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Colour Patterned Paper with Stampin Up Alcohol Based Markers

Colour Patterned Paper with Stampin Up Alcohol Based Markers

Release your inner artist and colour patterned paper with Stampin Up alcohol based markers. Combined with the beautifully bold black and white Petal Palette designer series paper, your Stampin Blends create images so vibrant they practically JUMP off the page!

Spoiler alert! When you see the fabulous results with this super simple one-two technique, I predict you’ll be adding this paper to your shopping cart!

See what you think.

colour patterned paper with Stampin Up alcohol based markers

Pretty intense colour right? I especially LOVE the fantastic contrast against the pure white background and bold black flowers. My colours here are the light and dark Pink Pirouette, Calypso Coral, Night of Navy and Old Olive blends. Doesn’t the mix of pastel pink and bold navy pair especially well with the Calypso Coral cardstock.

What else is great about this technique? No stamping required! Your complete supply list? Designer series paper and Stampin’ Blends.

In fact, with this short list, it’s a perfect way to while away time if you’re sick in bed, laid up on the couch or travelling and need to kill some time. Not only will you keep yourself from going stir crazy, you’ll have a pile of ready-made images you can add to just about ANY card. I call THAT making good use of your craft time!!

Let’s take another peek.

hw gorgeous is this colour patterned paper with Stampin Up alcohol based markers

What are the steps to colour patterned paper with Stampin Up alcohol based markers?

  1. Colour your images with your choice of Stampin’ blends colours, alternating between the light and dark markers to achieve shading and depth (see my video here for a couple pointers)
  2. Cut your paper to whichever size you want for your card (mine is 1 1/2” x 5 1/2”)

TWO STEPS? Yup, that’s it! With a strip this size, you could make 16 cards exactly like this with one measly little sheet of patterned paper. Talk about economical as well as lovley!

colour patterned paper with Stampin Up alcohol based markers

Turn your coloured strips into cards like I did with some simple touches. Layered onto a strip of Basic Black with a sentiment from the Petal Palette stamp set in Memento ink, the finishing touch is the shimmery coral ribbon, a FREE Sale-a-bration item! Not sure what Sale-a-bration is?  Check out this blog post to see the details on how you can get free gifts.

What are some other options for this pretty paper?

  • keep it monochromatic and go all black and white – no colouring makes it even QUICKER!
  • colour in the background too – I left mine white but you could go either lighter or darker for a different look
  • use all pastels for a totally different feel and mount onto Whisper White cardstock to make a softer impression

You’re going to want to snap up a package of this Petal Palette designer series paper soon. From the Occasions catalogue, we know it won’t be around after May 31st so don’t be disappointed later and get it from me now!

colour patterned paper with Stampin Up alcohol based markers


A while back I shared this watercoloured patterned paper card. Compare it to today’s card to see the different effect your colouring tool produces. It’s a toss-up for which one is my favourite. How about yours? Leave me a comment to let me know!

Really no matter if it’s a detailed design or simple, by adding your own colouring to black and white designer series paper, you’ll always build gorgeous one-of-a-kind images.

So now it’s your turn! Get those Stampin’ Blends and release your inner artist to colour patterned paper with Stampin Up alcohol based markers.


Quick and Easy DIY Birthday Cards

Quick and Easy DIY Birthday Cards

Think you don’t have enough time to make cards – you do with my quick and easy DIY birthday cards! My card today features two main techniques – sponging and fussy cutting! Yup that’s all you need to create a fun card with clean lines, neat texture and a gorgeous focal point. See for yourself.

quick and easy diy birthday cards

Did you notice that NOTHING is centred on this card? Not the circle, the words, the hat or the ribbon. But the entire collection of images IS centred so you don’t really notice. In addition to the sponging and neat hat, it’s another way to create visual interest in your card making.

I sometimes forget how easy it is to add texture with my sponges and a mask. Maybe you do too? Simple shapes, like my circle, create cool backgrounds. You see circles being used all the time to build layers like I did with my fall gatefold card. But it’s almost as quick to have additional interest and texture when you use the paper you cut your circle and use it as a template.

How do you build texture like this on a quick and easy DIY birthday card?

  1. Cut a circle with your Big Shot from scrap paper (I used the largest layering circle frame lit here cut from a piece of paper about 4” x 4”). TIP: Save the circle for another project.
  2. Lay the 4” square on top of your Whisper White panel. Affix it with washi tape if you wish so it doesn’t move.
  3. Dab a sponge into your ink pad and tap into the circle. TIP: make sure to go right to the edges so you get the full circle.)

The holes in the sponge create neat little “pockets” of colour. You’re not aiming for a smooth finish here, the teeny dots are it! Once you’ve laid down your circle of colour, all you need to do is stamp in a bold black with one of the wonderful sentiments from the Picture Perfect Birthday photopolymer stamp set. It will just POP off the page against your sponged background. Take a closer look.

quick and easy diy birthday cards

Now what about that hat? It looks like the real deal doesn’t it? Well that’s because it is. I’ve fussy cut it from one of the cool new Picture Perfect Party 6” x 6” designer series papers.

(I do have to admit that this paper was NOT one of my first loves from the new catalogue. But it has certainly grown on me and now I’ve even ordered a second package! The mix of Berry Burst, Lemon-Lime Twist and Bermuda Bay is super. But I especially love how easy it makes card making with wonderfully large images like this hat.)

One side has patterns and the other side are actual photos of projects made with the patterned paper. How cool is that? So you get perfect colour – and pattern – coordination! Here is an excerpt of all the sheets in the package. There are 48, 4 each of 12 double sided designs.

quick and easy diy birthday cards

The Picture Perfect stamp set and designer papers are available starting tomorrow, January 3rd. To make quick and easy diy birthday cards like this, the 6” x 6” paper is a MUST in your stamp stash.

quick and easy diy birthday cards

Not every project we create needs tons of layers and cardstock to make a fabulous design. Sometime simpler is equally stunning, not to mention interesting. The next time you want to build texture, think about sponging a shape – a circle, square, heart, diamond or pretty much anything you want. Then grab your pack of Picture Perfect DSP and your Paper Snips and create a quick and easy diy birthday card.


Why I Love Handmade Non-Traditional Coloured Christmas Cards

Why I Love Handmade Non-Traditional Coloured Christmas Cards

Today I want to tell you why I love handmade non-traditional coloured Christmas cards. Tell me, if you had to guess the number of red, white and green cards you received last year, what would you say? Probably more than half right?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of traditional colours. After all, Santa would look a little funny in a pink suit. But isn’t it a super feeling to get a little unexpected surprise in your envelope? So why not think about making your own with a different colour palette like I did here?

why I love handmade non-traditional coloured Christmas cards

Well? Would you send a card this colour? Or is it a bit too “soft” for you? I admit, it’s completely different from another non-traditional coloured card I shared last year. Maybe that’s why I like it so much – it’s not every day you see powder blue stockings hung on the fireplace. This one brings to mind Victorian decorations don’t you think?

What are my favourite things about non-traditional colours?

  1. they will be unexpected
  2. my cards will stand out from the normal Christmas colours
  3. I can create a certain “feeling” if I want
  4. colour coordinating keeps paper crafting fun
  5. creating with non-traditional colours keeps me inspired
  6. I come up with new combinations I can use for non-holiday projects

But how about we take a closer look ‘cause I’ve got a lot going on with this card, even though it doesn’t really look like it because there’s really only ONE colour!

why I love handmade non-traditional coloured Christmas cards

First, I paired the snowflakes on the stocking with the Softly Falling embossed background. If you don’t have this embossing folder, get it! Not only is it superb for snow like you see here, it works for celebrations, birthdays, even sympathy and thank you’s. Really just about anything. It’s one of the most versatile embossing folders we have and one I reach for over and over. Did you know the Christmas Stocking thinlit is on sale this week? At 30% off, it’s a fabulous deal!  But only until November 26th!

why I love handmade non-traditional coloured Christmas cards

Then I glitzed up the stocking with some Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper I repeated for the background. One small strip is all you need to take your card from pretty to spectacular! I’m sorry you can’t see this card in person. It really is stunning. The light catches the glimmer and it sparkles just like the moon on newly fallen snow. Another little touch is each of the snowflakes has a dot of Dazzling Diamonds glitter. They invite you to touch them and mirrors the glimmer paper.

why I love handmade non-traditional coloured Christmas cards

The last touch is a perfectly matted greeting, one of my all time favourites. Isn’t it a beautiful script for “Christmas”? Being a calligrapher, I know it was created with a pointed pen, one of my three “go-to” lettering styles when I pull out my ink and nibs. And I love how the little flourish at the bottom is so whimsical. I repeated the Soft Sky ink to maintain the card’s softness. A quick whiz through the Big Shot with the second smallest layering ovals and a stitched shape oval in bright Whisper White and it’s done.

Some tips as you try out some different colour combinations:

  • Stick with some traditional images, like my stocking or presents. Because they’re familiar your card will immediately say Christmas even if your colour doesn’t!
  • Think about sticking with only one colour like I did here. The simplicity will make it WOW all on its own.
  • Make sure your colours work with each other. For example, Crushed Curry would have looked out of place here!
  • Pick colours and images that suggest a “coordinated feel”. If I had chosen to add a dark purple topping for the stocking, it would have looked too heavy for the card.

So now you know why I love handmade non-traditional coloured Christmas cards. Do you wanna make one for yourself? Here is everything I used and they would love a place in your craft room too!


why I love handmade non-traditional coloured Christmas cards

When you get a card in colours out of the norm, your greeting will stand out from the rest. Not only because it’s unique and handmade, but because you’re willing to go out on the “coloured limb”. Every year designers come up with new and trendy colours for the holiday season. Take a peek at those and maybe you’ll also be saying “why I love handmade non-traditional coloured Christmas cards”!

Cute Stampin’ BLENDS Coloured Christmas Card

Cute Stampin’ BLENDS Coloured Christmas Card

Today is my last focussed post on how cute Stampin’ BLENDS coloured Christmas cards can be. It doesn’t mean you won’t see BLENDS ever again though because they have truly become a favoured tool of mine.

Once again, I turned to the Cookie Cutter stamp set for inspiration for a quick card. Ever since it came out last year, I wanted to feature an igloo with the little Inuit kiddie. It only took me a year, but I DID finally get around to it with the new alcohol markers!

Then I want to share with you a recap of my FAVOURITE THINGS about Stampin’ BLENDS. But first, let’s see our cookie cutter cutie.

cute stampin blends coloured Christmas cards

Isn’t she a sweet little thing? I chose cool colours for her parka, spiced up with a little orange for contrast. I thought it coordinated well to create a “frosty” scene.

What colours of BLENDS have I used here?  Light and Dark Night of Navy, Dark Pumpkin Pie, Light and Dark Pool Party, Dark Smoky Slate, Dark Crumb Cake and Light and Dark Pink Pirouette…oh and the Color Lifter too of course.

Here’s the technique I used to create a hint of colour on the parka fur. I first laid down a layer of the Colour Lifter, then while still wet, dotted a couple bits of Light Smoky Slate and Light Pool Party. Then I lightly ran the Colour Lifter over it to blend. It gives just a “suggestion” of colour ! Take a little closer peek.

cute stampin blends coloured Christmas cards

A couple things to note in this card?

  • I used the Brick Wall textured embossing folder on a piece of Thick Whisper White then cut out a large circle with my framelits and a small 1 1/2” circle with my punch for the igloo
  • The igloo gets just a hint of colour with sponged Marina Mist on the edges and the “snow bricks”
  • Torn edges of two pieces of Whisper White overlap to create snow piles, also sponged on the torn edge with Marina Mist

So let me recap my favourite parts about the Blends:

  1. Simplicity: I can’t stress enough how simple these markers are to create with! Stampin’ Up! Has taken all the work out of trying to match colours and tones with introducing only a light and a dark in each colour. (WAAY easier than the old Blendabilities IMHO.)
  2. Blendability: And they do blend superbly. For anyone who has not experienced alcohol markers yet, this is s HUGE benefit!
  3. Cost: In comparison to other alcohol markers out there, the Stampin’ BLENDS are very affordable.
  4. Dual tipped nibs: I really am having fun playing with both the bullet tip and brush nibs. I’m pretty firmly set on the brush tip, but for smaller detailed areas, texture and quick clean ups with the Colour Lifter, the bullet tip is great.
  5. Short Dry Time: Again, like Goldilocks porridge, the level of moisture is “juuuust” right. Not too wet to warp or pill the paper and not to dry that your blending doesn’t happen. I can let it dray a couple minutes and go back in to rebound or pick up colour. For an impatient crafter like myself, this is AWESOME!

You may have everything to make this card – except your BLENDS 😉 But even if not, everything you need is right here! Simply click on the image to order and have it delivered right to your doorstep using my hostess code FT6ESYNK. Don’t forget about my SPECIAL OFFER on until Nov 5th!

Let’s take a last look at this cute Stampin’ BLENDS Christmas card.

cute stampin blends coloured Christmas cards

My advice to you if you’ve never used alcohol markers before? Start with a few colours to see for yourself how EASY they are to use. For example, you can select the colours I’ve used here which is almost my Option 1 (with a few tweaks!)  I totally predict you will fall in love with this colouring tool too.

But if you’re having any challenges, I am ready and willing to give you a hand to work them out. Because I want you to love these as much as me…if you really can’t seem to get them to work…I WILL BUY THEM BACK from you! There’s not too many times I would offer a guarantee like that! I really hope that doesn’t happen though. And that soon you’ll have fun making a cute Stampin’ BLENDS coloured Christmas Card just like this one.

Stampin’ BLENDS Tips and Tricks

Stampin’ BLENDS Tips and Tricks

Want some more Stampin’ BLENDS tips and tricks? Yesterday, I shared my own tips  as I’ve been learning and playing with the new BLENDS. Now I want to share some of Stampin’ Up!’s videos and tricks to give you lots of ways to get started creating right away.

Have you noticed I REALLY love these new artist quality alcohol markers? They’re SO easy to use, anyone can get superb results fast! Let’s recap some of the first projects I started with…in the order I coloured them (not necessarily the order you saw them on my blog LOL!) so you can see some progression. I’ve made a couple notes about my experiences!


Stamped on Thick Whisper White with Memento Tuxedo Black as recommended. Used only the light and dark of three colours and the Colour Lifter. Lovely to work with.

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blends make cute cards even cuter


Stamped with Chocolate Chip ink on Crumb Cake. Neither of which are suggested (because I’m a rebel!) And WORKED like a charm! Blended with Light and Dark Crumb Cake with a touch of Bronze and accented with Dark Cherry Cobbler and Dark Calypso Coral.  Removed a little bit of his red nose with the Color Lifter.


Stamped on Thick Very Vanilla. Experimented with removing colour with the Color Lifter after blending Light and Dark Daffodil Delight with some Light Smoky Slate in the corners. The grapes are done with Light Rich Razzleberry and Light Night of Navy and highlighted with the Color Lifter. I did have some bleeding outside the edges which I was able to clean up with my Color Lifter – an absolute NECESSITY!)

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I got started just by viewing Stampin’ BLENDS tips and tricks videos from Stampin’ Up!. Take a few moments and see for yourself!

No matter your level – beginner or experienced – working with alcohol markers, I KNOW you will fall in love with the new Stampin’ BLENDS. I have one more project to share with you tomorrow focussing exclusively on the BLENDS and then I’ll be sprinkling them through my regular blog posts.

In the meantime, don’t forget about my SPECIAL OFFERS to get your own sets of markers. Then you’ll be able to come up with your own Stampin BLENDS tips and tricks as you play!



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