Did You Ever Hit

a brick wall when crafting?  Sometimes you just don’t have any mojo at all.  It is amazing how you can sit there and try to come up with an idea and then it hits – why not play with the Brick Wall Embossing Folder and see what you can do?

I really wanted my background to look like a brick wall, so I placed a small piece of temporary adhesive on the back of my card stock before running it through the Big Shot with the embossing folder.  Then I used my brayer to ink up the card stock before I removed it from the folder.  This way, I didn’t mush my bricks AND the brayer only inked the raised bricks, leaving the “mortar” lines white!  Isn’t that a quick and easy way to make your brick wall?

Here’s the first card I made:

SU! Brick Wall EF, Botanical Builders, Garden in Bloom

Pretty cool background, right?  I used Cherry Cobbler ink for my bricks.

Well, I also decided to go with a softer look, and the second one I made is this:

SU! Brick Wall, Botanical Builders, Garden in Bloom

For this one, I used Sahara Sand to ink up my wall.  The flowers and leaves were created with the Botanical Fields Builder framelits.  These die cuts are so pretty.  The sentiment is from Garden in Bloom.

So, what do you think?  Going to try making your own brick wall?

Just wanted to remind you that we are in the last month of Sale-A-Bration.  If you haven’t placed your order and earned your FREE goodies, don’t wait too much longer!!   I still have open dates for in-home workshops – or consider hosting an on-line party!  Once your show hits $250 in merchandise (prior to S/H and tax in the US) you earn an extra $25 in hostess dollars!!   OR if you are an “I want it all!” person, then join my team!  Choose $155 worth of Stampin’ Up! goodies for just $99 + tax!!  That is $56 worth of goodies FREE!!  And you pay NO shipping on your kit!   How cool is this deal??  Let me know if you have any questions, I’d be happy to answer them for you!

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Join Me?

For a cup of tea?
Playing in this week’s Global Design Project Color #GDP025 color challenge.

Colour ChallengeGDP25

These aren’t colors I typically choose – so thought it would be fun to try.  Here is what I came up with:

SU! Have  A Cuppa, Cups & Kettles Framelits

Overall, I am happy with the card – but I think the teapot could use a little something.  I tried all three color combinations and liked this one the best for the teapot.  I even tried some patterned papers, but none seemed to work for me.  What would you suggest?

It was definitely a challenge and took me a while to make this card.  If you get a chance, hope you give it a try!  (And let me know if you do – I’d love to see it!)

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Supply List: (All Items Are Stampin’ Up!)

  •  Cups & Kettles Framelits
  •  Daffodil Delight Card Stock
  • Basic Gray Card Stock
  • Smokey Slate Card Stock
  • Whisper White Card Stock
  • Have A Cuppa Designer Series Paper
  • Paper Doilies
  • Daffodil Delight Cotton Ribbon
  • Smokey Slate Thick Bakers Twine
  • Have A Cuppa Metal Embellishments

Team Stamp It Easter Blog Hop


Welcome to the Team Stamp It Easter Themed Blog Hop!  I hope you are enjoying all the creations we have made for you!

Today, I am featuring a card using the Circle of Spring stamp set found in the Annual catalog.  There is a matching set of framelits that make it easy to die cut the wreath and the bow.

SU! Circle of Spring, Crazy For You

The wreath is stamped in Pear Pizzazz ink and then colored using Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Pink Pirouette and Wisteria Wonder markers.  To make it pop a little more, Wink of Stella Clear was used on the flowers.  Here is a close up:

SU! Circle of Spring, Crazy for You

The background from the wreath is a piece of Designer Series Paper from the Color Me Irresistable Specialty pack.  The sentiment is from Crazy About You and matching framelits.

We are once again doing a give away!  Just leave a comment below with the hashtag: #stampitcontest to be entered into the drawing!


Thanks for stopping by!  Enjoy the rest of the hop!


Blog Hoppers

1. Tami White
2. Elizabeth Jeanne
3. Stephanie Kolker
4. Mary Bush
5. Gianna Sardella
6. Sheri Meyer
7. Linda Cullen
8. Charlene Luks
9. Pam Nichols
10. Oksana Semenska
11. Lori Mueller
12. Liz Miller
13. Teresa Howe
14. Bobbie Crouch

Apple of My Eye

Hi – still playing with the Apple of My Eye set.  This is a fun set and I love how easy it is to line up the stamps to complete the image.  The beauty of photopolymer stamps.  I made this card for our Demo Swap at my upline’s Team Meeting last night.

SU! Apple of My Eye

Not sure how easy it is to see, but sparkle was added to the apple using the Clean Wink of Stella brush.  LOVE THIS PRODUCT! So easy to use and a great way to quickly add sparkle to anything.  Have you tried it yet?

Added interest with the Designer Series Paper instead  of just using a full layer.  I like the diagonal white strip.  The DSP is cut just 1″ smaller than my Whisper White panel in the vertical direction and then cut in half on the diagonal.   What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by today.  Hope you will drop by on Saturday as I am participating in an Easter Theme Blog Hop with my fellow Team Stamp It demonstrators.


You’re Sweet

SU! Apple of My Eye, Subtle DSP Stack

Hi!  How are you today?  Just wanted to take a minute to say You’re Just the Sweetest!  Thanks for the comments, likes, and repins and Thanks to those that Follow Me!!

Today’s card features the Apple of My Eye stamp set in the Occasions catalog.  The citrus fruit was stamped in Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight and Wild Wasabi.  The Designer Paper comes from the Subtles Designer Paper stack.  A quick card that can be used to say Thanks for any reason!

Hope you get a few minutes today to be creative – whether it be paper crafting or something else – everyone deserves a little creative time!

Have a good one!


What Do You Do…

When you bring an outline stamp and full ink pads – but no blender pens or markers with which to color the image?

That was my dilemma when I sat down to stamp with the Flowering Fields stamp set (you can choose this set FREE during Sale-A-Bration with a $50 purchase (US) prior to S/H and tax) and realized that full color ink pads weren’t going to work to color in the pretty flowers since I forgot to bring a blender pen or an aqua painter to use with the ink pads.  And, since I also didn’t bring along the coordinating markers, what was one to do?

Here is my solution: Acrylic Block Stamping!  Yes, this worked out just well – I could use the acrylic block to create a color background for my flowers!  What do you think?

SU! Flowering Fields, Suite Sayings

For this first card, I used Blackberry Bliss – I stamped the block on scrap paper a few times to lighten the background so that the flower would show.  While it is hard to see, the two corner panels are Blackberry Bliss while the flower image is matted on Basic Black.  The sentiment is my favorite from the Suite Sayings stamp set found in the Occasions Catalog.

SU! Flowering Fields, Suite Sayings

The second card uses Calypso Coral as my background color.  For this one, I made a bigger front panel and added a little of the Thick Baker’s Twine in Calypso Coral to match.  The sentiment is also from the Suite Sayings stamp set.

SU! Flowering Fields, Suite Sayings

The third card in the series uses Hello Honey for my background.  Went with a full panel for the front on this one.   The ribbon I had wanted to use didn’t really work – it would have worked better if I had used Very Vanilla instead of Whisper White (but I didn’t bring that color with me).

Lastly, we have this card using Lost Lagoon:

SU! Flowering Fields, Wildflower Fields DSP

I liked this pattern from the coordinating Wildflower Fields Designer Series Paper (FREE as a Sale-A-Bration item with a $50 (US) purchase prior to S/H and tax) so decided to go with that to finish off my card.  So, what do you think, an alternative to coloring outline images when you forget to bring something with which to color.  Think you’ll give it a try?

I had fun coming up with ways to stamp with the limited supplies I brought with me – but will be happy to be back in my own crafting space with all my toys, I mean, tools, to use.

Hope you found some inspiration from today’s post and a way to keep stamping when what you had originally planned doesn’t quite work out!

Thanks for stopping by!


Watercolor Wishes Cards

Hi!  Back today with some of the cards I made using the Watercolor Wishes kit.  I did make all 20 cards (changed a few of the sentiments, but stuck to the layouts provided in the directions) and also 2 extra cards.  I won’t show you all the cards the kit makes, just a few, but will show you the 2 extra cards I made.  I still have some pieces left, so will make a few more.

First up, two of the cards following the directions in the kit:

SU! Watercolor WishesI like the clean look of this “hello” card.  The stripes are already on the base layer, so it is just a matter of stamping “hello” and adding the die cut flowers that are included.  I believe this also calls for sequins, but as I didn’t have any glue dots or mono-multi with me, I couldn’t add them.


SU! Watercolor Wishes

Next up is this “Celebrate” card.  This is a smaller card size, so not likely able to go through the mail, but easily tucked or attached to a gift.  Very simple and non-gender specific.  One of the reasons why I love this kit – the cards can be used for anyone depending on what you add to them.

Ok, so on to the two extra cards I made.  For this card, I cut the base layer in half and mounted it onto a Whisper White card stock base.

SU! Watercolor Wishes

I hand-cut the blue border around my sentiment from the empty die cut labels that were provided.  Then just hand cut a small piece of Whisper White to fit behind the border and there is my sentiment panel.  The flower and leaves were extras in the kit.

For my final card, I once again cut the original base in half and mounted it on Whisper White card stock.

SU! Watercolor Wishes

Do you recall the band I showed in yesterday’s post that was around the envelopes?  Well, I cut a piece of it to use on this card as a banner under my sentiment.  Once again, the border for the sentiment is cut from the excess around the original die cut and a piece of Whisper White attached behind it.  The flowers are again extra pieces that weren’t used for the original cards.

So, what do you think?  Do you like my extra cards?  All I added was some Whisper White card stock.  I would highly recommend Mono Multi as your adhesive with this kit (it is the only item you need to purchase separately from the kit) as that would allow you to attach the wooden elements, sequins and flowers without having to use another adhesive.  The kit does contain a sheet of dimensionals – which work great for adding depth for the sentiment panels.  If you are heading on vacation or a business trip and are looking for a little crafting get-away while you are gone – this kit is perfect! It contains everything but the Mono Multi adhesive.

Thanks for stopping by!


PS – Sorry that I do not have my supply list available – the service I used has changed and I am still trying to find something that fits my needs.  If you have any questions about the supplies used, feel free to ask!





Watercolor Wishes

Hi!  Have you seen the Watercolor Wishes Kit in the Annual Catalog?  I had ordered it a while ago, but hadn’t gotten a chance to play with it until now.  WOW!!  Look at all the goodies that come in the kit!  I am in LOVE!!  Supplies to make 20 cards – all I need to provide is some adhesive!  And – each card is UNIQUE!!  Unlike the Tin of Cards Kit where you have supplies to make 4 each of the same design, this one contains 20 different cards.


And the best part is – I believe I can make more than 20 cards if I cut the bases in half where the front and back of the card contain the same pattern – and add a few sheets of Whisper White.  Also, I included the striped band that was around the card bases and envelopes, because I think I can cut it to use on one of my added cards.

Time to get busy – I’ll post some of my creations tomorrow!

If you’ve gotten this kit and used it differently than what is shown, please let me know what you did!  I’m always up for new ideas and thinking outside the box!

And, did you see 3 new products were added to Sale-A-Bration choices to replace the 3 that retired on Feb 15?  Love these new products – can’t wait to get my hands on them!!  You can earn these FREE with every $50 purchase! (prior to S/H and tax, in the US!) Check with your local demonstrator if you live outside the USA.


Thanks for stopping by!



Hi!  Had a little time to play with the #GDP022 sketch this week.    Decided to try out my Balloon Celebration bundle in preparation for March’s class featuring the bundle.  Here is my take on the sketch:

SU! Balloon Celebrations, Its My Party

Yes, I am still in birthday card making mode.  I thought since I joined the #imbringingbirthdaysback movement, I better make sure to have a pretty big stash of birthday cards on hand.  I truly do love the balloons in this set – the two step stamping allows for such a textured look to the balloons.  I have plans to emboss the second stamp – ie, the little dots – once I get another opportunity to play in the stamp room.  A very quick card when you are in a hurry – but still oh so cute!  The paper is from the It’s My Party Designer Series Paper stack.

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A Little Grunge

Continuing on with the birthday theme – here is a card we made at the Birthday Bash using Gorgeous Grunge.  Perfect for boys – especially teens, I think.  You could switch up the colors and make it into a girl card if need be.  Maybe switch to polka dots as well.  Just thinking as I type to give you other ideas.  Who knows, I could be way off base.  (Now I may have to go play and see if I can make it into what popped into my head for a girl.)   If you try it out, let me know what you think!


The sentiment is created using the Crazy for You bundle – a very versatile bundle if you haven’t checked it out yet.  A little Design Series Paper from the Brights Designer Paper stack, some texture using the Arrows embossing folder and banners made using the Triple Banner Punch and the Bitty Banner punch completes the card.

Hope you find a little inspiration in today’s creation when next you stamp.

Just a quick reminder, the following Sale-A-Bration products will NO LONGER be available after Feb 15th.  If you haven’t gotten your FREE products yet, don’t wait!!  I am going to miss The Sky is the Limit and the Perfectly Artistic Designer Series Paper.

And, while you are shopping, check out these great deals on Current Product – found in the Weekly Deals:

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