Two for Tuesday: Stampin’ Retreat Card Swap

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I have two beautiful cards created by two of our retreat guests! Each retreat we host a card swap/contest … they make the cards, they vote, and the winner gets a Stampin’ Up! Gift Certificate from me.

Our two retreat guests featured today, both used the Butterfly Basics stamp set. Let’s begin with Peggy K’s card – This was Peggy’s first Stampin’ Retreat of mine and she came all the way from Oklahoma!


A simply beautiful card … I love the pop of color Peggy used by adding her blue butterfly. I’m not sure if that is Lost Lagoon but I can see she used the Blackberry Bliss and Mossy Meadow. Fabulous color combination!

Did you know that the Butterfly Basic stamp set bundles with the Butterflies Thinlets? Remember, that even though the stamp sets and thinlets will carry over into the new catalog … they will NOT be bundled, so if you like it … purchase it before May 31st.

Our next card comes from Sandy B. and she has attended 6 of our annual retreats; both the Spring and Holiday retreats!


Sandy also used the Butterfly Basics Stamp set and Thinlits Bundle, however her pop of color comes from the Two Step Stampin’ stamp set; Watercolor Wings. This stamp set also coordinates with the Butterfly Thinlits … gotta love the way Stampin’ Up! coordinates several different products to make our purchases a real value!

The black die cut butterfly that tops the “watercolor” butterfly is very striking and really draws the eye to the center of the card.

We love hosting the card swap at our annual retreats … everyone always goes home with extra cards with totally different styles and stamp sets.  They are a blast, and if you haven’t tried one yet, you should think about it!!


AMD … said “I can’t believe the projects get better at each retreat! We enjoy meeting all the new people and have so much fun.”

Thanks for sharing a part of your day with me, I hope the ladies cards inspired you as much as they have inspired me! I love my job! It is all about sharing and building relationships.

Have a terrific Tuesday!




You make me HAPPY!

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Yesterday I showed you a card using the watermark stamp from the “Happy Watercolor” Stamp set, and I will share another card with you today using that watermark!

I also included a few more stamps from the set to give you a better idea of what a versatile stamp set it is.  You can find the “Happy Watercolor” stamp set on page 22 of the Occasions Catalog or by clicking on the link.

Once I chose the flower, I picked the color I wanted to work with and I thought 2012-14 In-Color  “Primrose Petal” was just what I was looking for.  The “Primrose Petal” mat was cut to 4″ x 5-1/4″.


Next I cut the Whisper White to 3-3/4″ x 5″ and ran it through the Bigshot using the “Flower Garden Embossing Folder”.  Because I wanted the flower pattern on the left side of my card, the pattern is indented instead of protruding (or sticking up).  Next I cut out a circle using the “Circle Collection Framelits”.  You now have a window for your flower.

The flower was stamped on a separate piece of Whisper White cardstock, using the Black StazOn ink … this is the best ink to use when coloring because it will not bleed.

I don’t color as much as I used to, and I don’t know why because it is so relaxing and fun to do.  I love layering the color to give the flower dimension.  I used the Primrose Petal ink from the ink pad and blender pen to do most of the coloring.  The center was done with the “Summer Starfruit” marker.  Both colors are found in the 2012-14 In-color Collection.  When competed, this was mounted onto the card front with the use of Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Since I had the marker close by, I decided to dye my Organza Ribbon.  Those ladies who stamp with me a lot, know that the white organza ribbon is one of my favorites, because all you need is a marker or an ink pad and you can color you ribbon to match your cardstocks!  How cool is that!!

Ok … now my ribbon is off to the side to dry, so I stamped my greeting onto the card with the Black StazOn (let dry… it does not take long) and then I inked up the watermark stamp in Primrose Petals and stamped directly over the greeting.  It gives balance to the card … they call it a 3 point card (3 points of interest, that draw your eye around the entire card).


Before mounting the card front onto the mat I added my ribbon, first the long strip, and then tying the second ribbon around it, to create the bow.  I’m sure any one of your friends would love to get this card.

I also want to share with you the…


3/16 Inch Corner Punch
3/16 Inch Corner Punch

Price: $6.95 $5.21
A Royal Day Ensemble -- Digital Download
A Royal Day Ensemble – Digital Download

Price: $14.95 $8.97
Etcetera Designer Series Paper
Etcetera Designer Series Paper

Price: $10.95 $8.21
Gold & Silver Stampin' Glitter
Gold & Silver Stampin’ Glitter

Price: $7.95 $5.96
In Color Dahlias
In Color Dahlias

Price: $7.95 $5.96
Label Insert Pop' n Cuts Die
Label Insert Pop’ N Cuts Die

Price: $21.95 $16.46
Petals-A-Plenty Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Die
Petals-A-Plenty Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Die

Price: $7.95 $5.96
Silver Metallic Encore Pad
Silver Metallic Encore Pad

Price: $9.95 $7.46

Please let me know if you have any questions about the steps to make the card, or with the “Weekly Deals”.  I will also include a list of the ingredients for today’s card for you below.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!


Here is the list of ingredients I used today …


 Happy Watercolor Stamp Set – Wood / $29.95


 Happy Watercolor Stamp Set – Clear / $21.95


 Primrose Petals Ink Pad / $5.95


 Primrose Petals Cardstock / $6.95


 2012-14 In-Color Markers / $14.95 (Set of 5)


 Blender Pens / $9.95 (Set of 3)


 Flower Garden Embossing Folder / $7.95


 Circle Collection Framelits / $26.95


 5/8” Organza Ribbon – Whisper White / $5.95

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Watercolor Birthday …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Another round of snow to deal with yesterday.  You just never know how big your driveway is until you have to shovel it … twice!  Well … if I look at the bright side, I did get some much needed exercise today 🙂

Today’s card share was inspired by a questions from my stampin’ friend Kathie.  She wanted to know what you would do with the “watermark” stamp in the “Happy Watercolor” stamp set.  So here’s one idea …


I decided to do a rainbow effect with the stamp.  I chose Real Red, Elegant Eggplant, Pacific Point, Gumball Green and Daffodil Delight inks.  I did stamp off … after inking up my stamp, before stamping it onto my card front.

I think the hardest part of creating this card is keeping a straight line.  Once my watermarks were done, I chose the Happy Birthday stamp from the “Perfectly Penned” stamp set.

I matted it with Basic Black and added a black taffeta bow.  I did not realize until the card was completed and I was writing down my ingredients that I found out that ribbon is discontinued.  I think I will be sorting out my ribbons better this weekend!

I don’t like to use items that you cannot purchase, however you could substitute this ribbon for the pretty 1/8″ Black Taffeta or the 1/4″ Pacific Point Stitched Taffeta Ribbon.


To finish off my card, I added my trusty rhinestones in the corner … colored black with a Sharpie.  It just anchors the card.

Hope you enjoyed today’s colorful watercolor birthday.  Stop back tomorrow for another card using the “watermark” stamp and “Happy Watercolor” stamp set.

Have a wonderful day ~


Here is a list of supplies used for today’s card …






 Happy Watercolor Stamp Set – WOOD



 Happy Watercolor Stamp Set – CLEAR



 Perfectly Penned Stamp Set – WOOD



 Perfectly Penned Stamp Set – CLEAR




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