A Trendy Technique to Try – Blended Alcohol

Nope! We are not making margaritas today, but trying a “new to me” inky technique.

Nothing makes me feel more like an artist then when I create a background using my stash of ink and stamping tools. Today’s background technique is very popular right now and Stampin’ Up! is right on trend with the the right products to help make creating easier! I’m going to show you how to do the basic background technique and then showcase a new bundle of products that are designed around this technique. The new products are amazing in that they allow us to achieve a similar background effect without doing a messy ink technique, however, those messy ink techniques are what make ME feel like an artist, right? Let me show you the messy way first!

Artistically Inked Bundle and Blended Alcohol Technique
Papercrafting Playdate Live Recording

Supplies Needed

  • Stampin’ Blends Markers (2-3 colors)
  • Cardstock Vellum
  • Water Painters
  • Isopropyl alcohol (91-99%)
  • Paper towel
  • Adhesive for vellum 
    • (Adhesive sheets, Mulitpurpose Glue, Seal+)
  • Spritzer Tool filled with alcohol (optional)
Supplies needed for basic technique

How to do the Basic Technique

  1. Using the Stampin’ Blends, color swatches onto one side of the vellum cardstock.  If you want a darker marbled effect use the dark versions of the colors.) The swatches can be any shape or size, and the color should be next to but not on top of each other.
  2. Using a Water Painter brush or paintbrush, dip the bristles into the alcohol and dab onto the color swatches.  To decrease the chance of muddying the colors, dab all of one color first before moving onto the next color. The Stampin’ Blends ink will start to pool and separate, and where the pools of colors meet you will see the marbling effect.
  3. When all the color swatches have been dabbed, use a paper towel on the edges to grab any runs or excess, and then let the alcohol dry completely.  Drying time may be sped up with a heat tool, but use the low setting so vellum doesn’t curl.
  4. Optional Step: Lightly spritz (or splatter with paint brush) more alcohol onto the dried vellum to create light splatters.
  5. Adhere the vellum to your project.  It really pops over Basic White cardstock.  Can use either side of the vellum depending on the look that you want to achieve.

Adaptations of Basic Technique

  • Once vellum is dry you can run it through an embossing folder to add extra texture. Use Versamark ink to add embossing powder to the embossed design and heat set.  Or you can use Versamark ink with Heat & Stick powder to add Gilded Leafing.
  • Instead of dabbing the alcohol with a paint brush you can just use the spritzer filled with alcohol to create the marbled effect.  
  • Use a straw and blow the pools of wet color to spread the colors.

A brand new product suite has been created to mimic the Blended Alcohol technique. Introducing, the Expressions In Ink Suite. Now, we can achieve a similar background effect without getting messy at all, but what is the fun in that???

Expressions in Ink Suite of Products
Artistically Inked Bundle – $53

So after playing with this fun new technique and really understanding how to create that marbled background, I wanted to dive into the new patterned paper that mimics this technique and do some comparing. Using the Designer Series Paper and the Ephemera pack, I created super quick cards that are eye-catching and delightful! My second favorite stamp set was used too – Biggest Wish. My research suggests that you will not only love this new paper but you will want to try this technique too! SO. MUCH. FUN.

Product List

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Place an order with me in May using the code of $45 or more and receive some fun embellishments in the mail!

Leave me a comment with your thoughts on this technique and new bundle of products – I’d love to hear from you!


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It’s Catalog Launch Party Day!!

I love this day. Excited stampers ready to pick up their new catalog and take the first swing at some new stamping projects! It’s also the day I say goodbye to retired stamp sets and accessories that are no longer current and send them off to live in new homes. When this day occurs on a sunny spring Friday in May, well, nothing could be better!

This year’s event features 4 stamping projects to showcase just a few of the new products from the 2021-2022 Annual Catalog.

Each project features a new bundled product selection:

Putting together the projects step by step
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What could be more fun that creating these fun cards and seeing new stuff! How about seeing me too? I look forward to hearing from you either in person at my event today or sometime soon in the virtual world! Happy Stamping!

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May Day Baskets & Flowers

Traditionally, on May 1st flowers were given to friends and neighbors in little baskets hung on doors. This tradition celebrated spring and new life through beautiful flower blooms. To honor this custom we are going to make some paper baskets and paper flowers today!

May Day Gift Giving

I have patterns to create these easy baskets in two sizes for you! You can create these adorable baskets using Designer Series Paper or Cardstock, and when it is time to decorate the basic basket, how about creating some easy paper flowers? When you start to think about what kinds of treats or gifts could fill these baskets the possibilities are unlimited!!!! But let’s not stop there! How about creating some 3D flowers with cardstock and making a miniature arrangement? You ready to get started? Grab some paper, download the tutorial pdf, watch the video tutorial and whip up some loveliness for your friends.

Facebook Live Replay – May Day Baskets and Paper Flowers

 Supplies Needed for Baskets

  • 8.5” x 8.5” (or 6″ x 6″ for small) Double-sided Pattern Paper or Cardstock
  • 1” x 8.5” (or 3/4″ x 6″ for small) coordinating cardstock strip for handle
  • Additional coordinating cardstock for decorating basket
  • Bone Folder
  • Seal+ Adhesive or strong adhesive

Use the written pdf tutorial or the video to get the details on each step of the basket process, and to see how you adjust the dimensions for a smaller basket.

Now to the decorating and filling!

Here is the smaller basket using a 6″ x 6′ piece of the Hand-Penned Designer Series Paper.
Make the basket large or small depending on what you are putting inside them.

This project uses the brand new Flowers of Friendship Bundle: Flowers of Friendship stamp set and Flowers & Leaves Punch. $35 (available 5/4/21). The smaller basket is made with the new Hand-Penned Designer Series Paper.

3D Paper Flowers using punches:

Happy May Day friends! I hope you are inspired to make some paper goodness to share with your favorite people! Leave me a comment about your May Day traditions!

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Paper Scraps & Faux Quilting is Easy!

I’m coming to the end of some of my packages of patterned paper and the scraps that are left are still so very valuable and useful! Today’s card design pattern is perfect for using scraps of patterned paper-basically leftovers. Specifically we are going to play with 1” strips of paper today to create some stunning patterns. Not only is it easy to arrange these strips into a delightful design but it is just as easy to also make a design that resembles a quilt! Ready to give this a try?

You will find the directions for this card design to download for your files and the video tutorial to watch!

Peony Garden DSP
Facebook Live Replay of Papercrafting Playdate #15

Supplies Needed

  • 5.5” x 8.5” Cardstock base
  • 5.25” x 4” Cardstock quarter
  • 1” x 6” strips of double-sided patterned paper (2)
  • 1” x 4” strips of double-sided patterned paper (6-8)
  • Scraps to create sentiment shape for the card front
  • Embossing Folders with small patterns
  • Stitched dies for sentiment
  • Cut & Emboss Machine
  • Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue

1. On the quarter sheet of cardstock measuring 5.25” x 4”, adhere one of the 1” x 6” strips of DSP diagonally across the center.  Adhere the second 1” x 6” piece along side the first leaving a small gap in between. The ends of the strips should hang off the side of the cardstock quarter until all the strips are adhered.

2. Now adhere one of the 1” x 4” strips perpendicular to the strip adhered first in step 1 and overlapping the corner.

3. Adhere another 1”x 4” strip perpendicularly on the opposite side offset from the strip in step 2.

4. Continue adhering strips perpendicular to each other to fill in the remaining space on the cardstock quarter.

5. Let the glue dry. Turn the cardstock quarter to the back and trim off the overhanging edges with scissors.  Now comes the fun part!!!!!

6. Choose your favorite embossing folder and emboss the entire cardstock quarter. This will create the quilted fabric look.

7. Mount this piece onto a card base.  

8. Stamp a sentiment onto a stitched focal point and add some ribbon to embellish.

This card design has so many variations. Once you make one and get the basic understanding of how to put the paper strips together you can change it up any way you want. You can use strips of varying widths to create different effects. I created a similar design but with 1/2″ strips so you could see the difference.

I love techniques that are easy yet look amazing! When I get a good template like this I tend to go crazy and make a bunch of samples! Take a look at these amazing lovelies!

No need to stop quilting – Keep going! Instead of using paper strips, try using paper punches of different shapes and adhere to card front the same way.

Only 9 more days to purchase Last-Chance items from the current catalog. Use my April code to get a free half package of cardstock with a $40 order.
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New In Color Inspiration

Color trends change frequently in fashion and home decor! Trends change more quickly than this girl can keep up with that is for sure. Usually, by the time I’m on board with the latest style, paint color, or fashion accessory that trend is on the way out. And I’m OK with that. However, in my Stampin’ Up! papercrafting world I know that I am always “in” with the most trendy colors because the brilliant minds at Stampin’ Up! stay on top of it for me. So without further ado…please allow me introduce to you to the 2021-2022 new In Colors!!!!! Applause is appropriate and welcome.

2021-2022 In Colors

Adding these 5 new colors to Stampin’ Up!’s Color Collection (50 colors in all!) is going to be so much fun, and will give our card making inspiration an easy boost. First off I have noticed that using these new colors with each other is already spectacular. The two green colors are perfect complements and look amazing with the others as well. I’m trying to figure out which color will ultimately be my favorite, but it is too difficult. I’m always a fan of purple so if I had to pick today I’d say Fresh Freesia, but don’t hold me to it!

Let’s soak in these new beautiful friends, shall we?

I jumped right in and created some quick cards using all five of the colors together, and was so pleasantly surprised at how they coordinated with each other.

First 3 cards made showcasing ALL the colors together.

Now let’s compare the new colors to some of the colors already in our Color Collections you can see how they will fit in with what you may have.

So what do you think? Which one might be your new favorite In Color? Leave me a comment telling me which one you would get first. These new colors will be available starting May 4th, 2021 and will stick around until May 31st, 2023.

Contact me to get a copy of the new Annual Catalog!
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A Set of All Occasion Cards – Fast & Giftable

I like to give sets of cards at different times: birthdays, loss of a loved one, new baby, wedding and as a thank you. As an avid card maker I usually have more cards to send than I am able to get in the mail, so they become fabulous homemade gifts. Today’s projects include a fast & easy pattern for making a set of cards AND a cute card holder for giving them to someone special.

I think you will love this fast and easy pattern for making 6 cards and a holder to gift them to someone special! Check out the video tutorial below and be sure to download the pdf directions for easy duplication of this pattern! Enjoy!

True Love DSP made into easy cards and a card holder!

Here are the supplies you need to make this project!

  • 1 sheet 12 x 12 patterned paper
  • 1 sheet 8.5” x 11” cardstock for holder
  • 1 sheet 8.5” x 11” cardstock for accent pieces
  • 3 sheets 8.5” x 11” cardstock for card bases
  • Punches or dies for greeting images and cardstock scraps
  • Banner Pick a Punch for decorative ends
  • 24 “ ribbon
  • Embellishments as needed
Basic Supplies needed for the 6 cards and card holder

This project is so satisfying! I love being able to quickly whip up some cards and a sweet way to gift them in less than an hour! Of course you can take this basic template and step-it-up in any number of ways!

Simple & Fast Cards with a Cute Card Holder to Put them in!

These holders are amazing! Make one (or two or three) today and share your amazing creations with the people you love!

Happy Stamping!

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Gift Coordination Bliss

This. This is what I love about papercrafting with Stampin’ Up! Coordination of products down to the minutest of details. Having paper, ink, stamp sets, dies, and embellishments that all go together in an infinite number of ways is what I need and love! Can I get a “woo hoo”????

A gift tote bag, a card and a gift card holder that all coordinate.

I needed to quickly give a birthday gift today and dug into my stash of paper to easily create this ensemble: gift bag tote, a card and a gift card holder! There is a world of possibility with just a few coordinating supplies.

Don’t forget that there are only a couple weeks left to get Last Chance Products!

Happy coordinated stamping my friends!

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Inspiration in Unlikely Places

This is not the first time I’ve seen a pretty tissue box and wanted to use it to inspire my card making. Inspiration for creating card designs is all around us. I try to take full advantage of any ideas that pop into my view that might inspire a new color combination, layout, or design idea. My husband was the one who replaced the empty tissue box with a new one so I didn’t see this gorgeous box until it was sitting in my bathroom. I saw the colors and the chunky images and immediately knew that I could recreate it into a card background.

Inspiration from a tissue box?

I was immediately drawn to the chunky floral images and the mostly pastel colors with a pop of dark green. I was able to pull out the In Bloom stamp set and some ink pads and get right to work on recreating this design on a card front.

Finished card design mimicking the tissue box!

To create the very light colors on the tissue box I used the “stamp off” technique. After inking each image in the ink pad I stamped first onto my scratch paper to get the majority of ink off my image, then I stamped it onto the cardstock. The little bit of ink left on the image will stamp a very subtle version.

Finished cards! All thanks to a tissue box!

I encourage you to keep your eyes wide open, looking for color combinations and design ideas all around you, and use them for inspiration!

Happy Stamping!

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Bust Your Stash of Patterned Paper with this Card Template

I have another delicious card “recipe” for you to use with your gorgeous stash of Designer Series Papers. This card template uses two complementing and coordinating pieces of patterned paper to create a visually pleasing mix of horizontal and vertical lines on your card front.

I have the directions for you to download, a visual card template layout and you can watch me put together this design AND step it up on my latest Papercrafting Playdate Live on Facebook (keep scrolling)! Enjoy this simple design, pull out your DSP, and get busy making some cards now!

Card Template #3 – Clean Lines

 Supplies Needed

•4” x 11” cardstock base, scored at 5 1/2” 

•2 1/2” x 1” Basic White CS or a neural color 

•3” x 5 1/2″ patterned paper 

•1 1/2” x 4” coordinating patterned paper 

•Scraps for accent images

Basic Template Directions

  1. Stamp the greeting image on the Basic White cardstock piece. 
  2. Attach the 3” x 5 1/2” piece of patterned paper on the front of the card base centering it vertically.  You will have about 5/8” of the card base showing on each side. Then attach the 4” x 1 1/2” piece of patterned paper horizontally over the first piece Choose patterns that coordinate with each other in color, and it looks fabulous if the patterns complement each other – one being very detailed and one having a smaller pattern.
  3. Pop up the Basic White greeting piece with dimensionals and layer over the top of the pattern papers where they meet.
  4. Punch or die cut one or two stamped accent images to arrange around the greeting focal point and attach to the card front.
  5. Add any extra embellishments.
Basic Template and a Stepped-Up Version

Ways to Step-Up the Basic Template

  • Use an embossing folder on one or both of the pieces of patterned paper.
  • Add extra layers of cardstock to matte the patterned paper.
    • 5 1/2” x 3 1/4” for matting the large piece
    • 2 5/8” x 1 1/8” for the greeting piece.
  • Add a layer of coordinating ribbon under the greeting piece
  • Use a rectangular shaped punch or die to create the greeting piece
Art Gallery Bundle and Fine Art Floral Designer Series Paper

Thank you so much for trying out this simple card template and happy stamping always!

Simple card template and stepped-up version.

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“SIP” Method : Stamps + Ink + Paper = Simple Stamping

Timeless Tulips – Distinktive stamp images are so amazing!

It’s time to make some Easter cards (better late than never?) and I am so excited to use the Timeless Tulips stamp set to set the tone for my Easter message. I really needed to make some simple cards this year as I’m on the road traveling during Holy Week. I literally threw some supplies into a bag to bring with on my trip without a real plan for my card design. Thanks to the amazing coordination of my Stampin’ Up! supplies, I could pull together this layout and send off some last minute cards. Knowing I wanted to use the Timeless Tulips stamp set, I chose bright spring colors: Poppy Parade, Gorgeous Grape, Pear Pizzazz, and Daffodil Delight.

Whenever I need to make multiples of a card design I keep in mind the need to keep things as simple as possible. Simple to me means that I use only a few layers, one stamp set, and an embellishment. I videotaped my creative process to share with you how easy it is to make beautiful yet simple cards in multiples.

How to make simple cards using the SIP method: STAMPS, INK & PAPER

I encourage you to keep it simple and remember to use the SIP Method! Get those cards in the mail to those you love! Happy stamping!

April’s hostess code is K62GVNPP. When you place a a $40 or more order this month using the hostess code you will receive a half package of cardstock (12 sheets) – any color of your choice. Order now!

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