Cute Fruit Collage

Hello stampers and happy Friday to you. Today I am going to share with you Cute Fruit which is a stamp set that is NOT in the annual catalog. So where can you find it? In the Beginner Brochure called “Make Beautiful Things”. Let’s take a look at your options.


Cute Fruit Collection


This is what the beginner brochure says:  Combine juicy fruit and happy smiley faces for bright and fresh projects. The Cute Fruit Cards & Tags Collection includes enough supplies to create as many cards and tags as you can imagine. No guesswork needed – we’ve done it for you! Mix and match the images and greetings to create projects for any sweet friends. The Two-Step Stampin’ allows you layer images in multiple colors. You’ll have so much fun combining the images to create a variety of fruit!

Collection includes

*Cute Fruit Stamp Set – 17 stamps
*Whisper White 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock
*Classic Stampin’ Spots Assortment (Basic Gray, Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo, Gorgeous Grape, Granny Apple Green, Real Red, Shaded Spruce)
*Clear Block D

I think that this is a fantastic way to start your stamping journey. When I first started the hardest thing was not having enough colours. This collection gives you a fabulous selection and you don’t have to figure it out yourself. The block is big enough to work with all the stamps.


Cute Fruit Collection


This collection is only $79.75 which is a pretty affordable way to start a new hobby. Already have a block and inks? The stamp set is only $22. Just click on the links below in the product list and you will get all the details.


My Cute Fruit Collage Card


I have long extolled the virtues of notecards and envelopes. Every stamper should have at least one pack of these on hand as they are great for making quick and easy cards. Simple stamping at it’s best!


Cute Fruit collage card


Don’t you just love the bright colours and bold images? This card was so much fun to make! I also made the tags and one of the other cards from the brochure. I’ll take a picture of that page so you can see them too.


Beginner Brochure Cute Fruit


Collage Stamping


What is collage stamping? It is when you stamp a lot of images repeatedly to create a background. The most effective way to do this is to:

  1. Stamp your largest images first.
  2. Stamp some of your images off the edge of your card.
  3. Rotate your images so that they look more natural and random.
  4. Fill in the open spots with your smallest images.
  5. Use complementary colours.


My Video


Here is the video I made when making this card. Be forewarned, it is a Facebook live video so there is the regular amount of chit chat. I won’t know if you fast forward to the good parts!






Thanks again for joining me today, I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Just a reminder that the great deal on the starter kit with the bonus free bundle of your choice ends on Tuesday June 30. You could put this collection in your starter kit as well as anything else you like excluding host sets. Ready to take the plunge and have Christmas for yourself in the summer? Just click here. Let me know if you have any questions. You already know that if you live in Canada I would love to have you on my team. Have a super day.



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Never Assume

Hello stampers and happy Monday to you. Today is going to be a philosophical post called “Never Assume”. What am I talking about? Let’s find out.


Never Assume


Of course on a stamping blog my topic of “never assume” is going to be card related. I was inspired by a picture I had saved on my desktop. The picture is of my very active grandson Leo making a card. We had assumed that Leo would not be the slightest interested in sitting down to stamp. Boy were we wrong. Here he is eagerly making a birthday card for his cousin Ana.


never assume


The Magic of Stamps, Ink and Paper


Deep down we all yearn to be creative. We want to express ourselves in art but there is fear. Fear of failure. Fear of not being able to accomplish what we can do in our heads. Then came stamps! The art is already done. All we have to do is ink up that stamp and put it to paper and we already have beauty. Everything that happens after that is just icing on the cake. I challenge you to introduce someone new to stamping. Invite a friend over and bring out the paper, ink and stamps. Start with plain white computer paper so that there is no stress about ruining your “good stuff”. See where that takes you.


Stamping With Children


When stamping with children stick to using just one colour of ink. Put out some grid paper or butcher paper or even newspaper to protect your table. Show them you to put the stamp on the ink pad and then on the paper and let them have at it. Suppress the urge to control the outcome. Marvel at their joy! Here is another blog post using note cards and envelopes. Coincidentally it is also a blog post about children!!


Stamping Yourself


When you get a new stamp set take the time to stamp each image on whisper white cardstock. Stamp them in different colours; do “generational” stamping where you stamp off several times so that you get different shades. In other words, just play a bit. This will give you the feel of the stamp set and will remove any pressure to create something amazing right away. A pack of notecards and envelopes is a very economical investment to allow you to play with the simple stamping technique. You can get twenty note cards and envelopes for only $9.50. That’s cheaper than a movie ticket and will keep you occupied just as long.




Thanks for joining me today for this little ramble. Just think what could happen when you stop deciding for others whether they will enjoy stamping or not. You might find yourself a whole new group of stamping buddies. I can’t wait to hear your stories! Be sure to tell your new people about the great deal on the starter kit that ends at the end of June. What a great way to get started on a fantastic hobby.


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On My Mind

Hello stampers! I really love the title of this blog post, On My Mind. Did you know that you are often on my mind? I am always thinking of ways that I can make my business more meaningful for you. Someone close to me said that I was doing great things but using the “dullest tool imaginable”. Obviously she doesn’t love stamping, because I would strongly disagree. I think I am using beautiful tools and that together we are changing the world one card at a time. Of course I am assuming that you are not only making cards but also sending them. If you are hoarding your cards then the world is not being changed too much by your hobby.


On My Mind is the title of this blog because it is also the name of the July Paper Pumpkin. Every month I host a Beginner Class on the fourth Wednesday of the month. I have been using Paper Pumpkin for these classes because I think that this product is perfect for beginners.  Seasoned stampers can use the products in these great kits to make “avid” cards. Did you know that Stampin’Up! has us categorized into three different types of paper crafters? Beginner, casual and avid. We all know what a beginner stamper is, someone who is baffled by all the tools and terminology, not to mention our crazy colour names. SU sounds like Laurentian on steroids, or am I the only one who remembers Laurentian pencil crayons? Maybe that is only a Canadian thing. A casual stamper comes to classes once in a while. They know what they are doing but they don’t need to have it all, they are happy with just making the cards that they need or to get out and have fun once in a while. Then you have the avid paper crafter. That’s us. We are hopelessly addicted. We want it all and we love layers, embellishments and fancy folds. That’s ok. If fact, it’s pretty awesome. Without my avid people I wouldn’t be in business!


Let’s take a look at the cards we will be making at Beginner class next week Wednesday. Have I told you that you don’t have to be a beginner to come to these classes? This class goes at a slower pace and doesn’t assume any prior knowledge of stamping. Ask your most basic questions and don’t feel like an idiot. (I hope I never make anyone feel that way, but sometimes we put that pressure on ourselves)


I love the font style of this saying "On My Mind". Paper Pumpkin has great stamps.


I do so love the font of this saying from On My Mind. What a fabulous card to send to someone in the mail for no reason at all. Do you have someone in mind when you see this card?


Slightly altered Paper Pumpkin card using a base of Pretty Peacock


This card was slightly altered. If found that the base was not as sturdy as I would like in a card so I simply cut the back off and then trimmed the front to measure 4 1/8 by 5 3/* and put it on a pretty peacock card. I really like how that makes the whole thing pop. Aren’t the lined envelopes just so pretty?


These Paper Pumpkin cards coordinate with products from our annual catalog making them even more versatile.


Have you noticed that the cards and stamps in this Paper Pumpkin coordinate with products from our annual catalog? I love that, it adds more value all around. While these cards look amazing and a little bit complex, they are perfect for beginners too. I can’t wait to see who comes to this fun class. Class fee is only $15, but if you choose to order you get that money back to use on your order. Win-win.


Thanks so much for stopping by today. In the product links below I have included the coordinating suites of products that are in the annual catalog.


Next month’s Paper Pumpkin will be fall themed and it is gift bags. For the first time ever Stampin’Up! is offering an add-on coordinating card kit if you want. I thought the gift bags would be perfect for beginning of the year teacher and staff gifts or to be used at a Thanksgiving meal as table favours with notes of gratitude tucked inside. Mine are coming with me to Holland and that is exactly what I am going to use them for. If you want to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin, here is the link for you. I do try to make it easy to get what you want!

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