Big Shot Projects

Ombre Watercolor Wash Technique-Detailed Dragonfly Inlay

Ombre Watercolor Wash with Detailed Dragonfly Inlit

A quick and easy card using the Ombre Watercolor Wash Technique with a dragonfly inlay.

Recently, I was cleaning up my craft table, and I came across a scrap piece of ombre wash watercolor paper.

This piece was created by swiping Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry and Elegant Eggplant inks over a piece of watercolor paper using an Aqua Painter.

(For more instructions, please visit my Watercolor Ombre Technique meets Detailed Dragonfly post HERE)

I also had a Whisper White dragonfly left over from another project, so I instantly knew that I should pair them up to create a quick and easy card. 

I cut the dragonfly out of the watercolor wash paper using the intricate dragonfly from the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Die.   I mounted the piece onto a  Rich Razzelberry matting.  Then I simply inserted the white detailed dragonfly into the cutout, adhering it with my Fine Tip Glue. 

Now, my white dragonfly has Rich Razzleberry showing through its wings!  

Love how the dragonfly really pops on the bold background!

Then, I placed the matted piece onto my Whisper White card front, using Dimensionals to pop it up.  The greeting comes from Love and Affection and was stamped in Rich Razzleberry.

Ombre Watercolor Wash Background with Detailed Dragonfly Inlaid

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Love and Affection

Ink: Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Elegant Eggplant

Paper: Whisper white, Rich Razzleberry, watercolor paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Die, Aqua Painter


Happy Stampin'!

Aquapainter Watercolor Wash Background Technique-Detailed Dragonfly

Watercolor Wash Detailed DragonflyOne of my favorite techniques is to create a simple watercolor wash background using an Aquapainter and ink.

For this card, I started out by creating my ink palettes by squeezing the tops of my closed ink pads. (Hard to photograph because I usually use both hands for the squeezing).

Colors used are Pacific Point, Marina Mist, Perfect Plum and Wisteria Wonder.

Making an ink palette

By doing this, the ink in the pad side will transfer ink into the lid.  This will now be my palette for picking up the ink with the Aquapainter.

Making an ink palette

Then,  I simply picked my ink colors from their lids using my Aquapainter, swiping each color in bands onto watercolor paper.

watercolor wash with aquapainter

After the paper had dried, I stamped the dots image from the stamp set Dragonfly Dreams along the edges using Island Indigo and Perfect Plum inks. 

The upper, detailed part of the dragonfly was cut out of Elegant Eggplant cardstock using the thinlits die from Detailed Dragonfly.  The lower, solid part of the wings was cut out of a scrap piece of Cucumber Crush card stock using the solid thinlit from the set.  The Cucumber Crush piece was left over from a recent cling wrap/shimmer ink project that didn't quite work, but I had a nice piece of scrap paper to craft with. Remember, never throw anything away!

The dragonfly was popped up onto the card front using Dimensionals, the greeting from Wish Big (Paper Pumpkin) was stamped using Elegant Eggplant ink, and Candy Dots were added to complete the card.

Watercolor Wash Background with Detailed Dragonfly

Watercolor Wash!

Any number of color combos will work with this technique.  Give it a try, and let me know what you come up with!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Dragonfly Dreams (Bundle with the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies and save 10%), Wish Big

Inks: Pacific Point, Marina Mist, Perfect Plum, Wisteria Wonder, Cucumber Crush, Elegant Eggplant

Paper: Elegant Eggplant, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White, Watercolor

Accessories: Aquapainter, Big Shot, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies, Fine Tip Glue, Candy Dots


Happy Stampin'!

Crafting With Paint Chips-Sponged Cloudy Background Technique

Paint Chip Lift Me UpOne of my favorite things is to use paint chips in my crafting. For this card, I combined paint chips to make a colorful backing for the hot air balloon found in the Up & Away Thinlits die from Stampin' Up!

And to complete the card I created a sky background using the sponged Cloudy Background Technique.

 The color behind the balloon is regular paint chips that you can find in any home improvement store.  I love the paint chip displays of all the colors and color combinations. 

Easy inspiration for sure!

See my other Paint Chip Creations HERE

On a recent trip to our local home improvement store, I made a stop in the paint department and picked up these paint chips:

Lift Me Up paint chips

I pieced them together to create the backing for the balloon using the various pieces of the Up & Away Thinlits Dies:

  Lift Me Up Paint Chip backing

I attached the pieces to the back of the Whisper White detailed balloon using my Fine Tip Glue.

For the background, I used the Cloudy Background Technique on my Soft Sky card base by sponging on Marina Mist, Wisteria Wonder and Elegant Eggplant inks around my "cloud" template.

This is a template I made several years ago using the Big Shot, Large Circle Scallop Die (cut out of light-weight cardboard), and Scallop Circle Punch.  I secured several smaller scalloped circles to the larger circle using tape.  I reuse this template often and keep it as part of my permanent crafting stash.

For more details, please view my Cloudy Background video tutorial HERE

Cloudy Sky Background Template

The popped up clouds were also cut out of the paint chips using the Up & Away Thinlits Dies.

Paint Chip Clouds

The greeting from Lift Me Up was stamped on the card front using Elegant Eggplant ink, and candy dots were added to the balloon to complete the card.

Lift Me Up Cloudy Skies Background

Next time you're in a home improvement store, be sure to make a stop in the paint department.  Displays and displays of paint chips are waiting to inspire you.

The possibilities are endless!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Lift Me Up (purchase the Lift Me Up Bundle and save 10%)

Ink: Marina Mist, Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant

Paper: Elegant Eggplant, Soft Sky, Whisper White

Accessories: paint chips, Big Shot, Up & Away Thinlits Dies, Fine Tip Glue, sponge, Candy Dots, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Double Hexagons Embossing Folder Chicken Wire-Paper Pieced Hey, Chick

  Hey,chick with chicken wire background

Create fun chicken wire backgrounds using the Double Hexagons Embossing Folder. 

What a perfect match for this year's Sale-A-Bration stamp set, Hey, Chick!

Here's how:

Open the folder and swipe or pat ink on the inside of the folder, the side that has "Sizzix" and "Stampin' Up" on the front. For this card, I swiped on Smokey Slate ink.

Chicken Wire Background Step 1

Insert a piece of card stock into the folder,

Chicken Wire Background Step 2

Close the folder and turn it around so the side with "Stampin' Up!" is on top.  With your fingers, press down on the top of the folder, transferring the ink on the inside to the card stock.  A bone folder will also work.

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Open the folder, remove the card stock and voilà, you have a chicken wire background!

Chicken Wire Background Step 3

Chicken Wire Background Final

For the chicken, I used the Paper Piecing Technique. 
I simply stamped the chicken and greeting onto a piece of Whisper White card stock using Memento Black ink and cut it out using the Big Shot and Circles Framelits.  I  stamped the image again onto the polka dot patterned piece of Carried Away Designer Series Paper.  I then cut out only the chicken's body using a pair of scissors and paper pieced it onto the stamped image using SNAIL Adhesive.  The feet, comb, and beak are from the stamped part underneath.   I colored in the comb and beak using a red marker. 

Paper Pieced Hey, Chick

I really like how the patterned paper gives the chicken a little texture and interest.  And the chicken wire background is a perfect compliment!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Hey, Chick (Sale-A-Bration)

Ink: Tuxedo Black, Smokey Slate

Paper: Smokey Slate, Real Red, Whisper White, Carried Away Designer Series Paper (Sale-A-Bration)

Accessories: Double Hexagons Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Circle Framelits, Real Red Thick Baker's Twine, Dimensionals


Happy Stampin'!

Die Cutting Aluminum Cans with the Big Shot-Dragonfly Dreams and Hexagons Dynamic Embossing Folder

Aluminum Cans and the Big ShotOne of my all-time favorite crafting techniques is cutting shapes out of aluminum cans using the Big Shot and dies.

Please check HERE to see some of my other aluminum can and Big Shot projects, along with video tutorials.

I'm always on the lookout for aluminum cans with interesting colors and designs. 

Some of my favorites are Coke, Sprite, and Ginger Ale, especially when creating snowflakes for Christmas!

When my husband brought home cans of Arrogant Bastard Ale, my eyes lit up!

Black, red and white! 

I knew I could create something fun using this beer can, especially when it was combined with a Coke can.

Here's how the cans started out:

Cutting Aluminum Cans using the Big Shot

I cut the tops and bottoms off of each can, then cut down the center to flatten them out. 

See instructions here (towards the end of the post).

Be careful, the cans are sharp at this point.  Once they have been cut using the die or embossed using an embossing folder, the edges become smooth.

I used the outline die from the new Dragonfly Thinlits from Stampin' Up to cut a dragonfly out of the Arrogant Bastard can.

Cutting Aluminum Cans using the Big Shot

I embossed the inside of the Coke can using the new Hexagons Dynamics Embossing Folder (my new favorite!) to use as the background.

I matted the embossed background to a piece of Real Red card stock, then attached it to my Basic Black card base.  The greeting was heat embossed using silver embossing powder.  The dragonfly was attached using Dimensionals.  I colored rhinestones using a black Sharpie pen and added them for a little extra bling.

Cutting Aluminum Cans with the Big Shot

Try using aluminum cans in your crafting. 

Once you've started, you'll never look at an aluminum can the same way again!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Wish Big (Paper Pumpkin)

Ink: Versamark

Paper: Basic Black, Real Red

Accessories: Big Shot, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Die, Hexagons Dynamic Embossing Folder, aluminum cans, sturdy craft scissors, Embossing Buddy, heat tool, silver embossing powder, rhinestones, Sharpie pen, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Silver Dynamic Hexagons Embossing Folder-Masculine Birthday Card

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The new Dynamic Hexagons Embossing folder is perfect for making those sometimes hard to create masculine cards!

Recently, we were invited to the 13th birthday celebration for my husband's cousin's grandson!

Ok, I rarely have to make a card for a 13 year old boy, so I had to think a few minutes about what I could come up with. 

It didn't take me long though because I knew the Dynamic Hexagons embossing folder would do the trick, especially if I used it to emboss a piece of silver foil paper.

This card is so cool in person.  I love the raised texture from the embossing and how the silver foil paper changes depending on the lighting. 

It has that great industrial look, perfect for a a tech savvy kid!

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The greeting was heat embossed on a piece of vellum card stock using black embossing powder.  I used 2 black glimmer brads from my stash to hold the vellum in place, plus to add a little bit of interest.

Super Easy!

The Dynamic Hexagons Embossing Folder makes quick work out of making masculine-themed cards!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Wish Big (Paper Pumpkin)

Ink: Versamark

Paper: Basic Black, Silver Foil, Vellum Cardstock

Accessories: Big Shot, Dynamic Hexagons Embossing Folder, Embossing Buddy, heat tool, black embossing powder, paper piercing tool and mat, glimmer brads

Happy Stampin'!

Shimmery Alcohol and Ink Spritzed Background-Dragonfly Dreams

Dragonfly dreams 035Create shimmery backgrounds by mixing rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol and regular dye based inks along with some shimmer paint in a spray bottle and then spritz the mix onto card stock!

This project came about after a morning of cleaning out my craft studio.  I found a collection of small spray bottles filled with isopropyl alcohol and various colors of  ink from dye based ink refills.  Instead of throwing out the mix, I decided I'd rather create some pretty backgrounds for future use.  After a quick test, I found I had bottles with Tempting Turquoise, Wild Wasabi and Wisteria Wonder. 

Oh, perfect for creating a background to go with a dragonfly cut out using the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits die.

Before I started, I decided that I wanted the colors to be a little bolder.  The Tempting Turquoise was ok, but the other two needed a refresher.  So, I added a few drops of Cucumber Crush ink refill to the Wild Wasabi mix and a few drops of Elegant Eggplant ink refill to the Wisteria Wonder mix.  I then spritzed the colors onto a piece of watercolor paper and set them aside to dry.  Once dry, I noticed the background had a little bit of shimmer to it.  Obviously, one (or more!) of the mixes had a touch of shimmer paint that Stampin' Up! used to carry.  It looks copper in color, but it might have been gold.  Who knows for sure :)

What a nice surprise!

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After the paper was completely dry, I stamped the dot image from the coordinating stamp set Dragonfly Dreams using Dapper Denim ink along the edges and corners.  After matting the background to a piece of Dapper Denim card stock, I then cut out a Dapper Denim Dragonfly using my Big Shot and Detailed Dragonfly thinlit die and popped him on the background using Dimensionals.  I added some rhinestones that I colored using a purple Sharpie pen for a little extra bit of bling.  The greeting from Dragonfly Dreams was stamped onto the Whisper White card base using Dapper Denim ink.

Adding dye based ink to regular isoproply alcohol and spritzing it on regular mat card stock or watercolor paper like I did is a great way to create some interesting backgrounds.  I personally like the added texture the watercolor paper brings.

The possibilities are endless!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Dragonfly Dreams (bundle with the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Die and save 10%!)

Ink: Dapper Denim, Tempting Turquoise, Cucumber Crush, Elegant Eggplant

Paper: Whisper White, Dapper Denim, watercolor

Accessories: Big Shot, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Die, rubbing alcohol, spritzer bottle, rhinestones, Sharpie Pen, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Adding Texture Backgrounds Using Paper Towels-Dragonfly Dreams

Dragonfly Dreams with paper towel background

I love recycling paper towels to create fun textured backgrounds in my crafting.

Did you see the paper towel background hot air balloon from my posting on 01/07?

I had a little piece of paper towel left over from that project,  so I used it to create the background behind the dragonfly for this card.

I used the new Dragonfly Dream Bundle found in the Occasions Catalog by Stampin' Up! The bundle comes with the stamp set Dragonfly Dreams and coordinating Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies.  This bundle is one of my favorites found in this new catalog!

To create this card, I started by cutting out a dragonfly from Pink Pirouette card stock using the dragonfly thinlit. I set it aside while I cut another dragonfly out of my Whisper White card front.  I cut my paper towel a little bit larger than the size of the cutout and mounted it to a pieces of scrap card stock using a glue stick.  Before securing it behind the cutout, I stamped the dots from Dragonfly Dreams all over the card front using Melon Mambo ink.  Then, I secured the paper towel piece using SNAIL adhesive behind the cut out, making sure I only put adhesive around the edges so the glue wouldn't show through once I placed the Pink Pirouette dragonfly over the cutout.  I sponged a little bit of Melon Mambo ink along the edges of the Pink Pirouette dragonfly, then glued it on top of the cutout using Fine Tip Glue.  The card front was then mounted to a Tempting Turquoise card base.

The greeting was stamped using Melon Mambo ink on a scrap piece of Whisper White and matted to a scrap piece of Tempting Turquoise, then popped up using Dimensionals.   A turquoise Candy Dot was added for a little extra interest. 

Dragonfly Dreams with paper towel background

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Dragonfly Dreams

Ink: Melon Mambo

Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White, Pink Pirouette

Accessories: Big Shot, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies, paper towel used to clean stamps, glue stick, Fine Tip Glue, sponge, Candy Dot, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Adding Texture Backgrounds Using Paper Towels-Lift Me Up Balloon

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One of my favorite stamping techniques is incorporating used paper towels in my crafting to create interesting textured backgrounds.

With this card, I paired the paper towel with hot air balloon in the new framelit collection Up & Away  by Stampin' Up! which is found in the Occasions Catalog!

I often use damp paper towels to clean my stamps and blocks.  This is the one that I used to clean my blocks after various tie dye stamping projects I did for Christmas cards. 

I lay them flat and let them dry.  I know to some it looks like something that should be thrown away, but not to me!

Recycle and reuse, right?

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This one had been sitting on my craft table for the longest time.  I kept eyeing it, thinking what a pretty collection of colors it was and how it would make a very colorful and textured background for an upcoming project.  When I received my pre-order for the new Occasions Catalog which included the fun Lift Me Up Bundle (stamp set Lift Me Up and the Up & Away Framelits), I knew immediately what I'd do with the paper towel! 

Coming from ABQ, the hot air balloon capital of the world, I knew I had to have this bundle.

To start, I cut the balloon out of Pink Pirouette card stock using my Big Shot and the balloon framelit.  I then cut a piece of scrap card stock a little larger than the size of the balloon framelit and glued the paper towel to it using a glue stick as my adhesive.  I attached the Pink Pirouette balloon to the paper towel, then trimmed the paper towel around the balloon using a pair of scissors.  By backing it to a piece of card stock, it gives the paper towel sturdiness to allow for cutting.

For the back ground of the card, I simply sponged on Island Indigo and Marina Mist inks.  The clouds are cut out of Shimmer White card stock using two of the cloud framelits, and the balloon is popped up using Dimensionals.  Tempting Turquoise Candy Dots were added for a little bit of interest.

The greeting is included in Lift Me Up, and is perfect!

Love the texture the paper towel gives behind the balloon.

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Don't throw those paper towels away!  Use them to create textured backgrounds in your crafting!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Lift Me Up

Ink: Island Indigo, Marina Mist, Melon Mambo

Paper: Soft Sky, Pink Pirouette, Shimmer White

Accessories: used paper towel, Big Shot, Up and Away Framelits, Candy Dots, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Embossed Copper Foil Paper-Double Hexagon Embossing Folder

Double Hexagon Embossing Folder

Celebrate 2017!

I wish you a very Happy, Healthy and Peaceful New Year!

To bring in 2017, I decided to create a sparkly copper foil embossed card using the new Double Hexagon Embossing Folder.

The  Double Hexagon Embossing folder can be found in the upcoming Occasions Catalog from Stampin' Up! (available January 4). 

I love the texture and rich color!

I paired the embossed background with flowers and leaves cut out of Basic Black card stock using Botanical Builder and Christmas Pines Framelits Dies.

The greeting comes from Good Greetings (retired) which I heat embossed onto a scrap piece of copper foil paper using black embossing powder.

This is a cool technique, and the possibilities are endless with all the available embossing folders.

Which embossed copper foil paper will be your favorite?

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Good Greetings

Ink: Memento Black

Paper: Basic Black, Copper Foil

Accessories: Big Shot, Double  Hexagon Embossing Folder, Botanical Builder and Christmas Pines Framelits Dies, Embossing Buddy, heat tool, black embossing powder, pearl, Dimensionals



Happy Stampin'!

Iris Folded Snow Globe

Iris Fold Snow Globe Iris Folded Snow Globe!

It's been awhile since I've done any iris folding. Not sure why since it is one of my all-time paper crafting techniques!

I did a quick search on Pinterest, and found a really fun snow globe pattern from

The pattern can be found here.

It is basically a circle pattern so it is super simple.

(For more Iris Folding ideas and a video how to tutorial, please visit my Iris Folding Page.)

I first embossed my Mint Macaron card front using my Big Shot and Gently Falling Embossing Folder.  I then punched out the circle using my 2 1/2" circle punch. 

I laid the card front over the pattern I printed out from (remember,  place the front side down-you'll be working from the back), and started laying out my designer paper (Blooms and Bliss cut into 1/2" strips).

The "iris" is Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper with Island Indigo ink sponged on to make a custom color to match the colors in the designer paper and the snow globe. 

(Creating your custom color glimmer paper is easy-see instruction here).

The trees are pieces found in the November Wonderful Winterland Paper Pumpkin Kit.  In the kit, they are white so I simply stamped the coordinating image from the stamp set using Mint Macaron ink.  They are popped up using Dimensionals.

The ring around the snow globe was cut out of Island Indigo card stock using my Big Shot and 2 layers of circle framelits.

I didn't care for the base of the snow globe in the pattern, so I cut a triangle free hand out of Island Indigo card stock.

Since I'm pretty much done with Christmas cards, I wanted this to be a winter wishes, Happy New Year or even a thank you card.

I searched through my stamps and found this small "hello" and scribble that I knew would work with my 7/8" and 1 1/4" scallop circle punches.  Layering the 2 punches would fit perfectly on the front of the snow globe.  

To complete the card, I added a few rhinestones for bling and mounted it to a Whisper White card base.

This Iris Folded Snow Globe was a great way to revisit one of my favorite paper crafting techniques!


Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Pennant Parade and Kindness Matters (both retired), Wonderful Winterland

Ink: Island Indigo, Mint Macaron

Paper: Whisper White, Mint Macaron, Island Indigo, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer, Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Softly Falling Embossing Folder, Circles Framelits, 2 1/2" circle, 7/8" scallop circle and 1 1/4" scallop circle punches, Wonderful Winterland Paper Pumpkin Kit, sponge, Dimensionals, rhinestones


Happy Stampin'!

Custom Made Melon Mambo Glimmer Paper Meets Detailed Santa

Melon Mambo Glimmer Detailed Santa

Custom Made Melon Mambo Glimmer Paper, please meet Detailed Santa!

I was cleaning up my stamping studio when I came across a Detailed Santa cut out of Basic Black card stock.  Obviously a left over from my Tie Dyed Santa stamping projects!

I knew I had to use this last piece before I put the Detailed Santa Thinlits dies away for the season.

I also had a piece of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper in my stack of scraps, and an idea started to form.  I laid the black piece over the glimmer piece, but didn't quite like the look.  The Dazzling Diamonds paper was just too bright and Santa was lost on it.  mmmm... Why not tone down the glimmer paper by adding a softer shade of pink? 

So, I got out my Melon Mambo ink and pad and a sponge and went to work.

Making custom color glimmer paper to match Stampin' Up!'s colors is super simple. 

You can fill a Stampin' Spritzer bottle with rubbing alcohol, add a few drops of reinker, shake to mix, then spritz it on the paper. 

Or simply sponge on the color using a sponge or sponge dauber like I did.

sponging Melon Mambo onto glimmer paper


Custom color glimmer paper

To finish the card, I heat embossed the greeting from Greetings from Santa using white embossing powder.  I then swiped on some Melon Mambo using the excess ink on my sponge.

The possibilities are endless!

What color of custom made glimmer paper is in your future?

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Greetings from Santa

Ink: Versamark

Paper: Melon Mambo, Basic Black, Dazzling Details Glimmer

Accessories: Big Shot, Detailed Santa Thinlits Dies, sponge, Embossing Buddy, heat tool, white embossing powder, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Tie Dye Santa

Tie Dye Greetings from Santa

Tye Die Santa: a little different Christmas card using non-traditional Christmas colors. 

The background is the clear block stamping technique.  I dabbed on Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise and Wisteria Wonder inks onto my "E" clear block, spritzed with water so the ink would pool and run and then stamped onto a piece of Whisper White card stock.  I let it set for a few seconds, lifted it off and let the ink dry. 

I Just love the tie dye look!

Greetings from Santa

Santa was cut out of Elegant Eggplant card stock using my Big Shot and Detailed Santa Thinlits Die. He was popped up from the background using Dimensionals.  The greeting is from the coordinating stamp set, Greetings from Santa, and was heat embossed using white embossing powder.

What colors will your tie dye Santa be?

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Greetings from Santa

Ink: Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise, Wisteria Wonder, Versamark

Paper: Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant

Accessories: Big Shot, Detailed Santa Thinlits Dies, Embossing Buddy, heat tool, white embossing powder, "E" clear block, spritzer bottle with water, Tombow Multi-purpose glue, Dimensionals


Happy Stampin'!

Rose Red Stenciled Santa's Sleigh Reindeer

Stenciled Santa's Sleigh Reindeer

Here's another stenciled reindeer using left over pieces from Santa's Sleigh cut outs (see posting from 12/6).

The reindeer is Rose Red and the background is the clear block watercolor technique using Rose Red, Mint Macaron and Cucumber Crush inks. 

This stenciled reindeer makes me smile!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Christmas Pines

Ink: Rose Red, Mint Macaron, Cucumber Crush

Paper: Whisper White, Rose Red

Accessories: Santa's Sleigh Thinlits, sponge dauber, clear block "E", spritzer bottle with water, Cucumber Crush thick baker's twine, Mini Glue Dot

Happy Stampin'!

Stenciled Santa's Sleigh Reindeer

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A couple of days ago, I posted a project I did using the Santa's Sleigh Thinlits to cut out reindeer for Hershey Nugget boxes.

I was left with this strip of silver glimmer reindeer:

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I turned it over and used the strip as a stencil to create the Elegant Eggplant reindeer above.  Recycle and reuse, right?

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The background is the clear block watercolor stamping technique.  I dabbed Island Indigo, Elegant Eggplant and Wisteria Wonder inks onto my clear block "E", spritzed it with water so the ink would run and pool, then stamped it onto a piece of Whisper White card stock.  I let it sit on the paper for a few seconds, lifted it off, and I was left with this pretty tie-dye background. 

I placed the stencil on the paper and used a sponge dauber to add Elegant Eggplant ink.  In person, the reindeer looks like velvet.  I am loving this card!



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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Greetings from Santa

Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Island Indigo, Wisteria Wonder

Paper: Whisper White

Accessories: stencil from Santa's Sleigh Thinlits, sponge dauber, clear block "E", spritzer bottle with water, Night of Navy thick baker's twine, Mini Glue Dot, clear Wink of Stella for shimmer

Happy Stampin'!

Santa's Sleigh Reindeer Nugget Boxes

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I recently made these reindeer nugget boxes as thank you gifts for those attending a recent Christmas card class.

These boxes were easy to put together as I let Presents and Pinecones Designer Washi Tape do most of the work.  After cutting and scoring the nugget box bases, I punched the tops using my Angle Tag Topper punch and then added the strips of Washi tape to one side.  I cut the reindeer from the Santa's Sleigh Thinlits die out of silver glimmer paper, tied a Candy Cane Lane Baker's Twine bow around his neck and attached him with a Dimensional.  After placing 3 Hershey Nuggets on the inside, I added a thank you greeting from Teeny Tiny Wishes and tied the box together at the top with more baker's twine.  Couldn't be easier!

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And as an added bonus, I'm left with this strip of cut out reindeer to use as a stencil for another project.  Stay tuned!

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The dimensions for the box are:

7/8" x 7 1/2" piece of card stock, scored at 3/4", 1 1 /2", 3", 4 1/2", 6" and 6 3/4".


Stamp Set: Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Cherry Cobbler

Paper: Whisper White, Silver Glimmer

Accessories: Big Shot, Santa's Sleigh Thinlits Dies, Angle Top punch (retired-substitute with the Scallop Tag Topper punch), Presents and Pinecones Designer Washi Tape, Candy Lane Baker's Twine, Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Floral Boutique Christmas Ornaments

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Here's one more idea for using the pretty Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper for a non traditional Christmas card. 

Christmas Ornaments made using the Balloon Framelits dies.

The snowflakes were cut using the Flourish Thinlits dies.

The greeting is from Wondrous Wreath.

Stamp Set: Wondrous Wreath

Ink: Night of Navy

Paper: Night of Navy, Shimmer White, Whisper White, Floral Boutique DSP

Accessories: Big Shot, Balloon Framelits, Flourish Thinlits, Night of Navy Baker’s Twine, pearls, blue Sharpie pen

Happy Stampin'!

Winter Sheltering Tree

Colorado Stamp Camp 001

A quick share as life has gotten pretty busy and stressful.  On Monday, Oct 17, my husband and I, plus our 2 dogs and 2 cats were evacuated from our house due to the quick spreading Junkins Fire. We went to my mother in law's house in Colo Springs, and were finally allowed back into our home on Friday, Oct 21.  Although the fire is now 60% contained, they are still trying to build a containment perimeter on the ridge behind our house.  Hopefully, more progress will be made today. 

And sadly, my mother in law is dying and is expected to pass any day.  She is strong and willful and has fought a valiant battle.  We wish her peace and know she will be going to a better place.  During the evacuation, we were where we needed to be: safe and near her.

So, not much time or opportunity to stamp over the past few weeks.  This card is one of the projects we did at my Canon City Stamp Camp over Labor Day weekend.  That seems like a lifetime ago!  Anyway, I am posting it today as we certainly could use cooler temps.  And snow!  Come on snow!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Sheltering Tree, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Dapper Denim, Pool Party, Wisteria Wonder

Paper: Soft Sky, Pool Party, Wisteria Wonder, Dapper Denim, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer

Accessories: Big Shot, Softly Falling Embossing Folder, silver ribbon, rhinestones

Happy Stampin'!

Beautiful Branches Fall Tree

Thoughtful Branches 009

The Thoughtful Branches and coordinating Beautiful Branches Thinlits dies are perfect for creating 4 seasons of pretty trees!

These are offered while supplies last!

Here's my take on a fall tree using the Beautiful Branches tree die cut out Tangelo Twist card stock.  The speckles behind the tree are from Gorgeous Grunge and are stamped in Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Elegant Eggplant and Daffodil Delight.  The greeting is in the Thoughtful Branches set.

Happy Stampin'!

Baby Wipe Background-Christmas Pines, Pretty Pines

It is week 2 of our sketch challenge #178 over at the Nacho Average site.


Here's my contribution:

Christmas Pines 002

While this is not officially the first Christmas card I created this season, it comes pretty close!

Yes, Christmas will be here before we know it!

For this card I used the Christmas Pines stamp set and coordinating Pretty Pines Thinlits dies which can be purchased from the upcoming Holiday Catalog on Sept 1.

So, I guess this is a sneak peek!

The background is a baby wipe that I had used to clean off stamps.  I let it dry, then glued it to a scrap piece of card stock.  I could then cut it down as needed.  I like the soft fuzzy look it gives to the card.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Christmas Pines

Ink: Cherry Cobbler, various

Paper: Mint Macaron, Emerald Envy, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler

Accessories: Big Shot, Pretty Pines Thinlits dies, rhinestones, red Sharpie pen



Happy Stampin'!