Retiring Colors – Get Them While You Can!

There are several current colors that will be retired from the Stampin’ Up! collection.  The colors are shown below.

Remember – If you want any of the current products for these colors, be sure to place your order as soon as possible.  The products will be available only through the end of May or while supplies last, whichever comes first.

Click the banner below to go to my on-line store.  You can shop by family colors.

Happy stamping!


Share What You Love Suite – Pre-Order NOW!

During the month of May, you have the opportunity to purchase select bundles from the Share What You Love Suite!  These products (with one exception) will be available in the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.  You also have the opportunity to purchase ink pads from the new In-Color Collection!

Each of the bundles is pictured below.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store!  If you haven’t already, please be sure to watch the video that is included at the end of this post.  You will get a great overview of the products, bundles, and new In-Color inks.

Let’s start with the “Just Getting Started Bundle”.  You’ll see that there is a FREE gift of Very Vanilla note cards and envelops included with this new bundle.  Also included is one of the new In-Color ink, Grapefruit Grove!


Next up is the “A Little More, Please Bundle”.  There are two FREE items included with this bundle.  They are the Very Vanilla note cards and envelopes and the Share What You Love embellishment kit!


The last bundle is the “Gotta Have It All Bundle”.  There are three FREE items in this bundle including an exclusive “Statement of My Heart” single stamp.  [Note:  This stamp will ONLY be available in May as part of this bundle.]


In addition to the bundles shown above, you can also purchase the new In-Color Ink Pad Collection at a 10% discount!!


Be sure to watch the video highlighting the products in the Share What You Love Suite.

Happy Pre-Order Shopping,


NC Demos April Blog Hop – Celebrate Mom

Welcome to the April NC Demos Blog Hop!  This month we are featuring cards that celebrate amazing women in our lives.  If you just came from Tracie Evans Langley’s post, I’m sure you enjoyed her project.  She is such a talented and inspiring artist.  Thanks so much for stopping by to see my project.  Since we’re getting close to Mother’s Day, I thought it only appropriate to create a card that celebrates moms.

I really enjoy using grunge and texture stamps.  They allow my inner child artist to just have fun and not have to think when I stamp.  Timeless Textures is a great stamp set that has many different abstract designs to use on projects.  It is the main stamp set that I used to create the cards shown below.  I had so much fun combining the five ink colors from the 2017 to 2019 In-Colors collection and the Timeless Textures stamp set!  There are three cards that I would like to share with you.

The front for each card is a piece of Whisper White card stock cut to 3 3/4″ x 5″.  I used the “celebrate” embossing folder from the Celebrations Duo Textured Impressions Embossing Folders to de-emboss the main sentiment for the card.  De-embossing is a great technique since it allows you to add color over the de-embossed area to highlight the words.

The addition of color came from two stamp sets.  First, I used the background stamp from the You’ve Got This stamp set and Powder Pink ink to add a layer of color over the word “celebrate”.  Then, I used several different stamps from the Timeless Textures stamp set and all remaining 2017 to 2019 In-Colors to layer on even more colors and designs.  You’ll see that for each card I used a different combination of the In-Colors and the Timeless Textures stamps to design three unique cards.  [Warning:  You will likely design more than three cards since you will simply get quite addicted to this type of stamping!]

The 2017 to 2019 In-Colors are pictured below

To finish the cards, cut a frame piece of Fresh Fig card stock to 4″ x 5 1/4″.  Also cut a card base of Thick Whisper White card stock to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and score at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.  Adhere the frame piece to the card base.  You’ll notice that I chose to place the frame piece slightly differently on each card.  On one, the frame was set to the left side of the card.  On another, the frame was centered.  And, on the third, the frame was set to the right side of the card.  It is fun to experiment with unique ways to use the same basic pieces of paper and embellishments to add interest to your projects.

The “Mother’s Day” piece is Fresh Fig card stock stamped with the “Mother’s Day” sentiment from the Crazy About You stamp set.  Ink the stamp with Versamark and heat emboss with White embossing powder.  Use dimensionals to adhere the embossed piece to the card front.

Hearts are die cut from Berry Burst and Lemon Lime Twist card stock using a die from the Sunshine Wishes Die set.  The hearts are adhered with a Fine Tip glue pen.  The final embellishments are Pearls and a few sequins.

The main products that I used to create my cards are shown below.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.

Please be sure to continue over to Frances Wagner’s post.  She always has amazing projects to share!  All NC April Blog Hoppers are also listed below.

Happy Stamping!


April Blog Hoppers

Toni Campana

Jo Anne Hewins

Tracie Evans Langley

Laurie Meier <– YOU ARE HERE

Frances Wagner


Background Stamps – Inside and Out!

In a recent post, I shared a masculine birthday card that features the retiring Birthday Wit stamp set.  If you did not see the card earlier, please click here to go to the post.  A picture of the card is also shown below.

You’ll notice that the background stamp called Tree Rings was used on the front of the card as the background for the focal piece.  It was also used on the inside of the card as a true background for the repeated sentiment.  Today, I will share some tips, tricks, and pictures that I hope will be helpful to you as you use background stamps on your cards.

For background stamps, I prefer to purchase the clear background stamps rather than the wood-mounted stamps.  The clear stamps take less room to store, and I’m able to use the largest clear block for all my background stamps.

To ink the background stamps, I always place the stamp on my table (with the stamp side up) and add ink by tapping the ink pad onto the stamp.  See the pictures below for reference.

To stamp the front piece of the card, I put my Whisper White cardstock directly onto the stamped image and then put a piece of scrap paper on top of the cardstock.  See the pictures below.  By placing the scrap paper over the cardstock, I can rub all over the stamp without getting ink on my hands.  When you do this, make sure that you rub all areas of the stamp, especially the edges.

When you’re done, remove the scrap paper.  Then, lift up the stamp.  Turn the stamp over, and the stamped cardstock will fall to your table.

The Tree Rings stamp has a rather random pattern.  This is good for this technique since you will not need to worry if you have your Whisper White cardstock straight when you place it onto the stamp to be inked.  Below are four pieces that I stamped using the technique described above.  Notice that each finished piece is slightly different – the pattern is not in the same place on each piece of paper, and the intensity of the ink varies depending upon how hard I pushed on the scrap paper.

I used the same background stamp, Tree Rings, for the inside of the card.  But, I used a slightly different technique for the stamping.  Look at the picture of the finished inside of the card.  You’ll notice that the background stamp is only seen on the right half of the card.  The stamped image purposely stops at the middle fold.

A masking technique was used to achieve the end result.  Use a piece of copy paper to mask the inside of the card.  Place the copy paper as close to the center fold as possible.  Use as thin a piece of paper as possible for your mask.  This will allow a cleaner stamped image near the piece of paper.  Use washi tape to attach the copy paper to the back of the card.  See the pictures below for reference.

When you place the card onto the background stamp, try to ensure the area that will be stamped is centered on the stamp.  This will help make sure the inside of the card is completely stamped.  Put the piece of copy paper over the cardstock (just as was done for the front of the card), and rub over all areas of the stamp.  Make sure you pay special attention to the middle of the card, where the center fold and mask are.  See the pictures below for reference.

When you’re finished with the stamping, lift the card off the background stamp.  Remove the mask to reveal the inside stamping.

These background stamp techniques are great for many styles of cards.  Take a look in your craft stash.  You will now be able to think about using your background stamps in new ways.

Happy Stamping!