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In Colors Two Ways

In Colors Two Ways

Last night I had “Shoebox Swap” with a bunch of demonstrator friends.   We did NOT swap Shoeboxes–THAT seems ridiculous!  What we did do is make and swap cards–NOT ridiculous!  We come up with one idea for a card, make it, get the materials together for our friends to make it and then stamp each other’s cards!

Here is my card:

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LOVE this new stamp set, Crafting Forever.

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Pair this up with the new In Colors from Stampin’ Up! and you have a simple, stunning card.   I feel this is very Vera Bradley-ish.   I would buy this bunch of pens in a heartbeat!

Now, to color in these pens, you have some options.   You can use the Stampin’ Write Markers which have a thin tip for detailed work or a brush tip for a wider stroke or coloring directly on stamps.  The image comes out like this:

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The colors come out quite bold.

If you are looking for a softer look, you can go with the Blender Pen/Ink pad lid option!   Here is how that works:   turn your ink pad over (CLOSED!) and squeeze the top and bottom together (for some reason–works better if you turn it over.   Don’t know why–just reporting the facts!).  When you open the ink pad up, you will see that you have created a pool of ink there.   Then, using a Blender pen, you can pick up the ink  and color in your image. When you are ready to move on to a new color, just clean off the blender pen by rubbing it on your scrap paper until you don’t see any more color.  Then pick up a new color ink and repeat.

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This allows for a softer, more subtle effect.

So there you have it:  In Colors two ways!

Thanks for stopping by.   For any supplies you might need, check out my website.




Everyone Has Their Own Style!


Everyone has their own style.  We are reminded of that every day when we we see things we love or things that make us go, ” Huh?”  (hopefully just in our heads!).  Did you ever see a house painted a color that a  house paint just shouldn’t be sold in?     That is how you know, EVERYONE has their own style!  (Altho recent posts on Facebook suggest that it is not necessarily a “style” so much as it is we just don’t all SEE the same colors!…Next time you are saying, “Huh?”, consider it might not really be that person’s fault!)

In any case, this past month, my club members created cards using the Sheer Perfection Vellum paper that is currently being offered FREE during Sale A Bration with an order of $50 or more.   The paper is this fantastic thick-ish printed vellum paper that comes in 12 patterns (2  6×6 sheets of each)!   I wanted everyone to be able to create a card that was “them” so I cut up a bunch of patterns and let them choose whichever pattern “spoke” to them. They then used our Stampin’ Write markers and colored on the back side of the vellum.  Here are the results from my clubs this past weekend:

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So what is YOUR style?  Which pattern would you pick?  As it turns out, you don’t have to pick!  You can get all 12 patterns in one package of this fantastic paper.  AND–when you cut it up to this size (2 x 2), you get 216 little squares to create as you will.  That is a LOT of cards!!   You must act quickly, though as  Sale  A Bration ends tomorrow night!!   You can go on line here and order right now .

Stamp Set:  Hello Life

Paper and Ink:  Pistachio Pudding, Basic Black, Whisper White, Sheer Perfection 

Other:  Stampin’ Write Markers, Big Shot, Chevron Embossing Folder

To mothers everywhere!


Today is Mother’s Day.  I just had a wonderful breakfast (from the Delicious Disney Cookbook!) that

a.  I didn’t know about,

b.  I didn’t have to make and

c.  I got to sit in one of the chairs that DOESN’T face the rest of the kitchen.

I hate looking at what needs to be cleaned while I am eating but I ususally sit in one of those chairs so this was a treat!  Breakfast was fab and I got the sweetest card from my kids.  Ok–it was a I card that I made —but it was their message inside that was sweet!  One of my children told me I was a cool mom (she lies but she is sweet!) and the other said that even when we fight, she knows I am just protecting her (she is the more direct, honest one!).  That is the most a mom of 2 almost teens could ask for!!

My mom is the best!  She always makes a big deal of things that should be big deals—like birthdays, and holidays.  She also doesn’t make too big a deal out of things that shouldn’t be made a big deal of….like when I changed my name 4 times in 4 weeks when I was in 3rd grade….or how I transferred to esentially another version of the same college after just one semester!  OK–so maybe I made her crazy but we all survived and now she gets to smile and laugh we kids tell her the trials of rasing our own children!

Well, my mother deserves a BIG thank you!  If you had any idea how difficult it must have been to raise my sister, Pat, you would sign my mother up for sainthood!   Granted, she was given a pass raising my next sister Kathleen—she was the easy, “practically perfect” one.  But then my mother went on to have two more children.  I have already told you a bit about my upbringing….and trust me, I am leaving out the stuff I think is best to leave out!–but then there was my little brother!  While he was generally a good kid (altho he did throw a hammer at the pracitcally perfect one once!),  school was not his favorite thing.  My mother supported and fought for whatever  needs he (and we all) had…..mostly I think so that we would grow up and move out some day but for whatever reason, we are all blessed and lucky to have her have our backs!!

So that said–you would think I got her something REALLY good for Mother’s Day, eh?  Well, the truth is, and this really is the truth, I am taking a lesson from my oldest sister—and taking an” incomplete”!   I have a couple of projects that I am working on and will show you when they are done….but don’t hold your breath!

So while I have quite finished my Mother’s Day gifts for my mom, I did send her this card:

This was a project we made at this month’s club meetings (inspired by Dawn O, I believe).  I tweeked  the card so it was perfect for my Mother’s Day Card.  Those pansies (I think they are pansies) are made with Shimmery White Paper (trust me on this one–this is the paper you need) punched with the RETIRING butterfly punch.   After saturating the punched image with water, you add a little bit of re-inker to it and it will spread forming this unique pattern.  I added a little yellow to the center and it did the same thing.  After the images dry, add the veining with a marker and assemble with a brad—Voila!  Pansies that can handle the heat!

To see more of the retiring list, check this out here.

Wishing you and all the mothers in your life a day of happy memories!

Can you hear nature laughing?


Monday night I taught a class for the Chartley Garden Club here in town.  There were about 14 or so gardeners…which is a bit intimidating to me because, while I LOVE flowers, I don’t know much about them…..and of course I prepared two flower cards for them…..I didn’t know what colors the flowers were SUPPOSED to be but I liked how they looked in the end.   I will get a photo of the cards we did and post them soon.

In the meantime, I think all the ladies had  a good time and I thinks some still have a little glitter on them.  So yesterday, I sent them thank yous for inviting me (that is the PLURAL of “thank you”…..not “thank youse!”).  Here is the card they will be getting today:

Here is a close up so you can see the text and texture:

I love that quote….and I love how they kept it in small letters the way e.e. intended.

I wonder if e.e. ever got in trouble in English class for not conforming to English rules on capitalization?  hmmmmm….

When you are out today, see if you can hear nature laughing!


Stamp sets:  Charming, Fabulous Florets

Paper:   Whisper White, Mambo Melon, Old Olive, Cheerful Treat DSP (Hostess)

Ink:  Mambo Melon and Old Olive Markers

Other:  Big Shot Designer Frames (Sale Abration Freebie), Wide Oval, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch

You gotta FEEL the love!


No —REALLY! You gotta FEEL it! This card is full of texture and dimension!

Where to begin??   Ok–let’s start at the bottom.  That heart paper is from the Sweet Shop Designer Series Paper.  This particular design is a heavier paper with “poof” to it.   The hearts sort of stick out a little….but differently than the hearts in the MIDDLE of this card.   Now those hearts REALLY stick out.  They were created with the Adorning Accents Embossing Folders.  There are 3 in the package (for $8.95–you can’t beat that!) and this one is the is the heart image.

The top of the card uses ANOTHER embossing folder–the Designer Frames.  This comes with two folders–this oval one and another similarly sized rectangle folder.  These are in the catalog for $8.95 but you can get the FREE during SaleABration!  Our extra Large Oval punch is a perfect match for this….which is handy if you aren’t a straight stamper (and you know who you are!).   I stamped the image from the Outlined Occassions Stamp set (FREE during Sale ABration) with StazOn Jet Black ink and then colored in with the Stampin’ Write Markers.  Once I punched it out,  I used some dimenstionals to pop it up a bit.   A bit of ribbon and done!

Celebrate a Slice of Life!


New Hostess sets in the Occasions Mini!

I had fun creating with the new hostess sets available in the Occasions Mini catalog. I took a simple sketch idea and just duplicated it–Here is what I came up with. Feel free to take this design and use it for YOUR stampin’ needs!
The Slice Of Life set (level one) has 6 images perfect for coloring or paper piecing. I used the Stampin’ Write Markers–which have a brush tip AND a detail tip for the little tiny details on these images. The other set, the Something to Celebrate (level two)  has 9 different greetings perfect for all year!

These sets are available until April 30th so if you just have to have them, contact me and we can set something up!