Black, White and Embossed in Gold

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Friendship is a million little things.  And, this stunning card with six layers showcases the Beauty Abounds Bundle, Crackled Paint Background stamp set and Rectangle Stitched Framelit dies.  And, it is just gorgeous up-close and in-person! 

This is definitely not a beginner card!  The demonstrator who created this design for a card swap — did an incredible amount of cutting and die cutting.  I just wish I could remember who this amazing demonstrator is….oh well!

The butterfly is fussy cut from the large butterfly collage from Butterfly Beauty Thinlits dies.  These dies are meant to be layered — one underneath, one on top.  Tip:  Use scraps of basic black and gold foil cardstock under one corner of the two dies.  The layered butterfly marked with the circle die is what’s being die cut and the fussy cut to create these black and gold foil butterflies

Here’s a few close ups of the design.  The matted stitched rectangle is popped up with foam adhesive strips. Underneath there are four layers – Whisper White, Whisper White with gold heat embossed Crackled Paint image, Whisper White and Basic Black which is then mounted on a card blank.

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This card is truly an amazing work of art, and definitely worth the effort to create.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!




Simple Card with a Punch!

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The focal point of this card design is the Butterfly Duet punch!  Here a piece of Garden Impressions DSP peaks through the punched butterfly images from a scrap piece of matted Whisper White cardstock.

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Tips & Tricks #1 – Cut Whisper White piece 2-1/2″x4″ and Basic Black piece 2-3/4″x4-1/4″, attach the two pieces together then punch.  Punching through two pieces of cardstock requires more pressure to punch but it can be done.  Alternatively, you can cut the Whisper White piece the same length as the Basic Black piece, and then trim 1/4″ off the bottom of the Whisper White piece so that it is the correct size.   Align the punched opendings and attach using snail adhesive.  Once you have your punch piece matted, then stamp sentiment.

Tips & Tricks #2 – Use Stampin Blends to color Frosted & Clear Epoxy Droplets to create custom embellishments that coordinate perfectly!  It only takes a few seconds for the droplets to dry.  Once dry, attached droplets to matted punched piece.

Tips & Tricks #3 – Wrap a piece of 1/8″ Grosgrain ribbon around the matted punched piece and secure from the back side with snail adhesive.  Then tie a faux bow and secure to the ribbon with a mini glue dot.  Be sure to add a second mini glue dot under the ribbon to attach the faux bow to the matted punched piece.

Tips & Tricks #3 – Use dimensionals or foam adhesive strips to pop up the matted punched piece from the Garden Impressions DSP piece.  Next add a few more matted layers to create a wow factor.

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Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes that pack a punch!





CASE-ing Let it Ride

Recently, I mentioned how much I love the graceful line-art images of the Let It Ride stamp setLet It Ride stamp set which is carrying over to the new catalog.  Not only can you make beautiful cards — but you can make beautiful framed art projects for gift giving or as home decor pieces.

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This framed art project may be create by “CASE-ing” the photograph found on page 45 of the 2019 Occasions Catalog.  

What is “CASE-ing”?  It is an acronym meaning either “Copy and Share Everything” or “Copy and Selectively Edit”You have a choice of copying a design exactly as shown or changing it up a bit with different colors, textures and embellishments.  You could even decide to make it as a card instead of the framed art piece!

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The images were stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Watercolor Paper using the StamparatusStamparatus.  Using the Stamparatus will ensure that the ink is applied evenly given the rough texture of Watercolor paper.  Recommend using your aqua painter and dry paper towel for maximum control and lifting color from inside the lids of your ink pads.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs, inspiration wishes and happy CASE-ing!


Let It Ride

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Living in southeastern Virginia, you quickly learn to appreciate nature and rural country side.  And, seeing horses in the pasture is a common sight.  Many of girlfriends are “crazy horse people”.  You know the type — get up at the crack of dawn to muck stables, fee horses and spend an incredible amount of money on vet calls.  Of course, I am one of those “crazy crafty people” who hoards stamps, paper and ink, hosts monthly stamp stamps and places more orders so that the UPS Man delivers more crafting supplies!  LOL!  When we get together, we are crazy friends that love to take “life by the reins” and have fun!let it ride catalog.jpg

Needless to say, the Let It Ride stamp set was a must have stamp set for me!   I love the graceful images of the horses and the inspirational messages.  

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This card was created using the StamparatusStamparatus, Hinge-Step technique and first-, second- and third- generation stamping.  The darkest horse was stamped using Early Espresso ink on Very Vanilla cardstock.  The subsequent horse images were stamped without reinking the stamp and moving the stamparatus plate down the hinge.  The stamped piece was triple matted with Early Espresso cardstock and Wood Textures DSP  (Note:  the Wood Textures DSP is retiring and available while supplies last through June 2nd.)

Check out this video explaining all the features of Stamparatus and the Hinge-Step technique.

If you would like to purchase any of these products, please click on the links provided and visit my on-line store.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspirations wishes for Let it Ride!


Using Vellum in Your Card Designs

vellum overlayVellum is a perfect addition to your stash of crafting supplies.  Vellum is a plasticized cotton fiber material that is very durable and stable, and that adds a delicate, translucent design element and creates visual interest for your projects.  It is often used to add depth and dimension, to create a focal point or to add softness.

Here are some of my favorite ideas for crafting with vellum:

  1. Use layers of translucent vellum to add dimensions to your paper crafts. With vellum, you can add layers of depth without adding a lot of bulk to your project.
  2. Create an ombre effect by layering multiple sheets of colored vellum of different lengths and sizes
  3. Add a subtle border by matting stamped images or diecut shapes
  4. Add a vellum overlay to soften and tone down a brightly colored or busy background
  5. Dry Emboss vellum to add subtle texture to your design
  6. Trace designs using a stylus tool – either using a ruler, die cuts or templates
  7. Heat Emboss for various coloring techniques – using Stampin’ Classic inks, colored pencils or Stampin’ Blends to get the color effect you’ll love.
  8. Make see-though pockets to hold gift cards, photos or memorabilia
  9. Superimpose writing or quotes onto your project. If using your markers or your computer printer – allow sufficient time for your ink to dry.
  10. Wrap it around a design element and secure it on the backside.

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Tips for Working with Vellum:  Because it is made from a plasticized cotton, vellum requires a little more care and attention than cardstock.

  1. Wash your hands to avoid leaving fingerprint smudges.
  2. Allow extra drying time for inks, paints and liquid glues because vellum is less porous than regular paper. 
  3. Vellum can crease and tear easily. Recommend using sharp scissors and new trimmer blades for sharp cut edges.  Also, recommend sharpening your punches with aluminum foil and wax paper before punching vellum for best results.

vellum heat embossing and coloring

Tips for Attaching Vellum:  Vellum can be tricky to attach because of its translucent nature; and, some adhesives do not work well because of the plasticized finish.  Try these simple tricks for attaching vellum to your project:

  1. Use Glue Dots and Tear & Tape – this method hides glue dots and tear & tape behind small embellishments like pearls, rhinestones and sequins and larger design elements such as frames, tags and die cuts.
  2. Use ribbon, twine or brads – this method adds one or two small holes using paper piercing tool or hole punch, and secures the vellum to your project with ribbon, twine or brads.
  3. Use staples – this method uses your household stapler as a quick and effective fastener that also passes as a design elements. Remember Stampin’ Blends can be used to color your staples in a coordinating color before stapling!
  4. Use Dimensionals and foam adhesive stripes – this method adds dimension and creates the illusion that your design element is floating!
  5. Use Multipurpose Liquid Glue – this method works great with the translucent quality of the vellum by applying a thin, even layer of glue on the backside of vellum.

I hope these tricks and tips give you the confidence to play and to design with vellum.  Stampin up carries two different vellum products — Graceful Glass Designer Vellum and White Vellum Cardstock.  And coming in June, new colored vellum – in Daffodil Delight, Old Olive and Petal Pink – for more design options!  Isn’t it gorgeous?

perennial essence vellum

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!



Lilypad Lake Watercolor

lilypad lake inky angel watercolor

Some cards are just so sophisticated yest deceptively easy to recreate.  This background piece is colored with a couple of swishes using Aqua Painters and reinkers in Mint Macaron, Coastal Cabana and Bermuda Bay on watercolor paper and allowed to dry. 

The heron was stamped on Whisper White cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Light Smoky Slate Stampin’ Blend marker, diecut using the Lakeside Framelits.  The piece is triple-matted with Soft Sea Foam and Whisper White cardstock, with one layer dry embossed using Seaside Embossing Folder.  While this card design would work for any occasion, the sentiment is from All The Good Things stamp set

If you’d like to recreate this card, simply click on the links provided to visit my on-line store.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


Butterfly Gala in Coastal Cabana

butterfly gala inky angels in bermuda bay

Do you need send someone butterflies to brighten their day?  This card, designed by my friend and fourth-level upline, Melissa Ellis, is sure to do the trick.  This card is absolutely stunning!

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This card features Tea Room Specialty Designer Series Papers mixed and matched with Very Vanilla, Coastal Cabana and Old Olive cardstock.  The butterfly image is stamped with Old Olive ink on Coastal Cabana and is brushed with Wink of Stella for shimmer.  The stamped rectangle piece was die cut with Rectangle Stitched Framelits and embellished with beautiful Coastal Cabana/Granny Apple Green 3/8″ Reversible Ribbon.

butterfly gala inky angels in bermuda bay inside

And, the inside of the card is just as stunning.  The Old Olive ink on the Coastal Cabana has an antique gold/bronze color that is so intriguingly beautiful.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


A Facebook Find – Amazing Life

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Hello, everyone! 
These Amazing Life cards were designed by Tanya Rees, another member of Stampin’ Up’s 2019 Artisan Design Team and featured on the Stampin’ Up Facebook page.  
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Each card uses two techniques:  (1) one-on-tone stamping technique to create the stamped background by repeatedly stamping an image on cardstock using the same color ink or VersaMark ink; and (2) heat embossing the stamped sentiment and a few stamped images with embossing powder and fussy cutting them with her paper snips.  
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I love how Tanya uses these doilies in her designs — to draw your eye to the focal point that birthday cake. 
The fussy-cut cake image and the word cake were colored with markers.  The words “too short” were stamped with VersaMark ink on Balmy Blue cardstock and then heat embossed with white embossing powder and her heat tool
Plus, the little extra detail was added to the sentiment panel with that sweet scalloped edgelit die from the Be Mine Stitched Framelits.
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The same techniques were repeated on this second card.  Here, Tanya used VersaMark ink for the tone-on-tone background.  When VersaMark ink dries, it leaves a watermark for creating that tone-on-tone effect.  The word “life” was stamped with VersaMark ink on Petal Pink cardstock and heat set with white embossing powder and heat tool
The flower images were stamped on Whisper White cardstock using Jet Black Stazon ink, colored and fussy cut to create extra embellishments.  And, once again, she repeated that little extra detail for the sentiment panel using that sweet scalloped edgelit die from the Be Mine Stitched Framelits.
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For this last card, Tanya used the four-leaf clover images stamped in Jet Black Stazon ink on the Lemon Lime Twist piece of Gingham Gala designer series paper.  Here the doily is partially hidden so that the sentiment is showcased with a circle diecut from the Stitched Shapes Framelit dies as the focal point.  
I love how each card of Tanya’s three cards complements each other, but they are all so different!  
Tanya and I invites you to Copy and Share Everything (CASE) her designs and techniques to create these projects using the Amazing Life stamp set, or to Copy and Selectively Edit (another definition of CASE) using your favorite stamps.
Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!

Hanging Out with Hanging Gardens

hanging gardenHere is another lovely card using the Hanging Gardens stamp set and Hardwood Background stamp set.  The easiest and best way to create the hardwood background piece is to use your Stamparatus.  Simply ink the stamp with Soft Suede ink, stamp it on Crumb Cake cardstock and mat it with Crushed Curry cardstock.  The stamped art piece was created using Stazon Jet Black ink and Watercolor Pencils.  You can embellish this card or not.  I created a flat knot using some retired ribbon.  

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!


A Little Wild and So Adorable!

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Every once in a while, you need to create something adorable.  This A Little Wild stamp set and its coordinating Little Love Framelits dies lets you create adorable tags, cards, gift packaging, and more with two-sided animal images.  How fun is that!

This card features both the A Little Wild stamp set and coordinating Little Loves Framelits dies, plus Cajun Craze cardstock embossed using the Woodland Embossing Folder, matted with Crushed Curry cardstock.

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Did you notice the ribbon?  While Stampin’ Up doesn’t carry this shade of riboon — you can create it yourself.  Take a piece of Silver 3/8″ Metallic-Edge Ribbon and color it with Stampin’ Blend Marker in Little Daffodil Delight so that it will coordinate beautifully with your project.  

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Here are some adorable tags made using these two-sided animal images.  Thanks for stopping by today.  Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!