Definitely Dahlia Eclipse Card

Definitely Dahlia Eclipse Card
Definitely Dahlia Eclipse Card

Eclipse Cards are all the rage! 

Cut out a shape using punches or dies, then layer the pieces back into the negative space creating dimension. 

It's like working a puzzle!

I decided to create this card using the Eclipse Technique paired with the retiring stamp set Definitely Dahlia.

Here's How:

  1. Ink up the Definitely Dahlia stamp first using Peekaboo Peach ink.  Tap the edges of the stamp using Flirty Flamingo ink.  Stamp on Whisper White card front.  Repeat to fill in the spaces.
  2. Place card front onto the Big Shot using the Magnetic Platform as part of your cutting sandwich.  Place the letters from Large Letters Framelits Die onto the card front.  Run through the Big Shot to cut out the letters.  Remove card stock from the dies, making sure to save all the pieces.
  3. Attach the stamped card front to Soft Suede card base using SNAIL Adhesive. 

Definitely Dahlia Eclipse Card cut out

4. Replace the letters into the negative space using Mini Dimensionals to pop them up. 

5. Use Tombow Multi-purpose glue to add the inserts in the “B”, D”, and A”.  They lay flat while the rest of the letters pop up.  Use a paper piercing tool to move the inserts into place as needed.

6. Stamp greeting from Floral &Fauna onto a scrap piece of Peekaboo Peach card stock using Soft Suede ink.  Banner cut one edge.  Attach to Soft Suede mat, banner cutting one edge to match.  Attach to card front using Mini Dimensionals to pop it up.

7. Attach enamel dots to card front to complete.

Definitely Dahlia Eclipse Card close up

Definitely Dahlia stamp set is retiring!

Definitely Dahlia

Click here to view the retiring Stampin' Up! product

Product is available through May 31 or while supplies last.


Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Floral & Fauna (Paper Pumpkin)

Ink: Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo (both retiring), Soft Suede

Paper: Soft Suede, Whisper White

Accessories: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Large Letters Framelits Dies, Mini Dimensionals, Tombow Multi-purpose Glue, paper-piercing tool, enamel dots


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Bold Butterfly Paper Towel Background Stencil

Paper Towel Bold Butterfly Stencil

I often incorporate the paper towel that I have used to clean stamps, ink pad covers or ink refill bottles into my crafting.

This was the case after I used this paper towel to wipe off the tops of ink refill bottles which I had used in my Ink Refills and Hand Sanitizer projects.

This is what the paper towel looked like:

Bold Butterfly Paper Towel

I used the paper towel to create the Bold Butterfly card found here.

After cutting the butterfly out using my Big Shot and retiring Bold Butterfly Framelits Die, I was left with a negative stencil. 

I then used the stencil, paired with the retiring Butterfly Thinlits Die to create another quick card.

Remember, recycle and reuse!


Here's how:

  1. Here are the instructions for starting with the paper towel for the original card: The paper towel is 2-ply, so I first separated the plys.  This will give me another piece of paper towel to craft with at a later time.  In order to make the paper towel easier to work with, I always attach it to a piece of card stock.  By doing this, it is easy to cut the paper towel down to size using a paper trimmer.  I applied glue from a glue stick onto a scrap piece of Blushing Bride card stock.  Self-adhesive sheets would work as well.  Then, I trimmed the paper towel down to the size of the Butterfly Framelit. Run the piece through the Big Shot using the Bold Butterfly Framelit Die.
  2. Cut a piece of background designer series paper a little larger than the stencil.  Attach to the back of the stencil using SNAIL Adhesive.  For this card, I used a piece of retired Tempting Turquoise Patterns Designer Series Paper.
  3. Cut a butterfly using the Big Shot and retiring Butterfly Thinlits die out of Powder Pink card stock.  Attach the butterfly to the cut-out using a Mini Dimensional on the body to pop it up.
  4. Attach to a piece of Melon Mambo matting.  Attach to Whisper White card base.
  5. Stamp greeting from Wish Big using Tempting Turquoise ink.

Easy and done!

So don't throw those paper towels away after cleanups.

Recycle and reuse!  Add them to your crafting arsenal for future projects!

Bold Butterfly and Butterflies Thinlits Dies are retiring:

Bold butterfly

Butterflies Thinlits Die


To view all retiring Stampin' Up! product, please visit HERE.

Items are available through May 31 or while supplies last.


Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Wish Big

Ink: Tempting Turquoise (retiring), various colors on the paper towel after cleaning up ink refills

Paper: Blushing Bride (retiring), Melon Mambo, Powder Pink, Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise Patterns Designer Series Paper

Accessories: paper towel, Big Shot, Butterfly Thinlits Die, Mini Dimensional, glue stick


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Sheet Music and Embossing Paste Hearts for Valentine's Day

Embossing Paste heart


I needed a quick and easy idea for Valentine's Day cards this year. 

I had my heart punch on my crafting table, left over from the Party Panda card I created HERE, so I thought, why not combine it with the embossing paste found in the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog.

The embossing paste is so cool, and the supplies are endless!

Here's how:

Start by making a heart stencil.  I punched a heart out of scrap Whisper White card stock using my retired Full Heart punch.

If you don't have a heart punch, use the Big Shot, and a heart-shaped framelit die set like Sweet & Sassy.

Stamp the Sheet Music background stamp onto a piece of Smoky Slate card stock using Black Archival ink.

Place the heart stencil over the stamped image, securing it with pieces of washi or painter's tape.

Embossing paste heart stencil

Now to add the embossing paste.

To color it first, scoop out some out onto a silicone craft mat. 

If you don't have a silicone craft mat, use a clear-block or a plastic container lid.

Add a drop or two of color from an ink refill onto the paste and mix using a palette knife.

For this card, I used Berry Burst ink.

Mixing embossing paste

Apply the colored embossing paste onto the stencil, spreading it with a palette knife like you would frost a cake.

Heart with embossing paste

For an added touch of sparkle, I sprinkled some Dazzling Diamonds onto the wet paste.

Embossing paste heart with dazzling details

Set the piece aside to dry completely.  The thicker the paste, the longer it will take to dry.

Be sure to clean your tools with water.  The embossing paste dries quickly and can be hard to remove.

Once dry, remove the stencil.

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Tie a bow out of ribbon or baker's twine and add to the heart using a glue dot.

Attach the card front to a Basic Gray Mat.  Attach to Berry Burst card base.

Stamp greeting from Bloomin' Love using Archival Black ink.

I created three cards using different inks to color the embossing paste:

Rose Red, Melon Mambo, Berry Burst.

The color possibilities are endless!

Embossing Paste trio of hearts
Embossing Paste, $141979, $8.00

Embossing paste

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Sheet Music, Bloomin' Love

Ink: Berry Burst, Rose Red, Melon Mambo, Archival Black

Paper: Berry Burst, Rose Red, Melon Mambo, Basic Gray, Smoky Slate, scrap of Whisper White for stencil

Accessories: Embossing Paste, Palette Knife, Dazzling Details, heart punch, Black Baker's Twine, Glue Dots

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Embossing Paste Daisy Delight

Embossing Paste Daisy Delight

Fall has arrived here in the mountains of southern Colorado!

Purple Asters, some of my favorite flowers, are blooming in abundance.

My project for this posting was inspired by these pretty flowers growing on our property.

I love their bright yellow centers.  They make me smile!


I combined the stamp set Daisy Delight, stamped in purples, with Embossing Paste colored in green, along with one of the Pattern Party Decorative Masks from Stampin' Up!

I love the easy texture that the Embossing Paste gives to projects.

Here's how:

Coloring and Mixing Embossing Paste

With a palette knife, scoop out and place embossing paste onto your work surface.

For this, I use a plastic lid.  As you can tell, I've used this lid many times over for various projects. 

The embossing paste from other projects has dried on the lid.  It would take a good scrubbing to remove it.

So, be sure to wash off the embossing paste with warm water from your stencil, palette knife, and work surface as soon as you are finished with it.  It dries quick.

Also, be sure to put the lid back on the jar of embossing paste and seal tightly, so it doesn't dry out in the jar.  I have also added a piece of cling wrap to the top of the jar, sealing it with the lid.

Place a drop or two of ink refill onto the embossing paste and mix in using the palette knife.  For this project, I used 1 drop of Wild Wasabi.

You could also use the embossing paste without color.  It has an off-white, shimmery tint to it.


Spreading the embossing paste

Place your card front onto a covered work surface and then place the stencil on top of the card stock, securing it with a piece of washi or painter's tape at the top.

Begin spreading the embossing paste onto the stencil using a palette knife.  It's kind of like spreading frosting. 

The thicker you apply, the longer it will take to dry.  But even so, it doesn't take long.

You can cover the whole stencil like I did or only parts.

Embossing Paste done

Remove the stencil and set the piece aside to dry as you work on the other parts of the card.

Stamp two daisies on a scrap piece of Very Vanilla card stock, one using Elegant Eggplant, the other using Wisteria Wonder inks.

Stamp solid circle in the center of one of the daisies using Crushed Curry ink.

Punch out using the coordinating Daisy Punch.  Offset layer the daisies, one on top of the other using SNAIL Adhesive.  Slight bend the petals up using your fingers.

Wrap ribbon around the front of the embossed card front, securing it in the back with SNAIL Adhesive.  I used some retired chevron ribbon from my stash.

Attach to Elegant Eggplant card base.

Attach flower to front of card using a Dimensional to pop it up.

Stamp leaves from Daisy Delight using Emerald Envy ink on a scrap piece of Old Olive card stock. 

Fussy cut using a pair of scissors.  Slip underneath flower as desired using SNAIL Adhesive.

Embossing Paste close up

I also stamped the inside of the card using the daisy and greeting in Daisy Delight.

Embossing Paste inside

Adding texture to your project is fast and easy using Embossing Paste and accessories from Stampin' Up!

The possibilities are endless!

Shop Embossing Paste HERE

Embossing paste

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Daisy Delight

Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Wisteria Wonder, Emerald Envy, Crushed Curry, and Wild Wasabi ink refill.

Paper: Very Vanilla, Old Olive

Accessories: Embossing Paste, Pattern Party Decorative Masks, Palette Knives, Daisy Punch, retired ribbon, Mini Dimensional, washi tape





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Whole Lot of Lovely Swallowtail Inlay


Inspired by another scene in my surroundings, this inlaid swallowtail card was quick and easy to create.

Here's the inspiration.

This swallowtail is feeding on a blooming thistle growing along the Hardscrabble Creek that flows through our property in the mountains of Southern Colorado.

What a pretty poser!

(For another swallowtail inspired card, please visit my posting HERE.)

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Now onto the card!  

I first cut out the swallowtail butterfly out of Crushed Curry card stock using my Big Shot and Butterflies Thinlits Die.

I was then left with a stencil cut out piece that I decided to use in the card as well.  

I cut a piece of Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper the size of the cutout. 

This design is my favorite from the pack of DSP.  Love the bold colors set on the black background!

Here are the pieces I used for the inlay.

Inlay Swallowtail parts
To complete the card, I simply attached the stencil over the designer paper, then stamped the greeting from Butterfly Basics using Archival Black ink.

Because I thought the card front needed to be broken up a little bit, I ran the whole piece through my Big Shot, embossing it with the Sparkle Embossing Folder.

I attached the card front to my Basic Black card base, then attached the cut out butterfly over the stencil using a Dimensional on the body.  This way, the butterfly will pop up slightly.  

I added black candy dots from my stash for added interest.


Inlay Swallowtail closeup

Another quick and easy card using my surroundings as my inspiration!

What is your inspiration?

I'd love to see your creations.

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Butterfly Basics

Ink: Archival Black

Paper: Basic Black, Crushed Curry, Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Butterflies Thinlits Die, Sparkle Embossing Folder, Dimensional, candy dots

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Stenciling With a Sunburst Thinlits Die-Shine

Stenciled Sunburst Thinlits Die card

Create a bright sunburst by using the cut out from Sunburst Framelits Die as a stencil.

I had a Sunburst piece left over from my pencil eraser sunshine project I posted on March 8. Instead of throwing it away, I decided to repurpose it as a stencil for my "shine" sunburst card.

I laid the stencil onto my Whisper White card front and sponged color around the rays of the sunburst.  Colors used were Crushed Curry, Peek a Boo Punch and Watermelon Wonder.  You can see the pencil eraser dots left over from the previous project.

Sunburst Thinlits Die as a Stencil

When done, I removed the stencil leaving a white sunburst on a bright background.

Sunburst Thinlit Die as a Stencil

I trimmed the edges of the card front and matted it to a piece of Peek a Boo Peach card stock.

The greeting comes from Sunburst Sayings which I stamped onto a piece of So Saffron card stock using Watermelon Wonder ink.  I punched it out using my 1 3/4" circle punch,  and layered it to a 2" Watermelon Wonder circle  I  then attached the circle to the card front, trimming the bottom half of the circle so it would sit flush on the edge of the Peek a Boo Peach card base.

To complete the card, I added Sprinkles Embellishments (Peek a Boo Peach, Watermelon Wonder and Pool Party), using my Fine Tip Glue to secure the pieces.

Stenciled Sunburst Card closeup

Be sure to repurpose your paper pieces from other projects.  I did and was able to reuse a sunburst piece as a stencil!

If you like this idea, please be sure to follow me on Pinterest!



Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Sunburst Greetings

Ink: Crushed Curry, Peek a Boo Peach, Watermelon Wonder

Paper: So Saffron,  Whisper White, Watermelon Wonder

Accessories: Big Shot, Sunburst Thinlits Die, sponge, Sprinkles Embellishments, Fine Tip Glue Pen


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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

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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

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Watercolor Wings and Stenciling with Decorative Masks

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Create pretty backgrounds using one of Stampin' Up!'s decorative masks and sponge daubers!


Use different sponge daubers for each color to keep your colors from becoming muddy.
To help keep the stencil from shifting as you work, secure it to your work surface using painter's or masking tape.
And hold the stencil down with the tips of your fingers on one hand, while you work with the other.
You can also using a Stampin' Sponge to add your color.  Or add a few drops of reinker into a Stampin' Spritzer filled with water or rubbing alcohol and lightly spray the ink through the stencil.  Let the ink dry before removing the stencil.

The butterfly is from the stamp set Watercolor Wings (coordinates with the Butterfly Framelits).  This is a 4 step stamp.
For this butterfly, I stamped stamp #1 (solid image) using Blushing Bride, my lightest color.
#2 stamp (outline) was inked up in Melon Mambo, stamped off onto my work paper, then stamped over image #1.
#3 stamp (detail) was stamped in Melon Mambo full strength.
#4 stamp (body) was stamped using Gray Archival ink.

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Botanical Builder Stenciled Happy Birthday

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I recently cut a number of ferns out of Wild Wasabi card stock using the Botanical Builder Framelites for an upcoming Botanical Blooms class. 

I was left with this sheet of potential "stencils."

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I decided to use one of them to stencil a collection of ferns on the card above.  I used sponge daubers inked up in Cucumber Crush and Elegant Eggplant inks. 

The greeting is a mixture of Wish Big (My Paper Pumpkin) and Perfect Pairings (Sale-A-Bration).

Black Candy Dots were added to bring a little dimension.

Easy, Easy!


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Stencil Cut Flower Patch Cards

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I recently made up a bunch of thank you cards using the Big Shot and Flower Fair framelits.  I cut out the flower and stem on Whisper White card stock using the framelits and then slipped different patterned designer paper underneath.  I layered the stencil pieces to coordinating card bases and stamped a simple "thanks".  I added a coordinating Candy Dot to the center of the flower to complete. 

Simple, simple and a great way to use up paper scraps!

Here's another take on the design.  I added faux stitching around the edges of the card front.  I used my paper piercing tool, template and mat to pierce the holes, then ran a marker along them to connect.

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Stamp Set: Another Thank You

Ink: various to match the colors in the designer paper, Melon Mambo marker for faux stitching.

Paper: various card stock and designer paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Flower Fair Framelits, Candy Dots, Dimensionals, paper piercing tool, template and mat

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Stencil Cut Striped Feather-Nacho Average Color Challenge #142

We have a bright color challenge this week over at the Nacho Average site: Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana and Crisp Cantaloupe!

Here's my contribution:

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These three colors are retiring on June 2nd.  I'm so sad.  The 2013-2105 In Colors quickly became my favorites.  Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding and Baked Brown Sugar.  I used them a lot, and I will miss them!

So to go along with the retiring colors, I used mostly retiring items to create this card: Says it All stamp set, Feathers Framelits, Strawberry Slush and Coastal Cabana Thick Baker's Twine and 2013-2015 In Color Sequins. 

To create the feather stencil, I cut the feather out of Whisper White card stock using my Big Shot and Feathers Framelits.  I adhered 1/4" wide strips of the challenge colors on a smaller piece of card stock and then set the feather stencil on top.  I added speckles from Gorgeous Grunge (not retiring!) using Coastal Cabana ink.  I added the In Color Sequins using Mini Glue Dots.  Bright, cheery and easy to do!

Be sure to check out each of the Design Team's entries to the challenge and leave a comment if you can.  It means a lot to all of us!  We'd also love for you to play along with the weekly challenges.  A Linky Tool has been added so you can upload your creation to the Nacho Design Team site. 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Says it All, Gorgeous Grunge

Ink: Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana

Paper: Whisper White, Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe

Accessories: Big Shot, Feathers Framelits, Strawberry Slush and Coastal Cabana Thick Baker's Twine, In Color Sequins, Mini Glue Dots


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Stained Glass Butterfly


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I am loving the new Butterfly Thinlits from Stampin' Up!  After a long, snowy winter here in the mountains of southern Colorado, I am ready for a touch of spring!

For this card, I cut the medium butterfly out of Basic Black card stock and attached it to a piece of vellum card stock with a small strip of SNAIL adhesive.  I then colored through the openings on the butterfly onto the vellum underneath using Night of Navy and Old Olive Blendabilities giving it a stained glass effect.  The possibilities are endless by using different colors of the Blendabilities.  I stamped images from Butterfly Basics and Gorgeous Grunge in Pear Pizzazz, Soft Sky and Tuxedo Black inks to complete the card.

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Summer Smooches Stencil-Quick How to Use Stencils

 This was a quick and easy card made using the Summer Smooches Stencil from Stampin' Up!  

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 How to Use Stencils

-Stampin’ Up! offers several stencil designs on page 234 of the main catalog. (The stencils are retiring and are only available through May 31!)

-The stencils include stencil and mask images to create a variety of coordinated looks.

-Use brushes, sponges or sponge daubers to apply ink or paint. 

-The most important tip for using stencils is to have the stencil securely in place so it does not shift.  If it shifts, you will have a shadow look to your finished project. I use masking or painter’s tape to hold the stencil in place. 

  1. Secure stencil on paper so it doesn’t shift while you are working with it.  I add a little piece of masking or painter’s tape on the 4 sides of the stencil.  The can easily be removed from the stencil.

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2. Use a sponge or sponge dauber to add ink.  Hold the stencil in place with one hand while you sponge on the color with the other.  Again, this is to make sure the stencil does not shift.

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 3. Continue to sponge on color as desired.  You can keep the image light or darken it by adding more color.

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4. When satisfied with the color, carefully lift the stencil up by removing the tape from your work sheet.

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Bright Blossoms (Summer Smooches preview), Pretty Postage

Ink: Lucky Limeade, Rich Razzleberry, Tempting Turquoise, Rich Razzleberry and Tempting Turquoise markers

Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Rich Razzleberry, Shimmer White

Accessories: Summer Smooches Stencil (only available through April 30), sponge, masking tape, Color Spritzer Tool, Eyelet Border, Small Tag, Boho Blossoms punches and 1/16” hole punch, pearls, Tempting Turquoise ¼” grosgrain ribbon, Pool Party Baker’s Twine, Mini Glue Dot

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Stamping 411 Sketch 250-Summer Smooches Stencil

I was not too sure when I first saw this week's Stamping 411 Sketch.  "Circles,"  I thought to myself. "I think I'll pass on this one."  But, the more I thought about it, the more I thought about the possibilities of the sketch.   I've really been wanting to use my new Decor Elements stencil that is part of the Summer Smooches Suite available from Stampin' Up! during the month of April.  I really like working with stencils, and since this one will only be available in April, I thought I better incorporate it into the sketch.

Here's my take

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On this sketch

Stamping 411 Sketch 250

Supplies Used:

Ink: Island Indigo, Wisteria Wonder, Marina Mist, Pretty in Pink, Island Indigo marker (for Color Spritzer Tool)

Paper: Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, Island Indigo, Wisteria Wonder

Accessories: Decor Elements Summer Smooches Stencil, sponge, Color Spritzer Tool (haven't used this in ages!), Big Shot, Heart Adorning Accents Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Nestabilities Circles, 1 1/4" circle punch, rhinestones from Blossom Builders Designer Printed kit

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Merry Christmas-Stenciled Snowflakes

May the beauty of Christmas be yours throughout the year!  Merry Christmas!

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Rose Red, Pretty in Pink

Paper: Pink Pirouette, Rose Red, Whisper White

Accessories: Snowflake punch (I used the negative image after I punched out a snowflake as a stencil, sponging on Pretty in Pink and Rose Red ink), crimper, silver glitter brad, paper piercing tool and mat, Color Catcher and Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz-It is hard to see in the photo, but this card really shimmers in person


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Stenciled Ornament Tea Towels

Need a last minute gift idea?  Stenciled tea towels are quick and easy.

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For detailed instructions, please visit this posting

Supplies Used:

Vintage Ornaments (#118141, $14.95) and Elegant Trio (#118262, $9.95) Decor Stencils, fabric paint, stipple brushes, flour sack tea towels (purchased at ***mart-5 for 5.95)

After letting the fabric paint dry over night, I washed each towel in cold water and dried on low heat, then steamed ironed.  Tie a ribbon around them and you've got a pretty gift to give as a thank you or hostess gift.

Vintage Ornament Decor Stencils (#118141, $14.95)

Vintage ornament stencils


Elegant Trio Decor Stencils #118262, $9.95

Elegant Trio Stencils


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I needed a quick birthday card recently.  I got out one of my favorite Decor Stencils and Color Coach.  I always seem to be drawn to the color combination of Poppy Parade, Not Quite Navy and Crumb Cake!  This was one of those 5 minute cards, and most of that was deciding which stencil and what colors to use!  Lay the stencil down on your card front.  Hold it down with one hand and sponge on color with the other.  You can make it as light or as dark as you want.


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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Sincere Wishes

Ink: Poppy Parade

Paper: Very Vanilla, Poppy Parade, Not Quite Navy, Crumb Cake

Accessories: Folk Flowers stencil, sponge, large and scallop oval punches, dimensionals

Folk Flowers Decor Stencil #118139, $12.95

  Folk Flowers stencil






Add a delicate floral accent anywhere using our Folk Flowers Décor Stencils. Our stencils can be used on most surfaces so you can add a flower or two--or more--anywhere you can imagine. Our high-quality plastic stencils can be used again and again.

■ Dimensions: 6-5/8" x 5-3/4" (largest image 5-3/4" x 5-1/2" (smallest image
■ Dimensions (HxW) are approximate
■ Set of two stencils



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Faux Suede-Stenciled Newsprint

This was my swap card for the July Stamp Clubs.  It combines two of my favorite Stampin' Up! products: stencils and Designer Series Paper.  I also used one my favorite techniques: faux suede for bottom part of the card.I then over-stamped the floral image from the stamp set Essence of Love using Riding Hood Red ink on the Riding Hood Red paper for a tone on tone effect.  In person, it has a very soft look and feel.

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Sincere Salutations, Essence of Love

Ink: Riding Hood Red

Paper: Very Vanilla, Riding Hood Red, Basic Black, Newsprint Designer Series Paper

Accessories: crimper and bone folder for Faux Suede technique, Elegant Trio stencil, sponge for stenciling, vanilla satin ribbon, scallop and large oval punches, cutting tool for distressing, dimensionals

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Stenciled Tea Towels-500th Post!

Woo Hoo, this is my 500th blog post!  Thanks for sharing this blogging adventure with me!

For my 500th post, I decided I would feature one of my favorite gift ideas: stenciled tea towels.  Every kitchen needs at least one tea towel!  And a specially decorated tea towel is even better!

I used bleached cotton tea towels that I purchased at ***mart (5 for 5.95), the flower image from the Elegant Trio Decor stencils from Stampin' Up! and fabric paint.

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Here's how:

You will need:

tea towel


fabric paint-You can find fabric paint at any arts and crafts store.  It comes in small bottles in various colors and is relatively inexpensive. I know my fellow SU Demos will be upset that I am not suggesting you use SU Craft ink.  But, I find that the vivid color lasts longer with fabric paint.  After all, fabric paint is specifically made to use with fabrics.  I am a firm believer of having the right tool for the job.  Otherwise, crafting can be frustrating.

stencil brushes-These can also be found at any arts and crafts store in the stencil aisle.  Stencil brushes have short, firmly packed bristles. Sponge daubers would work too.  You need something that will allow you some control for working in the small spaces of the stencil so you don't get paint under the stencil.

palette to hold the paint-I use the lid to a plastic container

low tack adhesive

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Choose the colors you would like to use and squeeze them onto your palette. Position the stencil on the tea towel.  Apply a low tack adhesive to the edges of the stencil to keep it in place while you work.

Pick up your first color of paint on a stencil brush. 

Tip: Don't overload your brush with paint.  Instead, just dab the end of the bristles into the paint.  Having a little bit of paint gives you more control.  You can always pick up more paint if needed.  And, the brushes are easier to clean if the paint in just on the ends of the brush.

Add the color over the stencil using a "pouncing" or vertical up and down motion. You want to be tapping the end of the brush onto the stencil rather than brushing it across.  Pouncing gives you more control so you don't get the paint to get under the stencil.

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Add more paint as needed. Pick up 2nd color with another stipple brush and add as desired.  Continue adding  paint to the different sections of the stencil as desired.

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Remove the stencil by bringing it straight up from the fabric.  Reposition it on the tea towel as desired for next flower.  Repeat adding color by pouncing on the fabric paint.

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Pick up stencil and place on tea towel for 3rd flower. Repeat steps as above.

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Once complete, let the fabric paint dry.  I let mine set overnight, but it should dry within 4-5 hours. Before I give them as gifts, I wash the tea towels in cold water, line dry (I don't have a working dryer-don't ask) and steam iron to get out any of the wrinkles.

Thanks for looking! 


Happy Stampin'!