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Easy Watercolor Outline & Debossing

September 1st, 2014 · 1 Comment

Easy Watercolor Outline & Debossing
Well, it may be difficult to see the actual debossing in the picture, but it looks pretty amazing IRL. I cut two pieces of cardboard with the Backyard Basics Framelits Die and glued them together. Then placed this on top of the watercolor cardstock and ran it through the Big Shot with an embossing pad to deboss the image. The flower stamp was inked up with three different Distress Inks and stamped inside the debossed area. The color from the stamped lines was then pulled toward the center of the image using an Aqua Painter. Thanks, Jennifer Rzasa, for the great tutorial on Day 5 of the Stretch Your Stamps 2 online card class!

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Stamps: Backyard Basics (SU!); gefeliciteerd (Verschooten Antwerpen)
Paper: Smoky Slate, Basic Black (SU!); Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock (Ranger)
Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko); Tim Holtz Mowed Lawn, Picked Raspberry, and Seedless Preserves Distress Ink (Ranger)
Accessories: Big Shot, Backyard Basics Framelits Dies, Rich Razzleberry 1/4″ Grosgrain Stitched Ribbon, White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Aqua Painters, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, Stampin’ Dimensionals (SU!); Cardboard

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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 · Comments Off on Mojo Monday 353

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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