Fancy Fold Card using Always & Forever

always and forever card front

The other day, I participated in a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator swap for fancy fold cards and had to mass produce 16 cards.  With the season of springtime weddings ahead, I designed this Z-fold card featuring the Always & Forever stamp set, paired with coordinating Tree Ring background stamp and sentiments from Beautiful Bouquet stamp set.

This is an A-2 card.  I used a 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, scored along the long side at 4-1/4″.  For mass producing 16 cards, I used my Stamparaus to stamp the tree ring background image on the right side of the score line using Crumb Cake ink.  Note:  I used a piece of copy paper to mark where to place my cardstock for quickly stamping multiple images.

always and forever stamparatus background stamp

I used the step-hinge technique to “walk” the tiny heart images down the left side of the paper in Blushing Bride ink.  The two sentiments were stamped together using Crumb Cake ink.  Unless you pre-ordered the Stamparatus in the fall, you will have to wait to order it when the new annual catalog is released on 1 June 2018.

always and forever stamparatus step hinge

I then scored the tree ring at 2-1/8″ and burnished the score lines to create the Z-fold.

always and forever open card

I diecut to two small hearts from the Sweet & Sassy Framelits dies in Blushing Bride and Crumb Cake cardstock.  I stamped the large tree ring image on a scrap piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, and then colored the leaves using my blender pen to pick up Old Olive ink from inside the lid of the ink pad. 

After fussy cutting the large tree ring image, I mounted it to the largest circle diecut from Crumb Cake cardstock using Stitched Shapes Framelits dies, and then attached it to 3-1/4″ square piece of Blushing Bride cardstock.  Note, I only placed snail adhesive on left half of the piece.

always and forever card front

All of these items are available for purchase from my on-line store.  

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




Coloring Black and White DSP

Do you love coloring?  Do you know that coloring is good for health and wellness?  Did you know that coloring can relieve stress? According to a recent article in The Huffington Post, coloring helps us to focus on a particular activity and not on our worries.  It generate wellness by giving us a little quiet time.  And, it stimulates the brain in areas related to our fine motor skills, our senses and our imagination.

dsp petal passion in black and white

When I saw Petal Pallete DSP, I immediately thought of coloring! This collection just makes me want to pull out my coloring tools and start coloring.

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Every crafter needs the basics – stamps, inks and papers.  Fortunately, Stampin’ Up! offers a variety of coloring tools to spark our creativity and to encourage us to learn new techniques.

Due to they’re popularity, Stampin’ Blends and are unavailable until May.  However, you can still enjoy coloring, blending and water coloring with your Stampin’ Watercolor Pencils, Brusho Crystal ColoursStampin’ Write Markers and even your Stampin’ ink pads.  You can apply and blend color using aqua painters, blender pens, Wink of Stellasponges, sponge daubers, sponge brayers and spritzers.  

Need more coloring options?  There are several other designer series papers that you’ll love coloring — Just Add Color and Springtime Foils.  Both paper packs are available for free with each qualifying purchase of $50 or more — while supplies last — through March 31st, the last day of the Sale-a-bration promotion.  

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



One Card Design for Any Occasion

The other day, I was reminded just how beautiful the Detailed Floral Thinlits Dies are when showcased on a card design by Jackie Bultje, another talented Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.  This card design is quick and simple.  All you need is two pieces of cardstock, coordinating ribbon, adhesive and your Big Shot.

detailed floral thinlits flirty flamingo

The card above uses Flirty Flamingo ink and ribbon, and the sentiment is from All Things Thanks stamp set.  

Cut a piece of Whisper White 4″x 5-1/4″, use the smaller floral thinlit die and run it through your big shot.  Stamp your sentiment using your stamp-a-ma-jig on the diecut piece.  Mount the stamped piece on a piece of solid colored cardstock 4-1/4″x 5-1/2″ using fine-tip glue pen and snail adhesive.  Create a faux bow using coordinating ribbon and secure with clue dots.  Add some pearls or rhinestones (optional).  Abracadabra, you have a classic card for any occasion.  And the design complements any size sentiment — from the large scripty font (All Things Thanks stamp set) to smaller sophisticated font (Heartfelt Blooms).

detailed floral thinlits bermuda bay  detailed floral thinlits berry burst

This design is very versatile – lending itself to almost any occasion as an anniversary card, a sympathy card, a graduation card, and even a mother’s day card.  The simplicity of the design makes it easy to mass-produce as a stunning wedding invitation.

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


Create a Beach Scene using Waterfront Stamp Set

The Waterfront photopolymer stamp set is perfect for creating tranquil scenes whether it’s lakes lined with trees, tropical islands, or snow-covered forests.  This beautiful card, created by Donna Faison, mixes and matches elements for different Stampin’ Up! products to create a delightful beach scene.  It incorporates the seagull image from High Tide stamp set, the Adirondack chair from Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies, the texture from Ruffled Embossing Folder, the word “enjoy” from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies, the circle die from Layering Circles Framelits Dies and Linen Thread.

waterfront with adornack chair

I love how Donna created her focal point — the circle window cut in the embossed piece of Sahara Sand cardstock — to showcase her beautiful sunset image stamped on Shimmery White cardstock.  The Adirondack chain in Marina Mist cardstock, the sentiment in Daffodil Delight cardstock and linen thread add more color and interest.  Here is a list of the inks that Donna used:  Crumb Cake, Island Indigo, Real Red, Marina Mist, Powder Pink, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Basic Black. 

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


Petal Passion Designer Series Paper

Have you taken a close look at the beautiful black and white designs of Petal Passion Designer Series Paper?  Have you considered how stunning these designs would look colored with your Stampin’ Blends?  

dsp petal passion in black and white

Most often, we use the beautiful designer series papers as backdrops for our stamped images.  And, black and white card is stunning.

dsp petal passion card

But, look how fabulous these images are when colored using basically the same card design?

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As you can see, I love coloring with Stampin’ Blends!  Of course, these designs are beautiful in Black and White.  You can step up the design by adding just one color, or go all the way with using the full collection of colors.

Stampin’ Blends can be purchased individually ($4.50/each individual marker) or in combo packs with light and dark shades ($9/combo pack in exclusive Stampin’ Up! colors that you know and love) or get the full collection of 27 markers for $121.50. 

The Stampin’ Blends and the Petal Passion Designer Series Paper are available for purchase from my on-line store.  Just click on the links provided or on the SHOP tab above.

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


Techniques using Brusho and Pattern Party Masks

Brusho watercolor crystals are fun to play with — simply sprinkle them directly on water-washed paper and watch the colors burst!  Check out this Stampin’ Up! video for several tips and tricks for using Brusho.  Trust me, you’re going to want to add Brusho to your watercoloring supplies.

When combined with Pattern Party Decorative Masks — you will embark on a new way to step up your watercolor technique — plus this technique will give you two background pieces for card making.

First, use washi tape to secure a piece of Thick Whisper White cardstock to your work surface.  Add a light spritzing of water using your Stampin’ Spritzers to the entire piece and then cover with your decorative mask.  Next very little sprinkle with two different colors of Brusho — remember a little goes a long way!  Here I sprinkled yellow Brusho in the top left, and Prussian Blue in the bottom right.  Add another light spritz with water and allow the color to burst and mix.  If necessary, use your Aqua Painter to add drop of water and spread the Brusho watercolor inside the negative openings of the mask.

Prepare a second piece of Thick Whisper White cardstock and add a light water wash with your aqua painter.  Next, carefully lift up the mask from the first piece.  Since the mask is still wet with Brusho — place the mask upside down on a second piece of Thick Whisper White cardstock to transfer the watercolor ink.  Spritz the second piece again and press down on the mask to help transfer the ink.  Allow both pieces to air dry.   You can speed up the process by using your heat gun, remembering to applying heat both sides of the piece to minimize the paper curling.

Now decorate your background pieces to create a card.  Here, I combined my background pieces with diecuts from Butterflies Thinlits (an old favorite product found on page 215 in Annual Catalog) and from Celebrate You Thinlits dies from Sale-a-Bration brochure.

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From now until March 31st,  you can receive free exclusive products for every $50 you spend (before shipping and taxes) from the Sale-a-Bration brochure.  Plus, you can earn bigger rewards, like Celebrate You Thinlits dies, when you spend $100.  Check out the amazing Sale-a-Bration products here.

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


Waterfront – Watercolor like a Pro

Create tranquil scene, whether it’s lakes lined with trees, tropical islands, or snow-covered forests with the new Waterfront photopolymer stamp set.  This set lets you get realistic water colored images with the ease of stamping!  

waterfront catalog

Here’s the trick:  ink up the stamp, brush with your aqua painter pen and stamp on watercolor paper – Yes, it is that simple.

waterfront fabulous you

For the card above, I stamped this tranquil water color scene on Stampin’ Up! watercolor paper using Pacific Point, Pink Pirouette, Peekaboo Peach, Daffodil Delight and Melon Mambo.  First, I sprayed the water color paper using my Stampin’ Spritzer to make the paper slightly damp and to accentuate the watercolor effect  Then, I inked each stamp and brushed it with my aqua painter pen before stamping.  Next, is used my aqua painter to pick up ink from inside the lid of my ink pad to add subtle details.  The sentiment was stamped in Pacific Point ink using Picture Perfect Birthday photopolymer stamp set.

To add a little of the sunset reflection in the water, I used my aqua painter to pick up some Melon Mambo and Peekaboo Peach and to add a touch of color to the blue water.

While the paper was still damp, I used the fine tip of Stampin’ Write Markers to add definition to the horizon, water and clouds.

Once dry, I die cut the water color piece using Lots of Love Framelits Dies, which created interest and drew my eye to the water’s edge.  After trying several colors, I choose to mount the die cut image to Pacifc Point cardstock.  

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!



Beautiful Day stamped in Silver

I just love the large flower image from the new Beautiful Day stamp set.  Here, I stamped the flower in VersaMark ink on Basic Black cardstock and a scrap of Shimmer White cardstock.  I then heat embossed these pieces with Silver Stampin’ Embossing Powder to create a glossy raised image

beautiful day with silver embossing

I fussy cut the Shimmer White flower, created a banner in Powder Pink cardstock using a sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set and matted the card front on Silver Foil Sheets.  The Teeny Tine Wishes stamp set is one of those stamp sets that you’re going to use a lot.  It contains with 24  greetings — one for almost every occasion. 

 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!