Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Joyful Christmas

I finally got around to stamping again after a few days off. And I am a tired girl! I spent 3 days straight helping Lori stain her deck and fence. Let me tell you, she has a big yard and a big deck!  Steve is still doing a few things for her, but my part is done.

I promised a Christmas card for the workshop I'm holding Friday night, so I created a card using Joyful Christmas .Actually, the design is a CASE from Janet Hill, though I changed the colors drastically. I'd like to try it with the Winter Frost colors too. It's stamped with the Encore Silver pad that is in the Holiday catalog again after being absent from our main catalog for a while.  Then I heat embossed it with Silver embossing powder, cut it out, and popped it up with dimensionals.  It's really a lovely card.

Stamp sets - Joyful Christmas
Cardstock - Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green, Whisper White
Ink - Encore Silver, Cherry Cobbler
Accessories - Stylish Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Silver Embossing Powder, Heat tool, Basic Rhinestones (that I colored with a Green Sharpie), Stampin' Dimensionals, Paper Snips (to cut around the poinsettia and leaves)

Friday, August 23, 2013

It's All About the Candy!

Here's another card using the Halloween Hello stamp set and this IS a CASE from Deb Currier. She has some really cute Halloween cards on her blog. I jazzed up the inside with some candy corn and the greeting from last year's Wicked Cool.  I used some old DSP to make some envelope liners. And I've got a cute little Halloween card ready to go!!

Stamp sets - Halloween Hello, Wicked Cool (retired)
Cardstock - Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Witches Brew DSP, Very Vanilla
Ink - Black Staz On, Basic Black and Pumpkin Pie Markers
Accessories - Paper Snips (to cut out candy), 3/8" Basic Black Taffeta Ribbon (retired), Stampin' sponge, Stampin' Dimensionals, Envelope Liners Framelits Dies (p 37 in Holiday catalog), Big Shot

(inside of card)

(envelope liners)
p 37 in Holiday Catalog

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Halloween Hello

I know some of you just aren't into Halloween, but I love making Halloween cards. They are just fun! I got the idea of the witch in the moon from Deb Currier.  I have to admit I used some retired Halloween product from Stampin' Up!, but I'm sure some of you still have it!

Supplies -
Stamp sets - Halloween Hello
Cardstock - Basic Black, Crushed Curry, Witches Brew Designer Series Paper
Ink - Black Staz On, Crushed Curry (for sponging)
Accessories - 2 1/2" circle punch, Artisan Label punch, Spider Web Textured Impression Embossing Folder (retired), Big Shot, Bat punch (retired), Basic Black 3/8" taffeta ribbon (retired),White uni-ball Signo Gel pen, Stampin' Sponge, Stampin' Dimensionals

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Field Flowers in Calypso Coral

My birthday card today uses the Field Flowers stamp set in Calypso Coral.  It is a CASE from Lisa Curcio, but it looks very different in these colors. Changing the greeting could make it perfect for any occasion. It could be a great "go to" card to have in your stash.

Stamp sets - Field Flowers, Petite Pairs
Cardstock - Calypso Coral, Whisper White, Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack
Ink - Calypso Coral, Always Artichoke,
Accessories - Stylish Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Tea Lace Paper Doilies, Large Oval and Scallop Oval punches, Basic Pearls, Stampin' Sponge, Stampin' Dimensionals

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Very Vintage Flower Shop

Today's card was the fifth card I had for my Stamp Club, which met today.  It's made with the Very Vintage Jumbo Wheel and Flower Shop stamp set.  Pistachio Pudding and Crisp Cantaloupe work perfect together.

Stamp sets - Flower Shop, Love & Sympathy,Fabulous Florets, Very Vintage Jumbo Wheel
Cardstock - Pistachio Pudding, Very Vanilla
Ink - Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Cantaloupe
Accessories - Pansy punch, Extra Large punch, Beautifully Baroque Textured Impressions Embossing folder, Big Shot, Jumbo Wheel, Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack, Pretties Kit (retired), 5/8" Crochet Trim, Stampin' sponge, Stampin' Dimensionals

Friday, August 16, 2013

Chalk Talk

When I traveled to Salt Lake City for Convention, I traveled with fellow demonstrator, Danielle Stackhouse, and she gave me a swap using the Chalk Talk stamp set and framelits. I loved it, but didn't have the product to make it so I had to wait.  (Hard for me, you know!?!) When I got my order on Wed., I was able to make it.  I used different DSP than she did, but other than that, it's a direct CASE.  I made the card in two colors because I didn't like the way the colors went together on the first one.  I used the Venetian Romance DSP (love it!) and I used Crisp Cantaloupe as the ink and banner flag, but it just wasn't right.  I looked again at the colors used in the DSP and it said Tangerine Tango and Crisp Cantaloupe.  I thought the Tangerine Tango would be too bright on the card but when I tried it, it was perfect! When you start using your DSP on a  card and you're not sure what colors to use, did you know that they tell you which colors coordinate with the Designer Series Paper in the catalog, right under the order number and price?

Stamp sets - Chalk Talk
Cardstock - Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Tangerine Tango, Venetian Romance Designer Series Paper
Ink - Tangerine Tango, Soft Suede
Accessories - Chalk Talk Framelits dies, Big Shot, Extra Large Oval punch, Basic Rhinestones, Stampin' Sponge, Stampin' Dimensionals

The same as above, except I used Island Indigo and Pool Party

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Masking Tape Technique

First, this card is a CASE from Denise A Spartz.  It uses the masking tape technique, but actually I used painter's tape. That way you don't have to worry about it sticking to your cardstock.  I'm sorry, but I mixed and matched my flowers sets to get this card. I'll show you a few photos so you know how I did the masking tape technique.

Stamp sets - Secret Garden, Field Flowers (for the stem), It's Your Birthday (retired)
Cardstock - Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White
Ink - Wisteria Wonder, Always Artichoke
Accessories - Painter's tape, Secret Garden Framelits, Big Shot, Extra Large Oval punch

For the Masking Tape technique, first place a torn piece of painter's tape sticky side down on your ink pad and carefully rub it with your fingers so that it will collect ink on the sticky side. Be careful not to get your fingers too messy, as it will get all over your cardstock and you won't like that look!

Pull the tape off and place it where you want it on your cardstock.

Peel off the tape and the ink will be left on your cardstock.
If you like the look, play with it a little. It isn't hard.

Monday, August 12, 2013


I participated in the challenge at Create with Connie and Mary today.  I wanted to do something festive with this sketch instead of just doing flowers. I settled on hot air balloons from the You're Amazing stamp set.

Stamp sets - You're Amazing, Wishes Your Way (retired)
Cardstock - Gumball Green, Whisper White
Ink - Gumball Green, Raspberry Ripple, Summer Starfruit, Basic Black
Accessories - Stylish Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Gumball Green Stitched Satin ribbon, Basic Rhinestones, Stampin' Dimensionals

After stamping the hot air balloons on the Whisper White cardstock that was cut into pieces, I stamped two more balloons, cut them out with my paper snips, and attached them using dimensionals. It really gives the card depth but it's hard to see in the photo.

(inside of card)

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Giggle Greetings

Here's a fun card! Have you noticed "Giggle Greetings" in the 2013-2014 catalog? (p29) It has some fun sayings.
I made two versions of the card, one being a square, which takes a larger envelope, but is nice to send for a change. It's fun and cheery - anyone would enjoy receiving this card!!

Stamp sets - Giggle Greetings
Cardstock - Bermuda Bay, Raspberry Ripple, Whisper White, Birthday Basics DSP
Ink - Basic Gray, Raspberry Ripple
Accessories - 3 1/2" Circle Die, Big Shot, Watercolor pencils (or whatever you have to color with), 3/8" Raspberry Ripple Stitched Satin Ribbon, Stampin' Sponge, Stampin' Dimensionals

Saturday, August 10, 2013


Today's card was a challenge at Technostamper's Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge.  Guess it's a good thing I didn't have to do it Monday at lunchtime, seeing as how it's Saturday already! It's another card using the Wetlands stamp set.

Stamp sets - Wetlands
Cardstock - Whisper White, Crumb Cake
Ink - Crumb Cake, Summer Starfruit
Accessories - Woodgrain Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, 3/8" Crumb Cake Taffeta Ribbon, Stampin' Sponge

After embossing the Whisper White with the Woodgrain embossing folder, I lighlyt sponged over it with the Crumb Cake ink, being careful to get the ink on the raised part only, not down in the grooves.

Friday, August 9, 2013


Boy, how long has it been since I've participated in a challenge? I can't even remember, it's been so long. I made an entry for the Mojo Monday Challenge today. The one I entered is a variation of the actual challenge. I wanted to use the Pretty Print embossing folder and it wouldn't work vertically on my card so I had to change the layers quite a bit.  It still stretched me from my usual layouts and I like the finished card.

Stamp sets - Stippled Blossoms, Wetlands (for the greeting)
Cardstock - Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Cantaloupe, Whisper White,  Venetian Romance DSP
Ink - Crisp Canaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Basic Gray
Accessories - Pretty Print Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Extra Large Oval punch, 3/8" Whisper White Taffeta ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals, Stampin' Sponge

Here's another card using the same sketch.

Stamp sets - Tags 4 You
Cardstock - Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Witches' Brew DSP
Ink - Black Stazon
Accessories - Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Label Bracket Punch, 3/8" Pumpkin Pie Taffeta Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Framelit Storage

I was browsing on Stampin' Connection on our demo's website for Stampin' Up! when I came across a really cool way to store my framelits and edgelits for the Big Shot. I have to give credit to Wendi Walman, though I don't know if she was the originator of the idea. It was easy, pretty inexpensive, and it's handy as can be!! This is now in my stamp room!

Is that cool or what?  Steve made this one for me! It's a Poster Frame and 2 rolls of Magnetic strip with adhesive. As simple as that. He made it for me, but actually, I could have done it myself. Now all my framelits are at my fingertips so there's no looking through cases or envelopes to find the correct set. I am a happy girl!!!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013


This card is super simple and is made with the stamp set, Wetlands.  Those of you who know me personally, know that I don't like birds. Actually, I'm afraid of them, but these Sandpipers (at least I think that's what they are) don't scare me, and I think they make a really cool card.  This card would work for male or female. I used a water color brush with some watered down Marina Mist reinker to paint the water on the watercolor paper.  I tried doing it on Whisper White, but I couldn't get the streaked look.  Watercolor paper definitely works best.

Stamp sets - Wetlands
Cardstock - Marina Mist, Baked Brown Sugar, watercolor paper
Ink - Sahara Sand, Soft Suede, Marina Mist
Accessories - Very Vanilla seam binding

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Off the Grid Birthday

I'm still playing with all my new sets from the 2013-2014 catalog and I'm in need of some cards for my great nieces and nephews. I thought the Off the Grid and Gorgeous Grunge would be perfect for the preteens. This one will be for the girls with the Crisp Cantaloupe and Coastal Cabana.  I used a bit of Epic Day This and That Washi Tape.  I have a hard time making a card and not putting a ribbon on it, but I had to let it go for this card.

Stamp sets - Off the Grid, Gorgeous Grunge, Label Love
Cardstock - Crisp Cantaloupe, Coastal Cabana, Whisper White
Ink - Baked Brown Sugar, Crisp Cantaloupe, Coastal Cabana
Accessories - Artisan Label punch, Epic Day This and That Washi Tape, Stampin' Sponge, Stampin' Dimensionals

I know some of you are turning up your nose at this card, but I think the kids will love it!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Truly Grateful

Today's card is a CASE from Sarah Fleming.  It uses the new stamp set Truly Grateful and the Designer Series Paper, Sweater Weather, both coming from the Holiday Catalog. Putting Pool Party with Crushed Curry is not something I would normally do, but they are two of the colors found in the Sweater Weather plaid pattern and it really turned out quite well.

Stamp sets - Truly Grateful
Cardstock - Pool Party, Whisper White, Sweater Weather DSP
Ink - Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry, Crushed Curry and Pool Party markers
Accessories - Big Shot, Ovals Framelits, Woodgrain Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Large Oval and Artisan Label punches, Stampin' sponge, Stampin' Dimensionals

Friday, August 2, 2013

Flower Shop

Have you seen the new flowers in the Flower Shop stamp set? It coordinates with the new Pansy punch. They are both in the 2013-2014 catalog. I also used the new embossing folder called Pretty Print (p 24 in the Holiday catalog). It made such a pretty card.

Stamp Sets - Flower Shop, Sweetly Framed (Hostess in 2013-14 catalog)
Cardstock = Whisper White, Pistachio Pudding, Always Artichoke,
Ink - Pistachio Pudding, Daffodil Delight, Crisp Cantaloupe
Accessories - Pansy Punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Pretty Print and Fancy Fan Textured Impressions Embossing folders, Little Leaves Sizzlits, Small and Large Oval punches, 3/8" Whisper White Taffeta ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sponge Dauber

I think the photo made the centers of the flower look pink, but they are a lovely shade of Crisp Cantaloupe! I sponged the Little Leaves with Pistachio Pudding ink and a sponge dauber. It darkened them up just enough that they'd show up on the Pistachio Pudding background.