Still Scenes Masking Technique

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Happy Saturday to you! Today I’d like to share with you a card I created with the beautiful Still Scenes stamp set …

So I began my search for inspiration on Pinterest, and what I found was NO samples using ONLY the stamp set! I agree, the coordinating die set is beautiful … but, what if you don’t have it? (I do … but) I wanted to show the beauty of this stamp set so today I will share that with you …

Because I used the MASKING Technique on this card, I started with the Shimmery White Cardstock and it is perfect for the snow globe! I wanted to use ONLY the images from the stamp set.

I began with my base and stamped it with VersaMark and then applied the Silver Embossing powder … once heat set, I moved to the snow globe. If you’re making multiple Christmas Cards, use your Stamparatus for perfect placement every time. Once the globe is stamped, stamp the home scene directly into the snowglobe. Now it’s time to mask …

You will need to stamp your globe image (base if desired) This is where the Stamparatus comes in handy, as it gives you the same alignment as your card. Stamp images onto a plain piece of paper, not cardstock … you could stamp it onto a sticky not and use that to adhere to the stamped card front.

With your Sponge Daubers and Pool Party ink …. gently apply ink (I do my application by small circular motion so you do not get any stopping and starting points of ink on your cardstock. You just want a soft glow of color behind the image … or that is how it appears! It adds dimension to your card without using die cuts, and we got texture from the embossing!

Don’t put that Pool Party ink pad away, you will need it to watercolor your silver base of the globe….

I used the Water Painters which hold water for easy watercoloring. Just squeeze your ink pad together so you have ink on the top inside and use that for your watercoloring tray … the squeeze a few drops of water from the Water Painters, mix and begin painting the ink into the base … you can add as much or as little as you want to make it darker or lighter … the painters give you more control and do not harm the embossing.

Color as needed, then assemble …

I forgot to mentions that I cut out the front with one of the larger rectangle dies… just to add a touch more texture. I added some brown to the trees using the writing tip of our regular markers, the sidewalk and sides of house are Smoky Slate, the tree is Old Olive and the door is Real Red.

You can see by the photo that the card front itself is adhered directly onto the Pool Party mat … it is the mat that is popped up using the Stampin’ Dimensionals directly onto the Shimmery White base.

Sometimes just the simple stamping techniques you learned when you first began stamping are still amazingly beautiful. Don’t forget to add the Wink of Stella in the snow and on the roof top! Santa needs something soft to land on!

Thank you for joining me today, and I hope that you learned a new technique or a stampin’ tip or two.

Enjoy this beautiful day ~

TODAY’S STAMPIN’ SUPPLY LIST … If you liked the products used in todays projects, I have links for you below. Just click on the item you would like more information on, or to begin your shopping. It will take you directly to my website. Thank you ♥ 

My Favorite Sale-a-bration item … By the Bay

Hello Stampin’ Friend ~

There are only a couple of days left to our Sale-a-bration event (ends March 31st). So I wanted to share all the goodies that are still available along with my favorite and some samples that I created using this … yes, it’s a stamp set.  By the Bay to be exact…

This card has been on fire on Pinterest (Thank You) and it is so simple to make.  All done in Night of Navy it makes a nice masculine card that would be great for Birthdays, Fathers Day or … Thinking of you.

My second of the three cards was the reason I picked this stamp set from the beginning, I thought it would go perfectly with my HIgh Tide stamp set.  I love lighthouses and this house looks like a beautiful lighthouse “house” to me …

On this card I used both the Aqua Painters and my Stampin’ Blends to color, and the lighthouse was stamped in front of the house.  However, that was not the picture in my head, so I came up with my third design …

There we go … This is what I had pictured in my head!! I wanted the lighthouse behind my cottage by the bay, so I used the masking technique.  You can find the entire blog post for this card HERE. It will take you step by step how I made this card.

There is something about lighthouses that warm my heart … maybe it’s the light that shines bright to bring the sailors into the shores safely… and there was something about this stamp set that spoke to me and said these two stamp sets needed to be together.

Thanks for hanging out with me for a while today, enjoy your day!

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Halloween Week: Technique Tuesday

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Hope you have kicked off a good week! Today I’d like to invite you to my Technique Tuesday being held during my Halloween Week!

Our technique today is masking … but I have a special stampin’ tip to share with you that will make masking with the Seasonal Chums stamp set possible.

Because the stamps are created as “tags” … they are placed “head to head” so when folded, you can die cut a cute little tag that has a front and back … you can see this on my blog yesterday.

You can see the lines that I’ve drawn on my stamp … that is where I’ll cut them apart. I call the cut a “Puzzle Cut” so that the two pieces can be put together tightly and will then work properly with the it’s coordinating dies.

Now you are ready to stamp as your single stamp has now turned into two!!

When doing the masking technique, I stamp my image on a scrap piece of paper (not cardstock) and then cut inside the line. This way you don’t get the “unstamped” space or gap.

Stamp your Jack-O-Lantern in the center of your cardstock, then place the paper pumpkin (mask) over the top. Now you can stamp your plain (back) pumpkins … remove your mask and your plain pumpkins will appear as if they are behind the Jack-o-Lantern!

Color your desired way …. Watercolor pencils, Aqua Painters or you can use markers like I did here.  I matted my artwork on Basic Black cardstock and then onto two different patterns from the Spooky Nights Designer paper.

I finished off my card with some of the left over Bakers twine from my September Paper Pumpkin kit. I like the orange bling on it … lol.

Hope you enjoyed today’s tutorial, tips … and card. I would appreciate if you could like my post (bottom left hand corner) or drop me a comment.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Hope you join me for my Wednesday … WOW!!

Have a great day ~



Live * Laugh * Love …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Here today to share another card from the “Beautiful You” stamp set with a focus on creating backgrounds.  This is card 2 of my trio. The background on this card was created by “Masking” and sponging. Again, going back to basics. Simple yet dramatic.

First we stamped the lady in the lower left hand corner of our card, then we placed the “circle mask” in the upper right hand corner. Using the Soft Sky ink pad, we inked up our sponge and dragged it across the cardstock and mask to create the background. Leaving some white space gives you the illusion of clouds. Remove mask. Stamp greeting.

Then we used Sahara Sand for the lower part of the card. This was mounted onto Basic Black and then “popped up” with dimensionals onto the Sahara Sand card base.

I tried coloring the image but did not like it, so I just used my Wink of Stella brush to color her dress and umbrella! Subtle but very effective.  I think if I would have tried using the new “Watercolor Pencils” … it would have turned out, I used the markers and they were too bold for the rest of the card.

Thank You for stopping by today, hope to see you back again tomorrow for my Simply Sunday series.

Have a beautiful day ~


Here are the products I used to make my projects shown today. You can purchase these and other Stampin’ Up! products at my online store by clicking on the links below each products. During Jan. 4-Mar. 31, 2017.  All $50 orders receive a free Sale-a-bration reward!


Masking Technique with the Sitting Here Stamp Set

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I want to share with you a cute card created with the “Sitting Here Stamp Set”. This card was made using the “Masking Technique”.

Create layered images using the masking technique and the Sitting Here Stamp Set. Combine the images to make the picture you want. Watch this video to learn how to using masking in your stamping…

Isn’t that cute … and so easy! This is just one of the techniques my Technique Club has done. Interested in joining on of my clubs? They will start again in September … we take a break during the summer.

Leave a comment below if you would like me to send you information on my clubs.

Hope you enjoyed the video. I’ll be back tomorrow with a cute card that I created using some of the goodies out of the new catalog!

Till then, take care!



Masking Tutorial and Blog Candy WINNER!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Sorry for the wait … I know you are anxious to see who one the Blog Candy.  Let me just say a quick “Thank You” to all of you for participating and sharing your comments! If you liked the sneak peek, you are going to LOVE the new catalog!

Congratulations to our Blog Candy Winner ….

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Now I would like to share the front of our Tunnel Card with you and the Masking Technique. Very simple to do, but it leaves an awesome impression! First I’ll refresh your memory with the dimensions of the cardstock we used …








Thank you so much for sharing a part of your day with me today.  Stop back tomorrow, I will be showing you the additional cards I did using the Tunnel Card technique! I know you’ve been waiting to see them.

Have a wonderful day ~


Simply Sunday: Thank You

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’d like to share with you a card that my Technique Clubs did this May. They learned how to create a “Tunnel Card” and we also used the “masking” technique for the front to create a soft focal point for our birds.

Let’s begin with the front of the card and the World of Dreams stamp set …

I found a card on pinterest using the “masking” technique and loved the color pallet that was used. It was created by Dena Rekow … I cased her basic design.


The template was created with the Squares Collection Framelits so that we could sponge multiple cards. The top right of the square is sponged with Soft Sky and the bottom left is sponged with Pear Pizzazz … it is then stamped with the bird silhouette stamp using the Black StazOn in pad. It’s very dramatic.

The pop of black cardstock behind the stamped front and the Basic Black Stitched Satin Ribbon really pull the card together and give it an elegant look.

The inside of the card is using the “Tunnel” to create a very dramatic look. The white cardstock is double stamped in the Pear Pizzazz to give it some dimension. We stamped the same on the inside, along with the greeting in Black StazOn.


The tunnel itself is easy to create with just a few folds and a framelit of punch to create the opening. Stop back tomorrow for a step by step tutorial on how to create the Tunnel Fold.

Thank you for sharing a part of your Sunday with me …

Have a wonderful day!





Simply Sunday … Sending Loving Thoughts

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

I hope this post finds you enjoying a beautiful weekend. After many days of rain, it was so nice to see the sun again.

Today I have a card for you where I have combined two simple techniques to create one beautiful card. I began with masking off a section of my card and sponging Mossy Meadow and Lost Lagoon into that area.


Before peeling up the mask, I added the Bokeh technique … to create the background. Then I peeled off the mask and stamped the Serene Silhouettes over it using the Memento Ink Pad.

To complete my card I added a simple greeting from the Love & Sympathy stamp set.

The techniques of masking (with sponging) and Bokeh are simple to do and together they create a stunning focal point for your card.


Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today.  I have posted a list of ingredients below for your shopping convenience … just click on any of the items for details or to start your shopping.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend ~




Guest Stamper … Jenny’s Christmas Card

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Hope you had a nice weekend … it looks as if we are in for a fabulous week here in Wisconsin.  Warm days and cool nights and today being the first day of Autumn – I love it!

Today I am going to share a card from my sideline / stampin’ sister Jenny F… we did her card as a Make & Take at our meeting. Jenny used a masking technique and sponging, as I did yesterday but it’s a totally different look, another beautiful Christmas card.

We began by stamping our greeting … you can choose any greeting that you have at home or one of the new ones in our Holiday catalog.


The second step was a torn piece of paper, a sponge and the gray ink to create the layers of snow.  Just lightly pull the ink into the paper to add a bit on ink and a softness to the line.

Next, was the Serene Silhouette stamp set and we used markers to color it so our birds could be red.

The moon was created next with a mask made from the 1-1/4″ circle punch and two-way glue pen.  The two-way glue pen when applied and then let dry, will work like a post it … sticky but removable.  Once the circle is placed on the card, you simply sponge around it to create clouds, then lift it off and you’ll have the Moon!

Lastly we added glitter … always a holiday favorite on your cards.

Thank you for stopping by today, hope it’s a good one.



Fun, Friends & Free Stuff …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Today I have a great card to share with you that features the “Good Greetings” stamp set!  Great news…  From now until Oct. 31,  YOU will be able to earn the exclusive Good Greetings Stamp Set when your stampin’ party or customer order reaches $300!  That’s in addition to the other exiting benefits!

That’s right, a FREE stamp set in addition to all the other exciting and generous benefits you get when you host a party from through Oct. 31! This versatile stamp set covers holidays from Halloween to Valentines and more.


Let’s get ready to party!  The only way to earn this exclusive stamp set is to host a party or place a qualifying order; the Good Greetings Stamp Set will not be offered for purchase and only lasts until October 31!

I am teaming up the “Fall Fest” stamp set from the Holiday catalog with the “Good Greetings” stamp set.  I shared a Fall Fest card with you as a sneak peek, but the catalog went live yesterday.  Click HERE to see that card share.

I used the “masking” technique to create the moon and cloud effect, using Daffodil Delight, Elegant Eggplant and Night of Navy.


 The pumpkins were stamped with the Pumpkin Pie and topped off with the Old Olive marker.  The faces were done in StazOn.  I also sponged Pumpkin Pie on the pumpkins so the lines weren’t so obviously white.

My greeting was highlighted with the use of the Word Bubble Framelit dies… It’s a great stamp set!  I’d love to help you earn it 🙂

Stop back tomorrow, I will share a card featuring the “Good Greetings” stamp set and “Festival of Tree’s” stamp set from the Holiday catalog .

Thanks so much for visiting me…

Have an awesome day ~


Here is a list of ingredients used to create the card (except the Hostess set: Good Greetings/ Listed above)  Click on any of the items for more details or begin shopping.



August Best of 25 Stamp Set & Card

Hello Stampin’ Friends!

I was excited, as you can image, when I saw the Best of 25 flyer for August…   I’m a bit of a Halloween fanatic, but never really expected Stampin’ Up! to release the best of 25 Halloween!  But here it is, and it has some of my favorites too!

I love the house and the tree in this set, so today I’m going to share with you a card I created using the tree.

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For our 25-year anniversary, Stampin’ Up! is bringing back some of their favorite stamp images from the last quarter century and combining them into 12 sets, which will release— one set per month—during 2013. Even better, along with some great classic images, each “Best of” set will also include a never-before-seen image!


Hang on to your 25-year proof of purchase sticker, and adhere it to your Stampin’ Up!® collectors card, which is included with each stamp set.  If you don’t have one, let me know … I will get one to you right away!

For every six Best Of sets you buy, you can send in your collectors card for a FREE set of your choice valued up to $14.95! Must be redeemed by April 30, 2014

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If you click on the “Shop Now” button, it will take you to the Halloween section.

When you get to the Halloween items, check out the banner … Isn’t that cool.  I just may have to create that for the Halloween party this year.


I used the “masking” technique to create the moon…. then sponged the sky with Elegant Eggplant and Night of Navy ink.  I stamped all images with the black StazOn.

The greeting is from the stamp set “Halloween Bash” found on page 21 of the Holiday Catalog.  After stamping it, I cut off the “celebrate” then the “halloween” … leaving a bit of the “crawly” so I could adhere the “celebrate” over the top.  Hope that made sense!  lol

I don’t know what it is about Halloween, but I really do enjoy the holiday!  Must be the spooky movies I watched as a kid.  Feel free to share you thoughts about Halloween, or this card!  Thanks.

Have a wonderful day ~

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Gettin’ ready … Halloween is just around the corner!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

A bit of a chill in the air this morning in Wisconsin … almost feels like fall.  Which brings me to our card today – Halloween.

For those of you who have been stampin’ with me awhile, you know that Halloween is one of my favorite holidays!  I think it’s just fun, and I love seeing kids dressed up… makes for so many wonderful memories!

Today’s card is wishing you a Halloween Hello from the stamp set “Halloween Hello” found in the Holiday Catalog on page 21.  There a so many cute stamps included in this set, but I chose the bats for this one.  I’m OK with bats as long as they are on my cards and NOT in my house!  Ewwww… the stories I could tell.


This card as quite easy to make, begin with the Masking Technique, then sponge on the color.  I used Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Elegant Eggplant and Basic Black.  I did stamp the bats with the Black StazOn (my favorite black ink).

Hope you can see the “glitter” on the bats… Oh my, Stampin’ Up! has glitter for us Halloween fanatics!   You get both the Black and Orange Ultrafine Glitters!   I think my bats may have turned out better (glitter wise) if I had used the Heat & Stick powder … but, I actually stamped my bats first and then masked and sponged.

I stamped the Halloween Hello greeting from my mask… love the clear stamps for that!  Then put the mask in the 1″ circle punch and punched it smaller.  I used the 1-1/4 circle punch again (original mask size – for moon) and punched a Pumpkin Pie mat for the greeting.

Couldn’t make a card without some noticeable texture, so a added a touch of pumpkin pie under the stamped piece and embossed it with the Woodgrain folder.

Here is a list of ingredients that I used to create today’s card:  If you click on the item number, it will take you right to my store page, and you can get a better look at the product.






Halloween Hello – WOOD



Halloween Hello – CLEAR



Black / Orange Stampin’ Glitter



2-Way Glue Pen



1” Circle Punch



1-1/4” Circle Punch






Woodgrain Embossing Folder

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Do you love Halloween as much as I do?  Then keep your eye out for an upcoming “Halloween Party”.  We’ll be stampin’ cards & more!


Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I will see you tomorrow!

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