Blender Pen and Inks Butterfly Basics for Pals Paper Arts

Butterfly BasicsIt’s Thursday, and time to play with the Pals at Pals Paper Arts! This week, we have a soft and gorgeous trio of colors with which to work:  Pink Pirouette, Pistachio Pudding, Soft Sky.  I decided to indulge in a little faux watercoloring, and pulled out my Blender Pens and inks.  Enjoy!


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This folded card measures 4-1/4″ wide and 5-1/2″ long.

  • Blender Pen Beauty! The flowers from Butterfly Basics were faux watercolored using Blender Pens, Pink Pirouette and Pistachio Pudding inks.  Tips:  Use StazOn ink, and make certain your Blender Pen is wet.  Remove a smidge of color, before working on your image…you can always add more color if the hue is too light!

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  • Black Butterflies! The Butterfly images were inked with Memento Black ink, and then stamped off once before stamping onto Whisper White cardstock.  The coordinating punch and die makes easy work of punching them out.   Of course, I couldn’t resist adding a few pearls.  (Please note: The Butterfly Thinlits Die 137360 is temporarily not orderable.)

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  • Beautiful Bow!  A Whisper White Organza bow adds a touch of texture.  As always, I used my old-school cardboard bowmaker!  THIS VIDEO  (from my archives) gives you the dimensions in case you want to make your own bowmaker.

Butterfly Basics-001There is something so soft and serene about this card.  My sister has an April birthday, and I think it will perfect for her.  What do you think? Won’t you let me know in your comment today? Your comments are important to me, and I do read each and every one! As always, if you ever have a question about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away! Until next time…


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Tuesday’s Deals and Specials…An Information Round-Up

TuesdayUpdates_demo_Q12015_ENGIt’s a busy week this week…with several very important announcements!  So let’s get started!

Weekly Deals
March 10 – 16, 2015

Who can resist the All Abloom paper stack…especially when we are in the mood to create Spring cards!  I know I can’t! And to make this week’s deals even sweeter, Stampin’ Up! has added the beautiful Wildflower Meadow stamp set with the coordinating Wildflower Meadow Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  Add a snippet of Marina Mist ribbon and you have a quick and easy card!  And don’t overlook the Gold Glitter… at this price, I am stocking up on this holiday staple.

New Photopolymer Release
Just Kidding
Item # 140667
Cost:  $15.95

Just KiddingThis funny new set is just what you need for laughs that will last. It’s so versatile, you’ll find yourself using it over and over again. Recommended clear block sizes are D, G (not included in the set).

Good news about our photopolymer stamps! Stampin’ Up!’s monthly photopolymer stamp set program was originally intended as a test to determine whether or not there was a market for this product.  I am happy to say, they past the test!!!  Stampin’ Up! has been very pleased with the results, so they are transitioning photopolymer stamps to their catalogs. The last monthly photopolymer stamp set will be offered today, March 10, and is guaranteed to be available for six months.  But look for even more photopolymers in the new Annual Catalog!

Grab the Popcorn and Junior Mints! It’s time for the newest Stampin’ Up! video! Stampin’ Up! offers many high quality coordinating products. The What’s Up Punch coordinates with the What’s Up? Stamp Set and Eclectic Paper Piercing Template. This video will help you answer the age old question, “Whats’ up?”

If you would like to purchase any of the items featured in the video, here are the links to my online store.  The Stampin’ Pierce Mat is not available at this time.

Paper Pumpkin SAB 2015 HeaderFor the first time ever, Stampin’ Up! is lowering the price of their 3 month prepaid subscription. During Sale-A-Bration (through March 31) you can save money and instantly qualify for FREE product!

Why did they choose to discount the 3 month subscription? Because all good things come in threes! Here are three things you’ll love about Paper Pumpkin:

1. You are saving $5.00 on your subscription.
2. The price point instantly qualifies for a FREE Sale-A-Bration product.
3. You will have three months of fun with all the stamps, ink, and paper ready to go for amazing papercrafting projects.

3 Month Paper Pumpkin Subscription
Item # 137859
Price: $54.85 (Regularly $59.85)

SWEETEN THE STARTER KIT! During Sale-A-Bration, sweeten the $99 Starter Kit Deal when you choose one of two FREE product BONUS options:



  • Select $125 worth of product for $99…get $26 for FREE.!
  • Join during Sale-a-bration and earn even more FREE product.
  • Your kit ships free…a 10% savings.
  • Receive a one-time discount of 30% off your first order of $150 or more, if placed within 45 days.
  • Receive an everyday discount of at least 20% as long as you are active.

And most importantly…

There’s no risk, no obligation to purchase anything further, no requirement to host workshops or parties and no penalty to drop!

Order your Starter Kit from me HERE!

Farewell Blendabilities

Although I have not been one, many people have experienced quality issues with the Blendabilities product line. Due to the nature of the defect, the manufacturer is unable to correct the problem in a manner that would meet Stampin’ Up!’s high quality standards. Therefore, after a great deal of deliberation and in order to prevent further disappointment, the Blendabilities product line has been discontinued.  As of this date, all of my customers have received their Blendabilities.  If you experience problems with them and you ordered them through me, please email me for assistance.  If not, please contact the demonstrator through which they were ordered.


Q: Will the Tuxedo Black Memento Pad (item #132708) and the Tuxedo Black Memento Pad Refill (item #133456) still be available for purchase?
A: Yes. These items will continue to be available for purchase.

Q: What are the quality problems with this product?
A: When the tip is welded to the barrel, the welding process can leave microscopic (invisible) holes in the marker tip. This leads to accelerated evaporation of the alcohol in the ink.

Q: Are all Blendabilities markers defective?
A: No. Most Blendabilities markers work as intended. I personally have not experienced any quality issue, but I am aware others have.

Are you without a demonstrator? Don’t be…I would LOVE to be your Stampin’ Up! “go-to” gal! I offer a Customer Loyalty Program and support to answer all your questions. Need a catalog, don’t hesitate to email me. I will drop one in the mail to you pronto! Until next time…

Moon Lake for Mary

Moon Lake-001Today is a special day at The Stampin’ Schach! I am the Guest Stamper at Stampin’ PrettyMary Fish’s fabulous blog.  I have been a member of the Stampin’ Pretty Pals for six years, and I could not ask for a better mentor than Mary.  Although our styles are polar opposites, we both share an intense love of Stampin’ Up!

Today’s card is a prototype of one I am designing for March’s Lesson of the Month, which will feature the Moon Lake stamp set.  It’s watercolored with Aqua Painters, and features “stacked” images.  Enjoy!

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This finished card measures 5-1/2″ by 4-1/4″ when folded.

  • Watercolor! Watercoloring is one of my favorite techniques. For this card, the image was inked in Jet Black StazOn and stamped onto Watercolor Paper.  I then used Aqua Painters with Pear Pizzazz, Sahara Sand, Smoky Slate, Soft Sky and Soft Suede inks to color the image.  To add depth, the image was stamped a second time onto watercolor paper and then glued to Coaster Board.  The boat and the tree were watercolored, snipped out, and adhered to the first image.

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  • Tendrils!  A Sahara Sand Lace bow is accented with a single strand of Gold Sequins, and tendrils made from Linen Thread.  To see how I make my double bows, click HERE to watch the Double Bow Video from my archives.

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  • Pearls! Pearls are used to accent the background, which was created using the Simply Scored tool and Diagonal Plate.  A few Crumb Cake speckles, courtesy of the Gorgeous Grunge set were added just for fun!

Moon Lake-004I hope you enjoyed today’s card.  Won’t you let me know in your comment today? Your comments are important to me.  And remember… if you ever have any questions about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away.  And please….scroll down to read my first post today, featuring my Paper Players design team card.  Until next time…


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