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20 posts from August 2010

Thu 19

A Fall Wreath


I was talking with one of my students and she had mentioned wanting to create some fall cards. That inspired me to include this card in my next class.

The leaves are created using the Spellbinders Shapeabilities die cuts. Cut a variety of leaves from the beautiful Evening Roost 12" x 12" paper. Sponge a little Ranger Distress Ink Rusty Hinge around the edges. Layer leaves in a circle to create a wreath on the card base.

The card is created using the truffle cardstock cut into a 5 1/2" x 11" rectangle which then is scored and folded in half.

The leaves are accented with 24 Karat pearls and twigs.  The twigs are from a bush that has been dying for the past year so all the branches are brittle and easy to pull of.  This makes it easy for me when I need a nice little accent on my fall  projects.

Stamp the sentiment in the corner using Versamark Watermark Ink and emboss with Zing Orange Embossing powder.  Add a little shimmery orange bow and an easy and pretty Fall card.

Have a lovely weekend!




Tue 17

Penguin Fun!

This past weekend I taught a very "cool" class at One Little Spark using a number of Dave's super cute penguin stamps. Here's one of the fun cards we made...


   The Ice Cream Penguin (C879) was stamped on a 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" piece of white Neenah paper and colored with Copics Y16, BG10 and E33. Sparkle was added to the ice cream with pink and green Spica glitter pens.

A Marvy decorative corner punch was used to create the openings on a 3" x 3" section of green gingham in which the corners of the white section were slipped. White Scrapper's Floss was wrapped around this section three times and tied with a bow.  I used a tiny glue dot to hold the bow in place.

A 3 1/2" x 4" section was cut from Blue Lagoon card stock.  After embossing this using the Swirls Cuttlebug folder, it was lightly sponged with Mango VersaMark chalk ink. Once this layer was complete, the penguin layer was adhered to it.  The Here's the Scoop (B887) sentiment was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and punched out with a slot punch. This was adhered to the embossed layer, which was adhered to a 3 3/4" x 4 1/4" Mango base card.

Here's a little peek at the rest of the penguin cards we made in class...

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The "Cool Celebration" class was a definite hit! But then, how could you not enjoy working with these cuties!?

Other stamps used in class: Fishing Penguin (C876) & Let's Catch Up ; Hula Penguin (C843) & What's Shakin (B854) ; Birthday Penguin (C845) & Birthday Wishes (B847) ; Coffee Penguin (C1063) & Thanks A Latte(B1068)


Tue 17

Festive Fall Leaves & Tree


While organizing my work desk I realized I hadn't inked up this adorable Dotty Tree (D1347) stamp yet. Imagine that?!  It's been a favorite of mine since it was released, but I just never got around to creating anything with it - until today!  I paired it with Leafy Branch (C1361) and the new Evening Roost paper to create a festive fall card.

With my Scor-pal, I used Evening Roost 12 x 12 paper to create a tri-fold card (4 x 12, scored at 3.5in and 8.5in from the left.) I stamped Dotty Tree with Brilliance Pearlescent Chocolate onto a piece of Eggshell notecard punched with the Pink Marvy Circle, and matted it onto Chocolate shimmer paper punched with the Marvy Purple Scallop. I colored the image with Prisma pencils, popped up one bird and added Glossy Accents to the leaves. This layer overhangs the front third of the card and was adhered with foam tape for a little dimension. I added a small strip of pattern paper from the new Blackbird 6x6 paper pack and laid this neat leaf ribbon (EX98) from May Arts down the side of the card.

The inside fold has a layer of Eggshell notecard; corners have been stamped with the Leafy Branch in Brilliance Pearlescent Rust. There is also room for a greeting, but I will leave that for later.  I like to keep cards like this blank until I need to use them. You just never know- it may end up as a Thank You note, a Thinking of You card or perhaps a fall Birthday greeting.

I'll be teaching this card and several others on Wed, Oct 6th at Ink About It in Westford, MA. This class will feature fall and Halloween card designs.

I do love Autumn, but let's continue enjoying our beautiful summer weather. Thanks for stopping by the blog. 

Have a nice week.


Thu 12

Shrink Art!


One of my favorite things about teaching classes is when students bring their own show and tell.  That way I get to learn something new, too!  One of the ladies from Prairie Art Stamps in Springfield, Illinois shared her shrink art tag with me last week.  The artist, Gina Growe, stamped the Lightbulb Reindeer on a piece of white polsyhrink, colored it, shrunk it, then adhered to the inside of a bottle cap.  I must confess, having worked with the Snowglobe stamp quite a bit this summer, that I forgot other, larger stamps could also be used in smaller spaces.  What a refreshing, and festive, reminder!  Use these little tags on gift bags and boxes - a great way to use up scraps of papers, too!  I'll be teaching Colored Pencil, Watercolor and Bookbinding workshops at Eclectica Scrapbooks & Stamps in Memphis on August 21 & 22.  If you are joining me for those classes, PLEASE bring some show and tell!

Wed 11

A Trio of Trees

Three trees from the Winter Wonderland Design Adhesives sparkle on a creamy vintage background print from the Mistletoe 6x6 Set.  I love mixing traditional prints from the set - and the rich red First Snowfall 12x12 sheet  - with a zingy contemporary accent like Peridot Glitter.

The Memory Box Collection of Design Adhesives - introduced in July - makes it so easy to instantly create cards that are festive and sparkly while avoiding the thickness and extended drying time of glitter glue.  The hardest thing about Design Adhesives is deciding what to use it with - flocking, embossing powder, foils, leafing or my favorite...glitter.  Brush the glitter onto the adhesive pattern with a round paintbrush and cleanup's a lot easier.

Heaven Sings (B1385) is another versatile combo stamp.  The little bird, attached to the side of the stamp, is there when you need him to balance the design elements on a card.  He'd also be great perched on a branch or sitting on a fence in a snowy field.  


Mon 09

Decorating the Tree


I have been wanting to color this adorable little snowman decorating his tree.  He looks so happy with his tree.

I like to change up the christmas colors and use some non-traditional colors.  The Enchanted and Jubilee papers provided such wonderful choices. The background paper is from the 12 x 12 jubilee paper called cherry picnic.


  1. Cut card base from the Truffle cardstock 11" x 5 1/2". Score at 5 1/2".
  2. Cut 5 1/4" x 4 3/4", 1" x 5 1/4" from Cherry PIcnic.
  3. Cut 5 1/4" x 2 1/4" white cardstock. Stamp Elemental Damask C1390 using Adirondack Brights Citrus repeatedly.
  4. Cut 5 1/2" Circle from white cardstock. Trim to fit half circle on front of card over Cherry Picnic background.
  5. Stamp Elemental Damask C1390 repeatedly using Memento Summer Sky onto Circle.
  6. Sponge light green dye ink over stamped background.
  7. Cut 4" circle from white cardstock. Cut scalloped circle from Truffle cardstock.
  8. Stamp Decorating the Tree E1398 using Memento Black Dye Ink onto circle.
  9. Stamp Decorating the Tree on Pattern Paper from Enchanted 6 x 6 paper and cut out hat.
  10. Color images  using Copics. (B00, C1, 00, E31, E33, E35, E37, YG05, YG06)
  11. Decorate tree using 24 Karat pearls.  
  12. Punch EK Success Border punch along front of card.
  13. Attach small strip of PP inside card.
  14. Attach circle to scallop circle.
  15. Attach background PP to front of card.
  16. Attach half circle to front of pattern paper.
  17. Attach Strip of stamped image to front of circle and pattern paper.
  18. Attach snowflake trim to edges of strip of paper.
  19. Attach scalloped circle to front of card.
  20. Stamp Merry Christmas B900 on white cardstock using Versafine Black Onyx. Punch out sentiment.
  21. Sponge blue dye ink on punched sentiment.
  22. Attach sentiment.

Glad you stopped by...


Sun 08


Hello from sunny San Diego!!  We have started to celebrate the holiday season early this year here at The Stamp Addict , so keeping in the spirit I thought I would share this card with you.


I Used Dark Blue cardstock, as the base of the card, then used a white matt under the blue card stock that I stamped "Peace Collage" G1411 on in a metallic silver ink.  I crossed matching silver ribbon over the corners as an accent.


You can see that I added "Sparkling Diamond" Jewel stickers to the center of the snowflakes for a little sparkle!

Fri 06

Flora and Fauna

Ignoring the fact that we're having a heat wave, I decided to pretend that I'm in the woods in the middle of Winter---Hah!  That's a tall order but it was amusing to try.   IMG_0800

Memory Box has two new note card colors, Wassail and Thistle, and I love them!  I started off with the Wassail note card, added a layer of Holly Jolly patterned paper then stamped the Birch Trees F1413 onto the Thistle layer.  See how beautifully they all go together?  

I added a little white with my favorite Uni-ball Signo pen on the birch branches to define the trunks and branches.

Mr. Lightbulb Reindeer  (we must think of a real name for him...any suggestions?) looks quite dashing with the colorful Christmas lights on his antlers.  I used Copic markers on everything including a grey shadow around his body.  Don't forget the red nose--that's a must!


We'll be making this card and others in my next class on August 17th at Stamp Delights in La Mesa, Ca.  Hope you can join us and beat this heat!  619 465-6873 Call to register.


Thu 05

Full Moon


I love the cat in the Night Cat stamp. We always had black cats growing up and this sweet image reminded me of them.  I thought wouldn't it be fun to put the cat and the lamppost in front of a beautiful harvest moon.


  1. Cut 4 1/2" circle from Perched paper.
  2. Cut 5 1/4" x 2 1/2", 5 1/4" x 1 1/4" form Flicker Pattern Paper.
  3. Cut 1 1/2" off the front of a Jack O Lantern A2 card.
  4. Attach Flicker Pattern paper to Card front.
  5. Attach cut piece of card front to inside of card.
  6. Stamp Night Cat (E1403) on left side of circle using Versafine Black Onyx.
  7. Stamp Happy Halloween (B1391) sentiment along the lamppost  using black pigment ink.
  8. Stamp Budding Branch (D1360) using black pigment ink multiple times along right side of the moon.
  9. Attach circle to front of card.
  10. Mask card front to form a funnel shape to sponge on a little orange die ink (Rangers Distress Inks - Wild Honey)  to highlight a stream of light from the lamppost.  Smear on a little Ranger Orange Stickles to add a little sparkle to the light.

This is one of the cards I will be teaching at Hannah's in Antioch, IL  in August.  


Tue 03

Halloween Printer's Tray

The 7 Gypsies Printer's Tray arrived in the mail a few days ago, and my first thought was "what am I gonna do with this??" I sat it on my desk among all the cool Halloween papers and stamps from Memory Box and... Bingo!! The idea came to mind immediately! What better way to showcase these items than in the printer's tray!!


The first thing I did was create a paper collage in all the little nooks and crannies of the tray.  After deciding which paper went in which nook, I took them back out and placed them in my workspace. Next, I lined up my favorite Memory Box Halloween stamps and went to work. The first one I stamped was Night Cat - my absolute most favorite stamp!! The lower half of the image was stamped in the upper left hand corner using VersaMark and Stampendous black embossing powder.  The upper half of the image was stamped in the middle box on the right side,also with VersaMark and black embossing powder.  A section was masked off and the rest of the square was sponged with Memento London Fog, creating a section of light coming from the lamp.  In the center of this "light beam" the crow was stamped with black Staz-on.


I have to admit, I have two Night Cat stamps - one that I stamp with and one that Dave signed and it's sole purpose in life is to sit on a shelf and make me smile.
In the square on the right you can see the orb spider that was stamped with orange pigment ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.


 Happy Halloween was stamped directly on the box with Frost White pigment ink.These three sections were decorated with paper and decorative strips made using Martha Stewart's Halloween border punches. 


Frost pigment ink was used to stamp the Orb spider.  White scrapper's floss creates a web string in the upper box that the spider hangs from in the lower box.

If you look REAL close at lower left corner of the very first picture at the top of the page you'll spot those nifty jeweled spiders parading from one box to the other under red glittered drippy goo. 

When Dave was teaching his classes at One Little Spark he asked if I planned out my projects or just let the ideas come to me as I work.  This is how I normally work - I put what I want to work with on my work table, sit down and basically let it flow. Ninety-five percent of the time this works quite well for me.  When the other 5% stalls me out, then I do have to put pencil to paper and come up with a sketch. I was lucky with this project - the ideas flowed quickly and easily! Hope you enjoy it!

The following stamps were used on this printer's Tray collage...

Night Cat (E1403), Trick or Treaters (C1129); Orb Spider (1131); Old Fence (1392); Happy Halloween Combo (B1391); Spooky Collage ( G1387); Halloween Collage (G1395); Crow (B1389); Bird in Flight(D1393)

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