Sunday, 5 September 2021

Pastels technique for the Stamping With Friends Blog Hop


Stamping with Friends blog hop

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. It's time for another Stamping with Friends blog hop and this time we are focusing on techniques.

If you came from Deb's blog, welcome!

I was inspired by Audra Monk at the Maker's Mojo online retreat in July. She showed a few techniques using the Soft Pastels, and of course I had to get them.

Here is my card:

Peaceful Deer on pastels card


The technique is to emboss a dark colour cardstock with an embossing folder - I used Basic Black and the fir tree branches one of the Wintry 3D embossing folders. Then lightly drag a Versamark stamp pad over the embossed piece so that the raised areas get some Versamark on them. The next step is to rub one (or more) of the Soft Pastels lightly over the raised areas - the chalk will stick to the Versamark. I started with the Granny Apple Green colour, then went over with the Mango Melody colour. I did give the panel a quick spray with a fixative spray, but that is optional. You can lightly dab with a tissue to remove any loose chalk dust. I like the subtle effect as a background.

The card base is Evening Evergreen cardstock, cut to a standard size in Australia: 14.8cm x 21cm, scored and folded to 14.8cm x 10.5cm. I cut one of the papers from the Tidings of Christmas pack to 14.3cm x 10cm and sponged the edges with Evening Evergreen ink, and glued it to the card front. I matted the embossed panel onto Granny Apple Green cardstock.and adhered that to the card front.

I used the Deer punch to punch the deer from the Be Dazzling specialty paper and used a mini glue dot to hold the antlers behind the head. I used Dimensionals to attach the deer to the card front, as well as the greeting banner, which is stamped in Evening Evergreen ink on Basic White.

To finish off the deer I added a Red Rhinestone for the nose.

To continue on the hop, head on over to Karen's blog!

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If you get lost on the blog hop, here is the list of participants:

Libby Fens
Linda Moore
Donna Schnees
Tricia Butts
Deb Smeak
Tina Hewett You are Here!
Karen Egan
Caron Bailey
Sandra Roberts

Happy hopping!

If you need any supplies to have a go at making my card, here is a list of supplies I used:

Product List


Happy stamping,


Sunday, 22 August 2021

Sweet Little Stockings for Stamping With Friends Blog Hop



Thanks for stopping by my blog today. It's time for another Stamping with Friends blog hop, if you've come from Nancy Reynold's blog, welcome!

Our blog hop theme this time is our own choice, so I decided to go with a card I made recently using the Sweet Little Stockings bundle.

It's a fun fold card I made in a class I go to on Fridays. The card opens up like this:

The card is basically a Z fold panel inside a standard card.

You can choose to make this style of card in different sizes (slimline or square) by adjusting the measurements. 

Choose the card base size, cut cardstock to this size - I cut mine 8" x 6" and scored and folded to 6" x 4". The inside Z fold panel is created from a piece of Designer Series Paper that is 1/8" smaller on both the long and short side. Mine was 7-7/8" x 5-7/8". then the paper is folded in half (valley fold) and then the right panel is folded back (mountain fold).

For the front of the card I cut another piece of Designer Series Paper 1/4" smaller than the card front to leave a border. I used Multipurpose Liquid glue to adhere it to the card front, after sponging the edges with Pool Party ink using a dauber.

I then chose 2 of the Layering Circle dies, and used the larger one to cut a window out of the card front (through both layers of paper and cardstock), as well as cutting another one from black cardstock.

I cut a smaller circle out of Basic White and glued that to the centre of the black circle. To make sure the circle lined up with the front window, I adhered the DSP panel to the inside of the card, folded it into the Z fold, then placed the circle through the window while the card was closed.

I stamped the cat's head and stockings in Memento ink onto scraps of Basic White and coloured them with Stampin' Blends. Then I die cut them with the matching dies and adhered them to the circle, letting the stocking hang off the edge. I finished the card with one of the greetings from the set plus a few Matte Decorative Dots.

Now hop on over to Terry Montgomery's blog to continue on the hop!

If you get lost on the blog hop, here is the list:

Libby Fens
Tricia Butts  
Linda Moore
Caron Bailey
Donna Schnees
Karen Egan
Melissa Seplowitz
Nancy Reynolds
Tina Hewett You are Here
Terry Montgomery
Jenn Hutt
Krissi Hannahs
Martinette Horner

Happy hopping,