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My friend, Margaret, stopped by this week and saw a piece of Very Vanilla on my workspace that I had embossed with the Painted Posies embossing folder (page 177 AC).  She asked what I was going to do with it and I didn't have a good answer but it got me thinking ~ what was I going to do with that lovely design?  Later on I got out my watercolor pencils and my water painters to color in the design and this is what I came up with.  What do you think?

Abigail Rose

Abigail Rose would be a beautiful name for a darling little girl, wouldn't it?   In this case it is the title of a package of 12" x 12" designer series paper on page 131 in Stampin' Up!'s annual catalog.  Some of the designs invite you to color so last night I used my Watercolor Pencils (page 126 AC) and my Water Painters (page 129 AC) to color the bouquet below.  It is a simple technique coloring with the pencils and blending with water.  I primarily used the fine tip brush.  There are three in the package ~ 1 fine tip, 1 medium tip and 1 large flat brush tip.  If you try this technique send me a picture of your creation ~ I would love to share it here!




From Stampin' Up! this morning...............
We have exciting news that we know many of our European demonstrators have been eagerly awaiting: Stampin’ Up! will officially open in Belgium and the Republic of Ireland before the end of 2022!
Over the past few years, we’ve all felt the impact of the pandemic and other global challenges. Thankfully, even in difficult times we work to better our best, and we believe that challenges can inspire growth. So now is the time to introduce our amazing products, creative experiences, and unique opportunities to new friends!
Share this exciting news with your team members and customers around the world, and encourage anyone who’s interested to visit our new introduction websites: and 
We can’t wait to welcome new customers and demonstrators from Belgium and Ireland to our creative community!
Stampin’ Up!




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Retirement Wishes

IMG_8227Another card using the PARADISE PALMS BUNDLE which includes four sentiments ~ birthday, warm and beachy, a little paradise and the one in the post title, retirement wishes.  It is difficult to find a stamp appropriate for a retiring friend ~ this might be just what you need!

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Warm and beachy kind of day...


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Page 23 in the annual catalog
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Palms Dies, p 172 AC

I added the page numbers for this stamp set and dies in the new annual catalog.  But, did you know that these two are BUNDLED in the January - June 2022 MINI CATALOG?  That's right, the bundle price saves you 10% and it is available for 5 MORE DAYS!  The mini catalog expires on the last day of this month so ~ order online or give me a call if you have an order ~ I am happy to help!  Susan Elise

Direct to paper technique...

Nature's Prints, page 91 AC

My stamping friends had questions recently about a swap card displayed on my bulletin boards ~ how did she do that?  The SUN PRINTS COLLECTION includes the stamp set above, dies, DSP and a FERN 3D EMBOSSING FOLDER.  

Swap card by Linda Bauwin

This is the swap card in question.  I emailed Linda to ask ~ how did you do that.  She responded that she used a blending brush and ink pad direct to paper technique.  So I tried it using the blending brush and my PARAKEET PARTY stamp pad on Basic White cardstock.  Next I embossed with the Fern Embossing Folder (page 176 AC) and lightly skimmed the stamp pad over the top.

Parakeet Party over the embossed fern.


Let me know what you think?  

June Paper Pumpkin

June's Paper Pumpkin has three summer cards and you make three of each ~ all are purrrrfect to illustrate the arrival of the Summer Solstice yesterday & the longest day of 2022!  IMG_8214


This is my fav ~ picnic time!
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June's Add On canvas bags.

The PP Kit also contains a canvas bag just the right size to carry three of the cards and envelopes (or, any other little gifty) !  And, the canvas bags are now available to purchase if you are a PP subscriber.

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