Sneak Peek – New Sale-A-Bration Products!

Okay friend – the title was your warning!  If you don’t want an early sneak peek of the upcoming new products for Sale-A-Bration – available Feb. 16th – March 31st – then close this post now!!

On the other hand, if  you’ve been wondering and waiting, then this post is for you!

I just received my delivery yesterday of the 3 new Sale-A-Bration products, as well as the printed flyer showing the details of each one.  I’ll be handing them out to my customers at classes tomorrow and Saturday, so if you’re not coming to those classes and want a flyer, just shoot me an email & I’ll take care of you :)


Okay, those that didn’t want to see the sneak peek should be gone now… here they are!  Drumroll please…….


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TA-DA!!  Here they are; 2 fabulous new stamp sets, and a trio of glitter tape!

The first stamp set (on the left) is called Party Pants (I love that name!) and it’s a great party set that can be  used for any party occasion, not just birthdays.  The balloon image also coordinates with our fabulous Balloon Punch – isn’t that great!?

The second stamp set (on the right) is called Pedal Pusher, with the main image being the super cute bicycle built for two, with the flag, basket and all the things that fill the basket, for any occasion you want!  I just adore this set; it reminds me of the ‘Loaded with Love’ retired set – with the open back truck, and the stamps with things that could fill the back of the truck; do you remember that one?   It was so popular, and to this day I still have people asking for it.  I think that this bicycle set is going to be just as sought-after!

Now how about the trio of Metallics Glitter Tape?  Can you say ‘ba-da-bling‘!?  Oh my gosh – they are so sparkly in real life; and the glitter stays put on the tape – no mess!  And you get all 3 rolls as 1 item :)  Be still my sparkle-loving heart! ♥

Here are a couple of pictures of the flyer with these three new items, and some sample pictures on it as well:

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SAB flyer inside

Is your head spinning with ideas on how to use these new stamp sets and tape?!  Mine is!

Now remember – these are only available from February 16th – March 31st, and you cannot buy them!  You can only get them for FREE during Sale-A-Bration; for every $60 ordered, you get to choose 1 FREE SAB item.  Spend $180, and you can choose ALL THREE of these new items!  :)

You have from now until Feb. 15th to get the Sky is the Limit stamp set, the Perfectly Artistic DSP and the Hello stamp set, which are currently on the last 3 pages of the SAB brochure.  On Feb. 16th, these 3 items go away, and are replaced with the new Party Pants and Pedal Pusher stamp sets and the Metallics Glitter Tape.

So get your shopping list ready, and CLICK HERE to go directly to my online store!  If you have any questions, or if you’d like me to put in your order for you, give me a call at 604.298.0472 or email me at and I’ll look after you.

Until next time – happy shopping & stamping!

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Watercooler Wednesday – Technique Challenge

I have some very exciting news to share!!  Perhaps this will give you a clue as to what it’s about:

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You may remember that last week, I entered 2 cards into the Watercooler Wednesday challenge and Design Team call.  Well – for the next 3 months, I,  along with 3 other fabulous demonstrators ,will be a temporary Watercooler Artist!  This 3 month trial period will give everyone a chance to see how they like being part of a weekly challenge design team, and for the permanent design team artists to make sure we’re all a good fit for the team :)

This week is a Marsha’s technique challenge – Bouncing Brayer!

WWC54 (1) If you’ve never heard of this technique, you can check out a tutorial and video over on Splitcoaststampers – it’s a fun technique that does take a bit of practice, and you can get a bit inky!  Basically, you ink up your Brayer and then instead of rolling it across your cardstock, you keep one end in place, and ‘bounce’ the brayer across your cardstock.  (or you can lift the entire Brayer and bounce the whole thing).

Here is my card:


This beach scene is wishful thinking on my part.  When I made this card, it was cold and rainy outside!

I started with a panel of Whisper White cardstock, and masked off the bottom portion using Post-it notes.  I wanted to create a multi-colour sunset, but of course Stampin’ Up! doesn’t carry the multi coloured ink pads.  So, I first inked up my full brayer with Daffodil Delight ink, kept one end in place in the middle of the card, then bounced the other end in a semi-circle.  Next, I inked only 2/3rds of my brayer with Pumpkin Pie ink, and bounced that on top  of the yellow.  Finally, I inked only the bottom 1/3rd of my brayer in Real Red ink, and added that on top of the yellow and orange.

To create the water and beach, I used the Perfectly Artistic DSP that I got for FREE from the Sale-A-Bration brochure (hurry – this is only available until Feb. 15th!!).  I tore one end of the blue to make it look like the wave coming in, and layered it on top of the Crumb Cake coloured paper.  (I used the marbled side of the blue paper, and the watercolour washed side of the Crumb Cake paper).  I used my White Gel Pen to add some extra ‘wave bubbles’ where the 2 papers met, and added some small bubbles onto the ‘sand’.

I used the Picture Perfect stamp set to create the 2 step sea star; I stamped first in Tip Top Taupe stamped off, then inked the second layer with Blackberry Bliss, stamped off once then stamped on top of the Taupe.  I made 2 sea stars, and layered them on top of each other to create more dimension.  It’s very simple to hand cut the sea stars, and pop them up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  The sentiment was stamped in Pumpkin Pie ink onto Whisper White cardstock; I used the Bitty Banners Framelits to die cut it, and then layered it onto a strip of Daffodil Delight cardstock, with banner ends made using the Banner Triple Punch.  I sponged the edges in Pumpkin Pie ink, then attached some looped Linen Thread behind the banners, and attached it to the card front.

So there you have it – my first card as a temporary Watercooler Artist!  I hope you like my card; I’d love to read any comment you’d care to leave for me.  If you haven’t already, please head over to the Watercooler Challenges page, and check out the amazing cards the rest of the Artists made for your inspiration!  We all used the same bouncing brayer technique, but you’ll see how different each of our cards look – it really is a versatile technique!

I’ll be looking forward to seeing your card linked for the challenge! Your card could be the next Top Pick! :)

Until next time – happy stamping!

DebSmartSignature (1)



Paper Craft Crew Challenge – PCCCS181

Welcome back to another sketch challenge with the Paper Craft Crew!

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We have another great sketch for you to use as a starting point for your card:


I decided to make the beautiful Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper the focal point on my card:


My card base is Mossy Meadow cardstock, layered with a panel of Hello Honey cardstock.  I stamped the small flower image in Hello Honey ink onto the Hello Honey cardstock, for a tone-on-tone look.  The DSP panel is layered on top of a panel of Whisper White cardstock, with strips of  Mossy Meadow and Cajun Craze cardstock.

I used the Botanical Builder Framelits Dies to die cut the leaves from Pear Pizzazz and Old Olive cardstock, and die cut the flowers from Mint Macaron, Hello Honey and Cajun Craze cardstock.  I stamped the details on the leaf and centres on the flowers using the coordinating Botanical Blooms stamp set – did you know that you can also use these stamps to stamp details onto some of the DSP as well?!  It’s so versatile!  You can also use the Dies to cut the leaves out of the DSP, too.

I layered the flowers on top of the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals, then popped the sentiment on top of the leaves.  I had stamped the sentiment from the Picture Perfect set in Hello Honey, then used the Bitty Banners Framelits to die cut it.  In this picture, you can see how how the flowers and leaves really stand out – I love the 3D look!


This was a fun card to make, even though it had minimal stamping!  The DSP and the Dies really did all the work on this card.

I hope you liked my card, and if you haven’t already, please pop over to the Paper Craft Crew page and see the amazing cards the rest of the Design Team have created for your inspiration.  Then of course, join the challenge!  Create your own card, link it up to the challenge, and you may be our next Top Pick!

Thanks for spending time with me today!  If you’d like to purchase any of the products I used to create this card, simply click on my signature below to go directly to my online store.

Until next time – happy stamping!

DebSmartSignature (1)

Weekly Deals For You

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Time to get your shopping on, and take advantage of these great deals!

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I just recently featured the Baker’s Box Thinlits Dies for the little Valentine mailbox I made – here it is again, in case you missed it:

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I just love this Die set – you can use this Baker’s Box for so many things!  It’s perfect for giving little treats, and you can decorate it any way you like, to suit any occasion.  Not only that, but you can use the other Dies it includes in the set on any other project you’re working on.

You can take advantage of these great prices from today, Feb. 9th through next Monday Feb. 15th; to order online, simply click my signature below to go directly to my online store, or shoot me an email at , and I’ll be  happy to place your order for you.  Remember, you can include Weekly Deals and Clearance Rack items in your order to qualify for FREE Sale-A-Bration products!  Once your order totals $60 (pre-tax/shipping), you qualify for 1 FREE  item!!

This is also your final week to earn the items on pages 16 – 19 in the Sale-A-Bration brochure; the Sky is the Limit stamp set, Perfectly Artistic DSP and the Hello stamp set.  After next Monday, Feb. 15th, they’ll be gone – replaced by 3 new items!

Wondering what the NEW Sale-A-Bration items will be?  Well, come back tomorrow and I’ll give you a sneak peek! :)

Until next time  – happy stamping!

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Gung Hei Fat Choi! Happy Lunar New Year!

Gung Hei Fat Choi is how you wish someone Happy New Year in Chinese!  Today, February 8th  is the first day of the Chinese New Year, also called the Spring Festival.  This is one of the most important celebrations in the Chinese community, as it heralds the start of their Lunar New Year.  2016 is the Year of the Monkey

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Here  in Vancouver, B.C., there is a large Chinese community, so there are a lot of celebrations going on!  Some happened on the weekend, and more are scheduled for the upcoming weekend, since not everyone can attend on a Monday – even though today happens to be ‘Family Day’, a statutory holiday, here for everyone.

The celebrations are very well attended by everyone of all ethnic backgrounds; the dragon dance is something to see with it’s amazing costumes and energy, and of course there’s always fireworks – because they scare away the bad spirits!  The food is always amazing and abundant,  and everyone is always in a good mood, to bring in the best of luck for the upcoming year.

These are some pictures I found on the internet from previous years parades here in Vancouver:

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This one show how crowded the streets get – this is during the parade.  You can see a dragon heading down the street.

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Here are 2 dragons posing at the Chinese Millennial  Gate at the start of our Vancouver’s Chinatown area.  This is where one of the parades always starts.

As you can see by the 1st picture, it gets very, very crowded!!  I haven’t been to one of these parades in several years, as I just don’t tolerate huge crowds that well!  So I stay home, and watch the highlights on the tv :)

If you’d like to celebrate the Year of the Monkey, I found this adorable punch art monkey on Pinterest HERE :

punch art monkey

Isn’t he cute?!  And, Ann kindly show us which punches to use to make him! :)

I  hope you’re enjoying your day today, whether you’re celebrating anything, or just getting through another Monday!  I’ve been busy creating and posting for the next 2 days, so I hope you’ll come back tomorrow and see what I have to share with you!

Until then – happy stamping!

DebSmartSignature (1)



Awesomely Artistic Watercooler Challenge

Hi there!  Thanks for stopping by today – I have a card to share with  you that I made to play along with the new Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – WWC53- Heidi’s Sketch Challenge.

I loved the layout of the sketch, and I instantly knew what I wanted to use on my card.  First, here’s the sketch:


Here is my card, created using the Awesomely Artistic stamp set, found in the Annual catalogue (pg. 125):

WWC53 Awesomely Artistic

I started with a square of Whisper White cardstock, and stamped the flower image in Versamark ink, covered it with Gold Embossing Powder, then heat embossed it.  I then used my Blender Pens and Melon Mambo ink pad to colour in the flowers, and Pear Pizzazz to colour the leaves.  I then stamped the 2 dragonflies in each corner in Basic Gray Archival ink, then added some Tempting Turquoise to the wings using my Stampin’ Write marker, then I used the Gold Wink of Stella Glitter Pen to add some gold to the wings and body of the dragonflies.  I took this picture at a bit of an angle, so you could see the embossing and the gold glitter.  I just love how easy it is to add a  touch of gold, right where you want it, with the Wink of Stella pen!

Next I used a Sponge Dauber and the Tempting Turquoise ink to add some colour to the background.  I then cut the stamped panel (while holding my breath!) into 4 equal squares, and mounted them onto squares of Basic Gray cardstock.

The sentiment is from the Best Thoughts Hostess set, also in the Annual Catalogue (pg. 180), stamped in Tempting Turquoise ink onto Whisper White.  I sponged the edges with the Tempting Turquoise Sponge Dauber, then mounted it onto a square of Basic Gray as well.

I stamped my Tempting Turquoise card base with the splatter from the Awesomely Artistic set in Tempting Turquoise ink, then mounted all of the squares on top, as per the sketch.  I then used my retired Butterfly Sizzlets to die cut the butterflies from Melon Mambo cardstock, and glued them onto the card from using Tombow glue.

I hope you like my card as much as I do – or even a little!  I’d love to read a comment from you, if you have time to leave one.  Then, I hope you’ll head over to the Watercooler Challenge page, and see the other cards – and join in yourself!

Thanks for spending some time with me today!  I  hope you have a great day :)

Until next time – happy stamping!

DebSmartSignature (1)


Paper Pumpkin & Weekly Deals

They’re back – the Weekly Wow’s – er, Deals!

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Okay – if I didn’t already have everything – yes, everything – in this week’s deals, I’d be snapping up all of them!  I love the Crazy About You stamp set – with so many words in this set, you can pretty much find something for every occasion.  The flower stamps coordinate with 2 of our punches (Flower Medallion and 1 3/4″ Circle Punch), and if you want, you can save a bit more when you Bundle the stamp set with the Hello You Thinlits Dies – get the photopolymer bundle for only $52.50!

Of course the Decorative Label Punch and the Gold 1/8″ Ribbon can be used any time!  I just used the punch in my project for the Paper Craft Crew challenge yesterday.

The Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies are ‘da bomb’ – not only can you make the quick & easy gift bag (and modify it to make a larger size) but you also get 10 other dies in the set, that you can use to decorate the bag, or any other project.  The Snow Friends Framelits are just too cute for words; you can use them on their own, or you can still purchase the Bundle with the Framelits and the Snow Place stamp set for only $55.25.  Who says you can’t use penguins year ’round?!

Would you rather have a prepared craft kit delivered to your door every month?  We’ve got you covered!

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Until March 31st, you can purchase a 3 month prepaid Paper Pumpkin subscription for only $69 (regularly $74.85).  And as a bonus, you get a FREE Sale-A-Bration item!!  Just like that!  You can add your Paper Pumpkin subscription to any order, and they add up for more Sale-A-Bration items; spend $120 and get 2 Free items!  Want a whole 12 months of fun delivered to your door?  You can purchase the 12 month subscription for only $275.40, saving $24, AND you get 4 Sale-A-Bration items!

Just to recap – here’s the details:

3-Month Prepaid Subscription (137859) $74.85 $69
Save on a 3-month prepaid subscription and instantly qualify for a FREE Sale-A-Bration item!

12-Month Prepaid Subscription (137861) $275.40
Take it to the next level with a 12-month prepaid subscription. Save $24 a year with the everyday awesome price, earn Stampin’ Rewards, and instantly qualify for 4 FREE Sale-A-Bration items!

This offer will end on March 31, 2016 at 11:50 PM (MT).

To take advantage of these deals, and more, CLICK  HERE to go directly to my online store to order (even in your jammies!), or give me a call or email at 604.298.0472 or  and I’ll be happy to take care of the ordering for you!

Just a quick reminder – you only have until February 15th to get your hands on the following items from the Sale-A-Bration brochure; after that, they are being replaced!

SU SAB sky is the limit stamps

SU SAB sky is the limit

SU SAB hello and dsp

SU SAB hello and dsp samples

Full disclosure  here – I have seen the items that will be replacing the above products – and you WILL want them!!  Seriously!  It’s one of the perks of being a demonstrator – we get to see new products before they go ‘live’, and we also get the chance to purchase them!  You know how you can get some of that action – join my team! :)

Want to know another perk of joining during Sale-A-Bration – in case getting an extra $70 in free product, free shipping and free business supplies wasn’t enough for you – you’ll also be able to pre-order before the new Annual Catalogue comes out!!  *squee!*  It’s like Christmas, all over again! The joy, the surprise, the spending of money – er, the joy! And you get it 1 month before the catalogue goes live :)  (in case  you wanted to show off to your crafty friends).

Lots to think about, lots of shopping to do!  Just click my signature below to go directly to my online store, or CLICK HERE if  you’re ready to JOIN THE FUN, and JOIN MY TEAM!

Until next time – happy stamping!

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Fun Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge!

Are you looking for a way to kick-start your creative mojo?  Well, you’ve come to the right place!

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As a Design Team member at the Paper Craft Crew, I find that having a sketch, or some kind of prompt to start with is a great help if you’re feeling in a creative slump.  Not only that, but you when you join a challenge, you have the projects made by the Design Team to spark some ideas!

This week’s challenge is a great sketch – just enough layers and versatility to keep it interesting but not too intimidating!  Have a look:


The most difficult part for me was deciding which of my new stamp sets to use!  I decided to (again) use the A Nice Cuppa stamp set and coordinating Cups & Kettle Framelits dies.

PCCCS180 A Nice Cuppa

I have to admit – I’m so taken with this set that not only did I get the Bundle of stamp set and Framelits (‘cuz then you get 15% off!), but I then bought the rest of the suite – DSP stack, embellishments and ribbon!  Be still my heart!!  Now, I didn’t use everything on this card, but you can see that I did use the stamps, framelits and DSP.

I started with a card base of Crushed Curry cardstock, then layered a panel of the Have A Cuppa DSP on top.  The narrow strip is from the same DSP stack, with the playful teabags, on top of a strip of Melon Mambo cardstock.

On top of that is a 3 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ square of Melon Mambo cardstock, with a piece of Crushed Curry punched using the Decorative Label Punch peeking from the bottom.

I stamped the cup in Crushed Curry, teabag in Basic Gray and lemon wedge in Daffodil Delight ink on a separate piece of Whisper White, and used the Framelits to die cut the  tea bag and cup.  I hand cut the lemon wedge, and die cut the heart from a piece of Melon Mambo cardstock.  The wavy designs on the teacup were die cut from Bermuda Bay cardstock, and attached to the cup using Tombow liquid glue.

All of the pieces were popped up onto the 3″ x 3″ square of Whisper White cardstock, and the sentiment stamped above the cup in Melon Mambo ink.

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my card for this challenge – please come over to the Paper Craft Crew page to see what the rest of the Design Team  has prepared for your inspiration, then be sure to join us!  Create your own card based on the sketch, post it, and link up to the challenge.  Did you know that you don’t need a blog to join the challenge?  Nope – you can post it pretty much anywhere we can access & leave a comment for you!

Thanks for spending some time with me today – I’ll be looking for you on the challenge page!

Until next time – happy stamping :)

DebSmartSignature (1)

Blogging Friends Lovely Blog Hop

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Welcome to our February ‘love-ly’ Blogging Friends Blog Hop!

I don’t know about you, but I’m still trying to figure out how January went by so fast!  Here we are, now into February, and of course that means that the big celebration is LOVE!  I know, some people focus on ‘Valentine’s Day’, but to me, that seems so restrictive to a ‘sweetheart’.  Of course, not everyone has a ‘sweetheart’ when Feb. 14th rolls around, but we all have friends and family whom we love, and I  think it’s always important to celebrate those special connections.

If this is your first time visiting a blog hop, just sit back, relax and enjoy the fabulous projects our newly expanded group of blogging friends! We have a number of new friends added to our group, so you are in for a real treat!   Each of us is linked to the person in front and behind us, so all you have to do is click on the ‘Continue’ button at the bottom of each blog post, and you’ll be taken to the next page.

In the event of technical difficulties – meaning the internet gremlins have been at work – go to the bottom of the page, and you’ll see a complete list of all participants in order, so you can continue on that way.

So you should have arrived here from Danica Ferrante’s blog – isn’t she talented?!  It’s such a treat to follow her in the line up :)

My first project was inspired by one of my team members, Chantal.  She had spotted this cute project that she wanted to make for her coworkers, so she asked me if we could get together and put one together, then she would make the rest on her own.

We put together the basics of the mailbox together, and I decorated mine later.  Here’s the adorable little ‘love note’ mailbox we came up with:

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The main part of the mailbox is made using the Baker’s Box Thinlits Die; you create it as normal, except you cut the ‘door’ for the mail (treats) to fit in/out.  Then a piece of cardstock is added to fit arcing over the top and down both side, to create the top and feet for the mailbox.  I used the retired Curly Label Punch to create the feet, but you could also use the Decorative Label or Label Bracket punches for the same look.

The small Silver Glimmer hearts were cut from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits, and I also used the Silver Glimmer paper to cover the handle of the mailbox door.

I used last year’s Valentine’s Paper Pumpkin stamp set for the stamped heart and sentiment; I cut that out by hand, and layered it on top of a punched heart in Blushing Bride Cardstock.

You can see on this picture of the back of the mailbox that I did the same; layering the Paper Pumpkin stamp with the punched pink heart, and Silver Glimmer Hearts.


I decorated the rest of the box using Night of Navy cardstock; adding a simple band around the bottom third of the box, then adding another band across the top/sides, in Night of Navy that I had die cut using the same heart border thinlit from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits set.  (I love that I can get so much use from the extra thinlits from these sets!)

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This little mailbox holds lots of sweet treats for your friend, or sweetie!

My next project was inspired by another Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and incredible artist, Lydia Fiedler.  Besides being a SU! demo, and incredible artist, Lydia is also the Community Manager at Splitcoaststampers, which is an amazing resource site for everything crafty and artistic!  Lydia’s card that inspired me can be seen HERE; make sure you have time before you click; you’re going to want to look at everything on her blog! 😉

Here is my card, which uses 2 new sets; Going Global and Beautiful Ride:

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I prepared my card base of Blackberry Bliss cardstock, layered with a panel of Mint Macaron cardstock.

To create the stamped image, I took a piece of Watercolour Paper, stamped the Big Dipper from Going Global and the couple from Beautiful Ride in Versamark ink, covered them with White Embossing Powder, then heat set the powder.

I then used a Post-it Note to mask off the grass area underneath the couple, and using Sponge Daubers created the sky using Mint Macaron, Blackberry Bliss and Night of Navy ink pads.  I removed the mask for the ground, the masked off the sky, and sponged the ground using Crumb Cake, Tip Top Taupe and Old Olive ink pads and Sponge Daubers.  After sponging, I used some paper towel to rub the excess ink off of the embossed images.

Next, I used my Aqua Painter and ink pads in Real Red, Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight , Tip Top Taupe and So Saffron to colour in the couple’s clothes and hair.  I tried to add a shadow under them, but just ended up making it look like they are sitting on a hill!  *sigh*  Oh well; I will need to practice that more, obviously!

The sentiment is from the Picture Perfect stamp set; it’s stamped in Blackberry Bliss ink onto Whisper White cardstock; it and the Blackberry Bliss layer below it had banner ends created using the Banner Triple Punch.  The sentiment and image panel were layered onto the card base using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my projects for this blog hop; if you have time, I would love to read any comments you’d like to leave for me!

Now, you can click on the image below to see what wonderful projects Jessica Mink has in store for you!

Until next time – happy stamping, my friend!

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Blogging Friends Continue on next button


Crystal Komara  

Anna Masciovecchio

Libby Fens

Anne Power

Mary Blocher

Danica Ferrante

Deborah Smart – YOU ARE  HERE!

Jessica Mink

Jodi Horsley

Leanne Johnson

Michelle Clark  

Lorene Yoshimura-Tanigawa

Areli Johnson 

Mary Ann Rossiter

Tammy Gill

Susan Timchak

Sarah Cade

Rick Adkins







WWC52-Watercooler Challenge & Design Team Call

Hello again my stamping friend!  Wow, what a weekend!  Have you ever had one of those, where you ‘to do’ list just goes out the window, with unexpected things coming up?  Yup – that’s been my weekend!

I don’t usually post on a Sunday, but I really wanted to join in the Watercooler Challenge this week, especially since they are also having a ‘Design Team Call’, for people interested in joining their Design Team.

This week the challenge is ‘anything goes’, so I thought I’d try to work on a project that’s been in my head since seeing the Botanical Blooms bundle in the Occasions catalogue.  Again, this project should have come together much more quickly than it did, but with interruptions….well, you know how it goes!

The challenge is WWC52 – Anything Goes:

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Here is my card, using a fun ‘Z fold’:

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This is the card front, with the Z folds closed.  I started with a base of Whisper White cardstock, measuring 12″ x 6″.  I scored it at 4″ and 8″, then measured up 1″ from either end, ending up with a piece cut on the diagonal measuring 5″ at the highest end (right side) and 1″ at the narrowest (left) end.   I will be doing up a tutorial on how to create this fold, with pictures, so please check back in a couple of days for that!

Next I cut my Crumb Cake cardstock pieces to fit the 3 panels, (front and back for the first 2 panels) swiped the inside of the Brick Wall Embossing Folder with Crumb Cake ink, then embossed all 3 panels.  After attaching them with Tombow liquid glue, I  stamped the hatched image stamp from the Botanical Blooms randomly on the panels, to add more texture.

Then I started creating the flowers; I used a combination of the stamps and the coordinating Botanical Builder Framelits Dies – these are so fabulous!!  I just love all of the shapes and sizes you can die cut, including some that don’t have matching stamps.

For the leaves I stamped using combinations of Old Olive and Mossy Meadow inks onto Whisper White; the finer ferns were die cut from Pear Pizzazz cardstock.  The flowers were stamped and die cut from combinations of Melon Mambo, Blackberry Bliss, Daffodil Delight and Tempting Turquoise cardstock and inks.

Here is a look at the card as it is open; you can see how I arranged the flowers, leaves and ferns along the bricks:

WWC52 botanical blooms open z fold

I used the sentiment from the Botanicals For You free Sale-A-Bration set for the largest panel, stamped in Tempting Turquoise onto Whisper White cardstock.

I added a card base of Tempting Turquoise onto the back panel; you can add just a single piece, and write/stamp your inside sentiment onto the back, but I decided to add a full card base onto the back.  This next picture show that :

WWC52 botanical blooms card base

I stamped the large sentiment from Botanicals For You free Sale-A-Bration set, and added some of the small flowers from that set to the inside, in the same colours as the outside flowers; Blackberry Bliss, Daffodil Yellow and Tempting Turquoise, with Old Olive for the leaves.

For my second card, I went with a much more simple design!  I used a set from the Occasions catalogue that I only just received this week; it’s the super cute Beautiful Ride set:

WWC52 Beautiful Ride

I swear, what sold me on this set was that happy doggy, hanging out the window!  Okay, the whole set is cute, but really – this is exactly what our black Lab Shadow does!  It’s just not a card ride, if he can’t hang his head out the window & sniff!

I started by punching out some ‘clouds’ from Post-It Notes, using the Tree Builder punch, and stuck them onto  a panel of Whisper White cardstock.  I then sponged around the masked clouds using Pool Party ink with a Sponge Dauber.  After removing the masks, I then stamped the car image in Archival Black ink, and added the balloons to the back, and the dog in the window (stamped in Soft Suede ink).

I coloured the balloons using Blender Pens and inks in Real Red, Pool Party and Daffodil Delight, adding highlights with the Signo Gel White Ink Pen, and the Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen.  The car was also coloured using the Blender Pens and inks; the tires in Archival Black, the spokes/rims and bumpers  in Archival Basic Gray, the car itself in Real Red.  I added the Clear Wink of Stella to the bumpers and window of the car, and the middle of the spokes.

The sentiment is also from this Beautiful Ride set, stamped in Real Red onto Whisper White, and layered with banners in Real Red and Daffodil Delight cardstock.  The banner ends were created using the Banner Triple Punch.  To finish off the card, I sponged some Crumb Cake ink under the car, then added the Candy Dots in Pool  Party and Real Red to the sentiment banner and the bottom right corner.  The whole stamped panel was attached the the Pool Party card base using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

So, those are my two cards for the Watercooler Challenge WWC52, and their Design Team Call!  I do hope you  enjoyed seeing them; remember to come back in a couple of days, and I’ll have the tutorial on the Z fold card for you!

Make sure you head to the Watercooler Challenge blog page, to see the great projects by the Design Team, and other cards submitted for the challenge.

Until next time – happy stamping!

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