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Hello again crafting friends!

I have been busy playing with my new card making dies, stamps, distress oxide ink and dies. I love being able to use both sides of a double-sided paper with the card making dies. Sometimes it’s hard to choose which side of the paper to use, but now the only thing I have to choose is which side of the paper will be seen the most! I also like the added bonus of the colors matching perfectly since they are on the same sheet of paper.

The only thing I don’t love about card making dies is that they use 5 1/2″ x 11″ of paper instead of the normal A2 size. It does fold down to an A2 size, which is good since that’s the size of envelopes I keep on hand. It’s not like I don’t have a lot of paper to use, so using that much paper will not keep me from using the card making dies, it’s just something to keep in mind when deciding which paper to use.

For this card I used paper from the Beach House collection from Colorbok, the Scallop Circle Card Making Die, and for the sentiment a couple of dies I’ve had for several years – a Circle Die from Lifestyle Crafts and a scallop circle from Big Scalloped Circles, Spellbinders Nestabilities. I edged everything with Fired Brick Distress Oxide Ink. I again added paper to the inside so it’s easier to know where any inside writing (or stamping) should go.

The sentiment stamp is a stamp that I found at the convention – Beautiful Wishes from Rubbernecker Stamps. I really like Rubbernecker Stamps, they are cling mount which I generally prefer over clear stamps. I stamped the sentiment in the same Fired Brick Distress Oxide Ink. To finish the card I added a few pearls from my stash.


I have a few more card bases cut out from other card making dies that I bought so stay tuned for more cards. What do you think of how they work with double-sided paper?







Esther and I recently went to a rubber stamp convention in Collinsville, Illinois where  we found some fun stamps and dies. I find it helpful to take her or my sister, Michelle,  to conventions because they both keep better track of which booths I’ve already visited and help keep me from overspending!

One of my favorite things I found this time are the card making dies from the Paper CutEndless Creations also sells the dies as well as stamps that coordinate with them. I’ve seen them before but I this time I figured out how I could incorporate them with my style. I  now have 4 of the card making dies, as well as 2 coordinating die sets and some stamps that coordinate.

For my cards today I used the Triple Circle Card Making Die. I made the green card first and my friend Stephanie thought a blue version would look nice. I love how they both turned out.

I started with cutting the card base and used a plain cream card stock for the green card and a patterned cream card stock for the blue. The patterned card stock had white on the back so I used Antique Linen Distress Ink to get the circles the correct shade to match the front. Then I added either sapphire blue or forest moss distress ink around the edges to make them stand out a little, as well as get rid of white edges.


I stamped the globe, compass and pocket watches (Tim Holtz tiny things and tiny things 2 stamp sets) on cream cardstock. In this case it was easier to stamp the images first, then use my circle die to center them. Then I shaded the outside with distress ink. I used my denim Alcohol ink and blending pen from Ranger to color the globe and I used my Faber-Castell pen to get the fine detail needed on the compass.

Next, I stamped the verse and outline from the Freehand Scripture Set from Rubbernecker Stamps. I added a layer of distress ink to my cream cardstock to give it a bit of depth. I stamped the outline, cut around the image, stamped the verse inside it, distressed and inked the edges.


For the green card I started with the green paper and matched inks to that, but on the blue card I starting with the stamping first and then found paper. Starting with the paper first is definitely the easier way to go. 😉 I did it that way because I was going to add the blue stamped images to the green card but they didn’t look quite right, so that’s how I ended up making two cards!

I recommend having longer patterned paper than the die to be able to line up the pieces properly. I lined up the circles and then marked where exactly on the back of the patterned paper to cut. You can see how much longer the blue paper is than the card base. It’s probably not necessary to have quite that much, that’s how big my scrap was, but you would want some extra.


I used twines from my stash and wrapped those around the patterned paper, and then used foam tape to adhere the verses and circle images.

For the green card I added green card stock inside to make the images pop a little more and also added cream card stock on top for writing. I cut the cream card stock so that writing can be added, but also to make it easily identifiable where the writing should end and not show on the front of the card. I added the green circle images inside for embellishment.


Which is your favorite card, do you prefer the green or the blue?





The Vine and Branches


Super quick this morning as I am waiting for my ride before I head off to work.

I made several bookmarks this year for the ladies in my discussion group. I ran out and had to make another one a couple of days ago. I realized I never posted the others so I remembered finally to take a picture of one before I gave them away!

I have been playing with my new Distress Oxide Inks and this background is a result. The stamp is a Rubbernecker stamp. They have several beautiful verse stamps.



Merry Christmas 2016


I recently made a couple of cards for my husband to use at work. I thought while I was making cards I’d go ahead and make a few more. I have used all that I made, and perhaps should have made more!

To make these cards, I pulled out my Simple Stories Handmade Holiday paper pad I got a few years ago at Archiver’s (I wish that store was still around). I cut the six images from one 12 X 12 sheet and added to the designs with Tim Holtz Christmas stamps. I have one more of the 6 to make. It’s a blank piece of paper with ‘Santa’s List’ at the top like a title. It’s cute, but I haven’t figured out how to fill it more with other stamps.

My favorite is the plaid sheet. I only had to add the ‘Merry Christmas’ and some red paper behind it. Super simple. I am so happy I got the MISTI earlier in the year because I need a refill on my Ranger Red Geranium Archival Ink. I had to stamp it a few times to get good coverage. I didn’t know the ink pad was low on ink, so being able to lay down a few layers of ink was super helpful!

May you have a blessed Christmas,


Take Heart


What peace to know that no matter what is going on in the world we can trust in its Creator.



I enjoyed these techniques. It’s like magic! You put the Alcohol Inks on the YUPO sheets and then stamp or use an embossing folder. If you stamp with Archival Ink and then rub it off while it’s wet it will remove the alcohol ink and leave the impression of the stamp (seen on the right and left samples). It’s like a reverse resist. The middle tag is made by applying the alcohol ink and then running it through an embossing folder and rubbing the alcohol ink over the top of the image and then rubbing off the ink from the top.

I definitely had to learn how to use the alcohol inks on the YUPO sheets. It requires so much less blending solution and I found that I want to put more than less on the applicator because that is how you use it with other surfaces. I think too much blending solution is why my tags are a little sticky.

I have a few more techniques to try with the YUPO sheets but these two were the two that interested me the most. I also need to find out what else I can do with the YUPO.



Distress Layered Collage


It’s day six and I moved on to day three if Creative Chemistry 103 to try out the collage mediums. It works quickly and it doesn’t feel as sticky on the top like other gel mediums I’ve used. It worked about the same but I am quite pleased with the non-sticky residue. I started with Tim Holtz pre-printed tissue wrap. I like the tissue wrap better than stamping on regular tissue paper. I have gotten good results from stamping on tissue paper but the tissue wrap is a little more pliable and doesn’t tear as easily but is still easy to work with. (I may have just talked myself into wanting the non-printed tissue wrap!) Next I cut out images from leftover pieces of Tim’s paper. I then added a shadow of Faber-Castell cold grey iv Pitt pen. Finally, I added a little bit of distress ink on the tag. Esther says I need to go darker on the edges a little but I have decided that can wait until I make more tags. 😉


This is my sampler tag of the three different distress collage mediums. I do like how the vintage medium worked. It not only added a bit of aging color but left a little bit of the color around the edges of the pieces creating a natural shadow of the product. That’s just where I had the medium a little thicker and I wasn’t expecting that result but now that I know it works that way I could do it on purpose. I didn’t think the crazing had really worked until I put my readers on and looked at it with the flashlight app on my phone pointed right at it. It is more visible after I added distress ink on top.

Next up is playing with my alcohol inks on YUPO paper.



It’s day four of the Creative Chemistry 103 class and I am still working on day one techniques! I may skip around a bit to try the ones that most interest me and then work my way through them.


I don’t know that I will do this technique often. I stamped a light color of distress ink and then watercolored the image and then stamped it in a dark ink (I used Watering Can Archival Ink) slightly off-set from the image. The off-set part didn’t matter as much because I lost my image pretty quickly so I was guessing towards the end as to where I should be putting the color anyhow! I can at least say I tried the technique. I’m not the biggest fan of water-coloring but this was a fairly quick way to put the color down.

Next, I’m going to try my new Distress Collage Mediums. I am very interested in trying the vintage hue. I like my pieces a little vintage looking although maybe not quite as much as Tim Holtz does. I like the idea that I can quickly change the color of white to off-white with a quick swipe of a brush.


It’s day two of Online Card Classes: Creative Chemistry 103 class and I am just now getting to day one techniques! I had fun with this technique of stamping white picket fence distress ink before using the colored distress dye inks. I love the final color choices. I don’t often use kraft card stock but I can see how this technique would be useful.


I recently invested in a Mini MISTI and knew I would love it. This was my first time to use it and I told my mother that I am head over heels in love with it 😉 It works as well as I imagined and seen on YouTube. I put down several lighter colors on the butterflies first and didn’t really like that so I added brighter colors. By the time I was done I had probably inked the stamp 6 or 7 times and left the kraft tag in place each time. The repeat images came out perfectly and I am very happy with my investment.

My sisters, mother and I met up at the Collinsville Rubber Stamp show in July. It’s not as big as the Akron show I usually go to, but they have a few different vendors. We had a great time at the event and saw some of Collinsville and the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle while we there.



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