Welcome to the Plastic Patterns Technique Hop

These past few weeks, I have been learning a variety of new ways to use stencils, which is why I am so excited for this month’s technique hop.  118348271_10157701360272934_5253391408661344276_nI can’t wait to learn a few new methods to try on my projects.  If you have come here from Alyson Mayo’s Blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished taking a look at my Vintage Rose Lace card, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of ideas.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melissa’s Blog.


As with most of my experiments, this one didn’t quite start out well as I had hoped, but it lead to a very wonderful outcome.  Before I tell you the story behind the process and share my video tutorial, let’s take a look at my project. 

This simple thank you card was created using Diamond Stickles and Transparent Gloss Texture paste with one of our new 12-inch stencils. Don’t you just love that Tattered Rose background? It reminds me of old world tiles. 

Like I said, the project didn’t start out well. I knew that I wanted a thick sparkle background, so I experimented with Stickles Gel, but soon realized that the stencil I chose had too many details for that medium, so, I decided to try a bottle of Diamond Stickles instead. 

After adding the stenciled stickles (say that fast five times),  I built up the background using Transparent Gloss texture paste to create the look of etched tiles. When I first applied the paste, it appeared as if all the glitter from the Stickles was going to disappear, but once it dried, I had a beautiful sparkling background. 

To bring out the lace image, I grabbed some Tattered Rose Distress Oxide Ink and used a blending tool to add ink to the card front. I then used a paper towel to remove the ink from the texture paste and the result was a stunning etched lace background.

After spending so much time on this little experiment, I decided that the sentiment needed to be very simple and sweet.  I had debated on stamping on some vellum or even adding a little flower, but, in the end, chose to use some Blue Belle to create a little thank you card. 

The sentiment was cut out of both Blue Belle glitter paper and Blue Belle cardstock using the Thanks Thin Cuts. These two dies are designed to layer atop each other to create the sentiment and a shadow layer. 

I just loved how that glitter paper sparkled along with the Stickles on this card, so I decided that I needed to add a few more sparkles and placed  Blue Belle Glitter gems around the sentiment. How precious is that?

For those of you who have been enjoying my cardmaking video tutorials, I decided to squeak one more in this week.  This one is very short, simple, and to the point, but I hope it still helps you to learn some new techniques. 

I hope that this project inspired you to try something new and that you are encouraged to experiment with some stencils in your collection.  If you don’t own any, you can purchase a few on my website, or make a few of your own using our Stencil Sheets

Now ‘Hop” on over to Michelle Loncar’s Blog to see her work!  Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas for using stencils on your projects.  

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Here is a List of the Items I Used Today

Create a Floating Butterfly Layout

In July,  I was blessed with a sneak peek of the new Creativity in Motion collection of animated stamps and was asked to create a few projects showing you how to use them.  Today, I am sharing a scrapbook page I made with floating butterflies that were stamped using those animated images.  I have also created a simple process video for you to enjoy so that you can learn some tips and tricks for creating your own Floating Butterfly layout. 

When I first saw the Creativity in Motion collection, I honestly wasn’t sure if I would be able to use it.  I have a condition that does not allow me to see certain dimensional art as intended which is probably why Van Gogh and Signac are two of my favorite artists. 

These lenticular stamps are designed to work with the striped acetate sheets to create a image that appears as if it is moving.  I recently created a slimline butterfly card showing how these images appear animated. If you missed it, you can view it here


llen·tic·u·lar/lenˈtikyələr/ (adjective) images with an illusion of depth, or that appear to have the ability to change or move as the image is viewed from different angles


As I opened up my box of goodies, I fell in love with these butterfly and dragonfly images. The distressed images with worn lines made them appear like little works of art. I just had to find a way to use them.

I decided to create a layout that was bright and full of fun♥, just like the photo, and went to town creating this playful page. In the video below, I show you how I created the texture paste background and heat embossed butterflies, and I give you a few tips and tricks for layering elements and aligning your foam letter stickers. 

Not only did I use the butterflies from the Creativity in Motion bundle, I also used those adorable bright paper patterns and the Border Tab thin cut dies. The bright paper stack is full of all sorts of patterns you can use on your cards, scrapbook pages, and Cricut projects. 

I chose to layer multiple pieces behind my photo to match the fanciful polka-dots and flowers on the girls’ clothes. Each piece was edged with black using our blending tools. This is the first time I have edged a paper with black ink and I am liking how it looks. I may have to try it again soon. 

The journaling for this page is hidden behind the photo on a little card that I created using the Border Tab thin cut dies and stamp set.   I also used this die on quite a few pages in my Disney album, but at the time the product was still “top secret”, so I couldn’t tell any of you what I was using.  You can’t imagine how hard that was.  I had quite a few questions asking me how I made those mini-album pull-outs and now you know.

To complete the page, I needed a title that wasn’t too bold or busy, yet matched these three cousin’s personalities, so I chose to use our Foam Alphabet along with my label maker and a sentiment sticker to create a phase that describes these three girls perfectly.

I hope that today’s project inspired you to try something new and look at the Butterfly Kisses stamp set in a whole new way.  The Creativity in Motion Bundle is available at a discount during the month of September. Make sure to stop by my website and take a look at all the components in this kit so that you can join me for the Free Virtual event.  

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Here is a List of the Items I Used Today

Welcome to the Garden Tags SOTM Blog Hop

This month, we are featuring a variety of projects using the June Stamp of the Month – Garden Tags.94149292_10157392415067686_5509103444763344896_n  If you have come here from Kathy Burrows’ Blog you are on the right path!  When you are finished viewing my Distressed Garden Tags, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog.  This blog hop is simple, fun, and full of artwork created by some very talented consultants.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog


I truly enjoy creating tags It gives me a break from the everyday creations I make and allows me to play with layers and layers of products.  Today, I dug out the texture paste, shimmer brushes, vellum, ribbon, and thread to create some delightfully distressed Garden Tags. How sweet are these??!!

If you have not had a chance to purchase the new June Stamp of the month, you will to make sure that you also grab yourself a set of Tags & Tabs Thin CutsThese metal dies fit this stamp set perfectly and prevent you from having to hand-cut these beautifully designed tags. 

The base layers of my tags were created in Cricut Design Space using images from our ArtPhilosphy collection.  These two layers were cut from French Vanilla Cardstock & Kraft paper. 

I created a distressed look onto the Kraft layer using the Strokes of an Artist stamp set, some splatters of Lagoon & Toffee Shimmer, and texture paste. 

After the background layers were complete, I started to create the top layer tags using the Garden Tags stamp set.  Both tags were heat embossed to give some texture – one in Peacock, the other in Espresso – then splattered with shimmer brushes

To add a little dimension, I created some additional layers for the tags. The dragonfly wings were stamped onto vellum and added to the tag.  I stamped the flower image from the Garden Tags stamp set in Espresso and shaded it with TriBlend Markers, then attached it with a foam dot. Both added little more texture and interest to each of the tags.

The sentiments on each were created using the Stitched Together Cardmaking stamp set, which were stamped using Intense Black ink, cut out by hand, and adhered to the tags with foam tape. 


I had so much fun making these! I hope they inspired you to dig out some of your tag-making supplies and start creating. Now ‘Hop” on over to Gina McDonald Brandstetter’s Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas. Remember, the Garden stamp set is only available until June 30th.  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Promotions tab of my website to learn how you can get this stamp set for only $5.00.

Some of the links in this blog post are affiliate links. By clicking on those links, and making a purchase, your are helping to support my small business. This is at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support.