NEW Stampin' Up! Storage

Stampin' Up! has released new storage options for your new ink pads, markers, Blends, ink refills, and more!  

These are modular and you can configure them whatever way works best for you and your space.  They stack and are really affordable!  

You'll notice they have also released the floral grid paper for purchase.  Now you can easily protect your craft surface and use the grids to measure and make your layers even.

Fable Friends Easter Card

This month the theme for my tutorial coop is Easter or spring.  I chose Fable Friends as my stamp set for my card.  Isn't that bunny absolutely adorable?  Looks so much like Peter Rabbit!

You know how I love to watercolor and I created this card using Shimmery White cardstock, Stazon Ink and the ink from the lids of my ink pads using a dry Aqua Painter and a jar of water.

This was a fun card to make and I love, love, love that bunny!

I'll be emailing the tutorial for this card plus an additional 30+ tutorials in my newsletter the first week of April.  If you aren't already receiving my emails, please click on the subscribe link above or here and I will add you to my list!  I send out tutorials every month!


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Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!  (And happy birthday to my grandson, Grant, who turned 4 today!)

Just a quick card today to wish you good luck!  Two versions--one plain and one with enamel dots!






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Do you Love the Distinktive Stamps?

Do you love the Distinktive (exclusive to Stampin' Up!) stamps?  They are so realistic!  If you've never tried them or love them already, you can get a new stamp set in the April Paper Pumpkin kit!  Subscribe by April 10 to get this kit!

More about the April kit:

  • Makes 9 cards (3 each of 3 designs)
  • Includes an adorable gift box in addition to the cards
  • Coordinating colors:  Basic Black, Calypso Coral, Flirty Flamingo, Gray Granite, Mint Macaron, and So Saffron

Here is what Stampin' Up! has to say about Distinktive stamps:

  • Distinktive stamps give you photo-realistic images with just one stamp.  They have a special texture that gives added depth and dimension in just one stamp.  (No two-step stamping--YAY!)
  • These stamps are available only from Stampin' Up! and are made using a patent-pending process.
  • Distinktive stamps are available in red rubber and photopolymer; Paper Pumpkin's April kit includes photopolymer stamps.
  • Shop Distinktive stamps in the online store by searching "Distinktive" or love for the Distinktive icon in Stampin' Up! catalogs.

You can watch a video on Distinktive stamps here.

One tip I can give you for using these stamps--your ink pad should not be too "juicy".  If you aren't getting clear images, you can use a straight edge and clear some ink off to one side or you can try stamping-off to see if that works.  Have any problems or questions about these stamps?  I'll be happy to help!

Subscribe by April 10 or purchase prepaid kits (order by the end of March and earn FREE Sale-a-Bration items).  If you purchase prepaid kits, Stampin' Up! will send you an activation code.  Go to and enter your activation code no later than April 10, 10:50 pm MT.  It will ask for a credit card (just in case you want to continue to get kits after your prepaid runs out but you can cancel at any time before the 10th of the month), but you won't be charged a second time.

I'd love to see your completed cards!  Please post them on my Facebook page so we can all see what you've done!

Painted Seasons One Sheet Wonder Cards

I'm part of Jessica Taylor's One Sheet Wonder Club and every month we get a new template, video, and a pdf to make cards.  This month's template was for a 6 x 6 piece of Designer Series Paper.  Don't have that size paper?  Just cut your 12 x 12 paper and make a piece that is 6 x 6.  Jessica also has a template for using 12 x 12 when she makes a template that is 8-1/2 x 11" paper.

I decided to use the Painted Seasons Designer Series Paper (12 x 12) that is free during Sale-a-Bration.  You can get the bundle (stamp set and paper) with a $100 purchase or just the paper with a $50 purchase.  

I've made cards with 2 of the sheets of paper (there's paper for each season) and will be using the March template next month for the last two seasons so check back later for those cards.

The first series of cards are these:

With these cards, I used the Free DSP, free ribbon (already sold out, sorry), and the coordinating dies that you can purchase to match the stamp set.  The sentiment is from Humming Along.

The second set uses the FREE DSP but everything else used on the cards are from either the annual catalog or the Occasions catalog.

For the card with the circles and sentiment, I stamped off the leaves in Pumpkin Pie before stamping on the circle and then I stamped the sentiment over those leaves in Poppy Parade.  I also cut out a little mushroom from the paper to add to that sentiment.

Check back in a few days and I'll have the other two seasons done with a different template.

New Host Code (use if your order is below $150) and I'll send you an extra gift!


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Last Day to Get Paper Pumpkin!


Today is the last day to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin and get the special anniversary kit with not 1, but 2, stamp sets!

Stampin' Up! gave us a little sneak peek at what is coming:

Because it's our birthday, we decided to create a kit that is perfect for making birthday cards!  The March kit features 8 full-size mailable cards with envelopes.  Coordinating colors are Basic Black, Flirty Flamingo, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, and Poppy Parade.  This kit has an element that is sure to "pop".  The free stamp set is bigger and better than your typical Paper Pumpkin stamp sets and can be used later on a variety of crafting projects.

Now is a great time to subscribe to get this wonderful kit.  You can also purchase prepaid kits (3-month, 6-month, and 12-month) and earn FREE Sale-a-Bration items too!

Don't miss out!

Host Code (4M4WCCCR) Use if your order is below $150


Painted Seasons Tutorial Card

I am part of a Tutorial Coop and the theme for February is "Sale-a-Bration".  I created this thank you card featuring the Painted Seasons Designer Series Paper, free with a qualifying purchase as well as the FREE Country Floral Embossing Folder!

I used the ink from the tops of my ink pads to watercolor the flowers on this embossed circle (made from Shimmery White cardstock) and I colored pearls with my Blends. 

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Animal Outing Card

My 4-year-old grandson's pre-school has a mailbox for the students during the month of February.  They ask that we send letters, etc for them to read every Friday.  We sent letters and of course, I had to send him a card!

I didn't take a photo of the inside but it told him how proud we were using the Incredible Like You stamp set.  This was a fun card to make!



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