My stamping adventures

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.
thanks for stopping by.

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.
come back soon.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Mix It Up challenge announcement

I have a new DT position to announce!

 I'm happy to announce that I'm a new member of

My first challenge will be for July so that is July 1st.  Look for my post here and at Mix It Up Challenge Blog to see my entry and the rest of the design team.
The Mix It Up Challenge Blog has monthly challenges every month, starting the 1st day thru the end of the month.  It's always an 'anything goes' theme with an optional technique twist you can choose to incorporate. You can do any type of project mixed media, altered art, 3-D paper crafts, cards, tags, ATCs and/or scrapbook layouts. And you can do up to 5 projects for each challenge and combine with as many other challenges as you wish!

I hope you'll come join us.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Fun fold - variation on joy fold card

FUN FOLD - variation on Joy fold card
 stamps used:  Stampin' Up
As this is a variation on a Joy Fold card the measurements can accommodate any size card.
here are my measurements:
base card = 6 1/8" x 6"    score and fold at 2"
flap layers = 1 3/4" x 5 3/4" and 1 1/2" x 5 1/2"
inside layer = 3 3/4" x 5 3/4"
inside folded card = 6 x 5"   score at 3"
layers for inside folded card = 4 3/4" x 3 3/4" and 4 1/2" x 2 1/2"
inside folded card = 2 3/4" x 4 3/4"

Have fun with this style card.  would love to hear and see what you create.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

String painting

String painting!
  This is just what it is called string painting.

 Go to your kitchen drawer and pull out that big ball of string  ... admit it you have one of those ball of strings in there.
 You could string up a 100 turkeys and still have half of that ball of string left so today we are going to use it in our crafts!
This is what I did:
1.  cut off a length of string.
2.  press the string into any craft paint you have in your craft area.
3.  place the painted string in what I like to call waves or half circles down your paper ... or in my case my journal page.
4.  close the journal ... hold it closed fairly tightly then ... PULL the string straight out of the closed journal.
5.  open the journal and see the fun "trumpet" like shape flowers that form.  each time you do this technique the design will look a little different.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Platypus Two-way flap card





















Two-way Flap card
stamps used:  Unity stamp co. Cuddlebug Platypus stamp set
inks:  Distress for water coloring, VersaFine onyx black for stamping
Measurements:
base card - 4 1/4 x 5 1/2  quarter sheet of cardstock
flap card - 3 x 11  score at 5 1/2"
front pattern paper - 3 x 5 1/2
back pattern paper - 3 1/2 x 5 1/2
cardstock strip - 1 x 5 1/2
pattern strip - 3/4 x 4 1/4 
***remember all these measurements can be adjusted for any size card***

Basic instructions:
1.  adhere pattern (3 1/2 x 5 1/2) paper to base card.
2.  stamp inside of flap card then adhere to base card with pattern paper.
3.  adhere pattern (3 x 5 1/2) paper to flap card.
4.  cut a banner into the strip of cardstock and pattern strip.
5.  score and fold about an inch of the banner strip.  adhere scored section to the back of base card with the longest part "flapping" on top of the card.
6.  stamp and water color the image with distress inks on white cardstock.  
7.  die cut the image and another circle die to fit behind the die cut circle image.
8.  put some double stick tape on the banner then adhere the die cut circle image to the banner.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Platypus peek-a-boo slot card

Peek-a-boo slot card

 stamp used:  Unity stamp co. Cuddlebug Platypus 
stencil by TH
distress inks

Measurements:
base - A2 note card  8 1/2" x 5 1/2"  folded in half to create note card
Directions:
1.  Place stencil on front of note card and sponge color over it to create splat background.

2.  punch hole in front of card with SU punch.  If you don't have a punch you can use a die or go old school with a craft knife and metal ruler.
3.  stamp and color image (platypus) on separate white cardstock and cut out with die cut circle.
4.  fold image in half.  add a piece of double stick tape to back of piece where it is folded.  
5.  close the card and place the folded image with tape in the punched out section.  this will adhere the image to the inside of the card.
6.  lay the image flat on the front of the card then when you open the card the image ... in this case the platypus will be on the inside of the card!
thank you for visiting.  come back again soon.  leave a comment to let me know what you think.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Impossible Dragon

Impossible Dragon card

 stamps used:  Unity stamp co.


I know I've said this before but it deserves repeating ..... this is a fun card!  and easier than you would think to create.  I read that it is called an Impossible card because it is a take of a magician's trick.  This works out to a regular A2 size card but it is not a folded card ..... it's a quarter of a sheet of cardstock which is 5 1/2" x 4 1/4".  The thing with my card is I added the dragon image that sticks up off the card a little so I will have to use a medium size envelope when I send it out in the mail.  Now for the cute baby dragons, I stamped him on a piece of white cardstock, then just blended different Distress inks over the stamped image.  After that I fussy cut him out and adhered to the center section of the card that stands up.  Oh yes, this card mails flat then when it is taken out of envelope the center piece automatically pops up.  You can see in my second photo there is a template that shows where you cut out the card.  The trick to this card .... the magic illusion is when you flip one of the bottom sections back on itself.    I think I first saw this idea at Dawn's stamping thoughts  but I'm sure if you go to you-tube and search Impossible card you will find lots of videos.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Magical dragon

POP OUT Dragon card


 stamps used:  Unity stamp co.
supplies used:  All Night Media cloud stencil, SU punch, stickles (on wings), Nuvo glitter pen (on tail)
distress inks
Measurements:
base - A2 note card  8 1/2" x 5 1/2"  folded in half to create note card
Directions:
1.  Place stencil on front of note card and sponge color over it to create cloud background.
2.  stamp saying with black ink.
3.  punch hole in front of card with SU punch.  If you don't have a punch you can use a die or go old school with a craft knife and metal ruler.
4.  stamp and color image (dragon) on separate white cardstock and fussy cut it out.
5.  fold image in half.  add a piece of double stick tape to back of piece where it is folded.  
6.  close the card and place the folded image with tape in the punched out section.  this will adhere the image to the inside of the card.
7.  lay the image flat on the front of the card then when you open the card the image ... in this case the dragon will magically be on the inside of the card!
thank you for visiting.  come back again soon.  leave a comment to let me know what you think.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Pyramid cards with video

Pyramid cards
check out video at bottom of this post or at Sue's you-tube




Pyramid cards
card bases:
6 x 12 score at 6"    layer 5 3/4 x 5 3/4
5 1/2 x 11  score at 5 1/2"  layer 5 1/4 x 5 1/4
5 x 10  score at 5"   layer 4 3/4 x 4 3/4
4 1/2 x 9  score at 4 1/2 "  layer 4 1/4 x 4 1/4
4 x 8  score at 4"  layer 3 3/4 x 3 3/4
3 1/2 x 7  score at 3 1/2"   layer 3 1/4 x 3 1/4
3 x 6  score at 3"   layer 2 3/4 x 2 3/4


Saturday, April 21, 2018

Rainy days

stamps used:  Stampin' Up, Stampscapes
Created a few rainy day cards because over the past few weeks it has rain here off and on quite a bit.  Simple cards but I like them.
top card:
1.  stamped trees with distress linen oxide ink.
2.  stamped saying with brown ink.  think is was SU cocoa ink.
3.  stamped the lady with same brown ink on separate piece of cardstock.  watercolored her with ink from same ink pad then fussy cut and adhered to stamped layer.
4.  layered stamped piece on brown card then to butterscotch note card.

bottom card:
1.  stamped lady and saying with black ink on dark grey cardstock.
2.  added highlights with prisma white pencil.
3.  stenciled the raindrops with white pigment ink.
4.  layered stamped piece on pink cardstock then to dark grey note card.

thanks for stopping by.  let me know what you think of these two simple style cards in the comment section.