Archive for August, 2008

Lovely as a Tree Faux Cracked Glass

I designed this card using Lovely as a Tree stamp set from Stampin’ Up!. This is one of my favorite stamp sets. I think everyone owns it. I used a technique called Faux Cracked Glass and Thumping. I learned how to do the Faux Cracked Glass technique last year at the Stampin’ Up! Convention. How amazing and easy it is to do this. It is better than waiting while your image is in the freezer getting cold.


Faux Cracked Glass Technique:

1. Stamp your focal point on your cardstock and color if desired.

2. Take your Versamarker pad and press it over your entire piece of cardstock, covering everything including your focal point.

3. Pour Glassy Glaze Powder over entire piece of cardstock and heat with your heat tool.

4. Repeat number 2 and 3 again.

5. Now this is the most important step. Make sure you have lightly inked up the Weathered Background stamp before you Repeat number 2 again. Once you have heated your cardstock again with Glassy Glaze, WHILE IMAGE is still hot, press the lightly inked up Weathered Background stamp into the hot Glassy Glaze. If your Glasszy Glaze is not hot it will not work.


Thumping Technique:

1. Ink up your stamp with color of your choice, do not stamp image yet!

2. If you want to use more than one color for thumping – use your darkest color marker first. Tap with the side of the marker onto your image to add color.

3. Continue thumping marker on your image until you have a marbled look using another color if desired. I used More Mustard, Old Olive, and Really Rust Markers.

4. After you have thumped as much as you want, huff (breath heavily) on the stamp. Breathing on the image remoistens ink on the image. Now you can stamp on your cardstock. Viola!



Stamp Set: Lovely as a Tree, Season by Season, Canvas

Cardstock: Really Rust, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla

Ink: Really Rust, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip

Accessories: Brads, Glassy Glaze, Chocolate Grosgrain Ribbon, More Mustard, Old Olive, Really Rust Markers


Upsy Daisy Card from Convention

This card was demonstrated at convention. I loved the technique and the stamp set, so I had to try to duplicate it once I got home. I CASED (copy and share everything) the card but switched the greeting. I also tried it with Almost Amethyst and Bashful Blue inks. Those colors looked great too! All you do is ink up your sponge daubers using stamp pads of different colors. Tap on the rubber image in spots you want each color. Do the magic HUFFING (breathe on your stamped image to re-moisten)! Then stamp your image on Whisper White cardstock. Each image will come out looking different!

Stamp Set: Upsy Daisy

Cardstock: Pink Pirouette, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White, Riding Hood Red

Ink: Pink Pirouette, Tangerine Tango, Riding Hood Red

Accessories: Sponge Daubers, Hemp Twine, Designer Buttons

Haunting Halloween

This is one of the cards I will be doing for my Halloween/Thanksgiving Stamp-a-Stack coming up soon. Love the colors! Take your Polka Dot Background stamp, ink up with Basic Black and stamp on Whisper White cardstock. Stamp your bat image and punch out with 1 1/4″ circle punch, then layer with 1 3/8″ circle punch and scallop punch. Adhere with Dimensionals. Use Scallop Edge punch on Lovely Lilac cardstock. TaDa, you’re done!


Stamp Set: Haunting Halloween, Polka Dot Background Stamp

Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Lovely Lilac

Ink: Basic Black

Accessories: Black Gingham Ribbon, Scallop Edge Punch, 1 3/8″ and 1 1/4″ Circle Punches, Dimensionals


Hope you’ll stop by again to visit!

Pocket Silhouettes

I just love scallops, can you tell? I designed this card using the new stamp set Pocket Silhouettes, Scallop Square and Scallop Edge punches. This is an unbelievable fast card to make. A simple card for your workshops! Stamp your images, then punch them out with the square scallop punch and adhere to cardstock. This stamp set is on sale now for 15% off. Call or email me today to order yours!

Stamp Set: Pocket Silhouettes
Cardstock: Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: Scallop Square, Scallop Edge, Word Window Punch, Black Gingham Ribbon

A Note of Thanks Box

This has got to be my favorite Make & Take from Convention this year (of course the gift bag too). How fabulous is this Pink Pirouette cardstock? My favorite NEW In Color this year. We used a rub on for the center of the flower along with a Rhinestone brad. Absolutely beautiful! My picture does not do this box justice. It really IS beautiful! The photo next to the box is a note card but you really cannot see the Pink Pirouette flowers stamped on it either, sorry! 



Stamp Set: Eastern Blooms, Thank You Kindly

Cardstock: Naturals White, Pink Pirouette, Bella Rose DSP

Ink: Chocolate Chip, Pink Pirouette

Accessories: Silver Chunky Glitter, Pink Kirouette 1 ¼” grosgrain ribbon, linen thread, Pink Fire Circle Rhinestone brad, Hidden Garden Rub-Ons, crystal effects, mini glue dots, pop up glue dots, sticky strip, crafters’ tool kit, scallop edge punch, 1” circle punch



Score 9 ½” x 6” Pink Pirouette cardstock at 4” and 51/2”, then turn cardstock and score sides at 1”. Cut scored line a little ways to close box.

Stamp flowers in Pink Pirouette.

Use Scallop Edge punch along DSP. Wrap DSP strip around box and adhere using Sticky Strip.

Thread needle with linen thread and stitch along ribbon. Pull thread and gather ribbon in a circle to form flower. Tie knot to secure.

Apply crystal effects to edge of ribbon and add glitter.

Apply Chocolate Chip rub-on to Pink Pirouette cardstock and punch out using 1” circle punch, attach brad.

Stamp wording in Chocolate Chip on Naturals White and cut out like a banner.

Note card has flowers stamped in Pink Pirouette.

Adhere rub-on circle to center of flower with a pop-up glue dot. Adhere banner to rosette with mini glue dot.


Check back often as I’ll try not to forget to post!



Inspired by Nature Gift Bag from Convention 2008

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while. I keep forgetting! Here is another 2008 SU Convention Make & Take. How cool is this gift bag? I wasn’t really crazy about this stamp set (Inspired by Nature) at first, but now I LOVE it! I’ve got to run out and get some of these gift bags!



Stamp Set: Inspired by Nature

Cardstock: Tangerine Tango, Whisper White, Tangerine Tango Patterns DSP

Ink: Tangerine Tango, Basic Black, Whisper White Craft, VersaMark

Accessories: Gift Bag, So Saffron 7/8” poly twill ribbon, sticky strip, crop-a-dile



Stamp grass in VersaMark on Tangerine Tango cardstock

Ink flowers with Whisper White and stamp on Tangerine Tango cardstock

Adhere Tangerine Tango Patterns DSP to top of Tangerine Tango cardstock

Cut So Saffron ribbon into 3 pieces – 10”, 7” and 3”. Adhere 10” piece to bag and make a faux bow with 7” and 3” pieces.

Adhere Tangerine Tango cardstock to gift bag with sticky strip

Cut whisper white cardstock 6” x 3” and fold in half to make a 3×3 card. Stamp word image on card using Basic Black ink and stamp flower image in Tangerine Tango. Punch 3/16” hole in top left corner of card and cut a slit and attach to handle of bag.


Thanks for stopping by, come back again real soon.

Scrapbook Page from Convention

This is one of our EIGHT 2008 Convention Make & Takes. It is a 81/2” x 81/2” scrapbook page using On Board Loads of Letters, Flower Fusion Too Accents & Elements: Extra Large Baja Breeze 5-petal flower and Button Bouquet: Baja Breeze embossed flower. Isn’t this a great page! Keep checking back for all the make & takes with instructions!



Stamp Set: Flight of the Butterfly

Cardstock: More Mustard, Old Olive, Rose Red, Whisper White and Baja Breeze textured

Ink: Old Olive, Rose Red, Whisper White Craft, VersaMark

Accessories: On Board Loads of Letters, Rose Red ribbon, Linen Thread, 5-petal flower (flower fusion), Baja Breeze flower, dimensionals, mini glue dots, scallop edge punch, sponge daubers and stamp-a-ma-jig.



You color your chipboard letters in Whisper White Craft ink using a sponge dauber. Let dry.

Punch edge of Rose Red cardstock using scallop edge punch.

Stamp bold butterfly in VersaMark on Rose Red cardstock and then stamp polka dot butterfly in Rose Red ink over bold butterfly.

Adhere Baja Breeze textured cardstock about 1 ¾” from the bottom edge of rose red cardstock.

Stamp sentiment in old olive ink on Old Olive cardstock (making a stem).

Stamp small flower image in VersaMark on More Mustard cardstock.

Tie Rose Red Ribbon around Old Olive cardstock and adhere Old Olive to Rose Red cardstock

Thread linen thread through button hole and tie knot in back. Adhere to felt flower with mini glue dot. Use Stampin’ Dimensional to adhere felt flower to cardstock.

Attach chipboard letters to page with mini glue dots

Stamp small polka dot butterfly in Old Olive ink on Whisper White cardstock. Cut out and adhere to “U” with mini glue dots

Do your journaling with white gel pen under your picture.

August 2008
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