Friday, June 30, 2023


I think I'm Lost in the Lagoon this week!  As I looked back over this week's cards, I realized that 3 of the 4 cards used Lost Lagoon as one of the colors.  

The background for this card uses Hello, Irresistible Designer Series Paper which is definitely one of my favorite current DSP collections.  

Don't forget that TODAY is the last day of the Designer Series Paper sale.

You can use this link to see a complete list of the collections that are on sale, or you can also go to this previous post that has images/links of all the DSP that is on sale.

The technique used to create the focal point for today's card is called Faux Silk.  It definitely lends a softness to a card.  After you complete the stamping, it is covered with crinkled up tissue paper.  To learn how to do this technique watch this Learning with Friends video that I shared on my YouTube Channel.

This technique is extremely easy to do and unlike some of my favorite techniques, this one is NOT messy!  I do feel that it works best with darker and/or bright colors because when the tissue paper is added over the image it softens the colors.  The colors on my Silk Birds in Flight are Pretty Peacock, Lost Lagoon and Pool Party, and by adding the tissue paper over them I think it gives the illusion that they are flying through the fog.

There are additional card samples with this technique shared in the video, so I hope you will take a look.

For the inside of the card, I used sponge daubers with the same colors to highlight just one of the birds.

If you compare the image on the inside with the Faux Silk image on the card front, you can see how the Faux Silk Technique softens the colors.

I hope you will watch the video, but if you like a written tutorial with all the dimensions and step-by-step directions, you can download a copy by using this link.

A list of products used for the card is shown below.  You will also need white tissue paper and a glue stick for the Faux Silk technique.

Product List

Wednesday, June 28, 2023


This Marvelous Nature stamp set was one of the first stamps to catch my eye in the 23-24 Annual Catalog.  My first thought when I saw it was that this would be a great stamp set to use for different techniques.

The set includes two large stamps plus sentiments and today I'm playing with the birds.  After playing with both stamps, it's hard to decide which is my favorite.   I love how the images "hang-off" the backgrounds.  It's something a little unique and different from other stamps I have.

I stamped the birds on Starry Sky cardstock with VersaMark Ink and then heat embossed them with white embossing powder.  I trimmed around the white embossing powder and then adhered it to a Starry Sky piece of cardstock.  I kept the Starry Sky border narrow as I wanted the wings to hang over the edge.  Trimming the image is super simple because you are mainly just cutting a straight line.

To add a little glimmer and shimmer I added two strips of Soft Glimmer Specialty Paper.  I used Lost Lagoon and Berry Burst.  My color coach didn't tell me that Starry Sky, Lost Lagoon and Berry Burst coordinated, but I liked it, so I went off on my own and ignored the coach.  What do you think?  Do these colors work together?

I wanted a circle for my sentiment, but the Lots of Love sentiment was all on one line and too long to fit on my circle.  So, I used masking for the sentiment to turn it into two lines.  A double bow made from Starry Sky Metallic Ribbon kept the glimmer and shimmer going.  This ribbon is only about 1/8" wide, but because it is woven metallic, it is easy to pull it apart a bit and make it wider.  

The inside was decorated with a couple more strips of the Soft Glimmer cardstock.

For a tutorial with all the cutting dimensions and step by step instructions, please use this link to download a copy.

A list of products used is shown below.  For more information on any of the products, just click on the image and it will take you to my Stampin' Up! store.

Product List

Monday, June 26, 2023


 Today's card was so quick and simple, but you'd probably never think so when you look at it.

I used the Fern Stamp from the set and used sponge daubers to ink it with Blueberry Bushel, Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather, and Crushed Curry to create a pretty sunset sky behind the fern.  Aren't the colors pretty?

Once I stamped the image on Basic White I just snipped around the circle.  I love how the fern extends a bit beyond the circle in three places.  I could have die cut the image with a circle die, but I thought if I snipped close around the circle it would accentuate the little areas of the fern that extend beyond the circle.  What do you think?

In keeping with the fern theme, I used the Fern 3D Embossing folder for the Basic White background.

I framed the embossed Basic White with the colors of my sky, Blueberry Bushel and Gorgeous Grape.  The sentiment is from the Something Fancy sentiment stamp set.

For the inside I used the sponge daubers again to ink up the image and stamped it on the lower corner of the Basic White.

For a free tutorial, please use this link to download a copy.

A list of products used is shown below.  The Gorgeous Grape ribbon is retired and is from my stash.

Product List