New Stamping Basics Online Class from Stampin’ Up!

The Basics

So, if you haven’t heard, yesterday Stampin’ Up! released an online class called The Basics which is a class to help show you how to use your crafting and stamping tools to make some cute projects- over 30 projects in fact!

This online class is broken into 6 parts and covers:

  • stamping basics (seven projects)
  • the Stamp A Ma-jig (four projects, video)
  • masking (four projects, video)
  • embossing (seven projects, 2 videos)
  • markers & watercoloring (six projects, video)
  • Big Shot and punches (six projects, 2 videos)

Each section has downloadable PDF instruction sheets and supply lists so you can follow along at your own pace and have the information to use later.

The class is only $14.95 for all 30+ project instructions and videos and you can download it right away!

Get your copy of this Stamping Basics online class here!

Once you have purchased the class, here are the instructions for downloading your class and getting started:

PC Instructions
The files will be downloaded as archive files that you can then extract and save on your computer. When you click on the download link, an extraction program will automatically launch. Choose the location where you would like to save the files (be sure to note where you save them). Follow the prompts on the extraction program, then navigate to the location where you saved the files. Click on the file and open.

Mac Instructions
When you click on the download link, the file will be mounted as a drive. Once it is mounted, open the drive and drag and drop the files to the location of your choice on your hard drive. The files can then be opened.


So, enjoy and let me know what you think!

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Smashed Bottle Cap/Soda Pop Top Spring Card

Ever since I went to Leadership in January, I have been dying to try out the technique of smashing the soda pop tops with your Big Shot to create these super cute embellishments.  For some reason I thought it was going to be super hard or complicated… or something that made me a little bit intimidated to give it a try.  But then one day I decided to just go for it and I was shocked at how easy it was!

So, I just had to put together a card to share with my group at my monthly team conference call/meeting.  I showed them how easy it was and then had supplies for everyone to make this card:

I just had to use some of my new favorites including Tea for Two designer paper and the Honeycomb embossing folder for the base of the card.

But check out this pop top… isn’t is awesome when smashed?!?

How to Smash Your Soda Pop Top in Your Big Shot

Ok, so if you want to do this yourself, this is what you need to do:

1.  Put your white multi-purpose platform on the Big Shot base with all of the tabs/shims flipped open

2.  Sandwich your bottle cap/pop top between the two clear cutting plates and place on top of the multi-purpose platform

3.  Run through your Big Shot

That’s it!  It smashes fast and like buttah!  I have way too much fun doing this. Smile

I just used the 1” Circle Punch after I stamped my image from the Collage Curious stamp set (stamped on River Rock cardstock) and adhered it to the inside of the pop top.  Then I filled the inside with Crystal Effects. 

I will warn you it takes a long time to dry!  Like seriously, it took probably about 45 min for mine to dry because I used soooo much Crystal Effects.  But it looks so awesome that I just had to do it.

So if you haven’t tried this smashed soda pop top technique yet, you totally should!  Give it a try and let me know what you think.


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Smashed Recipe:
Teeny Tiny Wishes, Collage Curious
Ink: Crumb Cake, Markers: Calypso Coral, Certainly Celery
Paper: Very Vanilla cs, Certainly Celery cs, Tea For Two designer paper
Accessories: Big Shot, Honeycomb embossing folder, Glue Dots, Crystal Effects, Paper Snips, Calypso Coral ruffled ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Bloomin’ Marvelous Embossed Treat Box

When I accidentally ordered 3 packs of the Kraft Treat Boxes because I thought you were getting one for the $2.95 not 4 boxes for the $2.95, I was initially bummed to have so many boxes; but now I’m almost out and have been loving experimenting with them!  This was my first time trying out embossing and die cutting the boxes but I just LOVE how it turned out.  What do you think?

I started out by grabbing my Window Frames framelits and cutting a hole in the top flap.  I will admit, it took some playing with which tabs to use and how to fold the box so that it would fit through the Big Shot.  In the end, I think I flipped over the first tab so only one tab on the white Multi-purpose Platform was being used.

Once I got it cut out, then I went back with my polka dot embossing folder and embossed just the top flap.  Again, it look a little manipulation and I think an extra tab on the platform being flipped out, but it eventually worked!

Then I just glued a piece of the Sycamore Street designer paper that I got free as part of the Sale-a-Bration promotion behind the hole for a pop of color.  I punched out the sentiment from the Bloomin’ Marvelous Sale-a-Bration stamp set and then added some flowers I created using the Boho Blossom punch.

Finally I finished it off with a band of the Sycamore Street designer paper (in one of the other patterns) to tie in the colors from the top to the side of the box.

Now it is the perfect gift to fill with treats and give to the next person who hosts a private class with me! Smile

I still have a couple dates left for the Sale-a-Bration promotion period, so contact me at if you want to have a fun night out crafting with some of your friends.  I bring the projects, you all just show up and have a great time!


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Sycamore Street Treat Box Recipe:
Bloomin’ Marvelous
Ink: Rich Razzleberry
Paper: Whisper White cs, Pool Party cs, Calypso Coral cs, Summer Starfruit cs, Sycamore Street designer paper
Accessories: Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, Window Frames framelits, Sticky Strip, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Our Snowy Snowy Vacation

Just when I was sad that we didn’t get any snow in Seattle this year, I learned the day before our trip to Kansas that a winter storm was due shortly after we arrived in town.  And we got in, went to bed, and woke up to tons of snow!

While Caitlin wasn’t too sure about it (when the snow is above your knees, it’s kind of hard to get around!); Nicholas loved stomping around!

So, we’ve been a bit busy watching and playing in the snow and visiting family this week. 

For all of you in the Midwest being affected by this storm, I hope you are all safe and staying nice and warm!  And if you are on the coasts…. well, I’ll throw a snowball on your behalf.  Smile 

In the meantime, I thought I’d share a bright and cheery card I received at a swap at Leadership.  I love how Kim mixed and matched the bright colors and did the super pretty emboss-resist technique with the Secret Garden stamp set!

So, enjoy!  And I’ll be back tomorrow with a fun treat box idea for you!


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In Color Fun Flower Thank You Card

I needed a hostess thank you gift for a recent private class and while deciding what to do, I stumbled upon these cute 2011-2013 In Color Pizza Boxes by Kymberli (those are the Lucky Limeade, Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Wisteria Wonder, and Island Indigo colors for those of you – almost everyone – who doesn’t know the In Colors by their years…hee hee)

Anyway, I LOVED how the colors went together so awesomely using the Fun Flower Big Shot die.  So, I put together a box for my hostess – only I did a bigger box so it would fit the cards she was making at her event.  Of course I totally forgot to take a picture, oops!

But then I had some left over pieces and an amazing friend (Annie Lee) who was doing me a big favor and so I wanted to make her a card to say thank you.  And this is what came out:

Fancy Flower crystal effects thank you card

It was quick to put together and a great way to use up some scraps.  I just ran a scrap of Pool Party cardstock through my Big Shot with the Chevron Embossing Folder to accent the sentiment (the Thanks from Oh Hello stamp set).

Then for a final touch, I added Crystal Effects to the center circle of my flower for a bit of shine and dimension for the flower.

Fancy Flower crystal effects close up

Hmm, seeing this card again is making me want to make more.  Maybe this will have to be my next set of Thank You cards for my amazing friends and customers.  Ooooh… and change out the sentiment to the “Oh Hello” sentiment and send it out to people who need random sunshine in their day.

Ok, guess my Big Shot and I have a date with some In Color cardstock!  So, while I go off and do that I hope you have a bright and sunny rest of your day!


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Fun Flower Oh Hello Thank You Card Recipe:
Oh Hello
Ink:  Soft Suede
Paper: Whisper White cs, Pool Party cs, Calypso Coral cs, Lucky Limeade cs, So Saffron cs
Accessories:  Big Shot, Chevron embossing folder, Fun Flowers Bigz Die, Crystal Effects, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Scrapbooking Sunday: Sunburst w/ Sunshine & Sprinkles

Look, it’s back!  It’s Scrapbooking Sunday!

I love, love, love making cards.  But boy did I miss making scrapbook pages.  I have photos piled up in my craft room and that is only the ones I’ve printed in the last year thinking I was going to be getting way more scrapbooking done than I did!  So, I decided to play along with a sketch challenge at ScrapbookSteals and um… I think I jumped back in at a challenging time.

We had to make a sunburst on our scrapbook page! I had never done that before and it was a challenge for me.  But I just LOVE how it turned out!

I used the Sunshine and Sprinkles designer paper because I liked the bright and cheery colors and how they matched so well with the summery colors and feel of the photo (that is my daughter Caitlin last summer in our new inflatable swimming pool.  Also one of my favorite pictures of her!)

The sketch called for buttons in your sun rays but as I was playing with my buttons I realized that my “x” buttons from the Bitty Buttons set looked kind of like stitches and I was sold.  Smile

And as I tried to figure out what I would use for a title for this page, I remembered the Vintage Verses stamp set (on of the Free exclusive sets from Sale-a-Bration) and thought the “There’s Only One You” was a perfect fit.  Combine that with the cool background shape from Everything Eleanor, and BAM! Title done!

You can also see in that picture the Melon Mambo striped organdy ribbon (which I’m way more in love with than I thought because it is so soft and vibrant!) and the Delicate Details lace tape which I thought would be a great subtle accent for the page.

Finally, I have to show you the last touch that I’m kind of proud of… the Baker’s Twine flower!  I made it myself!

I started with a glue dot on the page and a piece of Island Indigo Baker’s Twine.  Then I formed loops and with each loop, I ran the twine back over the glue dot in the center  (I had to add a second glue dot over the first to help hold it all down but it all worked out).  Then to finish off the center I had a Wisteria Wonder printed brad that I covered in Crystal Effects and dipped in Dazzling Diamonds glitter.  Let it dry and then set in the middle of my flower for a cute finishing touch!

I love how this page turned out and hopefully you got some fun ideas for incorporating into your own scrapbook pages.


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Sunshine & Sprinkles Sunburst Scrapbook Layout Recipe:
Vintage Verses, Everything Eleanor
Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Markers: Basic Grey, Melon Mambo, Gumball Green
Paper: Sunshine & Sprinkles designer paper, Crumb Cake cs, Whisper White cs, Lucky Limeade cs, Very Vanilla cs
Accessories:  Bitty Buttons, Itty Bitty punch pack, Crystal Effects, Stampin’ Trimmer, Paper Piercer, Paper Piercing Template, In Color Designer Brads, Island Indigo Baker’s Twine, Delicate Details Lace Tape, Melon Mambo striped organdy ribbon, mini silver brads, Stampin’ Dimensionals, glue dots

Hearts a Flutter Skinny Bag Treat Toppers

Alright, one more day of this belated-Valentine treat ideas!  Today are some treat bags I put together as examples for a friend of what she could do with the Hearts a Flutter stamp set and framelits, and the 1”x8” skinny cello bags.

So, this is the first round of ideas I was playing with.  All are variations on the same theme, but all slightly different.  See —

And as I was making these toppers, I found myself thinking that the Pink Pirouette cardstock that was the base was just a bit too plain, so I had to do some extra stamping of course!

This was the project that made me discover how much I love the look of the tone-on-tone stamping of the “little hearts in a heart shape” stamp image and then randomly stamping the outline heart stamp on top in Early Espresso ink.  It may be subtle but I just LOVE IT!



  • When I am assembling these skinny cello bags, I put the opening to the bag at the bottom of the project (aka – opposite end as the treat topper).  That way, if someone wants to get at the treat but not eat/use all of it, they can have some and then seal it up and not destroy the topper!
  • For making my toppers, I cut rectangles and folded them over the end of the cello bag.  Then used sticky strip to seal them closed:


So, again, change out the colors and the sentiment and you could have some cute Easter basket treat ideas!

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Hearts a Flutter Skinny Bag Toppers recipie:
Hearts a Flutter, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink:  Early Espresso, Pink Pirouette, Real Red
Paper: Love Impressions designer paper, Pink Pirouette cs, Whisper White cs
Accessories:  Sticky Strip, Hearts a Flutter framelits, Big Shot, 1” x 8” cello bags, Word Window punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Bakers Twine, Rhinestones

Hershey’s Nugget Treat Box with Hearts a Flutter

Ok, ok, I know Valentine’s Day was yesterday but I got behind on my blogging and still had some cute projects that I wanted to share.  So Pin these projects or save the pictures so you can remember them for next year – or change up the colors and stamps and make cute little goodies for Easter or Mother’s Day!

First up – a cute little box for holding Hershey’s nuggets and a matching card!

I grabbed some of the Love Impressions Specialty Paper – now found on the clearance rack for only $4.79 a pack! – and got to work decorating.

I used my Heart punch and the Hearts a Flutter stamp set and framelits to create the decoration on the front of the card.

Then I used more of the paper to wrap my nuggets so they look cute when you slide the box out of the sleeve.  The nugget wraps were 1” x 3.5” if you are going to do this at home.  So you can get a TON out of one sheet of pattern paper.

Then I made a matching 4” x 4” card to go with the box.  Here is a close up of the “fun” part of the card!


  • Grab the hearts embossing folder from the Adorning Accents embossing folder set.  These are not at wide as your standard embossing folder, but are perfect for adding a fun trim to your cards.
  • Stamp your sentiment on a rectangle of whisper white cardstock and sponge the edge with Pink Pirouette ink for a subtle pop to your saying.
  • Get the cute scallop trim by cutting out 2 of the scallop tags from the Hearts a Flutter framelits and adhere them to the back of your rectangle!



If you want to make your own nugget box, I found this great post on SplitcoastStampers where a wonderful stamper named Chris posted templates for pretty much every size and shape of nugget box.  I used the Nugget_Box_6_short template.

So, make and enjoy!

In the Seattle area and want to try out some fun technique ideas?

Join me for my upcoming Terrific Techniques class on Monday Feb 18th!  This is my monthly class where we play around with different techniques and ideas for using our crafting tools in new and creative ways!  This month we will be focusing on masking & misting.

Check out the details and make sure to RSVP right away to guarantee your seat!


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Valentine Nugget Treat Box Recipe:
Delightful Dozen, Hearts a Flutter
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Pink Pirouette, Markers: Chocolate Chip, Pink Pirouette, Real Red
Paper: Love Impressions designer paper, Whisper White cs, Chocolate Chip cs, Pink Pirouette cs, Real Red cs
Accessories:  Sticky Strip, Heart punch, Hearts a Flutter framelits, Adorning Accents embossing folder, Big Shot, Scallop Dotted ribbon (chocolate chip), Stampin’ Dimensionals, Sponge Daubers, Stampin’ Trimmer, Bone Folder

Origami Double Pocket Treat Pouch

Happy Valentine’s Day!

If you are still looking for a quick love note or treat to share with someone you love today, here is a project we made at my Cool Cards and Sweet Treats class last weekend.  It is a fun and fast project to make any time of the year, plus it has the added bonus of being a great way to use up all that extra designer paper or 6×6 paper pads you may have lying around.

I call it an “origami treat pouch” because it is all folds and takes no adhesive unless you want a little bit to tack down the top point of your treat.  But unlike some origami that is a ton of steps and little tiny complicated folds, this has 5 score lines and a couple quick folds and you are done (check out my video below for how to do it).

Added bonus, it stands up on its own too!

I filled my pockets with wrapped Ghirardelli squares which are a perfect fit but you can also make cute little love notes to go inside as well.  You can cut 8 of these card bases out of 1 sheet of cardstock.

The card base is 2 3/4” x 4 1/4”, so once you score it, it is 2 1/8” x 2 3/4”.  I kept my card simple so that it could actually slide behind the chocolate treat I tucked in the pocket.  It uses the Oh Whale stamp set and just stamped the whale first and then the hearts and sentiment.  Add a little Dazzling Details to its eye and you have some cute sparkle to his eye.

Want to see how it is done?

I put together a quick video to show you how it scores and folds together.  So check it out and let me know what you think!


Did you know?

This goes together so fast using the Diagonal Scoring Plate for the Simply Scored and you can get that plate FREE during Sale-a-Bration!  With a $50 order, you can pick any one item for free and this is one of the things you can pick from.  Pretty sweet, huh?  Smile

Get all the details on Sale-a-Bration here.

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Double Pocket Treat Pouch Recipe:
Oh Whale
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Primrose Petals, Basic Grey
Paper: More Amore designer paper, Crumb Cake cs, Whisper White cs, Primrose Petals cs, Champagne glimmer paper
Accessories:  Sticky Strip (for wrapping you candy), small heart punch, 1 1/4” scallop circle punch, 1” circle punch, Itty Bitty punch pack, Glue dots, Simply Scored, Diagonal scoring plate, Primrose Petals stitched satin ribbon, Dazzling details, sponge dauber

Sent with Love

In January, while at the Stampin’ Up! Leadership conference, I won a shopping spree as part of a contest during one of the general sessions.  Yay!  So, I finally decided what I wanted to order and that order comes today, double yay!  But I have to admit, I think what I’m most excited about is the paper from the Sent With Love promotional collection.

If you haven’t seen or heard about this, it is a limited time stamp set and paper collection that are a cute love/travel theme.  Now, for those of you that don’t know, I come from a family of pilots… and even my husband and I have our pilots licenses!


Yup, that is me with the plane I learned to fly in!

So, when I see stamps and paper like this, it is totally up my alley. Smile

The promo picture doesn’t make it easy to see all the papers included in the set, so I thought I’d show you what you get:

The Stamps The Paper
Sent With Love Clear-Mount Stamp Set Sent With Love Designer Series Paper


But this is the paper that I can’t wait to play with:


And you better believe I’m going to be doing some fussy cutting with this paper:

You can see all of the patterns of the paper by going HERE and then clicking the “more images” link under the picture.


So, I’m going to be impatiently waiting for Mr UPS man, but in the meantime, imagine the fun you could be having making love cards or travel scrapbook pages with this collection.  Right?  Cute stuff!

Check out all the details in this flyer

And have a great day!

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