We improve with wine!

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is featuring the Half Full stamp set! This stamp set was first featured in the 2017 Holiday Catalog and I just had to get it! This is such a fun and versatile set that you can use not just for Christmas, but just about any occasion! I’m so happy to see that this will be carried over into the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog because it never fails that sets I think are super cute and should carry over, actually end up on the retirement list.

I wanted to challenge myself when I decided on the Half Full stamp set to use some colors that I would not normally use and are on the retirement list, so I decided to use the Perfect Plum and Rose Red combo. I don’t know about you, but with the color revamp and the retirement list out, I’m definitely on the lookout for ways to use up these items so I can make room for the new!!

The card base is Perfect Plum cardstock cut at 4 ¼” x 11” and scored at 5 ½”:

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The base layer is Champagne Foil Sheet, cut at 2 ¼” x 4 ¼” and embossed with the Pinewood Planks Dynamic TIEF:

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The next layer is Rose Red cardstock cut out with the 2ndlargest Lots of Labels Framelits:

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The sentiment is stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock using the Rose Red, Pear Pizzazz, and Perfect Plum Stampin’ Write Markers, then cut out with the 3rdlargest square from the Layering Squares Framelits:

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I used an Aqua Painter to color in the leaves with Pear Pizzazz ink and the grapes with Perfect Plum ink. The wine glass is stamped in Memento Ink on Whisper White cardstock, colored in Rose Red ink using an Aqua Painter, and cut out:

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I stamped the wine bottle image on the card base using Perfect Plum ink:

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To put the card together, adhere the embossed foil sheet to the card base, adhere the sentiment on top of the Rose Red piece cut out with Lots of Labels Framelits, and then adhere with dimensionals on top of the embossed foil sheet:

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I used glue dots to adhere the wine glass on the side and then got out some retired white organdy ribbon, but you can substitute that for Whisper White Organza Ribbon or Whisper White Sheer Ribbon, both are currently available from my online store:

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The inside sentiment is stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, in Perfect Plum ink and the wine glasses along the bottom are stamped in Memento Ink, colored in with Rose Red and Perfect Plum Stampin’ Write Markers:

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I really enjoyed making this card and challenging myself to use colors I wouldn’t typically use. Be sure to join me tomorrow as I will be making another creation from the Half Full stamp set and again challenging myself to use up some of this retiring product!!

Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and thanks for stopping by!


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Lots of Lavender

Hello and welcome to a new week with a new theme, well, sort of J! In case you missed it, the countdown to the end of Sale-A-Bration is near and the last day to qualify for $50.00 or $100.00 rewards is March 31st. This week I will be showcasing the stamps that you can earn, so don’t delay and get your order in today!

Today I will be featuring the Lots of Lavender stamp set, which I used to make this stained-glass technique card, along with some heat embossing, die and fussy cutting.

The card base is Basic Gray, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”. The first base layer is Wisteria Wonder, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, and the second base layer is from the Wood Textures DSP Stack, cut at 3 ¾” x 5”.

First, stamp the bouquet stamp on a piece of Vellum cardstock and then set aside to dry. Next, I stamped the Wisteria Wonder cardstock with the Post Script background stamp in Wisteria Wonder ink. For the Wood Textures DSP, the Post Script background stamp is used again with Versamark ink and then heat embossed in Silver Embossing Powder (don’t forget your Embossing Buddy!)

The stamped Vellum cardstock should be dry (you can use the heat tool to finish drying, be careful or it will burn!), flip it over and color from the back using Wisteria Wonder and Elegant Eggplant Stampin’ Write Markers for the ribbon and the flowers and then use Pear Pizzazz and Old Olive Stampin’ Write Markers for the leaves.

For the Big Shot work, you will use the largest Lots of Labels Framelits to cut out the flower from the Vellum cardstock and a piece of Whisper White cardstock. The frame is created from layering the largest and the 2nd largest Lots of Labels Framelits on a piece of Wisteria Wonder cardstock. Use a Fine Tip Glue Pen to adhere the Vellum Cardstock to the Wisteria Wonder frame, then on the back, place Foam Adhesive Strips down the sides and a Mini Dimensional at the top and bottom, line up with the Whisper White cardstock and then adhere all together.

To put the card together, adhere both base layers to the card base, place some adhesive in the middle of the embossed layer and place the Lots of Labels piece on top.

The butterfly is from the Blossoming Basket stamp set, stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock in Memento ink three times, colored in with Smokey Slate and Wisteria Wonder Stampin’ Write Markers, and some Wink of Stella. These are then cut out, two are adhered with Mini Dimensionals and one with a Mini Glue Dot. The edges are then sponged with some Basic Gray ink.

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What do you think of this card? It was my first time using the stained-glass technique and using the Post Script background stamp. This card was really fun and easy to make, great for any occasion!

Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed this card and thanks for stopping by!


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A peacock, embossing, and some Brusho

Today’s card is another creation using the super cute Beautiful Peacock stamp set from the Sale-A Bration catalog. This card was a real experiment with the new Brusho Crystal Colour from the 2018 Occasions Catalog. I do admit that I have failed miserably to get this technique down when I first started experimenting, I just couldn’t quite get the hang of it. So, after putting it aside for a bit and then trying again, I really liked how this turned out. Has this ever happened to you?

The card base is in Night of Navy card stock, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, scored at 4 ¼”, and the base layer is from True Gentleman Designer Series Paper, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”.

On a piece of Watercolor Paper, I stamped the peacock’s body and the two tail feather images in Versamark and then heat embossed in Clear Embossing Powder. After the Watercolor Paper has cooled off, I used a Stampin’ Spritzer filled with water and lightly spritzed, then sprinkled the Moss Green, Prussian Blue, and Yellow powders, spritzed with a little more water, used an Aqua Painter to mix and spread the colors around, and then used a paper towel to soak up the excess water. The way the colors turned out is when I got out the True Gentleman DSP to see if there was a paper that would coordinate and I was in luck! The 2nd largest framelit from the Lots of Labels Framelits was used to cut out the image from the Watercolor Paper.

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Before the card is put together, cut a piece of Tranquil Tide Finely Woven Ribbon and adhered around the middle of the DSP, adhered the peacock image, and then adhered to the card base. I decided to add a sentiment to the front, so it was heat embossed in Silver Embossing Powder. This makes a great masculine birthday card, what do you think?

Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed this card and thanks for stopping by!

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Half Full

When the Holiday Catalog came out last year and I saw the Half Full stamp set, I knew I had to get it! This not only has Christmas sentiments, but you can use it for birthdays or just simply thinking of you. What’s even better is that this stamp set is still available in case you missed it!

Today’s card is a birthday card that I made for a friend of mine, not only does she love wine, she has her own wine purse!

The card base is in Fresh Fig, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, scored at 4 ¼”, and the base layer is from the Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate, using the side in gold, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”. I used the 2nd and 3rd largest framelits from the Lots of Labels Framelits on a piece of Designer Series Paper (I used Painted Autumn, which is now retired, but you can use any in place of this) and a piece of Whisper White cardstock. On the Whisper White card stock, I heat embossed in Gold Embossing Powder the wine glass and the sentiment, coloring in the wine glass with Fresh Fig ink using a Blender Pen. The wine bottle image was stamped in Memento ink, then colored in with Fresh Fig ink, Lemon-Lime Twist ink, and Garden Green ink with a Blender Pen, fussy cutting image.

The Fabulous Foil Acetate is adhered to the Fresh Fig base with Fast Fuse in the middle, adhered the Whisper White card stock to the DSP, adhered some 1/8” Sheer Ribbon in Fresh Fig and Mini Sequin Trim in Gold on the back of that, then used some Stampin Dimensionals to adhere to the acetate piece and this will cover the Fast Fuse. The wine bottle was then adhered with some Stampin Dimensionals and I added Faceted Gems in Gold for a little more bling.

For the inside sentiment, I stamped the wine glasses in Memento Ink and then alternating Fresh Fig and So Saffron ink along the bottom, stamped the sentiment and the “rings” from Timeless Textures stamp set in Fresh Fig ink.

Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed this card and thanks for stopping by!

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