Let's get creative together!, Papercrafting, Stampin Up

Little Lady Bug Light Up Card

Thank you for stopping by this months Blog Hop for the North Carolina Stampin Up Demonstrators site. I know you will enjoy “hopping” on to all our creative demonstrators sites.

Welcome, today I have a cute card to share with you. This is one of my favorites and I am so sad to see it retiring and no longer available after June 3, 2020. But Ive already found many new stamp sets that I am looking forward to “playing” with. The more I “play” with them the more diverse I find they can be and they almost always spark my creativity. That’s just one of the things I love about Stampin Up!

The Little Lady Bug Stamp Set is featured on this card. I hope you enjoy it. I was inspired by fellow demonstrator Christi Wroe.

Here’s how I made it…

Start with a 8 1/2″ X 11″ piece of Basic Black Card Stock. Cute along the 8 1/2″ edge at 4 1/4″ then score at 5 1/2″ and 2 3/4″”. This is a top opening card and we will make it into an easel card with a surprise feature.

At the 2 3/4″ score line we want to cut out half of an oval. I used the layering ovals die to do this. I placed the die so only half of the black would be cut.

Next I cut a piece of Whisper White Card Stock 4″ X 5 1/4″ and I cut out the same oval in the center, cutting the entire oval. I cut a scrap piece of WW 5″ X 3 3/4″and sponged it with So Safron, staying lighter in the middle and darker along the edges. I then adhered this to the other WW back.

On the front I drew small dots with my So Saffron marker. I then stamped the large flower and the Lady Bugs that I wanted to use. I cut them out with coordinating dies and colored them with my Stamp and Blend alcohol markers. I used the fine tip glue to create the shine on the lady bugs dots. I love coloring with these two tone markers that blend beautifully. Really makes the colors POP!

I placed the dies around the oval, leaving the center open. I also stamped and cut out the sentiment “You’re cute as a bug’ and a slightly large circle from a scrap of basic black.

I adhered the card front to the black, being careful to only place my liquid glue on the folded section.

Next I went to work on the inside, first, in order to make this an easel card you need something to stop the card from closing all the way. To achieve this I stamped “Hey Lady’ on a scrap and sponged the edge in real red. I cut out several flowers and leaves from the same die set using Granny Apple Green and So Saffron card stock. Towards the top I stamped the sentiment Thinking of You and then to finish it off I added the so saffron dots with the marker , placing these along the top and the bottom.

And here is the finished card.

In order to create the surprise element I added a battery operated tea light into the easel section. Viola’

If you would like further information about this card or any other Stampin Up product you can reach me at

  1. suestapp1@gmail.com
  2. suestapp.stampinup.net
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Thank you for taking the time to read my blog I hope you will subscribe and look forward to creating and sharing with you. I talked about Lady Bugs so much, I thought I’d show you my other Lady Bug creation. Several years ago I started, with my Granddaughters, a Lady Bug Garden by painting rocks to look like lady bugs. Now I like to add something new each year.

Happy Stampin

Sue Stapp

Sue’s Super Stampers.

Here’s the list of demonstrators – please stop by all and comment on their projects. We appreciate your feedback:

Amy Kinler – https://stampinwithaheart.com/honey-bee-meets-painted-harvest/#.XsBlQWhKhPY
Toni Campana – https://wp.me/p4tAAw-n0
Tina Lesson – https://stampingkz.blogspot.com/2020/05/may-2020-nc-demos-blog-hop.html
Ariel Matera – https://mermaidinkpad.wordpress.com/?p=411
Tracy Marie Lewis – https://www.stuffnthingz.com/nc-demos-may-2020-blog-hop
Jo Anne Hewins – https://luv2create.typepad.com/my_blog/2020/05/
Jenn Hutt – http://thedreamercreative.com/thediaryofadreamer91/2020/5/28/nc-demos-blog-hop-may-2020
Laurie Meier – https://stampedgreetings.com/nc-demos-may-blog-hop-farewell-bouquet/
Libby Foreman – https://papersunshineproject.blogspot.com/2020/05/nc-demos-blog-hop-may-2020.html 
Tracie Evans Langley – https://wp.me/pbuEpC-dr
Sue Stapp – https://suestapp.com/?p=428 ****** YOU ARE HERE*******

Sue Root – https://stampin-with-sue.blogspot.com/2020/05/nc-su-demos-may-blog-hop-farewell.html
Martinette Horner – https://happynotescrafts.wordpress.com/?p=112
Nedine Dupree – http://craftloungecreations.blogspot.com/

Erin T Cook – https://artsyacorndesignstudio.com/2020/05/23/bittersweet-bye

Here’s a list of supplies if you’d like to give this a try

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Basic Black 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock [121045] $8.75 Whisper White 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock [100730] $9.75 Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad [132708] $6.00
Little Ladybug Host Cling Stamp Set (English) [152384] $0.00 So Saffron 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock [105118] $8.75 So Saffron Stampin’ Blends Combo Pack [149557] $9.00
Granny Apple Green 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock [146990] $8.75 Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends Markers Combo Pack [147274] $9.00 Fine-Tip Glue Pen [138309] $7.00
Paper Trimmer [152392] $25.00¨C10C Stamparatus [146276] $49.00

Let's get creative together!

N C Demo Blog Hop for April 2020

The theme for this months Blog Hop is anything spring! I love everything about spring, flowers, sunshine, warm weather, and birds. One of my very dear friends has been struggling with the stay at home orders in our state and I wanted to brighten her day with a special card. She loves birds and like myself has multiple bird feeders, baths, and houses. We both have nests of bluebirds in our yards. That is why I chose bluebirds for the card front, but that’s not all – when you open the card you are surprised with an accordion fold and multiple layers of birds attached. Here’s how I went about creating this card.

Start with a piece of card-stock, I used Seaside Spray. Cut the sheet to 8 1/2″ X 5 1/2″ score and fold at 4 1/4″.

Choose a piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) and cut to 10″ X 5 3/8″. Score at 2″, 3″, 4″, 5″, 6″, 7″ and 8″. Reinforce your score lines using a bone folder. Accordion fold on the score lines starting and ending with a Valley fold.

Attach the two end pieces to the card inside (front and back). I used Tear and Tape to secure this firmly since it will be a moving part.

Cut out 5 birds from the Bird Ballad DSP.

Using Whisper White card-stock . Stamp desired sentiment on one piece, the others will be used for the birds. Glue one bird on each piece. Glue the label to the inside folds of the accordion pleats. They will pop out as the card is opened.

For the card front I used a piece of Whisper White card-stock cut to 5 1/4″ X 4″ and then a floral piece of DSP cut to 5″ X 3 3/4″.

On another piece of WW card-stock cut 2 1/2″ X 4″ I stamped the stamp with multiple birds on a branch and colored it in using Stampin Blends. I torn the top and bottom and lightly sponged the edge.. For the sentiment at the top I cut a piece of Seaside Spray card-stock 3 3/4″ X 3″ and a piece of WW card-stock 1/2″ X 2 3/4″. On the WW I stamped a saying in Seaside Spray and adhered to the front of card near the top.

Thank you for joining our Blog Hop this month, we hope to see you every month. Please stop by our other talented N C Demo Blog Hoppers.


Sue Stapp

Sue’s Super Stampers.

N C Demo’s April Blog Hoppers:

Amy Kinler – 
Nedine DuPree – 
Tracie Evans Langley – https://wp.me/pbuEpC-bx
Jo Anne Hewins – https://luv2create.typepad.com/my_blog/2020/04/
Tina Lesson – 
Toni Campana – https://wp.me/p4tAAw-k5
Sue Stapp – https://suestapp.com/?p=369

Ariel Matera – https://mermaidinkpad.wordpress.com/?p=275
Laurie Meier – https://stampedgreetings.com/mothers-day-lattice-card/
Sue Root – 

Here’s a list of the products I used for my card:

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Let's get creative together!, Papercrafting, Stampin Up

August 2019 NC Carolina Demo’s Blog Hop


Time just goes too fast. Hard to beleive August is almost over and September is just around the corner. I am joining my fellow N C Stampin Up Demonstrators on this months Blog Hop. We were asked to use a floral piece as our inspiration. I did’nt have to go far. My front porch has two beauetful pots. I chose the colors in these pots based on colors I am attracted to and I like to go with something new each year. This spring I saw a basket that had two shades of purple and a coral color combination. It really caught my eye. It has been a very hot month here and they are not looking as good as earlier but I still love them.


You can barely see the coral color peeking out from behind, but it’s there. There is also a silver colored foliage.

I started with the Bloom and Grow Stamp Set. I stamped the longer floral piece with momento ink on Whisper White Cardstock. I then colored using my Stampin Blends Aldhol Markers so I could shade the various flowers and leaves. I used the coordinating die set, Budding Blooms to cut out the floral spray.

I applied Basic Black cardstock on the front of a standard A2 size card. I then used a scrap piece of Whisper White to stamp the sentiment in Highland Heather. I placed this in the center of the card and arranges the two floraal sprays at the top and bottom using Dimensionals. I added silver glimmer paper using the twig punch, just to add some bling and to represent the silver foliage in the flower pot.




I enjoy the seasons and as much as I hate to see summer go, I am super excited with the new Holiday Catalog that will be going live Sept. 4th. As a demonstrator i have the ability to preorder from our catalogs and I have already begun playing with the new products.

Holiday catalog cover

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. Happy Stampin’

Sue Stapp

Sue’s Super Stampers

Be sure to hop along with the other talented demonstrators:

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january Blog Hop 2019, Let's get creative together!, Papercrafting, Stampin Up

January Blog Hop for North Carolina Demonstrators

January is almost over and it has been a very trying time for me. I am struggling to get my stamping mojo back. It is coming slowly; however I appreciate the ladies who join in on this blog hop, They truly inspire me! I just saw a reminder that the submission for our blogs was only a few hours away and I thought to myself: “Self get up off the couch and see what pops in your head”. The theme is something from the Occasions Catalog and the Annual Catalog paired together. One of my favorite stamp sets from the Occasions Catalog is the Wonderful Romance Stamp Set and the Wonderful Flowers Thinlit Dies. These can be purchased as a bundle and I love saving money. This was one of the first sets that I ordered from Occasions 2019.


The vibrant background is Highland Heather and I decided to stamp the flowers on watercolor paper. Thinking the softness of watercolor will add another layer of colors. I stamped in Soft Suede Ink and used alchol blending markers called Stampin Blends. I treated my acrylic block as a palette and colored light Old Olive and dark Old Olive. I keep one set of my Aqua Painters filled with alcohol and decided on that option. I love how subtle these colors went down.



I used the Highland Heather blends with the alcohol aqua painter again. I also went over the top of the flowers with the pen tip to darken it in spots.

I cut out the flower bouquet with the thinlit dies. They do a fantastic job!

For my card base I cut a 8 1/2″ X 11″ piece of Highland Heather cardstock, cut at 4 1/4″ and folded in the center mark (5 1/2″).

I used the lattice with leaves thinlit die on Whisper White cardstock. After I cut it out I decided to use the Tufted Dynamic Embossing folder on the area that does not have the lattice. I sponged this area lightly with Crumb Cake ink just to give it some accents.

I added a piece of the Silver Mini Sequin trim at the bottom portion and wrapped it around to the back then adhered the Whisper White piece to the front of the card. The bouquet was adhered with Dimensionals toward the bottom half of the front.

I looked at the sentiment on this stamp set and decided to make this a Thinking of You card. I used Versamark stamp pad and silver heat enbossing powder. I used the Embossing buddy first so I wouldnt have smudges from my fingers. Every time I use this embossing powder Im awstruck like a child as the powder melts into the cardstock and creates “silver”.

I used the Tailored Tag punch for the shape and adhered with Dimensionals.

The Pearls were added to each flower center.


I have enjoyed making this card and I think my mojo may be coming back!

Please visit the other Stampers on this blog hop.

Sue Stapp

Stampin Up Demonstrator

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july blog, Let's get creative together!, Papercrafting, Stampin Up

July Blog Hop for NC Demonstrators


Thanks for stopping by, I have a cute card to share with you – and, yes I’M STILL SHAKIN’

I hope your summer is going well. It’s been warm here in North Carolina but I’m not complaining! As I mentioned last month with the Accented Blooms Shaker Card I do love me some shakin’ action in my cards. I also like to add as many textures and dimensions to my cards but still have it able to fit in a standard A2 size card with first class postage (no additional to add to the envelope) I think this card qualifies on all accounts.

Here’s what I made to share with you today…


I started with a base card in Whisper White and cut another piece of Whisper White to    5 1/4″  X 4″. From a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock I used the Delicate Lace Edgelits because I felt it resembled waves on the ocean.  I sponged the base card where the opening was going to show through. The coloring on this card is all done with sponging. I love how quick you can get a very artistic look. I wanted to acheive a kind of abstract sunset at the beach look. I used Pineapple Punch, Mango Melody and  Balmy Blue for this part. I stamped using the script sentiment from All Things Thanks Stamp Set, being careful that it would show through the “window, towards the upper right side. I used  Soft Sea Foam, Balmy Blue and Coastal Cabana  stamp pads for the front piece and the lace edging,  I used the layering squares framelits to make an opening for the shaker portion of the card.  I place a piece of Window Sheeting to the back side of the opening. I added the strips of foam tape around the edge (carefully so that it’s not to close to the edge. You don’t want this to show from the front of the card.

I placed my desired shaker pieces in the center. If you look closely you will see tiny fish cutouts. These were from the Under The Sea Framelit Dies. I just punched them out and added to the embellishments. They are very tiny so you have to be careful or they will be all over the place. Ask me how I know this????

I stamped the Egret from the Lilypad Lake Stamp Set and then fussy cut it out. I lightly sponged the body with Smokey Slate and where the legs are I sponged lightly with the Balmy Blue.IMG_0673

Of course I stamped two just in case I decapitated the poor animal while fussy cutting.

I used Dimensionals behind the lace edging. Let me just put out a shout out to Stampin Up for the new Dimensional packaging. The small triangles from around the edge are so easy to use. I used to cut the strips into pieces as needed but now that is done for us WooHoo! I also put Dimensionals behid the Egret’s body – again using the small triagles for the head area.

I added three of the Share What You Love Artisal Pearls towards the top. I always have to add some additional bling.

I’m glad you hopped by and hope you will hop along to all the other participating demonstrators blogs. We have such a fun and creative group. I am lucky to be a part of this!
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Here is our talented list of Stampin Up North Carolina Demonstrators participating today:

Toni Campana –

Tamra Davis –

Jo Anne Hewins –

Tracie Evans Langley –

Laurie Meier – https://stampedgreetings.com/nc-demos-blog-hop-lakefront-view/

Sue Root –

You Are Here>   Sue Stapp – https://suestapp.com/2018/07/14/july-blog
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Next>   Frances Wagner – https://wagstamps.blogspot.com/2018/07/nc-demos-july-blog-hop-summertime.html


Thanks again and Happy Stampin’

Sue Stapp

Sue’s Super Stampers



email: suestapp1@gmail.com