Watercolored Birthday Blooms

The Birthday Blooms stamp set by Stampin’ Up! is ideal for watercoloring. The big flower looks spectacular when watercolored and it’s large enough to make the process easy. Are you comfortable with watercoloring? For some people, watercoloring is intimidating. When people tell me they’re afraid to do it, I remind them — it’s just paper! What’s the worst that can happen? I love it when my friends decide to take the leap and learn to master the technique.

Birthday Blooms Watercolored

I decided to make watercoloring the feature for this card. Not only is the flower watercolored, but the background is, too. Why not, right? When you’re already getting out the AquaPainter, you may as well keep going 🙂

The flower from Birthday Blooms was pretty easy to watercolor. I first stamped the image in Archival Gray Ink on Shimmery White paper. I fussy cut the image and colored it in using my AquaPainter.

Birthday Blooms stamp set by Stampin' Up! using Watercoloring

Tips for Watercoloring:

  • For the paper, I used Shimmery White card stock. I love how this paper takes ink and water. It also has a beautiful shimmer.
  • For the background watercoloring, I first tacked the paper down using old washi tape so as it dried, it wouldn’t curl up.
  • Before adding ink to the card stock, I first brushed water onto the card stock.
  • The colors I used for the background was Night of Navy and Crumb Cake.
  • After watercoloring, the colors weren’t bold enough for me. I dried the paper using a heat tool and watercolored it a second time. This made the colors pop.

Below is a close-up of the watercoloring. Do you see the sparkle in the middle of the flower? I did it using Silver Dazzling Details. Very sparkly 🙂 But hard to see in the photo!

Birthday Blooms stamp set by Stampin' Up! using Watercoloring

For a video on how to do this technique, click below:

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Supplies Used:
Stamps: Birthday Blooms
Techniques: Watercoloring
Ink: Night of Navy, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi
Paper: Dapper Denim, Shimmery White
Other: Silver Dazzling Details, Silver Metallic Thread, Aquapainter

Happy Stamping!

How to do the Spotlight Technique

For my technique challenge this month, I wanted to feature a technique that would have a huge impact, but wouldn’t involve anything messy. The Spotlight Technique fit the bill!  (Last month was WAYYYY messy with the Acrylic Block Stamping Technique. Totally love it, but some people <gasp> don’t like to get their hands inky.)

I decided to use Spotlighting when I was playing with the Fairy Celebration stamp set. The stamp set is ideal for this type of technique. Traditionally, this technique uses images that are colored in, but solid images can also be used.

My card below is actually very simple, but the spotlighting gives it a “Wow” effect. I am also so excited about the new Layer Circles framelits. The little pop of color from the scallop highlights the image and makes it pop even more. To color the image, I used blender pens. It adds a soft look to the images and has a beautiful watercolor effect.

Fairy Celebration stamp set by Stampin' Up!

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How to do the Spotlight Technique

To do the spotlight technique as shown above, you stamp the image twice. For my sample above, I first stamped the image on green Emerald Envy paper. I then stamped it again on Whisper White.

After stamping on the Whisper White, I played with the circles from the Layer Circles framelits . I chose where I wanted my image to be cut out and after cutting it, I colored it in with blender pens. I then added a scalloped border and carefully placed it over the green Emerald Envy paper so the images matched exactly.

There are other ways of doing the technique as well. Watch the whole video below to learn some additional tips and tricks.

Here is a close up of the card. For the linen thread, I first doubled the length of ribbon, then tied it into a double bow.

Fairy Celebration stamp set by Stampin' Up!

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Supplies Used:
Stamp Set: Fairy Celebration
Paper: Emerald Envy, Watermelon Wonder, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black, Blend Pens
Other: Linen Thread, Rhinestones, Layer Circles framelits.

Happy Stamping,

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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Embossing Folder Stamping with Vellum

Dear Friends,

A few months ago I posted a video on how to do embossing folder stamping. I had some leftover cardstock from my video. The leftover scrap was gorgeous. I couldn’t waste it so I created another card with it.

Below is the video on the technique:

Click here to the link on the original post, and for a pdf instructions sheet.

Making the card was a challenge because my technique was very bold. I did a trick — one I want to share with you. Vellum, my friends, vellum. It’s a great tool for softening any color that’s too bold. You can’t tell from the picture, but there is a sheet of vellum over the background. It feels neat when holding the card and it makes the colors soft and pretty.

Feel Goods Stamp set by Stampin' Up!

For the layers, I punched hexagons in Mint Macaroon and put them behind the banner. Gotta stay in the theme, you know 🙂

I’m really going to miss the Feel Goods stamp set, which is retiring on June 3rd. Actually, I’m thinking it’ll be one of the few stamp sets I keep forever. My favorite quote from the stamp set is “She Believed She Could So She Did.” Yes, this one is a keeper.

Feel Goods Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

For the ribbon, I took apart Smokey Slate Baker’s twine so it would have a vintage look, and then tied the bow. I love baker’s twine, but it’s very thick — taking it apart fits my stampin’ style better.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Feel Goods, Gorgeous Grunge
Paper: Lost Lagoon, Whisper White, Vellum, Mint Macaroon
Other: Honeycomb Embossing Folder, Silver Squins, Doilies, Hexagon Punch, Smokey Slate Thick Baker’s Twine

Have a happy week,

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Dear Friends,

For those of you who celebrate Mother’s day, I hope you had a great day yesterday and that your family behaved well and that you enjoyed the day.

My little girls did their best to make my day special. They let me sleep in the morning. They made me cards. They surprised me with something unexpected. While I was out, they decorated the table beautifully….and my husband made me one of my favorite dinners, Pasta with Vodka Sauce. Yum!

As a treat to me, I went to a special Mother’s Day yoga class. It was two hours. I’ve never done yoga for two hours so that was a little scary, but the teacher took it easy and the time went fast. Hopefully by this time tomorrow I’ll still be able to move….LOL.

Check out the card below….does it bring to mind anything? Like maybe the sketch from the Paper Craft Crew #193 that I posted last week????  Yes!!!


Here’s the sketch – and there’s still time to play along! Isn’t it amazing how different you can make a card that follows the same sketch?

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The stamp set is Beautiful Bunch with the coordinating Fun Flower Punch. If you’d like to get it before it retires in a few weeks, please click here for my online store.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Beautiful Bunch, Sheltering Tree (sentiment)
Paper and Ink: Lost Lagoon, Elegant Eggplant, Botanical Gardens DSP
Accessories: Fun Flower Punch, Lost Lagoon Thick Twine, Silver Sequins, Vintage Faceted Buttons, Metallic Doilies

Hope you have a most fantastic week.

I’m here for you

Hello Dear Friends,

Happy Monday.  I hope it’s a fantastic week.

For my card today, I tried to keep it simple.  And I did!  I almost squeezed in some elements that would have changed the card, but I kept reminding myself “clean and simple.”  You see, I was following a sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.  Click FMS228 for more information.


The theme of Freshly Made Sketches is to do simple layouts that are beautiful and non-fussy.  I love the how this type of card looks, so I wanted to challenge myself this week. Since I wanted to use the Petal Pusher stamp set, I had to flip the sketch — I didn’t think I could make the bike work in the upper corner. But don’t forget — sketches can be flipped, no problem. Always use sketches as inspiration and make them work with the card. After all, we wouldn’t want the card to look ridiculous, with a bike floating in mid air …


For the banner at the bottom, I did something fun. Using a dimensional on each side of the banner, I curved it outward in the center.  A fun technique!


I hope you will give clean simple cards a try. There is great beauty in simplicity, isn’t there?

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets: Pedal Pusher, Gorgeous Grunge
Paper: Elegant Eggplant, Wildflowers DSP
Ink & Markers: Basic Gray, Basic Black, Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive, Hello Honey
Accessories: OMG – none!

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Have a wonderful week,