Beautiful Backgrounds from Moroccan Nights

Way back at Stampin’ Up OnStage in April, I was given the Moroccan Nights stamp set (love the perks of getting free stamps when you go to demonstrator events! Smile ).  But the problem was, it wasn’t a stamp set I had really looked at before or thought was my style.  Which meant it sat on my shelf for a loooong time.  But sometimes we all need a challenge to grab that stamp set that is collecting dust and see what we can create with it.  You may be surprised, like I was, at what cool things can result.

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Turns out, this stamp set makes AWESOME backgrounds for your cards.  I kept it really simple for this card and used the large image from the set for my central image in Crushed Curry and then turned it and stamped the corners using the SAME IMAGE only this time with Cajun Craze.  Turns out pretty cool, huh?  I just eyeballed it because I have the sticker on the back of my cling mount stamps, but if you wanted to get really precise, I would grab the Stamp-a-ma-jig and use that for exact placement.

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Tips and Tricks for this project:

  • Banner sentiments made easy!  I grabbed my Thoughtful Branches stamp set and matching banner punch (yes! you can get them as a discounted bundle as well!) to quickly stamp the outline shape, the sentiment, and 1-2-punch you are done!
  • Grab those markers to create perfectly matched accents – I used my Cajun Craze and Dapper Denim markers to color in one of the lanterns from the same Moroccan Lights stamp set to match the colors of the card. Then just some quick snips to fussy cut it out and I can layer it with a Stampin’ Dimensional over the sentiment.
  • Pearls are perfect for stepping it up!  It doesn’t stand out and grab your attention, but those little pearls I added to the Curry image, really makes a BIG difference when you are holding this card in person.  Make placement even easier when you pick up the pearls off the accent sheet with the tip of a paper piercer, no pearls flying willy-nilly!

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Finally, I just sponged the edges of the stamped cardstock with Soft Suede to help distress it just enough to all come together.  Well, and the fact that you know me and you know I can’t do a card without reaching for my Stampin’ Dimensionals OR my sponge daubers! Smile

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Project Measurements:
  • Very Vanilla cardstock – 4”x4”, scraps
  • Dapper Denim cardstock – 4 1/4” x 4 1/4”

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Cheery Thanks Peek-a-Book card with Pop of Pink Washi

Are you like me and after you’ve taken a little bit of time off from getting into your craft room, you return to sit and stare at your supplies thinking, “I really want to make something cute, but have NO IDEA what to make or where to get started!”

I swear, getting my groove back on can be the hardest thing for me in crafting.  Well, today, I wanted to share with you a project idea that is quick, easy, and is a great way to get over that missing mojo hump and get your crafting groove on.  The always fun, washi peek-a-boo card!

When you do a card like this, start with your basic white card base and then grab your favorite set of washi tape.  In this case, I grabbed the Pop of Pink Washi Tape pack.  It has 5 coordinating patterns, but since they all go together, you can just pick your favorite 3 patterns and lay them out on a white layer of cardstock.  See… super easy so far!

Then it is just a matter of creating a fun layer with a cutout for that pattern to peek out through!

In this case, I grabbed the Layering Square framelits and the Elegant Butterfly punch to create my accent piece.  I picked out a square from the Layering Squares dies that was just a little bit bigger than my punch and then using that selected a matching scalloped square that would give me a reasonable sized border.  Then it was as simple as cutting out a piece of Whisper White cardstock with the square and a Gold Foil piece with the scallop square and glue them together.  Then I could punch out the butterfly from the center.  Fun, huh?

Once you have that, just place over your washi tape with the foam Stampin’ Dimensionals, and add a sentiment (from one of my favorite sentiment sets – Suite Sayings) in the corner.  Then you can just mount it all onto your white cardbase and you are done!

And just like that, you’ve made something cute and you are ready to keep the momentum going onto your next project!

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  • Whisper White cardstock – 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, 4 3/4” x 3 1/2”, scrap (2 1/2”-3” square)
  • Gold Foil –scrap (3”x3” ish)


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ICS Fall Fun Blog Hop

It is fully October, if you couldn’t tell from all the Pumpkin Spice EVERYTHING that is in the stores and restaurants!  And that means that we are ready to head out of summer and jump into fall.  To help get you in the spirit and thinking of changing leaves, pumpkins, and all things warm and cozy… the gals at the Inspire, Create, Share blog hop group have put together another fun hop to share with you lots of Fall themed projects!

I wanted to break out some of the great designer paper I had ordered from the Holiday catalog and break out those fall color combinations.  And while I was thinking about what to create, I suddenly remembered this oldie but goodie stamp set – Wonderous Wreath!  Check it out:

Usually you see the wreath with Christmas or winter colors, but there is no reason why it can’t be fall instead!  I just grabbed my Petals & Paisleys designer paper and flipped it over to the back to look at the label where the professionals at Stampin’ Up have already come up with a great color combination.  I just use it as my crib sheet! Smile  Try this combo on for size:

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So, I just used those colors to create my wreath!  The coordinating wreath and bow dies made it a cinch to cut out and then I just needed to start layering it onto my card. 

Since I had used the colors from the Petals and Paisley designer paper, it was a no brainer to pick my favorite patterns to layer on the left of the card.  Then I wanted to add just a touch of texture so I cut a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock and embossed it with the Woodgrain embossing folder for the perfect backdrop for the wreath itself (don’t forget to sponge the edge of the embossed paper with Soft Suede ink to really distress it!)

Then I just needed a sentiment and I’m so super in love with this one from the Suite Seasons stamp set in the Holiday Catalog.  You’ve seen me use this sentiment on Very Vanilla cardstock and color in the decorative piece.  But since I didn’t want that accent to take away from the wreath, I left it simple and subtle with Soft Suede ink.

This card showcases a fun way to use some of your favorite patterns from the designer series paper.  Right now many of the papers are buy 3 get 1 free!  Woo hoo!  I totally spaced and forgot this was a specialty paper, so it isn’t in this sale, but change this up for the Presents and Pinecones designer paper that IS on sale, and make the wreath holiday and you are good to go!

I hope you have enjoyed this Fall inspiration idea!  Keep on hopping and check out what Candy has in store for you, for even more fun fall ideas.

Thanks for hopping!

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Project Measurements:

  • Crumb Cake cardstock – 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, 2 3/4″ x 2 3/4″
  • Very Vanilla cardstock –3 1/4″ x 3 1/4″, 2″ x 2″
  • Petals & Paisleys designer paper  – 1″ x 5 1/2″, 1 1/4″ x 5 1/2″

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Bring on the Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month & the Ultimate Pink Blog Hop!


Welcome to the first ever Ultimate Pink Blog Hop – a collection of ideas from Stampin’ UP! demonstrators all over the globe featuring shades of pink in honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Having had a grandmother who had to battle breast cancer, this is a cause that I know can affect anyone at anytime, and I loved the chance to participate in this fun way to play with all things PINK while raising awareness for this.

I started by grabbing all my pink papers and had planned a “Thinking of You” card, but as things started coming together, it took a little bit of a turn and ended up here… 🙂

baby-girl-card-with-cookie-cutter-christmasI had a lot of fun mixing all my pink papers with some of the new items in the Stampin’ Up Holiday catalog to create an anything but Holiday card!

Not just “Holiday” items:

  • Use the bear in the Cookie-Cutter Christmas stamp set to make an adorable bear for a new baby!  Just pick your color to suit the gender or parents…
  • Fancy Frost Designer paper has many great anytime designs and is a quick way to add texture without having to pull out an embossing folder and BigShot.
  • Matching Glitz comes from the Fancy Frost Sequins – I shared a Frosted Medallions card recently using them for New Years or bust them out for Christmas, but the sequins are perfect for a baby too.

baby-girl-card-with-cookie-cutter-christmas-side-view I mixed and matched my colors for this too.  Good thing there are lots of pinks to choose from in Stampin’ Up’s color palette and they all go great together!  I had

  • Melon Mambo for the card base,
  • Pink Pirouette and Blushing Bride cardstock for the stripes,
  • and Blushing Bride glimmer paper for just that extra sparkle.  Gotta love sparkle!

baby-girl-card-with-cookie-cutter-christmas-close-up Now if you missed this bear (it’s easy to do!), she comes from the Cookie-Cutter Christmas stamp set.  You stamp the bear body first and then add in the ears (thankfully both ears are together on ONE photopolymer stamp so you don’t have to worry about spacing and you can see what you are doing!) .  Finally, add in the fun face and you are good to go.

If you want, stamp the bow and then punch it out with the coordinating Cookie-Cutter punch!  (And yes-siree, they are offered together in a discounted bundle!)

PS – I have all the project dimensions below if you want to make this for yourself.  🙂

Thank you so much for checking out my PINK idea and don’t miss out on even more great ideas on this blog hop – To continue to be inspired whether you’ve come from the person previous to me or after me (#4 – Jennifer Blomquist) on the list below, all participants are listed to help you as you journey among us being filled with pink inspiration.

Happy hopping!

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  • Melon Mambo cardstock – 4 1/4″ x 11″
  • Pink Pirouette cardstock – 2 1/2″ x 4 1/4″
  • Blushing Bride cardstock – 1″ x 4 1/4″
  • Fancy Frost designer paper – 1″ x 4 1/4″
  • Whisper White cardstock – 2″ x 2 3/4″
  • Blushing Bride glimmer paper – 1/2″ x 4 1/4″

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Festive New Years Card with Frosted Medallions

Today I wanted to share another card from my Stamp & Share event which shows off a fun other color palette –

I used them with the new Frosted Medallions stamp set to create a pretty card that can be used for the winter holidays.

Most of this card is pretty straightforward, but the one piece that you may not recognize is the pinky/purple patterned strip on the left side of the card.  That is actually the Fancy Frost specialty paper from the holiday catalog.  Now, if you are like me, I thought when it said the paper was embossed that it was a glossy embossing for emboss resist projects.  But NOPE!  It is dry embossed in 6 different patterns, so the pattern is raised up from the paper.  So you can either leave it as is, or you can do like I did and color it in with a sponge or sponge brayer.  It tends to color all of the paper, but the raised pattern comes out darker than the rest of the paper.  Fun, huh?!

I mixed in some of the super popular new glitter ribbon (you get Silver and Sweet Sugarplum in the pack) to peak out from underneath my sentiment.  And then just a few of the new Fancy Frost sequins attached with some glue dots for just a touch of glitz.

Then, let the large snowflake from the stamp set as your centerpiece and when you use a light ink like the Soft Sky, you can layer your sentiment right over the top!

Don’t forget to order your Holiday Catalog Product Samplers!

I started offering my Holiday Catalog product samplers last week and thank you to everyone who already let me know you were in!  As I got the set of supplies in for the first orders, I decided to put together a video to share what all the products are that you’ll find in the product samplers, plus extra project ideas at the end where I share some of the holiday catalog stamp sets and cards and projects that you can make with them!

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Project Measurements:

  • Soft Sky cardstock – 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″
  • Fancy Frost designer paper – 1 1/2″ x 5 1/2″
  • Whisper White cardstock – 3″ x 3″
  • Glimmer ribbon – 5 1/2″

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Clean & Simple Elegant Thank You card with Suite Seasons

So, last month, I ran a big event for Pacific Northwest Stampin’ Up demonstrators.  It wasn’t limited to my team, but anyone who wanted to come connect, share, and learn.  As part of the event, I created 4 make & take projects for them to get to play with new goodies from the 2016 Holiday Catalog.  So, I thought I’d share one of those projects with you today!  Because really, we all need a card idea that is quick to make when our Mojo just isn’t feeling it… that we know will turn out fabulous every time!  Give this layout a try –

I loved this sentiment from the Suite Seasons stamp set, and love the little details art touch below the sentiment.  It was just perfect for coloring in with my markers.  Again, I wanted that handmade touch without an hour of color on each card.  Sometimes, the coloring is super relaxing… sometimes, I just want to be done with my card and still love how it looks. Smile 
TIP –  When coloring in small spaces like this, even if you *can* use the brush tip of your marker, start with the pen tip of the marker instead.  The pen tip colors just a little bit lighter than the brush tip because less ink is coming out on the paper at one time.  So, in an image like this, you want it to be a little bit lighter so you can see the line art accents instead of it all getting covered up by dark ink.

Since the sentiment was so pretty, I wanted the leave the rest of the card simple to let the words and the coloring stand out.  So, I grab the FABULOUS Copper Foil paper and used it as a large mat for my center.  Now, I was worried that the Very Vanilla cardstock I used had too stark of an edge, but turns out sponging some Delightful Dijon ink around the edges with a sponge fixes that problem right up!

Then just add a strip of the Delightful Dijon ribbon from the 3/8” Ribbon Trio Pack from the Holiday Catalog (it includes Rich Razzleberry, Delightful Dijon, and Mint Macaron ribbons) where the border of the Rich Razzleberry cardstock ends on the cardbase and you have a sweet and elegant card that you can pull together in a pinch!

I also wanted to share that Product Samplers are back by popular demand!  Instead of feeling like you have to choose which paper or accessory you want to get from the Holiday Catalog, why not try them all?! 

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I give you at least 1 yard of all the ribbons and twines in the Holiday Catalog, some of all the accessories, and 6×6 sheets of the designer papers (one of each pattern).  So you have enough to create that project you saw on Pinterest that you love so much, without having to buy full packs of everything!

Check out the full details and all the options for the Holiday Catalog Product Sampler here

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Spooky Fun Halloween Treat Bag–A Quick and Easy Idea!

Well, I don’t know about you, but turns out the end of summer and the start of the school year is actually a really busy time of year.  Who knew?!  (Probably about a billion parents out there, but this one was obliviously unaware how as your kids grow out of toddlerhood, things get crazier, and not calmer).  Smile


Well, now that we are finally settling back in our routines, I figured it was time to dust off the ol’ blog because boy oh boy, I’ve been creating some fun projects that I can’t wait to share with you.  We are crafters, creating is fun… sharing with people who understand crafting is even more fun!

First off, I’m also going to let folks know that I’m also getting back into sharing with my newsletter too!  In fact, later today I hope to have my next one out with a NEW free project tutorial, Holiday Catalog Product Sampler details, and more!  So, if you aren’t already on the list, make sure you get signed up today – get on the list here.

Secondly, since I haven’t mentioned it here before, if you didn’t know… the Stampin’ Up Holiday Catalog went live this month.  There are so many awesome bundles and cute projects in there, that you totally should check it out.  If you have ordered from me in the last year, you should have gotten a copy mailed to you already.  If you didn’t get your copy, or would like a copy and don’t have a demonstrator you already order with, just let me know at and I’ll get you all set up!

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Alright, want to see a project using new Holiday Catalog goodies?  Well, let me share with you one of the projects I created for my Northwest Stamp & Share demonstrator event at the end of August.  This was an event with 60+ demonstrators from the Northwest area where we share inspiration, business ideas, and just formed more community bonds.  It was great.  Well, I created 4 make & take projects including this one:

I used the Petite Cafe Bags from the Annual catalog as my base bag.  They are cute and easy, plus they are food-safe on the inside so you can drop in any treat you have.  Plus you can stamp on the front like I did with the pumpkins from the Spooky Fun stamp set from the Holiday Catalog.

Then it is just a matter of making the front cute too!  I just used a couple pieces of paper and a stamp set and it turned out like this!

I had one of the new Halloween Night designer paper pieces that I cut into a 1 1/2″ strip and punched the end with the Banner Triple punch.  Then I cut a 2″ strip of Pumpkin Pie cardstock and stamped fun halloween faces from that same Spooky Fun stamp set before punching the end with that same Banner Punch.

TIP: When making a background design with those halloween faces, put all three on the clear block at the same time and then you can treat it like one bigger stamp for faster stamping.

Adhere everything to the front of the bag and then wrap a long length of the Halloween Night baker’s twine around the top and tie a bow for a cute final touch.


And while this is fun as a Halloween back, you could easily change up the stamp set and the pattern paper to make it a Christmas or Birthday treat back.  Think about what event you need a treat bag for and use the same layout and it will be perfect for any occasion!

See more holiday catalog items in the online store here

While you are there, don’t miss out on the NEW HUGE deals on the clearance rack and the one week only special deals

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You Are Awesome! Say it with Marquee Messages

Maybe it is because I grew up in the 80s and 90s, but I just love the word “Awesome” and love to use that to tell people how much I think of them. Smile  So, when I got the Marquee Messages stamp set and saw it had the phrase “you are awesome”… well, I knew it was perfect for me!

This is one of those stamp sets that there is one main image and then a few different sentiments to change up what you can say in this set.  And honestly, sometimes working with a set that doesn’t make me feel like I have to get wild and creative with how I stamp my images is actually pretty freeing.  I can just relax and enjoy my stamping without having to think too hard! Smile  So, for this card, I had fun playing with colors and little details pieces.

For example, I stamped my main image onto my Whisper White piece in Memento Black and then stamped it again onto a piece of scrap So Saffron so that I could cut out and pop up my arrow.  Just something simple as popping it up makes a BIG difference.  I did more paper piecing by stamping again onto a scrap piece of Sahara Sand cardstock and layering that down directly to the page for the “Awesome” sentiment.  And then stamped again on scrap So Saffron so I could cut out three of the little star shines.  Simple pieces that add a lot to your card.

And what is a marquee without some sparkly lights?  I added some quick and easy bling by grabbing my Gold Glitz Dazzling Details glitter glue and dotting each of the marquee lights for a fun sparkly effect.  You can also use mini-rhinestones or pearls (the smallest size in the packs sold by Stampin’ Up) but I was going for economical, since I could make a bajillion cards using one little $2.50 tube of glitter glue. Smile 

Add some extra hints of color by coloring in the main image on the Whisper White cardstock (I used Peekaboo Peach on those horizontal bars on the left, and So Saffron on the shaded part behind the “Awesome” sentiment).  Then just matted it all with Basic Black cardstock on a Peekaboo Peach cardbase.

I made this card a while ago, but now after sharing it here, I know just some special folks in my life who I need to remind them that I think they are awesome.  Think about your friends and family…. who needs to hear that they are awesome to you?

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