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Posted by on May 8, 2018 in Annual Catalog Stamp sets 2018-2019, Brushstrokes, Varied Vases | 6 comments

Varied Vases

Every once in a while there is a stamp set that comes around that brings pure joy! Varied Vases is one of those sets!  Not only is it extremely adorable, easy to use, has a coordinating punch, but it was designed by one of my stamping Mentors, Mary Fish!  Mary is an amazing lady and I could not be prouder for her!  As part of reaching her 1 Million in sales milestone she got to design a stamp set!! How cool and awesome is that!!

Varied Vases

Varied Vases Stamp Set (146644) comes with three different vase shapes, several different types of flowers to fill the vases, and the cutest font ever!  Even better is that it is available as a bundle (148381) with the coordinating punch!  Witch saves you 10% Yeppie!!!

Varied Vases Stamp Set

Varied Vases Stamp Set

This set will be available in the upcoming Annual Catalog!  I adore the fresh and modern feel of this stamp set!

A card using the stamp set Varied Vases by Stampin' Up!

  • The background plaid was made using the Brushstrokes (138952) background stamp and Mint Macaroon ink (returning in the Annual Catalog)
  • The vase out line was stamped in Basic Black. Then the fill in stamp was used  in Calypso Coral.  Finally, the vase was punched out!  How easy is that!
  • The orchid was stamped in Basic Black .Then I used my Daffodil Delight marker to color it in.  I did this before realizing there were stamps to fill in the color of the flowers as well!
  • The shelf was stamped with Basic Black. Then stamped with Mint Macaroon
  • The final step was to add a sentiment

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

I really enjoyed making this card! The vases are adorable! And they really make it easy to make beautiful cards!!!

A card and matching envelope using the Varied Vases Stamp Set and Brushstrokes Background Stamp

One thing about the envelope. The envelope flap barley fits into the background stamp to create the plaid.  I used masking paper and masked off the entire front of the card to keep it nice and clean while trying to stamp the flap.  Well, I guess that was really two things ?

The brushstrokes stamp set used to make the plaid background is retiring.  So, be sure to snag this wonderful set now before it is gone!!! I have loved using mine and it will forever be apart of my stamp collection!  If you would like to see other cards with the Brushstrokes background check out these post!

  1. Picture Perfect Roses
  2. Your Sublime
  3. Happy Happenings Thank You
  4. Spring is Almost Here

 The Share What You Love bundle is jammed packed of stamping wonderfulness for every card maker or paper craftier out there!!! This bundle is only available for a limited time.

Share What You Love Bundle

  • Bundles are exclusive to the suite early release and will no longer be available after May 31, 2018. Individual items from the Share What You Love suite will be available when the 2018–2019 annual catalog is released on June 1, 2018.

If you would like to see Cards with this bundle click here and here

Retiring Stampin' Up! Products

Lots of awesome products are retiring from the Occasions and Annual Catalogs .You defiantly don’t want to miss out on these fabulous items!!


I have really enjoyed sharing with you guys over the last few weeks!  I hope each of you enjoy your day!  Go and live creatively my friends!



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Posted by on Mar 9, 2016 in Brushstrokes, Elegant Dots Textured Impression Embossing Folder, Picture Perfect, Washi Label Punch | 18 comments

Picture Perfect Roses for Pal’s Blog Hop


Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for March 2016. We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our new 2016 Blog Hop monthly themes.  This month we are featuring Spring and Spring related projects. We hope you enjoy our creations.

You may just be starting the Blog Hop or may have come from the previous link from the Line-up on the Pals Blog Hop listing shown below.  The full lineup will help you move along from blog to blog so you may see all the projects.

I have really been enjoying the Picture Perfect stamp set.  The starfish, Rose, and the hummingbird are all beautiful stamps.  I have enjoyed the layering  of stamps to achieve different results.  I had so much fun with the rose stamp (the other day) that I decided to try it again with a different red combination and using the same technique.  You can see it here.  I practiced several times before getting the stamping just right.  It really did help to stamp the Medium Color first.  Then stamp the light color.  (I did this to learn how exactly the stamp lines up! As the Light color can be kinda hard to see)    The colors used for the Roses are Real Red, Watermelon Wonder, and Blushing Bride.  This resulted in a deep rose that is amazing!   The leaves are Mint Macaron and Always Artichoke.   I paired this with Smokey Slate.


Here are the details:

  • The card base is Smokey Slate (my favorite) card stock cut at 5 1/2 inches and scored at 4 1/4 inches
  • The layers are Whisper White(5 1/4 by 4), Blushing Bride (2 3/4 by 4 3/4), and Smokey Slate (2 3/8 by 4 3/8)
  • On the Whisper White layer stamp the Brushstrokes stamp using Blushing Bride Ink
  • Using the Big Shot and the Elegant Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder emboss the Smokey Slate layer
  • Stamp the rose using Blushing Bride, Watermelon Wonder, and Real Red using  mask to give a layered look.
  • Stamp the leaves using Mint Macaron and Always Artichoke
  • Stamp “Just a Note” in Watermelon Wonder on Whisper White Card Stock.  Punch out with the Washi Label Punch.


Thanks for visiting. To continue with the hop, please refer to the Blog Hop Line-up below. We hope to see you on next month’s Pals Blog Hop! 

Blog Hop Line-up:  

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Nicole Everitt at Stamp Scrap Love
  3. Shawn de Oliveira at ShawnStamps
  4. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  5. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  6. Pam Dotts at Clearly Southern Stampin’
  7. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  8. Kim Jolley at Stampin’ Artfully
  9. Beth Beard at My Little Craft Blog
  10. Debbie Crowley at expressively deb…
  11. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  12. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  13. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  14. Natalie Bradley at
  15. Becky Volpp at inkblossomwithBecky
  16. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  17. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  18. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  19. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  20. Pamela Sadler at Stampin pink rose
  21. Peggy Noe at prettypapercards
  22. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  23. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Habit!
  24. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations


Happy Hopping,


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Posted by on Mar 7, 2016 in Brushstrokes, Remembering Your Birthday, You're Sublime | 2 comments

You’re Sublime

Over the weekend I attended a wonderful retreat in Huntsville, Al.  One of the things we did was a card Swap.  60+ demonstrators swapped cards that they had designed.  I truly loved seeing all the creativity that went into the swaps.  I am sharing with you today, the card I made for the swap.

One of the cuties stamp sets in the Annual Catalog is You’re Sublime.  I just am in love with the little crab.  Though when I first saw the set the little frog had my heart!  But, I have been won over by Mr. Crab!

Your Sublime


When thinking about how to use this adorable set that you just must have!!!  I was inspired by the 80’s IZOD color combination of bright pink and Kelly green.  I have always been drawn to this happy color combination.

How could you ever forget the Bermuda Bag…  My Mom carried this type of bag for years!!!bermuda-bag-turtles-by-all-about-you-design

Or these great berets… I think I had every color combination imaginable….



I really do love these two colors together. I used Watermelon Wonder for my Bright Pink.  The green is Cucumber Crush.  And it really does still look wonderful together.  How happy is this little crab on his background of Cucumber Crush stripes.  IMAG2982

A few details:

  • The card base is Thick Whisper White card stock cut at 5 1/2 inches and scored at 4 1/4 inches
  • The layers are Watermelon Wonder (5 3/8 by 4 1/8) and Whisper White (5 1/4 by 4)
  • The stripes are stamped on Whisper White card stock using the Brushstrokes Stamp Set.
  • The Happy Birthday is stamped using Archival Basic Black and punched with the Washi Label Punch.
  • Mr. Crab is stamped using Archival Basic Black and then colored using the Watermelon Wonder Stampin’ Wright Marker.
  • The two circles are punched with the 1 3/4 and 2 1/2 inch punches
  • Make sure that you like fussy cutting …Mr. Crab can be a little tricky to cut out.  My tip is that if you work yourself into a corner move the paper around (verses the paper snips) to the direction you want to cut.  Once you get the hang of fussy cutting it is quite relaxing…


Here is a second version just to change things up a bit.  Mrs. Frog is quite cute, also! When you are making 60 of these cute little critters it is important to change it up a bit…..IMAG2980


The Supply List:

  • Stamp Sets:  You’re Sublime, Brushstrokes, and Remembering Your Birthday
  • Paper: Thick Whisper White, Cucumber Crush, Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White
  • Ink & Markers:  Cucumber Crush, Watermelon Wonder, and Archival Basic Black
  • Punches: 1 3/4 inch, 2 1/2 inch, and Washi Label
  • Other: multipurpose glue, stampin’ dimensionals, paper snips


The class date for the Botanical Gardens Class has changed.  It will be head on April 24th!  Join us for a wonderful day of paper crafting!!

The Watercolor Wash class is filling up quickly.  There are only 10 spots and 5 are already gone.  Be sure to  sign up today if you are planning on attending.

please use the form below if you are interested in either class!!! Thank You, Jennifer

I will be back tomorrow with more about the retreat an cards that I  swapped for.  You will get to see my favorites from the swap.  They are pretty awesome..  So be sure to check back!


Much Love,


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Posted by on Feb 24, 2016 in Brushstrokes, Help Me Grow, Layered Stamping, Lifestyles Blog Hop, Picture Perfect | 8 comments

Spring is (Almost) Here and Living with Style Blog Hop


Welcome to our Blog Hop! We are eagerly awaiting spring and today we have some great ideas, inspiration, tips, resources and how-to for you this Spring as you move along through the blog hop.

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Pam Baker at The Birch Cottage on our Living with Style Blog Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you make sure to see and learn from all of the articles featured here today.

I am greatly looking forward to spring and all the hope that it brings for new beginnings.  Seems like the change of seasons come just in time to rejuvenating our spirits, giving our steps a little extra purpose.  This time of the year I start opening up the house,  cleaning out old stuff,  and straightening what I have ignored all winter long.  My body just seems to be longing for warmth and sun!  The flowers start to be bloom!  Here in Alabama the process has slowly started.  Our Daffodils just started appearing in the yard.  For us, this is always the first sign that Spring is just around the corner.


Make sure to cut and bring in some of your fresh flowers! That way you can enjoy the even on rainy dreary days.

Over the weekend I started cleaning for spring.  This is a necessary much needed evil of life.  That seems to just be part of the natural process of seasons changing.  I tend to do this right before fall also!  So, I started with the most cluttered room.  The craft area (AKA dinning room)  I paint and make cards and what ever else comes to my crafting mind in this room.  Over the last several weeks I have been jumping from project to project not taking time to pick up!  So it was quite a sight!  This weekend it will be the pantry and kitchen areas.  And so on and so on and so on………   I hate and love this process of never being through….

Something else that tends too just naturally happen is that my wardrobe just seems to start cheering up.  I bring out brighter colors to ware. More yellows and pinks and greens.  Just one day it come to me…I need more color ….It’s just something we do as Spring approaches…. With this in mind my cards start to show the evidence of pinks, yellows, and greens as well.  I start pulling out flower stamp sets and wanting to paint happy stuff….

So as we approach the Spring season it is time to remember to chase our dreams, clean a little, play a lot, and hope for a bright future!

While working on this I mentioned to Mike “the man” that I need some ideas about the change of season.  A few minuets later he came back with this quote…”In the presence of spring we all delight.  Feeling the warmth and viewing the blooms of her gifts to me and you”…Wow, he really hit the nail on the head with that one!!!  I love the thought of delighting in the presence of spring!

I am loving the Picture Perfect Stamp Set from the occasions catalog by Stampin’ Up!  This set just really makes me happy.  The roses are truly picture perfect.


Picture Perfect Stamp Set

Picture Perfect Stamp Set


The layered look this set is really popular right now.  Because, the layered stamps make it easy to give a sophisticated look.  I had to practice several times before getting the rose layered correctly.  It is not something most of us get on our first try.  But, defiantly worth the effort.   My process was to choose three colors that went together for each layer of the rose.  Because the base layer was so light I was having a hard time lining it up.  So I stamped the second layer first then went back and stamped the first layer.  Then stamped the last layer.  I did this while I was practicing then went back to the 1,2,3 process after I was confidant I know how to line everything up correctly.  The 1,2,3 process to me really gives the nicest results.  1. Lightest layer 2. Medium layer and 3. Dark layer

This time I paired it with the Brushstrokes Stamp Set by Stampin’ Up!   And a Wonderful sentiment stamp from Altenew called thoughts & reminders.  And the pretty little corners are in the stamp set Help Me Grow by Stampin’ Up!

The inks used are The Ton Couture Color in Rose Quarts, Soft Garnet, Red Sangria and Stampin’ Up! Mint Macaron and Always Artichoke.  The Ton makes some really great inks.  You would think that with all the colors Stampin’ Up! has I would never buy any other colors.  But, some times a girl just needs some change.

The card base is Smokey Slate.  My favorite gray!  I just love the softness of this gray!!!!!!


Our cat’s enjoyed the craft room (AKA Dinning Room) clean up! Between a chair and a big box they made home to watch the cleaning frenzy begin!  They love being close but “hidden” and most of all snuggled up together.  It want be long and the Spring will hit and they will be running and chasing all over the place…

Siamon and Maggie Mae

Siamon and Maggie Mae

The next stop is, Natalie Bradley at  on Living with Style blog hop! Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you again next time around!

Blog Hop Lineup:

  1. Lory Robinson at The Robin’s Nest Designs
  2. Kristy Stewart at Under My Gabled Roof
  3. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  4. Lisa Milligan at Life on Merlin
  5. Pam Baker at The Birch Cottage
  6. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  7. Natalie Bradley at


Here is the supply list:

Remember if you like that sentiment it is from Altenew (Thoughts & Reminders) and be sure to check out the Couture Color ink by The Tone

Stampin’ Up Products:

  • Picture Perfect Stamp Set
  • Brushstrokes Stamp
  • Help Me Grow Stamp Set
  • Smokey Slate Card stock
  • Whisper White Card stock
  • Stampin’ Dimentionals
  • Paper Snips
  • Mint Macaron Ink Pad
  • Always Artichoke Ink Pad
  • Multipurpose Glue



I will leave you with one last thought courtesy of “The Man”  he stole partly from Omar Khayyam

A glass of wine,

A book beneath my pillow,

and Spring by my side

Enjoy your Wednesday and be sure to finish hopping along with all the others!

Much Love,


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Posted by on Sep 22, 2015 in Big Shot, Brushstrokes, Happy Happenings, Tags&Labels | 2 comments

Happy Happenings Thank You

I  am always loving what everyone in the blogging world is creating.  One of my latest purchases was the Brushstroke Background Stamp Set.  I am in love with the idea of creating my own unique backgrounds with a bold stamp.  The Brushstroke stamp gives you the look of perfectly watercolored strip background with out actually having to watercolor.  How wonderful is that!!!(insert Brian King’s voice)   Brushstrokes Background

For my first time out with the Brushstrokes stamp I wanted to make a bold statement background.  Then pair the background with a fabulous sentiment.  Happy Happening is a great set jam packed full of sayings for all the happy times.  Happy Happenings

I’m completely in love with all the fun founts they used when creating this stamp set.  And the sentiments are just to cute.  Happy Happenings

Here are the details:

  • The card base is Pool Party card stock (only because for some reason I let myself run out of Watermelon Wonder) cut at 5 1/2 inches and scored at 4 1/4 inches.
  • The layers are Crushed Curry(5 3/8 by 4 1/8) and Whisper White(5 1/4 by 4)
  • On the Whisper White layer stamp the Brushstrokes stamp using Pool Party, Crushed Curry, and Watermelon Wonder ink pads.  I overlapped the inking some to give a softer change in color
  • Stamp the sentiment in Watermelon Wonder ink and cut out using the Tags & Labels Framelits and Dies.
  • Cut out a Crushed Curry Label using the same set of dies and your Big Shot.
  • Use the re-inkers in Pool Party, Crushed Curry, and Watermelon Wonder to create the watercolor background for the third label.  When this has dried cut out using the Tags & Labels Framelits and Dies  and your Big Shot
  • Use the Whisper White bakers twine to bring everything together.

I thought about adding some sequins to the top left corner or maybe some candy dots or epoxy accents.  But, decided that keeping it clean and simple was the way to go.   IMAG2201

It’s easy to create small backgrounds using re-inkers, a aqua painter, watercolor paper, and a clear block.  Just add a little ink to the clear block and pick it up with the aqua painter to add to the paper.  IMAG2206

The Supply List:

Price: $110.00

Supply List

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Thank You for stopping by Westside Paper Creations!  I am looking forward to meeting you here again soon.  Keep creating:>  I would love to here from you!  Any thoughts, comments, or questions  about today’s card, up comming classes, or stamping in general are welcome. Always remember I am here for you.  Have a great day and see you back here soon.


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