Pretty Kitty Card – Coloring with Markers

I saw this general card idea from Shannon Jaramillo a while back when I needed some inspiration for a card.  But as I usually do with cards, I took some of my favorite elements from the card, and then tweaked some of the other details to get to use some of my favorites too!

I wanted to focus on the cute kitty from the Pretty Kitty stamp set, and all of the images from that set are outline images – so they just BEG to be colored in!  And so I went with the easiest way to color, my Stampin’ Write markers.  These are Stampin’ Up’s markers and they have the exact same ink inside the barrel of the marker as there is in the ink pads.  So it makes them great to color with, since you know they will match your project.  In this case, however, I wanted to add the pops of color, so I used a variety of markers to fill in my flower pot.

Coloring Tips:

  • Picking your paper – When coloring with markers, you aren’t getting your paper quite as wet as when you are watercoloring, so Whisper White is perfect for using with markers.  That way your colors are the truest to match the rest of your project.  You can color with markers on watercolor paper or other cardstock, basically anything that you can stamp on without it wiping off, you can color on.  So things like window sheets – not so much. Smile
  • Picking your stamped image ink – Again, since your project doesn’t get as wet, you can use most inks.  However, keep in mind that if you are using dye-based ink (so basically any of the standard color pads from Stampin’ Up), that your markers are the same dye-based ink, so they can smear a bit if you aren’t paying attention.  I find that Stazon, Memento, or Archival Black or Gray ink work best.  Because these are hybrid (or alcohol based in the case of Stazon) inks, they can hold up to the dye-inks without trying to mix in.
  • Picking your marker tip – The Stampin’ Up markers have a pen tip on one side and a brush tip on the other.  I find that the brush tip gives the darker application of color (since more ink can come out) and tends to be a little bit smoother on large areas.  The pen tip tends to come out a bit lighter and is great for precision work, highlighting, or when you want to write out a message.  So, in this card, I colored in the flowers with the pen tip and the pot with the brush tip.
  • Make it art, not perfect! I purposely made the coloring streaky so that I didn’t have to worry about things being perfect.  Instead, I did everything a little bit scribbly with back and forth lines.  That way, if I didn’t get one area exactly perfect, it still matched with the rest of the coloring and it all looked designed instead of a mistake!  In wide open areas, you will find that your coloring looks the best if you can color with long strokes with the brush tip of the marker.

Once the coloring was done, then I used my Layering Ovals to cut out the kitty and backed it with a Real Red scalloped oval from the same die set.  See… I didn’t believe in the tiny scallops at first, but I’ve come to think they are just adorable!  Then I wanted to add a bit of my FAVORITE ribbon from the holiday catalog (grab it while you can and it’s 50% off!), the Stitched Edge Real Red ribbon.  A few more scallops never hurt anyone, right? Smile

Then I just needed to add a sentiment and so a quick banner punched with the Banner Triple punch to get the perfect cutout at the end was all I needed!  The sentiment comes from the Pretty Kitty stamp set, so I had everything I needed!  Layer it all onto some of the polka dot paper from the Neutrals designer paper stack and some white and red cardstock and you end up with a pretty card with a pretty kitty.

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Reindeer Merry Christmas Card with Foxy Friends

Just popping in for a quick share today!  If you didn’t see yesterday, quick reminder to check out the Year-End Closeout List and Sale.  Many items are while supplies last and I’ve seen a couple updated clearance rack items sell out already.  So, you want to make sure you check it out sooner rather than later!

OK, PSA done, now back to the card. Smile  I love the Foxy Friends stamp set, but I especially love how you can make it something different than a fox!

This reindeer was just easy to put together rand I just used Crumb Cake for his body and Soft Suede for the antlers and feet.  Isn’t he cute?  Then just pair it up with one of the patterns from the Presents & Pinecones designer paper and some of the holiday ribbon.

One tip, when you are looking at adding embellishments and accents to your cards, if you are like me… you tend to get hung up looking at stuff that is marketed as the theme of what you are doing.  So the ribbons that come with the birthday suite, or in this case, ribbons from the Holiday Catalog.  But don’t forget your other supplies you have gotten other times of the year!  I had this Gold trim ribbon from the annual catalog that was just the perfect touch to go with my gold word (from the Christmas Greetings thinlits)

A little bit of sponging… I’m slightly addicted to my sponge daubers… using Crumb Cake ink around the designer paper and the white cardstock, and you have a simple but sweet card.

A Tip about Bundles from the Holiday Catalog

Holiday Bundles

Just a heads up since I’ve seen some confusion from folks.  Stampin’ Up has changed how they offer discounted bundles (where a stamp set is sold with the coordinating punch or framelit).  When they come out, you can get them on sale for 10% off both, but once the catalog containing the bundle ends, the discounted prices go away too!

For example:

  •  The Santa’s Sleigh bundle is available at a discount in the Holiday Catalog
  • When the holiday catalog ends January 3rd, the stamp set and the framelits will continue to be available
  • But, starting January 4th, you will not be able to buy them together at a discount

So if you wanted any of the bundles from the Holiday catalog, I recommend getting them now while you can still get the sale price!  Email me at if you have any questions or need help!

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The Year End Closeout Sale is Here!


I was all stoked about the Online Extravaganza, and I knew the Holiday Catalog retiring list was coming soon… but I didn’t know until just a couple days ago that Stampin’ Up was going to up the ante by coming out with a full Year-End Closeout sale!

Of course, they didn’t tell me what was going to be in the sale or exactly how it was all going to work, so I had to wait until this morning to check it out.  But now that I’ve figure out all the deals and possible confusion points, I wanted to make sure to share it all with you!  And yes!  You can add sale items to the demonstrator starter kit to double up on the savings if your list is big! 

Stampin’ Up has made grouped together 3 types of deals and closeout items into one “sale” online.   If you go check out the Year-End Closeout sale, you’ll find the following items mixed together by product category…

Holiday Catalog Retiring Items

Any holiday catalog item that is in the “Year-End Closeout” category is being discontinued as of January 3rd.  Many retiring items are discounted, but not everything.

  • The stamps are guaranteed to be available through Dec 21st.
  • Accessories & embellishments are while supplies last and can sell out at any time.

Holiday Catalog Top Deals!

Here are some of my favorites that I think are the best value for you:

Annual Catalog Overstock & Favorite Items

They also have a number of items from the annual catalog that Stampin’ Up has discounted in this sale too!  There are some great deals to be had, but they tend to be mixed in with everything else so are easy to miss.

  • Annual Catalog discounted items have a predetermined amount of sale priced inventory.  Once that limit has been met, the price will return to regular catalog price.
  • All annual catalog items will continue to be available after the sale ends on Jan 3rd, they will just return to full price at that time.

Annual Catalog Top Deals

Here are two of the BEST deals from the Annual Catalog items you won’t want to miss:

Detailed Floral Thinlits Dies

50% off $29.00 $14.50

Layering Circle Framelits Dies

50% off! $35.00 $17.50

Here is more of a list of the annual catalog items on sale right now:

  • Detailed Floral Thinlit Die – 50% Off
  • Duet Banner Punch – 30% Off
  • Layering Circle Framelits – 50% Off
  • Swirly Scribbles Thinlits – 30% Off
  • Affectionately Yours Washi Tape – 20% Off
  • Crushed Curry Marker – 60% Off
  • Flirty Flamingo Ruched Ribbon – 20% Off

NEW Clearance Rack Items too!

The last category of items mixed in is Clearance Rack items.  These are retired items they have brought back for this sale – most are 40-60% off!

  • Clearance Rack items are while supplies last
  • Any Clearance Rack items that were added for this sale that DO NOT sell out by Jan 3rd, will be pulled from the Clearance Rack at that time and may or may not be added in again later.

Clearance Rack top deals

Here are a few of the smokin’ Clearance Rack deals you won’t want to miss:

Going Places Designer Series Paper Stack

Going Places Designer Series Paper Stack
60% off $8.00 $3.20

Have A Cuppa Embellishments

Have A Cuppa Embellishments
60% off $7.00 $2.80

Antique Brads

Antique Brads
60% off $6.00 $2.40

So many awesome deals to be had… lots more than I show here.

So check them all out in the Year-End Closeout Sale!

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Clean & Simple Card with Lovely as a Tree

clean-and-simple-faux-torn-edge-single-layer-cardSo yesterday I shared a Christmas card with Lovely as a Tree, so today I thought I’d share another idea with the same stamp set only NOT Christmas!  It uses another fun techinique – Faux Torn Edges – that I love for my clean and simple cards.  It is also great if you are doing a challenge for a single layer card too!

How to do Faux Torn Edges:

  1. Rip a piece of paper, preferably something thin like copy or printer paper, so you have the torn edge pattern you like.
  2. Place the torn edge across your cardstock and hold in place with washi tape or post-it notes.
    TIP – you may want to secure your cardstock in place as well using washi or post-it notes.
  3. Using a yellow Stamping Sponge, tap the sponge into the ink color of choice and then starting on the copy paper, gently swirl the sponge in a circular pattern onto the the cardstock.
  4. Try to always go away from the torn edge (so from copy paper to cardstock) and not the other way around so you get a crisp edge.  Sponging towards the the copy paper edge can sometimes catch the copy paper and bend, rip, or get ink under the paper where you don’t want it.
  5. If desired, stamp an image over the masked area so that the stamped image is on top of the sponged color and will stop at the torn edge.
  6. Remove the torn paper and finish the card with any additional stamping you may want to do!

clean-and-simple-single-layer-card-close-upIt is a really easy technique but can produce really WOW cards!  Here I just kept it simple with a little piece of burlap in the upper corner and on of the Halloween Nights Enamel dots.  See, Halloween stuff doens’t have to be just halloween!

Easy, peasy, done!

PS – Heads up about the Year End Clearance Sale!

So, I didn’t know this sale was coming until yesterday when Stampin’ Up shared that it was coming with demonstrators.  I don’t know what will be in the sale but I do know this:

  • 15267554_10209710056660667_5857946819420869390_nItems will be up to 60% off
  • There will be updated Clearance Rack items, some discounted Annual catalog items, and the full list of Holiday catalog items that are going to be discontinued with many of them being discounted too!
  • You CAN add any of these items to a starter kit (so it is a great time to join because you’ll also be able to sneak peek the Spring catalog and preorder in December too!)

If you bought something in the Online Extravaganza sale last week, DON’T WORRY!  They told us that anything from the Online Extravaganza sale that was retiring in December and so may be on the retiring list set of sale items, they would not be more discounted in December (and may not even be discounted as much).  So you will know you got the best deal possible on those items. 🙂

If you want to be one of the first to know what is in the sale, you can check back in my Online Store a little after midnight MST tonight.

Have the list delivered to your inbox!  Make sure you are on my mailing list and I’ll be sending out the list to everyone there once I get it!

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Project Measurements

  • Very Vanilla cardstock – 4 1/4″ x 11″
  • Burlap Ribbon – 3″

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Vintage Christmas Card with Clear Block Stamping

lovely-as-a-tree-clear-block-stamping-christmas-cardI have totally had a crafting-crush on these Mini Pinecones embellishments since I first got a chance to play with them.  They are so little, but oh so details and super cute!  My biggest challenge was actually getting them out of the container and onto my projects.

Between the “don’t want to use them up” and trying to figure out where to put a 3D embellishment (though it is little so, it is still possible to mail), I just kept admiring them on my desk.  Come on, admit it… you have something like that in your craft goodies too. 🙂

Well, as I was working on my Christmas card stamp-a-stack class, I found a way to break them out and I love it!

Thread a piece of linen thread through the top of the pinecone and tie a bow… then just attach to your project with a glue dot.  It couldn’t be cuter!

It also pairs perfectly with my FAVORITE ribbon from the Holiday catalog – the Real Red Stitched Edge Ribbon.  I discovered a trick last night that let me see if certain items are going to be discontinued after the Holiday Catalog ends and *sniff* *sniff* both the pinecones and this ribbon are on this list.  So, I’m just going to snuggle this card, and then make a bunch more to enjoy the heck out of them. 😉

Clear Block Stamping Backgrounds

So, I realize I’ve been going on about the small embellishment piece in the corner of my card, but need to talk about the fun background image – that Sahara Sand square behind my tree!  It is so easy to do and adds a cool look to your cards.lovely-as-a-tree-clear-block-stamping-christmas-card-close-up

  • Pick the perfect shape for your background – its as easy as pulling out your clear blocks and setting them on your project (or over the stamps you plan to layer with) so you can decide which size is the right one for you.  Since the blocks are clear, you can easily tell which size will look the best for what you want.
  • Foam ink pads work best – now you can do this technique with the older linen ink pads, but I find that I like the look better with the foam ink pads.  (If you aren’t sure what I’m talking about, Stampin’ Up changed the actual pad that holds the ink a few years ago – the new style are a smooth-topped squishy foam pad.  The old style look more textured and aren’t shiny as they are a linen material.)
  • Gently tap the clear block onto the ink pad to pick up the color – you will find that you see a pattern in the ink on the clear block.  If an area didn’t get covered or you don’t like the pattern, just keep tapping!  Each time you tap you will get a slightly different look, so just go until you like what you see.
  • Use a foam or pierce mat under your paper – since the clear block is all acrylic, it doesn’t have any give if there is any uneveness in your table.  So, you will get a more solid image if you place a piercing mat under your cardstock so that when you stamp with the block, the foam can cushion as necessary to make sure all parts of the block make contact.

I loved the background stamped in Sahara Sand and then layered with the tall tree from Lovely as a Tree, but I’m sure you can imagine a bunch of other combinations too!

I’d love to hear what you think we should try next with this technique!

And just a reminder, you have TODAY and TOMORROW to take advantage of the 25% off stamp sale.  Then December 1st the official retirement list is coming out for the Holiday catalog and the Year-End Closeout sale items will be announced.  So, lots to look forward to. 🙂 25% off Stampin' Up Stamp Sale

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Project Measurements

  • Old Olive cardbase – 4 ¼” x 11”, score at 5 ½”
  • Soft Suede cardstock – 4″ x 5 1/4”
  • Real Red cardstock  – 3 3/4″ x 5
  • Very Vanilla cardstock – 3 1/2″ x 4 3/4″
  • Real Red ribbon – 3.5″
  • Linen Thread – 8″

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Cyber Monday Doorbusters! With a Christmas Stocking Card Idea

24hr Online Extravaganza Doorbusters

Happy Cyber Monday!  It is the last day of the US’ holiday sales weekend and shops have traditionally offered extra savings for shopping online and there are some fun ones for the last day of the Online Extravaganza as well.

24-Hour Sale (Monday 11/28 only)

Plus there are all the other great deals and discounts in the Online Extravaganza, so make sure you’ve grabbed what you’ve wanted!

Another Christmas Stocking Card idea


I wanted to share another idea I was playing with for the Hang Your Stockings stamp set (in the 25% off sale) and the Christmas Stockings framelits (30% off in the Online Extravaganza).  I was playing with my traditional colors and patterns from the This Christmas designer paper from the Annual Catalog and the Layering Ovals dies and just kept adding bits and pieces until I called it fully festive!hang-your-stocking-christmas-classic-christmas-card-close-up

One of my favorite things to do with the Christmas Stockings dies is to use the intricate designs and layer them over glimmer paper (like this card) or onto regular cardstock like this card.  In this case, I wanted to add in a few little stockings too and realized that the stamp images from the Hang Your Stocking set coordinate perfectly.

I stamped with Garden Green ink and then cut out with the framelits – if you don’t have the magnetic platform, it helps a bunch for cutting out the stockings with just the right amount of edge!

Then I used the Noel sentiment from that same Christmas Stockings die set out of Cherry Cobbler cardstock and layered it over some of the Gold Glimmer paper to help it stand out and not get lost in the card.

Seriously, when in doubt, add some glitter! 🙂

Oh, and I forgot to mention, help your stockings be ready to hang by adding a little piece of the Very Vanilla thick baker’s twine to the top of each.  I looped a small piece and taped it to the back of the stocking.  It was just the final touch I needed.

So have fun playing with layers and seeing what you can come up with!

Last Call – Special Savings Reminders

Don’t forget, here is the scoop on what is on sale and what is ending today or on Wednesday:

November Hostess Code – DSUGDGH4

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Shop Small! Special Bonuses for all Stampin’ Up Gift Certificates this weekend!

I know a lot of us are checking out the sales and looking for great deals for our family and friends, and you’ll be seeing a lot today about Small Business Saturday.  This is a day when we are reminded that there are so many people trying to support their families and their dreams by creating and/or selling awesome products without the big corporate behind them running the show.  It takes a lot of guts and a lot of work to build up a small business, but the rewards are worth it!  I am so grateful for the ability to sign up to help in my kids classrooms when the opportunity arises, or take care of those unexpected situations at home, all without having to worry about whether my boss will let me have the time off.  You see, I have an awesome boss… she really is quite cool about everything.  Winking smile   Plus, I get to do something I love – create fun projects and teach and share how to make them with others!  And with my team of Fun n’ Crafty Stampers, I get to help others do more too.  It really is amazing.

So as we are shopping this holiday season, remember all those independent business owners who are working hard and outside the everyday business hours for you.

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Shop Small – Small Business Saturday Weekend Special!

To celebrate Shop Small – Small Business Saturday, I’m offering a special bonus for you and your family!  From today (11/25) through Monday evening (11/28), get a bonus for your gift certificate purchases!

  • Purchase a $40 gift certificate – get a $5 bonus added to the certificate for free!
  • Purchase a $75 gift certificate – get a $10 bonus added to the certificate for free!
  • Purchase a $100 gift certificate – get a $15 bonus added to the certificate for free!

Get your gift giving done early and easily! 

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Clean and Simple Vintage Christmas Card with Stitched with Cheer

If you are like me, you love making those beautiful holiday cards with all the details and the fun pieces and touches.  However, I can’t imagine mass producing a TON of cards like that.  So, I have fun making onesies and twosies of the time consuming cards and then fill in the gaps when I start running out of time with simple but classy cards that I can turn out a bunch in a short amount of time.  Now, I LOVE the Paper Pumpkin kit we got this month for that sort of thing (and in fact, I plan to order a refill pack so I can make more this year… LOVE THEM!)

But I wanted to share another idea with you – this was one of the make and takes for my Northwest Crafty Escape Weekend this year – using the FABULOUS Stitched with Cheer stamp set!

It starts by creating some fun layers on the card base.  I stamped the knitting image from the Stitched with Cheer set about 2/3rds of the way down from the top of the card base in Memento Black ink.  Doesn’t it look awesome all by itself?  Then add a strip of Garden Green cardstock, then we start getting fancy!

  • Use the Banner Triple punch to create easy banner edges for your designer paper strips.  Since the punch is designed to make it easy to punch 1”, 1 1/2”, and 2” strips, you can mix and match patterns and sizes for great layered looks.
  • Make it a little vintage by sponging the edges of the paper using a soft brown (my favorite for this is Crumb Cake ink) and a sponge dauber. It makes it look a little older and more rustic.
  • Texture made easy – I used the This Christmas Specialty paper so it is a little bit thinner/lighter weight than your typically designer paper.  Which means it is perfect for crumpling up and then smoothing back out again.  It adds texture and looks great on your vintage style cards!

PS – did you see, I’ve started adding measurements for my cards at the end of my blog posts?  Makes it easy to recreate at home!

Then I made the sentiment the focal point and used my Layering Squares dies to really help it pop out!  But just to add the touch of love, I stamped the heart from the same stamp set in Cherry Cobbler and hand cut it out.  It is small, so it trims out in no time!  Sponge the edge of the Vanilla square sentiment to keep up the vintage feel and glue together for easy peasy done!

BONUS – The Stitched with Cheer stamp set is on sale with the Online Extravaganza too!  Save 10% off the stamp set this week Smile   Check it out here

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Project Measurements

  • Very Vanilla cardbase – 4 ¼” x 11”, score at 5 ½”
  • This Christmas specialty designer paper
    • Music notes paper – 1 ½” x 4 ¼”
    • Red designer paper – 1” x 4 ½”
  • Garden Green cardstock – ½” x 4 ¼”
  • Cherry Cobbler – 2 ¼” x 2 ¼” (die cut with layering squares framelit)
  • Very Vanilla cardstock – 1 ¾” x 1 ¾” (die cut with layering squares framelit), scrap for little stamped and cut out heart

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