Saturday, August 3, 2013

Challenging Myself

I absolutely love stamping, I go through withdraw if I don't stamp at least once a week.  When I first started stamping I would create my own cards more often than not, but over the last 2 years I have stopped creating and instead have been "CASEing."  Not that there is anything wrong with that (as long as you give credit where credit is due), but I just feel like I'm getting lazy.  So, the best way for me to step out of what has become my comfort zone I have been scoping out the many challenge blogs out there and really pushing myself to create some of my own cards.

Which brings us to today's post, a color challenge from Pals Paper Arts, and I must say I am rather excited about the card I developed.

Here is the challenge...

Strawberry Slush is a new Stampin' Up! In Color for 2013-2015, and it has become an absolutely favorite color of mine.

For my card I used a new technique that I have just recently started seeing, it's called Magical Masking Tape, and it is unbelievably easy to do.  Here is a link to the tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers.  

I'd love to hear what you think.

Products Used (All Products are Stampin' Up!)
Stamp Sets: Kind and Caring Thoughts (retired hostess set), and Petite Pairs
Cardstock: Strawberry Slush, Daffodil Delight, Smoky Slate, Basic Black and Whisper White
Ink: Strawberry Slush, Daffodil Delight, Smoky Slate and Versamark
Embellishments: Neutrals Candy Dots (Love These!), Basic Black Stampin' Emboss Powder
Tools: SNAIL, Heating Tool, Painter's Tape, Embossing Buddy

  1. Always use an embossing buddy when embossing, it really works well.
  2. The tutorial uses masking tape, I used blue painters tape instead.
  3. The candy dots can be used with the Candy Dot Brad Bases, or just adhered directly to the paper, like I did here.

If you try this technique let me know, I would love to know how you liked it.
Until next time.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Well, It's About Time

Hi All!
Boy it sure has been a long time since I posted last...actually long time is an understatement, it's been 2 years!  Well, I recently went to the Stampin' Up! Convention celebrating their 25th year, and I'm feeling inspired to get back into blogging.

What better way to get back into the groove then with a challenge?  The challenge I'm participating in this week is from the Fab Friday Challenge Blog.  This blog has a new challenge every other Friday, and this Friday is a sketch challenge.

When I seen this sketch I knew the perfect technique to use.  It's called "Out of the Box" and I saw a video on how to make it on Dawn's Stamping Thoughts, it's pretty cool so be sure to check out her video.

Anyway, here is my card

Isn't it cool?  The flower on the whisper white layer in the upper right corner of the card is actually attached to the layer.  I stamped the flower in Coastal Cabana, laid the Deco Label Framelit over it and drew an outline of the framelit around the flower, and then cut out the part of the flower that was sticking out past the Framelit.  If that isn't clear (I'm sure it isn't) then rather then me recreating the wheel why don't you check out the video on Dawn's Stamping Thoughts.

So, I hope you like it.

Materials Used
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Baked Brown Sugar, Crisp Cantaloupe and Coastal Cabana
Ink:  Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe and Black Staz On
Stamp Sets:  Flower Shop and Express Yourself
Punches:  Pansy Punch and 1/2" Circle Punch
Embellishments:  Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons
Tools:  Deco Labels Framelits, Beautifully Baroque Embossing Folder, Paper Piercing Tool, Stampin' Pierce Mat, Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack, SNAIL, Dimensionals

Til Next Time
Tammy :-)

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Vintage Vogue

I see I'm slacking again, it's been more than a week since I posted anything, tch tch tch Tammy, LOL.  This card is a pretty basic one, but fun to make.  I love the Vintage Vogue stamp set, the flowers are just so much fun.

Stamping Supplies
Card Stock:  Poppy Parade, Pretty in Pink, Very Vanilla
Classic Ink:  Poppy Parade, Pretty in Pink, Always Artichoke
Stamp Sets:  Vintage Vogue, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Punches:  Modern Label Punch, Word Window Punch
Accessories:  SNAIL, Paper Snips, Basic Pearls, Fire Circle Rhinestone Brads, Basic Rhinestones, Glue Dots

  1. Honestly I don't have any tips for this one, except maybe I used a glue dot on the flowers with the Rhinestone Brads, SNAIL will never hold that in place.
Bye for now, and stay dry!

Friday, August 5, 2011


Good morning all, and it is a good morning because it is Friday and that means the weekend is here!  Today's card is CASE'd from one of my most favourite Stampin' Up! demonstrators...not that I know her personally, but I know her work well.  It is Kimberly Van Diepen and her blog is Stampin' By The Sea!

I've made a few changes, actually they aren't really changes, just "omissions" but essentially it is an out right copy of Kimberly's work!

Stamp Sets:  Aviary, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink:  Black Staz On, Real Red Classic Ink
Card Stock:  Basic Black, Very Vanilla
Designer Series Paper:  Love Notes (retired)
Punches:  Modern Label Punch
Accessories:  SNAIL, Stamp-a-ma-Jig, 5/8" Basic Black Satin Ribbon, Sticky Strip, Paper Snips, Stamping Sponges

  1. The Modern Label punch comes in 1 size, so to layer it I cut the black outer layer in half and then just layer the ends.
  2. Sponging the edge of the Very Vanilla cardstock gives some depth to the images.
  3. I used the Stamp-a-ma-Jig to place the bird and the stand images perfectly.
  4. I used the sticky strip for the ribbon, which is just glued to the DSP and not wrapped all the way around.
Thanks for your visit today and if you get a chance check out Kimberly's blog, she has some great projects.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Good morning everyone.  I have had some requests recently for wedding cards, and since I have absolutely no mojo these days I scoped Stampin' Connection (a website for Stampin' Up! demonstrators) for a card to CASE, and found a gorgeous one that is made with my favourite stamp set, Heartfelt Thanks.  The woman I CASE'd it from is named Tracy, and besides being from Windsor, Ontario, that is all I know about her...thank you Tracy for the inspiration.

Stamp Sets:  Heartfelt Thanks (retired), Occasional Quotes
Card Stock:  Basic Black, Brushed Silver, Whisper White
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories:  Embossing Buddy, Powder Pals, Silver Embossing Powder, 5/8" Basic Grey Satin Ribbon, SNAIL Heat Tool

  1. Your embossing buddy is really important when embossing with any kind of colored embossing powder.
  2. I tied a knot in the center of the ribbon and then taped it to the back of the card stock.  It helps save on ribbon.
That's all for now.  My posts have been pretty short lately, but at least I'm getting something posted!

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Masculine Cards

Happy Sunday everyone, I hope you are enjoying your day.  Today's card is a masculine one, I have such a hard time with these so when I saw this one in the catalog I couldn't resist.  I've already made about 8 of these LOL.

The greeting I used on mine is Happy Birthday, but it is such a versatile card you could use any greeting you wanted.


Stamp Sets:  Lovely as a Tree, Something to Celebrate
Card Stock:  Soft Suede, River Rock, Baja Breeze, Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, Textured Early Espresso
Classic Ink:  Early Espresso
Craft Ink:  Early Espresso
Stampin' Write Markers: Early Espresso
Accessories:  Gold Brads, Regal Brads, Neutral Brads, Subtles Brads, Paper Piercer, Mat Pack, Spritzer, Heat Tool, Clear Embossing Powder, SNAIL, Glue Dots, Embossing Buddy, Powder Pals

  1. This isn't really a tip, just a thought; don't you love how Stampin' Up! has so many different supplies to meet your needs.  I used a Stmapin' Write Marker, Craft Ink, Classic Ink and Textured Paper all in the same color; what more could you want out of a company!
  2. I embossed the tree with Clear Embossing Powder.  Craft Ink is an awesome way to be able to emboss in every one of SU!'s colors (except the in-colors ;-{).  All you need is Craft Ink in any color and Clear Embossing Powder and voila! 
  3. When emobssing you always want to use your Embossing Buddy so that the embossing powder only sticks on the ink, and not the paper.
  4. Once I stamped and embossed the tree I tore the paper around it free hand.
Well, that's all for today.  Bye for now.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Love and Care

I can't tell you how much I absolutely love the hostess stamp set Love and Care in the summer's right up there with Watercolor Trio.  There is so much you can do with this set, and believe me I've done a lot already!

See what I mean, isn't this gorgeous!

Stamp Set:  Love and Care
Card Stock:  Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla
Designer Series Paper:  Newsprint (Retired), Love Letter (Retired)
Classic Ink:  Basic Black, Crumb Cake
Stampin' Write Markers:  Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive
Accessories:  SNAIL, Stamping Sponges, 5/8" Black Satin Ribbon

  1. When I put the layers of this type of card together I use my grid paper to line it up, measure out the right size and attach the pieces before gluing it to the card base.
  2. I cut all of my Stamping Sponges into 4 pieces each and have a sponge for every color...yeah I know (LOL)!
  3. When sponging the edges of my card stock I rub the sponge on the ink pad and then rub off on a scrap piece of paper before applying it to the card stock, this way it is more subtle.
I CASE'd this card from one I found on Stampin' Connection and I apologize I don't know who made the original.  If you know who did please let me know and I will give them credit.
Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Fabulous Florets

Sometimes the best things come in simple packages, and this card is a perfect example of that.  I CASE'd this card from what is obviously a talented demonstrator, but unfortunately I don't know who that is...if you do please let me know so that I can give them credit.

Stamp Sets: 
Fabulous Florets, Petite Pairs
Card Stock:  Confetti Cream, Early Expresso
Craft Ink:  Cherry Cobbler Craft Ink (great for heat embossing)
Punches:  Large Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch
Accessories:  Cherry Cobbler Embossing Powder, Embossing Buddy, Heat Tool, Powder Pals, Gold Glow Smooch Spritz, Color Catcher, Dimensionals

  1. Whenever you are heat embossing the Embossing Buddy is a must, it helps keep your embossing powder stick only where it is supposed to.
  2. When heat embossing you can used Versamark or Craft Ink, I used the Craft Ink.  Both of these inks take a little bit to dry so the embossing powder sticks to it.  Classic ink dries to quickly and the embossing powder won't stick.
  3. The Heat Tool gets very very very hot, so be careful!
  4. When using the Smooch Spritz you need to do it in an encolsed space so you won't get the Spritz all over every thing; I used the Color Catcher.
  5. The closer the spritz bottle is to the card the more concentrated the Spritz will be, the farther away the more spread out.
  6. When using the Smooch Spritz you may need to clean the nozzle before spraying because it can get clogged up, and be sure to shake the bottle well.

That's all for today, and please STAY COOL today.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Triple Treat

The first stamp in the new catalog that I knew I just HAD TO HAVE is called Triple Treat Flower.  It is just an a la carte stamp, not a set just a single lone stamp.  This is what it looks like

So whats the big deal right?  Well it's one small single stamp that you can use 3 punches on and all of a sudden this stamp has so many possibilities.  I made 2 different yet similar cards to show you what I mean.

Stamp Sets:  Triple Treat Flower, Petite Pairs
Card Stock:  Whisper White, Pool Party, Wisteria Wonder
Classic Ink:  Pool Party, Wisteria Wonder and Pretty in Pink
Punches:  Large Oval, Scallop Oval, Flower Fancy, 5-Petal Flower and 1/2" Circle
Accessories:  3/8" Wisteria Wonder Ruffled Ribbon (I LOVE this ribbon), Basic Pearls, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Dimensionals, SNAIL

  1. I used Pool Party Classic Ink to stamp the images on the Pool Party Card Stock making my own DSP
  2. To make the flower first I stamped it in Wisteria Wonder and punched it out with the Flower Fancy Punch, then I stamped it again in Pool Party and punched that out with the 5-Petal Flower Punch, and finally I stamped the flower one last time and punched the center out with the 1/2" circle punch.
  3. Once I was done with all of the stamping and punching I layered it using SNAIL and then placed it on the Pool Party Card Stock using Dimensionals and then I placed a Basic Pearl in the center of flower.

So now lets check out the second card I made.

Stamp Sets:  Triple Treat Flower, Thanks for Caring
Card Stock: Whisper White
Designer Series Paper:  Flirtatious Speciality
Ink:  Wisteria Wonder, Pool Party, Pretty in P
Punches:  Moder Label, 1/2" Circle, Flower Fancy, 5-Petal Flower, Scallop Trim Border
Accessories:  3/8" Wisteria Wonder Ruffled Ribbon (did I mention I LOVE this ribbon), Dimensionals, SNAIL, Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Basic Pearls

  1. I stamped the Triple Treat Flower in Pool Party first, then Wisteria Wonder and Pretty in Pink.
  2. This card is essentially the same layout as the first one, I just switched the colors around a little and voila!
That's it for today, I hope you enjoyed my cards today.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Strength and Hope

This is a cad I made a long time ago, and it is a CASE, I'm just not sue who I cased it from.  I made this cad using the Strength and Hope stamp set, which is part of Stampin' Up's! Making a Difference Campaign; for every one of these stamp sets sold during the summer mini period (until August 31st, 2011) Stampin' Up! will donate $2.00 to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  It's a great set, I especially love the butterfly in it. 

Cardstock:  Very Vanilla, Perfect Plum
Stamp Sets:  Strength and Hope, En Francais
Classic Ink:  Perfect Plum, Soft Suede
Accessories:  Cutter Kit, Stampin' Sponges, Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, 1/2" Chantilly Crochet Trim, SNAIL, Paper Snips

  1. This is the vintage look, so there is lots of tearing, and sponging going on.
  2. The butterflies are cut out using my Paper Snips.
  3. Don't you just love the purple gems on the butterfly, that was done with my I-Rock, a Christmas gift from my oh so sweet nephes.
I hope you enjoy today's post, and be sure to check back soon because I have a very large order of all brand new product that will be delivered today and will be digging in and start creating as soon as the UPS man drops it off.

Bye for now.