Sunday, May 24, 2020

It Happens

This image and classic scene from Forrest Gump sprang to my mind as I unpacked my Paper Pumpkin Kit.  Why?  The stamps in my kit were upside down and I saw a smiley face ;0)
While running across the country Forrest met a poor t-shirt salesman who wanted to put Forrest's face on a t-shirt, but he couldn't draw that well and he didn't have a camera. Just then I truck drove by and splashed Forrest with mud, so he wiped his face on a yellow t-shirt.  As he handed the t-shirt to the salesman he said "have a nice day."

We know who really designed the iconic smiley face--Harvey Ball did.   An authentic Harvey Ball smiley face is identified with narrow oval eyes, one larger than the other, and an arching smile "almost like a Mona Lisa Mouth."

Isn't it amazing how the bright yellow simple design of the smiley face has evolved into our language of emoticons today.  And then you have the evolution of emojis to personalized bitmojis and avatars. This week Facebook was flooded with countless avatars.  I too fell in the trap and made mine, but I also made this.

to Dani
to Julie

Monday Montage Hoppers

Friday, May 22, 2020

#TGIF265 Travel Themes

How do you travel?  Planes, trains, automobiles, air balloons, blimps, boats, horse, motorcycle... Pull out your preferred mode of transportation stamps or dies that fit our theme and craft along with us at #TGIF265.

For my take on this travel themed challenge I grabbed my favorite car image.  With White Embossing Powder I embossed a piece of Watercolor Paper and then loaded it up with layers of Blueberry Bushel and Gorgeous Grape ink with an Aquapainter.

While the car is the focal element, the background is my favorite detail for this card.  On a panel of Pacific Point, a color I don't use too often, I stamped the "best dad" image with Blueberry Bushel and the oil spots with Pacific Point.  Next, I glued the winged die cut frames around the "best dads" and last I embossed the entire piece with the Subtle 3D Folder.  Splattters in blueberry and white were the finishing touch for the background.

Sunday, May 17, 2020


If you had the opportunity to create along with me at this month's TECHNIQUE TIME! Stamp Class in the Zoom Room, you made a Double-Diamond Pop Up card.  My class included precut supplies and accessories to make this interactive card.  Kits were available by mail or for socially distanced porch pick up.

Prior to my class, I had participants do a bit of homework.  They were instructed to fussy/detail cut the birds and flowers that were found in their kits.  Also on the supply list was a black ink pad and any greeting images they wanted.  With the variety of birds and flowers, which were cut from the Bird Ballad DSP, I love how each card is the same, but not.  And, with the variety of greeting images used everybody's card had it's own signature.

Stamping virtually is totally awesome.  It was fantastic to meet up with friends near and those who have moved too far to come to my TECHNIQUE TIME! Stamp Class.  I am looking forward to next month's stamp class AND if you want to join in the fun contact me at

At the end of the class I emailed a PDF of close up photos of all the class projects and photo instructions for recreating the Double-Diamond Pop Up Card.  I thought it would be smart for me to share the instructions with you too.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Hand Stamped Soft Subtle Tones

Check out these soft subtle hues from our latest color challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments.  We are mixing it up with Rococo Rose, Seaside Spray, and Mint Macaron.  I decided to add a couple neutrals by including Whisper White, Sahara Sand, and Basic Grey.

I have to admit that this card and these colors remind me of bedsheets from the 1980s.  It all looks like a classic Waverly print.  I guess that could be good or maybe not it just depends on your passion.  Me personally I like things a bit bolder in color and spunkier, though soft palettes like this one does have it's time and place.

This card is  a "puffy" card made up of layers and a series of special folds.  I created this double-sided accordion fold card after being inspired by a fellow card making friend so, I call this the Cindy Cpecial.  A bow tie of Mint Macaron 1/8" Sheer Ribbon keep the folds in place and the card closed.

1.  Untie the bow.
2.  Open the right side.
3.  Open the left side.
4.  Lots of interior space to decorate and write a message.

Here's a look at the inside.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Just Because

Keeping it easy yet bold with some die cut pieces in fully saturated colors for today's Monday Montage Blog Hop is what I'm going for.  

I've use three sets of dies, the Stitched Nested Labels Dies, The Rectangle Stitched Dies, and Poppy Moments Dies.  The gorgeous DSP is from the January-June Mini Catalog and it's called Peaceful Poppies.  The "just because" stamp and vellum die cuts  were loose pieces on my stamp table from a past Paper Pumpkin kit.

to Dani
to Melissa

Monday Montage Hoppers

Friday, May 8, 2020

#TGIF263 Springtime Impressions

This is a WAY COOL sketch challenge hosted by the fun and fabulous TGIF Design Team.  Be sure to see each of the team members spin on #TGIF263.

I pulled out the Abstract Impressions Stamp Set and the coordinating dies call Springtime Impressions to create my take on the latest sketch.  I grabbed colors I rarely use but love the soft breezy feel they have.  And what are these colors?  Gray Granite, Seaside Spray, Highland Heather, and Pear Pizzazz.  Are you wondering where the dragonfly comes from?  It's the butterfly from Springtime Impressions trimmed down to make a dragonfly.

When I was making this card I had every intention to use the butterfly.  When laying the elements all out the butterfly was just to over powering.  After I trimmed the butterfly down I liked how I could see more of the stamped florals.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Stampin' Fancy Colors

This month our challenge at Stampin' Fancy Friday is to create with our favorite fancy colors.  In my home I have lots of teal tones in lots of shades so, it seemed fitting for me to create a card featuring a few of my most loved colors.

To showcase my favorite colors I made a custom background which is a loose riff on Bargello, a type of needlepoint embroidery stitch pattern.  These stitches are upright and flat sewn in a mathematical pattern to create motifs.   My spin this time is random and not "mathematical" to create a smoother and more organic display of color and pattern.

To make the background it's not too difficult.  I used Shimmery White Cardstock for this technique.

1.  Select four to five ink pads and arrange them in any desired order.  Then in a direct to paper manner swipe each ink pad across the paper.

2.  With an Aquapainter filled with water splatter water droplets all over.  Allow the paper to dry.

3.  Slice the dried paper in 1/2" strips and be sure to keep them in order.

4.  Adhere each strip in an offset/staggered pattern.  In a true Bargello pattern the pattern is very exact.  I eyeball it.

5.  Once all the strips are glued into place trim to clean up the edges.  I like to use a die to cut a fancier shape.  For this card I used the largest of the Stitched Rectangle Dies.

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Creation Station Mad as a Hatter Mash Up

I'm warning you now that "everyone is mad as a hatter here!"  Our Creation Station theme for this month's blog hop is way cool and totally spunky fun.  To create the unexpected was the challenge for the team.  We were to select a totally outlandish color palette or use stamps and dies in an entirely unforeseen manner.  So, what did I do ....

I fell down, down, down into a stamping wonderland of craziness for this Mad as a Hatter Blog Hop. I couldn't stop.  I just kept cutting, stamping, embossing, glueing, and going.  Would the card making never come to an end?

All of these wildly vivid cards are based on a quarter sheet of cardstock and then have a 5.25" x 12" strip of Perennial Essence DSP.  Each piece of pattern paper has been folded back and forth to showcase the beautiful blend of colors and hand-painted floral imagery.

For my mash up I utilized the Garage Gears Dies to make bouquets and floral accents of all kinds.  I love the juxtaposition of the gorgeous DSP with the cogs and gears--it's a bit mad, but it works (IMO).

Most cards have a touch of the Noble Peacock Foil Sheets that have white embossed greetings.  I'll tell you it's not easy to emboss on foil sheets.  The trick is to not stamp with a huge amount of pressure.  After using an Embossing Buddy, stamp with light pressure to not over stamp the words and make them blurry once adding the embossing powder.

This has been a fun time sharing my stampin' madness with you.  I'm a bit bonkers, but I'll tell you a secret, we're all a bit bonkers this month at Creation Station.  Coming up is the lively Kathy Kartak. Now hop on over to Kathy Kartak's Faithful INKspirations Blog to see her creative interpretation of "Mad as a Hatter Mash Up" theme challenge.

Products Used
Strong & Beautiful Stamp Set | Beautiful Bouquet Stamp Set
Garage Gears Dies | Stitched So Sweetly Dies | Bouquet Bunch Dies
Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper | Noble Peacock Foil Sheets
Petal Pink, Blushing Bride, Grapefruit Grove, Mango Melody, Melon Mambo, Granny Apple Green, Night of Navy, and Blackberry Bliss Cardstocks | Versamark Ink | White Embossing Powder
Frost White Paint & Spritzer | Nature's Twine Combo Pack | Basic Rhinestones