Technique

  • Technique

    Thank You Kindest Gnomes with watercolor!

    Thank You Kindest Gnomes Here we are on a Friday night and September is almost over. Thank You Kindest Gnomes can be used for any season. I am soo ready for fall. I was looking at all my fall decorations today. Do you decorate for the seasons or holidays? With that being said I love this mushroom for sooo many things. I did a watercolor, no line watercolor technique. Have you tried that? I was taught by amazingly talented friend, Gina. When I grow up I hope to be as talented as she is with this technique. I added the Fern 3D embossing folder along with a dauber. I used…

  • Technique

    Spotlight Technique Blessing of Home stamp set.

    Spotlight Technique Blessing of Home Are you loving these cards?? I sure am. These are using the Spotlight Technique Blessing of Home and Honeybee Home stamp sets. Each has a different look. Yes, I used my mostest favortie Crumb Cake and Highland Heather. However, the curve ball was the Basic Grey and Mango Melody card. Please not that the two cards at the top I flipped the centers of the cards. Need a closer look?? The coloring portion of these beauties was done with Watercolor Pencils and Blender Pen. You will need to stamp first. Using either the Stylish Shapes or the Layering Circles to get the “Spotlight” portion. Here…

  • 3D Thursday,  Home Decor,  It Started with...,  Technique

    Birds Singing You are Amazing for 3D Thursday.

    Birds Singing You are Amazing This week for the FREE tutorial I gotcha covered. I sure hope that you love it as much as I do. I do want to start by saying that … Not only are the Birds Singing You are Amazing. Yes, YOU ARE AMAZING!! In case no one has told you lately! As a matter of fact I think that the Birds are singing loudly!! No not me. They are up in one of my big old oak trees just singing away. Can you hear them?? Using a wood easel from a craft store that was $1. I use a paper towel and colored this to…

  • In-Colors,  Technique

    Butterfly Anniversary card for Joe using Brilliant Wings.

    Butterfly Anniversary card for Joe Earlier this month Joe and I celebrated our 12th anniversary. As always it is a Butterfly Anniversary card for Joe. Also in keeping with us, it is purple and green. My favorite color and his. Please note that I did use some pieces from the ‘Bits and Pieces’ container. Here is the other note, since I do not have to mail it, it does NOT have to fit inside and envelope. Did you see the live?? Yes, I did this for a live the day before out anniversary. I know it is tough to see, but I did a clear heat emboss of butterflies on…

  • Technique

    Retiring Painted Poppies for Dad, all aged up.

    Retiring Painted Poppies for Dad When I was out by my parents, Mom helped me create this Retiring Painted Poppies for Dad! On a Saturday live, Mom and I finally were able to get crafty. Here is how the whole card idea came about. My dad a few weeks prior had sent me a text asking me about why we (cardmakers) do not make more antique looking cards. I sent him back that I have before, however, it has been a while. So, I figured, I had a mission. A mission to create an aged looking card. I knew right away what I wanted to do. So I was sure…

  • Technique,  YouTube video

    Colored Jar and Quiet Meadow for YouTube

    Colored Jar and Quiet Meadow Join me over on YouTube for this Colored Jar and Quiet Meadow idea. You will need some Vellum, Stampin’ Blends and the Jar Punch to get you started! While that is drying grab your Quiet Meadow bundle, or any flower with a stem will do. Yes, I did cut out two different stems, one in Evening Evergreen and the other in Polished Pink. Check out the video for the complete play by play. With that being said, I want to be sure to direct your attention to the soon to be retiring 2020-2022 In-Colors. You remember those, Cinnamon Cider, Bumblebee, Magenta Madness, Misty Moonlight and…

  • Fancy Fold,  Technique,  YouTube video

    Watercolor Rainbow for YouTube technique idea.

    Watercolor Rainbow for YouTube Check out how I did this Watercolor Rainbow for YouTube! Ohh, but wait this is a fun fold card too!! This was intended as a St. Patrick’s Day card, however… this technique is also good from a spring rainbow. Yes, you can use any color you wish… BUT you will need a few supplies which is listed over on my YouTube description. Have you subscribed yet?? Well, why not?? There is no fee, you get new content each week. AND bonus my FB lives from Saturdays get put there too. Here you get a peek at how the fold works. Lots of layers, Layering Circles for…

  • Ding Dong Ditch,  Technique

    Need a reason to get September Ding Dong Ditch??

    get September Ding Dong Ditch Are you needing another reason to get September Ding Dong Ditch?? Well, you are in luck here is a beauty!! You will need the Beauty of Friendship bundle. A few other things too, Water Painters, Watercolor Paper and the Soft Pastels. I have been asked to share a few watercolor technique ideas. I had the Soft Pastels but have not had a chance to play with them until this live. So much fun!! Which would like to make?? The first to me is the summer version. The second could be either Spring or Fall. hummm, I am going to got with Fall. I have to…

  • Craft Room,  Technique

    Pansy Patch Dies Cheat and a few extras

    Pansy Patch Dies Cheat I know that several folks are having trouble, but here is a Pansy Patch Dies Cheat!! No worries, I gotcha you! Over in my VIP group, Whispers and Secrets, we walked through making these three cheat sheets. I wanted to be sure to share with you guys here too. Please feel free to ask questions and I will do my very best to help!! Are you ready?? I have two layouts as you can see above, the top right. The top of the sheet is all the parts you need to create the pansy on the lower right of the sheet. How about a closer photo??…

  • Coloring,  Stamp Camp/class,  Technique

    Peek at Coloring Class, Blending Brushes and Wink.

    Peek at Coloring Class. Just a peek at the coloring class from last month. Holy Cow how could it be a month already!! The first technique was easy and fun. Picking our favorite color and “brush” the flowers. I used Rococo Rose, but really it could be ANY color. I wanted to be sure that you could get a lot of stuff so… Each person has a full 12 x 12 piece of DSP to play with. But that was just the start!! One blending brush and three sets of Stampin’ Blends also. You got to pick the colors!! I find that it really is much easier that way. Why??…

  • Coffee and Cards,  Home Decor,  It Started with $1,  Love it, Chop it,  Technique

    It Started with $1 Happy April Strong and Beautiful

    It Started with $1 I know, it has been too long since we have done… It Started with $1. Here we are April 1st and I know I have at least three lined up!! WoooHOOO!! So for this one, it all stared with a trip to Dollar Tree. I found this cute chalk board. I knew I could use it. But the wood was super light. and the back was plain… hummm I got Mom to help!! We have a family friend that was the victim of a shooting. So knowing that Mom might like to help be create this gift. I went out to Illinois to see what she…

  • Technique

    Hooray for you Curvy dies and more…

    Hooray for you Curvy I am soo excited, Hooray for you Curvy dies too. I know that these dies can be all willy nilly, which I LOVE about them. Yes, they go all over, but really make it fun. The above idea actually uses all the parts. Both tops and bottom cuts. See all the layers that you can create. Bonus too… No worries on stamping because the stamps can be tweaked to go with the curves. How much are you loving the monochromatic vibe? Grab your Pear Pizzazz and Garden Green. Adding in our pop of Daffodil Delight rushed ribbon and super cute little bird!! Can you see the…

  • Love it, Chop it,  Technique,  YouTube video

    Oh So Ombre Birthday using Sale-a-Bration paper.

    I added this Oh So Ombre Birthday card video just this evening. I needed to be sure that I shared it before Sale-a-Bration is over… in just two days. YIKES!! Were has the last two months gone?? Seriously!! Anyway, How about the little step up of each of these three cards?? Oh So Ombre Birthday I wanted to share all the possibilities for this Oh So Ombre DSP. Which of the colors would you have used? There are only four, Rococo Rose, Granny Apple Green, Blackberry Bliss and Bermuda Bay. Three of the four used for this samples here. First starting with the Granny Apple Green. The ink I used…

  • In-Colors,  Love it, Chop it,  Technique,  YouTube video

    Stamping in Embossing Paste using Dragonfly Garden

    Stamping in Embossing Paste I love trying different things like Stamping in Embossing Paste. Sometimes you just have to be brave and try stuff. This however is not new. I have a YouTube video on this back in 2018. For that video I used a now retired woodgrain stamp, check it out here. For these cards that tall image was calling to be colored. That was not all, it needed some texture. You will not only need your Dragonfly Garden stamp set (bundle saves 10%), Dandy Garden ribbon and Dandy Garden DSP, but embossing paste too. You could also get the whole Dandy Garden Suite. However, I love the coloring…

  • Coffee and Cards,  Happy Birthday,  Stampin Up News/Deals,  Technique

    Stamparatus Birthday with Sale-a-Bration for two..

    Stamparatus Birthday with Sale-a-Bration Yes, that is a huge list: Stamparatus Birthday with Sale-a-Bration for these cute cards. Here is the best part, the DSP and stamp are … FREE Yes, they are both from the Sale-a-Bration catalog. The Oh So Ombre DSP is free with a $50 product purchase and then the Approaching Perfection stamp set is also free with a second $50 product purchase. To help you get there the Stamparatus is a must. Now, you only need $51 more. Add in your Basic White, Bermuda Bay and Granny Apple Green cardstock. However, you will not want to forget the BLING!! Whether it is the Reversible Ribbon or…

  • Coloring,  Technique

    Second Oval Occasions Swap adding Forever Greenery.

    Second Oval Occasions Swap For the Second Oval Occasions Swap card I wanted a completely different look. Remember yesterdays card, here?? This time using the new Blending Brushes and one of the two folders in Greenery Embossing. So, after embossing I rubbed the blending brush into the Granny Apple Green ink pad. And VERY lightly swept that over the raised parts. It is best to go lighter. No worries if it is tgoo light you can add more!! Question… Does that flower bunch look familiar?? Need a closer look?? Yes, that was on yesterday’s card also. This time I pulled out the watercolor pencils and did a little coloring. I…

  • Coffee and Cards,  Holiday cards,  Technique,  YouTube video

    Dove Peace on Earth with Dove of Hope bundle.

    Dove Peace on Earth This Dove, Peace on Earth for Christmas is my wish. Did you miss the live?? Check it out here. Just a reminder that this Dove of Hope bundle is from the Aug-Dec mini and will retire on Jan 4. Using an alternative color scheme today. But you can check out yesterday’s post if you are looking for a more traditional look. The Basic Gray and Smokey Slate really helps that White Embossing powder POP. You can see how the Silver Metallic Edge Ribbon sparkles. I love the size of this dove. Did you know that there are actually 3 doves included in the set. There are…

  • Coffee and Cards,  Holiday cards,  Technique

    Wishes Wonder Tin Tile for Christmas

    Wishes Wonder Tin Tile Today’s Wishes Wonder Tin Tile with that cool inking technique. Ohh, did you miss that?? Well you need to be part of my VIP FB group Whispers and Secrets to get the play by play. I am working on a few “QWick and Wow” videos. Thanks to my new computer and some fun goodies that the Hubby picked up!! ANYWAY!! This Very Vanilla card with is pops of Real Red is beautiful. The Tin Tile embossing folder has hints of Soft Suede to add depth to the detail. The Sentiment, dies and Sleigh are all from the Wishes & Wonder Bundle. However, the Real Red Braided…

  • Love it, Chop it,  Stamp Camp/class,  Technique

    Layers of Tasteful Touches labels.

    Layers of Tasteful Touches. In need of a masculine card?? Do you like woodgrain?? The In Good Taste Suite has all you need! Including little wood elements. No, I did not use them on this card. This one is another Culver Library Class card. Layers of Tasteful Touches dies was what I needed to add interest with what started out as a little stamping. A closer view of the front shares what started as just one stamped fern. Yes, it turned into a whole bunch… ohhh well. The ladies were very patient, thankfully!! Mossy Meadow and Soft Suede inks were what we used. Three different DSP pieces and four of…

  • Coloring,  Technique

    Background Created with Just Ink pads

    yes, Created with Just Ink pads. I want to share how this background design was created with just ink pads and shimmer spritzer. So grab your favorite ink colors, some Whisper White cardstock, make a Shimmer Spritzer (link) in complimentary color and let’s do this!! As you can see on the bottom of this photo I made three different color patterns. One has more corner sweeps, another has softer sweeps and the other is a mix of the two. Want to see how.. Check out the Tuesday Edition of Coffee and Cards here. Starting with a half sheet of cardstock for each pattern. You will get a lot of mileage…

  • Coffee and Cards,  Technique,  YouTube video

    Cute Fruit 6/23 Tuesday Edition Coffee and Cards

    So much fun!! The stamp set Cute Fruit is what we are looking at today. These cards are just so stinkin’ cute! I had fun and I sure hope that you did too. If you have not seen the live yet… check out the “replay” on YouTube. What you want to see them?? haha This Cute Fruit stamp set is a two step, could even be a three step stamp. What does that mean?? First, using the Cute Fruit pineapples, the fruit part of the pineapple is one stamp and the top leaf section is the second stamp. Second example the watermelons. The rind is one stamp and the goodness…

  • Coffee and Cards,  Technique

    Snow Front?

    Sure does not look like a snowy scene. I really love how much this set changes when you change the colors. You can check the facebook live here. The only thing that was subtracted was the “smoke” from the chimney. To do that was just a matter of not inking that section of the cabin. Funny how the look changes also when you watercolor or just straight stamp. Can you tell which is which?? The first one (left) is the straight stamp. How can you tell? The leaf colors are darker. The “grass” in that one is where we started the watercolor technique. They the leaves on the second (middle)…

  • Coloring,  Love it, Chop it,  Stampin Up News/Deals,  Technique

    Demonstrator Training

    I was honored by our Regional Manager last week. Thank you Shannon! Did you know that Stampin’ Up! does training?? You bet!! I was honored last week when I got a call from Shannon West. She is the Great Lakes Regional Manager for Stampin’ Up!. She contacted me because she was hoping that I would help her with some training. You know that I said, yes!! What was the training?? Stampin’ Blends … Yes, I know easy, right?? Now, to figure out what to do. I did play with a few different things, backgrounds, flowers, vellum and DSP. While speaking with Shannon again.. she fell in love with the DSP!…

  • Technique

    Happy Mother’s Day!

    Happy Mother’s Day to my Mom! I do not know how many of you know, but my mom is an artist. Serious, I have paintings of hers in my house. AMAZING!! She has done several mixed media, sculptures and others. I bet you are guessing that is where my “art-ability” comes from? I hate to admit, out loud, it took me over 30 years to find it! So you can see why, just a “simple” card for my mom… will NOT do! Let’s start with the pieces… Using several punches for this card. The small bloom punch from the 2020 Annual Catalog. However at the moment I do not have…

  • Coffee and Cards,  Simple Stamping,  Technique

    5/2 Coffee and Cards

    All of this from one 8 1/2 x 11 piece of Whisper White Want to learn the steps that we took?? Check out the Coffee and Cards on YouTube! I shared how the reversible stamp idea started!! Yes, from the demonstrators!! WooooHooo! How much are you loving the paper we created?? WOW, I do love when and idea turns out even better!! Would you agree?? Here are the three we created for the live. Using Highland Heather, Rich Razzleberry, Flirty Flamingo, Poppy Parade, Granny Apple Green and Soft Suede. However, I will say that adding the splatters to the one of the left might be my favorite of the three!…

  • Coffee and Cards,  In-Colors,  Technique,  YouTube video

    4/25 Coffee and Cards

    We kicked off the Cake, Crafts and Coffee… it’s Jen’s Birthday this morning… I am just soo excited!! I am thankful for all that can join in the fun. We started off during Coffee and Cards. We using the Stamparatus to make these two step stamping cards! How much are you loving these colors?? From Lightest to darkest… Soft Sea Foam, Pear Pizzazz, Granny Apple Green, Call Me Clover and Shaded Spruce. Remember I was talking about them on Thursday during our Pumpkin Whispers live. Reminder… Painted Harvest Stamp set AND Call Me Clover ink/cardstock are retiring. There are things that are sold out already… PLEASE do not wait! More…

  • In-Colors,  Technique

    Grapefruit Grove…. with an alternative.

    Did you know… How nicely Grapefruit Grove paired with Terracotta Tile?? Here is your sample… What do you think?? The Grapefruit Grove is the layer cardstock AND the inside of the boots. YES, I am still having fun with the boots!! Still, sending to EVERYONE that I know I think??? hummm, because who could not use a bright and happy card like this? I sure could!! Let’s start spreading some more sunshine!! On the left, is the Shimmery Crystal Effects, yes you can still get it!! One the right is the Wink of Stella, a favorite for MANY!! Give a comment if you are on team wink?? If not, WHY??…

  • Coffee and Cards,  Technique,  YouTube video

    4/11 Coffee and Cards

    Sooo much to do but, sooo much fun is coming soon!! In case you missing Coffee and Cards today, I am already starting to plan my birthday party and want to include all of you!! Obviously, this party will be a virtual one, but still so much to do!! I hope you will join in on the fun, I will keep you posted on all the festivities when they are finalized!! April 28 Is my actual birthday, in case you were wondering!! Yes, I am EXCITED!!! Happy Easter!! I know that on day 1,058,028 of this pandemic (my tickr is slightly off, BUT!!) We can not celebrate in our “normal”…

  • In-Colors,  Technique

    Sending Hugs w/Inspiring Iris

    Sending virtual hugs… This card happened because I was showing someone how to do the “leaves”. Using some water and Mossy Meadow reinker. I have a questions for you…. I think that these “leaves” look like cattails? Is it hard to tell with the ribbon there? Wink of Stella… Ohhh, how I wish that the Wink of Stella photographed better! I know you are wondering how I was able to get that Purple Posy Ink. Actually, that is a second generation Highland Heather. It sure gets sooo, close. In addition to this card, how about a video?? I can work on that later this week!! Yup, I added it to…

  • Girls Night,  Technique

    March Girls Night idea

    Set Mash Up! Using the Inspiring Iris stamp set (149268) and the Flourish Dies (141478) to create this card. The idea came to me because of the pattern in the stamp set. That pattern is sooo close I decided to try it together. I would say it was a WINNER! How about you? Then ladies decided that this card should be in all different colors!! LOVE! However, I need to point out that the “background” or the “grass” is actually the background for the Iris stem!! To me it looked like a cattail. What do you think?? You really will want to join us next month. I made chocolate chip…