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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Celebrate Today Shaker Card

Today's card idea comes from Jen Arkfeld's Stamped Silly YouTube page.  I loved how simple and easy her video instructions were to duplicate.  I haven't done a lot of shaker cards before for fear of creating a disaster in my stamp room with sequins falling everywhere.  Well, I got over that when a demo friend of mine did an adorable Easter shaker card.  So I went to YouTube to find a shaker card that I would enjoy duplicating and creating with my Club members.  Jen Arkfeld gives a different technique for creating shaker cards using Fun Foam.  I shared this technique with my Club members but I also showed them how to do a shaker card using Stampin' Up!'s Shaker Foam.  To be sure I was able to show my Club members how to duplicate this card, I had my 6-year old daughter create a shaker card along side of me.  She did all the stamping, cutting, and putting together all the layers herself.  I think she did a fabulous job for a 6-year old!
Shaker Card with 2 bows
How To Make a Shaker Card Using Stampin' Up!'s Shaker Foam:
  1. Cut your card base as you normally would in Crisp Cantaloupe or Coastal Cabana in these pictures.
  2. Cut a top layer out of Whisper White or other color if you prefer.  I usually cut my top layer at 4" x 5 1/4".
  3. Cut out your balloon using your Big Shot and the Balloon Framelits.  Be sure to put your balloon framelit toward the top center but not too close that you can't adhere your card layer to the card base.
  4. Stamp the balloon tail in the same color as your card base using the Celebrate Today stamp set.
  5. Stamp on a  3” x 3 ¼” piece of Window Sheet using Staz On White ink.  Tip: I think it is easier to attach the Window Sheet to the back of your Whisper White layer and stamping inside the balloon.  This allows you to center your wording inside the center of the balloon.  Let the stamped wording dry for a few minutes.
  6. Adhere another 3” x 3 ¼” piece of Window Sheet to your card base where your balloon will fall on your card.
  7. Cut and add the Shaker Foam to the Window Sheet on the outside of where your balloon will fall on your card.  Tip: Use a pencil or pen to make marks on your Window Sheet or card base where the outlines of your balloon will be.  This way you will not be able to see the Shaker Foam once you adhere your Whisper White layer.
  8. Add sequins of any color or type to the Window Sheet inside the Shaker Foam area.  I used the In Color Sequins for my card and my daughter used the retired snowflake/silver sequins from the 2014 Holiday Catalog.  Tip: Jen Arkfeld gives a great tip on how to make it look like your sequins don't fall to the bottom of your shaker.  You glue a few sequins on randomly before adding your sequins to the shaker foam area.  Give her video a look to get the full effect.
  9. Remove the adhesive from the Shaker Foam and add dimensionals to your Whisper White layer in the four corners and near the middle of your card under the balloon.  Add the Whisper White layer to the Shaker Foam adhesive and your card base to complete your card.
  10. Jen Arkfeld had a great idea of adding a bow using Stampin' Up!'s Bow Builder Punch.  I did this with my Club members and even added two bows to one of my shaker cards.  They absolutely loved how their cards turned out!  So give it a try.  I promise it is a lot easier than you think.
My daughter made this card.  You can see a bit of the shaker foam but she did a good job.
  • Stamps
    • Celebrate Today
  • Paper
    • Coastal Cabana or Crisp Cantaloupe – 4 ¼” x 11” (scored at 5 ½”)
    • Whisper White – 4” x 5 ¼
    • Window Sheets – 3” x 3 ¼”
    • Irresistibly Yours Speciality DSP (SAB) – scraps to punch out the pieces for the bow
  • Ink
    • Coastal Cabana
    • Crisp Cantaloupe
  •  Accessories
    • Balloon Framelits
    • Shaker Foam
    • In Color Sequins
    • Glue Dots

Saturday, February 28, 2015


Any Monty Python fans out there?

I love the parts of the show where they take antique images and then make them talk. So, when I had the idea to crop one of the sentiments from Guy Greetings into a word bubble and put them onto the strong man's head, it cracked me up. I laughed so hard I almost couldn't finish making the card -- I was coughing and wheezing.

Sadly, no one else seems to find this as hilarious as I do.

Oh well.

This monochromatic birthday card uses Midnight Muse instead of Espresso, but still manages to carry an antiqued vibe. The background paper is stamped to be perfect for my brother's birthday. I like the way this set lets you customize greetings for lots of the guys in your life.

I also like the talk bubble. HAAAAA!

Stamp sets

  • Guy Greetings (2015 Occasions catalog)


  • Midnight Muse base, plus 2" by 4"
  • Whisper White cut to 4 1/8" by 5 3/8" plus scrap for the die cuts


  • Midnight Muse

Tools and accessories

  • Apothecary Accents and Word Bubbles framelits
  • Dimensionals

Friday, February 27, 2015

You Brighten My Day

Just a few weeks left for you to rack up all the free things StampinUP offers during Sale-A-Bration. Here, I've used the You Brighten My Day stamp set and the Irresistibly Yours Specialty Paper. I have to be honest with you, I didn't even see this specialty paper in the catalog until about the 100th time I looked at it. And I have been missing out! This paper is really cool. It's pre-embossed, so you can make it any color using sponge daubers or spritzers or a brayer, the list goes on! 

Thanks for checking out the bakery on this sunny Friday....You brighten my day!


  • Pool Party card base
  • Whisper White card stock cut to 5" x 3 3/4"
  • Irresistibly Yours star paper cut to 3" x 4 1/4"
  • Irresistibly Yours stripes paper cut to 1 3/4" x 4"
  • Whisper White scrap
  • So Saffron
  • You Brighten My Day- Sale-A-Bration set
  • Black Staz-On
  • So Saffron, ink onto the star paper using a brayer
  • Pool Party ink sponged onto the striped paper
  • Pool Party ink used with the blender pen to color the light bulb
Tools and Accessories
  • Dimensionals
  • Rhinestone
  • 2 1/2" circle punch
  • 1 3/4" circle punch
  • sponge dauber
  • brayer
  • blender pen

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Moon Lake Card

Card with stamped envelope
Today's card is an idea I CASED (copy and share everything) from a Leadership Swap I received from Anoli Ilona.  The original card uses the Moon Lake stamp set from the Occasions Catalog and the SAB Irresistibly Yours Specialty DSP.  For this card, I used some retired Presto Patterns DSP that I had since I was still waiting for my Stampin' Up! order with the SAB DSP in it.  The color combo is Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey and Whisper White.  I love how simple and classy it looks put altogether!  It is so simple to create that all you have to do is stamp an image (the boat and tree, the bird or the loon in the water) and stamp the greeting from the same set in Lost Lagoon on Whisper White card stock.  Sponge a piece of the Irresistibly Yours Speciality DSP using Hello Honey and Lost Lagoon then wipe with a tissue afterwards to allow the white embossed part of the DSP to shine through.  Adhere all the layers on top of a Hello Honey layer and then onto a Lost Lagoon card base and you're almost done.  Add some Hello Honey ribbon from the SAB Best Year Ever Accessory Pack around a little piece of Lost Lagoon card stock and adhere on top of where the Whisper White layer and the DSP meet.  So simple and gives the card a real "WOW!" factor.
This card used retired Presto Patterns DSP. 
Want to make your own quick and easy card to share with friends and loved ones?  Order some of the SAB Irresistibly Yours Specialty DSP and the Best Year Ever Accessory Pack before March 31st when Sale-A-Bration ends!  Have fun!
Original Card Design
Close up of stamped image and details on Irresistibly Specialty DSP (SAB)

  • Stamps
    • Moon Lake stamp set
  • Paper
    • Lost Lagoon  – 4 ¼” x 11” (scored at 5 ½”) & 3/4" x 3 5/8" piece
    • Whisper White – 2 ¾” x 3 5/8”
    • Hello Honey – 3 7/8” x 5 ¼”
    • Irresistibly Yours Speciality DSP (SAB) –2 1/8" x 3 5/8”
  • Ink
    • Hello Honey
    • Lost Lagoon
  •  Accessories
    • Stampin' Up! sponges for sponging ink onto the DSP
    • Hello Honey ribbon from the Best Year Ever Accessory Pack (SAB)
    • Glue Dots

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Sympathy in neutral

Inked woodgrain embossing folder in a sympathy card

My March stamp class will focus on the beautiful neutrals in the Stampin' Up! palette. I'm having fun finding great designs and reworking them -- like this one!

I'm CASEing this card from Pinterest. I loved the embossed and inked background, and wanted to adapt it to stamps I have. To create the texture, you ink the embossing folder and then emboss. Pretty!

When it came to the tag, I realized I had no great sympathy sentiments that would fit into the space --  My Digital Studio to the rescue! I downloaded the Thanks for Caring digital set, scaled it down, swapped to Espresso, and copied it multiple times onto one page (so that I'll have plenty for the ladies at my class). Then I printed them onto a sheet of Crumb Cake and punched out one for my card. Perfect! There are a ton of retired sets still available for download -- including So Sorry, a favorite of my customers.

Stamp sets
  • Crazy about You (2015 Occasions catalog)
  • Work of Art (retired; there's a similar paint swatch in the current Perpetual Birthday Calendar set)
  • Thanks for Caring (digital download)


  • Early Espresso base, plus 3" by 2 3/4", plus 1 1/2" by 4 1/4"
  • Crumb Cake cut to 4" by 5 1/4" plus either a sheet or scrap for the tag
  • Whisper White cut to 3 1/4" by 4 1/2" and 2 3/4" by 2 1/2"


  • Crumb Cake
  • Early Espresso

Tools and accessories

  • Woodgrain embossing folder
  • Note Tag punch
  • Dimensionals
  • Early Espresso Baker's Twine

Friday, February 20, 2015

Sheltering Tree, I warned you!

Stampin UP, Thinking of you, handmade card

I did warn you a couple of weeks ago. I really am loving this stamp set. This is the third card I've made using this set, and also the same exact layout. I've got the tree in full spring bloom, the flowers in the field below are blowing in the breeze along with the swing. I'm sending this card to Mother Nature, hint, hint!


Stamp Set 
  • Sheltering Tree
  • Pear Pizazz card base
  • Chocolate Chip card stock cut to 3 7/8" x 5 1/8"
  • Whisper White card stock cut to 3 3/4" x 5"
  • Strawberry Slush
  • Chocolate Chip
  • Pear Pizazz

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Lotus Blossom Card

Today's card is my final Leadership Swap Card I have to share with all of you. This card came together quickly since the Lotus Blossom stamp set is so easy to use. Even if you don't stamp it perfect, the lotus flower image stills comes out nicely.
Close up of card and gold dotted washi tape
For this card, I stamped the lotus image twice in Crisp Cantaloupe for the first image and Crisp Cantaloupe stamped off once for the second image on Very Vanilla cardstock. I stamped the third lotus image in Calypso Coral which paired with Crisp Cantaloupe perfectly. I stamped the stems in Pistachio Pudding. I added the greeting from the stamp set in Calypso Coral and punched it out using the Large Oval Punch. I punched out Pistachio Pudding cardstock using the Decorative Label Punch and added it behind the large oval layer.  I added a little bit of Watercolor Wonder Washi tape to the bottom of the Very Vanilla layer then adhered it to a layer of the Best Year Ever (SAB) DSP. Finally I layered everything onto a Crisp Cantaloupe card base.

  • Stamps
    • Lotus Blossom (SAB) stamp set 
    • Because You Care (hostess) stamp set
  • Paper
    • Crisp Cantaloupe  – 4 ¼” x 11” (scored at 5 ½”)
    • Very Vanilla – 3 ¾” x 5” and scraps for greeting label
    • Pistachio Pudding – scraps for layer behind greeting
    • Best Year Ever DSP (SAB) – 4” x 5 ¼”
  • Ink
    • Crisp Cantloupe for step 2 & 3 of Lotus Blossom stamp
    • Calypso Coral for step 1 of Lotus Blossom stamp
    • Pistachio Pudding for stems
  •  Accessories
    • Extra-Large Oval punch
    • Decorative Label punch
    • Watercolor Wonder Washi Tape
    • Stampin' Dimensionals 

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