Saturday, September 15, 2012

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Let Your Heart Have Wings

Here's a card for Anna, who will be playing in several piano competitions this summer.

Card base is the delightful Wisteria Wonder (matching ruffled ribbon),and the Top Note die-cut is Concord Crush. The butterflies are die-cut with SU!'s Butterflies die, and I added Swiss Dots with a Texturz plate. I'm liking the Rhinestones, too! No stamping on the card front, but the inside has the "Plant your feet firmly and let your heart have wings" sentiment from the Hope Happens stamp set.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Three-Panel Layout

For this week's CAS challenge over at, I pulled out my old favorite, Best Blossoms. To lend a more manly look to this Thank You card, I used SU!'s Well Worn dsp.

The card base is River Rock, with a Not Quite Navy mat under the panel of the circle pattern from Well Worn. I stamped images from Best Blossoms in Soft Suede, So Saffron and Cajun Craze inks--all colors from the dsp scheme. Instead of cutting the larger image into three squared-off panels, I decided to use my 1 1/4" Circle Punch to mirror the pattern in the background. The edges of the NQN mat are distressed, and both the main panel and the image circles are popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals.

I went to town for the inside message panel, too. The Very Vanilla panel is embellished with more images from Best Blossoms, and it is mounted on another piece of dsp from Well Worn.

Every time I use this paper and these colors, I decide I love them all over again.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Baby Girl!

We're soooooo excited to be welcoming a baby girl into our extended family in a few months! My sisters in law are throwing a shower, so naturally I volunteered to make the invitations.

I kept this project simple with a postcard-style design. Invite information will be printed and taped to the back.

The front was simple, too. Can you believe that the dsp I used is really Christmas-themed? SU!'s Letters to Santa paper features Riding Hood Red, Old Olive, Marina Mist, Early Espresso, Blushing Bride and Whisper White. Great colors for a baby girl! I didn't have quite enough of any one pattern to make all the invites, so I switched up the colors slightly for a second variation. I like them both. For a bit of girly bling, there's just one Basic Rhinestone at the top.

The images are all from SU!'s Little Additions stamp set. I have the clear mount set, which was great for positioning the images together. Little Additions is a big set (21 images!), and I'm looking forward to finding lots more ways to use them all.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Mother's Day Happiness

Stamping while away from home can be daunting, but I've found that when I take the time to plan a project or two, I really enjoy the creativity and relaxation. Last week I was on the road for two nights, so I packed up two different projects to take along. Here's one. I'll post the other soon.

This card is really pretty simple, even though it has several elements and also features a variation on the Spotlight Technique. The card base is Soft Suede, with the image panel matted on Blushing Bride. I stamped the thyme image with Wild Wasabi, and then again with Chocolate Chip for the "spotlight." (Yes, I know spotlights are round, but by making it square, I saved myself from having to pack my round punch!) I figured the Scallop Edge Punch and Basic Pearls were just the ticket to feminize this design and layout for Mother's Day.

Of course, with a dark card base, I wanted to line my card with Very Vanilla. That gave me an opportunity to repeat the thyme image on the inside of the card, too. This time, I went for subtlety and stamped in pink. Even though I didn't use a specific Mother's Day sentiment, I think the message fits perfectly. I sent one to both my mom and my mother in law.

This stamp set, Herb Expressions, has four different herb images with coordinating sentiments. I love using it! If you like it, don't miss the boat--this is one of the many sets that SU! is retiring at the end of May! Check the website or contact me if you'd like to order.

Special thanks to my friends Erin and Peggy from work who stamped with me!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

More Magic!

Here is the 6 x 6" page we made today at Technique Club. We put together a page like this at every meeting. We make an example of the technique and put it together with step-by-step instructions. I love thumbing through my own book when I'm looking for inspiration.

The page features Riding Hood Red and Night of Navy inks and card stock, in addition to the Glossy White card stock for the technique. To create the plaid design, we used 7" strips of tape that would easily cover corner-to-corner on the 5 1/4" Glossy White square.

This CAS card I saved for last. I like to have a nice, simple design for the last project of the day.

The card base is Going Gray, and we used Going Gray, Soft Suede and Crumb Cake inks to create the background. The basil image from Herb Expressions is stamped directly over the colors in Going Gray.

All of the images we used today are retiring at the end of May. Contact me to order or order online at:

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Magical Masking Tape

We'll feature this easy technique at Stamp Club this coming weekend. Yes, our fingers will get inky, but we don't mind!

Here are two samples, showing the versatility of this technique.

For this first card, I ripped thin strips of tape, and used them with Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo and Pretty in Pink inks to create a plaid background for the groovy cat from the C is for Cat stamp set. Both this set and the D is for Dog set will be retired May 31. Check out the whole list of retiring stamps at

We have a new camera, and I'm at a loss as to how to rotate the picture. So, I hope you can look at this without hurting your neck! This second card uses big, wide strips of tape to create a more "natural" background. (I was going for grass and sky, can you tell?) I decided to stick with In Colors for this design: Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo and Pool Party. ETA: Thanks to dd1 for helping me rotate the picture!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Happy for Butterflies, Happy for You

Here is my personal favorite card that I made for the recent Virtual Stamp Night (VSN) at

This challenge was to use a spring element somewhere on the card; I used a coiled wire as the body of the large butterfly.

A lot of the cards I made for this VSN were much simpler than this, and in general I've gotten away from a lot of fancy layers in much of my card making. Sometimes it just feels good to really lay it on, though! This design has six layers (including the butterflies), dry embossing, lots of sponging and both the wire embellishment and some half-back pearls. Both the butterflies and the dry embossing are courtesy of Stampin' Up!'s fabulous Big Shot die cut machine. I (well, actually DD#2) cut Marina Mist card stock with the Butterflies die, and then I used the ever-popular Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder and sponging (Marina Mist ink) to add texture to both butterflies and mat.

The Always Artichoke swirl is from Baroque Motifs, and the sentiment ("I am glad there is you") is from a set of rub-ons that I've had for years. I really like the bright, crisp look of the rub-on on top of the Always Artichoke card stock.

I sent this card home with my sister at the end of her almost 6-week stay while Mom recovered from surgery. It is for her partner, who graciously made do on her own all that time. I am truly glad that there is her!

I liked this design so much that I reprised it in more Spring-like colors and with gold sponging as an Easter card. It also was a featured project at our March Stamp Club meeting.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

VSN Again!

The Spring Virtual Stamp Night at is this weekend. I amazed myself last night by completing all 5 Friday night challenges. Woo-hoo! There are 10 additional challenges today--starting at noon Eastern--and I've got some things going on, so I probably won't complete all the challenges. But I'll try my hand at a few more, for sure.

I'm loving the "Spring" theme, with so many challenges (so far, at least) focusing on cheery colors and happy thoughts. Especially with the unseasonably warm (forecast high of 62!!) weather here in MN, I'm feeling Spring!

Rules for VSN are simple. Create your card in 45 minutes or less, upload to the gallery (using the keyword), then browse the gallery and comment on others' submissions. Click on the links below to access each challenge post.

MAR12VSNA: Here Comes the Sun
Our challenge is to create a card using sunny colors. I went for the sunset look, mixing pink, orange and yellow.

The cute duckies are from the Barnyard Buddies stamp set, and I punched the borders with SU!'s Pinking Hearts punch.

MAR12VSNB: Love is in Bloom
Cards for this challenge need to have either a heart image or the word "love" somewhere in the design.

I had no problem finishing this CAS design in about 15 minutes. It is a baby card for a baby that will arrive this Spring (gender unknown).

MAR12VSNC: Spring Cleaning
I actually made this card first, using a couple of things I haven't used for a while--my Stampin' Pastels and the Chalkboard technique.

The Chalkboard technique is a fun and easy way to add a pop of color in an unusual way. I stamped the butterflies image from the current SAB stamp set Kindness Matters with Whisper White craft ink on Basic Black card stock. Then, while the ink was still wet, I used a small cotton pad to add some vibrant chalks. To clean up the images a bit, I just ran my eraser around the edges.

MAR12VSND: Spring is in the Air
Including something that can be found in the sky was the order of the day for this challenge.

Flies are in the sky, right? Heh, heh. I love this dude, from the Hoppy for You stamp set. I chose the color scheme based on the fact that I had one small piece of Old Olive 1/4" grosgrain ribbon sitting around. I used my Circles die and Big Shot to quickly cut the image panels, and both frog and fly are inked using the Rock and Roll technique.

MAR12VSNE: Rain, Rain, Go Away
The only challenge so far that calls for a sad theme--a sympathy or get well type card.

Just for something different, I made a 4 1/4" square card for this challenge. I added texture with the Lattice embossing folder, and sponged both Soft Sky and Chocolate Chip inks around the edge of the main image panel. I love those cute Mini Library Clips, and the images from D is for Dog are very versatile.

I encourage you to play along this weekend. Uploads must be completed by 7:00 PM (Eastern) Monday.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Wax Paper Embossing Folder Resist

Here is a quick tutorial for the Wax Paper Embossing Folder Resist technique that my Stamp Club practiced last weekend. At each meeting, we make several projects, including a 6" x 6" page with technique directions and an example.

The sample above uses Melon Mambo and Pretty in Pink. I chose Concord Crush and Wisteria Wonder for the tutorial example.

1. Place a piece of wax paper inside your Embossing Folder. (For both my projects, I used the very popular Vintage Wallpaper folder.) Make the Big Shot sandwich (platform tab 1 + cutting plate + folder (with wax paper) + cutting plate), and run through the BS.

2. Place the wax paper between two pieces of Glossy White cs (glossy side facing the wax paper). Using plain paper to protect your iron, heat the cs and embossed wax paper. This will transfer wax in the pattern of the embossed design to the Glossy cs. (Experiment to find the right heat setting and time. Too little will not transfer the design; too much will transfer all of the wax.)

3. Use Stampin' Sponges to add Classic ink to the Glossy cs. If using more than one color, work from light to dark. (For the sample above, I used both light and dark inks on the lighter squares, and only the darker ink on the darker squares. In this example, I used either light or dark, but did not mix.)

4. Trim your Glossy cs to the size and shape you want and finish your project.

The images and sentiments on this card are from the Love & Sympathy stamp set.

I hope you'll give this technique a whirl. I love the way the colors pop out when I'm adding the ink to the embossed image. The effect is especially dramatic with deep, rich colors. Enjoy your stamping time!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Wax Paper Valentines

I'll post a tutorial soon of the Wax Paper Embossing Folder Resist technique that my Stamp Club learned last weekend. I can't think of a better use for your iron!

Here are two Valentines I made with some scraps that were left over. I designed the card with the Easel fold, which has a unique look but is really very straightforward (not much harder than a regular fold-in-half card, really).

For this first card, I used squares of the Glossy card stock that I had doctored up with the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, wax paper, ironing and sponging. I used two squares that are inked with Melon Mambo Classic Ink and two that have Pretty in Pink. The Full Heart Punch of Whisper White card stock with a sentiment from Grateful Greetings stamped in Melon Mambo ink completes the focal point and message. I added a little extra bling by dabbing the stamp with Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint before stamping.

Here's the card I made to take as my sample. Since I was concerned about running out of Glossy card stock, I used an odd-shaped piece and cut it into strips instead of squares. I like this look, too! I curled the edges with my Bone Folder, and secured the strips with Mini Glue Dots to make sure they weren't going anywhere. The heart on this card is punched from Shimmery White card stock, and the sentiment is pretty hard to see, because I stamped only with the Shimmer Paint. (It is better IRL.)

I hope you'll be inspired to make some of your own Valentines this year. If you see some products you like, please let me know, and I can help you order online or can place an order for you. Happy Stamping!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Garden Trio

Stamp Club this afternoon was really fun! Thanks, Brenda, for your heated floors and the addictive "Peanut Butter Blast." Did you know that there are over 70 Chex Mix recipes?

We learned the wax paper emboss resist technique today, but I'll post that later.

Here is one of the cards we made. It features Stampin' Up!'s From the Garden designer series paper. I was feeling the blue-green color combination, so we highlighted Pacific Point and Wild Wasabi, with splashes of Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo and Tangerine Tango.

(Not sure why my image is sideways...Sorry about that!)

I stole the layout for this card from the Idea Book & Catalog. Check out the sample for Sincere Salutations, and you'll be able to see that I simplified the design, and changed the colors and embellishments slightly.

The Wild Wasabi panel is textured with the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder in the Big Shot. We also used the BS and Circles die to cut the large circles for the flower. We made "petals" by making small cuts all around the edge with the ever-faithful Paper Snips.

With all this texture and depth, I recommend using Sticky Strip, Mini Glue Dots and Stampin' Dimensionals to put this card together. The white card liner features a sentiment (from Sincere Salutations) stamped in Pacific Point as well as a trio of punched dsp squares. For an added touch, line your envelope with some dsp, too!

Don't forget that Sale-A-Bration starts on Tuesday (January 24-March 31, 2012). Now's your chance to earn FREE product with $50 purchase, or even more when you host a qualifying workshop. I have a few available dates, so contact me if you're interested in some free stuff!

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, January 8, 2012


When I delivered these cards today, Janet described the look as "Polynesian." I hadn't thought of that, but I do think it fits.

The color combination is form the Well Worn designer series paper from Stampin' Up!. I added More Mustard and So Saffron to the Not Quite Navy, Crumb Cake and Cajun Craze. I copied the layout from some cards I made a while back, but for this rendition I went a lot fancier, adding the punched, creased, sponged and glittered flowers in place of a flat image panel. Each flower center has a secret, too: a tiny dot of Crystal Effects.

All the stamps I used for these cards are from retired sets. The flower is from Polka Dot Punches (an old Sale-a-Bration set). The stamps in this set each coordinate with a punch (this is the 5-Petal Flower Punch). For the sentiment, I used two different stamps from All Year Cheer I. I love how big and bold these sentiments are.

Don't forget that Stampin' Up!'s biggest event of the year begins on January 24: Sale-A-Bration! There are free product offers and incentives if you are interested in signing up to be your very own SU! demo! I would love to have you as part of my "downline." Contact me if you have questions or if you think you might like to host a workshop during Sale-A-Bration. It is a great time to earn lots of fun freebies.

(P.S. In case you are wondering, the grey fluffy thing behind my cards is Spalding the cat. He's always mugging for the camera.)

Friday, January 6, 2012

Color Challenge

Not that I haven't been stamping, but I've had a hard time following through with photographing and posting my cards. Tonight I'm feeling creative and energetic, and managed to finish the job. Yea, me!

I found this color challenge (Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade, Basic Grey) at Splitcoaststampers. I wasn't too jazzed about it at first, but I really like how my cards turned out.

I used the rock-n-roll technique (inked with Lucky Limeade and then rolled in Island Indigo)for the flower image from Close as a Memory. The white mat is embossed with a Texturz plate and then sponged with both colors. I used the Color Spritzer Tool with my Pear Pizzazz marker to add a little dimension to the image panel.

On the inside, I stamped the curlicue image from Baroque Motifs in Lucky Limeade, and then added the Mother Teresa quote from Butterfly of Happiness.