Cute Boat Birthday Card

Did you know that the stamp set, Swirly Bird, has a boat with it? Me, neither! When the stamp set came out and I saw cards with boats on them, I was thrilled. I bought the stamp for the swirls, but I’ll take the boat and the bird and the kite, and all the other lovely stamps that come with it.

Sailboat made with the Swirly Bird stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Practice Makes Better

This card may go down as the first masculine card that I made that was EASY for me! Woohoo! I always tell my kids that practice makes better and finally, it’s happened! This image was so cute that I had no problem (finally) making a masculine card that wasn’t too frilly and that looks clean and nice.

What kind of card do you struggle with? Let me know in the comments. If you’re struggling, keep at it! You’ll get better, I promise. Practice really does make better.

Simple Watercoloring

Besides the adorable boat, there are two elements that made this card easier for me create. First, I used watercoloring. I used to be intimidated by watercoloring but now that I’ve done it a few times, I realize it’s not a big deal. It’s just ink and water on paper. However, there’s something about it that makes any card look really neat and put together.

Sailboat made with the Swirly Bird stamp set by Stampin' Up!

To do the watercoloring, I used Pool Party ink on Shimmery White paper (my favorite paper for watercoloring). I brushed the ink over it, let it dry, and repeated. This, my friend, is the secret to great watercoloring. By doing the process twice, the color gets darker. If you try to make it perfect the first time around, you will get too much water on the paper and you could possibly make a mess. (Nope, this has never happened to me….smile.) By letting the paper dry and doing it again, the color gets much darker without the mess. Simple. Easy. That’s my kind of stamping.

Here’s a video I made on watercoloring that may help you learn some tips and tricks.

Crooked Sentiments

The reason why I love sketches is because it gets my creative juices flowing. I loved that in the sketch below for the Paper Craft Crew (PCCC#208), there were several sentiments coming off the side – and some were crooked!

Paper Craft Crew Sketch #208

I know it’s a little thing, but seeing those crooked sentiments makes me smile. I think it makes the card. Every time I stamp crookedly (on purpose — mess ups don’t count) I always LOVE the effect. It gives cards a playful character, even serious cards, which is so much fun.

The best part of this card – now I have a masculine card in my stash, ready to go! Isn’t that a great feeling?

Happy Stamping

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Swirly Bird
Paper: Night of Navy, Shimmery White, Tip Top Taupe
Ink: Pool Party, Night of Navy, Tip Top Taupe
Other: Aqua Painters, Linen Thread, Classy Designer Buttons, Metallics Sequins


Making the Jar of Love Glow

Isn’t it awesome when we buy a stamp set that we use again and again and again? If you’re like me and enjoy getting some bang for you buck, check out the Jar of Love collection. These cute jars can be filled with anything! If you’ve seen my previous post, you know that they make great shaker cards, too!

For my card today, I wanted to fill my jar with fireflies. I have great memories of fireflies from my childhood. When I was very small, watching them move through the cool summer nights would fill me with delight. I caught a few in a jar similar to the one below.

Jar of Love stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Making the Jar of Love Glow

My challenge in creating this card was to figure out how to make the fireflies glow in their jar. I went through several sheets of paper and some failed attempts as I tried different inks and accessories, but that’s how we learn, right? I actually love it when that happens since you get to learn from my boo-boos and save some time!

To make the effect shown in the card, I used Whisper White craft ink and a sponge. Gotta love sponges. They are the best bang for you buck since they only cost $3.50 and you can use and reuse them forever. They make such a statement on cards, don’t they?

With your sponge, lightly dip into the white craft ink and then sponge onto dark card stock to form little circles. Keep sponging until the ink is a bit dispersed. It sounds harder than it is. Give this a try on some dark scrap paper so you get the feel for how much ink to pull up from the ink pad, and how to spread it evenly. Such a fun effect, isn’t it?

Jar of Love stamp set by Stampin' Up!

In real life, the card sparkles. The fireflies are colored in with gold Wink of Stella. I also splattered  gold stella onto the card. I brought in more gold with the sentiment embossed onto to the card, gold thread, and gold ribbon.

Isn’t the Jar of Love stamp set versatile? On my team, we’re showing each other the different cards we’ve made with the stamp set. Each card that’s been shared has been so different. It’s fun to see what everyone’s come up with. I hope you give this stamp set a chance. You’ll love it!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Jar of Love, Gorgeous Grunge
Paper: Whisper White, Dapper Denim, Basic Gray
Ink: Versamark, Basic Black
Other: Gold Embossing Powder, White Embossing Powder, Jar of Love Framelits, Dapper Denim Ribbon, Gold Ribbon

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Tips for Embossing on Vellum

Below I’ll discuss something that many crafters don’t realize they can do. Did you know it’s possible to emboss on vellum? With a heat tool??? I’ll be discussing how to do it later in this post. Embossing on vellum is a great way to add subtly to a card.

Masculine Cards

Is there a type of card that’s hard for you to make? For me, there’s one type that I struggle with – but it’s a doosie: masculine cards. About a quarter of all of my cards (should) go to the men in my life, but I have a very difficult time making masculine cards.

This is a surprising problem because I’m generally a no-frills kind of person in my non-crafting life. I don’t wear much makeup. I’ve had the same inexpensive purse and shoes for years. I’d rather save my money for crafts and tuition, not the latest frills. It’s therefore odd to me that I have so much trouble making masculine cards. But I do! I love to make cards delicate and frilly. The colors I like are usually soft pastels and pinks.

For the card below, I decided to leave my comfort zone and do a card that I could give to anyone. The Jar of Love stamp set is great for all kinds of occasions.

Jar of Love, stamp set by Stampin' Up! Embossing on Vellum

Tips for Embossing on Vellum

When making this card, I decided to play with vellum. Have you ever embossed on vellum? If you think it can’t be done, take a closer look at the card! It was my first time using the Copper Embossing powder and I love the richness that the copper gives to the bottle.

Here’s how to emboss on vellum:

  • Clean off the vellum with an embossing buddy so that any stray static won’t make the powder stick. Powder loves to stick to vellum, so try not to forget this important step!
  • Stamp your image in versamark, as you normally would. Sprinkle embossing powder over it. Brush off any stray powder using a dry paintbrush.
  • Here’s the most important part: Heat your embossing tool before you aim it at the vellum. I like to “preheat it” for about a minute. Preheating it brings the temperature up so that you’re not melting the vellum while the tool gets to the correct temperature.
  • Aim the heating tool at the image in small spurts. Don’t leave it on the image for a long time or the vellum will curl. This also lets the vellum cool down a bit so it doesn’t get overly hot.
  • Watch the powder turn into a solid. It’s always fun to see the transformation, but it’s particularly neat when seeing it on vellum. It almost appears to be melting into it. Such fun!

Jar of Love, stamp set by Stampin' Up! Embossing on Vellum

After embossing the image onto the vellum, I cut it out using the matching framelits. I also cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock out, so I could stamp my images on it. The Whisper White is glued (carefully, using tombow) so it is directly behind the image.

Since it’s a masculine card, I got out my new Black Metallic Thread and it reminded me of fishing wire. Not that I know anything about fishing, but it looked to me like it fit the theme of the card. I was excited for an opportunity to finally use the Black Thread!

The Seaside embossing folder put the card together with the water scene. I’ve used this embossing folder twice this week and I know it’s just the beginning – I’ll be getting a tone of use out of it.

I hope you enjoyed my masculine card. Perhaps you’ll give embossing on vellum a try? If you do, be sure to send me a picture of your card! Send it to:

Happy Stamping. Maybe this heat will send you indoors, into your stamp room? I sure hope so!


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Supplies Used:
Stamps: Jar of Love
Paper: Pacific Point, Brights DSP
Ink: Versamark, Pacific Point, Soft Sky
Other: Embossing Buddy, Copper Embossing Powder, Black Metallic Thread, Seaside Embossing Folder, Metallic Sequins

Happy Last Catalog Day!

Dear Friends,

Happy Memorial Day!  I hope today is a meaningful and wonderful day for you. I love facebook because I’m enjoying the posts that many of you are sharing with me (and texts!), showing me how you’re celebrating the day.

Today is also the last day of last year’s annual Stampin’ Up! Catalog. I can feel the excitment in the stamping world, as the new catalog is one of the best catalogs many of us have ever seen. It is filled with gorgeous stamp sets, product suites, and beautiful artwork. However, the previous catalog (ending today) is filled with favorites and we’ll be sad to see some of our standby stamp sets retire.

I have no idea what I’ll be ordering tomorrow. My list keeps changing. Whatever I end up getting, I know I’ll have a blast creating with the new goodies.

In the meantime, I wanted to use a set that’s retiring — today!  Open Sea has been a standby set for me for many years since it is great for masculine cards.

Open Sea stamp set by Stampin' Up!

My favorite part of the card is the ripped cardstock. I stamped the image in Sahara Sand on Very Vanilla card stock, I then ripped it and sponged the edges with Soft Suede. To make it stand out, I put it against Night of Navy cardstock. Such a simple but fun technique!


I love this second view of the card because you can really see the layers in it.

Happy Last Catalog Day! If there’s anything you want to get before it retires today, click here.

Supplies Used:
Stamp: Open Sea, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Night of Navy, Very Vanilla
Ink: Sahara Sand, Night of Navy, Lost Lagoon, Soft Suede
Other: Gold Buttons, Chevron Ribbon, Burlap Ribbon

Have a wonderful day,



Masculine Birthday Card

If I had to pick the hardest thing for me to craft, it would definitely be masculine cards.  I like flowers.  I like pink.  I like glitter.  I don’t like typical “guy” themes.  It’s just not me.  Not that I’m “girly girly.”  I’m SO not.  I just like flowers and pink things.  Below is a card I made for my brother.  Not even a hint of glitter! (Well, maybe there is a hint of it . . .)  What do you think?


I already sent the card off so I don’t have exact measurements.  On the left, I used a line of small brads to bring out a little glimmer.  On the whisper white card stock, I sponged a little Soft Sky on the top and Marina Mist on the top.  The Marina Mist card stock is resting on silver foil (gotta love the foil).  Stamp set is called  Open Seas — it’s a great stamp set for masculine cards.

Happy Birthday, dear sweet brother!!  Hope it’s an amazing year for you!!  XOXO