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How to Save Money with the Stampin Up Stamparatus | VIDEO

How to Save Money with the Stampin Up Stamparatus | VIDEO

Raise your hand if you’d like a bit more moola – I thought so! – today I want to show you exactly how to save money with the Stampin Up Stamparatus and your builder punches. 

My video is the fourth in my series for the Stamparatus,  what I’m calling the best darn stamp positioner available!  

Not only do I want to show you some cool tips today, we’re going to make this super cute card (and I’ve got a surprise project at the end of the video so be sure to watch it right to the end!)


everyone wants to know how to save money with the stampin up stamparatus


Aren’t these little-masked buddies the cutest?  And you can see just how quickly I put them together – and reduced waste – AND saved money with my video.  But first, let me show you the card from another angle so you see just how darling the narrow note cards are!


how to save money with the stampin up stamparatus

I love almost instant gratification, don’t you? 

And even though card making gives us a pretty immediate sense of accomplishment, for even faster pats on the back, I’ve gotten into smaller cards lately.  These narrow note cards at 3 1/2” x 4 1/2” are so wonderful.  Pre-scored, with envelopes, and in sturdy Thick Whisper White cardstock, they are a breeze to work with! 

Not to mention a steal of a deal!  You get 20 in a package so the cost works out to only 55 cents per card.  Perfect for thank you’s, invitations, and itty bitty greetings, they’ll save you time in your craft space! 

But let’s take a peek at my latest video right now so you can see this card come to life!


How to Save Money with the Stampin Up Stamparatus



So, pretty quick and easy, yes?  Do you have other builder punches you’re just dying to try out?  Maybe the Cookie Cutter for Christmas greetings?  Or think how FAB it will be with the Vases Builder punch like you see on this classic navy and white thank you!


how to save money with the stampin up stamparatus

Make Your Own Trio of Raccoons!

Here are the supplies and measurements for the adorable trio of raccoons on my narrow note card so you can make it yourself.

  • Narrow note card and envelope
  • Bermuda Bay designer series paper – 1 1/2” x 4 1/2”, plus piece about 3” square for the envelope liner
  • Gray Granite card stock – 2 pieces 3” x 3 3/4”
  • Smoky Slate – 1 piece 3” x 3 3/4”
  • Thick Whisper White – scrap at least 2 1/2” x 3”

So go grab your Stamparatus, inks and builder punches!  It’s your turn to make up a whole host of critters for just about anyone on your card-giving list! 

Here’s everything I used today for these cards.  To get what you need and have it delivered right to your door, simply click on the image to take you to my 24-7 online store.  Thanks so much for ordering through me!

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Now, did you get to the end of the video and see that super duper cute second project?  The exclusive project for my email subscribers?

how to save money with the stampin up stamparatus

Not on my mailing list?  Psst, don’t tell anyone, but right now you can get it free too!  Just click the button and it will be on its way lickety-split! 


You know, when I first started my Stamparatus feature videos, I thought “hmmmm, maybe three will do it”.  Well, I’m already up to four and I think there’s a couple more I’ve just gotta share with you! 

So keep your eyes peeled in the next little bit for more tips and tricks with this awesome Stampin Up stamp positioner.

And while you’re waiting for those, check out the first three in my series.

  1. The Stamparatus A New Hinged Stamping Positioner from Stampin Up 
  2. The Stamparatus: A Stamping Tools Must Have?
  3. Stamparatus Why I Have the Best Stamp Positioner Available


want to save money with the stampin up stamparatus?


We all love to get a deal, don’t we?  And what could be better than getting one that KEEPS ON giving us a deal?  

Well, now you know how to save money with the Stampin Up Stamparatus and your builder punches, have fun making multiples – then think of ALL the delightful ways you can spend those saved-up pennies😉!




Use Stampin Write Markers to Colour Blend Your Brush Lettering

Use Stampin Write Markers to Colour Blend Your Brush Lettering

Use Stampin Write markers to colour blend your brush lettering.  I created this card a while ago and it’s still one of my faves.  I’ve got a couple new techniques to show you to add to your brush lettering repertoire that’ll jazz up your letters adn WOW your family and friends.


use stampin write markers to colour blend your brush lettering

Brush marker lettering is HOT!  Have you tried it yet?  No?  Learn it in a just a few short hours with my online class!  

Full of videos and pdf’s to set you on the right path to making beautiful letters with your Stampin’ Write markers in no time!

use stampin write markers to colour blend your brush lettering


See how your brush lettered greeting takes centre stage? While there are other pretty elements to dress up this card, it’s the lettering, especially the “wishes” that draws your eye. 

And the mix of colours makes you want to look at it closer!  Can you see the colour mixing and blending at the tops and bottoms of the thicker strokes?  It’s just a subtle detail.  Your friends and family will note there’s something special going on…but they won’t know what!  Take a closer peek.


use stampin write markers to colour blend your brush lettering


So what do I think are some of the best things about being able to brush marker letter?

  • You’re in charge! You never need to worry about not having the “perfect” sentiment again!  
  • Save money on greeting stamps!
  • Portability: Your skills go wherever you do!  A Stampin’ Write marker or two, some paper and you’re all set to make beautiful paper crafts wherever you go.
  • Super popular!  Marker letters are SOO on trend!  Everywhere you look, there they are.  Advertising, magazine covers, packaging, movie titles.  This trendy style of lettering is here to stay!
  • Versatility:  You can go simple and plain like on this card or get fancier like on this Easter greeting!
  • Win brownie points! Your friends and family will absolutely LOVE that you took the time to hand letter their names on their envelopes or gift items like these.
  • Colour coordination: You’ll be able to coordinate your Stampin’ Up! colours exactly with your greetings as every colour has a matching Stampin’ Write marker.

If you’re new to lettering, I recommend using a fairly stiff, yet flexible marker.  And the Stampin’ Write markers are perfect!  I explain everything from the marker to holding the pen to ruling lines and making the strokes and letters themselves in my complete Lowercase Brush online class.  With detailed, up-close videos and lots of pdf’s, you’ll be on your way to awesome brush letters immediately. 

Plus…you get unlimited access to my guide sheets and detailed videos. You get to learn at YOUR own pace, according to YOUR own schedule.

So ready to dive in?


use stampin write markers to colour blend your brush lettering

So how do I suggest you use Stampin Write markers to colour blend your brush lettering?

  1. Letter “wishes” in Rich Razzleberry against a watercolour pencil wash on watercolour paper. (TIP1:  I used the Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Rich Razzleberry colours.  TIP2:  Let this dry completely or give it a shot with your heat tool before lettering or your lines WILL bleed.  Yes, I tried that, that’s how I know! ☺️)
  2. Select a different colour, complementary or a shade darker, and use the brush tip to carefully stroke in the beginning and end of the thick strokes. (See the top and bottom of the “h” or the “s”)  (TIP3: Use a similar colour you have in your background.  I chose Crushed Curry to coordinate with my watercoloured background.)


  1. Use the .05 tip of the darker coloured marker to letter any other word to complete your sentiment.  (I used the Blackberry Bliss marker.)
  2. Carefully – ie. SLOWLY – outline only a portion of your stroke to add further definition.  (See the beginning and bottom of the “w” or the bottom of the “h”.)

use stampin write markers to colour blend your brush lettering

Here are all my supplies to make this card including the gotta-have it Timeless Textures stamp set for my background.  This set in my option needs to be a staple in everyone’s toolkit.

use stampin write markers to colour blend your brush lettering

You will absolutely LOVE being able to create your own greetings.  You will never be at a loss for a sentiment again once you learn how to brush marker letter. 

With just a bit of practice, you CAN brush letter in no time!  If you haven’t given my in-depth online class a try, what are you waiting for?  

Then use your Stampin Write markers to colour blend your brush lettering like I have here to add even more punch to your greetings.

Make a Monochromatic Colour Scheme Card

Make a Monochromatic Colour Scheme Card

I’m excited to share how quick and easy it is to make a monochromatic colour scheme card!  So easy in fact, I’ve included it on a Keep It Simple Sunday feature which just so happens to also be Father’s Day this year. 

So if YOU woke up this morning and just realized that, THIS is the card to make right now and he’ll think you’re a star!

not your ordinary monochromatic colour scheme card

Monochromatic colour really just means using only one colour.  Now, I might be bending the rules just a teensy bit since I’m not 100% sure grey is a colour 😬. But today I’m calling it a colour and hoping you’ll go with me on it! 

Plus, it’s super perfect for a man card.  This other monochromatic card I featured a bit ago made by my friend Paula uses much the same colour palette but has a totally different vibe.

Creating a monochromatic colour scheme card is a simple as

  1. picking out a colour then
  2. matching it with a neutral

…and here I’ve got a neutral (Basic Grey) matched with a (you guessed it) neutral (Whisper White)!  

I really think grey is the new black, don’t you?  I love its stateliness without it being too stuffy.  Not as stark as black but still conservative and posh, with just a hint of devil-may-care!  

how about a monochromatic colour scheme card

I am super pumped Stampin’ Up! brought back the coloured designer series paper for…every – single – colour in every – single – colour – family!   At only 38 cents a sheet, these pack-a-punch papers are a must in your craft room!

And it fits wonderfully with my Pick It- Cut It – Use It Up! theme!  Do you have STACKS of patterned paper lying around, just waiting for the perfect, best, over-the-top idea to come along?  After all, you can’t really use it until it’s aged some right 😉?  Well I, as well as many other paper crafting folks, are on a quest to get you to pull it out and craft with it!  Use it up!  Get enjoyment from it!  That’s why you bought it in the first place.

(Don’t worry…I can certainly count myself among the hoarders (eek!😩)).  I’ll be sharing loads of upcoming ideas that are easy, fun and a great way to showcase the beautiful papers you have!

And you know what?  When you do Pick It – Cut It – Use It Up!, there’s more fabulous paper out there just like these super patterned selections in all the colour families!


Aren’t they so pretty together?  (And you don’t even see ALL the colours in the pack!) 

So why do I love them so much and think they deserve a spot in your supplies? 

  • Perfect colour coordination with every cardstock, ink and marker (to save you time in your card making)
  • Four ultra versatile patterns, two with bright white backgrounds and two tone-on-tone (for different effects based on your design)
  • Two each of 2 double-sided designs (so you don’t need to hoard it!)
  • Easy-to-use 6”x6” size (non-intimidating and SO much easier to cut into for some strange reason)
  • Instant design elements without fuss and muss (just cut, punch or crop and you’re good to go!)

Another must-have item in this catalogue?  The A Big Thank You stamp set.  It does come as a bundle, with an awesome die cut “thank you”, but it was really the sentiments and all the little extra “bits” that called my name.

monochromatic colour scheme card

Think of everything you could DO with all those flowers and decorative elements!

Here are just a few designs from the catalogue to show you what I mean.

monochromatic colour scheme card

So how about now I show you exactly how to make a monochromatic colour scheme card?


…you know in case you need to get busy working on your Father’s Day card!


  • Basic Grey cardstock – 1 piece 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”, 1 piece 3 1/2” x 4 3/4”, 1 piece 1 5/8” x 3 1/8”
  • Whisper White – 1 piece 1 1/2” x 3”
  • Basic Grey designer series paper – 3 3/8” x 4 5/8”


  1. Adhere striped designer series paper to the medium-sized piece of Basic Grey cardstock with SNAIL, then use dimensionals to centre on the card.  (TIP1: for a piece this large, I put dimensionals on the middle of the card and middle of the sides as well.)
  2. Stamp greeting in Basic Grey ink onto the upper portion of small Whisper White rectangle.  Stamp heart centred below it in Merry Merlot.
  3. Glue to the small piece of Basic Grey cardstock then adhere to bottom right of designer paper with dimensionals. (TIP2: Placing this off-centre adds more interest to your card.)

…and if you want to get fancy, decorate your envelope flap too.

  1. Run SNAIL around outside edge of envelope.  Lay piece of DSP on top and trim around flap edges with scissors. (TIP3: I used the leftover piece from my cut for the card front)

Now isn’t that FAST?


pack a punch with a monochromatic colour scheme card


Now it’s your turn to make a monochromatic colour scheme card.  Feel free to pick any ONE colour (make it your favourite!) and a neutral then share your ideas!

Here are the supplies I used which are absolute staples in my craft area.  I can promise you won’t go wrong with any of these in your own paper crafting toolkit.  Thanks for shopping with me!

dad will love a monochromatic colour scheme card


Did you get a one-colour-card made – in time for dad?  Which colour did you go with?  

I know I’ll be playing with my 6”x6” designer series papers in all the colour families a TON over the coming months!  With simple, elegant patterns to more fun and frisky, I’m sure I’ll have something to tickle your creative bone!

So make sure you check back to see what other designs, besides how to make a monochromatic colour scheme card, I come up with!


Tips for Detailed Colouring with Stampin Up Alcohol Markers

Tips for Detailed Colouring with Stampin Up Alcohol Markers

I absolutely love my Blends for colouring all kinds of images – but I thought you might especially want to see my video tips for detailed colouring with Stampin Up alcohol markers.  After all, not all rubber stamped images have lots of coverage like this wine-inspired one right?

And if you think some of your itsy bitsy stamps are WAAY too small to colour with either of the ends of the Stampin Blends, just wait!  Run and grab’em now because you’ll want to test these out lickety-split once you see my pointers. 

But how about if we see our project first?  It’s another fun one made with the Animal Outing stamp set.  Three words for this stamp set…awesome, awesome, awesome!  (OK, I know that’s technically only ONE word, but I think you get the picture! 😜)


8 super tips for detailed colouring with Stampin Up alcohol markers


 Cute right?  Did you see how small that branch is?  Let’s take a closer peek so you can really see just how small I mean when I say “small”!


8 super tips for detailed colouring with Stampin Up alcohol markers


Pretty darn teeny!  But don’t worry, I’ve got 8 quick and easy tips for detailed colouring with Stampin Up alcohol markers to share with you right now.  Let’s take a gander…

If you’ve got all the colours of Blends so far (or maybe just a few), I wonder if you’ve been pretty much focussing on the brush tip for colouring?  I know I was.  After all, I’m usually in an all-fired hurry to get my card done (because I’m late – again!)  So my bullet tips hadn’t really seen the light of day.  

But that’s really not helping YOU – or me – get the best bang for our buck from our stamping supplies is it?  So I played around a bit and now I think you have TONS more options of stamped images to give a try with your alcohol markers.

8 super tips for detailed colouring with Stampin Up alcohol markers


Do think you’ve got anything SMALLER than that branch in your stash of stamping supplies?  I challenge you to stampede on down to your craft area and get busy to test out my tips! 

You could even make this exact card if you want.  Here’s everything I used.  Just click on the image to get yours delivered right to your door.  I do appreciate you shopping with me!

As a newly converted alcohol based marker junkie myself, I know you might be shying away from a-NUH-ther new tool!

So if you’re on the fence about alcohol markers, take a look at this post where I shared my favourite things about them.  Or you might also like this one, where I give you my top ten tips for using the Stampin’ Blends.

8 super tips for detailed colouring with Stampin Up alcohol markers

Once I made the plunge, I can now say “I do LUV me my Blends”.  In fact, I can hardly wait until the new colours from the 2018-19 Annual Catalogue are up for order!  Only a couple days now though.  Well, at least I think so. 

Stampin’ Up! has said they’ll be available mid-June, and in my mind, that’s the 15th, so I suspect ANY day now, we’ll get the go-ahead. Then there’ll be no holding me back! 

And once I get those baby’s in my hot little hands, I’ll be experimenting and playing.  And who knows?  I might even come up with more tips for detailed colouring with Stampin Up alcohol markers I can share with you!


The Stamparatus: Why I Have the Best Stamp Positioner Available | VIDEO

The Stamparatus: Why I Have the Best Stamp Positioner Available | VIDEO

It’s time for my third video on the Stamparatus: why I have the best stamp positioner available!  If you haven’t heard about the Stampin’ Up!’s Stamparatus by now, I kid you not, it will change the way you stamp!  It’s available to order again on June 1st and I predict it’s going to be high on your list of must-haves! 

Here’s the card I show you exactly how I made in minutes with perfect alignment.

why I have the best stamp positioner available

You might remember I’ve been planning all along for a four-part video series, and this one makes number three.  But I just might need to stretch it out as I’m finding new ways to play with this awesome tool.  Keep checking back to see them here.   

But what’s up for today? I’m going to show you how you can get perfectly spaced, perfectly placed, alignment with multiple image stamping.  It’s completely different from my first video showing you how to get an exact placement with your two step stamps.  Didn’t see it?  Check it out here.

And in case you think it’s going to be much the same as my last video for creating multiple stamped images quickly and easily, think again!  This video showcases something no other stamp positioner can do – hinged step stamping.  But enough “talking”.  Let’s take a peek.

The Stamparatus: Why I have the Best Stamp Positioner Available

Now I realize that’s a pretty assertive statement.  After all, there are a few darn good stamp positioners out there and you might even have one yourself (like me😙).  But as I shared here there is currently NONE that will do alll THIS!

  • Hinged plates to repeat images down or across quickly and easily – if you skipped over the video, head back up and take a peek – this feature is so COOL and you’ll save tons of paper from thrown out mis-stamped images
  • Two reversible stamping plates (so FOUR sides to affix stamps on to build up your image) – just think how quickly you’ll be able to put together a two and three-step card with all kinds of images!
  • Removable plates (2) rather than just a permanently attached one – so you can use only one, or two together and they come out for storage so there’s no danger of damaging them
  • Etched grid marks on each plate – that makes it so easy to line up your stamps
  • Strong magnetic base with 1/4” grid marks to get perfect placement in a snap
  • Separate foam insert to cushion your photopolymer stamps so they stamp great
  • Two of four edges open to fit larger papers to stamp on – if you like larger sheets for scrapbooking like 12” x 12” or 4 1/4” x 11” cards, they fit out the bottom or side edge!
  • Rulers on two edges for quick measuring – so you know exactly where your cardstock and image placement is
  • Two bar magnets – that store out of the way when not in use – heavy duty for all your needs – and you don’t need to use them all the time either, just like in today’s video

why I have the best stamp positioner available

How about a couple other ideas?

As I showed in the video, I played around with a few more ideas using the Wood Words stamp set since they’re super to create repetitive images, not to mention fun.  Here they are for a closer peek.


why I have the best stamp positioner available


I stamped all the yellow stars first by moving my hinge down TWO hinges.  Then I cleaned the stamp off and inked it with Memento ink and stamped in between.  Perfect alignment!


why I have the best stamp positioner available


This time I positioned the heart on its side and hinge-step stamped it five times.  This way I could make a landscape-style card.

You can order the Stamparatus on June 1st!  And in the meantime, check out your stamps that will work for hinge-step stamping so you’re ready to get busy when you get yours. 

All the supplies I used to create these simple, effective designs are right here.  And when you order online with me, you get a special bonus I mail out.  This month, it’ a Silicone Craft Sheet absolutely FREE with an $85 order when you use this hostess code: MEF3FA79. 

Who doesn’t LOVE FREE?

why I have the best stamp positioner available

I’m having a ton of fun playing with my Stamparatus and learning about how YOU”LL be able to get the most out of it.  Here is another idea-provoking thought you might like.

Keep your eyes peeled here for my next video featuring the Stamparatus.  It’s coming soon!

We’ll be playing with this awesome tool in my Open House next week.  Then you’ll see exactly why I have the best stamp positioner available – and that’s not just blowing smoke up your skirt!  




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