Color Swapping with a Die

I purchased the Quadrangle Frames die set from Simon Says Stamp a couple months ago, and the squares ended up being smaller than what I thought they would be. I really like the dies, but I’d been struggling with ideas on how to use them.

I came across the Close to my Heart Something Splendid stamp set which featured a large flower, and I had an idea to create a color swap set of cards using one of the frame dies.

Color Swap with Quadrangle Frames Die

It took a couple tries to problem solve how to make it work, but I think it turned out beautiful. A few things I learned from this design:

– Mama Elephant inks will bleed with the Wink of Stella pen which is the reason I didn’t use it on these finished cards.
– Die cut the stitched rectangle border die BEFORE adhering the frame layers if you plan to use multiple layers. I used the rectangle die after assembling the entire front panel on a different card, and it smooshed down all my framing layers.
– To make sure both cards are cut from the same exact location since you’re swapping the images, I found layering the papers on top of each other and running them through your die-cutting machine at the same time works best.
– In order to line up the stamps exactly, the MISTI is a must! If everything isn’t stamped in exactly the same place for both cards it could mess up the entire design.

Close to my Heart Something Splendid stamp set
Simon Says Stamp Quadrangle Frames die
Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles die
Heidi Swapp Thank You stamp (unknown stamp set name)
Mama Elephant misc. inks
Stampin Up More Mustard ink
Pretty Pink Posh sequins

Baby Congrats Shaker Card

Today is a another day of firsts. It is my first time submitting a card for the My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge, and it’s featuring my very first shaker card. I slightly strayed from the original sketch (shown below), but I’m very happy with how it turned out, especially because I was able to use the MFT rattle die and Baby Anya stamp, which I hadn’t tried out yet.

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My Favorite Things Pierced Circles die
My Favorite Things Pierced Squares die
My Favorite Things Centerpieces Congrats Shaker rattle die
The Greeting Farm Baby Anya & Ian stamp
Little B Handwritten “Congrats” die
StazOn Jet Black ink
Wink of Stella clear glitter brush marker
Iridescent sequins
Misc Tim Holtz distress markers
Unknown paper pack

Here is the original sketch:
MFT Sketch 250

Thanks So MOOch Card

I came across the Ladies Devine stamp from Penny Black that I had recently converted from a wood mounted stamp to being acrylic-block compatible. It’s a great stamp to have converted because I can easily re-stamp it using my MISTI if I didn’t get a good impression the first time.

I happened to have my Paper Smooches stamps out when I grabbed this stamp and had an idea for a new greeting by doctoring a couple different sentiment stamps. Masking off the unnecessary letters, I was able to create a custom sentiment that matched my image. The result was this “Thanks So MOOch” card. The image was colored with distress markers and the sentiment was white heat embossed.

Thanks So Mooch Card

Here are the three Paper Smooches stamp sets that I put together to create my custom greeting:


Penny Black Ladies Divine stamp
My Favorite Things Pierced Oval die
Misc Tim Holtz distress markers
Paper Smooches Chubby Chums “sMOOches” stamp
Paper Smooches Chit Chat “so” stamp
Paper Smooches Word Salad “Many Thanks” stamp
Wink of Stella clear glitter brush marker
Versafine ink
Ranger white embossing powder
Mama Elephant Hazel ink
Hero Arts Designer Woodgrain background stamp
Kraft cardstock
K&C Designer Mat Pad paper (pink border paper)
Sakura Black Glaze pen

Paper Smooches October Challenge

I decided to give the Paper Smooches Sparks challenge a try for this week. We were given an image as inspiration (shown below) to create a card using Paper Smooches products as the main focus of the project.

I thought it would be fun to cut apart a new happy birthday die from Lawn Fawn and stagger the words using the adorable Chubby Chums stamps and dies from Paper Smooches to create the curved look across the card. I cut out a second set of paws/hooves to make it look like the animals were holding the banners; a trick I did a couple weeks ago.

This is the first challenge I’ve been part of. I hope I did it right, and that it’s well-received!

Paper Smooches October Challenge

Paper Smooches October Challenge

Paper Smooches Chubby Chums stamp set and dies
Avery Elle Finished Frames dies
My Favorite Things Blue Prints 15 frame die
Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders die
Lawn Fawn Happy Birthday Border die
DCWV The Birthday Wishes paper pack
Momento Tuxedo Black ink
Inkssentials Enamel Accents
Inkssentials Glossy Accents
Wink of Stella clear glitter brush marker
Recollections small star punch
Misc Copic Ciao markers

Here is the original image to use as inspiration:

October 2015 Paper Smooches Challengee


Watercolor Thanks Card

I don’t have a lot of experience with watercolor, but am trying to use it more. I heat embossed this gorgeous butterfly stamp with clear embossing powder over black Versafine ink then used distress inks to color it in. I’m usually don’t have a very “messy” style, but I embraced the distress inks and allowed them to flow outside of the embossed image. I also took my scissors and frayed the edges of the paper to give it more of a weathered look.

I’m really happy with how it turned out. A very simple and flat card design that still has quite a bit of interest.

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