Category Archives: Tutorials

Use That Pretty Paper Up!

By | March 11, 2017

As card crafters, I know that we share one thing in common, even if I don’t know you personally! I’m referring to the “paper stash,” all of the pretty patterned paper that we save and refuse to cut up, in fear of using that last favorite piece! At Stampin’ Up! we call it DSP, or… Read More »

SU! Designer Series Paper – Four Great Reasons!

By | February 6, 2017

I can think of at least four ways that Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper is great to work with on your projects: It is thick and durable; you can even make boxes out of it! It is color matched to our cardstock and inks, giving your project a coordinated look. There are two patterns on… Read More »

I Love the Flower Girl

By | September 8, 2016

Here is another one of the cards that I made for the card swap with Ann and Susan last month. It’s called “Boho Chic” nowadays, but when I saw the Paisleys & Posies stamp set in the Holiday Catalog I was transported right back to my childhood. In those days it was bell bottom blue… Read More »

Sweater Weather

By | September 6, 2016

When I was stamping swaps with Ann and Susan at Ann’s house in the middle of August, it was close to 100 degrees, no kidding! She lives over an hour north of me and it’s always a little hotter up there because I’m located where we do get some coastal breezes at times. So, we… Read More »

Glimmer Paper Pumpkins!

By | September 5, 2016

Remember a couple of days ago when I was showing my Halloween swaps and I mentioned that I had an idea for how to use the new Pumpkin Pie Glimmer Paper in the Holiday Catalog? Well, this weekend I had a chance to put my thoughts into action, and I designed this really fun and… Read More »

What Does the Fox Say?

By | August 18, 2016

I’m still having fun, working with my Foxy Friends stamp set, and luckily, when you’re the card artist, you can make the Fox say anything you want him to! This time I decided to make a different kind a card, a type of Z-fold, and when it is opened you’ll see what I mean: It’s… Read More »

Thoughtful Branches Bundle – Available Now!

By | August 3, 2016

“Thoughtful Trees” designed by Valory Degree One of the most beautiful photopolymer stamp sets and matching dies has just been released by Stampin’ Up! for a limited time offering, through August 31st or while supplies last. I emphasize that last part because, after having worked with this bundle, I know it’s a winner, and it… Read More »

New Catalog Means New Card Designs!

By | June 1, 2016

I’m excited that the new 2016-2017 Stampin’ Up! catalog goes live today! This week I have been working on a card design with some new 2016-2018 In Color card stock and inks and the new Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies for a demonstrator’s swap that I will be participating in this weekend: The pink sponged centers… Read More »

Triple Dipping – in Cards & Cones!

By | March 20, 2016

When the Stamp Group met this weekend we made a card that we had seen on page 16 of the big Annual Catalog. The card in the catalog example was made with Mint Macaron ink and floral embellishment, but I had a container of Blossom Accents in all of the 2015-2017 In Colors so I… Read More »

Recycling Rubber Stamped Cards

By | March 8, 2016

One day recently I showed my co-worker Lindita a birthday card that I’d made for my son and she told me about the card ministry that she is a part of in her church. The ladies in the group all write upbeat personal cards or notes to someone in their congregation who needs cheering up… Read More »

Chalkboard Cards – Take Ten Spring 2016

By | March 6, 2016

First my stamping colleague Suzanne Delaware messaged me with the news, then I got a call from my card-making partner and sister-in-law, Sherry Pakulski and the message was the same; two of my cards appear on page 125 in the Spring 2016 issue of Take Ten. I actually designed these cards for the layout challenge… Read More »

A Horse of a Different Color…

By | February 21, 2016

…or a card of a different shape – either way something unique is worth a second look! Reggie gave me a tri-folded Valentine card this year, so I decide to re-create that shape for an appreciation card with a seaside motif: I constructed this card from a 12 x 12 piece of Pool Party card… Read More »

Here Today, Gone to Maui!

By | February 6, 2016

Sometimes y0u want to make a masculine card, but hunting and fishing images just won’t do! Every guy likes leisure time, so here’s a cute idea you can try with decorative paper and this origami pattern. I constructed the shirt with the new Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper from the new Spring Occasions catalog. When… Read More »

Valentine’s Day Treats

By | February 3, 2016

Our Stamping Hostess Group met again on Saturday and Valentine’s Day was in the air! We made this card and treat holder: The red heart card was made with the new Bloomin’ Love stamp set and coordinating Bloomin’ Heart thinlits dies. We made this project with the Fry Box Bigz L die and the new… Read More »

Fright Night Extra!

By | October 31, 2015

Card on left by Kathy Degree. Card on right by Valory Degree. Extra, extra, read all about it! I’ve never put up two posts in one day, but tonight is an exception because the mail just came and I received another hand-stamped Halloween card, this time from my sister-in-law Kathy Degree. Kathy used black embossing… Read More »