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My First Waterfront Card!

I got the Waterfront stamp set when it first came out (last year?), but struggled with making a card that I liked. Every time I came across the use of it on a blog, I took mental notes. I even tried out Patty Bennett’s steps. Still didn’t like what I came up with.

I think I was being too “literal” or “precise” when I was building my scene. It is a scene building stamp. But, because it’s in a watercolor style, the scene building has to be conceptual. I was trying to fill in color everywhere, and that really didn’t work.

I tried it again to make a “thank you” card, and I like the current results. I forced myself to be a little bit “zen” about the whole process. 🙂

Stamp: Waterfront

Ink: Mossy Meadow, Bermuda Bay, Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Soft Suede, Basic Gray marker, Real Red marker

Paper: Bermuda Bay, Whisper White

Accessories: White shimmer embossing paste

For many of the images, I stamped in full strength, then stamped again and again until there was very little ink left on the stamp. For the ground and sky, I stamped off on scratch paper first (or even twice), before stamping onto my project. I just realized, in a way, that’s one way to watercolor: gradually add color until you have what you need.

I found that you don’t have to completely color in sections, either.

I was really afraid to add color to the sky. But, by stamping off twice first, I was able to add a little bit of color here and there. The suggestion of sky is all the card needed.

To finish off the scene, I added some White shimmer embossing paste to the ocean. Sparkle and texture.

Love it! I hope my friend likes it, too. 🙂

Too bad we couldn’t be next door, as I suggested on the card. But then, I’d be broke, because we would be enabling each other shopping, or something. 🙂

Did you know? This set must be popular, because there’s an additional set in the Holiday Catalog called Snow Front. Yep, you guessed it, you can use it to build snow scenes. I’ll bet the images complement those that are in the Waterfront stamp set. Now, I have the confidence that if I get the Snow Front stamp set, I’ll have better luck using it. Can’t wait!

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Wicked Card – Holiday Catalog Goes Live Today!

The Holiday Catalog goes live today, Wednesday, September 4!

I go really crazy between now and Valentine’s Day, because the season for treats starts soon! So, it’s not a big surprise that I put Halloween items (okay, TWO, plus a multi-season set) on my preorder.

I think the Spooktacular Bash suite is the best yet!

I couldn’t resist a little twist, though. Let’s see if you can tell what it is…

Stamp: Spooktacular Bash, Wonderfully Wicked, Well Said

Ink: Gray Granite, Melon Mambo, Delicata Silvery Shimmer

Blends: Crumb Cake light, Gray Granite light, Seaside Spray light, Color lifter

Paper: Whisper White thick and regular, Gray Granite, Gorgeous Grape, Flirty Flamingo

Accessories: Wicked dies, Ornate Frames dies, Stampin’ sponges, Silver metallic thread, Stylish Scroll embossing folder


I stamped a couple of spider webs before embossing with the Stylish Scroll embossing folder. The direction of the pattern is more appropriate for a portrait-orientation card (the symmetry is left-right), which bugged me. Instead, I tried with another piece of cardstock, but embossing across the narrower direction with two passes. For both passes, part of the cardstock hangs out of the folder. That’s okay, because the whole thing still fits in my die-cutting machine. After embossing once, shift the embossed part over, line up the pattern with what’s embossed already, and emboss the rest of the cardstock.

Yes, you will get a slight impression of the edge of the folder, but I’ll bet you wouldn’t be tell to tell me where it is on the card! If it bothers you, you could probably hide it behind a strategically placed element.


In the middle of the top web, I used a paper piercer to make a hole for some Silver metallic thread. The end is taped to the back. On the front, I sandwiched the other end between two spider die cuts. Whee! That girl (cuz it’s pink) floats around, and maybe would freak you out a bit.


To add some pizzazz to the die cut sentiment and the die cut spider, I sponged Silver Shimmer Delicata ink on top. Check out the difference between plain and shimmery.

Isn’t that awesome?

I normally stack multiple die cut words. This time, I put the top layer just a bit offset from the bottom to give a drop shadow. Multipurpose adhesive sheets (retired) makes gluing layers together so much easier.

Wow, there is so much detail with the card front, you would think I pooped out for the inside, right? Not quite.


I stamped the cute mummy in Gray Granite and colored her just a little bit. The background and stamped frame are colored, too. The mummy is layered on a frame cut from Flirty Flamingo, with more Silver Shimmer Delicata ink sponged on top.

The inside sentiment makes me giggle! They use stamps from the Well Said stamp set.

“Thanks” is its own stamp. “Mummy” was built from two stamps: the “U” in “for you”, and the “M” and “MY” from “all my”. I tried to stick with words that had the letters I needed at the end of the stamp. Next time, I would use the single “M” from “mother’s day” instead, to stamp the “M”s around the “U”, and stamp the rest with “MY” from “all my”.

Alternately, I could have used the individual letters of the Make a Difference stamp set, but I thought this would be easier and nicer. Did I mention that I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig?

At this point, you could probably guess that I was making a card to send to my mom!

Oops, be back soon!

I didn’t get a chance to post yesterday. I am working on something, though, so stay tuned!

Holiday Catalog goes live tomorrow!

Plus, there is going to be a Designer Series Paper sale, starting tomorrow, Wednesday, September 4, lasting for the month of September.

Buy three packs, get one free!


  • Buy 3 packs from the list below, and get the fourth free.
  • You can buy all the same packs, or all different.
  • No limit on the number of packs you can purchase.
  • To order 4 packs of the same Designer Series Paper, and get the fourth free, you need to order 3 of the pack you want, and enter the fourth as the free item.
  • Packs ordered in a Starter Kit or using host dollars do not count toward earning free packs.

Qualifying packs:

  • Perennial Essence DSP
  • See a Silhouette DSP
  • Come Sail Away DSP
  • Magnolia Lane DSP
  • Garden Lane DSP
  • Follow Your Art DSP
  • Woven Threads DSP
  • Dinoroar DSP
  • Bird Ballad DSP
  • Pressed Petals specialty DSP

Get your lists ready! Between the Holiday Catalog going live and the DSP sale, oh, my. (Did I mention I really love the Bird Ballad DSP?)

For reference, here are videos showing off most of the paper:

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Using Pressed Petals Card Elements – Bouquets

How have you liked my attempts to use the Pressed Petals specialty DSP card elements so far?

Today, I am focused on the last set of 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ pieces that feature bouquets.

Card 1:

Stamp: Check You Out

Ink: Merry Merlot

Paper: Merry Merlot, Mossy Meadow, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Pressed Petals specialty DSP

Accessories: 2019-2021 In Color Faceted dots

Doesn’t that just look amazing? And, I didn’t have to do much with it. When my husband first saw this sitting on my desk, he exclaimed, “Wow, that’s a really fancy card!”

This is my favorite card of the whole bunch. That goes to show you, that sometimes you don’t need much to create an awesome card! (Thanks to Stampin’ Up! for creating this awesome paper, and having easy color coordination among all of their products.)

The inside is finished with a strip of DSP matching the flowers of the bouquet, on a piece of Whisper White, matted with Mossy Meadow.

Card 2:

For the second bouquet image, I wasn’t completely thrilled with the look. So, guess what? I used the pattern on the back! (Is that cheating?)

Stamp: Winter Woods

Ink: Mint Macaron, Early Espresso, Pretty Peacock marker, Soft Suede marker

Paper: Crumb Cake, Mossy Meadow, Whisper White

Accessories: In the Woods dies, White sparkle embossing paste, Chalk marker, Clear embossing powder

The tree is stamped in Mint Macaron, with Pretty Peacock “thumped” in various spots with the marker. After die cutting, I added sparkle embossing paste to the edges and to random spots in the middle.

The “snow” is die cut with the slope die, with more sparkle embossing paste added. Although the embossing paste sets in a few minutes, I let it dry for a few hours before handling again.

The birch trees behind the evergreen were stamped twice in Early Espresso, using the hinge-step technique in the Stamparatus. I stamped one set at a time so that I could quickly add clear embossing powder to each set. After heating the embossing powder, I get this nice texture. Plus, I could color with a Chalk marker more easily. (Note, the chalk marker can mark up the embossing powder, so be a little bit careful.)

I didn’t feel like I had much luck with the chalk marker in the past. What I have realized, is that you have to give it time to dry. It really does get more opaque when it dries.

On the inside, I stamped a smaller tree in Mint Macaron, with a Soft Suede trunk, onto Whisper White. Mossy Meadow is used as a mat.

I created a winter scene for this card, because that’s what the musical notes on a Mossy Meadow made me think about. I did manage to figure out the direction of the paper by finding the clefs. They are in the middle of the page, which was weird, but I’ll take it. 🙂

Here’s what the bouquet on the other side looks like:

I think it was the background fabric that really threw me. Doesn’t click with me. I was thinking of another window tri-fold, with the window just a small peek at the bouquet. But, I really couldn’t see using the bouquet.

Did you notice that most of the cards used mats even on the inside? I usually don’t do this, but found that the cards looks way more polished.

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Using Pressed Petals Card Elements – Corners

Today’s focus is on the two 3-3/8″ square pieces of the Pressed Petals specialty DSP. They look like corner pieces, but together on one square.

Card 1:

I came up with a way to use the image as-is. I had a random element on my desk (again), that fit perfectly between the two flower corner images.

Stamp: Daisy Lane

Ink: Merry Merlot, Mossy Meadow

Paper: Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Rococo Rose, Merry Merlot, Pressed Petals specialty DSP

Accessories: White polka dot tulle ribbon, Darling Label punch box

After stamping and punching the sentiment, I layered onto a 1-1/2″ square of Merry Merlot.

The Rococo Rose cardstock measures 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″.

The inside of the card is finished with a fern stamped in Mossy Meadow.

Card 2:

I really had intended, at first, to cut apart the square and use each piece as a corner. After all, that’s what it was screaming to me. Short of making a scrapbook page and using them as photo corners, though, I was stumped. Then, I saw a cool card from Lyssa Zwolanek that cut apart a lace square. That gave me the “confidence” that I could use the corners on a card.

Stamp: Daisy Lane, Birch

Ink: Soft Suede, Gray Granite

Blends: Rococo Rose combo, Daffodil Delight dark, Old Olive combo

Paper: Merry Merlot, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Whisper White

Accessories: 2019-2021 In Color faceted dots, Pressed Petals specialty washi tape

The flowers are assembled onto a background stamped with the Birch stamp. Two Rococo Rose faceted gems are placed in the opposite corner for “balance”. In retrospect, I wish I colored the flowers so that the petals are darker on the outer part of the petals, to match the DSP. Oh well, I still like how the flowers turned out. And yes, the flowers and stems were fussy cut. I must say that it gets more challenging as I get older. Still love doing that, though.

The inside is finished with a strip of matching DSP and washi tape, onto a piece of Very Vanilla.