3 Reasons to Organize your Stamps and Tools part 2…

This is part two or rather a redesign of the original post (can find it here)

After I posted that I really looked at the Punch Templates and just wasn’t happy with it

I went back to the drawing board and came up with this:

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Die made and Outline
Die made and Outline
Die Cut
Die Cut
Die cut Inside and Out
Die cut Inside and Out

I am really please with how this turned out and I have room to expand it.

Every Template can be laid out over an image to see the fit

I can even use them to sponge with

I will be adding pages with the die cut blanks as well

That way I can see exactly what I have to play with

Stay tuned for part three “The Colors”

Please let me know if you have done this and share pictures of your ideas!

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3 Reasons to Organize Your Stamps and Tools…

I was inspired by several people and blogs to Organize my Stamps and Tools

I will be working on this over the next few days

Stay tuned for more Ideas

One reason I wanted to do this was so I know what I have to work with

The second reason I decided to do this was so I had a quick reference for finding just the right stamp or tool

The third reason I decided to do this was to make it easier to see just what is in my inventory and what I need to add

I started with my punches since that is the smallest of my tool sets

I decided for my punches I would make cards and attach them to a ribbon so I could use them to find images that would fit inside them

I wrote the name of the punch and the Catalog number on each template for easy reference

Punch Template 3 Punch Template 2 Punch Template 1

I may change these up a bit. This was the first attempt at creating this type of template.

More to come.

Please let me know if you have done this and share pictures of your ideas!

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I Love the Colors…

I was inspired my another Mojo Monday sketch.

Mojo294SketchI love the colors in the card I made and I think it turned out well

I had a lot of fun with the water coloring work I did on the flower.

Mojo Monday 294 WM

I took my time on this one and just had fun.

The colors I used were:

Elegant Eggplant

Daffodil Delight

Always Artichoke


Perfect Plum

I ran the card itself through the Big Shot using Adorning Accents Embossing Folder #125601

I layered on Always Artichoke using the Finishing Touches Edgelit #127010

Next I layered on Perfect plum using the Finishing Touches Edgelit #127010

I also stamped the image using Bordering on Romance stamp set # 125482

I wrapped the Perfect Plum layer in 3/8″ Taffeta Ribbon in Perfect Plum # 122987

Next I cut out the Always Artichoke piece and rounded the corners using my 1″ Circle Punch

I stamped and die cut the flower from the Secret Garden bundle  Clear mount # 131099 or Wood mount # 131100

I heat embossed the flower using Versamark ink, Elegant Eggplant ink and, Clear Embossing Powder

I water colored the flower using Perfect plum ink, water and, a paintbrush.

I also added Champagne Mist Shimmer paint (discontinued) to some of the ink mix for little spots of sparkle

I layered the flower on with Stampin’ Dimensionals

The buttons are Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons with Basic Rhinestone Jewels in the center

The bow was glued on separate at the end

I also sponged the edge of the Always Artichoke piece with Perfect Plum/Champagne mist/water mix

As always if you have questions please do not hesitate to ask

Keep reaching for the Moon and please like this post

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How to Create a Simple Landscape Background

Finished Card Inspired by: Brenda Keenan
Finished Card Inspired by: Brenda Keenan

This technique is really simple and doesn’t require any expensive tools.

To create the landscape background you need a few sponges, a template some inks, card stock, and a stamp or two.

I took one of Stampin’ Up!’s sponges and cut it into four pieces.

The Stamping Sponges come three to a package for $3.50 Order Here

To create the template you need a piece of cardboard a little thicker than card stock.

You will cut out a rolling hill pattern like the picture below.

Freehand cut from light cardboard
Freehand cut from light cardboard

Take the sponge and ink it in green.

The Sponge
The Sponge
Inking the Sponge
Inking the Sponge

Lay the template down on white card stock the way you want the first set of hills and valleys to go.

Next start at the template line and move your sponge in a circular motion to ink the card stock.

You want the heaviest concentration at the template line so the hills and valleys are defined.

Re ink your sponge as needed to get the coverage you want.

When you are happy with the coverage move the template up and vary or flip it to create a second set of hills and valleys.

Repeat the same sponging process.

I did this four times but that is entirely up to you and how you want it to look.

The hills and valleys are added.
The hills and valleys are added.

Next I added the sun with the same circular motion just in the corner with yellow ink and a separate sponge. when I had the concentration I wanted I lightly swept the sponge outward to give a little bit of a ray effect.

Sun added.
Sun added.

Next I sponged the sky in light blue using a new sponge and circular motions with my heaviest concentration at the edges of the card.

I kept doing this until I was happy with the concentration.

Sky added.
Sky added.

I used Baja Breeze, Wild Wasabi, and Daffodil Delight Ink pads on the background.

I used Itty Bitty Banners and A Little Bit of Everything Stamp sets (not in catalog, click the stamp set name to find out how to get this 28 stamp set for free).

You can also click HERE to see the stamp set.

Also added Whisper White 3/8″ Taffeta ribbon and Rhinestone Basic Jewels

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

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