Wednesday, August 24, 2016

A Starry Fish

Hi All,

Here is the final card in my Watercolor series.  This one is actually a watercolor print that we made in my workshop last week.  I usually don't do a lot of 'techniques', but I wanted to create a card featuring this starfish and a watercolor background seemed like a perfect fit.



The starfish is from the Picture Perfect stamp set.  I had actually bought this set specifically for this image, but ended up playing with the hummingbird first.  The starfish is a two-step stamp.  I stamped the first image in Baked Brown Sugar (stamped off first) and the second image in Crumb Cake (stamped off first).

Item # 140520 Picture Perfect $27.00

The watercolor technique is pretty easy to do and fun to play with.  I squirted a bit of the Island Indigo reinker in the lid of my Island Indigo stamp pad.  I then grabbed an Aqua Painter and added a bit of water from the brush tip till the ink was a bit watered down.  The more water you add, the lighter blue you will get.  I then brushed it onto the Watercolor Paper.  I like cleaner lines, so I did diagonal brush strokes, but you could do circles or curly-cues if you prefered  Tip: I did try this on regular cardstock and watercolor paper.  The watercolor paper works much better.  It helps absorb the water and blends the colors together nicely.

Item # 122959 Watercolor Paper $5.00

Item # 122932 Island Indigo Reinker $3.25

Item # 103954 Aqua Painters $17.00

Item # 141487 5/8" Burlap Ribbon $7.00

The beach is one of my favorite places to be.  There is just something so calm and serene that draws you in.  I think this card captures a bit of that.  If you'd like to add any of these products to your collection, just pop me an email or click on the 'Order Online' icon in the top right-hand corner. Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Stamps: Picture Perfect, Happy Harmony
Paper: Baked Brown Sugar & Very Vanilla Cardstock; Watercolor Paper
Ink: Baked Brown Sugar, Crumb Cake and Island Indigo Classic Pads & Island Indigo Reinker
Accessories: 5/8" Burlap Ribbon, Aqua Painters, Brown Brads and Pop Dots/Dimensionals

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Watercolor Wash

Hi All,

Keeping with my watercolor theme,  I have a nice big watercolor background for ya!  It doesn't get much easier than this.  Grab your stamp, ink it up and stamp away.


I found that I was having a hard time getting a clean image from my stamp pad onto the stamp.  I was getting lines from the stamp pad edges. At my workshop, someone suggested using a brayer to smooth out the ink.  I didn't think of that at the time, but will give it a shot.  What I did do, was grab my Color Box Chalk pad as it had no edges to leave lines.  It also leaves a chalkboard like texture. Really cool effect and the color was pretty gorgeous too {Rose Coral}.

I paired the coral up with gold.  What a great combo!  The sentiment is embossed in gold embossing powder and the butterfly is die cut with Gold Glimmer paper and Vellum.  I attached the butterflies together at the body and added a few sequins to cover the adhesive point.  I had gotten the idea for the butterfly here from Michelle over at Stampin' 365.  So, so pretty!

Item #: 139538  Watercolor Wash $15.00

Item # 137360  Butterflies Thinlits Dies $25.00

Item # 133719 Gold Glimmer Paper $5.00

Item # 132983 Gold Sequins $5.00
This background creates a simple touch that could be paired up with just about anything. It could be as soft or as bold as you like.  If you'd like to add it or any other products to your collection, pop me an email or click on the 'Order Online' icon in the top right-hand corner. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Stamps: Watercolor Wash & Another Thank You
Paper: Thick Whisper White Cardstock, Gold Glimmer Paper, Vellum Paper
Ink: Rose Coral Color Box Chalk Inkpad & Versamark Pad
Accessories: Butterflies Thinlits Die, Gold Sequins, Fine Tip Glue Pen and Gold Embossing Powder

Saturday, August 20, 2016

You Light Up My Life

Hi All,

I just had a workshop on Thursday and it turned out that Watercolor would become my theme.  Didn't start out that way, but just kinda ended up that way.

My first card has a splash of watercolor.  This pendant light is from the Pun Intended set.  I bought this set because it has a super cute camera stamp, but saw this card by Linda Callahan and had to share with my group.


How clever was it to use the watercolor swoosh for the light???  Love it! The swoosh is from the Work of Art stamp set.

The Pun Intended set can only be purchased with Hostess rewards on a $150 order.  It's really one of the best Hostess sets that SU! has had in some time.

Item ID: 141804 Pun Intended $9.50

Item# 134114  Work of Art $22.00 
Both of these sets are must haves.  They are so versatile and can be used for many different occasions.  If you'd like to add this or any other products to your collection, pop me an email or click on the Order Online icon in the top right-hand corner.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Stamps: Pun Intended & Work of Art
Paper: Basic Black, Real Red and Whisper White Cardstock; Flashback DSP
Ink: Jet Black Stazon and Crushed Curry Classic Pad
Accessories: Real Red SU! Marker

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Birthday + Balloons

Hi All!

I have another super cute card for ya!  Who doesn't love birthdays + balloons?  A friend of mine is in love with this set and I wanted to have a card to share at my June workshop.  The set has tons of options, so deciding on one to share with everyone was quite a feat.  But, I saw this design by Linda Callahan and just had to recreate.




The balloons are embossed in White Powder on Vellum. There are two different sizes: bigger on top of the bunch and smaller on the bottom.  They can be punched out with the coordinating Balloon Bouquet Punch.  I wanted a festive print for the background and found this one in the Stacked with Love DSP stack.

Item #: 140675 Balloon Celebration $26.00

Item #: 140609 Balloon Bouquet Punch $18.00

I love this card!  It's so fun & festive!  This set is so versatile and can be used for so many different types of celebration, that it's a must for your collection.  If you'd like to add it to yours, click on the 'Order Online' icon in the top right-hand corner or pop me an email.  Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Balloon Celebration
Paper: Calypso Coral & Whisper White Thick Cardstock; Stacked with Love DSP; Vellum Paper
Ink: Versamark & Jet Black Stazon
Accessories: Balloon Bouquet Punch, White Embossing Powder; Heat Tool, Sequin Assortment, Crystal Effects, Pop Dots/Dimensionals and Fine Tip Glue Pen

Just for You

Hi All,

Hope you had a great 4th of July weekend! Ours was busy, but spent with family and friends, so that's always time well spent. Now...on to a nice short work week :)

Today, I have a botanical themed card for you.  The print is from the Serene Scenery DSP stack in the new catalog.  I normally don't use large prints like these on cards...but, if you have a large stamp image, they make for a quick and easy card.


I trimmed the leaf print down and used the larger piece as the focal image and the smaller reverse polka dot side for the left panel.  I then embossed the sentiment in black.  I created a border using the Spiral Border Punch and added some Olive Green Organza Ribbon.

There is just something so refreshing about this card.  Maybe because we're bringing the outdoors indoors?  This pack has other great prints as well: more greeny grass hues, beachy blues, and neutral yellows and tans.  They are definitely serene.

Item #: 141642 Serene Scenery DSP Stack $10.00

You won't regret adding this paper to your collection.  Aside from the photographic type prints, there are plenty of abstract prints to coordinate with or use on their own. If you'd like to place an order, click on the 'Order Online' icon in the top right-hand corner or pop me an email.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Stamps: Botanicals for You
Papers: Whisper White Thick Cardstock; Serene Scenery DSP Stack
Inks: N/A
Accessories: Spiral Border Punch, Old Olive Striped Organdy Ribbon and Black Embossing Powder

Friday, July 1, 2016

Wild About Flowers

Hi All,

Happy 3-Day Weekend!  Hopefully you have fun plans to enjoy an evening of fireworks. Not sure if we'll head out or not.  With our triple digit temps here in AZ...it makes for quite a warm night.

I kicked off the long weekend with a workshop Thursday night.  Our first card used a stamp set that had been around for quite some time called Wild About Flowers.  It's funny how a stamp set can be in multiple catalogs and it takes that one design to get you hooked.  These were the cards that did it for me.



I loved this design.  It was very reminiscent of a garden.  I kept Hardwood for the background, but created a 'white wash' on Crumb Cake using Craft Whisper White ink.  The flower stems are in Cucumber Crush and the flowers are in Calypso Coral, Rich Razzleberry, Peach Parfait and Strawberry Slush.  They are perfect together.  I loved the pop of purple, so I added a strip of Moonlight DSP.

This stamp set is great in that it offers you three different flower options with stems and buds.  I chose this flower design, as I love poppies and these look very similar.

Item #: 138728 Wild About Flowers $21.00

The background used the Hardwood stamp.

Item #: 133035 Hardwood $15.00
This set is a great addition to any collection.  If you'd like to add it to yours, click on the 'Order Online' icon in the top right-hand corner or pop me an email.  Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Wild About Flowers, Hardwood and Sincere Salutations
Paper: Crumb Cake Cardstock; Moonlight DSP
Inks: Cucumber Crush, Calypso Coral, Rich Razzleberry, Peach Parfait and Strawberry Slush Classic Pads; Whisper White Craft Pad; Black Stazon
Accessory: Linen Thread


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Anniversary Love

Hi All,

May is not only Mother's Day in our house, but it is also our Wedding Anniversary.  Like most of you, anniversary stamps are not something I have a bunch of.  But, luckily, hearts will always suffice.


My inspiration for this card, was this gem by FlebbeArt.   I loved the vellum hearts paired with the Crumb Cake.  I couldn't get my design to work on a vertical card, so I flipped it horizontally and it came together perfectly.

The hearts were made using Vellum paper and the Hearts Collection Framelits.  The print is from the Timeless Elegance DSP.  The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes.

Item # 127802  $27.00
Item # 101856  $6.50 (20 Sheets)
My husband loved this card and says it was his favorite of all the past cards I've given him. Hope you like it too!  If you'd like to place an order, just click on the 'Order Online' icon in the top right-hand corner or pop me an email.  Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Crumb Cake Cardstock; Timeless Elegance DSP; Vellum Paper
Ink: Basic Black Classic Ink
Accessories: Hearts Collection Framelits and Metallic Brad

Monday, April 25, 2016

You're Simply Wonderful

Hi All,

In keeping with the Mother's Day theme, I have another feminine card for you.  All we mothers want on our special day is to relax.  What better way to do that than on a nice bike cruise?


I had seen this card from Jacque Williams.  I love that she paired a simple bicycle image with these pretty papers.  The prints are from the Love Blossoms DSP stack.  I love every design in this pack. They can all be mixed and matched and work so well together.
Item #: 140548 Love Blossoms DSP Stack $8.00
This paper pack is retiring and only available while supplies last.  If you'd like to add this to your collection, pop me an email or click on the 'Order Online' icon in the top right-hand corner.  Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Pedaling Past (or Pedal Pusher) and Simply Wonderful
Paper: Crumb Cake and Whisper White Cardstock; Love Blossoms DSP
Ink: Rose Red Classic Pad and Jet Black Stazon
Accessories: Paper Piercer and Mat Pack, Stampin' Write Markers (Rose Red and Blushing Bride), Round Tab Punch, Lge White Brad

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Flowering Fields

Hi All,

I got the girls together last week for a workshop.  Our theme was 'Celebrate Her' for Mother's Day, so I wanted to keep things pretty feminine.  Easy to do, right?  For me, the Flowering Fields set from the SAB Mini was a perfect choice.



I had seen this card by Rachel Palmieri and liked the simple design. I paired up Gumball Green and Raspberry Ripple.  Gorgeous together!  This card was ridiculously hard to photograph. I used three different cameras and lots of Photoshop.  I couldn't get a clean/crisp image.  I used Stickles to add a little sparkle...I think the light reflection was throwing off the focus.  Anyone else ever have that problem?  Anyways...it is what it is ;)  Hope you like it!

If you'd like to add any products to your collection, pop me an email or click on the 'Order Online' icon in the top right-hand corner.  Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Flowering Fields & Picture Perfect
Paper: Raspberry Ripple, Gumball Green, Crumb Cake and Whisper White Cardstock; Print Poetry DSP
Ink: Jet Black StazOn
Accessories: Raspberry Ripple Ribbon, Corner Rounder Punch, Stampin' Write Markers (Melon Mambo, Strawberry Slush, Regal Rose, So Saffron), Stickles and Pop-Dots/Dimensionals

Sunday, April 10, 2016

You Are the Nicest

Hi All,

I have a little more hummingbird for you today.  This is my second card from the Picture Perfect set.



Does anyone recognize that DSP?  One of my All-time favorites: Thoroughly Modern.  I have a few pieces left and then it's all gone :(  But, for the colors of this hummingbird, I felt it worthy of getting used.

Item ID: 140520 Picture Perfect $27.00

The DSP was easy to choose, I was looking for a particular color combo.  But, I couldn't decide on my background.  It was too plain without anything, and I didn't want it too busy.  So, I pulled out the Softly Falling Embossing Folder.  It was the perfect addition.  It was introduced in the Holiday Mini as a snow background, but as you can see, it definitely translates to other cards.

Item ID: 139672 Softly Falling $8.50
Once again I added some sequins.  Couldn't resist!  The Fine-Tip Glue Pen makes it so easy to add them.

Item ID: 133631 Sequins-In Color $1.99
I love how this card turned out.  This stamp set really is a Must-Have.  If you'd like to add it or any other products to your collection, click on the 'Order Online' icon in the top right-hand corner or pop me an email.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Stamps: Picture Perfect
Paper: Crumb Cake and Whisper White Cardstock; Thoroughly Modern DSP
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo, Smoky Slate and Basic Gray Classic Pads
Accessories: Softly Falling Embossing Folder, Sequins, Circle Framelits, Fine-Tip Glue Pen and Pop Dots/Dimensionals

A Glimmery Gold Note

Hi All,

Happy Weekend!  It's been a pretty slow week for me work-wise, so I've had a bit of extra time to get into the 'ol craft room.  I've been playing with a new stamp set from the Occasions Mini called Picture Perfect.  There were a couple of cards I had seen with the hummingbird, so I thought I'd jump in with him first.



My card is a CASE of this card by Melissa Davies.  I fell in love with the colors she chose...especially that Gold Glimmer paper.  Just divine.  The hummingbird is a 4-step stamp and the flower is a 3-step stamp.  Stampin' Up makes it easy.  Each stamp is numbered so you know in which order to stamp.  That just leaves the fun of picking out your colors.  For my flowers, I used Bermuda Bay & Island Indigo.  For the hummingbird I used Smoky Slate and Basic Grey in addition to the same two blues.

Item ID: 140520 Picture Perfect $27.00

I love the sequins with the hummingbird.  Not sure why, but they just fit...maybe because hummingbirds are glimmery??  SU! brought out a glue pen that works perfectly with getting these little buggers onto your card.  It's called a Fine-Tip Glue Pen. It was introduced to work with the Thinlit Dies, but it works perfectly with those tiny embellies too.

Item ID: 138309 Fine-Tip Glue Pen $7.00

I fell in love with the simple elegance of this card.  Hope you did too!  If you would like to add any of these to your collection, just click on the 'Order Online' icon in the top right corner or pop me an email.  Thanks for stopping by!

Stamp: Picture Perfect
Paper: Whisper White Cardstock (Thick for the card base) and Gold Glimmer Paper
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo, Smoky Slate and Basic Gray Classic Pads
Accessories: Bermuda Bay and Gold Sequin Trim, Gold Metallic Thread, Fine Tip Glue Pen, Circles Framelits, Petal Cone Die, Paper Snips and Pop Dots/Dimensionals

Monday, April 4, 2016

Good Neighbors

Hi All,

We met a couple a few months ago through a board game Meetup we started last fall.  They just moved into a new house and had a housewarming party this weekend.  I don't usually get to make housewarming cards, so this one was fun to play with.


First, I had to peruse to see what I even had to work with.  I settled on an old Sale-A-Bration Set called Good Neighbors. I've probably had this for years and have never used it. Who knew that it had not only these cute houses, but these adorable trees as well.  Absolutely love them!



Since I was using the Crumb Cake cardstock, I wanted some pops of color.  I settled on Melon Mambo, Elegant Eggplant and Island Indigo.  They work so perfectly together.  Took the design to the inside...and the back.  {Like I said, love these trees!}



I love how this card turned out.  Hope you did too.  If you'd like to add any products to your collection, pop me an email or click on the 'Order Online' icon in the top right-hand corner.  Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Good Neighbors & Sky is the Limit
Paper: Crumb Cake & Whisper White Cardstock
Ink: Melon Mambo, Elegant Eggplant & Island Indigo Classic Pads; Black Stazon
Accessories: Paper Snips & Pop-Dots/Dimensionals

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Happy Birthday, Everyone {Ken}

Hi All,

Happy Weekend! The card I have for you today was made for my husband.  He's a Leap Year baby, so he actually had a birthday this year.


Mary Brown's card was my inspiration.  The simple design was perfect for a masculine card.  I switched up the colors and paired up the Happy Birthday, Everyone stamp set with some abstract images.  This is a Hostess set from the 2015-2016 Catalog.  I love the font and there really is a sentiment for "Everyone".

Item #: 139958 $9.00 {Hostess Set}
Hope you like how this one turned out!  If you'd like to add any products to your collection, pop me an email or click on the 'Order Online' icon in the top right-hand corner.  Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Happy Birthday, Everyone; Grunge Me
Paper: Bermuda Bay, Basic Black and Whisper White Cardstock
Ink: Burmuda Bay, Crushed Curry and Basic Black Classic Ink
Accessories: N/A

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

You've Got This

Hi All,

Happy Hump Day!  Hope it's been a great week so far.  I got a pretty cool surprise. I am the Featured Stamper over at SplitcoastStampers.  How awesome is that?  People will be hopping into my Gallery and CASE-ing my cards.  I'm truly honored.

For those that don't know what SCS is, it's a website that was started by SU! Demonstrators way back when, to share cards...and it's still going strong today.  You have a stamp set and don't know how to use it, plug in the stamp set name and you will get all kinds of card ideas that others have uploaded. There are also different card challenges each day.  I have been posting cards here forever...8 YEARS to be exact.  That's just CRAZY!  If you haven't been, go check it out. Here's a link to SCS.
Here's a link to my gallery.

Today I have a set of cards for you.  My colors were chosen for me as I used a polka dot print DSP and my choices were limited. My inspiration was this card by Nance Leedy.



These cards use the You've Got This stamp set.  It's a good one.  You get this gorgeous flower and the big abstract background stamp.  It's a two for one!

Item #: 139575 $28.00 Clear Mount
The flower was embossed with white embossing powder.  I then took the matching marker (to the ink) and traced around the embossed edges of the flower.  You can still see the flower if you don't, but this adds a bit more dimension.

This simple design made it quite easy to make multiple cards.  Hope you like them!  If you'd like to add this set to your collection, pop me an email or click on the 'Order Online' icon in the top right-hand corner.  Thanks for stopping by!

Stamp: You've Got This
Paper: Crumb Cake & Whisper White Cardstock; Polka Dot Parade DSP
Ink: Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie & Rich Razzleberry Classic Pads
Accessories: White Embossing Powder, Stampin' Write Markers, Heat Tool and the Corner Rounder Punch

Saturday, February 13, 2016

The Sky is the Limit

Hi All,

Is this not the cutest stamp set?  I love, love, love the heart trail.  Just Adorable.



The clouds are made with the Fancy Flower punch, but you could also use the Flower Fair Framelits Die.  Just cut either in half.  The plane's propellor is a die cut vellum flower.  So clever!

Item# 141349 Sky is the Limit FREE
This is a Sale-A-Bration stamp set that is only available till Monday, February 15th.  Definitely a very versatile set.  You could use it for masculine, graduation or any congratulations type cards.  It is FREE with any $50 purchase in product.

If you'd like to earn this stamp set by adding other products to your collection, pop me an email or click on the 'Order Online' badge in the top right-hand corner.  Thanks for stopping by!

Stamp: Sky is the Limit
Paper: Crumb Cake & Whisper White Cardstock; Vellum Paper; Welcome Neighbor DSP
Ink: Jet Black Stazon
Accessories: Fancy Flower Punch, Corner Punch, Island Indigo Baker's Twine, Silver Brad, Pop Dots and a Mini Glue Dot

The Crafty Eraser

Hi All,

The card I have for you today uses a technique that I was really quite excited to try out.  It simply uses a pencil's eraser and a heart template.  Who'da thunk it?  I had gotten the idea on pinterest from someone that was crafting up a canvas bag.  My first thought...we could easily do this on a card. Voila!  Here it is:


This was the inspiration and a quick tutorial:


What a fun & easy technique!  I used a heart from the Hearts Collection Framelits as a template to create the heart.  When I was done, the inside of the heart had a straight line around the edge.  I went back and placed the unused outside portion of the heart die over my new print and went around the inside of the heart.  It gave it a softer look.  I finished it off with a few different looks.  Hard to pick a favorite.  I love them all!

Item# 137136 Hello Life Polymer Stamp Set $25.00
I'm not usually a technique girl, but this one seemed to good to pass up.  Give it a shot...I guarantee you won't be disappointed.  Would even be pretty easy to do with little ones as a craft project.

If you'd like to add any of these to your collection, pop me an email or click on the 'Order Online' badge in the top right-hand corner.  Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Hello Life & Hello There
Paper: Basic Black & Whisper White Cardstock
Ink: Real Red Classic Pad & Jet Black Stazon
Accessories: Heart Collection Framelits and a Pencil w/ Eraser

Shaker Love

Hi All,

Since Valentine's Day is right around the corner, my last workshop was 'Heart' themed.  I love hearts, so it makes this theme so easy to work with.  Plus, there are TONS of options out there.

My card today has lots of hearts and was my first shot at a shaker card.  Inspired by this design, I had to give it a shot.  I loved the idea of adding in confetti.  Unfortunately, this stuff is not as easy to find as you'd think.  I ended up at Party City and have enough of it to last me a lifetime.


There is a great tutorial for Shaker Cards over at Splitcoaststamper.  I used a polaroid die cut for my shaker.  A transparency was trimmed and added for the window and heart confetti was thrown in side.  I probably could have used a bit more confetti, but I wasn't opening this back up to add it.  It is what it is :)

The background uses the Happy Heart embossing folder.  What's cool about this folder is that you can use the front of the piece for an embossed look (as shown) or the back for a debossed look.  Both are equally cute!

Item# 137364 Happy Heart Embossing Folder $7.50
Item# 136835 Another Thank You $16.00
If you'd like to add any of these to your collection, pop me an email or click on the 'Order Online' badge in the top right-hand corner.  Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Another Thank You
Paper: Melon Mambo, Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla Cardstock; More Amore DSP
Ink: Melon Mambo Classic Pad
Accessories: Happy Heart Embossing Folder, Curly Label Punch, Polaroid Die Cut, Acetate/Transparency, Mounting Tape and Heart Confetti