Mediterranean Moments

Hello Stampers! Hope this post finds you all well and enjoying good weather (finally for some of you!). I have been looking at my stamp set “Mediterranean Moments” for quite a while and finally decided to sit down and DO something with it.

I stamped the scene and then used my Stampin’ Blends to color. Oh my…those Stampin’ Blends are AWESOME! Once I finished I could see that this was the perfect card front. I wanted to use up some of my retired colors so I went with a Chocolate Chip card base. Luckily Old Olive is still current so I used it for a second layer then rounded the corners of the scene, added a touch of Old Olive Ribbon and it was complete.


I love the way it came out. I don’t usually use dark colors for my card bases but it just seems to fit here. I also put another piece of Whisper White on the inside with rounded corners. 

This will make a great note card. I plan to make sets of these in different colors and give as small gifts. 



Stampin’ Up! Products Used:

Stamp Set – Mediterranean Moments

Ink – Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin’ Blends

Paper – Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Old Olive

Accessories – Corner Rounder, Old Olive Ribbon





You really should take a look at this stamp set – especially if you enjoy the water color look. I can’t recommend the Stampin’ Blends enough. It makes the coloring so easy and yet so impressive. The technique with Stampin’ Blends is so relaxing.

Hope you enjoyed seeing my latest creation. I’m trying to take more time to just “play” around rather than always producing card ideas for my classes. 

I’m thinking about doing a class with those who already have Stampin’ Blends. We could all work on the technique! For those of you who are close enough to attend a class like this…let me know what you think. Would you be interested?

Until my next post…Happy Stamping!    Donna

Inside the Lines 2

Hello Stampers!  As promised, here’s another look at the phenomenal Inside the Lines DSP and Watercolor Pencils. I did use the same paper but I’ll also try some others and different layouts.


It was a beautiful day so I took this photo outside in our lemon tree. You can see the lemons peeking through. Love, love, love this paper!


Here’s a close up of the large flower and bee. You can see where my water coloring went out of the lines a bit and I just realized I have a white water color pencil. I’ll see if I can touch it up with that.


I used Wink of Stella on this card to give it some sparkle. I used it on the wings of the bee and all the flowers. Really adds some pizzaz, doesn’t it! Because it was photographed in full sun to get the sparkle it may look a bit washed out.


I love it, especially placed on the black card. Any other color card would have detracted from the vibrant colors of the design.

The products used are very basic…Inside the Lines DSP (free Sale-A-Bration), Black Cardstock, Water Color Pencils, Wink of Stella and Aqua Painters.

This is a short and sweet post! Until Monday…

Happy Stamping!

Painter’s Tape Water Color

This is card #5 and the last card I have to share from my Water Color Technique Class.

Masking Tape Background 1

This background is so cool. You use Painter’s Tape and actually lay and press on your stamp pad, then place it on your Whisper White Paper. My tape was only 1″ wide so you see the lines where I had to print twice (gives it even more interest). Maybe next time I’ll try wider tape. I used Marina Mist, Pool Party and Soft Sky on the Whisper White and tone on tone of Marina Mist for the card. The background stamp is from Flowering Flourishes and the center flower is from the Butterfly Basics SS.

Masking Tape Background 2

This is the inside with the same design from Flowering Flourishes SS.

This is really a unique way to make a background – it has texture as well as interest. Try it if you haven’t already. This is not new so many of you may have already tried it. 🙂

Happy Stamping!

Another Clear Block Wash Card

Here’s #4 from my Water Color Class.

Clear Block Wash, Lovely As A Tree 1

Same procedure as card #3 but I layered this one on Whisper White. This is again…Lovely As A Tree SS. I just felt like the foreground needed something and I didn’t want more white so I tried the Very Vanilla lace. I think the one black brad is too heavy and should have used 3 black Candy Dots. Not sure, what do you think? I’m very happy with the way the background turned out on the left. One thing about this technique is you never know exactly how it will turn out. That’s the fun of it!

Clear Block Wash, Lovely As A Tree 2

I think I will always love Island Indigo so here it is again with it’s matching envelope liner.

Please try these different techniques…they are fun and add to your card creations.

One more card in this series of Water Color Techniques to come.

Happy Stamping!


Watercolor Technique – Clear Block Wash

Card #3 today from my Watercolor Technique Class.

Clear Block Wash Wonderland 1

With this technique you use your Stampin’ Write Markers and Whisper White Cardstock. I used Island Indigo, Pool Party and Soft Sky as my color combo. I just colored across the E block with strips of each color. I then spritzed the block with my Stampin’ Spritzer. Don’t leave it too dry or you won’t get the blending. Press the block onto the Whisper White CS and hold. You need to let the watercolor soak in since this isn’t Watercolor Paper

Clear Block Wash Wonderland 2

I used the NEW Wonderland Stamp Set to make the snowflakes (used Whisper White Craft Stamp Pad), Pine Cone sprigs (Island Indigo) and Lovely As A Tree SS (I must admit…I LOVE this set!) for the tree.

If you don’t like the white around the edges, use smaller paper than the size of the E block. Personally, I think it makes it look more like a true watercolor with the white edges here and there.

Hope you try this technique and let me know how it went…or better yet, send me a photo of your work.

Happy Stamping!

Watercolor Technique – Stamp Wash

Here’s #2 of the cards and techniques I did in my Watercolor Techniques Class. I got this idea from a fellow Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, Patty Bennett.

Stamp Wash 1

You use watercolor paper, spritz it with the Stampin’ Spritzer (both sides if you don’t want it to curl). Ink the Watercolor Wash Stamp Set. First stamp with the lighter color (in this case Daffodil Delight) then use your second color in two or three areas (Watermelon Wonder). Spritz the inked stamp and then stamp onto the watercolor paper. If it’s runny, that’s OK, just let it drip because when it dries it blends itself.

Stamp Wash 2

With an envelope liner the set is complete. I’m using my retired DSP for liners…good way to use them up.

Now check out the centers of the flowers…I used dots of Dazzling Details.

Stamp Wash 3

To color the flowers and leaves I used the Stampin’ Write Markers and Aqua Painter.

This card was so much fun to make. I know I’ll use this technique many times. I’ve always loved to watercolor and got away from it for a time…now I’m back to it and loving it! Try this technique on your own and let me know how you like it.

Happy Stamping!