How to Use Ink Refills

Join me today as I show you how to use ink refills and baby wipes. There’s even a video at the end of the post.

How to Use Ink Refills

Stampin’ Up!’s ink refills serve the primary purpose of reinking Stampin’ Up!’s Classic Ink Pads when they become dry after many uses. However, the refills can be used for other crafting projects such as water coloring and the baby wipe technique. (I recommend purchasing the refill with the pad so you have it on hand. It’s a great value for $3.75 per bottle.)

The baby wipe technique isn’t new. But it’s a fun one to reintroduce each year, especially in the fall. I love the way the colors can be used to mimic the changing foliage.

How to Use Ink Refills

For this card, I used the coordinating and rich colors of: Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Blackberry Bliss, and Cherry Cobbler.

I squirted a little bit of each color onto a folded baby wipe (be sure to protect your table with wax paper or an Acrylic Mat). Watch the video below for visual instructions. Press your stamp (I used a leaf from Stampinin’ Up!’s Rooted in Nature Stamp Set) into the ink on the wipe. Then stamp the image onto the card stock. You can change the color of the leaf by moving the stamp around on the baby wipe ink pad.

Here are the paper measurements:

    • Blackberry Bliss: 8 1/2 inches x 5 1/2 inches scored at 4 1/4 inches for base, a 4 x 3 piece, and one cut with the Layering Ovals Die
    • Very Vanilla: 5 1/4 inch x 4 inch for inside
    • Cherry Cobbler: 5 1/4 x 4 inch, embossed with the Woodland Embossing Folder
    • Shimmery White: 3 3/4 x 2 3/4 inches and 3 x 2 inches
    • Linen Thread: 30 inches


This fun technique works with a variety of colors and stamp sets. Experiment and have fun. Please let me know if you have questions about this technique or other paper crafting cards. If you aren’t currently working with a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I’d love to be a part of your creative journey. Post a comment on this post or email me at:

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#simplestamping Using Designer Series Paper

Showcasing #simplestamping using Designer Series Paper.

#simplestamping using Designer Series Paper


Recently, Stampin’ Up! has focused on #simplestamping: the art of creating a handmade card with just rubber 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 we 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! issues a #simplestamping challenge. For October, it calls for using rubber stamps, ink, paper, and ribbon with a thank you card.

Designer Series Paper Sale

I combined the challenge with the Designer Series Paper sale effective through October 31, 2020. Fifteen of Stampin’ Up!’s double-sided, patterned papers are 15 percent off. It includes selections from both the 2020-2021 Annual Catalog and the August-December 2020 Mini Catalog. See the PDF here, or click on the photos at the end of the post to check them out and shop.

#simplestamping Using Designer Series Paper

I love this card design because it showcases both sides of the paper. That’s often the most difficult part of crafting: choosing which side to use! Note: It uses the Playing with Patterns.

Here are a few cutting details. (Be sure to watch the video below showing how this design goes together. See other cards using the paper currently offered on the sale.)

  • Card stock for the base: 5 1/2 x 5 1/4 inches, scored at 1 inch on the 5 1/4-inch side.
  • A piece of patterned paper cut at 5 1/2 x 4.
  • Complementary ribbon.
  • A sentiment.


Thanks for stopping by today. Please message me or leave a comment if you have questions about today’s card or the paper sale. Click here to begin shopping. If you’re not currently working with another demonstrator, I’d love to help you with your card-making and memory keeping projects.

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Stampin’ Friends Fall Card

Welcome to the Stampin’ Friends Fall Card Blog Hop for October 2020 A group of talented stampers is sharing cards and projects revolving around a thankfulness theme.

Stampin' Friends Fall Card

Be sure to visit all of the blogs for inspiration and leave a comment. See the end of this post for the list of participating stampers.

Stampin’ Friends Fall Card Sample

What do you love most about fall? The cooler temperatures? The taste and smell of pumpkin spice? The brilliant fall colors and the changing of the seasons?

For me, it’s the fall foliage. That’s what I miss most about living in the Midwest. You can see some color change here in Arizona, but not as much as the brilliant maples of Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, and Nebraska. (I won’t, however, miss the snow when it falls in the Midwest!)

Today’s card and 3D treat package reflect some of that beautiful fall color.

Stampin' Friends Fall Card

This card uses:

  • A Blackberry Bliss card stock base
  • Gold Foil layer measuring 5 1/4″ x 4″
  • Very Vanilla layer measuring 5″ x 3 3/4″ embossed with the Pinewood Planks 3D Embossing Folder
  • Gold Foil cut with largest scallop circle from Layering Circles Dies
  • Blackberry Bliss — largest stitched circle from Stitched Shapes Dies
  • Leaf from Gathered Leaves Dies cut out of Plaid Tidings Designer Series Paper (Guess what? The Plaid Tidings 6 x 6 paper is on sale–15 percent off through October 31, 2020!)
  • Two leaves cut in Mango Melody and Cajun Craze card stock
  • Sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings stamped with Blackberry Bliss ink and punched with Classic Label Punch
  • Bow created with Gold Cord (part of the Wonder of the Season Ribbon Combo Pack)

And, I made a matching treat box with one of Stampin’ Up!’s Gold Mini Pizza Boxes, using many of the same ingredients as the card above. Lots of fun treats fit in this gorgeous box.

Stampin' Friends Fall Card

Thanks for stopping by today! lease let me know if you have questions about this card or other paper crafting techniques. If you’re not already working with a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I’d love to help! Enjoy!


List of Blog Hoppers

  1. Jo Blackman 
  2. Teri Pocock
  3. Kim Quade (US)
  4. Tiziana Milano (US)
  5. Sue Vine (Australia)
  6. Jean Beaulieu (US)
  7. Steph Jandrow (US)
  8. Anne Marie Hile (US)
  9. Lisa Ann Bernard (US)
  10. Heidi Collins (US)

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Fall Thank-You Card Tutorial

Today I’m sharing a free, fall thank-you card tutorial.

Fall Thank-You Card Tutorial

Stampin’ Up!’s Gilded Autumn Designer Series Paper ranks as one of my faves right now. I just love all of the foil sheets. Look for it and the Gathered Leaves Dies in the August-December 2020 Mini Catalog.

Fall Thank-You Card Tutorial

Enjoy this free tutorial!

Stampin’ Up! Supplies:

  • STAMPS – Itty Bitty Greetings (151331)
  • PAPER – Gilded Autumn Specialty Designer Series Paper (153520), Cajun Craze (119684), Very Vanilla (101650), Thick Very Vanilla (144237)
  • INK – Cajun Craze (147805)
  • OTHER – Gathered Leaves Dies (150662), Stitched Shapes (152323), Layering Squares (151772), Classic Label Punch (141491), Dainty Diamonds 3D Embossing Folder (152702), Linen Thread (104199), Mini Glue Dots (103683), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin’ Seal (152813), Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine (149653)          

Cutting & Scoring:  

  • Very Vanilla Thick Card Stock – 8 ½” x 5 ½” – score at 4 ¼”
  • Very Vanilla Card Stock – 5” x 3 ¾”, 3” x 3”, and a scrap
  • Cajun Craze – 5 ¼” x 4” and 3” x 3”
  • Gilded Autumn Specialty Designer Series Paper – 3” x 3”
  • Linen Thread – 8”


  • Fold the 8 ½” x 5 ½” Very Vanilla Thick Card Stock in half at the score line.
  • Emboss the 5” x 3 ¾” Very Vanilla Card Stock with the Dainty Diamonds 3D Embossing Folder in the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine.
  • Using Stampin’ Seal, afix the embossed sheet onto the 5 ¼” x 4” Cajun Craze Card Stock.
  • Adhere this piece to the Very Vanilla base.
  • Die cut the big leaf from the Gathered Leaves dies with the Gilded Autumn Specialty DSP, the Stitched Square from the 3” x 3” Very Vanilla, and a scallop square from the 3” x 3” Cajun Craze.
  • Layer the Very Vanilla square onto the Cajun Craze scallop square. Add die cut leaf using Glue Dots.
  • Place this layer onto the card front about 2” from the top of the card.
  • Stamp “Many Thanks” sentiment onto a scrap of Very Vanilla. Punch with Classic Label Punch.
  • Use Glue Dots to adhere the sentiment on top of the leaf, as shown in the photo above.
  • Tie the Linen Thread into a bow and place on the front of the card with a Glue Dot.

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Boho Indigo Scraps and Embossing

Want to use your Boho Indigo Scraps (or any scraps) with a fun embossing technique? Keep reading.

Boho Indigo Scraps and Embossing

I love Stampin’ Up!’s Boho Indigo Product Medley. Find it on page 9 of Stampin’ Up!’s 2020-2021 Annual Catalog. The Night of Navy and Midnight Muse colors call to me! I’ve used the medley in a ton of card projects. Click on the links below to look at past posts, samples, and projects.

Birthday card samples

Sorry You’re Feeling Blue Card and Projects

A Fun Fold

A Gift Card Holder (with video)

Five Birthday Card Samples

After all of that creating, I have a lot of scraps and small pieces. The technique I show today isn’t new. I resurrected it for this beautiful designer series paper and its scraps!

  • Using Stampin’ Up!’s 1 1/2-inch circle punch, punch a variety of different designs from both sides of the patterned paper
  • Arrange the circles onto a a piece of Very Vanilla card stock or Midnight Muse card stock.
  • Glue the circles down with multipurpose glue.It’s OK if some of them go off the edge of the base.
  • Let it dry.
  • Run the whole piece through the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss machine with your choice of embossing folders. I used Stampin’ Up!’s Tin Tile and Dainty Diamonds.
  • Trim the edges if any of the circles overlap.
  • Layer onto a coordinating card stock and then a card base.
  • Add a sentiment of your choice.
  • You could dress up with ribbon or other embellishments.

Boho Indigo Card Samples

Boho Indigo Scraps and Embossing Video

Be sure to watch the video below to see me work through this card. I hope you love this technique. Changing the embossing folders gives your cards a different look. Think of all of the possibilities with all of Stampin’ Up!’s different designer series papers. I’m sure you have a pile of scraps that would worth for this.


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