Thursday, April 28, 2016

Tutorial: Reverse Rose Garden Cut Outs

You can make so many amazing things with the Rose Garden Thinlits! I've shared a few hints on my Facebook page ( on how to make these reverse rose images, so I thought I'd cover it in more detail here.

After you've made your die cut, carefully remove the outside edges (that you no longer need) and the die itself. You want to disturb the "bits" as little as possible, but sometimes they just get out of place. Nudge them back the best you can with a stylus or paper piercer while you still have the outline in place. Then remove the outline and apply Press N Seal to the remaining pieces. In the photo below, I laid the outline on top of the Press N Seal to make sure I lined up the missing pieces correctly. Sometimes only one or two try to escape, and other times it's a bit more time intensive!

Here is a photo with the two pieces separated.

The only step left is to apply Multi glue to the back of the pieces and adhere them to the card. This was quite a bit more difficult with Black Glimmer paper, or any glimmer paper. It notoriously takes a long time to settle into adhesives. Other cardstock or designer paper would be easier to work with. As you peel back the Press N Seal (as you would the liner of a rub-on), use your stylus or paper piercer to hold the pieces in place. You may have to nudge a few of them around before you're finished, but the extra time is well worth it!

Here is one I made with the Blushing Bride Glimmer paper onto Shimmery White cardstock.

I hope you enjoyed my little photo tutorial! I would love it if you left me a comment or posted your creations using this process!


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Monday, April 25, 2016

Paper Pumpkin Monday: Watercolor Chalkboard Birthday

The April Paper Pumpkin kit has SO many fun things! I love the free bonus stamp set, All About Everything. I used it here with white craft ink on one of the adorable chalkboard tags included with the wreath kit. The pierced, scalloped border draws the eye to the message on the tag.
The background has been sitting on my desk, waiting for inspiration to strike me. I made it by putting ink (Mint Macaron and Gold Wink of Stella) on a clear acrylic block, spritzing with water, and stamping on watercolor paper. The ink does all the work with this technique! 
Thank you for visiting my blog. Come back every Monday for more Paper Pumpkin ideas! 


Stamp set All About Everything from the April 2016 Paper Pumpkin kit Lovely Little Wreath

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Picture Perfect Sea Star

Picture Perfect is among my top sets from the Occasions Catalog. I love all the images, but I think the Sea Star is the simplest to use. Here, it is stamped first in Blushing Bride and second in Calypso Coral. Look for the white "lines" (no ink) as you line up the images. Gold Wink of Stella on the center ties to the gold patterned paper from the Neutrals Collection.


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Monday, April 18, 2016

Paper Pumpkin Monday: Circles and Stripes for March 2016

I have been cutting up the large envelopes in the March Paper Pumpkin kit because I love the paper so much! Here, I punched a circle element to add to this mostly stripey card. The Washi tapes are from the In Color hostess set in the Occasions Catalog.

There is always a lot to use in each kit! The stamp set and ink spot are the main features for me, especially since I use my MISTI so much. Ink spots make the MISTI even better! The papers and the "bits and pieces" in each kit always thrill me. I love to see what else I can use them for.

Designer Paper from March Paper Pumpkin kit: Pocketful of Cheer

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Picture Perfect Hummingbird

Every year, we see a few hummingbirds in the gardens outside our front window. We watch for them and make sure we have plenty blooming at all times. When I saw the set Picture Perfect, I knew I had to have the hummingbird!

It's a 4-step process to get him, but it's much easier than it sounds. One of the steps is just the throat stamp. I found it helpful to line up the eye with the other 3 stamps, but the tail feathers help too.

The vellum is from the (now retired) Sale-a-bration Botanicals Vellum stack. I wanted a subtle background that wouldn't detract from the beauty of the main image.


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