Sheltering Tree and Hello You thank you

I mentioned the other day that January is a time for thank you’s.  Here is another for a new friend, Krista.  I met Krista at a local craft show in November.  Since then she has been over to the house for two stamping events, and brought friends.  Not only that, she was very a big help to me last week in class.  We had a lot of ladies over to stamp and Krista, an experienced stamper herself, took care to help those around her, which in turn was a huge help to me.  Krista recently ordered Sheltering Tree and the Hello You Thinlits Die.  I wanted to make a card for her that would showcase her new products.  Here’s my card.

Stampin UP Sheltering Tree Hello You Irresistibly Yours

A Study in Smokey Slate – everything on this card is white or Smokey Slate.  Well, with the exception of the Silver foil Thanks cut out.  I started with the Irresistibly Yours (free with $50 order) Designer Series Paper.  This paper has white on white embossing already included.  Why is that cool.  Because you can color the background, wipe it off and the embossing shines through.  I used my Smokey Slate sponge Dauber to color it.  I also sponged the edges of all pieces of paper with Smokey Slate.  Very subtly but it adds a nice touch.  Stampin UP Sheltering Tree Hello You Irresistibly Yours

I’ve recently learned a new trick when using thinlits and intricate dies.  Thanks to Connie Stewart at for her post.  You can see her video demonstrating it here.  Whats the tip? Use a clean dryer sheet under the card stock and wax paper.  The paper will stick to the dryer sheet making it so so easy to remove the die.  It really is amazing.  I used this for 5o butterflies I cut out recently for a card swap (you’ll see more on that in a later post) and it saved me much frustration.  The dryer sheet can be used over and over again too.

My other tip, I learned this from another stamping friend, is to use the Xyron label maker.  I had never heard or seen this tool before when she told me about it.  You can put in anything up to 1 1/2 inches wide and up to the thickness of a nickle and the tool will add adhesive to your item, and only to your item.  Where has this been all my stamping life.  Use it for ribbon, buttons, thin words, like above, tiny little pieces of card stock, etc.  It’s amazing.  I went quick like a bunny and ordered one from Amazon.  It made putting the Thanks on my card so much easier.

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Thanks for visiting my Site. My name is Lynn Kolcun and I'm a Stampin Up Demonstrator. I love being creative with paper and ink, learning new techniques and sharing my craft with you.


  1. Your card is very pretty. I would never think to only use grays. Thanks for the tips. We learn so much from each other without having to reinvent the wheel on our own.

  2. Thank you for the great tips. I have an Xyron label maker, but it’s only been used by my GD to make her own stickers.

    I love your card too, thank you for sharing.

  3. Absolutely beautiful card!!! Thanks for the great tips too.

  4. Pingback: Lovin’ the Sheltering Tree! Part Two | StampinU

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