Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Stamp Shoppe

What a fun day stamping with friends at The Stamp Shoppe. 


How would you like to spend a day with all that goodness surrounding you. So fun to stamp with any goodies you wanted to make things work. 

We had a nice salad for lunch and stamped from 10:30 –3:00.  We chatted a lot and laughed together and learned some new things.  It was so much fun. Thank you, Joann for having us in.  If you ever are in the Wausau area you MUST visit the Stamp Shoppe.  There are so many cards around for inspiration that it just makes you want to buy everything.  tee-hee. 

Here’s the three cards I finished today.  I brought some images home to work with too.  So Much Fun. Love those edgeabilities from spellbinders on the card on the right.

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Stampin’ Up #356

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I would say the majority of my stamps are Stampin’ Up and I haven’t purchased from them in YEARS.  Lots of their stamps are still very much “in” with current themes.  I think the trends are coming around again. 

To make this old stamp look new, I used My Favorite Things Blueprints 15 and used one of the layouts they provided.  I mounted it on Kraft to be able to enter the Simon Says  Wednesday Challenge to use KRAFT.

Stamps 353,354, 355 SU Fishes

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I had so much fun with this back ground.  I swiped Mowed Lawn, spiced marmalade, and salty ocean onto my craft mat.  Spritzed with water, spritzed the water color paper with water and pressed and dragged it though the paint on the craft mat.  I spritzed some more water on it after I dried it with a heat gun. 

I cut a little square with spell binders die to add up in the corner for the sentiment. 

The bottom strip was what I had trimmed off and I sprayed that craft mat some more and dragged the strip through it.  Then I mixed some translucent paste and glitter together and stenciled that onto the strip.  I stamped those cute fishies and added sequins for bubbles and sat back and said…..awwwwww.  Open-mouthed smile Thumbs up

Stamps #353

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Door County Rubber Stamps, Another one of my favorite company’s.  And I am so excited because this weekend I am going to a Fall Festival Three day Work Shop over there and it will be a TON of fun.  I am registered to take part in eight classes and we are going to have a Spooktacular party on Friday night.  All taking place at a fancy resort hotel.  I’m so excited.

Anyhow, back to the card.  I stamped this beautiful whale image in metallic blue and embossed it with shiny clear embossing powder.  I let the background paper carry the design with what looks like waves to me.  To give a little balance to the large circle on top I added the heavier looking black circle rain drops to the bottom.  (more of that goodwill stuff I purchased for ten cents or some such bargain pricing.)  I bought lots of them at that price. 

Trying a new Technique

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So I’ve never tried this technique before and didn’t really enjoy it.  Maybe if I would have had a new pencil with a brand new eraser the dots would have stamped better.  I like the end result of the card with that wonderful organza ribbon from SU.  I think they do have THE BEST organza ribbons on the market.  (I have never been affiliated with them in any way besides a customer)  I just love some of their supplies.

I also tried the “faux” inlay technique.  I cut an oval into the layer I was going to use as my top piece and then cute all three of the oval pieces at the same time through the Big Shot.  Then piece them into the hole that was cut into that top layer.  I rather like the look but it seemed the ovals stretched a bit and I had a difficult time getting them to lay completely flat into the oval cut.  But I rather like the look of it.

This was a Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps Snow Flake die.

GKD Stamp 352

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Simple Christmas card for the GKD Monday challenge last week.  Once again, I LOVE how crisp and clean her rubber images stamp.  Both these stamps were in a grab bag that I won from her.  When you win the Monday challenges at StampTV they give you a wonderful little mini kit with papers and lots of stamps and ribbons, all kinds of goodies.  So fun to play in the challenges there with that kind of winning potential. 

I used a brush of acrylic paint over the sentiment because it looked so WHITE and kind of boring and that just lit things right up.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Hummers #348,349, 350,351

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Using some techniques in the challenges posted for HYCCT.  The top one is stamped on tissue paper.  I used a spray adhesive on the card stock and carefully pressed the stamped and colored tissue paper over it and trimmed it.  I used a corner punch on two corners to give some movement to the card.

The flowers in the second set are part of the set of the first humming bird.  A friend gifted me with that wreath and I love the way it looks on this embossed resist semi glossy card stock.  I used markers direct to the stamp for the pretty hummingbird colors.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

show me some love

Another HYCCT card.  No sentiments allowed but let the card say “I Love You”  I used the MFT sketch 199 to showcase this.  I added glossy accents to the top heart and popped up the double heart dies on dimensionals.  Turned the crown banner upside down and I loved the look of it. It went together faster than I thought.  I have been wanting to do an “inchies” card so this was the perfect sketch. IMG_6774 (797x1024)

Just playing around

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MFT color challenge for this month was a fun one.  I decided to use that same trick and pick out the colors from my scraps and then see what I could create from that.  I love how this one turned out.  All elements are MFT.  That dark piece is a HOT FUDGE card stock but it looks kind of black on here.  Aren’t their images so very cute?

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Smooshed @ SCS Stamps #346 & 347

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The idea was to take two pieces glossy cardstock, drop reinkers The idea was to take two pieces glossy cardstock, drop reinkers on one side and smoosh them together to make a unique background.  I thought it looked rather like a jungle pattern and I’ve been wanting to play with these little die cuts from sizzix.  They make the sweetest animals when used with different designer papers.  I thought I would hang that fun monkey up in the corner for a bit of fun.  I stampled that Bamboo background from an old SU large back ground stamp.  I still use it a lot. 

The second card is similar for the background but I added a bit of spritzing with a toothbrush and some more of that lilac re-inker.  These re-inkers were from SU.  I only have a couple of these on hand.  I’m glad I never really went overboard purchasing them.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Simon Says color challenge Stamp 345 Prickley Pear

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Simon Says Stamp has a Wednesday color Challenge   I did that trick again….picked out all the colors from my scraps and then decided what to stamp and which pieces would be used for what.  These images are from Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps, the die cut sentiment is from Cheery Lynn and the little tag is MFT die with a MFP sentiment stamp on it.  I used MFT for the zig zag strip too.   Really had fun with this one. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Using Stencils

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This sun ray stencil from MFT intrigued me from the first time I saw it.  I wanted to give this card a bit of a distressed look with the Kraft paper and Stencil Paste from Dream Weavers.  I smeared it on and then roughed it up a bit with my palette knife. 

I used the MFT curved die to cut right around that sentiment.  That sentiment is on a wooden block so there was no way to stamp it but like this.  I was glad I had the die to use this way.  I covered up the glue on the vellum with my strategically placed tabs.   All in all I liked the effect.  But it took me a long time to make this card.  I just couldn’t get it to come together the way I wanted. 

I like what someone said, just wait and look at it a couple of days later and then you usually like it better.

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Stamp 344 Z is for Zebra

I think I have only used this stamp once.  There was a time when African animals were all the rage and I think I picked this up at a rummage.  I have an elephant stamp too.   Hardly EVER gets used and yet I love the way this turned out.  I used a Cheery Lynn background die white on black to really make this couple stand out.  They are stamped on a MFT Blueprints 16 die cut.   Anyhoo—it was simple to make and I like the effect.  The sentiment panel could be any color.  Sentiment is from Door County Rubber Stamps.  Another HYCCT card.   I did the piercing along the edge with a little Cuttle Bug tool.

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Sometimes challenges make you do strange things. Stamps 342-343

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I won this stamp set from Mark’s Finest Papers in a drawing and never really thought I would use it but it’s surprising how many times I have pulled it out.  This is for the HYCCT challenge and I like to make cards that the moms going through treatment can give to their kids or grand kids.  The challenge was to BIND your card instead of folding it.  Hold it together with “something”  I chose staples.  I gave the alien a googly eye for added fun.   Stamps 342, 343

The sentiment is done in puffy embossing powder.


Stamp # 340 & 341 SU

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Digging into a really old set of SU that I purchased at a rummage sale.  Never have used this one before.  oh, but it stamped so sweetly in the orange and pink.  The little center its it’s own stamp.  And what do you think, I found this ribbon in the $1.00 bin at Target and it was the perfect add on for this card.  I took that top orange piece and cut it with my MFT curved die and then used just the top portion of a Christmas embossing folder to give it a bit of interest.  The back ground is water color paper and stencil.  It was a mop up of some stenciling I had done on my craft mat and I can’t bear to waste good distress inks.

Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps has this ever so sweet scalloped circle die.  I use it a lot.


No stamps

My wonderful young friend Paula hostessed a NO STAMP challenge for HYCCT over on SplitCoast Stampers.  I love my Top Dog Dies and this just popped into my head.  I was so pleased to find this wonderful Designer Paper in one of my little 6x6 packs.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Stamp 336 Stampin Up

I must confess, when I was working with this set from SU, I never thought I would use this stamp.  I have used the other images on different occasions but for some reason this one just sat there crying, “pick me, pick me”.  Yet every time I reached over it.  I was thinking INSIDE the box.  Open the box, and voila`  The PERFECT border stamp for this small tag and the gusty winds of autumn.  Now we are both happy and that entire set has been used and the stamp gets it’s little green mark, that’s how I tell if I used them during this journey.   Tell me, don’t you think it’s perfect?  (faux stitching, I know it looks real)   OH, and talk about fun!  I used my MFT sequins dies to cut out some clear sequins from some packaging material.  Had to run it through twice and put a bit a a shim with it along with my metal plate but it works.  Don’t’ they add just the right touch?   Thanks for stopping by.
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Tuesday, October 14, 2014


Already Been Used but this was the first thing that came to mind for my friend Joyce’s challenge over on Split Coast.  The theme was  “somethings missing”

I really do like this fairy image and I get to use sparkle which makes it even more fun.

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Stamp 335 Stampendous

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This stampendous image is so adorable.  She has been in my collection for years and years.  One of the first stamps I purchased.  I always enjoy using her and it’s fun to make her all warm and fuzzy with Fun Flock.  Remember that stuff?  so fun to re-visit old tools.  These snow flake brads have been hanging around for a long while too.  I colored these with copic markers to help them blend in a bit better than the stark white they are.

I am entering this in Simons Challenge O stands for….O stands for OLD in my creation.  Old supplies, Old techniques, Old sketch

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Stamp 334 Door County Rubber Stamps

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Oscar at Door County Rubber Stamps (see side bar) makes THE cutest stamps ever.  I was so honored to be on her Design Team for a while.  The last weekend of the month I will be going to a three day event at her place in Door County.  It will be so fun with lots and lots of stampers.  (We get to shop with a discount coupon and all kinds of free goodies coming our way too. ) 

The HYCCT challenge on SCS was to use chicks on our card.  I used a Coredinations scrap for the embossed chicken wire look on the one panel.  I love how that stuff sands off.  The big daisy was a clearance item from Michaels.

To achieve a clean masked look, leave your die in place and then lightly sponge in the background.  It gives a nice clean edge.

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