Tag Archives: cardmaking

Let the Heavens Rejoice

22 Dec
July 2012 108

Rejoicing with You

Card 9 of 10

Check back tomorrow for my last homemade Christmas card this year!

I’m sorry for the quality of this photo. I had planned to take a photo of one of my cards today when the sun was shining but slept the afternoon away. Unfortunately, I was slammed by the flu yesterday. Mr. Stamp for Sanity says “You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink,” meaning, he reminded me to get my flu shot but I just never got around to it! Today my doctor called in a prescription for Tamiflu so I’m hoping I’ll feel better by Christmas!

The tree is up. Lights. Still no ornaments. Shopping still to be done. No presents wrapped. Not one.

We’ve decided — by necessity — to simplify our decorations this year. No Santas. No snowmen. No wreaths or garlands.

We’re keeping the focus on the reason for the season…Christ’s birth…and just setting up our two Nativities.

Nothing else is important.

Wishing you a Mary Christmas, too!


Let it snow!

14 Dec
December 2012 007

Silver Glimmer Paper Snowflake

Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!

Day 1 of 10

Check back tomorrow for another handmade Christmas card!

You Can Make a Difference!

28 Aug

From the Stampin’ Up! website (www.stampinup.com):

Stampin’ Up!’s mission statement, called its Statement of the Heart, reads: “To love what we do and share what we love, as we help others enjoy creativity and worthwhile accomplishments . . . in this we make a difference.”

To help fulfill this statement, Stampin’ Up! launched its Making a Difference program in 2003. This program facilitates corporate giving and promotes service among demonstrators and employees.

Through the Making a Difference program, Stampin’ Up! partnered with Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC). Each year, we design an exclusive stamp set to promote the partnership with RMHC, and donate a portion of the proceeds from the each sale of that set. To date, more than $95,000 has been donated from RMHC stamp set sales.

Stampin’ Up!’s demonstrators are also encouraged to volunteer their time teaching local Ronald McDonald House guests the creative art of rubber stamping through the Making a Difference program. Demonstrators also create cards at training events which are donated to Ronald McDonald Houses. Those staying at the Houses then use the cards to keep in touch with loved ones while they are away from home.

In addition to contributing to the Ronald McDonald House Charities, Stampin’ Up! donated $1.1 million to the September 11th Disaster Relief Fund from proceeds of exclusive stamp set sales, and more than $82,000 to the Huntsman Cancer Institute for breast cancer research. To support the Asian tsunami disaster relief effort, Stampin’ Up! donated more than $575,000 to Save the Children. It has also donated substantial funds for the fight against heart disease, and to help those affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in the southern United States.

You can make a difference! Purchase this year’s set, Moving Forward, and Stampin’ Up! will donate $3 to Ronald McDonald House Charities for each set purchased. This fun stamp set is available in both wood mount (126320, $19.95) or clear mount (126322, $14.95). Just click on SHOP NOW above (If you’re reading this as an email, clicking on the title above will take you to my website.) to order online or email me at stamp4sanity@gmail.com.

Here are a few cards made with this set. Hope they get your creative juices flowing!

You can make a difference.

Purchase your own Moving Forward stamp set today!

A RemARKable Day

31 Jul

I had a GREAT Saturday! Come o’dark-thirty on Saturday morning I met up with my RemARKable friend, Danielle, and her teammate, Heather, and we were off, bound for the RemARKable team meeting in PA! What a great day! In addition to celebrating accomplishments, I heard all about Convention, took pictures of hundreds of Convention swaps on display, participated in and enjoyed the demonstrator show and share, watched a great demonstration by fellow demonstrator, Lisa Chatterjee, tried every new die and framelit in the Holiday mini (going live tomorrow, August 1), used almost every new product from the Holiday Mini in some way, won a prize for my swap, and a door prize. WooHoo!

Our next RemARKable team event is September 22nd in Spring Grove, PA and is open to All demonstrators. If you are not a demonstrator but want to have fun like this, consider joining my team or ask to attend as my guest to check out the fun in person. Join my team in August and hit the road with me for a fun trip and a great time with this RemARKable team. Just click on the Group Therapy button here! If you don’t want to ever do another thing, this is a great time to get the kit…remember, you get to pick what you want in your kit! Get all new Holiday mini products or the new MDS 2 or anything else you want!  Get $125 in products for only $99! It’s such an incredible deal! Ask me about it!

My prize-winning swap — 3rd place!
Wouldn’t this make a great holiday thank you?

Silver Glimmer Paper, Small Heart Punch, Dimensional — WOW!

The focal point — From My Heart


Stamp Sets – From My Heart (W#126555 $39.95, C#1126557 $28.95)

Card Stock – Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer

Ink – Cherry Cobbler Classic

Accessories – Self-Adhesive Rhinestone Jewels, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding, SNAIL, Mini Glue Dots

Tools – Small Heart Punch, Big Shot, Framed Tulips Embossing Folder, Simply Scored

Stampin’ Up! Retirment Party

1 May

On Sunday afternoon I hosted a Retirement Party for Stampin’ Up!’s retiring stamps, Decor Elements, and accessories! I thought you’d like to see which retiring friends put their best face forward for the party attendees!

Check out my upcoming events! There are so many stamping friends retiring this month that I’ve decided to host a second retirement party on Friday evening, May 18 from 7-10. I hope you’ll come and join me in wishing a fond farewell to our retirees! Be one of the first three to sign up and get a discount! Special pricing for Technique Club Members! FREE with a $50 order! All new projects!

Project 1: 12 x 12 scrapbook page

Project 2: "Flight of the Butterfly" Card

Project 3: "Awash with Flowers" Card

Project 4: Desk-top Memo Pad Holder

Project 5: Planter with Chalkboard Label

Hope you like these projects! Sorry you missed making them! But, you can make some other awesome projects at the next Retirement Party. Register now and reserve your spot!

Remember, retiring accessories are available ONLY WHILE SUPPLIES LAST! Check HERE for current availability of retiring accessories. Retiring stamps will be available until the end of May; CLICK HERE FOR LIST. Don’t forget about the retiring Definitely Decorative, including Decor Elements!!

Until we meet again…STAY SANE STAMPIN’!


Create a cupcake birthday card!

22 Feb

Today is Technique Tuesday. So, what technique did I share with my stampers? Faux silk! For those of you who haven’t tried this technique before, let me assure you…it’s really easy to do! There are two effects — vibrant or subtle — depending on how you do the technique. After my stampers used the vibrant technique to create one card and the subtle technique to create the other, I upped the difficulty level. NOT! Really, I just combined the two effects into one card. Here’s the result:

Here’s how to make this card:

The card base is Tempting Turquoise card stock.

The next layer is Whisper White card stock, cut to 5-1/4″ x 4″. I used the Create a Cupcake stamp set to stamp the cupcake images — first the cupcake papers (bottoms) and then the frosting (top) — after inking each stamp with Daffodil Delight, Rose Red, Tempting Turquoise Stampin’ Write Markers. Here, I’m creating the subtle faux silk effect. The tissue paper, which is how we get the faux silk look, will be laid over top of the stamped cupcakes in the next step.

Over the Whisper White layer is a layer of tissue paper (gift wrap), which was cut oversize at 6″ x 5″. Before laying it over the cupcake layer, I stamped it with the candle stamp from the Create a Cupcake stamp set, first in Rose Red and Daffodil Delight, and then in Tempting Turquoise and Daffodil Delight, again using the Stampin’ Write Markers. Stamping on top of the tissue paper creates the vibrant faux silk effect. I set the tissue paper aside to dry for a while because tissue paper takes a while to dry completely since it really isn’t very absorbent.

Meanwhile, stamp the sentiment on Whisper White card stock, using Tempting Turquoise Stampin’ Write Marker. Punch out the sentiment using the Decorative Label Punch. Sponge the edges with the same Tempting Turquoise marker. With two Stampin’ Dimensionals, pop up the sentiment and adhere it to a layer of Tempting Turquoise, punched with the Round Tab Punch. Set aside until you finish the faux silk technique.

Allow the inked tissue paper to continue to dry as you work on the inside of the card. On a 5-1/4″ x 4″ piece of Whisper White card stock, I used the Create a Cupcake stamp set to create a tempting little cupcake, inking the components with Tempting Turquoise, Rose Red, and Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Write Markers. The crowning touch is a little Red Glimmer Paper cherry, punched with the Build a Cupcake Punch, and adhered with the Anywhere Glue Stick.

I’m sure the tissue paper is dry by now. Wad it up in a little ball, about the size of a pea. Don’t be shy; you want it to be really wrinkled. The more wrinkles the better! Gently unfold the wad.  Now, take the Anywhere Glue Stick and apply to the entire surface of the Whisper White card stock that you stamped with multiple cupcakes. Make sure you get the edges! Don’t worry — the ink will not bleed when you use the Anywhere Glue Stick! Once you’ve finished applying the glue, lay the crinkled tissue paper over the cupcake layer. Without stretching the paper, make sure it covers the card stock. Press down using a Bone Folder — but do not press out the wrinkles! The wrinkles are what create your faux silk effect. When finished you will have some overlapping tissue paper. Just use your Paper Snips to trim it.

Apply the sentiment. Then, you have to …yes, you have to…finish off your card with cherries on top of every cupcake! Pull out that Red Glimmer Paper again and punch some more little cherries using the Build a Cupcake Punch. Use your Anywhere Glue Stick to adhere them! Done!

Is this a stinkin’ cute card or what? Sometimes this woman, who thought she didn’t have a creative bone in her body for nigh onto 50 years, uncovers just a tad! It makes me happy! I hope this card makes you happy, too!

Until we meet again, HAPPY STAMPIN’!