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Posted by on Aug 19, 2017 in Berry Burst, Heat Embossing, InColors 2017, Lemon Lime Twist, Lift Me Up, Silver Embossing Powder, Thoughtful Banners, Touches of Texture, Up & Away | 4 comments

Take 2 with #GDP1000

The Global Design Project is celebrating their 100th challenge!!! How fun is that. Earlier this week I cased the fabulous, Brin King.  You can see my card here.  Today, I am caseing my friend Shawn DeOliveira.  Shawn and I officially met last year at World Card Making Day in Atlanta!  Though we know each other in the cyber world much longer.  So, I knew I had to CASE his awesome card for the Global Design Project 100th Challenge!

I love this card so much! The colors are awesome! The use of metallic is just perfect! One think that always impresses me about Shawn’s cards is the graphic feel they have.  That, and how he uses ribbon is beyond amazing!

Here’s the banner for Global Design Project. I hope you all will hop over to see the design team’s cards for this very special challenge!

I wanted to use metallic, like Shawn did! I also wanted to case his card design.  I love the clean and beautiful feel his card had.  I loved the texture of the background so, I wanted to case that as well.  That gave me a starting place…Matallics, design, and texture!!!

So the only thing let to decide on was the stamp set!

I decided on Lift Me Up! Mainly because, I thought the dies and stamped balloons would work as a focal point. Much like the sentiment, vellum, and ribbon all draw the eye to a certain point on Shawn’s card.  And, well, I love this set! And I had not used it recently.  So, it was time to dust it of…

Lift Me Up Stamp Set

I love how cute this stamp set is! And it is even better that the stamp set and coordinating dies work together to make verity of balloons.  What fun!!!

  • I decided for the metallic I would use the Foil Frenzy Designer Series Paper paired with silver foil.  What a fun combination! Lemon Lime Twist and Berry Burst complete the color combination
  • For the texture I added silver embossing with the touches of texture stamp set. This was added to the Berry Burst background and to the large balloon
  • The sentiment is outlined with a banner border from Thoughful Banners.  Look how wonderfully the sentiment fits right in there!

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

A new live class registration is open.  We will be using the Coffee Cafe’ and Merry Cafe’ stamp sets! The class is August 26th from 1-3 at Westside  Coffee Place & Café

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The Holiday Catalog goes live on September 1st!! If you would like a copy just let me know via email. I will be happy to send you one!

The Carols of Christmas Early Release is now available for you to purchase. You are going to love this set so much. It is my must have from the Holiday Catalog. It is amazing!!! So very easy to use and just simply perfect!!! It will remind you of why you love stamping in the first place. The stamp set pairs with the Card front builder dies! These dies rock!!!! They will make every Holiday Card sing in glory!!!!

There is a Paper Pumpkin sale going on and it is pretty sweet! This is definitely the time to join!!!

Here is the supply list.  If you have any questions about today’s card, products used, or Stampin’ Up! feel free to email me at


Price: $110.00


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Posted by on Jul 13, 2017 in Faux Marbleing, Hello Friend, Rose Garden, Rose Wonder, Touches of Texture | 0 comments

Faux Marbling technique

So life has been a little crazy.  The “other” has been sick. Work has been wild. And messed up internet services.  Has kept me away from you guys for a few days! I’m happy to be back sharing with you today….

I am a technique junkie. Love trying new techniques and revisiting an old technique.  The Shaving Cream marbling Technique has been around for quite a while.  But, recently it has made a reappearance.  One of those everything old is new again things… This technique is loads of fun!! It contains just the right amount of messy!  There are may ways of doing this technique. I experimented with using catalyst to pick up colors and placing them in specific areas for the marbling look.  I also made some just single colored marbled paper.   After I was done making my paper. I set out to make a few cards.  If you fallow my Instagram then you have seen a few sneak peeks of Christmas cards using the paper I made.  You can find me @westsidepaper This month I am filling my Instagram with Christmas in July.  Each day I’m making a new Christmas Card.

I love soft color combinations. And this technique lends itself well to soft colors because often you will achieve a muted look especially when using a catalyst.  For today’s cards I used Soft Sky, Daffodil Delight, and Lemon Lime Twist.  Daffodil Delight and Lemon Lime Twist are not necessarily soft colors. But, they become muted versions of themselves when marbling.

I have been working on my college abilities.

 I love the layers of texture you can create with just stamps.  This  was the perfect opportunity to practice!!


  • After marbling the paper I added very thin layer of embossing paste in certain areas to create even more texture and depth of color
  • The next step was to add the college elements with versa mark and embossing powder or color ink and clear embossing powder.  The specks are just stamped in peekaboo peach
  • The stamps for the college came from two sets Hello Friend and Touches of Textures
  • Finally adding the fussy cut hello

The second card I decided to keep quite simple!

 Just adding a few elements to help the background shine❤

  • These soft colors really work well for sympathy cards. They just seem soothing
  • The Rose Wonder Stamp Set and Rose Garden Dies  has some amazing elements that are perfect for clean and simple cards
  • The silver thread adds just a little touch of shimmer

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

Here’s one more look at today’s  cards. Also, if you would like to see bolder marbling check out this post.

I would love for you to join my team.  My stamping friends are the best.  When you join under me not only do you get to be apart of my team.  But, you will also be a member of the InKing Royalty!  The best stamping community around!!!   Stampin’ Up! has a great July Join event going on!!!  So want you join me now????  If you have any questions about Stampin’ Up! or Joining Now, please feel free to contact me at

Join in July, get Free products!!!  Everyone who joins in July will receive the Carols for Christmas stamp set. Don’t know that set???? It is bran new for the Holiday Catalog!!! You also get the Essentials Gift Pack. This pack includes paper snips, grid paper, snail adhesive, a bone folder, and two D stampin’ blocks.  Exclusive to Christmas in July!!

When you spend $50 in July Stampin’ Up! will give you $5 to spend in August!!!  For every $50 you spend in July!!! Let’s all say Merry Christmas in July!!!!

Below is a list of products used in making this card! If you have any questions feel free to comment below

Supply List

 I am so very happy to be sharing with you today!  I hope each of you have a wonderful day.  And that you find a moment to be creative!!!
Peace & Love-


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