Cut and Color

No, not my hair, although it could use a little of both. I’m talking about cards. Yes, I made some more cards. Shocking, isn’t it? I have plenty of other things I need to be doing but I watched a video on Gina K’s Stamp TV this morning and was inspired to get up and get busy. She called it Reverse Nestabilities and I had another one of those “why didn’t I ever think of that!” moments. I got over myself and proceeded to give it a whirl. Here are the results.

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My usual method – find a good design and make multiples. I did change them up a tiny bit each time, at least. I made the first one with round Nesties just as Gina K did in her video, then I moved on to the ovals. They are all popped up with foam mounting tape. I really love that effect.

The vase and flowers stamp is out of a clear set by My Favorite Things (I think) and the sentiments are by Hero Arts, except for the Just Sittin’ Here… – it’s Impression Obsession (probably). I don’t always keep all of the packaging for my clear sets, so I am not sure if those are the right companies.

The water and flowers are colored with Copic markers. I used B000, B01 and B02 on the water, YG05 for the leaves and stems, and V04,  RV14, R32, and Y38, for the flowers. C1 for the shadow around the bottom of the vase. The first one has gemstones for the centers of the flowers, the next 3 all have Viva Decor Pearl Pen in Yellow for the centers in the flowers, the last one has Viva Decor Glass Effect Pen in Amber for the centers. I used the awesome Bow Easy for all of the bows and the blue bow is a double bow – the first on I have ever made. It won’t be the last, they are so easy to make.

Click over to Gina K’s Stamp TV and check out the video – maybe you will be inspired, too.


Pretty little flowers

I love to make my own flowers for cards, even though I have an obscene amount of paper and silk flowers. They are just so pretty and I do use them but making flowers is fun sometimes. Especially if you need a particular color for a project.

I’ve seen a couple of tutorials and videos for different types of flowers and thought I’d give it a whirl. Some were easier than others and the rejects shall not be making an appearance, I’m afraid.

First are the ribbon flowers. So simple to do. It’s basically a running stitch along one edge of the ribbon, gather it all up and tie it off, and Voila! – ribbon flower. The tying off was the most difficult part. There were a couple of rejects in this projects. I didn’t get them tied tight enough and the hole in the center was too large. On the back (which I neglected to photograph) is a small circle punched out of card stock to stabilize the flower and also for holding the brad in place and as a place to a glue dot or other adhesive. Fun stuff!


Crepe paper and card stock flowers. Crepe paper on the left, card stock on the right. I used a small Nestability scalloped circle die for both of them. Cut 7 or 8 layers of crepe paper (or maybe 10-15, I forget but more is usually better), poke a hole and insert a brad into the center. Fluff & scrunch the flowers and spritz with a little Glimmer Mist, or shimmery spray of your choice.

Here is a link to the tutorial for the paper flower. She uses SU card stock but you can use whatever you have on hand.


A close-up of the crepe paper flower – love that shimmery goodness on the edges. These would probably get mashed in the mail but they might still look pretty cool. They would also make a pretty little addition to the top of a gift box. Next time I am going to try a little ink or spray white flowers with some colored Glimmer Mist to see if I can get it to look like a carnation. You know how the edges of the carnations are dyed…that’s the look I am going for. Wish me luck!

Here’s where I found the idea for these – Cammie’s Blog.




Do I have to have a title?

Is it really necessary? Does anyone care? I didn’t think so. You just want to see the pictures. Well, alrighty then, here you go.


Hero Arts stamps, Memento New Sprout and Bamboo Leaves ink.


This one uses the same stamps and inks as the other one with the addition of the Hero Arts wood grain background stamp, and the sentiment is different, but is by Hero Arts, as well. I stamped the wood grain with Soft Sand ink – yes, Hero Arts again.


Silhouette Grass

I love this stamp! Hero Arts is one of my favorite stamp companies and this stamp is one of my favorite stamps.  I think we have a beautiful future together.

I sponged Ranger Distress Inks (Tumbled Glass and Wild Honey) on some white card stock and stamped the Silhouette Grass in Memento Cantaloupe ink on top. Scattered Straw Distress Stickles accent the grass, and the sentiment and butterfly are from PaperTrey. The butterfly is cut out with the matching die & colored with Copic markers.


Same inks sponged on different brand of card stock, stamp inked up with Memento Rich Cocoa and accented with Cinnamon Stickles. The butterfly (PaperTrey – same butterfly) is colored with Copics and I trimmed around the edges after cutting it out with the die.


You will probably be seeing more of this stamp on this blog in the future.

The Distress Inks are so good for sponging and blending and I really love all of the new colors. They are more vibrant and bright than the originals. I used Super Spongers from Impression Obsession for the sponging – those things are almost magical. I wish they had a video showing how to use them (maybe I should make one!),but all you really have to do is get some makeup sponges and some cheap white panty hose and follow the instructions on the package. If you are local, Stamper’s Alley has these available and will be more than happy to show you how to use them! They make sponging and blending a breeze.


More Operation Write Home Cards

Just a few more cards for the troops. Again, same design in different colors.

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The stamps are both by Hero Arts, the bracket edge punch is Fiskars. I used Hero Arts Soft Green and Soft Purple ink on the first and last 2 cards, Memento Summer Sky on the 2nd one.

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Yes, I am a slacker. I spend so much time browsing other blogs and galleries that I don’t take the time to keep my own blog updated. Lousy excuse, I know, but it’s the only one I have. If any of you are still out there, thank you for hanging in there with me. I won’t make any rash promises about updating more frequently because I don’t like making promises I can’t keep.

I did take some time the other night and make some cards for Operation Write Home.

I found this design on the Hero Arts Flickr Group and fell in love immediately. I used different stamps and had to do it in more than one color, as usual.


Stamps – Hero Arts (flower), PaperTrey (sentiment), Cornish Heritage Farms (background). Ink – Hero Arts Poppy Chalk ink. Viva Decor Pearl Pen in Ice White for flower centers.


Stamps – Hero Arts (flower), PaperTrey (sentiment), Cornish Heritage Farms (background). Ink – Hero Arts Iris Chalk ink. Viva Decor Pearl Pen in Ice White for flower centers.


Stamps – Hero Arts (background), Memory Box (flower), PaperTrey (sentiment). Ink – I’m not sure. Hero Arts gems for flower centers.

Here is a close-up of the pearl pen on the flower centers – I love these pens. They are super easy to use and settle out into nicely rounded domes without any of the sharp tips that other dimensional paints can leave. I even colored some with a Copic marker and it didn’t seem to do any damage. These are straight out of the bottle, I didn’t add any color to them.


Thank you for visiting and I hope you have a wonderful week! I will be back soon with more, so don’t write me off just yet, ok?


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