Geared Up Garage Card – Soot Technique

I designed this in May for a masculine card option.  And, I thought the car image in this Geared Up Garage set would be perfect for the Soot Technique.  So glad they carried this over from the previous catalog, since it has several sayings to handle multiple occasions.

The car image in Geared Up Garage is perfect for the Soot Technique on this masculine card.

Here’s a close up.

The car image in Geared Up Garage is perfect for the Soot Technique on this masculine card.

The funny thing was, I had just decided to do away with my table cloths on my class tables opting for just cutting mats under our grid paper.  So, I told everyone we needed to be a little more careful with tools to protect the table.  Then, I said “ok, tonight we are playing with fire and candles”… lol.

Soot Stamping Technique

I used the Let It Ride stamp set for our technique sample and let the edges catch fire on purpose so it would look like an old western painting.

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Little Elephant Baby Card

I love stamp sets like the Little Elephant that come with a punch!  I hadn’t used this one yet, but I’ve had it for a while.  I love that the ears can be punched out with the Elephant Builder punch too.  The set and punch will carry over into the new catalog in June, but the bundle pricing is only available through June 3rd.  I used Night of Navy and Granny Apple Green for this one.

Stampin Up Little Elephant Baby Card

Stampin Up Little Elephant Baby Card (close-up)

My stamp clubs will make this one this month.  You could easily change the green to any color…everything goes good with Night of Navy (LOL).

Tip:  Since my Night of Navy was so juicy, I had to scrape some ink over with a popsicle stick to get the detail stitching on the elephants to show (otherwise, they would have come out solid navy).



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San Antonio OnStage Blog Hop

Welcome to the San Antonio Product Spotlight Presenters Blog Hop.  A couple of months ago, Chad Williams from Stampin’ Up! corporate called me to see if I’d do a Product Spotlight Presentation at OnStage in San Antonio for the new Come Sail Away suite.  He didn’t tell me what suite I’d have back then, but of course I said yes.  Later, we talked a little about the options, and when he mentioned a sailboat themed suite, I got very excited.  I grew up sailing and own 2 sailboats, so this suite featuring the Sailing Home stamp set was the perfect choice for me.


I wanted to share a couple of the cards I designed using this awesome suite.  I’ll share more designs over the next few weeks plus all the fun photos from OnStage so be sure and subscribe to my blog.

I love that this set can be used for masculine cards, romantic themed projects, and beach themed vacation scrapbooking.  Plus, the suite has lots of coordinating products.

My sister snapped a photo of me presenting.  It was so fun to share my designs on stage and meet the other presenters.


Here’s my True North card using the painter’s tape technique.

Sailing Home stamp set using the painter's tape technique.

Here’s my Hello Handsome card using the Come Sail Away Memories and More card pack and Come Sail Away designer series paper that coordinate with the Sailing Home stamp set.

Sailing Home Hello Handsome Card using coordinating paper and memories and more cards.

My sunset card (Video to follow in a week or two).

Sailing Home stamp set Sunset card. Hand painted on glossy white card stock.

Sailing Home Sunset 4

And here’s the Make’n’Take we made.  Advanced on the left and quick & easy on the right.

Sailing Home MakeNTake OnStage San Antonio

Here’s the list of the other presenters, so check out their projects as well:



I also have several other cards I made with this suite including another sunset card with pigments that I’ll post over the next week or two, so subscribe to my blog to get notified when those post.  I will also do a video as well to show how to achieve the sunset on the card posted above since several demonstrators have asked for details on that one.

While you’re waiting for the new catalog of goodies, be sure to grab retiring products before they’re out of stock for good.  I’ll post the retired list on Monday, April 15th.

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All Adorned in Gorgeous Grape

I designed this card using the Sale-a-bration set, All Adorned, for my team get together and my clubs this month.  Everyone got a chance to play more with the Stamparatus to make the design.  It’s so easy to just turn the card stock and stamp each corner exactly the same plus the layered design in the middle.  I used Highland Heather and Gorgeous Grape ink together for the main image, and the card base and background are Crumb Cake.

All Adorned stamp set with Post Script background.

All Adorned stamp set with Post Script background. I used the Stamparatus for perfect placement.

The finishing touches are these Glitter Enamel Dots and the Mini Striped ribbon.  There’s only about a week left of Sale-a-bration, so make sure you’ve collected all the free sets you want before the 31st.

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Butterfly Gala Card Set

I’m in love with this Gingham Gala Suite and especially the Butterfly Gala stamp set and punch.  I recently did a birthday card stamp-a-stack where my ladies made a dozen birthday cards.  This was one of the designs, and they made it in 4 of the Gingham Gala designer series paper colors.  I love this mini set of cards.  I didn’t make one in the Grapefruit Grove since it would have been orange and black, I reserve that color combo for Halloween.  Since it was birthday cards, I used the Life is Grand set for the sentiments.

I used the Gingham Gala paper, the Butterfly Gala bundle, and the Life is Grand set to make a set of 4 birthday cards.

I used the Gingham Gala paper, the Butterfly Gala bundle, and the Life is Grand set to make this set of 4 birthday cards.

I used the Gingham Gala paper, the Butterfly Gala bundle, and the Life is Grand set to make a set of 4 birthday cards.

I used the Gingham Gala paper, the Butterfly Gala bundle, and the Life is Grand set to make this set of 4 birthday cards.

This set is great for beginners since it’s simple stamping and punching.  I did use the stitched rectangle dies to add some more detail though.  This gingham paper reminds me of using the Buffalo Check background at Christmas.  I just want to use it on everything.


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Beauty Abounds in Gold Foil

This card uses the Beauty Abounds stamp set on Gold Foil Cards with a Gorgeous Grape mat and gold embossing.  I also watered down some Vegas Gold Shimmer Paint with alcohol and painted on some accents.

I found and copied this design for my demo meeting project and then also used it for a club project.  I really love these Gold Foil-Edged Cards & Envelopes from the Holiday Catalog, and I’m so glad that they carried over into 2019.  I also had designed a Christmas card using these back in October (see further down).

Here’s the Beauty Abounds card.

Beauty Abounds stamp set with Gorgeous Grape and gold embossing with a wash of shimmer Vegas Gold.

Here’s the Christmas cards I did back in October with these card packs.  I did a silver version with Night of Navy ribbon and a gold version with Cherry Cobbler ribbon.



I colored the ribbon with Stampin’ Blends markers.  Loved how these came out.  It stiffens the ribbon a little, but it’s so pretty and easy.


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