Thoughts and Prayers Sympathy Card

The Thoughts and Prayers set is such a quality set for creating sympathy cards.  I appreciate the simplicity and yet versatility of the designs.  I wanted a peaceful card and therefore went with neutral colors and a clean design.  In order to add texture, I utilized my polka dot EF; but, I used the back side of the paper for a more subtle appearance.











STAMPIN UP STAMPS: Thoughts and Prayers, Petite Pairs

STAMPIN UP INK: Early Espresso and Soft Suede

STAMPIN UP CARD STOCK AND PAPER: Early Espresso and Soft Suede CS, Very Vanilla, Soft Suede DSP

ACCESORIES: Candy dots, Nestabilities scallop and oval dies, Polka Dot EF, Soft Suede 3/8″ ribbon, snail

MOJO330: Baby Tees, Cuddles and Kisses and Netting Background

A Tall and Skinny card was the challenge for this week’s Mojo Monday 330.  For some reason my mind immediately flitted to my Alphabet Dies and using a word for the vertical strip.  The new Watercolor Wonder paper has had me in a baby card mode, so I decided to spell out the word “Baby” and make yet another baby card.  Shadowing the Daffodil Delight letters with Tangerine Tango, took me back to my scrapbooking days!  The Hung Up Cute Clip paired beautifully with the Baby Tees onesie; then,  I used a bit of Baker’s Twine to serve as a “clothes line” across the greeting.

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STAMPIN UP STAMPS: Baby Tees Jumbo Wheel, Cuddles and Kisses, Netting background stamp (used on the Daffodil Delight letters)
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Tangerine Tango, Watercolor Wonder DSP, Whisper White, Wild Wasabi
STAMPIN UP INK: Versamark, So Saffron, Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango,
ACCESSORIES: Typeset Alphabet Bigz Die, Circle Die, Big Shot, Lucky Limeade Bakers Twine, Black Embossing Powder, Blender Pen, Hung Up Cute Clips, 2-1/2” Circle Punch, Pumpkin Pie Designer Button, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch

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FRIDAY MASHUP 144: Flowering Flourishes and Nursery Necessities

This weeks’s Friday Mashup was to create a project with stars.  I chose a retired set, Nursery Necessities, to use with the new Watercolor Wonder paper to make a baby card appropriate for a boy or a girl.  The Flowering Flourishes image served as my central image which I then surrounded with the Nursery Necessities star inked in the colors represented on the Watercolor paper, Tangerine Tango, Gumball Green and Daffodil Delight.  I punched a few mini stars from the Watercolor Wonder paper and used those as the finishing accents.

2014.01.27 FRIDAY MASHUP2

STAMPIN UP STAMP(S): Flowering Flourishes, Nursery Necessities (retired), Cuddles and Kisses
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Tangerine Tango, Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, Watercolor Wonder DSP
STAMPIN UP INK: Versamark, Daffodil Delight, Gumball Green, Tangerine Tango
ACCESSORIES: Tempting Turquoise embossing powder, Clear embossing powder, Black embossing powder, Stamp-a-majig, mini star punch, small glue dots, dimensionals, snail

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PP180 and DD87: Regarding Dahlias and Just Believe

This card was inspired by my friend, Cindy of Cindy Lee Bee Designs, who introduced me to color embossing the dahlia at one of her classes last year.  Guess what stamp I ordered when I got home that night?!  Right, you are!!!   Regarding Dahlias has been a beautiful addition to my stamp collection.  This card uses Dynamic Duos challenge colors of Melon Mambo and Basic Black.  The layout is the Paper Players 180 Sketch Challenge.

While the card is quite straightforward, one tip I do have to offer for new stampers is to create a “channel” for your tag, so that the tag remains centered on the card.  Simply lay the tag in the desired position on the back of the cardstock matte, then place a piece of red line tape onto the  matte ¼” above and ¼” below the tag, place another piece on the matte where you want the tag to stop when it’s in resting position.  These three pieces of red line tape form the sliding track for your tag.


STAMPIN UP STAMP(S): Regarding Dahlias
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Basic Black, Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Basic Black DSP
ACCESSORIES: Melon Mambo and Black embossing powder, heat tool, Melon Mambo ¼ ribbon, Scalloped Tag Topper punch, Basic Black candy dots, snail, red line tape, dust buddy

Dynamic Duos Redo 2013-006    pp180

FMS 120: Fabulous Florets and En Francais Bleach Stamping

Saturday was a blustery day with bad road conditions; so, I had to postpone my class.   That left me with a free day to play in my studio, “Hmmm, what to do first?”   My February technique class will be on stamping with bleach; so, I decided to do some experimenting and see what colors would be produced when each of the 50 colors of Stampin Up cardstock  had bleach applied to them – what fun!  My favorite contrast was on the Elegant Eggplant CS.   The bleach produced a color very similar to So Saffron;    which you see on this card.

To create the card, I poured some bleach onto a couple of folded paper towels to create a makeshift ink pad.  Then I set my background stamp onto the bleach soaked paper towels to “ink” the stamp and then applied the stamp to the Elegant Eggplant CS – that was it, no embossing, just bleach to create this beautiful background.  For the flowers, I stamped the image with Versamark and then black embossed each flower.  Next, I used my aqua painter to apply beach within the petals.  I worked with small short strokes to create the gradient look.  The layout is this week’s Freshly Made Sketch Challenge.


STAMPIN UP STAMPS: En Francais background; Fabulous Florets
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, So Saffron, Elegant Eggplant
ACCESSORIES: Black and clear embossing powder, heat tool, bleach, aqua painter, dimensionals, snail, glue dots

FMS Final 120-001

Paper Players 179: Stampin Up For the Birds Valentine

Wow, who would have thought making a single layer card could generate so much “giddiness!”  My wheels really turned to design this card for the Paper Players Challenge; I can’t remember the last time I did a single layer card – whew!  My brayer was lying out from my class, so I thought I’d try brayering a “framed picture”.  I used my scallop die as a mask while I brayered Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango and Melon Mambo.  Then I gently daubed in each opening to be sure the inking was even for my frame.  After removing the mask, I stamped my images and did a bit of coloring – voila!  The bottom needed a touch of something, so I grabbed my $1 stamp that I picked up at the check out counter the other day, inked it with Tangerine Tango and then clear embossed it for a subtle accent.

2014.01.23 PP179STAMPS: Stampin Up For the Birds; SU Teeny Tiny Wishes; Craft Smart heart

CARDSTOCK: Whisper White (that was easy!)

INK: Black Stazon, Tangerine Tango, Stampin Up markers: Believe it or not there are 14 colors used on this little image – basically choose a light, medium and dark of each color group. Real Red was used for the heart

SUPPLIES: Brayer, scallop oval die, big shot, blender pen, clear embossing powder, heat tool


Mojo Monday 329 and Dynamic Duos #86: Baby Baron Bear

This adorable little bear worked beautifully for the Mojo Monday 329 Sketch which I coupled with Dynamic Duos color challenge of Pool Party and Pink Pirouette.  I was in the mood to “quilt” this evening; so, I made a “baby blanket” to serve as the background for Baby Bear.  I used a ¾” punch to punch my squares, then snipped each square diagonally and pieced the triangles together to form the quilt.  For the quilt’s finishing touch, I ran it through the Big Shot using a Darice circle EF.  I masked Baby Bear in order to stamp the dotted background; then, I ran the top of the card through the big shot to add a polka dot texture for a complimentary background.  Using the blender pen allowed me to accomplish the necessary shading, while staying true to only using Pink Pirouette and a skin color marker.  I just love the personality of Baby Bear and hope that he brings a smile to your day!














STAMPS: Stampabilities Barron Bear and Endless Creations background dots
STAMPIN UP INK: Pool Party and Pink Pirouette
STAMPIN UP CARDS STOCK & DSP: Pool Party CS, Pink Pirouette CS, Subtles DSP, Whisper White CS
INKS: Crumb Cake (bear’s skin color), Pink Piroutte, Pool Party, Versamark
TOOLS: Circle dies, Big Shot, Darice circles EF, Polk a Dot EF
EMBELLISHMENTS and SUPPLIES: Pool party ¼” ribbon; 2 silver mini brads, clear embossing powder, heat tool

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