Watercolor Pencils Challenge – You Decide

5/5/17 – Voting is now closed.  See the results here!

In one of my recent classes, we were working with the new Watercolor Pencils.  For the final project of the class, I issued a challenge to the attendees.  They stamped the daisy image from Helping Me Grow onto a piece of Watercolor Paper.  Using their new set of Watercolor Pencils, they took the piece home, colored the image, designed their own card, then sent me a photo of their card.  I must say, I’m impressed with each card, and I really cannot decide which I like best.  So I have decided to let you, dear readers, decide the winner of the challenge.  Leave me a comment with your vote for the winner, and you may be a winner yourself!  Everyone who votes will be entered into a drawing for the Marquee Messages stamp set! Voting will end on May 5th, and the winner will be notified via e-mail.  Here are the entries:







Thanks for playing along!




Springtime Blog Hop

It’s the first of the month and that means time for another Di’s Country INKers blog hop.  You may have arrived from Di’s blog – what did you think of her Springtime project?

Today’s card was one we made in class this week.  The little purple blooms remind me of Lilacs, which, if it ever stops raining, will soon be in bloom here.  I don’t know about you, but I think the springtime scent of Lilacs is one of the prettiest smells on earth! 

Today’s project begins with an Emerald Envy card base.  The foliage, from Number of Years, was inked in Emerald Envy and stamped off twice.  The flowers, from the same set, were inked in Wisteria Wonder and also stamped off.  The greeting, also from Number of Years, was stamped in Emerald Envy.  We used the Layering Squares Framelits and the Stitched Shapes Framelits to create the Wisteria Wonder and Whisper White squares in the focal point. 

Now, it’s a bit hard to photograph sparkles, but you can kind of see how sparkly and shiny this little Dragonfly is.  While I was designing this card, I was playing around with a few different ways to take this little guy up a notch, and I came up with a new-to-me technique in the process.  I showed it to the girls in my class this week and they were just as excited about it as I was.  It’s hard to describe, so I’m working on a video to show you what I discovered.  I’ll have it posted in a few days.  Here’s a close-up…

Close-up of Dragonfly Die-cut

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  A full list of the products used is listed below as well as all the stops on our hop.  Please try to leave our hoppers a little comment love – your feedback really means a lot!  Now off you go to see what Kathya has in store for you.


Our hoppers:

Barb   (You are here)



Last Month of Sale-a-Bration!

March 1st begins the last month of Sale-a-Bration (SAB), and to kick it off, we are featuring products from the best sale of the year in this month’s Blog Hop.  If you’ve arrived from Di’s blog, thanks for hopping along.

As if there weren’t enough great SAB gifts to choose from, Stampin’ Up! has added three new choices!  My favorite, so far, is the Glimmer Paper Assortment pack – 12 sheets, 3 colors, 4 sheets of each beautiful color!  In today’s project, I chose to work with the Mint Macaron and Sweet Sugar Plum papers, the third color in the assortment is Bermuda Bay.  You’ve got to see these papers for yourself – they are gorgeous!!

BeelineStamping.com 3-1-17

I started with a base of Sweet Sugarplum cardstock topped with a DSP layer from the Succulent Garden pack.  I used the Layering Squares framelits to cut a piece of the Mint Macaron Glimmer Paper, then added a Whisper White layer cut with the Stitched Shapes framelits.  The Sweet Sugarplum stamped images I used are from Flourishing Phrases, and I added two die cuts from the Flourish Thinlits Dies.  The Layering Ovals and Stitched Shapes Framelits were used to cut the greeting assembly.  The card was finished with a bow made with the 3/8″ Ruched Ribbon.

I know you’re going to enjoy Kathya’s project, so off you go to see what she has in store for you.  Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Remember that Sale-a-Bration awards are only available while supplies last – so get your favorites before they’re gone!


In case you get off track – our hoppers are:

Di         http://www.stampingwithdi.com
Barb    https://www.beelinestamping.com
Kathya http://www.stampwithkathya.com
Ellie     http://www.elstamper.blogspot.com
Nita     http://www.dreamingchipboard.blogspot.com
Mary   http://www.doggandponyshow.blogspot.com



Valentine’s Blog Hop

Welcome to our February Blog Hop – this month we are featuring all things Valentine’s.  How about Di’s project – cute, eh?

In December, I had a bunch of Holiday treats and holders left over from a craft fair I participated in and I was looking for a way to sell them.  I asked if I could put them on display in the salon my daughter works in.  (Vickie’s Personal Touch Salon in Wauconda, IL;  Ask for Vera!) Now, being made with Stampin’ Up! product, they were, of course, cute, but I was floored at how quickly the products sold!  Several of their customers asked if there would be any Valentine’s items for sale, so I went to work to give the customers what they wanted!  I made a few different types of treat holders to see what would sell best – here’s one of them:

I brought in some 4 oz quilted jelly jars, filled them with Valentine’s Day M & M’s, and decorated them Stampin’ Up! style!  The layers on the lid are: Bottom:  Melon Mambo cut with the 2 1/8″ layering circle framelit die.  Middle: Red Glimmer Paper cut with the 2″ circle punch. Top: Whisper White cut with the 1 3/4″ circle punch.  On the top layer, I stamped the “Sealed With a Kiss” from the Sealed With Love stamp set in Versamark and used Real Red Glitter Stampin’ Embossing Powder.  Once that was heat set, I stamped the lips image in Melon Mambo ink.

Around the jar band, I used a length of 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon in Real Red and concealed the seam with a bow made of the same ribbon.  I stamped the heart from the Sealed With Love set in Versamark ink onto Melon Mambo cardstock and diecut it with the largest heart die from the Love Notes Framelits set.  It was attached beneath the bottom layer of the lid assembly with a piece of Baker’s Twine. Then the band was screwed on.


Keep your eyes peeled for some additional Sale-a-Bration items in a couple of weeks!  I got to preview them today and I can’t wait to get my hands on them!!!

Thanks so much for hopping along with us today.  Your next stop on the hop is Kathya and I just know you’re going to love her project!


Just in case you get lost, here are the stops on today’s Valentine’s Day Blog Hop:

Barb    (You are here)


New Year, New Catalog Blog Hop

Happy New Year!  The start of the year is an exciting time for a lot of the usual reasons, but for me, it means the beginning of the brand-new Occasions catalog and Sale-a-Bration begins.  It’s also the theme of this month’s blog hop.  If you’ve come from Di’s blog, I’m certain you loved her project.  If you are just joining us, welcome!

Last week, some of my dear friends came over for a little Holiday celebration and, of course, some stamping.  One of the things we did was a shoe box swap which is where each participant designs a card, then prepares a kit for the others to make her card.  The card kits, tools, and embellishments are then put into a small box which gets passed from person to person to make that card.  I just love seeing what everyone comes up with!  Anyway, this card was the one I designed for the swap. 

I began with a Basic Black card base and added a 5 1/4″ x 4″ layer of Whisper White.  Next is a Basic Black panel measuring 5 1/4 x 1 3/4″ and that is layered with a 5 1/8 x 1 5/8″ panel from the Pop of Pink DSP pack found in the Annual Catalog.  The 3 1/2 x 2 1/8″ patterned paper behind the focal image is also from Pop of Pink.  The focal image from the Beautiful You set was stamped in Archival Black on a 3 1/4 x 1 7/8″ Whisper White.  Her dress was stamped with one of the ‘swooshes’ in Melon Mambo, and I colored her hat with a Melon Mambo marker.  The greeting is also from the same stamp set and was also stamped with Archival Black.  I added a few rhinestones next to the greeting so it had as much pizazz as the lady in the pink dress!

Make sure you have your Occasions and Sale-a-Bration catalogs in hand – they go live on January 4th!  If you haven’t gotten your copies yet, please get in touch with me so we can fix that problem!

I know you’re going to love what Kathya has to show you – it’s always something fun!  Make sure you are scheduling some time in to be creative – it’s a lot cheaper than therapy!!

p.s.  If you get off track, all our hoppers are listed below…


Barb     (You are here)





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