Friends Are The Best!!

Friends are the best!!  Have you met a friend for lunch and lunch lasts for 4 hours.  That friend is there for you to listen, give advice but most importantly to support you.  I made this card in my Stamparatus Class to show the round & round technique.  I love the greeting — friends are flowers in the garden of life.  I definitely agree and this card is for my friend Barb.  She is always there for me — thank you!!

A Big Thank You Stamp Set, Scalloped Striped Embossing Folder, Stamparatus, Round & Round
This was a fun card to make.  I used the new Scallop Striped Embossing Folder on the Whisper White layer — love this new folder.  Stamping the flowers in a circle is quick and easy with the Stamparatus.  First take a square of cardstock and the Layering Squares Framelits — place the largest square in the center of the cardstock and cut out – save this square — turn cardstock 90 degrees and cut again.  Your cardstock will look like this.

Stamparatus, Round & Rouond
Lay this square on your Stamparatus and put the saves Whisper White square in the opening, place stamp right under the triangle opening – close one of the hinged panels to attach the stamp — ink stamp and close panel — turn square 90 degrees, ink and stamp — repeat all the way around turning the square 90 degrees each time.  Stamp the phrase in the center.  I added Rhinestones to the center of each flower.

I love the way this card turned out – I hope you do too.



Tuscan Vineyard with Subtle Embossing Folder

I have a fabulous combination of Stamparatus techniques and new products.  I loved a card my sister, Tina Rappe, did using the Stamparatus.  I think it showcased one way to use this wonderful new tool.  I used the Tuscan Vineyard stamp set — such a beautiful set and reminds me of our trip to Italy two years ago.

Tuscan Vineyard Stamp Set, Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set, Subtle Embossing Folder, Stamparatus
Before the Stamparatus we had to use markers to get different colors on a stamp.  This worked but sometimes turns out lighter than what we want.  Well, the Stamparatus to the rescue.  I started with a piece of Whisper White cardstock in the corner of my Stamparatus and then used a Sponge Dauber with Pool Party stamp pad to apply ink to the top of the stamp (sky) and stamp on white cardstock – clean stamp with Simply Shammy and then with a new Sponger Dauber, ink center section with Blackberry Bliss, stamp, clean and then ink with Mossy Meadow using a new Sponge Dauber.  What a great way to get three different colors on one stamp and it blends together so nice.

Now we move on to the row of corks.  It is so simple to get the stamped images lined up perfect — yup, Stamparatus time.  I put the Mossy Meadow cardstock into the corner of the Stamparatus and placed my cork stamp in the left hand corner and close Stamparatus lid — open and ink with Mossy Meadow ink and Sponge Dauber, stamp, pull plate out of hinges, move down one hinge – ink and stamp again and repeat to bottom of cardstock.  Stamp “Just a Note” from Flourishing Phrases with Mossy Meadow ink, then run through Big Shot with the Subtle Embossing Folder.  I LOVE this new embossing folder — it gave my cardstock a soft touch of texture and blended everything together so well.

I LOVE how this card turned out and I hope you love it too.
Get that Stamparatus out and start using it — you are going to have so much fun.

Color Combo:


Enjoy Life in Highland Heather & Gorgeous Grape

I love the saying in the Enjoy Life stamp set – think of the precious privilege to be alive.  We really should all enjoy every minute of our lives.  I used two of the new colors for this Z-Fold card — Highland Heather and Gorgeous Grape.  I used the Sponge Brayer to add a little Highland Heather to the small Whisper White rectangles and then stamp the flowers and butterfly with Gorgeous Grape and the phrase is stamped with Memento ink.  A very soft and gentle reminder that life is precious.

Enjoy Life stamp set