Lots of Scraps

The new Stampin’ Up! catalog will be available earlier this year, starting in May. I received my copy in the mail this past week and have spent many evenings pouring over the pages and making a long wish list. Always such a fun time to shop for new toys.

That said, the new catalog means that I will have a lot of my inventory retiring. Many of you know that I am a bit of a paper-hoarder. I’m trying to get better, but it’s just so hard. So, for my last Facebook Live, I thought I’d come up with some options to use up scraps of designer series paper to start paring down my supply.

I came up with 4 simple ideas; the first actually ends up being 2 cards. Click here to view the Facebook Live for all these cards. I took 1/2″ strips of the Forever Fern paper and adhered them to the front of a 4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of white cardstock. Once complete, I used a circle die from the Stitched Framelit dies to cut a circle out of the finished piece to create another card. I finished both cards off with the same sentiment framed by a piece of Pretty Peacock paper.

The other 3 cards I made were also with scraps of paper. I used the sunburst technique for one of the cards because the scraps of paper I was using were a bit bigger (2″ x 5 1/2″ scraps cut diagonally). If you want more information on this technique, please let me know.

I haven’t received my pre-order from the new catalog yet, but as soon as I do, I will do some stamping and post some pictures. For those of you who ave ordered from me before, I will have a free catalog for you (I missed the mailing selection, so you won’t get one in the mail). Ill get it to you as soon as I can.

If you want to place an order of any retired items click on the link to my online store on the right and be sure to use the April Host code of S66FJXFZ when you place your order.

As always, let me know if you have any questions about the cards above or Stampin’ Up! product. Thanks for stopping by – Happy Stamping!

The Versatility of Tape

It’s something we all have in that junk drawer in the kitchen and believe it or not it can be used as a “stamp”. This is a technique I learned quite a long time ago. I was getting lost down the black hole that is Pinterest and saw a card that reminded me of it. When I pulled out the supplies and started playing, the card below – as well as the other cards shown – came together really quickly.

All you have to do is take a strip of masking or painters tape, press it down on your ink pad and then “stamp” it on your paper. It’s best to see how it’s done, so I demonstrated the technique in my Facebook Live on 3/24 (yep, I’m behind again) – click here to see how it’s done. It’s simple and really pretty!

This is a masculine card that could be for Birthday, Father’s Day, or Congratulations card. How fun would it be to use the school colors using this technique for the background on a graduation card!

The other cards I created turned out equally as quick – and cute! The possibilities for this technique are endless.

Here’s the recipe for the first card above. If you ware interested in ordering anything, please click on my store link on the right or give me a call.

Hope you are enjoying our summer weather – it’s been beautiful. Thanks for stopping by – Happy Stamping!

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All it takes is a little alcohol…

…oh, and a glass of wine can make it fun, too!

Last week I demonstrated a fun, new-to-me technique using the Stampin’ Blends, vellum paper and rubbing alcohol. I had a lot of fun experimenting with different colored backgrounds and creating cards where the background is the focus. The technique can be a little messy, but is pretty simple. Check out the Facebook Live here for a demonstration of the technique.

I randomly scribbled Dark Blackberry Bliss, Light Rich Razzleberry and Dark Highland Heather Stampin’ Blends on the vellum and then painted over it with the alcohol. I found the best technique is to paint around the side of the scribbles and then drop a little alcohol in the middle to let it spread. The sooner you paint after you scribble with the blends, the better the watercolor looks. Experiment on vellum scraps because not all Stampin’ Blend colors work with this technique.

I used the Poppy Moments dies to compliment the background; I felt that the openness of the die cut pieces lent themselves well to the card design. I used Wink of Stella on the dies-cut pieces and some retired gold thread, too, for some sparkle. And finally, the sentiment comes from the Peaceful Moments. Since the background is the focus, the design of the card came together very quickly. (see full recipe of products below)

I did play with some other color combinations on the following cards – really a great technique if you are looking for something different for your cards. The open die cut pieces are best for showcasing your unique backgrounds.

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If you are interested in purchasing any of these products, please click here for my online store or just give me a call at 612-718-9392. If you do place an order online, please use the March Host Code UT7R4XPP before you check out.

Thanks and, as always, Happy Stamping!

Woodland Cuties

Another darling set from the Stampin’ Up! spring mini catalog was my focus in my Facebook Live a couple of weeks ago. I’m not one that usually likes to do a lot of coloring, I think I’m too impatient and need more instant gratification when making cards. Anyhoo, when I first saw this set, I thought “too much to color” but the images were so cute. Well, I kept coming back to it and added it to my wish list….and of course I bought it! I’m so glad I did.

There are a number of ways to use the images in the set, but I took the height of the whole tree image and created a fun fold card. The actual directions in the mini catalog call for adding another length of tree trunk that takes a bit of figuring, but I didn’t want to to fuss with that. It took a bit of figuring to get the measurements for the fold to work right; I stamped a “test” image and played with the folding to get it just right. I also had to make sure the bunny and butterfly images weren’t stamped where a fold would be. You’ll see in the card below, I didn’t quite get the top butterfly in the right position – it’s peeking out just a bit.

If you want to make the card the way I have it designed, the dimensions are:

  • White cardstock: 3 3/4″ x 8 1/2″ scored at 4 3/8″ and 6 3/8″ (score after coloring)
  • Balmy Blue cardstock: 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Granny Apple Green cardstock:4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″
  • Scrap of white and Soft Suede for the sentiment

You will stamp the tree in the 3 stages – you have to make sure that its straight on your paper or when you fold it the trunk will not meet up correctly with the top of the tree. This can be done a couple of different ways; one one card I used the Stampin’ Up! Stamparatus and on the original card, using a ruler I just made light pencil marks on the paper to help me stamp the tree straight.

As noted above, one other hint is to stamp and color all your images before you score the paper. The scoring lines are more noticeable if you color over them.

After folded and held closed with a ribbon, the dimension of this card allows for a space for a sentiment. Since I added a balloon to the wing of the owl, the birthday sentiment from this set was perfect. I normally don’t add anything on the inside of my cards, but I couldn’t resist the saying below.

If you are interested in this set, it’s on page 53 of the Stampin’ Up! mini catalog, or click here to access it in the online catalog. Here’s a complete list of all the materials:

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If you want to order any of these supplies please go to my ordering webpage here and don’t forget to enter the March host code UT7R4XP before you check out. And as always, let me know if you have questions.

Happy Stamping!

Fine Art Floral

What a beautiful weekend we had here in Minnesota! I enjoyed time around a campfire with some dear friends on Saturday afternoon and then in between coats of paint on my basement stairs, took a lovely long walk this afternoon in 62 degree weather. Sounds like we have a couple more days of this weather before we go back to “normal” March weather. I’ll take whatever I can get!

Because of that, I wasn’t near my computer or my craft room much this weekend, so I’m just getting around to posting tonight. The card I made for this past Friday’s Facebook Live is a bit of a departure from my usual designs. I had originally planned on showing some different masking techniques, but I had such a terrible week at my real job that, I didn’t have the time, or energy, to pull anything together. When I finally got in my crafting room, I pulled out the Simply Succulents suite that I hadn’t used yet. The large die in the set got my creative juices flowing in a different direction and I ended up with the card below. With this new card idea, I was also able to use the new Stampin’ Up blending brushes. The inspiration for the card colors came from the Fine Art Floral Designer Series Paper.

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I’ve got a couple of other bundles sitting in my craft room that I haven’t had time to play with and I am hoping to do that this week. I’ll be back to Wednesday for my Facebook Live, so I’ll show what I was able to come up with.

If you want to know how this card was made or if you are interested in participating in my stamping classes on Tuesday, March 16 (click here) or Thursday, March 18, (click here) click on the link to sign up at meetup.com or send me an email at sweetpea.stamping@gmail.com. And if you place an order with me, the March Host code is UT7R4XPP.

Have a great week and stay safe. Happy Stamping!

More fun folds

Well, I’m really late getting the cards and recipes posted for the cards from my Facebook Live on February 24th. I was lucky enough to have some social – out of the house! – events last weekend and then this week ended up being a work week from hell. I haven’t been this glad it’s Friday in a loooong time. So, I have a glass of wine in hand, a good movie on the tube, and my laptop handy to get these things posted!

I wanted to show some more fun folds last week and show an interlocking gate fold technique using the Hey Chick/Birthday Chick and Sweet Ice Cream bundles that are available now. One of my cards also highlights some of the items that were available for SALE-a-bration. One more reason I’m sorry this is late since that promotion ended on 2/28 since you can no longer order them. My apologies!

The first card pictured uses a few elements from the Hey Chick/Birthday Chick bundles that are available now (click here) until May 3rd. I’m so glad they brought back the Hey Chick set – and even more glad that I saved it from the first time it was available a couple of years ago. The images are SO cute!

The interlocking gate fold technique uses the Layering Squares dies to create a frame (the “buckle”) and the square with the chicken image that locks inside. The thicker the frame, the more sturdy the buckle is. See the list of materials used below. (Sorry – the paper is no longer available).

The second card uses the Sweet Ice Cream bundle (click here) which I also used in the card I posted last week. Check out all the great images, paper and accessories in this bundle. I didn’t make this buckle as sturdy, so I’m going to have to add another layer in the buckle. I love the sprinkles on the ice cream – those come as part of the suite.

This final card is a different kind of fold called a pocket card. The stamp set and punch are part of the Sweet Strawberry Suite (click here) which is in the spring mini catalog, unfortunately, the paper for the card was part of SALE-a-bration and is no longer available. There are lots of examples of pocket cards on Pinterest – check them out! I’m also going to try and add a tutorials section to my website that will have written dimensions/instructions on how to make these fun techniques.

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My March Host Code is UT7R4XPP, if you plan to place an order from my online store, please use this code. As always, let me know if you have questions about anything. My email address is sweetpea.stamping@gmail.com.

Take care, be safe and Happy Stamping!

Fun Fold Ice Cream

I had planned on having a number of fun fold cards to show this week on the blog and on last Wednesday’s Facebook Live, but I was only to pull 1 card together. (sigh) Adulting sometimes gets in the way, and I have to put my toys aside…

However, I was able to create the card below – it’s a fun take on the gate fold card and it has a belly band! I wanted to use the Ice Cream Corner Suite from the Mini Catalog because there are just so many great elements. Because this is a fun fold, along with the recipe below, I wanted to provide the measurements and a short tutorial. Here’s what you will need:

  • White Card Stock: 4″ x 10″, scored at 5″, 2 pieces 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ scored diagonally, 7/8″ x 1 1/2″ for sentiment plus additional scraps for ice cream cone
  • Designer Series Paper (DSP): 3 3/4″ x 5 3/4″ and 1 piece contrasting DSP 3 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ (Ice Cream Corner DSP)
  • Colored Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 5 1/4″, 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ (I used Rich Razzleberry)
  • Vellum: 1″ x 9″

Card Directions:

  1. Fold the 4″ x 10″ white card stock.
  2. Fold the 3 1/2″ card stock along the diagonal and adhere each one along the fold on each side to the back of the 4″ x 5″ card stock so it looks like wings (see photo below).
  1. Adhere to the 4 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ colored card stock..
  2. Adhere the 3 3/4″ x 5 3/4″ DSP to the front of the white card stock
  3. Stamp Sentiment on 7/8″ x 1 1/2″ white paper and adhere to the top of the DSP
  4. Cut the contrasting 3 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ DSP diagonally and adhere to the front of the “wings”
  5. Stamp the ice cream 3 times in 3 separate colors (I used Rich Razzleberry, Pool Party and Soft Seafoam) and punch out with Ice Cream Cone Builder Punch
  6. Stamp the cone in Cinnamon Cider and the inside image in Early Espresso and punch out
  7. Using the Tasteful Labels dies, cut out the 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ card stock using the largest die
  8. Adhere the ice cream cone to the from of the die cut piece
  9. Wrap the vellum around the card and adhere the 2 ends.
  10. Adhere the die cut piece to the vellum.

It looks like a difficult fold, but since it’s 3 pieces to make the fold, it’s much easier. I hope you enjoy trying this fold for yourself. I’ll be doing another fun fold on my Facebook Live this coming Wednesday, 2/24 between 6:30 and 7:00 p.m.

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Don’t forget, SALE-a-bration goes through February 28th, so make sure you order before that date if you want to take advantage of all the great FREE product. Click here for more information or email me at sweetpea.stamping@gmail.com if you need anything. And if you order, please use Host Code 9M4VSZVU.

Thanks for stopping by and as always, Happy Stamping!

Paper Blooms Even in Winter

SALE-a-bration is coming to a close at the end of February, so there’s just a short amount of time left to take advantage of all the great FREE items you can get when you spend $50 or $100 in Stampin’ Up! product. Click here to see all the exclusive stamp sets and Designer Series Paper you can choose from. Just remember, you have to order on or before February 28 to get any free items. If you do place an order with me, please use Hostess code 9M4VSZVU before you check out.

One of the FREE items is the Paper Blooms Designer Series paper and I took some time this past week to play a little with that along with the Punch Party stamp set, which is the SALE-a-bration Host set. I posted a video on how to make the first card on my Facebook Live last night (click here to view it) and I’ve included the recipe below. This paper is right up my alley, bold colors and patterns which made it really easy to come up with some great card designs. Check ’em out!

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And just a reminder that Kathleen, my friend and upline, and I are having a Virtual SALE-a-bration Open House on February 21st. You will be emailed a link to the Zoom meeting prior to the event so you can participate from the warmth of your own craft room. In order to get your free make-n-take packet mailed out early next week, we need to know your interest no later than February 14th. Call me at 612-718-9392 or email me at sweetpea.stamping@gmail.com. Remember, that besides the make-n-take, we’ll be demonstrating cards and giving away door prizes. I hope you can join us!

Stay warm everyone and, as always, Happy Stamping!

Hee Haw!

One of my favorite sets in this year’s SALE-a-bration catalog is Darling Donkeys; it can be used to make so many whimsical cards. Any I’m not the only one – take a look at some of the fun creation on Pinterest. I had time to play last week and came up with some cute ideas for my Facebook Live. Click here to watch it if you missed it, or if you want to watch again to see how I made the first card below. As an added benefit, it’s not sideways like the Live I did the week before…so embarrassing…

I had a lot of fun designing these cards, the donkeys have such cute faces. Our Stampin’ Blends are just perfect for coloring; I used a different color set for each card. The recipe for the first card is shown below all the cards. Let me know if you want the recipes for the other cards.

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Enjoy the upcoming cold weather – perfect time to stay inside and create! If you want to place an order, need a catalog or have a question, drop me an email at sweetpea.stamping@gmail.com.

Happy Stamping!

Virtual SALE-a-bration Open House!

Join me and my friend and upline Kathleen Hopperstad for a Virtual SALE-a-bration Open House!  We will be demonstrating cards, showing product, giving away door prizes and answering your questions.


We will be doing the presentation on Sunday, February  21st at 2:00 p.m. We will be sending out make-n-take packets to the first 20 participants that RSVP.  Please RSVP to me at sweetpea.stamping@gmail.com no later than February 14th so we can mail your packets in time for the event.  The cost is FREE!


I hope you can join us.  Happy Stamping!