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Posted by on May 5, 2016 in Birthday Blossoms, Pencil Me In Technique, Thoughts & Prayers | 1 comment

Pencil Me In Technique over at Splitcoast Stampers TLC583

Kelly over at Alway’s Stampin’ hosted a Technique challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers.  The Pencil Me In technique takes any stamp an makes it into a “sketch”  by  adding little pencil marks to the stamped image.  I will just have to say Kelly is quite brilliant to come up with this fabulous technique.  Be sure to check out the Pencil Me In Technique page over at Splitcoast Stampers.

For my version of the Pencil Me In technique I decided to use a stamped image that already has a sketched look! This helped me know where to add my pencil marks.  Any, stamp would work.  Birthday Blosssoms

This is one of my most used stamp sets!  I just love the flowers and leaves in this set.  And the sentiment are perfect.  Love the script so very much.  It just makes me happy looking at these simple flower images and thinking about all the possibilities!!!!



Here are a few details:

  • The card base is Night of Navy card stock cut at 5 1/2 inches and scored at 4 1/4 inches.  The layers are So Saffron cut 1/8 inch less (5 3/8 by 4 1/8)  The stamped layer is Artagain drawing paper by Strathmore (5 1/4 by 4)
  • The single flower is stamped in a very light gray ink (such as Smokey Slate)  I used a color by The Ton called Crystal Pewter because it was the lightest gray I have.
  • The next step is where all the fun is.  I used a pencil (one of Mike’s sketching pencils left from days gone by)  and added little lines to the stamped image to give a hand sketched look to the stamped image.  I so enjoyed this step!
  • Finally I added the sentiment stamping several times to get a dark gray image.  The sentiment is from a great set by Hero Arts.  And the little leaf accent is from a similar stamp set from Mint Owl Studio


The inside of the card is finished off with a sentiment from the Thoughts & Prayers stamp set by Stampin’ Up! and three more flowers just for good measure.  They were just so much fun to make.  I had to make more!!!

Here is the supply list:

  • Stamp Sets: Birthday Blossoms, Thoughts & Prayers by Stampin’ Up!
  • Colors used: Night of Navy, So Saffron, and Smokey Slate
  • Special tool: Pencil
  • Special paper: Artagain by Strathmore (Dick Blick is a great online source for this paper)


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Thank you for stopping by Westside Paper Creations!  I would love to here from you!  Feel free to leave a comment below.  And be sure to check out Kelly’s post over at Splitcost Stampers TLC583!!!!!

Much Love,


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Posted by on Oct 13, 2015 in Birthday Blossoms, Butterfly Basics, Watercolor | 1 comment

Birthday Blossom and Watercolor

I’m going to let you in on one of my secrets….practice always makes improvement.  I am not sure with art their is ever perfection!  But, through practice we can learn how to create beautiful things.   I have always wanted to be able to watercolor and it actually look like something.  So when I learned that Online Card Classes was offering a Watercolor Mediums class I was all in.  I love learning all about the different ways to use Mediums in card making.  This was such a fun class and the ladies make watercoloring so approachable.  I will be sharing many projects over the next few weeks that feature techniques that were taught in this class.

I love the idea of incorporating watercolors into my stamping world because it allows me to use things that are normally just laying around waiting for me to try and make something real.  So the opportunity to add watercolor to my stamping was amazing!!!

The other person I need to mention is Shawn DeOliver . He is a fellow InKing Royalty and was the person I saw use this particular technique that made me want to try it! Check out his blog Shawn Stamps. 

Today’s Card features the stamp set Birthday Blossoms.  I really love the sketched look of the flowers in this set. Birthday BlosssomsAnd the sentiment is from Butterfly Basics
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I don’t have may details about this card.  The flowers are embossed with white embossing powder.  Then I watercolored over the entire layer.  I used Daniel Smith Watercolors and Windsor Newton Watercolors.  Allow the Watercolored piece to dry before adding the sentiment.

These are my fav. of the Daniel Smith Watercolors that I have



Thank You for stopping by Westside Paper Creations!  I hope everyone has a great Tuesday!!!!


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Posted by on Sep 14, 2015 in Birthday Blossoms, Everything Eleanor, In Colors | 13 comments

Can You Case It #86

Happy Monday! We are back at it this week  with lots of great thing to share with you.  Today, I am sharing a card that was made for the Can You Case It Challenge #86 .  This is a sketch challenge that is simple in design yet leaves a lot of room for interpretation.  As with most sketches I tried to say as true to the sketch as possible. After all, that’s half the fun trying to create within the realm of the sketch.




I decided to use a stamp set that I have had for a bit.  I just can’t seem to get around to using it. Though after using the stamp set.  I am leaving it out to keep using.  I love it!!!!!

Everything Eleanor Stamp Set

Everything Eleanor Stamp Set

 Everything Eleanor is so wonderfully classic.  I’m in love with the big swirl!!!  And can not wait to use the flower.  Everything Eleanor for CYCI#86


Here are the details:

  • The card base is  Mint Macaron 5 1/2 by  4 1/4 inches.  It is cut and scored the “Brian Way” Cut at 4 1/4 inches and scored at 5 1/2 inches.
  • The layer are Delightful Dijon (5 3/8 by 4 1/8)
  • The top two layers are Mint Macaron (  4 by 4  ) and Tip Top Taupe (4by4) You will need to cut this down after you have layered the two pieces as you like them to be
  • Use the Big Shot to emboss  the Tip Top Taupe with your favorite texture.  I used a retired stripes not recalling that it was retired.  Dots would look quite lovely.
  • On the Mint Macaron layer stamp the Swirl from Everything Eleanor using Mint Macaron ink
  • The ribbon is the Whisper White Satin Ribbon that has been died to Mint Macaron using the Stamp and Wright Marker.
  • The label is stamped in Delightful Dijon ink and then fussy cut.  Using a Stamp-A-Ma-Jig add the Happy Birthday from the Birthday Blossoms Stamp Set

I have not decorated a envelope in a day or two so I decided quite last minuteto add a beautiful envelope to the card.  I hope you like the little extra touch this gives to the overall statement of the card.


The Supply List

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Posted by on Jul 31, 2015 in Birthday Blossoms, Pansy Punch | 0 comments

Birthday Blossoms

I am so excited to be sharing with you today a card featuring the stamp set Birthday Blossoms.  This is a new stamp set for the Annual Catalog.  This was a must have when I first looked through the catalog.  I just love the look of the sketched flowers and leaves.  It also, coordinates with the pansy punch.  Whoop whoop!!!!  It is so wonderful how Stampin’ Up! brings us products that coordinate so well.  It really makes creating a fun endeavor.  Birthday BlosssomsIs this stamp set not just totally adorable.  I love everything about it!!!!

Pansy Punch

Just a little about the creation of this card.  This card was created for a class that was back at the begin of July.  The class featured Birthday cards.   The ladies created this card and another great little birthday card.  We also made gift certificate holders and a cute little gift pouch.  The next class will be on August 9th from 2 to 4 pm and we will be making cards and journal featuring the stamp set Kinda Eclectic.  I would love for you to join us!

Birthday Blossoms

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Here are the details of this card:

  • Wild Wasabi card stock cut at 5 1/2 inches and scored at 4 1/4 to make the card base.  Use your bone folder to burnish the scored edge.
  • Tip Top Taupe  card stock cut to 5 3/8 by 4 1/8.  Then stamped with the leaves in Tip Top Taupe ink.
  • Stamp the pansy in Tip Top Taupe on Watermelon Wonder card stock.  Punch out the pansy using the pansy punch.
  • Cut a piece of White Jute Ribbon and fray the edges.
  • Cut a square from the Wild Wasabi card stock.  Stamp it with the “Have a Beautiful Birthday” stamp in Watermelon Wonder ink.  Then stamp the small flowers in Tip Top Taupe ink.  Make sure to use the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to get it all lined up right!!! :>
  • Cut a square from the Watermelon Wonder card stock.
  • Glue the two squares together using multipurpose glue.  Also, glue the Tip Top Taupe layer to the card base.
  • Using glue dots and just a little glue add the White Jute Ribbon to the card base.
  • Using multipurpose glue add the pansy to the square layer
  • Use Stampin’  Dimensionals to adhere the square layer over the Jute Ribbon

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I have just a few plants on our front porch this year.  One of the plants, a begonia has produced the most gorgeous blooms.  I think the color is just so vibrant and full of life. I have just a few pictures of the bloom for you.  It reminds me of the Watermelon Wonder color used in today’s card. Begonia


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