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Posted by on Jul 7, 2018 in Accented Blooms, Big Shot, Embossing, June 2018, Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, The Creative Way, Varied Vases | 1 comment

Modern color combination

I love a good card challenge and this weeks Fab. Friday challenge is just awesome!!!  I have always loved the design team for this super fun Card Challenge!  That being said, I have not played along with them in a very long time!!! It was the perfect sketch for a modern card I had been working on!! Yeppie!!!!!

Fab Friday Challenge


The Creative Way – A Product Feature

I am having so much fun playing with color combinations using the New color Granny Apple Green!  Today’s color combination would be perfect for modern Christmas, spring, and summer crafting!!!  I really like the fresh feel of Granny Apple Green, Poppy Parade, and Gray Granite!!!

Modern and Fresh Color Combination

Granny Apple Green, Poppy Parade, and Gray Granite

I know, I’m supposed to be convincing you that Granny Apple Green is the boom!  Because, it truly is!!! But, I just have to tell you today’s card features my most favorite new item! It is the Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder!!! This embossing folder is beyond amazing!! It leaves a soft texture that is somewhere between linen paper and textured wallpaper from days of old.

Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

This picture does not do this embossing folder justice!  It really is beautiful, promise!!

So, the fresh and modern color combination and the super cool embossing folder were combined with a great stamp set Varied Vases!!

Varied Vases Stamp Set

Varied Vases Stamp Set

I truly adore this modern stamp set!! The vases just makes me happy!! And the sweet flower are just perfect!! Even though I did not use them today…

A Modern Hello Card

  • The first thing was to stamp the outlines of the vases with Gray Granite.
  • The second step was to use Poppy Parade and Granny Apple Green to add color!
  • The Hello was stamped in Granny Apple Green using the Accented Blooms stamp set and the Tailored Tag Punch
  • The Gray Granite layer is embossed with the super cool new embossing folder Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions

No card is complete with out a coordinating envelope!!

Hello Card and Envelope

The envelope was created using the same process as the background of the card. First stamping the gray outlines of the vases. Then randomly filling in the vases with color! 

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

There are a few Stampin’ Up! specials this month. One is a Designer Series Paper Sale that is quite special!! Buy 3 get one FREE!!


The second is for those who Join Stampin’ Up!!  Everyone who Joins Stampin’ Up! to save on their favorite stamps, inks, and papers will receive a FREE family of inks!!! That’s 10 ink pads for FREE! How awesome is that???


The Creative Way – A Product Feature

I adore sharing with you guys all about one product each month! This months feature product is the color Granny Apple Green!! I love the modern fresh feel of this awesome color!!! To see more about Granny Apple Green check out this month’s first post in the Series!

I’m so glad you chose to spend a few minutes with me today! I will be back soon with more fun inspiration for you all! Till then, go and live creatively!



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Posted by on Jun 4, 2018 in Birds and Blooms, Hand written, Happy Birthday, Heat Embossing, Heat Embossing, June 2018, Layering Ovals, Petal Palette, Petals and More, Silver Embossing Powder, Stampin' Blends | 2 comments

Stampin’ Blends

I love craft supplies!  I really enjoy trying different coloring methods.  That being said I also have a little sickness called “full set syndrome”  So, when I discover a new coloring medium I dive straight in having to have them all. When Stampin’ Up! introduced their new alcohol markers back during the winter, I was all in!  I loved the alcohol markers I owned (Prismacolor). And now I could have a similar marker with Stampin’ Up! exclusive colors!!! Um, Yes! PLEASE!  When I got these markers in my hand I was even more head over heals!!! The Stampin’ Blends are beyond amazing!

The Creative Way – A Product Feature, Stampin’ Blends

These amazing markers come in 13 amazing colors currently!  A light and dark of 11 Stampin’ Up! colors, ivory, and bronze. There is also a color lifer. The colors available now are, light and dark of each: Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Night of Navy, Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie, Bermuda Bay, Crumb Cake, Smoky Slate, Pool Party, and Calypso Coral.   Very soon, there will be even more colors added! (Hopefully Mid June)

Stampin' Blends


Why do I love these markers so much? Because as the name suggests they have a amazing ability to blend together creating a smooth or compleat colored image with out harsh lines.  This is because of the alcohol in the markers.

When working with Stampin’ Blends you want to use an ink that will not bless when the alcohol touches it!  Stampin’ Up!  has a great in that is perfect for the Stampin’ Blends. This ink is Memento Tuxedo Black. There are other choices on the market.  But, Memento Tuxedo Black is a wonderful ink that you will enjoy using.

The paper you choose to work on will greatly determine the results of the project. Whisper White is a wonderful choice! The clay finish on the paper makes it wonderful to color on.  Shimmery White is also another choice.  The ink moves really well on Shimmery White Paper.  So, you have to be really careful when coloring close to the edges of images. Cause the color will bleed on this paper.  But, this is easy enough to fix with the color lifter. Another great choice is Glossy White. The blends become very bold on glossy white paper!  The blending effect is less and it is really easy to get dynamic colors.

Today I am show you two cards that have the same background. One is on shimmery white paper The second is one is on Glossy White. Hopefully you will be able to see the difference in the two papers. Both backgrounds were made by scribbling color in kinda rainbow order… The first color was the New Pineapple Punch (available Mid June), then Daffodil Delight light and dark, Calypso Coral light and dark, Cherry Cobbler light and dark, Lovely Lipstick (available Mid June), and Rich Razzleberry light and dark.  Each time a new color was added It was overlapped with the previous color. And if needed more of either overlapping color was added. This created the desired gradient look.  After the coloring was finished the background was spritzed with alcohol leaving water like spots. Also I Flicked ink from several of the markers over the background


  • The background is shimmery white paper with a Stampin’ Blend gradient color pattern
  • The second step was to add the text from the new Handwritten Background stamp with white embossing powder
  • The next step was to heat emboss the edges of the paper
  • Then I picked two contrasting colors (to the background), Bermuda Bay and Granny Apple Green. For the bird and leaves

The stamp set used is Petal Palette along with the Birds and Blooms Thinlit Dies and Petals & More Thinlets Dies

Happy Birthday Card

  • This background is Stampin’ Blends on Glossy White Paper
  • The Happy Birthday was die cut in both Bermuda Bay and Granny Apple Green then sniped so that the Granny Apple Green Birthday could be glued on top of the happy Bi in Bermuda Bay
  • The silver oval is two layers of silver embossing powder. This give the oval a metal look

Hers a look at the two cards side by side! In this picture you can see the difference in the two backgrounds.  Remember the only difference in the process of making the backgrounds was the paper

Gradient background with Stampin' Blends

I really enjoyed making these easy backgrounds! I hope you will give this fun technique a try!

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

you can see day one of June’s The Creative Way here

The All New Catalog is available and ready for you to shop from.  You can shop online here

We had a good weekend in Birmingham celebrating with my cousin Cody and his Bride Karley! We are so happy for them!! I’m leaving you with a picture from that day!

Have a great Monday! Go and live creatively my friends!



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Posted by on May 15, 2018 in Big Shot, Black embossing powder, Heat Embossing, ink as watercolor, Lemon Lime Twist, Rooted In Nature, The Creative Way, The Creative Way -May 2018 | 5 comments

Rooted in Nature Thinking of You Card

Yesterday, I shared my version of a masculine card using the Rooted In Nature stamp set and Faux Batik technique. Today’s card is a softer more feminine card using a simple watercolor background and the same set! Thinking of you cards can be the hardest to make.  A soft watercolor wash seems to give a soothing fell along with a soothing color palette.

The Creative Way – A Product Feature – Rooted In Nature

This month for The Creative Way I am sharing projects made with the Rooted In Nature Stamp set!  This set will be available in June 2. I have so enjoyed working with the awesome stamp set.  Rooted In Nature is available as a Bundle which saves you 10%  The bundle includes coordinating dies!! How cool is that!!! You can join me Every Monday & Friday for The Creative Way – A Product Feature. Any yes, I know today is Tuesday!  It is a bonus day!  Yeppie!!!!


Rooted In Nature Bundle

I love watercolor backgrounds.  They are a quick way to add so much interest to a card!  Plus there’s like a million ways (techniques) that you can use to create fun watercolor backgrounds.  When I pull out watercolor supplies I normally end up making a bunch of backgrounds.  Mainly because I love the process of just sitting and trying different things till I’m content.  Also, it gives me a starting point for so many projects if I have a few watercolored papers hanging around. The other thing is watercolor always, always, always looks it’s worse right before it looks nice or pretty.  And wet always looks way worse than dry.  I can’t tell you how many prices of watercolor I have pulled out of the trash because I threw them away wet.  And once they were dry, I decided that’s not so horrible.  One of my favorite colors to use for watercolor is Tempting Turquoise (Retiring).  I just adore this color when it is combined with water! So, I wanted to make sure I used it on a card before it was gone!

Thinking of you card using Rooted In Nature

  • The watercolor was very simply done with ink refills and a aqua painter using Bermuda Bay and Tempting Turquoise
  • I worked Tempting Turquoise from one end to the middle. And Bermuda Bay from the other to the middle . Letting the two cross and blend.  This makes a very easy gradient wash.
  • After the initial color dried, I splattered Lemon Lime Twist on the background
  • The Leaves from Rooted In Nature were stamped in Lemon Lime Twist, Mint Macaroon, and Bermuda Bay. The die cut with the coordinating dies.
  • The Sentiment heat embossed with black embossing powder on vellum
  • The final step was to add some texture with the Sliver Thread and Nature’s Poem Twine (Mint Macaroon)

I love envelopes decorating! So I decided to add the leaves to the envelope!!!

Envelope decorated with Rooted In Nature Stamp Set

  • Using the same colors as the card, Bermuda Bay, Mint Macaroon, and Lemon Lime Twist the leaves were randomly stamped on the envelope flap
  • To protect the envelope front while stamping the flap, I used A piece of masking paper (Avery removable labels 6465)
  • The finishing touch was to add a few leaves to the front of the envelope

Thinking of you

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

  I hope you have enjoyed seeing this bonus card for The Creative Way!!  I have so enjoyed sharing Rooted In Nature with you! Also seriously, the Tempting Turquoise ink is amazing for watercolor!! If you like this look I highly suggest you purchase it now!!

The first post in The Creative Way  series shares a lot of my thoughts about the Rooted In Nature Stamp Set and the Nature’s Poem Suite that Rooted In Nature  is apart of! You can find that post here

For day 2! 

For Day 3!

For Day 4

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

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


Retiring Stampin' Up! Products

Have a great Tuesday!  As always if you have any questions about today’s card or any paper crafting project you have seen here at Westside Paper Creations feel free to contact me!  Tomorrow is the Inking Royalty Blog Hop!! So, I hope each of you will be back for that fun day!!  Go and live creatively my friends!




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Posted by on May 1, 2018 in 2018 Designer Series Paper, Embossing, Grapefruit Grove, Lovely Floral Dynamic Embossing Folder, Make A Difference, Share What You Love, Share What You Love | 1 comment

Share what you love – make a difference

Today is the day!! You can order your Share What You Love Bundle.  The Stampin’ Up! sentiment of the heart states… To love what we do and to share what we love, as we help others enjoy creativity a worthwhile accomplishment…in this we make a difference.  The Share what you love bundle honors the statement o the heart. There are actually three bundle choices.  One for every style of paper craftier!  The just getting started bundle!  Witch contains the Love What You Do stamp set. Two ink pads, some paper, and a stamp block .


Share What You Love

The second bundle, for the enthusiastic paper crafters has two stamp sets (Love What You Do and Make a Difference), card stock, ink pad, and embellishments .

The third bundle aka Got To Have It All…has three stamp sets including the Statement of The Heart. Also included is Share What You Love Designer Series Paper, ink, and embellishments.  The Statement of The Heart stamp is only available in this bundle!

Besides the three bundles. You can also order the new In-Color ink pads!!!!

I knew I wanted to use the Make A Difference Stamp set! This set is so lovely!

Make A Difference

Make A Difference Stamp Set

Anyone who knows me, Knows that I love a good alphabet set! And this one is awesome!  The font is beautiful!  The stamps work together so easily.  Just imagine beautiful envelopes, personalized card backs or gift tags, or specific sentiment

The Share What You Love Suite not only honors the statement of the heart,  its products celebrate Stampin’ Up’s 30th anniversary.  So pearls it was. The Share What You Love Designer Series Paper was hand watercolored by one of Stampin’ Up! artist with shimmer watercolors to give that pearl look

Share What You Love

Share What You Love Designer Series Paper

I also knew I had been dying to use the Lovely Floral Dynamic Texture Impressions Embossing Folder!  This embossing folder is beautiful!

Lovely Floral

Lovely Floral Dynamic Embossing Folder

So, on to the card!   I decided on a color combination taken right from the Designer Series Paper.  Mint Macaroon, Grapefruit Grove, and Blackberry Bliss.  Mint Macaroon and Blackberry Bliss are two former In-Colors that are returning as part of the base color collection from Stampin’ Up!

Make A Difference

  • The first thing was to emboss the Mint Macaroon with the Lovely Floral Embossing Folder.
  • I knew in the back of my head that I wanted to use the dots from the Designer Series Paper, so the second step was to combine the embossing and the dots….aka figure out the design
  • I also know that I wanted to use the Make A Difference stamp set. So, I decided on a simple sentiment.
  • The final step was to add texture and embellishments

Make A Difference

  • The Hello was stamped in Basic Black on Whisper White.  Then it was cut out to make a banner. The final step was running the edges through the Grapefruit Grove ink.
  • The doily was sponges in Mint Macaroon. And then in a different spot I used the light Calypso Coral Stampin’ Blends.  I tried inking it first very heavily in Grapefruit Grove.  But, it did not dry.  The blend worked very well.  And the very light sponging did as
  • The White twine that is part of the Share What You Love Embellishment Kit was added to the sentiment .As well as the metal rose
  • The bakers twine in the embellishment kit was separated into the two colors behind the Hello Banner
  • The final thing was to add some of the Share What You Love pearls.

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

Love What You Do is a awesome stamp set! You can see it and the In-Colors here

Share What You Love Bundle

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.

  • 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.

Below is a video sharing all about the Share What You Love Bundle

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

Retiring Stampin' Up! Products

Paper Pumpkin is having a great sale!!

Paper Pumpkin

Go and be creative my friends! I am so very greatful to share what I love about Paper Crafting with each of you!



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Posted by on Apr 22, 2018 in annual catalog stamp sets 2017-2018, Big Shot, Dapper Denim, Embossing, Faux Batik, In Colors 2016, Layering Ovals, Occasions Catalog 2018, Oh So Eclectic, Painted Harvest, Petal Passion, Seaside Embossing Folder, Stiched Shapes, Sunshine Sayings, Sunshine Sayings Dies | 17 comments

Bon Voyage Retiring In-Colors

Stamping Blog Hop

Welcome to the Remarkable InkBig Blog Hop for April 2018. This month our theme is Bon Voyage Retiring In-Colors!  You may just be starting the blog hop here at my blog – Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations or may have come from the person previous to me on the list. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all the projects.

Bon Voyage 2016-2018 In-Colors you will be missed

I have so enjoyed using these beautiful In-Colors. In so many ways, I’m kinda sad to see them go…on the other had I am super excited about all the New Colors coming soon in the Annual Catalog .  More about that on another day!  Today, we are saying Bon Voyage to the retiring In-Colors, which includes Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy, Sweet Sugarplum, and Peekaboo Peach.  Flirty Flimango is also part of this color family. But, it is staying around for a few more years! Yeppie for that!!  I decided that the Faux Batik technique would be perfect to show off the beauty of this In-Color collection . I just pulled out a bunch of stamp sets and started playing with the technique .Then when I was finished I made a few cards out of the panels.  This technique works best with stamps that have more of a solid image. If you would like to know more about Faux Batik check out this post here.

Faux Batik

  • The colors used for the Faux Batik effect are Peekaboo Peach and Sweet Sugarplum
  • The stamps came from Petal Passion, Painted Harvest, and Oh So Eclectic stamp sets
  • I liked the Faux Batik so much I decided to keep the card quite simple so it could shine
  • The silver thread and copper thread adds a little texture without taking away from the background

The Faux Batik effect was created by

  1. Stamping and heat embossing images onto tissue paper
  2. Layering the tissue paper over a piece of Shimmery White paper .
  3. Using a baby  wipe sponge color onto the tissue paper.
  4. The color will transfer to the paper everywhere you add ink except in the embossed areas .
  5. To learn more about the Faux Batik technique, check out this post!  To see other Faux Batik cards click here and here

Faux Batik

  • This background is made with Dapper Denim and three different sizes of circles. One from Waterfront , One from Oh So Eclectic, and One from Painted Harvest
  • Where you can see the ink went over some circles. That is because I layered my embossed tissue paper to create the effect .
  • The word celebrate is layered up by stacking three Dapper Denim one Peekaboo Peach on top. The adhesive sheets makes this process super easy

Faux Batik

  • These little trees from the Waterfront set are perfect for the Faux Batik technique!
  • This time I used Emerald Envy and Peekaboo Peach to creat the Batik effect
  • After it dried, the trees were cut out with the Stiched Shapes Dies
  • Layering with crumb cake and the Seaside Embossing Folder
  • The dollie was sponged with both Emerald Envy and Peekaboo Peach

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

Thanks for taking part in our blog hop, there are so many amazing ideas and inspiration you don’t want to miss. Remember that currently, you are on my blog – Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations, so check the blog hop line up list to see who is next on the list.

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

Stampin' Up!

Product Supply List

Stamp Sets Used:

Sunshine Sayings, Painted Harvest (from the Holiday Catalog and returning in the 2018 Annual Catalog), oh So Eclectic, Petal Passion,Waterfront

Dies Used:

Layering Ovals, Sunshine Wishes, Celebrate You (From Sale-A-Bration but, will be back in 2018 Annual Catalog), Stiched Shapes

Paper:  2016-2018 In-Colors, Shimmery White

Embossing Folders: Seaside

Ink: 2016-2018 In-Colors

I hope each of you are having a wonderful Sunday Afternoon . I will be cleaning up a bit this afternoon. The kitchen looks like a tornado hit it. So that’s definitely on the to-do list.  Then getting some cards together to send out next week.  It is rainy here today, which lends itself greatly to staying dry and creating! Which is what I have been doing most of the day! Yesterday, was lovely here as we spent the afternoon at St. Bernhard in Cullman at their annual Blooming Festival.  Blooming Festival

Remember to be creative to be creative it is good for the soul

Peace my loves-


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