Bundling Stamp Sets With Thinlits

Bundling Stamp Sets

Why is bundling stamp sets such a good idea?  First, let me explain how bundling works.

Stampin’ Up! started to bundles products a few catalogues ago and they are a hit with stampers. In this year’s Annual Catalogue, there are 23 different bundles.  Bundles come with clear and wood mounted stamps or photopolymer stamps with framelits, thinlits, punches or Textured Impressions Embossing Folders.    No matter which bundled set you choose, you will be thrilled with your purchase, as the bundles are discounted 10%.  In this case, the sum of the parts is more than the whole.

Today, I am showcasing the Floral Phrases stamp set and the Detailed Floral Thinlits Dies.

Bundling stamp sets


Stamps: Floral Phrases, Rose Wonder.

Ink/Markers: Delightful Dijon, Night of Navy.

Paper: Whisper White Thick, Whisper White, Night of Navy, Delightful Dijon, Floral Boutique DSP.

Accessories: Big Shot, Detailed Floral Thinlits, Rose Garden Thinlits, Night of Navy Solid Baker’s Twine, Pearl Jewel.

Stamping a mirror image adds variety to a card.  To do this technique, stamp the image in one direction, reverse the stamp and stamp the image again.  This is possible with this stamp because it is symmetrical, that is, the image is the same on both sides.

The smaller thinlit is die cut from Night of Navy and the border is created using the smallest thinlit at the curvy end.  To continue the design, leave a space between the two thinlits.

The Floral Phrases stamp set is very versatile.  THere are numerous sentiments to choose for the card front and coordinating verses for the card’s inside.

Check out the other bundles on my ONLINE store.  You will not be disappointed with the bundling stamp sets.

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Thoughtful Branches Bonus Points

Thoughtful Branches And Bonus Points

What are the Thoughtful Branches?  This is a stamp set and matching framelits that you will be able to purchase during the month of August.

And, the best part is that during July you can earn Bonus Points.  Between August 2nd and 31st, you can redeem your coupons on any order.

Bonus Points

THoughtful Branches

Earning Bonus Points is as easy as 1, 2, 3.

During the month of July, order a minimum of $60.00 and you will earn a $6.00 coupon.  Orders with increments of $60.00 will earn multiple bonus points.  For example, if your order is $120.00, you will receive 2 – $6.00 coupons.

You must follow these instructions to redeem your coupons in August.

  •  Bonus Days coupon codes will be delivered to participants via email.  Therefore, you must have an email address on file.
  • I strongly recommend that participants save the emails containing their Bonus Days coupon codes.
  • Write down the coupon codes in a safe place—the codes cannot be resent if the participant loses the email.  Demonstrator Support cannot recover lost codes.
  • Participants will receive a $6 CAD Bonus Days coupon code via email for every $60 CAD they spend in a single order (catalog price before shipping and tax). There is no limit to the number of coupons participants can receive per order or throughout the duration of the promotion. There is no limit on the number of coupons participants can use on an order during redemption.

Bonus Days coupons codes can be used in the checkout process during the redemption period.

All order types qualify for this promotion, for example, workshop orders, customer orders, online orders, in person,  phone order, and/or email..

Bonus Days coupon codes are redeemable for any product, except Starter Kits and Paper Pumpkin subscriptions.

And, yes, the Thoughtful Branches stamp and framelits are eligible for Bonus Coupons.

Thoughtful Branches

Thoughtful Branches

Thoughtful Branches

Dates to Remember

  • Promotion period: July 7–31, 2016
  • Promotion Deadlines:
    • PHONE/FAX/MAIL: July 29, 2016 by 6:50 PM (MT)
    • OEX/ONLINE: July 31, 2016 by 11:50 PM (MT)
  • Redemption period: August 2–31, 2016
  • Redemption Deadlines:
    • PHONE/FAX/MAIL: August 31, 2016 by 6:50 PM (MT)
    • OEX/ONLINE: August 31, 2016 by 11:50 PM (MT)

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3 Ways to Make Money

3 Ways to Make Money With Your Stamping Business

There are at least 3 ways that you can make money with your stamping business.  And, who doesn’t like to make money.   If stamping and/or scrapbooking is your passion, then why not share your passion with others.  To start down the path of becoming a stamping business owner, the first thing you need to do is JOIN MY TEAM.

ways to make money

3 Ways to Earn Money

Product Sales

If you are a crafter, or you know others who have a passion for creating with paper, ink and stamps.  You and they will need products to create various projects.

When a customer orders from you, you earn instant income.  The amount that you can earn depends on the total amount ordered by your customer(s), your title and whether you exceed the minimum sales volume.

Stampin’ Up! has a variety of products to appeal your paper crafting customers.  Moving through the various title levels will see your commissions increase substantially.  Of course, there are requirements to get from one level to the next level.If you are committed to your business, you will have no difficulty in progressing.


Recruitment does not need to be difficult. Again, you need to be committed to the process. Recruiting others who have a passion for paper crafting and want to run their own business makes the recruitment process a little easier.  All you have to do is ask and have a conversation with them to explain how the business can help them. Listening to what they are saying is another way to understand their needs and presenting solutions to them.

Recruitmentment and building your team is another way to progress through the title levels and earn money.  You will earn a percentage based on their volume of sales. And as your team progress through their title levels and recruit others, you can also progress in your title levels.

Offering Classes

Offering classes to your customers is another way to earn money.  These classes can focus on products, techniques, and/or themes.  For example, you can have a Big Shot class.  Most paper crafters love using the Big Shot and the accessories like dies and framelits.

Remember you are an expert in the field of paper crafting, have passion for your business and get satisfaction from sharing, your customers will be very interested in your classes.

For more information about owning your own stamping business and earning money, click here to email me.


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Lacy Floral Thinlits Gatefold Card

Lacy Floral Thinlits Gatefold Card

The lacy Floral Thinlits are pretty on any type of card. Try overlaying them on other card stock can form the card base.

For the “Comfort & Healing” card, the thinlits are used to create a gatefold card opening.Lacy Floral Thinlits

Lacy Floral Thinlits


Stamps: Floral Phrases.

Ink/Markers: Watermelon Wonder, Night of Navy.

Paper: Whisper White Thick, Whisper White, Night of Navy, Watermelon Wonder, Floral Boutique DSP.

Accessories: Big Shot, Detailed Floral Thinlits, 1-3/4” Circle Punch, 2” Circle Punch, Banner Triple Punch,  Solid Night of Navy Baker’s Twine, 5/8” Watermelon Wonder Mini Striped Ribbon.

It is best to create the inside of the card prior to die cutting with the Big Shot.  In this way, the placement of the score lines will be easier.


Create the standard sized card for the inside.  The bottom panel is 4-1/8″ x 5-1/2″, the middle panel is 5-1/4″” x 4″ and finally, the top panel is 3-3/4″ x 5″.  Use the inside largest panel to determine the score lines.

To create the card base, the Night of Navy is cut at 4-1/4″ X 11″.  Before using the die, calculate where to place the score lines and the framelits.

The largest framelit and the border framelit are aligned at the right end of the card stock and the smaller framelit and the border framelit at the other end. Lay the inside of the card between the 2 framelits.  You will be able to see if you need to make any adjustments.  There needs to be a 1/4″ border between the back of the card base and where the thinlits lies. Use the border framelits to assist in the placement of the detailed framelits.

Mark and score the fold lines on the card base.  You can now die cut using the Big Shot and the framelits.  The card will close off-centered.

There is not a proper closer, so you need to create one.  Punch a coloured circle using the 2″ Circle punch, stamp the sentiment on a piece of whisper white and punch using the 1-3/4″ Circle Punch. Layer the 2 circles and punch a small hole with the 1/8″ Handheld Circle Punch.

Adhere the closer to the left hand side and thread the Solid Night of Navy Baker’s Twine through a space.  The circle will be enough to hold the other side in place.

Can you think of other ways that the lacy Floral Thinlits can be used?


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Picture Perfect Stamp Set

Picture Perfect Stamp Set

It was fabulous to see the Picture Perfect stamp set in Stampin’ Up!’s 2016/17 Annual Catalogue. The stamp set uses the 2 and 3 step stamping process which will create depth to your images.

One of the issues I deal with is: what does the intensity of the ink need to be for each layer. The rule of thumb that I use is:  the bolder the stamp, the lighter the colour.  So, now, you have to determine which is the bolder stamp.  It usually is the one with less design on the stamp or more solid areas.

To make it easy to line up the  stamps on top of each other, the Perfect Picture stamp set is clear.

Picture Perfect Stamp Set


Stamps: Picture Perfect, Flourishing Phrases, Birthday Blooms.

Ink/Markers: Watermelon Wonder, Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, Soft Suede, Mint Macaron, Crumb Cake, Emerald Envy, VersaMark.

Paper: Whisper White Thick, Whisper White, Watermelon Wonder, Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach.

Accessories: Copper Embossing Powder, Flirty Flamingo 3/8” Ruched Ribbon.

Images are numbered 1, 2, and 3.  Therefore, you can determine the bolder image. The rose solid image is stamped in Watermelon Wonder, #2 stamp in Flirty Flamingo and #3 stamp in Peekaboo Peach.

Of course, there is something different with the hummingbird. To give the humming bird an authentic look, use the #4 stamp to give him a throat,

Before layering the humming bird on the card front, the flourish is stamped in VersaMark and embossed with the new Copper Embossing Powder.

Do you like to use stamps that provide depth to images.  Leave me a comment and let me know if you have used the Picture Perfect stamp set.

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Rose Stained Glass Birthday Card

Rose Stained Glass

Did you know that you can create a rose stained glass birthday card using the Rose Garden Thinlits?  And guess what, it is not as hard as I thought it would be.  There are several steps in the process. However, I will let you know about easy techniques to get the right colours in the right places.

I was reluctant to try this technique as attaching the many small pieces seemed daunting.  But I like the effect and I’m sorry that I didn’t try it sooner.

Rose stained glass


Stamps: Rose Wonder.

Ink/Markers: Rich Razzleberry.

Paper: Whisper White Thick, Whisper White, Basic Black, Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugarplum, Always Avocado, Wild Wasabi, Blushing Bride, Blooms and Bliss DSP, Silver Foil.

Accessories: Big Shot, Rose Garden Thinlits, Rich Razzleberry Cotton Ribbon, Wink of Stella Clear.

Here are the instructions for creating the stained glass.
  • Choose at least 3 coordinating colours for the rose.  I choose to work with Blushing Bride, Sweet Sugarplum and Rich Razzleberry.
  • Cut the rose from Basic Black Blushing Bride, Sweet Sugarplum and Rich Razzleberry.
  • Discard the little pieces from the Basic Black rose, so that you are left with the outline.
  • Try to preserve the roses cut from the coloured cardstock.  This will help with your placement of the different colours.
  • Attach the Basic Black rose outline to a scrap of Basic Black.  This will form the foundation for you coloured pieces. Cut around the outline.
  • Decide how you want to place the colours – dark to light or the other way around.  I started with the Rich Razzleberry.
  • Match the black spaces with the pieces cut in the various roses. Place glue on the blank spaces.  I used Multipurpose Liquid Glue and carefully dotted the glue on.  Only do a few at a time so the glue doesn’t dry before everything is down.
  • Carefully remove the coloured pieces using the paper piercer and place it in the matching basic black space.  Keep doing that until you have completed the rose.

In addition to the rose you just created, you now have enough pieces to complete 3 other roses just by changing up the placement of the colours.

Finally the leaves are completed using the same process and this time I used Always Artichoke and Wild Wasabi.

I will make a video of the process.  Sometimes pictures are better than words.

Try the Rose Stained Glass Technique for yourself and have fun. If you have questions, please leave me a comment and I will respond.

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Congratulations Greeting Card

Congratulations Greeting Card

Create a congratulations greeting card with Stampin’ Up! new stamp set and matching thinlits. This card is simple yet elegant and the Flourishing Phrases stamp set and the Flourish Thinlits make it so easy.

The stamp set is great as it has a multitude of sayings that you can put on the card front or inside the card. The die cuts are beautiful and when used on the card the results are very elegant.  The flourish can be stamped and/or die cut and combined with the flower and leaf die cuts.


Congratulations Greeting Card


Stamps: Flourishing Phrases.

Ink/Markers: Delightful Dijon, Cucumber Crush.

Paper: Whisper White Thick, Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush, Whisper White, Night of Navy, Crumb Cake, Affectionately Yours DSP.

Accessories: Big Shot, Flourish Thinlits, Jewel Pearls, 5/8” Burlap Ribbon.

To create the card, I layered the Night of Navy cardstock on a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock. The Night of Navy make the Watermelon and Cucumber filigree flowers pop. The unfortunate part of this stamp set is there is no matching framelit for the large flower image.  You need to fussy cut the flower or stamp it on a background layer.

The new 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon is a wonderful addition to the embellishment line.  Because it is narrower than the former Burlap Ribbon it does not overpower the card. You can use this ribbon in the same way that the retired product was used.

So, if you are looking for a simple and elegant flourishing congratulations card, then this stamp set and matching framelits are for you.

If you require products to create this card, visit my ONLINE store.  It’s always open.

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Perfect Canada Day Card

The Perfect Canada Day Card

My business coach challenged me to create the perfect Canada Day card.  The first stamp set that came to mind to create this card was the new Always An Adventure along the the matching Outdoor Adventure framelits.

It’s July 1st and Canadians are celebrating our country’s birthday.  This year Canada is 149 years old and in comparison with many countries around the world we are still babies.  Canada and Canadians are coming into their own and are recognized around the world by the Maple Leaf.   Apparently, Canadians use “EH” many times in our conversations.

This is a long weekend for most Canadians.  What a great way to celebrate by going on a camping trip and enjoying our beautiful country.  We have mountains, lakes, trees and of course the bears.  I couldn’t do an outdoorsy card without having a bear.

Perfect Canada Day Card


Stamps: Always An Adventure.

Ink/Markers: Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Pacific Point, Soft Suede, Real Red Basic Grey Archival, Cajun Craze (Regals Stampin; Write Markers), Always Artichoke, Pear Pizzazz.

Paper: Whisper White Thick, Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Always Artichoke, Real Red.

Accessories: Big Shot, Outdoor Adventures Framelits, Little Letters Thinlits, Little Numbers Thinlits.

Here’s a few details:

  1. The sky is sponged on Whisper White card stock using a dauber and Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie inks. The ground is sponged using Pear Pizzazz.
  2. The mountains are die cut using the mountain framelit in the Outdoor Adventures set.
  3. The trees, bear, tent and sign are die cut. The fire and lake are fussy cut. The fire stamp is coloured with the Cajun Craze and Soft Suede markers.
  4. The red maple leaf had to make its appearance on the card and the “EH?” adds to the humour of the card.

You can create this card using the same supplies for another occasion.  All you need to do is change the sentiment. Create this card for someone who likes to fish, camp or generally likes the outdoors.

This perfect Canada Day card was fun to create and is only an example of what can be done with this stamp set.  Leave me a comment and tell me what you like or not like about this card.

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Baby Girl Celebration

Baby Girl Celebration

A sweet baby girl coming into a family is so precious and is a real cause for celebration.  Baby Sophia made her entrance into a family who is filled with joy at her arrival.

Babies are a source of joy and this one is no exception.  She will have a big brother and 2 chocolate labs to watch over her.

I created this card using the new 2016/18 In Color – Sweet Sugarplum for the ink, cardstock and DSP.  The Blooms and Bliss DSP is so pretty and I will be able to use it for many cards, projects and even some scrapbooking.  This card also uses the new Sparkle embossing folder which can be used for many different themed cards.  The other new products used are the Whisper White Thick Baker’s Twine and the In Color Enamel Shapes.


Baby Girl


Stamps: Something for Baby, Perfect Pairs.

Ink/Markers: Sweet Sugarplum, Tip Top Taupe.

Paper: Whisper White Thick, Whisper White, Sweet Sugarplum, Blooms and Bliss DSP.

Accessories: Big Shot, Baby’s First Framelits, Lots of Labels Thinlits, Sparkle Embossing Folder, Thick Whisper White Baker’s Twine, 2016-2018 In Color Enamel Shapes, Neutrals Candy Dots.

I wanted to add some depth to the baby carriage and make it stand out from the embossed panel. To achieve this, I first stamped the carriage in Tip Top Taupe for the wheels and handle and then stamped another image using Sweet Sugarplum ink.  After die cutting with the carriage framelit, I trimmed the wheels and handle and added this piece of the previously stamped carriage using dimensionals.

Do you like to create cards with images that give the illusion of depth?  Leave me a comment an tell me how to add some depth to your cards.

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Dino Dinosaur Birthday Celebration

Dino Dinosaur

It’s a Dino dinosaur birthday celebration for an 8 year old. Most children go through a stage where they’re lives are filled with Dinosaurs and my Grandson is no exception.  In that regard he is much 20like his Dad.  I remember when his Dad was little, he knew every dinosaur name and if someone was to get it wrong, we sooned learned the right name.

One summer we did take the kids to Drumheller, Alberta. The City is knows as the Dinosaur Capital of the World.  This exhibition has grown over the years and and I am sure that it is even larger now.  If you ever have a chance to go to Drumheller, it is well worth the trip.

The Royal Tyrrell Museum houses many fossils and various exhibits with hands on experiences for all.  The tour of the exhibits takes your through the various stages of earth like the ice age, the history of the earth, the hall of the dinosaurs.  There is so much to see and do that one should allow at least 1 full day if not 2 days.

For more information on the Royal Tyrrell Museum, visit their Website.


Dino Dinosaur

Dino Dinosaur


Stamps: No Bones About It, Botanical Garden.

Ink/Markers: Smokey Slate, Garden Green, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, VersaMark.

Paper: Whisper White Thick, Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Garden Green, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Sky.

Accessories: Big Shot, Outdoor Adventure Framelits, Botanical Builder Framelits, Copper Embossing Powder.

Here are some highlights about this card:

  1. The mountains were die cut using Crumb Cake and Old Olive card stock and sponged to give some highlights.
  2. The hills against the mountains are done in Garden Green cardstock and free hand cut using the Paper Snips.
  3. The clouds were die cut in Whisper White and sponged in Smoky Slate.
  4. The dinosaur was stamped with VersaMark and heat embossed using the new Copper Embossing Powder.

The No Bones About It is a great stamp set for the younger crowd.  So, create a Dino Dinosaur to celebrate a birthday.

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