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Kind Koala + Blendabilities = a Great Time and Pretty Thinking of You Card

What was the stamp set in the Stampin’ Up catalog that you saw and immediately went “I have to have that!”?  For me, it was the Kind Koala stamp.  I didn’t have a plan or a reason for it, but I just thought it was too cute not to have.  So, it went on my first order and I haven’t regretted it!  I still love it, especially when coloring this little guy in with my Blendabilities markers.

Tips for making this card:

  • The Kind Koala stamp set is perfect for quick cards.  The image and sentiment are all one single stamp, so you can stamp, add some backing layers and be done!  Added extra coloring or accessories as you have the time. :)
  • The skin tones Blendabilities aren’t just for skin!  I used them here to color in the Koala.  You get a wide range of browns and peaches to work from, some of which are lighter than the Crumb Cake markers.  (Plus, this week they are 25% off with the Weekly Deals!)
  • Keep the rest of your card clean and simple to let the focus be on your colored Koala image.  He is cute, why not let him steal the show? Smile
  • Use the In Color paper and matching In Color ribbon to have a subtle way of adding texture without too much competing colors (this card uses the pretty Lost Lagoon).
  • Make adding a bow easy!  Adhere one piece of ribbon around your card front and then tie a second piece of ribbon into a bow and adhere ON TOP of the first ribbon using a glue dot!  It keeps everything tight and just how you like it!
  • Add your favorite complimentary color for the flower and do some subtle shading with your Blendabilities.  Even the littlest bits of coloring can make a big impact!

But most of all, when coloring with Blendabilities, don’t over think it!!  Your images will likely turn out darker or fussier if you overthink what you are doing when you are first starting out.  Just start with your lightest color and then add touches of the medium and darker color wherever you think there would be shadows or shade and a little bit of squiggles goes a long way! :)

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Last Chance for the 12th Man Discount & New Weekly Deals!

New weekly deals came out today and if you love coloring with markers, you are in for a treat!


Shop the weekly deals here!

Get an extra 12% off the Weekly Deals today only!

Just a reminder that today is the last day of my 12th Man discount to help celebrate the Seahawks heading to the Superbowl!  Place an order online using the hostess code WTTJE4Z6 or email me your order by tonight and I’ll give you the extra 12% off!

And if your order is $50 BEFORE the 12% discount, I’ll even throw in a Sale-a-Bration free item as well!  Sweet, right?

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Preview of Tomorrow’s Project Share

Tomorrow I’ll be back with another project, and it even uses the Skin Tone blendabilities that are on sale this week with the Weekly Deals! See you then!

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Non-Christmas Partridge and Pears Card with NEW Sale-a-Bration stamp–Simply Wonderful

When I first saw this Partridge and Pears stamp set, I knew I wanted to use my Blendabilities to color it – but it took until now to actually color the entire tree!  Turns out it is great for cards anytime of the year, don’t you think?

I mixed and matched retiring stamps (Partridge and Pears) with upcoming stamps (Simply Wonderful from Sale-a-Bration).  Not at all Christmas-y!  Smile

Tips for making this card:

  • Stamp the tree image from Partridge and Pears using Memento ink onto White cardstock.  Then color with blendabilities to match the colors and feel you want for your card.  In this case, I used:  Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake, and the Skin Tones.
  • Stamp the sentiment from the Simply Wonderful stamp set to make this an anytime card (starting January 6, it will be FREE with a $50 order or if you join my Stampin’ Up team)!
  • Add the “hi” die cut from the Label Flipcard Thinlit for a fun touch to your sentiment, with a pearl for the dot of the “I”.
  • Use Stampin’ Dimensionals under the center of the sentiment to help make a rippling banner look.


Yay!  4 more days until the Sale-a-Bration promotion starts and the Occasions Catalog kicks off!  I have more projects to share each day and can’t wait to show you the entire catalog on the 6th!  If you have any questions, feel free to send them in now and I’ll not only answer you now but will make sure to include the answers in my upcoming video.

Need a catalog?  I’m putting more in the mail and would be glad to send you a copy.  Just email me at and I’ll get you set up!

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Last Holiday Projects with the White Christmas Stamp Set & SNEAK PEEK!

I’m finally finishing up sharing my holiday projects and in a way I’m sad about it.  I LOVED the White Christmas stamp set from Stampin’ Up but only started using it really in the last few weeks.  Turns out I was right to love it because it always seems to turn out so cute!  Even on something as simple as a gift tag, like this:

Quick, easy, and festive for that special gift.

Tips for making this tag:

  • This is one of the very few times I will tell you to punch your circle BEFORE stamping  The spacing is very particular and so it is so much easier if you punch first because you can see what you are doing thanks to the stamp set being a photopolymer (completely clear) set.
  • Stamp your banner sentiment in black ink FIRST and then add your snowman in the space that fits under the banner.
  • Use your Stampin’ Write markers to color the “banner thread” and to color in your snowman and add snow (I used Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, and Soft Sky)
  • Use the 1-3/4” circle punch for the circle and then the 2-3/8” scallop circle for the accent.  Add to a tag made from a 2” strip punched on top with the scallop tag topper to make your tag.
  • Add a All is Calm snowflake embellishment (on sale through Jan 5th after which it is discontinued) for a great touch of metallic shine.
  • Top it off with the Woven Satin ribbon from the 2014 Holiday Catalog – such a soft and pretty ribbon!  Also only available until Jan 5th.

Sneak Peek!

I also had to share a quick project I made using the new Treat Bag framelit coming out in the 2015 Occasions Catalog – Stampin’ Up’s spring catalog.  It is so easy to make and was perfect for me to use to send some movie ticket gift cards to my family this year.

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I made it out of the Nordic Noel designer paper from the 2014 Holiday Catalog and stamped the deer and sentiment from the White Christmas stamp set.  Wrap with some Gold Satin ribbon and add Gold sequins and the Nordic Designer buttons to break up the paper pattern and add just a touch of decoration.  I can’t wait to play more with this die!  It also comes with lots and lots of extra accent dies. I show them all on my Occasions Catalog sneak peek video here –


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One Day Doorbusters and a Great Starter Kit Deal!

It’s official!  We are kicked off into the holiday season!  I for once am actually almost completely done with my holiday shopping… and now need to focus on finishing up my Christmas Cards and also putting together my December Scrapbook album.  Every year I’ve ended up putting together a scrapbook of just the happenings in December.  And with 3 birthdays in our family (mine and both my kiddos) plus Christmas, there is always a lot of photos and lots to talk about. 

This year I’m trying out an idea I heard from the December daily style albums.  Basically, I’m putting together the basic skeleton of my album together in advance using the Stampin’ Up 6×8 Project Life Album and Hello December Card Collection & Accessory Pack.  That way, I can add in my pictures as I go and then add in extra pages as needed along the way. Smile But I don’t have to start from scratch at the end of the month!   You know, something like this:


So, while I’m working on that, don’t forget about today’s Doorbusters from the Online Sale!  (See ALL the sale items listed here)

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Shop the Online Extravaganza Sale Here

As of very early this morning, the Blendabilities bundle is sold out. 
I know, total bummer, but if you had your heart set on that deal, email me at
and I’ll give you the best deal I can with my demonstrator discount!  Or check out another awesome option below:

Another great option!
Not only can you get in on the doorbusters on Monday, but you can turn those into an even better deal when you combine it with the starter kit special! 
Get $125 in your choice of items for $75 PLUS get at least 25% off anything you order in Decemberincluding NEW Occasions catalog items and free Sale-a-Bration items!
The Blendabilities doorbuster may have sold out, but you can make your own with the discounted Starter Kit!

  1. Visit the Join The Fun page on my website to get start picking out your starter kit
  2. When you get to select your $125 in items for your kit, you can pick either:
    - 10 Packs of Blendabilities + the Color Lifter Marker = $124.45 value for $74.25
    - 9 Packs of Blendabilites + the Color Lifter Marker + Memento Ink pad + 20 Notecards & Envelopes = $124.40 value for $74.25
    That is a 60% SAVINGS!
  3. You’ll pay tax but your shipping is free!

You will receive an email once you check out giving you your password for the demonstrator website where you can start checking out all the inside scoop and demonstrator forums.  Plus, any order you place in December will give you at least a 25% discount.

Get Started on Your Kit

A few FAQ I’ve been asked:

  • What are the requirements if I sign up?
    None!  This is a no obligation, try it and see if you like it kind of thing.  If you buy/sell $300 by March 2015, then you will continue to receive the perks of being a demonstrator for the following 3 months.  At that point, you just need to sell/buy $300 each quarter to maintain your active status.
  • What if I don’t meet the minimums in a quarter?
    Your active demonstrator status is dropped and you keep everything you’ve earned or purchased and just continue crafting and creating however you;d like.  There is no penalty at all!
  • What are the perks of being a demonstrator?
    Get 35% off your first order of $150 or more, get 25% off all your purchases in December, earn money on anything anyone orders from you, be connected with other enthusiastic stampers through the Stampin’ Connection demonstrator forum, my team’s Facebook group, see the spring catalog and sale-a-bration promotion first and even order from it in December with your discount, be the first to hear about Stampin’ Up news and share your excitement with others and be inspired in your crafting.  Plus I’m here to help you navigate it all and get what you want out of your experience.

Don’t need Blendabilities?  Pick anything you want for the $125 value!
Plus, get 25% off all your orders in December if you get your starter kit during the sale.

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Quick and Easy Card with a Little Help From My Blendabilities

Today over on the Stylin’ Stampin’ Inkspiration blog, we are sharing some quick and easy cards for you.  So, I thought I’d share one of the cards I created for my Stamp Club this fall.

I kept it quick to go together thanks to my handy Big Shot and the Scalloped Tag Topper punch, so that we could focus on playing with the Blendabilities!

Tips for making this card

  • By using an embossing folder for your contrasting color of paper, it keeps your simple card interesting to look at without overwhelming the stamped image.
  • Dimensions for this card:
    Hello Honey cardstock – 8.5” x 5.5” folded in half
    Lost Lagoon cardstock – 5.5” x 1.75”, which is just right for two rows of the large polka dots on the Large Polka Dot Embossing folder
    Whisper White cardstock – 4.25” x 2”
  • Cut a piece of the Mossy Meadow ribbon and hold it in place by stapling it to the top of the tag
  • The flower images from the Bloom with Hope hostess stamp set are perfect for coloring with Blendabilities.  In this case, we use the Night of Navy trio!  Who knew the dark sounding color could be so light and pretty when you stick with the lightest color marker for most of your image?!

Just a small amount of stamping, a little embossing, and a little coloring and you have a pretty card that is perfect for any occasion.

Just a reminder, we are on week 3 of Gratitude Month and the special thank you gift this week is a bonus punch on your Northwest Stamper rewards card!  Get to your free stamp set even faster this week when you shop online & use hostess code UCJDBQH4.image

Finally, next week will be the kick off for the Holiday Shopping Sale!  I’ll be getting details soon, but I know you’ll have the special Gratitude Month week 4 gift from me PLUS all the great deals from Stampin’ Up!  If you want to be one of the first to hear about the details, make sure you are on my mailing list as I’ll be sending out the details once I have them so you are ready to go. Smile 

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Friday Favorites–Partridge and Pears, Good Greetings, and Blendabilities!

So, this post is supposed to be highlighting my favorite thing (since this is for the Friday Favorites over at the Stylin’ Stampin’ Inkspiration design team blog) but man if I don’t have a heck of a time picking a favorite!  It’s kind of like being asked to pick a favorite child.  But there are a few things I’m loving right now in this card and so I thought that I’d just expend into my favorite things – plural – Partridge & Pears stamp set, Good Greetings stamp set, and of course, blendabilities!

This is one of the cards we made in Stamp Club this month and so we kept it simple for the coloring so that everyone could actually get all of their projects done before it was too late!  I’m sure I’ll do another with the tree completely colored, but for now, I’ll let the bird get all the attention. Smile

Tips for this card:

  • Just because a line art image has lots of space to color, don’t feel like you have to do it all!  Pick a few elements and let them shine by only coloring them.
  • Extend your color palatte by using the Skin Tone Assortment of Blendabilities to color other things like this partridge’s wing and face.

  • Use the Good Greetings hostess set to add a sweet sentiment to your holiday cards.
    NOTE – this stamp set is only available until Oct 31st to hostesses!  Email me at to talk about earning yours!
  • Tuck a piece of the Silver Baker’s twine just under the edge of the tree image for a little hint of glitz on your card for some subtle sparkle.

This stamp set just LOVES to be colored with the Blendabilities markers and it is so fun to do. 

Seattle/Bellevue Folks -  if you aren’t already signed up, you can come learn more about coloring with Blendabilities with my Technique Class on Tuesday 10/28!  RSVP today!

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Quick and Easy Card with Blendabilities

Today over on the Stylin’ Stampin’ Inkspiration blog, we are sharing some quick and easy card ideas.  This is one that I loved from my last Blendabilities technique class because it looks so cool and yet is so super easy to make!

I have no idea what to call this technique on the main sentiment – it always strikes me as a Neon Sign… should we call it the neon sign technique?  Or is it a variation on the Chalkboard technique?  Maybe I should call for a vote!  Smile  Either way it is so easy to do.

Tips for making this card:

  • Keep your card clean and simple with basic black and white cardstock and paper.  This lets any colors you do add really POP off the page.
  • To get the Neon Sign look for your sentiment or image, stamp your image with Versamark ink on black cardstock and heat emboss with white embossing powder.  Color over your embossed areas with your favorite colors of blendabiliities markers.
  • You don’t have to worry about being precise, since you are coloring on black cardstock, the ink won’t show!
  • Coordinate your ribbon by coloring your ribbon with the same Blendabilities colors as well!  In this case, I used the medium Melon Mambo marker to color the center section of my white ribbon!

Die cut out your images and adhere and you are good to go!  Or use this technique on your card base for a beautiful background.  The possibilities are endless. 

And I do get the question, does the color rub off?  Nope!  Not if you let it dry before trying to rub and it doesn’t take very long to dry at all. Smile

If you are in the Seattle area, join me for a blendabilities class focused on coloring on Oct 28th at 7pm at the Redmond Panera.  It should be a fun night of learning and creating.  RSVP here.

This is a super fun and easy technique, so give it a try and let me know how it goes for you!

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