The Wilderness Awaits

Good afternoon everyone! This is blog post number five and I’m still figuring out my online voice. I wanted to post a really interesting patina technique today that I found online and changed up a little. I searched for about an hour this morning and could not find the original link. If I stumble across it later I will post.  

The Wilderness Awaits Tutorial

  1. Cut an 8.5 x 11 inch sheet of Delightful Dijon card stock in half lengthwise at 4.25 inches. Fold in half to form your card base. 
  2. Cut a pice of Crumb Cake card stock to 4 inches by 5.25 inches. 
  3. Place in the new Boho Chic embossing folder and run through the Big Shot. 
  4. Sponge island indigo ink onto the embossed piece in random areas. Blend well and then do the same with Cajun Craze and Always Artichoke ink. 
  5. Use the splatter stamps from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and stamp the edges of the embossed piece with Versamark. Sprinkle the Versamark with Gold embossing powder and tap off the excess. Heat the embossing powder with an embossing gun until it shines. 
  6. Adhere the embossed piece to the card base. 
  7. Cut an oval out of Whisper White card stock and an oval matt out of Soft Suede card stock.
  8. Stamp the fox from The Wilderness Awaits stamp set on the white oval using Chocolate Chip ink. 
  9. Fill a Aqua Pen with rubbing alcohol. Take your Cajun Craze ink pad squish it to get some ink on the inside of the lid. Use the Aqua Pen to pick up ink and color the fox adding shadows and highlights where needed. Do the same with Always Artichoke ink to color the grass. I used a tiny bit of Chocalate chip ink on the foxs eyes. 
  10. Use a sponge to lightly sponge the edges of the white oval with Pool Party ink.
  11. Adhere the fox to the Soft Suede oval and center and adhere to your card front. 
  12. Stamp the sentiment from The Wilderness Awaits on a scrap piece of soft suede card stock and cut into a pennant. Adhere to the bottom left of the ovals as shown. 

This was a beautiful technique for my card classes.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 

Swallowtail and Butterfly Basics birthday card

Good evening stamping friends. Thanks to everyone who has reached out to me on this blog. I am really loving this new adventure and I hope I have something to offer you. I have been indecisive about which cards to include in this months stamp class and I think this simple monochromatic card is going to make the cut.

imageMy inspiration came from Pinterest but I did change it up a little. The original Debbie’s Designs can be found here. Debbie’s Design

Swallowtail Birthday Card Tutorial

  1. Cut a sheet of thick Whisper White card stock in half lengthwise at 4.25 inches. Fold in half to form your card base.
  2. Stamp the Swallowtail at a slight angle towards the fold of the card using Calypso Coral ink.  Then use scissors to trim around the right edge of the Swallowtail wing.
  3. Take the scrap piece of whisper white that you trimmed off and stamp two of the tiny butterflies from Papillon Potpourri in Calypso Coral. Use the Bitty Butterfly punch to punch them out and set them aside. Use the larger butterfly from the same stamp set and stamp the butterfly on the inside right of your card as shown. This is visible when the card is closed. Adhere the tiny butterflies over them and fluff the wings.
  4. Stamp the sentiment from Butterfly Basics in the top left corner of your card. Use the postmark stamp as shown. Open your card and stamp the diagonal stripe to the bottom inside edge of your card.
  5. Stamp the sentiment.
  6. Use the fern stamp on the inside left of your card. I stamped off on a piece of scrap paper first for a softer effect.
  7. Embellish with rhinestones and you are done.

butterfly basics

Stampin Up Swallowtail


That’s all for today! It’s been a busy day here for our family. Church this morning and then a picnic lunch at Greers Ferry Lake and then on to a house we are remodeling but that’s another crafty project! I would love for you to post pictures in the comments if you recreate this card.

From Land to Sea

From Land to Sea

I’m checking in this weekend to bring you a quick and fabulous masculine birthday card. I don’t know about you but it’s quick and easy to whip up a girly card but the masculine cards always set me back a bit. This one is super simple and quick with only a few supplies. Spoiler alert!!! If you are in my Tuesday night stamp class you will be seeing this card in the near future so I hope you like it.

Land to Sea

  1. Cut an 8.5 by 11 inch piece of pool party blue card stock in half lengthwise at 4.25 inches.  Fold in half and score to form your card base.
  2. Place the top half of your card in the wood grain embossing folder side ways so the bottom of the card stock is not being embossed. Run through your Big Shot.
  3. Cut three 1.5 inch squares and stamp with Tip Top Taupe as shown using the From Land to Sea stamp set.
  4. Cut three 1.75 inch squares and mount your stamped pieces on them using dimensionals. Space them evenly on the left side of your card and adhere.
  5. Then stamp the sentiment from the Wetlands stamp set using Tip Top Taupe.
  6. Cut a piece of thick whisper white card stock to 4 in by 10.75 inches. Center and adhere to the inside of your card. Stamp the sentiment of your choosing and you are all done!

Enjoy the the rest of your weekend I know I will! If you get a chance to recreate this card please post pictures in the comments. I would love to see anything you create.

Keep Looking Up

Keep looking upHello everyone! My children started back to school yesterday and as much as I hated to see them go and summer come to an end it meant a little crafty time for me to prepare for an upcoming class. This card is bright and cheery and the sentiments can be changed  to fit so many occasions. This card took me back to third grade drawing rainbows and puffy clouds.

Keep Looking Up

  1.  Cut a sheet of 8.5 x 11 thick whisper white card stock in half lengthwise at 4.25 inches.  Score at 5.5 inches and fold in half.
  2. Using black Stazon stamp the word rainbow on a scrap of thick whisper white card stock.
  3. Using the small paint stroke stamp stamp each letter with the corresponding ink. R- real red, A- pumpkin pie, I- daffodil delight, N- cucumber crush, B- pacific point, O- tempting turquoise, W- wisteria wonder.
  4. Using your scissors cut around the word leaving the dot on the I intact.
  5. Press the front of the cut out piece into versa mark using your fingers. Sprinkle iridescent ice embossing powder over the versa mark and tap off the excess. Use an embossing gun to heat the embossing powder till clear and shiny.
  6. Stamp the sun in the upper right corner of the card. Use 3 dimensionals on the back of the rainbow and place slightly below the sun.
  7. Stamp the sentiments in the upper left corner and lower right corner using black Stazon.
  8. Use the cupcake builder punch to punch 4 clouds from thick whisper white card stock. Place the 4 clouds in the decorative dots embossing folder and emboss in your big shot. Use the brush edge of a Bermuda bay marker to edge or clouds. Place on the card front and trim from the back as necessary.
  9. Open the card and stamp the sentiment of your choice. I used ” God gives us rainbows to remind us of hope” in black Stazon.
  10. Stamp the sun in daffodil delight on the envelope in the return address area. Flip the envelope over and emboss the flap of the envelope with the decorative dots embossing folder and then you have a beautiful cheery card to send to someone in need of a pick me up.

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