Thursday, November 15, 2007

More Cards!! Thanks for looking!

Here's a few more cards I have made in the last couple of weeks. If there is anything you don't understand, please email me and I will be happy to help!!

These next six cards are all made from the same sketch, but all with different colors of card stock and designer papers - can you see the possibilites with just one idea? Such fun!! I'll call this technique "Rectangle Layering"

I made 4 layers: #1 layer is the card base; #2 layer is a lighter matching color; #3 is the card base color; #4 is the designer paper which is cut in half length-wise and then in half vertically and then placed apart to show the card stock beneath!

#1 Rectangle Layering

Stamp Set: True Friend
Card Stock: Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Apple Cider Designer Paper (Holiday Mini)
Ink: Versa Mark and Gold Embossing Powder

#2 Rectangle Layering

Stamp Set: In the Spotlight
Card Stock: Brillant Blue, Whisper White, Soft Sky, Cutie Pie Designer Paper
Ink: Brillant Blue, White Gel Pen
Embellishments: Ice Rhinestone Brad
Punches: Scallop Circle, 1 3/8" & 1 1/4" Circle

#3 Rectangle Layering

Stamp Set: Baroque Motifs
Card Stock: Basic Black, River Rock, River Rock Designer Series
Ink: Basic Black

#4 Rectangle Layering

Card Stock: Blue Bayou, Whisper White, Soft Sky Designer Series Paper
Punches: Scallop Circle, Snow Blossom
Embellishments: Ice Rhinestone Brad, 2 Way Glue, Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder

I punched the snow blossom and then used the scallop circle punch. I then glued the punch with the 2-way glue and heat embossed the iridescent ice embossing powder. I then mounted it on the 1 3/8" blue bayou circle with dimensionals

#5 Rectangle Layering

Stamp Sets: Fabulous Flowers, Short & Sweet
Card Stock: Real Red, Dashing Designer Paper, Old Olive, Whisper White
Ink: Real Red
Embellishment: Fire Rhinestone Brad
Punches: Scallop Circle, 1 3/8" circle

#6 Rectangle Layering

Stamp Sets: True Friend
Card Stock: Blue Bayou, Whisper White, Soft Sky Designer Paper
Ink: Blue Bayou, White Gel Pen
Embellishments: Ice Rhinestone Brad, Blue Bayou Double Stitched Ribbon

And some more cards.....

More Dashing Paper!! Simple Christmas

Stamp Set: Punch Pals, Tags on Board
Card Stock: Very Vanilla, Real Red, Old Olive, Dashing Designer Paper
Ink: Old Olive
Punchs: Scallop Circle, 1 3/8" Circle

Punch Pals Holiday Greetings

Stamp Sets: Punch Pals, Sincere Salutations
Card Stock: Soft Sky, Whisper White
Ink: Blue Bayou
Embellishments: Blue Bayou Double Stitched Ribbon
Punches: Scallop Circle, 1 3/8", 1" and 1/2" circles

I punched the "Tis the Season" on white and cut out with the scallop circle punch. I then punched it again on Soft Sky and used the 1 3/8" and 1" circle and used the 1" punch to cut our the circle. Then cut out the little snow flake from Punch Pals and raised it with dimensionals - clear as mud?

Blue Bayou Merry Christmas

Stamp Sets: Baroque Motifs, Holidays & Wishes
Card Stock: Blue Bauou, Whisper White, Soft Sky Designer Paper
Ink: Blue Buy, Soft Sky, Gel Pen
Embellishments: Ice Rhinestone Brad
Punch: 1 3/8" circle

I stamped the small flower in craft white ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. Adds a beautiful effect!

Tea Bag Folding Technique

This card just really intrigued me - I just had to try it. I didn't add a sentiment, but I'm going to use it this year - I just love this!! And, yes, I will be happy to do a technique class on this. SO many possibilities with this lovely technique

Card Stock: Real Red, Confetti White, Cerise Designer Paper
Embellishments: Bold Brights Buttons

Click here for instructions on how to do the folding.

Blue Bayou/River Rock Merry Christmas

Another Card that is very simple, but I really like hte colors!!

Stamp Set: In the Spotlight, Holidays & Wishes
Card Stock: Blue Bayou, River Rock Designer Series Paper
Ink: Blue Bayou
Embellishments: Blue Bayou Double Stitched Ribbon, Ice Rhinestone Brads

Very Merry with Designer Paper

Very different colors for the Holidays, but I relaly like them!!

Stamp Set: Short & Sweet
Card Stock: Really Rust, Old Olive, Fall Flowers Designer Papers, Whisper White
Ink: Really Rust
Embellishments: Vintage Antique Brass Brads, Mellow Moss Grosgrain Ribbon
Punches: Large and small Oval, 5-Petal Flower, Scallop Circle

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Just a few cards tonight.....

Here's a few cards I made up for the Christmas Stamp-A-Stack to showcase. Hope you enjoy them! Will put up more soon.

Lovely as a Tree (again a real favorite stamp set!!)

Stamp Set: Lovely as a Tree
Card Stock: Sage Shadow, Handsome Hunter
Ink: White Craft Ink and Clear Embossing Powder
Embellishments: Sherbet Ribbon Orignals (green velvet)
Punch: Ticket Corner Punch

Dahlia Fold and Lattice Fold

This was a really intricate card to make, but I really enjoyed it. Saw some beautiful ones posted, so had to try it! Yes, I will be happy to do a techniques class on this!!

Stamp Set: Tags on Board
Card Stock: Whisper White, Cerise designer paper, Real Red
Ink: Real Red
Embellishment: Sqare Ice Rhinestone Brad
Punches: 1 3/8" circle punch, large and small oval punches,

Click here for instructions on how to fold the dahlia. I will be happy to share the lattice technique sometime also!!

More holiday cards!!

Stamp Set: Tags on Board
Card Stock: Real Red, Certainly Celery, Dashing Designer Paper, Whisper White
Ink: Real Red, Real Red Stampin' Write Marker and Certainly Celery Stampin Write Marker, Gel Pen
Embellishment: 5/8" Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon
Punches: Scallop Circle, 1 1/4" Circle, 1" Circle, Large and Small Oval & ticket Corner Punch

Stamp Set: Tag on Board
Card Stock: Real Red, Whisper White, Certainly Celery, Dashing Designer Prints
Ink: Real Red
Embellishments: Square Ice Rhinestone Brad
Punches: Scallop Circle, 1 3/8" and 1" Circle, Slit Punch (for the scallops)

Frosty - One of my all-time favorite sets - can't do the holidays without Frosty!

Stamp Set: Frosty
Card Stock: Real Red, Whisper White, Dashing Designer Prints
Ink: Basic Black, Stampin Write Markers (to color Frosty), Craft Real Red Ink (to emboss Happy Holidays with Clear Embossing Powder)
Embellishments: Bold Brights 1 Eyelets

Criss Cross Holiday Card

I just had to try out the Criss Cross Card. What fun!!

Stamp Sets: In the Spotlight (Hostess), Doodle This, So Many Sayings (Hostess)
Card Stock: Real Red, Whisper White, Certainly Celery, Dashing Designer Papers
Ink: Rear Red
Embellishments: Square Ice Rhinestone Brad, Jumbo Eyelets
Punches: Scallop Circle Punch, Round Tab Punch

For directions on how to make a Criss Cross Card, check out the resource page on Splitcoast Stampers web site by clicking here

Here's is the insert in the Criss Cross Card - I can imagine placing a family picture on this with the slit punch and using it as a really special holiday card!!

So MANY possibilities with this type of card. I have truly fallen in love with the designer papers. Don't forget they are Buy 3 Get 1 Free through the 30th of November. Email me at if you would like to take advantage of this great deal!!

Cerise Merry Christmas

Stamp Set: Holiday & Wishes
Card Stock: Whisper White, Real Red, Cerise Designer Papers
Ink: Real Red
Embellishments: Bold Brights Brads
Punches: Scallop Circle Punch, Round Tab Punch (to back the Scallop Circle Punch - see tutorial below), 1 3/8" punch, Photo Corners


Stamp Sets: Year After Year, Holidays & Wishes
Card Stock: Creamy Caramel, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron Designer Prints, Whisper White, Sage Shadow
Ink: Pumpkin Pie
Embellishments: Moss Gingham Ribbon, Square Fire Rhinestone Brad, Sponge Daubers
Punch: Ticket Corner Punch

Monday, November 12, 2007

Stamp-A-Stack November 10, 2007

Stay tuned for more cards - hopefully tomorrow. We had a bummer of an evening. Came home and turned on the oven to cook German Pancakes. The lower element burned out. So....what to do....we have company coming tomorrow night. YIKES!! So we headed to Bend to try to find a new stove. None to be had. I'll try again in the morning, but looks like a crockpot meal for tomorrow night!!

Here are the cards we did on Saturday. We made five different cards and three of each. Thanks, gals for coming!

#5 Punch Pals Penguin

Stamp Sets: Punch Pals, So Many Saying (Hostess)
Card Stock: Sage Shadow, Whisper White, Wintergreen Designer Paper
Ink: Sage Shadow, Basic Black, Watercolor Wonder Crayons
Embellishments: Crafter's Tool Kit, Whisper White Grosgrain Ribbon
Punches: Scallop Circle, 1 3/8" & 1 1/4" Circle, Word Window

#4 Cerise Pinwheel

Stamp Sets: Priceless, Labelicious
Card Stock: Real Red, Very Vanilla
Ink: Real Red
Embellishments: Bold Bright Buttons, Crystal Effects
Punch: Designer Label

This was challenging, but everyone met the challenge!! The ticket was to figure out how to fold and adhere the pinwheels (hold the triangle up and fold right corner to the top!!) Then adhere with a bit of snail to keep in place and when all are straight use the crystal effects and then place the button - worked like a charm!!

#3 Lovely as a Tree

Stamp Sets: Lovely as a Tree, Weathered Background, Sincere Salutations
Card Stock: Soft Sky, Blue Bayou, Whisper White
Ink: Blue Bayou
Embellishments: Blue Bayou Double Stitched Ribbon, Sponge Daubers

#2 Peaceful Wishes

Stamp Sets: Peaceful Wishes All Holidays (Sentiments)
Card Stock: Purely Pomegranate, Pretty in Pink, Old Olive, Very Vanilla
Ink: Old Olive, Purely Pomegranate
Embellishments: Purely Pomegranate Double Stitched Ribbon; Crafter's Tool Kit

#1 Holiday Harmony Designer Paper

Stamp Set: Punch Pals
Card Stock: Always Artichoke, Holiday Harmony Designer Paper (Holiday Mini Catalog), Purely Pomegranate, Very Vanilla
Ink: Purely Pomegranate
Embellishments: Silver Brads
Punches: Scallop Circle Punch, Round Tab Punch

TIP: We learned this really neat tip at Portland Regionals in October. There isn't a circle big enough to back the scallop circle punch, so.....Here's a brief tutorial on how to give your scallop punch a real punch!!

You will need:

Round Tab Punch
Background cardstock
Snail adhesive

Punch two tab punches in your background color

Using a small amount of snail, apply on both pieces in the center (about 3/4")

Now line them up so that they form a perfect circle and adhere them

Mount your scallop punched circle on top and you have a perfect background to make your scallop stand out!! Simple, eh? So keep those scraps around!!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Tag Punch Star Tutorial

I appreciate all the comments on this tutorial - I just wanted to remind everyone that this was not my idea, but came from Shadow Mill on I did this tutorial for my customers and anyone else who wants to see this beautiful technique!! And I just had an email from a kind person who pointed out that this was also posted earlier on Kelly's Picasa web site here

Whoever created this technique originally deserves the credit and I give it to them. I did not create it, and this tutorial is for my own customers who saw this at my Stamp-A-Stack on Saturday. I was unaware of Kelly's tutorial, so wanted my customers to benefit from this amazing creation!!

I'm going to guide you through making the tag punch star I showed at my last two classes. I have fallen in love with them and want to share. I want to give credit to "Shadow Mill" on SCS for this wonderful new technique!!

You will need for this project:

Ballet Blue Card Stock
2 Way Glue
Paper Snips
Large and Small Tag Punches

You can use any card stock or designer papers and I will show this made with different papers below

Step 1:

Punch out 16 small tag punches leaving space between each punch of about 1/4"

Step 2:

Frame the small cutout with your large tag punch and punch it out. you will now have 16 large frames

Step 3:

Take 4 of the frames and make a cross as shown above on vellum. Glue them down with the 2-way glue

Step 4:

Now take 4 more frames and offset them as shown above. Glue these down.

Step 5:

Now you are ready to cut. Take your paper snips and clip out each "square" piece into the center as above. You will end up having the star shape!! Neat, eh?

Step 6:

Follow Steps 1-5 making another star shape.

Now mount one star upon the other with dimensionals.

Finish your card

I used some ballet blue craft ink and stamped the star from True Friend (Holiday Mini Catalog) then embossed with clear embossing powder onto whisper white card stock. I mounted this piece in the center with dimensionals. I used Whisper White card stock for my card, and the little light blue flowers from Cutie Pie Designer Paper. I also stamped the stars from True Friend onto the whisper white card stock. I also mounted the star on the card with dimensionals.

Here are three more cards I made:

This first card uses Real Red for the backing and the card base. I used gold cardstock for the frames. I punched out a star with the star punch and used a pearl from the Pretties Kit in the center. I also punched out a 3/4" circle from the gold for under the star. Then I used the Dashing Designer Paper to mount the star on. I also embossed Happy Holidays from the Stamp Set Frosty in gold.

For this card I used whisper white card stock for the base and then added real red and another layer of whisper white. I cut the second WW so the red would show through on the diagonal. For the star I used Cerise designer paper for the base and real red for the frames. I then stamped the star from True Friend and adhered and half pearl from the Pretties Kit.

This last card is totally different and was actually the first one I tried. I was searching through my stock of paper and found this green piece of vellum. I used the green vellum for the star base adn whisper white fo rthe frames. I stamped the snow flake from "In the Spotlight" stamp set (hostess) and adhered it to the center of the star. I used Certainly Celery card stock with a layer of Always Artichoke and then Winter Designer Paper to set off the star.

If you decide to try this technique, please send me your card and I will put it up to share with everyone. I love all your creations too!!

And that goes for anything you would like to share. I'm looking forward to seeing Beth's turkeys when she gets them done!!