Butterflies Thinlits and Anna’s Card Kits!

This is what Anna has been working on lately using the Butterflies Thinlits Dies.

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Here is the finished card:

Butterflies Thinlits

Anna sells these in card kits.

Each kit contains all of the pieces to make three cards including the envelopes.

All you need is the adhesive of your choice!

***and did you know … Anna donates all of the proceeds to charities?

Keep reading to see how to purchase them

butterflies for cards


As you can see, Anna has been making lots of butterflies!

The hardest part was sliding the dryer sheets under the cut-out butterfly, so after some experimenting, we changed our process. This video is a follow up to an earlier video I had done.






Butterflies Thinlits: A One Step Process with Dryer Sheets!


Now, back to Anna’s Card Kits! These are the four cards kits available now.
Here is where you go to see them and/or to buy them: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AnnaCardKits

It is a double win when you do … you are supporting a young entrepreneur with Downs Syndrome and you are giving to a charity.

To read more about Anna, just click on http://karentitus.com/annas-card-kits/

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Stamping Technique: Add Dimension and Flair!

Can you see the bird’s soft, rounded belly? Its another quick & easy stamping technique day!

handmade card with A Happy Thing


Isn’t it fun to play around with different looks?

I love this bird from A Happy Thing and wondered how he would look with a rounded belly.

To make this just required a stylus and a piercing mat.

All of the details are shown in the video tutorial below.


A Happy Thing stamp set



I’m not sure how well this technique shows up on camera, so here is a different view.

I’ve used this technique on teddy bears to give them that huggable look and feel.


What other images can you think of that would work well with this technique?








Stamping Technique to Add Dimension to Your Handmade Cards!

I would love to see what you do with this technique … by the way, there are only seven more days to get the A Happy Thing stamp set! It is one of the FREE choices during Sale-a-bration. Place a $50 order and you can get this set for FREE!

It all ends on March 31, so don’t delay!

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Easter Parade of Handmade Cards & Crafts!

Are you looking for some fun ideas to do for Easter? To see the details of any of these projects, just click on the title. (Many of them have a video tutorial too)

diy easter basket

1. Easter Bunny Basket

This is such a quick and easy pattern for a basket. Use it for May Day or party gifts as well as Easter. If your kids are old enough to make these, they will love doing it!

easter pop up card

2. Easter Punch Art

The chick is peeking out of the egg! The brad on the egg makes it so you can open and shut the egg. What kid wouldn’t love getting this card?

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3. Bunny Tails

Isn’t this a cute use for those miniature marshmallows?

Easter card
















4. Cross

For a religious theme, this cross made with a window sheet and an embossing folder makes a statement. This would also be great for Baptisms, Confirmations, and Sympathy cards.

handmade easter basket

5. Fringed Easter Basket

Use those fringe scissors and make this cute little basket in no time at all!

Easter Cards and Easter Projects?

What do you make for Easter? I hope these projects have given you some fun ideas!

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Stamping Technique in Just a Minute!

Here is another quick stamping technique to use with that fabulous Irresistibly Yours Designer Series Paper. Remember … there are only a few days left to get yours FREE!


To use this kissing technique, ink up the Handcarved stamp first, then lay the piece of Irresistibly Yours directly on top of the stamp.

Next, wrap the end of your grid paper over the top and press. I find this the easiest way to use these large background stamps – and you won’t get any ink on your hands!

(The short video tutorial will show to do this, in case my description didn’t do it!)

The last step is to clean off the Irresistibly Yours DSP with a tissue, leaving behind this beautiful result!


thank you handmade cardFinish the card however you want and you will have a card you are proud to give!









Quick Stamping Technique with Kissing!

One last reminder … there are only thirteen more days to get this DSP for FREE!

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More Sale-a-bration Choices + Weekly Deals!

You will love both the Weekly Deals and the new Sale-a-bration Choices!

First … the Weekly Deals! Check out all of the embossing folders on sale! They all make beautiful cards, so if you see any you don’t already own, now is the time to get them!

Argyle Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

Price: $7.95 $5.96
Calypso Coral 1/2 Seam Binding Ribbon by Stampin' Up!

Price: $6.95 $5.21
Chocolate Chip 3/4 Chevron Ribbon

Price: $8.95 $6.71
Honeycomb Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

Price: $7.95 $5.96
Modern Mosaic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

Price: $7.95 $5.96

Price: $18.95 $14.21
Very Vanilla 5/8 Satin Ribbon by Stampin' Up!

Price: $6.95 $5.21


and … just in case you have gotten all of the Sale-a-bration items on your wish list … here are some new items just added for the rest of March!


When you place a minimum $40 order through my Online Store, you will automatically be part of my March Online Stamping Party! (Check it out here.)

Happy Shopping! Be sure to email me if you have any questions.


Need a Classy Hand Stamped Gift Idea for Weddings & Graduations?

Giving a set of monogrammed note cards made with the Sophisticated Serifs stamp set is both personal and classy!

hand stamped gift idea

I received this set as a gift from Christine Pierce and I just love it!

What a great wedding gift this would make. In fact, it could become your personal trademark for wedding or shower gifts! The new couple could use them as thank you cards.

The set that Christine made with the layer of black is great for a masculine look. How about celebrating a new job – or job hunting – for that graduate? These cards have a nice professional look to them.

If you look at the sample in the Occasions Catalog on page 22, you will see a softer look with the letters done in green and framed with the tiny flowers included in this set. (Have you picked up that catalog lately?)

The season of weddings and graduations will be here before we know it! What better time than now to get prepared?

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Stamping in Minnesota and Stamping Online!

Two fun events coming up soon!

1. Minnesota Card Extravaganza!

stack of handmade cardsCome make fourteen totally different cards.

Join us on Saturday March 21 in Richfield, MN

Read more about it here.



2. Online Stamping Party!

Yes, we will actually be stamping together!

Be sure you are on my mailing list to get your invitation to that! Just sign up in the opt in box on the top right column of this page.

Thanks for reading and I hope to stamp with you soon, whether its in Minnesota or online! 

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Mother’s Love Card for a New Mom!

Typically, this is a card you might make for Mother’s Day… but I have another plan!

handmade card for mothersIf you are a mom, do you remember the day you became one? That feeling of awe and respons-ibility and a kind of love that you had never experienced before?

That Mother’s Love?

That’s what this card makes me think of, and I will give to a brand new mom because “nobody loves like a mom”.


I will celebrate her transition into the world of becoming a parent.

Christine Pierce made this beautiful card, drawing on the colors in the Sweet Sadie Washi Tape.

Of course, this stamp set is perfect for Mother’s Day cards. Just don’t limit it to that!

We gives baby congratulations cards all the time. How about adding a little something just for the new mom?

… now I just need a card for the new dad!!!!

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One Stamp Set Three Ways: Nature’s Perfection!

Nature’s Perfection is on the new Sale-a-bration choices just for March and I love it!

I took the Sweet Dreams Washi Tape along with Nature’s Perfection and just played around with those two items. Here are three quick and easy cards I came up with.

one stamp set/three cards











nature's perfection with washi tape


On this first card, notice that one strip of washi tape is under the others, which have been popped up to highlight the difference.

The video tutorial below shows how that was done.








washi tape techniques


Washi tape tears very easily, which made this card a breeze to make!

The Stylized Stripes embossing folder adds to the look of the stripes in the washi tape.








handmade card ideas


The butterfly in this set coordinates with the Elegant Butterfly Punch.

Look how simple, but effective, this card is.






This quick video tutorial will show the three washi tape techniques.

One Stamp Set/Three Ways with Nature’s Perfection:

Remember … this stamp set, Nature’s Perfection, is only available this month! Place your minimum $50 order today and get this FREE!

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Fun Fold Slider Card with One Tag Fits All!

When I was looking through a box of old cards that I had made at parties years ago, I came across this fun fold. Isn’t it fun to make old things new again?

fun fold card template

The front of this card shows a duck from the One Tag Fits All stamp set.

It is set in a window frame made with the smallest of the Square Collections Framelits.


I don’t know if pictures will catch the fun of opening this card, but I will try.



make a fun fold card

(There is a video tutorial below that will show it in action. It also gives all of the measurements and directions.)


As you open the card, you see the duck disappear as the words slide over it.










When it’s totally open, this is how the card looks.

inside of fun fold card


And now, for the directions:

How to Make a Fun Fold Slider Card

Just think of those little stamps you have that would be cute in a card like this. Its particularly fun to make moving cards for kids!

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Celebrate Today with a Thank You Card!

The Celebrate Today stamp set is designed for birthdays and other celebrations, but I think those beautiful balloons make a great background for any words!

stampin up thank you cardI paired it today with the “Thank You” stamp for For You Only.

The colors in the balloons blend where they overlap so it looks like you used even more colors than three!

You can leave the card plain as I did above, or you can add layers, whichever you prefer.

celebrate today stamp set

On this card, I stamped the “for all you do” on the inside and added strings to the balloons.

If you want to see the details:

Celebrate Today with Thanks Card Video Tutorial:

The For Being You stamp set (a FREE Sale-a-bration choice) is a great stamp set to have on hand for those quick thank you notes! I have already used it a lot!

And the Celebrate Today is great for all occasions! You can get it as part of a Bundle with the Balloon Framelits dies and save 15%!

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Thank You Card Quick, Quick, Quick!

Do you ever need a thank you card immediately – or, really, you needed it last week but only remembered now?

The For Being You stamp set (a Sale-a-bration FREE choice) to the rescue!

handmade thank you cardI stamped the large “thanks” in black and then just scribbled behind each letter with a Stampin’ Write Marker. (How simple is this technique for adding color?)

I chose colors from the Birthday Bash Designer Series Paper which shows at the bottom. Add a bit of ribbon at the top of the card and it is finished!

card inside

Even the inside of the card looks pretty because you see the reverse side of the DSP.







FMS Final 176-001

My inspiration today was this Freshly Made Sketch 176.

I love the simplicity of this design.

I made my card long and narrow like this, but it could easily be adapted to a regular card size.


This new stamp set and the other three new choices for your Sale-a-bration Freebies are only good for this month, so don’t wait!

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Its’s That Time of the Week!

Its Tuesday and the Weekly Deals are here!

May favorites? The gusseted cello bags and the polka dot tag a bags.

A Little Sumthin’ Sumthin’ Gift Box by Stampin' Up!

Price: $13.95 $10.46
Decorative Window Gift Box

Price: $4.95 $3.71
Extra Large Gift Boxes

Price: $3.95 $2.96
Gusseted Cellophane Bags by Stampin' Up!

Price: $4.50 $3.38
Lucky You Ensemble -- Digital Download

Price: $7.95 $4.77
Natural Filter Paper by Stampin' Up!

Price: $2.95 $2.21
Polka Dot Tag A Bag Gift Bags by Stampin' Up!

Price: $3.95 $2.96
Sweet Treat Embellishment Cups


And remember these four new choices for your Sale-a-bration Freebie too! Yesterday I highlighted the Sheer Perfection Vellum yesterday with four ways to color it. Each day this week I will highlighting a different choice, so stay tuned!

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So many deals for the week and for the month! Happy Shopping!


4 Techniques to Color Vellum!

Look at this fabulous new Sheer Perfection Vellum SU! just introduced today! Its another FREE Sale-a-bration Choice!

shear perfection vellum paperAren’t those fabulous designs? I thought it would be fun to show several ways to color this vellum.

There is a video tutorial below that shows how to do all four techniques. Its actually four minutes long – very long by my standards, but I guess one minute for each technique isn’t really all that long! Here are the four techniques:

color vellum with a brayer

1. Use a brayer with a SU! Ink Pad to color in the back side of the paper.











2. Use Stampin’ Writers to color the back side of the paper.

color vellum with markers


3. Use sponges with the SU! Ink Pads to color the back side of the paper.

how to sponge color vellum
















4. Brayer the back side of the paper. Then use a stylus on the backside to create a puffed out, white look on the flowers.

stamping technique


Want to see the techniques actually being done?

Stamping Techniques: 4 Ways to Color Vellum

These are four quick cards I came up to highlight this vellum. There are eight more designs in this Paper Stack! Thats right: 24 sheets of 6 x 6 Vellum, 2 each of 12 designs! You can color to your heart’s content! (they are beautiful with no coloring too, of course.)

Get yours today FREE with a $50 order. Shop here.

I am showing the photos of this product and the three other new choices below.

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