May 21 2015

The New 2015-2016 Stampin’ Up! Catalogue

Your new Stampin’ Up! catalogue is ready to mail!

All you need to do to request your free copy is fill out the form below. Included with the catalogue is a wishlist and a sample of the new In Colors.


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Apr 26 2015

Forever Florals with my favorite silver

  Forever Florals Card with Silver


I love, love, love to make cards with metallics like gold and silver. And I’m sorry to see the Brushed Silver Card Stock and Encore Ink Pads on the retiring list.  If you haven’t added these items to your stamping supplies, I would highly recommend them.

And gold and silver isn’t just for Christmas. 


I stamped a background with Night of Navy and Silver Encore ink onto the Marina Mist card stock for this card and layered onto Night of Navy card stock.  Next I added an image stamped in Night of Navy ink onto Brushed Silver card stock. The greeting was stamped in Night of Navy ink and then over stamped and slightly offset with silver.

Finally, I added mini silver brads to continue the theme. 


Although the retiring stamp sets like Forever Florals will be available until at least May 26, the retiring accessories are only available while supplies last. 


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Apr 22 2015

Work of Art by Omission

Work of Art Vellum Card


I didn’t know what I was missing! I have to admit that I haven’t used the Work of Art stamp set very much until recently. And I don’t know why because this stamp set does all the work.  Look at this card – the background, main image and greeting are all from the one stamp set.


For the background, I stamped with colors from the 2014-2016 In Colors – Blackberry Bliss, Lost Lagoon and Hello Honey.  I know these colors are made to be used together so it took the guess work out of coordinating colors.


Next I added a layer of vellum with a gold embossed heart and greeting. I also embellished with gold sequin trim and gold foil sheets to continue the gold theme.


I used mini glue dots to adhere the vellum to the card stock placing the glue dots behind the gold embossed images where possible. I also used the mini glue dots to add the sequins to the card.  I love the mix of color and gold on this card giving it a modern edge.


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Work of Art Vellum Gold Card Inside

Work of Art Greeting

To select "You are fabulous" from this Work of Art stamp set greeting, I used the Blackberry Bliss marker to color only the words I wanted, omitting the rest. This was the inside greeting.


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Apr 21 2015

Stampin’ Up! Canada Retired List 2015

 Stampin Up Canada Retired List 2015

It’s here! The 2015 Stampin’ Up! Canada Retired List has been released.


Stampin Up Canada Retiring List

It’s time to say goodbye to many stamps and accessories including punches, dies, framelits, inks, designer series paper, cardstock, Project Life, ribbons, and embellishments which will be retiring June 2nd or earlier if sold out.

There are great bargains with prices up to 50% off.


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Apr 19 2015

Smooshing Technique for Making Watercolor Backgrounds

Big on You Watercolor Card

One of my favorite techniques is the Smooshing Technique. It is a great way to create backgrounds with all kinds of color combinations. You can keep it monochromatic and use all the same color family like various shades of blue or mix it up for a bold, vibrant background like the one above.

See below for step by step tips as well as another sample card using markers.


I finished this card with a greeting from the Big on You stamp set and some Itty Bitty Epoxy stickers over punched Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack stars.



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Smooshing Technique with Re-inkers Step 1

Place three drops of re-inker onto a window sheet.

Here I used Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight and Melon Mambo.


Smooshing Technique with Re-inkers Step 2

 Spritz with water and allow the inks to begin to spread.

Place your watercolor paper on top of the ink and rub gently onto the back of the paper.



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Flower Shop Watercolor Card

For this card, I added three greetings from the @SoSocial stamp set held on with Crisp Cantaloupe Thick Baker’s Twine. The flowers are from Flower Shop.

You can see that the background on this card is lighter in color. I used Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantalope and Melon Mambo for this card. I find is easiest to make a few background up when my supplies are out so try different color combination until you have a favorite. 


Smooshing Technique with Markers Step 1

 You can also use Stampin’ Write Markers for the Smooch Technique.

Color with the markers directly onto the Window Sheet.


Smooshing Technique with Markers Step 2

Spritz with water and then place the watercolor paper on top.

Gently rub on the back of the paper to help the inks transfer to the watercolor paper. 



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Apr 18 2015

Simple Saturday: World of Dreams Dauber Card

World of Dreams Dauber Card


Another way to add color to your cards is by using a sponge dauber. Pick up some ink from your ink pads with the dauber and burnish the ink over the stamped image.  To burnish, you want to make contact with the paper and rub rather than dab the ink onto the card stock.

This card uses an image from the World of Dreams stamp set and a greeting from A Dozen Thoughts. The bow was made with the 1/4" Early Espresso cotton ribbon.

On top of the Early Espresso stamped image, I added rows of ink in Coastal Cabana, Pistachio Pudding and Baked Brown Sugar.

This clean and simple card is a perfect Simple Saturday card – ready in about 10 minutes. Enjoy!



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Apr 17 2015

Flower Patch Watercolor Card

Flower Patch Watercolor Card


If you want to feel like an artist, reach for some watercolor paper.  I don’t know if it is the texture of the paper or the heavier weight but it feels like canvas and that is as close to painting as I’m going to get. 


There are two ways to use watercolor paper and inks to create a card like this one. You can wet the paper and then stamp on it. Or  you can do the opposite as I did here. Stamp your images onto the watercolor paper – the colors may look muted. Then spritz gently with water. I like to hold the Spritzer at a distance for a lighter and more even application of water. Wait a couple of minutes for the water to affect the inks and intensify the color. If needed, you can always add more water.


For this card, I used Real Red, Early Espresso, Hello Honey and Tangelo Twist with the Flower Patch stamp set. Inside the card, I added the birthday greeting from the  same stamp set. 



Flower Patch Watercolor Card Inside



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Apr 16 2015

Watercolor Wash with Indescribable Gift

Indescribable Gift Watercolor Card


Another way to add definition to your cards is to color a heat embossed image with an aqua painter. For this 5-1/2" square card, I stamped the flowers from Indescribable Gift onto Shimmery White card stock and heat embossed with white embossing powder.


I then colored the image with an aqua painter filled with water and ink refills in Crisp Cantaloupe, Calypso Coral, Tangerine Tango and Wild Wasabi. Still using the aqua painter, I did a watercolor wash to fill in the white spaces around the image. For the wash, I used Calypso Coral.


Shimmery White card stock makes a great substitute for watercolor paper when using an aqua painter. The card stock holds up to the water and the shimmer adds to the appeal. I find that I need to remind myself not to hold the aqua painter too tightly to avoid extra liquid on the paper. If you do get too much water, use a tissue to lightly absorb the extra and then continue to watercolor.

Don’t forget to check back soon for another coloring technique, there are four more to go. 


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Apr 15 2015

Just Kidding!

Just Kidding Card with Markers


I sat down recently to stamp and somehow starting making cards that all involved different coloring techniques. Some are simple, some more involved but all are a great reminder that ink and paper can combine to make so many variations of color, texture and style. Check back often this week to see more of the coloring techniques.


This card is definitely one of the simple ones but I couldn’t wait to use this new stamp set, Just Kidding. The greetings can’t help but make you smile.


JUst Kidding Stamp Set


After stamping the image and punching it out with the large 2-1/2" Circle Punch, I colored the image in with the Subtles Stampin’ Write Markers.  To keep the Subtles Collection theme going, I added a piece of Pink Pirouette card stock embossed with the Polka Dot Textured Impression Embossing Folder onto the Pool Party card. I also added a length of Pool Party Cotton Ribbon around the greetings piece. 

I love the humor in the Just Kidding stamp set. Maybe you can’t buy happiness but you can stamp a card that will bring a smile to a friend.



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Apr 10 2015

Spritzing It Up with Blooming with Kindness

 Blooming with Kindness Spritzer Card

First, just a quick reminder that today is the last day for FREE shipping. There is no minimum purchase and orders must be placed by 11:50 pm Mountain.


If I had to pick just one stamp set (and I’m so glad I don’t), I think Blooming with Kindness would be it. I love the floral image in this stamp set. You can stamp it and leave it or add color for more impact. I used a Spritzer filled with a couple of drops of Island Indigo ink refill and rubbing alcohol to add a bit of color to this card. The image is just the right size to full up most of the front of the card so very little embellishing is necessary. I added three black candy dots from the Neutrals and that’s all that was needed. 


I also love the variety of greetings in this stamp set – thank you, birthday and thinking of you. They really suit almost any occasion. And the two fonts used together are perfect.  Plus there are sentiments for both the front of the card and the inside.


When I need to make a quick card or am feeling less than creative, I reach for this set every time. I don’t think this card took even ten minutes to put together. So, if you haven’t already purchased the Blooming with Kindenss stamp set, be sure to add it to your wish list. Or take advantage of the free shipping and order it today.



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Apr 08 2015

Flower Fair Framelits are a Weekly Deal

 Flower Fair Framelits Trio

Do you remember all the cutting we used to do by hand to add flowers like these to our cards? I’m so thankful to have a Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine that does all the work for me now.


Since the Flower Fair Framelits are included in the current Weekly Deals, I decided to get them out and make a couple of cards. I love how card stock can replace stamped images for these layouts. The greetings are from the Flower Patch stamp set which coordinates so well with the framelits.


The first card I made was the black and white one below. The patterned paper is from the Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper Stack and has a Basic Black Candy Dot in the center. I usually love black and white cards but this one didn’t really do it for me so I decided to make one more card with some color. 


For this card, I used a bright patterned paper as the background and coordinated the same colors for the card – Calypso Coral, Bermuda Bay, Mossy Meadow and Daffodil Delight. The paper is from the Birthday Bash Specialty Designer Series Paper and I love how vibrant this collection is. The center of the flower are pearls.  And I definitely like this card better than the first.


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 Flower Fair Framelits in Black and White




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Apr 07 2015

Rock and Roll, Baby!

Petal Potpourri Rock and Roll Technique Card


I used the rock and roll technique for this Petal Potpourri card. Ink your stamp up with a light color of ink and then roll the edge of the stamp around on a darker ink pad being careful to avoid inking up the center.

For this card, I chose Crumb Cake and Bermuda Bay as my ink colors and used card stocks in the same colors. A simple "thanks" tag finishes the card. 

Try various combinations of inks with bold and line art stamps to create your favorites.





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