Sunday, February 18, 2018

Weather Together Shaker

Stamps: SU Weather Together
Paper: SU Smoky Slate, Calypso Coral, Whisper White, Marina Mist
Paper Size: A2
Ink: SU Calypso Coral, Chocolate Chip, Versamark
Accessories: SU Umbrella Weather Framelits Dies, Framelits Squares Collection, Tombow Multi Liquid Glue, Adhesive Foam Strips, Paper Snips, Big Shot, Clear Embossing Powder, MISTI, Heat Tool
Techniques: Shaker Card, Heat Embossing, Die Cutting

This card was made as a Design Team Card for Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge #357: . The optional challenge was to make it a shaker card.

I wanted to make a different kind of shaker card, so started out with the idea of raindrop sprinkles falling all around (but not under) an umbrella. The umbrella from the Stampin' Up! "Umbrella Weather" framelits die set was placed at an angle on a 3-7/8"x 5-1/2" piece of Whisper White cardstock, and then placed onto the Big Shot platform an an angle so that the umbrella ran through head-on. This allowed me to run the die through only as far as the tips of the umbrella without cutting the bottom edge. I wanted to leave a "rain shadow" under the umbrella. I then used a paper trimmer and cut the sides outside the umbrella's "shadow" off completely.

Next, I stamped the umbrella onto the cutout using SU Calypso Coral ink with my MISTI to ensure exact placement and the ability to re-stamp if it needed to be darker orange. I filled in the circles on the umbrella by hand using a Calypso Coral Stampin' Write Marker. The handle was hand colored with a brown marker, and the pole was colored gray with a #2 pencil.

Next, I cut out the square frame using the two largest SU Framelits Square dies to create a frame of Calypso Coral. I glued a piece of clear acetate slightly smaller than the frame onto the back of the frame. Then, glued the umbrella piece onto the back of the frame at the angle I wanted (just around the edges so the glue doesn't show through the window). Thin strips of adhesive foam were attached on the back of the frame all around, leaving no gaps for raindrops to escape.

Raindrops were created by completely coating a scrap of SU Marina Mist cardstock with Versamark ink, then covering it with clear embossing powder. This was heat set, then the same thing done to the back of the scrap. This made the paper thicker, and if the raindrops flipped over to their back in the shaker, they would be the same color and glossiness. I then ran this glossy panel through the Big Shot using the two raindrop dies five times to create approximately 60 individual raindrops.

About six of the raindrops were glued onto the card base so they would show through the window. Then, I put the remainder loose raindrops in the center of the card before taking the protective paper off the foam strips and sticking it onto the card base with the raindrops trapped inside.

The rest of the glossy Marina Mist panel was trimmed to size and glued to the bottom of the card front.

The sentiment is from the "Weather Together" stamp set. It was stamped with Calypso Coral ink onto a scrap of Whisper White, and a flag tail cut by hand with paper snips. This was glued to a piece of Calypso Coral as a mat, then attached to the card front with adhesive foam strips to raise it up to the same level as the shaker frame.

The card went together relatively fast (except for chasing all those little raindrops!). I rate it as a difficulty "3" out of "5".

Monday, February 12, 2018

Dots & Spots Birthday

Stamps: SU Endless Birthday Wishes
Paper: SU Pretty in Pin, Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White, SU Sweet Pea DSP
Paper Size: A2
Ink: SU Pretty in Pink
Accessories: SU Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, Cuttlebug Spots & Dots Embossing Folder, SU Word Window Punch, Brayer, Stamping Sponge, MISTI, Tombow Multi Liquid Glue, Adhesive Foam Strips
Techniques: Embossing, Faux Letterpress

This card was made as a Design Team card for Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge #357, with an optional theme of "polka dots":

I started by running a 4"x5-1/4" panel of Stampin' Up! Elegant Eggplant cardstock through my Big Shot inside the Cuttlebug embossing folder "Spots & Dots". To add extra contrast, I used a brayer and ran it gently several times over the raised figures using SU "Pretty in Pink" ink (faux letterpress technique).I glued this to the "Pretty in Pink" card base using Tombow glue.

The tall polka dotted pink panel was from the retiredSU Designer Series Paper (DSP) "Sweet Pea". To give more contrast, I used a stamping sponge to brush "Pretty in Pink" ink all around it's edges, then glued it down to the Eggplant panel.

The Whisper White panel was run through the Big Shot using the SU "Swiss Dots" embossing folder. Then, again I used faux letterpress technique to apply pink ink gently atop each dot. The edges of the panel were sponged with the same ink. A piece of "Pretty in Pink" ribbon was tied into a bow and wrapped around the white panel. The two tabs on the right of the white panel were created using the retired "Word Window" punch. I glued the tabs to the back of the panel before adding adhesive foam strips to the white panel to attach it to the card raised up a bit for depth.

Finally, the birthday sentiment was stamped using the SU "Endless Birthday Wishes" set. Since I wanted the sentiment to be the same "Pretty in Pink", I knew I would need to stamp it multiple times, so I used my MISTI four times to get the darker solid pink color I wanted. This panel was attached to the card front using adhesive foam strips.

The card wasn't difficult, but did require several steps. Because of this, I am rating the difficulty as 3 out of 5.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

A Day at the Beach

Stamps: SU Colorful Seasons, Wetlands, Hardwood, Stampscapes Geese, Purple Wave Waves
Paper: SU Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Kraft
Paper Size: A2
Ink: SU Melon Mambo, Pacific Point, Soft Sky, Marina Mist, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake
Accessories: SU Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies, Scoring Tool, Big Shot, Tombow Multi Liquid Glue, Mini Glue Dots, Spellbinders Circle Dies, Stamping Sponges, Tear & Tape
Techniques: Shadow Box, Sponging, Die Cutting

This card was made as a Design Team Card for Try Stampin on Tuesdays first Color Combination challenge: 

I had seen a beautiful tri-fold card on Pinterest by Lynn Starzl that featured a cutout circle and the adirondack die that I thought would make a great shadow box card. SO, using different stamp sets, I created a 3-D version with the tree limb extending out into the opening. 

For a great shadow box tutorial, check out: . You start with two 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" pieces of cardstock, and cut out a 2-3/4" circle EXACTLY centered on the panel that is going to be the front of the card.

I stamped sea oats and water birds from the Stampin' Up! "Wetlands" set in the foreground, and a tree limb from the SU "Colorful Seasons" set in the upper right using SU Crumb Cake ink. The birds were done with Early Espresso.

I then cut out the tree limb and the adirondack chair using the "Seasonal Layers" Thinlits Dies from SU Kraft cardstock. The limb was glued to the upper left corner so that it extended out into the circle opening. To strengthen it, I die cut another limb and glued it to the BACK of the so that it matched exactly.

The chair was stamped with Crumb Cake ink using the Stampin' Up! "Hardwood" background stamp to give the chair a wood texture. This was glued to the card front so that it extended out into the circle opening.

The flowers from the "Colorful Seasons" set were stamped (and some "stamped off") using Melon Mambo ink on SU Blushing Bride cardstock. The flower centers were stamped using Early Espresso. They were cut out using the "Seasonal Layers" die cuts, and attached to the limb using Mini Glue Dots. Again, I added a second flower die cut to the BACK of each blossom extending into the opening to give them strength, depth, and prevent the glue dots from sticking to the back panel.

The back panel was created by stamping Purple Wave's wave pattern repeatedly to the bottom two-thirds using SU Pacific Point ink. I then sponged the water and sky with various aqua and blue inks. The background was finished by stamping a triplet of flying geese (or sea birds?) in the sky using the Stampscapes Geese stamp and Early Espresso ink.

Finally, both panels were scored 1/2" and 1" from each side edge. The left-most and right-most scored sections were taped using Tear & Tape (or any extra strong craft tape), being sure to have the tape butt against the score line and outside edge of the card. Then crease the scores and CAREFULLY attach the front panel to the back panel. The card is self-standing, so makes for a nice display. You can write your personalized greeting on the back of the card.

I am rating this card's difficulty as a "4" out of "5" because of the multiple steps, careful circle placement, and multiple steps. The card took me about 45 minutes to complete. It was fun to create, and I like the results, but you do invest some time in making it - well worth it if you have a special person in mind who you plan to give it to!

Monday, January 29, 2018

I Love You Beary Much!

Stamps: SU Bow Bear
Paper: SU Groovy Guava, Kraft, Whisper White
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers
Accessories: Circle Die (3-1/4"), Paper Snips, Tombow Multi Liquid Glue, Tear & Tape, SU Ruffled Ribbon, Adhesive Foam Strips, Corner Rounder
Techniques: Hand Coloring

This card was made for Try Stampin' on Tuesday Sketch Challenge #355 with an optional theme of "love":

The card base is made from Stampin' Up!'s retired Groovey Guava cardstock. The main panel is Kraft cardstock.

I began by stamping the cute bear from SU's "Bow Bear" retired set using Memento Tuxedo Black ink (because I was going to hand color with Copic's alcohol markers). Then, I colored the bear using the following Copic markers:
   E11 - Barley Beige (bear body)
   E13 - Light Suntan (bear body)
   YR20 - Yellowish Shade (bear feet and paw)
   YR61 - Yellowish Skin Pink (heart shadowing)
   YR68 - Orange (bow)
   R20 - Blush (inside ears, and heart shadowing)
   RV52 - Cotton Candy (bow) 

Next, I stamped the heart with sentiment onto Groovy Guava cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black, then highlighted around the perimeter with YR61 and R20. I then fussy cut the scalloped hear out with paper snips.

Using a 3-1/4" circle die, I cut out the bear. Then using adhesive foam strips attached the heart to the bear's paw to raise it up to create depth like he was handing the heart to my Grand-daughter (who the card is intended for Valentine's Day).

The Kraft front panel corners were rounded with a corner rounder punch, then glued to the card base. Then the bear with it's heart was glued to the Kraft panel off center (per the challenge sketch).

Finally, the strip of Stampin' Up! ruffled ribbon was attached to the card front using Tear & Tape.

The only difficult part of this project was fussy cutting the scalloped heart. So I will give the card a difficulty rating of "2" out of "5". It was quick and fun to do!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Birthday Bike Ride

Stamps: SU Bike Ride, Lift Me Up
Paper: SU Garden Green, Whisper White, Whisper White Thick Cardstock, Smokey Slate
Paper Size: Business Envelope Sized
Ink: SU Melon Mambo, Smokey Slate, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Wild Wasabi, Old Olive, Soft Sky, Marina Mist
Accessories: SU Build A Bike Framelit Dies, Stamping Sponge, Scalloped Circle Die, Tombow Multi Liquid Glue, Adhesive Foam Strips, Big Shot, MISTI
Techniques: Sponging, Die Cutting, Dry Embossing

This card was made for the Try Stampin' on Tuesday February Technique Challenge - Sponging:

Sponging is such a great technique when doing backgrounds, and my mind is turning to Spring after a marathon of making holiday cards these past few months. So a bicycle ride down a cobbled path seemed perfect!

I started by cutting a card base (8-1/2"x 8") from Stampin' Up! Garden Green cardstock. I folded this to form a card 8-1/2" wide, and 4" tall to accommodate the wide path I had in mind with plenty of room for the bike and birthday sentiment.

The bicycle was stamped using SU Melon Mambo and Smokey Slate onto Whisper White thick cardstock (to give the bike substance so it wouldn't warp or bend very easily). I used my MISTI for each of the parts to ensure a nice solid stamped image. I used the matching "Build A Bike" dies to cut out all the pieces and glued them together with Tombow. The basket was not stamped, but die-cut from Smokey Slate cardstock. 

I built the bike first so I would know where I wanted it positioned, so I could create the background around it. I then set this aside, and started on the background.

The sky was created by die-cutting a scalloped circle and using it as a mask to sponge the Soft Sky clouds in the upper half of the card. Just rotate the scalloped circle at irregular intervals, and sponge around its edge. A good tutorial on this can be found at: (remember to click on the translate button).

The cobbled path was created by first running the cobble die UNDERNEATH the card front multiple times through my Big Shot. I found that I had to add a cardstock shim to give a deeper impression. This created impressions of cobbles across the bottom of the card to form a bike path. I then used Crumb Cake ink and a sponge to gently color the cobble tops and edges.

Next, I sponged the "blobs" for bushes, and the lower grass along the path using Wild Wasabi and Old Olive inks. I then used the "leaves" stamp from the "Bike Ride" stamp set with Wild Wasabi ink to give structure to the green sponged bushes. I also added a few leaves along the grassy area near the path edge.

Now was the time to add the bike to the card. It was attached using multiple pieces of adhesive foam strips behind all portions of the bike and dog to raise them off the card front for depth to the scene.

Finally, I stamped the birthday sentiment up in the clouds using Marina Mist ink. I thought placement in the clouds was appropriate, and the location balanced the scene nicely with the bike.

Since the challenge was to use sponging, I did it three different ways (sky with a mask, vegetation with stamped leaves overlay, and on top of impressions to make them stand out). I'm rating the difficulty level for this card as a "4" out of "5" because of the work required to create the bike and cobbled pathway. The sponging itself was the EASY part!

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Metallic Waves

Stamps: SU Going Global
Paper: SU Kraft, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla
Paper Size: A2
Ink: SU Early Espresso, Stazon Azure
Accessories: Aluminum Foil, SU Seaside Embossing Folder, SU Circle Card Thinlits Die, Recollections Enamal Dots, Craft Sanding Block, Tombow Multi Liquid Glue, Adhesive Foam Strips, Tim Holtz Game Spinners Embellishments, Circle Dies, Craft Sponge
Techniques: Dry Embossing, Tin Foil Alcohol Ink, Direct to Paper

This card was made for Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge #354 using the additional optional metallic theme. The sketch was for two vertical panels, with a circle centered near the top. See challenge sketch and other samples here:

I used the Stampin' Up! Circle Card Thinlits Die to cut the folded card base. This clever die cuts the circle and pre-scores the fold lines for you. When I cut the card on my Big Shot I used a 5-1/2"x 8" Early Espresso card sheet and allowed the cardstock to overlap and extend beyond the die. This meant I had a nice extra flap that I could fold back under the circle so the card would open up and allow plenty of space to write my personalized greeting inside.

The beautiful blue waves was created by using a craft sponge to spread Tombow glue all over a scrap piece of cardstock. Then I use the direct to paper technique with my Stazon Azure alcohol ink pad to cover the foil. I allowed the ink to dry for about an hour (just to be safe), then ran it through my Big Shot inside the SU Seaside embossing folder. This gave me blue waves, but to accent the waves even more, I gently sanded the raised portion of the waves with a craft sanding block to allow the silver foil to peak out.

I glued this metallic panel onto the extra flap of my card base.

The left panel was created with the same embossing folder (to give the feel of a sandy beach) using Kraft cardstock. The trick is to cut out the half circle to allow the compass circle to open and close. I did this by die cutting the Kraft panel BEFORE embossing using the same Circle Thinlits die. Then trimmed it with a scissors to give a nice even mattug around the circle. Then after embossing, it was glued to the left panel of the card base.

The compass was stamped using the SU Going Global stamp set with Early Espresso ink on SU Very Vanilla cardstock, then die cutting it with a circle die. It was matted with Kraft cardstock using a larger circle die. The compass was attached to the Kraft matting circle using adhesive foam strips to raise it up a bit for added interest. The matted compass was then glued to the card base.

The final touch was to attache the tree enamel dots on the left panel. I didn't have the exactly color I wanted, so dipped each dot into the Stazon Azure ink, and after they had dried, attached them per this week's challenge sketch.

It's always hard to come up with guy cards that aren't fishing, tools, or golf,,, so I'm pretty pleased with how this turned out. Since I didn't put a greeting on the front, I can use it for just about any occasion. 

I'm rating this as a difficulty level 3 since it takes a bit of patience to get the Kraft panel on the left to fit the circle cutout, and the time you have to wait to let the alcohol ink dry thoroughly before you can go on to the next steps.

Monday, January 15, 2018

A Piece of My Heart

Stamps: SU More Great Greetings
Paper: SU Basic Black, Whisper White, Real Red, DCWV Holiday Glitzy Glitter Stack
Paper Size: A2
Ink: SU Melon Mambo, Real Red
Accessories: Stampin' Sponge, misc heart dies, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Tombow Multi Liquid Glue, Adhesive Foam Strips
Techniques: Side Step Card, Sponging, Step Card, Die Cuts

This card was made for Try Stampin' on Tuesday's first Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge (

The tic-tac-toe set I used was focusing on the center horizontal row (step card, heart, and sponging), but in fact, I used every spot on the tic-tac-toe diagram except "lace". I am making this for my husband for Valentines Day, and he just isn't into lace :-)

I used regular weight black cardstock, but I STRONGLY recommend you use a thicker cardstock to give the card more structure.

Here is "Our Daily Bread" EXCELLENT tutorial on how to make a side-step card:  Here is the template used in their tutorial: 

You can also find several other tutorials online at Pinterest by searching for "side step card". There are variations you can choose among for size of paper, width of steps, etc.

I cut the main Stampin' Up! Whisper White panel 3-1/4"x4", then used a sponge to first put light pink swirls as filler using SU Melon Mambo ink. Then did highlights by sponging SU Real Red to add depth to the panel. I glued the sponged panel to the left side of the card base using Tombo glue.

Next, I create the waterfall of hearts using the "paper piecing" technique. You can find a description of this technique on my blog at: Basically, the technique is to die cut your "background" figure, in this case the largest heart, then die cut the shape you want to be "in the middle" out of your background shape to leave a "hole" into which you place the middle shape (in this case my wonky tall heart). The last step is to then die cut a third heart (the tiny red one) out of the wonky heart, and fit the tiny heart inside the hole. To make this easy, I usually place a piece of single-sided Scotch tape on the back of the background shape (big heart) after I die cut the middle heart hole, so that when I stick the wonky heart into it's spot, it has tape to hold it in place. Do the same with the smallest heart after you die cut it's hole.

On the back of the heart cascade I placed several small adhesive foam strip pieces to raise the cascade up off the surface of the card for added dimension. 

The Valentines greeting (from the retired SU More Great Greetings) was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink at the bottom of the card.

I cut extra hearts that were glued to the three "side steps" on the right side of the card. Since the card base is black, I needed a small spot to write my note to my husband, so cut a small piece of Whisper White cardstock and sponged it similarly to how I had done the front panel on the card. You can barely see it peaking up under the large heart on the back step on the right side of the card.

I'm giving this card a difficulty rating of "2"out of "5" because with the tutorial template, it's really much easier to make than it first appears. Without the template, I'd give it a rating of "99"! :-D

Weather Together Shaker

Stamps:  SU Weather Together Paper:  SU Smoky Slate, Calypso Coral, Whisper White, Marina Mist Paper Size:  A2 Ink:  SU Calypso Cora...