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Colour and A Special Birthday Share What You Love Card

Colour and A Special Birthday Share What You Love Card

Today I turn a year older and I wanted to show you how colour and a special birthday Share What You Love card I received from my friend, and Stampin’ Up! upline, Karen Duke, can create a mood or feeling.  Now, before you think I’ve been doing a little early birthday imbibing, really, I’m on the level! We use colour ALL the time to inspire and create moods.  Why not in our paper crafting too?

When anyone asks me what my favourite things are in the new catalogue, my immediate answer is: I am IN LOVE with all the COLOUR!  The combinations are awesome, the revamp is exciting and I adore the coordination with so many of our embellishments and papers.  

So I’d like to spend some time with you over the next year talking about how and why colour is so important.  And I want to know this…what do you find inspiring, challenging and intriguing about COLOUR?

OK, let’s dive in!

Colour and a Special Birthday Share What You Love Card

Which colour combination do you think Karen’s used?  

look at my special birthday share what you Love card

How about?

  • Whisper White (in the Wood Textures DSP)
  • Crumb Cake
  • Tuxedo Black and
  • Rich Razzleberry?

So a question for you.  HOW does this card make you feel?

  • Anxious?
  • Excited?
  • Relaxed?
  • Confident?
  • Sleepy?
  • Happy?
  • Ho Hum?

When I opened the envelope, I almost said “aaaah” when I pulled out this card. In fact, I think my shoulders – and eyebrows😋 – relaxed and I probably gave a little sigh.  That’s because it makes ME feel calm and peaceful.

So am I out to lunch?  I AM after all reaching an advanced age🙃!  Or do you see what I mean?  

And you know what?  I’m so surprised I felt that way when I look at the colours she used!  I can’t say I ever would have used the words “calm” and “Rich Razzleberry” in the same sentence, but I think this card just IS! 

Not that Rich Razzleberry doesn’t hold a special place in my colour affections, but the “razzle” is just a mite too peppy and well, dazzl-y for soothing or calming – or so I thought!

So that made me wonder, what are these colours like when you see them at full intensity?

A Special birthday share what you love card

Hmmmm…was “calm” the first word that popped into your head?  Much more bold here aren’t they?

Take another peek at her card then let’s talk about how you can get some mood vibes going in your own paper crafting with colour.

a special birthday share what you Love card

How has Karen used colour and a special birthday share what you love card to convey this calming feeling?

  1. She doesn’t have too many colours fighting for centre stage. 
    1. She anchored the one bold magenta colour of the Rich Razzleberry with conservative neutrals, Crumb Cake and black. 
    2. This made the Rich Razzleberry almost an “accent” colour with the matted rectangle and flowers. 
    3. The intensity of the Rich Razzleberry flowers is softened with both the base of Crumb Cake underneath and glimmer from the Wink of Stella on top. 
    4. The underlying colour of the white Wood Textures patterned paper coordinates with the card itself in Crumb Cake, so your eye just feels most “rested”. 
    5. Then the size of the main focus panel leaves lots of room of the calming Crumb Cake to show.
  2. She’s used textures to soften any boldness there could have been.
    1. Her soft and lovely velvet ribbon has a silvery sheen which tempers the richness of the Rich Razzleberry. 
    2. Her choice of Wood Textures DSP has an “antiqued” look to it. 
    3. And she’s chosen three small embellishments to finish off the piece in a dark tone, that mimics the classic black.

 a special birthday share what you Love card

So here’s a challenge for you (and I’m going to try this for myself too). 

Pull out some ink pads, papers and colours and play around to create a mood in your paper crafting.  Then send me your projects so I can guess what mood you were creating!

And if you want to recreate Karen’s card, here are all the supplies you’ll need.

look at my special birthday share what you Love card

When we design projects with a special someone in mind, don’t we often picture their faces when they open the envelope?  Full of anticipation of whether they’re going to smile, laugh or maybe even gasp or cry!  Either way, isn’t that feeling of expectation the absolute BEST?

And what’s amazing – and interesting – is how MUCH the colours we choose impact that mood. 

I’m excited to explore this connection in posts moving forward so stay tuned for those.  But for now, I need your help!  Take a couple minutes to leave me a comment with how colour makes YOU feel.  What challenges do you have with it?  What do you absolutely LOVE – or hate – about it?  Tell me what you need HELP with when it comes to colour.

And then, take another moment to appreciate how colour and a special birthday Share What You Love card is an awesome way to unwind – almost as great as a glass of my birthday wine🍷!

A Fun Stamp Pad Ink Refills Background

A Fun Stamp Pad Ink Refills Background

Today I want to show you a fun stamp pad ink refills background my friend Janine created for her Merlin card.  It’s so cute, you’ll be pulling out your re-inkers to give it a shot right away!

a fun stamp pad ink refills background

Isn’t it awesome?  Those swirls and bursts of colour are just perfect with our little Merlin from the Magical Day stamp set.

And isn’t his expression priceless?  Sort of a bored, yet mischievous glint in the corner of his eye!  Janine coloured him with the Rich Razzleberry Blends and her Basic Gray marker.

Here’s a close up.

a fun stamp pad ink refills background

Want to make a fun stamp pad ink refills background?

Here’s how:

  1. Spritz Shimmery White cardstock with plain water
  2. Touch refill tips into the water and release a small amount of ink (she used So Saffron, Calypso Coral and Pumpkin Pie refills)
  3. Add more spritz if the ink doesn’t immediately flow
  4. (You can also lightly blow onto the wet ink/water mix to get it to move in the direction you want)
  5. Let cardstock dry completely.
  6. Stamp stars randomly over the bursts of colour for some magic dust!

What other details make this card work so well?

  • Merlin’s “crystal” ball which is one of the large clear faceted gems
  • fabulous mix of bold, fun colours
  • off-centred greeting stamped in two colours, on two colours of paper

Sadly, this fun set is retiring soon.  I’ve played around with it quite a bit this winter. So many mythical creatures…a unicorn, mermaid, white knight, a dragon great for Harry Potter and Dundgeons & Dragons fans!  But I love how the images work for ALL ages…from little tykes thrilled with mystical images…to older folks who still believe in magic 😉. 

If you’ve been sitting on the fence about this set or bundle, sit no longer!  It’ll soon be gone for good and I’d hate for you to miss out on bringing a little bit of make-believe to those you craft for.

And while you’re at it, why not pick up all the supplies Janine used to recreate this card at home?  Simply click on the image to order from me and it will ship directly to your house in about a week.  Thanks!

a fun stamp pad ink refills background

You might also love a couple more ideas for this fun bundle like my cool Wink of Stella dragon or my pretty unicorn tag gift box? 

And if you haven’t yet played around creating backgrounds with your re-inkers, here’s another thrity-second idea to get you inspired!

Once you start playing, you’re not going to want to stop – for anything!  Dinner, sleep, housework…heck who needs clean socks when you’re having so much fun?  And surely your twice-removed-second-cousin’s-great-aunt needs a card to celebrate her cat’s birthday doesn’t’ she?  🤣

Believe me, your re-inkers will dry up before you do!  Then you’ll have treated cardstock galore for all kinds of great handmade projects with such a fun stamp pad ink refill background! 

Use Stampin Write Markers to Colour Watercolour Paper

Use Stampin Write Markers to Colour Watercolour Paper

Get vibrant results when you use Stampin Write markers to colour watercolour paper.  My friend Leslie did with her fun friends card featuring a fan favourite stamp set, Beautiful You. 

I knew you’d want to see it too when she’s got such a super colour combination goin’ on.

Use Stampin Write Markers to Colour Watercolour Paper

Such a simple card to share well wishes with a BFF.  Dapper Denim and Crushed Curry are gorgeous together don’t you think?  And look how bold her colour is on the textured watercolour paper.

When was the last time you pulled out your Stampin’ Write markers to colour?  If you’re like me, you sometimes forget they’re in your toolbox with all the other fun things to colour with.  But when you want FAST, SIMPLE and PERFECT colour coordination, they can’t be beat!

Use Stampin Write Markers to Colour Watercolour Paper

OK question for you…how many retiring items did Leslie use on her colourful card?  

  1. Dapper Denim cardstock is the main front panel. And yes, as a 2016-18 In Colour, we’re waving good-bye May 31st and I’m sad ☹️.  It’s one of my go-to blues. 
  2. Then she’s coloured our gal’s dancing dress with her Dapper Denim Stampin’ Write marker which comes in a set of the 5 In Colors.
  3. She stamped in Basic Black Archival ink so she wouldn’t muddy her image once she started to colour.
  4. She’s also cut out the words from one of the Lovely Words thinlits in Crushed Curry.  Just two teeny snips and you can use the words just by themselves like she’s done here.

I’ve used these words quite a lot this past year for more simple cards like this and this.  I just love the brush lettering look you can achieve.  (plus it’s fun way to “cheat” if you’ve had too much caffeine and your lettering is a bit wobbly 😉).

Use Stampin Write Markers to Colour Watercolour Paper

A few tips to use Stampin Write markers to colour watercolour paper?

  • Use a permanent black ink like Basic Black Archival which will stay put once you add any water-based colour, like our Stampin’ Write markers
  • Ink your stamp very well
  • Use a firm, even pressure to stamp your image onto the textured paper
  • Hold your stamp on the paper for a few seconds without rocking it so you have nice clear lines
  • Don’t be afraid to colour OUTSIDE the lines – yes, you can and it makes your image look fabulous!

OK, now it’s your turn.  Which BFF would you make this card for?  Simple, pretty and into the mail in no time, she’ll love opening it up!  Here’s everything you need to make it yourself.

Use Stampin Write Markers to Colour Watercolour Paper


Stampin’ Up! has so many colouring options, I think we sometimes forget to pull out our Stampin Write markers.  But take them out of storage and get colouring!  

And while you’re at it, give them a shot on watercolour paper – without water!  I KNOW, practically unheard of!  But give it a try today and you won’t be disappointed.  

Take a page out of Leslie’s book and see how vibrant your creations can be with you use Stampin Write markers to colour watercolour paper.


Elegant Handmade Wedding Anniversary Cards

Elegant Handmade Wedding Anniversary Cards

Today I’m so excited to be sharing elegant handmade wedding anniversary cards designed by my friend and team member Paula.  These gorgeous Best Wishes cards feature the Petal Passion Suite from the Occasions catalogue and if you’ve not paid attention because you’re not a scrapbooker, take a second look.  Really,  look at just how spectacular a Memories & More card can be!  

handmade wedding anniversary cards

In case you didn’t run to grab your Occasions catalogue, take a peek at the entire card pack featuring the always popular Basic Black, Powder Pink and White palette.  

handmade wedding anniversary cards


And are you ready for the BEST part?  You get all of this for ONLY $12.50! 

Maybe even better?  The pack will make more than 72 cards.  That’s a stellar deal!  It’s perfect for both quick and easy card making or more involved designs like Paula’s!  (And you’re not going to want to miss another fantastic idea made by my friend Rhonda below.)

But you better hurry since it’s on the Occasions retiring list and once it’s gone, it’s gone for good!

Let’s get back to Paula’s card…

I’m not sure there’s anything more sophisticated than a gray and black monochromatic colour scheme on a card.  (I guess technically these aren’t really colours are they but non-colours?!😁) 

Whatever you choose to call them, they are simply beautiful together.  Especially when they’re used to celebrate such a wonderful event. 

And don’t limit yourself to only wedding anniversary, what about a wedding itself?  Or maybe a congratulations for reaching a challenging milestone?  Or even a birthday for a really special someone.  The possibilities are endless with these “colours” and this pretty design. 

Let’s take another look.

handmade wedding anniversary cards

Elegant Handmade Wedding Anniversary Cards

Although Paula lots of elements on her card, everything works together beautifully for a few key reasons:

  • She’s limited herself to one main colour scheme (monochromatic grey running from white through to black)
  • Her pretty Petal Pair embossing folder in embossed on vellum cardstock which instantly creates a white on light look which adds interest yet blends into the background
  • She’s chosen an off-centred layout for the focal point Memories & More card to draw the eye immediately to the words
  • The delicate silver foil branch and flower beautifully accentuate, without overpowering the rest of the card


handmade wedding anniversary cards


Memories & More Card Pack Ideas

Have you had fun playing with a Memories & More card pack yet?  If you have, you know there are so many ways to use it:

  • Traditional (and fast and easy) scrapbooking
  • Card making
  • Home decor (think wall hangings or desk top pics)
  • Gift items (framed photos)
  • Book making (now you get to check out Rhonda’s cool multi-fold out book)

handmade wedding anniversary cards

handmade wedding anniversary cards

Isn’t it over-the-top fabulous!  Rhonda loves bookmaking (as you can see) and she put her Petal Passion Memories & More Card Pack to use right away designing this lovely book.

No matter what you choose to create, I think one of the best deals in any catalogue is a Memories & More Card Pack.  Get yours – and all the rest of the supplies to make Paula’s elegant card right here!

handmade wedding anniversary cards

You might also want to get your pretty on with this other idea for an elegant wedding card.

Memories & More Card Packs are not just for scrapbooking.  As Paula demonstrates, they’re awesome for card making too!  Grab your Petal Passion one and CASE (Copy And Share Everything) Paula’s elegant handmade wedding anniversary cards today! 

Why I LOVE the 2018 Stampin Up Colour Revamp

Why I LOVE the 2018 Stampin Up Colour Revamp

You may have already heard the news, now I want to tell you why I love the 2018 Stampin Up Colour Revamp!  If you checked out my earlier blog post, you heard me wonder whether we might have a colour refresh right? 

Well as it turns out, it’s not just a colour refresh, it’s a colour revamp!  So just what the heck is the the difference between the two?  I’m going to let you know right away!  First let’s take a quick peek at our new range of colours starting June 1st!


Now admittedly some of those are fairly small pics, (and I’ll share a little more close up pics below) but I am so excited for the range and mix of colours we’ll have June 1st for our paper crafting creations!

First, what’s the difference between a colour refresh and a colour revamp?

Refresh: only a few colours are either added or changed in the existing colour families and generally the families remain “intact”.

Revamp: Several colours are retired, added and replaced and the colour families are significantly adjusted. 

So get ready for considerable changes… Here are the quick stats you’ll want to know!

  • 13 colours retired
  • 6 prior In Colors added to our core line
  • 10 brand new colours
  • 53 total colours in our colour offerings
  • complete reshuffle of existing colour families
  • development of Basics family set of three

Whew!  There’s some major changes here right?!!  But wait a minute, how many colours do we now have?  How about 53!

  •  4 colour families of 10
  • 2 sets of In Colors totalling 10
  • 3 BASIC colours (Basic Black, Whisper White, Very Vanilla)

Now let’s see some particulars…

Which colours will we be waving good-by to?

And of course the 2016-18 In Colours we’ll be bidding adieu to.why I love the 2018 stampin up colour revamp

Now, what’s new in the 2018 Stampin Up colour revamp?


The bright and stylish 2018-20 In Colours!

why I love the 2018 stampin up colour revamp

How about the colours YOU love making a come-back (take a close look at that bottom right one – shortest retirement EVUH)?

So then what are the BRAND NEW ones?

why I love the 2018 stampin up colour revamp

And here they are, all together in the NEW colour families!

why I love the 2018 stampin up colour revampAren’t they SOOO pretty?  If you’re like me, your mind is probably just whirling with the possibiltiies!!

Let’s see why I LOVE the Stampin Up colour revamp 2018

At first I have to say I was a bit gob-smacked by the sheer number of changes😜.  (Can you relate?)  After all, just like you I’ve got a few favourites that will be hitting the dust too come May 31st (Marina Mist, Elegant Eggplant, Rose Red) ☹️.  

But then I had a chance to SEE the new shades all together at our weekend conference.  All the new possibilities, the fresh palettes, all the fun!  And I started to get it!  Stampin’ Up! is spring cleaning.  Out with the old and in with new, fresh and clean.  I know I do that all the time…clothes, dishes, furniture, lipstick 🤗. (really just the hubby is safe when I get in that mood!)  

So it only makes sense we grab some new colours and pack up and retire others.  And having gone through a couple colour changes over the past 16 years, I absolutely trust in Stampin’ Up!’s decisions. (That’s not to say I haven’t also held onto some retired colours in the past 16 years because I loved them.  But you know what? Any I still have are going in my Retired Rubber sale this summer!  I NEVER use them!)

So here’s what I think it means for all of us paper crafters!

  • a creative shot in the arm!  You asked for changes to spark your crafting bone so here they are!
  • new, fresh and on-trend shades (to be in sync with home decor and fashion trends)
  • latest and greatest colour combinations (for WOW! contemporary projects)
  • a chance to clear out some old, unused items (you probably never use anymore either!)
  • a bigger variety of products to get creative with


Now what do you need to do next?

  1. Click here to see ALL the retiring items including all the colours.
  2. Decide if you have a favourite that’s retiring (take a peek at the new colours and see if it just might become an old – and replaced -fave!)
  3. If it’s staying in your stash, check your supplies of refill, paper, markers and make sure you’ve got enough to last awhile.
  4. If you need to replenish, you’ll want to pick up supplies right away.  I’m not kidding!  these will go quickly and be gone for good!  (guaranteed until May 7th to be available and as available until May 31st) 



I have other fantastic changes to share with you too.  But I thought I should let this news settle just a teensy bit first.  So make sure you keep checking back to hear all the good stuff!

why I love the 2018 stamping up colour revamp

And can I say?  You are going to LOVE LOVE LOVE this new catalogue.  Sometimes it takes me a bit to completely warm up to our latest and greatest.  Not this time!  I’ll share a couple sneak peeks over the next while so you can see for yourself.

And I know you’ll start to see why I love the 2018 Stampin Up colour revamp too!  


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