Dragonfly Floating Frame

I’ve been meaning to create a card like this for a while but I was reminded the other day when I saw one on Facebook. I watched Jennifer McGuire’s video for how to do it and then just gave it a try. I punched the dragonflies out of the Dandy Garden 6″ x6″ Designer Series Paper and I would like to emphasize that you need to go very slow and be careful when removing the Glad Press N Seal or the paper can tear. I may need to try this technique again with some stamped images, I really like how you get two cards from one technique.

Supplies:
Stamp Sets – Simply Succulents
Die Cutting & Embossing – Stitched Rectangles dies, Potted Succulents dies
Punches – Dragonflies punch
Ink – Blackberry Bliss stamp pad
Paper – Dandy Garden 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper, Whisper White Thick cardstock
Accents & Embellishments – Elegant Faceted gems
Tools – Paper Trimmer, Simply Scored, Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine, Take Your Pick, Stamparatus
Adhesive – Stampin’ SEAL, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals, liquid glue

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Stamping Inkspirations Blog Hop – Something New

The Joy of Sets blog hop is now the Stamping Inkspirations blog hop! This month’s theme is something new and I decided to go with a new stamp set. I’m using the new Art Gallery stamp set and coordinating Floral Gallery dies from the January – June 2020 mini catalog.

I wish you all the best in this new year!

I decided to make a center step fold card. I embossed the card base using the Parisian Flourish 3D embossing folder and the scalloped rectangle dies are from the Stitched So Sweetly dies.

After finishing I thought it needed a little something, so I sprayed it with Frost White Shimmer paint mixed with rubbing alcohol. (It’s my go to when I think a card needs something.)

JANUARY 2021 

Angie McKenzie  ●  Jo Blackman  ●  Jan Musselman
Tricia Butts  ●  Shel Anderson  ●  Libby Fens 
Gez Carpenter  ●  Sue Allen  ●  Karen Henderson
Elaine de Montmorency  ●  Leonie Stuart  ●  Mo Rootes
Linda Moore  ●  Annette Ball  ●  Jill Chapman
Ann Krucek  ●  Susan Webster  ●  JoAnn Pollock
Narelle Fasulo  ●  Terry Hamilton  ●  Rebecca-Jo Unwin
Susan Simpson  ●  Danielle Kassing  ●  Sharon Hashimoto Burkert
  Cheryll Miller  ●  Rochelle Laird-Smith
Teri West  ● Chris Smith  ●  Melissa Gifford
Vicki Milyard  ●  Anne Marie Hile  ●  Aurélie Fabre 
Mikaela Titheridge  ●  Alejandra Gomez 

Supplies:
Stamp Sets – Art Gallery
Die Cutting & Embossing – Floral Gallery dies, Stitched So Sweetly dies, Parisian Flourish 3D embossing folder
Ink – Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather, Old Olive
Paper – Gorgeous Grape cardstock, Highland Heather cardstock, Purple Posy cardstock, Whisper White Thick cardstock
Accents & Embellishments – Mossy Meadow Braided Linen Trim
Coloring Tools – Frost White Shimmer paint, Stampin’ Spritzer
Tools – Paper Trimmer, Simply Scored, Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine
Adhesive – Stampin’ SEAL, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals, liquid glue

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Okay, Last Christmas Card

I don’t intend to post any more Christmas cards this year, in fact I likely won’t post anything more this year. I’m going to take a few weeks off to get ready for Christmas and to prepare some projects for the upcoming Demos Galore in January.

The background on this card is sprayed with Frost White Shimmer Paint and rubbing alcohol but it’s really hard to get a photo of that sparkle.

I’m playing along with the sketch from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

Supplies:
Bundles – Snowflake Wishes
Stamp Sets – Snowflake Wishes
Die Cutting & Embossing – So Many Snowflakes dies, Stitched Shapes dies, Winter Snow embossing folder
Punches – Triple Banner punch
Ink – Coastal Cabana stamp pad, Frost White Shimmer Paint
Paper – Coastal Cabana cardstock, Whisper White cardstock, Snowflake Splendor designer series paper
Accents & Embellishments – Blue adhesive-backed gems
Coloring Tools – Stampin’ Spritzer
Tools – Paper Trimmer, Simply Scored, Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine, Take Your Pick
Adhesive – Stampin’ SEAL, Stampin’ Dimensionals, liquid glue

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Snowflake Wishes

Hmm, I should look and see how many blog posts I’ve titled with Snowflake Wishes and how many I’ve created with the Snowflake Splendor Suite. I’m sure it’s quite a few. Anyway, I’ve got another one. Earlier this month, Rachel held a virtual craft retreat for her team and challenged us to create a card with a sketch she chose. As you know, I’m a big fan of sketches and this is what I created.

This was the sketch used:

Supplies:
Bundles – Snowflake Splendor Suite, Snowflake Wishes
Stamp Sets – Snowflake Wishes
Die Cutting & Embossing – So Many Snowflakes dies, Winter Snow embossing folder
Punches – Triple Banner punch
Ink – Balmy Blue stamp pad
Paper – Snowflake Splendor designer series paper, Balmy Blue Glimmer paper, Whisper White Thick cardstock
Tools – Paper Trimmer, Simply Scored, Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine, Stamparatus
Adhesive – Stampin’ SEAL, Stampin’ Dimensionals, liquid glue

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Joy of Sets Blog Hop – Christmas Music

This month the final hop for the Joy of Sets and the theme is Christmas Music. I choose to create a card using “White Christmas” as my theme because it’s one of my favorite songs and movies.

The poinsettia is die cut out of Whisper White Thick cardstock and vellum. I used a blending brush to add Balmy Blue ink to the centers for some definition. Then I layered everything together. I don’t think my photography skills do this card justice, I really like how it turned out.

December 2020 Blog Roll
Angie McKenzie
Annette Ball
Narelle Fasulo
Pia Gerhardt
Tricia Butts
Libby Fens
Fiona Whitehead
Susan Webster
JoAnn Pollock
Gez Carpenter
Mo Rootes
Jill Chapman
Sue Allen
Brenda Nelson
Allie Gomez
Linda A. Moore

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Split Circle Card

I’ve seen this split circle technique for a while now and I wanted to give it a try. I really wanted my swooshes to match up so I needed the biggest and the smallest circles for each of the patterned papers. The background is embossed using the Winter Snow embossing folder and then I colored it using the Blending Brushes and Coastal Cabana ink. Each of the circles is cut in half and then layered as shown below. I used a 1/4″ strip of Coastal Cabana cardstock and the Snowflake Splendor ribbon to cover up the seam.

Supplies:
Stamp Sets – Snowflake Wishes
Die Cutting & Embossing – Layering Circles dies, Winter Snow embossing folder
Ink – Coastal Cabana stamp pad
Paper – Coastal Cabana cardstock, Whisper White Thick cardstock, Snowflake Splendor designer series paper
Accents & Embellishments – Snowflake Splendor ribbon, Snowflake Sequins
Coloring Tools – Blending Brushes
Tools – Paper Trimmer, Simply Scored, Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine, Take Your Pick
Adhesive – Stampin’ SEAL, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Tear & Tape

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Technique Blog Hop – Thumping

This month’s technique is thumping. I’m not going to lie to you, I hate thumping. I never get it right. I tend to do more of a strategic coloring instead like in September but I gave it a try. I did my thumping on the Stacked Stones background stamp hoping it would be seen as texture.

I watched a video by Jessica Taylor to refresh my memory on thumping but essentially it’s tapping your marker around on your stamp before stamping. I did mine on the Stamparatus so I could stamp multiple times. I first stamped the background in Smoky Slate before using my Basic Black, Basic Gray, and Blushing Bride Stampin’ Write Markers for the thumping.

Blog Roll
Nicole Mahler
JoAnn Pollock (you are here)
Mackenzie Grimme
Kristie Strum

Supplies:
Stamp Sets – Healing Hugs, Itty Bitty Birthdays, Stacked Stone
Die Cutting & Embossing – Layering Squares dies
Punches – Triple Banner punch
Ink – Blackberry Bliss stamp pad, Garden Green stamp pad, Smoky Slate stamp pad, Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker, Basic Gray Stampin’ Write Marker, Blushing Bride Stampin’ Write Marker
Paper – Blackberry Bliss cardstock, Whisper White Thick cardstock
Tools – Paper Trimmer, Simply Scored, Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine, Stamparatus
Adhesive – Stampin’ SEAL, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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Faux Shaker Card

In early November I attended Stampin’ Up!’s OnStage Online convention and one of the cards shown used this technique to create a faux shaker card. I’d never heard of this before and it’s a much easier way to make a shaker card. I may not include layered paper on the inside of the clear envelope next time but I was following a sketch.

To make the shaker: you place a piece of paper inside a clear envelope, add your sequins, fold over edges and seal the envelope. So easy!

I’m playing along with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

Supplies:
Stamp Sets – Snowflake Wishes
Die Cutting & Embossing – Stitched Nested Labels dies, Stitched Rectangles dies
Ink – Coastal Cabana stamp pad, Pacific Point stamp pad
Paper – Snowflake Splendor designer series paper, Pacific Point cardstock, Whisper White cardstock, clear envelopes
Accents & Embellishments – Snowflake Sequins
Tools – Paper Trimmer, Simply Scored, Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine, Take Your Pick
Adhesive – Stampin’ SEAL, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Tear & Tape

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Gingerbread House

After creating cards using the November 2020 Paper Pumpkin, I decided to create a card that was a gingerbread house.

Supplies:
Stamp Sets – Poinsettia Petals, Rooted in Nature
Die Cutting & Embossing – Brick & Mortar 3D embossing folder, Nature’s Roots dies, Stitched Be Mine dies, Stitched So Sweetly dies
Ink – Real Red stamp pad, Shaded Spruce stamp pad
Paper – Cinnamon Cider cardstock, Shaded Spruce cardstock, Whisper White cardstock
Accents & Embellishments – Wonderful Gems
Coloring Tools – Shimmery Crystal Effects
Tools – Paper Trimmer, Simply Scored, Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine, Take Your Pick
Adhesive – Stampin’ SEAL, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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Paper Pumpkin November 2020 Alternative

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I loved this month’s Paper Pumpkin kit with the gingerbread house gift card holders but I didn’t need 15 of those so I made a card out of some of the remaining pieces. I also created a card using current Stampin’ Up! products in case you missed out on the Paper Pumpkin kit.

This is what the kit was designed for.

For the gingerbread house I created, I cut both the Cinnamon Cider and Whisper White pieces of cardstock to 2 1/4″ x 4″. I marked 3/4″ down each side of the Cinnamon Cider cardstock, drew a line up to the middle, and cut off the corners. I repeated with the Whisper White cardstock before cutting 1/8″ off each side and 1/4″ off the bottom. (It really bugs me if angles aren’t the same.) I then used the stitched scallop border to edge the Whisper White cardstock.

I used the white chalk pen to add dots around the Cinnamon Cider piece and used dimensionals to attach the embossed Whisper White piece. The pearls were colored with dark Stampin’ Blends markers in Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Mint Macaron, and Shaded Spruce.

To create the door hole, I used a 3/4″ circle punch and cut straight down. (We no longer sell a 3/4″ circle punch but you should be able to find one.) The snowbank is hand but because I don’t have the Curvy dies.

Supplies:
Stamp Sets – Poinsettia Petals
Die Cutting & Embossing – Majestic Mountains dies, Tin Tile 3D embossing folder
Ink – Blushing Bride
Paper – Cinnamon Cider cardstock, Mint Macaron cardstock, Shaded Spruce cardstock, Whisper White cardstock, Snowflake Splendor designer series paper
Accents & Embellishments – basic pearls, Wonderful Gems
Coloring Tools – dark Stampin’ Blends in Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Mint Macaron, and Shaded Spruce. White Stampin’ Chalk Marker
Tools – Paper Trimmer, Simply Scored, Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine, Take Your Pick
Adhesive – Stampin’ SEAL, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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