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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Project Measurements:

  • 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!

>>>Reserve your Product Sampler here<<<

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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!

2016 Holiday Catalog cover

2016 Holiday Catalog PDF

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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Note of Thanks with the Detailed Floral Thinlit die

I’m back!  My family finally did what you are supposed to do during Summer Vacation and took an actual vacation!  We took the kiddos on a “Grandma Tour” to visit each of their Great-Grandparents around the US, which meant we traveled to Spokane, WA… Phoenix, AZ… and Kansas City (well Olathe), KS.  It was lots of traveling but lots of great time with family.  Though remind me next time, not to plan a trip to Arizona and the midwest during the height of summer!  It was crazy hot, which we are not used to here in the Pacific Northwest. Smile

During the trip, and now, I’ve been heads down in planning for my big Stampin’ Up demonstrator regional event (the Northwest Stamp & Share) and focused on new Holiday Catalog product that is coming soon!  But while I’m finishing punching tags and prepping table decorations, I wanted to pop back on here and share a project using one of the new thinlits from the Annual Catalog that came out in June – the Detailed Floral Bundle

This is a fun, flip front card using the new dies.  I love how lacy and beautiful they are but I was struggling with them showing the words on the “inside” of the card when it was closed.  That’s one of those things that looks cute when other people do it, but when I try it never seems to look right?  Ever have that happen to you?  So I came up with the idea to cut a solid piece of cardstock that was just a little bit longer than my front flap and layer that inside.  Turned out cute, huh?

Then on the inside I used the new Floral Phrases stamp set to create my inside sentiment.  I just stamped the flower twice using Flirty Flamingo ink to frame my words.  Easy peasy!

Then just add some pieces of the coordinating washi tape in the upper corner and add a rhinestone to finish it off.  The ribbon was glued to the back of the card so it wouldn’t fall off and helps keep the card closed.

Measurements for the card:

  • Card Base (Sahara Sand) – 4 1/4” x 11”, score at 5 1/2”
    position the larger floral die so that it is evenly spaced from the score line and two sides
  • Night of Navy floral background – 4 1/4” x 4”  (you’ll cut off the top using the edgelit included in the Detailed Floral dies approx 1/4” longer than your front flap.)
  • Night of Navy inside piece – 3 3/4” x 5”
  • Whisper White inside piece – 3 5/8” x 4 7/8”

And if you want to see how to use this new details thinlit – and YES you will want to use the Precision Plate AND the Big Shot die brush, here is a video on it Smile

REMINDER – Thoughtful Branches Class by Mail is happening now!

Just a reminder, you still can purchase this class by mail, project tutorial, or order the bundle and get the class kit for free!  Check out all the details HERE.

Ok, back to prepping for the event!  Enjoy and I’ll be back with more soon!

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Fun with the Thoughtful Branches Framelits for the ICS Blog Hop!

12711055_10153896754563048_5322321900990997775_oIt’s been a while, but I’m finally back to blog hopping with the Inspire, Create, & Share team!  Its been a busy last couple months but I’ve been so inspired by the Thoughtful Branches bundle that just came out yesterday, that I had to get off my duff and participate! This month everyone is showcasing framelits and after playing and seeing the possibilities, I’m loving these!

ps-  this bundle is only available through August 31st or while supplies last!  So make sure you get your copy ordered sooner rather than later!

I shared some samples that I made for my Thoughtful Branches class by mail in my last blog post, but I wanted to give you another idea with some up-close details and tips!  Check it out:

Thoughtful Branches Hydrangea Card in Silver

See?  Those pretty shapes that are great for tree leaves, turn into a fabulous topper for a flower – hydrangea, right?  I’ll admit, I know about 3 flower names… maybe I should just call this pretty flufferpuff!  😉  Ha ha ha… or maybe one of you can correct me and let me know the right name.

Anyway, you can stamp the flowers in Perfect Plum ink onto Wisteria Wonder cardstock and use the coordinating die to cut them out.  IT IS EASIER THAN IT SEEMS!  I was totally intimidated by the idea of lining up the flowers, but thanks to the “shark fin” on both the die and the stamp, it isn’t too bad.
Thoughtful Branches Hydrangea Card in Silver side view

Then add the stem and leaves (from the same die set, of course) and keep the rest of your card simple and neutral to let the flower make the statement,

I chose to stick to the silver family with a little piece of silver foil on the left, Smoky Slate cardstock for the base and ink, and some of the new Smoky Slate stitched ribbon.
Thoughtful Branches Hydrangea Card in Silver nt
Easy peasy sweetie!

I hope you liked this idea for the Thoughtful Branches bundle…. like I said, don’t wait until the last minute to get yours, just in case it sells out before the month is up!

Next up, get even more ideas for your framelits with another cool idea from Deb Naylor and the rest of the ICS crew.  There are 10 of us hopping this month, so lots of fun ideas to check out!


I have the details on this bundle at the bottom of the post so you can see why I love it so!

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Sneak Peek of the Thoughtful Branches Class by Mail!

I’ve been playing a lot with my Thoughtful Branches bundle that I order last month… see, it always takes something sitting on my shelf for at least 2 or 3 weeks before I seem to percolate enough to start busting it out and getting it inky.  Know the feeling? 

Well, I’m lucky that I got my groove on because this fabulous set is only available for about 4 weeks!  Yep, that is right!  The stamp set and dies just came out yesterday as a limited time offer and are only available while supplies last or August 31st, whichever comes first.  So, I’m getting my playing done while I can still show you how fun it is AND then you can still pick up your own copy…. ‘cause you know you are going to want to play with it too! Smile 

To help get you some inspiration and to make it easier to get started playing once you get your own set, I created this fun class by mail just for you!  I wanted to show how versatile the stamp set is and give you the supplies to get going.  So for this month, I’m GIVING YOU the class kit for FREE when you purchase the bundle from me! 

Say what?!?

Yep, that is right!  Get the supplies to make 8 of these cards for FREE!  Or purchase the class kit or instructions if you already have your bundle.  Here is the scoop:

Thoughtful Branches Class by Mail

The class kit includes all the precut paper and embellishments to make 8 cards (2 each of 4 designs), plus envelopes and full color PDF tutorial set emailed to you.  You can get yours one of three ways:

  • GET IT FREE! – order the bundle from me and I’ll include the class kit for FREE!  You just pay the shipping to get it to you. Smile  Bundle price with class kit shipping – $69
  • Just need the kit supplies?  No problem!  Get just the class kit for only $25 and get the supplies and instructions for all 8 cards
  • Or pick up the PDF instructions for $6.95 

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Note – class kits will be mailed the week of 8/15.  PDF instructions will be emailed out mid-week of the first week of August.

Get even more ideas!  Check back later (around 6pm PT on Wednesday), as I’ll be participating in a fun Blog Hop all about framelits and I have a bonus card using this Thoughtful Branches bundle to share with you!

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