Cute Boat Birthday Card

Did you know that the stamp set, Swirly Bird, has a boat with it? Me, neither! When the stamp set came out and I saw cards with boats on them, I was thrilled. I bought the stamp for the swirls, but I’ll take the boat and the bird and the kite, and all the other lovely stamps that come with it.

Sailboat made with the Swirly Bird stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Practice Makes Better

This card may go down as the first masculine card that I made that was EASY for me! Woohoo! I always tell my kids that practice makes better and finally, it’s happened! This image was so cute that I had no problem (finally) making a masculine card that wasn’t too frilly and that looks clean and nice.

What kind of card do you struggle with? Let me know in the comments. If you’re struggling, keep at it! You’ll get better, I promise. Practice really does make better.

Simple Watercoloring

Besides the adorable boat, there are two elements that made this card easier for me create. First, I used watercoloring. I used to be intimidated by watercoloring but now that I’ve done it a few times, I realize it’s not a big deal. It’s just ink and water on paper. However, there’s something about it that makes any card look really neat and put together.

Sailboat made with the Swirly Bird stamp set by Stampin' Up!

To do the watercoloring, I used Pool Party ink on Shimmery White paper (my favorite paper for watercoloring). I brushed the ink over it, let it dry, and repeated. This, my friend, is the secret to great watercoloring. By doing the process twice, the color gets darker. If you try to make it perfect the first time around, you will get too much water on the paper and you could possibly make a mess. (Nope, this has never happened to me….smile.) By letting the paper dry and doing it again, the color gets much darker without the mess. Simple. Easy. That’s my kind of stamping.

Here’s a video I made on watercoloring that may help you learn some tips and tricks.

Crooked Sentiments

The reason why I love sketches is because it gets my creative juices flowing. I loved that in the sketch below for the Paper Craft Crew (PCCC#208), there were several sentiments coming off the side – and some were crooked!

Paper Craft Crew Sketch #208

I know it’s a little thing, but seeing those crooked sentiments makes me smile. I think it makes the card. Every time I stamp crookedly (on purpose — mess ups don’t count) I always LOVE the effect. It gives cards a playful character, even serious cards, which is so much fun.

The best part of this card – now I have a masculine card in my stash, ready to go! Isn’t that a great feeling?

Happy Stamping

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Swirly Bird
Paper: Night of Navy, Shimmery White, Tip Top Taupe
Ink: Pool Party, Night of Navy, Tip Top Taupe
Other: Aqua Painters, Linen Thread, Classy Designer Buttons, Metallics Sequins


Bright & Colorful Moroccan Nights

When I was little, some of my closest friends were from Morocco. I loved them because they were the sweetest friends. They would give the shirt off their back to anyone. And if they thought I was wrong about something, they explained why, so I learned to think differently and more broadly. I’m sure it’s because of these childhood friends that I was drawn to the Moroccan Nights set. It was in my first package when the new catty arrived.

Using Bright Colors with Moroccan Nights

My friends adored bright colors. When I saw the large stamp from the set, it screamed “bright.” I took out almost every bright marker I owned to color the circle. It did take me awhile. LOL. But is was worth it! The card is as colorful as I’d pictured it.

Moroccan Nights Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

It’s hard to see in the picture, but in the box with the stamp I also lightly stamped with the splatter stamp from Gorgeous Grunge so that the paper didn’t look overly bright. I first dipped it into Smoky Slate ink, stamped off twice, then randomly stamped on the image.

To complete the card, I stamped the images in Basic Gray in random depths under the focal part of the card. I’m thrilled with how it came out since the bright colors remind me of the colors in my friend’s house.

Moroccan Nights Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

Scenes from Morocco

Even though the Moroccan Nights suite comes with more neutral colors, I invite you to use your creativity and stamp images in colors that you love, or that you imagine are found in Morocco.

I just did a google search and the colors I remembered were SPOT on. Check out these lovely photos of life in Morocco. Now I want to go for a visit!

moroccan vendor


moroccan baskets


morocco street

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Moroccan Nights, Gorgeous Grunge
Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White
Ink: Various Bright Colored Markers, Smoky Slate, Basic Gray
Other: Delicate Doilies, Silver Thread

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How to Make Realistic Leaves

If you are looking for a stamp set where you can explore different techniques, Vintage Leaves is a great pick. I recently purchased the stamp set and made my first card with it. To make leaves, I used a technique I recently used in a video, Acrylic Block Stamping.

In this technique, you literally put ink onto your acrylic block and stamp with it. I used different fall shades in the card below. After putting the ink onto my block, I misted the stamp lightly with water, then stamped onto whisper white. After the paper dried, I stamped the leaf images onto the paper and cut them out with the matching framelits. (Click to see the stamp set, Vintage Leaves and the matching framelits.)

Vintage Leaves Stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Aren’t the leaves neat looking? Most stampers use Acrylic Block Stamping only for backgrounds. In my video, I wanted to show that it can be used for any part of a card. The red leaf that I stamped in the video is used in this card. The card itself is simple. The leaves take center stage. It will be our secret that they weren’t hard to do, either! It was such fun adding all different shades to the block and stamping it. You never know how it will look. But as you can see below, as long as you use coordinating colors, it will work!

Vintage Leaves Stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Here is the video on how to do the technique:


On a personal note, I wanted to share some pics from our beach vacation to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. We just got back today. We had an amazing time. One of the highlights was going to a Lavender Farm. It was beautiful, with not just Lavender, but also stunning flowers and a beautiful garden.

The picture below says it all. The water is so beautiful. I love the sounds of the waves, birds, and the boardwalk.



Below are pictures from the Lavender Farm. The girls helped with harvesting — we happened to come on harvest day.



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Have a wonderful week,