Wednesday, August 26, 2015


Hi there,

I have to say this month has been a bit of an eye opener for me.  The whole team brought so many different cancers to light (most of which I didn't know existed). Instead of using pink, which I did three times already, I decided to look for something a little different. I found the Silver and Blue Ribbon, which signifies living and coping with Cancer.

Living and Coping with Cancer

So to begin with, I made my background paper by spraying the Perfect Pearl, a Perfect Pearls Mist, over a piece of white cardstock. I then applied Color Burst Ultramarine Blue, which "erupted" and resulted in a pretty silvery blue mottled look - the perfect stage for my silver and blue combination.  I ran the background through the Darice "Cross with Words" embossing folder and sanded the raised words - removing the ink and leaving the white words. You can see the embossed words more clearly here.

Living and Coping with Cancer

The sentiment, from the Survivor Set 713, was stamped in Versamark and then heat embossed with Mediterranean (one of the Tuscany embossing powders). I hand cut the banner and daubed the piece with a little Memento Teal Zeal ink. It was then layered to a slightly larger piece of Silver Metallic cardstock.

Living and Coping with Cancer

On to the ribbons!  I die cut the Survivor Ribbon (from the Die-Versions Awareness Ribbon Words die set) out of the background piece on the bottom right. I then die cut two Cancer ribbons, from the Silver Metallic cardstock.  I covered the cancer wording of one of them with a strip of the silver cardstock before layering the Survivor ribbon offset on top.  The background was layered to a silver metallic frame, so that the glossy white card base would show through the Survivor ribbon.  I re-inserted the Survivor ribbon in the space where it came from, so that the words from the cross still matched up and then attached the sentiment and the Cancer ribbon with Dimensional Foam.

Living and Coping with Cancer

Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, August 21, 2015


So after my last post, I thought .... "I wonder how a background die would work using a die and some double-sided adhesive?" Well, I was pretty pleased with how it came out! I just added a simple sentiment from the Happy Birthday Set 416 and some ribbon and my card was complete!

I looked through my background dies and found this Spellbinder's one (Butterfly Magic).  As the die is large, I decided to make a 5" x 7" card this time. I cut a piece of Super Adhesive Sheet 4" x 6" (as the 2 1/2" Tear-ific Tape was not wide enough) and stuck it down to a piece of white cardstock. I then put the die face down on top of the tape and ran it through my machine. This is how it should look:

Next you start to pick off pieces where you want the first color of glitter to go. For this I use an exacto knife. 

Now you are ready to start coloring! Burnish the glitters in well with your finger tool! I like to use the Velvet Glitters for this technique as they are microfine and cover the adhesive thoroughly. I put some Ballerina down first, flipped the card over to remove the excess off the piece and then poured Orchid Rose over the piece and burnished it in well with my finger. It adhered to the remaining sticky surface to give this result:

I then picked out some more of the "image" and applied Purple Rain:

The remainder of the protective backing was removed, and I applied Cloud Nine. Dump it on and burnish it in. It will not get contaminated from the other darker glitters, as the darker glitters are truly stuck to the adhesive - they will not move!

Put the excess glitter back in the jar!

A sentiment and a purple ribbon were all I felt it needed to be complete. I stamped the sentiment in Versamark on glossy white cardstock and heat embossed with Mulberry Star. This embossing powder is one of the Tuscany EPs. They are detailed embossing powders, which makes them awesome for sentiments, when black just won't do! The sentiment was die cut and embossed with Spellbinders Ribbon Tag Trio. A little Memento Lulu Lavender was daubed on before removing the die. The card front was layered to purple before tying the bow and attaching the tag. Dimensional Foam was added behind for dimension.

I hope I've inspired you to give this technique a try. Let me leave you with a quick look at another card I made using the same idea, but using five dies, instead of one to make a background.



Monday, August 17, 2015


Hi there,

Hope you're enjoying the last few weeks of the summer. I just can't believe how quickly it has gone! Three more weeks and Calum will be back to school. I've got a week right now to catch up with all my stamping obligations before I go to Ottawa next Tuesday for a Roman reunion! A group of people that I used to work with in Rome, circa 30 years ago, are getting together next week - I'm so looking forward to seeing them all. Some I have kept in contact with, but others not - it'll be fun to see if we recognize each other! Then I come back for the last week of school vacation and get ready for Margaret, of Sparkle N Sprinkle, coming up for the Somerset Stamping Convention. Busy, but fun times!

In the meantime, here is a card that I made today for the sister of the lady who lost her husband back in February. She moved down to Florida yesterday and the sisters will now live together down in St. Augustine. This was a fun card to make. These Memory Box dies are great for "coloring with glitter". I'm using one called "Perky Poppy" today.

To begin with, stick a piece of 2 1/2" Tear-ific Tape down on to a piece of white cardstock. Place the die face down on the shiny protective layer. Run through the embossing machine and it should only cut through the shiny protective layer. If it does go all the way through the cardstock too, then put a piece of cardstock shim between the tape and the die. This should prevent it cutting all the way through. All machines are calibrated differently.

This is how it should look:

Take an exacto knife, as shown, and carefully lift up the protective layer of the section that you want to "color". I started with Purple Rain, then did the outline of the petals and stamen in Pixie Violet.


Dogwood Rose was used for the main petals and then instead of using a stem-like green, I decided to go with Celebration which has some purple and green hues to it. I thought it would go better with my color palette. 

After the stems are colored, carefully peel back the entire protective backing and apply your background color - I decided to use Lavender Iris for my project, again thinking to keeping my card in the purple family.

Here is a close up of the background.

I used the Happy Birthday sentiment from the Innies & Outies Set 727. I cut it between the Happy and the Birthday and arranged it on an acrylic block, so that there would be room for the 60th silver sticker. I stamped it on the glossy white card base in Versamark and heat embossed with Silver Detail. The glittered piece was layered to black and then I used Dimensional Foam to attach it to the card base. Some Silver cord was tied around the left hand side to finish the card off.

Hope you've enjoyed my share today and that you're inspired to give this "coloring with glitter" technique a try. It really is a fun way of using the dies in a different manner. 



Friday, August 14, 2015


Hi there, 

Today I'd like to share with you another card I created with the Die-Versions Awareness Ribbon Words (DV-485) for our August joint reveal.


First, I made the mottled pink cardstock from which to cut the dies. I took a piece of glossy white card and sprayed it first with Perfect Pearl, a Perfect Pearls Mist. I then applied Alizarin Crimson, one of the Color Bursts that Sparkle N Sprinkle now carries. It gave a lovely mottled, metallic look to the cardstock.


I placed the dies on the prepared cardstock at the same time and ran it through my embossing machine.  The equal and plus signs were punched from the same piece of cardstock. I cut a piece of Super Adhesive Sheet, removed the protective backing and placed the die cuts on to the sticky surface.


Cloud Nine and the new Ballerina Velvet Glitters were then sprinkled, one at a time, over the remaining sticky surface. This was layered to a piece of card which had been edged with Versamark and heat embossed with Raspberry Tart. This was then layered to the white card base.


The sentiment was stamped on glossy white cardstock in Versamark and heat embossed with Raspberry Tart. It was die cut with Spellbinders Ribbon Banner die and I sponged over the sentiment with Memento Angel Pink ink, before removing the die. The sentiment was attached with dimensional foam.


Hope you've enjoyed my share with you today.