Friday, May 5, 2023

Cheerful Daisies With A Color Combo ... TGIF Challenge 419!

I am so thankful that I get to be on the TGIF Challenges Design Team.  I have missed participating in these challenges because they truly are so inspirational.  I would never have used this color combo, but here I am!  😁 And it was a great re-introduction to the fun Berry Burst that has re-joined Stampin' Up!'s color palette!  YES!  There was a COLOR REFRESH with the ☆ BRAND NEW Annual Catalog! ☆ Some past In Colors (which is the case for Berry Burst) returned, and there are also 4 BRAND NEW colors!  So exciting! 

Back to the TGIF Challenge of the case you haven't is a fun Color Combo Challenge!

Colors Berry Burst, Petal Pink, Basic Black, Basic White
Inks:  Berry Burst, Petal Pink, VersaMark
Cardstock/Papers: Berry Burst, Petal Pink, Basic Black, Whisper White, Vellum, Zoo Crew Designer Series Paper
Stamps: Cheerful Daisies
Tools:  Cheerful Daisies Dies, Stitched Shapes Dies, Tailor Made Tags Dies, Timeworn Type 3D Embossing Folder, Heat Tool
Accessories: Basics Embossing Powders, Baker's Twine Essentials Pack (white), Ribbon Duo Combo Pack (pink), Iridescent Rhinestones Basic Jewels

Can you guess what the colors are?!  I mentioned Berry Burst above.  So yes...that is one. 😁 Here is the official challenge:

This one is pretty easy, in my opinion.  Haha.  But I did do a little watercoloring for this.  I started out by coloring a sheet of Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper with the colors Berry Burst & Petal Pink.  I used different amounts of ink with my Water Painter to get a variation of intensity.  Here is what my paper looked like when it was done and dried...

I almost just used this paper for my card.  And I do have some leftover that I will make another card with.  But I LOVE watercoloring.   It is so much fun and feels so "artsy." But then I just die-cut the flowers from the paper using the Cheerful Daisies Dies.  After I cut that out I stamped the detail image on top of the die, using the Cheerful Daisies Stamp Set.  

I really love how it looks.  I added the center to the flower and didn't stamp any detail on it. Making the background was fun.  I embossed a piece of white cardstock and wanted to add the color in a more intense way.  So I used the Stylish Shapes Dies to cut out some polka dots in the two pinks and adhered those to the embossed piece.  

Added a few more details and VOILA!  ☆ Color Challenge complete! ☆

Here is one last view of the full card...

I hope you enjoy!  And now I want to see what you make!  Head on over to the TGIF Challenge Blog and submit your card!  I can't wait to see it!  

Thank you so much for visiting!  Please let me know if you have any questions at all!


Tuesday, May 2, 2023

From A Break to a Watercolor World!

 WOWSERS!  Due to LOTS of life stuff, I took an unintended break from this creative world.  If anyone is still here and reads this space on the internet anymore ... I'm sorry!  But I am back now and it feels SO GOOD to create with paper again!  💗  So let's get back into it, shall we?!  

When I first saw the stamp I am using for this card I am posting today, I got SO EXCITED!  

I ♡ LOVE ♡ to travel.  "I haven't been everywhere, but it's on my list" is kinda my mantra.  Haha.  This world is just so wide & beautiful & amazing ... and I want to see everything!  😀  So when I had some of the members on my team over to practice some different watercolor techniques...I grabbed this stamp and knew I had to use it somehow.  What stamp is it, you ask?! probably have guessed if you have seen Stampin' Up!'s BRAND NEW Annual Catalog (or it was also in the last Mini Catalog) ... but if is the Watercolor World Stamp Set! 

Colors Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green, Coastal Cabana, Gorgeous Grape, Basic White, Black, Crumb Cake
Inks:  Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green, Coastal Cabana, Gorgeous Grape, VersaMark
Cardstock/Papers: Shimmery White, Basic Black
Stamps: Watercolor World, Happy Labels
Tools:  Cane Weave 3D Embossing Folder, Heat Tool
Accessories: Basics Embossing Powders, Linen Thread

Gorgeous, isn't it?!  😍. It is a major swoon stamp set and since you can never go wrong with a rainbow...this card is a double swoon for me! The stamp is a big background stamp, and I love how it just covers the whole card front.  Added some splatter, a greeting, a few embellishments...and VOILA!  The card is done!  

I should have taken pictures or a video of how I made this card, but I didn't.  I am sorry!  If that would be helpful, let me know and I can do that!  First though, let me kinda explain it.  

  • Lay the stamp with the rubber side up on your workspace.  
  • Use Stampin' Write Markers to color on the stamp, inking it up.  *Any colors you desire will work.  I used colors in rainbow order for this card.  If you are particular about the order of colors, work opposite of how you want the color order stamped, since you will be stamping the mirror image of what you are inking up.  For example...when this stamp is laying rubber side up, America is on the right side of the stamp. But when you stamp will end up on the left.  So from left to right when I was coloring the stamp, I colored the stamp in purple, blue, green, yellow, orange, and pink.
  • For a watercolor look, spritz the stamp with water before stamping.  This will help the colors blend together.
  • Turn the stamp over quickly, and stamp onto your cardstock or watercolor paper.  💖

Then just add whatever details you want and VOILA!  Gorgeous card!  Here is the stamp image...

WATERCOLOR WORLD Stamp Set  by Stampin' Up!

Have you made anything with this yet?!  I hope you enjoy!  Please let me know if you have any questions!  I would love to help you with all your papercrafting needs!  Don't forget to check out Stampin' Up!'s BRAND NEW Annual Catalog!!!!

Thank you so much for visiting!  


Thursday, December 29, 2022

Use That Stash! Stampin' Fancy Friday December! has been a crazy month!  Does anyone else agree?! Haha.  But I hope you have at least had the chance to check out the Stampin' Fancy Friday challenge!  The design team has submitted some FABULOUS projects this month, using stuff from their stash!  Whether it be older sets that aren't for sale anymore, or just using stuff up that they have been hoarding or whatever!  It was time to break it out!  And now it is my turn to share what I made!!!

I had so much fun playing with some of my past favorites!  The Fabulous Flamingo Stamp Set & Pop of Pink Designer Series Paper still have my heart! 

Colors Melon Mambo, Coastal Cabana, Polished Pink, Flirty Flamingo, Parakeet Party, Basic White, Basic Black
Inks:  Coastal Cabana, Polished Pink, Flirty Flamingo, Parakeet Party, VersaMark
Cardstock/Papers: Whisper White, Thick Whisper White, Basic Black, Pop of Pink Designer Series Paper
Stamps: Fabulous Flamingo 
Tools:  Painted Texture Embossing Folder, Heat Tool
Accessories: Basics Embossing Powder, Solid Faceted Gems

Not a lot of chatter, just some photos showing you this hot pink beauty!  If you have any questions, please ask!  💓

What do you want to use from your stash?!  If you have this bundle...I highly recommend pulling it out and playing with it! 

Thank you so much for visiting!  Please let me know if you have any questions or need any Stampin' Up! supplies.  Would love to help you with your papercrafting needs!  Check out Stampin' Fancy Friday on IG and FB to see the projects from all the designers! 


Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Quick & Simple Card Bundle!

I needed to make a simple, easy to mail, small card set for some fun gift boxes a company was doing last month.  Let me just was really fun to go really simple.  And I have to admit that I really like how these came out!

That is the set of them.  I wanted a bit of variety with them, but just keeping it ink & paper!  It was so much fun!!!

I love the subtle texture of this card with the layer of white on the white card base.  Tone on tone cardstock adds such a simple detail, but really steps it up easily.
Colors Granny Apple Green, Flirty Flamingo, Whisper White
Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black, BLENDS: Flirty Flamingo, Granny Apple Green, Daffodil Delight
Cardstock/Papers: Basic White, Basic White Thick
Stamps: Fresh Cut Flowers, Celebrate Sunflowers (greeting)
Tools:  NONE!
Accessories: NONE!

I love this next layout and already have grand ideas to do more card with this same layout.  Haha.  It is so versatile and simple!  Just some Designer Paper, the focal image on this card is a punch, and then a greeting! I want to add some accessories to other cards, but I love that this one doesn't have any! 

Colors Crushed Curry, Pool Party, Whisper White
Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock/Papers: Basic White Thick, Pool Party, Vellum
Stamps: Happiness Abounds
Tools:  Bough Punch
Accessories: NONE!

And for this last card, I did the same "tone on tone" cardstock layering.  I also did some "generational" stamping.  That is where I stamped repeatedly, without reinking.  That is how I got the three different blues of the brushstroke stamp.  There is also some fun splatter on this card.  For this, I just used a Water Painter with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and flicked it on the card front. I really love how this card turned out.

Colors Bermuda Bay, White, Black
Inks:  Bermuda Bay, Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock/Papers: Basic White Thick, Basic White
Stamps: Good Feelings, Season of Chic
Tools:  Water Painter
Accessories: NONE!

I hope you enjoy these cards and that it inspires you to make some fun quick & simple cards!  Thank you so much for visiting!  Please let me know if you have any questions!  I would love to help you with all your papercrafting needs!


Friday, December 2, 2022

Framed & Festive Paired With Seasonal Labels ... TGIF Challenge 397!

A new challenge is here!  Are you so excited?!  I hope so!  😁  This week is a color challenge!  Yay!  Since this color challenge brings Christmas to mind, and Christmas season is always so card for this weeks challenge is a quick and easy card!  It's a card base, some Designer Series Paper, a label, and some accessories! 

All supplies are from Stampin' Up! 

Colors Granny Apple Green, Kraft
Inks:  White Craft, Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock/Papers: Granny Apple Green, Kraft, Painted Christmas Designer Series Paper
Stamps: Framed & Festive
Tools:  Seasonal Labels Dies, Water Painter (for splatter)
Accessories: Gold 3/8" Shimmer Ribbon, Adhesive-Backed Stars

See how easy, yet how cute, it all turns out?!  I used Kraft paper for my card front, Painted Christmas Designer Series Paper, the NEW & Limited Time Only Stamp Set - Framed & Festive, Seasonal Labels Dies, & a couple accessories!  I just really like how it all turned out, and really wouldn't take long at all to whip up a batch of them!

Now...I kinda went off the color challenge a little bit because this paper doesn't have the colors for the challenge in it...but it gave me the vibe so I went with it!  Because that is what these challenges are for ... to kick off inspiration!  It doesn't have to be exact! 

Here are just a few pics of the details: 

I hope you enjoy this card!  What are you going to make?!  I can't wait to see!  Head over to the TGIF Challenge Blog to check out what the other designers made, to play along with us, and post your project!  

Thank you for visiting!  Please let me know if I can help you with anything! 


Monday, November 28, 2022

Sweetest Cherries Birthday...Take 2!

A little bit ago I posted a birthday card made with the Sweetest Cherries Bundle.  Well...I loved it so much...I made it again and just changed a few things!  All supplies are still from Stampin' Up! 

Colors Polished Pink, Granny Apple Green, Pool Party, Basic White, Gold
Inks:  Polished Pink, Granny Apple Green, Pool Party, Black
Cardstock/Papers: Whisper White, Thick Whisper White, Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper
Stamps: Sweetest Cherries
Tools:  Cherries Builder Punch, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Heat Tool
Accessories: Metallics Embossing Powder, Baker's Twine, Solid Faceted Gems

If you saw my post from before...can you remember what changes I made?!  First of all...the card base is white.  That's new!  Also...instead of stamping the hash background in the same color as the paper I was stamping on...this time I embossed it in gold!  It is so pretty in real life! this watercolor washed background...but I kept the cherries the same color and stamped them again in Polished Pink!  I LOVE the color of these cherries!

All in all...I hope you love this card!  Thank you so much for visiting!  Please let me know if I can help you with any of your papercrafting needs!  Also...if you need help getting your hands on any Stampin' Up! supplies...please let me know!  


Wednesday, November 23, 2022

"All Wrapped Up" With Christmas Season Gift Packaging!

I am sharing my project for Day EIGHT of Martin's 30 Day Christmas Card Making Challenge 2022 today!  Yeah, I am a little behind...but that's okay!  Work at your own pace!  Today's challenge was fun because it's a simple "All Wrapped Up" challenge.  So I went with a fun little chocolate treat that is "All Wrapped Up" for the holidays!  This is an idea you can alter to use for any size gift...I LOVE making festive tags and fun ribbons to add to my wrapping.  I think it adds a fairly quick, but special, touch to gifts.  The tags can even be used as an ornament if the receiver wants!  

Colors Polished Pink, Granny Apple Green, Basic White, Kraft
Inks:  Polished Pink, Granny Apple Green, VersaMark
Cardstock/Papers: Kraft, Whisper White, Black & White Designs Designer Series Paper
Stamps: Christmas Season, Christmas to Remember
Tools:  Seasonal Labels Dies, Heat Tool, Label Me Fancy Punch (for ribbon slit on top of tag)
Accessories: Adhesive-Backed Seasonal Sequins, Pool Party 3/8" Sheer Ribbon, Simply Elegant Trim, Metallics Embossing Powder, 6"x8" Cellophane Bags

What do you think?!  Would you keep this tag around for years to come?!  I don't know that I would!  Haha.  I am seeing so many things I would change! Hee.  But are some more pictures of it...

The sentiment is embossed in gold onto the Kraft cardstock...and I LOVE that look.  I love the colors.  And I am ♡ REALLY LOVING ♡ this fun Black & White Designs Designer Series Paper that is in Stampin' Up!'s July-December Mini Catalog.  I am having a lot of fun using the designs for Christmas stuff.  😍

What did you or will you make for this #30dayChristmascardchallenge?  Here is one last look!

Thank you so much for visiting!  Please let me know if you have any questions!  Or need any help getting your hands on any Stampin' Up! supplies.  I would love to help you with all your papercrafting supplies! 


Friday, November 18, 2022

Whimsy Theme ... TGIF Challenge 395!

Ready for a fun challenge this week?!  Well yay...cause I have one for you!  I kinda went a bit off theme, but I personally think I stayed right on theme.  Hee.  First card...

Colors Polished Pink, Gorgeous Grape, Coastal Cabana, Parakeet Party, Basic White, Basic Black
Inks:  Polished Pink, Gorgeous Grape, Coastal Cabana, Parakeet Party, VersaMark
Cardstock/Papers: Basic White, Basic Black, Black & White Designs Designer Series Paper, 2021-2023 In Color Designer Series Paper, Brushed Metallics Cardstock
Stamps: Spruced Up
Tools:  Spruced Up Outline Dies, Whimsical Woodland Embossing Folder, Heat Tool, Blending Brush
Accessories: Baker's Twine Essentials Pack, Basics Embossing Powders, Metallics Embossing Powder

Now ... the theme so I can explain myself.  😂

Now you are probably saying...WHAT?!  This is NOT fitting with the theme! is my stance...gnomes are WHIMSICAL!  So I made a WHIMSICAL Christmas card with a whimsical color scheme.  So it WORKS!  😀  All the products from this card come from Stampin' Up! 

On to some more pics of the card...

I embossed the tops of the ornaments with Gold Embossing Powder.  I always love how much detail embossing gives.  One of my very favorite details to add to projects.  

I was going to mix & match some ornament shapes & patterns, but I just kept it kinda simple.  Stamped the same ornament in 3 colors.  I really like how it turned out.  And I ♡ LOVE ♡ the bundle I used here...the Spruced Up Bundle!! It actually cuts out this ornament AND an outline to the ornament.  So stay tuned for how I used those on another project! But they are really fun dies.  

Like look how CUTE these stars are!  Obsessed!  And so WHIMSICAL!  Hee. 

I also used an embossing folder in the background called Whimsical Woodland...does it get more whimsical than this?!  Haha.  

I hope you enjoy this card and come play along with us this week!  Head on over to the

to see what the other designers did and play along with us!  💕  Can't wait to see what you make!

PLEASE let me know if you have any questions!  Would love to help you with all of your papercrafting needs!  And if you need Stampin' Up! supplies...would love to help you with that also! 


Thursday, November 17, 2022

Embossed Treat Bag Meets Card Decor!

I have a fun little trick for you today ... I think you should use this in your gift giving!  😊

My youngest daughter has had a student teacher in her classroom this year, and she LOVES!! her. is her last day with them in their classroom.  😢 She has been dreading this day all year long.  But of course we had to celebrate her and give her a little gift to say thank you.  

This is where my little tip comes in!  I had made a card for her...using her favorite colors...and then put her little gift in one of Stampin' Up!'s Embossed Treat Bags.  Well...I was just going to tie some ribbon on the bag, but then had this thought!  I thought the card should be the focal point!  Haha.  SO...that's what I did!

Colors Parakeet Party, Daffodil Delight, Basic White, Basic Black
Inks:  Daffodil Delight, Parakeet Party, Memento Tuxedo Black (for splatter), VersaMark
Cardstock/Papers: Basic White, Thick Basic White, Basic Black, Vellum, Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper, Black & White Designs Designer Series Paper
Stamps: Art Gallery, March 22 Paper Pumpkin - Beyond the Horizon
Tools:  Framed Florets Dies, Water Painter, Heat Tool
Accessories: Linen Thread, Basics Embossing Powders, Adhesive Backed Seasonal Sequins, Embossed Treat Bag, Clear Envelope

Now...I am sure you are is that card staying on there?!  Well this is the fun trick!  

***TIP!!!!*** Take a Clear Medium Envelope, cut it down to 4" tall, and adhere that to the front of the bag!  Then just add your card for a fun decorative focal point to the bag!  😍  

What do you think?!  Taking or leaving this tip?!  Haha.  Would this be useful for you in your crafting & gift giving?!

Here is a closer look at the card...

Yellow & green are her favorite colors, so I did a watercolor wash on some Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper.  Then added some die cuts from the Framed Florets Dies, some greetings from a few stamp sets (Art Gallery & March 22 Paper Pumpkin-Beyond the Horizon), and some embelishments.

I hope you enjoy this card!  Thank you, Stampin' Up! for creating such fun products to make papercrafting so much fun!

The FITTING FLORETS Collection is AMAZING!  Some of the products will be in the January-June Mini Catalog coming up, and some are only available with this pre-release.  Check it all out HERE!  And please let me know if you have any questions!  I would love to help you with all of your papercrafting needs!


Cheerful Daisies With A Color Combo ... TGIF Challenge 419!

I am so thankful that I get to be on the TGIF Challenges Design Team .  I have missed participating in these challenges because they truly a...