Fool’s Gold Technique – Video Tutorial

I have a monthly technique class and am always looking for new ways of using paper, stamps and ink.  The Marbled Background Stamp has been in my stash for a few months and I wanted to use it for ‘something’ but not sure what – so I played for a while starting with stamping Memento Black ink and a quarter sheet of Whisper White card.

It was OK but was not floating my boat so I pulled out the Artisan Textures Stamp Set and randomly stamped over the surface with Versamark and sprinkled with Copper Embossing Powder then setting it with the Heat Gun……………. and there it was …………… a pretty cool effect that I have dubbed ‘Fool’s Gold’ as it reminds me of the rock of the same name – a throwback to my university degree where I majored in the Earth Sciences.

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Sweet and Simple Serene Garden with Spotlight Technique

Earlier this week I had my 2018 – 2019 Annual Catalog launch, each person got their own personal copy of the new catalog, we had a scavenger hunt,  a drool over some of the new products I was able to pre-order, snacks and some ‘make and takes’

One  of the make and takes was this card using a new stamp set, Serene Garden and one of the new card colors, Merry Merlot, plus some Stampin Blends pens – which will be available in the coming weeks.
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Mastering Ribbon # 2 ~ Quick and Easy Coloring

Stampin’ UP! has the most amazing selection of ribbons and trims ranging from twine  up to 1/2 inch wide and the selection of textures and colors that coordinate with other products makes it so easy to decorate cards and other paper crafting projects.  But sometimes you need a color or width that is not available, but all is not lost – in this post I am sharing how you can have ribbon in any of the colors in the Stampin’ UP! families. Continue reading

Touches of Texture Sympathy Card

Sympathy cards are some of the hardest cards to  make and send – because it recognizes sadness.  But they can also bring comfort to the person on the recieving end as well as for the sender of the card – that they have acknowledged the loss of a loved one and the sorrow they are experiencing.

Today I chose to use the Touches of Texture Stamp set, because I just love the ‘cornflower’ image and the ‘scattered dots’ stamp within in the set. Continue reading

Sweet and Simple ~ Truly Tailored

Today’s card is another in my Sweet and Simple series where I have set myself a little challenge using a small amount of equipment and supplies – kind of like one of those cookery shows where you are given 3 or 4 ingredients and you have to turn it into a spectacular 4 course meal!

Well today’s specatular card also bids a fond farewell to Emerald Envy – about to retire at the end of May.

I chose the Truly Tailored Stamp Set from the Occasions Catalog – perfect for guy type cards, birthday as well as for Father’s Day coming in June. Continue reading

Berry Burst String Art

First of all ………………. wishing you all a Happy Easter!

Today’s card uses a technique from one of my recent technique classes, it uses Whisper White Bakers Twine, bottle of ink and a telephone directory and not a stamp set in sight!

Every time you make a card with this technique it will be different as it depends on how the string is laid down on the card.  I plan to make a video tutorial on this as soon as tax season is over on April 17th………….. so watch this space! Continue reading

Painted Harvest – Simple Eclipse Technique

I have shared a number of cards using the very popular Eclipse technique – typically it uses letters but it does take a little time to assemble.  Using a punch  makes  a very quick and simple way to create this lovely 3D effect.

I broke out the beautiful Painted Harvest stamp set and used 3-step stampin’ to create the sunflowers.  Read on to find the video tutorial………………….. Continue reading

Touches of Texture Pop-Out Card with Video Tutorial

Here in the USA the clocks sprang forward this morning, who would have thought that losing an hour could have such an impact!  The mornings have gotten darker again and it will stay lighter this evening but it does mess up meal times and throws the Daisy Mae and Cici (our Yorkies)  out of wack completely.

I have a card with a little surprise when it is opened to share today, it would be a great card for almost anyone, particularly for children with the right colors etc  ~ but today I chose to use more feminine colors with one of my favorite stamp sets ~ Touches of Texture and the greeting is HUGS – just perfect for any occasion 🙂 Continue reading

Sweet and Simple ~ Lovely Wishes

Today’s card is another in my Sweet and Simple series where I have set myself a little challenge using a small amount of equipment and supplies – kind of like one of those cookery shows where you are given 3 or 4 ingredients and you have to turn it into a spectacular 4 course meal.  Then you find the basics such as stock, herbs, spices and pasta/rice etc are ‘pantry’ items and it turns out that the meal was made with a whole host of ‘hidden’ stuff we did not know about.

So the ‘pantry items’ for my challenge are going to be, adhesive, Stampin Trimmer, Bone folder and Paper-Piercing tool.  I am going to attempt to create  with 1 stamp set and some ink pads, 1 embellishment (other than paper or card)  and one additional tool, probably a punch.  Click here to see the first in the series.

I chose the Lovely Wishes Stamp Set from the Occasions Catalog – it has lots of ‘swirly’ images with leaves and dinky little flowers that remind me of tulips. Continue reading

Delightful Daisy meets Flourishing Phrases

February 25th………….. can you believe it has been 2 months since we celebrated Christmas!  Those of you who know me or follow my blog will know that I work for H & R Block during the tax season and we are well into the thick of preparing the nations tax returns – which is probably why the last 9 weeks or so  have flown by.

Today I am sharing one of the projects I designed for a group of ladies, known as the Soul Sisters, who invited me to be their entertainment for the February meeting, I chose to use the lovely Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper, pulling in  Night of Navy and Wisteria Wonder as my accent colors
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