Jar Of Love

My card for today was for my friend Michelle’s birthday.  I didn’t want to post about it until after she had received it in case she saw the post.  Since yesterday was her birthday and I know she received the card, here it is:


Jar of Love, Stampin' Up!, Jackie Beers, Independent demonstrator

Jar of Love, 141587


I really adore this stamp set.  I grew up with a lot of mason jars being used for all sorts of things.  And they were the first thing my Mom went to for a flower vase.  This set is a must have!  And please remember the set is carrying over to the new catalog, but it will not have the bundle price.  With the current catalog bundle price you can save 10% on the stamp set and dies together.  And you really do want the dies.  It makes popping up the flowers just so easy.

Ok, now to card details. There are current and retired mixed in the card.  The base is Old Olive card stock with the Brights DSP stack used on the right side and a scrap from some retired DSP on the left.  I was looking for a complimentary/contrasting paper. I stamped the jar in Bermuda Bay to mimic the blue Ball Mason Jars I remember.  The water is Soft Sky.  The stems are Old Olive.  The peach flowers are Peekaboo Peach stamped off for the large part and full strength for the small section.  On the one I tried Calypso Coral and wasn’t as excited by it but though all flowers look a little different…right?  The blue flowers are Marina Mist stamped off and full strength.

The flowers are all cut out using the Everyday Jars Framelits Dies that are part of the bundle.  A must have!!  Some of the flowers are flat on the paper and a few are popped up with our Stampin’ Dimenstionals.  The black centers of the peach flowers really just make the flower pop.  For the blue flowers I added small pearls from our Pearl Basic Jewels.

The For You is cut using the Tags and Labels Framelits.  I am really sad to see those on the retiring list.  The little paperclip is a retired item. However there are some cute paperclips in the Occasions catalog with the valentine suite.  I have them and just could not put my hands on them.  Don’t you hate when that happens!  The strip of ribbon is just to help tie in the flower colors a little bit.

Thank you for stopping by and checking out today’s project.  I really appreciate it and hope that you liked this birthday card.  I would love to see your thoughts in the comments.

Please do not forget the Retiring list!!


The supplies I used today:

BYOP Gift Card Holder

I find  myself giving Gift Cards a lot more than buying actual gifts.  I am at the age, not saying what age !, that if I want something I go buy it.  And most of my friends are the same.  So I find it better to give a gift card for a favorite store or restaurant than to worry over what they might like and not already have.  Are you in that same area?

This card holds a gift card and is large enough for you to still write on and it fits in a standard envelope.  Yay, and yay!  Here is is:


BYOP, & Balloon Adventures


BYOP & Balloon Adventures


As you can see in the first picture, the “Open Me Already” holds the card closed if you were giving the gift in person. You would not need to place it in an envelope.

I apologize for the SAB DSP I used.  I designed this card for a girl’s weekend shoe box swap and at the time it was during SAB.  Then, of course, I forgot to use it in a post before it retired.  However I am giving you all of the measurements so you can use any DSP you have on hand.

The measurements are:

  •     Base is 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 and is scored at 2 & 5 3/4
  •     Card slot is 2 X 4 1/4 and is scored at 1/4 on 2 short sides & 1 long side
  •     Inside greeting is 4 3/4 X 3 1/4

DSP – small is 5 X 1 3/4 and larger is 5 X 2 1/2

For the gift card slot , cut out the 2 corners where the scoring intersects. This makes for a less bulky fold.  Score all the lines and add glue or tear tape to the three folds.  I recommend folding the sides in first and then the bottom . This way your card, or cash, has a little more room in the bottom without getting hung on that flap. And it will hold cash as well as a gift card !

For the front closure be sure and place your dimensionals no higher than the center of the label and place them beside each other in the center.  That way there is room for the top flap to fold under and by them being beside each other I think it gives it a little  more strength.  You don’t want your card to not work properly !!

Please if you have any questions about this card and my directions leave a comment or email me.  I am happy to explain further.

Thank you for stopping by.  The supplies I used are listed below.  And Do Not Forget the Retiring List !!


Watercolor Background with Touches of Texture

I am so very happy that Touches of Texture carried over to the new Annual Catalog.  And with losing Gorgeous Grunge we definetely need the splatter and other background pieces.

My card today is a very simple background.  I made this card for a swap at OnStage and did 14 backgrounds in about10 minutes.  I put drops of reinker onto a clear block and then used the aqua painter to spread it on the Shimmery White card stock.  The Shimmery White is perfect for this.  Don’t get me wrong, I love watercolor paper but I find it hard to get a clear stamped image sometimes.  With the Shimmery White, you easily get a clear stamped image and the added bonus of the “Shimmer”.

Her is my card:

Touches of Texture, watercolor, Shimmery White, basic pearls, Stampin' Up!, Jackie Beers, Independent Demonstrator

Touches of Texture, 143251, $33.00


I hope you like this as much as I do.  This is such a simple technique.  It would be easy for beginner stampers and can be stepped up if more pizzaz is wanted.The unevenness of the watercolor makes it unique even if you are doing 14 like I did. No two look alike and that is great.  I added two different sizes of the basic pearls to the open flowers for some added texture.

The layers are basic layers of base = 8 1/2 X 5 1/2, next layer = 4 X 5 1/4, watercolor = 3 3/4 X 5.  So easy !!

Thank you for visiting with me today!  Remember that the retiring list is out and is only while supplies last.  So make your list of “Must Haves”, stock up on your favorite DSP, and just press the SHOP button at the top of my page.


Products I used today:

Families First Pals Blog Hop 2017- Mother’s Day

Welcome to the Families First Pals Blog Hop for April 2017. We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our 2017 Blog Hop monthly themes. This month we are featuring projects that are all about our families. This is a great time of year to think about what to make for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or upcoming graduations. And, family vacations are just around the corner… how would you want to remember those special family moments? We hope to provide you with lots of ideas and that you enjoy our creations.
You may just be starting the Blog Hop or may have come from the previous link from the Line-up on the Pals Blog Hop listing shown below. The full lineup will help you move along from blog to blog so you may see all the projects.

Thank You for stopping by my blog today.  This is an AWESOME blog hop and I am thrilled to be a part of it.

My card is Happy Mother’s Day with the Beautiful You stamp set.  I fell in love with this set the first time I opened the Occasions Catalog.  The free spirit this lady shows reminds me so much of my Mother, and the saying is perfect for her!  So of course, I had to make a card representing that.  Mine is not your typical Mother’s Day card.  By changing or just removing the “Mother’s Day” at the bottom, it would work for many occasions.  And here it is:

Beautiful You, Floral Boutique, Stampin' Up!

Beautiful You, 143657, $28.00

I just adore the Floral Boutique DSP and will truly miss it when this current annual catalog ends.  I began this card with the Thick Whisper White card stock.  I layered the DSP and then decided it needed a base so I added a narrow layer of Night of Navy card stock.  The lady is stamped on Whisper White card stock and I used a sponge dauber to shade around her with Night of Navy ink. This layer also received a narrow border of Night of Navy.  When I first started layering the card I had the lady layer on straight.  But then I thought “This is a free spirit lady, she wouldn’t be a normal layer”, HaHa!!! So I layered her at an angle.  The sentiment is stamped on Thick Whisper White card stock and punched with the 1 3/4 circle punch. The Happy Mother’s Day banner at the bottom of the card is from Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set.  I hope that set never goes away!! It has everything in it.  I punched it out with the Classic Label punch and just cut the left side straight to match up the edge.

I hope you enjoyed my card and will continue on in the Blog Hop!  Thank you for stopping by.  If you like my card, I would love to hear from you.

My supply list is below the blog hop list.  you can choose any item and it will take you directly to my online store.

Thanks for visiting. To continue with the hop, please refer to the Blog Hop Line-up below. We hope to see you on next month’s Pals Blog Hop!

    1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
    2. Lynn Tague at Beyond Beaches & Blessings
    3. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
    4. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
    5. Amy Hoptay at Craft Carnivore
    6. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
    7. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
    8. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
    9. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
    10. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
    11. Karen Zaring Browning at Stamp With Me KZB
    12. Susan Itell at simplestampin.com
    13. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
    14. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Habit!
    15. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
    16. Debbie Crowley at expressively deb…
    17. Lisa Pretto at InkBig Academy Stamps
    18. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
    19. Becky Retzer at Just in Thyme by Becky Retzer
    20. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
    21. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
    22. Debra Simonis at Deb’s Stampin’ Grounds
    23. Rae Harper-Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts
    24. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
    25. Shawn de Oliveira at ShawnStamps.com
    26. Rosanne Mulhern at Heartfelt Stamping
    27. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
    28. Sara Hicks Stuart at Sentiments by Sara
    29. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
    30. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards



Watercolor Touches of Texture

We learned this wonderful watercolor pencil technique at our last InKing Royalty Team meeting from Jennifer Spiller.  She is such a talented artist!  She showed us how to use our framelits in a totally unexpected way.  We traced around, or inside, the framelit  of your choice with a watercolor pencil. Next you color inside, and this can be light, dark , or in between.  Then take an aqua painter and spread the color around.  It is so much fun to play with this technique.  I hope you will give it a try once you see my card.

The card is so fun to make and is actually pretty quick to make as well.  Here it is:


Watercolor Touches of Texture


I chose the layering squares framelits and used the Rich Razzleberry watercolor pencil. You can use either Watercolor paper or Shimmery White card stock for this technique.  On this card I did use watercolor paper.  I traced around the framelit and then went around it again a littler darker.  Next I just took the aqua painter and went to town. To me at least, you should “go outside the lines” !  It gives it a definite watercolor look. I have found that I need to occasionally wipe off the aqua painter because I tend to get too much water.  This is just something you have to play with to find your own method!!

Once the square was dry, I stamped the flower from Touches of Texture in Memento Black ink and then the solid of the flower and the splatter are also Rich Razzleberry ink.  I did go back with my Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Write Marker and color in the center of the flower.  I stamped the sentiment from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set.

I did not feel that this card needed any additional layers.  So I just mounted it onto a Rich Razzleberry base card.

I hope this card has given you a SMILE today!  Thank you for visiting my blog and I do love to hear from you in the comments.

The supplies I used are: