Happy Birthday Princess!



HHD to you! (Happy Hump Day)…at some time we all have known a princess. That person make be young…or old but we all know of a princess! This card is an example of how the “JIG” that I blogged about yesterday is your friend. Now I rest my case as if it was not for the “jig” this card would not have happened.

This is one of those cards that needs to be in your hand to appreciate and for your smile to be even bigger as it is cute….actually super cute! You can easily see that it can be made in ANY color and a great way to use up that DSP that we hourd to look at. A couple of weeks ago I blogged about ways to use up and store the DSP that you have.

This card can be made in the masses and I think that it is fair to say that we all know that we have gobs of paper we can use up to make this sweet card. I went into my box of papers (like I blogged about) and went right to the Pop of Pink and POOF – out came a 6 x 6 square and I was able to make this sweet card and also able to do the envelope! (life is good) 😀  

Guess what else is good, actually GREAT….this DSP Paper is still available and it is just $7.80 – I say woot-woot because you simply cannot go wrong with Black and White with a POP!





Let’s get into this card! I am using (2) bundles to show you how mixing and matching works when we make a project. I like to think if it like dressing ourselves…sometimes it is fun to pop in an accessory to make an outfit look a bit different…that what I am doing here. As of today both of these bundles are available but after next Thursday they will not. Let me explain.

This below bundle, Biggest Birthday Ever is walking the plank and there is no life saving ring to throw to her….going….GONE as of May 31st….and then the 2nd picture….Window Shopping – well that IS walking the plank as a bundle BUT IT IS being carried over into the new catalog but not as a bundle – whew….she is saved but the price will go up because you will have to buy them a la carte!

So the moral of this visual bundle story is….IF you want these bundles….I would HIT THAT PAW PRINT and get them! They both scream classic fun and you can clearly see how it all comes together to make a fun and unique card!








I am thrilled that the Window Shopping is carrying over as truthfully…I have never blogged about the fun box but trust me, if you click here and see all of the great PINS out there – you will see that it is a keeper! I know that many of my blog followers are not huge fans of 3-D items and sometimes I get it and some times I don’t because I think that you can clearly see that this gem has so much versatility!

Enjoy the pictures and I will chime in with this simple card that looks hard. (I can hear many of you saying – I couldn’t do that) and I hope that you can hear me saying OH YES YOU CAN….as you have the JIG to help you! It is all about the JIG for perfect placement. Just look at the stamped sentiment on your clear thingie or vellum as I showed you yesterday and STAMP….it is as easy as that!

To start the sentiment stamping I found the center of the piece I was stamping on (that is 3 3/4″ X 5″) and I marked it with a pencil. After you do the stamping you can easily erase the pencil lines. For the sentiment I actually stamped off twice before I stamped onto my white piece. I know that that seems hard to believe as I still have a great image/coverage but it is lighter than the hearts (they are stamped full strength)







I really like working with this sentiment as it is super easy to line up. The font is a classic and you see tomorrow how I tossed it up to make a masculine card….(I know many of us struggle with those cards)

The below picture you can see that I added the silver thread behind the diecut – this is another thing that we stress about….HOW TO USE THAT DARN THREAD without making a tangled mess. Are you ready….it doesn’t get any easier than this – wrap it around 3 of your fingers a bunch. (I think I did 8) and then no stressing….just PLOP a dimensional over top and then pull the loops to your liking! (this is one that WE ALL OVER THINK)





Let’s chat super quick about the Tierra and the Sentiment…..I Heat Embossed them as of course the silver makes a statement and then the Rhinestones make the BLING….Do you remember the vellum that I used yesterday? Well, it came in handy as I stamped the make a wish and then heat embossed it…..






Stand back and smile….you have made a fun card that can really make a fun and WOW statement to many princesses that you know. With this stamping, you could easily use multiple colors of ink….or go for a ombre look (that would be fun) but I hope to see you tomorrow for the “GUYS” card….








Enjoy the day and think about stamping multiple times with the JIG. I was so happy to hear that many of you actually like that Stampin’ Plastic as I am a firm believer that it saves us many times from the evil crooked sentiment that always seems to happen to me. Jeanie rarely uses it and I always say – HOW CAN YOU DO THAT….as her cards are always fun and straight.

I just can’t get to that final end of a project without the jig! Try it…play with it…and as anything that is worth it….it takes PRACTICE – but once you get it….YOU’VE GOT IT!






Tips for your Tuesday!




Good Tuesday to you! I have a tip for you and one that I hope that you will take to heart and give it a try! If I were to guess…I would say that you were like me at some point that the Stamp-a-ma-jig was a dust collector rather than a help to you in your craft area! At the end of the post you will see who the winner was for the cards over the weekend! WOOT-WOOT!

Here is a funny for you – when I was a “customer” I bought a Stamp-a-ma-jig….it came and it stayed in the box that it came in…. I thought – hmmmm…I bought it – but I have no clue how or why I bought it? Time went on and I attempted to try it….NO LUCK…..back in the box it goes.

Fast forward probably a year and I was more adventurous….back out of the box it came….and I was serious….really serious this time….still same results and back in the box it goes!

Last chance…I was seeing and hearing that people actually liked this piece of plastic and then it was like learning to ride a bicycle…..IT WORKED and I never looked back! This really is a good analogy as once you’ve got it……you’ve got it!

I hope that you will watch this video and I hope that you will walk away with a nugget of an idea that might work for you. I do have a MISTI and I adore the MISTI but I find that I use the “jig” for “red rubber” stamps! I find the “jig” to be super fast and useful for those “you just want it right spots” and when you learn to use the tool to its potential – it is the best “plastic friend” you could have.







Please pop back tomorrow and you will see how I took this “base of this video” and turn it into a sweet card that you will find to be both practical and do-able. I think that it might be a game changer to you with many stamps that you have collecting dust….because now they have a SPECIAL PURPOSE IN LIFE…they have a friend, the stamp-a-ma-jig!

Now we need to announce the winner of the cards over the weekend….I loved reading your comments and I am thrilled that there are many of you that already love this piece of plastic. I would not have been able to get the “dots” and the “sentiment” in line without the help of the stamp-a-ma-jig!

Ready….ready….come on Robyn – get up from your chair and do the dance….shake it – shake it!!! Woot-woot to you! I know that these 2 cards are going to have fun going across the country to Nebraska…many thanks for popping in and leaving a comment!

I do agree with her spot on – I do like to use my MISTI with my photopolymer stamps but I do need the “jig” to me is needed for the clear mount and the wood mount. For the little cost of the tool and the small and “packable” size…the Stamp-a-ma-jig is a must have when you are a stamper!





As I shared above and in the video…please pop back tomorrow and see how I took this simple sentiment of “Happy Birthday” and turned it into a fun card that could be made as a good old Birthday Card Staple for you to make in many color combinations!


You know how I feel…

less is best…simple is super…and work with the basics –

you will never go wrong.

Here is a question for you to think about…If you had just 1 hour to pack up your “stuff” to go on a Stampin’ Retreat for a weekend – what would be in your bag  – hmmmmm….this is a good one – but I will say for sure – the “jig” would be in there as there is nothing easier to use to get it “just right”!

Please remember, the retired list and the shelves at Stampin’ Up! are getting smaller…..don’t be disappointed if there is something that you “just have to have” because when the date comes that they are gone…they are gone! Also, with any order of $75+ or more this month – I will send you a pack of Foam Adhesive Strips…another basic that needs to go into your Retreat Bag!


p.s. – yesterday afternoon I sent an email confirmation out to those of you that have sent me a product share order…if you did not get one and you have emailed me with a share request, please email me. The Product Shares can be found here (and also in the drop down box for you to view at anytime!) – please email me your “wishes” and I will get you in the 1st wave of the shares!




Step it Up Sunday…shakin’ it!




Good Sunday to you…..let’s do a little shakin’ today! Shaker Cards are always a hit because of the WOW factor of the elements inside the card but I think that many of you think that they are super hard to make….but remember, it’s ME and I am super simple!

I have a ton of pictures for you as I think that there are times that a visual is a help but please know…you can always leave a comment and/or email me and I will be happy to help!

Before we get to the post I wanted to comment about the Product Shares….I will be emailing out a confirmation email to you this evening so you will know that I received your email and request. It truly is easier for me to wait a couple of days and then send out a mass confirmation…click here to see the offerings for the shares.

Ok – LET’S GO! I hope that after you see the post and you can see that breaking the shaker card into steps….you will realize that it is super easy – and hopefully you will go to your craft area and try to make one! If you do not have all if the products that I used…improvised – just try!

As we do each week, side by side….YOU decide! This weekend challenge it is really hard to see by the pictures the fun of both cards. There just seems to be times that the angles of pictures I take(like the one below) just does not do them justice but hopefully the closer detailed ones will help you see the sheer fun for my bear and little bird!





We basically took the same elements from yesterdays card but SHOOK IT UP! Here are 3 tips for you that I think are imperative for shaker cards.

  • Window Sheets – (naturally) because “makes” the holding of the card elements.
  • The correct adhesive – Our Foam Adhesive Strips are PERFECT for shaker card….just peel the release paper, trim the length – PRESTO plus I am giving a pack free this month with my purchase with gift and product code. (see drop down above on my header.
  • Embossing Buddy – This might surprise you but it really helps with the static you can get with the window sheets and the sequins that you put in…..just give the inside surface and edges of the foam adhesive a rub and this really helps with the movement.


After I created the basic layout for the card…I took the piece of scrap white that will go in the back of the window and stamped the tiny circle image that is one of the stamps. I used my stamp-a-ma-jig for perfect placement and it worked like a wonderful dream!

You will see on the picture below that I am asking you….do YOU use the stamp-a-ma-jig???? Please give me some feedback because I am very passionate about this wonderful “piece of plastic” and if you are not comfortable with it – I want to help as it is a life saver at times….After getting my circle where I wanted them, I quickly added some color wash to the inside of some!

I do have a MISTI (actually 2) and use it all of the time, but honestly – there are times that you need the Stamp-a-ma jig and this is one of them!





Now to put the FUN in…..just pile up towards the center whatever your heart desires to shake around. Today I did a mixture of many things – I pulled out my container of embellishments and then made sure the window and edges were “poofed off” with the embossing buddy before putting the window of the pile of fun!

With the expression on Papa Bears face….it looks like he is scared with all if the fru-fru getting ready to come down on his head. You can see that I adhered the bird to the outside of the window with a dab of green glue!







Now that I know that the shaker element is taken care of I added a piece of  DSP (3 1/2″ x 4″) that matches the envelope back to the front of the card. This paper, the color and fun design is an INSTANT pick me up when I see it – so bright and cheerful.

Here is another tip….when you adhere an embossed piece like I have use either the tear-n-tape or fast fuse to adhere – WHY? easy, you need a good firm hold so this will not lift up from the base card and if you used green glue (you could but I do not care for it as much) there are times that the green glue will “puddle” in the embossed areas. (hopefully this makes sense)

Now to the real fun…..






Can you see in the above and below pictures that I took a wee thin strip of card stock to make a fru-fru? This is so easy to do when you use the trimmer and YEP, I adore our trimmer for this just like this! After cutting it I simply rolled it around a pen to give it a bit of  “FUN” and then adhered it with a simple glue dot before placing the bakers twine bow on top!

What do you think? I was tickled pink with the whimsy and here you can see the scattered elements in the card. “Mr. Bear” still looks a bit perplexed but that’s ok as once you shake this card….you will be forgetting about him and having fun with what you made! 😀







Here is another angle of the fun card. I will say….when you take the extra effort in making a shaker card you will feel a foot taller as you will be so proud of yourself. I admit, I was TOTALLY INTIMIDATED  to even attempt to make a shaker card but once I saw it broken down into “doable steps” I thought – I could do this! Here is another post I did shakin’ it up!

I think that if you look at your stampin’ stash you will also see that you have many stamps and framelits that you could use for a shaker card. Any nesting dies would work and as I have say a ca-zillion times before…..it you have the basics….you will be a happy stamper! 😛







Now I ask you….would this card make you smile from ear to ear if you received it? Guess what – someone WILL RECEIVE it by simply leaving a comment and sharing. Please feel free to share if you like it….or like shaker cards….what you have found to be helpful when making them (as this is how we all learn) or whatever your heart desires!

On Tuesday I will post the winner…I can’t wait to hear from you all and I am happy to send this sweet card of FUN and COLOR to you!






Enjoy the day….do something fun….

or do nothing at all but all I ask is to ENJOY TODAY!

Yesterday I picked up more sticks than I could count. We are dog sitting the grand dogs so we are back up to 6 dogs for the weekend….never a dull moment on Randall Lane but that is the way I like it!

I will see you on Tuesday with some more TIPS for you to store in your brain….I just love to share things that make life easier. We are winding down the Stampin’ Up! year so please do not forget to look at the RETIRED PRODUCTS…there are some blue ribbons in there!

I will see you Tuesday and please remember to check out the Product Share….I will email out confirmations tonight (while watching Iron Chef)…heck, we all have tv loves….

In closing…here is one of my loves – my dear and oh so “perfect” Milo…he is by my side always and I just could not resist grabbing my phone to snap a picture of him…he is POOPED laying beside me. I truly believe that he was brought into my life to ease the pain of losing Eddie. I adore rescues as I really think they appreciate and know the love they get!






Simple Saturday….”enjoy today”




Good weekend to all….I just adore this sentiment as to me, it makes me smile! Isn’t it funny that 2 little words put together can mean such a BIG meaning….so here you all go – as I hope that you all do these 2 words –




“enjoy today”



There is something just so simple and fun about this card to me. I just love the card stock color of Emerald Envy and I think in the new catalog we have several NEW DSP’s that pair up wonderfully with this color! I am just clickin’ my heels with the NEW Lemon Lime Twist and I am thrilled that we have this green, Emerald Envy for at least another year!

I can hardly wait for you al to see the new DSP’s but I can say this one, Pick a Pattern is right up there in my top 3. I only have a handful of the new offerings and I am trying to be like you – patient for the date of June 1st to get here.

You can see the ease I had picking the “cut out critters” that are looking through the window. This paper pack has a couple of different “critter offerings” and wow – it was a cinch to fussy cut them out, The best tip I can give you is to just do it….do not get “fussy” about how your cutting looks…it always seems to work out in the end!





This is a great example of how the paper swatches are a life saver. It is a cinch to do a quick flip to see the colors and patterns but it is even going to be better when I have all 15 of the new dsp’s in swatch books complete. This is stampin’ heaven because many times I will be working on something and then want to see other dsp collections that have the same color and a quick flip – PRESTO…I have options!

This sentiment is part of a stamp set called Pieces & Patterns. At a first glance you might be saying…..hmmmm – not much there for me but I invite you to hold your judgement on this one as there are LOTS of fun and simple options with this set. (hang tight…we are just getting geared up with the new catalog)






The thinlits that I used for this sweet card is the Hearth & Home. I am thrilled that this is being carried over and I admit, it took me a while to use it but once I did I was kicking myself with why did it take me that long! It seems so basic and simple yet it is a great “addition” to add fun and interest to a card.

This little bear looks like it is looking for a friend and I bet that bird is “kin” to “our chicks” from SAB – (I think that it is a 2nd cousin twice removed) and I bet the bird is giving him an earful!






A product that I often forget to use on a regular basics is Embossing Folders! WHY? – DON’T KNOW…but this is a new folder on the block and it is a great simple and clean addition. Appropriately called, Oh My Stars…you can see up close that it is a keeper.

Embossing Folders give you a quick POP with little work and heck – they are super inexpensive for all they do. It is very rare that I do not purchase all of the offerings of newbies because when in doubt – it is easy to pull them out and let THEM do their job!





Now let’s chat. I need to say right out of the gate I ADORE THIS ENVELOPE PAPER but….there is a problem – I also ADORE the flip side of it -another keeper in Black and White – click here to see a post that I used that. Here is another great example of why and how the swatch books are friends to you.

I would remember this fun floral being in this dsp collection but there are chances that I would forget where that fun black and white one is from because it is such a classic that you might not think of it being in a whimsical collection like this. A simple…..flip – BINGO – there it is!







There you go….one super simple and sweet card that I know would be a smile maker to anyone that received it! This DSP paper is really fun and unique. The colors are great, the prints are great and it is so fun to be able to do a quick fussy cut to make the “critters” part of a card!

I hope to see you back here tomorrow to see the changes I made with this sweet card. I just get a bit giddy with a card like this as it is a “happy card” and one that is a “joy maker”!

Do something fun today….we are having some great weather and we plan to be outside working….one thing that is for sure…..weeds and grass do not stop growing  😎 I know that this might not seem like an “enjoy today” but for me…it actually is because of the end result!





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