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

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

Thanks So Moose Card

I had a punny stamp set from Paper Smooches with a greeting that said “Merry Christmoose”. While going through my supplies, I came across a colored-in moose image that was ready to be used for a project. I also was in need of a thank you card to give to someone at work.

I suddenly thought of a way to take care of both my needs by stretching my stamps. I cut apart the Christmoose stamp, and pieced it together with the words “Thanks so” that I found in a Stampin’ Up set, and voila! I was able to create this cute thank you card using stamps originally intended for Christmas.

Thanks so Moose Card

Thanks so Moose Card

New Stamp Storage

We recently bought a new house, and with my new craft room layout, I needed to be a little more creative with storage. After some research online, I found there are a number of options to convert rubber block stamps to acrylic block stamps.

Not only am I saving space, but I’m now able to store rubber stamps in the same location as the rest of my stamps so they’re not so easy to forget about. One more extremely great benefit of this transition is that I can now use my converted stamps with my MISTI to make for a better stamp impression.

Below are some Halloween stamps on their blocks then those same stamps with my new storage method. I still have A LOT of stamps to convert, but I’m already starting to use my previously block-mounted stamps a lot more since starting to convert.

New Rubber Stamp Storage

New Rubber Stamp Storage

Date Night Jar

I wanted to create something special for my sister for her bridal shower a couple weeks ago. I found the idea on Pinterest to create a Date Night Jar with pre-written date night ideas on popsicle sticks. However, most of the examples I came across were in mason jars covered in generic construction paper. I wanted to create something a little more elegant that also acted as a decoration piece.

I picked up a vinegar jar and popsicle sticks from the Dollar Store, wrapped the jar in patterned paper, cut out the letters with my Big Shot machine, and attached a bow. For the popsicle sticks, I painted 3 different colors: white for $0-$5 dates with almost no planning needed, yellow for $10-$50 dates with possibly a little planning needed, and green for $50+ dates that need to be planned ahead of time like going to a concert. After the paint dried, on each of the sticks I wrote a date idea that I thought the couple would enjoy together based on the color of the stick.

I lined the bottom of the jar with some pretty lace I’ve had for awhile to raise the popsicle sticks a little bit and to dress it up. I’m really happy with how it turned out, and I hope my sister and her husband-to-be enjoy it. 🙂

Date Night Jar

Date Night Jar Close-up

New Personalized Stamp

I’ve been MIA since February with the birth of my first child, but hopefully I’ll be getting back into my crafty groove soon! Right before I went on my hiatus, I received a personalized stamp that I had ordered off of Etsy. I love how it turned out! Now I just need to start posting regularly since I’ll be stamping my website on the back of all my cards. 😉

Personalized Stamp

Positive & Negative Space

I recently used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out a grass-like shape inspired by the goat in the Green Acres stamp set by Paper Smooches. Once my grass was cut, I had the negative space of the grass left over, and thought it created an interesting shape. Although I have enough paper to last a lifetime, I still don’t like being wasteful and brainstormed a way to utilize both the positive and negative space from this shape to create two different cards:

Hi Ma Card
Loving you more each day card
As you can see, I was able to flip around the negative scrap paper from my original grass cut and I created a whole other card. I love being able to incorporate scraps into new and unique creations! 🙂

Card using grass positive spaceCard using grass negative space
Bazzill colored card stock
Martha Steward butterfly punches
Silhouette Cameo cutting machine
DCWV Fresh Floral Stack paper pack
Paper Smooches Green Acres stamp set
Simon Says Stamp Talk Bubbles 2 stamp set
The Paper Studio Woodgrain embossing folder
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Hero Arts Shadow Ink: Raspberry Jam

Organizing 12×12 Paper Pads

I’ve started to accumulate a lot of scraps out of my 12×12 paper pads, and it’s getting difficult to keep everything together. I try to keep all my paper together by collection because it’s easier to coordinate colors by using papers that originally belonged together. My old way of keeping everything together was just placing all my scraps inside the pad:

12x12 Paper Pads
The problem with this is that it becomes bulky as you accumulate more scraps, and the pack eventually starts falling apart as seen above.

Soooo, I had an idea recently that has been working out really well so far! I cut up my full 12×12 sheets to a 6×6 size, then put all the scraps in an A2 cellophane bag that I usually use to put my completed cards in.

6x6 paper and scrapsOrganizing 6x6 papers
I cut down the cover and cardboard back of the original paper pack, and make sure to include the manufacturer and name of the pack. This one cut down perfectly to include both, but if it doesn’t work out that way I’ll write the information on the top sheet. Then, I will rubber band the front, back, and the cut down 6×6 sheets together.

The final touch is to tape the cellephane bag to the back of the pack with the opening facing out, and then place all the scraps inside.

Organizing Scraps
Right now, it doesn’t look very “pretty”, but it does the job perfectly! I’m going to try out this method for awhile, and if it continues to work really well, I’ll probably make the presentation look a little better.

Creative Block Inspiration

One of my favorite solutions when I have a creative block is to go to my card stash. I usually take a picture of each card I make and store it on my computer to take note of what I’ve done in the past or to show people samples of my work. I recently fell into a creative slump and needed something to inspire me. I scrolled through images of past cards I’ve made, chose one that stood out to me, and used it as a starting point to create something similar.

The inspiration:
Thinking of You CardThe new design:

Thank You CardThis method usually gets my creative juices flowing, and gives me a chance to create more of my favorite cards from the past.

Mass Christmas Cards |
Silhouette Trick

One of my current favorite stamp sets is Chummy Chum Pals by Paper Smooches. I absolutely LOVE the “Merry Kissmoose” sentiment and moose character that comes with it. Because of this, I was finding myself using the moose stamp a lot for my Christmas cards this year and individually cutting out each moose. This was very tedious, especially around the antlers.

Well, I suddenly remembered a tip I once learned from a YouTube video on how to make this process much easier if you own a Silhouette Cameo. I have a Cameo, and was excited to put it to use for this project since I sometimes forget to incorporate it into my crafting.

Instead of hand-cutting each moose after it’s been stamped, I created a cut file for my Silhouette for the moose outline, so it would do all my cutting for me, and I then I could stamp afterwards.

Here were the steps I took:
Step 1: Stamp the image as normal (image A)
Step 2: Scan stamped image
Step 3: Bring scanned image into Photoshop
Step 4: Create solid shape in Photoshop so that you can easily bring it into the Silhouette Studio program (image B)
Step 5: Save solid image, and open in Silhouette Studio
Step 6: Create outline of image for cut file (image C)
Step 7: Make outline a little bigger for wiggle room when eventually stamping image
Step 8: Prepare many images to be cut at once (image D)
Step 9: Let the Silhouette Cameo do the work for you!
Silhouette Cameo Trick

Although there is a little prep work involved, it is amazing how much time this saves when they’re all cut out for you.

Silhouette Trick - Moose CutsOnce the Cameo is finished cutting, I stamp the image on the cut-out and color it in.Silhouette Trick - Colored MooseSince this system worked so nicely for this stamped image, I am considering doing this for many more of my stamps that take a little extra effort to cut out by hand. As seen below, I ended up doing the same thing with the lips that came with the stamp set. The lips were so tiny that I could never cut the precise shape, but the Silhouette could do that for me!
Silhouette Trick - Finished Card

Thanks to this trick, I was able to create a lot more Christmas cards in one sitting than if I would have had to cut each shape out by hand.