2018 Holiday Cheer (+ brown Copic combo to try!)

“Holiday Cheer for you, my deer!”

Yes, it’s November already. Can you believe it? I’m mystified by the quick passage of time but dealing with it by looking forward to all the next few months will have to offer. My husband and I will be traveling to London later this month for a few days; a little escape for us while we attend the vow renewal of a colleague. One of the many things I’m looking forward to is seeing the Christmas decorations that have begun bedecking the city. We really enjoyed them last year and I’m hoping they will inspire me to continue working on my Christmas projects at home.

Speaking of those projects, here’s a card made using an adorable image of a very festive little deer – she’s looks ready to celebrate, too!

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Peekin’ Polar Pals (Darcie’s heart & home)

When I set out to color this image I realized it would be good practice for working on brown color combinations. Although I’m getting braver about trying my own, I do like to have a starting point sometimes and will research what others have tried. Pinterest is a good resource for this and I always enjoy when a crafter has shared an image along with the colors they used to complete it. I thought you may like having this information, too, so below is a graphic showing the Copic marker combinations I tried on the above image. I hope you find it helpful!

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Other products used today include cardstock, white enamel dots and twine by Stampin’ Up! Stitched dies by My Favorite Things.

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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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!

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…

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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


Rejoice and be glad

“This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24

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sentiment from Christ is Born by Technique Tuesday

I keep meaning to start my Christmas cards but keep getting sidetracked. I had a layout in mind after seeing this wreath card, but when those attempts ended up in file 13 (recycling), I noticed the bird paper on my desk and ended up on a different path. By the time the rest of it came together, I knew I wanted a faith-based sentiment. This one, actually part of a Christmas sentiment set, made me think of the psalm above and how the right attitude in the morning makes such a difference in day-to-day life. It will put a song in your heart and help your step be light as a feather.

Notes: bird die Small Bird Trio by Gina Marie Designs, bird pattern paper Simon Says Stamp kit, remaining supplies Stampin’ Up!