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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.

Sneak Peek: Stampin Up Graceful Glass and Stampin Blends

Sneak Peek: Stampin Up Graceful Glass and Stampin Blends

Today’s card is a Sneak Peek: Stampin Up Graceful Glass and Stampin Blends combination!  Guess what?  I got to be one of the first to play with these cool new items at a fun-filled and exciting day a couple weeks ago. 

Think how awesome THAT was!

stampin up graceful glass and stampin blends

Just picture it, eight thousand demonstrators across the world celebrating, swapping, learning and playing together.  Then imagine eight thousand copies of the new annual catalogue, cellophane ripped off and eagerly rifled through.  

Exclusive sneak peeks of not just one, two or three, but ALL kinds of new stamp sets, colours, papers, and embellishments!  Free stamp sets and product!  New ideas!  Fun with friends!  What fantastic perks of being part of the Stampin’ Up! family!  

And it’s not too late.  YOU can still get in on the pre-catalogue-release action!  Sign up today and be the first to order brand new items before anyone else in May!


Sneak Peek: Stampin Up Graceful Glass and Stampin Blends

Now when you heard the term “graceful glass”, did you automatically associate it with the words, “wild about you”?  Probably not right?  But take another peek at what I’ve put together for you and let me know if it works.

stampin up graceful glass and stampin blends

Sorta cool?  For those of you of a certain “vintage” (and you know who you are), does it maybe bring back some 60’s vibes?  Like lava lamp swirls?  Aren’t the colours a little wild – but cool – together? 

The words are from another fun new set we got for free at OnStage. Animal Outing is its name and I think you’re going to think is pretty darn cute!

stampin up graceful glass and stampin blends

Do you like colouring and blending?  Our new Graceful Glass vellum cardstock makes it ultra easy.   In the pack of 24-6”x6” sheets, you’ll get 12 different designs in permanent black, some images detailed pictures, others more patterns, like this “wave-like” one.  They’re perfect for stained glass work when you use Stampin’ Write markers or Stampin Blends like I did here.

You probably already know I LUV the new Blends (and if not, read all about it here).  And now we’re going to have 11 new colours (light and dark) to add to our family for TONS more colour blending options.  We got to play with two more colours like Pineapple Punch and Lovely Lipstick which I combined with Rich Razzleberry for my 60’s inspired card here. 

stampin up graceful glass and stampin blends

And that kinky cord on the side?  Some cool new flat and shiny black cording I untwisted for a wild look. 

Do you see the cute little banner peeking out behind the Blends panel?  A tiny detail to pull in another itty bitty piece of the Pineapple Punch paper.

And you can just get a glimpse of the strip of w=Whisper White I have lining the inside of the card so you have a nice block to write your message.

You know, I get as excited as the next true dyed-in-the-wool paper crafter – like you – when it comes to new things!  So it’s always fun to be amongst the first to get to play with new stuff.   

If you’d like to play too, jump on my Kreative Kanucks team and you could be creating your own sneak peek: Stampin Up Graceful Glass and Stamps Blends card like this one –  in no time at all.


Quick and Easy Masculine Birthday Card

Quick and Easy Masculine Birthday Card

Need a quick and easy masculine birthday card? I’ve got just the thing!  How about a five-stepper card you can pop in an envelope in about 5 minutes?

The True Gentleman designer series paper and the Truly Tailored stamp set is a match made in heaven. And they make card making a breeze, whether you’re a brand new paper crafter, or a seasoned cardmaker. Take a peek.

quick and easy masculine birthday card

Do you find handmade guy cards can be a bit of a challenge? Here are some of the questions I ask myself as I tackle one.

  • What’s his favourite colour?
  • What’s his favourite food?
  • Does he like to travel or is he a stay at home?
  • Does he have a hobby?
  • Is he trendy, outdoorsy or artsy or _____ (fill in your own blank😉)
  • Is he an animal lover or allergic to pet hair?
  • …and so many more to help you gather ideas for what is best going to suit his personality.

For instance, my significant other wears glasses and works at a desk, so the eye glasses make sense.

But maybe the specs paper wouldn’t work for the man in your life? How about pipes or bow ties? Or geometric shapes or simple stripes? There’s something for everyone in this paper. The hardest part will be choosing! Take a look at all of them and tell me which one will be his favourite.

quick and easy masculine birthday card

You can never go wrong with a blue-green combination and this paper has both. Night of Navy, Tranquil Tide with some neutrals thrown in: Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake all livened up with just a pinch of Crushed Curry on a Very Vanilla background.

DESIGNER PAPER BONUS: When you design with patterned paper, you get a HUGE bang for your buck. (You could make twelve cards just like this one from a single sheet of 12 x 12 paper, that could be 144 male-oriented cards from the entire package. You can’t beat 10 CENTS a card, can you? (Note: the FULL cost of this card, including ribbon is only 32 CENTS.)

Before I give you the measurements and steps take a side view.

quick and easy masculine birthday card

Isn’t that curduroy ribbon gorgeous?  Almost a smokiness to the navy and very soft and touchable.  I was surprised just how flexible it was.  And it takes adhesive like a dream!

Let’s Make a Quick and Easy Masculine Birthday Card


  • Very Vanilla thick cardstock – 4 1/4” x 11”, scored at 5 1/2”
  • Piece of True Gentleman DSP – 2” x 5 1/2”
  • Night of Navy corduroy ribbon – piece 5 3/4” long (TIP1: use the corduroy “line” to cut along for a straight edge.)

Now don’t blink or you might miss the almost minuscule number of steps to get these cards FINITO!


  1. Glue designer paper to bottom of card front
  2. Run strip of adhesive or liquid glue on Very Vanilla card right over where the designer paper ends. (TIP2: the width of the adhesive you lay down should be almost the width of your ribbon (3/8”) so it will stick down completely. TIP3: overlapping your ribbon means you will not have any gap where your paper ends and the ribbon begins if you don’t happen to get it adhered exactly straight.)
  3. Lay your ribbon on top of your adhesive with 1/4” extending on either side of card then trim ends. (TIP4: cutting your ribbon ust a teeny bit longer than you need means you can trim the ends flush with your card since your paper may not be exactly 5 1/2”.)
  4. Ink stamp in Chocolate Chip ink and stamp on right hand side above ribbon.
  5. Add a second greeting to the card inside (optional).

Here are two more quick and easy masculine birthday cards you could made with your True Gentleman DSP and Truly Tailored stamp set.

quick and easy masculine birthday card

So now you know how easy it is to use, how inexpensive it will be, and how many cards you can make, it’s your turn to get into your craft space and crank some out. Grab your own guy stuff and see how minimalist you can be with your supplies for this quick and easy masculine birthday card!

quick and easy masculine birthday card

If you like how simple this card is, take a peek at this other masculine one you can also make lickety split!

Are you excited to whip up a batch of these so you have guy greetings for the entire year – maybe even five years? I am! I love how quick and easy masculine birthday cards can be with the True Gentlemen designer series paper.

Cute Colour Cards with Stampin Write Markers

Cute Colour Cards with Stampin Write Markers

Did you know it’s Puppy Day today – so of course I need to share puppy cute colour cards with Stampin Write markers! And I have the perfect one made by my friend and fellow Stampin” Up! Demonstrator Carmen.

If you haven’t coloured in awhile, you’re going to want to pull out your Stampin’ Write markers and get busy like she did once you see her super sweet card. It’s not only cute, the colours work wonderfully well as we inch our way into more spring-like weather! I think you’ll agree with me.

cute colour cards with Stampin Write markers

Aren’t they darling together? And with such a simple colouring technique and a designer series paper background, this card is super time-friendly too.

So when would you use this card? Pretty much any time you need to send a “pick-me-up” card to a friend. I’ve pulled out this set myself for a card to share condolences with a friend who lost her dog friend as well as birthdays for young’uns and sweet thank you’s.

Simply change out the greeting from the set and it could accompany a gift, send a thank you or be a thinking of you. Take a peek at the entire set of Bella and Friends images you could create cute colour cards with Stampin Write markers with.

cute colour cards with stampin write markers

Here’s a closer look at the colouring.

cute colour cards with Stampin Write markers

Carmen was inspired by the stamp set itself, then pulled colours from there hoping to find a DSP for her background.  I say she was pretty successful don’t you?  Smoky Slate (with Basic Gray for shading), Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive then a little Tempting Turquoise and Real Red for her tag.

Do you see how Carmen offset her image so there was room for her simple knot on the left hand side? (And if you shy away from bows and knots because you think they bulk up your cards, this finely woven ribbon is super at staying flexible and flat so that’s not an issue!)

All in all a pretty sweet card with pretty polished colouring.

cute colour cards with Stampin Write markers

Do you recognize the paper that Carmen found to coordinate with her coloured image? It’s one you saw EVERYWHERE when the catalogue first came out ten months ago. (Wow, yes, it’s been that long! Which means we’re almost set for a new one!  But more on that in later posts!)

It’s the Delightful Daisy, without a daisy in sight! In fact, it’s one piece of paper cut in half and adhered to cover the front of the card so you can see both sides at once. Pretty great pattern mixing I’d say!

Colouring is probably right up there in my top three stamping techniques. Why?

  • It’s so darn easy
  • They are super quick to make
  • There are no real rules (except may to stay in the lines, but even then you’ve got room to play!)
  • You can do it almost anywhere (markers are ultra portable although I do have to say, colouring while driving doesn’t work ALL that well – yes I HAD to try!)
  • It’s pretty inexpensive (at only $3.90 a marker – for a set of 10 – it’s the cheapest way to get all the Stampin’ Up! colours!  And you can even save a few bucks when you purchase the full set of Many Marvelous Markers which comes with its own handy carrying case!)
  • there’s such a variety of Stampin’ Up! detailed images to keep you colouring for days! (Look how different this thank you card is, also coloured with the Stamp’ Writes)
  • It’s OK to multitask! (You can easily carry on a conversation or watch tv at the same time as you’re colouring!)

cute colour cards with Stampin Write markers

Now before you hit the button to pick up Bella and Friends, let me share a few quick TIPs for your stamping and colouring:

  1. Use the Basic Black Archival ink. Since these are water-based makers, you want ink that will stay put.
  2. Working with the ultra bright Whisper White gives fabulous results. It’s my favourite for clean and true colours. Regular or thick work equally well.
  3. Colour with the brush tip, in a circular motion, to avoid streaks of colour.

So how about getting back at it and colouring some cute and fun cards right now? While I suspect you may already have the supplies you need on hand, if not, simply click any of the images below to order from me.

I really appreciate seeing that little online order notification come through and when your order is over $85, you’ll get a special bonus gift from me too!

Make Cute Coloured Cards with Stampin Write Markers

Bella & Friends Wood-Mount Stamp Set


Bella & Friends Clear-Mount Stamp Sets


Subtles Stampin' Write Markers


Brights Stampin' Write Markers


Neutrals Stampin' Write Markers


Many Marvelous Markers


Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Pad


Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock


Tranquil Tide Classic Stampin' Pad


Tranquil Tide 1/2" Finely Woven Ribbon


Old Olive 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock


Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper


Tranquil Tide 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock


SNAIL Permanent Adhesive


cute colour cards with Stampin Write markers


Haven’t coloured in awhile? Then there’s no time like the present. And in honour of Puppy Day, stamp out a few sweet images like these so you can colour in front of the tv or during a coffee break at work.

Make up some birthday or thank you cards so you have them in reserve to pull out at the last moment. You’ll be sure to find out how your cute colour cards with Stampin Write markers bring a smile to any friend’s face!

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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