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Deep Embossing on die cuts…

Just sharing a little something that I feel really enhances the look of diecuts on your cards or other paper creations.   If you have six minutes to watch a quick video,  I think you’ll like what I have to share… if you have thoughts to add or ideas… be sure to leave a comment!  We’ll all benefit! The screw punch I’m using is the Aitoh brand and both of the links below are that brand. Scroll on down for the butterfly card and links to the die. Thanks for stopping by!

Tools I used…

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Marianne Design Winter Scene and Perfect Layers rulers/tools video…

Meet Ice Skating Don!  Isn’t he the coolest…just gliding along without a care in the world!  This is going to be a birthday card so that’s why I used the number paper from one of the newer My Minds Eye 6×6 paper pads.  Can you keep up with paper pads these days?  eek!  as soon as I get what I think is new, there are a bunch more new ones out!  I can’t keep up with them all and I’m gonna have to wallpaper the outhouse with them! lol NOT! lol

I forgot to take a photo of the tag… it says “Love you much” and it’s from Printworks new Love/Valentine release… I’ll link it up below too.

The fence (super cute bird and birdhouse too) and tree are new dies from Marianne Design and the ice skater is new from Marianne Design’s Don and Daisy clear stamp line!  They are so fun!  You’ll be seeing more of them from me!  Don is stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copic Sketch markers.  Hair – E30, 23, 25, 27, 29,  Skin – E000, 00, 21 and R20,  Head wrap and sweater – Y21, 26, 28, Scarf and Leg Warmers – BG70,72,75,  Jeans – B90’s. The tree is the one I stamped in this video HERE.

Everything is edged with Antique Linen and Walnut Stain Distress ink using the ink blending tools.

Linking up to the Papertake Weekly challenge blog…anything goes with an option of adding a heart/hearts… I have a little one on the tag!  yea!

Here’s a video of this card… I’m showing how I use the Perfect Layers rulers/tools!  Email me if you have any questions… I really love these!

Here they are…if you love perfect mats… these are the perfect tools!  Click on the ad below and receive 5% discount when you purchase!  Thank YOU!

Here’s a close up…

Thanks for stopping by today… I want to hear what you think about the Perfect Layers Rulers!!!

stamps and such…

cards · CC Designs · copics · Fall · Masking · rubber stamps · Tutorials

CC Designs…Cleverly Cute and Classic

I’m posting a card I made with CC Designs Sugarplums Take A Seat kit.  I also made a tutorial for masking with it,  so I’ll post it today too!

Here’s Sunflower Emma sitting on the wagon from the kit…Emma says pink is a great Fall color! lol

Here’s the tutorial for masking Emma sitting on the wagon…

Masking an image to create a scene…

#1 – I start out by stamping my focal image on my card-stock and again on a piece of eclipse tape (thin paper with post it note type adhesive on the back side).  The eclipse tape image will be my mask.

#2 – I cut out the bottom part of my focal image, cutting inside the stamped line on the eclipse tape. I like to pretty much cut the black line away so I don’t have a halo around the image after I’m done.

#1                                                                                             #2


#3 – I’ve placed my mask over the stamped image on my card-stock, making sure to keep the mask inside the stamped lines of the main image stamped on the card-stock.

#4 – I have an old Stamp a ma jig!  They are an aqua color now but both work exactly the same! Here I’ve placed the imaging sheet on my work surface and aligned the “jig” up against the bottom corner of the imaging sheet.  Ink up the stamp and bring it into the corner of the “jig”,  making sure nothing moves… very easy!  You can touch the “jig” with your stamp/block and then go down to stamp.  This leaves a stamped image on the imaging sheet.

#3                                                                                #4


#5 – Remove the stamp/block and see the image.

#6 – Move the “jig” away and pick up the imaging sheet and place it over your masked image on the card-stock.  You will be able to see where you want to place the wagon in this case for Emma to sit on. Line it up,  just how you want it.

#5                                                                                            #6


#7 – Bring the “jig”  back up to the bottom corner and fit it up against the imaging sheet adjusting to where you want the wagon to end up.

#8 – Holding the “jig” in place,  carefully remove the imaging sheet.

#7                                                                                            #8


#9 – Ink up the wagon stamp. While holding the “jig” in place,  bring the stamp/block over to the “jig”, fitting it into the corner.  Stamp and lift.

#10 – It looks funny!  You’ve stamped over the eclipse tape.  Go ahead and remove the mask/eclipse tape

#9                                                                                                 #10


Here she is… Sunflower Emma sitting on her wagon!  So CUTE!

My original post for this card is HERE.

Thanks for visiting today!  I hope I inspired you to take up masking if you haven’t already!  Holler if you have any questions!  ttul!

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How to make your own envelopes!

Easy with the Martha Stewart score board!

The first video is for 6 in. square cards… showing 1/8 in., 1/4 in., and 1/2 in. deep envelopes

This video is for 5 1/2 in. square and A2 cards… showing 1/4 in. and 1/2 in. deep envelopes


A2 – 1/4 in. deep

  • Cut card-stock 8 1/2 in. x 8 1/2 in.
  • Score two opposite sides @ 3 in. and 2 3/4 in.
  • Score other two opposite sides @ 3 5/8 and 3 3/8 in.

A2 – 1/2 in. deep

  • Cut card-stock 8 3/4 in. x 8 3/4 in.
  • Score two opposite sides @ 3 1/4 in. and 2 3/4 in.
  • Score other two opposite sides @ 3 5/8 and 3 1/8 in.

5 3/4 in. Square – 1/4 in. deep

  • Cut card-stock 9 in. x 9 in.
  • Score @ 3 1/2 in. and 3 1/4 in.

5 3/4 in. Square – 1/2 in. deep

  • Cut card-stock 9 1/2 in. x 9 1/2 in.
  • Score @ 3 7/8 in. and 3 3/8 in.

6 1/8 in. Square – 1/8 in. deep

  • Cut card-stock 10 in. x 10 in.
  • Score @ 3 7/8 in. and 4 in.

6 1/8 in. Square – 1/4 in. deep

  • Cut card-stock 10 in. x 10 in.
  • Score @ 3 3/4 in. and 4 in.

6 1/8 in. Square – 1/2 in. deep

  • Cut card-stock 10 in. x 10 in.
  • Score @ 3 1/2 in. and 4 in.


Have a great weekend and make up some pretty envelopes!  : )

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Country Lula for August Tuesday Review…

My card for today uses Country Lula,  the new Rolling Rose die (video below) and a sentiment from the new Mixed Messages stamp set.

The tool I used to help me roll up the rose is in the store HERE.

I made a video for the Rolling Rose die…

I stamped Country Lula on PaperTrey Ink white card-stock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored her with Copic Sketch markers.   I masked her with Eclipse tape and stamped the chicken wire background stamp from Oxford Impressions behind her and the grass below her.  I think the grass is from Rubber Stampede. Inked the sky in with Tumbled Glass Distress ink and the grass with Peeled Paint Distress ink and the Ink Blending Tool.

The little white flowers are from Maya Road, the pattern paper pad is 6×6 For the Record from Echo Park, Martha Stewart Around the Page Punch set, Hero Arts gems, machine stitching and the leaf frond is a small Sizzlet die from Stampin Up.

Here’s a close up of this cutie!

Stamps and supplies I used…

Thanks for stopping by!

 Happy Stamping!

Photography · Tutorials

Make your own Light Tent…

What you’ll need to make this at home right on your living room floor!

  • 1/2 inch PVC pipe approx. $4 (cut with a pipe cutter for NO mess)
  • 4 T’s for 1/2 inch PVC pipe 50¢ to 60¢ each
  • 4 elbows for 1/2 inch PVC pipe 50¢ to 60¢ each
  • 4 caps for 1/2 inch PVC pipe  45¢ each
  • 4 one inch pieces of pipe to connect the elbows to the T’s
  • piece of shower curtain or some type of fabric to act as a diffuser, cut to fit over the pipe set up
  • 2 clamp on light fixtures (mine are Bayco Super Tite Grip from Walmart in the hardware dept) approx. $8 each
  • 2 light bulbs (mine are GE 6500K Daylight 26w from Walmart) approx. $5

For the large size tent cut the following

  • 4, 15 in pieces of the 1/2 in. PVC pipe for the legs
  • 4, 12 in pieces of the 1/2 in. PVC pipe for the top
  • 4 short pieces (an inch or so) for connecting the elbows to the T’s

I LOVE that it folds up for sticking out of sight!  yea!

Move your lights around until you’re happy with your photo.  I still load my pictures into iPhoto and adjust the white balance, sharpen, etc.  I take the photos of my cards with a Canon DSLR camera.
edited Nov. 22, 2012
Here’s a photo of how I have my lights now…
Holler if you have any questions…Hope this helps you avoid some of the frustrations I’ve had learning to take pictures of cards!

Camera I use for videos…

cards · copics · Doohickey's Dies · Easel · Magnolia · Multi Easel · rubber stamps · Summer · Tutorials · Video

Easel card with two mini easel add ons…

Hot, Hot Days of Summer

No denying it’s hot right now!  So with that on our minds we might as well stamp and color inside where it’s cool!  I like that plan! : )  I LOVE this new Sweet Rainbow collection!

Another easel card with two add ons and a video on how I made the base…

I forgot to take a picture of this card closed!  It all folds down flat and will fit in an envelope!  The Lazy Summer Days “stopper” goes down and back.  Ponytail Tilda layer lifts up and folds to the front flat.  Cool Edwin, the same and the last tall layer is the card front working just like a regular Easel card.

here’s a front view…

All Magnolia stamps,  inked with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and stamped on Strathmore Bristol Smooth heavy card…really nice paper and colored with Copic Sketch markers.  I used I don’t know how many dies too… I’ll link up below.  The little birds are pillow stickers by EK Success!!!  I LOVE them!

Close again…

Oh,  I wish you could see this in person… it is really charming!  It will be on the mantle for awhile I’m sure!

I’m linking my card to some other challenges also…

Stamps and Supplies I used to create this card…

Thanks for stopping by to visit!  Hope it made you smile!

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Ice Cream Birgitta soaking up the sun!

How about another take on our beloved easel card!

Here’s a little 2 minute video on how I scored and folded the pieces…very easy!


I used Ice Cream Birgitta from the June, CC Designs, Swiss Pixies release.  I stamped her on heavy cold press watercolor paper with Versafine Onyx Black ink and colored her with distress inks.  Made a little beach for her with the Fiskars wave border punch,  the Martha Stewart rickety fence border punch and the EK Success sandcastle/beach border punch.  Oh,  I do LOVE punches!  I punched the wave punch out of white cardstock and inked it with Faded Jeans Distress ink and the ink blending tool… then came back and added white accents with a white gel pen.  The puffy little flower stickers here and there are from K & Co.  I purchased them at an independent scrapbook store in Des Moines.  Filmstrips are so fun for embellishing and this new mini die from My Favorite Things is awesome!  love it!  I punched little fishies out of the pattern paper and stuck them behind the open areas.  The small easel is pattern paper I cut up from a 6×6 sheet from the Fancy Pants Beach pad.  Super cute papers for Summer acitivities.

Here’s how the easels fold down, flat, to fit into an envelope…

Just the front…

NEW stamps and more stuff in the store at All That Scraps… HERE…the new Tomboy stamps are sure cute!

The stamps and supplies I used…

Thanks for stopping by! ttul!
Birthday · CC Cutters · CC Designs · rubber stamps · Tutorials

Explosion Box Tutorial…

Pictures in previous post…HERE!

  • for the box bottom, cut a 12×12 piece of card-stock
  • cut on solid lines
  • score and fold on dotted lines

  • decorate the panels with nestabilities square and scallop square die cuts and other stamped or die cut images
  • for the box lid, cut an 8 1/8th in. square piece of card-stock
  • score at 1 in. and at 2 in. on all four sides with the Martha Stewart score board (link below), that leaves you with a 4 1/8th square in the center of your big square.

  • cut out the three scored 1 in. squares on each corner of this box lid piece
  • fold on remaining score lines to make the box lid sides
  • notice you have to cut up one of the 1 in. score lines on each side, to make the tab that will go under the side folds.  (this will make sense when you’re doing it)
  • fold in the side scores to the inside of the box lid… makes a really nice finished edge to the lid
  • glue or tape if you want to,  you don’t have to but I did

Exploding parts…

  • to get the balloons to stand up, I just took the packaging acetate from the Nestabilities Parisian die set and cut strips about 3/16th in. wide and 3 3/4 in. long.
  • I cut two squiggles and two balloons (for each strip) from CC Cutters dies (link below) and sandwiched each strip between the dies, gluing them in place with Tombow Mono Multi glue (link below). I made nine pop-up balloons,  so cut 9 acetate strips and 18 balloons and 18 squiggles!
  • I scored each strip on one end at 1/4th in. and then tucked them in, one in each of three holes that are in the center of the decorative circle die from the Parisian die set (link below), using the micro mini glue dots (link below) to hold them in place. Then I glued the die cut circle down.
  • to make Birthday Gretel (link below) stand up,  I cut a piece of the same packaging, 1/2in. wide and 5 1/2in. long.  Scored this piece on the Martha Stewart score board (link below) at 1/2in., 2 1/2in, 3 in., and at 5 in., fold it up into a standing rectangle, taping it together and to the back of Gretel and to the box.

Stamps and supplies I used are linked below…thanks for stopping by and so glad you liked my Birthday Exploding box!

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Magnolia, Tilda with Heart Lace and Twisted Easel tutorial…

I had to try my hand at another twisted easel card.

Here’s a close up of this cutie Tilda… she makes me smile!

Tilda with Heart Lace is from the NEW, You Are So Special Collection.  I also used the Happy Birthday stamp, the Mini Zig Zag and Scalloped Lace die,  the Romantic Lace die and the Romantic Lace Tag all from that same NEW collection. I also used the Doohickey’s Swirl die.

How I made this Twisted Easel Card…

  • first I made the 6×6 card front, colored the image, layered it up, etc

  • then the card base as follows in the photos below…

  • now you will score your “in half” fold and your diagonal with your bone folder so you have nice, sharp folds and it will look like the next photo
  • decorate the base so it holds your easel in place when it’s open.  Oh and I should say the card folds flat for mailing!  cool!

The Martha Stewart Score board is awesome!  I love the 1/8 in. marks all the way across and I love making my own 6×6 envelopes.   The pattern paper is from a Basic Grey 6×6 paper pad… the orange card-stock is from Stampin Up… it really is orange/pumpkin, not red.  I used Copic Sketch Markers to color Tilda… skin is E000, 00, 01, 21,  hair is E50, 51, 53, 55, 57,  dress is BV0000, 000, 00, 01, 02, 04,  shadowed a little with C00 and C1.  oh her shoes are E43, 44, 47 and the grass is a crazy mess of greens!!! lol

Have FUN with this “twist” on the Easel card!!!  ttul!

Stamps and Such…

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Twisted Easel Doohickey’s flower/tag card…

The second Friday afternoon of the month is our area stamp club meeting…an awesome group of ladies/stampers that I’ve met with for years and they truly are dear friends!  I thought it’d be fun to try the twisted easel card,  so this is what we made yesterday!  Pink,  yes, pink and dark pink,  NOT red!  I hate it that cameras don’t capture true colors but think pink when you look at these pictures! lol

This photo shows the card closed… you can mail it in a 5×7 envelope the way I made it,  that way it’s ok that the butterfly and flower stick off a little because they will be in the envelope the 7 in. way! yea!

Here’s what I did after checking out the You Tubes, blogs and SCS for ideas.

  • one piece of 8.5 x 11 card-stock cut to 5 x 10
  • with a Martha Stewart score board, score that piece in half and then the top half score a diagonal and it doesn’t really matter from which corner because it can sit either direction.  ***My diagonal goes from the “in half” score up to the top left corner and the top right triangle formed from scoring is the triangle I decorated***

  • I used Magnolia Doohickey’s Dies, Doily Flowers, Foliage, Tilda’s Lace, Vintage Tag,  Lacey Circles and Circles Nestabilities, (the eyelet circles would be cool too!). Layer the circles together like the picture. The NEW Doohickey’s dies would be awesome also.
  • I cut a 4 3/4 in. square diagonally and layered it up on the triangle that I decorated… it dawned on my when I was taking the photo of the top of the card that I could have used the other leftover triangle too… boo! lol
  • I used two of the large doohickey’s flowers and one of the smaller to create the center-ish pink flower… just one smaller for the accent flower in the bottom corner.  I push in on the center of each petal while folding down the outside edges to shape the petals for dimension.
  • cut two of the foliage doohickey’s die,  keep in mind what direction you want them to lie when you are cutting them out if your card-stock is textured…
  • the Tilda’s Lace border I cut from pink card-stock and then ran it through the crimper a few times to give it a ruffly feel… love that… saw that on one of the You Tubes about this card.  So many wonderful creative people out there! love that they share so freely! YEA and thank you!
  • Hero Arts pearls
  • ribbon
  • I did edge the tag with Antique Linen Distress ink and the ink blending tool
  • The sentiment is from Printworks HERE C2607 “Heart that Holds”  ***REMEMBER – free shipping offer on $20 or more through the 14th… HURRY and get your order in!!!  More info HERE.
  • The butterfly is a Martha Stewart punch and I can’t remember where I purchased it. Possibly online direct from EK Success.

I’m linking to the following challenges…

Have fun with this style!  I’d love to see what you come up with too! ttul!

cards · copics · Fall · Magnolia · rubber stamps · Step card · Tilda's Town · Tutorials

Magnolia, Tilda Time – I’m Blessed that you are my friend…

Native American Tilda is so perfect for this time of year.  You can find her at Tilda’s, HERE. I used her to make a Front Panel step card of some call it a Center Step Card.

I’ve been thinking about this card all week and finally figured out how to cut and fold it with only a couple mess-ups!  I was able to remedy one, because I cut too far, by adding mats on the inside…


Cards that stand up are so fun!  I used a 5.5 x 11 inch piece of card-stock… it’s a type of stair step… diagram below (minus the wrong cuts) lol … I think 6 x 12 inch card-stock would work great too. I used Kraftin Kimmie’s Thankful Sentiment set.  Love these sets! The pattern paper is Max and Whispers from Basic Grey.  I’m linking my card to the Copic Creations Challenge Blog…use brown and create a scene!

Here it is from the side…

Happy Magnolia stamping! ♥

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Masking and Stamp-a-ma-jig tutorial…

Close up…

This gal is dreamin’…enjoying the day for sure!

  • She’s inked with Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Colored with Copic Sketch Markers
  • Nestabilities standard square and scallop square dies
  • Masked with Eclipse tape
  • Positioned with the Stamp a ma jig
  • Making Memories brads
  • Basic Grey pattern paper 6×6 pad –  Blush (old pattern)
  • Distress inks – Tumbled Glass,  Pumice Stone,  Black Soot for aging the papers
  • Ink Blending Tool for aging the papers
  • Martha Stewart border punch – Spring
  • Tonic trimmer
  • Martha Stewart scoring board

I’m linking my card to Sketch For You To Try, Our Creative Corner, Sweet Stampin Challenge Blog, Magical Crafts Fortnightly Challenge blog

Now…on to my masking and positioning tutorial! FINALLY!  I’ve been thinking of doing this forever! Holler if you have any questions. (photos will all enlarge if you click)

1. Start by stamping your main image on your card-stock and on a piece of Eclipse tape (thin paper with adhesive on the back,  wonderful for masking because it is so thin)…

2. Next you will want to cut out the image you stamped on the Eclipse tape,  CUT ON THE INSIDE OF THE STAMPED LINE, when you place this mask over your image you want to barely see the stamped line of the image you stamped on the card-stock,  trust me,  you want to!!!  I only needed to cut out her bottom half for this card.

3.  Peel the backing off your mask and place it over the image you stamped on your card-stock.

Take your Stamp a ma jig and place the imaging sheet into the corner just like you see in the photo. (the imaging sheet is translucent plastic,  a little rough on one side,  stamp on the rough side)

Ink up your stamp and stamp it on the imaging sheet while holding the stamp a ma jig in place with your left hand. Making sure the imaging sheet stays tucked into the  corner.

Another “trust me”,  you get good at this the more you do it and will never stamp again without it! It is so nice to stamp things right where you want them in the first place!

Your imaging sheet will look like this…

4. Now you are ready to stamp your fence OVER the little girl image…gear up your courage…hehe…

Place your imaging sheet w/the fence stamped on it over the little girl and move it around until you find where you want to stamp it.

Hold the imaging sheet down with your right hand and with your left hand bring the Stamp a ma jig up to the bottom left corner and fit it to the imaging sheet,  making sure it fits perfectly, keeping the fence right where you want it.

5. Ink the fence stamp again….with your left hand hold that Stamp a ma jig right in place and “take away the imaging sheet”.

Bring the fence stamp up to the Stamp a ma jig (left hand still holding it in place),  making sure the block is fitting right into the corner straight on… I touch it to the stamp a ma jig and then take it down to stamp the card-stock… it will make sense as soon as you do it.

The finished stamped image…ready to color!

Can’t wait to hear how you get along with this… I hope you try it and love it as much as I do!!!  I have every stamp positioner that was ever created and I LOVE this stamp a ma jig… it is so easy and the non slip base is part of the reason it works so great.  I buy extra imaging sheets but for the most part I just clean them off after I finish…sometimes I even use it for stamping names with alphabets… a letter in each corner of the sheet…however many sheets it takes…it really is slick!!!  I LOVE it!   My stamp a ma jig is one of the original ones,  now they are a light tealish color…

Have a great rest of the week – stamping off!


Tutorial: adding a subscribe box to your blog…

I wrote this up for a gal last night and then the thought crossed my mind that others would want it also….I love being able to subscribe to blogs via email and feedburner makes it easy!

Here’s how to add the subscribe via email box to your blog!

  • go to
  • you probably already have an account,  so log in
  • if you don’t have an account,  set one up
  • then go to”my account” – top right corner..will look like this…

  • click on “Google Feed Burner” it’s straight across from MY ACCOUNT
  • the page that comes up is going to show the name of your blog under “feed title” – click on your  blog name
  • the page that opens shows tabs…photo below…analyze/optomize/publicize etc.

  • click on the publicize tab
  • on the page that comes up,  in the menu on the left choose/click “EMAIL Subscriptions”
  • the instructions and codes are right there for your type of blog and for the kind of subscribe box you would like to show on your blog
  • NOTICE the other options in the menu on the left under this same “publicize” tab… delivery option is really nice.  After you complete your post each time you update your blog,  come here and choose the time you want your email to be delivered to your subscribers.  I bookmark the delivery option page and keep it in my bookmark tool bar,  makes it fast and easy to get to.
*****If you are a user like I am,  there is a new widget you can add to your sidebar in your widget options!!!  It is awesome!  Add it to your blog and anyone can subscribe,  no matter what blog creator they use.  Your post updates go immediately to their email inbox…love it! Anyone leaving you a comment can subscribe by checking the box below their comment,  subscribing to your blog via email also*****  COOL!
Have fun and enjoy more subscribers when you use these methods!