Amazing Silhouettes Emboss Resist

Stampin' Up! Thanksgiving Card Ideas

Welcome to Team Stamp It’s November Blog Hop. We’re so glad you joined us. This month, we focus on Thanksgiving-themed handmade greeting cards and projects. I hope you’re inspired by everyone’s creativity. Look for a list of participating stampers near the end of this post. Be sure to visit each blog. Leave a comment with the hashtag #stampitcontest. You have a chance to win a Love Santa Tag  Kit.

Amazing Silhouettes Emboss Resist

Amazing Silhouettes Emboss Resist Technique

Thanksgiving brings to mind fall and the changing foliage colors. (In Arizona, we see some changing foliage, but not as much as North Dakota and Minnesota where I grew up.) Today’s card uses Stampin’ Up!’s Amazing Silhouettes stamp set and introduces the Emboss Resist technique. A little sponging makes this tree come alive. Check out the how-to video below to watch how I created this handmade card.

Here are a few details of how this handmade card comes together:

  • Start with Shimmery White card stock measuring 2 1/2 inches by 5 1/4 inches.
  • Rub the Embossing Buddy along the paper to remove any static (Note: find this and other embossing tools–Embossing Additions Tool Kit–on page 49 of Stampin’ Up!’s July-December Mini Catalog.)
  • Ink the tree stamp from Amazing Silhouettes with Versarmark and stamp on the Shimmery White.
  • Pour White Embossing Powder on the image, tapping off the excess.
  • Heat with Heat Tool until shiny.
  • Use Sponge Daubers to gently apply desired ink colors. I used Cherry Cobbler and Crushed Curry. Wipe excess ink with a paper towel.
  • Afix this piece to a Crushed Curry piece measuring 5 1/4 inches by 2 5/8 inches.
  • Add sentiment of choice (I used greetings from the Art Gallery stamp set) and Linen Thread. Any sentiment works for this card including Happy Thanksgiving. You can also use this card design for October and November birthdays. 
  • With Stampin’ Dimensionals, pop this panel up on a 5 1/4 inch x 4 inch Cherry Cobbler card stock embossed with the Timber 3D Embossing Folder.
  • Attach to Cherry Cobbler card base.
  • Add Champagne Rhinestone Jewels

Emboss Resist Technique Video

This video helps you understand the process I used. Enjoy!

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today. I hope you find some paper crafting inspiration. If you’re local to Mesa, Arizona, please contact me about attending my local classes and events.

Be sure to visit all of the blogs on the hop. Remember to use the #hashtag #stampitcontest for your chance to win a Love Santa Tag Kit.

Congrats to last month’s winner: Lisa Parsons

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Blog Hop Participants

Click on each link to visit each blog.


Blog Hop Index


Amazing Silhouettes Card Supply List

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Friendly Flamingo Mirror Technique

Be sure to watch the video below to learn about the Friendly Flamingo Mirror Technique.

Frinedly Flamingo Mirror Technique

Stampin’ Up!’s Stamparatus, a unique stamp positioning tool, is a must-have for any craft room. Its uses are many and varied. It:

  • helps you get the image straight every time;
  • allows you to re-stamp an image if it’s not dark enough or not all of it appeared;
  • makes it easy to create multiples quickly and easily;
  • is gentle on arthritic hands; and
  • lends itself to a variety of fun techniques such a hinge-step stamping, two-step stamping, the mirror/reflection technique and more.

Today’s card features the Friendly Flamingo stamp set and the Stamparatus. It’s a Valentine/love card using the mirror/reflection technique. Be sure to watch the attached video below.

The Stamparatus costs $49. With just an additional small purchase, you qualify for a free SaleABration item.


This is Stampiin’ Up!’s most exciting sale of the year. Earn free products with $50 and $100 purchases (before tax and shipping.) Choose from nine different products which include exclusive stamp sets, Designer Series Paper, and a stamp set/paper combination. Take this opportunity to get free items and stock up an array of beautiful paper. Begin shopping here.

Have a long wish list? Consider the purchase of Stampin’ Up!’s Starter Kit. Choose $125 worth of ANY product (it’s shipped free) for only $99 + tax. In addition, during Sale-A-Bration you receive FIVE packages of 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper free. That’s 200 sheets of patterned paper free (a $50 value). After purchasing the Starter Kit, you receive a 20 percent discount on future purchases. No need to host parties or workshops (unless you want to). Just enjoy the discount.

Top 10 Reasons to Purchase Stampin’ Up!’s Starter Kit

1. The discount! 20% off products!
2. Early release and preordering opportunities.
3. Extra income while doing something you love.
4. Access to the Stampin’ Up! website.
5. My exclusive team Facebook page, Zoom meetings, and in-person gatherings (hopefully back in 2021).
6. Fun team challenges for ideas and monthly recognition with my Crazy Cash program.
7. Exclusive Facebook Page with Stampin’ Up!
8. My team training and one-on-one training to help you get started and continue successfully.
9. Earn Stampin’ Rewards toward products you love by hosting in-person and online workshops. (Definitely not required. Do as much or as little as like! Your choice.)
10. Share your love of Stampin’ Up! products with others as you build your business with Stampin’ Up! and ME, your team leader.

Click here to start the process!

SaleABration ends February 28, so be sure to get your freebies before they’re gone.

Friendly Flamingo Mirror Technique Video


Thanks for stopping by today. I’d love to help you with your paper crafting journey.


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2021 Valentine’s Day Card Samples

2021 Valentine's Day Card Samples

Do you remember Valentine’s Day as a youngster? I folded a piece of red construction paper in half and cut the shape of the heart. And, then I decorated it and gave it away. Of course, I signed it with the obligatory “Love, Kim.”

I also remember decorating shoe boxes to collect the little Valentine cards we collected in school.

Paper crafting has certainly come a long way in the last fifty years! We have access to awesome rubber stamps, coordinating punches and die cuts, beautiful Designer Series Paper, and much more.

Valentine’s Day is one of the largest card-sending holidays of the year. Are you ready? Today I’m sharing a sampling of cards using a variety of current Stampin’ Up! product.

Also, enjoy the video inserted at the end of this blog post. I showcase an array of cards and make one with the Hearts & Kisses Bundle.

2021 Valentine’s Day Card Samples

The cards featured here use a range of supplies from Stampin’ Up’s Annual Catalog and January-June 2021 Mini Catalog.

From the Annual Catalog:

  • Meant to Be stamp set
  • Coordinating Stitched Be Mine Dies
  • Heart Punch Pack
  • Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder
  • Memento Black, Rococo Rose, and Blushing Bride ink and card stock

From the mini catalog:

  • Hearts and Kisses stamp set
  • Kiss Punch
  • Love You Always Designer Series Paper
  • Love You Always Foil Sheets
  • Blushing Bride Metallic Ribbon
  • Matte Black Dots

2021 Valentine's Day Card Samples

I heat embossed the sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings with white embossing powder.

Love You Always Specialty Designer Series Paper

I did a bit of white heat embossing to make the sentiment pop.

Valentine's Day Card Samples

For the background, I used the “splotch” from the Hearts & Kisses stamp set. I inked it in Blushing Bride and stamped “off” on scratch paper before making the background.

Valentine's Day Card Samples

More white heat embossing to make the sentiment pop! Isn’t the foil paper gorgeous?

Take a look at this video that shares a bit more information about the card.

2021 Valentine’s Day Card Samples Video

Thanks for stopping by today!


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Flowering Cactus Medley Tutorial

Flowering Cactus Medley Tutorial

New catalogs and new products arrive Tuesday, January 5. Stampin’ Up!’s January-June 2021 Mini Catalog debuts. Sale-A-Bration begins. Sale-A-Bration is Stampin’ Up!’s most exciting sale. It’s your chance to earn free products. Throughout January and February, receive your choice of a stamp set or Designer Series Paper for purchases of $50 and $100 (before tax and shipping).

New Mini Catalog

This brand-new 92-page catalog features a host of new paper crafting products. Look for hearts, Valentines, dragonflies, flowers, Easter, and more.

I have many favorites in this upcoming catalog, including the Flowering Cactus Product Medley. Since moving to Arizona from Nebraska, I have a new-found appreciation for cactus. This medley includes a stamp set, coordinating dies, fun Designer Series Paper, linen thread, and felt flowers.

Look for more samples in the coming week.

Enjoy this free Flowering Cactus Medley tutorial.

Flowering Cactus Medley Tutorial

Stampin’ Up! Supplies:

  • STAMPS – Flowering Cactus Product Medley (154559)
  • PAPER – Whisper White (100730), Calypso Coral (122925), Mossy Meadow (133676)
  • INK – Mossy Meadow (147111)
  • OTHER –Stitched Shapes Dies (152323), Layering Circles (151770), Mini Glue Dots (103683), Stampin’ Seal (152813), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755)

Cutting & Scoring:  

  • Calypso Coral – 8 ½” 5 ½”, scored at 4 ¼” and 3 ¼” x 3 1/4”
  • Whisper White – 5 ¼” x 4” (two pieces) and 3” x 3”
  • Designer Series Paper (DSP) – cactus design from package – 1 ¾” x 5 ¼”, 1” x 5 ¼”
  • Mossy Meadow – 2” x 5 ¼”


  • Fold the Calypso Coral card stock in half on the score line.
  • Stamp the birthday sentiment in Mossy Meadow ink in the bottom, right-hand corner of one of the Whisper White 5 ¼” x 4 pieces of card stock.
  • Adhere the stamped piece to the front of the Calypso Coral card stock base and the blank piece on the inside of the card.
  • On the inside white piece, align and adhere the 1” x 5 ¼” DSP piece on the right-hand side of the Whisper White card stock.
  • Using Stampin’ Seal, adhere the 1 ¾” x 5 ¼” DSP to the Mossy Meadow 2” x 5 ¼” piece. Place this on the front of the card, about 1” from the left-hand side.
  • Stamp the cactus image shown above on the Whisper White 3” x 3” piece. Die cut with Stitched Circle shape.
  • Die cut the 3 ¼’ x 3 ¼” Calypso Coral with Layering Circles Dies.
  • With your choice of adhesive, secure the Whisper White circle onto the Calypso Coral Stitched Circle.
  • Place Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back of this circle and attach to the front of the card as shown above.
  • Add two small drops of Multipurpose Liquid Glue on the cactus image. Place a die cut Calypso Coral felt flower on each drop of glue. Hold with finger for a count of 30 seconds to make sure the flowers stick to the card stock.

While you wait to order from the new upcoming catalogs, be sure to check Stampin’ Up’s Year-End Closeout Sale and the Clearance Rack.

Thanks for stopping by today! Catalogs are in the mail. A PDF link will be available January 5.


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Playful Pets Mini Paper Pumpkin Box

Had a lot of fun with the Playful Pets suite and Mini Paper Pumpkin Box.

Playful Pets Mini Paper Pumpkin Box

I love, love, love all of the elements in Stampin’ Up!’s Playful Pets Suite. We didn’t have a dog or cat growing up. (We kept rabbits as pets!) But as soon as my sisters and I moved out of the house, my parents purchased a dog, a Brittany Spaniel named Dirk. Then, slowly, my sisters and I became dog owners.

We had a Basset Hound called Max, and my sister, Kara, owns a Boston Terrior named Reggie. My son’s girlfriend has Stan, a Yorkie. So, the dog-themed stamp set (Pampered Pets), the coordinating dies (Pets Dies), and the Playful Pets Designer Series Paper spoke to me.

Playful Pets Mini Paper Pumpkin Box

And, what fun to combine it with Stampin’ Up!’s Mini Paper Pumpkin Boxes and the Playful Alphabet to create fun treat packing. I started with Stan, the Yorkie. The Designer Series Paper includes an image of a Yorkie. I cut that out with the small oval from the Stitched Shapes and layered it with selections from the layered ovals. So cute!

Here’s a picture of Stan!

Playful Pets Mini Paper Pumpkin Box

I didn’t want Reggie to feel left out. So I used the Playful Alphabet to die cut the letters to spell “woof.” Super cute, isn’t it? I’ve put little dog treats and poop bags inside.

Playful Pets Mini Paper Pumpkin Box

Now, here’s a picture of Reggie when he was a puppy. Who can resist that cute little face?

Playful Pets Mini Paper Pumkin Box

I appreciate being able to create fun and whimsical cards and treats for friends and family. These Mini Paper Pumpkin Boxes are perfect for lots of ideas. Each package contains 10 boxes for $7.50. See this post for the box of sunshine I recently created. (Be sure to check it out. There’s also a quick Facebook Live replay.)

Playful Pets Mini Paper Pumpkin Box

Find the Playful Pets Suite beginning on page 40 of Stampin’ Up!’s 2020-2021 Annual Catalog. And, no worries, if you’re a cat lover, this suite has images for you, too.

Leave a comment about your favorite pet — yours or someone else’s — and I’ll draw for one winner to receive one of these fun handmade boxes. Deadline to comment is July 27.

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed these projects and the pups that inspired them.

Click on the photo graphics below to purchase the items to create these at home. I’m always happy to answer any questions you have about projects for product.



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