Wednesday Wonderland!!!

This winter has really decided to strike with a vengeance!  For years the weather people have talked about "El Nino" or whatever they call it, but this year it has delivered in spades.

So how's your Wednesday??

Here, it is quite chilly with overnight temps in the low 40's. I know that sounds warm to some of you but believe me when I tell you that for Southern California it's downright frigid.  The high for today was supposed to be only 55 but it got all the way up to 60....woohoo, bring out the sunscreen lol.

I joke, but it is nice and sunny outside, just freezing.

On to stamping!

Here are some cards I've been playing with lately. It uses a technique called Paper Piecing, and if you remember cutting out paper dolls or their dresses, you got this technique down pat. Here are some samples.

I used the "Beautiful You" stamp set from our Occasions catalog and the paper came from the same catalog. I used "Succulent Garden" DSP (designer series paper) and also some of the FREE ribbon from the SAB (Sale-A-Bration) brochure. The ribbon is awesome, you get two BIG rolls for free, each roll is 7 yards for a total of 14 yards of metallic ribbon. One silver and one gold. This is the gold one. The shape was made using the Stitched Shapes framelits which are back in stock and can be used with your Big Shot machine or any other die-cutting machine.
This card, I used the same stamp set, the same ribbon. The paper is different and came from the DSP stack called "Serene Scenery" and is available in our Annual catalog. The great thing (or one of the great things) I love about our DSP is it is always double sided. You actually get twice the choices when you use the DSP. Always a good choice! The embellishments I used here are the gold sequins. They come on a large roll but I take them off individually for a look like this one here. Many people just cut a length of the sequins and use it that way. You can decide how you want your project to look!!
In this version of my card, I stuck with the same ribbon and again used the Succulent Garden DSP. On the sentiment I thought the white card stock was a little bit bland so I attempted a water color technique with my water color pencils and I was not happy with the result. Had I used the Aqua Pen (filled with water) I would have achieved a much better, more "water-color-like" effect. However, I used the blender pens and did it AFTER stamping the sentiment on. Note to self: never do stuff like this as an after thought!  Lesson learned, I will not repeat. With that aside, it is still a pretty card and won't be wasted! :)
This is one of the classic looks that Stampin' Up! is knowns for. Coordinating DSP, card stock, ink, embellishments. The whole shebang. So in the 2016-2018 In Color paper stack you get five colors and Dapper Denim is one of them. The other four are Emerald Envy, Flirty Flamingo, Sweet Sugarplum, and Peekaboo Peach. When you buy the stack you get a huge stack of 40 sheets broken down into 4 each of 2-sided designs in each of the colors I listed above. For instance, the Dapper Denim will have the polka dots on one side and the small writing on the other for one design. Another will have tiny flowers on one side and the other side will have bold stripes, etc. If you buy the DSP stack and coordinate with the card stock that matches along with the ink pad (or marker - or both!) that matches and don't forget the matching embellishments!! When you are done you have a seamless-looking card or project that people know is hand made but also know how much care you took to make it look so finished. Truly a gorgeous look.
I can't leave without sharing at least one of the pictures from our Big Bear trip. This could be a Christmas card, it is so pristine.  Everywhere you looked this is what you saw, I truly have not seen that much snow in Big Bear for like, my whole life! It was fantastic yet a lot of work. I now have a different respect for those of you who live in snowy conditions. My hat's of to you (not today, too cold) but you are very STRONG people for being able to tolerate the conditions as well as stuff like digging yourself out of somewhere (we had to) being prepared in your car for mishaps like getting stuck (didn't happen, thank GOD!) and just learning how to drive safely when those around you are driving like maniacs.

I am getting help from my lovely nephew to fix up my website so hopefully before too long I will be able to have a more functional space. My aim is to have ONE spot where you can see my blog, see projects, see things on sale, see photos, leave comments, see videos, etc. ONE spot. No hassle. Hey, it's my dream. lol
On that note I will say good bye for now. Stay tuned for more gorgeous cards to follow!!



  1. these cards are amazing!! thanks for the help with this technique!!💞🐴

    1. Anytime, Ing!! It is super fun, right? I guess I forgot that one paper was retired when I posted the cards...oops. I knew they still sold the Paisley and Posey stamp set and didn't realize the paper had been discontinued. Bummer because the paper was gorgeous.


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