Archive for the ‘Techniques’ Category

Beautiful Blooms

As you can see I received my happy mail yesterday!!!  Swiss dots is so beautiful I have only used it once but I know it will be my fav!!  For those of you that have visited before you probably noticed I changed things on the blog, I am trying to unclutter things and make it easier to navigate.  What do you think?? 

 Well the weather here is gorgeous and I am really enjoying going out without a coat or jacket!!  I feel so FREE, LOL!  The girls and I had a fun afternoon of cruising the mall today and catching some good sales.  Such a wondeful day, I even managed to sneak in some stamping time 😉

For the card, I used the  emboss resist technique with the images.  First I stamped the small flowers in Sweet Blush on PTI white cs and then stamped my larger flower in Versamark ink and heat embossed using clear EP.  I then sponged Berry sorbet ink all over the white cardstock and embossed flowers- took a tissue and wiped away the excess ink on the EP and then added bling.  🙂 

Supplies:  Stamps:  Beautiful Blooms (PTI).  CS: Aqua mist, White cs, and Sweet Blush (all PTI).  Accessories:  Aqua twill ribbon, Clear EP, rhinestone stickers, Swiss dots embossing folder.

Mojo Sketch Challenge


Once I saw the Mojo sketch challenge I knew it would be an easy one for me to do, this is the layout that I always tend to use for some reason.  When I was working on designing my swap cards a couple of weeks ago, every time I would make a flower, it would remind me of a lady with a fancy hat or with curlers in her hair so I had to finally make one.  I normally get all my ideas from other stampers either from their blogs or SCS but this I haven’t seen this yet so I am so happy I came up with an original idea for once 😉 

 Everything on the card is SU except for the 2″ circle for the face.   Supplies:  Stamps: Sincere Salutations.  CS:  Pumpkin pie, Taken with Teal, Whisper White, basic black, Purely Pomegranate, and Bali Breeze DSP.  Punches: Double Circle (for eyes), 1 3/8 Circle, Ticket corner, Marvy circle, and Word Window (for lips) I first punched through purely pomegrante then slightly moving the punch (using the negative piece) then punch again for the lips.  Accessories:  Paper piercer and Template, flower fusion flower, brads, and tempting turquoise grosgrain ribbon.

Circle Template for Journaling

I had to share this link.  I always see all the cute pages using cirles for journaling in the magazines and I always love the layouts but didn’t want to use my messy handwriting.  Creating keepsakes has templates on the website that you can download so we can use the templates for our pages!!  

Two-for-one deal ;)


I rolled two combos into one, Beate’s sketch and SCS technique challenge from last week- Negative effect using the cuddlebug.   I used Purely Pomegranate ink on the embossing folder before running the Pretty in Pink CS through the Cuttlebug machine.  I think I could have done without the flowers along the side but those embossed circles were looking a little lonely to me.  LOL 

I recieved my package of new stamps from the Free wheelin’ promotion this morning – I was so glad I waited to get the three sets I got- the FREE matching wheels are awesome!   

Well,  I just checked Beate’s blog and she used the Nestabilities for her panel- too cool we had the same idea!  For those of you that don’t know,  Beate is such a talented stamper, I LOVE her work- she is a little like a celeb to me! 🙂 

Supplies:  Stamps: Enjoy every moment.  CS: Purely Pomegranate, pretty in pink,  Chocolate Chip, and  Whisper White.  Accessories:  Rhinestone brads, soft subtle brads, cuttlebug embossing folder, Nestabilities, flower fusion flowers, and wide Chocolate Chip Grosgrain ribbon. 

Measurements:  Large embossed panel:  2 3/4 X3 3/4.  Sentiment panel:  3 1/2 X 1 5/8  Matting:  3 5/8 X 1 3/4

Technique Challenge Monday


TLC161 Flap fold cards.  Don’t use just love when you get to do the challenge on the same day it is posted?!!   It doesn’t happen too often but the second I saw it I knew what I wanted to do!!  This card was so easy and fun to make!!!   I didn’t have any fancy snaps for the closure so I had to use the velcro that I had in my drawer.  I hate that you can see it when it is open but I don’t think the recipient will care too much. 🙂


flapfoldopen_blog.jpg I love how it turned out.    The flowers and swirls are from the Boxes, tags, and bags set from Papertrey Inc.   

Card Info:  Cardstock:  Aqua mist, sweet blush, white- Papertrey.   Pink Patterns paper.

Stamps: a little set from Archiver’s for cupcake and boxes, tags, and bags.

Accessories:  Nestabilities, marvy punches, scor-pal, circle template, sweet blush polka dot ribbon, velcro.

All Instructions can be found in the link above for the challenge on splitcoast.

Color Challenge from last week


Well I am a little behind here, first I had the swaps to work on then my MIL bday scrapbook for her, and then I was sick.  Yuck!! Well things are finally slowing down around here so I thought I would finally CASE this card that was in our Stampin’ Success to try to get back into the flow of things around here.   I changed the colors and the ribbon they used.

The technique is faux tiles.  I used my scoring blade on my trimmer and turned my cardstock at an angle and scored every inch.  I really like the texture this technique gives to the card, I will have to try this technique again. 

Supplies:  Stamps:  Kind thoughts.  Ink:  Basic gray and Purely pomegranate.  Accessories:  Satin ribbon.  Cardstock: Purely pomegranate, Basic Gray, and basic black.

Measurements: Black layer 5 1/4 X 4.  Basic gray 5 1/8 X 3 7/8.

Color combo was CC157 on SCS

I took a couple of pictues of the technique, click on the thumbnails and you will be able to view them better.

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Dahlia Fold, Oh my!!


Oh my, what was I thinking!??  I was working on my specialty card swap and I agreed to make twelve of these babies.  I have never been a math wiz but let’s see… 8 circles X 12= 96 folded circles. YIKES!!!  LOL  Well needless to say you know what I will be doing for the next week or so!  It will be worth it and I can’t wait to receive all the swaps back- it is so fun getting the happy mail!

Supplies and measurements: Berry Bliss dsp:  stripes are 1 1/2 inches wide, circles were punched out using the 1 3/8 circle punch.   Purely Pomegranate: 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 , Chocolate Chip: 2 5/8×2 5/8, and base is Pretty in Pink cardstock.  Purely pomegranate ink.  One of a Kind stamp set and Boho Blossoms punch.

I found that when doing this technique it is easier to punch out a 2″ circle and marking the center- then mount the folded circles around it before mounting them on the card.  Instructions for the Dahlia fold can be found here.