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

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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!

Have a Snappy Day!

I have to confess – when I first planned to do a video on Acrylic Block Stamping, I didn’t realize how much I’d love the technique. Sure, I’ve done the technique before and liked it. But after experimenting more and more with it, I’ve fallen head over heals with it and now use it all the time.

Before adding the background to the card below, I was really struggling. The crab looked too “cutesy” and not my style. I put it aside and when I came back to it, I realized it needed a beach background. I decided to use Shimmery White cardstock. My friends, if you love this technique, you MUST try it on Shimmery White. Although the technique works on all card stock, there’s something about the Shimmery White card stock that takes the ink so nicely and blends the colors. And then it shimmers when you’re done! Can’t go wrong.

You're Sublime stamp set by Stampin' Up!, Acrylic Block Stamping

After I made the background for the card, I absolutely adored it. To follow the Paper Craft Crew challenge (PCCC#199) I added the little sunshade. So stinkin’ cute! I used the Hearth and Home framelits to cut it out.

Paper Craft Crew Challenge #199

You're Sublime stamp set by Stampin' Up!, Acrylic Block Stamping

Here’s the video on how to do Acrylic Block Stamping.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: You’re Sublime
Paper: Sahara Sand, Real Red
Ink: Sahara Sand, Real Red, Marina Mist, Soft Sky, Crumb Cake
Other: Hearth and Home framelits, Metallic Sequins

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Awesome Friends

Dear Friends,

I hope you had some time to relax this weekend. I got to see my sweet friend, Sharon, who lives in another country. We went to high school together and I love her so much. There’s something special about people who knew you back in the day, isn’t there? I can tell her things I wouldn’t tell anyone else. Her husband and kid are also lovely so it was a real treat for me to see her and most of her family yesterday.

If you saw my facebook page, I told a funny story of something that happened in yoga today. (Click here to like my facebook page.)

Today I managed to make it to an 8am yoga class. A miracle, I know. We get into a crazy pose (not as crazy as the one below) and she asks me “What was the best thing that happened to you this week?” I’m like “Ahhhh. I don’t know.” She said “that’s okay. Take your time. We’ll stay in this pose till you think of it.” I thought of something real fast, let me tell you….Great way to bring gratitude into your routine

I told my yoga class how special it was to see Sharon, my good friend, whom I see so rarely. The card below, a friendship card, is an ideal card to send to a friend that you love, but don’t see very often. Social media has take the place of snail mail, and it’s not the same. It’s great, but really, it’s not the same. Make the card below and send it to someone who lives far from you. It will make your friend smile a great big smile and bring you close together, no matter how many miles separate you.

The card below uses my favorite stamp set from the soon to be retired catalog. Luckily, the stamp set isn’t being retired (phew!!). You know a stamp set is great when you can create lots of cards from it without struggling.



To make the card, I first embossed black embossing powder on Shimmery White paper. I watercolored using an aqua painter in only one color, watermelon wonder. It sure makes the color pop when you only use one color, doesn’t it? It was hard not throwing in a green, so instead of fussy cut the image and stamped green under it.  I was thrilled with how this came out! The flowers are popped up with dimensionals, as is the Friend label.

I wanted to remind you that I’ll be sending my newsletter out this Wednesday. I always include some neat cards with step-by-step instructions in my newsletter. To subscribe, click here.

Have an awesome week,

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets: Awesomely Artistic, Gorgeous Grunge
Paper: Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White, and Shimmery White
Ink: Versamark, Sahara Sand, Soft Suede, Old Olive, and Watermelon Wonder
Other: AquaPainter

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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,


Birthday Blooms

Dear Friends,

One of the fun parts of stamping is buying a set that you’ve been wanting for a while. I love the Birthday Blooms set but didn’t buy it right away. I just bought it and couldn’t wait to use it.


I’m happy to report that the stamp set is as fun as I thought it would be. I’ve already used it twice.  Once for the card below and again just for the sentiment. The sentiments in the stamp set are amazing. The combination of script and text is adorable. I know I’ll be getting my money’s worth out of this one . . .


Now do you see why it was so much fun?  To make the card, I first embossed the flower in black onto Shimmery White card stock.  The card stock was new for me, too.  I’d never used it before and it was AWESOME for watercoloring. I like it much better than watercolor paper.  It took the ink and the water very nicely.  The glitter on the left of the image is from the glimmer washi tape.  <swoon> Oh is that tape amazing.  I’m hoping it never retires.  I’ll be using it a TON.

The inspiration for the card design came from the Paper Craft Crew (PCCCS185).  Isn’t it a sweet sketch?  Love it 🙂

PCCCS-162-205-007-e1457492215226Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Birthday Blooms
Paper: Whisper White, Shimmery White, Blushing Bride
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Blushing Bride
Accessories: Polka Dot Embossing Folder (133739), Silver Baker’s Twine (132976), Glimmer Washi Tape, DoileyTools: Aqua Painter

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Hope you have a great week,