Stamping With A Stencil: Papillon Potpourri Heart

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I’m very excited to share today’s card with all of you. You always see my final works on the blog here. You never see the work and trials and tribulations that go on backstage so to say. Sometimes, I’m not too thrilled with what I design. Sometimes, I even think they’re not worth posting or writing about, but today’s card I have to say I love. I don’t love it, because I designed it. I love it, because it works. The colors work. The stamped butterflies work. The size of the heart works. It works because of the balance and the soft subtle color choices.

Papillon Potpourri Heart

I went with a square card, because I knew I wanted to use a heart shape. If you want to use another shape make you paper dimensions accordingly.




1. Tip Top Taupe 5-1/2″ x 5-1/2″


2. Very Vanilla  5″ x 5″ and 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″


3. Mint Macron 4-3/4″ x 4-3/4″


Scrap of any cardstock 4-3/4″ c 4-5/4″  for stencil




1. Take the scrap 4-3/4″ x 4-3/4″ cardstock and with the Hearts Collections Framelits and the BIG Shot, cut out the largest heart. Save the cutout for another project. The negative space, where the heart was cut from is going to be your stencil.

Papillon Potpourri Heart Cutout



Papillon Potpourri Heart 2

1. Lay the cutout heart over the 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ piece of Very Vanilla. To hold it down and in place use a little of re~positional tape.


2. Stamp inside the heart directly onto the cardstock. Start with the flower from the Stampin’ Up! Best Thoughts stamp set. Ink up the flower with Soft Suede Ink and stamp so only a partial flower shows.


3. Now stamp another flower onto a scrap piece pf cardstock and cut it out. Put some re~positional tape on the back and use it as a mask for when you stamp your butterflies. This way the flower will read as a black and white flower in the foreground and the butterflies will appear to be in the background.

Papillon Potpourri Heart Detail 2


4. Proceed to stamp various butterflies from the Papillon Potpourri stamp set, using  Blushing Bride and Mint Macaron Inks.


5. With a Mint Macaron Marker dot in between the stamped butterflies; to add more to the background of the heart so it reads as a heart.


Try to stamp along the heart stencil’s edges as much as possible for the heart to read once you remove the stencil.



Papillon Poypourri Heart Corner detail

1. Adhere the card layers as shown in the photo.


2. Add 5 pearls to the two bottom corners. The pearls I used are not Stampin’ Up!, because I loved this color as an embellishment for this card. You can color the pearls with a sharpie marker. If you have a brown marker that would work well.



Give this card a try. Change out the butterflies with other stamped images. I know I’ll be playing with this some more!


Thanks for stopping by!


Embrace the day and make stamping a part of it,




Best Thoughts: Pretty in Pink

Best Thoughts Pretty in Pink HeaderHello and Hello!


I have to tell you I’m loving this Best Thoughts stamp set from Stampin’ Up! Today’s share is a simple card to put together, but oh so, “Pretty in Pink!” The color pink can be switched out for any other color and would work equally as well. The black ink and cardstock  feature the Pink or in this case Blushing Bride perfectly.

Best thoughts Pretty in Pink Card

There’s one little easy trick to making this card and here’s, “What to Do.”




1. Blushing Bride Cardstock 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″


2. Whisper White Cardstock 3-3/4″ x 5″ and 3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″


3. Basic Black Cardstock 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″



Best Thoughts Detail

1. On the 3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″ piece of Whisper White Cardstock, drag the Blushing Bride Ink Pad across the cardstock in short strokes. Do this randomly making sure it isn’t symetrical and that enough white is showing.


2. Once you’re happy with the Blushing Bride background, go ahead and stamp the flower from the Stampin’ Up! Best Thoughts stamp set in Memento Ink.


3. Stamp the butterfly from the same stamp set in Memento Ink.


3. Stamp a greeting in Memento Ink as well. I used the greeting from the Stampin’ Up! You’ve Got This stamp set.




1. Adhere all the layers as shown with SNAIL Adhesive.


2. Add three large Basic Pearls in the upper right hand corner of the card.


Try this technique using other color combinations. Send me a photo of what you’ve done and I’ll feature it on my blog.


Until next time, embrace the day!



Best Thoughts: Birthday Card

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Here’s the other Watercolor Block Technique project I promised you. Thie Best Thoughts Birthday card was done the same way the Perfect Peacock Journal was. The only difference is this time it was used on a flower and the colors are different as well. If you host a qualifying workshop you can reward yourself with this gorgeous set!  You can only get this set by hosting a workshop.

Best Thoughts Watercolor Block Card



1. To begin this technique you’ll need a Stampin’ Up! Clear Block “E”  The block will work as a stamp and you need to ink it up, by  adding the color straight from the ink pads. To do this simply drag the Ink Pads across the block. For this card the block was inked up in Blushing Bride, Watermelon Wonder and Cucumber Crush.  The block was then spritzed with water using a Stampin’ Spritzer and then stamped on to Watercolor Paper. See below:

Best Thoughts Block Watercolor 1

2. Once the Watercolor Paper was dry, it was stamped with the flower image from the Best Thoughts Hostess stamp set in Memento Ink.

Best Thoughts Block Watercolor 2

3. The flower was then cut out leaving a small white border around it so it would pop off the base card,

Best Thoughts Block Watercolor 3




1. Watermelon Wonder~ 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ scored at 4-1/2″


2. Very Vanilla~ 3-3/4″ x 5″ and 3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″


3. Cucumber Crush~ 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″





1. On the 3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″ piece of Very Vanilla stamp the distress background stamp from the You’ve Got This stamp set in Soft Suede.


2. In the upper left hand corner stamp, “Happy Birthday” from the Sassy Salutations stamp set in Cucumber Crush Ink.





1. Layer and adhere as shown in the Photo.


2. Affix the flower cut out with Dimensionals.


Let’s see what you can do using this technique. Send me a copy and I’ll post it on my blog!


Embrace the day and make stamping a part of it,



Perfect Peacock Journal

Perfect Peacock Detail

Hello and welcome back!


I honestly don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who doesn’t love and admire the beauty of Peacocks. Their colors and plumed fan like feathers are absolutely magnificent.  When I saw the Stampin’ Up!’s Perfect Peacock stamp I knew I had to have it. I stamped and colored it many, many times and was never satisfied with the results. I couldn’t capture the brilliant colors, until I designed this Perfect Peacock Journal for one of my workshops. I did what I’m calling, “The Block Watercolor Technique!”

Perfect Peacock Journal Final

The journal I used can be found at any local craft store. These I found at Michael’s and they were on clearance, which made them even more attractive. This journal measures 5″ x 7″ and the measurements I’m providing are for a 5″ x 7″ journal. If your journal measurements are bigger or smaller you’ll have to adjust them. If you need help figuring out the measurements for a different sized journal, just leave me a comment and I’ll figure it out for you. So, let’s get started.




Ink Pads pn Acrylic Block

1. To begin this technique you’ll need a Stampin’ Up! Clear Block “A”  The block will work as a stamp and you need to ink it up, by  adding the color straight from the ink pads. To do this simply drag the Ink Pads across the block. For the featured peacock I used, Tempting Turquoise, Bermuda Bay and Old Olive Ink Pads. The photo to the left shows another color combination. In this combination, I used Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive, and Perfect Plum.


Perfect Peacock Watercolor Sample 1


2.  Before you stamp from the block, spray a few squirts of water on to the block using a  Stampin’ Spritzer. Now this can get a bit messy. You now will stamp directly from the inked up block to a piece of Watercolor Paper. You can either flip the inked up block or you can leave the block facing up and lay the piece of Watercolor Paper directly over the block. I like to flip the block, because the colors run and blend nicely this way.


3. Let the stamped Watercolor Paper dry for a few hours or overnight.





1. Tempting Turquoise~ 4-5/8″ x 7″ (Cut two)


2. Night of Navy~ 4″ x 6-3/8″


3. Very Vanilla~ 3-5/8″ x 6″


If your journal has any rounded corners like the sample does, round off the corners with the Corner Punch.





Now you might think this peacock took hours to color and it probably does if you had to color each individual feather. Well, now it’s time to use that Watercolor Paper that was stamped with the block and waiting.

Perfect Peacock Practice


1. Ink up the Perfect Peacock stamp in Memento Ink. With the stamp facing up, lay the Watercolor Paper ink~side down. Lay it over the stamped peacock stamp carefully and with a Bone Folder rub across the back. Now, pull the Watercolor Paper straight up. You can stamp the traditional way by stamping on to the paper, but this way works better because of all the dimples in the Watercolor Paper.


2. Color in to add some depth and details. No need to color everything, because it’s already done. The inked up block took care of that.


3. Once you’re happy with the coloring, carefully cut out the peacock. Cut the peacock away from the flowers. Cut the peacock’s head plume off as well. Put aside.


4. On the piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock, stamp the peacock in Memento Ink. Color in the flowers with colored pencils or Blendabilities or other alcohol makers, such as Copics.




Perfect Peacock Detail 1


1. Layer and adhere all the cut cardstock with Multi~Purpose Glue. The glue will hold everything together best. Use the second piece of Tempting Turquoise Cardstock on the back of the journal.


2. Add glue to the back of the cut out colored peacock and place it over the stamped image on the Very Vanilla Layer.


And, now you truly have a Perfect Peacock!


Check back later this week when I’ll share a card project using this Block Watercolor Technique!


Thanks for stopping by and check out the product carousel at the bottom of this post to order the materials used to create this Perfect Peacock Journal.


Embrace the day,




Painted Blooms: Thank You Card

This Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper card is number three. Who doesn’t need a thank you card from time to time? I know it seemed like I’m always sending thank you cards to family and friends for all their kindnesses! And it’s hard to believe that this card and three more are still from the same sheet of the Painted Blooms DSP!painted bloom one sheet finalTo make the cards, you first have to cut the sheet of the Painted Blooms designer paper into 4″ x 6″ pieces. Some of these will need to be trimmed down, depending on the card you’re making. But this is where it all begins.

Painted Bloom One Sheet Wonder

This thank you card was made from the top left corner piece of the Painted Blooms DSP.


Painted Bloom Thank YouFor the card base, cut a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ piece of Strawberry Slush card stock and score it at 4-1/4″.


Trim down the Painted Blooms DSP to 5″ x 3-3/4″.


On the DSP stamp “Thanks” from the Fabulous Four stamp set in Blackberry Bliss Ink. This stamp set was named appropriately, because the four sentiments are incredibly BIG and useful. They’re almost like a graphic image in themselves.


Now with the Corner Punch round out the upper right corner and bottom left corner of the Strawberry Slush and the Painted Blooms DSP.


Layer and adhere the Strawberry Slush and DSP together.


And, there you have another easy card to add to you stash of ready made cards! On any of these cards you can switch up the colors and add your own embellishments~or not. If you haven’t ordered this Painted Blooms DSP yet, go ahead and order it, You’ll be happy you did!



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Chalkboard Technique: Lovely Lace Card

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This technique is great to do on dark card stock. When we think of chalkboard, we think of black. For the card I chose Blackberry Bliss as the dark background and mixed it with Hello Honey,  to make the card a little less severe. With the Stampin’ Up!’s Chalk Marker this look is easily achieved. I couldn’t find my embossing Buddy, so my embossing powder was all over and the result wasn’t as clean as it could be. But you’ll still get the jest of this technique none the less.

Lovely Lace Card 1

 To begin:

~Cut a card base from Whisper White Card Stock at 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ and score it at 4-1/4″

~Cut the first layer of Hello Honey at 5″ x 3-3/4″ and a

~4-3/4″ x 3-1/2″ piece from Blackberry Bliss Card Stock


The Chalkboard Technique in 4 easy steps:

1.  Ink up one side of the Lovely Lace Embossing Folder with VersaMark. You need to ink up the side with out the Stampin’ Up! Logo.


2.  Stamp the Blackberry Bliss piece by using the inked up embossing folder as you would a background stamp


3.  Sprinkle White Embossing Powder and melt the powder with a Heat Tool.


4.  Color the embossed image in with a White Chalk Marker. To get variations in the white press the marker lightly as you color in some ares and heavier for other. Once some areas are dry you can go over that area for a more opaque color.


Finishing Up:

Stamp a greeting on the Hello Honey and punch it out withthe Extra-Large Oval Punch. Add a piece of Hello Honey Ribbon and layer the card as shown.


Thanks for stopping by and be sure to visit next week for a screen  divider card and star ornaments.


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Triple Layer Technique: Flower Shop Card

Hello and Hello!


Here’s a card that looks complicated but is quite easy to stamp up! Pre-cut all of your card stock layers in lots of colors and save them for future use. Almost any stamp set and color combination will work. This Triple-Layer Card Technique is so versatile you’ll use again and again. It’s a bit addictive!


DCC-Flower Shop Card-1


1. Cut the following sizes from the card stocks listed:
Crisp Cantaloupe
8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″, scored at 4-1/4″ (card base)
4-1/2″ x 3-1/4″
3-1/2″ x 2-1/4″
Whisper White
5-1/4″ x 4″
4-1/4″ x 3″
2-1/4″ x 2″


2. Apply a small amount of 2-Way Glue to the back of the Whisper White card stock layers and allow to dry. This will form a temporary bond.


3. Layer the three pieces of Whisper White card stock, centering each one with even borders.


4. Stamp the “Happy Birthday” greeting from the Sassy Salutations Stamp Set in Coastal Cabana on the center and smallest Whisper White layer.


5. Take the largest flower stamp from the Basic Background Stamp Set and ink it up with Coastal Cabana Ink. When you stamp, make sure to allow stamped images to extend over all layers.


6. Stamp any image from the Flower Shop Stamp Set and repeat step five using Crisp Cantaloupe Ink.


7. Carefully layer and adhere all layers, as shown in photo, keeping even borders all around.


8. Embellish with Basic Rhinestones.


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STAMPS: Basic Backyard (129255)W (129258) C, Flower Shop (130939)W (130942)C,Sassy Salutations
(132070)W (126707)C
INK: Crisp Cantaloupe (131176), Coastal Cabana (131175)
CARD STOCK: Crisp Cantaloupe (131298), Whisper White (100730)


Split NegativeTechnique: Betsy’s Blossoms Card

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Hi, Stampers!


This technique is called the Split-Negative Technique and makes stunning cards which, can be used for any occasion.  It’s usually done in Black and White, but I chose to use Chocolate Chip and Whisper White Card Stocks. Almost any colors will work as long as you use a light and dark card stock for contrast. Just wanted to mention that the white borders look bigger then the chocolate chip, but aren’t.

Betsy's Blossoms Split Negative



1.   Cut an 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Whisper White Card Stock and score it at 4-1/4″  The fold will be at the top making a horizontal fold card base.


2.  Cut two 2-3/4″ x 4-1/4″ pieces. One from Chocolate Chip  and one from Whisper White.


3.  Adhere these on the card base lining up all the edges and butting the center cut.


4.  Cut two 2-1/8″ x 3-1/2″ pieces.  Again, one from Chocolate Chip and the other from Whisper White.


5.   Adhere these with equal outer borders on to the top of the last layers. Make sure the centers meet and the colors are opposite of the layer underneath.


6.   Cut Chocolate Chip and Whisper White Card Stocks at 1-7/8″ x 3″


7.   Lay the Chocolate Chip and Whisper White Card Stock pieces side by side butting the centers.  Ink up the large flower from Betsy’s Blossoms in VersaMark and stamp both pieces of card stock across the middles simultaneously.


8.   Sprinkle the Chocolate Chip half with White Embossing Powder and emboss it with a Heat Tool.


9.   Sprinkle the Whisper White half with Chocolate Chip Embossing Powder and emboss it with a Heat Tool.


10. Adhere both pieces to form the full image of the stamped flower to the card base.


Try making other cards using this technique.  Switch up the colors and stamp images you use.


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SUPPLIES USED: All Stampin’ Up!
STAMP SET: Betsy’s Blossoms (131955)W (125005)C
CARD STOCK: Chocolate Chip, (102128) Whisper White (100730)
ACCESSORIES: White Embossing Powder (109132), Early Espresso Embossing Powder (128980), Heat Tool (129053),

Wildflower Meadows for Linda

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Hello, Stamping Friends,


Today is my cousin Linda’s birthday.  This card I made for her using the, “Black Magic” Technique, but switched up the colors.  I love the way it turned out so vibrant and cheerful. A lot like Linda.  Happy, Happy Birthday Linda.


Wildflower Meadows 1

This card was made using Whisper White, and Coastal Cabana Card Stocks.  The Coastal Cabana was stamped in VersaMark using the Wildflower Meadows Stamp Set. On the VersaMark White Embossing Powder was sprinkled and heated with a Heat Tool.


Once  the embossed image dried, the image was colored with colored pencils. Simple, yet effective. On some of the flower centers a corresponding  Candy Dot was added for a little dimension.


I have made several cards using this Wildflower Stamp Set and will post them in the near future.


Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great hump day everyone!


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