Saturday, January 20, 2018

Bloom Where You're Planted

I have had this stamp set from Verve for a very long time. I think I may have used some of the flower stamps, but never the sentiment. I'm not actually a big fan of the sentiment, even though I've seen it often. At any rate, I really wanted to use more of the stamps from the set, so here it is. All four stamps are from the set, as well as a few more flowers. I matted with matching cardstock, and also added a strip of the same color with three small "nail heads."

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Friday, January 19, 2018


Officially, I suppose this card could have been posted with yesterday's cards, as the cadbase was repurposed. But, since all I did was use the kraft base and cover up the stamping on it, I didn't count it as recycled:) I added a panel of patterned paper from The Paper Company on the right. The sentiment is a cheap die that I bought a while back and I backed it with a piece of kraft and mounted it on foam squares.

Edited to add: I have ordered dies from Amazon, and also from

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

"Card Parts" Cards

I've had bits and pieces of time to spend in my stamping room the last couple of weeks. (Yesterday I had nearly the whole day, though, spending it with a friend!) I've mostly spent that time trying to make use of the pieces I salvaged from older cards. Here are the cards that I've made with those card parts. I only have a couple small parts left to use.

For this first card, the whole main panel was done. The treats are one stamp from Repeat Impressions. I had paper-pieced the sweets using kraft, brown, ivory and pink textured papers. I mounted the panel on foam squares. I used a kraft card base. The dotted pink paper is from Bo Bunny.

This card uses two of the parts - the entire card base with matted embossed panel and the flower/heart piece. The image is from Inkadinkado (I think), is colored with Copics, and has an enamel dot for the flower center. The sentiment is from Darcie's and is mounted on foam squares. I also added Wink of Stella to the image.

The re-used part on this card is the bottom panel. It was stamped with a wheel from Stampin' Up! and matted with matching cardstock. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink, stamped with the same ink and matted with the same cardstock as the patterned panel. It is mounted on foam squares.

The recycled piece here is the cardbase and embossed, matted panel. It had been embossed with an embossing plate. The image and sentiment are from a set from Recollections, colored with Copics.

The card part here is, again, the cardbase - this time with the matted patterned paper. It is matted with silver and black. I added an image panel to it - stamped with a Technique Tuesday stamp, colored slightly with Copics, and matted with silver and black to match the card base panel.

Once again, I reused the card base. I had made the patterned cardstock using a Stampin' Up! stamp. Then I used a piece of patterned paper from a Paper Studio matstack and added a die-cut sentiment.

One last card for today. I had made this "patterned cardstock" and put it on a cardbase and I reused it for this card by simply adding the sentiment from Papertrey Ink. I believe the way I had made the pattern is by covering an entire piece with Distress Ink and then stamping with a background stamp misted with water, which removed some of the ink. (So, the lighter areas are where I stamped.)

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Christmas Reindeer

One more Christmas card. And one last cheap die. Such a cute reindeer with scarf. He is cut with kraft cardstock and mounted on foam squares. The scarf was cut from kraft also, but colored with a Copic marker. The card base is ivory. The panel the reindeer is on is a textured paper with a pre-torn bottom edge. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink.

Edited to add: Mary - if you contact me through email (you can find my address in the "About Me" section in my profile) I would be happy to direct you to where I got this die. It came from China and I'm thinking they are using other company's designs. I still break down once in a while and buy a couple, even though I really don't think I should. :(

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Monday, January 8, 2018

Congrats on the New House ... and a Link

A friend of mine bought a new house at the end of November and I finally got around to making her a card! And, actually, this card was created because I brought a bunch of cards home from church that I had donated a couple years ago and they had not sold. I replaced them with newer ones. Some of the cards I disassembled and made into new cards. This is one of those cards. 

The panel with the house was already done. I had stamped on various colors of cardstock and paper-pieced it. The house is from Fiskars.The "Congrats" and the border around it are from Clearly Wordsworth. The house is mounted on foam squares.

I really, truly love to answer questions that people leave me. It seems like most of the time I get questions, though, it's from an "anonymous" commenter and I have no way of contacting that person, except through my blog. So, here is a reply to a comment that I got yesterday about this card. Here is a very simple tutorial I did on that technique. I hope you find this reply!

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