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Happy Heart Day

Wishing everyone a beautiful Valentine's Day!  Here's to love, peace and happiness. And Spring. Yes, definitely Spring. Soon. And soon would not be soon enough.



To clarify where the hearts come from, the Precious Heart Box Die Set includes two heart dies, as well as the "box" shape.  They can be used separately or to decorate the box; one is straight, one is scalloped. I cut four of the scalloped heart, stamped them with the music image (no matter that it's a Christmas stamp!), pierced them with my Tim Craft Pick and Design Ruler (which has evenly spaced holes for this purpose), then stitched them together.  I did use the Tea Dye Ink to distress the hearts and dye the lace too ~ love that Distress Ink does it all!

The Textured Embossing Folder I used on this card is one of my favorite sets. So often, I prefer one of the folders over the other, but I love both of these designs ~ the Chevron and Flourishes, shown above.  It is one of the Hero Arts design sets from Sizzix. I reach for again and again.

Something Special...

My dear friend, Karen, and I have been friends since high school...and that's a long time.  We don't see one another too often anymore but can always pick-up right where we left off, no matter how long it's been.  That is the joy of having a longtime friendship.  Karen's birthday is February 27 and she loves hearts.  So, each year she gets a handmade card which I fit a heart into.  This year, it's the San Marzano border die from Memory Box...love! 

SanM_die_lg_stampassionI started with one of our Mid-Size (A6) cards and patterned layers from Basic Grey's Paper Pad, True Love.  I enjoy using the 6 or 8" paper collections as they are perfectly coordinated, great for card making and work together without being too matchy-matchy. 

Since I cut off some of the luscious distressing from around the edge of the pretty sagey-green layers, I added more with Distress Ink and my ever-present Ink Blending Tool...you can't tell what was original and what I added.  That's the advantage of having every ink color on the planet!  The green layers are popped off the floral layer with mounting tape because everything looks better when you give it some dimension. True that.

When I was making this, I didn't realize that the label die is one Memory Box retired - sheesh. I'm sure there are lots of substitutes but this one was nice and long -- can't remember its name.  The little bird is a new die and the saying stamp is one of MB's combo images...they all have a small coordinating stamp on the side of the mount - so great getting two stamps in one!  As always, I used my Plus Glue Tape Roller -- at just 1/6" wide, the dotty tape is perfect adhering delicate die cuts.

Happy Birthday to Karen - here's to many more years of friendship for the Goldust Twins!


Happy New Year...tangled


I hope your year is off to a wonderful start.  Dan and I decided to go with a Happy New Year card this year and per my usual, peace is the theme.  I cannot think of any better wish for our friends and family, or the world.  The dove is similar to one in the well-known Woodstock poster (as in Woodstock music festival, not Peanuts : )   I drew everything after starting off with a pale outline of the numbers, done in Microsoft Word. This Zentangle Inspired Art piece (ZIA) is tangled with what would fit when working on a small scale.  And of course, it is shaded, which makes all the difference.


Office Max did a quick print-job in black on my own Cryogen White paper - you may be able to see the slight sparkle of the paper if you click on the image to view full size.  I hand-colored green in the leaves with my trusty Stardust Pen ~ love them!  The card is simple and very me, and as we said inside...

May your year be filled with light and love.


Clever Koi Card

Who doesn't enjoy the bright flash of koi swimming in a pond?  Unfortunately, I don't have a koi pond, so I created one...

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The Clever Koi Die equaled love-at-first-sight and I knew I wanted sparkle, so I pulled out my Stargazers Watercolor Palette for some color and shine.  I spritzed the colors I wanted, Sol Yellow, Mars Red and Antares Orange, and painted them on our Watercolor Paper (it's nice and smooth). This was done "wet-on-wet," wet paper and wet paint, so the colors would blend. Once dry, I die-cut the colorful paper.

To represent the "pond", I embossed Blu Raspberry Card Stock (from our Festive Variety pack) with the Flourishes Embossing Folder and die-cut the embossed paper with a Nestabilities 3.75" circle.  This was popped off our White Linen Mid-Size card and the gorgeous Jasper Leaves die adhered on top.  My die cut Koi were then popped off the pond.

I wish you could see this in person ~ the Koi are super-shimmery and the textures and colors work together beautifully.  Adding the three aqua pearls created interest and...I'm fond of asymmetry : )

I learned how to use the inlinkz link manager!  The items used in this project may be found, below, with links to their product page on Stampassion.com.


Blooming With Happy

I really do adore the things we sell at Stampassion.com and love having time to actually create with them.  There just isn't enough of it, which probably makes me like everyone else.  When I do have, or make, extra time, I enjoy combining four of my paper art loves...stamping, Zentangle, craft dies and embossing folders.  This card does just that and it is for my dear Mary D's birthday today and, being me, it was mailed yesterday. 

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The tangle, Splinters, is by Lizzie Maynes and you can find the step-out on my Tangle Patterns board on Pinterest.  It looks somewhat floral and I thought it would be a good focal point for the center of this gorgeous Memory Box die we carry, Loom Circle. I drew Splinters, and the checks, with a Black Micron .01 Pen, colored with PrismaColor Pencils and added sparkle with a Clear Stardust Pen, which you can't see in the photo : (

The circles were cut with Nestabilities dies.  I added dots around the Loom Circle with a Black Glaze Pen. The Embossing Folder is in Hero Arts' Chevron & Flourishes Set, embossed on our Cream Cougar Card Stock and popped off a Cream Linen Card.  A few scattered pink gems help tie-in the color inside the card plus, Mary likes the bling!



The stamp inside the card is a new image from PrintWorks, called Hope Your Day. It is stamped with a VersaFine Onyx Black Ink Pad on Sour Apple Card Stock.

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The small Isabella Butterfly die, from Memory Box, is cut from Razzle Berry Card Stock.  Both Sour Apple and Razzle Berry are in one of my favorite paper assortments, Festive Variety ~ the colors are happy and they work beautifully together. 

I drew the tangle, Finery, on the butterfly and added some Clear Stardust Pen, which you can see sparkling in the sunshine : )

All I can hope is that Mary received her card today and enjoys it as much as I enjoyed making it for her. 

Happy Birthday Mary!

Luminous Poppies

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It's a gray, rainy day but this card from Memory Box Design Team member, Donna Sledzik, cheered me up!  

Poppy card
by Donna Sledzik
She used the new Luminous Poppies and Happy Birthday Background stamps, which we carry on cling mounts (click on each product name for a link to Stampassion.com).  Donna's card is so bright and happy, particularly with the addtion of the Squash Distressed Dots print paper from Memory Box.

Donna's instructions may be found by following the link, above, to Dave's Memory Box blog, Outside The Box.  Check it out ~ she used Distress Markers to color directly on the stamp; a tried and true technique that always looks great.

One of the new saying stamps from Memory Box is the one below.  It is a combo stamp, meaning it's two stamps for the price of one (love that!).  The little flower is on the side of the wood mount.  I can only hope the old saying is true, for if today is the test of it...we'll be blooming like crazy in May!


Snail Mail...

Woo hoo!  The new Memory Box & Poppystamps Spring 2013 Collection has arrived at Stampassion.com.  I am thrilled as I actually got time to play with some of the new dies and here is one of the cards.  The Memory Box Forest Snail spoke to me, for some reason, and I thought it would look good paired with the new Leafy Border die, cut from MB Key Lime Distressed Dots patterened paper.  The sweet little Missing You stamp, from Lockhart Stamp Company, added just the right sentiment and Dancing Butterflies, another new MB die, added movement and a punch of color (I used MB print paper from the Pixie 6x6 collection).


The Key Lime Dots paper is edged with Peeled Paint Distress Ink and Tim's essential Ink Blending ToolMissing You is stamped with my much loved VersaFine Vintage Sepia Ink Pad ~ it always stamps crisply!  The bit of sparkle on the Forest Snail is Crystal Stickles and there is Fruit Punch Stickles on the Leafy Border berry tips, as well as Berry Pearls.  I plan to stamp Lockhart's Snail Mail and Itty Bitty Escargot on the envelope...just to carry through on the theme : )

And to Stampassion's E-News Group, be sure to check our latest E-Newsletter ~ you could receive the Lockhart Missing You stamp free with your next order! 

Crow & Pumpkin

I absolutely love combining rubber stamps with dies ~ they are naturals together. One of my fav dies lately is Magic Flourish.  I often trim and/or cut it apart so it will fit where I want it (and that's a lot easier with a die cut, rather than with a stamp!). 


In addition to the Magic Flourish, I used the Crow And Pumpkin stamp and one of the new alphabet die sets, Parker Lower Case, all from Memory Box.  The card stock comes from our Festive Variety package which includes my favorite Halloween colors...Sour Apple, Grape Jelly & Orange Fizz. Here, I used a scrap of Hilary from Bazzill, for the green strip. The base card is Stampassion's Cream Linen Note Card.

What really spiffs up this card is the stripey detail on the flourish. Ever since I fell, hard, for Zentangle®, I often find myself including a touch of Z-ish detail that really adds zing to my projects. Is it a Zentangle?  No, but it is ever so useful to have those patterns running around your head : )  I drew the stripes with a Micron Pen.  My trusty, much-used, Quickie Glue Pen stuck down of all the little parts ~ thank goodness Sakura invented that product!  Of course, I mucked something up but managed to cover it with the tiny maple punch. You know how that goes?


The Pumpkin And Crow was first stamped on my card and again on Cougar Cream paper.  What can't be seen on the photo is that the pumpkin was then stamped with another Memory Box favorite, Distress Garden Background and Bundled Sage Distress Ink.  It's subtle in the photo but adds texture and looks great in person.  The pumpkin was colored with Copic Markers, cut out and popped up.

The card is going to our Halloween girl, my niece, Lauren, for her October 30 birthday : )




Honeyblossom Sprig

I needed a card at the last minute (of course!) and this super-quick one is what I came up with.  It was easy-peasy, yet as a "less-is-more" sort of card designer, I really enjoy it.  Honeyblossom_branch650The card is clean and simple, but effective with just a touch of color along with the crisp whites.

Honeyblossom Sprig is just one of over thirty new dies from Memory Box.  I cut it out in super-smooth White Cougar Card Stock and added it to a White Linen Note Card.  Although it is white-on-white, the smooth die-cut on top of the textured card creates contrast. I like the size of our Note Cards, 3.5" by 5"; you don't need to add lots of stuff to fill it up, either inside or out.

I felt a little color was in order, so I added Razzle Berry card stock behind the open flowers. Razzle Berry paper just happened to match the new Picked Raspberry Distress Ink.  So...to stamp "Just For You", I had to open a set of the Summer Seasonal Distress Inks—'natch.  That stamp is from from Impression Obsession. A bit of sparkle was added to the pink flower centers via Star Dust Stickles.  Stickles and bling—rarely a bad idea.


I prefer decorated envelopes to naked ones.  A decorated envelope gives you a peek at the contents and a clue that there is something above average inside.  Pay attention : )

One of my go-to stamps is this one, Sonoma Print, stamped here with, you guessed it, Picked Raspberry.  I knew I could find an excellent excuse to open that set of new Distress inks.



Flying High in our Shoe Balloon

Stampassion's latest Greeting Card Kit features a wonderful stamp, Shoe Balloon, from artist Leigh Hannan and Impression Obsession.  It's one of those wonderful images that you can use for lots of different occasions.  All the details are on our website.  Just follow the link above... after you check out the rest of this post : )

I had a great time coloring all of these cards with Copic Markers. 

To see a larger version of each image, just click on any of the photos.  Hope you enjoy!





Here's a close-up of the two elegant Victorian ladies with their parasols and pretty balloon, out for a little look-see.  I'm fairly certain their names are Millicent and Letitia, Lettie to her dearest friends.  Don't ever call Millicent, Millie though... she is likely to, politely, whap you with her umbrella.   Shoe_close_up400
The kit comes with a dozen Memory Box Iris Cards & White Envelopes, two yards of yummy sheer dot ribbon, lots of layering papers and a set of Tim Holtz' Springtime Background & Borders Embossing Folders—so pretty.  Check them out here, but remember they are included in the cost of the kit!

Also included in the kit is the saying stamp, "sending you joy", again from wonderful Mitra at Impression Obsession. Here are two additional sample cards I created using both kit stamps, Memory Box die, Puffy Clouds and Poppystamps die, Pine Border.