Torn Paper Window Card and Free Shipping Day

Yep! Today (Tuesday, June 21st) is a Free Shipping Day!

But first, learn how to make a “Torn Paper Window Card” using something old and something new:

These greeting cards are made easy with just layers of card stock and beautiful Designer Series Paper! Here’s the video from my Facebook live last week teaching you how fun they are to create:

While the Hues of Happiness Designer Series Paper is brand new, the Symbols of Fortune Designer Series Paper and is about to retire and is half price in the Last Chance sale for retiring items in the January-June Mini Catalog. And if you loved the font in the Happy & Heartfelt stamp set used on the first card, it’s also retiring in just a few days!

The Last Chance Sale is just one reason you will want to check your list and shop today during the Free Shipping Day – If you have kids complaining of boredom this summer, grab a few craft kits from our Kit Collection BOGO 50% off sale to pull out for a few hours of creative fun for anyone!

Remember to check your basic supplies (adhesives, card stock, ink refills and envelopes), too. Then call a friend and combine orders, if needed, to meet the minimum $75 order.

Order online in my Stampin’ Store and if your order is less than $150, use Host Code BQDYCMJP …If your order is over $150, don’t use my host code, but choose Stampin’ Rewards for yourself immediately!

Ladybug Wish Come True

I don’t enjoy bugs crawling on me, but there is a soft spot in my heart (and on my fingers) for ladybugs. They are just the friendliest little creatures, so I don’t mind walking them to the door (if they’ve found their way inside) and giving them a lift to the nearest plant outside. I may even talk to them and tell them how pretty they are.

This little ladybug is adorable on a card:

Here’s a tutorial to get started, and of course, all the supplies can be found in my Stampin’ store!

A Rainbow Through the Clouds

This unique card idea started with a color challenge and the piece of Vellum card stock sitting on my desk!

The #tgifc362 color challenge was vibrant and got me thinking about a rainbow:

Why not a rainbow through the clouds? The Vellum card stock gives the illusion of a rainy, cloudy day and the card almost put itself together!

It’s simple stamping anyone can succeed in creating, as you can see from my video tutorial:

Product List

Layers of Labels on Tulip Card

When I saw the retiring list of products, everything with “Sweet” in the title was being discontinued, and I had a little pity party. I use the Stitched So Sweetly Dies so often, it felt like my left hand was cut off! Once my heart recovered, I picked up and moved forward…there are some lovely things coming, but this is one product you may want to keep close at hand.

Thus, I combined the Stitched So Sweetly Dies in conjunction with the Timeless Tulips stamp set (also retiring) to create this cute patchwork card with layers of labels:

While we have some new tulip dies in the January-June 2022 Mini Catalog, if you are more of a punch person, you may want to grab the stamp set and Tulip Builder die in the Last Chance Sale (while supplies last).

Product List
Stitched So Sweetly Dies
Timeless Tulips Photopolymer Stamp Set (English)
Tulip Builder Punch
Flowering Fields 12” X 12” (30.5 X 30.5 Cm) Designer Series Paper
Vellum 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Basic White 8 1/2" X 11" Thick Cardstock
Blushing Bride Classic Stampin' Pad
Garden Green Classic Stampin' Pad
Poppy Parade Classic Stampin' Pad
Mini Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine

Strawberry Hello

Call me slow, but I *just* realized (3 decades into paper crafting) that you can send a birthday card that DOESN’T SAY “Happy Birthday”!

I was panicked that I needed more birthday cards at the beginning of March, but didn’t have time to make any. My “generic” card stash was overflowing, so I grabbed a few of those and just wrote a birthday message inside, and slapped my forehead as I realized they worked wonderfully! DUH.

LESSON: Let any generic greeting card become whatever you want it to be!

On that note, here’s a card that can be embossed quickly and will help get you out of any “JAM” (get it?) you are in for a mailing moment! I’ve even got a printable HOW TO for you:

Hope the remainder of your day is as sweet as this card is!

Tab Topper for a Tied-Up Card Closure

The TGIF Challenge last Friday got me brewing up an idea to share, and today I did a live video on my FB page to demonstrate this unique card fold using the Delightful Tag Topper punch to tie it closed!

As long as I was crafting, I wanted to use some new products from the January-June Mini Catalog and Sale-a-Bration that both start tomorrow (January 4, 2022), so here’s the first card I demonstrated using the Sweet Talk Designer Series Paper:

You can make this card with just a little space to write in under the top flap, or add a card that opens inside so you can compose a long love letter.

Then I flipped the card to a side closure and showed off the Sunshine & Rainbows Designer Series Paper that you can choose as a free Sale-a-Bration product with a $50 order. This cheerful paper coordinates with the Rainbow of Happiness stamp set in the J-J Mini Catalog, so of course you’ll want both!

This one is also a gift card holder, which would make anyone’s day more sunny:

I’ll post the supplies here tomorrow once the catalogs go live, but meanwhile, you can watch the video tutorial below or on my page:

Have a Simply Elegant New Year!

Annual Catalog -Simply Elegant Suite

New Year’s Eve is all about the bling, right? 

The Simply Elegant Suite is rich in luxurious details and textures that you just have to see in person to really appreciate. The Specialty Designer Series Paper combines the elegance of Basic Black, Basic Gray, and Very Vanilla with the shimmery luster of Gold, Copper, and Silver – it’s simply gorgeous!

Often, stamp and punch combinations are designed to punch out a specific image, but in this case the Elegant Tag Punch works with several images and greetings in the Elegantly Said stamp set. The bonus of this design is that the punch works with lots of other images and greetings from other sets, too!

The tutorial below shows a soft and sweet alternate to the colors highlighted in the Simply Elegant Suite. Here’s to a CRAFTY NEW YEAR!


Annual Catalog -Simply Elegant Suite

Coordinating Products

Simply Elegant Suite Collection (english)
Elegantly Said Bundle (english)
Elegantly Said Cling Stamp Set
Simply Elegant Specialty Designer Series Paper
Elegant Tag Punch
Simply Elegant Trim
Expressions In Ink Ephemera Pack
Metallics Embossing Powders

Simply Elegant Card

Annual Catalog - Simply Elegant Card
Simply Elegant Card
1) Cut Petal Pink cardstock to 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″. Score at 4-1/4″ along the 8-1/2″ side.

2) Cut Petal Pink cardstock to 3-1/4″ x 5″. Create the look of your own Designer Series Paper by stamping the floral image from the Elegantly Said stamp set all over the cardstock. Start by stamping the image twice, near the center, with Flirty Flamingo ink. Clean the stamp and then stamp around the first two images, using Petal Pink ink, until the cardstock is covered. Rotate the stamp a quarter turn each time to create a varied pattern.

3) Adhere near the left edge of the card front with Stampin’ SEAL. Add gold leaf and berry stalk die cut pieces from the Expressions In Ink Ephemera Pack near the right edge of the layer with Mini Glue Dots or Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

4) Use the Elegant Tag punch to punch Sweet Symmetry Designer Series Paper. Adhere to card overlapping the gold ephemera with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

5) Stamp greeting on 2″ x 1/2″ Mint Macaron cardstock with Mint Macaron ink. Adhere to tag with Stampin’ SEAL or Mini Glue Dots.

6) Use Linen Thread to gently tie a bow around the finial detail on the punch.


#155753 Elegantly Said Bundle
(#155095 Elegantly Said stamp set & #155762 Elegant Tag Punch)


#138337 Mint Macaron, #146985 Petal Pink, #155605 Sweet Symmetry Designer Series Paper


#147052 Flirty Flamingo, #147108 Petal Pink, #147106 Mint Macaron


#151298 Water Painters, #129053 Heat Tool


#103683 Mini Glue Dots, #110755 Multipurpose Liquid Glue, #104430 Stampin’ Dimensionals, #152813 Stampin’ SEAL


#104199 Linen Thread, #155465 Expressions In Ink Ephemera Pack

TIPS: Create your own Designer Series Paper in your choice of colors and patterns using your favorite stamps! This can be done using one or a few coordinating stamps and your choice of one or more ink colors, depending on the look you want to create. Start by stamping your selected image near the center and working out from the center towards the edges until the cardstock is covered. Rotate the stamp a quarter turn each time to create a varied pattern.

Cabin in the Woods: A Peaceful Place

August-December 2021 Mini Catalog - PEACEFUL CABIN SUITE


A cabin in a snowy meadow, surrounded by trees, is an iconic peaceful scene! 

The Peaceful Place Suite features Specialty Designer Series Paper in a soft monochrome style with silver accents and the Peaceful Cabin stamp set is a DistINKtive set, which means it creates detailed, shaded images. You’ll love creating with this set for the holidays and the winter months that follow.

The tutorial below features a diorama-style, that layers down to the focal image, instead of up like most cards we create. 



August-December 2021 Mini Catalog - PEACEFUL CABIN SUITE

Coordinating Products

Peaceful Place Suite Collection (english) Peaceful Cabin Bundle (english) Peaceful Cabin Cling Stamp Set (english) Peaceful Place 12 X 12 (30.5 X 30.5 Cm) Specialty Designer Series Paper Cabin Dies Timber 3d Embossing Folder Silver Foil 12 X 12 (30.5 X 30.5 Cm) Specialty Pack Subtle Shimmer Sequins White 3/8 INCH (1 Cm) Glittered Organdy Ribbon Snowy White 12 X 12 (30.5 X 30.5 Cm) Velvet Sheets

Peaceful Diorama Card

August-December 2021 Mini Catalog - Peaceful Sweet Stockings Card

Peaceful Place Diorama Card


1) Cut Thick Basic White cardstock to 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″. Score at 4-1/4″ along the 8-1/2″ side.

2) Stamp cabin image on the card front just a bit right of center with Smoky Slate ink. Stamp smoke above the chimney with Smokey Slate ink.

3) Stamp fence with Smoky Slate ink on scrap Basic White cardstock. Die cut with coordinating die.

4) Ink tree images with Pear Pizzazz ink. Use a Sponge Dauber inked with Garden Green to sponge darker ink onto the stamps in a few places. Huff on stamp to re-moisten the ink. Stamp on scrap Basic White cardstock. Repeat and stamp again.

5) Die cut trees with coordinating die. Use Paper Snips to cut the bottom of the trees away from the ground portion of the die cut.

6) Cut Basic Black cardstock and Kraft Paper to 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″. Die cut each with Layering Diorama dies as shown.

7) Emboss the Basic Black and Kraft Paper with the Timber 3D Embossing Folder.

8) Adhere the Kraft layer to the card front. Layer the Basic Black cardstock over the Kraft layer with Foam Adhesive Strips.

9) Layer on trees and fence with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

10) Die cut Pear Pizzazz cardstock with Picture This die.

11) Stamp greeting with VersaMark ink. Cover wet ink generously with Black Stampin’ Emboss Powder. Tap off excess powder. Heat emboss with the Heat Tool.

12) Fold 10″ Black & White Gingham Ribbon in half and adhere to bottom of card front with Mini Glue Dots.

13) Layer greeting over ribbon with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

14) Use Multipurpose Liquid Glue to adhere Subtle Shimmer Sequins to card front.


#156816 Peaceful Cabin Bundle
(#156395 Peaceful Cabin, #156404 Cabin Dies)

#159276 Basic White, #121045 Basic Black, #131201 Pear Pizzazz, #159229 Basic White Thick, #156325 Kraft 6″ X 6″ (15.2 X 15.2 Cm) Paper Pack

#102283 VersaMark Pad, #147089 Garden Green, #147104 Pear Pizzazz, #147113 Smoky Slate

#156406 Timber 3D Embossing Folder, #155559 Picture This Dies, #155565 Layering Diorama Dies, #129053 Heat Tool, #149653 Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine, #133773 Sponge Daubers

#103683 Mini Glue Dots, #104430 Stampin’ Dimensionals, #110755 Multipurpose Liquid Glue, #138995 Tear & Tape Adhesive, #141825 Foam Adhesive Strips

#155554 Basics Embossing Powders, #156485 Black & White 1/4″ (6.4 Mm) Gingham Ribbon, #156407 Subtle Shimmer Sequins

TIPS: Stampin’ Up! DistINKtive stamps are designed to give a detailed, shaded, 3D-like effect. An ink pad with too much ink will create a blotchy, blobby image with these stamps. This is a real case of less is more. Use a Bone Folder or the back of a plastic spoon to push the ink away from the center of the ink pad and towards the edges. Then ink and stamp.

Peaceful Place Suite | By Stampin' Up!

Toasty Treats Gift Boxes

Love to give tasty gifts, but hate to bake? This project will have you making, but not baking!

Did you know there are PUMPKIN PIE POP TARTS…and they really taste like a pumpkin pie? They are really yummy! I found mine at Target, and you want to pick up at least 20 Pop Tarts (or 10 sets) because 2 fit into our Kraft Gift Boxes perfectly, and they come in a set of 10. Of course, you could make a Christmas version of this project and substitute a holiday flavor!

But sticking with the pumpkin theme, here are two options~ I used the Sweets & Treats stamp set (all supplies listed below) to create one of these boxes and the Pretty Pumpkins bundle to create an alternate version:

A quick video tutorial for you:

Product List
Kraft Gift Boxes 
Sweets & Treats Photopolymer Stamp Set
Pumpkin Pie 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Crumb Cake 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Bermuda Bay 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Pattern Party 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 Cm) Host Designer Series Paper
Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Pad
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad
Black & White 1/4" (6.4 Mm) Gingham Ribbon
Stitched So Sweetly Dies
Mini Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine
Mini Stampin' Dimensionals
Stampin' Seal

Gingerbread & Peppermint

August-December 2021 Mini Catalog - Gingerbread & Peppermint Suite

 I always love the sweet smells that fill the house around the holidays. Whether it’s baking gingerbread or stirring a cup of hot chocolate with a peppermint candy cane, the smells of the holidays bring treasured memories to mind.

You can add a hint of nostalgia and many sweet moments to your holidays this year with the Gingerbread & Peppermint Suite. It’s packed with everything you need to create cards, memory keeping, treats, and gifts that will make even more sweet memories!

The tutorial below includes a masking technique to make your own patterned paper, heat embossing, and lots of intricate die cut details


August-December 2021 Mini Catalog - Gingerbread & Peppermint Suite

Coordinating Products

Gingerbread & Peppermint Suite Collection By Stampin’ Up!Frosted Gingerbread Bundle By Stampin’ Up!Frosted Gingerbread Stamp Set By Stampin’ Up!Pretty Pillow Box Dies By Stampin’ Up!Gingerbread & Peppermint Designer Series Paper By Stampin’ Up!Gingerbread & Peppermint Acrylic Shapes By Stampin’ Up!Gingerbread & Peppermint Memories & More Cards & Envelopes By Stampin’ Up!Gingerbread & Peppermint Memories & More Card Pack By Stampin’ Up!Adorning Designs Decorative Masks By Stampin’ Up!Kraft 6 X 6 (15.2 X 15.2 Cm) Paper Pack By Stampin’ Up!Real Red 3/8 (1 Cm) Mini Ruffled Ribbon By Stampin’ Up!Kraft Gift Boxes By Stampin’ Up!

Frosted Gingerbread & Peppermint Card

August-December 2021 Mini Catalog - Frosted Gingerbread & Peppermint Card

Frosted Gingerbread &
Peppermint Card


1) Cut Thick Basic White cardstock to 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″. Score at 4-1/4″ along the 8-1/2″ side. Fold card. Cover front of card with 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Kraft paper.

2) Cut wood patterned In Good Taste Designer Series Paper to 4-1/8″ x 4-3/4″. Adhere to card front.

3) Cut Snowy White Velvet Sheets to 3″ x 5″. Ink Blending Brush with Real Red ink. Rub most of the real red ink out of your brush on scrap paper until it’s a light pink. Place striped pattern of Adorning Designs Decorative Masks over Snowy White Paper so the lines are vertical. Use the Blending Brush to blend ink through the mask. Rotate the mask 90 degrees and repeat to create the plaid design. Set aside to dry.

4) Die cut two lacy border strips from Thick Basic White cardstock with the Gingerbread dies. Add Stampin’ SEAL+ behind each long edge of the plaid Snowy White Velvet Paper. Adhere a die cut strip behind each edge. Trim off excess with Paper Snips. Adhere to cared front.

5) Die cut snowflake, star, and bell shapes from Kraft paper. Die cut coordinating lacy “icing” designs from Snowy White Velvet Sheets. Adhere to Kraft shapes with Multipurpose Liquid Glue. Layer grouped on card front using Stampin’ SEAL for the snowflake and star and Stampin’ Dimensionals for the bell.

6) Cut Granny Apple Green cardstock to 2″ x 1/2″. Stamp greeting with VersaMark ink. Cover generously with white Stampin’ Emboss Powder. Tap off excess powder. Heat emboss with the Heat Tool. Use Paper Snips to banner cut one end. Adhere to card front with left edge tucked under the bell.

7) Stamp six candy circles in 3 sizes on Thick Basic White cardstock using Real Red ink. Die cut with coordinating dies. Adhere to card front with Stampin’ SEAL and Stampin’ Dimensionals.


#156807 Frosted Gingerbread Bundle
(#156314 Frosted Gingerbread stamp set
#156320 Gingerbread Dies)

#146990 Granny Apple Green
#159229 Thick Basic White
#152494 In Good Taste Designer Series Paper
#156325 Kraft 6″ X 6″ (15.2 X 15.2 Cm) Paper Pack
#156405 Snowy White 12″ X 12″ (30.5 X 30.5 Cm) Velvet Sheets

#102283 VersaMark
#147084 Real Red

#103579 Paper Snips Scissors
#153611 Blending Brushes
#129053 Heat Tool
#156328 Adorning Designs Decorative Masks

#104430 Stampin’ Dimensionals, #149699 Stampin’ Seal+, #152813 Stampin’ SEAL, #110755 Multipurpose Liquid Glue

#155554 Basics Embossing Powders (white)

TIPS: When using the Adorning Designs Decorative Masks, or other masks, protect your work surface with a Silicone Sheet or Grid Paper. Using blue painter’s tape or similar tape, helps keep the mask from moving. Clean masks with a soft Simply Shammy, soft damp cloth, or under running water.

Gingerbread & Peppermint Suite | By Stampin' Up!


August-December 2021 Mini Catalog