Cake Soiree Looks Beautiful With Watercolour Background

Hello stampers! You know that you have a great stamp set when it takes more than one blog post to adequately feature all the amazing elements. I am not even doing it justice. The more I play the more I want to create with this stamp set. You may not want to buy this bundle, it will prevent you from getting your work done!!


I have to be honest. Sometimes I find embellishment kits a waste of money. There are often elements in there that you simply can’t find a use for. This one is fantastic! You get so many pretty die cuts and vellum embellishments that it is instant gratification to whip a bunch of cards that make you look like you really slaved over them. Anyone who receives one of these over the top cards will really be feeling the love. I took a picture of some of the elements I had laying out before I started my card. This is NOT the complete embellishment kit by any means. Click here to see all of it.


Sweet Soiree Embellishment Kit #145578


The watercolour paper in the middle of the picture is 4″ by 5 1/4″ and has been stamped using the acrylic block technique shown in the video at the end of this post. Take a look at the finished card. It took about five minutes to make.


Vellum embellishments with Cake Soiree.


I used berry burst and pool party ink pads right on my acrylic block E and then spritzed both the block and the watercolour paper with water before “stamping”. Here is a picture of how I prepped the watercolour paper.


Watercolour paper taped to grid paper with painters tape.


The grid paper is very helpful to align the tape and the cardstock making it easier to get a nice even border. Here is a close-up of the final result of the paper. I wish now that I had rotated it on my card so that you would see more of the pool party. Oh well. Next time.


Watercolour wash background with an acrylic block E


Here is another card using some of the embellishment kit. The card is mostly in white and silver so the coloured embellishment really pops.


Sweet Soiree embellishment kit


The next card uses a piece of one of the cards I posted yesterday. It had a mat of that beautiful paper from this suite, so I cut out an oval before adhering to the card and covering with the white mat. This paper is so lovely you really don’t want to waste any of it!


Clean and simple card focusing on the Sweet Soiree specialty designer series paper #145564


This card is clean and simple and really lets the paper shine. The sentiment is from Petal Palette another of my favourite stamps from the Occasions catalog. I decided to try and spruce it up a bit using some other embellishments from the kit and some ribbon. What do you think?


Tassel from embellishment kit as well as metallic edge berry burst ribbon take this card to a new level.



I really do love this sentiment. My job as a Stampin’Up! demonstrator has allowed me to meet so many new people all over the world and I have been blessed and enriched by it in so many ways, so this card is for you my fellow demonstrators and to all my Facebook and blog followers and to my wonderful customers and team members. I hope you feel the love. I made one last card that I totally cased from Dawn Olchefske. Here is the link to her blog. I just embossed my base layer, that is the only change I made.


Leaf embossing folder with Cake Soiree embellishments


Finally, here is the video that shows you how to do the acrylic block watercolour background technique. It is easy, controlled and changeable. You can always add more ink and spritz again with water.




Sweet Soiree Suite Suits Me Perfectly

Hello stampers! Try saying that quickly six times in a row!! Seriously though, this suite is pretty sweet. Now I really do hate cake decorating, although I do my best to make a pretty cake. This type of cake decorating is more my style. The image in the catalog is quite luscious isn’t it?


Sweet Soiree suite catalog image


I actually got everything in this suite so that I would not be inhibited in my card making and I wasn’t disappointed. The Berry Burst Metallic edge ribbon is my favourite ribbon so far in the book. It is a gorgeous colour and it also ties beautifully.  Take a look at the close-up of this card:


Berry Burst ribbon and wink of stella watercolouring make for a stunning card.


There is a lot going on in this card. I used Wink of Stella to watercolour the cake and that is truly a fantastic technique. The picture cannot capture the beautiful sparkle on this card. The fine tip of the Wink of Stella is ideal for colouring this detailed image. I used marina mist, berry burst and old olive. The background is marina mist with the silver embossing paste and the sweet soiree decorative masks. It worked really well and wasn’t runny or messy. It didn’t take all that long to dry either.


The decorative masks and silver embossing paste are beautiful in the Sweet Soiree Suite


The pretty little dies that I used for the top of the cake come in one unit and you can put two strips of paper behind it for quick cutting too. Take a look:


Three in one framelit with Sweet Soiree Suite


Watercolouring with Wink of Stella also works well with a black image. With this card I also used rich razzleberry and powder pink.


Beautiful colouring with Wink of Stella that can't be seen in a picture


Here is the complete card. The background was done with a watercolour wash technique that I learned from Billie Moan. I will include a video on part two of this post that I hope to finish tomorrow. I added some candles using the decorative masks and silver embossing paste and I didn’t make quite the elaborate bow that Billie did, but other than that, this is a complete case of her beautiful card. You can check it out here.


Pool Party and Berry Burst Watercolour wash background


This suite also comes with a great embellishment kit that includes some handpainted flowers, some foil accented cakes, vellum and silver leaves and flowers, blue velvet ribbon, white clothespins and some adorable tassels with jump rings as well as a yard of washi tape.


Stampin'Up image showing some of the embellishments with the Sweet Soiree suite


On this card I used the blue velvet scalloped ribbon to anchor the cake.


Blue Velvet scalloped ribbon and Sweet Soiree specialty designer series paper


I thought I would include a closeup of the ribbon so you can see the texture. Everything about this suite is simply luscious.


Lavish details in the ribbon and the paper as well as the framelits in this beautiful Sweet Soiree suite.


Here you can see the framelits that are included in this suite. There is just so much to play with here!


Lots of detail but all the little bits come out easily.


Now these framelits look quite delicate, but as long as you use the precision plate, all the little bits come out very easily and there is no fussy poking with “pokey tool” or more properly known as the paper piercing tool.


I realize that I have way too much content for one post, so I will continue this one tomorrow with a few more card samples and a video on how to do the watercolour wash background.





Finding your inner artist with Brusho

Hello stampers! Deep down we all need and love to create, but sometimes we are afraid. The reason I fell in love with stamping is the beautiful images. All I had to do was put the stamp on an ink pad and then on paper and I was already off to a beautiful start! Now there is Brusho. Wow! This post is just about the most simple way of using this amazing product. What is it?


Brusho is watercolour ink crystals in very brilliant and intense colours. It is made in England and Stampin’Up! now sells this in an assorted pack of five colours for $40.00. It will be available on January 3. The colours include Brilliant Red, Gamboge (orange) Moss Green, Prussian Blue and Yellow. You pierce a hole in the lid with a push pin (a thumbtack with a head on it that you can use as a handle as well) Then use the push pin to seal the hole when you are done. Just shake a little powder over a piece of watercolour paper that you have already spritzed with some water. Spritz a little more water on afterwards and watch the magic happen. You can re-apply again after it is dry if you want to change it. This is the most simple way of using this product, but that is just the beginning. You can also use our aquapainters to paint with it for a more controlled look. Here are some very simple cards that I made using a brand new sale-a-bration stamp set called Epic Celebrations.


Brusho from Stampin'Up! combines with Epic Celebrations for a quick and easy card


We are actually making these fun cards at my Bingo Party tonight. Every quarter I have a Bingo party as a fun way of introducing new products to my customers. Everyone goes home with a prize from the new catalog and the four projects we make all use brand new product too. That way you can make informed choices when ordering from the new catalog. Epic Celebrations in a sale-a-bration set that you can get for free when you make a $60 purchase in Canada. The words for the cards come from a new set called Let the Good Times Roll. Yes, it is roller coasters and comes with framelits!!


Great card for a teenager! Brusho and clear embossing with Epic Celebrations and Let the Good Times Roll on watercolour paper.


This is definitely my favourite card. I have found my inner artist!! All you do is stamp the shoes in versamark and then emboss with clear embossing powder on watercolour paper. This one is 3″ square so it fits in our mini pizza boxes. How much fun is that? After you have embossed the shoes, spritz the paper with water, sprinkle on the Brusho and dry it with the heat gun. This also moves the colour around. The words are stamped in archival black.


Lots of energy in this Brusho card


With this red card I chose to emboss the headphones in white to make it pop even more. You could use this simple card for any occasion or no occasion at all, just a note of encouragement to put in a lunch or backpack.


Mossy Green Brusho helps you discover your inner artist


I love this one too. Can you believe (if I remember correctly) that it only uses the Mossy Green Brusho? I find that it has an impressionistic look. This card makes me feel very artistic and that is the last word I would use to describe myself. I never took art in high school in fact I was terrified of taking an art class. From about grade 2 I knew that I had no artistic talent. Now, as an adult, I know that is not true. But it is sad that I felt that way for so many years. My greatest joy is showing others that they are artistic and that they can create beautiful things.


I haven’t had time to make a video for this yet, but I promise I will. In the meantime, if you have some time, Patty Bennett made a great video with super tips and explanations why this product is better than watercolouring with ink refills. Check it out. I would love to hear what you think. Have a super day.


Beautiful You and the Reflection Technique

Hello stampers. I fell in love with Stampin’Up! because it gave me the tools I needed to become an artist. Now that is a very big deal because I never felt artistic. In fact, I avoided art in school. Fast forward to Beautiful You. Now that is the perfect set to help you discover your inner artist. There are TONS of great cards out there using this set and so many different techniques to try. One of my favourites is the reflection technique, and it is much easier than you might think. The card below was totally cased from Sandi MacIver.


Beautiful You combines beautifully with watercolour pencils, blender pens and an aquapainter to create a beautiful reflection


The reflection technique also works very well with the stamp set High Tide. Check out this card I made. The other benefit is that it is a surprisingly quick and easy card to make. Five minutes is all it takes.


The shore birds from High Tide are beautiful in this reflection technique.


I used night of navy for the birds, crumb cake for the sand, garden green for the grass and marina mist for the water. The sun is so saffron. The patterned paper on the left is from Serene Scenery (#141642) and on the right the coral strips are from By The Shore (#141640) The white strips measure 2 1/2″ by 5 1/2″.


High Tide makes it very easy to create a beautiful scene in just minutes.


Here is a close-up of the birds. If you wanted to go the extra step, you could use a blender pen to make a smoother transition between the water and the shore. I didn’t do that with this card. It is literally a five minute card.


Close-up of the reflection technique using High Tide.



I just realized that I have totally failed to tell you how this technique is accomplished. Simple. You use the imaging sheet that comes with our Stamp-a-ma-jig. Yes, that is actually what it is called. It is used to accurately position your words, but this is a side benefit! You stamp your image on the smooth side of the imaging sheet. Then flip it over and place it under your stamped image and rub it onto the cardstock. Clear as mud? No worries. A picture is worth a thousand words, and a video even more so. Here is a video showing you exactly how to do it.



Thats all for today. If you enjoyed this please leave me a comment, it is so rewarding knowing that someone has seen your post!

Stamping hugs, Jackie



Perfect Mix is the perfect stamp set for The Pampered Stamper!

Perfect Mix is the perfect stamp set for me because it is all about baking! The Pampered Stamper is called just that because I like to pamper people in my classes with homemade baked treats. I also love words, the words in this stamp set really tickle my fancy.


Perfect MIx makes for a fun and easy class with these notecards and envelopes. Set of six cards and a blender pen for only $15.


I chose to keep my cards clean and simple by using square mats on the whisper white notecards. The black mat is 3″ square and the white one is 2 7/8″ square. You could definitely step them up a bit by adding a little Wink of Stella to add some sparkle.


Perfect Mix has great value with 9 stamps for only $23 as well as a combination of images and sentiments.


Here is a closer look at the cards. I got the idea of using this set at the first ever Canadian Business Conference for Stampin’Up! demonstrators who are at the Silver Elite level and up. It was introduced as a “speed class” and for good reason. You can make all six of these cards in one hour with ease and even time for a coffee and a piece of cake.


Six quick and easy, clean and simple notecards for only $15 including a blender pen (and treats of course)


Come for a fun class, Perfect Mix, on Wednesday February 22 at either 1pm or 7pm. If you have any requests for treats, post a comment here and you might get lucky. It really is all about the treats!! There is lots more that you can do with this set. You could make fancier cards, cute tags for when you give someone a lovely loaf or a dozen muffins, or even some free-range eggs.


The free sale-a-bration set Hey, Chick is a natural fit with Perfect Mix.


Here is a cute tag that you could add to a simple gift to really impress someone with how thoughtful you are! It really is the Perfect Mix!


Use the scalloped tag topper punch to make this adorable tag.


Well, I hope that I have inspired you today and that you will consider coming to this Perfect Mix class. Even if you have never stamped before, I promise you that you will go home with some beautiful cards and a new hobby to love. Bring a friend and I will have a small surprise for both of you.

Stamping hugs, Jackie


How to use our new Watercolour Pencils

Happy winter afternoon stampers. With the weather we are having today it is hard to know what season it is. Only in Canada!! Started in the middle of the night with blowing snow, then a bit of freezing rain around lunch time and now it is just raining with big fat drops trailing down my stamp room window. If you just listened and didn’t look you would think it was spring. A perfect day for stamping and for using the new watercolour pencils.

Today I am going to show you how to use watercolour pencils. To really let them shine you have to leave room for blending. Do not give in to the temptation to colour in your entire image. Instead, just highlight a few areas and then use a blender pen to blend the colour and make it look like you painted it. It really is amazing the way these seemingly dry boring pencils come to life with the touch of a blender pen. Our whisper white card stock is perfect for colouring on. Be sure to use archival black ink to stamp your images as it will not cause the ink to bleed. For my card I used only rich razzleberry and old olive to do my colouring. The collage stamping was done in rich razzleberry, old olive and crumb cake. The set I used is Touches of Texture (141934, wood, $59.00 or 143251, clear mount, $44.00) This would be a great set to get as one of your bonus free sets in the starter kit!! If you would like to join my team just click here.Watercolour pencils, Touches of Texture and Avante-Garden all combine to make this beautiful collage style card.Here is a closer up picture of the card front with the set I used for the words.  I added some wink of stella to the centre of the flowers and to the dragonfly.Avant-Garden combined with Touches of Texture- get your free sale-a-bration item with a $60 purchase in Canada. Visit to orderHere is a better view of the wink of stella, not the same as in real life, but you get an idea. I love this product!!Wink of stella accentuates the dragonfly image from Touches of Texture.I also used Beautiful You to demonstrate how to best use watercolour pencils. Do NOT colour in the entire image. If you do that you may as well use regular pencil crayons. The idea is to just add a few bold strokes and then use the blender pen to spread the colour around. The finished result is fabulous and it is such a satisfying technique. Discover your inner artist!A few bold strokes is all you need to do with your watercolour pencils. Use a blender pen to spread the colour.Rather than stamp the puddle image, I used the basic gray watercolour pencil to add some colour. If you look closely you can see a touch of razzleberry. I forgot to clean my blender pen from the Touches of Texture collage card!Beautiful You is a perfect stamp set to use with your Watercolour Pencils. Here I used Pacific Point and Daffodil Delight as well as Basic Gray.I am having a class on Wednesday January 25 at 10am and 7pm where you can make 20 cards. The cost of the class is $95 and includes the stamp set Beautiful You, watercolour pencils, a blender pen, an archival black ink pad, soft sky ink pad and Inside the Lines designer series paper. Here are some of the cards:Note cards and envelopes are the perfect backdrop for these artistic cards using Beautiful You.Seeing is believing, so be sure to watch this video that shows you how to best use your watercolour pencils. I would love to hear how you make out, and if you do not have a demonstrator in Canada, I would love to be yours. You can order from me, or even better, join my team and get your very own discount!

Well, I hope you enjoyed this post on watercolouring. After you get a chance to play with this technique, pop me a line and let me know what your favourite stamp set is to use for this technique.

Hugs, Jackie

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