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It’s my turn to host the Splitcoast Featured Stamper Challenge (FS847) so a big congrats to Imke, the newest Featured Stamper! Imke has such a lovely gallery & after much browsing, I chose THIS card to case. I liked the colors & layout so I kept those, but I used different images, dies & instead of emboss resist, I used a stencil for my background.

My card was pretty simple. After placing the stencil on a piece of white card I had already die cut, I sponged on the various yellow-orange & pink inks. I wanted a little sparkle so I spritzed on some transparent sparkle/shine spray. After die cutting the dk pink leaf branch, I spritzed it, as well. The greeting was heat embossed onto a die cut piece of translucent vellum.

Here’s the fun part in a mini tutorial. I also used the stencil to emboss the background. This is how I did it:

I used my Big Shot to demonstrate this so it would easy to see. I opened the first tab on the platform, placed the bottom plate on Tab 1. Then I placed the thin embossing mat w/ the stenciled paper on top. I lined up the stencil where it needed to go, then put a thin plastic shim on top.

I’m holding it sideways so you can see it’s fairly thin. The final layer in the sandwich is the clear top plate.

After running it thru, this is what I got. You can really feel & see the embossed lines in person. I also did a plain piece of white so you could see it better. It’s important to note, that the sandwich needs to lie flat & although it doesn’t seem like there’s a lot of pressure on it, it will be enough. Any more & you could break your stencil. You might also try misting your paper lightly for a good impression.

The leaf branch was popped up just bit & the glue tape was strategically placed so it would not show thru the vellum.

Thanks so much for stopping by!



Stamps: Rubbernecker Stamps: Hugs Your Way set
 Paper:  Staples 110# white, translucent vellum
Ink: VersaClair nocturne, Rubbernecker Stamps: Color Fuse ink set #2, set #5
Accessories:  Rubbernecker Stamps: Rectangle Stitch, Mini Slimline Stitch,  Open Greenery #1, dies, Veined Leaves Stencil,  MISTI, clear embossing powder

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For the Inspiration Challenge (IC901), we’re visiting a Pinterest Board of Crafty Morning, where I was inspired by the technique in THIS video & also by the picture of THIS sunflower bouquet.

So, I pulled out a box of paint chips I have & selected some colors I liked. I used a die that cuts multiple circles to save a little time. The variegated paint chip colors were glued to a white bg in an attempted ray pattern. It’s not perfect, but I like the colors spreading out like they do.

The sunflower is a layered set, so very easy to stamp the outline, then fill in the colors w/ the solid layers. I made 2 of them then die cut them. One was used for the top flower & the second one I cut apart, popping up the center on top of the 1st flower, & the petals were attached underneath.

These are the little bins w/ all the circles cut out of the paint chips.

The first few paint chips, I wasted some time trying to poke all the circles out. The paint chips are thick & have a coating of some sort so most of the circles tended to stay in place. When I stopped poking them out, I found it was much easier to keep them in place & poke out the colors in order I wanted to use them. Worked out much better this way!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Stamps: Rubbernecker Stamps –Like a Sunflower set
Paper:  Staples 110# white, turquoise, paint chips
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Rubbernecker Stamps:  Color Fuse set 1 & set 2
Accessories:  Rubbernecker: Like a Sunflower die, Mini Slimline w/ stitch, Stitched Rectangle, Slimline Stitch, Circles dies,  MISTI,  Crossover II 

It’s my turn to host the Inspiration Challenge on Splitcoast (IC900) & I chose a really fun site w/ lots of ideas..The Refab Diaries & their Pinterest Board where I found THIS picture. I thought the bright colors & hodgepodge of items would be perfect for the image I wanted to use.

After stamping & coloring this party image, I fussy cut it (actually pretty easy since it’s just a rounded outline). I popped it up just a bit on a mini slimline bg & backed it w/ a piece of polka dot paper. The banner was stamped separately, fussy cut & popped up on the original banner area. For this greeting & the large Happy & Birthday words, I used a combo of Versaclair Glamorous & Purple Delight, stamping one then the other on top of it,  to get the right color to match the paper (the Misti is essential for this). After I die the words, I used the leftover part as a reverse mask & stenciled in the pinkish shadow.

You can see the finished Happy at the top & the reverse mask/stencil of Birthday at the bottom.

Here the stenciling/sponging is finished.

I placed the stamped, die cut words slightly offset to allow the shadow to show behind them.

Here are the Copics I used for the image:

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Stamps: Rubbernecker Stamps: Birthday Magic set, Happy Birthday Lg/Sm set
Paper:  Staples 110# white,  dp (Rubbernecker Stamps:  It’s Party Time paper pad)
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Versaclair Glamorous & Purple Delight, Rubbernecker Stamps:  Color Fuse set #5
Accessories:  Rubbernecker Stamps:  Birthday Magic set, Birthday Magic Lg/Sm set, Stitched Mini Slimline, dies,  Copic markers, Crossover II, Misti

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