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Stay Sweet, My Friend!

Saturday, July 20th, 2019

Happy Saturday, my friend! I hope you’re enjoying your weekend – and maybe having a popsicle or two?! It’s Deb here today for the Scrap ‘N Stamp Design Team. We recently had our July Blog Hop, where I used the Concord & 9th Cool Treats Turnabout stamp set. So, I thought I would share another card using the same set, but with a different look.


For today’s card, I didn’t use the Turnabout portion of the stamp set. Instead I focused on the large popsicle die cut shape, and create a shaker card!

Stay Sweet, My Friend!

How fun is this?! Whenever I have a popsicle, it always starts melting as I’m eating it. So – I incorporated that into the design.


First start by die cutting the popsicle from coloured cardstock, using the coordinating Cool Treats dies, and your die cutting machine. I placed mine on an angle. Next, cut two panels the same size as the front popsicle panel – one from acetate, and one from white cardstock.

Attach the acetate to the back of the die cut panel, holding it firmly in place using a double sided tape. Next, cut strips of coloured cardstock that you want to use for creating your multi-coloured popsicle. Attach these on an angle to match the angle of the die cut popsicle; use liquid glue or double sided tape. Trim off any excess from the edges.

Now, with the acetate side up, attach foam tape around edges of the panel, and more foam tape following the outline of the popsicle. The tape outlining the shape of the popsice is the barrier that will hold in the sequins. Before removing the tape backing, add your sequins into the ‘well’ created by the foam tape. Now you can remove the backing from the foam tape from the entire panel, and place your now striped cardstock panel on top – with the stripes facing inward.  Turn over your panels, and have fun shaking the sequins! C’mon – you know you want to – it’s fun! Just think of it as ‘quality control’! *wink*

Use the sprinkles image stamp from the Cool Treats stamp set in either Versamark or the same colour ink as your cardstock panel. Stamp the sprinkles randomly about the front of the panel.

To create the ‘melting/dripping’ look, I added Nuvo Crystal Glaze around the outline of the the popsicle, and added some drips on the top and bottom. Set this aside to dry!


While you’re waiting for your Glaze to dry, you can work on the popsicle stick, and the sentiment.  Place a strip of Vellum in your stamping platform, and line up the two words ‘stay’ and ‘sweet’ on the vellum. Close the platform lid to pick up the stamps, and use your Powder Tool to de-static the vellum. Stamp the sentiment in Versamark ink, cover it with white embossing powder, and set with a heat tool.

To create the popsicle stick, cut a strip of brown cardstock to length, and round the bottom edges. Blend on some Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink to give it some depth.

Once you’re sure that your Glaze ‘drips’ are dry, attach the popsicle stick with liquid glue to the bottom of the popsicle. Attach the sentiment across the middle of the popsicle, adding your liquid glue behind the letters, where it won’t be seen.  Attach your shaker panel to a bright yellow card base, and finish off the card front by adding a few clear droplets. Be sure to add some more Nuvo Crystal Glaze ‘drips’ to your popsicle stick!

Stay Sweet, My Friend!


How do you like to stay cool, on hot summer days? I think a popsicle by the water (pool, lake, whatever) would be perfect! If  you’d like to create some cool (paper) treats yourself, I’ve included links to the Scrap ‘N Stamp store for easy online shopping! To see more ways of using this fun Cool Treats stamp and dies sets, check out my posts HERE and HERE!

Stay Sweet, My Friend!

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Happy Home Aversary

Friday, July 12th, 2019

Hello lovelies, I am back today to share a set of custom cards I created for a client, using the Concord and 9th City stack stamp and die set. I have been very fortunate to do some work for real estate agents and even customized a sentiment for one, hence the Home Aversary. It’s such an honor to know my cards are out there in the world.

When Concord and 9th released the city stack set I knew this would be coming home with me at some point. I think there are just so many fun ways to use these stamps and dies. Here is my take, I hope you enjoy.

I started out by stamping the images out on to watercolor paper using Versa Clair Nocturn ink and then heat setting it with some clear embossing powder. I love doing this when I am going to paint as it helps contain the paint a little more and allows for a better result, at least for myself as I am no pro when it comes to painting.

So I made a vow to myself that I wasn’t going to create any more backgrounds until I finally used up a lot of the previously made ones. So to stick to this I rummaged around my stash and found two I liked, one was created with Gansi Tambi watercolours and some plastic wrap. This was a Jennifer McGuire technique, and as usual with her fabulous techniques you can’t just stop at one or two backgrounds. I made probably 6 or 7 and I have finally used the last one up for this card.

The second background I used was the sunshine. I created it with the My Favourite Things Sunbeam stencil and some distress oxides. It was a bit flubbed up but you know what, I just rolled with it, and I think it looked really cool in the end.

Once I had the backgrounds I thought would work and all the painting was dry it was time to move on to the die cutting. I used the coordinating dies to the City Stack stamp set to die cut the houses, trees, and buildings. I decided I wanted to make square cards, so I took the largest of the Lawn Fawn stitched square dies to cut out the backgrounds, as well as the scenic portions of the card. I wanted to make sure everything was the same size when I went to adhere it together. I also die cut 6 black frames out of heavyweight cardstock. I needed something sturdy to hold all the layers together.

I created my own cards bases from Lawn Fawn peacock and white card stock. The bases measure 5×5, the backgrounds measure 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 as do the frames. I glued the background down flat to the card base, then added the buildings flat to the background. From there I had to be strategic and make sure I watched where I was placing everything so I didn’t have portions of the die cut showing through. I used the two frames to glue on the trees adding foam tape behind and around the frame, I repeated that with the houses. I added some Tonic Aqua Shimmer on to the black frame which really made it all pop.

For the inside portion of the card, I created my own sentiment with some older Lawn Fawn Letters stamps and the Happy Happy Happy set. I initially had cut apart the anniversary sentiment from that exact set but sadly I lost part of the word, eek. So I had to create something else. And as I am editing this now I realize I forgot one of the R’s in AVERSARY. F***** !!! Oh well, at least I’ve only made two so far.

I really had fun with this set of cards and have an order for 6 more, so I will be busy painting and cutting and stamping for the next little while.

Have a wonderful and crafty filled weekend.

Deck the Halls Turnabout from Concord & 9th

Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

It’s Chala and I am back with another turnabout stamp from Concord & 9th. I thought I would even embrace the “Christmas in July Challenge” as well from the Scrap’N Stamp Challenge page! Make sure you head over there to check out what others have created as well as share your cards (one entry per day until July 31) for your chance to win a $50 Scrap’N Stamp Gift Card!

I am using the Deck the Halls turnabout stamp. This stamp is gorgeous! The details and images are perfect to mass create cards for the holidays and that is exactly what I am going to do today!

Using the jig I created for the July turnabout blog hop and my Tim Holtz Stamp Platform I start off by using Versamark Watermark ink and stamp it onto 6″ x 6″ red cardstock and heat emboss with gold embossing powder. Gold and sliver embossing powders are one of my recommended must haves craft items! So, if you don’t have some….get some! I treat the cardstock with an antistatic powder bag, stamp and heat emboss with my heat tool each time and then turn my jig. I will continue this process for the full 4 turns. I will also do the same process with Silver Tinsel embossing powder. To see the stamping, please watch the YouTube video. Here is the final result of the stamping.

I set these two pieces aside and grab some distress ink cubes. I want to create some stamping with different colours to show you the full capabilities of this stamp and to create some non-traditional Christmas Cards! The colours I use are Victorian Velvet, Seedless Preserves, Peacock Feathers, and Salty Ocean. I ink up the entire stamp with the first ink, stamp it down and turn. Remember to clean your stamp off well each time. I will then pick the next colour, ink up the stamp, stamp it down and turn. Repeating this process two more times. Again, remember to clean your stamp off in between each colour. I will do the same process again, this time using Festive Berries, Forest Moss, Candied Apple and Peeled Paint. Here are the amazing results.

Now I can begin to create cards out of the fabulous backgrounds. I will start with the last background I created. I use my stitched rectangle dies along with my stitched circle dies taping them down with some purple tape and running those through my Gemini Jr.

I can now create two cards from these pieces. I start with the rectangle piece and attach it to some green cardstock. I will then pull out my Big Joy Sugar Script die and cut the outline from vellum and the “joy” from red cardstock. I will apply a few dabs of Tombow Mono glue to the back of the “joy” sentiment and let it dry a bit. This glue dries reposition-able and I can then attach it to a scrap length of card stock to create a handle so I don’t burn my fingers when I heat emboss. Check out my video for this technique! I will then apply Versamark ink onto and add clear embossing powder. I will do this process twice giving it a nice shiny look! I set that aside to completely cool. I will adhere the Vellum and the “joy” sentiment down in the open circle portion of the card. I also use some left over liner paper from my large score tape roll and with my Nuvo crystal drops in Autumn Red and Woodland Green I create my own embellishments that look like enamel dots. I will set those aside for several hours (Ideally, 24 hours) to set.

While those dry, I will move onto the next card, using the circle portion that we die cut, I attach some ribbon I had on hand running vertically down the left side of an A2 size panel and will secure it with Be-Creative Scor-tape and then adhere the die cut circle on top. I die cut two “Merry Christmas” sentiments, embossed one with gold glitter embossing powder and stack them together with liquid adhesive. I realize that it didn’t fit how I originally had planned so, I turned the panel horizontally and adhered the sentiment underneath, I will add some of those embellishments that we created with Nuvo drops later. Years ago my mom created some amazing poinsettia embellishments. They are actually made out of a piece of bread and glue, then she painted them. I am hoping to show this technique on my personal blog closer to Christmas…so stay tuned!! I thought these poinsettias would work perfect for these two cards. Here are the two finished cards. I still need to finish creating cards with the first one I stamped…but, I ran out of time and steam! lol!

Now, this is a pretty lengthy post and I have several cards that I created out of these panels….so, I am going to jump ahead and show you the other finished cards. However, if you want to see the process, go ahead and click on the YouTube video to check that out! For the next two card I used my Silhouette machine to die cut the sentiments as I didn’t have any on hand that would fit. I added some sequins to embellish the blue card and kept the red one simple by trimming the 6″x6″ panel into strips so that I can create even more cards!

The next cards were created last year…but I wanted to share them with you again as they are more non-traditional in nature and to show you that with this stamp set it is really fast and easy to create sets of cards!

I hope that this post has inspired you to find your Christmas in July spirit and to get your own Turnabout stamp set! Remember Concord & 9th is our featured brand of the month! Take advantage of coupon code CCD15 to save 15% off Concord & 9th turnabout stamps as well as their new products at the Scrap’N Stamp Store! NOTE: This coupon code is only good for the month of July!

Enjoy the rest of your week!

~Chala, xoxoxo