3-D Projects

Happy Mother's Day Easel Hat Card

Spring Hat Easel CardEasel Hat Mother's Day Card

Happy Mother's Day!

I hope you have a great day!

This Easel Hat card was featured in my April Fresh Ideas Newsletter.

A  tutorial is included in the newsletter with full instructions and color photos in a pdf format.

It's not too late to receive your own tutorial.

Simply add your name to my mailing list using the sign-up box located in the upper right-hand corner of this page by May 18th, 2020.

You will receive the tutorial in an e mail soon after you sign up.

I hope to hear from you soon.

Anne

 

Happy Stampin'!

Beautiful You-Stamping on Ceramic Tiles

Beautiful You Stamped Ceramic Tiles

Stamping on ceramic tiles is one of my all-time favorite techniques!

These make great gifts and are good for an "anything but a card" theme. 

This would be a great idea for Mother's Day.

Or how about for an upcoming bridal or baby shower?

Colors could easily be chosen to match the theme of the party!

The technique is easy to do!

You will first need to purchase the tiles.  These can be found at any home improvement store for very little cost.

There are many varieties in many sizes, but I find that unglazed tiles work the best.  

Great tiles to use for this technique are tumbled marble which can be found at your local hardware store.  These tiles are often pitted which provides interest.

I purchased a shrink wrapped bundle of 9 tumbled marble tiles at our local Ho** De*** for about 10.00.

After removing the shrink wrap, I wiped all sides of the tiles with a damp paper towel to remove any dust.

Once the tiles dried completely, I was ready to start.

I simply stamped the "dancing girl" image and greeting from the stamp set Beautiful You using Stazon ink.

Stazon works well because it is permanent and will not smear. 

If you don't have Stazon, you could use an archival ink.  This should work ok because you will be sealing the tiles at the end anyway.

I then colored in the dress and hat using regular dye based Stampin' Up! Write Markers and set them aside to dry completely.

Stampin' Blends would work also.

This was the fun part.  Mixing and matching colors to create a colorful outfit. 

I found that my favorites were the images colored in bright pinks and blues

Experimenting is half the fun!

Once the marker ink was dry, I sprayed them with a clear acrylic matte sealant to seal in the inks. 

When using the sealant, be sure to follow the directions for use, especially spraying in a well-ventilated area.

The sealant will dry fairly quickly.  And now your tiles should be water resistant!

To protect any furniture that these tiles may be placed on from scratching, I added some fun foam "feet" to the bottom of each.  I simply cut the fun foam down to size (the tiles are approx 4"x4", so the fun foam was cut to 3 1/2" x 3 1/2") and then attached it to the bottom of the tile using a spray adhesive.

  Beautiful You Stamped Ceramic Tile

Beautiful You Stamped Ceramic Tile

Beautiful You Stamped Ceramic Tile

Easy, easy and a perfect gift. 

 

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Beautiful You (retiring)

Ink: Black Stazon, various markers

Accessories: tumbled marble tiles, matte sealant, fun foam, spray adhesive

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Bloomin' Flowers Garden Glove

Garden glove

This spring-inspired bloomin' flowers garden glove card is one of the featured projects included in my April 2020 Newsletter.

As the Corona Virus runs its course, we are being encouraged to stay home.

This would be a great time to do a little stamping, don't you agree?

Get out the stamps, ink, and paper for a little mental well-being!

I'm here to give you some ideas for fun, creative projects!

How about trying this bloomin' flowers garden glove?

This card would be perfect for a birthday, thank you, Mother's Day, or just thinking of you!

I have FREE instructions for you!

Simply add your name to my mailing list using the Sign Up Box located in the upper right-hand corner of this page anytime in April 2020.

You'll receive my April Newsletter via e mail with the  instructions for the garden glove card.

You'll also receive a FREE "Adhesives 101" tutorial as my gift to you.

It's just that easy!

Stay healthy and safe.

Anne

Happy Stampin'!

April Fresh Ideas-Spring Hats


Spring Hat Easel CardSpring Hat Easel Card

Container hat open and closedContainer Hat, perfect for holding candy or small trinkets

 

Cloche spring hatsCloche Spring Hats

"Life is a party.

Dress like it."

-Audrey Hepburn

Spring is here! Let's celebrate by getting out our best spring hats!

How about creating spring hat cards too?

  Perfect for Mother's Day, bridal and baby showers, and birthdays.

  The possibilities are endless!

Want to learn more?

My April Fresh Card Making tutorial will feature a collection of spring hats shown above.

This tutorial will hit e mail inboxes at 2:00 pm (MST) on April 22, 2020. 

This will coincide with the release of the retiring stamp sets and accessories from the 2019-2020 Stampin' Up! Annual and Spring Mini Catalogs.

Please add your name to my mailing list anytime in April 2020 to receive this tutorial complete with photos and  step-by-step instructions.

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!

Anne

 

Happy Stampin'!

Tri-Fold Snow Globe Card

Tri fold snow globe closedTri-Fold Snow Globe Card Closed

Tri fold snow globe openTri-Fold Snow Globe Card Opened

Tri fold snow globe insideTri-Fold Snow Globe Card Inside

Recently, I saw this idea online to create a tri-fold card using the Still Scenes stamp set and coordinating Snow Globe Scenes Die.

Unfortunately, I don't remember who I got the idea from.

As things usually happen, I see an idea, then try to recreate it from memory.

Sometimes that doesn't work, but in this case, it did!

It was actually pretty simple once I figured out how I was going to make the tri-fold.

I simply cut 2 card bases.  The first is a regular-sized card base measuring 5 1/2" x 4 1/4".

The second measures 5 1/4" x 4".

Once all the stamping and decorating were done, I simply glued the smaller base inside the larger base.

Easy, Easy!

For the inside of the snow globe, I stamped the outline image from Still Scenes on the starry designed piece of Brightly Gleaming Designer Series Paper using Night of Navy ink.  Then, I cut it out using the coordinating Snow Globe Scenes Die.

The deer and the snow globe base overlay were cut out of Gold Glimmer paper.  The trees were cut out of Pretty Peacock Foil paper.

All images except for the snow flakes were stamped using the Stamparatus.

Still Scenes/Snow Globe Scenes Dies

153023G

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Still Scenes

Ink: Night of Navy

Paper: Very Vanilla, Gold Glimmer, Pretty Peacock Foil, Brightly Gleaming Designer Series Paper

Accessories: 2 1/2" circle punch, Big Shot, Snow Globe Scenes Die, Mini Dimensionals, Tombow Multi-purpose Glue, Stamparatus, ribbon out of my stash

 

Happy Stampin'!

Mason Jar Lid Ornaments

Mason jar ornaments 1

Every month, a group of ladies from Wetmore and surrounding areas get together at local restaurants for lunch.

In December, my neighbor Carol and I are the co-hosts.

We got together one afternoon to create these mason jar lid ornaments to give out as favors.

We used a collection of designer papers, ribbons and embellishments, plus the Big Shot and  Snow Globe Scene Dies to create different scenes.

The circles were punched using my 2 1/2" circle punch.  We used Tombow Multi-purpose Glue as our glue along the inside edges of the rings.

And the best part is I let the double-sided designer series paper do the work for the back side of the ornamenst!

Here's the front of one of the ornaments:

Deer mason jar ornament front

And here's the back side of that ornament:

Deer mason jar ornament 1 back

Easy, Easy!

We know our guests will have fun picking out the one they want!

Mason jar bearsSnow Globe Scenes Bears

Mason jar snowflakeFeels Like Frost Snowflake

Mason jar purpleFeels Like Frost in Purple

 

Supplies Used:

Paper: Feels Like Frost and Wrapped in Plaid Designer Series Paper, Shimmery White, Basic Black, Shaded Spruce, Gold Foil, Gold Glimmer

Accessories: mason jar lids in assorted colors, 2 1/2" circle punch, Big Shot, Snow Globe Scenes Dies, assorted ribbons and embellishments from my stash, Stampin' Blends to color rhinestones and pearls, Tombow Multi-purpose Glue, Mini Dimesionals

Happy Stampin'!

October Fresh Card Making Ideas-Four Seasons of a Tree

4 seasons of trees

Add great texture to your projects by applying Embossing Paste over a Decorative Mask!

Embossing Paste is easy to use.  Color can easily be added to the mix for an endless supply of possibilities!

Want to learn more?

My October Fresh Card Making tutorial will feature Embossing Paste and Decorative Masks made to create Four Seasons of a Tree cards.

Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer-a forest filled with changing colors!

This tutorial will hit e mail inboxes at 9:00 am (MST) on October 22, 2019.

Please add your name to my mailing list by 8:00 am (MST) on October 22 to receive this tutorial complete with step-by-step instructions.

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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!

Anne

Shimmery White Embossing Paste

Shimmer embossing paste

Basic Patterns Decorative Masks

Basic Pattern Decorative Masks

Happy Stampin'!

Pigment Sprinkles Daisy Delight Bookmarks

Bookmark

I made these pretty bookmarks using Pigment Sprinkles combined with Daisy Delight stamp set to give as thank you gifts for an upcoming workshop.

They were simple to create, each becoming their own little piece of artwork.

Here's how:

  1. Lightly sprinkle Pigment Sprinkles onto a strip of watercolor paper.  Remember, a little goes a long way with the Sprinkles.
  2. Spritz the daisy from Daisy Delight with water and stamp onto the watercolor paper.  The water will activate the Sprinkles.  Let the stamp set for a few seconds, then lift. 
  3. Repeat for additional daisies.
  4. Sprinkle a small amount of Granny Smith Green Sprinkles in blank spaces on the watercolor paper.  Spritz the leaf from Daisy Delight with water and stamp.  Let the stamp set for a few seconds, then lift.  Repeat for additional leaves.  Set aside to dry.
  5.  Once the pieces have dried, mat to coordinating card stock.  Stamp the greeting from Daisy Delight on the back.  Punch a small hole in the top of the bookmark and add a coordinating ribbon.  Add Perennial Essence Floral Centers to each of the flowers to complete.

Bookmark close up

Bookmark back

Pigment Sprinkles

Pigment sprinkles

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Daisy Delight

Ink: Gorgeous Grape

Paper: Gorgeous Grape, Bermuda Bay, Granny Smith Green, Mango Melody, watercolor

Accessories: Pigment Sprinkles, spritzer bottle with water, hole punch, ribbon, Perennial Essence Floral Centers

Happy Stampin'!

See a Silhouette Garden Party Sign

Garden party 2

Garden party

We have a platform with steps going down towards the creek that runs through our property.  It was here when we moved in 9 years ago.  It's kind of odd, and the placement on the property is a little strange, but we've grown to like it.  We don't use the steps, so every summer, I plant flowers in pots and place them on the steps.  Mixed in is my collection of quirky metal yard art animals. 

This year, I thought to myself, "this looks like the critters have gathered for a garden party."

So, I thought I needed to create a little garden party sign.

I spray painted a piece of scrap wood.  Then, I cut out the letters and butterflies out of See a Silhouette Designer Series Paper using my Big Shot, Large Letters and Butterfly Dies.

I glued them to the wood using Tombow Multi-purpose Glue, then sprayed a sealant over the whole thing.

My husband attached the sign to the bottom step using screws.

Easy and fun!

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

January Fresh Card Making Idea-Sunrise in the Desert Pop Up Card

Flowering desert pop up card front 1
Sunrise in the Desert Pop Up Card front, closed



Flowering desert pop up inside
Sunrise in the Desert Pop Up Card inside, opened

Create fun pop up cards with this easy technique. 

Great for creating landscape scenes like this using the Flowering Desert stamp set.

The card folds flat for easy mailing.

Open it up, and you have a pretty desert scene to brighten someone's day.

The sunrise background is made using alcohol and reinkers.

Want to learn more?

My January Fresh Card Making  tutorial will feature this easy technique.

The tutorial will hit e mail inboxes at 9:00am (MST) on January 22, 2019.

Please add your name to my mailing list by 8:00 am (MST) on January 22 to receive this tutorial, complete with step-by step color photographs in a pdf format.

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

This was my sunrise inspiration. 

I did an internet search and found this perfect example of a saguaro silhoutte in the morning sky.

Flowering desert inspiration

Flowering Desert

Flowering desert

 

Happy Stampin'!

Nov Fresh Card Making Idea-Dashing Deer Candleglow Window Easel Card

 

Candleglow card lit up with light
Dashing Deer Window Easel Card-taken with the lights on!

Is it a card?  Or a holiday decoration?

How about both!

Learn how to create this pretty window easel card which will add a festive touch to anyone's holiday display.

A battery-operated tealight adds a warm glow to the project for a little surprise.

Want to learn more?

My November Fresh Card Making Tutorial will feature this fun project.

The tutorial will hit e mail inboxes at 9:00 am (MST) on November 20, 2018.

Please add your name to my mailing list by 8:00 am (MST) on November 20 to receive this tutorial, complete with step-by-step instructions with color photos in a pdf format.

The sign up box is 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 via e mail in a pdf format as my gift to you!

I hope to hear from you soon!

Anne

Candleglow card lit up
Dashing Deer Window Easel Card taken with the lights off!

 

 

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

A Little Wild Diorama Card

Diorma Card
A Little Wild Diorama Card

I created this fun diorama card for Kathryn, my grandniece on her 1st birthday.

I used one of my favorite stamp sets, A Little Wild.

These cute critters just bring a smile.

Diorama cards are easy to create.

For instructions, please check my Diorama Cards Page HERE

For this card, I stamped and colored the animals using watercolor pencils and an aqua painter.

The background paper is Tranquil Textures Designer Series Paper.

A Little Wild stamp set and Little Loves Framelits Dies

A Little Wild Bundle

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: A Little Wild

Ink: Early Espresso, Basic Gray, Rich Razzleberry, Shaded Spruce

Paper: Shaded Spruce, Mint Macaron, Whisper White, Tranquil Textures Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Little Loves and Circle Framelits Dies, water color pencils, aqua painter, baker's twine, glue dots, Delightfully Detailed Faceted Dots, Mini Dimensionals

 

Happy Stampin'!

You Are My Anchor/Graceful Glass Diorama Card

Diorama Card
You Are my Anchor/Graceful Glass Diorama Card

When I saw the swirl-patterned vellum found in the Graceful Glass 6"x6" stack, I immediately thought of the ocean and waves.

I thought I could easily pair this vellum with the April Paper Pumpkin kit, You Are My Anchor, to make a quick diorama card.

I was especially excited to receive this kit because I don't have any sea-themed stamp sets in my collection.

I live in the mountains of southern Colorado, and the ocean is very far away. 

Sea-themed projects are usually not even in my stamping realm. 

But now, I have a simple set that I can use if a sea-themed card is appropriate!

Now to create the diorama card.

  Here's how:

Diorama card step 1

  1. Start with an 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of card stock, and cut it  in half at 5 1/2".  Then, cut it in half at 4 1/4" so you have two 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" panels.
  2. Score each piece at 1/2" and 1" on the long sides. 
  3.  Create an opening in one of the panels using a punch or a Big Shot and a die.  This will be the front of your diorama.  For this card, I used one of my circle framelits
  4. Fold along the score lines so the 2 pieces will meet when put together.  For the top piece, the 1” score lines are “mountain” folds, and the ½” score lines are “valley” folds. For the bottom piece, the 1” score lines are “valley” folds, and the ½” score lines are “mountain” folds.

Diorama card step 2

5. Cut a 3"x3" piece of Graceful Glass vellum.  Color using Stampin' Write Markers, Stampin' Blends, ink pads with a blender pen or an aqua painter.  For this card, I used Pool Party, Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay, Pacific Point, Night of Navy, and Blueberry Bushel Stampin' Write Markers.

 

Diorama card step 3

6. Attach vellum to a 3"x3" piece of Whisper White card stock, so there is a light background behind the vellum. 

7. Attach to the center of the bottom panel.

 

 

Diorama card step 5

8. Cut a ringed frame out of coordinating designer series paper or card stock for the window using two circle dies and the Big Shot.

9. Attach the ring using Fine Tip Glue or Tombow Multi-Purpose glue.

Diorama card step 4

10. Apply Tear & Tape Adhesive on the "up" sides of the bottom panel.

Diorama card step 6

11. Peel the backing off the adhesive and carefully attach the top piece to the bottom piece, lining up the top and bottom edges. 

12.  Optional: To finish off the two front sides, cut 1/2" x 4 1/4" strips of vellum and color using the methods above.  Attach to the sides.

13. Attach lighthouse sticker from You Are My Anchor Paper Pumpkin kit to front of card. 

14. Stamp greeting onto pre-cut banner from the kit using Pacific Point ink.  Attach to the front of the lighthouse using a Mini Dimensional.

15. Attach faceted dots to card front to complete.

Which design is your favorite?

Graceful Glass 6"x6" Designer Vellum

Graceful Glass Vellum

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: You Are My Anchor

Ink: Pacific Point ink pad, Pool Party, Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay, Pacific Point, Night of Navy, and Blueberry Bushel Stampin' Write Markers

Paper: Pacific Point, Whisper White, Graceful Glass 6"x6" Vellum, Pool Party designer series paper (retired)

Accessories: You Are My Anchor Paper Pumpkin Kit, Big Shot, Circles Framelits, Tear & Tape Adhesive, Fine Tip Glue, Mini Dimensional, Faceted Dots

 

Please check out the list of retired stamp sets and accessories I have for sale.

Retired stamp sets for sale for blog

 

 

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Party Pandas Happy Birthday Messages in a Bottle

Party Pandas Message in a Bottle

I created these Party Panda Messages in a Bottle for my recent Happy Birthday class for the Ladies of Wetmore.

This is an annual class held in February. 

We stamp, laugh, sing happy birthday to each other, and eat cake!

It's one of my favorite stamping events.

This year, I was steered towards making these messages in a bottle by accident.

You see, I  normally allow myself one Coca-Cola a day.  I usually drink 1 of the small 7.5  oz cans. 

It's enough to give me my morning jolt without the extra sugar and calories of the larger cans.

But, on my recent trip to the grocery store, they were out of the small cans.

So, instead, I purchased an 8-pack of 12 oz bottles.

I'm always thinking about how I can recycle and reuse products in my crafting (see my Recycle and Reuse Page HERE), and when I saw these bottles, I knew I wanted to make them into Happy Birthday messages in a bottle!

Something a little different, something to bring a smile!

Here's how:

  1. Empty the bottles, wash out, and remove the labels.  This part can take some advanced planning.   It took me 8 days (1 Coke per day) to empty the bottles.  After removing the labels, I ran them through the dishwasher and set out to dry completely.
  2. Cut a strip of designer series paper to go around the middle of the bottle.  Since I knew I wanted to use the black and white pandas from Party Pandas, plus the caps on the bottles are red, I decided to use some Real Red DSP I had in my stash.  I cut the strips 1 1/4" x 9 1/2  ".  I attached a piece of Tear & Tape Adhesive to the DSP, peeled off the backing, and wrapped the strip around the bottle.  The seam is to the back of the bottle.
  3.  Stamp the pandas onto a piece of Whisper White card stock using Archival Black ink.  Fussy cut the pandas out using a pair of scissors.  Be sure to cut the balloon string and part of the balloon too, as this part will be the base for the baker's twine and heart.

Party Panda Message in a Bottle fussy cut

4.  Cut a heart out of Petal Passion Designer Series Paper using the Big Shot and Wood Crate Framelits Die.  Attach to the partial cut-out balloon using a Mini Glue Dot to secure. 

5. Run a bead of Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue along the stamped string image and apply a piece of baker's twine up to the heart. Wrap the bottom of the baker's twine around, so it looks like the panda is holding onto the string.  Set aside to let the glue dry.

Party Panda Message in a bottle baker's twine

6. Tie a bow out of the baker's twine and secure to the top of the string using a Glue Dot.

Party Panda Message in a bottle heart

7. Place a Mini Dimensional behind the panda and the heart and attach to the front of the bottle.  Fold up the sides of the heart, so it is popped up a little more.

Party Panda Message in a Bottle closeup

8. Now for the message.  Cut a piece of copy paper to measure 4" x 7".  Stamp greeting from Happy Celebration using Archival Black ink.  Stamp panda from Party Panda using Archival Black ink.  Color in the dots on the panda's party hat using a Real Red Stampin' Write Marker.

Message in a Bottle

9. Roll the message up, and secure with a piece of ribbon.

Party Panda Message in a Bottle message

10.  Fill the bottles with shredded paper, insert the message, and close up using the bottle cap.

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Party Pandas (a Sale-A-Bration choice!), Happy Celebrations

Ink: Archival Black, Real Red Stampin' Write Marker

Paper: Whisper White, copy paper, Petal Passions, and Brights Designer Series Paper Stack

Accessories: bottle, Big Shot, Wood Crate Framelits Die, Tear & Tape Adhesive, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue, black baker's twine, Real Red striped ribbon,  (retired), glue dots, Mini Dimensionals, shredded paper

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Matchbook Chocolate Holders for Valentine's Day!

Matchbook Valentines Day Treat

Just in time for Valentine's Day!

Here's a quick and easy gift-giving idea.

Perfect for holding chocolate favors.

I made these to hold Ghiradelli Chocolate Squares, but you could easily change the size to accommodate smaller or larger candies.

 

Matchbook Chocolate Holder inside
Here's how:

 Start with a piece of card stock measuring 9 1/4" x 3".  Score it at 3/4", 5", and 5 1/4".  Fold along the score lines.  The 3/4" score is the bottom of the matchbook.  Fold it up and staple towards the bottom middle, allowing for the front to slip inside to close.

For these, I used Berry Burst card stock for the bases.  The fronts are covered with a piece of Wood Textures Designer Series Paper cut at 4" x 2 3/4.   The folded up bottom piece measures 4" x 1/2" with the greeting from Teeny Tiny Wishes stamped in Berry Burst ink.

For the hearts, I stamped piece of Whisper White card stock using the Marbled background stamp in Berry Burst ink.  I then heat embossed the piece using a heat tool and clear embossing powder.  I punched out the hearts using my retired heart punch.  Any punch or framelit would work.  The hearts were added to the front of the matchbooks using Mini Dimensionals to pop them up.  Glimmer dots were added to complete.

Marbled Heart closeup

I applied SNAIL Adhesive to the back of each chocolate square, securing them to the inside of the matchbook.

I made these as thank you gifts for attendees at a recent class.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Teeny Tiny Wishes, Marbled

Ink: Berry Burst

Paper: Berry Burst, Wood Textures Designer Series Paper

Accessories: scoring tool, heat tool, clear embossing powder, heart punch, Ghiradelli Chocolate Squares, mini stapler, Mini Glue Dots, glimmer dots

 

Happy Stampin'!

Decoupaged Pretty Pines Painted Rock

Pretty Pines Painted Rock

I'm obsessed with the painted rock movement! 

Have you heard of it?

It's big here in southern Colorado.

Find a rock, paint it, and leave it in a public space for someone to find.

That person, in turn, takes the rock and leaves it somewhere else for someone else to find.

I've been busy looking for and painting rocks!

We have no shortage of rocks here at my house as you can tell from my posting HERE.

I'm not a painter by any means and sometimes coming up with an idea and getting it onto the rock without messing it up can be a little stressful.

I'm often holding my breath the whole time!

Instead, I've found that it is easier for me to combine a little Stampin' Up! to the process.

In the rock above, I first painted it with a mix of blue acrylic paint.

While the paint was drying, I got out my Big Shot, Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies, and some card stock and designer paper.

I first attached the paper (Delightful Daisy DSP for the pine boughs, Soft Suede card stock and retired Soft Suede DSP for the pine cones, and Cherry Cobbler card stock for the bow)

 to pieces of Multi-purpose Adhesive Paper.

I then cut them out using my Big Shot and Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies.

I peeled off the backing on the adhesive paper, giving each piece a sticky back, allowing me to apply them easily to the rock.

Once all the pieces were in place, I added a coat of decoupage to glue and seal the rock.

 I  added some rhinestones that I colored with a blue Sharpie pen.  I also wrote the greeting, "Happy Winter" using the pen to complete the rock.

I know I'm supposed to leave the rock somewhere for someone else to find, but I think I'm going to keep this one!

Pretty Pines Painted Rock close up

Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies

Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies

Multi-purpose Adhesive Sheets

Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets

 Supplies Used:

rock, acrylic paint, Big Shot, Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies, Multi-purpose Adhesive Sheets, decoupage, Soft Suede and Cherry Cobbler card stock, Delightful Daisy and Neutrals Designer Series Paper, rhinestones, Sharpie Pen

 

Happy Stampin'!

Swirly Snowflakes Painted Rocks

Swirly Snowflakes Painted Rocks

719 Rocks!

(719 is our area code)

There's a big craze going on here in southern Colorado (and maybe in your area too).

We find rocks, paint them, then place them back out in public spaces for people to find and hopefully brighten their day.

They can then re-hid the rocks or keep them for their own collection.

Simple as that!

I've jumped on board!

It's almost become an obsession!

(you can see more of my painted rocks HERE)

So much so, that I seem to have started looking down everywhere I walk, looking for interesting shapes and colors of rocks.

Luckily, here in the mountains of southern Colorado, we grow lots of rocks!

This is our rock pile along the banks of the Hardscrabble Creek that flows through the front of our property.

Hardscrabble Creek Rock Pile

This summer, my husband dug out a small portion of the creek with his back hoe to clear out the sediment that has accumulated over the years.

This created a deep pool for our resident brook trout.

As you can see, I have an endless supply of rocks, just in that pile alone!

For these rocks, I decided to try something a little different by adding a little bit of Stampin' Up! to the mix.

After painting them black, I attached snowflakes cut out of Whisper White card stock using my Big Shot and the Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits Dies.

Before cutting them out, I attached the card stock to a piece of sticky-backed Multi-purpose Adhesive Sheet.  Then, all I had to do was peel off the backing, and the snowflakes had a sticky back that would easily attach to the rock.

I then added a layer of decoupage to seal and finish them.

Snowflake Painted Rock Close Up

Easy, Easy!

I hope you'll encounter a painted rock along your daily travels.

I hope it brings a smile!

Be sure to share photos of any painted rocks you find.

Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits Dies:

Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits Dies

Multi-purpose Adhesive Sheets

Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets

Supplies Used:

rocks, black acrylic paint, Whisper White card stock, Multi-purpose Adhesive Sheet, Big Shot, Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits Dies, decoupage, paint brushes

 

Happy Stampin'!

719 Rocks Inspired by Stampin' Up!

Painted Rocks 1

719 Rocks!

(719 is our area code)

There's a big craze going on here in southern Colorado (and maybe in your area too).

We find rocks, paint them, then place them back out in public spaces for people to find and hopefully brighten their day.

Simple as that!

I've jumped on board!

I decided to give hand-painted rocks as thank you gifts to attendees of an upcoming stamping class.

I thought it would be fun to share the 719 Rocks movement.  They can pass the rocks on for someone else to enjoy, or not.

I'm not the best painter, so I started with the ladybugs because I thought they'd be easy.

Yes, simple.  Basically just circles after prepping the rock with red and black paint!

I painted six ladybugs.  One went to Colorado Springs, CO, and one went to Canon City, CO.

Then, two went with us on a recent driving vacation to visit relatives in IA.  One was left in Cedar Rapids, and one was left in Muscatine!

For the class attendees,  I decided to expand my horizons a little.

But, to do that, I decided I'd take a little help from Stampin' Up!

For the Christmas tree rocks, I used a stencil created from the Card Front Builder Thinlits Die (part of the Carols of Christmas Bundle).

I cut the single tree out of scrap card stock using the Big Shot and the thinlits die.  I then placed it on my prepped rock (background painted blue and white), and dabbed on green acrylic paint.  I added a little bling using rhinestones colored with red and yellow sharpies.  The two smaller trees were painted free hand (with me holding in my breath the whole time!)

Christmas Tree painted rock

I originally thought I'd give everyone a Christmas tree painted rock, but then I started to get bored. 

Time to move on to something else.

The fall tree was inspired by the stamp set Sheltering Tree.  Everything was painted free hand. 

My intent was that it would be a fall tree, but my husband thought it was a fruit tree covered in fruit.  Either works, right?

Sheltering Tree inspired painted rock

The sunset rock was inspired by the tall flowers found in the stamp set Daisy Delight.  After prepping the rock by painting it orange and black, I placed a circle stencil that I created using my 1" circle punch on it and dabbed on yellow paint.

I then drew the grass/flower stems using a black Sharpie pen.  I also stamped the grass image from the retired stamp set In the Meadow using black Stazon ink!

Sunset painted rock

That coupled with the two leftover ladybug rocks, I was done!

I had a painted rock for everyone.

Each rock has "719 Rocks, You Rock!" written on the bottom.

719 Rocks You Rock

Fun! 

I hope you'll encounter a painted rock along your daily travels.

I hope it brings a smile!

Be sure to share photos of any painted rocks you find.

Supplies Used:

rocks, acrylic paint, paint brushes, Big Shot, Card Front Builder Thinlits Die, In the Meadow stamp set, black Stazon ink, 1" circle punch, black, red, and yellow Sharpie pens

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Spooky Cat Halloween Diorama Card

Spooky Cat Diorama Card

This is the card I created for our one-year old Granddaughter for Halloween.

It's a diorama card created using the new Cat punch and Spooky Night Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up!

Making a diorama card is easy to do following my instructions found HERE.

For this card, I let the Spooky Night DSP do most of the work.  The background inside the diorama, the card front, the edge panels, the cat, and even the pumpkins are all patterns found in the paper stack.

Happy Halloween!

Spooky Cat Diorama Card close up

 

Cat Punch

Cat Punch

Spooky Night Designer Series Paper

Spooky night dsp

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: none

Ink: none

Paper: Basic Black, Spooky Night Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Cat Punch, Big Shot, Circles Framelits Dies, Tear and Tape adhesive, Crushed Curry baker's twine, rhinestone, Mini Dimensionals, Glue Dot

Happy Stampin'!

Spooky Cat Candy Kisses Treat Holders

Spooky Cat Kisses Treats

Just in time for Halloween!

Cute Spooky Cat Kisses candy treat holders.

I created these feline treats in a matter of minutes using the Cat Punch and Spooky Night Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up!

They just make me smile! 

Love the "calico," "tortoise shell," and "orange tabby" inspired cats.  The solid black cat looks like my cat, Black Bart, aka Black Biscuits. 

Black Bart has golden eyes though.  I guess I should have colored in the eyes using a marker!

This project is super simple!

(Thanks to Paper Pixie for the original instructions!)

Spooky Cat Kisses Treats scoring

Start with a piece of card stock measuring 4" x 1".  Score at 1", 2", and 3".

Spooky Cat Kisses Treats triangle

Fold along the score lines to form a triangle.  Apply glue and secure triangle closed.  For this project, I used Tombow Multi-purpose Liquid Glue.  Fine Tip Glue will work as well.  SNAIL probably won't hold the triangle together.

Spooky Cat Kisses Treats with Kiss inside

Slip Kisses candy inside the triangle.

 

  Spooky Cat Kisses Treats side one punched cat

You will need 2 punched cats, one for each side of the triangle. 

For the front side, I punched a black cat out one of the designs found in Spooky Night Designer Series Paper.

You could also stamp the cat image that comes in the Spooky Cat stamp set.

I liked how the cat was already printed on the paper, so I let the DSP do the work for me.

Attach the cat to one side of the triangle. Place the cat up a little bit, so it doesn't interfere with the  base of the triangle.

Spooky Cat Kisses Treats punched cat

For the back side of the triangle, I punched a cat out of a scrap piece of Basic Black card stock.

Apply glue to the bottom of the cat's body, the tip of the tail and the top of the head, including the ears.

Spooky Cat Kisses Treats two cats secured

Attach the solid cat to the back side of the triangle, lining it up with the ears and tail of the cat on the front.  Pinch the top and the tail together, holding them in place while the glue dries.

Spooky Cat Kisses Treats complete

To complete, tie a bow around the cat's neck and add a rhinestone jewel as a tag.  I used Crushed Curry and Black Baker's Twine out of my stash.

So easy, and a perfect project idea for Halloween!

You could quickly make up several of these to give to co-workers and friends or share at upcoming adult or children's Halloween parties.

Shop online Cat Punch

Cat Punch

Shop online Spooky Night Designer Series Paper

Spooky night dsp

Supplies Used:

Paper: Spooky Night Designer Series Paper, Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie card stock

Accessories: Cat Punch, Multi-purpose Liquid Glue, Baker's Twine, rhinestone, Kisses candy

 

Happy Stampin'!