Chocolate Cards


So, these cards aren't made of chocolate......sorry!  I loved all the greetings from the new Lovely, Amazing You photopolymer stamp set, but I was really looking forward to the "love you more than chocolate" saying.

Lovely, Amazing You Photopolymer Stamp Set


I started by using aquapainters to watercolor on watercolor paper with crumb cake, soft suede, and early espresso re-inkers.  I found that it was best to use a small amount of water when using shades of brown.  Too much water caused the colors to break down so that there was a lot of red, blue, and yellow mixed in. 


The next card is based on this week's Mojo Monday sketch.  You can see it here.


On both cards, I stamped the greeting with Versamark, then heat embossed with Early Espresso and White embossing powder.  If you'd like to purchase any of the items used to make these cards, a complete list of products is below.

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Festival of Trees


 Sometimes I get excited about the smallest a tree punch!  When I saw the Festival of Trees bundle, I was ecstatic to see that there was a punch for all those trees.  But the really neat thing is that the stamp set is a photopolymer which means you can see where you are stamping all of the the tree decorations.  It is so easy to get perfect alignment and then you don't even have to cut it out!


I chose this sketch to create a very simple card featuring this stamp set, punch, and a few more of my new favorites from the Holiday catalog.


 Many of the stamp sets in the Holiday Catalog feature greetings for the inside of the card, too.  This really takes the guesswork out of what to write in your cards.


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Get Your Santa On

 There are 2 Santa-themed stamp sets in the Holiday Catalog.  I prefer my Santas to be cute and a little on the chubby side, as opposed to dancing and showing a little too much body hair (see the Visions of Santa stamp set).  Obviously, I opted for the Get Your Santa On stamp set.


If you are ever in a design rut, it can be helpful to CASE---copy and share.  I am also a HUGE fan of using sketches.  For this card, I used elements of a card shown on page 30 of the Holiday catalog and combined it with this week's sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.


The result is a simple but attractive card.  I colored the Santa image with the Blendabilities markers---Cherry Cobbler, Smoky Slate, and the Skin Tone Assortment.  I really love the skin tones and how easy it is to add just a little pink hue to his cheeks and nose.

Are you ready to start your Christmas cards?

Well, I've started to add classes to my Fall calendar.  If you are local to Kokomo, Indiana, you'll want to check them out here.

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So ready for Spring already....

Don't get  me wrong, freshly fallen snow is BEAUTIFUL, but I've had enough already.  Bring on the sunshine and warmer weather.  I'm ready for it.  Unfortunately, I live in Indiana and it doesn't usually start to warm up until May.  I'll just have to be patient and stamp some Spring cards. 


I absolutely fell in love with the Easter Blossoms stamp set when I saw it in the Occasions Mini catalog.  Then, I stumbled across a challenge from Our Creative Corner that I just had to give a try.

"Thank You is the theme of our challenge this week, but with a twist. We want you to use a blue and cream color palette and add metal and vellum to your creation."



Stamp Sets:  Easter Blossoms, Tiny Tags

Ink:  Not Quite Navy

Paper:  Not Quite Navy, Springtime Vintage Designer Series Paper, Vellum Cardstock, Very Vanilla

Accessories:  Big Shot, Framed Tulips Embossing Folder, Fun Flowers Bigz L Die, Ovals Die, Crochet Trim, Jewelry Tag Punch, Antique Brad

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Holiday Stamp-a-Stack

A downside to being a Doctor of Chiropractic is that you know when something is really wrong with your own body.  A few weeks ago, I started having trouble with my right elbow.  I've had minor problems with it in the past and have jokingly called it "stamper's elbow."  However, this time it was bad and I knew that I had an ulnar nerve entrapment.  I also had a Stamp-a-Stack coming up and was worried that I would not be able to cut card stock for my guests.

With some rest and therapy, I was able to help my elbow pain.  However, I didn't want to irritate it more by cutting tons of paper.  You'll see that the cards I designed for this class are super simple.  Almost all of my guests were finished within 1 hour.  We made 2 each of 4 designs.  The other card was featured in this previous post.


The picture above may give you some indication of why my elbow was, the first card was a simplified version of one of my recent swap cards.


Stamp Set:  Christmas Postcard

Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Kraft (sponged around edges)

Paper:  Deck the Halls Designer Series Paper, Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla

Accessories:  Sticky Strip, Champagne Glass Glitter, Sponges


The finished size of this card is 3" x 6".  The main question everyone asked is if we have envelopes to fit this size of card.  The answer is "yes!".  Item # 107286  Small Open-End Envelopes. 

Stamp Set:  Word Play

Ink:  Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive markers

Paper:  Very Vanilla, Jolly Holiday Designer Series Paper

Accessories:  Big Shot, Ovals Originals die, Dimensionals


And I just had to throw one Halloween card in the mix.  My customers LOVED the Spider Web embossing folder, but are wanting ideas for using it at other times of the year.  We decided it would be good for an "Over the Hill" birthday.  If you've got a creative idea, share it by adding a comment at the end of this post.

Stamp Set:  Wicked Cool

Ink:  Basic Black

Paper:  Wicked Fun Specialty, Whisper White, Basic Gray, Basic Black

Accessories:  Big Shot, Spider Web Embossing Folder, Raven Lace Trim

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Got More Treats

Last Friday was the Got Treats Stamp-a-Stack.  I've already shared the cupcake card, so it's time for you to see the other 3 cards.


This card would be great for an anniversary or a fun wedding/engagement card.  It uses the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, and a little bit of the Play Date designer series paper.


I am soooooo holding back on sharing all of my Halloween projects with you, but I was able to sneak this card in.  Wouldn't this stamp image be perfect on the Pumpkin Poop boxes?  I've got your wheels turning, don't I?  The designer paper is called Wicked Fun Specialty and it features black flocking.  Some of the black circles are it!


And last but not least, GINGERBREAD MEN!!!  Something about these little guys just makes me smile.  The large stamp image is from the Got Treats stamp set, but the smaller gingerbread man image is from a Holiday Mini stamp set called Jolly Bingo Bits.   The designer paper is called Jolly Holiday.

On all of the cards, I used the 1-3/4" circle punch and the 2-3/8" Scallop Circle punch.  I just changed the layouts and the designer paper choice to fit the occasion.  Most of the stamp images were inked with markers. I just love it when you can create many different cards with one stamp set and a limited number of supplies.

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Got treats

Got Treats Stamp Set (Set of 10)

119114     $24.95 Wood Mount

120627     $17.95 Clear Mount



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If you are a follower of my blog, you could probably tell that I have taken a bit of a break from stamping.  The summer months have been so busy & chaotic, so I've had to put a a few things on the back burner. 

However, my new stamps and accessories from the new catalog have been begging for me to play with them.  One of my first purchases was the Got Treats stamp set.  I love that it can be used for so many different occasions and the Mojo Monday sketch this week was great inspiration.



Stamp Set:  Got Treats?

Ink:  Early Espresso, Blushing Bride

Paper:  Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz, Blushing Bride, Early Espresso

Accessories:  Big Shot, Embossing Folders (Square Lattice, Perfect Polka Dots, Vintage Wallpaper), Markers (Pear Pizzazz, Melon Mambo, Early Espresso), Punches (2-3/8" Scallop Circle, 1-3/4" Circle, Corner Rounder), Dimensionals, Crystal Effects, Blushing Bride 1/2" Stitched-Poly Ribbon, Early Espresso 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon


After I finished this card, I need to simplify the design so that I could use it at my monthly Stamp-a-Stack.  This is just one of the cards we'll be making at Friday's class:


There is still time to RSVP for the Stamp-a-Stack if you would like to attend.  Here are the details:

Got Treats? Stamp-a-Stack

Friday, August 13th at 7pm

118 S. Buckeye Street, Kokomo, IN

We'll be making 8 cards, 2 each of 4 designs, using the new Got Treats stamp set.  Cost is $20 per person and  includes all supplies except adhesive.  RSVP by Wednesday if you would like to attend.

Got treats

Got Treats Stamp Set (Set of 10)

119114     $24.95 Wood Mount

120627     $17.95 Clear Mount

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Mojo Monday 142

I don't have a lot of time this week but I wanted to participate in the Mojo Monday sketch.  Here is my  quick entry:


 Stamp Set:  Artistic Etchings

Ink:  Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler

Paper:  Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Newsprint DSP

Accessories:  Big Shot, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, 2-3/4" Scallop Circle punch, Black Striped 1-1/4" Grosgrain, Vanilla Jumbo Brad, Dimensionals

Be sure to check out my previous posts for more cards made with Sneak Peek items.

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Artistic Etchings Meets Wall Decor & More

Not too many people know that I previously worked in the matchmaking industry.  It was years ago and only for a short time, but I learned a lot from those jobs.

So today I am putting my matchmaking skills to work on a fabulous card.  I just received the Wall Decor & More Cricut cartridge and thought it would go great with the new Artistic Etchings Stamp Set (available July 1st).  What do you think?


Highlighted items will be available on July 1st.

Stamp Set:  Artistic Etchings

Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black

Paper:  Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, Newsprint DSP

Accessories:  Cricut Expression, Wall Decor & More cartridge, Stickles, Dimensionals, 1-3/4" Circle Punch, 2-3/4" Scallop Circle Punch, Modern Label Punch, Filigree Brads, Big Shot, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Movers & Shapers Die

The Eiffel Tower was cut at 4-1/2" using Cherry Cobbler and Basic Black card stock.  I added Stickles to the Cherry Cobbler layer and to the crown as a final touch.  Here is a close-up:


If you haven't checked out my other cards made with the Artistic Etchings stamp set, be sure to scroll down for several more.  I've tried to show how versatile one stamp set and a few accessories can be and I hope that you've added many of these items to your Stampin' Up! wish list.

I'm going to be super busy this week and I'm not sure how often I will get to post.  So, I am going to do a little giveaway for everyone that places an order online through my Stampin' Up! website.......

As a thank you for ordering, you will receive one of the Artistic Etchings cards that I have featured within the last week.  I can't promise which one you'll get, but if I need to make more, I will.

Any order placed through Sunday, June 12th for any amount will receive a card!

There are many great sale items to choose from, as well as retiring stamp sets, decor elements, and accessories.  Be sure to check them out before they are gone on June 30th!

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