Stampin’ Up! Butterflies

Today I am W-A-Y out of my comfort zone with a) Blues and b) Bright colors! I almost never use brights unless they are paired with more neutrals than bright colors. I just find them too harsh in general. And blue, well, blue is NOT my favorite color, but it ranks way higher than Lemon Lime Twist!

That said, this past weekend I was at a retreat and had the opportunity to play with clay..polymer clay, that is. We made and painted some butterflies. One of the gals made hers a bright blue, and I remembered seeing a bright blue one somewhere. So, I Googled (what else? because I could) blue butterflies and they are gorgeous! And very vibrant in their coloring. If they were as big as, say, a cat, they would be jarring, but if they were as big as an elephant! I can’t imagine. But in a small thing like a butterfly they are simply beautiful!

Anyway, that was the basis for my brights/blues. While I was working on this card, I had a phone call informing me that a young mother in our community suffered a farm accident while helping her husband in the hay field. A large round bale fell on her and broke several ribs, her pelvis and several vertebrate. I hate having to send sympathy and get well cards, but I hope they at least bring a smile. At least the recipient will know that I care (enough to send the very best-a handmade card).


Stories aside. I began by choosing the blues closest to the images I had seen of blue butterflies, which were Pacific Point and Tempting Turquoise. White was too stark a contrast so I sponged Tempting Turquoise all over, darker in places and lighter in others. Sort of sky-like, I guess.

Now for the pretty part, the butterfly. I used the large butterfly in the Watercolor Wings stamp set, which is a three part stamp. Actually, it is a five part stamp if you count the body and antennae. I did not stamp the body, nor the antennae at this point.

Using Pacific Point I stamped the first image, the outer wings. Using the all-over stamp, I stamped off once the Tempting Turquoise before over-stamping my butterfly. The third part is the detail, which is full strength Tempting Turquoise. Die cut this with the Bold Butterfly framelit.

Using a detailed die (that pretty much matches in size the stamped butterfly) from the Butterflies thinlits, I cut three from vellum paper.

Bend the wings of all four butterflies along the edge of the body area to add dimension. But before you do that to the last vellum cutout, apply a little clear Wink of Stella for just a bit of sparkle. Liquid glue these, one on top of the other, just along the body, saving the glittery one for the top. Set aside and let dry while you stamp the sentiment.


The sentiment is from Thoughts and Prayers, stamped in Pacific Point on Whisper White card stock. I used the Triple Banner punch to cut the ends. I found a scrap of sheer ribbon, cut it at an angle and a bit longer than the sentiment banner and Snailed it to the back.

Somehow all that blue was getting to me, so I cut a doily exactly in half and liquid glued it to the sponged panel, lining up the cut edges with the outside edge of the panel. Much better. Now this is where the butterfly will be glued.

My original intent was to set it straight onto the card and square with the world, but, in playing around with placement, I decided it looked more natural to angle it just a little bit. This gives the appearance of flight, I think. Before adhering the butterfly and after deciding exactly where I wanted it, I stamped the antennae in Pacific Point directly onto the sponged panel. Then I glued down the butterfly.

With Stampin’ Dimensionals I attached the sentiment banner.


Hmmm…needs something. Pearls! I used a row of 8 of the Pearls Basic Jewels for the body and a larger one for the head. Then, because I could, I added one to the sentiment banner.

This was adhered to the Pacific Point mat and onto the Tempting Turquoise card base. Yeah, I know, it sounds like it took forever, but really, it went together quickly.

For the inside I VERY LIGHTLY sponged some Tempting Turquoise over the inside Whisper White mat and sponged a 3-step smaller butterfly in the corner. OOPS! Mistake!


Instead of Pacific Point, stamped off once Tempting Turquoise, full strength TT, I forgot to close my PP classic stampin’ pad and used it for the second step. Oh, well, it is ART! Not supposed to be perfect. It is handmade. I did use the stamped off once TT for the third part, and full strength PP for the body and antennae.

This sentiment is also from the Thoughts and Prayers set in Pacific Point. I laid the sentiment panel on the Pacific Point mat and it just needed sumpin’ sumpin’. I didn’t want anything that would cause a bump, so embellishments were out. I had this little corner punch, so I punched the corners, which I think looks sort of like the doily on the front. Then I had to do a bit more sponging and the inside is ready to adhere. First, I glued it to the Pacific Point mat, then into the card base. Whew! Another card for the ‘finished’ pile.

Except, we can’t have a naked envelope. I am really pretty lazy and didn’t want to stamp a bunch of 3-step butterflies, so I only stamped one small one on the front, doing it correctly this time, except my registration is a bit off.

envelope frontNow, what to do with the flap? I didn’t use any DSP and didn’t want to stamp more butterflies. So, I used the smaller, more detailed Bold Butterfly framelit and cut three from Tempting turquoise, adhering them to the flap.

envelope flap

I hope you like this card, though it has a bit more detail than most.

Card Cuts: Tempting Turquoise: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″; Pacific Point: outside and inside mat (2) 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″; Whisper White: outside art piece and inside panel (2) 4″ x 5-1/4″, butterfly  3-1/2″ x 2-3/4″,  sentiment scrap; Vellum: 3 butterflies 3-1/2″ x 7″

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Stampin’ Up! Pocketful of …….

I wanted to give a monetary gift in a more creative way than just sticking it in an envelope, so I chose the Pocketful of Sunshine bundle for my card today.


I began by stamping the pocket stitching in Cajun Craze on a piece of paper that sort of looked like old and faded denim that came in a book of papers from Hobby Lobby, perhaps Paper Studio. I then stamped the stitched design on the pocket as well as the rivets. Using the Pocket from the Pocket framelits in the bundle I cut it on the Big Shot.

This has nice little edges and score marks to make folding it to leave an open pocket much easier. Stampin’ Up! thinks of all the details to make our creative lives easier.

I used a very narrow tape on these edges to secure the pocket to my Cajun Craze panel.

Next is the sentiment, also from the Pocketful of Sunshine set, which I stamped in Night of Navy in the upper left corner. In the lower right corner is the ‘For You’ sentiment, also from the set.

I used a couple of brads over the stamped rivets for a little textural interest. For more texture I roughed up the edges of the Cajun Craze panel and added a strand of Night of Navy Bakers twine, tying it in a very small bow. To make sure it stayed where I wanted it, I taped the twine on the back and used a folded glue dot to secure the bow.


This panel is glued to a piece of Night of Navy and onto my Smokey Slate card base.

The inside is for a personal message, but since this gift is to help with their vacation expenses, I stamped a small compass in the upper right corner. This stamp is from an older Stampin’ Up! set called The Open Sea and is now retired.



The Medium Whisper White envelope is stamped with the compass in Night of Navy, once on the front and multiple times on the flap.

envelope flap

Pretty quick and easy for a more interesting way to present a monetary gift. I hope you like it as much as I will like giving it.

Card cuts: Cajun Craze: Art mat, 3-3/4″x 5″;  Night of Navy: front mat 4″ x 5-1/4″;     Smokey Slate: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″

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Stampin’ Up! Flourishing Phrases and more

Today’s card is a sympathy card with a stamped background, painted vellum and embossing. Here are the details.


I began by deciding to use Tranquil Tide and Mint Macaron (retired) for my colors. Originally I thought Berry Burst and Powder Pink, but it was too bright and too feminine looking for a sympathy card.

I have to tell you that this is my second iteration…the first was TOTALLY not what I was aiming for. I used the rose from Graceful Garden and didn’t like it at all. I stamped the vellum, embossed it in silver, painted it and it was just too big and cumbersome looking. I then settled on this little flower from Flowering Fields, another retired set from the Occasions catalog.

Again, I stamped the flower on vellum in Versamark ink and heat embossed it with Silver Embossing powder. After it cooled I turned it to the back side and colored in the image with Berry Burst and Powder Pink Stampin’ Write markers for the flower, and Tranquil Tide for the leaves and stem. I think however, that next time I will try the flower in the Butterfly Basics set, or maybe purchase another set with the perfect flower!


OK, on with the show. I Snailed the vellum to a piece of Whisper White card stock, then set it aside to make the frame.

Flourishing Phrases has a nice swirly floral that I stamped in Mint Macaron on Mint Macaron card stock. It looked a little plain, so I used a white gel pen to color in the berries, or buds, or whatever they are. I liked that effect. I cut a window in this piece with the largest oval in the Layering Ovals framelits.

Using the two largest ovals I cut a narrow frame from Mint Macaron Card stock, which I adhered to the stamped piece with liquid glue, carefully aligning it with the opening.

Using Fast Fuse, I adhered the vellum art panel to the back of the stamped frame and liquid glued this to the card base.

For the sentiment, I used the Thoughts and Prayers stamp set, stamping it in Tranquil Tide on Whisper White card stock. Using the Pretty label punch, I punched out the sentiment, then made two more in Tranquil Tide.


Offsetting the Tranquil Tide, I dry arranged them at the back of the sentiment. It just didn’t quite look the way I wanted, so I cut a rectangle from Tranquil Tide, liquid glued it to the back of the sentiment and fussy cut around it. Oh, so much better! Adding some Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back, this was placed on the front of the card just below the flower. This finished the front. I saved the Tranquil Tide pieces for a future project.

The inside received a stamped off once Flourishing Phrases design in Mint Macaron on Mint Macaron card stock. Over this I stamped the sentiment from the Thoughts and Prayers set in Tranquil Tide.


This panel was glued to a Whisper White mat and into the card base. The card is finally done!

The envelope got the same stamped off once image and the flap was finished with a piece of stamped Mint Macaron card stock.

envelope flap

I hope you like this card. While it is not exactly what I saw in my mind’s eye, the finished product is acceptable.

Card Cuts: Tranquil Tide:  card base 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″; Mint Macaron:  stamped panel 4″ x 5-1/4″, inside 4″x 5-1/4″, oval frame 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″, Envelope flap 2-1/4″ x 5-3/4″; Whisper White: backing for vellum 3-3/4″ x 5″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″;  Vellum: art piece 3-3/4″ x 5″.

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Experimental technique

Hello Everyone,

I hope you are having a Marvelous Monday! It is the beginning of a new week, or was yesterday the beginning? I never know for sure, but my calendar says Sunday is the first day of the week. Oh, well, either way, I hope it is going well for you!

Today I bring you an experiment I first saw on Splitcoast Stampers. It was called Duoprinting with Chlorophyll and I believe the author was Lydia Fiedler. Basically you imprint a leaf onto your cardstock and use that instead of a stamp. To get the details on how to do it, go here.

In a nutshell, I went to my yard and in about 15 minutes I had gathered a dozen or so leaves. This is really experimental as some leaves are rather dry, while others are too ‘juicy’. An example was a hosta leaf that was too dry to make much of an imprint, but a ferny leaf from a weed (Queen Anne’s Lace?) was VERY juicy. You just have to play around with them.

Once you have your leaves gathered, you will need your Big Shot/Kick/Vagabond/ whatever; copy paper; card stock or watercolor paper. Yep, that’s it.

Fold the copy paper in half and lay it open (for now) on your cut plate. Your sandwich will be pretty much the same as for when you are embossing. Depending on the thickness of your leaf/leaves, you might need a shim of another sheet of paper or card stock. As stated before, this is experimental.

Lay a piece of card stock on the open copy paper, arrange your leaf, add another piece of card stock and close the copy paper. Add your other plate and run it through your Big Shot. You will have 2 monochromatic green prints, usually a ‘positive’ and a ‘negative’. You can use either or both, depending on your personal preference. Discard the smashed leaf. If some of the leaf stick to the paper it will flake off when it is dry.

Let this image dry before using it on a card.

Here is my first card using this technique. Once you have your imprints, the rest is super easy peasy and really quick to make. DISCLAIMER: This may not be for everyone as it is very natural and organic looking. If your taste runs to the ‘perfect’ then maybe you better stick to stamps. Personally, I like the look for something different, but wouldn’t use it all the time. And, I think next time I will try one using torn edges. You could even just tear out the leaf imprint and use that on a mat.


I started with a Crumb Cake card base with an Old Olive mat liquid glued to it.

YES!!! IT IS LEMON LIME TWIST! I know, I know, I claim to not like this color. And, I don’t. In fact I almost hate it. However, sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do, and in this case, it goes perfectly with the chlorophyll imprint of the leaf. So there! I know when to not cut off my nose to spite my face!

I stamped the sentiment from One Big Meaning in Old Olive onto the watercolor paper with the leaf impression. This was adhered to the Lemon Lime Twist mat with Fast Fuse as the paper had curled a bit in the drying. I was not sure the liquid glue would be strong enough to hold it flat.

I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere this to the Old Olive mat and the front was done.

Inside, I cut a piece of Old Olive (I had already had enough of that other so-called green) for a mat.inside

Using a ferny leaf from Butterfly Basics,  which I thought was similar to my impression, I stamped off once, again in Old Olive, then stamped the image on a piece of Very Vanilla card stock. It looked a bit plain, so I used a scrap of O So Succulent (I think) DSP to add a strip to the bottom of the liner and the inside was done. For this kind of thank you card I usually hand write a message, so I didn’t want a sentiment.

There! I told you it was easy peasy.

On the Medium Very Vanilla envelope, I stamped the same ferny leaf full strength on the front and used a larger scrap of the DSP on the flap.

This is a really easy, fun project you could do with kids. I hope you enjoy.

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Card cuts: Crumb Cake: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″;  Old Olive: first mat 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″;  Very Vanilla:  inside liner 3-5/8″ x 4-7/8″; Lemon Lime Twist: 4″ x 5-14″

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Saturday Challenge

Today my card is inspired by the Global Design Project 096

CASE = Copy And Selectively Edit

Remember that when you CASE a project you can take what you like from the design and make it your own. It might be the stamp set – the colors, the layout, the flowers, whatever you like that has inspired you to make a card of your own. I like the subtle colors and the  simple design, so I adapted it for a thank you card I need to send to a fisher person.
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I began with a Pool Party card base and a piece of the retired By the Shore DSP that looks like water. I could have used the embossing folder, and did consider it, but I like this paper. For the largest square I cut a piece of Pool Party card stock with the largest Layering Squares die. Using the second largest die I cut a Very Vanilla square and adhered it to the larger square.
card front
The topmost square is the third largest size die and cut of Pool Party. The Anchor, fish and sentiment are stamped on Very Vanilla in Pacific Point from the Seaside Shore stamp set and fussy cut with my Paper Snips scissors.
The anchor is attached with Mini Stampin’ dimensionals and the fish is liquid glued to the square. The square is then adhered to the Very Vanilla square with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
I stamped the ‘Ahoy There’ on Very Vanilla and was going to leave it as a banner, but decided it looked better fussy cut. It is glued just below the largest square.
This finishes the front of the card.
The inside is a panel of Very Vanilla  and stamped with fish, bubbles and seaweed in Pool Party Classic Stampin’ pad.
After first stamping the seaweed, I stamped one on a Post-it Note to make a mask and fussy cut it. I laid the mask over the seaweed to stamp the fish so it would look like they are swimming in among the weeds. I then added the bubbles, sometimes not re-inking. There was no rhyme nor reason to this, just whatever struck me.
The sentiment, from the One Big Meaning stamp set, is stamped in Pacific Point. The panel was then glued into the card base.
For the Medium Very Vanilla envelope, I stamped an anchor in the front corner and ‘Ahoy There’ on the flap, both in Pacific Point.
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I hope you like this Global Design Project 096 inspired card as much as I enjoyed making it.
Card cuts: Pool Party; Card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″; Large square 2-7/8″; Small square 2-3/8″; By the Shore DSP: 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″; Very Vanilla: Middle square 2-5/8″, Inside panel 4″ x 5-1/4″

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Friday’s Challenge Vintage Leaves

Today I am playing along with the challenge from Freshly Made Sketches #297

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This is a square card, so I chose to make it a 5″ square with Early Espresso as my card base. The next layer is Very Vanilla providing a contrasting mat for the top layer of the base.

For this layer, I stamped the small leaf from the Colorful Seasons set in Versamark ink on a piece of Cajun Craze card stock. These images are random, upside down, sideways, some partly off the edge. This then became my background for the art. You can see them peeking out from behind the art piece.

front closeup

I stamped my sentiment from Background Bits in Versamark on Early Espresso and heat embossed it with copper embossing powder. Before stamping I had a decision to make as to where to place the sentiment. Or, more accurately, HOW to place it. Should it be straight with the panel on which it was stamped, or straight with the card base? In the end, I stamped it square with the card base and think this was the best option.The panel was then glued to a Very Vanilla mat.

Using a scrap of Very Vanilla, I sponged it randomly in Cajun Craze, Old Olive, Elegant Eggplant and Crushed Curry. After it dried I stamped the maple leaf from Vintage Leaves in Versamark and heat embossed it with Copper embossing powder. Using the matching die from Leaflets I cut it out. While I still had the die handy, I sponged, very lightly in the same colors, another piece of Very Vanilla and cut it. Then, I cut one in Copper foil and one from a piece of dark brown foam. You will soon see how I used this.

Before adhering the leaves to the sentiment panel, I glued the sentiment panel to the background, turning it on an angle

Because I wanted the leaves raised off the background, I chose to use the brown foam instead of dimensionals, so it wouldn’t show. I glued the copper leaf to the brown foam leaf, then put strips of Fast Fuse on the back.

front detail

To this I added several loops of Copper Metallic thread, then adhered it to the sentiment panel. Using more Fast Fuse, I adhered the heat embossed leaf to the copper leaf, offsetting it a bit. Woo-Hoo! The card front is done!

For the inside, I stamped another piece of Cajun Craze with Versamark, using the same small leaf from the Colorful Seasons set.

The lightly sponged Very Vanilla Leaflets die cut was stamped with another sentiment from the Background Bits set in Versamark and heat embossed with copper embossing powder.


This was glued to the Cajun Craze panel and on a Very Vanilla mat. The completed inside was then glued into the card base.

Almost finished….but this is a square card. I don’t have square envelopes. So, I made one, using my Envelope Punch Board. I had some paper in my stash that appeared to be pretty close in color to the Early Espresso, so that became my envelope. Or maybe not Early Espresso, but brown anyway!


I love the simplicity of this card and the touches of copper. I hope you like it as well. Thank you for stopping by.

Card Cuts: Early Espresso: Card Base 5″ x 10″, scored at 5″; Art panel 4-1/8″; Very Vanilla: First mat 4-7/8″; Art panel mat 4-1/4″; Inside mat 4-3/4″; Cajun Craze: Front 4-3/4″; Inside 4-1/2″; For the Leaves Copper foil scrap and (2) Very Vanilla scraps.

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Special Thank You

This card deviates from the standard A2 size and becomes a A7 card. For some reason it seemed appropriate for what I wanted to do. I nearly changed my mind about the size when I decided to use some of the Petal Garden DSP, which is only 6″ x 6″ in size. I find that size to not be in my favor when I want a card larger than A2. Oh, well, there are ways around it.frontI began with Calypso Coral for my card base and also used Very Vanilla, Black and Wild Wasabi for my color scheme. Card cuts at the end of the post.

The Very Vanilla looked a little too, um, vanilla, to suit me, so I added some stamped off once Sahara Sand ‘grunge’ from the retired Gorgeous Grunge stamp set. I did this on both of the pieces for the front and also on the inside piece. It took great constraint to NOT put it on the envelope as well!

I began building the rest of the card front with the Very Vanilla as the mat. I really like to do asymmetrical layers on my cards. Sometimes all that ‘centeredness’ bores me.

Next up is a piece of the Calypso Coral Petal Garden DSP adhered to the grungy Very Vanilla. Before I added any glue to any of the pieces, I dry assembled, which necessitated re-cutting the banner because it was too short. From the lovely ‘Whole Lot of Lovely’ DSP I cut a 2″ strip and used my Triple Banner punch to cut the end and adhered it to the DSP. A piece of Wild Wasabi ribbon (retired) wrapped over the top and taped on the back was trimmed even with the banner. This was fast fused to the banner under where the top layer would go.

lower detail

My sentiment Very Vanilla panel was stamped with a sentiment and flower from the retired Gift of Love stamp set. For the sentiment I used Basic Black Classic Stampin’ pad and the flower was stamped in Wild Wasabi. I used my Wild Wasabi Stampin’ Write marker to fill in the leaves, and an Aqua Painter to lift some color from the lid of my Calypso Coral Classic Stampin’ pad to lightly color in the flowers. Three pearls from the Pearls Basic Jewels finished the flower.

flower detail

This panel was liquid glued to a mat of Wild Wasabi and adhered to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. A bow in the Wild Wasabi ribbon finished the front, which was now liquid glued to the card base.

For the inside, another grungy Very Vanilla piece was stamp with a sentiment from All Things Thanks in Basic Black. The flower treatment is the same as for the front. This panel was liquid glued to some of the Whole Lot of Lovely DSP and onto a piece of Wild Wasabi. The whole thing then was liquid glued into the card base.inside

The envelope flap got more of the DSP and the front received a Wild Wasabi flower. I hope you like this card. To purchase supplies from me if you don’t have a demonstrator, just click on the ‘Shop Online’ button at right.

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Card Cuts: Calypso Coral: Card base 7″ x 10″, scored at 5″;  Wild Wasabi: Front sentiment mat 4-1/4″ x 3-7/8″, inside mat 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″; Very Vanilla: Front mat 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″, front sentiment 3-3/4″ x 4-1/8″, inside sentiment 4″ x 6″;  Petal Garden DSP:  3-3/4″ x 5″;  Whole Lot of Lovely DSP: Banner 2″ x 6-1/4″, inside mat 4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″

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Gift Of Love Photopolymer Stamp Set

Gift Of Love Photopolymer Stamp Set

Gorgeous Grunge Clear Stamp Set

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Wild Wasabi Stampin’ Write Marker

Wild Wasabi 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon

Wild Wasabi 1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon


Quick and Easy Parchment Craft

Well, for my first try without the proper tools for making lovely parchment card fronts, I am pleased with the way this turned out. That is not to say that it is anywhere close to what I would like for it to look, it is just to say, “For the first try, not bad.”

Perhaps some of you expect perfection the first time you try something. Not this old girl! I have taken enough classes, and taught enough classes, to know that those really beautiful creations require patience and experience.

Here is the completed card front.

card front

True parchment craft, or Pergamano as it is sometimes called (erroneously), can incorporate embossing, piercing, snipping, and/or coloring. It may only use one of these techniques, any combination of these or all of them.

For my card I chose to color and emboss. I began with the Garden Trellis TIEF and a piece of vellum. I only wanted the edges embossed with this design, so I cut a rather large oval out of a 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ piece of ceral box cardboard. After inserting the vellum in the embossing folder I taped the cardboard (not the oval. The piece with the oval cut out) to the OUTSIDE of the folder and ran it through the Big Shot. This left my center oval clear with some embossing around it.embossing detailThe next step involved stamping the image in that blank center. I used Basic Black Classic Stampin’ Pad and the large rose from the Graceful Garden clear stamp set, stamping on the FRONT of the vellum.

Next is the fun part of making it look like Parchment Craft by embossing the image. I turned the vellum over, and, using the stylus from my Simply Scored tool, I began embossing. Using short and long strokes and overlapping them somewhat, I continued around the flower. You have to be very careful not to press too hard or the stylus will break through the vellum. I used a pretty light touch then repeated the process.

In researching the technique, I learned that a heavier parchment is used in true parchment craft, and tools very much like my stylus do the embossing. The only issue I could see with the vellum is that it is easier to break through it if you are not very careful. My embossing is not very good, but I did learn a lot by doing this. And, it is acceptable if not perfect. The embossing turns the vellum white.

Next is the coloring, which I did on the back side also using my Stampin’ Write markers in Rose Red and Wild Wasabi. I think perhaps next time a lighter shade of pink would look better.

The sentiment is from Banners for you, stamped in Wild Wasabi on Whisper White and cut with a die from the Bunch of Banners framelits. It is mounted on the vellum with stampin’ dimensionals right under the ribbon.

Now the Parchment craft part of this card is finished. The flower is nicely raised and has a pretty trellis border. I already have ideas for what I would do differently, but that is another post!

You all know by now how to finish this, but I will give you a few details.

I used Rose Red, Wild Wasabi and Whisper White card stock. The Vellum is Fast Fused, at the top only, to the Whisper White paper. This is layered to the Wild Wasabi and a piece of 1/2″ ribbon wrapped around and taped to the back. I thought I had used finely woven Wild Wasabi, but I don’t find it in the catalog. Either I have had it awhile or it was Old Olive instead. Whatever. It goes with the rest of the card. I then took a shorter piece of the same ribbon and tied a knot around the ribbon on the card, making a faux bow.

This was then liquid glued onto the Rose Red card base.

The inside was stamped with two images from the Graceful Garden in Wild Wasabi on Whisper White card stock, after stamping off once.


The small rose was ink to stamp with my Wild Wasabi and Rose Red Stampin’ Write markers and stamped off once. I did not put a sentiment in this card as I plan to hand write a message.

The envelope received a small rose on the front, done the same as the inside rose, as well as a leaf. The flap got the embossing treatment using the Garden Trellis TIEF.envelope frontenvelope flap

I hope you like this technique and try it yourself. I enjoyed it enough that I am very tempted to try the more time consuming parchment craft. The term Pergamano is really the name of the company that makes the tools, but is used frequently as the term to describe this process. Tune in again at a later date for perhaps another version of this beautiful technique.

I am not giving card cuts this time. If you are a practiced stamper/card maker, you probably know what they are. If you are new to this creative endeavor and need more information, please contact me or leave a comment and I will be happy to give those to you.




Sneak Peek-New (to me) Technique

Since I am new at blogging and relatively new to paper crafting, perhaps all of you have heard of parchment craft, also called Pergamano. Not so me. I just heard a snippet about it over the weekend and it sounds fascinating.

Since I got home late last night I have done some research. This has been around for a couple of  centuries, but of course with today’s technology and manufacturing/marketing capabilities, it is less time consuming and easier to learn than one might think. The term Pergamano is actually a brand name for the tools used in this craft, or art, depending on your definition of either.

With all that in mind, I made my first “down and dirty” or “quick and easy” Pergamano type card.

For the real deal, that is Parchment craft, using tools you may, or may not, have on hand, you basically need a pattern, some pencils or pen and ink, and various sized stylus’, similar to the one with your Stampin’ Up Simply Scored tool. To carry this to the ultimate level of perfection, you will also need at least one paper piercing tool.When I have a better handle on that process, I will make a card and share it with you. Suffice it to say, that it is a very beautiful, lacey, artistic technique, and I would dare to call it ART.

For now, the Down and Dirty will do. Here is a sneak peek of the card I made.


Tomorrow I will share with you how I did my very first ever attempt at this technique, so don’t expect perfection. Instead, take from it any ideas that you might, especially if you have never done anything like this before. I look forward to sharing with you tomorrow.

No card-other creative endeavor today

Good Monday Morning! Nice and breezy today and not as hot. However, Mr. Weatherman says it will be hot again tomorrow. So today would be a good day to work outdoors, but I am on the road. Hence, the no card blog for today.

Instead of a card I am bringing you another of my creations… a couple of pieces of jewelry. I am afraid I enjoy too many things, and thus I am not an expert at any of them! However, enjoyment is more important to me than perfecting any particular skill, so I just keep enjoying all of the things I do.

My granddaughters tell me I should make more jewelry and sell it, but so far that hasn’t happened. I make it because I enjoy it, and because I like giving it as a gift.

Here are a couple of pieces I did, one for each of my daughters.


This one is Lapis Lazuli, copper wire wrapped and beads. She likes birds, so there is an attached bird and nest.

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This one is for the daughter who loves purple and shades of purple. It is also beaded and copper wire wrapped.

Thank you for stopping by. If you wanted to see a card creation, I am sorry there isn’t one today. If you came by just to see what is new , perhaps you aren’t disappointed.