It’s My Party & I’ll Stamp If I Want To! Birthday Card Stamp-A-Stack

March 27, 2007 at 11:18 am | Posted in Events, Projects, Stamp Set- Basket Full of Fun, Stamp Set- Canvas, Stamp Set- Eat Cake, Stamp Set- Everyday Flexible Phrases, Stamp Set- It's Your Birthday, Stamp Set- Letterpress Alphabet, Stamp Set- Looks Like Spring, Stamp Set- Print Pattern, Stamp Set- Riveting, Stamp Set- Sincere Salutations, Stamp Set- Wild About You, Stamp Sets, Stampin' Up!, Technique- Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Technique- Watercoloring, Techniques | Comments Off on It’s My Party & I’ll Stamp If I Want To! Birthday Card Stamp-A-Stack

So, I’ve been wanting to do a Stamp-A-Stack for a few months now.  A Stamp-A-Stack is similar to a Stamp Camp, where you come to my house to make cool projects.  At a Stamp-A-Stack, though, you make multiples of the same items so you build up your stash of handmade cards to give away.  I always need extra birthday cards myself. 

This Sunday is my birthday.  And I decided, for my birthday, I’m finally going to host that Stamp-A-Stack I’ve been planning.

These are the cards we’ll be making.  I think you’ll like them!

We’ll be making 3 each of the 4 cards (that’s 12 cards total) with matching envelopes for $20.  Those in my Stamp Club have a special price of $16. 

The event will be on Saturday, April 21st @ 2PM

You must sign up & pre-pay by Tuesday, April 10th!  That’s only 2 weeks from today!  Click here for my contact info.

We’ll have chocolate cake (I have to with us making that yummy chocolate cake card!), punch, chips & dip…  Expect a party!

The cards we’re making are designed so there is something for everyone on your card list- a pretty, feminine one, one for the kids, a nice masculine one, and a general birthday card (I know very few people who don’t like chocolate!). 

At each of the card stations there will be instruction posters with step-by-step photos.

Here are close-ups of each of the cards, and also their insides.


Feminine Birthday Card

Inside of Card (this card can be used for any occassion if you don’t stamp the birthday saying)


Inspired by this card


Kids Birthday Card

Inside of Card (this card could also be used for any occassion, if you skip stamping “happy birthday”)

Inspired by this card.


Masculine Birthday Card

Inside of Card:

Inspired by this card.


Chocolate Cake Card

Inside of Card:

Inspired by this card & this card.

I hope you’ll join us!


a wedding card

March 14, 2007 at 12:46 pm | Posted in Projects, Stamp Set- Both Way Blossoms, Stamp Set- French Script, Stamp Set- Print Pattern, Stamp Set- Warm Words, Stamp Sets, Stampin' Up!, Technique- Heat Embossing, Technique- Watercoloring, Techniques | Comments Off on a wedding card

A friend of mine got married last Friday.  She’s a really sweet girl and I wanted to make her a nice card.  But I didn’t have much time because my husband took Friday off so we could do something fun with the kids.  By the time we left Fairytale Town, I knew I had to hurry.  So I planned this card in my head on the ride home and it didn’t take very long at all to stamp.

First, I stamped the Print Pattern background on the Very Vanilla layer.  I heated it with my Heat Tool because I was really hoping that it wouldn’t pick up the embossing powder that I would use on the French Script background.  I even set it aside to dry while I worked on the focal point.  I stamped the roses from Both Way Blossoms (it’s a hostess only set that will disappear the end of June!) and “cherish” from Warm Words in Basic Black Craft ink, then poured Crystal Clear Emboss Powder over it and heated with the heat tool.  Then I colored the roses with an Aqua Painter and Elegant Egglant & Always Artichoke Classic ink.  (I could tell from the invitation that their wedding color was purple.) I punched the corners with the Ticket Corner Punch (I know, I keep using that one!).  My husband suggested I emboss the edges clear, I think it was a great idea! So next I went back to the layer with Print Pattern on it, and I stamped French Script with Black Craft and embossed with clear.  The embossing powder did still stick to some of the Print Pattern, even though I let it dry.  But I still really like the way it turned out. Last, I wrapped a Black Grosgrain Ribbon around the background layer and added a Cream Grosgrain knot.

For the inside, I used the Mini Envelope Template to quickly make an envelope out of Vellum Cardstock to hold the gift card we were giving them.

I think the card looks much better in person, with the embossing all over it, but you get the idea.

Swing Card

November 9, 2006 at 1:02 pm | Posted in Projects, Stamp Set- Petal Prints, Stamp Set- Print Pattern, Stamp Sets, Technique- swing card, Technique- Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Techniques | Comments Off on Swing Card

Another project I did for the first time last month was a Swing (or Flip Flop) card.  It is a fun card!  When gently pulled open, the focal point swings around and you see the back of it.  You use this area to write your message.  Because of the way it opens, the card is definitely best seen in person.  I took multiple photos to try to show the movement:


Here are Beate Johns’ fabulous intructions for the spinner card!  Be sure to download the template that she created at the top of the page.  It has all the measurements and is actual size when you print it up.  When you create this, you’ll find it is really nice to have our paper cutter.

Splitcoast swing card gallery

I love Petal Prints!  I need to use it more.  For the focal point, I colored directly on the stamp with our Watercolor Wonder Crayons.  Then I stamped the outline (2-step) image over it with Elegant Eggplant.  Click here for Beate’s tutorial on this technique.

Nugget Boxes!

November 8, 2006 at 2:56 pm | Posted in Projects, Stamp Set- Acorn Wheel, Stamp Set- Classic Alphabet, Stamp Set- Print Pattern, Technique- Nugget Slider Box | Comments Off on Nugget Boxes!

Finally recovered from Halloween…   Now I want to catch you up on some of the projects I quickly learned, made and gifted last month.

First, are the nugget slider boxes!

This is one I made for Tabor, my adopted nephew in-law :).  Right.  Anyway, last month, Tabor graduated from the Correctional Officer Academy and we’re all very proud of him.  This was my first nugget box.  Not a great picture, the colors look much better together in person.  Making the box was really easy, thanks to the generous gals on splitcoast.  I’ll link what they shared in a minute.

Then, I made these cute little ones for my Stampers 6 club.

Now, you all need the instructions, right?  Here you are!  Lori Craig did a great job on that tutorial.

Then, Chris (cdjkssss) went above and beyond and created templates for every imaginable combination of nugget box sizes that will fit on 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock (and even some 12×12 ones), then shared them with everyone!  She is SO cool!!  Go to this thread and check them out!  She posted them a couple at a time throughout the thread.  So now we can all sit down and make these without any of the real work.  Hooray!  Thank you, Chris!

Splitcoast’s Nugget Box Gallery

If any of you make one, email me a picture!

Ahoy, Matey! -Hostess Appreciation Event

September 27, 2006 at 10:10 pm | Posted in Events, Projects, Stamp Set- Ahoy Matey!, Stamp Set- All I Have Seen, Stamp Set- Lovely As A Tree, Stamp Set- Print Pattern, Stamp Sets, Technique- Pearl Ex- Heated Pearls, Technique- Soot Stamping, Technique- Watercoloring, Techniques | Comments Off on Ahoy, Matey! -Hostess Appreciation Event


By the way, the header of this site is an image made from Soot Stamping.  I taught this technique at my Hostess Appreciation night Friday, September 15th.  We made these two cards:              


The tree card is soot stamping.  To do this, you use a brayer to cover Glossy Cardstock with ink (optional), then quickly move the cardstock over a flame to cover it with soot.  Press a clean stamp into the soot.  It will remove some of it, showing the paper beneath.  Last, you MUST seal with a clear acrylic sealant. Here are some other images using this technique:

I also taught Heated Pearls (the dragonfly card).  You use a Stipple Brush to apply elmer’s glue to your glossy cardstock, then add flecks of Pearl Ex powder to it and move around with brush.  Next, heat with your Heat Tool until it stops bubbling.  To color in the wings, mix Pearl Ex with Lumiere and a little water.  Apply with the Small Watercolor Brush.  Use this mixture to create art like this (the technique is called Luminous Pearls): 

The Luminous Pearls ends up with a very pretty, shimmery image (the scan doesn’t quite do it justice).

Now, don’t you want to attend next year’s Hostess Appreciation party?! I always show my hostesses some special technique- things too complex to teach at normal workshops.  All you have to do to get an invite is host a workshop sometime before next June.  Call me quick and get on my calendar!  🙂

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