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!

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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