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Clear Block Watercolor Background-Wild About Flowers

Clear Block Background Wild About Flowers

My plan for this week was to create cards for birthdays coming up in July. 

I try to tailor-make each card for the person I am going to give it to.

I created this one for a special neighbor who will be turning 84 this year.

She loves the wildflowers that grow around our properties here in the mountains of southern Colorado, so I decided to create her a watercolor landscape that might look familiar to her.

I used the Clear Block Watercolor Technique paired with the 2-step stamp Wild About Flowers.

To create the landscape, I tapped Marina Mist, Dapper Denim, Fresh Fig and Tranquil Tide onto my clear block "E." 

I spritzed the ink with water until it started to pool and run. 

Then, I stamped the block onto my Whisper White card front, letting it sit on the paper for a few seconds.   I lifted the block and set the paper aside to dry completely.

Once it was dry, I stamped the leaf image from Wild About Flowers using Tranquil Tide ink.  Then, I stamped the coordinating flower stamp using Fresh Fig ink.  The grass image is from In the Meadow (retired) using full strength Tranquil Tide and stamped again without reinking.

The greeting is from Dragonfly Dreams and seems to be my latest go-to for birthday cards.  I think it is the perfect sentiment for the occasion!

I really like the bold colors on this one. 

I think our neighbor will like it too!

Clear Block Background Wild About Flowers Close Up

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Wild About Flowers, In the Meadow, Dragonfly Dreams

Ink: Marina Mist, Dapper Denim, Fresh Fig, Tranquil Tide (3 of the 2016-2019 In Colors)

Paper: Dapper Denim, Whisper White

Accessories: clear block "E", spritzer bottle with water

Happy Stampin'!

Sponged and Masked Background Wild About Wildflowers

Wild About WildflowersFor this card, I decided to create a mountain meadow landscape using the Sponged and Masked Background Technique, along with the 2-step stamp set Wild About Flowers.

My inspiration came from the wildflowers that are starting to bloom in all different colors here in the mountains of southern Colorado!

The Sponged and Masked Background is a super easy technique, and the possibilities are endless!

All you need is a piece of torn computer paper, ink, and a sponge.

To start, simply tear a piece of computer paper to use as a mask to separate the line between the sky and the ground.

The paper can be torn in any way you want depending on what kind of landscape you'd like.

Masked Sponged Background step 1

Place the torn computer paper onto the bottom section of a piece of Whisper White card stock.  Then, add the sky colors above the torn paper using a sponge.

For this card, I used Marina Mist ink.

Masked Sponged Background

Remove the mask, and you will see a definite separation between the sky and what will then become the ground.

Masked Sponged Background step 2

Now, you can sponge on color to create the ground.

For this card, I used Pear Pizzazz ink. 

Once you are satisfied with the colors, it is now time to stamp the main images.

For the flowers, I used the 2-step stamp Wild About Flowers.  First, I stamped the leaves using Tranquil Tide ink.  Then, I used the 2nd step coordinating flower image stamped in Berry Burst, Crushed Curry, and Fresh Fig inks.

I added grass using the image from In the Meadow (retired) stamped using Tranquil Tide and Pear Pizzazz inks full strength, then stamped again without reinking.

The butterflies also came from In the Meadow and were stamped using Dapper Denim ink.

The greeting is from Dragonfly Dreams and was stamped onto Crushed Curry matting using Dapper Denim ink.

Masked Sponged Background closeup

I also wanted to show you what the stamp set looks like so you can see how the 2-step images fit together:

Wild about Flowers


So take a look outside for inspiration for your next Sponged and Masked Background project.

You can find more sponged background ideas HERE.

I hope you'll share your creations with me!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Wild About Flowers, In the Meadow, Dragonfly Dreams

Inks: Marina Mist, Pear Pizzazz, Crushed Curry, Tranquil Tide, Berry Burst, Fresh Fig, and Dapper Denim (4 of the 2016-2019 In Colors)

Paper: Berry Burst, Crushed Curry,  Whisper White

Accessories: computer paper, sponge



Happy Stampin'!

Recycled Cardboard-Dragonfly Dreams

Recycled Cardboard Dragonfly DreamsI'm always looking for ways to recycle and reuse. 

This was the case recently as I was about to throw away a cardboard box. 

Instead of just tossing it, I ripped off one of the flaps and peeled away the upper layer of paper, revealing the corrugation underneath. 


I decided to pair it with the 2-step stamp set Dragonfly Dreams and coordinating Detailed Dragonfly, and Pretty Pines Thinlits dies to create my own little water landscape.

My inspiration came from the Hardscrabble Creek which runs along the front of our property.  In the summer, it is frequently visited by dragonflies, flying up and down, patrolling for bugs. 

To create the dragonfly, I inked up the solid image of the wings by tapping both Dapper Denim and Garden Green inks onto the stamp.  After stamping the wings onto a piece of scrap Whisper White card stock, I over stamped using the 2-step dragonfly body using Early Espresso ink.

Then, I cut it out using my Big Shot and the coordinating dragonfly thinlits die. 

The foliage was cut out of Garden Green card stock using the Pretty Pines thinlits dies.

I left a piece of solid paper on the bottom of the cardboard intentionally for my greeting which came from Butterfly Basics stamped in Dapper Denim ink.

I mounted the cardboard onto a piece of Dapper Denim matting, then onto a Crumb Cake card base. 

I slipped the leaves under the top of the paper using SNAIL adhesive, then popped up the dragonfly using a Dimensional.

I love the texture and interest the torn cardboard brings to this card!

Recycled Cardboard Dragonfly Dreams close up

Recycle and reuse!  You'll never look at a cardboard box the same again!

For more ideas, please visit my Recycle and Reuse page HERE

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Dragonfly Dreams, Butterfly Basics

Ink: Dapper Denim, Garden Green, Early Espresso

Paper: Crumb Cake, Dapper Denim, Garden Green, Whisper White

Accessories: scrap cardboard, Big Shot, Detailed Dragonfly, Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies, sponge, Dimensional

Happy Stampin'!

Cute Kitten Paint Chip Thank You Card

Paint Chip Kitten

While I had my stash of paint chips out after creating my masculine-themed  paint chip gears card posted HERE, I decided I'd use this cute kitten paint chip to create a thank you card for Sally, our favorite pet/house sitter.

Sally always takes such good care of our critters while we are away. 

She is such an animal lover, and I knew she'd appreciate this card.

Crafting with paint chips is one of my all-time favorite crafting techniques.  I just let the paint chip do the heavy lifting. 

But, one thing that can be a challenge is matching the colors on the chip with Stampin' Up! colors.  That was the case with this card. 

After holding the chip up to several different colors in my stash, I finally chose Basic Gray as the matting which picks up the gray in the wood behind the kitten. 

The yellow didn't quite match anything, but it came closest to Delightful Dijon (retired), so I used it as my card base.  I wished I had a small piece of More Mustard (long-time ago retired!) as I think it would have matched perfectly.  I think the Delightful Dijon works ok though.

The green is almost Always Artichoke, but not close enough to Mossy Meadow.  So, I stamped my greeting from Wish Big using Always Artichoke ink on a Very Vanilla banner. 

Remember, the names of the paint colors are printed on the middle of the paint chip, so I always use a banner piece for my greeting to cover it up.

I sponged Basic Gray along the edges of the banner.

I added a More Mustard brad from my stash to add interest.

Paint Chip Kitten close up

This card came together pretty darn fast.  Again, I just let the paint chip to most of the work!

Be sure to check my Paint Chip page found on my blog site HERE for more inspiration.


Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Wish Big (Paper Pumpkin0

Ink: Always Artichoke, Basic Gray

Paper: Delightful Dijon, Basic Gray, Very Vanilla

Accessories: paint chip, sponge, brad, paper piercing tool and mat




Happy Stampin'!

Masculine Card-Crafting with Paint Chips

Paint Chip GearsOne of my all-time favorite stamping techniques is to use paint chip samples found in the paint department at our local home improvement store.

For more paint chip ideas, please visit my Paint Chip Page HERE

I recently found these masculine-themed paint chips. 

Perfect for those sometimes hard to create masculine cards!

Masculine Paint Chip Samples

For the card above, I chose the paint chip with the gear image.  With Father's Day coming up, I thought this would be a great one to use. 

Instead of using a greeting specifically for Father's Day, I used one from Dragonfly Dreams which I thought would make the card all purpose. 

It would work for Father's Day, as well as birthday, retirement, etc.

As you can tell from the sampler chips, they all have the Behr brand symbol, plus the names of the paint colors. 

To get around this, I simply trimmed the top of the chip to just enough to remove the symbol and then trimmed the bottom to match. 

Originally, the tops and bottoms of the chips are curved.  By trimming them slightly, they are now square.

To cover up the name of the paint color in the center, I simply created a banner for my greeting that is 3/4" wide.

I sponged some Early Espresso ink along the edges of the banner and added a brad from my stash as added interest.

The card is mounted on an Early Espresso card base to complete.


Paint Chip Gears Cropped

Easy, Easy. 

I just let the paint chip do most of the work!

Next time you are at your local hardware store, stop in the paint department and take a look at the variety of paint chips. 

Crafting with paint chips; the possibilities are endless!

Be sure to follow my Paint Chip Board on Pinterest for more ideas!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Dragonfly Dreams

Ink: Early Espresso

Paper: Early Espresso, Very Vanilla

Accessories: paint chip, sponge, brad, paper piercing tool and mat




Happy Stampin'!

Busy as a Bee-Enjoy Your Special Day

Dragonfly Dreams Bee

The bees are back!

In celebration, I created a card featuring the bee image found in the stamp set Dragonfly Dreams, along with the coordinating Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Die.

To create this card, I started by stamping the solid image of the bee onto my Whisper White card front using Crushed Curry ink.

I then cut coordinating bees using the bee thinlits die out of Chocolate Chip card stock. 

I popped the cut out bees over the stamped image using Dimensionals.

The greeting is from Detailed Dragonfly and was stamped using Chocolate Chip ink.  I added the curly cues from the stamp set Eastern Palace to set off the greeting. 

I used a sponge to sponge Chocolate Chip ink along the edges.

The card front was then matted to a piece of Crushed Curry card stock.

To add more interest, I dry embossed a piece of Whisper White card stock using my Big Shot and Hexagons embossing folder. 

This embossing folder is a perfect compliment to the bees!

Dragonfly Dreams Bee with Hexagon Embossing Folder


All the products used in this project can be purchased through my Online Store. 

Online ordering

And remember, during the month of June, Stampin' Up! has added an additional $35.00 to the Hostess Rewards for workshops totaling $350.00 or more. 

This is a great time to stock up on new catalog items!

Be sure to contact me if you have any questions: annehayward@stampingwithbluemooncreations,com

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Dragonfly Dreams, Eastern Palace

Ink: Crushed Curry, Chocolate Chip

Paper: Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Crushed Curry

Accessories: Big Shot, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits DieHexagons Embossing Folder, Dimensionals, sponge



Happy Stampin'!

Fresh Cardmaking Idea-Watercolor Stamping With Flowers

Use flowers out of your garden like these:

Stamping with Flowers

To stamp on watercolor paper to create this pretty abstract background:

Watercolor Stamping using Flowers

Want to learn more?

This technique will be featured in my Fresh Card Making Ideas for June, which will hit email inboxes on June 13.

Please be sure to sign on my mailing list by noon on June 13 to receive this free tutorial!

The sign-up box is located on the upper right-hand side of this page.

Don't miss out.  Sign up today!


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Two Step Stamping Busy as a Bee Thank You

Thank You BeeSpring has sprung here in the mountains of southern Colorado.

Many of the bee-friendly plants in our garden have come up and are already in bloom.

This is great news for our bees!

In celebration, I created this quick and easy card using the bee image found in the stamp set Dragonfly Dreams.

The bee is a 2-step stamp image.

Two-step stamping allows you to combine individual stamps to build the final image you want in the colors you want.

First, I stamped the solid image of the bee repeatedly onto my Crumb Cake card front using Crushed Curry ink.

Then, I over stamped the solid image using Chocolate Chip ink.

The stamp set is photopolymer so lining up the images is very easy.

I did the same on a piece of Whisper White card stock.  I punched out the image using my 1 3/4" circle punch and then matted it onto a 2" Crushed Curry circle.

Easy, Easy!

The greeting is from the all-occasion set Teeny Tiny Wishes, one of my all-time favorite greeting sets.

Thank You Bee Closeup

Here is a photo of the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set so you can see the 2-step images for the bee as well as for the dragonfly.

Dragon Fly Dreams imageStampin' Up! also offers Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits to coordinate with the stamp set. 

Use the thinlits and your Big Shot to cut out images for added dimension! 



Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Dragonfly Dreams, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Crushed Curry, Chocolate Chip

Paper: Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Crushed Curry, Whisper White

Accessories: 1 3/4" and 2" Circle Punches, sponge

Happy Stampin'!

Delightful Daisy Suite Sampler-Sign Up to Receive My Newsletter

Daisy Delight Sampler

Spring has arrived with the new Delightful Daisy Suite found in the new 2017-2018 Annual Catalog from Stampin' Up! 

(The Daisy Delight Bundle will be available the week of June 26).

Daisy Delight stamp set, Daisy punch, Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper, 1/4" Double-Stitched Ribbon, and faceted gems!

Ideas using products found in this suite will be featured in my June newsletter which will hit email inboxes on June 6!

Want to learn more?

Don't miss out!

Get your copy by signing up to be added to my mailing list by noon on June 6. 

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

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

I hope to hear from you soon!

Thank you.  Anne

Happy Stampin'!