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Clear Block Stamping Instructions

As promised, the Step by Step Instructions for the Clear Block Stamping are quite easy.  You just have to remember to use a light touch when touching the Clear Block A to the Stamp Pad; otherwise, you will have much darker colors.

The pictures taken below do not match the finished card because I forgot to take the pictures as I was doing it.   But you will get the idea.

I wanted to use the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper because the colors used to create this beautiful paper reminded me of what I saw in my vision of my card.

The Stampin’ UP! Stamp Pads that I had scattered around my workplace are: Marina Mist, Soft Sky, Cajun Craze, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Peekaboo Peach, Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Wild Wasabi, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, and Sahara Sand.

Gathering the Ink Pads You Want to use

When applying the inked (with Marina Mist) Clear Block to your Whisper White Cardstock, use a circular motion.  Sometimes, your hand forgets to move and you end up with an image of the clear block.

Using a Circular Motion applying the ink

Each image you apply will be different.  Since the clear block doesn’t hold a lot of ink, you will need to repeat the motion in the various areas that you want the blue.

I added a bit of Soft Sky into the Marina Mist design.

Adding dabs of Soft Sky Ink

Knowing that I was going to add more greens, I just added a a touch of Old Olive.   Notice that I didn’t move my hand quick enough and I have a square image on the cardstock.

A bit of Old Olive

Adding in the Wild Wasabi, Cajun Craze, Calypso Coral, and Peekaboo Peach

Adding the Beautiful Fall Colors

Adding in Soft Suede, but after I added it, I realized it was too dark for my card.  That is the main reason why the dirt is a lot lighter on the Finished Product.

Soft Suede

Adding Crumb Cake to lighten up the dirt.

The Finishing Touches

In the finished product, I decided not to use the Soft Suede.   Instead, I used the Crumb Cake and Sahara Sand.  I also used Crushed Curry in the leaves.

Enjoy before the Winter arrives.

As you can see from all the ink applied, different shapes form.  I would love to see your creations.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment.

Thank you for stopping by.

See you next Sunday around 2 PM EST.



Clear Block Stamping

Clear Block Stamping gives me the freedom to express myself in ways that no one can understand.   I am not an artist nor do I have the abilities that others in my family possess.

I have been using this technique since 2015 with a few of my cards in the past, but have been discouraged by a few for using this method.  Why….

I use the Stampin’ UP! Clear Blocks A and G to create my technique onto the Whisper White Card Stock.  For this card, I only used Clear Block A.

I knew in my mind that I wanted to create a scene with Fall Colors as that is what is happening here in NC.   While most of our trees are Pine, we do have some leaf bearing trees.

This particular card I gave to my husband today for a  special Birthday – #69.

The bird in the nest, the squirrel, and the leaves are dies that I purchased from Dies by Dave.

I also used Tranquil Tide Cardstock, item 144246, which I neglected to include in the product display below.

Enjoy before Winter arrives.

A post for Sunday will provide you with directions and photographs for each step.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment.

All of these products are in my online store.

Thank you for stopping by.

See you on  Sunday around 2 PM EST.

Christmas Tree with Cats & Dogs

The animals want to get involved in Christmas this year so they have created a Christmas Tree with Cats & Dogs.

Out of all the cards Jennifer Gulch created using the Stampin’ UP! Santa Paws stamp set, this is my favorite.

I had so much fun coloring the animals in their own personalities – I couldn’t imagine owning all these pets – would definitely need a larger house.

Quick – Where is the Camera?

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All of these products are in my online store.   Just click on the item to purchase.

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See you next Sunday.

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Feline Carolers

This cute card featuring the Feline Carolers was really easy to recreate.   This is another one of the cute cards we created  on our Scrap N Paper Caribbean Cruise 2017 with Jennifer Gulch the last week of September 2017.

Adhesive is used on the Merry Music Specialty Designer Series Paper, Foil Snowflakes, and the black scalloped circle.  If you wish you can adhere the Foil Snowflake a little more to the left so that you don’t have to trim the edges off.  The Feline Carolers is stamped using the Archival Black Ink Pad and I used the Layering Circle Frramelits to cut out the circle; however, you can also use the 2 1/4″ Circle Punch.   I used Dimensionals to Pop-Up the Carolers to accent them.  The tag is stamped onto a piece of Whisper White Cardstock and then trimmed to the correct size.  Scissors are used to make the cutouts on the ends.  Dimensionals are also used on the sentiment.

Paw La La La La La La La

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Celebrating her 97th Birthday

My Mother will be celebrating her 97th Birthday tomorrow.    She has always loved Orchids.   I am not sure how she grew to love these beautiful flowers because growing up, her green thumb was with Azaleas.   Our backyard was had so many of these beautiful colors.

I don’t know all the pieces to this story, but I do remember that there was a company in Southern Pines, NC, that would deliver the Orchids to Mom so that she could enjoy their beauty.  A couple of months later that same company would come and get that plant and deliver another one.

Were they her Orchids or was she just renting them?  I do not know.

This card was made especially for Mom.   I want to Thank Patty Bennett for the video she made with the instructions on how to color the petals and give the petals dimension with the Bone Folder.

Happy Birthday, Mom!


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Good Tidings of Great Joy

Good Tidings of Great Joy was going to be a tag, but when I purchased the Dies by Dave “Cross-Stitched” Banner Pennant Die Set, the beauty of the Die warranted its own card.

Using Stampin’ UP! Good Tidings Stamp Set was a challenge because all these stamps are two-step stamping. Are you asking yourself, “What is two-step stamping”? Inside the stamp case are two stamps for each image. For this card, I used a lighter color (Emerald Envy) and (Old Olive) stamp pads for the darker image stamp. Then I used (Garden Green) for the lighter image stamp. If you look at the two stamps closely, the darker image is flat and the lighter image has some texture. The same is true for the other stamps in this set.

The Christmas Tag was used with the same set. I just love the effect of the two-step stamping.

If you have any questions, please post a note and I will respond.

All of these products are in my online store.   Just click on the item to purchase.

Thank you for stopping by.

See you next Sunday.

Getting into the Christmas Spirit a tad early.


May the gift of peace, love, and happiness…


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Retired Stampin’ UP! Stamps, Dies, Punches for Sale

Retired Stampin’ UP! Stamps, Dies, and Punches for Sale.   The Stamp Cases have been marked with either a red marker to indicate Retired or they have Dymo Label Maker tape on it.   (Alcohol will remove the marker).

This sale is for ONLY for  buyers with a United States Mailing address per my Contract with Stampin’ UP!

The stamp sets and/or the Framelits or Thinlits are either used or new. I do not have each set marked as such.  The stamp sets (very few) that are Wood Mounted might have ink on the blocks.

Serious Bidders ONLY – Please annotate your name, PayPal email address, or your email address, and zip code.  I only ship via USPS Priority Mail and I will utilize the box that is appropriate for your purchase.  I will send you a link which will include your invoice.  Payment is due upon Receipt or within 24-hours (EST) after the Invoice has been sent.   No Exceptions.  Your bid will be cancelled if payment is not received within that 24-hours (EST).

The prices are set and there will be no negotiations permitted.

For every 5 stamp sets purchased, you may pick out one of the Free items listed.    This is First Come First Served.   Next In Line customers will be allowed if the first buyer does not follow through with the payment.

All Sales are Final.   Your bidding on an items indicates that you have read all of my terms as listed above.

Please post a comment indicating which item number (s) you would like to purchase as well as which free item you choose if you have indicated you want five (5) items.   Each five (5) items allows you a free item.

Any questions, please ask.   If you need a picture of the item in question, please search on eBay.  Thank You.

Products for Sale Item No. Sale Price Included in Bundle
1 A Little Something, set of 9 139830 $10.00
2 A Whole Lot of Lovely, set of 4 139456 $10.00
4 All Boxed Up, set of 6 139340 $10.00
6 Autumn, set of 5 Year 2000 $10.00 Wood Mounted
7 Avent Garden 143272 $10.00
9 Barnyard Babies, set of 19 139328 $10.00
10 Bearing Gifts, set of 1 136667 Free w/5
11 Best Day Ever, set of 9 139149 Free w/5
12 Best of Love, set of 6 132987 $10.00 N
13 Best of Shelli, set of 7 133488 Free w/5
14 Be the Star, set of 10 135734 $10.00
15 Botanical Blooms, set of 17 incl Dies 140757 $40.00 Botanical Builder Framelits
16 Bravo, set of 13 135380 $10.00
17 Bright & Beautiful, set of 8 135029 $10.00
18 Broadsheet Alphabet, set of 26 120585 $15.00 Retired 5/31/2013
19 Build a Birthday, set of 8 138646 $10.00
20 BYOP, set of 17 137159 $40.00 Gift Card Envelope & Trims Thinlits (137547)
22 Cheerful Christmas, set of 6 135149 $10.00
23 Christmas Bliss, set of 11 138897 $10.00
28 Daydream Medallions, set of 5 126467 $10.00
29 Delicate Details, set of 5 143314 Free w/5
30 Designer Tee, set of 10 143359 $10.00
31 Dotty Angles, set of 2 133658 $10.00
33 Endless Thanks, set of 23 138796 $10.00
34 Enjoy the Little Things, set of 13 140958 $10.00
35 Falling for You, set of 14 143109 $40.00 So Detailed Thinlits (142751)
36 Feels Good, set of 5 129684 Free w/5
38 Flutterbys, Definitely Decorative, set of 10 1999 $10.00 Wood Mount
39 Freaky Friends, set of 13 135161 $10.00
43 Going Global, set of 9 140745 $10.00
44 Greatest Greetings, set of 15 140706 $10.00
45 Groovy Love, set of 9 134246 $10.00
46 Happy Birthday, Everyone, set of 7 139456 $10.00
48 Harvest Blessings, set of 4 126452 $20.00
49 Hello Life, set of 10 137136 $10.00
50 Helping Me Grow, set of 15 140764 $10.00
51 Hey, Chick, set of 7 143331 Free w/5 N
52 Hey, Chick, set of 7 143331 Free w/5 N
53 Hey, Girl, set of 14 138706 Free w/5
54 Hi There, set of 4 134216 Free w/5
55 Honeycomb Hello, set of 15 134078 $15.00 Hexagon Hive Dies (132965)
56 I think You’re Great, set of 5 139868 $10.00
57 Jazzed UP!, set of 6 104137 $15.00
59 Just Sayin’, set of 8 133203 $30.00 Word Bubbles Dies (132968)
60 Larger than Life Alphabet & Numbers, set of 38 135382 $20.00
61 Lovely Letters, set of 30 (double Mounted 111988 $15.00
62 Me = Grateful, set of 10 139319 $10.00
64 Mother’s Love, set of 9 $15.00
65 Num-Num, set of 7 134144 $10.00
66 Oh So Succulent, set of 30 142992 $35.00 Succulent Franelits Included as well as 1 package of Embellishments
67 Over the Rainbow, set of 14 138770 $10.00
68 Over the Rainbow, set of 14 138770 $10.00
69 Over the River, set of 7 $20.00
70 Party Pants, set of 12 141324 $10.00
71 Party Wishes, set of 11 140961 $10.00
72 Party with Cake, set of 12 140672 $30.00 Party Pop-UP Thinlits (140620)
73 Peace, Love, & Cupcakes, set of 10 134162 $10.00
74 Perfect Pairings, set of 9 141261 $10.00
75 Perfect Pennants, set of 10 133230 $10.00
77 Petite Posies, set of 14 (missing one) $10.00
79 Pineapple, set of 1 141746 Free w/5
80 Playful Pals, set of 50, with Dies 140506 $40.00 Pyramid Pals Thinlits (140618)
81 Playful Pennants, set of 8 134288 $15.00 Petite Pennants Punch
82 Positively Chevron, set of 1 130499 Free w/5
83 Project Life Day to Day, set of 42 135785 $35.00 Project Life Cards & Labels Framelits (135707)
84 Project Life Happy Times, set of 18 138738 $15.00
85 Project Life Hello Baby, set of 28 138672 $15.00
86 Project Life Let’s Get Away, set of 15 137157 $14.00
87 Project Life Memories in the Making, set of 19 140743 $10.00
88 Project Life Moments Like These, set of 29 138740 $10.00
89 Project Life Remember This, set of 16 135786 $10.00
90 Project Life Seasonal Snapshot 2015, set of 15 139841 $10.00
91 Pun Intended, set of 15 141804 $10.00
92 Ray of Sunshine, set of 11 134210 $10.00
94 Seasonal Birdhouses, set of 3 9452-00 $10.00
97 Silhouettes & Script, set of 9 139940 $5.00
98 Six Sided Sampler, set of 11 130953 $10.00 Octagon Punch
99 Skating By, set of 12 139517 Free w/5
100 So In Love, set of 14 143216 $30.00 Detailed Thinlins (142751)
101 Something for Baby, set of 12 134030 $35.00 Baby’s First Framelits (133735)
102 Something to Say, set of 17 134180 $10.00
103 Something to Say, set of 17 134180 $10.00
104 Sophistiated Serifs, set of 65 137161 $35.00
106 Stake Your Claim, set of 10 139447 $20.00 Handpicked Framelits (137361)
107 Suite Sayings, set of 10 140712 $10.00
108 Suite Seasons, set of 7 142209 $10.00
110 Sweet Li’l One, set of 10 139322 Free w/5
111 Talented Trio, set of 12 138750 $10.00
112 Tasty Trucks, set of 16 (SAB) 143300 Free w/5
113 Tasty Trucks, set of 16 (SAB) 143300 $10.00
114 Tasty Trucks, set of 16 (SAB) 143300 $10.00
116 That Thing You Did, set of 9 138730 $10.00
117 Tin of Cards, set of 20 138946 $20.00 File Tab Edgelits (133729)
118 Trust God, set of 7 126702 $10.00


Embossing Paste

One of Stampin’ UP!’s new product line is Embossing Paste.   I was a little skeptical at first after seeing the many cute designs that other demonstrators and crafters were posting on Pinterest, but the other day I tried it.  Wow!  It brought back many memories of playing in the dirt and adding water to make adobe-like houses for the toy soldiers we were playing with at the time.

However, this paste is a lot easier since the consistency is already made for you.   It comes in a 4 fl oz jar and it is a white.   One thing you must remember is that after you have removed about a half of a teaspoon, you must put the lid back on and tighten it; otherwise, the consistency will start to dry.

Before you get started, you should have a container of warm soapy water large enough to put the decorative mask, knives, and the silicone mat inside after each use.   Each person should start the process from the beginning — do not share the paste.

There are three knives that you purchase to use with the paste.   One knife looks like a regular knife, the second knife has a diamond shape head, and the third knife is a wider than the diamond shaped head.   That is the knife I used.   You should try them all out and see which feels better for you.

I used the Stampin’ UP! Silicone Mat as my pallet.   Added a little of the paste to the mat and then added one drop of Cajun Cruze Ink Refill.   Mixed up the paste and ink until there was no more white showing.   Spread the mixture onto the Decorative Mask.   Once done, I removed the paper and set it aside.   There was enough paste to make two more backgrounds.

While letting those dry, I completed the flowers and die cut the pieces for the bouquet.   There are many greetings in the Beautiful Bouquet Stamp Set that will enhance your card for any occasion.

The Possibilities are endless
A Unique Background



Price: $110.00

We Must Thank all the Caregivers

In this day where there are many people suffering from one type of Cancer or another, we must thank all the Caregivers who provide us with hope, courage, and strength to get from minute to minute and day to day.

The marbled effect was created using a baby wipe with 2-3 drops of Perfect Plum Ink Refill on it.   I squeezed the baby wipe into a ball and then flattened it out on a paper towel.   I used the thick whisper white and patted it down on top of the baby wipe.   Let it dry and there you have the marbled effect.

This one is for you!


Opening up Stampin’ UP! Box of Goodies

I did my first Facebook Live Video today opening up my Stampin’ UP! Box of Goodies.   While it was fun, it was also nerve wracking.   I must do more of these to get a lot more comfortable with it.  Check it out and be kind with your comments.   https://www.facebook.com/topsecretstamper/

I am attaching a photo as well.

Becky and June Products
Can’t Wait to try out all the goodies