Easy Ink Smooshed Watercolored Background Video Tutorial

StampNation Sketch Challenge #130.2

I love the weekly challenges at StampNation.  Maureen is our coordinator and always has something to get our Mojo flowing!  Each week, our Dream Team shares amazing samples to inspire SN members and I put up a video of my challenge card.

may22sketchpeekThis week is my favorite type of challenge…it’s a sketch.

Here’s a peek at my project.

Members, hop over to check out the challenge thread and see the DT samples…they did an amazing job and it’s incredible how each card is different, yet the same.

I found the sketch to be so inspirational that I sat down to make a second card.  View the video to see what I did and the inky fun I had!

StampNation Sketch Challenge #130

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SN_button2-23374What do StampNation Members say about this site?

“I learn something new everyday. It never ceases to amaze me how much you can learn from this one website. It just blows my mind. The ladies are so creative and willing to share their talents, its incredible. Normally it would be scattered all over the place not on one site. That to me is incredible. The ease, all in one place. Galleries, tutorials, challenges, swaps. I mean, wow, its all here!”  Bibi L.


“There are so many incredible tutorials here and samples that it would be hard not to grow as a paper crafter. The support and encouragement that I have received here has helped give me the confidence to start a blog and enter all kinds of challenges (and win some too). It’s because of this site that I am doing my very first guest designer spot – (which goes live tomorrow) I’m not afraid to try anything now – I don’t have a comfort zone anymore – I’ve learned to embrace all styles of card making!”  Susan


“Aside from the community feeling and friendships, the main benefit of the site is continual exposure to new products and companies that I would otherwise not see without hours of internet research. SN is a true one stop shop for techniques, products, ideas and SO much encouragement. I was brand new to card making when I joined and have grown immensely in the past year. People really compliment my cards now, and while I still make some that I am not happy with, I am learning why they don’t work and how to fix them.” Fran


“It feels like a close “family” and I feel very “safe” here. Love the wonderful sistahood. I am learning about other parts of the world. Adore learning and having a go at new techniques and trends, and challenges, and everything! Love how we all share, (not just carding), help and support each other here in times of need. I am learning new things all the time that I would othewise never have learnt, in a very safe and nurturiing environment. Love the inspiration at SN. My confidence is really growing! Thank you Catherine for SN and all the Sistahood!”  Lynn


“This is my family. I have relationships with people all around the world that I would otherwise have never met. There is a bond, a sense of genuine caring not found on other web sites. There is so much to learn and share also not found in one convenient place as good as SN. I have been here so long I have seen my stamping grow from very amateurish to some real quality work.”  Elaine


“The inspiration is amazing. Only being a card maker for about 1 1/2 yrs, I’ve learned SO much here and with the loving support of my sistahs, I’ve gained confidence in my work. I would have never come this far, had it not been for SN. I love the the unity of my extended family, and that, to me, makes my life so much richer.”  Debbie

StampNation Dream Team sketch challenge

This is a peek of the DT projects.

If you’d like to see more videos using this technique, check out these exclusive StampNation Video Tutorials:


  • Flower Friend Stamp Set (Simon Says Stamp)
  • Cardstock:  Whisper White, Basic Black (SU), Distress Watercolor Paper
  • Ink:  Wild Honey Distress Ink, Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay (SU)
  • Accessories:  Clear Block, Rhinestones

StampNation Sketch Challenge #130.3

Happy Stamping

Iron Crafter – Watercolor Clear Emboss Resist Card

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Me on the Iron Crafter?  When Chaitali Narla invited me to do an interview with her, I jumped at the chance.  How FUN!

We had an amazing chat which you can see here, and we each made a card using the same stamp set.  Please pop over there, check out her card, the interview and comment on her blog to get a chance to win these fun stamps for your very own self!

CAS-ual Fridays is our sponsor.  Thank you, Michelle!

Since watercoloring is fun and super hot in paper crafting right now, I thought these sweet flowers would be fun with this technique.

Using watercoloring along with the heat emboss resist technique is the perfect way to make your these designs pop.   View the video tutorial to see how I did it:

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I’ve got a little bonus for you!  I couldn’t stop stamping after the video camera turned off.  I made a second card using the same stamps and techniques, just different colors and layout.

Click here to download this bonus project and PDF tutorial for both cards.

You’ll also receive my newsletter which comes out a few times a month with more inspiration for you…see you on the other side!

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If you are interested in Life Scraps, which we talk about in the interview, click here to learn more!


  • Stamp Set: Casual Comfort (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps)
  • Card Stock: Whisper White, Basic Black (Stampin’ Up) Distress Watercolor Paper (Tim Holtz)
  • Ink: Real Red, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Bermuda Bay, Versamark (Stampin’ Up)
  • Accessories: Clear Embossing Powder, White Embossing Powder, Circle Framelits, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Aquapainter (Stampin’ Up) Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

 Did you enjoy this project? Click here to download the PDF tutorial!

Happy Stamping

Dipped-dyed Ombre Burlap Bags

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Dip Dyed.  Ombre.  Burlap.

Seriously this project is oozing with trendiness!

View the video to see how I dip-dyed these bags.

Fill these bags with chocolate, a gift card or a small gift.

Great for teachers, neighbors, party favors…

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  • My Favorite Stamp Set (Hero Arts), Simple Stems (Stampin’ Up!)
  • Burlap Bags (Jampaper)
  • Reinkers (Stampin’ Up):  Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive

dipped dyed burlap bag


 What’s new at StampNation?  Our weekly challenge!  Can you guess the theme?


SN_button2-23374Have you joined StampNation yet?

What do the members say about their membership?

“I was brand new to card making when I joined and have grown immensely in the past year. People really compliment my cards now, and while I still make some that I am not happy with, I am learning why they don’t work and how to fix them.”  Fran

“I’ve been really impressed by the wealth of information and the warm, friendly community.  I like having a community in which stampers/crafters can share their creations, questions and discoveries.”  Jean

“This is my family. I have relationships with people all around the world that I would otherwise have never met. There is a bond, a sense of genuine caring not found on other web sites. There is so much to learn and share also not found in one convenient place as good as SN.”  Elaine

It’s an amazing place…you will love it!

Click here to begin your membership today!


Happy Stamping

KISS Card – FIVE ways! and Cards For Him Blog Hop Winners!

 KISS Cards

Take this project with you! Click here to download the step-by-step PDF photo tutorial.

Thanks to everyone that hopped along with us the other day to celebrate the release of our Cards For Him online class!  It’s been a smashing success and the blog hop was incredible!  You can still hop – start here!  Read to the end of the post to find out if you won a spot in this class!

This class is bursting at the seams with masculine card ideas.  You’ll find:

  • video Tutorials
  • photo tutorials
  • projects from four different artists (myself, Maureen Merritt, Iwona Palamountain and Sandy Allnock)
  • ideas in categories such as texture, moving cards, nautical, cards for boys and more!

If you’ve ever been stuck when it comes to making cards for that special guy in your life, this card will have your Mojo in overdrive! The class is well-laid out, easy to follow and you have lifetime access to it.

Click here to register - You have just five days left to get in on the early bird pricing.

Click here to learn more about this class. 

Cards For Him Blog Hop - masculine cards

Here is the card that I made for the blog hop.

Simple.  Clean.  Graphic.  Great for a guy!

But great for many other people and occasions, right?

In this video I will show you how I made this card, simplified a bit, and how to make it four different ways!

I started out with the intent of making this a simple KISS Card video (Keep it simple stamper!) and got a bit carried away…watch…(viewing in your inbox?  click the title to view online).

Be sure to hop over to this video on Youtube to comment – I’ll be sending all five of these cards to one person drawn at random!


KISS Cards


  • Flower Friend Stamp Set (Simon Says Stamp)
  • Cardstock:  Whisper White
  • Ink:  Early Espresso, Daffodil Delight

KISS Cards

How to:

  • Score two pieces of card stock at 5-1/2, then cut at 5-1/2. Fold these in half and you will then have four card bases.
  •  Cut one piece of card stock the long way at 4, then cut the remaining piece at 4.  Then cut both pieces at 5-1/2.  You will now have four pieces for your top layers.
  • Cut the 1/4 piece of card stock on an angle.
  • Use a pencil to trace the angle of the cut card stock.
  • Use that pencil line as a guide to stamp your images.
  • Figure out how much you need to cut off the top piece and cut.
  • Stamp your greeting and assemble with dimensionals.

KISS Cards


  • Make a Statement Stamp Set (Some Odd Girl)
  • Cardstock:  Whisper White
  • Ink:  Yes Peas, Something Blue, Orange County (Studio Calico)

KISS Cards


  • Stamp Set (Papertrey Ink)
  • Cardstock:  Whisper White
  • Ink:  Coastal Cabana, Basic Grey, Calypso Coral

KISS Cards


  • Leaf and Flower Background Stamp (Hero Arts)
  • Cardstock:  Whisper White
  • Ink:  Peacock Feathers, Mowed Lawn (Distress Ink)
  • Accessories:  Sparkling Clear and Onyx Sequins (Pretty Pink Post)

KISS Cards

If you enjoyed this tutorial, click here to download the step-by-step PFD tutorial and take it with you!


And now the moment we’ve all been waiting for…the 10 winners of the Cards For Him class are:

From Allison’s blog:

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Susan’s blog:

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Chupa’s blog:

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Sandy’s blog:

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Amy’s blog:

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Leigh’s blog:

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Sarah’s blog:

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Catherine’s blog:

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and the winner of the $15 Reverse Confetti Gift Certificate from Jen del Muro’s blog:

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Congratulations ladies!  If you won a class subscription, email me (contact button in the navigation bar) and I will get you set up right away.  If you won the GC, contact Jen or myself and we will take care of you!



Happy Stamping

Hero Arts – Starry Nights! Video Tutorial

Hero Arts Starry Night

StampNation and Hero Arts are teaming up today to celebrate:

Here is a peek at the sketch for this week’s challenge and the project video I made for StampNation:

Sketch Challenge StampNation

For today’s blog video, I used the brand new Shoot for the Moon Stamp Set with the sketch from Challenge #126.  Watch as I walk you through my thought process and why I decided on certain colors, elements and techiques for this card.  It didn’t turn out the way it started in my head!

(Viewing through e-mail?  Click the title of this post to view on my blog.)


Fun stuff!  Here is a sneak peek at the fun the StampNation Dream Team had with their Hero Arts goodies and the sketch…these projects go up on StampNation today.

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Be sure to hop over to the Hero Arts blog!  They have TWO 1-month StampNation Memberships up for grabs!

Hero Arts Starry Night


  • Shoot for the Moon Stamp Set
  • Cardstock:  Bermuda Bay, Basic Grey, Whisper White (SU!)
  • Ink:  Basic Grey (SU), Poppy Chalk Ink (Hero Arts)
  • Accessories:  Circle Framelits, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Sticky Strip, Polka Dot Embossing Folder (SU), Enamel Dots (My Mind’s Eye), Stitched Stars Dies (Lil’ Inkers)

You can check out their new products that are available TODAY for purchase!  Hero Arts Online Store

Hero Arts Starry Night



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Happy Stamping