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25 posts from June 2010

Mon 21

No Stress Distress Card for Dad

My dad spends the bulk of his retirement check each month on black oil sunflower seeds, coarse cracked corn, and suet.  He faithfully feeds the birds--and squirrels, and chipmunks, and woodchucks--who come to our feeders and munch from dishes on the front steps.  The birds and small mammals provide us with hours of entertainment in return.  I swear that my mother speaks chipmunk fluently!  This time of year we've added grape jelly and oranges to the grocery list for the orioles.  I decided that a card with birds on it would be perfect for my dad's Fathers Day card.


I started by smearing Distress Ink stamp pads ( bundled sage, forest moss, stormy sky, tumbled glass, broken china) across watercolor paper and then added water with a paintbrush to blend the colors.  I spattered the paper while it was still wet by tapping the paintbrush against an ink case. I dried the paper then with a heat tool.

I randomly stamped Birds in the Trees D 1365 with Ancient Page Coal Black ink on the paper.  I used a one-inch square punch to cut out tiny images for my card front.  I mounted each square on black cardstock.

 I arranged the squares and pop-dotted them on the front of a pale blue notecard and added a green/blue sheer ribbon tied in a bow on the left of the images.  With a white interior on this card, I have plenty of room to write a special message to my dad.

Happy stamping!

Sat 19

Butterfly Birthday


This gorgeous Flowerbud  paper inspired me to pull out some lacy trim, flowers and silk ribbon and create a circle card.


  1. Cut 5 1/2" circle from Rosebud paper and Ivory Cardstock.
  2. Sponge around edges using Versamark Ink.
  3. Heat emboss using Ranger Queen's Gold Embossing Powder.
  4. Stamp Damask Butterfly D1350 on Rosebud paper using Versamark Watermark Ink.  Heat emboss using Gold Embossing Powder.
  5. Cut out butterfly. Sponge edges using blue dye ink.
  6. Stamp Dill Print F1356 using Versafine Vintage Sepia multiple times across bottom of paper.
  7. Stamp Budding Branch D1360 using Versafine Toffee multiple times across bottom of paper.
  8. Stamp First Flight F1328 using Versafine Toffee on top half of card front.
  9. Stamp Happiest Birthday B1354 using Versafine Vintage Sepia onto Rosebud Pattern Paper. Die cut using Labels Die Cut from Spellbinders.
  10. Punch two little butterflies using Marvy Uchida Punch.
  11. Sponge edges of butterfly and label using Memento Rich Cocoa.
  12. Attach lacy trim across center of card.
  13. Tie ribbon into bow and attach on left side of card over lace trim.
  14. Attach Prima Rose onto butterfly body and attach to center of bow.
  15. Attach Sentiment to lace.
  16. Score back circle 1/4" from top. Attach to front of card.
  17. Accent with Memory Box pearls.

Have a Fabulous Weekend!



Fri 18

Hellooooo Cupcake!

 I hope your local store has ordered the new Cupcake Collection--if not, "git after 'em", it's delightful! This cupcake window card came together quickly and easily--you'll see what I mean. 

Using the new papers from the Jubilee collection adhere the stripe paper to your notecard.  Punch a square shape through both layers.  Punch another square (smaller this time) from a complimentary paper.  Layer that smaller square frame inside the front cover of the card (over the opening) so as to create a mat for your cupcake image.   


  The Cherry Cupcake stamp (C1372) is actually stamped on the inside of the card (peeking though the window).  

  I used Copic markers and pink glitter to jazz up the cupcake along with a little glossy accents on the cherry to make it shine. A red gem would be nice there too.

Lastly, I added the birdie banner to the front by combining Berry Bird (C1367) and Sweet Cupcake (B1374).  A touch of Copic markers on the birdie and a sweet button from my stash completes this "cheerie" cherry cupcake card-- say that 3 times!


 Happy Friday!  Thanks for stopping by our blog today, I hope you have wonderful plans to relax and enjoy time with friends and family this weekend. Fit in a little time to stamp too!



Thu 17

Fern Birthday card

Fern Birthday

Sorry I'm a little late posting this.  June is a really busy month in our family.  Our anniversary was on Saturday, my middle son's birthday was yesterday, Father's Day is Sunday, my husband's birthday is the 26th.  That's not counting three sisters' and one brother's birthdays also in June.  Anyway, here's a card you might be able to use for one of the males in your life. 

The base is a Parsley note card.  I used smooth white cardstock for the focal layer.  First I added watere to Adirondack Lettuce color spray and spritzed the white cardstock.  After that dried I spritzed the cardstock again, this time with plain water.  Have your inks ready to go - Distress Shabby Shutters, Crushed Olive, and Peeled Paint.  Ink the wet cardstock with C1357 Fern Print using the Distress inks from lightest to darkest (in the order already listed).  Set that aside to dry and as it dries you will see how the inks react with each other.  That piece was then layered onto Dill.  Cut an extra rectangle from Dill for the sentiment layer and round two of the corners with a corner rounder punch.  Stamp Happy Birthday from the C1373 Happy Birthday Candle stamp with Versafine Onyx Black onto a scrap of white cardstock and punch with a word window punch.  The "button" is made from a cork circle (like you would use to protect your furniture). You can either use a handheld buttonhole punch or a 1/16th handheld punch for the holes.  You can lay a button over top of the cork circle and mark with a marker to get the  proper placement if using the 1/16th punch.  The button is threaded with a thin sliver of Dill cardstock, so that you will have a perfect match.  I'll be teaching this card and three others in my masculine cards classes on June 30th and July 15th at Baas Junction.

Enjoy your evening!

Tue 15

Soaring Bird


I used SO many new stamps from Memory Box's Garden Journal Collection on this card!! Once I got started I couldn't seem to stop myself *lol*!! My "stamping style" tends to be a little less busy than this, but this card was SO much fun to make.  I'm pretty sure I used a different color ink with each each stamp, too!! This was definitely stepping "outside the box" for me, but I had a blast with it.

After cutting a white piece of cardstock to 3 3/4" x 5", I set to work picking up one stamp after another and stamping each image at least twice, sometimes more.  Once I was satisfied with the way it looked, the corners were trimmed diagonally with decorative scissors.  This finished piece was adhered to a section of Dill cardstock cut to 4" x 5 1/2".  The base card is Robin's Egg blue - such a beautiful spring color!

Here's goes the list of Memory Box stamps used...Fern Print, Leafy Branch, Soaring Bird, Poppy Row, Budding Branch, Spring Branch, Very Best sentiment stamp,  and Spring Sings Combo stamp.

The inks are Memento's Cottage Green, Bamboo Leaves, Pear Tart, Rhubarb, London Fog, Lulu Lavender, Cantaloupe and Tuxedo Black.  Spica yellow glitter pen and Cotton Candy Stickles added a little sparkle.

If you've been hesitant to step outside your stamping "comfort zone" I suggest you give it a try - and these Garden Journal stamps are the perfect ones to choose from when doing so!

Untitled-1 copy

Tue 15



If there's one thing better than "inky fingers", it's fingers covered in frosting!  Yum!  For this card, I stamped the C1371 Sprinkle Cupcake (from the brand new Cupcake Collection) with Rich Cocoa Memento onto white card stock.  I colored in the sprinkles with Copic markers and punched out the circle.  Then I edged the circle with a Copic marker to add some pop.  I then stamped the image again - this time with Jet Black StazOn onto regular aluminum foil from the pantry.  The ink dried almost immediately, no heat setting required.  I cut out just the cup and adhered it to the cupcake with a Quickie Glue Pen.

I wanted to get more of the "sprinkles" feel, so I created a line of crossed stitches to mimic sprinkles falling randomly on the paper.  I must be honest and say that I may be the least "random" person on the planet, so I actually used a stitching template from Bazzill to achieve this random effect.  I adhered the Key Lime stitched strip to a piece of Ocean card stock, and adhered that to a Sweet Corn card.  I stamped another new stamp, B1374 Sweet Cupcake, in the corner.

Mon 14



The paper in the Jubilee 6x6 is gorgeous and the 12 x 12 papers  are so beautiful. I couldn't wait to use them on a card.  I love the colors that are blended into the Fennel paper and they inspired me to pull the same colors out into this card. 

  1. Stamp the Inspire Butterfly Collage using Versamark Watermark Ink onto Fennel paper (twice). 
  2. Heat emboss the image using Zing embossing powder Rouge.
  3. Die cut using nestabilities for one of the stamped images.  Hand cut the butterfly and body from the other stamped image. Attach butterfly body to die cut image.
  4. Trace outside of die cut on kraft cardstock and cut out by hand.
  5. Cut coordinating aqua cardstock 4 1/2" x 4 3/8".
  6. Cut red cardstock 4 3/4" x 4 5/8".
  7. Cut card base from Kraft Cardstock 5 1/2" x 11".
  8. Attach red cardstock to center of card.
  9. Attach aqua cardstock to center of red cardstock.
  10. Stamp sentiment in bottom right hand corner using versamark watermark ink.
  11. Heat emboss using red embossing powder.
  12. Attach die cut image to kraft background.
  13. Cut slits on sides of die cuts. 
  14. Cut two pieces of red ribbon 6 1/2" long. Slide one ribbon on inside of card and lay leaving ends hang out.
  15. Thread second ribbon through the back of the die cut with the slits on both sides leaving ends hanging out on top.
  16. Tie knots on either sides using ribbon from the die cut and ribbon inside of card. Trim ends of ribbon.
  17. Attach die cut with pop dots.   


  • Memory Box - G1352 Inspire Butterfly Collage
  • Memory Box - Fennel
  • Memory Box - C1373 Happy Birthday Candle
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities -
  • Versamark Watermark Ink
  • American Craft - Zing Rouge Embossing Powder
  • Red Ribbon
  • Kraft, Aqua, Red Cardstock

Have a lovely week!


Sat 12

Sun Washed Afternoon


I was playing around with my Ranger Distress inks trying to re-create a sun washed afternoon. I was thinking of those days in the summer when the sun is shining and the butterlies are floating and the sun feels warm on the top of your head. :)


  1. Cut watercolor paper 5 1/2" 3 3/4".
  2. Using a sponge brush dip in water and drag across gold dye ink.
  3. Drag inked up brush across wihte watercolor paper.  (I used watercolor paper to allow it to absorb the water this will work on cardstock) Repeat until covered background.  Let this dry. If you swipe water over the back of paper and place under heavy object to dry it will help keep the paper flat.
  4. Stamp dill using gold dye ink. Repeat again.
  5. Stamp spring branch using green dye ink. Repeat multiple times.
  6. Stamp flowers onto the branch using red dye ink.
  7. Stamp butterlfies using brown pigment ink.
  8. Punch 3/4" circle.
  9. Ink up the happy on the happy birthday stamp using the brown pigment ink and stamp in the circle. Repeat.  (Use a sticky piece of paper to mask the part of the stamp you do not want to ink up and pull it off before stamping)
  10. Sponge the edges of the circle using the red dye ink.
  11. Attach stamped image to front of Red Pepper Card. 
  12. Tie twine around top and bottom of stamped image.
  13. Attach tag.
  14. Accent flowers using 24 Karat Pearls.


  • D1363 - Spring Branch
  • B1354 - Happiest Birthday
  • F1356 - Dill Print
  • E1321 - Flower Bundle
  • B1054 - Happy Birthday
  • Ranger Distress Inks - Red Barn, Wild Honey, Crushed Olive
  • Versafine Vintage Sepia

Hope you are seeing sunshine today!



Fri 11

Something A Little Different


This card was really fun to create and very different from my "normal" card creations.  The first step in my creative process came from the fact that I really wanted to create a background of the night sky at dusk.  After lots of playing with my twinkling H2O's, I finally achieved the look I wanted.  From there, I played with a few different images to go on top of the background and the the card just came together from there.  I used the Dill Print stamp and the Soaring Bird. 

I used black embossing powder to give the two images the look of a silhouette.  I stamped the Soaring Bird on white cardstock and then embossed with black and cut the image out.  To get rid of the white line around my image after I cut it out,  I simply went over my edges with black ink. 

There have been a few occasions when people have asked me how I come up with my card creations.  Usually I have a stamp in mind that I want to use or a technique I want to try and an idea in my head.  More often than not, that idea morphs into something totally different than what I originally envisioned.  I just sit at my desk and play and experiment and usually wind up with lots of paper scraps, stamps and inks scattered around me.  Don't' be afraid to try something new and different.  You may really like what happens when you go "Outside of the Box" :)

I am teaching this card and a few more fun and sparkly ones in class tomorrow at Colorful Creations.  If you are planning on visiting Cape Cod this summer check out the class schedule at Colorful Creations.  I will be teaching a few classes in July and August and would LOVE to meet more fellow Memory Box fans!  My July classes are featuring the adorable new Cupcake Collection.  Hope to see you there :)

Happy Crafting!

Wed 09

Oh So Sweet!

Here is the first of many cupcake cards - from our newest release of 8 great wood-mounted stamps.

The timing is perfect for cupcakes - at a garden party, in a picnic basket, beside the pool, at the park or at the beach.  Or in your studio, while you make more cards!

Tiers of Cupcakes (C1370) is featured here. The chocolate cupcakes are Smooched in sunny tropical colors perfect for the summer - Kiwi, Carrot, Taffy and Sassy Pink. Then - I dotted them with Glue Gloss - a great clear-drying adhesive with a lipgloss-type of  applicator tip - and topped them with a generous sprinkle of iridescent Winter Frost Glitter. 

The greeting stamp - "you are so SWEET" (Sweet Cupcake B1374) also has a little cupcake attached on the side.  It's not used on this card because I wanted the emphasis to be on the cupcake tiers...but maybe I should have.  You can never have too many cupcakes!