2015 A Year In Review, Scrapbook Layout 12 x 12, all Stampin’ Up!


We made this 12 x 12 layout in my January scrapbook classes, “2015, A Year in Review”. Everything is from Stampin’ Up!, however, some of the products are now retired.
Expressive Flexible Phrases is an old set from 2006 which has lots of individual words that can be used together to create phrases.  I used them on this layout to say “cherish the memories” and “remember the laughter”.

The background paper is a retired color “Not Quite Navy” which has always been one of my favorites and I had plenty of it so I decided to quit hoarding it!  (Please tell me I’m not the only paper hoarder…?!?)


A close-up of the title…the little words are from a retired set called “Expressive Flexible Phrases”and  the numbers are from the new Number of Years bundle.  Some of the class attendees were frustrated because they couldn’t get a clean image from the stamps, but they are suppose to be that way.  If you look at the catalog picture, that’s just how they’re suppose to look.  Once I explained that, they were okay with it 🙂


We used the Sunburst Thinlit and a circle framelit to create a back drop for “YEAR”.


I love to add little pops of color here and there on my layouts, so we added  some with this little accent.  We used half of a silver doily, some Cherry On Top washi tape and a couple of punches.

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A Nice Cuppa, Stampin’ Up! Occasions 2016 Catalog


A Nice Cuppa by Phyllis L www.regalstamping.com Stampin' Up Occasions 2016 Catalog

Here’s a lovely card made by a customer & friend, Phyllis Lynch. She’s one talented lady and we always look forward to seeing what she’s been working on. Sometimes it a quilt or some sewing project, other times it’s a stamping project such as this one. Thanks for sharing with us Phyllis!

She used a retired DSP, Watercolor Wonder, for the background.  Everything else is from the Stampin’ Up! Occasions 2016 Catalog as listed below.

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Fun Foam Faux Leather Stamping Technique


In my classroom, we use fun foam every time we stamp…seriously. I have a stack of black place-mat sized fun foam and I place one under each paper stamping mat. Why?? Because photopolymer stamps need some cushion in order to get good results, that’s why!  Think about it…red rubber stamps have foam attached to them, but the clear, see-thru stamps (photopolymer) do not, so you need to provide it in the form of a place mat, then you’ll get great results every time!

Today we’ll be using fun foam in a crafty way- to make faux leather! I buy my fun foam at Michael’s and for this technique you need brown…they had 3 different shades to pick from and I chose the lightest.

Cut your foam to the desired size, then you will use your heat gun on it until it is softened.  Don’t burn a hole in it! And if it starts to curl up on you, it’s probably too hot so just flip it over and heat it a moment longer until it flattens again.  Then immediately ink up your stamp with black Staz On and press the stamp firmly into it. Keep pressing until the fun foam has cooled, maybe 15 seconds or so. When you lift the stamp off, it will be impressed into the foam, looking like carved or tatooed leather! Pretty cool, huh?

If you’re wondering how I did the embossed background on the Wild Wasabi panel, I did it with the Stylish Stripes Embossing Folder, running it through the Big Shot once, then flipping the paper so that the stripes are going opposite from the first ones.  Run it through your Big Shot again, and you’ve got plaid!  Who knew??

And finally, the Early Espresso panel behind the faux leather is stamped with a retired background stamp called Sanded.  It has always been one of my favorites, especially for guy cards.

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Rose Garden Bandana Technique


One of my technique class projects this week was this “country elegant” birthday card featuring the Rose Garden  “Bandana Technique”.  It’s really simple to do, but it helps to keep the panels small if you’re short on time or patience.

You will need a white gel pen, preferably one that actually works, like the Signo Uni-Ball brand that Stampin’ Up! sells.  Honestly, I have seen more cheap (or maybe not so cheap) white gel pens that don’t work at all.  Save yourself the hassle & frustration and just order one from Stampin’ Up!  Seriously, you can thank me later!

Choose a stamp such as the simple leaf branch from the Rose Wonder set, and stamp with black ink on red paper. Use your white gel pen to dot around the edges of your stamped design.  It’s really that easy!  And keep in mind that bandanas do come in other colors…so try it on turquoise, pink or light blue, and just have FUN!

Thanks for stopping by, but don’t leave before you check out some of my other projects below 🙂


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Botanical Blooms Easter


If you’ve been following my blog for very long, you know that I love, love, love the new Botanical Blooms bundle from the Stampin’ Up! Occasions 2016 Catalog.  And I love the Botanical Garden Designer Series Paper, but I needed to try a different color scheme and this is the result.  The Easter greeting from Suite Sayings is written in a beautiful font and seemed to fit the space perfectly.

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Botanical Thanks


Since I’ve been making so many cards with the Botanical Blooms bundle from the Stampin’ Up! Occasions 2016 Catalog, I thought I’d use one of the negative images that was just going to end up in the trash. I punched around the flower, popped it up and added “thanks”. What a simple card and the background was easy to do too!

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Rose Garden Sympathy


When I was in high school back in the 80’s, a girl moved in next door and we became very good friends. Her name was Jenny, and she was so bubbly, friendly and genuine. She had an infectious laugh that I will never forget. Everyone that met her loved her.
For the past four years she had been fighting ovarian and breast cancer, and on Monday she went home to heaven. My heart is hurting, but I know that she is with Jesus now, and I also know that I will see her again someday.
I wanted to make a card just for her, not pull one out of my stash…so this card is for Jenny. I will always remember that special girl next door who became my dear friend.

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Botanical Blooms with Bloomin’ Heart by Stampin’ Up!



I cannot seem to get enough of these two new Stampin’ Up! framelit bundles: Botanical Blooms (the flowers) & Bloomin’ Heart, which is that beautiful detailed heart.  For this card I combined them and came up with this pretty card which would be a great valentine card. The patterned paper is Love Blossoms DSP as shown in the supply list at the end of this post.

But then I tried changing up the colors and designer paper and got a completely different look, making this a wonderful any occasion card!  There are two more samples below, so take a peek…


For the above image, I used Pear Pizzazz as the card base, Wildflower Fields DSP for the triangle background (just cut a piece 4 x 5.25 then cut diagonally).  The flower is Calypso Coral, Blackberry Bliss and Hello Honey.  The heart is Lost Lagoon while the solid heart in the background is Soft Sky.  I used the retired Stampin’ Up! Heart framelits for the solid heart.

And here’s another version of the first one with a different patterned paper, but still from the Love Blossoms DSP.


And finally, one more similar but different version that happened during class last night.  One gal decided to put her Rose Red panel (which was for the inside) onto the front of the card and it was stunning!  Thanks Erin!

So which one is your fave?




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Botanical Blooms


My play time today revolved around the new Botanical Garden bundle from Stampin’ Up’s Occasions 2016 Catalog. This bundle includes the following three items: Botanical Blooms stamp set, the Botanical Blooms Designer Series Paper (DSP) and the Botanical Builders Framelits.

I love the framelit that makes the leaf border and I thought it would look nice to put a shadow behind it. To do that, I cut out two: one in black and another in Mossy Meadow and then offset them.

The flowers were die cut from the DSP and cardstock and layered.

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Botanical Blooms, Missing You!


Happy New Year to you!  May 2016 bring you happiness, good health and lots of crafting time!  Are you ready to get your fingers inky?  Here we go!

My inspiration for this card came from Pinterest and a card made by Bekka in the UK (here).

I used the new Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper for the background and cut a 2.5″ slit in from the edge, then folded it open to reveal the Old Olive card stock beneath it.  The inside of the card says “Only all of the time!” and I was thinking of my friend Terry who moved to the Oregon coast.

I used the Botanical Builder Framelits to create the rest of the card, sponging where needed.

I have to say that the Mint Macaron color that is used on the Designer Series Paper is not one that I would have ever thought to use with the rest of the colors (Cajun Craze, Hello Honey, Old Olive, Mossy Meadow and Black), but it works and I like it. Mint Macaron one of Stampin’ Up!’s “In Colors” and is the one that I like the least, but it is slowly growing on me.

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