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Posted by on Sep 14, 2017 in Aqua Painters, Coloring Tools 2017, Daniel Smith watercolors, ink as watercolor, Spooky Night, This Little Piggie, Watercolor, watercolor | 1 comment

This little piggie

I love my Stampin’ Up! friends. The Inking Royalty (Brian Kings group) community is such a wonderful place. It is full of people who encourages the creative processes.  And the community is so willing to share ideas and techniques with each other. I just love the positive creative world of  Royals.  I’m telling you all this because, the other day Ann (a fellow Inking Royalty) sent me a card idea!  I was super excited about the idea that we decided to collaborate on the card together.  I happened to have the Halloween paper to make the card special. And she didn’t. So she sent me the idea!!!  I just wanted to take a moment and thank Ann for sharing her amazing creative ideas with me! I love Ann’s work.

The stamp set We used was the This Little Piggie. This adorable set is full of  little piggies flying, dancing and having fun!!!

This Little Piggie

How happy is that piggie with the flower or the flying pig! I just love these little pigs. We decided to pare the pig with the Spooky Nights designer series paper. This paper is full of fun card, witches hats, and festive patterns

Spooky Nights Designer Series Paper

This paper is very Classic Halloween!  The cats are the perfect size to be punched with the Cat Punch. The pumpkins and hats are wonderful fussy cut out!

Is this not the most wonderful idea ever!!! I am so lucky my friend, Ann share her amazing vision with me!

  • The background is Daniel Smith watercolors that are a Genuine. So I used a variety of colors and did two layers of watercolor. The colors are Sugilite, Purpurite, Kyanite, Fuchsite, Hematite Violet.  After this dried I added splatter of mica gold ink and white gouache
  • The moon is Daffodil Delight and Crushed Curry with mica gold ink on top. The watercolor was punched with a 2 inch circle punch
  • The sweet pig was watercolored with Powder Pink, Flirty Flamingo, and Smokey Slate
  • The broom is made from the straw in the Coffee Café set. I know, I told y’all I use it all the time. And I do. Even to make brooms.  For the bristles of the broom, I took a tassel with out the loop and glued it to the broom handle (the loop on the tassel was easy to pry open with needle nose pliers
  • The last thing was to pick out a hat.  Witch was fussy cut from the Spooky Nights Designer Series Paper

So, I was lying in bed thinking about the card and wondering how I could make this with just Stampin’ Up! products. Not everyone is as addicted to Daniel Smith watercolor as I am.  Anyway, this is what I came up with …

  • The watercolor is Fresh Fig, Berry Bliss, Cajun Craze, Night of Navy, and Pool Party ink refills. I put each color in a small flat dish added a drop or two of Wink of Stella and a few drops of water to each color.
  • Then I added splashes of craft ink that had been watered down a bit
  • The gold was made by watering down a little multipurpose glue and splattering on to the paper. Then adding glitter on top. You want to do this after the watercolor has completely dried. Trust me …I know
  • The moon is Daffodil Delight and Crushed Curry. Then I added in some Gold Wink of Stella
  • The rest of the card is the same!

The card is a A2 card size which is 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 inches.  And the layers are as follows. Buy the way, the mini tassels are on Sale right now in the Clarence Rack for $3. It is such a great deal!!

  • Card base is Fresh Fig cut at 5 1/2 inches  and scored/ burnished at 4 1/4 inches.  The total size of the paper should be 5 1/2 inches by 8 1/2 inches
  • The Basic Black Layer is 5 1/8 inches by 3 7/8 inches
  • The Watercolor Paper is 5 inches by 3 3/4 inches

How stinking cute is Ann’s flying Halloween pig!!! I personally can’t decided which I like better. I think I love the both!

This is what I want you to take away from this experiment.  That if you see a card that is watercolored with certain products from other companies. This does not mean that you can’t make something similar with just Stampin’ Up! Ink Refills.  They are awesome to work with. I love my watercolors and have many sets. I use them all. But, not everyone does. So, use what you have. You may have to get creative. But, normally that’s where the fun is!!!

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The Holiday Catalog is here! I adore this catalog! I know you are loving it as much as I am! It is just full of awesomeness!!!

There is a super exciting stamp set available to all who place $300 order during September and October. Host a party or gather orders from your friends to reach your $300 order! You are going to want this exclusive stamp set! It is amazing!

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


Supply List

 I had so much fun working with Ann on this adorable card! She is super talented. If you would like to see more of Ann’s work check out her Pinterest Boards at MURRAY, INK
Thanks for stopping by today! I hope each of you have a fantastic Thursday!  I’m going to try to squeeze in a little stamping in tonight after work!  I hope you have time to get inky today as well!
Peace my lovelys-


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Posted by on Aug 17, 2017 in Aqua Painters, Big Shot, Copper Embossing Powder, Global Design Project, Heat Embossing, InColors 2017, ink as watercolor, Pick a Pumpkin Bundle, Tranquil Tide, watercolor, Watercolor | 11 comments

Happy 100 to Global Design Project #gdp100

The Global  Design  Project  is celebrating  there 100th challenge!  I remember  how excited  I was when this challenge  started!  I was even more excited  to participate  in that very first challenge. Now, 100 challenges later we are all celebrating the designers.

Each designer designed a card.  Those of  us playing along, are picking a designer to case.  What fun! For today’s  card I picked my friend,  Brian  King! His clean line card is amazing. I love the pop of gold he used!!!

I love  the clean lines with the marbled background!  And the bold focal point is awesome!

I knew that I wanted to use a metallic as part of my focal point.  So, while thinking about what stamped I wanted to use I also thought  about what would look awesome  in metallic. I decided on a new stamp bundle in the  upcoming  Holiday  Catalog  (available  September 1) Pick a Pumpkin bundle is beautiful  and has a pumpkin in the dies I know  I wanted to guild! Perfect!

Pick A Pumpkin Bundle

I wanted  a basic  background  that would allow  the pumpkins and gourd to shine.  I went to my default  background  technique, and ,adequate a watercolor background!  I sed the ink refill for the watercolor.  Initially, I was just going to use two colors and make a soft background.  But, the watercolor  had something else in mind.  I love how the unexpected  addition  of Tempting  Turquoise is to this Pool Party and Tranquil Tide background.

Pool Party
Tranquil Tide
Tempting Turquoise

I have several pictures to share with you today .  They will show you the process  I used in making my watercolor  background.


The first step is to gather the supplies up that our will need!  You will need watercolor  paper, ink refills o your  choice, a aqua painter, versamark ink, a heat tool, and embossing powder.  I also used a clip board and some  painters tape.

Let’s talk  just a second about watercolor  paper. Watercolor  paper comes in three forms normally.  hot press, cold press, and rough.  Stampin’ Up! watercolor paper is cold press paper.  For this particular project I wanted a paper that had more tooth.  So, I pulled  out  some rough paper.  I am addicted  to watercolor  paper and use all three types.   Hot press is awesome for stamping because  it has a smother  surface  than the other two.  You  could make this card with Stampin’ Up! watercolor paper without any problem

The first thing I did was to tape off a border on the watercolor  paper. I used my grid paper to help lign it up straight. I did not really press down my tape  to the grid paper because,  I transferred the whole thing over to a clip board.

The next step  was to use my aqua painter to add water to the paper.

The next step, is to start adding color! I started off with Pool Party. I added a few drops of ink and water to a flat dish. Using  a aqua painter, I  added the color. I started with up and down strokes. Then dropped  in color in a few spots

At this point, I used my heat tool to dry the paper.  After each addition of color the paper was dried with a heat tool.  This added some harsh  lines between layers of color

The second  layer of color was Pool Party and Tranquil Tide.  The color was added in the same fashion.   By starting with up and down strokes, them dropping  in color.

Again,  I heat set the panel adding definition between  layers of color.

The final watercolor step was to add Tempting Turquoise  ink and Pool Party ink.  This layer was added with almost  a dry brush.  Again, using an up and down motion with the Tempting Turquoise.  Then I added a little  more water to my brush and added Pool Party ink.

Watercolor always looks it’s worst right before it looks good. So keep going and practice.  Practice is key in learning how watercolor works.  The final step is to heat set the watercolor  one last time. Carefully,  remove the tape.

After the watercolor panel is dry, it is time to add the copper  embossing.  To do this you will need embossing power,  versamark ink, and a heat tool

I used the edge of the versamark ink pad to add inkto the paper.  Then added the embossing powder.

At this point my embossing looked quite messy.  So, I  used a paint brush to swipe away any unwanted embossing powder.  Then used my heat tool to set the embossing.

I love the final results! The copper really adds a fun fall feel to the background.   It also brings in the copper guiding flakes used on the pumpkin.

I love to watercolor and don’t get the chance to use the rough paper very often.  I love the results of the inks on this paper.  The difference  in color  between  this panel  and the one on the card is that this one turned out darker.  That’s because,  I used less water in my ink dishes.  Also, no two watercolor panels will ever come out exactly  the same.

  • The images were stamped and die cut out. The small pumpkin in Peakaboo Peach. The gourd  in Bermuda bay.  The fun leafy flower thing in Tranquil Tide on Pool Party  paper.  The large leaf stem is die cut with Tranquil Tide paper. The small curly q is die cut with soft  suede paper
  • The large pumpkin is die cut out and has gilding added to it.  I used mostly copper. But, there is a little silver and gold also. I used whisper white paper and added the new adhesive sheets to both sides.  Then cut out the die. And added the leafing to one side.  The same process was used  for the large curly q
  • The card base is Soft Suede with a copper layer on top
  • The final steps was to decorate the envelope!


Thank you for sticking with me through so many pictures! I know it was a lot, but I really wanted to share with you my process.  Hugs to you who stuck around!!!

Below os a list of products used. If you have any questions about Stampin’ Up!, products used, or today’s card feel free to contact me via email at


Price: $110.00

I have a new class registration  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 Pick a Pumpkin  bundle will no doubt be popular for fall crafting.  And because  it’s a bundle, you save 10% YEPPIE.

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!!!

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Won’t you join me in celebrating Global Design Project 100th challenge!!!! I hop hope each of you have an awesome day! Let’s all be creative  every day and share it with those around us! And just incase you are wondering who won the very first Global Design Project Challenge,  you can check it out here!



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Posted by on Jan 20, 2016 in Aqua Painters, Birthday Bloom, Watercolor | 2 comments

New friend and Watercoloring with Birthday Bloom.

Recently I got the opportunity to stamp with a new friend.  We had such fun getting to know each other.  It is amazing how easy it is to talk when there are stamps, ink, and markers around.  We were experimenting with one of my new art supplies, Derwent Inktense ink pencils and Stampin’ Up! Birthday Bloom Stamp Set.  The flowers in this set are perfect for watercoloring.  And the Inktense ink pencils make it so very easy to watercolor.

Birthday Bloom


The color inspiration for this card came form Kim herself. She has such a great eye for what makes a beautiful flower.  Seeing what Kim created, made me want to try and recreate her fabulous rose.  Of course, I overworked my flower.  So it came out quite different from Kim’s.   For me the purple is such a unexpected beautiful color and really makes the rose pop!!!!IMAG2707

I stamped the image using Basic Gray ink on watercolor paper.  Then using a aqua painter and the inktense ink pencils, watercolor the image.  Using the aqua painter to pull ink off the pencil tip.  The background was created by sliding the aqua painter across the tip of the ink pencil.  The “With Sympathy” is stamped in Basic Gray.  The watercolor panel is framed with Crushed Curry.  Then using Stampin’ Dimensionals added to a Basic Gray card base.

Here is the supply list: (the “with sympathy” is from The Ton, Larget Peony 2, and you can find Inktense ink pencils from Dick Blick Art Supply)



Thank You for stopping by Westside Paper Creations.  I hope to be sharing more with you soon from Kim.  You are just going to love her creations!!!!  Happy Wednesday night :>  I am looking forward to meeting you back here soon.  Remember that Paper Pumpkin is still on sale.  And that we have all new Weekly Deals.


I would love to here from you and your thoughts about Birthday Blooms, Watercoloring,  the fab. color purple, and who makes you think twice….  It is always nice to have people who make you step out of your little box.  Thank You Kim, for helping me see!!!!!

Much Love,


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Posted by on Nov 16, 2015 in Aqua Painters, Big Shot, Christmas Greetings Thinlits, Dove of Peace | 0 comments

Dove of Peace

You guys know I just love the stamp set Dove of Peace.  It will be retiring soon from the Stampin’ Up! collection.  So if you have not gotten this must have stamp.  Your time is running out.  Today, Stampin’ Up! announced what will be retiring from the Holiday Catalog.  This is always a exciting time when a retiring list comes out.  Because, this means their are many new exciting  now items to come!

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A few weeks ago I had the chance to make a card using Dove of Peace for Conformation.  The dove is so perfect for such a occasion.  While making this card I kept thinking about this…”Heaven came down and Glory filled my Soul” …heven-came-down

I was going to use these words.  But, unfortunately I had lost my “e” in the Back to Basics stamp set.  Do you know how hard it is to letter words with out a “e”!!!!  Anyway,  I decided on the simple words of love and Peace.  For this is what conformation is truly about!


The card base is Blackberry Bliss card stock cut at 5 1/2 inches and scored at 4 1/4 inches.  The Delightful Dijon layer is  5 1/4 inches by 4 inches.  The layers on the left side are a combination of Bermuda Bay, Delightful Dijon, and Bohemian Designer Series Paper.  The circle layer was made with ink refills and watercolor paper.  I simply used a aqua painter and painted the color on and allowed the colors to mix.  Using the Christmas Greetings and the Big Shot cut out the word “peace” in Bermuda Bay.  The “&’ is from Back to Basics stamp set.  The word “love came from a past paper pumpkin kit (Chalk It Up)

The dove was stamped after coloring it with a combination of Blackberry Bliss,, Delightful Dijon, and Bermuda Bay Stampin’ Write Markers.  After stamping the Dove use your paper snips to cut the dove out!

Dove of Peace is such a versatile stamp!  It can be used for all sorts of occasions!!!!  You will not regret have this stamp in your collection!!!!!!  And remember that most of the Holiday Catalog is Retiring and will be gone on January 4th.  Some items will be gone before then.  Because, they are while Supplies Last!!!!

Supply List:

Supply List

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Tomorrow is a big day!  I will get my first look at the upcoming Occasions Catalog.  I am so very excited to see what Stampin’ Up! has in store!!!!  And just a little word about the young lady who received this card.  She is a amazing person I am so very proud to know!!!!
Thank You for stoping by Westside Paper Creations!  I love to here from you guys.


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Posted by on Sep 2, 2015 in Aqua Painters, Blender Pins, Color Me Irresisitble, Sweetbriar Rose | 10 comments

Sweetbriar Rose for Can You Case It #84

Can You Case It has a great challenge for us all this week. This weeks challenge is a sketch by Elizabeth.  Make sure you hop over to Can You Case It to check out the Cards by the design team.  They are defiantly a talented group.  I am supper excited to be playing along with them today!!  When I started to create the card for the Can You Case It challenge I had all my fall and Holiday Stamps out.  Ready to make something from the new Catalog… Why not right?  So I picked my colors and started working on a wreath.  Along the way thinking about the challenge I decided to change it up a bit and started looking for a different stamp set.  This seems to be my process.  Start with one stamp set end with another.  With about 10 in between!!! Any whoooo, I ran across Sweetbriar Rose and thought it would be perfect.  So, no new Holiday Catalog stamp today 🙁  But, Sweetbriar Rose is a fabulous stamp set that is often over looked in the Annual Catalog. CYCI84-232x300

Is this not a great sketch!!  I love the Simplicity of the sketch.  This sketch is the perfect opportunity to make a clean and simple card!!!

sweetbriar rose

I love the sketched flower.  It is perfect for water coloring or coloring with blender pins!!! And we all know we like to color :>  I know I sure do…Adult coloring book?  No thanks, just give me a fabulous sketched stamp!  (I must admit…I would not mind having a new coloring book!)


Here are the Details:

  • The card base is Pool Party cut to 10 1/2 inches  by 6 1/4 inches.  It is scored at 5 1/4 inches.   the final size should be 6 1/4 inches by 5 1/4 inches.  This is defiantly a odd size card.  You will want to use the envelope punch bard to make a envelope if you are mailing this size.
  • The layers are Mossy Meadow (6 1/8 by 2 5/8)  and the strip paper from Color Me Irresistible Specialty Paper
  • Color the striped paper using a sponge dabber and Calypso Coral ink.  Make sure to use firm even pressure when coloring this paper.  Also, when you are through coloring use a paper towel to wipe off any extra ink
  • Stamp the Sweetbriar Rose stamp on a piece of Shimmery White Paper ( 3 by 41/2) using StazOn Jet Black ink .
  • Using a Aqua Painter paint on Soft Sky ink all over.  Then add streaks of Pool Party around the image.
  • Color the Image using blender pins and Mossy Meadow, Calypso Coral, and Crumb Cake inks. Use a white gel pin and add highlights to the rose
  • Back the  Rose panel with Calypso Coral (3 1/4 by 4 3/4) and Mossy Meadow (3 3/8 by 4 7/8)


Her is the Supply List

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Make sure you stop by Can You Case It and check out all the wonderful cards made with this sketch!  I promise you will love what you see!!!! And If you do remember to give them a little blog love!!  Happy Wednesday :>  I am getting overly excited about the beginning of Collage Football this Saturday !!!!


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