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!


Home to Roost – Birthday Card

Do you have challenges with masculine cards? Well – I certainly do. It’s much easier for me to get creative with flowery stamps 🙂 But, I have a great solution for you and masculine cards. The stamp set is called Home to Roost, and it’s available as a FREE SAB gift. Take a look at the great, masculine birthday card that I made with the set.

Here are the instructions for the card:

  • Start with a card base made with Thick Whisper White card stock, cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side. Thick Whisper White card stock adds a special feel and finish to your card. You’ll love using it.
  • Use Soft Suede ink to stamp the rooster stamp from the Home to Roost stamp set onto a piece of scrap Whisper White card stock.
  • Color the rooster image with the amazing Watercolor Pencils. You’ll see from the picture below that each rooster you color will have its own personality since the coloring on separate images will always be a little different.  I have a great time using the Watercolor Pencils and really enjoy blending and layering the colors.

  • Use the second largest circle die from the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies set to die cut the colored rooster image.  Use the largest circle die from the same set to die cut a piece of Cherry Cobbler card stock to use as the frame piece around the rooster die cut.
  • Cut a piece of Early Espresso card stock to 4″ x 4″.  Emboss this piece with the Tin Tile
  • Dynamic Embossing Folder.  This EF folder carried over from the Holiday catalog!  It is amazing.  Confession – I used a piece of retired Early Espresso card stock that has a white core.  When I sanded the embossed piece, the effect is a wonderful weathered look.  You can get the same look by sponging some white ink onto random parts of the embossed piece.
  • Use Early Espresso ink to add the Happy Birthday sentiment from the Detailed with Love stamp set onto the bottom right of the card front, at pictured.
  • Adhere the embossed Early Espresso piece to the top of the card front.
  • If you would like, add faux stitching to the die cut circles with an Early Espresso Stampin’ Write marker.  You can also add a a button and Early Espresso baker’s twine to embellish the die cut circle pieces.
  • Adhere the two die cut circles together.  Use dimensionals to put the die cut circles in the middle of the embossed Early Espresso card piece.

I think you’ll find this design to be very useful as a masculine birthday card.  You can easily change the sentiment to make the card appropriate for many additional occasions.

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!




Country Lane – Tin Tile Hello

I cannot believe we are almost (officially) at the beginning of the Autumn season.  This summer has been a great one, but, honestly, I am ready for cooler weather and basketball season!  When I saw the products in the Country Lane Suite, I fell in with them and could not wait to use them in card projects.

In a prior post, I shared a fun card that I made with Country Lane Suite products.  Please click here to see it.  Today, I’d like to share another card made from the products.  The card is pictured below and features the wonderful new Tin Tile Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  You REALLY should consider adding this embossing folder to your collection!

Below are directions and tips to make today’s card.

  • The card base is a piece of Thick Whisper White card stock cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.  Thick Whisper White card stock is one of my favorites for card bases.
  • The first layer is from Cajun Craze card stock.  Cajun Craze is a beautiful and versatile color for Autumn.  The card stock is cut to 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″.  The piece is embossed with the fun, new Tin Tile Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (EF).  To add a little more interest to this background piece, I sponged the piece with Early Espresso ink.  My recommendation is to add a hint of color around the edges.  If the sponging is a little random, the result is even more intriguing.
  • The next layer is a piece of the new Galvanized Metallic Paper cut to 4″ x 4″.  Use the Tin Tile Dynamic Textured Impressions EF to emboss this piece.  Cut the piece in half to have two pieces that measure 2″ x 4″.

  • Now, grab your Old Olive card stock.  This is another staple in my card stock since the color is so useful on many, many cards.  Cut the Old Olive card stock to 2 3/4″ x 4″.
  • Use Early Espresso ink to stamp images from the Country Home stamp set onto the Old Olive piece.  From the picture above, you can see that I stamped the milk can and floral arrangement onto the Old Olive.
  • Use Early Espresso ink to stamp the milk can onto a piece of Gray Granite card stock.  Have I mentioned that I absolutely love the new Gray Granite color?!
  • Use your choice of colors from the Watercolor Pencil set to color the floral arrangement on the Old Olive card stock.  I chose colors that I thought looked like Autumn.  Use the Basic Gray watercolor pencil to add shading to the milk can stamped on the Gray Granite card stock.

  • Fussy cut the milk can that is stamped on the Gray Granite card stock and adhere the cut milk can image on top of the milk can that you stamped onto the Old Olive piece, as pictured.  This technique is called paper piecing.  It is a great technique to use when you want to add a layer to an image.  You use the initial stamp on the Old Olive card stock to align the image that you stamped on the Gray Granite card stock.  It also hides any imperfections that you had when you tried to stamp the floral arrangement perfectly on top of the milk can 🙂
  • Use Early Espresso ink to stamp the tag image from the Country Home stamp set onto a piece of scrap Designer Series Paper that complements the colors you have used to color your focal point.  I used a piece of the gorgeous Country Lane Designer Series Paper (DSP).  Then, stamp “HELLO” from the same stamp set in the middle of the tag with Early Espresso ink.  Fussy cut the stamped tag, and adhere it directly onto the milk can, as pictured.

  • Use a few pieces of scrap Cajun Craze card stock to add a framed look on either side of the Old Olive piece, as shown.  I cut a few pieces of scrap to just over 4″ long and around 1/2″ wide.  Adhere these pieces to the underneath sides of your Old Olive piece.  Trim these pieces to make sure the edges align with the edges of the Old Olive piece.
  • To assemble the card:
    • Adhere the embossed and sponged Cajun Craze piece directly to the front of the card base, as pictured.
    • Next, adhere the two pieces of the embossed Galvanized Metallic Paper on top of the Cajun Craze piece, as shown, using Dimensionals.
    • Finally, adhere the finished Old Olive piece to the front middle of the card with dimensionals.

Please check back to see the third card featuring the wonderful Country Lane Suite.  The products in this suite make it incredibly easy for me to live up to my motto – One stamp set – Three designs – Endless possibilities!  The picture below includes the first two cards made using the Country Lane Suite.

Pictured below are the main products that I used to create the card featured in this post.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.  Enjoy!

Happy stamping!


Varied Vases – Three Designs!

With Labor Day coming this weekend and many schools back in session, it definitely seems as if summer is coming to a close.  It went by so quickly, as always.

If you have stopped by my blog before, you know my motto is – One stamp set, Three designs, Endless possibilities The Varied Vases bundle has made it pretty easy to live up to that motto.  Below are three cards that I have shared in previous posts.  Each post has directions to make the featured card.  Click on any picture and you’ll go to the original post.

If you haven’t already, consider adding the Varied Vases bundle to your collection.  You’ll love the versatility of the stamps and the ease of using the punch.

Happy stamping!