Barbosol Isn’t Just for Men

My grandson and I had a grand time using the shaving creme technique to make the background for this card.  The technique and design came straight from Claudia Perry who provides a detailed tutorial on this artistry.    If a four year old can do it, so can you!

Shaved Swordfish

Shaved Swordfish

Non-Stampin' UP!

Dies by Dave (swordfish die)
Barbosol Shaving Cream





Posted on : Nov 05 2015
Posted under Birthdays, Dies by Dave, Masuline, Techniques |

Bokeh, Bokeh

Talk about a fun technique.  The bokeh (BOH-kay) technique is a photography term.  The lense of the camera blurs the background with circular highlights to focus on the subject.  Or something like that.   The background is first sponged randomly with three colors of ink onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock until the cardstock is completely covered.  To make the circles, make a template using Window Sheets and the 3 smallest circle framlets.  Then use a sponge dauber with white craft ink to add the circles.

This is so cool and your card is like snowflakes.  No one card is alike.  Note how the bling pulls your eye to the sentiment.  Its awesome! 

Inspired by:  Diane Dimich & Frenchie

Bokeh Technique

Bokeh Technique






Posted on : Jul 07 2015
Posted under Birthdays, Friendshp, Techniques |

da Vinci Moments

Leonardo da Venci was a painter, sculptor and architect.  This card is my da Vinci moment and as close as I get to artistry.  Using Watercolor Paper, the Aqua Painter and Simply Pressed Clay, I practically felt like an artist.  At my stamp camp yesterday, we also stamped and painted the inside of the card and then envelope.  It was really a fun project and the outcome would make a perfect card for many occassions.

Inspired by:  Nicole Tugrul


Da Vinci Moments

Stamps:  Simply Sketched
Ink:  Wisteria Wonder, Pear Pizazz, Stazon Black
Paper:  Wisteria Wonder, Pear Pizazz, Watercolor Paper, Afternoon Picnic Designer Series Paper
Tools & Accessories:  Sizzix Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Aqua Painter, Scallop Border Punch, Simply Pressed Clay, Buttons & Blossoms Simply Pressed Clay Molds, Basic Pearls, Glue Dots, Adhesive




Posted on : Sep 15 2013
Posted under Birthdays, Occasions, Simply Pressed Clay, Techniques |

Masking the Moon

I made this card a while back for a One Layer Card Challenge shoe box swap with my peeps at our Prairie Retreat in Mahomet, IL.  The challenge came from our Upline, Pam D’Urso.  Trust me, one layer was a real challenge for me as I prefer layers and plenty of them.   Susan Field, my peep & fabulous road trip buddy, dressed her’s up a bit with ⅛” Taffeta Ribbon.  When I put this card in my August Stamp Camp, I used it as a layer and added the Taffeta Ribbon.  It was voted as the favorite card of the day.

Don’t forget to use this fabulous stamp (could it be a dandelien) on the inside of your card and envelope.  Adds more WOW!

And of course, I sent this card to my good friend Elaine for her birthday so I had to stall once again on the post.

Whether it’s the moon or the sun, I love masking.

Inspired by:  Debbie Henderson

Masking the Moon

Stamps: Summer Silhouettes, Apothocary Art
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black
Inks: Wild Wasabi, Soft Sky, Stazon Black
Tools: Sponge Daubers, 1" Circle Punch
Tools & Accessories:  Masking, Painters Tape, Pearl Jewels

Posted on : Sep 04 2013
Posted under Birthdays, Friendshp, Occasions, Techniques |

Good Thoughts

I was intrigued by Sandy Mathis’ design using this two-step stamping technique.  It’s a technique I have always shied away from.  This card was so sweet it, gave me the inspiration to conquer the technique.  Sandy used the In Color Boutique Details embellishment on this card.  An alternative could be Simply Pressed Clay. And the ruffled ribbon…..Ahhhhhh!


Too Kind

Stamp Sets: Too Kind
Card Stock: Whisper White, Crisp Cantaloupe
Ink: Crisp Cantaloupe, Calypso Coral, Pistachio Pudding
Accessories: Pistachio Pudding Ruffled Ribbon, In Color Boutique Details

Posted on : Aug 27 2013
Posted under Friendshp, Techniques |

Daisies at Sunset

Another quick post until I get caught up.  Melissa Banbury used a brayer to create her card.  Since I only have one brayer, I thought I would try sponging the colors.  I believe it turned out nicely and my customers voted it as their favorite from my July Stamp Camp.    I am really wondering how I have survived all these years of cardmaking without the Oval Framelit dies.  Love em!

Inspired by:  Melissa Banbury

Sunset Daisies

Stamps:  Best of Flowers
Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze, Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Stazon Black
Paper:  Basic Black, Cajun Craze, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White
Tools & Accessories:  Sizzix Big Shot, Chevron Embossing Folder, Oval Collection Framelits, Elegant Butterfly, Punch, Bitty Butterfly Punch, ⅜” Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon, Stamping Sponges, 1¼” Circle Punch (mask)

Posted on : Jul 24 2013
Posted under Occasions, Techniques |