Bella & Friends Get My Vote!

Don’t you just love the stamp set, Bella & Friends? The images of puppy Bella elicit an “awww” from just about everyone. I’m participating in Kylie’s International Blog Review again this month and the theme was encouragement. The Bella set just called out to me.

Bella & Friends stamp set, Embossing Paste, Stampin' Up!,

Kylie Bertucci International Blog Highlights,

If you have a minute, would you go to Kylie’s blog and vote for my card? Just go to my card, find the heart on the upper right hand corner of the card and click. You should get a message saying that you have 4 votes left. (You can only vote for my card one time!) Thanks!


Design Notes for Bella & Friends Card:

I once again, have been playing with the Embossing Paste. It is just so much fun. I used the clouds mask from Pattern Party Decorative Masks. Before I applied the paste, I did a little sponging on the piece of Soft Sky card stock. When I applied the paste, I tried to make it a little blotchy so that the clouds would have a some texture. Bella and her friend were colored in with Watercolor Pencils and then I softened the color with a Blender Pen.


Supply List for Bella & Friend Card:




Bonus Day coupon

Remember, for each $50 you spend in July, you will receive a coupon for $5 to spend in August. If you were to buy the Bella & Friends stamp set, the Embossing Paste, masks and tools and the Watercolor Pencils you would have spent enough to qualify for the coupon.

Remember to use the Host Code when you order from me. This month’s code is UJXDBNU7. Here’s the link to my on-line store. Thank you so much for shopping with me., Stampin' Up!

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you will go over to Kylie’s blog post and vote for my card.


Fond Farewell Wetlands Stamp Set

Whenever the Retirement List comes out, there are always some stamp sets on the list that cause me to be just a little sad. Wetlands is one of these sets. I like to use it for birthday cards for men or a nice, beach themed “Thank you” or “Thinking of you” card for just about anyone. Here’s a birthday card I made for a friend.

Wetlands stamp set, Watercolor Pencils, Stampin' Up!,

This card was also inspired by the challenge for this week over at Global Design Project. Here’s the logo and link for this challenge.

Gloibal Design Project, challenge #082

Design Notes for Wetlands Card:

I love the image of the goose on the grass. I thought just some soft color would be appropriate. Since I knew I would color the image with Blender Pens, I stamped in Basic Gray Archival Ink. I use gray when I am going to color an image so that the emphasis is on the colors and not just the outline. I also wanted to use Archival ink so that it would not bleed when I used the Blender Pen. Here’s the image with just the Watercolor Pencils

wetlands stamp set, Watercolor Pencils, Stampin' Up!,

Here’s the image after I went over the colors with the Blender Pen. I also rounded the corners with the Project Life Corner Punch. Can you see the difference? The colors just become a bit more vibrant, but still soft. I really like the effect.

Watercolor Pencils, Wetlands stamp set, Blender Pen, Stampin' Up!,

Supply List for Wetlands Card:

Notice that the Wetlands stamp set is retiring. The Scenic Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack is also retiring. So sad.


Retirement List:

2017 Retirement List, Stampin' Up!,

I’m adding a link again for the retirement list. It is accurate to last night at about 10PM. Please call or email me or order directly using my link. Most items are available only while supplies last. Stamps will be produced until May 22.

Retiring_List_US, Stampin' Up!


Coming Soon:

I am re-instituting Stamp Club. This one will be exclusively birthday cards. Don’t we always need them! But this Club will be even better than before. If you live locally, great – come on over. However, if you are not local or can’t make the dates I schedule, you can do the class on-line. I’ll give you more details soon! We will begin in May.





National Puppy Day With Bella and Friends

I How could I have missed it? Apparently, yesterday was National Puppy Day! Can there be any cuter stamp set with a puppy than Bella and Friends? i just love this set! Here’s my tribute to national Puppy Day. (March 23 is the annual observation of National Puppy Day. Just so you know)

Bella and Friends stamp set, Watercolor Pencils, thank you, Stampin' Up!

I think looking at Bella would make anyone want to get a puppy. Well, almost anyone.

Design Notes for Bella and Friends Card:

Well, when you start with the Bella and Friends stamp set you know the card can only be cute. I stamped the image with Basic Gray ink then colored in with the Watercolor Pencils. I like to use Basic Gray ink when I color things since it draws the attention more to the colors rather than the outline. After coloring, I used the Blender pen to smooth out the colors. then I added the cloud for a little color and to tie the sentiment part with the Designer Paper. The paper is from the Carried Away Designer Series Paper. And guess what… I got it for FREE. Carried Away is one of the choices for Sale-A-Bration.

Supply List for Bella and Friends Card:

Do you notice that I’ve listed Bella and Friends stamp set twice? That’s because you can buy it as a clear mount stamp set. Just put the rubber stamps on clear blocks when you are ready to use them. They also come in wood mount. Mount them on wood blocks when you get them and they are always ready to go.

Sale-A-Bration is winding down. Did you like the Designer paper I used, Carried Away? Here’s a better look at the package. I think it is so cute!

Carried Away DSP, Saleabration, Stampin Up!

Just place an order for $50 or more and you can select this for FREE.

Hope you are having a nice day. Be sure to say “Hi” to all the cute puppies, and grown up puppies, in your life.


Watercolor Pencils and Beautiful You

Last night I made a birthday card using the lovely new stamp set, Beautiful You. I’m sure if you look at the web at all, you’ve seen something made with this set. Confession time… when I received the stamp set at the On Stage event in November I was not too excited. I thought it would be time consuming to color in and make something nice. WRONG!!!! I had not counted on the Watercolor Pencils! I am really loving the new Watercolor Pencils that are in the Occasions catalog. Did you see my blog post yesterday and my video about using the Watercolor Pencils? If you missed it, you can see it here.

Here’s the card I made. Trust me, it was really quick to put together.

Beautiful You stamp set, Watercolor Pencils, Clean and simple card, birthday, Blender Pens, Serene Scenery Designer Series paper, Stampin' Up!

I just stamped the image on Very Vanilla card stock with the Basic Black ink. You want to be sure to use something that will not run when you are going to use a Blender Pen or Aqua Painter. You can use our Archival Basic Black, Basic Gray or Staz-On ink. First I lightly colored in the dress with the Bermuda Bay Watercolor Pencil and colored with a little more pressure for the hat. Here’s a picture of how it looked before I used the Blender Pen.

Beautiful You stamp set, Watercolor pencils, Blender Pen, Stampin' Up!

The Blender Pen added just enough to make the colors smoother and a bit brighter. Aren’t you just ready to do some coloring right now?

Supplies for Beautiful You Birthday Card:


I think you can tell from the short supply list just how easy this card was to put together!

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you will check out my video about using Watercolor Pencils.



Lucky 13 – New Watercolor Pencils!

Yes, it’s true. Stampin’ Up’s new occasions catalog features new Watercolor Pencils! 13 pencils in Stampin’ Up! colors. Can you hear my squeal? tThey are on page 24 in the new Occasions catalog.

Watercolor Pencils, Occations Catalog, Jan. 2017, Stampin' Up!

Did you know that there are lots of ways to use these wonderful pencils? You can,

  • color with them alone
  • or color then blend the color using Aqua Painters
  • or color then blend with a Blender Pen

How cool is that?

Here is a picture showing the same flower colored three different ways.

Watercolor Pencils samples, Occasions catalog, Stampin' Up!


Using Watercolor Pencils Video Tutorial

I also made a video tutorial showing you how to do each Watercolor Pencils technique. (Well, you are probably pretty proficient coloring with the pencils alone!)

Here are the measurements for the card I showed in the video. I kept messing up!

  • Mint Macaron, 4 1/4″ x 11″, score at 5 1/2″
  • Sweet Sugarplum, 2 3/4″ x 5 1/2″
  • Watercolor Paper, 2 1/2″ x 5 1/4″
  • Very Vanilla, 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Sweet Sugarplum Ruched ribbon, 12″

Materials for the Card featured in the video:



Deal for Helping Me Grow!

Do you own the Helping Me Grow stamp set? Isn’t it lovely? If not, buy it through me this month and I will send you materials and directions to make an additional carad with the Helping Me Grow stamp set. Make sure to NOT select “NO CONTACT”. If you do, I won’t know who you are and won’t be able to send you card materials and dirctions to you!

While you are ordering, make sure to purchase $50 or more so that you can select a FREE item from the Sale-A-Bration catalog. How about

  • Helping Me Grow stamp set, $26
  • Watercolor Pencils, $16
  • Sweet Sugarplum Ruched Ribbon, $8

That brings your order to $50. Then you can select a FREE Sale-A-Bration item. I’d suggest that you select the Inside the Lines Designer Series paper (item 143830) as your FREE item. Color to your heart’s delight with your new pencils!

Thanks for topping by today.