Just for You!

Watercolors and coloring are the “in trend” now.  It’s easy to make a trendy card using Stampin’ Up!s Watercolor Words stamp set.

Just for You Watercolor Words

  • A simple watercolor background using Stampin’ Up!s watercolor pencils.  The color is blended using water and brush.
  • The “beachy” chair is from the new Seasonal Layers Thinlets.

Enjoy and happy stamping!



Sheltering Tree Meets Wetlands for PP227

When I saw The Paper Players Color Challenge of Crisp Cantaloupe, Lost Lagoon, and Sahara Sand, I immediately thought of the beach.   When I sat down to create my card I had just received the Sheltering Tree stamp set and thought the “grass” image could be used for sand dunes and waves.

  • For the sand dunes I inked the stamp using Sahara Sand and stamped several times across the banner.
  • I inked the stamp using Lost Lagoon, stamped off twice, and then stamped the image upside down to make the waves.
Sheltering Tree Meets Wetlands for PP227

Sheltering Tree Meets Wetlands for PP227

Thanks for stopping by.  Enjoy, and happy stamping!




2014 Convention Swap

Last week I had the pleasure of joining my fellow “Stamp and Stretch” team, lead by Pam Strobel, and 4,000 other demonstrators at the Stampin’ Up! Convention in Salt Lake City. What a great time.  Convention is exciting, fun, inspirational, and the best part is we get to meet new people from around the world.

While lots of demonstrators do lots of swaps, I swapped only with our team members. Here is the card I created for our team swap:

2014 SU Convention Swap

  • Crumb Cake, Bermuda Bay, and Calypso Coral colors remind me of the beach – sand, water, and shells
  • Three little pearls provide the perfect accent to this beachy card

Thanks for stopping in.  Enjoy, and happy stamping!

Stamps – By the Time; Ink – Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe, Calypso Coral; Paper – Crumb Cake, Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Whisper White, and 2013-15 In Color DSP

An Island Thank You

We had the pleasure of having several couples visit us on the island for a week-long celebration of a college graduation.  The week was filled with sight-seeing, laughter, and friendship.  I hope this card reminds them of the island and the special time we spent together.

Starfish Thank You

  • Colors of Island Indigo, Naturals Ivory, and Pool Party spark thoughts of water and sand.
  • Thank You using a classic font never goes out of style.

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Stamps - Simply Celebrate, By the Seashore; Ink - Island Indigo, Pool Party;
Paper - Island Indigo, Naturals Ivory, Pool Party

Thinking of You x 2

I’m always amazed at how different cards look even when they use the same ingredients. Both cards below use the Wetlands and the Sweet Essentials stamp sets.  Paper is Chocolate Chip, Island Indigo, and Naturals Ivory.  Ink is Chocolate Chip, Island Indigo, and Old Olive.

My First Version:

Version #1

Version #1

A sketch from Freshly Made Sketches inspired the layout of this card.  I created 2 separate focal areas with the birds in the horizontal panel and the grass in the vertical panel, as well as along the bottom of the card.  Two Island Indigo candy dots help balance the color.

My Second Version:

Version #2

Version #2

For this card I chose a clean and simple design with the only embellishment being several strands of Linen Thread, Island Indigo, and Early Espresso Baker’s Twine wrapped around the card.

I think the second version is my favorite.  Which is your favorite?

Enjoy, and happy stamping!


Calm and Peaceful Beach

Calm and peaceful beach scene

Calm and peaceful beach scene

Don’t you wish you were sitting on this beach enjoying the view? The view was created using the Direct to Paper technique and images were stamped using the Wetlands stamp set. The scalloped embossing folder used on the card base represents water and reinforces the theme.

Enjoy, and happy stamping!