Monday, June 29, 2015

Stampin Up Banner Triple Punch

In the new Stampin Up catalog is their new banner punch -- the Banner Triple Punch. Unlike other punches or even banner dies this punch enables the user to make a banner as long as they would like and in three different widths.

Great idea . . .  but no size markings on the punch. Don't know about you but I have had to hurry and make up a quick card in the past and due to that I would not have time to pull out the catalog and see the sizes or take a ruler and measure the punch. So here is my tip showing my Banner Triple punch from Stampin Up:

Using the label maker I made a label with the punch title and put that on the top and backside of my punch --  then using small print I printed out a label with the three widths for the banners this punch makes:

Used scissors to trim off the excess label. Peeled off the label backing and I have stuck the sizes on the left side of the channels for the banners. This way if I should be using the punch for a banner I will know at a glance what width I will need for my banner pieces. TFL

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Happy 4th Card

Had seen this layout in an old Close To My Heart catalog and decided to use this layout for my 4th of July cards. Here are some of the cards as they were all made using various patriotic card stocks:

The white card stock base is Mikes 110# weight card stock. Blue is also Mikes as is the red. The patriotic card stocks are various manufacturers.

To begin with I cut and scored all the white card stock bases. Then using the circle dies from Spellbinders I cut out a circle from the patriotic card stocks. Using a small circle die I cut out a circle using white/GP card stock. Then I cut the red banner piece 1" wide and I used the new banner punch from Stampin up for the banner ends of this piece. 

For the star embossed blue card stock I cut my blue card stock pieces larger than what I would need for the card front. Using the Solid Stars embossing folder by Craft Concepts I embossed two pieces of the blue card stock at a time in the Cuttlebug. I always emboss two pieces of card stock at a time as it makes a softer embossed piece and this also prevents the card stock from tearing/ripping once it is embossed. Once I had the blue pieces embossed I set those aside. 

Using the Stampin Up stamp set from 1999 Happy Fourth I used a stamp from that set and using SU Real Red ink I stamped this onto a piece of white/GP card stock. Using a smaller circle die in the die set I cut out my greeting circles. For the blue scalloped piece I used a scallop punch. 

With all pieces done I then took the ATG and put the patriotic card stock circle on the card fronts. Then trimmed the embossed blue piece and put that onto the white card stock front. Put on the white/GP circle on the card front. Used the ATG and added the red banner piece. Then put the greeting piece onto the blue scalloped piece and put pop dots behind that and put it on the card front over the banner piece. Using a dollar punch from Mikes I punched out blue stars and put them on the card front using glue dots. For the red star on the greeting piece I used a small star punch by Marvy and punched out a red star from scraps. Added a red crystal to the center of that and put that onto the greeting piece also using a glue dot. Different layout than I have done before but it went together easily and brings plenty of the red. white, and blue together for this upcoming holiday.

Once I had all the card fronts done I cut the pieces of card stocks for the card 'insides". Used a stamp from Impression Obsession and my MISTI to stamp the insides. Using the MISTI for this was very fast and each piece came out perfectly stamped. BRILLIANT idea, the MISTI and am finding I go out of my way to use it -- :0)   TFL and YOLO

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Pearl Anniversary Card

Had seen the Faux Mother Of Pearl technique and card on the blog of Loll Thompson and had to try it myself. Here is her blog and she has a video for this technique there: Loll has some beautiful cards and projects on her blog and was happy I found it. Here is my version of her card:

For my version of her card I used distressed inks -- both Worn Lipstick and Ripe Persimmon. I had taken a class awhile back with Daphne on using distressed inks so I learned all the basics and more from Daphne. In her class she introduced us to the 110# weight card stock sold at Mikes so my card stock base is that card stock from Mikes in white. I cut and scored my card stock so the fold of the card would be at the top. Then I cut a piece of that same white card stock for the white background piece on the card front.

For my inked piece I cut that card stock 3 1/4" x 4 1/4". For the Faux Mother Of Pearl technique I used Pearl Craft Paint from M Stewart and a piece of waded up Glad wrap. Poured a small dot of the paint onto the brown craft mat and dipped the wadded up Glad wrap into the paint and worked it into a circle on the craft mat. Then took that to the piece for the card front and dabbed it onto the card stock and then back to the paint on the craft mat and back to the card stock -- all over the card stock piece until I had the coverage I wanted. Set it aside to dry and cleaned off the craft mat using a baby
wipe. It does not take long for the paint to dry. Here is a photo to show the shimmer paint closer:

Once dried I used the lighter ink and put that on the painted card stock piece. Then I added the darker distressed ink to this piece and once I had that looking the way I wanted it to I set that aside. Using the Fresh Foilage die from Memory Box I cut out a die cut piece using the Cuttlebug. For the greeting "happy anniversary" I used the SU Hostess stamp set Express Yourself that I had picked up at a garage sale. Used the Ripe Persimmon and stamped the greeting onto white card stock. Used the trimmer to cut that the size I wanted and scissors to make the banner end. Here is a photo to show the inks and the paint acts as a resist for the inks so the paint keeps the shimmer look:

Using the ATG I put the inked faux pearl piece onto the white card front piece. Then using a glue pen I put the die cut piece onto that. Using pop dots I put these pieces onto the card stock base. Used the ATG to put the greeting on the card front at the lower left corner.

Very easy technique but the camera did not capture the shimmer of this card front from the shimmer paint. Thanks to Loll for this idea and for sharing the technique and her video with us. And another Thank You to Daphne for introducing me to the world of distress inks --- :0)     TFL and YOLO

Monday, June 22, 2015

Online shopping - - -

So I get an email from --- AKA My Favorite Things --- last week. They were having a sale so I decided to see what was included in the sale and one of my "want have's" die sets was included... only it wasn't... it was on back order. I usually buy my MFT dies from them but sometimes a crafter has to take matters into their own hands... or in this case? my own keyboard...

Since I do not have a scrapbooking/card making store here I can shop at I have to resort to online shopping. While I was looking for my MFT die set Stitched Rectangle Stax I decided I would also see if I could locate the French Pastry Doily die by Cheery Lynn Designs. My first stop was at:    

I have ordered from them in the past and their shipping is very reasonable and fast. Here is a copy of the invoice from this order:

I placed my order with them early Friday, 6/19/2015. They are in Utah and I am in N Carolina. Much to my surprise I received an email from them on Friday afternoon telling me my order was shipped and they sent me my tracking info. Lo and behold? My order arrived today and all for $3.49 for shipping and handling --- well worth the money. And certainly that is a lot cheaper for me than gas would cost to drive to a scrapbooking store in a nearby city.

Now -- here are my three dies I ordered:

Love having my MFT Stitched frame dies but I finally decided to give the Cheery Lynn French Pastry Doily die a try --- I had bought a doily die long ago from another manufacturer and that was a nightmare trying to cut the die out. Used waxed paper, dryer sheets, and parchment paper and the doily either would not cut all the way or I could not get it and all the pieces out of the die... So back to the dollar store buying their thin paper doilies for my cards and projects that I wanted doilies for. .

Until I had seen a card made using the Cheery Lynn French Pastry Doily die but was not sure if this die would indeed cut as well as reviews had stated. I have other Cheery Lynn dies and although they all cut well, the French Pastry Doily die is very detailed with many small pieces to be cut. The plus for this die is that it looks just like the paper doilies I liked from the dollar store which I liked.

While I was ordering the doily die a pop up showed me that there was a smaller version of this die which will be good for tags and 3 x 3 cards and smaller projects than a card front. So this smaller version die was the third die for my order.

First thing I did was to cut out both the larger and smaller die using Stampin Up card stock in the Cuttlebug to see if indeed they cut well. I used the Stampin Up card stock in the Cuttlebug using this sandwich:  Plate A, plate C, dies cut side up, card stock, plate B and one layer of scrap card stock as a shim on top of the plates. Ran this all through the Cuttlebug and before removing it from the machine I then ran the machine backwards so that these dies were cut twice before removing them from the machine. Here are the two die cuts as they came right out of the Cuttlebug:

As you can see very few pieces are left in the die cut pieces and I did not even use waxed paper when I cut them out. The die cuts fell right out of the dies when I took them out of the Cuttlebug. Here is a photo of the dollar tree paper doily die VS the green doily I just cut out with this die:

As you can see the die cut piece is the same in shape and cuts as the paper doily die from the dollar store and of course the Stampin Up green card stock is a lot heavier then the paper doily. Very happy with the Cheery Lynn pastry dies for sure.

It will be nice that if I want to use a coloured doily on a project that I do not have to dismiss that idea as my paper doilies are all white. Also I will not have to sponge the edges of the paper doilies just to add colour to them.

Thanks to for great shipping/handling time frame and cost -- not to mention the variety of products their online store offers. And a BIG thank you to Cheery Lynn for dies that cut as well and the details on all their dies. TFL and YOLO

Summer Napkin Cards

This is a photo of some of the summer cards I made for mailing out. All the card stock bases are bright colours and I used a napkin for the card front background.

I bought a package of napkins at the dollar store and here is one of the napkins opened up:

To use a napkin on a card first you open your napkin full. Carefully pull the layers off the back of the printed napkin front -- this is the "ply" of the napkin. These cheaper napkins usually have one ply which is one layer behind the printed front. Once the napkin backing is peeled away I used scissors and cut the napkin in half --- width wise since this pattern is directional and I wanted the design to go sideways and not up and down on my card front.

Once your napkin is cut in half use a piece of aluminum foil (also from the dollar store) and tear off a piece larger than your napkin front. Then tear off a second piece of foil similar in size. Now for the clear wrap -- I used the Glad Cling Wrap -- and be sure the package does not say "Microwaveable" as that type of plastic wrap can not be used for this technique. I then took a full piece of white/GP card stock -- 8 1/2" x 11" for my napkin.

You need to use an iron for this technique. Set the iron to medium heat and it has to be a dry iron -- no steam. While that is heating up lay down one piece of foil. Place your white card stock on top of the foil piece. Tear off your Glad wrap piece, larger than your card stock, and lay that on top of the card stock, smoothing out all wrinkles. Then put your napkin, printed side up facing you, on top of the Glad wrap/card stock pile. Smooth that out and put the second piece of foil on top of this pile. Smooth out all wrinkles with your hand. Now run your iron over the foil piece, moving it slowly, back and forth and up and down, being sure to heat your edges well so your napkin will seal to the edges of the card stock. Once this is done let cool for a minute or two and carefully peel your top foil piece off. Then lift up the napkin/card stock piece. (Both pieces of foil can be used over and over again using this technique).

Using scissors I trimmed off excess plastic wrap from the edges of my card stock. Once that was done I took the piece to the paper trimmer and trimmed it to the size I wanted for my card fronts. From this napkin I was able to get four card fronts so it is economical. Once my napkin/card front piece was trimmed I then cut and scored my card stock base. Set these two aside.

For the flip flops on my cards I used the Impression Obsession die 183-L and I cut all my flip flops out in the Cuttlebug using scrap card stocks. For the flowers on those I used a small flower punch, also from scrap card stocks. Used a glue pen and glue dots to put the flip flop pieces together and to add the flower. For the straw hat on the card front I used scrap kraft card stocks and an large oval punch 2" x 1 3/8"for the hat base. Then used a circle punch. 1 1/8", and that was the hat top. Once these pieces were punched out I used the Stampin Up Square Lattice embossing folder and embossed the hat pieces in the Cuttlebug. Used a sponge and added brown ink to the edges of the hat pieces. Using the M Stewart bow punch I punched out bows from scrap card stocks for the hats.

For the stamped "Hello Summer" I used a stamp from Great Impressions. Using white/GP I used the Spellbinder rectangle die set and cut out my white rectangles in the Cuttlebug. Then stamped the greeting on them and also stamped a grunge stamp from the Stampin Up stamp set Gorgeous Grunge.  Used a larger rectangle die and cut out a solid piece of card stock to be behind my stamped greeting piece.

To assemble the card: Used the ATG to put the napkin piece on the front of my solid card stock bases. Then used the ATG and put the stamped piece onto the solid rectangle piece. Using glue dots I put the flip flops and the hat onto the greeting piece. Put pop dots behind the rectangle pieces and put them on the card front. Added crystals from the stash to the hat bow and the flowers on the flip flops. On some of the card fronts I added clear sequins to the card fronts:

When I saw these napkins at the dollar store I thought of summer --- yellow for the sun, blue for water/waves, green for the grass, and the orange for a summer sunset. TFL and YOLO

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Washi Polka Card

As card makers we all have a "style" and things we do for our card designs and things we would never think of or even try. I am guessing the title of this post really should be "WAIT - don't push me" but this is a second card I would not have tried on my own. . .

This first card was inspired by Roberta on Splitcoast and the title of her card is Christmas Snow People. I never would have thought of using black for a card stock base for a Christmas card but with Roberta's design? It works -- here is my version of her inspiring card:

Everything just works on that card. From the black card stock base to the sponged edges on the stamped piece. Then using the dotted embossing folder to include texture or 'snow' on the card front. It is a card I never would have put together on my own until I was inspired by Roberta's card. Thanks to Roberta for sharing her card.

This next card, which I entitled Washi Polka Card, is inspired by Lin on her blog: On Lin's card she used only white for her card which shows off the bright colours of the Washi tapes she used and her flowers. I did not have the stamp set she used so I had to make do. When I received my Stampin Up Polka-Dot Pieces stamp set I thought it would work well with Lin's inspiration and here it is:

To begin with my card stock base is yellow and the white is GP. The different washi tapes are from my stash and different manufacturers. For the greeting "Thinking of you" I used a stamp set from Close To My Heart "Say It In Style" D-1283.

To begin with I cut and scored my yellow card stock base. Cut my white/GP to the size I wanted for my card front. Once that was cut I used a ruler and a pencil and made one light pencil line across the width of the white card stock piece so my washi tape would be straight. Then made a second pencil line on the length of the card stock piece for my tape. Using four washi tapes I put tape across the bottom of the card tearing it rather than using scissors.. Then used two other washi tapes to put on the length of the card, again tearing the ends off.

Once the washi tape was on the white/GP card front I stamped the large and smaller flower stamps from the Polka-Dot Pieces stamp set onto scrap white/GP using differnet inks. Set those aside. Using the Cuttlebug I cut out green card stock using the SU/Sizzix Sizzlits die Leafy Branch -- I cut out two of those. I put those on the card front using mini glue dots.  Using SU punches I punched out the large stamped flower and a couple of the smaller flower stamps for my card front. I did not have the stamp set that Lin used on her card so I had to search for a small dotted stamp in my stash. I found the perfect stamp in the Rubber Stamp Taspestry stamp set Winter Night and I stamped that in different colours on my card front as Lin had done on her card.

For my greeting I used my MISTI and stamped the greeting on the card front using orange ink. Once that stamping was done I used the ATG and put the white card front onto the yellow card stock base. Then used glue dots to add my flowers to the card front. I felt I should add something else to the card front so I used sequins and glue dots for those. The sequins are green and also the Crystal Cup sequin by Darice @ Joann Fabrics. This sequin looks clear but it shows colours on the card front and just enough sparkle:

This is a card I would never had made up if I had not been inspired by Lin's card. First I would have had the washi tape on the left side of my card rather than the right and I would have used scissors to cut off the washi tape rather than tear it so I would have clean edges. So this is another 'push' out of my card making zone but worth it --- Thanks to Lin for her inspiration. TFL and YOLO

Monday, June 15, 2015

Watering Can Card

Last week I went to a local recycle store and they had older Stampin Up catalogs from the 90's when Stampin Up was run by Shelli and her sister LaVonne. It is nice to see the older catalogs not only to see the stamp sets that have long been discontinued but to also see the creative ideas and projects that are on the pages. Some things have changed while others have stayed the same with the market coming out with new products and accessories for us crafters.

One of the cards in one of the older catalog had decorative moss on the card front so I decided to try that myself. Wanted to do a card using the Sizzix/Tim Holtz watering can die. Decided I would cut the watering can from SU Smokey Gray card stock using a blue stripe for the center of the can. Here is a photo of this die packaging:

Wanted the speckles on my die cut piece as the packaging shows so I used the SU Color Spritzer tool and a navy marker for that. Once that was done I sponged the edges of my watering can and blue stripe with Smokey Gray ink and then put these two pieces together using the ATG. Then on the bottom of the watering can -- on the backside -- I used a piece of red sticky tape and put some of the decorative moss on the watering can. Once I got the amount I wanted on the can I then put a piece of Scotch tape over the moss on the back to hold it onto the red sticky tape and the watering can. Using scissors I trimmed the moss where needed. Set this aside.

Decided to also use the Smokey Gray card stock for the card stock base -- cut and scored that piece and set it aside. Used a piece of white/GP for the card front. Embossed that in the Cuttlebug using the Lifestyle Crafts Wildflower embossing folder. Used a doily from the dollar store for the card front. For the gray dotted card stock that is a piece of Core'dinations card stock and I used a circle punch to punch out a circle. Sponged the edges of this circle using the gray ink.

Using the ATG I put the embossed white piece on the card stock base. Then put the dotted circle on the doily and put that on the white card front, trimming the left side off of the doily. For the greeting I used a stamp from Paper Sweeties and gray ink and stamped it onto a scrap piece of white/GP card stock. Cut that out using the Bitty Banners die set from Stampin Up. Using the Smokey Gray ink I lightly sponged the edges of the greeting tag.

For the flowers in my watering can I used two flower punches from SU and scrap card stocks. Using a small Sizzix branch with leaves die I cut out a die piece. Put this piece onto the front of the watering can using glue dots. Then used the M Stewart sprig punch and put those onto the watering can. Put the flowers on the watering can using glue dots. Once they were all put on I used pop dots behind the watering can to put it on the card front. Once that was in place I used glue dots to put the banner greeting on the lower right side of the card front.

Good ideas in the pages of the older books and nice to see stamp sets that are no longer available but also what the trends were back then. TFL and YOLO

Treat holders to die for . . .

Over time both Stampin Up and Sizzix have combined to bring us bigz dies for treat holders. But as the market has changed so have our dies. Now we can buy the thinner metal dies --- much smaller and easier to store. Now our die sets offer the treat holder shape with extra dies for labels, windows, tags, words, and details to ad to our treat holders.

To begin with long ago I bought the Mini Milk Carton bigz die and I just made up this one to show it in the photo:

Simple and cute and small. But it is a free standing treat holder and lots you can use this for. But I wanted different shaped treat holders for different occasions and such so I did buy the SU/Sizzix bigz die Fry Box. Here is a photo to show the size of the Mini Milk Carton compared to the Fry box:

Now in the newest Stampin Up catalog is a new treat holder -- Baker's Box. Perfect for cookies, brownies, cookie bars, etc.. But the price? I was not sure about.. so did some research on this die set and in the end? I bought one -- here is what it looks like:

This next photo shows this Baker's Box size with the other two treat holders:

Here is a photo of the actual Baker's Box die set:

This die set has the die shape for the Baker's Box, two label dies, a circle and a heart as well as three dies you can use on the top flap of the box to tie it closed with ribbons or twine or to clip closed with clothespins. Also has a die that spells out "Yum" if giving some home made treats. It is nice this set has many extra dies in it esp with the price. Much easier to store these thinner die sets not to mention to pack them for your stamp club/class or scrapbooking crop. TFL and YOLO

Lipstick Petals Card

Always happy to find a card that is easy to do using the Stampin Up Painted Petals stamp set. I bought my stamp set in the clear stamps and in the clear set all the small stamps are loose. Have watched videos on YouTube to see the tricks in using this stamp set. Altho it is a nice stamp set it is time consuming to put all the tiny pieces together on clear blocks for placement so I can stamp with it. So on the shelf it stays, safe and sound. . .

Recently bought the British card making magazine Cardmaking and Papercraft, the May issue. In this issue Carolynne Knott uses this stamp set for six projects -- cards and a tag. This card I made I followed her instructions using my MISTI.

To start I cut and scored a piece of card stock from Close To My Heart for my card stock base. Then cut a piece of SU Old Olive for the card front. For the stamped piece I used a piece of watercolour paper by Canson that I bought at Mikes with a coupon. Got out my MISTI and the two inks Carolynne used for her card sample -- Distressed inks: Worn Lipstick for the flowers and for the stems/leaves Peeled Paint. She suggests stamping your flowers off the edge of the stamped card stock so since I was using my MISTI I put a piece of scrap copy paper in the MISTI. I also used some of the bumpers I had made for my MISTI. The bumpers allow me space to stamp off the side and the bottom edges of my watercolour paper.

Once I had the bumpers in place and the watercolour paper I put my stem/leaves stamp on my MISTI cover and inked that with the Peeled Paint distress ink. As she suggested I use water to spritz my stamp. Then I stamped my stem onto the watercolour paper:

I wiped off the stamp, re inked it, spritzed it and stamped again until all the stem/leaves were stamped on my piece:

As you can see the green ink got onto the bumper pieces but I simply wiped the ink off of those using baby wipes for easy clean up. Once these were stamped then I stamped the flowers. Carolynne said to stamp the flowers twice and this is very simple to do using the MISTI as your stamp does not move or fall off the MISTI as some stamps fall off the clear blocks we use with them.  But what I did was to ink my flower stamps, spritz them with water, and then stamp. Once stamped I wipe off the stamp with a baby wipe and then re ink the stamp with the distress ink and the second time I did not spritz the stamp with water but just stamped it on top of the first flower layer. Here is a photo to show the flowers better:

Very easy technique that gives you the watercolour effect without the work. But remember this is still watercolour paper so set it aside to dry. Once it was dried I put my stamped image onto the green card stock and then put a piece of ribbon across the bottom front of the card. Then put this onto the card stock base using an ATG.  Will add a greeting/sentiment to this card when I am ready to mail it out. It will be good for a birthday, anniversary, thinking of you, just because or any other time you need to mail a card off to a friend.

Don't know if I love this technique more than my MISTI but I do know this was a simple technique to do and made even easier with the MISTI. Thanks to Carolynne for sharing such pretty projects using a stamp set that is not so easy to use. TFL and YOLO

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Sweetbriar Rose Card

I ordered the new single stamp Sweetbriar Rose from the new Stampin Up catalog. Also I had ordered two of the new punches. As it has in the past . . .  when I opened my box with my new goodies the plastic case for the Sweetbriar Rose stamp was broken with a large piece off the bottom of the case. This stamp is only available in wood however with my just getting  my MISTI I decided not to mount the stamp onto the wood so the larger case will not be used. I have an extra DVD size stamp case from Stampin Up I will keep this unmounted stamp in. . .  Perhaps SU should bubble wrap their punches when shipping them? That may be the solution to no more broken cases.

So I get the stamp and decided I wanted to make a card using this stamp that I can use the blender pens on to add colour. For my watercolour card stock I used my pad of watercolour card stock by Canson that I bought at Mike's using a coupon. Decided what colours I wanted to use for the card and got all my supplies together to make the card and pulled out my MISTI and was good to stamp until I saw the words on the stamp -- "Sweetbriar Rose". Decided I would stamp the stamp as it is and this is what that looks like:

I do not like the words on the stamp as I think they are too close to the stem and also no matter what kind of card I made with this stamp each card would have "Sweetbriar Rose" on the image. So before I stamped the piece I needed for my card I used the SU rubber stamp scissors and cut off the words. I put it in the case that this stamp will be kept in in case at a later date I decide to use it with the stamp.

For the card stock base I used SU Tempting Turquoise and I cut and scored that. For the card front I cut a piece of SU Certainly Celery card stock to the size I needed. For my watercolour card stock that I would stamp on I cut that to the size I needed for the card front before I stamped it. Here is the card:

Have not used the blender pens in awhile so decided I would use them again for this card. Stamped my image using my MISTI and StazOn black ink. Using the blender pens first I did the centers of the flowers using SU Daffodil Delight ink, then SU Old Olive for the leaves, and then SU Cool Caribbean and SU Tempting Turquoise for the flowers. Once that was done it just seemed too stark and I wanted a softer image. I set the stamped piece aside to dry. Then I put it on a craft room cookie rack and spritzed it lightly with water, being sure to cover all the card stock, even where it was not stamped.

The colours began to blend and mix and that is the look I wanted -- so the colouring is softer looking and with the colours blending it gives the card front the look that a background technique was used as well. Once I spritzed the card front I set it aside to dry and once that was done I stamped my image "Wishing You Well" which is from the Close To My Heart stamp set Say It In Style - D1283 in SU Tempting Turquoise.

This is another reason I cut off the "Sweetbriar". With me stamping the stamp on the card front using the StazOn black ink that "Sweetbriar" would have also been stamped using the black ink. Then when I used the turquoise ink to stamp my greeting that would not look good and my greeting have to be moved to another part of my card front so I am glad I cut that off the stamp. TFL and YOLO

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Butterfly Basics Card

Card stock base is SU Smokey Gray. Used SU Pretty in Pink card stock and the white is GP. Cut and scored my gray card stock base and set that aside. Cut my pink piece for the card front and set that aside. Cut the white/GP piece to the size I needed and I used my MISTI tool to do all the stamping on this card front.

Used the SU Butterfly Basics stamp set for this card. SU Smokey Gray ink was also used. To begin with I used daubers to put ink on my flower stamp. Stamped that. Then stamped a second piece so I could cut the second stamped image as a mask. Using painters tape I put my cut out mask over my stamped flower piece. Then used the small background stamp in the Butterfly Basics stamp set and I inked that with gray ink. Stamped it off and then stamped my flower piece. Wanted this to be very light on the card front. Once that was stamped I then stamped the word stamp from the stamp set on the lower right side.

Using the SU Gorgeous Grunge stamp set I inked up one of the stamps and stamped it off and then stamped onto my flower piece along the edges. Sponged on gray ink for the edges. Using the ATG I put the pink piece on the gray card stock base. Then used the ATG to put the stamped piece onto the pink and card stock base.

Using a multi butterfly punch from M Stewart I punched out two small butterflies and put them on the stamped card front using mini glue dots. Added a clear crystal to each of those. Using ribbon from the stash I added a bow to the stamped flowers. TFL and YOLO

Sympathy Card

Always sad to have to make a sympathy card but with this card I did not want to use black and white for my card. This is for a friend who lost her Mom and pink and gardening were favorites of theirs so I made sure to use both on my card.

Cut and scored the card stock base which is SU Crumb Cake and the white is GP. Measured the flowers stamp and then cut my white card stock for that. The flowers on this card were stamped using the Stampin Up Hostess stamp set Simply Soft. I recently bought it at a garage sale for $5.00. I used SU Crumb Cake ink to stamp my flowers. Then used  green and a pink colour pencils to colour the flowers. Cut a piece of the Crumb Cake card stock to go behind my flowers piece.

For the white stamped card stock background piece I cut my white/GP piece to the size I would need for the card front. Using my new MISTI  (you HAVE to buy one -- it is great -- :0)....) I placed my extra large stamp from Impression Obsession "Greenery". They sell these larger stamps and they are called "Cover-A-Card" stamps.

I inked the larger stamp and then stamped this off and then stamped my card front white/GP piece so it would be lighter. Put this piece on the card stock base using the ATG. Added a greeting from Paper Sweeties and I cut that out using the Stampin Up banner die set. Pink ribbon is from the stash. TFL and YOLO

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Treasure Trove

Once upon a stamping time, long, long ago, when stampers had to be more creative with their cards... No dies were available, nor Copic markers... The tools of the trade were a ruler, scissors, chalks, and sponges... A card maker had to rely on their imagination and know-how to make that card front come together. . . Mulberry paper and raffia were the 'go to' products to finish the card fronts. . .  When Stampin Up sold very few punches and the ones they did sell were McGill punches. . . but as time passes, things change yet remain the same . . .

Yesterday I was able to go to the new location of a local recycle store that had recently moved to. I had gone to their other store in the past but it was a very small store front and it was hard to really find anything due to space and volume of what they had taken in as donations. But now they have a store front at a local mall and plenty of space. Roaming through the store I saw a lot of interesting things and picked up a couple of cross stitch pattern books for a dollar each. Around the corner from that section was a spinning rack that held magazines, old knitting books, and on the backside . . .

Here is what I found ---

Stampin Up catalogs from 1997 and up to 2003. Happy me as I flipped through the catalogs -- I came across older stamp sets that I have bought used from garage sales. Could never really find many projects made with these stamp sets since they are older --- but now? I have the catalog they were sold in and each catalog is a Treasure Trove of ideas -- from stamping to layouts to trims/bling to colour combinations and such. Here are the catalogs:

From 1997:

From 1998:

From 1999:

From 2000:

From 2002:

These catalogs are great to look through as they are loaded with ideas -- cards, projects, tags, and such. Here are a few photos of the pages of these catties and some of their ideas:

Cute how they used the checkered card stock behind the chicken and other stamps from this set. Also the stitching around the card stock front -- done long before sewing began on card fronts with a sewing machine.

This light house card could have been made today --- all the details on the card front --- looks like they used a background stamp for the white card front and then the colouring on the stamped light house piece and then the wooden bollard and bird put in front of the light house piece adds dimension to the card front.

This card is also neat -- looks like they stamped the basket stamp and cut that out with scissors and put it on a card front using pop dots --- behind the basket it looks like the artificial moss from the craft store. Very creative and certainly adds interest and texture to this card front.

Fun card for a teacher --- cute card front layout using the stamps in this set. Clever how they used the single stamps in the set here and there on the card front -- plus the colours are cute together. 

Once I decided on what catalogs I was going to buy I looked for prices -- there weren't any prices on the catalogs nor a price sign on the spinning rack. So I took the catalogs to the register to check out and asked how much were they? The clerk looked at them and said "Normally the catalogs would be $2.50 each but these are really old so they are only a dollar each" -- SOLD..... 

Happy to have these catalogs jam packed with cute ideas and such a help for the older Stampin Up stamp sets I have acquired over time but could not find projects made with them. Also, compared to the catalogs of today,  these projects are very creative and more artistic as punches, dies, and other tools were not available. But as we all know one good card front can inspire us for many to make for ourselves. Love these older catalogs -- but one problem? Love some of the stamp sets in the catalogs that are no longer available... but I guess that is where Ebay comes in the picture -- haha.

Good to have these catalogs for times when you want to make a card .... but where to begin??? So what is old is new again... ideas are on the pages waiting to inspire --- TFL and YOLO

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Three M's...

I have a blog follower that I was able to meet a few years back -- Mary from South Carolina. Mary is another card maker and her talents are not only layers but her magical Copic talents. . . She and I email back and forth about online stores we buy from, new products, what we are working on and the like.

Mary had told me about a tool she had bought awhile back -- MISTI. Mary bought this and has used it and was happy with it and told her stamping groups about this tool and they also bought it. Mary thought it would be of interest to me as many times when I make cards I make 15-20 to mail out at one time --- knowing that the MISTI is good for "assembly line" cards Mary emailed me about this product.

At the time I had not heard too much about the MISTI as I do not know anyone here that has one. But once again Mary mentioned it to me and she told me her fellow stampers all like the tool and that I should really check into it. One thing I know about Mary --- she is careful buying products she will use for her card making and she does not just buy whatever should come on the market one day and be gone the next. So after her last email mentioning the MISTI I decided to watch some YouTube videos on this product.

I probably watched 5 or 6 videos and then the last video I saw made the sale. Iliana, the inventor of the MISTI, made a video "10 Tags in 10 Minutes".  She had 10 tags she had die cut and then in 10 minutes she stamped all the tags -- perfectly each time. Once I decided I would order this I emailed Mary and asked her if any of her stamping buddies had any issues with their MISTI tools as I had read a woman had hers arrive and it was cracked? The lady explained that she emailed Iliana right away and that night Iliana emailed her back that she was mailing out a replacement.

To begin with here is my MISTI -- the Most Incredible Stamping Tool Invented and from what I have seen on the videos? It is:

This is my MISTI as it was unpacked from the mailing box. When I ordered my MISTI I ordered two of the magnets and also the plexiglass cleaner Iliana recommends for cleaning the screens. Some people have complained about the magnets being so powerful that if they get too close together they will click together. To separate them take them to the edge of your counter and simply slide off the top magnet from the bottom and you will not pinch your fingers.

In some of the videos for the MISTI other users have made "accessories" for their MISTI. First a transparency sheet the same size as your card front and "bumpers" which will help with placement of your card stock to be stamped -- see videos and they will explain that. Here are photos of the ones I made for my MISTI:

This photo above is the transparency sheet that I had copied at the office supply store onto clear sheets. Iliana offers this template free on her website: Here is a photo of the "bumpers" I made from quilting pattern sheets that I bought from I watched the videos, made my "bumpers" and got my transparency sheet made and the MISTI arrived and with work and such I did not get to open it until a week after it arrived... :0( Here is a photo of the "bumpers":

But opened it I did.... put my clear protective sheet on the cover of my MISTI, opened it and removed my magnets and her business card. Then lifted the foam pad insert and doesn't it figure? My MISTI had a crack in the lower right corner....A H H H H H  ............  What to do? I emailed Iliana and told her what had happened and that NIGHT she emails me back that another MISTI was on it's way to my house!!! Two days later? I opened my new MISTI the day it arrived and all is well --- THANK YOU Iliana for such great service!

You can order this product from Iliana at and if you just get the MISTI it is $50.00. The magnets, cleaner, and a pad of grid sheets is extra. However, if you order this MISTI from they sell it in a package deal and it is $119.00. I was not about to pay that so I ordered mine from Iliana's website.

Some people would say this is a pricey tool but I don't --- it replaces all the clear blocks we use for stamping --- if you were to buy a full set of clear blocks from Stampin Up in their new catalog the price is $67.00 for all their clear blocks. Plus if you have a larger background stamp you would need a MegaMount clear block from Impression Obsession to use the larger stamps. This sells for $25.00. So between the $67.00 plus shipping/handling for the clear block set and the $25.00 plus shipping/handling for the MegaMount you are saving by buying the MISTI.

Lots of things I want to use my MISTI for and I will be posting them this week. If it works as great as the videos say it will I am in love... THANKS to Mary for suggesting this tool and for Iliana for such fast and satisfactory customer service...

I store my MISTI and the transparency sheet and the "bumpers" in a thin Iris container I had other things in and took them out so MISTI has a safe place in the craft room. How many times have we ruined a card front with a stamp falling off a block? Maybe being crooked -- the MISTI takes that all away and so you will not only save time while stamping but also card stock and supplies. TFL and YOLO

WAIT --- my foot is stuck . . .

This is a photo of a heavy duty shelf DH picked up for me at one of the auto places for his car parts he buys. Long story -- but it was left in the building with the car parts DH was buying and the owner of the building wanted this shelf unit gone and that day .  . .  having completed the extensive DH training to a stamper-holic (me) he knew I would find some use for the shelf unit. Was happy to have it and added it to the craft room or the WAREHOUSE as DH refers to it. . .

Well .... recently went thru my Stampin Up stamp set stash and decided to pare that collection way down. Since I did that I was able to change where I was storing my SU wooden stamp sets as well as the SU cling mount stamp sets. Off to Bed, Bath, and Beyond I went with gift cards and coupons to buy the plastic trays/bins I store my SU cling mount stamp sets in. I had these sets in a closed cabinet and I think we know all that happened in there was they were dust free..... certainly not worn out from over use.... So I rearranged my metal shelf unit and put my new plastic trays/bins on a shelf. Loaded them up with my SU cling mount stamp sets, in alphabetical order, and all was well.... until it wasn't . . .

Decided to use a SU stamp set that I had in one of the trays/bins and the "foot" on the bottom of the tray/bin got stuck in the metal shelf unit!!  AHHHHHH ----- called upstairs to DH and off we went to the big box home improvement store for a sheet of thin plywood DH suggested would do the trick. Had the store cut the wood into the sizes I would need and when we got home I carefully removed the plastic tray/bin from the shelf unit with no damage. DH lightly sanded the edges of the plywood for me and now I am back in business. . .

Here is a photo to show the slats on the shelf unit:

Now what the shelf looks like with my SU stamp sets on it on the plywood:

And the shelf these are on with my stamp sets from Rubber Stamp Tapestry and also my Gina K Designs stamp sets:

It has taken awhile to get my trays/bins as I wait for a coupon from Bed, Bath and Beyond and a gift card to use with it. My Rubber Stamp Tapestry stamp sets I store in the half size Stampin Up plastic stamp cases. When you buy the Rubber Stamp Tapestry stamp sets they are sold in small plastic bags and it is hard to get the stamps out of the bag and hard to get the stamps back into the bags for storage. The plastic cases not only protect the stamps but they are easier to store.

With the plywood on the shelves it is easy to pull out one of the plastic tray/bins to lift it off the shelf to take it to the work table for stamping. Thanks to DH for prepping my plywood shelves for use. TFL and YOLO