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Vintage Leaves Baby Wipe Technique

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The baby wipe technique is such a fun and pretty technique.  You can get a different look every time you ink your stamp.  I bet you are wondering just what is this technique.  Let me tell you!!!  

You take 4 baby wipes (make sure they are the unscented ones) and put them on top of each other on a paper plate or I use a Standard stamp Cases #119105.  These are the ones that the clear and photopolymer stamp sets come in.  They work perfect.  You are then going to take  ink refills in as many colors as you would like,but I usually don't use more than 4 of them.  On this project I used Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie and Wild Wasabi.  You will put drops of each ink refill on the baby wipes and make sure there are no white areas left.  You want to make sure that you have ink to cover your stamps.  

You will then use the baby wipes as your ink pad.  Look how different the two cards are above.  I used the same baby wipes, the only different is the one on the right was stamped right away and the one on the left I stamped about 30-45 minutes later.  So, the longer you leave the inks on the baby wipes they lighter the image will be once it is stamped. 

To make this card you will need the following products:

Wild Wasabi Card Stock #108641

  • cut at 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" score at 4 1/4"
  • cut at 1 1/2" x 2 1/4"

Crushed Curry Card Stock #131199

  • cut at 4 1/8" x 5 3/8" 

Early Espresso Card Stock #119686

  • cut at 4" x 5 1/4"

Whisper White Card Stock #100730

  • cut at 4" x 5 1/4"
  • cut at 4 1/4" x 8 1/2"  use this to stamp your leaves and cut them out
  • cut at 1 1/2" x 2 1/4"

You will use the Leaflets Framelits to cut out your leaves.  I also stamped one of the leaves in the inside of my card and envelope. I also used the Tangerine Tango ink and sponges to go around the leaves to give them dimension.  

Here are two close ups of the two cards so you can see the difference between the colors.  



Which one do you like best?  The lighter or darker one?

Over the weekend Erica and I went with our friends to Disney on Ice. It was a lot of fun and the girls absolutely loved it.  I would recommend anyone who has children if you get a chance to go see it!

Have a fabulous week!

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Shaving Cream Technique Card

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The Shaving Cream Technique is such a fun technique!  You get to play around with shaving cream and get your hands messy.  It is like being a kid again.  I know my daycare children love to play in shaving cream and we haven't done that in a long time.  I think it time to do it again.

You will need shaving cream, of course, a paper plate, ink refills, popsicle sticks and lots of paper towels to do this card.  The first thing is to fill your paper plate with the shaving cream, but don't pile it high, just fill it in all over.  You then will take your refills and put drops of each color on the shaving cream.  The amount of ink and the colors of ink will determine the look you will get in the finished project.  On this card I used Marina Mist and Tip Top Taupe ink refills and started with Marina Mist and then added the Tip Top Taupe.  You will notice in the above picture the different shades of each of the colors.  The color depends on how much you mix your colors.  

You will then take your popsicle stick and swirl, like you do when you make a marble cake, the colors into the shaving cream.  DO NOT over swirl, you don't want to mix the colors together, you just want to blend them.  You take your piece of Whisper White card stock and lay it on top of the shaving cream.  You will want to tap it down a little to make sure your paper is covered with it.  I check mine first to make sure it is covered and if not, put it back in the shaving cream.  This is where you are going to need a lot of paper towels.  The next step is to wipe all of the shaving cream off and you will discover your beautiful creation!!  

Let it dry for a while because it needs to be totally dry before you stamp on it.  You will need to use a strong adhesive, such as Fast Fuse, to adhere it to your card base.  It will be curled up a little on the edges, don't worry about it, just flatten it out with your hands.  If it doesn't flatten enough with your hands, just lay it down, with the back facing up, and put something heavy on it.  That will make it flatter in no time.  

I then stamped the image from the Falling Flowers Stamp Set and the Happy Birthday sentiment is from Better Together stamp set.  I added a few pearls on the flower to make it stand out a little more.  

To make this card you will need the following supplies:

Night of Navy Card Stock #100867

  • cut at 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" score at 4 1/4"
  • scrap piece to punch out two pieces with the Decorative Label Punch

Whisper White Card Stock #100730:

  • cut  2 at 4" x 5 1/4"
  • scrap piece to punch out a piece with the Decorative Label Punch 

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Over the weekend I was in Wisconsin on a business retreat and got to spend it with all of these wonderful ladies.  I have learned so much from all of them, especially from Lisa.  Lisa is a wonderful speaker, teacher and owner of Big Ink Academy.  I know I will definitely be attending more of her training sessions in the future.

We stayed at this adorable, I mean absolutely adorable, place called Gather in Waunakee, WI.  A demonstrator bought an old restaurant and turned it into a place to go and craft and stay for a day, weekend, week, however long you want to.  She did such a fabulous job decorating it.  I wish she was closer, because I would definitely be staying there more often.   

Have fun, try new colors and go create!  I know you will love it!  

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Icing on My Cupcake


At the SU convention Sara demonstrated how to add to the Sweet Cupcake stamp set to make it look like real icing on the cupcake.  So, of course, I had to try it!   If you look close you will see the darkest color on the cupcake is the part that I added.  It was really pretty easy to do.  

To make the cupcake you use the three different stamps in the set to make a layering look.  I do mine opposite of what they are numbered in the set.  I do the lightest first (the stamp with the most coverage, #3) by inking it up and then stamping off first onto a scrap piece of paper and then stamping onto my Whisper White paper.  You will then do the next step #2 the same way, by stamping off first.  The final step (#1 in the set) I did not stamp off, I stamp it full strength.  Now comes the fun part!!!

You will make a mixture of:

  • 1/4 cup corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon glue - like Elmer's
  • 1 tablespoon white acrylic paint
  • reinker - amount will vary
  • water 

You put in all the ingredients into a small cup and mix together and it will be dry.  You then add water a tiny tiny bit at a time to get the consistency of icing.  The amount of reinker you use will determine on how dark of color you want it.  I ended up using, I would say, about 20 drops of Sweet Sugarplum to get the color on the card.  Mix it up very well. 

You will then put some of the mixture onto something flat, a block works great for this.  Take the stamp that is #1 in the set (the one with the least amount of stamping image) and lightly, very lightly, and get the mixture on it.  You will want to do this slow and gentle, because you only want the part that is going to stamp with the mixture on it. You don't want to get any on the other parts as it will not come out very nice.  How do I know this, because I have done it many times.   LOL

I used the confetti embossing folder on the pink paper, but it has an oval in the middle that is clear.  It is great if you want to stamp an image or add a cut out there.  I didn't like just the cupcake, it looked plain.  I added the Smoky Gray layer and another layer of Pink Pirouette.  I popped the cupcake and the "make a wish".  I used the Classic Label Punch to make the banner for the sentiment on the front.  This is how I made it small to fit the words.  





This card still needed something, but what?  Glitter!  I used the Wink of Stella and love it!  I put it around the gray and on the icing on the cupcake.  Just what it needed!


In two weeks we will be moving Erica back in to our house which means it has been a busy time.  We, or I should really say Mark, has been redoing her room.  We are trying to make it look like a grown up room, not a teenagers room.  I guess it is time for that since she will be 21 soon.  How in the world did that happen!!  I am only 29!  LOL

Have a wonderful day!

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What Colors Do I Use?


Do you ever have a hard time trying to figure out what colors to use on a project?  Me too!!!  Today I especially had a hard time for some reason.  Then I remembered a trick that Connie Stewart, another SU demonstrator, shared.  You punch out a shape, I used the retired scalloped circle punch, from every color of card stock you have.  You lay them all out on your desk so you can see  all the different colors. I was trying to coordinate with the paper under the colored circles. Aren't the above colors just beautiful!!  So many possible combinations.

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I went through and picked out the colors I knew I didn't want to use.  I took out all the colors I knew I didn't want to use. Then I put the ones left together with other similar colors.  This is what I ended up with.  I had a hard time figuring out what color combination I wanted to use.

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I then narrowed it down to the four color combinations I liked best.  I could have used all of them, and that was the problem.  I liked them all!  What one do I use?  I then thought of the person I was making the project for and knew which one I wanted immediately!  Can you guess which one?

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Did you guess the pink ones?  I love the combination of them together.  They make me happy!  Did you noticed that on back of them I have them labeled?  I put a label on the back of each one of them so I knew right away what the color was.  This step saves me a lot of time.  

I have a group of friends from our church that get together monthly to celebrate anyone that has a birthday that month.  I always make my gift I give.  This year I am doing prayer journals.  Everyone has loved them so far and I hope you do too.

Now for the finished project!  


I just love how this turned out!  I almost want to keep it for myself and make my friend a different one.  Shh don't tell her!  I used the same paper to make the card so they would coordinate.   I will have directions tomorrow or Friday on how to make this journal.  

Thank you for stopping in today and I hope you have a fabulous Wednesday!

Happy Stampin!