Rooted In Nature

This is another card we made is our monthly club meeting.  I “borrowed” this idea from Buffy.  She made a great video showing how to get different colors in the tree.  She used Watercolor Paper, a different stamp set and spritzed the paper, which I did not but the cards are similar and I got the idea after watching her video.

You need to have a Stamparatus to make this card.  This is because you stamp the image over and over using different colors so you have exact placement every time.  This would be impossible to do without the Stamparatus.

To make this card, I first placed a piece of removable tape along the bottom of a piece of Whisper White Cardstock.  Then I sponged So Saffron, Balmy Blue and Soft Sea Foam ink onto it.  When you remove the tape, it leaves a clean line where there is no ink.

Then I placed the piece of sponged cardstock into the Stamparatus and then placed the stamp where I wanted it.  I used various Stampin’ Write Markers to make the leaves different shades of green.  I first randomly put Granny Apple Green ink with a marker on the stamp and then stamped it using the Stamparatus.  Then I did the same thing in different parts of the stamp with Old Olive, Garden Green and Pear Pizzazz.  The last thing I did was color the branches and trunk of the tree with an Early Espresso marker.  Here is a close up of the tree where you can see the different colors a little better.

The sentiments are from the stamp set called Well Said and the matching dies called Well Written.  Everything I used on this card will be in the 2019/2020 Annual Catalog.  That makes me happy!

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New Stamparatus Bag & Year End Close Out

Today begins the Stampin’ Up!® Year End Sale.

The Year-End Closeout is Stampin’ Up’s chance to do a little inventory cleaning—and your opportunity to take advantage of special year-end deals on retiring and surplus items.

Click HERE to see the list of items on sale.


  • No minimum purchase required.
  • All order types qualify for this promotion (e.g., customer, demonstrator, workshop, and online).
  • Discount applies to select items only.
  • Retiring items from the 2018 holiday catalog are available while supplies last.
  • Surplus items from 2018 annual catalog are available in limited quantities at the promotional price.
  • Discounted items may be added to a Starter Kit—or purchased with Stampin’ Rewards—at the promotional price.
  • Items and discounts may vary by market (depending on inventory levels).
  • Host sets may be purchased using only Stampin’ Rewards from a qualifying party.
  • Ordering deadlines:
    • Phone: January 2, 2019; 6:50 PM (MT)
    • OEX/Online: January 2, 2019; 11:50 PM (MT)

A tool as beloved and important as the Stamparatus deserves its own special treatment. And what better way to treat your most versatile stamping companion than by giving it its own special carrying and storage solution. Introducing the Craft & Carry Stamparatus Bag! It’s finally available to purchase!  You can purchase the bag alone or the bag and tool pack together.  The tool pack includes grid paper, two extra plates, the foam mat and two rare earth magnets (they are super strong).

Get your Stamparatus Bag today!


Making Christmas Bright

Making Christmas Bright is a new stamp set that is in the 2018 Stampin’ Up!® Holiday Catalog.  It is a cute stamp set that has a matching punch called Christmas Bulb Builder Punch.  If you buy them both in a Bundle you can save 10%.  Plus, there is another stamp set in the Holiday Catalog that fits the punch.  It is called Making Every Day Bright and is on page 47.  If you buy the punch you have to have this set too.  It has penguins, bunny, balloons, feathers and more that can be cut out using the Christmas Bulb Builder punch too.

I used my Stamparatus to make the background of this card.  I put the bulb ribbon stamp on it and raised and lowered the plates to make the lines.  You could do this by hand but the Stamparatus makes it so much easier and has much more accurate spacing.  Then I colored all the little bulbs using my Stampin’  Write Makers in Blueberry Bliss, Call Me Clover, Grapefruit Grove and Pineapple Punch.  I cut the sentiment out with the Starburst Punch and layered it over a piece of Blueberry Bliss cardstock cut out using the Layering Circle Framelits Dies.  I hand cut out the banner.

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A Rooted In Nature Wreath

Here is a fun wreath that I made with the stamp set called Rooted In Nature and my Stamparatus.  The Stamparatus allows you to make a wreath quickly and easily because it lets you get exact placement of your stamps.  You just need to make a stencil to use in the Stamparatus.   I made this quick picture to show you how it is done (please note it is not to scale and certainly not perfect).

The colors I used for this card are Mossy Meadow, Merry Merlot (a gorgeous deep red color) and Whisper White.  The sentiment is from the stamp set called Itty Bitty Greetings.  It is a stamp set that everyone must own because it has a sentiment for every occasion.

Don’t forget to check out my Star Rewards Program!

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Broadway Birthday


One of the great things about Stampin’ Up! is they have been putting products together into “Suites” where everything goes together.  Broadway Bound is the name of one of these Suites.  It includes a stamp set called  Broadway Birthday and matching Framelits Dies called Broadway Lights.  There is also Designer Series Paper (Broadway Bound Specialty), a cardstock pack (which includes Basic Black, Lemon Lime Twist and Lovely Lipstick), Black 1/2″ Satin Ribbon, Candle Embellishments and Metallic Pearls.  You can save 10% by purchasing the stamp set and dies in a Bundle.  All of these products go together to make some awesome projects.

To make this card I used the stamp set, the Framelits and the Specialty Designer Series Paper.  The colors are Lovely Lipstick, Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight, Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and Whisper White.

When you look at this card do you notice on crisp the word “wish” is?  That is because I stamped it using the Stamparatus.  This is a must have tool!  It allows you to place a stamp perfectly aligned.  If you don’t quite ink the stamp up you can re-stamp it until it comes out completely solid.  Just in case you haven’t been paying attention for the last six months, here is a video showing how to use the Stamparatus.  Let me just say, you need to have this tool.  Today.

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Bubble Over

Bubble Over is a stamp set that was carried over into the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog from another catalog.  I am so glad it was.  It is just a fun set to have and use and it has matching dies called Bottles & Bubbles Framelits.

The fun part of this card is I used the Stamparatus to make it.  That is why the bottles  are perfectly lined up.  I can never it get perfect when I try to stamp with a block but the Stamparatus takes care of that.  You just figure out where you want to place the first bottle and then stamp it.  Here I used Bermuda Bay Ink.

Then you leave the stamp in the same place just move the plate down one notch and stamp it again in Lemon Lime Twist.

The third time I stamped I used Pacific Point Ink.

It is the most awesome tool ever and it is now available for anyone to order!

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Guy Greetings & The Stamparatus

This is the third card we made in our monthly stamp club meeting a couple of weeks ago.  We used the retiring stamp set called Guy Greetings.  This set is a great set to make masculine cards.    I used the sentiment Happy Birthday but a lot of the ladies changed it into a Father’s Day card by just chaining the sentiments.  This set is great because it comes in Wood Mount, Clear Mount and Photopolymer so it can make  everyone happy!

I also introduced the Stamparatus to my club members with this card.  It allows you to stamp and image multiple times and have it line up perfect every time.  If you haven’t seen the Stamparatus at work you need to watch this video.

We stamped the sentiment and then cut it out using the Tailored Tag Punch.  Then we punched a blank one out of Tranquil Tide cardstock, cut it in half and then backed the sentiment with it.  Thankfully, this punch is going to be in the new catalog.

The colors I used on this card are Tranquil Tide and Night of Navy.  These colors match the Designer Series Paper we used called True Gentleman.  This paper was in the 2018 Occasions Catalog but has now sold out.

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A Fruit Basket Wreath

This past weekend we moved into our cottage.  It was a beautiful but cool day and we were so happy to be here.  Emma, on the other hand was not very happy.  Last time we were here one of the smoke detectors was beeping and it freaked her out.  When we arrived on Saturday she would not get out of the car.  It is funny how dogs have this long term memory.  She loved the cottage last year but there was no way she was having anything to do with it this year.  We left her in the car with the doors open for at least an hour.  Finally Rob had to pull her out.  She was not a happy camper.  Rob and I, on the other hand were ecstatic to be here.  So, now you have to put up with my sunset pictures for a few months.  Here is the first sunset of the year.

Now you know why we love the cottage.  We get to look at this every night!

I made this “wreath” card using the stamp set Fruit Basket.  It is in the 2018 Occasions Catalog and it is not being carried over.  How sad.  It has matching mini punches called Itty Bitty Fruit Punch Pack.  You can save 10% by purchasing it in a Bundle until May 31st.  Then both items will be gone forever.

In order for me to make this card  I used my Stamparatus.  This tool is amazing.  You can do so much with it.  Basically you stamp the first strawberry and then turn the cardstock and stamp the next one.  You do this until there is a circle of strawberries.  Then I did the same thing with the pear.  The colors I used were Pear Pizzazz, Real Red, Crumb Cake (for the banner), Daffodil Delight (for the Pineapple) and Basic Black for the sentiment.

The Stamparatus will be in the new Annual Catalog that comes out on June 1st.  You definitely need to own this.  You will love it!

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Jar Of Love Wreath

I had fun making wreaths one day a while ago.  I made another one last week using the stamp set called Beautiful Bouquet.  This time I decided to use the stamp set called Jar Of Love.  I “love” that little goldfish.  It always reminds me of going to the local Firemen’s Fair where you throw ping pong balls into a jar and you win a fish.  The last time we went to that fair my youngest son, Zachary, named his fish George (HW) Bush.  You can see how long ago that was!  They don’t even have these fairs anymore.  Normally these goldfish would die in a week or two but George Bush lived for a very long time!  It was sad when he did die.  We had a little funeral, flushed and George Bush swirled away.

The colors I used for this card are Pumpkin Pie, Flirty Flamingo, Tempting Turquoise, and Basic Black. The little HELLO stamp is from Beautiful Bouquet.

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The Stamparatus & Celebrate You

I am sure you have heard of the Stamparatus by now.  It is the Stampin’ Up! new positioning tool that will be available for purchase in the new Annual Catalog that begins on June 1st.  Stampin’ Up! did make it available to reserve one early so a lot of us already have one.  It is an awesome tool that every stamper needs to have.

Here is a video showing you the basics on how the Stamparatus works:

To make this card I positioned a stamp where I wanted it to go onto the cardstock, inked it up and then stamped it.  Then I moved my card 180 degrees and did it again in the opposite corner.  I did this for each of the stamps on my card.

I di this with each stamp so both corners looked exactly the same.  When I was done stamping, I added the words Celebrate and you using the Celebrate You Thinlits Dies.  You can get these dies for free with a qualifying order during Sale-a-bration.

The cardstock color I used is Whisper White, Old Olive and Flirty Flamingo.  The ink colors are Old Olive, Flirty Flamingo and Daffodil Delight.

During Sale-a-bration you can also get an extra $25 in Hostess Benefits with a $250 workshop (or order) or join my Stampin Up! family and get a $125 worth of product for $99 PLUS your choice of TWO FREE STAMP SETS (an added value of up to $101)!!

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