Christmas Gleaming #simplestamping

Sharing a card using Stampin’ Up!’s Christmas Gleaming stamp set and #simplestamping.

Christmas Gleaming #simplestamping

Each month, Stampin’ Up! issues a #simplestamping challenge. In September, it calls for stamps, ink, paper, and punches with a holiday theme to create a card that’s easily made with just a few products. The idea is to go back to the very basics of making handmade greeting cards. Hand-stamped cards don’t have to have a trillion layers with a ton of embellishments to be beautiful and heartfelt.

By nature, I see myself  as a #simplestamper. I love to make clean and simple cards that anyone can re-create on their own at home. When I attended my first stamping presentation more than 22 years ago, we could only watch as the demonstrator showed us how to use the products. It looked like so much fun. But, I seriously questioned my skill level.

Not at all crafty, I was the kid who rushed through every art project just to be the first one finished. Surely, the projects weren’t quite refrigerator worthy. I was the kid who sat under the table at a craft show, not allowed to touch anything. I didn’t think rubber stamping and crafting were meant for me. But, the demonstrator was so kind. She said: “It’s handmade. It doesn’t have to be perfect.” From that day, I’ve taken her words to heart. That’s how I craft and teach my classes. I love the joy I see when someone makes their first handmade card, and it was easy peasy.

Christmas Gleaming #simplestamping card

Christmas Gleaming

Stampin’ Up! first introduced the Christmas Gleaming Bundle in its 2019 Holiday Card. The suite of products was so popular, they brought it back for another year. That doesn’t happen very often. You now get a second chance to get your hands on this fun products.

This card uses the following Stampin’ Up!’ products:

  • Very Vanilla Notecards and Envelopes
  • Christmas Gleaming stamp set
  • Gleaming Ornaments Punch Pack
  • 2 1/4-inch Circle Punch
  • Brightly Gleaming Designer Series Paper
  • Very Vanilla scraps
  • Night of Navy Classic Stampin’ Pad
  • Brushed Metallic Card Stock

Find the Christmas Gleaming Variety Bundle on page 19 of Stampin’ Up!’s August-December 2020 Mini Catalog.

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August 2020 #simplestamping Challenge

Here’s a cute card for Stampin’ Up!’s August 2020 #simplestamping challenge.

August 2020 #simplestamping challenge

Each month, Stampin’ Up! issues a new #simplestamping challenge. This month’s challenge: create a card using just rubber stamps, ink, paper, and Designer Series Paper with a whimsical or spooky theme. I chose the whimsical theme.

August 2020 #simplestamping Challenge

The card features the Cute Fruit stamp set. Find it in Stampin’ Up!’s 2020-2021 Beginner Brochure.

This brochure contains stamp sets and a plethora of project ideas for those new to the rubber stamping experience. It shows you don’t need to have a huge collection of products to start learning to make handmade greeting cards with rubber stamps. Sometimes, simpler is better. I tend to be a clean and simple stamper anyway.

These images call to me. They are fun and easy to use.However, I think any crafter will find it fun to create cards and projects with this cute offering.

Stampin' Up! Cute Fruit Stamp Set

In addition to the Cute Fruit stamp set pictured above, I used the 2020-2022 In Color 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper Stack. This stack contains 40 6 x 6 sheets of all-occasion designs, two double-sided designs in five In Colors. The colors include: Bumble Bee, Cinnamon Cinder, Just Jade, Magenta Madness, and Misty Moonlight. As you can see, I used different strips of the Bumble Bee and Just Jade pieces as well as the coordinating In Color ink colors.

This card is super easy to create and just as much fun to send. The “smile” sentiment lends itself to just about everything.

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#simplestamping In Colors and Lovely You

I’m sharing a #simplestamping card using Stampin’ Up’s New In Colors and the Lovely You stamp set.

#simplestamping In Colors and Lovely You

Even though I’ve been stamping for about twenty-five years, I still get excited when a brand-new catalog comes out. (And I love it even more as a demonstrator because we receive sneak peeks and a chance to order ahead of time. Ask me how you can receive these same benefits.)

I love playing with all of the new stamps and coordinating framelits, inks, papers, and embellishments. And, we all look forward to using the newest In Colors. This 2020-2022 In Colors include: Just Jade, Misty Moonlight, Magenta Madness, Bumble Bee, and Cinnamon Cider. Offerings include ink pads, ink refills, card stock, coordinating Designer Series Paper, Stampin’ Write Markers, ribbon, enamel dots, and a selection of Stampin’ Blends.

#simplestamping In Colors and Lovely You


Each month, Stampin’ Up! issues a #simplestamping challenge. For June, it asks that we create a card using just rubber stamps, ink, paper, and the In Colors. My card features all of the colors as well as images from the brand-new Lovely You stamp set.

#simplestamping In Colors and Lovely You

I stamped on a piece of Whisper White card stock measuring 5 inches x 3 3/4 inches. Using an assortment of stamps from the set, I added the images with all of the 2020-2022 In Colors. The second layer, Magenta Madness, measures 5 1/4 inches x 4 inches, and the Misty Moonlight base is 5 1/2 inches x 4 1/4 inches.

The sentiment piece is 5 inches x 1 inch. And, I cut the Magenta Madness layering piece at 5 inches x 1 1/8 inches.

The 2020-2021 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog has been live since the beginning of June. Make time to play with all of the current goodies.

Want a Free Bundle?

Tthrough June 30, receive an additional free bundle of your choice when purchasing Stampin’ Up!’s Starter Kit. Choose $125 worth of product for just $99 (it’s all shipped free) AND get a free bundle — whether it be a stamp/punch combo or a stamp/die offering. That’s a great value!

Once you purchase the Starter Kit, you receive a minimum 20 percent discount on all orders you place, and you have an opportunity to earn a little income when your friends and relatives purchase from you, too. (No need, though, to host parties or workshops. Just enjoy your discount.)

In addition, you become a part of a larger stamping community. I invite all of my team members to join my team-only Facebook page where we celebrate accomplishments and share card samples. You also become part of a larger Stampin’ Up! community and get the perks available to all demonstrators, such as sneak peeks of products and catalogs and a chance to preoroder fun and exciting products.

To purchase the Starter Kit just click the Join My Team button on the top menu bar. Or click this link:

More Stampin’ Rewards

During the month of June, host a qualifying party of $250 or more (or place an $250 order) and receive an additional $25 in Stampin’ Rewards. That gives you a total of $40 in FREE product. What a great opportunity to get your hands on new products or stock up on those must-haves. Feel free to shop directly from my online store or contact me

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Clean and Simple Positive Thoughts

I’m sharing a clean and simple card using Stampin’ Up!’s Positive Thoughts stamp set.

Clean and Simple Positive Thoughts

I find myself reaching for this stamp set more and more in the last couple of weeks. The sentiments are perfect for these times we face as a world.

Clean and Simple Positive Thoughts

It’s available in Stampin’ Up!’s January-June 2020 Mini Catalog on page 23. Good news: It’s also available in Stampin’ Up!’s new, upcoming Annual Catalog (available to customers June 3). The coordinating die cuts, Nature’s Thoughts, will be available for purchase with the release of the new catalog.

For now, I relied on #simplestamping to create this clean and simple card Positive Thoughts rubber stamped greeting card. I can make a large number of cards in a short time and get the in the mail.

Card Highlights

  • Using the largest circle from the Layering Circles Dies, die cut a hole in a 5 1/4 x 4 piece of card stock. The thick card stock holds up best.
  • Place the stencil on top of a white layer (also measuring 5 1/4 x 4).
  • Sponge color into the circle. This card uses Balmy Blue, Pool Part, and Pacific Point. I started with Balmy Blue at the bottom, using circular motions to blend the ink. Pool part was next, followed by Pacific Point.
  • Ink the flower image with the Pacific Point Classic Stampin’ Pad. Stamp the image once in the center of the circle of sponged ink. Without reinking, stamp again to the left and right of the first flower.
  • Stamp sentiment with Pacific Point ink pad.
  • Color the Whisper White Crinkled Seam Binding with Balmy Blue Stampin’ Blends.
  • Wrap the ribbon around the card and adhere in back with Mini Glue Dots. Tie a knot with another small ribbon piece.
  • Adhere the card front to the Pacific Point base.

Think about all of the color combinations that could be used — lots and lots of options for a clean and simple, but beautiful card.

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#simplestamping: Stamps, Ink, Paper

Today, I’m sharing a #simplestamping card using just rubber stamps, ink, and paper.

#simplestamping: stamps, ink, paper

This past year, Stampin’ Up! focused on #simplestamping: the art of creating a handmade card with just stamps, ink, and paper. After all, these provide the underpinnings of paper crafting. It allows us to focus on the basics of the craft and realize we can make beautiful projects with a handful of supplies. It’s a great place to start for beginning stampers, and it challenges seasoned stampers to step away from the extras.

Each month, Stampin’ Up! challenges demonstrators to practice #simplestamping. It presents different themes – and an extra product now and then – that we can add to our card making. This month’s challenge calls for us to create a birthday card with just rubber stamps, ink, and paper. I love tulips, so I’m drawn to the Timeless Tulips stamp set found in Stampin’ Up!’s January-June 2020 Mini Catalog.

My Tulip Card

 Stampin’ Up’s’ note cards and envelopes offer a great place to start with #simplestamping. Available in Whisper White and Very Vanilla, you receive 20 pre cut and scored cards and envelopes for just $7. These bases make it easy to build a card from there without having to cut and score a bunch of card stock.

I added a layer of Melon Mambo card stock between the base and the front, stamping the flower with Melon Mambo ink. Stamps the leaves with Old Olive ink. Although the Timeless Tulips stamp set includes a “hello” greeting (as well as birthday, Mother’s Day and spring), this “hello” comes from the Bloom & Grow stamp set.

Masking Technique

The tulips get their layered look from a technique called masking. Stamp a tulip on a Post It note and cut around the tulip. (If you happen to have the coordinating Tulip Builder punch, use that to punch the image. But it’s not a necessity.)

Stamp your first tulip directly onto the card stock with your ink of choice. Place the Post It note on top of that tulip. Then, ink and stamp additional tulips on both sides.

A couple of tips: I placed a Stampin’ Pierce Mat under my card stock. And, I applied solid pressure to each stamp, making sure the entire image was stamped. Remove the Post It Note , and you’re ready to complete the card.

The photo below shows the masking technique.

#simplestamping: stamps, ink, paper

Masking Technique

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