Beautiful Blends and some Retiring Sets

Hello stampers. Do you like colouring? Do you hate colouring? Beautiful Blends are the answer. If you love colouring then you will love it even more when you colour with Blends. Do you hate colouring? You just might be very pleasantly surprised if you try the Blends. How do I know this? I think I have now had around 50 Blends club members as well as people at my coffee and a card classes say that they hated colouring until they tried the Blends. That just makes me so happy. Did you know that when I was in grade 2 I won second prize in a colouring contest run by the Guelph Daily Mercury? I was so happy! My prize was a dozen tulip bulbs and this was a kids colouring contest. How silly is that? Anyways, even with that legacy, colouring can still stress me out sometimes especially if it is a really detailed line image stamp. But Blends are different. Try out a few and you will see what I mean. I would like to show you two cards we made at our last Blends Club. Both of them are using stamp sets that will soon retire, so if you love them, be sure to add them to your collection before they are gone and sell for an astronomical price on Ebay.


Two by Two is a classic stamp set for baby cards and is perfect for colouring with beautiful Blends.


Now doesn’t this card just make you smile? Two by Two is great for baby cards but also for birthday cards or get well cards for kids. It is also perfect for colouring therapy. I used flirty flamingo, balmy blue, soft suede, smoky slate, daffodil delight, pumpkin pie, basic black, real red, crumb cake, old olive and pool party to colour this card. I think it is a winner. I used the stamparatus to make sure my sentiment was a beautiful, deep black.


Pamper Yourself, a perfect card for The Pampered Stamper


Bubbles and Bubbly just recently made its way to my house.  This bathtub looks a lot like mine, and with a saying like that, don’t you think The Pampered Stamper needed to own this set? I thought so too and just in time too since it is retiring at the end of May. I layered vellum over top of the pool party circles to soften it up a bit but you could also use our sequins for a fun look. I am sure there are not too many rich razzleberry bathtubs in the world but I like the funky look of it.


Thanks so much for stopping by and get ready for six more Blends colours coming in the new annual catalog: so saffron, gray granite, pretty peacock, seaside spray, rococo rose and purple posy. Have a super day.


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Crafting Forever Framed Sampler

Hello stampers! Framed samplers are so much fun to make and to display, but this Crafting Forever one is ideal for your craft room if you are lucky enough to have one. You could also make it as a gift for your favourite crafty person. I made it specifically as a thank you for all my club members. They make a commitment to meet five times a year to make cards with me and place orders and I think that deserves a reward. Lasting friendships are made through my clubs and that is the very best part for me too. I always tell “my people” that attending classes is the best thing that they can do for their hobby because it ensures that they use the things they buy. When you go to classes you are inspired to create. You learn new things and that motivates you to put your knowledge into practice and to share what you love with others. Homemade gifts never go out of style. Shall we take a look at this beauty?


8" by 10" sampler using Crafting Forever


This sampler measures 8″ by 10″. I might tweak it a little bit yet and I always encourage my class attendees to feel free to make it their own by adding or changing the embellishments or anything else they with to change. I think I will add a little bling to the top left square. You could also choose to colour in the cafe image on the bottom left rectangle. Everything was stamped on whisper white and matted with basic black. I used an assortment of Blends to colour my images. There is a LOT of fussy cutting. The only truly fussy one was the clay pot with the brushes. The wine glasses were stamped on shimmery white cardstock which makes them look more like glass. They are a different shade of white so they pop off the white background subtly. I bought the frame at Michael’s, it is part of their everyday value collection, so it was only $12 in Canada.



This is what it looks like out of the frame.


I thought  I would show you what it looks like outside of the frame so that you can properly place your elements on the 8″ by 10″ white insert. Would you like some measurements?

wine and scissors rectangles: 5 1/2″ by 2″ (white) 5 3/4″ by 2 1/2″ (black) each

spools:  2 5/8″ by 2″ (white) 2 7/8″ by 2 1/4″ (black)

Crafting and pens: 2 1/2″ by 2 1/4″ (white) each, 2 3/4″ by 2 1/2″ (black) each

get creative- 2 1/4″ by 4 5/8″ (white) 2 1/2″ by 4 7/8″ (black)


You can adapt this to your favourite colour scheme. For a complete list of products that I used, just scroll down.  I was inspired by Chris Galbraith, you can find her sampler here.


I used an aqua painter to make a swoosh of smoky slate under the clay pot of brushes. SInce I was using regular whisper white cardstock I had to just make a quick swoosh. You do not want to add a lot of water to this paper or it will disintegrate. It might have been a better choice to just stick with Blends. You can see from the picture that some of the elements are popped up to add visual interest. I used the little background dots from Timeless Textures to add some interest to the scissors rectangle. I first stamped them in smoky slate (second generation stamping which is the new way of saying “stamped off”) I also used second generation stamping in daffodil delight and berry burst. I wanted to add some berry burst to the stamped images to tie in the berry burst metallic edged ribbon. This gorgeous ribbon is retiring, so get it before it’s gone!


Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed this post. Happy stamping!


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Stained Glass Hummingbird

Hello stampers. Have I ever told you how thankful I am for the inspiration I get from my fellow demonstrators? France Martin inspired me with this beautiful stained glass hummingbird. When I saw her beautiful creation I just had to know how she did it. Thankfully she also shared a video where she explained it step by step. Today I am going to show you my creation as well. First of all you need window sheets, heavy duty aluminum foil, adhesive sheets and of course the  Humming Along bundle for the hummingbird and the framelit.


Hummingbirds embossed on window sheets and coloured with Blends


You start by embossing your hummingbirds on window sheets. Be careful when using the heat tool and don’t overemboss or the window sheet will warp. Then colour your hummingbird with Blends. Crumple up the aluminum foil and then carefully straighten it out and smooth it a bit. Peel off the backing of an adhesive sheet and lay the foil on top. Cover this again with the backing that you had just removed and burnish it with your bone folder. Carefully pull the adhesive sheet off of the foil. Press the hummingbirds on the window sheets onto the sticky back of the foil. Cut out with framelits and Big Shot.


I did find out by accident that you can use Tombow liquid adhesive and it works as well. I started to make my hummingbirds before watching France’s video. So I made a small puddle of Tombow on the corner of the silicone mat and then flattened the puddle with a sponge and then sponged the Tombow on the back of the hummingbird and then pressed it on the foil. I place a punch on top of it for a couple of hours while I made supper and then when it had dried I ran it through the Big Shot with the framelit. Looked great! It just takes a little more time than using the adhesive sheets.


Window sheets and crumpled aluminum foil hummingbirds


This is what it looks like. If you want you can add more depth to the colour by adding another layer of Blends to your hummingbirds.


Bright and beautiful hummingbird from Humming Along


Here is a closeup of the stained glass hummingbird. The black embossing and the crumpled aluminum foil under the coloured window sheet really does mimic the look of stained glass. Let’s see what it looks like on a card.


Stained Glass Hummingbird with Brusho Flower


I couldn’t decide which picture showed the colours better, the card laying flat or the card standing up, so here is the other one. I used the Share What You Love designer series paper which is such beautiful thick and textured paper. I have to confess that I was hoarding it a bit, but now that it is retiring I have a feeling of largesse, and I cut entire card front sizes of it:  4 1/4″ by 5 1/2″. #loveitchopit If you love your paper you really do need to chop it, because then you will use it and you will be inspired to create even more.


Stained Glass Hummingbird with Share What You Love paper


Here is the second card that I made, this one has a softer look and I used an unusual choice of paper:  Tranquil Textures. I guess for me it was unusual because I sometimes think inside the box. That paper was shown with an ocean themed set so then I only think of using it with nautical cards. I am told by my girls that I do the same thing with my clothes. If I buy it as an outfit I forget to mix and match with other items of clothing in my closet. Funny, right?


Stained Glass Hummingbird and Beautifully Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper


Once again, when I laid this card down the light seemed to catch the colours on the stained glass hummingbird better. I picked this paper because it reminded me of a summer sky. The Beautifully Detailed Laser-Cut specialty paper is hidden away on page 48 of the Occasions catalog. One side is whisper white and the other is petal pink.


Stained Glass Hummingbird with Tranquil Textures paper


I just want to use this beautiful hummingbird everywhere! I will make a video showing you how to do it yourself. This technique is another one that is better shown than described. Humming Along is a retiring stamp set, so it will only be available while supplies last. If you live in Canada and want to purchase it, please click on the images below to go to my store. If you could also use the current host code, that would make me very happy. If your order is over $200 do NOT use the code because then you will qualify for your own host benefits, which is 10% of your total order. You can use this for exclusive host sets or for any other products in the catalog or on the clearance rack. Here is the code:  TXE4JNCY.


Here is the video that shows you how to make the hummingbird.



Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!


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Humming Along With Watercolour and Blends

Hello stampers. Am I the only one who thinks of their mother when they see hummingbirds? My 87 year old mom loves hummingbirds and she always keeps a nectar feeder stocked for them. A customer tonight who is coming to this class said that my cards reminded her of her mom who died a few years ago. I love Humming Along not only because of the hummingbird but also because it is absolutely fantastic for colouring with Blends or watercolouring. It also comes with some pretty amazing framelits and dies. For my first two cards I was inspired by the catalog and by Artisan Award winner Stesha Bloodhart.


Humming Along with Watercolour paper


This card was inspired by a card in the Occasions catalog. I changed up the way the sentiment was done. The background is watercolour paper and that interesting design is made using one of the framelits in the bundle. I used an aqua painter to spread some water on the watercolour paper and then I loaded it with balmy blue ink and add colour to the wet area. This helps it spread more naturally to give that amazing artistic watercolour look. I cleaned my aqua painter and then picked up a few drops of smoky slate ink and spattered it on the background by tapping it firmly above the paper. The hummingbird was cut out with a framelit and the Big Shot and was coloured with Blends: balmy blue, mossy meadow and smoky slate. The sentiment was stamped in balmy blue and cut with a framelit from the bundle.


Humming Along coloured with Blends, cased from Stesha Bloodhart


This great card was cased from Stesha Bloodhart. The only thing I did differently was colour with Blends. Stesha watercoloured hers which is also very beautiful. The flower was stamped on shimmer white cardstock and  coloured with granny apple green and lovely lipstick blends. The sentiment was embossed in white on black cardstock. For the background I  stampedthe sentiment repeatedly in smoky slate. I stamped off for the hummingbird so that it would nice and light.


I still have to make two more cards for this Sweet Suite Saturday class, but I have run out of time so they will be featured in another post. This class will be next week Saturday April 27 at 1pm. You can buy the bundle and make the four cards for FREE or you can pay $25 for the class.  Sadly this bundle is retiring, so be sure to get it before the end of May. I wouldn’t wait that long because the possibility of it selling out is high. If you live in Canada, just click on the images below and you will go straight to my online store. If you use the host code in the sidebar I will be most appreciative!! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a super day.



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Monochromatic Wonderful Moments

Wonderful Moments is a great stamp set that has six lovely images, 12 different sayings and a few design elements. It can be used all alone without any embellishment or colouring or you can colour the images with Blends, an aqua painter and ink, watercolour pencils or with a blender pen and ink. Not sure where to start? “Case” the catalogue. That simply means to use the samples in the catalogue and copy them. That is what my team member Carolyn Hanson-Henderson did with this card. A few months ago we did a card swap with our team and that was the theme:  “case the catalog”. C.A.S.E. means copy and share everything. Here is Carolyn’s gorgeous card.


Blackberry Bliss Monochromatic Wonderful Moments with Blends


Carolyn used blackberry bliss as the card base which she embossed with the Ruffled embossing folder, fresh fig ribbon and regals collection designer series paper. I liked this card so much that I decided to case it in night of navy for my Blends Club on Thursday since night of navy is one of the colours that all the club members are getting.


Night of Navy Monochromatic card using Wonderful Moments and Tropical Chic designer series paper


I love the combination of night of navy and granny apple green so I immediately thought of our Tropical Chic designer series paper. I also love gingham, so this ribbon was just perfect. Since the pattern in the paper is also small it is possible to mix a few patterns together for great effect. The little strip of green patterned paper is 3/4″ by 5 1/2″, perfect if you #loveitchopit to use up all your scrap. If you cut a card front layer out of 6″ x 6″ paper then you will have a strip left over that will be enough to cut two strips for two of these cards! Don’t hoard your paper, love it, chop it and use it.


Blends are perfect for colouring this lovely lady. I used the Bronze Blend to colour her hair and Ivory on her legs and hands. Night of Navy is used on her dress, shoes, balloons and gift bag. Do you notice the shadow around her? I created that using Light Pool Party which I lightened some more using the Colour Lifter. Here is a closeup.


Night of Navy blends with Tropical Chic paper and Wonderful Moments stamp set for an almost monochromatic card


I realize that with the pop of granny apple green it really isn’t a monochromatic card anymore!! I still love it and there are blue dots in the paper…. I have to say I am super pleased with how the Blends show up in this photograph. Everyone in the Blends Club (this is now the second one I am offering) is super happy with how they colour. I hope to offer a third summer session if there is enough interest. I am also thinking it is high time for me to offer online classes! I keep procrastinating. I would love to hear from you if you are interested in online classes. Maybe that will give me the push that I need to get started.  I also think that the ruffled embossing shows up really well. This folder is so beautiful, it truly creates a 3D effect that makes you want to touch the paper and hold it at different angles to see if it has been coloured like that!


Thanks for stopping by today. If you need anything or wish to recreate this card, just click on the images below and you will go straight to my online store. If you could also use the host code when you shop online that would be fantastic. The code is always found on the sidebar of my blog.


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Love You To Pieces and All My Love for Valentine’s Day

Hello stampers. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and this fun and innovative stamp set with coordinating framelits is just awesome for both kids and grownups. It is great for mushy cards but also for fun or serious cards. I love how the framelits can be used for both cutting out puzzle pieces or for creating an embossed focal point. The very best part is that it is quick and easy. This product makes it look like you really slaved over making a super special card, so whoever receives one from you will really be feeling the love. Only you know how much fun you had making it and how easy it really was. I went online for inspiration and all but one of these cards was cased from other talented demonstrators. The first one was from Tami White.


All my Love designer series paper is the star of this show along with the Puzzle framelits from Love You to Pieces.


I love how all Stampin’Up! products coordinate. If you really want to look “put together” then limit yourself to one suite at a time when you are purchasing instead of dabbling with several suites at a time. The All My Love ribbon is the perfect accent to this card. Now just to be contradictory, you can mix and match. The negative piece from the light pink heart is from the Tropical Escape paper from the annual catalog. Thanks to Tami White for the inspiration, I might not have thought of that! I could have used the epoxy heart droplets in the suite but I just noticed them now. You know what? This photo is a little out of focus, so I am going to add a droplet and take another picture just to make up for it!! I have been known to be impulsive, so why not live up to my reputation?


I used the dark lovely lipstick Blend to colour one of the heart epoxy droplets. Perfect match for the All My Love suite.


The next card is just so colourful and it makes me so happy. This one was originally created by Laura Vanverloh. She made it for an autism awareness event with is a perfect fit! I changed up the background by using Touches of Texture as well as the little hearts from Love You to Pieces.


Blueberry Bushel, Call Me Clover, Pineapple Punch and Real Red combine for a colourful Love You to Pieces card.


This next card combines Grey Granite with Night of Navy for a perfect masculine card. Thanks to Jackier Beers for this clean and crisp design.


Grey Granite and Night of Navy on this masculine Valentine's card


I really love the next card as Lori Wilcox was really thinking outside of the box. She used the High Tide set to create a beach scene which was then cut using the puzzle framelits. One piece was taken out to make a cute statement. A simple trick with this card is to put adhesive on the back before taking them out of the framelits. Flip it over, framelit and all and press onto your cardstock mat. Then pop the pieces out and they will stick to the mat without you having to align them all.


High Tide combines with Love you to Pieces framelits for a fun all occasion card.


Here is a look of the panel before being attached to the card.



The last card was my own creation and I made it because I wanted to show my customers that this puzzle stamp had a good use. You see, it doesn’t fit with the puzzle framelit and we found that a little annoying. I then suggested that it could be used to stamp a background. So I tried it this afternoon and I loved how it turned out. This bright card also uses the rectangle stitched framelits. They are easy to adapt to different sizes as well. Tomorrow I will do a video on that and include it in this post.


Call me clover and the stitched rectangles make for a clean and simple card.


A clean and simple card…the inside is pretty cute too. I used Blueberry Bushel, Call Me Clover, Pineapple Punch and Lovely Lipstick for the puzzle piece background. Do you know what these colours all have in common? They are all this year’s “In Colours”. The only one missing is Grapefruit Grove. I cut out one “puzzle” from each of the colours mentioned and then I keep the leftovers in a small Ziploc bag inside the stamp case. That makes it super easy to add some of these colourful puzzle pieces to any card. I really loved playing with this set, it brought out my inner child and the bright colours were so cheerful on this cold winter day.


Love you to Pieces bundle is so versatile, so much more than just for Valentine's Day!


As you can see this bundle can be used for so much more than just Valentine’s Day. I hope you have been inspired by these cards and I challenge you to pop a card in the mail this week and show someone some love. If your wish list is long, you know what to do. The very best deal, especially at this time of year during the sale-a-bration sale is to get the starter kit. You can pick out a whopping $225 worth of any product you choose from the current catalogs and pay only $135. No shipping or tax. Click here to start the process. I will finish this post with a video I shared earlier this  week on Facebook.



If you live anywhere in Canada and do not already have a demonstrator  I would love your business. You can shop online very easily and if you also are so kind as to use the host code


I would be ever so grateful and I will send you a fun card in the mail. If however your order is $200 or more you should just do a customer order because that will entitle you to host benefits. During sale-a-bration if your order is $300 you will get $65 in free host products. You can choose from exclusive host sets but you can get anything you want from the catalog or the clearance rack. You can also put your host rewards towards the purchase of a starter kit. Good to know, right? Have a super day and thanks for stopping by.



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