World Cardmaking Day!

Yes! World Cardmaking day is THIS SATURDAY! (Oct. 7th, 2017)  It is already a busy day for me, but I will definitely be devoting time to making a few new cards from my latest Stampin’ Up! order!  While it is too late to get your order delivered before World Cardmaking day, Stampin’ Up! is having some specials through October 10th that you can still take advantage of!  You can download the flyer here: World Cardmaking Day Flyer

Message me if you would like to place an order – or click on the “Shop Online” button!

What will YOU be making on World Cardmaking Day???

When life gives you lemons…

Me and my bright ideas!  I loved this stamp set, especially since there are two punches that coordinate with it – the 1-3/4″ Circle punch and the Lemon Builder punch.  🙂  My first quandary was finding a yellow ink pad that would be bright enough – after several lackluster attempts, I decided to use my yellow acrylic paint (Jacquard Neopaque), and painted the stamp.  (If you use acrylic paints on your stamps, you MUST CLEAN them immediately!). STILL not bright enough even on black, so I painted over the stamped image with more yellow.  A little better, and a bit of a shine, so that was good too.  I stamped the lemon with So Saffron on very vanilla paper just for the image shape, and then painted over that with the yellow acrylic.  I needed a little shadow, so I tapped my (clean) paintbrush on the Delightful Dijon inkpad and Lemon Zest #143808 $20.00added it to the still-wet yellow acrylic on the lemon – worked like a charm!  The leaves were stamped with Emerald Envy and then I added a little Old Olive with my paintbrush for some contrast.  Finally, I embossed the lemon and both leaves THREE times with clear embossing powder to get that bumpy, glossy texture on the lemon and a glossy shine on the leaves.  The sentiment was embossed with white embossing powder.  I think this card looks VERY zesty!!!  When Life gives YOU lemons, what do you do?

National Watermelon Day!!!

Today is National Watermelon Day!!! No Watermelon Stamp in the current catalog so I masked half of the paper and used 2 stamps from “Eastern Beauty” for the outside with Cucumber Crush ink, Versamark ink and white embossing powder for the rind, lightly sponged with some more Cucumber Crush, and then heavier sponging with Watermelon Wonder ink (of course!). Drew some seeds with my black Project Life journaling pen and added a sentiment (also from Eastern Beauty), cut out the Watermelon and popped it on top! You like?

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Christmas in July Merry Mice

The mice in the Merry Mice stamp set are just adorable!  Perfect for one of my favorite techniques, masking! First I stamped the three little mice image and used markers and my blender pen to color them up.  Then I stamped the mice again on plain white paper and fussy cut each one out, dabbed a little snail on the back and pressed over the corresponding mouse in the card front.  I stamped my Trees (from Totally Trees) on top and spritzed some going grey re-inker mixed with water over it all.  Not thrilled with the big spots, and I think if I do the card again I will test the sprayer out first until I get a more consistent SMALL dot coverage! After I peeled the masks off, Voila! The mice look like they are marching in front of a forest, or even carrying the trees along with them.   The sentiment also comes with the Merry Mice stamp set.

What would you do for a background for these little merry mice?


Christmas in July Totally Trees

Christmas in July Totally Trees

One more “Christmas in July” card, this one with the “Totally Trees” stamp set which has awesome images of trees for all seasons!  I particularly like this fir tree image because it is so simple and graphic.    I stamped the tree image 4 times with versamark ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.  There is also a “precipitation” stamp in the set, which I interpreted as snow, adding white pen dots inside the images (they are little circles, actually), but I suppose you could call them rain drops too.  The sentiment comes from “Merry Mice” stamp set and the ribbon is the new “Finely Woven Ribbon” in Tranquil Tide.

What would your favorite holiday tree stamp be for Christmas in July?

Christmas in July Colorful Seasons

A few weeks ago I talked about having a “To Go” stamping kit.  Well, I had TO GO to that kit for today’s card because I was away from my studio!  I also had just received my “goodies” from the new catalog – I always order all the paper, inkpads, reinkers and markers from the new colors, along with a stamp set or two and maybe a few of the new embellishments.  So I was well set to make a card, but a Christmas card?…uhhh not so much!  I did have some Dapper Denim cut into card layers, a piece of watercolor paper, Very Vanilla cut into A2 cards, and a Dapper Denim inkpad, a versamark inpad, an empty spritzer, white embossing powder and my embossing gun in my kit.  I also had the Foxy Friends Stamp set – it is so cute and I have been wanting to use it for a while.  I had purchased the new Colorful Seasons stampset which has a couple of snowflake stamps, which I stamped and embossed on the watercolor paper.  Then I spritzed the water color paper with a good drench of water, pressed an acrylic block several times on my Dapper Denim inkpad, spritzed that with water and let it drip onto the watercolor paper, and spritzed the watercolor paper again just to get that blue ink moving all over the paper.  I dried it with the embossing gun and set it under a book to dry flat.  I used the Trees from the Foxy Friends stamp set and stamped with the new Tranquil Tide inkpad, fussy cutting them out.  (I am going to LOVE that Green/Blue shade this year!)  I cut a little banner using a sentiment from Colorful Seasons, and tied a bow using the new Mini Chevron ribbon in Old Olive, and Voila’!  A Holiday Card!  A note about the ribbon – it is one of the nicest ribbons Stampin’ Up! has offered – so soft!  Sadly only 3 colors so far, though (Old Olive, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry).  I am definitely going to use this ribbon on some of my sewing projects!

And that’s it!  Another holiday card, “on the go” this time, totally unplanned, but it didn’t take long to come together once I paired the snowflakes with the trees.  Click on the “Shop Online” button to order Colorful Seasons and Foxy Friends if you want to recreate this card – or just about any card – they are both so versatile! …and remember, a $50 purchase will earn a $5 reward to spend in August!

Christmas in July?

“Christmas in July?”, you ask… Not one but TWO Christmas presents in July! First, start earning Bonus Days coupons to use in August! Here’s the deal: for every $50 you spend July 1–31 (before shipping and tax), you’ll get a $5 Bonus Days coupon that can be used August 1–31.  Second, start your holiday cards HERE!  I’ve got holiday card ideas galore coming your way this month!

Here’s one with the Flurry of Wishes Stamp set and dies, Real Red cardstock, Gold Glimmer Paper, Vellum and Pearl Basic Jewels, and Mini Sequin Trim!  

And here’s what’s coming in August!  You’ll be able to PRE-ORDER a brand-new holiday card BUNDLE for 10% off, AND use those Bonus Days coupons too!

Are you ready for Christmas in July? Contact me or click on the Shop Online button to start earning Bonus Days Coupons!

June 19th – National Kissing Day!

Who knew there was even a National Kissing Day??? …and the day after Father’s Day – coincidence? I think NOT!
I’ve created a special card – and believe it or not – only ONE Stamp!!! “I adore you” is a sweet sentiment from the new Graceful Garden stamp set in our brand new 2017-2018 catalog (#143849, photopolymer, $19) AND I actually KISSED the card with my favorite RED lipstick! I stamped the sentiment with Basic Gray ink on Shimmery White cardstock and added a narrow margin of Basic Gray cardstock all around for the second layer. The card base is Real Red, to match my lipstick. I guarantee that if you give this card to your special someone, there will be some KISSING that will ensue!
So what do YOU have planned for National Kissing Day?

Stamping on the Go!

Sometimes I am on the GO and along the way have some down time.  What to do?  While thinking about this, I came up with a Basic Stamping Kit to have with me for just such an occasion.  Now I do have all of these things at home, because I have been stamping for over 10 years, but just in case you are a beginner, I have put together a list of Stampin’ Up products that you would need to create this “Stamping on the Go” kit.  (see attachment)

Here is what my “basic” kit would include: 2 sheets each of very vanilla and whisper white cardstock cut in half and folded in half (8 card bases) plus another sheet of each color cut to 5″x 3-3/4″, matching envelopes (4 each color), Sponge Daubers, Black pen, Stamp Pads (Black, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Night of Navy, Real Red, Crushed Curry), matching cardstock, cut to 5-1/4″ x 4″ (4 sheets each), Snail adhesive and a refill, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Paper Snips, Clear “E” block (I mostly use photopolymer stamps), Stampin’ Mist and a Stampin’ Scrub. These would probably all fit in a shoe-box size container.  I would also pull a couple of my favorite stamps for birthdays or florals.  That would keep me busy for several hours at least!  I do like to layer my cards, hence the colored card stock cut to size – so the card would be the base, a colored layer, and then another layer the same color as the base which I would stamp on.  I also stamp the back flap and front corner of the envelope with a coordinating image from the stamp set.

Now that you have seen MY “Basic Stamping Kit”, what would YOU use to Stamp on the Go?

Say Something Nice Day!

Who knew?  June 1st is “Say Something Nice Day”!  The nicest thing I can say today (with some crazy excitement thrown in) is that it is the first day of our NEW CATALOG!


Yes, every year Stampin’ Up introduces 5 new colors, that will stay around for 2 years.  Sometimes they come back and go into the “Permanent” collection, but they are here for at least 2 years.  This year’s new colors: Powder Pink, Fresh Fig, Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist and Tranquil Tide! – Just LOOOOVE the Lemon Lime Twist!

Last year’s colors are still good for another year (Thank Goodness – because that Flirty Flamingo is so NOW!)

Would you like something nice?  Message me and I’ll send you a CATALOG!!!   Then you can say something nice TOO!