Paper Craft Crew Design Team

Dear Friends,

I am an uber excitement announcement to make today: I have been invited to be a member of the Paper Craft Crew Design Team!!! It is a true honor to be on this team of amazing men and women. Their work is gorgeous and the sketches are some of my favorites. An added perk is that I also get to see the sketches in advance <smile> so that’s been lovely, too.


Why follow a sketch?

Simple – it’s F-U-N. Starting a card from scratch can be daunting. It’s great to have a template (also called a sketch) as a starting point. When sketches are well designed, they help your card design flow smoothly and make the process fun. I stamp because it’s fun, so anything that makes it even more enjoyable is terrific.

My other reason for loving sketches is because they help you grow your skills. Great sketches are properly designed to add interest and balanced elements to your cards. As you continue to follow sketches, you will learn to add these enhancements to your own card designs, too.

Design Sketch:

Here’s what the sketch looks like this week:

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And <drumroll> Here’s my first card for the Design Team!!! It’s for PCCC193.


Since it was my first challenge project, I decided to leave my comfort zone and do some watercoloring. The flower color is a combination of Crushed Curry and Melon Mambo. I LOVE how they look together. I also used white embossing powder rather than a typical black to get a softer effect.

The stamp set, Blended Bloom is on sale right now, while supplies last. Click here.


  • To make the flower, first emboss white embossing powder onto Shimmery White paper. Using an aquapainter, color in the flower petals in Crushed Curry, then Melon Mambo directly over it. I did only a few petals at a time so the Crushed Curry would still be wet when I put the Melon Mambo over it.
  • When cutting out the flower, I cut right up to the white embossing. Usually I leave a little space, but with this card, cutting it tight to the flower looked the best.
  • I can’t get enough of Wink of Stella. Each of the dots in the background are colored with the shimmer. It adds a lot to the card.
  • The sentiment is embossed in gold on vellum. When embossing on vellum, it’s best to heat the powder with short bursts rather than holding the heating tool over the vellum for a while. This keeps it from curling.

I hope you join me and play along with the challenge. Click here to enter your card. It’s easy to upload your card to the challenge. And be sure to report back and let me know if you didn’t have fun making it!!

Reminder: I’m offering a free class tutorial for all orders placed in my online store. Please use hostess code 9ZXKV46G if your order is less than $150.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Blended Bloom, Sheltering Tree
Paper: Whisper White, Smoky Slate, Shimmery White, Vellum
Ink: Versamark, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo
Other: Dots Embossing Folder, Aquapainter, White Embossing Powder, Gold Embossing Powder, Clear Wink of Stella, Vintage Buttons, Gold Thread, Rhinestones





A Scalloped Shaped Card

Dear Friends,

I love making cards that are a little different. Don’t you? The Circles Framelits will be retiring soon and I wanted to take advantage of it and make a unique card using the large scallop shape.


To make the card, I folded a piece of Lost Lagoon cardstock in half (measuring 5 1/2 x 11). When cutting out the card, I pushed the scallop framelit a little off the paper where the fold was, so it wouldn’t cut all the way through.

The stamp set, Blended Bloom is on sale right now, while supplies last. Click here. It has been one of my favorites and I sure got my money out of it.  I’ve made countless projects with it and I still adore it. I will miss it once it retires.

For the colors, I followed the color challenge from Sunday Stamps #SSC125.


For the design, I followed Mojo Monday #445.


Supplies Used:
Stamps: Blended Bloom
Paper: Lost Lagoon, Perfect Plum, Wild Wasabi
Ink: Black, Blushing Bride
Other: Sahara Sand Ribbon, Gold Sequins, Silver Doilies, Silver Thread

I’ve been getting lots of great feedback on my free class tutorial featuring the Circle of Spring stamp set. It is a gorgeous stamp set, isn’t it? Makes me wish I had a real wreath to put on my door.

Below are some projects by Stampin’ Up! using the stamp set. Don’t forget that I will send you a tutorial free with any order (with different projects then the one shown below).  I love to inspire you!


Have a fantastic day,

Happy Valentine’s Day!

To those who celebrate, I hope you had a very lovely Valentine’s day.  You will laugh, but because I don’t celebrate this holiday, I completely forgot about it this year.  I have someone special that I send a card to every year and this year it was rather late, but I’m not perfect 🙂  I made up for it with an especially fun card.  You know how much I love my blendabilities 🙂  I just got Melon Mambo and so far, that’s my favorite color of the markers.  So bright and fun.

The black flower is actually embossed.  Makes it a little extra special, don’t you think?


To make the card:

– The colors I used were Melon Mambo Cardstock and blendabilties, Always Artichoke, Daffodil Delight, Basic Black, and Whisper White.

I hope you have a great week.  I have an especially busy one, also filled with great & happy things. All the best,


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Flower Bookmark

My second bookmark for this week uses the stamp set, Blended Bloom.  I was inspired by a bookmark created by Kaitlyn Zumbach.  I changed it up a bit (added some sparkle, too).  It was FUN bookmark to make.  I hope you are inspired to make one, too.

I used blendabilities to color the bookmark.  To hide the back of the card, which can look a little messy with the markers showing through, I just created a second white bookmark and glued the two together.  See details below on how to make the bookmark.



To make the card:

  • Cut Whisper White card stock 5 1/2 x 2 (cut out two)
  • On both pieces of card stock, punch out the top of the card stock using the Tag Topper Scalloped Punch (133324), and
  • Using the corner rounder, round the ends of both pieces of card stock.  Glue the two pieces together.
  • Using Momento Tuxedo ink, stamp the flower from the Blended Bloom Wood-Mount Stamp Set (135906) off the right bottom edge of bookmark.
  • With blendabilties ink (I chose Rich Razzleberry but you can use any color!) color in the flower. I colored the center using Daffodil Delight blendabilties and wild wasabi markers.
  • Using the dots from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set, ink up the stamp well in rich razzleberry (or whatever color you used for the flower) and stamp off on scrap paper TWICE.  Do this randomly over the entire bookmark.  Using Crumb Cake, do this again.  Finally, using gold ink (without stamping off), stamp the dots randomly over the picture.
  • Add some gold sequins using tombow.
  • Add ribbon to the top using Hello Honey and gold ribbon.

Book Recommendation:

My second book recommendation is by Me Before You by JoJo Moyes.  I preferred listening to this book on CD.  For me, hearing a book is sometimes even more powerful then reading it.  (I ran out of time and had to finish the book using a hard copy so I would be done in time for book club.  My kids were on their own that afternoon.  I could not put it down.)

jojoBelow is the summary from Goodreads:

Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.

The book is about a man who gets injured in an accident.  He is a paraplegic and Lou is hired to be his companion.  We go through Lou’s journey as she learns about helping paraplegics.  It is a powerful book and well written.  I will definitely be reading more books by JoJo Moyes.

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