By the Dock Summer

Read below to see the details about my By the Dock Summer card.

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Welcome to Team Stamp It’s June Blog Hop. We’re featuring cards and projects for summer and the Fourth of July. Be sure to visit all of the blogs on the hop. See the list of bloggers below, after the card details. Comment on each blog with the hashtag #stampitcontest for a chance to win a free Looking Up Card Kit.

By the Dock Summer

By the Dock Summer

Some families camped. Some families visited Disneyland. Other families traveled to South Dakota to see Mount Rushmore during summer vacation. Our family lived at the lake in Minnesota. A weekend stretched to a week, which became a month, and turned into spending three glorious months enjoying the lake life. We loved water skiing, floating on air mattresses, and seeing brilliant sunsets. (We try to forget battling those giant mosquitoes at night!)

Each morning, my sisters and I awoke and immediately dressed in our swimsuits. We spent the entire day on the dock, listening to music and reading what seemed like hundreds of books.

Stampin’ Up!’s By the Dock stamp set and coordinating dies bring back memories of those long, lazy days soaking up the sun and enjoying the water. I tried to recreate that scene with rubber stamps, ink, paper, and accessories.

Products I Used

I pulled together a few current Stampin’ Up! products to create this scene that takes me back to those idyllic Minnesota summers:

  • By the Dock stamp set
  • Dockside Dies
  • Under My Umbrella stamp set
  • Stitched Nested Labels
  • Layering Circles Dies
  • Stitched Shapes Dies
  • Pinewood Planks 3D Embossing Folder
  • Shimmery White card stock water colored with Balmy Blue and Daffodil Delight

What summer memories do you have? Share them in the comments. I’d love to hear.

Again, hop along to all of the blogs and comment on them all.


Congratulations to last month’s winner: Nancy Cox.



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Beautiful World Card Tutorial

Read on to get your free Beautiful World card tutorial today!

Beautiful World Card Tutorial

I’m loving Stampin’ Up’s World of Good Suite. That Brass Foil just speaks to me! I’ve combined many of the suite elements into today’s card.

Beautiful World Card Tutorial

Enjoy the free tutorial!

Beautiful World Card Tutorial

Stampin’ Up! Supplies:

  • STAMPS – Beautiful World (152994)
  • PAPER – Crumb Cake Card Stock (120953), Brass Foil (153057), World of Good Specialty Designer Series Paper (152491)
  • INK –Memento (132708)
  • OTHER – Layering Circles (151770), Stitched Shapes (152323), Cinnamon Cider In Color Ribbon (152482), Mini Glue Dots (103683), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Paper Snips (103579), Die Cutting Machine


Cutting & Scoring:  

  • Crumb Cake Card Stock – 8 ½” x 5 ½” – score and fold at 4 ¼”
  • Brass Foil – 5 ¼” x 4”, 2” x 4 ¾”, 3” x 3”
  • World of Good Specialty Designer Series Paper (map design) – 5” x 3¾”, 1 ¾” x 4 ½”, 3” x3”
  • Cinnamon Cider In Color Ribbon – 2 pieces at 5” each



  • Fold the Crumb Cake Card Stock in half.
  • Using Glue Dots or adhesive of choice, adhere the World of Good Specialty DSP pieces (map design) to the coordinating sized Brass Foil sheets.
  • Attach the smaller layer on top of the larger layer, positioning it on the left-hand side of the card.
  • Place a Glue Dot on each end of one of the pieces of Cinnamon Cider ribbon. Wrap the ribbon around the map/foil layers, adhering the Glue Dots to the back of the card about two-thirds of the way down the card.
  • Stamp the sentiment with Memento on the back side of the map design 3” x 3” DSP. Die cut with Stitched Shaped circle.
  • Die cut a scallop circle from the Brass Foil with the Layering Circles.
  • Using Glue Dots or adhesive of choice, layer the circle sentiment onto the foil.
  • Add Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the sentiment and pace it on the front of the card, in the lower right-hand corner, on top of the ribbon.
  • Adhere the piece to the Crumb Cake card base.
  • Slip the remaining ribbon under the ribbon on the card front. Create a faux bow by tying a knot. Trim with snips.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Click on any of the graphics below to go directly to my online store to purchase the produts used to create today’s card.


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Maui Achievers June Blog Hop

Welcome to the Maui Achievers June Blog Hop. Keep reading to see a card I created with a fun, new suite of Stampin’ Up! products.

Maui Achievers Blog Hop

We’re a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from around the world who have achieved the Stampin’ Up! bonus of the Maui trip. We celebrate this achievement by organizing a monthly hop which helps us to continue to inspire you creatively.
You may be starting here or have come from someone else’s blog – either way there’s a list at the end of this post to help you move around all the different blogs and get many amazing ideas. We all have our country listed – so if you’re looking for a demonstrator these are top demonstrators in their country and would love to help you with your Stampin’ Up! shopping or if you’d like to join our Stampin’ Up! teams. Be sure to visit all of the blogs and leave a comment.

A Basset Hound Named Max

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An old scrapbook page featuring our dog Max and our son.

Almost twenty years ago, a puppy we named Max joined our family. We felt lucky to have him with us for more than 10 years. He was oh so cute, but he could be oh so naughty! More than once, he stole food items off of the kitchen counter such as sticks of butter, loaves of bread, and even tomatoes. Weighing in at more than 50 pounds, he thought he was a lap dog! Max left us about 12 years ago, but we talk about him often.

So, I’m partial to any dog-related stamp set or Designer Series Paper or embellishments. I love Stampin’ Up!’s new Playful Pets Suite. (No worries if you’re a cat lover. Cats are represented in this set, as well!)

Playful Pets Suite

Maui Achievers June Blog Hop

This suite offers a host of fun elements I used to create today’s card:

  • Pampered Pets Stamp Set
  • Playful Pets Designer Series Paper
  • Pets Dies
  • Playful Pets Trim Combo Pack
  • Playful Pets Trinkets

Maui Achivers June Blog Hop

Everything about this suite is super cute! A fun feature of the Designer Series Paper and dies is that the dies not only cut the stamped dog image but also the images on the Designer Series Paper. You can see that I used the dog image from the paper on this card. The same holds true for the cat images. Remember, when you purchase the stamp set and dies together, you receive a 10 percent discount on the bundle.

I also embossed the Real Red card stock front of the card with the Subtles 3D Embossing Folder and added one of the Stitched Nested Labels.

Thanks for stopping by today. Let me know if you have questions about today’s card or any other paper crafting concern.


Below is a list of all the awesome stampers participating in the blog hop today.


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Let’s Talk Ink

Let’s talk about ink and what to use for your rubber stamping projects.

Let's Talk Ink

You want to get started rubber stamping but you don’t know where to start? Last week, I posted information about the basics of rubber stamps as well as a short video. See that post here.

Today, let’s talk ink.

Ink Choices 

Choices abound in this category – from classic, dye-based ink available in an array of colors; to Memento, a general-purpose black ink; to Stazon, a permanent black ink; Versamark, a clear, watermarking ink; and craft ink.

Classic, Dye-Based Ink:

I recommend starting with a few coordinating colors of classic, dye-based ink. It absorbs into the card stock, dries more quickly than craft ink, and is acid free.

Let's Talk Ink

Stampin’ Up! Brights Ink Assortment

Stampin’ Up! offers full-size foam pads in fifty different colors of ink, so you have lots of choices. Be sure to purchase a refill with your pad so you’re able to reink your pad after a lot of stamping.

Let's Talk Ink

Neutrals Collection Ink Refills

There’s also a smaller selection of mini ink pads called Stampin’ Spots. These one-inch pads are available in eight colors. They’re perfect for travel, easy to store, and great for use with the Stamparatus.

Let's Talk Ink

Stampin’ Spots Assortment

Stampin’ Up! also sells uninked Stampin’ spots, allowing you to create your own mini pads with refills.

Let's Talk Ink

Uninked Spots

Brand-new pads are quite fresh, meaning they have a lot of ink. So, a light touch is important. When inking your stamp, it only needs a tap-tap-tap on top of the pad to apply ink. Don’t feel you have to press hard to get good coverage. If you find you have ink marks on the edges of your acrylic blocks, you’ll know you’ve applied too much pressure.

These pads have a unique design that stores the foam pad upside down so the ink stays at the top of the pad. Stamps inked with classic ink clean easily. Just use Stampin’ Up!’s Simply Shammy or the Stampin’ Scrub with the stamp cleaner.

Memento Black Ink:

This is a good basic black ink pad. I find myself grabbing for this pad if I need a black. It’s a perfect water-based ink to use when coloring with Stampin’ Blends, Stampin’ Up’s alcohol markers. It’s a nice, all-purpose black ink. Pads are available in Stampin’ Up!’s catalog and online store as well as refills.

Let's Talk Ink

Memento Ink Pad



Stazon is a quick-drying permanent ink. Stampin’ Up! offers this in both Jet Black and Saddlebrown. This permanent ink is perfect when used with watercolor techniques (your image won’t “run”) and nonporous surfaces like vellum and window sheets. Stampin’ Up! offers a Stazon refill as well as a Stazon cleaner.

Jet Black Stazon


This ink helps you create a tone-on-tone effect on colored paper or a watermark image. Use this pad if you’re planning to heat emboss any of your images. A pad and a refill are both available from Stampin’ Up!.

Let's Talk Ink


Craft Stampin’ Pad:

Stampin’ Up! offers this permanent ink in white. The pad comes uninked and you add the refill before you start stamping. Images stamped with the craft ink often need a longer drying time. Or, heat set with the Heat Tool.

Let's Talk Ink

Craft Ink and Refill

Here’s a short video explaining the ink selections:


Visit Stampin’ Up!’s 2020-2021 Annual Catalog to view the huge variety of ink.

Thanks for stopping by today!



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Stampin’ Friends: Happy Fourth

Happy Fourth of July! Welcome to the Stampin’ Friends June Blog Hop.

Thanks for joining us on this blog hop! We’re featuring a variety of cards and projects demonstrating what’s going on in our corner of the world. Follow the list of hoppers at the end of this post. Be sure to leave a comment.

Happy Fourth

The 4th of July doesn’t rate as one of the top card-sending holidays. But, why not? I have the supplies, so make the card and send it.

Stampin' Friends Happy Fourth

I used a bunch of Stampin’ Up! products to make this festive and celebratory card come together:

  • Poppy Parade, Misty Moonlight, and Whisper White Card Stock
  • Flowers for Every Season 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper
  • Nature’s Thoughts Dies
  • Stitched Stars Dies
  • Comfort and Hope Stamp Set
  • Itty Bitty Greetings Stamp Set
  • Classic Label Punch
  • Misty Moonlight Classic Stamp Pad

Treat Favor

Headed to a party? Give this cute 4th of July treat to a party hostess. Or make a bunch for your own party guests. I decorated one of Stampin’ Up!’s Clear Tiny Treat Boxes and filled them with holiday themed jelly beans.

Stampin' Friends Happy Fourth 3D

These 2 x 2 Clear Acetate Boxes make perfect receptacles for a variety of treats. I used the same supplies for this package as the card. I added the Misty Moonlight In Color Ribbon to top off the package.

All of the supplies used to create both the card and the treat package are found in Stampin’ Up!’s new 2020-2021 Annual Catalog.

Thank you for stopping by today. Click on any of the links below to see other great greeting cards and projects.

  1. Stephanie Jandrow –
  2. Teri Pocock –
  3. Katja Ettig –
  4. Heidi Collins –
  5. Kim Quade – US –
  6. Maureen Rauchfuss – US –
  7. Jean Beaulieu – US –
  8. Tiziana Milano – US –
  9. Lisa Ann Bernard – US 
  10. Anne Marie Hile – US –
  11. Jo Blackman (UK) –
  12. Barbara Welch – US –


BOGO Sale is Ongoing

There are still lots of retired stamp sets and accessories available on my BOGO Sale. See the post here.

Purchase Products to Create These Projects

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