My stamping adventures

Monday, November 23, 2020

Pine cone sketch card


stamps used:  Catherine Pooler stamps/dies

One more sketch for challenge over at Pixel Maven's Retreat blog ..... this is card sketch #14.  For this card I used an embossing folder for the background instead of just a plain layer or pattern paper.  But again I took artistic license by using dies to kinda make a circle which was one of the options for the sketch.

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Monday, November 16, 2020

Explosion fold card with video

Explosion fold card

The explosion fold card has been around for years ... I decided it would be fun to bring it back to life. Scroll down in this post to see video or you can go to my you tube channel. below are horizontal cards.
stamps used:  Catherine Pooler Pinecone Greetings stamp/die set, Sunday Int'nl Greetings 1 atc

Explosion fold diagram template

vertical explosion fold cards

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Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Pine cones


stamps used:  Catherine Pooler stamps/dies

I'm still trying my hand at card sketches.  This one is for a challenge over at Pixel Maven's Retreat blog ... this is card sketch #15.  I did take some creative license but I feel it still meets with the sketch in general.

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Sunday, November 1, 2020

Thanks a ton


stamps used:  SU

This month for our local card swap ... it was a sketch design.

I'm not a fan of sketches but I have been trying very hard to do them lately.  They are all over ... in my local card group and online challenges.  

For this sketch I changed it up a little.  can you see my changes?

1. I turned the banner on it's side.

2.  moved the layers to the center.

3.  add 3 dots to the left side.

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Friday, October 30, 2020

Christmas sketch card


stamps used:  Unity stamp co.
DSP used:  SU

This is a sketch design ... yes, a sketch!  anyone who knows me know that I'm not a fan of sketches BUT I'm trying.  This sketch design come from Pixel Maven's retreat blog by Nicole who does a monthly sketch challenge which I will add these cards to her challenge here.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Birthday Arrow fold cards

Some more Arrow fold cards 

stamps used:  Stampin' Up

This card design can become addictive ... once you have done it a couple of times.  This time I made several birthday cards which I have started to send out.
You can go to this post to get instructions I wrote out or you can search on you-tube for videos.  I didn't do a video because there are several out there already so I thought it would be redundant.
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Thursday, October 15, 2020

Trick or Treats


Just a fun and easy Halloween card to share with you today.

stamps used:  Stampin' Up stamps/punches

Base card is white with an embossed layer of spider webs on an orange cardstock.  Tied a ribbon around the embossed card then adhered to black layer that was both adhered to white card.  Punched out the bats first with black cardstock to used behind the stamped/punched out bats for a shadow.  Saying stamped with black ink and punched out with circle punch and layered onto scallop punch then a black circle punch.  Everything is adhered to the embossed web layer to finish the card.

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Saturday, October 10, 2020

More goats


I am still having fun with this goats stamp set.

stamps used:  Stampin' Up
stencil used:  Altenew layered kaleidoscope stencil A

The goats were colored with one of my favorite coloring mediums .... Prisma color pencils.  The background is the kaleidoscope stencil with different colors of inks using a blending tool.  The card on the left has a wobble behind her so when you flick it ... she wobbles!  You can see more wobble cards in this post and in this post with a short video.  The card on the right is layered with the a circle hanging off a little ... and cut to add a little something, something to the card.

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Sunday, October 4, 2020

Arrow fold card


I know I say this all the time when it comes to folded cards but this is a FUN fold card! 
Back to my cards, oh yeah take a look at them.  BTW these cards are for my local card swapping group...the theme is anything goes.
stamps used:  Catherine Pooler stamps/dies

Measurements and instructions:
base card:  5 1/2" x 8 1/2", score at 4 1/4"  turn the card so it is tall when marking.

1.  Mark at 2 1/8" on the left side and right side of the card base.
2.  Mark at 2 3/4" at the bottom center of the card base.
3.  Score the marks then fold.

Pattern paper:  4" x 5"
1.  mark at 2 1/2" at the bottom center.
2.  cut from the 2 1/2" mark to the upper left corner and the upper right corner.  Use all three pieces or just use white layer 4" x 5 1/3" on the inside.

White cs (inside):  4" x 5"
1.  mark at 2 1/2" at the bottom center.
2.  cut from the 2 1/2" mark to the upper left and upper right corner.

Assemble card:
1.  adhere the bigger triangle pattern piece to the front of the card.
2.  adhere the two smaller triangles to the left and right sides of the inside of the card.
3.  adhere the white triangle to the inside of the card.
***instead of cutting and adhering a cut white triangle to the inside of the card ... you can just adhere the full 4" x 5" white cs to the inside of the card then adhere the two smaller pattern paper triangles to the sides.***  I found it easier to just add the 4" x 5" white cs to the inside.***
Saw it on Lisa C. you tube channel....isn't you tube, blogs and pinterest great.  You find just about anything out there on the internet.
Here are a couple more cards I created.

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Monday, September 28, 2020

Halloween Hidden Messages

 Halloween Hidden Messages

                                                     stamps used (above) - Stampin' Up
                                                    stamps used (above) - your next Stamp co.

This is a fun interactive card with a hidden message inside the card.  Saw this online at Dawn's stamping thoughts blog awhile back.  

Measurements and Instructions:
this card when folded is 5 1/2" x 4"
base card - 5 1/2" x 11 1/4"  score at 4" and 8"
inside card - 5 1/2" x 7"  score at 3 1/2" with 7" across the top.
Turn 5 1/2" x 7" with the 5 1/2" at the top, line up at 5/8" and cut to 5" (on cutting arm).  Flip over and repeat the same on the other side.  Cut off the two skinny strips. See pic below.
Fold all scroe lines on both cards.
When you fold the 5 1/2" x 7" card the bottom will not meet up to the score line ... this is the way it should be.
Cut out section of the bottom inside 5 1/2" x 7" card to create the window for the hidden message to show through.  Use the smaller of the dies to create the window.  When cutting out the window place the die toward the center but closer to the top of the section of the card.  Make a frame to go over the window.
To assemble the hidden message of the card:
1.  match up the score lines of the hidden message card and the base card.
2.  put adhesive only on the top section of the hidden message card...that is the full section.  The bottom of the hidden message card that has the cut out sections should be adhesive free.
3.  adhere the top of the hidden message card to the top inside of the base card.
4.  put adhesive only on the two sides of the bottom of the base card, next to where the cut out sections of the hidden message card is, leaving the bottom of the hidden message card free of adhesive to be able to move up and down to reveal the message.
5.  fold the bottom of the base card up to adhere to the base card.
Now you should be able to open and close the card to reveal the hidden message.

I created a smaller version so I wouldn't have to use a 12 x 12 sheet of cardstock.
stamps used:  Stampin' Up

Smaller version uses 8 1/2" x 11" cardstock.
base card - 5 1/4" x 11"  score at 3 1/4" and 7 1/8"
hidden message inside card - 5 1/4" x 6 3/4"
This card when folded is 5 1/4" x 4"
Fold inside card in half and measure in approximately 1/2" on both sides ... cut away the same way as in the above picture of Inside card template.  all the other instructions are the same.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

September Moon Corn

 Corn Moon

stamps used:  MFP, Rubber Moon and Hot Potatoe

Here is my Corn Moon swap card.  This is an ongoing swap with local friends so we can stay in touch during these trying times.


base - 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
black layer - 3 3/4" x 2 1/2"
white stamped layer - 3 1/2" x 2 1/4"
back layers - 4 3/8" x 2 3/4" and 4 1/4" x 2 5/8"
all the above measurements are approximately for my card.

Basic instructions:
1.  base card is embossed with TH Alterations texture fade - Distressed Frame.
2.  adhere black layer and stamped corn layer to front of embossed card.
3.  the corn image is stamped onto white layer.  husks of corn are colored with marker.  corn section is paper pieced.  
1.  adhere black layer.
2.  adhere white layer that has been printed with description of Corn full moon.
3.  stamp images with yellow and green ink.
4.  sayings stamped with black ink.

Simple but effective.  don't you think?

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