Wednesday, July 17, 2024


On Monday we sat in a beautiful birch tree grove watching the Northern Lights.  Today we are traveling to the shore of a mountain lake.  Let's sit here a while and enjoy the view!

Which do you prefer?  Walking through the woods?  Or sitting on the side of lake?  I bet you can guess which one I would choose!

This style of card is one that I really enjoy making.  I may need to do it several times before I'm satisfied with it, but for some reason I have more patience when making these type of cards than any other type.

For the mountains I used a sponge dauber to add color to the stamp.  I started with Pumpkin Pie on the mountain peaks; added Cajun Craze in the middle of the range and then Smokey Slate at the bottom of the mountain range.

Once I had the mountains the way I wanted them, I masked them and created the sky, lake and sandy shore with Blending Brushes and Sponge Daubers.  The birds are from a retired stamp set called, On the Horizon.  None of my current stamp sets have birds like this in them, so I am really glad I kept a retired set that does!

If you would like step-by-step directions of how I created this card you can download a written tutorial at this link. 

It doesn't show on the photo, but Wink of Stella makes the water sparkle as the sun sets behind the mountains.  Can you see the shadows in the water?

I debated quite a while and tried several different locations for a sentiment on the card front, but there was not a spot that I really wanted to cover up, so I skipped a front sentiment.

Since there are no sentiments included in the In the Grove stamp set I searched through my large stash of sentiments and found this one in the So Sincere stamp set.  Obviously, any sentiment could be used on this card but since sitting looking out at the water brings joy to my heart, this one seemed perfect.  I'm hoping this card will bring joy to someone's heart when they find it in their mailbox!

I mentioned that I often end up making several "test pieces" of cards like this before I get one that I'm satisfied with.  The great thing about that is that I have "extra pieces" that I can cut up and use the sections I like to decorate the inside and the envelope.  You can see in the photos that is what I did for this card.

For a list of the products I used on the card refer to the list below.

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Monday, July 15, 2024


This week I am sharing cards made from a new bundle called In the Grove.  This bundle coordinates well with the Grassy Grove Stamp Set & Dies that carried over from the 23-24 Annual Catalog.  I really like stamp sets like these because they can be used to create beautiful scenery cards that make you feel like an artist!

The background for today's card was made using the Salted Background Technique that I shared on Learning with Friends a few weeks ago.  If you missed that video here is a link to the video on my YouTube Channel.

This Salted Background Technique is easy and makes interesting backgrounds.  It wasn't planned to look like the Northern Lights, but after I made the card that is what it reminded me of.   I think I need to try it again with some colors that would be even more likely to be in Northern Lights. 

The birch trees on this card were made with a die from In the Grove.  I'm not sure if the animal peeking out from behind the trees is a fox or a wolf, but I stamped him in Gray Granite, so I'm calling him a wolf and naming him Ash.   The cute little bunny sitting by the pines is die cut with an In the Grove die.  There is not a bunny stamp, but I thought he needed at least an eye and a nose, so I just used a black Stampin' Write Marker and gave him one of each.  Since he is white, let's call him Marsh, short for Marshmallow.

Marsh looks like he is hiding behind the pine trees so Ash doesn't see him, but they are actually friends, so I'm not worried about Marsh becoming Ash's lunch!  I think they are just playing hide-and-seek.

Since there are not greetings included in the In the Grove stamp set, both my front and inside sentiments are from the Unbounded Love stamp set.  I think this will make a great masculine birthday card, don't you?

The Gray Granite woodgrain designer series paper that I used on the front of the card base, the envelope flap and above on the inside of the card is from the Country Woods Designer Series Paper Collection.  It's how I decided what color Ash needed to be.

If you would like a tutorial for today's card, you can use this link to download a copy.  The tutorial also includes a link to the video showing how to create a Salted Background.

A list of the Stampin' Up! products I used is shown below.  Click on any image to see the details about a specific product or to purchase it.

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Friday, July 12, 2024


It's time to get the Christmas in July party started!  So that I don't get stressed out in November & December I start making Christmas Cards in July !  My goal between now and mailing time is to include a Christmas card idea each week using whatever stamp set or Bundle I am using for that week.

Some weeks this is more of a challenge than others because often the products I'm featuring have nothing to do with Christmas.  Kind of like this week's Of Art & Texture Stamp Set.

However, at last month's Stamp Camp in my home, one of my stampers mentioned a stamp set we had many, many years ago.  It was a set that had stamps with just different shapes and textures, similar in concept to the Of Art & Texture stamp set I am using this week.  She reminded me of all the creative things people came up with using that old set.  So, as I sat thinking about ideas for this week's cards, I remembered that conversation, and thought, maybe I can use one of the stamps to make a flower and say it is a Poinsettia!

Now, I admit, it doesn't really look like a Poinsettia!  Believe me I experimented with almost every stamp in the set, and this one look the closest to a flower.  Just use your imagination that it is a Poinsettia.  It's red with a big yellow center!  Does that count?

The big yellow flower center was made with a different stamp from Of Art & Texture.  I just stamped a scrap of Basic White cardstock multiple times with Lemon Lolly ink and then die cut it with a Deckled Circle die.  I used an Early Espresso Stampin' Write Marker to add some speckles to the yellow.  

It doesn't show well in the photo, but the center is actually convex in shape.

To make a convex (or concave) shape from a circle, place your cardstock circle on a Paper Piercing Mat (or any foam mat).   Starting in the center of the circle rub a stylus in small circles and work outward.  Press with medium firmness.  The cardstock will start to form a concave shape.  In my case, I wanted a convex flower center (puffed upward), so I just laid my circle with the stamped side facing down and then rubbed circles on the backside of the stamped image.  Be sure to use the larger end of your stylus so you don't make a hole in the paper. Adhere the convex circle with a dimensional to the center of the stamped image.  You now have a puffy flower center!

I used the same stamp from Of Art & Texture that was used to create the checked background on the card front to create a boarder on the inside of the card.

The sentiments on the front and inside of the card are from the Merriest Trees stamp set.

I think it could pass for a Christmas card, don't you?  Whenever in doubt use red & green colors.  In my case, Shaded Spruce and Real Red.  Crumb Cake is always a good complimentary Christmas card color also.

Use this link to download a written tutorial with all the details and step-by-set directions.

A list of the products I used is shown below.  Click on any image to purchase or learn more about that item.

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