Surprise Pop-Up Card

I thought I’d give the surprise pop-up card a try. The tutorial on SCS is fantastic and I would highly recommend stopping by to take a look. The only thing of note is that since there is no Wild Wasabi marker, if you “smoosh” your Wild Wasabi pad into the lid (while closed), you can pick up the color with a blender pen and apply it to your stamp to color the portions you wish. In this case, I used the blender pen and ink from the lid to color the stem and the little dot in the middle of the flower. Make sure you “huff” on your stamp just before stamping it onto your cardstock.

Here’s my take on the project:

Pop-up 1Pop-up 2

Supplies include:

  • Stamps: True Friend, All in a Row, Linen Background (stamped in River Rock on top of Whisper White)
  • Inks: Wild Wasabi, River Rock, Chocolate Chip
  • Cardstock: Really Rust, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White, Kraft, Apple Cider Designer Series Background
  • Accessories: Photo Corners Punch, 1 3/8″ Circle Punch, Crafters Tool Kit, Crop-a-Dile, Silver Brads, Wild Wasabi Double-Stitched Ribbon, Really Rust Marker, Blender Pen, 1/2″ Circle Punch

Enjoy your weekend! Hope to get some stamping started for World Card Making Day soon!

Thanks for looking!

guavas and artichokes for christmas?

i tried another scs color combo challenge. this time it was groovy guava and always artichoke. you don’t usually think of guava and artichoke for Christmas colors, but i thought it would be a little different.

groovy christmasthis card starts with a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ base card of always artichoke. i used my SU! cutter kit to “curvy cut” both top layers of the card at the same time.* the cutter kit works really well when you want a random-type cut on your cards.

i stamped the mini catalog season of joy swirl in always artichoke across the top of the naturals white. you gotta love the fact that all the sets in the new mini are precut for you. wow, did this save me a ton of time! the little flowers were stamped in groovy guava and dotted in the middle with the always artichoke marker. merry christmas was stamped in always artichoke. the piercing at the bottom follows the curvy cut of the layers. i used the sew crafty mini sewing machine that my dear friend Jody got me. i still can’t figure out how to actually sew with it, but it works really well if you’re just piercing your cardstock.

once the cut was finished, i used my small corner rounder… again, to scallop the curvy part. when scalloping a curved cut, turn your punch upside-down and make sure that the “v” shape of the corner rounder is flush against your cardstock. this will ensure you get even scallops.

cut your groovy guava with a 1/8″ border. using your crop-a-dile, dry emboss circles along the bottom edge. you can see a fantastic tutorial on how to emboss on beate’s blog.

CAD tip 1CAD tip 2the only addition i have is use your paper piercing template from your crafter’s tool kit to line up your holes and to gently squeeze your crop-a-dile. this ensures you don’t actually punch a hole through your paper. layer your groovy guava on the inside of your card to finish.

thanks for looking and have a great day! if you have any questions or comments, please be sure to leave them for me!

*quick tip: to ensure your layered curves match each other, cut the width of your top layer of cardstock (in this case naturals white) down to the finished layered size. i took 1/8″ off one side for a measurement of 4 1/4″ x 5 3/8″. do not cut off the top or bottom yet. temporarily adhere the naturals white layer on top of the always artichoke and cut your curvy cut. if you’re going to scallop when finished, trim the top off to match your side layer (in this example, about 1/4″ or 1/2″ depending on how much of the scallop border you want to see. if you’re not going to scallop, just use the measure that you took off of the side. in this example 1/8″).

color challenge 128

groovy skiesa few weeks ago, my kids and i went to my good friend’s house in richmond, va. we had such a fun time visiting with them. they just moved back to virginia from connecticut. we’re so glad they’re back so close to us.

i thought of her while making the splitcoast challenge this week. since i’m still quite new to this whole challenge thing, i decided to keep it simple. i really liked the color combination.

i started with cardstock that was 4 1/4″ x 11″. folded it in half at 5 1/2″. i cut about 1 1/2″ off the right side of the card and then layered the soft sky onto that. used by small corner rounder without the guard to make the scallops along the edge. i also punched holes into each scallop with the paper piercing tool from the crafters tool kit. on the whisper white layer, i stamped flowers from the just like you set in groovy guava and soft sky. i also stamped and cut out three flowers in groovy guava and adhered them using dimensionals. the saying is from define your life and is stamped in stazon black. that panel is layered onto groovy guava and then again on soft sky. i added one of those cute little black library clips as an accent.

kyle at little beachkids & kyle at little beachin addition to a little stamping, we had another fabulous day at the “little beach” as evident by the pictures of the frolicking kids and dog. the kids (and the dog) just can’t get enough of the water or the sand, as usual. the weather has been perfect for lounging and chatting while we watch the pelicans dive into the water to kyle & kids at the little beachnate & kylecatch some fish. there’s only one bad thing… you know all those planes that carry those banners down the beach? well, the airport is right where the “little beach” is. do you know how many webkinz banners flew by us today? lemme tell ya’… way too many!!!

enjoy the rest of your evening! hope to have more stuff tomorrow. i’m off to stamp some more.

my 1st sketch challenge (SC137)

sc137my wonderful sister-in-law and i left a day early for our vacation to manteo, nc. we took the kids with us and the husbands followed a day later. we have the best time when we’re together when we go on vacation… for that matter whenever we get together. the very first day we were here, i wasn’t feeling so well and she took all four kids to the “little beach.” i did have enough energy to stamp, so i thought i would try a challenge. i’m not usually one to participate in the scs sketch challenges. heck, i don’t usually participate in ANY challenges. since my creativity has been absent for the past year, i thought i would try something a little different… something that would give me a little jump start.

i started with sketch 137 from scs. card base is chocolate chip 4 1/4 x 5 1/2. first layer is 4 x 5 1/4 outlaw designer series paper. i crumpled it then flattened it out. chocolate chip ink was applied over the high spots of the crumpled paper. the bottom “wanted” layer is really rust cut to 1 1/8 by 4. the “wanted” 1 x 3 7/8 layer is stamped with chocolate chip on very vanilla. if you look really closely, i “overstamped” it in creamy caramel for a shadowed effect. the stars are stamped in really rust and have a silver brad in the center of each. the bigger layer is a 3 1/8″ really rust square with paper piercing on the sides. the chocolate chip layer is 2 5/8″ square. it’s popped up with dimensionals to make it look like a real frame. i used my 12″ cutter to cut out a frame for the inside. the corners are pierced with the paper piercing tool. the inside of the frame is very vanilla stamped with really rust and a silver brad is centered in the design. i used a small bit of very vanilla grosgrain to tie on the side.

i’d love to hear your comments.  leave one if you would.  🙂

round & round


i’ve been a bad, bad blogger. i started out “en fuego” and it’s been down hill since then. i’m making a promise to myself to get better. anyway, here is the third card from my july stampers club night. i followed the tutorial from the scs view-master tutorial. great tutorial by the way! once i saw the cute little penguin in the punch pals set, i knew that i had to use him/her for this project. hope you enjoy!

supplies used:

  • stamps: punch pals
  • ink: staz on black
  • cardstock: craft, whisper white, real red, river rock, dashing designer series
  • accessories: coluzzle, 1/8, 1 1/4″ & 1 3/8″ circle punches, word window punch, brads, dimensionals, stampin’ write markers, real red grosgrain