Category Archives: Just For You

Mix It Up…..Just for You!


G’day mates!  Our good friend Lauren from the beautiful land down under is hosting this weeks Mix It Up Challenge.  Her challenge for us this week is backgrounds.  To use ink (any ink) to make a background for our card, no pretty paper, just ink.  Booya!  I’m excited about this one cause there are soooo many background techniques that I’ve been dying to try, and just never seem to allow myself the time to go and play……….well, this week we can all have a go at it!!

So, the technique I decided to try was the “Joseph’s Coat” technique, which you can find here over on SCS. So, because I don’t have a Spectrum ink pad, what I did was take three colors of my Tim Holtz Distress Ink’s, and because I don’t have any re-inkers for any of my stamps (I know!!!  I really have to start changing this) I used a piece of a baby wipe and applied the inks to the baby wipe directly from the ink pads.  I chose Peeled Paint, Broken China and Concord Grate.  I applied as much ink from the ink pads as I could and then rolled my brayer over the inked up baby wipe and then across my sheet of glossy cardstock.   I did this a couple of times to get as dark a covering as I could using this method.  I made sure it was completed dry and then took my Hummingbird stamp and my Versamark and stamped random Hummingbird images directly onto the piece of brayered glossy cardstock.  I covered the stamped images with some clear embossing powder and embossed them under the heat gun.  I cleaned off my brayer, grabbed my black stamp pad and covered the whole piece of the embossed brayer colored glossy cardstock, with black ink using my brayer once again.  Once it was all covered in black, I took a paper towel and wiped off as much of the black ink as would come off and I was left with colorful little embossed Hummingbirds showing through the black ink.




Isn’t it a beaut?!  I trimmed the sheet down, cropped it onto a piece of bright blue paper and pop dotted it onto my card front.  I then re-inked up my babywipe ‘ink pad’ I’d made and took the Hummingbird stamp and stamped three more random Hummingbirds to the exposed white area of the card front.  Added a sentiment, some bling and a sheer ribbon and TaDa!!!  One card done…..  ?? to go with this challenge!!



 So that’s it for card #1 for this challenge.   I really like the subtlety of this card.  Hmmm…..what to try to tackle next??

Thanks soo much for popping in for a peek…..I love to read your comments!!


Yvonne   😉

Hello Strangers…..Just for You!


Holy cow my long lost blog friends!!!  I tell you, life can sure send you a curve ball every once in a while.  I have a few projects to catch up on…..I’ll do a couple tonight and then finish them off tomorrow!  Our lovely Lisa (Ashdale) over on SCS has taken over the hostess job of our weekly I Spy Challenge.  As it was Kathy’s (muscrat) birthday last week, she had us all make Birthday cards for Kathy to send out to her.  I asked Kathy what her favorite color was and one of them was blue… off to make a blue card I went.


I love this stamp image.  It’s from my Close To My Heart ‘Find Your Style’ set.    I stamped it in Rich Cocoa Memento Ink and then painted over it with my Tim Holtz Distress Stain in Picket Fence to give it a muted and aged look.  I added the bow and inked it with the Memento ink as well. 








I added a strip of bling from want 2 scrap along the right edge to add to the vintage feel of the card.  I die cut and then embossed the edge of the card with my new Stampin’ Up! Edgelets Adorning Accents die cut and the scalloped edge Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. 










Here’s a view of the whole card.  I stamped a journalling stamp twice on the background of the card in Tim Holtz Distress Ink ‘Peeled Paint”, added some half pearls and the sentiment is from one of my favorite sets which is made by Hot Off The The Press and their ‘Tiny Words & Imagews’ set.












Off to post the next card.  Thanks so much for stopping by, I appreciate it very much!!


Yvonne  😉

Love Birds……ahhhh


Round three coming up!  This is such a cute card…..I just love all the little details on this one.


Aren’t those two little birds just too cute!!!  They lend themselves to be very fitting for so many different occasions!!  Valentines, a wedding card, anniversary, birthday, just because, thinking of you…..etc., etc.!  So versatile they are.  And I love the embossed frame…’s one of the folders in the Designer Frames set of Textured Impressions Embossing Folders Set..  This oval folder fits the Extra-Large Oval punch (which the birds were stamped onto).  I really like the circle details around this embossed frame…..sets it off so nicely.




I love the little hearts!  Now I forgot to ask ‘Cutter’ (my SU! Demo’s nickname….she’s awesome!!) which folder this is, so I went searching through the catalogues and I’m pretty sure it’s one of the Letterpress Plates called Heart Pressed….so I’m going with that.  She’ll correct me if I’m wrong….lol.  (and only because I just emailed her to ask her.  😉  )  Edit:  lol……nope, I was wrong…’s one of the folders from the Adorning Accents sets.




See…..cute card isn’t it?!!  Don’t you think my little photo helper is just the best?  It’s a bear hubby gave me quite a few years ago that was attached to a balloon boquet for Valentines Day……there was a story behind me getting the balloons, because anyone who knows my hubbywill know he doesn’t do things like send balloon bouquets….lol.  Attached to the cute little bear was a little card and on that card was a poem he’d written for me.  Now, you’re probably going…..ahhhh…..he wrote you a poem??!!  How romantic……ya.  This is what the poem said:  “Roses are red, violets are blue(which, I agree, was a good start to the poem).  It went on to say….. I need brownie points, for a new Ski-Doo…..yup, that’s right.  LOL LOL LOL.  He’d had a minor argument with a tree root on a ski-doo trail and his sled kinda lost and bent his ski…hadn’t told me yet, so he thought this would be a good way to break the news to me…ya gotta love the man.  He is inventive….and it totally worked!!  Yup, that’s right, I can be bought with a sweet little bear holding a sign which says “I love you this much” and a balloon bouquet….lol

 That’s it for tonight…..I’m off to make an important phone call to a special friend……thanks for stopping by and checking out my cards!  I soooo appreciate it!!


Yvonne    😉

Pink bows and butterflies??!!


Hey there blog friends!!  Got side tracked there with grandkids again!  This is the second card I made last night just cause I could.  This one isn’t for any particular challenge.

Take a look at this fabulous ribbon!!!  I found it in Saskatoon at one of the DollarRamma stores!  I thought of my friend Lisa right away when I saw it and if there had been two rolls I would have bought one for her!  I just love it!  That cute little pink butterfly is punched using my Creative Memories butterfly punch and is just perfect when I need a tiny butterfly for something.  For this card I used the Marth Stewart Double Arches Punch Around the Page border punch.  This is another of my favorites.

I had to add a bling swirl to the card.  The sentiment is from my Close To My Heart Treasure Life set and it’s matted on top of the Deco Fan punch around the page border punch. I sort of cut and pasted it to make this frame for the sentiment.  I like this sentiment and use it quite often.

Here’s the whole card.  I’m quite happy with the results…..maybe I’ll have to deviate from my earth tones more often! 

Thanks so much for stopping in to have a peak!  I love hearing what you think so feel free to leave a comment!  I’m off to visit the other grandchild now……..hope to get inky again this evening.  Later my friends!


Yvonne  😉

Faux Silk Technique


One of the cards we  did at our Stampin’ Up! demo night was the faux silk technique using tissue paper.  This is such a cool technique and so easy to do!  And depending on whether you want a vibrant or a more muted effect, you can stamp your image onto your cardstock or directly onto the tissue paper.  Depending on the look you’re after, either option is a great choice.

The card base is made using Old Olive cardstock.  We started by cutting out a piece of tissue paper slightly larger than the piece of Whisper White cardstock.  The image was from the Fabulous Florets set and was stamped in Old Olive and Concord Crush inks.  It’s VERY important you let the images competely dry before you continue.  If you don’t the inks will smudge and you’ll be starting over!  Depending on the look you’re going for you would either stamp your images onto your cardstock or directly onto the tissue paper.  Once the image is completely dry, take the tissue paper and scrunch it into a tight, tight ball……like your going to make a spit ball…  Very carefully unscrunch it but don’t smooth it out or you’ll lose the effect for the faux silk.  Take the Stampin’ Up! anywhere glue stick, which by the way is a fantastic glue stick cause it’s rectangle in shape and so easy to use to get total coverage on your cardstock.  Cover your entire piece of Whisper White cardstock with the glue stick being sure to get all around the edges so the tissue paper won’t curl back or fold over on you.  Taking your piece of tissue paper and starting in the middle, ‘tap’ it onto the cardstock.  If you rub it on you’ll smooth out the wrinkles and again will lose the effect for the faux silk.  Now depending on how many wrinkles you want (I like allot of wrinkles in the finished product) will dictate how much you ‘tap’ your piece of tissue paper onto the cardstock.  Be sure to get it tapped down all over the cardstock, especially the edges so it adheres properly and won’t curl up or fold over.  Once you have it looking the way you want it, trim the excess tissue paper away from the cardstock and adhere to a strip of Old Olive cardstock.  Taking two narrow strips of Concord Crush cardstock,  use the Scallop Trim Border to create a border frame and attach to each side of the Old Olive cardstock strip.  Attach this to the front of your card and ta da!!!  The sentiments were stamped onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock and then centered into the large oval punch and punched out.  Attach your sentiment to a piece of Concord Crush that was punched out using the Scallop Oval punch.  Decide on the placement of your sentiment and attach to your card front!  You’re done and have an awesome card with a great technique!  This is one technique I can see myself using over and over again……easy peasy and it looks great!!

Okay… to do another post for the next card……getting tired of them yet??  teehee…..I’m loving this!!!