Technique Tuesday

Sassy Guy Card


Hello!  Today I have a slimline card that I made for my husband.  I love the Sassy Guy stamp, the sentiments are hilarious and I thought the images are so cute!

I stamped all the images and sentiments in Memento Tuxedo black ink onto to 110 lb Neenah cardstock in solar white, die cut them with my Brother ScanCut2. The slimline card base has the dimensions of 8.5 inches by 3.5 inches, and I used two pieces of patterned paper from my stash to create a slimline panel (8.5 inches by 3.5 inches) background.  To create more interest, I die cut windows into a smaller slimline panel to provide a “frame” around each sentiment; adding the images around each sentiment further framed each part.


I copic colored all the images simply and added white gel pen marks to create highlights. The white highlights just provide more dimension to the images, I usually try to add some to each card I make.


You can find the Sassy Guy stamp here and all the section with the “Stamps about Men & Fathers” here.

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NYC Traveler’s Notebook Layout


Today I have a traveler’s notebook layout with some new memory keeping stamps from Technique Tuesday.  Today I’m showcasing the new Good Times stamp set and Best Words Crafting die set.  It is also sold as a bundle here.

I documented a trip to New York City where I met my wonderful friend Alexia. She and I both took photos and shared them with each other; I believe that the ones that I am using today are ones that she took.  She is an amazing photographer and memory keeper! These 2 pages are really an ode to her- her favorite color is teal!

Did you know that you can emboss on washi tape?? I didn’t! I recently got a set of washi tapes from Altenew and decided the teal set would be perfect to use.  I placed strips of washi tape onto heavy 110lb cardstock and then either die cut words from them or heat embossed a word onto them with white embossing powder and then cut them with a banner die.


The layout itself is very easy, I added several paraphernalia from our trip amongst the 2 photos.  Finally I heat embossed the “Super Duper Happy” sentiment from the Good Times stamp set with some glittery teal Wow embossing powder and filled in the open space of Happy with a teal copic marker.


The Good Times stamp set had the perfect words to document this trip- as we had so much fun together.  Thank you for stopping by!


Memory Keepers Studio Stamps:


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Emoji Traveler’s Notebook Layout


Today I’m sharing a traveler’s notebook layout with some new stamps and die from Technique Tuesday.  My daughter and I had recently gone to a special Frida Kahlo exhibition at our art museum.  It was spectacular and I thought it would be a fun layout with the new emoji stamps!

To make the layout I first did some ink blending on 2 panels (4 inch by 8 inch 110 lb Neenah solar white cardstock) with distress ink: spiced marmalade, worn lipstick, picked raspberry, seedless preserves and dusty concord.  I then sprinkled water with a paintbrush as well as liquid stardust from Lawn Fawn.cbk2

I then die cut a bunch of the emojis from yellow and bronze cardstock.  I also stamped a few of the images from the Emojis stamp set and fussy cut them. I stamped some of the emoji with Versamark ink to create a tone on tone look.  I created a frame for each of the photos using 2 rectangle dies (I just used what I had in my stash)- the photos are 2 inch by 3 inch sized photos (polaroid instax) and I created flowers with the colors that were prevalent at the exhibit- I used dies from a company that no longer exists- just use what you have in your stash.  I finished the layout with some gold embellishments & alphas.cbk3


Here is the entire set of listing for the Memory Keepers Studio Stamps: Memory Keepers & Fresh Cut Studio Stamps

The stamps & dies I used today are located there and here as well:

Stamp set: Emojis Stamp Set

Dies: Emojis Crafting Dies

BUNDLED: Emojis Stamp Set with Matching Dies


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Sweet Hogsmeade Layout


I have another traveler’s notebook layout for you today. I’m guesting at Technique Tuesday for the next few months; I’m focusing on the newly released Sweet as Candy Stamp set & dies and the Candy Jar crafting dies.

To make the spread:

  1. I used a 8.25 inch by 4.25 inch insert (standard size) and cut 2 panels (8 inch by 4 inch) out of cardstock with a fancy script on it.  I painted a faint amount of white acrylic paint over the areas that were going to focus my photos.  The photos always drive my design; I had chosen those first and die cut small polaroid-type frames which I adhered on top of each photo.
  2. I stamped and die cut each of the images from the Sweet as Candy Stamp set & dies onto to Neenah Solar White Class Crest 110 lb cardstock, which I then copic colored and put highlights on with a white gel pen.  I die cut the jar out of vellum and had extra hearts that I had cut out with the Candy Jar crafting dies.  I adhered everything to the page, including cardstock alphas and glitter stars that I had in my stash.
  3. I thought the Candy Jar crafting dies would be perfect for making a shaker clip that would further highlight the spread.  To make the shaker clip, I had to adjust some of the die cuts as shown in the photos:

    I die cut the entire jar out of blue cardstock, white cardstock, blue vellum, acetate and foam; I cut the lower part of the foam piece off as shown in the photos so that the jar would fit with the lid. I also had to make impressions with the die cuts so that I could cut out the outline of the entire jar in white cardstock and acetate. For the bottom part of the jar, I adhered the blue cut cardstock to the acetate piece that spanned the entire bottom of the jar, which was then adhered to a foam piece- this creates a capsule for the shaker that contains all the shaker pieces.  The foam lid was adhered to a white cardstock piece that spanned the entire candy jar (again I ran a piece of cardstock with an embossing pad so that the outline of the candy jar could be impressed on the paper that I could fussy cut by hand.  I adhered the inner vellum piece to the same white cardstock piece.  Now was it was time to fill the shaker, so I die cut lots of hearts out of heavy cardstock that I had on hand and then applied some glitter glue on top for shimmer.  Once dry, I put the shaker pieces in and adhered the jar shut.  To make it into a clip, I impressed and fussy cut 4 more pieces of the entire jar onto the Neenah 110 lb cardstock and fussy cut a notch for the paper clip into 3 pieces.  I glued the 3 pieces with the notch onto the back of the shaker first, then hot glued the clip in and then sealed the entire shaker clip with the final un-notched piece.  This is definitely easier to show in a video, than describe in a blog post, and if there is a lot of interest, I can make a video.

Thank you for stopping by- I hope that you will give the traveler’s notebook method of memory keeping a try!

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Technique Tuesday Friendship Layout & Promo


Hello and welcome!  Today’s post is all about friendship and all the designers chose products from the Friendship Inspiration Stamps category this month.

I made a layout in a Traveler’s Notebook about a trip my daughter and I took last August to visit her BFF in New York City.  We ran around Central Park for a long time and then headed to the Metropolitan Museum of Art before taking the LIRR to my mom’s house.  The photos above are taken from right outside the restaurant in Central Park- I just loved the view and wanted to remember it.

To make the layout:

  1. I used a standard size notebook insert (8.25 inch by 4.33 inch).  I always use the photos as the starting point for figuring out what type of layout I’m going to make. I had a bunch printed out from the restaurant view and from inside the museum, so  ultimately, I felt the dragonfly theme fit best with the Central Park photos. Slowly I put an outdoor themed layout together, as I figured it out along the way rather than had a complete vision at the onset.
  2. I had to die cut 2 panels of light blue cardstock with a scalloped panel via partial die cutting since the dies were not made to produce panels of such size.  In partial die-cutting one side is first cut, then one adjusts the die & paper to cut from the other direction.  I wanted tone on tone stamping with the dragonfly from the Inspired Dragonfly stamp set bundle as shown in the photo below.  The color that came closest to the pale blue was actually a pigment ink (rather than a dye ink) from Mama Elephant (winter).  I stamped the dragonfly repeatedly to create a very subtle background. cbk-dragonfly1
  3. I often look to actual photos of nature for inspiration regarding color.  I did look at several photos of dragonflies before deciding to focus on shades of teal. I used vellum, copic colored white cardstock and glitter cardstock to cut several dragonflies before piecing them together with connect glue.
  4. I wanted the lovely sentiments from Inspired Dragonfly stamp set bundle to be very prominent, so I die cut some clouds and stamped the sentiments in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I die cut some grass, some lady bugs from the adorable Build A Dragonfly die set, and adhered the chipboard alphas and sequins to finish off the layout.

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Winter Traveler’s Notebook Layout- Technique Tuesday


Hello to Winter in August!  Today I’m using a stamp set and die from Technique Tuesday’s travel, vacation & recreation section.  I’m using the “Cars on the Road” border die set and the Hello Winter stamp set to create a traveler’s notebook spread detailing an event from last December.


First I stamped all the images in clear embossing powder on two 8 by 4 inch cardstock panels. I then ink blended the distress oxide shaded lilac and tumbled glass on top and wiped with a clear cloth over the stamped images.  Aren’t images adorable?


Here is a close-up for the beautiful images in the stamp set!

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I die cut the car out of red cardstock and the tires & road out of black cardstock. I added some finishing touches to complete the layout: puffed white embossing powder, sequins, wood veneer trees and a woodgrain alpha.

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