Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper

In the past couple of catalogues Stampin’ Up! has offered some truly beautiful laser-cut paper for us to work with. The details are so fine and pretty that they make it easy to create a beautiful layer on a card.

The question is how to make sure that this beautiful paper is adhered to your card so that it keeps its glory all the way to the recipient.


For me it was an old school art class name that gets brought back into my adult crafting life. Elmer spray adhesive makes this card a breeze. Using a cardboard box lined with scrap paper, simply lay the DSP with the wrong side up, give it an even spray of glue and gently place the 12×12 colour of your choice on top. After a gently press lift the two pieces together and turn over. You don’t want the cardstock to stick to the scrap paper underneath. Make sure everything looks good and then set aside to dry.

Once the sheet is dry you can carefully cut to the desired size. Depending on which trimmer you use and how well you glued the paper, creating a frame with dies is a great way to hide any pulls or imperfections 😉

For the accents on this card I clear embossed and fussy cut around a couple of butterflies and used some rhinestones on a couple of the flower centres. With so many pages in the DSP pack you could create a rainbow of wonderful card fronts in a short period of time!

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Welcome Baby!

This fun card was cased from a lovely demo, Esther Howard. If you would like to see more of her card she has a YouTube video. Isn’t it so much fun how the babies spell the word BABY?

You need to colour a lot of babies for this card – 7 (3 whole babies and 4 just for their legs) plus two blankets and the jumper baby. The background was stamped tone on tone putting the onesie, the pin and the bottle on one block. 2.5 inch piece of DSP to frame the babies! Thank goodness for the dies or there would have been a LOT of cutting! Also, I love that we are having more word dies now!

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Retiring Product and May Paper Pumpkin

Hello everyone!
Spring has sprung and Stampin’ Up! has released the products retiring from the catalogue.
Hopefully the following points will make understanding these lists a little easier:
  • Bundles always retire.  That means that the bundle will always appear on the list but the stamps and dies could be carrying over.
  • All wood mount stamps are retiring.
  • All clear mount stamps are retiring. However, the stamp set could be carrying over in the new cling mount format.
  • The Carry Over Cling flyer is the list of stamps whose mount is changing to cling.  Hopefully this list will help… photos of list below.
The items that are retiring are on a “while supplies last” status.  If there is something on these lists that you must have don’t delay!
Please visit the online store to see images of the sets that are going.  There are separate listings in the store for retiring products just make sure you compare with the Cling Flyer…. photos of this flyer:Screen Shot 2019-04-16 at 8.17.17 AMScreen Shot 2019-04-16 at 8.17.26 AM
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This May, you’re in for a treat. Paper Pumpkin has teamed up with Shelli Gardner, Stampin’ Up!’s board chair and cofounder, to deliver you a very special Paper Pumpkin kit. It’s exclusive, collectible, and one of a kind. Die-hard Paper Pumpkin and Stampin’ Up! fans won’t want to miss this special edition.

The look and feel of this kit is all Shelli. It’s elegant, feminine, and so full of springtime details that you’ll probably just want to take a walk, breathe in the fresh air, and then go home and stamp every card in the kit. And the box it comes in? We predict that you’ll be keeping it . . . like . . . forever. Wait and see.

Watch the inspiration video!  Subscribe before May 10th HERE!
Current subscribers will automatically get this kit! YAY!

As always, I am here to help you with your crafty questions!  I’d love to hear from you.

Thanks for looking 🙂

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Life is Grand with Simple Stamping

Sometimes a simple wish is all you need to make a birthday special. The fun way to switch up this card takes very simple stamping just one more step. There are so many options for this card with any of Stampin’ Up!’s beautiful DSP. I fell in love with the Painted Seasons DSP that was part of this year’s Sale-A-Bration offerings. Sometimes I wish paper could stick around just a little longer.

By simply trimming the card front in half and turning it sideways a fun and different look is created. Now all that is left is the decision of which side of the DSP you will let show. The best of mix and match.

Check out the instructions attached for an easy way to adhere the inside piece neatly under the front of the card.

It is so easy to make a variety of looks from the same pieces of paper! Each piece of DSP will create 3 cards! A great way to use up your stash 🙂

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Luck of the Irish

Is March the luckiest month of the year?  The Irish in us would say YES!

This card has a little of everything to celebrate the hopefulness of March:

  • fun Irish colours (why else would we put orange and green together?)
  • good luck wishes (I’m wishing that winter will be over soon)
  • the four-leaf clover (not a shamrock, but close)
  • the pattern of a European football in the background (I mean everyone loves soccer, right?)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  Sláinte!! But remember the real Irish don’t drink green beer!

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Follow the product list images below to get the supplies to create this card for all the Irish (or wannabes) in your life.  If you would like further instructions follow the TAMS link for a printable how to!

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PAPER PUMPKIN IS TURNING 6 and there are ONLY 5 DAYS LEFT to make sure you get your very own celebratory kit…the special 6th anniversary Paper Pumpkin directly in the mail to YOU!!!

Why do you NEED to give Paper Pumpkin a try this month?

  1. 🤪🥳FREE STAMP SET😀😉 – Don’t say I didn’t tell you! Yep in addition to the awesome projects that come in this months kit there is an extra free stamp set.  It’s big and it’s awesome!
  2. Free + Free = 🥰 Sale-a-Bration rewards – Try a 3, 6, or 12 month prepaid subscription and get free products (ASK ME HOW) – must redeem the prepaid code by the 10th of March to get this special kit.
  3. The March projects are cards that everyone is sure to love!
  4. The free stamp set is big. Big as in…Wow! That’s really nice.
  5. Best free gift ever.🤩 You’ll wonder, “How did the PP team dare give it away for free? I hope somebody didn’t get in trouble for this.”😳 – Did I mention the free stamp set? This is your only opportunity to get it!

Be the envy of all your friends!  Send me an email or message me on Facebook and I’ll be happy to help.  Don’t want extra free stuff? (Wait what?😳) then click on the picture for a direct link to the Paper Pumpkin sign up page and get your own piece of AWESOME!


Creativity is an essential part of life.  Science knows that we need to find ways to engage our brains and interact with our environment.  No matter your age or abilities there is always a way for each and every one of us to find something we love and enjoy creating!

Paper Pumpkin is an awesome way to unleash your creative side.  Even better, your projects are designed to keep you in touch with those around you by sharing your creations with people near and far!

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Scrapbooking for the weather

Good morning everyone!

We are into our second snow day this week and the dogs are happy to see a foot of snow rather than a sheet of ice.  It brought to mind my December Scrapbook Class, so I thought I would share.  My crazy bunch of beagles have always loved a good snowfall.  They are now 10-1/2 years old and they still bound around like these pictures from when they were only 6 months old… maybe not for quite as long though 😉

At this point the Spirited Snowmen and the Snowflake Trinket are retired products but the fun remains! I used various Blends colours to dress my snowmen for the cold.

Have a great day whatever your weather!

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