Creating Cards with Ombre Stamp Pads

Yippee!  I finally found some time to play with new Stampin’ Up! goodies!  I say new, but they’ve been sitting on my craft desk, taunting and tempting me, for about six weeks now. Hmmm, coincidentally since school ended for the summer and my hooligans began spending their days with me.  Anyway, I finally just decided to take a few minutes when I could, and I managed to create 3 cards using the new Ombre Stamp Pads.Ombre-Title-ChaosServedDail

I was super excited to see these pads in the 2016-17 Annual Catalog.  Years ago, the Kaleidoscope pads, which were multi-colored, were among my first purchases from Stampin’ Up!, and I loved them dearly.  These Ombre Pads are just decreasing (or increasing, if you’re a glass half full person) shades of Rich Razzleberry, Calypso Coral, and Bermuda Bay. The stamp set I used, Summer Sorbet, is especially designed to work well with the pads, so Princess Thundercloud and I couldn’t wait to try them out together. Our first experience was less than optimal, so I had to do a little research online at Stampin’ Up!

It turns out (this is a cautionary tale, so learn from my pain) that you tap the pad, then slightly move the stamp several times to fully cover it. When we oh-so-carefully (we didn’t want to blur the ink together, thinking of the multicolored Kaleidoscope pads) tapped straight up and down, it left lines uncovered by ink on our stamps. Once we relaxed a little (because the little pads inside the Ombre Pads are all the same shade, just varying intensity, so blurring the lines doesn’t matter), the stamps and pads worked beautifully together. IMHO, of course!Ombre-Hearts-ChaosServedDai

With this card, I also used the new Copper Embossing Powder…love the look!  The background is from the Serene Scenery paperstack, and the sentiment can be found in the Watercolor Words stamp set, which has become a favorite of mine.The tiny heart kind of shows the design on the other side of the woodgrain paper. The twine came from a dollar bin at some store where I spend way too much time.


This Hooray card uses the same two stamp sets, Summer Sorbet and Watercolor Words, along with a card base from June’s Paper Pumpkin and that same twine.  The doily and washi tape are craft store finds that have also been lurking around my craft desk, wanting to be used.

Ombre-Snowcone-ChaosServedD  This Happy Birthday card is just so summery!  Too bad the temperature has been above 80 about 3 days here this summer.  Along with Summer Sorbet and Watercolor Words, I used the Timeless Textures stamp set, which has fabulously versatile stamps to create fun backgrounds, like the watercolor wash and drink rings. The sequins were also surplus from June’s Paper Pumpkin. The base is just a Whisper White notecard, which is a very affordable, convenient thing to have on hand!  I think a pack of 20 cards and envelopes is only $6.00.

So there you have it…the sum total of my card-creating for this entire summer!  These really took less than fifteen minutes each (and that includes the thinking time to decide on layouts and such).  I love the new Ombre Pads, now that I’m schooled on how to use them…check them out if you’re on my Stampin’ Up! site!


Happy New Year!


And here’s what I used:

Mingle All the Way Stamp Set; Pool Party, Island Indigo, Crumb Cake, Strawberry Slush, and Daffodil Delight cardstock; Island Indigo Marker; Frosted Sequins; Island Indigo Bakers’ Twine; Fringing Scissors

Don’t forget, there’s a huge End-of-Year Sale at Stampin’ Up!…and it’s only through January 5, 2015.  Shop anytime at my Stampin’ Up! website!  There are some pretty amazing deals on stamps, paper, embellishments, and dies.  Not that I would be doing any after-Christmas shopping, of course. The Mingle All the Way stamp set (Item 135773) is on sale for only $12.59, regularly $17.95.  It’s a favorite of mine!

And, of course, I want to wish you and yours the most wonderful year ever! Happy 2015!

Thanksgiving Treats Jar

I happened upon some fun, fun candies at Target last week…Sixlets in fabulous autumnal colors, such as pearly gold, rich russet, and glossy chocolate.  I couldn’t resist.  Of course, they came in a plain ol’ plastic bag, so I had to dress them up a little for giving.


I used a recycled Frappucino bottle and embellished it with a tag using my current favorite stamp set, Mingle All the Way. I realize you can buy little milk bottles for crafting, but they don’t have lids and, more importantly, cost about the same as buying a bottle with sweet, milky caffeine in it!

To make the tag, I colored my stamp with markers, the lighter (Tangelo Twist) one first, followed by Early Espresso.  I did two colorings of each, then “huffed” to get the ink a little wetter again, then stamped. Then I just rounded the corners, cut a piece of designer paper a little larger and rounded those corners, and adhered the sentiment to the background. I used the flower punch from the Itty Bitty Accents set to mimic the bittersweet flowers on the stem, putting little pearls in the centers.

After wrapping bakers’ twine around the neck several times, I tied a twig of silk bittersweet on with the tag.

To cover the lid, I wrapped gold washi tape around the edge, then used my Scallop Punch to punch out a circle of the same designer paper.  I used glue dots to make sure that stays on well.


If there’s anything you need, you can stop by my Stampin’ Up! website anytime! Here’s what I used for this:

Mingle All the Way Clear-Mount Stamp Set, Item 135773, $17.95

Mingle All the Way Wood-Mount Stamp Set, Item 135770, $24.95

1-3/4″ Circle Scallop Punch, Item 119854, $16.95

Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Item 133787, $16.95

Tangelo Twist and Early Espresso Markers, Basic Pearls, Corner Rounder Punch

The bakers’ twine and bittersweet twig were just in my crafting stash.

This was a fun, five-minute project that I’m sure will bring a smile when I give it away. If I don’t have to return to Target to replenish the Sixlets within it, that is.  It’s a long time until Thanksgiving, you know.


Halloween Treat Bags

I just opened a new set from Stampin’ Up!, and it’s so cute I just had to make something with it to show you!


The set is Mingle All the Way, from the Holiday Catalog.  There are doodle-looking sayings for every holiday between now and New Years, so I totally felt virtuous buying it. It’s available in photopolymer (the clear stamps) or digitally.  Look…

These bags just took a few supplies…Pumpkin Pie cardstock, Blackberry Bliss  and Pumpkin Pie ink, the Mingle All the Way stamp set, and the Tag Topper punch. The Chevron Tag a Bag is from Stampin’ Up!, as well. For the other bag, I just made a 2-5-7-10 bag from an easy tutorial here, using a piece of black cardstock, then added a bit of patterned paper on the front.


I love these Tag Topper punches…you just cut your cardstock 2” wide, slie it into the punch, and punch the hole and slanted corners in one easy step.

And here are a few other past ideas for Halloween treats, like this cute Treat Pouch:SourCreamCarton-ChaosServed

Or this fun treat-filled Coffee Cup:


Or how about a gift of cozy fuzzy socks, done up in an adorable little box?

As always, shop anytime at my Stampin’ Up! site! And thanks in advance! If you order in the next few days, you should have your supplies in plenty of time for Halloween crafting. Of course, if you want digital downloads, you’ll have those immediately. So go get crafting, already!

Paper Pumpkin Halloween Treats

I don’t think I’ve been up on my Paper Pumpkin soapbox in a while…so let me just reiterate how much I love going to the mailbox and seeing that bright orange box in there, filled with crafting goodness!  The day it comes, I cannot wait for the kids to get to bed so I can spend a half hour crafting…just crafting, not having to think up a project or anything like that, because those brilliantly creative designers at Stampin’ Up! have already done that for me!

The package I got in September was super fun….look!


This is after I stamped the tags, of course…the kit came with 6 burlap bags, an exclusive stamp set, a Tangelo Twist Stampin’ Spot, orange and purple mini-clothespins, die-cut tags in layers, black twine, and orange sequin string. Oh, and bat, skull, raven, and tree stickers.  Those images are all in the stamp set, too, so when I run out of stickers, I can just stamp the images I’d like.

The bags are about 5” by 4” when closed, perfect for my kids favorite Halloween treat.  Sept-Bag-ChaosServedDaily

I used the stamps to make a few extra tags, as well…Sept-Tags-ChaosServedDaily

I also used the Work of Art stamp set on these, for the watercolor-ish zigzags.

Anyhoo, if you’re interested in a creative break each month, you can check out Paper Pumpkin on my Stampin’ Up! website…every month has been a fun, on-trend project that I’ve found really useful!


World Card-Making Day! (and a sale!)

Yep, that’s a thing. And it’s today, October 4, 2014. And no, it’s not invented by Hallmark. Because, really, where were the profit for them be in that?  It could possibly have been invented by crafting companies, but I cannot confirm nor deny that.

Anyway, it’s a great excuse to hide from your family and do a little creative crafting…and here are a couple of cards I made in just a few minutes, with minimal supplies…seriously.


Supplies:  Work of Art stamp set; Tangerine Tango, Island Indigo, and Soft Suede markers; Whisper White notecard and envelope

I’m pretty sure I’ve pointed out before how much I love the notecards from Stampin’ Up! You get 20 cards and envelopes for$5.95 and they come in white or Crumb Cake (that’s kraft, for you non-SU! linguists). I just used the markers (another great value, if you don’t want to buy ink pads, and they make it super easy to make multicolored images) on this fun set from the 2014-15 catalog, Work of Art.  I really like the watercolor quality of the images in the set.

I used another set from the 2014-15 catalog for a similar card with even less stamping involved:


Supplies:  Fabulous Four stamp set; Soft Suede and Calypso Coral markers; Retro Fresh Washi Tape; Whisper White Notecard and Envelope

I really like this Fabulous Four stamp set…it has thanks, congrats, celebrate, and a get well stamp in it, and they’re a good size to be the main image on your card.  Again the markers make it simple to create a multicolored image, and the only cutting involved was trimming the ends of the washi tape. Yes, I finally let a little of my stash of tape go!

So there you have it…fun, handmade cards in a matter of minutes.  Stampin’ Up! is having a great stock up sale, with 15% off selected items…here’s the flyer, which includes stamps, paper, inks, and even adhesives.  If you’re interested, swing by my Stampin’ Up! site and shop to your heart’s content…you can see all the great deals in detail there! The sale only lasts until the 6th, though, so hustle on over!image


Perfectly Preserved Thanks

While this Throwback Thursday has never been posted before, I decided it still could be considered a throwback because it uses retired stamps. I love this Mason jar in the Perfectly Preserved stamp set, from Stampin’ Up! a couple of years ago. I’ve seen jar stamps from lots of other companies, though, so I’m sure you can find one, if you have a hankering!


Supplies: Perfectly Preserved and Pocket Silhouettes stamp sets; Blackberry Bliss, Tangerine Tango, Old Olive, Pool Party, and Hello Honey classic inks; Pool Party and Whisper White cardstock; Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack;

I really wanted to use the Blackberry Bliss ink for the jar, to match the printed paper, so it did run a bit.  But I still love the way this turned out, and the colors in it…perfect for late summer. I also love that it’s a mix of old and new…old stamps and the button, new In Colors and DSP.

And now I have to go get the written card in the mail, for a long overdue thank you to a friend!


Carbs, Schmarbs Gift Bag

You would think, with all the gift bags and boxes I can’t resist buying at craft stores and online, that I would always have the perfect bag on hand. Well, I don’t. But I do always have a brown paper bag (and usually in several sizes!), and they’re so simple to embellish to fit any occasion.


Stampin’ Up! supplies: Yippee Skippee stamp set; Pool Party and Whisper White cardstock; Epic Day Designer Series Paper; Calypso Coral and Basic Gray markers; Scallop Border and Designer Label punches, Corner Rounder, Calypso Coral Ribbon; Vintage Faceted Buttons; Pool Party Bakers’ Twine

I kinda love the sayings in the Yippee Skippee stamp set, and this one makes a perfect tag for a little birthday surprise. Because all the best birthday treats involve carbs, don’t they? To cover the front, just cut a sheet of decorative paper the width of the bag and long enough to be covered by the flap when it’s folded over. Attach it with some Sticky Strip or adhesive runner. WHILE THE BAG IS STILL FLATTENED. Trust me, don’t forget to do this BEFORE you’ve added the treat inside.


I freehand-cut the candle flame, but if you have the holiday Bitty Punches, the Christmas light punch is a perfect flame. I snipped the corners of a rectangle of cardstock t make a tag shape, then scalloped the edge to make it even less like a rectangle. Oh, and I used Dimensionals to pop the label out from the candle.

This took about five minutes to put together, and you’ll get credit for making it yourself!


Happy Watercolor Cards

Last week, I received my Sneak Peek order from Stampin’ Up!, with all the new In Colors for 2014-16 in cardstock, inks, markers, and ribbons.  I can’t blatantly show them to you until the catalog is officially live on June 1, but I can show you the things I’ve made from them!

But first, a reminder that the 2013-14 catalog is only good until May 31, so if there’s anything you’re longing to have, order before then. Also, most things in the the Occasions catalog will be disappearing then, including the fabulous Watercolor Wonders product suite.  So, once I pored over by new catalog (it came in the Sneak Peek order) and realized that Happy Watercolors stamp set, the Watercolor Wonder Note Cards, and the Watercolor Wonder Washi Tape were not in the new catalog, I panicked a little.

I mean, I have these products because I loved them and ordered them a couple of months ago. But I didn’t tell y’all how easily you can make beautiful, watercolor-look cards!  And now you only have a couple of weeks to order them!  So, look, at the various ways you can use them…


Supplies:  Happy Watercolor stamp set; Watercolor Wonder Note Cards; Watercolor Wonder DSP; Tangerine Tango, Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight, Basic Gray, Gumball Green markers; gold ink; Gold Embossing Powder; small heart punch, Twine; Watercolor Wonder Washi Tape; Large pearl

The smaller cards are made by cutting a notecard in half.  I also cut an envelope in half and used the washi tape to seal the cut side. They’re for enclosures, not to mail, of course, but how fun is that?

To make the flower on the zigzag card, I punched a bunch of 1” circles from the DSP and cut a slit to the center of each.  Then I used a glue dot to overlap the edges, making slight cups.  I just layered and staggered those to make the flower, then added some twine and a large pearl in the center.

For the green card, I used gold embossing powder on the dots and sentiment.  It looks amazing in person. Then I used a Stampin’ Dimensional to pop out the heart, which I punched from a scrap of paper from the flower for the other card.

The poppy card is made from one notecard.  I just stamped the poppy with Staz On black ink, then used an Aquapainter to watercolor it with Tangerine Tango, Cherry Cobbler, and Daffodil Delight. I stamped the “Thank You” in the black Staz On and added a twine bow with a glue dot.


And then…I played around with the inks from the new In Colors.  These are called Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow, and Blackberry Bliss.  I am loving them!  H2O-New-ChaosServedDaily

I again used the Happy Watercolor stamp set, embossing the orchid spray and sentiment stamps with gold. I added a Lost Lagoon ribbon and used my Decorative Label punch for the sentiment, and was done in nothing flat.

If you’re interested in the Watercolor Suite, here are the details:

  • Happy Watercolor Stamp Set, Wood 133188 $29.95; Clear 133191 $21.95
  • Watercolor Wonder Washi Tape, 3 rolls, 5 yds each  133000 $4.95
  • Watercolor Wonder Note Cards and Envelopes, 20 cards, 133362 $12.95
  • Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper, 12 double-sided sheets, 12×12 132994 $10.95

And don’t forget, there are lots of retiring stamp sets and accessories, so be sure you check them out on my website…as of May 31, they’re gone, gone, gone!


Picket Fence and Flowers Card

Recently, a fabulous woman (who I’ve been lucky enough to call a friend for about fifteen years now) decided the time had come to step away from some of the approximately 1,452 places that she volunteers the majority of her time. I was honored that the ladies in my Bible study group asked me to create a thank you card for her.  And I was thrilled with how it turned out, despite my performance anxiety!

Poppy-Card-ChaosServedDailyAll Stampin Up! Supplies: Woodgrain and Pleasant Poppies background stamps, Inspired by Nature stamp set (retired); Watercolor paper; Crisp Cantaloupe and Bermuda Bay cardstock; Bermuda Bay,Old Olive, Tangerine Tango, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight; and Cherry Cobbler inks; StazOn Black ink; Victoria Crochet Trim; Labels Collection Framelits and Big Shot; Aqua Painter; Scallop Edge Border  and Corner Rounder Punches; Wood Thank You from a Paper Pumpkin project

I know…I used a ton of products in this, but it was so much fun! And now all those purchases are totally justified, since I needed them for this one card.

My Aqua Painter made it simple to  blend Cherry Cobbler, Tangerine Tango, and Calypso Coral for the poppies, with Daffodil Delight in the centers. The Mother Teresa quote, “Good works are links that build a chain of love” is from the retired Inspired by Nature set, but it was just too perfect for my Catholic group, and my friend who embodies the spirit of giving her time.

This Woodgrain background get used frequently, and it made a perfect picket fence for this card.  The card, by the way, is an 8-1/2” x 11” piece of cardstock folded in half, to leave room for individual notes inside.

While this is a perfect card for the occasion, I think it would be equally beautiful for Mother’s Day, a friend’s birthday, or as a “thinking of you” not by changing the sentiment.

I hope she loved it as much as I loved creating it for her!