Monday, May 27, 2019

Make It Monday: Successful Stamping Tips

This week I'm working on project samples for my New Catalog Launch/BOGO event next Saturday, June 1st. For today's project, I chose the Pop of Petals stamp set and punch and CASE'd Cindy Mitchell-Clark's Pop of Petals card. I just changed up the colors and sentiment. You can check out her beautiful card with instructions on her blog at Cindy's Corner.


In the process of making this card, I was reminded of several things I do to make for a successful stamping project as much as possible. I thought for today's Make It Monday post I would share those tips with you.

Tips for Successful Stamping...

  • PRACTICE! I realize this goes without saying but really is an important step to help identify problems before they end up on your project. Stamp your image on scrap or grid paper before stamping on your project. This will help you see if you have properly inked your stamp and to check for image alignment. 
  • Check the rubber on your stamps and trim if needed. I'm sure we've all seen it...those halo images on our stamped image. Sometimes the halo is caused from excessive ink on the stamp. However, sometimes the halo occurs because there is extra rubber sticking out. This is exactly what happened on one of the stamps in my Pop of Petals stamp set. The small seed pod stamp was off center and had extra rubber which created a halo image no matter how careful I was in stamping. So I just carefully trimmed some of the problem excess rubber away to get the image I desired.

Stamped image before trimmed...


Stamped image after trimmed...


Trimmed stamp...


  • Allow time for the ink to dry. For the vellum flowers, I stamped directly on vellum and set them aside for several minutes while I worked on the rest of the card. (You can also use a heat gun to quicken the drying process.)


  • Layer sentiments rather than stamp directly on cardstock base. Have you ever ruined a completed project when you go to stamp your sentiment directly on the cardstock and it's misaligned or stamps a halo image? So frustrating! While sometimes it is necessary to stamp directly on the project, consider taking another approach and use layering shapes to add your sentiment. For this card, I stamped my sentiment on an oval die-cut and layered with a scalloped oval which I adhered to my finished card. 
  • Use the Stamparatus if you need to stamp directly on your cardtock base to help with alignment (practice first). Check out Stampin' Up!'s video on this awesome stamping tool.
  • Stamp sentiments on circles or ovals. Lining up sentiments on a square base can be difficult to do. Using a circle or oval minimizes the look of any misalignments. 


  • Use Tombow Multi-purpose Liquid Glue to help line up layers. This gives you a few seconds to move your layer around into the correct position. 
  • Use an adhesive eraser to remove residual adhesives. It happens. You get to the end of a project and some adhesive sneaked its way out and is gumming up the works. Just use an adhesive eraser like this one to gently rub off the excess adhesive.
  • Use a rubber sand eraser to remove small unwanted ink spots. Yep, it's there...that small dot or light smudge of ink that mysteriously made its way onto your project. Use a rubber sand eraser like this one to gently exfoliate the top layer to remove (or at least minimize) the stamping boo-boo. The key to using this tool is to gently erase in small layers so you sand off the spot and not your paper.
  • Keep stamping area clean. The best way to minimize accidental ink and adhesive spots is to keep crafting area clean. I use an alcohol wipe to periodically wipe off my work area. (Caution: do not use alcohol on certain types of finishes.) Also, close and move ink pads out of the way after you stamp so they don't accidentally come into contact with your hands or project.
  • Embellishments are your friend! Have a stamping boo-boo that is too big or can't be removed? Try covering it up with an embellishment. You may like the outcome even better. Remember, there are no stamping mistakes, just opportunities for embellishment! :-)
I hope these tips help create a more enjoyable and successful stamping experience for you! Please share any other tips you have!


New Catalog Kick-Off and BOGO Sale 
Saturday, June 1, 2019 
10:00am-1:00pm 
Local: northwest San Antonio, TX 


Join us to check out and shop the new catalog products (and pick up your own copy of the catalog). Earn equal value from my retired product bins for FREE for every dollar you spend (preship/tax) from the new catalog with me. Also, make a couple of Make & Take projects using some of the new stamping goodies! 

Free event...just RSVP so I can prepare enough sweet treat gifts and Make & Take project kits for everyone. Bring a friend to enjoy the fun and savings! Just have them RSVP with you.
New stamping friends always welcome! 

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Saturday, May 25, 2019

Daisy Lane Project Class


Daisy Lane Project Class
Local event: Northwest San Antonio, TX
Saturday, June 29, 2019

2:30pm-5:30pm CST

Option 1: $75 
(Savings of $5 plus FREE Wink of Stella Glitter Pen)
  • Precut/scored project supplies
  • Bolt of Braided Linen Trim
  • Pack of Pizza Boxes
  • Pack of Pillow Boxes
  • Daisy Lane Stamp Set
  • Large Daisy Punch
  • FREE Wink of Stella Glitter Pen
Option 2: $54 (Savings of $5)
  • Precut/scored project supplies
  • Bolt of Braided Linen Trim
  • Pack of Pizza Boxes
  • Pack of Pillow Boxes
  • Daisy Lane Stamp Set
Option 3: $32
  • Precut/scored project supplies
  • Bolt of Braided Linen Trim
  • Pack of Pizza Boxes
  • Pack of Pillow Boxes
To Go Option---just add $8 shipping (free local pickup) to any of the above Options
  • Will need Daisy Lane stamp set, large Daisy punch, Flirty Flamingo and Old Olive inks to complete projects. Wink of Stella Glitter Pen optional.




Thursday, May 23, 2019

New Catalog Launch & BOGO Sale




Local San Antonio area friends--join us on Saturday, June 1st for my catalog kick-off event plus BOGO sale.

Come pick up your free copy of the new catalog and do a couple of Make & Take projects using some of the new products! Shop* the new catalog and receive equal value in product from my retired bins for FREE!

Free come and go event. Just RSVP so I can be sure to prepare a treat gift and project kit for you! 


Friends welcome! Just have them RSVP with you so I can have a special treat and project kit ready for them, too! :-)

Register here: http://bit.ly/2019bogo


*orders placed this day will be submitted after the catalog launches on June 4th.



Monday, May 20, 2019

Make It Monday: Envelope Punch Board Treat Pouch

Two of my favorite products are retiring from the Stampin' Up! catalogs...Envelope Punch Board and How Suite It Is suite of products.

At my Envelope Punch Board class this past Saturday we learned a variety of ways to use this awesome crafting tool. The tutorial of the class is available in my PDF Store.

With only 2 weeks left before these products retire, I thought it would make a nice farewell to do a treat pouch using the Envelope Punch Board (EPB) and How Sweet It Is Designer Series Paper (DSP). I was inspired by my friend Heather Guerrero's (Stamping with Heather) treat pouch idea using the EPB.



I used the EPB for the pouch base. For the candy jar, I fussy (manually) cut it out from one of the sheets of DSP. The pink twine was a retired scrap I had leftover in my ribbon bin.


As a paper crafter I often end up with leftover or extra pieces from a project. I like to save these pieces in full size Stamp Cases and use them for projects, so I'm not re-cutting more duplicates. I keep one case for basic shapes and another for detailed die-cuts.

For this project, I reached into my handy Stamp Case and used the Bermuda Bay scalloped oval and stitched vellum circle. 


Here is Heather's adorable treat pouch that was my inspiration for today's project. She used the Tropical Escape Suite of products. While the stamp set and dies are carrying over to the new catalog, the Tropical Escape DSP is sadly retiring. 


Create Your Own
  1. Cut a 4-1/2” x 5-1/2” piece of How Sweet It Is DSP.
  2. Score along short side at 1-1/4” and 3-3/8”.
  3. Fold and adhere at back seam
  4. Adhere and crimp bottom.
  5. Using Envelope Punch Board, punch top at 1” on each side.
  6. Die cut a scalloped oval in Bermuda Bay cardstock using the Layering Ovals dies (I used 3rd largest die). Adhere to front of treat pouch with Stampin' Dimensionals.
  7. Die cut a stitched circle in Vellum using the Stitched Shapes dies (I used 2nd smallest die). Adhere to scalloped oval. TIP: make a vertical adhesive strip in middle of vellum so it is hidden behind the candy jar in the next step.
  8. Die cut candy jar using the Jar of Sweets dies or fussy cut out candy jar from the How Sweet It Is DSP. Adhere to vellum layer with Stampin' Dimensionals.
  9. Stamp sentiment of your choice in Melon Mambo ink on a 3/4" x 2-1/8" strip of Whisper White cardstock (I used Thank You sentiment from the Tropical Chic stamp set). Adhere toward bottom of treat pouch.
  10. Add Rhinestones or other accents to vellum circle (I used some clear droplets leftover from a past Paper Pumpkin kit). 
  11. Add treat inside pouch and tie off with ribbon or twine.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Sneak Peek: Magnolia Lane Suite

One of the new suites available in the 2019-20 Annual catalog is fast becoming one of my favorites...Magnolia Lane suite! The products in this suite have that sweet, southern beauty and charm.

I used the beveled die from the Magnolia Memory dies to create an elegant border in the Petal Pink card base. Inside the card, I added a coordinating strip of Designer Series Paper from the Magnolia Lane DSP at the bottom. The magnolia flower and Hello sentiment are from the Good Morning Magnolia stamp set.



Check out these and other amazing products in the new Annual catalog on June 4, 2019. 

Want a free copy of the new catalog?

You can get one by:
  • Attending my New Catalog Kick-Off on June 1st (local event in San Antonio, TX)--request registration link.
  • Booking a local or catalog workshop.
  • Placing a $50 order (before shipping/tax) through my Online Store link, using Host Code: 6HJP2AHZ
  • BEST OF ALL, joining Stampin' Up! to receive $125 in products of your choice for only $99 (plus tax) and your own free copy. Plus, if you choose to join my team Simply Sweet Stampers, you'll also receive other team benefits! 

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Monday, May 13, 2019

Make It Monday: Sailing Home

One of the challenges I face is doing simple cards. I love die-cutting and layers. However, there is beauty in a simple card, so I made this week's card using some of the new annual catalog products from the Come Sail Away suite (coming June 4th).

I started by stamping the larger boat and birds from the Sailing Home stamp set in Pretty Peacock ink (new 2019-2021 In Color) on a thick Whisper White card base.




Next, I stamped one of the sentiments on a Crumb Cake banner strip in Pretty Peacock ink. 


To create the side panel, I randomly stamped the compass on a strip of Pretty Peacock cardstock then added a strip of Silver foil paper as a coordinating accent to the ship's wheel embellishment.


To finish this card, I carried the compass image inside.



Create Your Own
  1. Fold a 4-1/4" x 11" piece of Thick Whisper White cardstock in half to create card base.
  2. Stamp larger boat and birds from Sailing Home stamp set in Pretty Peacock ink in lower right corner of card front.
  3. Stamp sentiment from Sailing Home stamp set on a 1-1/4" x 2-1/2" piece of Crumb Cake cardstock. Snip right end to form a banner. Adhere toward top of card front.
  4. Randomly stamp compass on a 1-3/4" x 5-1/2" strip of Pretty Peacock cardstock in Pretty Peacock ink. 
  5. Adhere a 1/2" x 5-1/2" strip of Silver Foil paper behind Pretty Peacock strip, leaving a small amount showing along right edge. 
  6. Wrap Linen Thread 3 times around Pretty Peacock strip, tying off in middle.
  7. Adhere ship's wheel in middle with Glue Dots. 
  8. Tie knot several times with a piece of Linen Thread and adhere to middle of ship's wheel with Glue Dot.
  9. Adhere completed Pretty Peacock strip to left side of card front.
  10. Stamp the compass inside card in Pretty Peacock ink on lower right corner to finish card.
Be sure to check back on June 4th to view the online PDF of the new 2019-20 Annual Catalog!

Want your own paper copy? You can get one by:
  • Attending my New Catalog Kick-Off on June 1st (local event in San Antonio, TX)--request registration link.
  • Booking a local or catalog workshop.
  • Placing a $50 order (before shipping/tax) through my Online Store link, using Host Code: 6HJP2AHZ
  • BEST OF ALL, joining Stampin' Up! to receive $125 in products of your choice for only $99 (plus tax) and your own free copy. Plus, if you choose to join my team Simply Sweet Stampers, you'll also receive other team benefits! 

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