Well Said Love You Valentine

Well Said, Love You Valentine

Today’s share one of the designs made in my January stamp class. It is an adorable Well Said Love You Valentine card. I challenged myself to use the Well Said Bundle AS WELL AS the Brusho Crystal Colour. The Brusho Crystal Colour giveS the cool watercolor look effect.

I wanted to create a clean & simple Valentine’s Day card for class AS WELL AS play with Brusho Crystal Colour. I love the versatility of this design. It would be great for a Valentine’s Day, Anniversary, or just as an I “love you” card.

The “love you” is from the Well Said Bundle in the 2019 Occasions Catalog. After I perused the new 2019 Occasions Catalog it was one of my “must have” items I had to get. This bundle includes word images along with lovely script word dies to combine together. Finally, to add additional texture, I used the White Washed design from the Wood Textures Design Series Paper.

GREAT TIP: I cut the “heart” from the center of the watercolor paper before adhering to the base. Also, I cut the “love” from the Copper Foil layer before layering with the White Wash design.

I hope you enjoy today’s clean & simple Valentine’s Day card as much as enjoyed sharing it. Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you have a great day and get your fingers inky!

Below are the supplies I used to create my Well Said Love You Valentine Card | Pinkstampage.  To add any of the items you need, just click a pic! THANK YOU for choosing me to be your Stampin’ Up! demonstrator!


  • STAMP: Well Said
  • PAPER: Whisper White, Watercolor, Copper Foil, Wood Textures Designer Series Paper
  • INK: Memento Tuxedo Black
  • ACCESSORIES: Framelits–Well Written, Sweet & Sassy (Heart-vintage) | Brusho Crystal Colour–Brilliant Red

Sparkly Hugs, Carol

Colorful Seasons Bundle, Autumn Leaves

Colorful Seasons, Autumn Leaves

Clean and simple was the motto for my September Card Class.  I tend to go a bit overboard when designing.  [Who me?  Never!  LOL!]  I enjoyed creating this Colorful Seasons Bundle, Autumn Leaves design for my September Card Class stampers.

The oak tree in our front yard is starting to change colors.  It is amazing to watch the entire tree change from green to crushed curry, and everything in between.  I love when it’s full of green, cherry cobbler, cajun craze, pumpkin pie and crushed curry leaves all at once.  All I can say is that tree inspired this design.

BASE:  The clean and simple design has three layers of sparkle.  Yeah, baby!  It starts with a Shimmery White base.  The “life if a beautiful thing” sentiment is from the Colorful Seasons stamp set.  I stamped it with VersaMark ink and embossed with Gold Emboss Powder.

BRANCH:  To give some contrast I cut the “branch” from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits in Early Espresso.  I dotted the branch with Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue then placed on the card front.

FALL LEAVES:  The Fall colored, variegated leaves are easy to achieve with Watercolor paper, reinkers and an Aqua Painter.  Put a couple drops of reinker into your ink pad lids and with your Aqua Painter color swatches 1″ x 3″ onto Watercolor paper in Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie and Crushed Curry.  Making sure to keep the Aqua Painter wet by squeezing frequently to release water.

Let the colors dry, [or if you like me, impatient] dry with your heat tool.  Then cut the leaves from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits “Small Leaf” die.  Before placing on your card brush the edges with Wink of Stella – Clear.  [Very cool!]  Finally, to add height and dimension place the leaves randomly, adhering some flat and popping others.

Thank you very much for stopping by today.  Remember someone might be in need of a smile.  Receiving a handmade card in the mail box could make their day.  Have a great day!


  • STAMP:  Colorful Seasons
  • PAPER:  Shimmery White, Watercolor, Early Espresso
  • INK:  VersaMark
  • REINKERS:  Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze
  • ACCESSORIES:  Thinlits–Seasonal Layers | Emboss Powder–Gold | Wink of Stella–Clear


Sparkly Hugs, Carol


Reason for the Season – Poinsettia

Reason for the Season - Poinsettia 736pxl

This year has flown by for me.  I can’t believe there are only 130 days until Christmas.  Eek! / Woohoo! depending on how you look at it.  Lol!  I’ve been eyeing the Reason for the Season stamp set in my stamp stash and thought what the heck, let’s do a Christmas in July card.  [grin]

BASE:  I went with Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler and Basic Black for my color combination today.  The base is embossed with the new Petal Burst embossing folder.  I love the all over effect it gives, very neutral.  [smile]  Wrapping the Gold Satin Ribbon adds my favorite thing……sparkle!  Lol!

FOCAL POINT:  The Poinsettia image uses 3-step stamping.  It’s way cool…..you stamp the outline first (in Archival Basic Black ink), second ink up the Poinsettia Petals with Cherry Cobbler ink  (I spritzed them lightly with water to give a watercolor effect) then stamped onto the Watercolor Paper.  It’s okay if it doesn’t line up perfectly because the watercolor effect has the color running/smearing slightly so no one will be the wiser.  [wink]  Third, ink up the Poinsettia Leaves with Garden Green ink (spritz them lightly with water as well) then stamp.

I cut ovals and layered them in Basic Black and Cherry Cobbler as well as the Poinsettia image.  I went outside my comfort zone and angled the ovals slightly.  (What! you say.  Lol!)  I really like the way it left room for the sentiment.  Woohoo!  AND it was, of course, popped with Dimensionals.  What can I say, it needed height.  Lol!  Oh, I almost forgot that the center was colored with a Crushed Curry marker AND the white of the Poinsettia Petals I brushed with Wink of Stella Clear to give more shine.  [LOVE IT!]

SENTIMENT:  I mimicked the oval layering with Basic Black and Cherry Cobbler.  The “Peace be with You” is one of the many sentiments included in the Reason for the Season stamp set.  I used 1-3/8″, 1-1/2″ and 1-3/4″ circles.  This was popped with Dimensionals as well.  [Gotta get more height!]

I hope you enjoyed this Christmas in July Poinsettia card and give 3-step stamping a try.  Thank you for stopping by today!  I hope you have a great Monday!


  • STAMP:  Reason for the Season
  • PAPER:  Garden Green, Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Watercolor
  • INK:  Archival Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Marker–Crushed Curry
  • ACCESSORIES:  Punches–1-3/8″, 1-1/2 & 1-3/4″ Circles | Framelits–Layering Ovals | Embossing Folder–Petal Burst | 5/8″ Satin Ribbon–Gold | Wink of Stella Clear


Sparkly Hugs, Carol


Layering Love ~ Live Laugh Love Labels

Layering Love - Live Laugh Love 2 736pxl

Good Monday morning!

Man-o-man, we had a hot one here this weekend (98 and 100 degrees).  That is hot here is Portland, Oregon especially for the first part of June.  Fortunately they say after today we are going to be cooling down.  I’m looking forward to it very much.  😎  To help take my mind off the heat this weekend I helped a fellow demonstrator with her annual new catalog launch auction.  It is fun to see everyone get excited and involved in the bidding wars that ensue.  It’s amazing to see people being persistent when they want a stamp set (putting it nicely ~ wink, wink).

Today’s post is one that I designed last month for our local team gathering with items we were able to pre-order prior to the new 2016-17 Annual Catalog launch.  I just love seeing what inspires me as well as when I need to “make it work”.  [grin]

There’s several things going on to make this simple (looking) design work.  You know me, I love to layer and create framing to make things “pop”.  In this case it was the sentiment.  I created the framing layer with Basic Black and a narrow (1/16″ reveal), if you’d like to know how I achieved this, see below for quick and easy instructions.  Also, it needed that all important “sparkle” (of course).  To get the black embossing on the sentiment I did a coordinating embossing technique that I also describe below.  Oh, I almost forgot to mention my subtle texture go-to technique Faux Suede.

So as you can see, this card appears very clean and simple on the surface, but when you get down to the nitty gritty there is a lot going on the achieve this design.  What can I say, Clean & Simple (with lots of details) is what makes me happy!

BASE:  First, the Whisper White base was stamped with the Watercolor Wash Background stamp in one of the newest In Colors ~ Flirty Flamingo ink.  This color is so pretty, as well as soft & brite at the same time.  Next, to soften the look I rounded the bottom corners.  Then, I gave the band my favorite quick and easy Faux Suede technique to add a bit of subtle texture.  Woohoo!

LABEL:  Flirty Flamingo, Basic Black and Whisper White were die cut with the Lots of Labels Framelits.  The Flirty Flamingo label was popped with Dimensionals (of course to add height).  Then I cut two Basic Black and one Whisper White label.  To get the narrow black frame surrounding the Whisper White I cut one Basic Black label in half horizontally and one vertically. Next adhere the horizontally split Basic Black pieces to the Whisper White then the vertically split pieces.  After the stamping is complete, this is popped with Dimensionals, as well, to add even more height.  More height is a good thing.  Lol!

SENTIMENT:  To get coordinating embossing here’s a trick I use.  First, lightly stamp your image onto a VersaMark ink pad; second, stamp onto your coordinating ink pad (in this case I used Archival Basic Black); third, stamp the image onto the Whisper White label.  Then quickly coat with Clear Embossing Powder and heat until glossy.  I decided to add the large swoosh from the Painter’s Palette in Blushing Bride, Flirty Flamingo and Watermelon Wonder because I felt the words looked a little lonely.  [TIP:  After I embossed the words and stamped the “swoosh” I carefully blotted the sentiment to remove the excess colored ink.  Don’t wipe or the colored inks will smear – I had the do this part twice because I wiped instead of blotted. Eek!)

I hope you have a great Monday.  Thank you for stopping by today!


  • STAMPS:  Layering Love, Painter’s Palette, Watercolor Wash
  • PAPER:  Whisper White, Flirty Flamingo, Basic Black, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer
  • INK:  Flirty Flamingo, Blushing Bride, Watermelon Wonder, VersaMark, Archival Basic Black
  • ACCESSORIES:  Punch–Confetti Stars Border, Project Life Corner  |  Framelits–Lots Labels  |  Embossing Powder–Clear


Sparkly Hugs, Carol


Birthday Bouquet Mother’s Day

Mother's Day 2016 Closed

I have been wanting to make one of these fun fold cards (sorry, I’m not sure what it’s called).  When I came across Alison Solven’s version and video, I gave it a whirl for my mom’s Mother’s Day card.  When deciding what paper to use I perused my “stash” (giggle ensues) and came upon this pretty print from the Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper Pack.  My mom loves to garden so it was a win-win.  [smile]  I am going to miss this designer series paper, it has an abundance of pretty prints.

BASE:  After deciding on the Designer Series Paper that determined my color combination.  I went with Blushing Bride for the base.  The front left side is layered with of Mossy Meadow and the large watercolor flowers print from the Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper.

Mother's Day 2016 Open

BAND:  The band is Mossy Meadow layered with several different flowers and leaves fussy cut from the leftover after cutting the front face.  I selected several different shapes and sizes of flowers and leaves to visually break things up.  [TIP:  The largest flower is in the middle band area which covers the smaller flower on the back right side.]  Of course I was making this the “day of” and was a bit rushed.  But, I would have liked to cut more flower shapes to layer onto the base flower to give “more height”.  Lol!  OH……I almost forget to mention it felt a bit “not sparkly” so I added just a touch of Clear Wink of Stella to the center of each flower.  OMGosh it gave just the perfect amount of sparkle.  Woohoo!

INTERIOR:  The interior stamped sentiment is just large enough to fit behind the z-fold.  It is Whisper White stamped with a couple different sentiments from the Cottage Greetings stamp set in Mossy Meadow ink.  [Again, if I wouldn’t have been in a rush I would have added a layer of Mossy Meadow behind the Whisper White.]

SENTIMENT:  The “Happy Mother’s Day” is also stamped onto Whisper White with Mossy Meadow ink and punched with the Word Window Punch.  (I am really going to miss this punch to retirement, but I’m sure there will be something just as fun to replace it.  hint, hint)  To give the “end framing” punch another Word Window piece from Mossy Meadow.  Cut in half vertically, then adhere to the Whisper White spreading apart on the left and right sides to get the slight framing.

My mom really loved the card.  She displayed it on the table while we were having lunch.  I hope you enjoyed today post.  I will miss Mossy Meadow, give an “mm” shout out if you feel the same.  Thank you for stopping by today.  Have a great Monday!


  • STAMPS:  Teeny Tiny Wishes, Cottage Greetings
  • PAPER:  Blushing Bride, Mossy Meadow (retiring 5/31/16), Whisper White, Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper (retiring 5/31/16)
  • INK:  Mossy Meadow (retiring 5/31/16)
  • ACCESSORIES:  Punch—Word Window (retiring 5/31/16)


Sparkly Hugs, Carol


(PS……I’ve had several requests for the dimensions and scoring for my Mother’s Day Card.  Here ya go……I scored a 4-1/4″ x 11″ piece of cardstock at 2-3/4″ and 5-1/2″ for the “Z” fold base.  AND a 1-1/4″ x 11″ band at 2-3/4″ and 5-1/2″.  After folding the base and band they will have the same “Z” fold.  Rotate the band 180 degrees and adhere to the base front and right half of interior.

Below is Alison Solven’s video that I watched to learn how to create her version of this fun fold and the measurements. Both cards are super cute! You can jump to just before the 3:00min mark for her card dimensions & scoring and 4:25min for the band dimensions & scoring. http://www.stampcrazywithalison.ca/…/fun-fold-card… )