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,


Card for Kids

Have I gotten you to try card templates yet????  I did another one today.  This one is the Sweet Sunday Sketch #295.  Here’s my card!


Do you think I followed the sketch?


The thing I love about sketches is that they get me thinking in new ways.  I never would have thought to put a line down the card.  But I really like it!  It adds balance and interest.

I also did something fun.  It’s hard to see in the picture, but the little guy is actually watercolored. I used watercolor paper and an aqua painter to make him.  If a card success is defined by your kids trying to steal it, then I’d say this one turned out okay . . .

Stamp Set: You’re Sublime (139309)
Paper: Watercolor Paper, Cherry On Top (138443), Whisper White, Wild Wasabi
Ink: Lost Lagoon, Garden Green (for the spots), Wild Wasabi (body), Soft Sky (eyes)
Misc: Aqua Painter

Have a wonderful day, friends.




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Playing with the Aqua Painter

I recently purchased the Stamp Set, Bloom with Hope. It is the perfect cure for winter temps in the single digits.  Brrrrr.  I decided to pull out my aqua painter and do some water coloring (Item Number 103954).  For those of you who aren’t familiar with an aqua painter, it is a paint brush filled water. You dip the paint brush into ink (I squeeze the lid of an ink pad and pull the ink right out of the lid), squeeze a little to get some water, and paint.  I love the effect.  It’s similar to the effect of blendabilties, but it has it’s own distinctive look.


Stamp Set Used: Bloom with Hope (133952)

Paper Dimensions:

  • Whisper White 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 and 4 3/4 x 3 1/2
  • Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack (133701) (on sale this week!) 5 1/2 x 4 1/4
  • Rich Razzleberry 5 x 3 3/4

To make the card:

  • Fold the large piece of Whisper White in half.  Adhere the yellow designer series paper to the front.
  • Using Momento Tuxedo ink, stamp the flower images from the Bloom with Hope Stamp set on the smaller piece of white card stock.
  • Put the paper on a some scrap paper.  Using the aqua painter, color in the flowers using Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, and Melon Mambo ink.  Using a Pear Pizzaz maker, color in the stems.
  • Put 2-way glue in the center of each flower.  Sprinkle with silver glitter (gotta have some sparkle).
  • Adhere paper to rich Razzleberry.  Tie Silver Baker’s twine a few times around it.  Adhere to card with dimensionals.

Have a great weekend.  Hope you have time to make something pretty.

More CASE fun!

Last week I challenged my friends on Facebook to show me their favorite card and I would CASE it.  Check out Robin’s favorite:


I don’t have the stamp set used, or the framelet.  No problem!  Don’t ever let that hold you back if you love a card.  Find supplies you already have and use the card for inspiration.  I used the same color scheme as the catalog card and gold embossing powder for the menorah.  To make the background, I used my aqua painter and a bunch of different inks.  To use the inks from your pads, with the ink pad closed, squish the top down.  When you open the pad, there will be a little bit of ink on the lid.  Use that with your aqua painter.  Here’s my card.


TIP:  When using an aqua painter, it is best to use special watercolor paper.  However, I didn’t have any on hand so I used whisper white.  If using whisper white, be careful not to go over the same area too many times with the aqua painter or your paper will fray.

Have fun getting ideas from the catalog and use the inspiration to make your own creations.  Be sure to send me photos of your cards — I love seeing what you come up with.

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