Mojo Sketch #507

Hi Stampers,

I have still been stamping! I just don’t seem to take the time to update the blog! I will try and be better!

I was very thrilled to learn that Julee Tillman is back to sharing a Mojo Sketch every two weeks. These sketches are instrumental in helping me feel creative.

This week I took inspiration from for the rainbow pad butterflies and paired them with the Mojo Sketch.

Using the blank Rainbow Spectrum pad opens up a world of possibilities and it is wonderful Stampin’ UP! carries this tool. I hadn’t inked mine up yet and finally seized the  opportunity to have Monarch butterflies forever! It was so easy!

Uninked Spectrum Pad

You can find this pad on page 202 of the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog. I followed Patty Bennett and did Poppy Parade, Calyso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Real Red refills to ink the pads. This Pad stores it self apart to prevent ink bleeding but is pushed together to create a inking surface. I labeled the front of the paid and the insides with “keys'” so I knew what was what.

I also chose to use the FREE Botanical Butterfly Designer Paper being offered through Saleabration! This paper has a colorful side and an all black and white side! It makes for easy pairing of patterns this way! Just remember to mix small, medium and large scale patterns together.


Butterfly Gala Photopolymer Stamp SetBotanical Butterfly Designer Series PaperButterfly Duet Punch

Hope you enjoyed the card! 

Good Tidings and Two Step Stamping

Stampin’ Up! Good Tiding Stamp set has it all!   

With all the goodies released in the 2017 Holiday Stampin’ UP! Catalog this year it is easy to get overwhelmed. Having been a demonstrator for over 17 years, I’ve learned to identify items that will be a good investment for new stampers, and still provide a WOW factor for my seasoned stampers.
I totally think the Good Tidings stamp set found on page 8 hits all these high points!!

Let’s talk 2 stepping! So just what is a 2 Step Stamping Set?

  • A set that features Two step stamping means that there are multiple stamps included meant to layer together to create multi dimensional, multi colored image.

For this card I used the following:

Old Olive Card Base: 4 1/4 x 11, scored at 5 1/2

Merry Little Christmas DSP : 5 1/4 x 4 and one that is 4 x 3

Basic Black Layers: 2nd Larges Circle Framelit and additional piece that is 4 1/8 x 3 1/8

Whisper White: Largest Circle Framelit and additional piece that is 5 1/4 x 4 plus scrap for Holly Leaves stamping

Ink Colors used on the card Sample are:

Here is a look at the inside and outside of the card:

Here are some other Samples:

Why do I think this set  is good for beginners?

It is a Complete set which includes artistic images, an outside greeting, and inside greeting and more. no additional cutting tools such as dies or punches are needed. A pair of scissors makes quick work of those Holly leaves if desired.

Why will Seasoned stampers like it?

Who doesn’t love Two Step Stampin’ Images which clearly provide a WOW factor, and when used with multiple ink colors you can vastly different looks. The inclusion of the To From stamps  make it great for creating giftables. These images go beyond Christmas tags, throw a balloon on your TO FROM tag and now you have a birthday or anniversary tag!

Here’s one more color scheme that is brighter and fresher:

Here is the sample with this color scheme (Had a hard time photographing this one) :

Here are the products I used for this Post:




Foil Frenzy DSP Gift Box in a Card

I was so excited when I saw this fantastic Gift Box in a Card Project on Rachel Tessman’s Blog, What a fun project!So excited in fact, that  I decided to make this my first YouTube Video.

Here are some of the details, but to really get the idea of how to make this, please view my YouTube video!

Materials Needed:

Stamp Set:
Happy Birthday Gorgeous

Ink Colors and Cardstock:
Tangerine Tango, Berry Burst, Garden Green

1 ¾ x 5 ½ Piece of Foil Frenzy DSP
2 ¼ inch Circle Punch Crumb Cake
Starburst Punch in Coordinating Cardstock
2 inch Crumb Cake Cardstock

Other Useful Items:
Stampin’ Trimmer
Bone Folder
Fast Fuse Adhesive
Tear and Tape
Tombow Mono Multi Glue
Stampin’ Dimensionals
Paper Snips
5 ¾ inch length of Ribbon

Card Base:

8 ½ x 5 ½ scored at 4 ¼

We need to Cut a 2 inch square out of right side of top of card. To do this:

Line up the right edge of your cardstock at ¾ inch, then push the card to the . Starting at the 4 ¼ score line, push blade up to 3. Go back to the 41/4 score line and pull blade down to 5. Slide Card to the right to the 2 ¾ inch mark and go one little line further to the right (1/16) . Cut again from the 3 to the 5 ½ inch mark.

Turn cardstock to landscape mode, and make a cut to connect the two cut lines. You should line the 4 ¼ mark up at the 1 ¼ mark and connect them. Turn and connect other side of cut lines and your box area should pop out.  

One fun thing you can do is tip the box so that the top faces the recipient.


I hope you have enjoyed my video and card. Please let me know if you have any questions!







Cozy Critters Post It Note Holder

CrushonStamping Cozy Critter Post It Note Holder


It’s good to back on my blog with an oldie but goodie. It seems I am always in need of something to jot a note or list on during this time of year. A Post It Note Holder can come to the rescue.  These little reminders are essential keeping track of the important things that I’ve packed onto my calendar.

Cozy Critters Photopolymer Stamp Set


I Couldn’t resist using the Cozy Critters Stamp Hostess set (Item 142214). This set is exclusively made for crafters who host their own workshop or have a qualifying order of $150.00.  It coordinates with our already popular Owl Punch (Item # 118074) and the Fox Builder Punch (Item # 141470)


This particular style Of Post It Note Holder s more suited towards placing on your desk or on the kitchen counter because the image will stand up like an easel. However you can still lay it flat and throw it in your purse.






owlf foxf


Word Art Wednesday #207

This is the weekly verse from Word Art Wednesday. It is a good verse. A good reminder to me.

And here is my creation:
And a close up of the card:
The birch pattern on the Farmers Market DSP # 138448 $11.00 is so classy.  I fussy cut one bunch of grapes from another one of the patterned sheets and added some Wink of Stella to them.
Farmers Market Designer Series Paper by Stampin' Up!

The die cut is from My Favorite Things. Sorry, I don’t know the name of it and I think I got on a retired sale. It was the closest thing I had to something “viney”.
Hope you enjoyed and if you decide to play along with Word Art Wednesday I would love to see your creation!


Word Art Wednesday #203

Lovely verse and a lovely card. I used my go-to favorite color. Pink. Blushing Bride to be exact.

Here is the verse this week:
I was having trouble with inspiration for my English Garden Designer Series Paper. So, I pretty much cased a card I found on Pinterest made by Paula Dobson. While I used her version for inspiration I ended up putting a few changes on mine. Two similar versions of the same card because after printing the verse, I was required to use different framelits so I wouldn’t waste them.

This week’s card for WAW brought three product based revelations for me. First let’s take a close up look.
My three newest Stampin’ UP! Product loves are:
  • Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Pad
  • Whisper White Thick Cardstock 
  • Garden in Bloom Photopolymer stamp Set
Basic Black Archival:I almost didn’t order the newest Black Stamp Pad. I mean really, I have retired black pads, Memento Tuxedo Black , Stazon Black…why another one? Could it possible beat my Memento Pad? I have been stunned at how nicely the new Archival Basic Black stamps. Crisp clear and waterproof! Give it a try..I don’t think you will be disappointed. I still need my Memento for Alcohol Markers but I will be using the new Basic Black from Stampin’ Up as my regular.

Whisper White Thick Cardstock:  I was excited to see this addition in the newest Idea Book and Catalog. What a difference it makes in the feel of quality for your handmade cards. It brings a high quality feel to any project. It will be hard to not make this the card base of every creation.

Garden in Bloom Photopolymer stamp set: This set may be my new favorite. Ease of lining up and multiple design possibilities make it a winner. I first stamped the outline in my Basic Black Archival pad. Next, I inked the solid petal image in the Blushing Bride ink. Before stamping, I used a sponge dauber to pick up some Melon Mambo ink and dabbed a bit into the center. I think this made a huge difference dimension of the flower-and so easy! I used the same technique with the leaves using pear pizazz and Mossy Meadow.

Finally, here is my Deco Label version. Dan and I determined this one to have a more pleasing layout. Do you agree?
I hope you give  Word Art Wednesday a try. It is a lot of fun to participate!