Monday, November 13, 2017

Big News! The Stamparatus is Coming!

I had an amazing time attending the Stampin' Up! On Stage event this weekend in Salt Lake City, Utah. They announced a brand new product called the Stamparatus!  It's different from all other stamping placement tools on the market. This tool will allow you to perfectly place and stamp images - especially multiple stamps!  There are FOUR stamping sides, and you can do the "hinge step" and stamp images down or across perfectly by lifting the plate and moving to the next hinge, ink and stamp, repeat!  And, you can use any size paper.   
Get in ASAP on the FIRST PRE-ORDER period which is this Thursday, November 16 at 3pm. Stampin' Up! is trying something new with the pre-orders to avoid backorders. Here's the scoop:
  • Reservation quantities are while supplies last.
  • Limit is 1 tool per customer per reservation window.  
  • Everyone may participate in multiple reservation windows.
  • In order to reserve your Stamparatus, you are required to provide your credit card information.
  • Credit cards will not be charged until the Stamparatus ships in February. When inventory arrives in the warehouse, SU will add your reservation to a shopping cart. They will then send you an email notifying you that your Stamparatus order is ready. Once you finalize payment and close your order, the system will charge your credit card. Please be sure to choose me as your demonstrator. 

I need product details!
  • Compatible with Stampin' Up!'s red rubber and photopolymer stamp
  • Foam mat to use with photopolymer stamps
  • Rulers and grid lines for quick measuring
  • 2 open sides so you can stamp on larger paper
  • 2 reversible plates: a total of 4 surfaces to work with
  • 2 magnets to hold the paper in place
  • Magnet storage areas
  • Retail Price-$49.00 USD
Why do YOU need one? You'll fall in love with stamping all over again when you learn everything you can do with it!
  • Make multiples with ease
  • Consistently stamp crisp, clean images
  • If you want a darker impression, apply more ink and restamp-no need to start over
  • Make fewer mistakes, saving time and money
  • Easily create 2-step, 3-step, and 4-step stamped images using reversible plates
  • Develop new and specialized stamping techniques with adjustable stamping plates and precision placement
Visit on Thursday and reserve yours! 

Friday, November 10, 2017

Carols of Christmas Stacked Double Z Fold Card

I wasn't really sure what to call this technique. I've seen z fold cards which open up horizontally, but I wanted this one to open up so that it looked like a long sheet of music. The sentiments are stamped from the Carols of Christmas and Merry Little Labels stamp sets and the background is the Music Specialty Designer Series Paper. I used the Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder for the card base. It looks so cozy!
There a couple of subtle differences on these two cards. The first one is matted on Whisper White cardstock and I left off the bling. The second is on a Basic Black mat and I added the Clear Faceted Gems. They look like ice crystals.
Here you can see how it is attached and how it folds flat to fit in a Medium Envelope 5-3/4" x 4-3/8".  The little pine sprigs were cut out in Old Olive using the Christmas Staircase Thinlits Dies.
The measurements for this card are a little bit tricky because I wanted my focal sentiment to be stamped on the largest square from the Stitched Shapes thinlits die. This square has a weird measurement of 2 5/8" (it looks like it's  2 1/2" but it's not). This was throwing off my mat because I wanted a 1/4" all around it. 
Here are the measurements to create this card using the large square from the Stitched Shapes Framelits die as your focal image: 
Whisper White Card Base: 4 1/4" x 11", Score at 2 3/4" and 5 1/2"
Center z fold (black or white mat): 9 3/8" x 3 1/8", Score at 3 1/8" and 6 2/8"
Music Specialty DSP: 2 13/8" x 8 15/8"  Glue to your mat and fold. You don't need to score it first.

I was inspired by a traditional fold card created by Tanya Boser. Please leave a comment and if you would like to order any of the items featured in this post, you can shop at and please choose me as your demonstrator.

  • Stamp Set: Carols of Christmas, Merry Little Labels
  • Colors & Ink: Whisper White, Basic Black, Old Olive, Black Memento
  • DSP:  Music Specialty
  • Embelishments: Clear Faceted Gems
  • Tools: Simply Scored, Stampin' Trimmer, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin' Dimensionals
  • Big Shot: Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies, Christmas Staircase Thinlits

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Stampin Blends and Limited Project Kit are Available!
Say hello to a new world of colorful creativity! Meet Stampin’ Blends, artist-quality alcohol markers in 12 exclusive Stampin’ Up! colors, available in singles or in one light and one darker shade combo pack: Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Night of Navy, Old Olive, Pink Pirouette, Pool Party, Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry and Smoky Slate. Or buy them all in a combo pack! To cover all the blending bases, SU is also offering a limited-time 16-card Color me Happy project kit and stamp set with beautiful line-art images to practice your blending skills. Available while supplies last. Check out the product catalog HERE.

To order any of items featured in this post, please go to and choose me as your demonstrator. 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

We Create Blog Hop - November Step It Up

Hello November! Welcome to our Blog Hop. We are a group of Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators who create a simple project and then a “stepped up” version on the first of every month. I'm featuring the Ready for Christmas Bundle which is available through the Holiday Catalog until January 2, 2018. 
The Ready for Christmas Bundle includes the Ready for Christmas stamp set and the coordinating Christmas Staircase Thinlits Dies. You save 10% when your order them together in the bundle. Just go to and you can choose me as your demonstrator to order any of the items featured in this post.
For the simple card, I used an Old Olive base with a Basic Black Mat and the Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper (also featured in the Holiday Catalog). I cut out the largest square with the Stitched Shapes Framelit die and stamped the images. Then I cut this square with the next to largest framelit. I stuck one of the frames flat, next the image, and then popped up the last layered frame with Stampin' Dimensionals. The cute little dog is stamped and cut out with the matching framelit from the bundle. 
For the stepped up card, I created a gate fold card and added the gate from the Detailed Gate Thinlits Die.  I added little Pearl Basic Jewels embellishments to the red bows. Inside, the sentiment is stamped onto a shape from the Stitched Shape Framelits. 

I played around with this idea a little more and created a flat cardfront (which doesn't open like the gate). I added some garland to the top of the gate and added the snow with the Embossing Paste. I can't get enough of this plaid paper! I hope you enjoyed my creations. Please leave a comment and let me know if you have any questions.   

Thank you so much for stopping by! To see what the other bloggers' stepped up cards look like, hop on over to my creative friend Julie Davidse's blog, Stampin Jul by clicking Next Blog below:
  • Stamp Set: Ready for Christmas
  • Colors & Ink: Basic Black, Whisper White, Old Olive, Real Red, Early Espresso, Black Memento
  • Embellishments: Basic Pearl Jewels, Embossing Paste
  • DSP:  Merry Little Christmas DSP and Merry Music Specialty DSP for the photo background
  • Tools: Blender Pen, Simply Scored, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin' Trimmer, Paper Snips, Stampin' Dimensionals
  • Big Shot: Detailed Gate Thinlits Die, Christmas Staircase Thinlits Dies, Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies

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