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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Thanks, coach!

My amazing husband is running a marathon tomorrow. A marathon. 26.2 miles. Inconceivable.

He's been training since January, with two very fabulous volunteer coaches. He asked for a card he could give each of them to express his gratitude for the many hours they spent on the road together.

This was my second attempt -- the first did not hit the mark for him: Too colorful and springy and ... girly. It was cute, though, and I'll share that design next week.

Back to the stamping board for me to find something a little grungier ... and I came up with this one-layer design, complete with grit and sweat. Yup, he liked this one better :-).

Thanks to ALL the volunteer coaches out there for making our spouses, friends, and kids healthier and happier. What a great gift you give!



  • Sahara Sand base


  • Smoky Slate
  • Pear Pizazz
Stamp sets

  • Gorgeous Grunge 
  • Lots of Thanks


  • Not a one!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Banner Thank You Notes

A few weeks ago, I posted a picture of the baby shower invitations for my sister.  I thought it would be nice to make her a handful of coordinating thank you cards.  The stamp set and banner punch aren't available any more, so hopefully you already got them with your Sale-A-Bration order!  

It was a piece of cake to whip out a bunch of these, what a great way to get rid of some of those extra scrap pieces of card stock, too!  Don't you think they are cute, even though they're only one layer cards?

Helpful hint- I used a cereal bowl (with Spongebob's face on it, irrelevant, I know) to trace the string for the banner using the smoky slate marker.  The two yellow flags are stamped directly onto the white card base, while the gray flags are punched out and raised with dimensionals.  You could use a Stamp-a-ma-jig to line everything up perfectly, but I didn't have too much trouble stamping pretty darn close to that string.



  • Whisper White cut to 5 1/2" by 8 1/2" card base
  • scraps of Smoky Slate, Whisper White, and Daffodil Delight


  • Daffodil Delight
  • Smoky Slate ink and marker to draw string and 'ties'
Stamp sets

  • Banner Blast (SAB catalog retired)
  • Regarding Dahlias


  • Dimensionals
  • Banner Punch 
  • Olw Builder Punch (for the little heart)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

By The Tide Card

By The Tide is one of my favorite stamp sets!  It helps me look forward to the beach and the warmer weather.  For this card, I wanted to make it simple and easy to create.  So I sponged a 4” x 5 ¼” piece of Whisper White card stock with Pool Party ink.  I just swept the sponge across the card stock softly to give it a water look.  I also sponged the edges of the card stock to give more color to the card.  I stamped the coral in Crisp Cantaloupe and the wording "Warmest Wishes on your birthday" from the Blessings from Heaven set.  I stamped the fish in Pool Party on a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock and hand cut the fish out.  Then, I added it above the coral with a dimensional.  After looking at this card for awhile, I felt something was missing.  So I decided to add a Basic Pearl Jewel for the fish's eye.  My card still needed something so I added some Basic Pearl Jewels to the coral to give it a little sparkle and shine.

·         Stamps:
o   Blessings from Heaven
o   By The Tide
·         Paper:
o   Whisper White 4” x 5 ¼” and scraps for fish - stamped and hand cut
o   Crisp Cantaloupe card stock 5 ½” x 8 ½” (scored at 4 ¼”)
·         Ink:
o   Crisp Cantaloupe
o   Pool Party - used for stamping and sponging on WW card stock layer
·         Tools and Accessories:
o   Stamping Sponges
o   Pearl Basic Jewels
o   Stampin’ Dimensionals

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Birthday blooms

Spring is finally here in North Carolina, and there are daffodils blooming and leaves sprouting and sun shining and it's all quite glorious.

Here's a nice clean card that feels spring-y to me -- I CASEd the layout from Rachel Tessman's blog.



  • Smoky Slate base, 2" x 5" piece for embossing, 2 3/4" x 3 1/4" matte
  • Whisper White cut to 5 1/4" x 4", 2 1/2 x 3", scrap for the fussy-cut flower


  • Bermuda Bay
  • Smoky Slate
Stamp sets

  • Peaceful Petals (Spring Occasions catalog)
  • Express Yourself (Hostess)


  • Dimensionals
  • Modern Mosaic embossing folder

Friday, April 4, 2014

Sunflower Sympathy

This week, I've been working on some flowery cards using some heat emboss techniques.  The sunflower was stamped with the VersaMark pad, and then heat embossed using clear embossing powder.  I should have taken a picture at this step, because the sunflower looked very pretty, just a darker yellow tone on the So Saffron card stock.  I went one step further and used some sponges to bring out a little more color to the sunflower.  The sponged colors get into all the negative parts of the stamped image, the parts that don't hold the embossing powder, and give it a subtle pop.  
I had a piece of burlap ribbon beside me, that was already shredded from a past experiment gone bad.  (I love some burlap, but that stuff is a mess!)  It was just what I needed to finish off the card.

  • Stamp Set: Sunflower background stamp, Teeny Tiny Wishes
  • Paper:
    • Very Vanilla– 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″
    • Baked Brown Sugar- 5 1/8" x 3 7/8"
    • So Saffron- 5"x 3 3/4"
  • Ink: VersaMark, Chocolate Chip, and Pumpkin Pie ink pads
  • Tools and Accessories:
    • Sponges
    • Clear Embossing Powder, Embossing Buddy, and Heat Tool
    • Burlap Ribbon, strings shredded
    • Stampin’ Dimensionals

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

People Like You Card

Do you need some vibrant colors to brighten your day?  Give Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo and Pear Pizzazz a try.  They are vibrant and are great for adding details when watercoloring or coloring with a blender pen.  You can make the flowers bright or darker if you like by adding more color with an Aquapainter or a Blender Pen.  For this card, I stamped the People Like You stamp with StazOn Black ink.  When using StazOn ink, you can easily use an Aquapainter or a Blender Pen without having the black ink blend or smear when you are coloring in your image.  I used an Aquapainter and watercolor paper for this stamp so I could add lots of color and feel like an artist at the same time.  I love how stamping can allow you to feel like an artist with just a few tools. 

I stamped the wording again in StazOn black ink on a separate piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  Then, I hand cut it so the wording would fit inside the Melon Mambo layer.  I used the Decorative Label punch to make the Melon Mambo layer behind the wording and attached it to the stamped image with dimensionals.  To pull this card together, I layered the watercolor paper layer on top of the Daffodil Delight layer and added some Daffodil Delight Seam Binding to the corners.  Then I attached it to the Melon Mambo card base with dimensionals.  I didn't like how much the Melon Mambo color bled into my Daffodil Delight flower so I added some Basic Pearl Jewels to give it a different look.  I like the detail it added to such a simple card.
Watercolor flowers close up

·         Stamps:
o   People Like You
·         Paper:
o    3 5/8" x 4 6/8" Watercolor Paper
o Very Vanilla scraps for wording (punched out)
o   Melon Mambo 5 ½” x 8 ½” (scored at 4 ¼”) and scraps for punch
o   Daffodil Delight 4" x 5 ¼”
·         Ink:
o   Black StazOn ink
o Daffodil Delight
o   Melon Mambo
o   Pear Pizzazz
·         Tools and Accessories:
o ½" Daffodil Delight Seam Binding
o   Decorative Label Punch
o   Aquapainter - to color in the flowers and stems on the watercolor paper
o   Basic Pearl Jewels
o   Stampin’ Dimensionals

Saturday, March 29, 2014

CASE study: Clear sailing

I lifted this design completely from Lisa Young's GORGEOUS card. There are so many beautiful things on Pinterest made with the Open Sea set, but this one just blew me away. There's lots of other great inspiration on her blog, too. Have a peek!

Lisa used the world map stamp on her version, which I don't have, so I improvised a little. Mostly, though, I just bow down to her amazing design skills -- this is one of the most complicated cards I've ever made, and I can't imagine it flowing out of my own brain. Thanks for making me look awesome when I gave this one to my dad, Lisa!


See Lisa's blog -- I used her instructions entirely.

Stamp sets

  • Open Sea

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