You Are Total!ly Awesome!

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It’s true!  You ARE totally awesome!  Thank you for visiting the blog ~ I hope it gives you a bright moment in your day!

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I’m having so much fun making a watercolored background for my cards.  For today’s card the watercoloring is done using water and the beautiful Flirty Flamingo ink.

awesome l 1Watercoloring the base panel makes it easy to create a quick and pretty card.  I added a few doilies and a bit of ribbon and then added a sentiment on top.

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Lately I’ve been putting a bit of black splatter on some of my cards. You can do this by running your fingernail across the tip of the Aqua Painter after you have dipped it in some black ink.  It gives the card a modern look.  Just watch out where you point the Aqua Painter 🙂

Thanks for stopping by today!  And, remember, YOU are awesome!!


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Stamps:  Grateful Bunch
Ink:  Flirty Flamingo and Archival Black
Paper:  Whisper White and Flirty Flamingo card stock, Watercolor Paper
Tools:  Aqua Painter
Embellishments:  1/4″ Natural Trim, Delicate White Doily, and Metallic Foil Doily



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Touches of Texture for the Pals!

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Hello Friend!!  Today is a great day for a Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge!  I did a bit of watercoloring for my card using the gorgeous color – Emerald Envy.  This color gets lighter when mixed with water, but it’s still such a beautiful color ~ one of my favorites!

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If you haven’t tried watercoloring, you’ve just got to!  It’s so easy with the Aqua Painter.  Here I squeezed a bit of water out of the Aqua Painter into the lid of the Emerald Envy ink pad which had a big of ink on it.  I mixed the water with the ink and lightly spread it over the center of the watercolor paper.

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After the paper dried, I stamped the sweet flowers from the Touches of Texture set onto the watercolored center, then lightly watercolored the flowers with Tangerine Tango.  (Hint:  When you fully dry the watercolored paper, you can proceed to stamp on it and even watercolor again in a different color!)

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The sentiment is from the Helping Me Grow set and is stamped in Tip Top Taupe ink.  A few little Metallic Enamel Shapes were added for — bling!!

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Thanks for stopping by today!  Please pop over to the Pals Paper Arts site to see the gorgeous cards made by the other designers!


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Stamps:  Touches of Texture and Helping Me Grow
Ink:  Tip Top Taupe, Tangerine Tango, and Emerald Envy
Paper:  Whisper White, Tangerine Tango, Emerald Envy card stock and Watercolor Paper
Tools:  Aqua Pen
Embellishments:  Metallic Enamel Shapes

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Grateful Wreath!

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This is a card we made recently at my card classes and I thought you might like to see it.  I really liked this card because it gets me in the mood for fall and Christmas when I hang wreaths on my front door ! 🙂

Grateful envieThe stampers at the class really liked this card.  To make the wreath, I traced (very lightly in pencil) a circle from one of the Layering Circle Thinlits Dies (you could just use a glass).  Then I stamped around the circled with a little leafy stamp from the Love & Affection stamp set.

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I added a some tiny flowers from various stamp sets, and the sentiment from Endless Thanks.  Pretty easy, right?

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Stamps:  Love & Affection and Endless Thanks
Ink:  Old Olive, Cajun Craze, Peekaboo Peach, Elegant Eggplant
Paper:  Elegant Eggplant, Peekaboo Peach, Very Vanilla card stock
Tools:  Layering Circles Thinlits Dies, Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies (the little bow), Woodgrain Embossing Folder, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine
Embellishments:  Peekaboo Peach Ruched Ribbon, Pearls Basic Jewels


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Lots of Thank You Notes!!

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Do you ever run out of thank you notes and need to make up a bunch quick?  The other day that situation happened to me!  I quickly made these little cards and thought I’d share them with you!

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Using the Stampin’ Up! Note Cards and matching envelopes saves lots of time.  I pulled those out to start.  Then I cut pieces of watercolor paper to fit as a panel just a bit inside the border of a notecard.

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Using an Aqua Pen, I brushed a light wash of water and Flirty Flamingo ink over the center of the watercolor paper panel, and let it dry.

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A little thank you stamp and an enamel heart finish off the panel.  The watercolor panel is then attached to the notecard with dimensionals.

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Now I’ve got a set of nice thank you notes ready to send anytime!  Yippee!  Why not make up a few for yourself?


All Products Are Stampin’ Up!

Stamps:  Endless Thanks
Ink:  Flirty Flamingo and Basic Black
Paper:  Whisper White Note Cards and Envelopes, Watercolor Paper
Tools:  Aqua Pen
Embellishments:  2016-2018 In Color Enamel Shapes 

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Pals Wicked Folds Blog Hop!


Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for October 2016. We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our new 2016 Blog Hop monthly themes.  This month our projects feature cards made using “wicked” folds. What is a “wicked” fold? It is anything other than the standard A2 card fold. We hope to provide you with lots of ideas and that you enjoy our creations.

You may just be starting the Blog Hop or may have come from the previous link from the Line-up on the Pals Blog Hop listing shown below.  The full lineup will help you move along from blog to blog so you may see all the projects.

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Today’s card is a triple fold card ~ 3 beautiful folds that open up to a pretty card.  And all held together with a ribbon, flowered band!

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This card shows off lots of pretty designer series paper on the folds and adds the sentiments on the inside.  It gives the card maker lots of room to play 🙂

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This is an easy card to make.  You need some 12″ x 12″ card stock.  Here I used Whisper White card stock trimmed to 12″ x 5-1/2″.   To create the folds, score the long 12″ side at 4-1/4″, 7-1/4″, and 10-1/4″.

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I lined each panel with dsp and tried to alternate the patterns.  I then put a thin Happy Birthday banner inside the first fold, and another nice sentiment in the second fold.

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The “belly” band is made of 2 strips of 12″ x 1″ card stock, one of Peekaboo Peach covered with copper speckled washi tape, and another of Cajun Craze.  They are alternated just a bit so the Cajun Craze strip peeks out under the other one.  A pretty piece of Peekaboo Peach 3/8″ Ruched Ribbon was slipped in on the right side of the band.  A flower cut from the May Flowers Framelits and leaves from the Flourish Thinlits finish off the band.

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Thanks for visiting. To continue with the hop, please refer to the Blog Hop Line-up below. We hope to see you on next month’s Pals Blog Hop! 

Blog Hop Line-up:  

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  3. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  4. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  5. Beth Fairweather at Beth Fairweather Designs
  6. Amy Hoptay at Craft Carnivore
  7. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  8. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  9. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  10. Lynn Tague at Beyond Beaches & Blessings
  11. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  12. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  13. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  14. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Habit!
  15. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  16. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards          <<<<<<< YOU ARE HERE!!
  17. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  18. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  19. Staci Rivera at Clever Bow Tie Designs
  20. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  21. Rae Harper Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts


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Stamps:  Vertical Greetings, Suite Sayings
Ink:  Cajun Craze Classic Stampin’ Up!
Paper:  Peekaboo Peach, Cajun Craze, and Whisper White card stock, Fruit Stand and Petals & Paisleys designer series paper
Tools:  Flourish Thinlits, May Flower Framelits, Lots of Labels Framelits, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine
Embellishments:  Affectionately Yours Designer Washi Tape, Peekaboo Peach 3/8″ Ruched Ribbon, White Perfect Accents, 2016-18 In Color Enamel Shapes

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Paisleys & Posies!

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We had a great time at my card classes this past weekend!  This is one of the cards we made.  Personally I’m happy to be getting a head start on my Thanksgiving cards.  I don’t send them so much as I hand them to my friends in the weeks just before Thanksgiving, to let them know that I’m thankful for their friendship 🙂

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The sentiment from this set is so perfect for people you love and appreciate.  On this card it is heat embossed with white embossing powder on a strip of Cajun Craze cardstock.  I love the way the white really stands out.

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The Crushed Curry layer was stamped in Cajun Craze ink with the largest paisley stamp in the set.  The paisleys look so fun just freely stamped all over!

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The leaves were cut with the Flourish Thinlits.  I used some Copper Foil which blends beautifully with the other colors on the card.

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Do you send Thanksgiving cards?  I’d like to know, and if you do, who do you send or give them to?  Thanks for stopping by today!


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Stamps:  Paisleys & Posies
Ink:  Cajun Craze and Versamark Ink
Paper:  Whisper White, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze card stock
Tools:  Flourish Thinlits, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine
Embellishments:  Delicate White Doily, Very Vanilla Lace Trim, Delightful Dijon Ribbon (from 3/8″ Ribbon Trio Pack, Metallics Sequin Assortment

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Gorgeous Colors for the Pals!

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My friend Rae Harper has chosen some gorgeous colors for the Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge this week!  They are rich and deep…all from our beautiful Regals Collection!

For my card today I decided on an Elegant Eggplant tag as the focus of the card.  I heat embossed the sentiment in white so it would stand out.  I just love the fonts on this sentiment.  There are several different fonts…and then that little curl at the end ~ darling!

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A flower die cut with the Flourish Thinlits sits up in the top right corner and adds just a little something to an otherwise empty corner 🙂

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Underneath are four different layers of paper, starting with the card base in Very Vanilla card stock.  Then a layer of Cajun Craze card stock.  After that is another Very Vanilla layer, but this one has been lightly sponged with Cajun Craze and Crushed Curry, and then stamped with a stamp from the Gorgeous Grunge set.  On top of that is a fun gingham/houndstooth patten from the Petals & Paisleys dsp.  Whew!

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Thank you so much for stopping by today!  Be sure to pop over to the Pals Paper Arts site to see what the other designers have done…and enter your own card!!  See you there!


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Stamps:  Layering Love, Gorgeous Grunge
Ink:  Crushed Curry, Elegant Eggplant, Cajun Craze, Versamark Ink
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Elegant Eggplant, Cajun Craze card stock, Petals & Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper
Tools:  Flourish Thinlits, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Scallop Tag Topper Punch, Project Life Corner Punch, Sponge Daubers, Heat Tool, White Embossing Powder
Embellishments:  Regals Enamel Shapes, Delicate White Doily, Linen Thread

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Thankful, Grateful, Blessed!

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This is a fabulous sentiment stamp in the Paisleys & Posies stamp set.  It’s so perfect for Thanksgiving!  I’m going to be playing with it over the next few weeks…

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For this card I created my own dsp as a background.  I used a little stamp from the Fruit Stand set and stamped it all over the Whisper White panel.  Then I mounted it on a layer of Peekaboo Peach card stockBlessed flat

A big of Copper Foil was cut with some of the Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies to add some foliage.  And you’ve got to have doilies!!

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Thank you for stopping by today!  Hope you’re having a great week!!


All Products Used Are Stampin’ Up!

Stamps:  Paisleys & Posies, Fruit Stand
Ink:  Peekaboo Peach, Cajun Craze
Paper:  Whisper White, Peekaboo Peach, Blushing Bride card stock and Copper Foil
Tools:  Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine
Embellishments:  Delicate White Doilies, Burlap Ribbon, Metallic Sequins


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October is Here with Vintage Bling!

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October is here and I’m excited!  Fall is my favorite season!  Even though I live in Southern California, I still get excited about all the pretty, rich colors in the stores and “slightly” cooler weather. Leaves flat

Kraft paper is a great background for rich colors.  Here I’m using Rich Razzleberry, Cajun Craze and Old Olive.  I stamped the leaves from the Vintage Leaves set and then used my Blender Pen to blend in the colors.  I also added a bit of Crushed Curry. 🙂  Then I crumpled the leaves in my hands to give them some texture.

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The frame was cut from Rich Razzleberry card stock using the Layering Squares Framelits Dies, and it was laid over a gold Metallic Foil Doily and a Delicate White Doily.  I had some fun with the Rich Razzleberry Ribbon Trim:  a 1-1/2″ length of ribbon was cut at one end into small strips, leaving the other end alone to tuck under the sentiment.

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Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you have a wonderful October!


All Items Used are Stampin’ Up!

Stamps:  Vintage Leaves, Endless Thanks
Ink:  Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry
Paper:  Very Vanilla and Rich Razzleberry card stock, Kraft Paper
Tools:  Layering Squares Framelits Dies, Leaflets Framelits, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine
Embellishments:  Metallic Foil Doily, Delicate White Doily, 1/4″ Natural Trim, 3/8″ Ribbon Trio Pack, Metallics Sequin Assortment, Bow Paper Clip


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World Card Making Day!!

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It’s World Card Making Day and we are celebrating!  What is World Card Making Day?  It’s a day celebrating the art of making cards by hand and then sending them to special people!

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In honor of this day, I’m featuring some cards I’ve made recently for a variety of occasions.  The first card has no sentiment, so I can use it for anything.  The card above is for a birthday (I have lots of birthdays in October).

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I’m so thankful that I started making cards 4 years ago.  It’s been a wonderful thing for me.  I’ve been able to express myself artistically in ways I never imagined, I’ve met wonderful friends all over the country, and I am able to help others do the same thing!

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If you are interested in being part of my team and doing what I do, please email me.  I’d love to connect with you!  And, in honor of World Card Making Day, make a card today and send it to a friend!

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