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16 posts from September 2012

Tue 11

Fantastic Fall Card!

Check out this Fantastic Fall card being taught by Julia at The Stamp Addict in San Diego on Oct. 27th and 29th. In this card she is using one of the new stamps Autumn Trees and one of the new dies Riviera Corner. She will be teaching this card and many others in her classes. Just call 619-667-5060 to reserve your seat!




I hope you like the card and hope to see you in class!


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Mon 10

Halloween Shadow Box

When I found 7 Gypsies Solo Shadow Box Trays in white and in black on sale for 40% off at my local Michaels store, I bought all they had in stock!  These cute little trays are 6 1/2 X 6 5/8 X 7/8 with one large 4X6-ish space and three small 2X2-ish spaces to fill.  My son loves to decorate his apartment for Halloween and I've made him displays in the larger 7 Gypsies trays before.  I made this one up in a couple of hours at the most and sent it off to California last week. This was such a fun size to work with!



  • Blackbird 6X6 paper collection
  • Archival Jet Black Ink
  • Stamp--Moonlight Woods F1885
  • Die--Puffy Clouds 98172
  • Die--Meadow Bird 98339
  • Die--Grove Branch 98311
  • Die--Country House 98165
  • PoppyStamps Die--Mini Picket Border 838
  • Memory Box Jewel Stickers
  • Halloween Banner sticker from K&Company
  • Cat and Witch stickers from Recollections
  • additional paper--scraps of black and Memory Box Squash Gingham
  • Pop dots, Glue Dots, tape runner


  • Cut background papers from the Blackbird 6X6 papers and adhere to the box.
  • Stamp the Moonlight Woods F1885 on the same background paper to get that nice orange moon. Cut to edges of stamped image.  Adhere to black card stock and trim close. Adhere to background paper in shadow box, matching up at least one tree branch.
  • Die cut the Country House 98165 from another piece of the Blackbird paper.  Mount on Squash Gingham and trim close to the outline of the house.  Open the doors and windows a bit. Mount on black cardstock and trim close.  Pop dot onto background to the right of the Moonlight Woods image.
  • Add black cat sticker in lower left of that panel and add flying witch sticker in the upper right. Die cut Puffy Clouds 98172, adhering the smaller ones flat and pop dot the largest cloud under the witch and overlapping the moon.
  •  Die cut the PoppyStamps Mini Picket Border 838 from black cardstock and adhere to the outside of the frame in front of the house.  I added the letters A and C, my son's initials, to the ends of the fence and used the Halloween Banner over the top edge of that scene.
  • Die cut the Meadow Bird three times from black cardstock.  Add a tiny black jewel for an eye on each one and pop dot each into the three tiny boxes. 
  • Die cut three of the Grove Branch 98311 and adhere them to the frame over each of the bird boxes.  Add three jewels to the end of each branch. 

I actually made another shadow box today as well.  They go together quite quickly!  I have so many ideas now for the ones I want to do for Christmas presents!  And I'm pretty sure that the Your Maine Stamper regulars will want to make one in class on October 8th. I can't wait for another crafting day!!!

Happy Crafting!

Thu 06

Autumn Splendor

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Hello Dear Stamper Friends:

Today, I am sharing with you a “Side Step Card”, another shaped card: perfect for displaying all the magnificent Memory Box Dies.

I use the “Thistle” distressed polka dot paper, don’t you think this color is superb?

TIP: use unusual combinations of ink colors for the leaves to make them more dramatic…in this case I use turquoise with ochre and orange

NOTE: The sentiment stamp has on the side the cute little leaves stamped on the swan…


1-sponge the three colors, in an area the size of your stamp

2- heat emboss the leaves with gold EP                       

3- die cut all your pieces

4- assemble card


PS: Remember: We love to have your feedback/questions. I will be responding to them at the end of the day, just click below on “comments” and post them!

Wed 05

Perfect Night for Halloween


Hope you had a great summer - and are anxious to get started on your fall and winter projects with the great dies and stamps in the Holiday Collection.  

The Graveyard Landscape Die 98375 sets the tone for a spooky night here - with the Poppystamps Serene Bird 841 perched in the foreground.  It's the type of scene that doesn't really need words, except when there's an ideal stamp for it, like Perfect Halloween B1886.  Dave is great at combining fonts for the greetings - this is just one of many examples.

The Cornerstone Seal 98296, cut from the Nightfall print, adds eerie elegance to the night sky.  Vintage Record Sheet G1712 stamped on white seems more appropriate than a stark white moon.  



Wicked Black and Pumpkn Pie are the perfect Clearsnap ColorBox Archival Dye Inkpads for this occasion.





Tue 04

The Great Pumpkin has Arrived

I hope everyone enjoyed the looonnnnggg weekend.  It was so nice.  Because it rained all weekend, I didn't feel the least bit guilty about "playing" in my stamp room all weekend.  Such creative fun!   

Here's one of the cards I came up with...

Great Pumpkin-Copics

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  1. Stamp Great Pumpkin with Rich Cocoa Memento ink onto white Neenah cardstock. Color with medium of your choice.  I used Copics YR14, YR16, YR18 and Y19 for the pumpkin and YG95, YG97, and YG99 for the stem.
  2. Die cut Great Pumpkin with matching die.
  3. Ink up Happy Fall stamp and stamp toward the right side of a small piece of Parchment card stock.  Trim the left end to make a small tag and punch a 1/16” hole in the end.  Distress with Antique Linen Distress Ink. Fold Linen Thread in half and thread through the little tag from front to back and loop around.  Leave ends loose and set aside.
  4. Place Dill paper into embossing folder with the colored side facing the “Sizzix” logo and run through Big Shot.  Sand this piece to give it a distressed look.   Distress with Antique Linen Distress Ink using ink blending tool and foam.  Adhere to corresponding Vanilla Bean paper.
  5. Wrap brown gingham around the dill piece.  Tie in a square knot on the left side, but before you tie it tight, lay one of the ends of the Linen Thread from the tag through the knot.  Then tie ribbon tight.  Don’t tie the end of the Linen Thread yet.  We’ll do that last. Adhere this piece to Jack O’Lantern Note Card
  6. Adhere small piece of Dusk paper to corresponding Vanilla Bean paper.  Add to the front of card.
  7. Add Great Pumpkin to card with foam tape.
  8. Tape down tag in the spot you want, and then tie up the loose ends.
  9. Die cut small piece of Dill Paper with Tiny Tendril die and add a bit of Antique Linen Distress Ink.
  10. Add Tiny Tendril to the top of the pumpkin.

This is one of the cards I'll be teaching at Scrapadoodle in Peoria, Illinois on September 30. I'll also be teaching this card at A Small Cleverness in Orange Park, Florida on October 12 and 13.  Perhaps I'll see you there....

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Sat 01

Autumn Home Decor

During the blitz a few weeks ago, I showed you a Holiday Wall Hanging project I made with many of the new Christmas dies.  Remember this:


I decided to decorate the other side, so it could double as a fall home decor piece as well. What do you think?


There are so many dies in the new collection that worked beautifully for this project. I also used a few dies from previous releases and two from Poppy Stamps.  Most of the dies were cut from a variety of Memory Box pattern papers, regular dot and distressed dots. Dies used are listed below:

Classic Upper Alphabet 98361

Whimsical Flourish 98373

Dangling Spider 98386

Magic Flourish 98420

Perky Pumpkin Face 98421

Great Pumpkin 98423

Tender Leaves 98313

Oak Leaf 98243

Lorelai Leaf 839 (Poppy Stamps)

LorelaiLeaf Outline 840 (Poppy Stamps)


I think this home decor piece will make a great gift for teachers, neighbors, friends and family. My creative wheels are turning with ideas for more panels to celebrate other seasons/holidays, too. Keep an eye out for my Winter/Valentine hanging - coming soon!

I am offering a workshop to make this wall hanging at Ink About It on Sat, Sept 8th from 10am-1pm. Call the store if you are in our area and would like to make your own - 987.392.0321