Archive for February, 2012

Here’s a quick post while I try to finish up all my other ongoing projects and hopefully actually have some finished products to show you soon!  This is a great card that I made at a club meeting at my upline Beth Crocker’s house last night.  It uses the Fresh Vintage set from Sale-a-Bration, as well as a nice assortment of punches to make that beautiful blossom on the front – love the contrast between the Island Indigo and the Poppy Parade!  This is not a difficult card at all, but the sponging and layering makes it look really nice and rich.


  • Stamp Sets:  Fresh Vintage (SAB), Take It To Heart, Delightful Dozen
  • Ink:  Island Indigo
  • Cardstock:  Island Indigo, Whisper White, Poppy Parade
  • Tools and Accessories: Mixed Blossom punch, 1 3/4″ Scallop Circle punch, Boho Blossoms punch, Large Pearl Basic Jewels, Sponge Dauber, paper snips, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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For anyone who actually reads regularly, you may have noticed that I haven’t really posted since last weekend.  Don’t worry, I haven’t disappeared!

I haven’t even stopped stamping.

On the contrary, I have been stamping SO MUCH that I have had no time for photography and writing!

Here is a (disorganized) little sample of what I have been doing this week:

60 blue striped stockings to be turned into baby booties for shower invitations

34 ornaments punched out with edges sponged for a top-secret project I am making for a swap with my fellow demonstrators (at least I did this while sitting on the couch watching Modern Family with my husband…nothing like multitasking!)

I’ve been working on wedding invitations for my little brother, some watercolor cards for an upcoming class in March, and working on getting My Digital Studio Certified (more on that later!)

I have also been doing some major rearranging of stuff in my house, because as I wrote a few weeks ago, I am making over my former guest room into a new craft room/playroom for myself and my kids.  My stamps have WAY outgrown my little old desk, and somehow Thomas and Friends have taken over my family room and REALLY need to move upstairs to a special space of their own…

Oh, Thomas…you’re a good little guy, but you come with a lot of baggage!  I never imagined that there was a Sodor Airport, or a Carnival complete with a railroad roller coaster…but we somehow now own those items plus about five other buildings and about twenty million pieces of train track and little train cars (Aquarium cars, really?  What kind of place is this Island of Sodor that there is a need to transport a giant squid anywhere via train??)  Those of you who also have little boys are now laughing at me I am sure…

Phase 1 of the craft/play room renovation is complete – I sold the queen size bed on Craigslist which made a heck of a lot more available space in the room.  I am now shopping around for ideas for a budget-friendly craft desk and storage for all my stamps/ribbon/tools/adhesive/Big Shot accessories, etc.  Ideas are welcome!  I am such a commitment-phobe that it will likely be another month before I decide on anything new to bring into the room.  Also my birthday is coming up and I am not-so-subtly hinting around to my family that a new modular workspace that is slightly less budget-friendly but really really fabulous would be a GREAT gift.  🙂

And now it is 9:00 AM and these two monkeys are still in their pajamas!!  Time to go get dressed and play outside!

Happy Stamping, we’ll catch you later!


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Now that Valentine’s Day has wrapped up and it is so warm and sunny out here, I have already started thinking about Easter!  I’ve started combing Pinterest for Easter decor ideas, and I’ve broken out the butterflies to make my Easter cards, too.

This is one of those cards that makes me love my Big Shot – you can add so much dimension to a card so quickly and easily.  One embossing folder provides the beautiful textured background, and one embosslit cuts out AND embosses the butterflies in one single pass through the Big Shot.  Just a few glue dots to adhere the butterflies and you have a really beautiful card!


  • Stamp Set:  Teeny Tiny Wishes
  • Ink:  Chocolate Chip
  • Cardstock:  Whisper White, Baja Breeze
  • Tools and Accessories:  Big Shot with Elegant Lines embossing folder and Beautiful Wings embosslit, Word Window punch, Modern Label punch, Glue Dots


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My 5 year old daughter had a princess-themed birthday party to attend recently and wanted a special card to give the birthday girl.  I still had my Elementary Elegance set sitting out on my desk and thought it would look fairly princess-y stamped in pink – here is what I came up with on the fly as we were wrapping her gift.  I just love the little pink crown from the Elementary Elegance set sitting on Lila’s name – CUTE!


  • Stamp Sets:  Elementary Elegance (SAB), Big Deal Alphabet (which is sadly retired, but you could use another alphabet set for a look just as cute)
  • Ink:  Pretty in Pink, Rose Red
  • Cardstock:  Pretty in Pink, Whisper White
  • Tools and Accessories:  Curly Label Punch, Stampin’ Dimensional

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This is the third card from this past weekend’s Stamping 101 class.  After learning a few basic techniques on the first two cards, we stepped it up a bit on this one to include some things like background stamps and distressing.  If you are really into a vintage look for your projects, Stampin’ Up! sells a wonderful distressing kit which includes things like a tea stain ink pad, sanding blocks, and other goodies to make your paper look nice and aged.  However, for this card we used kind of a cheating method and just tore the edges of the Very Vanilla cardstock with our hands and used a sponge dauber with Soft Suede ink around the torn edges.

The stamp set used for the greeting and surrounding image is Elementary Elegance, yet another of our fantastic Sale-a-Bration freebies.  I love it!  Get your own for free with any $50 purchase between now and March 31st!


Stamp Sets:  En Francais (background), Elementary Elegance (SAB)

Ink:  Crumb Cake, Soft Suede

Cardstock:  Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Marina Mist

Tools and Accessories:  Big Shot with Butterflies Embosslit, 3/8″ Marina Mist taffeta ribbon, Curly Label Punch, Sponge Daubers, Stampin’ Dimensional

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More Fresh Vintage

For the second card at last weekend’s Stamping 101 class, we went one step farther and learned to ink a stamp using Stampin’ Write Markers to achieve a multicolored image with a single stamp.  Notice that the floral image from the Fresh Vintage stamp set has Old Olive leaves and stems. and Rose Red blossoms.  It is a really easy technique that yields great results:  simply color directly on your rubber stamp with the Stampin’ Write Marker (I like to use the fat tip).  Start with the lightest color first and do darker colors last.   When you are done coloring the image, breathe on the stamp to remoisten the ink and stamp on your cardstock.  Here is what you get:


  • Stamp Set:  Fresh Vintage (SAB)
  • Ink:  Old Olive and Pretty in Pink Classic Stampin’ Pads, Old Olive and Rose Red Stampin’ Write Markers
  • Cardstock:  Pretty in Pink, Old Olive, Rose Red, Whisper White
  • Tools and Accessories:  NONE aside from a paper cutter and adhesive.  Again, you don’t always need a ton of tools to make a great card!

If you love this Fresh Vintage stamp set, you can get it free with any $50 purchase during Sale-a-Bration – shop now, you can have your order shipped straight to your house!

If you don’t want to make a purchase, you can still get it for free by hosting a workshop for your friends – with a $400 workshop, you will receive the following for FREE:

  • Fresh Vintage stamp set
  • Everyday Enchantment DSP
  • Ribbon and Brad pack
  • $65 to spend on whatever products you want in the catalog
  • Any item of your choice at 50% off.
  • Sale-a-Bration exclusive tote bag.

Why not book your workshop today?  Fun with your friends AND all that free stuff – sign me up!  You can read more about hosting a workshop here or just e-mail me at stephanie.kokan@gmail.com.  I’d love to share some fun projects with you and your friends!

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This weekend I had a Stamping 101 class at my house – although the ladies who attended were by no means beginning stampers, I think they all learned something new!  We went back to the basics and learned how to measure and cut cardstock to make standard notecards, techniques to ink our stamps, etc. and then moved on to things like background stamps, distressing, and using punches.   We applied what we learned to three different cards – here is the first one:

This one uses a great little stamp set called Delicate Doilies.  I think a lot of people tend to use very feminine colors with these stamps, similar to our Flirtatious fabric, but I love how they look with this bold combination of blues and greens from our 2011-2013 In Colors (Pool Party, Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade).  This card would work for a variety of occasions, too – the stamp set I used for the sentiment has six different stamps to cover most any need you have.


  • Stamp Sets:  Delicate Doilies, A Word For You
  • Ink:  Basic Black, Pool Party, Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade
  • Cardstock:  Whisper White, Pool Party, Island Indigo
  • Tools and Accessories:  NOTHING except a paper cutter and adhesive – you don’t need a lot of tools to make this card!

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