Birdcage Triptych

As part of my birthday month celebration, I’m going to try and make a cards with every single Stampin’ Up stamp set I currently own.

Today’s card is being featured on Stylin’ Stampin’ Inkspiration. The challenge was to create a quick and easy card. This card may not look quick and easy, but I assure you it is! Start with a simple watercolor wash on a piece of watercolor paper. I usedWatermelon Wonder, Peekaboo Peach, and Daffodil Delight reinkers to paint my background. The longest part of the card comes next: letting the piece of watercolor paper dry completely. From there I quickly created three different birdcages, cut the paper in three, and glued onto a layer of Basic Black before adhering to my card base. Simple but very striking!

  • Stamps: Birdcage Builder
  • Inks: Basic Black; Watermelon Wonder; Peekaboo Peach; Daffodil Delight
  • Cardstock: Watermelon Wonder; Basic Black; Watercolor Paper
  • Accessories:
  • Tools: Aqua Painter

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Stamp Sets to Use:

  • Birthday Blooms
  • Celebrate Today
  • Build a Birthday
  • Love and Affection
  • Foxy Friends
  • No Bones About It
  • Watercolor Wings
  • Papillon Potpurri
  • Jar of Love
  • Petite Petals
  • Seaside Shore
  • Suite Sayings
  • Friendly Wishes
  • Flower Shop
  • Timeless Textures
  • Playful Backgrounds
  • Work of Art
  • Blooms and Wishes
  • Botanical Blooms
  • Kinda Eclectic
  • Labeler Alphabet
  • Cookie Cutter Christmas
  • Paisleys and Posies
  • Endless Birthday Wishes
  • Dragonfly Dreams
  • Cool Treats
  • Bookcase Builder
  • Birdcage Builder
  • Tasty Trucks
  • Hey Chick
  • Designer Tee
  • Reverse Words
  • Four You
  • Four Feathers


March Month-long Birthday Celebration!

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March 5th and my 35th birthday is fast approaching! I don’t usually celebrate my birthday, but this year I started thinking that I wanted to do something special. On the personal side, I’m taking myself to San Francisco for a day of wandering around the Mission district. I don’t usually go to the Mission with the kiddos and it’s been years since I got to go anywhere alone for any length of time. I’ve been making a list of must visit places (Mission Delores, Paxton Gate, Borderlands) and a list of possibilities, plus some go-tos for food.

A day in SF sounds amazing, but I also wanted to celebrate in some crafty way. A few weeks back I awoke in the middle of the night with the idea of a month long celebration of Stampin’ Up and my crafty business. Instead of me getting gifts, I’m giving gifts to my customers! All month long I will be offering opportunities to earn prizes ranging from free stamp sets to $ off orders to free accessories. I will also be hosting a variety of classes and events both in person and online through Facebook parties. So how can you, loyal customer, earn prizes? There are a variety of ways!

A few notes:

  1. The current hostess code is MUXGQZRC. This will expire March 16th and I will be posting a new code for the second half of the month.
  2. You must use a current hostess code when placing an order to qualify for a prize.
  3. If buying Paper Pumpkin, make sure to designate me as your demonstrator to earn a prize.
  4. Events and Class are listed below. I will probably be adding a few more in person events. These will be updated here, in the Facebook group, and on my Meetup group.
  5. You must join my Facebook group to participate in the FB prize earning opportunities. I will not be cross posting those challenges.
  6. Please make sure to RSVP for your guest (or contact me directly) so I have enough project kits.
  7. Parties must be confirmed and in planning stages to qualify for a prize.
  8. As a part of SAB, if you join my team before March 31st, you earn two free stamps sets along with the starter kit of $125 worth of product for $99. It’s a great time to join the Stampin’ Up family.
  9. Yard sale items will be posted on the blog and in the FB group around March 5th.
  10. Scavenger hunt will be posted on March 3rd. You will have until March 14th to submit answers. I will randomly draw a winner from all correct entries.

So who’s ready to celebrate with me? Earn prizes and get to pick from my handmade prize board!

SSINKTC42: Understated Bloom

Today’s card is being featured on Stylin’ Stampin’ Inkspiration. The challenge was to create a card using the technique below.

For my card, I used the traditional way of doing stained glass cards. I have also seen others use a large cutout die (like the Rose Garden Thinlits) and replace the middle pieces with colored paper. Very cool effect, but I enjoy doing the heat embossing and vellum technique. For my card, I used the Birthday Blooms stamp set as my stained glass image. I have found that the trick to coloring is to use darker markers to show the color more. After coloring, I handcut my vellum and placed it in the corner of my card. I added a metallic doily and a sentiment.

Detailed of the flower:

  • Stamps: Birthday Blooms; Dragonfly Dreams
  • Inks: Perfect Plum; Elegant Eggplant; Always Artichoke; Pumpkin Pie
  • Cardstock: Falling in Love DSP; Very Vanilla; Crumb Cake
  • Accessories: Metallic Doily
  • Tools: Gold Embossing Powder; Vellum

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Sunday Haul #3

My stamp club order arrive! Woohoo! Let’s see, I got:

  • Endless Birthday Wishes Stamp Set
  • Pop of Pink DSP
  • Pear Pizzazz Ink Pad
  • Flirty Flamingo Cardstock
  • Reverse Words Stamp Set (new SAB)
  • Bermuda Bay Cardstock
  • Dimensionals
  • Glimmer Paper Assortment (new SAB)
  • Rich Razzleberry Cardstock
  • 2016-2018 In Color Markers

Sugarplum Dragonfly

Today’s card is being featured on Stylin’ Stampin’ Inkspiration. The challenge was to create a card using your favorite Sale-a-Bration item. My newest obsession is the new 6×6 Glimmer Paper Assortment Pack. You get four sheets each of three colors: Bermuda Bay, Mint Macaron, and Sweet Sugarplum. I need all the shiny things so of course I got this as soon as I could! For my card, I kept it simple to highlight the awesome glitter paper. I die cut a dragonfly from my piece of whisper white and a piece of vellum. I layered on a few coordinating colors of cardstock and added a simple sentiment. For final touches I added a few enamel shapes to give a bit extra sparkle. This card really shines in person!

  • Stamps: Dragonfly Dreams
  • Inks: Rich Razzleberry
  • Cardstock: Sweet Sugarplum Glimmer Paper; Rich Razzleberry; Sweet Sugarplum; Whisper White; Vellum
  • Accessories: 2016-2018 In Color Enamel Shapes; Metallic Enamel Shapes
  • Tools: Detailed Dragonflies Thinlitsdra

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Fun n’ Crafty Blog Hop February

banner-blog-hop-introWelcome to the Fun n’ Crafty Blog Hop for February. This month’s theme is watercolor. For my card, I kept the design and embellishments simple to focus on the watercolor pencils. I love love love this product and am so excited that they are back in stock after a temporary outage. The pencils are so versatile. You can simply color an image or apply a bit of water and create an amazing watercolor effect. For my card, I colored in some jars using two different colored pencils to create a fun paint jar look. The color combos are: Calypso Coral and Read Red, Pool Party and Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo and Rich Razzleberry, and Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie. I then die cut the jar and trimmed a bit off the edges. I stamped the jars onto a piece of Whisper White and then glued the die cut jars onto the stamped images. I used a similar effect on this Jar of Love card. I also added a stamped and die cut lid for each of my jars. For my sentiment I stamped is with a two tone effect. I kept the background simple with a layer of silver foil paper on top of a Basic Gray card base. It’s hard to tell in the first photo, but I did add a bit of sparkle with some clear Wink of Stella in jar.

Detail of the Wink of Stella.

  • Stamps: Jar of Love; Suite Sayings
  • Inks: Basic Gray; Smoky Slate; Melon Mambo; Rich Razzleberry
  • Cardstock: Basic Gray; Silver Foil Paper; Whisper White; Smoky Slate
  • Accessories:
  • Tools: Everyday Jars Framelits; Wink of Stella Clear; Wink of Stella Gold

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Today’s card is being featured on Stylin’ Stampin’ Inkspiration. The challenge was to create a card using elements of the Cupcakes and Carousels suite. I haven’t bought the stamp set from the suite, but I couldn’t resist the patterned paper. For this card, I pulled all the papers featuring the Bemuda Bay and So Saffron color combo. From there, I pulled some Early Espresso cardstock to create my color trio. I played around with layering the papers until I found a combo I really loved. To add texture, I embossed my piece of Bermuda Bay using the new Hexagons Embossing Folder. To finish my card, I glued on some sequin strands.

  • Stamps: Friendly Wishes
  • Inks: Bermuda Bay
  • Cardstock: Cupcakes & Carousels DSP; Bermuda Bay; So Saffron; Early Espresso
  • Accessories: Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim
  • Tools: Hexagons Embossing Folder

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Watching: J and I finally started watching Broadchurch. Only two episodes in, but we’re hooked!

Reading: Cress by Marissa Meyer. I’m working my way through The Lunar Chronicles. Enjoying this volume even more than the last. 

Listening: The rain is still here in the Bay Area. On Monday it rained all day. In many ways, I missed listening to the sound of the rain.

Making: Pushing to wrap up my 2016 pages in the Project Life albums. Getting close! i need to do Arthur’s December pages and the twins and then 2016 will be done.

Feeling: I’ve gotten a decent amount of sleep this past week. Feeling better. Now if I could get the toddler to stop yelling about everything, I would feel fine.

Planning: March is my birthday month and I’ve got some great things planned to celebrate on my Facebook craft group. Lots of challenges, giveaways, and fun. If you want to play along, join The Craft Sea to get all the news.

Loving: Quentin’s belly laughs are adorable. I wish I could bottle them for those times when I need a pick-me-up.

SSINKIC42: Hot Air Balloon View

Today’s card is being featured on Stylin’ Stampin’ Inkspiration. The challenge was to create a card using the picture below as inspiration!

For my card, I played off of the hot air balloons and some of the colors from the picture. I pulled out my trusty Celebrate Today stamp set. While most use this set to make balloons, it does include this cute little basket stamp to turn balloons into hot air balloons. Perfect for the photo! I simply inked up a few hot air balloons in some coordinating colors. I made sure to feature some great DSP from the Sale-a-Bration Carried Away pack. Love that paper so much. To finish my card, I added a few little embellishments.

  • Stamps: Celebrate Today
  • Inks: Peekaboo Peach; Watermelon Wonder; Sweet Sugarplum; Rich Razzleberry; Mint Macaron; Night of Navy; Basic Gray
  • Cardstock: Carried Away DSP; Watermelon Wonder; Whisper White
  • Accessories: Dapper Denim Ruched Ribbon; Metallic Enamel Shapes
  • Tools:

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Affectionately Yours Flowers

Today’s card is being featured on Stylin’ Stampin’ Inkspiration. The challenge was to create a card featuring one of your favorite products. Lately, I’ve rediscovered my love of the Affectionately Yours DSP. So pretty! And I love the color combinations. This is a super simple card with some fun accents. I love the inclusion of the coordinating washi tape and rhinestones.


  • Stamps: Remarkable You
  • Inks: Watermelon Wonder; Cucumber Crush; Basic Black
  • Cardstock: Affectionately Yours DSP; Watermelon Wonder; Whisper White
  • Accessories: Rhinestones; Affectionately Yours Washi Tape
  • Tools: Circles Framelits

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