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20 posts from March 2010



The tiled background on this card was a little time-consuming to enhance and assemble, but when completed made it all worthwhile...


HERE'S HOW:  1) Choose a piece of Designer Series Paper that will complement the other components of your card.  2) Measure and lightly draw "brick" lines on your paper...


3) Cut the bricks apart and antique the edges with a sponge and ink.  4) Adhere the bricks onto the background, leaving an itsy space (mortar) between each one.


The recipient of a card with such careful attention to detail will know you truly care...


Supplies & Accessories: Stamp Set #115370 Teeny Tiny Wishes; Stamp Pad #103139 Close to Cocoa; Textured Card Stock #108697 Chocolate Chip, #108695 Certainly Celery; Card Stock #101650 Very Vanilla, #105125 Certainly Celery; Designer Series Paper #113974 Bella Blue; Punches #117191 Extra Large Two-Step Bird, #116630 Modern Label; Embellishments #105319 Antique Brass Eyelets; Tool #108362 Crop-A-Dile; Buttons #107421 Fresh Favorites I - Certainly Celery; Ribbon #109050 Certainly Celery 5/8" Grosgrain; Adhesive #104430 Stampin' Dimensionals.


Shopping in the convenience of your home is especially nice.  Simply click on my Stampin' Up! Store button top right.  You may count on my same-day response to any contact you make to me via email (above left) or phone (360-936-2030).



Add instant elegance to your projects with our Satin Ribbon in a variety of Stampin' Up!'s exclusive colors...


High-quality ribbon adds the perfect, finished touch to your card...  (Oh how I love ribbon!)


Our 5/8" Satin Ribbon is so beautiful.  If you were to purchase all nine rolls, your cost would be over $80.  Or you could purchase my RIBBON SAMPLER SPECIAL. You will receive 3 yards each of 9 colors for just $19.95, plus S&H. Simply contact me and I'll send you a PalPal invoice.  It's that easy!


Contact me by email (click on the Email button top left), or call me at 360-936-2030 and I will be happy to assist you with your RIBBON SAMPLER order.




One of the most frequently asked questions is, "What is the difference between the Classic and the Craft Stampin' Up! Ink?"


Stampin' Up! Classic (Water-based Dye) Ink...

  • Water soluble (not waterproof) and colors will bleed if they get wet.
  • Basic Black and Basic Brown are exceptions and made with waterproof dye ink.
  • Slightly raised fabric pad.
  • Dries quickly without smearing.
  • Wonderful for cardmaking.
  • Safe for scrapbooking, but will fade over time.
  • Works well on coated papers (glossy), but tends to run or bleed on high absorbent papers.

Stampin' Up! Craft (Pigment) Ink...

  • Acid-free, non toxic and fade resistant.
  • Slighty raised foam pad.
  • Do not press too hard on foam pad to avoid smearing ink everywhere.
  • Does NOT dry quickly.  A Heat Tool may be used to speed up drying.
  • Craft Ink may be used for embossing.
  • Craft Ink may be used on wood, fabric and other craft items.
  • Recommended over Classic Ink for scrapbooking because it won't fade.
  • Whisper White and Very Vanilla only come in Craft Ink.

Ink and color are basic ingredients for any stamping project, and with many choices for ink, refills, markers, pens and pastels available, you're sure to find the color you need from Stampin' Up!  Our pads feature a patented, flip-top design that stores the inking surface upside down, so the pad surface stays moist.  Both ink types are acid free and have matching refills.


You may order 24/7 from the convenience of your home.  Click on my Stampin' Up! Store button, top right, and browse the exclusive colors in our awesome coordinating products.



I was so happy when Stampin' Up! announced the continuation of the Ornament Punch even after the Holiday Mini Catalog expired in January!


...just one more conversion design idea for the archives... Trim off the point and presto, you have a balloon!


I tucked a Mini Glue Dot under the edge to hold the string in place... 


Just think how cute it would be to stamp the Beary Best Friends Stamp Set (balloon) in matching colors, on the white background before attaching the punched balloons. 

Supplies & Accessories: Stamp Set #113792 Great Friend; Stamp Pad #101179 Basic Black; Textured Card Stock #108698 Brilliant Blue, Green Galore, Real Red, Yoyo Yellow; Card Stock #100730 Whisper White; Punches #116794 Ornament, #109047 3/16" Corner Rounder; Adhesive #103683 Mini Glue Dots; (The Elastic Silver Cord is retired. But I think using a plain white string would look even more natural and playful.)

I thought of several neat options, like using Crystal Effects to make the balloons shine, but wanted this to be an official 10 minute card.  And it was!


You may order the Ornament Punch (#116794) at my Stampin' Up! Store simply by clicking on the round button, top right.  For your convenience, the store is open 24/7.  I'd love to hear from you.  Click on "Comments" below.



Yesterday, my husband and I celebrated our 46th wedding anniversary. We had a fun weekend and enjoyed being with many of our the kids and grand kids.  (The rest of them live out of town, or are away serving our country in the military.)  I had time to make this card, but didn't have time to plan what to say about it.  So rather than this being a show-and-tell, it is a look-and-see...

Fancy You 

It was an easy card to design... Always is when using a cute stamp set, pretty new papers, fun punches, and nifty embellishments...
Fancy You2 
The Love Bandit Stamp Set may even steal your heart.
Supplies & Accessories: Stamp Set #118577-C Love Bandit (OMC); Stamp Pad #101406 StazOn Jet Black; Textured Card Stock #108697 Pumpkin Pie, #108696 Always Artichoke; Card Stock #100730 Whisper White; Designer Series Paper Stack #117161 Sweet Pea (OMC), Designer Series Paper Pad #118401 Welcome Neighbor (SAB); Punch #110711 Boho Blossoms; Embellishments #105319 Copper Eyelets; Tool #108362 Crop-A-Dile; Color Coordination #101879 Watercolor Pencils, #102845 Blender Pens; Adhesive #104430 Stampin' Dimensionals.
Oh my goodness!  I was just chosen to be a princess on the ROYAL BLOG TOUR (April 30-May 4).  I picked Bugs & Kisses as my main stamp set.  < Now I'm thinking about what to make with Bugs! > 
You may shop 24/7 at my Stampin' Up! Store.  Simply click on the round button, top right.  There are other shopping opportunities... One is at the Polka Dots Store and another by clicking on the Virtual Card Kit button.  I appreciate your continued business.  Thanks very much.



Royal Blog Tour



The Vintage Vogue Stamp Set and the Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Series Paper are a perfect match when used together...


I stamped the Friends image right on top of one of the Razzleberry papers, then cut around the edge, leaving an ample border so the print on the paper would clearly show.  Strips of the papers, 1/2" wide, were woven to continue the vintage look...


The four corners are subtle and symmetrical, like the woven shape...


This seasoned stamp set, out of the Occasions Mini Catalog, will be featured in the new Idea Book & Catalog due to be released in July 2010...


The Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Series Paper is well suited for any vintage design...


Supplies & Accessories: Stamp Set #118598-C Vintage Vogue; Stamp Pad #115658 Rich Razzleberry; Textured Card Stock #115719 Rich Razzleberry; Designer Series Paper #115675 Razzleberry Lemonade; Embellishments #105319 Antique Brass Eyelets; Tools #105826 Mat Pack, #116631 Paper Piercing Tool.
You may conveniently shop 24/7 at my Stampin' Up! Store simply by clicking on the round button, top right.  If you desire my assistance, please contact me via email or phone at 360-936-2030.



This bunny would love to hop right over to your back yard..... 


And listen to this... He may be purchased as a single stamp!


Whatcha' think about that!!

Bunny Stamp

MORE GOOD NEWS:  This Welcome Neighbor Designer Series Paper is FREE in the Sale-A-Bration brochure!!  (Oh, Baby!)


Supplies & Accessories: Stamp Set #116980 Chocolate Bunny; Stamp Pad #100908 Chocolate Chip; Textured Card Stock #108697 Chocolate Chip, #108695 Apricot Appeal; Card Stock #100730 Whisper White; Designer Series Paper Pad #118401 Welcome Neighbor; Embellishments #109109 Antique Brass Brads; Ribbon #109040 1/4" Grosgrain Apricot Appeal; Punch #109047 3/16" Corner Rounder; Adhesive #104430 Stampin' Dimensionals.

You may order the Chocolate Bunny (#116980) from my Stampin' Up! Store any time of the day or night.  Click on the round button, top right.  If your order totals $50 or more, you can also choose the Welcome Neighbor Designer Series Paper Pad FREE!



Grab your SQUARE PUNCHES... Here we go!


The 1-1/4" Square Punch and the 1-3/8" Square Punch...


    ...make the PERFECT little squares in no time...


The Pixie Pink card size is 5-1/4" x 5-1/4".  Whisper White mat is 4-11/16" x 4-11/16".  So Saffron mat is 4-8/16" x 4-8/16".  Punch squares, placing all four corners on first, then add the others.  They fit like a glove.


The card below is a little more simple, using only the 1-3/8" Punch.  This card is a standard 4-1/4" x 5-1/2".  The Whisper White mat is 3" x 3", a perfect fit for the squares.
For You 
For you stampers who LOVE paper piecing, this is JUST FOR YOU!


Supplies & Accessories:  (You're So Kind) Stamp Set #119119-C Whimsical Words; Stamp Pad #101179 Basic Black; Textured Card Stock #108698 Pixie Pink, #108696 So Saffron; Card Stock #100730 Whisper White, #100702 Old Olive; Simply Scrappin' Kit #113059 Petal Party; Punches #103375 1-3/8" Square, #104400 1-1/4" Square.




Sharing this HAPPY DAYS card with you was a perfect way to start the week.  The Welcome Neighbor Designer Series Paper has bright, fun colors and a cheerful theme - like spring!


My Stampin' Up! friend, Brenda Dean from New York, has lots of snow... This snow photo was taken Saturday in her neighborhood.  I'm in Washington and have blossoms in my neighborhood. Even though her snow is beautiful, I'm happy to see the very first blossoms of spring at my house...


Supplies & Accessories:  Stamp Set #115235 Happy Everything; Stamp Pad #101179 Basic Black; Textured Card Stock #115719 Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo; Card Stock #100730 Whisper White; Designer Series Paper Pad #118401 Welcome Neighbor; Punches #109046 1" Circle, #107217 3/4" Circle; Big Shot and #116821 Holiday Windows Movers & Shapers; Ribbon #115611 1/2" Melon Mambo Polka-Dot Grosgrain; Adhesive #104430 Stampin' Dimensionals.


  • Linda Aarhus

    Vancouver, WA • USA



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