Category Archives: Crafty Techniques

My Paper Pumpkin

The March Paper Pumpkin is just stinkin’ cute! If you have been thinking about getting a subscription, now is the time to sign up for the April kit! In fact, there is a special on a 3-month subscription, AND you will qualify for a free item from the last few days of Sale-A-Bration (through March 31st)! Our 3-Month Prepaid Subscriptions (item 137859) are just $55! The April Paper Pumpkin has been designed by Stampin’ Up’s CEO, Sara Douglas. Make sure you’re a subscriber by April 10 to receive April’s exciting box. Watch this video from Sara to learn more!
What could be more fun than 30 minutes of pure creation each month? Everything you need to make the project is in the box – ink, stamps, supplies and instructions. From Cards to Gifts to Decor – a crafty surprise every time! Are you ready? Contact me to sign up by March 31st to qualify for a free stamp set or other goodies from the Sale-A-Bration catalog.
When will you get your Paper Pumpkin on???

Project Life CARDS! (Sneak Peek)

PL Cards-Have a Snappy Day!Yes, this is a SNEAK PEEK at my upcoming class, Project Life CARDS!  We will be taking apart a project life card pack and making 18 STINKIN’ CUTE cards!  For beginners and seasoned card makers too, we will cover tons of techniques that you will want to use over and over again!  All the materials are included, cardstock, envelopes, Designer Paper, inks and more.  Learn to use copic markers, watercolor paints and Stampin’ Up inkpads to achieve perfect blends of highlights and shadows.  When is this fantastic class, you ask?  Sunday, May 22nd, 1pm-5pm at the Art Gallery of Fell’s Point (1926 Fleet Street, Baltimore, MD  21231).  Cost $70, Early bird $10 off ($60) special through May 8th.  Class size limited to 7, so sign up early to get your spot!

Sign up for the Project Life CARDS! class right here or go to my Classes and Upcoming Events Page 


BIG Thank You!

BIG Thank YouMy BIG Thank You stamp on a card!  Love how this looks in real life – so glittery 🙂

I embossed the Thank You stamp in gold and then stamped the flower, and colored it with my new fave method – real watercolors!  Somewhere in my travels I acquired a sample card of Daniel Smith watercolors.  Just dabs of dried watercolor paint from the tube on a light cardboard sheet.  I just wet my brush and tap it on the little “blob” of watercolor, and voila!  – brush the watercolor on my image.  I’m still experimenting with layering colors and light and shadows, but I love the look!  This isn’t even watercolor paper – it’s Stampin’ Up’s Shimmery White, my go-to card stock for card fronts or fussy cut images.  I stamped the flower again on plain paper and cut it out to mask the flower, then spritzed the background with Smooch Spritz colors (love the shimmer!!!).  That purple was a little overwhelming, but I soaked a bunch up with a paper towel right after I spritzed.  I also wiped off the “thank you” portion with a damp paper towel when everything had dried so the gold would stand out.  Peel the mask off the flower and there you have it!  Do you have someone to send a BIG Thank you to?  Message me or click on the link to my online store to get your own “Another Thank You” stamp set.  I know I will definitely be using this BIG Thank You stamp again!

Sheltering Tree Spring Card

IMG_2377I was so inspired by a photo this week of the trees in bloom, that I created a Sheltering Tree Spring card!  By inking the “leaves” stamp with Versamark and heat embossing with white embossing powder, I created a “resist” that I could spritz several blue inks over and wipe off the embossed portion so that the inks show up as a background.  This makes a simple one-layer card with a 3-D look!  A little sparkly ribbon (Pool Party 3/8″ Glitter Ribbon 140561 10 yds/$5.50-Occasions Catalog) to finish it off!  Lots of options with this stamp set for EVERY season!  Visit my online store by March 31st to take advantage of Sale-a-bration – earn a free stamp set, paper or embellishment for every $50 in orders.  Make your own set of Sheltering Tree Spring Cards to send or give as a gift!

Sheltering Tree Inspiration

Sheltering Tree is a stamp from the Annual Stampin’ Up! Catalog – I was reminded of this stamp when I wasSheltering Tree Inspiration
driving today on N. Charles Street in Baltimore – the trees are in BLOOM and are soooo beautiful!  I immediately thought about how I could recreate these beautiful trees on a card using the Sheltering Tree stamp set.   Stamp the tree base in Early Espresso (on my favorite card stock, Shimmery WhSheltering Treeite), stamp the “leaf” part in versamark ink and emboss with white embossing powder.  Either leave the background plain or spritz or lightly sponge the background with several blues.  The embossing powder will resist the ink and the blue will just show in the background.

White Embossing Powder

While this stamp is in the Annual Catalog, you can STILL order it (Photopolymer $25), along with Shimmery White paper ($8/10 sheets), White Embossing Powder ($5), Early Espresso Inkpad ($6.50), Versamark Inkpad ($7.50) and with your $52 order, get a FREE item from the Sale-a-bration catalog through March 31st!  Spring is officially here!  Is there a “Sheltering Tree Inspiration” in your yard or your travels this weekend?


Rose Wonder Sympathy

Rose Wonder SympathyRose Wonder stamp set, a new stamp in the Occasions Catalog, is a beautiful, BIG image that lends itself to so many inking possibilities!  For this card, I used my copic markers, which I love for their ability to blend.  There are soooo many colors (and I am a color FREAK!) It’s hard to believe how many markers I used for the rose and leaves!  I stamped the image again on a sheet of copy paper and fussy cut around it to create a mask, then covered the whole thing with a mesh bag from some oranges and sponged with Lost Lagoon.  I spritzed with some gold smooch spritz and splattered some Night of Navy, removed the mask and popped the Sympathy sentiment from the same stamp set.  The huge number of sentiments that come with this stamp set are perfect for so many occasions!  You have until May 31st to order this stamp set (which also has matching dies), but only until March 31st to order and get FREE merchandise from the Sale-a-bration catalog!  No time to lose – You will LOVE the Rose Wonder stamp set all year long!

Day 2 Coloring Challenge

image …we’ll this is MY day 2 Coloring Challenge as I probably will not make 30 separate posts over the challenge! At any rate, I did color in the flowers a bit this morning – using my Stampin’ Up! Stamp pads, a bit of water and a very small paint brush.  I like to layer and combine colors, so these flowers were done with FIVE different colors!





I like this so far… now to the stems.

Have you taken up the coloring challenge yet?

Making Use of Supplies

2016-0117 Stamped BagsTrue Confessions – I have, literally, a TON of papercrafting supplies: Stamps, Dies, Paper, Inks, Embossing Folders, Ribbon, Embellishments, Markers, Cutters, Punches, Rollers, and some things I am sure I have forgotten. I could easily open a store! Soooooo nothing makes me happier than being able to USE those supplies in some way. (DUH!). I am very involved with a local art gallery (The Art Gallery of Fell’s Point) and we just moved the gallery to a new location (1926 Fleet Street) and I was in there last night setting up our new point is sale system (Square Register). We are in the throes of unpacking and re-organizing all of our STUFF and I looked around at some point and saw THIS!

So today’s inspiration post is something that I actually STAMPED!  A friend and I made these for the gallery last year using stamps I had on hand and white acrylic ink (none of my white stamp pads would leave this bold an image).  We spent an evening and stamped about 300 different sized bags, and punched holes in the top to tie with gold ribbon.  There is also gold tissue paper that goes inside the bag, and we die-cut 300 tags out of matching card stock (Crumb Cake if you are curious) and stamped those with the white snowflake and “to & from” on the back.  We used some of them last year, and we have plenty left over for this year.

So I am thrilled that I was able to use my stamps and craft supplies for the good of the gallery, and that the effort will last a second year!  My inspiration photo also reminds me that cards with snowflakes are still in season for another month or so!  Here are some ideas:

Stamp the snowflake with versamark and brush with sparkly mica powders, Sentiment – hope your birthday Sparkles!  You could also die cut a snowflake with silver glimmer paper or stamp with versamark and emboss with silver or white embossing powder.  Spritz with some vanilla shimmer ink.  One more idea – die cut a piece of card stock the size of your card front with a snowflake, circle the back around the snowflake with snail or glue and adhere a clear plastic circle to it.  Circle again with dimensional adhesive, add some glitter, sequins, seed beads  or tiny glass beads and place the card carefully over top so that the adhesive is sealed all around the glitter.  You can add your sentiment to the outside or inside of the card for a fabulous shaker card!

Have I inspired you today with a simple snowflake?  I am glad that today it was the stamped version and not the PILES of snow we could easily be getting this time of year!

Technique of the week!

I just can’t stop masking images on cards this week!  From making a single layer card look three dimensional to creating complex scenes, I just love masking!  First I stamp my image on plain white copy paper in black ink.  Then I fussy cut around the image, staying as close as I can to the black edge.  I’ll put a dab of snail adhesive on the back just to hold it down for a little while until I have either stamped over it or spritzed a background on the card.   Sometimes I will even stamp and fussy cut several images or even 2 or 3 of the same image (such as a flower) so that I can stamp, mask, stamp, mask and stamp again until my “montage” is complete.   You can even use dies such as clouds or torn paper to create hills or sky scenes.  There is just no end to the creativity!  Here are a few of the cards I did this week – can you figure out what was masked?

Love is Kindness Stampin' Up! Vintage stampOn Gossamer Wings Stampin' Up! vintage stamp set

Ocean Commotion Stampin' Up! Vintage stamp set

Good things are going to happen!

My stamp of the month – “You’ve Got This”.  I think this is my favorite example so far!  A little fiddly with fussy cutting around the flower, but this is stamped on blackberry bliss card stock with versamark and embossed with clear.  Then brush on BLEACH inside the flower lines.  The paper bleaches to a light buff color which I then re-colored with blackberry bliss ink that was diluted with water for the flower and mossy meadow for the stem and leaves, also diluted.  So pretty IRL.  Shop for this stamp and supplies at or message me to place an order for you!  Subscribe to my monthly newsletter for next month’s stamp of the month – card sketches, tips and techniques!Good things are going to happen card