Monthly Archives: April 2009

Postage increase is coming


…so I had to change the template for this faux postage project!  You can find the template HERE, on the Heartfelt Inkspiration Resources page.  We’ll be using this technique at camps in May, when our projects will be Mostly Manly.

Stamps:  Pocket Silhouettes, Sweet Little Sentiments (hostess)

Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Mellow Moss, Bordering Blue

Paper:  Sahara Sand, Mellow Moss, Not Quite Navy, Very Vanilla

Other:  Mat Pack, Word Window Punch, Stampin’ Sponges, postage edge scissors


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Bye-bye, baby!


I’m waving goodbye to April and all our little kid cards.  Our stamp camps this month were so fun — I really look forward to being with you, enjoying all the talk and laughter.  (Last night’s camp also included some applause for a spirited rendition of a high school cheer, but that doesn’t usually happen ….)

So, lots of you have seen — stamped! — this card from the April camps.  Lots of little pieces to work with, but I think we ended up with a very special greeting.  The clouds were created by sponging inside a mask made from the Scallop Circle punch.

Stamps:  Nursery Necessities (p. 66), Priceless (p. 121)

Ink:  Ballet Blue, VersaMark, Whisper White (Craft)

Paper:  Barely Banana, Bashful Blue, Vellum card stock, Ballet Blue, So Saffron, More Mustard, Whisper White

Other:  Scallop Edge Punch, Stampin’ Sponge, Stampin’ Emboss Powder (Clear) and Heat Tool, Slit Punch, Earth Elements brad (More Mustard), Fresh Favorites II button (Brocade Blue), ½” Striped Grosgrain Ribbon (Bashful Blue), Stampin’ Dimensionals, Glue Dots, embroidery floss

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Pot o’ pansies


These aren’t really pansies, but they do a pretty good imitation!  I needed a springlike card for a birthday this week, and making it gave me a reason to pull out the Watercolor Wonder Crayons.  I have loved using them from the moment I put brush to crayon.

pansies-up-closeI wrote in an earlier post about water coloring (using markers) and the importance of stamping on watercolor paper when you’re blending with lots of water.  That’s what I did here, and it allowed me to layer the color and move it around very easily.  See how many colors are on the pot?  You can achieve amazing shading as long as you don’t over-blend.  For the flowers, I just dabbed and swept the color on.  Looking at the image closely, you see some of the color runs “outside the lines,” there are gaps of white, part of the pot color runs into the flower — it’s not very precise!  And that’s the beauty of water coloring.  It’s the impression of the image that counts.  Experiment, practice a lot, and gain confidence in your coloring!

Stamp:  Bloomin’ Beautiful

Ink:  Staz-On Jet Black

Paper:  Perfect Plum, Barely Banana, Pale Plum, Watercolor Paper

Other:  Watercolor Wonder Crayons and Aqua Painter, Circle Scissors Plus and Glass Mat, Big Shot and Backgrounds I Texturz Plates (Small Dots), Taffeta Ribbon (Mellow Moss), Stampin’ Dimensionals

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Stamping and sending


Kelly Nicole is one of my favorite stampers.  She is excellent at adding little touches that make you say, “Wow!”  This card is nearly an exact copy of one of hers.  It’s bound for a friend who just had knee surgery.  Ouch.

Stamps:  Trendy Trees, Sweet Little Sentiments (hostess)

Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Kiwi Kiss

Paper:  Kraft, Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip

Other:  Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, Corner Rounder Punch, Fresh Favorites I Colored Button (Certainly Celery), 1/2″ Striped Grosgrain Ribbon (Bashful Blue), Stampin’ Dimensionals, embroidery floss

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“Cute” made easy


Some of you may have made the matchbox candy holders last year during a chocolate-themed camp.  What you didn’t experience was the tedious scoring and cutting it took to get them ready to stamp and assemble.  So I was excited (but a little skeptical) when I first saw the Matchbox Bigz XL Die in the new Occasions Mini Catalog.  When the box came with my Occasions order, I tore the die out of the packaging (saving the directions!) and cranked one out.  It was so great I offered a free matchbox with tiny stamps (and chocolate) to anyone placing an order in April, my SU! anniversary month.  Yes, that’s it up there!

Here are some tips:

  • I knew I wanted to use the new Thick Window Sheets for the lids.  Unfortunately, I didn’t order them right away (I’m still waiting, which is why those of you just getting your orders will look through your bag in vain for these treats).  So for my first experiment I used a piece of rigid plastic I had  — the packaging from something long since opened.  (I save a lot of materials with possibilities for the Big Shot!)  It worked perfectly.
  • This is my first Bigz die, which requires the Extended Cutting Pads.  Before I used them for the first time (you know how traumatic that is), I thought I would try using my Standard Cutting Pads for the box portion to cut the paper and then again for the plastic lid.  Since the Standard Cutting Pads cover the area being cut (thereby keeping the thickness uniform), they worked perfectly.  (Note that’s the second time I’ve said that….)  My suggestion:  Don’t buy the Extended pads just for this die.
  • There’s no adhesive on the box!  For the plastic lid (a sleeve, really), I tried a piece of Sticky Strip on the side panel and another one on the tab:  adhesive against adhesive.  That was several weeks ago, and the tension in the folded plastic that wants to spring the lid apart hasn’t defeated the Sticky Strip.  Perfect (ahem).

So now you may benefit from my experiences!

Stamp:  Oval All

Ink:  Basic Gray

Paper:  Sale-A-Bration Delicate Dots (no longer available)

Other:  Big Shot and Matchbox Die, Scallop Oval Punch, markers, Sale-A-Bration Poly-Twill Ribbon (no longer available), Sticky Strip, embroidery floss, thick acetate


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The next best thing to a billion slides of my summer vacation!


Here’s where I’ve been — taking the same photos probably hundreds of thousands of tourists have!

We only had three days for this trip — I “packed” after my morning shower, so unlike most vacations, I had done no research or planning, other than to check the weather.  Just as predicted, it was mild but very windy.  Note to self:  Leave straw hat in car.

We’ve been to St. Louis before, but probably 20 years ago.  Regrettably, our road atlas is from 1995, and navigating through the expressways around SL is quite an adventure when the roads aren’t even on the map.  (Insert another appreciative wave of the hand to all the kind souls who let us move over when we were in the wrong lane!)

The first three hours of the nearly 5-hour trip we’ve done many times, and it’s still interesting.  The last two were tedious, but maybe it was because DH was asleep and I had no one to share my observations with.  I travel just like my mother did:  remarking on the livestock (“Look at the key-ows!”) and reading signs aloud along the way (“Tattoos while you wait!!!!”).  It makes me happy to be taking a road trip; I have very fond memories of childhood vacations.  More on that some other time.


We started at St. Charles, MO.  It was just a perfect day.  Sunday evening we had watched a good portion of the Ken Burns’ Lewis & Clark film, so I was thrilled to find this statue near the river.  Later we saw a very moving film under the arch about the expedition — really, I was weeping at this amazing journey and its significance.

St. Charles is full of old homes and buildings; here’s one of them.


OK, that’s enough for now — don’t want you to doze off!

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Spring delight


Finally!  I could hardly wait to “hang out” this morning!  We will mark the diary with this annual milestone.

Amongst this laundry are some new sheets.  We have a “winter” set that is so dense and heavy I can hardly stand it any more.  The fitted sheet on that set has elastic all around.  Now, I’m sure someone thought that was a good idea, but it’s impossible to tell side from end — I had to mark the center bottom with a pin, à la my mother.  And the experience of wrestling the bottom sheet onto the mattress simply has to be seen.  DH (it’s his job) is sweating when finished as he announces triumphantly through the house “I got it!”

So I was looking forward to the pretty new aqua set.  Hmmm.  No “header” on the flat sheet.  Assuming it’s not square, how will we tell side from end?  And no lovely edge on the pillowcases.  I know Martha would be crocheting an edge on these, and perhaps I’ll post several weeks from now that I have accomplished the same task.

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