Encouragement Blog Hop

Welcome to the Encouragement Blog Hop- I am so excited to be a part of this hop. This hop was made to bring crafters together to create cards for patients at St. Jude’s, the Ronald McDonald House and a hospice by Courtney, Jen & Mary.   I have a video showing how to make this card here.


I wanted to make an interactive card for a child at St. Judes that would be fun and give a sweet message.  I chose to make a magic picture changer with the Lawn Fawn Ahoy Matey stamp set.

  1. First I traced the outside of each of the 2 dies needed to create the mechanism of the magic picture changer and also traced part of the inside square so that I could plan out the scene.  I stamped the inside images of the changing scene, masked them and then use distress ink tea dye to color blend a sand background.
  2. I then copic colored all the images and stamped and die cut all the rest that were needed to make this scene.  Taking a new piece of cardstock, I colored blended distress ink tea dye on the lower half and mermaid lagoon on the upper half.  I created a speckled look on the water by spraying the upper part with distress oxide ink mermaid lagoon spray and on the sand with bronze and white paint.  I then assembled the card as shown in the video.


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Mermaid Card


Today I showcasing the “Mermaid Kisses” stamp set, one of my favorite from the new release at Trinity Stamps as well as the Ocean Builder stencil set and the Ocean Reef Builder Stamp set.

First I cut an A2 sized panel I had ink blended with a custom oxide distress ink color that I made.  I used the Ocean Builder stencil in several ways: with versamark ink and heat embossed with beach embellishment powder on the very bottom, followed by versamark ink and wow powder. The bubbles on the top were made using the stencil and nuvo paste.


Then I stamped, die cut and copic colored images from the Mermaid Kisses and Ocean Reef Builder stamp sets. Finally I added a border of sparkle paper.


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Trinity Release Blog Hop!


After a week of sneaky peeks, the Trinity Stamps release is finally here!

I made 2 cards with products from the new release, so let’s get right to it!  The first card uses the “Hello” sentimini die, the Rainy Days Together stamp set and the Cloudy Day Die Scene as well as cloud and rain drop embellishments.  I cannot tell you how excited I was to get the Cloudy Day Die Scene- so many elements in it and it allows one to create the perfect cloudy sky with ease.


To create the card I stamped the large image from the Rainy Day Together stamp set and copic colored it before masking it off and using the Trinity blendability brushes to create a soft background.  I heat embossed the edges of the clouds & the boots & umbrella with Wow embossing powder.  To create the shaker card, I adhered the die cut cloudy day panel to a panel of acetate that had a border of double adhesive foam.  The back panel (stamped with the image) was adhered to an A2 card base, thereafter I added some raindrop sequins and then the final part of the shaker card “sandwich”- the front acetate/die cut/foam adhesive border panel.  I die cut more clouds & hearts (which are part of the Cloudy Day Die Scene set and adhered them as well as little ducklings that were fussy cut & colored from the Rainy Day Together stamp set.  A die cut “hello” from vellum added the perfect understated touch that blended with the background.

The next card uses the Spring Fling Floral stamp set, which like my beloved Winter Botanical stamp set, will give users a lot of different ways to use the floral images!  Again, I die cut the “hello” sentiment with the “Hello” Sentimini die.


The back panel was created from Lawn Fawn’s Spiffy Speckles paper with some added gold paint splatters.  There are so many ways to use the florals, but I wanted to present them as a bouquet, since the stamp set also includes stems!  The vase was die cut from blue vellum, acetate and gold metallic cardstock using a vase die from Flora & Fauna.  All the florals were die cut & copic colored very simply and embellished with either sequins or drops.

I hope that you will love the new release as much as I do and that you will give some of these products a try!

GIVEAWAY: One reader will be randomly selected to receive a $25 Trinity Gift Card and an embellishment goodie bag.

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Christine- YOU ARE HERE

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Bubble Tea Day with Coffee Loving Card Makers!

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Happy National Bubble Tea Day!  Welcome to the Coffee Loving Cardmakers and Trinity Stamps Bubble Tea hop; if you’ve come from the lovely and talented Donna Lewis, you are in the right spot!


I had to research Bubble Tea, as I have never had one before!  The soft colors of the bubble tea with the bright colored “bubbles” on the bottom of the beverage really drove the color scheme of this card.  I used the Trinity Blendability brushes to add the tattered rose distress oxide ink to a panel.


Thereafter I splattered Martha Stewart pearl white paint and gold paint with a brush.


Finally I colored in images from the Winter Botanical stamp set with copics (R20, R30 & G43) before adhering them and some sequins to make a wreath.

One lucky person who comments on all the participating blogs by Wednesday, May 8th at 11:59 pm PT will win a $25 Trinity Gift Card! Woohoo! The winner will be announced on the CLC blog the following week. BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE! Trinity Stamps wanted to give all of you a little something, so they created a limited edition Best-Tea’s digital stamp in honor of National Bubble Tea day! This digital stamp is available through the month of May only. If you create anything with our digital stamp, don’t forget to tag  #TrinityStamps so Trinity can see your creations!

Thank you for stopping by!  The next stop on this blog hop is the talented Courtney Kreeber!


Trinity Stamps- https://blog.trinitystamps.com/?p=2890

Jeannie Lieu- https://urlzs.com/mVJN

Shanna Slater- https://urlzs.com/7Y71

Erica Andersson-Burke- https://urlzs.com/uKha

Donna Lewis- https://urlzs.com/beKf

—>Christine Burillo-Kirch-  YOU ARE HERE!

Courtney Kreeber-https://urlzs.com/ot6a<–  NEXT STOP

Emily Mydlowski- https://urlzs.com/1nta

Judy Rozema- https://urlzs.com/eN9H

Emelie Hessler- https://urlzs.com/s8RV

Amy Brown- https://britedesignsbyamy.wordpress.com/

Katie Brooks- https://urlzs.com/WrK9

Coffee Loving Cardmaker’s blog http://coffeelovingcardmakers.com/10334

Kerry Urbatch http://bit.ly/2IAdzVw

Erin Thiem  http://bit.ly/2GkYljC

Lisa Bzibziak  http://bit.ly/2ZnRO0l

Kathy Schweinfurth http://bit.ly/2XCUaXv

Helen Gullett  https://helengullett.com/?p=17215

Dana Warren  http://bit.ly/2XGNgAE

Amy Tsuruta http://bit.ly/2ZtaY5g


Stitching with Trinity Stamps


I thought it might be a bit crazy, but a lot of fun to create a stitching project with Trinity Stamps.  The Trinity Stamps Winter Botanical stamps set seemed just a natural fit for this project!


I used the Concord & 9th turnabout stamp positioner to temporarily adhere a 6×6 piece of blank cross-stitch fabric. Placing the stamps I was interested in using in one quadrant, I first tested my positioning on cardstock paper with Gina K. designs black amalgram ink.  You can use any ink that stamps crisply- of the inks I own, I found the Gina K. designs ink to produce the most crisp result.  I first stamped the images with a light ink similar to Ink On ink, but it was too light to see on the fabric.  I don’t mind some black showing in the project, although I did try to keep it to a minimum.


Thereafter I removed the fabric and spent time deciding which floral would receive which stitch.  The stitches that I used are common knowledge, but the photos below are are from Molly Makes.  There is the link.  The first (top left) is a bullion stitch that I used in the center flower.  The stem stitch (shown in the top center) was used on the stems of floral with the mini blue flowers.  The french knot stitch (top right) was the stitch used to create the blue flowers.  The outline of the center flower was made using the (bottom left) lazy daisy stitch.  The satin stitch (center bottom) was used to make the yellow flowers.  The stem of the yellow flowers used the split stitch (bottom right).  The rest of the flowers used the simple basic stitch.

Finally I adhered my cross-stitch project to 2 wood veneer cross-stitch frames that I had in my stash.closeup2

I made a card out of the cardstock that I stamped, with some gold embossing powder and copic coloring as shown here:


I hope that this will inspire you to use your stamps for other purposes!

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