Thursday, April 30, 2015


Inspired by a lovely card by blogger Holly Endress HERE, I decided to give her idea a try.  She stamped a feather in Distress Black Soot and then pulled some of the black outlines in with a water brush, after which she added several shades of brown . . .

 Her feather image was an open, much looser design than the one I have, and with the thicker lines in her stamp, the shading effects were much more pronounced.    My version falls short of the effect I was after, but I will be trying this with other designs that are not so intricate.  I think this change will make a big difference with the results on my next attempt.  Back to the drawing stamping board!

Cardstock:   Generic Dark Brown, The Paper Cut watercolor paper,
                          Neenah Solar White
Stamps:        Close to My Heart Feathers, Club Scrap “Congratulations!”
Inks:               Distress Black Soot, Brushed Corduroy, Walnut Stain,
                           ColorBox Black, Inkssentials White pen
Emb Powder:   Stampendous Shabby White, Judikins Detail Black
Dies:              Spellbinders Deckled Rectangles Small/Large
Impr Plate:    Papertrey Ink Herringbone
Doo Dads:    Woven jute ribbon, Tulip Hot Fix Jewels

Monday, April 27, 2015

Happy Anniversary

LOTS of happy color on this one . . .

The border die cut is actually quite ornate, but it's a little hard to see against the same-color background.  A little extra sponging might have taken care of that ....

Cardstock:   Neenah Solar White, Bazzill White
Stamps:        Technique Junkies Simple Sentiments Style C “Happy
Inks:               Distress Mowed Lawn, Barn Door, ColorBox Frost White,
                           Gelatos Banana, Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magicals: Merry
                           Go Round Green, Pineapple Paradise
Emb Powder:   Judikins Opaque White, Vippies Transcendence
Dies:              Marianne Anja’s Border
Watercolor Crayons:    Lyra Greens: 13067, 13068
Doo Dads:    Wink of Stella Clear, punches: McGill’s Pine, Unknown
                          Retro Heart

Thursday, April 23, 2015


I'm having a wonderful time with Lindy's Stamp Gang powders from their Magical line.  These are dried dye inks in powdered form which can be stirred into any water soluble medium to add color.  My favorite way of using them is to wet some cardstock, then pick up some of the powder with a dry brush and tap it onto the wet cardstock.  The wetter the cardstock, the more the color wicks out into wonderful random patterns.  You can use a fine spray mister to add more water if needed.  The results are always unpredictable,  which I think is half the fun . . .

My second tip of the day involves the "WOO HOO!" sentiment.  I felt the card needed something fun in the upper left corner and was mulling over various text options.  I absolutely love word stamps and have collected more than I'm going to admit to.  With numerous clear and cling sets having multiple text images, it was impossible to remember what words or phrases I had in my stash.  So, last year, I made a chart and typed every word and phrase I owned, and then ran an alpha sort.  I listed the manufacturer and the type (clear/cling/wood) so I'd know what section of my stamp storage I was looking for.  As new word stamps are acquired, it's easy to add them to the list, as this list is never printed out but rather kept in my computer.

It took a couple of days and was worth every minute.  Case in point is this card:  I thought it would be fun to stick a "WOO HOO" in that corner but had no idea if I had such a stamp.  Enter the list . . . found the phrase, stamped it, and done!

Cardstock:   American Crafts Primaries: Raspberry
Stamps:        Unity Damn, you’re old! set: cake and text, Impress Small
                           Dotted Flourish, Stampin’ Up Just Sayin’ “Woo Hoo!”
Inks:               ColorBox Frost White, Lindy’s Stamp Gang  Magical
                           Hibiscus Rose, Mango Mania, Orange Creamsicle,     
                           Pineapple Paradise, Gelatos Fuchsia, Banana,
                           Orange, Distress Picked Raspberries,
                           Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed
Emb Powder:  Judikins Opaque White
Dies:              Spellbinders Medallion Two, Sizzix Speech Bubble  
Doo Dads:    Silver thread

Monday, April 20, 2015

Many Thanks!

Have you ever gotten what seemed like a great creative idea for a card layout, then sat down to put it together – only to find that it just wasn't happening?  Oh well . . .

  . . . I guess that's part of the fun, yes?  This card bears not the slightest resemblance to what I originally had in mind.  But I like it, especially since I had fun using my two favorite embellishments.  One of these is UTEE which is scattered on top with no ink used as a binder – heat from beneath to melt the powder.  The other is Heat & Fix nail heads – the small gold dots which are randomly attached here.  So quick and easy, and those puppies are stuck permanently.  They come in metallic and in crystal styles with a wide range of colors.  Lotsa fun for sure . . .

Cardstock:   Bazzill Rain Forest, Beckett Moonlight
Stamps:        Stamp A Mania Line Background, Rubber Stampede
                           Eucalyptus, Stampin’ Up “Many Thanks”
Inks:               ColorBox Cream White, Distress Peeled Paint, Forest
                           Moss, Wild Honey
Emb Powder:  Stampendous Ivory Pearl, Shabby White
Punch:          Marvy 1½“ Scalloped Square
Doo Dads:    American Crafts Yellow Jute, deckled scissors, Tulip
                            Heat & Fix nail heads Gold

Thursday, April 16, 2015

A Bouquet of Wishes

Inspired by an embossed resist technique I learned about from Split Coast Stampers, I decided to give it a try with one of the French dictionary pages I was given earlier this year.  I applied gesso to one side and was prepared to stamp over the gesso.  But it was so opaque that none of the text was visible – which was supposed to be part of the design.  So I turned it over and used the other side instead . . .

 The problem is that the gesso-covered text was now visible from the other side.  I decided to regard it as texture and went ahead anyway.  I stamped the lilies and clear embossed.  Then I sponged over them with the three colors of Distress inks.  I like the results but I'm going to repeat this method without the gesso and see if I can keep the text visible on one side only.

Cardstock:   Generic Orchid, Cream, French dictionary page
Stamps:        Hero Lily Silhouette, Too Much Fun “A bouquet of wishes…”
Inks:               VersaMark, Distress Dusty Concord, Faded Jeans,
                           Tumbled Glass, Brushed Corduroy
Emb Powder:   Ranger Super Fine Detail Clear
Dies:              Tim Holtz Tattered Banners, Memory Box Grove Branch
Doo Dads:    Bonnie’s Best Metal Corners Cutout Bright Antique
                           Copper, Craf-T Products Copper Rub-Ons,
                           Ivory jute

Monday, April 13, 2015


Still dipping into the wonderful stash of lovely papers I was gifted with early this year . . .

Pictured are a velvety pinwale ribbed green wallpaper sample, a French dictionary page, and a piece of Asian washi paper.  The last two papers are quite thin, so they were adhered to cardstock before die cutting for added strength and subtle dimension.

Now I'm going back to the same stash to find more lovely papers to play with!  Much more to come for sure . . .

Cardstock:   Marcos Coventry Rag #140 White, various wallpaper
                           samples, French dictionary page
Stamps:        Printworks “Celebrate”
Inks:              Distress Old Paper, Dusty Concord, ColorBox Gold
Emb Powder:  Ranger Detail Gold
Dies:              Spellbinders Labels Eight, Cheery Lynn Tiny Flower Kit
Doo Dads:    Tulip  Hot Fix Jewels Gold

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Thank You

Jim and Lynn, our wonderful neighbors, gifted me with an extraordinary variety of lovely papers – everything from Asian text on very old  tissue, to wallpaper samples, to a lovely handmade Indian piece.  These are not new and they all look like they have some real history attached to them.  Naturally I had to put a card together with a couple of them right away . . .

The two papers used on this card are wallpaper samples and they have a soft feel but still with a very sturdy heft to them – just right for layering.  I don't normally use very many pre-printed papers, but I will happily make an exception with these.  I'm keeping them within arms' reach of my worktable and am so looking forward to finding creative ways to use them . . . stay tuned for future looks!

Cardstock:   Bazzill Light Sand, Generic wallpaper samples
Stamps:        Stampin’ Up “Thank you”
Inks:               Distress Brushed Corduroy
Emb Powder:   Vippies Transcendence
Punches:      Marvy Scalloped Rectangles
Doo Dads:    Oriental Trading Distressed Opaque Adhesive Jewels,
                           Tulip Hot Fix Brass nail heads

Monday, April 6, 2015

The Reunions of Tomorrow

For this stunning sentiment, I wanted to keep the layout very simple . . .

  . . . a watercolor wash in three misty colors, sparkly white embossed vellum, and a few crystal stars comprised most of the artwork.  Although many have had trouble with vellum warping when it's embossed, I'm happy to report that Stampin' Up's brand of vellum gave me no trouble at all. 

I do follow the prevailing advice, however:  let the heat gun warm up for about 10 seconds before aiming at the embossing powder.  This will keep the vellum's contact with the high heat to a minimum and reduce the chances of warping.

Cardstock:   Generic Textured White, Stampin’ Up Vellum
Stamps:        Wordsworth “Christ has made . . .”, Outlines Star
Inks:               ColorBox Frost White
Emb Powder:   Judikins White Diamonds
Watercolors:    Gansai Tambi Purple, Blue, Cornflower Blue
Doo Dads:    Pilot Silver Marker, Stamp Oasis Heat & Stick Powder,
                           Past Time Stamps Ultra Fine Glitter, EK Success
                           Cross punch

Thursday, April 2, 2015

I Am The Way

There is no greater event in the history of the universe.  He is risen indeed . . .
                         glorify Him!

I was hoping that the shape of the text layer would suggest a crown.  Having a nail head gem over it seemed especially appropriate for this card . . .

Cardstock:   Bazzill Pauly Poo, The Paper Cut Watercolor paper
Stamps:        Art Impressions Wispy Background, Stamp Magic
                           “I am the Way”, The Artful Stamper Cross Silhouette
Inks:               Kaleidacolor Calypso, ColorBox Black, Distress Wild Honey
Emb Powder:   WOW Black Puff, Ranger Super Fine Clear
Dies:              Lil Inkers Stitched Mats Rectangles, DieNamics Accent It:
                           Labels and Tags
Doo Dads:    Gold nailhead  gem