Aug 152011

Played in the Clean and Simple Challenge over at Splitcoaststampers.  Today’s challenge was to use a “partial image”.

I used the Nestabilities Labels 10 die as a template for sponging and finished off the edges with a faux stitch.  This helped to better define the sponged shape.

An inside sentiment with the same font worked nicely with the front sentiment even though the two were from different companies.

This particular card is going into my Operation Write Home box.  The pearls are quite small and hopefully not too bulky.

Thanks for dropping by today!  Happy Crafting!!


Stamps: SU Upsy Daisy, Butterfly Prints and Three Little Words; Verve Heartfelt Phrases (inside sentiment)

Papers: PTI Select White

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Basic Black, Real Red and Brocade Blue

Accessories: Flatback Pearls; Nestabilities Labels 10; SU Butterfly Punch

Looks like dad will be getting a few shirts and ties for Father’s Day… again!  LOL

There is a darling shirt and tie card on p.154 of  the current SU catalog.  Not being a demonstrator, I have no idea if SU has a template for this card, so I worked up my own A2 sized design.

Shirt Tutorial

1. Begin with a standard A2 sized card base (cut to 11″ x 4-1/4″, scored in half so that the card opens from the bottom).

2. On card front, measure 1″ down from the fold and draw a line across the width of the card.

3. Mark fold at 1-1/4″ from either side.  Mark on 1″ line at 7/8″ from either side and at center (2-1/8″).  (Marks “on fold and 1″ line should be made slightly below the fold and above the 1” pencil line, respectively.)

4. Cut to the 1-1/4″ marks on the fold line and the 7/8″ marks on the pencil line.  (Cut directly on the fold and pencil line, respectively.)

5. Fold the point of the top outer corners to the 2-1/8″ center mark right above the pencil line.

6. Close the card and trace and cut out the outline on the back of the card of the area created by the folded down collar. (Cut slightly outside of the pencil lines to ensure that none of the card back is visible from the front when the card is closed.

You should end up with a card base that looks like this!

That’s it!  Of course, you can add stitching or round the corners, button down the collar or whatever!  If you want to add a patterned paper to the shirt front, it should measure 4″ x 4-1/4″.  (This will leave an 1/8″ card base border.)

Tie Template

Hope you have some fun with these!

Happy Crafting!


The GREEN shirt:
: PTI Select White; SU Handsome Hunter; Memory Box Ethan and Bella DP
Accessories: SU Ice Rhinestone Square Brad

The YELLOW shirt:
Papers: SU Barely Banana and Blueberry Crisp DSP
Accessories: SU Bitty Buttons

The RED shirt:
Papers: PTI Pure Poppy; My Mind’s Eye Stella Rose Hazel DP; Basic Grey Jovial DP
Inks: Black Gel Pen
Accessories: Corner Rounder Punch

The WHITE shirt:
Stamps: Teeny Tiny WishesOnly a portion of the stamp was used for the tie clip.  Since part of the sentiment was so close to the part that I wanted, I covered it with scotch tape before applying the ink.  This assured me that no ink would sneak onto the unwanted section.  The tape is, of course, removed before stamping.

: PTI Select White; SU Brushed Gold; Basic Grey Boxer DP
Inks: SU Basic Black Marker
Accessories: Small White Button Brads; Corner Rounder Punch


A One Sheet Wonder (OSW) is when a single piece of designer paper (dp) is used for several cards/projects with no or very very little waste left over.  After playing in Splitcoaststampers Clean and Simple Challenge a couple of weeks ago using a 3″ x 4″ piece of dp, I decided to divide the entire 12″ x 12″ double sided sheet of dp into 3″ x 4″ pieces.  That gave enough pieces to create as many as 12 cards all with a healthy helping of precious patterned goodness!

3 sketches were created all using a 3″ x 4″ sized piece of dp.  Today’s Color Challenge at Splitcoast was to use a blue, a lighter blue and a light green on a card or project.  One side of this particular dp already had the two blues.  By sponging Certainly Celery around the edges, punching a couple of light green butterflies and adding some light green ribbon, the color challenge was met.

I love designer paper SO much. So when using it, I like to challenge myself to create as little waste as possible.  Planning ahead really helps.  Hope maybe these sketches can help you, too, to use every inch of paper for something beautiful.

Happy Crafting!


(Click on the cards to enlarge.)

(This is SCS’s CC316 Card)

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Stamps: Flight of the Butterfly, Butterfly Prints and Bring on the Cake
Papers: Certainly Celery, Not Quite Navy, Very Vanilla and Blueberry Crisp Designer Series
Inks: Certainly Celery and Not Quite Navy
Accessories: Ice Cream Parlor Buttons, Grosgrain Ribbon, Butterfly Punch and Framed Tulip Embossing Folder

(This is SCS’s CAS110 Card)

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: Plane and Simple
Papers: Pacific Point, Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla, Blueberry Crisp Designer Series
Inks: Basic Black and Not Quite Navy
Accessories: Grosgrain Ribbon

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Stamps: Bold Blossom and Bring on the Cake
Papers: Pacific Point, Yoyo Yellow, Very Vanilla and Blueberry Crisp Designer Series
Inks: Not Quite Navy and Summer Sun
Accessories: Grosgrain Ribbon, Not Quite Navy Brad and 3/4″ and 1″ Circle Punches

Can’t believe that summer is almost over, and it’s time to start thinking “back to school”.  So today’s post is looking back to the August ’07 Dirty Dozen Gallery at Splitcoaststampers to a couple of cards that I made.

The first is a backpack shaped card.


The backpack was cut from a standard 5-1/4″ x 4-1/2″ piece of brown card stock. It was then mounted on a white card base which was also cut to the backpack pattern. The straps in back were adhered between the brown and white card stock so as to not inhibit the opening and closing of the card itself. A sewing machine was used to pierce the paper and then a marker was used for the faux stitching.

Here are the measurements if you want to make your own template.


The second card is also a standard 5-1/4″ x 4-1/2″ size.


The vase is on one layer of foam tape. The sentiment is on two. The canopy is on three! I used the 1/16th” and 1/8th” hand held circle punches for the ‘locks’. The locker vents are hand drawn with a gel pen.

Thanks for dropping in today.  Hope you are enjoying the last few days of summer.

Happy Crafting!




Stamps: SU! “Sporting” and “Canvas Backgrounder”

Papers: SU! Always Artichoke, Mellow Moss, Chocolate Chip, Silver and Whisper White

Inks: SU! Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip Classic and Marker, Cranberry Crisp, Ruby Red Marker

Accessories: GG Ribbon, Silver Brads, 1/4″ Square Punch, Corner Rounder Punch, Sewing Machine


Stamps: SU! “Fabulous Flowers” and “Vases in Vogue”

Papers: SU! Going Gray, Basic Gray, Silver, Basic Black, Bravo Burgundy, Groovy Guava, WW, Apple Cider DP

Inks: SU! Going Gray, River Rock, Bravo Burgundy, Jet Black Stazon, Blush Blossom and Garden Green Markers

Accessories: GG Ribbon, Rhinestone Brads, Primas, Scalloped Scissors, Circle Punches, Gel Pens


It’s Dare to Get Dirty Week at Splitcoaststampers (SCS)!  If you’re a Fan Club Member, this is your chance to play along with Dirty Girls, past and present, in a ton of fun challenges.  We’d love to have you join us!  There are 33 challenges to choose from.  Play one or play them all!  (And if you’re not a Fan Club Member, this is the perfect time to become one!)

I’m so happy to be hosting one of these challenges today.  Here is the card I created to serve as a sample for it.  You can find my challenge on SCS here.


I love the stamps from this Flourishes “Summer Botanicals” set.  The image was made by coloring directly onto the stamp with water based markers and then lightly spritzing the stamp with water before stamping.  The image was lightly filled in here and there with a few Copic MarkersFlower Soft was added to the herb’s blossoms.  After cutting out the flower pot and part of the plant, the flower pot was shaped/rounded and adhered with foam tape.  It was placed on the back in the middle of the bend to give the flower pot some dimension.


The second card was made as a sample for Dawn Burnworth’s (flowergal36) DTGD Challenge.  Here is Dawn’s challenge.


The butterfly image is from Hero Arts “Antique Engraving”.  Coloring was done with Copic Markers, and Stickles was added to the butterfly bodies for some sparkle.


For anyone interested, I have made a template for this 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ butterfly card.  If it is saved and then opened and printed as a jpg from Adobe Photoshop, I believe it will print to that size.


Hope that you can join in on the DTGD fun over at Splitcoaststampers.  Happy Crafting!


Herb Card

Stamps: Flourishes Summer Botanicals

Papers: PapertreyInk Vintage Cream, Spring Moss and Ocean Tides; SU! Really Rust; Basic Grey Oliver Designer Paper

Inks: SU! Markers Pretty in Pink, Really Rust, Old Olive and Always Artichoke; Copics:



Accessories: Flower Soft Raspberry Fizz and Glue; SU! Photo Corners Punch and Hemp Twine

Butterfly Card

Stamps: Hero Arts Antique Engraving ; Savvy Stamps Happy Birthday

Papers: PapertreyInk Select White, Aqua Mist and True Black

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU! Basic Black Marker; White Gel Pen; Copics:


Accessories: Prima Say It in Pearls with Flowers; May Arts Black Silk Ribbon; Ranger Stickles

This One Sheet Wonder (OSW) I created let’s me cheat a little.  heheh  It allows me to use an entire sheet of 12X12 (for 6 cards); or if I can’t bear to part with the entire sheet, it allows me to use just half of it (12X6 for 3 cards).

For Father’s Day I needed several cards.  I had 2 full 12X12 sheets of designer paper with a masculine theme/feel that I thought looked good together even though they were not by the same manufacturer.  So I only had to use half of each sheet to make up a full 12X12 OSW.  Plus, since they were doubled sided, I had 4 different patterns to play with!  Is this clear as mud?  lol!


Maybe some pictures will help!  Here is the set I made.  There are 3 Father’s Day cards and 3 masculine birthday cards.


Here is the template and a picture of the cut papers.  Laying the pieces out like this prior to making the cards helped me make sure that each pattern was used 3 times.

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This template also allows for a strip of coordinating paper for the inside of each card.


Finally, here are closeups of each card with their recipes below.


Stamps: Great Impressions “C322 – Happy Father’s Day”

Papers: SU! Very Vanilla; Memory Box “Sapphire”; Reminisce “Father” DP; Moxie “Tool Time” DP

Inks: Memento “Tuxedo Black”

Accessories: May Arts 1-5/8″ Twill; Circle Nestabilities; Cuttlebug; SU! “Photo Corners” Punch; Screw Brad


Stamps: Katie & Co. “Happy Birthday”

Papers: SU! Whisper White; Memory Box “Sapphire”; Reminisce “Father” DP; Moxie “Tool Time” DP

Inks: Memento “Tuxedo Black”

Accessories: May Arts 5/8″ Twill; Circle Nestabilities; Cuttlebug; SU! “Photo Corners” Punch; Screw Brad; Twine


Stamps: SU! “Wonderful Favorites”

Papers: SU! Whisper White; Memory Box “Sapphire”; Memory Box “Sapphire” Notecard; Reminisce “Father” DP

Inks: Memento “Tuxedo Black”

Accessories: SU! “Photo Corners”, “Large Star” and “Star” Punches, SU! Rope; Star Brad


Stamps: SU! “Celebrate Everything” and “It’s Your Birthday”

Papers: SU! Very Vanilla; Memory Box “Sapphire” Notecard; Moxie “Tool Time” DP

Inks: Memento “Tuxedo Black”

Accessories: SU! “Photo Corners” Punch and Rope, Hammer and Wrench Bradsblog182card5withwm.jpg

Stamps: SU! “All Holidays”

Papers: SU! Whisper White; Memory Box “Sapphire”; Reminisce “Father” DP; Moxie “Tool Time” DP

Inks: Memento “Tuxedo Black”; SU! Black Marker

Accessories: May Arts 5/8″ Twill; SU! “Photo Corners” Punch; Argyle Embossing Folder, Cuttlebug, Hammer and Wrench Brads; Twine


Stamps: SU” “Starring You”

Papers: SU! Very Vanilla; Memory Box “Sapphire”; Reminisce “Father” DP; Moxie “Tool Time” DP

Inks: Memento “Tuxedo Black”

Accessories: May Arts 5/8″ Twill; Circle Nestabilities; Cuttlebug; SU! “Photo Corners”, “Large Star” and “Star” Punches; Star Brads

Hope you have a wonderful day.  smileythankswithflowerani.gif for dropping by.

blog168ic176inspirationpiece.jpgToday over at Splitcoaststampers the Inspiration Challenge is an on-line store called Skeem where you can find beautiful candles and perfumes.  The  inspiration for my project came from the candle pictured here on the left.  It reminded me of a piece of double sided designer paper that I purchased several months ago.  I had not yet done anything with the 12″ X 12″ piece, so I decided to do a One Sheet Wonder (OSW) with the entire sheet.  I’m such a paper hoarder which means that doing a project that would use up ALL of the paper was a big deal for me!  lol

Here is the finished project.  The set consists of 6 cards and my favorite little box (template by Leslie Miller) in which to put them all.


Below each card is pictured individually.


On this first card I did a little stitching in the lower right hand corner.






And the box with an elastic band to hold it all together…


I had so much FUN!!  And I don’t seem to be suffering any negative effects from using that entire piece of designer paper!  Oh and for anyone interested, here is the template I created for the OSW.

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Happy Stamping!


Stamps: SU! “Priceless” and “Fun & Fast Notes”

Papers: SU! Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Baja Breeze; Making Memories “Hillary Lace Flower” Designer Paper

Inks: SU! Old Olive and Not Quite Navy

Accessories: SU! Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon, Brads, Flower Fusion Felt Flowers, Paper Piercing Template and Tool, Photo Corner Punch; Cuttlebug; Oval Nestibilities; 1/2″ Circle Punch; Embroidery Needle and Floss; Primas; GG Ribbon; Elastic Cording

blog16611withwm.JPGEver since seeing this post over at mel stampz, I have wanted to try making my own embossing template.  The new set “Central Park” from SU! had the perfect stamps to give this a try with an outline stamp of a stem and 3 leaves and a filler stamp for the the outline.

To make the template, I stamped the outline image 3 times on SU!’s Whisper White card stock and cut them out.  (A light weight cardboard could also be used.  However because of the tighter cutting required for this particular image, I opted to use card stock making it a bit easier to get into those more difficult areas with my scissors.)

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Next I glued the 3 pieces together and trimmed any overlaps that occurred from the images not being cut out exactly the same.  This is important in order to get a deep, crisp and clean embossed line.


Once the template was finished I ran it through my Cuttlebug.  Be sure to use an embossing mat on the opposite side of the card stock from the template.  This single image is actually the reverse of the stamped image.


With this template, it can be run through in either direction!


You can also use the positive or negative side of the embossed image.  Here I have used my stamp-a-ma-jig to make sure the filler stamp was positioned right over the embossing.

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I added some faux stitching around the negative embossed image.


Here is the finished card.


Well I was having so much fun that I decided to play some more.  This time I started by embossing my card stock with the Swiss Dots embossing folder before using my Central Park template.  Just for some embossing interest, I used the negative embossed Swiss Dots for the positive Central Park embossed image.  And rather than using the filler stamp for the leaves, I distressed the embossing by rubbing my ink pad over the entire image several times.


And the finished card… TOO FUN!!!


smileyflowerani.gifHope everyone has a wonderful and beautiful Easter!


Masculine Card: (SUO)

Stamps: “Central Park” and “On Your Birthday”
Papers: Whisper White, Basic Gray, Old Olive, and  DSP “Bella Bleu”
Inks: Certainly Celery and Basic Black
Accessories: Old Olive 1/4″ Twill Ribbon, Certainly Celery Twill Ribbon, Basic Gray Corderoy Button, Brads, Photo Corners Punch

Feminine Card:

Stamps: SU! “Central Park” and “On Your Birthday”
Papers: SU! Whisper White, Taken with Teal and Certainly Celery; DCWV Designer Paper
Inks: SU! Certainly Celery and Taken with Teal
Accessories: SU! Fleurette, Scallop Circle Punch, Scallop Border Punch and Brad; Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder; Primas; Flatback Pearls; May Arts Ribbon

Probably my biggest addiction, even more than collecting actual stamps, is designer paper. PAPER!!! I love it!! But I find that I don’t use it because then it would be gone. D’oh. So I have begun to quarter my 12″X12″ sheets. This way I have FOUR… YES FOUR pieces of paper. I can let my little hoarding self use one or two of these pieces and still have some left!! Woohoo!! Well it works for me. LOL!!


So that is where I started today, with a quartered piece of 12″X12″ designer paper.  To make sure that there was absolutely no waste of my precious paper, I created another 6″X6″ One Sheet Wonder (OSW) template.  I just love making these.  They also work, of course, for all of the 6″X6″ pads of designer paper available now.  And I created a sketch (which I almost followed!  lol) that can be used with the pieces from the OSW that will make into four cards.  Here’s the template for the OSW.


I needed a couple of masculine birthday cards and a couple of wedding cards.  Since this was a double sided patterned paper, it worked out perfectly with the stripes on one side and the blue toile like floral on the other!  Plus my 10 Designer Centers & Borders from JustRite had everything I needed for sentiments all in one set!


Here is the sketch.


If you decide to give this OSW/Sketch design a try, please let me know.  It would be so much fun to see what you have created!


Happy Crafting!!!


Stamps: JustRite 10 Designer Centers & Borders

Papers (all SU!): Whisper White, Baja Breeze (wedding only), Kraft and Chocolate Chip (birthday only),  DSP Parisian Breeze

Inks: SU! Chocolate Chip Marker

Accessories: Brads, SU! Photo Corner Punch, Cuttlebug, Swiss Dot Embossing Folder (wedding only), Argyle Embossing Folder (birthday only), SU! Taffeta and Satin Ribbon Rose (wedding only), SU! Rope Twine (birthday only)

The new Shady Tree Studio floral images that were recently released are so beautiful, and I couldn’t decide which one I wanted to craft with first.  So, I chose all 5 and made a set complete with a matching gift box.  (Sometimes indecision can be a fun thing!)


When you use designer paper (dp) do you often end up with lots of little bits and pieces of it which are then generally wasted.  Well, to prevent any waste, I came up with a template not long ago that uses 2) 6″X6″ pieces of dp.  This works well with all of the 6″X6″ paper pads available now.  And all of the pieces of dp used on the box and the 5 Shady Tree cards came from those 2) 6″X6″ pieces.

Here are the templates.



I used ALL of the paper on both of the 6″X6″ pieces of paper.  Even the little 1/4″ square was used on the box with the brad.

I have used this template before but made 6 cards with it rather than just 5.  Instead of having corner pieces on the cards, I had 6) 3″ X 1-1/2″ panels.  So only 2 corner pieces remained with that template.

Hope you can join me over at the CLASSroom for lots more pictures and details about the cards.

Thanks so much for dropping by today!! smileythankswithflowerani.gif


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