Saturday, September 18, 2021

Nature's Beauty Thank You Slide and Lock Card

 Oh My!  I'm in love with the Blackberry Bliss DSP, and I'm wondering why it took me so long to order it.  After it arrived by UPS last week I have been waiting anxiously to free up time so I could make some cards.  So, today was that day!

When I showed this card to my son, he described it as "elegant" and he doesn't often use that word.

The card is a gate fold card, with a Slide and Lock mechanism.

The  4 by 5 1/4" Basic Black card base is scored at 2 1/8" at either end to form a gatefold card. At one of the ends I trimmed off a tiny sliver to allow room for the sliding mechanism.

On both front panels are adhered Blackberry Bliss DSP matted with Rich Razzelberry card stock.
Measurements on the left panel:  Cardstock 2 by 5 3/8"  DSP 1 7/8 by 5 1/8"
Measurements on the right panel: Cardstock 1 7/8 by 5 3/8"  DSP 1 5/8 by 5 1/8"

On the inside is added a piece of Rich Razzelberry card stock 4 by 5 3/8" layered with a 3 7/8 by 5 1/8" piece of Basic White card stock.

The Slide and Lock Mechanism is created using 3 Basic Black oval die cuts using the 3" Layering Oval die,  the top of which is decorated with embellishments and ribbon and an embossed image. Two of the three Basic Black oval die cuts are scored at the mid point on the long axis, folded and burnished well. The third is added to the back of the image piece.

On a separate piece of Basic White card stock, I applied Rich Razzelberry ink using a blender brush.  The silhouette of the Cone Flower from Nature's Harvest was embossed with Black embossing powder on this background.  This image was die cut with a 2 7/8" oval die, matted with a slightly larger Basic Black die cut and finally with a Gold Foil oval die. A sentiment from the same stamp set is added near the bottom, as well as a bow made with the 3/8" Berry Burst metallic ribbon (retired).  Brushed metallic dots applied randomly complete this image piece.

The remaining 2 folded die cuts are adhered to the back with the folded ends facing each other and adhesive only applied to one of the halves.  These folds open up like wings and become the sliding mechanism.

Supplies Used:
Stamp:  Nature's Beauty
Inks:  Rich Razzelberry, Blackberry Bliss, Versa Mark, Versa Mark
Papers:  Basic Black, Basic White, Rich Razzelberry, Gold Foil, Blackberry Beauty DSP
Accessories:  Layering Oval Dies, 3/8" metallic Berry Burst ribbon (Retired), Black embossing powder, Brushed metallic dots, Blender brush, dimensionals, glue dots

A Simple Blackberry Beauty Card and a video

 I don't know why I waited so long to get  this gorgeous Blackberry Beauty DSP!  Once it arrived, I couldn't wait to make a card  - and along with that a video tutorial.

The card front consists almost entirely of the DSP, with minimal stamping from the Nature's Harvest stamp set.

                                                                                                                                                  I made the front of the card 2 different ways.  In one I sponged the edges of the DSP with Early Espresso ink; in the other I did not.

Below is a video explaining  how I made the card.

 Below is the card without the sponging.  Although I like it I find the sponging on the edges of the DSP gives the card a more elegant finished look.


Here is the card with the sponging


Supplies Used:

Stamp:  Nature's Harvest

Ink:  Early Espresso

Papers:  Gray Granite, Early Espresso, Blackberry Beauty DSP

Accessories:  3/8" Gold Art Gallery ribbon, Brushed Metallic Adhesive Backed Dots, tombo, Blue dots                                  

Sunday, September 12, 2021

A Snowflake Background and a little tree

 My visit to Frog's Whiskers Ink, in Campbellford, Ont., on Sept 7 was heart warming and very productive. 

Tom & Rosemarie Kerr. the owners. are such delightful and knowledgeable people. But like all small business owners the pandemic has hit them hard.

Rosemarie designs her own stamp images and together with Tom also make. package and sell their own products.

The latest stamps, hot off the press, are a couple of Christmas stamps designed for the beginning stamper. The first is a background stamp "Snowflake Horizon M1281"; the second a single "Forest Tree E1285"

Here are a few cards I made with them.

Its best to use a stamp positioning tool to stamp background stamps because you might  need to reink and stamp the image several times to get the coverage effect you want.  If you don't have one Rosemarie has one in the store.

I used a dark blue ink to stamp the sky, but you can use any shade of blue you have.  Using a white ink I stamped the image of the tree 3 times.  If you don't have white ink, you can use white embossing.

I did a few extra things to the card. I added a small amount of glue to the tree branches using a fine tipped glue pen. and the  added glitter. 

On the the ground under the trees I also added some Liquid Applique and glitter and heat set that.

Both the fine tipped glue pen and Liquid Applique are available in the store.

The second card I made into a shaker card:

On a 4 14 by 5 1/4" piece of White card stock, I again stamped the background with a dark blue ink.

I die cut an oval using layering oval dies, and using a stamp positioning tool. I stamped the background stamp onto the die cut after stamping off once.  This gave the sky a lighter look.'

Using dark blue card stock I die cut two sizes of ovals together to make the frame for the shaker.  I added some window sheet to the back of this frame and added double sided foam tape around the inside edge.

Any shaker elements can be used from sea salt to beads. but I had some silver and white sequins so I added them to the top of the stamped image, removed the tape cover from the foam tape and carefully added the two pieces together.  I then added the shaker frame to the card front.

A sentiment of choice can be added below the shaker.

Card #3 A Square Card

This card is perfect if you have some Christmas Pattern Paper to use up. The card base is a 5 by 5" dark Green layered with a coordinating pattern paper of a lighter green.  Two strips of a different pattern of the patterned paper were added along the left side and across the bottom.

Again, I stamped the background of the focal piece the same way as I did in card #2. The single Forest Tree was stamped using a matching dark green  ink. and I added glitter below the tree. In addition I added some white embellishments on the branches.  Rhinestones would work just as well. I matted the die cut oval with a matching dark green oval die using pop ups in between and added it to the card front overlapping the strips of pattern paper

Supplies Used:

Stamps:  Forest Tree, Snowflake Horizon

Inks: Night of Navy. Evening Evergreen. Basic White

Papers:  Night of Navy. Basic White, Pattern Paper of your choice

Accessories: Layering Oval dies, Liquid Applique. Stamp Positioner, glitter, shaker elements. window sheets. 

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Wednesday, September 1, 2021

A Fun Fold Card for the SUO Challenge #283 & Paper Craft Crew Challenge #442

I made this card for the Fun Fold challenge at SUO Challenge #283 as well as the Sparkle & Shimmer theme challenge at the Paper Craft Crew Challenge #442  

I love making cards with special folds and when I saw a picture of this fun fold on Pinterest I just had to copy it.

I don't know what to call this fold (maybe pop up front panels) but I had fun making it.  I decided to decorate it with a fall theme using the Gorgeous Leaves stamp set and its coordinating Intricate Leaves Dies.  For the sentiment, I pull in another stamp set "Inspired Thoughts". 

For the glimmer and shimmer I used the Be Dazzling Specialty paper  from the SAB catalogue.  I altered the champagne colour of this paper  by spritzing each of 4 pieces with a spritzer containing reinker in 91% alcohol (Garden Green, Crushed Curry, Poppy Parade, Pumpkin Pie). 

Making the Fun Fold:
The card base is 5 1/2 by 8 1/2" piece of Merry Merlot cardstock.  On the long side scored at 1, 2, 3.  Turned the card stock and score at 1, 2, and 3" on the other side.
Turning the card stock 180 degrees. Place the edge at the 1" mark on the trimmer, make a cut between the the first to the third score line  and between the fourth to the sixth score line.
Turn and do the same on the other side.
Burnish folds

The two side and two top panels were decorated with Beauty of the Earth DSP matted with Crumb Cake card stock. The two top panels were decorated with a different pattern. The four smaller panels were also decorated the same way.

For the center, I added a 2 1/2" square of the Be Dazzling Specialty Paper spritzed with Poppy Parade at an angle.  On top of that was added a 2 1/4" square of Basic White embossed with the 3D Bark embossing folder.  Some Early Espresso ink was lightly applied to the edges and rubbed over the surface using a finger dauber.

Some die cut leaves left over from another project, as well as 2 leaves die cut from the Be Dazzling Specialty Paper spritzed with  Garden Green were collaged together and added to retired Gold Hoop Embellishment which was adhered to the embossed Basic White using glue dots.  A gold shimmer ribbon was added to the top of the leaf cluster.

The sentiment at the bottom is from "Inspired Thoughts".  The first line of the sentiment was highlighted with an Early Espresso marker and stamped.  The rest of the sentiment was stamped on the back of the card. 

The card folds up and fits into a regular A2 envelope.

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Inspired Thoughts
Inks:  Early Espresso, Early Espresso marker
Papers:  Merry Merlot, Crumb Cake, Beauty of the Earth DSP, Be Dazzling Specialty DSP (SAB) (1 Garden Green; 1 Poppy Parade)
Accessories:  Intricate Leaf Dies, Gold Hoop Embellishment, 3/8" Gold Shimmer ribbon, Bark 3D Embossing Folder

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Beauty of Friendship Shaker - The Paper Players Tic -Tac -Toe Challenge #556

 For the Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge at The Paper Players I chose to go straight down the middle - friend, die cut/punch, shaker.

Here is my card

I used the Beauty of Friendship stamp set for the friend sentiment, and die cut the tree using the coordinating "Beautiful Tree" dies. Also coordinating with the stamp and die is the Beauty of the Earth DSP.  So the three elements together were perfect for the challenge.

I don't know why, but my vision for this card was blue and white.

I've been making shaker cards using tulle rather than window sheets so that's how I made this shaker. I used the Subtle shimmer sequins as shaker elements

I added the die cut tree to the left of the shaker, with some of the branches extending over the tulle

The word "friendship" is part of a larger sentiment that I hand cut , added to some Misty Moonlight card stock and added to the card front below the tree using dimensionals.
A rabbit, from the stamp set "Peaceful Deer" was hand cut and added beside the sentiment

On the inside, I added the Misty Moonlight circle that was die cut making the shaker.  The full sentiment was white embossed onto this circle.  If you look carefully you can see the sentiment through the tulle shaker.

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Beauty of Friendship, Peaceful Deer
Inks:  Misty Moonlight, Versa Mark
Papers:  Misty Moonlight, Basic White, Beauty  of the Earth DSP
Accessories:  Subtle Shimmer Sequins, White Tulle, Layering Circle Dies, Beautiful Trees Die, Dimensionals

Monday, August 30, 2021

A Vintage Christmas Season Card

 Already the days are shorter and before we know it fall will be upon us.  Not that the temperature outside is getting cooler - in fact its still so hot and muggy its not pleasant to be outdoors.

So, I am putting making Christmas cards on hold and pulling out various pieces of the Painted Christmas bundle to make some fall cards.

This first card has a vintage vibe to it----

The card base is Early Espressso, layered with Gold Foil (tip:  die cut the centre out using the rectangle stitched die or an exacto knife to use at another project). The top layer, the art piece, is Very Vanilla card stock that I embossed with the new 3D Merry Melody embossing folder.

To make this art piece look old, I brushed Soft Suede ink very lightly across the surface of the embossed surface using a blender brush . I wanted to highlight just the embossed surface not the flatter surface below it so it was important to have a very light touch.  In addition I used a finger dauber to add Early Espresso ink around the edges. I also added Early Espresso ink on the edges of  the die cut sentiment piece.

In the center of the art piece I added the sentiment (sentiment from  Perfectly Plaid) using dimensionals.  Around the sentiment I added some die cut  Pine cones, leaves and berries.

The bow is made from 3/8" gold ribbon.
To finish the card I added 3 brushed metallic adhesive backed dots.

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Christmas Season, Seasonal Label Dies, Perfectly Plaid
Inks:  Soft Suede, Early Espresso
Pine Cones:  Early Espresso, Soft Suede or Crumb Cake
Berries:  Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler
Leaves:  Evening Evergreen, Soft Succulent, Shaded spruce
Accessories:  Stitched Rectangle Dies, 3D Merry Melody Embossing Folder, Seasonal Label Dies, 3/8" Gold Shimmery Ribbon, Brushed Metallic Adhesive Backed Dots, Dimensionals, Glue dots

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Merry & Bright- a Christmas Bauble card plus more

 I initially did not get the " Bright Bauble" bundle, thinking I was not going to make any 3d Christmas ornaments this year.  The pandemic has really put a wrench in my plans for local Craft shows to sell any items I make, and classes have been cancelled for another  year as well.

However, after careful consideration, I decided to make family and friends a 3D Christmas ornament this year. This bundle would be perfect for this.

But before I make ornaments I decided to make some cards using the Bauble as a focal point.  Idea!!  Why not make a card to match the ornament?

So here is my card:

I must admit I did not know where to start making this card, and whenever that is the case I select the DSP ( Whimsey & Wonder DSP) first selecting my  colour palette  from there( Mint Macaron, Misty Moonlight, Flirty Flamingo, Petal Petal Pink)

Because its a larger stamp, I used the stamparatus to stamp the image, and coloured it with Stampin' Blends and die cut it with the Delicate Bauble.  Before adding it to the card, I added Crystal Effects over the entire surface.  When it was dry, it was added to the card front using dimensionals.  Some 3/8" metallic Petal Pink ribbon was inserted through the top of the ornament (bauble) and adhered to the top of the card between the DSP and Basic White layers.  A bow made with the same ribbon is added to the top of the bauble.

The Mint Macaron card base is  5 1/2" square.  It is matted first with Basic White, followed by Whimsey & Wonder DSP.  I cut a panel of the reverse side of the DSP (Misty Moonlight) and adhered it to the middle of the DSP.  Before adhering it, I added some  silver foil die cut with the Basic Border die along each of the long sides.

Supplies Used:

Stamp:  Bright Baubles

Inks:  Black Memento, Stampin' Blends (Mint Macaron, Flirty Flamingo, Balmy Blue), Misty Moonlight


  • Mint Macaron 5 1/2 by 11 Scored at 5 1/2"
  • Basic White 5 1/4 by 5 1/4" (2 pieces) - one for the inside
  • Whimsey & Wonder DSP 5 by 5
  • Whimsey & Wonder DSP 3/4" by 5" for inside
  • Whimsey & Wonder DSP (reverse side) 2 3/4 by 5"
  • Champagne Foil 1 by 51/4" (2 pieces) - die cut with border die
  • Basic White 3 by 4  for image
  • Delicate Baubles dies
  • Basic Border dies
  • 3/8" metallic Petal Pink ribbon (retired)
  • Shimmer Crystal Effectds
  • Dimensionals
  • Glue dots

Below are some examples of 3D Ornaments

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Let it Snow - Paper Craft Crew Challenge #441

 This card was made for the Vertical Sketch Challeng#441 at Paper Craft Crew challenges.

I use the Snowman Season stamp set with the layering square dies for the art piece.

The image of the snowman was stamped onto a 2 5/8" square die cut piece of Basic White.  Stampin' blends were used to colour various parts of the snowmman (Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Balmy Blue, Pumpkin Pie).  A blender brush was then used to add Misty Moonlight ink around the edges of the square.  When completed, some glittery crystal effects and Dazzling Diamonds was added to the snowman and the snow balls he was balancing.

The Basic White square was matted with a 2 3/4" square of Misty Moonlight and then onto a 3 by 3" scallop Dazzling Diamond square.

This art piece was added to the Penguin Playmates DSP added to the front of a Misty Moonlight card base using dimensionals.

The sentiment "Let it Snow" was matted in a similar manner as the card, and was added to the lower left of the card front with dimensionals at the lower end

To finish the card, some die cut snowflakes were added to the upper right, above land below the sentiment

Supplies Used:
Stamp:  Snowman Season
Inks:  Black Memento, Stampin' Blends (Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Balmy Blue), Misty Moonlight
Papers:  Misty Moonlight, Basic White, Dazzling Diamonds card stock, Penguin Playmates DSP
Accessories:  Layering Square Dies, Die cut snowflakes, Dimensionals, Glitter Crystal Effects, Dazzling diamonds, Dimensionals.

Fun fold Stand Alone Christmas Wreath Card

 This Fun Fold card is so easy to make and because it allows the card to stand up by itself, it also has a WOW factor.  The art piece added to the front  also provides a perfect venue for  displaying  a Christmas Wreath.  

The card base is Thick Very Vanilla card stock measuring 5 1/2 by 8 1/2", scored at 2 1/4, 3 1/4, 5 1/2, and 6 1/2".  It is folded in such a way that the center fold pops out.

The two end panels and the center panel were matted with Early Espresso card stock upon which was added "In Good Taste" DSP.  Dimensions for the card stock and DSP for the 3 panels will be at the end of the post

The card folds up so that it fits into a regular A2 envelope

The middle Art Piece panel was created by die cutting some Early Espresso card stock  with the Stitched So Sweetly die and adding a piece of Very Vanilla card stock in the middle.. The center of this Art piece was adhered to the card base at the middle pop out panel.

Here's how I created the wreath. Before starting, I die cut and stamped/die cut the following:  1 wreath in Crumb Cake card stock (with the leaves); 1 wreath in Mossy Meadow card stock (pine leaves); 8 pine cones stampe..d with Early Espresso ink and die cut; 8 Holly leaves; 6 Real Red Berries; 4 Gold Holly Leaves embellishments.  I also made a bow with the sheer Real Red organza ribbon, and collected some tiny Real Red rhinestones.

To put the wreath together I pulled out my air tight container which has a sponge and tombo glue in it.  I started with the Crumb Cake wreath,  applying liquid glue with the sponge to the entire  wreath and  then adhering it to the art piece. Next came the Mossy Meadow wreath which was adhered on top of the Crumb Cake wreath.
Now the fun part, the decorating. To add the small embellishments I used glue dots and for that my pick it tool was invaluable. I started with the pine cones pairing two together with a Holly Leaf as well as a Gold Holly Leaf embellishments.  A Holly Berry was also added but I ended up adding a red rhinestone on top of them.  To finish a red bow was added off centre  from the bottom.

The sentiment is stamped on a separate piece of Very Vanilla card stock and matted with Early Espresso card stock before adding it to the center panel below the art piece.


Card Base:  Thick Very Vanilla card stock  8 1/2 by 5 1/2" Scored at 2 1/4, 3 1/4, 5 1/2 and 6 1/2"
Panels:  (2) Early Espresso mat 2 by 5 1/4"   (2)  DSP  1 3/4 by 5"
             (1) center panel Early Espresso 1 3/4 by 5 1/4"   DSP  1 1/2 by 5"
Art Panel:  Early Espresso Stitched So Sweetly Scallop die (largest)
              Very Vanilla insert 2 1/2 by 3 3/4"
Sentiment:  Very Vanilla 1/2" by 3"
               Early Espresso mat 3/4" by 3 1/4"

Supplies Used:
Stamp:  Sparkle of the Season
Inks:  Mossy Meadow, Early Espresso
Papers:  Thick Very Vanilla card stock, Very Vanilla Card stock, Early Espresso, In Good Taste DSP, Mossy Meadow, Crumb Cake
Accessories:  Stitched So Sweetly Dies, Seasonal Swirl Dies, Gold Holly Leaves, Red Rhinestones, 3/8" Sheer Organza Real Red ribbon, Glue dots

Monday, August 23, 2021

Slim line Snow Wonder Happy Christmas

Slim Line cards are probably my most favourite type of card to make as there is so much more 'canvas' to create on.

The card I am sharing today is a Slim Line card featuring the snowman from Snow Wonder in a scene created by sponging using the Stampin' Up blending brushes.  I also bring in another stamp set, "Campology", using the tree stamp for the background.

There are many sizes for slim line cards. I start with a piece of cardstock 9 by 7" scoring a 3 1/2" to form a 3 1/2 by 9" card.  The Basic White card stock layer of 3 1/4 by 8 3/4"is a good size canvas to create a scene on.

I wanted to create a feeling of a moon lite cold wintery night, perfect for the preservation of a snowman.  
To do this I punched a 1 3/4" circle mask from a post it note and placed that in the upper right of the art piece.  This would be the future moon, the mask protecting it from the colour that would be applied to the sky.

Using a blender brush, the following colours were used to create the sky: Balmy Blue,  Misty Moonlight, Pacific Point, and Night of Navy. .After removing the mask covering the moon. some darker ink was added round it to create a more  dimensional effect.

       A fine tipped white paint pen was used to create the stars in the sky.
Once the sky was finished, the trees from the Campology stamp set, was stamped in  Evening Evergreen ink.     

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Sweet Little Stockings - So Cute!

 I'm an animal lover.  

I love dogs.  

I love cats.  (I have 2 of my own)

I even love squirrels (but not all the time) Correction:  a hamster

So, when I saw the Sweet Little Stocking Bundle I was in love! So I made a few cards.  The stamps, dies, and Designer Paper work so well together that for the first card I was able to incorporate all elements in the design.

 The stockings were die cut from the Sweet Stockings DSP using the Stocking Dies. The dog, squirrel, and cat were first stamped, then coloured, and die cut.  There is an option to stamp and colour the stockings as well, but why do so when there are two 12 by 12 DSP sheets full of 3 sizes of stockings.

On a separate piece of Basic white I also stamped the accessories you see at the of each stocking- two pine sprigs, a bow, two ivy sprigs.  The Santa hat was also stamped and coloured, then die cut and added to the cat's head at a jaunty angle.  See a close up of the stockings and occupants below.

The stockings need to be hanging from something, so I cut a 1/2" piece of Early Espresso card stock, and embossed it with the Woodgrain embossing folder. It was adhered to the card front with dimensionals.
The stockings were adhered to this 'beam'.  A star embellishment was added to each end.
The card base of Cherry Cobbler was matted with Basic White card stock embossed with the Brick and Mortar embossing folder.
After the stockings were hung, the sentiment, stamped with Cherry Cobbler ink, was added above the 'beam.

Supplies Used:
Stamp:  Sweet Little Stockings
Inks:  Black Memento, Cherry Cobbler, Stampin blends
Dog: Cinnamon Cider , Crumb Cake, Soft suede
Cat:  Smokey Slate
Hamster:  Smokey Slate
Santa Hat:  Cherry Cobbler
Papers:  Cherry Cobbler, Basic White, Early Espresso, Little Stockings DSP
Accessories:  Brick & Mortar Embossing Folder, Dimensionals, Stocking dies, Cute stars adhesive backed sequins

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Be Dazzling , Becolor!! How to colour the SAB Be Dazzling paper

 I wish this were my original idea, but its not.  I saw this transformation of the Be Dazzling Specialty paper on a video by Penny Bennett, and have since seen a number of demonstrators do the same thing with this free SAB p6roduct.

So, what am I talking about?

The Be Dazzling Specialty paper is a free offering from Stampin Up, free with a $60 purchase.  This glittery 6 by 6"paper (Page 3 of the SAB brochure)comes in a pack of 8.

All of the paper is a champagne colour.  I want to change that.

So here is a brief tutorial

Materials needed:

  • 4 pieces of champagne coloured Be Dazzling Specialty Paper
  • 91% rubbing alcohol
  • 4 Stampin' Up spritzers
  • 4 different reinkers - Garden Green, Crushed Curry, Poppy Parade, Cinnamon Cider
  • Aluminum dish pan
  • Surface protectant &paper towels
  • gloves optional
  • Fill each spritzer 3/4 full with 91% rubbing alcohol
  • Add 15 drops of reinker in each spritzer
  • Place champagne Be Dazzling paper into aluminun pan and spritz with the coloured alcohol covering the entire surface.  Drain excess.  Place on paper towel to dry.  Write name of reinker colour on back..
Because rubbing alcohol is used the paper dried very quickly.

Using the altered dazzling paper, I die cut some leaves as embellishments for the Welcoming Woods card