Monday, August 1, 2011

This fun card can be adapted for any occasion, and it can even be a gift card holder!


8 ½ x 11 Pop Tones cardstock (I used Blue Raspberry as the card, Whipped Cream for the stamped pieces, and Grape Jelly for the slide-out section).

Stamps and Inks (I used Close to My Heart’s Black and Sunset inks and Party Animal Acrylix stamp set)

9 ½ x 7 ½” patterned paper (I used CTMH’s Hooligans paper)

Adhesive- I used Tombow, pop dots and liquid glue

Ribbon – about 5”

1 ¼” circle punch (I used Close to My Heart’s)


Other embellishments as desired – (I used a chipboard number, flock, adhesive glitter dots)

Step 1:

Score the cardstock you’ve chosen for your card on the 3 ½” and 7 ½” marks on the 11” side. Using bone folder, crease folds well.

Step 2:

Mark the center of one side of the middle panel of the card. Position a 1 ¼” circle punch centered on the mark. Punch a semi-circle from the middle panel.

Step 3. Folding one side in at a time, use the center panel as a guide to punch semi-circles on the other two panels. ** NOTE** Please do one panel at a time. If you try to punch all three sides at once, you could damage your punch!

Step 4: Adhere the edges and one end of the card together. Use the bone folder to ensure all edges line up neatly.

Step 5: Adhere patterned paper to the card base. I wrapped the paper around the card first and used my bone folder to make crisp score lines.

Step 6: Cut a 3 ½” x 7 ½” piece of complementary cardstock for your pull-out part of the card.

Step 7: Stamp images on a 3” x 5” piece of neutral cardstock as desired. I used 2 way glue to add flock to the monster images (which makes them fuzzy!) I also stamped the image and used a pop dot to give it dimension.

Step 8: Adhere stamped images to a 3 ¼”x 5 ¼” mat, then adhere to card front. Embellish as desired. Attach the ribbon, folded in half, by stapling the ribbon to the back of your pull out section. You can use glue dots to hold a gift card onto the pull-out section, if desired.

Hope you enjoyed this fun project! Both Whipped Cream and Blue Raspberry PopTones Cardstock is on sale now at CutCardstock!

Happy Stamping!


Thursday, July 28, 2011

It's almost that time...

Back to School? It's sneaking up on us! The office supply stores are starting Back-to-School sales already!

I always like to start a new school year off right with a small goodie and card for my son's teacher. For this project, I wanted to showcase a spotlight stamping technique which is pretty neat. This technique allows you to color a smaller portion of your image to highlight that part of the image.

8 ½ x 11 Pop Tones Cardstock in Sour Apple and Red Hot
8 ½ x 11 Curious Metallic in Cryogen White
Stamp Set (I used Taylored Expressions Teacher Desk Cuppie and Close to My Heart’s In the Month of August set)
Inks (I used CTMH Tulip, Versa Mark Watermark and Memento Black Tuxedo)
Markers ( I used Copic G02, G05, YG11, YG13, BG13, BG15, Y26, Y28, R24, R27, E37 and N3)
2” circle punch (I used Fiskars Round and Round Large punch)
1 ¼” circle punch (I used CTMH)
Ribbon, brads and button
3D Foam tape
Glue dots
Baker’s Twine

Step One: Cut 8 ½ x 11 POP TONES Sour Apple Cardstock to 8 ½ x 5 ½. Score to create a 4 ¼ x 5 ½” card. Using Versa Mark ink, randomly stamp card front with image. (Apple from CTMH’s In the Month of August stamp set).

Step Two:
Cut 3 x 3 square from 8 ½ x 11 Cryogen White Cardstock. Cut 3 ¼ x 3 ¼ square from Red Hot cardstock. Stamp image on White Cardstock. Stamp sentiment on White Cardstock using Tuxedo Black ink. Mat to Red Hot cardstock.

Step Three:
Using another piece of Cryogen White large enough for your stamped image, re-stamp the image using Tuxedo Black Ink. Color the portion of the image you’d like to highlight. Punch out using large circle punch. If necessary, color in missed portions of the image.

Step Four: Using 3D foam tape, adhere colored circle over stamped image.

Step Five: Cut ribbon to about 5 ¾” Adhere to center of card, trim excess.

Step Six: Using piercing tool or pushpin, pierce three holes in the lower left corner of the card. Place and set brads in the holes.

Step Seven: Using Cryogen White cardstock and Tulip Ink, stamp image and punch out using 1 ¼” punch. Adhere to lower right corner of the card. Adhere a red button with bakers twine if desired.

Happy Stamping!


Friday, March 18, 2011

Celebrate with Green Grocer products!

I am so excited to be a featured artist for this blog! is one of my favorite online resources for all things Krafty - get it ?  Krafty - as in Kraft paper...   I really like the Brown Bag line of products they carry.  Not only do they have the #65 Cover weight, which makes great card bases or scrapbook layout bases, but they also have 70# Text weight papers.  These text weight papers are handtinted and very cool.

When I opened the Brown Bag Assortment pack, I was thrilled with the variety of beautiful, rich colors available!  For my card, I used the Brown Bag #70 text in Blueberry, Mushroom, Olive and Pepper.  I also used the Kraft 65# cover for my card base. 

I couldn't resist making my own stripes using strips of varying widths (1/8", 1/4", 1/2" ).  The stamps are Close to My Heart, and the inks are Close to My Heart Olive and Indian Corn Blue.  I used a 1/4" circle punch on some scrap Kraft cover to make the dots on the upper left, and I used 1" and 1 1/4" circle punches to create the circles on the right. Perfect for a male graduate! 

Check out - all brown bag products are 10% off this month!

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

A Valentine's Day giveaway and a new favorite store!

Hi friends!  I have recently discovered Cut Cardstock. com and I am so excited to tell you what wonderful service I got there .  I found them through ebay - believe it or not - but they had the cryogen cardstock I was looking for.  Luckily for me, they are nearly in my backyard!  So, I ordered via phone and was able to pick up my order the SAME DAY.  I made a pal, Tyler, who works there and likes paper ALMOST as much as I do!  :)  He helped me find some other great cardstock and next I'll be ordering some envelopes.  

They are offering a giveaway for Valentine's day on their Cut blog, so check it out!

Happy Stamping!  Will have art to post in a few days!


Monday, January 31, 2011

February Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!   This month, we are showcasing February's "Friendship" stamp set (set of 8). 

If you came here from Shannon's Blog, you're in the right spot!   This month, I wanted to create my own patterned paper, which I did using a tone on tone stamping with Taffy ink on Taffy cardstock.

All products Close To My Heart.  Taffy, Sorbet and Juniper ink and cardstocks, Colonial White cardstock and Pearl Opaques.

Now, keep on hoppin' over to Shannon B.'s Blog to see what wonderful art she has to share!