Monday, December 26, 2016

Weekly Sketch Layout Challenge

I often times hit a creative block and will need a little inspiration.  Does that happen to you?  To mitigate that, some times I'll search Pinterest for ideas or I'll visit a Facebook Group called Stampin' Gals Gone Wild! where weekly the administrator +Connie Stewart  will post a sketch/layout for the members to interpret and post their cards based on the sketch.

I've decided to share my cards based on these and other sketches found across Pinterest.  I'll post a new sketch weekly on a Monday as well as my interpretation of the design.  If you'd like to join me, you's how:

1. I'll create an Facebook event and a photo album in my Facebook Group page and you can join the event and share your photo uploads.

2. You can comment here and include a photo.

There are always rules...but these are pretty simple

  1. All entries must have at least one (1) Stampin' Up product (after all, I am a Stampin' Up! demonstrator)
  2. Post must follow the sketch; choice of stamp, sentiment, ink etc is entirely up to you
  3. You must post at least once in each week to be eligible for the giveaway
  4. To be eligible, all entries must be posted no later than 10pm on the last night of the month.

If you've posted to the photo album in Facebook, you will be entered into a drawing at the end of the month for a giveaway.   I'm not sure what I'll giveaway, yet, but it will be something.

Ok, so the 1st sketch for the week of 26 December 2016 - 1 Jan 2017  Thank you +Connie Stewart 

And....are you ready?  Well here's what mine looks like...

I used:

Stampin' Up! Fairy Celebration stamp set
Stampin' Up! Crumb Cake and Tangerine Tango cardstock
Stampin' Up! Stamp n Write markers as well as Copic markers

Can't wait to see what you come up with!  

Happy Stampin'

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Tips, Tricks, and Techniques. -Securing Bows and Ribbons

I love my Friday's off (although I went in to work for 1/2 day).  It's when I get to get together with my Stampin' friends and get creative and we share lots of tips, tricks and techniques with each other.

Yesterday's tip and trick came courtesy of +Sharon Coleman (relatively new to our Friday crop circle).  For my project yesterday, I was "struggling" with trying to make my bow without contorting my body in all sorts of uncomfortable positions.  +Sharon Coleman watched this struggle for a few minutes then said, "Do you need my finger?"  This led to can I show you something that works for me?  Enter in today's tip, trick and technique.

This tip involves a plastic bottle cap (really you can use whatever you'd like, but most inevitably you can find one of these lying around the home) and a toothpick...huh?  How's that gonna help me tie a bow?

LOL...that's what I thought to myself here's the add bows to your card when you are working by yourself:

1.  Wrap the material (in this case Baker's Twine) as many time as needed and secure to the back of the card panel with adhesive (regular tape, Stampin' Up! Fast Fuse or multipurpose liquid glue). Cut.

2.  Make the bow separately, another task in itself

3. Then adhere it to the card where needed.  add some Multipurpose liquid glue to the bottle cap.  Using the toothpick, place a dallop of glue where you need to secure the bow.  Voila...complete using 2 hands (maybe more in my case)

Here are the products used to make the card:
Tin of Tags Photopolymer Stamp Set

Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755

Friday, December 2, 2016

Tool of the Week

There are soooooo many different "tools" in our arsenal as greeting card makers...and you all know, I love a good tool...(yes I said tool)...that I decided to get familiar with least the ones I already own (hint, purchasing of new tools just to blog about them...exactly who am I kidding).

Stampin' Up! Item# 141714

Much better 2nd result...needs just a lighter touch
This blog is going to focus on the brayer.  Ok, let's get the "formal stuff" out of the way... Wikipedia says, a brayer is a hand-tool used historically in printing and printmaking to break up and "rub out" (spread) ink before it was "beaten" using inking balls or composition rollers. The word is derived from the verb to "bray", meaning "to break, pound, or grind small, as in a mortar".[1] A brayer consists of a short wooden cylinder with a handle fitted to one end; the other, flat end is used to rub the ink.[2] In the late nineteenth century the term was mis-applied in the United States to a small hand-roller, "used for spreading ink on the inking table, and for applying it to the distributing plates or rollers connected with presses".[3] Such small rollers were sold as "brayers" from at least 1912[4] and later in the century the term was applied in the U.S.A. to hand-rollers of all sorts and sizes. It retains its original meaning in Europe. 
1st try using the brayer...wasn't too happy with the results

Fast forward to modern day and we now have the foam rollers.  These all-purpose Roller Foam Brushes are perfect for a host of arts and crafts applications including painting, applying glues and varnishes, antiquing and more.  They work well when sponging an embossed image or making a background in card making. 

My first attempt I wasn't too happy with...although I could find a way to utilize this end result, but I totally loved my 2nd attempt.    Leave me a comment on your experience using the brayer.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

October 2016 Class By Mail

I'm starting something new with my Stampin' Up! business.  Have you wanted to attend my stamp classes, but can't either because 1) time (we all know there just ain't enough hours in the day) or 2) location...(state, city, or just plain distance issues).  Well, I'm now offering Stamp Class by Mail (SCBM).  Each month will feature a different project the features a specific stamp set.  For the class fee, you'll get the stamp set, plus embellishments and supplies to make the projects.  Other items (such as ink pads, markers etc) can be provided as add-ons.

October Stamp Class by Mail

This month's kit will make 15 greeting cards:  5 designs 3 cards each. Kit will include the Totally Trees Photopolymer stamp set, 15 card blanks; pre-cut card stock; embellishments; pre-stamped sentiments from the Endless Thanks Stamp Set, and a PDF copy of the tutorial emailed upon receipt of payment.

Class Fee:  $35 shipping not included
Totally Trees Stamp Set [142198]

Class Options
Add on Items

Endless Thanks [138796]

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Floral Phrases

Play dates

After a long (and I mean long) work week, I really needed to relax and de-stress.  Thanks to my friends +Gail Tassey  and Elaine for wanting to have a play date too and sharing their day with me getting crafty.  

Floral Phrases Item#: 142355
Today's featured Stamp set is Stampin' Up's Floral Phrases.  Since the catalog release I'd been eyeing this set...a little intimidated by it actually, but loving it just the same...but just didn't get it (to be honest, with the release of the annual catalog and the holiday catalog, there're sooooo many that are in my HAVE TO HAVE column that I just have to pace myself)!  Anyway, I digress a bit...squirrel...LOL  Finally added it to my cart and with that and Pinterest...decided to play with this set today...and boy was I excited to play with it.  

So after meeting up with my friends for a crafty play date, I made two cards (started a third) using this set.

First, CASEd from Patty Bennett on Pinterest, using the Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper and the Floral Boutique Designer Washi Tape, I made this awesome A2 sized Z-fold card.  I made a couple of minor adjustments...really to make the card my own as it needed no added anything...

The second card I made using this set, I CASEd from Splitcoaststampers (via Pinterest).  I used a monochromatic palette with Pool Party.  I also used that other tool that I just can't live without...yes, you guess it..the MISTI.  Thanks to the Most Incredible Stamping Tool Invented, we were able to "breeze" though setting up this card design.

I started a third using Stampin' Up!'s Real Red (the holidays are coming you know) but didn't quite finish.  Drop by again to see the red (Christmas) version.  This stamp is versatile and you can use it for any occasion:  Thank Yous, birthdays, Thinking of You, Get name it. Stop by my online Stampin' Up! website; use the November Hostess Code and get yours today.  Buy the bundle and get 10% off.

Happy Creative Stampin!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Paisleys and Posies in the Morning!

Top of the morning to you!

This morning (last night really), I was having a conversation with my friend +Anna Varela (I think) telling her that I'm in my "collecting" phase with my stamps and that I don't really use them...really bad habit (you should see my closet--clothes with tags still on them AND they don't fit).  So I decided that that was going to change.  How is that going to change you might ask?  Well...I decided that at least once a week, I will use a different stamp set and design at least three different cards.  This week, it's Stampin' Up!'s Paisleys and Posies (Item# 142196).  

It's an 18 piece stamp set that IMHO allows your creativity to flow.  In this card, I used Stampin' Up!'s inks from our 2016 - 2018 In Color collection:  Sweet Sugarplum, Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy and Peakaboo Peach.

Card base in Night of Navy cardstock 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"' layered with a piece of Whisper White at 4" x 5 1/4"  For an added bit of wow, I embossed the sentiment with Copper Embossing Powder.

Here's the other card I made using the Paisleys and Posies Stamp set...I really like this one...can I tell you why?  Well, since you asked, I really liked it because I used a product that you can probably find in every kitchen in American...can you tell what that product is?  No?  Ok...I'll tell's aluminum (tin) foil...

The Paisleys and Posies Stamp Set is the featured stamp set in my November Stamp By Mail Class.  Save 10% and get the Paisleys and Posies Bundle.

Visit the store at for all your stamping creativity needs.

Happy Stampin!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Shaving Cream? For Real?

Shaving cream and card making you say?

Finished card project
Why, yes I say!  I love trying new things...especially new techniques and mediums.  Being new to paper crafting, there are soooo many things I still have yet to learn about this crafty outlet of mine.  In one of my Facebook groups (yes, I'm in many Facebook groups--card making, jewelry, Pampered Chef, name it), the shaving cream technique was posed as a challenge. 

At first, I looked at it and was like...doesn't really float my boat, plus I don't have any shaving cream in my house (who says that, right)...who doesn't have shaving cream at home you ask...well, that would be me.  Anyway, I rose up and accepted the challenge. 

- Shaving cream (must be the foam type--NOT gel)
- Reinkers (I used Stamin' Up! Blushing Bride, Pumpkin Pie and Tangerine Tango)

I used two different techniques:  "smooshing" (absolutely positive this is not a "real" term", but it's what I hear everyone else refer to) and the other with stencils.

I haven't made the cards yet, but here are 2 additional patterned pieces I made...definitely more to come using this technique.
Smooshing technique

Using a stencil

Saturday, October 1, 2016

For You

Just for You!

Every so often even us creative types need some inspiration.  In one of my Facebook groups, led by +Connie Stewart  , we are in a quest to find and maintain the flow of our creative juices.  Challenge # 7 was to visit the Stampin' Up!'s Stampin' University and try a new technique.  I had been wanting to try the Watercolor technique using acrylic blocks so I took advantage of that opportunity.

This technique is so easy it'll make you wonder why you haven't done it before.

Stamp sets:
-World of Dreams (retired)
-Thoughtful Branches

Paper:  Very Vanilla (#101650)

Stampin' Write markers:  Lost Lagoon, Tangelo Twist, and Gumball Green  

Want to make cards and live in the Austin, Texas area?  Leave me a comment or join my meetup group.  Visit me on Facebook, especially on Tuesday's as I typically have Try It Tuesday's.  This is where I find a technique, or card fold or something awesome that I want to try and go for it.

Happy Stampin'

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Ho! Ho! Ho! It's Christmas in July!

It's been a little over a year now, since I've discovered my creative side through stamping and card making.  Although I loved the craft, I doubted my abilities and that my cards were "mail-worthy" and as a result, I sent not one...really...NOT one single Holiday card last year.  If you know anything about me at all, you'd know that typically after Thanksgiving, my first card goes in the mail.

Fast forward one year, to today, and I'm starting my Holiday Greeting cards because I absolutely will not miss sending cards this year.  Plus, I've gotten much better and my cards are definitely "mail-worthy".  But Christmas is over five months away you say!  Yes, absolutely true!  But time flies when you think you have plenty of it. (That's a good one...think I'll keep it :) )  So here are a couple of designs that I absolutely love.

Swirly Snow, A retired Stampin' Up! Set

Wondrous Wreath Stamp and Die Set
Item:  135851 

Oh Holy Night! A Starburst technique card

Do you have a favorite? I do...leave me a message and tell me which one is your favorite.

Interested in these or other stamp sets (not including retired items) to begin your Christmas in July?  Visit Stampin' Up! for your inks, paper, embellishments, and stamp needs.  Don't forget to shop Stampin' Up!'s  Bonus Days promotion.  Promotion ends 31 July 2016.

Happy Stampin'!

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Totally Amaze-ballz - Xyron Create A Sticker

Amaaaazzzzinnng!  I'm sitting at my craft work space, taking this card I recent made from NOW to WOW by adding die-cut phrase. 

Card...Now version
 I'm sitting there painstakingly attempting to add adhesive to the lettering and getting frustrated while doing so then it dawned on bought this thing for a reason, what better time to break it out!
Caron...WOW Version

Well I did...and I now I can't go back applying adhesive to detailed die cuts the "normal" way.  It has to be done with this totally incredible tool.

As a 1st time user of the Xyron, I have absolutely nothing but positive things to say.  Easy to use--check; not a very messy process--check; increase in efficiency---check.  

Here's a quick YouTube video on how to use it.

I'm thinking that I may get another one that can accommodate larger and wider images...but for now, the Xyron is one of my new favorite adhesive tools.
Happy Stampin!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Christmas in July - Starburst Card

Besides my birthday and Thanksgiving, Christmas is my absolutely favorite holiday!  Yes, indeedy it is!

Last year I started my card making journey and did you know, I didn't make not even one Christmas card?  Not a one--how horrible for a card maker.  I won't bore you with all the reasons (no, not excuses) why I didn't make and/or send any, but let's just say that I had competing craft interests--I was making jewelry pieces (my usual holiday gifts).  This year, so that I don't fall into the proverbial time trap--AGAIN--I'm starting to make Christmas (cards) in July!

The first card is made using a Masking and Sponging technique.  I saw this card on a YouTube video by Tami White - also a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and CAS it...not everything but mostly the technique.


Card base: 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" (Old Olive)
Whisper White Layer:  4 1/4" x 3 1/2" (used to stamp your image)
Silver Glimmer Paper:  4 1/2" x 3 3/4"

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

All Stampin' Up! items can be purchased on my website:

Marina Mist Classic Stampin Pad
Item:  126962
Silver Glimmer Paper
Item:  135314

Soft Suede Classic Stampin Pad
Item:  126978
Black Classic Stampin' Pad
Item:  149093

Old Olive Cardstock
Item:  100702


Whisper White Cardstock
Item:  100730

Other Items Used:

Stamp:  Stampendous Wood Mount N188 Traveling Far (2011)

I truly enjoyed making this card.  Remember, you can be creative...change colors, the focal stamp, or even the sentiment.  Just remember to have fun.  #creativeexpressions #feelingcrafty 

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Embossing Powder Storage Tip

Hi, Stampers!

I saw this tip and thought I would share it with you. Very simple and easy to do. Perfect solution to store and use your embossing powder.  Stackable too.

What you'll need:

Ice cream sampler spoons (got mine on
Small Lock it containers (got mine at Dollar Tree-3 pack)
Command Brand Clear wall hangers (small)
Double sided adhesive (like dimensionals-relatively flush)
Embossing Powder

Here's what to do:

1. Open the small lock it container.  
2. Adhere the command brand hanger to the inside lid of the container.  
3. Secure the spoon in the hanger. 
4. Add embossing powder, close and store.  All done!

Quick tip!  Happy stamping!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Stampin' With Da Crew

Wooohooo!  Totally awesome day hanging with +RGail Tassey and the ladies for some lunch and a couple of hours of stampin'.

Today's menu was a taco bar with brownies and gelato...ok so I probably shouldn't have had the brownies or the gelato, but they were oh so delish...everyone contributes to the lunch so it was awesome...Thanks +RGail Tassey and Pam for allowing us to have play time at your home.

Then we moved on to the mission of the day...stamping and having fun.  First, we started with Show and Tell.

Elaine and Anna
Elaine had made some awesome Easter cards and I got to show off some coloring that I had done using my Copic markers. 

 I also got to show off my incredible haul from Michael's which include:  Some Art Impressions and Stampendous stamps, some copic markers (on Sale buy 2 get 1 FREE), and some storage containers (60% off).  To top it all off, some copic markers that I ordered from on Mar 16 were waiting for me in the mailbox...really 2 days...loving this company.