Off the Grid and Polka Dot Pieces

Time in my studio is often filled with designing and prepping for upcoming classes; it’s a fun challenge to come up with fresh designs that will be appropriate for beginners as well as experienced stampers.  This week, though, most of my cards have been for special people in my life.  Today’s card goes out to a cyber-friend who has been an encourager and supporter across the miles!

I recently added Off the Grid to my stamp collection.  This card is my debut run with the stamp and I REALLY like the background it creates – I’m sure you’ll be seeing more of this stamp in days to come!   Gorgeous Grunge was added on top of Off the Grid for a more detailed effect.

2014.06.05 ty for linda heller inspired by pinterest

Next I used Polka Dot pieces  and my scallop punches to create the layered flowers.   A very quick CAS card to make!


STAMPIN UP STAMP(S): Polka Dot Pieces, Off the Grid, Lots of Thanks, Gorgeous Grunge
STAMPIN UP INK: Daffodil Delight, Tangelo Tango, Wild Wasabi, Crumb Cake
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Whisper White, Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight
ACCESSORIES: 7/8” and mini scallop punches, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Apothecary Accents die, rhinestones, glue dots, dimensionals

This card was inspired by a card I saved in my inspiration file (see below); unfortunately I do not know the designer of the card.  If you happen to know the designer, please leave a comment below!

background stamping

JAI #216: Thoughts and Prayers and Just Believe

Just Add Ink’s challenge this week was to “Just add watercolor!”  I was in the mood to try something a bit different, so I chose my 1” acrylic block to create my background.  Next I envisioned an orchard on a sunny day and chose my colors accordingly.  Each row was stamped with varying colors:

  • Row 1:  Marina Mist
  •  Row 2:  Marina Mist and Pool Party
  • Row 3:  Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive
  • Row 4:  Old Olive

After inking the block each time, I lightly spritzed water on the ink and then stamped the block onto my Whisper White.  I was intentional in not fully covering my block with ink, so that I’d have some white spaces for a cloud effect.    The tabs to the left of the image were made by running two thin strips through the Arrows EF, then a punched mini circle, topped with a candy dot, nestled into the embossed arrow.  I had fun with this technique and learned in the process.  Next time, I believe I will scoot my inked columns a bit closer together.

JAI 216 2014.06.04
STAMPIN UP STAMP(S): Thoughts and Prayers, Just Believe
STAMPIN UP INK: Marina Mist, Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Marina Mist CS and DSP, Basic Black, Whisper White
ACCESSORIES: Candy Dots, Arrows Textured EF, 1-inch acrylic block, spritzer bottle with water, mini circle punch, Word Window punch, Modern Label punch, dimensionals


Paper Players challenge this week is for a CAS card that features washi tape.  Originally I used Gingham Garden washi tape on a square and then cut the starburst background out of that square.  But, the washi tape seemed to compete with the image.  So after much deliberation, I discarded that piece and decided to use my Distressed Dots background, inked with Daffodil Delight and Old Olive to create a springtime background.  The single strip of washi tape serves as a divider line between the sunshine and grassy areas. A few mini pearls on the water colored image and my CAS card was complete!


STAMPIN UP STAMP(S): Hedgehog Happiness and Distressed Dots Background
STAMPIN UP INK: Tuxedo Black Memento, So Saffron, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Melon Mambo, Pink Piroutette, Soft Sky, Tempting Turquoise, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Chocolate Chip, Sahara Sand
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Watercolor Wonder
ACCESSORIES: Starburst Die, blender pen, mini pearls, dimensionals


Paper Players #187: For the Birds and Another Thank You (Photopolymer)

For the Birds is such a wonderful stamp set for spring time cards!   I found myself immediately reaching for this set in response to the Paper Players challenge for a clean and simple Spring card.  Try Stampin On Tuesday had a sketch challenge this week which worked beautifully with this little scene (unfortunately, I didn’t get my card posted before the Link closed though).  The image is stamped with Black Staz On and then colored with multiple colors using a blender pen.   The scallop circle from the Itty Bitty Punch pack has been getting a lot of use in my studio this week; it fit perfectly for the side accents by carrying the floral theme to the outer edge!    Finally, this piece of DSP from the Kaleidoscope pack offered the light and airy background I desired.

TSOT #158

STAMPIN UP STAMP(S): For the Birds and Another Thank You (Photopolymer)
STAMPIN UP INK: Black Staz On, Tempting Turquoise, Gumball Green, Certainly Celery, Old Olive, Real Red, Pretty in Pink, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Baked Brown Sugar, Soft Suede, Basic Gray, Basic Black, Elegany Eggplant, Wisteria Wonder
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Whisper White, Basic Black, Tempting Turquoise, Kaleidoscope DSP
ACCESSORIES: Blender Pen, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Tangerine Tango candy dots, Tombo, Stamp-a-majig