Hello Ladybug

Hello stampers and happy Wednesday to you. Hello Ladybug was the star of my video on Tuesday for Stories and Stamps. Unfortunately the finished card was not really featured very well. I had zoomed in to show the stamping of the ladybug and then forgot to zoom out. If you watched the video then you will be happy to see these photos of the finished card. These ladybugs are so much fun to make!! Let’s take a look at my card.


Hello Ladybug Card


I used Garden Green for the base of this card with some tone on tone stamping for the background. My first stamping with this bundle was super busy so I decided not to use it for my card.


Hello Ladybug from Stampin'Up!


It is fun to make different ladybugs by switching up the wings. You could also go totally rogue and choose non-traditional colours for some whimsical ladybugs. If you do, be sure to share the photos with me!


Different Ladybug options


Inside the Hello Ladybug Card


You have to take the party inside! That’s right; don’t forget to finish off the inside of the card to really make it special. I used the other ladybug stamp for the inside. It doesn’t have a punch but it is a beautiful stamp!


the inside of the Hello Ladybug card


Did you notice that the ladybug in the top left of the card has a red body? I should have shown a black ladybug with black and white wings too. Making this card brought a smile to my face. It’s a good day indeed!




Thanks for joining me today. I hope you have a super day and happy stamping. Message me if I can help you with anything!!

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Royal Peacock

Hello stampers. I have a very special interest in the Royal Peacock. Not only is it a gorgeous stamp set with a beautiful suite of products to support it, it is also a creature very dear to my grandson’s heart. Two weeks ago we went to the lovely local attraction called Clovermead. They raise bees, sell honey and have a petting zoo with lots of cute critters including a passel of goats, sheep, chickens, pigs, cows and, yes, peafowl. I say peafowl because there are peacocks and peahens and peachicks!! Little Leo doesn’t have too many words in his vocabulary yet, but one of the new ones is definitely peacock. He prays for the peacock every night before bed now. I think I need to send him a peacock card, what do you think?




I think that Stampin’Up! has really captured the beauty of the royal peacock in its stunning paper, foil sheets, rhinestones and reversible ribbon. When I was on the cruise I received this lovely card from my friend Kathy Morgan. I met Kathy years ago at a Leadership Convention in Houston, Texas. We were roommates at the Embassy Suites and we really bonded over happy hour! It was wonderful to spend a day with her and her husband BIll in Santorini. Thank you so much for gifting me this Royal Peacock card. I can’t wait to make it in a class.  Here is Kathy’s blog if you want to check it out.


Royal Peacock card made by Kathy Morgan using Noble Peacock designer series paper and beads & baubles embossing folder


Royal Peacock is also a two step stamp set which allows for some amazing opportunities. The peacock was stamped in blueberry bushel and then a detail stamp was stamped over it in versamark and embossed in gold. Wow! The photo really can’t capture the beauty of this card. I took a close up so you can see it a little better.


Royal Peacock is a two-step stamp which allows you to emboss this gorgeous detail in gold.


In this closeup you can see the gold embossing that add a lot of richness to the feathers. You can also see the beautiful Noble Peacock specialty series paper in the background as well as the coordinating Beads & Baubles embossing folder. I have to say that this is one of my favourite suites in the annual catalog. The colours are just so rich and striking, just like the actual bird. I can see why Leo is enthralled. Click on the image below and you will see the contents of the entire Royal Peacock stamp set as well as the rest of the suite. It would be great to add to a starter kit or to order and get some bonus bucks. If you live in Canada and want to take advantage of the amazing deal on the starter kit, just click here.


Tomorrow’s post will feature me  sharing some of the cards that my customers made at coffee and a card class this morning as well as one variation that I made myself.  It was so neat to see how each person’s card turned out differently. One big lesson with pigment sprinkles:  less is more!! If you are too generous with your sprinkling they you will actually ruin your card since the colours will be too saturated.


Thanks for stopping by today, I appreciate you!! Have a super day and be sure to spread some love by sending a card.


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Hand Delivered for All Occasions

Hello stampers. It is the season for lots of different celebrations including weddings, graduations and of course, birthdays and babies. Hand Delivered is great for all occasions! It is a two-step stamp that is so cute and versatile. I am going to use it for my coffee and a card class on Tuesday since I need a card that can do the job for various occasions. Not everyone needs a graduation card, so let’s see what I did with just one card and three different sentiments.


Hand Delivered is great for a bright and fun graduation card. You could also use the stack of books in this set but I wanted cheerful balloons. This host set is only available until May 31.


I could have used the stamp that has the stack of books with an apple on top but I really love these cheerful balloons. Maybe I’ll do the stack of books in my video. The balloons are just beautiful coloured with Blends. See below for the colours I used.


Hand Delivered is a host set that is only available until May 31 and it great for all occasions.


I liked grounding this card with a one inch strip of Wood Textures paper and then adding a pop of colour with the Metallic Ribbon in Petal Pink.


This Hand Delivered card really is for all occasions that require congratulations. Colour those balloons with our beautiful Blends and they will almost pop off the page!


The first time I used this stamp I thought the buttons were supposed to go on the skirt. That looked terrible because the balloon strings also ended up on the skirt and the hands were all bunched up in her waist. So be careful to put the buttons above the skirt. Does this sound crazy to you? Well, this is a two step stamp. The skirt and the legs is one stamp and the balloons with the hands and the blouse is another stamp. Here is a picture of the stamp set so you can see what I am talking about.


Hand Delivered is perfect for all Occasions


One last tip. If you want to pop up one of the balloons, our 1 1/4″ circle punch is perfect for the job. Sadly this punch is retiring and sold out. Our circle framelits will also do the job.


Hand Delivered is great for all occasions including graduation or teacher thank yous


Thanks so much for stopping by, I will share a video to show you how this set works and also a few tips and tricks on colouring with Blends. If you order online this month using the host code  TXE4JNCY you will get a chance to win this stamp set!


I realize that my video got cut short because my phone ran out of space but I am on “Oma” duty right now, so I will redo the video when Leo is in bed this afternoon. Thanks for your patience!!


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Hand Delivered Photopolymer Stamp Set


Paper Snips Scissors


Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack


Flirty Flamingo Stampin' Blends Markers Combo Pack


Petal Pink Stampin' Blends Markers Combo Pack


Lovely Lipstick Stampin' Blends Markers Combo Pack


Smoky Slate Stampin' Blends Markers Combo Pack


Night Of Navy Stampin' Blends Markers Combo Pack


Ivory Stampin' Blends Marker


Stampin' Blends Color Lifter


Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad


Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack



Feather Together: Timeless Elegance for Many Occasions

Hello stampers! What do you look for in a stamp set? I love a set that combines great images with a few great sentiments. I also get quite excited when the set can be used for different occasions and for both men and women. Feather Together fits the bill perfectly. It has some great words in a great font and the feather images can be used together or separately. SInce the set is photopolymer, it makes it very easy to do a two-step stamp. I will share a video with some tips and tricks on how to do that. Take a look at this stamp set:


Love the font in this photopolymer stamp set.


I haven’t played with this set as much as I would like to, but here are some cards that I made for my coffee and a card class. I thought that the simplicity of the card would pair well the simple beauty of our copper foil paper.


Thinking of You and Sending hugs is just perfect with these feathers, great for a man or woman.


Here is the same card but using different words. I am sorry that the script patterned paper is no longer available. I love it so much that I wanted to use the rest of my stash. I think we should all petition Stampin’Up! to bring it back. It was available in the patterned paper stacks in each of the colour families but the neutrals were my favourite.The white panel on the first two cards is the same size, 4″ by 2 5/8″.


Copper foil paper really sets off the simplicity of this earth toned card.


Now I have to confess that I tend to hoard more expensive paper. It makes me happy to be able to get the most use out of it, so before mounting the white part on the copper I first cut out some leaves for another card making sure to leave enough of an edge so that you wouldn’t notice what I did. Check it out, I am pretty pleased with myself!


Getting the most use out of your copper foil paper.


Here is what I did with those beautiful leaves. I made two versions of this card, one with a single piece of patterned paper in the background and another one with strips of paper (they are approximately 1 3/8″ wide by 4″ long. That way I could not only use up my paper scraps but I could also showcase how well the papers coordinate. The leaf framelits are from the Colorful Seasons bundle. The stamp set is one of the sets featured in the World Card Making Day sale until October 10.


Copper leaves with Coffee Cafe, who would have thought?


The last card here was actually the first card that I made. When I saw the feathers I thought of the pretty blue jay feathers I would sometimes find on my lawn after our cat Jacob had followed his natural instincts. I used Pacific Point and Early Espresso.


Hexagons embossing folder adds interest to this card with Feather Together.

I love the poignancy of just one leaf. The white panel is 3 1/4″ by 4 1/4″. The pacific point is 5 3/8″ by 4 1/8″. I used the hexagon embossing folder to add some interest to this otherwise clean and simple card. Sometimes two or three-step stamping can be daunting, but all you really need to do is give yourself enough time, be sure to practice and experiment with different colour combinations and stand up. Yes, stand up. If you stand while stamping you get a better view and can line things up more easily. I made a video with a few little tips and tricks to help you along.



I would love to hear from you. What are your favourite sets for two or three step stamping? I really love their effect, especially Baby Bear. He looks so real you just want to touch him. Let me know if you have any other questions.


World Card Making Day Sale


From now until October 10, Stampin’Up! is celebrating World Card Making Day with a special sale. Select stamp sets are 15% off. Select designer series paper is also on sale until the end of October, buy three packs get one free. The best part of this sale is that the most expensive pack of paper can be your free one! Just enter the ones you want to pay for first, then enter the free one last.


World Card Making Day sale

Did you see that little note at the end? Best deal ever. Buy a fast fuse and get two refills for FREE! If you want to see the images of the stamp sets featured, I took some screen shots:



Here is a shot of the paper that is on sale. I am willing to split packs of paper in half so that you can get three half packs and one half pack for free, just let me know!



Happy stamping and have a super day! Don’t forget about my contest. Comment on any of my blog posts before Tuesday October 10 and get entered into a draw for the stamp set Spooky Cat!





Nuts About Painted Harvest

Hello stampers! Have you seen all the amazing cards out there using Painted Harvest? What a beautiful stamp set this is. I have seen so many different versions of the sunflowers, so I decided to make a card with the nuts. Nuts? Yup. There’s an acorn in that set and I don’t think it has been given its due. Using stamps to make pretty background paper is a lot of fun, so that is what I have done with this first card. I used the acorn, the leaves and the stipple stamp to make this nice effect. What do you think?


The two-step acorn is a great stamp in the Painted Harvest set.


Another stamp set that pairs well with Painted Harvest is the Burlap background stamp. If you ink up the stamp using a sponge you get a more subtle effect that lends itself to stamping images right on it. The sunflower was stamped with crushed curry and cajun craze with an early espresso centre. The saying is from Cool Treats.


Use the Burlap background stamp to pair with Painted Harvest.


The last card also uses the technique of stamping over a background image. You could use patterned paper, but this is the Sheet Music background stamp. I also used a sponge and crumb cake ink to gently ink up this stamp. I totally cased this card from the talented Linda Dalke from Australia.


Sheet Music is a great background stamp to pair with Painted Harvest.


I used marina mist and night of navy on this card as well as the new Everyday Label punch from the holiday catalog (page 12)

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