Monday, June 10, 2024

Stack, Cut & Shuffle

 Hello and welcome!  Today, I am sharing a technique that has been around for a while called stack, cut & shuffle.  This technique is a great way to use up designer series papers because you cut several pieces at one time to create several cards. Here's some that I created for a recent swap with friends.

I used the Thoughtful Journey 6 x 6 designer series papers and stacked 3 pieces together and cut them using my paper trimmer.  No need for measuring; just stack and cut.  Be sure to hold them together if you turn them to make a second cut. This ensures that they don't move, and all pieces will be cut evenly. I'll go into more detail on cutting at the bottom of this post.
Use the scraps from cutting to decorate the inside.

I did this one a little different. Instead of using the front and back of the designer paper, I opted to piece the same pattern back together to give this a stained glass look.

On this one, I used both sides of the paper to make the design.
Here's the basic cutting information to create these very quick and easy cards:
  • Take 3 pieces of designer series papers that coordinate and cut them to 3-3/4 x 5 inches
  • Stack them on top of each other and make 3 cuts of any angle on your paper trimmer. There is no need to measure, just cut at whatever angle you prefer
  • After each cut, be sure to hold the papers together and turn your stack so that you can make another cut without the papers moving. 
  • Take the 3 stacks and set aside. Leave stack # 1 as it is (do not shuffle)
  • Take stack #2 and shuffle the top cut piece to the bottom of the stack and set aside
  • Take stack #3 and shuffle the bottom cut piece to the top of the stack and set aside
  • Cut 3 pieces of basic white cardstock to 4 x 5-1/4 
  • Take the top piece from each stack and lay it on the basic white piece in your desired design. Hint: Be adventurous! Turn one piece over and use the other side with the other patterns. You will have to put the pieces in a different corner on the white cardstock layer. (See photo 1, 3 and 7). Adhere it to the basic white piece leaving a small white space between
  • Repeat until all pieces have been adhered on the 3 basic white cardstock pieces
  • Adhere each basic white/dsp layer to a coordinating cardstock base color of your choice
  • Add sentiment, embellishments and you're finished! 
There are many more stack, cut & shuffle templates on Pinterest. I found some that are 4 pages of paper instead of 3, and some that do require measuring. This is the best design I found that is quick and easy without a lot of fuss and measuring.

I hope you like this technique and give it a try! It's an easy and quick way to make several cards that look alike but are actually different.  And you can use up a lot of paper that maybe you have an abundance of.  I mean, who doesn't, right? 😉😁

Thanks for stopping by today.  If you would like a copy of our new 2024-2025 annual catalog, click on the tab above "request catalogs" and I'll send one out to you.  Or if you're an online browser, feel free to click on the catalog image and check it out there.  If you're placing an order, be sure to read my Ordering Bonus tab so you can see my June specials. And please check out my Rewards program too.  Your orders added up will get you a free stamp set. 

Enjoy your week! 
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Sunday, June 2, 2024

Kits, Kits and More Kits!

 Hello and welcome!  It's a new month and a lot is happening, but first I want to show you two new kits that have recently been released.

First up is the City Sights kit.  As a gal from Chicago, this kit spoke to me the first time I saw it. These watercolor images remind me of the Chicago lakefront.  If you are lucky enough to be out on Lake Michigan in a boat, you look back at the shore and you get to see all these beautiful buildings, full of great lines and architecture.  It's a beautiful sight no matter the time of day.  Night time is especially pretty, though.

Look at all the supplies in this kit.  There's enough to make 8 cards, 4 of 2 designs and you'll have supplies left over to make something else using supplies you have on hand in your craft room. Plus, there's a really neat stamp set too.

I made this kit as intended because I always need a few masculine cards on hand.  You could always break this kit down though and make 16 cards by using different colored card stock for your card bases and adding your own supplies.

The envelopes also coordinate with the cards and you get four blue and four basic beige.  Basic Beige is a new color in our core color line.

My second kit for today is the Hello Hollyhocks. Just look at these vibrant colors! This kit makes 9 cards, 3 of each design. This is a "no stamping" kit so everything you need is already done for you. All you have to do is adhere the pieces as instructed (or make your own design).

This is what comes inside the kit. You will find some greetings in other languages, but don't worry. I turn these over and use the back side to stamp my own greetings using stamps I have on hand.  It's a great way to stretch your kit into more cards or scrapbook pages.

Here again, I assembled this kit as it was intended. I have now ordered another kit and I will probably break that kit down to make more than what you see here.

Kits are a wonderful way to have some quiet, fun family time.  Or gather a group of ladies (and men) and have a wine tasting and card making party.  Add some crackers and cheese, and you've got a fun  evening or afternoon of creative crafting.  Everyone can do this because there's great instructions and it's always nice to have cards on hand for any time you need them.

If you are interested in these or any other of our kits, please click on the "shop" button and be sure to use my Host Code at checkout.  My Host Code can be found in red on the right side of this page. I am offering some really great gifts for orders this month, but you must use my Host Code to qualify.  Check out my Ordering Bonus tab at the top of the page for more information on my June bonus.

If you are interested in seeing the new annual catalog, you may click the catalog image to the right. If  you would like a copy of the catalog, please click the "Request Catalogs" link at the top of the page and follow the instructions. I'll be happy to mail one out to you.

Thank you for stopping by today. Stay tuned for more June updates following in the next few days!

Enjoy your week!

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Blossom Wishes

 Today is THE day for FREE SHIPPING until 11:59 PM Pacific Time!  As mentioned yesterday, anything you want to order, is shipped FREE as long as your order is $ 75 USD before tax.  There's so much to choose from, including a few new KITS.  Today I'm sharing the Blossom Wishes kit and the Hello Hollyhocks kit.  I had so much fun putting the Blossom Wishes kit together this week, and I did order the Hello Hollyhocks kit today for myself, along with some other goodies.  

While the Blossom Wishes kit has been available for a while, I just recently had a chance to assemble it.  This is a non-stamping kit, and all the supplies are included to make these 8 wonderful cards.

Here's a quick look at the Blossom Wishes kit.

You matter.  What a wonderful sentiment to lift the spirits of someone that may need it.

We always need a birthday card and this design so cheerful.  I did add my own white dot embellishments that I had in my stash.  You could add sequins, rhinestones or just about any embellishment you wish. 

The kit comes with easy-to-read instructions and images. I had this complete kit assembled in about an hour.

Below is the Hello Hollyhocks kit, just released this week.  Every other month, we release new kits for sale. The prices vary, depending on whether a stamp set is included or not. But they're a bargain just the same because you will always have pieces left over to create something on your own from your own supplies you have on hand.  

What do you think?  Be sure to check out all the goodies for sale and get FREE SHIPPING today only. And, I am also adding an extra ORDERING BONUS for today only.  If you place an order using my host code (check the right side bar), I am giving away a FREE pack of retired 6 x 6 designer series paper.  I have 8 packs available to give and if I receive more than 8 orders today, I will give away another prize of equal value.  THIS OFFER IS ONLY GOOD TODAY, MAY 21, 2024.

Check it all out at my online store and don't forget to use my HOST CODE at checkout to be able to win a FREE 6 x 6 pack of designer papers.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Enjoy your day!

Monday, May 20, 2024





  • All order types qualify for this promotion
  • Free shipping applies after the qualifying amount has been met.
  • The minimum qualifying amount to receive free shipping is $75 US dollars (before tax).
  • Any applied coupon codes or product credits will lower the order’s retail amount. 
  • Free shipping only applies during the 24-hour period of the promotion.
  • Phone order deadline: Tuesday, May 21, 2024; 6:59 pm (MT)
  • Online order deadline: Tuesday, May 21, 2024; 11:59 pm (MT)
  • With the exception of month-to-month Paper Pumpkin subscriptions, all Stampin’ Up! products qualify for the promotion.
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  • Please keep in mind the distribution center may fall behind our typical shipping time frames. In such cases, we will do all we can to return to our regular service levels as quickly as possible.

BONUS!  All orders of $ 75 or more will also earn a FREE gift from me!  I have several packs of 6 x 6 designer series paper that I will be giving away in a drawing. These are retired, but they are new and not opened packages of gorgeous papers.  Here's the details of my BONUS DRAWING:
  • This BONUS is only good for 24 hours; your order must be placed in my online store on May 21, 2024
  • You must use my current HOST CODE at checkout WQ3T7FF3
  • Your order must be at least $ 75 (before tax)
  • I have 8 packs of 6x6 designer series papers to give away, so the first 8 orders placed on my online store will qualify.
  • If I receive more than 8 online orders, all orders over that will also be qualified to win a prize of equal value, as long as the order is $ 75 before tax
  • Drawing for the winners will be done by Friday, May 24th and winners will be notified by email
NOTE:  If your order is $ 150 before tax, DO NOT use my HOST CODE.  You will receive Stampin' Rewards for yourself which means free product for you.  You will still qualify for my BONUS DRAWING.

Free shipping does not happen often, so now is the time to take advantage of getting all your favorites from the new 2024-2025 Annual catalog.  If you would like to view the catalog online, you may do so by clicking on the catalog image on the right side of this page.

Take advantage of this special FREE SHIPPING offer and also my ORDERING BONUS on Tuesday
May 22, 2024 ONLY ! 

Sunday, May 19, 2024

Join My Team & Get New In Colors !


Did you know that you can join my team and get up to a 25% discount on anything you buy?  Did you also know that being a demonstrator allows you to earn money when others shop with you? And did you know that if you join in May, you will receive $207 worth of products in your Starter Kit for just $ 99?? Read on to learn more!

Have you ever wanted to get a great discount on products you love?  How about meeting new people and crafting? Do you love to have fun while creating?  Do you want to share your creations with others to bring joy?  If you answered yes to any one of these questions, I would love to have you join my Desert Inkspirations team.  It doesn't matter where you live because we meet virtually often and share our love of creativity together.  My Arizona team has a monthly stamp camp that is held in Queen Creek and everyone on my team gets a chance to host a workshop.  That means, you design the projects, cut the supplies for all attendees, and YOU reap the order rewards!  It's just that simple.  Sharing what we love with others and earning rewards and free products at the same time.  It doesn't get much better than that!

During the month of May, Stampin' Up! is adding, absolutely free, some of our brand new 2024-2026 In Color products.  Just look at these yummy new In Colors in the image above ! 
  • Peach Pie
  • Petunia Pop
  • Pretty in Pink (a returning core color)
  • Shy Shamrock
  • Summer Splash
Don't these colors remind you of rainbow sherbert?  YUM!  To get this added to your Starter Kit,  you pay just $ 99 to join my team, then you pick out $ 125 of products from the new catalog, and the In Color bundle is added FREE to your Starter Kit.  You'll get FREE SHIPPING on your Starter Kit, and you'll also get a FREE Paper Pumpkin kit too!  You never have to hold workshops or classes unless you want to. 

Promotion Dates: May 1 - 31, 2024.  This special offer will expire at 11:59 pm on May 31st.

New demonstrators will receive the following products in their Starter Kit at no additional cost:   (all 5 new In Colors: Peach Pie, Petunia Pop, Pretty in Pink, Shy Shamrock and Summer Splash)

  • 2024–2026 In Color Classic Stampin’ Pad Bundle  (value: $ 40.50)
  • 2024–2026 In Color 8-1/2" x 11" Cardstock Assortment  (value: $ 11.50)
  • 2024–2026 In Color 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper  (value: $ 12.50)
  • 2024–2026 In Color Stampin’ Write Markers  (value: $ 17.50)

In addition to the In Color products, new demonstrators will pick $125 worth of products of their choice. You will also receive free business supplies with their order and free shipping. Not to mention all the fun that comes with being a part of our wonderful crafting community. When a new demonstrator joins, all In Color products will be automatically added to their Starter Kit. 

Additional Details

  • New team members may not use their team leader’s shipping address to ship their kit.
  • All orders should be closed by 31 May.
  • New demonstrators who submit their Independent Demonstrator Agreement (IDA) before 1 May or after 31 May will not be eligible for this Starter Kit offer.
  • You do NOT have to hold classes or turn your demo status into a business
  • You can enjoy getting up to a 25% discount on any orders you place - we LOVE hobby demonstrators!
  • As a demonstrator, you get to see all new catalogs before they go live to others, and have the opportunity to pre-order items before anyone else
  • Be included and invited to special classes, On Stage and other events
  • Be a part of the Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Facebook group where we all share ideas and projects, absolutely FREE
Does this offer peak your interest?  Ask me anything and I'll be happy to help you decide if this is right for you.  You really don't have anything to lose, and you'll get $ 82.00 additional in product with this special.  Total value:  $ 207.00 for just $ 99 !!  You don't ever have to place another order if you don't want to.

If you would like to take advantage of this great joining offer, please click on the "join" link to the right and just follow the prompts.  

I hope you'll consider this great offer.  I would love to have you join my team and share our love of creativity together. Feel free to call or text me with any questions or concerns; I am happy to help.

Saturday, May 18, 2024

Your Day to Shine

 About every other month Stampin' Up! releases new crafting kits. Some kits contain stamps while others are kits that require no stamping. I love our kits because everything is included, and you have parts left over to use for other projects using other supplies you have on hand. The "Your Day to Shine" kit includes enough supplies to make 6 cards with matching envelopes.  Here's a peek at the kit instructions cover:

All of our kits come in a nice box that can be used to gift the completed cards to someone or keep the box for yourself for all kinds of storage.  As a paper crafter, we always need places to store things and these boxes are very handy for that.  As you can see from the photo above, the Happy Birthday was meant for the smaller cards, but I made some changes.  The smaller cards are perfect for me to use as a Thank You when I send my customers little gifts for ordering.  

And here's my completed cards.  I changed things up a bit because I like to have larger cards for birthdays.  I used a "thank you" sentiment from another stamp set I had for the small cards, and I made the "It's Your Day to Shine" as is.  These cards were very quick to make; it only took me a little over an hour. 

If you are looking for a quick and easy way to make some cards, I hope you'll consider our kits.  Also, if you want a monthly subscription to different kits, may I suggest our Paper Pumpkin subscription?  Paper Pumpkin is a great way to get kits all year long, but you also have the option to suspend or stop at any time. You are not locked in to keep your subscription going.  Check it out on my right side bar. You can pay monthly, quarterly or for the year. 

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a beautiful day!

Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Masking Up for Layers of Beauty

 Let me start out by saying that I absolutely loved playing with Layers of Beauty stamp set and the Layers of Beauty Decorative Masks.  Now I'll tell you why these cards were so much fun.

I have always wanted to try a "no line" coloring technique and my first attempt is this gorgeous Peach Pie rose.  I stamped the image from the Layers of Beauty stamp set, using our new Basic Beige ink pad.  You can barely see the outlines.  Now comes the fun part.  The Layers of Beauty Decorative Masks come 5 masks to a set and each one is numbered.  You place mask #1 over your stamped image and use our blending brushes dipped in Peach Pie ink and rub over the mask.  When done with that layer, I laid mask #2 over the image then used Pumpkin Pie ink and a blending brush.  Mask # 3 is inked with Poppy Parade ink. The leaves were done using mask #4 with Granny Apple Green ink and mask #5 was done with Old Olive ink.  You can achieve this same look without ever stamping the image too! I taped both my cardstock and my masks down so no movement would occur when using the blending brushes.

For my pink rose, mask #1 was a new In Color called Pretty in Pink.  Mask #2 was a new In Color called Petunia Pop and mask # 3 was Gorgeous Grape.  The leaves were done with another new In Color called Shy Shamrock and the final top layer was done with Shaded Spruce ink.
I think I may have to make many more of these in just about every color we carry.  Next time I will try not using the stamp set at all and just see how well just using these fantastic masks work out.

Thanks for stopping by and leave me a comment. I'd love to know what you think. Enjoy your day!

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