How to Quilt – but using paper!

Someone said about quilting – “Cut material into bits to only have to sew the bits back together”.  Must have been a husband who made that comment!

Anyway, the ‘in-thing’ in cardmakeing is ‘Quilting’.  Here is a card using the quilting technique.

STAMP SET: Happiest Birthday Wishes (Hostess)
INK: Pear Pizzaz
PAPER:  Base – Pear Pizzaz, extras for punched blossoms and puched flower
WHISPER WHITE: 1 5/8″ strip to cut 4, 1 5/8 squares.  Scrap for decorative punch.
BLACK: 3 3/4″ square.  Strip for Decorative punch and punched flowers.
PUNCHES: Decorative, Itty Bitty Shapes (flower), Triple-Blossom Bouquet

CLASSES for 2012 begin again this Tuesday morning and Wednesday morning.  Can’t wait to see you all!


Popped Rose

This  idea came from Technique Junkies called “Popped Embossing Tutorial“.

I changed it “just a little” 🙂

STAMP SET:  Short & Sweet, En Francais
INK:  Chocolate Chip
WATER COLOUR PENCILS:  Three shades of Pink
PAPER:  Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip
EMBOSSING FOLDER:  Manhattan Flower
EXTRAS:  Big Shot, Aqua Pen, Dotto

Chocolate Chip (Base): layer 3 3/8″ x 3 7/8″
Whisper White: 3 1/4″ x 3 3/4″; 3″ x 3 1/2″
Pretty Pink:  4″ x 5″

  • Using Dotto, centre Whisper White onto the Pretty in Pink Layer
  • Place together into the embossing folder and put through the Big Shot.  (Don’t worry about the line when you separate the two pieces – it will be covered by the Chocolate Chip)
  • COLOURING THE ROSE:  Using the pencils and the aqua pen, colour the rose but not the embossed lines of the rose.  Leave them white.  I like to ‘pick’ the colour from the pencil nib using the aqua pen.  I find that I have more control of the colour that way.  Do not have too much water flow.
  • Let dry (or use the heat gun)
  • Flatten the embossing by inserting it through the Big Shot.  Same sandwich that was used to emboss BUT with lay the piece ON TOP of the embossing folder!
  • Stamp with En Francais, using Chocolate Chip Ink
  • I wanted the rose to have the embossed white lines again (not flattened) so I put the rose back into the embossing folder making sure that the lines matched.

The “look” after re-embossing

See how the coloured rose is matched with the pink layer.  See – no line!!  The Chocolate Chip layer had hidden the line!  (This is the first card that I did – hence the embossed lines on the rose are coloured.  You might like this look better?)


Faux Silk

Quick and easy card using the ‘Faux Silk’ technique.

I used Elegant eggplant and Old Olive….just love the combo.

STAMP SET:  Because I Care
INK:  Elegant Eggplant
MARKERS:  Elegant Eggplant, Certainly Celery, Chocolate Chip
PAPER:  Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive, Confetti Cream
PUNCHES:  Wide Oval, Large Oval, Scallop Trim Border
EXTRAS:  White Tissue paper, Glue Stick, stamp-a-ma-jig

My Friend Alison made the following card.  Take a close look at the butterfly.

Can you see what she has done?  Want a closer look?


She used a shiny, see through material (Ok, I am a card-maker, not a sewer… I have to take out my sewing machine manual, every time I have to use the machine!! 🙂 )

If you know the material, leave a comment so I know!

Let’s Twist!

Looks like a normal card.  Right?  Well it’s not……. 🙂

IT’S A TWISTED CARD!  The Ladies, in both my classes last week, were so quiet!  Not much chatting going on!  It is not a complicated card but there was a lot of cutting out to do.  Mmm…..Give a woman a pair of scissors and it is silence!   (Don’t tell the men)

For the front of the card we used the technique of MASKING.  So masks had to be cut out.  The flowers inside the card had to be cut out too.

Another view

OK…. I used Vellum butterflies (again).  Just love them.  This one has a sparkle!

This give a view of showing how the flowers seem to be behind the main one.  That’s masking!  Ah, isn’t the butterfly beautiful?


Two Edges punched.  Method for stamping the foliage – ink and stamp twice or three times without re-inking.


Use Whisper White Ink to stamp  the flowers and let dry before cutting.

Stamp sentiment.  Place flowers around the lower edge.

Notice that all the flowers are attached at different heights.

STAMP SETS:  Curvy Verses, Great Friend, Fast & Fabulous (level 2)
INK:  Real Red, River Rock, Whisper White, Marina Mist, White Shimmer Paint
PAPER:  Pacific Point, Real Red, Whisper White, Marina Mist,
PUNCHES:  Scallop Trim Border, Scallop Trim Edge, Large Oval,
DIE:  Beautiful Wings

Phew….. Now I think this post deserves a comment or two, don’t you?  (Off to do the housework -yuk)


Challenge anyone?

I decided that I needed to be challenged so…. I entered a colour challenge!  These are the colours that had to be used in making a card.  Let me say, these are not colours that I would group together.  (Well maybe two or three together but not 5! Plus I added another colour – Confetti White!)  In the end I made two cards.  Mmm, the colour combo does grow on you 🙂

The first card I made, I used a retired stamp set and thought I had better do another one using a current set.  Same colours but two cards that a poles apart.


Odd, but it isn’t my kind of Style but I am sure that my mother would have loved it.  Can you see what I did with the punch?  Let me show you…

Punched through the card front and added the sentiment to the inside!  Different, eh?

Used a few dimentionals to give height to the sentiment.  Added the yellow card to conceal the ribbon edges.  Also added another yellow strip and flowers.  There is still room to write a message.

CARD: See above for colour combo PLUS Confetti White
INK:  Peach Parfait, Melon Mambo, Pear Pizzazz, Shimmer Paint – Champagne Mist
EMBOSSING FOLDER: Framed Tulips, Polka Dots
EMBOSSITS:  Birds & Blooms, Little Leaves,
PUNCHES:  Scallop Oval, Oval large, Decorative Label, 1/2″ circle,  1/4″ circle, Scallop Trim Border.
RIBBON:  Daffodil Delight

EXTRAS:  Big Shot, sponges (for shading), Dimentionals, Tombow, Brayer (to edge the tulips), Brad – Square Fire.

Phew….. Now for CARD #2

The Ladies in my Tuesday class will be making a card similar to this one.  The layout and the technique.  Oops, I didn’t take a picture of the inside… it has the sentiment inside the card.

So have the colours grown on you?  Maybe I will use the combo to make a CLASS card?  Mmm, what do you think Ladies?

The Power of One

We made a MONOCHROMATIC card this week in class.  Are you wondering what kind of card that is?  Let me explain and then show you some pictures.

MONO means: one, single, alone.  Having or appearing to have only one colour.  Could be one colour but different tones of that one colour.

MONOCHROME: Photograph or picture done in ONE colour or DIFFERENT TONES of ONE COLOUR.  (In the photographic field this could also mean using only black and white)

So from the above information we can say that …..MONOCHROMATIC: containing ONE colour

This is the first card I made using CONFETTI WHITE.  It does have few specks in the card but it still is a monochromatic card.

I had to stop myself for reaching for the sponge and ink pad to sponge the edges!!  I used most of my punches and embossing folders which gave texture to the punch outs.  Notice that not all items have been embossed.  The “rise and fall” of this card was achieved by using glue dots and Dimentionals.

I decided that for class, I should make a card coloured card and decided to use DAFFODIL DELIGHT.

It’s great just using one colour.  Try it, I am sure you will love using ONE COLOUR!

A group….

…. of cards which shows that I have been making cards!!  I have been a bit lazy – if I am not taking  pictures of my cards then I can’t blog without them!!

On the weekend, I will take pictures of the other class cards I have made and will post them.  Hopefully, then I will get back on track!  So keep checking back or your emails if you have registered for up-dates to my blog.

I just love Vintage Vogue.  Here is another card using this stamp set. 

CARD:  Kraft (Crumb Cake):  BASE
Very Vanilla:  3″ x 3 1/2″,  scrap for the flowers (one large and two small)
Rose Red: 3 1/4″ x # 3/4″
Old Olive: 3 1/2″ x 4″
Chocolate Chip: Strip for the leaves.
INKS:  Chocolate Chip, Rose Red, Old Olive.
STAMP SETS:  En Francais, Whimsical Words (and of course), Vintage Vogue
PUNCH:  Eyelet
BIG SHOT:  Little Leaves
EXTRAS: Rhinestone Brads, Chocolate Chip Ribbon, Cutter kit.

 Other colours, different sentiment, and a different card!

Yes, it is about that time to start thinking about Christmas and Christmas Cards.  This one uses the technique – POLISHED STONE.  A few of the Ladies fell in love with this technique and have been making some amazing cards.