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December 2011

Fleur De Lis Pendant and Party Dress

I have two projects to share with you today that I made for the Friday challenges on Splitcoaststampers.  The first was for the Queen For The Day challenge honoring my good friend, Jen aka Miss Boo.  I was inspired by her Rubbernecker’s Square Ornament card found here.  Here is my take on her card.

KC MFT Perfect Posies 1 right

I replaced the ornament shape that Jen used with the Spellbinders Fleur De Lis pendant die and created the decorative border using the matching Fleur De Lis border die.

KC MFT Perfect Posies 1 center

I made the flower and foliage using My Favorite Things Perfect Posies and Leafy Foliage dies and added a few springs of Martha Stewart’s Branch punch and little baby flowers using the 1/4” Fiskars flower punch.

KC MFT Perfect Posies 1 left

I added a touch of satin pink ribbon along the designer paper border and a pretty pearl for the flower center. This card reminds of a the images found on English tea sets.

My second project was made for the Free For All challenge and the theme was “Party Dress”.  I had no party dress images so I hand cut my own dress. This definitely took me out of my comfort zone but I enjoyed the challenge.  Vera Wang I am not!  LOL!

KC Dress handcut 1 center

I had the sentiment "Wish" stamped in gold to apply to the dress but I couldn't figure out where to put it. It was to stand for "wish I was young enough to wear this dress" or "wish my waist was small enough to fit in this dress" or "wish my cleavage wasn't too saggy for a strapless dress"!!! One lady commented in my gallery that she “wished her arms weren’t to flabby to wear a strapless dress”.  LOL!

KC Dress handcut 1 left

I hand cut the bodice and the skirt separately and embossed and crimped the pieces and attached together.  I applied the pink ribbon around the waist and created a matching  multi loop bow.  It still didn’t seem like enough so I cut a few tiny pieces of foliage and made a few tiny flowers and applied around the bow and along the upper bodice. There is a little touch of ruffled organdy ribbon along the top of the bodice and tiny pearls along the eyelet punched border but you can’t really see them in the photos.KC Dress handcut 1 right

I liked how the dress fit in the solid pink embossed frame card base.

I hope you each have a safe and wonderful New Year’s Eve.  Be careful out there!!!

Paper: BasicGrey Sugared, White, Mellow Moss
Ink: Shabby Shutters, Shell Pink
Accessories: Fleur De Lis Square and Border Dies, My Favorite Thing Perfect Posies Die and Leafy Flourish Dies, MS Branch Punch, Mounting Tape, Stylus, Mat, Glossy Accents, 1/4" Flower Punch

Paper: Pink, White, Spring Moss
Accessories: Embossing Folders, Crimper, MS Branch Punch and Border Punch, Organdy Ribbon, Satin Ribbon, Pearls, Organdy

Thinking of You

Happy Friday.  I cannot believe how fast my vacation week has gone by.  I console myself with the fact that I will still be off on Monday for the holiday.  LOL! 

My project today was made for the Splitcoaststampers Ways To Use It Challenge to use beads. I placed little rhinestone beads in the center of all my flowers.

KC Thinking of You 2 right

I covered the whole card base with designer paper and used the fence to create a border across my card front. The foliage was attached to the fence  and the sentiment to appear growing out in the garden. KC Thinking of You 2 center

The tiny little pink flowers with the rhinestone centers were the perfect finishing touch This card screams spring to me and I am sure some of you who live in colder climates are looking forward to some spring weather.

KC Thinking of YOu 2 left

I hope you have a wonderful upcoming weekend.  Thanks for looking in.

Stamps: Rubbernecker Friends Collection-Thinking of You 565-10
Paper: Basic Grey Sultry, Prism Pink, White
Ink: Peeled Paint
Accessories: Cheery Lynn Fanciful Flourish, Papertrey Picket Fence, Martha Stewart Flower PATP Border Punch (tiny flowers), EK Success Mini Flower Punch, Rhinestones, Glossy Accents, Mounting Tape, Stylus, Mat, Fleur De Lis Rectangle Die

Sweet Home Sentiments

I enjoyed using some of the new Memory Box dies that Santa brought me for the Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenge. 

Here is the sketch we had to work with. This is lots more layers than I usually use but it was fun to stretch myself. Two of my new dies create a long border cut and I thought they would be perfect for this layout.

KC Memory Box Country Home 1 left

The Spring Border is so sweet and looked cute as a background for my Country House. I cut both dies twice, once in pink and once in green. I  cut the flowers of the pink off and layered over the green flowers and cut the green trim sections of the house and layered them over the pink house for contrast.KC Memory Box Country Home 1 center

I applied Stickles to the flowers and house trim for a touch of sparkle.  The sentiment is from Papertrey Board and Beams set.

KC MEmory Box Country Home 1 right

My second project was made using the Memory Box Country Landscape.  I cut it out a few times in green, crimped them  and layered one over the other.  I cut a couple sets out in white and sponged pink on the houses and cut them and added to the landscape to create a sweet neighborhood.

KC Memory Box Country Landscape 1 center

This sentiment is also from the Papertrey Board and Beams set.

KC Memory Box Country Landscape 1 left

KC Memory Box Country Landscape 1 right

Thanks for stopping in today.  I really appreciate it.

Stamps: Papertrey Board and Beams
Paper: SU DP, White, Kiwi Kiss
Ink: Peeled Paint
Accessories: Memory Box Country Home and Spring Border, Crimper, Stickles, Glue Dots, Glossy Accents

Stamps: Papertrey Board and Beams
Paper: SU DP, White, Kiwi Kiss
Ink: Shell Pink, Peeled Paint
Accessories: Memory Box Country Landscape Die, Crimper, Glossy Accents, Grosgrain

Sparkly Winter Window

Happy Tuesday!  It doesn’t seem possible that Christmas is already past and the New Year is upon us.  Time sure flies!  I played in the Tuesday Splitcoaststampers Color Challenge to use Bashful Blue, Night of Navy and White and a little sparkle. I decided to create a snowy winter window scene using my new small Madison Window by Poppy Stamps.  Here is what I came up with.

KC Poppy Stamps Madison Window 1 right

I cut out two windows and cut the sides off of each of them and fused them together to create a double hung window.  I like the effect of covering almost the whole card front. I stamped the tree from Rubbernecker Kittie Kits Fall Harvest set and touched a bit of white craft ink in the branches and embossed with white embossing powder. I  created a cloudy background using a hand cut cloud template and a sponge.

KC Poppy Stamps Madison Window 1 center

I thought the little white fence with flower soft snow would be cute in the yard and in front of the tree.

KC Poppy Stamps Madison Window 1 left

The finishing touch was adding the white sprigs of foliage and navy flowers.  I added touches of Stickles on the flowers, the foliage and even the tree limbs and branches but it doesn’t show well in the photos.

I hope you are enjoying your final week of 2011. 

Stamps: Rubbernecker Kittie Kits Fall Harvest KKCS 009
Paper: White, Night of Navy
Ink: Black Versafine, Bashful Blue, White Craft
Accessories: Poppy Stamps Madison Window, MS Branch Punch, Fiskars 1/4" Flower Punch and 1/8" Circle Punch, Stylus, Mat, Glossy Accents, Stickles, Mounting Tape

Faux Leather, Faux Snakeskin and Faux Gold

I created this project and tutorial in 2009 for Stampers Quest Magazine.  I recently sold the card in my blog stamp sale and had several people write and ask if I would do a tutorial so I thought I would share it here.


I wanted to demonstrate several different textures on this project by creating faux leather for the base and trim of the card, faux snakeskin to back the buckle and as trim and faux gold for the buckle. These techniques are wonderful to use to alter journals, boxes or portfolios.



Bronc Buster (Stampin’ Up!)

Sanded (Stampin’ Up!)


Kraft (Stampin’ Up!)


Vintage Photo Distress Ink (Ranger)


Versa (Tsukineko)

Mod Podge (Plaid)

Gold Embossing Powder (Ranger)

Copic Marker E37 Sepia (Copic)

Copic Marker 0 Colorless Blender (Copic)

Tabletop Paper Cutter (Stampin’ Up!)

Gold Brads (Stampin’ Up!)

Mesh Texture Cuttlebug Embossing Folder (Provo Craft)

Baby Wipes (Kirkland)

Deckle Scissors (Stampin’ Up!)

Sponge Brush (Michael’s)

Needle Nose Pliers (Unknown)

Scotch Tape (3M)

Mounting Tape (3M)

Oval Nestabilities Die (Spellbinders)

.125 hole punch (McGill)

ATG Adhesive (3M)

Glue Dots (Stampin’ Up!)


The Faux Leather Finish


Cut a piece of Kraft cardstock 8.5” X 5.5” and score in the center.

Rub Vintage Photo pad directly on the cardstock to apply ink on both sides of paper.

Wipe the cardstock with a wet baby wipe to smooth out the color.

Dry both sides of the cardstock with your heat gun or allow to dry naturally (I am always too impatient to wait).

Apply ink to the Sanded background stamp and stamp the cardstock to create faux leather lines of texture.

The Faux Leather Trim and Tassels



Rub Vintage Photo ink about 4” wide down the total length and directly on the long end of a piece of Kraft cardstock and repeat on back side.

Wipe the cardstock with a wet baby wipe to smooth out the color.

Dry both sides of the cardstock with your heat gun.

Cut several long strips of cardstock .125” wide.

Apply Mod Podge to one side of a strip and start applying around the outside of the card base. The strip will be pliable to work with since it is damp with the Mod Podge. Continue around the base by holding your index finger directly on the strip when you reach each corner and hold in place while you make a 90 degree turn. When you come to the end of a strip start a new strip directly at the end where you left off. It is barely noticeable.

Sponge brush card base and trim with Mod Podge to create a faux leather luster and allow drying.




Tape the end of three .125” wide strips together and tape to the base of your work area to secure for braiding.

Run your fingers lightly up and down over each strip to make more pliable.

Braid the three strips carefully until you have a long enough tassel for your embellishment.

Secure the end of your tassel with an additional strip covered with Mod Podge on the back side and taking it around the end two or three times. You should leave about 1” of the braided strips left loose and trim to the desired length when finished.

Remove tape and repeat this process for the other end.

Brush a light layer of Mod Podge over tassels for luster and allow drying.

The Faux Snakeskin Trim


Emboss a 5.5” X 1.0” strip of Kraft cardstock with the Mesh Texture Cuttlebug folder.

Emboss a 4.25” X 3.5” piece of Kraft cardstock with the Mesh Texture Cuttlebug Folder. After finishing the steps below set this piece aside to be attached to buckle.

Rub Vintage Photo Ink directly on the embossed pieces.

Wipe the cardstock with a wet baby wipe to smooth out the color making sure you get color down in the grooves.

While still wet rub the Vintage Photo directly over the pieces again to add darker tones of color to the raised mesh to create the color of snakeskin texture.

Cut the 1” strip in half and measure to fit perfectly inside the trimmed border and cut as necessary.

Apply Mod Podge on the back of each strip and apply to the base.

Sponge brush Mod Podge over the strips to create luster and allow drying.

The Faux Gold Buckle



Apply Versa to Genuine stamp and set aside. The Versa will protect your stamp from the hot embossing.

Cut a piece of cardstock 3.5” X 2.5”.

Rub Versa directly on the entire piece of cardstock.

Apply gold embossing powder and heat.

Rub Versa over the cooled gold embossed powder layer; apply more gold embossing powder and heat. Repeat this step four or five times to build up a thick enough layer of embossing powder to show the stamped image well.

Center and place the stamp directly into the final heated layer of gold embossing powder, being careful not to allow the stamp to slide around.

Hold the stamp in place for several seconds (slowly count to 10) to allow the embossed powder to cool.

Pull the stamp away from the cooled embossed powder.

Hint: if your image is not stamped the way you want it, all you have to do is heat the powder again and start over. I reheated and stamped mine three times before it turned out like I wanted it to.

Grip brad with needle nose pliers, apply Versa to brad head and dip into gold embossing powder and heat. Covering your brad with the embossing powder will make it perfectly match your gold buckle. Repeat until all your brads are embossed.

Place oval Nestabilities die over the embossed image and run through your machine to cut the oval buckle.

Punch holes in buckle with your hole punch and apply brads.

Heat the brads lightly to meld into the embossing powder. Do not heat too long or your image with start to melt away.

Use brown Copic Marker to color areas of the image, being careful not to apply too much color. The alcohol ink can damage the embossing. Use the colorless marker to blend or remove color as desired. It is not necessary to color the image but I think it gives an old, tarnished look to the buckle.

Attach buckle to the snakeskin cardstock layer.

Cut cardstock with deckle scissors around the buckle leaving a border .125” to .25” wide.

Attach mounting tape to the back of the buckle.

Attach the tassels securely to the back of the buckle with glue dots.

Mount buckle on the card front.

Step back and appreciate your hard work on this wonderfully textured card. Congratulations! Now that you have completed these steps you will be ready to apply what you have learned to creating any type of altered project. No one will be able to guess it is all cardstock and embossing powder instead of real leather, snakeskin and gold.