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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Harvest of Thanks--#tgifc181

The TGIF Challenges sketch challenge this week has lots of layers.  I decided to create layers of leaves with the Detailed Leaves Thinlits dies:

For my vertical layers, I used the three biggest leaf dies with So Saffron, Rich Razzleberry and Pumpkin Pie card stock.  I added a stitched oval shape in Mint Macaroon for the leaf base.  For my horizontal layers, I die cut the edging out of So Saffron, created a banner out of Mint Macaron with the greeting stamped in Early Espresso, and tied on two strands of linen thread. 

See some great projects with lots of layers over at the TGIF Challenges Blog here.

Here is my supply list: 
Falling for Leaves Bundle, #149938; includes at 10% off:
    Falling for Leaves stamp set, photopolymer, #147680
    Detailed Leaves Thinlits dies, #147921
Card Stock:  Mint Macaron, #138337: So Saffron, #105118; Rich Razzleberry, #115316; Pumpkin Pie, #105117
Country Lane Designer Series Paper, #147804
Early Espresso classic ink pad, #147114
Share What You Love Artisan Pearls, #146927
Linen Thread, #104199
Stitched Shapes Framelits, #145372


Monday, October 15, 2018

Painted Leaves

The Inspire. Create. Stamping Challenge this week is a color challenge--5, that's FIVE, colors!  I decided the five colors would make this a great time to try Artisan Elizabeth Prices's painting with stamps technique.   I have a desk full of several pieces of glossy white card stock filled this painting with stamps technique.  I started with the Colorful Seasons stamp set for this challenge, but took a break to paint with images from the Tropical Chic stamp set for a different challenge.  I posted that card in my last post with a link to Elizabeth's Facebook video showing her technique.  See it here.

Here is my favorite card with the five colors in this challenge (I made a few!):


I started out painting with just the leaf images, but it didn't have enough "umph" for me.  So with this card, I started by "painting" with the branch image and Sahara Sand ink for a bit of a background.  I inked up the branch image and then drew it across the glossy white card stock and continued all the way down the sheet.  I filled in where I felt it needed more ink.  Then I took the large solid leaf image, inked it up in turn with Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral and Lovely Lipstick, and then twisted it over the Sahara Sand background in each color.  I did the same thing with the small leaf image and Pear Pizzazz ink.  After those images were dry, I stamped the detailed leaf image several times randomly over the piece. 

The greeting was stamped in VersaMark and then embossed with Lovely Lipstick Stampin' Emboss Powder.  I added two die cut leaves and some Braided Linen  Trim to complete my card.

Head over to the Inspire. Create. Stamping Challenges blog to see more projects with this five color challenge:


Here's my supply list:
Colorful Seasons stamp set, photopolymer, #143726
Card stock:  Glossy White, #144240; Sahara Sand, #121043; Lovely Lipstick, #146970; Pear Pizzazz, #131201
Ink:  Sahara Sand, #147117; Lovely Lipstick, #147140; Crushed Curry, #147087; Calypso Coral, #147101; Pear Pizzazz, #147104; VersaMark, #102283
2018-2020 In Color Stampin' Emboss Powder, #146955
Heat Tool, #129053
3/16" Braided Linen Trim, #147808
Seasonal Layers Thinlits dies, #143751


Wednesday, October 10, 2018


This week's TGIF color challenge did not get off to a good start for me.  The colors, Basic Black, Melon Mambo, Mango Melody and Coastal Cabana, said tropical to me.  So I pulled out my Tropical Chic stamp set and started working on an idea.  Not working.  So I pulled out another set--no, no and no (yeah, three different attempts). So I put that set back and pulled out Tropical Chic again. Then it hit me: why not try the painting with stamps technique with this set.  I have had my desk full of Glossy White card stock this week playing around with this technique learned from artisan Elizabeth Price.   See her video here.

I showed my background to my husband before I started to create the focal area.  He looked at it and said, "I was going to say it's bad but now that I've looked at it closer, I like it.  It's 'campy'."  He liked the final product and so do I--something completely different for me:


For the background, I used the bar image and drew it down the card stock using Coastal Cabana ink.  I wanted to keep it reedy looking with some gaps.  Then I added Mango Melody by drawing the seeds image down the page.  I like how it ended up looking like a field of grass with flowers peeking out.

I used the same painting technique with the flower blossoms.  But instead of drawing the color across the page or twisting the flower on the card stock, I inked up the image and then turned it slightly on the glossy card stock.  I ended up with a pretty depth of color with the shape of the flower intact. After I die cut the flowers, I backed them with another flower die cut out of Basic Black card stock. 


The Stamparatus came into play when I stamped my sentiment in Jet Black StazOn.

You will see some wonderful cards using this color combo over at the TGIF Challenges blog here.

Here's my supply list:

Tropical Chic bundle, #148399; includes at 10% off:
     Tropical Chic stamp set, clear mount, #146753
     Tropical Thinlits Dies, #146831
Card stock:  Glossy White, #144240; Basic Black, #121045; Melon Mambo, #115320
Ink:  Jet Black StazOn, #101406; Coastal Cabana, #147097;  Mango Melody, #147093; Melon Mambo, #147051




Sunday, October 7, 2018

Creation Station October Blog Hop--Layers of Leaves

Welcome to this month's Creation Station Blog Hop!  Our theme this month is "Layers of Leaves".  Do you love our banner this month?  It's all prettied up for Fall by design team member Elizabeth Price. We have a lot of great projects to share with you this month, so be sure to hop around and visit each design team member's blog--just click on the "Next" button at the end of each post.

For my projects this month I chose the Falling For Leaves stamp set and coordinating Detailed Leaves Thinlits dies to decorate a wood frame and a note card.  I used a different color scheme than I usually do for Fall and am loving it:  Cajun Craze, Grapefruit Grove, Blackberry Bliss and Copper. 

This frame is one I have had for a long time.  I bought it because I liked the way the window was cut in it. I decided it would look nice framed with a  scalloped border made with a die in the thinlits set.    I didn't have a clue how to cut the card stock so I could miter the corners (I didn't have a clue how to miter the corners for that matter!), so I consulted my engineer husband.  He drew several rough sketches showing me how to measure and then how to cut.   The window opening is 3-1/2" and the width of the die cut border is 3/4".  So I doubled the 3/4" and added 1-1/2" to the width of the frame.  I cut my pieces of Blackberry Bliss 5" long, die cut them, then mitered the edges.  I laid each end in a 3/4" square on grid paper and drew a line from the bottom left corner of the square to the top right corner of the square (a 45 degree angle).  Unfortunately, the window is not exactly square so I have a gap or two--but it looks pretty!!!

I have a lot of leaves on my desk right now.  I die cut several in each of the colors I used and played around with them until I liked the arrangements on the frame and note card.  I stamped some leaves in with the same color ink as card stock, and stamped some with VersaMark and embossed them with copper.  Some I just die cut.  For the large copper leaf, I used the openwork die and the Big Shot embossing mats to emboss the copper foil before I used the matching framelit to die cut it.


You can see the large embossed copper leaf better in the note card photo.  I used the Subtle embossing folder to give texture to my note card front to mimic the grain in the wood frame.  

Hope I've given you some ideas for your Fall projects!  Now click on the "Next" button to see what Dena has to share with you!

To Dena's blog . . .

Here's my supply list:
Falling for Leaves Bundle, #149938; incudes at 10% off:
     Falling for Leaves stamp set, photopolymer, #147680
     Detailed Leaves thinlits dies, #147921
Card stock:  Blackberry Bliss, #133675; Cajun Craze, #119684; Grapefruit Grove, #146972; Very Vanilla thick, #144237
Copper Foil Sheets, #142020
Ink:  Blackberry Bliss, #147092; Grapefruit Grove, #147142; Cajun Craze, #147085; VersaMark, #102283
Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder, #141636
Heat Tool, #129053
Faceted Dots, #146910
Grapefruit Grove 1/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, #146954
Rich Razzleberry 1/4" Velvet Ribbon, #147016
Layering Ovals Framelits dies, #141706
Subtle dynamic textured impressions embossing folder, #143706



Wednesday, October 3, 2018

A Silver Dashing Deer--#tgifc179

This week the TGIF Challenges team has given us a fun technique challenge:  Create Your Own Background.  I had a few background ideas go through my mind and had even die cut a bunch of leaves to use before my mind moved through various color combos and finally settled on recreating a night sky.  But not just any night sky--one with movement and action for my dashing deer. 

To create my background I used a 3-7/8" x 5-1/8" piece of Shimmery White card stock to represent the stars and Blueberry Bushel card stock cut in triangular shapes to represent the night sky.  I glued the Blueberry Bushel shapes on top of the Shimmery White card stock.  To make the piece look like one piece of card stock, I ran it through the Big Shot using the Subtle dynamic embossing folder.

I finished the card with the flying deer die cut from Silver Glimmer Paper, a greeting banner and some rhinestones.  I layered the piece onto a piece of Silver Glimmer Paper, before adhering it to the card base.  

TIP:  To save my glimmer paper, I cut card layer sized pieces (5-1/4" x 4") from the paper before I die cut pieces for projects.  I then die cut pieces from the glimmer paper, making sure that I leave an outside edge all around the piece to make a nice layer.   I die cut my deer from the same piece I layered under the background piece.  I also die cut smaller shapes from this layering piece for use on other projects. 

See more wonderful background ideas over at the TGIF Challenges Blog:


Here's my supply list:
Dashing Deer Bundle, #149935; includes at 10% off:
     Dashing Deer stamp set, clear mount, #147728
     Detailed Deer Thinlits dies, #147915
Card stock:  Whisper White Thick, #140272; Shimmery White, #101910; Blueberry Bushel, #146968
Silver Glimmer Paper, #146960
Blueberry Bushel classic ink pad, #147138
Clear Rhinestone Basic Jewels, #144220
Petals & More Thinlits dies, #145655
Subtle dynamic textured impressions embossing folder, #143706


Saturday, September 29, 2018


The Inspire. Create. Stamping Challenges team is celebrating their first anniversary this week.  So, naturally, they have a theme challenge for us: 
Celebration. Nothing is better for a celebration than confetti:


I wanted to use Rose Glimmer Paper and Rose Metallic Thread for my card, so I pulled out my color charts to find my color combo:  Blushing Bride, Poppy Parade and Pumpkin Pie.  (You will notice that there is no Rose glimmer paper--the shimmer just made the card too busy with all that confetti  stamped on the background.)

I stamped the confetti bits in Blushing Bride and the streamers in Poppy Parade and Poppy Parade stamped off once.   The scalloped circle is Poppy Parade and the die cut "celebrate" and layer behind the background are Pumpkin Pie.  I love this color combination! 


Once I decided not to use the glimmer paper, I tried different ways to add a little sparkle to the card (you might see a few specs of glitter stuck on the card).  I ended up using only the Rose metallic thread and a few rhinestones for my celebratory glitz. 

There is still time for you to make your own celebration entry for this week's Inspire. Create. Stamping Challenge.  Find more information here.


Here's my supply list:

Birthday Backgrounds stamp set, clear mount, #146446
Card stock:  Whisper White Thick, #140272; Poppy Parade, #119793; Pumpkin Pie, #105117
Ink:  Poppy Parade, #147050; Blushing Bride, #147100
Clear Rhinestone Basic Jewels, #144220
Rose Metallic Thread, #146915
Celebrate You Thinlits, #146840
Layering Circles Framelits, #141705

Monday, September 24, 2018

Spooky Sweets--#tgifc178

The TGIF Challenge this week is Holiday Prep, a theme challenge.  I took this opportunity to get some Halloween goodies ready to send my step-grandson, Porter.  He is the beneficiary of a lot of the goodie samples I make for my classes.  Soon, though, he will be sharing them.  A little brother and my first "official" grandchild is on his way in February!!!   (I also have two step-granddaughters, Hannah and Maura, who get some of the pretties I make.)

I seem to make a "BOO" card every Halloween.  This one is my favorite though!  I used the cool bats and spooky fog images from Spooky Sweets to create this spooky eclipse style card.  I used an idea from Jennifer Downey to mount my word piece on top of a smaller card base.  Love that look!

I used Gray Granite and Blackberry Bliss for my color scheme on this card.  Then I added a bit of black with faceted dots and mini sequin trim. 

This coordinating bag with tag was made to fill with mini Reese's cups.  These are Porter's favorite candies, but he has a hard time keeping them away from my son-in-law.  (If "like father/like son" continues with the new grandson, I may have to start buying this candy in bulk!!!)


The bag was made with the "large" bag instructions on the Gift Bag Punch Board.  To get the nice folded edge at the top, I scored the top side of the bag at 3/4" and 1-1/2" before I put the bag together.  I used a gold library clip to hold the fold down and to attach the tag.

Get more ideas for holiday prep over at the TGIF Challenges blog:

Here's my supply list:

Spooky Sweets Bundle, #149973; includes at 10% off:
   Spooky Sweets stamp set, clear mount, #147716
   Spooky Bats punch, #148014
Card stock:  Gray Granite, #146983; Blackberry Bliss, #133675
Country Lane designer series paper, #147804
Ink:  Gray Granite, #147118; Blackberry Bliss, #147092; VersaMark, #102283
White Stampin' Emboss Powder, #109132
Heat tool, #129053
Faceted Dots, #146910
Gold Library Clips, #144130
Nature's Twine, #146342
Black Mini Sequin Trim, #144259
Fresh Fig 1/8" sheer ribbon, #144174
Gift Bag Punch Board, #135862
Banner Triple Punch, #132292
Large Letter Framelits, #141712
Layering Ovals Framelits, #141706