Sunday, June 30, 2019

Quick Recovery

What better way to express a quick recovery than to send a beautiful, Spring card signifying a fresh start. The butterflies in Calypso Coral are enough to bring a smile to your face.

Paper: Pool Party A-2, Whisper White 5 1/4 x 4
Technique: Clean & Simple (CAS)
Accessories: Adhesive

This is a prime example of using only stamps, ink and paper to make a card. I used the Calypso Coral only on the butterflies to make them stand out. The bokeh dots are stamped in both the Coastal Cabana and the Pool Party. The vines of flowers and the sentiment are stamped using the Archival Basic Black.

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Friday, June 28, 2019

Kind Lotus

Do you remember this Lotus Blossom stamp set? Only those of you who earned it have it in your collection. Here is a card idea for you.

Stamps: Lotus Blossom
Paper: Whisper White A-2, 2 x 4, Scrap, Tempting Turquoise 5 3/8 x 4 1/8, Scrap, Basic Black 3 x 4
Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento, Pacific Point, Tempting Turquoise, Pear Pizzazz, Mossy Meadow, Basic Black Fine Point Marker
Technique: Dry Embossing, Die Cutting, 2-Step Stamping
Accessories: Scallop Ribbon Edgelits Punch, Scalloped Embossing Folder, Sweet Sadi Washi Tape, Hearts a Flutter Framelits Dies, 1/4" Basic Black Grosgrain Ribbon, Dimensionals, Glue Dot, Adhesive

The sentiment was adhered with dimensionals, and the ribbon was added with a glue dot. 

I really like this two-step stamping. It adds the right shading in all of the right places. You can easily create a bouquet of these blossoms or keep it to only one. The sentiment can also be changed to whatever you need.

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Glimmery Christmas

Christmas trees adorned with glimmer, glitter and dazzling details! Here is another Christmas card I made using Real Red and Champagne glimmer paper. 

Stamps: Endless Wishes
Paper: Lost Lagoon A-2, Whisper White 5 1/4 x 4, 1 3/4" Circle, Champagne Glimmer 1 3/4 x 2 3/4, Red Glimmer 2 3/8" Scallop Circle
Ink: Lost Lagoon, Real Red
Technique: Dry Embossing, Sponging
Accessories: Snowflake Card Framelits Dies, Northern Flurry Embossing Folder, 2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, Sponge, Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details, Dimensionals, Adhesive

  • Cut card base and Whisper White panel.
  • Dry emboss Whisper White with Northern Flurry Embossing Folder.
  • Cut out Champagne Glimmer Christmas tree.
  • Punch out Red Glimmer Scallop Circle.
  • Punch out Whisper White Circle.
  • Using Lost Lagoon, sponge all Whisper White edges and embossed images.
  • Stamp sentiment with Real Red.
  • Stamp snowflakes with Lost Lagoon on Whisper White panel and circle.
  • Adhere Whisper White panel to Lost Lagoon card base.
  • Adhere the Red Glimmer Scallop Circle.
  • Adhere the Champagne Glimmer tree to Whisper White Circle.
  • Adhere Whisper White Circle to Red Glimmer scallop circle with Dimensionals.
  • Apply Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details to snowflakes, Christmas tree and dot the "i" in Christmas. *You can substitute rhinestones, pearls, sequins or candy dots for the Dazzling Details. 
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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Ornaments and Pine Cones

The background was created by blending alcohol inks. This means that each background will be unique. 

Stamps: Ornamental Pine, Work of Art, Endless Wishes
Paper: Tempting Turquoise A-2, Glossy White 5 3/8 x 4 1/8
Ink: Alcohol Ink Blend, Tempting Turquoise, StazOn Timber Brown, Gold
Technique: Heat Embossing
Accessories: Alcohol Ink Applicator, Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Adhesive

The alcohol inks I blended were blue, yellow, brown, and red. You drop each color onto the felt applicator that has slightly been dipped in alcohol. Try to keep the color separate. You then lightly spray your glossy paper as well and then apply the colors and see the magic. You set your background to dry for a bit. Then stamp, heat emboss it, and assemble. 

In retrospect, I would stamp my sentiment first to make sure the snowflakes would not interfere with it. 

Although these stamp sets have been retired, you can easily use any stamp set you currently have in your supplies. The alcohol ink blending is easy and exciting to use. Have some fun.

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Sunday, June 23, 2019

Flower Garden

This is an all occasion card to give to the person who likes flowers. I decided to just randomly stamp flowers and color them. The inside of the card is intentionally left blank for your own personal message.

Stamps: Bloom with Hope
Paper: Pacific Point A-2, 4 1/2 x 3 1/4, 3 1/2 x 2 1/4, Whisper White 5 3/8 x 4, 3 x 4 1/4, 3 1/4 x 2
Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento
Blendabilities: Cherry Cobbler, Night of Navy, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Coastal Cabana, Soft Suede
Technique: Triple Layering, Dry Embossing
Accessories: Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Temporary and Permanent Adhesive

To get the triple layering effect you must glue the Whisper White card stock with temporary glue. Stamp it and color the images. Then run it through your embossing machine using the Square Lattice embossing folder. You then carefully pull the card stock apart. The largest piece adheres to the card base. You then add the pacific point to the other two pieces and glue them onto the card aligning the images.

I do like the texture that the embossing folder adds to the card. Remember you can use this technique with any stamp set you have available.

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Saturday, June 22, 2019

Written Instructions for Valentine Treat Bag

Stamps: Groovy Love

Paper: White Lunch Bag, Basic Black 4" Sq., 5 x 2 1/2, Whisper White 5 x 2

Ink: Archival Basic Black, Real Red

Techniques: Die Cutting, Sponging

Accessories: Bloomin' Heart Thinlits Dies, Red Ribbons: 5 x 2 1/2 Piece for the front of bag, 16" of a smaller one to tie around the bag, Sponge, Glue Dots, Fast Fuse, Adhesive

The best instruction is to watch the video to see how it is all put together. The video is posted in the previous post. There is also a link to my You Tube channel on the right hand column.

My favorite thing about this project is that it can be changed to fit any occasion you need. Whether you are looking for some treat bags for a birthday party, Christmas, Easter, or simply a hostess gift for a workshop. Just change up the stamp and the treat. Have some fun with it. 

If you are trying to sell them at a craft fair, you only need to worry about making a bit of profit on your treat inside. It costs less than a dollar to put the bag together. Good Luck. Let me know what you think and how it goes for you in the comments below.

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Craft Fair Project #1: Valentine's Treat Bag

Friday, June 21, 2019

Sketched Washi Birthday

Here is a way to use the Washi Tape you have in your stash. Create a background for a birthday card. A simple balloon and cake makes a wonderful masculine birthday card.

Stamps: Sketched Birthday, Sassy Salutations
Paper: Bermuda Bay A-2, Scraps, Whisper White 5 1/4 x 4
Ink: Archival Basic Black, Various Markers
Technique: Die Cutting, Dry Embossing
Accessories: Balloon Framelits Die Cuts, Cuttlebug Circles Embossing Folder, Ticket Corner Punch, Washi Tapes, Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine, Tacky Tape, Dimensionals

To cover my Whisper White panel with washi tape, I began in the middle and placed my first piece diagonally from one end to the other leaving extra washi tape on each end. The extra washi tape will be wrapped to the back of the panel. I made sure I left a bit of white space between each washi strip. Once it was covered I ran it through my big shot and dry embossed it with circles. Since Bermuda Bay was my dominate color, I chose it for the card base. I also made sure I included it in my image.

The cake was cut out using the balloon die cut. The 3 strands of twine were attached with a bit of tacky tape on the back of the balloon. I used the ticket corner punch on the corners of the sentiment. The cake and sentiment were adhered with dimensionals.

Thank you for dropping by and checking out my birthday card. If you don't have any washi tape, you can use strips of designer series paper or any patterned paper you have in your stash. The main thing is to enjoy creating.


Thursday, June 20, 2019

Little Miracle

Is it a boy? Is it a girl? I remember the days when there was no "Baby Reveal" party. Of course we had our ways to pretend to predict using a piece of thread and a ring. What fun we had in EXPECTING our healthy child. Today, it is about the knowing. Knowing that it will be a girl; knowing that it will be a boy; knowing that it will be healthy. Guess what...the UNexpected is always there for us. We only have the impression of being in control. As they say, "If you want to make God laugh, make plans." Here is a baby card with a bit of blue, pink, and yellow for the unexpected.

Stamps: Wonderful Moments
Paper: So Saffron A-2
Ink: Archival Basic Black
Techniques: CAS
Accessories: Washi Tape

I think this card's appeal lies in its simplicity. I liked the look of leaving the image colorless. What do you think? 

This washi tape is no longer current, but any pinkish, bluish, and yellowish color will do just fine. I like using washi tape because it is so very easy to apply, but you can also use strips of designer series paper with those colors. Or you may choose to create your own border with some other stamp images: baby bottles, rattles, pacifiers, etc...

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Balmy Rose

Shaped cards are very unique. They are sure to put a smile on the recipient's face. As long as you have a shaped die cut, you can create a shaped card. Here is one with a rose on it to send Birthday Wishes.

Stamps: Healing Hugs, Varied Vases
Paper: Whisper White A-2
Ink: Balmy Blue, Lemon Lime Twist, Night of Navy
Technique: Shaped Card, Die Cutting
Accessories: Top Note Die, 1/4" Lemon Lime Twist Organdy Ribbon (16"), Basic Pearl Jewels

When you create a shaped card, you must remember to leave the top or the side in tack. The card must have a folded edge in order to open. This card has its fold on top. So the flap opens upward. The inside is left blank for the sender to write their own personal message. 

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Monday, June 17, 2019

June Wedding

Whenever you need to make a wedding card in a hurry, this one is clean and simple. It uses the formal black and white colors and is quite elegant in its simplicity. All you need is the Wonderful Moments stamp set, ink and paper.

Stamps: Wonderful Moments
Paper: Basic Black A-2, Whisper White 5 1/4 x 4 (2 pieces)
Ink: Archival Basic Black
Technique: Clean and Simple
Accessories: Adhesive

You do need two pieces of Whisper White. One piece is used to line the inside of the card, and the other is for the front of your card. Also, it is best to use a Stamparatus or MISTI. This way you are able to ink and stamp multiple times to get the image and sentiment as dark as you like.

This is a photopolymer stamp set, so you are able to see exactly where to place your stamp. The Stamparatus or MISTI will assure you exact placement. You also want to make sure to not touch your image for a minute or so to allow the ink to completely dry. 

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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Washi Vases

There is never a bad time to give someone flowers. Here is a card "Just for You."

Stamps: Vibrant Vases
Paper: Calypso Coral A-2, Scraps, Mint Macaron 5 1/4 x 4, Whisper White 3 1/4 x 4
Ink: Old Olive, Calypso Coral, Mint Macaron
Technique: Punching
Accessories: Epic Day (Calypso Coral) Washi Tape, Affectionately Yours (Mint Macaron) Washi Tape, Santa & Co. (Old Olive) Washi Tape, Vases Builder Punch, Basic Pearl Jewels, Dimensionals, Adhesive

I really like the combination of these colors. I think the washi tape helped to tie everything together. These are the perfect trios: 3 colors, 3 inks, 3 washi tapes, 3 card stock pieces. 

I stamped the vases on scraps of Calypso Coral card stock and then punched them out. They are adhered with dimensionals. 

Thank you for stopping by here and taking a peek. Let me know if I can answer any questions or help in any way with your crafting needs.

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Friday, June 14, 2019

Best Dad Ever

Father's Day is only two days away. Do NOT forget to let Dad know how much you love him. Here is a classic card for the Best Dad Ever.

Stamps: Guy Greetings, Sheltering Tree, Hardwood, And Many More
Paper: Pool Party A-2, Soft Suede 3 3/4 x 4 1/4, Very Vanilla 3 1/2 x 4 1/4
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Soft Suede, Blushing Bride, Pink Pirouette, Pear Pizzazz
Technique: Sponging
Accessories: Antique Brass Hodgepodge Hardware, Sponge, Adhesive

I like the image of the classic car next to the tree with a swing. I still remember the times we went out to the park as a family and had a picnic. It would turn into an all day affair with the kids chasing "lightening bugs" to put into jars. The adults were running races and having a wonderful time.

No matter what decade we are living, the constant is to let Dad know how special he is to you. 

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019


I remember the words, "Don't throw that pickle jar away. We can wash it and use it for something." Yes, we always found a purpose for everything. As a matter of fact, I may still have a jar filled with buttons that were removed from shirts or blouses before they were torn up to use as cleaning rags. This was recycling at its best. Here is a card I made using scraps of designer series paper.

Stamps: Simple Sayings II
Paper: Whisper White A-2, Basic Black 2 3/4 x 5 1/4, Scraps of Designer Series Paper  
Ink: Archival Basic Black
Technique: Punching
Accessories: Classic Label Punch, Adhesive

Basically, when a sheet of DSP is no longer a size or shape that will work on a card, I grab my Classic Label Punch and punch out as many pieces as I can. I keep them all in a container until I decide to use them on a card. Here is a picture of my container. It doesn't look like there are many, but looks are deceiving.

Many different punches can be used. The Word Window punch is about the same size. The Washi Label Punch is a bit larger. You can use a shaped punch like a heart, triangle, circle, etc. 

Also, do not forget to use your hand held punch to create the bits and pieces to fill your shaker cards. I especially like to punch out every bit of my glimmer paper for this purpose. 

Yes, I was taught well. Do not just throw it out. Check it out and Re-Use, Re-Purpose, Re-Cycle.

What are your ideas? I appreciate your input and feedback.


Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Flower Stencil

Stencils are so much fun. A card is quickly made using a sponge, ink, stencil and paper. Simply decide on your stencil. Secure it over your paper with some temporary glue or washi tape. Sponge on your color or colors. Viola!

Stamps: Wonderful Moments
Paper: Crushed Curry A-2, Tranquil Tide 5 1/4 x 4, Whisper White 5 x 3 3/4
Ink: Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Tranquil Tide
Technique: Sponging using a stencil
Accessories: Stencil, Sponge, Rhinestones, Adhesive

When you work with a stencil you have several options. For example, you could choose to trace the image and color it in with markers. Maybe you will decide to use a spritzer and mist on several colors. And there are more possibilities. Just remember to secure you stencil to keep the image in tact.

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Monday, June 10, 2019

Whatever Makes You Happy

Find the joy in your life and do more of what makes you happy. The media seems to focus on disasters and calamities. While this is important information to know, make a choice to dwell on the positive instead of the negative. Do more of what makes you happy! 

Stamps: Hello Life
Paper: Daffodil Delight A-2, Basic Black 5 1/4 x 4, Whisper White 5 x 3 3/4
Ink: Cajun Craze, Archival Basic Black
Technique: Brayer, Dry Embossing
Accessories: Brick Wall Embossing Folder, Brayer, Adhesive

I inked up my embossing folder using my brayer and Cajun Craze ink. I added the ink to the smooth side of the folder. Then you carefully place your card stock in the folder and run it through you embossing machine. Take care not to move the card stock while it is in the folder. I like the look of the ink not being applied evenly across the wall.

I stamped my sentiment using the Basic Black Archival Ink. Note that the brick wall is like a  canvas. You can stamp anything you like or use it as a background. Turn it into whatever occasion you need.

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Sunday, June 9, 2019

Be a Winner

Every day is a precious gift. Be thankful and then live it to make it count. Be a winner with no regrets.

Stamps: Enjoy Life
Paper: So Saffron A-2, Calypso Coral 5 1/4 x 4, Garden Impressions DSP 5 x 3 3/4, 1 x 3 3/4
Ink: Night of Navy, Shaded Spruce
Technique: CAS, Stamp on DSP
Accessories: Regals Candy Dots, Adhesive

I stamped the image with Night of Navy and then filled it in more with the Night of Navy marker. The sentiment is stamped with Shaded Spruce. 

This is the kind of card that can be dressed up more with embellishments or even stripped down to a simple level: stamp, ink, paper. Oh the power of the card maker.

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Saturday, June 8, 2019

Three Butterflies

You cannot help but stare when you see a butterfly. Its brilliant colors capture your attention. So, I think butterflies are perfect for a "Thinking of You" card. Don't You?

Stamps:  Watercolor Wings, Watercolor Wash, Simple Sketches
Paper: Sahara Sand A-2, Whisper White 5 1/4 x 4, 2 1/2" strips for butterflies
Ink: Sahara Sand, Basic Black, 
  Butterfly 1: Almost Amethyst, Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant 
  Butterfly 2: Hello Honey, Delightful Dijon, Cajun Craze
  Butterfly 3: Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo
Technique: Die Cutting
Accessories: Bold Butterfly Framelits Dies, Butterflies Thinlits, Pearls, Glue Dots, Adhesive

Butterflies were adhered using glue dots to create the 3D effect. The butterfly thinlits are adhered in the center to the Whisper White die cuts. You may also choose to stamp the antennae or feelers on the butterflies. 

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Friday, June 7, 2019

Dream Sailing

I am really enjoying this new stamp set: Sailing Home. I am not an artist, but decided to try my hand at water coloring. The aqua painter makes it quite easy. What do you think?

Stamps: Sailing Home
Paper: Island Indigo A-2, Whisper White 5 1/4 x 4 (Inside), Soft Sky 5 3/8 x 4 1/8, Watercolor 5 1/4 x 4
Ink: Island Indigo, Tempting Turquoise, Soft Sky, Archival Basic Black
Technique: Watercolor
Accessories: Aqua Painter, Adhesive

I began with the horizon line using the Island Indigo ink. I brought the ink all the way down to the bottom of the paper. I then added the Tempting Turquoise over it until I achieved the look I wanted. The sky is painted with Soft Sky ink. 

I made another card with a vertical orientation:

Once all of the watercolor was dry, I stamped my images and sentiment with the Archival Basic Black ink. I then colored in the sails on the boats with Island Indigo ink.

I think this would also make a very nice Father's Day, Birthday, or any occasion. All you have to do is change the sentiment. 

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

Big Day Birthday Cake

Birthday cards are a necessity in any card collection. Everyone enjoys receiving a card on their special day, including you. Here is one to send to the person who loves pink.

Stamps: Big Day
Paper: Blushing Bride A-2, Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper 5 1/4 x 2 (2), Coastal Cabana 1 7/8 x 3 7/8
Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento
Markers: Blushing Bride, Soft Sky, So Saffron, Coastal Cabana
Technique: Dry Embossing
Accessories: Coastal Cabana Ribbon 15", Perfect Polka Dot Embossing Folder, 2" Circle Punch, Dimensionals, Adhesive

I actually cut the DSP at 5 1/4 x 4. I then cut the 4" side in half, so that I had 2 pieces measuring 5 1/4 x 2. I then flipped one of the pieces to the other side. The wonderful thing about Stampin' Up! DSP is that it is double sided and always blends nicely with its counter side.

BONUS: As a matter of fact, I find that all of my stock even the discontinued products blend in with current products. 

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Country Thanks

Back in the day, nothing was thrown away. Everything was used many times until it was completely spent. Can you see what is being repurposed in this card?

Stamps: Country Home
Paper: Cajun Craze A-2, Country Lane Designer Series Paper 5 1/4 x 4, Whisper White 5 1/4 x 4 (Inside), 2 1/2 x 4
Ink: Crushed Curry, Blackberry Bliss
Markers: Blackberry Bliss, Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Early Espresso, Mint Macaron, Old Olive
Technique: Sponging
Accessories: Sponge, Eyelets, Adhesive

Note: The eyelets attached the Whisper White card stock to the Country Lane DSP. The Whisper White card stock was sponged after I stamped and colored the image with markers.

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