Highland Heather Blossoms in Bloom

blossoms in Bloom highland heather

I love the Blossoms in Bloom, it’s another distinktive stamp set in the new 2020-2021 Annual Catalog,  because I can achieve a professional watercolor look with just stamps, ink and paper.  It is so easy to create depth by stamping the large flower image in Highland Heather Ink, the smaller blooms in Pacific Point ink and the tiny blooms in Gorgeous Grape ink.  The flower centers were stamped in Daffodil Delight ink.  Using the small and large leaf images, I was able to add leaves in Granny Apple Green ink poking out behind the blooms.  This is a simple card that anyone can make and one that anyone would love to receive.Blossoms in Bloom catalog image

The sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set was stamped in Pacific Point ink on label die cut from Stitched So Sweetly dies.  Itty Bitty Greetings has stamped images for any occasion.  And, the Stitched So Sweetly dies lets me create beautiful tags and frames in a variety of sizes to create a focal point with sentiment.

Our totally transparent photopolymer stamps make it so easy to perfectly place each image and since our stamps cling like crazy to our clear blocks, I didn’t have to worry about stamps slipping off the blocks!  

If you are interested in any of these products, please click here to visit my online store.  If you do not have a Stampin’ Up demonstrator, I would be happy to send you a complementary catalog and to assist you in your paper crafting journey.  Simply send me an email with your contact information, and I get it promptly in the mail to you!

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Water Coloring Breathtaking Bouquets

breathtaking bouquet stamp paper piecing images with stamp case

If  you love to color, then you will love the Breathtaking Bouquet Stamp.  It is so beautiful and so versatile, and you get to practice your favorite coloring techniques. 

breathtaking bouquet watercolor pencils

While the Breathtaking Bouquet stamp makes a fabulous floral background card, it creates another unique and fabulous card when you fussy cut the showy roses as the focal point on your card design.  

breathtaking bouquet stamp paper piecing images

Using my paper snips, I fussy cut the large flowers from Breathtaking Bouquet Stamp and the leaves from To a Wild Rose Stamp Set.  I pieced together a bouquet of flowers, and then used Multipurpose Liquid Glue and dimensionals to hold each piece in place on a piece of So Saffron from Subtles 6×6 Designer Series Paper and matted with Basic Black cardstock.  The birthday sentiment is from the new Sale-a-Bration brochure, and it is called Sending You Thoughts stamp setYou can earn this sentiment stamp set free with a qualifying purchase of $50 or more.

breathtaking bouquet stamp paper piecing with my watercolor pencils

This card was created after first stamping Breathtaking Bouquet stamp using Jet Black Stazon Ink on Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper.  Images were colored with Watercolor Pencils and then I used my aqua painter to blend the color for a watercolor effect.  I just love the results I get using Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper and it dries flat!

breathtaking bouquet stamp paper piecing with to a wild rose leaves

Tips for water coloring the leaves:  First, use a very light touch to color the whole selected leaf image with a Granny Apple Green pencil.  Next, add a much-heavier touch toward the base of the leaf with a Granny Apple Green pencil and lastly add a some darker color to the base with the Old Olive pencil.  When using the aqua painter, start by applying a damp brush to the lightest color and pull that wet color towards the darkest end.   If you need to apply more color, wait until the piece dries a little bit, apply more watercolor pencil and blend the color with your aqua painter.  This technique works well with water coloring the flower petals, too!  When water coloring the whole floral background image, work in small areas and allow each area to dry so that color does not bleed into another area.  Keep a paper towel or tissue handy to lift excess water or to clean your aqua painter brush.  As with any new technique, practice, practice, practice.  Your confidence will grow the more you watercolor.  Here is a close up of the leaves so that you can see the shading achieved using this light-hand, heavy-hand, apply a darker different color technique.

watercolor tip - to a wild rose leaves

Stampin’ Up offers two assortments of watercolor pencils for more coloring options.  Watercolor Pencils can be used with the aqua painter, blender pens or alone by themselves.  The first assortment of Watercolor Pencils is offered in 13-colors:  Basic Black, Basic Gray, Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White.  The second assortment of watercolor pencils is offered in 10-colors:  Balmy Blue, Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry, Flirty Flamingo, Garden Green, Gorgeous Grape, Granny Apple Green, Night of Navy.

breathtaking bouquet stamp paper piecing with my watercolor pencils

Thanks for visiting my blog today.  If I can assist you in your paper crafting adventures, please let me know.  If you would like to purchase any the products used today, simply click on the links provided to visit my on-line store.  

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes in water coloring!



Birthday Bonanza Product Suite

birthday bonanza super supper

These party animals are sure to liven up your crafting bonanza! The Birthday Bonanza Suite Bundle is perfect for birthday cards, treat bags, and parties for all ages.   This product suite comes with photopolymer stamps are easy to stamp in any color and cut out with the coordinating dies, as well as bright designer series paper, ruched ribbon, pompoms in assorted colors and gusseted cellophane bags for party time fun! 

birthday bonanza product suite

The Bonanza Buddies Stamp Set features whimsical animals, confetti patterns and detailed birthday images that are perfect for birthday cards, party favors, and all your birthday creations.  This stamp set coordinates perfectly with the Bonanza Dies so that you can die-cut delightful toucan birds, koalas, lions, tags, balloons and banners to create great cards and fun projects.  When stamps and dies are bundled together, you’ll save 10% when purchasing Birthday Buddies Bundle.

And you can then decorate your projets using the Assorted Mini Pompoms to add a burst of color and texture.  (Note:  These pompoms are best attached using Mini Glue Dots or Multipurpose Liquid Glue.)

This 3″x9″ Printed Gusseted Cellophane Bags are perfect for making cute treats and gifts using Daffodil Delight 1/4″ Ruched Ribbon.  These shiny cellophane bags have white stars printed on them. Just pop a treat or gift into one of these bags, and add a handmade tag you make using ribbon, stamps and dies. 

When you purchase these items between January 3 and March 31, you qualify to receive at least one item free from the Sale-a-bration Brochure.  If you do not have a demonstrator and would like to receive a complementary spring Mini Catalog or a complementary Sale-a-Bration brochure, please message me and I’ll get one to you right away.

Until next time, sending  you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!




Beautiful Days with You

floral essence lisa with wild rose dies

Homemade cards are hugs folded and mailed.  They bring instant joy and happiness to the recepient.  For this card featuring Floral Essence photopolymer stamp set, I combined the softness of Daffodil Delight and Mint Macaroon with Rococo Rose.

While the Floral Essence photopolymer stamp set coordinates perfectly with both the Perennial Flower Punch and the Leaf Punch, I choose to use the delicate leaves from Wild Rose die set for soft color.

floral essence stamp and punches

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Wonderful Moments – Part 2

Wonderful MomentsWonderful Moments in Rich Razzleberry.  The simplicity of this design is the key — bold monochromatic color with a few layers for texture and interest!  

wonderful moments sample with balloons

You can recreate this design with Ruffled Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Designer Series Paper, Shimmery White Cardstock, Classic Label Punch, ink pad, ribbon and an aqua painter.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Creating a Pop of Color with Pop of Petals

Pop of petals samples

Hello my crafty friends.  If you’re looking to create beautiful projects with pops of color in a plethora of colors, please consider the Pop of Petals bundle.

pop of petals bundle

I love bundles with stamps and coordinating punches.  When combined with different color inks, the punch adds that extra wow factor.  Here is a design I created for a recent card swap using Pop of Petals Bundle.

pop of petals onstage

This color combination is so cheerful:  Highland Heather, Pineapple Punch, Grapefruit Grove, Coastal Cabana and Pear Pizzazz.  And, the sentiment stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink from Butterfly Gala stamp set just pops against the Whisper White cardstock. The flowers are popped up with dimensionals.

Save 10% on this bundle when ordering Pop of Petals Bundle before June 2nd.  While the Pop of Petals stamp set and Four-Petal Flower Punch carryover into the new catalog, the bundle pricing does not!  If you are interested in any of these products, simply click on the links provided to visit my on-line store.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!



Simple Card with a Punch!

butterfly gala inky angels

The focal point of this card design is the Butterfly Duet punch!  Here a piece of Garden Impressions DSP peaks through the punched butterfly images from a scrap piece of matted Whisper White cardstock.

butterfly gala inky angels close up

Tips & Tricks #1 – Cut Whisper White piece 2-1/2″x4″ and Basic Black piece 2-3/4″x4-1/4″, attach the two pieces together then punch.  Punching through two pieces of cardstock requires more pressure to punch but it can be done.  Alternatively, you can cut the Whisper White piece the same length as the Basic Black piece, and then trim 1/4″ off the bottom of the Whisper White piece so that it is the correct size.   Align the punched opendings and attach using snail adhesive.  Once you have your punch piece matted, then stamp sentiment.

Tips & Tricks #2 – Use Stampin Blends to color Frosted & Clear Epoxy Droplets to create custom embellishments that coordinate perfectly!  It only takes a few seconds for the droplets to dry.  Once dry, attached droplets to matted punched piece.

Tips & Tricks #3 – Wrap a piece of 1/8″ Grosgrain ribbon around the matted punched piece and secure from the back side with snail adhesive.  Then tie a faux bow and secure to the ribbon with a mini glue dot.  Be sure to add a second mini glue dot under the ribbon to attach the faux bow to the matted punched piece.

Tips & Tricks #3 – Use dimensionals or foam adhesive strips to pop up the matted punched piece from the Garden Impressions DSP piece.  Next add a few more matted layers to create a wow factor.

butterfly gala inky angels

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes that pack a punch!





A Facebook Find – Amazing Life

Amazing Life FB1 (2)
Hello, everyone! 
These Amazing Life cards were designed by Tanya Rees, another member of Stampin’ Up’s 2019 Artisan Design Team and featured on the Stampin’ Up Facebook page.  
Amazing Life FB2
Each card uses two techniques:  (1) one-on-tone stamping technique to create the stamped background by repeatedly stamping an image on cardstock using the same color ink or VersaMark ink; and (2) heat embossing the stamped sentiment and a few stamped images with embossing powder and fussy cutting them with her paper snips.  
Amazing Life FB3 (2)
I love how Tanya uses these doilies in her designs — to draw your eye to the focal point that birthday cake. 
The fussy-cut cake image and the word cake were colored with markers.  The words “too short” were stamped with VersaMark ink on Balmy Blue cardstock and then heat embossed with white embossing powder and her heat tool
Plus, the little extra detail was added to the sentiment panel with that sweet scalloped edgelit die from the Be Mine Stitched Framelits.
Amazing Life FB4
The same techniques were repeated on this second card.  Here, Tanya used VersaMark ink for the tone-on-tone background.  When VersaMark ink dries, it leaves a watermark for creating that tone-on-tone effect.  The word “life” was stamped with VersaMark ink on Petal Pink cardstock and heat set with white embossing powder and heat tool
The flower images were stamped on Whisper White cardstock using Jet Black Stazon ink, colored and fussy cut to create extra embellishments.  And, once again, she repeated that little extra detail for the sentiment panel using that sweet scalloped edgelit die from the Be Mine Stitched Framelits.
Amazing Life FB5 (2)
For this last card, Tanya used the four-leaf clover images stamped in Jet Black Stazon ink on the Lemon Lime Twist piece of Gingham Gala designer series paper.  Here the doily is partially hidden so that the sentiment is showcased with a circle diecut from the Stitched Shapes Framelit dies as the focal point.  
I love how each card of Tanya’s three cards complements each other, but they are all so different!  
Tanya and I invites you to Copy and Share Everything (CASE) her designs and techniques to create these projects using the Amazing Life stamp set, or to Copy and Selectively Edit (another definition of CASE) using your favorite stamps.
Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!

Coloring Fun and Humming Along

humming along samplesIf you love coloring, these images of a  cheerful hummingbird and a gorgeous flower are delightful to color.  You are sure to make wonderful projects with the Humming Along cling stamp set and the coordinating Hummingbird Framelits Dies.  Purchase these two coordinating products in the Humming Along Bundle and save 10%. 

humming along bundle image

This bundle is sure to inspire the beginner stamper, the casual stamper and the advanced stamper.  Stay tuned for more inspiration with Humming Along Bundle.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!