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22 posts from September 2011

Fri 16

Autumn Leaves Duo

  In my last post I mentioned there are several family and friend birthdays in the Fall months on my calendar.  What a great time to break out my Memory Box stamps, papers and dies.  Here are a few of my latest creations using the Brilliant maple Branch and my trusty Prismacolor pencils.


F1809[1] 98105[1]98118[1]

Multiple colors of Prismacolor pencils brought the vibrant color to these Autumn leaves.

  I wanted to try out the dies on cork and it worked beautifully!  After cutting the scalloped border using cork paper I had a small piece left over and found just the place for it on my next card.....

  IMG_2311This card was pulled together with scraps from other projects and is ready for mailing.  Here are the supplies used:

F1809  Brilliamt Maple Branch

B847 Birthday Wishes

E1283 Lattice background

98118 Classic Scallop Die
98105 Classic Tags Die

77903 Licorice Gingham

I'll have to decide which one to give to my older son...his birthday is tomorrow!  The first of many special birthdays in the coming months. 

Happy Friday!


Thu 15

Thank You Tag


The lovely wreath stamps make a perfect accessory to a gift as a tag. I stamped the wreath onto watercolor paper using a water resistant ink. Then a layer of distress inks, watercolor pencils painted on using a waterbrush with browns, orange and red colors.

Then the wreath was spritzed with Perfect Pearls Mister. After it was heat dried I covered the image in Versamark watermark ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

The tag was die cut from the Memory Box die on manila cardstock. Stamped the vintage record stamp using brown water resistant ink and stamped Thank You using black water resistant ink. Finished off with a perfect pearls mist and clear embossed.

Accent the wreath with pearls and ribbon.

Now I have a sweet little tag to attach to a bottle or a gift box.

Have a wonderful weekend!




Tue 13

Watercolor Classic Ornament

Here's one of the cards we'll be making at my October 1 class at Scrapadoodle in Peoria, IL.  It features the adorable Beary Good paper (10137) and the Classic Ornament Outline Stamp (D1785) and Die (98211).

Classic Ornament Post 
I started off randomly painting a piece of cold-press watercolor paper with various Twinkling H2O's.  Once it was dry, I inked up the Classic Ornament Outline Stamp with Versafine Black Onyx ink and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  Next up, I die cut this image with the Classic Ornament Outline die.

To assemble the card:

  • Attach a Licorice mat (4 1/8" X 5 3/8") to Blue Poppy Note card
  • Cut a piece of Beary Good paper (4" X 5 1/4") and attach to Licorice mat
  • Take a piece of Licorice card stock (2" X 4 1/4") and die cut the long end with the Sanibel Border die (98178)
  • Attach a piece of Bluebird Gingham (2 X 4 1/4") on top of that
  • Stamp We Wish (B1808) in the lower right corner of the gingham paper
  • Attach a piece of ribbon (about 3") to front of card with strong adhesive
  • Die cut Woven Circle (98114) from Blue Poppy card stock and attach to front of card with foam tape
  • Attach stamped ornament to front of card
  • Die cut just the ornament cap from Mars Soiree paper using the Classic Ornament Die
  • Embellish ornament as you like

I've been having a great time teaching at some new stores lately; Prairie Art Stamps in Springfield, IL and Scrapadoodle in  Peoria, IL.  Thank you Terri and Lynn for inviting me!I'm so thankful for our local stamping and scrapbook stores.   Please support them. 

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Mon 12

Blue Ribbon Winners!

Every summer my friend Donna and I take an overnight trip to see/do something interesting.  This year we drove three hours on a Thursday in August to take watercolor and colored pencil card classes from our own Dave Brethauer at Art Plus in Concord, NH.  What a great class!  When the local agricultural fair opened this past weekend, I displayed the five watercolor cards and three of the colored pencil cards in the Exhibition Hall.  And I won blue ribbons on all of them!


You, too, can create lovely Blue Ribbon winners of your own.  If you haven't/can't take a class from Dave, the next best thing is to get hold of a copy of CARD DESIGN, rubber stamping with colored pencils and watercolors by Dave Brethauer.  This is a gem of a book, filled with pages and pages of techniques and sample cards, with detailed directions in the back of the book for completing each card.  I refer to this book often as a refresher course and for card layout ideas. Any of these techniques can easily be adapted for use with any Memory Box stamp.  And I can certainly see ways to incorporate the new dies in the card layouts.  

So get stamping and get out those watercolors, Twinkling H2Os, and colored pencils and create your own Blue Ribbon cards!

Happy Stamping!

Sun 11

All is Calm, All is Bright

I've been patiently (?) waiting for dies I ordered through my local stamp store and happily received them on Wednesday.  It's always fun to play with new dies.  If you're looking for simple for a Christmas card, I don't think you could get much more simple than this.  This card has no stamping only dies.  Maybe use B1301 All is Calm for the inside sentiment?  This reminded me of peering out the window at a peaceful winter scene and Dave's creativity does all the work for us.   I thought a simple, peaceful card would be appropriate also for this day of remembrance.  

Dies used - 98166 Deer Trio, 98167 Star of Wonder

Papers:  Kraft note card, Parchment, Licorice Dots, Soiree Cherry

Other:  Nestabilities Labels 18

Maybe take a moment today to honor all those who lost their lives or those who lost those they loved ten years ago. 

Sat 10

Who Can Resist RESIST?

I keep saying that ("Who can resist resist?") and am powerless to stop myself because it's so darned true!

I had a lot of fun with this card - unfortunately, the picture doesn't do it justice. All the more reason to try this one at home so you can see for yourself! After I did this technique once, I was totally hooked!!!


Memory Box stamps: Crow (B1389), Harvest Moon (G1804); Memory Box Soiree Shimmer Paper (Onyx, Silver); Swathmore watercolor paper; Ranger Distress embossing ink, Ranger Distress Seafoam White embossing powder; Ranger Distress inks (Mustard Seed, Dried Marigold, Chipped Sapphire, Weathered Wood, Concord Grape, Soot); Memory Box diamond jewel stickers; Perfect Pearls (Perfectly Pearl).


Heat tool, stamp positioner, foam ink applicators, Ranger craft mat, Ranger water mister


  1. Stamp Harvest Moon with embosSing ink on watercolor paper and heat emboss with Seafoam White powder.
  2. Apply Mustard Seed and Dried Marigold inks to moon with ink applicators - it's okay to color outside the lines. ;~D
  3. Apply Weathered Wood ink to center of card, working out. Apply Chipped Sapphire ink to edges, working in. Repeat with Concord Grape.
  4. Saturate panel with Perfect Pearls solution by spritzing. (Fill Ranger Mister up to the "R" in "Mister" on the side of the bottle and then add Perfectly Pearl Perfect Pearls - I used about 1/8 teaspoon.)
  5. Don't panic at how dreadful it looks (and it will look scary). When this baby dries, you're going to be very happy!
  6. Once your very cool, shimmery panel is dry, stamp crow with Soot ink.
  7. Cut panel to your preferred size and mount on a mat of Soiree Shimmer Paper (silver). 
  8. Adhere matted panel to Soiree Shimmer card (Onyx).
  9. Add diamond jewel stickers.   

Piece of cake! (Or should I say candy, given the season?)

TFL and have a great weekend!


Wed 07


Crow and Pumpkin C1800 - patiently waiting for the next trick-or-treater - fits perfectly on the Museum Tag E1771 and matching Museum Tag Die 98145.  The delicate Frosty Border 98171 goes quickly from elegant+icy to scary+sinister when it's diecut from Soiree Onyx Shimmer Cardstock.

It's great that many of the Memory Box Dies  can be used throughout year with a simple change of paper. Frosty Border would be pretty in the summer too - with flowers placed behind it, letting the border become the center of the flowers.  Well, summer is just beginning here in Seattle, so maybe I'll still have time to do that.

The background stamp - Vintage Halloween Words G1802 - is missing from the picture below. It's probably where the supplies all go to hide when I'm scrambling to post an idea!

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Here's another Memory Box Halloween idea featuring the Frosty Border die...find the directions here.





Tue 06

Catalina Seasons




The day after labor day may still be 90 degrees, but in my mind, summer is over and autumn begins. So what better to celebrate the start of fall but with a "happy fall" card.

I used the catalina wreath die 98189 for the fall card. I love the intricate dies that Memory Box sells. There are nothing else like them out there.  I know some people are scared of how intricate they are. I use my cuttle bug with 2 paper shims and I roll the die through my machine several times. I haven't had a problem with them cutting.

I start by cutting my die and inking it with Ranger's new distress stains.




Next I cover the whole thing with versamark ink and emboss with clear embossing powder.




While the wreath is till hot, dip it back into the embossing powder and reheat. Do this 3-4 times to create a thick coating over your wreath.



You will have a strong embellishment for a card or a scrapbook page. I had such fun with this technique I went ahead and made a spring and holiday card too. I am seeing a wreath in shades of blues with snowflake paper for winter.




Happy Fall Everyone!!




Mon 05

Spooky Layout

The Valise Papers have these fantastic tags and labels with varying sizes and designs and they inspired me to create a layout.


The focal point is the frame from the Valise paper paired with a picture of my youngest from Halloween in 2008. The month tag and ticket work to highlight the month and leave room for journaling. I paired the Valise papers with a sheet of Luminous to bring in some rich orange colors.

The Pumpkins (Crow and Pumpkin)  are stamped using black ink and distressed with dye inks. I stamped over the pumpkin with the Elegant Damask stamp. The little cat is from the Cat and Moon stamp. After I cut the cat out I had a few white areas and all I had to do was place the black ink pad over the cat and fill in any gaps I had unintentionally left on the cat. :)

The background is created using the kraft side of the Valise paper and stamping Vintage Halloween Words repeatedly in black ink and sponging the edges with brown dye ink.

The numbers and banners are stickers.

Have a wonderful week!


Sat 03

Simple Poinsettia

Since the temps have been in the 90's the past few days, I thought I'd try to cool off with a Christmas card.  Did you ever have a project that just wouldn't cooperate -- that's how this one was.  The patterned paper I chose wasn't quite right, wasn't quite happy with the coloring etc. etc.  (Thanks Woodville coffee friends for your input and suggestions.)  After the project was complete I was testing the Viva Decor pearls before adding it to the center of the petals -- it splurted out in a big stream over the completed card.  I think I wiped off all of the mess.  So then there were added difficulties taking a photo -- thank goodness for a patient husband.  Here's the completed project -- does anyone else out there have certain projects that just don't cooperate or go as planned?

Here are the supplies:

  • C1783 Christmas Ticket
  • G1788 Poinsettia Bloom
  • 98203 Poinsettia Bloom Die
  • 98109 Scalloped Circle Die
  • Distressed Dots Licorice card stock
  • Key Lime Note card

Other - Inktense colored pencils, gamsol, Archival jet black ink, clear embossing powder, smooth white card stock, black card stock, ric rac

Stamp poinsettia on white card stock, color with pencils, blend with gamsol and stump, trim with die, trim around three of the petals with an xacto knife for dimension, and use stylus on back of cut petals to puff out.  Add foam tape (I used rolled up dimesional glue dots) to raise cut petals.  Cut scalloped circle and add poinsettia on top.  Stamp Christmas Ticket at bottom of note card and emboss with clear powder.  Add distressed dots patterned paper to top of note card and layer poinsettia piece on top.  When card is put together, add viva decor pearl pen dots to center (I used a yellow marker to color before the pearls and the color bled up through the white viva decor pearl paint.)  Hopefully you will prime your pearls away from your finished card to avoid a disaster.

May all your stamping be happy!