Snow Covered Umbrella with Weather Together

Snow Covered Umbrella with Weather Together

Rain can make for pretty miserable weather, which may be why we use umbrellas as a symbol for comfort to protect you from the storm of whatever unfortunate life events come your way. I think snow, especially the sleety kind, can be even more miserable than rain. This wintery-themed sympathy card features an umbrella from Weather Together and a surprise visit from Botanical Builder Thinlit Dies.

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Cozy Critters Hidden Message Card

Cozy Critters Hidden Message Card

I have wanted the Cozy Critters stamp set since the first moment I saw it. The owl and fox builder punches are already adorable, then you add these coordinating stamps with decorative patterns and warm little scarves and the adorableness rises exponentially.

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Embossed DSP Showdown: Irresistibly Floral versus Fancy Frost

Irresistibly Floral versus Fancy Frost

Stampin’ Up! currently offers two different kinds of embossed white papers. While they are both called “embossed” they are in two different styles so the effects are different when you add ink. Let’s compare!

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Starter Kit Challenge: Day 2

First, I’d like to give a big thanks to Jaydee and all the other designers over at the Paper Players for selecting my Parade of Primary Penguins card as one of the winners for the week! The number one benefit of participating in challenges is all the great ideas and inspiration I get from the challenges and all the sample cards… but it is also really nice to be noticed! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Starter Kit Personal Challenge

I have set a personal challenge for myself this week. I have decided to help out new Stampin’ Up! demonstrators by creating half a dozen cards made using only the materials that could be purchased with a Stampin’ Up Demonstrator Starter Kit. I’ve limited myself to using only these materials to show how many different and unique cards can be made even with only a few supplies.

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge

This particular card was also inspired by a sketch challenge! If you only have a few materials (or if you have a whole bunch, too) and are stuck on ideas, these challenges are great at getting the creative juices flowing!

This challenge comes from Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #250!

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Here is my card for the sketch! You’ll notice that I substituted a square shape for the circle, because I didn’t include any circle dies in my suggested starter kit. Challenges are pretty flexible and most will accept substitutions if you don’t have exactly the right shape. If you have limited supplies, don’t be afraid to enter a challenge just because you don’t have the exact shape in the sketch!

Homemade Card By Natalie Lapakko: See how to make a simple card using Sprinkles of Life and other materials part of a SU! Starter Kit.

How to Make a Simple Sprinkles of Life Card

  1. Cut and score a Whisper White card base using the Stampin’ Trimmer. Side opening card: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored and folded at 4-1/4″. Bottom opening card: 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored and folded at 5-1/2″.
  2. Cut a crooked panel out of Tangerine Tango designer series paper. I started with a rectangle that was 4″ by 5″, cut the right side at an angle, then turned my paper in the trimmer so that new angle was flat against the bottom of the trimmer and cut what is now the top at a 90 degree angle. For more details and pictures of how this is done, see my tutorial on crooked panel cards.
  3. Cut a Whisper White square at about 1-1/4″ by 1-1/4″.
  4. Stamp the top of the cupcake on Whisper White, color it in with the Tangerine Tango Stampin’ Write Marker, and fussy cut it out.
  5. Stamp the bottom of the cupcake on a piece of Bermuda Bay Designer Series Paper and fussy cut it out.
  6. Adhere everything together.
  7. Stamp the sentiment along the top angle of the crooked panel.

Stamping on designer series papers is tons of fun! I love how the cupcakes in the Sprinkles of Life stamp set look when stamped on patterned paper: it’s the reason I chose to combine them even in my very limited list of materials!

Tips for Stamping With Photopolymer Stamps

  • Put your paper on top of a somewhat cushioned surface before stamping on it. This insures that the entire image will come into contact with the paper. Rubber stamps have a built in cushion that photopolymer stamps don’t have. Examples of a cushioned surface include: an old mouse pad, a piece of craft foam, a piercing mat, or a couple layers of newspaper.
  • Check before you stamp. After inking your stamp, look at it before stamping the image. Check to make sure the entire image is covered with ink and make sure there isn’t any ink in undesirable areas.
  • Stamp a test image on scrap paper. Check what the image will look like before stamping is straight on your card. The last thing you want to do is ruin the hard work you did on the rest of your card with a stamp that is misbehaving.

Homemade Card By Natalie Lapakko, features Srpinkles of Life and uses materials that could be purchased as part of a Stampin' Up! Deonstrator Starter Up Kit.

Contrasting Colors Add Pop to a Card

All of the colors in a Stampin’ Up! color family are designed to go well with each other. Since the markers and designer series paper I selected are all “Brights” I can put any two or three together for great results.

These two colors are opposite on the color wheel, which give them a lot of contrast. On a mostly Tangerine Tango card, a little bit of Bermuda Bay really sticks out. This let’s the viewer know that the cupcake is the focal point of the card. Color contrast is like a neon sign that says “Look at me!”

Color Combo: Tangerine Tango, Bermuda Bay


This card was made using ONLY materials that could be purchased from Stampin’ Up! in a Demonstrator Starter Kit bundle. For $99, a kit comes with $125 worth of supplies. My materials cost just over $125 (because I forgot to include adhesive at first…oops).

  1. Stampin’ Trimmer – $30.00
  2. Brights Stampin’ Write Markers – $29.00
  3. Brights Designer Series Paper Stack – $22.00 OR Brights Cardstock – $8.00
  4. Whisper White Cardstock – $9.00
  5. Sprinkles of Life Photopolymer Stamp Set – $21.00
  6. Block D – $8.50
  7. Memento Tuxedo Black Inkpad – $6.00
  8. Snail Adhesive – $7.00

My total is $132.50 (or $125.50 without adhesive). I do also assume that a person probably already owns a regular pair of scissors, so they aren’t included.

More Starter Kit Challenge Cards

Homemade Card By Natalie Lapakko

Homemade Card By Natalie Lapakko

Homemade Card By Natalie Lapakko A Stack of Inspiration

Homemade Card By Natalie Lapakko Lucky Inspiriation

Homemade Card By Natalie Lapakko Ice Cream Inspiration 3

This homemade card by Natalie Lapakko features only materials that could be purchased in a Stampin' Up! demonstrator Start Up Kit.

This is now the complete list of cards made using the same supplies from during the Starter Kit Challenge!

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

Silver Lining

Hello and happy weekend everyone! I’m off on a Live Action Role Play adventure on Saturday (that’s like a Renaissance Festival combined with Dungeons and Dragons) but before I go I wanted to share this card with you!

This card was inspired by two different challenges. The first is CASology Challenge #210!

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The second is Stamp, Ink, Paper Challenge #60!


I like this “L” shaped layout a lot. It makes for nice, easy, “Clean and Simple” style cards.

Homemade Card By Natalie Lapakko Silver Lining 2

I used my Swirly Scribbles thinlit dies from Stampin’ Up! to cut both the swirl and the flower. The flower is a light purple paper somewhere between Sweet Sugarplum from Stampin’ Up! and the Passion Flower recommended by the challenge. I added a little Rich Razzleberry shadow to the edges with sponging.

The grey polka dot paper is A Little Foxy designer series paper from Stampin’ Up! There are so many cute designs in that paper stack! I love the gray ones especially, because they are so versatile!

Homemade Card By Natalie Lapakko Silver Lining 3

With a sentiment like this one, you have to have a little sparkle on your card! I added a rhinestone to the flower and used a strip of polka dot silver washi tape. I found this washi tape at Michaels and have been wanting to use it; finally I had the perfect excuse!

Now I’m off to pack my bag: robe, magic wand, spell book… check, check, and check!

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

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Cardstock: Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugarplum (substitute) (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Rich Razzleberry (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Sprinkles of Life stamp set (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Swirly Scribbles thinlit dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Sponge, rhinestones, silver washi tape