Tuesday, January 28, 2014


We usually wait until the first week in February to resume our Mothers Class stamping, but we're all suffering from stamping withdrawal.  Besides, January has 5 Wednesdays this year, so that's our excuse for not waiting until February--YAY!

This is the first card we'll make in class.  I just learned this chevron technique, so it should be fun.  

Monday, January 27, 2014


With the weather we've been having, I'm stamping up a storm...literally!

This is an oldie but goodie from SU which I stamped in Versafine black and watercolored.  Although it was a bit time consuming, it was an easy one to do.  All I added was a scrap of black cs for the border and a tiny black gem for the eye.


Sunday, January 26, 2014


This little birdie surely has it right!  He's not worried about a thing...

Saturday, January 25, 2014


In keeping with my own challenge to use only what I already have in the tower to the end of this year, I rediscovered this stamp and used it today.

After stamping it in black ink on dsp, I made slits where the opening would be to insert the tag as shown.  Then I mounted it on a scrap of  textured vanilla cs and cut around it to make the border.

The background is stamped in Versamark Frost with both large and small swirl stamps.  While it dried, I placed foam mounting tape on the back of the envelope and added three tiny black gems at the intersection of the lines.  Once the Versamark dried, I mounted the envelope with its message inserted.

So far, this challenge has been easy.  I've been finding lots of stamps I'd forgotten about and plan to use them soon.  The real challenge will be in the Fall when I start running out of adhesives and cardstock!

Friday, January 24, 2014


Hero Arts Online Classes on Stenciling drew winners from comments left on their blogs, and I was one of them--YAY!  Classes started today, so I wasted no time in putting the new information to good use on this card.

Since I don't have any stencils, I made one of my own from a Martha Stewart stars punch and a scrap piece of cardstock.  After sponging the stars onto the white panel, I added the "Birthday" die cut, the "wishes" and some extra stars from a small punch.  The embossed zig-zag line on the bottom is from a Sizzix border ef.  Now that it's mounted on a card front, I'm entering it in the Sweet and Sassy challenge HERE!

I'm on a roll!

Thursday, January 23, 2014


Inside reads:  "...and it was DELICIOUS!"

Since I'm not buying new stamps this year (we'll see how that goes...) I typed up my own.  First I glued the verse to a scrap of cs and die cut it.  Then I mounted it on the card with dimensionals.  I did the same thing with the "punch line" inside.

For other humorous cards, you can visit the Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog HERE.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

STAMPING UP A STORM...literally!

As you can see from my last few posts, I've been at it full time since the storm dumped all the snow on the East Coast!  We just got plowed out at 3 pm today, and the sun is shining brightly through the tower windows on the west side of the house.  Nice and toasty in here!

Be sure to scroll down for the latest posts...


For this stamp set, I chose to make a tri-fold card.  I cut a 12 x 12" sheet of cs at 5 1/2" and scored it at 4" and 8" so that it would fit in a standard size envelope.

The birdie image was stamped on watercolor paper with Versafine Smokey Gray and painted with Distress Inks and my Niji brush.  I stamped another bird, colored it, cut it out, and attached it with glue dots over the first one to make it pop.  After mounting the image to the black square with foam tape, I glued it to the card front and added the saying below.

For the inside flap, I stamped the cat on a scrap of cs and used colored pencils for the image.  Then I simply glued it to the flap.

This card will be entered HERE in the Simon Says Stamp challenge on
 their blog where I hope to win the $50 gift certificate!

PS:  After posting the card, I realized I didn't need to make it a tri-fold; so I cut it apart and remounted two of the panels on Very Vanilla cs.  That leaves me with the extra panel for the front of another card later on.


The "dreaded pink" rises again!  This time, at technique class last week where we learned how to make the cascade card...not that I would remember ;)

Basically, it's two angled pieces joined in the middle with slits in the folds so that one piece slides down over the other.  Got that?

For a simpler version, however, you can look up "Concertina Card" on Splitcoast Stampers under tutorials.  Beate's video is very easy to follow!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014


I really like how this one turned out!  The glitter in the dsp gives it some sparkle, while the black keeps it masculine.

The verse is another one from a Sweet and Sassy set; and Corrie Ten Boom said it well!


 In keeping with the snowy scene outside my tower window, I've used my tree die and torn paper "snow" for these cards.

First, I made a tri-fold  4 1/4" x 3 5/8" (from a 4 1/4" x 11" piece) and used the two-part verse so that the first half would be on the outside.

 The second half is stamped on the inside flap, with another plain piece for the personal note on the inside center panel.

The second card (scroll down) is a top fold with Stickles painted on the tree with a brush.  I added a narrow strip to ground the tree and verse which are mounted on a piece of embossed white cs that looks like bark.

Thank you Sweet and Sassy for such wonderful verses!


It's snowing here again, and the night temps are going to be single digits the rest of the week.  We were enjoying the milder temps for awhile, but it's back to winter now.

Good stamping weather, though!

Monday, January 20, 2014


Re-discovering a paper pad I bought ages ago, I came up with this card.  It was very hard to photograph--it kept popping open.  So here's a TIP:  to keep a card shut while photographing, hold it shut with some temporary tape you can remove later.

The dsp along the bottom is actually on the inside of this top fold card. I just cut a quarter inch off  to let it show.  The dsp has glitter along the white criss-cross lines, and the white and silver bakers twine adds extra shine along with the three silver pearls on the left. Unfortunately, the gray cs  looks a bit dull in the photo; but in real life, it's just right.

The verse is from a set of scripturally-sound sayings from Sweet and Sassy.  Since we're expecting snow again this week, I'll be posting more cards using this set later...

Sunday, January 19, 2014


...and now for something entirely different...

I'm challenging myself to NOT BUYING anything new, stampingwise that is, for the rest of this year.  The only exceptions would be using the SU gift certificate I got for Christmas and keeping the commitment I signed up for at Technique Tuesday (for the Greenhouse Society stamp of the month.)  Surely I have enough in this room to last until next Christmas, even enough to supply my Mothers Class projects!  It should be interesting to see how long it all really lasts, although I could ask for something I might need in Sept. for my birthday.  I'm calling it the "stamping diet" ;)

I'll be keeping you posted (literally.)

Saturday, January 18, 2014


One more pastor card before heading off to my daughter's house to celebrate my son's birthday there.  Although I forgot to set the timer, this card didn't take long!

I hope you will take the opportunity to reflect on the verses I post for these pastor cards.  They make great "thoughts for the day."

Tuesday, January 14, 2014


I've used this Greenhouse Society stamp set for several cards, and every one of them has turned out great!  It looks so realistic, and even has lines for where to place the Stickles or glitter for the snow.

The image is stamped with Versafine Smokey Gray ink on Very Vanilla and then torn along the bottom.  Before coloring it in, I glued it to a piece of gray textured cs; then glued both to the card front.  Usually I would mount it with dimensionals, but this time I must confess that I had to cover up my first attempt at stamping it directly on the card.  Then I added the jute on the left.

The berries were colored with an orange glitter pen and the "snow" added,  working from left to right so as not to smear the ink or Stickles with my right hand. 

The Bible verse was stamped in the same Versafine ink directly on the card, and I was sooo happy that it stamped straight!

(The stamp set is from Technique Tuesday and the Bible verse is from Our Daily Bread Designs.)

Monday, January 13, 2014


Thanks to the extreme cold this week, I've been on a roll for making pastor cards!

This one took all of 5 or 6 minutes to layer.  First I stamped the verse on a scrap of vanilla cs and set it aside.  Next, I cut the two layers of dsp, the woodgrain being the reverse side of the other.  Then I attached some coiled jute to the paper with plain ol' Scotch tape which is covered by the verse mounted with SU dimensionals.

After adding some pearls, the card was done!

Sunday, January 12, 2014


This is my favorite stamp for 2 reasons:  one because it's just a natural backdrop for so many themes and two because my dad gave it to me many years ago.  So here it is for another pastor card this week!

First, I stamped the tree on a white panel and then stamped twice more without re-inking.  I used Versafine Olympia Green ink and a brown marker on top.  I stamped the top again on a scrap and used Chestnut Roan for the verse over it.  I had a tree brad in my stash that I added.

After punching a hole in the top left corner, I added some gold twine and mounted the layers as shown.  Since the tree panel is mounted with dimensionals, the verse is attached with dimensionals on the right side only so they would both be the same height.

This is one of those cards that just "evolves" as you go along, and I love how it turned out!

BTW, did you notice that the last few pastor cards had a woodsy theme?  I didn't realize it until this post, so I guess that trees must symbolize strength to my way of thinking...


 The first card I made with this stamp was a lot more vibrant, but I like the softness of this one also.  I started out with clear embossing over Versamark ink, then watercoloring.  After cutting down the watercolor paper to the size I wanted, I sprayed the panel with Shimmer Spritz Sparkle for an equally subtle effect.

Next, I added the greeting and embellishments,  mounted the panel to a golden cs and attached it to the deep purple card base.


(Click to enlarge for a closer look.) 

Friday, January 10, 2014


Here's the first card I made with the other new stamp set shown in the previous post.


Thursday, January 9, 2014

New Stamps!

Yesterday I stopped in at Hobby Lobby to pick out a numbering set, and here's what I came out with.  Not only does it have numbers in a variety of styles and sizes, but it also has some bar codes for the back of my cards!  The narrow bar code says "expensive"--very appropriate for all of us who create cards, dontcha think???
The card I made started out with a white side-fold base with the top piece cut shorter than the inside.  Since I wanted to use blue and yellow (avoiding red and green after Christmas) I found this yellow floral dsp in my scrap box and worked with it.  After mounting it on the card base with dimensionals, I glued on the "happy" die cut and stamped the numbers individually onto a piece of white scrap.  Stamping them one at a time allowed me to fit them closer together.  Next, I added the gems and rounded the top right corners.  To make the cardfront stand out better, I glued a strip of the same dsp on the inside to serve as a border.

This should make a nice notecard during the month of January. 

TIP:  When gluing down delicate thin pieces like this word die cut, I use TomBow Mono glue.  First, I put tiny dots on the back at the widest spots.  After mounting it on the card and letting it dry, I place a dot of glue on a piece of scrap and gently slide it underneath any loose spots.  This applies the smallest amount of glue so that it doesn't ooze out all over the front.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014


What better symbol of winter is a barren tree (except, perhaps for a snowman!)  Imagine if you had never seen a tree with leaves how impossible it would be to imagine what this tree would look like in the summertime.  Then try to imagine the things referred to in this Bible verse.

Even more impossible is to imagine the eternal future of God's people!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014



I saw this designer paper on the rack at Hobby Lobby months ago, and today is the day I decided to use it.  What better use than for one of the cards I've made for our pastor.

After cutting a piece to size for the card, I matched it up with a larger piece of kraft paper from my stash.  When I cut it, I made sure to center the main design for a simple card with an emphasis on the Bible verse presented on the front.

The Martha Stewart punch seemed to fit the pattern perfectly, allowing a little more of the kraft paper to show through.  The dots matched the colors in the design, as did the jute.

This was an easy card to layer and finish.

Friday, January 3, 2014


When I came across this card already embossed, I thought it would make the perfect card for my friend who will be celebrating her birthday on January 10.  Although it's hard to see here, I painted the flower petals with Star Dust Stickles and added crystal gems in the centers.  The twine is white with a silver thread, and the greeting is silver embossed.  It's very sparkly IRL!

Thursday, January 2, 2014


I joined the Greenhouse Society at Technique Tuesday and believe me, that's the only way I like to get my hands dirty around plants!  Whether stamping or gardening, I have a black thumb--except that with stamping, it's a lot safer for the plants...

I used watercolor pencils for the image, Olympia Green ink for the greeting and inside message, and yellow Stickles for the flower centers.

If you like to use botanical images on your cards, check out Technique Tuesday's monthly stamp, discount and automatic delivery HERE.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014


Being restricted to only one layer really is a challenge for me!  I do like how this one turned out, however--in spite of the fact that I could have used the matching die cut ;)

To start, I masked the card with a 4x5" piece with the oval cut out and sponged a background with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink.  Next I stamped the image and colored the bird and branches with chalks.  I then stamped "thanks" (a little too far to the left than I intended) and finished by coloring the berries with a Jelly Roll pen.

To bring out the white of the bird, I used the Picket Fence Distress marker which covers the blue ink from the background nicely.

This stamp is a favorite of mine since we have so many Black Capped Chickadees at our bird feeder.