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June 2019

Embossed Moonlit Waterfront Card

Moonlit night On the WaterfrontEmbossed Moonlit Waterfront Card

It's easy to create this striking card using the masking and heat embossing techniques, paired with Waterfront stamp set.

Click HERE for step by step instructions in a pdf format

This is a great masculine-themed card.  Perfect for any occasion!


Waterfront stamp set

Supplies Used:
Stamp Set: Waterfront, Teeny Tiny Wishes (greeting)
Ink: Versamark
Paper: Basic Black, glimmer paper
Accessories: Embossing Buddy, heat tool, silver embossing powder, Mini Dimensionals, 3/4" circle punch, post-it-note, copy paper
Happy Stampin'!

June Fresh Card Making Ideas-Cascading Cards

Waterfront cascading cardWaterfront Cascading Card

Cascading cardBeauty Abounds Cascading Card

Cascading cards!

An easy and fun interactive card idea.

Pull the tab, and the card cascades presenting 4 individual panels, each with its own little scene.

Want to learn more?

My June Fresh Card Making Tutorial will feature the Cascading Card Technique.

The tutorial will feature two designs.

One made using the Waterfront stamp set, the other using the Beauty Abounds stamp set and Pigment Sprinkles.

View this video Here to see the Cascading Cards in Action!

Cascading Cards You Tube( I apologize for the pictures and the sound not being in sync.  For whatever reason, the gremlins were at work today!)

This tutorial will hit e mail inboxes at 9:00 am (MST) on June 25, 2019.

Please add your name to my mailing list by 8:00 am (MST) on June 25 to receive this tutorial complete with step-by-step color photographs in a pdf format.

To sign up, please use the Sign Up Box located in the upper right hand corner of this page.

Once the sign up process has been completed, you'll receive my Adhesives 101 tutorial via email in pdf format as my gift to you.

I hope to hear from you!


Happy Stampin'!

Metallic Gears Floating Frame Card

Metallic gearsMetallic Gears Floating Frame Card

I seem to be on a masculine-theme card kick.

Masculine cards always seem to be a little tricky in the designing.

This idea came to me after creating my Steam Punk Gears card HERE

The embossing technique is pretty much the same, although this card ended up being a Floating Frame card.

You know, the Floating Frame technique, which is all the rage?

Usually, you end up with two cards with the technique, but I actually didn't like how the first of the two turned out.  I learned from that card that you need a lot of pieces (whether it be gears, flowers, butterflies etc) to fill in the frame or it looks empty.  That was the case with the first card which I just tossed.

But, I did really like this second piece.

If you'd like instructions on how to create a Gears Floating Frame Card, please add your name to my mailing list.

I will send you a tutorial in a pdf format as a thank you.

The sign up box is located on the upper right-hand side of this page.

Here's how I created the metallic gears.

  1. Place the Garage Gears Dies on a piece of Champagne Foil paper and cut out using the Big Shot.  Again, for the Floating Frame technique, cut out more gears than you think you'll need.  You'll probably use all of them to fill in spaces.
  2. Sponge Cherry Cobbler ink over the die cuts.  Cover with clear embossing powder and heat emboss using a heat tool.
  3. Dip the edges of the pieces in Versamark and heat emboss using black and copper embossing powders.  Switch powders in different areas so you have a mix of the two colors.

That's it!

You'll have some interesting pieces with a burnished metal look for your masculine-theme projects.

I added the gears frame to a piece of Silver Foil paper which I had stamped and embossed the greeting using black embossing powder.  I added enamel dots to the centers of the gears as well as next to the greeting.

Garage Gears Dies

(coordinates with Geared Up Garage stamp set)


Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Detailed with Love

Ink: Versamark, Cherry Cobbler

Paper: Basic Black, Champagne and Silver Foil Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Garage Gears Dies, Embossing Buddy, heat tool, clear, black, and copper embossing powders, Adhesive Strips for the Floating Frame, enamel dots


Happy Stampin'!

Waterfront Happy Father's Day

Father's DayWaterfront Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to all the Dads out there!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Waterfront, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz, Mossy Meadow, Pacific Point, Pool Party

Paper: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Wood Textures DSP

Accessories: Big Shot, Pinewood Planks Embossing Folder, 2" circle punch, sponge, button, Linen Thread, Glue Dot

Happy Stampin'!

Crafting with Aluminum Cans-Joe IPA

Joe IPAJoe IPA Masculine Card

One of my favorite crafting techniques is to cut shapes out of aluminum cans and add them to my card creations.

You can view my aluminum can creations HERE

(Instructions and a link to a video tutorial on how to cut the cans can be found on this page)

I'm always on the look out for interesting designs and colors on aluminum cans.

Fortunately, my husband is a craft beer drinker and is always bringing home new beers to try.  Often, these beers have interesting labels on the cans.  My husband drinks the beer, then I confiscate the cans to create!

This was certainly the case with Joe IPA brewed by 10 Barrel Brewing in Bend, OR.

I saw this guy sitting on the steps of his camper, and immediately saw the resemblance to my stepson Josh.

This was the card I created for his recent birthday.

I embossed silver foil paper using the Big Shot and Corrugated 3D Embossing Folder.

I couldn't get the matted aluminum can piece to stay glued to the embossed silver foil paper (I tried Dimensionals and Tombow Multi-purpose Glue.  The piece kept slipping off), so I got out my Crop-a-dile (remember the Crop-a-dile from years back?), and punched holes in the four corners and through the embossed background.   I attached everything together using silver brads.  Then, it held like a charm!

Here's what the beer can looked like before I cut it up.

Love the logo, "Drink Beer Outside."


Hope you'll give this a try. 

If you do, you'll never look at aluminum cans the same again!

Supplies Used:

Paper: Basic Black, Silver Foil

Accessories: Joe IPA aluminum can, tin snips, crafting scissors, Big Shot, Corrugated 3D Embossing Folder, Crop-a-dile , silver brads

Happy Stampin'!

2019-2021 In Colors and Butterflies-Sign Up for my June Newsletter

Butterfly sampler

This is an exciting time for Stampin' Up!

The 2019-2020 Annual Catalog is now live!

This means new stamp sets, new In Colors, new papers, and new accessories!

In my June newsletter, I will celebrate the new 2019-2021 In Colors by pairing them with butterflies from Butterfly Gala and coordinating Butterfly Duet Punch.

Techniques will include Floating Frame, Masking, and an easy Origami Fold.

Want to learn more?

My June 2019 newsletter will hit e mail in boxes at 9:00 am (MST) on June 11.

Get your own copy by adding your name to my mailing list by 8:00 am (MST) on June 11, 2019.

To sign up, please use the Sign Up Box located in the upper right hand corner of this page.

Once the easy sign up process has been completed, you'll receive my Adhesives 101 tutorial as my gift to you!

I hope to hear from you soon.



2019-2021 In Colors

Pretty in Peacock, Purple Posy, Rococco Rose, Seaside Spray, and Terracotta Tile

2019-2020 in colors

Butterfly Gala

Butterfly gala stamp set





Happy Stampin'!

Saying Goodbye to Golden Afternoon and Flowering Desert

For my final Last Chance shares, I am featuring cards I have created using  Golden Afternoon and Flowering Desert stamp sets found in the Occasions Catalog.

Both of these are retiring on June 3.

Retiring items will be available through June 3 or while supplies last.


Polished stonePolished Stone Golden Afternoon

For this card, I paired Golden Afternoon with the Polished Stone Technique.

This is one of my all-time favorite stamping techniques.

Click HERE for how to instructions

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Golden Afternoon

Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Mango Melody, and Smoky Slate ink refills, Memento Black

Paper: Basic Black, copper foil, glossy white

Accessories: isopropyl alcohol, cotton ball, Bright Copper Shimmer Paint, Stamparatus

Acrylic blockGolden Afternoon Acrylic Block Watercolor Background

Create stunning, and quick and easy backgrounds using the Acrylic Block Watercolor Technique.

Click here for how to instructions

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Golden Afternoon

Ink: Balmy Blue, Powder Pink, Granny Smith Green, Pacific Point, Memento Black

Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, watercolor

Accessories: Clear-Block "E", spritzer bottle with water, Stamparatus


Paper towel backgroundFlowering Desert Paper Towel Background

I often incorporate paper towels that I have used to clean ink off stamp sets in my crafting.

This was the case with the background on this card.

Click HERE for how to instructions

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Flowering Desert

Ink:  Granny Smith Green, Gorgeous Grape, Tranquil Tide

Paper: Whisper White,  Gorgeous Grape

Accessories: paper towel, Stamparatus, glue stick, Dimensionals

Golden Afternoon

Golden Afternoon

Flowering Desert

Flowering desert

Happy Stampin'!