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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.


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.  

Handmade Unicorn Birthday Gift Boxes

Handmade Unicorn Birthday Gift Boxes

These handmade unicorn birthday gift boxes will thrill any little girl!  And who knows, maybe even a bit bigger gal?  Sparkly, sweet, pink and with a pretty unicorn to celebrate a special day.  Stay tuned!  I share all the measurements to make your own with your Simply Scored and some Tear & Tape. 

The Magical Day bundle has been ULTRA popular this winter – but now it’s retiring!  

All kinds of mythical creatures…fire spouting dragons, wily wizards, mystical mermaids, knights in shining armour, not just unicorns!  There’s something here for guys and gals, kids and the young at heart! You’re going to want to pick it up at 10% off before it’s gone for good!  

And if you’re a girly-girl this pretty pink box might call your name!

handmade unicorn birthday ideas

Sweet yes?  If you’re of a certain “vintage”, you may have played with My Little Pony toys from the 80’s (which then became a movie)?  Such cute little animals and unicorns…and you could brush their pink and blue manes.   (I’m about to age myself ☺️) I remember babysitting little tykes who had these sweet little toys! 

But there’s WAAAY more ways to use this bundle.  Heck, who knows a Harry Potter fan?  Or Game of Thrones?  Think of all the possibilities for themed parties and get togethers!

But let’s get back to my handmade unicorn birthday gift boxes…

handmade unicorn birthday box to make

Let’s see, how many “girly” details are there?

  • Sweet galloping unicorns
  • Pretty Powder pink paper
  • Shiny silver washi tape
  • Sparkly Wink of Stella colouring
  • Silvery textured stars
  • Silky powder pink ribbon tied in a bow

Enough to please even the toughest five year old critic!

Handmade Unicorn Birthday Gift Boxes

So now we’ve established that there’s not too many girls who wouldn’t think this box was the cat’s meow, how about some of the deets so you can get busy?

It stands almost 6 1/4” high and is a perfect 2 7/8” square shape.   The ribbon will slide right off and the lid pops off so you have lots of space for your gift.

handmade unicorn birthday

Here are your measurements:

  • Powder Pink cardstock – 9” x 12”
  • Unicorn (Myths & Magic) designer paper lid – 6” x 6”


  1. Score on the long (12”) side at 2 7/8”, 5 3/4”, 8 5/8” and 11 1/2″
  2. Turn 90 degrees and score on the short (9”) side at 2 7/8″


  1. Score on all 4 sides at 1 1/2″

handmade unicorn birthday for girl

Let’s Make the Unicorn Tag

I cut out out the tag with the Celebrations Thinlits (also retiring that I’m almost a bit distressed about 😢)  This has been an absolute favourite of mine this year and I’ve used it over and over. You might remember this Christmas tag?  (PSSST, rumour has it this beautiful Year of cheer paper and washi tape is in the Updated Clearance Rack at a super great deal!).  

  1. First, the stars are heat embossed with Versamark ink and silver embossing powder.  
  2. Then a strip of the gorgeous glittery Myths & Magic washi tape is wrapped completely around the bottom.  (TIP1: this tape is not super sticky so add some SNAIL to get it to stay stuck down.)  (TIP2: wrap it all the way around and overlap in the back so you don’t see a torn edge because the back of the tag will be written on.)
  3. Our pretty unicorn is stamped with Basic Black Archival ink on Shimmery White cardstock (are you noticing the sparkly trend here 🤗?)  The matching framelit cuts her out perfectly!
  4. To add colour, I picked up my clear Wink of Stella for her body and my Real Red Wink of Stella for her mane.  Check out my video to see how you can have every Stampin Up Wink of Stella colour if you want!
  5. Mini dimensionals hold her in place over the sparkly silver tape.
  6. I used about a 30” piece of the pretty Powder Pink finely woven ribbon.  It’s super flexible but has enough body to hold your tied bow and tag.  (TIP3:  Place the ribbon under the bottom, pull up to the top and insert the tag onto one end.  It doesn’t need to be tied because there’s enough body to hold it in place – BONUS!)

Now it’s your turn!  Everything you need to make these pretty handmade unicorn birthday gift boxes is right here!  The Magical Day bundle is retiring and is sure to sell out pretty quick so don’t miss out on saving 10% now!  

Thanks for shopping with me!

handmade unicorn birthday box to make

We always need a little bit of magic in our lives!  That “what if” element takes us all back to when EVERYTHING was possible!  And the Magical Day bundle is one way to add a touch of whimsy quickly and easily to all your cards and gift giving.

Get out your paper crafting supplies and get a start on these super sweet boxes.  After all, what little girl wouldn’t LOVE to get handmade unicorn gift boxes on her special day?

Elegant Handmade Wedding Anniversary Cards

Elegant Handmade Wedding Anniversary Cards

Today I’m so excited to be sharing elegant handmade wedding anniversary cards designed by my friend and team member Paula.  These gorgeous Best Wishes cards feature the Petal Passion Suite from the Occasions catalogue and if you’ve not paid attention because you’re not a scrapbooker, take a second look.  Really,  look at just how spectacular a Memories & More card can be!  

handmade wedding anniversary cards

In case you didn’t run to grab your Occasions catalogue, take a peek at the entire card pack featuring the always popular Basic Black, Powder Pink and White palette.  

handmade wedding anniversary cards


And are you ready for the BEST part?  You get all of this for ONLY $12.50! 

Maybe even better?  The pack will make more than 72 cards.  That’s a stellar deal!  It’s perfect for both quick and easy card making or more involved designs like Paula’s!  (And you’re not going to want to miss another fantastic idea made by my friend Rhonda below.)

But you better hurry since it’s on the Occasions retiring list and once it’s gone, it’s gone for good!

Let’s get back to Paula’s card…

I’m not sure there’s anything more sophisticated than a gray and black monochromatic colour scheme on a card.  (I guess technically these aren’t really colours are they but non-colours?!😁) 

Whatever you choose to call them, they are simply beautiful together.  Especially when they’re used to celebrate such a wonderful event. 

And don’t limit yourself to only wedding anniversary, what about a wedding itself?  Or maybe a congratulations for reaching a challenging milestone?  Or even a birthday for a really special someone.  The possibilities are endless with these “colours” and this pretty design. 

Let’s take another look.

handmade wedding anniversary cards

Elegant Handmade Wedding Anniversary Cards

Although Paula lots of elements on her card, everything works together beautifully for a few key reasons:

  • She’s limited herself to one main colour scheme (monochromatic grey running from white through to black)
  • Her pretty Petal Pair embossing folder in embossed on vellum cardstock which instantly creates a white on light look which adds interest yet blends into the background
  • She’s chosen an off-centred layout for the focal point Memories & More card to draw the eye immediately to the words
  • The delicate silver foil branch and flower beautifully accentuate, without overpowering the rest of the card


handmade wedding anniversary cards


Memories & More Card Pack Ideas

Have you had fun playing with a Memories & More card pack yet?  If you have, you know there are so many ways to use it:

  • Traditional (and fast and easy) scrapbooking
  • Card making
  • Home decor (think wall hangings or desk top pics)
  • Gift items (framed photos)
  • Book making (now you get to check out Rhonda’s cool multi-fold out book)

handmade wedding anniversary cards

handmade wedding anniversary cards

Isn’t it over-the-top fabulous!  Rhonda loves bookmaking (as you can see) and she put her Petal Passion Memories & More Card Pack to use right away designing this lovely book.

No matter what you choose to create, I think one of the best deals in any catalogue is a Memories & More Card Pack.  Get yours – and all the rest of the supplies to make Paula’s elegant card right here!

handmade wedding anniversary cards

You might also want to get your pretty on with this other idea for an elegant wedding card.

Memories & More Card Packs are not just for scrapbooking.  As Paula demonstrates, they’re awesome for card making too!  Grab your Petal Passion one and CASE (Copy And Share Everything) Paula’s elegant handmade wedding anniversary cards today! 

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