Time to Make the Bags and Tags!

A few years ago, I actually stopped buying gift wrap and tags.  I started buying inexpensive bags from the local craft store and then decorated them to give my gift wrapping my own special touch.  I really enjoy making the bags and tags each year.  I always scour the clearance racks at craft stores throughout the year to get really good deals… Read More »

Finding New Challenges

I tried a new challenge today.  I made a 3D item from a template!  My sister just loves these little purse templates and she’s sent me a bunch of them.  I have never made one because I haven’t seen the appeal!  I decided to take the challenge and make one today.  I found a template created by Selene… Read More »

Fall Card Stencil and Sponge Technique Tutorial

I just love using the techniques that I have in my stamping repertoire! I took a series of stamp classes at an art store several years ago and I learned about creating a stencil and sponging the ink in several different ways. This is just one of them! I loved how the technique turned out and I ended… Read More »

Perfectly Placing Your Image

The Stamp-a-ma-jig is a great tool to help you decide where an image fits best on your card! You can actually test out how to place an image on your card by using the Stamp-a-ma-jig tool.  It’s not just useful for lining things up, it also allows you to test out where you would like to place your… Read More »

You Might Be a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator If…

There may be a Stampin’ Up Demonstrator inside you waiting to get out! Join my team by clicking here! Discover the benefits of owning your own business.  See how easy it is to get started!  Please contact me if you are interested in learning more about the opportunity Stampin’ Up! has to offer!  Sign up for an Opportunity… Read More »

The Perfectly Simple Virtual Stamp Club is Here!!!

To join, just fill out the contact form on  the Perfectly Simple Virtual Stamp Club page or click here to go to the form.  I will send an email reminder on the first of next month to remind you to place your order and then you will start receiving the benefits and goodies! Thank you for visiting! Happy… Read More »

Quick Tip: Making Your Stampin’ Sponges More Useful

…And more cost-effective! Here is a quick video tutorial I posted on YouTube to show how to make your Stampin’ Sponges easier to use. It also turns your 3 pack of sponges into 12 sponges that are easier and neater to use!   This video shows how to make the Framelit Fold Cards from Thursday’s post and details how I Stepped… Read More »

Step It Up!

Sometimes you will make a card and it just seems flat.  It’s nice, you like it, but it doesn’t make you say WOW!  That’s when you take the card back to your craft table and rethink it.  Add some little touches with the tools that you have in your stash.  Here is a card I made during the… Read More »

New Technique: Create Your Own Stencil

I tried an old technique with some new materials and after some experimenting, I ended up with a card I really love!  For this card I used my Big Shot (of course!) to create a stencil to sponge my colors onto the card.  I cut the maple leaf out of a piece of scrap paper using the Bigz… Read More »

It’s Time to Make Your Christmas List!

Have I told you that I LOVE my Big Shot?!  The variety of techniques and the WOW! factors that you can add to your cards really is amazing.  I feel like the embossing folders and framelits that I’ve purchased have been such wise purchases.  I keep using them over and over in many different ways.   When you buy… Read More »

Christmas is Here!

Okay, I know Christmas is a few weeks away, but it felt like Christmas today!  My Stampin’ Up! order arrived with my new Big Shot, my new trimmer and lots more goodies I can’t wait to start creating with!  I just loved finding those packages on the porch when I got home from work! The fact that some… Read More »

November Customer Thank You Card

Place an online order with me in November and receive a handmade card as a thank you from me!  This is my November Customer Thank You Card!  By now you’ve guessed that I love clean and simple cards.  I like the instant gratification of making a card in less than 15 minutes, including the cutting!  In fact, I… Read More »

Does it need to be perfect or do you need it by Tuesday?

I remember when I was first trying to make video lessons to use for my students, someone asked, “Does it need to be perfect, or do you need it by Tuesday?”  That was an important lesson for me to learn.  There are some things in life that need to be perfect, but stamping isn’t one of them.  (Neither… Read More »

Casing Cards

When I first joined Stampin’ Up!, I was a little worried about how I was going to come up with ideas for cards.  What I didn’t know at the time was that Stampin’ Up! has a wealth of resources available exclusively for demonstrators.  One of the fun things that came with my demonstrator kit was the August edition… Read More »

The New Trimmer is Here!!!

The new trimmer is finally here!  Stampin’ Up! took care to make sure that it is exactly right. Here are some features of the new trimmer: With the new trimmer, the base has been extended so you can make most of your common cuts and measurements without even extending the ruler! The precision tip on the cutting blade… Read More »