Happy 4th of July

I hope you have a wonderful day with your family & friends celebrating Independence Day!  I just got home from the airport and brought Kyle home.  I’m thrilled to have everyone under one roof again for the next week.


It’s time for a patriotic card featuring Real Red, Night of Navy and Whisper White, The layout of this card comes from a card featured in our demonstrator magazine – Stampin’ Success.  It was a completely different color scheme but the stamp set and layout worked for this patriotic card.


The card base is Real Red.  Then I have a layer of Whisper White card stock and used the Stripes decorative Mask and a Sponge Dauber to add the red stripes to it.  All the stars are from the Be the Star stamp set and all are stamped in Night of Navy ink.  The larger stars were die cut with the coordinating Star Framelits.  The stamp set and framelits are available as a bundle for a 15% savings!

I’ve started saving all the little strips I end up with after cutting the layers for the front of the card.  I have a bunch stored in a bucket on my craft table and then pull them out when I need to for adding a greeting on a card like this one.  Here I used the And Many More stamp set for the word celebrate.  To create the little flag at the end you can use the new Triple Banner Punch.  When you want to use a strip narrower than the 1″ guide just flip the punch over and position your strip before you punch it.

Finish with some Whisper White Baker’s Twine and Rhinestones.  I hope you like this Red, White and Blue Card.

Thanks for visiting.


It’s Scrapbook Day

Today is Scrapbook Day.  It is my monthly scrapbook class.  And I have two fun 12×12 2-page layouts planned.  I’m not going to show you those today instead I’m going to show you the layouts we made last month – since apparently I never shared them.  So here is the first one –

The back ground is Sahara Sand 12×12 card stock.  The stamp sets that I used are The Open Sea and Sail Away.  Both of these are in the Stampin’ Up! Summer Mini catalog which ends on August 31st.  So you only have a few more days left to order these.

On this left page I stamped the manifest image in Soft Suede down the left edge.  There are strips of Patterns Designer Series Paper in Pool Party, Soft Suede and Cajun Craze.  In the upper corner is the featured sailboat with the sunset.  See this post for details on how to do the masked sunset.  Th Big Shot dies are 3″ Circle, 3-1/2″ Circle, and the Scallop Circle.

There is the panel of Pool Party and a mat for a grouping of photos framed in Cajun Craze with a scallop border strip in Soft Suede on the side.  A couple of anchors are stamped around the page.

The right hand page added a few more elements.  First the pennant banner at the top.  This is the new Petite Pennants Builder punch.  The letters for “beach” were stamped using the Just Perfect Alphabet set.  I used the 1/16″ punch to put holes in the top of each pennant.  Then strung them on a piece of White Baker’s Twine.   My idea is that above the banner you would stamp the name of the Beach that the pictures are about.  So I plan to use our summer beach photos and will add “North Myrtle” to the top of the page.  If you aren’t at a specific beach it could just say “A Day at the”.

There is also a tag hanging down with the date – I just tied a knot to the twine at the end of the banner to attach the Modern Label punch.  It kind of blends in with all the Pool Party so I probably should have use a different color card stock for it.

Down in the corner is an idea I got from a swap at convention.  Using the Modern Label punch to create the mooring posts.  I used a Stampin’ Write marker to add some lines to make them look like wood.  A piece of Bakers Twine is wrapped around one and tied in a knot.

Now I need to print my beach photos so I can add them to this page.

I also wanted to say thanks to everyone for all the emails and comments about the Shadow Box Advent Calendar project I shared this week.  I have been getting tons of emails and I have tried to reply to each one.  I created the project for the UStamp class so I can not share the tutorial with you.  But you can join this awesome class and get it there.  The cost works out to less than 75 cents per tutorial and there are some awesome projects so it is well worth the money. The box kit was something I purchased online at a big box craft store – but I can’t post that specific information here per my demonstrator agreement with Stampin’ Up!

Have a great day!  I can’t wait for my scrapbookers to here so I can show them this months layouts.  I will share those with you guys later.


Color Challenge UDI49

Hi all!  This weeks color challenge was one that I wasn’t quite sure about.  Gretchen went back up to lots of colors again after several weeks of just a few.  I can’t decide which is more challenging a few colors or a lot of colors.  So here is the inspiration –

Six colors in this one – Baja Breeze, Marina Mist, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, Basic Black and Whisper White.  I wasn’t quite sure where to go with these aside from flower like the inspiration but I wanted to do something other than flowers.  I think my last few challenge project have all had flowers.  And then I finally figured it out and I love this card that I came up with – and no flowers!  Looky here it is……

I made a masked sunset card using the Sail Away stamp from the Stampin’ Up! Summer Mini Catalog.  Now this was the card I needed to make for my brother for his birthday – I just didn’t think of it until this week and his birthday was last week so I sent him something else.  He may just get two cards from me this year.

I took step by step pictures for you too.  So here is what I did.

step 1

Step 1: First stamp the boat on the Whisper White card stock – mine was 3″ x 3-1/2″ – and I used Jet Black StazOn ink.  Then stamp it again on a post it note and cut out right on the lines for the two sails and the hull of the boat.   Here is a helpful trick – use the two-way glue pen and put some glue on the back of the cut out pieces and let dry.  Now these become sticky but it is repositionable.

Add the mask on top of the stamped image on the white card stock matching up so that the sails are covered.  And then you will also need to cover the hull of the boat in just minute (I don’t have it covered in this picture).

step 2

Step 2: Punch a 1″ circle out of a scrap piece of card stock.  You will use the scrap piece as a mask to create the sun.  In this case your are covering the area around the circle that will become the sun.  I overlapped just a bit with the sail on the boat so it looks like it is behind the sail.

Step 3

Step 3: Use a Stampin’ Sponge and sponge the inside of the circle with So Saffron ink.  Then take another sponge and sponge the edges of the circle with the Pumpkin Pie ink.  This will make the center lighter and the outer edges darker.

Step 4

Step 4: Remove the circle mask for the sun, but leave the sails covered and make sure the boat hull is covered.  Now punch a scrap strip of card stock with the scallop edge punch and use this as a mask to create waves at the water line.  I sponged with Marina Mist ink, starting darker near the scallops and going lighter as you go down the card stock.  Move the scallop mask down into different spots so that you can make various waves as you sponge.

Step 5

Step 5: Now you have the sun sponged in and the water and waves sponged in.

Step 6

Step 6: Last I sponged Baja Breeze in the sky.  You can either cover the sun with the circle you punched out earlier or carefully sponge around it.  You can leave white space in the sky too, it doesn’t all need to be covered.

Once you are done with the sponging then remove the masks from the sails and the boat.

I stamped the greeting along the bottom.  And mounted the piece on Basic Black card stock.  I added a strip of Marina Mist card stock that was scalloped.  This is put on the front of the Pumpkin Pie card stock with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The final addition to the card is the Basic Black wide grosgrain striped ribbon on the side – the ends are overlapped and then tied together with a piece of Whisper White Baker’s Twine.

I hope you like it as much as I do!

Click on this link to go to the  Utah Diva’s Color Challenge blog.   There you can see the creations from the entire design team and add a link to your creation if you decide to play along.

Stampin’ Up! Supplies:

  • Card stock:  Pumpkin Pie, Marina Mist, Basic Black, Whisper White
  • Ink: Jet Black StazOn, So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, Marina Mist, Baja Breeze
  • Stamp sets: Sail Away, Bring on the Cake
  • Accessories:  Scallop Edge Border punch, 1″ Circle punch,  Stampin’ Sponge, Basic Black Striped Grosgrain ribbon, White Baker’s Twine.

To order Stampin’ Up! Supplies to make this project click here.

Masked Frame Convention Swap

Hi everyone!  Only a few more days before we move Tyler down to his dorm to start college.  We shopped yesterday and the girl at the check out gave us a funny look and said “is he going to college or why are you buying all this stuff?”  And yes we are getting ready for college – there were many other things that I thought he needed and his answer was “I’ll let you know later if/when I need that.”  Fortunately he isn’t going to be that far from home and I do a monthly card class down on the campus so I will be around.

Well that probably isn’t why you are here on my blog so let’s get on to a stamping project.  This card is one that I made for the UStamp Swap at convention.  Oh by the way the next UStamp class starts this Friday and I designed TWO projects for the class.  If you haven’t signed up for this online class you should – there are over 40 projects from demonstrators all over the world with complete tutorials.  CLICK HERE for more information.

Anyway back to my card for today.  A bunch of us got together from the last Ustamp Blog Hop and did a swap at convention.  Here is my card:

This card has a lot of steps and masking going on and I am writing a tutorial with the instructions for it.  I will add it to this post later today.

Colors are Basic Black, Old Olive, Whisper White and Crumb Cake.

Stamp Sets -Nature’s Nest and Inspired by Nature.

This was also my card swap for my PAWS team meeting in July.  I’ll be back later today.


UPDATE: I was having some trouble getting my tutorial converted to a PDF so that I can post it for you – I’ll get it fixed in the morning.  Thanks.

Friends Fur-ever Treat box

This little project is an idea that came straight from the Stampin’ Up! Idea Book & Catalog.  On page 75 is the Friends Fur-ever stamp set.  And right above it is this cute little box.  Now I made a few changes to my version.  First I used different colors.  Mine actually came from the Color Coach.  I pulled the So Saffron card and on the back is the Sweet Set combination of So Saffron, Riding Hood Red and Soft Suede.  A perfect combination for this project in my opinion!

I stamped in Jet Black StazOn ink and did some watercoloring and some cutting out.  Yes that little bone is a pain to cut out but I think it is so cute popped up and tied with the linen thread.  Not everyone in my class did that part.  I did show them how to do the masking technique for this.  Basically you stamp the little wagon first on your card stock.  Then stamp it again on a post-it note and cut it out right along the lines – you don’t want to leave any edge for this technique.  Then cover your image on the card stock with the post it note so you can stamp the bones so they look like they are inside the wagon.

Then the other fun thing I did was stamp the bone on the twill ribbon – instant matching ribbon! 

Fill this little box with some dog treats for your new neighbors!  Won’t they think your the best when you bring something for their dog! 

The box by the way is the Box #2 XL die for the Big Shot.  Have fun!

Let’s play Bingo…..

It’s BINGO TIME!  We are playing Round 4 of Monika’s Blog Bingo.  I’m currently taking names for Round 6.   See this POST for more details on how to join, how to play and the Round 1, 2, and 3 winners.

Here is piece #5  –the cupcake image from Cute by the Inch stamp set (stamped in Chocolate Chip).

Pedaling Past

I wanted to share this swap card that I received at convention – it was one of my favorite and used a stamp set I never really paid attention to.  The stamp set is called Pedaling Past in the Stampin’ Up! Summer Mini Catalog.

This swap card was created by a demonstrator named Tamera Gadd.  The card is Early Espresso textured card stock on the base and then a layer that has been embossed with the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder and the Big Shot Die-cut machine.  In between the two is a strip of Daffodil Delight punched with the Scallop Trim border punch and then there are the little rhinestone gems on each little scallop.  A piece of the Early Espresso 1/8″ ribbon.   A masking technique was used to add the flowers to the back of the bicycle.  The flowers are from the Loads of Love stamp set.  The flowers are colored with markers.  A very nice card in person.  Thanks Tamera for swapping with me!

If you want to order this or any other of the great sets from the Summer Mini catalog – you need to hurry.  The last day to order is August 31st.  Visit my online store or email me to place your order today.

And now it is time for Monika’s BLOG BINGO!

We are currently playing the Round 1 group.  As soon as I have a winner for Round 1 I will email out the cards for Group 2 and we will start playing.  Then Group 3 will follow.  Hurry if you want to be in Group 3.   See this POST for more details.

Leave a comment and let us know if anyone is close to Bingo yet!

Here is piece #7 – the crown from Family Accessories Too stamp set (stamped in Poppy Parade).

Thanks for “pedaling past” and stopping by my blog today – I hope you enjoyed your visit!