August 2021 Class and Workshop

For our August 2021 Class and Workshop I chose to highlight the Expressions in Ink suite of products from the 2021-22 Annual Catalog, along with print-outs from the Diversity download from Stampin’Up! I hope you enjoy the cards we made this month.

In making the cards from the Diversity download, we used three different coloring options: Colored pencils, Stampin Write markers and Stampin Blends. We pulled in some greetings from other stamp sets to match the images. We also made use of the Stampin’Up! masks (stencils).

Diversity cards using download from Stampin'Up!

The other three cards all made use of the Expressions in Ink suite of products: the Artistically Inked stamp set and dies, and the beautiful designer series paper.

Funky fold flap card using Expression in Ink products

As you’ll see we used the beautiful paper on all three cards in some way. And also used the stamps and some of the new 2021-23 In-color inks. I absolutely fell in love with this suite when I first saw the cover of our new annual catalog.

Expressions in Ink card with gold foil die cut

For this card, we used both plates of the Stamparatus to position the floral stamps and leaf stamps to be stamped beneath the gold foil die-cut. Using the SU adhesive sheets applied to the gold foil card stock made applying the die-cut to the card super easy. This card uses retired ribbon that I colored with Polished Pink ink to match the card.

2021-23 In Color card with Pretty Flowers embossing folder

Here again, we combined some old with new products for making this pretty card. Using all of the new In colors card stocks (but not shown here) and the 2021-23 In color shimmer vellum, it was embossed with the Pretty Flowers embossing folder. The pattern reminded me so much of the Floral Phrases dies that I decided to pull this old die-cut into the card. A strip of the designer series paper was added to mat the sentiment strip and we popped up a stamped flower for a focal point.

I sure hope you enjoyed seeing the cards we made at my August 2021 Class and Workshop. You can learn more about Heart Sentiments or me here. If you are interested in making cards or learning more about it, feel free to sign up at one of my monthly classes or workshops here. 

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Wood Textures DSP – Planked

Wood Textures DSP – Planked

Stampin’Up!’s Wood Textures DSP is pretty, but often times I am looking for more dimension than the paper alone provides. So, here  is how I tackle that in the descriptions and photos below.

Using a narrow black marker and white gel pen, I added more lines vertical to those already on the DSP. Then add horizontal lines to create planks. First, add the lines in black, then offset them slightly with the white gel pen.


When those are done, using the scorer on your trimmer or a scoring board, score each of the horizontal and vertical lines, creating planks.


Here is a close-up, showing the score lines.








Then, to add even more interest to the planks, I sponged various colors on the different “planks” creating a multi-colored wood plank background.









Here are photo examples of two different sheets of the wood textures DSP. The top image in each photo is the original DSP and the lower one is the enhanced version I created with markers, scoring and sponging. I hope you like them.




I’ll update this post when I make cards using these background wood sheets.









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Beautiful Day Stamp Set

Beautiful Day Stamp Set

I’m enjoying this new stamp set from the Occasions catalog, and trying out different coloring techniques. Here are some of the cards I made.

The rose on this card was stamped with Memento Black ink and colored with the light and dark Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive Stampin Blends. The top half of the card was embossed using a rose embossing folder. A strip of old DSP was used to hide the transition. The sentiment is from the Eastern Palace stamp set, and black and white pearls were used as embellishments. The middle layer of black card stock carried the color theme from the front, and I used Rose Red card stock for the base, as it more matched the color of the rose after using some color lifter to highlight some of the petals.


This next card used a lot of the same technique for coloring the rose image. Wink of Stella was added, but it’s hard to see in this photo. Very Vanilla layer was stamped with the rose stamp in Rose Red ink, and placed on a black card base. Sentiment is from the same stamp set and black sequins were used as  embellishments.



In this butterfly card, I got to add the FREE thinlits I received during Sale-a-Bration. The Celebrate You dies were die cut in both black and white, layering one over the other. The butterfly was stamped in Memento Black ink on vellum and then colored with Stampin Blends Old Olive. The variation in color was achieved by coloring some of the wing segments on one or both sides. And then I used the

color lifter to add some circles to the lower wing segments. I think you can see them in this image. Also pulled in some old DSP for the top layer over heavy white card stock. Again using some black sequins.

On this last card I used some background layering, first with Just Rite Script Background stamp in Crumb Cake, then with the butterfly stamp inked in Smoky Slate  and stamped off. A little bit of sponging with Smoky Slate and Crumb Cake was added to knock the background back a bit. The butterfly image was heat embossed with silver embossing powder on Shimmery White card stock, so I could watercolor it, using Blushing Bride and Pink Pirouette with an aqua painter brush. That image was fussy cut and popped up on dimensionals. The sentiment was stamped in Smoky Slate on heavy white card stock and layered onto Blushing Bride card stock.

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Beautiful You, Masked and Sponged

Although a very time intensive way to design cards, masking and sponging is my favorite way to create cards for those needing a more personal touch.

This card was made for the birthday of a friend who lives outside Charleston, as it made me think of her and of being there. It was inspired by a card made by Laura Kimber at KimberKreations and you can find the link to her post here at

I followed many of her directions for the masking and sponging and stamping. Then veered off course for a somewhat brighter and simple card. The main panel is a 4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of whisper white, and was adhered to a 5″ x 6 1/2″ card base. The sponging was done with Marina Mist and Night of Navy ink, and all the stamping was done with Tuxedo black ink.


I filled in the stamped focal image of the girl using black SU marker and used grey marker on the skirt of the image to make it appear lighter, like moon shining through the fabric. White gel pen was used on the water and the botanicals in the forefront to create a sense of depth and light. Finally I added wink of stella to the moon and water, giving the subject the needed shimmer effect.

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