Hydrangea Smile

I don’t know if you have seen the new Hydrangea Haven Bundle yet, but OH MY!!!  All of the products in this suite are awesome.  I love hydrangea anyway, so this was right up my alley.  The colors are also made up of almost all of my favorites.  Today I am sharing a few of the products with this card.


If you are a fan of Purples, then this card is for you!  I started with Gorgeous Grape as the card base.  I then went to the Hydrangea Hill Designer Series Paper for the background.  To layer on, I added a piece of the Hydrangea Mercury Glass DSP.  And finally my flower!

For the multicolored flower, I used the baby wipe with re-inkers technique.  I mixed Misty Moonlight, Balmy Blue, Gorgeous Grape, and Rococo Rose re inker drops onto a folded baby wipe.  I then used that as my ink pad to ink up my stamp.  I was thrilled with how it turned out.  TIP: I normally do the outline and then stamp the filler stamp.  But because of doing the technique and not knowing how it would look, I stamped that first.  That way no harm if it didn’t look good.

I stamped the flower outline and the leaf outline using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  The leaves are filled with Mossy Meadow.  The fill left some light spots on the leaves.  To finish this off, I used the Light Old Olive Stampin’ Blend and went over the entire fill area.  I believe it worked perfectly to give the shading I like.

I used the die cut from the Hydrangea Dies that are part of the bundle.  It does leave a bit of white outside of the stamped image.  Normally I do not mind that, but for this card I did not want it.  To remedy that, I went back to the Stampin’ Blends. I went around the stem and leaves with the Light Old Olive.  I then did a few tests and found that the Dark Balmy Blue was the best match for the flower colors.  I hope this is an idea for you to use.

As a finishing touch, I used my FAVORITE sentiment.   “You Make Me Smile” from the stamp set.  (My goal with my stamping is for my cards to make you SMILE.)  I cut it out using the scalloped layer of the Double Oval Punch.  I love the angled fit of the saying in the shape.  I also added a little bow to hold the sentiment to the flower using the Snail Mail Combo Pack of Bakers Twine.  The Combo is White and Petal Pink.  The pink picks up the Rococo Rose I added in the flower.

Thank you for stopping by today!  I really appreciate it.  Please come back on Monday for another new project!


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Simply Ink

I have one of the fabulous new Sale-A-Bration stamp sets to show you today.  This one is the A Touch of Ink.  And it is really nice!!  I have made the card to fit within the #simplestamping guidelines.  Which simply means, keep it simple and not a lot of extras.

#simplestamping, hummingbird, stampin' up!, Jackie beers

This card is just ink and paper.  Granted I did use a few different colors of ink, but that is all.  This set is so great though, you do not need to add to it.  There are two sheets of stamps in the case of this set.  The outlines, and then the centers for the two step stamping.  Plus there are some great sentiments.  This simple “Hello” that I used is perfect.  There is also a “Love”, as well as some other nice ones and they are smaller in size.  I think that it is always nice to have the smaller sentiments.

I went with bold colors today.  I chose Magenta Madness and Just Jade as the main colors.  The flower and leaves are stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black and then filled with Magenta Madness and Old Olive.  For the hummingbird I used Shaded Spruce for the outline.  Then I filled it with Just Jade.  I do love hummingbirds so I cannot wait to try this again with a variety of colors.

Thank you for stopping by today.  Please come back tomorrow for another new card.  I am sharing some of the Hydrangea products!


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Spotlight Garden

I have an old technique to share with you today .  It is called Spotlighting.  There are a few different versions of this technique.  Mine is a very simple one.

Stampin' Up!, Dragonfly Garden, Dandy Garden, Layering Circles, Jackie Beers

My version of spotlighting is to draw a circle, or any shape, around a section of a stamped image.  Then I only color the inside of the circle, leaving the rest of the image simply the ink color.  For this card I used the second smallest of the Layering Circles Dies.  I used my Black Stampin’ Write Marker , the hard tip, and went around the outside of the die.

The stamped image is from the Dragonfly Garden stamp set.  Actually I used two images, the flowers and the swarm of dragonflies.  I colored those images using Stampin’ Blends.  All of the colors are listed in the supply list.

The gorgeous DSP is the Dandy Garden Designer Series Paper.  I wanted the beautiful color and at the same time hated to not use the other side.  It includes large and small dragonflies that are already colored.  They are perfect to punch with the Dragonfly Punch.  This stamp set bundles with the Dragonfly Punch.

I finished off the card with a triple strand of Linen Thread.  I LOVE my Linen Thread for garden theme cards.  I also added a touch of Wink of Stella to the dragonflies and the flowers.  I hate that it doesn’t really show in the picture.  It gives a touch of shimmer like they have some dew on them.

Here are the measurements for this card.

  • Base card of Granny Apple Green is 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 folded in half
  • Whisper White layer is 5 1/4 X 4
  • DSP layer is 5 X 3 3 /4
  • Granny Apple Green center layer is 4 3/4 X 2 1/4
  • Stamped layer is 4 5/8 X 2


Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you are enjoying the new Mini and Sale-A-Bration catalogs.  Please let me know if I can help you in any way.  If you do not currently have a demonstrator, I would love to become your Demonstrator.


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Snail Mail

The Snailed It Bundle was the first set I wanted from this Mini Catalog.  I think it is just so cute and definitely brings a Smile!!  I love Smile cards.


I paired the Snail with the gorgeous Snail Mail Designer Series Paper.  The hard part was trying to decide which of the paper to use!  It is so cute!!

I chose the Bermuda Bay from the DSP as my background and then added the Snail Mail Combo Twine for the added touch.  The twine is thinner than normal and great to work with.

I hope you are enjoying looking at all of the new products.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

All of the new items are not available yet for me to pull pictures for my supply list.  They should be up tomorrow.  I will try to remember to update the supply list then.



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Corner Flowers

Hello everyone!  I hope your New Year has started off well.  Except for failing to finish this post and get it scheduled, I am wonderful !! 🙂

Today’s card includes two items from the upcoming Sale-A-Bration Catalog.  I hope you have received yours.  With the extra Christmas mailings, I believe they are behind in being delivered.  Fingers crossed that you have yours now.

Here is the card I have to share.


Stampin' Up!, Enjoy The Moment, Flowers and Field Designer Series Paper, Corner Bouquet

The stamp is the Corner Bouquet.  I stamped it in Granny Apple Green, to match the green in the paper.  I then went over the fuller part of the leaves with the Light Old Olive Stampin’ Blend.  It gave a softer look without as much white showing between the leaves and stems.

The second SAB item is the DSP.  It is the Flower and Field Designer Series Paper.  The colors are just as vibrant on all of the sheets as this one is.  It definitely makes me ready for spring!

The flowers are from the Confetti Flowers Punch.  This is a border punch, if you are not familiar with it.  But I used the punched out flowers instead of a border.  The flower colors are Bumblebee and Cherry Cobbler.

I went a bit overboard with the pearls!  In some recent cleaning I found a couple of sheets of pearls from Stampin’ Up! that were quite a few years old.  (Can you relate??)  These sheets had some tiny pearls on them.  So I decided these flowers would love those little pearls for the centers.  I actually used two different sizes.

To finish the card I searched for an appropriate sentiment that was an “any occasion” type.  I found it in the Enjoy The Moment stamp set.  It is in the upcoming Mini Catalog.  I used it last week.  It has the seed pods from all over the world.  I do recommend that one!!

Thank you for stopping by today.  Sorry I was late, the old brain is still on vacation I believe.  I do want to remind you that today is the last day you can order the Curvy Christmas stamp set and the Classic Christmas DSP from the Quite Curvy products I have listed below.

And the Mini Catalog plus Sale-A-Bration begin tomorrow!!  WooHoo!!




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