Sympathy in Watercolor Pencils

Happy New Year dear stampers!

Today I’m going to show you a sneak peek at a couple of the FREE Sale-A-Bration items and the new Watercolor Pencils. I’m sharing my first attempt at using these awesome pencils. They make water coloring so easy. I want you to see this first card and then on Friday I’ll share my second which I think is much better. It gets much easier and better with practice.


The flowers were done with the Avant-Garden set you can earn as a Free item with Sale-A-Bration.  The envelope and inside were done using another SAB item, Delicate Details.


I had no problems with the shading of the flowers but I do need to work on my background technique.


It is possible to get great depth and shading with the Watercolor Pencils.


There are four borders in the Delicate Details set and they are all lovely. The sentiment is from the Rose Wonder set.

I’m so excited about these pencils. There are several You Tube tutorials on using watercolor pencils but nothing beats trying it yourself and practicing.


Products Used:

Stamp Sets – Avant-Garden (SAB), Delicate Details (SAB), Rose Wonder

Ink – Memento Tuxedo Black, Rich Razzleberry

Paper – Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry, Watercolor Paper

Accessories – Watercolor Pencils (Occasions), Melon Mambo Ribbon, Aqua Painters


You may have noticed that you can see the covers of the new Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration brochure but you can’t see the contents…that is because they don’t go “live” until January 4th. On Wednesday you will be able to visit and see both cover to cover. 🙂 But…you will no longer be able to see the Holiday Catalog. 😦

I’m very excited for you to see the new items. I found so many that I MUST have and already pre-ordered (only for demonstrators).

Until Friday when you will see my Swan Lake Watercolor take care and Happy Stamping!

Penned & Painted Sympathy

Hi fellow stampers…here is the last of the three designs for Sympathy we made in my June class. I really like this one because it is so bright and cheery. I know when my dad passed my mom and I really appreciated cheerful cards and letters since we were celebrating his life.

Penned & Painted Sympathy 1

I love this set…but, I’m a great fan of multiple stamping.

Penned & Painted Sympathy 2

I actually had to use a retired embossing folder for the oval and then we did some fussy cutting. So often a retired product is just perfect for a card.

Penned & Painted Sympathy 3

Sorry if the photos are a bit blurred…I’m still perfecting my use of my smart phone for photos. I really want to go back to my Canon camera but I will keep trying to get better photos with my phone.

Here’s the inside sentiment from Better Together with a border from Floral Phrases.

Penned & Painted Sympathy 4

To make this cheery card I used:

Stamp Sets – Penned & Painted, Better Together, Floral Phrases

Ink – Memento Tuxedo Black, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Pear Pizzaz, Old Olive

Paper – Bermuda Bay, Whisper White

Accessories – Textured Impressions Designer Frames (R)


Happy Stamping!

Flourishing Phrases Sympathy

As seems to be my usual these days I’m a little late with my post. OK, a lot late. Here is the second card we made in class – theme was Sympathy.

Flourishing Phrases Sympathy 1

Simple but oh so lovely. Not much to explain…it’s basically what you see. 🙂

Flourishing Phrases Sympathy 3

Sentiment inside…

Flourishing Phrases Sympathy 4


Products Used:

Stamp Set – Flourishing Phrases

Ink – Sweet Sugarplum

Paper – Dapper Denim, Sweet Sugarplum, Whisper White

Accessories – Pearl Basic Jewels, Flourish Thinlits, Project Life Corner Punch, Curvy Corner Trio Punch


This is a fantastic bundle (page 49 in the new catalog) and well worth the purchase. We’ll be using this set again for this month’s class with a Get Well wish. Take another look…it really covers so much. And don’t forget starting today until the end of the month you get a $5 coupon for every $50 you purchase. The coupons can be redeemed in August. For more details check my newsletter and if you haven’t received my newsletter contact me so that I can add you to my list. I’ll send out this week’s newsletter as soon as you contact me.

Happy Stamping!




Rose Garden Sympathy #2

As promised, here is the second card I designed using the Rose Garden Thinlits on Wisteria Wonder.

Rose Garden Sympathy 2a

I must admit that at first I had no idea how I would use this large rose die. I let it simmer in my head for a while and have done a couple different things. This is one and remember this one…

Cottage Greetings Sympathy


Today’s card was much less time consuming than the one above. I adhered each of those colored pieces into the black outline. On today’s card I let the outline and card do the talking. Simple but yet elegant. 


Products Used:

Stamp Set – Petite Pairs

Ink – Memento Tuxedo Black

Paper – Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White

Accessories – Rose Garden Thinlits


This card doesn’t need a lot of materials which makes it great for a newcomer to the stamping world. If someone is serious about a hobby of stamping and cardmaking then the Big Shot is a must! Then you can go crazy with dies and of course, stamps. 

It won’t be long to wait for a brand new Annual Catalog. Demonstrators are getting a sneak peek and able to order limited preorder items. On June 1, everyone will be able to order from the new catalog. I’ll definitely start sharing with you as soon as I can in mid to late May.

Hope you like my two Wisteria Wonder Sympathy cards. Mother’s Day is next…stay tuned!

Happy Stamping!

Rose Garden Sympathy #1

As I have said many times already…I’m really liking all our new dies. They are just so beautiful by themselves and when you mix them they can be really spectacular. I designed two sympathy cards using Wisteria Wonder as the card base and different dies from the Rose Garden Thinlits. Here’s the first creation.

Rose Garden Sympathy 1


Maybe this looks familiar to you because I did make one that was square. These dies that just have the outlines are really fun to use. The sentiment was stamped with two stamps from the Rose Wonder SS – the outline and the words. Then, I cut it out with the matching frame from the Rose Garden Thinlit set.


Products Used:

Stamp Set – Rose Wonder

Ink – Rich Razzleberry

Paper – Wisteria Wonder, Wild Wasabi, Rich Razzleberry, Pink Pirouette, Subtles DSP Stack

Accessories – Rose Garden Thinlits, Wisteria Wonder Seam Binding Ribbon


My second creation will be in the next post…until then…Happy Stamping!

Butterfly Heartfelt Sympathy

Heartfelt Sympathy Butterfly

This sympathy card has just a touch of color and of course butterflies are always special. I used the Perfectly Artistic DSP from Sale-A-Bration for the butterfly. I looked for a section that would look like butterfly wings.

I’m sorry but I used two retired stamp sets for the flowers and the sentiment. I just can’t part with certain sets. It’s difficult to tell but I used Elegant Eggplant paper and ink. It looks sort of like black in this photo. There is actually another Elegant Eggplant butterfly behind the yellow one. You might be able to see the shadow if you look closely.

Products Used:

Stamp Sets – Simply Sketched (R), So Very Grateful (R)

Ink – Elegant Eggplant

Paper – Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant, Perfectly Artistic DSP (SAB)

Accessories – Pearls, Scallop Trim Border (R), Bold Butterfly Framelits

Bonjour – hint to another country we will visit!

Happy Stamping!

Love & Sympathy in Pool Party

Here is a lovely and subtle sympathy card. Pool Party is one of my favorite colors and I really like the way this card came together.

Love & Sympathy in Pool Party

We never really know how bright or how subtle to make sympathy cards but we have to find a middle ground. The Crumb Cake and Pool Party did it for me.

To make the flower I used Stampin’ Write Markers instead of ink that way I could control where the color went.

Products Used:

Stamp Sets – Love & Sympathy, Rose Wonder

Ink – Crumb Cake

Paper – Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Neutrals DSP, Pool Party

Accessories – Lovely Lace Embossing Folder, Ruffled Ribbon in Pool Party, Stampin Write Markers – Wild Wasabi & Pool Party

*Please be patient if you make comments and get no reply. I’ll be out of the country for a month and won’t be able to connect to my blog to read and respond to your comments. You will continue to receive posts of card creations since I am programming them to continue every two days.

Ciao bella! (Hint of where I will be part of the time.)

Happy Stamping!