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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Playing with Watercoloring

Today I felt like watercoloring.  It’s a technique I keep working on and it’s one of those things that the more you do, the more fun it is.  The RV is stamped on watercolor paper and embossed.  For me, it’s easiest to watercolor when working with an embossed image.  It helps keeps things in the lines and reduces smudging.

My daughter’s birthday is coming up and I loved the sentiment in this stamp set.  The older I’m getting, the more I realize how important it is to follow my heart and listen to my gut.  The more I do what I REALLY want to do (and stop doing what I don’t want to do), the more authentic my life feels.


I did the Paper Craft Crew challenge. Don’t they have the cutest sketches?  It is PCCCS#182.


Below are the supplies I used:

Card for Kids

Have I gotten you to try card templates yet????  I did another one today.  This one is the Sweet Sunday Sketch #295.  Here’s my card!


Do you think I followed the sketch?


The thing I love about sketches is that they get me thinking in new ways.  I never would have thought to put a line down the card.  But I really like it!  It adds balance and interest.

I also did something fun.  It’s hard to see in the picture, but the little guy is actually watercolored. I used watercolor paper and an aqua painter to make him.  If a card success is defined by your kids trying to steal it, then I’d say this one turned out okay . . .

Stamp Set: You’re Sublime (139309)
Paper: Watercolor Paper, Cherry On Top (138443), Whisper White, Wild Wasabi
Ink: Lost Lagoon, Garden Green (for the spots), Wild Wasabi (body), Soft Sky (eyes)
Misc: Aqua Painter

Have a wonderful day, friends.




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