Humming Along – Side Step Card

As promised, here is the fourth and final card that our stamp club made with the amazing Humming Along Bundle.  As you will see, this card is a fun side step card that has a great illusion of the hummingbird being in front of the flower.  Take a look at the pictures below:

Side step cards really have a WOW factor.  They are not difficult to make.  You just need to practice your cutting and scoring.  You’ll be a pro in no time – trust me!

There are two steps to create the card base – (1) Cut your card base and then (2) score the card base.

Let’s talk about cutting the card base first.  I’ve added a picture below to illustrate how I made the cut for this card.  There is only one cut in the paper.  Here are the steps:

  • Start with a piece of card stock cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″.  Essentially, you will cut a piece of standard A2 card stock (8 1/2″ x 11″) in half by cutting at 5 1/2″ on the 11″ side.
  • Place your cut piece of card stock into your paper cutter so you can make the cut shown in the picture below.  You are going to place the 5 1/2″ side of the paper at 3″ in the paper cutter.  Then, start your blade cutting at the 7″ mark on the paper trimmer and cut to 2 3/4″.  This means that you will have a 4 1/4″ long cut.  Note:  The length of the cut is half the size as the length of the paper!

Now, we are going to add the score lines.

  • Reference the picture below to note where you will make your score lines.
  • On the left side of the picture, you will make a score line at 4 1/4″ (or half the length of the paper) to essentially be able to fold the card in half.
  • On the right side of the picture, you will make score lines at the beginning and end of the cut that you made in the first step, pictured and discussed above.  These will be at 1 1/2″ and 5 3/4″.
  • The final score line will be at 3″.  This is twice the distance of the beginning score line at 1 1/2″.

Your step card is ready to be folded and decorated.  Reference the picture below to fold your card.  The decorations are up to you!  I used products that are pictured at the end of this post to decorate the card.

I really hope that you use the directions above to make a step card.  You will be amazed at how easy it is.

The main products that I used to make this card are shown below.  Click on any picture, and you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!




Lovely Lattice – Thank You Note Card

One of my favorite FREE Sale-A-Bration items this year is the beautiful Lovely Lattice cling stamp set The detail in the stamp is truly amazing.  If you’ve had your eye on this set, let me entice you a little with a quick note card that you can make.  Take a look at the picture below.

Here are the instructions for the card:

  • Start with a Whisper White Note CardYou know how much I love these and the corresponding envelopes.  They are just so handy to have in your stash.
  • Next, use Night of Navy ink to stamp the focal stamp from the Lovely Lattice stamp set, as pictured.
  • I chose to make my card a Thank You card.  Obviously, you can choose from several sentiment stamps to finish the card.  The “Thank You” that I used is from the new and wonderful Humming Along stamp set.  Stamp your sentiment on the bottom right corner of the note card using Night of Navy ink.
  • Stamp the focal image one more time with the Night of Navy ink.  But, this time, stamp onto a piece of Crushed Curry card stock.
  • Grab your Watercolor Pencils.  Choose a few of the flowers on the stamped Crushed Curry piece to color.  To highlight the flowers, color the leaves for those flowers on the Whisper White note card base.
  • For the leaves, I used the Old Olive and Daffodil Delight Watercolor Pencils.  To highlight the flowers, I used the Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, and Pumpkin Pie Watercolor Pencils.
  • Fussy cut (yeah – I know this may not be your favorite thing to do – but, it’s worth it!) the flowers from the Crushed Curry card stock.
  • Use the Night of Navy Stampin’ Write Marker to add ink to the edge of the cut out flower.  This trick will make your flowers look more finished.  Tip:  Hold the flower so the stamped image is facing away from you when you add the color to the edges. 

  • Use your bone folder to add a little dimension to the flower petals.  Use the same kind of motion with your bone folder as you do when you’re curling ribbon with the edge of scissors.
  • Attach the cut, curled flowers to the card base with dimensionals.

You’ll love the finished card.  It is simply elegant with a little pop of color and dimension.  Try other colors of card stock for the cut flower images!

Below are the main products that I used to make this card.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go directly to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!


Snowflakes and Sparkles – Quick Christmas Card

If you’re looking for a quick, eye-catching Christmas card, look no further!  Here is a design that you will enjoy making and you will be proud to give to friends and family.

I decided to “shop” my stamp collection to choose the images for this card.  There were three themes I wanted to include.   The first was an abstract background that I could stamp once or twice.  The second was a stamp set with great snowflake images.  And, the third was a fun Christmas sentiment to match the overall design.

Three stamp sets were used to create the card.  The first is Love What You Do which has a great background stamp.  The second stamp set is Colorful Seasons which is filled with amazing images for all seasons.  And, the last is the Christmas Pines stamp set which includes great sentiments as well as wonderful images.  “Shopping” your own stash can be a really fun way to pick images to use together to create new designs.

The basic instructions for making this card are shown below:

  • This is a one-layer card with a Thick Whisper White card stock base.  The base is cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.
  • Use the background image from the Love What You Do stamp set and Pool Party ink to stamp the background image onto the front of the card.  You can stamp the image either once or twice, as pictured.
  • Use Gray Granite ink and the snowflake images from the Colorful Seasons stamp set to stamp snowflake images on the card front.
  • Use Night of Navy ink and the pictured sentiment from the Christmas Pines stamp set to add a greeting to your card front, as pictured.
  • Die cut two or three snowflakes from Whisper White card stock with the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies collection.  Adhere them to the front of the card to add dimension and interest to your design.  The Fine Glue Pen works very well to adhere the die cut snowflakes.
  • Add some bling to the card by adhering a few silver sequins.  I used some sequins that I had leftover from a Paper Pumpkin kit.
  • If you use your Stamparatus for the stamping, you will be amazed at how quickly you’ll be able to create a stack of these beautiful Christmas cards!

Below are the main products that I used to create today’s card.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go directly to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!




Wishing You Well – Wreath Thank You Card

I certainly hope that you and your family have escaped the truly nasty colds and viruses that have been going around.  My absence on my blog has been due to a nasty “plague” capturing both my husband and me.  We are finally on the mend (yeah!), and I’m happy to be back to share another gorgeous card using the Wishing You Well stamp set.

This is the third card that our group made in a recent Stamp Club.  By the way – If you live near the Carrboro/Chapel Hill area in North Carolina, you are always welcome to join our Stamp Club.  We meet every second Sunday of the month, beginning at 2:00 in the afternoon.  Just leave me a note if you’d like more information.

Pictured below is the card that I would like to share with you in this post.  I wanted to try to put a few layers of different inks onto the wreath and to make the colors look very fall-ish.  Below the picture, you’ll find the steps that were used to make the card.

I know I’ve said this before, but it’s worth repeating.  If you don’t yet have the Wishing You Well stamp set in your collection, you should really think about getting it.  I think you’ll find the beautiful designs and sentiments incredibly versatile.

Here are the basic steps to follow to make the holiday wreath card:

  • The card base is made from Whisper White card stock cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.
  • The focal point is a piece of Whisper White card stock cut to 3 1/4″ x 3 1/4″.
  • Use the wreath stamp from the Wishing You Well stamp set to create the main image.  You will use four colors to layer stamp the wreath.
  • First, use Crushed Curry ink (and stamp off before stamping onto the focal piece) to stamp one image of the wreath.  This will be your guide as you continue to stamp.
  • Next, ink the wreath stamp with Cajun Craze ink.  Stamp off before stamping on to the focal piece.  And, when you stamp try to stamp a little off center from the original Crushed Curry stamped image.  Before you change colors, stamp another image with the remaining Cajun Craze ink to get a lighter shade of this gorgeous color.  And, again, move the stamp to slightly offset the first layer of Cajun Craze ink.
  • Follow the same steps using Old Olive ink for the third layer of color.
  • Also, follow the same steps using Cherry Cobbler ink.  I recommend stamping off at least twice before stamping the wreath with Cherry Cobbler.  This is a very strong red ink, and you don’t want to over power the other colors.
  • Finish the focal piece with the bow stamp from the Wishing You Well stamp set.  Use Cajun Craze to stamp the bow.
  • Adhere the focal piece to a piece of Mossy Meadow card stock cut to 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″.
  • Stamp “thank you” from the Love What You Do stamp set at the bottom of the card front, as pictured.
  • Adhere a piece of your favorite complementing pieces of DSP, cut to 4″ x 4″ to the top of the card front, as pictured.  I used a piece from the Nature’s Poem DSP collection.  I chose a piece with Cajun Craze to complement the overall design.
  • Adhere the Mossy Meadow card stock to the DSP with dimensionals.
  • To finish the card, you can add some “bling” to the wreath.  I used a few star shaped sequins from a Paper Pumpkin kit.  [I have quite a few extra Paper Pumpkin pieces that I keep on hand to use with many projects!]

This design can easily be changed to have Christmas colors and a Christmas sentiment.  There truly are endless possibilities…

Shown below are the main products that I used to create this card.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go directly to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!


Blended Seasons – Artist Trading Cards!

My husband, Bruce, and I live in the beautiful state of North Carolina.  Each October, the North Carolina State Fair is one of the prime events in the area.  If you’re going to be in the Raleigh area beginning this Thursday, be sure to check out the NC State Fair website for the event calendar.  Click on the logo below for more information.

Just like many state fairs, the NC State Fair has several friendly competitions.  One of them is card making!  I’ve entered the card making competition each year beginning with 2008.  Every year, I am in awe of the amazing talents of so many artists.  They are all very inspiring.

A few years ago, a new category was added to the card making category.  It is the Artist Trading Cards (ATC).  Entries have four ATC cards, each measuring 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″.  This category has really stretched me with stamping and other techniques.

Today, I’d like to share the entry that I literally just dropped off for this year’s ATC competition.  I hope you enjoy the fall theme and recognize the stamp set that I used.

The ATCs feature the recently available Blended Seasons stamp set.  If you did not add that stamp set to your collection, don’t fear.  I bet you have a stamp set in your stash that you can use to create a similar set of Artist Trading Cards.

Here are some of the steps that I used in the process:

  • Cut a piece of Crumb Cake card stock to 5″ x 7″.
  • Use your Stamparatus (the most amazing stamp positioning tool ever!!) to stamp your favorite image in opposite corners of the card stock piece.  I stamped four separate pieces of card stock with four different colors of inks.  I wanted to have a variety of stamped line colors to play with and figure out which pieces I wanted to keep.
  • Before you cut the 5″ x 7″ to their final 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ sizes, be sure to complete the coloring of each piece.
  • On one piece, I used Tim Holtz distress inks over the image stamped in Old Olive ink.  After I distressed the piece, I sprinkled some water onto the piece and took the excess water off with a paper towel.  The effect is really fun.  After this piece of card stock was cut, it was used for the upper left and lower right quadrants.

  • On another piece that I stamped with a really light touch of Cajun Craze ink, I used my Watercolor Pencils to add interest and depth to the design.  After this piece was cut, it was used for the upper right quadrant.

  • On yet another piece that I stamped with Cherry Cobbler ink, I used my Aqua Painters to add color to the leaves.  I like the way Aqua Painter made the inked lines bleed a little.  After this piece was cut, it was used for the bottom left quadrant.

  • I did have another piece that I had stamped with Early Espresso ink.  The colors that I used to decorate this piece didn’t work well with my final project.  But, I will use the piece for another project.
  • After I figured out which pieces were going to be used for each quadrant, I put them together on a scrap piece of paper and spattered some Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint over the entire piece.

  • Since I had extra leaves from each piece that I chose not to use in the final project, I fussy cut some of the leaves and decided where I would place them on the cards.  To add a little interest to the leaves, I highlighted them with Clear Wink of Stella.
  • The final touch was random drops of Ranger Glossy Accents.  They add a very unique, whimsical feel.

This technique can easily be translated into cards.  Stay tuned, I’ve been inspired by the ATC entry!  I’m going to make a few cards with similar layouts.  Check back to see them.

Some of the products that I used to make the ATCs are shown below.  Click on any picture, and you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!