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Saturday, June 27, 2015

One good thing

How do you use the bright palette? Let your DSP be your guide, as in this cheery birthday card from Pink Paper Bakery.

True confession: I can't even with the brights. Give me subtles, neutrals -- even regals, and I can pair them up and make something awesome. But brights? Nope. All the nope. 

I'm trying, though! The Cherry on Top DSP stack is challenging my limits with some brighter-than-bright cheery patterns that I can't resist playing with. Here I'm using the snip-and-flip technique to showcase how the reverse of this paper coordinates beautifully and simply with its partner.

Are you challenged by a color family? Which one? How do you find ways to make those colors your own?

Stamp sets


  • Cucumber Crush base plus scrap for punching
  • Bermuda Bay cut to 5 1/8" by 3 7/8" and 4 1/4" by 1 3/8" plus scrap
  • Cherry on Top DSP cut to 5" by 3 3/4" and 4 1/8" by 1 1/2"
  • Crushed Curry cut to 1" by 4" plus scrap
  • Watermelon Wonder scrap


  • Crushed Curry
  • Bermuda Bay
  • Watermelon Wonder

Tools and accessories

  • Tree Builder punch (Yes, you want the bundle.)
  • Banner Triple punch

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Hip hip hooray!

Stampin' Up! Washi Label punch adds wow to this birthday gift tag

This week, my friend Doug celebrated his 50th birthday. After I fell out of my chair (how on earth can my friends be 50? We just turned 30!), I decided NOT to do anything over the hill-ish, and instead to celebrate the vast number of candles on his cake.

This bottle tag uses the Endless Birthday Wishes set (which I'm going to use endlessly, given the zillions of combinations I can make with the lovely handwritten font) and the new Washi Label punch.

Bright colors stump me -- they are really not my comfort zone. So, I let the Cherry on Top DSP dictate the palette, and just followed along. The results were super-cheery, and as festive as I'd hoped. Hip-hip hurray!

Stamp sets

  • Endless Birthday Wishes


  • Crushed Curry for the die cut
  • Bermuda Bay 
  • Cherry on Top DSP stack
  • Whisper White scrap


  • Memento Black
  • Crushed Curry
  • Bermuda Bay
  • Watermelon Wonder

Tools and accessories

  • Bottle tag die from my stash
  • 1 3/4" and 2" circle punches
  • Blender pens
  • Washi Label punch
  • Dimensionals
  • Gold Sequin Trim

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Stampin' Up! Tin of Cards kit: Tips and tricks

Pro tips for making the most of your Stampin' Up! Tin of Cards kit!

Are you in love with the Tin of Cards kit in the new Stampin' Up! catalog? Sounds like pretty much everyone is!

I'm going to have a class where we put kits together, so I ordered one in advance to experiment with. The instructions are really good, but I managed to goof things up -- and to follow the directions TOO closely! Here are some tips from my experience!


  • Allow a good 2 1/2 hours to put this together. The butterflies, particularly, need some unrushed time. I'll ask my class attendees to allow three hours, since they'll be sharing ink and stamps (and likely laughing a lot!).
  • You can interchange the greetings on all the cards!! Don't follow the picture inside the instructions and make four identical cards (Who would do that? Me!) when you can make four different versions of each design!
  • I used Memento black instead of Basic Black throughout. I just prefer it.
  • I liked sampling some of the new embellishments -- SU! did a good job of providing a wide range of things you can choose to reorder. Pay attention to the base on the gold "shutter" card -- I'm pretty sure it's the new 100# Whisper White, and it feels amazing.
  • The tin itself is nicely substantial -- I was impressed by the size and weight, and it comes in a thick cardboard box you could use as a gift box.

The tabs

  • When you pull out the stack of tabs, stack them so they're in 1-2-3 order, before you stamp them.
  • Stamp the decorative lines and the label before you adhere the paper -- that way, if you make a mistake, you can flip the card.
  • I alternated the two decorative lines, and then chose the labels I wanted to use and stamped them so my tabs would sit alphabetically.
  • You have 9 cards and 10 sheets of DSP -- figure out which one you want to keep for another project before you start gluing them down!

The "landscape" card

  • Use the skinniest line of glue imaginable around the inside edge of the frame.
  • Pay attention to which way the DSP goes! Note the card on the right, above. It's raining from the ground!
  • If you goof a greeting, remember that you can flip the banner. And worst-case, you can cut another one.
  • You don't have to have all of them saying "Hello"! (All of mine do, of course.)
  • A full dimensional will fit -- barely -- under the banner. This is a great place to use those snipped edge pieces, instead!

Wood element card

  • You can mix up your greetings! 
  • Be liberal in inking the stamp with Staz-on, and use firm pressure when you stamp -- more than on paper. 
  • To get the black patterned stamp straight on your block, put it face down on your grid paper and then put the block on top of it.
  • I used 3 dimensionals to hold the wooden piece onto the card.
  • I used multi-purpose glue on the heart, but just at the very top.

Gold "shutter" card

  • This card is where I finally realized that I should be mixing up the greetings -- because the circles are preprinted in four different sentiments (and in three languages!). Take a look at the circles and choose matching words, so you don't have a card that says "Happy thank you!"
  • I cut the twine in half, and then in half again -- each piece is about 24".


  • To stick the window sheet to the inside front of the card, pull out a piece of waxed paper and use it as a base -- then run SNAIL half on, half off the inside of the frame all the way around so that the extra goes on to the waxed paper. Just be careful not to stick your next card onto the SNAIL paper :-). This also works well for the butterfly shapes.
  • Use the stylus from your scoring board, paired with a piercing mat to get the teeny bits out of the butterflies' wings.
  • Lift any traces of SNAIL with a glue eraser.
  • The greeting you use on the banner should coordinate with the greeting you stamp on the Curry butterfly -- but you could make each of the four different!
  • Remember that you can flip the banner if you goof the sentiment.
  • Don't overlook the black patterned stamping on the card base!
  • The gold twine is a bit of a pain. I used SNAIL on the back of the butterfly to hold it. A quarter of the provided twine is about 36".
  • Use a glue dot on the points of the Curry butterfly's wings so that they stay firmly attached when they're put into the tin. SNAIL held the others just fine.
Hope these tips help you -- this is a gorgeous project, and a lot of fun to put together. Enjoy your kit! 

Saturday, June 6, 2015

No limit!

Pennant dies from Stampin' Up! make this card extra-awesome

This card went out to one of my girlfriends, who worked really hard to find a great new role at work -- and talked her way into a promotion while doing so. So proud of her!

It was inspired by a pin that I've somehow lost (argh!), but the designer had put her banners on the diagonal. LOVE this idea!

I had somehow overlooked the sketched heart in the Big News set, but now that I've discovered it, it's going to be EVERYWHERE. I also pulled in some texture using thick twine and candy dots. Fun!

Can you say hurray to someone this week? Do it!!

Stamp sets

  • Big News
  • Gorgeous Grunge


  • Sahara Sand base, plus scrap for the die cut
  • Whisper White at 4" by 5 1/4" 
  • Sweet Sorbet DSP (retired) for the die cut


  • Crisp Canteloupe
  • Memento Black

Tools and accessories

  • Banner framelits
  • Canteloupe thick baker's twine
  • Neutral candy dots
  • Dimensionals

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