Seaside Shore gets a Shake Up!

Oh are shaker cards fun to make!! I’ve been having a ball this week making only shaker cards. They are truly addictive because they add sparkle and fun to a card.

The pictures of this card really don’t do it justice. The glitter sparkles in person and adds so much to the card. This is my favorite shaker card yet! (Though I suspect the card I’ll be posting on Friday may be your favorite…..)

Shaker card using the Seaside Shore stamp set by Stampin' Up!

How to Make the Water Background

Making the water was a little more complicated than it had to be. If you’re like me, if there’s a hard way and an easy way to do something, do you always find the hard way? Yep, that’s me alright. To make the water, I used Shimmery White cardstock and watercolored Pacific Point and Soft Sky ink over it. I then took the random dot stamp from the Awesomely Artistic stamp set, dipped it in the Pacific Point ink, sprayed the stamp with water, and stamped. It was a lot of work, but oh doesn’t it look pretty?

Here’s how I’d recommend you do this technique. Grab some Soft Sky cardstock. Ink up the random dot stamp with Pacific Point ink. Spray stamp with a little water and stamp onto the Soft Sky cardstock. And that’s it! Yes, the way I did it does add a lot to the card, but I think it would be equally lovely done with Soft Sky as a background rather than watercoloring.

Shaker card using the Seaside Shore stamp set by Stampin' Up!

To make the dragonfly, I used Shimmery White cardstock and colored the fly in Soft Suede, Crushed Curry, and Watermelon Wonder. I then misted the stamp with just a LITTLE water (that’s the key. If there’s too much water it’ll be a blob instead of a dragonfly) and stamped onto the cardstock. After it dried, I carefully cut it.

Shaker card using the Seaside Shore stamp set by Stampin' Up!

I think one of the reasons why I love this card so much is that it combines two of my favorite stamp sets, Awesomely Artistic and Seaside Shore. Both are amazing stamp sets and when you put them together, they make a huge impact.

To learn how to do a shaker card, see my video below:

My inspiration for this card came from the Paper Craft Crew design challenge. For the challenge, I followed the left column, Seashells, Natural Elements, and Water. If you’d like to play along, click here: PCC#209


Supplies Used:

Stamps: Awesomely Artistic and Seaside Shore
Ink: Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry, Soft Suede, Watermelon Wonder, Pacific Point, Soft Sky
Paper: Shimmery White, Whisper White, Crumb Cake
Other: Layering Circle Framelits Dies, Metallics Sequins

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Shaker Cards all this Week

I admit it. I’m ridiculously obsessed with shaker cards. This infatuation started a few weeks ago. I’ve wanted to make a shaker card for years. Really! The first time I saw one I loved it but thought it must be waaaaay too complicated. However, when I saw that Stampin’ Up! would be selling special Foam Adhesive Strips to make this type of card, of course I had to try it.

I was surprised at how easy it was to make. Doesn’t this happen all the time? Techniques we think are complicated really aren’t so bad once we give it a try. Now that I’ve made my first shaker card, I can’t seem to stop. All the cards I’ll be showing you this week are shaker cards.

Using Vintage Leaves for the Cutout

I decided to do something funky for this shaker card. Instead of using a standard circle or square for the cutout, I used a leaf!! I adore the Vintage Leaves stamp set and it’s a joy to use it.

Shaker Card made with Vintage Leaves stamp set by Stampin' Up!

I wanted to fill the shaker part with leaves and sparkles. To make the leaves, I use the smallest leaf from the Vintage Leaves stamp set. I then colored the leaves in different color markers so they would have a fun effect and then cut them out with the matching framelits. Finally, I carefully added the leaves to the shaker card, making sure each one faced the correct direction so the beautiful stamping could be seen.

A mistake

That’s when I realized I made a mistake with my card. I love to share my mistakes on my videos and blog because that’s how we learn. And I’d rather that you learn from my mistake than make one of your own! Really!

Shaker Card made with Vintage Leaves stamp set by Stampin' Up!

My mistake was using the absolutely stunning Fabulous Foil designer sheets with the intricate stamped leaves. I love this paper for shaker cards and the design fits with my card beautifully. It would have been perfect if I’d had something simple in the shaker card, such as glitter or sequins. However, the beautiful gold design hides the pretty leaves that I stamped, so that makes me a little sad. I will for sure use this paper for shaker cards again, but next time I’ll know that it may cover any stamping that I have. It would be so beautiful with plain gold glitter, wouldn’t it?

For instructions on how to make a shaker card, see my video below. Just promise you won’t get mad at me when you realize this is the only type of card you make anymore. LOL.

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Vintage Leaves
Paper: Watermelon Wonder, Moroccan DSP, Fabulous Foil designer Sheets
Ink: Crushed Curry, Pear Pizzazz, Calypso Coral
Other: Foam Adhesive Strips, Gold Glitter

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Birthday Blooms is Stunning Watercolored

Do you have the same “problem” as me,  some stamp sets get used and used and yes, used again? Birthday Blooms is a stamp set I reach for again and again. Sometimes I use the large flowers, other times I use just the sentiments in the beautiful fonts. For the card below, I used both!

Later in this post, I’ll be discussing my vacation. But first I want to tell you about the card!

Birthday Blooms stamp set by Stampin' Up, Watercoloring and Emboss Resist

Watercoloring is one of my favorite techniques. I also love to emboss. When you put them together, you have a technique called “Emboss Resist” or “Watercolor Washing.”

Below is a video I made on how to do this technique. It’s striking, isn’t it?

I first embossed the image using versamark ink and white embossing powder. I embossed on Shimmery White cardstock (my favorite for watercoloring. It shimmers, after all! Gotta love it.) I then used my AquaPainter to color in the flower.

  • Crushed Curry for the the center of the flowers
  • Watermelon Wonder for the outer flowers
  • Wild Wasabi for the leaves
  • Soft Sky for the area around the flowers

Here is a close up:

Birthday Blooms stamp set by Stampin' Up, Watercoloring and Emboss Resist

Isn’t it a fun technique? I chose the yellow Crushed Curry ink for the center because I love the coral color that it turns into when it meets up with the red Watermelon Wonder ink.

The “For You” sentiment is embossed onto vellum with Copper embossing powder. I used vellum so it would have a soft effect and not detract from the flower. You can also see through it to the soft sky ribbon under it.

This effect is gorgeous and I hope you’ll give it a try!

Birthday Blooms stamp set by Stampin' Up, Watercoloring and Emboss Resist

My Vacation

Last week I went on vacation and unplugged. This was huge for me and it was something I really needed. I stayed in Upstate New York, in the mountains. It was beautiful!!! Here’s a view of the Hudson River. I took the train up from Maryland, and rode alongside the Hudson for two hours. It was a treat!


While on vacation I did a lot of reading. I was lucky because the place where I stayed had a library. It was gorgeous and there were little cozy areas to read throughout the library, along with gorgeous views. I could not focus on my book, I kept gazing outside, at the beauty around me. Can you blame me?


This picture shows some flowers and just one of the gorgeous views.


I did one thing that I’ve wanted to do for months now. Since reading Henna House by Nomi Eve with my book club, I’ve been obsessed with Henna. The book talks about the history of Henna, the meaning of it, and the beauty of it. There was a Henna artist at the spa, so of course I had to book an appointment. I asked her for a meaningful design with swirls. Here’s what she did.


The Henna was the icing on the cake for me. I loved it and I was so thrilled to experience it. The artist explained that the design was for new beginnings, specifically used in India. Every time I glance down at my hand I smile and remember something wonderful about my vacation. It was a great trip and who knows, maybe I’ll make this an annual vacation?

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Birthday Blooms
Paper: Shimmery White, Vellum, Soft Sky
Ink: Versmark, Soft Sky, Watermelon Wonder, Crushed Curry, Wild Wasabi
Other: Soft Sky Ribbon, Copper Embossing Powder

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Watercolored Birthday Blooms

The Birthday Blooms stamp set by Stampin’ Up! is ideal for watercoloring. The big flower looks spectacular when watercolored and it’s large enough to make the process easy. Are you comfortable with watercoloring? For some people, watercoloring is intimidating. When people tell me they’re afraid to do it, I remind them — it’s just paper! What’s the worst that can happen? I love it when my friends decide to take the leap and learn to master the technique.

Birthday Blooms Watercolored

I decided to make watercoloring the feature for this card. Not only is the flower watercolored, but the background is, too. Why not, right? When you’re already getting out the AquaPainter, you may as well keep going 🙂

The flower from Birthday Blooms was pretty easy to watercolor. I first stamped the image in Archival Gray Ink on Shimmery White paper. I fussy cut the image and colored it in using my AquaPainter.

Birthday Blooms stamp set by Stampin' Up! using Watercoloring

Tips for Watercoloring:

  • For the paper, I used Shimmery White card stock. I love how this paper takes ink and water. It also has a beautiful shimmer.
  • For the background watercoloring, I first tacked the paper down using old washi tape so as it dried, it wouldn’t curl up.
  • Before adding ink to the card stock, I first brushed water onto the card stock.
  • The colors I used for the background was Night of Navy and Crumb Cake.
  • After watercoloring, the colors weren’t bold enough for me. I dried the paper using a heat tool and watercolored it a second time. This made the colors pop.

Below is a close-up of the watercoloring. Do you see the sparkle in the middle of the flower? I did it using Silver Dazzling Details. Very sparkly 🙂 But hard to see in the photo!

Birthday Blooms stamp set by Stampin' Up! using Watercoloring

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Supplies Used:
Stamps: Birthday Blooms
Techniques: Watercoloring
Ink: Night of Navy, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi
Paper: Dapper Denim, Shimmery White
Other: Silver Dazzling Details, Silver Metallic Thread, Aquapainter

Happy Stamping!

More Fun with Fairy Celebration

On Friday I posted a video on how to use the Spotlight Technique. In the video, I used the Fairy Celebration stamp set and showed a sample with a square spotlight (instead of the more traditional round). Today I grabbed my sample and made it into a card. To me, the stamp set screams “BLING” so the challenge for me was adding glitter without overdoing it.

Fairy Celebration stamp set by Stampin' Up!, Spotlight Technique

Okay, so I almost overdid it. Instead of adding glitter all over, I added little bitty dabs of tombow glue in the center of some of the sparkles. In real life, the card glitters and shines, just like fairy dust. But not so much that you need sun glasses 🙂

Fairy Celebration stamp set by Stampin' Up!, Spotlight Technique

Traditionally, the spotlight technique is done using a round focal point. After all, a “real” spotlight is round. However, we’re creative people. We don’t have to bow to the norm. Our spotlights can be whatever shape we desire. I was thinking that a heart-shaped spotlight would also be lovely.

For more information on doing the Spotlight Technique, see my video below. Also, click here to see my detailed post from last Friday.

I did have some challenges lining up my square spotlight because something went awry. I cut out the square at an angle, not realizing that would be an issue when I went to put everything together. LOL. When doing a video, I’d much rather find the problem myself so you can learn from me, so I actually LOVE it when I encounter a problem. Now you know to cut and stamp evenly when you’re doing any other shape besides a circle. The circle is very forgiving, so if you are a new stamper, don’t get frustrated, just stick with a round and you’ll be all set.

I hope you give this technique a try!

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Supplies Used:
Stamp Set: Fairy Celebration
Paper: Rose Red, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black, Versamark, Blender Pens
Other: Silver Glitter, Silver 1/8 ribbon, Delicate Doilies, Metallic Doilies

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How to do the Spotlight Technique

For my technique challenge this month, I wanted to feature a technique that would have a huge impact, but wouldn’t involve anything messy. The Spotlight Technique fit the bill!  (Last month was WAYYYY messy with the Acrylic Block Stamping Technique. Totally love it, but some people <gasp> don’t like to get their hands inky.)

I decided to use Spotlighting when I was playing with the Fairy Celebration stamp set. The stamp set is ideal for this type of technique. Traditionally, this technique uses images that are colored in, but solid images can also be used.

My card below is actually very simple, but the spotlighting gives it a “Wow” effect. I am also so excited about the new Layer Circles framelits. The little pop of color from the scallop highlights the image and makes it pop even more. To color the image, I used blender pens. It adds a soft look to the images and has a beautiful watercolor effect.

Fairy Celebration stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Join my special Facebook group

Did you know that I have a special facebook group? Every month I post a technique video and members of the group post cards they’ve made, using the technique. It’s a lot of fun to see everyone’s interpretation of the technique. I randomly choose someone who has participated, and I send them stamping goodies :). If you’d like to join, click here.

How to do the Spotlight Technique

To do the spotlight technique as shown above, you stamp the image twice. For my sample above, I first stamped the image on green Emerald Envy paper. I then stamped it again on Whisper White.

After stamping on the Whisper White, I played with the circles from the Layer Circles framelits . I chose where I wanted my image to be cut out and after cutting it, I colored it in with blender pens. I then added a scalloped border and carefully placed it over the green Emerald Envy paper so the images matched exactly.

There are other ways of doing the technique as well. Watch the whole video below to learn some additional tips and tricks.

Here is a close up of the card. For the linen thread, I first doubled the length of ribbon, then tied it into a double bow.

Fairy Celebration stamp set by Stampin' Up!

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Supplies Used:
Stamp Set: Fairy Celebration
Paper: Emerald Envy, Watermelon Wonder, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black, Blend Pens
Other: Linen Thread, Rhinestones, Layer Circles framelits.

Happy Stamping,

Have a Snappy Day!

I have to confess – when I first planned to do a video on Acrylic Block Stamping, I didn’t realize how much I’d love the technique. Sure, I’ve done the technique before and liked it. But after experimenting more and more with it, I’ve fallen head over heals with it and now use it all the time.

Before adding the background to the card below, I was really struggling. The crab looked too “cutesy” and not my style. I put it aside and when I came back to it, I realized it needed a beach background. I decided to use Shimmery White cardstock. My friends, if you love this technique, you MUST try it on Shimmery White. Although the technique works on all card stock, there’s something about the Shimmery White card stock that takes the ink so nicely and blends the colors. And then it shimmers when you’re done! Can’t go wrong.

You're Sublime stamp set by Stampin' Up!, Acrylic Block Stamping

After I made the background for the card, I absolutely adored it. To follow the Paper Craft Crew challenge (PCCC#199) I added the little sunshade. So stinkin’ cute! I used the Hearth and Home framelits to cut it out.

Paper Craft Crew Challenge #199

You're Sublime stamp set by Stampin' Up!, Acrylic Block Stamping

Here’s the video on how to do Acrylic Block Stamping.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: You’re Sublime
Paper: Sahara Sand, Real Red
Ink: Sahara Sand, Real Red, Marina Mist, Soft Sky, Crumb Cake
Other: Hearth and Home framelits, Metallic Sequins

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How to do Acrylic Block Stamping

Dear Friends,

Have you ever tried Acrylic Block Stamping? It’s a technique where you literally use your clear acrylic block to stamp backgrounds onto your paper.

This technique always makes me smile because I have a special association witinspirecreateshareh it. I actually became a demonstrator just to go to the Stampin’ Up! convention. It was a dream of mine for many years. A few years ago, my husband (can you believe it), out of the blue, advised me to sign up as a demo and go to Convention.

He gave me this suggestion because he felt our kids were old enough for me to leave them (and him!) for a few days. Later, he confessed that he himself had a vacation he wanted to take on his own. LOL. He never did take that vacation but he encouraged me to go on mine.

I had an amazing time at Convention – it was a dream come true. My swaps used this technique. Now that you’ve heard about it, you’ll see it often on many cards. It is a standby and can be used often for different types of effects.

To join my private facebook group and see how others have used this technique, click here.
It’s lots of fun to see everyone’s projects and how they interpret the technique.

The card below showcases the technique. I used Whisper White cardstock and stamped over it on an Acrylic Block that was covered in ink, spritzed with a little water. I then trimmed off any parts of the paper that didn’t have ink on it. I LOVE how it turned out. I’ve been using this technique a ton these past few days and will be sharing more cards I’ve made using it.

Sheltering Tree stamp set by Stampin' Up! using Acrylic Block Stamping

In the details below, you can see the different colors used in the background. I used a bunch of  colors. I started with lightest colors and added different shades of blue, green, and even brown, using ink pads and markers.

Sheltering Tree, Stampin' Up!, Acrylic Block Stamping

I hope you give this technique a try! It will make your cards super special. And frankly, it’s fun throwing different colors onto a block and seeing what comes out.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Sheltering Tree
Technique: Acrylic Block Stamping
Paper: Garden Green, Whisper White, Tip Top Taupe
Ink: Various Blues, Greens, and Browns. Tip Top Taupe, Garden Green

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Let’s go fly a kite…

Swirly Bird has a Kite!

Dear Friends,

I am so thrilled that it’s kite weather again. When my family goes to the beach, we love to bring our kite and go out in the evenings, when it’s cooler and beach is less crowded. It’s not easy to get the kite up there, but once we do, I have great memories of my kids laughing as they hold the string.


Swirly Bird is such a great stamp set — it even has these sweet little kite stamps hiding in it. The card below was easy to make since I keep a template for making clouds right in my stamp area. Whenever I need it, it’s there so I don’t have to make a new one. The template is made with the scallop punch. I punched out three scallops and taped them together. They are well worn, but they work great.


To get the color, I first used Marina Mist ink. I then used Pacific point on top of it. Pacific Point is a little dark, so before I sponged it on the card, I first dabbed some ink off on scrap paper so it wouldn’t be too dark.

Swirly Bird Stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Here’s a video I made a few months ago for my Creative Challenge members on how to do this technique.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Swirly Bird, Kinda Eclectic
Paper: Whisper White, Marina Mist
Ink: Marina Mist, Pacific Point, Bermuda Bay, Elegant Eggplant, Black, Gray
Other: Linen Thread

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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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