Wednesday, June 25, 2014


"Music washes away from the Soul the dust of Everyday Life" says the Just Rite Musical Notes stamps (Cl02215). These match Spellbinders Labels 20 (S5-026), the die used for the focal stencil and the layers of the sentiment stamp. This wonderful JustRite stampset came from Joan's Gardens a while ago.  The stencil,  by Dream Weaver (LL589),  was my gift from Joan's Gardens for my lucky number draw in Challenge #10 (April 22nd) at Joan's Touch.  Thank you so much, Terri. This stencil was used with Pearl Viva Modeling Cream. The depth and shine of the beautiful lyre, violin and trumpets on this Christmassy stencil is so rich and pretty but it did not photograph well at all.
This card was created exclusively for the Joan's Touch Challenge #19 where we were to use a stencil, texturing and several colors of inks.  I did use several colors of inks, including the ink in a jellyroll Gel pen and some blended dark blue inks in an embossing folder letter-press type mat. The notes and scores are Sizzix 657139 Sheet Music #2 EF.  The notes, part of the Just Rite group,  are touched with Ranger's Diamond Stickles (as are the notes on the sheet music.)  I was afraid to try to ink the Modeling  Creme, and wonder if that works or not.  All of these products are available at Joan's  Gardens.

Now I'll be away most of the summer, and then will (probably) have shoulder surgery in September that will limit my crafting for a while.  Have a great summer and thanks for peeking at Priss Projects today. Follow my adventures on my photography blog:  

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Happy New Home, K and R!

This card was created for the Joan's Touch Challenge #19 where we were to use stencils, lots of colors of inks, dies, texturing and layering.  I used Spellbinders S5031 Labels which I threaded with blue grosgrain ribbon (Offray) and mounted on white Distress Inked cardstock.  I had used the design of the label die to also stencil that mat, then ever so slightly offset the popped up blue diecut.  The multi colored inked stencil on the embossed side was created with Spellbinders Impressabilities (Butterfly 12-1002).  The ink was brayered on and was Kaleidascope "Calypso" spritzed before drying with Sparkle Shimmer.The sentiment medallion is edged with Liquid pearls (platinum) over sponged Distress Ink (Peacock Feathers).  The sticker sentiment is Starform, and the butterfly is a sticker (by Dazzles) that has been stuck onto vellum, inked with Tim Holtz Distress markers, and fussy cut.  The dies, stickers, Tim Tim Holtz (Ranger) products, inks E-bosser, stencils and other card making supplies are all available at Joan's Gardens.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Stencils and Color

Challenge 19 at Joan's Touch this week calls for lots of different colors of ink, lots of textures, and the use of a stencil (or die). This card is created exclusively for this challenge.  
 I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder of flourishes (that I flattened and did not color) on the yellow mat, trimmed a black mat with Starform Black Outline Stickers (1001). Then had an amazing first try with a Spellbinders Impressabilities stencil that I had never used at all until today. (Butterfly 12-1002)  This I used the DEBOSSED side of, and inked that detail with Calypso Kaleidacolor ink that I brayered on.  (My next card will show the same technique on the embossed side!---really pretty).  I spritzed that inking while it was still moist so that the colors would merge and intensify, and then spritzed again with Shimmer Sparkle.  The sentiment is a sticker called Just for you that I got at pop-ups etc. (121001/9321).   This debossed inked center is die cut from Spellbinders Labels 18 (S4-310) Next I die cut Fantastic Flourish One (Spellbinders S2-010) and edged parts of that beautiful flourish with  Black Glaze pen by Sakura and black and gray rhinestones.
The tiny butterflies, touched up with 3D Galaxy Gloss glaze are Beautiful Wings Embosslits by SU.  Spellbinders products, glazes, inks, papers and spritzers are all available at Joan's Gardens.  The Fantastic Flourish was one of the first dies I ever got from Joan's Gardens, and it was fun to follow the challenge with a flowery flourish that almost exactly matched the lines and detail of the Impressabilities metal stencil.

Friday, June 20, 2014

A Carding Sort of Day

Today was just a fun play day, playing with some new stamps, trying out some different techniques and just letting some cards happen.  The top two cards were inspired by Sandi MacIver's  blog tutorial for using the Work of Art stampset.  These are just gorgeous, and go together very easily (butterfly and large daisy are Recollections embellies). The flourishes are from my stash--a clear stamp set (manufacturer unknown).  The sentiments are gold stickers from Pop-Ups Etc  Both of those top cards are "reverse" embossed so that when you open the card you see either Happy  Birthday or Thank You embossed beside the greeting area.  (Those are Cuttlebug EF's).  
The bottom card uses  SU's Woodgrain stamp and punched Petite Petals, some larger punched flowers  and the Little Leaf Sizzlit by SU.  Thinking of you sentiment on that card is from the Just  Rite Stampset Large Fancy  Sentiments and it is shaped with a tag-punch by Uchida.   Edges are inked with  Tim Holtz  Distress inks and the purple ink is just a Walmart Studio G purple inkpad.   Rhinestones and little holographic hearts are Recollections (Michaels). 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Pleasing Projects

Today has been one to play with double stamping techniques using a Stamp-A-Ma-Jig by Stampin Up to place detail.  And I've tried a couple of cards with SU's new Works of Art stampset.  I also used stamps from  SU Petite Pairs, from Simply Soft and from  Graphic 45 Botanical Tea stampset which are heat embossed with shiny black embossing powder.  The inside of the So Many Smiles card is embossed with the Thanks EF by Provo Craft (Cuttlebug).   The Happy  Fourth is punched from a computer generated tag. (Font is Rockwell).My Stampin Up Demonstrator is Kathy Legan.  

This card was inspired by a tutorial written by Sandi MacIver a Portland Oregon SU Demonstrator

Monday, June 16, 2014

Die cut stacks

This card has been created exclusively for Joan's Touch, Challenge #18.  We are to use nesting dies to cut out three layers of a stamped scene.  I am quite "short" of scene stamps, so I created one with Art Impressions Try-Fold Stampset Harvest TF-UM4205.  Because these stamps are meant to be stamped on gate-fold-shaped cards, stamping the scene involved a little masking.  When I was finished, I didn't like the line drawing effect ---it was really hard to tell even what the scene was supposed to be especially after the layers were cut.  (I used Spellbinders Labels 17 S5-025.)   So, I inked the edges of the diecuts with Tim Holtz Distress ink Walnut Stain.  This stampset is gorgeous when worked with watercolors, but I had stamped  the images on plain cardstock and so instead I used colored pencils and  Gamsol to color the image.  I wrapped copper accented baker's twine around the card base and then cut a mat from Core-dinations sandable paper.  I traced the outside of largest of the dies and then hand cut the 1/8" inch edge to create the border.  Here are some tips I learned on this first one.  Since the cardstock for the card was oyster, the image should have been stamped on oyster too.  If mounted on white--the design was to stark for the autumn theme.  AND ---images you think you want to color should be colored before die cutting them. Also, if you  have a magnetic platform for your Big Shot it isn't necessary to tape the dies in place.    These products, as well as dimensionals glue, tape, die cutter, etc may all be purchased at Joan's Gardens.  

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Pop Up MINI boxes

This little pop up card is  made to fit in an A5 envelope.  So Cute! The flowers are by fredshesays and the paper I chose was Imaginesce Mushroom Fancy two-sided designer paper. There are polka dots on one side, and glaze mushrooms on the other.   The sentiment tag was designed by  Tracy  Wray.

The dimensions for the  mini pop-up box card are 7 1/2" x 9 1 /4" scored at 2  1/8", 4  1/4", 6  3/8" and 8 1/2"
Turn and cut off two inches so that the top squares are 1  3/4" x 1  3/4".    (The bottom outside panels are  1  3/4" x 2  3/4" with a  1/2"  tab along the back edge to adhere to the back panel forming the box. Mount inside strips that are 3 5/8" long cut in half to make one inch wide strips and scored on each end at 3/4".  Mount inside the box and flush with the fold-out panels.  You need two of them to adhere the pop-up elements.  Tie a ribbon at the fold line of the card and fold flat for mailing.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Dragonfly Fantasy

This black and white card is created exclusively for  Challenge #17 at Joan's Touch  The challenge this week is to create black and white, create dimension,  and use scallops for the design of the card.  I used Spellbinders S5-180 Borderabilites for my scalloped edges.  These dies are large enough that they work best run through my Craftwell E-Bosser.  The stamps are clearstamps that I picked up years ago off a rack in a store, and long-since have misplaced (if there ever was one) the originator of the fantasy type stampset that includes this dragonfly, a ladybug, a gorgeous butterfly, hummingbird, and detailed fantasy flower with butterfly petals.  Look carefully at the dragonfly and you'll see his wings are created out of peacocks and flowers and his body is a long-tailed exotic fantasy bird.   The "Thinking of You" sentiment is from Large Fancy  Sentiments collection by Just Rite.  This is all stamped in Staz-On ink.  The dragonflies are touched here and there with Glossy 3D Colored pens by Sakura.
Paper, the Spellbinders dies, the Craftwell Ebosser, adhesives, Just Rite stamp set and inks, glitters and pens can be purchased at Joan's Gardens.  If you recognize the stampset, please let me know.  I'd love to credit the designer of this gorgeous collection.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Black and White Thoughts

This card was created exclusively for Joan's Touch Challeng #17.  The challenge was to use black and white, add dimension and use scallops.  I created this black and white card edging the black mats with the detailed scallop cutting edge of my guillotine paper trimmer.  The stacked up white stamped detail was the butterfly from Just  Rite Clear Stamps Grand Sentiments CR-03885.  The Thinking of you sentiment is a Starform sticker, and the tiny butterflies are from Stampin Up's beautiful wings Embosslits. They're edged with gellyroll clear star pen.   The big butterfly stamp is inked in black staz-on and also in white versa mark, heat embossed with Ranger Holographic embossing powders.  Papers the Just Rite stamps, stickers, tiny pearls and embossing powders are available at Joan's Gardens.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Sweetly Sherri

These are a few of the cards I've been playing with using some of the adorable big-eyed sweeties designed by Sherri Baldy. I have used a Martha Stewart fern punch, scalloped circle punch, Sentiments from TLC designs, SU's Embosslits Butterflies,  Copics and Tim Holtz distress markers colored pencils and Gamsol,  core-dinations papers for mats, and Spellbinders S5-090 Romantic Rectangles dies to create these cards.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Four Sheet Island Indigo Cardset

These are eight of the ten cards you can make with Steffie Graff's Four Sheet Wonder tutorials. What is SO nice about these tutorials is that they come with not only the all-over stamp templates, but templates for the matting and color harmonies for the cards that spare paper and maximize fun! Similar cards can be created with her Five Sheet Wonder projects as well.  I used mainly Stampin Up supplies for these cards, ribbons, papers, Perfectly Penned and A Round Array Stamps, and Simple Stems stampsets. I also used Close to My Heart's stampset "Happiness" on these cards.  The inks and coordinating papers are SU's Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo, Old Olive, and Slate Gray and Whisper White.  I used some Fiskars, EK, SU and Martha Stewart Punches.  My Stampin Up demonstrator is Kathy Legan.  

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Get Well, Judy

Wishing you a very speedy recovery, Judy

I made this card and cupcake for my friend who is having breast cancer surgery today.  The butterflies are die cuts (Les Papillons2 S4-395 by Spellbinders.) The inside sentiment reads:  "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.:  (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Paisley Irises

This twisted easel card was created exclusively for Joan's Touch Challenge #16.  The card is a 5x5 easel stopped with pearls.  The stamp I used is from the Just Rite Collection (CL-004530) "Irises" Vintage Labels Four, with coordinating dies. Just  Rite Custom Dies, Vintage Labels 4 (JB-04300). The stamp is colored with colored pencils and blended with Gamsol.  Each quatrefoil intersection is met with a very tiny pearl on the stamp.   The yellow mat is embossed with a Cuttlebug diamond EF (I didn't have a quatrefoil EF which would have matched the stamp's background a little better.  The white, DP paisley paper (from a Color Bok pad) and blue base cardstock are sewing machine stitched with blue thread.  I haven't placed (or decided on the inside sentiment yet)  
   This card was just so much fun to make....and not a really quick one --only because I had a major jam in my sewing machine motor (improperly threaded) and so I stopped and cleaned and serviced the machine!  LOL.  Thank you Joan for continually helping me build my skills.  

The dies and stamps, the inks and pencils, gamsol and pearls can all be purchased at Joan's Gardens.

Monday, June 2, 2014

You are the Best

This card was created exclusively for the Joan's Touch Challenge this week.  I love fairies, and this week's Challenge #15 at Joan's Touch--that featured a twisted easel card seemed just right for a paper "Flight of  Fancy (#4500290)"  Once Upon a Springtime  Collection by Graphic 45.  The beautiful watercolor fairy is from a  Digital Scrapbooking Kit called Garden Fairies by Christine Ruff at E-Scape and Scrap. The cardfront also features tiny fussy cut butterflies that are in one of the Botanical Tea stamps by Graphic 45.  The detail in these stampsets is absolutely incredible.  And these teeny butterflies fit the little fairy's crown of flowers perfectly. The Core-din-ations paper mat (peach color ) is embossed and sanded, ( a SU embossing folder) then lightly dusted with green chalks.  The twisted easel stop is created with Spellbinders  Dies "Fancy  Tags 3"  (S5-030) and stamped with "You are the Best" from a Just Right Large Fancy Sentiments Stampset.  The edges of the papers are burnished with  Tim Holtz Forest Moss Distress inks . The corners are cut with the "stub" side of a  We R Memory Keepers Crop-a-Dile Corner Chomper.  A  tiny butterfly inside is die cut from a SU "beautiful wings" embosslit, and the "stamps inside with fairies on them are from another Graphic 45 paper "Tiny  Treasures" from the Once Upon a  Springtime paper collection.   I made my twisted easel card fit an A5 envelope which is the size I most often work in.  The dimensions for cutting a twisted easel for this size card are 4 1/4 x 9 3/4 (scored at 5   1/2"   As usual the matting and main card front is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.   The Graphic 45 Signature Series core-din-ations sandable, embossable papers, the Graphic 45 papers, the Just Rite Stamps , Tim Holtz inks, and the dies I used are all available at Joan's Gardens