Monthly Archives: May 2014

Night of Navy Papillon



Welcome to my blog where I share my love of designing with paper, ink and tools from Stampin’ Up! It’s another As You See It Challenge card today and it’s an Assortment Challenge!




Sadly, the Midnight Muse cardstock fully retires on June 1st, so I chose to use Night of Navy as a replacement, though I loved Midnight Muse!

Here’s the card that I designed as a sample for the challenge this week.




I used the Night of Navy for my card base, with a layer of Whisper White to mat the Crumb Cake Honeycomb embossed (there’s my hexagon!) cardstock. I sponged that Crumb Cake cardstock with a shadow of the Night of Navy ink. The sentiment “thinking of you” from the Four You stamp set is stamped in Night of Navy.  The “i’m so sorry” sentiment from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set is also stamped using Night of Navy ink on the flags/tags. The edges of the flags are sponged with Night of Navy ink. Behind each butterfly image is a piece of Whisper White cardstock with a stamp from the Label Love stamp set that was stamped in Night of Navy ink and punched out with the coordinating Artisan Label punch, then sponged lightly with Night of Navy ink around the edges.

I wanted to use the Coastal Cabana baker’s twine (from my Sale-a-bration supply) for some additional pop of interest and I’m pleased to be able to say that it is in the new catalogue! Yay for coloured twine! I find that twine is just a bit more versatile than ribbon. It can add colour and a linear focus without drawing your eye too much away from other areas of your project.

The Baker’s Twine is balanced by the colour in the butterflies and the flag. I stamped the butterflies from the Papillon Potpourri on Coastal Cabana cardstock with Night of Navy ink, then punched them out with my large Butterfly Punch and sponged Night of Navy ink around the edges. I love them!! They are such a rich and gorgeous two-tone blue. Quite a bit like this tropical Blue Morpho (aka Emperor) butterfly:


Image from Wikimedia Commons

A few quick facts that I learned about this beautiful insect when I was looking for a photo to show you:

  • The underside of its wings are brown with eye spots – also beautiful, but less striking compared to the blue on top
  • wing span is from 3″ to 8″ wide! (not the biggest butterfly, though, which has a wingspan of over 12″)
Image from Wikimedia Commons

Image from Wikimedia Commons


A beautiful creature to get a little side-tracked on, lol!

Back to the challenge!! I hope you’ll give this challenge a try. It’s a different stretch to incorporate all of the elements for this assortment challenge, but you will have fun with it, I’m sure! So, make a project, upload it to a site where it can be viewed by anyone (your blog or Pinterest, or other publicly accessed sites), then link it up to Challenge #39 on the As You See It Challenge blog and show us your creative mojo.

“Pardon me, Miss, but I’m afraid your creative mojo is showing”

Don’t forget to leave a reply to this post have your name entered into a draw for a Stampin’ Up Care Package!

Yay, free stuff!!









So Very Happy Birthday – As You See It Challenge #38


Welcome to my blog where I share my love of designing with Stampin’ Up tools, inks, and stamps! It’s time for another As You See It Challenge!


When I think of a collage, I automatically go to my elementary school days when we cut out images from a magazine and glued them all together in overlapping layers onto a sheet of poster paper.  That’s definitely a collage.  But you can basically think of a collage as a collection of images or elements layered onto a page. They can be organized or be randomly placed. They could be a collection of items that represent a theme, or items that simply coordinate well together. It’s a style of art which I feel like many cards and scrapbook pages already depict just by being layers of paper, embellishments and photos.

I decided to go with stamps for my collage elements. Stamps and ink are what I know best. I think it would be really fun to play around with this theme more and see what else I could make into a collage … maybe a collage of butterflies! Hmmm, YES! The creative mojo is flowin’!! I’ll leave that for another day perhaps, lol!


This card makes me happy. It shows off the So Very Happy stamp set that we received from Stampin’ Up at the Leadership Conference in Houston, Tx. They like to spoil us! This set will be available on June 1st withe the launch of the new catalogue.

Layers of Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, and Cool Caribbean ink were sponged for the background, then layers of stamps in those same colours were placed over the ink. I added the Flowering Flourishes image over top in Jet Black Stazon (I didn’t stamp it very evenly, so I coloured over it with my Basic Black Stampin’ Up marker). I used the Window framelit to cut the large label shape, then the Festive Paper Piercing template came into play to help me paper pierce all around the edges of the label. Faux stitching with my White Gel pen completed the look that I wanted!


Over the colourful layers of ink was added a punched out flower (Blossom Punch) in Basic Black cardstock. Then I was able to play with my Blendability markers (available to you on June 1st) to colour the flower stamped from the So Very Happy stamp set and also punched out using the Blossom Punch. I used Cool Caribbean and Daffodil Delight to colour it, then added Dazzling Details to give it some glitter and fun!

I added Dimensionals under the coloured flower and the Window framelit to give the card a bit more pop and interest.

Of course, you can see that the card is square with layers of Basic Black and Cool Caribbean. I will use my Envelope Punch Board to make a custom envelope for this 4.5″ card.

So glad you stopped by to have a look today! Be sure to head on over to challenge #38 and link up your collage project to share your creativity and give us some inspiration over at the As You See It Challenge Blog!

Don’t forget that if you leave a reply here on my new blogsite, you will have your name entered into a draw for a Stampin’ Up care package provided by me! I will draw a winner on the evening of June 15th.






By the Tide Salted Watercolour Background



I am still working out the details on this new blog where I share my love of designing with Stampin’ Up! paper, tools, inks, and stamps. I am excited for all the things I will be able to do with this site!!

Today is Friday!! It’s time for an As You See It Challenge!




The first thing I thought when I saw this sketch was, “Aw, stink! An oval!” I am not a big fan of ovals for whatever reason. So, I decided to skip the oval and do a circle instead! And that, my friends, is what the As You See It challenges are all about. Yay me! lol!




Isn’t the background fabulous!!? It’s so easy, too. I’ve been taking a watercolour painting class these last few weeks (which I’m really enjoying, though it’s harder than it looks). This salted watercolour background was the first technique that I learned. All you need to do is coat  your watercolour paper with very watery paint, then sprinkle coarse salt and a bit of finer salt over it, then let it dry! When using Stampin’ Up ink, you can either use the ink like paint with water, or you can cover the watercolour paper with just water (use your aqua painter or spritzer) until it has a puddly layer, then add some drops of ink refill to the paper, spreading it out as you wish with a paintbrush or your aqua painter. Then add your salt. The salt absorbs the colour from the water, leaving a white space around the grains of salt. The coarser salt leaves larger patches, while finer salt leaves smaller patches. If you leave some space that doesn’t have salt, you get a nice random design. If you sprinkle the salt very evenly, you’ll get an all over more even look.

I used salt that I had in the house: pickling salt (hubby made pickled asparagus years ago) and table salt. This background was done with Island Indigo ink refill with an intentional white space on the top of the background, intending to look like the ocean surface.




The Seastar (apparently, it’s not called a Starfish anymore, people) from the By the Tide stamp set is stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock in Baked Brown Sugar and fussy cut before sponged all around the edges with Calypso Coral ink. I also coloured in the dots along the spine of the star with Calypso Coral and added dabs of Dazzling Details.

Other products used include, Baked Brown Sugar cardstock, a strip of the retiring Epic Day Designer Series Paper, Crumb Cake cardstock, sponging with Baked Brown Sugar ink, Gold Baker’s Twine, Gold Foil paper, Gold Sequins, Versamark ink, Gold embossing powder on vellum paper over Whisper White cardstock, 1 3/4″ circle punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals (of course), and Yippee-Skippee stamp set.

I have a couple other cards that I can show you that use this technique, but I’ll share those another day!

Go over to the As You See It Challenge blog, give this great sketch a try, upload your project to your blog, Pinterest, or other site where we can view it and comment on it, then link your project to Challenge #37! If you have any trouble, give me a shout and I’ll help you through the process!


Welcome. It’s new!

I decided to try a new blogging site as I know that many people are unable to access my previous blog properly on their tablets and phones. This blog shouldn’t give you any trouble! … I hope …

To celebrate my new blog, I decided to open up with a little contest! For the next 4 weeks, I invite you to comment on my posts. Every time you comment, your name will be entered into a draw (so be sure to let me know your name or at least your email address).

On June 15th, one lucky winner will be drawn to receive a stamping care package. If you love to craft with Stampin’ Up products, then I know you’ll love this!

So, let the commenting begin! Give me a little encouragement, your thoughts on a project, or maybe what you hope to see on my blog in the future.

I will be developing and improving this new website, but if I’m missing anything, just go back to or contact me for the info you’re looking for.

And because I don’t want to leave you without a project to see, here’s a wall art piece that I created. I will eventually put it in a cool frame and display it in my craft room.


That Swallowtail butterfly is gorgeous, isn’t it! I have used her on many projects. This time, I stamped her with Versamark ink on Vellum and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I then coloured the back with Calypso Coral, Crisp Cantaloupe, and Daffodil Delight. I stamped the Swallowtail image onto the Very Vanilla cardstock as well, so that I could layer the vellum over top. The vellum is attached with strategically placed Multipurpose Liquid glue so that her wings still have some shape.

I have used the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set, the little flower punch from the Itty Bitty Punch Pack, and I’ve used the Morning Post stamp set for the lettering. Unfortunately, the punch and the alphabet set are both on the retiring list. Not sure if they are still available. But be sure to snatch them up if they are, because I love them both and I’m sure you will too!

The base layer and the lettering of this project are actually done in Soft Suede. They look a little Early Espresso in this photo, which looks not too bad either, lol!