Skip to main content

Birthday Invites & Feau-ter coloring

So, I'm getting into a routine that I can live with.  Bring Evan to school and then head to the little gym out here on Feltwell. Its nothing major, but it's quiet and has everything I need: an elliptical and TV.  I should convice the hubby to let me get an elliptical...I could just work out on that whenever I wanted to watch TV...maybe it could power my TV? It doesn't match my decor or fit in the room...but a healthy lifestyle is always in style. I need to come up with something better. Anywho. As I'm sitting here updating this, I'm munching on Ritz crackers. Not even the whole wheat kind, they were out at the commissary. So much for that workout.

Onto the cards! I made 19 of these little pirate-y cuties for Evan's birthday invites.

When making a large number of cards, its easier and less overwhelming, I like to take it in steps. Measure and cut all card stock and DSP,  then stamp, then adhere. You can put that in whichever order works best for you. But, I guaranteed it will save you tons of time, and get you in a good rhythm.

 So, super awesome technique time!! Stampin' Up! has a marvelous product called a Blender Pen... How you use it is so genius and saves TONS of money! (Who doesn't like that) I love the Many Marvelous Markers, but I have 90% of the inks...and I only write in basic blender pen we go.
So, what you do is choose the ink you would like to use. In this case, I have Riding Hood Red. Squeeze (not hug) the lid of the ink so that it transfers to the lid. (See below...except it'll look like the woven ink pad)
 You then suck up the ink into the blender pen. The fluid in the pen is clear, like a mystery marker. Swirl it around a whole bunch, really get some color in there. Plus, it'll last longer. You will keep repeating this to keep your color.
 Before you apply it to your picture, you can dab off excess ink onto a scrap piece of paper, then color your image.
 When you are finished, rub your pen onto the paper until it runs you can switch colors! You can use your blender pens pretty much until the end wears down and isn't up to your standards any longer. Good news, though...There's another tip on the opposite end of the marker! YAY!!
 Here is my colored Pirate. I switched to basic black next. But, you can do this over and over and put as many colors as you'd like. Give it a watercolor effect by not staying perfectly in the lines, and outline the edges darker for a shadow! Another cool thing you can do is color directly on your stamps. Repeat the same steps as above except apply the color on the rubber! Just remember to "huff" your inks to warm them up before stamping!
 And finally, here is the Master addressing his envelopes to his classmates!

Don't mind the's been a crafty couple of days! I need my own stamping room (thats bigger than my walk in closet) This habit really impedes on the family because it feeds disaster! Now to lug it all back upstairs....maybe I'll burn off those crackers.

Hope you enjoyed today's post!!

Have a scrap-(or stamp)-tastic day!!


  1. Love it! They came out so cute..Now on to Valentines! lol

  2. LOL, I know!! Those will be MUCH easier!

  3. You have a great little blog here Jayme and I loved this tutorial. TFS! I saw you on Stampin connection and I am now your newest follower. Hope you can visit my blog too. I'm #212 on the list. Happy stamping!


  4. Happy Valentine's Day! I'm following you from Stampin' Connection! I'm #302.

  5. cute cards and cute lil' helper!!! I'm following from Stampin Connection!

  6. Great blog. The invites are so cute. TFS. I'm following you via SC. #344 on the lisit
    Carrie Sampsel

  7. Wanted to say that I love your blog so much that I am passing along the Stylish Blogger award to you.

    Visit my blog for all the details:

  8. Aww!! Thanks everyone!!!! Thank you too Belinda!!! I can't wait to share!


Post a Comment

Thank you so much for taking the time to comment! Your kind words are appreciated!

Popular posts from this blog

Tranquility in Tulips

Good morning friends!

Do you ever see a stamp set and not fall in love with it until someone else posts something awesome with it?

Not me. Never.

As a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, we are fortunate to be able to order select items early when a new catalog is about to be released. I LOVED a lot on the pre-order, but not enough to initially buy, ya know? That Tranquil Tulip set stood out to me, but I held off. Then I saw a video using the tulip set and a Label Me Pretty set, which I wasn't a fan of at all.

I. Fell. In. LOVE.


Fast forward to today when both packages are now here and I am in happy stamping bliss land.

Here's what I came up with:

For Mother's Day there were some beautiful purple tulips in my bouquet- which unfortunately made their way to the trash today. I memorialized them with this card. I also wish the Wood Textures DSP would be all in this one pattern, I just LOVE it. Its gorgeous and reminds me of one of our old barns growing up, which had tulips gr…

Earning Alaska First Purchase!

Twice in one day?!

I know, how lucky are you!! Lol!

This afternoon, I am excited to be taking part in the Earning Alaska 2018 blog hop again!! This is a group of demonstrators who are working together to reach their fullest potential and earn the Stampin' Up 2018 incentive trip, which is an Alaskan cruise through the southeastern islands! Exciting right! It's an area that since moving to Alaska I've never been, with the exception of Juneau for a roller derby trip a few years back.

This hop is chalked full of talented demonstrators! They inspire me daily!!

The theme of this hop is "First Occasions Catalog Purchase!" Which is exciting because have you seen the thing! It was page after page of awesome! I have an obsession with birthday stamps. A girl can never have too many!! That said, the first item on my list was the Party Animal suite! I had to have it all. The best part is that SU and Sizzix did a great job of making sure the existing balloon punch coordinated…

Pleated Easter Fun!

Good morning! 
As you know, I'm party of a monthly swap group with 9 fabulous ladies in San Antonio and this month's theme was Easter or birthday. Since I already have a TON of birthday cards (they're just SO easy to make) and a stamp set that hadn't been touched yet, I chose to do Easter!
It's more spring, than Easter I found, but......that's fine. Growing up in Wisconsin, (and not from a religious background) easter was the gateway to spring! Green grass, a crisp warming of the air, puddles and bike rides. In Alaska, its snow. That's it. Just snow. Even though it has been really mild this winter. :)
Because of all this snow, I've been in the springtime mood. I've been gravitating to a lot of bright colors and flowers! I just can't get enough of them right now!
After a little pinterest and Stampin' Connection (a service only available to Stampin' Up! Demonstrators) I stumbled upon a pleat card and the rest of my project fell right into…