Best New Year 2014

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Happy New Year!

I hope you have the Best New Year ever!  Whatever happens is good – even if it’s bad.  That’s my mantra.  I truly believe that something good will come of anything bad, but you just have to be patient and look for it.  It’s ALL good, believe me!

I have a really exciting announcement!  I was invited to be on the Splitcoaststampers Creative Crew Design Team!  I really don’t know what I did to deserve this honor.  I have only been blogging a few short months, but I really felt that this would be an opportunity for me, and maybe the one and only time that I will be able to do it.  So, I hope you will join me and play along!  The challenges run for an entire month and, since it’s January, what else do you have going on, eh?  The Creative Crew challenge this month is:

January in Michigan can be like a Crystal Ball: Icy, Shimmery, white, cool blues, soft pinks, all mixed up with some earthy tones of red berries, evergreens, and tree branches all coated with clear stuff!

  • CCREW0114DF, CreativeCrew, SUO or SUM — DSP/Color focus: Show us your take on new Fancy Foil Designer Vellum, using some cool wintery colors listed above. If you don’t plan to order the vellum, just use the colors listed above.
  • CCREW0114CF, CreativeCrew, SUO or SUM — Catalog focus: All the world is glittery! Show something with glitter, it can be a glitter technique, glitter sheets, anything that glitters!
  • CCREW0114HF, CreativeCrew, SUO or SUM — Holiday focus: January is National Hobby month, share something crafty besides a card, it can be a wreath, a banner, a tablescape, or picture frame, a headband, some jewelry, something crocheted with our crochet thread, it’s totally up to you.
  • CCREW0114SF, CreativeCrew, SUO or SUM — Scrapbook focus: Whether you’re digital or traditional, or even if you don’t really scrap at all – maybe you prefer a framed art piece or a This & That journal – Whatever you decide show us how you would use the layout. (Go to the Challenge to see the layout.)

So, on to my card!  I made this card for the first challenge listed here, which is the DSP/Color focus.  I am very happy that they chose the Fancy Foil Designer Vellum because I was really excited to use it.  And, I will tell you, it did NOT disappoint!  All of the designs are great and I love how I can hide the adhesive in the foil areas!  I ran the vellum through the Big Shot in the Stylish Stripes Embossing Folder for even more texture and it did great!  I taped it down with sticky strip to make sure it would hold up with the weight of the rest of the card and it really did.

It’s All in the Details

  •  Stamps: Best New Year (Wood 132609)
  • Paper: Pool Party (122924), Silver Fancy Foil Designer Vellum (133364), Silver Foil Sheets (132178)
  • Paper Size: 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″
  • Ink: Silver Metallic Encore (132142), Pool Party (126982)
  • Cool Tools: Stylish Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (132174)
  • Finishing Touch: Silver 1/8″ Ribbon (132137), Frosted Finishes Embellishments (132150), Festive Flurry Ornament Kit (135813)

So, I thought I would also share the other cards that I made with this stamp set so you can see how versatile it is.  It is only available till TOMORROW!  What are you waiting for?

New Year 2

New Year 3


I hope you all have a great year!  I would love to hear from you and hear your goals for the coming years.  What do you hope for? Make a list and post it somewhere so you will see it everyday!  Make sure that YOUR goals make it to your To-Do List.  If there is ever anything I can do to help you enjoy this great craft, I would be happy to do so.  I am always just an email away. And don’t forget to “like” my Facebook page and sign up for email notification.  Stay tuned for the new Occasions Catalog to be unrolled on January 3rd.  I will be giving you lots of details then.  Until next time,

Stay Calm and Craft on!

Debbie ♥

So Very Grateful for Watercolor Wonder

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I am So Very Grateful that you came today! Are you ready for the new year?  I am!  I can’t WAIT to show you all of the super cool new products in the Occasions catalog!!  Stampin’ Up! is making crafting easier and better than ever!  Their new products are fresh and pretty – no matter what your crafting style is.  I wanted to play with this new stamp set, So Very Grateful, for many reasons, but the best part is that it is a stamp set that begs to be watercolored and Stampin’ Up! has new notecards that are for watercoloring.  A match made in heaven as far as I am concerned!

I started with the watercolor notecard but cut the card in half so I could mount it to Calypso Coral and an Old Olive card base.  I heat embossed the stamp with Early Espresso and the watercoloring went great!  I love how easy it is with just the right paper and stamp set. Calypso Coral ribbon went onto the card and the sentiment was stamped in Calypso Coral and punched with the Scallop Oval punch, candy dots used for embellishment and then popped up on dimensionals. After that, it still needed a little more (I don’t do CAS without a fight!) so another stamp on watercolor paper, embossed and watercolored, then fussy cut this time and added a second layer to the flowers on dimensionals and a little on the top corners, just for fun.

It’s All in the Details

  • Stamp Set: So Very Grateful (wood 133050 or clear 133053)
  • Paper: Watercolor Wonder Designer Note Cards & Envelopes (133362), Calypso Coral (122925), Old Olive (100702)
  • Ink: VersaMark (102283), Calypso Coral (126983), Old Olive (126953)
  • Cool Tools: Scallop Oval Punch (119856)
  • Finishing Touch: Early Espresso Embossing Powder (128980), Brights Candy Dots (130931), Calypso Coral Chevron Ribbon (130018)

Do you have your Occasions catalog yet?  If you haven’t and need a demonstrator, I would be happy to help!  What would you like to do to earn FREE craft supplies?  Please feel free to email me at so you can have some fun crafting in the coming year! I hope you liked my card today and would love to hear from you. Don’t like to leave a comment? How about “Like” my Facebook page and sign up for email notifications on right sidebar?   Stay tuned for some fun projects and exciting news this week!  Until then,

Stay calm and craft on!

Debbie ♥