Wink of Stella Enameled Dragonfly

A few weeks ago, I posted this card and promised to do a video tutorial on how I made the Dragonfly embellishment.  Here’s a close-up:

It’s so darned difficult to photograph anything that sparkles.  Turns out it’s difficult to capture on video as well!  After what seems like hundreds of takes, I finally decided to just pull the trigger and post a video.  I’m a bit of a novice at the video editing program I’m using, and the learning curve is pretty steep – at least for me.  I will keep trying, though, and hopefully those rough edges will smooth out over time!  During this video, I mentioned that I had other footage that better showed the sparkling effects, and I do.  However, trying to splice that in proved too much for my pea brain to make happen, and so it ended up on the cutting room floor.  If I can get the software to cooperate, I will do an updated post and let you know. 

Thanks for watching – holler if you have any questions…




Summertime Blog Hop

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Sum, Sum, Summertime, Summertime, Summertime…  Ok, I’ll admit it.  I’m one of those annoying people that starts humming when something reminds me of a song or lyrics – ha!  Anyway, that’s what I started singing when we decided on the theme for the August Blog Hop with Di’s Country INKers.  So now you know the rest of the story. perhaps you just arrived from Di’s blog, or maybe you’re just joining us.  Either way, we’re awfully glad you’re hoppin’ with us today!  Today’s card is from one of my recent TLC classes (Technique Lover’s Class).  It’s a Triptych card which uses a single image that is divided into three panels to create a focal point.  Instead of using a stamped image for this card, we used a piece of the English Garden Designer Series Paper which was divided and mounted on a Night of Navy mat.  A second mat of Whisper White is layered behind that and it’s all popped up with dimensionals onto a Hello Honey card base.  We used the Triple Banner Punch to create the tag for the greeting.  The bee is from the Garden In Bloom stamp set, and the ‘Thanks’ is from the Cottage Greetings set.  We stamped the bee with Night of Navy and colored his little body in with a Hello Honey marker.  A touch of summer sunshine was added with a knot of 1/8″ Gold Ribbon.  Have you noticed how the Garden In Bloom set coordinates with the English Garden DSP pack?  These are easily my very favorite items from the Annual Catalog.  Uh-oh – I feel another song coming on (Let me tell you ’bout the birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees…)

Ok, so now that I’ve given you an earworm for the day, it’s time to send you off to see what Mary has to show you.  Thanks for stopping by today – hope you have a great rest of your day!


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In case you get off track, here’s a list of our hoppers:


Barb  (You are here)




& Ashley




Blended Bloom Pergamano Technique ClassSo, can you tell by now that I’m really liking the combination of Blackberry Bliss and Mellow Moss   er Mossy Meadow?  (Dang – I’m still having trouble with the name of this cardstock!  LOL)

This month’s Technique Lover’s Class (TLC) was Pergamano.  In centuries previous, artists used to hand sketch an image on parchment paper before etching or piercing it.  Today, we have the benefit of working with stamps to create our initial images.  Here we used the Blended Bloom stamp, heat embossed on Vellum cardstock with white embossing powder. Then using the stylus from the Simply Scored Tool and a piercing mat we ‘etched’  in the flower petals on the reverse side.  The process stretches the vellum and gives a life-like shape and a softer look to the stamped image.   Once the etching was complete, we fussy cut the flower and adhered it to the card base using a glue dot in the center of the flower.  To camouflage the glue dot on the front, we added a large pearl in the center.    Another piece of vellum was dry embossed with the scallop from the Delicate Designs pack and once again adhered with glue dots which were concealed with pearls.  The sentiment is from Blooming With Kindness and was stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  This card was inspired by a similar one done by the talented Donna Centamore!

Heading off to the stamp room tomorrow to play with some of my new goodies from the Holiday Mini Catalog that I was able to bring home from Convention.  My only problem will be what to work with first – everything in there is THAT good!

Ok – gotta head out and pick up my Hubby from the train station – It’s pouring rain here (at last!)








Products used on this card are listed below – just click on a photo and you will be taken right to my online store where they can be ordered!

The Open Sea in Faux Silk the third Thursday of each month, I hold my Technique Lover’s Class and we make three different cards or projects using the same technique.  In January, we learned the Faux Silk technique, and this is one of the cards we made.  We started by taking a piece of white tissue paper (the stuff you use for gift wrapping).  We inked the Chart stamp from Stampin’ Up’s The Open Sea  in Sahara Sand and stamped it on the tissue paper twice.  Then we stamped the Ship image in Midnight muse.  Next, we crumpled the stamped piece into a tiny little wad – fun!  Carefully opening the paper back up, we adhered it to a piece of Sahara Sand cardstock that was completely coated with Anywhere Glue Stick.  A little Washi Tape around the edges and some mini brads completed the framed look.

Here’s a closer look at the Faux Silk panel: Open Sea is one of my favorite go-to sets for creating those masculine cards.  It can be used for so many occasions!  Head on over to my online store and add this one to your library – you won’t regret it!

Would you like to join us for our next Technique Lover’s Class?  We meet at 7:00 pm at my house on the third Thursday of the month.  C’mon over!

Stamps:  The Open Sea (Wood #128454 $26.95, Clear #123032 $18.95)  Bring On The Cake (Wood #128490 $38.95, Clear #121958 $27.95)

Cardstock:  Midnight Muse, Cherry Cobbler, Sahara Sand

Ink:  Sahara Sand, Midnight Muse

Accessories:  Stripes Embossing Folder (#123128 $7.95); Mini Brads (#122941 $5.50) Washi Tape (retired-Season of Style) Dimensionals





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