SRC – Waterfront Blog Hop

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Hi everyone – it’s time for another fun blog hop with the Stamp Review Crew! Whether you’ve just arrived from Bronwyn’s wonderful site or are starting here – WELCOME! 🌴🌴🌴


We are an international group of Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators who gather twice a month to share a variety of ideas using a specific stamp set. This time, we are featuring Waterfront, a washed watercolor-style set you can use to create all sorts of scenes… and more!

I have two projects I would love to share with you today. The first is a clean and simple card you can use for any occasion. Bright, white and based on my favorite place to spend an hour whenever I get the chance.

SRC Waterfront friend thank you card
create your own ink spots using our ink refills and empty spots

Ahhhh… ocean breezes. *Sigh*

Now for this second card, I wanted to try something a little out of the box. I was tempted to use the sun/moon to try to create a caterpillar but I was distracted by the “line” images which are intended to be used for ground and water. It occurred to me that they might work for animal stripes, too…

SRC Waterfront zebra birthday card
change the colors to create other animal stripes

Thankfully, Zebra stripes are as unique as fingerprints so placement is all up to you!

Into pinning? Here’s an image of both cards in case you would like to pin them together:

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Stampin’ Up! Waterfront stamp set

Stamp Review Crew NextThanks so much for visiting me today! I hope my projects inspired to you get inky and make something fun  😎 Now we are heading north for your next stop on the hop,  Heidi Baks who also loves to spend her time outdoors – even in the cold! I can’t wait to see what she has created for us – let’s go!

Stamp Review Crew – Varied Vases Blog Hop

Hi everyone! Today I’m thrilled to be sharing ideas as part of a blog hop with the Stamp Review Crew. If you’ve just landed here from Mike’s blog – welcome! (You just jumped three time zones!) If you are new to us and are wondering what this is about, we are an international group of Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators who link up twice a month to share a variety of ideas using a specific stamp set. This time, Varied Vases is our set of choice. Such versatility in this set… just wait until you see the projects we have shared!


My first card was created with the idea of a wreath in mind. I worked out the layout using a Jennifer McGuire video as a springboard for how to use the stamping platform to stamp my images. Then it was just a simple matter of choosing the stamps and inks I wanted to use to keep it light and airy! The center flowers in Berry Burst were punched out using the coordinating punch for this set. Easy, peasy! Here’s a closer look:

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Varied Vases & Vases Builder Punch

For a completely different look, I wanted to try something soft like watercolor. I used the brush tip of Stampin’ Write Markers to ink the stamps, stamped, then dabbed the image with a small, damp paint brush to help the colors spread a bit. For this technique, it’s key to remember that watercolor is often about providing the impression of an item as opposed to a clearly defined image.

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Stamp images onto watercolor paper and let a dab of water help move the color.


I hope you have enjoyed the cards I shared today and have some ideas of how you can use Varied Vases. For more inspiration, let’s visit Mickey Robert’s post.

Following is a complete list of hoppers today. If you’re just going to visit one, visit Mike Funke’s blog for some mid-century modern awesomeness. I don’t know how he came up with the idea, but it’s brilliant! Our complete lineup for this hop:

  1. Charlet Mallett
  2. Cindy Elam
  3. Tanya Boser
  4. Kelly Kent
  5. Nikki Spencer
  6. Ann Schach
  7. Lou Kitzelman
  8. Debra Burgin
  9. Holly Krautkremer
  10. Stesha Bloodhart
  11. Linda Callahan
  12. Mike Funke
  13. Adriana Benitez
  14. Mickey Roberts
  15. Mary Haugen

Visit the main page of the Varied Vases hop. Enjoy!

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Creative blank

Some days, creativity just flies out the window. I blame it on too much rain this summer. This chick is solar powered!

So, what’s a card-maker to do when everything seems destined for the trash can? Pull out those catalogs and saved pinterest boards and just make something simple! This card is based on a sample in a Stampin’ Up! catalog. While I had the stamps out, I went ahead and made a colorful coordinating envelope so it will be ready when it’s time to mail this card. Enjoy!

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Stamp Set: Thoughtful Banners


Have you tried this?

I tried something fun last week, something new to me though it really shouldn’t have taken me this long to try it. Envelope art… where you decorate the envelope for the card or note that you are sending. I’ve watched so many videos by Kristina Werner where she paints/draws the most beautiful envelopes you have ever seen and never thought to try it myself. Maybe because I can’t draw? lol

Then last week, somehow – I’m not even sure how – I ran across a line of envelope art stamps by Inky Antics and the lightbulb finally turned on in my head about incorporating this into my card making. It’s fun getting something besides a bill or advert in the mailbox; how much more fun when even the envelope is personalized?

To give myself a little more room to write the address, I masked the top and right side of the matchbox stamp before stamping. This allowed me to extend the lines and make a larger box using a pen and ruler. I finished it off by adding the matches and giving it all a little color. There is a part of me that is wondering what the postal service will think about something with matches going through the mail…

So have you tried it? If you haven’t yet – I hope you will and let me know how it goes!

Happy Birthday, Human

Hi all! I’m taking the day off to spend time with my hubby and guess what? He’s busy cleaning up his desk and watching the first FIFA game. *laugh* So that gives me time to share this card with you! It’s based on a sketch challenge posted by Freshly Made Sketches just yesterday, so there’s plenty of time for you to play along, too 🙂

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Alien Invasion by Gerda Steiner Designs (images)

Can I tell you that coloring aliens is a lot of fun? You can color them any combination you want to! Of course, I couldn’t resist making one of them green – so predictable. I fussy cut them along with the earth image so that I could play around with the placement. Originally, they were just going to be in the clouds but my husband (who is supposed to be cleaning his desk) thought that was weird, so they got a spaceship and we earthlings got a cloudy day instead. 😉

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Simple Puffy Clouds (Lawn Fawn), Adventure Edges (Elizabeth Craft Design)

Thanks for checking out my card and putting up with my silliness. I would tell you I’m not always like this, but that wouldn’t be the truth. Sometimes, I just hide it better 😉

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