Posted in 2022 January-June Stampin' Up!® Mini Catalog, beginner stamper, Blender Pen, Coloring Techniques, Simple stamping, Stampin" Blends Alcohol Markers, Stampin' Write Marker, Watercolor Pencil

Stampin’ Up!® Coloring Techniques with In the Moment

Hello fellow stampers! I hope you are having a good day. Today I am going to show different coloring techniques with In the Moment, a new stamp set in the upcoming 2022 Stampin’ Up! Jan-June Mini Catalog. I will show three different media: Watercolor Pencils with the Blender Pen, Stampin’ Write Markers and Stampin’ Blend Alcohol Markers. At the end, you can vote on which one you like best!

Watercolor Pencils with the Blender Pen

The stamp set is In the Moment and is a sneak peek of what is in the 2022 Stampin’ Up! January to June Mini Catalog. The catalog will be live on January 4, 2022 at 3 am MST. This card was colored with the Watercolor Pencils followed by a Blender Pen. The Watercolor Pencils come in two different assortments. Assortment 1 has 13 pencils and Assortment 2 has 10 pencils. 23 different colors! The Blender Pen has a chemical in it which helps to smooth out the pencil marks.

Stampin’ Write Markers

The Stampin’ Write Markers were used to color this card. These are water based markers. The colors are more vivid. These can be purchased by color group (10 colors in each group) or in a pack containing all 40 colors. The color groups are: Brights, Neutrals, Regals and Subtles. The big pack is called Many Marvelous Markers.

Stampin’ Blend Alcohol Markers

I used the Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers to color this card. These are alcohol based markers. They are different from water based markers in that they can be blended to create a more subtle gradation of shadowing. There are 38 colors which come as a 2 marker combo-light and dark. There is also a color lifter (which I use quite frequently when I color outside the line).

Vote on which coloring technique is your favorite.

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Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you voted. It will be really fun to see which technique is most popular!



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Posted in 2022 January-June Stampin' Up!® Mini Catalog, Coloring Techniques, flowers, Gratitude/ Thanks, Masking Technique

Kylie Bertucci’s Top 10 International Blog Highlight Winners- Stampin Up!® Tulip Fields Thank You Card

I am so excited and thankful to be part of the Top 10 Winners Hop from Kylie Bertucci’s International Blog Highlight! Thank you to everyone who voted for my card from December’s International Blog Highlight, allowing me an opportunity to post on the Winners Hop. Ten fabulous demonstrators from around the world will be posting today! The theme for the card today is “Thank you”.

The “Thank You” sentiment I used is one of my favorite fonts. It is from the Pansy Patch stamp set.

I used the Masking Technique to get the thin rows of tulips in different colors. I also masked the windmill. The Blending Brushes take a while to get used to. I am just now feeling that the sky turned out the way I like it.

I used the White Stampin’ Chalk Marker to make the clouds appear more fluffy. The windmill was colored with Stampin’ Write Markers in Gray Granite, Crumb Cake and Balmy Blue.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Have a wonderful day! Please visit all the rest of the Winners Blog Highlights!

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Merry Christmas to all!

Merry Christmas! Chag Hanukkah sameach! Season’s Greetings! Happy Kwanzaa! Wishing you warmth and peace this December Winter Solstice! Happy Holidays! Wishing you all warmth and togetherness during this special time of year!

Today’s card is a special greeting to everyone, no matter your beliefs, to wish you light, happiness and peace in the coming year! “Peace on earth will come to stay, when we live Christmas every day”- Helen Steiner Rice.



Posted in 2021-2022 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog, Designer Series Paper, Fun/Fancy fold card, Gift Card Holder, Gratitude/ Thanks, Snowflakes, Winter Holiday

Stampin’ Up!® Snowflake Wishes Thank You Fun Fold Friday Gift Card Holder

Still looking for a gift for the Holidays? Consider giving a gift card in a thank you note! This Snowflake Wishes Thank You Fun Fold Friday Gift Card Holder is a great gift for anyone who helps you out on a regular basis. For example, the young man who mows your lawn, the housekeeper, the bank teller, the mail/package delivery person, the grocery clerk- you get the idea. Everyone loves to be appreciated, especially during the holidays!


Snowflake Wishes Fun Fold Friday Thank You Card

  • Gorgeous Grape Card Stock (CS): 4 1/4 x 11 inches scored at 2 1/2 and 5 1/2 inches and 2 3/4 x 4 inches.
  • Highland Heather CS: 4 x 6 inches.
  • Basic White CS: 2 1/2 x 3 3/4 inches and 4 x 5 1/4 inches.
  • One Wonderful Snowflake

Links to the supplies are listed at the end of this blog.

Stamping Your Own Designer Series Paper (DSP)

Start out by stamping the largest snowflake in Highland Heather Ink onto the 4 x 6 inch Highland Heather CS. Then Stamp Off once when stamping the next to the largest snowflake.

Next use the Gorgeous Grape Ink and the medium sized snowflakes to stamp in the empty spaces.

To finish this card piece, stamp in Misty Moonlight Ink using the group of tiny snowflakes. This may not look great at this point, but when it is cut up and adhered to the card it will look fantastic!

More Stamping

The next step is to stamp the front of the card. Start by using the Misty Moonlight Ink to stamp the sentiment “Thank You Snow Much” onto the 2 1/2 x 3 3/4 inch Basic White CS. Then Stamp Off once using the largest snowflake with Highland Heather Ink. Using the next to the largest snowflake, stamp at full strength using Highland Heather Ink.

Use the Gorgeous Grape Ink to stamp a medium sized snowflake around the edges.

Finish this card piece by stamping the group of medium snowflakes in Misty Moonlight Ink.

Use the Misty Moonlight Ink with the group of medium snowflakes to stamp around the upper left-hand corner of the 4 x 5 1/4 inch Basic White CS. This will be the inside of the card.

Assembling the Snowflake Wishes Thank You Gift Card Holder

The first step is to cut up the DSP that you made. Cut at 2 1/4 inches and 3 1/4 inches.

Fold the Gorgeous Grape CS card base at the 5 1/2 inch score line. Then fold at the 2 1/2 inch score line. Adhere the 2 3/4 x 4 inch DSP to the left and the 2 1/4 x 4 inch DSP to the right.

Adhere the 4 x 5 1/4 inch Basic White CS to the inside. Then adhere the 1 x 4 inch DSP to the right-hand side of the Basic White CS.

Punch the end with the Label Me Lovely Punch to create a notch.

Turn the card front over and apply Tear & Tape Adhesive to the upper and lower edges. Tip: Use the Take Your Pick tool to peel the protective cover off.

Fold the card front to adhere the edges and make the pocket for the gift card.

Adhere the Basic White CS card front to the corresponding Gorgeous Grape CS. Lay on the front of the card base to get positioning.

Tip: Flip the card front over to see where to adhere the Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Finishing Touches

Add a finishing touch by applying the Wonderful Snowflake.

And of course-add Bling! The Rhinestone Basic Jewels will add some extra sparkle!

Voila! Such a wonderful way to thank those around you!

You can see some more Holiday Thank You card ideas HERE and HERE.

Thank you for visiting my blog today. I am very appreciative of you. My blog would not be successful without you!

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Posted in 2021-2022 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog, 2022 January-June Stampin' Up!® Mini Catalog, Birthday, flowers, Masking Technique, Nature, Outdoors

Stampin’ Up!® Sneak Peek-Tulip Fields

I have another sneak peek from the upcoming 2022 Stampin’ Up! Jan-June Mini Catalog- Tulip Fields! This is an awesome stamp set which is part of the Flowering Fields Suite. This suite includes: 2 stamp sets, 2 die sets, the Flowering Fields Designer Series Paper (DSP), Evening Evergreen Windowpane Check Ribbon, and Brushed Brass Butterflies!! If you want this Suite now you can get it in your Starter Kit when you join my Stamping Gems Team! More info on that will follow. Otherwise, the Flowering Fields Suite will be available for purchase on January 4, 2022.

It is so much fun to put scenes like this one together! I encourage you to take some time to let your creativity bubble up and see what your scene might look like!

Measurements for Sneak Peek-Tulip Fields

Sneak Peek-Tulip Fields

  • Pear Pizzazz Card Stock (CS): 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches with a score line at 4 1/4 inches
  • Basic White CS: two at 4 x 5 1/4 inches and a 1/2 x 3 inch strip.

Stamping the Tulip Fields

The first step is to use Memento Black Ink and stamp the windmill onto one of the 4 x 5 1/4 inch Basic White CS. Also stamp a windmill onto a sticky note. (Full sticky notes work best and can be found on Amazon HERE.) The windmill will be used as a Mask.

Fussy cut the windmill stamped on the sticky note paper. Set aside. Now draw a light pencil line for the horizon and another 2 lines for the path away from the door of the wind mill.

The Masking Technique. First put a strip of sticky paper above the horizon. This is the first mask. Use Poppy Parade Ink to stamp the triangle of tulips as shown.

Cover the path with sticky note paper. Stamp in Daffodil Delight Ink to one side of the path. Move the sticky paper and then stamp on the other side of the path.

Use the sticky note paper to help you stamp a row of tulips in Mango Melody Ink between the Poppy Parade tulips and the Daffodil Delight tulips. To finish, complete the row of flowers up to the horizon stamping in Rich Razzleberry Ink.

Blending the Sky

Now move the sticky note strip so it is under the horizon. Apply the fussy cut windmill.

Use the Stampin’ Up! Blending Brushes to make a nice sky. Start with the Balmy Blue Ink. Move the Blending Brush in a circular motion on the ink pad. Then using the same circular motion, gradually apply the ink to your card front. I liked that the sky turned out a little blotchy. Next use Pacific Point Ink just around the edges to help the scene “Pop”!

Coloring the Windmill

Remove the sticky strip and the sticky windmill. Save the windmill to use again later. Use the Stampin’ Write Markers in Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake and Soft Suede to color the windmill.

More Stamping

Reapply the sticky strip mask to define the path from the door of the windmill. Use Pear Pizzazz Ink and the triangle of tulip stamp to complete the path.

Tip: I used the Stampin’ Write Markers to fill in some small white spaces between the different colors of tulips.

A trick for stamping the tree in two colors. First ink up the tree in Pear Pizzazz ink. Then carefully ink up the trunk using the corner of the Soft Suede ink pad. Stamp the tree on the horizon.

Add some more smaller trees on the horizon.

Finishing Touches

Use Pear Pizzazz Ink to stamp the sentiment “happy birthday” from the Timeless Tulips stamp set onto a 1/2 inch strip of Basic White CS. Cut the right-hand end to look like a banner.

Another coordinating stamp set, Timeless Tulips, is in the 2021-22 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. With the Rich Razzleberry Ink, stamp a few of the small tulips on the second 4 x 5 1/4 inch Basic White CS. Then stamp one in Mango Melody Ink and three in Poppy Parade Ink. Finish the stamping by adding some leaves in Pear Pizzazz Ink.

To create the clouds you will need the White Stampin’ Chalk Marker. First stamp the clouds in Balmy Blue Ink. Let them dry. Then use the Chalk Marker to add dimension to the clouds.

Assembling the Card

Adhere the windmill card piece to the front of the Pear Pizzazz CS card base. Then adhere the larger tulip piece to the inside of the card base. That’s all there is to it!

Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to add the “happy birthday” sentiment and Voila! You have a beautiful little scene! That was so much fun! I just love how it turned out!

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Posted in 2022 January-June Stampin' Up!® Mini Catalog, beginner stamper, Designer Series Paper, Nature, Vintage

Stampin’ Up!® Sneak Peak- Honeybee Home

I have an exciting new stamp set to give you a sneak peak of today- Honeybee Home. The 2022 January-June Stampin’ Up! Mini Catalog premieres on January 4, 2022! There are so many great stamp sets, Designer Series Papers, Dies and Embossing Folders in this catalog! If you would like me to be your Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and are in need of a catalog, drop me an email with your name and address. I will send you a Catalog and a free gift! My email is

Now for the card!

The elements that come together to make this “Miss You” Honeybee Home card are in the Heart & Home Suite. The Heart & Home Designer Series Paper (DSP) is just gorgeous!


Honeybee Home Miss You Card

  • Cinnamon Cider Card Stock (CS) card base: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches with a score line at 4 1/4 inches ( We will cut this to get the other Cinnamon Cider CS card pieces).
  • Very Vanilla CS: 4 x 5 1/4 inches, 2 1/2 x 3 3/4 inches and 3/4 x 1 3/4 inches (not pictured).
  • Heart & Home DSP: 2 1/2 x 5 1/4 inches.

Cutting the Card Base

Cut 1 1/2 inches off the left side of the Cinnamon Cider CS card base. This creates the card base and a 1 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch Cinnamon Cider CS piece. Cut 1 1/2 inches off the end of this piece. Now you have all of the card pieces needed.


Start out by stamping the inside of the card. Use Cinnamon Cider Ink to stamp the largest Honeybee onto the top of the 4 x 5 1/4 inch Very Vanilla CS. Then stamp the group of flowers along the side.

Now stamp the flower with the stem onto the center of the 2 1/2 x 3 3/4 inch Very Vanilla CS. Next stamp the two bees in profile. Stamp close to the flowers so it looks like the bees are attending to the flowers.

To finish up the stamping, stamp the sentiment “Miss You” onto the 3/4 x 1 3/4 inch Very Vanilla CS.

Putting the Honeybee Home card together

Use the Paper Snips to cut the right side of the flower with the honeybees. Next adhere this piece to the 1 1/2 x 4 inch Cinnamon Cider CS. The cut portion of the flowers will hang over the edge of the Cinnamon Cider CS.

Adhere the stamped 4 x 5 1/4 inch Very Vanilla CS to the inside of the Cinnamon Cider CS card base.

Fold the left-hand flap forward and adhere the Heart & Home DSP to the front panel. (Sorry-forgot to make a photo!)

Adhere the “Miss You” sentiment to the left over Cinnamon Cider CS piece. Trim to about 1/4 inch on either side.

Stampin’ Dimensionals

Apply Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the flower and honeybee piece. Also apply a Stampin’ Dimensional on the back of the sentiment on the right. Apply two Dimensionals to the back of the sentiment on the left. You’ll see why you need two in a minute.

Remove the protective covering for the Stampin’ Dimensionals and adhere the flower and honeybee piece first. The edge of the Cinnamon Cider CS should line up with the right-sided edge of the front flap. Follow by adhering the sentiment. As you will see, you need two Dimensionals on the left because the right side is elevated by two.

Voila! You have lovely Honeybee Home “Miss You” card!

I loved making this card. I initially did not have any idea how it would turn out. Sometimes I just start out by cutting the card base and stamping some images. Then I start to see how I want them to come together.

It is very subtle, but you can add Bling!. I added the Champagne Rhinestone Jewels to the center of some of the flowers on the card to the right. In person, the rhinestones really sparkle!

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Have a wonderful day! I hope you take some time to craft. This is the best time of year to make cards and papercrafts because you can give them away as Holiday gifts!



Posted in 2021 Stampin' Up! July-December Mini Catalog, Decorative Masks, Gratitude/ Thanks

Bruno & Kylie Bertucci’s Demonstrator Training Program Blog Hop-December 2021-Stampin’ Up!® Penguin Place Thank You Card

Thank you!

Thank you for joining me for our last Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator Monthly Team Blog Hop for 2021! I am excited that you could join us today because I know you will get lots of ideas and creative inspiration to bring into the New Year! My Penguin Place Thank You Card is made using the Adorning Designs Decorative Masks and the Blending Brushes.

I belong to a group of Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrators from around the world that are taking part in training that is helping us to build a successful Stampin’ Up!® business. I am a Demonstrator in Arizona, USA. If you are not already an amazing Demonstrator, or do not have a fabulous Demonstrator and live in the USA, I would love to be your most awesome Demonstrator! I really appreciate your support. Be sure to visit all the different blogs and see all the inspiring creations!

The theme for the cards today is: Thank You. I have many customers who support me and I like to send them a Thank You card every once in awhile. The following set of cards is for my fabulous customers which I will be sending to anyone who orders during the month of December 2021.

I had so much fun making the background for these thank you notes. I made 24 using different colors. To make all the penguins, I used the Stamparatus. It goes quickly that way! The “Thanks” sentiment is from the Simply Succulents stamp set.

I also used the snowflake mask and Blending Brush to add some snowflakes to the inside.

I hope you have an great end of 2021! An “Attitude of Gratitude” is very helpful at this time of year. Thank you so much for visiting today!

Have an awesome day!


Posted in 2021 Stampin' Up! July-December Mini Catalog, Christmas, Fun/Fancy fold card, Winter Holiday

Stampin’ Up!®Penguin Place Fun Fold Christmas card

I can’t believe it! Today is the 12th day of my 12 Days of Christmas Card Making Challenge with my stamping buddy Christy. That went by so fast for me! The card today is a Stampin’ Up!® Penguin Place Fun Fold Christmas Card since it is also Fun Fold Friday!

If you would like to see the whole Gallery of the 12 Days of Christmas Card Making Challenge you can see it on my Welcome page HERE. Check out all the fabulous products I used that are available in the 2021 Stampin’ Up! July to December Mini Catalog.

Be sure to order in time to make your own Christmas cards! You can order HERE when you have your list ready! Order soon because many of the retiring products in the Mini Catalog are selling out! See the retiring list HERE.

This Penguin Place Fun Fold Christmas Card is just so cute! These penguins are adorable! And I just love the bunch of snowflakes!

And here is how the Penguin Place Fun Fold Christmas Card opens. How cool is that?! A bonus is that this card is really pretty simple to make.


Penguin Place Fun Fold Christmas card

  • Basic White Card Stock (CS) card base: 5 1/2 x 11 inches with score lines at 4 1/4 and 8 1/2 inches.
  • Basic White CS: 3 pieces that are 3 x 3 1/2 inches and one 1 x 3 3/4 inch.
  • Real Red CS: 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches.
  • Pattern Party Designer Series Paper (DSP) black with white dots design: 3 x 3 inches.
  • One Wonderful Snowflake
  • Real Red 3/8 inch Double Stitched Satin Ribbon bow.


The Stamparatus is a great way to make multiple images in a very short time. Which is what I did. You can stamp them in the standard manner as well. These penguins are stamped in Memento Black, Garden Green, Real Red and Pumpkin Pie Ink. Stamp one upside right, on the right side of the paper. Then rotate the Basic White CS 180 degrees and stamp another upside right. Then you will be able to punch the penguins out with the Penguin Builder Punch.

You will need four penguins with Garden Green scarves, and two with Real Red scarves to make the card exactly as I did.

This greeting “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” is from the Holly Jolly Wishes stamp set. Stamp the greeting in Real Red Ink onto the 1 x 3 3/4 inch Basic White CS. Then stamp the bunch of snowflakes found in the Penguin Place stamp set.

The card folds so that the front panel is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches. The inside flap is 2 1/2 inches so it does not go all the way to the inside score line. On the inside center panel, use the Real Red Ink to stamp the greeting “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”. This greeting is also from the Holly Jolly Wishes stamp set.

Use Memento Black Ink and the bunch of snowflakes to stamp some all over the front panel.

To complete the stamping. Use Soft Suede Ink to stamp one set of antlers on a scrap of Basic White CS. You will need to fussy cut the antlers.

Creating the Fun Fold

The Layering Circle Dies have both scalloped and smooth-edged circles so they are very versatile. Use the 2 3/4 inch diameter scalloped circle on the front panel. Run it through the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine. This will create a scalloped circle opening.

Use the same scalloped circle die to cut a scalloped circle from the 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inch Real Red CS. The black with white dot 3 x 3 inch square is die cut with the 2 3/8 inch diameter Layering Circle Die with a smooth edge.

Fold the card base and use the Bone Folder to make the folds crisp. Apply adhesive to the half panel that peeks through the opening. Adhere the Real Red CS scalloped circle. Take care to line the edge up so that it will be able to be pulled through the opening.

Putting It All Together

Adhere the black with white dot circle. Then adhere the Wonderful Snowflake. Follow by using Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere one of the Garden Green scarf penguins (who has the antlers on his head) and the “Merry Christmas” greeting. Finish with a Mini Glue Dot to adhere the bow.

Open the card. Adhere a Real Red scarf penguin right under the first penguin. Be sure to stay below the edge of the Real Red scalloped circle. Adhere one of the Garden Green penguins to the right of the Real Red one so they look like they are holding hands.

The next Garden Green scarf penguin is adhered to the center panel so that it looks like it is in line with the two penguins on the 2 1/2 inch flap. Open the card fully and adhere the rest of the penguins to the center panel.

Here is what the inside looks like with the 2 1/2 inch flap in place, and with the card fully opened.


For this Penguin Place Fun Fold Christmas Card I decided that the card needed two kinds of Bling! On the black snowflakes I added clear Rhinestone Basic Jewels. And around the greeting I used the Red Rhinestone Basic Jewels. Lots of sparkle!

Voila! Such an adorable Christmas Fun Fold! The Penguin Place Fun Fold Christmas Card would be great to send off to just about anyone!

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Thanks so much for visiting today! I hope you are able to stop by the Gallery of the 12 Days of Christmas Cards on my Welcome page. Get there now by clicking HERE.

Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday Season!