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Spring Break Beach Days

Spring Break Beach Days

I know here in the USA many are enjoying spring break.  Our spring break was a few weeks ago and the funny thing is, the beach was never seen.  I’m not sure how that happened, but we did enjoy 4 days seeing Mickey.

Living here in the Florida panhandle, you know the time frame for spring break.  Getting anywhere in our little town of Pensacola means you might take longer than the average 15 minutes.  Beach traffic is high but I have to say it brings me happiness.  I love to see so many people come to enjoy our beautiful white sandy beaches.  They are simply beautiful.


Day at the Beach

Spring Break, Day at the Beach, Stampin' Up!


If you missed yesterday’s post using the Day at the Beach stamp set, make sure to see the other card I created with this set HERE. This stamp is so much fun and especially with the beautiful line art.

The images from this set are simple to watercolor with a Blender Pen or Aqua Painter and the line art makes fussy cutting quick and easy.

Tips & Tricks 

A few tips to create this card.

  • I started this card with a Whisper White Thick cardstock base 4-1/4″ x 11.  Then I added Daffodil Delight cardstock 4″ x 5-1/4″ as a card layer along with a piece of Gold Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate over the Daffodil Delight at an angle.
  • I created a background for the stamped images by using a piece of Watercolor Paper and creating a fun watercolor wash using Crumb Cake ink.
  • The images were stamped onto Whisper White cardstock then watercolored using a Blender Pen.  I fussy cut each of the images.

Spring Break, Day at the Beach, Stampin' Up!

  • Lastly, the greeting comes from the hostess stamp set Iconic Occasions.  It’s in the Occasions catalog on page 3.  I love these tiny greetings perfect for banners.

Spring Break, Day at the Beach, Stampin' Up!

Going Going Going!

Yes, sadly I realize the Day at the Beach stamp set is on the Retired List.   You can find this stamp set HERE if it’s on your wish list.  Remember, this stamp set is perfect for all kinds of crafty projects and especially fun for scrapbookers.

Click HERE to download the retired list.

Spring Break, Day at the Beach, Stampin' Up!


You can find the products used for this project in the clickable links below. 

Spring Break, Day at the Beach, Stampin' Up!

Now the question is…. what are you doing for spring break? Are you going to enjoy the beach? Disney? Or maybe the best spring break to me is a staycation.  Ahhh… to just sleep in my bed past 7am!

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Day at the Beach-Stampin’ Up!

Day at the Beach-Stampin’ Up!

After so much traveling happening, I can’t express enough my excitement that I can STAMP! Cathy and I traveled home yesterday from Savannah after our OnStage event.  It was a great event, great city and overall we had a BLAST!  Cathy is spending another week here with me, and one of the things we will be doing is going to the beach.  It’s a perfect chance for me to share with you a very fun stamp set in the Occasions Catalog called Day at the Beach!  

Great Line Art

Day at the Beach, Stampin' Up!   Day at the Beach, Stampin' Up!   I love the beautiful line art in this stamp set.  It’s perfect for cards and scrapbooking.  Here are a few ideas I thought about immediately when using this stamp set.

  • watercolor
  • scrapbooking, pocket pages
  • use to create background patterns

When I created this card, I used the sun to create a pattern on the Whisper White cardstock for my background.  I used a Blender Pen to color the inner circle of the sun.  It was quick and easy coloring with Crushed Curry ink. Day at the Beach, Stampin' Up!  

Mixing Images & Products Together

One of my favorite things to do is pull products and images together.  One of my favorite products to add to this card was the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies. I die cut the sunshine thinlit using Watercolor Paper, then used the Crushed Curry to watercolor over it.  Again, a simple wash of color that takes just a second to do.


Tips & Tricks 

Day at the Beach, Stampin' Up!   A few tips & tricks for this card.

  • After the Sunshine image was watercolored with a simple wash of Crushed Curry ink, I wanted a few darker shades of the color to stand out.  Simply load your Aqua Painter with ink, then hold the Aqua Painter over the image and let gravity do its thing. The drops of ink will give your image a unique look every single time.
  • I cut the clouds (Up & Away Framelits) from Watercolor Paper.  I colored these images using Smoky Slate ink.
  • One of my favorite detail on this card is the Tangerine Tango scallop edge.  This scallop was created using the Cutie Pie Thinlits Dies. NOTE: This thinlit is retiring.  They are only available while supplies last.  
  • Lastly, I loaded my Aqua Painter using Tangerine Tango ink, using my Bone Folder I tap the Aqua Painter over the image to create a little splatter.

Day at the Beach, Stampin' Up!  

Create Your Own Sunshine

I enjoyed creating this card and I have one more to share with you tomorrow.  The Day at the Beach stamp set is on the retired list.  You will want to grab this set quick if it’s on your list.  All retiring items are while supplies last. Day at the Beach, Stampin' Up!

You can find all of the products in the clickable links below.  


Speaking of retiring… Click HERE to download the retired list. Don’t miss the sneak peek of the Eastern Palace Suite. Click HERE to see three fun ideas!

New Tutorial Available!

Every month I release a new Exclusive tutorial.  April’s tutorial is filled with out of the box ideas you will love.

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Creating Your Own Tropical Paradise

Tropical Paradise

I have to admit that I do live in a tropical paradise already.


For years however, I had to create my own tropical paradise.


For instance… a cold winter day I’ve been known to lotion up with a little suntan lotion to smell that paradise.


Not kidding…. sometimes we have to be really creative, right?


Totally Trees

This year Stampin’ Up! is helping me out in creating a tropical paradise with my stamps.

The new Totally Trees stamp set caught my eye with the palm tree image.

Tropical Paradise, Stampin' Up!, Totally Trees



When I started to create this card the Moroccan Designer Series Paper was sitting on my desk from a previous project and the colors in this pattern I chose reminded me of outdoor patio furniture.  It was right then the idea was born…


Tropical Paradise, Stampin' Up!, Totally Trees


I couldn’t help but fall in love with palm tree.  Being from Florida, palm trees are a dime a dozen… and of course pine trees.

To create the perfect green for my palm leaves I dabbed my solid palm image into the Bermuda Bay ink first and then did a light tap into Emerald Envy ink.  Once I stamped it over the palm tree I let out a big “WOW!”  It was the perfect color.


Tropical Paradise, Stampin' Up!, Totally Trees


To create this card click HERE to download the instructions.  


Creating Your Paradise

The truth is, whether it’s a palm tree or a Santa image we are stamping, we create our own paradise when we craft.


Stamping is paradise for crafters.

  • provides peace
  • takes us to a calm, happy place
  • stress reliever
  • brings joy

I look at all of the characteristics above and instantly I think that is paradise.  It’s my personal paradise.  A place that I can enjoy peace.

Now don’t get me wrong… there are times I can feel frustrated in my personal paradise as well.  The times when nothing goes my way when I’m trying to create.  However, it’s still paradise.  It still brings me joy.

Tropical Paradise, Stampin' Up!, Totally Trees

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What Does Your Paradise Look Like? 

Is stamping your paradise? Or do you have something else that creates a paradise for you?

I’d love to hear.  I’m sure others would too.  What do you find JOY in?

Believe it or not friends, others can learn from you as well.  Leave a comment.  Tell others what brings you joy.

Is it your oasis you live in?

Is it a stamp set? Stamping time? Crafting time?

Exercise? (I wish this did bring me joy… it tends to WEAR me SLAP out!)


Before I Go Back to Paradise…. 

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Try This Color Combination


Delightful Dijon with Sunshine Sayings

Delightful Dijon with Sunshine Sayings

If there is sunshine involved with a stamp set, it’s almost always guarantee’d to be on my stamping shelf.

Sunshine Sayings, Stampin' Up!, Stampin' Up! Demo

Sunshine Sayings, Stampin' Up!, Stampin' Up! Demo

Getting Started with Sunshine Sayings

Do you ever struggle getting started when you begin to stamp?

I thought I would share one of the ways I start a project that helps give my stamping a boost.

I started with the Sunshine Sayings stamp set, although I wasn’t sure of the products I wanted to start the card.


I decided to choose a color that I wanted to focus on, in this case Delightful Dijon, and then pulled products that were in the same color scheme or like it.  In this case I pulled the following products:

  • Delightful Dijon Cardstock & Ink
  • 2015-2017 In Color Doilies (Delightful Dijon is one of the color choices)
  • Very Vanilla 1/2″ Lace Trim
  • 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon
  • Delicate White Doilies

Although a few of the products were not the color of Delightful Dijon, they were neutrals which definitely blend with my color choice.

Sunshine Sayings, Stampin' Up!, Stampin' Up! Demo


Putting it All Together

As I began to put this card together I decided to keep the card monochromatic (meaning the same color either light, or dark).

  • I started by stamping the flower at the top of the Whisper White cardstock and continued stamping without re-inking.  This created an Ombre look which I love.
  • The die cut was created using Watercolor Paper and the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits.  Once the flower was die cut, I loaded my Aqua Painter with Delightful Dijon ink and gently brushed the flower starting in the center of the flower and worked outward.  You will notice not every piece of the flower has ink on it.  It was more of a hit or miss type of coloring.


Layer the Embellishments 

Sunshine Sayings, Stampin' Up!, Stampin' Up! Demo


Tips & Tricks 

  • I started by adding the Delicate White Doily (only 1/4 piece), topped with 1/2 of the Delightful Dijon Doily.  I placed a piece of Burlap Ribbon with the Very Vanilla Lace over the die cut flower.  Lastly, the Linen Thread was wrapped in a circle twice then all the layers were stapled with the Handheld Stapler onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock.
  • My greeting was stamped using Basic Black ink onto Delightful Dijon cardstock.  The words were trimmed closely then added onto the  layered embellishments using Tombow Multipurpose Glue.  This glue is PERFECT when you want to adhere something to ribbon.  It dries quickly and it stays.
  • One of the last embellishments I added was the Metallic Enamel Dots to the card front. The gold accents blended excellent with the Delightful Dijon color.


Use Your Stash!

Take a minute today to look around your stamp room for embellishments that you can layer.  You will be surprised at how many products are sitting there waiting to be used for a simple layering technique like I’ve shared today.


I’d love to hear and see what you came up with.  Don’t be shy and share.

Click the links below to shop for the products used for today’s card.  


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Have an awesome Friday! Check back this weekend for a little family update… It’s been awhile.


Sunshine- Something I Enjoy!

Sunshine- Something I Enjoy!

Sunshine, it’s one of my little things I enjoy.

In fact today I finally spent a few hours in my pool in between working.  I’ve only been able to relax in the pool 3 times this year and the opportunity was today with the sun shining bright.

You would think working from home I would have the pool at my disposal more often.  However I let many other things come between me getting in the pool- laundry, Facebook, work…and sometimes I am just LAZY.  You get it, right?

Creating Sunshine

Sometimes my laziness causes me to create my own sunshine in my stamp room.  I love this kind of sunshine too.

Each year Stampin’ Up! puts together a card swap for the incentive trips.  As usual I procrastinate until the last minute which causes a bit of panic to set in 3 days prior to leaving on the trip.

This year I think I beat all previous years in procrastinating until the bitter end to get my card swaps done.

It’s a good thing I work well under pressure because although my card swap is quick and simple, I ended up loving it.

Incentive Trip Card Swap

The greetings in the new Layering Love stamp set described how I felt about our trip.  It’s all about the little things.

Layering Love stamp set coordinates perfectly with our new Layering Square, Circle, Oval and Heart Framelits.  Each of the greetings can fit into one or more of the framelits.

I chose to use the Layering Square Framelits for my card below.

Sunshine, Layering Love, Stampin' Up!

Sunshine, Layering Love, Stampin' Up!

Adding the Sunshine!

While the greeting from the Layering Love stamp set would have been fine alone, I thought it would be fun to add the word sunshine from the Crazy About You stamp set.  This set has many words to work with and the font reminds me of a typewriter.  You can see this set on Page 70 of the new Idea Book & Catalog.  I embossed the word sunshine using White Embossing Powder.  This made the greeting really stand out.

To add more sunshine I stamped the sun using Daffodil Delight ink from the Kinda Eclectic Stamp Set.

To keep the elements together I stapled them together and then attached the Whisper White square to the scallop square using dimensionals.

The Designer paper is from the Pop of Pink collection.

Final Touch

I love adding embellishments to a card.  It’s an inexpensive way to make a card look finished.  The final touch for this card was the Bermuda Bay Thick Bakers Twine.

Notice that the twine was pulled a part so it wasn’t too thick and then I simply coiled it up and attached to the greeting using a staple.

Sunshine, Layering Love, Stampin' Up!

Thank You for Ordering!

I wanted to extend a huge thank you to all of my customers that purchased from my Online Store while I was in Europe.  Your kindness for choosing me as your demonstrator makes me smile. Your special gift is being prepared and will go out in the mail ASAP.

New to My Website? 

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Have an AMAZING WEEKEND!!!  Sunshine, Layering Love, Stampin' Up!