Monday, July 30, 2012

Free digital images from

The background on this card is a free digital image from lilac-n-lavender.  I put on a spellbinders rose with leaves from Hero Arts stamped in white embossing powder.  This is one of many cards on their way to Donna in Seattle so she can use them as thank you cards to give to her doctors and nurses whenever she will finally be able to leave there and come home.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Just Us Girls Blog Challenge JUGS147

This is my entry:

I made the SMILE definition background stamp from an old dictionary page then scanned it to make a digital copy.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Tin Types Impressions Plate card

Normally I wouldn't use metal as a background for a card but I love this tin type impressions plate from PaperTrey Ink.  When used in conjunction with Quikutz metal sheets, it really looks like punched tin.  The flower is another spellbinders rose creations and the greeting is a Hero Arts stamp.  Photo 1 shows one side of the plate and photo 2 shows the back side of the plate.

If you like this card, please visit my Pinterest page called Favorite Cards and another page showcasing my own crafts called My Papercraft Projects.  Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Spellbinders Rose Creations Thinking of You card

This was made using the Spellbinders Rose Creations die, Poppy Stamps Gentle Leaf die, paper from Hobby Lobby, and the background made with Stampin Up assortment of pink classic inks spritzed with Perfect Pearls Pearl glimmer spray.  The greeting is from Hero Arts Every Day Sayings CL342.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Perfect Pearls butterfly card

Another butterfly card using perfect pearls mixed with a little bit of water and painted in to the embossed areas on the front of the vellum butterfly.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Thinking of You

One of my favorite stamp sets is the Hero Arts Made with Love Clear set CL491.  It has so many appropriate stamps that I feel comfortable using on a card.  I was making a bunch of cards today, trying to decide which one to send to a friend and student in my classes who is going through a very difficult time right now.  If you have taken any of my classes and you know Donna Streagle, please keep her in your prayers.  She is stuck out in Seattle facing cardiac surgery as a result of a bacterial infection while on vacation in Alaska.

If you know Donna and want to send her a card, email me and I will send you the address of the hospital where she is at.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

No Class Thursday, July 26 thru the end of August

I'm taking some time off so there won't be class Thursday, July 26 through the end of August.  Hope to have classes resume at night possibly come the Fall.

Blue and Green alcohol ink on vellum butterfly card

I'm trying to use up the butterflies I made with the blue and green alcohol ink on the vellum cardstock as you can probably tell by my last posts.  Items used in this card are:  Tim Holtz Sizzix Distressed Doily On the Edge Die, Tim Holtz Sizzix Large Rosette Die, Tim Holtz Spring Edition Peacock Feathers Distress Ink around the rosette, single sheet paper from JoAnn Fabric, Diamond Stickles on the butterfly,  and His & Her pearls from Hobby Lobby wedding dept.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Faux embossing background

I saw this faux embossing idea on and knew I had to give it a try.  I didn't think it would come out all that great but it really came out better than I expected.  You want the butterflies on the background to look like they've been embossed from an embossing folder.  It does take a little time doing this but the end results are worth it, I think.  I could have put a lot more on the card, like a greeting or something, but I didn't want to cover the faux embossing.  Thanks for looking!  Feel free to leave a comment if you want.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Time change on the Double Slider Card Class, Thurs., July 19

Please note a time change on the class for the double slider card on Thursday, July 19.  It is being offered only from 1-3pm that day and not offered during the evening.  Instructions will be made available on my blog after the class has taken place if you are interested in purchasing them.

Acetate butterfly card

Another butterfly embellishment technique using Stazon and acetate.  On the back of the acetate I put on a heavy layer of Stickles which shows thru all the little "windows" on the front of the butterfly.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Pink and Silver butterfly card

Sizzix embossing folder with vellum butterflies that are embossed and then filled in on the front with gelly roll pens.  Filling in the front of the vellum gives it a deeper color whereas if you color in the vellum on the back you will get a softer tone.  The stamps are from Rubbernecker Stamps at and the collection is called Butterflies are Free.  The stamps are very reasonably priced because they all come on one sheet of rubber and you cut them apart yourself, which is easy to do.  They stick wonderfully to the acrylic blocks.  These are my all time favorite butterfly stamps.  They also sell a mini collection that matches this collection.  Customer service is excellent there too.

If you want a sturdy vellum that won't curl up on you, try the vellum cardstock at Stampin' Up.  It's heavier than regular vellum.  I've used it to put alcohol inks on then heat emboss over it and it didn't curl at all.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Hero Arts 3 Dotted Flowers Stamp

The Hero Arts 3 Dotted Flowers stamp is available through Simon Says Stamp online.  The flowers layer really nicely and emboss on both cardstock and vellum perfectly every time.  The Friends stamp used in these cards is a free download available on the Hero Arts website.  The Smile stamp is one I made myself.  It took a while but I plan on doing this for several other words as I like the definition stamps for backgrounds.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

More Butterfly Embellishment ideas

Two more butterfly techniques that we will discuss in class on Thursday, July 12.  See separate blog post for class description.  The silver flourish embellishment at the bottom of the second card is a Memory Box die cut out on QuickKutz metal.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Memory Box dies available at Inspiration Station

This is a card I finally got around to making using the Grapevine Wreath die by Memory Box.  Memory Box dies are available at (aka Inspiration Station), among other places, but I like the selection  at this site.  The shipping is very reasonable and is free is your order is over $40.  

Friday, July 6, 2012

Vellum Embossing and Inking, Thurs, July 12, 1:00-4:00pm, $20

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In this class you will learn how to color vellum and emboss it.  You can change clear vellum to any color you want or give it a stained glass look like on the butterflies in the last card.  We will be making the flowers and butterfly on the first card and making the actual first card for this class.

I will provide all the materials needed to make the card with the flower and butterfly embellishments, but there are some tools you will need to bring as well:

A paper trimmer and precision tip scissors for detail cutting
Roller adhesive and a bottle of glossy accents
A heat gun (not a hot glue gun, they are different)
A Versamark clear ink pad or other clear embossing ink pad

Please send an email to me by Tuesday, July 10 before 12:00 noon at if you wish to take this class.  Please do not reply back to this blogger email as it does not go anywhere.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Double Slider Card, Thurs., July 19, 1:00 - 3:00 pm, $20

A double slider card can be a standalone card or attached to a scrapbook page..........either way they will amaze the recipient.  You simply pull the tab at the top of the pocket which then exposes a card that pops out the top AND the bottom at the same time.  It seems like a magic trick but is so quick to make; you won't believe how easy they are.  Just 3 simple steps and the card is done.  The trick is knowing what material to use on the inside and when you take this class you will be amazed to find out it's a simple household item everyone has.

Supplies you will need for this class are:

A scoring board and bone folder (or let me know to bring an extra for you to borrow)
A paper trimmer
1/4 inch wide two sided tape and 1/8 inch wide as well if you have it, if not, just borrow mine

This is going to be a technique class.  If you want to make the poinsettia card I will provide the materials for that, however, you can bring your own paper and embellishments if you want to design the card your own way with photos, etc.

If you want to take this class, please email me at by Monday, July16.  Do not reply to this blog post as it will not come to me.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Vellum embossing and inking

I saw this technique on but changed it up a little.  This technique shows how to emboss on vellum then ink the vellum without covering the embossed lines, and there isn't any heat embossing involved.   It is the quickest card I've ever made.

I will be having a class coming up in August on teaching techniques on how to make your own vellum embellishments -- beautiful stained glass butterflies and flowers for your cards and scrapbook pages.  So keep watching as I will post photos and class info. in a day or so once my embellishments are ready for picture-taking.  And by the way, Hobby Lobby has a huge assortment of single sheet vellum in all different colors.  We'll be using a lot of that in upcoming classes.

In case you didn't know, my classes are always Thursday nights at Hobby Lobby.  Watch my blog for a very fun, $5.00 Halloween class coming up soon to celebrate my one year anniversary being with Hobby Lobby.