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Making a Statement with Floral Statements Stamp Set
The Floral Statements Stamp Set is one that I was intrigued by from the moment I saw it in the Annual Catalog. I wasn't sure what to do with it until I saw the new similarly-made birthday stamps from the Occasions Catalog demonstrated at OnStage, then I had lots of ideas for the Floral Statements Stamps! This past weekend I finally had time to sit down and play with them.
A Rose to Say Thanks! I wish people sent me roses to say thanks, don't you?  With the set YOU can start sending roses to say Thanks!

I stamped the Thanks card in black Memento ink and colored the roses with the Lovely Lipstick, Mossy Meadow, and Old Olive Blends.  I also had to color a few of the letters with the "light" Basic Black Blend because the "A" and the rose around it didn't stamp well, and evidently I needed to reink my Memento pad! I wanted the leaves to look like real rose bush leaves, so I colored the tips of most of the…

Watercolor By The Bay

Bye The Sea, By The Beautiful Sea
The "By The Bay" Stamp Set makes me think of that song that goes, "By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea."  And the scene looks to me like something you would see people sitting outside near a bay painting "Plein Air"; I don't know why it evokes such fanciful thoughts in me, but I knew that I was going to have to do something special with it!

I stamped the large image from the set on Shimmery White Cardstock using Staz-On ink because I decided that I needed to watercolor this image.
For the rock walls I used Gray Granite as the base color and after that dried, I added accents and dimension with Early Espresso.  I also used these same colors on the rocks in the water and on the large house.
I started on the bushes and trees with watered-down Mossy Meadow in the foreground and then used darker Mossy Meadow on the trees in the background.  After the Mossy Meadow dried, I used Shaded Spruce to add some brighter gre…

Doing More With A Kit

You Were Made To Bloom! And so was this Card Kit! The "Made To Bloom All-Inclusive Card Kit" makes 12 cards and includes a lovely acetate box to keep your cards in! Also included in the kit are: an exclusive Stamp Set, a Blackberry Bliss Stampin' Spot, and an Acrylic Block.  Take a look at the Acetate Box and the three cards that you make (you make four of each card).













The Made To Bloom Kit (148537) is $27.00 for 12 cards and stamps, ink, and an acrylic block.  Add a little Whisper White Card Stock and one or two additional colors of ink and you can make make more cards of your own design!

My stamping cohort and sideline, Cindy Griffin, came over one evening and we put our kits together...together. We designed the card shown below using the stamps in the kit, some thick Whisper White Card Stock, Calypso Coral and Smoky Slate Ink, Petal Pink and Silver Twine, and the Tailored Tag Punch.

This card is just stamping, a single punch, and a bow!  It couldn't be easier.  An…

Valentine's Day & A Color Challenge!

Poor Charlie!
You know, I do sometimes feel bad for him; he never gets a card that's just for him, he always has to share his card with either a card class, my blog, or in this case my blog AND a color challenge!  But, sssh! if no one tells him, he'll never know!
I loved the idea of a card made with Melon Mambo, Smokey Slate, and Basic Gray that I found at The Paper Players Color Challenge, it seemed perfect for a Valentine's Day Card.  Plus I've been wanting to do something else with the stamps that came with the January Paper Pumpkin and this was the perfect place to use them!  Look at the picture above!  So much Valentiney goodness going on!

There is so much going on here!  I stamped the Melon Mambo card front with the flowing hearts stamp from the Forever Lovely Stamp Set (148624, $21.00) before embossing it with the Tufted Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (146335, $9.00).  I mounted it on my Basic Gray card base (I stamped something sweet on a piece o…

Vibrant Vases for A Perfect Birthday

A Perfect Birthday Card


I absolutely LOVE how beautifully these new vases stamp! The fill-in stamps are our new photopolymer DistINKtive stamps and they make the most beautiful color in the vase stamp that I've ever seen!  As you can see in this close up below, I stamped the color inside the vase in Soft Sea Foam, and it's darker around the edge of the vase with a very light spot near the top center of the vase.  It's just beautiful!

Did you notice that the vellum under the vase is the Graceful Glass vellum from the Annual Catalog?  Doesn't it give the circle an elegant feel?  I think that without it, the flowers would probably disappear into the circle of Petal Pink.

This amazing stamp set is called Vibrant Vases (148656, $17.00) and it matches the Vase Builder punch from the Annual Catalog! (147040, $18.00). I used the Well Written Framelits (148534, $40.00) to cut out the word "birthday". I stamped this card in Blackberry Bliss and Petal Pink with a couple of…

Galentine's Day

Friends Need Valentines, Too! This card was inspired by Emma Goddard from Coastal Crafter.  She is one of the 2019 Artisan Designers for Stampin' Up! She used a LOT more layers in her ombre card (https://www.coastalcrafter.com/artisan-jan-fb-2/) in the very first Artisan blog hop of the year, but I just wanted to use Gorgeous Grape and Highland Heather, along with Whisper White to give this just little a bit of a lace feel for a Galentine's Day (get it? Gal + Valentine = Galentine) card for a girlfriend!
I used one of the stamps from the "Part of my Story" Stamp Set from Sale-a-Bration for the sentiment.  Doesn't "know that today a friend is thinking of you" seem like the perfect sentiment for a friend?

Happy Galentine's Day my friends! Elizabeth

Love Is In The Air

Love IS in the Air! Just look at this crazy leaping frog! I really wanted to make a Valentine's Day card with the cute So Hoppy Together (149725) Sale-a-Bration Stamp Set.  But everything had either been done already or didn't seem very original. I tried to look at all of the frogs "differently" and, of course, the first thing that came to mind was to take the unicycle froggy off of the unicycle...now he could be jumping, doing a handstand, dancing, or lots of other fun things!
Now I just needed to find an inspirational sentiment to send my creativity down the right path.  I got out the Sunshine Wishes Thinlit Dies for the scribbly heart (one of my favorite dies!) and the "love" die.
I grabbed the coordinating stamp set off of the shelf and saw that it had a phrase that said, "IN THE AIR."  There it was, Inspiration!  Most definitely a frog, make it a tree frog, in the air!  Because it's Valentine's Day and love is indeed in the air!
I ad…

Valentine's Day Stamping

Flirty Flamingo and I are BFF's!
I just love making Valentines's Day cards! I get to be just as girly and use as much pink, ribbon, and glitz as I want to! It's a fabulous feeling to not have to hold back.
I have been dying to use this Buffalo Check Stamp with Flirty Flamingo ink on Flirty Flamingo Cardstock, and it is just as fabulous as I imagined it would be!


I used the Needle & Thread Stamp Set (148724) and stamped the large flower, the small flower and the trio of flowers in Flirty Flamingo, Blushing Bride, and Petal Pink (because I wasn't sure what colors of which flower I wanted to use where yet. I stamped the large leaf background stamp twice in Granny Apple Green.  I cut everything out using the Needlepoint Elements Framelits Dies (148541).  Additionally, I cut out the long tag shape out of Blushing Bride.

I stamped the Happy Valentine's Day sentiment in Flirty Flamingo on Whisper White Cardstock (Forever Lovely Stamp Set, 148624) and cut it out with m…

Bone-sigh #simplestamping

#simplestampingTwo Simple Ways to Say Thank YouBonsai is pronounced "Bone-sigh" it uses cultivation techniques like pruning, root reduction, potting, defoliation, and grafting to produce small trees that mimic the shape and style of mature, full-size trees. My dad loved bonsai trees, he tried pruning some himself but didn't do great at it, but he loved maintaining bonsai trees that someone else had created! He would snip and mist, pat the moss (and change it if he felt like he needed new moss), and do some landscaping with rocks.  

The "All The Good Things" Stamp Set, 146558, $19.00, reminded me of my dad when I saw it (he also had a koi pond at one point!)  

I wanted to make one more #simplestamping card for the Thank You card challenge that Sara issued at OnStage before changing to Valentine's Day cards.  So I decided to use this stamp set to make the card. Then when I got started, well, I couldn't stop!  I had to make two!



     I stamped this one sever…

BINGO? Sweet!

BINGO was the Sweetest Thing! I had my Occasions Catalog Kick-off BINGO Party on December 29th, 2018 at our local Herbalife nutrition bar, Argenta Nutrition.  They're making themselves into a neighborhood hub by offering yoga, salsa dancing classes, meditation classes, and a space for neighborhood gatherings.  I have a monthly free card class there on the third Saturday of the month so when I asked if I could have my BINGO party there they said "Sure!"
As soon as I saw "How Sweet It Is" Suite, I knew that it was perfect for BINGO.  It's so bright and happy and full of candy! Candy and BINGO are a match made in heaven! I started making decorations, table gifts, treats, and treat holders and I couldn't stop!  Everything was so stinking cute! Let me show you the goodies I made.


After three games of BINGO we made three Make & Takes.  One of the cards I cased from the catalog but I substituted the Lovely Lipstick Foil Paper from the Saleabration Brochur…