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Stamps on the Fly – April Sketch Edition

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SOTF - April Sneak Peek

I’m so excited to share my new edition of Stamps on the Fly!  You all know how much I love working with sketches and I thought it would be fun to share that with you.  I have a brand new page up telling you all the details including the links on how to get these PDF tutorials for FREE!

My first month’s sketch is one you are sure to love.  It is a classic and usable in so many ways!  Have embossing, stenciling, instructions on shabby bows and more for you this month!  How do you get it??  Just click below for all the details!

Stamps on the Fly – April Sketch Edition

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Freshly Made Sketches #175

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I am so happy to share today’s card with you!  My friend Jen Brum has created such a fun sketch for us over at Freshly Made Sketches.  In honor of Jen’s, um, aversion to circles I have created a card that is all about circles.  *smile*  I hope she appreciates my sense of humor on it!

Jen Timko - FMS175 - Bokeh Wishes

So the bokeh technique is all about circles.  Or at least my version is.  Bokeh is a photography technique defined as the way a lens renders points of light.  The key is the blur effect.  Bokeh has also been all the rage in the stamping world for a while and I finally gave it a go.  I’ll tell you a bit about how I created the card and then I have photos on how I created the panel itself.  I stamped this sentiment from Butterfly Basic in Gold Encore Ink onto Vellum and then heat embossed it with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  Then I punched it out with my 2-1/2″ Circle Punch.  I love the way the vellum mimics the look of the inked circles!  I used a little bit of Tombow Multipurpose Adhesive on the vellum behind the words to attach the vellum invisibly and also tacked down the portion I folded over on the back side.  I had this Blushing Bride Gold Baker’s Twine left over from this month’s Paper Pumpkin kit and it worked perfectly here, don’t you think?  To go along with the gold, I added a Gold Mini Metallic Clothespin and Gold Sequin Trim.

Bokeh - Watercolor

Now for the panel.  You can click on the photos to expand them if needed.  I took watercolor paper and taped it to a piece of chipboard (the stuff that comes in kits to protect materials) using old washi tape.  Then using a paint brush I washed water over the whole panel.  I put a few drops of Daffodil Delight Reinker in a container and using the same wet brush, picked up the reinker and splatted it onto the paper.  Then I did the same with Calypso Coral Reinker.  On the places where is seemed really dark or too watery, I pounced on the paper with a paper towel to absorb some of the extra.  This leads to a mottle look and I feel like the mottling is key to success with the rest of the technique.  You can let it dry naturally or use the low setting of your heat tool.  You can see which one I chose (because I’m impatient).

Bokeh - Sponging

Here you can see my reinker containers (old button boxes).  Then using circle punches I made a template using card stock (punches listed in materials below).  If you have circle framelits, you can use them instead.  I grabbed a trusty sponge dauber and started adding on circles using White Craft Ink.  Bigger circles are lighter and smaller circles are darker.  You can use just the dauber for the small circles if you want but my precision with those is a bit lacking.  I liked the template better.  Just add circles until you have the effect you want.  Let that panel dry thoroughly again, pull it up and trim to size.  It really is MUCH easier than I expected!!  I used this video as a basis for mine and then just used Stampin’ Up stuff instead.

FMS Final 175-001Let me know if you have any questions about this!  Don’t be like me and put it off.  Pull out some of your favorite colors and give it a try!

The team has done their usual fantastic job with the sketch and I know you will have fun with it too.  Another classic in the making!  Thanks so much for stopping in today.   See you soon!

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Stamps:  Butterfly Basics; Paper:  Watercolor, White, White Vellum; Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Gold Encore, White Craft; Accessories:  Circle Punches – 1/2″, 1-1/4″, 1-3/8″, 1-3/4″, 2-1/2″; Mini Metallic Clothespins, Gold Sequin Trim, Blushing Bride Gold Baker’s Twine (Paper Pumpkin), Sponge Daubers, Heat Tool, Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder

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The Newborn King – Faux Stained Glass

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SA Winter Hop - King 3

Welcome back!  I hope you really enjoyed the weekend’s hop and I’m thrilled you came back to join me today.  Today I am going to share with you the how-to on my Faux Stained Glass card.  I’m so thrilled with this one and I hope you love it too!

To see how to color and create this one, just watch my video tutorial:

The direct link to YouTube is here:  Faux Stained Glass Technique

I continue stamping away for all the fun stuff this month.  I have more cards created for Hope You Can Cling To plus the Dirty Dozen over at Splitcoaststampers.  And I am the sketch hostess this Wednesday at Freshly Made Sketches!  Stampy, stampy, busy bee!!

Tomorrow I’ll be back with the details on the other two cards I created for the hop and I hope you’ll come back to see me.  Until then, thanks so much for stopping in!

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Stamp:  The Newborn King; Paper:  Very Vanilla, White Vellum; Ink:  Gold Encore, Stampin’ Write Markers; Accessories:  Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Dimensionals, Simply Scored Scoring Tool

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Navy and Gold Star-Shaped Card – A Tutorial

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I am so happy to be here today to show you a fun project I created for my Hostess Club members this month.  I always think shaped cards are special!  Then one of my club members suggested that we make one this month and I thought it was the perfect time to show you a version with the new Bright & Beautiful stamp set and coordinating Star Framelits.

Navy and Gold Star-Shaped Card


This card is so elegant with the gold and navy and really easy to make.  Yes….easy!  And a new first for me on this blog….drum roll please….a video tutorial!  As I was working on the videos tutorials for my Stamps on the Fly class this month, I realized I should post some here sometimes too.  I can’t wait to see what you think!!  Please let me know.  Also, there is a variation in the video so don’t miss that!

Well, since I don’t have to type up the instructions, let’s go right to the video.  (I provided a direct link under the embedded image for my email readers.)

Direct link to YouTube Tutorial

While I promised this would be up yesterday, I had to get ready to go on a trip and that slowed me a bit.  Hopefully the video makes up for the tardiness!

I have been stamping away for some new things coming in October!  A blog hop, Hope You Can Cling To Challenge at Splitcoaststampers, more Stamps on the Fly….whew!  Can’t wait to share it all but hopefully you’ll love them!  For now, I’m out on the road and trying to catch up on some of the “admin” stuff during my layovers.  I hope that your weekend is fantastic!  If you are traveling, look for me!  Thanks so much for stopping in today!

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Stamp:  Bright & Beautiful; Paper:  Very Vanilla, Night of Navy; Ink:  Versamark, Night of Navy; Accessories:  Big Shot, Stars Framelits, Heat Tool, Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Dimensionals, Vintage Faceted Button, Gold Metallic Baker’s Twine, Gold Sequins, Rhinestones

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A visit from Lisa

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I am so happy to have a guest today on my blog!!  I had the great joy of meeting her when I went to Convention over the summer and she is my second upline at Stampin’ Up!  Her name is Lisa Curcio and wow am I lucky to be in her downline!!  My immediate upline Brandi had always spoken so kindly of Lisa (and Brandi is just amazing too) so I knew she had to be special.  Even still, imagine my surprise when at our very first time meeting she came bearing the most amazing handmade gifts!!  Stampin’ Up has blessed me in so many ways and with so many friendships…what a joy to work with such an amazing company.

Given that the last few weeks have been so light with postings, I thought it would be fun for you to get to know Lisa too.  I am always so excited when I find a new blog to follow and I suspect you are just like me about that!  Lisa has just started a blog named after her, Lisa Curcio.  She made an awesome project and agreed to let me post a picture here so that you all can see it.  Yes, you can go ahead and say it out loud (I did).  WOW!  This card box with coordinating cards is gorgeous isn’t it??

Here is what Lisa has to say about it:

“Christmas…66 days away!  Have you given any thought to your Christmas cards? Have you considered what gifts you would like to give for those on your shopping list?  Would you like to give a unique, one-of-a-kind gift?   Check out this EASY project! Its sure to cover all those questions on your holiday “to do” list!”

I know…you want all the details on how to make this don’t you??!!  It is easy to get.  Hop right over to her blog and she has all the details and a tutorial.  While you are there, stop and take a look around because her blog is loaded with ideas.  Yes, she is much more consistent at posting than I am so get a good cup of coffee or tea, you might be there awhile!!

Well, I survived the 4th Grade field trip yesterday and we have a big school fundraiser today (with lots of parents needed, of course) so my stamping hasn’t been given quite the time I had hoped for.  You can expect to see more from me next week though since I have a fun card to share that was chosen by Stampin’ Up to be in the demonstrator magazine, Stampin’ Success!

Hope your weekend is fantastic!  Don’t forget to tell Lisa hi when you stop in and tell her I sent you!  *smile*

SUOC42 – Congratulations!

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Over at SUO Challenges this week we are celebrating!  Our own Michelle Laycock has been a Stampin’ Up demonstrator for 10 years and we thought it appropriate to make “Congratulations” cards in her honor.  These are always fun cards to make, aren’t they??!!

As I told you last week, my boys and I went down to Washington DC for the Cherry Blossom Festival and to visit the wonderful museums.  Card first and then I’ll share the inspiration photos.  With cherry blossoms on the brain, I had no choice but to pull out a flower set…and what better set than Elements of Style?  I wanted the focus to be on the flowers so I thought I’d try using my Labels Collection Embosslits to create a frame.  First I cut the center piece out of Watercolor Paper.  I stamped the flower and colored it using my Blender Pen with Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride and Pear Pizzazz inks.  Next, I created an embossed frame on Very Vanilla paper.  Getting the Big Shot “sandwich” right was the only difficult part.  Here it is:

  • Multipurpose Platform on Tab 1
  • Cutting Pad
  • Silicone Rubber Mat
  • Very Vanilla Card Stock
  • Embosslit with the cutting edge turned up (**see note)
  • Typing paper
  • Cutting Pad
  • Shim (for me a piece of thick paper that comes in the DSP packs)

**Note:  Make sure the cutting edge is turned up or you could cut into your silicone mat

Every Big Shot is a little different so you may have to play with the “shim” part to get the desired level of embossing.

I added a “Potato Masher” bow (tutorial here) and some of the tiniest of the pearls in the Basic Pearl pack.  I love the elegance of this card!!



Now, in truth, almost all the cherry blossoms are already gone.  But I went in search of and found some holdouts!  The first picture is from a set of trees near the Jefferson Memorial (which you see in the background).  These are a later blooming variant.  The second picture is from a lone tree along the Tidal Basin that was still blooming.  I loved that I could get the Washington Monument in the photo!  I tormented my children with many pictures of them with the trees too but will save those for an MDS project.

Well, off to enjoy a beautiful day here in Virginia.  I hope that you will join us at SUO Challenges with your happy cards!  See you tomorrow!

Stamps:  Elements of Style, Silhouette Sentiments (hostess, retired); Paper:  Very Vanilla, Watercolor; Ink:  Early Espresso, Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz; Accessories:  Big Shot, Labels Collection Embosslits, Very Vanilla Seam Binding, Blender Pen, Basic Pearls, Dimensionals

Freshly Made Sketches #28

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I know I am completely biased but I just love the sketches from Freshly Made Sketches  every single week.  This week Lesley Croghan of Always Playing with Paper has brought us another great one.

I started in a whole different direction on this one using a watercolored panel and some masculine papers.  But you know what…the Bright Blossoms and Summer Smooches just kept calling out to me.  Sometimes you just have to listen!  I have just fallen in love with these little flowers.  I love tulips anyways and the fun little prints on these stamps add so much.  As soon as I saw the little rectangles on this sketch, I knew that it would involve little bows of some sort (what a surprise!).  I used the fork bow method using this tutorial and the awesome Island Indigo Ruffled Ribbon.  Because of the weight of the ribbon, I used Sticky Strip instead of Mini Glue Dots to hold them onto the card.  With the texture coming from the bows I realized that the stamped panel need some dimension.  I stamped a couple more flowers and the vase and the fussy cut them.  To add that little extra finish to those, I ran a Stampin’ Write Marker around the edges of the cut out pieces (I find doing this from behind reduces the risk to your cut pieces in case you slip).  That lovely sentiment from Precious Butterflies came out again.  I just love the happy colors from the Summer Smooches DSP and this print is particularly great!  The stamp and the DSP will be available in April so just a couple more days!!

The design team has some fabulous takes on the sketch and I know you will love using it.  Can’t wait to see what you dream up!

I’m off to the Cherry Blossom Festival today (even though they are mostly gone) and some fun with my boys.  I hope your day is fantastic.  See you again soon!!

Stamps:  Bright Blossoms, Precious Butterflies (hostess); Paper:  Summer Smooches DSP, Daffodil Delight, Island Indigo, Whisper White; Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Island Indigo; Accessories:  Island Indigo 3/8″ Ruffled Ribbon, Dimensionals, Sticky Strip

SUOC41 – Spring or Fall

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This is the time of year for seasonal changes and we want you to show us your cards inspired by those.  At SUO Challenges, spring fever has definitely set in.  But we know that many of you live in the Southern Hemisphere and we want to see your beautiful fall cards.

When I got to go to Cindy Elam’s house a couple of weeks ago, one of the most fun things we did was prepare for this challenge.  We used the same sketch to create our cards.  She chose spring and I chose fall.  Here are the cards side-by-side.  Fun, huh??!!

I started by embossing a Crumb Cake panel with Cindy’s Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder.  So pretty!  With that lovely background I wanted to keep the rest pretty clean so I went to Cindy’s punch rack and started punching out flowers to layer.  Aren’t they pretty together?  All I did was sponge the layers of the flower and the edges of the Crumb Cake panels.    I chose this lovely sentiment from the Sale-a-bration set Elementary Elegance.  Finally, the bow was the one I made for the bow tutorial we created.  I thought this had a bit of a fall feel with the color choices, especially when put next to Cindy’s amazing spring card!  This sketch was one Cindy had saved and I really like both results with it.

I hope you will be able to join us at SUO Challenges with this fun theme!  The design team has created some fabulous cards for inspiration so make sure you drop by to see them.

I will be back tomorrow for another Freshly Made Sketches Challenge.  Make sure you check back in because it is a cool sketch…unlike any that I have used before!  Until then, have a great day and thanks for stopping in.

Stamps:  Elementary Elegance (SAB); Paper:  Crumb Cake, Rich Razzleberry, Naturals Ivory: Ink:  Rich Razzleberry; Accessories:  Big Shot, Vintage Wallpaper EF, Regals Button, Crumb Cake Seam Binding, Dimensionals, Punches – Blossom, 5-Petal Flower, Boho Blossoms

Quilted Bow

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Guess what our theme is over at SU Only Challenges this week??!!!  RIBBONS AND BOWS!!!!!  Sorry to shout but I think we can agree that ribbon is one of the best ever accessories from Stampin’ Up!!  I love them all.  So then I was presented with a dilemma.  How do I choose which ribbon??!!  After much debate I simply went with the newest ribbon to my “collection”…Early Espresso Quilted Satin Ribbon.

I made the bow here using the same method as some previous cards and I will give you all the details further down in the post.  The card started with the new-to-me set French Foliage.  It was first introduced in last year’s Holiday Mini and when it made the big catalog went on my first order.  I looked to the Well Worn DSP and found this wood print.  Perfect background for the leaves!  The Early Espresso lines on the bottom of the DSP are part of the print and I created a matching top by running the edge of my ink pad along the DSP.  The leaves were inked in Cajun Craze, River Rock and Soft Suede with a bit of Early Espresso added to the edges with a sponge dauber.  Now to the bow…

You saw my previous tutorial on the fork bow and this is another variation using a potato masher.  It happens to make just the right size bow!!  The bow I made today is a triple bow but you can also use this for a single or double version.  Since it is so similar to the fork bow, the picture above shows it wrapped three times, one tail pulled down and the other pulled over (if you need to see the first steps better, click to the fork bow tutorial).

Turn over the potato masher and put it down on the table.

Add an additional piece of ribbon that long enough to go across the panel and wrap around a little to the back.  Position it so that the bow is in the correct place for your card.

Tie the first half of a know and position the tails of your bow to hang correctly.  Make any adjustments to your wrap-around piece before further tightening (this is especially important with Seam Binding).  Tighten knot as much as you can then pull off the tines of the masher.   Hold the sides of the bow as you do any final tightening.

Here is your final bow.  If it is a triple version, pull one of the inner loops to the top and one to the bottom to make it look like this.  I used a double version of this on the Always Artichoke Bright Hopes Card from the SA Blog Hop.  I do recommend that you try this with Seam Binding first and get the feel of the technique.  The Quilted Satin Ribbon is a bit thicker and you have to work a little bit to get the knot tight.  It is definitely worth the effort though!!

This is part of my continuing search for the “perfect” bow.  I love how consistent these are and the more you do, the faster they get!  I can’t wait to see what you make with the Stampin’ Up ribbons this week.  Make sure you get right over and see what the rest of the design team has made…I’m in love with the ribbon flowers, the poofy bows, the scrunching…well, all of them!

Thanks for stopping in today.  I hope you had a wonderful weekend!!

Stamps:  French Foliage, Always Thankful; Paper:  Well Worn DSP, Early Espresso, Naturals Ivory; Ink:  Cajun Craze, River Rock, Soft Suede, Early Espresso; Accessories:  Espresso Quilted Satin Ribbon, Color Spritzer Tool, Sponge Daubers

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Bright Hopes Gift Box

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Today I am going to show you a little more detail about the Kraft Gift Box project from the Stampin’ Addicts Holiday Mini Blog Hop.  I love these little boxes and you really can’t beat the price!!  To start, I stamped the snowflake from Bright Hopes all around the sides of the box using Soft Suede and then assembled the box per the included instructions.

Next I created a tag using a Naturals Ivory.  I used my Champagne Mist Shimmer paint to create a Shimmer Spray.  All you have to do is fill a travel size spray container with about 1 ounce (half a bottle) of regular rubbing alcohol.  Then add drops of Shimmer Paint until it is as shimmery as you like (I use about 12-15 drops since I want some sparkle).  Shake well before each use.  I recommend you use this where the alcohol will not cause damage, either using the Color Catcher or other protective surface.  Spray your tag and set aside to dry.  Then I stamped with Soft Suede Ink again and Night of Navy.  You can see the sparkle if you click to look close-up but it is much prettier in person!

Next was the ribbon.  I used the Puffy Bow Tutorial from the extraordinarily talented stampers at Stampin’ 411.  I love their challenges but make sure you take some time to peruse their tutorials.  Fantastic information!!  The Denim Jean Ribbon is not quite as easy to cut as the Seam Binding shown in the tutorial but with a little patience you just follow the same instructions.  I left “tails” and attached the bow and tails to the top with Sticky Strip (I wrapped the ends around the lid).  I did the same with a length of ribbon around the box to make it look like a package.  Trim the ribbon to the right length and carefully, really carefully, seal the ends of the ribbon with a lighter so they don’t fray.

This allows you to open the box without having to take anything apart.  Just so you know, the box was perfect for five chocolate chip cookies.  Sadly, the cookies didn’t last much beyond this photo being taken.  My boys were waiting very patiently for me to finish and how could I say no??!!

I’m planning on ordering more packages of these little boxes and using them for all kinds of holiday gifts.  I can’t wait to make more of these bows using all kinds of other ribbon.  Just make sure you tell the Operators thanks for the tutorial and give them credit if you use it!!

I’m off to put some last minute touches on a project for tomorrow.  I look forward to sharing it and some fun news!  See you then!

Stamp:  Bright Hopes; Paper:  Naturals Ivory, Night of Navy; Ink:  Night Of Navy, Soft Suede: Accessories:  Kraft Gift Box, Blue Denim Jean Ribbon, Sticky Strip

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