Postcard Pals and saving your embossing paste

IMG_9648 Hi crafters! I read an interesting chat recently regarding embossing paste. Did you know that you should store it in a plastic bag? I didn’t (either)… As a result, even though my tub of paste was only a few months old, I opened it up to find a dry mix – something like toothpaste left on the sink. Sadness!

Fortunately, one of the contributors in a forum suggested adding a bit of  purified water to the jar and mixing it into the paste as well as possible. I followed her advice and used a fork to start the blending process. I then closed the jar and set it aside.

I didn’t have the opportunity to craft for over a week, so I’m not sure if time made a difference, but when I opened the jar I found that the paste was creamy again. It mixed easily with a bit of ink (smashed onto my work surface) to add color.

The only difference I noticed was that it wasn’t quite as “fluffy” as before. However it spread over the stencil nicely and filled in the design beautifully. It was also easier to clean off the palette and stencil; a welcome difference!

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image: Postcard Pals (Stampin’ Up!)

The stencilled design dried while I stamped and colored in this adorable platypus image and fussy cut around him to add him to the scene. He looks like he’s offering a hug so I chose the “for you” die cut, leaving it open to use for any occasion.

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Family Circus

A few months ago, Hero Arts released a carnival themed stamp set in a kit that immediately caught my attention and imagination. See, I’ve had this Sassy Family stamp set from Technique Tuesday that was just begging for some images to go with it.

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Technique Tuesday “Sassy Family”


Our family is one tent away from a full blown circus.”

I’ve had enough real conversations with people to know that this probably relates to most famillies. I feel certain I could send this to just about anyone in mine to get a laugh and a nod of acknowledgement out of them. We all know there are lots of personalities in our tribe and there is so much going on at any given time.  Creatively speaking, the ups and downs of the carnival rides shown here could easily describe life in general; then add in the food, sounds and color that help fill the senses. Fun, laughter and a bit of craziness all rolled into one… kinda like a family reunion 😉

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Mandy’s Flowers

Simon Says Stamp recently released a beautiful floral set with a variety of sentiments and images. I really like that the flowers are large enough to color easily, already provide some detail and are also already in containers. In case you are interested, the set was part of the 2018 August kit, which also included cardstock, embellishments and project ideas. (I am not an affiliate, just a fan!)

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sentiment dies by LITTLE B

The background paper inspired my Copic color choices (above). I went with a red rose to help it pop off the background a bit. I enjoyed coloring it so much, I tried again with slightly different color choices:

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background stamp Modern Rose Blooms also by Simon Says Stamp

This second card is almost a direct copy of a card shared by Cindy Norberg on an idea sheet that came in the kit. I went with different colors and embellishments but kept the layout nearly the same. I’m looking forward to creating another with softer colors, perhaps to have a sympathy card on-hand.

Thanks for stopping by!

Notes: flower & vase images were fussy cut, pearls and enamel dots by Stampin’ Up!

Greetings from little fairies

I recently purchased the cutest little stamp set from Stamping Bella. This set of four fairies just said “color me” and since that seems to be my obsession lately, I caved. (Discount code + cute image + fun money availability = mine! I think even Dave Ramsey would approve…)

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Stamping Bella Little Bits Fairy Set, Avery Elle Circle Frames Die

You can see all four of the adorable fairies in this card. I think they will be so fun to use with other images or perched atop large words! With a little careful trimming, you could also remove the smaller part of the wings and make them angels. May have to give that a try for Christmas!

Notes: All card stock Stampin’ Up!, “Greetings” die by Sunny Studios


Postcard Pals any occasion card

Like a lot of papercrafters, I enjoy watching Sandy Allnock videos. She’s a great resource for a lot of coloring techniques, but she also gives other good advice. One such tidbit is keeping the rest of the card simple to not detract from your coloring. As someone who really likes card sketches, I needed that bit of advice; my default is layers and more layers. Today, I took her advice and only used a little bit of patterned paper to help tie my chosen colors together.

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images are from Postcard Pals (Stampin’ Up!)

Isn’t he cute?

Copics (except*):

sky: B0000 + 0

Beak & Feet: YR 12, 16, 18, 20

Sand & Hat: E21, 23, 25, 27, 53

Vest: V34, 45, 95

Fish: *SU Coastal Cabana

Pelican body: W1, 3, 5, 7 ,9


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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Fab is a frame of mind

Today starts a new adventure. I blogged for years (here), but decided to put that to rest a few months ago. While I don’t miss trying to sell product, I definitely miss the flow of sharing ideas and inspiration with such friendly people and can’t wait to share craft, home and food ideas in this fresh new spot.

Today a card 🙂

Fab Fri posted a fab layout which called for using a fab sentiment. And a fab flamingo, too!

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MFT Tickled Pink (sentiment), Avery Elle Flamingo Bells (images)