Make Your Own Designer Paper

Make Your Own Designer Paper


Making the Hand-stamped Designer Paper:

When making your own hand-stamped designer paper, it’s always a good idea to start with an 8-1/2” x  11”  or larger piece of card stock.  That way you’ll have more to make several cards.  For this card, I used a piece of Whisper White Card Stock.  You want to start off with the largest stamp image you’re going to use.  In this case, the ship image is the largest.  Ink the ship image with Not Quite Navy Ink and randomly stamp all over the whole sheet of Whisper White Card Stock, leaving empty spaces between the images.  Then, ink the anchor image in Chocolate Chip Ink and stamp it in some of the empty spaces around the ship images.  Next, ink the compass image in Cherry Cobbler Ink and fill up the rest of the empty spaces on the sheet of card stock.  It is up to you how close you stamp your images, but you want it to look like a sheet of designer paper you would buy in the store!  When you stamp a whole sheet of card stock like this, you end up with enough designer paper to make several cards.

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Card Making Schedule for September

Due to popular demand, I’ve added a few additional card making classes this month and you all are invited!

August 25th – Hobby Lobby in New Port Richey – 10:00 am Stamping Classes
August 28th – Trinity Palms Apartments – 1:00 pm

September’s Card Making Class Schedule

Sept 5th – Stamp of the Month Club – 1:00 pm at Hobby Lobby
Sept. 8th – Card Making Class 10:00 am at Hobby Lobby
Sept. 11 – Card Making Class 1:00 pm at Trinity Palms Apts.
Sept. 15th- Card Making Class 10:00 am at Hobby Lobby
Sept. 22nd – Card Making Class 10:00 am at Hobby Lobby

September 12th – Living Room Sale – Stampin’ Up! Stamp Sets, Card Stock, Designer Series Paper, and more! To make it fair for everyone, the door will not open until 1:00 pm!

I hope to see you at one of my classes!


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New Stamp of the Month Club

Hello Friends,

It’s time to begin another Stamp of the Month Club.  There are several options when you join.  Read below to find out more.

Here’s how the Classy Cut-ups Stamp Club works:

  • Each month there will be a featured stamp set.  As a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I am not allowed to stamp any images and put them in card kits.  Therefore, you will need to purchase the featured stamp set.  I will contact you the previous month to let you know what the featured stamp set is for the following month.  I will order the stamp sets in either wood or clear (if offered) for each member of the club.  You will choose which option you prefer.
  • We will need 6 members for each club.  At the end of each month, you will receive a package in the mail with the NEW stamp set, and 4 different card kits or complete cards, (including embellishments, die-cuts, etc.) with the photos and directions for making each card using your stamp set!  If you’re local, we will be meeting on the last Friday of the month to put the cards together if you chose the card kits versus the complete cards.  There will be door prizes!
  • The club subscription lasts 6 months.  At the end of the 6 months, you will have the option to rejoin if you would like to continue as a member of the club. If you want to be in the next club, you just have to let me know.  If you don’t want to rejoin, you can join for one month only whenever YOU choose without the hostess benefits offer.
  • Since I will be placing the orders for club members one time every month, the club will qualify as a workshop and each one of you will be a monthly hostess in the order that you join the club.  When it is your turn to be the hostess, you will receive the hostess benefits of at least $25.00 to spend on the Stampin’ Up! products of your choice!  You can also add additional products to your order if you would like to save on shipping costs.
  • If you have a friend join the club, you will receive an additional stamp set of your choice valued at $20.00 or less!

Why join the Classy Cut-ups Stamp Club?

  • No meeting dates and times to take you away from your family – no driving, no time out of your busy schedules.
  • You choose the time you want to stamp.
  • Sit back, relax and look forward to a fun package in your mailbox each month!
  • Four free full cards or card kits (your preference) for every featured stamp set in the mail and more ideas online.
  • Learn new techniques and fun folds.
  • At the end of your 6 month subscription, you could have up to 8 new stamp sets in your collection!
  • Extra goodies for you from time to time!
  • Here are samples of the cards my clubs have made this year.
  • By the Tide Stamp SetAugust Stamp of the Month Club1




Oct. Stamp of the Month, 2013

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  • Monthly Club Fee: The monthly club fee will be $35 for clear mount stamp sets, $42 per month for wood mount , which includes shipping and tax!  This club fee and additional product choices (if you order any other products) will be invoiced through PayPal around the first day of the month.
  • Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators may join the club for $20.00 per month (including shipping.)  You will only receive  4 finished cards (made with the stamps set of the month) and the directions for each one since many of you will already have the stamp sets I’ll be featuring.

Prefer a no obligation club?  You can join for one month only whenever YOU choose without the hostess benefits offer.

Call or email me with your questions or to join a club!

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Do You Like Embossed Cards or Die-cuts?

Hello Friends,

The other day, I looked back at some of the old cards I made before the BS (Big Shot) and they are so plain, bare and blah!  I don’t know how I lived without it.  After the BS, practically all of my cards have embossing and/or die-cuts on them.  The embossing adds so much to the card – dimension, interest, and beauty, and the embossing folders can be used in so many ways with the Big Shot.  You can cut at least 60 different materials using it, and with the Bigz Dies, you can cut multiple layers at the same time.

Stampin' Up!'s Big Shot Special

If you don’t have a Big Shot, now is the time to purchase yours!  Why now? Because during the month of August, when you purchase a BS you’ll get your choice of 5 bundles for FREE! The bundles include the stamp set and matching Framelits Dies.

If you already own a Big Shot, you can purchase these bundles for 15% off.

Purchase your Big Shot and select your free bundle here.

Guess What else!  More products have been added to the Clearance Rack, including 15 dies/framelits sets and 6 embossing folders.  You can see them here.

So, what’s the difference between Stampin’ Up!’s Big Shot and the ones you can purchase at other stores?  You only get a 1-year warranty and no training when it’s purchased in other stores, while Stampin’ Up! gives you a 3-year warranty and lots of training on how to use it.  If you have attended any of my classes, you’ve already used the Big Shot and love it. (Especially when it’s used with the Magnetic Plate.)  It holds the die-cuts exactly where they’re placed and cut the framelits out perfectly.

Check here tomorrow when the weekly deals are announced.  You may find more dies and/or embossing folders for sale!

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Like I Need Another Craft!

Hello Friends,

I have made so many great friends during my time as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.  You meet a lot of people, they come to your classes, they become customers, you get to know them, and you become friends.

Yesterday, I spent most of the day with my good friend, Kathy.  She loves to make cards andHandmade Jewelry so many other crafts.  One of the crafts Kathy does is making jewelry…beautiful jewelry! Well, guess what she taught me to do.  Yes, she taught me how to make 2 easy bracelets and earrings.  I love them so much that I have to share them with you!  This is my first one. I love the shades of blues with the silver.  I was so thrilled with it!

Bracelets and earringsThis is the second one I made.  I love it, too!  The large beads are multicolored with shades of yellow, gold, brown, and red.  The smaller beads are red and it was made with gold accents.  After Kathy showed me how to string the beads, it was pretty easy.  Of course, the ones I made are nothing like hers!

Before I go, I want to remind you of the Big Shot Special during the month of August.  From today – August 31st, 2014, you will receive your choice of one of 5 awesome stamp sets and matching die-cuts bundles absolutely FREE! Read my previous post listing all the details here.

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Using the Blendabilities Pens

Hello Friends, I hope you all have had a great start to your week. Previously, I shared a card I made for some of my classes last week.  You can see it here.  The flower image was colored with the new Blendabilities Pens.  Today, I want to share a video about using the pens. Greg’s coloring is much better than mine, of course, but you can see how easy it is to use the Blendabilities!  The current sets available are Calypso Coral (130966), Cherry Cobbler (130995), Coastal Cabana (131000) , Daffodil Delight (130998), Melon Mambo (130994), Night of Navy (131001), Old Olive (130999), Pumpkin Pie (130997), Rich Razzleberry (131003), Smoky Slate (131005), Wisteria Wonder (131002), and the Skin Tone Assortment (129370).  All of the set are $11.95 for three pens –  light, medium, and dark shades, except for the Skin Color Assortment.  It has 6 markers –  Bronze, Mocha, Blush, Natural, Nude, Ivory, and is $22.95. 

Purchase the Blendabilities by calling me, emailing me, or by clicking on the “Order Stampin’ Up! Online” button in the right column.

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Blendabilities with the Corner Garden Stamp Set

Hi Friends,

I want to share another card with you using the Corner Garden Stamp Set and the new Blendabilities Pens.  Both of these are “must haves”, especially if you like using alcohol Blendabilitiesmarkers to color your line images.  They are similar to Copic Markers, but easier to use and less expensive.  They are made for blending and shading. The markers are also acid free and lignin free.  There are 3 markers per assortment: light, medium, dark.  Use the Momento Ink pad to stamp the image, because the colors won’t bleed like they would do with StazOn or Classic Ink pads.

On this card, I used the Pumpkin Pie set,  the Old Olive set, the Daffodil Delight set, and the Cherry Cobbler set.  The Corner Garden Stamp Set is great for coloring and shading.

The greeting is from the Sassy Salutations Stamp Set and was also stamped in Momento Ink on the Whisper White Card Stock layer.  The card base was made with Daffodil Delight Card Stock.  The butterflies are from the Papillon Potpourri Stamp Set.  They were stamped in Daffodil Delight Ink, punched out with the Elegant Butterfly and the Bitty Butterfly Punches. The edges were sponged with Daffodil Delight Ink, Basic Rhinestones were added, and they were added to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Purchase the products I used to make this card by calling me, emailing me, clicking on the photo below, or by clicking on the “Order Stampin’ Up! Online” button in the right column.



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How Does Your Garden Grow?

Hello Friends,

I hope you all have had a great weekend!  I spent most of Saturday with my daughters and grandchildren at Weeki Wachee Springs in Florida. The park is so pretty and the river is always at a cool temperature.  It sure felt good on such a hot day and we had lots of fun!

Today, I’m watching the NASCAR Sprint Cup Race and getting the card kits ready for tomorrow’s class.  Here is one we made in my last few classes.  Everyone loved it! It was made using the Embossing Resist Technique. This is one of my favorite techniques and is so easy to do.Embossing Resist Technique Here’s how I did it. First, I stamped my greeting on the top right corner of a piece of Whisper White Card Stock. (It’s always a good idea to stamp your greeting first, because you don’t want to spend all that time making your card front, only to get the greeting crooked or smeared, and have to make the whole thing over!) Next, I stamped the Corner Garden Background Stamp in VersaMark Ink on the piece of Whisper White Card Stock and poured White Embossing Powder over the image.  Once it was heat-set, I used a sponge and rubbed Pool Party Ink all over the stamped image.  Next, I used Soft Sky Ink and rubbed over different places on the image. Lastly, I used Lost Lagoon Ink over some of the flowers to make them stand out.  After I was finished adding the ink to the stamped image, I rubbed over it with a tissue to take any ink off the embossed lines, which really allows the embossing to show through.

You really can’t tell what color the butterflies are in the photo, which is too bad because they are so pretty.  I punched them out of Silver Glimmer Paper and then used my Lost Lagoon Marker to color them!  You can make Silver Glimmer Paper just about any color you want by using your markers, inks, or re-inkers.  I added a Basic Pearl to each one.

I just love the way it turned out!     Terry

Purchase the products I used to make this card by calling or emailing me, by clicking on the photo of the product below, or by clicking on the “Order Stampin’ Up! Online” button in the right column.

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Moonlight Becomes You

Hi Friends,

When I was a little girl, I spent a lot of time with my grandmother.  (She lived right next door to us.) My grandfather had passed away and she hated being alone at night, so I would spend the night with her.  She loved Bing Crosby, so we would watch all of his old movies and specials on television.  We especially loved his Christmas shows every year. Moonlight Becomes You was one of his hits from 1942 and my grandmother always said it reminded her of my grandfather when they lived back on their farm in Kentucky.

Scallop Tag Topper PunchBut, in this case, Moonlight becomes me.  I simply love the Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack! It matches 3 of this year’s In-colors – Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, and Lost Lagoon; and it matches 3 other colors – Whisper White, Basic Gray, and Sahara Sand.  The paper stack has 48 sheets (4 each of 12 double-sided designs) and is 4-1/2″ x  6-1/2″ in size.  It’s the perfect size for card fronts and smaller projects!

This is a card we made in some of my recent card classes.  The base is made out of Lost Lagoon Card Stock and has a piece of embossed Hello Honey Card Stock layered on the bottom-half.  Both pieces of the designer paper are from the Moonlight Paper Stack.  Don’t you just love the way it coordinates with the card stock?  The tag on the front was made with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch (another must-have) and sponged with Hello Honey Ink.

Do you know which designer paper the large flower was punched from? I know you don’t, because it wasn’t cut out of designer series paper!  I stamped a large image from a retired stamp set (Betsy’s Blossoms) two times in Hello Honey Ink on Whisper White Card Stock and then punched two flowers out with the Pansy Punch.  The small flower was made with the Petite Petals Punch and a small Basic Rhinestone was added to the flower, as well as random places on the card front.

I’ve used my Moonlight Paper Stack so much that all I have left are small scraps…Definitely time to order another one!

Purchase your own Moonlight Paper Stack, as well as the other products I used to make this card by calling or emailing me, by clicking on the photo below or on the “Order Stampin’ Up Online” button in the right column.



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Ink It Up!

Hi Friends,

It’s Tuesday! That means Stampin’ Up! has released the Weekly Deals for today through Monday night, August 11th.  Here they are:

Call, email me, or click on the “Order Stampin’ Up! Online” button in the right column to place your order.


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