So Proud of You...

So Proud of You...

So Proud of You...

My last card was a "Woo-Hoo for You" card styled for a young gentleman, so I thought to be fair, I also needed one for the princess in the house :) What do you think? Can you almost see her crown? lol

My starting point was the ADORABLE Sweet Stuff stamp set. If you haven't seen it, please check it out! It really is sweet stuff! Then I started looking for a Designer Series Paper to give me that right feel and found it in the Gold Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper. It has such a sweet, airy feel to it that I knew it would be perfect for my princess card!

When I reviewed all of the coordinating colors in that paper, I loved them all so much that I couldn't leave anyone out. I've said it before, but it's worth saying again...Stampin' Up! makes our job of design easy by providing the footprint.

So Proud of You...

So Proud of You...

Yes, I admit, I used a mask again to stamp this little cutie. I started with Stampin' Markers but couldn't achieve a crisp enough image. Masking is really very simple, it's just an extra step. The colors in the stamped images are Garden Green, Crisp Cantaloupe and Pistachio Pudding. They are repeated in the layers of cardstock off to the right. I purposely gave all the layers different edges to create visual interest.

So Proud of You...

So Proud of You...

I ran a small strip of Calypso Coral cardstock on the left side of the image to help balance out all the visual weight on the right side as well as incorporate the remaining color in the pattern paper palette. A super sweet bow with trailing tails and adorable heart sequins in matching colors add to the princess sweetness as well as help to convey how much love and pride is in that simple statement "so proud of you". A matching envelope seals the deal.

I think this little princess will feel loved :)

Thank you so much for stopping by, please let me know what you think of my project today...hopefully you are inspired to get inky fingers!

Don't forget, tomorrow you will be able to see the new Holiday catalog online as well as shop from it! Woo-Hoo!!!!



August Paper Pumpkin Kit + A Sweet Deal

Have you ever wanted a few minutes JUST to you? To do something quick and fun? Have a "Calgon, Take Me Away!" moment? - Well, that's what's inside this box!

August Paper Pumpkin Kit + A Sweet Deal

August Paper Pumpkin Kit + A Sweet Deal

It's called Paper Pumpkin! And what exactly IS Paper Pumpkin? It's a fun surprise you receive in the mail once a month...each month is a different kit but EVERY month is super cute and quick and easy to complete.

So...let's see what's inside the box...

Uh-oh! Still a surprise so I will need to keep unwrapping! Isn't the tissue paper fun? It's like a gift you give yourself!! (That's why it's a surprise each month, no gift is very fun if you know what's inside!!)

Wow! Look at all this pretty STUFF!

(Insert Pregnant pause while I unwrap everything)

So, really, ALL of this was in that box?? It looks like all I need is adhesive to get this party started!!

(Insert another pregnant pause while I put the kit together using the included instructions)

And here's how it all looks assembled! I now have all of these beautiful cards on hand, perfect to keep in my desk at work or at home for those "moments" when such a thing is needed! Woo Hoo! And aren't these these envelopes DARLING??? And so easy to put together! And the best part is I WAS WRONG!!! All the adhesive you need to complete the kit is IN the kit!! Woo Hoo again! The only thing you need is the clear block and that comes with your first kit. Score!

Here's a closer view...sooo CUTE!!! And so easy!! Really!!

And look at what I have left over to keep and reuse!

All of this for just $19.95+tax (shipping is included!)...THAT'S AMAZING!!!

But wait....THERE"S MORE!!!

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That's right! Sign up by September 10th (14 days from today) and get two months of Paper Pumpkin for just $9.98+tax (shipping included) per month. Wow! ALL of this (Actual kit will vary):

for $9.98+tax (shipping included) a month for two months! That's September and October, I'll bet there will be some fun surprises in those boxes! After that, do nothing and you will continue to receive Paper Pumpkin for $19.95+tax (shipping included) each month. You can also cancel at the end of two months with no further obligation. Promise.

I have just discovered Paper Pumpkin and I love what I am seeing, so I will sweeten the deal even further. Sign up with me and we will have a play day each month so we can all get together for a few hours and play with our goodies and enjoy some adult time and conversation. Just enough time to be gone without our families missing us!

How fun does that sound? Pretty fun!

Here are all the details, just so you are clear on how it all works:

Offer Dates: July 16, 2014 through September 10, 2014

Step One: Sign up HERE

Step Two: Enter the code HALFOFF2 to join Paper Pumpkin by September 10, 2014 and get 50% off the first two months! After that, your subscription will automatically continue at the regular rate of $19.95+tax (shipping included) each month. You may cancel at any time.

Fine Print:

  • For new subscribers only
  • Available for month-to-month subscriptions, not prepaid subscriptions
  • Discount applied to one kit per month for the first two months of a new subscription. After the first two months, the price for each month's kit will go to the regular price of $19.95+tax (shipping included)
  • You must enter the promo code HALFOFF2 when you sign up
  • New subscribers must join by 11:50PM (MT) on Wednesday September 10, 2014.

I know that was a lot of legal stuff but it's really pretty simple.

Who's in??

The first play date will be 6pm to 8pm on Tuesday, September 23, 2014. I will have an alternate date available of Thursday, September 25, 2014, same time. Come in stamp in my new stamping classroom!!!

Remember, sign up here or send me an email if you would like to chat one on one about this offer! I can't wait to see you!!

Woo-Hoo for You! - PP210

I hope your weekend was exactly what you hoped it would be and that you were able to get some crafty time in! My husband and I managed to carve out some time for a weekend getaway to San Diego...pictures at the end of the post...

Before I go any further, I would like to thank Sandy over at The Paper Players for picking my card as 'A Cut Above' for last week's Clean and Simple Challenge. I am so honored to have my submission recognized!!! Now on to this week's sketch challenge with The Paper Players:

Such a simple but fun sketch! Lots of possibilities here! I like the clean look but decided to add some color and layers this week to mix it up a bit:

Woo-Hoo for You! - PP210

Yep, I reached for the Confetti Celebration Designer Series Paper again! It's so bright and fun! The pattern in the paper made me decide to go masculine with this card and using stars immediately came to mind...so why not a Woo-Hoo for You kind of card? Something Grandma or Auntie can send to the young grandson or nephew for his latest accomplishment? Getting his training wheel off his bike, catching that pass in the game last weekend, or perhaps acing that test or book report? Do you think this would work for your 6 to 10 age bracket?

I used Stampin' Up!'s 2 1/2" Circle Punch to create my focal point and then quickly stamped a sentiment from the Bravo photopolymer stamp set in Tangelo Twist. I purposely stamped it off center, I think it provides balance to the overall design. I used my Heat Tool and White Embossing Powder to stamp another sentiment from the Bravo stamp set (which I swore I didn't need and now wonder how I lived without) onto a banner strip of Basic Grey cardstock (I used my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to make sure it was straight). I layered my yummy Designer Series Paper onto Tangelo Twist and Basic Grey cardstock and then popped all the layers off of the card base to add interest. A stamped star from the Be the Star stamp set finishes the card off nicely. No frills, no fuss, perfect for a busy in-betweener boy.

And what to do when you don't have enough yummy paper left to make a coordinating envelope liner? (gasp) You adhere what you have left to the envelope flap and then trim with your Paper Snips, using the edge of the envelope flap as your guide :) A matching star and sentiment from the Be A Star stamp set add a little fun to the outside of the envelope and it's ready to mail!

Hint: the paper on the envelope flap is the reverse side of the paper on the card front...they are designed to coordinate perfectly! (Thank you Stampin' Up! designers for making my life easier!!)

Here's a fun shot of the San Diego Bay and Coronado Bridge from the 40th floor of our hotel:)

Do you see the Navy ship heading out?? So awesome to see!

Next we have the view of the sunset from our table at dinner with friends last night:

Great food and fellowship and a wonderful sunset! A wonderful relaxing few days together to enjoy the summer before heading in fall activity filled weeks!

Thank you for stopping by, please comment or send me an email if you have any question regarding product or technique in this post...I am happy to assist!


Godspeed - CTS #89

I saw this challenge sketch from CAS(E) This Sketch and was immediately intrigued...

Sometimes my inspiration for a card is a piece of Designer Series Paper, or perhaps Washi Tape, sometimes a color scheme, sometimes a stamp set. I just randomly move around my craft space looking at things until I feel that spark. After pondering the sketch throughout my  day, I came home and started perusing my recent stamp set purchases. I pulled out this one, then that one, feeling little sparks, when my hands came across the For Your Country stamp set. I glanced at the images and that spark hit me...actually today it was more like a lightening bolt...and I saw the completed card quite clearly in my mind.

This is what I saw:

Godspeed - CTS #89

What do you think? I think this one image, one word, combined with the color scheme, really send a powerful message. Honestly, as simple as this card is, it's complete. And so it stands, a prayer for the safe return of our loved ones.

The colors I chose for this project are Sahara Sand, Basic Black, Early Expresso and Mossy Meadow. I heat embossed both the image and the sentiment with Black Embossing Powder. I used Stampin' Dimensionals to pop the image layer off off the card base and then then sentiment as well. Both provide depth and give interest to this quite clean and simple card.

If you are so moved, I would encourage you to visit the Operation Write Home website and see if there is anything you can do to send our service members some love from home. Thank you and a very heartfelt thank you to every one who has served, or loves someone who has/is serving. Godspeed to All.

And a shout out to my own service member. I am VERY proud of him. Big hugs to my son.

Thank you for stopping by today, I appreciate each and every visit and hope you come back to see what else I am up to :)

Christmas in August - Holiday Sneak Peek - FMS150

Welcome! Today I have a fun card using ALL new product from the upcoming holiday catalog (release date is August 28, 2014). I used the Freshly Made Sketches sketch as my jumping off point and the card came together very quickly...I love it when that happens!


Christmas in August - Holiday Sneak Peek - FMS150

What do you think?!?! Isn't the paper DIVINE??? And the coordinating tree punch and stamps?? And the sentiment?? And the snowflake sequins?? All available to purchase on August 28th! That gives you lots of time to make those Christmas cards!

The card base color is Soft Sky. It coordinates perfectly with this paper design from the All is Calm Specialty Designer Series Paper. I used it again as my base for stamping my trees, which were stamped with Versamark Ink using the Festival of Trees photopolymer stamp set and heat embossed with White Embossing Powder. A quick punch with the new Tree Punch and they are ready to go! Good news...this stamp set and punch are also available as a bundle so you save 15%! 

I also heat embossed the sentiment from the Watercolor Winter Too stamp set and then wrapped my card with Whisper White Seam Binding. This seam binding is light and airy, perfect for the feel of this card! I then layered on some Frosted Sequins to give my card a bit of bling. Sequins are easily adhered with Crystal Effects. It has wonderful grabbing power and dries clear.

Of course I HAD to line my envelope with matching paper!

Are you loving what you are seeing? If so, please shoot me an e-mail and I will get a catalog out to you right away so you can plan your shopping list before the big day...August 28th!

And thank you for allowing me to wander into Christmas this early in the year. I promise to go back to summer! Well...I may throw some more fall into there too :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Garden Party Celebration - PPA216

The Pals Paper Arts Challenge has a fun sketch for you this week:

And here is how I interpreted the sketch:

Garden Party Celebration - PPA216

I chose to use the scrumptious Sweet Sadie Washi Tape as my jumping off point because the color combination is just out of this world!! Love it!! And I knew I wanted to use this yummy washi tape on a banner. But what to do with layers two and three when I don't have any coordinating designer series paper? Hmmm...after a bit of internal debate, I challenged myself to create my own designer series paper!

I pulled out the Garden Party stamp set which I confess, I bought for just this one flower, and started stamping! How did I stamp it in two colors? Well, I could have used my Stampin' Markers but I sometimes have trouble getting consist color with that technique and I knew I was going to be stamping multiple times so I chose to mask my stamp instead.

What is masking? It is the process of covering up part of an image on a stamp so that you can use just the part you want.

I made two masks for this project, one for the flower and another for the leaves. I stamped the entire image onto a Post-It note, making sure that the sticky area of the Post-It was directly underneath my stamped image. I did this twice. Then I carefully snipped out the flower image on one and discarded it. I did the same on the other image for the leaves. Then I laid my mask over the corresponding part of the stamp image and inked up my flower (or leaves). Please remember to remove the mask before you stamp your image!! lol (I, of course, have never forgotten to remove the mask...uh-oh, my nose is growing!)


I stamped my flower first and then lined up where I wanted my leaves to be and added them, using Pistachio Pudding. I repeated the process until I had filled the entire area. Of course, I used my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to place everything before I stamped:)

Cleaning the image carefully in between stamping is key to success with this technique.

I trimmed two slivers of cardstock in coordinating cardstock and used them to separate the flower pattern from the sentiment, which I stamped with my Versamark Ink Pad and heat embossed using Black Embossing Powder. I masked again so I could emboss just one part of the stamp in black and then stamp the other part in Crisp Cantaloupe, using my Stampin' Write marker to ink it up.

To create the banner I layered strips of the Sweet Sadie Washi Tape to a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock.  I snipped one end off into a banner and attached it to my card with Stampin' Dimensionals. The last step was adding three very pretty Crisp Cantaloupe sequins from the 2013-15 In Color Sequin Assortment, the perfect jewelry!

I love how the thin border of Basic Black cardstock compliments the black in the washi tape and embossing. Three again, the magic number for a balanced look!

I looked through all of my Designer Series Papers and found one from the All Abloom DSP Stack that coordinated very nicely with my card but I didn't have enough to make an envelope liner (gasp). So instead, I adhered my scrap onto my envelope flap and snipped around the edges of the flap...a fun and quick way to decorate an envelope!

I hope you have enjoyed today's card and I can't wait to see what you create with this sketch!

Thanks for stopping by!

I'm leaving you today with a sneak peek at tomorrow's card, a preview of products from the upcoming holiday catalog...please make sure to stop by tomorrow to see it!


Cycle Celebration Birthday - PP209

The challenge over at The Paper Players this week is Clean and Simple. Before I go any further, I would like to sincerely thank LeAnne for picking my card last week as A Cut Above.

I think I can do that! I reached for my brand spankin' new stamp set, Cycle Celebration, and started inking:)

Cycle Celebration Birthday - PP209

What do you think? No fuss, no muss, just bright birthday wishes...and a little bling...what is a card without bling? I added a touch of Dazzling Diamonds to the candles, you can just see traces of the sparkles which unfortunately don't photograph very well. But they are there and are super cute!

I put my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to work on this one! What do you think of the envelope liner? It's a sneak peek at a Halloween themed Designer Series Paper that will be available on August 28th! Soooo cute and not just for Halloween!

Need a copy? Please send me a email and I will get one right out to you!

Thank you for stopping by and for letting me know what you think of this clean and simple birthday card!

Be You{tiful} Blossoms

Today's card has been percolating in the back of my mind before I even purchased this stamp set. If you follow my blog you might remember that I posted a card recently that featured the Flower Patch Bundle. I mentioned in that post that while I loved the card I created, it wasn't quite the card that I had envisioned. So today, THIS is THAT card...it has been in my head for so long, I'm so glad to create and share it finally!

Simple Saturday - Be You{tiful} Blossoms

I LOVE yellow, especially in flowers, so bright and cheerful that you just have to smile! For this project I used Crushed Curry, Old Olive and Calypso Coral. I used a similar color combination for a Pals Paper Arts color challenge some months ago (viewable here) and I just HAD to use the combination again...I love it! For this project I substituted Crushed Curry in place of Daffodil Delight because I have embossing powder in Crushed Curry :)

I stamped the stems in Old Olive and then stamped the flower outline in Calypso Coral. I used Versamark Ink to stamp the flower centers and the heat embossed them in Crushed Curry. I then ran them through the Big Shot with my coordinating die set (love) and popped them up on the card with Stampin' Dimensionals. At this point I realized that I also have embossing powder in Calypso Coral so I used it for the greeting. It is so sparkly and pretty!!

I finished the card off with Crushed Curry Baker's Twine and card base. I was having so much fun I kept going on the inside:

Who could resist smiling at the sight of this cute little flower??

The delightful paper I used as an envelope liner is from the Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack, only $6.95 (!) and sooo cute!

Thank you for stopping by today and I would love to hear what you think of this card!



Stamping with the Pals!

Yesterday I was fortunate enough to spend the afternoon stamping with a few fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrators. All of us are in Mary Fish's downline and together we are all members of the Stampin' Pretty Pals :) We are are virtually community brought together by our passion for Stampin' Up! as well as all things creative. Here is a picture of Mary Fish with Tricia Chuba and Linda Foster hanging out at the beach in San Diego the night before our event:

Linda was able to reserve the rec room in her housing complex for our event...it was a beautiful place to hang out, stamp and visit with fellow Pals. We can connect in a more personal way and share our individual styles and techniques with each other...so fun!

Here, (left to right) Susan Lankford, Karen Wilkinson and Patti MacLeith pay close attention as Peggy Noe demonstrates how to make vintage flowers for her beautiful card:

Such a fun technique! Darling Peggy also brought along this adorably decorated  treat box filled with See's Candies (yum!):

Patti MacLeith brought a delightful Sticky Note Holder for each of us:

Here's a peek at the inside, so cute!!

and Karen Wilkinson shared her adorable treat (tea) holder with each of us:

Here, Linda Foster is sharing her inspiration for her amazing cards with Jessica Ying, Peggy Noe and myself:

And when I say amazing, I mean AMAZING!!:

Right?!?! This card features product from the upcoming holiday catalog; the Wonderful Wreath Framelit Dies, the stamp set Endless Wishes, and a delightful new assortment of Frosted Sequins. Here's a closer look:

And here's her second AMAZING card:

This card features stamps from the Wonderous Wreath stamp set from the upcoming holiday catalog as well as more sentiments from the Endless Wishes stamp set. The Wonderous Wreath stamp set coordinates with the Wonderful Wreath Framelit Dies and is a  layering stamp set, a three set process that is sooo much fun and makes a beautiful card!

And here are Donna Kopenski and Shelby Long taking a refreshment break after Dona's great demonstration of how to create her notepad cover:

and a peek at the inside:

How fun, right? Can you see on the inside left cover that there is a pocket to stash extra papers? What a great idea!

Tricia Chuba, Donna Kopenski, Shannon Jaramillo (me), Peggy Noe, and Linda Foster with Mary Fish behind the camera :)

Tricia Chuba, Donna Kopenski, Shannon Jaramillo (me), Peggy Noe, and Linda Foster with Mary Fish behind the camera :)

It was a day loaded with inspiration and fun, so much that we continued the affair with an after party at a local restaurant...stamping is hard work!! lol

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon!

It's A Party! - Fry Box Treat Holder

Today I was treated to the most amazing experience...a group of eleven Southern California and Arizona Stampin' Up! Demonstrators gathered today in San Diego for some stamping fun, great food, and lots of chatting!!

We were so fortunate that our upline Mary Fish and fellow demonstrator Tricia Chuba were able to make the trip over from Arizona to be there with us...I'm so grateful there were able to attend!

I was asked to make a project to demonstrate to the Pals today. I decided on a 3-D item so I broke out the Fry Box Die and got busy stamping!

So what do you think? Have you seen the Fry Box Die and wondered what on earth you would use it for? Now we know! Treat Boxes! Birthdays, Weddings, Baby Showers, Christmas, Halloween, the possibilities are endless! I absolutely love this die!

I just love these dots! They have SUCH character!!

I ran a piece of 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" Whisper White cardstock through the Big Shot, it cut the outlines and scored the fold lines all in one step! Next I inked up the dot stamp from the Work of Art stamp set and inked away in all different colors (being sure to clean the stamp very carefully between ink colors!). I took the colors right out of this fabulous piece of Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper: Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry and Tempting Turquoise.

I ran a piece of 3 3/4" x 3" DSP through the Big Shot to crop the top edge into the fry box shape and score the sides and bottom. Then I just took my paper snips and snipped away on the score lines, ran some Snail across the reverse side and adhered it right to the inside back of the fry box!

Then I just folded along all of the crease lines and put a piece of Sticky Strip along the outer edge of one of the flaps to create the box.

I used one of the stamps from the Oh My Goodies stamp set along with the smallest Deco Label Collection Framelit Dies and the Large Oval Punch to create my label. I adhered some flags to the back of the label to give it some "oomph" and attached the whole thing to my fry box with Sticky Strip.

Just a little bit of this wonderful wonderful new 1/4" Cotton Ribbon in coordinating colors to  top off a cute treat bag finishes the project off beautifully. I love how all the products tie together!

Today was filled with fellowship with some wonderful ladies and beautiful projects! I will get them all photographed, put together a summary of all the projects, and have them up on the blog tomorrow. Please stop by, you won't want to miss them! The Pals are a very talented collection of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators!!

Thank you so much for stopping by, I would love it if you have time to leave me a comment to let me know what you think of the Fry Box Die and my project!

Hello Autumn - Holiday Catalog Preview

Does it feel like Fall where you are? No? Certainly not here in Southern California, lol, it was 95 degrees today! But here the kids are back in school and to me that has always spelled the beginning of fall. So I start to getting itchy to break out the pumpkins, leaf garlands and scarecrows. In anticipation of that I bring you a preview of good things to come...

Hello Autumn - Holiday Catalog Preview

You can shop for wonderful new product coming with the Holiday Catalog beginning August 28, 2014. My project today features a delightful new stamp set called For All Things. It has this wonderful watercolor background stamp (for those of us who are terrified of water coloring!), this lovely bundle of leaves this cute sentiment as well as 5 other images! The sentiment actually says Hello FALL! but I didn't ink up the whole sentiment.

Did you see the darling new washi tape? It's from the upcoming Color Me Autumn Designer Washi Tape trio and it really makes card making quick and easy!

I have to admit, I did not design this card! Stampin' Up! sends all of its' demonstrators a quarterly magazine full of interesting articles and project ideas...this card is one featured in the latest issue. I really love this card because if you are like me and think that you don't need a fall stamp set, then this card is for you!

It has lovely fall colors but is really just a sweet hello, to be used throughout the season. I really enjoy taking the obvious and showing that it actually has a much broader usage. Do you see the lovely paper lining my envelope? Yep, it the Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper, available on Aug 28th. On side it very specifically autumn themed while this side is much more neutral and versatile.

Here is a shot of the outside of the envelope:

Because we want the outside to be pretty too, right? Sort of a sneak peek of what's inside...

I hope you have enjoyed this peek at fun things to come! Please email me if you wish to receive a free copy of this catalog.

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you come visit again to see what I've been up to!

August Pals Blog Hop - Too Cool For School

Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for August. This month we are showing off our favorite crafting tools - those Stampin' Up! tools that we just can't live without. We hope you enjoy our projects!

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from September Gray at SeptemberGray.com on the Pals Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all of the amazing creations.

So what is MY favorite tool? The Big Shot? Stampin' Dimensionals? Well, I do love those tool very much, but (sorry Big Shot and Stampin' Dimensionals) my all time favorite tool is the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig!!! I know, you are soooo surprised, right? lol

My very first time ever stamping, the Stampin' Up! demonstrator used the SAMJ and I fell head over heels in love. I had looked at cards for years and could never figure out how they stamped things so perfectly! Now I knew the answer and I was off and running!

Today I wanted to showcase my favorite tool so here, without further ado, is my card :)

August Pals Blog Hop - Too Cool For School

August Pals Blog Hop - Too Cool For School

I love this birthday sentiment from the Four You stamp set. It is a neutral font and a great size, very useful. And how did I chose my colors? Very complicated process...I opened my catalog to the Brights collection on page 180 and started down the list :) In alphabetical order no less! Makes my orderly heart very happy!

How does one use a Stamp-A-Ma-Jig? I'm glad you asked! I have put together a quick tutorial and added a few of my pearls of wisdom (for what they are worth!)

First, pick out a sentiment and adhere it to a clear mount block. Then take out the clear acetate sheet and line the SAMJ up with the edge of the clear acetate, like so:

Then, ink up your stamp and position the clear block with the stamp on it against the edge of the SAMJ, like so:

Or, for those of you who are right-handed, line it up like so:

Two pearls of wisdom: adhering your clear mount sentiments to the block at a diagonal makes it easier to stamp without the aid of a SAMJ and also gives you a cleaner stamped image than if you were to line it up horizontally with the block. Don't ask me why but it works and; stamping the image in black onto the acetate sheet makes it easier to line up your images. Again, I have no idea why:)

This is what you will end up with:

Now take your piece of clear acetate and line it up on your project, like so:

Did you notice that I tacked my cardstock down with Post-It tape to keep it from shifting while stamping? It works well and lifts off your project easily without tearing or marring. Next, line the SAMJ up with the edge of the clear acetate. like so:

Remove the clear acetate and stamp, being careful to line the clear block up against the edge of the SAMJ:

This is what it will look like after stamping.

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Two hints about stamping: When inking up your stamp, remember "pinkies up" like you are drinking tea. With the new firm foam pads you don't need to press hard to pick up ink and doing so will over-ink your image, particularly with words. Next tip is to stamp straight up and down, no rocking or pressing hard. Words will distort if you apply too much pressure. Then we line up our clear acetate again, and stamp again, like so:

And that's how the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig works! The best $11.95 investment I ever made! And here's my card again in case you've forgotten what it looked like after all of these pictures:

This card is gender neutral and  age neutral, it would be great to give to ANYONE! There's no cardstock, no embellishments, is easily mass produced and is mailable :) All because of one tool...the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig.

Once last pearl before you hop along...to save your sanity and to make stamping less stressful, do stamping like this on a separate piece of cardstock. This way, if you goof, you have only used one 4" x 5 1/4" piece of cardstock rather than an entire card base. I just popped mine up with Stampin' Dimensionals for a bit of added interest and ditto for my sentiment, which adds a bit more interest and a bit of fun to the card.

Thanks for stopping by and please hop along with us, there are lots and lots of great ideas in store! And if you have the time and/or inclination, all of the artists featured today would love a comment or two! Thanks!!

The next stop is Natalie Bradley at NatalieBradleyEvents on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting and  I hope to see you next month.

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A Simple Thank You for The Paper Players - PP208

Good Morning and Happy Monday! It's going to happen whether we want it to or not so I've decided to embrace it. I hope you had a fabulous weekend! I spent quite a bit of time repairing the closet in my craft room, with hubby's help of course! Everything is back up and in it's place, yay! I even found time to stamp last night!

I love The Paper Players challenge to use FOUR colors on a card! FOUR! Let's take a peek at what they have for us this week:

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One of the first stamp sets I ordered from the new catalog this year is the stamp set Borderettes. I just HAD to have it! Then when it came I thought 'what on earth am I going to do with this?' Last night inspiration struck!

A Simple Thank You for The Paper Players - PP208

What do you think?! Please don't adjust your monitor, it's not you or me, it's the font on the greeting. I took so many pictures of this card and finally decided that the font makes everything look a bit out of focus. It doesn't in real life!

I had a blast stamping this...and only had to start over four times :) The Borderettes stamp set is photopolymer but I used my trusty Stamp-A-Ma-Jig anyway to make absolutely sure everything was straight. Then I used Calypso Coral Embossing Powder (it's new this year and sooo pretty!) to superimpose my greeting on top. So fun to do! Isn't this sentiment awesome? It's from the Fabulous Four stamp set and is a great size!

I think I spent more time agonizing over whether or not to add the flower to my one layer card, and then which color and how many...than I did on the actual stamping! Ultimately one seemed to work the best, and for once NOT popped up on a Stampin Dimensional. It just didn't work. I love how dainty this flower is. It's from the Something to Say stamp set (also on my first order). I picked this stamp set t because not only does it have all three images to coordinate with the new Itty Bitty Accents Punch trio, it also have a great variety of greetings...and we can never have enough of those :)

I fussed around for a bit and then found the perfect piece of pattern paper from the Gold Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper series to line my envelope with. Love it!

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Flower Patch Thinking of You - FMS148

I'm back today with a fun little card for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge:

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Isn't this a fun sketch? Such a nice big block of space to work with...so many possibilities! I've had a card in my head for awhile now and thought that this sketch would capture it well. It's not quite what I had in mind but I still love it:

Flower Patch Thinking of You - FMS148

When I first starting making cards I was completely overwhelmed by many of the bright, and to me quite loud, papers. I have finally found my niche, white space. White space balances out the bright and bold very nicely. This gem of a pattern paper today is from the Park Lane Designer Series Paper line. I LOVE it!!! I took my cue for the other colors right from the DSP line itself. Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Soft Suede and Whisper White.

I'm not a fan of odd shaped cards. I don't know why, it just is. But when I pulled out my Square Framelits I realized that the largest size had a scalloped edge and I was intrigued and decided I had to try it out!!

I cut the DSP and laid it onto of the folded Whisper White card stock and then laid the scallop die on top, being careful to make sure that none of the top edge touched the card stock. Then I ran the whole thing through the Big Shot and voila! a cute little card!!

The adorable little flowers are from the Flower Patch Stamp Set and then die cut with the coordinating Flower Fair Framelits. So Cute! And when you buy both products together in a bundle, you save 15% Such a deal!

I simply colored a few pearls with my Daffodil Delight Blendabilites and now they look fabulous!

Of course, I needed to make a custom envelope and coordinating liner for my oddly shaped card...no problem! I just whipped out my Envelope Punch Board and created one quickly! How did I do that, you ask? Well, I could explain the whole thing or simply direct you to my upline Mary Fish's YouTube video as she explains it so well! I myself am terrified of video cameras so if you are waiting for me to make a video, it might be rather a long wait! lol

Hope you enjoyed today's card and that you get some crafty time in yourself this weekend! I'm (hopefully) going to be putting my stamping closet back together and getting everything back in its place properly:)

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Thank You Buds - PPA214

I am so excited to share with you that I have been selected as a Resident Artist with the Pals Paper Arts design team! A call was put out for applications a few weeks ago so I gathered my courage up and submitted my name...and I was one of three picked to round out both design teams to 11 members each! Woohoo! I can wait to get started so let's do it!!

The design team has a super fun color combination this week:

Aren't the colors yummy??  I couldn't wait to get started designing! I pulled out a new stamp set called Hey There Buds and started coloring with my Stampin' Markers...

Thank You Buds - PPA214

The stamp set actually has the sentiment "hey there" but since I was inking the stamp up with markers, it was easy to just not ink up that sentiment and choose another one. I chose a lovely font for my thank you sentiment and stamped it with the new Memento Black Ink Pad...love the crisp stamp image and the easy clean up-no special cleaner needed!

I added this piece of pattern paper from the All Abloom Designer Series Paper Stack (only $6.95!) that I have been oogling and saving for just the right card...and today was the day! I added just a small strip of Wild Wasabi cardstock to really help everything 'pop'. And of course we need jewelry, right? I love the three sequins in Crisp Cantaloupe but somewhere in the design process I realized that gold would go well with this color palette so I add some gold sequins as well and love the result!

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