Wednesday Wow: Watercoloring with Acrylic Blocks

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’ll be sharing my Facebook Live presentation of Watercoloring with Acrylic Blocks and the three cards I created using this technique. Last night I shared two of the three cards. Kick back and watch the video, you’ll see how these cards found their beginnings …

The first was my quick -n- cute Halloween card from the Festive Corners stamp set. I used the Stampin’ Write markers to apply the ink to the block and then spritzed it with water.

I’m using the Festive Corners stamp set …. again!!

The second card I created using the markers on the Acrylic Blocks features the Dandelion Wishes stamp set and the markers to create a background.

My colors are Balmy Blue, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay and Pear Pizzazz …

I used my Stamparatus for my sentiment, it allows my to ink it several times so it’s nice and dark and becomes the focal point of the card.

The second way to use this “Watercolor” technique on the Acrylic Blocks is to put the ink from the ink pad directly onto the blocks. It is applied thicker so the image will be bolder …

I used the Arrange the Wreath bundle and the Magic in this Night Designer Series paper to create this card. The fall leaves surrounding the greeting creates the perfect focal point for this card. Leaf colors are Pretty Peacock, Blackberry Bliss and Cajun Craze which coordinates with the designer paper.

If you watched the video … you know that each week I do a drawing from all the people who watched and commented on the video … I invite you to join us next week Tuesday for another Technique! Here’s the prizes …

I miss meeting with all my stamping friends face to face, so the Facebook Live seems to get me a little closer to my friends!

Here is one last look at the three cards I created with this FUN technique …

The Watercolor technique using Acrylic Blocks can be used for any one, any stamp set … any holiday! Just look, we have a “Get Well”, a “Halloween” and a “Card of Thanks”.

Thank you for joining me today. I’d like to know how you enjoyed today’s cards…

Have a wonderful day!

TODAY’S STAMPIN’ SUPPLY LIST … If you liked the products used in today’s projects, I have links for you below. Just click on the item you would like more information on, or to begin your shopping. It will take you directly to my website. Thank you ♥ 

Simply Sunday: A Seaside View

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

It’s been a crazy weekend so far, not sure what happened to my post yesterday but it never “posted” … so today, I’ll share both cards with you. Yesterday I was going to share my version of a fun “summer night” … but I’m going to start out with my Simply Sunday card share.

Today’s card is not only simple to create but brings you back to simpler times on a warm sunny day …

I used the Seaside view stamp set for both my cards today. I used the “watercoloring” technique for my card … it’s quick and easy and the sublte color is perfect for this card. Can’t you image yourself relaxing in the chair with a cool lemonade?

My grandma and grandpa had white adirondack chairs, so mine had to be white … memories! So I got my pop of colors come from the Bermuda Bay table and the lemonade … thus the So Saffron banner!

Yesterday’s card is a bit more detailed!! I applied the sponging technique along with the Stampin’ Blends Alcohol markers. It’s my vision of the perfect summer night …

I stamped my image with the Black Momento ink and then added the black horizon line. Then I used a Rhinestone for my sun … and sponged Daffodil Delight around it (then pulled it back off) I also used Calypso Coral, Bermuda Bay and Night of Navy for my sky and water. I then highlighted the water with the Markers.

The plants, chairs and deck were all done with the Stampin’ Blends markers. Oh yes, and a touch of Real Red for the sail on the boat!

I hope you enjoyed today’s cards and this delightful stamp set. With a few fun techniques you can take this set from simple to spectacular … and everything in between.

Thank you for stopping back again today. I’d love to hear your thoughts on today’s cards.

Happy Sunday!

Here are the items I used to create today’s cards … Click on any image for more information on the product or to begin shopping from my online store.

Home to Roost

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’m going to share another of our fun Sale-a-bration stamps sets Home to Roost.  For those of you who are new to my blog and Stampin’ Up! … Sale-a-bration is an exciting sales event. For “each” $50 you spend, you can chose an item out of our Sale-a-bration catalog!!  It’s just a fun way to build your stamp collection.

Our Sale-a-bration product of the week is the Home to Roost stamp set, Warm thoughts come home to roost when you create projects with this set.

Home to Roost is a wonderful stamp set for all-year use with versatile sentiments and line-art images perfect for lots of coloring techniques. You’ll love the high-quality, color pencils. Perfect for watercoloring stamped images. Use with Aqua Painters, Blender Pens, or alone.

Purchase the products to make these projects and you’ll immediately qualify for the following FREE Sale-A-Bration item used to make the project: Home to Roost Cling Stamp Set. I have them listed below.

More ways to earn … Hostesses will get an extra $25 in FREE Merchandise above the regular rewards with party sales of $250 or more.  Gather your friends for a fun evening of stamping and everyone can earn free goodies!

Or … if you want it all, you can purchase the ultimate starter kit and join my stampin’ family ❤ . We’d love to have you on our team.  CLICK HERE

Let me know if you have any questions regarding Sale-a-bration, or the starter kit.

Wishing you a wonderful day ~


Two for Tuesday: Brusho Crystal Colour Techniques

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

On Sunday I shared a step by step tutorial on how I made my Brusho Floral card, today I’m going to share 2 videos from Stampin’ Up!.  One showing different techniques for the Brusho Crystal Colour and the second will show you how easy it is to create the card that is in the Occasions Catalog!

Watching the videos helped me learn some simple and more advanced techniques in coloring with Brush Crystal Colour, but the best way to learn is to get the Brusho in your hands and play!!

Here is the video that shows how easy it is to recreate the sample in the Occasions catalog … page 26!

I hope these videos and my Sunday post helped you to understand more about the new Brusho Crystal Colour. I will be sharing more cards with you and as I stated, will be hosting a class so you can get a hands-on experience with this fabulous new watercoloring medium.

Thank you for joining me today, I hope your day is a good one!



Day at the Beach …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Before I begin today, I’d like to send out a big …


to all of you that participated in my March Madness: Sale-a-bration Celebration.  You’ve got some great stampin’ supplies, fun Sale-a-bration stamp sets, and 10 great cards with instructions!  I was busy working on those last night! Keep an eye on your mailbox within the next couple weeks for your cards and instructions!

I’m also in the process of packing and getting ready for another Stampin’ Up! OnStage event. This is where demonstrators gather for some training, stampin’ and a whole lot of fun. I’m actually going with my daughter Sarah this Wednesday … and we’ll be headed to the Shreveport, LA event.  They are being held all over the world!

This is from our November 2016 OnStage where we got a sneak peak of the new Occasions catalog (actually we got to take it home!) the one you have now.  This time we’ll get our hands on the New “ANNUAL” catalog!! I am so excited!! I need to chill a bit … I don’t want any speeding tickets on our Road Trip to fun!

I thought it would be fun to highlight and share with you some of the fabulous stamp sets in our Occasions catalog. Today we’re going to pull out the flip flops and get ready for a “Day on the Beach”.

Here are the images we saw at our OnStage …

Choose the look you want to create with our Watercolor Pencils.  The “Hello Friend” card uses the pencils with the Aqua Painter; the “Hoping” card uses them with the Blender Pens; the “Brighten” card uses only the pencils.


Thanks much for stopping by today.

Hoping your day is a warm & sunny one!




2017 Occasions Catalog Sneak Peek

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Yesterday I shared an offer with you on how you can get the brand-new Watercolor Pencils from the 2017 Occasions catalog for FREE. I will repeat those details below, but first I’d like to share a video highlighting these fabulous pencils!

Shannon West introduces you to Stampin’ Up!’s brand-new Watercolor Pencils from the 2017 occasions (spring/summer) catalog …

So … what do you think? Awesome right! I can’t wait to get mine in my hands so I can explore even more coloring options with the new Watercolor Pencils.

When you place a $50 order with me, you will receive yesterday’s Step Card with the written instructions, my two club cards and a hand stamped Thank You card. 

With the END OF YEAR CLEARANCE SALE going on right now, it’s a great time to stock up on some items you need, or give a gift to a stampin’ friend.

*** If you place an order of $150 or more (before shipping & taxes) you will receive all of the above items, hostess benefits (Do Not Use the Hostess Code) … Three (3 or more) Virtual Rewards points AND I will send you the NEW WATERCOLOR PENCILS for FREE beginning January 3rd when the Occasions Catalog is Live!!

You can find out more about my Virtual Rewards Points by clicking on the Loyalty Icon below or on the side bar to your right.

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Thank you for coming back to check out my post today, I will be back tomorrow with more from the Holiday Catalog.

Have yourself an awesome day ~

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A Watercoloring Technique ….

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’m going to share with you a quick video from Stampin’ Up! demonstrating a fun watercoloring technique.  If you were in one of my Technique Clubs … you have already done this fun technique!

Here are some samples of the cards that I have made using this technique …




Love this card, one of my favorites … You don’t have to be extravagant to make a beautiful card. Sometimes simple is better.

Hope you enjoyed today’s post. I’ll be back tomorrow with a “Throwback Thursday” project …

Have an awesome day!




Furry Friends …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

And a “Happy Friday” to you!! Just a quick post today so you can get into your weekend. I wanted to share two cards that I think are super cute, and I know many of you are dog and/or cat lovers ❤

They feature the “Bella & Friends” stamp set and the “Pretty Kitty” stamp set! These are the most adorable puppy & kitty sets I think they have had in a while.


… and yes, I bought them too! I don’t own a pet because I’m gone too much but I have many friends, like you, who do have furry little best friends.

Both of the cards did the watercoloring technique with the Aqua Painter … so soft and really makes the kitty and puppy stand out. Both of these stamp sets also have great greetings and verses included.

Did you know that if you purchase both of these sets and the Aqua Painters (or other product/totally $50 before shipping & handling) You qualify for not only the $5 Bonus Coupon from Stampin’ Up! (ends Sunday) plus you’d get your virtual Rewards Card stamped from me!

Thanks so much for stopping by, please let me know if you have any questions regarding the Bonus Days or Rewards Cards. I’m here to help … just click  on the “e-mail” link below and ask away 🙂

Have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you tomorrow!




Did you see it? It’s a Sneak Peek …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’m going to give you a little sneak peek into my Catalog Kick Off party on Monday! We will be featuring many of the fabulous new stamp sets, designer papers, accessories & embellishments … far too many to list.

The “sneak peek” is a card I created using two great stamp sets; the “Jar of Love” found on page 75 and the “Bunch of Blossoms” on page 69. There will be many more at the party but I pulled one out of the collection to share with you …


I began with the jar, then stamped my stems and greens onto the page.  I then stamped my flowers … they are double stamped and then punched them out. I used the star shaped flower to create the base of my blossoms.

I adhered the bottom of the bloom with my snail but then popped up the top of the bloom with a stampin’ dimensional … it really adds a neat dimension to the card.

I added water using my Aqua Painter and the Marina Mist ink.  Once it dried … I added my bow using the Old Olive Bakers twine. I felt the color matched nicely with the Blushing Bride and Pear Pizazz.


The greeting comes from the NEW Layering Circles Framelits… too cute!

You still have 2 days to RSVP … the deadline is Friday night. I will not be taking any more reservations after that time, so don’t delay.

Have a great day today, and thank you for stopping by.


Today’s Product Highlights …


Fancy Fold Card: Masculine

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Welcome to my blog and welcome to the weekend! I am really excited because I am leaving tomorrow to begin my vacation / stamping getaway! While basking in the beauty of Door County Wisconsin, we will also be catching up on some stamping (I did get a few items from the new catalog pre-order … I love being a demonstrator!)

Speaking of getaways … Today’s card share comes from my 2016 Annual Spring Stamping Retreat. It was one of several masculine cards that we made. The minute I saw the “Into the Meadow” stamp set, I knew I had to have it. We will be combing a fancy fold with the watercoloring technique for a truly stunning card.


Don’t you just love it? Although I didn’t have time on today’s blog for a full tutorial on this card, I will post one in the near future for you.

I stamped my image in StazOn onto the Thick Whisper White cardstock (you may use the watercolor paper, but we did not for this project). I used the Aqua Painters and the ink refills *colors listed below, to simply watercolor my images. Stampin’ Up! makes me look like an artist!

The “You Are Totally Awesome” comes from the stamp set “Grateful Bunch” which comes from the Occasions Catalog, which ends soon; May 31st!

The card stays nicely closed by tucking the top flap under the pretty “Antique Brad” from our Annual Catalog. This item will be retiring so if you like it … Don’t forget to place your order before they are gone for good…. May 31st.


The brad is secured to the Marina Mist cardstock which was embossed with the “Chevron” embossing folder to give it some added texture. Our base card is Basic Black.

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As you open the flap you will see additional stamping and watercoloring (on the Thick Whisper White) The inner or top flap is mounted on the base which was covered in this cute pattern that is found in the “Cherry on Top” Designer Series Paper Stack! That is a fun pack of paper!

I love how the 2 pieces of the card interconnect folds … it’s like a note card on a big card meshed together to create one fun card!


Keep an eye out as I will be posting a tutorial on “how to” make this style of card. Till then, I hope you enjoyed.

Have a great weekend, and be sure to stop back tomorrow to see a new card share from my Simply Sunday series and a fun announcement!

Thanks ~





Seven top water-coloring tips!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Just a quick post today to share this fun card showcasing the Watercoloring Technique …


The “You’ve Got This” stamp set is the perfect set for practicing your watercolor techniques.  Here are some Watercolor Tips for you …

Are you ready for 7 top water-coloring tips? You’ll feel like a pro when you practice these tricks!

  1. Make sure your Aqua Painter brush is full before you start–you do NOT want to run out of water in the reservoir right in the middle of your project! If you are using a regular brush, keep a little dish of clean water right next to your station.
  2. Be aware that water-coloring can bleed through to the back, so protect your work surface. I use a non-porous granite floor tile that doubles as a palette, because I can squeeze my inks right onto it and wipe the residue right off afterward.
  3. Have a paper towel or baby wipe handy to blot off excess drips, and to clean the tip of your brush regularly so you don’t muddy colors.
  4. Dampen your watercolor paper first so the color slides instead of saturates. Work in small-ish sections, and re-dampen new areas if they’ve dried before you moved on.
  5. Keep that Aqua Painter moving. Don’t rest the tip in any one location too long. Straight re-inker is going to be VERY dark, so squeeze the Aqua Painter gently every time you pick up fresh ink, to dilute it with water.
  6. Remember that you can always add more color later–but you can’t easily take it off once it’s on, so paint in layers, revisiting areas to add deeper shades later.
  7. Keep in mind that it’s only paper! Not cheap paper, no, but it’s still JUST paper. Allow yourself a sheet to practice on and test colors on.

Hope you feel inspired to pull out your watercoloring tools and give it a try.  When you do … feel free to share your work with me.  You can send them to …   and I will post it on my blog at a later date.  Please use Stampin’ Up! stampes and supplies.

Great to see you here today …

I hope you have a marvelous Monday!


Simply Sunday: Thinking of You …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’m sharing a card that I made for a “color challenge” I presented to my downline. I posted the challenge on my “Star’s by Design” (private)  facebook page … it’s a place for my team to share ideas, card samples, techniques or just chat.


As I celebrate my 16 years with Stampin’ Up! I realized …

We as women have more opportunities available to us today than ever before in the history of the world. You have the freedom to start your own business, travel the world, and make enough money to pay off some bills, family vacation, or more! The amount you earn is up to you with Stampin’ Up!.

If you want to, you can reach for the stars and follow your dreams—and the only person that can stop you from doing it is you.


The one thing I cannot put a price on is the friendships I have built over the past 16 years. My customers turned friends, my fellow demonstrators, and my downline … the beautiful ladies who have joined me to begin their own journey.

You know I have to say it… I want YOU on my team by our next gathering.

I want you there for your OWN sake, because you’d be having the time of your life, and I want you there for MY sake, too, because I want to meet you and stamp with you and watch you become part of this wonderfully inspiring group of women that have gathered together under the Star’s (by Design).

Knowing them has changed my life, and it’s a beautiful thing to watch the beauty of their growth unfold before me.  Let’s chat about bringing you into our wonderfully inspiring group! Email me: or call 262-334-1009

Now to my card share … Back to Basics! Simply stamp, add some ink colors and my Wink of Stella brush!  My ink colors for our challenge are: So Saffron, Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride, Mint Macaroon and Pear Pizzazz.


I used the “Corner Garden” stamp set from the annual catalog. Don’t forget to team up items from the annual catalog with the Occasions catalog … they work well together!

I pushed my ink pad top into the pad to create a ink pallet and then using my “Wink of Stella” brush … I simply pulled the color from the ink (do not pull color directly from the ink pad itself) and then colored my images.

This actually reminds me of those new coloring books for adults … so if you like to color, this is a great stamp! My greeting comes from the “Suite Sayings” in the Occasions catalog.

Again, Let’s chat about introducing you into our wonderful group of star’s … who inspire & have fun! Email me: or call 262-334-1009

Thanks for stopping by ~

Have a beautiful Sunday!


Today’s Stampin’ Supply List …

Touch of Autumn in the Air …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I have another card created with the “Woodland” embossing folder! This is such a fun one to play with… I’m sure you’ll come up with more great ideas too.

I teamed it up with the “Happy Scene’s” stamp set … I inked up the fall image with the Momento Ink pad and then did a combination of watercoloring with my blender pen and sponging to soften it up a bit.


I created a unique focal point of that image by cutting it out with the “Leaflets” framelit dies and then matted it with the Tangelo Twist to make it pop even more.

I used one of the other leaves for my greeting which came from the “Petite Pairs” stamp set. Just a fun little twist to an autumn card.


Thank you for dropping by today. I’ll be back tomorrow with the Weekly Deals.

I hope you have a wonderful week.





Watercolor Technique: You’ve Got This!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’m sharing a “watercolor technique” card that was shared with us from the Stampin’ Up! home office. It highlights the new Archival Ink.

Archival Ink is permanent and perfect for watercoloring techniques. Use the archival ink pads to stamp your images from the “You’ve Got This” stamp set, and then use Blender Pens or Aqua Painters® to add color.


Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry and Tangelo Twist Classic Stampin’ Ink® Refills were used in combination with the Aqua Painters to color in the flowers.

Personally … I love the watercoloring technique and I’m so happy that we will be carrying the Archival Ink! You will find it in the Holiday Catalog which goes live September 1st!!

Short post today, but I thank you for stopping by!

Have an awesome day ~


Stamp Happy with a New Technique!

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Yesterday I told you that I would have a card to share with you that utilized one or more of the products from our Weekly Deals, so today I’m going to highlight the Starburst Framelits!

Starburst Framelits Die

Starburst Framelits Die 132967
Price: $26.95 $20.21
Cut your stamped images, create layers and frames! 5 layering dies. Largest image: 4-11/16″ diam. Coordinates with Baby and Starburst Sayings Stamp Set

I chose the coordinating stamp set; Starburst Sayings to create my card. My color pallet is Island Indigo and Pool Party … a favorite of many!

BUT … before I put these all together I thought I would share with you a technique that you can use on the NEW “Irresistibly Yours” specialty paper. This paper cannot be bought … but you can get it for FREE in our Sale-a-bration catalog with a $50 order! (before shipping & handling)

The technique I want to show you is watercoloring with your Aqua Painter …. super simple. I will tell you that the paper absorbs the water quickly and that I watered down my ink before I applied it to the paper. (Remember to clean out your ink from the stamp case (as shown) because you have added water and you do not want that on your ink pad)


My favorite thing about this technique is that you control the variation of color! I always tell my stampers “less is more … because you can always add more, but it it difficult to take away”. So start light and then add more color where you want it.


Don’t you love how the dots pop through the watercoloring! The paper is pre-embossed for you and acts like the “resist” technique. My technique clubs are learning additional techniques in coloring this awesome paper.

You can see why I chose the polka dot pattern (1 of 6 designs) because that too coordinates with our stamp set! The Happy Day is stamped in Island Indigo and the Celebrate in Pool Party.

All three pieces were cut with the Starburst Framelit Die. Here’s a little tip … You can align the framelit to your image easier if you keep the numbers that are printed on the framelit to the top! Take a look at your framelits, most have numbers printed on them and many times I use this when aligning with my stamped image.


I popped up the Happy Day with our Stampin’ Dimensionals and then “doubled” the dimensionals on the celebrate to create a lot of dimension.

I hope you enjoyed the use of the framelits from the “Weekly Deals” and learning what you can do with our new Designer Paper; Irresistibly Yours. It’s a must see 🙂 and it’s FREE!

Thanks for stopping by, I’d love to hear what you think of today’s project.

Have a wonderful day ~



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