A Great Sketch

Have you gone to the amazing sketch website, www.papercraftcrew.com? If not, you are in for a treat. There are lots of sketch sites out there where you can go for card inspiration, but the Paper Craft Crew sketches are beyond awesome.

Why struggle with making a card? Instead, pull up a sketch so you have a starting point. Paper Craft Crew sketches are particularly well balanced. Your cards will be beautiful – and you won’t be copying (not that there’s anything wrong with copying…..) but you’ll be following loose guides that will help your card look stunning and put-together.

Click here to see this week’s challenge (PCCC#216).

Here is my card for today’s challenge:


Here is the sketch:


I followed the sketch and put some colorful Petals and Paisleys paper along the side. Can you tell that next to the paper is a thin strip of copper? I love anything shiny, so that makes the card special for me.

To make the leaves, I did some rock ‘n roll stamping. With this technique, you first ink up your stamp in a lighter color and then dip the edges of the stamp into a darker color, using a rock ‘n roll motion. I use this technique a lo since it has a neat effect. There are a ton of techniques you can use to make the leaves look interesting. It’s an incredibly versatile stamp set.

Under the leaves is some Delightful Dijon ribbon from the 3/8” Ribbon Pack in the holiday catalog. To finish it off, I added some linen thread under it, along with a sweet ribbon for the stems.


What makes the card look so “put together,” though, is the splatter under the circle. Cool, no? Truthfully, I don’t know if I would have thought to put the splatter on the card if not for the sketch. The splatter is made using an image from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set. Using Soft Suede ink, I first stamped off onto scrap paper, then lightly stamped the card. I love the effect it gives.

Come join us and play along! It’s fun. And who knows. Maybe you’ll be picked as one of the challenge winners!

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Vintage Leafs, One Big Meaning, Gorgeous Grunge
Paper: Petals and Paisleys, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Copper Metallic Sheets
Ink: Soft Suede, Crushed Curry, Rich Razzeberry, Mint Macaron
Other: Leaflet Framelits, 3/8” Ribbon Pack, Linen Thread, Metallic Sequins

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Cascading Leaves

Vintage Leaves is a stamp set I will never tire of. I don’t know if it’s because of the gorgeous images or the versatility of the leaves, but it’s a great stamp set. Throw in the matching framelits and you have an amazing pair of tools at your fingertips.

For my card today, I wanted to do something simple yet elegant. I wanted to cascade leaves down a card. Such fun, isn’t it?

Cascading Leaves card using the Vintage Leaves stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Tips for Creating this Card

After deciding on the style, my next step was to pick my colors. I decided to do something a little less traditional by using Mint Macaron as my focal color. The rest of the colors were chosen to coordinate with the soft green of Mint Macaron. I was sad that Lost Lagoon has retired, since it would have been a great addition to this card. If you have any hidden in your stash, it would be awesome in this card!

To go with Mint Macaron, I selected Tip Top Taupe and Cajun Craze. I like how none of the colors overpower each other, but the green stands out nicely.

Once I had the colors chosen, creating the card was easy since it was simple stamping and cutting using big Shot.

Cascading Leaves card using the Vintage Leaves stamp set by Stampin' Up!

The sentiment comes from the stamp set, One Big Meaning. I’ve used this stamp set at least once a month since it’s arrived – on all different kinds of cards. It’s amazing for its “Thank You” sentiments.

Now is a great time to be creating fall cards, but to tell you the truth, I create them year-round. Fall is my favorite season since it looks so beautiful where I live. Here’s a picture from last year.


Happy Fall, my friend, and thanks for reading my blog. I appreciate you and your wonderful comments more than you realize.


Supplies Used:

Stamps: Vintage Leaves, One Big Meaning
Paper: Tip Top Taupe, Very Vanilla, Mint Macaron, Cajun Craze
Ink: Tip Top Taupe, Mint Macaron, Cajun Craze
Other: Leaflet Framelits, Frost Sequins

Ombre Vintage Leaves

Do you love the Vintage Leaves stamp set as much as I do? I think I love it so much because the leaves are incredibly realistic and remind me of the maple leaves I see in my neighborhood. I love to go on walks at any time of the year, but I especially love walking in the fall and hearing the crunch crunch of leaves underfoot.

Ombre and Vintage Leaves

For my card today, I decided to do the leaves in ombre. I’ve been featuring a lot of ombre on my blog this month since it’s the technique of the month. There are so many ways it can look wonderful. For my card today, the effect is subtle in the leaves. The card certainly doesn’t scream ombre, yet the subtle effect is definitely there.

Cool ombre effect on each leaf. Stamp set is Vintage Leaves by Stampin' Up!

Multi-tasking – Friends and Cards

I actually made this card when I was chatting on the phone with a good friend who lives far away. This was the perfect project for it! I was able to take my time coloring while laughing and having a good time on the phone.

Do you ever stamp while you chat? If not, I recommend it! It’s a great way to get closer to someone while also making a project. Every time you see the project you’re full of warm fuzzies because you think of your sweet friend.

Tips on using Blender Pens

To make the leaves, I used blender pens. I first stamped the image in leaves with Momento Tuxedo Black Ink, since I find that works best with the blender pens. The Momento ink runs much less than other inks and as you go over and over the image with the blender pen, it holds up better and doesn’t bleed as much. We don’t want any bleeding on our projects!

Cool ombre effect on each leaf. Stamp set is Vintage Leaves by Stampin' Up!

To make the variation in color, I choose a variety of different color inks. For some of the leaves I went from light to dark, but for others I reversed it. We don’t want to be predictable! Each leaf has three different colors in it.

I like to use blender pens with scrap paper. After coloring on the stamped image for a few seconds, before picking up more ink, I color onto the scrap paper to release any black residue that comes onto the blender pen. This helps keep my coloring crisp (and reduces that bleeding effect!)

Below is a video on ombre showing different techniques than ones that were used today. There are a gillion ways to ombre. But no matter how you do it, it is a lovely effect. I hope you give it a try!


Supplies Used:

Stamps: Vintage Leaves
Paper: Watermelon Wonder, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Vellum
Ink: Momento Black, various shades of green, orange, and yellow, Versmark
Other: Linen Thread, Gold Embossing Powder, Woodgrain Embossing Folder, 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon

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Shaker Cards all this Week

I admit it. I’m ridiculously obsessed with shaker cards. This infatuation started a few weeks ago. I’ve wanted to make a shaker card for years. Really! The first time I saw one I loved it but thought it must be waaaaay too complicated. However, when I saw that Stampin’ Up! would be selling special Foam Adhesive Strips to make this type of card, of course I had to try it.

I was surprised at how easy it was to make. Doesn’t this happen all the time? Techniques we think are complicated really aren’t so bad once we give it a try. Now that I’ve made my first shaker card, I can’t seem to stop. All the cards I’ll be showing you this week are shaker cards.

Using Vintage Leaves for the Cutout

I decided to do something funky for this shaker card. Instead of using a standard circle or square for the cutout, I used a leaf!! I adore the Vintage Leaves stamp set and it’s a joy to use it.

Shaker Card made with Vintage Leaves stamp set by Stampin' Up!

I wanted to fill the shaker part with leaves and sparkles. To make the leaves, I use the smallest leaf from the Vintage Leaves stamp set. I then colored the leaves in different color markers so they would have a fun effect and then cut them out with the matching framelits. Finally, I carefully added the leaves to the shaker card, making sure each one faced the correct direction so the beautiful stamping could be seen.

A mistake

That’s when I realized I made a mistake with my card. I love to share my mistakes on my videos and blog because that’s how we learn. And I’d rather that you learn from my mistake than make one of your own! Really!

Shaker Card made with Vintage Leaves stamp set by Stampin' Up!

My mistake was using the absolutely stunning Fabulous Foil designer sheets with the intricate stamped leaves. I love this paper for shaker cards and the design fits with my card beautifully. It would have been perfect if I’d had something simple in the shaker card, such as glitter or sequins. However, the beautiful gold design hides the pretty leaves that I stamped, so that makes me a little sad. I will for sure use this paper for shaker cards again, but next time I’ll know that it may cover any stamping that I have. It would be so beautiful with plain gold glitter, wouldn’t it?

For instructions on how to make a shaker card, see my video below. Just promise you won’t get mad at me when you realize this is the only type of card you make anymore. LOL.

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Vintage Leaves
Paper: Watermelon Wonder, Moroccan DSP, Fabulous Foil designer Sheets
Ink: Crushed Curry, Pear Pizzazz, Calypso Coral
Other: Foam Adhesive Strips, Gold Glitter

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Vintage Leaves Glisten with Gold

On my blog I talk a lot about comfort zones. I don’t think that comfort zones are necessarily bad, though they have a very bad reputation! If you think about it, almost everything we do well is within our comfort zone, because we’ve learned and practiced the skills. For example, I’m really good at creating cards that use soft, subtle colors since those are the colors that appeal to me. I think the reason why comfort zones get a bad reputation is because we do sometimes need to leave our comfort zones so we can learn and grow. The Vintage Leaves stamp set has helped me grow since it’s a stamp set that can be used for so many different techniques.

Using Vintage Leaves for Watercoloring

I decided to use Vintage Leaves for watercoloring this card. I’ve done a lot of watercoloring this year, but it’s a skill that I’m still learning to use in different aspects of card making. I’ve been experimenting with using it for backgrounds (my favorite!), coloring images, even watercoloring using an acrylic block!

Vintage Leaves stamp set by Stampin' Up!


For this card, I used a technique that combines embossing with watercoloring I love to emboss when I watercolor because the image stays crisp. The embossing also gives nicely defined lines that make using a paintbrush easier since the color doesn’t get everywhere.

For this card, I did another fun technique by combining ink colors. I love love love the effect of combining different colors to create a totally unique color for a card.

The gold embossing makes the leaves stand out and looks so gorgeous in real life. I had a difficult time getting a picture of the sparkle, but in the close up below, you can see how bright and stunning the leaves look.

Vintage Leaves stamp set by Stampin' Up!

I had wanted to do a card for a while that was surrounded in white, with just a pop of color in the border. I’d seen a card with this sketch on pinterest. The colors among the white made the design elements stand out.

Tips for Making this card:

  • I used Shimmery White for the watercolored images. If you haven’t watercolored on this paper, you should give it a try. It is lovely to work with and has a pretty shimmer.
  • Before embossing, always use an Embossing buddy so that you have less static on your paper. Less static means that the embossing powder doesn’t go all over your paper, just where you want it.
  • The large leaves at the bottom are cut out using the matching framelits
  • Here are some color combinations I used for the leaves:
    • Pumpkin Pie and Real Red
    • Cajun Craze and Cherry Cobbler
    • Per Pizzazz and So Saffron

Making this card was so much fun! I hope you join me by sometimes dipping a toe outside of your comfort zone and trying new color combos or a new technique.

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Supplies Used:
Stamps: Vintage Leaves, Endless Birthday Wishes
Paper: Shimmery White, Whisper White, and Watermelon Wonder
Ink: Versamark, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, Pear Pizzazz, So Saffron
Other: AquaPainter, Leaflits Framelits, Gold Embossing Powder, Embossing Buddy

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How to Make Realistic Leaves

If you are looking for a stamp set where you can explore different techniques, Vintage Leaves is a great pick. I recently purchased the stamp set and made my first card with it. To make leaves, I used a technique I recently used in a video, Acrylic Block Stamping.

In this technique, you literally put ink onto your acrylic block and stamp with it. I used different fall shades in the card below. After putting the ink onto my block, I misted the stamp lightly with water, then stamped onto whisper white. After the paper dried, I stamped the leaf images onto the paper and cut them out with the matching framelits. (Click to see the stamp set, Vintage Leaves and the matching framelits.)

Vintage Leaves Stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Aren’t the leaves neat looking? Most stampers use Acrylic Block Stamping only for backgrounds. In my video, I wanted to show that it can be used for any part of a card. The red leaf that I stamped in the video is used in this card. The card itself is simple. The leaves take center stage. It will be our secret that they weren’t hard to do, either! It was such fun adding all different shades to the block and stamping it. You never know how it will look. But as you can see below, as long as you use coordinating colors, it will work!

Vintage Leaves Stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Here is the video on how to do the technique:


On a personal note, I wanted to share some pics from our beach vacation to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. We just got back today. We had an amazing time. One of the highlights was going to a Lavender Farm. It was beautiful, with not just Lavender, but also stunning flowers and a beautiful garden.

The picture below says it all. The water is so beautiful. I love the sounds of the waves, birds, and the boardwalk.



Below are pictures from the Lavender Farm. The girls helped with harvesting — we happened to come on harvest day.



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Have a wonderful week,