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Family

I will be back after a visit with my brother. He has driven here from Albuquerque. Yesterday we went to Slaughter Ranch and had a wonderful picnic. Today we are driving up to Phoenix to go to the Mummy Exhibit at the Arizona Science Center. I will be back to blogging soon so stay tuned!

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Adhesives and Measurements

Happy 1st Friday of 2019! I hope you have something fun planned for the day. The snow is all but gone and the temperatures are a little warmer here in Bisbee. It’s hard to tolerate 17 degrees Fahrenheit when you are used to putting on a sweater for anything under 80 degrees Fahrenheit!

  I got a little ahead of myself at the end of the last blog. I was supposed to talk about adhesives next, but I said I would talk about measurements. So, today I will do both!

This comparison of adhesives is on page 213 of the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.


The best way to learn about different adhesives and what they are used for is to look at page 213 in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. I recommend going to https://www.stampinup.com to get a better view of this page. I usually use the Multipurpose Liquid Glue because when I first lay something down, I can “wiggle” it to be straight for a second or so, before the glue sticks. Also, the liquid glue is the strongest adhesive and I like my projects to stay together!

Measurements to Make a Card

Today I will share with you the standard measurements for cards made in the United States. Cardstock is 8 1/2 x 11 inches or 12 x 12 inches. The 12 x 12 inch is generally used for scrapbooking so I will only be talking about the 8 1/2 x 11 inch cardstock here.

First you take one 8 1/2 x 11 inch sheet and cut it in half at the 5 1/2 inch mark along the 11 inch side. This gives you 2 card bases once you fold them in half along the 8 1/2 inch side.

The next step is to make layers.

The black sheet represents the 1st layer and measures 5 1/4 x 4 inches. Each successive layer will measure 1/4 inch less . So the 2nd layer will measure 5 x 3 3/4 inches.

The most simple card has one or two layers.

This cute card with this hoppy frog is an example of a 2 layer card. If you add a colored cardstock and use some colored pencils you can make a card like this:

You can do anything!

This particular stamp set, So Hoppy Together, is free with a $50 purchase from Stampin’ Up! during Sale-a-bration. There are other free products with each $50 purchase. Go to my store and shop the Annual Catalog or the new Occasions Catalog. Then look at the Sale-a-bration brochure for the free product.

If you want to purchase items to make your first card, you will need: a Stampin’ Trimmer (item # 126889), Paper snips (#103579), Whisper White cardstock (#100730), Happiness Blooms cardstock pack (#148802), Multipurpose Liquid glue (#110755) or Snail Adhesive (#104332), clear blocks to put the stamp on, E (#118484) and B (#117147) and Memento Black Ink (#132708). This will allow you to get 2 free products! There are several free stamp sets as well as Butterfly Designer Series paper and foil cardstock.

In the next blog I will discuss the Stampin’ Up! ink and how to go about stamping!

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Cutting Paper to Make Cards

Sunny Snowy Arizona!!

Good Morning!! Well the snow melted completely and is now back. Its very peaceful outside. Inside it is cozy and warm, just the right feeling to be making cards. Check out my facebook page to see some of the cards I have recently made.

So once you get some good quality paper, you’ll want to have the right tools to cut it. It is important to invest in a paper-cutter that makes good clean cuts without snagging your paper. What do you need?

Guillotine style paper-cutter

I am partial to the guillotine style paper-cutter. Mine is an old one from my college days, but I have recently purchased a new, lighter weight one from a hobby store. I like it because I can cut two or more pages at once and still get a clean cut. I also feel I can see the measurements better.

Stampin’ Up!  Stampin’ Trimmer

I also have a Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Trimmer (item #126889), which some prefer for all their paper cutting. This one cuts with a blade that you move down from top to bottom. It is important to keep your blade sharp. I only cut one paper at a time. There is also a scoring function. This is a good cutter to have when making fun-fold cards or 3-D projects. 


You also need several types of scissors. A larger pair of scissors is helpful at times, but I more often use the smaller scissors. You will need 2 pair, one to cut paper and one for cutting ribbon. The paper dulls the scissors over time. This makes cutting ribbon difficult, so it is helpful to have a pair dedicated to ribbon. The paper scissors are useful for “fussy” cutting, which means to cut out a stamped image.  Stampin’ Up! Paper Snips (the black handled scissors pictured above) are item # 103579.

So that is the scoop on cutting paper.  The next post will discuss measurements for cards, so gather up all your cutting tools. Soon we will start making cards. Again, visit my Facebook page to see cards I have made recently and visit my store today!

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Starting out to make your first card

Hello! It’s a snowy day here in Bisbee, Arizona! Didn’t expect snow in Arizona? Well, it doesn’t happen often, but we are in the mountains at a mile high. It’s a great day to stay warm inside and make cards!

Where to start? First, you need good quality paper. I have tried many types and have found Stampin’ Up! cardstock to be superior. Why? It is just the right thickness and the colors all coordinate with the Stampin’ Up! inks! Also, the color goes all the way through- no white in the middle, and the color does not easily fade. I have had some of my colored cardstock for 5 years without seeing it fade. Lastly, one ream of a color matches the next ream.

Here is a simple card I made using Night of Navy (item #100867) and Whisper White (#100730) Stampin’ Up! cardstock. I also used Twinkle Twinkle Designer Series paper (#146284), Night of Navy ink (#147110), Silver edged ribbon (#144213) and the Warm Hearted Stamp set (#147777)

In future posts I will address what you need to cut the cardstock, adhesives and other accessories. So hop on over to my store and start to gather the supplies needed to make your first card!

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Get to Know Me

Hello everyone,

This is my first blog post and I am so excited!

I live in Bisbee, AZ with my wonderful husband of 26 years and two of our lovely children and three cats. I have been a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator for almost three years now and it has allowed me to travel, meet new people, and stamp my heart out.

My goal for this blog is to inspire you to create your own handmade cards and other fun projects. I hope to motivate you to follow me on this crafting and blogging journey.

Check back soon for more tutorials on basic card making, techniques, and 3D-projects,

Theresa