Mountain Sunset

Hi!  Keeping with the brayer theme from the other day, today’s card features a brayered background.

Brayer, Sunsent, Friendship, Mountain Air, Stampin' Up!, SU!, #2020AnnualCatalog

The sunset is created using the brayer.  I started with Daffodil Delight ink and covered the entire piece of Whisper White.  To ink up the brayer, roll the brayer in just one direction repeatedly.  Do not go in a back and forth motion or you will end up with uneven coverage.  Start partially off the cardstock at the top and roll the brayer across the entire length.  Pick up the brayer and bring it back to the starting side (for me, that would be the left end as I am left handed) and roll over the cardstock overlapping this pass with the first one.  Continue with this method all the way down the cardstock.  Reink the brayer and repeat.  Continue to repeat until you have the color you’d like.  Repeat with Pumpkin Pie  – but do not go all the way down the paper this time – end shorter so that some of the Daffodil still shows.  The last color to apply is Cajun Craze -ending this one maybe 1/4 to 1/3 of the way down so that the Pumpkin Pie shows.

The mountains are stamped using Gray Granite ink.  I stamped the original image first, and then flipped the stamp over (as these are reversibles) and inked the backside to fill in the mountain range.   I then stamped using the back side again to fill in near the bottom of the cardstock panel.  Lastly, I lightly dragged the ink pad near the bottom edge to color it in.  You could also do this part with the brayer for a smoother look.

The birds are stamped in Jet Black Stazon and are from the High Tide stamp set.

The sentiment is from Itty Bitty Greetings and is punched using the Lovely Labels Pick a Punch.

I hope you enjoyed a few uses for the brayer this week.

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Brayered Bricks

Hi!  Today I have a card to share featuring brayered bricks.  We were playing with brayers in a recent workshop, and I shared how you could use the brayer on embossed images.

Brayers, Backgroungs, Baby Wipes, Fall, Stampin' Up!, SU!, Love of Leaves, Autumn Goodness

First, pick a colored cardstock – for this I used Crumb Cake.  Run the cardstock through your Stampin’ Cut & Emboss with the Brick and Mortar Embossing Folder.  Then use the brayer to apply ink to the embossed cardstock.  Here I used Early Espresso.   If you do not want to flatten your image, leave the cardstock in the folder and apply the ink.  The folder allows the cardstock to hold the shape of the embossing folder while the ink is applied.

To finish this card, I used more of those Baby Wipe leaves from the Love of Leaves bundle (yes, I still have some left to use) with some linen thread.  The sentiment is from Autumn Goodness.  This is die cut using the Stitched Rectangle dies and layered on Early Espresso cardstock.

The base is Thick Whisper White cardstock, cut at 4 1/4″ x 11″.  Score at 5 1/2″ and fold.  An Early Espresso layer measuring 4 1/16″ x 5 5/16″ is  adhered to the base before adhering the embossed brick layer.

Try adding some color to your embossing folder images and see what you come up with!  The color pairings you can make – what fun.

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Love Of Leaves

Hi!  How are you today?  Back today with another card featuring the Baby Wipe and Love of Leaves bundle.

Fall, Love of Leaves, Friendship, Stampin' Up!, SU!, #2020AugDecMini, BabyWipe

I have fallen in love with this bundle.  I hadn’t realized when I got this set that the when you die cut a leaf, it leaves a stitched border behind.   So, I decided to use that as a frame for my leaf.  Remember when I showed you the Baby Wipe technique earlier in the week, well, I made so many leaves (and I still haven’t used them all) – that I thought I’d use one of them with the stitched outline – and this is the result.

To add interest to the card, I added three strips of Early Espresso cardstock of different widths behind the leaf.  The sentiment is stamped on the Whisper White layer.  The base is Thick Whisper White – 4 1/4″ x 11″scored at 5 1/2″ and folded.

A pretty easy layout to replicate.

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Step It Up

Hi!  Today I am showcasing three cards using the Step It Up technique.  Each card is “stepped up” from the one before it.  All three feature the Beauty Abounds Stamp Set.

Beauty Abounds, Beginner, Friendship, Stampin' Up!, SU!, #2020AnnualCatalog

This card just uses stamps, ink and card stock.

The colors used for this card are Misty Moonlight, Terracotta Tile and Gray Granite.   Everything is stamped on this card.   The Whisper White stamped panel is attached to a Misty Moonlight Mat.  The base is Thick Whisper White.

The second card looks like this:

Beauty Abounds, Casual, Friendship, Stampin' Up!, SU!, #2020AnnualCatalog

For this card, the sentiment is stamped on a scrap of Whisper White and punched with the 2″ Circle Punch.  The butterflies are die cut using the coordinating dies Butterfly Beauty.  Misty Moonlight and Crumb Cake are the card stock colors used for the butterflies.

The final card is this:

Beauty Abounds, Friendship, Stampin' Up!, SU!, #2020AnnualCatalog

A mat layer is added behind the sentiment, Butterfly Gems and ribbon are used to accent the card.  Minor touches as you go along and each a beauty in its own right.

I just wanted to show how you could make minor tweaks to take your card to the next level.

I hope you enjoyed today’s Step It Up post.

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I’m So Glad

Hi!  Today I am hopping with the winner’s from September’s International Blog Highlights!  I am so excited to be part of this month’s Top 10.   I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for you.

To say thanks – I made this card for YOU!

Friendship, Fall, Love of Leaves, Stampin' Up!, SU!, #Sept2020BlogHopWinner, #2020AugDecMini

You see, I love creating cards, stamping and sharing my knowledge with you in the hopes of inspiring you and bringing out your creativity.  So, yes, I am so glad you are in my life!

For this card, I used a few different techniques.  We will start with the background.  I ran my Crumb Cake ink pad over the inside front of my Pinewood Planks 3D Embossing Folder, placed my Whisper White card stock inside then ran it through the Stampin’ Cut and Emboss machine.   This is layered on Early Espresso card stock which is layered on Thick Whisper White card stock.

For the leaves, I used the Love Of Leaves stamp set from the August-December mini and the Baby Wipe technique.  Using generic baby wipes (these are the best as they typically do not have a design in them that you could inadvertently pick up when doing this technique – ask me how I know), drop ink from different colors of reinkers on to folded baby wipes (I used 3 wipes to make my pad).  The colors for the leaves are Cherry Cobbler, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, and Garden Green.  Make sure the area you cover with the reinkers is large enough for your largest stamp.  These baby wipes become your ink pad.  Ink the stamps using the baby wipes and stamp on Whisper White card stock.  This is a fun technique.  The more you use the baby wipe, the more blended your colors will become.   You can watch this video here to see how I created my ink pad (the first part of the video is the creation of the pad):


I then die cut the leaves using the coordinating Stitched Leaves dies.   I also die cut the largest leaf from Cajun Craze card stock.   These are adhered together using Seal Adhesive.  A piece of Linen Thread is tied around the top of the leaves.  They are attached to the card front using dimensionals.

The sentiment is stamped in Early Espresso ink on a  strip of Whisper White card stock.  The left end is punched using the Banners Pick A Punch.  A small strip of Early Espresso is placed behind the sentiment.

A little leaf from the In Good Taste Embellishment pack is used to finish off the card.

Thank you so much for being a part of my stamping family!  I truly do appreciate your support and am so happy you are part of my life.

Make sure you check out the rest of the winners!


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Beautiful Journey

Hi!  Today I have a quick card using the World of Good Suite from the Annual Catalog.

Journey, Masculine, World Of Good, Stampin' Up!, SU!

The World of Good Specialty Designer Series Paper is paired with the Old World Paper Embossing Folder to create the background for this card.  I love the dimension the embossing folder gives to our Whisper White Cardstock.

The sentiment is stamped in Misty Moonlight ink and die cut using the Stitched So Sweetly dies.  The ink bottle is stamped in Jet Black StaZon and the feather in Crumb Cake.  Both are die cut with the coordinating die set.

The base is Early Espresso.

This is a great set for those masculine cards we sometimes struggle with.

Don’t forget, the new Standard Stampin’ Cut and Emboss has made its debut in my on-line store:

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Life is Better

Hi!  Today I have a card to share with you featuring the Beautiful Autumn Bundle!

Beautiful Autumn, Stampin' Up!, SU!, #2020AugDecMini

I love the colors for this card – Misty Moonlight and Just Jade.  Two of my favorite of the new 2020-2022 In Colors.  You also catch a glimpse of Magenta Madness and Bumble Bee.   It is always fun to change up the traditional fall colors for a different look.

Another sweet touch is the use of White Embossing powder on the Misty Moonlight background.  I do not always think to emboss my sentiments on dark colored cardstock, and I love the look – so time to do that a little more often.

And do you see the scallop under the Whisper White panel?  Those are punched circles cut in half!  Great way to get the look if you don’t have a scallop border punch or die.

I hope you’ll consider looking at your Fall stamps and changing them up with a non-fall color palette.

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Do You Love Fall?

I do!!  (I’m sure you know that by now!).  Anyway, today I have two cards for you – though they are made together using the 2 for 1, or Split Card or ….  not really sure what it is called …  technique.

Fall, Hello, Friendship, Forever Fern, Stampin' Up!, SU!, 2for1, Split Card, #2020AnnualCatalog

I had seen this technique a while ago but didn’t have a chance to try it out until a few weeks ago when getting ready for my Facebook Live.  The gist of the technique, take a larger sheet of cardstock – for this I used 6 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ sheet of Whisper White – then stamp up the middle.  Cut the card in half at 3 1/4″ and you have 2 card fronts!

I decided to do this with the Emboss Resist technique – so I stamped the leaves from the Forever Fern bundle in Versamark and Embossed with Whisper White Embossing powder.  I then sponged Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie and Cajun Craze inks – wiping off the ink over the embossed leaves after each color.  The final step was to stamp the flowers, smaller leaves and splatter stamps in Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie and Crushed Curry.   The sentiments are stamped in Cajun Craze.

Emboss Resist, Fall, Friendship, SplitCard, 2for1, Stampin' Up!, SU!, #2020AnnualCatalog

I matted the stamped panels on Early Espresso measuring 3 3/8″ x 4 5/8″.  I tied Early Espresso Faux Suede Ribbon and Copper Ribbon together around this layer.

The Cajun Craze mat layer is embossed using the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder.  The base is Thick Whisper White Card Stock measuring 4 1/4 x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″ and folded in half.

I love how these cards turned out!  If you are looking for a quick technique for mass producing, try this 2-For-1 layout – you can just use stamps and inks – no need to Emboss Resist if time is an issue.

Here’s a look at the second card:

Emboss Resist, 2for1, SplitCard, Stampin' Up!, SU!, Forever Fern, Hello, Friendship, #2020AnnualCatalog

Here’s a video showing how the cards were made:

I hope you’ll give this technique a try!

Flowers For Every Season Class!  Deadline Sept 18!

FlowersForEverySeason Class, WCMD, Stampin' Up!, #2020AnnualCatalog

There’s still room for the World Card Making class on Oct 2nd and 3rd!  Sign up here:  WCMD Class Flowers for Every Season

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Country Charm

Hi!  I’m back today with a card featuring the Country Home Stamp Set.  I love this set – it has such a charming feel to it.

Hello, Friendship, Country Home, Stampin' Up!, SU!, #2020AnnualCatalog

For my colors, I went with Flirty Flamingo and Basic Gray.  The milk jug was stamped on a piece of Designer Series Paper from the In Good Taste pack then fussy cut with scissors.  The flowers were stamped with Jet Black StaZon ink and colored with Watercolor Pencils on the Whisper White layer.  The jug was then adhered to the Whisper White layer.  This is matted on Basic Gray cardstock.

For the background, I inked the Tin Tile Embossing Folder with Flirty Flamingo ink then placed a piece of Whisper White cardstock in the folder.  This is then run through the new Stampin’ Cut and Emboss machine.

The card base is Basic Gray – 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, score at 4 1/4″ then folded in half.  A piece of Flirty Flamingo is used as a mat for the Tin Tile embossed strip and piece of Whisper White.  The main stamped image is adhered using dimensionals.

With fall right around the corner, this is a perfect card to send a friend or family member to say Hello.

As mentioned above, the new Stampin’ Cut and Emboss – standard size – is now available in my On-line store.  If you are looking for a new die cut machine or for your first check it out!

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Friendship & Flowers

Hi!  How are you today?  I hope all is well!  Today I have another version of last month’s Mystery Stamping layout – this time featuring Designer Series Paper.

Just Jade, Friendship. Flowers, Stampin' Up!, SU!, #2020AnnualCatalog, #2020-22InColors

In case you missed this layout and the dimensions and directions, you’ll find it in this post.   I love this layout for the versatility.  In the first card, I paired Designer Series Paper side panels with a stamped main panel.  In this one, I am showcasing the Flowers For Every Season Designer Series Paper Stack – you could make quite a few cards using DSP and cardstock  then pick your favorite sentiment and there you go.    I still need to make this card using Embossed side panels – as I think that will look quite nice.

The main color for this card is the gorgeous Just Jade – a new 2020-2022 In Color.  It is paired with Misty Moonlight – another 2020-2022 In Color.  I truly LOVE this year’s In Colors – they are gorgeous and pair so nicely together.

So, if you need a little different layout but easy enough to mass produce – this is perfect!  Let me know if you give it a try.

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