Thursday, January 24, 2013


Simon Says Stamp!'s current challenge is Paper-Piecing. I love using patterned paper, and piecing it together can be a lot of fun - and at times very challenging and time consuming! This particular card wasn't too bad. Here it is:
This card is a little out of the ordinary for me, but I had fun making it! I stamped the HA "Silly Scape" stamp on several different pieces of patterned paper and heat embossed it with black embossing powder. I also stamped and embossed the image on my background piece. I then fussy-cut each stamped image in random pieces to create a "layered look" and assembled them on my background - using my background stamped image as my guide. The completed piece was then adhered to my white cardstock base with foam tape.

Then I die cut my clouds on white cardstock with this die, and used distress ink to accent the edges of the clouds. I stuck them to the background with foam squares.

The sentiment was stamped with black ink on white cardstock, cut into a banner shape and adhered to the card.

And here's most of my supplies:

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


I've had this Hero Arts Italy Background stamp for so long, but I've struggled with how to use it. I've always had trouble with collage-type stamps because my creative ideas with them are VERY limited. Then, I saw this card by Suzzanne. I loved the way she colored it using watercolors. When I went to her blog to check it out, I fell in love with the picture she uses as a header on her blog, and THAT was my inspiration for my cards. Here's her header:

And here is my first of 2 cards with this stamp:

My dad is a full-blooded Italian (Sicilian, actually). He recently made a trip back to his birthplace and was awed by his Italian heritage. He's got some VERY interesting stories about his family history! Anyway, I bought the stamp with him in mind. Since the card is all about Italy, I wanted some kind of greeting in Italian. I don't speak a lick of Italian - and neither does my dad, really - so I went to Google translate to find out how to say "Happy Birthday". Hence, the sentiment is "Happy Birthday" in Italian.

To make this card, I stamped the image onto watercolor paper. Once the ink was dry, I swiped various Distress Stains over the image and "smoothed and blended" the colors with a wet paintbrush. Once I was satisfied with the colors, I let it dry and distressed the edges. For the sentiment, I printed the words onto a piece of white cardstock. I then stamped it with a newsprint background, then swiped Distress Inks over it to get it to match the original stamped image.

Here's card #2:
I basically made this one the same way I did the first one, using the same colors of ink, etc. Again, I went to Google translate for an Italian sentiment. I wanted a "neutral" greeting, like "Hello"...but then I found out that the same Italian word for "hello" (ciao) is also used for "goodbye". To avoid confusion, I decided to use the word "Saluti", which simply means "Greetings".

I certainly haven't mastered Suzzane's art of coloring, but I'm having a whole lot of fun trying!!!

And my supplies:

Thanks for visiting!! Ciao!

Saturday, January 19, 2013


The current challenge over at A Blog Named Hero is to make a card with your oldest stamp. Interestingly enough, the stamps I chose are from 2006...before I even started making cards. Believe it or not, these are my oldest stamps, BUT, I've NEVER used them!! What??!!!! I know...crazy, eh?! So, this challenge inspired me to dig them out! Here's my card:
I started out wanting to try the new "chalkboard" technique, but then I chickened out. I was afraid I'd ruin what I had done! Here's how I made the card:

I inked my stamps with Versamark and stamped onto black cardstock, then heat embossed with white embossing powder. The flowers were colored in with colored pencils. Then, I dry embossed a strip of white cardstock to accent the right side of the card, without taking the focus away from the flowers. Added the sentiment, a little black bow, and a single black adhesive pearl to dot my "i".

Here's my supplies: (I apologize that I didn't link the stamps. I guess they're so old, I couldn't even find a link to link them to!!!! They are all Hero Arts stamps. The numbers are E3755, E3756 and E3757.)

Thanks so much for looking!! It means a lot to me!