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

A Southwest Sunflower Stencil Card for H2H

Have you ever had one of those weeks where everything went badly?  Last week began with me spilling my coffee on my favorite shirt and the whole week just went downhill from there, including every crafting project I attempted.  Before I tell you more of my “when card-making goes badly” story, let’s take a look at another October challenge for you to join at the Heart2Heart blog

This week, we have a Stencil It challenge for you.  Our design team has come up with a few fun creations you can view on the blog where we show you a variety of ways to use stencils.  If you would like to show off your stenciling skills, make sure to link your project to the blog before October 31st. 


To be honest, my week really started with some disheartening messages and emails that I took to heart and they put me in a funky mood all week.  Have you ever had that happen? Someone you admire treats you badly, and it just throws you for a loop? Well, that is exactly what happened, and in the midst of me hashing through everything, I spilled coffee on my favorite new shirt, and, instead of just walking it off or having a nice chat with Jesus, I decided to try to ignore the mess in my head and attempt to create.  I was able to make something that I honestly love, but the road to get there was a little rocky.

I know that you have been where I was, which is why I am telling you this story.  We all have moments in life that test our strength and ability to move forward – like we have our shoes glued on a trap and we just can’t see a way out.  We can choose to give up or take our shoes off and find a way out of the goo. 

This last week, I was trying new techniques, learning how to use new products, and tried and failed at a few experiments, but it wasn’t until I made the choice to get myself out of the mental goo, did I succeed. This Southern Sunflower card was the result of a fun experimental combination of Distress Oxide inks, Tinsel heat embossing powder, and watercolors. 

As you can see, the outcome is a stunning array of fall color – so much better than I anticipated.  The background on the card was created using VersaMark Ink and Copper Embossing Powder with one of our new stencils.  Once the embossing power was heat set, I applied Distress Oxide ink onto the card, wiped off the excess ink from the embossing powder, and began adding the stamped images.

The whole process went a bit awry as I was making the video, but I thought I would share it with you anyway.  I know that you are also learning new things every day, and this might help you learn from my mistakes and give you a few giggles along the way. 

How many of those moments can you relate to?  Even I have really bad cardmaking days, but, through God’s grace, I was able to create something that I love.  My husband said that it reminded him of the southwestern jewelry in our mountain shops, and I told him that I see flowers against a fall sunset. Whatever you see in this card, I hope it brings you joy. 


If you were inspired by today’s stenciled creation, make sure to head over to the Heart2Heart blog, check out a few more inspiring ideas, and add a project of your own.  All of the products I used today are listed below. Make sure to check out our new VIP program while you are shopping.  As a VIP, you get 15% in rewards every time you shop PLUS you can get $25 in rewards just for signing up. 

Some of the links given 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.


Here is a List of the Items I Used Today

Welcome to the Peek-a-boo! Technique Hop

 118073669_10157701359427934_5611536582782664203_nThis month, we are going to show you some fun ways to use windows and shaker elements on your projects. I can’t wait to see all the amazing creations that are going to be showcased. 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 Fall Faux Shaker Card, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. This 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.


When I first saw the icon for this technique hop, I wasn’t quite sure what to feature for my project.  I haven’t had a chance to purchase that adorable Tabbed Door die, yet, and I have already made quite a few projects using the Windows Dies, so I decided to go back and look through my past projects for inspiration. That’s when I realized that I once featured a faux shaker border on a scrapbook page, but never showed anyone how I made it, so I decided to remake it in a whole new way. 

This Fall Faux Shaker card design turned out so much better than I had hoped.  The background for the card was created using our Multi Circle Window thin cuts which I elongated to make a slimline card.  The background is a beautiful wood-grain paper onto which I popped up the circle frame to make it appear like a shaker card. 

When I say “faux shaker”, I mean “false or fake” shaker card.  Those little sequins to not move or shake at all. They are glued into place in the windows.  

The multi circle thin cut die measures 4″ × 5¼” with one-inch circles. To make it larger, I had to cut two images one right after the other on a piece of white cardstock.  The space between the circles is quite small and it would have been difficult to try to make a shaker – not impossible, just too difficult for this lazy crafter to attempt today – so I chose to make it appear like the sequins were moving around in the windows instead. 

The 3-D Flower is one our new thin cut dies that I use to create a fall flower using White Cardstock, Vellum, and Copper Ore paper. This flower is HUGE! I only used the three smaller dies on my card. Can you imagine the size of the flower if I had use the largest die??

The two bottom layers of the flower were shaded using some Distress Oxide Inks then layered using foam tape.  The center was cut from our beautiful Copper Ore paper then rolled and shaped to form the stamens. 

I also used the Copper Ore paper to create some leaves behind the flower. I love the subtly of that copper color paired with the stamped leaf images and wood shapes. 

Once the leaves and flower were in place, I glued down the Rose Gold Sequins and added a wooden sentiment to the card. I had debated on adding a stamped sentiment, but it just didn’t seem to fit anywhere, hence the wooden sentiment – it was the perfect fit to this design. 

Do you remember how I said that I would show you how I made this card? In the video I will show you how I elongated that Multi Circle Window die and how I used Distressed Oxide inks to create the flowers and the leaves. 

You will also learn how to assemble our new three-dimensional flower and a few ideas for creatiing your own faux shaker card.   If you want to be notified when I add future video to my YouTube Channel, please take a few minutes to subscribe


I hope this project inspired you to try a few new techniques on your next project.  Now ‘Hop” on over to Melissa Robinson’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 Peek-A-Book ideas you can use on your projects.  

Some of the links given 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.

Here is a List of the Items I Used Today