A day for colouring

Yesterday was one of those colouring days. I’ve always loved to colour ever since I was a little girl…I find it relaxing and therapeutic. I realize though that not everyone likes to color.  When I pull out the colouring tools for a class, I often hear groans and panic because they feel like they don’t know how to blend colours to make them look nice.

I’m here to tell you that you will LOVE our Stampin’ Blends. These high-quality, dual-tip markers in Stampin’ Up! exclusive colours will open a whole new world of colouring creativity for you. I promise.
Stampin'BlendsI must admit that I am a sucker for Rifle Co. prints. I have a calendar, plenty of notebooks, and I absolutely love the color combinations in their artwork. I recently received this lovely notecard from a dear friend and knew I had to make a copy of it! So I pulled out my Stampin’ Blends yesterday and set to work. I scribbled a bunch of the colours that I thought would be a match. :)
Ornate-Garden-1Next I pulled out the brand new Ornate Style stamp set that will be in the new 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue. That floral bouquet was perfect!
Ornate-Garden-2After I finished coloring, I hand-cut all around the edge of the image staying as close as I could to the black outline. I was then left with the white spots in the middle. I could’ve taken my exacto knife and painfully cut all those little bits out, but that’s way too much work – even for ME! LOL! So here’s a tip. Because this bouquet was going onto black cardstock, I took my dark Basic Black Blends and just colored in those spots!
Ornate-Garden-3What do you think? I did it!! I’m pretty happy with the outcome…
Ornate-Garden-4 Check out the “stepped-up” version…Ornate-Garden-5If you would like to make this card, here are the supplies I used:

Ornate Thanks Stamp Set
Ornate Style Stamp Set
Ornate Garden Ribbon Combo Pack
Gilded Gems
Versamark Ink, Black Embossing Powder
Cardstock – Basic Black, Whisper White, Crumb Cake
Stampin’ Blends – Petal Pink, Calypso Coral, Flirty Flamingo, Old Olive, Mossy Meadow, Night of Navy, Crumb Cake

The Ornate Garden Suite is collection of products in an exclusive early release from our new annual catalogue.
Ornate Garden Suite Graphic You can view the entire suite HERE.


The bundles in this suite are so beautiful. I’ve chosen to feature the Ornate Thanks Bundle in a class to go format for the month of April.
Ornate Thanks Bundle
The class to go kits will include four project kits and the full color step by step tutorial PDF. I will also provide you with a private link to a short video on how to assemble your projects. (This is new…I hope you find it helpful.)
Cost: $80
Includes Ornate Thanks Stamp Set & Ornate Border Dies, 4 project kit packets, and the color PDF tutorial.
I hope you are all staying healthy and doing the best you can under the current world conditions. I miss your faces!
Sending hugs to brighten your day,

Crafting during self-isolation

Wow…now that’s a title I never thought I’d write. We arrived home about 12 hours before the government issued a statement saying everyone arriving home from international travel must isolate. So after a 7 week vacation, we went into 2 weeks of self-isolation. Crazy!! I guess that’s one way to get over jet lag. For THAT I have been thankful.

A few things I’ve learning while in self-isolation:
     ♥  I still would way rather craft than clean my house. Can I hear an amen?!
     ♥  I really don’t need to go to the grocery store every day. Shocking.
     ♥  We have a lot of meat in our freezer! Seriously. A topic for another day…
     ♥  I can move out of my comfort zone and learn new ways to do things.
     ♥  I’m thankful I love my husband. We’ve now been together 24/7 for 52 days!! That must have been all he could take, because he’s back in his office as of today. lol!

My survival essentials…
Self-Isolation Table-1

So where are we at?
As I’ve mulled around different ideas to help you stay creative in your own homes, one option keeps coming to the forefront of my mind…and that is our monthly crafting subscription. This is an immediate solution for crafting at home.

A Crafting Subscription to the Rescue!
Our monthly crafting subscription is called Paper Pumpkin and it delivers creativity right to your door. Treat yourself to a crafting surprise every month. Because sometimes the best way to get creative is inside the box—the little red box that arrives at your door around the 20th of the month. We make it fast, easy, and fun for you to enjoy your favorite hobby—creating! 
Paper Pumpkin Image-1

What’s Inside?
Every kit includes an exclusive stamp set, ink spot, and embellishments to create a pre-designed project. At least six times a year, you will receive an all card kit with eight or more cards. Sometimes the kit includes cards plus gift bags, banners, treat bags, or boxes. Other times, it’s home décor, giftables, or just treat packaging.

How to Subscribe?
There are two ways to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin.

First, we offer a monthly subscription where you pay as you go for only $30.00 a month (includes shipping & tax). It’s convenient and you can cancel or suspend at anytime.

Secondly, we offer prepaid subscriptions which allow you to pay ahead or give as a gift. You can purchase any of the options below and shipping will be added to your total.

One-month Pre-Paid Subscription $28
- great gift idea
- can be activated at anytime, good for one month of Paper Pumpkin

Three-month Pre-Paid Subscription $82.50
- great way to try Paper Pumpkin
- good for 3 consecutive months of Paper Pumpkin
- start anytime
- great gift

Six-month Pre-Paid Subscription $158
- saves you $1/month
- good for 6 consecutive months of Paper Pumpkin (can suspend for a month if required)
- start anytime

Twelve-month Pre-Paid Subscription $300
- buy 11 months, get 1 FREE
- best value for pre-paid subscriptions
- good for 12 months of Paper Pumpkin
- start anytime
- qualifies for Stampin’ Rewards ($30 of FREE product…adhesive, clear blocks, etc.)

Here’s a look at the April kit…
Paper Pumpkin Header Apr 2020At Paper Pumpkin, we believe in making a difference—especially when it comes to helping you build relationships through papercrafting. For April, we created a fun, family appreciation themed card kit that would make it easy for you to share your heart with those they love most: mom, dad, daughter, son, sister, and brother. April’s kit even includes Mother’s Day and Father’s Day sentiments, giving you the perfect way to show their appreciation for beloved parents on their special days with a beautiful, handmade card.  It’s a “fam-tastic” kit you won’t want to miss! 

Subscribe here by April 10!

Take a minute to watch this heartwarming video.

I think you’ll agree that there has never been a more important time than THIS to make a card and mail a card!! There are people that need to be encouraged and blessed by your thoughtfulness and creativity. Paper Pumpkin was designed to make creating easy. Why don’t you give it a try today.

 Encourage someone today.

Create easy backgrounds

Do you ever see something in a store and think to yourself,  I wonder if I could create something like that? This happens to me a lot. Last weekend, I was in a little collective shop here in Melbourne (owned by a family friend of the Marks’ family) and I fell in love with her watercolor prints. I couldn’t help but buy several as gifts to bring home. Aren’t these beautiful?Creative-Backgrounds-10Immediately my mind went to watercoloring with our watercolor paper and an Aquapainter. However, I don’t have access to my entire stamp room back home. :) Samantha has a few things, but watercolor paper is not one of them. And I had to work with the colors of ink pads that she has.

So here’s my first attempt. I just used my Aquapainter very carefully on Whisper White cardstock.Creative-Backgrounds-2 Again, with limited supplies (some old style ink pads and some new style ink pads), I put a black matte behind it and raised it up with dimensionals onto a 3-1/2″ x 5″ notecard. Creative-Backgrounds-5 Did you know that you can use any Stampin’ Spots you have to dab ink onto a clear block and pick up the color from there? It works just the same as squishing your stamp pad lid. I was pretty happy with my first creative attempt at this background design.

For the other one, I tried to use our Blends Markers to create a simple wash look.   Creative-Backgrounds-3It doesn’t get any easier than that. I just used 3 color combos and then stamped this clever little stamp from the Witty-cisms Stamp Set in the mini catalogue. Creative-Backgrounds-6So that was my little creative play for today. I want to encourage you to pull out some stamping supplies and just PLAY. See what you can come up with. How many different color combinations can you come up with? Creative-Backgrounds-4Would you like to place an order?
You can order any products by shopping through my online store 24/7 and have your order shipped directly to you.
Don’t forget about the Sale-a-bration Rewards as well!

It’s simple…spend $60 (before shipping and tax) and pick a free item from the Sale-a-bration brochure. You get one for EACH $60 that you spend!

View the Sale-a-bration Brochure HERE.
View the exciting new Coordination Products you can order HERE…and what they coordinate with HERE.

View the complete Mini Catalogue HERE.

On a personal note…the countryside here is breathtaking. Just a few minutes drive and we are in this!Australian-Countryside-1Have a great week everyone.
I’m thankful you checked back in today.