Simple Stems Mix

It’s here!  The new Spring Catalog is out today!  And there are so many fun, pretty things from which to choose.

I made a card with the Simple Stems stamp set for today.  I am always a sucker for floral sets, and this card has a coordinating framelits set that you may already have in your collection — the Secret Garden framelits dies.  I love it when you can use framelits with more than one stamp set!  Of course, I picked one of the flowers in the stamp set that doesn’t have a framelit, so I hand cut it three times.

Simple Stems

I ended up using a mix of stamps for this card.  The flowers are from Simple Stems, but I also pulled out my Gorgeous Grunge set, Another Thank You (a photopolymer set), and I snuck in one of the cute banners from an upcoming Sale-a-Bration set called Banner Blast (it has a coordinating punch too).  I had to force myself to stop there.  🙂

It has been so fun to use Spring-like colors this week instead of Christmas colors.  It may still be winter, but I am enjoying using these colors.

Enjoy your Friday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamp:  Simple Stems, Gorgeous Grunge, Another Thank You, Banner Blast (available Jan. 28)
Ink:  So Saffron, Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Soft Sky
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Basic Black, So Saffron, Modern Medley dsp, Afternoon Picnic dsp
Embellishments:  Calypso Coral Baker’s Twine, Subtles Designer Buttons

Using Some Old Favorites

I really love the sketch over at CAS(e) This Sketch this week, so I decided I needed to play along.

I don’t have any airplane stamps, so I decided to pull out a hot air balloon stamp from one of my favorite “old” stamp sets, “You’re Amazing.”  I used this set so much last year, and this year not so much.  But I still love it!  I also pulled out some “old” washi tape, and I must say that I still love the This and That Epic Day collection of products.  It’s fun to pull out some old favorites every now and then.

Washi and BalloonsEnjoy your Tuesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  You’re Amazing, Express Yourself, Gorgeous Grunge
Ink:  Gumball Green, Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake, Pool Party
Paper:  Pool Party, Whisper White
Embellishments:  Epic Day This and That Designer Washi Tape, Subtles Designer Buttons, Calypso Coral Baker’s Twine, Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack


Same Technique, Same Sketch, Two Different Cards — Monday Montage #5

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We have another Monday Montage blog hop prepared for you this evening.  At the end of this post, just click on one of the buttons to continue or start your journey through all ten blog postings.

I  have been wanting to play with a technique I first saw a few months ago — using stencils and fiber paste.  I’m sure this technique has been around for a lot longer than that, but that’s when I first saw it.  Another stamper, Mona Pendleton, uses this technique to perfection, and I love her style.  Her style is totally different than mine — she uses lots of mixed media products and is able to incorporate so many beautiful elements onto each scrapbook page and card.  Each of her creations is like a work of art.

I bought a jar of fiber paste at a big box craft store and decided to play around with it using the stencils from the Build a Banner Simply Created Kit.  I made two cards last night using the same sketch.

On the first card, I just scooped out some of the fiber paste onto the stencil and spread it out with a popsicle stick.  After the paste dried, I embellished the rest of the card.

Leaf Fiber PasteI wanted it to have a rough and uneven texture, so I didn’t smooth it out completely.  Here’s a closer view of the fiber paste:

Leaf Fiber Paste Close-upFor the second card, I wanted to see how the fiber paste would look if I added ink and colored it.  I just mixed a scoop of the paste and three drops of Tempting Turquoise re-inker in a small cup, and then spread it on the stencil.

Bright Fiber PasteI love how you could easily make any color of fiber paste you like.  It was really simple and fun.  Here’s a closer look at the paste on this one:

Bright Fiber Paste Close-upWhen I try this again next time (there will definitely be a next time), I think I’ll apply a thicker layer of the paste and see how that works.

If you’ve used fiber paste before on your paper crafting, let me know any tips or tricks you have!  I’d love to know!

Now you’re ready to hop on over to the talented Breelin Renwick’s blog, or you can work your way backwards by starting with Wendy Weixler’s blog.  Either way, just follow along until you see all ten blogs.  Enjoy!

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Have a great Sunday evening!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used (Card 1):
Stamps:  Magnificent Maple, Truly Grateful, Gorgeous Grunge
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Tangerine Tango
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Sweater Weather dsp
Embellishments:  Fiber Paste (non SU), Build a Banner Simply Created Kit, Naturals Designer Buttons, Crushed Curry 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon, Early Espresso Baker’s Twine, Color Spritzer tool (retired)

Supplies Used (Card 2):
Stamps:  Hello, Lovely; Gorgeous Grunge
Ink:  Tempting Turquoise, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry
Paper:  Whisper White, Quatrefancy Specialty dsp
Embellishments:  Fiber Paste (non SU), Brights Designer Buttons, White Baker’s Twine, Smoky Slate 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon, Build a Banner Simply Created Kit, Typeset Alphabet Bigz die, Color Spritzer tool (retired)

A Bright and Happy Note Card — FMS107

Our Artisan award-winning and super talented Jennifer Timko has a fabulous sketch for us this week at Freshly Made Sketches:

Now that we have the super cool Envelope Punch Board, we can make cards of any size and have a coordinating envelope.  When I saw this square sketch, I thought I’d make a 4″ x 4″ note card.  I pulled out my Tape It stamp set, which is so much fun, and went to work with some bright colors.

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You’ll want to go check out what the other designers did with the sketch at the Freshly Made Sketches site.  And then I hope you’ll join us and make a card of your own.  We love to see your interpretation of the sketch too!

Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Tape It, Gorgeous Grunge
Ink:  Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo
Paper:  Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Gingham Garden dsp
Embellishments:  Floral Frames Collection framelits, Pumpkin Pie 3/4″ Chevron ribbon, Brights Designer buttons, White Baker’s Twine, Boho Blossoms punch, sequins (non-SU)

Hexagon Thoughts

Hexagon Thoughts


I’ve had so little time to stamp lately, and I’ve missed it terribly.  So I carved out 30 minutes yesterday morning, and decided to create just for fun.  I tell you, this hobby is like therapy for me.  I felt so much better after doing it.

Enjoy your Saturday!  I have piles of laundry to get through, a nine-year old birthday party to attend, and shopping to do.  Busy day!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Gorgeous Grunge, Six-Sided Sampler, Off the Grid, Four You
Ink:  Versamark, Crushed Curry, Gumball Green, Tangerine Tango
Paper:  Coastal Cabana, Whisper White, Modern Medley dsp
Embellishments:  Crushed Curry 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons, White Baker’s Twine, In Color Dahlias, Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder

One More Fall Card

I think I’ve seriously been hoping that by making Fall-themed cards that I could hurry Fall along here.  It’s not happening!  We are still in the throes of Summer.  But here’s one more for you today.  I wanted to play along with Sandy’s theme challenge at the Paper Players this week:

I decided to pull out the Magnificent Maple stamp.  I just love the detail and the size of this stamp.  I also pulled out my Tape It stamp set, which I just got recently.  I love how the stamps in this set look like washi tape, which you can make in any color you want.  The top and bottom strips are stamps, while the middle strip is dsp.

A Fall Hello

This really was a simple card to make, even though I used four different stamp sets to make it.  lol!

Enjoy your Tuesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Magnificent Maple, Gorgeous Grunge, Tape It, A Dozen Thoughts
Ink:  Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Sweater Weather dsp
Embellishments:  Neutrals Designer Buttons, Early Espresso Baker’s Twine


Eastern Elegance Dahlia

I’m not quite ready to fully move on to Fall and Christmas themed projects yet.  It could be because the temps are still around 100 degrees here, or it could be that I just haven’t had enough of Summer’s fun colors.  So I’ll probably be dabbling with a little bit of both for a while.

class dahliaThis card was super simple and quick to make.  That ruffled ribbon makes everything look good!

Enjoy your Tuesday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Regarding Dahlias, Gorgeous Grunge
Ink:  Crushed Curry, Smoky Slate
Paper:  Coastal Cabana, Whisper White, Eastern Elegance dsp
Embellishments:  Boutique Details, White Baker’s Twine, Coastal Cabana 3/8″ Ruffle Stretch Trim


Chevron Birthday Wishes

Ok, I know I’ve had a little bit of a fixation with chevrons this week.    I’ll try to tone it down this next week.  It just seems like they’re everywhere now, and I’m finding it hard to not put them on everything.

Class GrungeThis card uses a little bit of this and a little bit of that.  It was fun to just kind of throw it together.  I used the new Chevron Border punch to add the three chevrons.  I think this card is a good non-gender specific card.

Enjoy your Sunday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Label Love, Gorgeous Grunge
Ink:  Pumpkin Pie, Pool Party, Gumball Green
Paper:  Pool Party, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Epic Day This and That dsp, Modern Medley dsp
Embellishments:  Hung Up Cute Clips, Chevron Border Punch, Neutrals Candy Dots, Artisan Label punch, 1-3/4″ Circle punch


End of Gorgeous Grunge Week

Today is my last day of Gorgeous Grunge week.  I have one more project from my work on the convention display boards to share with you.  It’s actually a 3-d item, which started out as an unfinished wood frame, and it contains a picture of my youngest.

Gorgeous Grunge Display 3dI started by applying three coats of gesso to the wood with a paintbrush.  I then mixed several drops of Pool Party re-inker and rubbing alcohol in a Stampin’ Spritzer, and spritzed the frame until it was the shade of blue I liked.  After that was dry, I stamped the Gorgeous Grunge stamps directly on the frame.   Here’s a closer look at the stamping:

Gorgeous Grunge Display 3d - close up grungeThe flowers were super easy.  I just punched some of the This and That Epic Day dsp with the Fancy Flower punch, and then crumpled them up.  I then added other punches to layer on, finishing with the Very Vintage Designer Buttons.  I just cut the leaves out by hand.

Gorgeous Grunge Display 3d - close up flowersI was really pleased with how the stamping looked on the frame.  The gesso gave it a nice base, and since the stamps have a grunge look, the stamping didn’t need to be perfect.

Well, I hope you all have enjoyed the Gorgeous Grunge week.  It’s definitely not my normal style of stamping — I’m a Clean and Simple girl at heart.  However, I do think it’s fun to mix it up every once and a while, and I do think the two styles can be used together.

Enjoy your Saturday!  Come back tomorrow, and I’ll be starting another theme week.  This one will feature the Lovely Romance stamp set and the Venetian Romance suite of products.  Thanks for stopping by!




Happy Birthday — Grunge Style

Gorgeous Grunge Display 3Here’s another Gorgeous Grunge card I made for the Convention display boards.  On the Island Indigo card base, I stamped the “skid mark” stamp using Versamark ink, and then I used a couple of the splatter stamps with Whisper White Craft ink.

I used the Happy Birthday sentiment from Bring on the Cake, and just stamped it repeatedly down the white panel using Pool Party ink.  Strawberry Slush is the other accent color used on this card.

Enjoy your Friday!  Come back tomorrow for one last Gorgeous Grunge sample.  Starting on Sunday, I’ll move on to another stamp set, so if you’re tired of Gorgeous Grunge, hang in there — just one more day.  Thanks for stopping by!