Archive for July, 2013

Stampin’ Up!’s annual convention is going on right now in Salt Lake City and I keep seeing all these amazing announcements! ¬†Stampin’ Up is really doing lots of exciting things for their 25th anniversary. Here is one of the exciting new products that has just been revealed:

If you love the idea of making your own rubber stamps, click HERE to get your own kit!


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I make a lot of cards. I am not always as punctual as I would like to be about mailing them, but they do get there eventually. ūüôā

But it is so rare that I ever RECEIVE a handstamped card! I don’t know if it’s that no one thinks I am worthy of their hard work, or they are afraid I won’t be impressed enough with it, or what…but it just does not often happen that anyone stamps a card and mails it to me. (Sniff, sniff.) Given that background, you might understand why I was so excited recently when I got upwards of FOUR handstamped cards from friends all in a short time period! They are so pretty that I just have to share them with you.

The first card is from Rebecca, one of my fabulous stamp club members. She fell in love with a few retired stamp sets and after I connected her to some other demonstrators who were selling the retired things she wanted, she made me possibly the cutest thank you card I have ever received:


IT’S ADORABLE! This card uses one of the retired stamp sets that she recently acquired, Kimono Kids. That stamp set was from before my time as a demonstrator so I wasn’t familiar with it, but when I saw this card I understood why Rebecca wanted the stamps so much. I just love it.

Take a closer look and admire the detailed coloring and paper snipping – that is some good work!




  • Stamp Set: Kimono Kids (retired)
  • Ink: Basic Black (or StazOn Jet Black?), assorted colored pencils
  • Cardstock: Rich Razzleberry, Summer Starfruit, Melon Mambo, Pool Party, Sycamore Street DSP (retired)
  • Tools and Accessories: 1 3/4″ scallop circle punch, 1 3/8″ scallop circle punch, Big Shot with Honeycomb embossing folder, and a pretty fabulous pair of paper snips

Thanks, Rebecca! I love it!

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Mosaic Madness

Confession РI am in love with this Quatrefancy suite of products.  You might be seeing it a LOT over the course of the next month or so.

When I got my first peek at the 2013-2014 Annual Catalog and started making a list in my head of things I wanted to get both to use for myself and to use for classes and workshops in the coming year, this was at the VERY top of my list. ¬†One of my favorite things about Stampin’ Up in general is how easy they make it to coordinate things…and this suite of products has not only a stamp set with a coordinating punch, but also a coordinating embossing folder AND coordinating designer series paper!


Mosaic Madness Stamp Set
130246 Wood Mount/130249 Clear Mount
Images copyright Stampin’ Up!

Here is the very first thing I made with the Mosaic Madness stamp set and punch Рmy monthly club did this as one of the projects at our June meeting.  It was another opportunity to showcase two of the newest In Colors, Pistachio Pudding and Baked Brown Sugar:




  • I embossed the white cardstock on the front of the card with the Modern Mosaic embossing folder, and used that as a guide to line up all my punched-out quatrefoil shapes. ¬†Think about where you want to put your greeting and make sure you line up the cardstock in the embossing folder accordingly to leave room for the greeting without cutting off the shapes you want to see.

Stampin’ Up is offering lots of bundles of coordinating products in this year’s catalog – each one saves you 15% over what it would cost to buy them separately! ¬†In this case, the stamp set and punch are available as a bundle ($36.50 wood mount, $29.50 clear mount.)

Local customers (Huntsville, AL) – I’m having a class on July 28th using all the fun tools in the Quatrefancy suite. ¬†We will make four cards for $15, but if you purchase the Mosaic Madness Bundle from me, you may attend the class for free! ¬†Please email me at stephanie.kokan@gmail.com if you are interested in attending.

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In June, my monthly stamp club got to play with some of the new stamps and tools from the 2013-2014 Annual Catalog!  Here is the first (very simple) project we made using the Wildflower Meadow stamp set and coordinating embossing folder.

This HUGE background stamp is super versatile, you saw small portions of it used in the sampler I showed earlier, but I went for a monochromatic look here to showcase the entire stamp image (as well as one of our new 2013-2015 In Colors!):




  • Stamp first, emboss second ¬†ūüôā ¬†Once you have the stamped image on your cardstock, it is easy to place it in the embossing folder and line it up perfectly.
  • Use your paper piercer, small tweezers, or even the tips of your paper snips to pick up the pearls and this lets you place them more precisely on your stamped image. ¬†I put pearls in the centers of my flowers, but my friend Michele was so clever she thought of adding a teeny pearl on the hummingbird so it has an eye – I should have taken a picture of her card instead of mine!
  • If you love this background stamp and the raised look you get using the coordinating embossing folder, they are available as a bundle that saves you 15%!


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At the retreat I attended in Nashville last weekend, I got to make several fun projects that are NOT CARDS!  (What!?)

Here is the first. ¬†My 6 year daughter has been reading some historical fiction books this month about girls in the 1800s that refer to girls sewing samplers and she had some questions about what exactly a sampler IS…how funny that I went off to this stamp retreat and brought home a stamped sampler to show her! ¬†I love it.

This uses a BUNCH of different stamps, but it is unified by the consistent color scheme (based on the colors in the Gingham Garden designer series paper and washi tape.  You could pick another favorite DSP and do something similar Рthe idea is just to make 9 squares that coordinate.



  • Stamp Sets: ¬†Kind & Cozy, Wildflower Meadow, Fabulous Phrases
  • Ink: ¬†Melon Mambo, Pear Pizzazz, Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight
  • Cardstock: ¬†Pear Pizzazz, Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Gingham Garden DSP
  • Tools and Accessories (get ready for this list!): ¬†Big Shot with Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder and cross-stitch border embossing folder, Elegant Butterfly Punch, Bitty Butterfly Punch, Extra-Large Oval Punch, 1 1/4″ Scallop Circle Punch, 1″ Circle Punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, 2 1/2″ Circle Punch, Jewelry Tag Punch (retired), 1 1/4″ ¬†Circle Punch, Decorative Label Punch, Full Heart Punch, Small Heart Punch, Pearl Basic Jewels, Sponge Daubers, Gingham Garden Designer Washi Tape, Delicate Details Lace Tape, Paper Snips, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Island Indigo Baker’s Twine, 1/8″ mini brads


  • The Pear Pizzazz cardstock base is 9 1/2″ x 9 1/2″
  • The¬†nine Melon Mambo squares are 2 3/4″ x 2 3/4″ (with 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ squares of DSP or Whisper White layered on top of them)
  • I placed each Melon Mambo square 3/8″ in from the outside edge of the Pear Pizzazz base. ¬†First I used my grid paper to help me carefully line up the four squares in the corners, then I centered the squares in the middle of each side between the corner squares, and the middle square was the last one I glued down.

July’s promotion is perfect if you’re looking to check out some of Stampin’ Up!’s designer series paper and try a project like this sampler – between now and the end of the month, when you buy 3 packs of DSP you’ll get one free! ¬†Click on the image below to browse the designer series paper in my online store:

buy 3 get 1 free

Note:  the promotion only applies to regular packs of DSP (the ones priced at $10.95).  Specialty DSP ($12.95) and the color collection paper stacks ($21.95) are excluded.

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