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36 posts from July 2011

Sat 30

Trick or Treat

Hi there!

Today I made a mini-card using Halloween stamps from Memory Box's latest release - and they are FUN!

S U P P L I E S:

Memory Box Stamps: Harvest Moon (G1804), Haunted Mansion (E1801), Trick or Treat Label (B1777); Memory Box Soiree Shimmer paper (24 karat); card stock; Ranger Distress inks (Mustard Seed, Chipped Sapphire, Weathered Wood, Dried Marigold, Fired Brick) and VersaFine ink; Memory Box jewel stickers; generic ribbon; pop-dots; corner rounder; ink applicator tool

I N S T R U C T I O N S:

  1. Cut and score card from Soiree Shimmer cardstock; round bottom corners and set aside.
  2. Stamp Haunted Mansion onto white cardstock using black ink.
  3. Mask windows in mansion and stamp Harvest Moon onto cardstock using black ink.
  4. Remove mask and cut cardstock to fit stamped images; round panel's corners.
  5. Ink edges of panel with Chipped Sapphire and lightly apply Weathered Wood to interior of panel.
  6. Apply Mustard Seed and Dried Marigold inks to moon.
  7. Apply Mustard Seed ink around moon and downward to simulate moonlight.
  8. Cut panel from orange cardstock for mat, round corners, and ink edges with Fired Brick ink.
  9. Adhere panel and mat to card.
  10. Adhere jewels to panel. 
  11. Stamp Trick or Treat Label on orange cardstock and cut out. (NOTE: there is a die for this stamp. I just don't have it... yet!)
  12. Ink edges of label with Fired Brick ink and attach to card with pop-dots.
  13. Wrap ribbon around top of card and tie in bow.

Thanks for looking and have a blessed day!!!


Fri 29

Happy Happy Joy Joy!

Hello Everyone!

Today I want to share with you a card that Laura Fisher one of the teachers here at The Stamp Addict designed. 


First she cut a sheet of the Midnight Shimmer Cardstock in half and scored it at 4 1/4".  Next she ran it thru the cuttlebug with the Bubble Joy Die (98190) with it lined up along the crease of the card.  She then attached a peice of Frost Shimmer Cardstock (5 1/4" x 4") to the inside of the front of the card.  Next she stamped Classic Ornament Outline (D1785) in VersaMark and stipple it with DreamWeaver Metallic F/X - Moonstone. 

Hope you enjoyed!


Thu 28

Fall Back



I sure am dreaming of fall. The weather in Pa. has been scorching. Surprisingly I wake up early and go into my studio before the heat settles in to do my creating. Creating I have been doing. 

From my summer camp card class I learned a technique for creating an acetate window panel. I love using acetate and I can't believe I didn't come up with this. 

I cut a 2 1/4 inch acetate panel and stamped the Maple Leaf E1794 with StazOn ink. I turned the panel over and colored the leaves with copic markers. They are alcohol based and will work on the acetate. Be sure to turn the panel over because like alchohol inks they will interfere with the StazOn ink. Blend the copics together. When mixing together they tend to "puddle" together creating a watercolor look on the acetate.

Cut a piece of kraft paper 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 inches and fold in half. Using a embossing plate of your choice emboss the front panel. Trim off 3 1/4 inches. Take the trim and cut a 1 1/4 panel. Adhere the acetate panel to the 1 inch top piece. Adhere the 1/1/4 inch panel to the bottom of the acetate panel.

Punch a scallop trim border for the top and bottom of the acetate panel. Stamp  Fall Leaf Trio F1776 card stack and cut out 3 leaves. Tie with twine. Adhere to card and accent with pearls that have been colored with copic markers.

As I write this it has started to rain, maybe the temps will drop a bit.

Stay cool everyone.


Wed 27

JOYful Christmas


Here's a shimmery contemporary card featuring three of my favorite dies - Pop Up Joy 98192, Winterland Tree 98168 and Retro Border 98170.  JOY was trimmed at the pop-up scoreline to create a bold, simple greeting. 

There are so many (60, at least!) great dies in the new holiday collection - many of them match Dave's great stamps too.  Several of them - like Retro Border - aren't just for the holidays, and can be used throughout the year for any occasion.  See the holiday collection here.

P1040971 P1040977 P1040974

We have a busy weekend coming up  here in Seattle.  Impress celebrates Christmas in July on Saturday July 30th at Tukwila, Bellevue Square and University Village.  Ann, Shari, Cindi and the entire team have been creating beautiful samples, stocking the shelves and decorating the stores for this event. Join us for make-and-takes, classes (please call Impress to reserve a space) and a special 10% discount on all holiday merchandise.  There will also be demos from 10-Noon at Tukwila on the 30th.

Theresa Laurent, Design Editor at Memory Box, and I have scheduled "Celebrate with Memory Box Days" at the University Village (July 30th) and Tukwila (July 31st) stores. We've coordinated the dates and times  - you can take both classes at University Village (phone 206 526.5818) on Saturday - or at Tukwila (phone 206 901.9101) on Sunday.

   Memory Box - What's in the Box with Theresa

University Village - Saturday July 30 - 11:00-1:00  

Tukwila - Sunday July 31 - 2:00-4:00


Holiday Shimmer and Shine with Jean

University Village - Saturday July 30 - 2:00-4:00

Tukwila - Sunday July 31 - 11:30-1:30

Hope to see you there!




Tue 26

Christmas Wishes


I could hardly wait to get my hands on the new ornament die and matching stamps.  For this card, I wanted to show a variety of ways to combine the Classic Outline stamp(D1785), the Classic Shadow stamp (D1784) and the Classic Ornament die (98211). 

First, I inked up the Classic Shadow with Versafine Crimson Red and then used Porcello Flourish (B1128) to pull ink off the ornament and stamped it directly onto a Sugar Plum note. Using the ornament die, I cut one from Bubblegum distressed dots paper and one from Candy Cane paper. For the distressed dot ornament I also stamped the matching Classic Outline and added a few red jewels.  Both pattern paper ornaments are adhered to the card with foam tape.  Using silver glossy paper I cut three ornament tops to mimic metal.  The ornaments are hung with pink velvet ribbon.

To finish off the card, I layered more Bubblegum distressed dots over Jupiter shimmer paper. I stamped the new Christmas Wishes (C1782) with Crimson Red onto cream paper and cut it out. That was layered over the Bistro Label die (98120) cut from Jupiter shimmer and attached with silver brads.

Have a great week everyone!


Mon 25

Fall Tags

I had some fun playing with the new fall stamps and created a series of tags using a variety of old and new Memory Box stamps.

The first tag uses the Index Card G1781 as the base for the tag.


The index card was stamped using a brown dye ink and the Vertical Happy Halloween D1803 was stamped along one side in the same ink. The Web and Willows was stamped in black and highlighted with color pencils and glitter.

The next tag use the Vintage Halloween Words G1802 as the background. I stamped slightly askew to work with the Haunted Mansion image.



The Haunted Mansion was stamped in black ink and highlighted with touches of watercolor in the windows and around the edges for shading.

The Web and Willows provided some foliage around the edges of the tag.  The edges of the tag are sponged with brown dye ink. The moon was a punched out circle on cardstock which was the mask for sponging yellow and orange dye ink onto the tag.

The next tag was stamped using the Blank Ticket on ivory cardstock in brown ink.


The Autumn Harvest was stamped over using the same brown ink. The moon was highlighted with yellow watercolor pencils.  The cat from the Cat and Moon stamp was stamped and cut out. 

The last tag uses the Autumn Collage stamp.


The Autumn collage stamp was stamped on ivory cardstock using  black ink. The background was sponged with a combination of brown, yellow, and orange dye inks to create the mix of colors. Then water dripped onto the paper to add watermarks.

The leaves were created using orange and red alcohol inks on glossy cardstock. The Autumn collage was stamped over the alcohol ink background and the leaves cut out and put onto the tag.

Have a wonderful day!






Fri 22


 Welcome to another post with beautiful Autumn Leaves. Suzz and I must be on the same creative "wave length" since we are both featuring the new "Maple Leaf" this week!

  I am a born and raised West coaster so one October, my husband took me back to his hometown of Buffalo, NY.  I had never experienced the amazing colors of Autumn and it was breathtaking!  I love everything about Autumn, especially the vibrant copper, red, orange and rust colors--my inspiration for this card.

 These leaves are my favorite too---Maple...I even love Maple flavor!  


The gorgeous papers are from the new Nightfall paper collection.

10148I embossed a wood grain pattern on Copper Metal Tape with a Sizzix embossing folder.  Since the metal tape is relatively soft, I got a nice deep impression. 

For added texture, a little silk ribbon and copper curly wire did the trick.  I like the juxtaposition of different textures pulled together.

On the inside... a little greeting and a repeat of the Maple leaf --this time using the coordinating die cut.  IMG_2259



Maple Leaf Die: 98201

Maple Leaf Stamp E1794

Happy Fall B1420

Pastry Lables Die 98107

Copper Shimmer Card Stock

Nightfall Patterned Paper


Happy Friday!


Thu 21

Falling Leaves

Ready for some fall leaves?  We are experiencing very high temperatures right now by me and we could use a little cooling off. Maybe these little leaves will bring a cool breeze.


The background was created by sponging a light layer of blue dye ink onto white cardstock. Stamp the Maple Leaf - E1794 randomly over the background using a brown dye ink. The base of the card is white cardstock sponged with orange dye ink.

The leaves were created by:

Stamping Vintage Halloween Words - G1802 using black archival ink on white cardstock. Stamping the beautiful Maple leaf - E1794 over the background using the same black archival ink and cutting them out.  Sponge with green, orange, red and a hint of brown dye inks.

Stamp the sentiment Happy Fall on a tag and sponge with orange dye ink. Tie a bow with twine and drape across the front of the card along with the leaves.

Have a fun day!



Wed 20

A Little Halloween Mix 'n Match


My theory is that one can never have too many Halloween stamps or make too many Halloweeen cards or eat too much candy corn!

For this card I chose an orange base card and added a layer  of licorice distress dot paper. The licorice paper was cut 1/4" shorter than the base card so a burst of color would be visible along the bottom of the card. Next came the black die cut spider web.

The trio of squares floating across the front began as 1 1/4" x 1 1/4" white squares on which the Web and Willow was stamped on each.  The first square has the Crow and Pumpkin stamped atop the first image on the white square and again on a small piece of Woodland Path paper. The pumpkin was cut out and paper pieced onto the white square.

The middle square has only a tiny orange sparkly jewel in the center of the web. 

The last square is my favorite because of the cat and glittery moon. No respectable Halloween card is finished until it has something glittery on it!!  Again, the first image stamped on the square was the Web and Willow, followed by the Cat and Moon.

Once the white squares were completed, they were layered atop 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" squares cut from Jack-o-lantern paper.  To add dimension to the card these squares were attached with foam tape.

Thanks for dropping by!


Supplies include:

Stamps:  Cat and Moon (B1798); Crow and Pumpkin (C1800); Web and Willows (F1799)

Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black

Papers: Licorice distress dots, Jack-o-Lantern, White and Black cardstock

Other:  Creepy Web Die (98158); Martha Stewart Fire opal glitter; foam tape; orange twinkly jewel


Tue 19

Pear Harvest

With the humidity and high temperature, the heat index is well into the 100's.  Makes me kinda wish for the crisp cool days of autumn.  But alas, I'll have to settle for stamping and coloring fall images to get me in that frame of mind.

Today, I'm featuring one of my favorite new stamps, the Pear Sketch Trio (C1796).  What fun to color!  Of course, I chose Prismacolor Pencils as my medium of choice, but you could certainly watercolor or use Copics if you like.

Pear Harvest 

Sometimes, I have a hard time picturing realistically how an image should look, so I turn to Google Images.  It's a great source to get ideas for colors, etc.  I took a peak there to help me choose my color combinations for the pears.


  • Stamp Pear Sketch Trio (C1796) using Memento Rich Cocoa Dye Ink onto 3 X 1 3/4" Parchment card stock.
  • Once dry, color with Prismacolor Pencils.  Here's what I used:
    • Pear:  Jasmine, Limepeel, and Scarlett Lake.  Remember, to shade from light to dark and then come back with your lightest color (in this case Jasmine) and use small circles to blend your colors.  They just turn out amazing!
    • Leaves:  Limepeel and Kelp Green
    • Shadow:  Warm Gray 20% and Cream    
  • I distressed this piece with Scattered Straw, Shabby Shutters, and a bit too much Fired Brick Distress Inks using blending tool and foam.
  • Mount to 3 1/8" X 1 7/8" Vanilla Bean card stock and set aside
  • Cut a 5 1/8" X 3 7/8" from 12 X 12 Dusk paper from the new Nightfall Collection and mount to a 5 1/4" X 4" piece of Vanilla Bean card stock
  • Die cut a piece of Parchment card stock using the Meridian Border Die (98134) and distress lightly with Shabby Shutters and attach to bottom of Dusk Paper.
  • Tie brown grosgrain ribbon in a knot on the lower right side and adhere to Dill Note Card
  • Attach a 2 3/8" X 3 5/8" piece of Squash Distress Dots paper to a 2 1/2" X 3 3/4" piece of Vanilla Bean card stock and attach to front of card
  • Attach stamped image with foam tape on top of this piece
  • Finally, I added Glossy Accents to the pears to give them a shine

I really like the way this card turned out and I hope you do too!

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