Friday, December 15, 2017

Stampin' Up! Display Stamper

Since I didn't mak the cut for the Artisan Design Team, I thought maybe, just maybe, I might get chosen to be a display stamper for OnStage in April. That would be sooo exciting!!! Anyhoo, we are supposed to make three cards, two 3D items, and a partridge in a pear tree....I mean, one scrapbook page. So, without further ado, here they are. (Should have taken the pics during the day when the light was better, but this was the best I could do.)

Three cards, all of which use the new Petal Passion Suite coming in the Occasions catalog! Oh my, the possibilities with this suite!!!

Now the two 3D items. The pizza box is covered with Painted With Love Specialty DSP, and the die cuts (flowers and filigree) are also from the Petal Passion Suite.

The treat bag is made with items from the True Gentleman Suite. This is going to be great for those always-difficult masculine projects!

And lastly, the scrapbook page. I have to admit, I don't do scrapbooking, mainly because I stink at it. But I happened to have a box of old photos handy, and found this adorable picture of my babies, way back when. Unfortunately, the glare from the light was giving me fits. And the die cut snowflakes didn't show up too well. *sigh*

Well, that's my entry for Display Stamper. I'll keep you posted if I get any good news before April!

Christmas Snow

Weekend before last I was scrambling to get more Christmas cards finished. As I was pawing through one of my racks of DSP, I found some retired Holidays Fancy Foil Designer Vellum that I had been hoarding carefully saved in my extensive collection. I don't know why I hadn't used it before, but this seemed like a good opportunity to show it some love.

The Merry Little Labels bundle (another retiring item) made this a surprisingly quick card to put together. I attached the vellum to the card base with a few tiny dots of glue hidden behind the design. Then it was just a matter of matting some Merry Little Christmas DSP on a strip of Basic Black, adhering a foil snowflake and a swirl of Silver Metallic-Edge Ribbon, and popping the punched greeting up on dimensionals. Oh, and adding a few rhinestones, because.....well, you know.

It's been pretty darn cold here the past week or so, so I'm really hoping ol' Mother Nature will make it worthwhile and bring some snow. I'm dreaming of a white Christmas, how about you?

Smiley from Millan.Net

Monday, December 11, 2017


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Birthday Blooms Stained Glass

I revived an old technique for this card, but with a twist. The Stained Glass technique usually involves heat embossing vellum, and then coloring the back of the vellum with markers. But for this card, I used the Stampin' Blends alcohol markers on the front, and the colors are so much more vibrant!

A huge advantage to using the alcohol markers is, if you accidentally get ink on the embossed lines, or even outside the embossed lines, it is incredibly easy to clean it off with the Color Lifter. I mean like "piece of cake" easy! I did cheat a little with some contraband - the cut out in the center was made with a Spellbinders Nestabilities Deckled Rectangle die. It was so much easier than trying to tear it!

If you click on any of the photos and zoom in, you can see how it really does look like stained glass. I deliberately made it streaky to give it depth and texture. I could have easily laid down smooth color, but really wanted the stained glass look to look like.... stained glass. Make sense?

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