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April 2016

April Southern Belles Swap

Our local Southern Belles group met Tuesday evening.  Attendance was light, but I do have a couple swaps to share with you today.  Any demonstrator in the Hickory Unifour area is welcome to join us.  Just let me know if you are interested.  We meet the first Tuesday in the month.

Kaye's April card

This card was made by Kaye.  She is one of my downline and very talented as you can see.  I always look forward to Kaye's swap.

Tina's April card

This card was Tina's swap.  Tina is our meeting leader.  She took me in when I was a brand new demonstrator and did not know any other demonstrators in the area.  She told me about the NC Demo group.  North Carolina is a very lucky state.  We have a group of demos that meet quarterly. We have a Facebook group.  We love to share and get together.  If you are a NC demo and you would like more information about our group, let me know.

If you love stamping and discounts, you might want to become a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.  I would to have you join my team.  Contact me!

You might like to have my newsletter that I send out each Tuesday.  If so, let me know.

Thanks so much for joining me today.  I'll see you on Monday.

Rawr! in Lion!

I am just loving the Playful Pals stamp set in the Occasions catalog.  I've seen the lion with the curlies on several cards and I must say I love it.  I  might have gone a little crazy with the curlies.  This card also fits the SUO Challenge #145, Cute Critters.  It's very close to the card Cindee shared, but I'm going to share it anyway.  I made this card for the Southern Belles swap and it fit the bill.


Here are the details on how I made the card.

  • Use a card base of Delightful Dijon.  It's the basic 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4 and folded.
  • Cut a layer of Early Espresso cardstock 4 x 5 1/4.
  • The patterned paper is from the Go Wild Designer Series Paper stack.  It's cut at 3 3/4 x 5.  To add interest to the background paper, I stamped some of the curlies in Tip Top Taupe ink.
  • The body of the lion is cut from Delightful Dijon using the Ovals Collection framelits oval #4.  Trim it to fit on the card.  Once again I stamped the curlies in Tip Top Taupe.
  • I stamped the tail in dijon on Whisper White and cut it out with the Pyramid Pals Thinlits dies.  I did sponge around the tail with Tip Top Taupe to cut down on the white shine.

Lion diagonal

  • Stamp the head of the lion.  Use Delightful Dijon.  Use Early Espresso for the features and Tip Top Taupe for the curlies.  Adhere the head using dimensionals.
  • The sentiment comes from the No Bones About It stamp set.  I stamped with Early Espresso ink and then taped off the bottom of the sentiment before stamping on Whisper White.  More curlies were added!  Use the 1 1/2 inch Circle punch.  Adhere this to a 1 3/4 inch Scallop Circle punch of Early Espresso.  Again, use your dimensionals.

Lion sentiment

I'm happy with the way the card turned out.  The inside of the card uses the sentiment from Suite Sayings in Early Espresso.  I just had to add more curlies around it.

Lion inside

On Friday, I will share with you the other cards in the Southern Belles swap.  Come back and check it out.  Thanks for looking at my post today.  Leave a comment!

Lion too

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Watermelon Botanical

Recently, I had a class featuring the Botanicals bundle.  The cards were really pretty. The one that I liked best was made using Watermelon Wonder.  This has lately become one of my favorite colors.

Botanicals watermelon

Here's how to make it.

  • Start with a card base of Thick Whisper White cut 4 1/4 x 11.  Score at 5 1/2 and fold.
  • Cut a layer of Watermelon Wonder 4 x 5 1/2.
  • Cut a layer of Whisper White 3 3/4 x 5 1/4.
  • The green strip of patterned paper is from the Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper.  It is cut 1/2 x 5 1/4.
  • Stamp in Mossy Meadow some of the leaf veins from the Botanical Blooms stamp set.
  • Using the Botanical Builder framelits and your Big Shot, cut a large leaf from Mossy Meadow cardstock and a smaller leaf from Old Olive cardstock.  Both are stamped in Mossy Meadow and also are sponged around the outside.  The leaves were crinkled into a ball and then straightened out a little to add interest and dept.
  • Cut the large flower from Watermelon Wonder.
  • Cut the larger center from Whisper White.  Sponge around the outside of it using Watermelon Wonder.  Using a glue dot adhere the center to the flower and then add a rhinestone.
  • I used dimensionals to adhere the leaves and glue dots to adhere the flower.
  • The sentiment, stamped in Watermelon Wonder, is from the Birthday Blooms stamp set.

Botanicals watermelon close up

Inside the card, I added another strip of the Botanical Gardens designer paper.  The sentiment is from the Tin of Cards stamp set.  I stamped the leaf veins again using Mossy Meadow.  The flower is from the sale-a-bration set Botanicals For You.  Unfortunately, it is no longer available.

Botanicals watermelon inside

Everyone seems to love the Botanicals bundle.  Here is a picture of the cards we made for the class.  Much of it is cased from others.  It was a fun class.

Botanicals class


If you would like a schedule of my classes or more information, please contact me. Thanks for coming by and I hope to see you Wednesday.

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Watercolor Thanks

Watercolor seems to be trending lately.  Today I have my attempt at it.


I'm just experimenting with this technique.  I've learned so far that it takes practice- a lot of it!  I've also learned that it is a lot of fun!  Get your aqua painters and go for it!

  • Start with a card base of Elegant Eggplant 8 1/2 x 11, scored at 4 1/4 and folded.
  • Emboss a 4 x 5 1/4 piece of Watercolor Paper with the Large Polka Dot embossing folder.
  • I used the Aqua Painter to first wet a couple of the dots.  Then I painted Daffodil Delight ink on the circles.  Go over it until you like the color.  Then I dabbed a little Perfect Plum toward the bottom and side of each circle.  Just do a couple at a time until you have them all done and set aside to dry.  Experiment.
  • The sentiment is stamped on a 1 1/2 x 8 1/2 piece of vellum.  Rub your embossing buddy over the paper.  Stamp using the One Big Meaning stamp set. I used Elegant Eggplant ink.  Quickly cover your ink with clear embossing powder and heat.  This technique will only work with Stampin' Up! newer foam pads.  The vellum is wrapped around the base and taped on the back.  I offset this a little to leave room for my flower.

Watercolor vellum


  • The stem of the flower was painted freehand on a piece of scrap watercolor paper and cut out with my paper snips.  I used Pear Pizzazz ink.
  • The leaf was also cut from scrap watercolor paper.   I used the Botanical Builder framelits and the aqua painter again.  Wet the whole thing and cover with Pear Pizzazz.  I then just played around adding in some Old Olive.  
  • The flower was punched with the Pansy punch out of watercolor paper. Colors used were Daffodil Delight, Perfect Plum, and Elegant Eggplant.  Wet first and just play.  Mine doesn't look the best, but I like it.  Let this dry and adhere with a dimensional.

Watercolor flower

The inside also uses the One Big Meaning stamp set.  The sentiment is stamped in Elegant Eggplant.  I tried to duplicate the outside of the card.  The circles are Daffodil Delight and are made using the Sponge Dauber.  I added some Perfect Plum, also with a dauber, by stamping lightly to one side.

Watercolor inside


I must say I am proud of my efforts.  As time allows, I'll be giving this technique more practice!

Watercolor offset

Thanks so much for joining me today.  I appreciate your time.  I hope to see you on Monday!


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