Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Fast, Easy Thank You Card using Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper

  • Just a Note on Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper
  • Today is the Last Chance to Sign Up for a New Catalog, if you aren't already my customer
  • New Annual Catalog News

Stampin' Up! Petal Promenade

I have a very fast, easy card for you today.  It uses the Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper and the Tailored Tag Punch.  I also reach for one of my old favorites for the sentiments, the Flourishing Phrase Stamp Set.  I'm so happy this set will carry over to the new catalog as a Red Rubber Cling stamp set.   If you love Petal Promenade papers as much as I do, check out my Tutorial Tab for a Petal Promenade Tutorial.  

The basecard for today's card is Mossy Meadow cardstock.  Then a layer of Calypso Coral.    Then a layer of Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper.      


The bow is the 3/8" Gold Metallic-Edge Ribbon, tied in a double bow using my wooden bow maker my husband made for me many years ago. 

The sentiment die shape is punched with the Tailored Tag Punch.  The sentiment is stamped on the Whisper White Tailored Tag shape in Mossy Meadow.  I punched two addition Tailored Tags out of Calypso Coral cardstock and used them to mat the sentiment shape.              

Tonight, April 30, I'm putting in my order for new catalogs.  If you've purchased from me in the past 6 months, you'll be on the my list to receive a new catalog.  However, if you've said you didn't want to receives mailings from Stampin' Up! when you set up your account, I'm not allowed to mail to you.  Check your Stampin' Up! online account to make sure I can mail a new catalog to you.

If you haven't purchased and don't have a current Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I would love to be your demonstrator.  Contact me, immediately, so I can add you to my new catalog mailing list before I finalize it this evening.


  • Stamps: Flourishing Phrases, Detailed With Love (open dots)
  • Ink:  Mossy Meadow
  • Paper:  Whisper White, Mossy Meadow, Calypso Coral, Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper 
  • Accessories:  Tailored Tag Punch, 3/8" Gold Metallic-Edge Ribbon, Dimensionals

Catalog Changeover Notices

The new Stampin' Up! catalog for 2019-2020 will launch June 4.  The Last-Chance items have been posted and this is a reminder to take a look at the items in my online store on the Last-Chance List and pick up your favorites before they are gone.   If you need Excel or PDF versions of the Last-Chance listings to update your craft room, see my previous post with these list.

  • Bundle pricing goes away on carry over items.  When Stampin' Up! introduces new bundles (stamp sets and coordinating dies or punches), they offer it at a 10% savings if you purchase the stamp set and coordinating item together.  However, if that bundle carries over to another catalog, the bundle pricing goes away and the stamp set and coordinating items are offered individually.  If you haven't yet purchased a bundle that is going to carry over to the new catalog, purchase it by June 3 to receive the bundle pricing.
  • New Vendor Selected for Dies.  The new die vendor provides dies with a different cutting edge (outside edge) while out current dies have the cutting edge on the inside edge of the die.  New die sets in the June annual catalog will come from the new vendor.  I've been playing with several of the new dies, and I love the new dies. In my opinion, they seem to be more substantial than our existing dies.  And, they seem to cut more smoothly than our current dies.  I've used several that include a greater amount of detail than our current dies, with less need for using the die brush to remove small details.  You're going to love them!  On carry-over die sets from the current catalog, if you order these dies you will receive the current style until supplies run out and then you will receive the new style.  Both will work in your current die cutting machine.  
  • The current Stampin' Trimmer will be discontinued June 3, 2019, including all accessories--replacement cutting blades, scoring blades, and cutting mats.  A new trimmer will eventually be carried in the catalog.  During the gap while Stampin' Up! selects a new vendor, you may want to order additional cutting blades or a new Stampin' Trimmer, if yours is as old as the one I just replaced.  Cutting mats for the Stampin' Trimmer sold out almost immediately after this change was announced.  Blades are currently sold out, but blades will be coming back in stock for the Stampin' Trimmer in batches until September 2019.  When Stampin' Up! announces another batch of blades are back in stock, I'll announce it on my blog and email my mailing lists.  If you're looking for blades, I recommend you order extra blades as soon as you see my updates. 
  • Price Increases Announced Earlier but bears repeating.  Stampin' Up! reviewed their pricing and there are several increases coming with the new catalog including slight increases on 8-1/2 X 11" cardstock, Versamark ink pad, envelopes, embossing powder, Stampin' Scrub, Stampin' Mist and Stampin' Mist refills, Foil Sheets, and Note cards & Envelopes.  This is a heads up to stock up on these supplies before the new prices go into effect. These new prices will be in effect with the new 2019-2020 catalog published June 4, including Demonstrator Pre-Orders from the new catalog.

Want more motivation for creating cards?  Join my Meetup Site and you'll receive notification of my upcoming classes.


Donna Ross
Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator
Private Classes for 1 or a small group of friends:  http://cardmaking.meetup.com/71/
To place an order: Place an on-line order through my Stampin' Up! store - 24/7 Shopping 

Monday, April 29, 2019

How to Stamp a Mirror Image

  • Creating a mirror image with your stamp sets
  • Humming Along Stamp Set
  • Special May Paper Pumpkin Kit available to order until May 10

How to Create Mirror Images with stamps 

Today's inspiration came from a spontaneous demo I did as my card class yesterday was wrapping up.  We were discussing how to do mirror images, and I decided to do a quick demo.  I grabbed the nearest stamp pad, which turned out to be Fresh Fig, a silicon mat and the flower image from Humming Along stamp set.  This morning, the mirror images I created was still on my table, so I grabbed some Blends, colored the image and decided I liked it enough to turn it into a card.

How to create a mirror image with your stamps

Creating a mirror image is easy.  Simply ink up your stamp, and stamp the image onto your Silicon Craft Sheet.  

Stamp your image onto a Silicone Craft Sheet

Huff on your Silicone Craft Sheet image to keep the ink wet, and quickly cover it with the cardstock you want to use for your images.  

Press your cardstock onto the inked image
on your Silicone Craft Sheet

Using the backside of your clear block, rub your block over the inked image on your silicone mat to transfer the inked image from your silicone mat to your cardstock. 

Transfer the ink from a Silicon Craft Sheet to your
cardstock by rubbing it with the back of a clear block

Turn over your cardstock and you'll see your mirror image.  Ink up your stamp again and stamp the image as you would normally, next to your mirror image.  Clean your Silicon Craft Sheet by running it under running water in your sink.  If you don't have a Silicon Craft Sheet, you can also use your Stamparatus Plates to first stamp, and then transfer your image.

Stamp your regular image next to your mirrored
image transferred from your Silicone Craft Sheet

Once your have both images, color your images.  I used Light Daffodil Delight and Light Granny Apple Greens Blends Markers to color the flower and leaves.  Then I used a Light Crumb Cake Blends Marker to color the flower centers.  

I created a horizontal version and  vertical version of the card, and decide to use the Daffodil Delight Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper.

The basecard for today's card is Daffodil Delight.  Then a layer of Whisper White.  Then a layer of Gingham Gala 6" X 6" Designer Series Paper.  Then a banner of Basic Black. 

The image layer is matted with Basic Black, and the images are stamped on Whisper White cardstock.  The images are colored with Light Daffodil Delight Blends Markers and Light Granny Apple Green Markers. Then Light Crumb Cake Blends Markers were used for the flower centers.            


I stamped the sentiment from Humming Along in Fresh Fig ink, and then added butterflies from the Butterfly Gala Stamp Set and coordinating punch.  The butterflies are stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and colored with Light Daffodil Delight Blends Marker and Light Granny Apple Green Blends Marker. The butterflies are popped up on Mini Dimensionals cut in half.  

I'm so happy that the Butterfly Gala and coordinating Butterfly Duet Punch will carry over to the new catalog.  But purchase this bundle now so you still get the 10% bundle saving.  While the stamp set and punch are carrying over to the new catalog as individual items, the new-bundle price goes away after June 3. 

Need a copy of the upcoming catalog?  If you don't have a current Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I would love to be your demonstrator.  Contact me, so I can add you to my new catalog mailing list, which I'm finalizing tomorrow (April 30).  New catalogs will arrive towards the end of May, giving you time to put together your Shopping List so you'll be ready to order June 4.


  • Stamps: Humming Along, Butterfly Gala
  • Ink:  Tuxedo Black Memento, Light Daffodil Delight Blends, Light Granny Apple Green Blends, Light Crumb Cake Blends
  • Paper:  Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Basic Black, Gingham Gala 6" X 6" Designer Series Paper
  • Accessories:  Butterfly Duet Pinch, Silicon Craft Sheet, Bone Folder (102300), Multipurpose Glue (110755), Dimensionals

You can purchase current items by visiting my online store here. To see more about each product, click on the product below.

Shelli's Very Special May Paper Pumpkin Kit

Stampin' Up! and Shelli Garner, Stampin' Up!'s Founder, created a very special May Paper Pumpkin Kit for us.  And I know You're going to love it.  But you must order it by May 10.

To learn more, click here.

We made a sample from May Paper Pumpkin kit at On Stage, and I immediately went into my Paper Pumpkin subscription and upped the number of kits I have coming.  You can do the same by going to PaperPumpkin.com and logging in with your password, if you already have a subscription.

This kit will likely sell out, so if you like the sneak peek you see in the video below, be sure to order now rather than waiting for the May 10 order deadline.  Can't see the video below?  Use this link to view it on YouTube.

This kit is designed by Shelli Garner, one of the founder of Stampin' Up!.  She has a personal style that I've been attracted to for many, many years.   

What is Paper Pumpkin Kits?  Paper Pumpkin kits are monthly craft kits that you can be purchased in 1 month - 3 month - 6 month or 12 month subscriptions.  You receive a different kit each month, along with all of the materials needed to complete your projects, except scissors and glue.  You'll love how fast these kits go together, if you don't have a lot of time.  And your finished kits means you'll have lovely cards or projects on hand when you need a card rather than making a late-night run to the card shop because of a last-minute need.

These kits include the papers, die cuts, embellishments, an exclusive stamp set and a mini ink pad -- everything needed to complete the kit.  This month's kit is a Spring card kit with four different card designs with pre printed envelopes.  It comes in a one-of-a-kind beautiful vintage-designed box.  This is one Paper Pumpkin kit you don't want to miss.  Order now.

Want more motivation for creating cards?  Join my Meetup Site and you'll receive notification of my upcoming classes.


Donna Ross
Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator
Private Classes for 1 or a small group of friends:  http://cardmaking.meetup.com/71/
To place an order: Place an on-line order through my Stampin' Up! store - 24/7 Shopping 
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