Fun Fold Card and Video

Dear Friends,

I have something a little unique to show you today. It’s a Fun Fold Card. It took me a lot longer than it looks to design. I started out doing something very complex, with the design in the center flipping out. My personal motto is to “keep it simple” since no one wants to scratch their head over paper crafting, right? The final method I used is so crazy simple, you won’t believe it.


To decorate the card I used one of my favorite stamp sets, Summer Silhouettes. I have gotten my money’s worth out of that set. I’ve made so many cards, I can’t count them — and since I’ve had the set for less than a year, that’s pretty impressive. Actually, a friend is coming over tonight (She’s in a bit of a bind. She needs about 50 cards by Sunday, maybe more. But we can do it!!!) I plan to lend her this set and create a simple project for her to replicate.

I made a video for the project. In the video, I also show how I did the sponging for the card.

I hope you enjoy!

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Summer Silhouettes
Ink and Paper: Cherry on Top DSP, Wisteria Wonder, Old Olive, Marina Mist
Other: Sponges, Deco Framelits

Have a happy day,


All orders receive a free card tutorial. My way of saying thanks 🙂

Sponging – 2 ways!

Dear Friends,

Today I’m sharing my latest technique video. In the video, I teach two ways of using sponging to make stunning backgrounds for your stamped images.

The video was created for my Creative Challenge group. Click here to learn about the challenge and join. We have a vibrant facebook group and lots of projects shared throughout the month.

Last month we did Watercolor Washing, which is one of my absolute favorite stamping techniques. This month, I wanted to feature a beautiful technique – but one that didn’t involve water. LOL. A little less mess, anyone? I decided on using sponges because they are my favorite tool. I’m a frugal gal and in my opinion, sponges are the cheapest tool with the largest impact. A package of sponges only costs about $3.50 (click here if you need to order any) and you can cut them up and get tons of use of them. I like to label my sponges and keep them forever. The more you use them, the better they get!

The first card uses all-over sponging. Using Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, and Melon Mambo, I show how to sponge, adding layers of color to make the beautiful effect shown on the card.


The second card shows two techniques in one. It shows how to create the ripped paper effect, as well as sponging, merging different colors together.

Many of my videos for my Creative Challenge members include more than one way of doing a technique. I therefore have two different neat ways of doing sponging. I like to fill my videos with as much information as possible since my technique videos are designed to be a class. The videos are comprehensive and include as much information about the technique as needed for beginners and advanced stampers to be successful with the technique.


Below is the video. I hope you enjoy it and give this technique a try.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Summer Silhouettes
Paper: Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Whisper White
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, and Melon Mambo
Tools: Sponges

A Nordstrom’s card

Dear Friends,

Happy Monday!  Hope it’s a great week for you. Did you get any shopping done?  Did you by any chance go to Nordstrom’s? When I was thinking about my card today, it reminded me of the posh department store. When I think of Nordstroms, I think tailored and elegant, which describes my card. I also think EXPENSIVE, LOL. The card does may look classy, but it sure didn’t cost a lot to make.

What is your stamp style. Are you a Nordstroms stamper? Pier 1? Crate and Barrel? I’ve always been a more elegant stamper, but recently I’ve gone more vintage and I also like a “messy” look. The cool thing about stamping is you can do any style you want — and you can change it up with each card.


For this card, I used a tonal effect. I used Bermuda Bay and Pool Party for the blues. The flowers are covered in Wink of Stella glitter. This card would also be awesome for Mother’s day, wouldn’t it?

Cutting out the flowers is a little extra work, but it’s so worth it, isn’t it?  I love the effect of the flowers popping out of the leaves. It made the card a little more special.

Reminder: You get a free awesome card tutorial for placing an order in my online store. Please use hostess code 9ZXKV46G if your order is less than $150.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Summer Silhouettes, Blooming Birthday
Paper: Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Pool Party
Ink: Pool Party, Old Olive, Bermuda Bay, Early Espresso (sentiment)
Other: Bermuda Bay Stitched Ribbon, Silver Ribbon, Dimensionals, Wink of Stella

Have a most fantastic week and next time you stamp, think about your stamp style.

Have you ever made a bookmark?

Dear Friends,

If you’ve never made a bookmark (and you like to read), you should give it a try!  Bookmarks are a great project because they are FAST!!! They also make a nice gift, tucked into a card (a matching card if you are really on your game!)

I love reading a book while using a bookmark that I made. It makes the book reading experience even more meaningful when you are continually looking at one of your gorgeous creations.

For me, it also encourages me to keep creating. When I handle something I make, it encourages me to make more!

For the bookmark below, I used the Summer Silhouettes stamp set. If you look closely, you’ll see lightly stamped images in Sahara Sand. I first stamped off onto scrap paper, then lightly stamped  the images. This keeps them subtle so they don’t detract from the stamped flowers.


Go ahead, make some bookmarks, and tell me if you also aren’t addicted. Most of all, have fun and enjoy seeing your beautiful artwork while reading a lovely book.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Summer Silhouettes
Paper: Real Red, Always Artichoke, Whisper White
Ink: Real Red, Always Artichoke, Sahara Sand
Other: Gold Sequins, Gold Ribbon, Sahara Sand Lace Ribbon

I have a new class!  All orders (any size) receive a class with gorgeous cards using the Circle of Spring stamp class.

Have a great week,


Happy Mother’s Day!

Dear Friends,

Happy Monday!  It’s my first mother’s day card of the year! It is SUCH a great feeling to have one done already. Feel free to copy it and get it ready for your Mom or a Mom that needs some TLC.

I’ve been doing a lot of practicing with photography (and editing software) but despite all my tricks, this picture does not do the card justice. (Does it ever?) In person, there is an elegance to the card because of the green color and it does not come through in the photo.  But it’s close enough — you get the idea 🙂


To make the card, I first cut a piece of white cardstock into a circle shape. I then stamped it all over randomly with Always Artichoke greenery.  The flowers are stamped in Daffodil Delight ink, with the centers in Elegant Eggplant. I cut those out and popped them up with dimensionals. I then added glitter to the flowers with Wink of Stella.

To add interest, I cut off a piece of the circle so it would line up nicely on the card (always a scary step, isn’t it?)  I added some banners under it for color. Gotta have some color.

Hope you have a most fantastic week and perhaps this week, whatever it is, you’ll get something done in advance so you can breath a little easier in weeks to come. Wishing you the best.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Summer Silhouettes, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Always Artichoke, Daffodil Delight, Elegant Eggplant, Wink of Stella
Paper: Whisper White, Always Artichoke, Botanical Gardens DSP, Elegant Eggplant
Misc: Rhinestones


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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


If your order is less than $150, please use hostess code VRPRC4R3

New Video – 3×3 Card Holder Box

Dear Friends,

Happy Friday!  I hope you’ve had a great week.  If you didn’t have time do something creative yet, I have a cute project for you today.  It’s a card holder box for 3×3 cards.

3x3 card boxv2

3×3 cards are underrated. They are FAST to make, use fewer supplies, and can pack a big punch.  The only downside is that they are too small to be mailed by the USPS.

Here are some great uses for these small cards:

  • Put in your child’s lunchbox
  • Give your spouse a little reminder of how much you appreciate him
  • Attach to a present or slip into a gift bag
  • A little “thank you” for a coworker
  • Keep in your purse for a random act of kindness
  • Write a quote on the inside and display on your desk
  • Tie with a ribbon around a wine bottle as a hostess gift
  • And of course, you can give a package of 3×3 cards as a gift!

Here are the 3×3 cards that perfectly match the box.

3x3 card v2

I also created a video that shows  how to make the card holder and 3×3 cards.  You’ll also learn how to make the curved edge on the front of the box.  I hope you enjoy.

For the pdf with dimensions, cutting guide and supplies, click 3×3 Card holder.
To order supplies 24/7, click here.
Enjoy the project.


Summer Silhouettes

The Summer Silhouettes stamp set has been in the catalog for a few years and I kept eyeing it and eyeing it, but never bought it. Finally a few months ago I bought it. And I’m so glad I did! It’s a beautiful stamp set and versatile. I’m surprised every time I use it how the cards look so different. I’ve made simple and elegant cards with it, grungy, vintage, etc. I have used all different colors with it, too (though I think my favorite was Pool Party. I love blue flowers!) This is one of those neat stamp sets where anything you make will look just beautiful.

For the card below, I used a challenge sketch that is new-to-me. It’s called Hand Stamped Sentiments. I like that the sketches are good for two weeks instead of just one. Sometimes it’s hard to fit in a challenge in only one week. After I put the card together, I realized I should have covered the top layer in dazzling diamonds glitter. Wouldn’t that have looked neat? Next time!


Hints: I have three rows of ribbon going diagonally down the card. To do this, I put snail down and then laid the ribbon down. Below is a close up.


Below is the sketch from the challenge. HSSSK230. hss-230-sketch-0013
Supplies used to make the card:

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Have a happy day!

Glamming it Up

Before I show some “glam,” I want to let you know about a HUGE sale starting TODAY!!  Stampin’ Up! is having specials for this whole week.  Click on the graphic below to take you to details.


Click HERE to view the entire PDF of Sale items.

Click HERE to view the stamp sets that are only found ONLINE.

Enjoy the sale 🙂

Now, back to stamping.  Last week I posed a card that was elegant, yet simple.


I decided to glam it up a bit to experiment with my style.  Take a look at decide what YOUR style is.  Do you like things clean and simple?  Or do you like lace, stamping, and bling?


I like both styles.  I find the simple style to be lovely, but sometimes, I also feel like a card needs a little something extra.  Though I like both, the bottom card is actually more my style.  I had fun making it!!

Try playing with your card making to figure out YOUR style.  Once you realize what you like best, card making will go much smoother and you’ll enjoy the process more.

Stamp Set: Summer Silhouettes
Paper and Ink: Sahara Sand, Hello Honey, Pool Party


Simple yet Elegant

Today I wanted to show you that you can create beautiful cards without doing a lot of work.  Check out the card below.  Simple, and elegant!  I used the stamp set Summer Silhouettes (126447)


The card is a smaller size than usual.  The base card is 4 1/4 x 8 1/2 (folded in half).  The pool party brightens it up and the little bit of sparkle in the flower center adds a lot of “umph.”  It is a cute size and I think a little box of these would make a GREAT gift.

What are you making today?

P.S. Tomorrow is the LAST day to get the class below for free.  Click here for details.