My apologies for being a day late with this. Whoever thought I’d be busier in retirement than in full time work? What is collage stamping?  Good question!  Double-time Stamping is a little trick I learned many years ago from a paper crafting magazine.  It’s when you stamp an entire sheet of card-stock and then cut it up to use on many cards.  It’s like creating your own DSP. Collage Stamping Tips Select a stamp set with several coordinating images (Established… Read more »

No photos today, just some ideas about what you could do to backgrounds in your stamping and scrapbooking to ‘jazz’ them up a bit.  Large Background Stamps Ink your stamp by either rubbing stamp pad all over surface or by using a brayer. Place stamp on work surface, with rubber facing up. Lay your cardstock on the rubber and cover with a piece of lightweight paper. Using your fingers or a brayer, rub over entire surface of paper (don’t forget… Read more »

Uses for Crystal Effects Crystal Effects is water based, easy to clean up and is an easy way to enhance any rubber stamped art project. Best of all you can apply Crystal Effects to areas you would like to look raised whether it is on paper or plastic! Tips: Prior to use, place the bottle upside down in a coffee cup, letting all of the air bubbles rise to the top, which now is really the bottom of the bottle…. Read more »

 Baby Wipe Swipe Have you ever had one of those ideas in your head and when you try to create it, it doesn’t work out as well as you had thought? Well this is such a card. I always tell people in my classes or at parties, “there’s never a mistake, it’s a creation”. Well this is my creation.I had read several ways of doing this Baby Wipe technique and this is just one of them. I must also say… Read more »

Well, it’s been a very busy week back at work for the last school term of the year. Lots of new technology and very busy with all the end of year projects and presentations.I’m away with about 30 ladies, having a great time scrapping and card making. I did a class earlier today on distressing and the aged tile technique. Here’s a link to earlier posts and how to do the technique.  Here’s a sample using the Snow Swirled stamp… Read more »

Beautiful Season Card with Masking I know it’s not Christmas yet, but I just had to share this idea. I’ve made a few cards using this stamp set. I must admit to not being quite sure as to whether I liked the set. I need to challenge myself to take risks and move out of my comfort zone 🙂 So I purchased the set and I now love it. Whilst playing around with the set I came across this marvellous… Read more »

I know, I missed the weekend sketch, layout, card. Mt apologies. However, today You can see them. I have already shared the card this week. It’s inspiration over at Sunny Challenges and Creations where I am a guest designer for this month. The sketch I used was Vicky’s. Pop on over to Sunny Challenges and Creations to see more. Here’s my card below: Supplies:Stamp set – Fabulous FloretsInks – Melon Mambo; Wild WasabiMarker – Daffodil DelightCard – Wild Wasabi; Whisper… Read more »

One of the groups I’m on swaps cards each month. They are a 1 for 1 swap. One of the challenges for February was to make a shaped card.  I also decided to use a technique called stained glass with this card, just to jazz it up a bit. Supplies:Card – Melon Mambo and Vellum (paper weight)Big Shot – Scallop Die and Scalloped Heart Framelits (Sizzix)Markers – Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive, Pink Pirouette and Daffodil DelightInk – VersamarkStamp… Read more »

I love the little plants in the Pocket Silhouettes set. I decided to use them a bit differently for this card that would suit any occasion. Recipe:Blushing Bride cardWhisper White cardPerfect Polka Dot Textured Impressions folderBig Shot5/8″ Whisper White satin ribbonPocket Silhouette stamp setPear Pizazz Classic Stampin’ InkPear Pizazz Stampin’ Write markerMelon Mambo Stampin’ Wrtie markerDimensionals  All products and images Stampin’ Up MethodCut your oval in approximately the centre of your card frontPut the card front through the Big Shot… Read more »

Remember back to last month when I shared these card fronts I made as swaps for Stampin’ Up! Convention 2011? They only had 3 Sweet Peas per card. I found some ‘left-overs’ and decided at long last to use the bits up and make a couple more cards. (I made 50 before and I was over it:))I forget whose blog I saw how to make these flowers but they are very easy.  You can click here to find out how… Read more »