Framelits Window Card with Vellum

Once again, I had a card idea that I’ve been sitting on for a while and this week I finally got around to trying it out.  I love how it turned out so much that this will be one of the cards featured in April’s Cards to Go kit (so if you want step-by-step instructions with photos or to have the supplies sent to you to make this card, make sure you sign up by April 5th)!

Well, I’ve loved how vellum looks when you run it through an embossing folder and the framelits make a perfect window, so I put them together and this came out:


This card also uses the Everyday Enchantment designer paper from the Sale-a-Bration catalog (last day to get it is today!!) and it shows that just because most of the designs look vintage, doesn’t mean you have to make a vintage card with it.  Anyway, used the 2nd and 3rd smallest framelits to make my window and cut all the way through to the inside of my cardbase.  Now, if I had been paying attention, I would have moved the dimensional on my balloon down a little bit… but oh well! :p


And finally, to add a bit of whimsy to my card, I punched out a couple of balloons with baker’s twine cords and attached them below my window.


It isn’t a super fancy card, but I think it has enough cool touches to make it a special card for a special person. Would you agree?

And, finally, my last reminder…..

LAST DAY to take advantage of the Sale-a-Bration deals!!

Don’t miss the great deals:

  • Free product with every $50 you order… this includes stamps, paper, brads, ribbon, embossing folders, cardstock, card kits, etc.  Your choice!  Shop online now.
  • Save $50 when you join my team as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator!  Get over $345 in supplies for only $125 plus designer paper of your choice for FREE each month for the rest of the year.

Plus, you earn a punch on your Stampin’ Rewards card for every $40 you spend with me .  So you’ll be stacking awesome deal on top of awesome deal!  Gotta love that!

So, hope you enjoyed the card today.  I can’t wait to send it out to my Cards to Go folks.  Hopefully it will brighten up their day like it did mine. 🙂


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2 Days Left of Sale-a-Bration!

Oh my, where has the time gone? I was talking with someone yesterday about how we had time to get their Sale-a-bration order in so they could get the Fresh Vintage stamp set and they reminded me that the 31st is Saturday!! Crazy!

So, since I know there were some folks out there who had been considering taking advantage of the amazing deal that is the starter kit, I just wanted to remind you that you have until tomorrow night to sign up to get this killer deal. So what is it you get?

Get over $345 worth of supplies for only $125 plus free shipping!

and… everyone who signs up by the end of day tomorrow also gets a free package of designer series paper each month for the rest of the year!

I know, crazy, right?!? And don’t forget, the starter kit is totally customizable too. So, you can swap out stamp sets, paper, ink, ribbon, even the punch for something that is perfect for you.

So if you are looking at becoming a demonstrator as a hobby to get the sneak peeks and a discount on everything you order – or if you are interested in starting your own business where you set your own hours and can work in your jammies and earn money too – now is a great time to sign up! Check out all the benefits of being a demonstrator and let me know if you are ready to go by Saturday night!

And now I thought I’d share another idea for how to use some of those cute Sale-a-Bration exclusive items like the Outlined Occasions stamp set and the Everyday Elegance organdy ribbon:


outlined occasion card copy

Cute, right? Well, I’ll be back tomorrow with another fun card idea but until then…

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Everyday Enchantment Thinking of You Card Recipe:

Stamps: Outlined Occasions*
Ink: Black Staz on, Poppy Parade classic, Blushing Bride marker, Pool Party marker, Poppy Parade marker
Paper: Whisper White CS, Blushing Bride CS, Pool Party CS, Poppy Parade CS, Everyday Enchantment designer paper

Accessories: silver mini brads, in color designer printed brads, Everyday Enchantment ribbon & brad pack*, Blossom Bouquet triple layer punch, Big Shot, Polka Dot embossing folder

* Sale-a-bration exclusive item only available through 3/31/12

Faux Tiling with Fresh Vintage

I’ve been wanting to try out Faux Tiling for a while and thought the big flower image from the Fresh Vintage stamp set was perfect for this look!


To make the Faux Tiling look on your cards, I grabbed my Simply Scored score board and the matching Diagonal score plate to get the grid lines.  For the sample above, I started by having my paper positioned long side along the top of the score board (so with one edge stretching from 0 to 4.5”) and started doing a diagonal score every 1”.  Then, you just rotate your paper to finish out the grid lines so that they go both ways to make your diamond shapes.

tip: For the faux tile look, do your score lines first and then stamp on your paper.  If you don’t press your stamp down too hard, this will keep the ink off the grooves giving you those nice white lines in your image, reinforcing the tile look.

I kept it simple with my colors and just added some sponging to the white strip and punched circle.  Finally, it may be hard to tell in the picture but I added a rhinestone to the center of the flower for a little bit of sparkle. 🙂

Did you want this stamp set? Only 3 days left to get it!


I’ve had a few people ask me about buying this stamp set and so I wanted to make sure everyone realized that this is a promotional stamp set that is only available to be earned during Sale-a-Bration.  So, while you can’t buy it, you can order $50 of whatever you’d like from any of the catalogs and get it for FREE.  You just have to place your order before the evening of March 31st; after that, it will be no longer available.

You can shop online or shoot me an email at and I’ll make sure you are all set up.


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Everyday Enchantment Thinking of You Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Fresh Vintage, Just Believe
Ink:  Real Red classic, Basic Black classic
Paper: Whisper White CS, Real Red CS, Basic Black CS
Accessories: Simply Scored score board, Simply Scored diagonal plate, 3/4” circle punch, sponge, Stampin’ dimensionals, basic Rhinestones

Everyday Enchantment CASE

Last night was my Creative Card night and it was the perfect opportunity for me to try out a few different card ideas that I had been wanting to play with.  One of those ideas was to play around with a design by my downline, Pam Wu.  She had made this very cool card using the Sale-a-Bration Everyday Enchantment designer paper and framelits, and so when I was trying to create something for my class; it was the perfect place to start.  In the end I changed things up a bit, but its clear the inspiration came from her!



I loved her idea for using the Everyday Enchantment brads in the center of the Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer punch.  I also really liked how the designer paper looked with the scallop trim border punch on each side of the paper.  So I started with those elements and went from there.  I had wanted to play with the organdy ribbon that came with the Everyday Enchantment brads and so I wrapped it around and through the scallop trim.


Finally, I had the hardest time deciding how to do a sentiment (though I think it would look just fine without one).  I ended up pulling out my Curly Cute stamp set and getting a little creative.  Because the words are so close together on the stamp, I used a marker to color one word at a time and stamped them spaced out on my cardstock.  Then I could cut them out with extra padding around the words and sponge the edges to help them blend.

Only 4 Days Left to Earn Sale-a-Bration Products!

If you are loving this designer paper (or the Organdy ribbon and brads) like I am, just a reminder that they are only available for 4 more days.  After the 31st, they will not be available again!  So, don’t miss out.  Shop online or email me and we’ll make sure you get your favs.

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Everyday Enchantment Thinking of You Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Curly Cute
Ink:  Chocolate Chip marker, Lucky Limeade classic
Paper: Everyday Enchantment designer paper (SAB), Chocolate Chip CS, Pool Party CS, Lucky Limeade CS, Calypso Coral CS
Accessories: Everyday Enchantment brads and organdy ribbon (SAB), Scallop Trim Border punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Sponge Daubers

Don’t Miss Your Stamping Rewards!

Did you realize that when you shop with me, you are earning your way to a free stamp set?

It occurred to me recently that I hadn’t talked about my Customer Rewards program in a while and I have a number of fabulous ladies who are sooo close to earning their FREE stamp set.  So, I wanted to make sure everyone knew about it so that you could make sure you were getting the best deal possible!

How do I get my FREE stamps?

I love being your Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and I truly appreciate my customers that come back and order with me again.  So, I want to say thank you by offering each of you the opportunity to earn the stamp set you’ve been dreaming of – for FREE!

How it works:

  • With any purchase through me (online, workshop, email, over the phone, etc), receive 1 butterfly punch on your card for every $40 increment of merchandise on any given order.
    (so $41 = 1 punch, $79 = 1 punch, $82 = 2 punches, etc)
  • Collect 10 butterfly punches and then contact me to select your free stamp set.
  • I will verify your punches and get your stamp set sent out to you right away.
  • Choose from ANY stamp set of ANY price from ANY current catalog for your free set.
  • I cover shipping and tax to get the set to you… this really is a free stamp. 🙂
  • Punches are valid 1 year from the associated order date.

So, enjoy your shopping and earn your way to free goodies as my Thank You to you!

Click here to get your punch card

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A Rainbow of Thanks

I don’t know if you’ve heard, but while a lot of the country is seeming sunny and warm, Seattle has been getting strange bouts of hail and snow.  Rain, i would understand in Seattle in March, but snow??  Weird.  Anyway, I needed to put together some thank you cards for some recent orders and I guess I was thinking bright and sunny because this is what came out:

Aren’t they so cheerful?!

I grabbed my square punch, some scraps, and my always by my side Big Shot and pulled these together.  I glued the colored squares in a row to some scrap white paper before running them through my Big Shot with the Lattice embossing folder.  then just glue to your card front, add a stamped image and some ribbon and you have a bright sun-shiny card!

Don’t forget! This stamp set – Outlined Occasions – is only available for another week as part of Sale-a-Bration.  You can get it free with your $50 order and it is a totally fun set to have since it is perfect for coloring in to match the rest of your card.


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Rainbow Thanks Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Outlined Occasions
Ink:  Basic Black classic, Real Red marker, Peach Parfait marker, Daffodil Delight marker, Pear Pizzazz marker, Marina Mist marker, Concord Crush marker, Perfect Plum marker
Paper: Crumb Cake cardstock, Whisper White cs, Real Red cs, Peach Parfait cs, Daffodil Delight cs, Pear Pizzazz cs, Marina Mist cs, Concord Crush cs, Perfect Plum cs
Accessories:  Pear Pizzazz 1/2” Poly Stitched ribbon, Big Shot, Lattice Embossing folder

More Watercoloring Card Samples–crayons & markers

Today I wanted to share a couple more samples from my watercoloring class.  In my last post, I shared a card we did using chalks and for today, I thought I’d show some cards using watercolor crayons and markers.  As you can see, the medium you use for your watercoloring gives you totally different effects!

Also, one more PSA – I always tell folks that the paper you stamp on makes a huge difference in your image quality and with watercoloring that is especially true.  Both of the techniques I ‘m showing you today need watercolor paper.  With the crayons, your image will not stamp well on the semi-gloss of Whisper White paper and with markers, you’ll tend to have your paper pill up or curl.

Watercolor Crayons



This card uses the watercolor crayons and I’ll admit it isn’t the best sample in the world; but it shows you how the crayons give you a more artsy watercolor look. With the crayons you color directly on your stamp and then mist it with water before stamping.  So, depending on how much you color on your stamp and how much water you use, you will get a more or less “blurred” image when you stamp.

tip: Be careful not to completely douse your stamp with water when you are wetting it because you can either have your colors run together or become so diluted that they barely color your page.

Watercoloring with markers



This is one of my favorite watercoloring techniques because it is so easy and I really like the look you get from it.  This technique uses markers to lay down your color and then using your blender pen to pull the color around to fill in your stamped area.  When I was a kid, I used to outline my pictures in my coloring books and then color in lightly inside the lines and so it gave me a similar effect as I got on this card.  So, maybe this has always been my thing. 🙂

tip: You will want to pick a medium to dark color marker for this technique.  If you use a lighter shade, you won’t really see the colors very well as you blend them into your open spaces.

Well, I hope this gave you some new ideas to try!  They are all so different and fun that it is worth trying them all!

If you haven’t done any watercoloring before, pick up some blender pens, watercolor paper, and your favorite color method (like ink pads, markers, chalks, etc).  Need help deciding which to start with?  Send me a note at and I’ll help you figure it all out and get them on their way to you!


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Watercoloring with Chalks Card Sample

One of the things I love about teaching technique classes is that I’m often reminded of how cool a technique or a product is that I haven’t used in ages.  In this case, it is using my Stampin’ Pastels (chalks).  I ran a watercoloring technique class this weekend where we used 5 different methods for watercoloring on your card and when I do this, one of the mediums I always use is chalks.  And I think this is the first time in about a year my chalks go pulled out.  Well, it won’t be another year I can tell you that!



I kept my cards simple so that folks would have more time to focus on the actual technique.  When I was making this sample, I was struck with how vibrant of a color you can get with chalks!  I use a blender pen to apply the color and when you are using chalks(just take the pen directly to your chalk), the pen actually picks up some of the chalk itself – so it is more like you are painting on your color.  Plus, since you are depositing a thicker layer of color (a thin layer of the chalk), when you try to layer your colors, you can get rich colors on top of another color.



It was so easy to do, I wished I had stamped a more complicated image or tried to use more colors in my sample.  So, I know I’ll be playing with this more since I love how it turns out!  If you have any quesitons about how to use your Stampin’ Pastels for watercoloring, let me know and I’ll try to answer them in an upcoming blog post!


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Watercoloring with Chalk Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Easy Events
Ink:  Basic Black classic
Paper: Watercolor paper, Pear Pizzazz Cardstock, Chocolate Chip CS, Concord Crush CS, River Rock CS
Accessories:  Concord Crush 1/2” Poly Stitched ribbon, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch, Blender Pen, Stampin’ Pastels

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a Special for You!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Hopefully today finds you in your finest green attire; even if that just means green inky fingers! 🙂  It’s a day that I mostly get to celebrate these days by digging some green out of my closet and remembering to listen to some great Irish music…or at least Irish singers.  Has anyone heard of the Irish Rovers?  They are a group that my parents used to listen to when I was growing up and I’m definitely feeling the need to see if I can find their album and play it around the house today.

I’m also feeling like sharing some green with you today as well!  I put together a card for you as well as I’m having a special all day today.

 Every order of $25 or more today will receive a Stampin’ Write marker in the green of your choice

Fun, huh? 🙂  And after deciding to offer this special, I realized just how many green options there are right now in the Stampin’ Up! color palate:  Old Olive, Certainly Celery, Wild Wasabi, Always Artichoke, Garden Green, Pear Pizzazz, and Lucky Limeade.  So many great options for your projects that need a little green in them.  For my card today, I decided to go with Pear Pizzazz and Always Artichoke:

I don’t normally have much of a need to make St. Patrick’s Day cards or scrapbook pages, so I don’t tend to have themed crafting supplies on hand.  Luckily, it is easy to pull something together with punches and paper I had lying around!

I started out with the Paisley Petals designer series paper as the background and the Pear Pizzazz ribbon.  From there, I decided I would finish out the card in a monochromatic fashion, so I stuck to the greens in the paper and ribbon.

I love making clovers out of punched hearts… so easy and isn’t it just cute?  And I decided to pull out my Stampin’ Write markers and my handy dandy Color Spritzer and get even the white paper in theme with the card.  I spritzed the paper with my Always Artichoke marker for a spackled effect in the center of my card.

And to finish it all off, I grabbed one of my go-to stamp sets, Teeny Tiny Wishes, because it has a stamp for all holidays including St. Patrick’s Day!  Ta da!

So, I hope you have a wonderful day and enjoy all the green on display today!


Ready for your free green marker to spritz or color with?
Email me at with your color choice and your order, and I will get you all hooked up!


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St. Patrick’s Day Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink:  Always Artichoke Stampin’ Write marker
Paper: Paisley Petals designer paper, Pear Pizzazz cardstock, Always Artichoke cardstock, Whisper White CS
Accessories:  Pear Pizzazz 1/2” Poly Stitched ribbon, 2 3/8” Scallop Circle punch, 1 3/4” Circle punch, small Heart punch, Always Artichoke brad, Color Spritzer, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Quick Mixed Bunch Party Favor

Can you tell, I like this stamp set? 🙂  I know, I get a little addicted to stamps that have matching punches; but it makes things come together so quickly!

Well, for my recent show, I decided to make these easy little treats to hand out to people who stopped by my demonstrations.  I put my contact information on the back and it doubles as a business card!

All it takes is stamping one of the flowers from the Mixed Bunch stamp set in whatever color you like and punching it out with the Blossom punch.  Then punch out another flower in a complimentary cardstock and glue them together.  Adhere a Rolo (I used the Easter colored Rolos) to the center and you have a fun spring flower!

Tip:  If you are going to use Rolos or other foil wrapped candies, I recommend putting a glue dot in the center of your flower first and then press the candy to the flower.  I tried pressing the Rolo to the glue dot first but when I tried to pull off the glue dot, the foil would try to tear.

If you want to put a message on the back of your flower, I found the Avery return address labels work great when cut in half.  I just created a file in Word and typed my message on each label twice.  Then I could print out a whole bunch and just cut the labels in half with my paper cutter and they fit on great!


Reminder: Sale-a-Bration ends in 2 weeks!   There is still time to get your free items or to take advantage of the awesome special for joining Stampin’ Up!  But hurry, before the offer ends on March 31st.  Check out the Sale-a-Bration catalog for all the details and then email me at with your favorites and we’ll work together to get them for you!


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