You’ve Got This

Stampin’ Blends are just so easy to color with especially when working with nice big flower from You’ve Got This stamp set.  The other night, I stamped the flower with Tuxedo Black Memento ink on thick Whisper White cardstock and enjoyed experimenting with the various markers.  Each and every flower looked terrific, so I matted them to create four cards!

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For the flower on the left, I started with Light Pool Party, then added Dark Pool Party and Light Night of Navy to deepen the color at the bottom of each petal. 

For the flower on the right, I started with light Pink Pirouette — but switched to light Rich Razzleberry instead.  Then I added light and dark Cherry Cobbler to deepen the color at the bottom of each petal.

The Stampin’ Blends can be purchased individually, in a combination pack of light and dark shades or in a full set.  The dual tips — brush tip and fine tip — make blending a breeze.  The brush tip lays down a good wet base coat of color of the lightest shade.  Next lay down a darker shade using light flicks – flicking and lifting the marker from the darker creases towards the lighter shade.  Then use the fine tip of the lightest shade to blend out the darker shade using small circular motions.  

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There is also a Color Lifter marker — its colorless solution moves and pulls color from images you colored to add highlights and dimension.  This is a must have item!

There are also two skin tone markers — in Ivory and BronzeWhen combined with light Pink Pirouette, light Crumb Cake and light Smokey Slate — you can blend any color skin tone.

The Stampin’ Blends Collection of 27 markers will make a great Christmas gift to yourself — or right my name and phone number on your Christmas Wish List — and I’ll see that you have a Merry Christmas!

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






Random Act of Kindness

random act of kindness is any action designed to offer kindness towards the outside world. The phrase “practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty” was written by Anne Herbert on a place mat in Sausalito, California in 1982.  Ten years later, Anne published a book, entitled Random Acts of Kindness, speaking about true stories of acts of kindness.

Today, RAKtivists are changing the world through random acts of kindness.   


‘RAKtivist’ is short for ‘Random Acts of Kindness activist’ – a kindness ambassador who inspires others with hope, kindness and generosity through their actions.   RAKtivists are everywhere.  The stranger who stops to hold the door open for a young mother with her hands full.  The commuter who offers their bus seat to an elderly passenger.  The person who leaves behind painted rocks for others to find.  The crafter who sends cards to brighten someone’s day.   Yes, you are a RAKtivist!

Recently, I received two RAK cards from other Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.  These are ladies that I have never met – but they choose to send crafting hugs to me.  I literally did the happy dance at the mailbox.  I couldn’t wait to open a crafting hug to me!

This card uses the “Crafting Forever” stamp set.  

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And this card uses “Oh So Eclectic” bundle.

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World Kindness Day – November 13, 2017

While we should probably celebrate kindness every day, the official day is Monday, November 13th.  So mark your calendar & get ready to spread lots of kindness!

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



Sneak Peek Video: Wood Textures Suite

Thanks for stopping by!  

Here is a short 5-minute video introducing you to the Wood Textures Suite, that will be available June 1st.  This charming suite of products will add the rustic look to your projects.  It is a great option for masculine cards and projects.  And, the wood patterned paper stack will add that special design element for die cutting little crates to package treats for family and friends.

Here are two very different cards that I made using Wood Words stamp set that is part of this product suite.  The card on the left uses Copper Stampin’ Embossing Powder, Old Olive and Pumpkin Pie markers, and some Linen Thread.  For the card on the right, I created a focal point by ruffling and sandwiching the Very Vanilla Lace Trim between two die cut ovals from Stitched Shape Framelits.  The lace is held securely in place with Fast Fuse.  Both cards have a homey, country flare that is sure to brighten someone’s day!

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



Want Squeaky Clean Stamps & Fingers?

Try The Absorber!  I first learned about this amazing product from Amanda Fowler at InspiringInkin.comI was intrigued by her 10-minute video which showed how well The Absorber worked on cleaning all kinds of stamps:  clear-mount, wood-mount and photopolymer stamps. Best yet, the Absorber is re-useable and will not transfer the wiped ink back to your hands. It cleans your stamps with just water, so nothing harmful will come in contact with your stamps.


Needless to say, I had to try it and … I loved it!  While I still use my Stampin Scrub to clean and condition my stamps, the Absorber is very convenient for wiping ink smudges off your acrylic blocks, your MISTI, your hands or your crafting table!  It is lint-free, so it is really wonderful for cleaning and drying your photopolymer stamps so they won’t lose their cling quality.

The Absorber is a synthetic cloth that stays damp when stored.  After a busy day of crafting, it may dry out sitting on your craft table.  Simply wet it under the sink faucet and squeeze out the extra water, and it is ready to use again!

Heeding Amanda’s warning to not waste my money on other similar products, I ordered The Absorber from Amazon because my local Wal-Mart did not carry it.  The cloth measures 27”x17”, which I easily trimmed into eight handy-sized pieces (about 7”x 8” each).  One piece is ready to use and is stored in a small plastic container on my desk.  The other seven pieces are stored in the original plastic tube for future use during a workshop.

I would certainly recommend The Absorber for your craft room.  It is so convenient and it eliminates the waste of baby wipes.  If you try it, leave a comment and let me know how you liked it!

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Until next time, happy crafting!


P.S.  A big thank you to Amanda Fowler at for graciously allowing me to post her wonderful video!  


After 15+ years of paper crafting, I have a well-stocked craft room!!  LOL!!  It is certainly my happy place where I make lots and lots of cards.


A trick that I have learned is to only make the card front in advance – because the card front takes the most time to create.  When I need a card, I look through my stash of card fronts – select the perfect one and then personalize the rest of the card for the recipient!  This provides me with a lot of flexibility!!

First, this provides me with the option to change the size of the card at a later date.  Most of the time, I make an A7-sized card – which is a typical size of a purchased greeting card.  There are times when I make an A2-sized card for a quick note.  And when making a birthday card or a sympathy card for the office, an A9-sized card is more appropriate because it provides more white space for my coworkers to write messages to the card recipient.

Second, this provides me with the option of using my computer to create and print the perfect message on the blank card base.  While I have lots and lots of sentiment stamps, there are many occasions that require something unique!  Composing the message on the computer helps me to organize my thoughts for a more complete and personal message.

And the last benefit, storing only card fronts requires half the storage space!  It only takes a few minutes to add a coordinating stamped image on the inside of the card blank, mount the card front on the card blank and to create the coordinating envelope.   Using this method of creating only card fronts, I never have to re-make a card or throw away a coordinating envelope!

To protect my stored card fronts, I purchase these 5”x7” clear plastic envelope sleeve from Clear Bags (100 bags for about $8).  These bags are archival quality, acid and lignin free, and USPS approved for mailing.

To help me remember what products I used when making those card fronts, I created this cheat sheet as a quick reference.  I simply jot down the products used and any tips for making the card front.  This makes my life easier when I finishing the card at a later date.  I simply store the cheat sheets, the card front and any duplicate card fronts in the same clear envelop sleeve.  Now I know exactly which stamps, inks and cardstock that I used and I can quickly stamp the coordinating images on the inside of the card and create a coordinating envelope.template-for-blog-photo-image-notes

Important tip:  Use the back side of the cheat sheet to:  1) annotate the card recipients – so that no one gets the same card twice; 2) record measurements of cardstock pieces – just in case you want to create the same card front again; and 3) document your inspiration for the piece – if you participated in a challenge or CASEed a particular card design from another crafter.

Click here to download a copy of the cheat-sheet.  It prints four on one sheet of computer paper.  I keep a stack of these cheat sheets on hand for the next time I’m creating in the craft room.

Until next time, happy crafting!