More Watercoloring with Waterfront

Escape into your craft room for a vacation from the rubber stamping and create your own landscapes with interchangeable stamps from new Waterfront photopolymer stamp set.  Combine them to create tropical islands, tranquil lakes, majestic mountains and valley floors with beautiful sunsets and moon lit scenes.

waterfront plank with beach circle

Here, I created a simple scene with Waterfront stamp set  with a sandy beach with palm trees with Sahara Sand, Soft Suede, Wild Wasabi, Dapper Denim and Calypso Coral.  I used the Stitched Shapes Framelits dies to draw attention to the scene, which was matted on piece of Sahara Sand cardstock stamped with Soft Suede ink on Hardwood Background stampTo give the Hardwood Background a more distressed look, I sponged Sahara Sand and Soft Suede and stamped distressed wood edge image from Timeless Textures stamp set.  

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!


Simplicity of Design

Sometimes you just need a quick card.  This card layout can be made a hundred different ways just by changing up — the sentiment, the colors, the embossing folder and the coordinating punches or die cuts.  Essentially everything!  That’s the beauty of this card layout — it can be elegant and sophisticated, classic and traditional or whimsical and fun.   

lots of love in crumb cake

So how will you change up this card layout?  All of these products and more are available to purchase from my on-line store.  Just use the links provided or click on the SHOP tab above.  And, during the Sale-a-Bration promotion running now through March 31st, you will earn FREE products with each $50 purchase.  

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


Stampin’ Blends

10.17.17_STAMPINBLENDS_SHAREABLE1_DEMO_NAHave you added Stampin’ Blends to you inky arsenal?  

Stampin’ Blends are very popular because of their ease of use, blending capabilities, and permanent properties which is why paper crafters love them and why they are a must-have item in your crafting arsenal.  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.  Stampin’ Blends may be purchased individually, as a combination of light and dark shades of a color or as a collection of 27 pens.

blends full set

Stampin’ Blends have some very special coloring capabilities.  For instance, the different shades of colors and different colors can be blended together without streaking.  A darker color can be used to create a shadow; a lighter color can be used to achieve a smooth the gradient (streaks) between shades of the same color; and the Color Lifter can be used to create highlights because the clear alcohol solution to push dye ink away in order to lighten or to erase it completely. 

remarkable you blends one flower front

Stampin’ Blends are also permanent on most surfaces — this allows paper crafters to create coordinating products using their existing craft supplies.  You can color chipboard, metal and wood embellishments, plastic buttons, pearls and rhinestones, glass, beads, acetate, ribbon and fabric.  With a little experimentation, you’ll be really surprised how you can alter and customize your crafting supplies.  

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!


Heart Happiness

All we need is love….and Heart Happiness stamp set is perfect for sharing your love and your creativity with those special people closest to you!   This stamp set is full of hearts — because you can never have enough!  And, this stamp set coordinates nicely with Sweet & Sassy Framelits dies — so that you have even more creative options. 

And while we often think of hearts with Valentine’s Day, they are truly appropriate for any occasion — thinking of you cards, thank you cards, wedding and anniversary, birthday cards and even sympathy cards.

During a recent snow day, I thoroughly enjoyed playing with these hearts.  Here are are some simple gift tags made in Peekaboo Peach and Calypso Coral using scraps of Whisper White cardstock, Ombre Ribbon in Calypso Coral and Baker’s Twine in Peekaboo Peach

heart happiness sample 1

Here I stamped in VersaMark ink and heat embossed White Embossing Powder on the floral outline heart image and the “love you” stamp from Lots of Love stamp set on Pear Pizzazz cardstock.  I stamped the large floral heart in Pear Pizzazz.  And using the fine tip of my Berry Burst Stampin’ Write Marker, I drew the outline around the flowers, which I subsequently colored with Pink Pirouette Stampin’ Write Marker.  I used my aqua painter to lift some Pear Pizzazz ink off the lid of the stamp pad to color the leaves in a softer shade of Pear Pizzazz.  All the hearts were die cut with Sweet & Sassy Framelits, and the background piece was dry embossed using my Big Shot Machine and the Simple Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

heart happiness 2

The card was embellished with Pearl Basic Jewels and Berry Burst Finely Woven Ribbon.  Here’s a close up of the large floral heart.

heart happiness sample green close up

Hope you enjoyed seeing these projects.  Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Tip: Preparing Stamps for First Use

Recently, I learned a couple of tricks for preparing your new stamps – both rubber and photopolymer stamps – for their FIRST USE.  This important step is called “priming” that will remove the oily residue that remains after manufacturing new stamps.  The benefits of priming new stamps are:  

  1. Nice crisp stamped image with its first use
  2. Ink will distribute evenly on the stamp surface (no beading up or blotchy images)
  3. Priming will minimize stains on your stamps after repeated use

Priming New Photopolymer and New Rubber Stamps

  1. Place photopolymer and clear-mounted rubber stamps on a clear acrylic block (if you have wood-mounted stamps, adhere the stamp and sticker on the wood block prior to use)
  2. Spray Stampin’ Mist on your Stampin’ Scrub and give your new stamps a good scrub by cleaning and drying them using your Stampin’ Scrub  
  3. Ink up your stamps with VersaMark ink.  The VersaMark ink will act as a barrier.  The clear sticky ink will penetrate this semi-porous stamp and it will help minimize the staining effect with subsequent use.  (If you don’t have a VersaMark ink pad, use the lightest and palest colored ink that you own.)  
  4.  Your stamp is now ready to use.  You can clean off the VersaMark ink before using it for your craft project; or, you can directly ink it up with any colored ink and stamp.  The clear VersaMark ink will not harm your colored ink pad.
  5. After inking and stamping, immediately clean your stamp with Stampin’ Mist and your Stampin’ Scrub which will also minimize the potential for ink stains. 
  6. Enjoy using and loving your stamps.  While you may notice some staining with future use, I promise it will  not be nearly as dark as without using the VersaMark.

Ink Stains do not affect stamp performance

Some inks are prone to staining your stamps.  Archival and StazOn inks are permanent inks that will stain your rubber stamps.  And, almost any colored ink (especially reds, browns and blacks) will stain your photopolymer stamps.  Chalk or pigment inks will leave a ruddy hue on any stamp.  Using VersaMark as a primer isn’t 100% fool proof but, it will significantly reduce the amount of staining on your stamps.

Restoring Stamp Cling

After repeated use and lots of love, your photopolymer stamps and your clear acrylic blocks may acquire a cloudy film that will affect their cling performance.  The natural cling properties of photopolymer stamps will attract dust and link and pick up the oils from your hands.  And because we tend to forget about cleaning our clear acrylic blocks, the photopolymer stamps will pick up any residue left on your clear acrylic blocks from glue or various crafting techniques.  The steps for restoring stamp cling are simple, quick and easy.

For photopolymer stamps, wash both the flat cling side and the stamped image side of your stamp with Dawn dish soap, rinse under running water and allow to air dry or blot dry with an Absorber cloth (a synthetic chamois).  Note:  Avoid blotting dry using a dish towel or paper towel as your freshly cleaned photopolymer stamp will attract a new batch of the lint!

For clear acrylic blocks, clean first with an alcohol wipe, then wash with Dawn dish soap, rinse under running water, blot dry with an Absorber, dish towel or paper towel and store.  

Cleaning your Stampin’ Scrub

It is important to clean your Stampin’ Scrub occasionally to remove the inks, dirt and oils that get trapped in the black fibers of the scrub pads when cleaning and drying your stamps.  Simply rinse both sides of your Stampin’ Scrub under running water until the water is clear.  If your Stampin’ Scrub is really nasty, use a little Dawn dish soap and your fingers to rub the black fibers clean, then rinse thoroughly until the running water.  Blot dry with a paper towel and allow to air dry.  

I hope you find these priming and cleaning tips helpful!

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


I love this adorable bird!

Do you love birds?  Did you see the adorable little bird in the Petal Palette stamp set?  It is so darn cute.  I’m not sure if it’s a chickadee, blue bird, yellow finch, a robin or any other bird that frequents my yard, but I love it!  

These cards were made by stamping the bird and the sentiment on pieces of scrap Whisper White cardstock, and then die cutting the bird using the coordinating die from Petals & More Thinlits.   The blue bird was stamped in Pacific Point ink with its chest colored with Stampin’ Blends in light and dark shades of Daffodil Delight.  The gray bird was stamped in Archival Basic Gray ink and its chest was colored with light and dark shades of Pink Pirouette and Cherry Cobbler.  The ovals were die cut using Stitched Shapes Framelits and Layering Oval Framelits.  These ovals were designed to layer perfectly.  The branch was die cut from scrap of Old Olive cardstock.  

petal palette sample blue

The finished piece was attached to a piece ombre paper in Dapper Denim from Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack and matted with Pacific Point cardstock.

petal palette sample red

This card was matted in Old Olive cardstock and a retired piece of Cherry Cobber designer series paper, and then adhered to a Whisper White card base.  

Did you notice the coordinating ribbons?  I used my Stampin’ Blends to color the White Organza ribbon to perfectly match my project.  While the dye ink made the ribbon slightly stiff, the ribbon worked well to tied both a pretty loop bow and a faux bow.

All of these supplies and more are available for purchase from my on-line store.  You can bundle the stamp set and dies and save 10% when purchasing the Petal Palette Bundle.  Just click on the links provided so that you can make these cards for the bird-lovers in your life.

Until next time, sending 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!

beautiful day thank you 1

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.   

beautiful day thank you 6

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!



Petal Palette Thank You Card

One of my absolute favorite items in the new Occasions Catalog is the Petal Palette stamp set.  I stamped the sentiment and floral image in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on Thick Whisper White cardstock and colored it using my Stampin Blends in Cherry Cobbler, Pink Pirouette, Daffodil Delight and Old Olive.  The pinks and Color Lifter were used add softer shades and highlights for the roses, while a touch of yellow was added to the leaves for realism.   A touch of Clear Wink of Stella was applied to the roses.  

petal palette card for Mom

The splatters and distressed edge stamp from Timeless Textures were stamped in Crumb Cake to create a soft background.  And, the stamped piece was matted with Cherry Cobbler cardstock and a piece of Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack.

Until next time, sending crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!