The words “Stampin’ Up” are pretty common around our household. I had some stamps out from a class I had last week (and didn’t have time to put my mess away…..) The next day I had my grandkids, so Stella wanted to do some paper crafting. My heart leaps with joy when she wants to stamp!

When my daughter came to pick up the kids, Stella proudly gave her the project she was working on. She told her mama, “Look what I “Stamped Up”! Oh my gosh, I MELTED!  How sweet was that? Kiddos hear every word we say!!!

I think the easiest way to pick up tiny little pieces that will go on your card is to simply put a glue dot on the end of your Paper Piercer!!!!

This was a card for my Stamp Club this month. I just can’t get enough of that little bear! The honeycomb embossing folder works well with this stamp!

I love watercoloring with this stamp set. My favorite way to watercolor is like this:

  • Use Watercolor paper (it doesn’t warble and you can keep going back to tweak it!)
  • Drop some reinker on an acrylic block to make your color palette
  • Go over the whole image in a really light color/layer with re inker and Aqua Painter
  • Let the ink dry completely, then go back on one side and make it darker for some shading – if there is a hard line where the light and dark lines meet, just blend it with a little more water in your Aqua Painter and it will disappear
  • For the beehive, I did a really light layer of Crushed Curry, then went back with a bit  more to make it darker on the left side, then went back again with a little bit of Soft Suede ink to make it darker yet!

I added my own dashes to the bees inside the card using our Journaling Pens. They are unlike any other because of their fine tip! I love them!

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