Nature Inspired Vintage Leaves

Natured Inspired Vintage Leaves!

Nature plays a BIG part when I try to think of a card design!  When I take a run in the morning on our local Rail Trail, the beauty of all the green leaves inspired me to pull out this versatile set, called Vintage Leaves.  The best part is about this set is that it is paired with a set of framelits called Leaflets!

Green LeavesChristine’s Tips!

  • In case you are wondering about the Happy Birthday!  I grabbed it from a NEW stamp set called Feather Together!  I first stamped the Happy Birthday onto the white cardstock in Archival Black ink.  Kind of nearer to the left side of the piece of cardstock.  I wanted to leave room for the popped up leaf on the right.
  • Using two pieces of post it notes, I covered the Happy Birthday and stamped the leaves across the top.
  • Then I did the same thing for the bottom.
  • I then used Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set to add the little black dots.
  • I stamped a second leaf in Pear Pizzazz, die cut it and popped it up.
  • All the leaves were done in Always Artichoke, Pear Pizzazz and Old Olive.
  • Be sure to stamp your envelopes.  It truly adds a special touch

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Birthday Blossoms-Stampin’ Up!

Birthday Blossoms-Stampin’ Up!

There is nothing better than a hot and humid day to make me hole up in my studio and create! The best part of summer? No, not really but I get to do more creating at this time than during any other time in the year.

Garden Of BloomsOne of the things that caught my eyes in the Annual Catalog was that nifty background stamp called Brushstrokes!  LOVE IT!  The color combinations on the stripes are ENDLESS!

Christine’s Tips:

    • Brushstrokes can be colored using your Stampin’ markers.  Color each stripe in coordinating colors.
    • The ink splatters from Gorgeous Grunge are so versatile.
    • Adding a POP of color with Watermelon Wonder is perfect with Sahara Sand.

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Happy Inking,


Happy Gorgeous Grunge!

Happy Monday Morning to all! I hope everyone had a wonderful and relaxing weekend.

It is no secret that I have come to adore the Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set, both for it’s versatility and ease of use.

Who would of known that blobby things, lines and dots would make me happy in my minimalistic and uncluttered world?!  Are ALL those official words?!  And the best part of this card was the fact is was so quick and easy!

Today’s card colors are picked up from the I Am Me Designer Series Paper and not to detract from the overall design, I kept the sentiment simple from the Label Love Stamp Set that pairs with the Artisan Label Punch.

Gorgeous Grunge
Your Stamping Teacher Tips:     Try cutting the Basic Black cardstock  at 1/8″ instead of 1/4″ to minimize the edges.
Gorgeous Grunge 1

Now go and stamp something…and of course, share it with us….


Quick and Easy Using Your Scraps!

When your week is too busy and you absolutely need a quick and easy card, why not use your scraps of Designer Series Paper to get the job done?!

Personalize the card you  make with Teeny Tiny Wishes, another go-to stamp set that has 24 sentiments for just about any occasion.

Retirement Up close you will notice that I added some ink splats from Gorgeous Grunge.  Just enough interest without overdoing it.

Retirement Closeup

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Gorgeous Grunge Thank You!

Happy Friday!

I have found that the Gorgeous Grunge has become a GO-TO stamp set when I want to add something to the background without overwhelming the whole picture.

Have you ever sat in front of your card and thought it needed something more?!  I think this set completes the puzzle.

Washi Grunge

Your Stamping Teacher Tip: When making a simple collage piece use a variety of textures, dimensions and color!

Washi Grunge Close Up

My Gorgeous Grunge Class File .pdf is always available in my ONLINE CLASSES!

My picture .pdf files show you how to make four masculine cards using two stamp sets and same color theme with embellishments.

Gorgeous Grunge Card Class

Now go and enjoy the weekend and create something….