Friday, January 19, 2018


You can spin this challenge in just about every direction possible and it will always be perfect!  Take a spin on over to #TGIF143 to see what the entire team has whipped up for the theme
"Awesome Friends."

For my "awesome friend" card I pulled out of my stamp stash the Sure Do Love You and Southern Serenade sets.  My ink pad colors are Calypso Coral, Melon Mambo, and Rich Razzleberry.  The word amazing is cut from the Celebrate You Thinlits Dies.
Tips of the Day:

1.  Try watercoloring with images stamped with Classic Ink Pads and NOT care if the colors bleed. That's what I did with the flowers and I think it's cool.

2.  Cut the "amazing" three times, stack them, and glue them all together to create perfect dimensionals that won't show.

3.  When stamping the hearts try inking up, stamping off, do a little rock and roll around the edges, and then blend the harsh inked edges with a paintbrush.

4.  This next tip is for those who are not too fussy.  If you want unique multi-colored images DON'T clean your stamps in-between colors.  If you look close at the heart in the upper left it's mostly Calypso Coral, but there are hints of Melon Mambo in there.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

A Heartfelt Inspiration Challenge

#handstampedsentiments #inspirationchallenge #loveofmylife
The challenge for the next two weeks over at Hand Stamped Sentiments is based on the above inspiration board.  Lately colorful Valentine cards are catching my eye, in fact I get a tad bored of pink, red, and white.  So I say bring on the color and go for something less traditional.  Mix it up with bright intense hues or soft sophisticated pastels.
The bottom left corner of the inspiration board spoke to me and said "watercolor a one of a kind background."  I heavily coated a piece of watercolor paper with water then added Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, and Tempting Turquoise inks.  Once dry I broke out the Sure Do Love You Stamp Set and stamped with Basic Black, Melon Mambo, and Wisteria Wonder Classic Inks.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Petal Passion Suite

Welcome to our first Monday Montage Blog Hop of 2018!  You have just arrived here from the most fabulous Cathy Casey's blog.  She has such a fun style--I am always inspired by what she hand crafts.
 For this card I used products from the Petal Passion Suite in the Occasions Catalog.  I can say that of all the great new products in that catalog this suite is my very favorite.
My card base is a Basic Grey half sheet of card stock with a top fold.  The next layer is a cut down 4" x 6" card from he Petal Passion Memories and More Card Pack.  The pack mixes brilliantly with the Petal Palette Stamp Set and the Petals and More Framelits.
I would like to thank you for stopping by and checking out our Monday Montage Blog Hop.  You are going to Julie Warnick for your next stop.  Enjoy!


Creation Station is Getting Colorful

Welcome to the very first hop of 2018 for the Creation Station Design Team.  Our theme is "Color My World" and there are SO many coloring options available you could get lost for hours.
The 2018 Occasions Catalog is live and in full swing.  One new stamp suite that is off the charts amazing and perfect for adding color is the Petal Passion collection of products.  My projects feature the Petal Palette Stamp Set and the Petals and More Thinlits along with simple watercoloring.
My Daper Denim card base was first embossed with one of the Petal Pair TIEFs.  These folders are hard to see in the catalog BUT I promise they are AWESOME.  Next, I splattered my card base with Whisper White Ink.  
For the focal layers I kept my watercoloring simple and quick.  I picked up ink with an Aquapainter from the lid of Flirty Flamingo, Old Olive, and Marina Mist Ink Pads.  I went for fast swooshes and scribbles to add color in a hap hazard fashion which, to me, fits the style of the stamp images.  Tucked under the flowers and greeting is a Silver Glimmer detail cut from the Petals and More Thinlits.  I have to say that thinlit set is chuck full of great dies.
In the Annual Catalog there is another thinlit set that coordinates BEAUTIFULLY with the Petal Passion Suite.  The Marina Mist bird perched on my pizza box was cut from the Birds and Blooms Thinlits.  The tag is stamped with more images from the Petal Palette Stamp Set and cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits.  Lots of thread and twine are added to create a sense of a nest for the bird.
Your next stop along our hop is with my sweet friend Sara Levin.  She is amazing and creative so get ready to see how she is "coloring the world" with stamped art.

Product List for Both Projects
Whisper White Craft Stampin' Pad
Whisper White Craft Stampin' Pad

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Party Panda Celebration

Just a quick post to share a Partying' Panda!  

I have made a watercolored background to set the stage for a sparkling "celebrate" and a cute panda bear.  The cut out "celebrate" is from the Celebrate You Thinlits Set and the stamped images are all from the Party Pandas Stamp Set.  Both the thinlits and stamps are free with a Stampin' Up! purchase.