More Coffee Please!

Oh my gosh – I had such fun playing with the new Coffee Cafe stamp set and the new Embossing Paste that I just had to make another card! 聽You’ll always hear me ask for more coffee please!

If you missed my post for the Paper Craft Crew challenge yesterday, you can SEE IT HERE. 聽I can’t stop talking about how much FUN the new Embossing Paste is to use 馃檪

Embossing Paste

More Coffee Please

This is how you receive the Embossing Paste – it comes in a 4 oz jar, ready to use. 聽You can either use it as is, white – or add some ink from your ink refill bottles to colour it! I like to use my Silicone Craft Mat when mixing ink into it. 聽If you don’t have one of those, you can always use one of your Clear Blocks.

Pattern Party Decorative Masks

More Coffee Please

These masks are made from heavyweight acetate, so they can stand up to repeated use. They are perfect for using with the Embossing Paste, as well as for use with Sponge Daubers, Sponges and Brayers for creating patterns on your projects. 聽It’s an awesome way to add extra texture and depth to your card, without adding another physical layer of cardstock! 聽And you get all 4 masks for only $8!

When using the masks with the Embossing Paste, the thing to remember is that IT DRIES QUICKLY – so to keep your tools in tip top shape, make sure you clean them immediately after use! As my Dad (the carpenter) always said; ‘take care of your tools, and your tools will take care of you!’ 聽Wise man, my Dad!

More Coffee Please!

I had mixed some Crumb Cake ink with my Embossing Paste for my Paper Craft Crew Design Team card, and had some left over. 聽Well – that meant I got to have more fun, and make another card! Waste not, want not! (another saying from wise ‘ol Dad! 聽Scottish people don’t waste, you 聽know! 馃檪 )

More Coffee Please

This time I used a card base of Berry Burst, and made myself a frappucino! The only thing better than a cup of coffee is a cup of coffee with a good friend 馃檪 聽I love the sentiments in this set.


Again I used the brick pattern from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks set for the background. 聽I stamped a few random coffee beans in Soft Suede ink, then added a length of 1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon in Berry Burst. 聽After stamping the cup, lid, sentiment, straw and whip (using Soft Suede, Dapper Denim, Pool Party, Berry Burst ink and Whisper White cardstock), I used the Coffee Cup Framelits and Big Shot to die cut.

Layering them over the ribbon with Stampin’ Dimensionals, I then added an Itty Bitty Bow (these are so stinkin’ cute!) also in Berry Burst. 聽This card came together very quickly.

More Coffee Please

Order Your Supplies Now!

It’s super easy for you to get your hands on the supplies you need and create this cards yourself. 聽Click on the images below, go directly to my online store, or contact me and I’ll place your order for you!



How Do You Like Your Coffee?

How do you like your coffee? 聽My answer would be ‘strong, and often!’ 聽I love my coffee, so when I saw the new Stampin’ Up! Coffee Break Suite, I thought I’d gone to heaven!

This week’s Paper Craft Crew sketch challenge PCC249 gave me a great idea to combine this suite, plus another of my new favourite products.

PCC249 Sketch

How Do You Like Your Coffee

It’s very faint behind the focal image (circle), but can you see the texture behind it? 聽I immediately knew that I wanted to incorporate the new Embossing Paste into my project!

How Do You Like Your Coffee?

How Do You Like Your Coffee?

EEK! 聽I just love it!! (sorry – I’m usually much more humble – but I love this set!) 聽That sentiment suits me to a ‘T’ (or rather – to a ‘coffee’) 馃槈


First I created my background, using a panel of Whisper White cardstock. 聽I put a dollop of Embossing Paste onto my Silicone Craft Mat, and added 1 drop of Crumb Cake ink from the Ink Refill bottle. 聽Using the Palette Knife, I mixed the ink into the paste until the colour was consistent throughout the paste. 聽It was really quick & easy – the embossing paste is very light & fluffy; not hard to mix at all!

I placed the brick pattern Pattern Party Decorative Mask on top of the cardstock, and applied the embossing paste. 聽I didn’t want the entire panel covered, so I just applied it where I wanted it to show. 聽I love how you can achieve entire coverage, or leave ‘partial’ bricks, like I did on my panel.

While the embossing paste was drying (it dries within minutes!), I stamped the rest of the images onto Whisper White cardstock, in preparation for die cutting. The cup outline is stamped in Crumb Cake ink, the wrap outline and coffee beans in Soft Suede; the sentiment, lid and heart (for the spill stopper) were stamped in Dapper Denim ink.

The Coffee Cups Framelits Dies make cutting out all the pieces so fast! My Big Shot is really getting a work-out with all the fabulous Bundles in this catalogue!

Close Up

How Do You Like Your Coffee?

You can see how easy it is to layer the pieces of your coffee cup together. 聽Before attaching the cup, wrap a length of Linen Thread around the panel, and tie it off with a bow. 聽The cup pieces are layered using Stampin’ Dimensionals, including the coffee beans and the cute heart from the Corrugated Elements. There are so many pieces to use with this Suite!

Can you see the length of Soft Suede cardstock behind the cup? I use the cup wrapper die, which embosses the corrugated look at the same time it cuts! 聽Then I just add a piece of it behind the cup.

Your Turn!

Now it’s your turn to join in the challenge! First, check out what the rest of the Design Team have created, over on the Paper Craft Crew blog. 聽Then, link up your own card for the challenge.

Order Your Own Supplies

Want to make your own card like mine? Click on the images below to order the products I used to create my card. Then you’ll be ready to create your own!




A Little, A Lot, or All of It?


Hey stamper – which describes you best? 聽A little, a lot, or all of it? 聽Of course I’m talking stamping!

A Little

You’re a happy go lucky, stamp a little when I can kinda person. 聽Your little stash keeps you happy. 聽Perhaps you have a Paper Pumpkin subscription, that supplies you with what you need, when you need it. 聽Having everything provided for your projects in the Paper Pumpkin kit keeps you happy! Coming to my monthly card classes gives you new ideas, a social break, and extra cards.

A Lot

You like to have choices! When the new catalogue comes out, you gotta have a Party, because you KNOW you want LOTS of the new products 馃檪 聽Coming to card classes is fun; you like the social aspect and holding parties give you both – fun times and free product with your Host Rewards!


Not content with a bit of this, a bit of that – you WANT IT ALL! 聽I’m not saying that like it’s a bad thing – quite the opposite! You know what you like, you love to share your ideas with other people and help them create, and you’d like have all the tools & products to do it with.

Whatever type of crafter you are – A Little, A Lot, or All Of It – I have a solution for you!

A Little – join my card making classes for the social aspect! Get yourself a Paper Pumpkin subscription to get your all-inclusive kit to go. 聽You don’t have room for everything, so this is the perfect solution. 聽SIGN UP HERE for your Paper Pumpkin!

A Lot – CONTACT ME NOW to book your party! There’s only 10 days left in June for you to benefit from Extra Host Rewards in June!聽

All Of It – JOIN MY TEAM! By becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, you get the best bundle ever – a.k.a the Starter Kit! For only $135, you choose $165 in products, and get FREE SHIPPING, along with a whole host of other freebies! 聽Plus, you’ll get an ongoing minimum 20% discount on your future product orders! CLICK HERE TO JOIN – you’ll be glad you did! 馃檪

A Little, A Lot, or All of It?


New Embossing Paste!

Hello again stamping friend! 聽I hope you had a great weekend; we enjoyed some decent weather, and a nice Father’s Day. 聽Today I’ve been playing with the new, best thing since sliced bread in the catalogue – the new Embossing Paste!

When I first found out that Stampin’ Up! was going to carry embossing paste in this new catalogue, you could probably hear my screams of joy! 聽I admit it – I have in the past purchased embossing paste from a different supplier; simply because we didn’t carry it. 聽But, 聽I chose not to share it here because – well, because you couldn’t order it from me! 聽What fun is it to see something you want, only to find out you can’t get it? 聽None!

But now – that’s all changed, and you can have fun creating with the new Embossing Paste!

What is the New Embossing Paste?

Embossing paste is a light, malleable material that you use to create texture and depth on your projects. 聽You spread it onto your project with a palette knife. 聽It can be used as is, in it’s white colour, or you can add re-inker to add colour. 聽It dries very quickly, which is great for your projects. 聽On the other hand, it means that you have to be very quick to clean up your tools, for easy clean up. Just warm water and a little bit of soap is all you need.

Tools to Use

Stampin’ Up! also carries the Palette Knives for applying the Embossing Paste. 聽They come in a 3 pack; 1 offset trowel, 1 offset diamond, and 1 scotty knife. 聽You can also use the Pattern Party Decorative Masks to create a pattern with your Embossing 聽Paste, as well as using them to apply patterns using Sponge Daubers or Spritzers. 聽The best way to add colour to your Embossing Paste,聽is to put a dollop of paste onto your Silicone Craft Sheet, add a drop of reinker one drop at a time (to determine how dark you want the paste), then use a palette knife to mix it in.

How To Use

Here are some pictures of me using the Embossing Paste and one of the Pattern Party Decorative Masks. 聽I used the offset Palette Knife to apply the paste. 聽I had cut my Whisper White cardstock to 6″ x 6″, and used painter’s tape to hold the mask and cardstock in place while applying the paste.

New Embossing PasteI taped down the cardstock and mask to my work surface, to keep it in place while I applied the embossing paste.

New Embossing Paste

You can see that the embossing paste is quite light & fluffy looking in the jar.

New Embossing Paste聽The embossing paste is easy to apply. 聽Just take a bit onto your palette knife, then drag is slightly on an angle across the decorative mask.

New Embossing PasteCover as much of the mask as you want. I covered the entire mask for this design.

New Embossing PasteLift the mask off gently, removing it from one side upwards, towards the other side. This design, with聽the white-on-white, reminds me of gorgeous patterns in the snow!

New Embossing Paste

Look at the depth of this design! It’s just gorgeous!! 聽Next time, I’m going to add some colour to it 馃檪

How to Order

Just click on the images below to order your own supplies! Trust me – you WANT this! It is so easy and fun to use 馃檪 聽I’ll be posting a card on Wednesday for the Paper Craft Crew Design Team, which features the Embossing Paste. 聽On that card, you’ll be able to see what it looks like coloured, as I used some reinker on that project.



Inspiration Challenge

Hello stamping friend! Welcome to a new challenge with the Paper Craft Crew Design Team. 聽This week we have something new for you – an Inspiration Challenge!

Inspiration Challenge

What is an Inspiration Challenge

Isn’t this gorgeous? Our Paper Craft Crew founder and coordinator, Pam Staples, was visiting a friend, and this is one of the throw pillows that was there! Of course, artist that she is, Pam sees inspiration everywhere, and thought this would be perfect for a challenge.

The idea is that you use anything from this pillow to inspire your project for this challenge. 聽It can be the colours, the pattern, the pillow itself – whatever inspires you, dear stamper, 聽to create your project!

Eastern Palace Suite

I immediately saw our new In Colors – the Tranquil Tide and Lemon Lime Twist, as well as the beautiful new Eastern Beauty stamp set. So that’s what I used for my card:

Inspiration Challenge


I started with a card base of Tranquil Tide cardstock. 聽Cutting a panel of Whisper White cardstock, I used the Eastern Medallion Thinlits to die cut the middle. 聽I love how the middle flower like die lifts each of the petals, allowing you to see the cardstock underneath.

Using Lemon Lime Twist ink, the details were stamped in each corner of the panel. 聽On a small piece of Whisper White, the middle piece was stamped then die cut again using the Eastern Medallion Thinlits. 聽The 14 piece die set lets you create almost endless combinations and patterns of cuts! 聽Talk about getting ‘the most bang for your buck’ – and you benefit even more by purchasing the Bundle – saving 10% off the combined price of the stamp set and thinlits!

After attaching the middle die cut piece with a Stampin’ Dimensionals, I added the panel to the top 3/4 of the card base, using more Dimensionals. 聽A strip 聽of the coordinating Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper聽is聽added across the bottom of the card.

Close Up of Die Cuts

In this photo below, you can see what I was referring to about the petals ‘lifting’ up:

Inspiration Challenge

This is such an amazing set – I’ve been using it a LOT, and I know I’ll be using a lot more!

Join the Challenge!

Now it’s your turn! 聽What inspiration do you get, from this gorgeous throw pillow? 聽Check out what the rest of the Design Team created on the Paper Craft Crew Challenge Blog. Then link up your own project for the challenge. 聽I know you won’t disappoint! 聽Have fun creating 馃檪

Order Your Supplies

Order what I used to create this card by clicking on the images below. 聽You’ll be taken directly to my Online Store.




I’m In Ribbon Heaven!

Have you checked out the amazing selection of ribbons in the new Stampin’ Up! catalogue? There are 2 pages!! Check out pages 198 and 199 of the Annual Catalogue. 聽Ribbon in practically every colour, different textures and finishes. 聽I’m in Ribbon Heaven 馃檪

I'm in Ribbon Heaven

Ribbon Shares

I received my ribbon order, and was dividing it up for my Ribbon Shares. 聽Did you get in on this order? 聽I still have some shares left; you can check out my shares information in THIS POST. 聽 It’s the best way to get a sampling of a lot of ribbons, without spending a fortune. The picture of the 3/8″ Shimmer Ribbon just does not do it justice – you can see a bit of the shimmer on聽the black ribbon in the picture above.

Itty Bitty Bows

Did you see the Itty Bitty Bows?! 聽They are AH-DOR-ABLE!! 聽For you people who don’t like to tie your own bows, or just want some bows in the new In Colors – you NEED THESE! 聽They’re made from felted material, and are very sturdy! The little bows even come with adhesive backing, so they’re ready to place onto your project.

Step Up Your Projects

Adding ribbon to your projects is a great way to step them up, without adding a lot of bulk or cost. 聽A simple length of ribbon, whether tied off with a bow or not, adds texture and depth to your project.

Order Your Ribbon

To see all of the amazing ribbon offered in our new catalogue, CLICK HERE to go directly to that section of my online store. 聽From there, place your order directly, or contact me if you’d like to join in the Ribbon Share.



We Love Hosts!

We Love Hosts!


Who doesn’t love a reason to get together with friends, have fun, be creative AND earn FREE PRODUCTS?! 聽Well, WE聽love hosts, so that means that YOU get the benefits!


Here’s how Stampin’ Up! is showin’ you the love, when you host a qualifying party:


We Love Hosts!

As usual, you start qualifying for Host Benefits at a $200 party (or personal order). 聽That’s not a challenge at all! 聽Here’s where the good stuff happens – once your party hits $400 – again, not a challenge – YOU, the host get not just your regular 12% Stampin’ Rewards, you get AN EXTRA $40 in Stampin’ Rewards!

Let’s do some math:

Your party total is $400. 聽Your instant Stampin’ Rewards are $48, as usual. 聽But wait – you’ve also qualified for an extra $40 – that means that your TOTAL STAMPIN’ REWARDS IS $84!!

How about if your party totals $550? 聽Well, your usual Stampin’ Rewards are 14%, which is $77. 聽BUT – add in the EXTRA $40 – that takes your TOTAL STAMPIN’ REWARDS TO $117! 聽PLUS, you get to choose another 1 ITEM AT 50% OFF!

I don’t know about you, but that would make me one happy stamper! 馃檪

June is the BEST Month to Host

You know why June is the best month to host, right? 聽Well, other than the amazing extra Stampin’ Rewards that I just told you about – there’s a brand new catalogue! 聽It’s a new Annual catalogue, with 233 pages jam-packed with amazing new products, which means that your friends are going to WANT TO ORDER. 聽 There will be no ‘well, I don’t really need anything, but since you hosted…’ kind of token orders. 聽Nope! You’ll be doing your friends a favour by hosting, so they can get their聽hands on all these new goodies!

Choose Your Date, Book Your Party

Hurry – because there’s only 23 days left in June, and my calendar is booking up fast! 聽Choose a couple of dates, and shoot me an email at 聽I’ll call you back in the order I receive your email, so the quicker you book, the more likely you’ll get your preferred date.


I have my pre-order supplies, plus my new order just arrived today, so I have LOTS of new products and ideas to share! You’re party will be lots of fun; you supply the friends and a small snack; I’ll provide the catalogues, demonstration, and of course Make & Takes! 聽 We 鈾 Hosts!

I’m waiting to hear from you 馃檪


New Sketch Challenge!

Hello stamping friend! 聽I hope you’ve been enjoying the Paper Craft Crew challenges, because we have a new Sketch challenge for you!

PCC247 New Sketch Challenge

New Sketch Challenge

It’s similar to last week – but different! 聽And, it’s another chance for me to share the new catalogue products with you 馃檪

Colourful Seasons Bundle

new sketch challenge

Can you tell that I’m still loving the new Colourful Seasons Bundle?! 聽Hopefully I won’t wear out the thinlits before the end of this catalogue! 馃檪


I wanted to show you how you can use the leaves that are in both the stamp set and thinlits, without it being a ‘seasonal’ card. 聽So I started with a card base of Old Olive cardstock. 聽The sketch gave me leeway on adding panels, so I decided to add my panel of Whisper White cardstock next, keeping it flush with the right edge of the card base.

I took a panel of Colour Theory Designer Series Paper in the Old Olive ombre, and added some ink spots in Old Olive ink. 聽For the spots, I used my Awesomely Artistic stamp set, but there are others that you could use. 聽After the spots, I stamped the large Maple Leaf image directly onto the DSP with Old Olive ink. 聽Using the Big Shot with the Seasonal Layers Thinlits and more Colour Theory DSP, I die cut the 2 different leaves, and layered them on top of the stamped image.

To the die cuts I added and Old Olive Glitter Enamel Dot, with a bow tied in Linen Thread underneath it. 聽Without a sentiment on the front, this card could be used for any occasion.

New Sketch Challenge

Inside Scoop

New Sketch Challenge

The sentiment is inked in Old Olive ink, from the Colourful Seasons stamp set. 聽I also repeatedly stamped the small Maple Leaf image down the side of the panel, using Daffodil Delight and Old Olive inks. 聽You can see that I stamped both full strength, and stamping off once, for the different depths of colour.

Join the Challenge

I hope you’ve been inspired by my card. 聽Be sure to check out what the rest of the Design Team have created over on the Paper Craft Crew blog. 聽Then join the challenge – link your card, and you may be our next Top Pick! 聽I’ll be looking forward to seeing your card!


You can click on the images below to order these products, and any others, from my online store.





Stamping Garage Sale

We have a new catalogue, which can only mean one thing. 聽I have to make room for all the fabulous new products! 聽So you’re invited to cash in on my purge – come to my STAMPING GARAGE SALE!聽

Stamping Garage Sale

What’s For Sale?

I literally have boxes and boxes of retired stamp sets, bundles of stamp sets with coordinating punches/dies, designer series paper, embellishments and more for sale! 聽Plus, one of my team members is joining me, and bringing HER retired stash, as well!

What Kind of Deals?

Good question! There are amazing deals to be had! Most stamp set and bundles are priced at 50% OFF or less! 聽Designer series paper is at unbelievable prices, and embellishments – well, I can’t even list the prices here – they’re too low! 聽There are also embossing folders and Bigz Dies, too – all at hot prices 馃檪

Anything Special?

I’m so glad you asked! 聽In fact I do have several retired stamp sets (long retired, and not so long) that are rare, and hard to find! 聽Just to name a few; D is for Dog; C is for Cat; The Back Nine; Fore; and more.

Where is it Happening

It’s all happening right here, at my stamping place. 聽I’m on Everett Crescent, in Burnaby, B.C. 聽So if you’re in the area, head on over between 9:30 am and 12:30 pm. 聽After that, anything left will be listed for sale here on my blog, as well as cross posted on a Facebook sales Group.

I’ll see you here on Saturday! 聽For now I’m back to de-stashing, and pricing 馃檪


Memories & More

Did you notice something different in the new catalogue? 聽Besides all the amazing new products, I mean! 聽Since the contract with Becky Higgins and Project Life expired, Stampin’ Up! has introduced a new way of memory keeping with the Memories & More line of products!

It still uses the binder system, with photo pocket pages and page protectors – all found on page 191 of the new catalogue. 聽On page 192-193 you’ll find some amazing Memories & More Card Packs with different themes, many of them coordinating with stamp sets and products you’ll find in the catalogue.

Here’s a video by Stampin’ Up! to show you the Memories & More products:

Color Theory Memories & More Card Pack

One set that I included in my first order is the Color Theory Memories & More Card Pack, because it coordinates beautifully with the Color Theory Suite of products on page 146-147. 聽(of course, I already have this suite!)

Memories & More

This is just gorgeous, isn’t it? This pack contains an amazing 72 double-sided cards; 52 are 3″x4″, 20 are 4″x6″. 聽You also get cardstock sticker sheets, and printed acetate cards. 聽You can use all of this not just for memory keeping, but also for creating card fronts and other projects!

Color Theory Suite

Memories & More

This is the Color Theory Bundle, which includes the Colorful Seasons stamp set, and Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies. 聽By purchasing the Bundle, you save 10%! 聽A card that I made recently with this Bundle can be seen in THIS POST, and another one HERE.

What products were on the top of YOUR ‘must have’ list? 聽Leave me a comment, and I’ll let you know if it was on my list, too!


These fabulous products are now available for you to order! 聽Click on the images below to order if you’re within Canada, or email me at and I’ll order for you.