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Posted by on Nov 13, 2016 in In Colors 2016, Layering Ovals, Layering Squares, On Stage, Seasonal Decorative Mask, Thankful Thoughts | 1 comment

Thankful Thoughts for On Stage Swaps


On Stage was so much fun, I’m still not over the excitement.  I am super excited about the new catalog!  You are just going to love it :> Promise!!!! I am greatly missing all my friends.  So, I thought I would share just a few more pictures with you from that day.  How wonderful are all those smiles.  Just love these ladies so much.  Kim, Imogene, Pam, and Katie.


I got to sit with most of these ladies during the day. Also, included in our table was Bobby and Shawn.  (I missed getting a table shot, so you will just have to imagine they are in this group.  We chatted about what we liked, what excited us the most, lost samp blocks, found stamp blocks, all in all fun!!! I really enjoyed seeing what excited each person the most from the upcoming Occasions Catalog.  Everyone was different, which I loved seeing.   The day was also filled with lots of swag.  20161105_143132

This is Katie with her New Stamp Set


And Shawn


And Bobby with her amazing smile.

One of the things I loved most about On Stage was everyone’s smiles.  We all mingled around and swapped cards with each other.  This was lots of fun for Kim.  I let her swap my cards. I know, Right????  Everyone was swapping early in the morning and I just was not awake enough to engage with people yet.  Thought, throughout the day people were stopping buy tables swapping cards.  How fun!!!!  For my swap cards I did a little retro technique with a modern twist.  I will fully confess that this technique was not my idea.  My friend, Lydia at Understan Blue did this very technique several weeks ago.  When I saw the video, I just know I had to try it!


I just love how the colors mix using shaving cream, a credit card, ink, and a stencil.  I was so excited about getting to play with shaving cream that I stole Mike’s Barbasol.  And about 1/2 way through the day I was really wishing it was unscented.  Waite and buy some unscented shaving cream!  Trust me…. When I do a technique like this I make loads and loads of paper.  It just is not worth getting everything out just for one card.  And besides you will be having so much fun that stopping will be the real issue.  I followed Lydia’s instructions as well as I could.  It is best to just try  it out and see.  Then go from their.  After the shaving cream got really mixed up.  I would switch over and make some marbled cards using the shaving cream technique we all know and love.  I really like how the shimmery white paper reacts with the ink.  It just adds a little something something.

The colors were really interesting to watch as they  would go from really bright and bold to soft and muted.  Both were beautiful.  I used Crushed Curry, Dapper Denim, and Cajun Craze.  I tried to keep the Dapper Denim and Cajun Craze from mixing too much.      Once the shaving cream turned a brown color I quit using it.  And started over.  When making a bold paper it is best to keep the rest of the card clean and simple.  I really wanted the stenciling to shine.  So I finished the card off with the Layering Ovals, some card layers, and a simple scripted thank you.

I love how the colors soften as you work with the shaving cream.  That minty color is amazing!!!!!20161112_102243

This card I scraped off the shaving cream   immediately after stenciling .  You can see how it makes the background  look  atmospheric. 

The marbled paper was so hard to cut.  But, after coming up with a design that would alow the paper to shine, I was able to cut the paper.  Yea Me!!!!  Letting go of pretty paper can be one of the hardest things to do.

20161112_102301We all love color inspiration and finding new combinations of colors.  Hear is a pinable that you can share on Pintrest!  This color combination would make wonderful fall cards using a die as a stencil.  (something like the leaflets….hint hint)slide1

This is Lydia’s video so you can see just how amazing and quick this technique is!


Thanks for stopping buy today.  I sure hope you will give the Shaving Cream technique a second chance.  It is quite fun and wonderful.  I love how it looks with stencils.  I hope each of you have a blesses Sunday!

Much Love,










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Posted by on Jun 22, 2016 in In Colors 2016, InKing Royalty Blog Hop, Playful Backgrounds | 22 comments

Inking Royalty Blog Hop “My Favorite New In Color”

Flirty Flamingo

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s June Blog Hop!  Stampin’ Up!’s 2016 Annual Catalog introduced us to five new In Colors:  Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy, Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach and Sweet Sugarplum.  What a beautiful collection of versatile colors!  Today’s Blog Hop is filled with inspiring projects that feature each artist’s favorite new In Color.  After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.


There is this wonderful new stamp set in the Annual Catalog called Playful Backgrounds. You guys know I love a good background stamp set.   And this set defiantly makes it easy to create quick and playful  cards.  I have also been trying to embrace white space on a card.  The balancing act between color everywhere and enough white to make the card look balanced. I often fight the urge to keep adding to card.  Knowing when enough is enough is hard. Because adding just one more element can either make or brake the entire card.


playful backgrounds

Playful Backgrounds

I made two different versions of the same card  using the stripes from the set.  I love how the stripes are not perfect.  It makes it so easy to line up and make a perfect imperfect card.  They remind me of the pulse lines on a stereo back when.  IMAG3337

This was my original card.  I love the monochromatic look. It really shows how pretty the Flirty Flamingo color is.  And really you could use your favorite new In-color for this card.  And it would be awesome!  While making this card I decided to make several cards.  And while stamping the background I though hummm…. This would look awesome turned the other way.   IMAG3340

This card is basically the same.  With one major exception.  I actually made this card twice.  My first try was not quite right.  The Happy was getting lost in the pretty stripes.  The solution was to stack the  happy die.  I did this by cutting 5 of the happy dies out and gluing them together with the fine tip glue.  I have tried in the past to use “fun foam”  on the back of the card stock and then die cut the element.  I personalty don’t like the white foam that shows on the side of the dies.  Just one of those little things that makes me special…  Anyway, that technique works wonders if you can get past the bright white thing….. Stacking the dies totally makes this version of the card pop.   Below are the two cards side by side.  Can you see the difference?????IMAG3348

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Imogene Thomas at There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!  If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Lory Robinson at The Robin’s Nest Designs
  3. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  4. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  5. Imogene Thomas at
  6. Becky Volpp at Ink Blossom with Becky
  7. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  8. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  9. Natalie Bradley at
  10. Shawn de Oliveira at ShawnStamps
  11. Lisa Pretto at InkBig Academy Stamps
  12. Karen Browning at StampWithMeKZB


  • Thick Whisper White Card Stock, Flirty Flamingo Card Stock
  • Flirty Flamingo Ink, Basic Black Ink
  • Hello You Thinlits
  • Crazy About You, Thoughtful Banner, and Playful Backgrounds Stamp Sets
  • Fine-Tip Glue Pen, Multi-purpose glue
  • Clear Blocks B,D,G



I have several live events coming up.  The next of witch is the Christmas in July card class.  This class will be a big kick off  to Christmas Card Classes coming in the fall.  My friend and fellow demonstrator Kim Barrera will be joining me for this event.  She is super talented.  So you defiantly don’t want to miss out!!!!



My friend, Imogene has a wonderful new blog.  So please, continue to hop along and see her wonderful work and remember to leave some blog love along the way.  I always love to here from you.

Much Love,


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Posted by on May 18, 2016 in In Colors 2016, InKing Royalty Blog Hop, Layering Love, Pop off Paradise, Watercolor | 18 comments

InKing Royalty Blog Hop

Sneak Peek Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s May Blog Hop!  As Stampin’ Up! demonstrators, we’ve already been able to order some fun, new products from the upcoming 2016 Annual Catalog.  What a thrill!  Today’s Blog Hop is filled with inspiring projects that feature sneak peeks of projects from the new catalog.  After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

I am so in love with the new upcoming catalog from Stampin’ Up!  There are so many amazing stamps, paper, and other products for all of us to love.  One of my favorite stamps from the 2016 Annual Catalog is the Pop of Paradise Stamp Set.  I just love the flamingo and the pineapple!

Pop of Paradise Stamp Set

Pop of Paradise Stamp Set


Another great stamp set is Layering Love.  This set has sentiments paired with amazing fonts!  Now, you know I am a fool for a good font!  And this set defiantly has that covered…

Layering Love Stamp Set

Layering Love Stamp Set

So, for you guys I decided to combine both of these stamp sets with the new In Colors for 2016.(Witch I am now completely in LOVE with!!!!!) Using simple watercolor, the In Colors, and these fabulous stamp sets for a fun artsy card.  Now, I have lots of pictures for you guys so lets get this show on the road!!!


By making simple brush strokes I was able to make a playful background!!!


Stamping the sentiment in black really makes it POP against the bold background.  I love how you can see the pattern through the words….Such fun!!!


Sometimes, Hello is all that needs to be said!!!


I love how the same basic background can be used to make many different cards that have a personality of their own!


Attaching vellum to a background can be tricky.  I adhered the vellum to the background under the sequins.  I love how the vellum adds texture and dimension without talking away from the sentiment and background! It also, helps to heat emboss the stamping on the vellum.  This helps prevent smudging….



When you have worked hard on a background it is best to keep the design simple.  This make everything come together smoothly.

Let’s talk a little about what I did.  I used my ink refills as watercolor.  A drop of ink from the refill and a little water and you have your own custom watercolor.  The more water you add to the ink the softer the color will be.  All of the strokes made on these cards were created using the Cotman Aquarelle 1 inch brush by Winsor & Newton.  This brush gives great solid strokes.  The paper I used was Strathhmore Mixed Media paper.  There was no particular reason for this.  Though it is a smooth paper that reacts well to stamps and to watercolor.  I worked with two bowls of water.  One to rinse the brush and a clean water bowl to keep my brush thirsty.


After creating each background I added the stamped image.  Using either Archival Basic Black, Sweet Sugarplum (2016 In Color), or Dapper Denim.  Then keeping with the them of the In Colors each background is backed with one of the new In Colors and placed on a card base of a coordinating In Color!  What fun…

I have one more for you…It is my favorite….IMAG3250

Because, I  watercolored with four of the In Colors I decided to use the 5th color (Sweet Sugarplum) for that to adorable flamingo.  To add some fun dimension.  I attached his legs to the card base. Then popped up the body and head using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop,

  • Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  • There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!



    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

    3. Shawn de Oliveira at ShawnStamps

    5. Natalie Bradley at

    7. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin

    9. Karen Browning at StampWithMeKZB

    11. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery

    13. Becky Volpp at Ink Blossom with Becky

    15. Lory Robinson at The Robin’s Nest Designs

    17. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations

      All new classes have been posted to the calendar of events!  Be sure to check them out!!!  Stampin’ Up! has so many new and wonderful Stamp Sets, Papers, and other products  that it just makes me want to giggle with joy!  I am over the moon excited to share these new product with you through live events!

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      Here is the supply list:

      • Stamp Sets: Pop of Paradise and Layering Love (available June 1st)
      • Paper: Vellum and the 2016 In Colors (Dapper Denim, Sweet Sugarplum, Emerald Envy, Flirty Flamingo, and Peekaboo Peach)  Available June 1st!!!!
      • Ink: 2016 In Colors in refills  Available June 1st!!!
      • Other: Multipurpose Glue, Stampin’ Dimentionals, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool
      • Non-Stampin’ Up!: Strathmore Mixed-Medium Paper and Cotman Watercolor  Brush


      The retiring products are leaving soon.  I know you do not want to miss any of the great products leaving!!!



      You can still shop the Occasions Catalog through the end of the month!!!!  Just a little over a week left for these Amazing products!  occ2016-us_01 (1)


      Thank You for visiting me today!  I love sharing with you!  And I would love to here from you.  Please leave any thought or comments below.  This is a busy time in the Stampin’ Up! world.  So much going on! Two catalogs leaving at the end of May! And in June we have a Amazing new Annual Catalog.  If you would like a copy of the new catalog contact me via email. (  I will be happy to help you out!!! You defiantly want to see all the wonderful new Products!!!!

      Much Love,


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