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!








Christmas Past and Christmas Present

If you visited my blog last month, you know that my daughter is expecting and is due around the middle of this month.  Really she could deliver any day now.  Every night I go to bed wondering if I will get a call that she is in the hospital ready to give birth.  I am so excited I can’t stand it and am really looking forward to this little baby Stella finally arriving so we can all meet her.

In the mean time, I’ve been busy getting ready for my club at the end of this month, my Christmas card class at the beginning of November and my stamping team’s 10th Annual Stampin’ for the Cure on October 7 here in Colorado Springs.  I’m also getting ready for my mom, sister, and brother-in-law who will be coming to visit the new bundle of joy in October.  I am looking forward to all of it.

Today I am sharing two Christmas cards that I’ve created using a stamp set that made its debut in last year’s holiday catalog and is in the Annual Catalog, and one from this year’s holiday catalog that is live today.

I used Santa’s Sleigh stamp set and thinlits and Holly embossing folder to create the first.


In the second I used Cheers to the Year stamp set and Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper in the new holiday catalog for the second.  On Cheers to the Year, I mixed gold and silver together by using a little bit of silver foil sheet, a gold foil snowflake, and silver and gold metallic thread.  Why not?  The DSP has both gold and silver on it and I mix gold and silver jewelry on my person all the time.


If you have any questions, let me know.

Until next time…

Happy Stamping!






Price: $110.00

Happy Celebrations Card Video & New Catalog Sneak Peak

Hi Stampers!

I have a new video for you today!  I know, it is about time!  To be honest, I’ve been a bit scattered for the last few months.  Don’t know what it is.  I have been trying to get my groove back and nothing seems to work.  In two weeks we will be going on vacation so it probably will only get worse from here.  Sorry.  Please be patient with me.

The video is for a card I created using the Happy Celebrations stamp set, Celebrations Duo Textured Impressions Embossing Folders,  the new In Color Lemon Lime Twist paired with Bermuda Bay, and inspiration from Pintrist.  I love the colors, especially the new one! They all combine with an old technique, emboss resist, to make this funky “Celebrate” card.  I hope you like it as much as I do.  Here’s the card.  I made a similar card for my great-nephew’s First Communion by adding the words “First Communion” to the bottom with Labler Alphabet stamp set.  Not a traditional First Communion card, but I’m sure it was the very small amount of cash inside the child was after more than the card .  🙂  LOL!

And here is the video!

Using the same stamp set and set of embossing folders I created this birthday card as well.

The dotted background circles were made using the Eastern Beauty stamp set that will be available when the new Annual Catalog goes live on June 1st.  Here is the item number for future reference for the Eastern Beauty Set  (143675).  Since the catalog isn’t live yet, the program I use to create the supply list at the end of this post wouldn’t allow me to include it.

I love this set!  And you can get it one of two ways right now.  You can order the Eastern Palace Starter Bundle #147196 for $77.00 which include all the items in the photo below or…

Order the Eastern Palace Premier Bundle #147207 for $103.50 and get everything in the following photo.

Either way, you can get a head start on new In Colors, Designer Series Paper, and embellishments BEFORE the new Annual Catalog goes live on June 1st.  I wouldn’t wait.  I am sure these items will go on the back order list right away.

This last card is a sneak peek at a new Hostess Set called Background Bits and new Designer Series Paper.  The ink colors I used are Crushed Curry and Old Olive.  I can’t wait until all of the new stuff is available on June 1st!  I might have to go back to work!  🙂  Here is a simple version of the card and a stepped up version right after.  Which do you like better?  I prefer the second, but both are equally pretty.

Hope you enjoyed your visit today.  Please let me know if you have any questions about anything here.  Until next time…

Happy Stamping!





Price: $110.00

Why Women Don’t Tell

Disclaimer: this is not a political statement as to who I believe should be the next president of the United States.  This is strictly a story about something that happened to me. Current news events have brought back the memory.

This happened thirty-two years ago.  Thirty-two years ago, I was in the Army Reserves.  Finally, it is time to tell.

Both my ex-husband and I had just returned from active duty tours in Germany, and I was pregnant with our first child.  I was 27 years old.  I had completed my time on active duty and was happy with the choice I had made to be a stay at home mom.  After four years on active duty, I would fulfill the remainder of my military commitment by doing monthly weekend drill with an Army Reserve unit in Louisville, KY, while my husband continued with his active duty career at Ft. Knox, Ky.  He would be attending the Armor Officer’s Advanced Course in Ft. Knox.  I began my time with the reserve unit a few months before our first child was born.

I don’t remember all of the particulars like the exact name of the reserve unit or the exact names of the individuals involved, but I do remember the exact nature of what happened.

Jennifer was born in November of 1984, so this incident occurred sometime around the beginning of 1985.   I was a promotable First Lieutenant when I left active duty.  My reserve unit assignment was in the supply room since I served as a Supply/Property Book Officer while I was on active duty.  That is the person that does all of the supply/equipment requisitioning for the unit and is “accountable” for keeping track of all of the equipment.  The commander of the unit was the person “responsible” for everything.  At least that is how it was when I was on active duty from 1981-1984.  I doubt much has changed where that is concerned.

At any rate, I was in the supply room this morning during drill weekend going over something with another Lieutenant at his desk when the unit’s First Sargent came walking by.  As he walked by, he smacked me squarely on the rear end.  Startled, I jumped up and knee-jerk-reaction punched him in the arm and said something like, “Knock it off! That’s not okay.  I would never walk up to you and grab you!” He smirked and walked away.  He was lucky I didn’t knock his head off his shoulders.

Immediately after the incident, I marched directly to the unit commander’s office; He was a major.  I explained to him that I had been leaning over a desk working with the other Lieutenant when the First Sargent walked in and patted me on the rear end.  The commander chuckled and said, “Oh he just probably meant that in a fatherly way.”

“Excuse me sir, but with all due respect, I am 28 years old.  My father hasn’t done that to me in quite some time.  His behavior was inappropriate and I expect that he will be reprimanded for it.”

I left the commander’s office.  I continued with the rest of my day.  When I got home that evening, I told my husband what had happened.  He was livid to say the least.  He said it was sexual harassment and the commander, if he was doing his job correctly, should appoint an investigating officer.

A few weeks later, I did get a phone call from a woman.  She was a Captain with the reserve unit assigned as the investigating officer relating to the incident.  She came out to our quarters on Ft. Knox and we visited for a while.  I explained to her what happened.  I felt good after the meeting.

Sometime later, I received a phone call from the unit commander.  He explained the investigating officer’s findings to me.  I don’t remember his exact words, but it was something like she had decided I was going through postpartum depression and the incident didn’t really take place.  I was flabbergasted! I hung up without saying a word.  I couldn’t fathom she would come to this conclusion.

I never returned to that reserve unit.  I resigned my commission instead.  I wrote a detailed letter to Military Personnel, explaining the incident.  I said I had never experienced such blatant disrespect while I was on active duty and wasn’t about to start while I was in the Reserves.

Why am I saying something about it now thirty-two years later?  For the same reason so many woman are just now coming out of the woodwork with regard to one of our presidential candidates.  They didn’t come out sooner because who would have believed them.  Nobody believes women when they make these kinds of accusations. When a woman makes a claim of sexual harassment, it is often considered the woman’s fault.

What egregious error did I commit the day it happened to me?  Was it showing up to work?  It couldn’t have been because of what I was wearing.  I was wearing BDU’s (Battle Dress Uniform) with my combat boots.  How sexy is that?  Was it what I was doing?  I was bending over a desk, discussing a work item with a co-worker.  I am even reluctant to say I was bending over a desk as if somehow THAT wasn’t appropriate.  IT HAPPENED!  What could I possibly gain at this point to make up something like this? It happens every day… and will unfortunately happen eventually or it already has happened to all women.

I am sure Karma got the female Captain who investigated the incident, the female captain who was sure to come up with a finding that would promote her career!

There are some foul men out there!  Men who think it is okay to do whatever they want to a woman. Just don’t be bold enough to try it with my daughter or my granddaughter!

Fair warning!

Here is my card today.




Hope you enjoyed what you saw and read today.  Writing is one of my other passions.  I just don’t think I am that good at it.  But I am getting better.  🙂

Until next time…

Happy Stamping!





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