Follow Your Art

Today’s card features elements from the Follow Your Art Suite (page 53) in the 2019-2020 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.  It is a great suite featuring elements perfect for creating cards and projects to give to anyone that enjoys crafting.  Additionally, it coordinates with the Crafting Forever stamp set featured in the sentiment.  This card is to welcome new Playtime with Paper team members.  Follow Your Art

  • Basic Gray cardstock (8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″, score at 4-1/4″ and fold to create card base)
  • Coastal Cabana cardstock: 3-3/4″ x 5″ and 2-3/4″ x 2-3/4″ 
  • Follow Your Art Designer Series Paper – 3-3/4″ x 5″
  • Whisper White cardstock: 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″
  • It Starts With Art Stamp Set
  • Crafting Forever Stamp Set
  • Coastal Cabana Classic Stampin’  Pad
  • Basic Gray Classic Stampin’ Pad
  • Follow Your Art Embellishment Kit
  • Whisper White Ribbon (1/4″) – retired, suggest substituting with a double bow tied using Whisper White Baker’s twine 
  • Layering Circles Dies
  • 2-1/4″ Circle Punch
  • Basic Adhesive Backed Sequins
  • Adhesives: Snail, Mini Glue Dots and Stampin’ Dimensionals
Card Details:
  1. Layer the Coastal Cabana and the Follow Your Art designer series paper onto the card base.  Place them askew as shown in the card photo.
  2. Use the 2-1/2″ circle from the Layering Circles Dies to cut the 2-3/4″ piece of Coastal Cabana.
  3. With Coastal Cabana ink pad, stamp the ink bottle from the It Starts with Art stamp set onto the square of Whisper White cardstock.  
  4. Stamp the sentiment from the Crafting Forever stamp st using Basic Gray ink pad.  Stamp it beside the ink bottle.  Use the 2-1/4″ circle punch to cut after stamping and adhere to the Coastal Cabana circle.
  5. Add the sentiment to the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  6. Embellish with the following: a stitched felt arrow from the Follow Your Art Embellishment kit, a Whisper White Ribbon and several of the Adhesive Backed Sequins

Be sure to check out the Follow Your Art Suite.  There are lots of fun components to use for creating a variety of projects.  If you want all the products, order the Follow Your Art Suite.  I have also listed the specific components under Project Materials.

Just a reminder – BONUS DAYS earnings will be ending on July 31st!

For every $50 you spend (before tax & shipping), you will earn a $5 Bonus Days coupon code that can be used August 1-31.  There is no limit to the number of Bonus Days coupon codes you can receive.  The coupon codes are sent via email.  If you earn multiple coupon codes in a single order, all of the coupon codes will be in one email.  


Now is a good time to join Stampin’ Up!  with the EXTRA! EXTRA! promotion. From now until August 31, new demonstrators will receive an additional dollars to put toward bonus products in their Starter Kit. THEN, they’ll receive a $10 coupon code the following month. The bonus at initial sign up allows you to select $30 more than usual. You will pay $99 to sign up and choose $155  worth of Stampin’ Up! products in your Starter Kit.  What’s great is the coupon code is valid until October 31, 2019 so you can use it when ordering product from the soon to be released Holiday Catalog.  Click here to read more details and join the fun!

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!Project Materials:  (click on link to order)

The Host Code for July is: 9HRS3HHQ.   Please use Host Code only if your order is less under $150.   You will receive the host rewards if your order exceeds $150! 




Maximizing Your Designer Series Paper

Earlier this week on a Facebook Live, I highlighted maximizing your Designer Series Paper.  Twelve cards can be made from one 12″ x 12″ sheet of Designer Series Paper (DSP).  The only scrap for the trash left after making the cuts is a 1/2″ x 1-1/2″ inch piece.  The Designer Series Paper in the sample cards is Painted Seasons.  This Designer Series Paper is a FREE Sale-a-Bration selection and is only available until March 31 (just a few more days!).  The twelve cards and cutting guide are shown below.   

Cutting Guide:

Tips for cutting:

  1. Use the photo as your guide and cut the vertical lines first. In the photo, the pink arrows designate the vertical cut lines. 
  2. Cut the first vertical line at a width of 4″.
  3. The next vertical cut is 3″ in width.
  4. The final vertical cut is 3-1/2″ in width. 
  5. After completing these cuts, you will have a 4″ x 12″ strip, a 3″ x 12″ strip, a 3-1/2″ x 12″ strip and a 1-1/2″ x 12″ strip.
  6. Refer to the photo and cut the strips to the appropriate sizes for the cards.

Click on this link: How to Maximize your Designer Series Paper to watch cutting of the 12″ x 12″ designer series paper.

It’s time to stop hoarding your Designer Series Paper so start cutting and maximizing your Designer Series Paper!

A tutorial for each of the cards is under the Tutorial tab at the top of the blog.  


Sale-A-Bration ends on Sunday, March 31.  There are some great product selections including the Painted Seasons Designer Series Paper.  To view the available selections, click here.  You can follow this link to Shop Now.

If you would like to receive ongoing savings on your purchases, join my Playtime with Paper team.  During Sale-a-bration, you can select $175 of product for only $99.  Or if you would like the Craft & Carry Tote, the registration free is $129 and you still select $175 worth of product.  This is an additional $50 of product! Best of all, you receive free shipping on your registration order.  To register and start saving on your future purchase, click here and select which option you prefer. Contact me with your questions.  Don’t forget this offer ends on March 31 so act now!

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!


Craft Tote Availability

With Sale-a-Bration coming to an end, so will the offer for the Craft and Carry Tote.  You probably saw the Craft & Carry Tote in the Sale-a-Bration brochure.  It’s so roomy and convenient for carrying all your craft supplies.  There is still Craft Tote availability through the end of the month.


You can get your own tote by joining as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator during Sale-a-Bration and add the Craft & Carry Tote as part of your Starter Kit! You can select up to $175 in Stampin’ Up! merchandise in your starter kit plus get the tote in your kit for just $129. Free shipping on the order too!  Take a look at the video below to see all that you can put into this tote. 

The question often asked:
Do I have to sell, host classes or workshops or make this a business?
Answer: No, absolutely not. There are no requirements to do so. You can simply enjoy the demonstrator discount and become a member of my Playtime with Paper group. 

Best of all, it’s a great way to purchase the additional crafting tools you’ve been wanting.

Contact me today to learn how you can get your Craft & Carry Tote and enjoy the Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator benefits.


I hope you can appreciate how much the tote can hold.  Make it a part of your craft supplies and enjoy the luxury of having your supplies handy.

Click HERE to Join my team and get your Craft and Carry Tote. 

Thanks for stopping by & happy stamping!

Quick Links:

Download the Annual Catalog 
Download the Occasions Catalog and see all the new products
Visit the Clearance Rack for unadvertised specials 
Sign up for my newsletter 
10% Off Coordinating Product Bundles


Summer Paradise

With Sale-a-Bration ending soon, I would like to share one of my favorite Sale-a-Bration products from the catalog.  The By the Bay stamp set is a beautiful stamp set for creating the most lovely Summer paradise cards.  Just look at the images, close your eyes and imagine the beach, the water, and the waves.  It’s a great image in our mind right?  So why not make it an image you can look at often?

Not only are the images beautiful but they are lots of fun to color.  For the card below, I used Shimmery White Cardstock for stamping the image onto and my Aqua Painter to color the image.  I find it relaxing to sit and color.  Even better is that I have never been brave enough to paint the front door of my house red, so I was able to fulfill my urge when coloring the door on the stamped image!  The colors used for this project are listed under the Project Materials.  

One of the cards below that you can see in the catalog also highlights what could be a beautiful sunset.  I love the birds on the other card and soft coloring.  Nothing but serenity when you look at these images. 


So did you pick up this stamp set during Sale-a-Bration?  If you didn’t, you still have time.  Visit my online store today. 

Happy Stamping!

Quick Links:

Download the Annual Catalog 
Download the Occasions Catalog and see all the new products
Visit the Clearance Rack for unadvertised specials 
Sign up for my newsletter 
10% Off Coordinating Product Bundles

Project Materials (click on image to order)

Coordinating Tea

Creating projects that have a special place in your heart is always fun.  I love the Tea Together stamp set and coordinating Tea Time Framelits with it.  Tea time with family and friends is always a special time.  Why not put those memories into your cards.  It’s even better when you can earn the Framelits from the Sale-a-Bration catalog.  The stamp set is available in the Occasions Catalog.  I love that there are coordinating products you can earn for free.  You can see Chad below show you the Tea Time Framelits Dies and a few samples made with them.

The Tea Time Framelits Dies includes the nine framelits shown below.

You can visit my online store here and pick up the framelits with a qualifying order through March 31st.  

Quick Links:

Download the Annual Catalog 
Download the Occasions Catalog and see all the new products
Visit the Clearance Rack for unadvertised specials 
Sign up for my newsletter 
10% Off Coordinating Product Bundles

Another Celebrating Birthdays!

The card today is another Celebrating Birthdays sample from the monthly class.  It is a quick and simple card.  Yet the use of the Country Floral Dynamic Texture Impressions Embossing Folder (TIEF) creates a look of elegance.  The Petal Pink and Whisper White color scheme provides a soft look.  Another reminder, the Country Floral Dynamic TIEF is currently available for FREE during Sale-a-bration.  (psst – here’s a secret: the embossing folder is carrying over in the new catalog out on June 3rd but why wait and pay for it when you can get it free with a $50 order through March 31)

Below are the materials and directions for recreating the card:


  • Petal Pink Cardstock: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ (scored at 4-1/4″ to create a card base); 2-3/4″ x 2-3/4″ square (for circle)
  • Whisper White Cardstock: cut two: 4″ x 5-1/4″ (one for card front, one for interior); 2-3/4″ x 2-3/4″ square (for sentiment)
  • Vellum Cardstock: 2″ x 3″
  • Special Celebrations Stamp Set
  • Petal Pink Classic Stampin’ Pad
  • Country Floral Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (TIEF)
  • Layering Circles Framelits
  • Leaf Punch
  • Basic Adhesive-Backed Sequins
  • Petal Pink/Whisper White Variegated Ribbon
  • Snail Adhesive
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • Mini-Glue Dots
  • Big Shot
  • Clear Block Size D


  1. Use the Country Floral Dynamic TIEF to texture emboss one 5-1/4″ x 4″ Whisper White cardstock.  Attach to front of Petal Pink card base with adhesive.
  2. Stamp the Happy Birthday sentiment from the Special Celebrations stamp set on the small Whisper White cardstock square.  Cut circle using a Layering Circles Framelits Die.
  3. Cut the Petal Pink cardstock square using the next size of Layering Circles Framelits.  
  4. Punch 2 sets of leaves from the Vellum cardstock using the Leaf Punch.  Sandwich the leaves between the sentiment layer and the Petal Pink cardstock circle layer.  Attach to the center of the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  5. Embellish by adding Petal Pink adhesive-backed sequins and a Petal Pink/Whisper White Variegated Ribbon bow to complete the card front.

Sharing Cards:

Recently I was fortunate enough to celebrate another birthday.  Below I am sharing the beautiful cards that were received by friends and fellow Stampin’ Up! creators.  Thank you to Gloria, Maxine, Tyler, Beneta, Shelby, Jamie and Linda!!!   I love all of the designs and the creativity of all.  Don’t you agree that they are beautiful?

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great weekend and be sure to do something creatively. 

You may purchase products needed to recreate the card featured using the links below.  I appreciate your business!

Happy stamping!

Project Materials (click on photo to order):