It’s official!! SAVE THE DATE – MAY 5th, 2018 for CROP and CREATE! 

Save the Date for Crop and Create

We’re so excited for this event! My team member Lynn and I are hosting our first Crop and Create, here in Burnaby, BC. We’ve booked our venue, which is the Willingdon Heights Community Centre, so we have LOTS of room for everyone to attend.

This fun event will run from 1:00 – 5:00 pm on Saturday, May 5th.  There will be a door prize, snacks & beverages throughout the length of the event (stampers can’t run on ink alone!) and some fun prize draws during the event, as well!

There will be 2 parts to this event, and everyone is welcome to sign up for both, or just one part.


The Crop portion is perfect for the paper crafter who has unfinished projects, or projects not yet started, because you just don’t have the space at home. Or maybe you have the space, but not the uninterrupted time? Bring your own projects, materials and consumable supplies, and get ready to be productive!

At the Crop, you’ll have:

  • a table all to yourself – lots of room for your supplies!
  • access to and use of our tools, including Big Shot die cutting/embossing machines
  • access to and use of our dies, framelits, thinlits and embossing folders
  • access and use of our masks/stencils


Looking for some new projects to work on? This is for you!

At each Create class, you’ll have:

  • all supplies to create the project for that class
  • written instructions for that project
  • an instructor there to guide you through the steps for successful completion


We’re still working on the ‘fine print’, such as the costs for the Crop and each Create class. We’re also determining what types of Create classes we’ll have, so if you have any suggestions you’d like to see, such as fancy/fun fold cards, framed samplers, 3D items, or regular cards, please leave a comment on this post!

You’re more than welcome to join both the Crop portion and the Create portion; we’ll just have separate tables for each event. If you’re already set up at a Crop table, just leave your own projects there, and join us at a Create class. Then when you’re done, you can go back and finish up at your Crop table!

Fees will be set for the Crop, and each Create class – they’re still being determined.


We’d love to see you – and bring a friend!! Leave a comment on this post – make sure the email address you’re commenting from is the one you want me to send your invitation to.  Once the details are worked out, I’ll send you a personal invitation! There’s no obligation, but you’ll get ‘first dibs’ with your personal invite! 🙂

Save the Date for Crop and Create!


Mini Treat Bag Tutorial

Hi stamping friend! I thought I’d share with you a Mini Treat Bag tutorial that I first shared in one of my February newsletters.

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This particular one was done in February, with Valentine’s Day in mind. But just change up the paper and use a different sentiment, and it will fit whatever occasion you need it for.

Mini Treat Bag Tutorial



STAMP SET: Birthday Blooms (140655 wood, 140658 clear)

INKS: Berry Burst (144083)


Painted with Love Designer Series Paper (145580) 6” x 6” plus 2” x 2”

Whisper White cardstock: (100730) 3” x 3”

Berry Burst cardstock: (144243) 3” x 3”


Simply Scored Scoring Tool (122334)

Big Shot (143263)

Stitched Shapes Framelits (145372)

Sweet & Sassy Framelits (141707)

Tear & Tape (138995)

Berry Burst 3/8” Metallic-Edge Ribbon (145489) 6” length

Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755)

Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

Paper Snips (103579)


  1. Place 6” x 6” DSP onto Simply Scored board. Score at 1”, 2 ¾”, 3 ¾”, and 5 ½”
  2. Turn 90degrees, and score at 1” and 4 ½”
  3.  With the side with the 1” score line, cut up each score line to the 1” score line. Remove the smallest rectangle at one end. (See picture)
  4. With the side with the 4 ½” score line, cut & remove all squares except the 2nd one in from the smallest end. See picture for details.
  5. Fold and burnish on all score lines.
  6. Place Tear & Tape on the skinniest rectangle on one end, and on the first rectangle on the bottom. See picture for placement.
  7. Remove backing on the Tear & Tape, and attach the 2 long edges together, with the skinny flap on the inside.
  8. Remove backing on the Tear & Tape, fold in bottom flaps and adhere closed.
  9. Gently push in the two sides of the bag, and fold top flap closed. Use Paper Snips to round the corners of the flap, if desired.
  10. Wrap the 6” length of ribbon around the flap, tying it closed with a knot in the front. Trim excess ribbon with the Paper Snips.
  11.  On the 3”x3” white cardstock, stamp the sentiment from the Birthday Blooms stamp set in Berry Burst ink.
  12. Use the Big Shot with the Stitched Shapes Framelits to die cut the sentiment in an oval shape.
  13. Use the Big Shot with the Sweet & Sassy Framelits to die cut 1 medium heart from Berry Burst cardstock, and 1 small heart from Painted with Love DSP.
  14. Attach the large heart to the back of the sentiment oval with liquid glue.
  15.  Attach the sentiment oval to the front of the bag with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  16. Finally, attach the small heart to the front of the sentiment with liquid glue.

Mini Treat Bag Tutorial

The ‘X’s show which pieces to remove after cutting; the lines show you on which score lines to cut. In the second picture, you can see what your piece should look like, once the pieces are removed, and where your adhesive is to be placed.

This Painted with Love Designer Paper is so pretty, it can be used for any occasion!


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Mini Treat Bag Tutorial

Playing with Colour – The Completed Cards


Hello stamping friend! As promised, I’m here to share with you the completed cards from my Playing with Colour post. If you missed it earlier this week, you can read it HERE. To refresh your memory, I had used our Stampin’ Write Markers to colour 2 panels of Watercolour Paper. Then, one panel was manipulated with a Stampin’ Spritzer, and the other with an Aqua Painter. This is what the 2 panels looked like.


Playing with Colour

The ink on panel on the left was wet with the Sprizter, then drops of water added, then blotted, with the Aqua Painter. The panel of ink on the right was spread with an Aqua Painter. Drops of water were then added, then blotted, also with the Aqua Painter.


At first, I was just going to stamp silhouette images on top of the backgrounds. But that was too easy! So, I decided to use a stamp set that hasn’t seen ink in a while – the lovely Sitting Here stamp set.

Playing with Colour - Completed Cards

You can probably see – I really could’ve used my Stamparatus for stamping the swing seat! My apologies – your eyes are not blurry! I had first stamped the swing in Soft Suede ink, but it wasn’t dark enough for my liking. So, I stamped over it a second time in Early Espresso ink – but I was a little bit off! The one on the right definitely was a better stamp! *Note – my Stamparatus arrived today, the day after stamping this!

Anyway – here you can see that I kept the cards looking as identical as I could, so that you could compare the backgrounds.


After stamping the swing seat the 2nd time in Early Espresso ink, I used an Aqua Painter, and picked up Early Espresso ink from the lid, and filled in the slats on the swing, as well as the back and arms. I kinda like the imperfections; the give it a more authentic watercolour look, rather than a ‘stamped’ look.

Next, the cat and cushion are stamped in Memento Black ink onto Whisper White cardstock. To colour the cat, use the Bronze Stampin’ Blends Marker for the shading, then the Light Crumb Cake Blends for the entire cat. For the pillow, use the Dark Bermuda Bay Blends marker to colour in the pattern.

Both the cat & pillow are hand cut with Paper Snips. After cutting, place them upside down on the Stampin’ Pierce Mat, and use one end of the Stylus from the Simply Scored Scoring Tool to ‘push out’ the middle of the cat and pillow, to create a more 3D image.

Here’s a side view of the cards, so you can see what I mean.

Playing With Colour - Completed Cards

Attach the cat & pillow to the seat with Stampin’ Dimensionals, for extra – well, dimension! The little bird, also from the Sitting Here stamp set, is stamped in Memento Black ink on the back of the seat.

For the branches, use the Big Shot with the Seasonal Layers Thinlits. Die cut 2 branches for each card from Soft Suede cardstock. The branches are attached with Mini Glue Dots. I love using these for skinny 3D pieces, because you can roll the glue dots between your fingers, to make them skinny to fit your cardstock piece.

Finally, the watercolour panel is layered onto a panel of Old Olive cardstock with Dimensionals, then attached to a Soft Suede cardstock base.


As you can see in the photos above, I attached a panel of Whisper White cardstock to the inside of the card. The flower pot is stamped in Memento Black ink, then coloured with the Stampin’ Blends Markers in Light Old Olive, Light Pumpkin Pie, and Light Daffodil Delight. The flower pot is coloured in Light Crumb Cake Blends,with the shading done with the Bronze Blends Marker.


So – here’s the big question – which do you like better? Given that the images are basically the same on each card, do you have a preference of one background over the other? Here’s another look.



Playing With Colour - Completed Cards

Stampin’ Write Markers with Stampin’ Spritzer

Playing with Colour - Completed Cards

Stampin’ Write Markers with Aqua Painter


I can’t wait to read your comments – please do leave one for me!


This really was fun to do! I hope you’ll try it for yourself, either with the products I used, or some you have on hand. If you need to order supplies, click on the product images below, or my signature. Feel free to browse around my online store – it’s open 24/7!

Thanks for spending time with me today; I hope you enjoyed this creative experiment 🙂


Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge PCC282

Welcome back, stamping friend, to another weekly challenge with the Paper Craft Crew! This week is a fun Tic-Tac-Toe challenge, so you get to exercise even more of your creative mojo.


Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge

For this challenge, you just need to choose 1 line, and incorporate all 3 of the elements in that line into your project. Your line could be horizontal, diagonal or vertical. As far as stamps, colours and layout – the choice is entirely up to you! I can’t wait to see what you create 🙂

I chose the first vertical line, so my card includes ’emboss, oval and Lemon Lime Twist’.


Tic-Tac-Toe Challenege

I am SO glad that we have another year with Lemon Lime Twist as an In Color – I just live it’s bright cheerfulness!


First, create your card base from Lemon Lime Twist cardstock, measuring 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″. Score and fold at 4 1/4″. Set aside for now. Next, take a 4″ x 5 1/4″ panel of Berry Burst cardstock  and emboss it with the Big Shot and the Seaside Embossing Folder. (does it remind you of streamers hanging down, or is that too much of a stretch?) Finally, add a panel of Picture Perfect Party Designer Series Paper (donut pattern) measuring 2 1/4″ x 5 1/4″, to the right hand side of the Berry Burst cardstock.

Stamp the sentiment from the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set onto Whisper White cardstock in Lemon Lime Twist ink. Then, add the 2 shapes of confetti, also from this stamp set, in both Lemon Lime Twist and Berry Burst ink. Use the Big Shot and Stitched Shapes Framelits to die cut the sentiment. Next, die cut a larger oval  from Basic Black cardstock, using the Layering Ovals Framelits.


Attach the Basic Black oval to the middle of the DSP/cardstock panel, with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Layer the Lemon Lime Twist 1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon over that, attaching it the back of the panel with Tear & Tape. Now, attach the sentiment oval on top, again with Dimensionals. Now you’re ready to add the front panel to your card base.

Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge

The layers of cardstock and DSP, along with the embossing and 3D appearing images, turn this simple card into lots of fun!


Add a panel of Whisper White cardstock to the inside of you card. I always do this, as it gives a good surface to stamp your sentiment, and write your greeting. It also gives a nice, professional finished look to your card.

Stamp the sentiment from the Picture Perfect Birthday set in Berry Burst ink. Add the 2 types of confetti, just add you did on the outside sentiment, in Berry Burst and Lemon Lime ink.

Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge


If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the Paper Craft Crew challenge page, and see the fabulous projects by the rest of the Design Team! That’s where you’ll find the link, to join the challenge. It’s such fun to see what everyone’s creative minds come up with 🙂


If you don’t already have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I’d be thrilled if you ordered from me 🙂 Click on the product images below to order, and browse around my online store.  Remember that it’s still Sale-A-Bration time, so you can earn FREE products with your qualifying $60 or $120 order!


Petal Passion Designer Series Paper

I have to admit; when I first saw the Petal Passion Suite, I wasn’t too thrilled with it. Honestly, I think that the stamp set is great, but the heavy lines put me off. Don’t get me wrong – I’ve seen gorgeous projects made with it! But, you know, not everything can feel like it was ‘made’ for you. Then, I  took another look at the Petal Passion Designer Series Paper. It’s hand painted watercolour designs, both graphic images and floral. Yes, it’s in black and white. But that means possibilities!

So, I took the plunge, and ordered a package. Today’s card is my first time using this DSP – and boy, was it fun!


To me, the outlined flower images just cry out to be coloured. And who am I to refuse? Out came my case of Blends markers, and off I went!

Petal Passion Designer Series Paper

I chose the large flower image design, and cut a 3 3/4″ x 5″ panel. Then, I started colouring!


The hardest part about colouring is knowing when to stop! And not using too many colours. And did I mention, knowing when to stop? 😉 All I can say is, thank goodness I have the entire set of Stampin’ Blends markers – all 12 available colours. I had fun mixing them, as well as shading.

For the largest flower, on the right, I started by laying down a base of Light Pink Pirouette. Then, I shaded some areas with the Light Rich Razzleberry marker, then went back and blended the 2 with the Dark Pink Pirouette. After doing that, I went back over those areas, and smoothed them over with the Light Pink Pirouette Blends marker. Talk about a lot of depth! I love that flower ♥

For the flower in the bottom left corner, start with laying down the Light Rich Razzleberry Blends. Then, add some shading with the Dark R.R., then go back in with the Light, and smooth the blend lines.

The small flowers are coloured with the Light & Dark Calypso Coral Blends. For the large flower in the upper left, I had lots of fun combining Blends colours again. First, start with a base of Light Daffodil Delight. Next, add in some shading with the Dark Calypso Coral, then blend in some Dark Daffodil Delight. Finally, smooth it over with the Light Daffodil Delight again.

For the leaves some are just Light & Dark Old Olive Blends. With the ones behind the large Pink flower, I added shading in Light Bermuda Bay. Some leaves do have bluish hues! For the small leaft beside the bottom rose, I did a base of Light Old Olive, added Light Rich Razzleberry shading, then blended again with the Light O.O.


To finish off the panel, I was first going to colour in the entire background of the flowers. Then I decided just to outline each of the flowers with the Light Pool Party Blends. This gives each flower & leaf its own shadow, providing a bit more depth. Have a look at this card from a side view – the flower petal seems to lift up!

Petal Passion Designer Series Paper

Since I wanted the gorgeous flower to take the spotlight, I decided to keep the sentiment simple. The sentiment, from the Birthday Blooms stamp set, is stamped on Whisper White cardstock in Rich Razzleberry ink. It is then die cut using the Big Shot and Stitched Shapes Framelits.  One Metallic Enamel Shape in silver is added on each side of the sentiment.

Putting the card together, first attach the coloured panel to a 4″ x 5 3/4″ panel of Pool Party cardstock. Next, wrap a length of the Love mini Tinsel Trim Combo Pack tinsel in Powder Pink twice around the left side of the card. Attach it at the back of the panels, with Tear & Tape.

Finally, attach the sentiment over the Tinsel Trim with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Now you can attach the panels to a card base of Rich Razzleberry cardstock.

On the inside of the card, I haven’t yet added a sentiment. I did glue a panel of Whisper White cardstock, with the small flower image from the Birthday Blooms stamp set, in Rich Razzleberry ink.


Colouring is so on-trend these days! From ‘adult’ colouring books, to downloadable images to colours, to our wonderful Stampin’ Up! designer series paper – grab whatever is your favourite colouring medium, and get going! Just remember – the Blends are alcohol markers, which means they will bleed through the paper – and may stain some surfaces! I always protect my table with a sheet of our Grid Paper.

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Petal Passion Designer Series Paper

Playing with Colour

Hello stamping friend! Sorry this post is late today – I’ve been busy playing with colour! Ever since I got my Brusho Crystal Colours, I’ve been having such fun with them. So, I thought – if these are such fun, what about our other ways to colour. This is just a quick post, while I wait for my new backgrounds to dry!

We all know about our new Stampin’ Blends markers, and colouring with those (if you don’t – where have you been hiding!?). But our Stampin’ Write Markers have been hiding their light under a bushel – so I thought I’d bring them out.


Just like our Classic inks, our Stampin’ Write Markers are water based. That means that we should be able to have fun, adding water, right? Let’s try it out!

First, cut 2 panels of Watercolour Paper. On each panel, ‘scribble’ with your markers, to create a background. Do one panel at a time, so the ink remains ‘wet’ for you to manipulate.

I used, from top to bottom, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry and Old Olive.  After scribbling on the first panel, spray water over the ink with a Stampin’ Spritzer. Allow the water to spread the ink. If it’s spreading too much, or too far, blot it up a bit with paper towel. Next, use an Aqua Painter to splatter drops of water across the panel.  Wait about 10 seconds, then blot the splatters. This will pick up the water, plus a bit of the ink, and leave a unique pattern behind.

On the 2nd panel, again scribble with the markers. This time, use the Aqua Painter to spread the colours. A more wet Aqua Painter will mean lighter colours, and more spreading. A less wet brush will mean more vibrant colours and less spreading. After spreading the colours, use the wet brush to splatter water drops, as you did on the first panel.  After counting to 10 (or shorter or longer, if you want less or more picked up), blot the splatters with the paper towel.

This is how my 2 panels look, after I finished.

Playing with Colour


Obviously, there are some very noticeable variations between the two!

The panel on the left, which was spritzed, produced a much more fluid movement of colour, with more variations of light and dark. It also seemed less influenced by the water drops – they’re much lighter than in the panel on the left. Perhaps because the colour is less opaque?

On the right is the panel where the colour was manipulated with the Aqua Painter. It’s much more opaque, and less fluid. The water drops are much more noticeable -again, I think because the colour is much more opaque than on the spritzed panel.


Creating both of these panels was a lot of fun! I’m waiting until they’re completely dry, then I’ll be using them as backgrounds for cards. If  you want to see what they’ll become – come back later in the week! 🙂


Having fun with your stamping supplies is easy and affordable! You don’t need to invest in a lot of tools – just some different types of papers, and some brushes and spritzers. Click on the product images below to order the supplies I used to create these two panels. You can definitely stretch your creativity, plus the uses of your stamping supplies, with just a few additions to your stash.


What’s Better than Stamping?

What’s better than stamping? Well, normally I’d say ‘not much’ – but how about stamping with a friend?  Or lots of friends!

What's Better Than Stamping?

My team member Lynn and I are planning a fun, 1 day Crop and Stamp, and we’d love to have you join us! We’re still nailing down the exact date and location, but it will be in one of the last 2 weekends of April, on either a Saturday or Sunday.


We’d love to know which day works better for you to attend, and what you’d like to do while you’re there. I’d REALLY APPRECIATE it if you would fill out this quick, 4 question survey, to help us determine some details. Here’s the SURVEY LINK – like I said, it’s only 4 short questions, and will only take you about 20 seconds!


Here’s what we’re planning for the day:

  • It will take place in Burnaby, B.C.
  • It will be a one day event, around 6 hours duration
  • You don’t have to stay for the entire 6 hours – but you’ll probably want to! 🙂
  • A light lunch will be included

There will be an open Crop area, for you to bring your own projects and supplies to work on.

  • We will  have tools for you to use; Big Shots, Embossing Folders, Thinlits, Framelits, Heat Tools, Punches, Paper Cutters/Trimmers
  • You bring your own projects – cardstock, stamps, inks, adhesives & other consumables

There will be Card Making Classes for you to Join!

  • Pre-registration & prepayment will be required.
  • Stamp sets, inks, cardstocks, etc. will be provided for the card classes; just bring your own adhesives, scissors and bone folders.
  • Instructions, and instructors, will be there to help and guide you through the class


This will be a fun, no stress day, with the focus on you enjoying the experience! Bring your friends, and make new friends! As soon as the day/date are confirmed, I’ll be posting the event, and sending you an invitation! We’ll  have a door prize, and other fun events throughout the day.

PLEASE – CLICK HERE to complete the 4 questions survey; the final question allows you to add your email to receive a personal invitation to this event!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at

What's Better than Stamping?

Watercoloured Cozy Cottage

I finally remembered to add the Host set Cozy Cottage to my last order! It’s an adorable set with 7 stamps, available in wood or clear mount. With 4 images and 3 sentiments, it’s very versatile, and makes great little scenes. As you know, I love using my Brusho Crystal Colours, so I brought them out to create this watercoloured Cozy Cottage.


Watercoloured Cozy Cottage

This is my unfinished panel. I had applied a first layer of colour, and had started adding a second layer to add more depth and shadows.


Watercoloured Cozy Cottage

Wouldn’t you just love to be tucked into the cottage, sitting by the window with a cup of tea? Perhaps with a blanket, and a sleeping kitty on your lap?


Start with a panel of Watercolour Paper, and stamp the cottage image in Memento Black ink, towards the top of the panel. Next, stamp the brick fence & gate towards the front, then the chairs in between. Use Memento Tuxedo Black ink, to ensure that your images don’t bleed when you start to colour.

You can see by the first picture, that I used a plastic ‘palette’ tray for my colours. If you don’t have a palette, use your Clear Blocks – they’re a great substitute! I sprinkled the Brusho Crystals into separate wells, then added water with my Aqua Painter, as I picked up the colours. I also mixed colours together, to get the hues that I wanted.

For the grass, I mixed some Prussian Blue with Yellow. For the thatched roof, I mixed Yellow with Moss Green. To get the different shades of browns, I mixed the Brilliant Red with the Moss Green and some Yellow, adding water to lighten it as I went along.  It’s very much a ‘work in progress’ – but a fun one!

After my panel had dried, I went back and added some highlights with our retired Signo Gel Pen in White.


I cut the painted panel to size using the Big Shot and Layering Squares Framelits. It’s then layered onto a panel of Basic Black cardstock with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The sentiment, also from the Cozy Cottage stamp set, is stamped in Memento Black ink onto a strip of Whisper White, and attached underneath, again with Dimensionals.

The whole panel is then mounted onto a card base of Pacific Point cardstock.

Watercoloured Cozy Cottage

I do like to add layers to my cards; it’s just something I find adds some ‘oomph’ to an otherwise flat card.


Of course, I always have to stamp inside! Since I don’t know who this card may go to, I didn’t add a sentiment. But I did add the cute little wildflower bundle, also in the Cozy Cottage set. I used my already mixed Brusho Crystal Colours and Aqua Painter to colour the flowers and stems.

Watercoloured Cozy Cottage


Seriously – using these amazing image stamps, an Aqua Painter and the Brusho Crystal Colours really makes you feel like an artist – without all the training! 🙂 Don’t get me wrong – I know I’m a long way away from an artist, but I really enjoy my time creating with these mediums.  And if it makes you happy – keep doing it, that’s what I say! Plus, it’s not illegal, or fattening – what else can a girl ask for?! 🙂

Join my in feeling like an artist – get your supplies today, and have some fun! The Cozy Cottage is a Host set, so you do have to place a qualifying order of $200 or more. It could be your own order, or a total of a party you’ve held – either way, as the ‘host’, you get the host Stampin’ Rewards, which is 10% of your order/party total. During Sale-A-Bration, if your order/party total is $330 or more, you ALSO automatically get and EXTRA $35 plus your 10% Stampin’ Rewards!!  And don’t forget – Sale-A-Bration is on until March 31st, and every $60 or $120 instantly qualifies you for FREE Sale-A-Bration products!   It’s a great time to shop, host and join with Stampin’ Up!


Click on the product images below, for products I used in my card. You can also browse around while you’re in my online store, and add whatever else you want to your order.  If you have any questions, or want to leave a comment, I’ll be sure to reply to you ASAP!  Thanks for spending some time with me today 🙂


Sketch Challenge with Bird Banter

Welcome back, stamping friend, to another sketch challenge with the Paper Craft Crew! Here is the sketch for this week’s PCC#281.

Sketch Challenge with Bird Banter


I decided to stay with the bird as the focal image, but you can change it up to whatever you want!


Sketch Challenge with Bird Banter

I had such fun colouring this bird with my Stampin’ Blends Markers! 🙂


This card was so quick to put together, that I felt like I was cheating somehow! I pulled the coloured pattern from the Bubbles & Fizz Designer Series Paper that I got for FREE from Sale-A-Bration. I then pulled the second pattern from the same DSP, and from there I decided on my colour palette.

First, stamp the bird from the Bird Banter stamp set onto Whisper White cardstock, in Memento Black ink. This ink is the one to use, if you’re going to use the Blends alcohol markers, as it won’t bleed.  Next, use the Light Daffodil Delight, Light Bermuda Bay, Light Calypso Coral Blends and the Lemon Lime Twist Stampin’ Write Marker to colour the bird. Yup – that’s pretty much every colour in the DSP! Use the Paper Snips to cut out the bird by hand.

Use the Leaf Punch (carried over from the Holiday catalogue) and punch 3 leaves in Lemon Lime Twist cardstock. I also used the retired Bird Punch for the extra leafy branch. Next, die cut the ‘celebrate’ from Bermuda Bay cardstock, using the Big Shot and the Celebrate You thinlits diesagain, FREE from Sale-A-Bration!


Create your card base with Lemon Lime Twist cardstock, then add a panel of Bermuda Bay cardstock. Next, layer a panel of the Lemon Lime Twist DSP from the Bubbles & Fizz DSP.  The next layer you’ll create is for the focal area; another panel of Bermuda Bay cardstock, this time layered with the multi-coloured pattern from the Bubbles & Fizz DSP. Round off the top & bottom corners on the right hand side. (I used the retired Corner Rounder punch). After layering them, attach them to the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Now attach the bird with more Dimensionals, and tuck the leaves in underneath his feet, with the Multipurpose Liquid Glue. Attach the ‘celebrate’ above, with Mini Glue Dots.

Sketch Challenge with Bird Banter

I love these bright colours on this card!


No card is complete without something on the inside!

Sketch Challenge with Bird Banter

The sentiment is stamped in Bermuda Bay ink onto a panel of Whisper White cardstock. Just for fun, I added the little party hat, and coloured it in Lemon Lime Twist!


If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the Paper Craft Crew challenge page, and the amazing cards made by the rest of the Design Team. They’re great inspiration! Then, grab the link and add your own card – who knows; you just may be our next Top Pick!


If you don’t already have your own demonstrator, I’d love to become yours! You can order the supplies I used by clicking on the product images below, or on my signature. Feel free to browse around my online store; it’s open 24/7, for your convenience.

Thanks for spending some time with me today; I’d love to read any comment you’d care to leave 🙂


Celebrate Amazing You!

Recently one of my team members, Margaret, celebrated her 2 year anniversary as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator! I’m so lucky to have Margaret on my team; she’s incredibly talented and very creative. In fact, she was also my floral design teacher, way back when she had her own florist business as well as taught, and I was a florist! We had lost touch for a while, when one day, she came with one of my current customers to one of my Open House.  I had no idea she was coming, and she had no idea that I was the host! Talk about a small world, right? Well, shortly after that, Margaret couldn’t resist the awesome deal and she signed up!


Since Margaret had signed up during a Sale-A-Bration 2 years ago, I thought it was appropriate to use some current Sale-A-Bration products when creating her card.

Celebrate Amazing You!

I love the bright colour combination in the Painted with Love Specialty Designer Series Paper, so that’s where I pulled my palette from.


The sentiment is stamped in Melon Mambo and Calypso Coral ink. I wanted to stay with a script for the ‘you’, so I used the Daisy Delight stamp set, and inked up just the ‘you’, with my Calypso Coral Stampin’ Write Marker.

The ‘celebrate’ is from the Amazing You stamp setFREE during Sale-A-Bration. The ‘amazing’ is die cut with the Big Shot and the Celebrate You Thinlits – again, FREE during Sale-A-Bration – and cut from Gold Foil Paper.

Everything is stamped or attached to circle of Whisper White cardstock, that had been die cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits. This was layered onto a Melon Mambo circle, die cut with the same Framelits.

The card base is Melon Mambo cardstock, with a panel of Calypso Coral cardstock on top. Then the Painted with Love Specialty DSP is layered onto the bottom, and the die cut circles on top of that. To finish off the front, I added some stars from the Metallic Enamel Shapes.

Celebrate Amazing You!


Stamping on the inside is always a fun, added touch.

Celebrate Amazing You!

Stamping on the envelope also adds an extra element of fun for the recipient! I wanted lots of room for my own message of thanks and congratulations, so I didn’t add a stamped sentiment.

I’m grateful for the wonderful people who make up my team! I’m looking forward to sending the rest of the group their cards as their anniversaries arrive; I wonder what great stamps and paper will be available for me to use? Something awesome, I’m sure!


Sending cards is a special art, which is always very much appreciated by those who receive them! Make someone feel special, and send them a card today. You can order the supplies I used by clicking on the product images below. You can also browse around my online store, as it’s open 24/7, for your convenience.


You can be like my team member Margaret, and join during Sale-A-Bration for your own bonus goodies! Join before March 31st, and you’ll get to choose your own $165 in current products, PLUS AND ADDITIONAL 2 FREE STAMPS SET – OF ANY VALUE! That could be an extra $130 in product – for no extra cost! PLUS, your Starter Kit SHIPS FREE! If you have any questions about joining, email me directly at  If you’d like to JOIN NOW, CLICK HERE! Fill out your information, choose your products, and you’ll be a week away from getting your $165 in products, PLUS your 2 extra free stamp sets, PLUS a free Paper Pumpkin kit, PLUS free business products (catalogues & order forms) – all with FREE Shipping and FOR ONLY $135!


Celebrate Amazing You!