Thankful with Sheltering Tree Stamp Set

I love making thank you cards. It means that someone did something nice for me! I recently used the Sheltering Tree stamp set to show my gratitude.

sheltering tree stamp set, heat emboss, thank you, rock and roll technique

Creating the card:

This card was so much fun to make. Of course, I love heat embossing and the Copper Heat Embossing Powder is currently my favorite. I embossed both the background Cajun Craze piece and then added some copper leaves on the tree. The little leaf stamp is from the Cottage Greetings stamp set.  Do you know how I got the two colors on the tree? It’s an old technique called “Rock and Roll”. First I inked up the leaf stamp with Always Artichoke ink then pressed the edges of the stamp into the Cajun Craze ink.

Here’s a little close up of the leaves that I embossed with Copper Embossing Powder on the background and the tree.

Heat embossing, copper heat embossing powder,


Stampin’ Up! created a video to show you how to do the Rock and Roll Technique. It’s easy!

Sheltering Tree thank you supplies:

When you are ready to order any of these supplies to create your own thank you card, just go to my 24-7 on-line store and order. Please remember to use the October Host Code. You will then be eligible to earn some free merchandise if all on-line orders total $150 or more. The Host Code for October is RDEJHGRE.

While you are ordering, remember that Stampin’ Up! is having a special sale this month. When you buy 3 packages of Designer Series Paper, you get the 4th one for FREE!

Thanks for stopping by today.


Happy Birthday With No Stamping

Use some Affectionately Yours Designer Washi Tape. Use the Party Pop-Up Thinlit. Happy birthday with no stamping! I was pretty much finished the card when I realized that I’d not used any stamps. Pretty unusual, don’t you think?


I needed a birthday card and turned to Freshly Made Sketches for inspiration. This is a great sketch. I know I will use it again.

fms259Happy Birthday with No Stamping Supplies:


I’m thinking that this card pretty much defines, “Clean and Simple”.  And isn’t that what we need from time to time? I cut some layers, laid down some Washi Tape. Cut out the Happy Birthday with the Party Pop-Up Thinlit die. The final touch was to add some clear Wink of Stella to the candles and the base of the Happy Birthday. Done.  It is tempting to want to add something else… some rhinestones, some stars or sequins but don’t!

Word of caution. I played around with some other colors for the Party Pop-Up part. If you use Designer Series paper, be careful if you are using the Piercing Tool to remove the paper from the die. Do you see the holes? Lesson learned.

Party Pop-Up die, Happy birthday with no stamping

Newsletter is Coming!

I’m getting ready to email out my Newsletter. It’s got some nice tips and suggestions to help you become a better stamper, some information about Stampin’ Up specials for this month and some other news. It’s not too long, so you won’t be reading it all day!

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What Did I Do On Friday?

On Thursday I had four teeth pulled. Pretty much a lost day. So, what did I do on Friday?  More ice, some rinsing, nothing too strenuous. But, I was, according to my husband, “more alert”. I enjoyed some soup that good neighbors brought me. But, I was itching to do something “stampy”

Here’s task one. I’m reorganized my Paper Pumpkin stamps in my Project Life Album. I have a book set aside for that but decided to reorganize the stamps by category, rather than by just putting in the next month. Putting the stamps in a Project Life Album is such a great system – not original to me but one I embrace.

Organizing Paper Pumpkin Stamps:

Once I finish with my monthly Paper Pumpkin kit, I put the stamps in a Project Life Photo Pocket Page. Up until now, It’s been pretty random. I decided to organize them by occasion, holidays, birthday, etc.

    Old System:

Organizing Paper Pumpkin stamps, Project Life Album

Organizing Paper Pumpkin stamps:

If you are going to organize you stamps, first, gather them all together,Then sort them. Sometimes the sets cover multiple holidays or events, like thanks and birthday in the same set. So, some sets are broken up.

Here are the categories I ended up with:

  • Birthday
  • Thank You
  • Hello/Get Well / Thinking of You
  • Christmas / Fall Holidays
  • Valentine / Mother’s Day/ Father’s Day
  • Sympathy / Miscellaneous

Next I took some white board that you get in the packages of Designer Paper and created dividers.

I labeled the dividers, punched holes on the side,  and inserted them in the book.

Organizing Paper Pumpkin stamps, Project Life album

paper Pumpkin stamps organization, Project Life Albums

You may want to cut some card stock to place behind the stamps so that you can see them better.


Organizing Paper Pumpkin stamps, Project Life album

If you have the stamps organized in a way that makes sense to you, you will use them more often. I like to have my book out for all of my classes so that if folks want to change the sentiment, it’s easy for them.

What’s on for tomorrow?

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The Merry Mice Are Merrily Caroling

Have you seen the stamp set, Merry Mice? It is one of the cutest sets in the entire Holiday Catalog. I love it! This little guy is ready to sing all of his favorite carols.

Merry Mice stamp set, Aqua Painters, Watercolor PaperI was also inspired by this week’s sketch from Global Design Project.

Global Design Project #058

Using Aqua Painters:

Seems to me that stamps with nice line drawings like this one, call out for painting. It’s so easy to use Stampin’ Up!s Aqua Painters.

  • Stamp your image on Water Color Paper.
  • Use an ink that is not water based so that the colors you are painting won’t run. (Use Momento ink, or Archival ink.)
  • Collect some ink in the lid of the ink pad,
  • Fill the Aqua Painter about 2/3 full of water.
  • Paint!

It’s important to use Watercolor Paper when you are going to use Aqua Painters.  If you are coloring just a very small area, you can use regular card stock like Very Vanilla or Whisper White. However, if you are coloring in a large flower or something like the mouse, you need to use paper that won’t get warped and wrinkly. Watercolor Paper fits the bill.

Merry Mice Card Supplies:


Do you know where I got the stars? I cut a narrow strip of Silver Foil Paper and slid it in the Sprinkles Punch and punched out only a star each time. Are you surprised?

October Class To Go:

Did you see my post on Tuesday? I showed a little peek at this month’s Class To Go. This is perfect if you want to make cards at home but need a jump start or if you don’t have time to design, prepare all of the paper, etc.. Or just because!

Check out the link to that blog post here. All the details are in the post.

Suite Season to go class, Thanksgiving, christmas, sympathy

If you place an on-line order, please use the Host Code (RDEJHGRE). You can win FREE Stampin’ Up items if you are the winner. Click on any item above to go directly to my store.

Thanks for stopping by today.


I’m Sweet on Suite Seasons Stamp Set

Are you groaning at the title of this post? I’ve wanted to say that since I first saw the Suite Seasons stamp set. Sorry. But it is such a wonderful set! There are seven stamps in the set. You can use the stamps to make Halloween cards, Thanksgiving cards, Christmas cards and tags, and sympathy cards. Can you beat that? Here’s a card I made recently.

Suite Seasons, Halloween, To Go class

This defines clean and simple card! The only tricky thing was to add Tear & Tape to the back of the Silver Glimmer Paper. I find it is the best way to adhere glimmer paper. If you are the tiniest bit in a hurry, use your Heat Tool to dry the White Craft Ink. Trust me on this.

Suite Seasons Halloween Card Supply List:

If you would like the measurements for any of the layers, just email me and I will send them to you. ([email protected])

October “To Go” Class with Suite Seasons:

Yes, this month’s “To Go” class features Suite Season. You go to my on-line store and order Suite Seasons, either wood mount or clear mount. Then, at the end of the month I will send you directions and materials to make three great cards: a Christmas card, a Thanksgiving card, and a sympathy card. In addition, if you buy $50 or more in my on-line store and I will send you a gift – it’s a surprise! I know you will like it!

Here is a peek at the cards you will make.

Suite Season to go class, Thanksgiving, christmas, sympathy


Supplies for October To Go Class:

i will send you all of the papers, ribbons, thread, Washi tape – everything that you need. You will need to have the following on hand:

The Brights Stampin’ Write Markers contain Real Red and Garden Green markers. You can substitute other colors if you don’t have those markers. However, they were selected to go with the Designer papers used in the cards. So, you will see, it’s best to stick with those colors if you can.

All you need to do to order is to click on one of the images above or on the supply list and that will take you to my 24-7 on-line store.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope it is a good day for you.