Color Me Happy, Stampin' Blends

colormehapppystampinupstampinblendscandyratrayToday' share is one of two card I created for my Online Club where members order a few Stampin' Blends each month and learn to use them.  They get free Make & Take packets by mail plus project tutorials (pdf's and videos).  This month was all about creating a natural look through blending and shading.

My bird card uses a variety of Stampin' Blends.  I love using Smoky Slate Combo Pack (2 markers, one light and one dark) plus the Bronze Lifter which is a brown tone and works with so many other colors to create warm tones.  

Color Me Happy is a cute, versatile stamp set that was launched in conjunction with Stampin' Blends.  It's available as a bundle (10% off!) with the Color Me Happy project kit.  That's where I got all the elements for today's card:

  • colored card base
  • gorgeous, coordinating envelope
  • white twine
  • gold foil starburst
  • colored, iridescent sequins
  • white cardstock

My handmade card is my own rendition of the one Stampin' Up! made.  I wanted more realistic looking birds, so it was the perfect opportunity to create a different look and then teach my club members the way I blended different colors for a natural look.

Complete information for my Online Club is here, and you can join now.  


Color Me Happy Kit Done

Color Me Happy Kit


Party Pandas for Global Design Project 121 Color Challenge

For today's share, I drew inspiration  for my Party Pandas card from Global Design Project 121 Color Challenge, #GDP121.  "What is that?" you may ask.  Global Design Project offers a weekly challenge to...challenge your creativity!  I've been watching these and loving all the creative inspiration.  This week, I knew it was time for me to dive in:)


GDPD121Party Pandas is an exclusive FREE rubberstamp set available as a reward with a $50 purchase during Sale-a-Bration.  I love, love, love free rubberstamps!  And with these pandas, cuteness abounds!

In fact, I used 2 more FREE products available with a $50 purchase (per free product):

  • Shimmer Ribbon Pack (includes a roll of Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, and Basic Gray ribbons)
  • Bubbles & Fizz Designer Series Paper

All Stampin' Up! supplies I used in this handmade card are listed and linked below to my online store.  Grab some Stampin' Up! supplies and get the darling Party Pandas rubberstamp set absolutely free!  (Offer good through March 31.)

Hold On To Hope by Stampin' Up!

I hosted a Training Event last Saturday, and Hold On To Hope is one of the Occasions Catalog 2018 Bundles I featured.  Check out the full stamp set below.  If you like making inspirational handmade cards, this set is a must-have!

The cards shown here were designed in collaboration with Lynda, one of my team members.  They use the EXACT SAME SUPPLIES.  I love it when you can just flip the Designer Series Paper over and change the orientation (from landscape to portrait) for a totally different look!

This is a quick and easy card.  Sweet Soiree Designer Series Paper, also in the Occasions Catalog 2018, is really gorgeous and takes center stage here.  Isn't the color palette lovely?  We then added just the oval die-cuts with a bit of stamping and sponging and a bow.  Done and beautiful in mere minutes!

Come back tomorrow to see another card using Hold On To Hope stamp set and the coordinating dies.  In the meantime, sign up for my weekly email newsletter.  Simply fill in your email address in the little box at the top right of this page.  It looks like this:

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Hold On To Hope stamps



Beautiful Peacock Stamp Set, Sale-a-Bration 2018

One of the many exclusive free items available in the Sale-a-Bration 2018 Stampin' Up! promotion is Beautiful Peacock stamp set.  It's a photopolymer set which means you can see right through the stamps for super easy positioning.  That comes in handy when you go to line up all the pretty tail feathers for this very Beautiful Peacock!

My handmade card features Lemon Lime Twist, one of the 2017-2019 In Colors.  If you follow my blog at all, you know it's my fave!  I'd like to point out just a few things (4!) to you that I used on today's card that are brand new items from the Occasions Catalog 2018.  Then I'll list and link all the Stampin' Up! supplies below for your convenience.

  • I used Tutti-Frutti Designer Series Papers, a stack of 6 x 6 DSP with cute, tiny fruits on one side and bold graphic prints like stripes and grid lines (shown here) on the other.  It has great colors and versatile designs!
  • Yes, you see colored Glimmer Paper!  Myths & Magic Glimmer Paper is another 6 x 6 stack of papers--this time it's all glimmer in 3 colors:  Turquoise (shown here), Light Green (be still, my heart!), and Iridescent (white).  
  • See that jaunty white bow?  The new Whisper White 1/4" Organza Ribbon is beautiful but also handles so nicely that it makes bow-making a cinch!  You can also add color with Stampin' Blends for perfectly matched ribbon every time and only one purchase:)
  • Last, but not least, let me draw your attention to the Scattered Sequins Dynamic Impressions Embossing Folder.  That's a mouthful to say!  I love the scattered effect of the embossed sequins.  

That's it for today.  Be sure to check out all the free Sale-a-Bration rewards available here in my online store.  


Heart Happiness Valentine Scrapbook Pages

I'm so excited to share the Valentine scrapbook pages we made in my scrapbook club in San Antonio this month featuring Heart Happiness stamp set.  My 2 page layout is definitely on a love theme, and I was thinking Valentine's Day.  But I made the scrapbook pages broad enough in theme that they could easily be used to document:

  • Special anniversary
  • Date nights
  • Valentine's Day
  • Love
  • Prom pics!

My starting point that brought everything together is the drop dead gorgeous Painted With Love DSP.  This specialty Designer Series Paper will seriously take your breath away--just like true love:)  I'm sharing the Stampin' Up! video (scroll all the way down to the bottom of this blog post) that shows all the designer series papers in the Occasions Catalog because you really need to see them! Take special note of Painted With Love Designer Series Paper.

My favorite element in these Valentine scrapbook pages is the heart using a 4 x 4 piece of Painted With Love DSP, cut out with Bloomin' Heart die.  I think it's gorgeous! bloominheartpaintedwithlovedspstampinupbigshotcandyrattray

I'm also really chuffed with the doily on doily element in the lower left corner.  Because what's Valentine's Day without doilies??!!!  I grew up in the era when hearts-shaped doilies were a staple of Valentine's Day celebrations:)


If you are in the Greater San Antonio area and like to scrapbook, please check out the info for my scrapbook club in San Antonio.  There aren't many places left where you can gather with fellow scrappers, so come join us for scrappy fun!