Sunday, August 19, 2018

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day-------

The jingle kept ringing in my head as I was making this Christmas card.

Since I learned how to stamp in a circle using the Stamparatus I can't seem to stop doing this technique.  There's something addictive about this technique, and I find myself looking at my stamps in a different light, especially the smaller ones.  So, when I saw the lonely single Christmas bell stamp in the Blended Seasons stamp set, guess what I did --yup, stamped in a circle.


Because the image is a little larger than the ones I usually use for this technique, I had to start with a square larger than my templates - 5", so one of the first things I had to do was to make a template just for this card.

After stamping the images, I coloured them with a combination of watercolor pencils and blendabilities.  I then added some Clear Wink of Stella on each Christmas bell.

In the center I placed a sentiment (from "Getting Ready for Christmas", die cut it with a Stitched Circle framelit and matted it with a Real Red scallop circle.  The two layers were adhered together using dimensionals and then added to the center.

The image piece was matted with Smokey Slate card stock and then added to a 5 1/2" square Real Red card base.

Have you ever finished a card and then have something fall on it?  Well, that happened to this card, thus the 3 gold glimmer stars.

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Blended Seasons, Getting Ready for Christmas
Inks:  Black Memento, watercolor pencils, Blendabilities
Papers:  Real Red, Smokey Slate, Whisper White
Accessories:  Blender pen, Clear Wink of Stella, Stamparatus, Template, Stitched Circle framelits, Scallop Circle framelits

Pleasant Pheasants

I seem to be waffling back and forth between Christmas and Thanksgiving.  Today it's Thanksgiving's turn.

The Pleasant Pheasant stamp set has some wonderful Thanksgiving/Fall images.  Today's card features the Pheasants.




The card base is Cajun Craze card stock, with a strip of Early Espresso matted with copper foil in the center.

The pair of pheasants, stamped on Whisper White, were coloured with watercolor pencils and a blender pen.  I stamped and colored a send female pheasant, fussy  cut her and placed her on top of the other one with dimensionals.


I used the Stitched Seasonal Framelit to die cut this pair, and added it to the card from using dimensionals.  The sentiment is from the same stamp set and was die cut using the Petals and More Framelits.

I also die cut some leaves in copper foil and added them above and below the image.

Supplies Used:
Stamp:  Pleasant Pheasants
Inks:  Black Memento, Watercolor Pencils
Papers:  Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Copper Foil, Whisper White
Accessories: Blender Pen, Stitched Seasonal Framelits, Petals and More Framelits, Dimensionals

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Blended Season Birthday

In an earlier post I coloured the flowers from the Blended Seasons stamp set to make it look like a Christmas card.

Today, just by changing the colour of the flowers the card is now a birthday card.

This time I stamped the image on the upper right of a piece of Whisper White card stock, and colored the flowers with Petal Pink blendabilities with Melon Mambo in the center.  The leaves were coloured with Granny Apply Green, Old Olive , with a touch of Daffodil Delight.  The image was lightly coloured with Pool Party around the edges.

The sentiment is from Special Celebrations.

On the bottom I adhered a piece of Petal Pink card stock which had been die cut with the new Fancy Edge Thinlet die.  Some 1/4" white organza ribbon was attached over a 5/8" pink ribbon and adhered to the bottom of this die cut piece.

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Blended Season, Special Celebrations
Inks:  Black Memento, Blendabilities
Papers:  Petal Pink, Whisper White
Accessories:  Corner rounder punch, Pink rhinestones, Fancy Edge Thinlet dies, 1/4" white organza ribbon, 5/8" pink ribbon

The Holly and the Ivy,,,,,,,,,,,

Again I used the Blended Season stamp set but I used the Stamparatus to guide my design. I also used the new Glimmer paint, although it's not so new.  I'm glad to see the 3 colours come back.


I started by stamping "Merry Christmas" on a 4 by 5" piece of Whisper White card stock, and used the Stamparatus to stamp the Holly and the Ivy above and below the sentiment. This image was then die cut using the stitched framelit (second largest). Blendabilities were used to colour the images- Call Me Clover, Real Red, Sea Foam Green. A bow made with 1/8" Call Me Clover ribbon was added below the lower holly and ivy and a touch of shimmer paint was applied to the non Holly berries with dots gently touched on the red berries.

This I matted with a larger glimmer paper framelit.  The two were adhered together using tombo glue ( which is the only adhesive that will adhere glimmer paper to another paper) and adhered to the card front using dimensionals.

The basic top fold card front of  "Call Me Clover"  card  is matted with  Whisper White embossed with the Stripes and Scallops embossing folder.

Supplied Used:
Stamp:  Blended Seasons
Inks: Black Memento, Blendabilities as listed in blog post
Papers:  Call Me Clover, Whisper White, Glimmer Paper
Accessories:  Stamparatus, Stripes and Scallops Embossing Folder, Stitched Framelits, 1/8" grosgrain ribbon, Shimmer paint, Dimensionals

Friday, August 17, 2018

My First Christmas Card

Usually by now I have the majority of my Christmas cards made by now, but for some reason I've been really slow getting started.  Maybe it's the horrible heat outside.

Yesterday I received the Blended Seasons Stamp set and coordinated framelits and couldn't wait to make a card using these products.  I didn't start out to make a Christmas card, but that's what it ended up being.

This flower could be multiseasonal, however, when I was finished colouring it with the new blendabilities it felt decidedly Christmasy.

I stamped the image on Whisper White with Black Memento ink, and coloured the flowers with the two shades of Real Red blendabilites, with Daffodil Delight in the center.  To provide extra depth in the center of the flower, I added some light blue blendability on top of the red.  For the leaves I used the two shades of Granny Apple Green.  Once finished, I used a light Pool Party blendabilites to lightly color around the entire flower.

The flower was die cut using the largest of the stitched framelits, and before removing the framelit I used a flat paint brush to apply light Soft Sea Green ink around the edges.

The card base is Real Red, layered with Whisper White embossed with Starburst Embossing folder.  On the left side is a plaid pattern from "Under the Mistletoe" DSP with 1/4" satin Real Red ribbon added along the edge.

The die cut image was adhered to the card front using dimensionals.

The sentiment was cut into two words , matted with real Red card stock and added to the right image.

Supplies Used:
Stamp:  Blended Seasons
Inks:  Black Memento, Blendabilities (Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green, Pool Party), 
Papers:  Real Red, Whisper White, Under the Mistletoe DSP
Accessories:  Starburst Embossing Folder, Stitched Season Framelits, Dimensionals, Real Red Enamel dots, 1/4" satin Real Red ribbon, 1/8" Real Red ribbon

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Stamparatus Tip: Cleaning stamps

In the new Annual catalogue the Simply Shammy was introduced - a wonderful cleaning tool for stamps.  

Up until now most of us were using the stamp 'n scrub or baby wipes to clean our stamps.  But once we started using the Stamparatus, the stamp' n scrub was pretty useless, so baby wipes continued to be used in order to clean the stamps before removing them from the glass plates.

Enter the Simply Shammy on page 206 of the catalogue - a durable thick reusable cleaning mat.  Just add water than wipe stamps. This 5 by 7" mat fits neatly into a stamp case for storage.  If it should dry out it will feel hard, but just add water and it I will become soft again.

How can this be used to clean stamps when using the Stamparatus?

Just insert the damp Simply Shammy into the Stamparatus, and close the lid on the shammy.  The stamp is automatically cleaned. Note:  you will see from my shammy that it's been used a lot.


Insert Shammy


Close lid

Lift lid - stamp is clean and you see image of stamp in Shammy.


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