Beautiful You Meets Mediterranean Moments

A good friend, Susan, who is a member of our Stamp Club, shared a few cards she had seen on Pinterest and asked me to show the group how to make the design.  I’m sure you’ve seen the gorgeous cards on Pinterest that have the Beautiful You lady walking on the paved street of the Mediterranean Moments image.  Well – you get to see one more!

Below is the card that we made at our recent Stamp Club.  I wanted to only focus on the stamped images, watercolored inks, and the framing around the picture.  That means the sentiment is stamped on the inside of the card.

Here are the directions for the card:

  1. Start with a 6″ x 4 1/2″ piece of watercolor paper.  Stamp the image of the lady walking with the umbrella from the Beautiful You stamp set about 1″ from the bottom and 2 1/2″ from the right of the watercolor paper.  I used Archival Black Ink to stamp the image.
  2. Stamp the same image onto a scrap piece of paper or large piece of Post-It note.  I like using the Post-It note since there is adhesive already on the back of the Post-It note.  The Post-It note is also made of very thin paper that works well for masking.  Cut out the image, and adhere it over the image that is stamped on the watercolor paper.
  3. Use the largest image from the Mediterranean Moments stamp set and Archival Black Ink to stamp the image directly over the covered (masked) lady stamp.  Essentially, this technique blocks ink from being stamped over the lady image.
  4. Take the scrap paper or Post-It note off to reveal the image.  It’s an amazing three dimensional effect!
  5. Watercolor the image with your choice of color.  I do recommend that you color either the dress or umbrella in color that you are going to use as the main color of your card frame.  In the picture above, I used Peekaboo Peach for the umbrella and the main background card frame.
  6. Here is a great tip for watercoloring – Use an acrylic block as your palette.  Use your Stampin’ Markers and “scribble” color onto the acrylic block.  An Aqua Painter is my tool of choice to pick up color from the acrylic block and apply it to the image.  The great thing about this technique is that even if the “scribbled” ink dries on the acrylic block, you can reactivate the ink with the Aqua Painter.  I’ve left the acrylic block for a few days and come back to finish the card with no problem.
  7. Cut a piece of acetate to 3 3/8″ x 4 1/2″.  Place the acetate over the stamped image, and mark a light pencil line all around the acetate onto the watercolor paper.  This will identify where you need to trim the watercolor piece.
  8. Finish your card with multi-layers of framing.  The Basic Black cardstock frame is cut to 3 5/8″ x 4 5/8″.  Adhere the watercolor image directly to the black frame piece.
  9. Adhere a piece of 4″ x 5 1/4″ of Peekaboo Peach cardstock to the card base.  The card base is Whisper White cardstock cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the 11″ side.
  10. Use dimensionals to adhere the black frame piece to the Peekaboo Peach piece.
  11. If you want to add a sentiment to the inside, I recommend “Wishing you brighter days to come” from the Beautiful You stamp set.  I used Archival Black Ink to stamp the sentiment.

First, I hope you like my take on this card.  And, I hope that you will use your acrylic blocks as ink palettes.

My parting comment – Go check your stamp stash to see if you have stamps that you have to use in this type of masking.  I bet you’ll look at your stamps in a different way!  Enjoy!

Happy stamping,

Below are the featured products that I used to make the card.  Click on any image, and you’ll go to my on-line store.

Beautiful You – Sassy Paper Piecing

When I first saw the Beautiful You stamp set in the Occasions catalog, I admit that I didn’t pay it much attention. But, after I saw so many gorgeous cards that everyone was making with the set, I ordered the Beautiful You stamp set. If you don’t have it yet, you really should consider adding it to your collection. It has helped me with the motto – One stamp set – Three designs – Endless possibilities.

I recently shared a sneak peek of the cards that I put together for a recent card club. If you didn’t see that sneak peak, click here. Today, I would like to share the sassy paper piecing card using the Beautiful You set. In my next two posts, I will share the other two cards that we made at our card club. Detailed instructions will be provided for each card.

Since the stamped image is a little sassy and shows a lot of confidence, I decided to add a little clothing accessory bling to the photos. Here is the first picture that showcases both cards.

Next, take a look at each individual card. You’ll notice that the dress in one card is the same pattern as the hat in the other. That will be explained further in the directions.

Last, below is a picture of both cards together with a little jewelry and scarf bling in the background.

I hope you’ll CASE this design. The directions for the card are below:

  • Use a piece of 12″ x 12″ Sahara Sand cardstock from the Falling in Love Cardstock Pack to make the base of the card.  Cut the base to 8″ x 4″, and score at 4″ on the 8″ side.  I like making 4″ x 4″ cards for a fun change to the standard A2 card size (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″).
  • Cut a piece of Basic Black cardstock to 3 7/8″ x 3 7/8″.  This is going to be the frame behind the patterned Designer Series Paper (DSP).
  • Use the largest scalloped circle die in the Layering Circles Framelits dies set, and die cut the scalloped circle from the center of the square piece of black cardstock that you just cut.  This is an awesome trick to use.  You can conserve paper by cutting shapes from background pieces.  No one will ever know there is a scalloped circle cut from the black framed background!
  • Cut a piece of the Falling In Love Designer Series Paper to 3 3/4″ x 3 3/4″.  I used the gorgeous Soft Sky piece with Very Vanilla dandelions in the pattern.
  • Stamp the pictured image from the Beautiful You stamp set with black Archival ink onto a piece of Soft Sky cardstock.  Soft Sky is another color available in the Falling In Love Cardstock Pack.
  • Die cut the stamped image using the largest circle in the Stitched Shapes Thinlits dies.
  • Adhere the scalloped circle black cardstock piece to the stitched circle stamped piece.
  • The hat and dress are made with the paper piecing technique.  Choose a two patterns from the Falling In Love DSP for the dress and hat.  Cut the pieces to about 2″ x 3″.  Stamp the pictured image on both pieces using black Archival ink.  Fussy cut the dress and hat from both pieces.  Decide which dress goes with which hat.  Glue the dress and hat pieces over the stamped image.  Paper piecing is a great way to use your scraps of DSP!
  • Finish the card by adhering the card layers together.  Use glue or dimensionals depending on the layered effect you would like.
  • [Not pictured] On the bottom right corner of the card, “Life looks beautiful on you” is stamped with the black Archival ink.  It is the final sassy touch to the card.

Now, that you have figured out that you really need the Beautiful You stamp set in your collection, you can click on the image of the set below and go directly to my on-line store.  Also shown below are the other featured items that I used to make the card.

Happy stamping!

Product List

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So In Love – Sparkling Spring Card

Welcome to the February NC Blog Hop!  I’m sure you’ve been inspired by the talented artists that you have visited so far.  You’ve likely just come from Sharon Maranich ‘s blog.  She has an amazing project, don’t you agree?

Thanks so much for stopping by to see my card.  I hope you like it and also pick up a few tips and tricks.  My motto is – One stamp set, Three designs, Endless possibilities.  The So In Love suite from Stampin’ Up!’s Occasions catalog has helped me live up to that motto.  I’d like to share my third design using this suite.  It is pictured below.

Here are some tips and tricks that I used to make the card:

  • Notecards are great to always have on hand.  I used the Crumb Cake notecard as the card base.  Rounding corners of the card base and card front pieces also add interest.  The Project Life Corner punch works well for this and is an essential addition to your “go to” punches.
  • The Falling In Love Designer Series Paper (DSP) collection is truly incredible.  It has several unique boken-like patterns and other designs (like the one I used for the floral background) to give your cards a quick, interesting, eye-catching backdrop.
  • So Detailed Thinlits dies add very delicate banners and edges to your projects.  They can be made from DSP or single-colored card stock, as in the example.   When layering the die cut on top of a piece of DSP, I like to put a piece of card stock behind the die cut piece.  In the card pictured above, I used Very Vanilla behind the die cut piece.  Think pieces of Crumb Cake card stock borders the Very Vanilla piece.
  • The flower dies from the Bloomin’ Heart Thinlits die are the perfect size and shape to fit well behind the flowers in the So Detailed Thinlits die piece.  Each flower is made to sparkle by adding a touch of clear Wink of Stella.
  • The fine tip glue pen is perfect for adhering the flowers to the back of the die cut and, then, the die cut to the piece of Very Vanilla card stock.
  • The So In Love stamp set offers beautiful floral images and versatile sentiments.  The “enjoy” stamp can be used for any occasion.  I will make several of these cards to keep on hand and use for birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions.  I used Very Vanilla card stock and Tip Top Taupe ink to stamp the sentiment for the card.  It was then fussy cut and adhered to the die cut piece.
  • Rhinestone Basic Jewels add a perfect finishing touch to the card.

I hope you CASE the card and would love to see your cards!  If you would like to see the other two cards that I designed using the So In Love suite, click here for the first card and click here for the second card.

Be sure to continue your blog hop.  Your next stop is Lisa Tedder, who is an amazing artist.  All blog hop participants are listed below.

Also shown below are the key products that I used to create my card.  If you click on any product picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!

Here is the list of the NC Stampin’ Up! demonstrators who are participating in this month’s blog hop:

February Blog Hoppers

Debra Ballance-Byrd

Tamra Davis

Jo Anne Hewins

Michelle Irinyl

Melissa Kerman

Tracie Evans Langley

Sharon Maranich

Laurie Meier [YOU ARE HERE}

Lisa Tedder

Frances Wagner


So In Love Bundle – Anniversary Card

Last week, I focused on three projects using the amazing Avant Garden stamp set.  This week, the product suite that will be featured in my projects is the So In Love bundle.  It is different than any bundle I’ve used and is incredibly versatile.  The bundle is going to help me live up to my motto:  One stamp set – Three designs – Endless possibilities.  It is also a perfect fit for all of us who are frugal stampaholics!

At this time of year, several family members are celebrating anniversaries.  It’s very likely that many of them will receive a card that will look quite a bit like the one below!  When I first saw the So In Love bundle, I was very intrigued by the amazing thinlits dies in the set.  Trust me on this – you’re going to love them.  They are very easy to use and will add a truly gorgeous touch to your projects.



















I watched a wonderful video recently that featured Debby Hughes, an incredibly talented stamper.  She talked about the techniques she uses when she takes pictures of her cards.  You should check out some of her work.  I’m trying to add interest to my card pictures.  It was a lot of fun to find lace and pearls to add to the picture above.

Some tips and tricks related to this card:

  • The fine tip glue pen is key in getting the die cut to adhere to the card front.  I put a touch of glue on the edges of the die cut (not all over the die cut) and had no issues making sure the die cut laid flat.
  • Adding a touch of flowers to the card front by using the flower stamp in the So In Love stamp set.  I used Versamark and stamped the flowers in areas that I knew would not be covered by the die cut.
  • Creating a faux wide ribbon with vellum!  I stamped “happy anniversary” (also from the So In Love stamp set) on a strip of vellum.  I cut a second strip of vellum, just a little narrower than the first, and put the second piece under the stamped “happy anniversary” vellum piece.  Ribbon was then used on the top and the bottom of the vellum pieces.  The result is a fun faux wide ribbon effect.  The detail of the die cut can be seen through the vellum.  The faux wide ribbon was an epiphany as I created this card.  I will definitely use this  technique again!
  • Add your choice of embellishments.  Pearls were my choice to tie in with the lace look.

Here is one more picture of the card:



















Now – all I can say is – you REALLY need to try this set.  You will really love it!

Below are the key items that I used to create this card.  Click on any picture, and you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!