From my earliest childhood memories I have always enjoyed arts and crafts and even when I was working full time in the finance field I used my free time to pursue my art interests. I've always embraced the idea and pursuit of lifetime learning. My mantra is to learn something new every day and be grateful for the opportunity.
A few years back I retired from my professional career and pursued a degree in Textiles, specifically weaving. I enjoyed learning all about the medium and designing and creating my own work. I developed a healthy appreciation, though limited experience for sewing and related tasks. When immersed in learning and creating textiles and fiber materials to use, I discovered something about myself that I had not picked up on beforehand. The design aspect and development process was really where I thrived regardless of the artistic medium. As I thought about my previous pursuits in pottery, stained glass, oil and acrylic painting and the process involved it finally made sense to me.
So you may ask, okay Tony, that's interesting, but why Stampin Up! ? For a few years I contemplated making cards because I was mostly unhappy with the choices available to me in the traditional card shops. As often happens, other things distracted me so it wasn't until this past year that I took the plunge. I knew that my cousin was with Stampin Up! for a long time, but it didn't really click with me as something I would enjoy. I was curious, so I contacted her and asked about it. I started out subscribing to Paper Pumpkin because it's so convenient and includes everything. I was hooked, and when I got Stampin Up! catalogs, I quickly found lots of things that I "needed". She talked to me about the option of demo or hobbyist demo and the discount. The starter kit is a no-brainer...gotta do it! Though I am truly an introvert and need a lot of down time to recover, I am blessed with the gift of gab, especially when I am passionate about something.
So I hope you've enjoyed learning a little about me and I hope you'll enjoy looking through my website. Please contact me with any questions. If you think you would like to join my team, I'd love to talk to you about it.
Happy Stamping and God Bless!
In this blog I am featuring a new stamp and die set. The tile stamp set caught my eye right away, and was part of my pre-order for the new catalog. I've been playing with it and I designed a couple of cards that I can share with you. I hope you will enjoy!
-Today's Tiles stamp set
-Field Tiles dies
-cardstock ; Just Jade, Magenta Madness, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White
-ribbon: Pear Pizzazz
-embellishments - your choice
Thank you for checking out our blog hop! The Gentlemen Crafters Design Team Blog Hop occurs monthly on the second Friday. This is my first month participating and I am so pleased to have been invited to be a part of this group.
This month marks the First Anniversary for the hop, and we have three NEW members, bringing our group of global stampers up to 9. Be sure to visit them all to see what inspirations they are sharing - links are at the bottom of this post.
Today I am demonstrating an embossing technique using one of Stampin' up!'s brand new cling stamp sets from the 2020-21 annual catalog: Loyal Leaves, features three large leaf dies and several sentiments.
Supplies I am using for this project:
1.Merry Merlot Card stock, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored at 4 1/4" on the long side.
2.Night of Navy card stock, 5 1/4" x 4" for the front of card and the
3.Merry Merlot Card Stock, 1 1/2" x 2 3/4" for sentiment, I cut out using our rectangle
stitched framelit dies.
4. Gold embossing powder
5. Embossing buddy (retired) or dryer sheet (anti static)
6. Any faceted or your favorite embellishment for sentiment piece
7. Whisper White Card Stock 5 1/4" x 4" for inside of card.
8. Versamark stamp pad
9. Heat Tool
1. Attach the three large leaves to acrylic blocks.
2. Rub the embossing buddy or suitable substitute over the Night of Navy card stock.
3. Using the versamark stamp pad, stamp the images onto the Night of Navy card stock
in whatever design/order you desire or as shown in the video.
4. Apply the gold embossing powder over the image, being sure to cover all of the
stamped areas. note: it is helpful to have a paper plate to shake the excess powder
off the card. You may choose to do the sentiment card at the same time.
5. Apply heat to the design either from the underside or top of card, being careful
not to burn your fingers. I find it helpful to use a large tweezer to hold the card
when heat setting. The design is complete when the color changes and
6. Using adhesive of your choice assemble the card, including inserting the card
whisper white blank inside.
I hope you have enjoyed creating this project!
Happy Stamping and God Bless!
We appreciate you taking time to visit all the truly talented
crafters in this Blog-hop. Click a name below:
Barry & Jay
It's Tuesday night and that means time for Stampin' Tips from me. I make it a goal to learn something new every day.
In regard to stamping I am always looking to learn something I don't know and when I do, I love to share it with others.
As if we don't have enough fun projects and techniques, I'm going to show you one that's new to me!
If you love using embossing folders to add an extra layer of texture to your projects, have you tried inking up the folders and embossing them? OMGosh, I love it! I'll post instructions and some photos below, and my video tutorial as well. Happy Stamping!
Embossing Folders, I used Woodland and Tin Tile 3D in my demo.
CardStock - Whisper White and Very Vanilla or any you want to try. 5 1/4" x 4"
Stamp pad - Cinnamon Cider, Daffodil Delight, Mango Melody
Big Shot or similar
Open the embossing folder and look closely. You will notice that one side has part of the design raised and the other side is the opposite image. I recommend trying them both to see which you prefer then you can make a little mark to remember for future if you have a preference.
-Apply ink from stamp pad either by opening and tamping it over the area, or using a brayer. Once you have the ink where you want it. Carefully lay a piece of cardstock over it, and close it so it doesn't move. Run it through the embossing machine and open carefully. Isn't that amazing?
- Set that one aside to dry, clean up the embossing folder and try again using the opposite side.
- I like to let them dry for a few minutes before attaching to card base and embellishing.
Refer to the photos and video and definitely enjoy!
Welcome to Saturday night! So I was unboxing my pre-order from the upcoming mini catalog (it's not so mini) and I was itching to create a card using one of the new holiday sets. Anyway, I decided I couldn't skip over Fall so in this blog I am introducing two cards to get us started thinking about it.
(4 ) 5 1/4" x 4" card fronts/inserts in Whisper White cardstock; scrap piece of WW for sentiment
(2) 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", score at 4 1/4" in coordinating color for card base. I used Merry Merlot and Cinnamon Cider.
scrap piece of Old Olive card stock for sentiment
Winter Woods Stamp set
Stamp Pads: Cinnamon Cider, Old Olive, Early Espresso, Daffodil Delight, merry merlot, terracotta tile
Forever Gold Laser-Cut specialty paper
2 1/4" circle punch
Seasonal Layers Thinlit dies (retired)
Colorful Seasons stamps (retired)
I apologize, it was an oversight using retired products.
I know it is only one day away, but maybe you are having a little family celebration at home, or staying in and just want a festive card to decorate your space, or your internet. I was inspired this morning to create something new using the Red, White and Blue...see what I did there?
Supplies I used:
Real Red and Night of Navy Ink pads
Sponge Daubers (2)
Silver Foil sheet
Stitched Stars dies
Stitched Rectangle dies
So Much Happy Stamp set (n)
Silver ink pad
red and blue dsp 6 x 6 double sided design
This is my first week doing a live presentation of stamping tips and tricks. Each week I plan to explore something different. I'm excited and I hope you will enjoy, learn something you may not have known or at least get my take on it.
So about a month or so ago, while perusing Pinterest I happened upon a blog post by Rachel Tessman. It was a blog post and tutorial of sorts about Bokeh. Bokeh (pronounced like bouquet) is " the visual quality of the out-of-focus areas of a photographic image."
It can be magical.
In my live demonstration video I show some completed cards, and do three more on camera. I think it's fun, and no two look alike, at least mine don't. I made a template using the smaller SU Layering Circles cut out of a window sheet.
One of my favorite projects, Let's make an Affirmation Card/fold with 6 pockets to hold affirming messages and treats!
Hello Fellow Stampers and Friends~
I was originally inspired to make this project by a similar design I saw on Pinterest about a year ago. Personally, I try to send out positive, affirming messages , uplifting and encouraging to everyone in my circle and beyond. I believe that we never know who may need to see a smile, hear a kind word of a hug, and rather than assume everyone is 'good', I follow my heart and go with whatever feels right to me. SO, it is in this vein, that I decided it was time to share this project in my live Saturday Night, stamping with Tony, on my Facebook page, River View Creative Studio.
I created two different folders/cards ahead of time, and a third one during the tutorial. You may enjoy watching the video which is included in this blog post, and I have also included some photos and directions for how to make one for yourself. I hope that I have inspired you to share one with someone in your life!
Happy Stamping and God Bless!
one 12" x 12" sheet of Designer Series Paper. note: you can use regular thickness card stock but folds are a little more challenging.
Coordinating colors of cardstock and inks, ribbon
tag punches, rectangle and triangle dies or whatever you like
In this blog post and video, I am sharing a project that I've been wanting to make for a while now. I hope you will enjoy it. It is fairly simple but I think you will love it and enjoy making it and making it your own.
In my live facebook video this evening, I created a series of masculine oriented cards using Stampin UP's! "Tasteful Touches" stamp set. I really like the elements in the set and how they lend themselves to so many different design options. Personally, I like playing with textures, colors and placement in my design work. When you look at the finished cards, pay close attention to the color palate and how the various layers project a depth and draw your eye within the card. I purposely used a lot of different colors and limited the elements but the placement is fairly consistent.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy the video and if you don't have the stamp set yet, maybe consider putting it on your wish list.
Instructions: For each card you'll need to (cut 2 ) 5 1/4" x 4" Whisper White card stock.
- Card base - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", score at 4 1/4"
- Sentiment - I used Rectangle Stitched Framelits dies, choose the size that fits your sentiment of choice
-referring to the photos, choose the elements and place on acrylic blocks
- I used lots of different colors, so I won't mention them here, but choose colors from what you own.
- In general choose a light, medium and darker ink for each card. Stamp from light to dark, overlapping colors as you choose, or follow the designs I have on the cards.
Just have fun with it!
God Bless and Happy Stamping!
Hello fellow stampers and friends~
For my Saturday Night Live demo on Facebook, I created some fun note cards and a cute box to hold them. It would make a fun gift for a friend or a host gift.
The note cards and envelopes come in a pack of 20 cards and envelopes. I am using the Very Vanilla cardstock tonight, but they are also available in Whisper White. The are great to have on hand.
The box is made from one 8 1/2" x 11" piece of card stock. A photo of the template I use is below. You can follow along on the video, it comes together easily.
The stamp set we will be using for this project is: "Nothing's Better Than" #152507, and die set "Love You More Than" 152698. Some of the stamps use a two step stamp technique, and the cookie card also uses a masking technique. I show how to accomplish both of these techniques in the video.
1. Following the diagram, on the long side, score at 1", 2", 6" and 7"
2. On the shorter side, score at 1" and 7 1/2".
3. Using a ruler score as shown in the black marks on the template.
4. Following the diagram, cut out the two blocks with the "X".
5. Round the corners as shown.
6. Fold and burnish all folds and assemble the box referring to the video if needed.
7. For the top of box, cut a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock 6 1/4" x 3 3/4".
8. For the belly band, cut a piece of coordinating card stock 11" x 1", wrap around box loosely and
adhere using adhesive of choice.
9. Cut a 2 1/4" and a 2" circle using appropriate punch(s). (color of choice) layer and stamp as you choose.