My stamping adventures

Thursday, July 12, 2018

mini pocket letters

stamps used:  Unity stamp co.
This is a new idea for me although I have done pocket letters which are a full 9 pocket letter.  The mini is a 9 pocket sheet cut into 3 mini pocket sheets to create 3 mini pocket letters.  They are actually 9 pocket sheet protectors for baseball cards but in the stamping world we call them ATC's (artist trading cards).  For a mini pocket letter you can include two or three ATC's that is your choice, I do it either or myself.  Along with the ATC's you include a little letter of introduction/explanation of what a pocket letter is and a few little trinkets for fun.  try it out and if you do please come back and show me what you have done.
you can watch below a video I did a while ago to show how to create ATC or at my you tube channel.  I did this video a couple of years ago so please take that into consideration....I have gotten better at making videos, I think.  teeheeheeee
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Monday, July 9, 2018

Christmas in July-short video

My local card swap group I belong to had our meeting yesterday.  We thought it would be fun to meet at a local ice-cream place called Scoopy Doo to swap our Christmas themed cards.
our cards
to see the video you need to visit here at my blog.
a short video to show our movable cards and a look around. 

Saturday, July 7, 2018

mixed media tag

stamps used:  Unity stamp co. , Stampin'Up
This tag is going to a friend for her birthday this month...it was sent so she should already have received it.
Just had some fun with this tag.  blended distress inks with blending tool, used a stencil, stamped feathers and hey friend from a Unity stamp set and the fussy cut lady is a SU stamp.  More about the background ... texture paste through a stencil - both white (top) paste and clear (bottom) paste.  not sure you can see it in photo but I added some glitter to clear paste while it was still wet.
stamps used:  Unity stamp set
only thing different with this tag is I stuck some washi tape on the edge.
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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Full of colors! ombre card

 stamps used:  Unity stamp co. every single day stamp set
These are fun and easy ombre cards to create that is why I have created so many.  This is the first bunch of these card I created ... I will be showing more soon.
measurements:
base card - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"  folded in half to create note card
blue, brown, red and green card layers:
black layer - 4 3/4" x 3 1/2"
strips - 1 1/2" x 3 1/4"
place the strips down on a piece of removable tape to secure then stamp the image(s).
after stamped adhere the strips in order onto the black cardstock layer then to note card.
butterscotch card:
black layer - 5" x 3 3/4"
strips - 1 1/2" x 3 1/2"
place the strips down on a piece of removable tape to secure then stamp the image(s).
after stamped place the strips onto the black layer without any adhesive to see placement of the strips.  I left approximately an 1/8" of an inch between each strip.  when happy with placement, remove one at a time and adhere to black layer.  adhere the stamped layer to note card.
***add any embellishments you prefer to cards***
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Sunday, July 1, 2018

MIUCB #15 - AG & Mixed media

My first challenge as a design team member of Mix It Up Challenge Blog (MIUCB)
MIUCB #15 - July 2018
AG (anything goes) & mixed media

stamps used:  Brutus/Monroe create a cameo stamp set
stencils used:  dylusions, crafter's workshop
inks:  distress
There is a lot going on in these two cards because it is mixed media and I went to town with different techniques.  The background is a technique called layered backgrounds ..... here is a video showing the technique.  on top of the backgrounds I did a little more mixed media using stencils and embossing paste.  while the embossing paste was still wet I sprinkled glitter on it.  stamped the images and fussy cut then layered onto card and added some stickles for sparkles.  The card with the three heads is on a wobble so when you flick it ... it wobbles and shakes.  
Please join in this challenge over at Mix It Up blog ...  you have the whole month of July to enter.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Bridge is up!

Here are a few bridge cards I made, of course we did this type of card years ago but for the life of me I can't remember what they were called.  So now they are Bridge cards.
 stamps used:  Unity stamp co. cuddlebug butterfly
SU swirly bird and so many shells
I think my brain is starting to work ..... we used to just called this type of card a double z-fold card with a strip on the front.  So I guess, I like ... bridge cards ... simpler.  anyway I had fun making them!
here are my measurements:
base - 8" x 4 1/4"
score card 1 1/4" and 2 1/2" at both ends
strip - 1" x 5 1/2"
To assemble:
1.  accordion fold mountain, valley, valley and mountain
2.  adhere any pattern paper, stamped images to card and you are done.  
It's that simple!
hope you like my cards and if you create any please show me.
thanks for stopping by and come back soon.  comments are always welcome.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

watercolor fun part #2

stamps used:  Unity stamp co.
inks used:  distress ink pads 
I call this post watercolor part #2 because on a previous post here I showed what I did with the die circle cut out piece (see above) using it as a mask.  So this is what I would call the waste product but when I looked at it I said ..... no way am I throwing these pieces out!  here are the results of the cards I used with the cut out pieces.  I do like layers so I die cut out a lavender piece of cardstock with the circle die.  adhered it to watercolor piece and added it to a white note card.
hope you like my wastes and have fun with your waste or left over pieces.
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Monday, June 25, 2018

watercolor fun

inks used:  distress tumbled glass, salty ocean, wilted violet - VersaFine Clair Nocturne (black)
This started out as a one layer card but knowing me as I do ... I just couldn't leave it that way. Just seemed not finished so I made it into what I call Platform cards.  you can see details for Platform cards here.  
Back to these two cards:
platform base - 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" 
card base - 8" x 5 1/4" folded in half
To create the watercolor background I die cut a circle ... saving the die cut circle for another project.  we will be using the reverse mask.
1.  On a craft sheet press the three colors of distress ink onto it then spritz with water.  
2.  place the reverse mask on the front of the folded card then press into the watered distress inks.
3.  remove mask to see what I like to call a watercolor splat.  allow to air dry or heat with heat tool.
4.  stamp image over watercolor splat with black ink.  
5.  stamp sentiment in the bottom corner of card.
6.  adhere folded card to platform base.
let me know what you think of this watercolor splat technique.  if you try it come back and show me what you create.
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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Unity ATC swap

I just joined a Unity ATC swap where we make two designs and send out to the players.  Here are my June ATC's that I sent out earlier this month for the swap.
camera ATC:
background is blended distress oxide inks.  a stencil over the blended ins.  stamped the saying and camera with VersaFine Clair nocturne (black) ink pad then embossed with clear.  worked great!
butterfly ATC:
background is blended with distress oxide inks.  stamped with more oxide inks.  did water drops.  stamped saying on the bottom of ATC.  stamped the butterfly on separate cardstock then die cut and mounted to ATC.
fun little pieces of art.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Rose peek-a-boo slot card

 stamps used:  Stampin' Up
Here is another of the peek-a-boo slot cards.  they are easy to create and fun for the reciprocate to receive.  
For this card I adhered a piece of pattern paper to the front of the card before punching out the slot.  stamp and color the image onto a piece of white cardstock then fussy cut it out.  soft bend the fussy cut out image in half, either add double stick tape or liquid glue to the back of the image where it is softly bent in half.  close the card, place the softly bent image with the tape/glue through the slot to adhere to inside of the card.  if using liquid glue hold it in place for a minute or two for the glue to set.  add saying to card and you are done!
Here is another peek-a-boo slot card and one more peek-a-boo slot card.  
try this fun type of card and show me your cards.
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Saturday, June 16, 2018

walking days

Today there is no stamping on my blog.  I'm just going to show you two days where I went walking.



On Tuesday, June 12, 2018 I went to Mystic Seaport with my husband.  first we walked through the Viking exhibit inside.  we saw all the helmets, tools and more.  so much information and wonderful relics.  Went outside to see and walk on the ships and along the way you would see an artist painting landscapes or the ships.
Next on Thursday, June 14, 2018  I went to the NY Botanical Gardens with my friend, Leslie
 walked down this path through a forest.
 saw beautiful roses in the rose garden

 fabulous Hawaiian flowers
 unique cactus
Wonderful day out in the sunshine!

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Platform cards

I call these cards Platform cards because that is what they make me think of .... a card on a platform.  did some basic stamping on the front of the cards.
stamps used:  Stampin' Up
measurements:
base = 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
folded card = 5 1/4" x 8 1/4"

top folding card:
base = 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
folded card = 4" x 10 1/2"

Simple and easy card design but very effective.
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