Rooted in Nature #simplestamping

Rooted in Nature #simplestamping

Are you a beginning stamper with just a few supplies? Do you love the art and craft of rubber stamping but just don’t have a lot of time? Are you short of space and can only store limited stamps? Do you need a quick and easy, clean and simple card?

What is #simplestamping?

Stampin’ Up!’s #simplestamping is for you! It focuses on using just rubber stamps, ink, and paper to create quick, easy, and cute handmade greeting cards.

Each month, Stampin’ Up! issues demonstrators a challenge. This month: Employ the #simplestamping technique with your favorite retiring product in a thank-you card format.

I have a lot of favorites retiring from Stampin’ Up’s 2020-2021 Annual Catalog. (A new catalog debuts May 4. To make room for new goodies, some things have to go.) But one I’ve used a lot is Rooted in Nature. It includes  a host of tree and nature images and features versatile sentiments.

(To browse the list of retiring items and those discounted, click here and then click on Specials and Last Chance Product List.)

Rooted in Nature

This stamp set is slated to retire; it’s not available after May 3 (or while supplies last). Enjoy these card samples. They go together quickly, especially when using Stampin’ Up!’s Very Vanilla Notecards and Envelopes. Already cut and scored, you receive 20 cards and envelopes for $7. Just add stamps, ink, and paper.

Rooted in Nature #simplestamping Cards

Rooted in Nature #simplestamping

Rooted in Nature #simplestamping

Rooted in Nature #simplestamping

Rooted in Nature #simplestamping

For these cards, I used:

  • Pieces from the In Good Taste 12 x 12 Designer Series Paper. I love the wood grain designs featured on some of the sheets.
  • Early Espresso ink and card stock and Garden Green ink and card stock
  • Very Vanilla Notecards and Envelopes

With this technique, you can make a set of cards quickly and easily. Send them out or package them up and give them as gifts.

Be sure to view the video below (a Facebook live replay) to see how these cards go together.

To see a more intricate card using this stamp set and the coordinating Nature’s Root Dies, see this post.

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Rooted in Nature #simplestamping video

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Approaching Perfection Free Stamp Set

Approaching Perfection Free Stamp Set

Stampin’ Up!’s Sale-A-Bration promotion has always been my favorite time of the year. It’s so exciting! Before I became a demonstrator, I saved my birthday and Christmas money. I splurged and received a bunch of new stamp sets and other crafting products. Who doesn’t love free product?

It’s that time again! Receive your choice of free and exclusive product when you make minimum purchases of $50 and $100. The promotion runs through February 28 and includes nine different stamp sets and Designer Series Paper. The selections make it easy for you to create a variety of cards for varying occasions. Here’s a PDF of the catalog. If you want a hard copy, please contact me.

The card above uses the Approaching Perfection stamp set and Oh, So Ombre 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper. Both are available with $50 purchases (before tax and shipping).

Approaching Perfection 2021 SaleABration

Approaching Perfection Free Stamp Set

Card details:

  • Blackberry Bliss card stock base
  • Calypso Coral Layer – 5 1/4 x 4 inches
  • Oh, So Ombre DSP – 5 x 3 3/4 inches
  • Calypso Coral strip – 5 x 1 1/2 inches
  • Oh, So Ombre strip – 5 x 1 1/4 inches
  • Layering Circles
  • Stitched Shapes
  • Calypso Coral ink

Be sure to watch the video below to see how I accomplished the masking technique and the ink to stamp technique.

Here are a few more card samples using this set. I have a bunch of birthdays this month, so these cards will be put to good use.

Approaching Perfection Free Stamp Set

This card using the Granny Apple Green design of the Oh, So Ombre DSP. I colored the ribbon with Stampin’ Up!’s Night of Navy Stampin’ Blends.

Approaching Perfection SaleABration 2021

I added Night of Navy card stock and Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels with the die cut from Stitched So Sweetly.

2021 Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration

Definitely a #simplestamping card here. Rubber stamps, ink, and paper in Petal Pink and Night of Navy.

Approaching Perfection Sale-A-Bration 2021

Another #simplestamping card using a free Sale-A-Bration item: Paper Blooms.

Approaching Perfection Free Stamp Set Video


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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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Happy stamping!


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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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