Quick & Easy Thank You Card for a new Design Team!

Today is the kick off for a new blog that I’m excited to be a design team member for – Stylin’ Stampin’ Inkspiration!  It is a blog that will have daily posts to help give you new ideas and project challenges to inspire new ideas for you to try at home!  Most of the posts will have a particular theme and have many of the design team members showing you different takes on that theme.  Fun, right?

So, the theme for today was Quick & Easy Cards and you know that is right up my alley!  I love clean and simple and with 2 small kids, quick is key.  So, here is my take on the idea:

I will tell you this card was inspired by a card I saw from my friend, Katy Kirwan, and while the finished project doesn’t really look anything like what she created, I still like them both. Smile 

To create my card, I created my own designer paper by using the Chevron background stamp from Stampin’ Up! and then layered on the punched out sentiment.  It still needed a little something, so I added some of the Pear Pizzazz Chevron ribbon (sshhh, don’t tell anyone I used two different greens on this card!) and while I was worried the fact that the stamped and the ribbon chevrons go in different directions, I still think it totally works!

Card Supplies Used (all Stampin’ Up unless noted)

Stamps – Designer Typeset Photopolymer Stamp Set, Chevron Background
Ink – Pistachio Pudding, Baked Brown Sugar
Paper – Whisper White, Baked Brown Sugar, Pistachio Pudding
Accessories – Petite Curly Label Punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Pear Pizzazz Chevron Ribbon

So, what do you think?  Quick? Easy?  But totally fun!  I’m actually using this for my Cute & Classic Card Class tonight, so hopefully they have fun with it too! 

And if you are looking for more quick and easy ideas, hop on over to our Inkspiration blog and check out all the fab ideas for more great projects. 


Oh, and before I forget!

It’s Here! The Stampin’ Trimmer Rotary Attachment is now Available!

imageOk, I may be the only person on the planet who is excited about this, but I-CANNOT-WAIT to order my rotary trimmer attachment

Why do I care so much?

I have found that I really LOVE my Stampin’ Trimmer and the little blades that come with it work great.  But when you are cutting grittier material (like glimmer paper) or want to cut more than one sheet of cardstock at a time, the little blades just don’t do as good a job. 

So I had been periodically missing my rotary cutting board (except not missing the fact that that Fiskars board could not cut a cardbase straight if I had to!).  But now I have the best of both worlds!  This replaces the clear arm and track for the little blades and the rotary attachment is available as of 8/9/2013!  So, I’ll be ordering mine today and will let you know how it goes. Smile 


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Quick Thank You Cards with Chalk Talk

I’ve been learning something about myself this week – when I’m in the middle of a big task, I have a hard time focusing on other things.  So, in this case, when I completely pull apart my craft room,

Messy Craft Room

I was having a heck of a time bringing myself to do any new crafting or even work on blog posts.  Instead I have been focused on organizing my stamps, converting my woodmount stamps to the new woodmount cases, and figuring out what items I can bring myself to part with for my craft garage sale August 17th & 18th (the pile is growing for sure!)

But my room is just about ready to go – and I promise I’ll share pictures of the reorganized space this weekend – so I wanted to stop back over here on the blog to say hello and share a set of cards that my mom, Kathy Thisted, made for me that I thought were so cute!

I loved these little mini thank you cards and thought they were a fun way to use the new Chalk Talk stamp set.  Since the stamp set coordinates with the Chalk Talk framelits (and gets you a discount when you buy both in a bundle), many of the samples I’ve seen used the framelits with the stamps.  So I loved seeing some quick ideas using the stamps without the dies.


Card Supplies Used
Stamps- Chalk Talk
Paper- 2013-2015 In Colors, Basic Black
Ink- Whisper White craft ink
Accessories- White gel pen, Natural Trim ribbon, White 1/4” grosgrain (retired), striped grosgrain ribbon (retired), White embossing powder, heat gun

Blog Hop Tomorrow!
Join me tomorrow as it is the monthly blog hop as well the kick off of a new blog that I am an inaugural design team member for!  Should be lots of fun. Smile   See you tomorrow!


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A New Way to Color Your Stamped Images with Marker

Recently, my mom showed me a new way to try coloring in your images with your markers.  To show me what she was talking about she created this card:

It uses the new Flower Shop stamp set and punch sitting atop the stem from Field Flowers.  Great idea, huh?

Now, to do the coloring, she took a lighter colored marker (in this case, the Crisp Cantaloupe marker) and then swiped one side of the marker tip along the side of the Calypso Coral ink pad.  This gives you a darker side to the marker. 

Then you can color in your stamped image and twist your marker as you are coloring so you end up getting both tones forming a cute spectrum of color on your image.  Now if it is a little hard to see, she created the following examples to help show it better:

On the left is a flower colored in with a blender pen, the middle is using the two-tone effect, and the right flower is colored in only using the Crisp Cantaloupe marker.  There was more of a difference between the three than I expected!

And I thought the whole card was a neat idea so I created a simpler version to send out as a customer thank you card this month.  So if you’ve placed a Stampin’ Up! order with me in June, you’ll have one of these in your inbox soon!

Stampin’ Up Supplies Used:
Stamps – Flower Shop, Field Flowers, Petite Pairs
Ink – Calypso Coral, Pistachio Pudding, Daffodil Delight, Baked Brown Sugar, Crisp Cantaloupe marker
Paper – Whisper White, Subtles Designer Series Paper stack (top card), Pistachio Pudding cardstock (bottom card)
Accessories – Posy Punch, Itty Bitty punch pack, Pearls, Distressing tool


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Playing with Photopolymer Stamps

The stamping world has had Photopolymer stamps for quite a while and I used to try to play with my “completely clear” stamps.  I love the idea that I could see totally through the stamp so that I knew precisely where I was stamping.  However, I discovered that not all clear stamps are created equal.  I have some that have turned yellow on me (even without me using them… gasp! I know, right? how can you have stamps that never get inky? Winking smile) and I have some that frustrated me because I couldn’t get a crisp image no matter what I tried.

Well, Stampin’ Up! held off while they tried to figure out a formula for making these stamps without some of these issues.  Then they started coming out with their own designs.  So, I decided to give them a shot and then thought I’d share what I did.

I grabbed the Designer Typeset stamp set, which was the first set they came out with.  See, this is what it looks like when you get it…. no box, just a ton of cute little clear stamps in a plastic sleeve.

designer typeset photopolymer stamps

And out of the sleeve….Designer Typeset photopolymer stamps

Then I set to work and created this as one of my first cards:

designer typeset photopolymer thank you card

I know, it is totally simple, but it gave me a chance to experiment and learn a few things… like:

  • Don’t be afraid to bend your stamps!
    If they can bend and stay on the block, then it is perfectly fine to stamp them that way.  If they won’t stay on the block, you’ve bent it too far. Smile
  • Be prepared and ok that your stamped lines aren’t going to be super thin
    When you push on the stamp to transfer your ink to paper, the photopolymer compresses and stretches a little, so you get slightly fatter lines than you maybe expected.
  • If you have the letters, lay them out on your paper for placement – THEN push the block down on them to ink up.
    So in this case, I stamped the banners first.  Then I laid out my letters in exactly the spot I wanted them to be on my banner.  How to line up letters with photopolymer stamps on a card
    THEN I pressed my clear block down on top of the letters.   That way I could ink them up all at the same time and stamp knowing they would go exactly where I wanted them to go!

How to line up letters with photopolymer stamps

  • The juicier the ink pad the better!
    Yes I know, it goes without saying… but still.  I did see slight differences when I used my old style ink pads with my new ink pads.

photopolymer stamps ink pad comparison


If you want to see more tips, check out this video I made all about the Photopolymer stamps:

If you can’t see the video, check out the direct link here.

So, if you think it is something fun to try and play with, Stampin’ Up! just came out with their 5th photopolymer stamp set – Wanderlust.  But here is the complete list:


Wanderlust photopolymer stamp set



I still love my rubber stamps… but I definitely think completely clear stamps have a place in my stamp room too!

New Catalog Weekend & Stamps are on Sale!

Sometimes I hear about the promotions that will be starting up in the near future, and sometimes I log into the Stampin’ Up! website for demonstrators and I’m surprised by a new sale that is being announced.  I figured that since we have the two big catalogs out this weekend that there would be no way they would have anything extra….. WRONG!

I was so EXCITED because Stampin’ Up! is offering 3 fabulous greeting stamp sets for 25% off!



Now, I already love the Petite Pairs stamp set…I love it for cards like this:

or this:


But I’ve been wistfully eyeing the Sweet Essentials since it came out last year and I think between the retirement of my beloved Curly Cute and this sale, I think this will be the weekend I finally get it!

So check your wishlist and if Petite Pairs, Sassy Salutations, or Sweet Essentials are on there, enjoy snapping them up for a fab deal!

Product Share Reminder:

I also wanted to mention that if you were interested in one of my product shares, please make sure you have let me know this weekend so I can enough supplies for everyone!  You can check out all the options and details here – Get your New Catalog Product Samples Here or grab a copy of the PDF with pictures:

2013 Stampin' Up Annual Catalog Product Shares

Get the Available Product Samplers PDF

Have a fun & inky weekend!

Teacher Appreciation Card for Cute Card Thursday

It’s the last Thursday of the month, which means it is my final week as guest designer over at Cute Card Thursday.  This week is a fun challenge, the theme is

Too Cool for School

Now, since I’ve been out of school long enough, all I could think of were 80’s movies (like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) or the fact that we are nearing the end of the school year and I know enough teachers and how hard they work that they deserve a little appreciation.

So to all the teachers out there…. THANK YOU for your hard work this year!

When I started flipping through my paper and supplies, I knew I wanted to use my Storytime designer paper for the card.  I mean, look at these patterns, don’t they just scream school house to you? Smile


It is totally a Dick and Jane book!

Anyway, this is one of those paper packs that I pull out and think… awww its so cute!  And then I argue with myself about whether I need more of it because it is so cute or if I’m ok with using the last few scraps and getting excited about new paper designs coming out soon!  I guess I have a few more days before it retires on June 3rd as long as it doesn’t sell out before then!

So while I ponder my final list of “have to haves” from the retiring Spring Catalog and Annual Catalog, hop on over to Cute Card Thursday to check out the other cute school-themed cards and even submit your own for the challenge!

Get You Copy of the NEW Stampin’ Up! Catalog – Request yours here!

Try Out the 2013 New Product Samplers! – Get the Details Here

Order Stampin’ Up! Products Anytime, click here!

See the Latest Availability & PDFs of all the retiring stamps and accessories here

Card Supply List (all items Stampin’ Up! unless noted)

    • Stamps – Made for You**
    • Paper – Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Storytime designer paper**
    • Ink – Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
    • Accessories – Real Red stitched grosgrain ribbon, Brights Designer buttons**, sponge daubers, corner rounder punch
      ** denotes items retiring by 6/3

Cute Pinwheel Card Farewell to the Spring Catalog

If you have been around the Pacific Northwest the last few days, you know it has been rainy and a bit grey.  We had the most amazing summer weather a few weeks back and then suddenly mother nature remembered she was in the Seattle area and turned the water faucet back on again!

But never fear, that is what stamps and paper are for, right?  To bring some sunshine and springtime when outside just isn’t cutting it!

These cards use some of my favorite items from the Spring Catalog – surprise favorites actually.  I didn’t realize how much I liked the Sunshine and Sprinkles designer paper until I started working with it… and that cloud embossing folder, how cute is that?!

Finally, it uses the adorable pinwheel sizzlet that cuts your paper & the holes to make it super easy for you to make these pinwheels.  Just run through your Big Shot or other die cutting machine and put a brad through the holes and you are done!

So, are you feeling springy yet? Smile 

2 Days Left! Don’t Miss Out Due to Date Confusion!

So, we are in the last few days of the retiring catalogs and promotions and since it can be a bit confusing, I wanted to make sure everyone had it clear:

  • Thursday 5/30 – $30 Bonus for Hostesses or for your starter kit when you join my team as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator ends at 11:59pm MST
  • Friday 5/31 – Last day to order from the Spring Catalog
                           2013-2014 Catalog goes live at 11am PST/12 noon MST
  • Monday 6/3Last day to order from the 2012-2013 Annual Catalog

So don’t forget to get your favorites ordered before they are gone!  Order Stampin’ Up! products anytime here!


Get You Copy of the NEW Stampin’ Up! Catalog – Request yours here!

See the Latest Availability & PDFs of all the retiring stamps and accessories here

Stampin’ Up! Supples Used
– Curly Cute **
Paper – Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Sunshine & Sprinkles
Ink – Melon Mambo
Accessories – Big Shot, Cloud Embossing Folder, Pinwheel Sizzlit, Early Espresso 1/8” taffeta ribbon, Labels Framelit, Window Frames Framelit, Silver mini brad, Glue Dots