Creative Circle Design Team…Stamping without a block



Hello and welcome back.

This is my first design team blog post for Creative Circle AND my first blog hop ever. I am a Canadian Stampin Up demonstrater, have been doing mixed media art for several years and had a glass studio for 25 years. This gives me a strong design background and the confidence to be adventurous in my creations.

My passion is helping people to learn about themselves through art, art journalling, paper crafting, having fun with card making and getting inky. I love bringing found items to projects and using mixed media supplies and paints, mixed together with Stampin Up inks and cardstock and that is exactly what I did with this project.

Since this was created while I was From the studio recently, I am using classic carry over sets that are a must have for everybody, along with items scrounged up along the way to augment my limited supplies.

Stamp sets used for this card are Lovely as a Tree, Sheltering Tree, and the newer Timeless Textures, along with soft suede and whisper white cardstocks. Inks used were soft suede, cucumber crush and soft sky. Found and mixed media items include corrugated cardboard, garden twine and Inka Gold Emerald paint.

I wanted to add some kind of rustic embellishment from our Stampin Up lines such as the new burlap ribbon or our linen thread, but I had neither with me so substituted several threads taken from a piece of used garden twine. Neither the burlap ribbon or linen thread would be awesome items to consider adding to make this design your own.

The soft suede base was stamped in soft suede ink using the Timeless Textures set. Torn edges on the whisper white cardstock add to the rustic feel of the card. Soft suede ink was applied randomly over the surface using the flourish stamp from Timeless Textures without a stamp block.


Mixed media is about adding layers over layers over layers to build up a visual depth within your project, and a great way to do this is to use portions of a stamp to add a texture layer. By holding the stamp as shown in the photo above and stamping over and over again you can build up the colour and texture on this layer. For this card I stamped off once before repeatedly stamping over and over on the cardstock until all ink was gone. Remember to turn your stamp to different angles to get a random design. A variation on this technique would be to create a background using a variety of hand held stamps and two or three related ink colours.

Instead of using a sponge or a dauber to ink the torn edges of the layer, I simply used the flourish stamp because it was already in my hand. I treated the interior of the card the same way.


Next layer up is the cardboard.. Did you know that corrugated cardboard has one side that peels off more easily than the other? And that if you pull it off randomly it leaves a wonderful rustic texture? That is all I did to this layer before attaching it to the card with Tombow glue.

The cucumber crush focal image I chose from Lovely as a Tree reminds me of a mystic tree, something a druid might live under, and the sentiment is one of my favourites taken from Sheltering Tree, another indispensible set.  I used a waterbrush to blur the tree image slightly, giving it a watercolour look and then added soft sky ink as a background.

To create a buffer between the focal panel and the cardboard I edged a whisper white panel using inka gold emerald paint applied with my fingertip and attached it to the focal panel with snail. It brings another hit of green, along with a gold glimmer undertone to bring a classy contrast to the rustic design of the rest of the card. This was then popped up on dimensionals before being added to the corrugated cardboard. If you preferred, you could add a layer of cucumber crush or basic black cardstock, but I had neither with me. Green pearls from a recent Paper Pumpkin kit provided a final touch.

I hope you enjoy the layers and contrasts in this card and are encouraged to use this design as permission to have an imperfect play session with your supplies and found items at hand.

If you are in Canada I would be honoured to be your demonstrator. Just hit the shop now button and create an account with me. And don’t forget to sign up for my blog to receive regular posts and tips.

Please carry on and visit the other demonstrators in the Creative Circle blog hop at the addresses below:

The order of the hop:
1. Sandy

2. Liz
3. Lynn
4. Carol  you are here




What’s on my table today?

Good day everyone and welcome back!

A rainy day today so I thought I would do a blog post and share with everyone what’s on my worktable today…


Let’s have a closer look…do I see more bermuda bay and cucumber crush?  This is such a fresh colour combination I am totally hooked by it.


I needed some cards for a swap and I always make multiple similar or same cards when I am creating.  The supplies are already out and it takes almost no time to make several.  If you make your own DSP and then cut it up, no two cards will be the same!



This card features an “oldie but a goodie” stamp set…Lovely as a Tree, and another favourite, Sheltering Tree, for the sentiment.  In the rush to follow the newest and latest items, sometimes the classics get overlooked and both are carrying forward  to the 2016/2017 annual catalog.  Made my own DSP for this card using ink sprays and purchased stencils on manila cardstock,  then added a bermuda bay card base and a whisper white layer to accent the handmade DSP.  The focal panel was stamped in cucumber crush and bermuda bay with a light wash of soft sky added to the background.  A bit of random ribbon left over from a gift I received was added before the panel was popped up on dimensionals.

This is the beauty of mixed media…the ability to create our own layers and mix them in with Stampin Up products.   The card would have looked equally awesome with some of our linen thread wrapped around the focal panel.

If you enjoyed this post, please subscribe.  If you are Canadian, please consider shopping with me for your Stampin Up needs.  It is super simple…just click the shop now button, create an account and place your order.  It will be delivered right to your door!   Item numbers for Stampin Up products used in this card can be found below.

Remember to click the box that allows your demonstrater to contact you at the bottom of the page when you are creating your account…I send all my new customers a free welcoming gift, and unless you check this box I am unable to send this to you, or (heaven forbid) help you if there is a problem with your order.  If you live in a remote area and have a post box address, contact me for the workaround.

See you next time.




Bermuda bay cardstock  131197

Whisper white cardstock  124302

Lovely as a Tree, wood mount 128655

Lovely as a Tree, clear mount 127793

Sheltering Tree, photopolymer 137163

Cucumber crush stamp pad 138324

Bermuda bay stamp pad 131171

Soft sky stamp pad 131181

Tombow glue 110755

Snail 104332

Snail refills 104331

Fast fuse adhesive 129026

Aquapainter  103954

Fast fuse refills  129027

Dimensionals 104430

Paper Trimmer 126889

Whisper white envelopes 107301

Linen thread 104199







Toadally Awesome

Hello, and welcome back.

Being a lover of punnage, I have wanted to use this stamp since it came out. A friend has a cake business called Toadally Awesome Cakes (you can check her our of facebook and I am sure she would love it if you liked her page), so I made her a couple of tabletoppers she can display with her cakes at various events.  This was made on the fly using a few basic items I had with me.


I used cucumber crush ink for the stamp and also sponged it onto whisper white to create the green layer on one of the tabletoppers.  Since I had limited supplies with me I simply cut letters out of magazines a la 1960s graphic style and attached them to the whisper white using a glue stick. I loosely outlined the letters using our fine black pen to make the letters pop and glued the whole thing to purchased black tags with tombo.

Ribbons are not Stampin Up…again I was crafting spontaneously, not in my studio, there are several ribbons in our catalog that you could choose instead.

To add Debra’s name I used purchased letters…spoiler alert…there is a similar lettering stamp set coming in the new catalog.

To order any of the above items click on the shop now button at the top of the right hand column on this page…and happy punning.

until next time,

Carol, Card Diva


Creative Circle Design Team

Welcome back everyone.

Exciting news here on the blog today.  I have been accepted as a design team member on the Creative Circle blog hop.  Which means once a month you have the opportunity to see not only my designs but also to visit and get to know the work of other Stampin Up demonstraters.   To make it really interesting this group also does a 3D project each quarter so I will have the opportunity to bring some of my mixed media craziness to Stampin Up supplies.

Here is the logo to watch for…the hops are on the first Thursday of every month.  Cheers until next time.



Cards from the Heart


Hi everyone.

Today I am writing about something that brings me a great deal of personal satisfaction…what I call my cards from the heart.  For the last couple of years  I have created hundreds of cards for various volunteer organizations…sympathy cards for hospice clients, cards of encouragement for volunteers and those recovering from trauma, cards of thanks for the myriad of people who volunteer their time, effort and talents.

The cards in today’s photos are a few for my local hospice.  Next month it will be several dozen “thanks a latte” cards from Paper Pumpkin for National Volunteer Week.  A nearby community gives out over 3000 vouchers for free coffees to thank volunteers for their service.  My cards will be used to thank the businesses and baristas who provide the free coffee to the volunteers who bring in coupons.

Never underestimate the power of a handmade card to make the recipient feel special and valued.   In this day of electronic communication, instant messaging and abbreviations, receiving a card and knowing someone took the time to make it just for you because your contribution is valued is a pick me up that can last all day.

Who do you know that you could donate some hand made cards to?  Pick up the phone and ask…you will be pleasantly surprised how good it feels to make a few cards for a community organization, and the recipient will feel good too!

Please leave me a comment letting me know how you use your cardmaking to inspire others, or whether this post has inspired you in some way.  Remember I am an independent Stampin’Up! Demonstrater and you support my activities helping non profit organizations when you shop any time, day or night, in my online store from anywhere in Canada.





Mixed media and Nature


Hi everyone.

Not a card today.  Many of you know I also do mixed media and today I am sharing a canvas using objects from my stash and found items from nature.  Its base is a wooden tray I picked up at a thrift shop, so no need to do anything to the sides.  They are interesting already.

Here are a few images.  This is my favourite piece…at the moment.

Spring Card Gala

Hi everyone.

It’s time to do it again!  Everyone had so much fun at the Christmas card gala that requests for another community card making were unanimous.  Everyone asked for more time, and we added that too. A full day of crafting goodness, along with a delicious lunch featuring Virginia Lamb’s homemade clam chowder.

This day is suitable for both novice and experienced card makers to start…or add to…a stash of all occasion cards. Using a variety of sentiments for birthday, thanks, get well, sympathy, wedding, graduation,etc. you can customize your cards to fit the occasions coming up in your life.

The papers and trims have been ordered and they are beautiful, colourful and cheery, providing a whiff of spring to combat the late winter blues.

If you’re not local, you too can participate.  Card kits are available for $40 plus postage.

If you missed out last time, register early for this day of crafty fun with friends and neighbours. or 250-246-3699. If you have seafood allergies or require a vegetarian lunch option, please let me know when you register.

Sat. Feb. 27 10:30 am to 4:00 pm
Forbes Hall
Materials fee: $40
Lunch $10
Things to bring: small paper snips or crafting scissors, tape runner or snail and liquid crafting glue such as Tombow. Tape runner and glue will be available for purchase. Pls advise if you will need them when you register.



And the WINNER is…



Hi everyone.  I have a confession to make.  When I announced the draw date of Feb. 29, I was doing some planning in my daytimer  for February and didn’t notice I hadn’t flipped the calendar back to January when I chose a draw date.   At this time of year its dark by 4 pm and the days are damp and grey in both months so I didnt notice my error until a few days after posting.  This draw was meant for the end of January.

However, it was the first time I had noticed that 2016 is a leap year, so I will post another giveaway in February in honour of that.

ten people left comments, and when I plugged in the number 10 to the random number generator at it produced 8.   Someday I must learn how to do a screenshot on an ipad, but 8 it was.

So, congratulations to Gail who left the following comment:

Gail on January 24, 2016 at 12:38 am said:
“Cards are lovely. Wish I could attend your classes…lol bit of a drive. Thanks for invite..I signed up for newsletter :-)”

Gail is a new online customer…congratulations again.  While you couldn’t attend in person The sample cards are the next best thing!