Lucky us….

Hiyeee!! 7 days, no see!! Lol. I missed you! Did you miss me? Never mind, don’t answer that.

So today, I have a layout to share with you. Do you know, I was checking this last night, and I realized that the ONLY layouts I’ve made in the last year have been the ones I’ve made for a blog post here. That makes me so sad. I still have millions of photos and double that of paper and embellishments. It’s just TIME I don’t have. And I love stamping and card making so much it tends to gobble up any creative time I do have.


Anyway. A layout. I printed a bunch of b&w photos for our family reunion this summer and this one just kept floating to the top of the pile after I cleaned up. It’s my mom and her sister taken back in the 50’s. Aren’t they so cute??


Lori knows that I’m not a real “theme paper” girl. I just don’t like to be dictated to like that. I much prefer really generic, indistinct patterns for background paper, but this Fabulous line by Authentique was impossible to deny. Those cat’s eye glasses! The 50’s motifs! And there’s one GORgeous piece of paper in the pack with roses and leaves that I’m hoarding for just a little while longer.

Also, check out that watercolor painted rose! I made that!! I recently attended my second Pinner’s Conference - two days of all kinds of classes for things you might pin on Pinterest.  Making perfect pie crust.  Painting a wooden barn quilt.  Learning to braid hair.  Calligraphy lettering.  And so on.  One of the classes I attended was painted watercolor roses and this one came from my practice sheet!


I haven’t attempted them again….I’m pretty sure that was the best water color painting day I’ll ever have in my life!


The vellum leaves are from Prima, the enamel hearts are Illustrated Faith by Bella Blvd, the pink gingham heart and “classy” stickers are from the same Fabulous paper pack as the patterned papers I’ve used here, and the puffy floral stickers are from Pink Paislee (Oh My Heart) and Pebbles.  The two green card stock leaves are ones I cut out with the Silhouette.  And the black foam title words are Thickers by Amy Tangerine.

Thanks for stopping by today!

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Lovely Layered Roses…

Hello, hi!

I’m back today with a wonderful little project that I LOVED the instant it came into my head!  (With a little help from various places in the webosphere).


I’ve been seeing this type of stamping project done in this vintagey - sepia toned color and wanted to try it on kraft cardstock.  When I was last in the store in Winkler, I saw (and quickly grabbed) the Birch Press Design stamp set called Brushed Birthday Greetings.

It looks like this.


You can see that each shape, the rose and two leaves, have two corresponding layers to them.  They are meant to be stamped in two layers to create a look reminiscent of fabrics from the ’40’s and ’50’s.


The fun part is, I used a single color of ink for this!  It’s the Walnut Stain Distress OXIDE ink.  The OXIDE part is important because it has a much better property for this type of inking and produces a nice solid color impression instead of a blotchy impression that you get with regular distress inks.


(I apologize - I’ve been intending to be much better about snapping photos during the making process as well as the finished result - but once again I got carried away in the making and totally didn’t do what I’d intended!  I promise to fix that.)

If you would like to try this technique, it would be a good idea to practice on a piece of printer paper.  Ink up your stamp once and then stamp it onto the paper three times.  This will show you how much difference there is between the generations of stamping.  For example, in the photo below there are two different intensities of stamped rose.  To create the flower on the left, I inked up my solid base stamp and stamped once onto a scrap piece of paper and then the 2nd time onto this sample.  Then I inked up the detail stamp and stamped it directly onto this base image - that’s called the 1st generation stamping.  The rose on the right is created from the 3rd stamping of the solid image and the 2nd stamping of the detail image.  (That’s what my notes written below mean.)


For a bit of variety on my tags, I combined 3rd and 1st generation stamping with 3rd and 2nd, to get a variety of contrasts.  Where there are two rose blooms on the tag, I stamped one image onto a piece of Post-It paper, and cut out exactly around the base flower shape to create a mask.  I layered it overtop of the first stamped bloom and then stamped both layers of a 2nd bloom, overlapping the Post-It paper.  When you remove the mask, it reveals two blooms, one tucked in behind the other.  The same applies to the leaves that are nestled behind the blooms.


I added some stamped and typewritten sentiments and Distress Ink - dyed some ribbon to match.  I would love to try this same technique with other colors of inks.  Blue roses on a pale blue background, right??  It’s a technique that is quite simple when you get right down to it, and a stamp set that can produce as complex a design as you like with just a few layered pieces.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

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This post was written by Norine on October 4, 2017

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