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Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 in Dragonfly Dreams, Fool Proof Watercolor, Georgeous Grunge, Timeless Texture | 5 comments

A day to recharge and #GDP075

Sunday was beautiful in Decatur. The sun was out and the temperature was just about perfect! The other and I decided to take the afternoon and ride in the country. It was so nice to just feel the warmth of the sun on our faces.  We travled a the old curvy roads…on several occasions just deciding to turn not knowing where the road leads.  Days like this are good for the soul. It rejuvenates or creative nature… When I have a creative block …the world in nature always brings back that desire to make.  I recently watched a show on Netflix called Inn Saei the power of intuition. It totally hit home is some way…that by all we are bombarded with has caused us to loose our concetion with nature or others or ourselves…it is a amazing wonder world we live in with all the awesome technology. But, sometimes we need to unplug and recharge our souls to be creative humans. Sunday was that…nothing but our voices, the sun, and the sound of the wind….ttime to think and reflect and just be. How offten do we take time to just be…

Over at Global Design Project they are having a amazingly fun challenge this week. Winged things!!! #gdp075. The design team has created some fabulous examples for us. 

The fool proof watercolor technique is so much fun! I choose three colors and used them for three cards. Mint Macaroni, Pool Party, and So Saffron. This is one of my favorite color combinations.  The neutral color added is Tip Top Taupe.  

Fool Proof Watercolor Technique

  1. Chooes two or three colors to use together
  2. Choose one neutral ink color
  3. On watercolor paper use a baby whipe and dab on color
  4. Using the same colors add texture using stamps. As you stamp also dab the stamped area with a baby whipe 
  5. Add in your neutral color with a baby whipe and stamps
  6. Finish the card with layers… #layersmakeseverycardbetter 

It was lots of fun creating these cards with my friends and team members on Saturday! We really had so much fun!!  

Gorgeous Grunge stamp set

To create these cards I used the Dragonfly Basics Bundle and several of the texture stamp sets including Timeless Texture and Gorgeous Grunge 

Timeless Texture Stamp Set

There are several stamp sets that have elements that would be wonderful for this technique. Including Butterfly Basics. 

Butterfly Basics stamp set

Take time to recharge and enjoy the simple beauty that nature has to offer.  I often feel guilty for days that seem unproductive. But, the reality is those days alows us to be more productive the rest of the time.  

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Thanks for stopping by! And hop over to Global Design Project to see what all they created with our winged friends…

peace and much love,


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Posted by on Feb 16, 2016 in InKing Royalty Blog Hop, Ornate Tag Topper Punch, Picture Perfect, Rose Wonder, Timeless Texture, Washi Label Punch | 8 comments

It’s Your Birthday…InKing Royalty Blog Hop

It's Your Birthday


Welcome to InKing Royalty’s February Blog Hop!  Stampin’ Up!’s Occasions Catalog is filled with amazing products to help you celebrate birthdays in style – from festive balloons to birthday buds, there’s something for everyone.  Today’s It’s Your Birthday Blog Hop is filled with inspiring projects that share great birthday ideas – we are excited to share what we’ve made and hope you’ll find great inspiration from our talented team members in this hop.  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 really loving one of the stamp sets from the Occasions Catalog.  It is my dark horse favorite.  I love the rich texture that is achieved by the layering of stamps.  Stampin’ Up! has made it easy to layer stamps by numbering the stamps.  So you always know which one goes first!!!  I tend to use a light color with a darker color on top.   But, you could use the same color for both layers.  To do this you would need to stamp off for the lighter layers.  And stamp twice for the darkest layer.  140520G

Each of these images could be used for just about any occasion!  And we all want stamps that can be used for more than one occasion!  But, let’s be honest.  Most of us use Birthday cards the most!!!  And with the new I’m Bringing Birthday’s Back movement.  Birthday cards are even more in demand!!!  If you don’t know about the I’m Bringing Birthday’s Back movement check it out here!  It was started by Shannon West, Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator… And remember to use the #imbringingbirthdaysback

Just a little warning!! I have lots of pictures for you guys today!  Hope you stick with me through them all!


Both cards are basically the same.  Though the sentiment and the location of the star fish are in different locations.  The card base is thick whisper white cut at 5 1/2 inches and scored at 4 1/4 inches.  Then on one side I cut off 3/4 inches.  This made the final card 5 1/2 inches by 7 3/4  inches. Scoring at 4 /14 inches.   After folding, I added a little Crushed Curry to the right inside edge using a sponge dabber.  Then a thin strip of Tip Top Taupe ink.  After the ink dried Wink of Stella was used to add a little glitz!!!

The star fish are stamped using Crushed Curry and Hello Honey ink.  Then fussy cut out!  After fussy cutting I used the Wink of Stella to add a little shimmer the star fish!!!IMAG2883

The Background is layers of texture stamps from Timeless Texture.


Just randomly stamping the chosen images.  I was able to make a back ground that add a lot of interest to the card!


The texture background is developed from colors you would find at the sea.  (It is still cold and rainy here! So, I am still dreaming of the warm sun…Some beautiful beach with great greens and blues, some drift wood, bright yellow sun)  Anyway, the colors used are Soft Sky, Pool Party, Mint Macaron, and Tip Top Taupe.



No Birthday is complete with out a pretty package!  Well, Stampin’ Up! can help you with that also!  We have many packaging options.  Including the Take Out Box and The Tag a Bag Box!  Both are great options for a special gift!




For the Tag a Bag Gift.  I used three star fish and added a tag made from the Washi Label punch.  Then bundled it up with the White Jute ribbon.  I colored the ribbon by just simply pressing the stamp pads over the ribbon.  Using Soft Sky, Pool Party, and Mint Macaron inks.   The sides of the box are stamped with the images from Timeless Texture.




For the Take Out Box.  I used a sponge dabber to make circles with Crushed Curry  and Tip Top Taupe inks.  Then added The striped Hello Honey Ribbon and topped it off with the Star Fish!




The tag brings in the Timeless Texture layers and the other colors used in the card.  It is topped with You are made of wonderful punched with the Washi  Label punch!  The Ornate Tag Topper Punch makes tag making a breeze…




Well, that’s it!  I hope these projects help you make an extra special birthday!  And remember to join in and help Bring Back Birthday’s!!!  I know I sure do need to do a better job about sending Birthday cards!

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Candy Ford at StampCandy  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
  2. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  3. Shawn de Oliveira at ShawnStamps
  4. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  5. Candy Ford at StampCandy
  6. Deb Cozzone at Grand Central Stamping
  7. Natalie Bradley at
  8. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  9. Becky Volpp at Ink Blossom with Becky
  10. Lisa Pretto at InkBig Academy Stamps
  11. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  12. Karen Browning at StampWithMeKZB



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Supply List

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Thank You for stopping by Westside Paper Creations!  I hope you continue to hop along an see all the Fabulous projects!  All the Royals are so very talented!!!  And remember to use the #imbringingbirthdaysback !!!!
Much Love,


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Posted by on Jan 7, 2016 in Global Design Project, Mint Owl Studio, Occasions Catalog, Stamp A Ma Jig, Timeless Texture | 0 comments

GDP #017

I really wanted to spend the day at home under the sheets with a warm cup of coffee (then hot chocolate) flipping through magazines.   I don’t know if it was the weather or if it was just a Thursday longing for a break.  Eventually. I would get up and make cards, paint, or what ever.  Maybe, I would even cowl back into bed and just enjoy being still.  I’m convinced that Men do not really experience this longing to just be warm and cozy.  At least the man I live and work with seems love work days.   I am sure it goes back to the days of the Man being the hunter and gather and the women staying home making the cave all nice…. I will have to say, every day I am proud to have a job that I love with a person that is amazing.  But, sometimes the urge to just be at home hits and it is time for space….. This morning in he rush to try and finish up before I had to leave for work ….I was trying to make a card that was just right for Global Design Project.  Eventually, I just loaded up all my goodies and hauled everything with me to finish this amazing clean and simple card!  It has been a while scene I have been able to participate in a challenge.  So, I really wanted a card that I was supper proud of!!! And yes, I probably put to much pressure on myself this morning leading to the deep desire to hide under warm sheets!!!!!!!!

Global Design Project has a great color challenge for us this week.  Rose Red, Garden Green and Crumb Cake.  This combination is great for flowers, balloons, trees, and so much more.  (ask me how I know)  Global Design Project 017

After may different stamps were scattered all over. I decided to go back and use Crumb Cake as the card base and using a card design that I had been playing with for my Cousin.  I did change it up a bit…But, the idea is still basically the same.

My favorite stamp set so far from the Occasions Catalog is Timeless Textures.  I just love the way this set makes all sorts of backgrounds to combine with other stamps.  It’s a great complementary stamp set to help your other set really shine.  Also, this set is strong enough to stand on its own!!!


Timeless Textures

Timeless Textures


I tried several different sentiments along with my card design.  And to be frank, I just was not feeling it!!!  We both know I was in a funk!!!  So what do I do,  Well, I pulled out a few stamps that I got for Christmas (not Stampin’ Up! shhh…Don’t tell)  So this afternoon when I finally got the chance to try and finish what I had in mind.  I luckily included a set from Mint Owl Studio.  This stamp set combines perfectly with Stampin’ Up! Timeless Textures. :>


I love all the different combinations of thought I can create from this one stamp set.  Mint Owl is a small and amazing little stamp company that I am totally in Love with!!!!


The card base is a Crumb Cake Note Card.  Then using the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig I stamped the grid and the dots using Rose Red.  Then using the Garden Green stamp and wright marker I add the “leaf effect”.(only used the marker because sometime between last week and yesterday I misplaced the Garden Green Stamp Pad)  Again, using the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to get everything lined up just right!!!!  I added the sentiment from Mint Owl Studio using the Crumb Cake ink.IMAG2656

I hope you like this simple one layer card as much as I do!  I am trying to challenge myself to make more simple and elegant cards.  I really like how the sentiment complements the visual art of Timeless Texture Stamp Set!

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Thank You for stopping by Westside Paper Creations!  Be sure to hop on over to see what the Design Team at Global Design Project has created!  They are fabulously talented!   See you back here soon!

Much Love,


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