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16. November 2017 · Comments Off on SU Blends · Categories: Cards

This card was created using the new Stampin’ Blends containing Alcohol Inks.  ON this card I used pool party along with Pumpkin pie inks.  The stamp set, Color Me Happy, is also new, introduced along with the blends. You can purchase the set in both wood, 144062 $27.00, and clear mount,144069 $19.00.

What’s nice about these pens you can purchase them individually or as a complete set. Please contact me for more information.


13. November 2017 · Comments Off on Vintage Bethlehem · Categories: Cards · Tags: , , , ,

IN this card, I sponged soft suede ink and distressed the card stock to appear vintage style.  The Stamp set, Night in Bethlehem was from the HC, page 26.  I used clear embossing powder on the very vanilla card stock creating a emboss resist affect.  I used the Metallic sequin Assortment, pg 197 AC.  In addition, I used the background stamp, Sheet music, page 165 in the AC.


12. November 2017 · Comments Off on Music, music, music · Categories: Cards · Tags: , , , ,

I created this card using the DSP, Merry Music found on page 13 on the HC.  The sentiment is from Labels to love, pg 45 along with the matching Every day label punch, pg 12, HC.  The Sleigh from Santa’s Sleigh, page 119 in the AC.  I used our Cooper foil paper for the sleigh cut out with the Thinlits dies from Santa’s Sleigh, page 214 AC.



08. November 2017 · Comments Off on Year of Cheer with an Autumn Twist · Categories: Cards

Is everyone loving the new holiday catalog so far?!? I know I am! I’m here today to show you how you can use the Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper (item 144640) for fall cards, as well. Who doesn’t love Designer Series Paper that can be used for more than just one occasion?


The 2017 holiday catalog has some great fall stamp sets. Today I’m using the Gourd Goodness (item 144785) and Labels to Love (item 144967) Stamp Sets.


First up is the Gourd Goodness Stamp Set and the pretty leafy sheet from the Designer Series Paper  pack. I started by layering this on Berry Burst Cardstock (item 144243). Next, I stamped the bottom layer of the pumpkin image in Peekaboo Peach Classic Stampin’ ink (item 141398) on Shimmery White Cardstock (item 101910). I stamped the top layer of the pumpkin with none other than the Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin’ Pad (item 126945).


I decided to add an additional highlight to the pumpkin by coloring in the white spot with the Crushed Curry Classic Stampin’ Pad (item 131173) and an Aqua Painter (item 103954). After stamping the pumpkin stems with the Chocolate Chip Classic Stampin’ Pad (item 126979), I cut out the pumpkins using my Paper Snips (item 103579). Next, I cut out some leaves using the Leaf Punch (item 144667).

I then die cut a circle from Whisper White Cardstock (item 100730) using the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies (item 145372) and layered this onto a Berry Burst Cardstock scalloped circle cut using the Layering Circle Framelits Dies (item 141705).

I added my pumpkins to the circle with the leaves surrounding it. A sentiment stamped on Berry Burst Cardstock punched with the Classic Label Punch (item 141491) and Calypso Coral ¼” Ombre Ribbon (item 144235) finished off the card.


Now onto a Halloween card. I am using the Labels to Love Stamp Set for this fun card. I started with a piece of the Gold Plaid Paper from the Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper layered on Basic Black Cardstock (item 121045) and Pumpkin Pie Cardstock (item 105117).


On top of that I added a strip of Gold Glimmer Paper (item 133719) accented with Vintage Crochet Trim (item 144611). Just add the trim to the top and bottom of the Glimmer strip using Snail Adhesive (item 104332).

I stamped the sentiment using the Versamark Pad (item 102283 ) on Elegant Eggplant Cardstock (item 105126) and embossed with White  Stampin’ Emboss Powder (item 109132) and the Heat Tool (item 129053). I then punched this out with the new Everyday Label Punch (item 144668). This punch has such a great look! Before I glued the Elegant Eggplant label to the card, I punched Basic Black cardstock using the Starburst Punch (item 143717) to layer behind the label.

I also stamped the sentiment three other times on Whisper White Cardstock so I could fussy cut those little bats and add them as accents on the card. I added some of the new Black Rhinestone Jewels (item 144639) as well!


For my final card, I used the starburst pattern from the Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper along with the Labels to Love Stamp Set.



I started by coloring the Designer Series Paper with Rich Razzleberry, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight Watercolor Pencils (item 141709). Then I blended the colors with my Aqua Painter for a watercolor background. I splattered Fresh Fig Classic Stampin’ ink (item 144082) with my Aqua Painter on top of the watercoloring. I like how you can see the starbursts popping through the watercoloring.

Next I stamped the sentiment and border in Basic Black Archival Stampin’ ink (item 140931) on Crumb Cake Cardstock (item 120953) and punched using the Everyday Label Punch. Behind the label, I die cut a couple of leaves using the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies (item 143751), Old Olive Cardstock (item 100702), and Chocolate Chip Cardstock (item 102128). To finish the card, I added Gold Mini Sequin Trim (item 144128) and gold sequins from the Metallic Sequins Assortment (item 144214).

I hope this inspires you to think of ways to use your Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper for other occasions.

Jennifer Sootkoos
2017 Artisan Design Team


06. November 2017 · Comments Off on Glass Half Full · Categories: Cards

I like to think of myself as a “glass half full” kind of person, and as we head toward the end of 2017, I realized that there are many occasions approaching that are cause for celebration and a chance to gather with friends and loved ones. I can’t think of a better stamp set that can help celebrate all of them than the Half Full Stamp Set (144996). This is also a Million Sales Achiever set, inspired by Linda Bauwin.


The line art images in this set lend themselves perfectly to coloring. The sentiments are fun and the fonts perfectly mixed! I wanted to create a little something that could sit at a place setting on any celebratory table. Name place holders are always a good idea for a large group and to personalize this one I used the Labeler Alphabet Stamp Set (141936). Rather than sharing a large bottle of wine, I love the idea of a mini gift of bubbly for each person presented with a sweet tag! It doesn’t matter if it’s Thanksgiving, Christmas, a wedding or birthday party, this set works perfectly for any occasion.


I have used the same techniques on all three of my projects. Since the subject is wine I have incorporated the gorgeous new Champagne Foil Sheets (144748) as an accent for all of them. It seemed only fitting! I have used Watercolor Paper (122959) and an Aqua Painter (103954) to create my artwork. I first stamped in Archival Black Ink (140931) then used my Heat Tool (129053) to heat set it to ensure it wouldn’t run. I then applied a light wash of ink over each image in Soft Sky (131181), Always Artichoke (126972), So Saffron (126957), and just a touch of Peekaboo Peach (141398) thrown in for good measure. I’ve found that the trick to good watercolor is to let each layer dry before adding more. It helps to add depth and not have all the colors blend into one. Don’t be tempted to hurry.


A card to go along with the gift of wine is a must, and in keeping with the color theme of green, yellow, and blue, I used Soft Sky Cardstock (131203) for my card base and Always Artichoke Cardstock (105119) for my sentiment panel. I heat embossed the card sentiment in White Stampin’ Emboss Powder (109132) and used the Heat Tool to heat set it. After wrapping the watercolor panel with the Crushed Curry 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon (144182) and tying off in a side bow, I added the sentiment panel over the top using Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430). I then completed all three projects with a few gold sequins from the Metallics Sequin Assortment (144214). I personally favor the Fine-Tip Glue Pen (138309) to adhere sequins to my projects, but Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755) is also a good choice.


If you’re thinking of adding a bit of pizzazz to an occasions table yourself, then I think the Half Full Stamp Set is a great choice! You can certainly tailor it to any occasion and color scheme that you wish.

Paula Dobson
Artisan Design Team 2017

04. November 2017 · Comments Off on Get ready for November Paper Pumpkin…… · Categories: Cards

October Paper Pumpkin: Pining for Plaid


Does any of this sound familiar? You’ve decided that THIS YEAR nothing will stop you from making handmade holiday cards. But December fills up fast with fun activities–and before long your cardmaking aspirations end up in a snow pile. Yep, we hear you.

But we have good news. Paper Pumpkin can help! We’ve made it easy for you to get ‘er done with October’s Pining for Plaid kit. The cards are a snap to put together; plus, you’ll get an immediate dose of the Christmas spirit as you enjoy this kit’s rustic pine trees, shimmering “snowflakes,” and merry greetings. To round out this “sparkling” holiday offering, you can also look forward to November’s kit—which was made to match and coordinates perfectly with the shaker cards.

Each Pining for Plaid kit comes with 10 printed card bases, 10 printed envelopes, 1 sheet white die-cut banners, 1 sheet gold foil banners, 10 embossed card fronts, 10 printed background pieces, 10 acetate sheets in 2 sizes, 1200 sequins, 150 adhesive dots, and 5 dimensional circles. As with all of our full Paper Pumpkin kits, it also includes an exclusive stamp set and an ink spot (this month is Cherry Cobbler).


The creative possibilities for this kit are off the charts. For instance, our concept artist used the exclusive stamp set plus the holiday catalog’s Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper to make a card and envelope, then added a Pool Party Cardstock banner and some Dapper Denim, Old Olive, and Pool Party ink to really make her project pop.

For the card in the center, she backed one of the designed cards with Cherry Cobbler Cardstock, embellished with a Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper border, and stamped her greeting on Basic Black Paper for a sophisticated chalkboard look.

Finally, check out her awesome stepped-up project (which made the rounds here at Stampin’ Up! and had everyone oohing and ahhing)! She simply crafted tiny boxes out of the designed paper, stacked them up, and attached a fabulous tag with Jute Twine. You could enclose small treats or gifts in the boxes, or use the entire project as a gorgeous ornament to give to a friend!

For more festive ideas, be sure to check out our Pinterest page, and share your own ideas on social media. We love seeing your creations online!

03. November 2017 · Comments Off on Holiday Random Acts of Kindness · Categories: Cards


You can feel the crisp chill in the air here on the East Coast of Canada. As I put on my mittens, you can almost hear the jingle bells in the distance. Honestly, it makes me a little bit giddy inside. I truly feel the magic every single year.

Every year, I vow to get organized early. Typically one of the first items on my agenda is to get our advent calendars ready. The tradition in our family is to select a wrapped holiday book every evening as well as a Lego advent calendar for each child in the mornings. However, this year my kids are now seven and five. It’s a great age to begin some Random Acts of Kindness. This Holiday List works the same way as a typical countdown to Christmas where my children will select a note each day.


The Trim Your Stocking Thinlits Dies (144682) is a perfect product to hold the twenty-four pieces of rolled-up paper containing the Random Act of Kindness.

To begin this project, I cut out 25 stockings using the Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper (144621) and the Merry Little Christmas 12″ x 12″ Cardstock Pack (144622). Carefully I pieced each holiday stocking together and placed a number made out of Real Red Cardstock (102482) and the Large Numbers Framelits Dies (140622). Finally, I attached each stocking with Real Red 1/8″ Solid Ribbon (144631) and hung it on a large decorative frame using the Jute Twine (144625). If you don’t have a large frame, you could quite easily use a three-foot Christmas tree to hang these stockings.

The Trim Your Stocking Thinlits Dies also come with a pillow box-shaped die, which fits a gift card perfectly. It allowed me to have a pocket on each holiday stocking where I could place a rolled-up Random Act of Kindness. Since my children are young, I selected Random Acts of Kindness that did not take a great deal of time and would not be a financial burden. While I researched online for some ideas, it was easy to select 24 acts. I encourage you to tailor your own family’s Random Acts of Kindness list to what best works for you.

Here’s the Caines Family Holiday Random Acts of Kindness List:

  1. Send a card to a stranger, such as an overseas service member.
  2. Donate new toys to the Happy Tree.
  3. “Sock” a friend by putting a treat in a holiday stocking on someone’s doorknob with a special note.
  4. Make five sticky note messages and place them on a mirror or door. A drawing or a note like “You are beautiful” would be perfect.
  5. Bring a joke to school to read to your class.
  6. Donate food to the food bank.
  7. Help Nanny put away the dirty dishes.
  8. Draw a picture for your teacher and give it to her along with a treat.
  9. Shovel for a neighbor or clear off their cars before they wake up.
  10. Donate 10 books you no longer need.
  11. Help clean the neighborhood on a walk. Be sure to wear your gloves and bring a garbage bag.
  12. Go through old towels and blankets to donate to the animal shelter.
  13. Drop by a senior’s home and bring a poinsettia. Be sure to say hello!
  14. Donate some cards to Ronald McDonald House.
  15. Write a list of five things you are thankful for
  16. Pay for someone’s coffee.
  17. Donate some money to a charity.
  18. Leave candy canes on someone’s windshield.
  19. Put a treat in the mailbox for the mail carrier.
  20. Call both your grandmas just to say hello.
  21. Bring coloring books to the doctor’s waiting room and the gymnastics viewing room.
  22. Decorate rocks using paint and place them around the neighborhood for strangers to find (“kindness rocks”).
  23. Be a helper by picking up 10 things off the floor each day.
  24. Give five people a compliment. Or more!
  25. Merry Christmas!


I am so excited to share these adventures with my children and I truly believe that these little gestures will make a big difference in our small community.

I’m wishing you all the best in your holiday preparations!

Cathy Caines
2017 Artisan Design Team

02. November 2017 · Comments Off on Videos for SU Blends · Categories: Cards

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02. November 2017 · Comments Off on New Stampin’ Blends! · Categories: Cards

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