So Many Sparkly Stars

So Many Sparkly Stars

I enjoy taking a stamp set and creating something completely unexpected. As I was perusing the new 2019 Holiday Inspiration Catalog. I fell in love with the So Many Stars stamp set. The catalog inspirations shown are geared towards the Christmas Holiday Season. Today’s share “So Many Sparkly Stars” is my outside-the-box take on the So Many Stars stamp set

EMBELLISHMENT: With fall having arrived here in the Northwest my creative juices were leaning toward Halloween. I was trying out the Shimmer Black Emboss Powder. After embossing and die cutting the swirls & stars, the sparkly black look made me giddy. I then wanted something to pop against the black, Granny Apple Green jumped out at me.

I was looking to add more shine and decided to spritz the Granny Apple Green with a mixture of Frost Shimmer Paint and rubbing alcohol. [Perfect!!!] After cutting the same swirls & stars I started layering onto a band of Basic Black. I loved the look. At this point I had an embellishment that needed a home. Lol!

BASE: Layering the embellishment onto the Granny Apple Green layer made the stars pop. [Sweet!] Well……what goes great with black and green ……purple! When I pared this embellishment with Gorgeous Grape I did my happy chair dance. To add the finishing touch I gave the new Scripty Emboss Folder a try. OMGosh! This emboss folder is THE BOMB! It was the perfect subtle background. What do you think?

SENTIMENT: To finish the design it needed a sentiment. I had leftover spritzed Granny Apple Green and decided to use it. Looking at the sentiments included in the So Many Stars stamp set I felt “the stars are shining brightly” would be the perfect fit. I was strong and ended up cutting apart the full sentiment “O, holy night, the stars are shining brightly” and embossed it in plain black. Finally another cool item in the new 2019 Holiday Inspiration Catalog are “black” dimensionals. WHAT? Yes, there are now black dimensionals to use with dark designs so you hardly see them. I used them on the green stars and the sentiment. Woohoo!


Here’s what I used: STAMP: So Many Stars; PAPER: Gorgeous Grape, Granny Apple Green, Basic Black; INK: VersaMark; ACCESSORIES: Dies–Stitched Stars |Emboss Folder–Scripty 3D| Punch–1-1/2″ Circle | Emboss Powder–Shimmer Black & Black

When I had finished my design I showed it to a friend and she said “hey, it has a “wicked” feel.” I didn’t even see that. Very cool! I’d love to hear if you thought I hit the “wicked” feel OR if you love the “Scripty” emboss folder like I do.

Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you’re inspired to get your fingers inky. Have a great day!

Sparkly Hugs, Carol


Spirited Snowmen Tumbling Twist & Pop

Spirited Snowmen Tumbling

I’ve been having fun designing with the Spirited Snowmen stamp set.  This is my third design “Spirited Snowmen Tumbling”.  This “twist & pop” idea came to mind when I came across this stamp set in the 2018 SU Holiday Catalog.

BASE:  I opted for a traditional color palette cuz it made me happy.  (smile)  The “Twist & Pop” base starts with Real Red.  I will be adding my cutting and folding layout soon. [stay tuned!]

FRONT:  Next I layered with Call Me Clover stamped with the same ink and the amazingly versatile Buffalo Check Background Stamp, also in the 2018 Holiday Catalog.  These were topped and popped with the Snowman image and sentiment.


Spirited Snowmen Tumbling

INTERIOR “TWIST & FLIP”:  This is where my idea started.  I saw this snowman and thought OOH he would look cute tumbling and set out to “make it work”.  Yes I know he starts partially tumbled, but if you start with the front then view the inside it works.  [That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.  Lol!]

I finally gave creating an animated GIF file a try.  Then I “Google’d it” and found I could make it with my version of Photoshop.  Woohoo!  After a couple trial and error attempts I created this version.  I’m pretty happy with it.  Let me know what you think.


Spirited Snowmen Tumbling

I hope you enjoyed today’s share as much as I had creating it.  Thank you for stopping by today and remember to get your fingers inky and have some fun!


  • STAMP:  Spirited Snowmen, Buffalo Check (background)
  • PAPER:  Real Red, Call Me Clover, Whisper White
  • INK:  Memento Black, Call Me Clover, Real Red, Crumb Cake, Pumpkin Pie
  • ACCESSORIES:  Blender Pen, Stampin’ Trimmer, Bone Folder


Sparkly Hugs, Carol



Spirited Snowmen Love Never Melts

Spirited Snowmen Love Never Melts

I had fun going outside the box with my second Spirited Snowmen Love Never Melts non-traditional color design.  I hope you are enjoying this set as much as I am.

This is simple, straight forward design.  WHAT?  Yup, this card is just that.  I wanted to keep it simple with a bold pop of color, I chose red.

The base is Whisper White, with layers of Basic Black, Real Red and another Whisper White.  The outline image was stamped with Stazon Jet Black and colored with a Basic Black Marker and a Real Red ink pad and Blender Pen.

I liberally spritzed the Whisper White square with a mixture of Shimmer Paint–Frost White and rubbing alcohol before stamping and coloring.  I had a hard time photographing it but it is shimmery in person.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll get your fingers inky and have a great day!


  • STAMP:  Spirited Snowmen
  • PAPER:  Whisper White, Basic Black, Real Red
  • INK:  Stazon Jet Black, Real Red
  • MARKERS:  Basic Black
  • ACCESSORIES:  Shimmer Paint–Frost White


Sparkly Hugs, Carol


Spirited Snowmen Winter Cheer Skater

Spirited Snowmen Winter Cheer Skater

One of the fun perks of being a demonstrator is getting to preview new catalogs.  When I came across the Spirited Snowmen Stamp Set in the 2018 Holiday Catalog I thought it was just too cute!

I recently participated in a 2018 Holiday Catalog card swap with other local team members.  I went outside my comfort zone and chose the Spirited Snowmen Stamp Set.  With that, this stamp set was the first item on my preorder, another fun perk.  I had a couple ideas pop into my head before it even arrived.  This is the first of three designs I created using the Spirited Snowmen stamp set.

BASE:  I found this non-traditional color combination fun and bright.  With Lemon Lime Twist as the base, next I layered a Lemon Lime Twist rectangle embossed with the Corrugated Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing folder.

SNOWMAN:  This skating snowman is fun and has movement.  As you may know, I’m not a fan of coloring.  Lol!  With minimal coloring I had fun and even enjoyed it.  Next I layered the Whisper White square onto a Gorgeous Grape square then popped with Dimensionals.  The Lemon Lime Twist and Gorgeous Grape combination is bright and great for those non-traditional people in your life.  [smile]

SENTIMENT:  A simple sentiment fits this clean and simple design perfectly.  Which could be used as a Christmas Card or w winter “thinking of you”.  Finally I layered the Whisper White onto Gorgeous Grape then popped with Dimensionals like the snowman.

Thank you for stopping by today!  Make sure to have fun and get your fingers inky.


  • STAMP:  Spirited Snowmen
  • PAPER:  Lemon Lime Twist, Gorgeous Grape, Whisper White
  • INK:  Stazon Jet Black, Gorgeous Grape, Lemon Lime Twist, Crumb Cake, Smoky Slate, Pumpkin Pie
  • ACCESSORIES:  Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder–Corrugated


Sparkly Hugs, Carol


Takeout Treats Grouping

Takeout Treats Grouping

Have you had a chance to check out the new 2018 Holiday Catalog?  It’s been out for several weeks and my wish list is crazy long.  Lol!

After perusing the catalog several times I finally noticed several “you can make it” groupings.  I thought huh, that’s something new and interesting.  When I started really looking at what these were all about I realized they had created groupings that provided everything needed to create the accompanying projects shown.  Wow, wow, wow!!! were my first words!

It got me thinking “I want to create my own grouping” and that’s how this fun variety grouping of projects came about.

When I placed my first order from the 2018 Holiday Catalog I purchased the Takeout Treats stamp set, Buffalo Check Background stamp and Spirited Snowmen stamp set.  Yes!  that was all the stamps I purchased, along with other accessories, embossing folders and designer paper.  This was even before I had decided to create this group of projects.  So I’m thinking this was meant to be.  Lol!

Here are the items I chose to made up my grouping — Takeout Treats Stamp Set, one set of Notecards & Envelopes, Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad, Real Red Ink Pad, Call Me Clover Ink Pad, Blender Pens and Clear Block D.  Yes, everything you will need to create these projects I just listed.  Well, there are few things that you will have in your craft area.  They are scissors, thin metal ruler, post-it notes, sponge (from your kitchen is fine) and a pencil.


This Tiered Z-Fold card was the first design I created.  I had watched Dawn Griffith’s 4-fold card and thought how I could create it with just notecards.  I finally was able to make it work with two notecards.  Woohoo!  It only needs one envelope so that left an unused envelope.  I remembered the oldie but goodie Bag-a-Lope.

Tiered Z-Fold & Mini Bag-a-Lope


The valentine heart told me it could be made into a flower.  Another cool fun fold card in the Card in a Box.  The Call Me Clover green panels are created by taking your Blender Pen and putting green onto your clear block, then spritzing lightly and stamping onto your piece of cardstock.  It creates an amazing watercolor effect!  This one took two notecards as well.  So that left an envelope to turn into another project.  I thought a cute party gift box would be fun.  I used the same bag-a-lope idea but cut the envelope in half and made two small party gift box sizes.  Adorable!

Card-in-a-Box and Half Mini Bag-a-Lope


I finally stepped back into the traditional card box and these fill several more holiday card needs.

The first is the Love You Lots Valentine card.  The double lines behind the hearts are the edges of the clear block inked with Read Red and stamped twice next to each other.  Yes!  Another use for your clear block.

The second is the Thank You Mug.  My trimming the top off the rectangular image you get the shape of a mug and the handle is the edge trimmed away from the hearts on the Card-in-a-Box.  It’s hard to see but there is steam rising from the mug I created this by taking the small grouping of hearts and inking the black ink and stamping off several times then into the card.

The third is the Less Tricks and More Treats Halloween card turning the rectangle image on its side into a Cauldron.  The Call Me Clover is sponged to create steam rising.  Hey, it’s the best thing I could think of for Halloween.

Valentine, Thank you, Halloween

I’m very happy with how my projects turnout with limited supplies and colors.  This was WAY OUTSIDE my comfort zone but I think they are pretty cool.  AND……if you haven’t already noticed, there is no bling on any project.  That’s right NO BLING!  Lol!

I set out to combine the most versatile stamp set, ink pads and paper to create the most varied of projects.  Well, do you think I hit the mark?  With making multiples of each project I was able to create a total of 25 items, yes 25 items.  Hang on……I will share in just a moment.  The “you can make it” groupings in the Holiday Catalog range from $43.50 to $75.50.  My grouping total is $74.00 (plus tax and shipping).  That is $2.96 per item……YES!  If you purchase just one more package of Notecards and Envelopes this drops down to $1.61 for 50 items!  Sweet!

Here are how many of each project can be made.

  • 3 — Tiered Z-Fold Cards
  • 4 — Mini Bag-a-Lopes (perfect for a full-size Hershey’s Candy Bar)
  • 2 — Card-in-Box
  • 10 — Half Size Party Gift Box Bag-a-Lopes
  • 2 — Each of the Valentine, Thank You and Halloween notecards


  • STAMP:  Takeout Treats
  • PAPER:  Notecard & Envelope Pack (20 ea)
  • INK:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Real Red, Call Me Clover
  • ACCESSORIES:  Blender Pens, Clear Block D
  • HOME ITEMS:  Scissors, Thin Metal Ruler, Post-it Notes, Sponge, Pencil


Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you enjoyed today’s projects.  Have a great day and get your hands inky!


Sparkly Hugs, Carol