• Fancy Fold

    Fun Fold coloring birthday, simple but fancy

    Fun Fold coloring birthday I have a simple Fun Fold coloring birthday card idea for today. Using the Perfectly Penciled DSP, Pale Papaya cardstock and Basic Black. OHHH, but do not overlook the heat embossed sentiment. Here is how the fold works. You will need a 4 1/4 x 11 pieced of cardstock, scored at 5 1/2. You go over 1 1/4 and cut off that rest of the front. Turn that piece a 1/4 turn and BOOM. There is your fun fold. I love having simple, no extra cardstock needed “Fancy” looking cards. Tell me I am not alone in the comments!! Now, Here is the coloring part. You…

  • 3D Thursday,  Boxes, Tags and Bags,  Love it, Chop it

    JoAnne has this 3D Thursday an Easter idea.

    JoAnne has this 3D Thursday JoAnne has this 3D Thursday, a fun idea for Easter. Not only using the Easter Friends but the Flowering Fields DSP! Thank you JoAnne for an AMAZING idea! See?? How cute is this?? Okay, do not whine, there is a bit of fussy cutting!! Off the top of my head I see… Medium Daisy punch, Tailor Made tags, Linen Thread, Bumblebee Gingham ribbon in addition to the stamp set and DSP. I can say that these are also an easy color. No matter if you use your Stampin’ Blends as JoAnne did, watercolor pencils or even your Marvelous markers. You know how much I love…

  • Coloring,  Stamp Camp/class

    Last Coloring Class Card, Grab your favorite colors!!

    Last Coloring Class Card Here is the Last Coloring Class card. Yes, I saved my favorite for last. Although I did really love how all of them turned out!! Did you miss the roses with the Blending brushes?? How about the “succulents” card one?? How do I suggest starting with these amazing markers?? Just grab a couple of your favorite colors and a stamped image, using Memento ink. Or like we did here a 12 x 12 sheet of True Love DSP. However any black and white would do wonderfully. Start off with one color. Start with the lightest color first. Then using the lines that exist on the flowers…

  • Coloring,  Stamp Camp/class

    Second Look at Coloring Class, a more masculine look.

    Second Look at Coloring Class. How about a Second Look at Coloring Class, with a masculine touch. I am excited to be able to remind you that Blending Brushes are back in stock!! WooHooo. I used Just Jade and Mossy Meadow for the above card idea. To me this patterned piece looks like either succulents for cabbage for fall. Either of those could very easily be for the man in your life. Joe liked it anyway… haha For this part of the class we used just one Blending Brush. Working from light to dark. It really does cut down on cleaning. Just Jade was our lighter color. Random blending spots…

  • 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??…

  • Retiring,  Stampin Up News/Deals

    April Showers Under my Umbrella, retiring soon.

    April Showers Under my Umbrella April showers bring May flowers they say, today April Showers Under my Umbrella brings flowers, boot and thanks to your day. I hate to say that we really need some more rain. The pond is still so low. I heard on the weather too that we are still in a deficit as far as rainfall is concerned. Fingers crossed we have a chance of rain a couple days later next week. Fingers crossed!! Anyway, some happy pops of Daffodil and brightly colored flowers for today. Can you see the embossing folder in the background?? That is from the Meadow Moments embossing folder. That folder actually…

  • Coffee and Cards,  Love it, Chop it,  Masculine Cards,  Simple Stamping

    Saying Farewell Part One… Fruit, Snow and Guys

    Saying Farewell Part One We are getting down to it, Saying Farewell, Part One. Here is the first of three. These five cars are form two different classes. One was Girls Night and the second was Coffee and Cards. The fun stamp set called Cute Fruit. Please can you remind me why we have not played with it again?? So many things, sooo Little time!! This stamp set is calling for summer!! Maybe even some fun spring break punch?? As you can see with the above photo – layers, simple stamping and even some fun, Shimmery Crystal Effects make this set happy. Here is our second review for tonight. This…

  • Fancy Fold,  Team Meeting

    February Team Meeting Swap – My fancy fold

    February Team Meeting Swap Yes, I had fun with the February Team Meeting Swap. The theme was using your favorite bundle/suite of product from the Jan-June Mini catalog. They all were slightly different in that some had Snails and some had Mushrooms. All the coloring was slightly different too. The background is the Snail Mail DSP. You know it was difficult picking just one. Which is your favorite?? The Snail or the Mushrooms (below)?? For this snail, I used the Petal Pink, Calypso Coral, and Magenta Madness Stampin’ Blends. The Mushrooms turned out super cute. I did however use a lot of Stampin’ Blend colors for these. Here is the…

  • Coffee and Cards,  Stamp Camp/class

    Last Call and Reminders for Thursday.

    Last Call and Reminders I wanted to give you the Last Call and Reminders for this Host Code. Meaning if you want to place an order under $150 then please use this code. I will be closing this code on Friday and adding the new one. What happens when you order using this code?? All orders over $40 get you the new Monthly Talented Tutorial Team Bundle. There are 16 ideas included this month. Not all of them are cards, but ohh so many ideas!! Reminder that the sign up ENDS for this class TOMORROW! Wondering what this is all about? Check out the original post here. If you have…

  • Boxes, Tags and Bags,  Coloring,  YouTube video

    You are Amazing Treats with Video

    You are Amazing Treats How did I miss these You are Amazing Treats?? Somehow I did a video and forgot to post them. I think that I really am losing it. With some many possibilities the Love You Always Treat Box could be a bling drawer, treasure holder and even gift card holder. Ohhh, man now I remember why. They were on backorder, however they will be back sometime in the coming week. WoooHOOO!! Now one of these was a gift to me.. the Love one. Thank you Christine. Great Chocolates by the way!! The other two are all me. The Happy box is from the January Team meeting. The…

  • Paper Pumpkin

    March Paper Pumpkin Peek and Boxes have shipped

    March Paper Pumpkin Peek Did you know that March Paper Pumpkin Peek includes a FREE item?? Why?? Well Paper Pumpkin is celebrating a Birthday. And bonus is for you the subscriber. You will be getting a FREE stencil set… I also see a sponge there too. You need to subscribe here to get your kit. Check out a couple of ideas from the January Paper Pumpkin here. I can not wait to get my kit.. To check out all those fun looking die cuts too. Humm, I wonder what the ink color is going to be. Maybe a fun contest is in order. What could the prize be?? I NEED…

  • Fancy Fold,  Paper Pumpkin

    January 2021 Pumpkin Alternative Sending Hearts

    January 2021 Pumpkin Alternative For our First of January 2021 Pumpkin Alternative ideas. Paper Pumpkin shared this submission with everyone on their page last week.. What an honor and I wanted to be sure to share with you here too. I did add a few things to this. The little envelope is from the Snail Mail dies and ALL those hearts are from the Stitched Be Mine dies. I wanted to be sure to share that you can fold this up!! Yes it fits in a regular envelope. However, I did not get to play with the add-on until the Pumpkin Whispers… A Paper Club live. I posed this question…

  • 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

    Coloring Sunflowers using the Stampin’ Write Markers.

    Grab your Regals to Color Sunflowers using the Stampin’ Write Markers. That is my go to color family for fall. Darker yellow, a couple different oranges, greens and reds too. Yes, the perfect fall color family! However pairing the Very Vanilla helps to darken the colors just a little. Curious how I created this card? Check out the Tuesday edition Coffee and Cards for the full run down. Yes, I sure did mix the colors to get the sunflowers to look like this! I did the same with a few of the leaves also! Have your gotten your markers out and played with lately? WHAT? You don’t have any? Well…

  • Challenges,  Coffee and Cards

    Global Design Project #255

    It sure has been a LONNNg time since we have participated in a Global Design Project #255. This theme really spoke to me. I actually created one card in the facebook live and changed my mind. I will share that tomorrow. This card, a new SlimLine card uses the extra trees that we colored in the Coffee and Cards live. You will want to grab your Rooted in Nature stamps and Nature’s Roots dies. I do not know about you, but a little cooler temperatures would be nice. I will say some rain would be even better. Anyway, how about making those trees?? Notice how each tree looks a little…

  • Girls Night

    Celebrate Sunflowers used on Girl’s Night.

    Sunflowers used for Girl’s Night I know that you wonder what happens on Girl’s Night?? Well, come on and join us. I am keeping numbers low so that we can “social distance”. We get together, craft, laugh and talk. Sometimes it is a late night, sometimes it is an early one. Celebrating a birthday?? Sunflowers used on Girl’s Night and you bet it has a happy birthday sentiment inside. Add in extra color using… Squeeze the ink pad together. Open your lid to your Bumblebee ink and grab your Wink of Stella. There should be a little bit of ink on the lid. The brush has the perfect amount of…

  • 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!…

  • In-Colors

    Smooches with Lovely Lipstick…..bye bye

    When you talk about Lovely Lipstick… I think of a S.W.A.K. or lipstick kiss. Old school I know. Lipstick nowadays doesn’t leave a mark. Which is why I picked this DSP to highlight this beautiful color. I call this set the Hello Fabulous set… isn’t it funny how sets get knick names? I have several … How about you? Please tell me I am not the only one… The crazytown bus would be very lonely, haha. ANYWAY, All 5 of these cards are made from scraps, left overs, and not needed card bases. Funny how when you know what you have you can create some amazing things. (wink wink) A…

  • Challenges,  Coffee and Cards,  In-Colors

    All those extra pieces…

    Sooo much more happiness…. Here are the other pieces that I had to use up… I do not want to end up with an overflowing bits and pieces container like before… YIKES!! Adding a few extra pieces for these three. Paula, do you notice that little piece?? Apparently it was not too small. Adding tulips for an Easter card, an extra layer and a few flowers. What would you have added?? Can you see the Wink of Stella inside the tulips?? Now to write in them all and get in the mailbox to bring someone some sunshine. Hugs and Have a Great Day getting Crafty!!

  • Challenges,  Coffee and Cards,  YouTube video

    Tuesday’s Live

    How are you doing today? Today has been a MUCH better day then yesterday, I am happy to say! Did you hear yet about the Challenge that Stampin’ Up! has given to the demonstrators?? I do not remember how long it is for, but I am passing this challenge on to you!! My customers. Create cards using the below colors… Check out the Facebook post for the Challenge or watch the Replay over on YouTube! I am only sharing the one cards we made during the live.. the EXTRA pieces were also made, but you will have to wait until tomorrow. haha How are you feeling about these color combos??…

  • Coffee and Cards,  Stampin Up News/Deals,  YouTube video

    Coloring with the Stampin’ Blends

    On the Tuesday Edition of Coffee and Cards we colored Ladybugs. I was really needing some… relaxing… no stress, fun! Soooo, what did I do, pulled out the Blends and made a few more!! Just toooooo Fun!! The ladybugs don’t need to all be red, right?? I sure did not think soo, you?? Which is your favorite?? Highland Heather, Daffodil Delight or the Poppy Parade. But How about a Balmy Blue one too?!? Before I share all of those let’s see what we did on Coffee and Cards on Tuesday… Using some more from the bits and pieces container. However we did stick with a more traditional Ladybug didn’t we……

  • Coloring,  Stamp Camp/class

    3rd and final Thinking of You Stamp-a-Stack

    WOW, right?? I agree, this was one that just happened! Started with the “shading” using daubers. The colors, Pool Party and Highland Heather for the background. Purple Posy, Garden Green and Gorgeous Grape are the card layers. Ink colors used, Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather and Pool Party. However, let’s talk about the FREE dies and FREE stamp set! When you spend $150 you can get both for free! Ohhh how I enjoy this time of year!! Did you check out the second release items?? A friend let me play a little with her coffee cups.. they have officially been bumped to the top of the list!! I think I NEED…

  • beginner-casual-avid,  Coloring

    Swaps, coloring and more…

    Have you seen the Hoot Hoot Hooray (149352) stamp set? I have been working on some coloring with this set. Yes, with the Stampin’ Blends! Still a ton more to do! Sorry I can not share just yet! I am excited just a few more days and we leave for OnStage. What is OnStage you ask?? Stampin’ Up! has several events each year and off to Lansing for this next one! I would love to have you join me for the next one!! How?? Join my team and let the crafty fun begin!! The bonus is that the events are full of SOO MUCH energy! The anticipation is starting to…

  • Coloring,  Holiday cards,  Stamp Camp/class

    #6 Birds of a Feather

    You will eventually find all the links and basic info page here. This Card uses the Birds of a Feather stamp set (150571). Add a couple punches and do some coloring… PERFECT!! Here is how the Ultimate Add On will work: Birds of a Feather 2″ Circle punch Whisper White cardstock Cherry Cobbler cardstock Daffodil Delight cardstock Memento ink 2 1/4 Circle punch Cherry Cobbler Dark Stampin’ Blends Daffodil Delight Dark Stampin’ Blends All that together for a total of $111.51 and the Camp is no charge. Add on #1 Stamp set $25 Add on #2 Stamp set and 2 “Circle punch ($5 off Class fee) However, order the Stamparatus…

  • Coffee and Cards,  Happy Birthday,  Technique,  YouTube video

    8/24 Coffee and Cards

    For Coffee and Cards this week, it was about the Marvelous Markers vs. Stampin’ Blends AND Memento vs StazOn. Are you wondering about this too?? Then this is the episode you will want to watch!! However, let us talk about the above cards.. these are the results of us figuring out which goes with what… Confused?? Here is where we started, Marvelous Markers.. they are just like using your colored ink pads.. you can “color” the stamp and then da-duh! Next was water color paper and the aqua painter… It was decided that StazOn was the black of choice, unless you wanted a more no line look like this. Lastly,…

  • Boxes, Tags and Bags,  Coloring,  YouTube video

    Beautiful Day gift tags w/video

    Ohhh, what a fun day in the studio today!! Any day that I can get in the coloring tent is a GREAT day!! However, I discovered that I really need a few new Stampin’ Blends! No, I do not only have purple, but…. Here is a shopping list of what you need to grab before you watch the video… One full sheet of cardstock (8 1/2 x 11) Trimmer Coordinating Stampin’ Blends Coordinating/Complimentary Ink Ribbon to match Trio Punch (146320) Some DSP to match. Additionally the measurements are… 4 1/4 x 11 then cut to 3 x 4 1/4. Grab your supplies here is the step by step video.. Need…

  • Coffee and Cards,  Love it, Chop it,  Technique

    Pressed Petal Coffee and Cards 6/22

    We missed you at Coffee and Cards 6/22, want to catch the replay? Here is your link… My mom was a helper this morning. It was fun! Working with the Pressed Petal DSP (149500) and how easy these cards came together! Here are some particulars… All three cards use the same paper pack, this one also has a sentiment from the Strong & Beautiful Stamp set (148732). Wondering where that ribbon came from?? That is the Whisper White Flax Ribbon, dyed with Mossy Meadow (133651) ink refill. Using the same Mossy Meadow Flax ribbon, this 3 x 3 is super quick, a 2 3/4 by 2 3/4 DSP piece, a…

  • Boxes, Tags and Bags,  Coffee and Cards,  Happy Birthday,  Simple Stamping

    Coffee and Cards 6/15

    This week we played with the Whisper White narrow note cards (145583) & envelopes along with the Rooted in Nature (146482) coordinating dies Nature’s Roots (146341). Do you struggle with small cards for your gift bags?? or are you a gift wrapper?? haha. funny right?? I hardly ever wrap anymore. I love that the bags are recyclable!! First was our beginner card. Stamp, Ink and Paper. Note.. the two different tree images… Check out the video for the techniques. Ink Colors are Crumb Cake (147116), Granny Apple Green (147095) and Soft Suede (147115), Our stepped up card, we added the dies and Timeless Label (149516) punch to the mix. All…

  • Coloring,  Happy Birthday,  Masculine Cards

    Birthday or Dad?

    Still gearing up for Father’s Day?? Or is it just a birthday card that you need? Do you have fishermen in your life?? I sure do! My Dad, brothers and nephew. This would be fitting of any of them. The Best Catch stamp set (148598), coordinating dies Catch of the Day (148815) are all you need for the fishermen in your life! Starting with the water… do you think of different things that you could have done, of course, after the card is done?? I do! A sweep of the Balmy Blue ink pad (147105) along the bottom of this layer adds the look of water, but thinking now it…

  • Coloring,  In-Colors,  Paper Pumpkin

    Dear Friend

    Today is all about a Paper Pumpkin alternative. As a Paper Pumpkin subscriber since the beginning, I can honestly say that if you have been outta the loop for a while, you NEED to get back in!! Shelli Gardner, co-founder of Stampin’ Up! helped to design this kit. The top card, in Pool Party, is from the kit, mostly as the directions state. I added a stamped imagine on the sentiment and tweaked the twine. I would love to get this card, how about you? Now, for the alternative card…. I hear you cringing, however, a fussy cut was necessary. Can you hear the feathers asking to be cut out??…