Watercolored Avant Garden

Hello, my friend. Thank you for reading my blog today! I’m so glad you stopped by. Talking about friends, this past weekend I did something special. I arranged with another crazy busy Mom friend to meet late Saturday night, when kids were asleep…at a coffee shop. We were laughing because it was so late, we thought the only place open would be a bar. To put it mildly, we’re not the type of women who would ever step foot in a bar. Not that I have a problem bars (my husband would live in a bar if he could), it’s just not me. I’m more of the crunchy, vegetarian, tree-hugging type.

It was so great to get away from our houses and just enjoy each other’s company. I’m embarrassed to say that I’ve never asked this friend to get together with just me. We have kids the same age and we always get together as a family. She and I are both SUPER busy and I thought she’d never have time. But I love her and when we’re all together as a family, we can’t usually talk as much as we’d like (another understatement). It was so refreshing to get away and talk about anything and everything. We were both thrilled and will need to schedule this regularly!

Going with the Flow

My card today makes me remember the importance of going with the flow and not forcing things to go “your way.” When I first started stamping with the Avant Garden stamp set, I went in an entirely different direction. I was going to color the flower with markers, etc. I started in this way and after stamping the image onto scrap paper, I wasn’t happy with it. The stamp wanted me to use it an entirely different way. Without guilt, I scrapped my original idea and went with the watercoloring!

Watercolored Handmade Card using the Avant Garden stamp set by Stampin' Up!

I’m so glad that I went with my second idea. I love how the card came out! It’s so much more fun to stamp when you go with your intuition and don’t keep chasing an idea that doesn’t want to work. I had intended to stamp for only a few minutes, but once the inspiration hit, I finished the whole card in one session!

Tips and Tricks

To do the watercoloring I started with Shimmery White paper. I first stamped the images in versamark and then embossed it with clear embossing powder. Using my Aqua Painter, I brushed some water all over the cardstock (lightly!). I then painted Flirty Flamingo ink all over it.

Watercolored Handmade Card using the Avant Garden stamp set by Stampin' Up!

If you’ve never watercolored, give it a try! After you do it the first time, the process is easy and you get better and better.

As a final touch, I added some glitter. I did this my putting tombow over the card in random places and then sprinkling it over with silver glitter. Before putting on the glitter, make sure the card is dry or you’ll have glitter everywhere. It would later come off (it’s just water) but you may make a huge mess. As me how I know. LOL.

Wishing you a wonderful day. Thanks for stopping by my blog.


Supplies Used:

Stamps: Avant Garden (Sale-A-Bration)
Paper: Falling in Love DSP, Shimmery White, In color Assortment Pack, Whisper White (card base)
Ink: Flirty Flamingo, Versamark
Other: Clear Embossing Powder, Silver Glitter

Dear Friends,

Wishing you a great week. My husband took the kids to the pool so I’m relaxing a bit. While everyone’s away, I also made the card below. I turned up Pandora to some great 80’s music and the card just came together. There’s nothing like 80’s music to get you in a great mood and inspire you, is there?  It’s playing LOUDLY now (Pat Benatar’s “We Belong”).

The flower is from the Birthday Bloom’s stamp set. I stamped it in Basic Gray and watercolored it in Flirty Flamingo and then went over it again with Watermelon Wonder.

The “For You” is cut on the top right with a bit of the decorative label punch to give it a little extra interest.

Birthday Blooms by Stampin' Up!

I have a confession about this card. I wanted to mount it onto Watermelon Wonder paper — but I’m almost out of it! Instead, I used Whisper White, cut thin strips of Watermelon Wonder and after I glued them on, I had almost the same effect as a whole piece of card stock. I decided to use some serpendipity in my design and left a little bit of the Whisper White showing on the left. I like it!  A lot 🙂

Birthday Blooms by Stampin' Up!

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Birthday Blooms
Ink: Basic Gray, Watermelon Wonder, Flirty Flamingo, Emerald Envy
Paper; Whisper White, Silver Foil Sheets, Gray DSP (Basics), Shimmery White
Other: Silver Thread, Rhinestones, Decorative Punch

Have a wonderful week,

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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

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Have a great week,


Video – Watercolor Washing

Dear Friends,

I hope my last blog post tempted you to try the Watercolor Wash technique. If not, perhaps my card today will encourage you to give it a try. The stamp set, Awesomely Artistic, is ideal for the effect. Even the little dots on the paper are made using an image from the stamp set.

The card below is actually the first card I made using the technique. I had a little mess up, but I learned from it.  The video (shown at the end of this post) shows what I did wrong and how I fixed it. You just gotta try — you don’t learn unless you do. And if we  “mess up” badly, we’ve just wasted a little paper. Isn’t paper crafting great?


I made a pdf with instructions on how to do the technique.  Click April 2016 Watercolor washing to download it.

This technique was so much fun that I decided to use it for my Monthly Creative Challenge. The members are having a BALL with this technique. I’ve gotten such positive feedback, I’ve been smiling big smiles at how excited they are to try it for themselves. Love my creative challenge members 🙂  Would love for you to join in on the fun. Click here to sign up.

Enjoy the video!

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Awesomely Artistic
Paper: Lost Lagoon and Shimmer White
Ink: Versmark, Lost Lagoon, Wild Wasabi and Crumb Cake
Accessories: Linen Thread, Clear Embossing Powder, Wink of Stella, Rhinestones, Gold baker’s twine
Tools: Aquapainter, Heating Tool,


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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Birthday Blooms

Dear Friends,

One of the fun parts of stamping is buying a set that you’ve been wanting for a while. I love the Birthday Blooms set but didn’t buy it right away. I just bought it and couldn’t wait to use it.


I’m happy to report that the stamp set is as fun as I thought it would be. I’ve already used it twice.  Once for the card below and again just for the sentiment. The sentiments in the stamp set are amazing. The combination of script and text is adorable. I know I’ll be getting my money’s worth out of this one . . .


Now do you see why it was so much fun?  To make the card, I first embossed the flower in black onto Shimmery White card stock.  The card stock was new for me, too.  I’d never used it before and it was AWESOME for watercoloring. I like it much better than watercolor paper.  It took the ink and the water very nicely.  The glitter on the left of the image is from the glimmer washi tape.  <swoon> Oh is that tape amazing.  I’m hoping it never retires.  I’ll be using it a TON.

The inspiration for the card design came from the Paper Craft Crew (PCCCS185).  Isn’t it a sweet sketch?  Love it 🙂

PCCCS-162-205-007-e1457492215226Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Birthday Blooms
Paper: Whisper White, Shimmery White, Blushing Bride
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Blushing Bride
Accessories: Polka Dot Embossing Folder (133739), Silver Baker’s Twine (132976), Glimmer Washi Tape, DoileyTools: Aqua Painter

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Hope you have a great week,



Playing with Watercoloring

Today I felt like watercoloring.  It’s a technique I keep working on and it’s one of those things that the more you do, the more fun it is.  The RV is stamped on watercolor paper and embossed.  For me, it’s easiest to watercolor when working with an embossed image.  It helps keeps things in the lines and reduces smudging.

My daughter’s birthday is coming up and I loved the sentiment in this stamp set.  The older I’m getting, the more I realize how important it is to follow my heart and listen to my gut.  The more I do what I REALLY want to do (and stop doing what I don’t want to do), the more authentic my life feels.


I did the Paper Craft Crew challenge. Don’t they have the cutest sketches?  It is PCCCS#182.


Below are the supplies I used: