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Border Buddy Saturday - Tasty Trucks & Hey Chick!

It's Border Buddy Saturday and it's Alison here this week.

Tasty Truck Stamp Set 1

In January I attended a Stampin' Up! Leader's Conference and one of my downline agreed to make cards for our display boards.  Liane Binder made some absolutely adorable samples using the Tasty Trucks free Sale-a-bration reward set and today I thought I would share a few of them with you!

Tasty Trucks Stamp Set 2

Colouring for adults is a big thing these days (as you've probably noticed) but remember when kids would actually colour in a restaurant instead of playing on their IPads? I was so impressed the other day when a saw a Mum and her daughter colouring together while waiting for their food and it reminded me of when my kids were little.  This card brings all those warm feelings back to me.  Isn't it adorable? What a cute idea for a kids birthday party loot bag.

Tasty Trucks Stamp Set 3

Here's another adorable card by Liane combining the Tasty Trucks with the Hey Chick! stamp set (also a free Sale-a-bration choice).  This card just makes me happy!

Tasty Trucks Stamp Set 4

The sombrero is cut from the Festive Birthday Designer Series paper.  This "chick" is ready to party in this taco food truck!

 You can earn these stamp sets FREE when your purchase a Sale-a-bration qualifying order ($60 Canada/$50 US).

Download Saleabration 2017 Reward Flyer (there were three new items added on Tuesday!)

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How to CASE a Handstamped Card in 3 Easy Steps.

Just in CASE Series

Just in Case Window Shopping Stamp Set & Window Box Framelits by Stampin' Up! s
Left: Stampin' Up! Concept Artist's Card pg 91 Annual Catalog Right: My CASE (Copy And Share Everything)

How to CASE a handstamped card in Three Easy Steps:

  1. Pick Your Card
  2. Pick the Stamp Set you want to use
  3. Pick the Colors

It is basically that simple, I will go into a little more detail later on.   The only thing similar between the two this week  is the template (layout) and the metallic thread and sequin embellishment.  

The past few weeks I have been trying to use a different stamp set to give you more ideas of how to CASE when you don't have the same things featured in the original card.  

Just in CASE Series Page 91 Annual Catalog - Window Shopping Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

Since I had just received the Falling in Love Designer Series Paper I wanted to use that in my card.  It coordinates well with Stampin' Up! colors Soft Sky, Very Vanilla, Sweet Sugarplum, Blushing Bride.  I used some of the patterned paper for the accents and Very Vanilla for the Card Base and Sweet Sugar Plum for the cut out.  

Window Box Thinlits & Window Shopping Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

For the cutout I used the Window Box Thinlits Dies which was also used to make these fun projects.  You can use it to make these adorable little boxes, making this template very multi tasking. 

Free PDF Card Tutorial 

Each Thursday I have provide a FREE PDF Card Tutorial of the CASE'd card, featuring the image, step by step instructions with measurements and a supply list.

Download Free Tutorial Just in CASE Series 2-16-2107

Starting next week I will be putting the FREE Just in CASE tutorials in my Newsletter.   Not a subscriber?  

Be sure and sign up so you don't miss the FREE Weekly PDF Tutorial. 

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Leave me a comment, I love to hear from you!

Hop over to Alison's blog and see what she's CASED today.



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Color Your World Blog Hop - Be Inspired from Around the World!

Today is our One Year Anniversary for the Color Your World Blog Hop!  Wow it is hard to believe a year has passed since I was asked to be part of this design team.  It is an amazing team of Top Stampin' Up! demonstrators from around the world.

International Stampin' Up! Blog Hop

This month we are welcoming Anna Sposato who is joining us and representing Germany!  We are very excited to have her as part of our Team.

Every 3rd Tuesday of the Month The Color Your World Design Team kicks off a Color Challenge with their Blog Hop.  Everyone is welcome to play along with the challenge by uploading your projects to our Facebook Group.

We do ask that you not post any links or promotions to the group, we're here to get our creative juices flowing and share photos with each other.  Want to Join the Group simply visit the page and ask to join!

This Month's Color Your World Color Challenge

Color Your World Blog Hop Color Challenge Feb 2017
You don't have to use all the colors to play along - but I do like to try and in-cooperate them all in my card.  This month I loved the colors (I like bright and turquoise is one of my favorite). 

But when I started to stamp, I must admit I felt a bit hand tied.   So the card I am about to share with you took a couple hours to create. I should have taken pictures of the work in progress and the rejects.   This one too almost ended up in the circular file.

Color Your World Blog Hop Color Challenge 4
I will admit I hated this card when I was done.  But like many cards I sat it on my shelf for a few days and kept looking at it and finally one morning I thought, you know it isn't so bad. 

Brief Instructions for the hand stamped card...

  • The card base is Soft Sky (4 1/4" x 11").
  • The Whisper White (4" x 5 1/4") I cut out the clouds with the Big Shot and the Up & Away Framelits Dies and then embossed with the Lucky Stars Embossing Folder.
  • For the Balloons, I used the Balloon Celebration Stamp Set in Dapper Denim Ink on Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Tempting Turquoise Cardstock and punched them out with coordinating Balloon Bouquet Punch.
  • I attached the Crushed Curry Baker's twine to the end of each balloon.
  • I stamped the Banner from the Birthday Banners Stamp Set in Dapper Denim on Whisper White and cut out with the Big Shot and the coordinating Bunch of Banners Framelits Dies.
  • I stamped Happy Birthday in Pumpkin Pie in the center of the Banner. 
  • Then I collected the bakers twine and put a dimensional over the top and placed the banner on top of the dimensional.
  • I finished it off with putting a Pumpkin Pie Enamel Star on the Daffodil Delight Balloon, A Tempting Turquoise one on the Pumpkin Pie Balloon and the Daffodil Delight Star on the Tempting Turquoise Balloon.

Color Your World Blog Hop Color Challenge 3

Thanks for stopping by and please join our Facebook Group even if you don't share we welcome lurkers too!

Now onto the Blog Hop!

Just click Next to hop on over to the next blog~


If you get lost  or want to revisit a previous blog just click one of the links below.

Alison Solven - Canada

Alisa Tilsner - Australia

Patsy Waggoner -USA (You are Here)

Sophie Prestrelle - France

Sharlene Meyer- New Zealand

Sam Hammond - UK

Barbara Meyer - Austria

Anna Sposato - Germany

For blogs in another language it is easy to click translation usually found in the sidebar of the blog to switch to English:)

Thanks for stopping by, I always love to hear from my readers COMMENT to let me know if you are following alogn each month with our Color Your World Blog Hop!

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Sunday Sketches SS024 - The art of mixing patterned papers.

Mixing patterned paper can be a challenge when you are creating a card.  

Today along with this weeks card sketch I am going to share a couple of tips for putting patterns together. I used the Party Animal Designer Series Paper from the Occasions Catalog page 5. 

Sunday Sketches SS024 Birthday Banners Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

I picked three patterns - odd numbers tend to look best. Once you get the hang of mixing three you can try putting five different patterns together.   

  1. Pick your focal point pattern (center paper)
  2. Your next one should color coordinate with your focal point pattern but be larger or smaller in print. (packages)
  3. Add different scales so for the third pattern you wanted it a different scale than pattern 1 & 2.  I chose the candles they are just a bit smaller than the packages.  

While all of my papers tend to have the same colors remember they don't have to be the same colors, just coordinate well. 

I hope these tips help you next time you are picking out several papers for your project. 

Sunday Sketches SS024
Here is this week's card sketch.  It is hard to believe that I have been sharing sketches each Sunday for 3 months!   I would love to see what you come up with. Snap a picture with your smart phone and upload it to my Facebook Page.

Sunday Sketches SS024 www.stampstodiefor-tile

I used the Birthday Banners stamp set for today's card that I just got in my Stampin' Up! order this week.  It was a new set featured in the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog.  Sometimes I can't get all the I love ordered before the next catalog comes out, the Holiday Catalog and before you know it, the Occasions and Sale-a-Brations are here.  

After 19 years I still can't get enough of Stampin' Up! stamp sets and products.   As a demonstrator I am not required to only share with you Stampin' Up! products, however there isn't enough time to share all that I love.  

Stampers Connecting with Each Other!

Don't forget to stop back on Tuesday for this month's Color Your World Blog Hop.  It is our 1 Year Anniversary.  

We started a special Facebook Group called "Colour Your World Challenge Group".  This group is for Card Makers and Scrapbookers who like to be inspired with Color Combination Challenges.  If this sounds like you I would love to have you join!

Every 3rd Tuesday of the Month a new Challenge will be posted. The Colour Your World Design Team will kick off the challenge our Blog Hop.

Everyone is welcome to play along with the challenge by uploading your projects on the Facebook Group.  

We do ask that you not post any links in the group, we're here to get our creative juices flowing and share photos  

Want to Join?

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Dragonfly Dreams Stamp Set and Designer Paper That Will Leave a Lasting Impression

It's Border Buddy Saturday today, Patsy here. 

Dragonfly Dreams stamp set and Detailed Dragon Fly Thinlits by Stampin' Up!

This is one of the cards featured in the February Border Buddy PDF Tutorial.

Each month I create four cards to be part of our Border Buddy PDF Card Tutorial.  Anyone who places an online order receives the PDF via email absolutely FREE! 

The PDF is filled with images, supply list, measurements and step by step directions for 8 different cards.  Plus with a qualifying order you can earn this card plus another hand stamped cards featured in the PDF absolutely FREE mailed to you.

Dragonfly Dreams stamp set and Detailed Dragon Fly Thinlits by Stampin' Up! 2

You have to see this designer series paper (Succulent Garden) in person it is absolutely beautiful and leaves a lasting impression!  The color combination blows me away! 

Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper

Here is a peek at the papers included in the Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper that is part of the Stampin' Up! Succulent Garden Suite.

Succulent Garden Cardstock Pack by Stampin' Up!
You can now get assorted cardstocks in three colors that coordinate with our designer papers.   The Succulent Garden Cardstock Pack features Mint Macaron, Old Olive and Tip Top Taupe.

Succulent Garden Ribbon Combo Pack by Stampin' Up!

Want some coordinating ribbon to go with this suite.  The Succulent Garden 3/8" Ribbon Combo Pack features Whisper White and Sweet Sugarplum.

Dragonfly Dreams stamp set and Detailed Dragon Fly Thinlits by Stampin' Up! BB
For this card I choose to use the 3/8" Metallic Ribbon Gold since I embossed the Dragonfly (from Dragonfly Dreams Stamp set) with Gold Embossing Powder.  It has been a long time since I embossed and I asked myself why. It always makes a card a real WOW!

Metallic Ribbon Sale-a-brations

The Metallic Ribbon is from the Sale-a-bration Brochure.  I received it FREE as a gift with my order.  Click Here to learn more about Sale-a-brations and how you can choose free products yourself.

Want complete instructions for this card and 7 more? 

Just place an order at my online store an receive your FREE Border Buddy Tutorial via email


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How to Add Some Stitching to Your Stamped Card (no sewing).

How would you like to add some stitching to your cards without ever dragging out the sewing machine?

Stitching on Tag End with Square Stithced Shapes Framelits by Stampin' Up!

I am going to share a small secret about myself...

I am not fond of sewing. It isn't that I am not an accomplished seamstress, I had the best teacher my Mom.  It's just that I never could get the tension on the sewing machine to work right once I got my own machine.  My Mom would come adjust it and after she left I would have a thread nest in the bobbin area.  Can anyone relate? 

I gave my dusty sewing machine to our Son when he bought his Clothing store, for him to do quick hems etc.

It wasn't long and sewing started to appear on cards.  When I mentioned I might need to get a new machine to sew on my cards...

My husband gave me the look, a new machine wasn't in the cards (no pun intended), besides if I bought one he might expect me to mend things too and that would take away from my stamping time!

I do love the stitched look so when the Stitched Shapes Framelits came out I was so excited.  The look of sewing - but no sewing.  You may notice that I have been using them on a lot of cards lately.  I LOVE THEM! 

Little Critters Stamp Set by Stampin' Up! Just in Case from page 16 of the Sale-a-brations SAB
Left: Stampin' Up! Concept Artist Card page 16 of the Sale-A-Bration Brochure Right: My CASE

I changed up the colors and the stamp set on today's CASE card.  Doesn't it make it look so different?   Notice on the Stampin' Up! concept artist card on the left there is sewing on the tag.  I was trying to think what I could do besides sewing...

Stitching on Tag End with Square Stithced Shapes Framelits by Stampin' Up!

Then it hit me, maybe I could use the Stitched Shapes Framelits to create the stitching on the end of the tag.  So I grabbed the Square one from the set (there are 4 squares, 4 ovals and 4 circles in different sizes).

Let me show you a couple pictures to illustrate how I added stitching without sewing!

How to create a stitched end on a tag

  • The cardstock is 1 1/2" wide x 3 3/4" long.
  • I place one end of the cardstock underneath the square framelit
  • The other end on top. 

Big Shot

Then I ran it through the big shot, but only until the one end that was underneath the framelits went through and then I backed it out.  I was so excited I had to run and get my hubby and show him how amazing it was.  Well he tried to act excited.

Just in Case Series - Little Critters Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

I could hardly wait to share it with you because I knew you would totally get how cool it is.  The little chick is from the Little Cuties Stamp Set featured in the Occasions Catalog on page 17.   He doesn't always have to have ears - you stamp them separately.

Little Cuties Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

Thanks for stopping by I would love to hear you sewing stories - good or bad just click to share.

You can download my FREE gift to you the Card Tutorial for Today's Card just click the link below.

Download Free Card Tutorial Just in CASE Series (2-16-2107)

Be sure and hop on over to my Border Buddy Alison's Blog and see what card she CASED - can't wait to see myself it is always a surprise for me too!

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Wild About Flowers - What are you wild about?

Wild about Flowers Stamp Set and By the Sea Designer Series Paper Stamps to Die For
I am wild about the stamp set "Wild About Flowers".  How about you?  It is easy to use and every card I make with it I love.  While the sentiments in the set may not fit every occasion, if you know anyone retiring or starting out on a new adventure it is perfect. 

I needed a Thank You card so I grabbed my Thankful Thoughts stamp set and used those for this card.  I really love how it crisp an image they stamp.

  • The card base is Soft Sky with a layer of designer paper from the By The Shore Designer Series Paper. 
  • I choose to use Very Vanilla for the tag which I punched the end with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch. 
  • The two ink colors are Dapper Denim & Mint Macaron

I only used the two ink colors for this card, I just off stamped the Dapper Denim to achieve a lighter blue image.

Off stamping is when you ink up your stamp and then stamp it on a piece of scrap paper before you stamp your image.  You can off stamp multiple times to achieve different shades with the same color ink.  

Off stamping
Full Ink - Off Stamped Once - Off Stamped Twice

Sometimes you off stamp on scrap paper but sometimes off stamping can be re- stamping your project to make different shades. Check out the card I made a while back using this technique with a similar stamp set.

Wild about Flowers Stamp Set and By the Sea Designer Series Paper Stamps to Die For 2

I finished of the flowers with the smallest pearls from the Basic Pearls embellishments.  The ribbon is the  Ruched Dapper Denim ribbon tied with a little piece of Linen Thread.  Don't forget to stop back Thursday and see what card I CASEd this week. 

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Sunday Sketches SS023 - Beautiful You Stamp Set

I hope you are enjoying the Sunday Sketches.  It is one of my most popular posts each week.  I decided maybe I would add the measurements on the card sketch that way if you pin it to your  Pinterest board for safe keeping you will have the measurements handy.

Sunday Sketches Card Sketch

Card Sketch Measurements:

  • Card Base: 4 1/4" x 11" top fold - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" side fold
  • Card Matt: 4" x 5 1/4"
  • Rectangle: 2 1/2" x 4 1/4"
  • Square: 2 5/8" x 2 5/8"

Sunday Sketches Card Sketch www.stampstodiefor-horz
Beautiful You Stamp Set

This is a pretty easy sketch to use.  Just pick out a main image for the square and go from there. I decided to use the dancing women from the Beautiful You stamp set featured in the Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog on page 24.

I really like the sentiments in this stamp set. I love the mixed fonts and what they are expressing like on this hand stamped card "Live with Passion, Laugh out Loud and Love Deeply". 

Sunday Sketches SS023 Beautiful You Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

For this card I decided to just use the stamped image without coloring it in.  So I stamped the women with Stampin' Up! Mint Macaron Ink on Mint Macaron Cardstock.  The words I stamped with Night of Navy Ink right on top of the women.  

I also stamped the hat part of the women in Night of Navy Ink on a piece of the Stampin' Up! Affectionately Yours Designer Series Paper and cut it out and glued it to the hat on the stamped image on the Mint Macaron.  This is a stamping technique called paper piecing.  

Paper Piecing Technique How To

Paper Piecing Week 48 was one of my 52 week series of stamping techniques called Technique How To. 

Each week included a Blog Post, PDF Printable Tutorial and a Video. Check out all the past 52 Weeks of Technique How To Click Here.

What is your favorite stamping technique.  Is there one you would like me to show you?

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Border Buddy Saturday - Cool Treats!

Cool Treats Stamp Set 3

It's Border Buddy Saturday today and it's Alison here this week!

I know it's hard to think of warm summer nights and ice cream during the weather most of us are experiencing these days but the Cool Treats Photopolymer Stamp Set in the Occasions catalogue help me dream of warmer days.  I love how you can create some dimension to your popsicle by adding the 2 step stamping images in layers. 

The Cool Treats stamp set is part of a suite that includes the matching Frozen Treats Framelits Dies (don't you love that you don't have to fussy cut out the images?), Tasty Treats Specialty Designer Series Paper and the Tasty Treats Designer Washi Tape which is featured across the middle of the card.

Cool Treats Stamp Set 4

Just running the Washi tape across the card you can create this easy design.  The "You're" and "Sweet" sentiments are separate so super each to ink up with different colours!

Cool Treats Stamp Set 1
At my January launch party, Lisa Flint, demonstrated this fun card using the set and framelits.  Seriously this sundae looks good enough to eat! The Washi Tape is featured on this card too. 

Both cards use the Stitched Shapes framelits as the perfect detail for the main ice cream images. They cut out circles, squares and ovals and add the stiched line at the same time.

Cool Treats Stamp Set 2

You could add sprinkles to your ice cream chocolate topping too but I'm not a sprinkle girl so I added the cherry on top and the spoon! 

The colours that coordinate with the products in the Cool Treats Suite are yummy:


Cool Treats Stamp Set 6

On last little card using the stamp set and framelits - I sure would like that ice cream cone about now.

Here are the products in the Cool Treats Suite - click on the pictures and you'll be directed to my online store for ordering!





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Just in CASE - Hey Chick Stamping Made Easy

I know you like things easy when it comes to stamping.

Nothing can be easier than CASEing a card.  

I am going to share with you today my tip for the easiest way to CASE a card.  
CASE=Copy And Share Everything

SAB Flyer page 5 my Just in CASE card created by concept artist at Stampin' Up!
Card created by Stampin' Up! Concept Artist

First pick out one of your favorite cards from the catalog.  

This will be the card you are going to CASE.  

Don't worry if you don't have the stamp set that is the fun of CASE and creating a new card.  

SAB Flyer Just in Case - Hey Chick Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

To demonstrate how to CASE I picked the card from page 5 of the Sale-a-bration Flyer.  

I didn't have that same stamp set so my next step was to pick a stamp set I wanted to use.  I picked the Hey Chick since I haven't had a lot of time to play with it. 

Just in CASE Hey Chick 2017 Sale-A-Brations by Stampin' Up! 2

I did have the same designer paper and embellishments as in the catalog for today's CASE card.  

You don't have to all the same elements to CASE a card - you can substitute them easily like I did here in the Just In Case sample

Hey Chick Sale-a-bration stamp set by stampin up 4

I just love this little guy who looks like he/she is  having a bad hair day.  The Hey Chick stamp set is one of the stamp sets you can earn FREE with your $50 or more order (before tax & shipping).  

Learn more about all the FREE products in the Sale-a-Bration Brochure.

Download Free Tutorial Just in CASE 2017 Sale-a-brations Brochure page 5

Don't forget to hop over to Alison's blog and check out her card CASE this week.

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