Saturday, September 24, 2022

Halloween suckers - Bewitched

 I am a vendor at the Hand of Man craft show the end of October, so I wanted to include some decorated Halloween goodies to sell.

This is what I came up with:

I decorated some Halloween Lollipops using the Bewitching stamp set as well as Scary Cute.

Half of the lollipops are decorated with a hat punched with the Hat Builder punch, with a sentiment from Scary Cute punched with the Ticket Duo punch.  The hat was coloured with Stampin' Blends - Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Orchid Oasis, Rich Razzelberry and Parakeet Party.

The other half were decorated with the sentiment and the legs. The legs were coloured with Parakeet Party, Pumpkin Pie, and Orchid Oasis.  I stamped an entire page of these images and cut them using my Scan n cut. If I did not have this machine, these legs would have to be fussy cut.

Aren't they cute?

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

A Swinging Gnome - cards that move - a CASE

 I cased this card from Susan Campfield, but used different DSP.  I just love interactive cards and this one brings a smile to your face. 

The card is interactive as the legs swing back and forth like the pendulum of a clock.  I tried making a short video showing the legs moving, but I  couldn't capture the motion well enough.

Supplies Used:
Stamp:  Kindest Gnome
Ink:  Real Red
Papers:  Real Red, Basic White, Santa Express DSP
Accessories:  Real Red Rhinestones, Gnome dies, Dimensionals, Fabulous Frames dies.

Friday, September 16, 2022

Aspen tree die - a free SAB item- and a challenge to make 5 cards

 Today I challenged myself to make as many cards as I could using the Aspen tree dies, a free SAB item as well as a current item in the mini catalogue on Pg. 46.  It comes with a stamp set, "Perched in a Tree" but I don't have that yet.

Card #1  An Elegant card in White and Silver Foil

Some Christmas vellum is adhered to a Thick Basic White card stock base and the die cut (Aspen tree die) is adhered to that.  The sentiment, from "Christmas to Remember" is embossed with silver embossing powder, & die cut with a stitched circle die. A strip of silver foil notched at both ends is behind the circle.  The two silver foil sprigs are from the Poinsettia dies.

Card #2     A Snowy Christmas Night

The Aspen tree die was used to die cut the card front as usual.  A snowy sky was created by stamping and embossing snow flakes with white embossing powder on a piece of Night of Navy card stock the same size as the die cut front. The snow stamp used was from "Joyful Flurry".  A non SU punch was used to punch two silver foil snowflakes. The sentiment is also from the same stamp set.

Card #3  Deer and a harvest moon

This time the Aspen Tree die was paired with Grassy Grove bundle.  The sky was created using blender brushes and the following colours of ink: Balmy Blue, Pacific Point, Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight. The moon was masked with a 1 1/4" punched masking paper. The birds are from " Let's Set Sail" and the grass below from "Grassy Grove , as are the die cut deer.  The snow was created using "Snowfall Accents Puff Paint" dazzling diamonds and a heat tool.

The sentiment is from "Brightest Glow". The die cut is matted with Night of Navy card stock and added to a Basic White card base.

Card #4  BOO

This time the card front was die cut with Basic Black cardstock as this was supposed to be a dark, spooky Halloween card.  A retired piece of DSP was found that looked like stars in a sky, so all that was needed was to add a die cut yellow sliver moon from "Scary Cute".  Some die cut bats were also added and since they blended in to the back ground too much, some white chalk added to the top of their wings helped to locate them.

In the lower right corner three die cut leaves stamped using the baby wipe technique (Gorgeous Leaves stamp - retired) and die cut using Intricate Leaves Dies (retired) were added.  On top was added a witches hat .  This was stamped using the "Bewitching" stamp and punched using the coordinating Witch Hat builder punch.  Stampin' Blends were used to colour the hat.  A bow made with the Satin edged gold ribbon was added below the leaves.

The sentiment, from "Scary Cute" was embossed with white embossing powder.

The die cut front was matted with white glitter card stock and then onto a Basic Black card base.

Card #5  Slim Line Money Card  

For this card, three of the larger poplar leaf were die cut - one each of gold foil, copper foil, and silver foil.  They were added to a panel of Basic White card stock embossed with the Timeworn Type 3D embossing folder. After matting this with a Soft Suede layer, it  was added to a Crumb cake layer which had been stamped around the edges with one of the leaves stamp and Crumb Cake ink.  This in turn was added to the Soft Suede card base.
The sentiment is embossed with Copper embossing powder and die cut with Hippo and friends die (retired). 

A 2" piece of Soft Suede card stock was added to the inside.  It was adhered on 3 sides.  A notch was added to the middle - using a 1" circle punch

I probably am not finished making cards using this free SAB item.

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Rustic Harvest card #2

This card is another catalogue case. It features the DSP on a piece of  embossed Merry Merlot cardstock which in turn is added to a Merry Merlot card base. 


Before adding the 3 by 5 1/4” piece of the DSP a piece of ribbon is frayed at one end and added along the long edge.

The sentiment is embossed with black embossing powder on another pattern of the DSP, die cut, and added to the lower card using dimensionals.

Supplies used:
Inks: versa mark, 
Papers:  Merry Merlot, Rustic Harvest DSP
Accessories:  Ribbon, Dimensionals, rustic pumpkin dies, painted texture embossing folder



Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Hello Harvest - a catalogue case

Tonight I got started on my Thanksgiving cards.  I was stunned to realize that this holiday was a mere 4 weeks away - in Canada October 10. 2022.

This year I am using the new Rustic Harvest suite to make my cards.  For the first card I am casing one of the cards on pg. 50 from the Holiday catalogue.

The card base is Crumb Cake upon which is layered two different patterns of the Rustic Harvest DSP.

1. On a separate piece of Basic White card stock,  emboss 3 pumpkins with Gold Embossing powder.  Colour two with Pumpkin Pie stampin' Blend; the third with Cherry Cobbler .
2. Die cut the pumpkins using the coordinating Rustic Pumpkin Dies
3. Emboss two small sunflowers with gold embossing powder. Die cut
3. Stamp six leaves - 4 with Cajun Craze ink; two with Crumb Cake. Die cut.
4. Die cut three tendrils using Garden Green card stock. and adhere to the pumpkins using a glue dot.
5.  Adhere the two Pumpkin Pie coloured pumpkins to the DSP on the card base.

6.  Fold up a piece of Gold Satin Edged ribbon back and forth several times and adhere behind the red pumpkin.  Then adhere the leaves behind the pumpkin and adhere the pumpkin in from of and below the other two using dimensionals.
7.  Gold emboss the sentiment on some Old Olive card stock and punch with the Label Me Fancy punch.  Add  below red pumpkin with dimensionals.
7.  Add the two sunflowers using small dimensionals.

Supplies Used:
Stamp:  Hello Rustic
Inks:  Versa mark, Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, Stampin' Blends (Pumpkin Pie, Cherry Cobbler,, Cajun Craze, Daffodil Delight)
Papers;  Crumb Cake, Basic White, Rustic Harvest DSP, Old Olive, Garden Green
Accessories:  Rustic Pumpkin Dies, Satin Edged gold ribbon, Glue dots, Dimensionals, gold embossing powder


Add two strips of the same DSP as used on the front of the card to the bottom of the insert for the inside.

Fussy cut one of the 'gourds' or small pumpkins and a leaf from the DSP and adhere to the bottom right of the inside.

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

A Winter wonderland - Christmas Barn card #3 - a tutorial

 This is the 3rd card of the 3 cards I made using the Christmas  Barn bundle. It reminds me of a winter wonderland, thus the title.

Stamp:  Christmas Barn

Inks:  Basic Gray, Garden Green, Stampin' Blends (Smokey Slate, Soft Suede, Real Red, Pacific Point, Bermuda Bay)

Papers:  Basic Gray, Basic White, Black Memento

Accessories:  Barn Dies, Evergreen Embossing Folder (retired), Dimensionals, Clear Wink of Stella

Putting the card together:

1.  Emboss the Basic White layer with an embossing folder e.g Evergreen Forest and adhere to Basic Gray card base.

2.  On a separate piece of Basic White card stock, stamp 2 trees (Shaded Spruce, Soft Suede market), a wreath (basic gray and color with Old Olive and Real Red Stampin' Blends), the Barn (Black Memento), and the horse and sled.  Die cut all these stamped images using the Barn dies.

3.  Color the barn with Smokey Slate stampin blends, leaving light areas, bare areas and colour some areas darker.

4.  Adhere one of the trees to the embossed surface and the second tree to the Basic White card stock using dimensionals. Place it slighly down and in front of the other tree.

5.  Add the barn using dimensionals.  Add the wreath to the barn just over the door using dimensionals.

6.Add the horse and sleigh with dimensionals.

7.  Sentiment is optional.

8.  Add Clear Wink of Stella on the wreath ribbon, the snow around the barn, the barn roof, and the blanket of the sleigh.

Card #2 can be found here

Card #1  can be found here

Monday, September 5, 2022

Christmas Barn - Card #2 Sunrise behind a Red Barn

 Most older barns one sees in rural Ontario are red in colour.  I have been told the reason for this is that the only colour of paint available at that time is the colour red. For that reason, I coloured the barn on this card red and tried to make it look an "aging" red.

To add interest, I added a colourful sunrise.

Stamp:  Christmas Barn

Inks:  Basic Gray, Shaded Spruce, Soft Suede, Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo, Balmy Blue, Smoky Slate, Stampin' Blends (Garden Green, Real Red)

Papers:  Cherry Cobbler (base), Shaded Spruce, Basic White, Smoky Slate

Accessories:  1 1/4" circle punch, Barn dies, Paint Puff, Dazzling Diamonds

1.  Punch a 1 1/4" circle from the SU Masking Paper and add to the upper right side of the Basic White piece. This is the mask for the sun.

2. Using blender brushes, apply a light layer of Daffodil Delight, and Flirty Flamingo to the left sky area and then add  Balmy Blue ink over the rest of the sky.

3.  Stamp the fence in Soft Suede about 1/2 way down the left side.

4.  Stamp 3 trees in different heights to the right side ( Shaded Spruce ink) behind where the barn will be located.

5.  Die cut a silo using Basic Gray ink, and with a sponge dauber, add some Basic Gray ink to the right side before adhering it to the card front beside the trees. 

6.  On a separate piece of Basic White card stock, stamp the barn using Basic Gray ink.  Colour the barn using a Real Red Stamp n Blend,  When colouring, leave uncoloured areas, light areas and darker areas making the building look aged. Lightly colour the roof with Balmy blue and add Clear wink of Stella.  Trim the area around the barn, and add the barn to the art piece using dimensionals.

7.  Stamp, colour and die cut the wreath and adhere it over the barn door.  Add clear Wink of  Stella to the wreath if desired.

8.  Stamp foot prints going to the front door.  Use Basic Gray ink.

9.  Add puff paint randomly to the fore ground, along the fence line and in front of the silo.  Add Dazzling Diamonds while the puff paint is wet.  Heat set with a heat tool until the snow has become solid and puffy looking.

10.  Stamp the word "Merry" under the sun.

11.  Adhere the art piece to the Shaded Spruce layer and add those to the Cherry Cobbler base.

12.  Add a layer of Shaded Spruce and Basic White to the inside and stamp your sentiment of choice.

See the first card made using this stamp and die bundle in an earlier post here:

Sunday, September 4, 2022

Christmas Barn & Dies - A Moonlight sleigh ride - a tutorial

 Once again I challenged myself to create at least 3 different cards using the Christmas Barn and its coordinating dies.

For the first card, I used the new masking papers and the blender brushes to create this night scene.  Anyone for a sleigh ride?

The top fold A2 card base is Night of Navy cardstock, layered with Basic White card stock. The scene is created on a 3 3/4 by 5" piece of Basic white card stock.

1. Use a 1 1/4" circle punch to punch a circle out of masking paper, and adhere the masking paper to the upper right of the art piece.  This will become the moon.
2.  Using a blender brush, apply the following shades of blue to the upper 2/3rds of the art piece:  Pool Party, Balmy Blue, Pacific Point, Orchid Oasis and Night of Navy.  Lightly apply some Pool Party to the lower 1/3.
3.  Stamp the trees using Orchid Oasis ink, stamping off to create depth and distance.
4.  Stamp the horse and sleigh using Black Memento ink, and colour with an Orchid Oasis stamp'n blend.  Add some more shadow marks under the horse and sleigh.
5.  Remove the mask from over the moon and with a finger dauber, lightly add some Daffodil Delight around the edges of the moon and into the night sky.
6.  Using the star dies, die cut some stars .
7.  Adhere a strip of silver foil behind the art piece to make the stars shine.
8.  Stamp the sentiment using Night of Navy ink.
9.  Add puff paint to the fore ground and around the horse and sleigh.  Add dazzling diamonds to this wet paint and then heat with a heat tool until paint puffs up.
10.  Adhere art piece of a 4 by 5 1/4" piece of Basic White card stock

Supplies Used:
Stamp:  Christmas Barn
Inks:  Black Memento, Pool Party, Balmy Blue, Pacific Point, Orchid Oasis, Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight, Orchid Oasis Stampn' Blend
Papers:  Night of Navy, Basic White, Silver Foil
Accessories:  Masking Paper, 1 1/4" circle punch, Puff Paint, Dazzling Diamonds, Heat tool, Barn dies

Saturday, August 13, 2022

Paper Windmill that lights up

 Well it doesn’t really light up yet it does. Place a flameless candle inside and the light shines through the vellum windows

I purchased the svg ( pattern)for this structure from Dreamland and used my Brother Scan n Cut to cut out all the pieces. 

I used mainly Stampin Up card stock and DSP, inks and embossing folders to complete this project. 

It took me over 10 hours.

And yes the vane’s  move.

Monday, August 8, 2022

Vintage Trailer for the Inspiration Challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments #394

 I have always wanted to go camping but it was never in a trailer, always in a tent. Making this card for the Inspiration Challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments #394 brought back some of those memories.

Making a vintage trailer using the Sale a Bration (SAB) Tree lot dies was easier than I thought. For this card, which is a partial case from the card in the SAB catalogue, I used only 5 of the dies. The trees are from the Peaceful Deer stamp set.

The trailer, is placed against a back drop of White glimmer paper and a sky sponged with Starry Sky ink. The stars were made using white acrylic paint and the fine end of a paint brush.

The poles holding up the lights, were die cut from Soft Suede card stock; the light strings in Basic white.  The light strings were coloured with Shaded Spruce Stampin Blend, and the lights with various colours of blends.  Some clear Wink of Stella applied to the lights made them look like they were sparkling. 

The trailer was parked, using dimensionals, underneath the lights.

This vintage looking trailer is constructed of Real Red and gold foil card stock. There are white curtains in the window and a Garden Green wreath with a ribbon die cut from scraps of Mint Macaron handing on the door.  The wheel tire is coloured with a black marker; as is the hitch.
Some vellum card stock coloured with a So Saffron marker is added to the wrong side of the windows.

The sentiment, from Christmas Memories, is embossed with gold embossing powder .

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Dancing Deer, Christmas Memories
Inks:  Various colours of Stampin' Blends for the lights, Starry Sky, So Saffron, Versa Mark., Basic Black marker
Papers:  Basic White, Real Red, Gold Foil, scraps of Garden Green, Mint Macaron, White Glitter paper, Soft Suede, Vellum card stock.
Accessories: Tree Lot dies (SAB), Gold Embossing powder, Clear Wink of Stella, White acrylic paint, dimensionals.

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Gatefold Pop Up Gift Bag Card

 This is not my original idea and I watched a number of You Tube videos before attempting to make this pop up card on my own. The two video tutorials  I found most helpful were made by the following: Tanu Creative ( measurements in metric), and Linda Heller.

Here's my card:

Stamp:  Shaded Summer

Inks:  Shaded Spruce, Soft Sea Foam, Daffodil Delight, Stampin' Blends (Soft Sera Foam, Shaded Spruce)

Papers:  Shaded Spruce, Basic White, Celebrate Everything DSP, Soft Sea Side Foam

Accessories:  Summer Shadows dies, Matte Decorative Dots, Brushed Brass Butterflies, 3/4" White Frayed Ribbon, Baker's twine decorative design pack, Dimensionals, 1/8" Hand held punch

Making the Purse:

DSP 4 by 9 1/2" scored at 1, and 3 1/2" on the 4" side; turn and score at 3 1/2, 4, and 4 1/2" , at 8, 8 1/2, and 9".  Cut according to the guide on video tutorials.

Twine:  2 pieces of 5" each

I use different stamp sets and DSP in the small video clip below.


Basic White:  Front:  4 by 2 1/2 top front, 2 1/2 by 4  " front lower

                       Inside: 2 by 4" top inside; 4 by 4 3/4" inside middle; 2 1/2 by 4" for                         bottom

DSP   Pattern 1:  1 3/4 by 2 1/4" top front:   1 3/4 by 3 3/4" top inside

           Pattern 2:  2 1/4 by 3 3/4" top inside    2 3/4  by 4  lower front

Saturday, July 30, 2022

Friends - Vertical Sketch Challenge - Paper Craft Crew Challenge #480

 I participate in monthly sketch challenges with an on-line group I belong to. This month I used the sketch from the Vertical sketch challenge with PCC 480  to make the cards for this month.

The topic for this month's challenge is "friends" and I thought the characters, especially the bear and the fox,  from the stamp set "Count on Me" would be perfect for this. So, I stamped them both with Black Memento ink and coloured them using Stampin' Blends after which they were cut out.

The card base is Pear Pizzazz card stock, 4 1/4 by 11" scored at 5 1/2".  This I layered with a 4 by 5 1/4" piece of Rings of Love DSP embossed with the Animal Prints Embossing Folder.

The 4 by 3" Basic White art piece has Balmy Blue and Pear Pizzazz applied using blender brushes. The tree stamped with Pear Pizzazz in the background is from "Campology".

Both images were added to the art piece using tombo glue, after which the completed art piece was added to the card front using dimensionals.

The sentiment is stamped on a strip of Basic white card stock notched at one end.  The edges are sponged lightly with Balmy Blue so that it blends in a bit better.

To complete the art  piece three decorative dots were added to the upper right side.

Supplies Used:

Stamps:  Campology, Count on Me

Inks:  Black Memento, Stampin' Blends (Smoky Slate, Balmy Blue, Basic Black, Cajun Craze), Pear Pizzazz, Balmy Blue

Papers:  Pear Pizzazz, Basic White, Rings of Love DSP

Accessories:  Animal prints embossing folder, Triple punch, Matte Decorative dots, Brushed brass Butterflies, dimensionals

Sunday, July 24, 2022

Ghome Be Merry - Paper Craft Crew Challenge Horizontal sketch Challenge #479

 The temperature has been extremely hot for the last week or so.  I had to cancel my outdoor class and bring it indoors and today I am "hiding" in the basement making some Christmas cards.  Just seeing snowflakes, snow on the ground, snowmen, and penguins has a visual cooling effect. Crazy maybe, but it does work!

Gnomes have been popular for the Holiday season for a number of years now, and this year is no exception.  The "Kindest Ghomes" bundle and DSP, is absolutely adorable and work so well together.  Most of the images of the Gnomes and toadstool houses can be  cut directly from the DSP using the coordinating dies. Which is what I did for this card.

I made this card for the horizontal sketch challenge at the Paper Craft Crew Challenges #479

The card I made is a monochromatic blue, having used the following colours: Night of Navy, Pacific Point, Balmy Blue, and Pool Party.

The card base is Pacific Point card stock, layered with Basic White embossed with the Winter Snow embossing folder.  At the left end of this embossed layer is a 2" strip of Storybook Gnomes DSP (Pacific Point blue with white snowflakes).

The 4 by 3" focal image piece was sponged using the Stampin' Up blender brushes.  Starting with Pool Party, I gradually layered on Balmy blue, Pacific Point, and finally Night of Navy ink leaving the saturation lighter in the center and darker around the periphery. Snowflakes were added using white acrylic paint and the tip of a small paint brush.

Wonderful Snowflake embellishments were carried over from last year and this was a perfect time to use one.  I added one towards the left side of the background, and then added the toadstool house (shades of blue)on top of it using dimensionals.  The gnome was added to the right and slight in front of this house.  A bunny, fussy cut from the DSP was added to the left of the house.

Some liquid applique and glitter was added below the added elements to 'ground' them.

The sentiment is from "Christmas to Remember".  I think one word says it all.

To finish the card, some Clear Wink of Stella was added to some of the Toadstool elements, the attire of the Gnome and the bunny.

Supplies Used:

Stamps:  Kindest Gnomes, Christmas to Remember

Inks:  Black Memento, Pool Party, Balmy Blue, Pacific Point, Night of Navy

Papers: Pacific Point, Basic White, Storybook Gnome DSP

Accessories:  Winter Snow Embossing Folder, Wonderful Snowflake embellishment, Clear Wink of Stella, Liquid Applique, Dazzling diamonds, Gnome dies.