Sunday, April 18, 2021

Sneak Peek

 Coming in the new catalog (May 4) is this bundle called Quiet Meadow. Here I just used the die cuts and watercolored them with ink from my pads and a water painter.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

A Calendar Mini Album


I'm sooooo very, enormously excited about our new perpetual calendar stamp set!! We can make calendars for years and years with this stamp and it couldn't be easier. I know because in the past I've bought a few different calendar stamps and this one is the BEST:)  

Some types of calendar stamps are made in columns which are impossible to get all straight and looking nice, even with the Stamparatus. This style is easy to use as it's all in one piece. You simply select the 7 columns that are in the month you want to make and ink only the numbers needed for that month.

 Other stamps made in this format require you to use sticky notes after inking to cover the portions not needed, or trying to wipe off the ink in the columns not needed..... But Stampin' Up! did the most clever thing. They made this stamp in the perfect dimenstions. No matter what 7 columns you need, it is the exact width of our ink pads!!!! So you only have to ink exactly what you need!!!!!!

So how about the mini album part? An easel type stand with rings is used to hang the calendar pages on. Then, you (or the recipient if you're giving it as a gift) simply take a picture each month, adhere it to the back of the calendar page, add a bit of journaling and voila, a thoughtful calendar mini album.  Journaling could consist of inspirational quotes or scripture. This could be made to celebrate Baby's First Year, First Year of Marriage, First Year of College, Recipes for Each Month, Wedding Planning, Home Renovation or New Construction.

I plan to have a class on making one of these soon, so if you are local you will want to have fun with friends while creating this great project.

This is the front of the book, I used some of the DSP that will be in the new catalog, isn't it gorgeous?
Notes and measurements HERE:

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

New Catalog Sneak Peeks!!

My pre-order for the new 2021-2022 Annual Catalog came on Monday and I have been organizing, labeling and creating like crazy. What I want to show you today are the indexes that I've made so far. There are two for the Pansy Petals Suite because after I did mine, a Demo from Australia shared hers, which has a different approach and I like it better. I'm showing both so that you can see exactly how wonderful these stamps and dies create GORGEOUS flowers!!


Thursday, April 8, 2021

Gotta Have Stamp and Dies

 Wow is this the coolest, most versatile bundle ever!! Common sentiments needed for card making all on ONE STAMP! And to cut them out... ONE DIE!! Genius I tell you:)

One Stamp with 23 sentiments!

Diecut with one die

I put all my sentiments in a fishing tackle box

Of course I had to decorate  the box and include the stamp set index on it

Product List

Peony and Leaves

The Prized Peony stamp set is carrying over to the new catalog YAY! However we will be bidding a fond farewell to the Rooted in Nature set on May 3.


Prized Peony, Rooted in Nature (retiring)

Card Stock

Basic White Thick, Basic Black, Rococo Rose, Old Olive, Mossy Meadow,
Crushed Curry


VersaMark Ink, Rococo Rose, VersaMark


white embossing powder


Peony Dies, Tin Tile Embossing Folder

  1. Basic White card base: cut 8-1/2 x 5-1/2 score at 4-1/4

  2. Basic Black: 4-1/8 x 5-3/8 panel directly on top of card base 4 x 2-3/4 stamped in VersaMark and heat embossed with white powder. Place over Rose panel

  3. Basic White: 4 x 5-1/4 embossed with Tin Type EF, layer on top of Basic Black

  4. Rococo Rose: 4 x 2-3/4 panel under black greeting, peony diecuts

  5. Old Olive: diecuts for detailed leaf parts

  6. Mossy Meadow: diecuts for three background leaf parts


Rooted In Nature (retiring)


Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla


Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake



  1. Early Espresso card base cut 8-1/2 x 5-1/2 score at 4-1/4

  2. Gray Granite: 4 x 5-1/4 layer over card base

  3. Soft Suede: 4-1/4 x 2-3/4

  4. Crumb Cake: ½ x 3-1/5 adhere to top and bottom of Soft Suede layer, leaving opposite ends bare as shown in photo

  5. Early Espresso: 2-3/4 x 2-3/4

  6. Very Vanilla: 2-1/2 x 2-1/2 stamped with leaves, adhere to Espresso layer #5

  7. Very Vanilla: diecut leaf and text to fussy cut

  8. Very Vanilla: inside 4 x 5-1/4 stamp sentiment

Double Z Fold With Hey Girlfriend

 For this card I used the Hey Girlfriend stamp set that will be retiring in June and the Flower & Field DSP that I earned FREE during Sale-A-Bration.

All measurements in inches

  1. For the card base, cut cardstock 8-1/2 x 5-1/2, score at 2-1/8 and 4-1/4

  2. For the pop out mechanism, cut cardstock 8-1/2 x 3-1/2, score at 2-1/8 and 4-1/4

The following pieces will be glued to the pop out mechanism

  1. Whisper White cardstock for front 4 x 3-1/4

  2. Whisper White cardstock for inside right 1-7/8 x 3-1/4

  3. Designer Paper (select coordinating patterns)

      • center inside pop out piece 1-7/8 x 3-1/4

      • inside the card base 4 x 5-1/4

      • on the card base 1-7/8 x 5-1/4 (2 pcs)

  1. To assemble the card, first attach all the Designer Papers plus the stamped section and the white inside panel.

  2. To attach the two sections together easily with perfect alignment, fold and crease all score lines with a bone folder. The card base folds are mountain then valley. The pop out mechanism folds are the same, mountain then valley. I have penciled in letters as a guide, glue A to A, B to B etc.

  3. First place the pop out mechanism on top of the folded card base and glue only the left side, be careful not to extend the glue past the first score line.

  4. Next glue the smaller section on the right to the card base.

Sunday, March 28, 2021

So Sorry to See It Go...

 Band Together is retiring, sniff sniff. I love this set, the flower, the dies, oh my goodness those dies are soo pretty.