My stamping adventures

Monday, March 27, 2023

Thanks Accordion z-fold card

 Accordion z-fold card

SU Thanks a bunch stamp set

Having fun with this accordion fun fold card.


Base: 4 1/4" x 11"  score at 2 3/4" and 5 1/2". This creates the z-fold of the card. Just accordion fold it...mountain fold, valley fold.

DSP: 2 1/2" x 4 piece for top of card

Cut orange and black layers for card.  Cut a white piece a little smaller to stamp images, and add fussy cut carrot if needed.

Inside white layer: 4" x 5 1/4"  stamp as you like.

Adhere strip of DSP to bottom of stamped white inside layer.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Yet more one sheet wonder cards

 One sheet wonder cards

stamps used:  GinaK designs

This is just a short post to show a couple more one sheet wonder cards. 

 It's such a fun, and easy technique, that I can't stop making these cards.  I've been doing this technique off and on for years, in fact, back in the day I was published (magazine now out of business) where I made postcards.  The magazine was Scrap & Stamp Arts November 2005 ... I told you it was back in the day.  If you have this publication you can see my Irresistible postcards ... name given by magazine. 

Wish I had photos but, that was back before fancy phones and all.  I scanned pics from actual magazine so you can see my postcards in all their glory from back in the day.  

Back to today ... you can see more details on this technique here in this post.  

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Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Platform front flap cards

 Platform front flap cards

This is a top fold fun fold card, or at least that is what I like to call it.

stamps used:  SU milkshake stamp bundle

I know I say this all the time, but I'll say it again ... this style card is fun to create!  I say that all the time about fun folds but they are!


base: 11" x 4 1/4"  score at 5 1/2" to make top folded card

cut 1 1/2" from the bottom of the card.

cut 7" from the top of card.

layer: 2 3/8" x 4"

white layer: 2 1/4" x 3 3/4"

The above measurements can be adjusted to make the stamped layer bigger or smaller if you wish.

First I adhere all the pattern paper layers to the cut layers. Next I put a very small piece of repositionable tape on the bottom of the inside of the card.  I lightly place the cut off layer of the card to the inside of the card.  This will hold it in place, while I tape the stamped layer to the top of the outside of the card.  To do this only put adhesive on the top backside edge of the stamped layer.  Then put adhesive on the bottom back of the stamped image, and adhere it to the bottom cut out layer that is on the bottom of the card. Pull the card open, and remove the repositionable tape from the inside of the card.

If you look at the pictures you can see the layers, and the platform style.  It is one of those cards that after you make one you go ... Ah ha!  I get it now.

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Friday, March 10, 2023

More One sheet wonder cards

 More One sheet wonder cards

I ended up with five completed stamped One sheet wonder cardstocks. This means a total of 20 cards!  So here are the rest of the cards that I didn't show in my post from February 27th.  

stamps used:  Gina K designs Happy Life, New Beginnings, Always Delightful, Whimsy and Wonder
I had too much fun with this one sheet wonder technique!  Some of these cards have Perfect Pearl spray to add some shine.   To see step by step photos how I created these cards check out this post.  Back in the day I called this technique collage stamping, but whatever you call it it's fun.  To see more on this technique look here, 2009 collage stamping, more collage stamping here.  You can type collage stamping, or one sheet wonders in the search box to find more that I have done.

Sometimes after the stamped one sheet wonder cardstock was cut up it looked better on horizonal or vertical cards.

Some of the cards I added self sticking gems.  Today and always cards are going to be Anniversary cards, once I stamp the inside later.  

Well that's enough of this style card for now.  Hope you like them.

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Sunday, March 5, 2023

March Monochromatic


stamps used:  Altenew stamp co. Darling Rose, other stamps from various old companies

March is monochromatic for my local card group. I just had fun doing what I call stamp collaging.  I wanted to do a brown vintage look, and I think it works.  I have been in a monochromatic mood lately you can see more here, and way back here.  If you type monochromatic in the search box you can see even more.
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Monday, February 27, 2023

One sheet wonder cards

 One sheet wonder cards

Some of the cards I created have gems or are spayed with Perfect Pearls for added shine.

stamps used:  Gina K designs Happy Life, New Beginnings, Whimsy and Wonder, Always Delightful

I stamped several one sheet wonder sheets.

First I stamped the swirl of stars down the center, and across the center of the cardstock.  Second I stamped the small butterflies in all four quadrants.

Third I stamped the vine and 3 leafery into each quadrant. I think you see the object here ... just make sure each quadrant has all the images.

Fourth has the big flower stamped in each quadrant.
Fifth has all the little image stamped in the quadrants with light green ink.  Once it is all stamped I cut it up into four panels, then I die cut the panels to fit on an A2 card.

Here is another set of cards.
I will do another post showing more cards I created with this technique.
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Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Monochromatic Tulips

 Monochromatic Tulips

Saw this technique done by Unity's Whitney on a LIVE she did last week.

stamps/stencils/dies used: Unity stamp co.

For my green cards I used Catherine Pooler  wintergreen, In the Park, and Sea Glass.  I have to admit CP inks are my go to inks lately...they have actually been my favorite inks for a few years now.

All the samples I'm showing today were done with Unity stamp co. Tulip stamp/stencil bundle. 

The stencil actually fits a slimline card, but I decided to make my cards A2 size.  A2 (
4 1/4" x 5 1/2" folded card) cards are my preferred size.  

It is fun to take a light or pastel color cardstock, then color over the stencil with 3 tones of the same color.   In this case I used a kraft color cardstock with the tulip layering stencil.  The inks I used for the brown cards, if I remember correctly, are SU crumb cake, CP sand castle, and over coffee.  I really like the way the brown cards came out.

I thought you would like to see the inside of the card just for fun.  Let's see the orange inks are CP Apricot, orange twist, and Bellini. The stencil was done over a light melon color cardstock, even though it looks more salmon color here.  Trust me it is a light melon color.

This is a fun technique, and I just might make some more.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Mash up cards

 Mash up cards

The term mash up cards was originated by Lisa Hetrick a designer for Gina K designs.  Basically you create cards with more than one stamp set.

For my cards I used Gina K Choose Grace, and Whimsy & Wonder stamp sets.  These are both stamps sets from Lisa's stamp sets.  I do like her style of images in her stamp sets.  There are usually vessels, outline/solid flowers, leafery, and a background element in her stamp sets, too. There are also dies that correspond with her images.  The two sayings I used on my cards are old wood mounted stamps.

 I also added some pattern papers to the flap of the envelopes just so they are not naked.  Years ago I used to stamp with a friend, and she would also say to me .... don't send out naked envelopes!  It was a joke between us because I always did, but she made her envelopes as pretty as her cards.

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Sunday, February 5, 2023

Crafters' Choice/Sweets creative card crew

 Crafters' Choice/Sweets

I'm showing 2 for 1 here in this post, because my card crew didn't meet up till February to start the new year.

January theme is Crafters' Choice so did a over to the side layer card.  At least that is what I'm calling it. It also has miter corner pattern paper layer.  I know a little confusing, but let's see if I can clarify it for you.

stamps used:  Altenew stamp co.

Over to the side layers is pretty obvious.  For the pattern paper I cut two strips about 4 1/2" long and 1"wide.  Did that just to save paper.  First I adhered a strip to the long side of the card, and cut off any over hang.  For the strip that gets adhered to the bottom of the card...I cut an angle off the edge that meets up with the strip already in place. That makes it look like a mitered corner, but it is really a faux miter.

February theme is Sweets so for this card I did an acetate card.

stamps used:  Altenew stamp co.
For this card I cut off a section of the front of the card, then adhered a piece of acetate to the front of the card. 
Hopefully you can see the acetate layer in this pic with the card open flat. To cover the adhesive I adhered a strip of gold cardstock.  Blended some color on the front of the card, and adhered the die cut cupcake overhanging the gold strip a bit.  On the inside of the card I added a piece of marbled pattern paper.
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Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Mixed Media Morsel altered playing card

Mixed Media Morsel Altered playing card

The last one of the year!  Yes, I made it through a whole year making these MMM altered playing cards.

For this one I stamped the pocket watch (old stamp on wood), which I placed into the corner angled pocket.  See the theme here ... time and pockets.  I found some old blue denim looking "fabric" paper, so I used it for the background, and the pocket. 

I enjoyed doing this mixed media project all year.  

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Thursday, January 26, 2023

Inlaid frame card

 Inlaid frame card

                                                           stamps used:  Stampin' Up

I tried my hand at an inlaid card, at least what I am calling an inlaid frame card.

basic instructions:

1.  stamped images on card.

2. die cut out a frame (any shape)

3. mounted the border frame with foam mounting tape.

4. inlaid the skinny scallop frame with glue.

5. mounted the stamped image with foam mounting tape.

Hopefully I will get better at this style card.  I plan on doing some more soon.

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Friday, January 20, 2023



Years ago I carved lots of different images.  This kokopelli and sun are just a couple of the many stamps I carved.

                                                            stamps used:  My carvings

For this card I blended some colors to make it look like a sunset. To fancy up this card, I die cut it out with a postage stamp style die. 

 Kokopelli represents story, growth, joy, and more to the people native.   

                                                        January 15, 2023 sunset - my photo

I took this photo around 5 p.m. the other night.  

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