Builder Birdcage is the Cutest!

I have a very exciting announcement today: Registration is now open for our next Creative Challenge!

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If you love to make cards, this challenge is for you! It’ll give you energy and FUN to pave the way to a creative 2017. The challenge will last 14 days, and it’s all done in Facebook. The Challenge is FREE and you’ll have tons of opportunities to win prizes. Although I call it a challenge, it’s actually not much of a challenge. LOL. It’s simple, easy things you’ll do every day to get you in the crafting mood. I also have some small tasks that will help keep you creating after the challenge is over.

If you’re already a member of the Creative Challenge, there’s no need to rejoin. If you’re new, click below to sign up.

Also, if you’d like more information, access my FAQ page here: Creative Challenge

Today’s Card

Today’s card is featured in my graphic for the Creative Challenge. It uses some new products in the Occasions catalog. I don’t know what I like more, the paper or the stamp. But, it doesn’t matter. LOL. Both are fun to use and make my stamping even enjoyable and fun.

Handmade Card using the Builder Birdcage stamp set by Stampin' Up!

The card uses the new stamp set, Builder Birdcage. It’s an interesting stamp set because it can be used in different types of stamping. You can make an incredibly elegant card with it, a cutesy card, or anything in between. You’ll see lots of different uses on my blog since I love the stamp set so much. It’ll get a ton of ink from my stamp room!

Tips and Tricks

The birdcages are stamped in Archival Gray ink. This is a little subtler than black and pairs nicely with the soft colors in the card.

Handmade Card using the Builder Birdcage stamp set by Stampin' Up!

I’m not a perfect cutter! After cutting out the bird cages, any areas that I missed which showed white I dipped into the Gray ink pad and filled in with Gray. This is totally not scientific and I didn’t use any tools. LOL. I just brushed the edges in the ink. Worked great and the bird cages look crisp over the purple paper.
The Succulent Garden paper marries nicely with this stamp set. The sample in the catalog also uses this paper with the stamp set.

I hope you join my Creative Challenge. It will be a ton of fun. There are lots of prizes and the Challenge is free! Come join me. Click here to learn more.

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Stamps: Builder Birdcage
Ink: Archival Gray, Sweet Sugarplum, Crushed Curry, Mint Macaron
Paper: Succulent Garden, Sweet Sugarplum, Whisper White

Challenge Projects

Dear Friends,

Today I have a special post. Instead of posting one of my cards, I’m posting the cards that the wonderful women in my creative challenge have made, using watercoloring.

If you haven’t yet seen it, below is the video I made for Challenge members this month:

Here are the beautiful cards that were created so far.  I know more artwork is coming and I can’t wait to see the creative takes on the challenge.

In the card below, Anne Elaine used the watercolor technique to add some interest to some beautifully stamped flowers. The background looks like water to me. The whole effect is gorgeous.


Janine’s card almost looks like a framed photo. The watercoloring adds so much to the card and makes the image look realistic. She kept the stamping in the center simple so the eye goes right to the color. The rest of the card seems almost to frame the image. Isn’t it lovely?


Deb’s card is also amazing. She added salt to the technique and it gave the watercoloring an added coolness factor. I love the colors she used and the flower image is simple and elegant, and works perfectly with the card.


Denise is new to the challenge this month and she fits into the group perfectly. Without realizing it, she combined the watercoloring challenge to one we did two months ago – Triple (or double) layer stamping. I love the colors on her card.


Malika is also new the challenge and adds much enthusiasm and smiles to our facebook site. Below is a sample of some of her work, as she plays with different effects of watercoloring. She has shown us more samples and I can’t wait to see her final card.


Lynn’s card uses a really neat take on watercoloring. I love love love seeing other people’s work since I always learn from everyone. I never would have thought to use this effect for clouds and it looks gorgeous on Lynn’s card.


DeeDee’s card is also amazing, isn’t it? It is a lovely example of the technique because the background enhances the card tremendously. The stamp she chose is ideal for this technique and I love the colors that DeeDee chose.


Margo’s card certainly does make me smile! I love the colors. If you look carefully at the watercoloring, you’ll notice she went in a circle, which goes beautifully with the stamped image. Margo’s card would brighten anyone’s day.


Isn’t Karen’s card elegant?  I love the Asian theme. The watercoloring adds interest to the card and allows the eye to to take in the scene without being distracted by too many competing colors.


I hope you enjoyed seeing everyone’s work. If you make a watercolor card, please send me a picture of it (or post it on our facebook group). We all learn from each other . . . and I’m lucky to have such beautiful inspiration every day.


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Double and Triple Layer Stamping with Video

Dear Friends,

Have you ever tried Double or Triple Layer Stamping? I love it when we try new things, or things we haven’t done in a while. It encourages us to grow in our creativity as we take our skills to new levels. The card below demonstrates this technique. I’ve mostly seen it done in Triple layers, but when I made some sample cards, I thought triple may be too much for my personal style. The double layer effect is more subtle, which more coincides with my creative style (and interestingly, my style in general for just about everything in my life :))


I made the video below for my Creative Challenge members. They are making fabulous cards using the technique.

Click Double Layer Stamping for the dimension sheet and supply list.

Here are a few cards they’ve made.

In the card below, Selene used just one color so your eye was drawn to the technique and wouldn’t be distracted with a lot of color.  I love how she used the beautiful sea shells for a non-traditional beach theme card.


Kimber’s card below uses the stamp set I had in mind when I first decided to do this technique for the challenge.  I ended up using a different stamp set because the flowers below require a lot of coloring and I needed something faster for my video. I love how this stamp set looks with this technique.  Kimber chose some great colors.


I hope you give this technique a try!

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Creative Challenge! Thumping Technique

This is has been a very exciting week.  Sunday marked the first day of my Creative Challenge! My challenge will last for three weeks and we have a facebook site for our members.  Every week I post a video showing a different technique and the challenge members make cards using the technique.

For the first week, I did the Thumping technique.  With this technique, you first color a stamp (using the lightest color) and then thump other colors onto the stamp. Once you have all the colors on the stamp, breath onto it to remoisten the ink and stamp your image.  It creates a BEAUTIFUL effect, one you can’t achieve with just one color.

Here is the card I created for the video:


I purposely kept the design simple so we could focus on the technique.

I have the supply list and dimensions in a file here: Week 1 Supply List

During the week, I’ll be posting more projects I made using this technique.  The neatest thing about the challenge is the friendships it is forming.  I am getting to know so many different women from all over the United States.  And you cannot imagine how sweet they are. I am constantly getting emails and messages.  The women are supporting each other, too.  It’s been the most wonderful experience.



Creative Challenge – Please Join Me!


I am so excited to share a project I’ve been working on for a while!  A creative challenge!!  So many of us start off a new year thinking of what we should change about ourselves or our homes. I’m so done with that. It never works, anyway. Let’s instead start off our year inspiring creativity, building friendships, and growing our skills.

Join me in my 2016 creative challenge! Click here for details and information.


Please sign up by January 10th.  Click here to sign up.  There is no fee (of course!).

The challenge will start on January 10th when every week for three weeks I’ll be posting a video.  You’ll use the technique throughout the week to make paper craft projects.  For every project you do, you’ll be entered to win a raffle for prizes. Fun, isn’t it?

You won’t need to buy anything to join but you will need basic paper crafting supplies, such as card stock, ink pads, stamps (a nature stamp would be best), and sponges.

I hope you’ll join me.  Click here for all details.