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For the Birds – Thinking of You Card

Pink Pirouette, Baked Brown Sugar, and So Saffron – such a sweet and pretty combination!

The accent at the top of the image is just the modern label punch folder with a subtle button attached.

Simple coloring too!

For the Birds - Nest Baked

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Angel Punch Art with Pennant Punch

This summer I hosted a Crazy About the Pennant Punch stamp camp.  We really were a little crazy that evening!  I wanted to bring in a Christmas card to the mix, so I shared this one with my stampers.  It really goes together quickly!

Christmas Angel Pennant Punch


Punches needed are as follows:

  • Pennant Punch for dress
  • Scallop Circle for wings
  • Owl for hair and heart
  • 1″ Circle for hair bangs and face
  • Cupcake for cheeks
  • 1/2″ and 3/4″ Circles for halo

Of course, the Scalloped Tag Punch is the backing for the angel.

Although this is a Christmas card, it could easily be transformed into a child’s birthday card, a thank you card, a baby card, or even a get well card!

In my religion, today is also All Saints Day so although it is not a traditional card-giving holiday, it does go with the theme of the day.

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An Open Heart – Woodgrain Scallop Tag

A simply quiet card with masculine undertones…love this stamp set.

An Open Heart - Scallop Tag Punch

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An Open Heart – Oval Die

I’ve had many friends and relatives face tough times this year.  This card would fit many of the occasions.

An Open Heart - Oval

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Butterfly Pennant Punch Card

At my Crazy About the Pennant Punch stamp camp, we created an adorable butterfly.  The colors captured in the photo aren’t true to the actual card.  Colors used were Coastal Cabana and Bermuda Bay along with our Confetti Celebration DSP.


Butterfly Punch Card


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Beautiful Bunch – Tie Dye Circles Card

At my Technique Tuesday class this week, I taught my stampers the Tie Dye Circles technique.  I love this technique – it is a great watercoloring method.

You will burnish three colors of various intensities into your watercolor paper – lightest shade first to cover the largest area and then move in with your middle shade.  Finally, you will sponge in the darkest shade in the center – but keep in mind to go for a more natural look – it looks more artistic and whimsical with varying circles.

You will then take an AquaPainter (or a plain paintbrush and water) and go around the circles – again, starting with the lightest.  You are basically taking away ink from the circles.

Set aside and let dry or, if you are in a hurry, use your heat gun on it!

Finished this card off with seam binding, the butterfly punch and pearl, and a phrase from A Dozen Thoughts.  My color combination was Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist, and Blackberry Bliss!

Beautiful Bunch-Tie Dye Circles

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Work of Art – Star Masking Card

Work of Art stamp set is the most versatile new stamp set in the catalog.  The images are perfect to create fabulous works of art (hence, the name).

At my Try the New Tools stamp camp, I showed my stampers how to use our new masks.  Love, love, love those masks!  We also used the new kraft stickers and the small star is from the Itty Bitty Accents punch pack.

Here’s the card we made:

Work of Art - Star Mask

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VC Rocks Blog Hop – Big Shot, Sizzix Dies, and Punches

Hello all…

It’s time to blog hop with our talented VC Rockers!  This time around, we are focusing on the Big Shot, Sizzix Dies, and Stampin’ Up! punches.  I’ve got one of the favorite cards from this week’s Technique Tuesday class to show off.

The card we made used the Northern Lights technique.  No, I cannot take credit for the technique.  I actually learned it from another demonstrator, Kay Kalthoff.

lat-northern lights


I used the Apothecary Accents framelits for the focal image.  I also used the Decorative Dots embossing folder – one of my favorites!

The instructions for the technique are really pretty easy.


  • Daffodil Delight/Tempting Turquoise/Rich Razzleberry/Night of Navy Inkpads
  • StazOn Inkpad
  • Whisper White Card Stock
  • Sponges
  • Lovely as a Tree Stamp Set or other Landscape Stamp Set
  • Decorative Dots Embossing Folder
  • Apothecary Accents Framelits
  • Scrap Paper
  • White Gel Pen
  • Black Taffeta Ribbon
  • Glue Dots

Lay Whisper White CS on scrap paper.

Using sponge and going in a back and forth motion, apply stripes of color to WW CS.  (1-DD; 2-TT  Add Rich Razzle on top).  Leave a little light coming through the other colors.

Stamp the tree landscape in StazOn on top of the stripes.

Sponge Night of Navy to the edge of the ground.  Completely fill in that section with Night of Navy.  (Northern Lights don’t shine through the ground.)

Lightly sponge more Night of Navy over the top of the stripes.  Leave some light shine through.

Once dry, add “stars” with white gel pen.

Dramatic effect – all will look a little different.  The colors will soften as they dry.


I hope you enjoy all the VC ROCKS blogs on this month’s blog hop!  Come back again!



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Saying Goodbye to Stampin’ Around Wheels

One of the true staples of the Stampin’ Up! catalog over the years is the Stampin’ Around wheel system.  It is almost unthinkable that they will soon be only a memory!

I’ve had a few techniques that use the wheel, but they always get pushed to the next month…then the next month…and so on.  Well, this week, it was time to pull out my wheel techniques and finally share them with my stampers.

I actually showed two techniques.  The first technique I taught was how to take the rubber off the wheel and convert it to a traditional stamp.  All you need is a sharp scissors and cling foam.  You peel off the rubber, cut the cling foam to size, and attach them together.  Voila!  You now have a traditional stamp.  The “I” block is the perfect size for our wheel “stamps”.  You do need to trim a bit off, but it is a great size to use with cards etc.

I’ll try and add more pictures to this post later to show this more clearly.

However, the other technique truly is a recycler’s dream.

What to do with the “leftover” plastic wheels?  Why not make them into mini or jumbo brayers?

Wheel Blank


You do need to get the excess glue off the wheel blank after removing the rubber.  Goo-Gone is perfect for this!  Once you get off the glue, make sure you clean the wheel blank.  There is a seam on the blank, but it only adds to the texture you will create.  Now all you need is an inkpad and some neutral card stock.  I found that the newer foam pads work best with this technique.

Ink up your wheel blank and roll over the neutral card stock.  Start with a lighter touch – you can always add more ink layers.  Use as a background!  This is a perfect background especially for intricate designs like Swallowtail.  Here is the card my stampers made:

Swallowtail Wheel Blank Background

If you want to do a two-color background, make sure you use the lighter shade first.  We used Coastal Cabana for the background and Baked Brown Sugar for the main image.

If you have some older wheels just taking up room, why not convert them to stamps and use the wheel blank for something new?


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Lovely as a Tree Framed Landscape Card

This was one of my favorite Christmas cards I sent this year.  Lovely as a Tree – I hope by now you have purchased this versatile stamp set!

I taught my stampers the framed landscape technique a few months ago using the Thoughts & Prayers stamp set.  All I did was switch out color schemes and stamp sets to get this simply gorgeous card.  The phrase is from More Merry Messages.

Lovely as a Tree Framed Landscape


What I really liked about this card – the embossed button made with our foil sheets.  Oh so pretty, but flat and extremely lightweight.  Made it easy to be mailed!!!!

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