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Posted by on Aug 7, 2020 in Blogging Friends Blog Hop, Call Me Clover | 8 comments

Back to school for the Blogging Friends Blog Hop

Welcome to the August Blogging Friends Blog Hop. This month we are all sharing Back to School paper crafting using  Stampin’ Up! products.

I will be quite honest with you, this them had me stumped.  1. I don’t have stamp sets that are school-themed. I discovered this after going through my current stamp sets trying to decide what exactly I wanted to create.  I even tried to be creative and look at my stamps in a new way.  I wished many times that I had purchased the playful alphabet dies.  Cause, I had a great idea for those in my head.  2. I realized that I have been making a very big effort to not buy for the sake of collecting.  And the reality was I just don’t have a reason to purchase items that are school-oriented. Where I was really struggling was in the sentiment.  What does back to school say in 2020??? I could have easily made a cute little box or a fun fold but, if you know me  You know those are only things I do in my head.  The reality is I struggle daily to just get what has to be done done.  This is why you will see a basic card from me 98% of the time. All of this to say,  I can up with a wonderful idea after thinking about my options for several days!  In the end, I decided to pick a stamp set and then try and relate that to back to school. Mind you I was still pondering the sentiment???

The stamp set I landed on was field of flowers. I really adore the silhouette look of this stamp set.  And it has been sitting in my to use basket for a few months. So, it was definitely time to get it out!

Field of Flowers

One of the things that came to my mind was the time that my Mom (a science teacher) took me and my friend Holli to this field for our bug collections.  She gave us each a butterfly net, a jar with lid, and told us to not break the wings. And there we were two teenage girls running around trying to catch butterflies, dragonflies, and anything else we could find.  This is the thing I learned from that experience.  That my Mom did for us what she did for every one of her students.  She gave us all the tools we need to be successful with our bug projects then she let us choose to learn and be successful with our bug projects.  I remember growing up, bug collection time of year always had students around after school trying to identify that one big they just couldn’t figure out.  The kids would have books out, bug collections from past years, they would ask questions and get simple answers. Sometimes, the look would tell them all they needed to know.

Remembering all this brought me to thinking about the very unique school year we are about to embark on.  Teachers, parents, kids, and administration all trying to balance that fine line between health, education, and empowering kids.  I have no idea what I would do if I was in there situation.  I thought about how much our educators need our support and understanding.  As well as our parents who have chosen virtual,  blended, or homeschool as the best option for their family.  That’s when I know, this has to be thinking of you card.  Cause, that’s what 2020 demands. More strength, more hope, and more faith.

  • The background is created with some simple ink blending.  The sky, balmy blue, seaside spray, and blueberry bushel. I just keep playing with the colors until I got it how I liked.  The grass is call me clover and garden green
  • I used my heat tool to dry the background. This kinda helps set the ink. So, I could move on to the stamping
  • I did all the stamping in back. Night of Navy would have looked very nice as well
  • The thinking of you is from the seaside notions stamp set
  • I tried to go the opposite of the blue on the color wheel to add a little extra pop. My choice of orange was Calypso coral

Thank you for stopping by today and for sticking around through all my chat. 

Each of your comments makes me smile! Please, comment HERE.

I hope you will continue to hop along using the blog guide below.

In case you are interested in seeing someone amazing ideas for Wonderful ways to use paper crafting for school gifts or just to make a sweet gift. Check out my sweet friend Julie’s blog.  You can find her at The Paper Pixie.  Her work amazes me!  She’s a queen at 3-D and tinny boxes! I hope you have a great day! Go and be creative my friends-


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Posted by on Apr 29, 2018 in 2018 In-Colors, Annual Catalog Stamp sets 2018-2019, Blueberry Burst, Call Me Clover, Diagonal Stripe Background Stamp, Grapefruit Grove, Love What You Do, Lovely Lipstick, Pineapple Punch | 0 comments

Introducing the 2018 In-Colors

I’m sure you have heard by now that we have new In-Colors! The 2018-2020 In-Colors are awesome! They will be available to all in the up coming annual catalog (June 2)  There are 5 new colors which are…Pineapple Punch (my favorite), Blueberry Bushel, Grapefruit Grove(the most perfect peach), Call me Clover, and Lovely Lipstick . I’m saying that Pineapple Punch is my favorite and it is….I was so hoping for a bright Sunny yellow! And boy did Stampin’ Up! deliver!!! It is awesome. The other 4 colors are just as amazing!!!

In May, there will be a special pre-release bundle available to all! Share What You Love Bundle will include the Love What You Do  stamp set from the up coming Annual Catalog!

Love What You Do

Love What You Do Stamp Set

The bundle also includes designer series paper, ink, and embellishments.  Also available are the 2018 In-Color ink pads!!  So, I decided to combine the Love What You Do stamp set and the new In-Colors for a little parade of sorts.

Lovely Lipstick is a beautiful pink red that will make your heart skip a beat!!! It is such a beautiful rich pink red and will be perfect for flowers, backgrounds, and so much more!

Love What You Do with Lovely Lipstick In-Color

  • This is the easiest card I have ever made!  The background stamp just lends itself to a very clean style!
  • The Background wash of color was stamped with Lovely Lipstick .
  • Then using Basic Black .I stamped the flower and sentiment .
  • The final step waturess to add a few Metallic Enamel Shapes

From here, I played with the card design to step it up a bit!  Also in each of following cards features the Diagonal Stripe Background Stamp .

Diagonal Stripe Background Stamp

Diagonal Stripe Background Stamp

If you have not gotten this stamp yet.  You defiantly need to grab it up before it is gone!  It will not be returning in the up-coming catalog . So go get it now! I promise you will use it all the time!!

Love What You Do with Blueberry Bushel In-Color

  • The card was turned on its side and a strip from the Diagonal Stripe was added.
  • The washed background was Stamped with Blueberry Bushel by stamping off once then stamping onto the paper
  • The flower and sentiment were stamped at full strength .
  • The final step was to add a bow using the Whisper White twine.

Love what you do with Call Me Clover

  • Yet again, I turned the design on its side
  • The wash background was stamped with Call Me Clover as well as the Diagonal Stripe
  • The sentiment and flower were stamped with Basic Black ink
  • Finally, adding a combination one new twine in the Share What You Love embellishment kit and Whisper White twine

One of my absolutely favorite color combinations is yellow and blue….or is it blue and yellow.  Anyway, before I degrees…I just had to share how awesome Blueberry Bushel and Pineapple Punch are together

Love what you do with Pineapple Punch

  • The wash background was stamped with Pineapple Punch
  • The Diagonal Stripe, sentiment, and flower were all stamped with Blueberry Bushel
  • The final touch was adding a few Metallic Enamel Shapes

The last but defiantly not least is Grapefruit Grove.  It is just a happy peachy orange!  I’m not a huge fan of oranges….But, I sure do love this color!  It also, looks classic paired with Blueberry Bushel

Love what you do with Grapefruit Grove In-Color

  • The wash background was stamped with Grapefruit Grove
  • The Diagonal Stripe, sentiment, and flower were stamped with Blueberry Bushel
  • The final step was adding some twine. The Grapefruit Grove twine is from the Natures Twine Set .(Available in Up Coming Annual Catalog)  This twine is a stiffer twine.

I hope you enjoyed this little introduction to the New 2018-2020 In-Colors. 

Each of your comments makes me smile! Please, comment HERE.

  I can see making a set of cards like this as a gift!  Everyone needs thank you cards! And this set would make just a wonderful gift set for a friend!

Share What You Love Bundle

The Share What You Love bundle is jamed pacted of stamping wonderfulness for every card maker or paper craftier out there!!! This bundle is only available for a limited time.

  • Bundles are exclusive to the suite early release and will no longer be available after May 31, 2018. Individual items from the Share What You Love suite will be available when the 2018–2019 annual catalog is released on June 1, 2018.

Below is a video sharing all about the Share What You Love Bundle

Lots of awesome products are retiring from the Occasions and Annual Catalogs .You defiantly don’t want to miss out on these fabulous items!!

Thank you for stopping by Westside Paper Creations today! I am looking forward to sharing with you again very soon!



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