SUO 104 CAS with Timeless Talk

SUO challenged us to design a clean and simple card with lots of white space.  I was in the mood to play with some new stamps, so I reached for a recent gift I received, the Timeless Talk set.   The telephone image captured my eye and I decided that would be my entire focal point with a simple candy dot embellishment for the phone’s dial.  I liked the tone the Raspberry Ripple created beside the Basic Black, so I selected that color for my matte, as well as for coloring the candy dot.  I was clipping along assembling my card, thinking, “Wow, this card is coming together in record time!”  – When all of a sudden, I hit a roadblock…  So, here’s what I learned after multiple attempts to stamp a clear greeting.  Due to the greeting’s letter style, this  greeting does not work particularly well with Versamark; I tried the ink pad, as well as the pen, and was unable to achieve an even/clear greeting.  Second lesson learned, some of the rubber on my greeting needs to be trimmed away; no matter how I stamped the greeting, it continually left a faint border on the bottom left.  After five tries though, I said to myself “This is a handmade card; the “extra” ink simply adds an authentic touch of truly being handmade!”   I walked away pleased with the card and a smile on my face.

2014.08.25 SUO CAS
STAMPIN UP STAMP(S): Timeless Talk
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Raspberry Ripple, Basic Black, Whisper White
ACCESSORIES: Black embossing powder, heat tool, white candy dot colored with Raspberry Ripple

PPA 215: Split Image with Day of Gratitude and Blessings from Heaven

My technique class this month is focusing on “negatives;” so, I thought I’d use this week’s Pals Paper Arts challenge to try a split image design.  I love participating in challenges; they prompt me to use colors and layouts I’d probably never choose on my own.  This week’s color challenge is a perfect example of that, I was excited about coupling the split image with Strawberry Slush for a dramatic pop; but, I was concerned the Pear Pizazz would not add the desired contrast – I was wrong!  I’m quite happy with this color combination and with the way the Basic Black DSP accents the card as a whole.

To accomplish the split image, I simply laid my Whisper White and Basic Black side by side and stamped the image with VersaMark; then I embossed using black embossing powder on the Whisper White and white embossing powder on the Basic Black.  That’s all there is to it!

STAMPIN UP STAMP(S): Day of Gratitude and Blessings from Heaven
STAMPIN UP INK: Versamark Clear
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Strawberry Slush, Pear Pizzazz, Basic Black, Whisper White, Back to Black
ACCESSORIES: clear embossing powder, black embossing powder, heat tool, candy dot, dimensionalsShopOnline


FM169 with Tart and Tangy and Good Greetings

Polka Dots and Tart and Tangy worked together to make this summer card for the Friday Mashup Challenge!  The challenge was to use a background stamp and mash it up by adding something 3-D.   On this hot summer day, a thirst quenching drink seemed to be just the right image to portray!


I cut the two end edges of a rectangular piece of vellum at a 1/2″ angle; then, I brayered the vellum with Daffodil Delight and sponged the top of the drink line with Rose Red.  Next I applied some 2 way glue to the rim of the glass and sprinkled the wet glue with Dazzling Diamonds for a beautiful shimmery finish.

2014.07.23 side view

To visually tie the card together, I carried the color gradation from the glass directly to the background, using Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, and Rose Red polka dots.  Note Pumpkin Pie ink was not used on the glass itself; but, the combining of Daffodil Delight and Rose Red did create a Pumpkin Pie tone.

The vellum glass is a popular idea on Pinterest.  While I saw many variations of this glass; I did not learn who to credit as the original designer.

STAMPIN UP STAMP(S): Polka Dot Background stamp, Good Greetings
STAMPIN UP INK: Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Rose Red
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Whisper white, card stock vellum
ACCESSORIES: brayer, sponge, 1-1/4” circle punch, two way glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds, straw, small glue dots
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PPA 203: You’re in my Thoughts – Flowering Flourishes and Best of Greetings

I’ve been working on Father’s Day cards lately and when I saw this week’s Pals Paper Arts colors, I thought they’d work beautifully on a Father’s Day card.  But, once I had the paper before me, my thoughts took a totally different direction.   I quickly reached for my Versamark and white embossing powder and designed this quick and easy thinking of you card.  To be honest, I didn’t even use my stamp-a-majig; I just stamped, embossed and embellished with a few accenting candy dots and pearls.  Truly a quick and easy card with a WOW effect!  

Oh my, as I was formatting this post, I inserted the PPA icon and only then realized the challenge was to use Very Vanilla and not Whisper White!  Ooops!  Oh well, I still hope you enjoy the card 🙂


PPA 203 5.13.14

STAMPIN UP STAMP(S): Flowering Flourishes and Best of Greetings
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Night of Navy, Whisper White
ACCESSORIES: Dust buddy, white embossing powder, heat tool, Cajun Craze candy dots, mini pearls


DD#94: Daydream Medallions and Blessings from Heaven

It’s Black Tie Week at Dynamic Duos featuring Basic Black and More Mustard with an option for dry embossing.  I was so thankful I still had two sheets of More Mustard in my retired CS box; whew!   Now for the tough decision, “Which stamp do I want to use?  Hmmmmm…”     Daydream Medallions caught my eye for a clean, classic look.  Next I selected a complimentary piece of Modern Medley.  I used Versamark with black embossing powder so that there’d be a slight shine to the image.  For a touch more of the More Mustard, I matted the greeting and used the fine tip of my marker to accent portions of the stamped image.  Dry embossing with the polka dot embossing folder and then a few accenting pearls added the touch of class I desired.













STAMPIN UP STAMP(S): Daydream Medallions and Blessings from Heaven
STAMPIN UP INK: Versamark, More Mustard
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: More Mustard, Basic Black, Modern Medley, Very Vanilla
ACCESSORIES: Black embossing powder, heat tool, More Mustard buttons, medium pearls, ½” satin ribbon, polka dot embossing folder, Floral Frames Framelits