Life is a Beautiful Ride – Really!

My absolute favorite set from the Occasions catalog is Beautiful Ride. It goes back to my childhood. I lived in a modest court with a man who was a famous baseball player and coach for the Baltimore Orioles. He was an amazing person. One of my earliest memories was this wonderful man cruising around in his orange VW Beatle. He was a great dad. Every morning he would drive his children to the end of the court and they would wait in the warmth of his car for their school bus.


When I saw the stamp set, it brought back great memories. It’s also an adorable stamp set.
My card today follows the Paper Craft Crew sketch #196.


If you were ever hesitant to follow a sketch, this sample shows that you don’t have to follow one exactly. I started off working on this card with a butterfly, but I wasn’t in a butterfly mood. When you try to force yourself to stamp something you aren’t “feeling” that day, the card making process doesn’t flow. Once I recognized that I wasn’t stamping what was in my heart, the card design went quickly and easily. And it’s so much more fun stamping when that happens!

Watercoloring using the Beautiful Ride Stamp set by Stampin' Up!

To make the car, I watercolored Daffodil Delight onto Shimmery White (my new favorite card stock. It watercolors so beautifully!). I cut it out and tucked some balloons over it, to follow the sketch. Isn’t it fun when a sketch encourages you to add some fun details to a card that you wouldn’t have otherwise done?

Try the sketch and have some fun!

Supplies Used:
Stamp sets: Beautiful Ride, Gorgeous Grunge
Ink: Smokey Slate, Black, Daffodil Delight
Paper: Smokey Slate, Shimmery White, Birthday Bouquet DSP, Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz
Other: Doilies, AquaPainter

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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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Adding Personality to Cards

Dear Friends,

One of the cool things about card making is that we can design cards in different styles. Sometimes we want a strikingly beautiful card or a card that makes us laugh. When I’m in an artistic mood I like to make modern looking cards or a funky card fold.  Other times, however, I want a card with some personality. The card below definitely has some personality!


When I first designed it, I didn’t have the dog peeking out the window, so the card was pretty, but had no personality.   I thought — this card needs something extra to give it “oomph.” (Which usually equates to glitter in my book, but not today :)) Then I remembered the little dog in the Beautiful Ride stamp by Stampin’ Up!  Ohhhhhh, that sweet dog.  I carefully rolled up the window shade and put the dog in there, peeking out.  And with that one addition, my card now had a story.

“Missing You” is the perfect sentiment, isn’t it? The dog is waiting in excitement for someone to come home.


The siding on the card is made with strips of Very Vanilla card stock, cut into 1/2 stripes.  I cut the strips a little larger then the card, then trimmed them when done so that strips would all be the exact right width.

Have  fun with this!!!!  Hope you have some time to stamp this weekend.

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets: Happy Home, Beautiful Ride
Paper: Island Indigo, Very Vanilla, Rose Red, Old Olive, Tip Top Taupe, Sahara Sand, Regals DSP


Love Bug and a brand New Class!

Dear Friends,

Happy Monday!  I hope you fit in some down-time so that you feel refreshed today (ha ha, right?).  I have a lot of information for you today — keep scrolling 🙂

New Class
I am excited to announce that I have a brand new class! Woohoo!!!!!  The best thing about the class – it’s free!  Even better than a new class is a free new class, right?  With a $25 order, you get the e-version which consists of a pdf document and 4 videos with instructions.  With a $50 order, you get the e-version AND a kit mailed to your house with all the supplies cut and ready to make the projects. Pretty neat, no?

The videos have lots of tips and tricks — even if you are an experienced stamper, you will learn something.  If you are new to stamping, I walk you through every step of the cards so you will learn and enjoy making the projects.

Below is a picture with the projects.


For all the details, click here.

My card for today was such fun to make. I was browsing through my favorite challenge sites, and I realized that if I did it right, I could make one card fit THREE challenges.  Crazy, right?  Ohhhh was it fun to do this.


So then my challenge became — could I really do a card that would fit THREE challenges?  It was so fun working it through!

Below are the sketches the card needed to fit:

Freshly Made Sketches (FFS#221)


Paper Crafts Crew (PCCC#179).  This challenge was to make a card with a love theme.


Now is when the really hard part kicked in.  The third challenge was a TGIF (TGIFC#40).  The TGIF challenge was to mix two of its previous challenges.  So maybe this means I actually fit the card in FOUR challenges?  The two prior challenges I chose were the Valentine’s day and the color challenge.  The colors were Black, Silver and gold.

Here’s a close-up of the card to show I met all the challenges.


The layout matches the first sketch, the love theme matches the second and third, and the colors also match the third.  I used a silver doily, I embossed the car and people in gold (and also put gold thread on the card), and watercolored the card black.  That was actually a lot of fun — maybe I’ll do this again sometime.

Below are the supplies I used:

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Hope you have a great week,

Happy Friday, my friends! I hope you’ve had a great week. If the snow in the east coast has affected you, I hope things are back to normal. Even though I’m an artsy gal, I do much better on a schedule. When everything is shut down, there’s 30 inches of snow outside, and the kids get cabin fever, things get challenging in my household. Okay, maybe I had a little cabin fever, too 🙂


This card is whimsy and makes me smile. I love Bugs that are decorated with daisies. Daisies are one of my favorite flowers. They are non-pretentious and always cheer me up. It was a great match to cut the car out with the daisies.

Of course, this week my car was going no where, so it was great to stamp one and drive “virtually.” This is SUCH a great stamp set.

Supplies Used:

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Cloud Sponging Technique

Have you ever made clouds?  The technique isn’t hard, but the results are spectacular.  They take your card over the top.  I am doing a creative challenge and this week I am featuring the Cloud Sponging Technique.  Here is a card that uses the technique:


Doesn’t the stamp just lend itself to this technique?  So perfect.

To do this technique, punch out scallops (I did three) or any other shape that looks cloud like. If you don’t have an appropriate punch, just free form cut out clouds from card stock. Tape your shapes together and use them as a template.  Grab a sponge and add color, moving the template around a bit so the clouds are in different areas of the sky. I used Soft Sky for the ink color. I  wanted a muted sky so the car would stand out.


To make this project, I played along with Freshly Made Sketch. Also, because of the cutie pie dog, it also fits the TGIF challenge.  Fun!  I get to play twice with one card.



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Here are the supplies used to make the project: