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January 2008

Technique Class part 3 - Faux Silk

The 3rd Technique from last Saturday's 6x6 Technique Book Class was Faux Silk.  This technique looks stunning in person.. it's easier than you think - try it! :)  I found this technique on SCS here



The crinkled tissue makes it look like silk fabric!





·        Outline image stamps, StazOn ink, white cardstock, Aqua Painters, ink refills, tissue paper,SU! Anywhere Glue Stick, 12” Fiskars cutter, bone folder


1. Stamp a piece of tissue paper using StazOn ink and outline image stamps – let dry. It will bleed through the tissue, so protect your stamping surface.

2. Use Aqua Painters and drops of refill ink to paint in the outline images.  The ink will bleed through and run easily – try doing this step on a Kleenex or paper towel.

3. Once this is dry, crunch the tissue paper up in a little ball – really!

4. Apply SU! Anywhere Glue Stick to your piece of white cardstock

5. Flatten out the stamped tissue and put it on the cardstock, smoothing out with a bone folder.  Don’t try to get out all the wrinkles – Leave some wrinkles showing. 

6. When glue is dry, trim off excess tissue with paper cutter.

Technique Class part 2 - Reverse Masking

Here is the 2nd project from our 6x6 Technique Book Class on Saturday. The inspiration for this technique page came from the card I did in this class with the trees.



We used Purely Pomegranate and Pretty in Pink for this one!  GREAT combo!





·        Stamps, ink, paper, Coluzzle tool, vellum paper, Stampin’ Sponge, Adhesive Eraser


1. Use Coluzzle tool to cut out either a circle or oval using Vellum Paper.  This vellum piece should be slightly larger than your stamped focal point piece of cardstock

2. Adhere the Vellum Paper “reverse mask” to a piece of cardstock with a very small spot of DOTTO

3. Stamp a focal point stamp INSIDE masked area onto cardstock

4. Without moving the mask, ink your Stampin’ Sponge and sponge within the masked area with a light color, leaving a bit lighter area in the center

5. Remove the vellum mask (remove any Dotto residue with the Adhesive Eraser)

6. Stamp additional images that overlap the focal area and the white space for added dimension

Technique Class part 1 - Faux Cracked Glass

We did 4 new techniques for our 6x6 Technique book on Saturday in class.  Here is the first one:



Close Up:


I learned this technique from my friend Jen's blog. Very cool!



·        Stamps, ink, paper, Glassy Glaze enamel, heat tool, Versamark pad, Weathered Background stamp, Brown StazOn pad


1. Stamp desired focal point on cardstock

2. “Smoosh” (Direct to Paper technique) Versamark ink from pad all over cardstock with stamped image (note: smaller pieces work better… no bigger than 3x3 or so)

3. Pour Glassy Glaze powder all over wet Versamark, heat with heat tool.

4. Repeat steps 2 and 3

5. Quickly ink the Weathered stamp with Brown StazOn but do NOT overink

6. While image is still hot (from step 4) press the inked Weathered Background stamp into the hot/wet Glassy Glaze

Merci, Shirley!

I received this AWESOME card from Shirley this week...  Shirley is one of the demonstrators in my downline, and she celebrated her 10 year anniversary with SU! this month!!!  I just LOVE this card.. I don't think this photo does it justice but it's gorgeous in person! 

She used the new Merci Sale-A-Bration set and the Bali Breeze background paper.  LOVE the Rhinestone brad in the flower center!

Merci for the awesome card, Shirl!  Love you! :)




Bamboo Skewer Spine Book class

We had a great time in class last Saturday.. and as promised, here are more photos from my "Bermuda" "Summer Days Simply Scrappin' Kit".  Enjoy!  Instruction info in the post below this one.


Left:  "Good Times" is a rub-on from Stampin' Up!

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Left: center of book -     Right: ready for our 2008 portrait on the ship!

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Love adding the Rub-Ons !!

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enjoy making your album!!

~ Patty

Bamboo Skewer Spine Book Tips & Instruction info

Now for some tips on making your own book!

The instruction sheet can be found on Chiaki's site - click on Idea Sheets and then Bamboo Spine Album. Chiaki's site ROCKS for the BEST tutorial handouts around!!  Thanks Chiaki!

After assembling your book, you have the option of adding lots of fun ribbon to the skewer to hide it.  You don't have to do this step, but depending on the Simply Scrappin' Kit you use for your book, you might find it fun to embellish this way. 


Open your book and lay it flat to start slipping the ribbons under the skewer.


Tip for adding the very top and bottom piece of ribbon:



Here are some samples from the class.. I forgot to take pix before everyone left!  ugh! But here are 3 of them:


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I hope you enjoyed this project.. it's SO fun to make! Thanks to Chiaki for the awesome tutorial!

Have a GREAT day!

~ Patty

Sale-A-Bration set samples

I just LOVE the sets and accessories available this year for Sale-A-Bration!  Sale-A-Bration starts Feb. 1st and you don't want to miss out on the FREE stuff!!

Here is a sneak peek at what I was working on with 2 of the free Sale-A-Bration sets. As you can see, I've combined them with designer series papers, some rub-ons and ribbon. 

Don't you love how you can use this "flower" which is actually a Christmas image stamp, and cover the center and use it for any occasion!??  Yahoo!




I hope you have enjoyed them!  More to come tomorrow!

~ Patty

I Polka-Dotted my ribbon!

I know.. you are getting tired of my "Tie the Knot" Simply Scrappin' Kit samples... so this will be the last post, I promise!  But I sure do love these! :)

I have noticed other stampers making their own polka dot ribbon... so I decided I HAD to try it!!  Super Duper Easy!!  Use the Polka Dot stamp from the Three For You Punch Box and a white craft pad.. then just start stamping on the wide grosgrain ribbon!!  FUN! 


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and here are 3 more I made... without the custom polka dot ribbon.

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Have a super-duper Rock n Roll weekend!  Thanks for stopping by!  I'll have more details, class samples and instruction information on my Bamboo Skewer Spine book in the coming days.  Until then.. take care! 

~ Patty

So, why 4x4 cards you ask?

My previous post featured 4x4 size cards... I was asked "why did you make them 4x4?"... here is why:

I cut my 12x12 textured cardstock from the Tie the Knot Simply Scrappin' kit like this:


They are all 4x8 pieces with a 4x4 left over for punching out extra circles or scallop circles.

Then I cut my patterened paper from the SS kit into 4" strips, and cut each one into 2x4 or 4x4 pieces like this:


This yields 24 TEXTURED 4x4 cards (4x8 folded in 1/2) PLUS I still have the 3 sheets of Kraft cardstock which will yield 12 more cards! 

The patterned paper in the pack yields WAY more than enough for the 24 cards.

I put the 4x4 cards in the regular size Stampin' Up! Medium envelopes and mail them that way.

Hope this helps you see the value in this kit.. if you are using it for cards, you can get 36 4x4 cards out of a pack!  Cool, huh?

OK, there's your tip for the day!

~ Patty

Tie the Knot details

Thanks for all your kind comments on my Tie the Knot samples from last night!  Those were SO quick... I did all 8 cards in an hour!!!  I only used 2 sheets of cardstock, 1/3 of each of the patterned cardstock pieces and very few of the self-adhesive die cuts from the Tie The Knot Simply Scrappin' kit!  WHAT A GREAT DEAL!!!! 

More details and close ups as promised:


Rub-ons on BUTTONS!!  How fun!

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More Rub-Ons.... perhaps my favorite is PUTTING Rub-Ons ON THE RIBBON!! 

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I hope you will try the Simply Scrappin' kits!! I LOVE having all those coordinating pieces to play with !!  Makes my life EASY!   And adding the brown and white rub-ons from the FREE Sale-A-Bration package is the perfect touch for this kit!

Happy Stampin'

~ Patty

Tie the Knot - Simply Scrappin' Style!

No, I already tied the knot... I'm talking about the AWESOME Simply Scrappin' kit from Stampin' Up!  You don't have to be getting married or making a wedding album to LOVE this kit!  I went a little crazy tonight making these 4x4 cards with the cardstock and self-adhesive die cuts from this kit!

More details and close up photos to come tomorrow!


~ Patty

Spring Break Thank You cards

I needed a few quick Thank You cards to put in Customer orders... so I came up with these today.. by changing the strip of paper on the left side and changing the ribbon, you can get a really different look with each one!!  FUN!


I kind of forgot about my Twill Tape with so many new things to play with.. but it seemed to lend itself well to this card.  For my TIP on adding ribbon this way to your card, see THIS POST.  You can use any of the Stampin' Up! square punches or the Horizontal Slot punch, depending on the width of your ribbon.


Until next time...

~ Patty