Time flies


When I saw this image from Mo's Digital Pencil, I was immediately reminded of my younger cousin who very much resembled this as a toddler. She's all grown up now, married and a nurse in a VA. So proud of who she is now, but I can't help but miss the little girl she was!

image by mosdigitalpencil

Notes: I've had questions about the supplies I use these days… Like many of you I am "shopping my stash" and using what I have on-hand. Where applicable, I'll link to any currently available Stampin' Up! products.

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A puppy and flowers make it better


This little girl is such a cutie - so is her pup! Who wouldn't be encouraged by this duo bringing fresh flowers?

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Note: I've had questions about the supplies I use these days… Like many of you I am "shopping my stash" and using what I have on-hand. Where applicable, I'll link to any currently available Stampin' Up! products.

Image is by Mo's Digital Pencil (link)
Colored with Copics, dots on the boots were added with a Signo gel pen
Cardstock, ribbon and button are from my stash of Stampin' Up! items.

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Stamp Review Crew - Seaside Shore


Seaside Shore stamp setWelcome to a blog hop by the Stamp Review Crew where we are sharing projects created using the ocean themed set, Seaside Shore. If you're already following the hop, that means you have just arrived from Ann's blog. Her projects are always so wonderfully detailed; a true gift to the eye! (If you're starting on my blog... welcome! You can follow the links at the bottom of each post to the other 9 stops.)

My first project uses just one image from the stamp set - the line of dots.

Yes, out of all those images I only chose one! Truth is, I'm working on a stack of cards to be donated to an organization that mails cards out to kids in hospitals. The cards need to mail easily and not include any embellishments that could cause harm. So, wanting to include birthday cards, I simply stamped the dots in rows using different ink colors from our Brights collection to imitate a brightly wrapped gift.

Seaside Shore birthday card

Next, I drew on the ribbon lines then added an image (from Happy Birthday Gorgeous) that looks like curly ribbon. The sentiment shared here is also from that set. Then to finish off the card, I tied a simple (albiet wonky) bow around the top-fold using white baker's twine and added a strip of washi tape across the bottom of the card.

This second project is a small tag and uses the colors that orginally came to mind when I saw this set - neutrals with blues and coral. It also uses the same sentiment from above.

This one's a little more layered, so for a closer look at the dimension…

Thanks for joining me on my little escape today! 😊 Now for the next stop, our super talented Tanya!

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Creating a watercolor background for your greeting card


Lately, I've fallen in love with watercolor paints. I can't draw to save my life, so my fascination with them has more to do with coloring things in or creating fun backgrounds with a wash of color. Recently I ran across this tutorial by Sandy Allnock showing how to use masking fluid and stencils to create backgrounds. I scrounged through my supplies and found a couple of stencils and gave it a try. 

Tip! In a lot of videos, the crafters encourage you to tape your watercolor paper down to a clipboard or cutting board to keep it from warping while you paint. Often they'll use the blue painter's tape, but I used washi since I had it on hand. I believe the idea is that a low-tack tape will hold the paper in place, but not damage the paper when it's time to peel it off. If you need to, tap the tape against your clothes a time or two before placing on your project. 

Here are a few pictures of my projects as they came along:

And now the finished cards 😁
Both use sentiments from our Color Seasons stamp set (linked below). I used VersaFine ink to stamp the sentiments onto the vellum. It didn't want to dry, so I poured on some embossing powder and heat set for a nice, shiny - no smudge! - finish. 

And a second using warmer colors:

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Birthday cake anyone?


Need a quick birthday card or something that your kids can make? Here's one you can make with markers, crayons or watercolor paints!

This card is based on one shared in a how-to video by Kristina Werner.  It's such an easy project, but it comes out so cute! I love that such simple ingredients can make such a festive card.

Thanks for joining me on my little escape today! To see another idea based on the above, be sure to stop by on the 17th for a way to make it with stamps. See you then!


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Stampin' Up! Bonus Days - July Promo


Has your wish list grown since the new catalog came out? Then treat yourself to Bonus Days: for every $50 US/$60 CAN you spend July 1–31 (before shipping and tax), you’ll get a $5 US/$6 CAN Bonus Days coupon that you can use August 1–31. There is no limit to how many coupons you can earn, so shop all month!
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Stampin' Up! Christmas in July New Recruit offer


Ho, ho, ho! Our Christmas in July promotion makes it easier than ever to sign up to be a demonstrator! Just purchase your Starter Kit by July 31 and you will receive a FREE Essentials Gift Pack including Paper Snips, SNAIL Adhesive, Grid Paper, two D Blocks (one for you and one for a stamping friend!), and a Bone Folder. That’s an added value of $52 US/$68 CAN! And since as a new demonstrator you can get your hands on new products before anyone else, we will include the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set from the holiday catalog for FREE ($20 US/$26 CAN Value)! With so many basic items included with your kit, you’ll be able to spend your Starter Kit dollars on the fun stuff—like your favorite stamp sets and accessories!

Retired Stampin' Up! products starting at $3


Hi folks!

Time to make some space in the craft room! The following items are for sale in the US only (due to company policy). Payments via PayPal only. If you are interested, please contact me via email right away.

Stamps are only lightly used, and have no staining unless otherwise indicated
Labels are not attached to the clear mount (rubber with cling mount) stamps
Smoke free home.

$3 each
Tangelo Twist ink pad (foam pad)
Hello Honey ink pad (foam pad)
Wild Wasabi (linen pad)
Remember This and That Rotary Stamp
Alphabet rotary stamp (this is the large one)
A Little Smile wood mount stamp
You Rock wood mount stamp, wood is lightly stained on two corners

Edgelit – Large Scallop; one die
Scallop Circle Bigz die

Tsukineko Archival Pigment Ink Pad, color: Platinum planet
Hero Arts clear stamp with matching die – birthday cake, pedestal

$5 each
Project Life Point & Click; 2 stamps have light pink stain
Sprinkles on Top; clear mount
Time of Year (hostess set), photopolymer, 3 stamps have light stains
Traveler; clear mount, labels are attached, stamps are stained
Love You Lots (hostess set), clear mount,
*Giggle Greetings; clear mount,
*Let’s Get Away;  photopolymer
*Sky is the Limit SAB set, NEW clear mount

Edgelits – Adorning Accents; two dies

$10 each
Tasty Trucks SAB; photopolymer
Get Well Soup wood mount
Barnyard Babies; clear mount
Balloon Framelits Dies

$15 each
Suite Sayings; clear mount
From Land to Sea; clear mount

$18 each
Something to Say wood mount, 2 stamps have lightly stained rubber
Gorgeous Grunge; clear mount

Picture Perfect; photopolymer, some light stains

Tags & Labels Framelits dies

Stampin' Up! Crafting Forever graduation thank you cards


Our son Devin is graduating from high school at the end of this month. He has had a great experience at a local 'school of choice' and is very ready to start his next adventure. Especially since it's not likely to involve calculus!

I wanted to send a couple of thank you notes to teachers who have been a wonderful influence on him, teaching him the skills he needed for the particular subject but also something about life along the way.

These note cards were created using a new stamp set called Crafting Forever. The fountain pen image you see above is actually from a set of three pens that make up one stamp. I simply used scissors with a non-stick coating to carefully cut them apart. (I can see myself using them more as individual images than as one whole.) The 1/4" Very Vanilla ribbon is also a new item; both are being released with the 2017-18 Annual Catalog.

Thanks for joining me on my little escape today! I'd love to hear your thoughts: how do you feel about stamp surgery?


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Stampin' Up! Made with Love - Welcome Baby Miguel


Exciting times in my family. My nephew and his wife are expecting a little boy in July and we already know he will be adorable 😍

Freshly Made Sketches posted a new sketch this week and it had the perfect layout to make something CAS (clean and simple) for little Miguel and his parents.

Preview item:  Glitter Enamel Dots will be available June 1st in our 2017-18 Annual Catalog. (Item #144200).

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And the FMS sketch:

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Stampin' Up! Everyday Hero greeting cards for kids


Is it possible for a person to have too much fun creating cards for kids? I don't think so…

At least that wasn't the case while I created this whole squad full of cards for hospitalized kids. They all use images from our currently available Everyday Hero stamp set. (Note: If this set interests you, you'll want to get it before it retires a the end of May! I know… I can't believe it either!) The only tools required to make this set as shown is a circle punch, some Paper Snips (detail scissors) and coloring tools!

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For more details, let me share the cards individually. Ladies first!

And now a dude. I thought it might be fun to give him different colored hair, too.

And how about some more details on the super suit?

So can you tell I had fun? LOL
Well hopefully the kids who receive this will, too!

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Stampin' Up! Pieces & Patterns greeting card


Simple stamping and a little bit of coloring came together to create this cute hello card!

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To color the dinosaur, I used a Blender Pen and ink from the lid of a Mint Macaroon ink pad. I kept it light on the body then went back in and added more color by lightly tapping dots onto the body. I cleaned off the brush tip, then also added a few dots in Crumb Cake ink. Here's a closeup:

The Splitcoast Stampers Cards 4 a Cause effort this month is all about kids. The idea is to create cards that will be sent to children undergoing medical treatment. If you would like more information about this cause or would like to participate, just click here.

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Stampin' Up! Mixed Drinks 50th Birthday card


My friend Jenny will be turning 50 this month. She's such a sweet person that I won't be sending one of those cards that makes fun of these occasions. (I save those for my brothers.) But 50 did make me think of the silver decor that usually gets promoted for this day and that thought led to this:

She is pretty amazing :)

And so is this layout!

Thanks to Fab Friday for sharing yet another user-friendly sketch. If you would like to give it a try but need more inspiration, just click on the link to visit their site.

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