Thursday, May 19, 2022

Thank You

In my job as a Staff Writer for RubberStampMadness magazine, I get to interview some really neat rubber artists and that process becomes the best part of the job.  For each stamper, my task is to write up a short article describing their submitted card that will appear in the next issue.  Some stampers even send me lovely bits and pieces of their work that help me to better describe their style of art. Stamper Nicole Camp sent me some lovely things and I brought out one of my favorite designs to thank her . . .


This is a resist method which is really easy to do:  stamp and emboss the image, and then color in the petals with a regular white crayon.  Then, sponge on the warm colors with a circular motion.  User a paper towel to gently remove any ink from the petals. 

The crayoned and embossed areas will resist the color and the rest of the cardstock will pick it up.  Easy and fun!


Cardstock:              Bazzill Raven, Beckett Candlelight, Generic Pumpkin

Stamps:                   Peddler's Pack Sunflower, Hero Precious Thank You

Inks:                        ColorBox Black, Distress Wild Honey, Spiced


Emb Powder:          Judikins Detail Black

Colored Pencils:     Prisma White

Dies:                        Spellbinders Standard Circles

Emb Folder:             Cuttlebug Tiny Mesh

Doo Dads:                White stitched 3/8" Black grosgrain ribbon

Monday, May 16, 2022


Not exactly the results I was hoping for . . .

 . . . but I had fun anyway.  Gloria Page’s style is very different from mine which is why it appeals to me so much.  It is a chance to get out of my comfort zone and challenge myself to discovering new ways of looking at things.  There are bound to be results that are less than successful, but then that’s all part of the journey, yes?


Cardstock:   Neenah Desert Storm, Nicole #140 Premiere Watercolor      

Stamps:        Gloria Page Get Into Nature set

Inks:               VersaFine Olympia Green, VersaMark, Distress Mustard

Seed, Wild Honey

Emb Pwdr:   Ranger Gold

Dies:              DieVersions font Noodles            

Doo Dads:    Excel Sewing Pattern Marker, Craft-T Rub-ons Brass         

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Sweet Cali Girl

Losing a beloved pet is one of the hardest of events to endure . . .

Cali Girl belonged to my dear friends and neighbors and was originally from the West Coast.  She was named for her sandy coloring as a nod to California’s sunny beaches.

Cali Girl was a sweetie and will be very much missed . . .

Cardstock:   Handmade paper Ivory, Marcos Antique Linen,

Scrap Dark Green  

Stamps:        Kaiser Marble, Little Yellow Bicycle Baby Girl: “Sweet”,


Inks:             ColorBox Gold, Distress Brushed Corduroy

Emb Pwdr:   Ranger Gold

Dies:             Impression Obsession Ten Fun Felines, Hero Palm

Fancy Die, InLoveArtShop Flowers In Vase set, English

Letters: “Cali”, DieVersions font Hint of Lime: Numbers

Monday, May 9, 2022


My love affair with Gloria Page’s carved artistry continues with her delightful dragonfly duo . . .

My original plan was to put the card front into an embossing folder to add some texture.  But I forgot to do that before I glued down the dragonfly panel.  Next best choice was to do some sketchy ribbon-style strips in the same color cardstock for a subtle, tone-on-tone look. I like it even better than my original plan . . . how I love it when a mistake turns into a plus!

Cardstock:   Nicole Premiere #140 Watercolor, Scrap Black 

Stamps:       Gloria Page Dragonflies

Inks:               Hero Black

Colorants:    Lindy’s Stamp Gang Shabby Turbine Teal

Dies:             InLoveArtShop English Letters, Elizabeth Crafts 

                      Ribbons 1             

Doo Dads:   Joy Pearls Teal      

Thursday, May 5, 2022


How I love putting a smooth white cardstock next to a textured or patterned one . . .

 . . . the one just seems to emphasize the other so well.  A nice pop of color seems to set both textures off to their advantage, and I enjoy yet another chance to use an antique oldie die from Spellbinders.  The rose was retired ages ago but it still works for so many of my projects.  How neat that dies never wear out – at least none of mine have!


Cardstock:   Bazzill Dark Rosy, Nicole #140 Premiere Watercolor   

Stamps:       So She Stamps Dream

Inks:             ColorBox Gold

Waterclrs:    Iuile Sorbet, New Leaf

Emb Pwdr:   Ranger Gold

Dies:            Impression Obsession Large Frame, Hero Flower Garden,

Spellbinders Rose, Goodculler Stitched Rectangles            

           Doo Dads:    Perfect Pearls mist Gold    

Monday, May 2, 2022


Gloria Page’s original design on the black and white panel features a few Chinese characters.  As they were hard to see clearly, I opted for a little subterfuge . . .


 . . . I triple-stamped one of her gingko leaves in green and mounted them over the characters, pop dotting them over the background for further texture and dimension.

Work-arounds like this are one of the things I love most about stamping:  nearly always, there’s another way to work with an image that adds variety and extends the creative life of the original.  More fun, and definitely more bang for the buck!

Cardstock:   Bazzill Ivy, Nicole Premiere #140 Watercolor, Hanko

Echizen Gold

Stamps:       Gloria Page sets:  Cranes in the Grass, Get Into Nature  

Inks:             Hero Black, Ancient Page Pine

Dies:            InLoveArtShop English Letters               

Doo Dads:    Jute Gold, Viva Paper Pen Gold

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Happy Fall

My dear friend Bonnie isn’t comfortable with birthday celebrations because she has experienced some unhappy times with hers.  But she will let me make her a Fall card to mark the season . . .

Some lovely warm colors, a stitched triple window die to showcase three of Gloria Page’s carved leaves, and a lacy vine background to set things off.  I think she’ll smile when she gets this . . . 


Cardstock:   Bazzill Sunshine, Nicole Premiere #140 Watercolor,


Stamps:       Gloria Page Leaves

Inks:             Hero Black, Distress Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge

Dies:              Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Pieces, Impression Obsession

Small Flourish Background, Carta Bella Hello Fall Set:

“Fall”, Tattered Lace Everyday Sentiments: “Happy”                 

Doo Dads:    Inkssentials Enamel Accents Black