Serene Garden & Team Time

I love getting together with my team at our monthly meeting and sharing. We have a lot of fun together learning new things and sharing. Today’s projects were all part of our team swaps.

This first card uses the Serene Garden bundle (148395) and the emboss resist technique.

Simply use our Versa Mark Ink Pad and White Embossing Powder stamp the image and then use a Sponge Dauber and Gorgeous Grape Ink (147099) to create this lovely soft background.

And how about this fun square card using the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set (142924) and Thinlits Dies (142749).

It’s fun fold pops open making it extra special.

And this fun project is a 3d that holds a bright and cheerful nail file. The holder was created with our Envelope Punch Board (133774).

And the A Good Day stamp set (145870/145873) was used for this fun 3d not only were stamps used for the sentiment, but also to create a background to match the nail file using the Granny Apple 147095/147163) and Melon Mambo Classic Inks (147051/115662).

And this final card was made using the Lasting Lily (Sale-a-bration 149717) stamp set and our Wood Textures (144177) and Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper (148554).

Just lovely don’t you think?

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Serene Silhouettes

I love the soft look of a watercolor wash behind an stamped image and the Serene Silhouettes stamp set is perfect for this technique.

Serene Silhouetes

Silhouette images are great for all kinds of techniques and the Serene Silhouettes has a wonderful selection of nature based images so it is great for all kinds of occasions and year round use. I happened to use the Afternoon Picnic Designer Series Paper as my color inspiration for this card, but can you image it done with a bolder pallet for sunset instead of sunrise?

And if you need a very versatile ribbon try our Whisper White 5/8″ Organza Ribbon. I know that it is Whisper White, but because of the nature of the ribbon it lends itself to all kinds of colors. The sheer portion of the ribbon allows it to adapt even when using Very Vanilla as the neutral. So why not try it out – I think you’ll be surprised with the results.

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Notice the pop of color in the lower right hand corner of the card? Did you say, Candy Dots? If so you are right, these happen to be the color Wisteria Wonder from the Subtles Collection of Candy Dots. Just perfect when you want a little something!

Stepping back in time with Undefined 

Yesterday I shared with you the card and cake I made for my son’s birthday this week and I told you I’d dig out my project from high school. Well, I found it under my stack on my desk! I’ve been meaning to share it with you since January. (Thus the fact it was under a stack on my desk. LOL!)

I made this in my art class during my freshman year of high school. It was during our printing unit – we did all kinds of cool mediums and then printed them in different ways. You can see I’m no artist, but I’ve always loved art class and wanted to be an art teacher when I was little, so I took every class I could in school. Oh, wait I guess I am sorta… after all I teach stamping!

Here is the linoleum carving – As you can see I was into mermaids in the late seventies. Hmmmm… maybe that had something to do with the Disney movie at the time – oops… I’m dating myself!

linoleum carving

And here is the print that I made using the linoleum. For this print we brayered (is that a word?) on the acrylic ink and then layer the paper on top running a clean brayer over the top.

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It’s a bit ragged, but it’s held up pretty well for it’s age I guess. Looks like I’ve got another project on my list of to dos – going through my old childhood boxes.

And here we did prints with a background of tissue paper.

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As you can see, this makes me think of how much that stamping really has in common with my old art class days. We use a lot of the same concepts and procedures in our stamping. And Stampin’ Up! has made it sooo easy for all of us to be a successful stamping artist with the products found in our catalogs. It’s not just stamping folks – It allows us all to tap into that creative nature we all have inside us and maybe even forgot about!

If you’d like to tap into your forgotten inner artist, learn stamping techniques with me, and live locally why not check out my technique classes on my Calendar of Events? You too can join in the fun and become a stamping artist too.


Stamp Set: Serene Silhouettes (132073/127324)

Inks: Basic Gray (121044), Wisteria Wonder (126985), Blushing Bride (131172), and Crisp Cantaloupe Classic Stampin’ Pad (131298)

Paper: Afternoon Picnic Designer Series Paper (131390), Shimmery White (101910), Crisp Cantaloupe (131298), and Wisteria Wonder Card Stock (122922),

Accessories: Subtles Candy Dots (130933),  Whisper White 5/8″ Organza Ribbon (114319), Aqua Painters (1039654), and  Stampin’ Spritzer (126185),

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Serene Silhouettes

Yesterday I showed you a Valentine project using the A Round Array Stamp Set. Today’s card uses the Serene Silhouettes stamp set as it’s focal point, and same sentiment from the A Round Array. (The A Round Array set is really a great all occasions set with some lovely images. Want to see them all  – click here.)

I really love the images in the Serene Silhouettes (132073/127324). I think they are elegant and timeless and can be used with all kinds of occasions.

Serene Silhouettes

I stamped this card during Leadership during one of the Shoebox Swaps. (I wish I could tell you who designed it, but there was no name included.)

Serene Silhouettes Leadership Swap 2014

I really like the colors chosen and  the layout. The Red Glimmer Paper gives it some “bling” and a pop of color, just right for Valentine’s Day. But I think this layout works well for other occasions too. What do you think? Can you see a birthday or even a sympathy card with just a couple of changes?


Stamp Set: Serene Silhouettes (132073/127324) and A Round Array (129087/129090)

Inks: Marina Mist (126962) and StazOn Black (101406)

Paper: Red Glimmer Paper (121790), Basic Black (121045), and Whisper White (100730)

Accessories: 7/8″ Scallop Circle Punch (129404), 1 1/4″ Scallop Circle Punch (127811), Basic Black 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon (119261), Bitty Butterfly Punch (129406), Small Heart Punch (117193), and Stampin’ Sponges (101610)

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Serene Silhouettes

Ok – I’m back and feeling like myself a bit more after a day of vegging on the sofa and long naps I think my brain is working again – LOL. The good thing is I don’t think my daughter had any more energy than I did yesterday – of course, she still had an 8 hour shift to do at work that started 30 minutes after we got home yesterday morning! Ahhh…. youth. I know Larry started the movie marathon last night with both of us, but neither Kaitlin and I can remember what happened in the first two – I guess we fell asleep for a bit – Ooops.

First, I wanted to remind you that today is the last day to order items from the Holiday Catalog. You have until 11:50 p.m. (MT). Don’t miss out on the items you’ve been wanting.

Anyhow, one of the things I love about living in the north Georgia mountains is the wildlife. The first spring we were in our new home the goldfinches covered out feeder by the droves, something I’d never seen before. So I really enjoy watching the birds now.

So how about the card I promised you yesterday? The card I wanted to share with you I made with the Serene Silhouettes stamp set from the 2013 Catalog (on page 64), and it’s a set of just that, silhouettes which make them great images for all kinds of techniques.

Serene Silhouettes

I did a watercolor wash using my Aqua Painter and Island Indigo, Pool Party and Coastal Cabana Classic Inks and then stamped my image on top in Early Espresso after spritzing it for a soft watercolor feeling. I don’t know if you can see it well in my picture,  but I used my Simply Scored Borders Plate and Stylus to create the detail of dashed line on the card front to add a little interest on the left side of the image.

It reminds me of the view from my window right now – here in Clarkesville once again it is raining and the sky is gray. Oh well, that’s winter in Georgia. Sometimes I really miss the snow I remember from the winters in Wisconsin growing up. But then again – I don’t have to shovel the rain.


Stamp Set: Serene Silhouettes (132073/127324)

Inks: Early Espresso (126974), Island Indigo (126986), Pool Party (126982) and Coastal Cabana (131175)

Paper: Soho Subway Designer Series Paper (130140), Watercolor Paper (122959), Island Indigo, Pool Party, Summer Starfruit,

Accessories: Aqua Painter (103954), Stampin’ Spritzer (126185), Simply Scored Borders Plate (126192)

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Think Pink

Yesterday kicked off Breast Cancer Awareness Month and so I thought I would share with you some pink themed cards that I received.

Serene Silhouettes leadership swap 2013

This first card uses the Serene Silhouettes Stamp Set (132073/127324) and is done in our 2012-2013 In Color, Primrose Petals. Silhouette stamps are great for all kinds of techniques and I really like all the images in this set they are great for all kinds of occasions.

Stippled Blossoms leadership swap 2013

Isn’t this a great card? I just love the softness of the Pink Pirouette and the Primrose Petals together. Sara used the Stippled Blossoms (132076/126747) and Field Flowers stamp sets (128583/122762) to create this soft look.

And this last card uses a combination of Soft Suede and Pink Pirouette. A color combination you can’t go wrong with, right?

Everything Eleanor Leadership swap 2013

I hope you can see that the flower image from the Everything Eleanor stamp set (131987/124164) has been popped up. This card has a lot of great texture to it.

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Great NEW Digital Downloads

Stampin’ Up! has just introduced its NEW Digital Downloads for this week. With four templates in one the NEW Think Back Photobook Templates Digital Download (item 133021 $19.95) is a great value.


You’ll have fun asking family members those great questions such as – What makes you feel young?  Or what is the first thing you learned to cook? What a wonderful way of creating a lasting memory of your family using My Digital Studio.

And why not check out the Hello There kit (item 133374 $9.95) with its fun graphics and images.


Want to organize some more? Use the Label This Playroom Designer Template (item 133269 $3.95) to make your child’s area easy to clean.


Or better yet, organize that out of control garage space using the NEW Label This Garage Designer Template (item 133270 $4.95). It will make things easy for everyone to find!


Just want a lovely set? How about the Serene Silhouettes Stamp Brush Set (item 133015 $3.95)


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