37 posts categorized "Sue T."


Mon 22

Take three with retro ornaments; soft and pretty


If you haven't noticed, I often work in threes. I like to take a stamp or die and try to do at least three different things with it. Sorta justifies the purchase. I remember Jennifer Maguire when asked how she picks a stamp, she responded by saying if she couldn't think of at least five things to do with it she wouldn't get it.

See here and here for the previous postings.

Today is the third installment of the hanging ornament die. I used a tried and true technique that I introduced last winter. See here for the tutorial. 

Once the die was embossed, I carefully colored it with copic makers and added my sentiment. I was so tempted to add glitter, but I held back remembering the old adage that"less is more".

I think this created such a soft and pretty card for the holidays.

Hope you enjoyed the hanging ornament series, stay tune for a new series coming up!



Fri 05

Retro hanging ornaments


 Hi everyone, I am back with another card using the hanging ornaments dieIt seems when I grab something from Memory Box in my stash, I become obsessed and have to play with it until I can't figure out another use for it. 

Well, I digress, let me get back to todays card. I started by essentially creating a stencil from the die- I just used the negative of the die cut.


Do you notice what I did? I took the positive and cut out the snowflakes from the balls.  I didn't want them there- save them! Save the bubbles too! I gently laid the positive die cut back inside the negative.


Using copics, I stated filling in the ornaments and bubbles.


I colored the whole thing.


I added the ornament embellishments of the dots and stripes.


"Stencils" removed. Almost done. I glittered the ornaments and bubbles and adhered the positive image back over the colored area. I added the snow flakes and popped the bubbles.

This might take a wee bit of work, but the results are gorgeous, the ornaments remind me of those retro glass balls from my childhood!

Come on back again and see how I can manipulate this awesome die cut!!



Wed 27

Hanging Ornaments


This is the first holiday card I have made this year and if you can believe it I didn't use one of the many holiday stamps that Memory Box has this year. I had to grab hanging ornaments

This wonderful die makes the prettiest clean and simple card. After I die cut it, I covered it with a versamark padI covered it with a wonderful new embossing  powder called sparkle from Imagine Crafts to add some well sparkle to my ornaments. I mounted the die cut on blue paper, but you easily mass produce these with different color backgrounds.

I think I am now getting the holiday card bug!!!



Fri 22

Freestyle stamping


I call this technique free style stamping, sounds fancy huh? It really just means doodling, something that I love to do. Did you know that doodling can make you smarted. Check out this article. Lots of famous people doodle also, so we doodlers are in great company.

While have done this technique for years, it wasn't until I was taking the new online class Stretch Your Stamps, that I was reminded of it. I stamped gathered blooms using my favorite inks Momentos.


The trick with this technique is to think "Outside the Box"!! (hee hee) Instead of the stems on the gathered blooms, I saw a vase. I stamp the image off the paper, which always creates more interest.

I then put some ink directly to a craft sheet, but you just as easily use an acrylic block and added some greenery to the image with a waterbrush.


From there I began my doodling using an extra fine point sharpie. (make sure your piece is completely dry before doodling- no smears please.)


Here the doodling is just about complete. To finish it I added some accents to the vase and flowers. I created shadows around the image and added some splatters.

The trick is just to have fun. I would sooooo love to see what you all do with this technique. Send me a link.



Fri 08

A last hello


Hello all! This is the last card in my berry bird series. Today, our sweet bird has devoured his berries and has flown back to the berry bush for more. (I think he also ate the last ant that tried to climb the branch!)

My card uses the wildberry branch for our wee bird to land on. I used brown and orange to highlight the sentiment and this CAS card came together in no time at all.



Wed 30

You had me at hello, again!


Hello again everyone! Do you remember that I said I would be back with some this week with another way to use "berry bird"? No, well you might want to check out this posting for the start of this bird extravaganza! 

I have really been enjoying playing with stamping's latest trend- watercolors.Today, I experimented with what is being called no line watercolor. Check out this great video for a how to.

While I have every sort of watercolors from tube to the Peerless paper watercolors, my favorite set is the one I have had since I was a kid!


I think you can tell which is the well loved and much used set!! This is a pretty fool proof way to get that cool water color look to your stamping and makes for a great CAS card with the bird being the focus.

I hope some of you try this technique and let me know how you make out.



Wed 23

Is less more?


Hi everyone! I hope you aren't done with stamps after last week's stamping blog blitz. Me- I can't get enough of all the new stamps that Memory Box has to offer. 

I love birds and have a million bird stamps, dies, stencils etc., but this absolutely adorable "berry bird" CS2009C  just called to me and I had to have it. the ideas are swirling and you may be seeing him more then this time in my upcoming blog postings.

Today the question is- "is less is more?" I usually agree, but I am not so sure today. My first card (I just had to post the pic with the sun shadows on the card, it looked so cool!!) is abut layers with the cut out to highlight our sweet bird. But in this card it is all about one layer simplicity. the exact same stamping but just on one layer.


When I showed my DH, who is my best critic both cards and asked him which he liked best, he immediately said he would buy the one layer card if he saw it in a store, because of its simplicity. Me- I like the layered card best.

Soooo now it's your turn- "is less more?' Tell me which card you prefer, any special reason?

Stay tune for more "berry bird" cards.



Tue 15

Joyful Kisses


Welcome to day 2 of Memory Box's stamping blog blitz! Isn't it exciting that Dave has come out with so many cool new stamps! My wee heart went pitter pat when I saw them. 
Today's CAS card uses a card blueprint that I often use. Two pieces of pattern paper with the stamped image at the top and the saying at the bottom. This blueprint can be used for any holiday or occasion.
I love mistletoe and collect mistletoe stamps. For todays card I used "mistletoe bundle" CS2001C and colored it with copic markers. I added glitter to the berries for a bit of shine. Lastly I added the sentiment CS2007B joyful combo and this quick clean and simple card was complete.
Be sure to leave a comment if you would like the chance to win this awesome mistletoe stamp. You have until Sunday, July 20th at 11:59pm EST to enter.  Keep checking in to see what my fellow designers are coming up with!


Thu 26

Midas Touch


Sometimes you have to go back to your roots to make a CAS card. Do you remember when you first learned to emboss? Remember the magic? The moment when the powder heated and raised?  It was amazing! It is what sucked many of us in to stamping.

Today's card is back to basics with gold embossing. I sponged the pattern lanthenay stencil with a versmark pad on my base card. I then heat embossed it in gold. I foam mounted the sentiment pice that I cut using the solid arch background die. Only I didn't cut it all the way through. I only cut it enough to create the curve panel that is so trendy these days.

This makes a great wedding or anniversary card.

Thanks for taking a look today.



Thu 19

Butterfly summer


I have to confess my garden is a bit of a jungle, but it sure attracts all sorts of birds and butterflies. I can look out my window of my studio and see all sorts of beautiful butterflies flitting here and there. It is so peaceful.

Today's CAS card is inspired by all those butterflies in my yard. I die cut "floating butterflies background" # 98991 twice. I took the die cut and using copic markers, I colored the butterflies with an ombre effect. I embossed them using the "garden peony blossoms" stencil # 88530. I mounted the negative piece on my card base and fit the butterflies back in the open die space.

Here is another card, but this time I embossed the base piece.


This is a great technique that you can easily use with other dies.

Thanks for peeking!