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An Open Heart – Circle Woodgrain Card

In my very long “short” list, An Open Heart was first on new sets to purchase.  The bird and the branch nature theme as well as the phrase choices spoke to me.

Our new cotton ribbons are wonderful to work with – thin enough yet manageable for many projects.

The woodgrain embossing folder pairs nicely with this set too.

An Open Heart - Circle

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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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Gently Falling Island Indigo and Eggplant Thanksgiving Card

Island Indigo and Elegant Eggplant…what a rich color combination!  That coordinate so well with the Very Vanilla and gold embossing accents.  Love those leaves embossed in gold.  Here is the card I created with those “ingredients”:

Gently Falling-Island Indigo

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Gently Falling Thinking of You Collage Card

I’m at it again with that One Sheet Wonder image sheet – quick and simple thinking of you card. A little sparkle from the gold glimmer paper.  The phrase is from Wetlands (I just love the font on those phrases).

Gently Falling-scallop gold

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Wetlands Triangle Thinking of You Card

I love this color combination – Cherry Cobbler, Midnight Muse, and Marina Mist.  It gives off a bold, masculine feeling – which matches the Wetlands stamp set.  This is a very basic card design – with very little frufru.  I live with men.  They are not impressed with frufru.

Wetlands-cherry midnight triangle

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Thoughts & Prayers Thinking of You Card

The tree from Thoughts & Prayers is such a lovely, classic image.  Simple, elegant, and a different color combination for me – Soft Suede, Early Espresso, and Island Indigo.

Thoughts and Prayers-here for you

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Wetlands Thinking of You Card

Quick and easy card today – I even had the embossed polka dot strip already set to go!  You could use this card for a masculine birthday, thinking of you, sympathy, get well, or for any other general occasion.  Just a little bit of sparkle on the side from the glimmer brad – Enjoy!

Wetlands-old olive polka emb

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Fabulous Florets Sympathy Card

Sympathy cards are never fun to make, but it is always helpful to have a few on hand in case you need one.  Here is a simple sympathy card using Fabulous Florets and the So Sorry stamp set.  Color combination is Calypso Coral, Wild Wasabi, and Soft Suede.

Fabulous Florets-calypso suede

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