Friday, October 29, 2010

Come Let Us Adore Him

Here is the fourth card design for my upcoming Christmas Stamp-A-Stack in two weeks. To find out more about this event, please go to my EVENTS CALENDAR.

I really like the reverse masking technique with this set. I stamped the three wise men stamp onto the card stock first. I punched out a circle from a Post It note, and put the negative of the circle onto the stamped piece of card stock. Then, I sponged Marina Mist ink around the edges of the circle opening, leaving the center white, and took of the Post-It note off. I really like the look it gives Bethlehem on the card. The lines you see around the base of the card were made by brushing the Concord Crush ink pad on it (direct to paper technique).

Stamps: Come to Bethlehem Set

Ink: Concord Crush and Marina Mist Classic pads

Paper: Concord Crush, Marina Mist, & Naturals White card stock

Accessories: 1-3/4" Circle XL Punch, Pear Pizzazz 1/2" Stitched-Poly Ribbon, Stamping Sponges, & Post-It Notes

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Christmas Candles Card

Here is the other card that I CASEd from Dolly Watt. I like her card a little better because she made the pine cones brown using markers. Since this card is for my Stamp-A-Stack, I needed to keep it quick. It's a lot quicker just using a Garden Green ink pad than using an Early Espresso and Garden Green markers for the pine twigs. The flames were made with one of the stamps from the Pick A Petal (p. 135) set. The saying is stamped with Cherry Cobbler ink using the greeting from the Belles & Boughs (p. 19) set from the Holiday Mini. The designer paper is the Deck the Halls DSP (p. 18) from the Holiday Mini as well. The pine twig is from the Autumn Days (p. 118) set.

To find out more about my Christmas Stamp-A-Stack, please go to my EVENTS CALENDAR.

Stamps: Autumn Days, Pick a Petal, & Belles & Boughs (Mini)

Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, & More Mustard Classic pads; More Mustard & Early Espresso Stampin' Write Markers.

Paper: Garden Green & More Mustard card stock; Deck the Halls DSP (Mini)

Accessories: Cherry Cobbler 1/2" Seam Binding (Mini) & Paper Snips

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Snowflake Wreath

Today's card is another card design that will be made at my Christmas Stamp-A-Stack (SAS) in 2 weeks. To find out more about this SAS, CLICK HERE. I got the idea for this card from Dolly Watt on Splitcoaststampers. I actually CASEd 2 of her cards for my SAS. I'll show the other one tomorrow.

I made the wreath with the medium-sized snowflake from the Serene Snowflakes stamp set (p. 42). The flower images are from the Season of Joy set (p. 33). The ribbon is actually just a single knot tied into a 4" strip of Real Red satin ribbon (p. 191) and attached with a Mini Glue Dot (p. 197). Another very pretty, simple card that is very easy to mass produce. I love that there isn't much card stock to cut, either. You only need the half piece of card stock for the card and one piece of white card stock for the card front. That's it!

Stamps: Serene Snowflakes, Season of Joy, & Many Merry Messages

Ink: Old Olive & Real Red Classic pads

Paper: Real Red & Whisper White card stock

Accessories: Real Red 5/8" Satin Ribbon & Mini Glue Dots

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Here Comes Another Christmas Stamp-A-Stack!

This is one of the cards that is going to be made at my Christmas Stamp-A-Stack (SAS) next month (Nov. 11 & 12). To find out more about this event, please go to my EVENTS CALENDAR.

I love the new Northern Flurry Impressions Folder (p. 26) in the Holiday Mini. It's so pretty, and I really love it with the Basic Rhinestones Jewels (p. 188) on each snowflake. They don't show up too well in the pictures, but there is a close-up below so you can get a better idea. Just click on the picture to get a larger view. They sparkle a lot more in person. There are so many rhinestones in the pack that I can make quite a few of these cards without running out of them.

Stamps: Word Play

Ink: Soft Suede Classic pad & Baja Breeze Stampin' Write Marker

Paper: Naturals White, Baja Breeze, & Soft Suede card stock

Accessories: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Northern Flurry Impressions folder (Mini), Basic Rhinestones Jewels, Early Espresso 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, 1-3/4" Circle XL Punch, 2-3/8" Scallop Circle XL Punch, & Stampin' Dimensionals

Monday, October 25, 2010

Another Simple and Quick Card

This week is my Technique Stamp Club Get-Together, and this month's technique is the Wet Paper technique. It is a little hard to see the technique in the picture, but you might see it better by clicking on the close-up of the tree below. If you look closely, you can see that some of the ink bled into the paper to soften the look of the tree. I really like the effect. It looks beautiful in person. I think this card would make a great masculine card as well!

Stamps: Lovely as a Tree & Thankful For

Soft Suede & Early Espresso Classic pads; Soft Suede, Old Olive, Early Espresso, & Always Artichoke Stampin' Write Markers

Baja Breeze, Early Espresso, & Soft Suede card stock; Watercolor Paper

Aqua Painter, Old Olive 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals, & Cutter Kit

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Mom's Birthday Card

I made this card for my mom on her birthday. She really likes the stuff I make with the Impressions folders, so I just had to use one on her card. I also love this stamp set, Just Believe (p. 109). It has become one of my favorites. I popped the oval piece with Stampin' Dimensionals.

I used the Christmas DSP, Deck the Halls (p. 18) in the Holiday Mini, too. I like to use something in a different way. The paper may be intended for Christmas projects, but I was able to use it for a non-Christmas card. Isn't that great?!
Stamps: Just Believe and Sincere Salutations

Ink: Always Artichoke & Cherry Cobbler Classic Pads; Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Write Marker

Paper: Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, & Always Artichoke card stock; Deck the Halls DSP (mini)

Accessories: Big Shot Die-Cut Machine, Vintage Wallpaper Impressions Folder, Very Vanilla 5/8" Satin Ribbon, Antique Brads, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Scallop Oval XL Punch, & 1-3/4" x 7/8" L Punch, & Stampin' Dimensionals

Saturday, October 9, 2010

More Little Petal Card Boxes

Here is the last project for my Fall/Halloween stamp camp next week (Thursday, October 14 @ 6:30 p.m. & Saturday, October 16 @ 10 a.m.) I've included pictures of all of the projects being made at this camp below. Click on the pictures if you would like to see larger versions of them.

I'm really having fun making these little guys! I had already made Halloween ones, and wanted to make a couple for Thanksgiving/Fall. I had originally planned on making the pumpkin a jack-o'-lantern, but I really liked how it looked without the face. I've been trying to think of another one to make to go with it, and finally thought of a turkey.

I suggested that a nugget-type candy bar would fit perfectly inside the Halloween ones, and that would work for these, too. You could also put these on your Thanksgiving table. You could put one with each place setting, and maybe put after dinner mints inside.

The turkey was made with:
--1" circle punch: body
--3/4" circle punch: head
--Word Window punch: tail
--Two-Step Owl punch: eyes
--Boho Blossoms punch: beak, wings, & gobbler on chin (I don't think that's what they're called, but I can't think of the right word. LOL)

Friday, October 8, 2010

One Layer Card - Kinda!

This card is another Fall project being made at my Fall/Halloween Stamp Camp next week. I'll post the last Fall project tomorrow. Go to earlier posts to see the other Fall card and the three Halloween projects being made. There are two times to choose from for this camp. Come either on Thursday, October 14 @ 6:30 p.m. or Saturday, October 16 @ 10 a.m. Sign-up deadline is Tuesday, October 12.

My inspiration was from a card that Dawn Olchefske made. She also shows how to use a clear block to make the shadow background image. I love the effect. It's a great technique to use for one layer cards. This one is a one layer card on the front, but I did shorten the card front, and attached designer paper on the bottom inside of the card which shows when the card is closed.

Stamps: French Foliage (Mini) & Thankful For

Ink: Cajun Craze, More Mustard, Old Olive, Soft Suede, & Early Espresso Classic ink pads

Paper: Confetti Cream card stock and Autumn Spice DSP (Mini)

Accessories: Old Olive 1-1/4" Striped Ribbon, Clear Block D, & Scallop Edge Border Punch

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010


Here is one of the Fall projects being made at my Fall/Halloween Stamp Camp. By the way, I have to reschedule this stamp camp. My son is in high school band, and they are playing on October 15. Since I have to reschedule, I'm going to offer it two different times. It will be held on Thursday, October 14 @ 6:30 p.m. and again on Saturday, October 16 @ 10 a.m. The fee is $15, and includes 3 Fall projects, and 3 Halloween projects. All 3 Halloween projects are pictured here:

I got inspiration for this card from Jenn Diercks. I loved how she made the leaves with a circle punch, & I just had to do it on this card. I made mine with a 1-3/8" Circle Punch (p. 202). You can get 4 leaves from one circle. I then ran them through the Big Shot (p. 204)using the Square Lattice Impressions Folder (p. 214) like Jenn did, too. It's a little hard to tell (the ribbon is hiding hit), but I used a Mini Library Clip (p. 187) on the greeting piece. I then tied a piece of Old Olive 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon (p. 191) to it. I then attached it to the card using 2 Stampin' Dimensionals.

Stamps: Season of Friendship & Falling Leaves
Ink: Soft Suede & Cajun Craze Classic ink
Paper: Cajun Craze, Soft Suede, Peach Parfait, Pear Pizzazz, & Naturals White card stock
Accessories: 1-3/8" Circle L Punch, Word Window L Punch, Modern Label XL Punch, Eyelet Border Punch, Mini Library Clips, Old Olive 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals, Big Shot Die-Cut Machine, & SU! Square Lattice Impressions Folder

Monday, October 4, 2010

Fall Birthday

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you're all having a great day! It's a little cool here in Central Indiana, but I'm not complaining. It's nice to have it feel like it should in Fall!

My son's 15th birthday was last Wednesday, and this is the card that I made for him. Can you tell that I love this set yet? I've been using it a lot as you can see in past posts! I just adore these leaves! This is a super easy card to make. You can probably tell what I did by just looking at it, but here are a few things that might be hard to see in the picture.

I first ran the card front through the Big Shot with the Square Lattice Impressions Folder (p.214), and then started stamping. The spatter look on the leaf strip was made with the Log Cabin Smooch Spritz (p. 195). I sprayed it on before I stamped the leaves. I also tore the long right side of the card stock and sponged Cajun Craze ink all around the piece. I then attached it to a piece of Soft Suede card stock and tore the long right side of it. I sponged the torn edge with Soft Suede ink. The little button-like brads on the left are from the Vintage Trinkets pack (p. 187).

How do you like the leaf behind the greeting? It looked too plain without it. I first stamped it on scrap paper and then onto the card stock to get a faint image of the leaf. Then, I stamped the greeting using Soft Suede ink. The greeting piece is also attached with Stampin' Dimensionals (p. 197) to raise it up.

Stamps: French Foliage (Mini) & Sincere Salutations

Ink: Soft Suede, Cajun Craze, & More Mustard Classic pads

Paper: Cajun Craze, Soft Suede, & Naturals Ivory card stock

Accessories: Big Shot Die-Cut Machine, SU! Square Lattice Impressions Folder, Log Cabin Smooch Spritz, Vintage Trinkets, Paper-Piercing Tool, Mat Pack, Stamping Sponges, & Stampin' Dimensionals

Friday, October 1, 2010

Greeting Card Kids Box

Here's the last of 3 Halloween projects that will be made at my Fall/Halloween stamp camp. The other 2 are pictured in the last 2 days' posts. If you get my newsletter, you might notice that this looks a little different from the newsletter picture. I wasn't completely happy with how it looked, so I added another layer of designer paper to the bottom of the box and added the ribbon type strip across the middle. I like it better, and all I did was make two little changes. I love how that works sometimes!

I learned how to make this box on Angie Kennedy Juda's blog, Chic' n Scratch. She always has wonderful stuff on her site. If you would like to know more about my Fall/Halloween Stamp Camp, CLICK HERE.

Stamps: Greeting Card Kids and Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Basic Black, Rich Razzleberry, Cajun Craze, Old Olive, Soft Suede and More Mustard Classic ink pad; Jet Black Stazon ink pad; Blush Blossom Stampin' Write Marker

Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Cajun Craze, Basic Black, & Confetti White card stock; Wicked Fun Specialty DSP

Accessories: Raven 1/2" Lace Trim, Old Olive 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Aqua Painter, 1-3/4" x 7/8" Oval L Punch, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border, & Paper Cutter with scoring blade.

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