Friendship · Non-Card Projects

Graceful Glass Bookmarks


These quick and easy bookmarks are one of the gifts I’m making for the ladies in our handbell choir at church. To make them, I took the Graceful Glass DSP and cut the pieces into 1.5″ strips. I colored them with my Stampin’ Blends. When you color them, look for the side with the shiny black printing. This is the FRONT, turn it over and color the BACK. In the examples below, I colored one on each side. If you color the front, the color is more intense, but I am worried that the ink might smear with handling.

After you color the vellum, allow it to dry thoroughly and the alcohol in the blends to evaporate completely. (I wouldn’t use the heat tool to do this or the velllum could curl. It only takes 5-10 minutes.)

I backed the vellum with a 1.5″ x 6″ strip of regular whisper white card stock. Snail adhesive works fine for this, it does not show through. Avoid liquid adhesives which could smear your ink.

Then I cut Lovely Lipstick 7.25″ by 2″. I cut the top with the Scalloped tag topper, and then finished it with a polka dot tulle ribbon.

Here are some close ups:

I hope you have fun with this quick and easy gift. I could imagine using them as a hostess gift or stocking stuffer too!

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Fall · Friendship · Intermediate Cards · Thank You · Thanksgiving

Harvest of Thanks

IMG_4032This is another card highlighting the Country Home DSP and Falling Leaves bundle from the 2018 Holiday Catalog.

Stampin’ Up! has a tagline called “Copy And Share Everything” or CASE. This card was CASEd from Amy Koenders out of Georgia.

I had already used up the wood background paper in the Country Lane DSP, so this is a substitution. There is also a nice wood print in the Nature’s Poem DSP if you don’t have the wood DSP handy.

Cut all of your paper as follows:

Score your 8.5×11″ Blackberry Bliss paper at 5.5″ on the long side. Then flip it and cut at 4.25″ on the short side to make the card bases.

The Crushed Curry background is 4×5.25″. Take another sheet and cut it at 4.25″ on the short side to cut the lacy border out.

The Whisper White inside is 3.75×5. Cut another sheet in half at 4.25″ on the short side for the front sentiments. (I stamped these with the Stamparatus, one inch apart by moving the plate down the hinges, then cut them out after stamping.

The wood DSP should be cut to 3.75″x5″.

The Blackberry Bliss DSP (I used some dots and some tin tile) should be cut to 3.75″x3″. To cut the angle, I flipped it over on the back so one corner touched the 1″ mark on my trimmer, and the other corner landed exactly where the cutting blade would cross. (See picture.)


Stamp the inside sentiment in Shaded Spruce.

The outside sentiment, I stamped down a sheet of whisper white paper using the hinge and stepping it down one notch between each, then trimming them with my Stampin’ Trimmer. The angle cuts I just did with snips.

I used Soft Suede to stamp some leaves on to the wood DSP to add a bit more depth.

Use your Big Shot to cut the crushed curry “lace” piece that goes behind the angled cut on the Blackberry Bliss DSP.

My sandwich for this was:

  • Magnetic Plate
  • Precision Cutting Plate
  • Paper
  • Die (cutting side down)
  • Clear Cutting Plate

NOTE: I tried with the standard platform and thin die adapter and found it was very tight on my Big Shot and I was bowing my die. If you use the magnetic and precision plates together, be careful not to pinch your fingers!

For the copper leaf, I first cut the outline with the magnetic cutting plate and two standard cutting pads. If you have multiple cutting pads, find your smoothest one, as any marks on your top cutting pad will transfer onto the copper paper. Embossing helps, but they will still show.

Next, emboss the leaf with the embossing die from the same set. My sandwich for this was:

  • Standard Big Shot Platform
  • White plate that came with the embossing mats
  • Blue embossing mat
  • Copper Leaf
  • Embossing die (embossing side down)
  • Clear cutting plate

Note: SU recommends putting the die down first, embossing side up, but I just can’t keep it from shifting and with the foil paper, any washi tape leaves a line at it’s edge on my finished leaf.

Use your bone folder to curl the edges of the leaf to give it a bit of dimension.


Assemble the card using Snail on all of the card stock pieces and dimensionals for the leaf and sentiment.

If you have a Soft Suede Stampin’ Write marker or Stampin’ Blend, it’s a cute touch to add some dots behind the leaf to show a trail behind it as it “falls”.

Add some envelope flair, and you’re all set!


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Christmas · Friendship · Intermediate Cards · Winter

Warm and Cozy

final_productIt’s a cold (California) evening, and I was feeling like making something cozy. This cute snowman card was fun to make, and highlights the new Shimmer Paint.

The card base is Balmy Blue, and is made by cutting a sheet of 8.5×11 paper in half. I like to score first, at 4.25″ on the short side, then flip and cut it in half at 5.5″

The background was a fun new technique I was playing with. The paper is standard (not thick) Whisper White card stock, cut at 4×5.25″. I embossed it first using the Cable Knit embossing folder. Then I mixed in a ramekin:

  • Four drops of Balmy Blue Ink
  • A good sized “glop” of Champagne Mist shimmer paint
  • About 2 tablespoons of regular rubbing alcohol

Here’s what the solution looked like:


Then I used a sponge brayer and rolled the mixture onto the paper. The sponge will absorb the whole amount of the liquid, but you can dab it off on the edge of the ramekin. I expiremented with how hard to push with the brayer and how much to have on the sponge, and you can see that you have a lot of options using the same mixture:

Embossed Layers

I used my heat tool to help dry the embossed layers more quickly, but with alcohol, if you did these first, they’d probably dry by the time you finished cutting and coloring the other pieces.
I found using the multipurpose glue was the best way to adhere the pieces to the card base, since there are so many different heights in this dynamic folder.
For the front sentiment and the snow people, the hinge stamping feature on the Stamparatus made this go very quickly. (I’m left handed if you’re trying to figure out why I use the top of the Stamparatus at that angle.) Another trick is to use a single width stamp case under it, so you can have the plate lie flat for inking.
I finished up with blends to color the snow people, and a touch of Wink of Stella to have them glitter too.
Here’s a close up of the finished card front:
Card Front
Thanks for reading, and happy stampin’!

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Fall · Intermediate Cards · Thank You · Thanksgiving

Falling For Leaves Friendship Card

This fall card highlights the “Baby Wipe” technique.

To create an ombre effect, take a baby wipe and place it flat on a smooth surface, such as a large acrylic stamp block. Then use re-inkers in the desired colors and draw a line in each color with ink. Wait a moment or two and the inks will naturally blend.

For this card, I used:
Blackberry Bliss
Shaded Spruce
Pumpkin Pie
Crushed Curry

If the wipe starts to get dry, you can touch it up with a spritz of water.

Use the bone folder to curl the edges of your leaves to give the card a more dimensional effect.

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Beginner Cards · Friendship

Dandelion Wishes


This simple card is high impact, and a go-to for friendship notes.

I set up the Stamparatus with the dandelions and sentiment on one plate, and then the Bokeh Dots on a second plate. I was able to make 20 of this card in about 30 minutes.

One great feature of the Stamparatus is that if you have an uneven stamp, or miss a small part of a sentiment, you can just go right back over the original stamp.

This is a great beginner card, and one I use regularly as a “warm up” in a class to help folks get comfortable. These are really pretty and simple, and when I shared them with other Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators, this quickly became one of my most liked posts ever!

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Christmas · Intermediate Cards · Winter

Snowflake Showcase

This limited edition stamp set is only available during November 2018, and it’s a keeper!

I used my embossing mats to emboss the large snowflake from the Snowfall Thinlits onto Whisper White card stock, and then mixed a little bit of Balmy Blue re-inker, water and the Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint in a ramekin. I used a dauber to “paint” the cardstock, and loved how the darker bits around the embossing turned out.

Finally I layered on a variety of snowflakes cut out on the White Velvet paper and the White Glimmer paper and stamped my sentiment in Night of Navy.

For the inside, try using the hinge stamping feature of your Stamparatus to line up the image just right. On the envelopes, I used Balmy Blue and just played around with different snowflakes in the set.

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Note: Items in red are available for purchase only during November 2018.


Fall · Holiday · Seasons · Thank You · Thanksgiving

Simply Thankful


One of the cards I use most are thank you notes. They’re versatile and handy to have on hand to thank someone for doing a special thing, or also to give as gifts. I love bringing a box of cards as a hostess gift when I’m going to someone’s house for dinner, or a simple gift for someone.

These cards feature the Country Home Suite in the 2018 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog. I stamped them in Memento ink and then colored them with blends.

If you’ve never tried the Stamparatus, this card was quick to set up, and I made 12 of this card in about an hour. Having the stamps locked into position made it really easy to stamp a stack of cards all at once. The envelope stamps are done by moving the hinge one slot to the right, so they’re all in a perfect line and evenly spaced.

Contact me if you’d like to get a quick lesson on how to make this card, or order below.

Happy Stampin’!


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