More Painted Rocks!

If you've been following my blog posts the past couple of weeks, you'll notice that I've become obsessed with the painted rock movement.

It's big here in southern Colorado.  Find and paint a rock.  Leave it in a public space for someone to find.  The,y in tur,n can leave it somewhere for someone else to find.

Oh, and if you can, take a photo of it and post it on one of the local painted rock Facebook pages. 

For example, in my area, we have 719 Rocks, Canon City Rocks, Art & Soul Rocks, and Pueblo Rocks!

Too much fun!

You can see my collection of painted rocks HERE.

One of the things I've noticed is that the rocks we grow here along the Hardscrabble Creek outside of Wetmore are they often inspire what they'll become just by their shape and color.

A lot of the rocks are shaped like the side of dog's faces, therefore becoming "Rock Hounds!"

It's going to be hard to give these away.

No real painting required with these.

Details were just filled in with Sharpie pens.


Others look like dinosaurs:

I left this one on Skyline Drive in Canon City, CO.

Skyline Drive is a road that follows the tops of the hogbacks on the western edge of the city.

There is a spot that was carved out of the rock showing fossilized dinosaur tracks. 

There an informational sign that has been placed in front of the fossils.

That's where I left this one.  Kind of wish I kept it, as it just makes me smile!

Dinosaur rock skyline drive 1

Or this one.  I just filled in the lines on the rock with a Sharpie pen.  This one I'm keeping!

Dino Rock

Here is the rock placed on our porch steps to greeting visitors:

Dino rock in the snow

And this one which I painted with a green Sharpie pen.  He sits in the rock wall that outlines my bee and butterfly garden!

Green dino rock

I hope my painted rocks have given you some inspiration and smiles!

I'd love to see your creations.

Please share if you can!





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A Collection of Painted Rocks

So, I've said it before. 

I'm obsessed with painting rocks!

There is a big movement here in southern Colorado (and maybe in your area too.)

Find and paint rocks.

Leave them in public spaces for others to find.

They, in turn, take the rock and place them somewhere for someone else to find.

It's all designed to bring a smile.

And it does!

You can see my SU! inspired rocks HERE.

But, I thought I'd also share some of the rocks I've painted over the past few weeks.

Sunset inspired rocks:

Sunset rocks

Galaxy Rocks:

Galaxy Rocks

A lot of times, the rocks themselves inspire what they will be.

This was the case with these two fish rocks.



Angel Fish:

Angel Fish Painted Rock

Recently, my Mom and I spent a day painting rocks. 

She let these duck shaped rocks provide the inspiration:

Mom's Ducks

I hope these rocks will make you smile.

I'll share some more in my next posting, so stay tuned!





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Decoupaged Pretty Pines Painted Rock

Pretty Pines Painted Rock

I'm obsessed with the painted rock movement! 

Have you heard of it?

It's big here in southern Colorado.

Find a rock, paint it, and leave it in a public space for someone to find.

That person, in turn, takes the rock and leaves it somewhere else for someone else to find.

I've been busy looking for and painting rocks!

We have no shortage of rocks here at my house as you can tell from my posting HERE.

I'm not a painter by any means and sometimes coming up with an idea and getting it onto the rock without messing it up can be a little stressful.

I'm often holding my breath the whole time!

Instead, I've found that it is easier for me to combine a little Stampin' Up! to the process.

In the rock above, I first painted it with a mix of blue acrylic paint.

While the paint was drying, I got out my Big Shot, Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies, and some card stock and designer paper.

I first attached the paper (Delightful Daisy DSP for the pine boughs, Soft Suede card stock and retired Soft Suede DSP for the pine cones, and Cherry Cobbler card stock for the bow)

 to pieces of Multi-purpose Adhesive Paper.

I then cut them out using my Big Shot and Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies.

I peeled off the backing on the adhesive paper, giving each piece a sticky back, allowing me to apply them easily to the rock.

Once all the pieces were in place, I added a coat of decoupage to glue and seal the rock.

 I  added some rhinestones that I colored with a blue Sharpie pen.  I also wrote the greeting, "Happy Winter" using the pen to complete the rock.

I know I'm supposed to leave the rock somewhere for someone else to find, but I think I'm going to keep this one!

Pretty Pines Painted Rock close up

Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies

Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies

Multi-purpose Adhesive Sheets

Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets

 Supplies Used:

rock, acrylic paint, Big Shot, Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies, Multi-purpose Adhesive Sheets, decoupage, Soft Suede and Cherry Cobbler card stock, Delightful Daisy and Neutrals Designer Series Paper, rhinestones, Sharpie Pen


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Fresh Card Making Idea-Tie Dye Background Technique

Fall Tie Dye

Tie Dye Daisy Delight

I've always loved tie dye! 

The mix and swirls of color. 

It always brings a smile.

To celebrate,  my November Fresh Card Making Idea will feature the Tie Dye Background Technique for paper-crafting.

It's super easy, and the possibilities are endless!

Want to learn more?

The tutorial will hit email in boxes on November 14.

Please be sure to sign up for my mailing list by 8:00 am on November 14 to receive this free tutorial, complete with step-by-step instructions and color photos.

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Swirly Snowflakes Painted Rocks

Swirly Snowflakes Painted Rocks

719 Rocks!

(719 is our area code)

There's a big craze going on here in southern Colorado (and maybe in your area too).

We find rocks, paint them, then place them back out in public spaces for people to find and hopefully brighten their day.

They can then re-hid the rocks or keep them for their own collection.

Simple as that!

I've jumped on board!

It's almost become an obsession!

(you can see more of my painted rocks HERE)

So much so, that I seem to have started looking down everywhere I walk, looking for interesting shapes and colors of rocks.

Luckily, here in the mountains of southern Colorado, we grow lots of rocks!

This is our rock pile along the banks of the Hardscrabble Creek that flows through the front of our property.

Hardscrabble Creek Rock Pile

This summer, my husband dug out a small portion of the creek with his back hoe to clear out the sediment that has accumulated over the years.

This created a deep pool for our resident brook trout.

As you can see, I have an endless supply of rocks, just in that pile alone!

For these rocks, I decided to try something a little different by adding a little bit of Stampin' Up! to the mix.

After painting them black, I attached snowflakes cut out of Whisper White card stock using my Big Shot and the Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits Dies.

Before cutting them out, I attached the card stock to a piece of sticky-backed Multi-purpose Adhesive Sheet.  Then, all I had to do was peel off the backing, and the snowflakes had a sticky back that would easily attach to the rock.

I then added a layer of decoupage to seal and finish them.

Snowflake Painted Rock Close Up

Easy, Easy!

I hope you'll encounter a painted rock along your daily travels.

I hope it brings a smile!

Be sure to share photos of any painted rocks you find.

Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits Dies:

Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits Dies

Multi-purpose Adhesive Sheets

Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets

Supplies Used:

rocks, black acrylic paint, Whisper White card stock, Multi-purpose Adhesive Sheet, Big Shot, Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits Dies, decoupage, paint brushes


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719 Rocks Inspired by Stampin' Up!

Painted Rocks 1

719 Rocks!

(719 is our area code)

There's a big craze going on here in southern Colorado (and maybe in your area too).

We find rocks, paint them, then place them back out in public spaces for people to find and hopefully brighten their day.

Simple as that!

I've jumped on board!

I decided to give hand-painted rocks as thank you gifts to attendees of an upcoming stamping class.

I thought it would be fun to share the 719 Rocks movement.  They can pass the rocks on for someone else to enjoy, or not.

I'm not the best painter, so I started with the ladybugs because I thought they'd be easy.

Yes, simple.  Basically just circles after prepping the rock with red and black paint!

I painted six ladybugs.  One went to Colorado Springs, CO, and one went to Canon City, CO.

Then, two went with us on a recent driving vacation to visit relatives in IA.  One was left in Cedar Rapids, and one was left in Muscatine!

For the class attendees,  I decided to expand my horizons a little.

But, to do that, I decided I'd take a little help from Stampin' Up!

For the Christmas tree rocks, I used a stencil created from the Card Front Builder Thinlits Die (part of the Carols of Christmas Bundle).

I cut the single tree out of scrap card stock using the Big Shot and the thinlits die.  I then placed it on my prepped rock (background painted blue and white), and dabbed on green acrylic paint.  I added a little bling using rhinestones colored with red and yellow sharpies.  The two smaller trees were painted free hand (with me holding in my breath the whole time!)

Christmas Tree painted rock

I originally thought I'd give everyone a Christmas tree painted rock, but then I started to get bored. 

Time to move on to something else.

The fall tree was inspired by the stamp set Sheltering Tree.  Everything was painted free hand. 

My intent was that it would be a fall tree, but my husband thought it was a fruit tree covered in fruit.  Either works, right?

Sheltering Tree inspired painted rock

The sunset rock was inspired by the tall flowers found in the stamp set Daisy Delight.  After prepping the rock by painting it orange and black, I placed a circle stencil that I created using my 1" circle punch on it and dabbed on yellow paint.

I then drew the grass/flower stems using a black Sharpie pen.  I also stamped the grass image from the retired stamp set In the Meadow using black Stazon ink!

Sunset painted rock

That coupled with the two leftover ladybug rocks, I was done!

I had a painted rock for everyone.

Each rock has "719 Rocks, You Rock!" written on the bottom.

719 Rocks You Rock


I hope you'll encounter a painted rock along your daily travels.

I hope it brings a smile!

Be sure to share photos of any painted rocks you find.

Supplies Used:

rocks, acrylic paint, paint brushes, Big Shot, Card Front Builder Thinlits Die, In the Meadow stamp set, black Stazon ink, 1" circle punch, black, red, and yellow Sharpie pens



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Spooky Cat Halloween Diorama Card

Spooky Cat Diorama Card

This is the card I created for our one-year old Granddaughter for Halloween.

It's a diorama card created using the new Cat punch and Spooky Night Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up!

Making a diorama card is easy to do following my instructions found HERE.

For this card, I let the Spooky Night DSP do most of the work.  The background inside the diorama, the card front, the edge panels, the cat, and even the pumpkins are all patterns found in the paper stack.

Happy Halloween!

Spooky Cat Diorama Card close up


Cat Punch

Cat Punch

Spooky Night Designer Series Paper

Spooky night dsp

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: none

Ink: none

Paper: Basic Black, Spooky Night Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Cat Punch, Big Shot, Circles Framelits Dies, Tear and Tape adhesive, Crushed Curry baker's twine, rhinestone, Mini Dimensionals, Glue Dot

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Faux Metal Lovely as a Tree

Faux Metal Lovely as a TreeLovely as a Tree is one of my all-time favorite stamp sets.  It is one of the first stamp sets I purchased when I started stamping many moons ago. 

I think it is the oldest set found in the SU! Annual Catalog. 

I hold my breath every year when the retiring list is published, and I breathe a sigh of relief when I see that it is not on that list!

For this card, I combined Lovely as a Tree with the Faux Metal Technique. 

Perfect for a fall-themed card!

Also perfect for those sometimes hard to create masculine-themed cards too!

The Faux Metal Technique is very easy to do.

You will need a Versamark pad, embossing powder, heat tool and a stamp.

That's it!

Here's how:

1.  Ink up your stamp with Versamark and set it aside.  This is an important step.  The Versamark protects the rubber from the melted embossing powder in the last step.

2. Dab Versamark ink onto a piece of Whisper White card stock.  Pour embossing powder over the Versamark, and heat emboss using a heat tool.  For this card, I used copper embossing powder.

3. Repeat that step 2 more times.  On the third time, make sure the embossing powder is melting and flowing, like melted wax.

4. Quickly remove the heat from the card stock, and stamp your preconditioned stamp into the melted embossing powder.  Lift the stamp, and your image should be burnished into the embossing powder.  It's  the same principle as wax sealing an envelope. 

5. If you don't like the image, simply add more heat to the embossing powder, so it is melted and flowing and try again.  Remember to condition your stamp with Versamark before stamping.

6. Swipe Embossing Buddy over piece of Perfect Plum card stock.  Stamp leaves and pine cones from Lovely as a Tree using Versamark ink.  Heat emboss using copper embossing powder. 

7. Dab edges of Perfect Plum into Versamark and heat emboss using copper embossing powder.

8.  Attach to front of Whisper White card base.  Attach Faux Metal piece to front of card base , popping it up using Dimensionals.

9. Stamp greeting from Teeny Tiny Wishes using Elegant Eggplant to complete.

I  hope you'll give it a try and will share your creations with me.

Lovely as a Tree, timeless tree images!

Lovely as a tree



Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Lovely as a Tree, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Versamark, Elegant Eggplant

Paper: Whisper White, Perfect Plum

Accessories: Embossing Buddy, heat tool, copper embossing powder, Mini Dimensionals

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Woodland Embossing Folder Watercolor Background


It's easy to create watercolor backgrounds using the Big Shot and Woodland Textured Embossing Folder.

This is the card I created after creating this 3D Woodland embossed card found HERE.

To create the background for this card, I simply spritzed the inside of the embossing folder with water like I was cleaning the ink from the inside. 

The ink pooled and began to run.   I inserted a piece of Whisper White card stock and ran it through the Big Shot.

Now the colors are behind the embossed image.

To fill in the spaces, I stamped the small leaf image from Sheltering Tree using Crushed Curry and Tangerine Tango inks.  I colored in the lines on the bark using my Early Espresso marker.

To see my other 3D Woodland Embossing Folder creations, along with a step by step tutorial, please visit my page HERE.

So, before you clean up, try creating another card.  The look will be slightly different than the original!

Woodland Textured Embossing Folder

Woodland embossing folder

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Sheltering Tree, Eastern Beauty

Ink: Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango, Tranquil Tide, Early Espresso marker

Paper: Tangerine Tango, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Crushed Curry

Accessories: Big Shot, Woodland Textured Embossing Folder, spritzer bottle filled with water, Crumb Cake seam binding (retired), 1" and 1 1/4" circle punches, Mini Dimensionals

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3D Stamping with Woodland Embossing Folder

Woodland Embossing Folder 3D stamping

Be sure to check out my other 3D Woodland Embossing Folder projects Here.  There's a link to full instructions in a pdf format!

I live in the mountains of southern Colorado, and in the fall, this is the view from my front window. 

Aspens and their changing leaves!


Great inspiration for my card using the Woodland Textured Embossing Folder.

You can view full instructions using the link above, but here's a short version.

I stamped the large leaves image found in Sheltering Tree on the inside of the Woodland embossing folder using Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango, and Tranquil Tide inks.  I also colored in the lines of the tree bark using my Early Espresso marker.  Then, I inserted a piece of Whisper White card stock into the folder and embossed it using the Big Shot.  The leaves are now behind the embossed image.  To fill in spaces, I stamped the small leaf image from Sheltering Tree using the same inks.

The greeting is from Eastern Beauty stamped in Tangerine Tango onto a piece of Whisper White card stock, cut out using my 1" circle punch and then layered to a piece of Tranquil Tide punched out using my 1 1/4" circle punch.

It's easy to create 3D stamped images using the Big Shot and Woodland Textured Embossing Folder.

Woodland Textured Embossing Folder

Woodland embossing folder


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Stamp Sets: Sheltering Tree, Eastern Beauty

Ink: Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango, Tranquil Tide, Early Espresso marker

Paper: Crushed Curry, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Tranquil Tide

Accessories: Big Shot, Woodland Embossing Folder,  1" and 1 1/4" circle punches, 5/8" Burlap Ribbon, candy dots, sponge, Mini Dimensionals



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Paper Pumpkin Embossed Layered Leaves

Paper Pumpkin Layered Leaves

Fall has arrived here in the mountains of southern Colorado!

To celebrate, I created this quick and easy card using textured embossing folders and elements of the September Layered Leaves Paper Pumpkin kit.

What is Paper Pumpkin?

Paper Pumpkin is Stampin' Up!'s monthly crafting subscription.

Every month, you'll receive a box of goodies from Stampin' Up! filled with all the necessary ingredients to make a fun project. 

It might be greeting cards or 3D projects like gift boxes and pouches.

The design is already created for you.  Just follow the instructions, and you'll be crafting in a matter of minutes.

September's kit was called Layered Leaves which included a great collection of leaf stamps and die cuts.

I decided to change it up a little bit and create my own design using pieces of the kit.

Here's how:

  1. Emboss piece of Whisper White card stock using the Big Shot and Woodland embossing folder.  Emboss piece of Cajun Craze card stock using the Big Shot and Brick Wall embossing folder.
  2.  Attach embossed pieces, and wrap a piece of 5/8" burlap ribbon along the seam line, attaching it to the back.
  3. Attach to Crumb Cake card base.
  4. Pop out leaf die cuts from Layered Leaves Paper Pumpkin kit.  Stamp large leaf image onto large leaf die cut using Early Espresso ink.  Stamp 3 smaller leaf images onto coordinating leaf die cut using Early Espresso ink.  Pop out pre-stamped Soft Suede leaf die cut.
  5. Layer leaves to front of card using Dimensionals to pop them up.
  6. Tie a bow out of metallic copper twine from Paper Pumpkin kit and attach to front of card using a glue dot.

Done!  I let Paper Pumpkin do most of the work for me.

Check out Paper Pumpkin subscriptions HERE

To start receiving Paper Pumpkin kits beginning in November, be sure to subscribe by Nov 10!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set:  Layered Leaves (if you don't have Layered Leaves Paper Pumpkin kit, the Vintage Leaves stamp set and coordinating Leaflets Framelits Dies will work just as well)

Ink: Early Espresso

Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Cajun Craze

Accessories: Layered Leaves Paper Pumpkin Kit, Big Shot, Woodland and Brick Wall Textured Embossing Folders, 5/8" Burlap Ribbon, Mini Dimensionals, glue dots

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Fresh Card Making Idea-Iris Folded Caramel Kiss

Iris Folded Carmel Kiss

Iris Folding is one of my all-time favorite card making techniques!

And an Iris Folded Kiss is perfect for upcoming fall-themed events, including Halloween.

Change up the colors, and it is also perfect for a Valentine's Day or anniversary project!

What is Iris Folding?

Iris Folding is a paper craft that involves strips of colored paper placed in such a way to form a spiraling design. 

The center forms an iris, similar to the shape of a camera lens.

And it is easy to do!

All you need is an iris folding pattern and pretty papers.

Want to learn more?

This technique will be featured in my Fresh Card Making Ideas edition which will hit e mail inboxes on October 17.

Please be sure to sign up for my mailing list by 8:00 am on October 17 to receive this free tutorial, complete with step-by-step instructions and color photos.

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Spooky Cat Candy Kisses Treat Holders

Spooky Cat Kisses Treats

Just in time for Halloween!

Cute Spooky Cat Kisses candy treat holders.

I created these feline treats in a matter of minutes using the Cat Punch and Spooky Night Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up!

They just make me smile! 

Love the "calico," "tortoise shell," and "orange tabby" inspired cats.  The solid black cat looks like my cat, Black Bart, aka Black Biscuits. 

Black Bart has golden eyes though.  I guess I should have colored in the eyes using a marker!

This project is super simple!

(Thanks to Paper Pixie for the original instructions!)

Spooky Cat Kisses Treats scoring

Start with a piece of card stock measuring 4" x 1".  Score at 1", 2", and 3".

Spooky Cat Kisses Treats triangle

Fold along the score lines to form a triangle.  Apply glue and secure triangle closed.  For this project, I used Tombow Multi-purpose Liquid Glue.  Fine Tip Glue will work as well.  SNAIL probably won't hold the triangle together.

Spooky Cat Kisses Treats with Kiss inside

Slip Kisses candy inside the triangle.


  Spooky Cat Kisses Treats side one punched cat

You will need 2 punched cats, one for each side of the triangle. 

For the front side, I punched a black cat out one of the designs found in Spooky Night Designer Series Paper.

You could also stamp the cat image that comes in the Spooky Cat stamp set.

I liked how the cat was already printed on the paper, so I let the DSP do the work for me.

Attach the cat to one side of the triangle. Place the cat up a little bit, so it doesn't interfere with the  base of the triangle.

Spooky Cat Kisses Treats punched cat

For the back side of the triangle, I punched a cat out of a scrap piece of Basic Black card stock.

Apply glue to the bottom of the cat's body, the tip of the tail and the top of the head, including the ears.

Spooky Cat Kisses Treats two cats secured

Attach the solid cat to the back side of the triangle, lining it up with the ears and tail of the cat on the front.  Pinch the top and the tail together, holding them in place while the glue dries.

Spooky Cat Kisses Treats complete

To complete, tie a bow around the cat's neck and add a rhinestone jewel as a tag.  I used Crushed Curry and Black Baker's Twine out of my stash.

So easy, and a perfect project idea for Halloween!

You could quickly make up several of these to give to co-workers and friends or share at upcoming adult or children's Halloween parties.

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Cat Punch

Shop online Spooky Night Designer Series Paper

Spooky night dsp

Supplies Used:

Paper: Spooky Night Designer Series Paper, Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie card stock

Accessories: Cat Punch, Multi-purpose Liquid Glue, Baker's Twine, rhinestone, Kisses candy


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Wood Words, Wood Crate Thank You Gifts

Wood Words Candy CratesAre you ever in the need for quick and easy thank you gifts?

Me too!

Recently, I needed to create thank you gifts for attendees for an upcoming class.

I got out my Big Shot,  Wood Crate Framelits Dies, and assorted sheets of Wood Texture Designer Series Paper and created these cute crates in a matter of minutes!

I stamped the greeting from Wood Words using Cajun Craze ink and cut out the tag using the Big Shot and coordinating Wood Crate Framelits Die.

I added a heart from the Hearts and Stars Elements to complete the look.

Then, I filled the crates using shredded paper and filled them with an assortment of candy.

Wood Words Candy Crates close up

The Wood Words stamp set and Wood Crate Framelits Dies can be purchased separately. 

But, if you purchase the Wood Words Bundle, you'll save 10%!

For more ideas using the Wood Words Bundle, please be sure to watch this video from Stampin' Up!

Wood Words Video

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Wood Words

Ink: Cajun Craze

Paper: Wood Texture Designer Series Paper (you need 2 sheets to put together 1 crate), Very Vanilla

Accessories: Big Shot, Wood Crate Framelits Die, Tear and Tape Adhesive, Hearts and Stars Elements, Glue Dots, shredded paper, candy




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Spooky Cat Sampler-Sign Up to Receive My October Newsletter

Spooky Cat Sampler

The Spooky Cat Bundle which is includes the Spooky Cat stamp set and Cat Punch is now available from Stampin' Up!

Perfect for wow'ing your family and friends with quick and easy Halloween projects!

Ideas using this bundle will be featured in my October newsletter which will hit e mail inboxes on October 3.

Want to learn more?

Don't miss out!

Get your copy by adding your name to my mailing list by noon on October 3.

To sign up, please use the Mailing List Sign Up Box  located at the upper right-hand corner of this page.

Once the sign up form has been submitted, you'll receive my Adhesives 101 tutorial as my gift to you.

I hope to hear from you soon!

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Embossing Paste Daisy Delight

Embossing Paste Daisy Delight

Fall has arrived here in the mountains of southern Colorado!

Purple Asters, some of my favorite flowers, are blooming in abundance.

My project for this posting was inspired by these pretty flowers growing on our property.

I love their bright yellow centers.  They make me smile!


I combined the stamp set Daisy Delight, stamped in purples, with Embossing Paste colored in green, along with one of the Pattern Party Decorative Masks from Stampin' Up!

I love the easy texture that the Embossing Paste gives to projects.

Here's how:

Coloring and Mixing Embossing Paste

With a palette knife, scoop out and place embossing paste onto your work surface.

For this, I use a plastic lid.  As you can tell, I've used this lid many times over for various projects. 

The embossing paste from other projects has dried on the lid.  It would take a good scrubbing to remove it.

So, be sure to wash off the embossing paste with warm water from your stencil, palette knife, and work surface as soon as you are finished with it.  It dries quick.

Also, be sure to put the lid back on the jar of embossing paste and seal tightly, so it doesn't dry out in the jar.  I have also added a piece of cling wrap to the top of the jar, sealing it with the lid.

Place a drop or two of ink refill onto the embossing paste and mix in using the palette knife.  For this project, I used 1 drop of Wild Wasabi.

You could also use the embossing paste without color.  It has an off-white, shimmery tint to it.


Spreading the embossing paste

Place your card front onto a covered work surface and then place the stencil on top of the card stock, securing it with a piece of washi or painter's tape at the top.

Begin spreading the embossing paste onto the stencil using a palette knife.  It's kind of like spreading frosting. 

The thicker you apply, the longer it will take to dry.  But even so, it doesn't take long.

You can cover the whole stencil like I did or only parts.

Embossing Paste done

Remove the stencil and set the piece aside to dry as you work on the other parts of the card.

Stamp two daisies on a scrap piece of Very Vanilla card stock, one using Elegant Eggplant, the other using Wisteria Wonder inks.

Stamp solid circle in the center of one of the daisies using Crushed Curry ink.

Punch out using the coordinating Daisy Punch.  Offset layer the daisies, one on top of the other using SNAIL Adhesive.  Slight bend the petals up using your fingers.

Wrap ribbon around the front of the embossed card front, securing it in the back with SNAIL Adhesive.  I used some retired chevron ribbon from my stash.

Attach to Elegant Eggplant card base.

Attach flower to front of card using a Dimensional to pop it up.

Stamp leaves from Daisy Delight using Emerald Envy ink on a scrap piece of Old Olive card stock. 

Fussy cut using a pair of scissors.  Slip underneath flower as desired using SNAIL Adhesive.

Embossing Paste close up

I also stamped the inside of the card using the daisy and greeting in Daisy Delight.

Embossing Paste inside

Adding texture to your project is fast and easy using Embossing Paste and accessories from Stampin' Up!

The possibilities are endless!

Shop Embossing Paste HERE

Embossing paste

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Daisy Delight

Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Wisteria Wonder, Emerald Envy, Crushed Curry, and Wild Wasabi ink refill.

Paper: Very Vanilla, Old Olive

Accessories: Embossing Paste, Pattern Party Decorative Masks, Palette Knives, Daisy Punch, retired ribbon, Mini Dimensional, washi tape





Happy Stampin'!

5 Minute Card Creation-Daisy Delight in Purples

Daisy Delight in Purples

Fall is here! 

My favorite season. 


My favorite color.

Couldn't resist creating a 5 minute,  fall-inspired card in purples to celebrate. 

 To create the card, I used small 2-step flower image found in Daisy Delight.  I stamped the solid image using Wisteria Wonder on Very Vanilla card stock.  Then,  I over-stamped the line image using Elegant Eggplant. 

The Old Olive dots came from Watercolor Wings since I had the stamp set out after creating my Painted Lady Butterfly card here.

The dots are perfect for filling in empty spaces.

The greeting is from Move Me. 

The words are 2 separate stamps.  I first stamped the "Hi", then the "there." using Elegant Eggplant ink. 

I banner cut the edge, then matted it onto an Old Olive piece that had also been banner cut. 

The card front was matted to a piece of Elegant Eggplant, mounted to a Very Vanilla card base. 

The greeting was popped up using Dimensionals.

Quick, easy, done in 5 minutes!

For more quick card ideas, please visit my 5 Minute Card Creations Page  HERE

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Daisy Delight, Watercolor Wings, Move Me

Ink: Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive

Paper: Very Vanilla, Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive

Accessories: Mini Dimensionals


Happy Stampin'!

Watercolor Wings Painted Ladies

Watercolor Wings

Recently, there was an article in the newspaper about the Painted Lady butterflies migrating through Colorado on their way to Mexico for the winter.

I have noticed an increase in Painted Ladies in my garden!  I have a space in my garden that I call the "weed patch."  It is a collection of oregano, sage, mint, clover, and alfalfa.  The clover and alfalfa bloom early.  The oregano, sage, and mint are in full bloom now for the fall.  Most people would consider this truly a weed patch (especially with the clover and alfalfa), but I love this little garden space.  It attracts bees, butterflies, and a number of other pollen-seeking insects. 

Here is a photo I took of a Painted Lady in my garden.

Painted Lady 3

In celebration of the migration, I created the card above covered with Painted Ladies using the 3-step stamp set, Watercolor Wings.

This is such a great stamp for creating all kinds of butterflies.  

And it is easy to use.

Here's how:


The medium-sized butterfly in the set is a 3-step stamp.  Randomly stamp the solid image first using Pumpkin Pie ink.

Watercolor Wings Step 1

Next, stamp the outline image using Basic Black ink.

Watercolor Wings Step 2

Then, stamp the wing image using Cajun Craze ink.

Watercolor Wings Step 3 

Stamp the body and antennae using Soft Suede ink. 

That's it.  Done!

To complete the card, randomly stamp the 3 dot image using Old Olive ink.  Stamp greeting on scrap piece of Whisper White card stock.  Banner cut the end, and lightly sponge Pumpkin Pie ink along the edges.  Mat to an Old Olive piece that has also been banner cut.  Attach to front of card using Dimensionals.  Layer to Basic Black mat, then to Pumpkin Pie  card base. 

  Watercolor Wings Close Up

Thank you Painted Ladies for stopping by. 

Safe travels to Mexico!

Watercolor Wings stamp set, #139424, $26.00

Watercolor WingsSupplies Used:

Stamp Set: Watercolor Wings

Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Archival Black, Cajun Craze, Soft Suede

Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Whisper White, Old Olive

Accessories: Mini Dimensionals


Happy Stampin'!