Hey Chick Friendship Card





Have you heard about Sale-a-Bration? It’s Stampin’ Up!’s BIGGEST SALE OF THE YEAR, and it means free stamps for you!

Here’s how it works: for every $50 purchase you make, you get to choose a FREE item from the Sale-a-Bration Catalog!

The “Hey, Chick” stamp set is just one of the sets you could choose for your free item. Don’t know what to buy? If you order the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies and the Watercolor Pencils – both used on this card – you’ll be able to choose the “Hey, Chick” stamp set free!

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Tasty Trucks Stamp Set – A FREE Sweet Treat!

We’re about halfway through Sale-a-Bration – Stampin’ Up!’s big annual celebration that means FREE STAMPS for YOU!


How adorable is this little truck? It’s from the Tasty Trucks Stamp Set – free with any $50 purchase!

“But Katie, what should I order?”, you ask?

Well, if you take a look at the supply list below, you’ll see that if you order the By The Shore Designer Series Paper, Sprinkles Embellishments, Watercolor Pencils, Blender Pens, and Wink of Stella Glitter Brush, your order total will be $50.50 (plus tax & shipping), and you can choose the versatile Tasty Trucks stamp set as your FREE Sale-a-Bration reward!

Just add cardstock, a black ink pad, and your favorite adhesive, and you’ll have everything you need to make a “truckload” of adorable cards!

Click on the images below to order now – hurry, Sale-a-Bration ends March 31, 2017!


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Best Technique For Blending Watercolor Pencils


Recently I shared two cards – both using the “Wherever You Go” stamp set from Stampin’ Up!. Both cards used similar supplies, including Watercolor Pencils (new in the 2017 Occasions Catalog).




On the Wherever You Go Sympathy Card, I colored the background with Watercolor Pencils on Whisper White Cardstock, then blended the colors with an Aqua Painter filled with water. This resulted in very softly blended colors. But, it was difficult to prevent the Cardstock from becoming saturated with water.










On the Rainbow Bridge Card, I also colored the background with Watercolor Pencils on Whisper White Cardstock, but I blended the colors with a Blender Pen instead of the Aqua Painter. The result this time was less-saturated Cardstock, but  also less blending, resulting in more intense colors.







So which technique is best? I can’t really say one is better that the other. It simply depends on the result you’re looking for.


Rainbow Bridge Card

Wherever you go bridge card

Rainbow bridge sympathy card for the death of a pet using Wherever You Go

What kind of card do you send to a friend when their pet dies? How about a rainbow bridge card?

I made this card specifically for a friend of mine who had to say goodbye to her beloved dog. The Rainbow Bridge Poem came to mind. I wanted a card that was classy, but still brought to mind that heartwarming poem.

I used the bridge image from the “Wherever You Go” stamp set, and colored the background with my new Watercolor Pencils, blending the colors with a Blender Pen.

Although I used the bridge stamp to make a sympathy card, it would work for many different occasions – maybe someone getting ready to start a new adventure, such as starting college or a new job.  The bridge looks to me like it’s spanning a great distance, so how about a “missing you” card for a loved one who is far away? Or even a card for someone who is having a hard time adjusting to a child who is away in college.  “Wherever You Go” is such a versatile, all-occasion stamp set!


To recreate this card, you’ll need the following supplies. Simply click on any supply’s picture to go to my online store:


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Blender Pens


High Tide Birthday Card


When I first looked through the new 2017 Occasions catalog, I knew that “High Tide” would be one of the first stamp sets I’d order. It’s so pretty, and so versatile! It has a lighthouse, sandy beach, water, seagulls, and more! You can use this nautical themed stamp set for men, women, children, coworkers – really anyone for any occasion!

For this birthday card, featuring a red lighthouse against the pretty blue water, I went with the bold colors of Cherry Cobbler and Dapper Denim, then softened the look with a bit of Tip Top Taupe, Pear Pizzazz, and Always Artichoke. The patterned paper in the background is By The Shore Designer Series Paper, and it was just the perfect touch!

The “High Tide” stamp set is a Two Step Stamping  set – meaning, you stamp the first image in one color, then a second image, right over the first, in a different color. You can see the effect on the lighthouse – I stamped the base image with Cherry Cobbler, then the second image with Tip Top Taupe. This creates a lot of depth in your images. Plus, this set is photopolymer (totally clear), making it super easy to line up the stamped images!



To recreate this card, you’ll need these supplies:


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Wherever You Go Sympathy Card

Let’s face it – sympathy cards are hard to make. No, they don’t require any special card making skills. But the need for a sympathy card means that someone that we care about it experiencing great sadness or loss. It’s hard, as an emotional being, to think of a loved one feeling great sorrow.

Wherever you go sympathy cardThat’s probably the number one reason that we usually don’t make sympathy cards until an event has occurred and we need the card. Who wants to plan ahead for such a sad occasion? We want to make happy cards, am I right? But this is exactly the sort of card that needs to be in your stash.

If you keep the greeting simple, the card could really be classified as “All Occasion,” like today’s example.

The greeting that I chose, “Sending thoughts your way,” could serve many occasions. It just turned out that I needed a sympathy card for a friend whose mother passed away.

For this card, I used the “Wherever You Go” stamp set, and embossed that sunburst image with Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder. I made that pretty sunset background with the new Watercolor Pencils and Aqua Painter.



To recreate this card, you’ll need these supplies:
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Heat Tool


Introducing the New Mixed Drinks Stamp Set!

If you’re like me, you’ve spent the last few weeks pouring over the pages of the new 2016-17 Stampin’ Up! Catalog and compiling your wish list.

Don’t have your copy of the catalog yet? Click here to request your free copy!

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing my favorites from the new catalog. The new Mixed Drinks set is definitely at the top of my favorites list!

mixed-drinks-pop-of-pinkThis is an awesome all occasion set. At first glance, it looks like an adults only set, since it is alcohol themed. But if you look more closely, you’ll see that you can also make ice cream sundaes, shakes, etc. – definitely kid friendly!

For this card, I used the Mixed Drinks stamp set for the main image, stamped in Basic Gray and Rose Red (just seemed appropriate since I was stamping wine!). I stamped the background with hearts from the Perpetual Birthday Calendar stamp set, also in Rose Red. The patterned paper is from the fun Pop of Pink Designer Series Paper Pack. Add a bow in ⅛” Silver Ribbon and some Silver Sparkle Dazzling Details, and the card is done!

Imagine sending this to a friend who’s going through a rough time, just to let her know that you’ll be there for her – with wine!

You should definitely add Mixed Drinks to your wishlist too! Or better yet, order it today!

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