Posts Tagged ‘Friends at First Sip’

Paper Bag Scrap Journal

Saturday, February 20th, 2021

Hey friends!  Chala here and I am back to share a fun idea to use up your scraps!  Today we will create a Scrap Paper Bag Journal.  All you will need is glue, scraps, ephemera and a paper bag.

I don’t know about you guys but I save all my paper bags…..and now I have a fun way to use them up.  I get mine from Sobey’s which are perfect because they are all brown with little to no writing on them.

The set up of this journal is a bit confusing to describe, so I will just include the video below for you to watch.



I hope you liked this video and it inspired you to use your scraps and unused craft supplies in a different way!  Here is a look at each of my page layouts:

Wishing you a crafty day!


Featured Stamp Sets:

My Favorite Things:  Friends at First Sip, Warm and Feathered Hugs

Lawn Fawn:  Wild for You, Critters in the Jungle

Hello Bluebird:  Wild about You Die

Postage Stamps


Galentine’s Day Cards

Saturday, February 13th, 2021

I don’t know if it’s an actual thing, but I think that Galentine’s Day should officially be noticed on the calendar!  Not everyone has a ‘significant other’ to give a card to on Valentine’s Day. But just about everyone has some special gals pal that they could send  Galentine’s Day cards to. What do you think? Hey there, it’s Deb here, from the Design Team!


Okay, so maybe we don’t need one certain day to acknowledge our BFF’s. Any time is a good time to show your friend how much you appreciate having them in your life. One thing I am really missing, during this pandemic, is getting together with my friends for coffee! That’s why I chose to reach back in my stamp stash, and pull out the MFT Friends at First Sip set.

Galentine's Day Cards

I decided to even colour the images to reflect me and my bestie! That’s me on the left, with the long brown hair. 🙂  Purple is her favourite colour, that’s how I chose the sweater colour.


I still had my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers on my desk, so I decided I would watercolour the images. First, set up a piece of watercolour paper and the images in your stamp platform. Because of the texture of the paper, you should stamp at least twice, to get a clear, crisp image. After stamping in Nocturne ink,  cover the images with clear embossing powder, and then heat set. Now you’re ready to watercolour! Choose your favourites – and have fun! What colours does your bestie like to wear?

After colouring, use your Big Shot with the coordinating Friends at First Sip dies & die cut the images. I like to add dimension, so if you have a piece of fun foam, die cut the shapes from that, too.  Glue the layers together, and set aside. Next, create your background. On a piece of light green cardstock, blend on some Pine Needles Distress Oxide ink. To create the grass levels, just tear a piece of copy paper, to use as your mask. Now, glue the images onto your ink blended background.  For the white clouds, use the 2 sizes of clouds in the MFT Beach Bunnies die set. Die cut them from white cardstock, and glue them at the top of the card front.

Stamp the sentiment from the Friends at First Sip set onto watercolour paper; repeat the steps with the Nocturne ink and clear embossing powder. Attach the sentiment across the top middle of the card front. Finally, attach your card front to a light blue card base.

Galentine's Day Cards

The dimension adds lots of fun to the card, don’t you think?


Have you already joined the daily challenge on the Scrap ‘N Stamp challenge Facebook page? You should! It’s fun, easy, and you could win a prize! Each month, you’ll see a list of daily word prompts. Simply create your card/project using a prompt, and then share it on the page. Be sure to use the hashtag #snschallenge! You can play along with as many or few days as you like. At the end of the month, one participant is randomly chosen, and WINS a $50 GIFT CARD to Shop Scrap ‘N Stamp’s  online store! And you guessed it – today’s word prompt is “Galentine”.


While you’re checking out the supplies I used to create this card, be sure to have a look at all of the fabulous new products in the Scrap ‘N Stamp store!  When purchasing regular-priced items, be sure to use my Designer Discount Code 10DEB at checkout, for 10% Off your total!  Have fun creating, and sending your Galentine’s Day Cards!

Galentine's Day Cards

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Step Up Your Cards with Masking!

Sunday, August 18th, 2019

No, not the masquerade ball kind of mask – but the kind used in stamping. You can really step up your cards with the masking technique. It takes a simple image or layout, and adds to it without  adding extra layers to your project. Hi there! It’s Deb here for the Scrap ‘N Stamp Design Team, and I hope you’ll enjoy today’s technique.


For basic masking, you’re just going to block off an area where you don’t want any ink. For the most basic, we’ll start with just masking off an straight strip on our front card panel. To create your mask, you want to use a low-tack removable adhesive – Thermo Web’s Purple Tape is perfect for this. If you’re hesitant about it tearing your paper, just rub it onto your work surface a couple of times, to remove some of the tackiness. Set up your panel onto either grid paper, or use a ruler for a straight line.  Next, use a blending tool and apply ink to the area to the left of the mask. My completed card is below, for reference.

Picket Fence Studios BFF Owl

I chose Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink for a ‘coffee’ feel, and use a Tim Holtz ink applicator for blending it on. With the mask still in place, use the MFT Friends at First Sip stamp set and repeatedly stamp the small coffee cup in the blended area, in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Be sure to add the little swirl of steam! Once your blending & stamping in that area is complete, gently remove your tape.


Use the Picket Fence Studios BFF Owl image, and stamp it to the right of the blended strip, in the Tuxedo Black ink. I chose to colour the owl with my Spectrum Noir Tri-Blend Markers. These markers are great, because they take the guess work out of blending your colours! Each marker has a light, mid and dark tone of one colour. Use the Bright Pink blend for the bow, the Light Green blend for the cup, Pale Pink blend for the pearls & beak, and the Tan blend for the owl.  Now, stamp the sentiment from the MFT stamp across the top of the panel. Attach the stamped panel to a light pink panel with foam tape, and then to a card base of darker pink. There you have it! By adding the masked strip, and blending your marker colours, you’ve added extra dimension to your card, without adding more layers!


For a more detailed version of masking, first stamp your image onto your card front panel. Now, stamp the image again onto a large Post-It Note. Cut out the image on the Post-It Note, keeping as close to the edges as possible.  Place the Post-It Note image on top of your stamped image.  With your image covered, use your blending tool to apply ink to the rest of the front panel.

Picket Fence Studios Jill Girl

For my card, I first blend on Tea Dye Distress ink, getting lighter towards the image. Next, I add Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink around the edges, keeping the lighter Tea Dye around the image. This adds extra depth to your card. Once you’re happy with the blending, remove the Post-It Note mask, and colour the Picket Fence Studios Jill Girl.  I chose my Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils to colour with, but of course you can use whatever pencils you have, or your markers. Just be sure that whatever you’re using is safe to use with your base image ink, and paper (i.e. if you’re using watercolours, be sure to use watercolour paper and an amalgam ink).

When finished colouring, stamp the sentiment from the MFT Friends at First Sip stamp set in Tuxedo Black ink on a strip of white cardstock. Use your blending tool and add a bit of the Vintage Photo ink to the edges of the strip, so it’s not completely white. Attach the sentiment strip with foam tape along the bottom of the image. Create a card base of teal cardstock, and attach a panel of green/blue to the left side, with liquid glue. Then attach your front panel with foam tape.  I had some enamel dots in my stash of embellishments that work with the pencil colours I chose, so I added a few of those in the top left corner.


Try stepping up your next card with some masking! It’s easy to do, and can be used any time. Plus, it doesn’t require a lot of extra or special tools. I hope that I’ve inspired you to branch out a bit with your creating. Have fun! Thanks for spending some time with me – see you next time!

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