VIDEO: How to Create Realistic Paper Succulents

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Welcome to the Families First Pals Blog Hop for April 2017.  We are thankful you stopped by to take in all of our projects! Today, I’ll share how to create realistic paper succulents.

This month we are featuring projects that are all about our families. This is a great time of year to think about what to make for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or upcoming graduations. And, family vacations are just around the corner… how would you want to remember those special family moments? We hope to provide you with lots of ideas and that you enjoy our creations.

You may just be starting the Blog Hop or may have come from the previous link from the Line-up on the Pals Blog Hop listing shown below.  The full lineup will help you move along from blog to blog so you may see all the projects.

Going WOW…

I have to admit, I didn’t think I would get the Vertical Garden kit, but I needed a cute project for an event raffle prize, and thought that I could take this one to the next level with a little creativity…

Can you believe this is the same kit that’s in the Occasions Catalog? Honestly, there wasn’t too much effort involved in stepping this project up to a “WOW”. Here’s some key products:

  • Sponge Daubers – to swirl on various colors to the diecuts
  • Versamark Reinker – applied to the succulents to give a rich, waxy look. Also painted on to the roses to apply (retired) Real Red Glitter Embossing Powder.
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals – on each succulent layer to add depth, space, and allow for the layers to curl properly.
  • Bone Folder – to curl the succulent petals the correct way (see the video).
  • Calypso Coral Stampin’ Write Marker – to color the edges of the roses so the white core of the paper doesn’t show.
  • Hot Glue Gun – necessary for the roses, and best to adhere everything to the tray.
  • Reindeer Moss (from the dollar store) – to add more bulk and realism between the flowers.

Check out my video that walks you through the whole stepped-up succulent process…

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Wow! I don’t usually toot my own horn, but I think I crushed it this time! I hope you use my ideas above to help kick-start your creativity for today – and share your results!


Because creatives crave inspiration! By sharing your work, not only will you get better, and craft more often, but you’ll be helping inspire others too. Creativity is a team sport, so get out there and share.

Here’s how you can share with me:

  1. Leave a COMMENT below!
  2. Post a project inspired by today’s post on my Facebook page OR
  3. Post it Pinterest and use the hashtag #PMRInspired2017 OR
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When I find your creations, I’ll comment and I’ll share them right here!

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Living With Style for Thanksgiving

Living-With-Style-Blog-Hop-for-BlogWelcome to the Living With Style Blog Hop!

This time we are focusing on all things Thanksgiving! Get ready for some great ideas, inspiration, tips, resources and how-to as you move along through the blog hop.

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Pam Bennett at The Birch Cottage on our Living with Style Blog Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you make sure to see and learn from all of the articles featured here today.

It’s always amazing to me that where I thought I would start off is very rarely where I end up. Today’s design was meant to be a card, but after adding so many layers of cardboard, it turned into a totally cute home decor design.

By Nicole Watt for the November Living With Style Blog Hop. Features: Lighthearted Leaves, Leaflet Framelits, Elegant Dots TIEF; For more details, click through to my blog! #StampinUp #PMRetreat #Leaves


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Shake It - Any Shape!

Shaker cards (or décor, in this case) don’t have to be round or square – try them in any shape! I cut out layers of thin cardboard with the Leaflet Framelits and glued them together (four in total) to make the spaces for the shaker contents.

Stamp and Shake

The insides of your shaker cards can contain more than just shaker stuff – how about stamping! In today’s design, I stamped the back piece of Whisper White with Lighthearted Leaves in Versamark and heat embossed with gold. Then, I added the fill, the window sheet and the top cover. Don’t recognize the fill? I got a hot tip that silica gel beads can be colored with our reinkers, so, that’s what I did! Pretty cool, huh?!

Amped Up Embossing

I finally added the Elegant Dots embossing folder to my collection, and I’m glad I did! I liked the look of it on the front of my design today, but thought I could add some more splashes of color. Our 1/4″ circle punch makes circles just the right size to put in the middle of the dotty circles. It was just the splash I was looking for!

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The next stop on the Living with Style Blog Hop is Cristi Wuenschel at The Keeper of the Memories! Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you again next time around!

  1. Natalie Bradley at
  2. Pam Bennett at The Birch Cottage
  3. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat <== You Are Here
  4. Cristi Wuenschel at The Keeper of the Memories
  5. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  6. Lory Robinson at The Robin’s Nest Designs
  7. Robin L at A Home To Grow Old In
  8. Brandy VanDeKop at The Dutchman’s Wife
  9. Lisa at Harmony and Happiness



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Pals Blog Hop: Halloween & Harvest

2014octhop_badgeWelcome to the October Pals Blog Hop where we are celebrating  the Halloween and Harvest season. This month we are sharing Halloween and fall projects using our wonderful Stampin’ Up! supplies.

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations, number 9 on the Pals Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all of the amazing creations.

Today I’m sharing a fun and easy project that will add some wonderful Fall flair to your home decor!

By Nicole Watt for Sept 2014 Pals Blog Hop; Autumn Accent Bigz die, Color Me Autumn DSP, Big Shot; @pmretreat, #stampinup #fallflair

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Mass Produce: The garland pieces were cut out using the Autumn Accents Bigz Die. Since it’s a Bigz, you can cut multiple pieces of cardstock at the same time. Don’t be afraid to layer a few sheets of standard cardstock or DSP at once to make the job go faster!

Dust of the ‘ol sewing machine: Yup – I just used my sewing machine with regular all-purpose thread on the zig-zag setting to make the garland! You could literally have this project done in a matter of minutes! Of course, if you have to read your user’s manual to remember how to use your sewing machine, it might take a little longer! LOL!!

A great gift! I made dozens of these last weekend in preparation for some local craft shows. I think they’re going to go like hotcakes! You could make some extras and package them up real cute to give as gifts too! If you don’t want to hang the garland, it would make a great table decoration, or you could affix it to a wreath…


The next stop is Amanda Merrill at Inkflair, number 11 on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you next month.

  1. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  2. Becky Gifford at The Social Stamper
  3. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  4. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  5. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  6. Lynn Kolcun at Stamping with Avery’s Owlery
  7. Amy Williams at Stamps and Spice
  8. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  9. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  10. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  11. Amanda Merrill at Inkflair
  12. Beth Beard at My little craft blog
  13. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  14. Diane Roberts at Score at Four and a Quarter
  15. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  16. Liz Gautreaux at Kind Deeds Stampin
  17. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  18. Natalie Bradley at Natalie Bradley Events
  19. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  20. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  21. Amy Whelan at Amys Inklings
  22. Jane Knudsen at
  23. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  24. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  25. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts By Patti
  26. Amy Hoptay at Inking of You!
  27. Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains
  28. September Gray at
  29. Sherrie Gross at Sherrie Gross at Stampin Sherrie
  30. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  31. Angie Valle-Peters at Paperluxuries
  32. Rae Harper-Burnet at

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By Nicole Watt using My Digital Studio; Happy Things Pocket Card download, Island Indigo CS, craft store frame; @PMRetreat, #stampinup #easyDIY

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From Pocket Card to Wall Art:
This quote is from the Happy Things Pocket Cards digital download. I didn’t even change the colors (they happen to match my craft loft), so it was as easy as picking the pocket card and placing it on a blank 8 1/2 x 11 design and printing from home! Really, can it get any easier? Of course, since it’s MDS and the quote is a set of two stamp brushes, I could have changed the colors around to suit the room.

Frame and Frame: Instead of just putting the quote into the frame as a single layer, I added an additional frame of Island Indigo to help the cursive words pop out a little. I love this frame too! It’s designed to display a 4×4 image which is perfect for our PLxSU 4×4 pocket cards too! The frame measures 12×12, giving us that huge white space which I chose to leave as-is. Could you imagine some washi tape, or ribbon on the frame? I could!

Don’t Overthink: This project couldn’t be any simpler – that doesn’t mean that you have to go to any more effort! Sometimes the simplest of projects are the most impressive. Most people will think you either spent a lot of time on it, or that you paid a few bucks for it at the store. Won’t they be surprised when you say it’s neither!




Convention Swaps & Gifts Day 3

I am so glad to be on the mend, and back on track with my posting. Sorry to all for not being around, but life happens! Today I’m sharing gifts that I put together for some of my closest Stampin’ Up! friends. I think they’re really going to LOVE these as they’re unique, and only possible because of our new Blendabilities!

I teased you with this possibility a few months ago when we found out we’d be getting alcohol-based markers, so, you better believe there will be a video coming soon to teach you how to do these yourself!

By Nicole Watt; Gorgeous Grunge, Coastal Cabana and Rich Razzleberry Blendabilities, Staz-on Black ink, Larger than Life Alphabet & Numbers photopolymer stamp set; @PMRetreat #stampinup #inspirecreateshare2014


The thing I love about these coasters is that I’m using bisque tiles that don’t have any kind of finish, so they’re true “thirsty stones” that soak up the condensation from your drink. Using the alcohol markers  means that the condensation won’t affect the design. You can soak these tiles and the image will remain intact! I used some black craft foam on the back to protect tables from getting scratched. How fun?!

An interesting thing to note is that it didn’t seem to matter which shade of Blendability I used, light, medium or dark, they all came out the same color on the tile. I’ll be doing some more in-depth testing before I share my final results and recommendations with you.

Packaging was super simple. These stones fit perfectly in our clear medium envelopes! I used Everything Eleanor and Apothecary Accents framelits to make the simple tag, and stamped on a sentiment from A Dozen Thoughts. A quick punch at the top and bottom of the tag allowed the 3/8″ silver ribbon to slip right through. Bow it up, and it’s ready for delivery to all of my Stampin’ friends!

By Nicole Watt; Gorgeous Grunge, Coastal Cabana and Rich Razzleberry Blendabilities, Staz-on Black ink, Larger than Life Alphabet & Numbers photopolymer stamp set; @PMRetreat #stampinup #inspirecreateshare2014


I’ve arrived in Salt Lake City for Stampin’ Up!’s annual Convention – Inspire. Create. Share. Be sure to follow along with the hashtag #inspirecreateshare2014 for all the happenings! I’ll be Live Tweeting at all the general sessions (times are listed as MOUNTAIN time):

Thursday, July 17th 9:00 – 10:30
Friday, July 18th 8:30 – 10:30
Saturday, July 19th 9:00 – 10:30 and 2:30 – 4:30

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