Introducing: Blendabilities!

I just received my pre-order today, and I was just too excited to dig in with the new stuff!

Here I played with Stampin’ Up!’s new Blendabilities, which are alcohol based markers you can blend to give a dimensional look. I used the Coastal Cabana color. Each color set comes with 3 markers – dark, medium and light.


I’ll be back later to discuss more fun product!

Happy Stampin’!


Happy Thanksgiving!

I cannot believe it is Thanksgiving already tomorrow!  I have my turkey sitting in a brine in the fridge and I am ready for the cooking frenzy to begin.

I know the holidays are hectic, which is why I am offering my customers a “Holiday Helper”.  I did this last year and a lot of people really loved it!  If you would like to receive my emails, please email me at and I will add you to the list.


Thank You Gift Card Holder

I hope you enjoyed the Blog Hop on Sunday!  Hawaii Ink sure does have a lot of talent!

Here is a little more information on the project I created for the blog hop.

Thank You Gift Card 1Here is how the gift card holder started out before making it extra awesome.  I used Coastal Cabana cardstock and cut it out to be 9-1/4″ by 5-1/4″.  Then, with the cardstock running in landscape orientation, I scored at the 1-1/2″ and 6″ marks.  Turning the cardstock into portrait orientation, I scored at 1/2″ on one side and 1/2″ on the opposite side.  I cut at the 1/2″ mark down to the 6″ mark and adhered those extra little flaps down with sticky strip.  Then, I stamped the big, beautiful “Thank You” in white craft ink using the photopolymer set “Another Thank You”.

Thank You Gift Card 2I then added some Strawberry Slush stretch ruffle trim and a little bit of Winter Frost Speciality Designer Series Paper.

Thank You Gift Card 5To the inside, I used sticky strip to adhere a 3-3/4″ by 3-1/4″ piece of Coastal Cabana cardstock, which was scored at 3/8″ to secure to to the inside top flap of the gift card holder.  That way, when you open it up…

Thank You Gift Card 4…the gift card slides up!  Very cool!

Thank You Gift Card 6You can adhere the gift card with a glue dot so it stays in place.

I hope you enjoyed this project!

Thank You Gift Card 3

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set:

Another Thank You Photopolymer Stamp Set (133454)


Coastal Cabana cardstock (131297)

Winter Frost Speciality DSP (132341)


Whisper White Craft Stampin’ Ink Pad (101731)


Sticky Strip (104294

Stampin’ Trimmer (126889)

Strawberry Slush 3/8″ Ruffle Stretch Trim (130023)

Paper Snips (103579)


Happy Stamping,







Hawaii Ink Holiday 3D Project Blog Hop

Blog Hop header November 10 2013Welcome to the Hawaii Ink Holiday 3D Project Blog Hop!  Hawaii Ink is led by Lisa Curcio, a Founder’s Circle member (which is a HUGE deal in the Stampin’ Up! world!)  There is a lot of talent in this group, so be sure to check out all of the projects in this hop!

Here is my project for this blog hop.

Thank You Gift Card 3

I chose to go a little more subtle with my holiday gift card holder.  I plan to give this to my favorite UPS man for Christmas.

Here is what it looks like when you open it up:

Thank You Gift Card 4

Oh, I love how the card slides up when you open the gift card holder.  Such a cool 3D project!

**Please note, the colors are off in these photos.  I am not sure what went wrong, but the background is supposed to be white, not pink, and it made all of the colors a bit off.  The colors used are Coastal Cabana, Whisper White, Smoky Slate and Strawberry Slush.  

I will post more details about how I created this project on Tuesday, so be sure to check back!

Beverly Messerschmidt is next up, just click the “Next” button below!

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Here is the rest of the Blog Hop:

1.      Lisa Curcio –

2.      Patty Coone –

3.      Brooke Doerfler –

4.      Beverly Messerschmidt –

5.      Diane Fox –

6.      Sue Gilroy –

Happy Stamping!

Card: Many Thanks



I am so ready for Fall!  I love the cooler weather, the pretty colors and all of the fun holidays.  This Designer Series Paper from the new Holiday catalog, Sweater Weather, just gives me that warm cozy feeling and makes me want to drink some hot cider!

To create the maple leaf, I inked it up with some Sahara Sand and then “thumped” some Tangerine Tango and Chocolate Chip onto the stamp with the Stampin’ Write markers before stamping the image onto Very Vanilla paper.  To do the thumping, first ink up the whole stamp, and, starting with the lighter color, take your marker and lightly tap or “thump” your marker onto the image.  You can then move onto your darker color.  It’s a pretty neat technique, isn’t it?!

I wanted the “Thanks” image to have a vintage or worn look, so I colored it in Chocolate Chip marker, making sure it wasn’t colored so perfectly.

I love the extra warm look the burlap ribbon gives to this card.  I frayed the edges of the ribbon by removing some of the threads from each end.  To adhere it to the card, I had to push HARD with my Snail Adhesive to get onto the ribbon, but it worked!

Last but certainly not least, I used a piece of Sweater Weather DSP to bring the colors together.

Many Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets:

Magnificent Maple (w 131868)

Harvest of Thanks (w 131736, c 131739)


Crushed Curry cardstock (131199)

Very Vanilla cardstock (101650)

Sweater Weather DSP (132184)


Chocolate Chip Stampin’ Write Marker (131261)

Tangerine Tango Stampin’ Write Marker (131259)

Sahara Sand Classic Stampin’ Pad (126976)


SNAIL Adhesive (104332)

Stampin’ Trimmer (126889)

1-1/4″ Burlap Ribbon (132140)

Craft Scissors (108360)

Paper Snips (103579)

Hawaii Ink Holiday Catalog Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Hawaii Ink Holiday Catalog Blog Hop!  I love participating in this hop.  There is so much creativity here, and we have an Artisan Design Winner among us (Jennifer Timko)!  Hawaii Ink is headed by Lisa Curcio, my direct upline from Florida.

If you have come to my blog from Beverly Messerschmidt’s page, welcome!  If not, welcome to the Hawaii Ink Blog Hop!

Below is the card I created for this blog hop, using two of Stampin’ Up!’s newest Holiday stamp sets.



Come back on Monday to get some more details about how I made this card.

Please take a moment to visit the next blog on this hop, Emily Abad, at

Hawaii Ink New Catalog Blog Hop Participants:

1.    Beverly Messerschmidt –

2.    Brooke Doerfler –

3.    Emily Abad –

4.    Gina Mustain-

5.    Jennifer Timko –

6.    Jo Anne Waterhouse –

7.    Lisa Curcio –

8.    Sue Gilroy –

Thanks for Hopping by!!

Card: PPA166 – Pals Paper Arts Challenge

I have never participated in a Pals Paper Arts challenge before, but I really wanted to try it out when I saw this color combination!



I really love these colors together, so last night I got to work, and this is what I came up with.



I’m not usually a “bling” type of girl, but I thought this card was screaming for a little sparkle!  Note the Silver Sparkle dazzling details around the smaller pennant.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set:

Hello, Lovely (w 130240, c 130243)


Strawberry Slush cardstock (131295)

Smoky Slate cardstock (131202)

Daffodil Delight paper out of the DSP Paper Stacks (130134)


Basic Gray Stampin’ Write Marker (131261)


SNAIL Adhesive (104332)

Stampin’ Trimmer (126889)

Big Shot (113439)

Perfect Pennants Bigz L (123126)

Chevron Embossing Folder (127749)

Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246)

Silver Sparkle Dazzling Details (127845)

Chicks, Chocolate & Cards Class

If you think the cards I post are cool and would like to learn more about how to make them, you are invited to my new Chicks, Chocolate & Cards class!

All of the cards will be pre-cut and pre-designed for you to stamp and assemble!  Class includes 6 cards, 2 each of three designs.  I will provide all the pre-cut pieces and accessories.  You just stamp and assemble.  Envelopes are included.  There will also be chocolate and soft drinks.  This class will require that you provide your own adhesive.  The class fee is $15.  If you bring a new stamping friend that I haven’t met, your class is 50% off!  Pre-payment is required.c3-Aug 2013