Last card in Series

By | January 17, 2018

Stampin Up High Tide

One last card in the High Tide Stamp Set series. Isn’t it pretty? I used Dapper Denim and Whisper White cardstock, Pacific Point 1/4″ stitched-edge ribbon and the Seaside textured impressions embossing folder.

I actually cheated in the the materials I used, did you catch it? I used a different colour ribbon than I used for the Cardstock, GASP! But sometimes you just have to work with  what is available, and honestly there’s hardly a difference noticed. My previous cardstock for High Tide was Pacific Point so I wanted a bit of change.

The technique this time is almost the same with just a couple of differences. I stamped the lighthouse in Smoky Slate and Dapper Denim. I then masked the lighthouse, and added the rocks using Crumb Cake Ink. Then I used 2 more  masks to  cover the rocks and  mask the sky area.  I then sponged Pacific Point (see, I did tie in the colour) and Dapper Denim for the water. Next I used Craft White Ink to add the ripples over top of the water.

Then remove the sky mask, and mask the water. (Make sure your craft ink is dry before you do this step, it only takes a minute or two. Maybe while you are waiting, you can emboss your Whisper White cardstock with the seaside embossing folder, and stamp your greeting.)

For the sky, I used Soft Sky ink, and just sponged it. Next, leaving the mask on for the lighthouse only, I pressed the versamark pad across the bottom of the rocks and water, and embossed with clear embossing powder. It only makes a slight difference, but subtle enough to make your image “pop”.

Next step is to cut out your lighthouse image, using the Layering Ovals Framelits. Next assemble your card. Your backings behind your chosen greeting and lighthouse are the same as your main card colour, in this case Dapper Denim.

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More ways to use High Tide Stamp Set

By | January 16, 2018

On Friday I showed you a sample done on regular cardstock using the High Tide Stamp Set from Stampin’ Up. Today I will continue ideas using that stamp set. Todays samples are done on glossy cardstock, and ink is sponged on. It’s truly simple to do. There are a few more steps involved but nothing difficult. I would say the most difficult thing is deciding what you want your scene to look like. Should I or shouldn’t I use the light rays? Should my mountains be higher or lower?

I am in the middle of doing a video, but if I’m being honest here, it’s taking me a while to figure out the editing. It’s been a long time since I’ve done videos, so I’m learning all over again about the editing. It would be nice if I could just do a straight run through without any blunders. But alas, that’s not going to happen. So let me try to put it in step form here for you.

  1. First using archival black ink stamp the lighthouse that has the most detail in it.
  2. Next using Real Red ink, and the other half of the lighthouse, stamp directly over top of the black lighthouse to finish it off
  3. Use a scrap piece of paper (just use regular paper and not cardstock. I personally like the thinner paper because then you don’t have the white outline when you sponge) and tear it to make mountains
  4. Stamp just the detailed lighthouse on a scrap piece of lightweight paper and cut it out. This is going to be your lighhouse mask.
  5. Then if you want a moon, punch a moon out on lightweight paper.
  6. Place your mask over top of your stamped lighthouse.
  7. Put a straight piece of paper across your card where you want the horizon to be.
  8. Place your mountain template on top of the card.
  9. Place your moon template where you want it to show.
  10. Now sponge away! I used perfect plum, so saffron, daffodil delight and melon mambo. You can dab lightly, heavier you can go over top to lighten or darken. Just sponge away with your colours until you have the sunset look you are happy with.
  11. Remove the mountain, horizon and moon templates
  12. Now you are going to stamp the rocks around the lighthouse. In the one card, I used Smoky Slate, in the other card I used Chocolate Chip.
  13. Also stamp your rock image on lightweight scrap and cut out to use as your mask.
  14. Place your mask over the rocks
  15. Remember you left the lighthouse mask on
  16. Now position the straight edge horizon, so that it’s covering the top portion of the card where you have sponged your sunset or sunrise, still lining up at the horizon.
  17. Use Pacific Point ink to stamp the ripples into the water area
  18. If you are using glossy cardstock – used a dry cloth (kleenex is fine) and just dab lightly over the ripples. Because it takes a few seconds for the ink to dry, it will still be a little bit wet, so as you dab, it’s going to smear the blue, just enough.
  19. Remove all your masks.
  20. If you want the light rays, stamp them on using smoky slate. You might not want to make the same mistake I did, and have the light rays too close to the moon.
  21. After you are done oohing and aahing, use Black archival ink to stamp birds and greeting if you wish.
  22. If I may make one recommendation it’s this! When you stamp your greeting use your Misti or your stamparatus, or your stamp a ma jig, to make sure your greeting is straight. It’s not a great feeling to complete your card, and then have to start all over to correct your greeting.

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Stampin Up High Tide

High Tide

By | January 15, 2018

I am still determined that I am going to go through all my stamp sets, and make sure I have cards made from every single one of them. I am taking a break from the Occasions Catalogue today, just because I feel like I don’t want to ignore the 2017-2018 Idea Book & Catalogue. There are such great stamps in both, and no matter which one you purchase from, spend $60.00 and you still get a FREE sale-a-bration reward.

Todays card, done with High Tide Stamp set, was all done in Night of Navy ink. It was a 2 step process. The narrow strip down the center is 2″  wide piece of Whisper White Cardstock. All I did was stamp what I wanted to show up on this strip. I stamped on it, in 2 different ways. I would ink up the stamp, and then go directly to the 2′ strip, and sometimes, I inked up stamp set, then stamped on a scrap piece, and then stamped onto the 2″ strip.

Stampin Up High Tide

Next step  was to continue the design onto the rest of the Card. The other piece is a 5-1/4″ x 4″ also Whisper White Cardstock. To complete this step, I first cut a piece of 2″ wide vellum, (because I could see through it).I then put just a small piece of tape on back of strip, and lined up in center of card. Then using stamp-a-ma-jig, I lined up the scenery. If I stamped it directly onto the 2″ wide strip, then I “stamped off” for the continuation of the scenery. If I “stamped off” on the center strip, then I stamped directly onto the continuation.

The background main card is also Night Of Navy. I really liked the way it turned out. I think I am going to do it again, but next time use 2 different colours. Perhaps Crumb Cake, or Sahara Sand and perhaps Pacific Point maybe? Will have to play around, to see what looks the best, and will also have to determine which colour stays on the center strip, and what colour is the continuation? Right now I picture the center strip to be the crumb cake, and the rest to be in Pacific Point. Stay tuned……..

Sunshine and Rainbows

By | January 12, 2018

Who doesn’t love a rainbow? I’ve been known to pull over to the side of a road, to snap a picture of them, to me, they are so pretty, and it’s a sign of hope and promise.

So when I saw the Sunshine & Rainbows stamp set in the new occasions catalogue, I knew I had to have it! Of course I then had to get the Rainbow Builders Framelits with it. You can purchase separately or as a bundle and save 10%. I made 3 cards with this set today.

Stampin Up Sunshine and RainbowsThis was the first card. I stamped the rainbow from Sunshine & Rainbows Stamp Set onto scrap Whisper White Cardstock. I used the colours, Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, Berry Burst and Sweet Sugarplum. Then I used the Rainbow Builders Framelits to cut out. The greeting was done in Crushed Curry.


For the second card, I just used the Rainbow Builders Framelits to cut out the colours this time. Then I used the cloud stamp from Sunshine & Rainbows and stamped clouds in Sky Blue randomly on Whisper White Cardstock. For the punched out clouds, I just used a sponge, and sponged the edges with Sky Blue too, so they would show up a bit. This time I decided to have a bit of fun with the sun. I added dazzling diamonds glitter to the raindrops, and stamped the greeting in Real Red. The Whisper White has been adhered to Sky Blue Cardstock.

The colours for the rainbow this time were Real Red, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Lemon Lime Twist, Pacific Point, Elegant Eggplant, and Pink Pirouette.

.Stampin Up Sunshine & Rainbows

The third card, I just went crazy with the the glimmer paper. It’s called Myths & Magic 6″x 6″ Glimmer Paper, and can be found in the 2018 Occasions Catalogue on page 37. Naturally when I used the glimmer paper, I felt that it needed more whimsical, so I added the little Wizard from the Magical Day Stamp Set. It too is found on page 37, with the Glimmer Paper.

Stampin Up Sunshine & Rainbows

Remember if you want to learn how to do any cards, or even if you have an idea of your own, contact me today to either book your own workshop, or get dates for mine. As a  hostess during Sale-a-bration there are even more ways to earn more rewards, so don’t delay as you only have until March 31 to take advantage of FREE rewards, and extra hostess rewards.

A few more samples with Party Pandas

By | January 11, 2018

How can you not love these guys?

I could create even  more cards, but I have so many more stamp sets to play with. Remember this stamp set is FREE during Sale-a-bration 2018. All you have to do is order $60.00 from any current Stampin’ Up Catalogue, and you get to choose either the Party Pandas stamp set, or any other reward from the Sale-a-bration catalogue. Tomorrow is another day, and will be a new stamp set spotlight from the occasions catalogue. I wonder what it will be?? Make sure you check back tomorrow.

If you go online or even if you order through me, use hostess code 6HYN4BHD. This will get you entered into draw to become hostess for this order. You will receive all the hostess benefits that a hostess would receive for this order!

stampin up Party Pandas


Get ready to fall in love

By | January 10, 2018

How can you not love these little guys?

You know what is more is to love? The Party Pandas stamp set is FREE during Sale-a-bration! Yes that’s right! Can you believe it? They are so darn cute, I can hardly wait to make some more. Back in December I did a card with the reindeer and the Woodland Embossing Folder, and then I thought maybe I could make the Woodland look like bamboo? Close enough I guess.

I stamped 2 of the same pandas, and then the one with balloon. Cut them out, and then cut them on an angle to make it look like the 2 were hiding behind trees. The balloon is an embellishment called Balloon Honeycombs.

Stampin Up Party Pandas

In keeping with tradition

By | January 9, 2018

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – use your stamp sets over and over to create great cards

stampin up Picture PerfectYesterday I posted the card on the right…….. almost! It’s hard to see in the photo, but I cut out some of the bows and popped them up with dimensionals. It adds a depth to the card, and is really pretty. The card on the left is the same stamp set (Picture Perfect Birthday). I love the party favours, The two on the outside are stamped directly onto the cardstock, and the middle one was stamped on a scrap, and then cut out. The ruffle on all 3 were cut out, and curled. It’s great to have so many choices for one stamp set. To add the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set to your collection contact me today.

Another Picture Perfect Card

By | January 8, 2018

This card is fast and easy and uses Picture Perfect

Once again I used the Picture Perfect Designer Series Paper, and the Picture Perfect Birthday Stamp set.  I just love the colours!  you can easily dress this card up more if you like, using co-ordinating ribbon or twine. I used Tutti-Frutti Adhesive-Backed Sequins for this card. They can be found on page 29 of the new Stampin’ Up Occasions Catalogue. Aren’t they cute? Perfect colours for this Picture Perfect Card. (yes a little humour). The colour scheme for this card was Peekaboo Peach and Lemon Lime Twist.

Stampin Up Picture Perfect

Picture Perfect Birthday

By | January 5, 2018

Stampin Up Picture Perfecct BirthdayTodays card is from the new Stampin Up Occasions Catalogue. Love It, Live it, Share it. If you don’t have your copy, contact me today.The stamp set is Picture Perfect Birthday.  The background is the Picture Perfect Party 6″x 6″ Designer Series Paper. There are 48 sheets, 4 each of double sided designs that are all fabulous. Using Designer Series Paper certainly helps in creating fast easy cards. The background cardstock is Bermuda Bay, and the ink colours are Bermuda Bay and Berry Burst. The ribbon is 1/2″ Finely Woven Berry Burst Ribbon. I added a little bit of dazzling diamonds to the flames, for a little extra kick.


By | January 4, 2018

Yes, I am still smiling!

I believe very much in getting a stamp set that you will use over and over again. I encourage it in fact! You want to make sure that what you order is going to get your monies worth, and be useful for a lot of different cards. This is one of those stamp sets that can be used for everything!

If you read my post from yesterday and Tuesday, then you know that the Flirty Flowers Stamp Set makes me smile. Maybe it’s just thinking about how all of you think I’m crazy for posting the same stamp set 3 days in a row that keeps me smiling. Yet these days, who cares, smiling is GOOD!

Remember how I’ve mentioned before that CASEing (Copy And Share Everything) is also a GOOD thing? It’s a GREAT thing. It just means it’s easier because you don’t have to wrack your brain trying to figure out what to do, and then you are paying someone a compliment by using their design. This CASED project is once again from the 2017-2018 Stampin Up Idea Book & Catalogue. Look on page 25.

Stampin Up Flirty FlowersOnce again I used the Color Theory Designer Series Paper. This time used the Berry Burst. The image is stamped directly onto the Whisper White Cardstock. The greeting is stamped on a scrap of Whisper White Cardstock, and then either the Circle Punch or Layering Circles Framelits are used to punch greeting out. You will then cut a flat edge on the right side of the circle, so it butts up against the edge of your Color Theory Designer Series Paper. Pop up your greeting using dimensionals.

With cards like this in your stash, it can be used for almost anything, to cheer someone up, to wish them a Happy Birthday, to just say Hello, or even to thank them or say Congratulations. It’s what you write on the inside of the card that says even more!!

Finally it’s here!

By | January 3, 2018

Sale-a-bration 2018 is better than ever

When you shop in either the 2017-2018 Idea Book & Catalogue or the 2018 Occasions Catalogue and spend $60.00 you get to choose anything from the Sale-a-bration Catalogue for FREE. This year Stampin’ Up has stepped it up and offers a second level. If you spend $120.00 you can choose a higher reward, OR you can choose 2 rewards from the first level. Whatever you choose to do, you won’t go wrong!! All the items are amazing!

Contact me today to place your order or you can also order online. If you order online use this hostess code 6HYN4BHD. When you do,  you will be entered into a draw, the lucky winner will be the hostess for this order and receive whatever the hostess rewards will be. If you order through me, you will also be entered into the same draw. This Hostess Code expires January 10, 2018, so don’t delay! ONLY use this hostess code if your order is less than $200. If you reach that amount you already qualify as hostess!!


By | January 3, 2018

As promised my own card using Flirty Flowers and the Eclipse method.

Stampin Up Flirty FlowersI seriously find myself smiling every time I look at cards using the Flirty Flowers stamp set. I was playing around with the Eclipse technique and instead of using Letters or Numbers die sets, I used the Hearth and Home Thinlits. Is this not the cutest?

All you do is use a bold colour cardstock. In this case I used Rich Razzleberry. You stamp your design onto the Whisper White Cardstock, and next use the Big Shot to cut out your chosen design. All you  do then is pop up your design, and it’s subtle enough that you can still see that it’s popped up, and just adds the nicest dimension. I’m still smiling! As soon as I get my web cam rigged up I am going to do you a video showing you this technique.

Flirty Flowers

By | January 2, 2018

Cased this right from the 2017-2018 Stampin’ Up Idea Book & Catalogue

The first time I go through my catalogue, I used post it notes to mark cards that stand right out to me. I don’t even look at the stamp sets, I’m like a kid and look at the pictures. That’s usually how I decide what stamp sets I want first. Then I go through it a hundred more times over the year and always see something I didn’t see before!

The sample  today is totally cased out of the catalogue, page 25 using the Flirty Flowers stamp set.. It was just so simple, I loved it. The strip of green going down the right side of the card is Color Theory Designer Series Paper. This paper pack is so versatile, that I bet I end up using it all. The images are stamped directly onto cardstock and coloured using blender pens. One flower was stamped and coloured on a scrap, then cut out and popped up using a dimensional. Isn’t it lovely? Tomorrow I will show you my very own sample using the same stamp set, and the eclipse technique. BUT the eclipse technique is NOT using letters!!

Stampin Up Flirty Flowers

Sale-A-Bration 2018

By | January 1, 2018

Only 2 more sleeps until Sale-a-bration


Are you as excited as I am? There are so wonderful stamp sets offered this year. Stampin’ Up has kicked it up a notch as well. This year in addition to getting FREE stamp sets when you spend $60.00, they have alternatively added more, so that if you spend $120.00 you get to choose from even bigger rewards. This sample shows you both. The Heartfelt Blooms stamp set is FREE with a $60.00 purchase and the “celebrate” die is from the Celebrate You Thinlits that is FREE with a $120.00 purchase. This thinlit set comes with 3 dies. To get your copy of the new occasions catalogue as well as the Sale-a-bration catalogue, please contact me today.


Happy New Year

By | December 31, 2017

stampin up eclipse cardThis will be my last post for 2017, so I thought it appropriate to showcase this card. It is done using the Half Full stamp set from Stampin’ Up. The technique is called Eclipse.  It is very easy to do this technique and there are several ways you can do it. I will be putting together a video to show you, so make sure you watch for it.

In the meantime, Wishing you all the very best in 2018, be safe and be happy.