To a Good Friend: Spotlighting Technique

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I hope you all had time to enjoy the beautiful weather, or at least had a wonderful weekend. I took time to make some cards (many events coming up) yet I still got outside for a bit, we even had a cookout … brats and potato salad! Yum … summer food (:

Today I have a technique to share with you … Spotlighting.  It’s not a new technique but I put a little twist to it.  I’ve used designer paper to spotlight. The “Timeless Elegance” paper is so beautiful, with the floral designs it’s perfect to spotlight a piece of it.


I began with two identical sheets and cut out the 4 x 5-1/4 inch base. Then I cut down one of the two pieces to highlight my flower. Just so happens that it was in the center of my card, but it could have been anywhere … for this technique it does not matter.

I colored just the flowers on the designer paper that I cut to highlight – you will see the remainder of the flower on the second sheet. So the technique “spotlight” just means that you highlight a section of your card and put it “in the spotlight”.  Does that make sense?


I used the Blushing Bride, So Saffron and Pear Pizzazz markers to color with because they are a bit muted and not so bright. I thought it was a good match with the soft subtle design of the paper. I also used the Chalk Marker to bring out the little white flowers … wow, they really popped!

I brought back my “Happy Birthday Everyone” stamp set that I used yesterday for my card today, except this time the birthday went on the inside …


It’s so cute, it could actually be the front of the card! Remember … this is a hostess set that you can earn for FREE with qualifying party sales. (Home party, private party or do it yourself party) Just ask.

To finish off my card I added the “strips” of pearls … I just love them little buggers! Most of the time I cut them apart and I get soooo many more pearls for my cards, but I really do like the string of them for some of my projects (like today!)


Let me know if you have any questions. I appreciate you taking time to stop at my blog and check it out.

Have a wonderful day ~





Witches Happy Haunting …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I hope you all got to enjoy the beautiful weekend, we were blessed with a fabulous fall day! I love this time of year.

Yesterday I used the large stripes from the “Timeless Elegance” designer paper, and today I’m going to highlight the lace pattern. Who better to wear lace than a witch! I stamped her hat in Elegant Eggplant and heat embossed it with the Iridescent Ice emboss powder.


Her hat … oh yes, that came from the Howl-o-ween Bundle; The Howl-o-ween Treats stamp set and Boo to You Framelits Dies. It’s so cute and so much fun to play with. To create the focal point, I placed the hat on a silver 2-1/2″ circle.

I love to use purple, green and orange for Halloween so my color choices for today’s card was Elegant Eggplant, Pear Pizzazz, Pumpkin Pie which I used for my tags and base for the card. I finished my edges with the Triple Banner Punch … it can really make a banner from any size of cardstock, not just the 3 that are slotted for!


As for my “Happy Haunting” greeting … I took that from my September Paper Pumpkin stamp set. Paper Pumpkin has some awesome “exclusive” stamps! It is really worth trying it out at least. CLICK HERE.

I hope my card inspired you to use your designer papers for any type of project … it’s always more fun to think outside the box!

Thank you for stopping by today ~

Have a marvelous Monday!


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The Rose …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Today I am sharing a special card that I created because of the passing of my Aunt. I wanted something simple yet beautiful, and I found that in the “Timeless Elegance” Designer Series Paper. It is so pretty and reminds me of old photographs.

I remembered a technique where they colored on Black & White photos, so I used the Pink Pirouette marker to color only one of the roses. My way of saying she has now entered a most beautiful place, and will be greeted by all our loved ones who journeyed there before her.


I used the shading on the paper to make my pink a little deeper, just color over that area several times until you get the desired shade.

The base of my card is Basic Gray and then the Pink Pirouette to pull out the color of the rose. I also layered a pop of Basic Black to really draw the eye to the card.

My greeting (sending sympathy and prayers…) comes from the “Petite Pairs” stamp set and has a sweet sentiment for the inside (to heal your heart).


I carried the Pink Pirouette to the inside of the card and then used Very Vanilla, it coordinates with the “Timeless Elegance” designer series paper.

You could color all the flowers in and stamp a Happy Birthday greeting on it.  I think this paper is so pretty and very, very versatile!

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Thank you for stopping by my blog today.

Take good care ~