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A Little Bit of Love with Seasonally Scattered

Wanna see the very first card I made of the convention display boards this year?  And the very first one I made with the new Seasonally Scattered?  Well, here you go!

This card is pretty different from my usual style… in fact, I actually made it and then set it aside for a while to see if I liked it or not.  In the end, I decided I did like it and had fun with the mixture of patterns and textures!

Tips for making this card:

  • The sentiments from the Seasonally Scattered stamp set are pretty big and the letters are part of the un-stamped image (meaning, when you ink up your stamp, where you see the letter “L” it does not get any ink on it).  But that gives you some fun other options, like heat embossing your image!
  • Once you emboss your image, sponge over the top of the embossed image for a varied saturation of color.

  • Tear off the edge of your embossed and sponged cardstock layer to give you a rough white edge since you’ll be ripping off the sponged surface and exposing inside of the white cardstock!
  • Color a pearl with your Cherry Cobbler blendabilities and then place it in the center of a Vintage button for a matching pop of color.


Oh, and I tucked my chevron ribbon under my white cardstock layer, to make sure the torn edge showed up and to mute some of the boldness of the chevron.

The nice thing about a card like this is that the big bold patterns and images give you a lot to look at when you look at the card but its actually super easy to put together.  Smile

Join me for some stamping fun!

My class calendar has been updated for the rest of the year!  As you heard, I have my Too Cute Curvy Keepsake box class coming up in a couple weeks; but I also have card nights, technique nights, and more.  Make sure you check out my calendar online or join my meetup to RSVP or stay in the know.

And YES! You can get my classes by mail as well!  Just let me know if you are interested in that option.

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Blendabilities Technique Fun with Starburst Sayings

Last week I had my Blendabilities technique class and it was a lot of fun.  As I’ve mentioned before, one of my favorite things about running a technique class is not only to I get to share some really fun ideas and tips with others, but I also spend a lot of time reminding myself and learning more about the technique and really spending a lot of time playing around.  And let me tell you… playing around with Blendabilities is AWESOME!

You do have your Blendabilties already, right?

This was one of the cards everyone did and it showed off using Blendabilities 3 different ways including:

  1. coloring in a stamped image using shading (the flower)
  2. coloring in white space on a black stamped image (words in the starburst sentiment)
  3. and coloring in designer paper for a really great effect (the pattern paper strip across the card front).

BAM!  3 techniques – 1 card!

Tips for this card:

    • When coloring with Blendabilities, I like to start with the lightest color first and color in all or almost all of the image and then start building up with the darker colors to shade in and get tone and dimension to your image.
    • Don’t forget you can color in stamped images – just scribble over the black ink and white spaces… the marker coloring will fade into the black image and pop out on the white spaces.
    • And if you have designer paper that seems a bit plain or boring to you, spice it up by grabbing your Blendabilties and start shading!  I started with this black and white pattern:
      Then I shaded half of the diamond shape with the lightest color of the Coastal Cabana Blendabilities and then shaded about 1/4 of the shape from the right with the medium shade.  And then finally just added a dab of the darkest color.

I’m also sharing this card as part of the Stylin’ Stampin’ Inkspiration Stamp Set Spotlight!  They are sharing a number of cards using the Starburst Sayings stamp set which is what I used for that fabulous main greeting.  Plus, don’t you think the starburst is just so much more fun and interesting on a card than a plain circle?  Sometimes you just need those spikey bits. Smile

Enjoy all the ideas!

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Joyful Christmas Blendabilities Card–LAST DAY for these Stamps!

Last night I held my Blendabilities technique class and it was a lot of fun chatting, stamping, and sharing with everyone who came out!  I wanted to share one of the cards I used as a sample in the class last night:

This card uses the Joyful Christmas stamp set from the Holiday Carryover List – which ENDS TODAY!  So, make sure you’ve checked it out and let me know ASAP if you would like anything.  I’ll be putting in a group order today and can add you to the list.

Tips for this card:

  • Stamp your image on a window sheet using Stazon Ink.  Then FLIP the window sheet over and color with your Blendabilities marker on the other side to give you the color you want.  DO NOT color on the same side that you stamped on
  • Use a thin mat of Glimmer Paper to add just the right amount of sparkle to your project
  • Adhere your colored image with glue dots to your paper

Like I said, this stamp set is one of the many great sets going away TODAY, so check out the Carryover List and let me know ASAP if you would like anything.



Also, you CAN get these Carryover items as part of your Starter Kit if you would like to join my team and get $150 in product for only $99 and get all the discounts and perks of being a demonstrator.  Get started here.


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Free Stamps & Framelits? Yes, Please!

Happy August! As promised, there is a new, cool promotion – Buy a Big Shot, Get a free Stamp Set/Framelit Bundle free! Along with the remaining 6 Blendabilities are now available!  And if you are a demonstrator (or join now) this is also the first day of our full preorder period from the Holiday Catalog that will be released on August 28th.  Talk about awesome shopping opportunities!

Now, I had planned a fun card for you using on of the special bundles from the Big Shot sale – the Decorative Goodies bundle – but turns out, setting up for a huge craft garage sale takes a bunch of time!  Here is a picture of what it looked like a couple hours ago when I was *almost* finished setting up.

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Craft Garage Sale
8/1 (Friday) – VIP presale
8/2 (Sat) from 9am – 2pm
8/3 (Sun) from 9am – 2pm
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That is 10 large tables, 2 smaller tables, and a full spinner rack… plus I’ve added a couple tv trays to the mix as well… and we still were running out of room!  And to think earlier in the afternoon when we got started setting up, I was worried we wouldn’t have very much stuff. Smile Ha!  Now I’m just hoping we have enough people come through to help clear it out.  Some great deals to be had… just sayin!

And yes, for those of you who are not local to me, I’ll be posting anything that doesn’t sell in the garage sale here on the blog for an online version of the sale.  Though if you are looking for anything in specific, email me now because I can check for you from the supplies from everyone who is participating in the sale, not just my stuff!

Ok, so that said, I didn’t get my card done… so I’m showing you the next best thing:

This is one of my favorite cards I’ve made using the Flowery Daydream bundle which you can get FREE in August when you purchase a Big Shot.  Check out all the options you have as part of this promotion:

Big Shot Bundles Flyer 2014

Note –  the prices above are after the 15% off discount.  You can check them all out online in my online store here.


The Last 6 Blendabilities are HERE starting today!


The other big exciting news is that the remaining 6 Blendabilities are here!  I’m excited because one of my favorites is now here – the Calypso Coral Blendabilities Assortment!  I don’t know that Calypso Coral is my favorite color in general, but it pretty awesome when coloring something in.

Here is what is just released:


I’ll be working on videos for Blendabilities as well as the many different techniques for the Intro to Blendabilities class at the end of the month.  If you have questions or there is something you’d like to see me share with you about Blendabilities, leave me a comment or shoot me a note and I’d love to try to put something together for you!

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Throwback Fun with Some Old Stamps and New

Today is the Stylin’ Stampin’ Squad blog hop and I LOVED the theme idea this month.  Our task was to take our “oldest” stamp and our “newest” stamp.  How fun is that!  I had fun looking through my retired stamps that I’ve been holding on to to see what was my oldest set.  I had a hard time deciding but in the end found a stamp set I had almost forgotten I had – It’s Your Birthday.  And for the newest sets, I had to use my Be The Star set (Love, Love, Love this set!) with a little bit of Work of Art for good measure.

As you hop along, please be sure to comment and show some love on every blog! We are always excited to hear from our followers! You should have just left stop number #2 on the Stylin’ Stampin’ Squad Blog Hop – Darcy at Stampin’ DJ.  If so, you are in the right spot. If a link doesn’t work or you get off track, you will find the full blog hop lineup below.

So, here is my share for you today:

I just love this sentiment from the It’s Your Birthday stamp set.  Honestly, that is pretty much the reason why I keep holding on to this set because everything I see it, I think of all the cards and scrapbooks I can make for my kids where this is such a true sentiment!

And the birthday sentiments just go so perfect with the Be The Star stamp set.  It has a matching set of framelits which I have been using like crazy… guess I’m on a star kick right now.  But I had seen the idea of using the long swoosh from the Work of Art stamp set to make a star tail and I had a flash of inspiration!

(Be the Star stamp set & Work of Art stamp set)

The nice thing about the new Firm Foam ink pads from Stampin’ Up is that they transfer a lot more ink – this gives you a saturated image as well as, if you move fast, the ability to heat emboss with your regular classic ink pads!  So, that enabled me to have 3 different types of shine on my card.

  1. Iridescent Ice embossing powder – after stamping my swoosh, I immediately added the embossing powder and heat set.  Voila!  A shimmering star tail!
  2. In Color Sequins
  3. Silver Ink – for a few more background stars to complete the sky.  Did you see that there is actually ink refills for the gold and silver pads now???  YAY!

And that star is colored with the new Blendabilities and a little help from Mr. Color Lifter.

Seriously, if you haven’t gotten your Blendabilities yet…. well, lets just say you won’t be sad if you take the plunge!  I colored the star using the three Daffodil Delight markers and then lightened up a spot in the middle using the Color Lifter.  I got it a little too light so I had to go back and color over with the lightest color, but I think in the end it didn’t turn out too bad!

And for my final touch, I first inked up my little swoosh image from the Work of Art stamp set and *stamped it off one time* on scrap paper and then stamped in the corner of my card front.  It made it just light enough to be a great background for my sentiment.

So I hope you enjoyed my contribution, and hop along to check out what everyone else picked for their old & new!

Blog Hop Participant List:

  1. Erica B. of Stamping Starlette
  2. Darcy J. of DJ’s Stampin’ Place
  3. Jennifer B. of Northwest Stamper  <—YOU ARE HERE
  4. Diana E. of Stampin’ Fun with Diana
  5. Donna S. of Organized Chaos
  6. Cynthia R. of Ink-a-Doodle Creations
  7. Kim R. of Stamping with Kim
  8. Kathy P. of Katrina P’s Creative Corner
  9. Shellie G. of Craft Smashup

PS – If you didn’t catch the news on my Facebook page, the Clearance Rack should be updated today (7/10) with new goodies for you!  So, make sure to check it out as soon as you can because some items may go fast!

I’ll be putting in a group order if I have interest by 10:30 AM pst, so if you want to join in on that let me know at
(note – if you are hopping and have a demonstrator, make sure to contact them as they would love to help you out!)

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Fun n’ Crafty Blog Hop–Let’s Use That Designer Paper!

Are blog hop imageyou ready for some inspiration for your designer paper?  Yes, all that beautiful patterned paper that you either have at home or have been eyeing up in the catalog.  Then hang on to your hats because today is the monthly Fun n’ Crafty blog hop and we are featuring projects that use designer paper! Many of the papers featured are included in the July Buy 3 get 1 free promotion, so if you find some favorites along the way, you don’t have to feel so bad because they are on sale! Winking smile

Idea #1 – Let Your Designer Paper be Your Focal Point

I’m going to be sharing two cards today, but this first one is the type that would have had me cringing a year ago… because I use “big” pieces of 2 sheets of paper!  Gasp! I know, right?  But the thing is, I realized that when I actually let myself use my papers, they make great borders and backgrounds. These patterns are from my new favorite paper collections from the Stampin’ Up catalog – Maritime Designer Paper. image I’m not normally a nautical person, but I love how many of the prints can be used for any type of card… but especially masculine cards!! I added some Silver Foil paper, some baker’s twine, a Cherry Cobbler button, and the sentiment from the Hip Notes stamp set. And if you noticed from the first picture, I had the Silver Foil paper curved so that it gave some dimension to the banner.  To help hold that curve in place, I stacked 2 Stampin’ Dimensionals on top of each other and then placed the stack under the raised curve part of the banner to keep it held up.  The other end is glued straight down to the card front.

Idea #2 – Try Some Paper Piecing

I’ve been meaning to try paper piecing with this stamp set (Vivid Vases) for ages, so now seemed like the perfect time to actually get it done! If you aren’t familiar with paper piecing, it is the idea of taking a stamp set with outline images that you would normally want to color in and instead of coloring in with markers, you stamp your image again on a piece of patterned paper and cut it out to glue on top of your stamped image. paper piecing example So, in this case, I used the new Flower Pot designer paper to give me a fun and funky floral background as well as for patterns for each of my pots.  Each paper used in this card are all from this one paper set. image Then when I was done, I was grateful for Stampin’ Up’s color cordination between products because I needed something and really wanted some ribbon to match without competing with all the colors and images I already had used.  Thankfully I was able to grab some Calypso Coral seam binding ribbon and Mossy Meadow stitched satin ribbon to complete the card. So hopefully you enjoyed these ideas for using up some of the paper in your stash! Lets keep the fun going and hop on over to Kathy’s blog for more ideas to try! Blog Hop Participants:


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Blendabilities Available Today! Plus NEW Buy 3 Designer Paper Get 1 Free Promo

I love my patterned papers – I use them a LOT for scrapbooking and I love how they look on cards but I often am so concerned about “using it up” that I use the smallest amount on cards.

Well, this year I’m challenging myself to use more designer paper so be on the look out for more projects and ideas to use the great papers out there!

And if you are looking for a great deal on our fabulous papers, check out the Buy 3 Get 1 Free Sale!

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Buy 3 Designer Paper Packs Get 1 Free

Pick from any of the regular paper packs (basically anything priced at $10.95 – see them here) and from July 1 – July 31 pick 3 and get your 4th free.

  • There is no limit to the number of free Designer Series Paper packs you can receive. For each three purchased, you (or your customer) will receive one free. 
  • To get your free DSP, enter it in your order separately from the three packs you’re paying for. For example, if you want four packs of the same type of paper, put in the three you’re paying for and enter the fourth as a separate item.

Coming tomorrow – the Fun n’ Crafty Blog Hop will be happening and we’ll be showcasing ideas using designer paper!  So you’ll get lots more ideas for how to use patterns in your projects!

Blendabilties are AVAILABLE as of today

We’ve been loving these markers and I’m excited they are finally available to everyone!  They come in 3 packs with a light, medium, and dark version of the same shade to give you colors that you know match and make it easy to shade!

Wanna see a little more?  Here is a video that Stampin’ Up put together to share a little more about them. Smile 

If you have any questions, let me know! 

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Quick & Easy Thank You Card with Stampin’ Up Blendabilties

Today over at Stylin Stampin’ Inkspiration, the girls are sharing Quick and Easy cards.  Now, you know me… I LOVE quick and easy stuff – it is my go to style for cards.  Well, most of the time anyway.  So, I thought this card would be a perfect contribution to the theme:

I had the chance to play with the new I Like You hostess stamp set because my mom recently earned it.  ~ side note, it is SO awesome when you have a nearby family member who loves crafting as much as you and gets different stamps and dies as you! ~

Anyway, I thought this set would be perfect for using with Blendabilities (don’t forget, they come out TOMORROW!!!)  I not only used them to color in my flowers, but I also used them to color in my pearls.  Yup, that is right, double duty!

You can color:

  • Pearls
  • Rhinestones
  • Ribbon
  • Clear Buttons

Just to name a few.  All you have to do is pick your favorite colors and go at it.  In this case, I used the medium and light Daffodil Delight Blendabilities markers.

And just to add some depth, I cut out one of the set of flowers and popped it up on dimensionals.  I promise, it is still quick… and easy.  The nice thing with the white paper base and for the raised image, you can be imprecise with your cutting and no one will notice!

Finally, I had made a promise to myself that this year I’m going to use more designer paper.  I love it all and end up hoarding it so that at the transition of catalogs, I have a TON left over and of course want all the new stuff.  So, I’m working to use what I have and enjoy it!

In this case I used the Moonlight Designer Series Paper stack and then added some texture by using the new Daffodil Delight cotton ribbon.  It is so soft and flexible to work with.

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You can make this same card with whatever you have in your stash.  So whip up a bunch of quick thank you cards to have on had and enjoy that paper!

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