Oops Recovery…

What do you do when you are making a bunch of identical cards and you get an oops? Do you ignore it and use it anyway ? or do you throw the messed up one away ? I was working on some swap cards last week and being a little loopy from pain from my sprained ankle, I kept making mistakes. I had 2 cards where I stamped the first image upside down. Now you might say how can you make this kind of an error? Well, It was a flower head which could have gone up either way except my design had one of the petals pointing down to have the card images point down from the sides to the center and inverting placed a flat edge rather than a pointed one in the center. So I tossed the 2 cards off in a pile to make into some other design. Then as I was stamping my cards I somehow got ink on my fingers that transferred to the open area on my card front on two of the other cards Ugh!!

By the time I finished my Swap cards I had 5 partially started cards to figure out what to do with. My solution to the 2 where I got ink on my background was to fussy cut out the stamped images and place them on another card front. For the first one I took a piece of 4¼” by 5½” Rich Razzleberry cardstock and glued my stamped flowers on the front just below the center. Then I stamped the word Celebrate from the Love Sparkles stamp set(#143183) in Versamark ink, applied Gold Embossing powder and heated for a shiny gold celebrate title. I then stamped and heat embossed with white ink and clear embossing powder the It’s your Day sentiment from the same stamp set. After I added some gold star sequins – I had a card front to swap in general swaps at On Stage in April 2017 ready.
For the second inky oops I took another piece of Rich Razzleberry cardstock placed a white doily from the 2017 Occasions Catalog (did you know the doilies in the Occasions catalog are whisper white on one side and very vanilla on the other? very cool, huh!) on the front roughly in the center Placed my floral stamped image over the doily and stamped Thank you below in Versamark and heat embossed it. And voila 2 oopses became to card fronts to swap. Then on top a real challenge– in the card below I stamped the blue flower and realize it was upside down -Oops!- So this time to recover, I decided to place with different inks and a different layout. Like my previous cards I started with the Penned & Painted Stamp set, masked off my first flower, Stamped the pink flower, masked it and stamped the yellow flower masked it and stamped the 3 leaf sets. I then stamped the sentiment and sponged the top and bottom of the white panel lightly with cucumber crush ink. I decided to trim my card base to a narrow panel 3¾” wide, and  place a panel of Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Paper behind it and centered it on a Crumb Cake card base.My last card for today was a sort of oops.  It is the result of trying out a few different blue ink combos for the layering (each of the flowers has 3 ink layers) I got the blue image inked and decided I like a different blue ink combo so it got set in my oops pile  For this card I decided to do some playing around with a different pink combo  to see how the sweet sugarplum ink looked as the midtone color rather than the light. I placed my leaves pointing down rather than to the sides, added the ladybug and some yellow flowers in the background. Then went looking for a sentiment and discovered the High Tide stamp set. Once I picked my sentiment i decided to use pieces of the lighthouse and moon to create a sunshine image behind the sentiment. I stamped off the sun and rays to give a lighter effect and dabbed some of the off the wide end of the rays to make it look like it was fading away. I liked the effect — what do you think?

‘Til next time…Happy Stamping!

~Kathy 

A Crafting PJ Party

This Friday I had the pleasure to participate in an Online Crafty PJ Party hosted by my Stampin Up upline and daughter, Jennifer Blomquist for her team. It was a lot of fun crafting and visiting with all the team members who could take the time to visit for a few hours on Facebook. During the event, Jen challenged us to create a card with a virgin stamp set – i.e. one we had never opened or used. I chose the Avant Garden stamp set (#143272) from the 2017 SAB Catalog. I stamped the flower image with Mint Macaron on Very Vanilla cardstock. I colored the daffodils buds with Daffodil Delight marker and used a Delightful Dijon marker for the centers.  I then fussy cut the flower and a leaf group also stamped with Mint Macaron on Very vanilla.The Crumbcake cardstock was embossed with a retired SU embossing folder. Then I stamped  greenery along the lower third of the card with 2 of the images. Then after I figured out where I wanted to put the flower, I stamped 2 of the pouffy images using daffodil delight ink. Then used a dimensional to adhere the flower. To finish the card I stamped the sentiment in Early Espresso ink and mounted the design piece on an Early Espresso Card base.

‘Til next time…Happy Stamping!

~Kathy 

A New Stamping on the Edge

In my last post about Stamping on the Edge,  I said I had new idea as I was writing the post and would revisit with a new concept.

I took the last card I created and cut a piece of cardstock 4¼” by 5½”, which I stamped along the bottom of the long edge of the card about 1″ up from the edge. After stamping on the Whisper White cardstock. I trimmed away the bottom edge below the flowers, wrapped a piece of the new Sweet Sugarplum Ribbon around the top and added some of the new Sprinkles Embellishments from pg 32 of the 2017 Occasions catalog. I took a5½ by 8½ piece of Tiptop Taupe cardstock and created a gatefold cardbase by scoring at 2″ and 6¼”. After folding in at the scores and burnishing with a bone folder, I used dimensionals to adhere the stamped piece to the large flap. 

And Voila! A hidden sentiment on the lower flap and this card is ready to go.

‘Til next time…Happy Stamping!

~Kathy 

Watercolor the Stampin’ Up! Way

Are you ready for the February Fun & Crafty Blog Hop? We’re watercoloring this month and I decided to use my new Stampin’ Up Watercolor pencils. They are so fun and easy to use and give great results. For this card I started with a top folding cardbase of Rich Razzleberry cardstock that I layered with a piece of watercolor paper that I drew straight lines on with Watercolor pencils  in a plaid pattern. I then used a waterbrush to add water to the pencil doing all the horizontal striped and when they were dry I painted water on the vertical stripes giving it a soft watercolor plaid.


To give it some extra interest and texture I used something I discovered by accident. Have you ever try to lift the color directly from a watercolor pencil with your brush and looked down at your paper  to realize it now had specks of watercolor on it? I remembered doing this and grabbed my Early Espresso pencil and did this on purpose to my plaid watercolor background. I then stamped the Beatnik chick from the Hey, Chick sale-a-bration stamp set on a piece of Whisper White cardstock and colored it with the watercolor pencils. When I added the water this time I was very sparing because cardstock will warp and pill if you use too much water. I cut out the chick with the new Stitched Shapes Dies and a Rich Razzleberry mat from the Layered Ovals Dies.  I stamped the Hey Chick sentiment with Archival Basic Black directly on the background paper and added some die cut butterflies from the Affectionately Your Designer Paper using the  Timeless Tags Thinlits dies as accents ( I added some gold wink of stella to the butterflies to give them some shimmer)IMG_1923
For the inside of the card I added the egg from the Hey Chick set and a sentiment from the Thoughts and Prayers stamp set. To finish off the inside I added a little watercolor detail.I got my idea for this from a leftover scrap from when I trimmed down the plaid background. See what I mean? IMG_1921 My scrap was only a few inches tall but I could achieve the same effect on my inside piece of Whisper White. Now my card was ready for a personal note before sending a sick friend. Forget to hop on to the next stop below.

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Fun n’ Crafty Blog Hop stops:

  1. Kathy ThistedStampablog <– YOU ARE HERE
  2. Christine Szekeres – Artful Musings
  3. Tobe Buffenbarger – The Craft Sea
  4. Susan Schultz – Stampin’ By the San Francisco Bay
  5. Pamela Wu – Stinky Tofu

‘Til next time…Happy Stamping!

~Kathy 

My Faceted box

Wendy Cranford created an awesome tutorial for Splitcoaststampers for a faceted box. As I was making one from her tutorial I discovered a problem (from my view)–her box required a piece of cardstock11 1/2″ x 7 7/8″, which meant using 12by 12 if you are in the US or A4 if in a metric market. Since I live in the US and don’t have very many colors avail in 12by12 I decided to modify her design to fit 8 1/2 by 11in cardstock. In the photo below, the one in the back was made with her directions using 12 by 12 Raspberry Ripple Cardstock.(yes it is retired- but it was my test sample) The one one the left is made out of a piece of 8 1/2 by 11 Flirty Flamingo cut to 10 3/4 by 7 5/8.

After cutting the cardstock to size, score at 238, 468, and 718 on the short edge. Turn it 90 degrees on your scoreboard. It will look like the picture below. Scorelines-1

Score at 238, 468, 718 and 912 the long edge down to the second score line. Turn it over and use the same measurements to score to what is now the first score line. You will now have the lines shown below except the diagonals which you will score from point to point as shown below.Scorelines-3

The final diagram shows your final cut lines. Cut up and down on the black lines and remove the grey sections.Scorelines-final

From here is a simple process of burnishing all your score lines, applying adhesive to the half triangle flap and joining the middle section.Then you glue the bottom flaps together and tuck in the top flaps. And when you are done you can embellish as you wish. I created a dragonfly with double wings out of vellum stamped with the Dragonfly dreams stamp set and die cut the body from the matching die. I used the white gel pen to make the eyes stand out.Hope you enjoyed this mini tutorial and try it out yourself it is sooo…easy! I am so glad Wendy inspired me to convert this to 812 by 11. 

‘Til next time…Happy Stamping!

~Kathy