July 2013 Newsletter Articles

Too Kind

Help your creativity blossom with a brand new stamp set – Too Kind! The flowers are so gorgeous and it will make you fall in love with doing 2-Step Stamping

STAMPS: Too Kind (130447 wood/130450 clear)
INK: Primrose Petals (126858), Wild Wasabi (126959), Basic Gray  (126981)
CARDSTOCK: Very Vanilla (101650), Primrose Petals (126841)
ACCESSORIES: Very Vanilla Seam Binding (120999), Artisan Label punch (130920), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

1. Cut your card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ and fold in half. Cut a piece of Very Vanilla 4″ x 5-1/4″.
2. Stamp the stems in Wild Wasabi ink where desired on the piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. To stamp the petals, take the “bolder” flower image, ink
it up, stamp off on a scrap paper, and then stamp at the top of the stem. Then take the coordinating flower image, ink it up, and stamp full strength on top of
the first image. This adds the dimension and detail to the flower blossom.  Repeat with the smaller flower and its coordinating image.
3. Tear the bottom off of the Very Vanilla piece. Tie a piece of Very Vanilla Seam Binding around the Very Vanilla cardstock and then adhere it to the Primrose Petals card base.
4. Stamp the greeting in Basic Gray ink on a scrap of Very Vanilla cardstock. Punch it out using the Artisan Label punch. To make it stand out, flick edges of the punched image along the ink pad to some color to the edges.  Adhere onto the stamped piece where desired using Stampin’ Dimensionals.


faux mat


Put your mailed card creations on a diet and say “Goodbye to bulky, expensive cards! Expensive to create and expensive to mail. Try this simple technique for your next handmade creation.
Stamps: #122892 Clear-mount, #128703 Wood-mount Perfectly Penned; # 129216 Clear-mount, #131943 Wood-mount Swallowtail
Ink: #126980 Basic Black Classic Stamp Pad; #100082 Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker
Paper: #101650 Very Vanilla card stock (1 piece 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2); Scrap piece of card stock (5″ x 3-3/4″)
Tools & Accessories: #126889 Stampin’ Trimmer; #130148 Grid Paper; Metal Ruler (preferably non-skid with cork backing). If you don’t have a non-skid ruler, hold the scrap in place with temporary adhesive.
1. Score and fold 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ Very Vanilla card stock to 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″.
2. Stamp Swallowtail image and Perfectly Penned sentiment on card front with Basic Black Classic Ink. See photo 1.
3. Line-up folded card on grid paper as shown in photo 2.
4. Place scrap card stock (5″ x 3-3/4″) over image leaving 1/4″ on all sides.
5. Hold scrap card stock and card in place over Grid Paper with Non-Skid Metal Ruler or temporary adhesive. See photo 3.
6. Draw line around mat (scrap card stock) being careful not to draw through the image.
7. Admire your faux matted work of art and enjoy the savings!
purse gift bag

 Finding new ways to package small gifts is always something I LOVE to discover. This cute handbag is perfect for a small gift so say thanks, happy birthday or just about anything you want.

CARDSTOCK: A4 Basic Black (121688),
ACCESSORIES: Modern Medley DSP (126926), Ovals Collection Framelits (129381), Black 1/8’’ Taffeta ribbon (119261), Simply Pressed Clay(130685), Buttons & Blossoms Clay Molds (131272), Re Inker Crisp Cantaloupe (131165)
1. Take a piece of DSP with your chosen pattern. Cut to 6’’ by 4 ½’’. Score at 1’’ on the short sides and at 2 ½’’ and 3 ½’’ on the 6’’ side.
2. Cut the short score lines up to the long score lines to enable the bag to come together.
3. Next cut the handles. I have used the smallest two ovals from the Oval framelits. I have cut these 4 times.
4. Attach one either side of the box and both on the inside and outside of the box.
5. Decorate as desired. I have used a ¼ ’’ strip of card, a clay flower and a small piece of ribbon.

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