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High Tide Light Up Card

Hello Stamping Friends,

It is almost time for me to head off to the Stampin’ Up! convention in Orlando.  Paul is going with me and we are making it a vacation with a trip to San Antonio for my niece’s wedding after the first days of convention.  What fun!

For Pastor Appreciation this month I thought the High Tide set with a bit of electrical science would be fun.

I began these instructions as my first video which is why I showed the supplies this way.  The camera and lighting didn’t work so we are back to the drawing board on doing videos.


  • Base of card  8 1/2 X 5 1/2  scored at 4 1/4
  • (2) Whisper White outside and inside layers 5 1/4 X 4
  • Night of Navy for greeting  1 3/4 X 2 1/2
  • Whisper White top of greeting 1 1/2 X 2 1/4
  • Whisper White for lighthouse 1 1/2 X 3 1/2
  • Sahara Sand Shoreline 2 X 5 1/4
  • 1/4″ Copper Adhesive Tape, cut down the middle to make it 1/8″ wide
  • CR 1220 Lithium Battery
  • Chibitronics Lights

I ordered the last three supplies through Amazon.


I used the High Tide stamp set for most of the scene and the Waterfront stamp set for the mountains.

The Stamparatus was the best tool to perfectly line up the stamps to do the two step stamping on the lighthouse.  (Note:  the stamp set containers fit underneath the plates to give a nice solid surface for inking your stamps.)  Remember to use the foam pad with the photopolymer stamps for clear stamping. I cut a piece of grid paper to help me line up the image.  Stampin’ Up! now has grid paper made for the Stamparatus (#149621.   In my previous post I show all the supplies available and four videos on using the Stamparatus to its full potential.

Layers:  Stamparatus, foam pad, grid paper, magnets (yes, I already broke mine but I can order another).

Many of the videos show stamping first and then cutting to the size you want.  This gives a larger piece for the magnets to hold so the paper doesn’t pull up when you stamp.  I already had my pieces cut to size for my class so I had to be careful as I stamped to pull up the plate slowly so as not to pull the paper out of position.

The background was stamped with Smoky Slate:

Now you can lay your second lighthouse stamp perfectly over the first, press the other plate to pick it up, ink it in Cajun Craze and stamp for a perfect lighthouse.  Now fussy cut the image and you are ready to do some fun art and science.


  • Step 1 – Mountains  -I used the mountains in the Waterfront set and stamped one mountain on a sticky note and fussy cut to be a mask.  I will keep that in the stamp set.  After you have fussy cut your lighthouse, you need to look at where it will be in reference to the water so you know where to stamp the water and mountains so your light shines on the sponged sunset sky and is between the mountains.  Stamp the middle mountain first, mask and then stamp one to the right and one to the left of middle using tranquil tide.

-Step 2 – Water – Stamp the water ripples with the High Tide water stamp in Night of Navy, sponge to fill in

-Step 3- Sun – Leaving the mountain mask in place, stamp the sun and stamp again on sticky note for a mask; note: the sun in the Waterfront is very “artistic” compared to the more symmetrical sun in the High Tide set.

-Step 4 – Birds – stamp a partial of the birds in the High Tide set directly over the mountains in Memento black

-Step 5 – Sky – Have fun with sponging the sky.  Start with your lightest color – So Saffron, then Crushed Curry then a bit of Perfect plum for the very top and sides and finish with Cajun Craze directly around the sun.

Let’s visit a video from Michelle’s Crafting Corner for the science.  She uses a circuit pen for the light but just follow the directions with the circuit tape.   Forward her video to the 15 minute point.


Hopefully that gives you the guidelines you need to make a light up card.  Send a picture of one that you create!

SAL,  Shine A Light







Baby Card & Baby Shower

Hello Stamping Friends,

Baby Emma is one month old today!  This is the first picture we received on September 24 when she was born:

And here’s mommy:

This is my favorite of little Emma:

She is so adorable!  Grandma and Grandpa were very excited and couldn’t wait to drive up.

We threw a baby shower and so many of our Stampin’ Up! supplies came in handy.  Hopefully you will be inspired with all the cool things we can make with our tools.

Doing a card with safety pins was something I saw on Pinterest and with our beautiful papers and stamps I made an easel card.  The Designer Series Paper- DSP- is the Petal Promenade and the stamp “Life is so much better with you in it” is from the Petal Palette stamp set.  It is stamped on the DSP and punched with the Pretty Label punch.  The ribbons are the 1/4″ Mini Striped Gorgeous Grape layered on 3/8″ Mini Ruffled Ribbon in Powder Pink and tied with Nature’s Twine in Grapefruit Grove.

I really like purple and peach and knit a baby hat to use for a diaper baby.

For the invitations I purchased invites at Hobby Lobby and then reconfigured them:

I added a Melon Mambo base and a flap of Pretty in Pink with a Stitched Framelit Oval on a Melon Mambo oval frame.  The baby is the Moon Baby stamp set.  The ribbon is the Tea Room ribbon combo pack. It comes in a two pack of Coastal Cabana and Very Vanilla with a copper edge.   I used up all the Coastal Cabana but was delighted to find that I could use the Bermuda Bay Stampin’ Blends marker to color the vanilla ribbon for close to the same color.  It is good to know that the vanilla ribbon gives us the option for many other colors!  I embellished with sequins.

Save all your punches!!  I used two retired punches on the inside of the flap for more details.  I typed what I needed in Word and then punched it out and sponged the edges.

We compete with the Big Box stores for some things but it is so nice to have them for all the supplies we need.

For party favors I bought little jars and then decorated them with framelits and punches.  The top is from the Window Box Thinlits dies and a circle framelit since it starts as a square.  The words are once again typed in Word and then punched out. The Leaf Ribbon is tied around the top with a length of Linen Thread to hold the tag.  The jar was filled with pink candy kisses that said “It’s a girl”- The Party Store had that special chocolate.

For activities we played Diaper Pong.  (Thank you Pinterest).  With Stampin’ Up! supplies we could make all the circles we needed and the lettering for the Diaper Pong.  Thanks to my youngest daughter, Amber, who punched and punched and punched all the circles.

We set up a headband making station for guests to create a cute headband in various sizes, and add a tag with the size and their name.

For treats I used a retired cloud framelit to look like a piece of popcorn:

What would we do without Pinterest?!   I found a site where I could download Baby Bingo sheets for guests to have fun while the gifts were being opened.  The green jar is for the diaper raffle tickets – another punch used!

For prizes I found a box of rose petal soap and pretty boxes on sale:

Baby Scrapbooking Kit:

“I wish I remembered…..”    How many times I have heard mother’s lamenting how they can’t remember when the first tooth appeared, or when they first started crawling or the date of their first haircut.  We think we are going to scrapbook every event but then life gets hectic and we can only guess when something happened.  I had seen a memory can and revised the poem a bit to make a memory box.  I added pens, cards and punched images on which they could make a quick note and then slide it in one of the envelopes.  When they get out the scrapbook they will be ready to go!  I adhered the poem to the inside flap of the box.

Memory Box

Baby books are great ideas,

But sometimes you’re too busy.

Living with a little one

Can put you in a tizzy.

Milestones pass too fast at times

To find the proper page.

So, jot a note of each event with

Date and baby’s age.

Those special times and chuckles

You’ll want to journal, too

So with a note placed in this box

They’ll all be here for you.

Happy one month birthday, Emma!

SAL, (Share A Love)



Ribbon of Courage Card for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Hello Stamping Friends,

My congratulations to all the survivors of breast cancer and my prayers for all of you who are still in the battle.  May you be strengthened with faith and hope!

This card is a case of Bryan King with a few changes.  I stamped the ribbon directly on the paper though there are framelits that match the stamp set if you preferred another dimension.    You can’t tell from the picture that the bottom two layers are glued together and then popped up and the same is done on the top two layers.  It gives a very nice effect to the monochromatic card!

  • Card Base:  Blushing Bride – long way cut,  4 1/4″  X  11″  Scored at 5 1/2″
  • Two sets of two layers glued together and then popped up:
    • Bottom Layers:  Blushing Bride, 3 3/4″ X 5″
    •                           Whisper White, 3 5/8″  X  4 7/8″ (Edges stamped randomly with heart)
    • Top Layers:       Blushing Bride, 4 3/8″  X 3 1/8″
    •                           Whisper White, 4 1/4″  X 3″ 

Patty is an amazing demonstrator who reached $1,000,000 in sales and was awarded the chance to design a stamp set. I love what she chose as her design!    Stampin’ Up! even made a set of framelits so no fussy cutting!

I used the heart stamp to stamp randomly around the edges of the larger Whisper White bottom layer, adhered it to the Blushing Bride layer, then popped the two layers up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.   The ribbon was stamped using the Stamparatus and this tool was perfect for stamping the image twice to get a darker image perfectly aligned.  The greeting is stamped in Memento Black using the other Stamparatus plate.  What a difference this tool makes!  Check out my last post for all the new accessories for the Stamparatus and four video tutorials on how to make the most of this new tool.

SAL,  Save A Life – it may be your own-by encouraging annual mammograms



Stamparatus Training Videos


SAL,  Stamp A Lot with the Stamparatus


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