Falling Flowers

With its fun shapes and modern cuteness, the Falling Flowers stamp set is sure to become a favorite especially when coloring these flirty flowers with your collection of Stampin’ Blends markers.  These high-quality, alcohol-based, dual-tip markers come in 12 exclusive Stampin’ Up! colors. Each color comes in 2 shades to give you the best blending experience out there.

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On a scrap of Whisper White cardstock, I stamped three large bold flower using Tuxedo Black Memento ink. 

  • After allowing the stamped image to dry for a minute or two, begin by coloring the flower first with the brush end of Dark Pink Pirouette marker.  (Note:  pink provide a natural highlight for the flower once colored.)
  • Next, color the flower using the brush end of the Light Cherry Cobbler marker, and then added shading using the fine tip end of the Dark Cherry Cobbler marker. 
  • Blend the edge where the light and dark reds met, using small circular motions with the fine tip of the Light Cherry marker
  • Blend the edge where the pink and red inks met, using small circular motions with the fine tip of the Dark Pink Pirouette marker. 
  • Color the flower centers using Daffodil Delight.
  • Color and fussy cut the three flowers.
  • On a 4″x5-1/4″ piece of Whisper White, stamp the swirling vines image and a sentiment using Tuxedo Black Memento ink.  (I used the sentiment from Birthday Blooms.)
  • Color the berries with Dark Pink Pirouette and Light Cherry Cobbler, and the leaves with both light and dark shades of Old Olive.
  • Pop up the flowers with Dimensionals, and mat the piece with Old Olive cardstock.

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All of these items are available to purchase using my on-line store, just click on the links provided or use the SHOP tab above. Please note that the Stampin! Blends are sold individually, in combo packages of light and dark shades and in full-collection of 27 markers. 

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



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!





Packaging Part 4 – Popcorn Box Thinlit Dies

Make treat packaging for popcorn or other goodies using Stampin’ Up! Popcorn Box Thinlit Dies.  You can die cut these boxes in record time with Thinlits dies and the Big Shot and embellish them for the fun factor.

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By coloring several flowers from You’ve Got This stamp set before die cutting, you will create a beautiful box with a lovely scalloped edge that almost looks like a vase.  And,  tall gifts can be sealed in 3″x6″ Gusseted Cellophane Bags.

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And, you can score and fold down the top to create a cute closed box clipped shut with mini Gold Binder Clips.  Here, designer series paper and cardstock were used to create darling boxes for small gifts and treats. 

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


Purchase Your Stampin’ Blends Markers Today!


Starting November 1st, customers may purchase Stampin’ Blends Markers!  These high quality markers make it so quick and easy to color and blend like an artist!  And, they are a must-have item for any crafter!  Here are the details:

  • Available in 12 colors (first launch) in both a light shade and a dark shade in our favorite Stampin’ Up! colors — Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Night of Navy, Old Olive, Pink Pirouette, Pool Party, Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry and Smoky Slate.
  • Ivory and Bronze color markers are available for coloring stamped images with skin tones for stamped caricature images and with neutral/earth tones for stamped images like baskets, branches and wood planks.
  • Color Lifter makes blending, highlights and coloring corrections super easy! No worries if you accidently color outside the lines. 
  • Stampin’ Blends are available for purchase as a single markers (for $4.50 each), a 2-pack combo of both light and dark shades (2 markers for $9) or in a complete set (27 markers – for $121.50). Therefore, you have the ability to collect these amazing markers slowly and to replace older markers when the time comes.

Click here to view a one-minute video to see these wonderful markers in action!

Why You’ll Love Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers:

  • Alcohol markers provide you with a rich, bold colors in your favorite Stampin’ Up! colors.
  • Color your pearls, rhinestones, white accents and other small plastic, glass and metal pieces with Stampin’ Blends to create perfectly coordinated embellishments for your project!
  • Each marker has two tips – a fine tip and a brush tip – so you can add just the right amount of color where you need it. On the barrel of the marker, a thin line or a thick line near the cap indicates the tip thickness.
  • Everyone has a favorite color! You can use your favorite color marker to your heart’s content knowing that a replacement marker with a fresh tip is available for purchase when the older marker needs replacing.
  • Stampin’ Up! tested these markers to ensure longevity! Each marker cap snaps tightly into place to prevent evaporating the alcohol solution and drying out the marker.
  • The marker caps are nestable – making it easy to find the cap and to snap the marker closed when not in use. By nesting the cap, I know I won’t lose the cap when my desk gets messy.
  • Stampin’ Write Markers and Watercolor Pencils can be used over top of Stampin’ Blend coloring (but not the other way around) for more subtle shading.

Tips for Using Stampin’ Blends:

  • For best results, stamp your image with Memento Ink on Whisper White thick cardstock or Very Vanilla thick cardstock. Let the stamped image dry 1-2 minutes before coloring to keep the stamped image lines crisp!
  • The alcohol solution in Stampin’ Blend markers will soak in and bleed through the paper – in fact, that is how you’ll know you’ve added enough rich, bold color. Recommend protecting your work surface by coloring on Grid Paper (or scrap paper). 
  • Work in small areas at a time because the inks blend more easily when wet. If you have a large image, work in smaller areas at a time before moving on.
  • Start with the lighter color first (leaving some white space to create a natural highlight, then add the darker color with a flicking motion for feather light touches of color, and then blend out with the lighter color using small circular motion.
    • Add a line of darker color inside the sketch lines of your stamped image to add dimension.
    • Add small flicks of darker color to create shadows and blend out with lighter tone.  TIP:  Recommend adding the darker color with a flicking motion, and then blending out with the fine tip of the Color Lifter using small circular motion to blend the outside edge.
    • You can also experiment with blending other colors of similar hues.  For example, add Light Daffodil Delight as a base layer for coloring leaves before adding Old Olive — it will give you a different shade of green.  Light Smoky Slate works great as your base color, too!  
  • Use the Color Lifter or the lighter shade marker to blend and to soften any harsh lines of color.  Recommend small circular motions to “move” the color and blend.
  • Use the Color Lifter to create highlights, add texture, clean up edges or to correct mistakes.  Recommend adding a little bit of Color Lifter in small circular motion and giving it a chance to “move” the color before adding more.
  • After each use, securely snap on the marker cap and close the marker! Even if you put your marker down for just a minute, snap it closed! 
  • Store your Stampin’ Blends horizontally in order to keep both tips wet with ink and to prevent one tip from drying out.
  • Whisper White and Very Vanilla are ideal for use with the Stampin’ Blends markers.  However, with a little lighter touch, you can use other light-colored shades of SU card stock!  For example, Crumb Cake, Pink Pirouette, So Saffron and Soft Sky may work nicely for your project.
  • Recommend matting your colored image to hide any “bleed” through on the backside of the paper.

Ways to practice your coloring and blending skills 

Getting confident with your new alcohol markers requires a little experimenting and lots of practicing.  If you’d like to make some adorable projects using your Stampin’ Blends, consider ordering the Color Me Happy Bundle and save 10% on the Color Me Happy stamp set and Color Me Happy Project Kit.  The stamp set has beautiful line-art images that are perfect way to practice using your new alcohol markers.   The kit includes 16 cards (4 each of 4 designs), envelopes and embellishments.  Please note that this kit is only available while supplies last and you may need to purchase a Memento ink Pad, if you don’t already own one! 

These awesome coloring tools are available November 1st! 

Click here to view a full color PDF version of the details on the kit, stamp set and Stampin’ Blends.

Become a demonstrator or hobbyist

By joining my team, you can add the Stampin’ Blends Marker Collection (a $121.50 value) to your Starter Kit — pay only $99, get FREE SHIPPING and receive a free paper pumpkin kit! That is a $54 savings.  As a hobbyist, you will save 20% on everything you order from Stampin’ Up! and never have to host a stamp camp or party.  Please contact me for more information.

I am very excited that Stampin’ Up! is offering these amazing alcohol markers.  Once you try them, I am confident that you’ll find that these Stampin’ Blends are a must-have item!  Please contact me with any questions. 

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



Packaging Part 3 – Mini Pizza Boxes

These Mini Pizza Boxes are just the right size!  The white paper finish makes it quick and easy to stamp and embellish the outside.  And, the glossy finish on the inside makes it food safe for holding yummy cookies, chocolates or fudge treats.  For example, it can hold a necklace or bracelet, a money clip, a gift card, 3″x3″ note cards and envelopes, a post-it note, 9 mini Reese’s peanut butter cups, 6 Hershey nuggets wrapped with strips of designer series paper, Christmas gift tags, handmade soaps, and so much more.

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So what will you use these Mini Pizza Boxes for???

Until next time, sending crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Packaging Part 2 – Window Box Thinlits Dies

At this time of year, we can all use some extra ideas for creative packaging for small gifts and party favors, or maybe some table decorating ideas???

Window Box Thinlit dies make pretty little hexagon boxes.  Just the right size for small gifts, candy treats, gift cards and battery tea lights.  The large box die cuts solid box, but the die set includes extra die cut pieces to embellish your box and maybe provide a peek of what’s inside.

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Here is a Stampin’ Up! product video to show you how to use this amazing die!

This die is available for purchase in my on-line store.  It is definitely one of those dies that you’ll need for many years to come.

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


Packaging Ideas – Clear Tiny Treat Boxes

The gift giving season is here.  And, the annual and holiday catalog offers you lots of wonderful, cost-effective ideas for packaging your gift giving items.  For example, the Clear Tiny Treat Boxes make a thoughtful gift for a friend, co-worker or members of your ladies group.  Cut some designer series paper into 5″x1-3/4″ strips, add some snail adhesive to the one end, and fold the strips around some Ghirardelli chocolate squares.  Five chocolate squares fit nicely inside the clear tiny treat box.  Just add a some pretty ribbon and a cute tag, and you have a wonderful little gift in minutes!  Each package of Clear Tiny Treat Boxes contains 16 boxes for just $7.50.   So in just minutes, you can have 16 little gifts to share with friends or to stuff stockings!

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The window box thinlit dies, the popcorn box thinlit dies, the acetate card boxes, the mini pizza boxes, the wood crate framelit dies and the trim your stocking thinlit dies — all create quick, fun and unique packaging to add that personal touch for your gift giving needs.

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




Beachy Little Christmas

Do you have friends who don’t like cold winters? Do you flee to warmer countries during the holiday season? Or do you live in an area that couldn’t be more different from the snow-covered landscapes that you usually find on Christmas cards? Then Beachy Little Christmas stamp set is for you—and also for people who love warm breezes, palm trees and sea shells!

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This card is gorgeous in real life.  The background paper was created stamping the sea shell images on Crumb Cake cardstock using Crumb cake ink.  The sentiment and tree were first stamped in VersaMark ink, sprinkled with Gold Embossing Powder and heat set.  

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Gold embossing is one of my favorite stamping techniques.   The glossy raised image from the Gold embossing powder adds that WOW factor to any project.  

After allowing to cool, the image was colored with blender pens for a lighter, softer coloring.  Simply scribble a marker on an acrylic block, touch the tip of the blender pen to the marker ink and apply the color to the image.  Note:  avoid coloring too hard or too long in the same spot, as the wetness may begin to breakdown the smooth paper surface.

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


Use Colored Snowflakes Year-Round

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Did you see the Foil Snowflakes embellishments on page 37 of the holiday catalog?  You will receive 24 metallic foil snowflakes – 12 gold and 12 silver – in the package.  As an embellishment, they will add some bling and sophistication to your crafting project.  

Do you need a different color option to embellish your project?  Good news, the white paper backing (non-foil side) that may be inked with any color you desire!  So instead of being just a seasonal item, they can be used year-round!

Here, I used my Real Red ink pad to color the backing.  For really quick coloring, first refresh the ink in your ink pad.  Then put the foil side face-down and smash the ink pad on the white paper backing.  Allow a little time for the ink to dry or carefully heat set with your heat gun.  

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For more precise coloring, use a sponge dauber Here, I blended Crush Curry, Pumpkin Pie and Cajun Craze to create a tri-colored embellishment.

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Need a matte black, shiny black or shiny white???  Well, to create a matte finish, simply ink the white paper backing with Memento Black ink or Archival Basic Black ink and allow to air dry. 

And yes, you can use VermaMark ink and your favorite embossing powder!  It will take a couple of applications and heat cycles, but it is so worth it!  Just be careful not to burn your fingers. 

For shine, ink the white paper backing and clear embossing powder.  For shiny white, simply ink the white paper backing with VersaMark and use white embossing powder.  Easy Peasy.  Here is matte black, black with clear embossing powder and just VersaMark with white embossing powder.

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Look at this gorgeous embellishment with Copper Embossing Powder.  The embossing powder provides much more dimension and gloss.

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For more creative design options, simply cut them into smaller pieces!

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So what will you do with these foil snowflakes???  I can’t wait to see!

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


Technique: Layered Images

Recently I participated in a bi-monthly swap with other demonstrators.  Here is one of the awesome cards that I received from Lisa Freeman using the Painted Harvest stamp set in Cherry Cobbler, Crushed Curry and Early Espresso.

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To re-create this card,  you will need to three pieces of Very Vanilla cardstock:  2″x 3-1/4″, 2-1/2″x4″ and 4″x5-1/4″.  


Step 1:  Use just a little bit of snail adhesive to temporarily stack and keep the three pieces from moving.  To help you see the three pieces of Very Vanilla, I ran the edges of the small and medium pieces across an ink pad.  

Step 2:  Stamp as you normally would.  Don’t worry about how the image gaps near the edges of cardstock — when the pieces are matted, the gaps will be hidden.

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Step 3:  Carefully remove the pieces as to not tear the cardstock.

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Step 4:  Matt the three pieces of Very Vanilla with coordinating colors of cardstock:  2-1/4″ x 3-1/2″, 2-3/4 x 4-1/4″ and 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″.  

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Step 5:  Assemble and embellish.

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