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Father's Day Is On Its Way

D2193 Pears

I had planned on doing a Shaker Card, but I couldn't come up with one that would be relatively simple for everyone to follow.  I wanted something quick and easy.  Mitra said she is going to surprise me with something I will love soon, so stay tuned every one.  So today I chose to do a relatively simple Father's day card.  This image by Leigh Hannan called Pears D2193.  I also saw that it can be purchased in the Clearance section for $4.00.  That's a deal if you ask me.  Father's Day, June 21, will be here before we know it.  I haven't quite decided what words I want to use in the lower right-hand side of the card either, but I still have a little time.

D2193 Pears A
The image was stamped on white cardstock and painted with Twinkling H2O's and the seeds were highlighted with Stickles Cinnamon glitter glue.  It was put through the Cuttlebug using a Spellbinders Rectangles Large Scallop die.  The background behind the image was filled in with a couple of different colors by wetting the area down and then applying the watercolors so it would spread out.  I stamp with Brilliance Galaxy Gold.  I always heat it to speed up the drying time.  It also makes it rise up a little.  In addition to that, it acts a lot like a resist when I am going around it for the background you see.

The next layer behind that is Copper cardstock put through the Cuttlebug using the Spellbinders Large Deckled Rectangle die.  It was then put through again to get the embossed edge.  The image was mounted on it.  Then copper brads were applied to the corners.  Stickles Cinnamon was used for the remaining scallops on each end.

The DP paper had a holographic glitter on it.  Stickles Cinnamon was applied and then an old postal credit card was pulled lightly across it as shown.  When dry deckle scissors were used to trim the edges.  Some of this DP was also used on the top inside of the card and the envelope.  The DP was mounted on another piece of Copper cardstock.

The mounting was done next. I misplaced my slot punch.  An X-Acto knife was used to cut slits on each side of the image.  The ribbon was slid through the slits.  The image was mounted and then the ribbon was secured to each side of the card.

The bow was made with the Bow Easy.

StampsPears D2193
Paper:  Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Super Smooth cardstock, Wausau Royal Metallic Copper, Robins Nest Designer Paper Water Glitter
Inks: Brilliance Galaxy Gold, Twinkling H2O's
Accessories: Spellbinders Nestabilities Large Rectangle Scallops die and Large Deckled Rectangles, May Arts Ribbon, Bow Easy, Stickles Cinnamon Glitter Glue, Doodlebug Copper Brads.

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It's Party Time At The I-O Blog

H2330 Fiesta Flower
And it's also called fiesta time!!  Like this stamp by Leigh Hannan called Fiesta Flower H2330.  I think it may also be a little Bohemian looking.  How's that for variety, with a touch of Gypsy tossed into the mix.

H2330 Fiesta Flower A

The image was stamped with Brilliance Galaxy Gold for each layer of the leaves and the flower on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Super Smooth cardstock.  There are 7 layers.  Each area was inked and stamped separately.  After some cutting with scissors and an X-Acto knife, and some painting with Twinkling H2O's, each layer was mounted with 3D Pop Dots.  That was highlighted with Art Institute Mellow Yellow in the areas where there were circles. It wasn't quite deep enough, so a Yellow Sharpie helped. The inner veins of the leaves were left white for the effect.  Some Basic Grey light yellow Porcelain DP was put through the Cuttlebug using the Spellbinders Largest Scallop to cut and emboss it. The layered image was mounted on that.


The purple cardstock behind the image was done with the Fiskars Give It A Swirl Border Punch and was planned. I did a template to get the measurements and then did the actual one seen here.  The length of one side was punched first (5 images). Then a separate border piece was punched and held up to the light with the first to see where I wanted to start the width portion and how far down I needed to go so it would connect like you see it on the card.  Then the punch was turned over and 3 images were punched across, followed by the other end (width).  The length of the other side was done last.  I always keep my templates so when I do the frame again I have something to check for size and those tricky corners.  The whole piece of cardstock used for the template is taped together, so the exact size for the next piece is known.  It helps eliminate mistakes. (The punched out scroll pieces were saved for the envelope and the inside top portion of the card.)


The background with the stripes is 4.0"X5.25.  The corners were put into the border punch with "point" first and looking at the punch turned over. You will see what you need to do with it when you are looking at it from the back of punch. Try it on scrap first.


The last background is just a standard 4.25"x5.5".  I mounted the image and die cut on the punched border frame and then mounted that on the DP and then the solid purple background.

III. Embellishments -

The ribbon is from Michaels $1 bin. I used the new Bow-Easy to make the bow on the bottom. Here are the instructions. For the slip knot on top you can find a really great video Here.  The title says bow, but it really is a knot.

The pearls are White 3 and 5MM by Mark Richards. There is a single 3MM in the center of the top portion of the flower, but it isn't showing up really well. They have also picked up the color of the BG paper and look a little gray in the photo.

StampsFiesta Flower H2330
Paper:  Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Super Smooth cardstock, DCFW Designer Paper
Inks: Brilliance Galaxy Gold, Twinkling H2O's
Accessories: Spellbinders Nestabilities Scallops Large, Fiskars Give It A Swirl Border Punch, Ribbon from Michaels, Bow Easy, Art Institute Glitter Mellow Yellow, Glitter Glue, Sharpie Yellow, Mark Richards 3 and 5MM Pearls.

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It's A Summer, Summer, Summer Challenge

Here in North Carolina we are having a cold spell and Summer really isn't here yet.  It's more like Spring and I can take that too!  Well, it's a Summer challenge and as you can see, my card is right there on the edge of a wonderful ocean or lake.

Night Pier

The stamp is Night Pier by Leigh Hannan.  It was stamped with Brilliance Galaxy Gold and painted with Twinkling H2O's.  I highlighted the waves with ClearSnap's new product Smooch and this color is Moonlight.  The sand on the beach is Mica Gold Flakes from USArt Quest.  The rope at the end of the pier is embroidery floss. The pier and the conch shell were mounted with 3D Pop Dots at the top of the images.  The bottom portions were mounted with tape direct to the cardstock underneath, to give more depth.

The punched frame was done using the Fiskars Effervescence Border Punch on separate Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Super Smooth cardstock.  The technique is explained below in a video.  I couldn't see re-inventing the wheel.  I do explain marking the punches because of how hard it is to see in the video.

After I threaded the frame with the ribbon from Michaels, I mounted it on Bazzill Bling Blank Check using 3D Pop Dots.  I left the greeting off so I could use it for any occasion, including Father's Day, which is coming up very fast!


  • Stamp: Night Pier - J2322
  • Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Bazzill Bling Blank Check
  • Ink: Brilliance Galaxy Gold, Twinkling H2O's
  • Accessories: 3D Pop Up Dots, Fiskars Effervescence Border Punch

I first saw the video on You Tube and saved it so I could save myself some time in figuring out the corners.  I have to say what the instructor says works like a charm.  I am going to clarify a couple of things for you though.  When she talks about marking her punches to line up her paper here is what she means on each punch (it is not the same for all three).

I. Threading Waters and Apron Lace Punches (Also the Scallop Punch) not shown here-


II. Effervescence- In the photo below I have colored the line that was white for the Threading Waters blue so you would have something to compare with for your new line, which is pink here. I have marked each of my punches with a white line and I save a punched corner with notes on what I want to line up with on the back. Yes, the punch is usually turned over to track progress and next punched area.


Don't forget to stop by the Design Team members to see their beautiful eye candy and remember that Tina Werner still has blog candy to give away too!

Thanks for stopping by to look and share everyone!




Blog Candy At Tina Werner's Blog

Design Team member, Tina Werner, is offering Blog Candy for Impression-Obsession for the month of May.  The great news is it's a Gift Certificate.  There are also several ways to get your name into the draw more than once.  So if you want to get in on the chance to pick out your very own stamps as candy, hop on over to Tina's Place.  I'll see you there.  Just to watch of course.

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A Challenge And A Metal Embossed Corners Tutorial

F6010 Pansy Vase

The Design Team is having a challenge using Robin Egg Blue, Butter Yellow, and Spring Green in a card.  I'm beginning to think I might need a new camera.  I am having a really hard time getting true colors from it.  The green is brighter and so is the Yellow IRL.  Also the sponged area around the edge of the circle really is yellow.  So before checking out the tutorial, slip on over to the DT blogs to take a look at their awesome creations:

The image is Pansy Vase.  It was stamped with Brilliance Galaxy Gold on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Super Smooth cardstock and painted with Twinkling H2O's.  The rim and the base of the vase was gold leafed.  The image was put through the Cuttlebug using the largest Spellbinder Large Circle die.  It was also embossed and I used the die as a stencil to sponge the edges with SU Barely Banana. Glossy Accents was applied to the vase.

The circle outside the white one is Neenah Classic Laid Silverstone.  It has a rough tooth texture to it.  The leaves punch is by EK Success.

The background is Classic Laid Solar White mounted on Silverstone.  The image was mounted on the Classic laid Solar White using 3D Pop Ups.  The corners were done as described below and then moun ted using tape on the back of them.  The ribbon is from Hobby Lobby.

  • Stamp: F6010, Pansy Vase
  • Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Super Smooth and Neenah Classic Laid Solar White and Silverstone; Vellum
  • Ink: Brilliance Galaxy Gold, Twinkling H2O's, and Stampin' Up Barely Banana
  • Accessories: Gold Foil, Hobby Lobby ribbon, EK Success Leaves Punch, Glossy Accents



  • Cuttlebug Formal Squares
  • 2 2"x2" pieces of Vellum
  • 2 2"x2" pieces of Gold Foil - We R Memory Keepers, ArtEmboss Metal Sheets, or you can even make your own with Aluminum Foil and Ranger Alcohol Inks Caramel or Butterscotch applied with a sponge or cotton ball.
  • 2 sides tape (Tombow, ATG, etc.)
  • A pair of scissors used to do fine work.

Step 1
1. Tape one side of each  of the piece of vellum.  I did two of the folders in the group because I couldn't decide which one would look best with the card.  I can use the corners I don't choose later with something else.

2. Place the taped side on the backside (Silver side) of the metal foil.  Make sure that it is flat up against the foil or it will wrinkle when you emboss it.  Smooth it out with your fingers as you lay it down.

Step 3
3. Trim around the pieces of vellum and foil using the vellum as a guide.

Step 4

4.  Place the foil and vellum gold side up in the embossing folder. In this particular set of folders the embossed (raised side) is on the side where you can read the words Cuttlebug.  It's not that way on all of Cuttlebug's embossing folders.  You are ready to put it through the Cuttlebug with the stack A and B on the bottom, then the folder, and then another B plate.

Step 5
5. After the foil is put through the Cuttlebug it looks like the above. If it goes through the wrong way the raised side is on the bottom or the silver/vellum side.

Step 6 Result
Above are the results.  I actually have the embossing folders reversed, (this is a test) but the folder on the right makes the two corners on the left.  The folder on the left makes the four corners on the right.  As you can see above.  I decided on the larger corners.

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