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How to Nest Framelits with Your Big Shot | VIDEO

How to Nest Framelits with Your Big Shot | VIDEO

It’s video day – how to nest framelits with your Big Shot in less than ten minutes.  That’s how long it will take to view it – and make a gosh darn super cute card you could give to anyone.

But a warning.  We’re going minimalist today.  If you love bits and baubles, glitter and glam, ribbons and bows, you might go into shock!  (I did when I realized I didn’t have one itty bitty Stampin’ Dimensional on this card anywhere. Nada!😲)  And just wait until you see just how little paper we’re using!  

I’ve turned to my trusty Layering Squares framelits for this cheery peek through greeting.  But you could easily use any other nested framelit shapes once you see how easy it is! 

Let’s take a peek.


How to Nest Framelits with Your Big Shot

I love, love, love this stamp set.   I think it should have been called “Versatile” Varied Vases.  There’s so much you can do with it!  

Now I didn’t pull out the Vase Builder punch today like I did with this simple thank you. And in this adorable one, I combined the punch, the stamp and an embossing folder.  And just the other day, this sweet watercolour one was calling my name. 

But no matter what YOUR paper crafting style is, this bundle is one super duper way to get crafting – and producing – quickly.

Now before we get to the video, here’s everything you’re going to want to pull out so you can make it along with me.


Or if you’d rather a leisurely view, grab your popcorn and let’s get to it!


How to Nest Framelits with Your Big Shot

How to Nest Framelits with Your Big Shot

Did you get the – almost non-existent 😋 – measurements?

  • Thick Whisper White – 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”, scrap about 2” x 3”
  • Basic Black – 2 1/2” x 5”

And yes, that’s it!  

How to Nest Framelits with Your Big Shot


Is your mind whirling?  Got all kinds of ideas clamouring to get out onto card stock?  

Why not shoot me an email or leave me a comment with your design ideas?  I’d love to hear – and see – your creations on how to nest framelits with YOUR Big Shot on your next card.

Use Stampin Write Markers to Colour Rubber Stamps

Use Stampin Write Markers to Colour Rubber Stamps

Today’s the day – it’s time to use Stampin Write markers to colour rubber stamps.  No more putting it off, let’s pull off them caps.  Now admittedly it may not be the sexiest stamping technique on the planet, but boy-oh-boy does it give you colouring power and flexibility!

But can we get personal for just a moment?  

  • Are you in luhv with all the new Stampin’ Up! colours?  
  • Do you have colour envy when you see someone else flaunting Mango Melody, Merry Merlot or Mossy Meadow? 
  • But is your budget stretched a teensy too thin to get all the stamp pads right now?  

Well here’s how you can flaunt a Shaded Spruce, Poppy Parade or a Granny Apple Green right back at ’em!  Grab a set of Stampin Write markers for colouring directly onto your rubber stamps.  Then get ready to get more from your crafting tools!  

Take a peek at today’s project (which has a bit of a surprise element 😉) and uses the pretty Tropical Escapes designer series paper.

use stampin write markers to colour rubber stamps

Doesn’t that feel like a breath of fresh – tropical – air?  Crisp and cool with three colours of green. Soft Seafood, Granny Apple Green and Shaded Spruce.  Plus one sparkly little Petal Pink rhinestone gem for a bit of pizzazz.  And there’s still time to get this lovely Tropical Escape 6”x6” pack free when you buy three others. Isn’t it pretty?


use stampin write markers to colour rubber stamps


Use Stampin Write markers to colour rubber stamps

I firmly believe this simple little colouring technique gets overlooked. A lot!  And it’s so gosh-darn simple.  

Here ’s all you need to do.

  1. Make sure to use the brush marker tip end
  2. Colour directly onto the stamp using the SIDE of the marker (TIP1: colour some parts one colour and other parts another if you like)
  3. “Huff” (don’t spit or blow, just a huff like you’ve been running and are out of breath 😉) directly onto the stamp (TIP2: the “huffing” remoistens the ink in case it dried while you were colouring)
  4. Stamp onto your paper – instant presto, multiple colours!

use stampin write markers to colour rubber stamps

That’s exactly what I did for both the greetings on this card.  (And that’s the ONLY stamping so this card is ultra fast.)  I first inked the “Thinking of” in Granny Apple Green marker, then the “you” in Shaded Spruce.  I huffed and stamped and it was all over in a flash.

But wait just a minute.  “Both” greetings?  Where’s the second one?  Wanna see the surprise part?

let's use stampin write markers to colour rubber stamps


Did you think it was a gatefold card?  I just used a long piece of cardstock and folded it into the middle.  I have a second greeting from the Another Wonderful Year set on the inside too.

use stampin write markers to colour rubber stamps

why not use stampin write markers to colour rubber stamps

Make this card today


  • Granny Apple Green cardstock – 4 1/4” x 11”, scored at 2 3/4” and 8 1/4”
  • Soft Seafoam cardstock – two pieces 4” x 5 1/4”
  • Tropical Escape designer series paper – one piece 3 7/8” x 5 1/8” and second piece 7/8” x 3 7/8”  (TIP3: you will have enough left over from the 6” x 6” piece for the flap of your envelope.)
  • Whisper White thick cardstock – one 1 1/2” x 4 1/4” and one 3 7/8” x 5 1/8”
  • Shaded Spruce cardstock – 1” x 4 1/2”
  • Granny Apple Green 1/2” ribbon – about 6”

how easy is it to use stampin write markers to colour rubber stamps



  1. Glue DSP to one piece of Soft Seafoam then to the left-hand panel of folded Granny Apple Green card.  (TIP4: put glue onto the card front rather than the back of the Soft Seafood panel.)
  2. Stamp greeting onto the strip of Whisper White using steps above.
  3. Insert end into the Triple Banner punch and cut end.  Do the same with the strip of Shaded Spruce and glue it underneath the white strip.
  4. Wrap ribbon around left side and knot.  Trim ends.
  5. Attach to left side of the card with dimensionals.  Add Petal Pink rhinestone gem to the right-hand side.
  6. Adhere a small strip of DSP to piece of large Whisper White on the left-hand side.
  7. Stamp second greeting using same technique onto Whisper White for the inside.
  8. Glue to piece of Soft Seafoam then to the inside of the card.

Decorate envelope with the remaining piece of DSP.  Glue to back flap with SNAIL then cut around the flap.

Have you already got some Stampin’ Writes and they’re gathering dust?  If you do, it’s time to get them out and get busy!  And if you want to add instant colouring options for your rubber stamping, pick up one or two now simply by clicking on the image.  Thanks so much.

it's easy to use stampin write markers to colour rubber stamps

There are lots more you can do with your Stampin’ Writes.  Simple colouring in of images is another awesome way to get realistic images. Check out this pretty lady card or this cute puppy card coloured this way.  

No matter which way you use your markers, you can immediately add more variety to your card making with this simple, versatile and inexpensive tool. 

So remember, today’s the day!  Go grab ‘em and use Stampin Write markers to colour rubber stamps and get some cards ready for the mail.

The Joy of Receiving a Card

The Joy of Receiving a Card

Have you recently experienced the joy of receiving a card?  Today I want to share with you one I received for my birthday from my friend Pat which made my day.

it's fun to share the joy of receiving a card

While I’m sure you’ll agree Pat’s card is beautiful, I’m not exactly sure what it was about that particular day I received it in the mail that made it extra special. 

I remember picking up the mail and ripping the envelope open before I even made it home!  (Do you do that too?)

It arrived a couple days after my birthday celebrations so it was a little unexpected maybe.  But I don’t remember feeling unwell or down in the dumps.  My hubby and I weren’t on the outs (which hardly ever happens anyway 😚),  I hadn’t just received any bad news.   My computer was working without any techy glitches 😋.

I think it’s just the fact she had taken the time to craft me a handmade card which made me feel special.  And I know she had also considered how I would really appreciate receiving one with this lovely Springtime Impressions die, a new item in the catalogue.

why not share the joy of receiving a card

And that made me think about how we say we’re too busy to get into our craft rooms.  And just why it’s important for us to carve out some time to do just that.  Not just for ourselves, but for others.

The Joy of Receiving a Card

You know, I’m very lucky.  I have lots of family and friends who take the time to send me cards. Many of them are handmade and all of them are beautiful.  Some come on special occasions like Pat’s did, and some come just from out of the blue.  

No matter when, how or why, every single time I receive a card, I get a little lift.  And I’ll bet the same thing happens when your friends and family get one from you.  After all, in our digital world, isn’t it great to receive a piece of mail that isn’t a bill?

share the joy of receiving a card


What do you think some of the joy of receiving a card is?


  • I’ll bet they smile as soon as they see your writing (and stamping) on the envelope.
  • Maybe they take extra care to open the flap so they can display the undamaged envelope on the mantle too.
  • They might laugh or gasp or ooooh or aaaah when they see your carefully chosen design.
  • Depending on the reason you sent the card, perhaps they wipe away a tear or two.
  • And they might immediately phone or text you to thank you for taking the time to think of them.

But the joy isn’t just for your card recipient.  Think of all the benefits you receive when you design and send a handmade card to someone special.

  • The fun you have picking out stamp sets, colours and papers with them in mind.
  • How you lose yourself in the creative design process and time just flies.
  • Your anticipation of their reaction when they see a pretty envelope in the mail and open the flap.
  • The warm-your-heart feeling you experience when they share your card with others.
  • The little glow you feel when they connect with you and share a quick – or long – thank you or catch-up conversation.

In the words of the Mastercard commercial, that’s priceless.

Time to get creative

Even if your stamps and paper are buried under mounds of other “stuff”, run to your nearest card store and find a greeting perfect for someone who might need a little lift.

And if your supplies aren’t buried, check out this other Springtime Impressions butterfly card or this make-it-in 5 patterned paper design for some fast and fun inspiration.

give someone the joy of receiving a card

In our busy lives, we often are too focused on the next thing we HAVE TO DO.  Sadly, our HAVE TO DO’s usually don’t include making  (or buying) and sending a card to a loved one. 

Why not take a few minutes today to get out your stamps and paper, craft some simple cards and get them into the mail?  (Re) connect with your buddies.  Let your friends and family experience the joy of receiving a card – at the same time you get the awesome benefits of sending a card.



Springtime Impressions Stampin Up Butterfly Card

Springtime Impressions Stampin Up Butterfly Card

How about a Springtime Impressions Stampin Up butterfly card to get you into your craft room and creating today?  This one is simple, eye-catching and goes together quickly using the gorgeous butterfly from the Springtime Impressions detailed thinlits.

springtime impressions stampin up butterfly card


I am in LUV with this butterfly.  It decorated my Open House door prize jars in June , it’s made its way onto thank you cards, and I showcased it with this zentangle card too.  It’s just so darn easy to play with since it needs hardly any embellishment to create a fantastic card! 

Take a closer look.

springtime impressions stampin up butterfly card


It comes in a small set, a fantastic floral border, a pretty six-petal flower and this awesome butterfly.  Think how many simple projects you could whip up in no time with this set of dies. 


springtime impressions stampin up butterfly card

You know I wasn’t too sure about the new Petal Pink colour – to me it doesn’t look really pink. 

But I guess that’s exactly what Stampin’ Up! was aiming for since it’s a gorgeous complement to Calypso Coral like I’ve used here.  Don’t you think it really picks up the orange-y colour?

springtime impressions stampin up butterfly card


Here are some tips to make this Springtime Impressions Stampin Up butterfly card


  • Emboss the bottom half of the Petal Pink panel only with the Petal Paid embossing folder
  • Colour your word stamp with your Stampin’ Write Calypso Coral marker.  Colour just the “YOU” first and stamp.  Clean then colour the “are fabulous” and stamp below the “YOU”.
  • Create a small banner edge with your Paper Snips on your greeting and line it up with the right edge of your panel.
  • Tie a pretty bow with the Ombre Calypso Coral 1/4” ribbon right around the embossed panel before adhering it to the folded card.
  • The Big Shot Die Brush makes short work of getting all the little bits out of the butterfly.
  • Attach your butterfly with mini dimensionals along the butterfly’s body only
  • Add three Artisan pearls to make her even more special.


I’d love to know what your favourite part is of this card.  Please leave me a comment.

Well, did you run down to your craft space and start creating?  I hope so because I predict your best buds are going to love this card when they get it in the mail.  If you need a few supplies to finish it off, here is everything I used.

springtime impressions stampin up butterfly card

Psssst…before you go.  Did you see I paired an embossing folder with this butterfly thinlit just like I did with this card too? In this one, I was drawn to the way the embossed “petals” mimic the cut-outs on the edges of the butterfly wings.

I absolutely adore when I can make pretty cards in minutes using a stand-out focal piece like this butterfly.  A couple quick runs through the Big Shot, a swish with my die brush, and a couple mini dimensionals.  That’s all it takes to create this Springtime Impressions Stampin Up butterfly card – I hope you give it a try today.


How to Match Embossing Folders and Framelits

How to Match Embossing Folders and Framelits

I thought it might be fun to show you how to match embossing folders and framelits for your paper crafting.  Because if you’re like me, you might be a bit of a dry embossing fiend, yet sometimes wonder how to match ‘em up to make awesome designs. 

Read on for some of my top tips.

how to match embossing folders and framelits

I combined the Quilt Top embossing folder with the Stitched Labels and Springtime Impressions flower thinlits.  In case you think those three might’ve seemed like a bit of a no-brainer, you might be surprised about my steps on how to match embossing folders and framelits. 😉

How to match Embossing Folders and Framelits

Pull out your embossing folders and give them a good look.  Then ask yourself these questions.

  1. What’s the first thing you notice about the impression?  Is it an all over pattern or concentrated in one place and open in another?  Is it more of a background pattern or more of an image or picture?
  2. Does it have a theme? (Like Hallowe’en or Easter or maybe Asian-inspired or kids birthday)
  3. Could it be a stand-alone image (like a wreath or snowflake or heart?)
  4. What are the main shapes you see in it?  Circles?  Squares? Petals? Leaves?

how to match embossing folders and framelits


For example, in the Quilt Top folder here’s what I noticed.

  • three different shapes: round-ish, diamond-ish and petal-ish
  • An interlocking, all-over pattern
  • Dotted curved lines or stitching lines
  • Strips of patterns – I could cut out vertical or horizontal lines of patterns

Next, take a closer look at your thinlits and framelits you want to use and consider the following.

  1. What is the shape you see first?  Is there only one shape or are there multiple ones?  Does it match with any of the shapes you noticed in the embossing folder?
  2. Does your die only cut out shapes or are there detailed designs included?  (TIP1: Thinlits tend to lean more this way than framelits.)
  3. Do any of the details coordinate with the things you picked out in embossing folder?


how to match embossing folders and framelits

For example here’s why I thought both the Stitched Label and Springtime Impressions flower thinlits were a good match for the Quilt Top embossing folder.

  • Stitching lines to match the embossed stitches (probably the most obvious one)
  • Petal shape cut-outs on the large label
  • A large enough label shape that wouldn’t get lost on the all-over background of the embossed card
  • A border pattern on the label with circular edges to match the shape of the embossed impression
  • Petals on the flower thinlit to coordinate with the “petal” shape on the folder

 Take another peek.  How do you think it works together?

how to match embossing folders and framelits

Some of the other details on my card?


how to match embossing folders and framelits


  • All-over embossed impression on the front of the card, not on a panel adhered to the card. (TIP2: open your card after scoring and place inside the folder, extending the back out the end of the folder.  Run through the Big Shot.)
  • A mix of soft colours: Highland Heather, Powder Pink and Pear Pizzazz.
  • An off-centre arrangement of my stamped focal point for added interest.
  • Popped up label and flowers.
  • Inside greeting to match with a third pink petal.


how to match embossing folders and framelits


But even though those were my thoughts as I was designing this card, I can do more with the Quilt Top folder and punches too.  For example, I thought the curved lines in the embossed background mimicked the sway of bells ringing for these cute Christmas table favours. 

Don’t limit yourself!  Make sure you try out all your different tools and supplies AND ideas for great results.

So go take a look at what embossing folders and dies you have in your own supplies and see how to make your creations stand out.  And if you’d like to make a card just like mine, here is everything I used.  I really appreciate when you shop with me.

how to match embossing folders and framelits

What is going to be your first die and embossing folder you’re going to pair?  Here are a few of my other faves you might like to try:

  • Sparkle and Eastern Medallions Thilnits
  • Layered Leaves and Nature’s Roots Framelits
  • Seaside Embossing folder and Swirly Scribbles Thinlits
  • Striped Scallops and Seasonal Layers Thinlits

I’d love to see what other combinations you design with.  And be sure to send me a pic now you know how to match embossing folders and framelits.


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