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Inlaid Embossed Floral District-Stamping 411 Saturday Sketch 262

Time to play with this week's Stamping 411 Sketch!

  Floral District 001

For this card I used the pretty paper found in the pack of Floral District Designer Series Paper.  My favorite of the pack is this soft floral pattern.  I really like the color combination of Baja Breeze, Tangerine Tango, Rich Razzleberry and Rose Red.

After I put the card front together, I felt it needed a little something, so I ran the whole thing through the Big Shot using the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder for the inlaid emboss technique. 

Here's the original sketch:

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 Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Elements of Style

Ink: Tangerine Tango, Baja Breeze

Paper: Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Rich Razzleberry, Rose Red, Tangerine Tango, Floral District Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Petal Cone die, Tasteful Trim die, Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, scallop oval and large oval punches, Dimensionals, sponge

Happy Stampin'!

OLW 94-It's All About the Size

This week's One Layer Wednesday challenge is called "It's All About the Size."  The challenge is to create a card that is not the standard A2 (4 1/4 x 5 1/2) size.  I chose to make a 3 x 3 card.  This size is one that I use often.  It is the perfect size for any occasion and can easily be tucked into customer orders or attached to gifts.  I also like the size because it alleviates designing a full-sized card.  It is quick and to the point!

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Here I attached the card to a floral pick and set it in a container of lavender on my deck!

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Fabulous Florets and Serene Silhouettes

Ink: Basic Black

Paper: Glossy White

Accessories:  None!

Happy Stampin'!

Less is More Recipe Week 72-Paper Piecing

This week's challenge over at Less is More is the Paper Piecing Technique.  This is a new one for me, and at first I read the challenge as paper pieRcing! It is Paper Piecing, no "R".

So what is paper piecing?  This is what I found on

"Papercraft paper piecing involves cutting pieces out from a design and layering them on paper. This is a versatile technique and easily adapted. Rubber stamps designs are often used for paper piecing projects. A design can be stamped several times on a piece of paper and then these can be cut and adhered to a project."

This is right up my alley since I am always looking for ways to use up my paper scraps!

  Paper Piecing 014


The images for this card were created in My Digital Studio and printed out on glossy white card stock.  I also created another page of just the balloons and printed them out as well.  I cut out the balloons creating a template, traced them onto some Designer Series Paper scraps and cut out.  Then, they were popped up on the main image using Dimensionals.  I also added some black twine for the strings tied to the back of the bicycle.  I used the flower punch from the Itty Bitty Punch Pack to punch 2 flowers for the spokes and added colored rhinestones. 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Timeless and Patterned Party (My Digital Studio downloads)

Paper: Daffodil Delight, glossy white, Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Itty Bitty Punch Pack, rhinestones, Sharpie pen, black twine, Dimensionals


Happy Stampin'!

Elegant Bird-Stamping 411 Saturday Sketch #261

A new week means a new sketch challenge over at Stamping 411.

Here is my take on the sketch.

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This card was inspired by a dove setting in a nest on top of a porch light located in the courtyard and by a side entry door at the house of a friend of mine.  I stayed at this house over the weekend while I was in NM for my stamp clubs.  The dove was visible from inside the house, so I snapped this quick photo.  I am told that this is her 2nd nest in the same location this year.  She successfully raised 2 chicks and is currently setting on 1 egg.  My first thought was the porch light being turned on in error and the nest being in jeopardy of a fire.  My friend has wisely removed the light bulb!  Best wishes for this mama dove!

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Here is the original sketch

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Loving Thoughts (My Digital Studio download)

Ink: Basic Gray

Paper: Blush Blossom, Marina Mist, Whisper White, Twitterpated Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Elegant Bird die, Elegant Lines Embossing Folder, Bitty Banners Framelits, Marina Mist grosgrain ribbon, button, Paper Piercing Tool and Mat, brad, Mini Glue Dots, Dimensionals, sponge

Happy Stampin'!

Watercolor Serene Silhouettes

In keeping with the "Less is More" philosophy, I created this clean and simple birthday card using Serene Silhouettes, new from Stampin' Up!  

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I really like the birds in the tree image that is part of this stamp set.  It reminds me of the view I see at our bird feeder every morning.  The birds are patiently waiting for me in the surrounding trees as I come out to give them their morning meal.  Once they see/hear me come out the door, one of the Stellar Jays sends out a call announcing to the others that breakfast has been served.  They barely wait for me to turn my back and walk away and down they swoop. 

The background is simple.  I swiped a few watercolor crayons on a piece of watercolor paper.  Then, mixed them with an aquapainter filled with water.  After the paper dried, I stamped the image using black Stazon ink.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Serene Silhouettes, Sincere Salutations

Ink: Marina Mist, various watercolor crayons, black Stazon

Paper: Marina Mist, Very Vanilla, watercolor paper

Accessories: Aquapainter

Happy Stampin'!

Bottle Cap Inspired-OLW 92 In the Kitchen

Oh my, another great challenge over at One Layer Wednesday.  This one is entitled "In the Kitchen."  The challenge was to find something in your kitchen to provide inspiration for a one layer card.

Here is my card:


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It was inspired by two bottle caps from Marble Brewery located in Albuquerque, NM.  My husband left them out on the kitchen counter for me because he knows I save them to use if my crafting.  I have a stash of really interesting bottle caps.  All kinds of colors and designs.  They really can add 3D interest to any craft project.

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A couple of things about my card.  It is a 2 layer card. I'm still getting used to stamping right on the card base and seem to always have a smudge or smear or something is just not right.  I know it doesn't have to be perfect.  I tell my customers that all the time!  That's what makes it handcrafted and special.  I know, I know. But still....  So with this card, I just made it easier on myself and mounted the card front to a Basic Gray card base.

The background paper is shimmery silver, but it is hard to photograph.  This card really shimmers in person.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Vintage Frames, Circle Circus, Sweet Shapes, Simple Shapes

Ink: Basic Black, Gumball Green

Paper: Brushed Silver, Basic Gray

Accessories: None!  I love one layer stamping!

Happy Stampin'!

Clockworks-OLW Off the Edge

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I had to try another "Off the Edge" one layer card from last week's OLW challenge.  One layer stamping takes a little bit getting used to.  You definitely have to plan the project and test the stamping before you create the final project.  Because you are stamping right on the card base, there is really no room for stamping errors.  With this technique, there are not two sides to every piece of paper!   I thought I had my design down and confidently went onto to stamping my images on the card base.  Well, wouldn't you know it, I stamped the greeting crooked.  Ugh!  Just to take the stamping pressure off, I tried it again on a card front.  It looked ok, so I just mounted it a coordinating card base.  So, it's technically not a one layer card, but close enough!

I used my new stamp set Clockworks.  Oh, I like this one.  My new favorite!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Clockworks,Sense of Time (retired)

Ink: Marina Mist, Cherry Cobbler

Paper: Very Vanilla


Happy Stampin'!

My Friend-Simplicity OLW-On the Edge

Simplicity!  This is a great website with challenges featuring one layer projects. One layer?  Oh my...

This is not as easy as you'd think. It definitely takes some getting used to.  No layers, no extra embellishing.  It takes on a different mindset when crafting.

This week's challenge was entitled "On the Edge."  The goal was to stamp right along the edge, but not off the paper.  Any of the 4 sides were fair game.  I had to give it a try!

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Quite awhile back, I purchased a My Digital Studio download called "My Friend."  I really liked the line image called "rain" in the set.  I liked the simplicity of the design and could see that if it was printed on paper in black,the rain drops could then be colored in, adding a pop of color. I just hadn't given it a try until this challenge.

The card was designed in My Digital Studio and then printed out on glossy white card stock.  I then colored in the rain drops with various markers. A quick and simple hybrid My Digital Studio card!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: My Friend (My Digital Studio download)

Ink: various  markers

Paper: Glossy White

Accessories: My Digital Studio, computer, printer

Happy Stampin'!

LIM Week 72-Something Shiny-World Treasures Peacock

Less is More!  I recently found this great website filled with simple, yet beautiful cards.  Less is More is a site that encourages clean and simple, often 1 layer creations.  They celebrate and embrace the white space (an area of the card which has no image, layer or embellishment). 

Oh my, I feel like I have come home with the discovery of this site. My creations often have white space.  I love the simple and crisp look.  But at times, I  feel that my work doesn't measure up and often end up giving into the pressure to add another layer, another embellishment, another something, another anything... Seriously, this website is like a breath of fresh air to me!

 Here is my first submission of many to come- Less is More Week 72 Theme "Something Shiny"


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I used the peacock image from my new World Treasures stamp set from Stampin' Up! I colored in parts of the tail using markers.  For the "shiny", I added rhinestones that I had colored using Sharpie pens. 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: World Treasures, Sweet Serendipity

Ink: Midnight Muse, various markers

Paper: Shimmery White, Midnight Muse

Accessories: Sharpie pens, rhinestones

Happy Stampin'!

World Treasures-Stamping 411 Sketch Challege #260

I was so excited to receive a box from Stampin' Up! last week filled with new catalog goodies! One of the first stamp sets I chose out of the new catalog was World Treasures.  I was really taken with the peacock and could see lots of fun projects in my future using it.  But after mounting and testing all the stamps, it is the dandelion type flower that comes with the set that I really, really like.  It is such a sweet and simple design. I see using this stamp a lot!

I decided I'd use it for this week's Stamping 411 Sketch Challenge. 

World Treasures 003

This is a pretty straight-forward card as I wanted to keep the design simple.  I used markers to color each of the flowers, stems and leaves.  I also used International Bazaar Designer Series Paper which beautifully coordinates with the stamp set. Brads were added for a little extra pop.

Here is the original sketch:

SSC 260

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: World Treasures, Tiny Tags

Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango and Gumball Green markers

Paper: So Saffron, Tangerine Tango, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, International Bazaar Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Labels Collection Framelits, Tasteful Trim Bigz XL Die, Paper Piercing Tool and Mat, Brights Brads, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

July 2012 Class in an Instant-Make a Cake and Banner Card Set

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 With this tutorial, you will learn to make:

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  • Bonus-Pinwheel Tutorial
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Out to Sea-Stamping 411 Sketch 259

I loved this week's Stamping 411 sketch so much that I decided I'd play along again and use it to make a Father's Day card for my Dad.

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I used one of my all-time favorite stamps sets, Out to Sea.  It is a perfect set to use for masculine-themed cards.  I also used one of my favorite color combinations, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler and Very Vanilla.

Heres the original sketch:

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Out to Sea, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Cherry Cobbler

Paper: Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla

Accessories: Big Shot, Houndstooth embossing folder, 1 1/4" and 1" circle punches, Baker's Twine, Dimenionals

Happy Stampin'!

Scrunchy Flower-Stamping 411 SSC #259

I look forward to Friday afternoons so I can see what the latest sketch challenge is over at Stamping 411.  Here's my contribution for this week.  Scrunchy Flowers!

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I love making "scrunchy" flowers using my scallop circle punch.  Punch at least 3 scallops, spritz with water and scrunch.  Set aside to dry, then layer one on top of the other.  Add a button or brad in the center to complete.  So easy! Click here to find more scrunchy flower ideas.

Here's the sketch.  Love this one!

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Elements of Style

Ink: Basic Black

Paper: Basic Black, Summer Smooches, Just Add Cake and First Edition Designer Sereis Paper

Accessories: Scallop Circle punch, spritzer bottle, sponge, Marina Mist buttons and ribbon, Baker's Twine

Happy Stampin'!

Punched Ornaments Sun Flower Garden Hat

Summer's here and it's time to enjoy the garden!  Don't forget to wear your sun hat!

Sunflower Hat, Garden Glove 001

This sunflower garden hat card was created using the ornament punch from Stampin' Up! The hat pattern was supplied by Melisa Waldorf and can be found Here.

To create Sunflower Hat:

1.  Trace hat pattern on Confetti White card stock and cut out.  Be sure to place the top of the hat on the fold of the card stock.

2. Emboss hat using the Big Shot and Polka Dot Embossing Folder.

To create Sunflower:

3. Punch out 11 ornaments out of the Daffodil Delight and 11 ornaments out of the So Saffron card stock.

4. Punch out 1-1 ¼” and 1-1 3/8” circles out of a scrap of Early Espresso card stock.

5. Emboss the 1 ¼” circle using the Big Shot and Square Lattice Embossing Folder.

6. Punch out several leaves out of scrap pieces of Pear Pizzazz and Certainly Celery card stock using the small and large oval punches.  Run through the paper crimper.

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7. Sponge So Saffron ink on punched ornaments.

8. Lightly spritz the ornaments with water and fold up edges using a bone folder to create a petal.

9. Using the 1 3/8” punched circle as your base, layer the petals, alternating between the two colors and adhering with SNAIL Adhesive.  Curl up the edges of the petals as desired.

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10. Attach embossed 1 ¼” circle to the center of the sunflower.

11. Add SNAIL Adhesive to the middle of the Early Espresso Satin ribbon.  Secure the ribbon to the inside of the hat, bringing the ends to the front.  Add SNAIL Adhesive to the ribbon to help secure it to the front of the hat.

12. Attach the Sunflower to the front of the hat using a Dimensional. Add the crimped leaves as desired.

13. Stamp Tiny Tags image using Early Espresso ink on a piece of scrap Confetti White card stock and punch out using the Jewelry Tag punch.

14. Thread a piece of Linen Thread through the holes of a button, securing to the back.  Attach button to the center of the flower using a Mini Glue Dot.  Tuck the jewelry tag piece underneath the button.

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Tiny Tags

Ink: Early Espresso

Paper: Confetti White, Daffodil Delight, So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz, Certainly Celery, Early Espresso

Accessories: Ornament, 1 3/8”, 1 ¼” circle, large and small oval and Jewelry Tag punches, crimper, Big Shot, Polka Dot and Square Lattice Embossing Folders, Early Espresso Satin ribbon, button, Linen Thread, water spritzer bottle, bone folder, Mini Glue Dot, sponge

Happy Stampin'!

Floating Watercolor Pansies-Stamping 411 SSC 258

Here's my contribution to this week's Stamping 411 Sketch Challenge #258.

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Floating Watercolor Pansies inspired by the Johnny Jump Ups that are growing in a container on my front porch.  (Click here for full instructions) It had been a particularly rough morning as I had a slight melt down (my poor husband!) when I couldn't lay my hands on a certain insurance form we needed to finish filing the insurance claim for our garage fire.  Long story short, later as I was watering the containers, I spotted this pretty face and had to take a picture to share with you.  It brought a much needed smile!


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Floating Watercolor Pansies are so easy to create. Click here for full instructions.

 Butterfly Pansies 018

Here is the original sketch:

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I really like this sketch.  Sketch instructions said to make the card base 4 1/2" square.  I made mine 4 1/4" square so it would easily fit in a regular invitation sized envelope.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Kindness Matters

Ink: Wisteria Wonder, Bashful Blue, Daffodil Delight reinkers, Elegant Eggplant, Elegant Eggplant marker

Paper: Shimmer White, Wisteria Wonder, Bashful Blue, Floral District Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Butterfly and 5-Petal Flower punches, Big Shot, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Wisteria Wonder Ruffled ribbon, Aquapainter, water spritzer bottle, Paper Piercing Tool and Mat, brads, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

2012-2013 Stampin' Up! Catalog

June 1st and the new Catalog from Stampin' Up! is here!

SU 2012-2013 Catalog

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