Flowering Foil 2020 Sale-a-bration

I am in love with the 2020 Sale-a-bration Flowering Foil Designer Paper. OMGosh! I tend to shy away from a lot of coloring. I don’t find a relaxing at all. Lol! Today I am sharing three design I created using the Flowering Foil 2020 Sale-a-bration designer paper. Why yes……I did several types of coloring and even enjoyed doing it. [grin]

Below is my first design using the large floral images. They are fabulous, white cardstock with copper foil embossed flowers. I colored them us an aqua painter with Purple Posy and Highland Heather ink pads. I did fussy cut each flower, I know I’m crazy but I find fussy cutting relaxing. [smile] The centers are brushed with Wink of Stella. The sentiment is copper heat embossing onto Vellum. Everything was popped with Dimensionals.

2020 Sale-a-Bration Floral Foils Large Poseys

My second design uses that mini all-over posy design. I sponged the entire piece with Purple Posy. I love the soft effect it gives. The sentiments are from the Ornate Thanks stamp set (available April 1st) and are heat embossed silver and copper onto Silver and Copper foils popped with dimensionals. I used the faux suede technique on the Pear Pizzazz band. It’s my go-to when I want a bit of subtle texture.

2020 Sale-a-Bration Floral Foils Mini All-Over Poseys

My third design using the square graphic design. I used my Aqua Painter again to color in a checker board pattern the squares in Pear Pizzazz and Purple Posy. The “Thank You is heat embossed onto Purple Posey with Copper and, you guessed it, fussy cut. [smile] I placed it with dimensionals onto a strip of Copper Foil cardstock. Also, I placed everything onto a 3-1/4″ x 5-1/2” card base. I don’t have to write an much on the inside and it still fits in an A2 size envelope. Woohoo!

2020 Sale-a-Bration Floral Foils Square Graphic

Below is the color combination I used for these designs.


  • STAMPS: Dressed to Impress, Ornate Thanks (available 4/1/2020)
  • CARDSTOCK: Pear Pizzazz, Purple Posy, Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape, Flowering Foils 2020 Sale-a-bration Designer Paper, Vellum, Silver & Copper Foil
  • INK: Purple Posy, Highland Heather, Pear Pizzazz, VersaMark
  • ACCESSORIES: Dies–Ornate Layers (available 4/1/2020) | Emboss Folder–Subtle | Emboss Powder–Copper & Silver | Wink of Stella

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed these designs and are inspired to ink up your stamps! I would love to hear what you think or any questions you may have.

Sparkly Hugs, Carol


Little Ladybug Trio

It’s been a while since my last post. I went back to school and working full-time kept me busy. I have taken a break from school and had fun getting back to my studio and designing. Getting back to my happy place has been so relaxing! To start I made a trio of designs using the Sale-a-bration Little Ladybug stamp set. The first one is this Little Ladybug Trio.

SAB 2020 Little Ladybug Trio

Flirty Flamingo is one of my favorite colors. After I finished coloring the trio of Ladybugs I did my “happy chair dance”. The bright, light color make me happy. Ooh, I did black emboss them first which made it easier to color within the lines.

I did fussy cut my ladybug trio, BUT, there is a Ladybug die set. Woohoo…no fussy cutting!


  • STAMP: Little Ladybug (2020 Sale-a-bration)
  • CARDSTOCK: Flirty Flamingo, Basic Black, Whisper White
  • INK: VersaMark, Memento Tuxedo Black
  • BLENDS: Flirty Flamingo (Lt & Dk), Petal Pink (Lt & Dk), Daffodil Delight (Dk)
  • ACCESSORIES: Punches–1-1/4″ & 1-3/8″ | 3D Embossing Folder–Coastal Weave | Emboss Powder–Black |

Thank you for stopping by today! Happy stamping!

Sparkly Hugs, Carol


So Many Sparkly Stars

So Many Sparkly Stars

I enjoy taking a stamp set and creating something completely unexpected. As I was perusing the new 2019 Holiday Inspiration Catalog. I fell in love with the So Many Stars stamp set. The catalog inspirations shown are geared towards the Christmas Holiday Season. Today’s share “So Many Sparkly Stars” is my outside-the-box take on the So Many Stars stamp set

EMBELLISHMENT: With fall having arrived here in the Northwest my creative juices were leaning toward Halloween. I was trying out the Shimmer Black Emboss Powder. After embossing and die cutting the swirls & stars, the sparkly black look made me giddy. I then wanted something to pop against the black, Granny Apple Green jumped out at me.

I was looking to add more shine and decided to spritz the Granny Apple Green with a mixture of Frost Shimmer Paint and rubbing alcohol. [Perfect!!!] After cutting the same swirls & stars I started layering onto a band of Basic Black. I loved the look. At this point I had an embellishment that needed a home. Lol!

BASE: Layering the embellishment onto the Granny Apple Green layer made the stars pop. [Sweet!] Well……what goes great with black and green ……purple! When I pared this embellishment with Gorgeous Grape I did my happy chair dance. To add the finishing touch I gave the new Scripty Emboss Folder a try. OMGosh! This emboss folder is THE BOMB! It was the perfect subtle background. What do you think?

SENTIMENT: To finish the design it needed a sentiment. I had leftover spritzed Granny Apple Green and decided to use it. Looking at the sentiments included in the So Many Stars stamp set I felt “the stars are shining brightly” would be the perfect fit. I was strong and ended up cutting apart the full sentiment “O, holy night, the stars are shining brightly” and embossed it in plain black. Finally another cool item in the new 2019 Holiday Inspiration Catalog are “black” dimensionals. WHAT? Yes, there are now black dimensionals to use with dark designs so you hardly see them. I used them on the green stars and the sentiment. Woohoo!


Here’s what I used: STAMP: So Many Stars; PAPER: Gorgeous Grape, Granny Apple Green, Basic Black; INK: VersaMark; ACCESSORIES: Dies–Stitched Stars |Emboss Folder–Scripty 3D| Punch–1-1/2″ Circle | Emboss Powder–Shimmer Black & Black

When I had finished my design I showed it to a friend and she said “hey, it has a “wicked” feel.” I didn’t even see that. Very cool! I’d love to hear if you thought I hit the “wicked” feel OR if you love the “Scripty” emboss folder like I do.

Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you’re inspired to get your fingers inky. Have a great day!

Sparkly Hugs, Carol


Sparkly Peacock Feathers

Sparkly Peacock Feathers

Do you think I used enough sparkle? Lol! Today’s Sparkly Peacock Feathers share is full of sparkle, shine and glitteriness. This is my second design using the Royal Peacock Suite.

The Royal Peacock Suite was at the top of my “must have” list from the new 2019-20 Annual Catalog. I love the Noble Peacock Foils (Old Olive, Pretty Peacock and Blueberry Bushel). That is how I chose the color palette for this design.

BASE: I started with Bermuda Bay topped with another layer of Bermuda Bay embossed with the Beads & Baubles Emboss Folder. Next is the Bermuda Bay band with Blueberry Bushel foil peeking out on either side.

PEACOCK: I started with the Peacock from the Detailed Peacock Dies in Old Olive. Next I added fun, sparkly circles with Gold Glimmer, Pretty Peacock Foil, Blueberry Bushel Foil and of course an Old Olive Noble Peacock Rhinestone. For my inspiration on “of course” scoured Pinterest and found several images of peacocks among other things and created this combination. Finally, the body of the peacock is more of the Blueberry Bushel Foil.

SENTIMENT: Staying with the Old Olive and Blueberry Bushel Foil theme I embossed the sentiment onto Old Olive and cut using the Stitched Nested Labels and a slightly larger Blueberry Bushel label.

If you’ve been on the fence about the Royal Peacock Suite make sure to come back and check out my third design in a few days. It’s a wowzer! It’ll have you saying “dang, I really need to get that”. (giggle) I’d love to be your demonstrator and earn your business.


  • STAMP: Royal Peacock
  • CARDSTOCK: Bermuda Bay, Old Olive, Noble Peacock Foil
  • INK: VersaMark, Night of Navy
  • ACCESSORIES: Punch–1/2″ Circle | Dies-Detailed Peacock & Stitched Nested Labels | Emboss Folder-Beads & Baubles| Noble Peacock Rhinestones |Emboss Powder–Clear | Vintage–Punches–3/8″ & 1/4″

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed today’s Sparkly Peacock Feathers share and it inspires you to break out your dies (and punches) and get creative. Have a great weekend!

Sparkly Hugs, Carol


Wish For It All Silver Candles

Wish for it All Silver Candles

Last April I attended the Stampin’ Up! onstage event in Vancouver BC and received during my swapping a great fun fold swap. When I reviewed my swaps that night I came across a cool fun fold swap and thought “I have got to make a card using this fold!”. This fun ditty I’m calling my Wish for It All Silver Candles.

Today’s post is the fourth or fifth design (I love it that much!) I have created using this fun fold. I created this for one of my July stamp classes. The color combination is outside my normal palette but the three shades of purple (Purple Posy, Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape) just came together. (giggle – who would have thought)

CARD BASE: The basic base size is 4.25″ x 8.5″ (11″), with 2.5″ cut away from the length. The base is scored at 4.5″, 5.5″, 7″ and 8″. The 2.5″ x 4.25″ rectangle is scored at .5″ and 1.5″ along the 4.25″ edge. Yes, go and cut a piece of cardstock, score it and use your tear and tape or multi-purpose liquid glue to create the rectangle. I KNOW! Pretty cool, uh?

CANDLES: So what goes good with purple???……why silver of course. I remembered that I recently purchased the Doily Wishes dies from the Wish for it All Bundle and had my a-ha moment that it included this candle shape. BAM!……Silver Foil meets candle.

SENTIMENT: The sentiment is from the Wish for it All stamp set that is also part of the bundle. Woohoo! AND the die that I used to cut the sentiment is another of the many cool shapes in the Doily Wishes dies. I did trim the froufrou from the label shape. The candles were enough visually so I wanted to keep the sentiment clean and simple. [Yes, I used froufrou in a sentence. Lol!]

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you have a great Friday and have enjoyed today’s Wish for it All Silver Candles ditty. Let’s go and get our fingers inky and have some fun!

  • STAMP: Wish For It All
  • PAPER: Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather, Purple Posy (new In Color)
  • INK: Memento Tuxedo Black
  • ACCESSORIES: Dies–Doily Wishes | Embossing Folder–Subtle | Basic Jewels–Rhinestones

Sparkly Hugs, Carol