Baby Bear Wedding

I won this stamp set at the Stampin’ Up! Convention OnStage Live event this last April. I was so very thrilled to win it! It was my favorite of all the new stamp sets.

I used traditional browns, but there was a display board at OnStage with Baby Bear in lots of colors.


The stamp is “2-Step” which means it’s designed to stamp on stamp over another stamped image. This is actually a 3-step stamp set and the result looks nearly photographic. The clear photopolymer stamps allow you to see right where you want to stamp… at least if you don’t have a camera right where your head needs to be. But in the video (below on my website), my second layer is quite far off and it still looks great. You could also use a Stamp-a-ma-jig to position each layer perfectly.

If you were surprised by the timing of this post, I admit… I was too. I try to post a video each Thursday. Sometimes I work ahead, posting videos on YouTube, but making them “private” until I’m ready for my weekly post. I realized I’d neglected to make this one private. Oops! I was editing while Bud, our new 8 week old puppy we’re raising for Guide Dogs of America, was playing at my feet and nibbling my toes. It can get difficult to concentrate!


He looks very grown up in this photo. Here is is next to our “keeper” dog, Newman.


Newman, with his mini-me, laying side-by-side under my crafting chair, just as they are this minute, as I type. If you ever hear snoring on a video, you know Newman is nearby. I reserve the right to blame Bud for all other errors caused by distraction. 🙂

So anyway, I realized people may be searching for the promised “more info.” So I’m posting it now instead of August 4th. But that’s OK. I have some news I want to share next week.

Here is the promised “more info.”

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The sparkle and shine of the copper highlights in the in the Affectionately Yours Designer Series Paper, the copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder, and the Wink of Stella brushed on the flowers make this a lovely card. It’s sure to send a smile to a friend!

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Number of Years is such a versatile stamp set! And the Large Numbers Framelits make this a quick card.
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All the essential stamping supplies

You do not need a spacious craft studio. Really! I have a tiny corner of my living room for my stamping space and I have plenty of room for everything. But even that may be spacious compared to your available space. You can get all the essentials in a few shoe boxes.
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I got started on the idea of minimal stamping supplies with my Getting Started series. I wanted to prove that you don’t need tons of supplies. And it’s true. You can send lovely hand-stamped cards all year with one or two stamp sets, a few colors of ink, card stock, and envelopes. Add an embellishment and a punch and you are set!  I enjoyed the challenge to stamp all year with one or two stamp sets, but Stampin’ Up! has too many wonderful stamp sets and other supplies.

I have absolutely loved some of the aspects of the Getting Started series and they have changed the way I do my crafting.

20160217_215443I have fallen in love with my Basic Tool Kit. I don’t use it in my everyday crafting. I do craft most days, and I do have enough space to keep those basic supplies out ready to grab. But I invested in a second set of these supplies to grab when I go to crafting events and also when traveling. I have all the basics right there in one Wide Stamp Case.

Cut up your card stock so it’s ready to go. Better yet, take your card stock to your office supply store or Kinko’s/FedEx and they will cut it for you.

  • Basic card bases are 1/2 sheet of card stock.
    • 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ (the one I use most)
    • 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • Basic card layers
    • Colored Card stock 5 1/4″ x 4″ and 2 3/4″ x 4 1/4″
      • Here’s the cutting plan that gets you a card base, a layer, and two 2 3/4″ x 4 1/4″ pieces.
    • Whisper White and Very Vanilla 5″ x 3 3/4″ layers (4 per sheet),
      • Here’s the cutting plan that gets you the 2 1/2″ x 4″ layers (8 per sheet)

Sure, a Big Shot takes up some space, but not that much. And I own 26 dies, 11 embossing folders, and the die brush in one photo box and I have lots of room for the rest of my wish list.

I need my Stampin’ Trimmer, but that doesn’t take up much space at all.

If you want to feel like you have it all, but you don’t have anywhere for a designated stamping space, here’s my suggestion. You will keep basic supplies in 2-3 boxes photo boxes that you can pull out from under your bed or the top shelf of your closet when you’re ready to stamp. You will need a fourth photo box if you include a Big Shot in your plan. (How could you not?) You will also need another box for the stuff you won’t be pulling out for every project. I think I could use this system in one of those tiny houses I’ve seen on HGTV!

Basic supplies in one photo box.

  • One card base plus one large layer and 2 small layers of card stock. This takes up 3 1/2″ of your box for all 50 colors.
  • Card bases and two smaller layers each in Whisper White and Very Vanilla.
  • Medium envelopes in Whisper White and Very Vanilla.
  • Add the Basic Tool Kit in a Wide Stamp Case.
  • Two 10 pens sets of Stampin’ Write Markers or 1 full set and 2 sets of In Colors in another Wide Stamp Case.
  • Three versatile clear or photopolymer stamp sets
  • Clear blocks: A, C, D, G, & E,
  • Color Sampler
  • You may have room for some 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper (that comes that way or cut down the 12″ x 12″
  • You can tuck a bottle of Multipurpose Liquid Glue too.

Another box for stamp pads. You can fit 20 stamps in a photo box with room for another 3 stamp sets plus a couple of punches or other small tools..

Leave the remaining 8 1/2″ x 11″ card stock on the shelf to replenish your supplies. You can leave the ink refills on the shelf until you need it. You will want to keep your extra Stampin’ Dimensionals® and Mini Glue Dots in this box too.

Keep a picture of any stamp sets you have in storage so you don’ t have to go searching through those boxes every time. Write on your photo where you have stored that stamp set. Or better yet, use Evernote to search through your supplies on your phone, or computer.





Thoughtful Banners Shaker Card

Shaker cards are so fun to make and to receive! The new foam adhesive strips make them easy.

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