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.






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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!

Blog Candy Winner!

Blog Candy Winner for 16 Years!

I had several extra people want to leave a comment on my blog but had difficulties doing so. I think you need a google account to do so (gmail etc)  I so appreciate everyone’s effort and sweet sweet sentiments. I said I would share those who commented here before I announce the winner… so here were a few more of the comments:

Cynthia Says: My comment is:  I’m not exactly sure what year it was but I’ve enjoyed stamping with you for quite some time😊. Mary S. was the one that first got me interested & when Karen K. had a party I finagled an invitation & have been hooked ever since!!  Thank you for your patience with me & for mostly laughing at my smart alec comments!
Happy Anniversary & looking forward to many more fun stamping classes!!
Karen K says: .think we go back at least 10 years and I still have the first card we made…a 2step rose bud card.   I fell in love with Stampin Up and you as a demonstrator on that day and now count you as one of my dear friends!   I have a fully stocked craft room with not enough time to play….the rest is wonderful history filled with good times and great memories!   Congrats on your 16 and here’s to at least another 16!
Ruth O says: I first met Marette 5 years ago at our local library where she was demonstrating card making with Stampin’ Up product.  We made the “Cherry on Top” quilt card with the Sizzix Top Note die , I fell in love with card making and the rest is history. Over the years, Marette has presented countless clever and unique designs and techniques for us to hand craft paper product and I’ve loved every one of them! Last year, Marette moved over 150 miles away when her husband was transferred with his job. At first, we all had acute withdrawal from our demonstrator and her projects.  I then searched for a new demonstrator in my area and have enjoyed their classes but they don’t compare to the wonderful beauty and uniqueness of Marette’s.      
Then, this spring Marette was able to continue her classes with us because she still works for the same company and now returns a couple of days a month for her job and includes an evening class while here.    
I love Marette for the beauty and sunshine she has taught me to create during some of my “quiet” days of retirement. Marette has spread her wings in her new location with classes at the library and with her new friends and so she continues to share and teach creativity and spreads joy and happiness wherever she goes. 
Marette, thank you, from the heart.  

Now for the winner…

Crush says the name drawn was:

Sorry for the spooky eyes…Halloween is coming… Congratulations Karen! I will be emailing with directions for cashing in your prize!