Online Extravaganza!

For the six days following Thanksgiving, Stampin’ Up! is having an Online Extravaganza!  There will be specific items in the Annual Catalog that will be on sale.

  • The first group of items include paper and embellishments on sale today (November 23) and tomorrow!
  • The second group will be stamps and kits on sale November 25 and 26.
  • And, the last group will be tools and ink on November 27 and 28.

Click on the picture below to go to my on-line store and take advantage of the sale!

Happy shopping!

Inky hugs,


Oct 23 ONLY – 15% off Selected Stamp Sets!!

Stampin’ Up! is celebrating its birthday and wants to extend the celebration to everyone.  On October 23 ONLY, the stamp sets shown below will be available for 15% off their published price.

Click on any item, and you’ll go to my on-line store.  Don’t miss out on this great deal!

Happy stamping!

Blended Seasons – Artist Trading Cards!

My husband, Bruce, and I live in the beautiful state of North Carolina.  Each October, the North Carolina State Fair is one of the prime events in the area.  If you’re going to be in the Raleigh area beginning this Thursday, be sure to check out the NC State Fair website for the event calendar.  Click on the logo below for more information.

Just like many state fairs, the NC State Fair has several friendly competitions.  One of them is card making!  I’ve entered the card making competition each year beginning with 2008.  Every year, I am in awe of the amazing talents of so many artists.  They are all very inspiring.

A few years ago, a new category was added to the card making category.  It is the Artist Trading Cards (ATC).  Entries have four ATC cards, each measuring 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″.  This category has really stretched me with stamping and other techniques.

Today, I’d like to share the entry that I literally just dropped off for this year’s ATC competition.  I hope you enjoy the fall theme and recognize the stamp set that I used.

The ATCs feature the recently available Blended Seasons stamp set.  If you did not add that stamp set to your collection, don’t fear.  I bet you have a stamp set in your stash that you can use to create a similar set of Artist Trading Cards.

Here are some of the steps that I used in the process:

  • Cut a piece of Crumb Cake card stock to 5″ x 7″.
  • Use your Stamparatus (the most amazing stamp positioning tool ever!!) to stamp your favorite image in opposite corners of the card stock piece.  I stamped four separate pieces of card stock with four different colors of inks.  I wanted to have a variety of stamped line colors to play with and figure out which pieces I wanted to keep.
  • Before you cut the 5″ x 7″ to their final 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ sizes, be sure to complete the coloring of each piece.
  • On one piece, I used Tim Holtz distress inks over the image stamped in Old Olive ink.  After I distressed the piece, I sprinkled some water onto the piece and took the excess water off with a paper towel.  The effect is really fun.  After this piece of card stock was cut, it was used for the upper left and lower right quadrants.

  • On another piece that I stamped with a really light touch of Cajun Craze ink, I used my Watercolor Pencils to add interest and depth to the design.  After this piece was cut, it was used for the upper right quadrant.

  • On yet another piece that I stamped with Cherry Cobbler ink, I used my Aqua Painters to add color to the leaves.  I like the way Aqua Painter made the inked lines bleed a little.  After this piece was cut, it was used for the bottom left quadrant.

  • I did have another piece that I had stamped with Early Espresso ink.  The colors that I used to decorate this piece didn’t work well with my final project.  But, I will use the piece for another project.
  • After I figured out which pieces were going to be used for each quadrant, I put them together on a scrap piece of paper and spattered some Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint over the entire piece.

  • Since I had extra leaves from each piece that I chose not to use in the final project, I fussy cut some of the leaves and decided where I would place them on the cards.  To add a little interest to the leaves, I highlighted them with Clear Wink of Stella.
  • The final touch was random drops of Ranger Glossy Accents.  They add a very unique, whimsical feel.

This technique can easily be translated into cards.  Stay tuned, I’ve been inspired by the ATC entry!  I’m going to make a few cards with similar layouts.  Check back to see them.

Some of the products that I used to make the ATCs are shown below.  Click on any picture, and you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!




Blended Seasons – Flowery Thank You

As I mentioned in a recent post, during the month of August you have the opportunity to purchase amazing products from the Color Your Season suite.  I’d like to highlight one of my favorite stamps from the Blended Seasons stamp set and a fun, colorful twist in the card featured in this post.

As you can see, the Blended Seasons stamp set is incredibly versatile and can be used for several occasions.  Below are highlights of the steps used to create this card.

  • Cut a piece of Watercolor Paper to 3″ x 4 1/2″.
  • Stamp the flower image from the Blended Seasons stamp set onto the Watercolor Paper with Gray Granite ink.
  • Grab one of your clear blocks to use as a palette to watercolor your flowers.  I recommend the Size D block for your palette.  Also, make sure you have your Aqua Painter ready to use.
  • Choose the colors that you’ll use from the 2018-2020 In Color Stampin’ Write Markers.  Scribble some of your chosen colors onto the block.
  • Use washi tape or painter’s tape to lightly tack the Watercolor Paper to a piece of cardboard.  I use the cardboard piece that comes in the monthly Paper Pumpkin kits for this!
  • Use the Aqua Painter to take color from the palette and add to the stamped image.  You’ll notice that I used the Blueberry Bushel for the flowers; Call Me Clover for the stems and leaves; and Pineapple Punch for the flower centers.
  • Tip:  Don’t get the brush on your Aqua Painter too saturated when you’re painting.  If there is too much water on your brush, get some of the water off by swirling the brush on the edge of the cardboard.
  • Another tip:  When you’re ready to change colors when you’re painting, simply swirl your brush on the edge of the cardboard to get rid of the ink.
  • When the image is dry, take the watercolored image off the board.  Be careful when you’re taking off the washi tape or painter’s tape not to tear the Watercolor Paper.
  • Use the smallest frame from the Stitched Seasons framelits set to cut out the middle of the watercolored image, as pictured.
  • Cut a piece of Call Me Clover card stock to 3 1/4″ x 4 3/4″.
  • Adhere the outside piece of the watercolored image in the center of the Call Me Clover card stock piece.
  • Use Gray Granite ink to stamp “Thank You” from the Blended Seasons stamp set in the bottom right corner of a Whisper White card base.  The card base is cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.  Use the picture as a reference.
  • Adhere the Call Me Clover card stock piece to the card base, as pictured.
  • Use the leaf and berry framelit from the Stitched Seasons framelits set to cut pieces from Vellum.  Adhere some of these pieces inside the cut out of the outside piece of the watercolored image.  I used tape to tack them down.  These pieces will be seen outside the borders of the cut out middle of the watercolor image.  You can also add a few pieces of silver thread to the middle.
  • Occasionally, check to see how the pieces will look around the middle piece.  When you’re happy with the results, use dimensionals to adhere the middle cut piece to the center of the card.  Again, use the picture as a reference.

You can easily change the sentiment on this layout to celebrate many occasions.  Anniversary, birthday, congratulations, wedding, bridal showers, sympathy, and get well cards are just a few that come to mind.

Below, you’ll find pictures of the main products that I used in making this card.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go directly to my on-line store.

Happy stamping,


Color Your Season – Limited Time Offer

It’s hard to believe that we are already in August!  Where has this year gone.  I know everyone says time flies, especially when we’re all having fun stamping 🙂

During August (while supplies last), you have the opportunity to purchase products from the Color Your Season promotion.  Trust me – You will fall in love with the stamp set, framelits, and NEW watercolor pencils.  Take a look below at some amazing samples of cards that were made with these products.  The designs are so versatile that you’ll use the bundle to create cards for all occasions.  And, the watercolor pencils are just amazing!

Images of the stamp set, framelits, and watercolor pencils are shown below.  Aren’t they just gorgeous?

The Watercolor Pencils (Assortment 2) include the following colors:  Balmy Blue, Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry, Flirty Flamingo, Garden Green, Gorgeous Grape, Granny Apple Green, and Night of Navy.  These pencils are a wonderful addition to the first set of Watercolor Pencils that Stampin’ Up! offers.

Now, don’t delay!  Make sure you place your order today.  Just click on any picture below, and you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!