Tuesday, August 8, 2017

It's Official! My Daughter is a LPN!

Linda Vich Creates: It's Official! My Daughter is a LPN! Nurse scrub top card created with punches and assorted card stock scraps.
My daughter Courtney received notification that she passed the exam for her nursing so she is now officially a LPN! I wanted to mark the occasion so I made her a fitting card.

I purchased a template/tutorial from Lynn Pratt for this card. After receiving the tutorial, I imported the design into my Silhouette Cameo designs so that I could resize it and cut it out.

The card was cut from Night of Navy and stitching lines were added with a Sanford-Sharpie Extra Fine Point Poster Paint Marker. I find this works much better than a gel pen.

I created her stethoscope in green to match her real life stethoscope. It was created by using an assortment of punches–oval, word window and the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack. Scraps of card stock were used to create her stethoscope: Cucumber Crush, Sahara Sand, Basic Black.

The sentiment from the Crazy About You stamp set was stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with White Stampin' Emboss Powder. A Whisper White matte was adhered inside the card.

Linda Vich Creates: It's Official! My Daughter is a LPN! Nurse scrub top card created with punches and assorted card stock scraps.

Linda Vich Creates: It's Official! My Daughter is a LPN! Nurse scrub top card created with punches and assorted card stock scraps.

So proud of our daughter! She is loving being a nurse.





Saturday, August 5, 2017

Dahlia Up Close

Linda Vich Creates: Dahlia Up Close. Rose Gold embossed dahlia is painted with shades of blue Color Burst watercolors on this lovely anniversary card.
How about something totally different?

Come on now, admit it. Even if you are a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, you have one or two other craft products lying around that you use from time to time! Let's face it–we are crafty individuals or we would never have got involved with Stampin' Up! in the first place!

I have soooooooooooooo many crafting tools and media that sometimes I have to take a break from crafting with Stampin' Up! to play with my other stuff! Or, I combine it with Stampin' Up! to get the best of BOTH worlds like I have done with this card!

Today's card is one I created for my brother and his wife for their anniversary. It is CASEd from a card by Jenny Lee Yamasaki.

I started by stamping the Dahlia Up Close stamp from The Ton on watercolor paper using Versamark using my MISTI after first using my Embossing Buddy. I then heat embossed it with Rose Gold Embossing Powder.

Next, I gathered together a few of my Color Burst colors in blue: Cerulean Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Indigo and Turquoise. I tapped a little of each powder in a watercolor palette I had and then wet a #4 watercolor brush and dipped into the Cerulean Powder and changed it to liquid watercolor.

I painted this over most of the flower and then, painting spots of each of the other colors, I added strategically to the image until I was pleased with the result. Sometimes, I used a paper towel to blot up some of the watercolor to make it paler. When I was finished, I heat set the image.

The next step is where I made a mistake but due to using my MISTI I was able to rectify it. After watercoloring and then drying my image, the watercolor paper was severely warped. I wanted to get it as flat as possible before adding it to my card front. To do this, I placed it face down on a piece of copy paper with another piece of copy paper on top and then an old pillowcase. I then proceeded to iron until the watercolor paper was flat.

I did end up with a flat paper, however, the ironing reheated my embossing and transferred it to the copy paper leaving behind a white outline where the embossing had been! Now this is actually a technique in itself and can be used to good effect but for this image I WANTED the Rose Gold embossing in place!

So, I went back to my MISTI and after using my Embossing Buddy, I re-inked the image with Versamark and heat embossed it AGAIN! Luckily, my stamp had remained in place in my MISTI and I was able to re-stamp the image. I was very careful to warm up the heat tool for awhile before doing the embossing to minimize warping.

Next, I cut a Pacific Point card front 4.75 x 6. I trimmed my painted matte to fit the card front but leave about a 3/4" strip of card front on the left side. I placed a strip of Burnished Rose Gold Foil Tape down the card front and then trimmed off the excess.

On a strip of vellum I stamped the sentiment from the Falling For You stamp set using Versamark and heat embossed it with the same Rose Gold embossing powder. I folded the strip around the edges of the painted matte and then taped the ends to the back. The matte was then adhered to the card front using Fast Fuse. To add a little more zing, several sequins were adhered to the card front using liquid adhesive.

A watercolor matte was cut for inside the card and the matching sentiment was stamped and heat embossed on it. I then used sponges to ink the edges in both Tempting Turquoise and Pacific Point. The matte was then adhered with Fast Fuse to complete the card.

Linda Vich Creates: Dahlia Up Close. Rose Gold embossed dahlia is painted with shades of blue Color Burst watercolors on this lovely anniversary card.

Linda Vich Creates: Dahlia Up Close. Rose Gold embossed dahlia is painted with shades of blue Color Burst watercolors on this lovely anniversary card.

Linda Vich Creates: Dahlia Up Close. Rose Gold embossed dahlia is painted with shades of blue Color Burst watercolors on this lovely anniversary card.

Linda Vich Creates: Dahlia Up Close. Rose Gold embossed dahlia is painted with shades of blue Color Burst watercolors on this lovely anniversary card.


Delighted is how I feel about how this card turned out! I have never "painted" with the Color Bursts before so it was a learning experience but one that ended well for me! I can't wait to give this to my brother and his wife to see their reaction!

I hope you have enjoyed my deviation from projects made strictly with Stampin' Up! materials! I think that we can only become more creative by exploring all brands of media and by appreciating the resulting art forms.

Thank you for visiting today!



Friday, August 4, 2017

30th Anniversary Card Using Foil Frenzy and Paisley Framelits

Linda Vich Creates: 30th Anniversary Card Using Foil Frenzy and Paisley Framelits. Rolled roses adorn an Early Espresso Branch on this card, accented with Foil Frenzy DSP and tied up with Berry Burst Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon.
This July, my husband Bob and I celebrated our 30th anniversary–in this day and age, this is quite a milestone!

In creating his card, I cased a project by demonstrator Barbara Meyer. I cut a 4.75 x 6" card base from Berry Burst. After tying a bow using the luscious new Berry Burst Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon around a matte from the Foil Frenzy DSP, the matte was adhered using Dimensionals.

On a strip of Whisper White, I stamped the sentiment from the Falling For You stamp set using Berry Burst. This strip was then matted with Berry Burst and adhered at the top of the card front using Dimensionals.

A branch was die cut from Early Espresso using the Seasonal Layers Thinlits and then the Paisley Framelits were used to die cut the rolled roses from Berry Burst. The image below shows the die used.

Photo shows Paisley Thinlits and the die used to create the rolled roses.

I was alerted to the possibility of creating these flowers after watching a video by fellow demonstrator Tan. Scroll down to see the little flowers on the makeup table. The video is here. Feel free to watch the entire video but the part about making the rolled rose flowers starts at about 12:43.

After die cutting five of the flowers, I took one of the die cuts, sprayed it lightly with water, and then used tweezers to roll it up. After releasing it from the tweezers, I rolled the remaining four flowers and then set them aside to dry.

I used drops of liquid adhesive to adhere the branch to the matte with the sentiment. To finish the flowers, I placed a glue dot on the end of each paper curl and adhered it to the bottom of each flower. Glue dots were used to adhere the blossoms to the branch. I added rhinestones to the centre of each blossom but they probably could have been omitted–they were hard to place inside the flowers and I'm not sure that they make that much of a difference.

For inside the card, I simply stamped the matching sentiment on a Whisper White matte and inked the edges.

Linda Vich Creates: 30th Anniversary Card Using Foil Frenzy and Paisley Framelits. Rolled roses adorn an Early Espresso Branch on this card, accented with Foil Frenzy DSP and tied up with Berry Burst Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon.

Linda Vich Creates: 30th Anniversary Card Using Foil Frenzy and Paisley Framelits. Rolled roses adorn an Early Espresso Branch on this card, accented with Foil Frenzy DSP and tied up with Berry Burst Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon.

Linda Vich Creates: 30th Anniversary Card Using Foil Frenzy and Paisley Framelits. Rolled roses adorn an Early Espresso Branch on this card, accented with Foil Frenzy DSP and tied up with Berry Burst Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon.

I am pleased with how this card turned out. Using the Foil Frenzy DSP really adds a punch to your card! I also enjoyed making the rolled roses and look forward to using these again soon. They aren't suitable for a mailed card, obviously, but they add such a nice touch to a card!

Thank you for stopping by today!




Thursday, August 3, 2017

Carols of Christmas Early Release

Carols of Christmas Early Release

With the summer half over, I am looking forward to getting back to stamping classes and preparing to use all the goodies from the new Holiday Catalog! I know that you will be anxious, too, to get your hands on these goodies!

Good news! With the Early Release from Stampin' Up! you can redeem the coupons that you earned during July when you purchase the new Carols of Christmas Bundle this month! Just think, this could be the year that you get your Christmas cards done early! :)


Carols of Christmas Bundle

With the stamp set, you get two big and beautiful sentiments that can become the focal point of your card or be used to create a unique background.  In addition, there are lovely ornaments, leaves, holly, and deer which coordinate with the Thinlits. The thinlits set also contains lovely card builder dies that can be used to create a border around your card front. Check out the video below which shows how you can use the stamp set and thinlits to create your own beautiful holiday cards!





Here are the catalog numbers you need in order to purchase the bundle and save 10% or purchase the stamps or thinlits separately. Click on the table below to place your order in my online store!


Carols of Christmas Table

I hope you will take advantage of this special Early Release and place your order today!


Saturday, July 8, 2017

Fabulous Flamingo Thank You

Linda Vich Creates: Fabulous Flamingo Thank You. Stylized Fabulous Flamingo card in rich browns with gold
Had another play with Fabulous Flamingo today. This time I wanted to create a more stylized flamingo rather than a realistic one.

After deciding that I wanted to create a matte covered with the palm leaves, I made the decision to use a 5 x7" card because otherwise, not a lot of the matte would be seen. I cut a card base and a 5 x 7" matte from Soft Suede.

Using Versamark, I stamped the palm leaf in a random pattern over the entire matte. I then heat embossed using Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder.

The flamingo was stamped on Very Vanilla using my MISTI since it is so suited to multi-step stamping. I stamped first with Early Espresso, then Sahara Sand 2X, and finally, Versamark for both the legs and the last body layer. I then heat embossed with gold.

The largest of the Lots of Labels Framelits was used to die cut the flamingo. Using Early Espresso, the sentiment was stamped on the bottom of the die cut. Three loose gold sequins were adhered next to the flamingo using liquid adhesive.

Linda Vich Creates: Fabulous Flamingo Thank You. Stylized Fabulous Flamingo card in rich browns with gold


I cut a 1" strip of Early Espresso and adhered it across the embossed matte using Fast Fuse. I topped the strip with a length of the now retired Gold Sequin Trim. The matte was then adhered to the card front using Fast Fuse. The die cut was adhered in the centre of the card front using Dimensionals.

For an inside matte for the card, I stamped the second part of the sentiment on Very Vanilla using Early Espresso and then used Versamark to stamp the palm leaf all around the edges of the matte. After embossing with gold, the matte was adhered inside the card.

Linda Vich Creates: Fabulous Flamingo Thank You. Stylized Fabulous Flamingo card in rich browns with gold

Linda Vich Creates: Fabulous Flamingo Thank You. Stylized Fabulous Flamingo card in rich browns with gold

Linda Vich Creates: Fabulous Flamingo Thank You. Stylized Fabulous Flamingo card in rich browns with gold
Close up of flamingo showing gold embossing  

Linda Vich Creates: Fabulous Flamingo Thank You. Stylized Fabulous Flamingo card in rich browns with gold

I'm not a "browns" person but I quite like how this turned out!




Thursday, July 6, 2017

Crafting Forever on Marbled Background

Linda Vich Creates: Crafting Forever on Marbled Background. The 2017-2019 In Colors are featured in this card set that uses Marbled and Crafting Forever.
How fun is it to play with something new? With so many products in the new catalog, it is hard to choose what to work with first! In the end, I chose Crafting Forever and the Marbled stamps with which to create a set of cards using our new In Colors.

I cut a standard card base and matte in each of the five new colors: Powder Pink, Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist, Berry Burst and Tranquil Tide. I also cut a matte from Whisper White for the inside of the card.

Using my MISTI because it handles large background stamps so well, I stamped the Marbled stamp over each matte using the matching color.

Setting these mattes aside, I stamped the pot of brushes in each color on Thick Whisper White and then die cut it using the #4 oval from the Stitched Shapes Framelits. I used the #7 scalloped oval from the Layering Ovals Framelits to cut mattes from Basic Black and then adhered each stamped image using liquid adhesive. On the Whisper White mattes, I stamped both the sentiment and the tops of the brushes in each of the colors.

I used a sponge dauber to ink the edges of the inside and outside mattes using Basic Black. After tying a length of Black Shimmer Ribbon around each colored matte, it was an easy matter to assemble the cards using Dimensionals and Fast Fuse.

Linda Vich Creates: Crafting Forever on Marbled Background. The 2017-2019 In Colors are featured in this card set that uses Marbled and Crafting Forever.

Linda Vich Creates: Crafting Forever on Marbled Background. The 2017-2019 In Colors are featured in this card set that uses Marbled and Crafting Forever.

Linda Vich Creates: Crafting Forever on Marbled Background. The 2017-2019 In Colors are featured in this card set that uses Marbled and Crafting Forever.

Linda Vich Creates: Crafting Forever on Marbled Background. The 2017-2019 In Colors are featured in this card set that uses Marbled and Crafting Forever.

Linda Vich Creates: Crafting Forever on Marbled Background. The 2017-2019 In Colors are featured in this card set that uses Marbled and Crafting Forever.

Linda Vich Creates: Crafting Forever on Marbled Background. The 2017-2019 In Colors are featured in this card set that uses Marbled and Crafting Forever.

Linda Vich Creates: Crafting Forever on Marbled Background. The 2017-2019 In Colors are featured in this card set that uses Marbled and Crafting Forever.

The Marbled stamp gives a luscious look when stamping with an ink that matches the card stock! I'm anxious to try it with embossing powder. And how fun is that Black Shimmer Ribbon? These photos don't show the shimmer but it is gorgeous!

I hope you've enjoyed my card set today. If you visit, I'd love you to leave me a comment below!



Saturday, July 1, 2017

Fabulous Flamingo Shadow Box Frame

Linda Vich Creates: Fabulous Flamingo Shadow Box Frame. A vibrant shadow box frame showcases the Fabulous Flamingo stamp set.
It's a bit busy at our house right now. My daughter, her boyfriend, and her daughter Raine have moved in with us until after we return from vacation on August 13. This means that our household currently consists of four adults, one soon-to-be-four-year-old, three cats, one kitten and two dogs! Are we crazy? Probably!

Because of this, I'm surprised that I actually finished my project today–the one day off that I have for this Canada Day weekend :(

Today I tried two new things. I broke open my Fabulous Flamingo stamp set and I combined that with a new technique . . . a shadow box. And I did this with my granddaughter by my side, with her little table and chair and the stamping kit I had given her for Christmas. Today she was fascinated by cutting up paper into little tiny pieces! I think I'll get her started with mosaics . . . she's a natural!

Anyway, I had seen a few flamingo posts on Pinterest so I knew basically what I wanted to stamp but first I needed to learn how to create a shadow box. The best tutorial I found was on Joyce Rossiter's blog but the original directions came from Mary Ann Rossiter.

As I do with a lot of tutorials, I tried out the technique by creating it first with a piece of scrap paper. It was actually quite simple to create but I'm glad I tried it out first.

After figuring out the dimensions of the image that would be contained within the frame, I set to stamping. I used my MISTI since it is such a good tool for using with multi-step stamps.

I first tried a color combo of Powder Pink and Flirty Flamingo but in the end, I stamped my flamingo using first Berry Burst, Powder Pink, and finally Fresh Fig. When using the stamp set, I stamped according to the following image:


After stamping the flamingo on Whisper White, I used Pacific Point to stamp the water and then Emerald Envy for the reeds, stamping off to create some contrast.

I stamped the palm leaves around the top and sides of the matte using Lemon Lime Twist and Garden Green, again, stamping some off for added contrast and color.

With the matte completed, I started on the actual shadow box frame. Using a 8.5 x 11" piece of Crumb Cake, I scored each side at .5, 1, 1.5, and then 2". Turning the card stock so that the 11" piece was at the top, I scored at 2.5" but only down to 1". This was also done at 2.5" from the right side of the same piece. I then turned the paper 180° and repeated these two score lines.

I folded and burnished each fold line and then cut out a portion from each corner (see image #5 on Joyce Rossiter's blog).

Because I wanted to stamp on the edge of the frame, I needed to mask the fold I needed and stamp it before assembling the frame. I was able to stamp all but one side correctly and then discovered that for the last side, I stamped on the wrong fold! This meant that I had to remask all the other sides again so that I had stamped on two adjacent folds for each side. (After completing this project, I decided that the next shadow box I created would be stamped on three folds–inside, top, and outside because I really liked the look of the continuous stamping!)

With the stamping complete, I adhered my stamped matte to the inside panel of the frame and then applied Tear & Tape adhesive according to images #8 and 9 and assembled the frame.

The two long sides were adhered first and then the bottom and top. The top was the hardest to adhere correctly but I persevered.

To finish off the shadow box, I stamped the sentiment on Powder Pink card stock with Berry Burst and die cut it with the #2 stitched oval of the Stitched Shapes Framelits. It was matted on Fresh Fig die cut using the #3 oval in the Layering Ovals Framelits. It was adhered with Dimensionals.

Linda Vich Creates: Fabulous Flamingo Shadow Box Frame. A vibrant shadow box frame showcases the Fabulous Flamingo stamp set.

Linda Vich Creates: Fabulous Flamingo Shadow Box Frame. A vibrant shadow box frame showcases the Fabulous Flamingo stamp set.

Linda Vich Creates: Fabulous Flamingo Shadow Box Frame. A vibrant shadow box frame showcases the Fabulous Flamingo stamp set.

Linda Vich Creates: Fabulous Flamingo Shadow Box Frame. A vibrant shadow box frame showcases the Fabulous Flamingo stamp set.

I quite like how this project turned out! I already have ideas for another shadow box as well as ideas for different ways to stamp the flamingo.

Have you used the Fabulous Flamingo stamp set yet? Drop me a line below with a link to your project!