Penguin Punch Art Tutorial & Birthday Giveaway Winners!

Alright, after fighting with cameras and computers… I finally finished the Penguin Punch art tutorial video!  I swear normally it doesn’t take nearly this much effort to create and share a video but I feel accomplished for showing the technology who is boss.  ha ha!

So, I shared this card last week:

And now, here is how to make these cute penguins at home!

(note–if you are reading this post via email, you may need to click over to the blog to actually view this video)

Now, on to the good stuff!

Birthday Weekend Celebration Winners!!

Thanks to everyone who visited and commented here and on my facebook page!  It was so fun to hear everyone’s favorite holiday traditions, treats, and more.  Smile  Plus it was nice to hear I’m not the only one behind on mailing out Christmas cards!

I did a random draw of everyone who commented on the blog posts and corresponding facebook posts and here are the winners

  • Day 1 – Tag a Bag Accessory Kit & Silver Sparkle Dazzling Details  :  Saundra W
  • Day 2 – Neutral Candy Dots & Brad Bases   :  Audrey R
  • Day 3 – This & That washi tape & Brights Designer Buttons  :  Meredith
    • Day 4 – Designer Paper Sampler  :  Carla B

Congrats to all the winners!  Email me at with where you would like me to send your goodies and I’ll get them out to you this week.

Thanks again for celebrating with me and have a great holiday!

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A Fun Christmas Card and Coloring Tip for Embossed Images

So, this started out as me trying to figure out the answer to a question for my downline, Liz, about how to get rich color on the top of the flowers from the Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder.  I thought I knew what to tell her, but I wanted to try it out first so I could make sure I told her the right technique (since there are quite a few ways to color with your embossing folder).  Plus it was a great excuse for me to get back into creating videos too!  Yay!

Anyway, I finally figured it out and then thought I ought to do something with the finished colored and embossed paper, so this is what I came up with:

Christmas Card with Petals a Plenty and Tag It

Isn’t he cute?  I finally busted out my Tag It stamp set and used the coordinating Chalk Talk framelits to create the center tag.  Plus I accented it with my beloved Stitched Satin Ribbon in Gumball Green.  It makes it so happy, no?

Want to know how easy it is to color the flowers on this embossing folder?

Check out this quick video I made to show you how I did it.  (if you are reading this in email, click here to view the video on my blog)


Thank you, Liz!!

Now that I have this technique figured out, you can be sure I’m going to use it a lot.  It is so fast and I love the look.

I’m also thinking of including this card in my upcoming Holiday Card stamp-a-stacks.  What do you think?  Would you want to make this card? Smile

And check back tomorrow for another card idea using this same folder and technique.  See you then!

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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!

How to Make Your Own Flocking & Add Fuzz to Your Projects

When I was playing with the Swallowtail stamp, I realized that it was a big stamp… seriously, like background sized big stamp.  And I was trying to figure out how I wanted to use it.  So, I cut and I played, but I really wanted to keep the full butterfly image for my card.  So I let go of my 4 1/4” x 5 1/2” boundaries and let my butterfly fly!

But then as I was working on the rest of my card, I decided that the Honeycomb embossing folder looked a bit too tall… too sharp for my card.  So I grabbed my handy sanding block and started rubbing down the layers.  When I was done, I was much happier with my cardstock and I had a ton of extra fuzz collecting on my desk.

That fuzz makes awesome flocking!  If you don’t know what flocking it, it is like glitter only instead of being a jar full of reflective bits, it is a jar full of fluffy fuzz.  It is perfect to add as a layer over parts of your stamped image or card that you want to have a plush texture and when you make your own, it perfectly matches the rest of your project.

Here is a close up of how my honeycomb looked when I was done sanding and you can kind of see the butterfly body too:


I even made a video so you can see how I made it!


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Supples Used
– Swallowtail, Fabulous Phrases
Paper – Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Lucky Limeade, Wisteria Wonder
Ink – Early Espresso
Accessories – Big Shot, Honeycomb Embossing Folder, Rhinestones, Sanding Block, Stampin’ Dimensionals


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?

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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

Happy Valentine Heart Treat Topper

Anyone else out there a sucker for a good deal or at least cute things for a small price tag?  Anyone?  Smile

Well, I don’t normally do little treat bags and toppers but when I saw the limited time Valentine Bundles that Stampin’ Up! was offering, I thought the Happy Valentine Heart was so cute and it was so cheap that I just had to go for it.  I mean, seriously, $5.95 for a stamp and 50 treat bags?? Everyone I know is going to get treats this year. hee hee

So, this was the first project I created with my new goodies:


Like I said, I hadn’t played with these 1”x8” cello bags before so I was totally winging it.   But I think it turned out pretty cute.  Wanna see the topper up close?  Well, here you go –

I used my Window Frame framelits and some Core’dinations cardstock (I swear, I didn’t realize how much I love that stuff until I keep trying to grab it for my projects and I get sad I haven’t ~gasp~ ordered any of the new colors!  Guess what I’ll be fixing on my order on Tuesday? Winking smile)

I made the topper so you could get to the treats without needing to destroy the topper.  I even made a video so you could see how I put this all together.

REMINDER – This Bundle is only available through tomorrow (1/21)


So, have fun and enjoy this project.  Let me know what you think too!  For my first project like this, I had a lot of fun. Smile

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Friday Quick Tip – Separating Sentiments from Images

imageYou may have seen the pictures or the excited chatter from Convention when we all received the Moving Forward stamp set as a gift on the last day.

It is a fun stamp set and goes for a good cause –

For each stamp set sold, Stampin’ Up! donates $3 to the Ronald McDonald House!

– but when I went to mount the set, I realized that the sentiments are on the same piece of rubber.  This isn’t a bad thing, I just like to have the option for which image goes with which sentiment and not worry about accidentally getting ink or color on part of the word when I stamp.

So, here is what I do to stamps like this – I separate the sentiment!  I created a video for today to show you what I mean and how I mount them after the fact:



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See the New Stampin’ Up! Firm Foam Pads in Action

So, I planned to post this video a few days ago and totally forgot, so today is my make-up day!

I talked a little bit a while back about how the Stampin’ Up! ink pads were changing from the “old style” that used a felt pad to a new “firm foam” style pad.  And I tried to describe it in words, but I know it can be hard to feel like you understand the difference until you see it.  So, I thought I’d put together a video so you could see the new pads and the differences in as close to person as I can get for many of you.

The quick basics on the new pads are:

– they have labels!

– they give you a more solid image

– they stay flat over time

– no textured impression
**but note: when you in up your stamp, the outline of that stamp image stays on your pad for a second so you want to let it fade out before inking up a new image just in case the image transfers….though I think that would be a really cool technique to try on purpose! 🙂

– they are super squishy, so no more “twist twist, tap tap”… its now just “tap tap”

But here’s the video, so you can check it out yourself!


Have more questions about the new pads?  Leave me a comment and I’ll post an answer for you!

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Making the Triple Treat Flower- a video and a card

If you haven’t seen, I’ve started trying to create videos about stamping topics or project how-tos (you can check them out on my youtube channel –  I’m only just getting started, but I was recently asked to create a video on how to make the dimensional flower using the Triple Treat Flower stamp.  So, I wanted to share the video today along with the card I created using the flower sample from the video.


Here is a close up of the flower, since you can’t see the dimension of the flower in the full card picture:


This is super easy to make and just requires having 3 punches:  the Fancy Flower punch, the 5-Petal punch, and the 1/2” circle punch.  If you want to see how it is done, check out this video where I walk through making it!


Don’t forget, this stamp and the Concord Crush paper and ink are retiring in 8 days!  So, if you haven’t gotten yours yet, grab it now before it is gone!


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Making a Perfect Mini Bow the Easy Way!

For years, I’ve been running classes where one of the cards may have a bow on it.  And I’ve watched folks struggle with trying to make a smaller bow without either getting your fingers caught or one side of the bow threatening to come out.  Now, it is totally possible to tie it like normal, but I’ve finally put together a video on how to do it the quick and easy way that comes out perfect everytime!  No, seriously! 🙂 I have it at the bottom of this post.

So, here is a card I made with the sample bow from the video.  Isn’t it cute?  It uses the retiring satin ribbon (seriously, I think this is the product I’m most sad about losing!) for a border and bow.

easy events fork bow card


Now if you are curious about the scallopy Saffron circles under the ribbon – surprise!  It is the retiring Pocketful of Posies designer paper and I just cut along the white lines in the paper.


See, just cut and flip it over and here you go!  Oh, and another close up of the bow.perfect fork bow closeup


Alright, so if you’ve made it this far, check out the video for how I made this bow using a fork… that is right, a fork.  Then leave me a comment and let me know what you thought of it!


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Hello Easy Bow Card Recipe:

Stamps: Easy Events
Ink: Early Espresso Classic, Soft Suede Classic, Crumb Cake Classic, Old Olive Classic
Paper: Pocketful of Posies designer paper, Perfect Plum cardstock, Whisper White cs
Accessories: 2-3/8” Scallop Circle punch, Basic Pearls, Old Olive 5/8” Satin Ribbon, Blender pen, glue dots, Sponge Daubers