Alcohol Technique in Blue

Hello dear stampers…today I have a card with a new technique to me.  A fellow demo, Robin Daus, demonstrated it for us at one of our team meetings. I love it! Some of you may already have seen the alcohol background technique but here’s my version.


I used Night of Navy and Soft Sky re-inkers.


Sorry about the poor quality – it was a rainy day and I guess I didn’t focus well. Couldn’t redo it since I’d already sent the card. Oh dear!


Here’s how easy it is to do this and every time you do it…the result is different!

Be sure to use Glossy White Paper

1.  Saturate a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol.

2.  Take two complimentary colors (re-inkers) and put 4 drops (or less if really dark) of the darker color and 5 drops of the lighter color.

3.  Bounce the cotton ball randomly around the glossy white paper close together.

4.  Use an old t-shirt to blot the excess or let dry then shine it a bit.

Tip…use the same cotton ball again and see how different the pattern is.


Stampin’ Up! Products Used:

Stamp Sets – Thankful Thoughts, Label Me Pretty

Ink – Night of Navy, Re-Inkers – Night of Navy & Soft Sky

Paper – Whisper White, Night of Navy, Glossy White

Accessories – Marina Mist Ribbon, Pretty Label Punch, Rubbing Alcohol, Cotton Balls


Once you try this technique you will love it. 

Happy Stamping!    Donna




NEW Daisy Punch – Customer Thank You Cards

Hello stampers! Today I have a quick post to show you some little Thank You cards I enclosed in customer orders. I used some retired DSP (again…trying to use up retired supplies) and the NEW Daisy Punch. Very quick but cute.

I have a bunch of the Craft Paper so I thought it would be a good background for the Botanicals DSP. I love that Daisy Punch. At the time I was making these I still hadn’t received the coordinating stamp set. Next batch! I also used the retired Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack from the 2013-2014 catalog for the centers.


A little closer look. I’ve decided rather than actually writing on my Thank You notes I write my message on a Post-It and don’t put my info. on the back of the card. This way, the recipient has the opportunity to use the card again.  If you want envelopes you’ll have to get out your Envelope Punch Board and make them. (Thank Goodness that it is not retiring!)

I hope those of you who are new to Stampin’ Up! products are not upset that I am using retired products. If there is something you would love to have…just email or call me and Ill try to get it for you. I’m part of a very large group and we have a special FB page just for buying, selling and finding retired products. I’ve had very good luck finding items for customers. Then, of course, there are so many of you who may have the same retired products because you’ve been purchasing Stampin’ Up! for a long time. With the release of the new catalog I’ll try to stick to current products BUT I have made cards BEFORE May 31st and I’m posting after that date. Transition time is always a little hard.

Until my next blog…Happy Stamping!



Washi Swaps for On Stage San Diego

Welcome Stampers! I’ve been busy getting ready for our BIG event here in San Diego for Stampin’ Up! San Diego is one of the Local On Stage locations. We will get a sneak peek at the new Annual Catalog which will be ready for ordering on June 1, 2017. This is a very exciting time of the year anticipating all the new products and colors. I am part of Mary Fish’s Stampin’ Pretty Pals and we are gathering after the event for dinner together. We will do a card swap so I thought I’d show you my swap card today.

I belong to a small stamp club and one of the gals demonstrated making cards with Washi tape. Well, I fell in love with one of her designs so I adapted it to our Stampin’ Up! products.


I used the Pop of Pink Designer Washi Tape bundle to create this with Melon Mambo and Black cardstock.

The front panel is popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the circle punched out to see the gold embossed message. I was delighted with our Washi tape – there was no rippling or peeling away after I punched. This was not the case with the Washi we used at stamp club.

I made 25 of these cards for our swap and I enjoyed making each and every one of them.


Stampin’ Up! products used:

Stamp Set – Swan Lake

Ink – Versa Mark

Paper – Melon Mambo, Black, Whisper White

Accessories – Pop of Pink Designer Washi Tape, Gold Embossing Powder, Embossing Buddy, Heat Tool, 1 3/4 Circle Punch


There are so many wonderful things to do with Washi Tape, you really must give it a try. I’m planning on making more cards using Washi Tape. I love it!

This is a quick post and on Monday I’ll show you the card that I demonstrated for our Pals Make and Take today. Three of us San Diego demonstrators are hosting this event and we will provide the Make and Take cards for 20 visiting demonstrators to make. I will also share the cards presented by Peggy Noe and Linda Foster in future posts.

On Monday I will share what I learned at the On Stage event! (At least what I will be able to share at this time.) Until then…

Happy Stamping!     Donna

Circle of Spring Greetings

Hello my fellow stampers! Hope you all had a good week. Today I have a visit back to the Wonderful Wreath Thinlits and the Circle of Spring Stamp Set. **Note – sorry for the yellowish tint on my photos. I took these outside but in the shade of the house and I’m afraid the beige stucco of the house cast this tint on my photos.

The Flirty Flamingo cardstock is so nice and springy along with the little Pink Pirouette and Tempting Turquoise flowers. The Daffodil Delight centers add another touch of spring. I used Wild Wasabi for the leaves and Old Olive ribbon – they blend together well.

The background was done using the Brick Wall Embossing Folder.

After making a couple more of these, I decided to sponge the wreath with a little Wild Wasabi. I like the white on white but decided the wreath needed to stand out a bit more.

I haven’t finished a card with this sponged wreath yet but I think it will stand out better. Where you see the blank flowers is where the cut out Tempting Turquoise flowers will be “popped up”. I purposely had darker spots rather than all the same color green. Any comments?


Stampin’ Up! products used:

Stamp Sets – Circle of Spring, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink – Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin’ Write Markers (Pink Pirouette, Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, Wild Wasabi)

Paper – Whisper White, Flirty Flamingo

Accessories – Brick Wall Embossing Folder, Wonderful Wreath Thinlits, Old Olive Striped Organdy Ribbon (R)


Now that I look at the white wreath on white…I’m not sure about the sponging. 🙂 I need to complete a card with the green sponging and then I’ll make a final decision before I complete the rest of the cards. I had quite a few left over from my March classes so I’m finishing them with various greetings – Mother’s Day, Birthday, etc. for my upcoming Craft Fair. This is proof that the more we look at a card the more ideas we can come up with.

Take care, stay healthy and have a great weekend! Until Monday…Happy Stamping!   Donna


Bermuda Bay Medallion

Hello Stampers! I hope everyone had a great weekend!

I think my very favorite item from Sale-A-Bration is the Make a Medallion Stamp Set. I just love the versatility of it. Here’s one of the six cards we made in my March classes.

I only used the Make a Medallion Stamp Set for the entire card. I found some beautiful Glitter Ribbon (R) that fits perfectly. I need to make a lot more variations using this set. There are tons on Pinterest.

The “popped up” scalloped circle makes a great background along with the “popped up” greeting.

Go through all your cardstock and make up new combinations. The different designs and colors are almost endless. If you don’t already have this stamp set…you still have time to get it for FREE (March 31). Check my newsletter for details…if you aren’t on my newsletter email list then you need to send me a request via my email. Every Tuesday I send out all the latest and greatest about Stampin’ Up! in my newsletter.


Stampin’ Up! products used:

Stamp Set – Make a Medallion

Ink – Bermuda Bay, Pool Party

Paper – Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Pool Party

Accessories – Glimmer Ribbon (R), Layering Circles Framelits


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Hope you enjoyed seeing this delightful card. It would be really exciting if you try one on you own and send a photo via my email so that I can share it on my blog and feature you as a guest stamper!

Have a great week and I’ll have another card for you on Friday. Until then…Happy Stamping!   Donna


Joseph’s Coat of Colors Technique

Hi Stampers! Today I’m sharing a wonderful technique I learned from a fellow demonstrator, Dawn Griffith. It’s really very stunning and I have so many ideas for making more of these type cards which I’ll share at the end of this post.

There are a few steps involved but the time and effort is worth it.


Here’s the inside…


And a close up…


I really like this technique and since this was my first card you can see a couple little mistakes. You will need to really work to see where you stamped and make sure your stamp is completely covered with Versa Mark and the second tip is to really work the black (or whatever color you choose for the final layer) many times…be patient.

Here’s how to make this unique card:

Card base in Sweet Sugarplum 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″; Black 5 1/4″ x 4″; Whisper White #1   3 5/8″ x 4 7/8″;  Whisper White #2  3 3/8″ x 4 5/8″

  1. Using Whisper White #2 piece sponge in blotches of the following colors – Sweet Sugarplum, Daffodil Delight, and Bermuda Bay. **Be sure to cover the card completely and overlap colors to create new colors.
  2. Use your Embossing Buddy over the colored piece to remove static.
  3. Stamp your design (I used Paisleys & Posies Stamp Set) using Versa Mark ink. This is the hard part because it’s difficult to see where you stamped.
  4. Use clear embossing powder over your stamped design.
  5. Use your heat gun to emboss.
  6. Using the new Sponge Brayers and black ink, keep rolling the color over the embossed design until you get the shade you desire.
  7. Take a tissue and wipe off the card – this removes the excess black ink on the colors and really brightens them up.

I like this technique so much I think I will try different stamps (like flowers), different background colors and different brayer colors. I’ll post them once I have time to make some.

Products Used:

Stamp Sets – Paisleys & Posies, Flourishing Phrases

Ink – Daffodil Delight, Bermuda Bay, Sweet Sugarplum, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versa Mark

Paper – Sweet Sugarplum, Black, Whisper White

Accessories – Stamping Sponges, Embossing Buddy, Heat Tool, Sponge Brayer, Very Vanilla Lace Trim

Definitely try this technique – it’s well worth the effort!


I wish each of you a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy Hanukkah!

Until my next post…Happy Stamping!


Thank You, Friend

Hello stampers! I have a quick and cute thank you card for you today.


I have been wanting to use the stamp A World of Thanks and I finally did it. I really like this stamp. It’s a great background and it makes a card come together quickly.


The Hostess set Love You Lots is just too cute! I originally got it for the hedgehogs but I’ve also fallen for the ladybugs. The elephant and mouse are pretty darn cute too.



Products Used:

Stamp Sets – A World of Thanks, Love You Lots (Hostess)

Ink – Memento Tuxedo Black

Paper – Basic Grey, Basic Black, Whisper White, Real Red

Accessories – Layering Ovals Framelits, Real Red Stampin’ Write Marker


Tip:  I found it difficult to hold the largest block (F) so I inked it up laying down and then put my Whisper White paper on top then rubbed it with the I block.  If you look closely you may see a bit of a shadow where I sort of dropped the paper as I picked it up. This was a good point to mention to my class so their cards turned out much better. 🙂

I really like this card so I may make several in different color schemes. Lately I’ve needed lots of thank you notes.

Friday’s post will highlight a new technique I learned from fellow demonstrator, Dawn Griffith.

Until then…Happy Stamping!

P.S.  I’d still love to show off your masterpieces so email me a photo of your creations. We all love to see what others have created. Don’t be shy!