My stamping adventures

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Stencil over stencil

stamps used:  Unity stamp co.
stencils used:  dylusion and crafter's workshop

This is a fun way to stretch your stencils in another way!  
What I did was place the criss-cross on the cardstock then sponged in four colors.  I did this a couple of weeks ago and forgot to write down the colors.  Believe it or not I actually cleaned my little table and put everything away but the colors don't matter just the idea of the technique.  So back to the technique ... sponge color through the criss-cross design stencil, remove the stencil then place the second flower stencil over the the color card on one side and sponge part of the stencil with a black ink....remove stencil and reveal the fun!  Next I stamped a saying to finish off the piece.  I plan to pull out more stencils and do this again and again!  Can't you see all the possibilities!!!  
Hope you like this idea and try it out.  I've done this in my art journal, too.   I have no idea what to call this technique so for now I'll call it - Stencil over stencil until someone else can think of a better name.  If you have a good idea for a name for this technique write in the comments!
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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Butterfly shakers with video

stamps used:  Unity stamp co.

Sometimes it is fun to bring back the old and this is one of those things.   Shaker card! You can see in the picture above the front and inside of the card.  Front of the card is what I call collage stamping but the inside is a fun motion stamping.  Motion stamping is easy, you stamp the image once, then without re-inking just stamp second, and third generation to get the feel of motion!
I learned  this type of card too many years ago to remember, in fact, I think it was one of the first movable style of cards I did learn way back when.  Now it is a lot easier to make with all the dies for cutting out the windows instead of those horrible craft knives .... I cut myself all the time with them.  Plus back then we used to make shakers out of foam core boards which were a pain to cut through.  Now we use cardstock with foam mounting tape or even kids' foam sheets.
Below is a video with tips on how to make a shaker card.

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Saturday, September 7, 2019


stamps used:  Unity stamp co.

To start out I want to tell you we lost cable last night for over 4 hours!  Now, I tell you, what is a girl supposed to do without T.V. and computer for that length of time?/?/?
The only problem for me was the time ... 7:44 p.m. to sometime around Midnight!  and I don't normally stamp at that time for a couple of reasons ..... 1.  it's night and I'm usually relaxing on the couch.  2.  the lighting in our house isn't very good even with my Ott light ..... but I muddled through.  Good thing is we only lost cable so still had electric but no phone because that is also cable.  Enough of my whining and on to the stamping.

I went into my big bag of scraps and decided to use some of them so that is why the color scheme.  Didn't want to cut into full sheets of cardstock when I have so many scraps.  You know what I'm talking about ... admit it .... you, too save all the bits and pieces of cardstock left over from your cards and projects.

Basic instructions:
1.  Place white cardstock (4" x 5 1/4") and stamp in stamp platform.   I have TH stamp platform but Misti will work, too.
2.  Stamp image with black ink.  I stamped my image off the edge of left side of card.
3.  Leave stamped card and image in stamp platform.
4.  Off to the side cut different size of colored cardstocks.
5.  Adhere color strips to a scrap piece of light weight paper.
6.  Place the color strips over the stamped image in platform.  I held it in place with one of the magnets.
7.  Stamp with VersaMark ink over color strips.  Since it is in platform you can stamp a couple of times to make sure it is stamped well.
8.  Adhere color strips to card.  card on the left I used my ATG and the card on the right I mounted with foam tape.  Personally I prefer ATG adhered card.
9.  Stamp and emboss the saying in white onto black cardstock then adhere to card.

What do you think?  fun way to use up scraps?  I created four cards with this technique but I have lots of scraps so maybe there will be more stripes in my future.  Tell me in the comment section if you like this technique and will try it.
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Friday, September 6, 2019

Tie dye with stamping

stamps used:  Hot Potatoes

I decided to stamp on some of the silk cloths I tie dyed a few weeks ago.  Not sure but think they could be silk handkerchief but not sure.  They are about 10 1/4" square in size.  Anyway had fun pulling out my Hot Potatoes stamps to stamp onto these silk pieces.  Unfortunately Hot Potatoes stamp company is out of business but I still love these big bold, solid images to use with paints.   I have plenty of them so guess I will be stamping on the cotton cloth dish towels that I tie dyed, too but at a later time. 
Basically all you do is get out your old fabric paints ...... that I thought I got rid of years ago but found them tucked away in a corner ..... sponge the paint onto the rubber stamp then press on the fabric and lift off .  that's about it.  I let them dry completely overnight then went into the hall closet and pulled out ..... again .... my old iron that hasn't been plugged in for years!!!  I was surprised it worked!  Anyway I gave them a quick iron to set the paint and get out as much of the wrinkles as I could. 
It's always fun to do something you haven't done in years!  So everyone go looking around in your stash and see what you find from days gone by and HAVE SOME FUN doing something old again.
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Tuesday, September 3, 2019


stamps used:  Hot Potatoes sunflower, saying unknown

This card started out as a tag that was around 6 inches long but I cut it down so I could add it to a regular note card.  Yes, it started out as a tag that I was helping my friend make 50 or so of them for her sister's birthday.  They are going to go on a bag of treats.  So we made a some extra so we could both make more on our own.  I took home 5 of the tags that were just stamped with the big sunflower stamp.  First I cut the tag down to fit a note card then I added either self-sticking gems or Nuvo drops to the center of the flower.  On the bottom of the tag I added some grass I punched out of an old border punch I have in my stash of paper punches.  On the card I embossed a piece of cardstock with a SU bubble embossing folder next adhere the tag and I'm done.  Simple but effective.  They will make nice birthday cards.
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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Hibiscus celebrate floating frame cards

stamps used:  Altenew stamp co.

Here are some more floating frame cards.  This technique is addictive and it also gives you 2 for 1 cards another words you get a second card out of the left-over piece that is die cut.
Three of these cards are birthday cards with a happy birthday also stamped inside the card.  The first card shown in picture is what I call a note card with the inside blank and a general thinking of you saying on the front of the card.  In this case the saying is a kindness phrase.  If you look at the card on the bottom right of the picture you will see I used an embossing folder for some texture to that card.  You can see more of my floating image cards here and here. 

Basic instructions:
I began by stamping and die-cutting  images from Altenew  Build-A-Flower Hibiscus stamp set.  I arranged them close together on a piece of 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" cardstock. They are not adhered to the cardstock - just laying freely on top of it. Next, carefully lay a piece of Glad Press 'n Seal (available at most grocery stores) over the images to hold them in place. Trim the edges even with the edge of the cardstock. I used a  circle and an oval die to cut out the center. Now it's time to remove the cardstock piece. The Press 'n Seal stays adhered to the die-cuts, you are only removing the cardstock backing. With the die cuts still held in place by the Press 'n Seal add foam mounting tape to the back of all the die cut images. This will make the die-cuts "float" on the finished card. Here's my frame attached to the card front using foam mounting tape.  After you have the frame stuck down, it's time to carefully pull off the Press 'n Seal.  Next I stamped a saying in the center of the frames.
I saw this technique at Jennifer McGuire Ink blog.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Happy Birthday wreath cards

stamps used:  Unity stamp co. Birthday go Round/artist Gina K. Designs

These wreath builder cards are just too much fun to create.  These two cards are square cards but I send them in regular note card envelopes so they don't need extra postage.
For these two card I was kinda in a purple mood so both have the color purple.  Wreath builder cards are basically come out looking like a wreath ... hence the name, but you can use the wreath template to make other style cards, also.  I have done lots of these cards so I won't put up instructions here but I will add links to other of my posts.
You can just go to my side bar and write wreath builder cards in the search bar, which will bring you to more of these cards I have created or just click on the links below.
Let's start with newest post here showing cupcakes, in this post I used a stamp set that isn't even designed for wreath cards but it works!  Back to using designated wreath builder stamps here in this post.  In this post you will see holiday cards including not the ordinary wreath builder cards.  Here in this post I'm still using purple inks but the wreath is off to the side of the card.  In this post I used the Mandala wreath builder stamp set ...these images are more design like than actual balloons or candles as in the cards shown above.  Here in this post I'm back to my favorite card making color of greens.  More wreath builder cards here and I think, this is where it all began for me with these Christmas cards back in 2018.  So that is my journey so far with wreath builder cards!!! Do you think there will be more in my future?  I do, so watch for more wreath builder cards coming soon.

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Pendulum card with video

stamps used:  Unity stamp co. Naturally Beautiful stamp set

This is a fun card named Pendulum card by Dawn's Stamping Thoughts blog.  The saying swings back and forth just like a pendulum.  
For details how I made this card watch the videos below or at my you tube channel.  There is a part #1 and part #2 because I had technical difficulties.

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Saturday, August 10, 2019


stamps used:  Unity stamp co.

Took one stamp set and did three completely different tag/cards.
What I did first was color a piece of white cardstock with a few colors of distress inks.  Only reason I used my distress inks is because they were handy and most of the time that is the reason for all I do.  I stamped the orange image onto the colored cardstock the got out my circle dies to find one about the same size .... next cut out the oranges.  So each orange is a little different in color depending on where it was stamped on the colored cardstock also all the oranges (no matter what size) have Wink of Stella shine on them.  Oh yes, in this stamp set there are full slices and half slices of oranges so you will see each on these cards and tag.

1.  adhere a doily on the edge of the tag and cut off any excess.
2.  adhere one of the half oranges onto the doily.
3.  stamp the saying onto a strip of white cardstock with one of the orange distress inks and adhere to tag.
4.  stamp small saying (think positive) around the edge of the tag with same orange ink.  
*wasn't happy with the way that looked so I got out a stencil and add some fun to the tag.*
5.  distressed around the tag with the same ink then tied on ribbon to finish the tag.

Bubble card:
1.  stenciled the bubble on a white card with three distress inks.  Moving the stencil just a little with each color.
2.  layer two of the oranges together onto a black circle then adhered to bubble background.
3.  stamp saying with black ink onto bubbled background under the orange slices.
4.  adhere completely stenciled bubble card to white note card.
5.  add a self sticking gem to the center of the orange slice.

Pendulum card:
*saw this on Dawn's stamping thoughts *
1.  on an orange note card layer a piece of black card then a slightly smaller mustard gold card that was stamped with the half orange with orange ink.
2.  on 3" x 3 1/4" black card punch out window punch (SU paper punch).  The punched out piece is going to be the pendulum for the card.
3.  take the punched out window punch piece and hold it behind the center of the black card with about an inch showing out the top of the card.  punch a small hole then add a small brad through the hole.  now test it to make sure it slides back and forth easily.  you have now created the pendulum.
4.  mount smaller white card that is randomly stamped with half orange image with same orange ink onto the black card with pendulum using pop dots in the four corners.
5.  mount pendulum piece onto layered note card.
6.  adhere full orange slice to pendulum piece.  add self sticking gem to center of orange slice.
7.  on the pendulum sticking out of the pendulum piece on the note card add two small pot dots or a small piece of foam mounting tape to the top of the pendulum.  add the small saying that has been die cut with circles.  The circle saying should now swing back and forth like a pendulum.

Monday, August 5, 2019

Is it too early for bats?

stamps used:  Unity stamp co.

Couldn't resist putting ink to this adorable Cuddlebug Bat in three different ways for Unity monthly challenge.

Card #1
Stamped bat with copper ink onto bubble wrap background.  you can see details here on this post.  Wink of Stella was added to this card.  I will admit that I did a little rubber surgery to cut off the stars and moon off the bat because I wanted them separate.  

Stamped the bat with SU Fig ink pad then did a little watercoloring with the same ink.  White embossed the hello with white embossing powder onto a piece of SU Fig cardstock.  Adhered the embossed saying strip across the tag.

Card #2
This is a shaker card with Tulle for the window instead of clear plastic.  Stamped, colored the bat with blue ink then fussy cut him out and glued him to the card.  Stamped the saying onto scrap of white cardstock then punched it out.  Punched out scrap of black and same light blue cardstock as the note card then adhered to the card.  The black bats are a SU paper punch.  Added Wink of Stella to the bat wings.
Is it too early for bats???
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Friday, August 2, 2019


stamps by: Altenew stamp co. 

I had this background piece in my stash and thought ..... the colors match this Hibiscus flower I stamped and die cut.  so boom!  a card done in no time.  
The Hibiscus is a layering flower set that is easier than you would think to layer up.  Next week I'll have more with this stamp set.
The background is a sunburst stencil that I just placed on the edges of the cardstock and colored in with two colors. You do one color all around the card then repeat with another color. Couldn't say what ink pads right now because I did this weeks ago and forgot to make notes on the back of the card.  
Hope you like this card it was fun to put together with things on my table.
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Monday, July 29, 2019


stamps used:  Unity stamp co. Birthday go round wreath builder set - artist Gina K designs

YES!  I'm still having fun with wreath builder stamp sets!  can't help it they are addictive.
You can see here I used stamps that are not considered wreath builder stamps BUT they work.  Go to this post to see more wreath builder cards, holiday wreath builder cards here , and even more wreath builder cards here.  I have even more just do a search over on the side of my blog for wreath builder cards and see how addictive I have become with these cards.
Here is a pic of the wreath builder stencil ... there are two sizes 3 3/4" and 4".  3 3/4" stencil is pictured here.
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