New To Stamping? Where To Start?

Are you a new stamper and don’t know where to begin?  Does the amazing Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog overwhelm you with all the things you can buy?  I have been stamping for ten or more years and it can still overwhelm me!  I have an idea for you.

First, you need to decide what kind of cards you want to make.  Most people start to stamp because they want to make thank you cards or birthday cards.  Whichever is your choice, you will need a few basic items to start.  You’ll need some cardstock, ink and stamps.  It really is as simple as that.  Below are some examples of some simple thank you cards you can make and they didn’t take a lot of supplies at all.

To make these cards, all you need is a stamp set (I used One Big Meaning (page 41), Note Cards with Envelopes (#131527), one ink pad (pages 169-171), one pack of cardstock (pages 169-171) and a pack of Designer Series Paper (pages 172-174). If you want to make birthday cards all you need to do is change out the stamp set.  I would recommend Confetti Celebration (page 12).

If you purchase these items, you can make up to 20 cards.  If you want to make more than that, all you will need is to purchase additional sets of Note Cards with Envelopes.  There is plenty of the other supplies to make a lot more cards.

It is as easy as that!

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A Color Stamp Off Challenge

Today’s Stamp Off Challenge is a color challenge.  I think I did it but I am not too sure.  Sometimes we do these things way ahead of time because of travel or just being busy so it is hard to remember (age doesn’t help either!).

As I was thinking about making a card using these colors, I realized they are the color in the Sale-a-bration Designer Series Paper called Carried Away.  I am not sure if I saw a card with these colors somewhere and liked them or I am just an amazing genius and Stampin’ Up! cooperated.  Chances are it is the first reason but I am going with the second!

I used the Balloon Pop Up Thinlits to make the cute ribbons on these “gifts”.  This set of Thinlits is so much more than it looks.  Other than the awesome Pop Up card it makes, there are also a couple of different tags, a slot for a gift card and balloons.  The sentiment is from Confetti Celebration.

By the way, today is the last day you can get this great Designer Series Paper for free.  Sale-a-bration ends today (so sad).  Better hurry before it is too late.

Now let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy made.  Do you want to bet they used the same Designer Series Paper?

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A Stamp Off Double Z Challenge

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Friday is the day Buffy, Jackie and I do our Stamp Off Challenge.  Today’s challenge is to make a Double Z card.  I did some research on this card and apparently there are different layouts you can use that are all called Double Z.  Of course, I took one of those layouts and changed it even more.


Here is my card:

Balloon Adventures, Balloon Pop Up Thinlits, Confetti Celebration, Stampin Up, 2017 Occasions Catalog, #OnStage2016,

I used a new stamp set and Thinlit dies that will be in the 2017 Occasions Catalog to make this card.  The stamp set is called Balloon Adventures and the matching dies are called Balloon Pop Up Thinlits.  When the catalog goes live on January 4th you will be able to save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.  I also used some new Designer Series Paper called Party Animal which will also be in the 2017 Occasions Catalog.

Here is the inside of my card:

Ballon Adventures, Ballon Pop Up Thinlits, Confetti Celebration, 2017 Occasions Catalog, #OnStage2016,

This is the little extra I did to my Double Z Fold Card:

Ballon Adventures, Ballon Pop Up Thinlits, Confetti Celebration, 2017 Occasions Catalog, #OnStage2016, susanstamps.wordpress.comMaybe I should call it  Double Z Card with an extra C!

Now let’s go check out what Buffy and Jackie made.  I always love this part of our challenges because we don’t know ahead of time what the others make.


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Happy Birthday To Me!

Perpetual Calendar,

Today is my birthday!  It is a BIG birthday!  It is a really BIG birthday!  I don’t really mind because I guess turning a big number is better than not!

In celebration of my birthday I am going to give away some product I have from the upcoming Holiday Catalog to one lucky person who orders at least $25 worth of product (before tax and shipping) today and uses the hostess code below.  I will randomly pick that person from everyone that orders.

Here is the hostess code:    ST2ZTNYA

Fine Print:  You will need to order by midnight tonight and you have to use the hostess code in order to qualify for the prize.  Club members are eligible to win but this order does not count towards your minimums.  You can not choose “No Contact” when ordering or I won’t know who you are.

Good luck!

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A Copper Celebration

Confetti Celebration

This year Stampin’ Up! came out with some Copper Embossing Powder.  It is really hard to see it in this picture, but this Embossing Powder is gorgeous.  A few years ago I did an embossing powder comparison.  I took and embossing powder I purchased at the local craft store and compared it to Stampin’ Up! embossing powder.  There is quite a difference.  You can see this post HERE.  This Copper Embossing Powder is no exception.

The sentiments on this card are from the stamp set called Confetti Celebration.  The lines are from Mixed Borders.  I stamped the border twice and then embossed it.

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A Party Animal Stamp Off Challenge

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TGIF and we have another fun Stamp Off Challenge.  Jackie got very creative a little while ago and came up with some awesome challenges.  This week it is called Party Animal.


Now, I am not quite sure what it means exactly.  It could be make a celebration card or it could mean make a card with an animal in it.  I decided to do both!

Pop Of Paradise, Confetti CelebrationI decided to make a birthday card with an animal on it.  At the same time, I made it a fun fold slider card.  When you pull the piece with the ribbon on it, the middle slides up and you see a surprise message.  This is what the card looks like completely open.

Slider Card, Pop Of Paradise, Confetti Celebration

This picture shows how the Flamingo and leaves pop up when you open it.

Pop Of Paradise, Confetti Celebration, Slider Card

I used two stamp sets to make this card.  The flamingo and leaves are from Pop Of Paradise.  Now really.  Who doesn’t like a Flamingo?  One of the new InColors is called Flirty Flamingo, so of course, I had to use that color.  The sentiments are from the stamp set called Confetti Celebration.

Now, let’s head over to Buffy’s and Jackie’s blogs to see their Party Animal Cards.  If I was a guessing woman, I would say they used a cute and silly Llama on their cards.  Let’s go see!

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Swirly Scribbles Again

Swirly Scribbles, Confetti Celebration, Number of Years

As you know, I really love the Swirly Bird stamp set and the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits.  I use them a lot!  I always feel that if I can get a lot of use out of one stamp set and Thinlits, then it is definitely worth buying.  There are some sets out there that really can only be used one way (I won’t mention them by name).  Some of them are cute but again, you make one card out of them and you are done.  This is not true with the Swirly set.  There are so many uses for it.  Remember, if you buy both in a Bundle you can save 10%!

This time I stamped the sentiments from the Confetti Celebration stamp set.  The Hooray is backed by one of the Swirly Scribbles dies.  The banner is from Number of Years and it was cut out using the matching Framelits called Large Numbers.

Don’t forget it is Bonus Days.  For every $50 you spend during the month of July you earn a $5 coupon towards your August purchases.  There is no limit as to how many coupons you can earn!


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