Sweet Swirly Bird Stamp Set

I’m having fun experimenting with Stampin’ Up’s new Swirly Bird stamp set (and the matching dies, of course!) This stamp set has so many possibilities!

As you know, the first thing I do with any new toy, er, work product, is play … randomly stamping images on scrap paper, trying different colors, etc. Sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn’t!

Here’s a group shot after play time:

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Very simple cards! Here are more detailed looks:

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First I stamped the solid round base in Ranger/Tim Holtz’ Distress Ink Spun Sugar, then topped it by stamping the swirl in Abandoned Coral. The smaller daisy, from the same set, was stamped in Imagine Crafts’ Kaleidacolor Bouquet, using the pink/orange colors. (Tip: Using the Kaleidacolor rainbow inkpads gave me easy access to several colors at once! I’m a long-time fan of these rainbow pads.)

The leaves were stamped first in Hero Arts Lime Green; my old (very old! Very, very old!) Marvy Matchable Bottle Green was used to stamp the veins. A dot of Ranger Stickles was added to the center of the daisies.

Simply changing the colors gave me a different look — a softer, pastel feel:

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I used a very old gold inkpad to stamp the swirls (You can barely tell it’s gold!) and added the smaller flower using ColorBox Stephanie Barnard bubble gum pink. The base leaves were stamped in Hero Arts Pastel Mint and the stem in Hero Arts Lime Green.

And a matching envelope:

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(I added a bold base for the pink swirls)

Switching it up, I went for blues: (starting with this discontinued bluebell card stock from Paper Source.)

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I stamped the solid base in Hero Art’s Unicorn White pigment ink, then over-stamped used Stephanie Barnard’s Blueberry for the swirl and the smaller flowers. (I did a second generation stamping on a few of the smaller flowers to get a slightly lighter shade.)

The leaves were stamped in various greens, toped by that Bottle Green vein.

Fun, right?

Thanks for stopping by!




Gone Camillia Crazy….

Must. Stop. Stamping. Camellias.

Here is the last batch from my Technique Tuesday camellia crazy card making spree.

This time, I used the stamp more as a background:

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This top-folding card was really fun. I stamped the first camellia in the upper left hand corner, then made a mask and stamped all over the card using Wendy Vecchi’s archival Watering Can grey (from Ranger).

Check out the teeny camellia in the lower corner!
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I stamped the camellia on scrap white card stock (using that same Wendy Vecchi watering can ink) then painted it using my water brush and Ranger/Tim Holtz Distress Markers (Tattered Rose, Victorian Velvet) and some leftover green ink on my palette from my Faber-Castell PITT brush markers. When the piece was dry I cut out the center of the flower, plus two leaves.

I stamped and black embossed “Beautiful” (Technique Tuesday) on a strip of vellum, which I attached by wrapping the band to the inside of the card, attaching with Scotch Brand vellum tape. I also anchored the vellum on the front, using the same tape, where I knew I would put the flower, which I attached with foam squares.

The final touches included a dab of Ranger Diamond Stickles on various flower parts a few Doodlebug Designs sequins, attached using Glue Dots micros.

And one last one …

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So simple! Stamp the camellia in grey in the lower right corner of a white card stock panel, round the corners and mount it on a Paper Source cement card front (also rounding the corners). Die- cut “happy” (Technique Tuesday) twice, layer the two and adhere to top of card. I added some Ranger Glossy Accents for shine and stamped “everything” beneath it. A few Dew Drops from Robin’s Nest, a black Hero Arts gem and bam! I’m done. Everything was glued down with ScraPerfect Best Glue Ever.

Thanks for coming by!

You Saw the Beginning … with Avery Elle

In my last post, I showed my first experiments using Avery Elle’s nifty Custom Panels die set, which has so many possibilities!

Here are more finished cards:

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To finish this top-folding card I stamped and embossed (in white) two flowers and a butterfly (both from Stampendous!). One flower was stamped on vellum, the other flower and the butterfly were stamped on a patterned paper from Bazzill Basics. They were adhered with Tombow Power Adhesive Tags, which I like because they are clear and not too thick. I stamped Celebrate! in the lower right hand corner using black ink. A little Ranger Diamond Stickles was the finishing touch.

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This one was fun to build. The thank you sentiment is from Technique Tuesday’s Smile Borders (A fun set that I will soon be using with a pull-tab die!), stamped in Marvy #12 grey ink (an oldie but still one of my faves). The flowers were punched using Tonic Studios flower punches on scrap cardstock and the leaves are from a new Tim Holtz/Sizzix punch. I just punched and layered, adding tiny Candy Fix and Stix 2 foam squares for dimension. I added some Ranger gold Liquid Pearls to some of the flowers, which I regret (although it looks a bit better in person than in the photo.)

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Here’s the last of that batch! Whew! And a very simple card, indeed. Using a Spellbinders Rose Creations die, I cut the three smallest petal shapes, plus the leaves, from the Core’dinations Gemstones paper, held them together with a brad from Eyelet Outlet, and attached to the card using Pop Up Glue Dots.

Bear with me … just two more cards

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First, I gold embossed on scrap paper, then cut three pieces using the pie shaped die. I stacked the pieces on the left side of the card. Ad a sentiment (Hero Arts) and bam! Done!
The chevrons are from Lawn Fawn backdrops, the text from Hero Arts Old Letter stamp. I believe the sentiment is also Hero Arts.

Last one:

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First, I die cut a piece from white scrap paper using the Avery Elle curved die, then dry embossed it with a Cuttlebug pattern. (Tip: Die cut first so you don’t flatten out the dry embossed portion when you run the piece through the die cutting machine.) The balloon animal and sentiments are alsofrom Avery Elle. The balloon animal was stamped in a denim blue, fussy cut, and popped up with foam squares. The embellishment pieces were die cut with that same Avery Elle die and glued randomly.

That’s a lot of dies in one package! Check it out.


More Celebra’tions

In my last post, I showcased some fun selections from Spellbinders’ Celebra’tions collection by Richard Garay.

Here are more:

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This card features a piece of pretty patterned paper as well as a rosette made with the rosette die. (I added a dollop of Stickles Glitter Glue to the center). The stamp is from the # Sweet set and is colored using bright gel pens. The white dots were added to the green layer using a white dot pen from Faber-Castell (one of my must-have tools!). The patterned and purple pieces were cut using the Pierced Rectangles die (the green was a leftover!).

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This pretty paper does all the hard work on this card, making it fast and easy to put together. The stamps are from # Sweet (the flower was heat embossed in black and fussy cut, then colored with Distress markers), Stickles gives sparkle on the flower, and I edged a strip of the patterned paper using a Stampin’ Up scallop edger. The gems are Dew Drops from the Robin’s Nest. (attached using Ranger’s Glossy Accents.

I made this a top folding card by cutting the patterned paper about a half inch longer than my base, then I scored the top of the patterned paper and attached that overlap to the back of the base card.

There are a few more coming!


Boo! Scarin’ Up Some Halloween Cards

Yay! It’s almost Halloween!

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I love this orange dotted paper from Close to My Heart (you’ll see it a lot on my Fall cards!). Everything here is from CTMH’s Charmed set. The main scene was black embossed on a scrap piece I colored with Ranger Distress Inks (spiced marmalade, wild honey and a touch of crushed olive.) I mounted the panel on a black scrap and trimmed it … but I goofed. I cut too close to the image and it looked odd. So I hung a punched spider web border (EK Success) on the top to cover my mistake. Then I added the orange Prima flower to cover another mistake. Sheesh. The center dot is a Doodlebug Sprinkle (I love these!)
The sentiment was stamped on scrap paper and rubbed with Distress wild honey and spiced marmalade. The diamond background was stamped in Hero Arts Wet Cement.

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I don’t use a lot of cute animals, but I could NOT resist this House Mouse image from Stampendous! There’s that CTMH dotted paper again, broken up by a punched strip (EK Success). The sentiment is also CTMH. The mouse was colored with water color pencils and after everything was dry I added some yellow and orange Ranger Stickles. Mousie was popped up with Glue Dots. Fast and easy.

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This is not my favorite, but embracing my failings as the Imperfect Stamper I’m including it anyway. It feels too fussy and overdone. I had a strong urge to use navy with orange and I gave in to that urge. (Which is why sometimes urges need to be held in check.) All images from Close to My Heart. The scene and the sentiment are embossed in white; the edge was rubbed with navy pigment ink and sprinkled with Psychedelic embossing powder from Judikins.

If you’re not tired of Halloween cards, check out these oldies or these.



Fabulous Finds Friday — New Stamps to Adore

When I get a new stamp I’m like a 5-year-old. I can’t wait to ink it up and play,  so my first go-round is usually a quick-and-easy card.

How fun are these two new images from Hero Arts? Dontcha love the “Real Card” stamp? I can see myself using this a LOT!

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Hexagonal Background was stamped in Neon Pink; the sentiment was embossed using Zing Teal powder from American Crafts. I love the creamy opaqueness of these powders and I have several zingy neon shades! I believe the cardstock is from Stampin’ Up.

It’s hard to see, but I added some drops of Ranger’s Stickles Diamond to the dots on the Special sign (because Stickles makes everything better!):

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I love that I can make quick cards using a few basics.

Next up — stamping disasters from the Imperfect Stamper!


Fabulous Finds Friday — Oh, That Tim Holtz!

Oh, Tim Holtz, what have you done? Come up with more cool stuff, that’s what!

First up is new Metallic Distress Stains. Oh, how I am dying to try these! They are touted as being luminous, with a semi-translucent metallic finish, perfect for paper, ribbon, , fabric, wood … and even with the other translucent Distress stains for a layered effect. Like the others, they react to water. Oh, the mottling I can do!

Then we have clear Rock Candy Distress Stickles in a larger jar with a built-in brush. And new Distress Stickles Dry Glitter is sure to be a hit with its random particle sizes and shimmery clear finish. Yum.

And one more thing… A FREE TIM HOLTZ APP! The new app lets you keep track of your Tim Holtz products, create a “wish list,” watch Tim’s technique videos, click on his blog, and more.

Did I mention it’s free? Check it out:

For more info, visit Tim’s blog at www.timholtz.com

Way to go Tim!