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For All Things Stamp Set

I love the stamp set “For All Things” (#135155 Clearmount $18) It is simple and watercolor-y and mostly, not just for Fall!  This card uses my Technique Quickie for the month – inking up your acrylic blocks for a quick background!  I’ve also used the new cotton paper for the banner.  It is sooooo thin!  If I hadn’t pleated the strip, the floral sprig would have shown through.  It was a bit tricky to stamp on – the Stazon in would have dried a little quicker then the Memento Black that I used.    I’ve got card sketches, techniques and featured stamps every month on The Stampin’ Nooz.  If you didn’t get your copy this month, sign up in the box to the right and you’ll be in the que for the July tips & techniques!


Oh I WILL have one, but what will my newsletter be NAMED?  That is my quandary.  I SWEAR by the end of this week, there will be a name.  I, of course, want a very CLEVER name, and my pea brain is not coming up with anything positive and clever.  Now I have thought of:

“You sNEWs you lose” (yuk)

“Stampa-NEWS-a” (ok, maybe)

“Everything Stampy” (hmmmm)

“Stampin Nooze” (so far #1)

…you see where this is going…

So any suggestions I can get from you blog-readers out there – FIRE AWAY!  Clearly I need HELP naming my Newsletter!


#TBT Googly Ghouls Boooo Card!

Well we are NEARLY to October, so what could be better than a CREEPY Halloween Card!  Now’s the time to claim your 2013 VINTAGE Googly Ghouls stamp set.  Don’t think I can give up the spider web folder, though!

Boooo CardHere’s the card from the Googly Ghouls 2013 stamp set (retired already!).

Lots of other ways you can do the card using the many images in the stamp set:

2013 Googly Ghouls


A hint for the techniques – clear embossing, vellum and black ink spritzing!


Here’s how #TBT works!  If you want this wonderful vintage stamp set, you may purchase it for $9.00 plus shipping. (US purchases only please).  You will receive the stamp set and the card!  IF you purchase the stamp set AND place an order ( for at least $30 of merchandise, you will receive (besides your order of awesome Stampin’ Up products), the vintage stamp set, handmade card and envelope, a selection of vintage Stampin’ Up embellishments (googly eyes Googlie Eyesand 4 vellum embossed spiderwebs) AND the instructions for making the card above!  Please email or comment on this post if you are interested in one or the other!  This is a limited time offer, and you have until midnight next Thursday – then there will be a different, wonderful, vintage stamp featured!

Listed below are the current Stampin’ Up products used for this card.

101856 White Vellum (20 sheets) $6.50
102316 Naturals White Cardstock (40 sheets) $7.50
121045 Basic Black Cardstock (24 sheets) $6.95
101910 Shimmery White Cardstock (10 sheets) $7.95
109130 Clear Embossing Powder $4.95
126185 Stampin’ Spritzer $2.95
133773 Sponge Daubers (5) $4.95
102283 Versamark Inkpad $7.50
126980 Basic Black Inkpad $5.95
102512 Basic Black Ink Refill $2.95
107301 Whisper White Envelopes (40) $6.50
132172 Envelope Liner Framelits $26.95
132968 Word Bubbles Framelits $24.95
104332 Snail Adhesive $6.95
104430 Stampin’ Dimensionals $3.95
118485 Clear Mount Block D $8.50
113439 Big Shot Die Cutting (& Embossing) Machine $99.95
129053 Heat Tool $29.95

Bleach! Technique of the Week!

One of my favorite “inks” actually removes color – that’s Bleach!  This is more effective on medium – dark solid color card stock.  I usually stamp an image with versamark and then emboss with clear or colored embossing powder.  Then I put some bleach in a small container and “paint” with a small brush over the image inside the embossing.  This keeps the bleach effect from spreading outside the lines.  Very shortly, the color of the paper bleaches out to a lighter color – sometimes one you don’t expect!  After the bleach dries thoroughly (you can use a embossing/heat gun to dry if you are in a hurry), go back and ink up the resulting lightened image with markers.   There are a couple other methods to use bleach in stamping cards, but I’ll save that for another week ;-).  Here’s my sample, using a card from a Project Life pack as background, and the “Baby, We’ve Grown” stamp set.  I’ve added a few dots of Crystal Effects over the Owl Eyes!

Bleach Baby

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Fiddley Level = 11! (Day 6)

Spidey #2 – on the Label…

I inked the spider image from the “Spider Cider” stamp in the “Monster Munchies” set with Basic Black and Old Olive markers and stamped him on the corner of the “Happy Halloween” Label.  I also punched a 1/16″ circle on the inside of the “O” in Halloween (must have been AFTER I took this picture!).   I fed the top end of the fishing line with SPIDEY attached through that hole and adhered a dimensional over top. 

I punched a 1/16″ circle at each end of the label, and inserted old olive glimmer brads.

I added dimensionals at the four corners and attached to the top of the card. 

Now Spidey can climb up and down from his web to the jar of eyeballs!  CREEPY, Yes?

Here’s another look at the final card:

and, a video of Mr. Spidey doing his daily exercise!  <ed. sorry, couldn’t figure out how to get it embedded!>


Until then…Keep Calm and Find Yourself a Rubber Stamp!

Fiddley Level = 11! (Day 5)

A clear jar – challenge! – Window Sheet! Challenge solved! 

As you can see, I have stamped the jar from the “Perfectly Preserved” stamp set in versamark ink onto a piece of our awesome window sheet.  Then I embossed with black embossing powder.  If you have our NEW heat tool, there are 2 settings, and you can emboss on the low setting without melting the window sheet.  I CAREFULLY embossed with the old heat gun (only one setting – high!), by keeping the gun moving back and forth across the embossed area until all powder has melted. 

Then I cut the shape out with the jar from the “Cannery Set” framelits.  After this was done, I didn’t like the curved line at the bottom of the jar – so I just scraped it off with my fingernail!  In a perfect world, I would have masked the stamp with tape in that area when I inked it with the versamark, or removed the embossing powder with my fingernail before I embossed the jar, but the adhoc approach worked, thank goodness!

Next, I cut a slit in the plastic, right outside the jar line, to insert the ribbon.  I used my craft knife to “grab” the ribbon and pull it through the slit.  Since the Framelit cuts about 1/16″ outside of the stamp image, there is just enough room to make the cut.  I pulled both ends of the ribbon so that it sat flat on the “jar”.

For the label, I tried stamping it in basic black on the shimmer paper (my favorite label material, since it is a little stiffer than the whisper white paper).  That was not quite dark enough for me, so I tried it with versamark and black embossing powder, and that result was PERFECT!

I snailed the back and attached it right over the ribbon. 

Now it is time to attach the “eyeball” layer.  I adhered two glue dots to the back of the clear jar, right behind the label, so you cannot see them from the front.  Then I snailed the back of the “eyeball” layer just across the center where the ribbon would go, and wrapped the ribbon around that layer.  

Now I punched a 1/16″ hole through both layers of the jar (window sheet & eyeball paper), near the top of the jar (see example).  This is for the spider’s fishing line!  Feed the end of the fishing line through the hole (make sure SPIDEY is still attached!) and add a dimensional over the end.  I adhered several more dimensionals to the back of the “eyeball” layer, and pressed it down to the spiderweb card front. 

I think we are neeeearrrly finished!  Tune in for tomorrow’s wrap up!

Until then…Keep Calm and Find Yourself a Rubber Stamp!

Fiddley Level = 11! (Day 4)

My Jar of “eyeballs” started with the large white circles side of the Old Olive sheet of Polka Dot Parade DSP.   I  stamped the other side (white polka dots) in basic black with the jar stamp from Perfectly Preserved, and cut it close to the outside stamped line (fussy cut).

I flipped it over to the other side and with a sponge dauber and whisper white ink, I pressed it into each large circle, with a little twist.

Next, I had to find a “retina” image for the eyeball, basically a few small concentric circles.  There is a small flower in the “Lacey & Lovely” stamp set that has the perfect image:

I inked the center with Rich Razzleberry marker and pressed the stamp with my fingers (Yep, no clear block!)  Using this method, I stamped the image on all of the white circles, sometimes in the center, sometimes near the edges.

 Now I had to find a black center for the eye!  The smallest punched dot I could find was from the Owl Punch!  (see those teeeeeny tiny dots at the bottom of the picture?)  I squeezed a dot of crystal effects to the center of each retina and, using a straight pin to pick up the black dot, pressed it into the crystal effects.  I set this aside to dry for a few minutes.

The final step for this part of the jar is to squeeze a larger dot of crystal effects over each eyeball, spreading to the edge of each circle.  This has to dry for at least 8 hours – preferably overnight.  I hope these look like eyeballs as much to you as they do to me!

Next up: A Jar and a Label (Day 5)!


Until then…Keep Calm and Find Yourself a Rubber Stamp!

Fiddley Level = 11! (Day 3)

Spooky Spider!!

This little guy was “fussy cut” and then prepared to slide up and down on his own spider web.

The view from the back shows the two bits of dimensionals that have been placed so there is a slot in between for the web (fishing line).  A small circle was punched and stuck to the dimensionals:


 The fishing line will feed through the slot so spidey can make his way up and down it!






Next Step: Jar of Eyeballs (Day 4)

Until then…Keep Calm and Find Yourself a Rubber Stamp!

Fiddley Level = 11! (Day 2)


We have a lovely label die in the Apothecary Accents Framelets collection that is a long rectangle with two “bumps” on each end perfect for brads or securing ribbon through holes. It is a bit long for some sentiments, and I found I can get it the perfect length using this technique.:

First I stamp my image and then center it vertically under the die. I shift the die close to the left side of the stamped image and run it through the Big Shot. With the label still in the die, I shift the die to the right side of the image and run it through the Big Shot again. Now I have the perfect length for the sentiment!

Next up: Day 3 – Spooky Spider!

 Until then…Keep Calm and Find Yourself a Rubber Stamp!

Fiddley level = 11! (Day 1)

 Halloween always brings out the creative juices!  There used to be costumes made from scratch, much partying (and recovery time)…but I digress… that was MANY moons ago and these days, paper, ink and stamps satisfy my creative muse instead!

I had the opportunity to participate in a card-front swap of stamp sets in our new Holiday Mini catalog.  The stamp set I chose is called “Monster Munchies” and by the time the card came together, I had 4 stamp sets, an embossing folder, 2 sets of framelits, and flotsom from oodles of techniques (some I think I made up!) spread across my stampin’ table!  If you’d like to follow along with the process, I’ve broken it up into several posts – this was a looooong process!

Starting with the spider web layer, ink the spider web embossing folder with versamark ink, but only on the raised side.  After running this through the Big Shot, cover the paper with clear embossing powder, and gently brush off all the excess powder from the raised surface, leaving the powder in the spider web cavities.  Melt with the heat gun.  Spray with Silver Foil Smooch Spritz.   (Smooch always creates an amazing effect – and the silver is impressive!)  The embossing powder acts as a resist, and remains shiny and white against the silver background.

Next up: Day 2 – creating the label…

Until then…Keep Calm and Find Yourself a Rubber Stamp!