Builder Birdcage is the Cutest!

I have a very exciting announcement today: Registration is now open for our next Creative Challenge!

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If you love to make cards, this challenge is for you! It’ll give you energy and FUN to pave the way to a creative 2017. The challenge will last 14 days, and it’s all done in Facebook. The Challenge is FREE and you’ll have tons of opportunities to win prizes. Although I call it a challenge, it’s actually not much of a challenge. LOL. It’s simple, easy things you’ll do every day to get you in the crafting mood. I also have some small tasks that will help keep you creating after the challenge is over.

If you’re already a member of the Creative Challenge, there’s no need to rejoin. If you’re new, click below to sign up.

Also, if you’d like more information, access my FAQ page here: Creative Challenge

Today’s Card

Today’s card is featured in my graphic for the Creative Challenge. It uses some new products in the Occasions catalog. I don’t know what I like more, the paper or the stamp. But, it doesn’t matter. LOL. Both are fun to use and make my stamping even enjoyable and fun.

Handmade Card using the Builder Birdcage stamp set by Stampin' Up!

The card uses the new stamp set, Builder Birdcage. It’s an interesting stamp set because it can be used in different types of stamping. You can make an incredibly elegant card with it, a cutesy card, or anything in between. You’ll see lots of different uses on my blog since I love the stamp set so much. It’ll get a ton of ink from my stamp room!

Tips and Tricks

The birdcages are stamped in Archival Gray ink. This is a little subtler than black and pairs nicely with the soft colors in the card.

Handmade Card using the Builder Birdcage stamp set by Stampin' Up!

I’m not a perfect cutter! After cutting out the bird cages, any areas that I missed which showed white I dipped into the Gray ink pad and filled in with Gray. This is totally not scientific and I didn’t use any tools. LOL. I just brushed the edges in the ink. Worked great and the bird cages look crisp over the purple paper.
The Succulent Garden paper marries nicely with this stamp set. The sample in the catalog also uses this paper with the stamp set.

I hope you join my Creative Challenge. It will be a ton of fun. There are lots of prizes and the Challenge is free! Come join me. Click here to learn more.

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Stamps: Builder Birdcage
Ink: Archival Gray, Sweet Sugarplum, Crushed Curry, Mint Macaron
Paper: Succulent Garden, Sweet Sugarplum, Whisper White

Funky Shapes with Paper

I am so very excited about this card!! You see, when I started paper crafting, I pretty much gave up my second-most favorite hobby of quilting. With two kids, a full time job, and a busy life, there’s only so much I can do. I dropped the quilting (for the most part) so I could focus on paper crafting.

Paper crafting is a great hobby because you can finish a project QUICKLY! I still remember the first time I was introduced to card making. I made my first card was in shock. It was done. I didn’t have a UFO (unfinished object) hanging around. From start to finish, I was done in less than an hour.

This type of hobby fits my busy life. I still have dreams of going back to quilting. A few months ago I even went on a quilt retreat and made two quick quilts for my girlies. I have dreams of making a wall hanging for my dining room and bought fabric last month. Let’s hope I get to it!

This Card Reminds Me of Quilting

I am thrilled about this card because in my mind, it reminds me of quilting. What do you think? I’m thinking a modern quilt, nothing traditional!

Use up your scraps with this card! Uses the One Big Meaning stamp set by Stampin' Up!

To make the card, I followed the colors from the Paper Craft Crew Color Challenge #212.


I’m not sure why, but when I saw the challenge I immediately thought of the Affectionately Yours Paper. The problem was that the paper only had two of the colors, Night of Navy and Emerald Envy. No worries! I squeezed in some Tangerine Tango from my in-color designer series paper pack and I think it blends in nicely.

Tips for Working with Multiple Paper

As I was designing this card, I thought like a quilter. First, I made each strip the same width. I didn’t need to do this, but it helped me organize my thoughts. Actually, I think it would be fun to change up with the width – maybe I’ll do that next time!

Use up your scraps with this card! Uses the One Big Meaning stamp set by Stampin' Up!

I cut the different papers at ½ x 6. I then laid them down and made sure that two similar colors weren’t right next to each other.

When adhering, I only put adhesive on the center back of each paper and placed each paper down gingerly. This let me move things around a bit when I wanted to change things up.

Can you tell that some of the papers are crooked? I did that on purpose! That’s my most fun part of the project. As I was putting it together, I realized that I WASN’T making a quilt and I didn’t have to make things even. Such fun to work outside of the seams.

Once each paper was laid out, I took scissors and cut things at angles. Since there was only adhesive on the center, I was able to go back and do this. On the top, I kept things mostly straight so the card would have a nice flow. However, on the bottom, I really had fun, cutting each strip at a different angle.

Using up Paper

If you’re like me, you have a TON of paper to use up. This is a fabulous project for using our paper. Also, depending on the paper, the card could work for any occasion. You could do a holiday card, birthday card, anything. Just change up the sentiment.

The fun thing about this project is that the paper was easy to choose. When I choose fabric for a project, it’s very difficult and I’ve made mistakes. When using a package of paper in a series, you can’t mess up. The designers purposely coordinate the paper to to be used together in a project.

I hope you CASE (copy and share everything) this project and make a fun, quilt-like card of your own.


Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: One Big Meaning
Paper: Night of Navy, Brights Designer Series Paper Stack, Affectionately Yours
Ink: Night of Navy
Other: Silver Metallic Thread


Shaking up with a Shaker Card

I love to shake things up! Well, maybe not in my life, but definitely with my cards! I adore shaker cards. Do you also love them? I think I love them so much because I have a deep affection for anything that sparkles. Shaker cards can have sparkle. Lots and lots of sparkle. That makes me so happy.

Shaker Card made with Jar of Love stamp set by Stampin' Up!

I was inspired to make shaker cards because Stampin’ Up! now has Foam Adhesive Strips available in its catalog. These strips make creating shaker cards so incredibly easy. You’ll also need Window Sheets. That’s it! No other specialty items needed.

PDF Download for Shaker Cards

Creating shaker cards is not hard. Trust me, if I can do it, anyone can do it. But as I went through the process, I realized there were some steps that needed to be done in a certain order to make sure the project was successful. I therefore created a free pdf you can download that lists each of the steps. Click here to download it.

The video below also takes you through each step of the process. I show you some tips. I also showed you a trick I used when I didn’t have a supply I needed! That happens to all of us sometimes, doesn’t it? I hope you enjoy the video and that you make your own shaker card!

Tips for Creating a Shaker card:

  • When creating a shaker card, one of the most important tips I can share is that you should stamp the front of your card before you put the adhesive strip on the back of card (see video). This will keep your stamping lookin’ great.
  • You can use anything that you can imagine to fill the shaker card. Even candy! Though no one will want to destroy the card to get it out J Other ideas are sequins, glitter, beads, buttons, hardware, dried flowers, little bits of paper. Anything!
  • You may want to make two cards while you’re at it, because you’ll have a hard time giving your shaker card away. Trust me on this one!

Shaker Card made with Jar of Love stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Try making your own Shaker Card!

If you’re interested in winning prizes for stamping, come join my creative challenge. We’re making shaker cards this month. Anyone who makes one will be part of a raffle to win some lovely crafting supplies from moi. Click here to join anytime. You will love it!

Supplies Used:

Stamps and Framelits: Jar of Love, Seaside Shore
Paper: Mint Macaron, Calypso Coral, Sahara Sand, By the Shore DSP
Ink: Versamark, Basic GrayOther: Window Sheets, Foam Adhesive Strips, Silver Sequins, Embossing Buddy

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Happy Stamping!!

Embossing Folder Stamping with Vellum

Dear Friends,

A few months ago I posted a video on how to do embossing folder stamping. I had some leftover cardstock from my video. The leftover scrap was gorgeous. I couldn’t waste it so I created another card with it.

Below is the video on the technique:

Click here to the link on the original post, and for a pdf instructions sheet.

Making the card was a challenge because my technique was very bold. I did a trick — one I want to share with you. Vellum, my friends, vellum. It’s a great tool for softening any color that’s too bold. You can’t tell from the picture, but there is a sheet of vellum over the background. It feels neat when holding the card and it makes the colors soft and pretty.

Feel Goods Stamp set by Stampin' Up!

For the layers, I punched hexagons in Mint Macaroon and put them behind the banner. Gotta stay in the theme, you know 🙂

I’m really going to miss the Feel Goods stamp set, which is retiring on June 3rd. Actually, I’m thinking it’ll be one of the few stamp sets I keep forever. My favorite quote from the stamp set is “She Believed She Could So She Did.” Yes, this one is a keeper.

Feel Goods Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

For the ribbon, I took apart Smokey Slate Baker’s twine so it would have a vintage look, and then tied the bow. I love baker’s twine, but it’s very thick — taking it apart fits my stampin’ style better.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Feel Goods, Gorgeous Grunge
Paper: Lost Lagoon, Whisper White, Vellum, Mint Macaroon
Other: Honeycomb Embossing Folder, Silver Squins, Doilies, Hexagon Punch, Smokey Slate Thick Baker’s Twine

Have a happy week,

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Sponging – 2 ways!

Dear Friends,

Today I’m sharing my latest technique video. In the video, I teach two ways of using sponging to make stunning backgrounds for your stamped images.

The video was created for my Creative Challenge group. Click here to learn about the challenge and join. We have a vibrant facebook group and lots of projects shared throughout the month.

Last month we did Watercolor Washing, which is one of my absolute favorite stamping techniques. This month, I wanted to feature a beautiful technique – but one that didn’t involve water. LOL. A little less mess, anyone? I decided on using sponges because they are my favorite tool. I’m a frugal gal and in my opinion, sponges are the cheapest tool with the largest impact. A package of sponges only costs about $3.50 (click here if you need to order any) and you can cut them up and get tons of use of them. I like to label my sponges and keep them forever. The more you use them, the better they get!

The first card uses all-over sponging. Using Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, and Melon Mambo, I show how to sponge, adding layers of color to make the beautiful effect shown on the card.


The second card shows two techniques in one. It shows how to create the ripped paper effect, as well as sponging, merging different colors together.

Many of my videos for my Creative Challenge members include more than one way of doing a technique. I therefore have two different neat ways of doing sponging. I like to fill my videos with as much information as possible since my technique videos are designed to be a class. The videos are comprehensive and include as much information about the technique as needed for beginners and advanced stampers to be successful with the technique.


Below is the video. I hope you enjoy it and give this technique a try.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Summer Silhouettes
Paper: Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Whisper White
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, and Melon Mambo
Tools: Sponges

CASing the New Catalog!!

Dear Friends,

Per Stampin’ Up!’s rules, I can’t take a picture of pages of the upcoming new catalog — but I can replicate projects and show them to you! The buzz is that the new catalog has the BEST samples. I decided to replicate one so you could see it.

WARNING: I did change the card a bit. I am not able to copy things exactly since I’m a perfectionist. If I see something that I could easily tweak, I can’t help myself. I added the blue card base and also the very thin layer of whisper white behind the watercolor paper. I love the original card but I also love the effect my few tweaks have on the card. It gives it a different effect and I’m lovin’ it.


Now that I’ve gotten over my fear of it, I love watercoloring. I used to be intimidated by it. Really. That was a long time ago — back in March. In April I decided to force myself to conquer my fear by teaching it for my creative challenge. There’s nothing that makes you learn something as well as when you teach it. Nothing. So here it is, a month later, and I just grab my aquapainter and go for it, without hesitation. That’s why I’m a demo. I love to learn, so I teach.

If you’d like to join me in my journey, click here and read about how I came to be a demo and consider joining me. You’ll have a ball! And you’ll learn, more than you ever thought you would. I promise.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Kinda Eclectic
Paper: Pool Party, Whisper White, Watercolor
Ink: Watermelon Wonder, Daffodil Delight, Pool Party
Other: Baker’s Twine, Pearls, Butterfly Punch, Aqua Painter

I have a new class!  All orders (any size) receive a free class tutorial with gorgeous cards using the Circle of Spring stamp class.

Have a great week,


Challenge Projects

Dear Friends,

Today I have a special post. Instead of posting one of my cards, I’m posting the cards that the wonderful women in my creative challenge have made, using watercoloring.

If you haven’t yet seen it, below is the video I made for Challenge members this month:

Here are the beautiful cards that were created so far.  I know more artwork is coming and I can’t wait to see the creative takes on the challenge.

In the card below, Anne Elaine used the watercolor technique to add some interest to some beautifully stamped flowers. The background looks like water to me. The whole effect is gorgeous.


Janine’s card almost looks like a framed photo. The watercoloring adds so much to the card and makes the image look realistic. She kept the stamping in the center simple so the eye goes right to the color. The rest of the card seems almost to frame the image. Isn’t it lovely?


Deb’s card is also amazing. She added salt to the technique and it gave the watercoloring an added coolness factor. I love the colors she used and the flower image is simple and elegant, and works perfectly with the card.


Denise is new to the challenge this month and she fits into the group perfectly. Without realizing it, she combined the watercoloring challenge to one we did two months ago – Triple (or double) layer stamping. I love the colors on her card.


Malika is also new the challenge and adds much enthusiasm and smiles to our facebook site. Below is a sample of some of her work, as she plays with different effects of watercoloring. She has shown us more samples and I can’t wait to see her final card.


Lynn’s card uses a really neat take on watercoloring. I love love love seeing other people’s work since I always learn from everyone. I never would have thought to use this effect for clouds and it looks gorgeous on Lynn’s card.


DeeDee’s card is also amazing, isn’t it? It is a lovely example of the technique because the background enhances the card tremendously. The stamp she chose is ideal for this technique and I love the colors that DeeDee chose.


Margo’s card certainly does make me smile! I love the colors. If you look carefully at the watercoloring, you’ll notice she went in a circle, which goes beautifully with the stamped image. Margo’s card would brighten anyone’s day.


Isn’t Karen’s card elegant?  I love the Asian theme. The watercoloring adds interest to the card and allows the eye to to take in the scene without being distracted by too many competing colors.


I hope you enjoyed seeing everyone’s work. If you make a watercolor card, please send me a picture of it (or post it on our facebook group). We all learn from each other . . . and I’m lucky to have such beautiful inspiration every day.


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Watercolor Washing – Card #1

If you are into stamping, I know you’ve seen the Watercolor Washing effect. It’s HOT right now. Lots of trendy cardmakers are using this technique, and I can see why.  It is incredibly beautiful. There’s something so perfect about it’s imperfect look. It’s grungy, yet pretty.

Below is one of my first cards that I made using this technique.  On Friday I’ll be posting a video on this technique.  The video discuss all aspects of the technique and is almost like taking a class. I know you’ll love it, so be sure to check back.

I posted the video this past Sunday for my Creative Challenge (to learn more about my monthly challenge, click here) and they are so excited and thrilled to try it.  Love those women 🙂


To make the card, I first adhered Shimmer White card stock to a clip board with washi tape. Doing this prevents the paper from warping as it dries. I then brushed water all over it. Using an aqua painter with Crumb Cake and Blushing bride ink, I randomly brushed color over the cardstock. I added drops of water (you can see them under the car) for added interest. And to be honest, just to play and see how it would look 🙂


The car is embossed on Shimmer White, too. (I am loving Shimmer White for watercoloring. It takes the ink and water very nicely.) I then fussy cut it out, added some silver thread, and put the car over top of the design with dimensionals.

I’ll be showing you more examples using this technique.  It is SOOOOOO much fun.  I hope you’ll give it a try.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Beautiful Ride
Paper: Whisper White and Shimmer White
Ink: Crumb Cake, Blushing Bride, So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz, Smokey Slate
Accessories: Embossing Powder, Versamark, Heat Tool, Aqua Painter, Silver Thread

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Creative Challenge! Thumping Technique

This is has been a very exciting week.  Sunday marked the first day of my Creative Challenge! My challenge will last for three weeks and we have a facebook site for our members.  Every week I post a video showing a different technique and the challenge members make cards using the technique.

For the first week, I did the Thumping technique.  With this technique, you first color a stamp (using the lightest color) and then thump other colors onto the stamp. Once you have all the colors on the stamp, breath onto it to remoisten the ink and stamp your image.  It creates a BEAUTIFUL effect, one you can’t achieve with just one color.

Here is the card I created for the video:


I purposely kept the design simple so we could focus on the technique.

I have the supply list and dimensions in a file here: Week 1 Supply List

During the week, I’ll be posting more projects I made using this technique.  The neatest thing about the challenge is the friendships it is forming.  I am getting to know so many different women from all over the United States.  And you cannot imagine how sweet they are. I am constantly getting emails and messages.  The women are supporting each other, too.  It’s been the most wonderful experience.



Creative Challenge – Please Join Me!


I am so excited to share a project I’ve been working on for a while!  A creative challenge!!  So many of us start off a new year thinking of what we should change about ourselves or our homes. I’m so done with that. It never works, anyway. Let’s instead start off our year inspiring creativity, building friendships, and growing our skills.

Join me in my 2016 creative challenge! Click here for details and information.


Please sign up by January 10th.  Click here to sign up.  There is no fee (of course!).

The challenge will start on January 10th when every week for three weeks I’ll be posting a video.  You’ll use the technique throughout the week to make paper craft projects.  For every project you do, you’ll be entered to win a raffle for prizes. Fun, isn’t it?

You won’t need to buy anything to join but you will need basic paper crafting supplies, such as card stock, ink pads, stamps (a nature stamp would be best), and sponges.

I hope you’ll join me.  Click here for all details.