Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Stamp Spritzing

Hello, friends! Fall is definitely upon us, and I have been at my craft desk lately creating some fun fall projects! I pulled out my watercolor paper and new Warmth and Cheer paper stack and created this warm and cozy card.

I used the Fall Fest stamps and dies for this project, along with one of my favorite stamping techniques for solid images. To create this pretty watercolor look, I inked up my stamps and spritzed them lightly with water before stamping onto watercolor paper. This technique creates such an artistic, soft effect!

While I was digging for paper in my file drawer, I found a pre-cut kit I had made for a Stamp Club class years ago, and it was begging to be finished! The second project uses one of my favorite past paper designs and a quilting technique.

To create the quilted panel on this card, I layered 1" squares over a piece of vanilla cardstock and then cut a label shape with my dies. I then dry embossed the whole piece, layered it over an embossed panel, and added some fussy cut leaves and a wood embellishment. 

Fall is my favorite season, and I plan to enjoy every minute! I hope you are enjoying it as well!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Jars of Love

The new Jar of Love set from Stampin' Up is all kinds of cute, and I decided it was perfect for our latest Stamp Club project. We had so much fun putting together different combinations of colors with the various sentiments in the set!

We started with a piece of resist paper and sponged it with Pool Party ink. For the example card I used Rose Red, Blushing Bride, and Calypso Coral for the flowers and Pear Pizazz and Lucky Limeade for the foliage. The jar is stamped in Smoky Slate, and this lovely iridescent glitter is from Michael's. This versatile set has truly endless combinations!

While I had my stamps and dies out, I decided to make a second card with a totally different vibe. This cute project in the annual catalog was calling to me, so I cased it with my own supplies. The little fish is just irresistible! 

The adorable set will be a go to for a long time in my stamp stash. I will have fun filling jars with all kinds of fish, fireflies, and flowers! 

Thanks for visiting today!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

An Oldie but a Goodie

Today I'm going old school with a fun technique for creating mega impact with maximum ease. This stained glass technique has been around forever, and the results are simply stunning!

To try this technique you will need a square piece of acetate, glossy accents, glitter, Stazon ink, a line stamp, one to three shades of reinker, and tissue paper cut slightly larger than your acetate square. 

Cut a square of acetate to the size you prefer for your finished accent piece and stamp a line image on the front side in Stazon ink. Flip the piece over and cover the back side with a thick coat of glossy accents. Drip three shades of reinker onto the glossy accents and swirl with a Popsicle stick. For best results, use shades that are adjacent on the color wheel. For extra pizazz, sprinkle the back side with iridescent glitter.

Place a square of tissue paper slightly larger than the acetate over the wet glossy accents and smooth slightly. Be sure to leave the glossy accent coat quite thick. Leave to dry overnight.

When dry, trim off the excess tissue paper and mount to your card as you would any other embellishment. This technique creates a visually stunning effect on an otherwise clean and simple project! Because the finished piece is quite heavy, use strong tape when mounting it to your project.

I hope you will have fun reviving this fun retro technique! Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

More Birthday Fiesta!

This Birthday Fiesta stamp set from Stampin' Up might be the most adorable thing I've played with in a long time. I love the bright colors that seem to naturally compliment these images, and I've had fun combining them with the Sabado Domingo paper stack from the Paper Studio too!

I have been waiting for a fun project to use these adorable glassine bags with, and this seemed like the perfect time! I dry embossed my glassine bag and trimmed the top slightly. I decorated the outside of the bag, leaving the cute inner tag with the llama for writing the sentiment. Oh my gosh, that little llama is to die for!

For the second project, I created an identical tag and tucked it into a scrapbook page protector. I used my Fuse Tool to close three sides, filled it with glitter, and sealed it up. These cute pockets can hold all kinds of fun things: glitter, sequins, gift cards, and money. The possibilities are endless!

The last time I was at Hobby Lobby, I found these cute fusible fringe rolls too, so I had to top the pocket off with one of those. This Fuse Tool is way too much fun!

I hope you are having a wonderful fall, my friends! Thanks for visiting!

Friday, August 5, 2016

Summer Flowers

Here in the great white north the days are already getting shorter. I am always amazed by how quickly our short summer passes! I decided to hang on to the sun a while longer by creating a cheerful birthday card covered in flowers!

I use partial die cutting a lot in my crafting, and I used it on this card to create a colorful floral border. This technique really adds versatility to my die stash, and I love the interest it gives to this design.

I am off to bask in the sun with a good book while I can! Lots of love, my friends!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Summertime Veggies!

I adore Papertrey Ink's Vegetable Garden stamp set, and I've been religiously pinning great ideas using this set for a long time. I finally decided to jump in and actually make two projects off my Pinterest board. (Yay me!)

This card design by Melissa Phillips has all the things I love: a collage of images, cheerful colors, and a big girly bow. Love at first stamp.

This design by Heather Nichols reminds me of a vintage advertising label. I love the subtle layers of white and brown that create visual interest while keeping the design clean and simple. Heather and Melissa always prove that a good design outshines a complicated one!

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope your heart and garden are full on this fine summer day!

Monday, August 1, 2016


Once in a long while there comes the opportunity to create a perfectly silly card. In this case, a card featuring a googly-eyed cactus and a photobombing llama. I introduce to you ...


This irresistible set of festive images makes me giggle with child-like joy! Seriously.

I started this simple-to-create card with a piece of watercolor paper measuring 4 x 5 1/4". I sprayed a layer of Crushed Curry Ink with a spritzer, let it dry fully, and then sponged a bit more around the edges for a brighter color. I inked up my sentiment in Crushed Curry as well and colored the bottom half with my Pumpkin Pie marker. Then it was time to stamp and die cut my main images. I assembled and adhered the banners and cactus, then added it all to a Tempting Turquoise A2 card base. The llama peeks up off the front of my envelope for a little extra silliness.

This project will make someone's special day, and the cute imagery made mine! Happy stamping!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Something Foxy ...

I did a little happy dance when I saw the new set called Foxy Friends in the annual catalog! I ADORE the fox "thing," and even though I already own three fox stamps, this collection had to come to my house. After all, it's not just a fox ... it's a cat, raccoon, reindeer, skunk, and so on and so on!

Anyone who has been around my blog knows I adore 3-D scenes, and so this little fox needed his own little foresty place to live. Of course he had to be a diorama card!

This card is a simple 1" diorama that fits into a standard A2 envelope and folds totally flat for mailing. Isn't he so cute?

Here are directions to create your own diorama card!

A2 Horizontal Diorama

1) Cut two pieces of card stock to 5 1/2" x 4 1/4". Score both pieces ½” and 1” from each edge on the 5 1/2” side. Pre-fold along each score line.

2) Die cut a circular window in one piece of card stock to serve as the front window. 

3)Decorate or stamp the back layer to create your scene. Decorate or stamp around the front window.

4)Assemble the front and back of the diorama by taping the two layers together along the outermost 1/2" score lines.

Thanks for getting foxy with me today!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Retired but not Forgotten ...

Every now and then I like to take a walk down a stamper's version of memory lane and pull out old friends that haven't see the light of day in a while, and today I have a little collection of projects made with these oldies-but-goodies.

The first is a card I made with the retired set called Aviary. It has a whole bunch of sweet little birds and bird cages, and I thought it would make a cute little blank note card.

Why do I always neglect to use stamped backgrounds? They are so easy and create instant coordination for the main focal point of cards. These bird cages were just perfect for creating a repeating pattern.

The next old set making its return today is called Baby Blossoms. I must admit that I always have trouble finding a use for this set as it dates back to Stampin' Up's pre-photopolymer days and is comparatively a lot of work to layer. I went old school with my stamp positioner though and used it to create this card cased from a design by Colleen Dietrich:

These flowers would make great fillers in a stamped bouquet, which would lend them some much-needed new life!

 Last but not least is the now-retired set called Open Heart that I just had to add to my collection this spring before it retired. I confess that I really only bought this set in order to case many copies of this design by Sylvia Nelson:

I love stamp collages, and Sylvia's design is just a perfect incarnation of everything I love about them. Thanks, Sylvia!

That's all for tonight, my friends! Thanks for visiting!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Summer Sunsets

     Hi, friends! Today I'm back to share the project that I taught at my June craft club meeting. We recently marked our five-year craft-aversary! These amazing women have brought so many laughs into my life, and each month it's a treat to get together. Sometimes we get a lot done and sometimes accomplish nothing tangible at all other than laughing together and decompressing for a while.

     For our project this month, we created a summer sunrise behind the trees in the gorgeous Woodland embossing folder from Stampin' Up. After experimenting a little on my own, I found a few effective ways to approach creating sky effects.

     For our card project, I chose a messy watercolor effect with ink and aqua painters. We used a versamarker and clear embossing powder to create a resist on our trees first, then we painted away with a combination of Baja Breeze, Pool Party, Pistachio Pudding, and Calypso Coral Inks in the background. When the ink was dry, we used a Crumb Cake marker to darken the indented bark on our trees to add a little extra contrast. The effects were all different and just beautiful!

     We hand cut a few gold leaves for more sparkle and then embossed our sentiments in gold on a strip of vellum. What could be more perfect than a little gold thread "nest" and little wooden bird to top it all off? Here are projects by Gia, Stacy, and Lindsay!

(This was Lindsay's first time paper crafting. Like ever. What?)

     In experimenting with the sky for this class, I also tried a version with an ink sponged background. This also turned out nicely, so I used this experiment to create another card with that technique. I added a little red birdie, another strip of vellum, and a sentiment die cut on gold washi tape. I can't wait to use this technique on some winter-themed projects!

     I will bring this long and rambling post to a close! Thanks so much for visiting!