Avant Garden and Watercolor Pencils – What a great pair!

The Avant Garden stamp set is absolutely amazing!  And, maybe even more amazing – you can get the Avant Garden stamp set free during Sale-a-Bration when you place a $50 order!  Below is the first of three designs that I will share with you using this set. Click on the picture to get a better view of the detail.  Remember my motto:  One stamp set – Three designs – Endless possibilities.

There are a few keys to this card:

  • The new Watercolor Pencils from Stampin’ Up!  Take a close look at the great color and blending on the flowers.  I used the Watercolor Pencils (#4 Daffodil Delight, #5 Old Olive, #8 Rich Razzleberry, and # 9 Melon Mambo} to color the flowers, stem, and leaves.  Then, I used a Blender Pen to easily blend the colors together.  The result is gorgeous!  Click on the photo below to see the wonderful detail in the petals.

  • Designer Series Paper for a quick, interesting background.  I used the Fruit Stand DSP for this card.  There are wonderful gradients of color in the paper that add an easy Wow! factor.
  • Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies.  They’re back!!!  Four sizes of ovals, circles, and squares with a beautiful stitching finish – what more is there to say?  You really need to add these to your collection.
  • Basic Black Cardstock Border.  The black cardstock piece under the DSP is cut to allow 1/16″ border on each side.  It adds a clean and classic feel to the card.  The Basic Black oval is a nice backdrop for the flowers.  It was also cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits dies.
  • Subtle Background for the Flowers.  There is a background dot stamp in the Avant Garden stamp set.  I used Daffodil Delight and Blushing Bride ink to create the background.
  • Smoky Slate Ink on the Sentiment.  The “Happy Birthday Wishes” sentiment was stamped with Flirty Flamingo ink.  To give a little depth to the words, I used Smoky Slate ink and stamped the sentiment over the Flirty Flamingo.  If you try this technique, stamp off the Smoky Slate before stamping.  The layering of ink colors really adds dimension.

I have the second design using the Avant Garden stamp set under way.  Check back to see the second card featuring this amazing set.  Remember:  One stamp set – Three designs – Endless possibilities!

The supplies I used for this project are shown below.  Click on any picture, and you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!

Blender Pens



Thanksgiving Turkey Gingerbread Contest

I realize this isn’t really card related – but, there was a lot of creativity involved that really needs to be shared!   We had a great group of folks over for Thanksgiving yesterday.  After the main meal, we needed a break before having dessert.  The break was a friendly Turkey Gingerbread contest!

Three teams were randomly chosen – okay not really very randomly since my mom and I had previously figured out who would be on the teams – but that’s completely irrelevant now!  Before the teams had any idea they were going to build a turkey gingerbread, each team chose two items to use.  We had buttons, sea shells, stickers, fabric, and foam backed stars.

After the teams made their frosting, the turkey gingerbread boxes were revealed.  Each team had five minutes to come up with a plan and then thirty minutes to put the turkey gingerbread together.  The teams were judged on creativity, neatness, and use of the additional items that they chose.

Here is a picture of the box



Here is a picture of one of the creations



And, here is another creation



Drum roll, please….  Here is the picture of the winning (non)turkey gingerbread.



It was a lot of fun!  Looking forward to next year…. 🙂


Online Extravaganza – November 21 through 28

Who doesn’t love a bargain?  And, when the bargain includes stamping items that have been on your wish list, what could be better??

Beginning tomorrow, November 21, Stampin’ Up! is having an online-extravagana-product-list-us with some items up to 40% off.  Yes, you read that correctly!

Get your SU! catalogs, your favorite beverage, and take a few minutes to look through the list below.  There are some items that will be available only on November 21 and others only on November 28.  And, some will be available while supplies last.

Online Extravaganza Details!

When you’ve got your list together, you can order by click here to go to my online store.


Happy Stamping!


Spoiler Alert – November Paper Pumpkin Kit

If you’re not a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, you are really missing out on some amazing kits.  If you are a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, you may not have received your November kit yet.  If you want a preview of the kit, take a look at the video below.  I think you’ll agree that the kit is super festive!

If you’d like to get in on the fun of having the Paper Pumpkin kits delivered to your home each month, click on the picture below.  You won’t regret it!


Jar of Cheer – Christmas Card

It’s never too early to start planning and making Christmas cards.  The card pictured below is one of three projects that our stamp club made last weekend.  The clean lines and simple design make this card a stunning Christmas greeting for your friends and family.




















Below are the instructions to make the card.

  1. The card base is a piece of Whisper White card stock cut to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.
  2. The card front is a piece of Whisper White card stock cut to 4″ x 5 1/4″.
  3. Using the large mason jar framelit from the Everyday Jars Framelits, die cut a jar shape on the card front as shown in the picture.
  4. Using Memento black ink, stamp the candle image and jar image (from the Jar of Cheer set) on a piece of vellum.  Make sure the vellum is cut large enough to cover the opening for the jar plus, at least, half an inch on each side.
  5. On the unstamped side of the vellum, use markers to color the stamped image.  This technique is stained glass coloring.  Be sure not to go outside the lines of the image.
  6. On a silver piece of card stock, stamp the jar lid in Memento black ink.  Die cut the lid with the corresponding framelit from the Everyday Jar set.
  7. Stamp “Merry”, from the Jar of Cheer set, in Emerald Envy ink as pictured.
  8. Hopefully, you can see that the sides of the card front have scored lines as subtle decoration.  The score lines are 1/8″ apart, and the outer score line on each side is 1/8″ from the edge.  Use your favorite scoring board and bone folder to add these decorations.  Score on the back side of the card front.
  9. Die cut pine boughs with the smallest pine bough framelit from the Pretty Pines Thinlits dies.  Multiple shades of green card stock help add interest to the card.  Also, die cut a bow with the smaller bow framelit.  Choose your favorite red card stock for the bow.
  10. Before assembling the card, cut a piece of Crushed Curry card stock that is about the same size as the vellum.  This piece will be put behind the colored candle and will give a subtle illusion of light shining in the jar.
  11. To assemble the card:
    • Adhere the Crushed Curry piece to the card base.  Make sure the Crushed Curry is adhered so that it will be positioned behind the jar opening on the card front.
    • Adhere the vellum to the back of the card front.  Tape is the best adhesive for this since it will not cause rippling in the vellum.
    • Next adhere the jar lid as shown in the picture.
    • Place the pine boughs around the bottom of the jar.  Glue the ends of the pine boughs to the card front after you’ve decided on their arrangement.  Then, adhere the die cut bow where you would like.
    • The finished card front is then adhered to the front of the card with dimensionals.

Below are the products that I used to make the card.  If you click on any of the products, you’ll be taken to my on-line store.

Happy Stamping!