Moonlight Tropics using Waterfront

Masking and sponging — all that’s necessary to make this moonlight tropical scene with the Waterfront photopolmer stamp set.

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To create this card, you will need a post-it note pad, a 1-1/2 inch circle punch, a sponge cut into wedges, and aqua painter and Soft Sky, Dapper Denim and Tuxedo Black Memento ink pads.  I created a mask for the moon by punching a 1-1/2 inch circle out of a sticky end of a post-it note. 

To create my scene, I placed the circle post-it note on a piece of Soft Sky cardstock.  Then, I lightly sponged Soft Sky ink around the moon and sponged Dapper Denim ink to create darker sky towards the top of the piece.

I used the straight edge of the post-it note, Memento ink and the long stamp from Waterfront stamp.  A little sponging above the island created the illusion of distance.  And, then stamped the palm trees in Memento ink. 

The water was created by inking up the water image with Soft Sky and brushing it with my aqua painter before stamping the image.  I also picked up some ink from the lid to create the horizon and to add some additional color with my aqua painter.  

The sentiment was added Memento ink from the Picture Perfect Stamp Set.  The edges of the moonlight stamped piece were sponged with Memento ink, matted on Whisper White cardstock and mounted on a retired piece of designer series paper.

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



Join My Team For the Best Deal

The Best Deal

  • Purchase the Starter Kit, choose $125 in product and only pay $99!
  • During Sale-a-Bration, get two additional stamp sets FREE with your Starter Kit – your choice from both the Annual and new Occasions catalogs.
  • Your Starter Kit ships for FREE! That is an additional 10% savings!
  • Enjoy your kit with NO STRINGS ATTACHED and NO OBLIGATION to make any future purchases.
  • If you should decide to place another order for yourself, you will receive a 20% discount on all future orders!
  • If someone places an order with you, you’ll earn a 20% commission and will continue to receive this benefit on customer orders while you remain active as a Demonstrator.
  • If you love Stampin’ Up! products and plan on purchasing more than $99 worth in the coming months, there is an amazing deal! So, be a smart shopper, get a discount on your crafting supplies, have fun, make new friends – and enjoy all these benefits and more!

Why sign up to my team?

  • I am available to assist you 24/7 as a friend, mentor and coach with info, ideas, and support.
  • You will have access to ALL of my class offerings for inspiration and pampering.
  • You will be a part of a larger local community of demonstrators.

What are the Perks?

  • You will receive a 20% discount on all Stampin’ Up! products (both retail and sale prices). And, that discount has the potential to grow to 25% as your sales grow.
  • You will enjoy sneak peeks of all the wonderful new products and have the chance to purchase and play with them before anyone else!
  • You will be invited to Demonstrator ONLY gatherings such as ON STAGE (twice a year) and local monthly meetings where loads of creative ideas, business tips and products are shared.
  • You will have the opportunity to meet and to make new friends with other creative people at Stampin’ Up! events, online communities and our local events.
  • You will get paid to do what you already love to do! You will get to share your passion for stamping and make some money – doing it your way and on your schedule!
  • You will receive Stampin’ Success magazine subscription for FREE with more creative ideas for inspiration, classes, simple make and takes and business tips.
  • You will receive a complimentary copy of every new catalog for FREE.
  • As a new demonstrator, you have a chance to earn Flex Points and more free product with the QUICK START PROGRAM. Stampin’ Up! makes it easy for you to build your business with all the products and supplies you need.
  • You will have access to a wealth of knowledge at your fingertips in the Demonstrator’s on-line website.
  • You will be invited to join Stampin’ Connection, an on-line resource where other demonstrators from around the world share inspiration, class ideas, tutorials and business tips which can be tailored for your use.
  • You have the option to treat Stampin! Up as a hobby or to grow it into a profitable business.
  • You will have access to me, my experience and my creative endeavors. I am available to support you with guidance and advice, especially in the areas of crafting, teaching workshops, event planning and blogging.
  • You get to choose all the products for your Starter Kit such as those must have and those wish list items from the current Annual and Occasions catalogs, plus Stampin’ Up! Corporate Office will send you the other business items that you will need to get started as a demonstrator.

I would love to have you join my team.   Email me at if you have questions, I would be happy to answer you.  

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


Thank You, My Friends!

I want to thank you for all of your support during the past year — attending stamp camps and workshops, following my blog, sending lovely comments, and sharing your creations with me.  The past year has been an amazing journey!  When I took a leap of faith of becoming your Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I had no idea how much fun I would have nor did I realize just how important your friendship is to me.  I love having the opportunity to connecting with each of you on so many levels — by getting to know you better, sharing the extraordinary and ordinary moments of your life and enjoying our time crafting together.  Each of you is so very special to me! 

The month of January marks the anniversary of my first stamp camp and it is my birthday!  To help everyone to celebrate with me, you may choose any package of cardstock or designer paper for FREE with your order of $75 or more — plus you still earn the free Sale-a-Bration items.  Everyone loves getting FREE STUFF!  Just contact me with your order before the end of the month!

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To make this card, I stamped Postscript Background stamp in Sahara Sand ink and sponged the edges in Calypso Coral ink.  I stamped flower image from Beautiful Day stamp set in Tuxedo Black Memento ink, and colored it using my Stampin’ Blends.  For the flower, I worked a few petals at a time.  I started with the dark Calypso Coral and blended out with light Calypso Coral, dark Pink Pirouette and light Pink Pirouette.  The leaf was colored with dark Old Olive and blended out with light Old Olive and light Daffodil Delight.  I used the sentiment from Hello Friend stamp set, a few punches and some Wild Wasabi seam binding ribbon.  Because I fell in love with this card, I made extras to send as Thank You cards to those who place an order with me in January.   

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So will you receive this card?  Will you earn free products with the amazing Sale-a-Bration promotion?  Would you like a free paper pack?  Please contact me with your order, or shop on my on-line store using the links provided.

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



Heartfelt Blooms

One of my favorite stamps from the Sale-a-Bration brochure is Heartfelt Blooms stamp set.  It is a very beautiful, photographic stamp image with a vintage look.  It is sophisticated and elegant, yet has a delicate simplicity.  This Distinktive stamp lays down ink with different thicknesses that gives it a finished look with lots of depth and detail. 

It is stunning as one-step project — stamped in one color such as Elegant Eggplant with some Bermuda Bay accents.

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Or, stamped in a neutral color and colored with your favorite coloring method.  

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Or step up with design using multiple colors.  Here, I created a background paper by stamping the floral image in Crumb Cake ink on Crumb Cake cardstock.  The floral spray was stamped in Pear Pizzazz on the Whisper While card front.  Next, I colored the daisy and stamped it on Whisper White cardstock scraps in Peekaboo Peach,  Sweet Sugarplum and Marina Mist inks.  The daisy center was colored with Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends.  The three daisies were mounted on the card front, with two daisies popped up with Dimensionals.  

heart blooms with colorful daisies

Heartfelt Blooms stamp set is FREE with a $50 purchase from now until March 31st.  Contact me to learn more.

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



Guy Greetings – Two Different Ways

My favorite masculine stamp set is Guy Greetings.  With its retro look, it is perfect for making cards to celebrate the men in your life!  I love the line artwork of this stamp set, especially the old car because the men in my life love restoring old cars.  This particular stamp set is available as wood mount, clear mount or photopolymer to match your individual stamping style.

Below, I stamped the classic car three times in Soft Suede on a piece of Wood Textures designer series paper stack, which was subsequently matted with Bermuda Bay and Soft Suede cardstock.  The Stamp-a-ma-jig was used to ensure perfect spacing and alignment of the three cars.  On a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock, I stamped a fourth car, which I colored using a blender pen and Bermuda Bay ink pad for a softer coloring effect and then fussy cut.  The Bermuda Bay card and sentiment are popped up with Dimensionals, and I added a some Bermuda Bay 3/8″ Mini Chevron Ribbon for a little extra pop of color.

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For my second card, I created a background paper using Night of Navy ink and Post Script background stamp for a more vintage vibe.  I sponged the edges and matted this background piece with Night of Navy cardstock to make it pop.  The car was stamped on scrap piece of Whisper White and die cut  and matted using Lots of Labels Framelits dies.  A piece of  Night of Navy 5/8″ Crinkle Seam Binding Ribbon added for a shabby chic appeal and secured with a Mini-Glue Dot under the knot.  

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All of these items are available from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog and can help qualify your to earn more of the things you love for FREE during the Sale-a-Bration promotion.  You earn a FREE Sale-a-Bration product for every $50 you spend (total before shipping and tax) — now through March 31st.  

  1. If you spend $50, you earn one free level 1 product.
  2. If you spend $100, you earn one free level 2 product OR choose two level 1 items.
  3. If you spend $150, you have the option to choose three level 1 items OR one level 1 item and one level 2 item.
  4. If you have a BIG WISH LIST and place an order of $250 or more, you will earn $25 or more in additional Stampin’ Rewards benefits.  

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


Amazing You and Celebrate You Thinlits

We all have some amazing people in our lives and the Amazing You stamp set is perfect for letting them know just what they mean to us.  This Sale-a-Bration stamp set has several sentiments to mix and match in order to create a special message.  And pairing this stamp set with Celebrate You Thinlits Dies, you will create some extra special cards. 

During the Sale-a-Bration promotion, which runs January 3rd through March 31st, you can earn both of these exclusive products for FREE with a qualifying purchase. 

Here,  I used the brush tip of my Stampin’ Blends markers to create a rainbow on a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock.   

First, I drew two straight lines of Night of Navy then drew two straight lines of Bermuda Bay while overlapping some of the Night of Navy.  I continued drawing two lines and overlapping using the remaining colors in rainbow order — Night of Navy, Bermuda Bay, Soft Sky, Pumpkin Pie, Pink Pirouette and Cherry Cobbler.   The Color Lifter was applied to help blend the colors.   Next, I die cut the word “celebrate” taking care to save all the  “insides” of the script letters “e”, “l”, “b”, “r” and “a”.  

I was able to use both the positive and negative of the “celebrate” die cut to make two very different cards.  The Fine-tip Glue Pen made it easy to attach the word “celebrate”.  Although I had to cut a second “celebrate” to help piece together and align the insides of the script letters “e”, “l”, “b”, “r” and “a”. 

A piece of Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets was applied to the backside of Basic Black cardstock before die cutting the word “amazing”.  This double-sided adhesive made it very easy to attach this delicate die cut.  And, the Stamp-a-ma-jig was used to place the word “Let’s” and “YOU”.   The Rhinestone Basic Jewels were colored with Stampin’ Blend markers. 

You can purchase the Stampin Blends marker collection, the Stamp-a-ma-jig, the Fine-Tip Glue Pen and Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets and earn both the Amazing You stamp set and Celebrate You Thinlits dies.  Just click on the links provided or visit my on-line store.

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






Beautiful Day and Brusho Crystal Colours

The Beautiful Day stamp set is one of new offerings in the 2018 Occasions catalog.  It contains two large stained glass images of a lovely flower and artistic butterfly plus two wonderful sentiments.  These large images are perfect experimenting with various coloring techniques!  

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And, Stampin’ Up! is happy to introduce Brusho Crystal Colour to its watercoloring arsenal!  Brusho Crystal Colours offer brilliant and transparent color for water coloring in a myriad of different ways such as wet-on-wet, sprinking, spritzing, spraying and other techniques.  Place a few granules on a painter’s palette, add a drop of water from your aqua painter and paint with them.  Mix a few crystals with a lot of water to make soft watercolor washes.  Mix more crystals with a little water for a more intense color.  Sprinkle crystals directly on water-washed paper and watch the colors burst!  The possibilities are endless, you just need a little imagination and some playtime to experiment. 

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Check out this video to see just how easy it is to work with Brusho Crystal Colours.

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






Let’s Kit Together in 2018

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One of the easiest ways to meet your new year’s resolution to make a card, send a card is to purchase an all-inclusive kit or a project kit from Stampin’ Up.  These kits offer many beautiful designs with amazing quality and value for both beginner & experienced paper crafters.  For beginners, I recommend the all-inclusive kits with easy to follow instructions and all the supplies for making beautiful cards and projects.  For experienced crafters, you have the option of following the instructions exactly or stepping up the design with items from your crafting stash.  Whether you follow the instructions exactly or step-up the design, the recipient is going to love receiving your card!

The new 2018 Occasions catalog and the Sale-a-bration brochure offer you several new kit options.

Lots of Happy Card Kit with refill

Perennial Birthday Project Kit with coordinating Perennial Birthday stamp set

Mixed Medallions Card Kit which is available free with a $50 purchase.

Other four more kit options from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog:  Color Me Happy Project Kit with coordinating Color Me Happy stamp setHello Friend Heat Embossing Project Kit with coordinating Hello Friend stamp set, Oh Happy Day Card Kit and Soft Sayings Card Kit with Refill

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


Stampin’ Up! End of Year End sale ends TONIGHT


Gentle Reminder:  If you have been putting off ordering and thinking you will do so at a later date, it’s probably a good idea to take a look at the Year-End Sales Event which will come to a close tonight at 8:50pm Eastern Time (6:50pm MT).

Remember that while some bundle products are remaining as separates and carrying over, the bundle price discounts won’t be.  Save 10% on the bundle by purchasing tonight!

When they’re gone, they’re gone – so don’t miss out.  Click here to visit my on-line store and shop the Year-End Sales Event for discounted and retired products.  And, check out the Clearance Rack for more amazing deals!

Happy New Year! Thank you for stopping by and for being a part of my life this past year! Your comments are always appreciated and although time doesn’t allow me to respond every day, I want you to know that I read each and every one of them. You fill my heart with joy and make me smile!

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



Sneak Peek: Sale-a-bration Catalog

Earn the amazing Amazing You Stamp Set and Celebrate You Thinlits Dies by Stampin’ Up! for FREE when you make a qualifying purchase during Stampin’ Up!’s annual Sale-A-Bration event.  


The Amazing You stamp set is a Level 1 item, earned for free with a qualifying purchase of $50.  While the Celebrate You Thinlits dies are Level 2 item, earned for free with a qualifying purchase of $100.  Note:  the Celebrate You Thinlits dies will carry over into the 2018 Annual Catalog; so, you will be able to purchase the dies at a later date!

Here is a sampling of the wonderful things you can make with these two coordinating stamps and dies.

Sale-a-Bration is a great time to host a party and reap Stampin’ Rewards benefits.  When you host a party with at least $250 in sales, you will earn an additional $25 more in Stampin’ Rewards! These rewards can even be applied towards a $99 Starter Kit creating the ultimate bundle of fabulous Stampin’ Up! products to enjoy at no risk.

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If you have any questions, please contact me by email at

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