Toilet Paper Essential for Cards

Hello stampers and happy Friday. I just couldn’t help declaring toilet paper essential for cards! Isn’t it just the perfect title for these COVID times? Truly, toilet paper is an essential component for the card that I am going to show you today.


Embossing With Toilet Paper


Yesterday for my daily Facebook live video I showed you how to emboss with toilet paper. I will include the video here but let me start by sharing a few simple instructions.

  1. Use two ply white toilet paper.
  2. You need four layers to make this work, you can just fold the toilet paper, no need to separate and tear the sheets.
  3. Spritz the toilet paper lightly with a fine mist of water. You do NOT want to saturate the paper.
  4. Place the toilet paper in your embossing folder, but not right up to the “hinge”, you don’t want it to bunch up.
  5. Run through the die cutting machine and prepare to be impressed!
  6. Allow your embossed toilet paper to dry for about fifteen minutes before altering it.
  7. Do NOT use a regular paper trimmer to cut your embossed toilet paper, it will tear. Use a guillotine cutter or a rotary cutter or even a pair of scissors with long blades.


My Card


I thought it would be fun to share a card that I did not make during the video yesterday. On Monday I will share the cards from the video. This cards uses a beautiful new suite from the annual catalog that will go live on June 3. It is called World of Good. The coordinating embossing folder is called Old World Paper. There is brass foil sheets but they were not available when I ordered so I used copper on my card. I can’t wait to see the brass foil sheets!


toilet paper embossing


This card base is the new Misty Moonlight as is the globe image. The words and the sponging were done in crumb cake. Do you see the nice detail beside the patterned paper strip? That is a die from the World Map dies. Isn’t it amazing how textured the toilet paper became? This is such an impressive technique, I can’t wait for you to try and let me know how it turned out.


Close-up of Embossed Toilet Paper


This picture really shows the depth of the embossing with toilet paper. I sponged crumb cake ink over it with a sponge dauber being sure to “land lightly” and use a circular motion.


Embossed toilet paper


This technique is not my original idea, it has been around for a while, but I was recently inspired by British demonstrator Terri Pocock. You can check out her blog here. Thanks so much Terri for your inspiration.


Technique Video


Here is the Facebook live video that I did showing you how to do this technique. Seeing is believing! I try to post most of my videos to YouTube, so feel free to subscribe to my channel so you don’t miss any.



New Catalog Goes Live June 3


You will be able to get these products on June 3 when the catalog goes live. There are two great things happening to make this even more special.


  1. If you host a workshop, and yes, you can host a virtual workshop, you will get $30 extra host dollars if you have a $300 workshop.
  2. If you choose to get the awesome deal on the starter kit you get to choose a bonus bundle. That means any stamp set with a coordinating punch or any stamp set with the coordinating dies. Wow!


Both of these deals are available until June 30.


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Thanks so much for joining me today, I hope to see you for my Facebook live video at 1pm. Before I sign off, I thought it would be fun to share my most popular blog post. It features the Birthday Memories cards that I made for my first ever OnStage presentation the day after my first grandchild Leo was born. You can see it here.

Have a super day!


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Floating Heart Card

Hello stampers and happy Thursday. Today I am sharing with you my Floating Heart Card that I made for the Design Dream Team Tutorial. If you order from me in February you will get this sixteen project tutorial for free! I made this card while in Holland and had to make do with what I had. Ideally you would use rectangle stitched framelits for the opening, but I had to use a square die twice instead.


Floating Heart Card


I promise that I will do a video on how to make this card when I am back home in my studio. As you are reading this I am probably having coffee with my parents. It will be so, so good to see Mom and Pap after a seven week absence, especially with how sick Pap has been. He is slowly improving, but this shingles disease has really knocked the starch out of him.


Happy Hearts floating heart card


Here you can see the card open with the floating heart in the middle. I must admit, I was pleased as punch with this design as it was entirely my own idea and it came together so quickly in the first try!


Floating heart card


Facebook Live Next Week


Just a heads up that my Facebook live videos will once again be at 7pmEST now that I am back in Canada. We’ll see how well this time does for me. If I find that something different will work better, I will let you know. As always, your feedback is appreciated and essential. I do this for YOU, so let me know what you like and don’t like.


I’m not going to go into all the details of how I made this card, they are in the tutorial that you get for free if you are on my team, in my training group or order from me. I will however show you how it is done in a video. Have a super day and happy stamping!


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Dryer Sheet Technique for a Great Wow Card

Hello stampers and happy Tuesday. Today I want to share with you a very interesting and easy technique called the dryer sheet technique. I haven’t done this in at least a year but a gorgeous happy mail card arrived two days ago from Terry Hamilton and that is the technique that she used.


Terry Hamilton from Kelowna


Terry Hamilton lives in Kelowna, British Columbia. Kelowna looks absolutely gorgeous. Its name means grizzly bear in the Okanagan language and it is situated on Lake Okanagan in the heart of the Okanagan valley surrounded by mountains. Apparently it is close to Big White, a famous ski resort that my son Oliver would love to go to!

I loved reading Terry’s letter inside the card. She has been a Stampin’Up! demonstrator for 8 years has big plans for her business. She tells me that she has been following me for years and that is such a happy surprise for me since her name did not jump out at me as one I recognized from comments on my page or blog. Another blessing from this happy mail in Holland contest. You never know when you are touching someone’s life!


Terry’s Dryer Sheet Technique Card


Dryer Sheet technique


Terry used the tree stamp from Winter Woods in shaded spruce with beautiful gold foil accents. I am guessing she started out with the shaded spruce and gold ribbon and built her card around that colour scheme. The framelit is from a set in the holiday mini but for the life of me I can’t remember which one and I don’t have the mini with me here. Help anyone?


Dryer sheet technique closeup


Here you can also see the actual sparkle that happens with this dryer sheet technique. How do you do it? In three simple steps!

  1. Stamp your image on a piece of whisper white cardstock.
  2. Take a used dryer sheet and spray it with spray adhesive. Press it onto your stamped image and trim off the excess dryer sheet.
  3. Sprinkle on some dazzling diamonds glitter and tap off the excess! Adhere to card base as desired with varying mats.


Dryer Sheet technique with dazzling diamonds glitter


If you do not have spray adhesive you could also take a glue stick and completely cover your stamped image, just be sure to let the image dry completely and also be sure to get total coverage. Here is a video by Tami White. I would have done one myself but I don’t have any used dryer sheets on hand (or any new ones either for that matter, I’m not sure if they use them over here in Holland, I will have to check) Thanks for your beautiful card Terry and I wish you every success in your business, I know you will do well if you are sharing and teaching cards like this one. The dryer sheet technique is perfect for beginners and seasoned stampers and also eco-friendly.


Grace’s Garden by Jean Saunders


Before I show you Jean’s card, let me tell you a little bit more about this delightful woman. Jean is a regular at my coffee and a card classes and she makes beautiful cards. She would make an amazing demonstrator but she would rather just enjoy her hobby at home and come to classes with me, but I have convinced her to let me do a few videos where she shows how she made a great twisted pop-up card. Jean lives in Chatham, Ontario and she used to run a home daycare where she also cared for ALL of her grandchildren. She is a fun, loving and super involved grandma and has such a close relationship with them that even the teenagers love to pop in and visit her and Jack. Jean is an inspiration to me with her kind heart, generous spirit and sense of humour too.


Grace's Garden


The dies from Grace’s Garden bundle are used to cut an opening in the card front in the shape of a garden gate, which is why the dies by themselves are called Garden Gateway Dies. Jean made a gorgeous inside scene as well that you can see through the garden gate. She is a very patient and meticulous stamper, #itsinthedetails. Did you know that Jean is super creative and has many different artisitic talents including tole painting, knitting, crocheting, sewing, baking and more. She used to sew kilts for her grandchildren for their highland dance competitions.


Grace's Garden inside details


This last picture shows the closeup detail of the garden scene. Don’t you just love Jean’s cheerful colour combination of highland heather, calypso coral and call me clover?


Grace's Garden detail


Thanks so much for your beautifully detailed card Jean, it is a masterpiece.




Tutorials are created to help you make cards step by step to guarantee your success and to minimize frustration. They take quite a while to make as you need to type out all the little details involved in making a card. I am a member of the newly formed Demo Design Dream Team and we create a monthly tutorial that we do NOT sell but that we give away to people who join our team or who order through us. If you place a $50 order either online or in person, you will get this 16 project tutorial emailed to you as soon as I can.

I have two other tutorials that I have made. One is for the Parisian Beauty Bundle and the other is for the Botanical Prints product medley. They are $15 each and will help jump start your creativity. I am so happy to be able to offer these to you. If you purchase either of these products through me online I will send the tutorial to you for free as a thank you.



Botanical Prints Product Medley pdf tutorial


Here is a sneak peek of the projects included in the Demo Design Dream Team tutorial. One of them is a planner folder and one is a treat holder, one is a desk top calendar and the other 13 are cards.



Thanks so much!

Thanks again so very much for joining me. I was having second thoughts about featuring two cards in my blog post since they were the last two in my happy mail stash. Just as I was putting the finishing touches on this blog post, Gerard came into my stamp room with two more happy mail cards that just arrived in the mail. I was reminded of the Lord’s Prayer, “Give us this day our daily bread”. He is giving me my daily cards!! My heart is happy that you are participating in this fun venture. Have a super day.


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Sharing What You Love

Happy Friday stampers! Sharing what you love is a huge concept. Some people have an advantage in this department. If you have an outgoing personality then it probably comes naturally to you to share what you love, but if you are more shy then it might not be the case. Today I want to talk about why this is so very important to me.


Why you should share what you love


We naturally make many assumptions. That can really get in the way of great happiness. Take for example the assumption that your spouse or your kids or your friends should simply know what you are feeling or thinking. It should be obvious right? No. That is why communication is so very important. The same principle applies to your stamping hobby. If you are like me, stamps ink and paper make you very happy. Yet when I encourage my customers to invite a friend to a class they are quick to say that they don’t know anyone who stamps. Think about that for a moment.


Were you always a stamper?


When you say that you don’t know anyone who stamps you need to remember that you weren’t born a stamper either. Before you were introduced to the joy of stamping you had no idea what you were missing out on. Now you know what fun it has brought to your life in the form of a meaningful hobby, with all the new people you have met at classes and events and with discovering your creativity you really should share! Simply tell your friends that you have found something and some people that make you very happy and you would like to share that experience with them. You have nothing to lose, neither do they and you might be opening a whole new world for them.


Not a bother


I think the main thing to remember is that you are not bothering your friends when you invite them to stamp with you. Use your stash to bless others in your community. Everyone could use happy mail, or even a note of encouragement passed to someone in the grocery store. Life can be overwhelming at times and it can be a huge encouragement to a complete stranger that someone actually cares. Keep some random cards in your purse in a clear stamp case to keep them from getting bent and damaged. Then be prepared to share!


Most of us have no problem sharing a good sale at the grocery store or a fantastic deal at our favourite shoe store or clothing store. What makes sharing about our hobby so different? If you had the cure for cancer you would definitely share that right? Well, I think stamping is a cure for loneliness and for boredom. What do you think?


A story


This morning I went to play pickleball but it was canceled. I was chatting to the staff while they were all eating my cookies warm from the oven to find out why there was no pickleball. They told me there was a craft show this weekend. My comment: I should probably be at this show since I make cards for a living. The manager says, “I know, here is a card you gave us. We show it to someone when they are having a bad day and need some encouragement.” I had given that card back in February during sale-a-bration. It was a froggie card saying “You can do anything.” That really touched me and reminded me of the power of affirmation with a hand made card.


The challenge


My challenge to you is to share what you love with others. Invite a friend to come and stamp with you. Make some cards for your local women’s shelter with notes of encouragement. Drop off some thank you cards at your local hospice, family there will need them soon. Bring some cards to your local nursing home to cheer up residents who hardly ever get company. The list is endless. Invite a neighbour to come to coffee and a card class. Some people have very few friends. Some people are exhausted caregivers and they could really use a break. It may not be about card making, but that could be the vehicle to give someone meaning and joy in their lives.


A card


Besides a sermon, you would probably like to see what I have been up to in my stamp room. You are in luck! Yesterday I made a fun card using the snow globe dies and the woodland embossing folder. I used a technique called “tarnished foil”. I have an old video that I did and I will share it here, but I promise I will make a new and better one very soon.



I had some other pictures with my good camera but the photos on my computer seem to be frozen. I think it may be time for me to get my Mac cleaned up. It has been super slow lately, I should never have updated it with the latest version. Technology is really not my strong suit. This will have to do for now, I hope to do a video on this card this weekend.



I was finally able to access my photos this morning so I thought I would edit this post to add this one. It shows how I swiped the StāzOn before embossing. The next step is swiping Versamark on the embossing folder, running it through the Big Shot and then sprinkling on silver embossing powder and heat embossing it with the heat tool.


Now I need to get ready for my Fab Four card making event tonight. Have a super day and thanks so much for stopping by. If you want to see the products I used, just scroll down for a complete list. Click on them and you will be taken to my online store which is quite handy if you are a Canadian and like to shop online. Remember, $200 will get you free host products too. Questions? I am only an email or a phone call away.


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New Wonders and Pigment Sprinkles

Crucial information about pigment sprinkles


Hello stampers! I had a little more fun with pigment sprinkles today and there is a very important tip that you need to know about them. There are too many holes in the lid!! That’s right. While it is wonderful that we no longer have to poke our own holes in the lid to allow for sprinkling, the problem is that the holes are too big and there are three of them. Thankfully there is an easy solution. Cover two and a half holes with washi tape. The pigment is so intense that if you use too much the colour is too dark and the effect is not what you want at all.


Less writing and more showing


My health issues continue with an inflamed tendon in my thumb, so I was told to ease off on blogging. I have made a video for you to show you the cards and the technique. Enjoy!


Pigment Sprinkles and New Wonders from Stampin'Up!


Here are the videos, and yes, there are two. My phone ran out of storage space and so life happened. Happy Friday everyone.






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Time to Get Dirty with Pigment Sprinkles

Hello stampers. I squeezed in a little time yesterday to play with the new pigment sprinkles. I would really like to meet someone who doesn’t get dirty when playing with this product! Time was of the essence since I had a class in an hour, so I didn’t get to play as much as I would have liked. Freshly Made Sketches is a website that offers a weekly sketch that you can play along with. I have been wanting to do this for months but simply never got around to it. This might be the card that finally makes it into the challenge! Here is the sketch.


Freshly Made Sketches has a new sketch challenge each week: FMS398


You don’t actually have to use a butterfly for your card but I had a butterfly card in my mind that I have been wanting to make for a while now. I made one similar to this years ago for an event. For this card I used the new pigment sprinkles and I knew I was going to get dirty! I don’t mind getting dirty hands although it is a different story when you ruin your cards by getting ink in unwanted places. I really don’t like wearing gloves, but it is handy to have wipes and paper towels handy to clean up the mess as you go.


Getting Dirty with Pigment Crystals


This was the first card I made. I was hoping to structure my stripes a bit by using an aqua painter to make a guide for the pigment sprinkles  one colour at a time. It sort of worked but I wanted to try it again with less structure. Take a look at the next card and tell me which one is your favourite.


My second attempt with pigment crystals and our new Stampin'Up! watercolour paper.


I think I prefer the second card but it is a very loose interpretation of the sketch challenge since my stripes are more fluid. I do love the smoothness of our new watercolour paper. If you cut it in half you get two pieces of 3 1/2′ by 5″. That leaves a nice space at the bottom of the card for your words. These words came from the July Paper Pumpkin On My Mind.


There are six colours of pigment crystals and they come with a flip top lid and three perforations so there is no prep work to be done.


As you can see in the picture, the pigment sprinkles come in six colours. They have a flip top cover under the lid with three little holes already made for you to sprinkle on your wet watercolour paper. I will definitely be doing more with this product, I also think you can use it together with our old Brusho paint crystals. I think I could make it the theme of one of my regular Tuesday night Facebook live videos.


There are only six days left to get Bonus Bucks for August. With every $60 you spend you will get a $6 bonus days coupon to use in August. If you order online, please use the host code XBTQ47UR if your order is less than $200. If your order is $200 or more you will receive host benefits that you can use for exclusive host sets like the one below or for any product you like. Host sets are your best value since the price on them is roughly half of what they are worth.


This host set is only $17 and it coordinates with our timeless label punch This host set New Wonders is only $18.50 to redeem in your host rewards. This host set Believe You Can is only $17 to use in your host rewards when you have an order of $200 or more This host set Soft Spring is only $12 if you redeem your host rewards on an order of $200 or more

If you place an online order and you reach $200 then you will be prompted to redeem host rewards. You can choose these sets as one of your options. I hope this is helpful. You cannot add these to a regular order. You can find more information on these exclusive sets at the back of the annual catalog on page 205-207.


Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you have a wonderful weekend. I am going to be having some beach time with Rachel and then some Oma time tonight and tomorrow. That means no time for pdfs just yet. Thanks for your patience!


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