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Posted by on Sep 8, 2015 in Best Thoughts, Remarkable You, Stamp A Ma Jig | 2 comments

White Wash and Remarkably You for Mix-Ability

Over at Splitcost Stampers the Mix-Ability challenge is White Wash.  The challenge number is Mix136.  When I think of white wash I think of furniture that is painted a color and then White is washed over it.  I wanted to mimic this on my card.   The challenge of a Mix-Ability is to use at least two different mediums.  I decide to use Acrylic Paint, embossing, and ink.


Here are the details:

  • The card base is Mint Macaron cut at 5 1/2 inches and scored at 4 1/4 inches
  • The layers are Whisper White (5 3/8 by 4 1/8), Calypso Coral (5 1/4 by 4), and Mint Macaron (5 by 3 3/4)
  • On the Mint layer add a wash of Titanium White paint using a wet sponge.  Let dry (or dry with a heat gun)  And a second layer of pint.  Let dry.  Add a third layer of paint to the very top and bottom of the card.
  • Stamp the flower from Remarkably You using Versa Mark Ink.  I masked one of the flowers with tape then inked and pulled the mask off before stamping.  Use black embossing powder on the stamped image.  Heat the embossed image to set the embossing powder.  (before you emboss it is a fabulous idea to  use the embossing buddy)
  • Use a aqua painter to add color to the flower.  I used Calypso Coral.  I used Stampin’ Wright Marker in Mint Macaron for the stem and the stamen
  • Stamp the Sentiment using StazOn Jet Black ink.  Make sure you use the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to line it up just right.  The sentiment is from Best Thoughts (I seem to be using this one a-Lot!!!!!


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Be sure to visit Splitcoast Stampers and the Mix-Ability (MIX136)  Gallery.  Thank you for stopping by Westside Paper Creations today.  I hope you have a great Tuesday.  I am back at work today (My real job)  I hope to see each and everyone back here soon.


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Posted by on Aug 31, 2015 in Best Thoughts | 14 comments

A Watercolored Best Thoughts for WCC31

Happy Monday!!! I know everyone had a great weekend.  We sure did.  On Saturday our Christmas Card Class meet to make cards.  We had a great time.  I took a little survey of the class in regards to the Holiday Catalog as seeing it will be LIVE tomorrow.  The results will be apart of a special blog post tomorrow!!! So tune in.  Sunday, Mike and I went to a local produce stand and bought peaches, tomatoes, and grapes.   The grapes are oh so yummy….

Today I am playing along with Watercooler Challenge.   This wonderful sketch is by Heidi with Watercooler Challenge. WCC31 Heidi Sketch Challenge


After you are done reading all about my watercolor for this fun challenge.  Hop over to Watercooler Challenges and check out all the great artist and their work.  This challenge is all about watercoloring. So I pulled out my aqua painters and ink and got to work.  At first I was going to use Market Fresh Stamp Set.  I guess I still had the produce stand on my mind.  But, as I started working I decided to change it up a bit and use Lovely as A Tree.   So I went  to pull the stamp set and well of course.  It was no where to be found.  As I was looking all over for Lovely as a Tree I ran across Best Thoughts.  I thought that is a nice bold image to watercolor.  Off to the desk (dining room table) I went.

Aqua Painters make watercoloring easy.  You just simply add water to the pins resorvor and use it like a paint brush.  If you  lightly squeeze your ink pad case before opening some of the ink will transfer to the lid.  This makes lifting ink onto the aqua painter easy.


Here are the Details:

  • The card base is 12 by 12 Whisper White card stock cut at 6 inches and scored at 6 inches.
  • The Hello Honey layer is 5 7/8 inches by 5 7/8 inches.
  • The Bermuda Bay strip is 5 7/8 inches by 1 1/2 inches.
  • The Coastal Cabana strip is 5 5/8 inches by 2 1/4 inches.  The Watercolor paper layer is 5 3/8 inches by 2 inches
  • The Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, and Watercolor paper  rectangles are all 3 1/4 inches by 4 inches
  • On the Watercolor rectangle stamp the flower image in StazOn Jet Black Ink. Then add a wash of Soft Sky Ink over the entire rectangle.  After this wash has dried add washes of Soft Sky, Pool Party, and Bermuda Bay inks to the paper. Try and avoid the stamped image.  Let this dry completely before continuing.
  • Use Coastal Cabana ink to watercolor the flower image.  Leaving some areas lighter.  And adding more ink to other areas to create depth.  Let this dry!!! Use your white gel pin to add highlights to the stamped image
  • Use sponge dabbers to sponge Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, and Hello Honey inks onto the sentiment.  Stamp onto watercolor paper that is 1 inch by 4 inches.  I used the Triple Banner Punch to make a banner then cut the access off to size that suited.
  • The Hello Honey banner was made by a 1 1/2 inch strip and the Triple Banner Punch.  After punching out the banner I cut it down to 1 1/4 inches by taking 1/8 inch off each  side.
  • Make stripes of ink on the Watercolor strip.
Up Close Of Watercolored Flower from Best Thoughts Stamp Set

Up Close Of Watercolored Flower from Best Thoughts Stamp Set

I just love that moment when a card starts to come together.  Here is a picture of that moment and this card.  It always excites me when a card takes shape…..IMAG2005

Crazy messy I know!!!  Don’t you just love how I am using a 1/2 piece of grid paper.  I left all my supplies at the card class location including my personal grid paper!!!!!! Well, I  guess I will make it :>  While I am on the subject.  The original thought did not come together because my paper snips were missing….. well, not really missing….just at another location… Can you guess where…I tried to use the craft scissors.  Just not the same.  If you ever want to fussy cut,  paper snips are the way to go…

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Posted by on Aug 28, 2015 in Best Thoughts | 2 comments

The best is yet to come

I am using two of my absolutely favorite products in today’s card.  I feel like I am always saying “this is my fav.” or “I just love this” or “you have to have this”  or …… Well, you get the point!!!!  Stampin’ Up! has made it so easy for us to want it all!!!! That’s because it is all the best….

English Garden Designer Series Paper is so very beautiful.  One pattern in particular reminded me of my bedroom growing up.  Pink roses and sea foam green walls.  It was a lovely room! When I saw this paper my thoughts immediately went to my bedspread.  I so wish I had a picture to share.  But, I promise it was almost exactly this print!!!!English Garden designer Series Paper

Best Thought’s is one of my favorite stamp sets in the Annual Catalog!  I adore the sketched look of the stamp set. The sentiments are so fresh looking!  Best Thoughts

Best Thoughts stamp set is available as a Host Set associated with Stampin’ Rewards.  When you shop with your demonstrator in person or online you have the opportunity to earn Stampin’ Rewards.  This is how it works.  Spend $150 and receive $15 worth of Stampin’ Rewards towards any product you would like.  Also, when you spend $150 you automatically qualify to order a Host sets at a discounted price!!! I tell you this because…..

  1. You need to be aware that Stampin’ Rewards exist!!!!
  2. The Host Sets are AMAZING!!!!
  3. I am using one of the Host Sets today!!!!


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Here are the Details:

  • The card base is  Mossy Meadow card stock cut at 4 1/4 inches and scored at 5 1/2 inches.  I tend to do this opposite so that the card opens from the side.  Though in the spirit of keeping life interesting and fresh.  I decided to use the “Brian King way” once again!!!!
  • The layers are Hello Honey and English Garden Designer Series Paper
  • The circles are cut from punches and from the Circles Collection Framlits using the colors Blushing Bride, Hello Honey, and Whisper White.
  • The sentiment is stamped in Mossy Meadow on the Whisper White circle
  • The two ribbons used are Blushing Bride Cotton Ribbon and Whisper White Satin Ribbon. Both were cut to exact size of the card and adhered using  a xyron x sticker maker.
Host Sets! All discounted when you spend $150

Host Sets! All discounted when you spend $150


Thank You for stopping by Westside Paper Creations on a beautiful Friday!  I am looking forward to our Monthly Christmas Card Class tomorrow.  Look for more information about upcoming fall classes soon!  Have a wonderful day :>




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Posted by on Aug 6, 2015 in Best Thoughts, Choose Happiness, Georgeous Grunge, Stamp A Ma Jig | 2 comments

Choose Happiness for Pal’s Paper Arts 262

Today I am playing along with the Pal’s Paper Arts.  The Pal’s are a great group of  paper artist who all happen to be Stampin’ Up! demonstrators and the down line of Mary Fish.  Mary is  a fablous leader for all the Pal’s.  I love being apart of such a wonderful group.  We all support each other not just in Stampin’ Up! but, in all walks of life.  I waited a long time to join Stampin’ Up!  I am very proud to be a member of the Pal’s and the InKing Royalty’s.  Both groups are full of amazing people. PPA262

The challenge is #262 and is a color challenge.  The colors in this challenge are Mint Macaron, Pool Party, and Tip Top Taupe.  The Mint Macaron and the Pool party are very close to each other.  Yet, completely different.  One is a light shade of green and the other is blue.  They are both very soothing colors to me.  Tip Top Taupe really brings out either color.

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Here are the Details of today’s card:

  • The card base is Thick Whisper White card stock cut at 5 1/2 inches and scored at 4 1/4
  • Cut Tip Top Taupe card stock to 5 3/8 inches by 4 1/8 inches
  • Cut Mint Macaron card stock to 5 1/4 inches by 4 inches
  • Cut Shimmery White card stock to 5 inches by 3 3/4 inches.
  • Cut a strip of Tip Top Taupe to 1 inch by 3 3/4 inches
  • Cut a strip of Whisper White 3/4 inches by 3 3/4 inches
  • Cut a strip of Pool Part to 1/2 inches by 3 3/4 inches.  Then use the Decorative Dots Texture Impression Embossing Folder and the Big Shot  Glue the Three strips together.
  • Stamp the interlocking stamp using Tip Top Taupe ink.  See below pictures about how to achieve a straight line.  The Stamp-A-Ma-Jig is involved.
  • Stamp this layer with the dots from Gorgeous Grunge in Pool Party. (only do this on the top part of the card stock)
  • Stamp the branch from Choose happiness in Staz On Jet Black.  Then using a blender pin color in the branch using Mint Macaron ink
  •  Stamp “You are in my thoughts” in Tip Top Taupe on the Shimmery White card stock.  Use the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to get the stamp in just the right spot!  “you are in my thoughts” is from Best Thoughts Stamp Set.
  • On a scrap sheet of Whisper White card stock stamp the bird from Choose Happiness in Pool Party.  Then fussy cut the bird out.  Using Stampin’ Dimensionals adhere the bird to the branch. I use Stampin’ Up! paper snips for this.  They make cutting a breeze.
  • All that is left is to glue everything together.  Glue the Shimmery White stamped layer to the Mint Macaron layer.  Then using Stampin’ Dimensionals adhere this layer to the card base.  Glue the strip layer to the Shimmery White using multipurpose glue.


To line up the Tip Top Taupe stamping I used the 1 inch strip of Tip Top Taupe and Post It Note tape to hold everything in place.  Then using the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig I stamped the interlocking stamp.  Perfect results!


Sometimes when using the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig I forget witch edge of the stamp I was using.  This time I got smart and put a “X” on the end that was going against the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig.  That way I will always know witch end  is correct.

Please make sure to check out all the fabulous creations by the Design Team over at Pal’s Paper Arts. And don’t forget to scroll down to the bottom to see all the projects by those like me who are playing along with the Design Team on Challenge 262


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Posted by on Aug 3, 2015 in Best Thoughts, Definitely Dahlia, Faux Watercoloring, In Colors, Stamp A Ma Jig | 5 comments

Definitely Dahlia

I had a completely different blog post ready for y’all today.  But, in double checking the Clearance Rack the stamp sets used to make the card had sold out!!!  That’s okay though, you get to see a beautiful card that I made over the weekend to send to a Stampin’ Up! friend who recently lost her mother.  When I first got back into stamping I read a blog post by a fellow Stampin’ Up! demonstrator (Brian King) that said something about yellow being bright and cherry and that we need cherry at times of sorrow. Sense then,  I have allowed myself to think outside the box for colors for a sympathy card.  Here is Brian’s original post about yellow :  Sympathy and prayers in Yellow

Over the weekend I played around with some color combinations that combine the new In Colors with existing Stampin’ Up! colors.  I just love the way Daffodil Delight combines with Watermelon Wonder.  It is a stunning combination.  IMAG1753

Definitely Dahlia stamp set is perfect for the faux watercolor effect used to stamp the Dahlia.  The sentiment is from Best Thoughts stamp set.  I know I will be getting lots of use out of these two stamp sets.  The Dahlia Stamps so very perfectly and makes a stunning image.

definitely Dahlia Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

definitely Dahlia Stamp Set by Stampin’ Up!

Best Thoughts

Here are the Details of today’s card:

  • The card base is Thick Whisper White card stock cut in half at  5 1/2 inches and scored at 4 1/4 inches.  Make sure you use the bone folder to burnish the scored edge.
  • Cut a piece of Watermelon Wonder card stock to 4 inches by 4 inches.
  • Cut a piece of Daffodil Delight card stock to 3 3/4 inches by 3 3/4 inches.
  • Cut a piece of Shimmery White card stock to 3 1/2 inches by 3 1/2 inches.
  • Using sponge dabbers and your Daffodil Delight ink pad add some daffodil delight ink the Definitely Dahlia stamp.  I used a fair amount of ink.  Adding more than one layer of daffodil delight ink.  Using a second sponge dabber add Watermelon Wonder ink to the dahlia stamp.  Do so sparingly and in random places.  Finally, Spirits with water and stamp on to the Shimmery White card stock.  Allow the image to dry before you move it around.  The water in the ink will make the image run. (tested and tried)  Also, the amount spirits onto the stamp will determine how blurred the image becomes.  I highly recommend testing before stamping on your final image.
  • Using sponge dabbers add  daffodil delight ink and Watermelon Wonder to the “Your in my Thoughts” stamp from Best Thoughts.  DO NOT ADD WATER! Using the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig stamp the sentiment at the bottom of the card.
  • Glue the layers together with multipurpose glue. Use Stampin’ Dimentionals to add the layers dahlia to the card base

The Shimmery White Paper that Stampin’ Up! offers is defiantly worth the investment when doing projects like this.  The water and the smooth texture of the paper react so well together.  It’s a match made in heaven.  And the sponge dabbers make it so easy to add the ink to the stamp in a random pattern.  This card was lots of fun to make.  One think about this faux water coloring technique is that each time you stamp the image comes out different.  What fun!


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Thank You for stopping by Westside Paper Creations on this Monday.  I trust everyone had a great one and I will see you back here soon.


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