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It’s my turn to host the Splitcoast Featured Stamper Challenge (FS789) and a big congrats to Colleen! She has such a fun, colorful gallery & I chose THIS card to case. I kept the layout & spring theme, but used different dies & colors & made mine a gardening instead of Mother’s Day.

For my card, I die cut all the pieces..the umbrella, the rain boots, flowers, fence & grass out of a mix of solid & printed papers then assembled them all. The watering can was cut out of a stone colored, textured paint chip & I added a little detail w/ grey & white Prismacolor pencils. I also used a lt grey pencil to shade the fence so it would stand out a bit more. I added a strip of flower print paper down the left then attached all my die cuts.

I have few extra pics showing how I elevated the umbrella. I’ve tried several different ways but this seems to work the best for me.

First, I used a narrow strip of card stock, folded each end in on itself & added a drop of glue & stuck it down to make each end a little sturdier. Then I fan folded the middle section as you see above.

Another drop of glue was added to the backside of the top umbrella piece & I stuck down one end of the zigzag spring & held it w/ tweezers until it set. (The small piece of the flower print was just an extra from when I cut it so I stuck it to the back side of the umbrella to make it sturdier.)

Then I added glue to the edges of the umbrella & the other end of the zigzag spring.

I used a pair of tweezers to hold the ends until they set, then added a dot of glue at the center of the umbrella & held it until it set. So the umbrella top is attached all along the upper edge, but the zigzag spring props up the bottom center of the umbrella. This zigzag spring will allow the umbrella to flatten a bit inside an envelope but is sturdy enough to pop back up when taken out.

Thanks so much for stopping by!



Stamps: Rubbernecker Stamps: Kittie Says Spring
Paper:  Staples 110# white, stone paint chip, textured yellow, dp (Echo Park- Spring Fling)
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black
Accessories:  Rubbernecker Stamps: Umbrella, Mini Slimline Stitch, Rain Boots, Watering Cans, Hanging Flowers, Tulips, Grass #2, Tabbed Grass, Picket Fence dies,  Misti, Crossover II

It’s my turn to host the Splitcoast Inspiration Challenge (IC848), & we’re visiting a site called Desire to Inspire & their Pinterest Board where I found THIS to inspire my card.

For my card, I started by generously swiping the 2 Distress inks across piece of white card stock.  I first coated the entire piece w/ the raspberry, then came in w/ the violet from the bottom. It was heat set to dry the heavy ink application. The Rose Bg Strip image was stamped on top of the color w/ Versamark & heat embossed w/ clear powder. The embossing was to keep the color under the images, as is. I placed this panel, face up on the bottom plate of my embossing machine, spritzed it w/ water, then placed a blank white piece of c/s on top. Then I placed the top plate on it & ran it thru the machine. The first time I did this, the color went all over my bottom plate so the next time, I put it all inside a folded piece of copy paper.

Here is what the process looks like. First pic is before the image was heat embossed onto the inked bg.

Second pic is after misting & running thru the die cut machine w/ a blank piece of c/s on top. The color is lighter on the original (right side) because it transferred to the blank piece. The color stayed dark under the clear embossing & this embossing left the negative (white) image on the piece on the left. I’ll save this one for another project.

The two flowers were stamped, colored w/ Copics & die cut w/ their coordinating dies. I used a new label die for the greeting & added some gold rhinestones to the flower centers.

These are the Copics I used for the flowers:

so much for stopping by! 




Stamps: : Rubbernecker Stamps: Bird/Rose Bg Strip, Always on My Mind
Paper:  Staples 110# white
Ink:  Distress inks picked raspberry & wilted violet, Versamark
Accessories:  Rubbernecker Stamps:  Always on My Mind,Inside Scallop Frame, Outside Scallop Frame, Small Tags dies,  Crossover II, Misti, gems, clear embossing powder


My friend, Jean, on the Splitcoast Technique Lovers Challenge team, asked me to make a sample for today’s TLC877 Challenge. She picked a technique I did a tutorial for 10 years ago! You can see the tutorial HERE on Splitcoast, & I even made a video for it HERE. (You can also view a tutorial I did on my blog HERE.)

This time I did a winter theme & used snowflakes for the bg. I forgot my own advice about using small stamps but was happy to see a white Posca paint pen took care of the few little oversteps.

I will mention, I die cut the stitched back panel first then measured to know where to score the “tiles”. The panel measures 4″x 5.25″ so I scored the lines 1 5/16″ apart. The first time I scored them, I used a Scor-Buddy but found the lines weren’t as deep as when I used a Scor-It board. You want to be sure to use the indented side of the scored bg for your front side.

The teddy was stamped, colored & die cut, popped up a bit on the center panel. The deckle frame was sponged w/ the same set of blue inks I used on the bg & I added a few glitter snowflakes. Here are the Copics I used:

Thanks so much for stopping by!



Stamps: Rubbernecker Stamps:Winter Bear w/ Bird , Snowmen w/ Presents
Paper:  Staples 110# white,  X-Press It, Rubbernecker Stamps: Color Fuse ink set#7
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, 
Accessories:  Rubbernecker Stamps: Rectangle Stitch, Winter Bear w/ Bird, Snowman w/ Presents, Deckle Rectangle, Sm. Snowflake dies, Copic Sketch Markers, Misti, transparent glitter embossing powder