Friday, August 29, 2014

Holiday Catalogue Swap

The Holiday Catty is live today! Click on the link in the left column to view it online.

I used Mossy Meadow ink for the evergreen sprig from Ornamental Pine (135104) and Real Red ink for the sentiment on Very Vanilla card stock.

The ornament was stamped with VersaMark on Real Red card stock and heat embossed with Gold embossing powder. Then, I cut it out, mounted it with Dimensionals and added a Gold Baker's twine bow.

Endless Wishes (136829) has several sentiments to combine. Mine is stamped with Pear Pizzazz ink.

The snowflakes are stamped with Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz and Lost Lagoon inks on Whisper White card stock.

I used Lost Lagoon 3/8 in. Silky Taffeta Ribbon (135841) and the embellishments are from Frosted Sequins (135835).

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Seriously Amazing Paper Pumpkin Kit

I've been stamping up a storm since my August Paper Pumpkin kit arrived and now I'm ready to post some photos! Most of the cards are easy to figure out so I'm only posting tutorials for some of the projects.

All of my Paper Pumpkin subscribers are invited to the Playdate on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. Just bring your kits and adhesive and I'll supply the rest!


Opening my Paper Pumpkin kit every month is so exciting! This time I was impressed with the huge amount of product, and a little thrown by the colour combination. (Mossy Meadow wouldn't be my first choice to use with Strawberry Slush and Hello Honey.)

By cutting two of the printed striped card bases in half and trimming them by 1/2 an inch I used them for mats on Strawberry Slush card bases (131295) and increased the number of cards I could make. (I saved the other card bases to make some gifts boxes.)

I inked the dot image with Hello Honey and stamped three times before re-inking to get different intensities of colour for the background.

Those fabulous Strawberry Slush sequins are easy to apply with the glue dots included in the kit.

Using Mossy Meadow ink (133645) for the sentiments on the pre-cut printed banners helps bring the colours together.

For variety, I switched the colours. Strawberry Slush ink (131178) for the dots and the Hello Honey for the card base. (133678)
The gold sequins are from the trim in the Catty. (132983)

I love the portfolio closure envelopes from the kit!

Alternate Colour Combinations
I stamped dots on the pre-cut mat with Pink Pirouette (126956), Hello Honey (included) and Strawberry Slush (13178) inks.

The card base is Hello Honey (133678) with Pink Pirouette (111351) and Strawberry Slush (131295) mats.

Use Pink Pirouette (126956) and Pool Party (126982) inks to stamp the dots on the pre-cut mat and adhere Basic Black card stock 121045) behind the cut-out. Wrap Basic Black Baker's Twine (134576) around the mat and tie a bow. Adhere the mat to a Pink Pirouette (126956) card base.

Punch the hearts (133787) from Coastal Cabana (131297), Strawberry Slush (131295) and Real Red (102482) card stock and use Dimensionals (included) to mount the hearts. Add a rhinestone (119246) to the last heart.

I embossed the pre-cut mat with my Big Shot (113439) and the Stylish Stripes embossing folder (132174) before mounting it on a Basic Black (121045) card stock mat. Adhere the mats to a Bermuda Bay (131197) card base.

Punch stars (1133787) from Silver Glimmer Paper (135314). Adhere the stars with Dimensionals (included) and the sequins (included) with glue dots (included).

Adhere one of the small portfolio closure envelopes inside to hold a gift card.

By cutting the gift card bases in half and using them as mats under the pre-cut gift card mats I increased the number of projects I could make.

Emboss the Hello Honey (133678) card base with the Big Shot (113439) and the Lucky Stars embossing folder (135817).

Tie Linen Thread (included) around the pre-cut star mat and adhere it to the printed mat with Dimensionals (included), then mount it on the card base.

I stamped a sentiment from the Itty Bitty Banners stamp set (132022) with Mossy Meadow ink (133645) on the banner sheet from the kit and cut it out. Adhere the banner and rhinestones (119246) to the mat.

Adhere one of the small portfolio envelopes inside to hold a gift card.

Another version of  the Star Mat Card using Blackberry Bliss card stock (133675) and White Baker's Twine (124262)

Cut a banner from half of a gift card base and adhere it to a Strawberry Slush card stock (131295) banner on a Blackberry Bliss (133675) card base. Adhere a length of Crushed Curry Chevron ribbon (130019).

Mount the pre-cut heart gift card mat and stamped banner with Dimensionals (included). Embellish with sequins.

I embossed the Pool Party (122924) card base with my Big Shot (113439) and Decorative Dots (133520) embossing folder.

Adhere a Strawberry Slush (131295) banner to the card base.

Stamp the sentiment on a pre-cut banner with Tuxedo Black Memento ink (132708).

Stamp dots on the pre-cut heart mat with Pool Party (126982), Pink Pirouette (126956), Bermuda Bay (131171), Strawberry Slush (131178), Basic Gray (126981) and Hello Honey (included) ink.

Adhere a square of Window Sheet (114323) to the back of heart mat and apply strips of Dimensionals (included) around the heart shape and in the corners.

Place the heart mat face down on the Basic Black mat.

Use the 1/8 in. circle punch to cut 15 circles each from Strawberry Slush (131295), Hello Honey (133678), Basic Gray (121044) and Coastal Cabana (131297) card stock. Fill the heart shape with the punches.

Adhere the Pink Pirouette mat on the heart mat, using the Basic Black mat as a guide. Then, flip the shaker mat over and adhere it to the Black mat before mounting it to the card front.

Gift Cards and Boxes

I used some of the printed striped card bases to make cute gift boxes.

Square Bag Box
Cut a 1/2 in. section from the short side of a large card base.

Score the vertical lines at 1-3/4 in., 3-3/4 in. (original score line on card base), 5-5/8 in. and 7-1/2.

Score 1-1/4 in. from bottom and 3/4 in. from top (across vertical score lines) and cut away bottom of tab section. Cut on score lines from bottom edge to bottom score line.

Cut away 3/4 in. on top score line leaving a top flap.

Fold on score lines and adhere tab section inside box. Adhere bottom sections together.

Squeeze box to fold sides and to middle.

Secure pre-cut circles (included) to box front and flap.

Pillow Boxes

Cut off 1/2 in. from short side of printed striped card base.

Score 1/2 in. from opposite side and crease.

Adhere tab section inside box.

Measure 1/2 in. from sides of box on both ends.

Using a 7-1/2 in. circle pattern, trace the arc from markings on sides.

Place the box on a Stampin' Pierce Mat (126199). Using the same circle pattern, score the arc from the markings on sides.

Your box will look like this on both ends.
Trim the traced arcs.

Use a 3/4 in. circle punch (119873) to cut a half circle from one flap on both sides of the box. Fold the punched flaps on the score lines, then the outer flaps to the close box.

Small Pillow Box
Cut 3/8 in. from short side of Gift Card base and score 3/8 in. from opposite side.

Adhere tab to inside of box.

Mark 3/8 in. on side of box on both ends

Follow instructions above using a 3-1/4 in. circle pattern to mark and score the arcs and a 1/2 in. circle punch (119869) on the inside flaps.

Project Life Cards

Project Life by Stampin' Up! offers a wide selection of Card Collections for creating quick Memory Pages. However, I like making my own pocket cards. Any of these samples could be made into greeting cards.

4X6 Project Life Pocket Card
Trim and stamp dots on the pre-cut mat with Hello Honey (included), Mossy Meadow (133645), Strawberry Slush (131178), Blackberry Bliss (133642), and Lost Lagoon (133644) ink.

Wrap the stamped mat with Hello Honey ribbon (133671) and adhere it to a Strawberry Slush (131295) mat. Mount it on a Blackberry Bliss (133675) card.

3X4 Project Life Pocket Card
Adhere half of a gift card base to a Blackberry Bliss (133675) card.

Mount the pre-cut gift card mat with Dimensionals (included).

Stamp the sentiment on a pre-cut banner and adhere it to the heart mat and embellish with sequins. (included)

3X4 Project Life Pocket Card
Emboss a Strawberry Slush (131295) mat with the Big Shot (113439) and Chevron embossing folder (127749), then adhere a Basic Black (121045) mat.

Mount a Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper (135315) mat to a Basic Gray (121044) mat and adhere to the black mat.

Stamp a sentiment from the Good Greetings Hostess stamp set with Tuxedo Black Memento ink on the pre-cut heart gift card mat and mount with Dimensionals.

Adhere a Pool Party card stock (122924) arrow (133781) and a Blushing Bride card stock (131198) heart (133787) with Dimensionals.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Punched Flowers World of Dreams

Create dimension by adding shaped punched flowers to the marker coloured leaves.

-ink the stamp on a Pistachio Pudding pad
-colour with Always Artichoke and Mossy Meadow markers
-stamp twice on the Vanilla mat
-cut the mat with the Big Shot and Labels Collection framelits
-use Itty Bitty flower punch to cut 3 flowers
-shape the flowers with the end of the piercing tool on a foam mat
-crumple one flower to form a bud
-layer two flowers with a pearl centre
-adhere flowers to the stamped mat

-World of Dreams 134183
-Itty Bitty Banners 132022
-Pistachio Pudding pad 131177
-Always Artichoke pad 126972
-Always Artichoke marker
-Mossy Meadow marker
-Pistachio Pudding card stock 131294
-Pool Party card stock 122924
-Very Vanilla card stock 101650
-Big Shot 113439
-Labels Collection framelits 125598
-Large Scallop edgelit 127019
-Delicate Designs embossing folders 127023
-Itty Bitty Punch Pack 133787
-Basic Pearls 119247
-Very Vanilla Seam Binding 120999

Saturday, August 9, 2014

World of Dreams Collage

The birds on a branch image from the World of Dreams stamp set is my favourite. This time I gave it a sweet colour combination and some cute details.

I saw the crimped punched ruffle for the heart on

It's hard to see here, but the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper sparkles with the colours used for the other elements on the card, bringing it all together all the together.

-adhere a Paper Doily to the card front and trim the overlap
-adhere a strip of transfer adhesive sheet across the bottom (the grid paper makes placement easy)
-snip into the end of a length of Pink Pirouette seam binding
-pull up some threads from the middle to gather it
-adhere the gathered seam binding to the adhesive strips and trim the ends.
-use the Big Shot and Hearts framelits to cut out the hearts
-adhere to the card front

-punch a strip of Blushing Bride card stock with the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch
-fun it through a crimper to form pleats and cut it in half
-adhere the crimped trim to the back of the heart (no need to go around the point; it will be hidden under the banner)

-World of Dreams 134183
-A Dozen Thoughts 131056
-I Love Lace 134033
-Tuxedo Black Memento pad
-Whisper White Craft pad
-Pool Party card stock 122924
-Strawberry Slush card stock 131295
-Bermuda Bay card stock 131197
-Basic Gray card stock 121044
-Blushing Bride card stock 131198
-Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper 135315
-Big Shot 113439
-Hearts Collection framelits 125599
- Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch 119275
-Paper Doily 129399
-Transfer Adhesive Sheets 133722
-Pink Pirouette seam binding 134574
-Subtles Designer buttons 130030
-Basic Black Baker's Twine 134576
-Glue Dots 103683
-Dimensionals 104430

Friday, August 8, 2014

Embossed Resist World of Dreams

Heat Embossing creates a hard, usually glossy image that resists ink. I used Clear embossing powder over-lapping a background and sponged inks on the image with sponge daubers.

-use the Big Shot and Ovals framelit to cut a stencil in copy paper
-position the cut out oval on the mat and adhere it with removable adhesive

-position the stencil on the mat using the cut out oval as a guide
-adhere the stencil with removable adhesive
-remove the cut out oval

-stamp a background image

-remove the stencil
-swipe the mat with an embossing buddy to reduce static
-stamp the Grass image with a VersaMark pad overlapping the background
-cover the image with Clear embossing powder and shake off the excess
-use a heat tool to melt the embossing powder and let cool
-use sponge daubers to apply ink over the embossed image

-World of Dreams 134183
-Dictionary 130348
-Petite Pairs 128706
-Sahara Sand pad 126976
-Soft Sky pad 131181
-VersaMark pad 102283
-Sahara Sand card stock 121043
-Soft Sky card stock 131203
-Naturals White card stock 102316
-Big Shot 113439
-Ovals Collection framelits 129381
-Large Oval punch 119855
-Heat Tool 129053
-Clear embossing powder 109130
-Embossing Buddy 103083
-Basic Metal Buttons 133319
-Linen Thread 104199

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Faux Silk World of Dreams

I can't stop thinking of techniques to use with the World of Dreams stamp set!

The orchid image is coloured with markers and stamped on a mat covered with crumpled gift tissue. The effect is a bit like hand-painted silk.

You can find the recipe for the gold mist on the Rose Red mat below.

-adhere a piece of Transfer Adhesive Sheet to a white card stock mat
-crumple a piece of gift tissue and smooth slightly
-peel away the backing of the adhesive sheet and a cover with the crumpled tissue

-ink the stamp with a Pink Pirouette pad
-colour the edges of the flowers with a Blushing Bride marker
-colour a star shape in the centres of the flowers with a Crushed Curry marker
-colour dots in the centres of the flowers with a Melon Mambo marker
-colour the stems with an Old Olive marker
-huff on the stamp to moisten the inks before stamping on the mat

-let the inks dry
-if the colours need softening, gently dab an Aqua Painter in the centres
-if the colours are too light, gently colour with a marker
-use the Big Shot with a Window Frames framelit to cut the mat
-stamp the sentiment with a Gold Encore pad
-use a sponge dauber to add Gold ink to the edges of the mat

-place the Rose Red card stock mat in a spritzing box (mine is made from a box cut in half diagonally)

-fill a Stampin' Sprizter with 70% Rubbing Alcohol
-add a squirt of Gold Encore ink from a refill bottle
-screw on the top and shake
-spritz on the Rose Red mat
-stamp splatter image from Gorgeous Grunge with a Gold Encore pad

-World of Dreams 134183
-Petite Pairs 128706
-Gorgeous Grunge 130514
-Pink Pirouette pad 126956
-Blushing Bride marker 131265
-Crushed Curry marker
-Melon Mambo marker
-Old Olive marker 100079
-Gold Encore pad 132141
-Gold Encore refill 134809
-Pink Pirouette card stock 111351
-Crushed Curry card stock 131199
-Rose Red card stock 102544
-gift tissue
-Big Shot 113439
-Window Frames framelits 129021
-Stampin' Spritzer 126185
-Transfer Adhesive Sheets 133722
-Antique brads 117273
-Natural/Gold Baker's Twine 132975