A card layout you can use!

Need a layout that will allow you to use patterned paper and come together quickly? Try this one and add your favorite details to dress it up!

The patterned paper on these cards measures 3-1/8″ x 5-1/2″ and is backed by coordinating cardstock just a 1/4″ wider. Silver thread, fussy cut and die cut embellishments add just a little “something”.  These two are a little more detailed with extra dots, rhinestones and glimmer die cuts – a little smidge of glam.

patterned paper simple greetings1The elegant script greetings are from the Find Beauty stamp set by Technique Tuesday.

Turtle hello greeting card

My words seem to have left me today, but I still wanted to share a fun little card created using an Art Impressions unmounted stamp I received as a freebie. This adorable little turtle was fun to color (using Copics). To finish off the scene, I added some die cut grasses and flowers and layered it over a simple but colorful patterned paper.

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Stamp Review Crew – Buffalo Check

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Hi and welcome to another fun blog hop with the Stamp Review Crew! Today, this international group of Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators is working together to provide you lots of inspiration using a background stamp with a Buffalo Check designWhether you are starting here or have arrived from seeing Bronwyn’s great style, I hope the ideas shared inspire you to create!

I have two projects to share with you today. Both offer a soft take on this pattern and are combined with messages to use year-round. Also for both, I started by stamping VersaMark onto my cardstock; one for heat-embossing with white powder, the other for tone-on-tone.

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rustic or rich, you choose!

By using a gentle touch when I stamped, I left the check pattern with some “texture” allowing the card stock to show through. I didn’t want to cover it all up, so I used some small die cuts and a circle punch to help create the sentiment portion of the card. This greeting is from the Annual Catalog set, A Big Thank You.

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Add details to your pattern to step it up!

For this 4-1/4″ square card, I added additional lines to the pattern using a ruler, coordinating Stampin’ Write marker (pen end) and a white gel pen. I also stamped the Buffalo Check pattern onto the card base for additional detail. This adorable bear – who looks exactly like my son’s favorite toy from childhood – and sentiment are from the Baby Bear stamp set (also in the Annual Catalog).

I hope you enjoyed seeing these cards and were inspired in some way! For more, here’s the next stop on the hop: Heidi at Running With Scissors. For a full listing of contributors and links to previous hops, be sure to visit the Stamp Review Crew blog.

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Inspired by watermelon

Do you own a raincoat? Is it a nice sensible color or something fun? I don’t actually own a raincoat. Living in Florida, you can usually wait a few minutes and the rain will pass. But if I did, it might be fun to have something fun with matching boots to splash through puddles! My father taught me how to land your foot in just the *right* way to splash the person next to you instead of yourself. Sadly, I haven’t been able to pass that skill on to my boys here in the sunshine state.

watermelon raincoat

She looks like she knows what she is doing. Haha! In case you are wondering about the image, the coat in the stamped image is actually open as if one color. I used a Copic Multiliner pen to add a line at her cuff, details on the pockets and a line to mark where the bottom trim would be. Once the green and pink were in place, I added additional details using a white Gelly Roll pen and that same multiliner (for the “seeds”).

Images from Rain or Shine (My Favorite Things)

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.

Thanks for visiting!

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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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.

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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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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