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Posted by on Mar 14, 2018 in A Good Day, Banners for You, Coloring Tools 2017, Die Cuts 2017-2018, Flying Home, Layering Circles, Layering Circles, Layering Ovals, Layering Ovals, Layering ovals, May Flowers, May Flowers Die, Perennial Birthday, Stampin' Blends, Stiches Shapes Dies, Tutti Frutti Card Bases, Uncategorized | 7 comments

Spring has sprung…

Spring is just around the corner! Here in Alabama the trees are beginning to bloom and all the early spring flowers are up, daffodils, tulips, and others.  We had a warm February that got things rolling towards an early spring .But, old man winter is not through with us yet . The mornings have been cold (Alabama cold, mind you) and crisp . The birds are chirping there happy songs and the Pals are hopping along .


Welcome to the Pals March 2018 Blog Hop. Our theme this month is “Spring has Sprung”. The Stampin’ Pretty Pals will inspire you with Spring or Spring-related projects. You may see floral, Easter or other general Spring-inspired designs. You may be just starting or hopped over from another Pal. In either case you’ll find the line-up toward the end of my post to help you move along.

I love this time of the year when the birds start chirp their happy song.  It means Spring is right around the corner! One stamp set in the Occasions Catalog brings all the spring Birds home!  Flying Home makes me think about all the migrating birds flying back to their favorite backyard bird houses.

Flying Home Stamp Set

I think this may be the sweetest stamp set I have ever seen!   It just screams cute!!  In some ways it is very retro . In other ways it has a modern feel . So, as it once was said… what once was old is new again!

  • The bird houses were stamped with memento ink. Then colored with the Stampin’ Blends. Often I use my Prisms Color Markers along with the Blends .But, lately I have been trying to just use my Blends .
  • The card base is from Sale-A-Bration .The Tutti Frutti card bases and envelopes!  These card bases and envelopes are amazing! I love the colors . And the patterns make it easy to add anything you want on top!
  • The Hello is from Banners For You

The next two cards are actually the inspiration to create the card above as a clean and straight lined version!  Not all cards have to have lots of texture to be beautiful!  I love the straight forward version above as much as I love the full of layers and texture versions below!!!   All three cards could be made either way and still be beautiful!

  • Layers of texture are  like the branches, twigs, and twine that birds gather to build a nest. Layers of twine, ribbon, and vellum come together to build a backdrop for a sweet nest of birds
  • The stamped image is once again colored with the blends . To be honest, this would be a great set to also color with the. Stampin’ Write markers . The images for the most part are small enough that streaking is not an issue if you work fast . So, please do not feel that you must have Stampin’ Blends to color these images
  • The Hello Friend is from the Stamp Set A Good Day!

  • Yet again lots of layers and texture
  • The flower and the vellum leaves are from the dies May Flowers .These dies are perfect for all your Spring crafting needs
  • The flower and the vellum leaf are steeped up a bit .  I used my Stampin’ Blends in the light Daffodil Delight to quickly color both .
  • The sentiment is from the Perennial Birthday Stamp set . It was to long for the space .So, I simply cut it in half . That was after trying several , and I mean SEVERAL different options . Finally, yesterday morning it just came together like magic .
  • The final touch was to add the enamel shapes

I always live decorating my envelopes! The Tutti Frutti envelopes are so pretty it really does not take much to add a little something special to them.  I used the little small birds and butterfly’s in the Flying Home set to add the extra touches for my envelopes

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

Thank you so much for hopping with the Stampin’ Pretty Pals today. Please take a minute to mark your calendar for our next hop on April 11, 2018 for our Family First Hop. Now hop along using the Blog Hop Line-up below. Don’t forget to leave us a comment. We really like that.

Blog Hop Line-up:

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Rae Harper-Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
  3. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  4. Corinne Blake at The Creative Compendium
  5. Linda Suarez at All Night Stamping
  6. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  7. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  8. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  9. Stesha Bloodhart at Stampin’ Hoot!
  10. Su Mohr at Aromas And Art
  11. Lori Pinto at LollyPop Paper and Ink
  12. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  13. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  14. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  15. Nina King at Ink Paper Sequins
  16. Rosanne Mulhern at Heartfelt Stamping
  17. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Habit!
  18. Sara Hicks Stuart at Sentiments by Sara
  19. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  20. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose

Thank you for stopping by! I love sharing and will be back soon!  I hope each of you will hop along with us today! Please feel free to leave comments with those of us who you especially like there work! We, I know I do, love hearing from you guys!!!



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Posted by on Feb 21, 2018 in annual catalog stamp sets 2017-2018, blog hop, Coloring Tools 2017, Happiest of Days, InKing Royalty Blog Hop, Layering Ovals, Layering Squares, Occasions Catalog 2018, Petal Passion, Stampin' Blends, Stiched Shapes, They Say It's Your Birthday | 23 comments

You say it’s your birthday….

Happiest of days! The Inking Royalty blog hop is here!!! And we are celebrating Birthdays!!

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s February Blog Hop! Today’s Blog Hop today is filled to the brim with projects that celebrate birthdays. The opening line from The Beatles’ “Birthday” song ran through our heads as we joyfully created the birthday-themed creations we share with you today.  After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

My favorite birthday set is Happiest of days  So, of course I had to use it today for the blog hop!!! I love the sweet feel of this set! It is also perfect for coloring! Witch makes me very happy 😍

There is so much wonderfulness in this set! The adorable cake! The sweet presents! And the extra elements! Not to mention how perfect the sentiments are!

  • Using Stampin’ Blends I colored the dots in the designer series paper, the paper doily, the flower, and the leaves .
  • The next step was to add texture by adding layers of ribbon, bakers twine, and paper doily.
  •  Finally the sentiment is popped up with the layers of ovals!

I decided that because we were celebrating birthdays that I would decorate a matching envelope!

The decorated envelope brings all the happiness of the Birthday moment to reality!

The second card, I decided to do a little extra coloring to completely change the look of the designer series paper.  The Petal Passion Designer Series Paper is perfect to alter with color.

This paper is a must have from the Occasions Catalog! I love it as is! But, it is also loads of fun to add color to the paper making completely unique for your card!!

  • By coloring the background pool party it completely changes the feel of the Designer Series Paper
  • The layers of texture add a Vintage feel to the card
  • The final delicate touch was to add  the Tutti Frutti sequins

Here again I used some of the extra elements from the stamp set to make a super special envelope!

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Candy Ford at Stamp Candy There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!

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

​Thank you for hopping along with us. If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  3. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  4. Nina King at InkPaperSequins
  5. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  6. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  7. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  8. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  9. Rachael Shedeed at Bluebonnet Stampin’
  10. Lisa Pretto at InkBig Academy Stamps
  11. Imogene Thomas at
  12. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
  13. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps

I am so glad that each of you stopped by today!!!  I know you will enjoy the rest of the Birthday Celebrations throughout the Royal Blog Hop!!!



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Posted by on Sep 12, 2017 in Big Shot, Coffee Cafe', Embossing, Layered Leaves Embossing Folder, Merry Cafe', Uncategorized | 0 comments

Merry Café

Yesterday, I shared a sweet pouch box that is perfect for a set of cards. You can see the pouch box here. Today, I’m sharing the cards that will go into the pouch as a gift! I used the same products to make coordinating cards.  The Merry Café is defiantly a favorite stamp set.

Merry Café

I love how this set coordinates with the Coffee Café bundle in the annual catalog.  The little perk up even coordinates with the small coffee cup die. What fun!

Coffee Café Bundle

I mix and match stamps from both sets all the time! I love the sketched look of the coffee cup in Merry Café so I use it a lot!!! I also adore the little coffee beans in the Coffee Café set !   They both go perfectly with the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper.

I adore this paper! I seem to be wanting to use it on every project! The colors are just amazing and there are some watercolor wash pages that I just love!!

  • The colors are Cajun Craze, Soft Sky, and Chocolate Chip.
  • The thanks a latte (Coffee Café) is stamped in Soft Sky!  I promise thought, I’m wondering if I used Pool Party to ink my Soft Sky Ink Pad.
  • The coffee cup(Merry Café) is stamped on designer series paper then die cut with the coordinating dies Along with the coffee lid on Cajun Craze
  • The coffee cup sleeve is die cut in Crumb Cake
  • The little adorable espresso beans are stamped on Very Vanilla with Chocolate Chip ink
  • The background is a few stamps from the Merry Café set using Old Olive and Cajun Craze


  • The colors used are Cajun Craze, Daffodil Delight, and Basic Black
  • The Daffodil Delight layer is embossed with the layers leaves embossing folder
  • The sentiment is from the Merry Café set. How fun is that sentiment
  • The yellow peeping out behind the Cajun Craze coffee cup sleeve is made by cutting a yellow sleeve then cutting it in half and glueing it to the back of the other coffee  sleeve.

The card base is a Very Vanilla Note Cards (4 bar size)  The Stampin’ Up! Note Cards and envelopes are perfect for this size of card!!!  The layers are as fallows

  • 3 3/8 by 5 7/8 inches
  • 2 1/4 by 4 3/8 inches
  • 2 1/8 by 4 1/4 inches

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

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 [email protected]


Price: $110.00

Supply List

 I hope everyone is safe and sound after all the whether we have been having.  So many in Texas who are trying to recover and in Florida. As well as much of Georgia and South Carolina. Then the fires up north and in the west. It has been a rough month.   My thoughts are with each of you in these areas.
The fall is quickly approaching! Happy Fall the season of pumpkin spice latte. We all know someone who this sentiment is perfect for!  I know I sure know a few pumpkin spice latte lovers.  I personally don’t know what all the fuss is about( shush don’t tell)  Have a great day my friends


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Posted by on Sep 10, 2017 in Big Shot, Embossing, Heat Embossing, Oh my stars, Season of Whimsy | 6 comments

Happy New Year

The host set in the Holiday Catalog is such a fun whimsical set! I love the sketched feel of the set. I love that the ornaments are perfect for coloring. I love the simplicity of the sentiments and the stamps.

Season of Whimsy

The Other is always wanting new years cards.  So, I decided to make a few using the sparkler! It is just too much fun!

  • The colors used are Pool Party, Powder Pink, and Champagne Foil
  • The Champagne Foil is beautiful embossed. Here it is embossed with the Oh My Stars Embossing Folder
  • The sparkler is heat embossed. I wanted something similar to the Champagne Foil and something shimmery. So I took silver embossing powder and added a little gold, a little copper, and some dazzling diamonds. Shook it all up for a unique color.
  • The final touch was to add some copper thread. I’m a huge fan of the mixed metal look. The Champagne Foil lends itself to this look quite well

A note about the Champagne Foil it is not this gold looking in real life. Unfortunately, even after trying several time of day, the foil photographed quite gold looking.

Here’s a up close of the mixed embossing powders

The card base in a Whisper White Notecard & Envelope.  The Pool Party layer is 4 7/8 by 3 3/8 inches. The Champagne Foil is 4 3/4 by 3 1/4 inches and embossed. The small Pool Party layer is 3 5/8 by 2 1/8 inches.  The stamped layer is 3 1/2 by 2 inches. The ribbons used are Powder Pink shimmery ribbon and Soft Sky classic weave ribbon.


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 [email protected]


Price: $110.00

Supply List

 I’m very happy to be sharing with you on this Beautiful Sunday.  My thoughts are with all my Florida Friends as they are with my Texas Friend now in the stages of recovery.
Peace my Friend-


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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 [email protected]


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

Sign Up now!

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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