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The Stamparatus A New Hinged Stamp Positioner from Stampin Up

The Stamparatus A New Hinged Stamp Positioner from Stampin Up

Have you seen the Stamparatus a new hinged stamp positioner from Stampin Up?  Today, in the first of my four-part video series, I want to show you just one of the simple ways it WILL make your stamping life more fun! 

More fun so you can create awesome birthday cards like this one.

But it’s not only more fun.  Would you also be interested in…

  • Less paper waste?
  • Perfect stamp placement?
  • Reduced uneven stamping?
  • Fast and easy multiple card production?

I guarantee you can get all of this – and MORE – with the Stamparatus.  Take a peek now!


The Stamparatus A New Hinged Stamp Positioner from Stampin Up

Did you check out how easy it was to get perfect placement with the Stamparatus?


You might remember late last year, for a limited time you could get in early on the Stamparatus a new hinged stamp positioner from Stampin Up.  Leslie was one of the first customers to do so and she’s been having a ball playing.  Here’s what she thinks.  


“I have more than one other stamp positioner which I used all the time in my card making.  After only a short time using it, the Stamparatus is the best – and my favourite.  You can really tell it was designed by other stampers to make our stamping easier.”

Leslie R.

Yes there are other stamp positioners on the market (in fact I have one myself).  But here’s where the Stamparatus is head and shoulders above the rest.

  • Two reversible stamping plates (so FOUR sides to affix stamps)
  • Removable plates (2) rather than just a permanently attached one
  • Hinged plates to repeat images down or across quickly and easily
  • Two of four edges open to fit larger papers
  • Rulers on two edges for quick measuring
  • Two magnets – that store out of the way when not in use

the Stamparatus a new hinged stamp positioned from Stampin Up

I know you’d love to get your hands on one right now,  And you only have a little longer to wait.  It will be available again June 1st to order.  

I’ll be playing with it the next month in classes and at my Open House on June 1st!  Why not come see it for yourself?

the Stamparatus a new hinged stamp positioned from Stampin Up

While you’re waiting for June 1st, check back here where I’ll share more videos showing you exactly how YOU can completely change the way you create with the Stamparatus a new hinged stamp positioner from Stampin Up.

Handmade Birthday Cards for Him

Handmade Birthday Cards for Him

It’s time to get a bunch of handmade birthday cards for him ready to go.  Hands up if you’ve got any of these Y chromosome folks in your life…hubby, son, dad, grandpa, doctor, car repair guy, newspaper boy…  

Yup, I thought so.  Funnily enough, me too!  

Well, here’s one card he will think is star-pendous that’s still pretty quick and easy to put together!   (OK that was a stretch 😊)

And because there’s not all that much time left, I wanted to show you some designs crafted with retired items before they’re gone!  (This card has/uses 5 separate things that are on the way out the door!)  See if you can guess what they are and I’ll tell you at the end.

handmade birthday cards for him

Whaddy’a think?  Bold colour and simple layout.  Solid and classy greeting.  And lots of punches and tools…what guy doesn’t appreciate THAT?

So why is it so difficult to make handmade cards for those fellas?  They like the I’m-so-special-she-made-me-a-hand-stamped-card feeling too!

They like colour.  And texture.  And good design.  

Plus I KNOW without asking, we’ve both got TONS of generic “STUFF” in our crafting stashes! 

Well, let’s pull them out and get busy! 

While there are a few more steps to this card than my other Keep It Simple Sunday projects, they’re all very easy!  Let’s get started.

handmade birthday cards for him

Handmade Birthday Cards for Him


  • Whisper White Thick cardstock – 4 1/4” x 11”, scored at 5 1/2” and scrap about 2 1/4” square
  • Basic Black cardstock – one piece 4” x 5 1/4”, second piece 1 3/8” x 4 3/4” and scrap about 2 1/2” square
  • Tempting Turquoise (in the retiring hit list!) – 2 pieces 3 7/8” x 5 1/8” and scrap about 3” square
  • Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper (also being retired May 31st!) – 1 1/2” x 4 3/8”
  • Whisper White medium envelope



  1. Run both large pieces of Tempting Turquoise through the Big Shot with the Oh My Stars embossing folder.  Set aside for now.
  2. Stamp greeting onto scrap of Whisper White in Tempting Turquoise ink and punch out with 2” circle punch
  3. Cut out starburst shape from scrap of Basic Black using Starburst punch
  4. Trim ends of both Basic Black strip and Dazzling Diamonds strip into a banner shape with Triple Banner punch
  5. Punch out a 2 1/4” circle from scrap of Tempting Turquoise paper.
  6. Adhere one of the embossed Tempting Turquoise panels to Basic Black panel then to front of card. (TIP1: use Tear & Tape or liquid glue for this as SNAIL will not maintain a strong hold on the embossed texture.)
  7. Use liquid glue to adhere Basic Black banner to top left of card.  Centre and glue Dazzling Diamonds Banner on top. (TIP2: ensure your Dazzling diamonds and black banners are aligned at the top.  The black will extend below the glimmer banner.)
  8. Adhere three circles together – white on top of black on top of turquoise – with SNAIL and place onto bottom of banner with dimensionals.
  9. Affix Tempting Turquoise enamel star to right side of greeting.

handmade birthday cards for him


  1. Run liquid glue around the outside envelope flap
  2. Line up the left edge of your embossed Tempting Turquoise with the left edge and fold of the envelope flap and adhere in place
  3. Open envelope flap and turn upside down and trim excess Tempting Turquoise cardstock away

And we’re all done!

A couple weeks ago, I shared what questions I ask as I’m about to make a paper crafted design for a “him”.  Check them out before you start creating to guide you in a super card, personalized for your “him”.

What are all the retiring items I used?

(I’ve given you a couple hints throughout…)

  • Tempting Turquoise cardstock
  • Tempting Turquoise stamp pad
  • Brights enamel shapes
  • Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper
  • Butterfly Basics stamp set

Did you get them all?

Yup, it’s true…some colours we are waving good-by to. So now’s the time to stock up on these items before they are gone-zo.  Don’t delay, especially on the ink refills and paper.  I suspect they won’t last long.

Here are all the supplies I used (retired and sticking around) so you can recreate handmade birthday cards for him too.  

handmade birthday cards for him

Just because he’s a guy, don’t let him miss out on the fun of getting your special paper crafted designs. 

Take a good look through your stash and find some tools, colours and designs that are generic enough to fit his personality.  I will just bet there’s quite a few items that are perfect for handmade birthday cards for him.  

How I Cheat to Make Zentangle Stampin Up Framelits Cards | VIDEO

How I Cheat to Make Zentangle Stampin Up Framelits Cards | VIDEO

Let me show you how I cheat to make zentangle Stampin Up framelits cards!  Well, it’s not really a cheat.  I’m just being ultra efficient! 😃 

Really, once you take a peek at my video to see how quick and easy they are to make, you’ll be grabbing the Large Number framelits to get loads of cards done too! 

Let’s take a look.

make zentangle stampin up framelits cards


Sort of elegant, but at the same time FUN, don’t you think?  There’s just something about crisp white and bold black that pulls me in every time!  And this one could be both a birhday or anniversary!  

Plus, you could make these for just about anybody!  Kids LOVE to see their age on a card!  And how about one like this for the friend who NEVER ages 😉?


make zentangle stampin up framelits cards

I do find bold colours really showcase my zentangle work, but don’t limit yourself to JUST black and white colour schemes.  Did you see my cool Christmas ideas too?

Although the Large Number framelits are retiring this May (EEK!  Better get them now!), I know mine will be staying in my paper crafting stash.  There’s just too many options to use them again and again, especially when I combine them with my tangled art!

Before I skip to the video, let me show you everything I used to design these celebratory greetings.   It’s easy to pick up anything you need to recreate some of my zentangle Stampin Up framelits cards by simply clicking on the image below.  It will ship right to your doorstep in about a week.  Thanks!

How I cheat to make Zentangle Stampin Up framelits cards

See?  It’s not really cheating is it?  If you can do the work once and get more than one use out of it, that’s using my own “creative license” I figure.  😇

Isn’t it great when you can combine two hobbies into gorgeous results like this?  Not only do you get the relaxation and stress relief of tangling AND card making, think how delighted your card recipients will be!  Here’s a close up.

make zentangle stampin up framelits cards


If you’ve never tried zentangle before, get the scoop why I love it in this post and this one.  And if stress relief, pretty patterns, no rules and easy peasey sound attractive to you, you can find all kinds of resources at www.zentangle.com.  


make zentangle stampin up framelits cards


So come on, get tangling!  And now you know how I cheat to make zentangle Stampin Up framelits cards, who do you know that would love to get one of these from YOU?

Paper Embossing Techniques with Ink Refills

Paper Embossing Techniques with Ink Refills

Let’s have some fun with paper embossing techniques with ink refills!  Want a super quick and easy effect with gorgeous results?  Look no further than your glossy paper, ink refills and water. 

Oh and this time, I added in some crisp white embossing powder in a bold image.  Stick around and I give you some  of my top tips to make this pretty card easier.  How about we take a peek?

Yesterday I shared the Annual Catalogue and Occasions retiring lists…and you noticed a huge number of ink refills are being retired…the whole line in fact.  Holy smokes, what’s going on?  There’s a few reasons:

  • The exciting colour revamp (read a whole bunch more about it here!)
  • A new refill formula has been developed with defoamer added so all those annoying little bubbles you get now when you re-ink your stamp pad won’t appear.  Plus the new formula will spread better.
  • Archival Basic Black and Gray are being retired since SU! was having difficulty in consistently creating a quality formula for this type of ink.  And since they always want to offer quality products for us to use and because they couldn’t feel confident they were producing this, they have chosen to retire both colours  (but the good news is, StazOn Jet Black is coming back!)

Does that mean your old refills aren’t good any longer?  Absolutely not!  You’re just going to want to make sure you have lots on hand for those favourite colours of stamp pads and for these paper embossing techniques with ink refills.  But I can’t stress enough!  Order early as quantities are only while supplies last.

So let’s take another view of this card.

paper embossing techniques with ink refills


You can see the exact steps for this technique in my video.  If you haven’t had a chance to see it yet, take a gander at how quick and easy it is.  You’ll be a pro in no time!

And here’s all the supplies you need for making awesome backgrounds exactly like this one.

Once you have your background created, the paper really just becomes heavier patterned paper.  And you already know what a lot of options we have for that!

One of my most popular posts showcased this beautiful Front & Centre Friday card made by my friend Kim.  So I wanted to show you another version of the same layout so you can see how easy it is to change things up for your own cards.

paper embossing techniques with ink refills

Here’s everything I used to make my three-panel birthday card.  The tropical (remind you of Hawaii anyone?) leaf is from the Pop of Paradise stamp set and we’ll be waving goodbye to it come May 31st. 🙁

Everything else is remaining current for the new catalogue so that’s exciting!  

paper embossing techniques with ink refills

Here’s my TOP TIPS for my three panel card:

  1. Make sure to use a tissue to wipe off the embossed leaf as the liquid will not dry on top of the plastic.
  2. Cut down the edges of your decorated glossy paper to remove places where the ink has pooled.
  3. Don’t throw out those cut off pieces.  One might be just perfect for the inside of your card (see below)!
  4. Place your three pieces of decorated paper on your piece of Thick Whisper White card stock first BEFORE gluing so you can get it centred properly.
  5. Adhere the middle decorated panel to the middle of the piece of Thick Whisper White FIRST.  Then adhere either the left or right.  This will let you line up the pieces better.
  6. I glued the Night of Navy oval right on top of the panels but put dimensionals to adhere the greeting oval.  I glued my copper leaves to the back of the TOP greeting so it looks like they’re floating a bit on top.
  7. Try adhesive foam strips to give a firm raised panel for your card.  BONUS:  when it goes through the mail, it will retain its height above your card.

paper embossing techniques with ink refills

Here’s another idea also using the Pop of Paradise set, this time just a bit easier as it’s not a three-panel card.  Your whole piece of decorated paper (after you cut it down) becomes your card front.

paper embossing techniques with ink refills

I really do love this technique – as does pretty much anyone who gives it a try!  So when you have a few minutes of play time, I think you’ll find it’s a fabulous way to get a bunch of backgrounds done quickly.

There are so many possibilities of colour combinations.  If this one with Night of Navy, Tranquil Tide and Crushed Curry is too intense for you, how about giving something like this a shot?  Some you’ll love more than others, but all will give you fabulous backgrounds. 

And guess what?  This is only one of the variety of paper embossing techniques with ink refills to try – check back often to see more of my ideas come to life!


Simple Handmade Birthday Cards with Patterned Paper

Simple Handmade Birthday Cards with Patterned Paper

If you’re pressed for time there’s nothing quicker than to make simple handmade birthday cards with patterned paper. I should know, because it seems I’m ALWAYS running behind.

You’d think with the type of work I do, I’d have loads of cards ready to go right? If only!! So let me show you how I whip up super fun and fast cards when my husband has the car running and I’ve got one shoe on!

simple handmade birthday cards with patterned paper

No kidding! Does that ever happen to you? You think you have ALL the time in the world and you’re dilly dallying around…and then WHAM! You realize you’re supposed to be out the door, with make up and EVERYTHING in 20 minutes? With a yummy homemade dessert AND a chilled bottle of wine? And with a handmade card? YIKES!

Well, I might not have the answers for the yummy homemade dessert (although you could check out my Pinterest Recipes board for a sweet one 😋). But I do know how to slap together a pretty mean handmade card in mere minutes!! Even one with a sumptuous bow like this Shimmer Black one!

simple handmade birthday cards with patterned paper

Just like with this other fast and fun birthday box, the Picture Perfect Birthday designer series paper stack comes to the rescue! It really IS perfect for just about anyone…kids, adults, husbands (not that your husband isn’t an adult 😁), grandparents, boys, girls… With such bright and cheery patterns, I know your family and friends will be delighted to get this card.

You can find it on page 5 of the Occasions catalogue. It’s a steal of a deal at only $12.50 Cdn for 48 sheets! That’s only 26 CENTS a piece! But you’re going to want to get your package soon before it’s no longer available!  (we’re more than half way through the Occasions catalogue already!)


So what are the timesavers on this card?

  • super colourful patterned paper that does ALL the work so you don’t have to!
  • simple two panel layering
  • a stitched oval die cut already cut out and waiting in my bin on my desk
  • only one stamped image with lots of personality

Here’s all you need to do for this simple handmade birthday cards with patterned paper


  • Lemon-Lime Twist 4 1/4” x 9”, scored at 3 1/2”
  • Basic Black 4” x 5 1/4”
  • Picture Perfect Birthday DSP – 3 7/8” x 5 1/8”
  • Whisper White Thick – scrap 2 1/2” x 3 1/2” (or a pre-cut stitched oval)
  • Black shimmer ribbon – about 18”

simple handmade birthday cards with patterned paper


  1. Stamp greeting in Memento ink on middle of stitched oval die cut. Turn over and apply Stampin’ Dimensionals (4)
  2. Glue patterned paper to Basic Black. Wrap ribbon around from the back and tie into a bow just left of the middle (TIP1: don’t skimp on your ribbon here and then it’s just like you’re tying your shoe!) (TIP2: I place my card so I’m looking at it from the top and then tie my bow. I usually get the tails going the right way then!)
  3. Apply glue to front of folded card and place balloon panel on top.
  4. Remove backing from Stampin’ Dimensionals and place over top of ribbon on right hand side. (TIP3: It’s best not to glue your ribbon in place in case you need to slide it to the left or right to get your oval placed properly.)

OK, now it’s up to you! But hey, don’t be like me. Grab the Picture Perfect Party paper and make up a bunch of these so you have them to pull out at a moment’s notice. Here’s the short list of supplies!

simple handmade birthday cards with patterned paper

Like I said in this post, it took me a little while to warm up to this particular designer paper. But don’t you find that’s the case for a lot of things in a catalogue? But once you see it in action and then get a pack and play with it you wonder how you lived without it?

So pick up a package today so you’re not disappointed when it’s no longer available. Then create a bunch of simple handmade birthday cards with patterned paper so you never have to be running out the door and stamping at the same time again – like me!

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