2016 Color Trends For Paper Crafts

2016 Color Trends For Paper Crafts

What are the 2016 color trends for paper crafts?  In every aspect of our life there are trends – trends in fashion, home decor, food and fitness to name a few.

As we look forward to the 2016 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue, we will notice some of these trends in many areas of the catalogue.

Here are my thoughts on the colors the will be used in the world of paper craft.


Colour2016 color Trends invades our lives all the time.  Pantone’s colour of the year is Rose Quartz and Serenity.   It’s not often that we get two colours of the year.  Each year Stampin’ Up! unveils the new In Colors that will be current for 2 years.  This year is no exception. While the In Colors may not directly be the same as the Pantone colours, they do reflect the spirit of the colours.


2016 color trends

Two of the 2016-18 In Colors that reflect the pantone’s colors are Dapper Denim and Flirty Flamingo. The rest of the In Colors are also shown.  You can see how they all fit together to offer many different combinations.

2016 Color trenda

2016 Color TrendsMetallic trends continue to flourish.  We have the silver and gold embellishments and embossing powder, and now we will have to ability to include copper embellishments and embossing powders. The addition of this metal will enhance many paper craft projects

As this image shows, the copper metal goes beautiful with Mint Macaron. Adding copper enhancements to Fall, Autumn and Christmas cards will likely be a must this year.



Crafters who are also famiiar with Stampin’ Up! also look forward to seeing how the colors are used in relation to the color families.  The combination of colors are found in the Designer Series Papers.  These papers also reflect the trends in design.  In my next post, I will further explore the design trends.

What are your thoughts on the 2016 color trends? Leave me a comment on your thoughts about the 2016 In Colors.


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Changing Colors, Get More From Your Stamps

Changing Colors – Get More From Your Stamps

By changing colors that we use for stamping images, we will get more from our stamps. How often do you see a sample of the card and you are immediately drawn to the stamps that are used?  Now, you know you have to have the stamp set and the papers and embellishments that were used to create the card.  This is why you fell in love with the stamp set.

So,now what happens?  You run out of ideas to create cards with the stamp set.  Let’s look at some ways that by changing the colours, papers and embellishments, you can create cards using the same stamp set.

I knew I had to have the Botanical Gardens Suite when it came out in the 2016 Occasions Catalogue.  What I loved was how the Stampin’ Up! creative department used the stamps, thinlits, papers and embellishments.  So, after making several cards using the Botanical Gardens Suite, I knew I had to branch out if I was going to get the full use of the stamp set and matching thinlits.

While I still love the papers and embellishments that go with the stamp set, I made this sympathy card and changed up the colours.

Changing Colors


Stamps: Awesomely Artistic, Thanks For Caring.

Ink/Markers: Rich Razzleberry, Delightful Dijon.

Paper: Whisper White Thick, Whisper White, Blackberry Bliss, Delightful Dijon, Mint Macaron, Tip Top Taupe, Rich Razzleberry and Botanical Vellum.

Accessories: Big Shot, Decorative Dots Embossing Folder, Botanical Builder Framelit Dies, Big Shot Die Brush, White Gel Pen, Pearl Jewels, Vintage Lace.

Here are some of the steps I took to create this card:

  1. The Smackdown Technique was used to create the background on Whisper White.  The fern stamp from the Awesomely Artistic was inked in Blackberry Bliss and randomly smacked,  One area was left blank and the Delightful Dijon was used on the fern stamp along with the smackdown technique,
  2. Because I thought the background was too bright for a sympathy card, it was toned down with a piece of the Botanical Vellum (2016 Saleabration).
  3. The large flower was die cut from Delightful Dijon and sponged in the middle.  The center was sponged to add highlights.  One stamen was die cut in Rich Razzleberry and the smaller one in Delightful Dijon.  The stamens were tipped using the White Gel Pen and a pearl jewel added.

If you have a favourite stamp and you tend to use the same colors all the time, stretch yourself and try a new color combination.  By changing colors, you get more ways to use your stamp sets.  Leave me a comment and let me know how you revive a much loved stamp.

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Retiring Products Make Way For The New

Retiring Products – 2016

Catalogue retiring products usually signify the start of a new Annual Catalogue.  Yes, and we crafters get very excited.

Retiring Products

If you have a passion for Stampin’ Up! products, the retiring list is usually welcomed with mixed feelings. Whatever you call this time of year, it is exciting.

Here are a few things that you need to know about the retiring list:

  • Some products are reduced as much as 50%.
  • The retiring list promotion will end May 31st, at which time the products will no longer be available for order.
  • Stampin’ Up! will continue to manufacture the stamps until May 22nd, so retiring stamps will be available at least until then.
  • All other products will only be available as inventory lasts.
  • The 2014/16 In Colors are retiring (Blackberry Bliss, Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow, Hello Honey and Tangelo Twist).  Last year, the cardstock, ink pads, reinkers and markers sold out very fast.  So, if you want these items, I suggest that you order them as soon as possible.

As in every business these days, costs continue to increase.  Price increases will start with the 2016/17 Annual Catalogue.  So if you want to beat the prices increases and there are items that you really want, I suggest that you place your order sooner rather than later.

I can’t tell you what is in the new catalogue, but it’s a safe bet that if the products are not on the retiring list, they are being carried over to the new catalogue.

Here’s a teaser for you…the cover of the new catalogue.

Retiring products

So if you don’t have the Retiring Products lists you can find them at the links below.  Stampin’ Up! will update the list as products sell out.

2016 Retiring List – PDF

2016 Retiring List – EXCEL – this is a sortable file

There are several ways to order:

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Beautiful Roses Make Birthdays Lovely

Beautiful Roses For A Birthday

Beautiful roses will usually make any woman happy. To create this birthday card, I used the Rose Wonder stamp set and the matching framelits.  There are  many different techniques that you can use with this stamp set.

On this card, the techniques that were used are:

  1. Watercoloring
  2. Heat embossing
  3. Dry embossing
  4. Adding a touch of glimmer

This stamp set and the matching framelits are in the 2016 Occasions Catalogue.  The catalogue is active until May 31, 2016.  Will it be in the 2016/17 Annual Catalogue?  We always have to assume that products in the occasions catalogue will not be carried over to the next catalogue.  Sometimes we are pleasantly surprised sometimes there are no surprises. So if you want this set, purchase it before it’s too late.  You can purchase the stamp and Thinlit dies as a bundle at 15%.

beautiful roses


Stamps: Rose Wonder.

Ink/Markers: VersaMark, Blushing Bride, So Saffron, Wild Wasabi (combination of ink pads and reinkers).

Paper: Whisper White Thick, Blushing Bride, Whisper White,  Wild Wasabi, Watercolor, and Vellum.

Accessories: Big Shot, Lovely Lace Embossing Folder, Rose Garden Thinlit Dies, Big Shot Die Brush, Aqua Paint Brush, White Tea Lace Paper Doily, Blushing Bride 1/4” Cotton Ribbon, White Jute Ribbon, Blushing Bride Sequin Trim, Metal Rimmed Pearls, Clear Wink of Stella, White Embossing Powder.

So how did I use and where did I use the various techniques?

Watercoloring was done with the Aqua Brush and reinkers mixed with a few drops of water. First, though I stamped the image on the Watercolor paper using VersaMark ink and heat embossed using White Embossing Powder. The image was spritzed with water.  Don’t make the paper too wet.

Squirt a couple of drops of the reinkers on an Acrylic Block (use this as a palette). Mix with a couple of drops of water.  Take your Aqua Brush and pick up a bit of the Blushing Bride ink and drop the ink on the petals of the rose.  The ink will flow to fill in the areas that are not heat embossed.  Do the same with the So Saffron reinker.  Don’t put too much ink on your paper as you will want to see the variations in color and prevent the 2 colors of ink from merging.  This will muddy the inks.  Do the same with leaves using Wild Wasabi.

The Vellum paper was dry embossed using the Lovely Lace Embossing Folder and then placed over the Blushing Bride cardstock.  Vellum will tone down the cardstock and make the colour subtle.

To add the glimmer, I used the Wink of Stella in clear to add some sparkle to the rose.  I did not cover the rose entirely.  I brushed on a bit for highlights.

Finally, I die cut the rose from Whisper White cardstock using the matching thinlit and applied it the watercolored rose.

The Rose Garden thinlits dies are on special this week and are part of the final week of Weekly Deals.  Yes, the Weekly Deals that we have been enjoying over the past year are going away. If you want to create beautiful roses, then make sure that you purchase the Rose Wonder Set and matching thinlits.  You won’t be disappointed.

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Weekly Deals and a Thank You

Weekly Deals Will Be No More

Weekly deals came out every Tuesday for the past year.  However they are ending April 18th.

Weekly Deals

Click on image to purchase Weekly Deals

The Weekly Deals by Stampin Up have provided you with the opportunity to get your hands on current product at reduced prices.  The last week for the deals is  Tuesday, April 12th – Monday, April 18, 2016.  Don’t delay if you are looking at something you really want because the amount of stock on these items are limited.

Today, my share is a Thank You card using the Smackdown Technique.  This technique is so fun that I had to create another card using it.  I decided to do a Thank You card because it is nice to have these on hand.  It seems that art of sending mail is going away as we use Social Media to keep in touch.

Weekly Deals


Stamps: Bloom With Hope, Another Thank You.

Ink/Markers: Tuxedo Black, Perfect Plum, Crushed Curry, Old Olive.

Paper: Whisper White Thick, Whisper White, Perfect Plum, Old Olive.

Accessories: Big Shot, Lovely Lace Embossing Folder, 1” Circle Punch, Hello Honey 3/8” Stitched Ribbon, White Gel Pen, Aqua Brush, Sponge Daubers.

I used the Bloom for Hope stamp set which is a retired host set.  I was really sad to see this stamp retire, however, I did hang on to mine.  It has wonderful sayings for birthdays and sympathy cards.  The images are also great for watercoloring.

I followed the same layout and technique as the card in this post and changed up the colours and stamp sets.  In the post I explained how you can do the Smackdown technique.

The flower was watercoloured using the Aqua Paint Brush and Perfect Plum ink. The leaves were punched using the 1″Circle Punch.  Again, you can see a more detailed explanation of how to use the circle punches to create leaves.

Don’t forget to check out the final week of the Weekly Deals.

Weekly Deals

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Bloom With Hope Clear-Mount Stamp Set

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Add Texture to Handmade Greeting Cards

Add Texture to Your Greeting Cards

When you add texture to your greeting cards, you add interest.  Texture  can turn any plain piece of cardstock into a thing of beauty and something very special.

Here are 5 ways that you can make your greeting cards special when you add texture:

  1. Embossing: Embossing folders are very simple to use and come in many different designs. You insert the plain cardstock into the folder, run through a die cutting machine such as a Big Shot and remove the card stock.  What you will have is a raised design on one side of your card stock and a recessed design on the other.  You decide what effect you want to achieve. You can use heat embossing to your card.  Heat embossing makes use of your stamps.  Ink a stamp with Versamark and stamp the image on your cardstock.  The image will look like a watermark and can be used on many different types of paper. Sprinkle embossing powder on the image and heat it with a Heat Tool.  The heat melts the embossing powder and raises the images on your paper.
  2. Embellish: Add different embellishments to your card.  There are so many interesting items out there.  How about buttons, rhinestones, enamel dots.  Anything that draws the eye up from the flatness of the card will add texture.
  3. Framelits/Thinlits:  Framelits and thinlits add texture by again raising the element off your card giving it texture.  Framelits and thinlits die cut shapes and stamped images.  To fool the eye even more, add dimensions to attach them your card.
  4. Stamping Ink: You are probably thinking why adding stamping ink will create texture.  Again this fools the eye.  What you are doing is creating a background with ink and a stamp.  Stamp a single stamp over the card until the stamp has no more ink.
  5. Texture Paste:  If you have ever done mixed media art, you are likely familiar with texture paste. By using a spatula and spreading the texture paste on card stock, you will have texture. The trick here is to not smooth out the paste but leave bumps and flat spots.  An easy way to do this is by using a stencil.

Here is a Sympathy card I created for a friend and yes, there is texture.

Add Texture


Stamps: Choose Happiness, Sheltering Tree.

Ink/Markers: Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey, Old Olive.

Paper: Whisper White Thick, Lost Lagoon, Whisper White, Hello Honey, Old Olive, Going Places DSP.

Accessories: Big Shot, Softly Falling Embossing Folder, Hello Honey 3/8” Stitched Ribbon, 1” Circle Punch, Paper Snips, Whisper White Baker’s Twine, Neutrals Designer Buttons.

To create texture on this card, I used:

  • Stamps and ink using the SMACKDOWN Technique.  This is a really fun technique and you will want to use it over and over.  Ink up a stamp in a colour that coordinates with the other colours on your card.  I used Lost Lagoon and Hello Honey and the flower stamp from the Choose Happiness stamp set. Ink the stamp with your chosen colour and start stamping in small movements until there is no ink left on the stamp.  Fill in the card stock to that there is very little of the cardstock showing.  The key is to use a stamp that is not solid and has a design that will show even after stamping multiple times.
  • The Softly Falling embossing folder on Lost Lagoon card stock.
  • The Hello Honey 3/8″ Stitched Ribbon
  • The button with the Baker’s Twine strung through and button, tied in a bow and mounted in the center of the flowers.

I would love to see how you add texture to your cards.  Leave me a comment.

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Hello Honey 3/8" Satin Stitched Ribbon

Hello Honey 3/8″ Satin Stitched Ribbon

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VW Bug Memories – Going Back In Time

VW Bug Memories –

What are your VW Bug memories?  Today’s post will be going back in time to relive some of the Bug memories.

When I saw the Beautiful Ride stamp set in the 2016 Occasions catalogue, I started to think of the many stories and memories around this vehicle. Here are a few:

  • Herbie, the Love Bug was featured in a number of Disney movies,  The first one to hit the box office was The Love Bug in 1969.
  • During the 60’s and 70’s, the bug was a relatively inexpensive vehicle to purchase and it did not cost a lot for gas and repairs. Other vehicles were gas guzzlers and expensive to run.
  • The bug is often associated with the “love” generation.  If you owned one and were a hippie is was covered in the symbolism of that era, ie, flowers, beads, peace signs.
  • The VW bug passed out of favour in 1977 as domestic car manufacturers came more aggressive in their advertising to purchase vehicles made in Canada and the US.
  • In 1996, the VW bug was resurrected in it’s new design. It came with a permanent flower vase and flower to commemorate the time when it was so popular during the flower child generation.

VW Bug Memories


Stamps: Beautiful Ride.

Ink/Markers: Tip Top Taupe, Cucumber Crush, Basic Grey, Pool Party, Marina Mist, Crushed Curry, Basic Black Marker.

Paper: Whisper White Thick, Cucumber Crush, Whisper White, Shimmery White, Cherry On Top DSP.

Accessories: Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine, Aqua Painter, Sponges, Sponge Daubers, Party Punch Pack.

I let my imagination run wild with this card and created a surfer scene.  The sky was sponged with Marina Mist, areas in the middle portion of the card were masked with Post-It Notes and sponged with Tip Top Taupe and finally, the water was sponged with Pool Party ink.

The card was watercoloured using Cucumber Crush and the Aqua Painter, and decorate with the symbolism of the 60’s and 70’s.  Finally, the balloons were stamped on the Cherry on Top DSP and punched using the balloon punch from the Party Punch Pack.  I used the sheet with the different coloured dotted circles for the balloons.

Leave me a comment and tell me if you have any VW Bug memories.

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Lovely As A Tree Stamp Set

Lovely As A Tree Stamp Set – Thinking of You

The Lovely As A Tree stamp set has been current for many, many years in the Stampin’ Up! catalogue.  It is a favourite of many stampers because of the different cards you can create with it.

Today, I am sharing a card that was created using this stamp set.  It was created by Becky Robards, a subscriber to my email list.  Becky’s inspiration for this card came from Michelle Zindorf, who does amazing work.

Lovely As A Tree

Becky used the trees with no leaves and the fir tree to create her scene.  The trees were stamped using full strength ink and then stamped again without reinking.  This gives the card depth as it appears as if there are trees in the background.

To add interest, the sky was sponged in yellows and a light blue and the grass in the foreground was sponged with a darker green.  You can see where Becky created a feeling of light on the grass by sponging very lightly in the center.  Of course a meadow would not be complete without a few flowers and these were created with a white gel pen by putting white dots on the grass. These dots were grouped together so that they look like little groups of flowers.

To finish up the card, Becky stamped and fussy cut three leaves.  These were sponged in multiple colours to give them some dimension.  She also added some Baker’s Twine, stamped the sentiment and created interest by layering panels of different colours.

This is only one way to use the Lovely As A Tree stamp set.  It can be used for masculine cards, Christmas, Thanksgiving and many other occasions.

This is one stamp set that everyone should have in their stamp stash.

Thanks Becky for giving me permission to post your card on my blog.

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Mom and Pop Businesses

Mom and Pop Businesses

Mom and Pop businesses are found in small and large communities.  These businesses are owned and operated by individuals that live in and contribute to your community and could even be your neighbours.

Mom and Pop Businesses

Yes, the big box retailers and the franchises also contribute to your community, however, the owners and management of these businesses do not know the community on a personal basis. Decisions are made that can affect the communities in a positive and negative way. Many of the operating decisions are made based on finances and not how the decision would impact the community.

Think about a small rural community which may not have a lot of businesses.  However there will usually be a store, a gas station and perhaps a post-office.  It’s a meeting place where many of the locals will visit to chat with their neighbours.

Think about the personal customer service you will receive.  You will be greeted by your first name, they could inquire about your family and /or any events that have impacted you.  These businesses care about their customers and get to know them personally.

When you become a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, you are now operating your own small business.

Here are three similarities between the Mom and Pop business and your Stampin’ Up! business:

  • You own your business and you make decisions for your business.  These could be financial or operational decisions.
  • Your customers could be your neighbours.  You know them by name, you usually know about their families and events that happen around them.
  • You can contribute to the community by participating in fundraisers for community causes.  You could even host a fundraiser for an organization that you are passionate about.

Are you interested in becoming a business owner?  Contact me through email or visit Join The FunCheck out this opportunity to become part of the Mom and Pop business community.




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Flowering Fields Stamp for Easter

Flowering Fields Stamp Set

The Flowering Fields stamp set will be disappearing on March 31st.  Yes, Sale-a-Bration 2016 is coming to an end.  I hope you have been able to get in on this sale.

Because this sale is ending, the products in the Sale-a-bration catalogue is also be disappearing. One of my favorite stamp sets in this catalogue has been the Flowering Fields stamp set and the matching Wildflower Fields Designer Series Paper.

The design and the colours of this paper are so pretty.  I know for sure that two of the colours, Blackberry Bliss and Lost Lagoon will be retiring this year as they are from the 2014-2016 In Color selection.  Along with these two colours  Hello Honey, Mossy Meadow and Tangelo Twist will also be disappearing.  As for what else will be retiring, your guess is as good as mine. Like you, I will be looking for the retirement list for stamps, paper, embellishments, punches and Big Shot items sometime in April.

Visit my blog often as I will be posting that list when it becomes available.

So back to my card.

Flowering Fields Stamp


Stamps: Flowering Fields, Crazy About You.

Ink/Markers: Old Olive, Blackberry Bliss.

Paper: Whisper White Thick, Lost Lagoon, Whisper White, Blackberry Bliss, Wildflower Fields DSP.

Accessories: Big Shot, Tags and Labels Framelits, Pear Pizzazz 1/4” Cotton Ribbon, White Perfect Accents.

I made this card quite simple by using only one stamp from the set and stamping multiple times. However, there are 5 other stamps in this set that you can use for various projects.  The stamps are called line stamps as they are outlines you can use different coloured markers to colour on the images, or you can stamp the image in a single colour and choose to watercolor them with the Aqua Brush and or markers and the Blender Pens.

The background panel is Blackberry Bliss although it looks black in the photo. I mixed a piece of the striped DSP with the flowered pattern and it just gives the card that pop of color.

You can still order and earn your Sale-a-bration products.  Shop my online store.

Leave me a comment and tell me how you would use this stamp set.

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