Category Archives: Technique

Pumpkin Alternatives

2017_12_19 I used the  October My Paper Pumpkin Pining for Plaid kit to create 2 alternative designs.  Both cards use the card bases from the Stampin Up My Paper Pumpkin kit and I added a strip of DSP from the Merry Little Christmas #144621 collection and added the printed card from the kit.  For the top card, I used my Stampin Up trimmer to create segments  and layered them with pop dots to create the telescoping effect.

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Hooray it’s your day

2017_10_08IMG_2638 I love simple layouts for my card designs and this one is a classic layout that packs a whole lotta punch. I used the a strip of the Merry Little Christmas DSP #144621 and added  a thin daffodil strip just beneath to make it pop. I hand cut the sunflowers from the Painted Autumn DSP # 144613 from Stampin Up and then added a black mat and re-cut them out again.  I added the sentiment  to a double matted Stitched Shapes Framelits #144613.

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Happy Birthday Pumpkin

2015_10_30IMG_0068Happy Birthday 19th  to our sweet niece Elizabeth aka Sissy! She missed having a Halloween birthday by a few hours so it is appropriate to  honor her with a pumpkin card.  This card is one another one of Cammie’s beautiful brayered cards. She created the perfect brayered background and accented the sky using the Everything Eleanor #131987.   Cammie used the oval punches to and sponging to create the perfect pumpkin.  For fun she added the hand cut sweet frog from the Stampin Up You’re Sublime stamp set.  The birthday greeting was a combined message using the Hello You Thinlits #137363 and the Endless Wishes stampset #140273.

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Bokeh Sprinkles of Life

2015_07_20DSCI0833 The Bokeh Technique is all the rage right now and Cammie did a nice job with it on both of the cards on today’s post.  “Bokeh” is a photography term for the way a camera lens renders out of focus points of light and is  one of the hottest visual trends in design right now.  And paper crafters have taken a hold of this and termed the process for creating this illusion with ink and paper the “bokeh technique.” The bokeh technique generally is a circle of chaos of various blurred circles.

Cammie created her Bokeh backgrounds and then used the Stampin Up Sprinkles of Life  #139971 photopolymer stamp set to show case the Bokeh effect.  The first card is a layer intensive card using the paper tea lace Doilies #129399 and then Window Framelits (no longer available) and then a circle textured with the Decorative Dots #133520.  The cupcake was stamped using the Sprinkles of Life stamp set and then each piece was cut using the coordinating Tree Builder Punch #138295. Cammie added the sentiment on a hand cut banner.

2015_07_20DSCI0832For the second card Cammie used the same color scheme for her Bokeh technique and the same Sprinkles of life stamp and coordinationg Tree Builder Punch to make a muli layered icecream cone.


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AZ Sunset

2015_02_07IMG_6901 My husband and I recently went to AZ to visit his mother and her husband. Anyone who knows me knows that I love cacti-especially “cacti with arms”.  Seeing these saguaro cacti in a quintessential AZ sunset was on my bucket list and when we went to Tuscon I got to see these beauties thriving complete with the AZ sunset. So my post today is the thank you that I made for my mother-in-law.  My sunset was brayered and sponged using lessons that my sister Cammie taught me awhile back.  I am not comfortable with brayering but I think this card turned out pretty well.  I added the Saguaro cacti from the Stampin Up Yee-Haw polymer stamp set #138107 and the desert brush was added using the Wetlands #126695.  Thanks for a great trip and beautiful memories and wonderful weather!


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Arizona Sunset

2015_01_21DSCI0796-01 I have always been in awe of the Saguaro cactus. Known for its tall, branching shape, the saguaro  is a true icon of the Arizona desert.  We will be vacationing in AZ soon and I can’t wait to see the “cactus with arms”. So when I received this card from Cammie I was over the moon with all it’s glory.  Cammie used the direct to paper method to create the Arizona landscape and the saguaro cacti were stamped using the Stampin Up Yee-Haw #138107  stamp set.

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Relaxation Journal

2015_01_08DSCI0804 (3)Cammie has been spending the last few weeks in warm and sunny Jamaica with her husband and several friends.  She made these cute journals to give to all the vacationers so they can jot down their memories.  The base of the journal is the Stampin Up Kraft Grid Journals #135718 and then she went to town creating a very relaxing beach scene using her master brayering skills and Stampin Up inks.

Once she returns from her Jamaican holiday you can be sure that she will be ready to create new stuff using the new products available in the Stampin Up Occasions catalog and the annual Stampin Up Sale-A-Bration campaign.

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Beautiful Transformation

2014_10_04DSCI0757 This card is truly an example of how Cammie can take the ugly goose from the Stampin Up Wetlands #126697 stamp set and transform it into a beautiful swan and a gorgeous all purpose card with her master braying skills.  The details that Cammie can achieve through brayering is amazing. Her brayering cards really take your breath away and I look forward to receiving them in the mail.

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Look Ma No Stamping!

2014_08_08No Stampin' needed 001 It’s true today’s card involves no stamping.  I know it looks like the background was stamped but instead, Cammie inked the new Lovely Lace Textured Impressions Embossing folder from the Stampin Up annual catalog in white ink and then ran it through the Big Shot.  Just like magic, the ink transfers to the cardstock along with the embossing.  She added bright flowers using the new Flower Frenzy#133726 die and the Little pieces #133733 embosslit.

As much as we love stamping it is always nice to take a stamp free break and create a beautiful card.

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Wheatfield card

2014_06_20Wetlands + Grunge=wheatfield under full moon 001 Today’s card is another one of Cammie’s beautiful brayered cards and brings me back (way back) to our youth when we lived in North Dakota, where wheatfields are plentiful.  After brayering, she stamped the Gorgeous Grunge #130517 in the moon. She stamped the wheat using Wetlands #126697 and then sponged around it to create the shadow.  She double mounted the main panel and then used the chevron border punch to create the lattice style border.

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