Vellum Fall Leaves - Workshop - September 9, 2017

I'm getting so many ideas every time I work with the Colorful Seasons Stamp Set.    If you buy only one stamp set from the catalog this year - this is the one to buy.    It covers 4 Seasons and there is so much you can do all year long with it.   I brought the bundled set with stamps and framelits (#145348 $54 w/24 photopolymer stamps and 17 dies) and have made dozens of cards already from it.     This card was also a way to demonstrate the versatility of Vellum Paper.



  • Stamp Set - Colorful Seasons
  • Thinlits Dies - Seasonal Layers
  • Card Stock - Whisper White 8 1/2"x5 1/2" score & fold 4 1/4"; and 4 x 2 1/4.    Vellum 3"x8 1/2".   Gold Foil 4 1/4"x2 1/2".   Wild Wasabi 4 1/2"x2 3/4".   
  • Inks - Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Wild Wasabi, Tranquil Tide, VersaMark 
  • Textured Folder - Woodland
  • Emboss Powder - Gold or Silver
  • Sponge Daubers
  • Adhesives - SNAIL Double-sided tape, Tombow Glue, Dimensionals
  • Big Shot
  • Embossing Heat Tool and Versa Mark Embossing Ink
  • Directions - Start with the Vellum paper and add color (inks) to it using Sponge Daubers.   Take the large leaf stamp and apply VersaMark embossing ink onto Vellum.   Sprinkle with Embossing Powder and heat til shiny.   Using your Big Shot, place leaves on Magnetic Platform and Cutting Pads with the Thinlit die of the large maple leaf and cut out.  Glue the back of the leaves and place on Whisper White card stock.
  • Tape backing layers of gold foil and Wild Wasabi card stock.  On front of card base, press emboss the Woodland Textured Folder.   Apply Dimensionals on back of 3 leaf design and center on card front.  


Colorful Season (24 photopolymer stamps)   #143726 $27

Workshop - Pumpkins - October 21, 2017

For some reason I have always loved pumpkins.   I like their shape, colors, and taste.    I cook pumpkin dishes all year long.   So each October I try to make a pumpkin card.   This one I used for Halloween and Thanksgiving.   I found the Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper useful for fall and Christmas.   

Stitched Pumpkins for Halloween



Stitched Pumpkins for Thanksgiving 



  • Stamp Sets - Painted Harvest and last year's Jar of Haunts
  • Card Stock - Old Olive 4"x10 1/2"score & fold 4 1/4" and some scrape paper.  Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper 3 3/4"x4 1/4" and 4"x1 3/4".   Whisper White 4"x3 1/2".  Pumpkin Pie 5 1/2"x8 1/2".   Basic Black 5 1/2"x4 1/4".
  • Stitched Shapes Framelits - Oval
  • Leaf Punch, Big Shot for cutting framelits 
  • Ink - Old Olive, Basic Black
  • Adhesives - Doubled-sidede SNAIL and Dimensionals 
  • Directions:    Cut out 3 Ovals for pumpkins.  Stamp leaves on scrape Old Olive card stock and punch out a few leaves.   With SNAIL put down the Designer Series Paper and Whisper White inside message on Old Olive card base.  Place the 3 ovals to assemble pumpkins with Dimensionals and hang a little pumpkin over the right side edge.   Decorate with stamps and punched leaves.    When Old Olive card base is decorated, secure onto Basic Black card stock.   All done!   
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Painted Harvest   13 photopolymer stamps  #144783 $21 

Workshop - Smiling Leaves - October 21, 2017

I keep experimenting with Watercolor Paper and all the many rich colors you can create from it.   At this workshop we combined the Copper Foil and Copper Embossing Powder,  and the Lemon-Lime Twist In-Color.

Smiling Leaves


  • Stamping Set - Colorful Seasons
  • Card Stock - Lemon=Lime Twist 5 1/2"x8 1/2" score & fold 4 1/4".  Very Vanilla 4 3/4"x3 3/4".  Copper Foil 3 1/2x4 1/2".   Watercolor Paper 3"x4".
  • Ink - Soft Suede, Lemon-Lime Twist
  • Stampin' Spritzers (filled with water) 
  • Emboss Powder - Copper
  • Embossing Heat Tool and Versa Mark Embossing Ink
  • Adhesive - Dimensionals and Fast Fuse 
  • Paper Towel
  • Directions - Start with placing a paper towel down so it can catch access water when you spray the Watercolor Paper.   Place the Watercolor Paper on the paper towel and place several drops of Lemon-Lime Twist Ink and then add water with Stampin' Sprintzer.  You can pick up paper and move water around and dap excess water off with a paper towel.   Set aside to dry.   (We worked on other card making while it dried.)    Take dried Watercolor Paper and with Versa Mark Embossing Ink stamp leaves and message from Colorful Seasons.   Apply Copper Emboss Powder and heat.  Centered Watercolor paper on Copper Foil with Fast Fuse and add Whisper White card stock layer.   Stamp the seedings around edges of card base and add Dimensionals to back of message and place down on card base.   


Colorful Seasons   24 photopolymer stamps   #143726 $27

Half Full Glass - Workshop - September 9, 2017

The Half Full Stamp Set has so much meaning to me.   Not just because it is about wine, but because in was inspired by my upline Stampin' Up! Demonstrator:   Linda Bauwin.   She was a Million Dollar Achiever in 2016 and as part of her rewards, she was able to inspire a stamp set and have it featured in the Holiday Catalog.    It is on page 42 in the 2017 Holiday Catalog and acknowledges her achievement.    Linda works hards and does a wonderful job inspiring stampers like me.    Congratulations Linda on a job well done!   



  • Stamp Set - Half Full (#144999 10 rubber stamps $22) Inspired by Million Dollar Achiever Linda Bauwin
  • Card Stock - Pool Party 8 1/2"x5 1/2", score & fold 4 1/4".    Rich Raspberry 5 1/4x4.   Whisper White 5x 1 3/4.   Petal Garden Designer Series Paper 5"x2".
  • Ribbon - 7" and 5"
  • Wink of Stella Gold
  • Ink - Stazon Black, Rich Raspberry Marker
  • Double-sided tape, Scott Tape
  • Directions -  Tape the Whisper White and Petal Garden Designer Paper together on the back with one-sided scotch tape.  Stamp message and image on Whisper White card stock.   Add ribbon and attached cover onto Rich Raspberry card stock piece.   Then apply onto folded Pool Party card stock.   I added a little Wink of Stella on the wine glass stems. 


Half Full Stamp Set   - 10 rubber stamps

#144996 $30 (wood blocks)     #144999 $22 (for clear acrylic blocks)   

Pocket Phrases - Workshop July 22, 2017

This group of cards used both stamp sets:  Floral Phrases and Colorful Seasons.   Plus we used the In-Color Bitty Bows, Glitter Enamel Dots, Ribbon and the NEW round punch called STARBURST (143717 $18).   I will definitely be using the Starburst punch a bunch because it also surrounds circle punches.     The workshop members chose from 2 out of 4 colors and made smaller individual envelopes (4"x4 1/2") for each.   The Fresh Florals Suite Designer Series Paper contains 40 sheets of color (144131 $22).   Making envelopes from Stampin's Up!'s Designer Series Paper is so easy on the Envelope Punch Board (133774 $20); the paper weight is perfect.  



  • Stamp Set - Floral Phrases (141767 $18 w/7 stamps), Colorful Seasons (143726 $27 w/24 stamps) 
  • Card Stock - Whisper White (cut 4) 3 3/4"x 3 3/4" and (cut 2) 4 1/4"x 2 3/4".    Berry Burst, Fresh Fig, Powder Pink, Tranquil Tide:  8 1/2" x 4" score & fold 4 1/4".   Fresh Fig & Powder Pink 4 1/2"x3".    Fresh Floral Designer Series Paper:  (cut 2) 2 1/2x 4" and (cut 2) 4 1/4"x 3 1/2" and (cut 4) 7 1/4"x 7 1/4" for envelope size 4"x4 1/2", and (cut 4) 1"x11" for band around envelop.
  • Inks - Berry Burst, Fresh Fig, Powder Pink, Tranquil Tide
  • 2017-19 In Color Bitty Bows 
  • Glitter Enamel Dots
  • Ribbon 2017-19 Inc Color 12" (Fresh Fig and Powder Pink)
  • Silver Ribbon 11" (I used the free ribbon from 2017 Sale-a-Bration)
  • Envelop Punch Board - for 4"x4 1/2" envelop at 3 1/2" score line from 7 1/4x7 1/4 Designer Series Paper
  • Starburst Punch 
  • Double-sided tape and Dimensionals 
  • Directions:   Make the envelop following instructions on the face of the Envelope Punch Board (133774 $20).  Cut the paper and assemble per the two card styles.   Please note the Floral Phrases decorative bar on the sides of the Life is a beautiful thing and the added Glitter Enamel Dots and Bitty Bow.   Please note on the For All the... message the stamped flower and left side ribbon.   Add the  DSP band around the outside first tape it down on front a little off center; then added the silver ribbon and secure at same spot.   Using 2 or 3 Dimensionals tape down the starburst punch message.   Add the same starburst punch message to the front of the matching card.        These smaller cards can be inserted in gifts and with items of appreciation.  

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Floral Wedding Greetings - Workshop July 22, 2017

I keep coming back to the Floral Phrases Stamp Set (141767 $18 w/7 stamps) because the matching die set create a detailed pattern to  let colors shine thru and enhances messages from the heart.  Here's a wedding card.  

Floral Wedding Greetings.   


  • Stamp Set - Floral Phrases (141767 $18, w/7 stamps)
  • Card Stock - Powder Pink 8 1/2"x 5 1/2" score & fold 4 1/4".   Whisper White 5 1/2"x 4 1/4".
  • Ink - Powder Pink
  • Detailed Floral Thinlits Dies (141482 $29 w/3 dies)
  • Basic Pearls
  • Double sided tape, fine-tip glue pen
  • Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine 
  • Directions - on the Whisper White stamp the flower on the upper top of the paper.   Use the large flower thinlit at the top portion of the paper and aline the die so that a border surrounds the die.    Then stamp the message between the flower stamp and die cutout.   Tape top with double sided tape and bottom around die cut border with the Fine-tip Glue Pen.   Top message paper fits to cover the entire card front.    Add Basic Pearls.    I stamped another flower and the wedding message on the inside.   



Happy as Today - Workshop July 22, 2017

I really enjoyed the July workshop.  We had a great group of people and had fun playing with the new 2017-19 In Colors from Stampin' Up!   The new color Lemon-Lime Twist makes the two berry colors and teal green pop.   I also like the Dapper Demin and Lemon-Lime Twist color combinations and will definitely  be combining them at the September workshop.  



If there is only one bundle you plan to purchase from the 2017 Catalog, I strongly recommend Colorful Seasons Stamp Set (#143726 $27 w/24 photopolymer stamps).  It is paired with Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies (143751 $33 w/17 dies).   Purchased as a bundled set you save %10 using code #145348 $54.   This set covers Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall.   There are several new messages along with the standard Congratulations! and Thinking of You.  

  • Stamp Set - Colorful Seasons (143726 $27)
  • Card Stock - Berry Burst 8 1/2"x 5 1/2", score & fold 4 1/4".  Lemon Lime Twist 4 1/4"x3 1/4" and 5"x3 3/4" for inside, and 3"x 2" for chair.    Whisper White 4 1/4"x 3 1/4" and 4x 1 1/2" for flowers
  • Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies (143751 $33)  
  • Glitter Enamel Dots
  • Double sided tape, glue dots, Dimensionals, Fine-Tip Glue Pen
  • Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine
  • Directions - On the Whisper White paper stamp the message on the right-hand side leaving enough room for the chair.  Using a Big Shot die cutter, cut out the chair.  Stamp flowers on 4 x 1 1/2" paper and stamp off one flower for a lighter shaded flower.  Cut out flowers with Big Shot die cutter.   Angle and tape down lemon-lime paper and then whisper white paper.  Glue down chair, three flowers and add several Glitter Enamel Dots.   Tape on the inside the 5"x3 3/4" paper for writing a note.   





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NEW 2017-2018 CATALOG


Effective June 1, 2017 – May 31, 2018 Stampin’ Up! presents their new general catalog.  

  • There are over 70 new stamp sets
  • Introducing Mini-Dimensionals
  • Glossy White Card Stock is back!
  • New 2 1/4” Circle punch
  • 5 New 2017-2019 In Colors

The catalog can be downloaded or you can receive one at one of my workshops.  


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All workshops are held at my home. Please call me or email me about attending.

AUGUST – There will be no workshops.   I’m going to be out and about too much that month and hope that you will be too.  


Fall Colors and will feature a stamp set from the Fall/Winter Occasional Catalog published on Sept 1.    Workshop fee $15.


I see a stitched pumpkin waiting to be built and some Christmas Cards ideas. Workshop fee $15.


A few more Christmas card ideas and one about being thankful.   Workshop fee $15.

My Stampin’ Up! Ordering site:

Effective July 15, 2017, my Stampin’ Up! website will be closed.   I’ve been considering to this for a few months and determined that after 6 years 99% of my orders are given to me at workshops, by email or over a phone call and then entered by me.  

I really love taking orders this way and will continue to take personal orders for the best stamping paper, stamps, and inks, ever found. The orders will still be sent to your home with an email confirmation sent directly to you.


How about these new In-Colors !!   The new Lemon-Lime Twist makes all the other colors pop.   It will be fun to put them together on cards and paper craft items.  

Get a sample pack of In Color 8 1/2” x 11” Card Stock, 20 sheets, 4 each for only $8.00   Use product code #144247 on your order.


In My Thoughts - Workshop June 24, 2017

This is another page out of the Petal Garden Designer Series Paper Stack (144168 $10).   This style makes card making so easy because the decoration is done for you in the left corner, all you do is add the message.   I keep using the Stitched Shapes Framelits because I love the little stitching around the edges.   Makes message look good!  



  • Stamp Set - Rose Wonder (140697)
  • Card Stock - Sweet Sugarplum 8 1/2x5 1/2, score & fold 4 1/4.   Old Olive 5x5.   Pink Pirouette 4x4.   Petal Garden Designer Series Paper 5 1/4x4.   
  • Stitched Shapes Framelits (145372 $30 12 frames)
  • Ribbon - 5" matching one of the colors
  • Misc. - double-sided tape, Dimensionals, Big Shot  
  • Directions:   Cut the paper per the measurements.   Stamp the message on the Pink Pirouette and cut both messages.  Tape card pieces onto Sweet Sugarplum base.   Optional - cut a piece of pink pirouette 5x3 3/4 for the inside message.    


Expecting Butterflies - Workshop June 24, 2017

The next two workshop cards featured the new Petal Garden Designer Series Paper Stack (144168 $10).   Stampin' Up! is designing more paper stacks and I like it and use more of it because it is cut 6"x6" making it a little easier to work with.   




  • Stamp Set - Butterfly Basic (137154)
  • Card Stock - Calypso Coral 8 1/2x5 1/2, score & fold 4 1/4.  Rich Razzleberry 4x3.   Petal Garden Designer Series Paper 5 1/2x4 1/4.  
  • Delicate White Dollies (141701 $3 for 24)
  • Pearl Basic Jewels
  • Butterflies Thinlits (137360 $27 3 patterns) 
  • Ink - Rich Razzleberry 
  • Misc. - double-sided tape, glue dots, Big Shot 
  • Directions:   Cut card stock to sizes.  Measure center of Designer Series Paper and cut 2".   Fold back from corners, creating the split opening and tape down to Calypso Coral card base.   Place a glue dot under folded back corners.  Stamp message and little flowers.   Use the Big Shot to cut butterfly.   Tape dollie down and then butterfly using Dimensional to raise it up a bit.