Category Archives: Techniques

Party Pandas Card

Supply list:
  • Pool Party: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, 2 1/8″ x 7/8″
  • Designer Series Paper: 5 1/2″ x 4″
  • Flirty Flamingo: 3″ x 3 3/4″
  • Whisper White: 3 1/2″ x 2 1/2″, 2″ x 3/4″
  • Momento Tuxedo Black
  • Classic Flirty Flamingo


  • Blender Pens
  • Stampin’ Sponges
  • Clear Block E, C
  • Stampin’ Dimentionals
  • Tear and Tape adhesive

Pleated Ribbon Border

Hello one and all. I saw this trick done once and I loved it so much that I thought I would share it will all of you. I hope you love it as much as I do. If you find the video a little hard to see, I have also added two picture of what the project looks. I think it’s time I got a video recorder…


Here is a picture of the ribbon all folded over.

And here is a picture of what it looks like on the finished card.

Starting your Crafting Hobby

So many people would love to start making their own cards because it’s fun and meaningful. The value of a hand made card is so much more then one bought form a dollar store. People feel loved and appreciated when someone has gone to the effort to make them something. I have seen this time and time again.

I love making a difference in people’s lives and I would love to help others make a difference in their friends lives too. That is one of the reason’s I started selling Stampin’ Up! product. But when I hand people the catalogue and they really want to get something, they look and look and then put it down saying, “there is so much in there, I have no idea where to start.” They end up not getting anything and I feel bad that I was not able to help them in their desire to make a difference.

So I finally came up with my idea of a good starter kit. I also made a video on how to use these products. I hope this inspires you as much as it inspires me.

  • Stampin’ Dimensionals (regular or mini) $5.25
  • Stampin’ Mist $6.00
  • Stampin’ Scrub $22.50
  • Whisper White or Very Vanilla cardstock $11.25
  • Cardstock Pack (you chose what colours you like) $10.00
  • Linen Thread $6.25
  • Tuxedo Black Momento Ink Pad $8.00
  • Classic Ink pad (colour of your choice, probably match your cardstock pack) $8.50
  • Stampin’ sponges $4.25
  • Clear block E $16.00
  • second colour of ink $8.5
  • Blender pens $16.00

This brings the total to $122.50 meaning you can either pick 2 level 1 sale-a-bration items, or 1 level 2. I recommend Happy Wishes stamp set.

To order this starter kit, or something similar, please e-mail me at:

Clear Embossing With Ink

This is a technique that I picked up from some place I can’t remember. Thank you for whoever showed me this one. I love it. This is how you can Transform any colour of ink you have into an embossed image. Hope you like it!

Here is a better picture of the difference between just stamped with ink, and embossed with clear embossing powder:

Tie a bow

Everyone who has ever taken one of my workshops has asked me, “How do you tie your bows so perfectly?” or, “Can you tie my bows for me?” So I thought I would show you how I do it. Really, like anything else, it takes practice. Keep in mind that different ribbons will handle differently, but with a little persistence, I find this way of tying a bow works almost all the time.

How to ink your stamp

Most people when they first try and stamp a card, don’t really think about how to ink up their stamp. Or how to transfer that ink onto their paper. I mean, it’s simple right? Just put the stamp to the ink pad and then on the paper. Then they are disappointed with their stamped image because there are lines around the edges. If this is you, don’t worry. Everyone has done it. I am here to tell you that there is actually a technique to putting ink on your stamp, and another one for transferring that ink onto your paper so you can avoid those frustrating lines. The most important thing to remember when placing a stamp to an ink pad, or to paper is… NO ROCKING! This is not a rock concert. I hope you like the video.

How to make hills

I don’t know if this technique has a name or not, but my husband likes to call it shadow sponging. Here I will show you how to make hills on your card. You can do with with green for grassy hill, brown for dirt hills, light blue for snowy hills, or whatever you want.

faux metal embellishments

Welcome to my first technique video! Here I show you how to make your own faux metal embellishments (like the title says). There are pictures after the video showing more detail so please read to the end. Thanks.

Here is a picture of three different stages in the prossess. Starting on the left in one coat of embossing powder. The one in the middle has two coats. The one on the right has four coats.

You can see the embellishment get thicker with more coats of embossing powder. I have been able to get away with only three coasts. The thing you are looking for is that the whole piece looks rounded and there are no little dimples left.

Oh and be careful you don’t blow away all your embossing powder like I did in the video. It makes an awful mess and if you don’t vacuum it up right away it can get embedded into your carpet. It will eventually come up, it just takes a while.

A Paper Calla Lily

I used to think making paper flowers was hard… was I ever wrong. This is probably the most simple flower I have ever made. And it happens to be one of my favorite flowers too! So I had to show you all how to do this in hopes that the word would be a better place… Okay, that’s going a bit far. But it might inspire a few of you to try something new, which is always a good thing.

To start with you will need the following items:

  1. Bird Builder punch
  2. Paper-Piercing tool (my tool is the old model)
  3. Card stock. I used Whisper White for the flower, Pair Pizzazz for the stem (1/8″ wide max, length depends on project), and So Saffron for the center bit (1/8″ wide max and 1 1/2″ long).
  4. Multipurpose Liquid Glue (used for all the gluing needs)


Take the Whisper White card stock and punch out just the wing of the bird from the Bird Builder Punch.


Take the wing and pinch the bottom of of it around the top of the Pear Pizzazz strip of card stock. I say the stem should be 1/8″ wide max, but it really depends on how you want it to look at the end. I started with 1/8″ wide and then cut it back a little for the final look.


Add a small drop of Multipurpose Liquid Glue to glue the two peaces together. Set aside to dry.

Next, take the So Saffron card stock strip and wrap it around the Paper-Piecing Tool tightly, and at a bit of an angle.


Glue the end down before taking the card stock off the tool. This will keep it from unraveling on you. Once the glue is dry, take it off… this is what you should have:


Glue that into the center of the Calla Lily. You are finished. That’s it. It’s that easy.


I used two of these to top a little woven Easter Basket I made. Fill the basket with  a few mini chocolate eggs to give to the neighbours for an Easter gift.


If you want to give the Calla Lily some more depth, take some ink (usually the same colour as your paper) and an Aqua Painter to add colour to the center of the wing. Here’s how:

I used Pink Pirouette for the card stock and the ink with this one. First, squeeze your ink pad so some of the ink comes out on the lid. Then pick up the ink with the Aqua Painter as shown.


Paint the center of the wing before gluing it to the stem.


Now that your flower has more shading to it, you can glue the wing to the stem and continue with the rest of the steps.


I hope you find this as easy as I did. If you have any questions please write them in a comment so I can answer them for all who might have the same question. Thanks for reading!

A Paper Bow

How to make a paper bow.


Supplies you will need:

  •  a long strip of paper
  •  paper snips
  •  snail adhesive
  •  Some kind of embellishment (optional)


Step One: If you are using thinker card stock, run the strip through your fingers a few times. This helps to break up the fibers of the paper and will help reduce unwanted creases or folds. Your paper will have a slight curl to it after. DSC_0317DSC_0318

Step Two: Start at one end of the strip. This will be the center top of the bow. Loop the paper back on itself twice to make the top loops of the bow.DSC_0320

Loop the paper two more times making larger loops for the bottom two loops of the bow.


Cut off excess paper.


Step Three: Apply some snail adhesive to the centre of each layer of paper to hold it in place.


Step Four: Cut v’s on either side of another strip of paper for the “tails” that the bow will sit on.


Attach to the bottom of the bow.  DSC_0328

Step Five: Wrap your last peace of paper around the centre of the bow, cutting off any excess there may be.


Attach it at the bottom.


Step Six: Add what ever embellishment you like to the bow.

Note: I used one long strip of paper and just kept using the  excess bits for the next step. If you don’t have enough excess paper to do this, just grab another small strip that is the same width as the strip you are using.

Here are two examples of how I used this bow this past Christmas.DSC_0332DSC_0952

I also like the idea of using it to “tie” the stems of flowers together on a spring card. Or simply to have embellish the side of something that needs a little extra dimension.

Hope you have fun trying this out.

Please post comments or questions you have about this technique. I will do my best to answer them.