Monday, September 27, 2010

Circle Pop Up Card

COOL MOVES has just started but we are having a ball.  Miriam Cassell (a phenomenal stamper) showed us how to make a circle pop up card.  Her card is simply gorgeous!  This is my recreation of her project. I chose to use the Bells and Boughs stamp set and colored the image with markers.  

I tried using the Big Shot Clear Circle die to cut the inside portion rather than hand cut it and was happy with how easily that worked.

I left the inside blank to have room to write a longer message.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Hinge Card

Yesterday was the start of the COOL MOVES UStamp session.  The first project posted was by Kris Sobolik and is a hinge card.  I finally had a moment to stamp last night and was able to make one.
The Autumn Spice Speciality paper worked well for this as it is thicker than regular DSP.  I inked up the large stamp from the Day Of Gratitude set with Certainly Celery and then used a Cajun Craze marker for the little flower buds and Early Espresso for the border.  The top pivots on a brad.
Most of my stamping is done at night and it is very hard to take good pictures so for my birthday I hinted for a light tent.  It works very well.  The only difficultly is Hagrid LOVES the light tent.  He thinks it is quite a cozy space especially when the lights are heating it!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

A Lovely Gift

My stampin' friend Madeline Soler sent me the most amazing gift set.  She is a super talented lady and just a sweetheart.  She knows I love pink and roses and this set has both.  She does not have a blog so I asked her if it would be OK to post these.  Don't you think she needs to start blogging so we can see more of her beautiful work?
A little chest of drawers:
A sweet purse (just look at the cool handle!)  There were chocolates inside!!
A beautiful card: 
And each one has a rose that is so realistic you would expect them to smell pretty too!  Look at the detail!  The petals are sponged and have a light shimmer coating.  Wow!!

Thank you Maddie!!  

Monday, September 20, 2010

Fall Apples

When I saw the first challenge on the new SU Only Challenge website was to make a fall card I immediately thought of apples.  The stores and roadside stands here in Michigan are filled with so many luscious varieties of apples.  So what better stamp to use than this one from the Countryside set.
I am always drawn to sets that can be watercolored.  It is so relaxing. For this one I chose Cherry Cobbler for the apples, pear pizzazz for the grass and a combination of Crumb Cake and Early Espresso for the truck.

The ribbon is the 1-1/4 inch Striped Grosgrain in Early Espresso.  I trimmed one edge and pulled out some strands to fray the bottom.
I wrapped a piece of tape around the ends of some of the loose strands and threaded them through a Soft Subtle Button.  I tied the strands and trimmed the ends.
Now I just need to go make an apple crisp!  Yum!!!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Blog Candy Winners

I used to select the two winners of the free passes to the Cool Moves Ustamp session.  They are Paper Bag Create and Smile, Laurie.  Congratulations!  Please email with your name and email address by September 19th at

Monday, September 13, 2010

Waffle Paper - Distressed Dry Embossing

This card shows another waffle paper technique - dry embossing with craft ink distressing.
Unfortunately, the photograph does not show the wonderful texture of the black waffle paper after embossing.  It is a very different look than embossing cardstock.  I swiped a white craft ink pad over the embossed paper to give a distressed look and tore the edges as well.

The background is stamped with the large stamp from the Notably Ornate set.  The black lace ribbon from the Holiday Mini Catalog is called "Raven".   (I think it would be fun to come up with names for products.  Some of them are so fun!)  And the pink piece is punched with the new decorative label punch.  Rhinestones in the corners and on the oval add just a touch of bling.

Don't forget to leave a comment to be entered in the drawing for a free pass to the Cool Moves UStamp session!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Waffle Paper Flowers, an Announcement and Blog Candy

Continuing with my series featuring waffle paper, I whipped up a simple card featuring a flower made from this neat paper.  Super quick, super easy, this flower is made with several layers of waffle paper cut with the Flower Folds die.  Just cut, layer, pierce, add a brad and scrunch the paper and your done!  More of these will be popping up on my projects, I am sure as they are so pretty in person.

Next, I have a fun announcement!   I am now part of the Creative Crew on UStamp.  That means I am a "regular" designer and will be making at least two projects per session.

The current session Early Fall is going on now and it is FANTASTIC!   There are 40 sets of 4 cards each made with a different color combo and single stamp set with tutorials for recreating them. Here are several peeks of cards from the 3 card sets I designed that are now up on the UStamp site.  Each is part of a 4 card set.  You can join anytime- the info can be found HERE. 
And the next session has been announce as well and it is going to be COOL!  It is called COOL MOVES and focuses on all different types of interactive cards.  Details will be available soon. 

And to celebrate I have 2 free passes to give away to the COOL MOVE session.  To be entered in a random drawing just leave a comment about a project or what product/technique you would like me to feature on my blog on any blog post between now and September 17.   You may leave a comment on each post between now and the September 17 to increase your chances.   I will announce the winners on September 18 and you will need to contact me with your name and email address by September 19th.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Punched Waffle Paper

Today's card features another way you can use Waffle Paper -- PUNCH IT.
To punch waffle paper it must be layered with a piece of typing paper.  I found it worked best to use temporary adhesive to stick the layers together.  Then insert the layers sandwich into the punch and punch as usual.   If you do not add a second base layer, the waffle paper will tear.

The nest of twigs is waffle paper cut into fine strips and adhered to a single mini glue dot in the center.  The ribbon is Very Vanilla 1/8" Taffeta and five tiny pearls add the finishing touch.

Measurements for the layers are:  Crumb Cake base- 4-1/4" X 11", scored at 5-1/2".  Early Espresso - 3-1/2" X 5".  Woodland Walk Dsp- 3-1/4" X 4-3/4"