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29 posts from September 2010

Thu 30

Snowflakes at Dusk


Love when the snow falls just as it is getting dark and it is all quiet and big wet snowflakes lazily float through the air.  Of course, I am not ready for that yet!! This card was inspired by that time of the year.

The bottom panels were created using E1419 Snowy Branches. Stamp Snowy Branches using Versamark Watermark Ink three times onto white cardstock. Heat emboss using Ranger Tinsel Embossing Powder.

Sponge Ranger Distress Ink Chipped Sapphire from the bottom of the images up to the middle and sponge Dusty Concord on the top half of the image.

Cut panels to fit across 5" x 7" card base.

Stamp G1411 Peace Collage several times on white cardstock using Versamark Watermark Ink. Heat emboss using Ranger Tinsel Embossing powder. Punch Snowflakes using Martha Stewart Snowflake punch and EK Success snowflake punch. Sponge edges using purple dye ink.

Stamp sentiment Top right edge of card using Versafine Imperial Purple.

Assemble card and accent with snowflakes.

Hope you have a beautiful day!  



Tue 28

Trick or Treat!

It's almost the first day of October, which means it won't be that much longer until we hear those three little words - TRICK OR TREAT!!  Halloween is such a fun time!! I love making special candies, treats, and, of course, you gotta have cute little boxes to put all those goodies in!! You couldn't ask for better papers to work with than the 12x12 papers in the Blackbird collection!!

First is this simple, but adorable little box, just the right size for a few mini candy bars...

The box is cut from Flicker 12x12 paper using a Sizzix XL box die.  The Martha Stewart fence punch was used with Mango card stock to create the fence on which the cat (from the Slice Spellbound design card) is standing.  The moon was punched out of yellow cardstock then sponged with Memento Cocoa Brown ink.  This treat box is so quick and easy you can make loads of them in one afternoon!!

Next are these treat boxes which were made from one of my all-time favorite dies - the Accucut small cake box die. Over the years I've used this die for so many "cakes" - pastel tiered wedding cakes, primary color birthday "cakes" - so why on earth did it take me SO long to make a Halloween cake?? duh!! Makes me want to slap myself on the forehead!! The bottom of each cake slice is cut from black cardstock, and the tops are from Sunset 12x12 paper.

Once all the cake slices were cut and assembled, they were tied together with a sheet black polka dot ribbon. A few big black spiders were placed on top.  Notice the glittery red hourglass on the back of each spider?  Had to incorporate glitter somewhere!!

Each cake slice box is great for treats or even a small gift. The whole "cake" makes a fun centerpiece, too!


Last is my favorite...


Another Accucut die was used to make this cute little dress shaped treat box. It was decorated by stamping the Vintage Scroll with VersaMark ink and embossed with Stampendous black embossing powder.  The jeweled spiders are dangling from tiny web lines drawn with a Copic black fine line pen.  A tiny black satin ribbon tied in a bow at the back gives it the finishing touch! The only thing missing from this outfit is a witch's hat and shoes, and, well, maybe even a tiny broom!

Thanks for dropping by!!


Supplies include:  Memory Box 12x12 papers from the Blackbird collection, Licorice and Mango solid card stock and jeweled spiders, and Vintage Scroll stamp;Accucut cake slice and dress dies; Sizzix XL box die; Stampendous black embossing powder; VersMark ink; Martha Stewart fence punch; EK Success 1 1/4 circle punch; Memento Cocoa brown ink; Slice die cut machine and Spellbound Design Card; black satin ribbon and sheer black dotted ribbon; Copic black fine line pen; Martha Stewart fence and large spider punch, red glitter.






Tue 28

Paper Pieced Spiral Tree

Hi, everyone.  Sorry for the late post.  I got back from Florida very late last night and had a hard time getting my "motor" running today.

Today I decided to play with the Spiral Tree (E1400).  Then... I had to decide what to do...Copics, Prismacolor pencils, watercolor.....so many options with this stamp, but I decided on paper piecing.   My friend, Etta, (with whom I spent the last 4 days) loves to paper piece and hand cut patterns...she must have rubbed off on me.

Spiral Tree 
I stamped the Sprial Tree once on white cardstock with Rich Cocoa Memento Ink.  Then, I stamped the Spiral Tree on several different papers from the 6 X 6 Tinsel Paper Pack.  I cut each circle out of the various papers.  Since I can't cut very neatly.....I edged each piece with Dark Moss chalk ink from ColorBox to hide the flaws.  I attached all the circles to the stamped tree using glue dots for most of the smaller circles.  I popped up the larger circles with foam tape for dimension.  The white base was edged with Dark Moss.

The base is a Mocha Card matted with a layer of Thistle cardstock; both edged with Dark Moss.  Then I cut a strip of Crystalline and a strip of Poinsettia Birds (both from the new Tinsel Collection) and edged those with Dark Moss.  I punched two strips of Mocha cardstock with a Fiskars border punch and layered those behind the Crystalline and Poinsettia Birds and attached these to the Thistle mat.  I tied a sheer champagne colored ribbon around the mat and then attached all to the Mocha card.  I attached the image to mocha paper and then attached it to the card front with pop up tape.

The finishing touch is All is Calm (B1301) stamped in Rich Cocoa Memento ink and a Memory Box Diamond Jewel Sticker to top the tree

Thanks for visiting today!

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Mon 27

Shake It Up, Baby!

I was looking for Halloween card ideas the other day and found some foam shaker card forms at a local discount store (if you're in Maine, check out Big Al's on Route One in Wiscasset!) that I thought would work perfectly with the Blackbird papers and some of the Halloween Memory Box stamps.  I then went to a couple of party stores for a variety of fall and Halloween confetti packages and made a quick stop at JoAnn's to get tiny black beads (on sale this week) and I was in business.  In my ribbon box I found a white dots on black and a yellow and orange sheer that coordinated nicely.  On Friday I packed everything I'd need to make the samples for today's class at Your Maine Stamper and went off for my second chemotherapy treatment.  I chose a comfortable chair at the oncology center and set up a tray table and went to work.  Nurses and other patients kept stopping by to see what I was making, and I gave a lesson to a special education teacher who thought her kids would love making these.  


I began by stamping images in Jet Black Archival Ink on various papers from the Blackbird 6X6 and 12X12 collections.  In class we will clear emboss those images to really make them pop.  The stamps I used were:  Night Cat E1403; Halloween Collage G1395; Happy Halloween B1391; and Sketch Pumpkin B945 (an older stamp that might be discontinued as I can't find it in a catalog).

I used the yellow and orange ribbon tied around the spine of the Happy Halloween/Pumpkin card and added pumpkins and fall leaves confetti to the shaker box.

I stamped the Halloween Collage partially off the paper in order to fit the image inside the largest foam frame.  I used a pen to color in two of the spider bodies, but I think we'll jewel the bodies or used a dimensional glaze to puff them up a bit more in class.  I added black beads and spider confetti to the shaker box.  I cut a small slit in the spine of the card and wrapped a piece of black/white dotted ribbon through and tied it in a bow.  

For the Night Cat card, I angled a piece of scrap paper where I wanted the light to shine, inked up a tissue, and smudged black ink on the rest of the paper.  In the shaker box I placed a bat, some copper sequins, and a few black beads.  A piece of ribbon and a glue-dotted on separate bow finished it up.

The fourth card highlighted one of my favorite pieces of paper with the yellow and orange ribbon tied around the spine and tiny black beads and copper sequins in the littlest shaker box frame.  I accented the front with the final two pieces of foam in the kit.  

I packaged up the class kits, materials for each card in a sandwich baggie including tiny bags of confetti and beads.  And then I spent some time on the floor picking up tiny beads and confetti that got away from me!  

I'm looking forward to this afternoon's class and the fun we'll have shakin' things up a bit!

Happy Stamping!

Sat 25

Ghost Story


Here is my attempt at being clean and simple. (remember my debut post on Sept. 10?!!)

I stamped the spooky collage G1378 in white pigment ink on black card stock. I accented the piece by stamping in black dye ink the folowing stamps, old fence E1392, bird in flight D1393 and vintage scroll E1388. The ghost I die cut and used foam tape to create depth.I think the gem eyes make this card really creepy.  

What do you think- clean and simple? Did I succeed?

Sat 25

Penguin Snow Day

I'm baaaaaack!

Today, as promised, I come bearing penguins! 

This card uses a fake air-brush technique that is super easy with a major pay-off. 


Recipe for Penguin Snow Day:


  • Sleek Penguins (CL383) stamp
  • Snow Day (B1378) stamp
  • Memory Box Hyacinth card
  • White card stock
  • Ranger Distress Ink (Tumbled Glass, Milled Lavender
  • Ribbon
  • VersaFine black ink
  • Zig black brush marker
  • Making Memories snowflake eyelet
  • Pop-dots
  • Post-It notes


  • Tim Holtz Ink Applicator
  • eyelet setter


  • Stamp snowflakes on card using Milled Lavender ink. (The snowflakes stamp is on the side of the Snow Day stamp - is that cool or what?) Set aside.
  • Cut white card stock panel (about 3.25" x 4").
  • Use Post-It notes to mask .25" in from the top and sides and about .5" from the bottom, so you have a square of white card stock exposed when you are finished. Do NOT remove the Post-Its until I tell you to or You Will Be Sorry!
  • Using the applicator tool, apply a light coverage of Tumbled Glass ink to the exposed square of cardstock; work in circles for even application.
  • Cover the bottom 2/3's of the panel with another Post-It. Tear a Post-It on the sticky edge and lay it down about 1/3 of the way down on the panel with the jagged edge up. Apply more of the Tumbled Glass ink to the exposed upper 1/3 of the square, then apply Milled Lavender until you get a nice purple-blue sky. (Unfortunately, the photograph doesn't capture the nice mix of colors here.)     
  • Remove the torn Post-It mask and the Post-It that is covering up the bottom 2/3'd of the exposed card stock. Leave the rest of the Post-It's in place.
  • Apply more of the Tumbled Glass ink to the bottom 2/3'd of the panel, building up the color at the bottom and letting up as you get closer to the top. (You're going for a seamless blend as you go upwards. See how the lightest color is where the jagged edge meets the "sky"? Pretty cool, no?) 
  • Once you're happy, remove all the remaining Post-Its and take a moment to oooh and aaaah over your fake airbrushing!
  • Stamp the sentiment using VersaFIne black ink.
  • Tie and knot a ribbon around the white panel and secure with glue dots.
  • Stamp penguins with black VersaFIne ink onto white cardstock and cut out.
  • Use Zig brush marker to blacken the edges of the penguins and set them aside.
  • Adhere white panel to card.
  • Set eyelet.
  • Attach gems to penguins, then attach penguins to card with pop-dots.

Thanks for looking and have a blessed day!

Fri 24

A Bundled Snowman


This adorable little guy is making his debut appearance in the brand new Tinsel Collection that you will absolutely LOVE!  I am swooning over the new papers too! 

To make my card I started with a 4Bar notecard from the Soiree collection in Quartz.  I created my layers out of Licorice and Russian Sage cardstock.  The perfect frosty blue!  To create the snowy ground I simply cut a piece of Quartz Soiree paper to fit.

Before layering this little guy onto my card I stamped the Twinkle Ball (A1382) in the background onto the blue paper using Ice Blue Chalk Ink.  I stamped the snowman on white cardstock first in black ink and then again in Lipstick Red Chalk Ink for his scarf and hat.  Once I cut out all of my pieces I layered them together and then adhered to my card with foam tape to give him some dimension. 

To finish off I stamped Snow Day B1378 (which has an adorable little trio of snowflakes on the side) in Black Staz-On ink and then added my snowflake gem!

This card is being offered as one of the two cards you can create at a FREE Make and Take at Colorful Creations in Hyannis, MA.  Come on down and join me for some fun on Saturday October 16th.  I will be hosting this Make and Take from 12pm - 2pm* while supplies last.  You can stop by anytime!

Happy Crafting!

Thu 23

Elegant Halloween

Laura Fisher one of our teachers here at The Stamp Addict designed this wonderful Halloween card for a class she taught earlier this month.


She used a piece of black card stock for the background then used the Brocade Design Adhesives on the bottom corner, with some of her favorite orange micro-fine glitter.  Then she cut a orange 3"x3" square and stamped Bird in Flight (D1393) towards the top right of it, and then stamped Happy Halloween Combo (B1391) in the bottom left corner in black.  

Just another way to use the Design Adhesives to make a simple, stunning and elegant card.

Wed 22

Be Merry!

A snowman with a Peridot scarf shares the scene with the Be Merry stamp from our new Tinsel release. The frosty guy and his scarf are from the Oh Joy Design Adhesives that Dave designed for holidays.  The snowman's covered with flocking powder,  and glitter adds sparkle to his scarf.  There are so many more ways to use the Oh Joy Design Adhesives...they can be heat-embossed and foiled too. 

My  DA's are filed in those long, narrow clear plastic accordian files they sell at Target and office supply stores.  The labels are trimmed so the patterns are easier to see near the top of each section. The left edge is cut just beyond the fold to save the name of the design so I can get more when I run out.  That happens often, because they're so versatile and easy to use. Bright blue cardstock backs each section - it makes it easier to see what's in each compartment. 


Here's a card we'll be making at the Bellevue PaperZone's Boo! class this Saturday, the 25th.  We'll start with background techniques, then stamp, glitter, flock or emboss images and Design Adhesives from the great Blackbird Collection.  


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Tue 21

Cute Birdie


Don't you just love how the Memory Box images match the patterned paper.   It makes it so easy to coordinate colors having the matching notecards too.  This little guy is so cute, I couldn't wait to color him.  If you happen to be anywhere near when Dave is offering his colored pencil classes, you need to be there.  I learned so much from him at his class this summer.   On to the details:


    Thistle Note Card

    Bundled Birds 12x12 patterned paper

    Smooth White card stock

    Black Card stock

    D1377 Candy Cane Bird

    B1380 Holiday Treat

    Archival Jet Black Ink

    Crimson Lake Marvy LePlume marker

    Prismacolor PC 945 Sienna Brown, PC 1082 Chocolate, PC 1012 Jasmine Colored Pencils

    Zig 2-Way Glue

    Red Flocking powder

    Clear Ultrafine glitter

    Bakery twine

    Oval punches or dies

Stamp Candy Cane bird with Black ink on the white cardstock.  Color the bird using Dave's blending techniques.  Lightly color with Jasmine first, next Sienna Brown, next Chocolate, blending over all with the Jasmine pencil.  Color the bird's scarf, cap, and candy cane with the red marker.  Use Zig glue pen to apply glue to scarf and cap.  Sprinkle on flocking powder and brush off excess.  Next apply glue to the rest of the birds stocking cap and sprinkle with clear glitter.  Attach finished bird to black layering piece.  Stamp Holiday Treat saying on white cardstock and punch or die cut an oval, plus a layering black oval.  Attach ovals to Bundled Birds patterned paper piece with Bakery twine.  Layer all onto Thistle note card. 

This is one of the cards I'll be teaching on October 14th and 30th at Baas Junction in Toledo and on October 16th at Scrap Happy in Tiffin.  I'd love to meet you in person.

Thanks for stopping by!