Beauty Abounds Watercolor Technique

Hello Peeps!

It has been quite a while since I was last here.  Sorry about that.  I’ve been really busy doing life!  🙂  But today I have a video for you on a pretty simple watercolor technique that anybody should be able to do and I mean anybody because if I can pull it off…anyone can.  Actually we did this technique at my April card club on Saturday and NO ONE’S  turned out bad!  Each piece was unique in its own way and ALL were very beautiful!  The ink colors I used in the watercolor are retiring along with the Berry Burst and Powder Pink Paper.  The watercolor paper is retiring as well, but Stampin’ Up! is not getting rid of it entirely.  They are bringing out another version.  If you still have questions after you watch the video, let me know.

A few items you will need when watercoloring that are not listed in any of the supply lists are a clip board, blue painters tape, paper towel,  and small trays to hold your ink.  I used the tops to embellishment container.  I always save the container when I’ve used up an embellishment.  They have come in handy for a multitude of uses.

I am also sharing photos of the other three cards we made at club along with their supply lists.  If you have questions on those you can email me about them as well.








Vibrant Vases Card

Supply List for Vibrant Vases Card


Half Full Card

I got the inspiration for this card from the Annual Catalog.  Please note the Berry Burst card stock is about to retire along with the Half Full stamp set.  So, if you want either one of these you need to order soon (before June 1).

Half Full Card Supply List


Beauty Abounds Bokeh Birthday

Please note the Lemon Lime Twist card stock and ink along with the stamp set Amazing Life are on the soon to be retiring list, so if you are interested in either you need to order soon (before June 1).  #simplestamping

Bokeh Birthday Card Supply List



So I hope you enjoyed your visit here today!  Until next time!

Happy Stamping!








Cool Treats Birthday Shaker

Hello Everyone!

It has been awhile since I’ve been here.  I am just now getting back to normal after the holidays.  I sincerely hope all of you had a wonderful time over the holidays with your friends and family.

December was a busy month for us, as I am sure it was for all of you.  It was an extra special December as my daughter graduated from nursing school on the 17th of December. She already has an undergraduate degree, but decided to change careers a few years ago.  She completed a very accelerated one-year nursing program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Denver which she started last January.  There were many times when she called and said, “I think I’m gonna move over to a more traditional program.”  And I replied, “No, you won’t.  It will be over before you know it and if you switch now you know you will be disappointed.”  I am sure it was tough…I went through an accelerated teaching program when I was in school…I’m sure her program was even more difficult.  But she did it!  She finished it!  She graduated Magna Cum Laude…along with many of the others in her class.  I guess you need to be a very smart over achievers to get through a tough program like that!  She sure doesn’t take after me where that is concerned!  But we are proud of her.  We always have been and always will be. Here she is.  The graduate!


She is spending her days studying to pass her state exam which she takes in a few weeks, and then she will be moving right into her first nursing job at a hospital in Denver.  It never ceases to amaze me how she gets jobs before she is even finished with school.  It happened after she graduated 10 years ago, and it has happened again.  But that is a good thing, I guess.

Enough talking about my child, and time to share one of the things I’ve been working on since the new Occasions Catalog has debuted.  I just love this stamp set.  I think EVERYONE should have it.  And I LOVE the colors of the Tasty Treats Specialty Designer Series Paper.  My eyes always move toward brighter colors and this paper is just that.   And the Sprinkles Embellishments look yummy! Everything in the Cool Treats Suite make me feel happy and looks good enough to eat.



For the window on the front of this card, I used the second largest scallop circle from the circle framelits.

Hope your visit here was enjoyable.  Until next time…

Happy Stamping!




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All About Everything…April Paper Pumpkin

It has been quite a while, but I am finally back.  Life has been really busy here.  Since returning from On Stage, we’ve had some work done on our home…a bathroom remodel actually.  The remodel took about a week and another week to get it painted and put back together.  Of course yesterday was Mother’s Day and my children, husband and I spent the day in Denver visiting with my daughter.  It was a really nice time.  Hubby and son returned to town yesterday evening, but I spent the night with her so we could have a little more mother/daughter time.

I’ve done some stamping in the last few weeks, but not as much as I would have liked.  I’ve needed a few birthday cards because I am participating in the challenge to bring birthdays back.  #imbringingbirthdaysback  This card is one I made to send to Stampin’ Up!’s Shannon West.  I liked it so much, I made a few more along with a video.  I’d originally planned another card set video with another box for this month, but life has been hectic.  So, this video is a quick one.  I used the bonus stamp set we got in April’s Paper Pumpkin, All About Everything and a stamp set that will be coming out in the new Annual Catalog that will be available on June 1.  It is called Love & Affection. I really like this set, and it is too bad that you can’t order it separately…the Paper Pumpkin bonus set that is.  But if enough people ask, maybe Stampin’ Up! will make it available.  Purely speculation here.   🙂  Here’s the card.  I hope you like it.

All About Everything April 2016 Paper Pumpkin Bonus

If you want to download the pdf tutorial for this project click here.

And the video tutorial is next.  I hope you enjoy it!

Until next time…

Happy Stamping!


More on Common Courtesy

Another incident that makes me think common courtesy no longer exists is because of the experience I had during the Colorado Caucuses on March 1.

As required by caucus rules, my precinct members and I (approx. 50 of us) elected a caucus chairperson and secretary. Again, according to caucus rules, up to three people could speak on behalf of each candidate for the party after the initial vote. Individuals speak in an attempt to sway the other voters to vote for “their” candidate.

This is what happened.

We took the first vote after which a woman spoke on behalf of the candidate she was supporting. Next, a young man spoke his piece in favor of the opposite candidate. When he was finished, I raised my hand and asked the chairperson for permission to speak on behalf of the first candidate. After I took, my seat and second person spoke again for the second candidate. No one else seemed as if they had anything to say, so I again raised my hand and asked for permission to speak, and I did. Finally, a third individual spoke on behalf of the second candidate. Again, encouraged by the individuals who were in favor of the same person as I, I once again asked for the floor and again granted permission to speak. I ended with the rhetorical question, “I was just wondering how many of us are willing to vote for the party candidate, even if it isn’t the one we are presently supporting?”

At that moment, a young woman probably in her early thirties said rather rudely, “That isn’t any of your business!”

I looked at her and at the same moment as another member of the caucus, we both said to her, “You don’t have to answer.” In addition, I followed up with, “And you don’t have to be so rude.”

The young woman responded quite harshly, “Nobody wants to hear you talk all night. I have other things I need to do tonight as well.”

My response was, “This is the Democratic process at work. Apparently, you don’t know what a caucus is all about do you. If you are so busy, why did you even bother coming out tonight? I can’t help that I have a brain in my head that works.”

I probably shouldn’t have been so harsh with my words in return, but at that point, I’d had enough.

I later apologized to the group saying I hadn’t planned on being so long winded. As I did this, the mother of the young woman verbally attacked me again, by saying I was egging her daughter on. I ignored her.

At the end of the evening, an older man approached me and said I made a good point when I asked if we were willing to support each other’s candidates.

This is what I really think we need to do…


Enough about that.  I have been pretty absent from my blog lately, and that is because I’ve been busy crocheting.  I didn’t stamp at all last week, because I had a sweater I wanted to get finished.  Well it is done so today was spent in my stamp room.  I came up with a few creations that I want to share with you.  I used the Birthday Blooms stamp set again.  I believe it is one of my favorites!

Here is the first thing I stamped today.

Watermelon Wonder Birthday BloomsI stamped the image for this set on a piece of 4″ x 4″ whisper white card stock.  I then measured 2″ from the bottom edge on either side of the flower.  Using the Stampin’ Trimmer I cut a straight line from the left and right edge at the 2″ mark just to the edge of the image.  I then used paper snips to fussy cut the top portion of the rose. I colored over the center of the rose with the gold colored Wink of Stella.  The remainder of the flower was colored over with silver Wink of Stella  The sentiment on this card comes from the Water Color Wings  set.

The second thing I stamped today was this set of 3″ x 2″ cards that can be used as gift tags and cellophane wrapped box for the tags.

Birthday Blooms 3x3 cards

Birthday Blooms 3 x 3 boxTo make the box, cut a piece of card stock to measure 5 1/4″ x 5 1/4″.  Score it on all four sides at 1/2″ and 1″.

I made the cellophane sleeve by cutting an overhead transparency to 3 1/4″ x 8 1/4″.  With the long edge of the clear sheet at the top of my scoring tool, I scored the transparency at 1/2″, 3 7/8″, 4 3/8″ and 7 3/4″.  I used two sided tape to assemble the box and to adhere the ends of the clear sleeve.  You can download a picture tutorial for the box here.  I’ve shared these instructions before.  BE AWARE…follow the measurements for the sleeve I’ve posted here vs. the ones in the downloadable link.  If you do, it will be less of a struggle to get the box into the sleeve.  I also used retired Pool Party Baker’s Twine to wrap around the box.

I hope you enjoyed your stop here today.  Until next time…

Happy Stamping!