Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Under My Umbrella

Hey stampers!  Are you as excited about tomorrow as I am?  It's new catalog day and I'm anxiously awaiting the arrival of ordering time.  I can't wait to place my order!  I truly feel like a child on Christmas morning.  
I wanted to give one last sneak peek into what's coming.  The card I'm sharing tonight features one of the gorgeous new In-Color's.  It's called Magenta Madness and it is electric!  The color is so vibrant and fun! Here I've paired it up with Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo and Granny Apple Green.


I've used my trusty ole polka dot stencil created from a Window Sheet and the circle die from the Truck Dies.  My polka dot layer is a piece of Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper.  I could have used regular Whisper White but I when I started creating- I wasn't sure if I would watercolor or not.

  
The Under My Umbrella Stamp Set and coordinating Umbrella Builder Punch are THE cutest.  The boots and floral images were stamped in Black Staz-On Ink onto a piece of Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper.  The images were all colored in using an Aqua Painter and the following colors:  Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green, Melon Mambo and Pumpkin Pie.  



 Just a heads up- TODAY is THE last day to order from  2019-2020 Annual Catalog.  If there are items you are wanting- don't miss out! Tomorrow will be too late!
The direct link to my store is located on the right sidebar of the screen.  Be sure to use HOSTESS CODE:  GH27MDBR

I hope you've enjoyed my project!  Thanks for stopping by!



Friday, May 29, 2020

So Sentimental

Hey there stampers!  Tonight I have another fun neutrals card to share!  It features the So Sentimental Stamp set and coordinating Stitched So Sweetly Dies as well as the Well Written Dies.  I'm not really sure why I've not played with the non word images in the Well Written Dies before but they are so fun!

Once again I've used the stencil I created out of a Window Sheet and the circle image from the Truck Dies to create a fun polka dot background.  


Using the Ornate Layers Dies- I created a decorative border to go along the edges of the polka dot layer.  The flowers were cut from So Saffron Card Stock- distressed and then adhered to the leaf image using Glue Dots.  The center of each flower was then capped with a Rhinestone Basic Jewel.  
I dissected an 18" piece of metallic thread from the Forevery Greenery Trim Combo Pack to add a little interest behind the sentiment.  

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Hello Friend

Hello friends!  Are you ready to see another fabulous sneak peek?  The card I created tonight shows 2 sneak peeks!  The first one is from the Blossoms In Bloom Stamp Set and it's the Hello sentiment.  Here I've paired it up with the word "friend" from the Well Written Dies.  


The second sneak peek are the Vellum die cuts.  They were cut out using the Birds & More Dies.  I LOVE that leafy image!  It's so pretty!
As you can see on the card- I first dry embossed the leafy image onto the Crumb Cake layer.  Then I layered 2 leafy Vellum die cuts over the top of the embossed image with only bits and pieces of the embossed image showing through.  


The Hello sentiment was stamped multiple times at full strength Crumb Cake Ink as well as stamped off shades.  The splatter marks were created using an Early Espresso Stampin' Write Marker.  Cute eh?

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, May 25, 2020

Monday Montage #165




Hello and welcome back for another Monday Montage Blog Hop!  Are you ready to see all our fabulous projects this week?

My project today was created using a brand new suite of products.  The suite itself is called World of Good.

This fabulous suite contains lots of amazing products!  The Old World Paper 3D Embossing Folder is one of them and it was used on my card below.  It's difficult to see exactly what it looks like as I used it on the map from the World of Good Specialty DSP.


The card base is a new 2020-2022 In Color called Cinnamon Cider.  It reminds me of saddle brown color.  The globe was cut from a piece of Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper using the World Map Dies.  The land images were watercolored in Early Espresso Ink with an Aqua Painter.  The rest of the globe was watercolored using Crumb Cake Ink.  


The fabulous ribbon is Early Espresso Faux Suede Trim and it is amazing.  It actually feels like suede!  I used a fun new ribbon slide and antique corners from the Antiqued Corners & Slides embellishments.  The Enamel Dots are the 2020-2022 In Color Enamel Dots and they are so pretty!  

I hope you have enjoyed my project!
Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure to use the links below to navigate through the hop!  Click the BACK button to see what the fabulous Cheryl Curtis has created or click the NEXT button and head on over to check out the wonderful Elizabeth Price has created to share with you!




Card Ingredients:
Card Stock:  Calypso Coral, Whisper White
Stamps: Positive Thoughts, Very Versailles
Inks:  Smoky Slate, Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay, Pear Pizzazz
Tools/other supplies:  Frost White Shimmer Paint, Stitched Labels Dies, Embossing Paste, Party Pattern Decorative Masks, Window Sheets, Layering Circles Dies, Whisper White Polka Dot 3/8" Tulle Ribbon, Pigment Sprinkles, Fluid100 Watercolor Paper, Aqua Painters

Friday, May 22, 2020

#tgifc265 Travel

Hi friends!  Today I'm playing along with my friends over at TGIF Challenges.  We are featuring cards with the theme of Travel.  


My card features the Up In The Clouds Stamp Set and coordinating Hot Air Balloon Punch.  


I created this card by watercoloring  just a strip on the top layer in Balmy Blue.  I then stamped and punched out 2 hot air balloons/baskets and adhered them using Stampin' Dimensionals.  The sentiment was stamped directly onto the card front.  Super easy! 

Wanna play along with us?  

You can go and check out our Guideline page for complete details, but here are a few things to keep in mind: 

Deadline for entries will be at 10am PST on Thursday 5/28/20


  • Uploaded projects need to be direct linked to your blog, Facebook, or other on line gallery.
  • Please post the TGIF Challenge graphic on your blog and link back to our site
  • Your project MUST be new and inspired by our challenge parameters
  • When sharing your project publicly, please use this weeks hashtag- #TGIFC265
  • Winning project(s) will be posted on next week's challenge on Friday 5/29/20
  • Questions should be left in the comment section
  • Challengers can even post your cards on our FB page too!!  "Like us" while you're there :-)




Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Forever Fern

HI there!  The weather here in Michigan has been really rainy the past week so I've had plenty of time to play around in my studio.  I've sorted out all of my retiring product and am ready to bring in the new!  As a demonstrator we are allowed to purchase products during a preorder period.  I've been showcasing them over the past few days and tonight I have another sneak peek for you!


This stamp set is called Forever Fern and the images are amazing!  It's difficult to see in the pictures but the stamped images look very realistic in person.  This stamp set is filled with a variety of greenery as well as 4 lovely sentiments.  


For my card- I've used Garden Green, Shaded Spruce, Pear Pizzazz and Soft Sea Foam.  The hello sentient was stamped in VersaMark Ink and heat embossed using the White Stampin' Emboss Powder and the Heat Tool.  I chose to stamp it on Pretty Peacock  Card Stock and cut it into a little banner.


There's a new ribbon sneak peek!  It's a metallic gold trim and it is beautiful!  It ties into a bow shape very nicely!  

Still don't have your copy of the upcoming 2020-2021 Stampin' UP! Annual Catalog?  Send me a message and I'll send one to you!



Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Blossoms in Bloom

Hello stampin' friends!  Tonight I'm sharing 3 cards created using a new stamp set called Blossoms in Bloom and the coordinating Many Layered Blossoms Dies.  This set is absolutely gorgeous!  Lots of beautiful flowers and super cute sentiments!


 I've said it a ton of times- black/white cards with a splash of color are my favorite.  I knew immediately what I wanted to create from the first moment I laid eyes on this set.  


The Happy Birthday card was the first one I created with this set.  I began by stamping the image in Daffodil Delight ink and then I cut out the coordinating floral overlay out of Basic Black Card Stock and adhered it over the top of the flowers.  
The same process was followed for all 3 cards. 


This variation features Coastal Cabana flowers.  I love stamping flowers in different colors!  So pretty!


And then there was Melon Mambo...so bright and fun!  

Each card was embellished using coordinating ribbons and Clear Epoxy Droplets.  
Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you have enjoyed another sneak peek!



Sunday, May 17, 2020

Tasteful Touches Sneak Peek #3

Hello there!  Tonight I'm back with another card created with the Tasteful Touches Stamp Set.  I love this set!  It has so many great images!  My card this time around is featuring the feather image.   There's not a die that cuts the feather out but as you can see from my picture- it's pretty simple to fussy cut.  


This card was pretty simple to create.  I began by watercoloring stripes onto a piece of Shimmer White Card Stock using Smoky Slate Ink and an Aqua Painter.
Next I used the Stitched So Sweetly Dies and the brand new Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder to create a Calypso Coral layer.  See that new Shimmery White shape?  That was cut using the Tasteful Labels Dies.  


I stamped the feather in Calypso Coral Ink onto a piece of Shimmer White Card Stock.  The first time was full strength.  The second was stamped off once.  The third time it was stamped off twice.  I then fussy cut each feather out.  I used the VersaMark Reinker to add splotches of ink along the outer edges of two feathers and then heat embossed using the Heat Tool and Silver Stampin' Emboss Powder.  
Thanks for stopping by!  

Friday, May 15, 2020

#tgifc264- Watercolor




Hello there stampers!  Today I'm joining the TGIF Challenges team in sharing a card that features Watercoloring.  Watercoloring is one of my favorite techniques!  Especially when it involves Pigment Sprinkles!  Sadly the Pigment Sprinkles are retiring so if you've been wanting to try some- don't miss out on them!


I love this jumbo pineapple image.  It's so fun! For my card- I didn't want the pineapple image to be die cut.  I wanted it to be embossed onto the card so that I could watercolor over it.  I'd say it came out pretty well!  The Mango Melody and Granny Apple Green Pigment Sprinkles really make such rich and vibrant colors!  For those who are wondering if I use Fluid 100 or Shimmer White Card Stock as my card medium- I prefer Fluid 100.  Actually it's probably my favorite medium to create cards with.  The weight is perfect and I get excellent results every time!  

Why not join in on the fun?  Simply create a watercolor card and submit it on the TGIF Challenges blog using the guidelines below!

Deadline for entries will be at 10am PST on Thursday 5/21/20


  • Uploaded projects need to be direct linked to your blog, Facebook, or other on line gallery.
  • Please post the TGIF Challenge graphic on your blog and link back to our site
  • Your project MUST be new and inspired by our challenge parameters
  • When sharing your project publicly, please use this weeks hashtag- #TGIFC264
  • Winning project(s) will be posted on next week's challenge on Friday 5/22/20
  • Questions should be left in the comment section
  • Challengers can even post your cards on our FB page too!!  "Like us" while you're there :-)


Thursday, May 14, 2020

Sneak Peek....Take 2

Hello there stampers!  I'm back tonight with another card created using the Tasteful Touches Stamp Set from the upcoming 2020-2021 Stampin' UP! Annual Catalog.  This card is very similar to the card I created a few days ago.  The only difference is I've used polka dots for the background, different color flowers/sentiment banner and a different color card base.  The rest is pretty much the same!


I love how changing a few small details makes for a completely different card!  To create the polka dot background- I used a window sheet and cut out what seemed like a ton of circles.  I then stamped my VersaMark ink pad directly through the circles onto the Whisper White layer.  Using Black Stampin' Emboss Powder and the Heat Tool the background was heat embossed.


For this card- I stamped 2 flowers and 2 leafy images in Black Staz-On and watercolored them using Pigment Sprinkles (Daffodil Delight, Mango Melody and Granny Apple Green) and an Aqua Painter.  
This time- the sentiment banner was a Whisper White scrap stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.  The sentiment Thank You is also a sneak peek all of it's own!  It's from the upcoming Blossoms In Bloom Stamp Set.  

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

A Sneak Peek!

Hello stampers!  Tonight I have a special card to share with you.  Why is it special? It features a stamp set from the upcoming 2020-2021 Stampin' UP! Annual Catalog!  That's why!  

The stamp set itself is called Tasteful Touches and it has some pretty amazing images!  There's a feather, a flower, some greenery as well as a lacy image.  In addition to the fabulous images- there are also some pretty awesome sentiments to match!


To create this card- I cut a Whisper White layer to 3-3/4" x 5".  Next- using the VersaMark Reinker- I put  a few strips of ink down and smeared it around using my index finger.  It was immediately heat embossed in Silver Stampin' Emboss Powder using the Heat Tool.

I added flecks of Basic Gray ink using the Basic Gray Stampin' Write Marker.  A little Silver Metallic Thread bow was added behind the flower images.  


You Are The Best is actually a stacked sentiment (the words are one above the other).  I wanted to arrange them all in one line so I simply stamped each image in a line to create the sentiment banner.  Rhinestone Basic Jewels add the finishing touches.

Don't have your copy of the upcoming 2020-2021 Stampin' UP!  Annual Catalog?  Send me a message and I'll get one in the mail to you!  Thanks for stopping by!




Monday, May 11, 2020

Monday Montage #164




Hello and welcome back for another Monday Montage Blog Hop!  Are you ready to see all our fabulous projects this week?


My project tonight is a card that was created using scraps of Bird Ballad DSP.  I cut them into 1/4" wide strips and wove them together.


I'm sure gonna miss the Bird Ballad DSP when it retires at the beginning of next month.  It's so pretty I almost didn't wanna cut it!  I love that there are so many gorgeous colors in every sheet. In fact it's hard to choose a color to feature!


I chose Petal Pink for the card base because I wanted a more subtle look.  Calypso Coral could have been used for a bolder card.  The Label Me Bold Stamp Set provided the perfect sentiment for my card... a simple Hello!

I hope you have enjoyed my project!
Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure to use the links below to navigate through the hop!  Click the BACK button to see what the fabulous Cheryl Curtis has created or click the NEXT button and head on over to check out the wonderful Elizabeth Price has created to share with you!




Card Ingredients:
Card Stock:  Calypso Coral, Whisper White
Stamps: Positive Thoughts, Very Versailles
Inks:  Smoky Slate, Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay, Pear Pizzazz
Tools/other supplies:  Frost White Shimmer Paint, Stitched Labels Dies, Embossing Paste, Party Pattern Decorative Masks, Window Sheets, Layering Circles Dies, Whisper White Polka Dot 3/8" Tulle Ribbon, Pigment Sprinkles, Fluid100 Watercolor Paper, Aqua Painters

Friday, May 8, 2020

Stampin' Fancy Friday: Fancy Colors Challenge

Hello there stampin' friends!  Today I'm sharing the card I created for the Stampin' Fancy Friday Fancy Colors Challenge.  This month we are sharing projects created using our favorite Stampin' UP! color combinations or a color combination that we've always wanted to try.  


My project features these colors from the Brights Collection:  Bermuda Bay, Poppy Parade, Granny Apple Green, Mango Melody.  Definitely NOT a color combination I would have ever put together but as you can see from my card- it works!


I've never been much of a "brights" person.  I mean, don't get me wrong- I love the bright colors- they're just a challenge for me to use.  So for my project- I began by creating a watercolor wash using Bermuda Bay and Granny Apple Green Reinkers, a piece of Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper and an Aqua Painter.  


After my watercolor wash was dry I began adding my stamped images.  From the Very Versailles Stamp Set- I used the words stamp that had been inked in Smoky Slate.  I stamped it in two places on the card.  Then I added a layer of Embossing Paste using the Pattern Party Decorative Masks and the Palette Knives.

After the Embossing Paste was completely dry- I used the cap of a Reinker bottle that had been pressed onto the Mango Melody Ink Pad to stamp circular images onto the watercolor layer.  I did this in several places before spritzing flecks of ink all over the card front.  


The edges of the watercolored image were distressed using a pair of Paper Snips.  As I was creating this underwater scene- I wanted to utilize the Under The Sea Dies to create a faux fish net, a beachy sand dollar and some underwater greenery.  


The Seahorse was stamped onto a piece of Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper in Black Staz-On Ink and colored in using Mango Melody and Poppy Parade.  To add the bubbly appearance- I carefully dropped tiny droplets of water onto the dry watercolored image using an Aqua Painter.  Next- he was fussy cut and carefully adhered upon the layers of underwater ephemera.  

Overall- I've learned a few things from this challenge!  If you're intimidated by bright colors as I was- watercolor them!  It makes the way less intimidating!  Adding random pops of bright color really helps draw attention to different details.  

Thanks for stopping by!



Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Let's Celebrate!

Hello there stampers!  Today was a fun day!  Ok- so not all of it was fun as I had to work for the majority of it- BUT I did get my preorder from the upcoming 2020-2021 Stampin' UP! Catalog.  Being a demonstrator definitely has it's perks!  
Even though I'm not sharing any projects created with my new goodies- I do still have a super cute card!  It was created using the Birthday Buddies Stamp Set and coordinating Bonanza Dies.  


This recessed panel card was simple to create! Simply cut your card stock using the dimensions below:

Whisper White cardstock base is cut 5 1/2″ x 8 /12″
One Whisper White panel is cut 1″ x 5 1/4″ (this panel is on the left side)
One Whisper White panel is cut 2″ x 5 1/4″ (this panel is on the right side)
Designer Paper is cut 1 1/2″ x 5 1/4″


I wanted the banners to completely cover the front of the card- so I simply die cut two and pieced them together.  The little Assorted PomPoms are a perfect fit on the banner.  

I'm not sure about you but I'm super sad that this set is retiring.  It's the cutest!
The little birthday banners, the presents, the animal shapes- all of it!  I just love it. 

Thanks for stopping by!  Here's a SNEAK PEEK of my new goodies!


Card Ingredients:
Card Stock:  Whisper White
DSP:  Birthday Bonanza 
Stamps:  Bonanza Buddies
Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Mango Melody, Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Tuxedo Black Memento 
Tools/Other supplies:  Bonanza Dies, Assorted PomPom's, Noble Peacock Rhinestones


Sunday, May 3, 2020

Creation Station: Mad As A Hatter Mash Up




Good morning stampin' friends!  It's a Mad As A Hatter Mash Up day for Creation Station.  For this challenge- we are creating projects that use stamps, dies, papers in an unexpected manner or we could use an outlandish color combination.  

As you can see from my card- I chose an outlandish color combination.  My inspiration came from this picture below.  


I chose the following colors:  Blackberry Bliss, Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo and Gray Granite.  It's not really my favorite color combination- but it was perfect for this challenge!


I began by stamping several images from the Peaceful Poppies Stamp Set onto a piece of Shimmer White Card Stock.   I then watercolored each using an Aqua Painter and added flecks of color by using the Rich Razzleberry and Basic Gray Stampin' Write Markers.


The die cut image was cut directly into the card using the Poppy Moments Dies.  The sentiment rests upon a stitched label that was cut using the Stitched So Sweetly Dies.


Hello Friend is from the Seriously The Best Stamp Set and I'm so sad it's retiring!  I love big scripts fonts!  They are so fun!  

I hope you enjoyed my project!  Thanks for stopping by!  Won't you take a moment and join us on the next stop in the hop?  Up next is the lovely Julie Beltramo


Monday, April 27, 2020

Monday Montage #163




Hello and welcome back for another Monday Montage Blog Hop!  Are you ready to see all our fabulous projects this week?

Today I created a card that is filled with all sorts of fun.  There are different techniques, textures, colors, etc.
It's a card that's very "me".



I started by creating a Window Sheet template that was filled with circles (this is easily made using the Layering Circles Dies).  Next I placed the template on the top of a piece of Whisper White Card Stock and stamped the word image from the Very Versailles Stamp Set in Smoky Slate Ink directly onto the Window Sheet through the circle holes.


I then added flecks of ink using the following colors:  Crushed Curry, Basic Gray and Bermuda Bay and Frost White Shimmer Paint.  A thin layer of Embossing Paste was added in random places using the diamond shapes mask from Pattern Party Decorative Masks.  


The leafy images are from the Very Versailles Stamp Set and were stamped in Pear Pizzaz ink and then fussy cut.  Pigment Sprinkles were used to create the colorful butterflies (Positive Thoughts Stamp Set). 

I hope you have enjoyed my project!
Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure to use the links below to navigate through the hop!  Click the BACK button to see what the fabulous Cheryl Curtis has created or click the NEXT button and head on over to check out the wonderful Elizabeth Price has created to share with you!




Card Ingredients:
Card Stock:  Calypso Coral, Whisper White
Stamps: Positive Thoughts, Very Versailles
Inks:  Smoky Slate, Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay, Pear Pizzazz
Tools/other supplies:  Frost White Shimmer Paint, Stitched Labels Dies, Embossing Paste, Party Pattern Decorative Masks, Window Sheets, Layering Circles Dies, Whisper White Polka Dot 3/8" Tulle Ribbon, Pigment Sprinkles, Fluid100 Watercolor Paper, Aqua Painters