Not the whole nine yards

Just because you could use lots of product on a card doesn’t mean you have to!  When I send out thank you cards, I need to make a bunch in a hurry, like this one:

I love the Waterfront set in the Stampin’ Up! 2018 Occasions Catalog — so much that it is the featured set at March’s Inkspiration Saturday event!  (Registration is open now!)

Now, there are 16 photopolymer stamps in this set.  This note card uses just two of them.

I hope you get the idea that with a relatively short list of supplies, you can still create something beautiful.  Here’s why this card works:

  1. A strip of ribbon provides texture.
  2. The circle shape is contrasted by the linear elements (ribbon, trees, sentiment).
  3. The pierced “stitching” around the circle echoes the weave of the ribbon.
  4. The layout implies a triangle — do you see it? — which is always pleasing to the eye.

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Soft Suede Stampin' Write Marker

Soft Suede Stampin’ Write Marker

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Lavender congratulations

Don’t underestimate this FREE 2018 Sale-A-Bration set!  Lots of Lavender is a two-step set that creates a beautiful card so easily.  So far I’ve only been using Wisteria Wonder for the blossoms, but it’s worth experimenting with other colors.  Tomorrow.

In today’s Heartfelt Inkspiration newsletter I talked a lot about working with vellum.  The picture here doesn’t show it clearly, but the sentiment stamped on the vellum is stamped in Elegant Eggplant and embossed in clear powder.  It’s an amazing effect!  Secondly, I affixed two White Perfect Accents to the sentiment panel, then adhere it to the card front with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals (trimmed a bit).  Because it’s away from the card front, the stamped sentiment doesn’t show up in this photo as well as it does IRL.

Here’s a close-up of a vellum sentiment panel flat adhered with Glue Dots behind the Perfect Accents:

There are lots of ways to work with vellum, a paper I have loved for years.

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More on Picture Perfect Birthday!

For a different take on Picture Perfect Birthday, check out this Stampin’ Up! corporate video:

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Stamp Review Crew: Picture Perfect Birthday

How great is this?  It’s already time for another Stamp Review Crew blog hop!  Have you hopped with us before?  Then you know that you can click the banner above for a complete list of blogs (16 of them!) for this hop; remember that all SRC hops are accessible at any time by visiting the Stamp Review Crew blog.  Join us the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month — and for a bonus Sale-A-Bration hop on January 29th!

If you’re hopping in order, you’ve arrived here from My Sandbox and enjoyed Nikki’s creativity.  Her work is beautiful and inspiring to me.

This time our inspiration comes from Picture Perfect Birthday on page 5 of the new Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog.  I wasn’t originally loving this set when we received it at OnStage in Salt Lake City in November, I think because the fun photographic imagery of the Designer Series Paper kind of overpowers the stamps.  The stamp set has beautiful sentiments and versatile elements, so I challenged myself to make something really different from the suite samples.

My first card is for our grandson, to congratulate him on his very fine report card for the semester.  Green is now his favorite color, but when we were in the studio last week, I asked him about some other colors.  He said, “I think you’re planning something for me, Grandma!”  I can’t get away with anything.

I never get tired of stamping backgrounds, and I’m particularly happy with this one using the two-step gift bow image along with the little confetti stamp.  It takes a little time to create a small panel like this (reason enough to create one that can be cut into several pieces!), but it is very soothing and satisfying work for me.  It occurred to me recently that I hadn’t used Flirty Flamingo for months, although it’s my favorite 2016-2018 In Color.  I love it with Blushing Bride and gray.


Thanks for stopping at Heartfelt Inkspiration!  You’re now on to Mike’s blog, Stampin-Style.  I know you’ll love what he has to show you!

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Happy birthday, Jane!

This week I’ve been busy stamping for a variety of upcoming events, so I was glad I had this card ready to mail for my cousin-in-law’s birthday:

I really try not to put a card in the mail without embellishing the envelope! Do you?  Often I emboss the flap, but this little folder — so pretty on a card front! — bit into the envelope and the flap ripped to pieces.  So I tried a safer, stamped flap!

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Let’s start at the very beginning

You’re welcome for the earworm!  However, this post has nothing to do with that song, only with the very first stamp set in the 2018 Occasions Catalog:  Birthday Wishes for You.

This two-piece set of rubber stamps is perfect for beginner stampers stamped in just one color (and just $12 for the clear-mount version!), but here I colored the open letters with my Stampin’ Blends for an ombré effect.

I enjoy coloring with the Blends.  As soon as I bring the little drawer where they are stored to my work table, I smile.  I love the way they feel on Whisper White card stock and the ease of blending.  They are fabulous!

And for ease of stamping several of these panels, I practiced using the Stamparatus.  We played with it at the Heartfelt Inkspiration team meeting last week and discovered how practical it is.  I can hardly wait to use it in stamp camp in a few months!

Have you used the new Scattered Sequins embossing folder yet?  It’s a Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, which means the embossing is deep and defined.  I’m not sure you can see how cool this is on the photo above — the embossing really creates the look of sequins, complete with the little hole in the center!

Here’s how to make this card:

  1. Begin with a top-fold 5½” x 4¼” Thick Whisper White card base.
  2. At a Big Shot with standard Platform, emboss the 4¼” x 3″ Pool Party panel.
  3. Tie bow around left side of embossed panel with twine (I use the anchoring technique).
  4. Flat adhere Pool Party panel toward left side of card front.
  5. On 4¼” x 2⅛” Whisper White panel, stamp Happy Birthday in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  Color with Stampin’ Blends (blunt tip):
    1. Color all of Birthday with Pool Party Light marker.
    2. Color about 1/4 of the bottom of each letter with Bermuda Bay Dark marker.
    3. Continue coloring up about 1/2 way up each letter with Bermuda Bay Light marker.
    4. Blend shades with Pool Party Light marker.
  6. Adhere stamped panel to card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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Stamp@Home is back after a face lift!

Some of you may have been subscribers to my Stamp@Home monthly kit a few years ago.  Well, it’s back and better!

In a nutshell, each month I’ll be featuring a particular stamp set and, with qualifying product purchase of $35 US (before S/H and tax), you’ll receive a FREE tutorial for FOUR projects using that set. The tutorial will be a printable pdf file, complete with color photos, step-by-step directions, hints and tips for success, and — my favorite part — alternate ideas for each project. So if you don’t have a particular tool or ink color, I’ll suggest substitutions. I think it will make it easier to complete the projects and use the featured set over and over.

There are no required purchases (although you’ll need the stamp set, of course), only a minimum online purchase of $35 US made using my monthly Host Code — the same one you use for any online purchases through me unless you qualify for your own Stampin’ Rewards or are in a monthly club.

January’s Stamp@Home tutorials feature a brand-new set from the 2018 Occasions Catalog, Heart Happiness (see it in my online store). The hearts and flowers in this set can be used for cards expressing appreciation, friendship, encouragement, sympathy or love. And as you’ll see when you receive your Heart Happiness tutorial, these images work for manly and juvenile cards as well, as we go “beyond pink”!

To complete January’s projects (check out the sneak peek below), you’ll need coloring tools (Watercolor Pencils or Stampin’ Blends) and Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Coordinating Lots to Love Box Framelits (Occasions cat page 19) and Sweet & Sassy (Annual cat page 214) would be really helpful.

There’s no need to sign up or register for Stamp@Home, and there’s no commitment. When I am notified of an order using the January Host Code (DWU4ASTJ), I’ll email you the pdf file within two days, beginning January 8.

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Let the Sale-A-Bration begin …

January 3 marked the beginning of 2018 Sale-A-Bration, the biggest sale of the year, when you can earn free, exclusive products from Stampin’ Up! with every qualifying order.  In fact, you reap the rewards when you shop, host, or join during Sale-A-Bration!


For every $50 you spend, you’ll receive a free Sale-A-Bration product.  If you’ve enjoyed SAB in the past, here’s something new this year:  there’s now a new reward level, giving you more flexibility and options for your free items.

Let’s break it down:

  • Spend $50 and get one free level 1 product.
  • Spend $100 and get one free level 2 product OR two level 1 items.
  • Spend $150 and get three level 1 items OR one level 1 item and one level 2 item.


When you hold a qualifying party with at least $250 in sales during Sale-A-Bration, you’ll earn $25 more in Stampin’ Rewards!  As always, these rewards can even be applied towards a Starter Kit when you join and become a demonstrator.  These SAB benefits apply to an individual order of at least $250, also.


Joining at this time gives you your starter kit (with $125 in Stampin’ Up! product) at just $99 PLUS your choice of TWO additional stamp sets for your kit — any stamp set, any price.  (Excludes bundles and Sale-A-Bration sets.)  Plus, the kit ships for free!

Perhaps you can see why we get so excited about this time of year!  Be watching the Heartfelt Inkspiration blog through the end of May as I show off the Sale-A-Bration products — and come to stamp camp to play with them yourself!

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The 2018 Occasions Catalog is here at last!

Paper crafters in my world have been a-buzz with excitement over the release of the Stampin’ Up! 2018 Occasions Catalog — and it’s finally here!

See what all the fuss is about by clicking the graphic and downloading a pdf file of 56 pages of colorful ideas and fun!  Then check out this fun corporate video:

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To You with Love

When I first saw the 2017 Holiday Catalog in Thailand back in July (I know!), I was fascinated by the Mini Treat Bag on page 45:

As if the buffalo check was not fabulous enough, the pink and vellum and gold — well, I couldn’t stop looking at it!  So when the time came to design the projects for October’s Inkspiration Saturday, I knew I had to use it as inspiration.  Here’s what I came up with:

We made an alternate version in Pool Party, as well, using another pattern in this Designer Series Paper pack.

No doubt you realize that this is the final day to order from the 2017 Holiday Catalog!  At this writing, I don’t know if this set, Festive Phrases, is still available.  I would get it just for this stamp — and the elf, of course.

Here’s how to make this card:

  1. Flat adhere patterned paper strip to Powder Pink card base.
  2. At Big Shot with Magnetic Platform, die cut Heart from vellum scrap.  At Big Shot with standard platform, emboss heart with Winter Wonder folder.  Applying adhesive where it will be hidden, flat adhere embossed heart to card front as shown.
  3. On 3⅝” x 2” Whisper White panel, stamp Love in VersaMark ink.  Immediately heat emboss with silver powder.  Line up corners along marked lines on punch and snip corners.
  4. Lightly sponge doily half with Powder Pink ink.  Estimating where sentiment panel will be, flat adhere doily to card front.
  5. Use regular tape to adhere a folded piece of sequins and folded ribbon to card front where tape will be hidden by sentiment panel.
  6. Adhere sentiment panel to card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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