Amazing Congratulations – Baby Card

At a recent stamp club, the group made three cards including the fun, fresh baby congratulations card pictured below.


The two other cards that we made are also shown below. I have shared detailed information for both cards. Both cards focused on products in the Share What You Love bundle. Click on either picture below to go to the individual posts.

Here’s a personal confession – I don’t make as many baby cards as I should.  When I saw the Amazing Congratulations stamp set and all the sentiment stamps that come with the set, I was inspired to make a baby card to share at our stamp club.  It was a lot of fun to make, and the design can easily be changed to fit any color scheme.  You will love the flexibility of the Amazing Congratulations set.

Card instructions are below:

  • Start with a Whisper White card stock card base cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.
  • Cut a piece of Dapper Denim card stock to 4″ x 5 1/4″.  This will be the larger frame for the full card.
  • Cut a piece of Pool Party card stock to 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″.  Use the Softly Falling embossing folder and your Big Shot to add texture to this piece.  From the picture, you’ll see that I chose to adhere the Pool Party piece to the Dapper Denim piece to allow the de-embossed side to show.  I thought the pattern looked like stars.
  • Cut a second piece of Dapper Denim card stock to 3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″.  This will be the background piece for the main focal point.  Note that this piece will cover the entire length of the card.
  • Cut a piece of Whisper White card stock to 3″ x 5″.  This is the piece you will use for your stamping.
  • The word “Congratulations” from the Amazing Congratulations stamp set is a three-step stamp.  The Stamparatus makes stamping for this card a piece of cake!  If you don’t have your Stamparatus yet, you will definitely want to add one to your collection.  They will be available for ordering on June 1!!!
  • First, stamp the outline stamp of congratulations in a light blue ink.  I used Pool Party ink.
  • Second, stamp the part of congratulations that includes the full “g” and the full “a” in a medium shade of blue.  I used Island Indigo ink.  If you use your Stamparatus, you can also stamp the swoosh stamp at this point.  This is the design that will go over the words “on your new little one”.  Use the medium shade of blue of your choice.  Again, I used Island Indigo ink.
  • Third, stamp the part of congratulations that includes the full “c” and full “t” in a dark shade of blue.  I used Dapper Denim ink.  If you use your Stamparatus, you can also stamp the sentiment stamp that includes “on your new little one” at this point.  Use the Dapper Denim ink or the dark blue ink that you choose.
  • Add your choice of embellishments to make sure there is a little bling and twinkle to the card.  I used sequins that came in a past Paper Pumpkin kit and some (non-SU!) silver thread.  By the way – I have a lot of leftover bits and pieces from Paper Pumpkin kits that I always find ways to use!

I hope you add this card to your inventory of fun, fresh baby cards.  Obviously, you could use the base design for other occasions as well.  You’ll see that the stamps in the Amazing Congratulations stamp set provide many options for you to use.

Shown below are some of the products that I used to make this card.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!




Stampin’ Up! Color Revamp

Stampin’ Up! is revamping their exclusive color collection!   As an artsy person, I tend to like pictures and thought I would share some visual information with you about the revamp.

Here are the new 2018 to 2020 In-Colors and the 2017 to 2019 In-Colors that we have already grown to love.  All the colors are truly beautiful!  [I think Grapefruit Grove may be my new favorite!]

There are also ten NEW colors that are being added to SU!’s collection!!  Here they are.In addition to the changes shown above, there are a few colors that are making a comeback to the collection.  They include:

  • Mossy Meadow
  • Poppy Parade
  • Flirty Flamingo
  • Coastal Cabana
  • Mint Macaron
  • Blackberry Bliss

To put these changes into perspective, take a look at the new color collection by group.

OKAY – Stop drooling – You’re making a mess 🙂  You’ll be able to order all the new colors soon – I promise!

And, yes, there is more!  The stamp pad case is being redesigned to make it easier to open!!!  YEAH!

There is one thing you can do right now.  Check out the retiring products to make sure you have everything that is on your “I-absolutely-cannot-live-without-these-amazing-products” list.  That would include any ink refills that you’ll need for the retiring ink colors.  Remember – The retiring stamp sets will be available through May 25.  All other items are available while supplies last.  Don’t delay placing your orders!  Click on any of the pictures below to go to my on-line store and see the retiring products.

Retiring Stamps

Retiring Bundles

Retiring Everything Else

Happy retiring products shopping!


Love You Still – Wedding Card

My apologies for being sparse in postings over the last few days…but, I have a good excuse!  Well, I think it’s a good excuse 🙂  I have been accepted as a member of a local co-op and will be selling my cards at the shop!  If you live near the Carrboro, North Carolina area, please stop into WomanCraft Gifts.  There are so many talented artists in the area who sell the handmade crafts at the store.  You will find the items very inspiring.  I hope to see you there!

The card that I am sharing today is the first that I have made with my new Stamparatus, which is absolutely marvelous!!!  In my next post, I’ll share a few tips and tricks that I have already learned about the tool.

First, allow me to share some of the stamps from the Love You Still stamp set.  The card featured in this post is very appropriate for a wedding or an anniversary.  The design is fresh, clean, and very versatile since you can literally add any colors that you want.

The Layered Leaves Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder as a background adds a really fun 3D effect.  From the picture below, you can see that I added more definition to specific leaves.  This was done using the Whisper White and Old Olive watercolor pencils.

Lately, I have enjoyed adding faux stitching to card fronts.  The Crumb Cake faux stitches and twine really add a nice final touch.

Below are the main products that I used to create this card.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!


Waterfront Stamp Set – Three Designs

As you know, my motto is – One stamp set – Three designs – Endless possibilities.  I have had a lot of fun using the Waterfront stamp set to hold true to that motto.  Below is a picture of my three card designs.

If you missed my posts with detailed, step-by-step instructions and photos, please click on the pictures below to see the posts.

Trust me – you need to add the Waterfront stamp set to your collection.  Below are the main products that I used to create these cards.  Click on any picture, and you’ll go to my on-line store.

I hope you enjoy creating with the Waterfront stamp set as much as I have.

Happy stamping!


Waterfront Stamp Set – Mountains at Dusk

There are so many sources for inspiration for stamping!  Recently, we received the current copy of “Our State“, a magazine that celebrates the beautiful state of North Carolina.  A specific mountain scene photograph caught my eye.  I decided to try to replicate the picture with the fabulous Waterfront stamp set.  Below is the card and the photograph from the magazine.

If you don’t have the Waterfront stamp set in your collection, you really need it!  There are infinite ways to use this set.  And, the process of creating with this stamp set is just a lot of fun.

Here are the steps that I used to create this card:

  • Use painter’s tape to adhere a piece of Watercolor Paper (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″) to a piece of chip board.  Be sure to get some of the tackiness off the tape before you tack down the watercolor paper.  You don’t want to tear your work when you remove the tape.
  • Stamp the first stage of the mountains with Soft Suede and the two stamps pictured below.  The stamps are from the Waterfront stamp set.  It is the only set used to create this card.

  • With your Aqua Painter and just a little bit of water in your brush, “paint” the first layer mountain scene.  Don’t overthink the “painting”!

  • Add a few more mountains with Soft Suede, and “paint” them with your Aqua Painter.
  • As you get to the foreground of the mountains, stamp with two colors of ink.  The mountain on the left is inked in Soft Suede.  The mountain on the right is inked with Early Espresso.  The two colors will start to give more dimension and depth to your piece.

  • After you have “painted” the two mountains that you just added, put a few more mountains in the foreground with Early Espresso ink.

  • The next section to tackle is the sunset behind the mountains.  Figure out where you want your sun to be, and be sure to leave that area blank.  You only want the Watercolor Paper to show as the sun.  Pumpkin Pie ink is added as the orange color of the sunset and then “painted”.  You can see that the sun is defined more as layers of Peekaboo Peach ink are added.
  • Crushed Curry ink is added with the Aqua Painter.  A clear block is a great palette for the ink.  Just stamp directly onto your clear block.  Pickup some of the ink with your Aqua Painter and add the color directly to your work.  To add interest, vary the intensity of the Crushed Curry by brushing off some color before you go to the Watercolor Paper.

  • The sky is added from the top of the picture first.  The ink color is the beautiful Tranquil Tide.  Stamp off before you add the Tranquil Tide.  This will put less ink on the Watercolor Paper and allow you to create a cloudy feel when you “paint”.  Again, don’t overthink the sky portion.  Less “painting” will serve you well.

  • As you work down the upper part of the sky to the yellows and oranges that are just over the mountains, start to blend some of the blues with the oranges and yellows.  And, blend in some oranges and yellows with the blue.  Again, this is done by creating a palette with your clear blocks and adding colors with your Aqua Painter.  Go light with the colors.

  • You may also want to add some wispy colors over your sun.  Do this sparingly.  There is just a little yellow added over the sun on the card.
  • The last piece to work on is the area for the trees.  Ink only the upper portion of the tree stamp.  Don’t ink the trunks.  The trees are stamped with three colors – Soft Suede, Early Espresso, and Basic Black (in that order).  Some of the tree images are slightly “painted” to give a blurred effect.
  • The final card panel is cut to 3 1/2″ x 4 3/4″.  “Love never gives up”, from the Waterfront stamp set, is stamped in the upper right section using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.
  • The card base is a piece of Thick Whisper White cardstock, cut to 4 1/4″ x 11″ and scored at 5 1/2″ on the 11″ side to form a top-folding card.  The frame piece is Crumb Cake cardstock cut to 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″.  The frame piece is adhered directly to the card base.  The watercolor piece is adhered using dimensionals.

I encourage you to find inspiration for a scene to recreate with the Waterfront stamp set.  Just allow yourself to experiment with these stamps, inks, and your aqua painter.  You will have a great time “painting”!

Below are the main products that I used to create this card.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!