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February 2012

Faux Quilting-Variable Star

Our January Saturday Stamp Club card swap theme was "Happy Birthday."  The challenge was also to use paper scraps to create the cards.  This is my  kind of challenge as I love using up the little pieces of paper scraps in my stash.  For this challenge, I thought creating quilt blocks using the faux quilting technique would be a great way to use some of those scraps.  Since I have a huge supply of retired Stampin'  Up! Designer Series Paper, I decided that I would use different paper for each of the 9 cards I needed to create.  It was fun going through my stash looking for colors and patterns that would coordinate together.

Faux Quilting:

First you have to start with a pattern. I found the quilt block pattern I wanted to use on  This great website has pages and pages of quilting patterns.  Of course, they are meant for fabric quilting, but most can easily be adapted to paper.

I used the pattern called Variable Star


 If you look closely at the pattern, it consists of squares, some whole, some cut in half on the diagonal. Normally for fabric quilting, the individual squares would be larger by quite a bit.  But for paper, they need to be scaled down so the block would fit on a regular 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" card base.  So, my squares measured 3/4" x 3/4".  I used my Stampin' Up! grid paper as a guide and attached the star pattern right on the grid.   Once complete, I then cut the grid paper down to match the completed block.

Once the quilt block was assembled, I did the faux quilting technique by running the piece through my Big Shot using the Finial Press Embossing Folder.  This is a WOW Technique!  Any embossing folder will work. Experiment for different patterns.

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Then it was time for a little embellishment.  I wanted the design to be clean and simple with the focus on the colors in the quilt block, so all have white card bases with color coordinating quilt matting and centers.  


Here are a few of the cards:

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Sincere Salutations

Ink: Various

Paper: Whisper White, various colors of card stock and retired Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Finial Press Embossing Folder, various circle punches, paper piercing tool and mat, various brads, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

March 2012 Class in an Instant-Mixed Bunch Card and Basket Set


CIIA March 2012 Mixed Bunch Group
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Bring the joy of spring to your friends when you share these cheerful cards and basket. These projects showcase the versatile Mixed Bunch stamp set and coordinating Blossom Punch. Learn how you can use these products to create 3-D flowers, stencils, leaves, folded flowers, window cards, and even a dragonfly! The cheerful colors and glittery details are the perfect accompaniment for any springtime occasion.

Class in an Instant Details

Class fee is only $9.95.  You will receive full color instructions, templates and bonus ideas in a pdf format that will be delivered right to your e mail in box.

With this tutorial, you will learn to make:

  • 3 cards
  • 1 treat basket
  • Bonus Window Card Tutorial
  • Bonus ideas and samples for creating alternate projects using different color combinations, themes and stamp sets for many personal styles
  • a complete list of supplies, along with the opportunity to purchase the featured products for these projects at a 15% discount

With the purchase of March's Class in an Instant, you may purchase the following product at a 15% discount through March 10, 2012 . Regular shipping (minimum $6.95) and taxes apply.  This discount cannot be combined with any other offers, stamp clubs or workshops.  Product will deliver direct to US customers only via UPS. Please Email or call (719-784-2275) me to place this special order.

125535 Mixed Bunch wood mount stamp set, regular price $27.95, discounted price $23.75

125537 Mixed Bunch clear mount stamp set, regular price $21.95, discounted price $18.65

125603 Blossom punch, regular price $16.95, discounted price $14.40

CIIA Mixed Bunch highlight


Happy Stampin'!

Stamping 411 Sketch 243-Up, Up & Away

If it's Saturday, then it's time to play along with the sketch challenge provided by the operators at Stamping 411.

Here is the sketch:


And here is my contribution:

 This card was inspired by my home town, Albuquerque, NM, the hot air balloon capital of the world!  I will be in Albuquerque next weekend for Stamp Clubs, a Birthday Stamp a Stack and a visit with my fellow Nacho Average Stampers.  It will be a busy weekend of stamping, stamping and more stamping!

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I created a cloudy background using a template made out of a large scallop and smaller scallop circles.  It is a little darker than I would normally make, but I wanted it to show up in the photo.

If you'd like to view a video tutorial on how to create this easy background, please visit here.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Up, Up and Away

Ink: Poppy Parade, Daffodil Delight, Bashful Blue, Marina Mist, Pretty in Pink, Island Indigo, Early Espresso

Paper: Bashful Blue, Poppy Parade, Whisper White, Just Add Cake Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, 3" circle punch, Scallop Border and 2 1/2" circle punches, Dimensionals, cloud template (Scallop Circle die and Scallop Circle punch) and sponge

Happy Stampin'!

Packing Paper Treat Bags

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I made these packing paper treat bags for my guests at a recent Big Shot class.  They were filled with chocolate hearts for a Valentine's theme, but they could easily be embellished for any occasion.

A big thank you goes to Annette Bogue for sharing this  awesome idea on the recent SUDSOL Blog Tour #8.  This is a great way to recycle and reuse the long pieces of packing paper Stampin' Up! uses in their shipping boxes. 

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I used my Big Shot and large Scallop Square Bigz clear die (I love this die because it is clear, enabling you to easily see the placement of paper or fabric.)   I cut a piece of the packing paper to size, folded it in half, placed the paper just inside the bottom of the die and then ran it through the Big Shot.   By placing the paper there, the die will only cut 3 sides of scallops while keeping the bottom fold intact.  I stitched up the 2 sides using my sewing machine to create the bag.  This was actually the first time I used my sewing machine to stitch paper!  I've been a little hesitant to try it, but it worked without issue. 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Sweet Cake

Ink: Basic Black, Real Red

Paper: various card stock and Designer Series Paper (some current, some retired-this is a great way to use up scraps), packing paper from Stampin' Up! orders

Accessories: Big Shot, Scallop Square Bigz Clear Die, Full Heart and Heart to Heart punches, Crop-a-dile, various scrap pieces of ribbon, sewing machine



Happy Stampin'!

Quilled Heart-Happy Valentine's Day

 Happy Valentine's Day from Me to You!

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This is a quick and easy quilling project.  Remember, most quilling starts with a circle.  Then  work with the circle to make different shapes.  I made "S" scrolls for the card above.  Start by quilling both ends of a 2" piece of 1/8" quilling paper.  Then unroll and loosen the circles at both ends creating a "S".  If you don't have quilling paper, cut card stock into 1/8" strips.  The card stock is heavier than quilling paper, but works ok.

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Sweet Cake

Ink: Real Red

Paper:  Whisper White, Blushing Bride, red quilling paper, Twitterpated Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Hearts Collection Framelits, Modern Label punch, Dimensional, quilling tool, glue

Happy Stampin'!

Stamping 411 Sketch 242-Snowflake Hello

Time to take on the latest Stamping 411 Sketch challenge!


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Here's my take:

Winter!  It is a snowy, frosty day here in Wetmore, Colorado.  This card was inspired by the winter scene right outside my craft room window! 

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To achieve the color on the embossed background, I brayered Not Quite Navy ink on the recessed side of the inside of the Northern Flurry embossing folder (you can also add color by swiping an ink pad  or sponging ink on the inside of the folder).  Then I ran it through the Big Shot.  The background now has a mottled look and the debossed image has some color. This is a really quick and easy technique that gets a big WOW. 

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Serene Snowflakes, Teeny Tiny wishes

Ink: Not Quite Navy

Paper: Night of Navy, Very Vanilla

Accessories: Big Shot, Northern Flurry embossing folder, brayer, Postage Stamp, Modern Label and Word Window punches, Paper Piercing Tool and Mat, silver brads, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Thinking of You Lattice Quilt Cards

While I had my lattice die and Big Shot out for the Sunburst project (see posting dated Feb 6), I thought I'd make a couple of quick and easy faux quilt cards using the lattice die and Finial Press embossing folder. I used the beautiful Poppy Parade paper found in the Sale-A-Bration Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper combined with Very Vanilla.  I think Poppy Parade is my new favorite color!

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For this card, I switched up the colors.  Which is your favorite?

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Sincere Salutations

Ink: Poppy Parade, Soft Suede

Paper: Very Vanilla, Poppy Parade, Soft Suede, Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Lattice die, Finial Press embossing folder,1/2" and 3/4" circle punches, Everyday Enchantment brads, paper piercing tool and mat, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Lattice Die, Beer Bottle Cap-Stamping 411 Color Inspiration 167

Stamping 411 has a new color inspiration challenge for February!

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Here is my contribution:

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I must admit that I was not too keen on this color combination, but that is what makes the challenge fun!  I've been wanting to create some sunbursts using my Big Shot and Lattice die for awhile, and I thought this color challenge would be perfect for the project.  Especially since I had "Real Red" and "Island Indigo" (actually closer to Tempting Turquoise) beer bottle caps sitting on my work desk, just waiting for me to be inspired to use them!  I love the colors and the polar bear images found on these caps. They are from Alaskan Pale Ale beer made by the Alaskan Brewing Company. My husband saves the caps for me to use in my crafting.  I think he gets a kick out of seeing my beer bottle cap art!  (To view more bottle cap cards, please visit my postings here and here.)

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To create the sunburst, cut out 4 lattices using different colored card stock.  Add a little SNAIL adhesive in the middle of each one and layer one on top of the other.  Add a brad or button (or bottle cap!) in the center to finish.  Very easy!

Here is a photo of the beer bottle caps and some of the left-over pieces from the lattice die.  These will be used for a future project as I seem to never throw anything away!

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Perfectly Penned

Ink: Basic Black

Paper: Whisper White, Real Red, Island Indigo, Baja Breeze, Pear Pizzazz and Basic Black

Accessories: Big Shot, Lattice die, 1 3/8" circle punch, Crystal Effects, beer bottle cap

Happy Stampin'!

Stamping 411 Saturday Sketch 241-Well Worn Lovely As a Tree

I missed participating in the Stamping 411's Saturday Sketch last week, so I got right on this week's challenge.  I am in the process of designing a masculine-themed card for my February Stamp a Stack and thought this challenge would help get my creative juices going.  I knew I wanted to use Well Worn,  my favorite Designer Series Paper as well as one of my all-time favorite stamp sets, Lovely As a Tree.  Both are great to use for masculine-themed cards.

  Here is the sketch:


And here is my contribution:

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I actually struggled with this one.  I just couldn't seem to get the color combination I wanted, and after several tries, finally settled on this one.  I kept it clean and simple.  Hope you like it.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Lovely As a Tree, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Early Espresso

Paper: Cajun Craze, Very Vanilla, Not Quite Navy, Early Espresso, Well Worn Designer Series Paper

Happy Stampin'!