Waterfront Ice

Hi!  This morning I have a card featuring the Black Ice Technique that was developed by Melissa Kerman.  This is such a cool technique – I just love the results!

Black Ice, Waterfront, Masculine, Stampin' Up!, SU!, Embossing, Black and White, Occasions2018

It is a little hard to capture in pictures, but in real life, it looks like there is are thin lines of ice running down the picture.

For my card, I used the Waterfront stamp set in the Occasions Catalog.  I LOVE this set!!!  If you get nothing else from the Occasions catalog, get this set!  It is perfect for so many occasions.

Here are the steps for doing the black ice technique:

  1. Drag Basic Black Archival Ink Pad down the Silver Foil card stock – try and keep it straight to get black lines running down the card stock.
  2. Stamp your images in Basic Black Archival ink – the foil is slippery – so be careful when stamping to not have it slide.  Use a Piercing Mat under the foil to help with getting a crisp image.
  3. Let DRY!!  (You can use a heat gun to step up this process – but you want it dry!
  4. Drag the Versarmark Ink Pad down over the entire image (similar motion to what you did with the the Basic Black Archival).  Do not press down too hard – a light touch is preferred here.
  5. Sprinkle Clear Embossing Powder over the entire image.  Tap off excess.
  6. Heat set.

That is all there is to it!

Here are the dimensions for my layers:

  • Base: Basic Black – 5 1/2 x 8 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″
  • Whisper White – 4″ x 5 1/4″ – Drag the Basic Black Archival Pad down this layer as well
  • Basic Black – 3 5/8 x 4 5/8″
  • Whisper White – 3 1/2 x 4 1/2″
  • Silver Foil – 3 1/4 x 3 1/4″

I left room at the bottom for my sentiment.  I added the Basic Black Shimmery Ribbon beneath the Silver foil.

Such a cool look!

Don’t forget, we are in the final month of Sale-A-Bration!  Shop my on-line store with Hostess Code:  9PSW36TE to get your FREE products!  $50 (US, prior to S/H and tax) not only qualify for a FREE Sale-A-Bration product, but also this tutorial featuring the Celebration Time stamp set!

Don’t forget, if you host a party (or place an order of $250 US) you get an extra $25 in hostess dollars!  Or JOIN MY TEAM and choose 2 extra stamp sets FREE!  Contact me today!!  Or sign up here!

Thanks for stopping by!

Product List

Epic Celebration

Hi!  How are you today?  I hope 2018 is starting off on a good note for you!  Today I have a card featuring the Epic Celebrations Sale-A-Bration set.  You can earn this set FREE with a $50 purchase (US, prior to S/H and tax).  It is a great set for the teens and males in your life!

Birthday, Masculine, Epic Celebrations, SAB2018, Stampin' Up!, SU!

I do tend to struggle with masculine – especially teen – cards.  I think this set will make it much easier!  I’ll keep playing around with it and sharing my creations with you.  For this card, I used Dapper Denim, Lemon-Lime Twist and Real Red for my color blocks.  The images are all stamped in Basic Black Archival ink.  These are layered on Whisper White and I went with Basic Gray for my base.  I added 3 Metallic Enamel Stars to finish off the card.   Pretty simple and straight forward.

I’d love to hear what you think!

Don’t forget to take advantage of Sale-A-Bration!  Three great ways to save on the products you love!

  1. Shop: For every $50 USA (prior to S/H and tax) you can choose a Level 1 Sale-A-Bration item from the brochure for FREE!  There are two Level 2 items which are available with a $100 USA (prior to S/H and tax) purchase.
  2. Host:  Host an Online, Facebook, Catalog, In-home Party or place a single $250 order and you will earn an additional $25 FREE in product of your choosing!  Contact me soon to set your date!
  3. Join:  Join my Stampin’ Up! Team and choose an additional 2 Stamp Sets in your Starter Kit FREE!!  The kit is already a great value at just $99 (plus tax) – where you choose $125 in merchandise plus get business supplies to get you going.  Now you can add any 2 stamp sets of your choosing (excluding Sale-A-Bration products) FREE!   Ready to sign up?  Click here to join!

Ready to place your order?  Shop here by January 15! Use Hostess Code: WTMEDAAN and earn this tutorial FREE with a $50 purchase!

Party Panda. SAB2018, Stampin' Up!, SU!

Thanks for stopping by!

Product List

One More For the Guys

Hi!  Since I had out the colors and card stock from the previous card, I decided to make another card for the guys.

Masculine, Birthday, Feather Together, Stampin' Up!, SU!

I just love how this turned out!  The feathers are from the Feather Together set (as is the sentiment).  They are stamped in Basic Black, Basic Gray and Bermuda Bay.  I used the Black bakers twine behind the feather panel.  The sentiment is also stamped in Basic Black Archival ink.  Not a lot of fuss and pretty quick to stamp and put together if you are looking for a relative quick and easy card.

One Tip – Clean the feather stamp thoroughly between colors…. ask me how I know…lol.

Today is the last day to take advantage of the Buy 3, Get 1 FREE Designer Series Paper sale!  There are some great designs as part of this sale.  Just click the link on the right to go to my store and place your order.  But hurry – there are only a few hours left!

Thanks for stopping by!

Product List

Geometrical Birthday

Hi!  I am working on some masculine birthday cards and came across this layout from Kristin Kortonick and thought I’d give it a try.

Masculine, Birthday, Feather Together, Stampin' Up!, SU!


I tried it in 3 different color schemes – here’s a closer look at each one.

Masculine, Birthday, CAS, Feather Together, Stampin' Up, SU!

For this one, I went with Bermuda Bay, Basic Black and Basic Gray.  The sentiment is from Feather Together.

On this one, I went with Basic Black, Basic Gray and Smoky Slate.

Masculine, Birthday, Feather Together, CAS, Stampin' Up!, SU!

For this last one, I used Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black and Smoky Slate.

I am pretty happy with how they came out – a little different and a great way to use up scraps!  The squares range from 1/4″, 1/2″ 3/4″ and 1″.

Relatively simple card – which is sometimes needed when you are in a rush.

Which color combo do you like?

There are only a few days left to the Buy 3, Get 1 FREE Designer Series Paper special!  Don’t delay!!  Get your orders in TODAY!

Thanks for stopping by!

Product List

Fun with Markers

Hi!  How are you?  Today I have a quick and easy card to share with you!

Stylized Birthday, Balloon Celebrations, Happy Birthday, Stampin' Up!, SU!

I am doing a Stamps, Paper, Ink class on Friday and this is one of the cards I am offering.  The balloons are from the Balloon Celebration set and are stamped in Dapper Denim and Old Olive.  The outline of the balloons are full strength ink while the “dots”, I stamped on scrap before stamping on the cardstock.  Both balloons have been punched with the coordinating Duo Balloon punch.   For my sentiment – I didn’t just want all one color and didn’t like the look of one word in one color and the other in the opposite.  Inspiration struck – I took my Dapper Denim and Old Olive markers and colored the words in diagonal strokes.  I didn’t worry about how “thick” each stripe was and even if they lined up between the words.  I love how it turned  out!  I used a few of the Glimmer Dots to finish off the card.  I hope the attendees on Friday like it!

Don’t forget, October 10 is the last day to take advantage of Stampin’ Up!’s World Card Making special!  15% off select stamps and note card/envelope packs!  Not to mention, Fast Fuse adhesive for $10 with 2 FREE refills!  A $15 savings!  You’ll find all the details by clicking on the WCMD special on the right!

Thanks for stopping by!

Product List

On A Hill

Hi!  Thank you so much to all of you who have left comments on my recent posts!  I so appreciate it!!

Today I have another card featuring the Lovely As A Tree set – a must have for every stamper!

Lovely as a Tree, Sheltering Tree, Teeny Tiny Wishes, SU! Stampin' Up!, Sympathy

This is done on Watercolor paper.  I used the “grass” swish from Sheltering Tree inked in Early Espresso for my ground and then stamped the trees in Basic Black Archival.   I used an Aqua Painter and Garden Green ink to color the trees and Pool Party to color the sky.   The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes.

It felt great to pull out some of the current “older” sets to play with – since the focus has been primarily on the new sets in the catalog.

What set in your stash hasn’t seen ink in a while?

Thanks for stopping by!

Product List


More Fun…

With Glossy Paper!!  Here is the last card attendees made at the Glossy Cardstock class.  I LOVE this card!!

Stampin' Up!, SU! Lovely as a Tree, Glossy Cardstock, Faux Wood

The faux wood technique was used to make the background on this card.  Such a great background for a masculine card.  Here are the steps:

  1. Drag the Crumb Cake ink pad down the cardstock to cover it.  I held the pad at an angle so the top edge of the ink pad touched the cardstock.  I did 2 passes for complete coverage.
  2. Tilt the Crumb Cake ink pad at an angle so just the corner of the pad touches the Card stock and drag it down again to get darker grain lines
  3. Tilt the Early Espresso ink pad at an angle so just the corner of the pad touches the card stock.  As you drag it down, rotate the pad up and down as you drag to get more or less ink on the card (the more you tilt it down, the wider the strip of Early Espresso.
  4. Repeat 3 once or twice depending on how many darker grain lines you want on your card.

The tree is from Lovely as a Tree.  That panel was created by inking a clear acrylic block D – the bottom with Pear Pizzazz and the top with Soft Sky, then spritz with water before stamping the clear block on the Whisper White panel.  The Tree was then stamped in Chocolate Chip ink.

I didn’t add my sentiment yet – but will add that to the bottom – it will most likely become a birthday card – but thought I’d wait to see what I need it for.

I hope you have enjoyed the Glossy Cardstock cards posted over the last few weeks.  If you haven’t played with it yet – I highly recommend it!  If you have another fun technique you like to do with Glossy Card stock – please comment below!  I’d love to try others!

Thanks for stopping by!

Product List

For Dad


Hi!  Today I am hopping along with the Team Stamp It! Father’s Day Blog Hop!  So excited to be able to hop along today – I hope you are enjoying everyone’s creations!

For my card, I decided to use the Large Letter Framelits – these are great to have on hand and can get you out of a bind when you feel you don’t have a set for the occasion on hand.

Stampin' Up! SU! Large Letters

Pretty simple card to  make.  The background is Copper Foil embossed with the hexagon textured embossing folder.  Little hard to see the shine in this picture – but it really does pop.

The letters are die cut from Basic Black and Very Vanilla.  The Basic Black letters are attached to slightly off the Very Vanillas as it adds dimension.  These are then attached to the copper foil sheet using dimensionals.

Here is another version for you:

Stampin' Up! SU! Large Letters, Eastern Palace

For this card, I used the Eastern Palace stamp set to create my background love how it looks.  The colors are Lemon-Lime Twist and Dapper Denim.  The letters are cut from the same two colors.  Just wanted to show you could stamp your background instead of embossing it.

I hope you enjoyed your stop on my blog.  Leave a comment using #stampitcontest to be entered into a drawing for this lovely prize:

I hope you will continue to hop on over to the next blog:

Thanks for stopping by!

Product List

A Little Wetlands

Hi! Today I am participating in Kylie Bertucci’s International Blog Highlights!  Our theme this month is Masculine.   I’d love your vote for my card – you can do that here.

I decided to combine two of my favorite sets for today’s card.  Sad to say – they are both retiring at the end of the month – so if they are not part of your collection – add them soon!

Stampin' Up! SU! Wetlands, Gorgeous Grunge

This card combines Wetlands (the main image as well as the sentiment) and Gorgeous Grunge.  I love how it turned out!   If you struggle with masculine cards – I highly recommend purchasing these two sets!  You’ll find them in my on-line store.

For the main image, I sponged Old Olive, Crumb Cake and Soft Sky on a piece of Whisper White scrap.  I then stamped the bird and the wheat with Early Espresso ink.  The image was then die cut with the Layering Oval Framelits.  This was then attached to an Oval die cut with the Stylish Stitched Oval in Early Espresso.

The background was stamped using Crumb Cake and Soft Sky.  The sentiment is stamped in Early Espresso.

If you could, I’d love your vote for my card over on Kylie’s Highlight page.  I’d love to once again participate in next month’s Top 10 Blog Hop.  Your vote will help me achieve that!  Just click here to vote (and find my card near the bottom!):

Thanks for stopping by!

Product List

A Different Look

Hi! Today I am introducing the May Stamp Set of the Month – That’s The Tag Bundle!!   I want to show you a little different look achieved with the That’s the Tag bundle.  While I love this bundle and am sad it isn’t carrying forward, I hadn’t thought about how it could be used for masculine cards.  Well, if you thought the same – I have a card today that will make you think again.

Stampin' Up! SU! That's The Tag MasculineWhat do you think?  I love the clean look of this card.  And while I didn’t capture it completely, the little triangles alternate between Copper Foil and Basic Black cardstock.  It is just striking in person.

To participate in this month’s Stamp Set of the Month, simply place the recommended order below – or a minimum order of $37.75 (prior to S/H and tax) by May 10th using this hostess code:  SDYX6SVC   Order through my on-line store here:   On-line store

Recommended Purchase:

144725 That’s The Tag Bundle  – $37.75

The tutorial will be sent out on May 15th.   Order soon – the framelits in this bundle are on low inventory!!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ll join in the fun of this month’s Stamp Set of the Month!

Product List