July 2, 2017

Hey everyone, I’m glad you’ve come by.  I’ve just got a quick announcement to share, something I’ve been sitting on for a few weeks now.  I’m on the StampNation Dream Team!  I’ll be working with them for the rest of the year, and excited doesn’t begin to cover it.

What is StampNation?  Well, it’s a community of card makers from around the world.  We can share our projects, get feedback from others, make friends, take classes, and have a great time!  If you want to see the projects I’ll be making, you’ll have to join us there.

I did I mention how amazingly talented some of the people are?  Catherine Pooler, Maureen Merritt, and Ingrid Blackburn are just some of the fabulous people I get to learn from.

I hope you can join us over there, and take a MasterClass over the summer.  Oh, did I forget to mention those?  StampNation is hosting a series of MasterClasses taught by guest designers from some of the best in the industry.  We just finished a class by Faber Castell, and we had a great time.  The classes are still there (they never delete anything), so you have instant access.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you’ll come check out StampNation.  I’ll be back soon with another tutorial!


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Distress Ink Galaxy Card

June 30, 2017

Hey, thanks for joining me today! I’ve been working on this galaxy card, and I’m excited to share it with you. I saw a challenge at StampNation about a night sky, and I couldn’t wait to try it. There’s a meteor shower in the middle of August, and my husband and I try to watch it every year. I think I’ll give this card to him.


I’m using Fiskars’ Kapow! stamp set, but all I used are the tiny stars around the bubble at the top. I cut the stars off the stamp with scissors – don’t worry, it doesn’t hurt the stamp – and stamped it on my panel with Versamark. Then I heat embossed the stars with clear embossing powder, and heated it until melted. If you don’t have this set, look over your stamps and see if you have any small star images that will work.


I used a Mini Ink Blending Tool to blend Blueprint Sketch in 3 spots on the paper. Then I came in with Dusty Concord, and finally Chipped Sapphire.  You can see my ink blending is far from perfect, but I’ll fix it later. It’s better to blend lightly at first, while you figure out placement. I kept one spot near the center pretty light, for a highlight.

I switched back and forth between the colors until everything was blended and even (mostly). My last color is Black Soot, just on the edges. I like how this looks, but it needs more stars.


I’m using the smallest bowl I could find, white acrylic paint, and a Mini Mister filled with water and Perfect Pearls. I thinned down the paint with the water, and pulled out my secret weapon for splattering: the Distress Splatter Brush. This lets me have a little more control over the paint.


I put my panel in a box, to keep the paint from going all over my desk, and kept flicking the brush until I liked the spatter. If you’re interested in seeing this brush in action, Tim Holtz made a great video showing how it works. Then I dipped my stylus into undiluted paint and added a few more stars. If the spatter intimidates you, the stylus is a great option, because you have great control. It just takes a little longer.  Next I washed out my bowl in the sink, and clapped my wet hands over the panel for more texture. But you can see one of the drops was a little larger than I intended. Well, I know where my sentiment is going!


I heat embossed this Hero Arts sentiment from the Everyday Sayings stamp set with clear embossing powder. Next I pressed the Blueprint Sketch ink pad directly to the paper, and rubbed it into the paper with the Mini Ink Blending Tool. Then I cut it out with a Stitched Rectangle die from Simon Says Stamp.

I added a black mat behind the sentiment, and attached it to my card with foam tape. My panel is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2, which is the size of an A2 card base, so I decided not to trim it down. I added it to the card base with tape runner, and my card is complete. I could have added sequins or gems, but I kept it simple so the background would stand out. Thanks for coming by today, and I’ll see you again soon.


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Diaper Baby Basket – Baby, Day 3

June 28, 2017

Hey, thanks for joining me today.  This is the last day of my baby Mini Series, and I’ve got a bonus for you, too!  This diaper baby basket is really easy to create, and it’s always popular at showers.


This is what you’ll need to create this.  I’ve used a blanket, a sleeper, a hat, a pair of mitts, a pacifier, a stuffed toy, a fuzzy blanket, baby soap, and diapers.  I’m using size 1 diapers, and the sleeper is 0-3 months, but use what you have.  I’ve also got a wicker laundry basket to hold everything.   There’s also a pair of shoes that I ended up not using today, but I’ll explain what they’re for later. And I used 7 rubber bands, but I forgot to get a photo of them.


I rolled four of the diapers up, and secured them with rubber bands. These are the arms and legs. Then I started wrapping more of them around each other to make a bigger roll for the baby’s body. You need 3 of these bigger bundles, for the head, chest, and bottom.  The head has 6 diapers, the chest has 8, and the bottom has 10.


I put the hat on the head, and poked a place between the layers to hold the pacifier. I should have turned the hat so the seam was on the side, but I didn’t remember that till later. Then I stuffed the single rolls into the arms and legs of the sleeper, and added the mitts over the hands.  You can also add a tissue or two into the toes of the sleeper so they’re not flat.  I add the rolls of diapers for the chest and bottom, and snapped the sleeper closed over it.  We’re ready to work on the basket.


I added some crumpled paper in the bottom of the basket to elevate the blanket.  I ended up needing more filler paper than what’s in the first picture, but I forgot to take a picture.  When you get the level where you want it, add the blanket so it hangs over the sides in a couple places.  You only need 28 diapers for this project, so you can always add those into the bottom, as well.  Then the filler just becomes part of the gift!


Now it’s just a matter of tugging the fabric into place, and making the diapers look like a baby.  I flattened the diaper rolls down a little, so they looked more like ovals than circles.  Next I tucked the collar of the sleeper down underneath the head, and brought up the legs on either side.  Then I added the baby wash, and the stuffed animal. We’re almost done . . .

Here’s the bonus I promised you.  This part is completely optional, but with everything being centered on the baby, the new mom needs a little something, too.  No one needs pampering like a new mama!  I picked up a few things just for her:  body wash, hand lotion, lip balm, tissues, and a bath puff. If you can get her favorite brands or scents, even better! And since the last thing a new mom has time to do is cook, I’ve got something else for her!


I’ve got a piece of pink cardstock cut to 4 3/4 x 4 3/4.  I’m using the Martha Stewart scoreboard to score this at 1 1/2, and 2 1/4.  This makes an envelope for holding a gift card or cash, so the new family gets a break from cooking.  I cut out the triangles on each side where the scored lines meet, and folded up my envelope.


Now, I’ve never made this size envelope before, and I think I make it a little too large.  The flaps are too high.  Well, we can fix this.  I used my T-Ruler to draw a line where I wanted to cut the flap, and cut off the extra length with my paper trimmer.  Much better!

I used Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide ink for the envelope, because I love the chalky finish.  These butterflies are from Catherine Pooler’s Butterfly Notes stamp set, and they’re perfect for that little extra touch.  I spritzed the envelope with water, to activate the ink.  Then I typed the tag on my computer, and attached it with foam tape.

I put everything but the bath puff into a clear plastic treat bag, and added some pink ribbon to the top.  I love adding gifts for the new mom, and letting her know how much she’s appreciated.

Everything’s in the basket, and it’s ready to deliver!  I will probably wrap the basket in cellophane and add more ribbon to the top before I give it away, and I’m planning to add the shoes to the bow as a final touch.  A small toy or a rattle would work, too.  Have you ever made a diaper baby?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll see you again soon.

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Dresser Baby Card – Baby, Day 2

June 23, 2017

Welcome to Day 2 of my Baby Mini Series!  This card has a lot going on, and it looks complicated, but it’s actually pretty easy.  It would be perfect for a baby coming home from the hospital, or for a baby shower.  Let’s start with the background.


This is a 5 x 7 card, so the Modern Damask background stamp from Catherine Pooler isn’t large enough to fill the whole panel.  But I stamped it with Versamark, and heat embossed it in silver.  Then I added a strip of white paper to make a chair rail, and now it looks like wallpaper on the top.  Let’s add some furniture.


This die is called Grand Madison Window, from Poppy Stamps.  I did some partial die cutting to just cut the trim at the top of the window.  Then I used my paper trimmer to cut the sides straight down.  If you don’t have this die, you can just cut the paper to any width you choose, then add a narrow strip of paper to the top for some trim, like this card here. This was my inspiration, but I wanted something smaller.


I used my paper trimmer to cut 3 drawer fronts, each 2 5/8 x 1.  Then I used my T-ruler to measure in 1/2″ from either end and mark it lightly with a pencil.  I grabbed one of my most used scrapbook tools – a large safety pin – to poke a hole through the drawer front at the mark I made.  Then I erased the pencil marks.  I have a rubber mat under my paper so I can poke through the paper without creasing it.  A mouse pad would also work for this.

I’m using small brads for drawer pulls, and I poked holes first with the pin so they would be straight.  I’m pushing them through, and folding them open on the back.


I temporarily attached each drawer front to the dresser, so I could get the spacing right, and drew a line under each drawer.  Then I removed them, and used a Nesting Square die from Darice to cut out the space in the bottom. It makes it look like real furniture!  If you don’t have these dies, many companies have fancy label or frame dies that will work.


I added the dresser to the background with tape runner, and popped up the drawers with foam tape.  I’m using these cute stickers from Recollections for embellishments.  I cut a few stickers at an angle to make them stick out of the drawers.  Lots of companies make stamps of baby clothes, and they’re definitely on my wish list.   Those would work great for this card, and you can match it to the baby’s room.

For the sentiment, I stamped Justrite’s  Large Fancy Sentiments to stamp “Welcome Home” on a scrap of pink cardstock.  Then I added more scraps of black and pink cardstock behind it to make it stand out.  But it still needed something.  I finally stamped the sentiment again in Versamark, slightly offset from the first, and heat embossed it in silver.  And that completes my baby card.  Would you make a card like this?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back soon with another post in this series.  Thanks for coming by!

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Pregnancy Card – Baby, Day 1

June 20, 2017

Hey, thanks for coming by!  It’s time for another Mini Series, all about babies.  This is one of my favorite occasions for making cards, so I couldn’t wait to get started on this.  If you changed the sentiment to, “We’re expecting,” this would make a great announcement too. I found this idea here, but I wanted something a little more feminine.

Here’s what I used for my card.  I’ve got a white card base that’s 4 1/4″ by 5 1/2″,  two pieces of patterned cardstock cut to 4″ by 5 1/4″, and 2 circle dies from Darice.  If you don’t have dies, this is easy to create without them.  You can cut the paper to size with a paper trimmer, and there are tons of things around the house that you could use for the circles.  I have a salt shaker and a glass that would work perfectly.


I laid the larger die on the edge of the paper, and ran it through the Big Kick.  Then I switched circles and ran it through again.  I heat embossed a Hero Arts Congrats sentiment in white.  I tried to stamp, “we’re so happy for you” underneath, but it didn’t stamp evenly.  Oops!


Fortunately, this mistake was easy to cover up.  I stamped the sentiment on vellum with Picked Raspberry Distress Ink, and heat embossed it in clear.  I added Ranger Multi Medium Matte liquid adhesive on the back of the words, and attached it to the panel.  Then I trimmed off some of the strip and folded it to the back, and glued it down.  I’ve got acrylic blocks weighing it down until it dries.


Where the circles meet, I marked it with a pencil.  I added a piece of white ribbon over the line.  I folded the strip around the back, and glued it down.  Last, I added foam tape to the back of the panel for some dimension.  I made sure to stick it all the way around so I have even support.

For a final touch, I attached a ribbon bow with hot melt glue.  Tying these tiny bows is much a challenge, unless you use this fork tutorial here.  And this simple card is complete.  You could add sequins or other embellishments, but I wanted to keep the focus on the silhouette.  Have you ever made a card like this?  Let me know in the comments, and I’ll see you next time!



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