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Painted Fancy 2


Here is my next card from the Painted Fancy stack:






Recollections 5×6.5 pre-scored white card base

Recollections “Painted Fancy” 12×12 stack

Woodware “Georgina” clear flower stamp #JGS186

Stampendous “Friend Bouquet” wood-mounted sentiment stamp #47019

Versamark ink

Wow! Opaque Bright White embossing powder

Purple Wink of Stella glitter pen

Cabochon embellishment (unknown)


  • Cut a 5×6.5 panel from purple DP from the stack and mount it to the card base.
  • Stamp the flower stamp and sentiment with Versamark ink.
  • Emboss with white embossing powder.
  • Color in the petals and center of the flower with Wink of Stella.
  • Embellish the center of the flower with a lavender cabochon.


This card did not turn out as pretty as I hoped it would. I tried to cut the paper, which is a solid sheet of purple in a watercolor style wash, to show off the gradation of color in the wash – but it’s much more evident in the whole 12×12 sheet than it is in the card front. I had originally intended to stamp a group of smaller Woodware flowers in a bouquet style, but decided they were too small and one larger flower would be better. But given the Bouquet reference in the sentiment, I probably should have gone with my original impulse.

The white embossing is also not as pretty against the purple background as I imagined it to be.

So I decided I needed to bling it up. I remembered I had a dark purple Wink of Stella pen I bought for another project. That worked well. And I glued a lavender cabochon in the center of the flower. I almost always put a rhinestone, pearl, or some other bling in the center of a flower head or medallion if I use one. It centers the design to me, and adds some shine and light.

So, the card is fine, it just fell short of my original vision. It’s not my favorite card I ever made. But it’s alright. At these times, you have to remember that the person who will receive the card has no idea what your original vision is – they just know you made them a nice purple flower card. And they will like it fine.

The Woodware stamp and the cabochon are NBUS.  Always feel triumphant when I use something for the first time.



Patterned Paper


I need to get back to crafting.  It is a major stress reliever for me.  Going into that right-brain mode, forgetting everything else for a while, helps me cope.  Not that I have all that much to cope with … but you know.  Everyone needs an outlet.

Of all the projects i could tackle in my stash list, still I find myself wanting to work with patterned paper.  The One Sheet Wonder classes I took from Jessica taylor were fun and I’d like to continue working with that.  So my idea is to make two projects from each of my patterned paper stacks.  And, since I currently have more cards than I know what to do with, one of them should be something else.  These should keep me busy for quite a while, since I have a lot of paper pads:

a huge stack of paper pads

Or, you know, until I get bored with it.  This isn’t a penance; it’s supposed to be fun.

So this is the first pad I’ve chosen to work with:



This is the Far East Stack 2 from DCWV. (One of my favorite paper companies.)  I also have the first Far East stack; it was one of the first ones I bought.  That one has more of a classical Asian kind of feel, with pages reminiscent of classical Chinese landscapes, Chinese ideographs, and cool colors.  This one has a more baroque, kind of Chinoiserie feel — lots of bright red, Chinese lanterns, gilded dragons.

Here is my first card from this stack:




I used a dark paper as the base, fussy-cut some flowers from the same design paper, only in red, and popped them up.  I added some Asian style peel-off stickers (Dazzles.)

Now this is not my most favorite card I ever made, but it will do.  I had a hard time figuring out where to place the cut flowers, but I like them in a line like that.

So, just a brief post showing what I’ve been up to.  I just wanted to get back in the saddle.  Thanks for stopping by!

UPDATE: I am entering this in the Craft Stamper March blog challenge.  Craft Stamper is my favorite stamping magazine.  They teach tons of techniques, and do a lot more than just cards.  IT’s a British magazine, so it costs a bit to subscribe from across the pond, but to me it’s worth it.  I like their style.

Dazzles & Patterned Paper 3


In addition to patterned paper acting as background for Dazzles stickers, the stickers can sometimes act as accent for patterned paper.  Like this:


I love, love, love this card.  It turned out exactly like I imagined it would. (You know that doesn’t happen very often.) I may not be able to give this one away.  In fact I may frame it. 🙂

Here, a sheet of red and gold Asian-themed stickers become decorative elements enhancing a patterned paper scene.  This paper is from the DCWV Far East Stack, and I have wanted to use it for a long time. I’m so happy I finally did.  It’s beautiful.

Asian themes were all the rage in crafting several years ago, and I have confidence that eventually they will be again.  It’s one of my favorite motifs, always has been since I was a little kid and watched SHOGUN on TV. 🙂  When they do, I plan to go on a buying rampage and stock up for the future.  Like I’ve said, if a trend resonates with you, invest in it.  But don’t follow a trend just because it’s a trend.

Oh, and if you can’t read it, the English word at the lower right reads, “Friendship.”  Which I assume is what the large ideogram says, as the English word was right below it on the sticker sheet.  My brother might be able to tell me, if he deigns to visit my blog.  He knows some Chinese, as he studied Oriental medicine.  He is an acupuncturist and registered nurse.

The little heart charm is from Bead Landing at Michaels.

What are some of your favorite design styles?  What trends do you think are worth investing in?

Dazzles & Patterned Paper 2


Here’s some more examples of Dazzles-type stickers on patterned paper:


This sticker sheet is from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  All of these stickers come from the same sheet.  On the left I backed them with a soft blue floral pattern, and on the right with hot pink.  I wanted to show how, by differing the patterned papers used under the same stickers, you can end up with something soft and subtle, or something big and bold.

I don’t now where the blue paper is from — it was in a blog candy prize I won from the Simon Says blog a while back.  The pink paper is from an American Crafts 6 x 6 pad that doesn’t seem to have a name; it’s birthday-themed papers.  I got it at Michaels.

Both sentiments are from the Fiskars “Make a Wish Quotes” set, stamped on the left with VersaFine Onyx Black and on the right with Hero Arts Neon Pink.  I added some bling to the center of the flowers on the white card, and Glossy Accents to the center of the flower on the kraft.

Dazzles & Patterned Paper


Another fun thing you can do with Dazzles, since they have so much negative space usually, is apply them over patterned paper, which will give a very different look than using them on plain paper.  That’s what I did here:


These particular stickers are by Magenta. I affixed them to a sheet of patterned paper, and then fussy-cut them out.  I then mounted them on a card front of complementary paper from the same stack, and popped one up for interest.

The paper is from the same “Bright Punch-Outs” stack from Wal-Mart that I used recently here, the first stack I ever bought. I really do enjoy this stack. I’ll be sad when it’s gone.

The sentiment is an epoxy sticker from Cloud 9 Designs, mounted on some silver foil tape from Ranger.  It says, “To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides.”  When I was looking for a sentiment, I wanted to use these epoxy stickers, and I thought, the sun …. leaves … photosynthesis — leaves feel the sun and turn energy into matter … so that’s the thinking there.

I am going to enter this card into these challenges:

Shopping Our StashEmbellish Me — you have to create your own embellishment.  I created the leaves out of stickers and patterned paper.  I also kind of created the sentiment by backing it with foil tape.  And using the first paperp stack I ever bought is *really* shopping your stash!

Open Minded ChallengeMonochromatic — because duh, right? 🙂