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Posted by on Jan 27, 2016 in Bloomin' heart, Bloomin' Love, Layered Letters, Lifestyles Blog Hop | 12 comments

January Lifestyles Blog Hop


Welcome to our Blog Hop and a happy early Valentine’s Day to you! We have some great ideas, inspiration, tips, resources and how-to for you to have some fun this Valentine’s Day as you move along through the blog hop.

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom  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 very excited to be participating in the Lifestyles Blog Hop.  And I am even more excited that Kim Barrera is joining me as a Guest Designer.  Kim has created a wonderful three-dimensional project that is perfect for all your Valentines Chocolate!  She used Bloomin’ Heart Thinlit Dies and the Bloomin’ Love Photopolymer stamp set .  This stamp set is available in a bundle with the Bloomin’ Heart.  This means that Stampin’ Up! is giving you a 15% savings when you purchase a bundle.

Bloomin' Love Bundle 15% Savings

Bloomin’ Love Bundle
15% Savings




Kim used her cricket machine to cut the box.  After cutting the box  and assembling it she used Vellum and Bloomin’ Heart Tinlits Die to create the beautiful vellum overlay.   The overlay is backed with a solid heart and topped with cupid…And who doesn’t love cupid and his arrow.  Next, Kim added “My Valentine” to the top.    Finally, topping it off with a pretty bow.

A few tips:

  1. Backing the vellum with a solid heart really brings out the soft elegance of the Bloomin’ Heart Tinlits
  2. Assemble the top side together first.  Then use the bottom of the box to fill with candy.

Now for my project.  I decided to step out of my box of card making and do something a little different.  I have been working with different watercolor mediums that I received as Christmas Gifts.  I have really enjoyed learning each medium.  Some I am loving more than others.  One of my new favorites is Brusho.  I used it for the card I made yesterday.  You can see that card here.  I had so much fun making that card that I decided to work with it again for today’s project.  I have had in the back of my mind to use stamps  ( in particular Stampin’ Up! Layered Letters) to make a piece subway art.  Well, I really didn’t make subway art.  But, I do love what resulted!

Layered Letters Alphabet

Layered Letters Alphabet

I  have been trying to make my life more faithful.  I have many ideas about how to combine stamping and art into a more faithful life.  With this in mind and thinking about what Valentines Day means to me.  I looked up quotas about Love.  I found one from Songs of Solomon that was perfect.  Every time I read the quote it will remind me of love.  All love (not just romantic) .  I placed this today on the wall at work.  Just were I can see it several times a day.  It will remind me that Love is what life is all about.  IMAG2765

The flower is Large Peony 3 by The Tone Stamp Co.  They make some amazing flowers.  I also used  the leaves from Large Peony 1.  These were also wonderful Christmas Presents.  On art board I stamped the flower.  Masked it using a post it note.  And stamped the leaves right below the flower.  Also, masking them so that they looked layered.   The Ink I used was Light Onyx Dye Ink.   Then using a Stampin’ Block, I sprinkled out Brusho onto the block.  Using some water and a few paint brushes I painted the flower and leaves.  Then added the stem.  ( I need practice with making stems better)  I let this dry.  Then added the leaves along the stem and painted.   At this point I switched over to Stampin’ Up! ink and Layered Letters.  The ink used was Basic Gray.  I stamped each letter twice. I found it quite easy to re-stamp each letter with out using a tool to help line it up.    After stamping the quoit from Songs of Solomon, I added Brusho  using two different blues and yellow.   This time I added the Brusho directly to the art board then added water to the board using a paint brush.

A few tips:

  1. I have a lot of paint brushes.  I could not have done this with out the Silver Brush Black Velvet.  They were yet another Christmas present.  These brushes truly made the detail work so much easier.
  2. I adore how easy Layered Letters are to work with.  They make wording so very easy.  I stamped each letter individually.  This seems to work quite well
  3. When adding the final washes of Brusho.  Do not use too much water.  The board will begin to warp.  I held mine down with the end of a paint brush over one of the letters near where I was working.
  4. The largest Stampin’ Block (clear block F) is perfect for watercolors.  I like to add a little Brusho or tube watercolor to the block and use it as a pallet.


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


Here is the supply list:  The Brusho, Silver Brush Black Velvet, and the Art Board you can find at Dick Blick.  The Tone Stamp Co. has the Large Peony  1 & 3 stamp sets and the light onyx ink.  And Cricket has the box template.

Supply List

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Thank You for stopping by Westside Paper Creations.  And hop along to see all the fabulous creations.  If you see something you like remember to leave some blog love!  Westside Paper Creations is  having a Open House on Sunday!  It will be from 1-4 at Westside Coffee Place & Cafe’ in Decatur, Alabama.  I would love to see any of my readers who are in the area.  Happy Wednesday.  Hope you have a great hump day.  We are getting closer to the much needed weekend.  Go and be Creative!!!!
Much Love,


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Posted by on Sep 5, 2015 in Back To Basic, Georgeous Grunge, Layered Letters | 4 comments

Gorgeous Grunge and Layered Layers Make for a Perfect Football Saturday!!!!!

Such a exciting time…Watercooler Wednesday Challenge picked my card as a winner!!! I am so very honored.  If you would like to see the card I created for this challenge please click hereWinnerBadge1


I am so very happy that today is the Start of Collage Football.  I am ready for the fun to begin.  I just love spending a Saturday watching ball!  Especially when the Alabama Crimson Tide are playing.  I can’t really explain it to you.  I just know its apart of who I am.  As long as I can remember football was apart of my life.  Being raised by two high school teacher (one of witch was a Band Director) I was always at games on Friday Night.  Tagging along behind my Dad….  I loved the band kids and they really did help in still a love of the game in me.    When I was real young and living in Selma my Mother was the Cheerleader Coach.  So, I would tag along with them some also.  I still know the cheer they tough me. And I will never ever hear the song “rock steady” with out thinking of the Selma High Saints Cheerleaders.   Being in band myself, I continued to attend football games through out high school.  Back then I really don’t remember being as some would say “fanatical” as I am now!!!! In college at UNA I attended as may football games as possible.  UNA won 3 national championships while I was in school.  I think this time at UNA sealed my fate as a football crazed person!!!  Though, it could have come from my Dad (Band Director and Avid Alabama Football Fan)  As a young child I tried to root for that other team in Alabama (Auburn) and It did not go so well.  For so many this would have left a bad taste in their mouth. But, I don’t know…. somehow it made me love loving  the Crimson Tide.  My family ( I mean all of my family) are Bama fans so I’m a Bama Fan. (Just a little of the Blind Side in me)  But, it goes deeper that that.  Game day is a day to relax, have some fun,  sometimes add a few friends in the mix, and root on your favorite team when it comes time.

My card today celebrates the beginning of Collage Football.  Not a ball fan.  No worries.  You just change up the colors and the words.  Make it a Name and Last Name.  Make it Happy Birthday.  Make it Thank You….The options are endless.


My picture is not the best!  I will add more pictures latter today.  When light is better :>

Here are the details:

  • The card base is Thick Whisper White cut at 5 1/2 inches and scored at 4 1/4 inches
  • The layers are Basic Black (5 3/8 by 4 1/8), Cherry Cobbler (5 1/4 by 4), and Thick Whisper White (5 by 3 3/4)
  • The strips are Cherry Cobbler (5 by 7/8) and Thick Whisper White (5 by 5/8)
  • On the Thick Whisper White layer stamp Gorgeous Grunge using cherry Cobbler ink.  Then stamp the desired words using Layered Letters and Basic Black ink.
  • On the Think Whisper White strip stamp your desired words using Back to Basic Alphabet and Cherry Cobbler ink

Now in all fairness.  I originally made this card for a friends son who was off to Auburn University this fall.  When I made his card I decided to change it up a bit for the upcoming football season. I’m just getting around to it!!!!IMAG1530

For those of you who are wondering what a game day schedule is like for me.  I roll out of bed in time to watch collage game day and drink some coffee in the recliner.  Then depending on the game schedule I may get out and about for a bit. If it is a big game day I can’t just sit and wait!!! My head might explode or something…, I am staying in all day…I just got supplies in for the blog hop next week and I am going to work on that and watch football all day.  If I get out and about, I have to be home and back in “my chair” by the time the game is own.  I also, have to have the radio on tuned to the Alabama network so I can lessen to the pre-game, game, and post-game…..I like to have all the grocery’s bought, errands run, and things done before kick off (or before Saturday if I am planing to stay in)  Anyway……Happy Saturday!!!!


This is my better Pic :>

Here is the supply list:

Happy Football Saturday! Good luck to all the teams!! You know who I am rooting for.  Who will you be rooting for on this glorious football Saturday.  Thank You for stopping by Westside Paper Creations.  Each and everyone of you mean the world to me.  I am here for you!!!  Take care and see you back here soon….and Roll Tide…..


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