Wednesday, July 31, 2019

June Paper Pumpkin Love...And EXTRAS!!!

Did you receive the June Paper Pumpkin Kit?!  If you didn't...I am so sorry!  Because it is my FAVORITE!  It's no secret that I LOVE the beach!  From the depths of my soul!  So of course I love anything beach themed!  Hee.  This kit spoke to my heart!  In case you aren't is what this kit made:

This is a mini note card set with a cute little pouch to carry them all around in!  Are you totally swooning?!  I LOVED making these!  They made my heart so happy!!!  And I just loved this kit so much...I made it just like you were supposed to.  😁  However...after I made all this...there were SO MANY EXTRA pieces!  Die-cut leaves, palm trees, SAND DOLLARS, coral, etc!  I just saw it all laying there and said to myself, "no way are those shimmery sand dollars going to waste!"  πŸ˜€  So I started playing!  And today I'm going to photo overload you with some EXTRA cards I made from the kit.  I did add cardstock and some accessories to make these cards.  But...the fun die-cut pieces and stamps that I used were all from the kit!

How fun is that palm?!  I just LOVE the layered look with that fun vellum circle piece, the PALM TREE, and the GLITTERY SAND DOLLAR!  Oh my heavens!  Swoon!!!

And I love that sequin touch!  You will see that sequin touch a lot today!  πŸ˜€

Next up...look at those star fishes!!!!

I just stamped them a bunch of times, only re-inking the stamp every few times that I stamped.  Then...guess what I did again?!  I colored ribbon with my Blends makers!!!!  I posted a little about that in my last post that you can SEE HERE! 

I just LOVE this sentiment...and I love how it packs a punch when you do some repeat stamping like this...

I just love this card!

But on to this next one.  This is another note smaller than your typical standard card:

I have to admit...I LOVE LOVE LOVE this one!  I colored some coral with a sponge dauber and some Melon Mambo ink.  Then I used another sponge dauber to do that FABULOUS shading on the greeting!  That cardstock started out white!!!  Then I just sponged on some Mango Melody ink...starting at the bottom where it is heaviest and just working my me all that variety of color! 

😍 SWOON!!!! 😍  Paired with all those layers and sequins...and my heart wants to burst!!!

Fourth and final card was fun to make also...

How fun is that background?!  I made this background my just adhering all those leaves down onto Whisper White cardstock.  And then die-cutting it out with the stitched rectangle die!  Love it!  Then added a few elements and we were done! 

One cool thing I did to the card...was break out my trusty dauber again!

The card front started out So Saffron.  However...I added some shading with the Mango Melody ink...and I LOVE how it looks!  Not just solid color like the cardstock, but a more shaded variety. 

Maybe this was too much to take in and I should have shared one card at a time!  But...was more fun to share at once!  And just check it all out:

I still have lots of die-cut pieces left, so you may see more from me!  But for now...enjoy!  And thank you so much for visiting!!  If you need help getting your own Paper Pumpkin in the mail...let me help you! 



Monday, July 29, 2019

Wish Wrapping...Wrapping of Techniques!

I don't know if you know this about me...but I LOVE having cute packaging for gift.  Now...of course I don't always get to decorating my gift bags and such.  But when I makes my heart pitter patter.  This one I am about to show you is FULL of fun "texture" techniques.  Check it out:

Colors: Melon Mambo, Coastal Cabana, Pineapple Punch, Basic Black
Inks: Melon Mambo, Memento Black, Pigment Sprinkles, Pineapple Punch Dark Blends Marker
Cardstock/Papers: Whisper White, Basic Black, Vellum Cardstock, Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper
Stamps: Broadway Birthday
Tools: Scallop Tag Topper Punch, Broadway Lights Dies, Aqua Painter, Pattern Party Decorative Masks, Palette Knives
Accessories: Whisper White Baker's Twine, Iridescent Sequin Assortment, Shimmery White Embossing Paste

First we are going to pause and much more fun would  ^ THIS ^  bag be to receive than just a plain bag?!  So much more fun, right?!  Hee.  Also...this bag is filled with techniques...even though it may not look it at first.  Let me show you some more details pics.

First is the word.  It is die-cut from the Broadway Lights Dies (Item #146317).  But then...I covered it with a layer of the Fine-Tip Glue Pen (Item #138309) to make it all glossy/shiny/3D.  I love this fun technique!  I then adhered the word onto the bag...which I had done a layer of Shimmery White Embossing Paste.  LOVE the texture and fun this adds!

Now on to the tag:

This tag was SO much fun to make!!!  I started with a piece of the Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper.  Swoon...this paper is so lush and "soft" and beautiful to work with.  I know, the watercolor paper is white--right?!  Well this tag doesn't look very white, I know.  I did some watercoloring on this tag using the Pigment Sprinkles!!! These are SOOOOOO very fun!!!  I LOVE them!  You can do all sorts of things with them (which I will continue to share what you can do!), but for this tag...I simply just took some of the crystals and waterolored the whole watercolor paper piece.  Then...once it was dry, I just splattered some ink back onto it!  I love the backgound and how it looks!  Then I just finished the tag with a fussy cut balloon, fun saying & sequins!  😍  Now...I have another FUN technique to point out here.

CHECK OUT THAT BAKER'S TWINE!  You may be thinking...but Stampin' Up! doesn't have a bright yellow baker's twine!!!  So how did I get that twine?!  Well...I COLORED it!  With the Pineapple Punch Dark Blends Marker!  Did you know you could color your Whisper White Baker's Twine?!  Well you can!  I LOVE those Blends Markers!

I so hope you enjoy this gift bag.  Look at my cute daughter even taking her turn to hold the bag...

Love that cute hand.  Hee.

I hope you enjoy this bag!  Thank you so much for visiting!  Please let me know if you have any questions!


Saturday, July 27, 2019

Beautiful Friendship with July Club Project...

Have you seen the Beautiful Friendship Stamp Set (Item #149252)?!  If you haven' are about to.  Hee.  It is such a gorgeous stamp set.  It gives so much texture and definition with just one stamp.

This project I am about to share...I'm in love with!  I got this idea from Donna Griffith.  She works for Stampin' Up!'s home office.  She gave me a similar one--after I did my presentation at Stampin' Up!'s last On Stage Event. And I LOVED it.  It was such a fun idea, so cute & perfect for so many things.  So...I decided to make one with the Beautiful Friendship stamp set...and share it with my club gals.  It was our club project in July.

So here you go... the first part of the gift.  HOW CUTE is this cute little envelope & tag package...

I paired the stamp set with the Magnolia Lane Designer Series Paper (Item #149484).  I thought they worked great together!  But the fun part is when you open up the envelope...look what is inside:

Colors: Flirty Flamingo, Soft Sea Foam, Blackberry Bliss, Old Olive, Petal Pink
Inks: Flirty Flamingo, Soft Sea Foam, Blackberry Bliss, Old Olive, Petal Pink, Gray Granite
Cardstock/Papers: Whisper White, Petal Pink, Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes, Gold Glimmer Paper, Magnolia Lane Designer Series Paper
Stamps: Beautiful Friendship
Tools: Well Written Dies, 1/2" Circle Punch, Scallop Tag Topper Punch, Decorative Ribbon Border Punch, Aqua Painter, Simply Scored
Accessories: Linen Thread, 3/16" Braided Linen Trim

There are three note cards & envelopes.  Yes...they are all stamped with the Beautiful Friendship Stamp Set.  Just how cute are they?!  I told you...such a gorgeous stamp set!!!  And is so quick and easy.  I used the Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes (Item #131527) to make it even quicker and easier!  😁 Here is a picture of it all...

I hope you love it and it gets your creative juices flowing!!!

 There are even so many fun sayings in the stamp set that you can use on the inside of your cards!

 Now SURPRISE...I have a photo of the original one that Donna gave me!  How cute is this?!?!  THANK YOU, Donna, SO VERY MUCH!!! πŸ’–

Thank you so much for visiting!  I hope you enjoyed!  Please let me know if you have any questions!  My club gals got to make this project FREE & get an exclusive instruction sheet that they can keep forever so they can easily make more!  Let me know if you want to hear more about my club!  


Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Above the Clouds With July Club Card...

July is almost over...I guess it is about time I share the club card we made at my monthly club gathering!  😁

Colors: Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo, Granny Apple Green, Crumb Cake
Inks: Watercolor Pencils Assortment 1 & 2, Memento Black, Gray Granite, VersaMark
Cardstock/Papers: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Shimmery White, Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper
Stamps: Above the Clouds
Tools: Beads & Baubles Embossing Folder, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Hot Air Balloon Punch, Heat Tool, Aqua Painter
Accessories: Gold Embossing Powder, Whisper White Baker's Twine, Noble Peacock Rhinestones

It was all about watercoloring pencils for this card!  They are SO much fun to use!  The best colored pencils you will ever own.  They are great to just color with, but then add some water...and VOILA!!!  Watercoloring extravaganza!!!

We used them to color the hot air balloon (then just punched out with the coordinating Hot Air Balloon Punch!!!)...

As well as the watercolor wash background...

Love the frame made with the Stitched Rectangles and love everything else about this card also.  Hee.  I hope you enjoy also!  Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help you!

Thanks so much for visiting!!!


Monday, July 22, 2019

Scalloped Note Cards...Times Four!

Have you noticed the darling Scalloped Note Cards & Envelopes (Item # 149610)  in Stampin' Up!'s Catalog?!  They are SO CUTE!!  I love them!  So decided to make a little set of note cards with them...

Colors: Balmy Blue, Old Olive, Powder Pink, Terracotta Tile
Inks: Balmy Blue, Old Olive, Powder Pink, Terracotta Tile, VersaMark
Cardstock/Papers: Scalloped Note Cards & Envelopes, Shimmery White, Basic Black
Stamps:A Big Thank You
Tools:Paper Snips, Aqua Painter
Accessories: Whisper White Embossing Powder

These are the four colors they come in:  Balmy Blue, Old Olive, Powder Pink, & Terracotta Tile.  I just mixed and matched the colors for all of them, and kept the layout the same.  These would be so much fun to give away as a little gift or just pass them out one by one to those that need a little pick me up.  

Here is a peek at the cards without the envelopes:

And a view at the focal point:

And how about I show you the whole set one last time?! πŸ˜€

Thank you so much for visiting!  I hope you enjoy this fun project!  Go make some yourself and show me what you make!  πŸ˜ƒ

Please let me know if you have any questions!


Friday, July 19, 2019

TGIF Challenge 221...Say It Isn't So:

It's Challenge day!  Who is ready!  And for me...this challenge was a DOOZY!!!!  First of all, it's SUMMER!!!  My FAVORITE season...the one I wish would NEVER end.  I don't want any reminder of time flying by and that some day this season will end. is the card I made to give you a hint as to why I did NOT like this challenge:

Colors: Gray Granite, Flirty Flamingo, Pineapple Punch, Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Basic Black
Inks: Flirty Flamingo, Pineapple Punch, Bermuda Bay,VersaMark
Cardstock/Papers: Basic Black, Gray Granite, Whisper White, Shimmery White, Flirty Flamingo, Silver Glimmer
Stamps:Dashing Deer, A Wish For Everything
Tools: Tin Tile Embossing Folder, Word Wishes Dies, Detailed Deers Dies, Decorative Ribbon Border Punch, Heat Tool
Accessories: Whisper White Baker's Twine, Whisper White Embossing Powder

It's a CHRISTMAS challenge!!! 

Ugh!  I know, I know.  There are lots of people out there that look forward to Christmas all year long.  And love that so much.  I'm just not one of them.  Haha.  But if you for sure have to participate in this challenge!  So I can see what you make!  😁 For my card...I HAD to go non-traditional.  I just did NOT have it in me to do red and green Christmas crazy.   Haha.  But...turns out...I kinda like it.  It's a fun card, whimsical & simple. 

And I love these deers.  And I love them in these fun colors:  Flirty Flamingo, Pineapple Punch, & Bermuda Bay.

Throw in a glittery greeting and you are TOTALLY festive...right?!  😁

I am going to head back into my "summer brain" way of life.  This season is the best and will never leave us!  Time to hit the pool!  πŸ˜ƒ

Thank you so much for visiting!  Head on over to the TGIF CHALLENGE BLOG and play along!  I can't wait to see what you create!  Let's see some more non-traditional color combos!!!  Please let me know if you have any questions!!


Thursday, July 18, 2019

Perennial Essence Artistan Design Team Blog Hop...

I love this day of the month!!!  It is time to HOP ALONG on a Blog Hop with the Artisan Design Team!  Yay!  And this month is all about those florals!  We are using the Perennial Essence Suite of products!  We all had such a fun and unique take on things...I am sure you are going to love it all!  So let's get going!  If you just came from ANGELA'S BLOG...are you still swooning?!  πŸ˜€  If so...or if you are just getting started...sure hope these projects make you swoon also:

I had so much fun with the Floral Essence Stamp Set (Item #149450) and the Perennial Flower Punch (Item #149522).  Also...not officially apart of the suite, but the Leaf Punch (Item #144667) coordinates also!

Check out these projects a little more up close.

This first standard size card makes my watercoloring soul squeal.  I love this technique!  You just stamp your images (make sure your ink pad is nice and juicy!) onto Watercolor Paper and then spritz with water.  Let the colors run a little and then dry with a heat tool.  Look how fun and artsy it looks!

Colors: Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Granny Apple Green
Inks: Calypso Coral, Granny Apple Green, Daffodil Delight, VersaMark
Cardstock/Papers: Daffodil Delight, Basic Black, Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper
Stamps: Floral Essence
Tools: Stitched Rectangle Dies, Country Floral Embossing Folder, Heat Tool
Accessories: Whisper White Baker's Twine, Woven Threads Sequin Assortment, Granny Apple Green 1/2" Textured Weave Ribbon, Whisper White Embossing Powder

(And just saying...I love this color combo a whole lot.  Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Granny Apple Green.)

I love how you can still see the detail of the flower, but you also get that fun watercolor vibe.

This pillow box would make such a fun little gift box for any birthday/wedding/thinking of you gift that you need to give!  The flowers are a breeze to make, thanks to some easy stamping and punching...

Colors: Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Granny Apple Green
Inks: Calypso Coral, Granny Apple Green, VersaMark
Cardstock/Papers: Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Granny Apple Green
Stamps: Floral Essence
Tools: Perennial Flower Punch, Story Label Punch, Leaf Punch, Heat Tool
Accessories: Whisper White Baker's Twine, Very Vanilla 3/8" Scalloped Lace Trim, Gold Embossing Powder, Clear Embossing Powder, Perennial Essence Floral Centers, Kraft Pillow Boxes

I stamped and then embossed the images (flowers and leaves) with Clear Embossing Powder...but you don't need to do that step.  I just liked the glossy look it gave.  And I wanted that glossy gold I was already doing some embossing so why not just keep going?!  Hee.

And I LOVE that Scalloped Lace Trim that is wrapped around the whole box.  😍  It is so elegant and gorgeous!

Last up...a little 3"x3" note card!  These are such great notes to throw in a lunch, drop at a friends doorstep to brighten their day, attach to a gift...whatever you need!

Colors: Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Granny Apple Green, Pool Party
Inks: Calypso Coral, Granny Apple Green, Daffodil Delight, VersaMark
Cardstock/Papers: Calypso Coral, Granny Apple Green, Basic Black, Pool Party, Whisper White
Stamps: Floral Essence
Tools: Stitched Shapes Dies, Leaf Punch, Heat Tool
Accessories: Whisper White Embossing Powder, Clear Embossing Powder
Perennial Essence Floral Centers

I used the flower center stamp from the stamp set to make the fun textured polka dots in the background.  And those Perennial Essence Floral Centers (Item #149442) add so much fun texture!

I hope you enjoy these projects!  Thank you so much for visiting!  Keep on hopping along and see all the beauty that awaits you!!!  AurΓ©lie's Blog is up next!  I can't wait for you to see what she created! is a quick peek at what is in store:

2019 Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team 

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Beautiful Friendship Turned Home Decor...

I recently shared the swap I made for Stampin' Up!'s Greece Incentive Trip in THIS POST.  Well...I kinda loved it and wanted to be reminded of I made a little home decor piece in the same design!  It is a small one...just 4" x 6"...but I think it is precious.  And a good reminder of how versatile these fun papercrafting supplies of ours are.  πŸ˜€

Colors: Flirty Flamingo, Coastal Cabana, Old Olive, Gold
Inks: Flirty Flamingo, Old Olive
Cardstock/Papers: Shimmery White, Vellum Cardstock, Gold Glimmer, Follow Your Art Designer Series Paper
Stamps: Beautiful Friendship
Tools: Stitched Nested Labels Dies, Word Wishes
Accessories: Linen Thread, Pearl Basic Jewels, 5/8" Burlap Ribbon

What do you think?!  This is just a little canvas.  Would be fun hanging anywhere....and would be so easy to customize to match your home.

Love that vellum Stitched Label.  And love that glittery word...

What do you think?  Do you use your papercrafting supplies for your home decor?!  Don't forget you can just make what you love!  😍

Thank you so much for visiting!  Please let me know if you have any questions!  Let me know how I can help you get the supplies you need!


Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Challenge Card Encore!

I posted a card for a color challenge for TGIF Challenges a bit ago.  The post is HERE if you need a reminder.  πŸ˜€  Well...I really liked that card but it was very girly.  I had the thought to see what it would look like as a masculine card.  So that was my inspiration for this love sequins too, right?! 

Colors: Night of Navy, Granny Apple Green, Gray Granite, Basic Black
Inks: Black, Night of Navy
Cardstock/Papers: Basic Black, Granny Apple Green, Gray Grainte, Watercolor Paper
Stamps: Tasteful Textures
Tools: Corrugated Embossing Folder, Everyday Label Punch, Aqua Painter
Accessories: Woven Threads Sequins Assortment, Gray Granite 1/2" Textured Weave Ribbon
I LOVE the colors on this...and how the Navy looks with this watercolor technique.  (Stamp with a nice and juicy pad onto Watercolor Paper.  Then spritz with water and watch the colors bleed.  Hit it with a heat tool to dry and finish your card!)  Just look at all this color variation...

And this stamp set is one of my faves!!!!  Everyone needs to be reminded of this!!

(And love that peep of bright green corrugated pop of color!)

What do you think?!  Do you have a guy in your life that you want to give this card to?!  Thank you so much for visiting!  Please let me know what questions you have and how I can help you!

Golden Greenery Mini Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop!

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