A Sneak Peek at the New Watercolor Pencils

Every year I say I’m going to get my Christmas cards done early and I always seem to end up racing around at the last minute to pull it together.  How about you…are you prepared in advance or last minute like me?

We always send a photo card and I like to combine my love of photography and stamping. In the past I have made an easel card I shared HERE and used Paper Pumpkin refill kits (see below for photo). This year my daughter put together this photo collage.  My husband likes to add a personal message on some of his so this is what I came up with at the last minute.

Add a personal touch to a photo card with Stampin’ Up! products
Open the flap for more photos and space for a personal message.

The photo card measures 4 x 8 so I cut my cardstock 4 1/8 x 10 5/8 and scored it at 8 1/8. I added a layer of black cardstock on the front flap to tie in the colors from the card. I used the oval from the Stitched Shapes Framelits with the Holly Berry Stamp Set and new watercolor pencils (available January 4th in the new occasions catalog) to embellish the front flap on my card. I am in love with these watercolor pencils!!!  You will want to put them on your MUST HAVE list!!! They make it so quick and easy to create a work or art.  I simply colored with the old olive pencil then brushed over it with my blender pen. Check out these before and after pictures.

Here’s a video from Stampin’ Up! highlighting how to create with these new watercolor pencils using different paper with the aqua painter or blender pen.

I used classic ink (rather than the archival) with the blender pen and had no problem with the ink bleeding. You can use cardstock with the blender pen but you need to use watercolor paper or shimmer paper when you use the aqua painter. I added some red pearls leftover from a past paper pumpkin kit for berries.  You can make your own using a red sharpie marker to color Pearl Basic Jewels or Rhinestones.  I used red ribbon to make a bow and attached it with a mini glue dot. I popped up the stitched layer with Stampin’ Dimensionals and stamped my envelope to match.

Add to a photo card with Stampin’ Up! Watercolor Pencils and Stitched Shapes Framelits

Stamp Set: Holly Berry Happiness  Ink: Gumball Green (retired), Real Red (on envelope)  Papers: Gumball Green (retired), Basic Black, Whisper White  Tools & Accessories: Stitched Shapes Framelits, Watercolor Pencils, Blender Pen, Real Red Ribbon, Pearl Basic Jewels, Red Sharpie Marker, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin’ Dimensionals


Do you have the new Occasions catalog?  If you are not currently working with another demonstrator, I would love to be your creative coach.  Email me if you would like me to send you the new catalog and Sale-A-Bration brochure.  It’s time to get that wish list ready!  For every $50 you spend from January 4th – March 31st you earn FREE product (in addition to my thank you gift)!


Have a wonderful day!

Just Stampin’


As promised, here’s a past Christmas card made using My Paper Pumpkin kit.

November 2014 Paper Pumpkin kit, Simply Snowflakes
This would work well for a new address as well as a Christmas card.

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Stampin’ Up! 2017 Occasions Catalog Sneak Peeks

I am so excited to share with you more from my weekend of fun in Atlanta!   I really enjoyed meeting and getting to know several of my fellow Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.   We got to see and play with great new product coming out in the 2017 Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs (which you will be able to order from starting January 4th).  There are many new products which I know you are going to love as much as I do! (I suggest putting a Stampin’ Up! gift certificate on your Christmas wish list!  Tell your family and friends to contact me and I can help with that!) Here is a sneak peek at the new catalogs.


We made several cards at the OnStage event using some of the new products.

Made using Stampin’ Up! Balloon Adventures Stamp Set

This birthday card uses the NEW Party Animal Designer Series Paper, Balloon Adventures Stamp Set, Party Animal Embellishments, and Emerald Envy Taffeta Ribbon.  Wait until you see the inside…

Stampin’ Up! Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Dies

What a fun pop up surprise when you open the card.  The NEW Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Dies made this card fun & easy. They are made to go with the stamp set below.

Stampin’ Up! Balloon Adventures Stamp Set    2017 Occasions Catalog
Stampin’ Up! So In Love Stamp Set

I was so glad to see some wedding and anniversary stamp sets in the new catalog!  I love all the new products in the Falling In Love Suite! This card was made using the stamp set below and the So Detailed Thinlits Dies.  You will be available to order these as a Bundle and SAVE!!

Stampin’ Up! So In Love Stamp Set
Stampin’ Up! Sealed with Love stamp set

These cute 3 x 3 note cards were created using the Sealed With Love Stamp Set.

Stampin’ Up! Sealed With Love Stamp Set
Stampin’ Up! Dragonfly Dreams Stamp Set

This card uses the Dragonfly Dreams Stamp Set and some of the Inside the Lines DSP (a Sale-a-Bration exclusive item that you can earn for free!).  We also got to play with the new Watercolor Pencils…love these!!!  They’ll be available in 13 Stampin’ Up! colors.

Stampin’ Up! Watercolor Pencils from the 2017 Occasions catalog
Stampin’ Up! So In Love Stamp Set

There were also photo ops and lots of display boards showcasing the new product and ideas. As I walked around each corner I said, “WOW!” again and again!

Susan and I posed in front of one of the displays.


My suitcase was packed full going home with all the swaps, new product gifts, and prizes. I actually had to ship some of my clothes home as I wasn’t leaving my new stamp sets behind! LOL


Our team, the PALS, gathered for a pizza social after the event. It was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and congratulate our fearless leader, Mary Fish, who was named the TOP Demonstrator in the WORLD! WOW!!!  I love this picture with my uplines. I am surrounded by greatness!

Lisa Pretto, Susan Itell, me, and Mary Fish
“My People”: Karen Hallam, me, Michelle Gleason, Susan Itell, Joanna Latham, Roseanne Mulhern.

If you are not currently working with another demonstrator and would like to receive a copy of the new catalogs, send me an email (j.stark@myactv.net) and I will be happy to put you on my mailing list.

Thanks for stopping by!  I would love for you to leave a comment and let me know what you think of the sneak peeks.  Hope you have a wonderful day!

Just Stampin’






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