Great 2016 Projects – Don’t Miss Out

Great 2016 Projects

Receive great 2016 projects in your inbox each month of the year.  And, it will not cost you a thing to receive the supply lists and instructions for the projects.

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On June 1st, the 2016/17 Stampin’ Up! catalogue will be available to order the great products that go into the great projects.

All you have to do is sign up to the email list and you will automatically receive the newsletter. Simple right?  What are you waiting for?

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In return for your name and email address, I will send you a free gift.  This free gift is a video tutorial that you can follow along with and create a luminary.  Theses are great for summer on your patio or balcony.

Because you will likely make your luminary using paper, I suggest that you use one of the battery operated tea lights.  We know that fire and paper do not mix.

There is something magical about siting around  on a summer evening watching the flickering candle light.

Here are some other perks when you on my my email list:

  • Monthly newsletter with great projects as well as tips on how to use tools in a different way, techniques that you can try and answers to questions.
  • In addition to the free gift, you will be notified of any promotions that may be happening. These include mine as well as Stampin’ Up!
  • Mid-month email if I really need to let you know about something.
  • Class schedules are included.
  • From time to time you will receive extra special projects that will not be available anywhere else- not in a newsletter, not on my blog an/or not on my Facebook Page.

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Tropical Retro – Flamingo and Botanicals

Tropical Retro

Tropical retro is likely a theme that you have noticed in home decor and fashions.  This trend has even made its appearance in  the stamping world.

See what other themes are popular this year in this blog post.

This card is a sneak peek into what’s new in the 2016/17 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue.  Along with the new stamp, Pop of Paradise, I used 3 of the new 2016/18 In Colours: Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, and Emerald Envy.

tropical retro


Stamps: Pop of Paradise.

Ink/Markers: Emerald Envy, Flirty Flamingo, Cucumber Crush, Delightful Dijon, Peekaboo Peach, Basic Black, VersaMark.

Paper: Whisper White Thick, Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo, Delightful Dijon, Whisper White.

Accessories: Big Shot, Botanical Builder Framelits, Pearl Jewels, White Gel Pen, Clear Embossing Powder.

There are several images that are embossed with Clear Embossing Powder. So how did I emboss and get the appearance of coloured embossing?  Prior to stamping the images, the stamp was first loaded with VersaMark ink and then stamped in the colour that I wanted to use.

The VersaMark keeps the ink from drying too fast.  The image was sprinkled with Clear Embossing Powder and heated with the Heat Tool.  Like magic, the image came to life.

Word of Caution:  Make sure that you don’t ink the stamp with colour first and then load with VersaMark.  You will have a mess on your VersaMark stamp pad.

The Flamingo was fussy cut with the Paper Snips.  These scissors are great for cutting small areas.  If you don’t have a set of these scissors, you really need to have them.

The card base needed something, so I stamped the Pineapple from the Pop of Paradise set.  The images were stamped with VersaMark and heat embossed with Clear Embossing Powder.  This added some dimension to the card base.

After die cutting the flower with the Botanical Builders Framelits, the center and edges were sponged with Peekaboo Peach ink.

I know that you will enjoy the new catalogue and all it has to offer.  Be sure to check out the different tropical retro themes.

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Encouraging Words Lift Spirits

Encouraging Words

Encouraging words can have a positive influence on a person who is going through a rough time in their life.  I am sure that from time to time, you have given and/or received positive messages.

Words of encouragement can be cute, but they also can be very powerful. The words are more than motivation, they can be empowering.  We need to  recognize the person’s ability, point out their potential and then challenge them to do it.  Of course, the person has to be receptive to the challenge.  You can help them be receptive by praising instead of criticizing, acknowledge that they have the ability to meet the challenge and make that challenge specific.

I used one of the new stamp sets and matching thinlits to create this card.  This stamp set is very cute and the possibilities are endless.  When I first saw this stamp set, I thought of a mother bird’s nest as there are shapes that could easily be viewed as eggs.  Yes, you are only limited by your imagination,

encouraging words


Stamps: Swirly Bird, You’ve Got This.

Ink/Markers: Daffodil Delight, Real Red, Soft Sky, Dapper Denim.

Paper: Whisper White Thick, Dapper Denim, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, It’s My Party DSP.

Accessories: Big Shot, Swirly Scribbles Thinlits, Home For Christmas Enamel Dots.

I also fell in love with the little sail boat.  The sun was stamped in the corner with Daffodil Delight and one of swirlys added.  The sun was masked and the sky  sponged with Soft Sky.  To create the water, scrap paper was torn to resemble waves and sponged using the new In Color, Dapper Denim.  Finally, I added the swirly strips that were die cut using Dapper Denim and the thinlits.

The sentiment, “You’ve Go This” was added in Dapper Denim Ink.

I am sure that I will be using this stamp set again, but in another way.  Remember, you will be able to order this stamp set and matching framelits on June 1st.

In the meantime, make sure that if you want any of the retiring products, get them while they last. You can view and order from my ONLINE STORE.

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Shake The World With Retired Products

Shake The World

You can shake the world with retired products from Stampin’ Up!  You can do that by creating a Birthday card using the new Confetti Punch and a few other products.

Yes, this card uses a bit of the new and a bit of the old.  Can you see the new products that I have used?

First, I am sorry that the ribbon is crooked.  I didn’t notice that until I uploaded the picture and it was too late to fix the mistake.  The card was already flying across the Pacific to Japan.

One of the new 2016/18 In Colors, Emerald Envy is used on this card.  It was used to stamp the world and the Happy Birthday and it also in the Playful Palette DSP Stack.  On the inside of the card, I had fun coming up with a greeting from the new Thoughtful Banners stamp set.  The stamp set contains individual words so that you can mix and match and come up with your own sentiments.

The Sprinkle Punch and the Duet Banner punch were also used to create fun elements.

I added the N, S, E, W letters at the end of the globe so that the birthday boy can find his way home after celebrating his wild and crazy birthday.

Shake the world

Shake The World


Stamps: Going Global, Thoughtful Banners.

Ink/Markers: Emerald Envy, Basic Black, Smoky Slate.

Paper: Whisper White Thick, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Playful Palette DSP Stack, Window Sheets, Gold Glimmer.

Accessories: Big Shot, World Traveller Embossing Folder, Circles Collection Framelits, Duet Banner Punch, Sprinkles Punch, Basic Black Striped Ribbon.

It’s fun to mix the old with the new.  Try to Shake the world with your choice of old and new.

Don’t forget that the retiring list end on May 31st.  Visit my store to order before the products are gone.

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Pop-Up Die Cut On A Birthday Card

Pop-Up Die Used Differently

For this card, the Pop-Up Die was used differently.  Usually pop-ups go on the inside of the card. However, I decided that it needed to be a focal point for a 7th birthday.

The Party Pop-up Thinlit “Happy Birthday” was die cut from Whisper White and trimmed so that only the words remained.  The candles were sponged using Crushed Curry, the word “Happy” sponged using Melon Mambo, the line above “Birthday ” and the top of the letters were sponged with Crushed Curry and finally the bottom of the letters were sponged with Mint Macaron.  This gives the illusion of variegated colors.

Pop-Up Die


Pop-Up Die



Stamps: Number of Years.

Ink/Markers: Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, Mint Macaron.

Paper: Whisper White Thick, Mint Macaron, Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer, It’s My Party DSP.

Accessories: Big Shot, Party Pop-up Thinlits, Circles Collection  Framelits, Large Numbers Framelits, Basic Black/Melon Mambo Baker’s Twine.

Using the Circle Collection Framelits, a circle was die cut from the confetti pattern paper in the It’s My Party DSP.  A piece of black and white arrows from the same DSP was used to fill the circle.  Finally, the die cut was placed across the circle creating the main part of the front of the card.

On the inside, the “Look Who’s Turning…” saying was stamped with Melon Mambo ink in the shape  of an oval. This really show the versatility of the Photopolymer stamps because of the flexibility of the material used to make the stamps. The number “7” was die cut using the Large Numbers Framelits and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper.  Finally, the number was sponged with Melon Mambo ink to make it stand out.

Have you used the Pop-Up die in a different way?  Leave me a comment and let me know.

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Three Great Mother Day Card Messages

Three Great Mother Day Card Messages

Today I have three great Mother Day card messages that you can choose from to put in your cards. Sometimes we have difficulty putting our feelings into words and this post will help you out.

I am very grateful that my Mother is still with us to celebrate another Mother’s Day.  After last year and her health issues we just did know if we would get another chance to honor her. There are so many that will not get the opportunity to say “Happy Mother’s Day”.

Here are three great Mother Day card messages that you can share with your Mother on her special day.

  1. “To the best mother in the world – Happy Mother’s Day.  You deserve all the love, care and support that you have given me everyday of my life.  I love you!”
  2. “You’re my one and only mom, and I’ll always have a special place in my heart for you.”
  3. “Wishing you a very special Mother’s Day. Thank you for always being there for me!

Here is the card that I will giving to my DIL for her special day.  She is a great mother to my grandson.

Note: Items marked with ‘*’ are expiring on May 31, 2016.

This card was created using the Bleach Technique.  Yes, bleach can add another element to your card although you need to be careful so you don’t have a disaster.

Here are the steps I used:

  1. Put a small amount of fresh bleach in a small container. If possible the container should have a lid so that there are no spills when you are not using the bleach.  What could be worse that spilling on you or on any other projects you have sitting around your work area.  The fresh bleach will prevent colour transfer from another project.
  2. Stamp your images with VersaMark and heat emboss with White Embossing Powder.  This will help to make the petals stand out and prevent bleach bleed.
  3. Using a small paint brush, paint the areas that you want to take the colour from.  In this case, I wanted to tone down the Delightful Dijon colour.
  4. Once you have finished painting with the bleach, let the images dry naturally or use a heat tool.
  5. Now that it dry, start painting the petals with markers, shading where necessary. Remember that the card stock with be somewhat fragile, so don’t color to hard with the markers.

Three Great Mother Day Card Messages


Stamps: Beautiful Bunch *, Rose Wonder.

Ink/Markers: Soft Suede, So Saffron Marker, Wild Wasabi Marker, VersaMark.

Paper: Whisper White Thick, Delightful Dijon, English Garden DSP *, Going Places DSP *.

Accessories: Big Shot, Boho Chic Embossing Folder, Rose Garden Thinlit Dies,  Fun Flower Punch *, Hello Honey Ribbon, White Tea Lace Doily *, Botanical Gardens Jewels *, White Embossing Powder, Bleach.

To finish up the card, the stamped and colored leaves were glued to the leaves die cut using the Rose Garden Thinlits.  The flower and the leaves were attached to a crumpled White Tea Lace Doily.  The crumpling gives some texture and dimension to the card.

I hope that I have been helpful in providing you with three great Mothers Day messages to express your feelings.

Do you require any products to make this card?  Shop my ONLINE STORE.

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2016 Paper Designs and Themes

2016 Paper Designs and Themes

What will be the trends for 2016 paper designs and themes?  Where do the trends come from?We eagerly await the 2016 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue to have those questions answered.

Let’s explore some trends in papers that bring out the beauty of the 2016-18 In Colors. There is many hours spent in marketing research to determine which colors, patterns and motifs will be for the next year.  This research starts long before the consumer even know what is on the horizon. In fashion we see what the fabrics, designs and colors will be about a year before we even see them in the stores.  This is true also for home decor and even paper crafts.

These are the trends in paper crafting 2016 and you will also see these in home decor and fashion.  Some we saw in the 2016 Occasions catalogue and they will flow through to the 2016 Annual Catalogue.

  • Florals along with retro tropical themes – we have seen this with the Botanical Blooms and the Botanical Gardens DSP.
  • Tribal influences with Mexican and Moroccan showing their colours and motifs.
  • Wild life influence with the Bear Hugs and In the Meadow stamp sets.
  • Vintage retro from the 60 with the Beautiful Ride stamp set – remember the love bug?
  • Tropicana retro with the pineapples and flamingos, bright pinks and wild patterns.
  • Rough textures continue to play out with jute and burlap ribbons.
  • Marble that we saw in the DSP from Sale-a-bration and the Going Places DSP from the Occasions catalogue.

Watch for your 2016 Annual Catalogue and you will see some of these 2016 paper designs and themes.

If you don’t know what the 2016/18 In Colors will be, then read this blog post.

2016 Paper Designs


Stamps: Serene Silhouettes, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Bloomin’ Love.

Ink/Markers: Tuxedo Black, Pool Party.

Paper: Whisper White Thick, Whisper White, Pool Party, Going Places DSP.

Accessories: Big Shot, Circles Collection Framelits, Large Numbers Framelits, 5/8” Organza Ribbon, Pool Party Glitter Ribbon.

This Get Well card is tapping into the marble trend with the use of the Going Place DSP.  I also used a stamp set that is retiring, Serene Silhouettes.  I am very sorry to see this set retire as it was a go to set for so many occasions.  You could use a variety of techniques and treatments with this card and come away with something distinctly different.

What are you thoughts on the 2016 paper designs and themes?  Leave me a comment and let me know.



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2016 Color Trends For Paper Crafts

2016 Color Trends For Paper Crafts

What are the 2016 color trends for paper crafts?  In every aspect of our life there are trends – trends in fashion, home decor, food and fitness to name a few.

As we look forward to the 2016 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue, we will notice some of these trends in many areas of the catalogue.

Here are my thoughts on the colors the will be used in the world of paper craft.


Colour2016 color Trends invades our lives all the time.  Pantone’s colour of the year is Rose Quartz and Serenity.   It’s not often that we get two colours of the year.  Each year Stampin’ Up! unveils the new In Colors that will be current for 2 years.  This year is no exception. While the In Colors may not directly be the same as the Pantone colours, they do reflect the spirit of the colours.


2016 color trends

Two of the 2016-18 In Colors that reflect the pantone’s colors are Dapper Denim and Flirty Flamingo. The rest of the In Colors are also shown.  You can see how they all fit together to offer many different combinations.

2016 Color trenda

2016 Color TrendsMetallic trends continue to flourish.  We have the silver and gold embellishments and embossing powder, and now we will have to ability to include copper embellishments and embossing powders. The addition of this metal will enhance many paper craft projects

As this image shows, the copper metal goes beautiful with Mint Macaron. Adding copper enhancements to Fall, Autumn and Christmas cards will likely be a must this year.



Crafters who are also famiiar with Stampin’ Up! also look forward to seeing how the colors are used in relation to the color families.  The combination of colors are found in the Designer Series Papers.  These papers also reflect the trends in design.  In my next post, I will further explore the design trends.

What are your thoughts on the 2016 color trends? Leave me a comment on your thoughts about the 2016 In Colors.


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Changing Colors, Get More From Your Stamps

Changing Colors – Get More From Your Stamps

By changing colors that we use for stamping images, we will get more from our stamps. How often do you see a sample of the card and you are immediately drawn to the stamps that are used?  Now, you know you have to have the stamp set and the papers and embellishments that were used to create the card.  This is why you fell in love with the stamp set.

So,now what happens?  You run out of ideas to create cards with the stamp set.  Let’s look at some ways that by changing the colours, papers and embellishments, you can create cards using the same stamp set.

I knew I had to have the Botanical Gardens Suite when it came out in the 2016 Occasions Catalogue.  What I loved was how the Stampin’ Up! creative department used the stamps, thinlits, papers and embellishments.  So, after making several cards using the Botanical Gardens Suite, I knew I had to branch out if I was going to get the full use of the stamp set and matching thinlits.

While I still love the papers and embellishments that go with the stamp set, I made this sympathy card and changed up the colours.

Changing Colors


Stamps: Awesomely Artistic, Thanks For Caring.

Ink/Markers: Rich Razzleberry, Delightful Dijon.

Paper: Whisper White Thick, Whisper White, Blackberry Bliss, Delightful Dijon, Mint Macaron, Tip Top Taupe, Rich Razzleberry and Botanical Vellum.

Accessories: Big Shot, Decorative Dots Embossing Folder, Botanical Builder Framelit Dies, Big Shot Die Brush, White Gel Pen, Pearl Jewels, Vintage Lace.

Here are some of the steps I took to create this card:

  1. The Smackdown Technique was used to create the background on Whisper White.  The fern stamp from the Awesomely Artistic was inked in Blackberry Bliss and randomly smacked,  One area was left blank and the Delightful Dijon was used on the fern stamp along with the smackdown technique,
  2. Because I thought the background was too bright for a sympathy card, it was toned down with a piece of the Botanical Vellum (2016 Saleabration).
  3. The large flower was die cut from Delightful Dijon and sponged in the middle.  The center was sponged to add highlights.  One stamen was die cut in Rich Razzleberry and the smaller one in Delightful Dijon.  The stamens were tipped using the White Gel Pen and a pearl jewel added.

If you have a favourite stamp and you tend to use the same colors all the time, stretch yourself and try a new color combination.  By changing colors, you get more ways to use your stamp sets.  Leave me a comment and let me know how you revive a much loved stamp.

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Retiring Products Make Way For The New

Retiring Products – 2016

Catalogue retiring products usually signify the start of a new Annual Catalogue.  Yes, and we crafters get very excited.

Retiring Products

If you have a passion for Stampin’ Up! products, the retiring list is usually welcomed with mixed feelings. Whatever you call this time of year, it is exciting.

Here are a few things that you need to know about the retiring list:

  • Some products are reduced as much as 50%.
  • The retiring list promotion will end May 31st, at which time the products will no longer be available for order.
  • Stampin’ Up! will continue to manufacture the stamps until May 22nd, so retiring stamps will be available at least until then.
  • All other products will only be available as inventory lasts.
  • The 2014/16 In Colors are retiring (Blackberry Bliss, Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow, Hello Honey and Tangelo Twist).  Last year, the cardstock, ink pads, reinkers and markers sold out very fast.  So, if you want these items, I suggest that you order them as soon as possible.

As in every business these days, costs continue to increase.  Price increases will start with the 2016/17 Annual Catalogue.  So if you want to beat the prices increases and there are items that you really want, I suggest that you place your order sooner rather than later.

I can’t tell you what is in the new catalogue, but it’s a safe bet that if the products are not on the retiring list, they are being carried over to the new catalogue.

Here’s a teaser for you…the cover of the new catalogue.

Retiring products

So if you don’t have the Retiring Products lists you can find them at the links below.  Stampin’ Up! will update the list as products sell out.

2016 Retiring List – PDF

2016 Retiring List – EXCEL – this is a sortable file

There are several ways to order:

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