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Faux Watercolor

August 21st, 2014 · 2 Comments

Faux Watercolor
A sympathy card I had to make for a very sad occasion. I followed Shari Caroll’s instructions for her faux watercolor stamping technique on Day 1 of the Stretch Your Stamps 2 online card class.

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All supplies by Stampin’ Up!® unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Paisley; TXT 6001 Family Stamps (Hobby Post)
Paper: Confetti White, Vellum Card Stock; Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock (Ranger)
Ink: Tim Holtz Evergreen Bough, Frayed Burlap, Peeled Paint, and Walnut Stain Distress Ink (Ranger)
Accessories: Big Shot, Beautiful Wings Embosslits Dies, 1″ Square Punch, Pearl Basic Jewels, Stampin’ Dimensionals; Mini Mister, Inkssentials Ink Blending Tool (Ranger)

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Creating Random Patterns

August 16th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Creating Random Patterns

For the past two weeks, I have enjoyed watching the videos in the Stretch Your Stamps 2 online card class. I had hoped to keep up with my homework, but I’ve only managed to create a few cards so far.

On Day 7, Debby Hughes showed us how to use graphic stamps in random patterns and I have shamelessly CASEd her beautiful card with the supplies I had on hand. Do you recognize the kite image from the Send Me Soaring stamp set in the background?

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All supplies by Stampin’ Up!® unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Hello There, Send Me Soaring
Paper: Pale Plum, Whisper White
Ink: Going Gray, Pale Plum, Pink Pirouette, Pistachio Pudding, Strawberry Slush, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: 2013-2015 In Color Sequin Assortment, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig

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Mojo Monday 353

July 11th, 2014 · No Comments

Mojo Monday 353
This birthday card was created for our nephew David, who is an avid gardener. On several occasions, we have enjoyed the tasty vegetables he grows!

I used the sketch from Mojo Monday 353, which worked well with the image I had in mind: the cauliflower from the Vintage Garden – Produce set by Waltzingmouse Stamps. With some great papers from BasicGrey, this card came together pretty quickly.

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Stamps: Vintage Garden – Produce (Waltzingmouse Stamps); Wordy Birds (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Dusty Durango, Crumb Cake, Whisper White (SU!); All Spruced Up (Gina K. Designs); Herbs & Honey, Highline (BasicGrey)
Ink: Handsome Hunter (SU!)
Accessories: Big Shot, Finishing Touches Edgelits Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals (SU!); Flag It Dies Set (Verve Stamps); Classic Squares Small Nestabilities (Spellbinders)

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Pop-Up Box Card

July 9th, 2014 · 3 Comments

Pop-Up Box Card

When I spotted this Simple Blooms Card in a Box in Featured Stamper Nancy Thomas’s gallery on Sunday, I knew I had found a fun card to send to my great-aunt Louisa, who celebrates her 103rd birthday next week. I used the instructions for an A2-sized card from the Pop-Up Box Card tutorial on

I stayed pretty close to Nancy’s design, using images from the Hello Sunshine stamp set that went well with the patterned papers I picked. This time, I even managed to power up my Silhouette Portrait to cut the white card stock before I started stamping.

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Stamps: Hello Sunshine, Warm Spring Wishes (Gina K. Designs); Scroll Plain Jane (Verve Stamps); gefeliciteerd (Verschooten Antwerpen)
Paper: Pistachio Pudding, Basic Black, Whisper White, Gold Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper (SU!)
Ink: Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Garden Green (SU!); Black Onyx (Gina K. Designs)
Accessories: Big Shot, Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die, Garden Green and Calypso Coral Stampin’ Markers, Uni-Ball Signo Gel Pen, Stampin’ Dimensionals (SU!); Scroll Die (Verve Stamps)

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Featured Stamper: Nancy Thomas

July 6th, 2014 · 2 Comments

Featured Stamper: Nancy Thomas

I found a lovely card to CASE in Featured Stamper nancyt‘s gallery: Enjoy Today. My image was a little bit too large for the long rectangle Nestabilities die I wanted to use, so I took a quick look at the Out of the Box with Nestabilities tutorial to refresh my memory on how to do this technique. I colored the images with Copic Markers and added some Wink of Stella glitter to the flowers.

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Stamps: Sweet Tweets (Gina K. Designs)
Paper: Pure Luxury Bubblegum Pink, Jelly Bean Green, White, Sunshiny Day Patterned Paper Pack (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Big Shot, Paper Snips, Stampin’ Dimensionals (SU!); Tim Holtz Swirls Alterations Texture Fades Embossing Folder (Sizzix); Long Classic Rectangles Small and Long Classic Scalloped Rectangles Small Nestabilities (Spellbinders); Copic Markers (R81, R83, R85, YG01, YG13, YG25); ZIG Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush Pen (Kuretake)

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