More »

Merci So Very Much

By | March 7, 2017

  Three Sale-A-Bration Options for a Simple Thanks Today’s card is all about two simple words: one French, one English. I’ll start with the French. Never underestimate the power of thank you. In French, there’s only one word, still two syllables. Yet thank you in French sounds so much more charming. And wordly. The Merci was borrowed from… Read More »

Elegant Paisleys & Posies with Copper Heat Embossing

By | September 27, 2016

  With its raised shiny effect, heat embossing adds elegance to papercrafts. Today’s gratitude card is no exception. I must add that heat embossing — especially with the super cool copper embossing powder in the Holiday catalog — is challenging to photograph. Lighting is either too dark to highlight the shine, or so light that it blows out… Read More »

Getting Clean Cuts with Delicate Thinlits Dies

By | July 15, 2016

Do This to Get Great Results with Thinlits Check it out! Stampin’ Up! solved the “won’t release my element!” issue with a Precision Base Plate and a new Big Shot Platform. No more long and tiresome poking. Have a look by clicking on the tutorial below.   Looks pretty and easy, right? When the Big Shot and Sizzlits were first introduced, getting clear… Read More »

How To Watercolor Easy, Adorable Card Sets

By | June 30, 2016

Sweet Card Set and Gift Box with Bella & Friends The adorable new canine set Bella & Friends returns rubberstamping to the basics: stamps, paper and ink. As beginners, that’s all we need to create cards. The images in this 11-piece set require the addition of just one tool to watercolor and voila! A cheerful project is ready for gifting in just a few minutes. Just… Read More »

More Pop of Paradise, Plus Painter’s Palette

By | June 19, 2016

Watermark and Heat Emboss Techniques Pop of Paradise has seen lots of action in my stamping room. Today’s project put the new favorite set to work together with the watermark and heat embossing techniques to create a sort of flamingo habit. The result is more complex than my usual designs, but a special thank you card is worth the extra… Read More »

Pineapple Thanks with Heat Embossing

By | June 17, 2016

New Single Background Stamp The pineapple and the flamingo have to be the two single most trendy images of the year. Everywhere I turn, there they are. On EVERYTHING! Take today’s card. I created a thank you card by heat embossing the image on Flirty Flamingo, Daffodil Delight and Dapper Denim. So simple. Each panel is layered on… Read More »

Stamping Away with Retiring Stamps and Tools

By | May 11, 2016

  It’s such a shame Apple of My Eye, with all the sweets of summer, is retiring. I love the fresh and fruity 16-piece set. It’s perfect for this first grade teacher needing loads of thank you cards for the volunteers that made life a little less hectic this year. When this beauty retires, there will be a… Read More »