Monday, February 17, 2020

Paper Piecing with Beautiful Moments


I'm looking for some fairly simple designs for my Quick & Cute class coming up on Thursday night. (Tuesday is the deadline for registration.) The Beautiful Moments stamp set has some great images that don't need a lot of extra work for them to look effective. But then I spotted a piece of the Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper, with a smaller design on it and thought that it would make a great design for paper piecing and a diabolical thought crossed my mind! 

Yes, I thought of using the Mom and daughter stamp and paper piecing their dresses to be look-alikes using the Peaceful Poppies DSP! Now, technically, any card involving fussy cutting, might not be classified as simple, but these are such simple shapes to cut out that it doesn't take much skill. It's a good first project!

Here's how it turned out:

  • Stamp the mother & daughter image from Beautiful Moments in two places. One place is the Whisper White panel in the middle, and the other place is in the center of the Peaceful Poppies DSP that is behind the white panel. Because it is right in the center, when you cut the images out from there, they will be covered by the white cardstock and not visible when the card is put together. Stamp the birds and the sentiment before adding the paper piecing, in case you have an issue with the stamping, so you can restamp on the other side, before gluing on the DSP.
  • Then poke a hole in the DSP right beside the mom's dress image and roughly cut it out, not worrying about details. Do the same with the little girl's dress. Then use your Paper Snips to trim each image, just the dress part of the image, cutting as close to the outside edge of the stamped line as possible.
  • Add adhesive to the DSP dresses and match them up to the stamped images on the white cardstock and glue them as shown. 
  • Back the DSP and the white cardstock with a Basic Black cardstock matte and glue the DSP to the card base and use dimensionals to add the white cardstock to the card front.
That's the card! I find it so cute and so easy to do! What do you think??




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Friday, February 14, 2020

Birthday Dies for As You See It Challenges


I'm trying to keep up with trying out all the new products that I have from the Jan/Jun Mini Catalogue, the Sale-A-Bration Catalogue and the new Coordination Product Release. I killed two birds with one stone, so to speak, when I created a card that used a Sale-A-Bration Reward stamp set, the Happy Birthday to You set along with a Coordination Product release die set that coordinates with it, the Birthday Dies. The Birthday Dies are great because they not only die cut the images in the set, but they also add a few new elements to add on to it, as well as die cut the flowers on the cake separately from the cake if you just want to use them.
I created this card as my Design Team sample for the latest As You See It Challenge, which is a Sketch Challenge entitled Hive, for (I think) obvious reasons:

My image isn't exactly hive shaped, but almost! Check it out:



  • I hope you can even tell that it is a birthday cake with flowers on it and the stamped image is from the Happy Birthday to You stamp set.
  • I embossed the image in a homemade mix of silver and gold stampin' emboss powder - one to one quantity- and it creates a kind of champagne metallic embossing powder - warmer than silver and cooler than gold.
  • The icing on the cake is coloured with the Pool Party Stampin' Blends Combo Pack, while the flowers are the Petal Pink Stampin' Blends Combo Pack, with the leaves done in Soft Sea Foam Stampin' Blends Combo. The centers and baby's breath type foliages are done in So Saffron Stampin' Blends Combo.  
  • I embossed the cake image twice, but just coloured the flowers on one of the images, not the icing. I just die cut the flowers on that cake and used them to overlap the flowers on the other cake so I could add some of the extra foliage I had die cut from Champagne Foil behind them. 
  • I also used the Champagne Foil to die cut a cake plate and a strip to put behind the cake.
  • The Designer paper I used is from the Parisian Blossoms Specialty DSP set, both the background and the small scripted piece right on the front. 
  • Finally, the sentiment is stamped in Memento Black right on the DSP in the lower right side of the card front. And the Champagne Rhinestone Basic Jewels are added to the DSP strip on the far right for balance. Sadly, they are not orderable right now, with more expected in March.



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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Kissing Cousins: Love What You Do & Very Versailles


In my quest to revive a few "old" techniques for my Technique Night class this month, I decided that the "kissing" technique was one of the ones that we should visit. Like many of the other old techniques, it requires one solid stamp image and one patterned image. I found them, one in the Very Versailles stamp set and one in the Love What You Do stamp set and the result made a great background! In the next photo, you can see it up close:



  • The two stamps that were used were the script stamp from Very Versailles and the large 'blob' or paint stroke stamp from Love What You Do. To get this look, I inked up the large paint stroke stamp in Coastal Cabana ink and then touched it to the dry, uninked surface of the script stamp. The script stamp removed ink from the other stamp to give the look above. Then I stamped the large paint stroke stamp on the surface of the image panel on the card. Easy peasy, but so effective!
  • The black frame around the image panel is created by using the largest of the Stitched So Sweetly dies from the Jan/Jun Mini Catalogue. It's actually a rectangle, but once I die cut the rectangle, I moved the die up the die cut rectangle about 4 scallops, matching up the scallops on the die and the already die cut image and ran it through the die cutting machine once more. It gave me the perfect shape to back my image.
  • The background papers are from the Follow Your Art Designer Series and the Noble Peacock Specialty Designer Series.
  • The sentiment is die cut with two dies from the large Well Written die set.
  • The finishing touch was two coloured rhinestones from the Noble Peacock Rhinestones.

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Monday, February 10, 2020

Very Versailles Offset Triple Time Stamping


I finally resolved most of my computer problems over the weekend, although I'm sure there will still be apps that I have to go searching for to download again. At least I got my newsletter out finally on Friday night! Then I set out to design cards for my Technique nights this week.

My theme this month is Old Techniques Made New. One of the old techniques I thought I'd cover was Triple Time stamping. I found a beautiful card on Pinterest made by Wendy Lee, where she'd done the triple time stamping but offset it and added sponging. I changed the stamp sets she used as they were retired as were the colours, but I approximated them because the combination was so beautiful. I used the Very Versailles stamp set because it is one of few that has solid images, which you need for silhouettes. The other set I used was Country Road for the large grass stamp.

One difficulty I've run into as I try to update old techniques is that so many of them require solid stamps and we have so few of those these days. But I found enough of them to make do.



  • The card base is Highland Heather and I cut another panel of 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" Highland Heather and ran it through the Layered Leaves 3D Embossing Folder for the background texture.
  • I cut the three panels in Whisper White and 3 similar panels in Basic Black except for 1/8" larger on each side to act as mattes.
  • The three white panels are temporarily adhered together with just a small bit of Snail. Then the sentiment, border stamp and leaf spray from Very Versailles are stamped on overlapping the three panels as shown, in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. The large grass stamp from Country Road stamp set is added also.
  • The panels are sponged using Balmy Blue in the center, flanked by Highland Heather on both top and bottom, then Gorgeous Grape on the top and Night of Navy on the bottom.
  • The panels are then separated and mounted on their respective mattes, then rejoined, lining up the images to match. All three are adhered to the card base then.
  • The final touch is three Rhinestone jewels as shown.

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