Making My List, Checking It Twice

Santa's List, Blendabilities

This card, made with the retired stamp set Santa’s List, started because I remembered it after making MY list for the fantastic sale that Stampin’ Up! is having! I am making my list and checking it twice so I don’t miss out on anything! I am happy that I was able to use my Blendabilities pens on this stamp set since we didn’t have them last year. Doesn’t Santa look great all colored up with Cherry Cobbler?! I used the skintones on his face, hands, and added a little smoky slate to his facial hair and the list.

IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS

  • Stamp Set: Santa’s List
  • Paper: Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stacks, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White
  • Ink: Memento Black
  • SU Tools: Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack
  • Finishing Touch: Cherry Cobbler 1″ Sheer Linen Ribbon, Regals and Neutrals Candy Dots

 

Extravaganza

Online Extravaganza

Click on the link above to see the list of items on sale up to 50% – PLUS Door Buster items. This sale starts Monday, November 24th and is only available through December 2nd. Please don’t miss out on this terrific sale! If you were ever thinking of joining Stampin’ Up!, this would be the BEST time to join! Not only can you use sale items in your Starter Kit up to $125 (and pay only $74.25) and NO Shipping costs (another 10% savings), you will also get 5% back on any of your December orders in January! I would love to have you on my team and help you enjoy this wonderful hobby! I love being part of this great company and know that you would, too! You can click HERE to learn more about joining Stampin’ Up!

So, I hope you liked my card today! If you did, please take a minute and leave me a comment! I love hearing from you! And while you are at it, please sign up for email notifications (usually no  more than 2-3 per week) and also “like” my Facebook page (I don’t flood your Newsfeed either). You can do both of those right here on the right sidebar of my blog.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at Debbie@SecretStamper.com any time. Thanks for coming to my blog today! Until next time,

Happy Stampin’!

Debbie

Nature’s Peace

Nature's Peace

Every year Stampin’ Up! just makes the perfect stamp set for me. They must know how much I love “peace” stamps because they make one every year and every year I have to have it! This year’s stamp set, Nature’s Peace, could not be more perfect for me. I love nature and animals so much! This one has it all so I won’t be letting this one go for a long, long time!! I was going to save showing this card for awhile but after the week the entire country has had with the Polar Vortex, it made me think this was the best time to post it. We have at least 20″ of snow at the time of my writing and are expecting more today! I hope you all stay safe and warm!

This card is quite clean and simple to make. The stamp was heat embossed with Blushing Bride embossing powder onto Tempting Turquoise cardstock. Isn’t it pretty?! I then took a sponge and lightly swiped the sentiment with Tempting Turquoise ink to make it stand out. A layer of Blushing Bride cardstock was added, edges distressed and popped up with dimensionals onto Park Lane DSP and Soft Suede card base. I still had one small square of burlap from a Paper Pumpkin kit, so I laid it under the stamped layer and added a Tempting Turquoise button with linen thread.

IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS

  • Stamp Sets: Nature’s Peace
  • Paper: Park Lane DSP, Tempting Turquoise, Soft Suede, Blushing Bride
  • Ink: VersaMark
  • SU Tools: Stampin’ Distress Tool
  • Finishing Touch: Blushing Bride Emboss Powder, Linen Thread, Paper Pumpkin kit, Brights Designer Button

CURRENT PROMOTIONS

  1. Starter Kit Special! For one week only (Nov. 24-Dec. 2) SAVE 25% on the Starter Kit. Only $74.25 for $125 worth of product, free shipping and an extra 5% discount on all commissionable sales in the month of December! There are more details so email me for the whole scoop!
  2. New! Holiday Catalog Supplement Check out the new items that are only available while supplies last!
  3. Paper Pumpkin is a great way to craft! It is always the highlight of my day when it arrives in my mailbox! Exclusive, quality products with everything you need included in the kit! Give it a try! If you don’t like it, I will buy the kit from you. Details about the subscription are  HERE. Ready to sign up for this no risk, fully flexible program?  Join Now!
  4. Weekly Deals: Brand new Sale every week!! Check out the latest group of products on sale HERE.
  5. Click on the Stampin’ Store in the top menu or the SHOP button on the sidebar to see all of Stampin’ Up!’s latest and greatest promotions!

So, I hope you liked my card today! If you did, please take a minute and leave me a comment! I love hearing from you! And while you are at it, please sign up for email notifications (usually no  more than 2-3 per week) and also “like” my Facebook page (I don’t flood your Newsfeed either). You can do both of those right here on the right sidebar of my blog.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at Debbie@SecretStamper.com any time. Thanks for coming to my blog today! Until next time,

Happy Stampin’!

Debbie

 

Leaves of a Tree for Retro Rubber 02

Leaves of a Tree

Welcome back to the second Retro Rubber Challenge! I am having more fun than I really expected to, pulling out my old stamp sets. This is an old stamp set and I was so new into Stampin’ Up! that I can’t tell you more than I was drawn to the look of fall and envisioned using it someday. Well, that day finally came! The challenge was to use any green, brown with white or vanilla.

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This card started out by heat embossing the stamped image with VersaMark and Soft Suede ink then Clear Embossing powder (my favorite way to avoid the little flecks of emboss powder issue). Wild Wasabi was cut to size then cut with the Oval Collections Framelit. While I was at my Big Shot, I went ahead to cut an Oval Framelit frame in Soft Suede. The Wild Wasabi was run through the Big Shot in the Woodgrain Emboss Folder then sponged with Crumb Cake ink. They were popped up with dimensionals over the stamped tree image. I couldn’t find just the right card base for this card so do you know where I turned to find it? If you guessed my Paper Pumpkin stash, you would be right! The card base and the banners were from the Hey Man Paper Pumpkin kit and it was perfect for this fall card! The sentiment is from the current stamp set Gratitude for Days. Leaves from the Bird Builder Punch and flowers from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack were punched and arranged around the oval image. The Final Touch was the Baker’s Twine in Early Espresso and Nashua yarn dyed in Mossy Meadow, tied into a sweet little bow with some pearls for that last small touch.  This was such a fun card to make! I hope you will join the Retro Rubber Challenge! Here are the details:

CHALLENGE GUIDELINES
•Use older stamps. We suggest stamps older than 1 year.
•Follow the challenge given for the time period.
•Post your creation to your blog or online gallery. If you use an online gallery, please use the Keyword RRBC02
•Link back to the blog using the InLinkz by the November 28th.
•Enter as many times as you like.
Our Top Five Favorites - The Fab Five, will be posted on Sunday, November 30th. Our Winner will have the option to play along with a future challenge!

IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILSCount Your Blessings

  • Stamp Sets: Gratitude for Days (current), Leaves of a Tree (retired)
  • Paper: May Paper Pumpkin card base, Wild Wasabi, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla
  • Ink: VersaMark, Soft Suede, Wild Wasabi
  • SU Tools: Woodgrain TIEF, Oval Collections Framelits, Bird Builder Punch, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack
  • Finishing Touch: Early Espresso Baker’s Twine, Neutrals Candy Dots, Pearl Basic Jewels

CURRENT PROMOTIONS

  1. New! Holiday Catalog Supplement Check out the new items that are only available while supplies last!
  2. Paper Pumpkin is a great way to craft! It is always the highlight of my day when it arrives in my mailbox! Exclusive, quality products with everything you need included in the kit! Give it a try! If you don’t like it, I will buy the kit from you. Details about the subscription are  HERE. Ready to sign up for this no risk, fully flexible program?  Join Now!
  3. Weekly Deals: Brand new Sale every week!! Check out the latest group of products on sale HERE.
  4. Click on the Stampin’ Store in the top menu or the SHOP button on the sidebar to see all of Stampin’ Up!’s latest and greatest promotions!

So, I hope you liked my card today! If you did, please take a minute and leave me a comment! I love hearing from you! And while you are at it, please sign up for email notifications (usually no  more than 2-3 per week) and also “like” my Facebook page (I don’t flood your Newsfeed either). You can do both of those right here on my blog.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at Debbie@SecretStamper.com any time. Thanks for coming to my blog today! Until next time,

Happy Stampin’!

Debbie

Ornamental Pine for Thanksgiving

Ornamental Pine, October 2014 Paper Pumpkin

I love Thanksgiving! It is one of those holidays that continues to be about being with those you love. I know that the Ornamental Pine Stamp Set has Christmas-themed sentiments but I thought it was perfect for a beautiful Thanksgiving card. I am submitting this card to the Pals Paper Arts challenge this week. PPA227

 

This card started out by stamping the pine needles in Old Olive then using a dauber to stamp the branch area in Early Espressso. I stamped the pine cone as well and fussy cut it out because I wanted it to extend over the edge. After adding a layer of Old Olive, I ran it through the Big Shot with the Decorative Dots Emboss Folder. To add Pumpkin Pie and Crushed Curry, I simply layered them together and then ran them through the Big Shot with the retired Square Lattice Emboss Folder (one of my most favorite folders to add texture!). I wasn’t very pleased with the card base so I added a layer of Very Vanilla, ran it through the Big Shot as well in the new Filigree Frame Emboss Folder. Lots of texture but don’t you love the results?!

The sentiment from the October Paper Pumpkin kit was stamped in Pumpkin Pie. I love its simplicity! The banner was cut twice, once for the sentiment, then again in Pumpkin Pie. I layered Crushed Curry Chevron Ribbon with Old Olive 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon, then popped the sentiment up with dimensionals. Still I felt like the card needed a little more so I stamped a couple more pine cones in Soft Suede, fussy-cut them out then added a sweet little Pumpkin Pie Cotton Ribbon bow. The final touch was just a couple tiny pearls on the sentiment. So, what do you think is the best detail on my card?

IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS

  • Stamp Sets: Ornamental Pine, October ’14 Paper Pumpkin kit stamp set
  • Paper: Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Very Vanilla
  • Ink: Old Olive, Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Pumpkin Pie
  • SU Tools: Filigree Frame TIEF, Decorative Dots TIEF, Square Lattice TIEF (retired), Bitty Banner Framelits
  • Finishing Touch: Crushed Curry Chevron Ribbon, Old Olive 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon, Pumpkin Pie Cotton Ribbon, Pearl Basic Jewels

CURRENT PROMOTIONS

  1. Take a look at the Holiday Catalog Supplement These are new holiday items and are only available while supplies last!
  2. Paper Pumpkin is a great way to craft and makes a wonderful gift! It is always the highlight of my day when it arrives in my mailbox! Exclusive, quality products with everything you need included in the kit! Give it a try! If you don’t like it, I will buy the kit from you. Details about the subscription are HERE. Ready to sign up for this no risk, fully flexible program?  Join Now!
  3. Weekly Deals: Brand new Sale every week!! Check out the latest group of products on sale HERE.
  4. Click on the Stampin’ Store in the top menu or the SHOP button on the sidebar to see all of Stampin’ Up!’s latest and greatest promotions!

So, I hope you liked my card today! If you did, please take a minute and leave me a comment! I love hearing from you! And while you are at it, please sign up for email notifications (usually no  more than 2-3 per week) and also “like” my Facebook page (I don’t flood your Newsfeed either). You can do both of those right here on the right sidebar of my blog.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at Debbie@SecretStamper.com any time. Thanks for coming to my blog today! Until next time,

Happy Stampin’!

Debbie

Seasonally Scattered Thanks for November Blog Hop

Nov HopWelcome to the November Pals Blog Hop, we are thankful you stopped by.  This month we are showcasing projects that show our thanks, including both thank you and Thanksgiving themed projects.

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Susan Lankford at Stamp and Create With Susan, #19 on the Pals Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all of the amazing projects.

Letterpress Winter, Fall FestI like to make Fall cards, and they are great for Thanksgiving. Since it is the beginning of the holiday season, I decided that I would use the Season’s Greetings sentiment from the Letterpress Winter stamp set, so that it can be displayed throughout the holidays. Brushed Gold cardstock on Mossy Meadow was chosen for the color scheme. The Brushed Gold was outlined with the cute leaf stamp from Fall Fest. I trimmed the Mossy Meadow cardstock that is layered under the sentiment with the Rotary Trimmer Small Scallop Blade. Doesn’t it give a nice little detail to the layer? I am still in love with the Venetian Crochet Trim and layered it with the Gold 1/8″ Ribbon and topped it all off with a pretty bow made from Mossy Meadow 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon with some Autumn Wooden Elements touched up with Soft Suede marker and sealed with Mod Podge for a little shimmer.

As I thought about Thanksgiving and the idea that so many of us get together with our families or friends, it occurredSeasonally Scattered, Apothecary Accents to me that a little coordinating container might be appropriate. I set out to make something that was good enough for a little gift and then decided that it would be great to make it functional as well. So I stamped my sentiment, using Daubers for a two-tone effect, then paper-pierced around it after cutting it with the Apothecary Accents framelit. The container was made from 9″ x 5 1/2″ piece of Brushed Gold cardstock. I found the middle of the paper and laid the Apothecary Accents piece onto top and pierced it so the holes would go all the way through. The bottom of the bag was made with a Mossy Meadow 4″ x 4″ piece of cardstock that was scored at 1″ all the way around and cut on each corner in order to form the bottom. Sticky strip was laid in the area along the bottom of the sides and then laid up against the bottom piece. Once the bottom was attached, the sides were adhered together. Ribbon was added to the top and bottom, a double looped bow made from Venetian Crochet trim, along with streamers of Gold Sequin Trim and Autumn Wooden Elements hung with Linen Thread. The little detail on the acorn is a gold sequin topped with a rhinestone. The functional part of this little gift container is that a tea light can be put inside so that the paper piercing can be seen. The sad part is that this cute little container was admired so much by my little kitty during the middle of the night that it didn’t stand a chance of survival! I will remember next time to put anything with danglies well out of her reach! I am just thankful that I got my photos of it before she got to it!

Letterpress Winter, Fall Fest, Seasonally Scattered

IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS

  • Stamp Sets: Letterpress Winter, Fall Fest, Scattered Seasons
  • Paper: Brushed Gold, Mossy Meadow, Whisper White
  • Ink: Mossy Meadow, Crumb Cake
  • SU Tools: Rotary Trimmer, Small Scallop Rotary Blade, Apothecary Accents Framelits
  • Finishing Touch: Venetian Crochet Trim, Gold 1/8″ Ribbon, Mossy Meadow 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon, Gold Metal Button, Linen Thread, Autumn Wooden Elements, Gold Sequin Trim

 

So, I hope you liked my projects today! If you did, please take a minute and leave me a comment! I love hearing from you! And while you are at it, please sign up for email notifications (usually no  more than 2-3 per week) and also “like” my Facebook page (I don’t flood your Newsfeed either). You can do both of those right here on the right sidebar of my blog.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at Debbie@SecretStamper.com any time.

The next stop is Beth Beard at My little craft blog on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you soon.

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Line-Up: 

  1. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  2. Angie Valle-Peters at Paperluxuries
  3. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  4. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  5. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  6. Rae Harper-Burnet at WildWestPaperArts.com
  7. Amy L. Lazzell at Just A Thought…Cards by Amy
  8. Natalie Bradley at Natalie Bradley Events
  9. September Gray at septembergray.com
  10. Jane Knudsen at see jane stamp
  11. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  12. Amy Whelan at Amy’s Inklings
  13. Amy Hoptay at Inking of You!
  14. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  15. Martie Pollard at The Crafty Bandit
  16. Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains
  17. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  18. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  19. Susan Lankford at Stamp and Create With Susan
  20. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper ⇐⇐ YOU ARE HERE
  21. Beth Beard at My little craft blog
  22. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  23. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts By Patti
  24. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  25. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  26. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  27. Debbie Crowley at expressivelydeb…
  28. Kim Jolley at Stampin’ Artfully
  29. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  30. Becky Volpp at Inkblossomwithbecky
  31. Kalyn Shubnell at The Stamping Chronicles
  32. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  33. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Space

Retro Rubber Challenge with Seaside Sketches

Retro RubberWhat a great day today is! It is the second week of Retro Rubber’s first challenge and you get to see the rest of the design team’s cards. Retro Rubber Blog Challenge is all about using your very favorite OLD stamps, current or retired. You can use them with old or new supplies – whatever you choose! I personally love the idea of giving my old stamps new life with all of the wonderful NEW products that Stampin’ Up! has to offer!

CHALLENGE GUIDELINES

  • Use older stamps. We suggest stamps older than 1 year.
  • Follow the challenge given for the time period.
  • Post your creation to your blog or online gallery.  If you use an online gallery, please use the Keyword  RRBC01
  • Link back to the blog using the InLinkz by the November 14th.
  • Enter as many times as you like.

Our Top Five Favorites – The Fab Five, will be posted on Sunday, November 16th. Our Winner will have the option to play along with a future challenge!

So, my stampin’ story started when I moved to Grand Rapids in 2003 and joined a Newcomer’s Women’s group to meet new people. There was a crafting group and we eventually did some stamping activities around 2005. I decided that stamping was fun and it would be a welcome change from stickers in my scrapbooks. So I would buy all of the nautical themed stamp sets because my family always goes to the beach on vacations. I must admit that I collected them and didn’t have any idea what in the world to do with them for quite awhile! LOL I joined Stampin’ Up! in 2011 when my sister Katy McGloin went to her first Stampin’ Up! convention. She twisted my arm to join (just a little) and I couldn’t be happier that she did. This is definitely the most fun I have ever had and with the best group that I could possibly hope to be part of!Seaside Sketches, Blendabilities

Our very first challenge is about digging out one of our oldest stamp sets. One of my very first stamp sets was Seaside Sketches. I have used it in the past but was never quite satisfied with the results I got using watercoloring or markers. I always thought I would eventually find a way to do it justice so I was really happy to bring it back out for my very first Retro Rubber challenge! I think I finally got the coloring just the way I wanted, using my Blendabilities Pens. I kept these cards on the “Clean and Simple” side – no need to clutter up such sweet images. In this photo, I used the On Film Framelits so that it would look like it was right out of someone’s photo album.

Seaside Sketches, Blendabilities, girlOf course, you know me, I can’t stop once I am on a roll! I really did enjoy inking up all of the stamps and coloring them in an all new way. Instead of just using one color group, I mixed them up to get new colors. The blendies pens are easily the best new item in the catalog this year! I have them right at my fingertips so that I can play with them as much as possible. I know that my old stamps are going to look better than ever with the blendies breathing new life into them!

My favorite card is the simplest of them all. Maybe it is the love I feel between the two images – I am always an emotional mess when I see a loving father with his kids! I left this one at a bare minimum so that one just focuses on those two enjoying a moment in the sun together.Seaside Sketches, Blendabilities, Father and Son

IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS

  • Stamp Sets: Seaside Sketches
  • Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Rose Red, Night of Navy, Real Red, Calypso Coral, Tempting Turquoise
  • Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Calypso Coral, Night of Navy, Memento Black
  • SU Tools: On Film Framelits, Artisan Label Punch
  • Finishing Touch: Rich Razzleberry 1/4″ Cotton Ribbon, Candy Dots, Night of Navy Satin Ribbon (retired), Tempting Turquoise Taffeta Ribbon (retired), Whisper White Satin Ribbon, Calypso Coral Baker’s Twine
  • Blendabilities Pens: Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Coastal Cabana, Crumb Cake, Melon Mambo, Cherry Cobbler, Night of Navy, Rich Razzleberry, Skin Tone Assortment

CURRENT PROMOTIONS

  1. New! Holiday Catalog Supplement Check out the new items that are only available while supplies last!
  2. Paper Pumpkin is a great way to craft! It is always the highlight of my day when it arrives in my mailbox! Exclusive, quality products with everything you need included in the kit! Give it a try and, if you don’t like it, I will buy the kit from you. Details about the subscriptions are  HERE. Ready to sign up for this no risk, fully flexible program?  Join Now!
  3. Weekly Deals: Brand new Sale every week!! Check out the latest group of products on sale HERE.
  4. Click on the Stampin’ Store in the top menu or the SHOP button on the sidebar to see all of Stampin’ Up!’s latest and greatest promotions!

So, I hope you liked my cards today! If you did, please take a minute and leave me a comment! I love hearing from you! And while you are at it, please sign up for email notifications (usually no  more than 2-3 per week) and also “like” my Facebook page (I don’t flood your Newsfeed either). You can do both of those right here on the right sidebar of my blog.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at Debbie@SecretStamper.com any time. Thanks for coming to my blog today! Until next time,

Happy Stampin’!

Debbie