Stamping Tips for Using Alphabet Stamps!

For the very first time … I am in love with an alphabet stamp set! 

Its the new  Layered Letters Alphabet stamp set!

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Yes, I have bought plenty, and I have even used a few, but until now it mostly felt like too much work to get them looking the way I wanted them to look.

So, why do I like this one so much? I love the style – it is so casual that it doesn’t ask to be lined up straight for one. Also the size is perfect for words, short saying, names … so many things! I also love the solid circle and rectangle stamps in the set to used for highlighting.

Just watch … I’m sure this Layered Letters Alphabet stamp set will be showing up regularly on this blog!

Here is a fun way to use these stamps!

Layered LettersAlphabet Stamps and How to Use Them


If my enthusiasm for the Layered Alphabet is contagious, you can get yours by clicking below!



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Cutie Pie Boxes at the MN Rubber Stamp Event!

Would you like a piece of Cutie Pie cake?

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If you can make it to the Rubber Stamp Event in Bloomington, MN this weekend … and you are on my mailing list … I will have a piece of Cutie Pie cake waiting for you! (and, oh yes, there are goodies inside too!)

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I am a chocolate girl so this cake is double chocolate with chocolate icing on top.

Isn’t that a cute little bow? In addition to the icing and bow, this set of thinlits comes with ties that can be attached to the bows, words, a candle, tags and more so there are endless ways of dressing it up!

There is also a coordinating Sweet Stack stamp set and, for those of you who like to have a “party-in-a-box”, there is a Sweet Stack Project Kit with all supplies to make 20 boxes! (How fun would that be for your kids to make for their own birthday parties? Or for them to make a special centerpiece for a grandparent’s birthday?)

For more information about this weekend, just click here on the Bloomington Rubber Stamp Event? If you are coming, be sure to stop and see me and pick up your gift!

Not on my mailing list? Sign up right now on the top right side of this page!

*** and if you are coming with a friend, make sure your friend has signed up too. Don’t leave any friends behind.

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The Wilderness Awaits with a Paper Piercing Technique!

This cute fox is part of The Wilderness Awaits stamp set. Its always great to have a new set for making masculine cards, isn’t it?

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I love this new In Color Designer Series Paper too!

This sheet with the words on it is my favorite in the pack!


The Banner Triple Punch was so helpful in making the edge!

Tip Top Taupe is the color on this monochromatic card.

Do you use the Paper Piercing technique very often? I know I don’t. I didn’t want to make a second oval frame for the fox so I thought this would be a good way to accent the edges. What do you think?

The dotted piece was cut at 4″ to make the most  out of 12 x 12 paper. Because the card itself is 4 1/4″ wide, I cut it apart where you won’t see it – right under the piece with the words on it. It looks like it is one piece of 4 1/4″ paper, but it is really two pieces!

If that didn’t make any sense, perhaps the video will:

Masculine Card with a Fox and Paper Piercing!

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Stamping Tips & Techniques That Didn’t Last!

In honor of Throwback Thursday, I thought I would share some things I tried with making cards in the past that I actually hate to admit to! I would never try these – or recommend that you do either – today!!!

First, did you ever try the technique of “soot stamping”?

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I received this beautiful card in a swap many years ago and have no idea who made it. (As always, email me if you know who I should get credit to.)

As demonstrators, many of us considered this a great technique for creating masculine cards!

“Playing with fire” could certainly attract some new stampers with its element of danger, but I don’t think that is a good way to go!

stamping technique using sootTo use this technique you use a cheap candle (since it will give off more soot than the better quality ones) and glossy card stock. You hold the glossy card stock as close as you can to the flame without it burning, of course, and it will catch the soot.

Oh yes, my paper did catch on fire a time or two and I knew I would never show this technique at a workshop!

and then there were the early days of heat embossing!

I had never stamped anything before I became a demonstrator and I figured I didn’t need to buy the heat tool to start with because others had told me about these great techniques.

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My first try was with the stove top.

I ended up with plenty of scorched card stock, but only one time with the paper on fire.

Certainly an idea I wanted to give up!








Next, I tried the same idea with a toaster!

toaster and card making

Pretty much the same results.

At that point, I also realized that I didn’t really want to ask to use the toaster at my host’s house

…. and I also didn’t want to risk anything happening there

…. so I bought the heat tool.

Great decision, by the way!



Now, it’s your turn. What crazy things have you tried in the world of card making?

Please leave your comments so we can share a laugh with you on this walk down memory lane!

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Anna’s Card Kits: Mickey and Minnie Mouse!

card maker with Down'sAnna has been busy with making a new set of cards.

Mickey and Minnie Mouse are sure to delight kids young and old!

Wouldn’t they be perfect to add to your Memory Album if you take a trip to Disney World too?

… or send a special someone off on a Disney vacation?





Each of Anna’s Card Kits comes with supplies to make three cards. Envelopes are included and all you need to supply is the adhesive … and it is only $5 for 3 cards!

To change the card from Mickey to Minnie, just change the bowtie to a hair tie! Isn’t that clever?Mickey and Minnie Mouse cards

In this short video, Anna shows how she makes each card kit. What you don’t see is all of the punching she did before we made this video – the head, ears, and tie are all done with punches.

When you buy Anna’s Card Kits, you win three ways:

1. You get quick, fun cards to either make yourself or to give as a gift!

2. You are supporting Anna, a young women with Down’s, that has created her own business!

3. Since Anna donates all of the proceeds to causes including heart health for kids, breast cancer, children’s cancer, and more, your money is going there!

How is that for a Win-Win-Win?

You will find all of the current card kits that Anna has available by clicking on this link:

(shipping is $2 whether you are buying one card kit or ten!)

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You’ve Got This with a Coloring Technique!

Do you find yourself trying to fill in all the empty spaces and not go outside the lines when you color? (Does grade school Art Class come to mind?)

You've Go This stamp set


This is a fun coloring technique to try.

With your marker, just outline the insides of the image!

(I used the You’ve Got This stamp set with Watermelon Wonder Card Stock and Ink.)

Isn’t that a fun and different look?



Now .. how about doodling?

Some of us (me included) have doodled all of our lives – in the margins of textbooks, on the church bulletins, in our notebooks … wherever there was blank space!

Who knew that this “mindless” activity would come into its own as an art form?

… and if you are not a doodler, this is the time to loosen up and try it! The beauty of it is that it doesn’t need to be exact.

Try edging your card the way I did or any other pattern you can think of.

Pretend you are five years old and just play!

Doodling & Coloring on a Handmade Card:

This new You’ve Got This stamp set is so pretty! It is also the stamp set I am giving five cards with in my online club this month! If you place a minimum $30 order in my online store by June 20, you are automatically in the club. Click here to read more about it!

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Karen’s Online Stamp Club for June!

Did you know that whenever you place a minimum $30 order (before tax and shipping) in my online store using host code T66DNWR2 you are automatically in my online club for the month?

What does that mean?

You've Got This stamp set


You will receive five cards with envelopes in the mail!

Three will be card kits and two will be completed cards.

… plus PDFs for each card … and the opportunity to stamp live together online!

Each month I choose one stamp set to feature. This month it is You’ve Got This. You can easily substitute another set if you don’t have it.



Do you want see some of the others? Here is just a sneak peek of a few of them:

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How helpful would it be to you to have five cards using the same stamp set to see, touch and feel? Do you think you might use that stamp set more?

Do you think you will be inspired to create your own variations?

I think so … and I would love to see you in the club!



Just order (minimum $30 before tax and shipping) in my online store here using host code T66DNWR2 by June 20th and you are automatically in! You don’t have to do anything else. (Email me at  if you have any questions)


* P.S. One important thing: do not check the “don’t contact button” or I will have no idea who you are! That button just means that I, as your demonstrator, will receive your name and address.

*  P.S. Do this for six months in a row and you will get to choose a free $15 stamp set.

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A Stamping Question: Are You 3M?

I made this video just to have some fun with one of my Facebook Parties, but today I decided I would share it with you. You might enjoy some of the “throwback” cards I used to tell the story.

But first, three disclaimers:

1. I heard the term “3M” from a speaker but I can’t remember who, so I can’t give credit. (tell me if you know)

2. I believe this opportunity is for men as well as women so I apologize for using the phrase “night out with other women” – but since I was using it as an example of what a women might tell her husband I went with the “women”.

3. This was not a practiced presentation – just a fun, spur of the moment sharing.

… now, enjoy!

Can you see that being a SU! demonstrator will fit into your life in any way that you want it to?

I love what I do and I would love to share more with you.

Email me at or call me (612-929-1277) with questions. I would love to talk with you!

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Embossing Technique for Your Handmade Cards!

Do you like to make interesting backgrounds for your card? Here is a fun embossing technique for you to try! I used Bohemian Borders on this card.

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Isn’t that an interesting look?

I used some of the In Colors (Delightful Dijon,  Mint Macaron, Cucumber Crush, Watermelon Wonder). If you change the colors, you will get a totally different look. In addition to the colors, you could change how you sponge. Instead of doing lines like I did, how about circles of different sizes or random sponging, or even monochromatic?

To finish the card, I used the new Bohemian Chic Embossing Folder and words I Think You’re Great.

Embossed & Sponged Background Technique for Cards

As crafters, most of us love to play with new ideas and see what we come up. I am always interested in seeing what you do with any of the ideas I share. Email me your creations at


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Build a Birthday Card Three Ways!

Did you know that birthday cards are the most popular cards people make? Is that true for you?

Then you will love this Build a Birthday stamp set! Here are three ways just to make the cake:

build a birthday stamp set


First, I used the stamps that come in this set.

(How clever of me!)

I am using the new In Colors for all of these cards: Cucumber Crush, Delightful Dijon, Mint Macaron, Tip Top Taupe, and Watermelon Wonder.





handmade birthday card


Next, I used strips of paper from the Cherry on Top Designer Series Papers.











washi tape birthday cake


and last, I used the Cherry on Top Designer Washi Tape.

All three cards are quick and easy, and each gives a different effect.

Which is your favorite?








One Stamp Set Three Ways!

I know I always need some fresh ideas for making quick and easy birthday cards. This is a great addition to your birthday stamp collection.

Click on any of the products below and it will take you my online store.

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Quick & Easy Personalized Gift … Plus Join the Party!

Read to the end for a special announcement!

Shannon West, one of the staff at SU!,  made this for me using the using one of our Kraft Journals. Isn’t it sweet?

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The larger size is on sale this week on the Weekly Deals (click on the side panel to see those deals).


Shannon came to participate in an event that a bunch of us planned for local demonstrators. She demonstrated how to make these.

The letter K is embossed on the front and then a strip of Designer Series Paper is wrapped around the Journal for a belly band.






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She lined the inside of the front and back covers with Designer Series Paper.

The bookmarks are made with a strip of burlap and a strip of sequins.




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These were stapled on to the back cover.

That’s it!

You have cute and useful gift for any occasion.

Think of all the ways you can personalize them.










Here are a couple of others that I have made:

handmade gifts

and the special announcement?

The new catalog goes live tomorrow and I am celebrating with an All-Day Party on Facebook. From 9 am – 9  pm Central Time stop by and see what we are doing. Watch a new project video, add to the conversation – and you might win of the many drawings!

You can go my Facebook Page now and click on “event” to sign up. Then just show up on the page anytime tomorrow! See you there.


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The Quickest Handmade Cards!

For really quick and easy cards, there is nothing like Designer Series Papers! The four cards below are all made with the Painted Blooms DSP which is disappearing in four days!

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This first card adds just words.










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Next, just add a little bling!







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On this card, I cut the DSP thinner and added interest with lines made with the Gel Pen and sequins.






handmade happy birthday card


The fourth and final card uses two of the papers in the pack. One of them is plain enough to stamp the Happy Birthday on and the other provides the design.

A bit of lace and an Antique Brad and it is finished!






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Look at the variety of cards made with the Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper – and this is just enough to get you started on your own creativity!





Isn’t this Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper amazing?

Remember, there are only four days left and these will be gone! Get yours now and you will be ready with quick and easy cards any time you need them!


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