Leaf Collection/Coloring Technique



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Background Brilliance, page 90 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog

This section of the new annual catalog (page 90-91) highlights background stamps and ways to use them. LEAF COLLECTION (#163610, $20) is shown full size with a sample using fussy cut pieces. My card uses clear embossing powder, this background stamp and four different colors of ink.


· Stamps ~ Leaf Collection (163610); Sweetly Scripted (163600)

· Cardstock – Basic White (159278); Shy Shamrock (163795); Granny Apple Green (146990)

· Ink ~ Shy Shamrock (163808); Old Olive (147090); Granny Apple Green (147095); Shaded Spruce (147088); Versamark (102283)

· Misc. – Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755); Silicone Craft Sheet (127853); Blending Brushes (160518); Stampin’ Brayer (162936); Tear & Tape (154031); Basics Embossing Powder (165679, page 126 AC)


· Shy Shamrock base card: 5 ½” x 8 ½” scored at 4 ¼”

·  Granny Apple Green: 4” x 5 ¼”

· Basic White: 3 ¾” x 5” (card front), ¾” x 5” (sentiment), 4” x 5 ¼” (inside)


  1. Using the three Blending Brushes blend three colors (Granny Apple Green, Old Olive and Shy Shamrock) randomly covering the Basic White cardstock. (It looks messy but that’s ok.)

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2. Ink the Leaf Collection stamp with Versamark and stamp over the top of the random green colors you have created.

3. Cover completely with clear embossing powder, shake off excess, heat to emboss the entire piece and let cool.

4. Brayer Shaded Spruce ink over the top of the embossed leaf pattern. Rub off excess ink with soft tissue or cloth.

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5. Layer Granny Apple Green cardstock on base card. Add the embossed leaf piece using Tear & Tape because the paper may be bowed due to the heat.  Tear & Tape will hold all the edges in place.

6. Stamp sentiment on Basic White strip and adhere to the card with Tear & Tape.


Technique: Coloring with Markers

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Did you know what you can color directly onto your stamps with a marker? Today's tutorial shows you how to add additional color to a stamp to add variety. Remember to huff  because the marker ink may dry quickly as you are adding color.  'Huffing' on the stamp provides moisture and assures that all of your colors are bright! 

Stampin’ Write dual-tipped markers have a broad tip for coloring and achieving unique color effects and a fine tip for writing. Our Stampin’ Write Markers Collection includes markers in all 40 of our core colors.  There are four 10-pack color assortments: Brights, Neutrals, Regals, and Subtles. We also have two 5-pack In Color markers.  Lots to choose from!

Sketched Butterfly w markers


 Stampin’ Up! Supplies: 

· Stamps – Sketched Butterflies Bundle, page 68 in the annual catalog

· Cardstock –Basic White, Night of Navy, Cherry Cobbler

· Ink – Blueberry Bushel

· ACCESSORIES –Tinsel Gems Four Pack, Take Your Pick, Paper Trimmer, Bone Folder, Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin Cut & Emboss Machine, Eyelet 3D Embossing Folder, Stylish Shapes Dies, Boho Blue Marker, Cherry Cobbler Marker, Night of Navy Marker, Blueberry Bushel Marker, Rhinestone Basic Jewels and Mini Dimensionals.

Cutting & Scoring: 

· Basic White – 8-½” x 5-½” scored 4” for card base, scrap paper for butterflies and die 

· Night of Navy, – 4” x 5-¼” for layers 

· Cherry Cobbler – 2-¼” x 5” for top layer 


• Fold the Basic White in half and score with your bone folder

• Bring in the markers you want to use. Starting with the lightest, color butterflies with the side of the FLAIR tip. (I started with Boho Blue, Blueberry Bushel, Night of Navy, and Cherry Cobbler)

• Huff on the stamp to moisten it and stamp it on the scrap of Basic White cardstock.

• Clean the stamp with Simply Shammy and repeat the last 2 steps. (I created 3 butterflies.)

• Die cut the 3 butterflies

• Stamp sentiment in Blueberry Bushel and die cut with the banner from Stylish Shapes dies

• Place Night of Navy in Eyelet Embossing Folder and emboss it

• Adhere to the card base

• Add liquid glue to Cherry Cobbler layer and adhere to embossed cardstock. 

• Add 2 mini Dimensionals to each butterfly.

• Adhere a butterfly towards the top and bottom. Place your banner where you want it on your card. (Don’t adhere the sentiment). Put your last butterfly where you want it and then adhere sentiment

• Add Rhinestone to the head of the butterfly and at the corners of the sentiment.


o Bold stamps will show your markers coloring better

o On detailed stamps, make sure you cover every line on the stamp

o You can ink your stamp, stamp off, and then add markers to the stamp

o You don’t have to mix the markers! Example: color your flower with one color, the stem with another, and your leaves with another marker. This is a beautiful way to play with this technique

o You can mix the ink and the markers. Ink the flower and use markers on the stem, leaves, and ground

o With Photopolymer stamps, always use a cushion/piercing mat under it when you apply ink/marker to paper



Expressions of Kindness

Expressions of Kindness

This beautiful kit includes EVERYTHING that you need to make 8 cards with 8 envelopes (or many more!).  It includes all the printed cardstock, ink, gems, the stamp set (and a clear block), Dimensionals and a spool of ribbon!  Kits are all pictured online along with prices and details.  The order number for this kit is #163905 and it is $23.  You can order it ONLINE or I can place your order for you ~ text me anytime ~ 757-641-9354.  Susan Elise


Simply Said in COLOR!


Say it all with the Simply Said Stamp Set on page 19 in the Annual Catty.

Simply Said Stamp

This sentiment-only stamp set is a paper crafting staple you can use all year long, year after year. Sentiments include birthday, thanks, thinking of you, missing you, celebration, and more! You can use this set to make a playful and colorful card, especially when paired with the Full of Life 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper.

Full of Life DSP

Add bursts of color to your paper crafts with this fun paper pack. The gorgeous watercolor designs were hand painted by Stampin’ Up! artisans. Choose from organic squares, circles, color wheels, and brushstroke designs to add visual interest to all your projects.  You can find it on page 43 in the catalog.

This pack of paper has 48 sheets of double-sided designs which means your card making possibilities are endless. Here’s one easy idea to try.

Simply Said Hello Card

Here’s how to make this card.


· Stamp SetsSimply Said (163756)

· Cardstock – Basic White (159276)

· Stamp Pads – Pumpkin Pie (147086); Crushed Curry (147087); Berry Burst (147143); Granny Apple Green (147095); Azure Afternoon (161663)

· Misc. – Full of Life 6” x 6” Designer Series Paper (DSP) (163357); Spotlight on Nature Dies (163580); Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine (149653); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430); Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755); Iridescent Pearl Basic Jewels (158987)


· Basic White 8 ½” x 5 ½”; 2” square

· Berry Burst: 2 ½” square

· Full of Life: (2) ½” x 5 ½”

Instructions :

1. Fold Basic White carstock in half and crease to create card base.

2. Ink ‘hello’ phrase using Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Berry Burst, Granny Apple Green and Azure Afternoon ink and stamp randomly over card base.

3. Ink ‘hello’ phrase using Azure afternoon ink and stamp onto Basic White square. Die-cut using Spotlight on Nature circle die.

4. Die-cut Berry Burst circle. Adhere under ‘hello’ circle.

5. Adhere 2 Full of Life paper strips to card front using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

6. Attach circle phrase to card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

7. Add 3 Iridescent Pearl Basic Jewels to complete card. 


July PP ~ love the box????


The box certainly got my attention.  I can't decide to gift it or keep it!  This is the information about the July PAPER PUMPKIN ~ you'll make beautiful cards with watercolor designs and pretty layers.

  • Makes 9 cards:  3 each of 3 designs
  • The cards and envelopes are printed
  • Precut paper pieces and embellishments are included
  • Colors include:  Calypso Coral, Gray Granite, Melon Mambo, Mossy Meadow & Old Olive


Spotlight on Nature Bundle

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Spotlight on Nature Bundle, page 69 AC ~ additional 10% off in June


· Stamp Set: Spotlight on Nature (163579)

· Spotlight on Nature Bundle (163581) *10% Discount with purchase of the bundle

· Lost Lagoon Cardstock (133679)

· Basic White (159276)

· Thoughtful Journey Designer Series Paper (163303)

· Ink: Lost Lagoon (161678)

· Blooming Pearls (162238)

· Spotlight on Nature Dies (163580)

· Stampin’ Dimensionals (104330)


· Lost Lagoon Cardstock 8 ½” x 5 ½” scored at 4 ¼” and 2 1/8”; 4” x 4”

· Basic White 5 ¼” x 4”; 3 3/8” x 3 3/8”

· Thoughtful Journey DSP 2 pieces 5 ¼” x 1 7/8”


· Cut and fold the Lost Lagoon Card Base. Fold the 4 ¼” score line and the turn the 2 1/8” score line back on itself.

· Stamp the leaves on the Basic White 5 ¼” x 4” in Lost Lagoon Ink on the right side. Adhere this to the inside of the card.

· Adhere the two pieces of Thoughtful Journey Designer Series Paper to the front and inside piece (see pictures)

· Stamp the large flower in Lost Lagoon ink on the Basic White piece 3 3/8” x 3 3/8”. Also stamp the Thanks sentiment in Lost Lagoon ink. Cut out using the 2nd to largest die. I used the one with the 3 points (flower)

· Cut out Lost Lagoon 4” x 4” using the largest die – the one with the lines.

· Adhere the flower piece to the Lost Lagoon piece and to the front using Stampin’ Dimensionals. Be sure and only put the dimensionals on the left side

· Add the Blooming Pearls to the front







Cards to send kids!



Need cards to send your favorite youngsters (or, friends who would enjoy some basic good wishes?)

We'll create five simple fun cards for kids ~ all supplies furnished.  Class fee is $30 and will be donated to Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters through the East Beach Circle.

Saturday morning, June 15, 10 to Noon


TEXT ME TO JOIN THE CLASS ~ 757-641-9354