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Friday, March 23, 2018

Red Fish

Father, Dad, Pop, Grandfather, you know that special person who sets the best example he can. Here is a card to honor him on Father's Day.

If he enjoys fishing or if he loves eating fish then this card is perfect for him. The inside of the card is left blank for your own special words. The materials I used to make this card are as follows.

Stamps: By the Tide, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Mint Macaron A-2, Whisper White 5 1/4 x 4 + Scraps (fish)
Ink: Mint Macaron, Archival Basic Black, Markers: Perfect Plum, Real Red
Technique: Fussy Cutting
Accessories: Dimensionals, Paper Snips, Adhesive

This is a quick and easy card to create. The fish are stamped separately, so you can make and color as many as you like in any color you wish. Then fussy cut them out and add them using dimensionals. The background marine plants were stamped with Mint Macaron. I used Archival Basic Black for the greeting and then adhered the Whisper White onto the Mint Macaron base.

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Praying Rose

Here is a lovely sympathy card. This rose can last forever.

Stamps: Rose Wonder
Paper: Melon Mambo A-2, Basic Black 5 1/8 x 3 7/8, Brights Designer Series Paper 5 1/4 x 4, Watercolor 5 x 3 3/4
Ink: Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Jet Black StazOn
Technique: Watercolor
Accessories: Rose Garden Thinlits Dies, Aqua Painter, Fine Tip Glue Pen, Adhesive, Big Shot, Bone Folder

The wonderful thing about watercoloring is that you can dilute colors or use them as bright and vibrant as you like. When you are sending a sympathy card, you and the receiver are more than likely saddened by the circumstances. So, liven the situation a bit with some bright colors and a beautiful rose that will last as long as the recipient wants.

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Monday, March 5, 2018

Pomegranate Birthday

Here is a card for that unique lady who is celebrating a birthday. Let me know what you think.

Stamps: Beautiful You
Paper: Purely Pomegranite A-2, Basic Black 5 1/4 x 4, Whisper White 5 1/4 x 4 (inside) & 5 x 3 3/4
Ink: Basic Black, Basic Gray, Purely Pomegranite
Technique: 2-step Stamping
Accessories: Stamparatus, Aqua Painter, Adhesive

There is always one who stands out from the crowd. This is definitely one way to show someone how special they truly are with all of their wonderful gifts. I used the new SU tool: Stamparatus. Like our stamp-a-ma-jig it is used for perfect placement. This wonderful tool will be available in the next annual catalog.

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Saturday, March 3, 2018

Celebrate You

Do you like SIMPLE?

Stamps: None (die cut coordinates with Amazing You Set)
Paper: Rich Razzleberry A-2, Copper Polka Dot Triangles, Basic Black 5 1/4 x 4, Copper Foil 2 x 5
Ink: None
Accessories: Celebrate You Thinlits Dies, Adhesive

The copper polka dot triangles are from the July 2016 Paper Pumpkin kit. I personally did not need the small boxes that the kit intended for us. So, I cut up the pieces on the score lines and played with the pieces. This is one of the cards that I made using the triangles. I glued the triangles onto a basic black piece of card stock and then onto the card base. I then cut the sentiment out of the copper foil and adhered it to the card.

The wonderful thing about Paper Pumpkin is that if you don't like what the kit is intended to make, you use your creativity and create something entirely different. If you need help, just check out the you tube channel for alternate projects, and you'll find plenty to inspire you.

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Alternate Paper Pumpkin Ideas - July 2016

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Each month we are suprised to see what is included for that month. Is it a project, cards, gift card holders, or something entirely surprising? We are guaranteed to receive a stamp set and a stamping spot (ink - no color is repeated in 12 months). Stampin' Up! includes plenty of supplies, so you are able to build quite a collection of items for future use.

Of course, nothing is ever perfect. On occasion you may receive a kit you simply dislike or can't use. In that case, you can resort to You Tube and search for alternate projects, or you can get creative yourself. Either way, you will have a new stamp set, ink, and plenty of new supplies. Below are two cards I made from the July 2016 Paper Pumpkin kit.

"Bow Tie Gems"


Stamps: What a Gem
Paper: Emerald Envy A-2, Very Vanilla 5 1/4 x 4 + 3 1/4 x 5 1/2, Black Tie Optional DSP 1 3/4 x 4 1/2 (2pcs), Copper Foil 1 3/4 x 4 1/2, Triangles from Paper Pumpkin Kit
Ink: Emerald Envy
Accessories: Bow Builder Punch, Glue Dots, Copper Dotted Washi Tape, Adhesive

I made my three bows, then put my 3 sets of triangles together with a glue dot. I measured these on my grid paper to make sure they were 3" in length. I built my card from the bottom up. First the base of the card. Then I added the washi tape on both end. Next, I glued on my very vanilla strip. I added the top pair of triangles, then the bottom pair, and lastly, filled in the middle with the middle pair of triangles. I stamped my three sentiments and the gem at the bottom. Finally I added the three bow ties with glue dots. I hope you like it.

"Beaded Christmas"


Stamps: A Greeting for all Reasons, Festive Favorites
Paper: Emerald Envy A-2, Whisper White 5 1/4 x 4, Triangles from Paper Pumpkin Kit
Ink: Archival Basic Black, Soft Sky, Early Espresso Marker
Accessories: Clear Faceted Gems, 22" Red Holiday Trim, 12" Green Holiday Trim, 1/8" Hand-held Punch, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Fast Fuse, Adhesive

I first punched holes in the triangles. I added glue dots to the back of them to hold the trim in place on the back. I threaded the holiday trim through and gluded three triangles together: one on top of the other. I colored in the trunk of the tree, added my greeting, and the red bow. The gem is adhered with a glue dot on the top. Lastly, I added snow with the Soft Sky Ink.

As you can see, there are many different ways to use the supplies from a kit if you are not happy with its original intent. Originally, this kit consisted of uncommon shaped boxes in two sizes to fill with chocolates or small goodies. Since I had no use for these I cut up the small boxes on all of the crease marks. I will continue to create more cards with the pieces. I might actually get many more cards than the original number of boxes. Yeah, me!

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Musical Cats

Here is a retired stamp combined with the new cat punch. It's a great way to say thank you.

Stamps: Tag Time
Paper: Whisper White 6 x 7 scored @3 1/2 + 1 3/4" Square, Basic Black & Basic Gray 2 1/4 x 2, Merry Music DSP 3 x 3, Glimmer Paper 2" Square
Ink: Archival Basic Black
Accessories: Cat Punch, 1 1/2" Circle Punch, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, Glue Dots, Adhesive

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Quiet Life

Do you remember the time when you had a yard to play, no privacy fences, and your closest neighbor was one of your best friends? Life was simple with less stress. When I first saw this image of a cozy cottage it brought back memories of outdoor fun with the neighborhood playing football, Red-Rover, or just plain tag. There were no street bumps on the street, and it was safe to be outside with everyone.

Stamps: Cozy Cottage
Paper: Flirty Flamingo A-2, Basic Black 5 1/4 x 4, Glossy White 5 x 3 3/4
Ink: Brushos - Moss Green, Yellow, Prussian Blue, Brilliant Red      Jet Black StazOn, Old Olive Classic Ink
Technique: Watercolor
Accessories: Water Spritzer, Aqua Painter, Adhesive

I began with my piece of glossy white and decided to create a general background with my brushos. So, I spritzed the glossy paper with water, tapped the different Brushos onto the semi-wet paper, added a tad more water and set it off to dry. Once dried, I spritzed more water and did a light layer of Old Olive in where some white was coming through. I set that to dry. Then I inked my cozy cottage image with Jet Black StazOn and stamped it. I then added the stoned fence on the front with the StazOn ink.

I decided not to add a sentiment so that I can use it for whatever purpose I need. I may add a sentiment before sending it out. Who knows? For now, it is going into my all occasion category. This is quite easy to make. The hardest part is waiting for the background to dry. Also, no two backgrounds will ever be identical. So, this is truly one of a kind card.

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Saturday, February 3, 2018

Make Me Happy

"Hello, how are you?" How often do we hear this and how often do we ask someone? Do we really want to know? Do we really want to be truthful? There are many things in our lives that may influence our feelings, including everyone around us, but ultimately how you feel is up to you. Studies show that those who are happy live longer than those who are NOT happy. So, CHOOSE HAPPY! Here is a card to give to those who influence your feeling happy.

These are the people you love and want to keep close to you. This does make a beautiful Valentine card as well.

Stamps: Happy Wishes
Paper: Elegant Eggplant A-2, Watercolor 2 1/4 x 4 1/4, Red Glitter 1/2 x 4 1/4, Whisper White 5 1/4 x 4 (Inside)
Ink: Markers: Basic Black, Real Red, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum, Brushos: Yellow, Gamboge, Brilliant Red
Technique: Watercolor
Accessories: White Tea Lace Paper Doilies, Rhinestones, Hearts Border Punch, Adhesive

I started with my watercolor paper. I sprinkled Brushos on it, and then spritzed it with water. After it dried, I decided to add a tad more. I then dried it with my heat tool. Next, I colored directly onto the happy stamp with my markers. To finish off the watercolor piece I stamped the "you make me so" in basic black. The red glitter piece is actually left over from a previous project. I needed red glitter hearts and had used the hearts border punch. Since, I never throw anything away, I decided to add the strip to the bottom. The hearts being purple now. The white tea lace doily was used on the bottom of the watercolor piece strickly for aesthetic reasons. I think it works. Lastly, I added the rhinestones.

Sale-A-Bration is on until March 31, 2018. This happy stamp is part of the Happy Wishes set that can only be earned with a qualifying order. Hit the SHOP NOW button for more details.

All cards are $3 each. If you would like to purchase any of them or have any questions, just click on the CONTACT ME link by my name above and fill out the short form. Thank you for your interest.


Friday, January 26, 2018


How often do you stop and admire the beauty around you? Here is a scenic card that I created using the new Waterfront stamp set.

Stamps: Waterfront, In the Trees
Paper: Pool Party A-2, Watercolor 5 1/4 x 4
Ink: Soft Sky, Night of Navy, Tuxedo Black Memento, Wisteria Wonder, Pool Party, Whisper White
Technique: Watercoloring
Accessories: Aqua Painter, Adhesive

These stamps really do all of the work for you. They are shaded and blured, so the look of the stamp set is watercolor. I blended and blured some of the lines more with my aqua painter. I did find that I will need to be a bit more careful to not smudge the black ink in places where it doesn't really belong. Oh well, that's one of the things that makes each card unique.

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