Friday, December 24, 2010

Have a Happy Holiday Season!

Well, by the time this gets posted, our family will be officially on holidays.  I hope I am prepared by now and if not, what can I do??  There is some Christmas baking done (gluten-free and non-gluten-free), the house decorated, the guest room ready for my parents (they are visiting from BC and braving the Winnipeg weather), some meals in the freezer so I don't have to spend all my time cooking and maybe the dust-bunnies have disappeared.  If you celebrate Christmas, I hope you are ready too. 

Here is one last holiday card.  I made this card last year but when I came across it a while ago, I decided to dress it up with some pearls.  I don't think I will ever get tired of them.


Stamps:  Serene Snowflakes, Many Merry Messages
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue
Ink:  Whisper White Craft, Chocolate Chip
Accessories:  Pearls, Scalloped Punch, White Embossing Powder, Heat Gun

4.25 x 5.5 card

Merry Christmas!


Thursday, December 23, 2010

Peace on Earth

Another card for the Venture Club and Stack Parties.

You might have noticed that I used Always Artichoke ink for the string of the ornament even though there is Old Olive in the Designer Series Paper and the scalloped trim.  Normally I wouldn't do this because it isn't a perfect match.  But when you are preparing cards for a Stack party, it is best not to "share" inks between the various cards.  So, I needed to use a different green.  Gold didn't seem to show up very well and I didn't like it in red for some reason.  So Always Artichoke it stayed.

By the way, you know that vertical gold strip?  Those were made from pieces of card stock I had saved and had been sitting in my pile for a very long time.  Those little pieces do come in handy eventually!

Oops.  I just realized that I forgot to take a picture of the card after it was altered.  On the completed card I added a scalloped border in Old Olive card stock across the card (5 1/2" length); on top of the  red, gold and white card stock.  I used the Dotted Scalloped Ribbon Border Punch.  It just seemed to finish off the card.  You'll have to use your imagination to visualize it.  :)


Stamps:  Peaceful Season (Level 2 Hostess)
Paper:  Crumb Cake (also known as Kraft), Real Red, Brushed Gold, Whisper White, Old Olive, Jolly Holiday DSP
Ink:  Early Espresso, Real Red, Always Artichoke, Gold
Accessories:  Gold Brad, 1/16" Hand Held Punch, Dotted Scalloped Punch, Dimensional, Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Gun

4.25 x 5.5 card

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

A Merry Christmas to You

Here is another card that was done at the kids' Venture Club as well as at various stack parties this holiday 


Stamps:  Tree Trimmings, Best Yet (retired)
Paper:  Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Jolly Holiday DSP, Very Vanilla
Ink:  Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Chocolate Chip
Accessories:  Olive Ribbon (Gale's Warehouse), Dimensionals, Scissors  (sorry, you have to cut the cherry cobbler ornament out.  No punch for this one!)

4.25 x 5.5 card
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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Snow Flurries

This is one of the cards we made at a kids' Venture Club event at our church.  The kids, ranging from age 7 to 10 made four cards in an hour and a half.  They did such a good job and seemed to be really into it.  Future stampers!!!


Stamps:  Patterned Pines (retired hostess set), Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper:  Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Certainly Celery
Ink:  Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery
Accessories:  Decorative Label Punch (Here it is again!  I love it!), Large Oval Punch, Snowflake Punch (Martha Stewart), Paper Piercer, Mat Pack, Pearls, Dimensionals, Two-way Glue Pen

4.25 x 5.5 card
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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Part 2: December Stamp Club Card

A Punched Cardinal Christmas

I saw this card online two days before the Stamp Club was going to meet and thought we just had to make this card.  Many sites displayed their with a punched cardinal card but didn't have instructions or you had to pay to download them.  I found one site HERE with very clear instructions.  Thank you to the Stamping for Sanity Blog.   Love her cards!


1.  Make the cardinal using the Two-Step Bird Punch and the above instructions.  You can use the Tombo Liquid Glue or a Two-way Glue Pen to stick the bird together.  Add dimensionals to the back.

2.  Punch out a label in Whisper White card stock with the Decorative Label Punch.  Add Dimensionals to the back.
3.  Stamp "Seasons Greetings" with Old Olive ink on the Whisper White card base.

4.  Using the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, run the front half of the White card base through the Big Shot.  Make sure that it will emboss so the dots are "bumpy" at the front of the card.

5.  Adhere all pieces together.


Whisper White Card Base:  4.25 x 11
Whisper White scrap for label
 Real Red scraps
Basic Black scraps
So Saffron scraps
Old Olive scraps


Stamps:  Peaceful Season (Level 2 Hostess)
Paper:  Whisper White, Real Red, Basic Black, So Saffron, Old Olive
Ink:  Old Olive
Accessories:  Decorative Label Punch, Two-Step Bird Punch, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Dimensionals, Tombo Liquid Glue or Two-way Glue Pen

4.25 x 5.5 card 

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Part 1: December Stamp Club Cards

Northern Flurry in Baja Breeze


1.  Place Baja Breeze card stock in embossing folder and run through Big Shot.  Using a sponge dauber and Whisper White craft ink, lightly rub or tap the raised snowflakes.  Add varying sizes of pearls to snowflakes.  TIP:  To remove pearls from sheet, carefully move the pearl "off it's spot" with your finger.  Then use a tweezer to pick up pearl and place.   

2.  Tape the Baja Breeze card stock to Whisper White card stock.  Cut a "v" in the one end of a long piece of ribbon.  Tape the other end to the back of the white card stock.  Use a glue dot in the front if it is not lying flat.  With a shorter piece of ribbon, tape ends together to make a "circle".  Make flat and use glue dots to adhere to longer ribbon.  

3.  Stamp "Merry Christmas" in Not Quite Navy ink.   Punch out using Decorative Label Punch.  Stamp snowflake in Baja Breeze.  Adhere to top of ribbon with a dimensional.

Option:  Sponge edges of Baja Breeze card stock with Whisper White ink and a Sponge Dauber. 


Not Quite Navy Card Base:  8 1/2 x 5 1/2 
Whisper White:  4 1/8 x 5 3/8
Baja Breeze:  4 x 5 1/4
Whisper White scrap for label

Stamps:  Many Merry Messages, Serene Snowflakes
Paper:  Not Quite Navy, Whisper White, Baja Breeze
Ink:  Whisper White Craft, Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze
Accessories:  Pearls, 5/8" White Grosgrain Ribbon, Sponge Dauber, Northern Flurry Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Glue Dots, Dimensionals, Decorative Label Punch

4.25 x 5.5 card

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Part 2: November Stamp Club Card

Bell and Boughs with Champagne Glass Glitter

Here is the second card for the November Stamp Club.  We tried a new ribbon technique on how to tie a bow.  You can see the video on how to do this HERE.


1. Stamp the image in Black Stazon ink and colour using Always Artichoke and Cherry Cobbler ink on watercolour paper.

2. Sponge edges in Crumb Cake ink.

3. Tape large Cherry Cobbler card stock and DSP together.  Place strip of seam binding to front of card and tape in back.  Make bow as in instructional video.  (Thanks to Crafty Confessions blog!)

4. Tape watercoloured image, Always Artichoke and Cherry Cobbler card stock together.  Add dimensionals to the back and adhere to the DSP layers and card base.

5. Use the Tombo Liquid Glue and run a bead of glue around the four sides of the Cherry Cobbler card stock.  Sprinkle with Champagne Glass Glitter.

6. Add bow to edge with a glue dot.


Always Artichoke Card Base:  5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Cherry Cobbler:  4 1/8 x 5 3/8
DSP:  4 x 5 1/4
Cherry Cobbler:  3 x 4 1/8
Always Artichoke: 2 5/8 x 3 3/4
Watercolour Paper:  2 1/2 x 3 5/8


Stamps:  Bells and Boughs
Paper:  Deck the Halls DSP, Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, Watercolour Paper
Ink:  Black Stazon, Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake
Accessories:  Blender Pen or Aquapainter, Sponge, Dimensionals, Tombo White Glue, Champagne Glass Glitter, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding, Bow Tying Apparatus, Glue Dots

4.25 x 5.5 card

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Friday, December 10, 2010

Part 1: November Stamp Club Card

We weren't able to get together for our November Stamp Club meeting because of the weather ~ a winter storm.  So last night, at our December Club get-together, we made our November and December projects.  We made four cards and one 3D item.  Since that would end up being one long post, I'm going to spread them out.  So stay posted.  Here is Part 1 of the November cards.

Joyful Season with Letterpress Plate


1.  On letterpress plate, ink "stockings" with Old Olive Craft ink and "joyful season" with Cherry Cobbler Craft ink.

2.  Place letterpress plate face up directly on tab 1 of Big Shot multipurpose platform.  Add Dotto to back of watercolour paper and stick to clear cutting pad.  CAREFULLY place paper and cutting pad on top of the letterpress plate.  Line up carefully and holding firmly, wind through the Big Shot.

3.  Assemble card.

You can see a video on how to use the Letterpress plates here.


Very Vanilla Card Base:  5 1/2  x 8 1/2
Cherry Cobbler:  5 3/8 x 4 1/8
Watercolour Paper:  3 x 5 1/4
DSP:  1 x 5 1/4


Stamps:  None
Paper:  Watercolour Paper, Jolly Holiday DSP, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler Craft, Old Olive Craft
Accessories:  Joyful Season Letter Press Plate, Big Shot, Dotto, Old Olive Satin Ribbon

4.25 x 5.5 card

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

French Foliage Thanks

I thought I had better post another autumn looking card before it begins to snow here in Winnipeg.  I think winter is just around the corner with the temperature only reaching 1 degree celius today.  Brrrr.  Chicken Soup is on the menu for tonight.

This was a quick card.  Love those!


Stamps:  French Foliage, Thank You Kindly
Paper:  Crumb Cake (Kraft), Cajun Craze, Very Vanilla
Ink:  Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Old Olive, Crumb Cake
Accessories:  Dimensionals, 1/4" Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbon

4.25 x 5.5 card

Mmmm.  I am beginning to smell that soup.

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

October Stamp Club

French Foliage
Rock & Roll and Collage Techniques


Collage Background:

Randomly stamp French Foliage images over Very Vanilla card stock in the following inks:
  • Poplar leaf in Cajun Craze ink
  • Oak leaf in Cajun Craze ink.  Stamp- off once on scrap paper before stamping on card stock. This gives it a lighter colour
  • Script in Rich Razzleberry ink
  • Paris Circle in Rich Razzleberry ink
  • Ink up an Acrylic Block in More Mustard ink
Small Square Image:

1.  Sponge edges of Very Vanilla square with More Mustard ink.

2.  Stamp Script in Rich Razzleberry ink in center of Very Vanilla square.

3.  Ink Poplar Leaf in More Mustard ink.  Roll the edges in Cajun Craze ink.  Stamp on Very Vanilla square.

Complete card:

1.  Adhere layers together.

2.  Add dimensionals to the back of the Collage image and the small square Leaf image.

3.  Add ribbon to collage image.

4.  Finish card.


Cajun Craze Card Base:  5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Rich Razzleberry:  3 3/8 x 4 5/8
Very Vanilla:  3 1/4 x 4 1/2
Cajun Craze:  2 x 2 1/4
Rich Razzleberry:  1 7/8 x 2 1/8
Very Vanilla:  1 3/4 x 2


Stamps:  French Foliage, Acrylic Block
Paper:  Cajun Craze, Rich Razzleberry, Very Vanilla,
Ink:  Cajun Craze, More Mustard, Rich Razzleberry
Accessories:  Rich Razzleberry Ribbon, Dimensionals, Sponge

4.25 x 5.5 card

Baroque Motifs and Big Beautiful Butterfly


1.  Stamp Baroque Motifs flourish, small flower and sentiment in Soft Suede ink on Soft Suede card stock. 

2.  Use Scallop Trim Border Punch to punch both edges of Newsprint DSP.  Adhere to Cherry Cobbler strip.

3.  Add Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding and then Lace to the strip.

4.  Use Bigshot to cut out small butterflies (Beautiful Wings Embosslit).  Glue to background with a Two-way Glue Pen.

5.  Fold Naturals Ivory square in half and place over the "half butterfly" on the Beautiful Butterflies Bigz die.  Run through Bigshot.  TIP:  When placing your folded card stock over the half butterfly, make sure that your see the ends of the lines of the middle part of the butterfly.  Doing this will ensure that you cut your butterfly completely.

6.  With a clean Baroque Motifs flourish stamp, stamp on butterfly with VersaMark.  Emboss with Clear Embossing Powder.

7.  Sponge over butterfly with Cherry Cobbler and Soft Suede ink.  (If you would like your butterfly multicoloured, add more ink colours as suggested in the Supply List.  The example that was followed is on page 133 in the Stampin' Up Idea Book & Catalogue).  Once you are done sponging, take a tissue or baby wipe and gently wipe the ink off the embossed flourish.

8.  Punch a 1/8" hole with Hand Held Punch.  Add brad.  Add dimensionals to back of butterfly.

9.  Complete card.


Natural Ivory Card Base:  5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Soft Suede:  4 1/8 x 5 3/8
Cherry Cobbler Strip:  1 7/8 x 5 1/4
Newsprint Designer Series Paper:  2 1/8 x 5 1/4
Butterfly Square:  3 1/4 x 4 1/4 
Natural Ivory Scrap:  for Beautiful Wings Embosslit


Stamps:  Baroque Motifs
Paper:  Naturals Ivory, Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler, Newsprint DSP
Ink:  Soft Suede, VersaMark, Cherry Cobbler (Multicoloured Option:  Elegant Eggplant, Not Quite Navy, More Mustard)
Accessories:    Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die, Bigshot, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Cherry Cobbler 1/2" Seam Binding, Vanilla Lace Trim (from the dollar store??), Brad, Dimensionals, Two-way Glue Pen, Clear Embossing Powder, Sponge, 1/8" Hand Held Punch

4 25 x 5 5 card

The club had the option to make a multicoloured butterly.  Just like in the Stampin' Up Idea Book & Catologue (p.132)

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Sunday, October 3, 2010

Watercolor Trio Thanks

This card falls under the Clean and Simple category.  I made this card when Stampin' Up's new colours came out.  That was a while ago so I don't remember whether or not I followed the sketch challange on the Clean and Simple Blog.  If you want great sketches for quick cards check out that blog HERE.


Stamps:  Watercolor Trio, Great Friend, Thank You Kindly
Paper:  Whisper White, Marina Mist, Basic Black
Ink:  Whisper White Craft, Basic Black
Accessories:  White Embossing Powder, Black Gingham Ribbon, Dimensionals

4.25 x 5.5 card

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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Once is Enough?

Not with this technique!! :)

Here is another card using the Reinker Watercolour Technique.


Stamps:  Fifth Avenue Floral
Paper:  Rose Red, So Saffron, Whisper White, Shimmery White
Ink:  Basic Black, Whisper White, Rose Red, Pretty in Pink and So Saffron Reinkers
Accessories:  Distresser, Mat Pack, Paper Piercer, Dimensionals, White Embossing Powder, Rhinestones

4.25 x 5.5 card

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

September Stamp Club

Watercolouring with Reinkers 

When I first saw cards using the watercolouring technique using reinkers (sometimes called Reinker Spread Technique) it was one of those things I had to try immediately.  And it is so much fun!

Patty Bennett, a Stampin' Up! demonstrator has a great tutorial video on how to make the flowers, so I won't repeat her instructions in this post.  Click HERE to see her tutorial.

The rest of the card goes as follows:

1.  Create flower first so that it has time to dry.  Then cut around embossed line.

2.  To create leaves, use the Square Lattice Folder and Big Shot to emboss Old Olive card stock.  Now use the Little Leaves Sizzlet on the embossed Old Olive card stock.  Cut three.  Tip:  By making your leaves in this order, it gives a very subtle texture to the leaves.  If you want more texture, cut leaves first and then emboss.

3.  Stamp Sentiment on Very Vanilla card stock using Rose Red ink.

4.  Use Scalloped Trim Border Punch on Pumpkin Pie card stock strip.  Adhere under the Very Vanilla card stock. 

5.  Adhere Sweet and Sour DSP to Pumpkin Pie card stock.  Adhere Very Vanilla and Pumpkin Pie border.  Add Ribbon.  Use Tombo Glue to adhere leaves.  Cut out dry rose and use dimensionals to pop up over the leaves.

I tried to dry my rose with the heat gun.  I found I had to be extra careful not to push the ink everywhere.  It also tended to curl the card stock. 

Lean the rose up against something as it is  air drying so that the water runs to the bottoms of each section.  This gives it more of a watercolour effect.

Try this technique on Glossy White card stock.  It works but gives a different look.


Rose Red card base:  8 1/2 x 5 1/2
Pumpkin Pie:  4 1/8 x 5 3/8
DSP:  4 x 5 1/4
Very Vanilla:  2 x 5 1/4
Pumpkin Pie Strip:  for Scalloped Punch
Shimmery White card stock:  for Fifth Avenue rose
Old Olive scraps:  for leaves


Stamps:  Fifth Avenue Floral
Paper:  Sweet and Sour Specialty DSP, Rose Red, Pumpkin Pie, Very Vanilla, Shimmery White card stock
Ink:  Rose Red, Rose Red, Pretty in Pink and Pumpkin Pie Reinkers, Whisper White
Accessories:  5/8" Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbon, Big Shot, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Little Leaves Sizzlet Die, White Embossing Powder, Water Spritzer, Aquapainter, Scalloped Trim Border Punch, Dimensionals

4.25 x 5.5 card

 Pocket Silhouette Gift Card with Envelope


Envelope:  Run Naturals White card stock through Big Shot with the Scalloped Envelope die.  To make the patterned paper inside of card, place DSP on the upper half of the Scalloped Envelope die.  Glue DSP to inside of Envelope.  Let dry before folding.  Tip:  If you fold the flap before the DSP is dry, it will move on you.


1.  Fold Natural White card stock in half making sure it folds to a card of 2 x 3.

2.  Colour the flower stamp from Pocket Silhouettes set with Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Melon Mambo and Pink Pirouette Markers.

3.  Stamp Sentiment in Old Olive ink

4.  Punch out flowers using Itty Bitty Punch Pack in Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette and Cherry Cobbler card stock.  Bend flowers around finger tip to give it a bit of dimenion.  Glue to stamped image.

5.  Add Basic Pearl Jewels to center of punched flowers.  Tip:  I find the best way to pick up the pearls (so they don't go flying) is to move it slightly off its spot with your finger tip and then pick it up with your tweezers.


Naturals White Card Base:  3 x 4
Naturals White Envelope:  4 1/4 x 5 1/2
Old Olive DSP:  2 1/2 x 3 1/4
Melon Mambo Scrap
Cherry Cobbler Scrap
Pink Pirouette Scrap


Stamps:  Pocket Silhouettes, Tiny Tags
Paper:  Old Olive DSP, Naturals White, Pink Pirouette, Melon Mambo, Cherry Cobbler
Ink:  Old Olive, Pink Pirouette, Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive Markers
Accessories:  Big Shot, Bigz Scalloped Envelope Die, Basic Pearl Jewels, Tweezers, Tombo Multi Liquid Glue

2 x 3 Card and 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 Envelope

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

August Stamp Club

For You Flower

I just LOVE everything about the designer series paper used on this card. I love the colours used as well as all the patterns on EACH SIDE of the paper. That is unusual for me. I will definitely be using up my whole pack very quickly.

1. Punch Whisper White strip with Dotted Scalloped Border Punch. Tape Scallop and the two pieces of patterned paper together. Tie Ribbon around and adhere to Early Espresso card base.

2. Using the For You Flower stamp, ink in Certainly Celery and stamp on Whisper White card stock. Punch out using the XL Fancy Flower Punch. YAY! YOU DON'T NEED TO CUT THE FLOWER OUT BY HAND!!

3. Clean stamp and colour the words in the circle with Baja Breeze, Tangerine Tango and Early Espresso Markers. Stamp on Whisper White card stock and punch out using the 1 3/8" Circle Punch. TIP: If you take a while to colour, you can "huff" on your stamp to re-moisten the ink before stamping on your card stock. Tape Circle to the center of the Celery Flower.

4. Build a Brad: Stamp flower from Itty Bitty Bits in Baja Breeze ink and punch out with the 1/2" Circle Punch. Add a glue dot to the back of the circle. Adhere to the part of the Build a Brad with the "stems". Add the Clear top of the brad. This has adhesive on it already so you do not need to add any more. Punch hole in the For You Flower with 1/16" Hand held punch and add brad.

5. Complete card by punching two Small Ovals out of Greenhouse Gala DSP. Add a dimensional to one end of the oval. Add dimensionals to the For You Flower. Stick Flower and Leaves to card.


Early Espresso Card Base: 4 1/4 x 11
Greenhouse Gala DSP: 4 1/4 x 1, 4 1/4 x 2 1/4 and Scraps for leaves
Whisper White Strip and Scraps


Stamps: For You Flower, Itty Bitty Bits
Paper: Greenhouse Gala DSP, Early Espresso, Whisper White
Ink: Certainly Celery
Accessories: White 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Dimensionals, Glue Dot, Build a Brad, Baja Breeze, Early Espresso and Tangerine Tango Markers, 1/16" Handheld Punch, Small Oval Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, XL Fancy Flower Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch, Dotted Scalloped Border Punch

4 1/4 x 5 1/2 card

Itty Bitty Bits with Rich Razzleberry
1. Stamp sentiment on on Whisper White card stock with Basic Black ink. Use a Stamp-a-ma-jig if you want perfect placement. :)

2. Stamp Itty Bitty Bits with Certainly Celery, Rich Razzleberry and Tempting Turquoise ink. Punch out with Itty Bitty Punches and glue to Whisper White card stock.

3. Score the long side of Tempting Turquoise card stock at 3". Punch the side closest to the score line with the Scalloped Border Punch. (When folded this should make a 3 x 3 square.) Adhere completed Whisper White square to inside and fold Turquoise scallop up adhering in place.

4. Add ribbon to bottom edge. You might have to add a bit of adhesive to keep it in place. Tie the ends with embroidery thread and add Itty Bitty Button. You can either tie it on with the piece of thread you used to tie the ribbon or use two separate pieces for each, using a glue dot to attach the button to the top of of the ribbon.


Rich Razzleberry Card Base: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Tempting Turquoise: 3 x 4 1/2 (score at 3")
Whisper White: 2 3/4 x 2 3/4
Whisper White Scraps


Stamps: Itty Bitty Bits, Thank You Kindly
Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black, Rich Razzleberry, Certainly Celery, Tempting Turquoise
Accessories: Polka Dot Ribbon (retired), White Embroidery Thread, Itty Bitty Buttons, Glue Dot, Scalloped Border Punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Glue Pen

4 1/4 x 5 1/2 card

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Three Cards from a Stack Party

Pedaling Past

This set, Pedaling Past, is from the SU Summer Mini Catalogue. I love this set and it was one of the first I bought from this mini. I think it is very versatile and can be used for a variety of occasions.

The image is stamped on Watercolour Paper and then coloured in with ink and an aquapainter or blender pen. I find that the blender pen gives more of a marker-like effect to the image whereas with an aquapainter it works more like a paintbrush. Also, with an aquapainter, because it feels more like a paintbrush, you seem to have less control and might go over the lines. So I guess it depends on what kind of look you want.


Stamps: Pedaling Past, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Taken With Teal (retired), Pumpkin Pie, Watercolour Paper, Sweet Pea DSP (retired)
Ink: Taken With Teal, Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip, Black Stazon
Accessories: Dimensionals, Orange Eyelets, Crop-o-dile, Corner Rounder Punch

4.25 x 5.5 card

Friends Never Fade in Blue

Very simple but lots of layers


Stamps: Friends Never Fade
Paper: Whisper White, Bordering Blue (retired),
Ink: Bordering Blue, Night of Navy
Accessories: Navy Ribbon (Gale's), Dimensionals

4.25 x 5.5 card

Itty Bitty Bits

The only thing fussy about this card is gluing on the Itty Bitty Bits. Other than that, this is another pretty quick card. Please note that the Turquoise card stock was place only partially in the folder to emboss about 2/3's of it.


Stamps: Itty Bitty Bits, A Little Birthday Cheer
Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Basic Black
Accessories: White Embroidery Floss, Turquoise Ribbon (Gale's), Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Scalloped Border Punch, Three Punch Pack, Two-way Glue Pen

4.25 x 5.5 card

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Thursday, August 5, 2010

July Stamp Club

Friends Never Fade with Presto Patterns DSP

Using the Presto Patterns Designer Series Paper is like having the paper already embossed for you. The embossing is already completed for you. If you do not have this type of paper, you can always have this look by using the Emboss Resist Technique.

1. Ink up brayer with Certainly Celery ink and brayer over the Presto Patterns card stock. Keep inking brayer and rolling over paper until the colour is even.

2. Stamp ornate flower from Friends Never Fade stamp set with VersaMark ink on Soft Suede card stock and brayered Presto Patterns DSP.

3. Wipe the embossing buddy over the brayered Presto Patterns DSP and sprinkle with Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder. Heat with heat gun.

4. On "pineapplely" looking stamp :) from Friends Never Fade stamp set, colour stamp with Certainly Celery and Pink Pirouette Markers. Don't forget to huff on it; then stamp on Whisper White square.

5. Punch Pinking Hearts Border on Pink Pirouette card stock strip.

6. Adhere all pieces to card base. By the way, I find that the Presto Patterns DSP needs lots of tape since it is a thicker paper.


Whisper White Card Base: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Soft Suede: 3 1/2 x 4
Pink Pirouette Strip: 1 x 4
Pink Pirouette: 1 7/8 x 1 7/8
Whisper White: 1 3/4 x 1 3/4
Presto Patterns DSP: 2 x 4 3/4


Stamps: Friends Never Fade
Paper: Whisper White, Soft Suede, Pink Pirouette, Presto Patterns DSP

Ink: Certainly Celery, VersaMark
Accessories: Certainly Celery Marker, Pink Pirouette Marker, Brayer, Heat Gun, Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder, Pinking Hearts Border Punch

4.25 x 5.5 card

Paper Bag Purse

I found the instructions to this purse at Inking Idaho. They are very clear with some photos to follow so I am not going to repeat these great instructions. Click on Inking Idaho to get there.

One change it did make was to cut the paper bag to slightly less than 4 1/4" tall. I found that it fit inside the card stock better.

Rectangle Image:

1. Stamp "Friends are like flowers" stamp in So Saffron. Cut carefully and adhere to Certainly Celery card stock.

2. Stamp two flowers on Whisper White scrap card stock. One in Pumpkin Pie and the other in Certainly Celery. Cut out the entire Pumpkin Pie flower and only the center of the Certainly Celery Flower.

3. Pop up flower and center with dimensionals. Attach to front flap of bag making sure you put adhesive ONLY ON TOP HALF of rectangle.

4. Place a velcro dot (I found mine at the dollar store) behind front flap. HINT: Stick the two sides of the velcro dot together. Stick the connected dot to the inside flap and press down. Carefully peel apart the velcro dot and they should be sticking on opposite sides of the purse and flap.


Paper Bag: 4 1/4" tall
Certainly Celery: 4 1/4 x 5 1/5
Certainly Celery: 6 1/4 x 5 1/2 (score at 4 1/4)
DSP: 4 x 5 1/4 (cut two) and 1 3/4 x 5 1/4
Certainly Celery: 1 3/4 x 2 3/8
Whisper White scraps: for Friends Never Fade rectangle and flowers


Stamps: Friends Never Fade
Paper: Waterhouse Gala Designer Series Paper, Certainly Celery, Whisper White
Ink: Certainly Celery, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron
Accessories: Crop-o-dile, Dimenionals, Certainly Celery 5/8 Grosgrain Ribbon, Glue Dots, Velcro Dot, Scor-Pal

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

June Stamp Club

Watercolor Trio with Smooch Spritz


1. Stamp the three flower images in Certainly Celery, Close to Cocoa and Taken with Teal on the Natural White card stock. Each flower has its own ink colour.

2. Using the Log Cabin Smooch Spritz spray the stamped image carefully. Spray the Kraft card base with Log Cabin Smooch Spritz as well.

I found that I needed to be careful when I sprayed with the Log Cabin SS. I pressed with a light touch so that I wouldn't make a big blotch over my stamped image. (Maybe I have a faulty spray bottle. Let me know if you do not have this problem.) Practice on a scrap first.

3. Spray stamped image with Vanilla Smooch Spritz. I squirted quite generously. Set aside to dry.

4. Using the Scalloped Trim Border Punch, punch one edge of Close to Cocoa card stock.
5. Tape Close to Cocoa, Taken with Teal and stamped Naturals White card stock together. Tie a piece of Early Espresso Taffeta Ribbon (NEW!!) around these layers. Adhere to Kraft card base.


Kraft Card Base: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Close to Cocoa: 3 3/4 x 5 1/4
Taken with Teal: 3 5/8 x 4 7/8
Naturals White: 3 1/2 x 4 3/4


Stamps: Watercolor Trio
Paper: Kraft, Close to Cocoa, Taken with Teal, Naturals White
Ink: Certainly Celery, Close to Cocoa, Taken with Teal
Accessories: Log Cabin and Vanilla Smooch Spritz, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Early Espresso 1/4" Taffeta Ribbon

4.25 x 5.5 card

Petal Pizzazz with Glitter and Sticky Cuts

I have been meaning to use the Sticky Cuts for a while now. Finally had the chance and now they are retiring! The new catalogue has just a plain sheet of sticky cuts that can be run through the Big Shot.

1. Run the Brocade Blue card stock through the Big Shot with the Texturz Plate.

2. Stamp three flowers and two leaves from the Petal Pizzazz stamp set on scraps of of Whisper White card stock. Cut out.

3. For stems of flowers, bend two narrow strips of Certainly Celery card stock keeping one straight. Using the two-way glue pen, attach strips to Brocade Blue card stock.

4. Tie white embroidery thread through clear itty bitty button. Add glue dot to back of button and adhere to Borcade Blue flower. Another option is to use a crystal brad. Adhere flower to middle stem. Here is the card with the Itty Bitty Button.

5. Add silver brad to So Saffron flower. Add dimensional to back of flower and attach to card.

6. Rub the embossing buddy over the Pretty in Pink flower. This helps get rid of the static. Add a Sticky Cut flower (from Sticky Cut Sweet package) to center of Pretty in Pink flower. Add glitter. Add dimenionals to back of flower and place on card

7. Add dimenionals to back of leaves and attach to card. Tie Certainly Celery ribbon in a knot and adhere with a glue dot.


Whisper White Card Base: 5 1/2 x 6 1/2
Brocade Blue: 3 1/8 x 5 3/8
Certainly Celery: very narrow strips
Whisper White: scraps


Stamps: Petal Pizzazz
Paper: Whisper White, Brocade Blue, Certainly Celery
Ink: Brocade Blue, Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink, So Saffron
Accessories: Glue Dots, Certainly Celery 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Two-Way Glue Pen, Dimensionals, Silver Brads, Itty Bitty Buttons or Crystal Brad, Flower Sticky Cut (from the Sweet package), Cosmo Glitter, Texturz Plate Backrounds, Big Shot. White Embroidery Thread

3 1/4 x 5.5 card

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

May Stamp Club

Father's Day Card with Lovely as a Tree Stained Mosaic Technique

To make the main image using the Stained Mosaic Technique I followed the tutorial found HERE. It is a fairly easy tutorial to follow (with photos) so I won't elaborate on it in this post.

A couple of things I changed after practicing the Stained Mosaic Technique:

One of the changes I made was instead of using Basic Black ink, like the tutorial instructs, I used Basic Grey ink. I found that the Grey was a little more subtle looking and not so harsh as the Black ink.

When I used Blender Pens in colouring the main image, after embossing and staining with ink the image looked quite pale. When I used markers instead, the image was more vibrant and showed up better. We used markers at the stamp club last night. We "thumped" or "pounced" the marker in dots on the trees instead of straight colouring in the trees.

Also, I found I prefered to use a sponge when staining the embossed main image rather then using the ink pad directly on the image. It had a cleaner look.


Brocade Blue card base: 4 1/4 x 4 1/4
Always Artichoke: 2 7/8 x 4 1/4
Whisper White: 2 1/2 x 4 1/4


Stamps: Lovely as the Tree, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Brocade Blue, Always Artichoke, Whisper White
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Brocade Blue, Certainly Celery, Basic Grey, VersaMark
Accessories: Certainly Celery Marker, Always Artichoke Marker, Clear Button, Hemp, Glue Dot, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Sponge

4 1/4 x 4 1/4 card

Chipboard Birds

This card uses the DSP from the last mini catalogue. At the workshop we used the Cottage Wall DSP on this card as well.

Card Directions:

To create card base:

1. Adhere Old Olive card stock (not shown in this photo, but we used a Texturz Plate to emboss this piece).

2. Add Cottage Wall Designer Series Papaer and strip of Rich Razzleberry card stock.

3. On Whisper White card stock, punch one corner of card stock with Corner Rounder punch, use Spiral Punch to punch notches in edge of card stock and add sentiment of your choice to bottom of card stock.

4. On same piece of Whisper White card stock, use the Horizontal Slot punch to make a slot through which you will tie the Rich Razzleberry ribbon into a double knot.

To create chipboard bird or owl:

1. Choose your patterned paper/DSP for your bird or owl. Flip the DSP over and place your bird/owl on top. Trace with a pencil and then cut out. Remember, you are tracing onto the side of patterned paper that you do NOT want to see.

Note: On the bird, you can have a number of types of patterned paper, whereas the owl just uses one.

2. Use liquid white glue on the chipboard and place your cut out image on top. Once dry, you can sand the edges. This makes the edges smooth and depending on how much you sand it can give a more or less distressed look to the image.

Completing the Owl:

1. Punch out two 3/4" circles out of Old Olive card stock. Glue to chipboard circles.

2. Using the Three Way Heart Punch, punch out two of the smallest hears in Rich Razzleberry card stock. Glue onto the chipboard hearts and then to the Old Olive circles.

3. Cut out nose triangle and glue to chipboard triangle.

4. Glue eyes and nose to owl. Adhere owl to Whisper White card stock. I found that a tape runner works well.

Completing the Bird:

1. Sponge bird legs with Close to Cocoa ink.

2. Glue tail and wing to the bird's body.

3. Adhere the bird, beak and legs to Whisper White card stock.


Whisper White card base: 4 1/4 x 8 1/2
Old Olive: 4 1/8 x 5 3/8
Cottage Wall DSP: 4 1/8 x 2 1/4
Rich Razzleberry Strip: 4 1/8 x 1/2

Whisper White: 4 x 3 1/2

Cottage Wall Scraps
Old Olive Scraps

Rich Razzleberry Scraps


Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Cottage Wall DSP, Whisper White, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Close to Cocoa (for Bird's legs)

Accessories: Spiral Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, Corner Rounder Punch, Three Way Heart Punch, Horizontal Slot Punch, Rich Razzleberry PolkaDot Ribbon, Tombo Liquid Glue, Scissors, On Board So Tweet Chipboard

4 1/4 x 5 1/2 card

Here are some pictures of the creating of my own Stained Mosaic block:
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