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

Thanks for stopping by,


Awesome Friends

Dear Friends,

I hope you had some time to relax this weekend. I got to see my sweet friend, Sharon, who lives in another country. We went to high school together and I love her so much. There’s something special about people who knew you back in the day, isn’t there? I can tell her things I wouldn’t tell anyone else. Her husband and kid are also lovely so it was a real treat for me to see her and most of her family yesterday.

If you saw my facebook page, I told a funny story of something that happened in yoga today. (Click here to like my facebook page.)

Today I managed to make it to an 8am yoga class. A miracle, I know. We get into a crazy pose (not as crazy as the one below) and she asks me “What was the best thing that happened to you this week?” I’m like “Ahhhh. I don’t know.” She said “that’s okay. Take your time. We’ll stay in this pose till you think of it.” I thought of something real fast, let me tell you….Great way to bring gratitude into your routine

I told my yoga class how special it was to see Sharon, my good friend, whom I see so rarely. The card below, a friendship card, is an ideal card to send to a friend that you love, but don’t see very often. Social media has take the place of snail mail, and it’s not the same. It’s great, but really, it’s not the same. Make the card below and send it to someone who lives far from you. It will make your friend smile a great big smile and bring you close together, no matter how many miles separate you.

The card below uses my favorite stamp set from the soon to be retired catalog. Luckily, the stamp set isn’t being retired (phew!!). You know a stamp set is great when you can create lots of cards from it without struggling.



To make the card, I first embossed black embossing powder on Shimmery White paper. I watercolored using an aqua painter in only one color, watermelon wonder. It sure makes the color pop when you only use one color, doesn’t it? It was hard not throwing in a green, so instead of fussy cut the image and stamped green under it.  I was thrilled with how this came out! The flowers are popped up with dimensionals, as is the Friend label.

I wanted to remind you that I’ll be sending my newsletter out this Wednesday. I always include some neat cards with step-by-step instructions in my newsletter. To subscribe, click here.

Have an awesome week,

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets: Awesomely Artistic, Gorgeous Grunge
Paper: Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White, and Shimmery White
Ink: Versamark, Sahara Sand, Soft Suede, Old Olive, and Watermelon Wonder
Other: AquaPainter

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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,


More Double Layer Stamping

I made another example of Double-Layer Stamping to show my friends who are doing the Creative challenge.  This time, I used one of my favorite sets, Awesomely Artistic.  Although it’s hard to tell, I embossed the stamps on the bottom left in gold. I then used a blender pen to color in the flowers.  Fun!!!


To make the wings, I used markers and a bunch of different colors, smudging everything together so it gave the cool multi-colored effect.  I started with a light pink (Blushing bride) and added Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, and Calypso Coral.  I love how they turned out!


Below are examples of what people in the challenge have been doing.

Jan’s card is beautiful, isn’t it?  It is a great stamp set for this technique.  It looks lovely, happy, and elegant.  I also love the colors she chose.


Margo also did a LOVELY job with this technique.  Her card is bright and cheerful, it makes me smile. I love the stamp set she used for this technique.


Sandra’s card is a stunner.  She combines a technique we did previously (making clouds) with the triple layer stamping.  It certainly has a beautiful effect!


To join my Creative Challenge, click here.

Here are the supplies used to make my card:

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Welcome to my Blog Redesign!

I am so excited to introduce my fresh new blog design!  I am very thankful to the many people who helped both re-design and transfer the site 🙂  If you find a broken link, please let me know so I can fix it.  I hope the redesign makes your browsing experience more fun!

My card for today uses a technique called Emboss Resist.  It has a neat looking effect, doesn’t it?  It’s done by first embossing your design in clear embossing powder.  After the design is set, you brush color onto the card using a sponge or brayer. When done, you’re left with the inverse design.  Pretty cool, no?  If you haven’t had a chance to give it a try, I hope this card encourages you to.

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I used the Awesomely Artistic stamp set on Very Vanilla card stock.  The card base is Lost Lagoon (I don’t know what I’ll do when that gorgeous color retires at the end of this year!)

Supplies Used:

  • Stamps: Awesomely Artistic (138694 w) (139950 c)
  • Paper : 133679 Lost Lagoon, 119686 Early Espresso, 101650 Very Vanilla
  • Ink :  102283 Versamark, 133644 Lost Lagoon, 126978 Soft Suede, 126975 Crumb Cake, 126974 Early Espresso
  • Other : 141337 Sponges, 138392 Metallic Foil Doilies, 138428 Crumb Cake 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon (approx. 3”), 134581 Venetian Crochet Trim (approx. 3 ½”), 109130 Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder, 129053 Heat Tool, 104332 Snail Adhesive, 104430 Dimensionals

Awesomely Artistic

I love making cards in the style shown below.  It is my absolute favorite kind of card.  Do you know a name for the style?  I have no idea what it’s called, but every card I make that’s messy and grungy, yet beautiful and perfect in it’s imperfect way, makes me giddy with my love of stamping.  It is also a QUICK way of stamping.  When you’re in the zone creating a card in the style, it all flows and nothing needs to be stamped perfectly in place (except the sentiment!)

This is why I bought the stamp set, Awesomely Artistic. I can’t wait to make more cards with it.


Click here to see details on the stamp set:


Stamp Set: Awesomely Artistic
Colors: Watermelon Wonder, Tip Top Taupe

Have a happy Monday!




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New Template!

I have a new template to release on this beautiful Veteran’s Day.  I hope you’re having a great day, whether you have off work or not.  This is one of my favorite holidays.  I love taking a day to appreciate the men and women who fought for our freedom.

I released my newsletter today and it included my latest template.


What do you think?  Want to play along?  It has banners — if you’ve never put banners on a card, give it a try and see if you like the effect.

Here’s the card I made:


I used a stamp set I’d been eyeing for a while, and finally bought when Stampin’ Up! had their 15% off sale a few weeks ago.  Click here to see details on the stamp set:


For a pdf of the template, click Template 3.

Stamp Set: Awesomely Artistic
Colors: Rose Red, Old Olive, Elegant Eggplant, Crushed Curry

Enjoy the rest of your day,