Do you like soft colors?

We all have comfort zones. Sometimes we don’t even realize when we’re iPCCCS198n a comfort zone — that’s when we’re REALLY comfortable! There’s nothing wrong with comfort zones. I used to think that I always needed to challenge myself whenever I found myself comfortable. But in many cases, it’s okay.

For example, my exercise of choice is walking. If I do anything else, I’m waaaaay out of my zone. But that’s okay. I keep walking. I’ve been walking consistently for over 15 years. My doctor tells me to keep on going! There’s nothing wrong with “just walking.” It keeps me in shape!  And happy – I do my best thinking on my walks.

The challenge from the Paper Craft Crew was well in my comfort zone. I adore pastel colors. When I saw the challenge, I knew it wouldn’t really be a challenge for me. I made the card quicker than I made any other card in the past two weeks. And that’s a good thing! I love it when my crafting flows. Makes it so much more fun!

If you would like to play this week with the Paper Craft Crew, click PCCC#198. The challenge is to use three colors in the list above, plus one of your choice!

Kinda Eclectic Stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Can you tell where I used Cameo Coral? I first stamped the butterfly in Flirty Flamingo and then I dipped the edges of the stamp Cameo Coral. This technique is called “Rock and Roll.” My favorite technique name!

Kinda Eclectic Stamp set by Stampin' Up!

What do you think?  Is it okay to stay in your comfort zone? Leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts!

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Kinda Eclectic
Paper: Mint Macaron, Vellum
Ink: Versamark, So Saffron, Flirty Flamingo, Cameo Coral, Mint Macaron
Other: Gold Embossing Powder, Gold sequins, Wink of Stella, White Baker’s Twine

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CASing the New Catalog!!

Dear Friends,

Per Stampin’ Up!’s rules, I can’t take a picture of pages of the upcoming new catalog — but I can replicate projects and show them to you! The buzz is that the new catalog has the BEST samples. I decided to replicate one so you could see it.

WARNING: I did change the card a bit. I am not able to copy things exactly since I’m a perfectionist. If I see something that I could easily tweak, I can’t help myself. I added the blue card base and also the very thin layer of whisper white behind the watercolor paper. I love the original card but I also love the effect my few tweaks have on the card. It gives it a different effect and I’m lovin’ it.


Now that I’ve gotten over my fear of it, I love watercoloring. I used to be intimidated by it. Really. That was a long time ago — back in March. In April I decided to force myself to conquer my fear by teaching it for my creative challenge. There’s nothing that makes you learn something as well as when you teach it. Nothing. So here it is, a month later, and I just grab my aquapainter and go for it, without hesitation. That’s why I’m a demo. I love to learn, so I teach.

If you’d like to join me in my journey, click here and read about how I came to be a demo and consider joining me. You’ll have a ball! And you’ll learn, more than you ever thought you would. I promise.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Kinda Eclectic
Paper: Pool Party, Whisper White, Watercolor
Ink: Watermelon Wonder, Daffodil Delight, Pool Party
Other: Baker’s Twine, Pearls, Butterfly Punch, Aqua Painter

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Have a great week,


Watercolor Effects

Dear Friends,

Watercoloring is my absolute favorite technique right now. I need to resist using this technique on all of my cards (though maybe I should stop resisting …. it is so beautiful…)  One of the neat things about this technique is that you can use it in so many ways. The card I showed last week was VERY different than the card below.

I actually planned out this card before I started watercoloring (well, a rough plan, anyway). I knew only that I wanted to use the flowers from the Summer Silhouettes stamp set with watercoloring under just the flowers. To create the effect, I watercolored the rainbow approximately were I wanted to flowers to go. (The coolest thing about this technique is that “approximate” looks cool!  It looks even better that I missed some spots and that parts of the flowers don’t have ink under them.)


To make this card I first adhered Watercolor paper to a board with washi tape. I then brushed the left side of the paper with water. Using my aquapainter, I colored a bunch of colors on the left. After it dried a bit, I went over the yellow again to make it brighter. Once the paper completely dried, I stamped the images using Black ink. Note that I didn’t emboss it and it turned out nice and crisp! There are so many ways to use watercoloring, aren’t there?  There are no rules – just play!

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Summer Silhouettes and Kinda Eclectic
Paper: Basic Gray and Watercolor Paper
Ink: Melon Mambo, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Bermuda Bay, Perfect Plum,  Smokey Slate, and Archival Black Ink
Accessories: Rhinestones, Metallic Sequins


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New Video – Embossing Folder Stamping

Dear Friends,

Did you know that you could use your Embossing Folder to stamp?  I never had a clue — until I went to Convention and they had us use this technique.  I don’t use it often, but I want to use it more since it creates quite a punch.  It’s a neat technique because there are so many ways you can use it.  It can be subltle or bold, depending on what you’d like.

It was the perfect technique for my creative challenge (click here to learn about my creative challenge.  We would love to have you join us!)  Members have a month to come up with projects. This technique is so versatile, I felt they could do quite a few cards in a month and have each one look very different.

Here’s the card I made as a sample:


Pretty fun, isn’t it?  I put Pool Party and Pear Pizzazz ink on a Hexagon embossing folder, flat (sunken) side. I sprayed it with water and ran it through the bigshot.  After drying, I adhered it to the Whisper White mat with tombow so it would lay flat.

Below is the video on the technique:

There are other ways of doing this technique.  Here are some visuals showing how changing one aspect of the technique can result in a different effect.  Click Embossing Folder Stamping for a pdf “cheat sheet” on this technique.

Sample A:


Sample B:


Sample C:


Sample D:


I hope you give this technique a try.  🙂



New fun project – Scallop Candy Holder

Hello dear friends,

This past month it’s been fun introducing a new video every week.  I love 3-D projects so many of my videos have shown how to make cute gifts you can give to people.  I try to design projects that are quick to make because we are often giving gifts not just to one person, but to a dozen (crafters are the most generous people, aren’t they?)

Now, to get real.  I’m not sure if you’d notice if I didn’t point it out, but the cute little candy holders . . . aren’t actually holding the Ghiradelli chocolates in the picture or the video. This was a big deal for me since I did something huge today.  I let go of perfectionism.  I meant to buy the chocolate but it was a hard week for me.   My husband is playing in the Orchestra for a musical every evening this week, so those few little hours that I can get things done . . . haven’t been there at all this week.  I didn’t even have 15 minutes to leave in the evenings and grab the chocolates since I have little ones.  So I had two options: not post the project or post it almost perfect.  I chose the latter.  And I’m so proud of myself.  It’s a great project.  And I hope you enjoy it in it’s “almost perfect” state.  And I hope my experience encourages YOU to let go of your perfectionism.  You’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish.


Designing this project was exciting because I wanted to score on round paper.  I have a trick for ensuring the paper doesn’t shift — see my video to learn how I did it.

The project is sized to hold a Ghiradelli chocolate.  It also (by chance) holds a tea bag. I hope you enjoy the project.  Click for the link to the dimension sheet: Scallop Candy Holder

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Best wishes for a most fantastic weekend,

Bat Mitzvah Party

Hello Dear Friends,

I just realized that I never posted pictures of the Bat Mitzvah I participated in a few weeks ago.  First, I’d like to thank my dear friend, Erika, for her help.  (Do you notice a trend here?  Every time I have a big event, one of my sweet friends volunteers to help.  I don’t ask them — they ask ME.  I am so thankful for these kind, thoughtful women.)

This Bat Matzvah was for a lovely young lady, Maya.  As you may know, I have a daughter named Maya.  The first time I heard that name, you guessed it, it was this lovely Bat Mitzvah girl.  I have known her Mom for a long time — we grew up in the same neighborhood.  She is an awe-inspiring Mom and her Maya reflects this in her good manners and sweet personality.  It was a joy to participate at the Bat Mizvah.

Now onto the projects.  This was going to be a large Bat Mitzvah.  Working with the Mom, we decided to best way to do this was to make a lot of (premade) cut-outs so that the assembly would be uncomplicated.  The dad set up a projector for me to show them the projects.  Here’s what we did:



The girls all wrote lovely notes in the card and they were sent to a children’s hospital.  Isn’t that an appropriate activity for a Bat Mitzvah?  The glittery bookmarks were theirs to keep.  Here are pictures of them working hard.





It was a lovely event and I had so much with the girls.


– Fun Flower Punch (133785)
Beautiful Bunch Wood-Mount Stamp Set (134279)
– Kinda Eclectic Stamp Set (135350)
– Wisteria Wonder card stock, ribbon, and ink
Tag Topper Scalloped Punch (133324)

Soft Butterfly Card

Happy Monday!!  It is a coooool day here.  Freezing ice.  I am ignoring the cold weather and stamping with the colors I enjoy.  I love soft colors.  Add some lace, a vintage button, and I’m happy. The card below uses some of my favorite colors, blushing bride.


Cut card stock to the following dimensions:

  • Blushing Bride 4 1/4 x 11
  • Whisper White 4 x 5 1/4
  • Scrap of Whisper White for the butterflies

To make the card:

  • Fold Blushing Bride cards stock in half.
  • Stamp the sun from the Kinda Eclectic stamp set in Daffodil Delight
  • Stamp the dots in Smokey Slate
  • Using the dots from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and Smokey Slate, we want a very subtle effect of gray dots on the card.  To make the dots light, stamp off two times onto scrap paper, then stamp onto the whisper white card stock.
  • Stamp the leaves in Sky Blue
  • Sponge the sides of the card in Blushing Bride
  • Stamp the butterflies in Melon Mambo.  Cut out with scissors or the butterfly punches. (I don’t have the small butterfly punch so I just fussy-cut it.)  Adhere pearls to the butterflies.  Using a half a dimensional, adhere to the card.
  • Add Blushing Bride ribbon, Venetian Lace ribbon, a small piece of a doily, and a Glass button (with linen thread) to the card.  I used tombow to get it to stick well.  Adhere card top to Blushing Bride.

Hope you have a great week,


Butterfly Birthday

I am always needing more birthday cards.  This time I needed some birthday cards to sell at a craft fair.  I was making some Very Complicated Cards for this craft fair.  Are you like me – if there’s a hard way and an easy way to do something, will you always pick the most difficult way?  What is up with that?

Anyway, here is an easy design that you can whip up quickly.  It is similar to another card I made a few weeks ago.  I changed it up a bit, added some sparkle, and enjoyed having a quick card I could duplicate.


Here’s how I made it:

  • Cut Island Indigo (one of my favorite colors) to 8 1/2 x 5 1/2.  Fold in half.
  • Cut Whisper White to 5 1/4 x 4.
  • Using the Kinda Eclectic stamp set stamp the leaves in Wild Wasabi (turning the stamp to layer it as shown), the dots in Island Indigo, and sentiment in Elegant Eggplant.  I used a Stamp a-ma-jig to line up the sentiment.
  • Stamp the butterfly in Elegant Eggplant and either punch it out or fussy cut it.  (Fussy cutting isn’t too bad for this image.  I did it a ton before finally getting the punch.)  Adhere to the paper with half a dimensional placed in the middle underside of the butterfly.
  • Next, add some texture.  I used cotton ribbon in Island Indigo and silver ribbon.  I also used the Frosted Sequins and dazzling diamond (center of butterfly) to add some bling.  Adhere the white card stock to the blue and you are done!!

Choose Happiness – A new look

I cannot get enough of this stamp set!!  I challenged myself to make a card with a totally different look from the ones I made last week.  My inspiration for the card came from the catalog.  There is a card stamped on crumb cake that uses this stamp set.  The card looks very different then mine, but I liked the crumb cake.  🙂

needafriendThe butterfly on the card comes from the set “Kinda Eclectic.”  I finally bought the matching punch and it makes life so much easier — especially since I had to fussy cut the flowers.

Have a GREAT week,


Below are the supplies used for card:



The card below is inspired by my friend, Dawn Snowangel (great name, no?)  She made a similar card in pink for our team swap.  We made the card in our “Cards for the Community” class — we will be mailing them to someone we know who is elderly and can use a smile.

Instead of sparkles, I decided to do something different and use the silver ribbon for the butterfly.  I love how it came out – subtle sparkles!  We had a great time making it — it was an easy card and uses the yummy new cotton ribbon.

Here are the supplies I used:

– Whisper White card stock
– Island Indigo card stock
– Wild Wasabi Ink
– Island Indigo Ink
– Elegant Eggplant Ink
– Decorative Label Punch
– Island Indigo 1/4 cotton