My stamping adventures

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Easy A2 gift card holders

A2 Gift card holders
 stamps used:  Stampin' Up
DSP by Stampin' Up
These gift card holders fit in A2 envelopes which for me is a plus ..... I mostly do A2 cards.  These are easy just a couple of folds then add DSP.  Slip your gift cards into the pockets and you are ready to send or in my case, I made a half a dozen of these cards to give to my hair dresser.  She loves to get them each year so she can add the gift cards to send to her grandchildren.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

MIUCB #20 no stamping

For the month of December at Mix It Up challenge blog it's easy peasy!  You have the choice of anything goes or NO stamping on your card/project.
Mine is a card using just cardstock and pattern paper.  I found this pattern paper with the peacock in my paper stash and figured she would make a good focal point on my no stamping card.
So go over to Mix It Up Challenge blog to check out what the rest of the design team has done and please join in the fun!
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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Christmas stamping has started

stamps used:  Unity stamp co.
Here are my two November ATC's for the swap I have been doing each month.
The ugly sweater has glossy accents on the bulbs and don't you just love that background stamp!  It's one of the new Brutus Monroe backgrounds (spilled paint) made by Unity.  The second ATC is done with the stamp I call Charlie Brown's tree ... not sure what Unity named it.  If anyone knows please leave me a comment.
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Thursday, November 22, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving

stamps used:  Altenew stamps

For these cards I used Altenew with gratitude stamp set.  There are two different size leaves with layering images to go with the outline image ... plus a few sayings.  Having sayings with a stamp set is a plus for me.  I was think fall colors since I was making Thanksgiving cards.  I started out with a couple of the cards by gold embossing the outline image but I found it a little hard to match up the layering images after embossing ..... so .....  I went back to just stamping outline with black ink and layering which worked out better for me.
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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

fun flap card

 stamps used:  Stampin' Up
This is a fun flap card because, of course, it has flaps to lift up on the card.  You can make this card any size you want so I'm not giving any measurements today.  Mine card is an A2 size card with the flap card smaller than the card.  Just have fun with this style card!
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Wednesday, November 14, 2018


stamps used:  Unity stamp co.

I stamped this big background stamp onto three different color cardstocks then cut them into thirds.  Match up each color with one another to create three cards.
simple but effective.
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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Platform cards

 stamps used:  Unity stamp co.
I call these Platform cards because it is a folded card on a single layer of card which is like a platform for the card.
base platform - 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
folded card - 8 1/4" x 5 1/4"
That is as simple as it gets!
I did a resist technique for the coloring on all four of these cards.  Stamp and emboss image then blend, stipple or sponge on color.  Buff to reveal the magic of resist.  I added a bit more shine by adhering a strip of double stick tape then pressing on foil.  No heating necessary for foil doing this technique.
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Monday, November 5, 2018

Fun with Mandala stamp set

 stamps used:  Gina K. designs  Mandala stamp set, Wreath builder set(sayings). Unity stamp co.  (sayings)

I do enjoy the Gina K. designs wreath builder sets ... they make it so much fun to create cards.  I went a little crazy with the Mandala stamp set this past week creating a half a dozen cards.  Some of them I just used colored inks (variety of ink co. cube ink pads) but, with the one with all the circles I actually colored it in with distress markers.  Distress markers only because they were handy and of course, I don't own any copic markers.  I do have a bunch of Marvy markers but I have slowly throwing out the dried up ones ... they are very old.
hope you enjoy my cards and please leave me a comment on what you think.
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Thursday, November 1, 2018

MIUCB #19 - Aperture/opening

stamps used:  Stampin' Up
This month at Mix It Up Blog we are doing apertures or openings in our cards/projects.  Me, of course it is cards!  If I have a choice I always seem to create cards and so why make this month any different.  
cutting dimensions for card:
base card - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
left panel - 1" x 5 1/4"  mount with foam mounting tape
right panel - 2" x 5 1/4"  mount with foam mounting tape
pattern paper - 1 1/2" x 5 1/4"  adhere with double stick tape

Before I mounted the cut pieces I embossed with embossing folders for a little more detail to my cards.  Stamp layers before mounting to card.
Simple but effective cards, at least I think so.  How about you?
Join in at MIUCB this month and show us your creations and remember it's always better with a little stamping on the side.
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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Happy Halloween!

stamps used:  Unity stamp co.
I'm not sure what the actual name of this style card is so I'm just calling it a Flip card with a card inside.  Anyone out there who knows or can think up a better name please let me know in the comment section.
black card =  5 1/2" x 6 1/4"  -  score at 2"
black layers =  cut two at 3" x 3 1/2" 
orange card =  5 1/4" x 8"  -  score at 4"  -  folded card for inside  -  tape to black base card.
white layers =  cut two at 2 3/4" x 3 1/4"  -  stamped pieces for front and middle inside piece.
inside white layer =  3 3/4" x 5"
To create the white moon I punched out a circle and used it as a mask then stippled color around it.
Yes, I got out my stipple brushes ..... an old favorite tool of mine that I haven't used in ages.  So get out an old favorite tool you haven't used in a while and bring it back to life!
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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Halloween ATC's

stamps used:  Unity stamp co.

For these two ATC's I did alcohol backgrounds which is a simple background but dramatic. 
Oh, did I mention that I used glossy cardstock because to me that really showcases the alcohol ink technique.  One of the ATC I stamped a saying directly over the background.  Second ATC I stamped image then used paper punches and mounted it on the ATC.  
What do you think?
Short but sweet post today.
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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Halloween tags!

Today I'm showing some Halloween tags!

stamps used:  Unity stamp co.
inks:  Ranger distress oxide inks, VersaFine Clair Nocturne (black)

Background instructions:
1.  press distress oxide ink pads onto craft mat and spritz with water.
2.  tap tag into wet ink.  dry layer then repeat as desired.
3.  stamp images with black ink.
For the double tags I layered with black cardstock.
Added some ribbon and done.
The owl, hat and broom images are colored in with Prisma color pencils.
Hope you like these Halloween tags.
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