Stampin’ Up! Stylish Stems Framelits and Sponging

If my card today looks very familiar, it’s because it has many of the same elements of the card I posted yesterday.  While the one yesterday had a watercoloring panel behind the flower, this time I did sponging with Stampin’ Sponges, Whisper White cardstock and  Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight stamp pads.  There’s a definite learning curve, at least for me, with the sponging technique. I love the look but wasn’t happy AT ALL with what I created below.  But you know what?  I think it looks great behind the flower!  Until then, I will keep on trying this technique until I’m great at it!

The ribbon I used is from the 3/8″ Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack.  It’s a Sale-A-Bration freebie.  You get 2 rolls,  silver and gold, and it’s gorgeous in person as it has beautiful gold and silver accents woven in.  Place a $50 order, before shipping and handling, and you can choose this ribbon as your free gift!

The sentiment is from the stamp set Window Shopping in the Occasions catalog and it’s stamped using Memento Ink.   I tried to center it on my card but it seemed off a bit so I thought the rhinestones might distract from that.  Did it work??

All of the supplies I used are listed below.  Please note that I did NOT use the Framelits with the Window Shopping stamp set but it is part of a bundle and a 10% discount.  I’m noting it in the product list in case you are interested in purchasing both of them.

Product List

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Measurements Used to Make My Card:

Base of Card:   Thick Whisper White  11″ x 4-1/4″  scored at 5-1/2″

Melon Mambo:   4″ x 5-1/4″

Whisper White:   3-3/4″ x 5″

My Happy Birthday Class To Go is still available until February 11th!  For more details, click HERE!

Watercolor Stylish Stems

Last week I mentioned that I had been playing around with watercoloring and over the weekend I took some of my watercolored pieces and turned them into cards.  I just love the look of blue, green and purple in this card!

I bought an inexpensive bread board to use when I watercolor.  I tape the edges of my watercolor paper with blue painters tape so that it won’t curl too much.

Then I wet my paper using an Aqua Painter.  This helps the ink to spread around the paper on its own.  I pick up the ink from my clear block.  Simply turn your ink pad over and tap it onto the block! Use the Aqua Painter to pick up the paint and drop it onto your wet watercolor paper. 

I used Bermuda Bay, Pacific Point and Elegant Eggplant for my masterpiece below.  It’s wet in the picture below and I hated the way it looked at that point but you will get COMPLETELY different results once it dries!

Here it is dry! I love how the colors blend together but, I didn’t like the water mark areas – I know, too much of a perfectionist.  I thought it would be perfect though peeking through my flower!

The base of my card is Thick Whisper White that measures 11″ x 4-1/4″  and it’s scored at 5-1/2″.  A  4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Bermuda Bay is attached to the base using Fast Fuse.

The front piece is Whisper White cardstock and it measures 3-3/4″ x 5″.  I cut out the flower with the Stylish Stems Framelits and stamped my sentiment with the stamp set, Brushwork Alphabet using Memento Ink .  The stamps are individual letters that allow you to make any word you want! 

I didn’t want the extra added bulk of my watercolor paper so I trimmed it just enough to slip behind the flower. I adhered it to the back of the front piece.   I then atttached a piece of Fun Foam (you can find it in big box stores or on Amazon) to the back of this piece.  It helps to keep it from sagging in areas and gives good coverage.  I used Fast Fuse and attached it to the piece of Bermuda Bay.  I added several Enamel Shapes to finish it off!

Product List – These are the products I used to make my card.  If you’d like to place an order (or more information about any of the products), just click any of the pictures!

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DEADLINE  February 11th

Happy Birthday Class To Go

Details Here

Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog Sneak Peek

Are you ready for a sneak peek into the Occasions catalog?  As a demo, I was able to purchase from the catalog at the beginning of the month.  I’ve been playing with all of my fun new products and I’ve even been creating a class that I’ll offer soon!

If you know me, you know that I LOVE flowers.  I immediately hone in on anything that has to do with flowers when a new catalog comes out. There’s a new bundle called Special Reason.  It comes with the stamp set Special Reason and the Stylish Stems Framelits Dies.  Aren’t the projects from Stampin’ Up! (below) just gorgeous?

Yes, I bought this bundle and played around with it the other day.  I was trying to make the Calypso Coral flower that’s shown on the bag and I could not figure it out UNTIL I watched the Stampin’ Up! video this morning.  You have to use both of the Framelits that are shown in front of the bag.  I can’t wait to get to my Big Shot and give it a try.

Check out the video below and you’ll see what I mean!  But first, if you’ve ordered from me this year, I had Stampin’ Up! send your catalogs to you.  They should be arriving any day! If you don’t already have a demonstrator and would like these catalogs, email me ( your address and I’ll send them out!

Enjoy the video!