My stamping adventures

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Sail away...

Summer is winding down so I thought it would be fun to go sailing.  Sailing with cards that is!  A friend of mine has this sailboat die, think it is Memory Box die but if I'm wrong please let me know......anyway I die cut a bunch of the sailboats in white and black cardstock then brought them home and made a bunch of cards. My other friend lent me the saying for my cards.....I have very nice friends. One of the cards (sunset card) is going to my friend's daughter for her anniversary...hope her and her husband like it.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Tea time

Went to a friend's house a few days ago just to play or should say
stamp!  always have fun when stamping with a friend and this was no exception.  we got out tea cup stamps then masked things inside the cup.  If you look to the left you will see Roberta's her style of stamping with simple bold images.  Look to the right to see mine ..... a little more silly or out there with what I filled my cups.  Used some Hot Potato stamps and then I just went a little wild with the alligator card!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Popcorn challenge - lines

Popcorn challenge over at The Daily Marker blog is to draw lines then color them in however you like.  I did wavy lines then colored them in with gelatos and made a scallop circle card.  Did another shape card with straight lines and colored it in with pastel pencils.
card details:
stamps: MFP Stamp Shop
shapes: Spellbinders Nestabilities

Thursday, August 13, 2015


This month dylusions challenge facebook page is to use the colors yellow and purple plus diamonds.  I looked for diamond shapes in my stencils and found the one from dylusions plus the diamond stencil/mask so used them.  couldn't find any diamond images in all my stamps so I just cut some out of this glitter paper I had bought.  Looking through my stamps I saw the Tim Holtz crazy birds stamp set and she looked like a sideways diamond shape so add her to the mix on my two journal pages in my small paint journal by Dyan Reaveley .

Monday, August 10, 2015

August card swap at Maggie's

At Maggie's place this month the theme for our cards was
Congratulations!  what a great bunch of cards!  there are cards with pattern papers, die cuts, shaker, faux postage and lots of stamping.  I'm also showing a couple of Christmas in July cards that were from last month.  if you enlarge the pics you can see the names on each card.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

multi-ink and masked plaid

So many posts this past week....please don't get spoiled with all of them because next week I will be back to my normal self with 1 or 2 posts a week.  This week is special because I took the Background Check online class and there was so much to show.
That title is a mouthful but a cool looking card even if I do say so myself.  what I did was used this very old two-sided stripe stamp for the plaid and the gray sections are masked off with post-it notes.  I have to say didn't think I would have so much fun making plaids because they have never been my favorites till ...... maybe ..... now.  card details:
horse/buggy and saying by MFP Stamp Shop A trip to Lancaster stamp set
two-sided stripes stamp by Endless Creations
inks by Colorbox chalks, Memento london fog and VersaFine
circle dies by Spellbinders Nestabilities

embossing paste and stencil

I'm liking embossing paste....never thought I would!  colored the paste with ink then placed a stencil on card and went to town.  got out one of my older stamps I haven't used in probably years.  Hey!  did you notice I'm back to my green!  this is another technique from Background Check online class....have to admit I was very surprised with all the information packed into that week long class.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Border dies and gap card

Had fun with this technique cutting out border dies leaving a gap between the dies.  For these two cards I CASED the design totally from Kirsten Werner .  I did use a couple of different sayings for my cards.
Border dies by Spellbinders Nestabilities

DIY cover plates Background Check

These DIY (DIY=do it yourself) cover plate samples are so much fun to create and a great effect on the card.  I plan on making a bunch of these to put on cards.  So get out all those border dies you have (you know you have them) and cut up some cards!  my border dies are from Spellbinders Nestabilities .

Monday, August 3, 2015

Cards for Background Check day 3 design break

The parakeet card is a suspension card....the parakeet is stamped on circle with clear thread taped to card so when you twist it up ..... then open the card it spins around.  this is one of the backgrounds from day 2 of Background Check class by Jennifer McGuire Ink.  A fun technique where you stamp an image with dye ink on glossy card...let dry....overstamp it with VersaMark...let it dry...color over all the stamping with darker dye ink.  clear as mud, right?
Second card has a masked off moon and horizon then blend distress ink with blending tool.  next over stamped with black ink and colored in the pirate ship with Prisma color pencils.

card one details:
parrot image by Paula's Kit club
floral background image by Hero Arts
CC044 C-A-C scratches background image by Impression Obsession Rubber Stamps
circle dies by Spellbinders Nestabilities
card two details:
images by MFP Stamp Shop Buried Treasure stamp set
 Ranger distress inks

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Background Check for day 3 design break

Day 3 at Background Check we were supposed to make cards out of
backgrounds from day 1 and far here are my cards from watercoloring backgrounds.  On the first card with the yellow, red and blue I used Pro Art Watercolors in plastic tubes....found these in my stash.  Pretty sure I bought them years ago (probably over 10 yrs. ago) when I was enamored with Mary Jo McGraw at the time she was working with Judi-kins.  Hey Mary Jo if you read this please tell me why I bought these watercolors.  The other two backgrounds I used distress inks.
card details:
stamp saying by MFP Stamp Shop Out on the Town stamp set
Spellbinders Nestabilities dies
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz collection Shatter THS014 stencil
Ranger distress ink pads

Saturday, August 1, 2015

More Background Check day 5 - embossing folders

Two of these samples use embossing folders and one uses a scoring board which I don't own.  Let's start with the two embossing folder samples....1.  do normal embossing with a folder then spot color with a sponge dauber....blend color around the edges.  2.  put card with embossing folder through Big Kick twice leaving a blank space on the card.  Now for the diagonal card with color on the four corners ... I kinda placed card on my 12 personal trimmer and used my bone folder to make lines...not perfect but almost the same effect if I had a scoring tool board.  Still fun to make samples.