Wednesday, December 18, 2013

First Communion

Someone special, our Grandson Brody is going to take his first communion on Christmas Eve.  I wanted to make him a card especially for him.  I used a retired stamp, Crosses of Hope.  I am really happy the way it turned out.  Here are some pictures.

And ...... up close and personal

A handmade card for a special occasion!
The recipient of the card above.  Here is Brody with his sister Sydni after his First Communion!  Sydni took her first communion on Christmas Eve two years ago.

Mom and Dad (Scott and Toni) joined Brody and Sydni for a great family picture.  Of course Grandma and Grandpa (Cherie and Terry) must join in too.  Next in our group picture are Uncle Scott, Aunt Anne Marie and our third grandchild Samuel.  :-)

So proud of you Brody!  I love my family.

Sydni says she wants to do a video.  The Rainbow loom is hot now.  I think we will try a video with our Sydni showing us how to use it.  Be back soon.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Mixing Glitter with Embossing Powder

Hi everyone!  Love this clean and simple Christmas card!  With this technique the glitter doesn't rub off because you heat it into the embossing powder.  First ink your stamp with VersaMark, stamp, and put white embossing powder on top.  Heat with heat gun, while the image is still warm pour your glitter on top and heat again with the heat gun.

Mixing Glitter with Embossing Powder

Cherry Cobbler- 4 1/4" X 11", scored at 5 1/2" and folded in half
Whisper White layer- 5 1/8" X 3 7/8"
Cherry Cobbler layer- 5" X 3 3/4"
Whisper White focal image layer- 4 5/8" X 3 3/8"
Cherry Cobbler focal image layer- 4 1/2" X 3 ¼"

Stamp Set- Evergreen
Ink- VersaMark
Card Stock- Cherry Cobbler and Whisper White
White embossing powder, Dazzling Diamonds fine glitter Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine, Big Shot Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Adhesive

Merry Christmas everyone!  :-)

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Clear Embossing Christmas Card - 4th for 2013!

This was a fun card, and I am very happy with the results!  I saw the clear embossing done on the whole card base at  so here is my version.

I used:

Stamps:  Serene Shihouettes WM #132073 and CM #127324 and Greetings of the Season WM #128030 CM #128033

Ink:  StazOn Black #101406 and VersaMark #102283

Paper:  Whisper White #100730 (3 1/2 x 3 3/4), Smoky Slate #131179 (4 x 3 3/4) and Bermuda Bay #131197 ( 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 scored at 4 1/4)

Accessories:  Clear Embossing Powder #109130, Cherry Cobbler Embossing Powder #122949, Heat Gun #129053, Whisper White Organza Ribbon #114319 and Dimensionals #104430

I only have about a third of my Christmas cards done so I will be doing a lot of stampin!  :-)

Check out this video.......

Happy Stampin!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

My Husband made this masterpiece!  About a three hour process.  Can't wait to eat this.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

3rd Christmas card for 2013 - Sponging Technique with Illuminate

Four cards done and only ..... well quite a few to go.  This is a fast and easy card to make, especially if you have a lot of cards to make.  There is a shimmer on these cards because of the illuminate.  It is a soft shimmer more like a satin finish.  It is a little hard to catch on camera but is really pretty in person.        :-)

This is what I used:

Stamps:  Watercolor Winter (Retired) but you can use Joyful Christmas WM #131802 CM #131805; Tags 4 You and Label Bracket Punch Bundle ( save 15%) WM#133293 CM #133294; and Greetings Of The Season WM #128030 CM #128033.

Paper:  Very Vanilla CS #101650 ( 5 1/4 x 4 and scrap piece) and Soft Suede CS #115318 (5 1/2 x 8 1/2 - scored at 4 1/4).

Ink:  Illuminate Glimmer Pad #126857; Crushed Curry #131173; Tempting Turquoise #126952; Old Olive #126953 and Cherry Cobbler #126966.

Accessories:  Chevron Ribbon Cherry Cobbler #130012 and Sponge #101610 ( I usually cut the sponges into six pieces).

And the video:

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Direct To Paper Background Technique

Here is my 'Happy Birthday' to you Megan!  My niece will be 15!!  :-)
I had lots of fun with this card.  I used .  .  .  .  .  .  .

Stamps:  Pleasant Poppies CM #129499 WM #132061; Chalk Talk CM #130634 WM #130631

Ink:  Pear Pizzazz #131180, Old Olive #126953, Pink Pirouette #126956, Cherry Cobbler #126966 and VersaMark #102283

Paper:  Whisper White #100730 ( 3 3/4 x 5)  Old Olive #100702 (card base 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 scored at 4 1/4) or Cherry Cobbler #119685 and Black #121045 (4 x 5 1/4)

Accessories:  Large Pearls #125577, Black Embossing Powder #109133, Heat Tool #129053, Big Shot #113439, Chalk Talk Framelits #129983, 1 3/8 Circle Punch #119860 and Dimensionals #104430.

And here is my video.  Just a warning, I was kidding around with the music on this, I was looking for Happy Birthday and ended up with this News Alert!  Well here is it:

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Happy Stampin!    :-)

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

2nd Christmas Card for 2013!


 I love this card.  This is using the Sunbeam technique.  I have mixed shimmer paint to the Marina Mist sunbeams.  It really shimmers in person.  It is a little hard to get it on camera.  I will be doing a video soon, so hopefully you will see the shimmer on the video.  Sometimes simple is better.  I really don't think it needs anything else.

The supplies I used:

Stamps:  Lovely As A Tree WM #128655 CM #127793;  Gorgeous Grunge WM #130514 CM #130517

Ink:  Marina Mist Ink Refill #119787 and Always Artichoke #126972

Paper:  Whisper White #100730 and Always Artichoke #105119

Accessories:  Stampin Spritzer #126185, Frosted White Shimmer #116854 (clearance), Rhinestone #119246, Demensionals #104430 and Illuminate Glimmer Pad #126857.

And the video . . . . . .

Until next time, happy crafting and stampin!    :-)

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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Emboss Resist and Sponging Techniques

A very simple and pretty card.  I used two techniques on the flowers; Emboss Resist & Sponging.  The picture really does not give it justice.  I sprayed Frost White Shimmer on the flowers and they really do shimmer!


Stamp:  Mixed Bunch - CM #125537 WM #128442

Ink:  VersaMark #102283, Raspberry Ripple Ink Pad #126859

Cardstock:  Whisper White CS #100730 (card base 11 x 4 1/4 scored at 5 1/2 & 1 3/8 x 4 1/4) & Raspberry CS #126842 ( 1 5/8 x 4 1/4)

Accessories:  Frost White Shimmer #116854 (on clearance), Heat Tool #129053, Sponge #101610, Blossom Punch #125603 & Spritzer #126185.

And here is my video:

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

White Wash Technique using Stampin Up! Swallowtail Stamp.

What a fun technique!  This works well with an outlined stamp, leaving room to do the white wash and later to fill in with color.  It is really fun, easy and fast.  You don't have to be an artist to have professional results!  My card size is standard 4 1/4 x 11 - scored at 5 1/2.  I used the honeycomb embossing folder for the background at 4 x 5 1/4.  Here are the supplies that I used:


Swallowtail WM#131943 CM #129216

Ink:  Daffodil Delight #126944, Cajun Craze #126965, Old Olive #126953 and Craft Whisper White #101731

Paper:  Basic Black #121045, Crumb Cake #120953 and Marina Mist #119682.

Accessories:  White Embossing Powder #109132, Heat Tool #129053 Stampin Dimensionals #104430 & Top Note  #113463

And our Video ..........................


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Monday, October 7, 2013

Joseph's Coat Technique

This was a fun technique, but messy!  I used Stampin Up! stamp set 'Gently Falling' which is a two stamp stamp set.  Here are some pictures of the end result.

This should come with a warning.  'Warning, very messy.  Messy, messy fingers!  May want to wear gloves.  lol  That is what my husband told me when I tried to get Elegant Eggplant off of my fingers and nails.  I used soap and water, our stamp cleaners, fingernail polish remover and goof off but I still had purple fingers and nails.  Finally I used Clorox and it came right off.  You just have to make sure and wash it off and put on some lotion because it can really dry out your skin.  I do have an alternative plan though, watch my video and find out!

The Supplies I used are:

Stamps:  Gently Falling

Gently Falling Clear-Mount Stamp Set
CM #123804, WM #128430

Take Care

Take Care Clear-Mount Stamp Set

CM #126312, WM #132088

Ink:  Old Olive #126953, Crushed Curry #131173, Cajun Craze #126965, Cherry Cobbler #126966, Elegant Eggplant #126969 and VersaMark #102283.

Cardstock:  Very Vanilla #101650 and Elegant Eggplant #105126.

Accessories: Sponge #101610, Brayer #102395 (Saved the day!), Embossing Buddy #103083, Clear Embossing Powder #109130 and Heat Tool #129053.

Here is the video!

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Saturday, September 28, 2013

What's new in October!

Everyday Occasions Cardmaking Kit - Stampin' Up!
Everyday Occasions Cardmaking Kit  #134797
Price: $29.95

Just started stamping and need a kit to get you started?  This is it. 
Why go to the store when a birthday, graduation, wedding, or even a time for expressing gratitude comes up? The Everyday Occasions Cardmaking Kit puts cards for all of those events right at your fingertips. And best of all, they’ll be handmade!

The kit contains everything you need (minus adhesive and scissors) to create 20 beautiful cards for almost any occasion, and it comes with a beautiful box to store your cards in.

The Everyday Occasions kit includes:

* Cardstock and envelopes for 20 cards
* Twine, buttons & clips
* Pre-cut paper embellishments
* Mini ink pads (Stampin’ Spots)
* Seven-piece Occasions Stamp Set & clear stamp block
* Full color Tips & Tricks brochure for making the cards
* A cool, storable, giftable box

                                                   And ...............................

Best Of Christmas Clear-mount Stamp Set
October - Best of Christmas   #132152

Friday, September 27, 2013

Resist Embossing with Direct to Paper and Cracked Glass Technique

This is a win, win, win card for me!  Two techniques and a masculine card!  And I really like this card!  This card is cased from Julie Davison, another demonstrator, but I changed it up with the colors and added the technique Cracked Glass - which works so well with this stamp set Clockworks.  See for yourself.

Can you see the cracked Glass on the stop watch?  I love, love this card and it isn't that hard to do.


Clockworks Stamp Set

Clockworks Clear-Mount Stamp Set
CM #127292  WM #131973

Ink:  Night of Navy #126970; Gumball Green #126861; Early Expresso #126974; VersaMark #102283 and Soft Suede #126978.

Paper:  Night of Navy #100867 (5 1/2 x 11 scored at 4 1/4);  Whisper White #100730 (2 1/2 x 5 1/2 & 2 1/2 square;  Gumball Green #126840 (1/2 x 5 1/2);  Crumb Cake #120953 (2 1/4 square)

Accessories:   Embossing Buddy #103083;  Gold Embossing Powder #109129;  Clear Embossing Powder #109130;  1 1/4 Circle Punch #119861; Demensionals #104430 and Sponge #101610.

Here is my video.  Hopefully it explains these techniques for you and how I made my card.

Happy Stampin!

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Crayon Resist Technique

Ah, so much fun to color!  Bring out the child in you with this technique.  It is so fun to do!  My main tip is to choose colors that blend well together and make other pretty colors.  Such as this card is using blue and yellow which of course makes green.  Try to avoid colors that turn muddy looking.


Stamp Set - Mixed Bunch

WM #128442 CM #125537

PaperBermuda Bay  #131197  5 3/8 x 4 1/8; Glossy  5 1/8 x 3 7/8 ; Whisper White  100730    (card base)   8 1/2 x 11 - scored at 4 1/4

Ink:  Bermuda Bay #131171; Daffodil Delight #126944; Stazon Black #101406

Accessories:    Sponge Dauber #102892; Word Window Punch #119857; Modern Label Punch #119849; Blossom Punch #125603; Delicate Designs EF  #127023 Vintage Trinkets #118764; Large Pearl #125577

Now check this video out . . . . . . . . . .

Until next post, happy coloring!    :-)

Next, a video on Emboss Resist with Direct to Paper and Cracked Glass Techniques! 
Fun, fun, fun!!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

New Photopolymer Stamps

Greeting From Photopolymer Stamp Set $ 13.95  #134621

Map It Out Photopolymer Stamp  $13.95  #134620

Top-quality photopolymer that gives a perfectly stamped
  image every time.
•They're entirely transparent for perfect placement!
. Can you say sticky? (don't worry; in a good way.)  These stamps stick
  amazingly well to our clear blocks 
•They're age tested.  They won't yellow or cloud up over 

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Braided Card Technique with Two Toned Flowers

Absolutely love how this card turned out!  So fun and it has a couple techniques that I show you in the video below.  I used Stampin Up! Summer Silhouettes stamp set.  I think this stamp set is a little bit of a sleeper.  It just kind of sneaked up on me and now I really like it!

Summer Silhouettes Clear-Mount Stamp Set

The supplies I used are:

Stamp:           Summer Silhouettes  CM #126447 WM #132082
Paper:            Night of Navy #100867; Island Indigo #122923; Whisper White #100730
Ink:                 Island Indigo #126986; Night of Navy #126970; Pear Pizzazz #131180 and                             Sahara Sand #126976
Accessories:  Large Oval Punch #119859; Scallop Oval Punch #119856;
                      Oval Framelit #129381 Sticky Strip #104294; Sponge Dauber #102892
                      Pear Pizzazz Ribbon #131208 and Rhinestone Basic Jewels #119246

My card measurements:  card base - Whisper White 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 - scored at 4 1/4
                                                            Whisper White for EF 5 1/2 x 3 1/4

                                                            Night of Navy (inside strip) 1 1/4 x 5 1/2
                                                            Island Indigo (inside strip) 1 x 5 1/3

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This template is from Brandy's Cards

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Clearance Rack!

Stampin' Up! Clearance Products

 New Clearance Items

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Cascading Mixed Bunch Card

I got this idea from another demonstrator but I used another stamp and punch.  I love my Mixed Bunch stamp set and coordinating blossom punch!  Below is another version:

I just thought it needed that Raspberry Ripple card stock to pop the colors out.  Which one do you like?  Here are my steps to create my card:

My base is Whisper White card stock cut 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 scored at 4 1/4.  I cut off 1 1/4" off of the front then embossed with the Honeycomb  EF.  I stamped three flowers on a 3" by 5 1/2" Whisper White card stock and what they call fancy cutting.  Which just means you cut by hand and not a punch. Next I glued my flowers from above on the front of my card.  I did not have to be too particular because I later punched out some more flowers, put dimensionals on it and placed them on top.  This particular stamp set has three different flower patterns to choose from, so you can either use all the same flower as I did or mix them up.  Hence 'Mixed Bunch'.

Ah, but then the inside.  You can see I did not like my first stampin so I turned it over.  When I opened the card I did not like what I saw.  So.......

I punched out three flowers from the Blossom Punch out of Designer Series Paper or DSP and just covered them up.  Problem solved!  :-)  You have to like it when you can fix a problem.  Actually I do that a lot.  Many times I come up with something completely different then what I initially intended.  But I like it, so that works for me.

I like the honeycomb embossing folder with this too!

Add my Raspberry Ripple card stock 5 1/4 x 4.  I will probably stamp the inside with Whisper White Craft Ink.  And here is my finished project.

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, don't forget your envelope!  So what do you think?  Do you like it with or without the Raspberry Ripple card stock?


Or. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

The supplies I used are:

Stamp:  Mixed Bunch WM #128442 CM#125537

Card Stock:  Whisper White #100730, Raspberry Ripple #126842

Ink:  Marina Mist #126962, Daffodil Delight #126944 and Raspberry Ripple #126859

Accessories:  Blossom Punch #125603, Honeycomb EF #129378, Bitty Banners Framelits #129267.

I have a video coming soon about Braided card technique with stamping off and highlight flowers.  Until next time.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

The Chronicles of Narnia

Ahhhh, The Chronicles of Narnia.  This is the theme of my nieces homecoming.  They are going to have a party before their dance and asked me to create an invitation.  So we all worked together to create this:

 Open the door to Narnia . . . . . . . . . . .

And who appears?  Aslan the lion

I used the Adorning Accents Edgelit (#125595) for the top of the clothes closet.  Woodgrain Embossing Folders (#127821) for the doors and added panels that we scored to pop the top up.  

For the Lion we used Zoo Review stamp set (WM #128769 CM #122199).  The background was a wash using the blender pen (#102845).  We used Pear Pizzazz(#131180) and Marina Mist (#126962).  We later inserted all the info for the party.  Time, place etc.

I hope they have a wonderful homecoming.  Have a great party and dance Katie and Megan! 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Faux Tile Technique

Love this technique.  So simple and fast!  It really looks like this was stamped on tile.  What do you think.  Please check the video below to see how I did it!  I used Thoughts & Prayers stamp set.  This is such a great stamp set.  So versatile!  You could use it with any greeting from Praying for you to Happy Birthday. 

Thoughts & Prayers Clear-Mount Stamp Set 
Clear-mount #127805
Wood-mount #128751


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