Shaken and Blended

I was talking to one of my customers last weekend about using Blends vs Stampin’ Write Markers. Each has a purpose and use, but lately I find myself reaching for the Blends more and more (and of course that means I need to expand my collection…we need ALL the colors, right??) I also like to use up scraps, especially if it’s a scrap of our gorgeous patterned paper. Both of these inspired the card at the bottom of this post.

First, where the scraps came from: last weekend I made this shaker card using Press On and Plaid Tidings patterned paper as a thank you card for the same customer. This card also uses the new Sequins for Everything pack (page 66 of the Holiday Mini). You get SO many sequins so you won’t feel the need to hoard like with all of our other embellishments. Admit it, when was the last time you made a shaker card? I forgot how much fun they are to make! Time to bust out the window sheets.

Anyway, I digress…For the past week I’ve had the scraps and cardstock from the above card sitting on my desk and wanted to make a project with them. I also wanted to use the sequins as an embellishment because I like that they don’t have any holes in the middle of them like our other sequins. Given the colors, I thought of sunflowers (of course!) and using our wonderful Blends. Note: I do not have Cajun Craze Blends (told you I needed all the colors) but I made it work blending together pumpkin pie, poppy parade, and calypso coral.

Happy Saturday, and happy stampin’!


In case you couldn’t tell, I love coffee. A lot. So Stampin’ Up’s new Press On stamp set was on my very first holiday mini catalog order. Love it!

Thank you cards for recent orders

I also am a bit obsessed with this plaid patterned paper – Plaid Tidings. (See my previous post: Sunflowers – the black and white plaid background used this paper as well). Paper pack comes in 6 x 6 size and coordinates with 12 colors. I’m feeling the hoarding tendency coming on strong. Happy Stampin’!


Time: 12:16 am

A few nights ago I wrote about poinsettias, but to be honest…I’m not *quite* ready for Christmas. So, tonight I switched to a different flower. Celebrate Sunflowers is a GORGEOUS bundle. I may be biased – my favorite flower of all time is the sunflower. I love it’s simplicity and natural juxtaposition: a tall skinny stalk and gorgeous thick flower; a singular plant that is stunning on its own, and shines when it’s with a group; and when you look closely it’s super complex–multiple colors and layers, thin dainty petals next to a thick, strong stalk, and that center…well…I think it’s amazing. Plus there’s this quote that pretty much sums it up:

photo credit: MyEvergreenPlace

Needless to say, I had to purchase the Celebrate Sunflowers bundle immediately when the new catalog was released in June (page 13 Annual Catalog). Actually, if we’re being honest, I had to order the whole Flowers for Every Season suite. I mean, come on, that jar? That gorgeous paper? I am not ashamed.

I am a little embarrassed to say this bundle has been sitting on my desk since June untouched. Time to break it in. Tonight I needed to create a congratulations card, and I wanted to join a team challenge with my team…so I thought, “Why not combine both needs into one project?” The team challenge was: “Create a monochromatic card using only one or two colors similar colors besides black and white.”

Here are the supplies I used:

Celebrate Sunflowers Bundle (Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set and Sunflowers dies); Plaid Trimmings Designer Series Paper, Pumpkin Pie, Bumblebee, Mango Melody, and Daffodil Delight, and Whisper White cardstock; Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, and Pineapple Punch blends and Momento Ink; Artistry Blooms Sequins; Wink of Stella

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Here is the final product. I just love how it turned out. I’m not sure if the camera picks it up, but I used Wink of Stella on the flower as well.

Happy stamping to you, and stand tall towards the sun my friends!

9:32 PM – Poinsettias!

I love the Poinsettia Place Suite. It’s just beautiful. I think my flowers should have been rounded the opposite direction, next time…it’s been a long day! The bundle (stamp set and dies) is already on backorder two days into the catalog going on sale. Not surprising, IMHO, it is the best poinsettia SU has offered to-date!

The die cuts out, AND embosses. Love!!

Good night, and happy stamping!


10:35 pm – Christmas Tags!

About to head to bed, but I’ve had a wonderful time stamping pretty much all day today. I made a few thank you cards, Jackson’s birthday card and gift box, and a few Christmas tags using new product from the upcoming Holiday Mini catalog. Catalog goes on sale Tuesdays! To my customers-I have packages ready to to in the mail, just waiting on my mailing envelopes (arriving via Amazing tomorrow…finally–package got lost last week!). If you’d like a catalog, contact me!

Festive Post

Until next time, happy stamping…good night!

Inaugural Post

Time: 10:41pm

Hi! My name is Kelly Taranto and welcome to my stamping blog! I have been an Independent Demonstrator for Stampin’ Up! since 2002, and a crafter for as long as my little hands could hold a needle. I am born out of a long line of crafters: sewers, mainly, but pretty much any craft you can think of, and I can do almost all of them. My favorite craft medium involves stamps, ink, and paper, and cardmaking is my most favorite thing to do. By day, I wear many hats: wife, mother of two teenage boys, and full-time fundraiser for a national nonprofit organization. Late at night, when the house is quiet, I find I have a few moments just for me and I turn into the Late Night Stamper.

One of the things I love most about my stamping life is the connection. Connection to my creativity and craft, of course, but also the connection with others. If you are familiar with Stampin’ Up!, you know they have the best stamping and paper crafting products on the market, but you may also know connection is a huge part of their values. Stampin’ Up!’s Statement of the Heart says it perfectly: To love what we do and share what we love, as we help others enjoy creativity and worthwhile accomplishments…in this we make a difference.

The world is facing a scary and unprecedented time. While we all are hunkered down at home avoiding Covid-19, I worry we’ll lose our connections to community. I hope this blog can add positivity to the interwebs, and allow folks to connect, creating an online community for those that want to share what they’ve made with others and help brighten their day. As my mother always says, “Who doesn’t like to receive a handmade card!?” Well, I hope this website will help give you the inspiration you need to dive into this craft for the first time, or to inspire you in a new way if you are a seasoned papercrafter.

It’s now 10:57pm – time to get started, won’t you join me?

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