Create Gift Boxes Using Window Box Thinlits Dies

Create Gift Boxes

Create Gift Boxes with the WIndow Box Thinlits Dies.and personalize them for the person that you are gifting. There is a reason behind the name..

If you look closely at the die cuts, there are 3 thinlits that you can use to create peekaboo windows in the sides of the box.  Before putting the box together, select paper that you can slide behind the cutouts.  For this box, I used the silver glimmer paper to give some sparkle. I used the thinlits with the circle cutouts and placed it in every other side.

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There are various ways to decorate the top of the box.  Here, I did a flower in Mint Macaron with a Peekaboo Peach center.  Create the flower using the Festive Flower Punch.  Punch out 15 large petals, 12 smaller petals and 4 center flowers  from Mint Macaron.

I spray some rubbing alcohol on the petals to distress them a bit. Before attaching the petals, use a rounded tool to lift the petals.  Attach the petals in layers and overlap each layer. For the flower center, cut a strip of Peekaboo Peach cardstock at 11″ x 3/4″.  Use the Fringe Scissors and fringe along the length of the paper.  .  Attach a strip of Tear and Tape Adhesive and start rolling the strip.

I found it easier to have the adhesive on the outside as you roll and remove the tape backing as you progress.

Last but not least, punch a sentiment from the stamp set, die cut with a framelit.  String a piece of Whisper White Baker’s Twine through the hole and tie around the Metallic ribbon.


Stamps: Window Shopping.

Ink/Markers: Sweet Sugarplum.

Paper: Sweet Sugarplum, Mint Macaron, Peekaboo Peach, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer Paper.

Accessories: Big Shot, Window Box Thinlit Dies, 3/8” Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack (Silver), White Baker’s Twine, Festive Flower Punch, Fringe Scissors.

You can purchase the Window Shopping stamp set and the matching Window Box Thinlit Dies as a bundle and save 10%.  Check it out HERE!

You, too can create gift boxes for your gifts.  Create a few to have on hand.

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Three 2017 Paper Crafting Trends That I See – Do You Have A Favorite

Three 2017 Paper Crafting Trends

As we begin the new year, what do you think will be the top 2017 Paper  Crafting Trends?

2017 Paper Crafting Trends

Going through the 2017 Occasions and Sale-a-bration catalogues, several products piqued my interest as trends.

Colouring continues to be a trend in 2017.  There are 2 new products in the  catalogues I am sure will be on your list. First, is the Watercolor Pencils.  Use the high quality pencils to watercolor stamped images or to create backgrounds.  The color will move around when you use either the Aqua Painter Brushes and/or the Blender Pens. The colors offered are in the current Stampin’ Up! colors.

The second product is the Inside The Lines Designer Series Paper, a Sale-a-Bration item.  The paper is printed in black and white with 2 sheets of 4 different designs.  You can earn the paper for FREE by having a $60.00CDN (shipping and taxes not included) order. Match the paper to any stamped image to create a WOW project.

The second trend are the whimsical flying creatures.   A new stamp set in the 2017 Occasions catalogue is the Dragonfly Dreams.  This is a two-step stamp set with matching dragonfly thinlits. There are people who believe that the dragon symbolizes transformation and mystic.   Here is a link to an article that you may peak your curiosity.  Dragonfly Symbolism

The bee is often seen as a symbol of tenacity.  Aerodynamically, the bee should not be flying.  But because they don’t know this, they fly anyway. Maybe we need to take an approach to life like the bee.

The third trend is Succulents. Actually i didn’t even know that Succulents are a trend until I saw that new Occasions Catalogue.  The Oh So Succulent stamp set and matching framelits lend themselves to many different projects….scrapbook pages, cards and 3-D items.

Three reasons that Succulents are trendy:

  1. People are living in smaller spaces and don’t have room for large gardens.  Succulents can live inside or outside.
  2. It is easy to care for Succulents.  They do not require tons of water, they are fire-resistant and can act as a fire retardant in areas that are susceptible to wildfires.
  3. Succulents come in many colours, not just green and they do produce vibrant flowers.  So, what is not to love about succulents.

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These are my three 2017 paper crafting trends, what are your 3 top trends for 2017.  Leave me a.comment.  I would love to hear or see your ideas.



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Birthday Blast Greeting Card – Have Fun On Your Day

Birthday Blast Greeting Card

Create a Birthday Blast Greeting Card with the Birthday Blast stamp set and matching thinlits, Star Blast Edgelits Dies.  Even better, bundle them up and receive 10% of the total purchase price.

However, birthday cards are not the only cards that you can create using this stamp set.  Use it for graduations, awards, and even engagements. All you have to do is change up the paper and ink colors.

To create this card, I used a combination of Night of Navy and Watermelon Wonder cardstock and cut the star blast edgelit die from Vellum. Do not attach the Vellum to the stamped and embossed image so that the vellum appears to be floating..

Birthday Bash Greeting Card


Birthday Blast Greeting Card


Stamps: Birthday Blast.

Ink/Markers: VersaMark.

Paper: Night of Navy, Watermelon Wonder, Affectionately Yours DSP.

Accessories: Big Shot, Star Blast Edgelits Dies, Copper Embossing Powder, Watermelon 5/8” Striped Ribbon.

See another card using the Heat Embossing Technique and Vellum Cardstock.  Click on the LINK.

The Affectionately Yours DSP package contains two  specialty sheets that are embossed with copper.  The DSP on this card is from this package.  I love the bright colours of the flowers.  This paper says celebrations to me.

If you are looking for a fun birthday card, the Birthday Blast stamp set and matching framelits certainly will help your quest to create a fun birthday card.

If you require supplies to create this project, order from my ONLINE STORE.


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Create Cards With The New Succulent Stamp Set

The New Succulent Stamp Set

If you love succulents in your garden, you can now create a card using the new Succulent Stamp Set.  Oh So Succulent is the stamp set’s name and there are matching framelits.  Oh so lucky.

This stamp set is also a 2-step stamp set.  I will record a video and upload to this blog which shows you how to line up the stamps.


Stampin’ Up! Annual Sale-a-Bration has started and will continue through to March 31, 2017. Sale-a-Bration is Stampin’ Up!’s biggest sale of the year.  With this promotion, if you spend $60 CDN, you can choose a FREE gift from the Sale-a-Bration brochure.  There is something to please everyone…stamps, paper, embellishments.

Check out  the products that are available HERE.  You won’t be disappointed.  You can also view all the products and order them from the 2017 Occasions Catalogue. For every $60.00 CDN you order, you will receive 1 Free item….order $60 – get 1 Free product, order $120. and get 2 Free products, etc.

Succulent Stamp Set

Succulent Stamp Se


Stamps: Oh So Succulent.

Ink/Markers: Sweet Sugar Plum, Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush, Wild Wasabi, Mint Macaron, Crumb Cake.

Paper: Thick Whisper White, Whisper White, Cucumber Crush, Crumb Cake, Affectionately Yours DSP.

Accessories: Big Shot, Boho Chic Textured Impression Embossing Folder, Succulent Framelits Dies, Banner Triple Punch, White Tea Lace Doilies, Rhinestone Jewels, Thick Whisper White Baker’s Twine.

The 2 Sweet Sugar Plus flowers are stamped full strength for the outline and the solid stamp is stamped off once.  The same method was used for the remaining flowers and greenery. For added interest, the piece of DSP is attached to 1/2 Tea Lace White Doily and off set on the embossed Cucumber Crush pane.

What colour combinations can you come up with to create your succulent card using the new succulent stamp set.

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Stamp Emboss Technique Creates a Unique Card

Stamp Emboss Technique

Have you ever tried the stamp emboss technique?  This technique has become popular over the past year.  I have tried several time to use this technique but have not been happy with the outcome.  This time, the embossed card stock turned out exactly how I envisioned the process.  There is a bit of a learning curve, so I guess practice makes perfect.

First, I will show you the card and then explain how to do this technique.

Stamp Emboss Technique


Stamps: Guy Greetings, Lovely as a Tree, Banners for You.

Ink/Markers: Tuxedo Black Memento, Garden Green, Soft Suede.

Paper: Very Vanilla, Going Places DSP Stack

Accessories: Big Shot, Woodland Embossing Folder, Bunch of Banners Framelits, Neutral Candy Dots.

The “How To”

The first step is to decide where you want your image to land on the cardstock after it has been embossed.  A few things to remember: before stamping the image on your embossing folder , decide if you want the embossed side or the debossed side to hold the image.  Because, I wanted the birch trees to stand out, I stamped the embossed side of the embossing folder.

***TIP:  The words ” Stampin’ Up!” on the embossing folder indicate that this will be the side to stamp your image.

Stamp the car image from the Guy Greetings stamp set using the Tuxedo Black ink on a post it note, ink the stamp again and stamp on the Woodlands Embossing Folder.

***TIP: Remember that the image will be reversed when you run the Embossing Folder through the Big Shot.  For example if you stamp on the right side of the embossing folder, your image will end up on the left side of your cardstock.

Cut out the car image that is stamped on the Post-It-Note, because it will be used as a mask. Lay on top of the stamped car image.  Now, stamp the Evergreen Tree from the Lovely as a Tree stamp set using Garden Green ink. This technique makes the trees from part of the background to the birch trees.

There , that is what the Stamp Emboss Technique is about.  This can be used a different stamps and embossing folders depending upon the look you are wanting on your card.


Now, layer your panel: card base, DSP, and art panel.  Before adding the art panel, I did sponge a bit of the soft suede ink on the birch trees and around the Very Vanilla panel.

Stamp your sentiment on a piece of Very Vanilla, using the sentiments of your choice from the Thoughtful Banners stamp set and die cut using the Bunch of Banners Framelits. Sponge the sentiment banners using Crumb Cake ink.

Give the Stamp Emboss Technique a try and let me know how you made out.  I would love it if you left a comment.

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Beautiful Hot Air Balloon Birthday Cards – Create Your Own

Beautiful Hot Air Balloon Birthday Cards

How does a beautiful hot air balloon floating in the sky make you feel?  Do you feel happy, exhilarated, excited?  Do you wish that you could take a trip in one?

Well, now if you can’t fly in one, you can create a card with the new Lift  Me Up stamp set and matching framelits.  Yes, the 2017 Occasions catalogue will be live on January 4, 2017.  When the catalogue is love, then, Sale-a-bration, Stampin’ Up!’s biggest sale event of the year goes live also.

Hot Air Balloon Birthday Cards

Hot Air Balloon Birthday Cards


Stamps: Lift Me Up, Labeler Alphabet.

Ink/Markers: Watermelon Wonder, VersaMark.

Paper: Smoky Slate, Watermelon Wonder, Calypso Coral, Pumpkin Pie, Night of Navy, Mint Macaron, Whisper White, Early Espresso, Peekaboo Peach, Carried Away Designer Series Paper,

Accessories: Big Shot, Up & Away Thinlits Dies, Outdoor Adventure Framelits, White Embossing Powder.

Bronwyn at Addinktive Designs inspired me with her card..  I believe that she is the Queen of the Double Z-fold card. There is several reasons why I like this style of card: there is a large surface to work on providing you with room to create, you can tell a story with this style,

This is the card that I created for my 10 year old Granddaughter for her birthday.  Her reaction was “WOW”.  Did you make this card?  So, I am taking that as a compliment.

The Outdoor Adventures Framelit Dies and the Carried Away Designer Series Paper are great to use as a background for the hot air balloons.  The Carried Away Designer Series Paper is FREE when you purchase $60.00 worth of product.  Yes, it’s in the Sale-a-bration catalogue.

Two framelits in the Up & Away Thinlit Dies set, make it possible to place different colours of cardstock behind the balloon.   Add a couple of clouds and you have a great hot air balloon birthday card.  What’s even better is you can personalize the card with the Labeler Alphabet stamp set.

Have fun and create you own Hot Air Balloon Birthday Cards.  I would love to hear from you, please leave a comment in the comment section.

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Christmas Songs Help Create Great Christmas Cards

Christmas Songs Are Inspiration To Create Christmas Cards

Have you ever used Christmas songs as inspiration to create Christmas cards? Often you will find snippets of words that are part of a song such as the “Tidings of Comfort and Joy”.  These words are part of the Christmas song, “God, Rest You Merry Gentlemen”.  I have seen stamps that use “Silent Night”, “Joy to the World”, “Star of Wonder, Star of Night”, and the list can go on.  These song titles are a great jumping off point when you have a creative fog.

Of course, these cards can be simple of elegant as the sayings can stand on their own.  The card I created is simple and yet elegant, because I want the saying to be the focal point.

Christmas Songs


Stamps: Christmas Pines, Holly Jolly Greetings.

Ink/Markers: Emerald Envy, Real Red, VersaMark Whisper White Craft.

Paper: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla,  Vellum, Gold Foil.

Accessories: Big Shot, Lucky Stars Embossing Folder, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Layering Circle Framelits, Gold Embossing Powder, Gold 5/8” Satin Ribbon.

A Few Details

To provide texture, emboss the Vellum cardstock with the Lucky Stars Embossing Folder. Add more interest by stamping the snowflake stamp from the Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set inked with Whisper White Craft ink.

To adhere the Vellum cardstock to the Soft Suede panel, position glue dots in inconspicuous places such as behind the stamped or embossed images. A good place for the glue dots is behind the stamped circle panel.

The Holly and Berries image adds a touch of colour.  Markers are great when you want to add multiple colours to one stamp.  Colour the holly leaves image with Emerald Envy and the berries with Real Red.  Don’t forget to “huff” on your stamp before you stamp the image on the cardstock. This technique keeps the ink on the stamp moist.

Add the Gold Satin Ribbon to provide the touch of elegance.

Have you used words from Christmas Songs as inspiration for your cards?  Leave a comment to let me know.  If you have a question, about this card or any others on my blog, please leave a comment and I will answer you.

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New 2017 Occasions Catalogue Packed With New Products

The new 2017 Occasions Catalogue is coming soon!.

The new 2017 Occasions catalogue is on the horizon, excitement in in the air. New products appear on every page and the creative mind starts working.

The best part is that Sale-a-Bration is also coming.

So, I decided to take a break from creating Christmas cards and create a birthday card with one of the new product suites. All the products in the Party Animal Suite coordinate and that is the main feature that I like about Stampin’ Up!.

This Birthday Card is for my Granddaughter’s 10th birthday.  December is heavy on birthdays, so I will be creating a few.

2017 New Occasions Catalogue

New 2017 Occasions Catalogue


Stamps: Balloon Adventures.

Ink/Markers: Emerald Envy, Pacific Point, Crushed Curry.

Paper: Whisper White, Pacific Point, Emerald Envy, Party Animal Designer Series Paper.

Accessories: Big Shot, Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits, Emerald Envy 1/8” Taffeta Ribbon, Party Animal Embellishments.

The Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Dies feature a Tag Topper and a stand that you can use on a gift. Sweet!  The other element I like about the thinlit set is the ability to use the pop-up die as an element on the card front.  You don’t have to use it as a pop-up inside the card.  The other thinlits allow your imagine to soar as you mix and match the stamp set and dies.

Three Christmas Mice

Before, I close, I want to remind you of Good-bye 2016 and Hello Sale that is currently happening. This sale has lots of retiring products from the 2016 Holiday Catalogue as well as items from the Clearance Rack.

Click on this link to go the by ONLINE Store to see the items on the sale.  If you live in Canada, you can place an order from me.

You can start to order from the 2017 new occasions catalogue on January 4, 2017.  That’s not too far away.

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Watercoloring a Singing Merry Mouse – Create a Christmas Card

Watercoloring a Singing Merry Mouse For Christmas

Create a cute Christmas Card by watercoloring a singing Merry Mouse. This  watercoloring method is easy to create, but a little messy.   You can use this technique for card backgrounds and no two backgrounds will turn out the same.

I fell in love with this stamp set from the 2017 Holiday Catalogue.  There are 3 different images depicting these adorable mice.  Not that I am a huge fan of live mice. This stamp is part of the Good-bye 2016, Hello Sale.  Click the link to my ONLINE STORE

watercoloring a singing merry mouse


Stamps: Merry Mice.

Ink/Markers: Black StazOn, Real Red, Marina Mist, Pear Pizzazz.

Paper: Shimmery White, Real Red, Smoky Slate.

Accessories: Big Shot, Holly Textured Impression Embossing Folder, Watercolor Pencils, Blender Pens, Red Ribbon, Metallics Sequin Assortment, Clear Block F, Spritzer.

How to Create the Watercolor  Background

  • Choose your ink colors, and cardstock.  I prefer to use watercolor paper or Shimmery White cardstock.  I have used Whisper White cardstock, but it will pill if you add too much ink and water.
  • Use one of your Clear Blocks to stamp the watercolor on the cardstock.  The size of your block will depend on the size of your paper and the look you want to achieve.
  • Use an Aqua Painter and ink or a marker and color on the clear block.  This background has 2 colors.  The Marina Mist is on the top portion and the Pear Pizzazz ink on the bottom.  Try not to mix the colors too much.
  • Spritz the block with water using a spritzer.  I found that the easiest way to transfer the ink to the cardstock, is to leave the inked block on your work surface and lay your cardstock on the block.  Gently press the cardstock into the ink and remove quickly.
  • You will be surprised at the outcome.  This type of watercoloring is not meant to be neat and tidy.  There could be blotches which adds to the uniqueness.
  • Dry naturally or use your Heat tool.  Once the ink is dry, stamp your image using StazOn ink.


Stamp another image on Shimmery White card and color with the new Watercolor Pencil Crayons (available January 4th, 2017). Fussy cut this image and layer on top of the original image with dimensionals.  The will cause the image to be raised and give a 3-D appearance.

Add a few embellishments from the Metallics Sequin Assortment to add some pizzaz.

Now it’s your turn to create a Christmas card by watercoloring a singing Merry Mouse.

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Three Christmas Mice Deck the Halls – Create a Christmas Card

Three Christmas Mice Deck The Halls

Why not have three Christmas Mice Deck the halls?  These cute little mice can hardly wait to decorate for Christmas.  You can join in the fun and check out the Year-End Closeout Sale.  Here’s a hint…the Merry Mice stamp set is on the list and many more stamp sets are on the list.

Three Christmas Mice

Before I give you the details on the Goodbye Sale, I want to give you details on the card.  I used a new product from the 2017 Occasions catalogue on this card.  Can you guess which one is the new product?

Three Christmas Mice


Stamps: Merry Mice.

Ink/Markers: Black StazOn, Real Red, Smoky Slate.

Paper: Whisper White, Smoky Slate, Real Red.

Accessories: Big Shot, Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impression Embossing Folder, Watercolor Pencils, Blender Pens.

The Watercolor Pencils will be available for order on January 4, 2017

This card is watercoloured using the new Watercolor Pencils in the 2017 Occasions Catalogue. They are great to use and you can use them with your Blender Pens which have seen very little use lately.

The one thing to remember is use StazOn ink when stamping the images because this ink will not smear when you use water with it.  Yes, you will need to clean your stamps right away and if your stamps are photopolymer, you cannot use the StazOn Cleaner.  Another reason to clean the stamps right away.And yes, the ink will stain the stamps, however, it will not affect the stamped images.

Ok, here is the deal with the 2016 Close Out Sale

• Sale runs December 2s, 2016t to January 3, 2017.
• All products and the discounts can be found on my ONLINE STORE.
• Add year-end closeout items to all types of orders.
• Clearance Rack items are available while supplies last.
 At the end of the sale, some products may remain on the Clearance Rack.
•Any inventory items will discounted through January 3, beginning
January 4, they will be available at the regular price.

Retiring Holiday Items

  • •Rules for  Retiring products:
    • Retiring stamp sets will be available until December 21.
    After that day, they will be only available while supplies last.
            • Retiring accessories will be available while supplies last.
     Retiring items will only be available while supplies last.

    • After January 3rd, 2017, retiring items will be unavailable.
    • The lists will be updated Monday through Friday at 4:00 PM (MT).

• Year-End Closeouts are eligible for Stampin’ Rewards with qualifying orders.
• New demonstrators may add Year-End Closeouts items to their Starter Kit.
• Items and discounts may vary by market depending on inventory levels.

Note: You will notice that the bundles are on the discontinued list and yet, some of the stamps and die cuts may be carried over seperately.  Bundles are only available in the current catalogue and will not be carried out.

Create this cute card with the three Christmas Mice decking the halls.

Hurry to the ONLINE STORE before items are sold-out.

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