Apr 252014

Part 5 of Stamping Basics gives you several sketches to help design clean and simple cards.  This is the next chapter in a series of FREE tutorials meant to help you get started with the fun, rewarding, and exciting art of rubber stamping.

Stamping Basics Part 5 Sketches


CAS Figure 4

Check out these sections if you missed earlier lessons:
Stamping Basics:  Tools
Stamping Basics:  Paper, Card Stock & Standard Card Sizes
Stamping Basics:  Types of Stamps
Stamping Basics: Stampin’ Up! Inks

Here is another clean and simple card idea:  http://papercraftsobsession.com/?p=1062

For your stamping supplies, visit my Online Store.

If you have any questions or comments, please email me:  donna@papercraftsobsession.com



Jun 072013

This is the traveling season.  Many people are on the road.  How do you take your crafting with you?  That was the dilemma I was facing when we left home a week ago to travel to California.   (Yea!  I am visiting my grandchildren again.)

This is my stamping bag.  It is about the size of a grocery bag.  I had to decide what I wanted to take with me.  Stampin' Up! bagThat can be a really hard decision because it had to fit into just that one bag.   What paper and what colors?  What stamp set and what ink?  What about glue and scissors?

I decided I wanted to use some of the new In Colors (131204) from Stampin’ Up! You always need to have some basic colors so I added Whisper White cardstock (100730) and Very Vanilla (101650) and just because I love Soft Suede (115318), I tossed that in, too.

The Stampin’ Trimmer (126889) is a must for cutting and scoring, but you also need Paper Snips (103579).

OK, the bag is beginning to fill up and I still need ink.  The Stampin’ Write Markers (131264) are great for travel because you can have every color with you in a small space.  Snail adhesive (104332) and Tombow Multipurpose glue (110755) also went into the bag.

Two new stamp sets were sitting on my crafting table waiting to be used:  Label Love (130622) and Wildflower Meadow (129168).  Label Love has a coordinating punch called Artisan Label (130920).  Those went into the bag along with a stamp set that is great for creating backgrounds:  Delicate Doilies (122592).

Bag of Stamping Supplies

What did I forget?  When I started my projects, I quickly realized I forgot to bring my clear blocks to mount my stamps.  It is definitely more challenging to stamp without your clear blocks.  I also forgot to bring along Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430).  I use these on nearly every card to add dimension.

What did I take that I didn’t need or use?  My VersaMark pad (102283).  It could have used it to create a watermark, but I didn’t do that.  I didn’t have any embossing powder or the heat tool with me, so I couldn’t use it to emboss.  I’ll probably leave it home next time unless I have a specific use in mind.

What would you take along when you travel?  Add your comments below.  I’ll create a list of the answers and post the “must-have”  list here.  Also, return later to see the One Sheet Wonder projects I completed.

Mar 152013

MDS2 Scrapbook PageQuestion:  What types of projects can you make in My Digital Studio 2?

Answer:  With the newest edition of My Digital Studio 2, the ideas are limitless.

Some of the most common projects are cards and scrapbook pages.  But you can make tags, business cards, calendars, journals and with individual custom pages why not stationary.  With all the wonderful new features in MDS2, you can stamp and punch and color without ever getting your fingers dirty.

MDS2 Tag

These are just two simple examples of what you can do in MDS2.  It took just a few minutes to create an 8 X 8 scrapbook page.  Even more simple are the pre-designed tags like the one you see here.

You can try MDS2 for FREE for 30 days.  Check out the details of MDS2 and even more ideas  and features.  Go to my Online Store to get the details.


Mar 032013

Would you like to learn how to make homemade greeting cards?  Would you love to attend a class with others that love to papercraft?

Every month I offer local papercrafting classes in the Ft. Lewis, Washington area.  Sign up now to receive the Paper Crafts Obsession newsletter.  It is completely free and you will keep up to date with the classes being offered.  Also included in the newsletter are Unique projects that are not shared anywhere else.  You will find Donna’s Stamping Corner that includes tool and stamping tips.

This month the technique tips are all about using the brayer.  The special project features masking.  If you want to learn how to use the brayer and get a masking sample, Sign Up Now to get the Paper Crafts Obsession March newsletter.


Feb 202013

Opps!  There was an error in the last Paper Crafts Obsession newsletter.  I have a challenge for those of you who are on the Paper Crafts Obsession mailing list.    Help me out – post a comment here or email me to let me know what the opps! is all about.

The Paper Crafts Obsession newsletter comes out at least twice a month.  The newsletter keeps you posted about my classes and events.  It includes Donna’s Stamping Corner where I discuss Stampin’ Up!© products and stamping tips and tricks.  The newsletter always includes projects exclusive to newsletter subscribers.  Sometimes there will be special offers exclusive to newsletter subscribers.  An sometimes, it will include my Opps!

I have been paper crafting for about 18 years.  I enjoy sharing what I love with others.  Styles and trends change.  The stamps and the colors change.  Technology changes.  When I started out we didn’t have blogs or Facebook or Pinterest.  WOW look at how many ways I can share now compared to the “old days”.    The good news is that the joy of sharing never changes.

I would enjoy sharing my Paper Crafts Obsession newsletter with you.  If you want to learn how to use the brayer, you don’t want to miss the next issue.  It will include tips and suggestions on how to use the brayer and a brayer project.  Sign Up Now!


Jul 032012

The NEW Annual Stampin’ Up! Catalog


Question: How can I get a catalog?Sending Cards

Answer: With the release of the new Annual Catalog, stampers everywhere want to know the same thing! The great news is that there are many ways for you to get a catalog, see the great new products, and get creative inspiration!

Host When you host a workshop, you receive a free Annual Catalog from me. Plus, you get to be among the first to see, use, and enjoy great new products from the Annual Catalog. Contact me today to set up your fun stamping party!

View Online If you can’t wait for your copy of the Annual Catalog to arrive, you can view it online – anywhere, anytime access! Just visit my Stampin’ Up! website.  Plus, you’ll find that the Digital Designing products are available in my store as well.

My Specials Contact me to find out even more ways that you can get your hands on the amazing new Annual Catalog. I just know you are going to love it! It is packed with great new products and just bursting with creative project samples to inspire you.

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