Vintage Leaves Welcomes Autumn!

Are you feeling a hint of fall in the air? We certainly are in Minnesota! And, of course, here is a card with Vintage Leaves to announce that!

vintage leaves autumn card












I love, love, love this stamp set. Its my choice for my Online Stamp Club this month too – only 5 more days to get it! This means you get 5 cards with tutorials for a minimum $40 order through my online store. Read more about that here.

Did you know … there is another leaves set in the Holiday Catalog that also coordinates with these framelits? It is called Lighthearted Leaves and gives an entirely different and very cool look to leaves! Watch for cards coming up with that that very soon!

Autumn is my favorite season. For me, the coolness brings new energy after the heat of the summer. It the time for school to start – though I’m not in school anymore (thank goodness!) it still feels like the time to start new projects and take on new learning. Long walks become a daily practice again.

What do you do to celebrate Autumn?

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Home for Christmas with Vintage Cards!

If you love vintage like I love vintage … you will love this Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper in the SU! Holiday Catalog!

vintage santa card


Just using this paper, along with a few word stamps, gives you no end of ideas for cute Christmas cards!

Look at this adorable Santa skating on the ice pond while carrying the big sign!

Normally, I don’t fussy cut, but for this paper – I made an exception!




Here is a video tutorial sharing this and several of the other cards I made:

Easy Vintage Cards from Home for Christmas Paper:

Want to see more cards?

vintage wreath card


How about a vintage poinsettia? (All of these papers are in this Home for Christmas DSP)







vintage winter village card


Or a snow covered village?






vintage ornament christmas card




Or a string of old fashioned ornaments?








handmade vintage christmas card




and, of course, jumping reindeer!





Which is your favorite? Have fun playing with all of these vintage images in this Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper!


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Woodland Impressions Folder for Winter Cards!

Have you ever found yourself attaching a bunch of sequins to a card and thinking “there must be a better way”?

woodland folder

Yes – there is a better way! Introducing the new Fine Tip Glue Pen in the SU! Holiday Catalog. I would have to say it might be my favorite new product! Gone are the days of slowly finishing my card that needed sequins or small items like all of the those word thinlits!

If I had good hand writing, I would even use this for creating my own script – just adding glitter on top. However, if I did this, you would never be able to read what I was writing, so I will stick to the stamps or the computer for my messages!

And this new Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder – how great is this?

Quick Tip for Adding Sequins to Handmade Cards!

On this card I used a sponge dauber to dab Whisper White Ink on the raised part of the trees. A dramatic effect for very little effort!

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5 Stamping Techniques with 1 Stamp Set!

Would you like to learn five techniques using the Vintage Leaves stamp set and the coordinating Leaflets Framelits Dies?

Vintage Leaves Class in the Mail

That is what this month’s Online Stamp Club is all about!

When you place a minimum $40 order in my online store by August 31, you will automatically receive five cards made with the set, along with PDFs for each so you can use the ideas over and over again with other stamp sets and supplies!

Two of the cards will come as completed cards, the other three will be card kits. Don’t have this stamp set? You can easily substitute a different one. This is all about learning new lay-outs and techniques!

Did you know that if you substitute a different stamp set on these cards, you will automatically feel very creative???

The photo above is just a little teaser of three of the cards in this kits. I only show one completed and you will see that by clicking here.

…. and the fifth card? No hints except that it is another technique!

I love surprises and I hope you do too!

I think I should call this month’s online club a Technique Club since you will be learning 5 different techniques!

All of this FREE for only a minimum $40 order in my online store here– and that order can be anything you want. It doesn’t need to be this Vintage Leaves stamp set & Leaflets Framelits Dies Bundle – although, if you don’t have it yet, you will want it! Purchasing as a Bundle saves you 15% and I don’t think you can ever have too many leaf stamps!!! They are perfect for masculine cards and for all occasions and season!

Email me if you have any questions … and I hope to see you in the club!

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Vintage Leaves is Made for Techniques!

We will soon be heading into autumn and Vintage Leaves is my go-to stamp set for that! It’s also my choice for my Online Stamp Club for this month!

vintage leaves online club

Did you know … that when you place a minimum $40 order in my online store right here, you are automatically in the club for the month? You will receive five cards! That’s right – five! Two will come completed and three will be card kits that you will complete … and if you don’t have this set, don’t worry. You can use a different one. Its all about the layouts, the techniques, and ideas.

You will also receive a PDF for each card.

Here is another idea using the same technique and the same stamp set:

vintage leaves for an autumn card

And, this month, each of the five cards uses a different technique! How fun to receive five different technique ideas for one stamp set?

I will only be sharing this one, which is blending the color from the stamped image with a blender pen. You don’t need to add any color. You are just drawing out the color from the image itself.

Quick & Easy Watercoloring with a Blender Pen

Remember … there are four more techniques waiting for you when you place a minimum $40 order in my online store this month. I would love to send the five cards to you!

P.S. Don’t click on the “do not contact” button because I won’t get your address then and I won’t be able to mail it to you!!! You won’t be getting emails from SU! – that contact button is for me.

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Northern Lights Stamping Technique with a Sleigh Ride!

The beauty of the Northern Lights on a cold winter’s night.

northern lights stamping technique

Isn’t this horse and sleigh gorgeous? Its from the Sleigh Ride Edgelits Dies.

What a simple way to make a stunning card. Those dies also include one with houses and one with trees. What a wonderful variety of images which can be used together or separately.

If you look at page 12 in the Holiday catalog, you will see it used for a photo greeting card for Christmas as well! (Several other great cards are on that same page using these Edgelits with the Jingle All the Way stamp set.)

Back to the Northern Lights technique – its all done with sponging!

Just a Minute Stamping Techniques: Northern Lights Technique

Think of all the cards you will make ….

… and, remember, if you don’t have the new Holiday catalog you may email me and request your complimentary copy in the mail! (if you aren’t currently working with another demonstrator)

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Thankful Forest Friends Bear a Message!

Oh my friend, wouldn’t you like this adorable bear to bring you this message?

thankful forest friends


Thankful Forest Friends includes this bear along with his friends, a bunny and a fox, all done in this woodcut look.


Do you see how the bear is holding the sign? There is a quick video below showing how I did that.

The pretty border above the bear is made with one of the other stamps in the set. I colored it with Stampin’ Up! Writers directly on the stamp three times. Its such a dainty little stamp, but looks great with the animals!
The Scalloped Tag Topper Punch (which is on the Weekly Deals sale right now – check the side panel) and the Tangelo Twist Striped Cotton Ribbon made the tag. Then it was layered on the woodsy dsp from the Into the Woods Designer Series Paper.

Just a Minute Stamping Tips: Layering


So what message would like the bear to send your friend today?


Wonderland Handmade Card in Peaceful Setting

I shared this Wonderland card the other day, but after receiving some questions about how I made it, I decided to make a quick and easy video tutorial!

handmade card with trees

This is another in my series of Just a Minute Stamping Tips & Techniques Videos – perfect for when you want to learn a little something new to try, but don’t want to watch an entire project being made!
Just a Minute gives you Just the Technique!

Just a Minute Stamping Technique: Sponging a Sky!

Just think of all the ways you can use a lovely sky background!

Tonight, during my online Facebook party, I will be sharing another fun way to sponge a sky. Are you coming? Just go to my Facebook page for all the details and show up there at 7 pm Central tonight!

Get your party on!

p.s. I used words from the Endless Thanks stamp set. The styling of the words fit the image and “thankful” and “grateful” describe how this peaceful setting with the trees makes me feel. It would make a great sympathy card too.

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Home for Christmas Vintage Cards!

Growing up in the 50s and 60s, I remember wrapping paper that looked just like this Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper!

Christmas papers


What a fun retro look!

I’m not usually interested in fussy cutting, but this paper totally pulled me in!

After cutting out lots of the different images, I had so much fun playing with all of the little pieces!

Here is just one of the cards I made:

handmade vintage christmas card











If you like that, you will want to stay tuned for many more.

Check out my Facebook page here for a Stamping Party I’m hosting on Monday! You will see the other cards there … along with lots of other ideas using products from the new Holiday Catalog!

Need the catalog? Email me!

Want to order from the new catalog right now? Buy the Starter Kit – anything you want up to $125 for only $99 with no shipping … and no obligation! I love hobby demonstrators! Email me!

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Handmade Christmas Stars in 3 Sizes!

Are you ready to get a head start on your Christmas decorating and/or gift making? Here is a fun idea for making stars to use as Christmas tree ornaments:

papercrafting stars

This idea was shared on stage at convention using the largest size, which is a six inch square. I took the idea and made the with both three and four inch squares because I wanted smaller stars to hang on the tree.

I chose the Winter Wonderland Specialty Designer Series Paper to go for this dressy foil look, but any of the Designer Series Papers would be beautiful, so have fun experimenting.

All of these sizes would make great gifts – and what about package ties?

Involve your kids in making these for their adult friends and relatives.

From the time our kids were small, we had them make gifts. On Christmas eve when the extended family was gathered, we had them give out their gifts first. That way they could notice and enjoy the expressions of gratitude they received before they could start opening their own presents. The “making of the gifts” brings back fond memories for all of us.

This video tutorial gives the directions for all three sizes, so enjoy!

Papercrafting Stars in 3D!

The measurements given in the video:

6″ square = 1 1/4″ cut

4″ square = 7/8″ cut

3″ square = 5/8″ cut

This paper is a sneak peek from the new Holiday Catalog! If you are not currently working with another demonstrator, email me at and request your complimentary catalog! I would love to send it to you!

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SU! Holiday Catalog Preview!

What to buy first?

SU! Holiday Catalog

I’m enjoying this beautiful morning out on the deck studying the new Stampin’ UP! 2015-16 Holiday Catalog and making my list … a very long list, indeed! What an amazing collection of stamp sets, papers, and accessories – and kits!

Would you like a complimentary catalog?

All of my customers in the last 6 months will be receiving one automatically later this month.

If you are not currently working with another demonstrator,  email me to request your complimentary catalog!

I used one of my favorite new stamps in this Holiday Catalog for this quick card:

handmade card with trees

I love tree stamps and this one from the Wonderland stamp set is beautiful! Just think of all the many occasions you will use it for.

Newsletter Alert: Don’t Miss Out!

Get the photos and directions to make a fabulous gift set of Four Handmade Cards in a Gift Box in my newsletter coming out tomorrow. I just taught this class last week and everyone raved about it!

Its never too early to start thinking about those upcoming holiday gifts you would like to make! This one is quick, easy, beautiful, and inexpensive – four great words to describe a handmade gift!!

Be sure you don’t miss out. Just opt in on the top right of this page where it says “Yes, I want that!” I am looking forward to sending that to you tomorrow.


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