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Coloured Glass Technique and Embossing with the Stamparatus An Innovative Stamp Positioner | VIDEO

Coloured Glass Technique and Embossing with the Stamparatus An Innovative Stamp Positioner | VIDEO

OK, I’ve got a mouthful description for you today – the coloured glass technique and embossing with the Stamparatus an innovative stamp positioner!  Wow!  You’ll be happy to know I’ve managed to get it all into a short video!

How about we see the project first though?


Do you like the sheen on the greeting?  I love it!  A smooth, glossy surface you can create easily with your Stamparatus.  With perfect placement, you can build layer on layer of enamel for a gorgeous finish.  Take a little closer peek.

embossing with the stamparatus an innovative stamp positioner

The Accented Blooms stamp set is lovely. It just about jumped out at me on page 16 when I first got my Annual Catalogue.  Small wonder it was on my very first order and it’s seen an ink pad or two already.  It’s the reverse words that do it for me.  Well, that and the pretty flower border.  And the fact I can use it with my Tailored Tag Punch?  Definitely worth the price of admission!

So here you can see I’ve combined a couple techniques on one card.  Watercolouring, which as you know is one of my all-time faves 😄.  And the coloured glass technique and embossing with the Stamparatus an innovative stamp positioner.

But you know, if you’re not in the mood for enamel and just want to emboss every Stampin’ Up! colour you own, the Stamparatus is your go-to tool too.  Just press on that magic little triangle below to let me show you how.


The Coloured Glass Technique and Embossing with the Stamparatus an Innovative Stamp Positioner


Pretty quick and easy isn’t it?  Wasn’t that triple (well octa) time watercolouring fun?


My Stamparatus is getting lots of love lately.  There are so many cool ways to use it – and I suspect we’re only getting started!  Did you see how it can save you money too?  And the hinge stamping is just so neat.

When you can do more with the tools you own, don’t you feel virtuous? 😇  So if you haven’t taken the plunge yet and grabbed your own Stamparatus, now’s a perfect time.  Then you can play with the coloured glass technique! 

Or maybe you want to see if you can watercolour the Accented Blooms flowers in fast motion too?  Here are all the supplies I used so you can get started right away.


embossing with the stamparatus an innovative stamp positioner

If you didn’t check out the video, jump back up there and do it now!  See how you can create awesome finishes like the coloured glass technique and embossing with the Stamparatus an innovative stamp positioner.



Simple Thank You Card Ideas

Simple Thank You Card Ideas

Today I want to show you my latest in my simple thank you card ideas.  Quick, pretty and a bit whimsical, you’re going to want to whip up a few of these right away to have on hand.

Make sure you read all the way through!  I’ve got tons of tips for you!

simple thank you card ideas

Watercolouring is my go-to technique for gorgeous and super-quick backgrounds.  This one probably took about 30 seconds (I give you all the steps below).  Waiting for it to dry was the most excruciating part!  

And you DO want to make sure it’s dry.  Because you know what happens if you don’t? Your greeting gets all blurry.  And yes, once again, that is the voice of experience – unfortunately – talking!  One day I’ll learn ☺️.

Take a closer look and leave me a comment about which is your favourite part?

how about simple thank you card ideas


  • The watercoloured square?
  • How about the polka dot tulle ribbon (so fun and dainty)?
  • Maybe the scalloped Flirty Flamingo matting square (classic and the perfect complement to the ribbon)?
  • Or perhaps the simple greeting and rhinestone (beautiful font and simple embellishment)?

Simple Thank You Card Ideas


  • Thick Whisper White – 5 1/5” x 8 1/2”
  • Basic Black – 4” x 5 1/4”
  • Watercolour paper – 2” x 2”
  • Flirty Flamingo – 2 1/2” x 2 1/2”
  • Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle ribbon – spice about 17” long


Watercoloured Square

  1. Squeeze one drop of each refill colour onto a clear acrylic block.  TIP1:  place in three of four corners so the colours don’t get mixed up.
  2. Use Aqua Painter to lay down a rough square with plain water on the watercolour square.  TIP2:  Take your square about 1/8” away from the edge of the paper.
  3. Pick up So Saffron and drop into wet.  TIP3:  It should immediately spread to other areas of the square.  If not, add a bit more water from your Aqua Painter.
  4. Clean Aqua Painter on a piece of paper towel and pick up Flirty Flamingo and tap onto another part of watercolour square.
  5. Repeat (4) with Calypso Coral. TIP4: move the paper around and let the colours flow together.
  6. Let dry. TIP5: I prefer to let my paper air dry although you could use your heat tool.  Why?  I find I get a “harder line” of dried colour when I use my heat tool.


let's make some simple thank you card ideas

Make Your Card

  1. Stamp greeting with Memento ink onto bottom right of dried – super dried😁 – watercoloured square.
  2. Cut out scalloped square (2 1/4” size) and adhere watercoloured square on top with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  3. Wrap tulle ribbon around Basic Black panel and tie a bow on left-hand side.
  4. Glue to front of folded Whisper White card.
  5. Adhere square to the left side of the card over top of the ribbon with Liquid glue.  Attach small rhinestone next to greeting.

Here’s a hint.  Make up a batch of these squares so you have them on hand.  Then your simple thank you card ideas will be even quicker to put together.

OK, let’s get you into your craft space so you can get busy!  All the supplies I used are here.  Simple click on an image and your items will ship directly to you in about a week.

simple thank you card ideas

Don’t you just LUV sweet and simple?  Here are a couple other ideas I know you’ll want to make too. A sweet and simple 3”x3” notecard with matching envelope and a more masculine monochromatic idea .

Got some watercolour squares all ready to go?  Great!  Then go grab your stamps and paper and let’s make simple thank you card ideas.


Brusho Crystal Colours Stampin Up Card

Brusho Crystal Colours Stampin Up Card

For Keep It Simple Sunday today, I’d love for you to try out this Brusho Crystal Colours Stampin Up card.  Plus I’ve shared my top tips for working with Brusho below so be sure to take a read through those.  After all, why not learn from my mistakes😬?

This design has TONS going for it:

  • Quick (like 10 minutes including your Brusho drying time)
  • Easy (only a few tools and one super fast technique)
  • Pretty (don’t you just love yellow, white and black together?)
  • Versatile (this card could work for just about anybody at any time)

Let's play with Brusho Crystal Colours Stampin Up Card

You already know I LUV me some watercoloured cards.  What about if I told you Brusho Crystal Colours are neck and neck with my inks for creating cool backgrounds?  Well, NOW they are.

I must say I was a bit hesitant at first with my Brusho crystals.  After all, this was my very first try at using them (prepare yourself for some real UN-awesomeness!😯)

brusho crystal colours stampin up card

Yeah, probably not my best day in the craft room.

But rather than throw in the towel right then I dug in my heels, gritted my teeth and gave them another try.  

And just like everything else, once I got some practice under my belt, now I think I can turn out some pretty respectable results.  Especially with this particular technique (one of MANY) to create watercoloured backgrounds.

Grab your Brusho Crystal Colours Stampin Up Card

So what are my top tips?

  1. Use good quality paper.  My first tries you see above were on the regular Very Vanilla cardstock.  Just too lightweight to handle the water and didn’t allow for any spreading of the watercolour.  Watercolour and Shimmery White have yielded the best results for me.
  2. “Tap” on your crystals.  Give the bottom of your jar a firm tap with your fingertip to shake out the crystals rather than shaking the jar.
  3. Start with just a small sprinkle.  You can always add more once you’ve added your water.
  4. Use lots of water.  Either spritz on some water or drop it on with an AquaPainter to dissolve the crystals for the best results.
  5. Cut down your paper for your projects.  Just like my suggestions for using ink refills with this background technique (LINK) and this totally different one (LINK), if you start with a larger sheet of paper to play with the crystals, then you can get a variety of different sizes and designs simply by cutting it down to size.
  6. Experiment.  The colour combinations you can achieve are absolutely gorgeous once you start mixing our 5 different shades.  Your backgrounds can range from intense and vivid to soft and subtle.

Spoiler Alert!!  With all the experimenting I’ve been doing, I’ve designed a class so you can get creative too.  My attendees so far have loved the projects so I’m working on getting it online for you.  So keep your eyes and ears perked up for that!

Brusho Crystal Colours Stampin Up Card

Here are all the deets for my watercoloured card.


  • Watercolour paper – 3 3/4” x 5”
  • Pineapple Punch cardstock – 3 7/8” x 5 1/8”
  • Basic Black cardstock – 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”


  1. Create the background by tapping yellow Brusho onto dry watercolour paper.  TIP1: Two or three taps should be sufficient to start.
  2. Squeeze 4-5 drops of water from your Aqua Painter onto crystals then move it around with the brush tip to blend.  TIP2: Leaving some white space on the paper makes a more interesting background.)
  3. Let dry about 5-8 minutes.  This will depend on the amount of water you applied.  TIP3:  You can always heat set with your heat tool if you’re in a hurry.  But I prefer to air dry for a nicer effect.
  4. Stamp greeting with StazOn ink.  TIP4: press firmly and hold for a few seconds as the watercolour paper is bumpier to stamp evenly on.
  5. Mount onto a piece of Pineapple Punch with foam adhesive sheets then onto folded Basic Black card.
  6. Attach metallic sequins with liquid glue.

Let's play with Brusho Crystal Colours Stampin Up Card

So if you’ve got the Brushos already, go get ‘em and start playing.  If you haven’t added them to your stash yet, you can get them now simply by clicking on the image below.  And in about a week, the little brown UPS truck will be dropping off a box of goodies for you to play!

Simple wash with Brusho Crystal Colours Stampin Up Card

One of the other super bonuses with the Brusho Crystal Colours?  You get a TON of bang for your buck.  So much so I think I’ll be gifting my half-full bottles in my will 😋.  And that’s AFTER making loads of projects with them.

If you’re still on the fence, take a look at this Love What You Do card where I painted with the crystals.  It might just help you decide.

So did you try out this technique?  If not, don’t wait!  Once you start to play you’re also going to fall in love with this awesome art supply like I have.  Then I predict you won’t be able to stop at just one Brusho Crystal Colours Stampin Up card.

Simple Handmade Thank You Cards for Teachers

Simple Handmade Thank You Cards for Teachers

It’s that time of year when almost everyone seems to need simple handmade thank you cards for teachers! So I thought…”that’s-a-down-right-close-to-perfect” idea for a Keep It Simple Sunday project.  So I got down to business with the fabulous set from my next Stampin’ Bingo, Animal Outing.

If you’ve never attended a bingo before, you’re in for a treat!  Not only do you get THIS darling stamp set…

simple handmade thank you cards for teachers

…you ALSO get 9 games of BINGO with your besties, a welcome gift, a yummy dessert, make’n take projects and a chance at a grand prize! Sign up today for a fun night out!

There’s absolutely NUTHIN’ I don’t LOVE about this set (and yes, Mrs Fawcett my Grade Ten high school English teacher, wouldn’t be very happy about that double negative sentence! 😬) 

The cute animals, the funky and fun greeting font, the wonderful mix of sentiments…I had a hard time deciding what to stamp first!

But decide I did… and here it is.

simple handmade thank you cards for teachers

You have to admit, our wrinkly rhino is gosh-darn super sweet!  And what’s even sweeter?  How easy it was to colour him (not sure why he’s a “him”, but he just IS!)

Take a closer peek at the watercolouring then I’ll give you my sneaky little tip so you can make a batch of these simple handmade thank you cards for teachers in a snap!  

who needs simple handmade thank you cards for teachers

Did you figure out what ink I used?  Tuxedo Black Memento.  

Wait, what?  For watercolouring?  

Well. not normally it’s true.  But here it’s HANDS DOWN the BEST choice. 

Why?  Because rhinoceros-sus are grey!

Here’s the scoop.  Since your Tuxedo Black Memento pad is dye-based and not permanent, as soon as you add water, the colour runs.  And here it ran right into a fully coloured rhino!  Perfection!

Make Simple Handmade Thank You Cards for Teachers


  • Watercolour paper – 3 3/4” x 4 1/2”
  • Basic Black cardstock – 4” x 4 3/4”
  • Granny Apple Green cardstock – 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”
  • Black cord – a piece about 7” long


  1. Stamp rhino and sentiment onto watercolour paper in Memento ink.
  2. Use aqua painter with clear water to colour INSIDE the rhino.  (TIP1: just touch the tip of the aqua painter to the inside edge of the image to get the colour to flow then work into the middle of the image.  TIP2: Make sure you don’t add too much water. Less is more and you can always drop in a couple more drops anytime.  TIP3:  Leave some areas darker for realistic shading.)
  3. While ink is wet, scribble a little bit of Flirty Flamingo marker onto an acrylic block and just tap into his cheek area.
  4. Let dry naturally.  (TIP4:  Use your heat tool to dry more quickly – and set the rest of the Memento ink.)
  5. Scribble marker colours onto an acrylic block and pick up with aqua painter for the grass and bird (Granny Apple Green, Bermuda Bay and Mango Melody)
  6. Glue all pieces to the front of the card.
  7. Tie bow in cord using my easy video and adhere with a glue dot.

This brand new cord is great.  It’s quite stiff so you can tie it like we did just now, wrap it around your cardstock (TIP5: use a strong adhesive to hold it in place) or look how cool it is when it unravels!

What’s Next?

So now you’ve got the deets, you just need this fab new set!  You can get it one of two ways!  

  1. Sign up for my Stampin’ BINGO in Central Alberta on June 21st or
  2. Order it today (with all the other supplies too) for quick delivery directly to your home!

Here’s one final gander at this ultra adorable rhino.

simple handmade thank you cards for teachers

Did you sign up for the Bingo?  You’ve only got until Tuesday!  Get in on the fun now!

Whatever you decide to make with the cute Animal Outing stamp set, it’s going to get rave reviews from kids and adults alike.  And, I’m just guessing here, but I’m pretty sure your simple handmade thank you cards for teachers will get you an ‘A+’ and move you to the top of any class, even Mrs Fawcett’s!


Stampin Up Vintage Leaves Retiring 😔

Stampin Up Vintage Leaves Retiring 😔

Oh no, one of my ALL TIME FAVES, Stampin Up Vintage Leaves retiring?  Yup, that’s the sad news😔.  And if this stamp set is not already in your paper crafting toolkit, you need to add it now before it’s GONE-ZO!

You know how there are just some stamp sets – and in this case, framelits too – you will never part with?  This set is it for me.  Full of a variety of gorgeously detailed leaves, I’ve used it TONS over the past few years for all different seasons and all types of greetings.  

And while today’s card is an ULTRA fast and easy watercolour card in keeping with my Keep It Simple Sunday series, it’s super easy to jazz up a bit too (I’ll get to that later).

stampin up vintage leaves retiring

Want to know how simple it is? 

5 minutes simple!!  And you could use this for just about ANY occasion.  Thank you’s like you see here…congrats, birthday, masculine, thinking of you, sympathy, wedding…the list is pretty much endless. 

Just switch out your greeting or maybe your colours and you’ve got a card you can make while you’re running out the door to the post office!

So before we get to the “how” to make your own quick and easy watercolour card, tell me, do these adjectives describe YOU?

  • Stylish?
  • Flexible?
  • Classy?
  • Beautiful?

Un hunh…I thought so.  Well you’re in good company.  They also completely describe the Vintage Leaves set! 

Stampin’ Up! Vintage Leaves Retiring – but it’s a keeper!

Let me fill you in just a teeny bit more on why May 31st with Stampin Up Vintage Leaves retiring is a sad day for me.

  1. I can get almost every season represented by just changing out my ink pad colour
  2. It’s photopolymer so there’s no guesswork where your image will be placed
  3. There’s a mix of smaller and larger leaves to create awesome backgrounds
  4. The detailed lines make it perfect for lots of techniques (but especially watercolouring like I did here )
  5. Everyone loves receiving nature-inspired cards and projects
  6. The stamps have a perfectly matched set of framelits so no fussy cutting!


OK, let me give you the lowdown on how to create your own fast and fun falling leaf card.

stampin up vintage leaves retiring


  • Watercolour paper – 3 1/2” x 4 3/4”
  • Chocolate Chip cardstock – 1 piece 3 3/4” x 5” and 1 piece 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”
  • Wild Wasabi – 4” x 5 1/4”


  1. Ink leaf in Wild Wasabi ink and stamp onto left side of watercolour paper.  Ink and stamp until you have a few falling leaves down the left side.  (TIP1:  Make sure you stamp OFF the page.  It makes your panel look larger and is more pleasing to our eye.)
  2. Spritz with water from your Stampin’ Spritzer. (TIP2: Give it a few good shots so the ink starts to bleed and run.)
  3. Let dry – the hardest part but it should only take a minute or two.
  4. Stamp Thank You in Chocolate Chip ink
  5. Adhere to Chocolate Chip, then Wild Wasabi, then to front of folded card. (TIP3: Use liquid glue or Tear & Tape on the watercolour paper so you have a strong hold.  SNAIL isn’t quite strong enough.)

Done, like dinner!!

You know you don’t need to limit yourself to only one colour either.  Take a look at this dtunning card with beautiful fall tones where I’ve jazzed it up just a smidge more!  

Or maybe this fall one embossed with copper metallics then watercolored with my Aqua Painter is more your style?  Or thow about his one with three different embossed metallics for a cool feel?

stampin up vintage leaves retiring

I bet your mind is whirling, just thinking of ALL the possibilities for greetings, scrapbook pages, home decor, tags, gift wrap.  It boggles the mind really 😮!  

But one thing I know for sure?  You will never be disappointed you made this purchase.  Just click on an image to start your order.  Thanks so much for shopping with me.

stampin up vintage leaves retiring

You may have a closet full of stamps that rarely see an ink pad.  Believe me, I TOTALLY understand – I even think that’s normal!  😃 

But I absolutely know you’ll use Vintage Leaves LOTS for all kinds of events and occasions.  In fact, I’m so sure of that, I will guarantee it.  I’ll buy it back from you if you don’t!

So while we’ll miss this fabulous set in our line-up since Stampin Up Vintage Leaves retiring, with my own tucked away in my forever closet, I’ll be able to pull it out whenever I want.


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