Wednesday, July 20, 2016


Hello! Welcome back to 
Coloring Down the Lines Blog Hop 
after a week's hiatus!! A little mini-vacation kind of left last week out for me! But I'm here now!

Welcome to the hoppers joining us from Helen's blog! Keep moving onto Sandy's blog next!! 

So here's my card this week:

Here is the inspiration photo:

Here are the Stampin' Up! colors:
So these colors just "shouted" flowers to me! So I sort of used my            Garden in Bloom stamp set to make a background. But even before that, I used some Stampin' Sponges to make a "wash".  

I didn't use a lot of tools with this. Went back to SIP-stamp, ink & paper! This beautiful 2-step stamp set allows for so much fun creativity! Just a little      fussy-cut for the butterfly with some bling on it!

And of course this bling girl had to add some Dazzling Diamonds Glitter for the centers of the flowers! Um, yeah!!! It's me!!

So sweet & simple! Hope you enjoyed!

Happy Stampin'!!!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016


Well summer is finally upon us! I hope this month's 
Inspire, Create, Share Blog Hop 
finds everyone happy, well, and enjoying the season! Weather here in New England is summer-perfect right now!!!!

So this month we are featuring our brandy new In-Colors from out amazing new Annual Catalog!!! These are some of the best yet!!!

Here's my card:

I managed to squeeze all 5 In-Colors in! lol They even have fun names this year-Dapper Denim, Flirty Flamingo, Sweet Sugarplum, Emerald Envy & Peekaboo Peach!  Sometimes the In-Colors work best for a certain season or occasion, but this batch fits just about any!  So bright & bold, but not "in your face" if ya know what I mean!

I used my new stamp set Vertical Greetings for this one! I LOVE this stamp set! It's just different! It's perfect for a quick card too!!!  I can't wait to explore it a bit more!!!

The beautiful embossing is also a new folder called Seaside! I am totally the ocean girl, so anything that even hints sea is all for me! But I love the swirls on this one. I decided to try them vertically this time-goes with the stamp set! lol

Embellishments include the new Dapper Denim Ruched Ribbon and the 
16-18 In-Color Enamel Shapes! These will be a hit!! A super nice embellishment, but flat so it doesn't damage an envelope, and shiny! It's all about the bling in life! lol Throw in a dash of Wink of Stella & it's done!!!

Now if you'd like some other great ideas for the new 16-18 In-Colors then be sure to hit all the blogs on our hop! Next after me is Nicole's blog!! You can get there but either clicking her name or the badge below! And then she will have a connection on her blog to the next! So grab a cup of coffee, or wine, or whatever you choose & enjoy the hop!

Happy Stampin'!!!


Hello Hoppers! Welcome to this week's 
Coloring Down the Lines Blog Hop!
As you read this I am sitting on a beautiful beach on Cape Cod! Totally loving this summer weather! Summer in New England only lasts a blink, so I'm trying to take advantage of every moment!!!

So you probably hopped here from Helen's blog! I KNOW she has something amazing for us this week!!! Then on to Sandy's!!! She always has a beautiful creation for us to see!!!

Here's my card this week:

Here is the inspiration photo:

Here are the Stampin' Up! colors:
So I got to play with a bunch of my new goodies! There are 3 stamp sets here! Yup! I know that's a lot, but I just couldn't stop! lol

So first is the Weather Together stamp set! I love this umbrella! It's not supposed to be a beach umbrella, but that's all that's on my mind right now! lol No rain!!! The cool thing is it has a great Umbrella Weather Framelit set that coordinates. I'm not sure if you can see it in the photo, but at the edge of the umbrella, there's some embossing going on. That's actually a separate framelit in the set! There are several to choose from! Love that!!!

Next is Botanical Blooms stamp set. That's just the leaves in the corner! I love those leaves! Tropical.  They are cut out with the Botanical Builder Framelits.  The stamps were used for the details in the leaves. 

Lastly, the every popular & frequently used Gorgeous Grunge! Ya, it made the specks on the sand. That's all.

I used another of my 16-18 In-Color Enamel Shapes. I think I've already used more than half a package! They are so versatile!!! Love em!!!

So a fairly simple card, but it shows where my mind is right now-at the beach!!! And that's where it will remain until further notice! lol  So take 5 from the sun & go hop around a bit! Enjoy!

Happy Stampin'!!!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016


So our little blog hop 
Coloring Down the Lines 
is in summer mode!! Today I'm sharing a summer cocktail with you! 

Hoppers from Helen's blog welcome!!! Sandy is next!! Lots of fun to be had!!!

Here's my card:

Here is the inspiration photo:

Here are the Stampin' Up! colors:
So I am so lovin' this super fun stamp set Mixed Drinks! It is perfect for summer cards! I also see some great holiday potential here too! But it's just fun! Everyone likes a good drink now & then-whether with or without an "adult" addition! lol

Believe it or not the DSP in the background is from the By the Shore pack! I love how it's designed to be "beachy" but here's proof it can be used for something completely different! Although these would be nice at the beach! lol  

The Washi Tape is from the Affectionately Yours collection. Again, designed to go with the florals but works great here! That Watermelon Wonder is one of my favorite colors! Even though it looks a bit darker here!

Of course the drinks & umbrella & bubbles are slathered with my               Wink of Stella, but it never seems to show up on the pictures!!! It's just enough bling to add that extra "umph"! But it's clearly there in real life! I guess you'll have to trust me on that! lol

Well now go have a summer drink & think of me! Happy summer!!!

Happy Stampin'!!!

Thursday, June 23, 2016


Just sharing a card with stamp sets or DSP of old!!! This was made special for a friend who is recovering from surgery from a very recent breast cancer diagnosis.  She is sore but doing well. And the best news is they think they got it all! So positive news ahead!! 

I just will really miss this Feel Goods stamp set. It is perfect for this type of occasion. The sayings are so motivational. Well I'll still be using it! Rebel that I am! lol  

Oh, the DSP is also retired. It was from the Sale-a-Bration catalog this year! You CAN however still get the beautiful Butterfly Framelits and 
Pearl Basic Jewels

Just sharing!

Happy Stampin'!!!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016


This week at 
Coloring Down the Lines 
we are using one of my fave colors: purples!!! I love this week's card!!!

Welcome hoppers from Helen's blog! Be sure to check out Lizzy's place but you can also hop on to Sandy's blog when you are done here!!!! Not sure which of these lovely ladies is next, but check them both out!!! Both of them have amazing blogs!!! Then keep going until you get back where you started!

Here's my card:

Here's the inspiration photo:

Here are the Stampin' Up! colors:
So this is definitely one of my favorite stamp sets from the new              Annual Catalog! It's called Tuscan Vineyard! Now I am a lover of wines & wine tasting. We have traveled to Napa Valley,  France & the Rhine Valley in Germany. But never to Tuscany in Italy.  That's so high up on my bucket list!!! For now though, I'll have to live it through this stamp set! lol  Now I know the inspiration photo is not a vineyard, so don't worry!!! lol

This stamp set lends perfectly for watercoloring. It's so soft.  So I pulled out my Aquapainters! I know I'll be experimenting with this one quiet a bit! Of course the Wink of Stella on the grapes make them look like they have dew on them! 

Now the embossing is with the new amazing Seaside folder. I thought the lines looked a bit like the rolling hills in a vineyard!!!

The sentiment is from Mixed Drinks! Another fun stamp set!!! That one will be a great set for cards for my crazy friends!!! lol  Or  just for myself! It IS summer FINALLY after all! 

So met go hop around & enjoy!!! IT'S SUMMER!!

Happy Stampin'!!!


Wednesday, June 15, 2016


Hello hoppers! Our little 
Coloring Down the Lines 
Blog Hop has begun this week!  Such pretty colors!

Welcome hoppers from Amanda's Crafty Playdate! Helen is off this week!!!  Be sure to head on to Sandy's blog next! We are small but we are mighty!!!! lol

Here's my card:

Here is the inspiration photo:

Here are the Stampin' Up! colors:
So I didn't go with the inspiration in the photo once again!!! I wanted to play with this fun stamp set/punch combo!!!  I just like how the colors worked here!

So the stamp set is Grateful Bunch! There are so many fun stamp designs there!  But the punch really makes it!  It's the Blossoms Punch!! Cuts 3 pretty flowers at once! I will say the "dots" on the background are from         Gorgeous Grunge. I love to pull that out whenever I need that extra "something"!  

Bling it up with Pearls Basic Jewels & add a Wink of Stella and some Whisper White Bakers Twine & it's a sweet little card!! Oh, the sentiment is heat embossed! Kinda hard to tell here! Love how this card came out!!

So go hop around & enjoy this week's cards!!!

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016


I'm sitting here posting during our first summer-like thunder storm. Gently rolling thunder. Flashing lightning.  I sure hope it means summer's here to stay!!!! So time to hop!!! It's 
Coloring Down the Lines Blog Hop 
time again!!!

Welcome hoppers from Helen's blog!  Next hop on over to Sandy's blog & see what we all have in store for you this week!

Here's this week's card:

Here is the inspiration photo:

Here are the Stampin' Up! colors:
Now as you can see, this week I went in a completely opposite direction of the inspiration photo! I needed a card for a teenage boy for a 15th birthday. I never know what to do for that age group. The standard masculine cards really hold no weight with a kid that age. And the kid ones are too "kid"!  Love this stamp set for that reason. It works for anything!

So this is one of the amazing new Hostess Sets you can get from the brand new Annual Catalog! I don't usually get the Hostess sets because as a demonstrator, I can't demo them after the catalog is retired. There's never a chance of Hostess sets carrying over. But this year's are so pretty!!! I just had to have this one! It's called Love You Lots!!! These little critters are so stinking cute!!!!

So for a guy, my mantra is KISS (Keep it Simple Stamper!-ha, not where you thought I was going is it? lol) So just the Circle Framelits in the center of the card works.  The Large Polka Dots embossing folder was the perfect complement. 

Hard to tell, but of course, as with all my cards, there is a bit of bling with   Wink of Stella. Don't know what I ever did without that! Clearly my fave new item!!!  Oh, and that cure little frog was colored using my Aqua Painter

So just a simple little fun card I thought was appropriate for a teenage boy. Simple, yet effective!!! Enjoy!  And keep hopping!!!

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016


It's finally summer weather here in New England!!! And time for another Inspire, Create, Share Blog Hop!!! 
We are focusing on the guys this month! Anything masculine! I decided to go with a Father's Day card! I know it's a bit early for Father's Day, but I figured I'd get that done before I was up the night before creating it! lol Last-Minute-Lucy! That's me!

So here's mine:

The colors are somejwhat non-traditional! That's ok, so is my husband! lol  But I really wanted to feature some of the new items I have from the brand new Annual Catalog that went live TODAY!!!! Such exciting news! Already placed a second order!!! I hope this card wins the hubby's affection because once he sees the bill...!!! lol

So, what's new here? A couple of things.  First, theres the absolutely gorgeous Affectionately Yours Specialty DSP!  I.  Love.  This.  Paper!!!! The colors are so bold & bright! And as you can see, work for her or for him! 

Second new item is the Thoughtful Banners stamp set with the 
Duet Banners Punch. Comes in a bundle-which means SAVINGS!!!  I have a feeling this may be my new go-to set! There are so many different words in the stamp set! It's apropos for just about any occasion! And the punch makes it look so much fancier! I like to double it up like I did here. Totally not necessary though. Just the single would've been awesome!

"Oldie-but-goodies" here include the Brick Wall Embossing Folder, a Bow Paper Clip Embellishment, and the Basic Pearl Jewels.  The design is old-school! It just came to mind! lol Thought it was cute,

So hope you enjoyed this month's card! It's "dude-ish"!!! Now hop on over to Terri's  over at territerbear's stamp & scrap spot & see what great design she has for you! Then keep hopping until you get back to where you started! Everyone loves it when you leave a little note! It not only makes us feel good, but helps us decide as demonstrators what you would like to see from us!!!! Just click on Terri's name above or the icon below! Either way, you'll get there!!!

Happy Stampin'!


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Wednesday, May 25, 2016


Here's another 
Coloring Down the Lines 
Blog Hop!!!

Welcome from Helen's blog! Enjoy your visit here then hop over to         Lizzy's blog! Good stuffs to be had!

Here's my card:

Here is the inspiration photo:

Here are the Stampin' Up! colors:
Note: Ha! So i didn't notice when I took the picture that the Candy Dot had moved off-center! Not time for retake! Just "imagine" it in the center of the little pillow there!!! lol

So I really wanted to try out some of my new goodies!!! Here's a new stamp set, which will be available to you in just about a week!!! It's called            Sitiing There! I love the idea of being able to sit out on a porch swing in the summer. Now bear in mind I don't have one, but I do love the idea! lol  I love the summer so.  Warmth & sun! 

The little kitty is adorable! Yes, there's a dog too!!! lol  And tons of little accessories for a porch swing.  The sayings are nice too!!!

Since we are bound by the colors here, I couldn't use any new In-Colors to show you, but there is 1 more thing besides the stamp set.  Can u see it? Yup, the new Washi Tape!! Lovin' that stuff!!!!!!

So enjoy this little preview! See ya next week!

Happy Stampin'!!!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016


Hello hoppers! It's another 
Coloring Down the Lines Blog Hop

You may be arriving from Helen's blog! Glad to be back on track!!! Continue on to Liz's blog when you are finished here! Then just keep going!!! Lot's of fun here!!!

Here's this week's card:

Here is the inspiration photo:

Here are the Stampin' Up! colors:
So this week the colors just shouted flowers to me! The colors are bold & bright! So I pulled out my Beautiful Bunch stamp set and coordinating                  Fun Flower Punch. Yup, both on the retiring list! Bummer!  The                  Petite Petal Punch was used here too, and that one is NOT retiring! Phew! I get to keep a couple of things! lol  

The sentiment is from A Dozen Thoughts. Gone too!  But the                   Brick Wall Embossing Folder stays! I LOVE that folder! It's so versatile!!! I'd really miss that one!

The final touches bling out the card with Dazzling Details & Candy Dots. Say goodbye to those too!

It all sounds so sad that these are all leaving the catalog, but wait until you see the amazing stuff coming along!!!! The new catalog is beyond crazy good!!! Let me know if you'd like one!!!

So now go hop around & enjoy this week's creations!!!

Happy Stampin'!

Friday, May 13, 2016


Just another retired product card! Can ya tell I'm having a hard time letting go?! lol

I tend to love monochromatic or 2-color cards.  The white background makes this pop I think.  

So first, the DSP is English Garden. I don't have too much of that left! I love that pack! The green is Mossy Meadow from the 14-16 In-Colors. Yup, going, going, gone!

The side is actually the Bordering Blooms stamp set! I can't tell you how much I have used this particular stamp! I like the border ones, but this one has been a standard for me.  I just love the way it looks!

The sentiment is Sassy Salutations. That's been around for awhile, and I've used it so very much. It's gonna take me awhile to get used to all the new sentiment stamps. Right now i totally have my "go-to's"! I cut the sentiment out with the Labels Collection Framelits-retired last year.  Why I ask!

Using up all my Striped Cotton Ribbon. So pretty and earthy! That's me-earthy! lol

So hope you enjoyed this retiring products card! Today I got my first shipment of goodies from the new catalog! Hopefully they help me "deal" with saying goodbye! lol

Happy Stampin'!


Just wanted to share a picture of a great card I made using some amazing retiring products! I will miss these all so much!!!

The DSP in the background is from Wildflower Fields! I love this paper! I have used it so much. I still have a bit left, but I'm sad it will be put away with years of other retired products! I should wallpaper my house with it all! lol

There are 2 retiring stamp sets in use here. The first is SweetBriar Rose. That's the big flower. I know you've seen it here before!!! The sentiment is from A Dozen Thoughts! SMH on that one!!!

The ribbon is the Striped Cotton Ribbon with the 14-16 In-Colors that are leaving! I'll really miss these colors! That Mossy Meadow, Lost Lagoon, and Hello Honey are my faves in that batch. Although I'm not sure what I'll do without Blackberry Bliss, and the Tangelo Twist is so bright!!! Oh well, I will say the new ones coming out are quite spectacular also! Just wait until you see them!!!

So just sharing some old goodies! Enjoy!

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016


Hello stampers!  It's time for 
Coloring Down the Lines
Blog Hop!

Welcome hoppers from Helen's blog! She's baaaccckkkk!!! So glad!!!! He'd on over to Miss Liz's blog when you are finished here! Then just keep going & have some fun!!!

Here's my card this week:

Here's the inspiration photo:

Here are the Stampin' Up! colors:
So I am totally on a kick now to use some of my retiring products! I'm going to miss some of them so much-especially anything the that to do with the ocean! I'm such a beach girl. I just want to sit by the water all the time! So this         By the Tide has been one of my faves since it came out. Boo hoo.  

Also retiring is the Decorative Dots embossing folder. What??? That's a great folder! I can't wait to see what they replace it with!  

The ribbon on there is also on the list. Both of them! The 1/4" Cotton Ribbon and the 1 1/4" Jute Ribbon. I love that jute ribbon for all my rustic or earthy creations! Glad I stashed a bit away! 

The sentiment is from A Dozen Thoughts. I think that one surprised me the most! That's such a perfectly versatile stamp set! I guess there are some great ones coming along! For every one that retires, there's a new one to take it's place!

Lastly, the "bubbles" in the water are made dimensional by the              Dazzling Details. Now the Gold & Silver will remain, but the Clear goes bye-bye! Again-boohoo!!! Although I must say I ADORE the Wink of Stella to take it's place!  

It's so hard to say goodbye to my old friends, but I'm looking forward to getting my hands on some brandy new stuffs!!! Some are coming this week!!! Can't wait to play!!!

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016


It's that time again!! Time for another 
Inspire, Create, & Share Blog Hop!!! 
This month we are all "girlie"!!! We have creations for you that are "girl" inspired!!!!  Be sure to check them all out!!!

Here's mine this month:

So I decided that I could combine my "girlie" card with the most "girlie" day of the year-Mother's Day!!! While my mom is enjoying Mother's Day from Heaven, my MIL still loves her homemade cards!

So I decided to make something I could give her with her gift-she wanted a gift card for a pedicure! Perfect little gift bag for that!!!

So all the paper used is from the 15-17 In-Color Envelope Paper!!! That's going away soon so I wanted to use it up!!!  So there's a card, an envie, and a gift bag for the gift card! All coordinate of course! lol

The little bag is made with the Mini Treat Bag Thinlets! That makes these little holders for gift cards so easy! I've used it so many times!  I just added some Dotted Lace Trim for color!  Easy peasy!

On the card, the beautiful rose is of course the Rose Garden Thinlets! So pretty! Nothing else needed! The sentiment is from April's My Paper Pumpkin stamp set! Perfect!!!

So it's a pretty sweet suite! Great for gift giving and I'm all set for Sunday!  Happy Mother's Day to all you moms out there!!!!

Now head over to Andrea Tracy-Tucker's blog & see what she has ready for you!!! You can either click on her name here or on the icon below! Either one will get you hopping around to some great creations!!!!

Happy Stampin'!


Well, here in MA we are back to frigid, damp yucky weather. So depressing! So hopefully this week's 
Coloring Down the Lines Blog Hop
will make me feel a bit more springy! This is nasty!

Welcome to Helen's blog hoppers!!! Onward to Liz's blog after here! Then keep going and enjoy these pretty colors! Maybe get some inspiration yourself!

This week's card:

The inspiration photo:

The Stampin' Up! colors:
So I had Mother's Day on my mind this week.  But I already made my Mother's Day card for my MIL, so decided to make this a nice "thinking of you" type card!  Came out nicer than I had hoped!

I used for the first time my new FREE stamp set that came with last month's   My Paper Pumpkin called All About Everything! What a nice stamp set that is! Wow! It looks so pretty with this Elegant Dots Embossing Folder.  Then cut it all out with the Lots of Labels Framelits & it really "frames" the flowers nicely! 

I will admit to pulling out a few retired Large Pearl Accents from years gone by! Oops! I just wanted something larger for the center & didn't have any of the new ones left, so mea culpa! 

I'm so bummed that this 1/4" Cotton Ribbon is retiring! It came in so many colors & was my "go-to" ribbon! Not too big or small & super easy to work with!

If you look closely, I "blinged" it up a bit with my Wink of Stella Clear Pen! That is so easy to use to add just a hint of bling! Not too much!

I somewhat brought myself out of the weather doldrums today pre-ordering from the new catty!!! That's one of the perks of being a demonstrator! We get to see & order before everyone else! Just wait until you see the new In-Colors!!!! So cool!!!!! Can't wait to share some projects with you! Be sure to order your "must haves" from the Retiring List though! They are going quickly!!!

Gonna go pray for sun! I'm growing moss!

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016


Back for another 
Coloring Down the Lines Blog Hop 
Keeping it quick this week! Touch of the flu here! Ugh!

Hoppers, welcome from Helen's blog! Be sure to continue on to Sandy's blog then just keep on hopping!!! Have fun!

Here's my card this week:

Here's the inspiration photo:

Here are the Stampin' Up! colors:
So I'm going to try to feature some of my favorite retiring stamps over the next few weeks.  While there are some great ones coming along (I know-I've seen the new catalog! A perk of being a demonstrator!!) I will certainly miss some of these babies!

I'm such an ocean & summer girl! I've always loved this little guy on            Sea Street! So sorry to see it go.  This is just a fun card with no real reason! Just cute. And to feature my little octopus! 

I also am trying to use up my Pool Party Glitter Ribbon! Boy I wish that stuck around!!! What an awesome ribbon that is!!! So perfect for the summer too!!! You may see it well beyond its life! lol

So enjoy! I'm off for a cup of tea! Maybe it'll at least warm up! Low 60's for this time of year is way too cold for this girl!!!

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016


So here we are with another week of spring
Coloring Down the Lines!!!

There's a lot going on at Stamping' Up! this week!! Retired Product List for the Annual Catalog & Occasions Catalog! We demonstrators got a sneak peek at the new Annual Catalog and oh my my!!! Cooler than cool!!! But I'm taking a break from dog-earing pages to show you a fun card!

Welcome back Helen!!! We missed you! You probably hopped here from her blog! Now head on to Lizzie's blog! We're "springing forward" this week!

Here it is:

Here's the inspiration photo:

Here are the Stampin' Up! colors:
This is a fun simple card where I stamped the background & just added a sentiment!  I love that! CAS-just my style! I loved the way these colors just kind of told the story without too much effort!

The flowers & cute little bees are from the Garden in Bloom stamp set! 2-step stampin' baby!!! lol  The sentiment is from Watercolor Wishes-my current  go-to sentiment set! Just the right size & good useful sayings.  

The sentiment is cut from & backed with shapes from Lots of Labels framelits.  Throw in a 1/4" Cotton Ribbon & a Wink of Stella & it's a pretty cute card! The bee on the sentiment & the centers of the flowers are dabbed with     Crystal Effects. Not sure if you can see it or not.

So enjoy this week's card! More later with info on the retiring list! I can't share new catty info with you yet! You need to be a demo like me to do that! I will say tho-the new In-Colors!!! Like-WOW!!!!!! Best yet!!!!

Happy Stampin'!