February 27, 2013

Even More From Out of the Box

And this is the final post of cards made from bits and bobs out of my scrap box. In hindsight, my blog should’ve been titled the sporadic blogger. I stamp all of the time. That’s the easy part. I have a lot of trouble keeping up with everything that has to happen after that to get the cards on the blog.

Sentiment is from WMS. The diamonds and cupcakes are from PTI. I used PTI’s Guide Line paper as a guide to easily line up the cupcake images.

sweet birthday wishes

Same technique as above. All stamps by PTI.

wishing u hb

Background is made with stamps from PTI. Sentiment and frame are from WMS.

thanks a bunch

Love this lil’ monkey. Stampendous seems to have quit making him in clear sets. Probably a good thing, the quality of the clear stamps was very poor. Unfortunately, I have found, after time the images rip very easily when pulling them up from the carrier sheet. That’s a big “aaargh” from me! Makes me wish every company had PTI’s replacement policy. Polka dots are by PTI.a

u arrgh a treasureursocool

February 26, 2013

More Out of the Box

Another archived post with more cards made from images collected in my scrap box.

The wreath is from Flourishes and the background is PTI’s BB: Retro.

sunflower wreath

The cute little mouse is from PSX. I was sorry, and still am, to see that PSX is no longer in business. This was my first attempt with lace. And my last. The image is colored with colored pencils and OMS.


In hindsight, this card could have used a wee bit of embellishing to liven it up. A couple of buttons on the mat stack die would’ve been perfect. All stamps are from PTI.

pink bunny

The frame and border were made with MS punches. Images are from PTI.

pumpkin framed

The background was made with PTI’s Faux Ribbon and the frame and sentiment are from WMS.

striped thank you

February 25, 2013

Out of the Box

ETA: Hmmm…just found a few archived posts. Not sure what happened but here goes…

I have a box that contains bits and bobs of images I’ve stamped that I knew would make great cards but at the time I lacked the inspiration to do anything more with them. Sometimes I just want to stamp a background or color an image and not complete a whole card. So off it goes into the box.

There are images in my box that I stamped more than 10 years ago. In a way it helps me remember certain techniques. But the box got too full. I was able to put together 20 cards in 2 days.

As you can see from this lot of cards, I can’t get enough of PTI’s banner die. It’s just so handy for adding sentiments, or covering up those sentiments that were so obviously in-one’s-face crooked.

birthdaywishescongrats retro

I watercolored this little dude close to 10 years ago. He’s still as vibrant as ever. I’m pretty sure I used SU! dye ink spots. In making the card, I colored the sky with Copics. I’d watercolored this image two times, exactly the same, so I thought it would be perfect to pop up one image on top of the other.



hoppy easter

This card uses the generation stamping technique on glossy paper. I colored directly on the stamp with a marker. marvelous

The next two cards are from a retired SU! set. For me, Copics really shed new light on a lot of my old SU!. Before Copics, coloring images with dye based markers was really hard for me to do. The ink was always too dark. I either had to use a blender pen or watercolor. Life with Copics is much easier. Too bad I feel in love with clear stamps in the meantime.

nice 1

nice 2

And the next two cards are PTI’s Guide Lines and Guide Lines 2 with WMS frames and sentiments.

on your wedding day

so happy 4u

Stamps: Flourishes; WMS; PTI; SU!; Unknown (leaf image)

February 21, 2013

WMS Potpourri

While cleaning out the archives, I found a few WaltzingMouse Stamps cards I hadn’t posted.

I love the PTI Melon Berry, Vintage Cream and Dark Chocolate color palette.


This card is inspired by Ms. Kelly Schirmer. I loved how she had used the SU! linen background stamp to add a textile feel to her  images.


I really like how this background turned out. I stamped the image and then stamped it again slightly offset of the original without re-inking. The I stamped the wood background image over it all in PTI’s Fine Linen ink.



February 18, 2013

LawnFawn Potpourri

Today, I have a mix of LawnFawn cards I made during my blogging hiatus. The solid clouds are from PTI’s Up, Up and Away set. I colored in the images with Copics.

This is my cindarelli card. Had that song going through my head all the while I was making it. I think it’s perfect for a bridal shower.


I wonder if he ever came home to find a smurf had moved in.

gnpme place


Looking at this now, an orange spotted baby roo probably wasn’t the best idea. Kind of looks like he has chicken pox or yellow fever. Kanga would’ve looked cute with a narrow silk ribbon bow tied around her neck. Gotta remember that for next time.


A card for twin roos. I used a SU! linen bacjkround stamp on the grass.


Here, I colored part of the the white embossed sentiment with a yellow Copic marker.


February 15, 2013

Year of Flowers Watercolors

Today’s post completes my Year of Flowers set.

I heat embossed the image in clear embossing powder  on watercolor paper and then watercolored the image with dye inks.


The larkspurs proved to be a bit of a challenge because the flowers and leaves are small and detailed. I ended up watercoloring outside of the lines  in order to give the image more substance and definition, otherwise the edges blended in too much with the background.
I also wish I had stamped the image a bit lower so that it would have been only going off of the bottom instead of the bottom and top. Oh well, it’s my least favorite of the bunch but it’ll pass.


Well, that wraps up another card set and PTI’s 6th anniversary celebration.

Stamps: PTI Year of Flowers
Ink: PTI; SU! Going Gray

February 12, 2013

PTI Anniversary Watercolor Challenge-Part 3


I thought why not make it a trilogy? I guess I’ve waited so long to try this technique that once I started I couldn’t stop. I never would’ve guessed I’d be so inspired by this challenge.

This one was a bit harder for me to get that “pop.” I started out wanting the Heavenly Blue variety but the result was rather lifeless. I added Royal Velvet as the final touch and it helped to bring the flower to life.


PTI Anniversary Watercolor Challenge-Part 2


I had the other half of the watercolor cardstock laying around so I thought I would try another YOF image. I might be feeling a card set coming on.

Used the same technique as the last card: clear embossing powder and watercoloring with dye inks. For the flowers, I used a base of Lavender Moon followed by Hibiscus Burst and then slight shading with Winter Wisteria.

Whooohoo! Two posts and two entries in one day.

sweet peas

PTI Anniversary Watercolour Contest


Just a single card for you today.

I haven’t used my PTI YOF sets much because I knew I would get lost in colouring them (not necessarily a problem). Well, enter today’s technique. It’s nothing new of course, but it is new  to me. Clear embossing powder then watercolouring with dye inks. I don’t think I have used as much EP this past few days as I  have in the past year or even two. The times they are a changin’.

I used watercolour paper because I feared any other paper would start to warp under numerous colour washes. I used PTI’s dye inks with a fine tip aqua painter. For the flowers, first I started by layering down Orange Zest  and applying more colour to the flower centres.  Next, I went along the outside edges of the flower petals with a light wash of Hibiscus burst. I gave it a minute or two to dry while I started painting the leaves. The last step was to apply Raspberry Fizz the the centre portion of the flowers. The leaves are a Limeade Ice basecoat followed by Simply Chartreuse, a brief dry time and then New leaf. The background is Aqua Mist and the “gladiolous” is SU! Going Gray.

Would I do it again? You bet!


February 8, 2013

Quilted Cards & A Stamp Storage Idea

No PTI Anniversary musing today. I guess I need to give the mojo a rest, or something like that. However, I do have some cards made with PTI’s Happy Hexagons set. I made these for an awesome woman who makes awesome quilts. I have four. Pookie has two and I have two. I should really post some pictures. Noted.

I thought the pairing of Happy Hexagons and Quilter’s Sampler only natural. On the first three cards I used the die cuts from the impression plate. Much easier than lining them up.




I scribbled the zig-zag stich on the next card. It masks the many areas I didn’t get the stamps to line up. Apparently PTI saw this coming with the crazy quilt sentiment!


Don’t think I could duplicate this. When the stamps line up, they just line up. I think this is my favorite of the lot.



Here I used a clear glaze pen to highlight the thread and birthday portion of the sentiment. I embossed the needle in silver. I paper pied the thread on the spool. Once again, probably couldn’t re-create this. I think the planets were aligned as far as the the background goes.



And now for the stamp storage bit. I have to thank Ms. Joyce for clarifying the issue. Her post brought it all home. Here’s a link to her blog as I couldn’t find the specific post.

ETA 2/9/13: Joyce was kind enough to provide me with a direct link. Here it is. Thanks Joyce!


I apply the sticker to the carrier sheets. Most often it matches up with minimal trimming. I then put the carrier sheets in a photo box (I bought mine at Michael’s). I include the matching die any any spare die cuts with the stamp set and divide the sets with a piece of cardstock. I label categories with a self-adhesive file tab. I am really happy with the way this works as I know what type of set of set I'm looking for more than I know its name.


Bonus fun facts nobody may care to know… I am a reggae fan-a-tic. ‘Nuff said. Love Buju Bonton (and oh how I wish I was his defense council) Bad me! (maybe I’ve said too much but still remain an upstanding citizen). Eastenders. L-O-V-E it. I guess we’re lucky to have it in Minnesota and our public television channel pays $15,000 to air approximately 96 episodes a year. Plus, we are seven years behind the currently aired episodes - please no spoiler alerts! Maybe I should move to the UK?


The important thing is to stamp what feels good! :)

February 7, 2013

PTI’s 6th Anniversary-D1-Take 3


Whew! I have been feeling inspired. Fun, fun, fun! Today the inspiration comes from Dawn McVey. She is fabulous. I own nearly every set she has designed. I just love that bottom left card so that’s where I started. I included a couple of her signature color combos: berry sorbet and pure poppy and Hawaiian Shores and New Leaf.


I have a few embossing tips. The chisel end of a Copic blender pen works great for removing most bits of stray embossing.

In order to emboss the die cut images, first I used an embossing buddy (forgot to on the rabbit-oh bother). I used VersaMark to stamp the image. The I attached the die cut to a piece of  foam adhesive. I took my paper piercer and stuck it into the foam. Then I poured on the embossing powder and heated it. It worked great.

I have also found that embossing isn’t very messy if you don’t heat your image over a pile of loose embossing powder. :) (ask me how I know-such a revelation)

The knit background set is a whole lotta fun to use and easy to line up.







Stamps: PTI Bitty Blessings, BB: Striped Sweater, Sweet Baby (heart on onsie)
Paper: Neenah; PTI Pure Poppy, Lavender Moon, Hawaiian Shores, Berry Sorbet, Summer Sunrise, Aqua Mist, New Leaf, Plum Pudding, Winter Wisteria, Simply Chartreuse; SU! Going Gray
Ink: PTI (please contact me for details); VersaMark (for embossing); SU! Going Gray
Other: Superior detail White embossing powder, PTI Bitty Blessing dies


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