Truly Grateful

Truly Grateful is one of my favorite stamps sets, and I finally had time today to sit down and play with it.  As with most of my cards, I always seem to have a story to go with it.

I was working on the second card using this set and became frustrated because I could not get the pieces to stay where I put them so I could see if I liked the design or not.  I decided to attach the second layer, which helped a lot.  After a lot of fussing with the pieces I finally was satisfied with what I had created, so I glued the other pieces in place.  I went to open the card to work on the inside and discovered I had glued the pieces on the card UPSIDE DOWN!  So with this card, I am truly grateful I could pull the second layer off without destroying all my hard work!

This is the second card I created.  I’m using the first card I created in my class next month so will post it after the class.

Thanks for looking!

All layers of the “center piece” have been popped up with dimensionals. 

Stamps:  Stampin’ Up! – Truly Grateful; Woodgrain; Everything Eleanor
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Soft Suede; Daffodil Delight
Accessories: Woodgrain EF; Apothecary Accents FL; Brads; twine, blender pen; ribbon; stampin’ dimensionals. 

Paper Bag From Stamp Camp

I am still reflecting on my stamp camp from yesterday.  Each class participant received a gift bag I made to put their finished cards in.  This was a hit with the ladies, so I will definitely do this again.

I have a large stash of card stock that is no longer in the Stampin’ Up! catalog, so I am trying to use it up.  I stamped, embossed, punched, curled, popped up, and sponged paper pieces for the bag.  My pictures do not show the depth of the colors or layering.  It looks like I might need to take some photography classes!


Whew!   Yesterday I was beginning to wonder if I could finish up the samples of the cards for today’s stamp camp, clean the house, and do the shopping.  Tonight I’m vegging out and contemplating what I will be doing for the Christmas card camp I will be doing in a couple of months!  I must like stress!

I did learn several lessons at stamp camp today:

  • Lesson 1:  10 minutes cards really don’t exist (anyway at my stamp camps)!  Between my need to explain the process; the stamp and ink to be passed around the table; and everyone working at a different pace, it is not reality! 
  • Lesson 2:  10 cards are too many when your plan is to finish in four hours with lunch half way through camp! Again, not reality!

In spite of 10 minute cards really being 30 minute cards, we had a great time today!  The ladies enjoyed the cards and I enjoyed the ladies! 

When I was preparing for stamp camp I was looking on-line for inspiration and in some instances cards to CASE.  I tried to make them simple (Ha! That didn’t work!).  I found a butterfly card that I liked and thought would be simple, but I didn’t want to use butterflies again, so I wasn’t going to CASE the card.  

One of my friends came over and was helping me decide what cards to make and loved the butterfly card and wanted me to use the idea.  But, I just couldn’t use another butterfly!!!!  So, she began looking through the Stampin’ Up catalog while I was mulling the idea over in my head.  Flowers were out, they don’t fly, we don’t have hot air balloons in the current catalog, so my friend said to me, “What about birds?”  I knew I did not have the current bird set “Polka-Dot Pieces”, so after much thought here is the card I created by paper piecing the birds based on the stamp set. 

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Altered Mini Composition Book

Hello from My Tanglewood Cottage!  I took time off from working on my 10 minute card class coming up next week and spent time with friends making altered composition books.  I forgot how messy working with Mod Podge was, I think I had more on my fingers than I did the paper! 

I don’t know how many of you find out you have more beautiful designer papers than you will ever be able to use, but I sure did when I went searching for the perfect piece. 

Here is one of the mini albums I created yesterday.

Both ribbons I used are from Stampin’ Up.  The bow was created from Crochet Trim ribbon and was easy to work with and tied beautifully.

 Fabulous Florets

Hi there from My Tanglewood Cottage.  I spent the day with some wonderful ladies last week at one of my classes.  I love to demonstrator how to make a card and then watch to see what the ladies will do to alter the idea to make it their original piece of art!  

Here is the original card I made for my daughter’s birthday (I haven’t sent it to her yet, so I hope she doesn’t see this post before I get it to her!) using the Fabulous Florets Stamp Set and one of my favorite wheels, Very Vintage.I water colored the flowers and popped them up for added dimension.

Here is the card I made for the class. 

Here are the cards the ladies made!  Aren’t they beautiful!! They did such a great job!!!

Petite Pennants

tite Pennants

Petite Pennants Builder Punch Card

Hi there from My Tanglewood Cottage!  I’ve created this blog to share my love of crafting.  Making creative cards and scrap-booking are two of my favorites types of crafting.  I hope you enjoy my posts and are inspired by my creations to create your own works of art! 

This card was created for my Creative Card Class this month.  I wanted to create something unique using the Petite Pennants Builder Punch, a card that had a vintage flare, and that the punch was not used in the traditional pennant style. 



Stamps:  Everything Eleanor; Gorgeous Grunge; 
Wheels: Very Vintage; Viola’s Lace
Card Stock:  Stampin’ Up’s Whisper White; Strawberry Slush; and Blushing Bride
Ink:  Strawberry Bride and Blushing Bride
Accessories:  Extra Large Oval Punch; Petite Pennants Builder Punch; Scallop Trim Boarder Punch; Delicate Designs Embossing Folder; Large Scallop Edgelits; Apothecary Accents Frame Lits; Whisper White Organza Ribbon; Pearl Basic Jewels