Archive for August, 2008

Stepping out of my stamping comfort zone

I’m stepping out of my comfort zone once again!!  I needed to do a project for Flourishes using Polished Pigment powders and this is what I came up with.   I wanted to do something other than a card while experimenting with the polished pigment powders.  If you’ve never used these powders, they are pure color mixed with mica powder so the color is intense with the shimmery look of pearls.

The project was created using nine 2 inch square pieces of chipboard and painting various colors of the polished pigments on each, then stamping randomly.

A video tutorial on how to use these powders and more information on this project can be found here.

The project uses the following supplies

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August 26, 2008 at 4:57 pm 6 comments

JustRite, Mica Powder, and Bind-it-all!

Three things in one project – how is that for good planning!   My goal today was to combine my entry for the JustRite Stampin Champion contest (details here), with a project for a polished pigment mica powder tutorial that I am working.  Oh, and I bought a Bind-it-all about two months ago that I’ve never used, so it was time to put that machine to work!!

Let me say how much I love all three products.  All are easy to use and provide the papercrafter a wide range of creative possibilities.  First, I had to figure out how to use the Bind-it-all, as it was still in the box!  I watched the little video, checked out their website, and did a couple of test punches – all very easy!

Next, was to make the journal covers.  This process is pretty much foolproof –  it involves polished pigment powders, simple solution #2, watercolor paper, foam brushes, a spray bottle and LOTS of paper towels!  I’m working on a tutorial on how these covers were made, and other projects with the pigment powders, so you’ll have to stay tuned for those details!  I will say that the camera does not do the vibrant colors justice, nor does it show the pretty shimmery look the pigments provide.

Once the covers were assembled, the stamping took no time at all!  I stamped the flourishes, which are from the Wedding Essentials set from Flourishes on the cover and the words “Journal” and “2008”, which are from the new Brayton Font from Justrite  on leftover scraps from the journal covers.  Both are stamped with chocolate chip ink.

I hope you like this project, and when I finish the polished pigment tutorial, I will post a link to it!

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August 21, 2008 at 2:48 pm 7 comments


I received two of the new Basic Grey paper series and just had to open one up and play!  Since I did so well with the orange poppy card awhile back, I picked the Ambrosia paper and went to work.  Ambrosia is a pretty collection with orange, red and gold tones, with grey and black as the neutrals.  One of the prints is a butterfly pattern so I took my cue from that.

I cut out a circle with nestabilites and stamped all the images with Palette Charcoal.  The flowers are from Summer Blossoms and the Butterfly and sentiment are from Butterfly Moments.  To color, I wanted to closely match the orange/yellow tones of the paper, but with a shimmer, so I chose Twinkling H2O’s. 

First, I colored with Lemondrop, from the mini pots #1259 series, then I went over it with an orange color called Yellow Rose, from the mini pot #1251 series.   The butterfly was cut out and popped up.

Take a look at the close up to see the shimmery quality of the H2O’s.


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August 20, 2008 at 12:39 pm 5 comments

Bikini Challenge…

No – I’m not going to post a photo of me in a bikini (talk about losing viewers – I’d be blocked by everyone who has ever visited this site!).   The challenge over at SCS was to take a look at a swimwear catalog and select one to inspire you.   I’ll tell you, the last time I was inspired into doing anything bikini-wise was many years and many pounds ago, so I’m glad this is a stamping challenge!

Here is my card….hot pink and black!  I stamped Damask Reverse in Palette Noir on pink, then mounted it on black and pink.  The tulip image (from the Thank You set) was stamped in the same way.  Black satin ribbon and rhinestones were the final touches on this card.  All supplies are available at Flourishes.






Here is my inspiration piece!

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August 16, 2008 at 12:33 pm 7 comments

Copic Challenge?

I’m not sure this really qualifies for the copic challenge at SCS…..I had wonderful intentions of using copics somehow, somewhere.   I thought I had read something about not using copic markers directly on the stamps, but I went ahead a did it anyway!  I ended up with a very sticky ink on the stamp that did not produce any type of clear image.  I quickly cleaned off the stamp – don’t think I damaged the stamp!  So, I took out my regular markers and used one to color the leaves.  Once those were stamped, I used a copic marker to add little flower “dots” – so technically I did use copics!! 

The leaves and dragonfly are from the Summer Blossoms set and “pure summer” is from the Poppy Patch set, both from Flourishes.  Celery and guava paper were used along with celery ink.

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August 14, 2008 at 11:45 pm 3 comments

Summer Blossoms

This card was created using this weeks color challenge at SCS.  I love the stong vibrant combination of eggplant, olive and teal.  I used one of the latest releases from Flourishes, Summer Blossoms, to create the card.  On a piece of olive cardstock  I stamped the stem images in olive ink in each corner.  The main panel was stamped with olive for the stems and teal for the flowers.  A blending pen was used to color the flowers.  All images can be found on the Summer Blossoms set – a photo of the entire set is shown at the end of this post.


Next, I wanted to so a much softer card.  This one came together so simply!  I stamped and embossed the stems in white on soft sky paper.  “Ete” was stamped in a darker blue, using nestabilites ovals to make the shapes.  These were added a handmade paper – I love the rough edges of the paper and think it works well with this design.  Stamping with white on colored cardstock gives  such a pretty look.  I can see this being done on red for Christmas.    The stem image is from Summer Blossoms and “ete” is from Summer on the Patio.





August 14, 2008 at 3:00 am 4 comments

Celebrating Summer

It’s release day at Flourishes!  Three new sets celebrating summertime!  Today’s post will focus on Summer on the Patio a set that contains lots and lots of images.  The set is approximately 8 x 6 and includes tables, chairs, a chandelier, lots of images to put on the table and a pretty vase of summer flowers.

This first card uses icy white shimmery paper – hard to see in the photo, but it has a nice shimmer to it – instant glam!  I stamped Damask in Palette Noir ink on a piece of blue scrapbook paper, wrapped a black satin ribbon around it and mounted it on a black panel.  The chandelier and sentiment were stamped again in Palette Noir on the same shimmery paper.  It’s hard to tell from the photo but the candles on the chandelier and the ribbon have clear rhinestones – they look blue in the photo but are clear IRL.    This card came together very quickly!



I had so much fun making this next card – it was  a little more work but I love how it turned out!!  FIrst I stamped the lemon bowl and glasses on white card stock, then masked them using Eclipse Masking tape (one of the best things a stamper can have is Eclipse!) and stamped the table and chairs.  I drew a line about a third of the way up with a prisma pencil to add a “floor” and sponged blue around the images.  Summer Sun and Olive markers were used to add color to the main images.   Now, I never thought I would use the tiny oval scallop dies from my Nestabilities set, but here they are!!  The two smallest sizes were used to “name” my little cafe.  The polka dot paper is from Making Memories and the green and yellow are from DCWV.   I used fiskars scissors to make the scalloped edges and just scored the paper to make the fold.



Here is what the entire stamp set looks like.  Thanks for stopping by!

August 13, 2008 at 2:00 am 3 comments

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