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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Sunday, May 16, 2010


This week I came across the Fall to Layout on the clean & simple blog. I usually check out the cards on this blog but often can't find the time to try out the sketch challenge. This week was different. I tried it ended up coming up with four cards in one morning. The last card is not as "clean and simple" as the first three. So here goes....

First the sketch.

This is the first card I made. I was going to add more flowers so that it followed the sketch more closely, but I like how it turned out and didn't want to change anything.

I decided to follow the sketch to a tee and this is how it turned out. Not my favorite compared to the other three!

This one was quick!!

And finally, I decided to do my own thing on this card.
By the way, on the first and last card, I had to mask the flowers to add the leaves so that they would not overlap the flowers. Here's a little tip: Keep the masks and place them in the box along with stamps so that you can use them the next time. You don't have to make new ones every time.

Supplies used on all cards:

Stamps: Petal Pizzazz, Cheep Talk
Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White, Certainly Celery, Close to Cocoa
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Certainly Celery, So Saffron
Accessories: Corner Rounder Punch, Tempting Turquoise 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Silver Brads, Paper Piercer, Mat Pack, Tombo Liquid Glue, Timeless Type Alphabet sizzlet dies, Big Shot, Embosses Curve Border Punch

All cards 4.25 x 5.5

Thanks for summer!....oops I mean "for stopping by". Obviously I am thinking of summer with the gorgeous weather we are having. Now I am going to head out to do some gardening.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Four Stack Party Cards

Last weekend I led a Stack Party at my friend Gina's house. We made twelve cards in four designs. We had a great time chatting, eating (Gina always has such wonderful food!) and of course, stamping! Here are the cards that Gina chose:

By the way, at the party, I have a variety of sentiments for the guests to choose from. The sentiments on the following cards are not necessarily the ones that people chose.

Yellow Flowers


Stamps: Tiny Tags, Fine Flourish
Paper: So Saffron, Chocolate Chip
Ink: So Saffron, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Perfect Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Large Fancy Flower Punch, Sponge Dauber, 1/2" Circle Punch, 5/8" Satin Chocolate Chip Ribbon

Crazy for Cupcakes

On this card, the guests had a couple of options to change it up a bit. The Bashful Blue background could either be left plain or dressed up a bit with the Polka Dot Embossing Folder or a Texturz Plate. Another change that could be made was instead of cutting off the candle and adding a cherry (the stamp is actually a cupcake with one candle), just leaving the candle and adding Real Red Designer Series Paper to the candle and coloring in the flame with a So Saffron Marker.

Stamps: Crazy for Cupckes, Tart and Tangy
Paper: Whisper White, Bashful Blue, Real Red, Bashful Blue DSP
Ink: Real Red Marker, Chocolate Chip Marker, Basic Black
Accessories: Ribbon, Dimensionals, Horizontal Slot Punch

Only Oranges
This was a very quick card. We needed that since some of the others took longer to complete.


Stamps: Tart and Tangy, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie
Ink: Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: Sponge Dauber, Dimensionals

Stars in Red


Stamps: Seeing Stars, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Whisper White, Certainly Celery, Real Red, We R Memory Keepers DSP
Ink: Real Red, Basic Black
Accessories: Large Star Punch, Small Star Punch, Dimensionals, Scallop Trim Border Punch, 1 1/4" Square Punch, 1 3/8" Square Punch, Satin Ribbon (Gale's Warehouse)

Well that is all for now. Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

April Stamp Club

Vintage Vogue
1. I created a template for reverse masking the rectangle in the center of the card. I cut a piece of card board to 3 1/2 x 4 3/4. I then scored around the edges at 1". I then cut out the inside rectangle using a ruler and Hobby Blade.

2. Place the template over the Naturals White card stock. It should fit perfectly. Sponge Barely Banana ink over the rectangle, leaving a bit of white/unsponged area near the center of the rectangle. Lightly sponge Pumpkin Pie ink around the edges of the rectangle.

3. Stamp two "leafy flourishes" over left hand corner of rectangle in Old Olive. Stamp two small flowers in Pumpkin Pie.

4. Stamp one large flower and one small flower on scrap pieces of Natural White card stock. Cut out. Add brad and dimensionals. Place over leafy flourish.

5. Stamp sentiment of choice in Pumpkin Pie and pop up butterfly with dimensional (Butterfly made from Beautiful Wings Embosslit and BigShot).


Barely Banana Card Base: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Pumkin Pie: 3 5/8 x 4 7/8
Naturals White: 3 1/2 x 4 3/4
Old Olive: Scrap for Butterfly
Naturals White: Scrap for Vintage Vogue flowers


Stamps: Vintage Vogue, Well Scripted
Paper: Barely Banana, Pumpkin Pie, Naturals White, Old Olive
Ink: Barely Banana, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive
Accessories: Big Shot, Beautiful Wings Embosslits, Dimensionals, Chocolate Chip Sending Love 1/4" Epoxy Brads, Sponge, Cardboard template for masking
4.25 x 5.5 card

Fine Flourish Paper Flower with Hand-made Button

To create Button:

1. Punch out six circles using 3/4" Circle Punch. Glue together using Tombo Liquid Glue.

2. Using another button as a template, draw two dots with a pencil (or do it free hand). Use the crop-o-dile to punch out two holes.

3. Using a needle and embroidery thread, sew the button onto the paper flower. You may want to use a paper piercer to make two holes in the flower so your needle goes through the card stock more easily. Also, instead of tying a knot on the thread, just tape it on the back of the card.

To create a Paper Flower:

1. In Black Stazon ink, stamp a Fine Flourish on Whisper White card stock.

2. Punch out three flowers using the Large Fancy Flower punch.

3. Spritz the card stock with water and crumple.

4. Uncrumple and let dry. Adhere all three layers of flower with button and embroidery thread.

Complete Card:

1. Stamp Medallion stamp with VersaMark on Bashful Blue card stock.

2. Punch out border on More Mustard card stock using the Scallop Border Punch. Adhere to the Bashful Blue card stock. Then adhere to Basic Black card base.

3. Tie Old Olive Grosgrain into a loose knot. Stick the thin strip of Old Olive card stock (the flower stem) through the knot, then tighten the knot.

4. Glue them stem onto the card, add the completed flower. And don't forget the sentiment of your choice.


Basic Black Card Base: 8 1/2 x 5 1/2
Bashful Blue: 3 7/8 x 5 1/4
More Mustard: 1 x 5 1/4
Whisper White: Scraps for three flowers
Old Olive: Thin strip for flower stem
Basic Black: Scraps for six 3/4 circles


Stamps: Fine Flourish, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Medallion
Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Bashful Blue, More Mustard
Ink: VersaMark, Basic Black, Stazon Black
Accessories: 3/4" Circle Punch, White Embroidery Thread, Needle, Tombo White Liquid Glue, Scalloped Punch, Old Olive 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Water Spritzer, Paper Piercer, Crop-o-dile

4.25 x 5.5 card

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