Category Archives: Cards

Talking Tags & Fancy Friends

As promised, this post is all about two products that were introduced recently to Stampin’ Up! customers and demonstrators: Talking Tags and the Fancy Friends Kit.


talking tag

Talking Tag is a message label you can attach to cards, invitations, gifts to personalize your project! Buy them as a sheet – 10 tags for only $7.95 (item #129723).

How to record a voice message:

  1. Download the FREE TalkingTagT App on your smartphone from, iTunes® or Google PlayT.
  2. Adhere the message tag to your card or gift.
  3. Open TalkingTagT App and scan the code.
  4. Record your message (recording starts immediately, so make sure you’re ready!).

You will have the opportunity to listen, re-record, cancel, or confirm your message after you’ve completed recording it. Each label allows up to 60 seconds of a greeting, song, or product message.

To play the message, recipients will need to download the app and scan the code.  Messages are saved for two years, so they can listen to it over and over.


fancy friends kit

Get everything you need to make six cards for only $15.95 (item #132319). If six isn’t enough, add Note Cards to your order (item #107311) because extra rhinestones are already included in the Fancy Friends kit.

To assemble the cards:

  1. Stamp the doily image in Daffodil Delight or Old Olive ink three times on the card and once on the envelope, re-inking between uses.
  2. Stamp “Friends” in Daffodil Delight or Old Olive ink on the front of the card.
  3. Adhere the flowers to the card. Adhere Rhinestone Basic Jewels to the center of the flowers.

Penny Spinner Tutorial

The Penny Spinner technique has so many possibilities and creates an exciting interactive piece! I used this tutorial by Stampin’ Up! to create my Penny Spinner Birthday Card. Essentially, you need to create a track for the penny to ride on; it can be any shape. Consider a circle, angle, or curve – use an X-acto knife or several dies to help. You need a 3/8” wide shape as a track. Just have fun with it!

Here’s a quick tutorial on how to make it:


(1) Use Word Window punch to punch a track into your card stock. Stamp card stock as desired.

(2) Sandwich a Stampin’ Dimensional between two pennies.

(3) Insert pennies into slot, carefully pulling at edges to avoid tearing card stock.

Not Pictured: Stamp and cut out your spinner image. Adhere to penny. Adhere card stock piece with spinner to your card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Tutorial pictures and steps taken by and copyright Stampin’ Up!

I’ve posted the tutorial of the Penny Spinner Card PDF to the Tutorials page so you can reference it whenever you need. I’d love to see your Penny Spinner creations!


Penny Spinner Birthday Card

My mom celebrated another anniversary of her 29th birthday yesterday. 🙂 It was even more special this year because we spent it together – in fact, we’re all at the beach this week soaking up the sun! This is the card I made for her and I’ll share a tutorial on Friday.

The penny spinner card is an interactive design using two pennies as a basis for the spinner. I used Patio Party DSP and the coordinating InColors. The Midnight Muse 3/8″ Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon is smooth and very easy to work with. I used A Fitting Occasion Stamp Set to finish off the spinner, and Teeny Tiny Wishes for the sentiment underneath the spinner.

Come back on Friday for a complete tutorial on how to make a Penny Spinner Card.



Paper: Midnight Muse, Patio Party, Baja Breeze, Whisper White

Ink: Gumball Green, Lucky Limeade, Midnight Muse

Stamp Set: Teeny Tiny Wishes, A Fitting Occasion

Punches: 1″ Circle, 1 3/8″ Square, Word Window

Accessories: Stampin’ Dimensionals, Sticky Strip Adhesive, 3/8″ Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon


Good Luck Owl

I had planned to participate in Mojo Monday, but when I received this card from my friend, Julie I decided to showcase it instead. Our life is about to get a whole lot busier – I’m starting a new job today!

(That being said, I am planning to post 3 times a week, but bear with me as I get used to a schedule again. :))


Wow!! This a good-luck card Julie gave to me for some encouragement in my new venture. I love these owls – especially the versatility. I am a firm believer that the wow factor is all about the details, and I think this card supports that theory.

The banner is tied with Linen Thread to two Early Espresso card stock poles. The 3/4″ Circle punch and alphabet stamps make the banner – each circle is actually sewn to the next! The grass is torn for a more organic feel and the striped paper gives added interest.

Julie distinguishes the owls as a boy and girl (more specifically, her and her fiancé!) with their clothing – pink / green and buttons / bow. The bow is made of two hearts (from the Owl Punch) tied together with linen thread. You may not be able to see it, but the pink is textured card stock – one more detail. Last but not least, the wings are made from the “icing” using the Cupcake Builder Punch!



Paper: Pretty in Pink (Textured), Whisper White, Bashful Blue, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Designer Series Patterned Paper Stack (Old Olive / Brights)

Ink: Old Olive, Crumb Cake

Stamp Set: Alphabet

Punches: Owl Builder, Cupcake Builder, 3/4″

Accessories: Linen Thread, Needle, Sticky Strip Adhesive

MOJO Monday 260

The last week of the month is always a round or square challenge on the Mojo Monday blog. You can make your own envelopes to fit custom-sized cards using the Stampin’ Up! Diagonal Scoring Plate. Play along with us – it’s open to everyone, and I’d love to see your creations. 🙂 Here’s the sketch this week:


I opted for the square and a Christmas theme – my favorite holiday!


I used the Handmade Holidays Stitched Felt ornaments from the current Holiday Catalog. These would be great for a quick gift embellishment, but I also love the look of it on a card.

Be of Good Cheer Designer Series Paper is available through the Annual Catalog and uses traditional Christmas colors – red and green. Because the DSP has Very Vanilla instead of Whisper White in it, I added a layer of Whisper White underneath the diamond to incorporate the color. The Gumball Green paper strip is embossed with the Polka Dot Embossing Folder and Big Shot.

This ribbon is on special this month – for every $40 you spend (before tax and shipping), you’ll receive a free spool of 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon (available in the new InColors). It is incredibly easy to work with and coordinates perfectly with Christmas. (!) I finished off the card with a Designer Ribbon Slide and two small “Merry” tags.



Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green, Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Be of Good Cheer DSP

Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green

Stamp Set: Tiny Tags

Punch: Jewelry Tag

Accessories: Handmade Holidays Stitched Felt Ornaments, 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon (Gumball Green), Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Designer Ribbon Slides, Glue Dots



To order items in the picture above, visit my Stampin’ Up! website and click “Shop Now.”

MOJO Monday 259

It’s time for another Mojo Monday, and I was going to keep with this week’s theme of Halloween (which you did not yet know!), but my Christmas stamp sets just kept popping out at me. So here it is – the sketch:

And my card:


This card is very simple and quick – perfect if you’re in a hurry. Or if you have a cranky toddler that wouldn’t nap. 😉 I used a non-traditional color scheme (Pool Party, Island Indigo, and Lucky Limeade) because quite frankly, I like being non-traditional. I also used one of my favorite stamps – the cute trees from Polar Party.

The circles on the right are more subtle – exactly how I wanted them – punched with a Paper Piercing Tool and the Essentials Paper Piercing Pack. The trees are colored with a blender pen and ink pads – a cost-effective way to still color if you don’t have the Stampin’ Write Markers. Blender pens also give more control for a watercolor look, if that’s your intent.



Paper: Island Indigo, Pool Party, Lucky Limeade, Designer Series Patterned Paper Stack (In Colors), Whisper White

Ink: Raspberry Ripple, Island Indigo, Basic Black, So Saffron, Lucky Limeade, Soft Suede

Stamp Set: Polar Party

Accessories: Paper Piercing Tool, Essentials Paper Piercing Pack, Designer Printed Brads (In Colors), Island Indigo Baker’s Twine, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, Square Lattice Embossing Folder


Stay tuned for Halloween home decor projects everyday this week!

Congratulations to Dawn and Julie – winners of the Halloween Giveaway!


Owl Always Love You

Once again, we’re ending the week with guest blogger, Cindy Hansberry. Remember yesterday’s post when I announced that my parents celebrated their 36th anniversary this week? Well, here’s the card Mom made for Dad!

Who doesn’t love that owl punch?! Here are my two favorites things about this card: 1) The color scheme – Temping Turquoise, Early Espresso, Melon Mambo, and Old Olive; and 2) The 3/4 length front makes clever use of the inside of the card, too!

The branches and leaves are punched with the Bird Builder Punch, once in Early Espresso and again in Old Olive. The layers add depth to the card without using a Stampin’ Dimensional. The sentiments on the front and envelope are from retired sets in the Sale-a-Bration catalog.

She finished off the inside of the card with the phrase “Owl Always Love You!” – perfect for 36 years, don’t you think? 🙂


Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Old Olive, Early Espresso, River Rock, Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo, Designer Series Paper Stack (Brights)

Ink: Melon Mambo, Early Espresso

Stamp Set: Sprinkled Expressions (retired), Outlined Occasions (retired)

Punches: 1″ Scallop Circle (replace with 1 1/4″ Scallop Circle in Holiday Catalog); 1 3/4″ Scallop Circle, Round Corner, Owl Builder, Bird Builder

Accessories: Stampin’ Dimensionals, Glue Dots