Saturday, September 23, 2017

Painted Harvest Fancy Fold Flap Card

Linda Vich Creates: Painted Harvest Fancy Fold Flap Card. A delightful medley of Tranquil Tide, Lemon Lime Twist and Pool Party bring to life a Painted Harvest sunflower on this fancy flap card.
Today I used a Fancy Flap Card Fold for my card share which I CASEd from Debbie Henderson. This was a fun card fold to create and I got to use my new favorite stamp set–Painted Harvest! If you haven't yet purchased this set with the coordinating leaf punch (which you can get as a bundle at 10% off), you really should consider it! The color combos for the flower are endless and being able to punch out the leaves to go with it is really sweet!

To create this card, I cut a card base of 5.5 x 11" from Tranquil Tide. I scored on the long side at 4 and 8" to create a total of three panels–4 x 5.5" (front), 4 x 5.5" (middle) and 3 x 5.5" (end panel that folds inward).

Working with the front panel, I measured and marked 2.75" on the 5.5" side and 2" on the 4" side. I then used my Stampin' Trimmer to line up the marks to end up with a diagonal cut on each side of the front panel.

Next, I used the #8 circle in the Layering Circles Framelits to cut a hole in the middle of the front panel. I also used #4 circle in the Stitched Shapes Framelits to cut a circle from Pool Party. Please check my Numbered Die Sets on my blog to see how I number my dies.

I used the smallest flower with Versamark to stamp over the front panel of the card, masking the back with Post-It notes. I then heat embossed the flowers with Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder.

For the end panel of the card, I cut two pieces of striped paper from the Whole Lot of Lovely DSP, 3 x 5.5" and used liquid adhesive to glue these to both sides of the panel.

I used my MISTI to stamp the sunflower on Whisper White card stock. I could have stamped the sunflower easily without the MISTI after learning how to line up and mark my stamps to get good alignment each time. However, I wanted to stamp each stamp two times so I used my MISTI to make it even simpler. I used Pool Party for the largest flower, Tranquil Tide for the smaller flower, and Pool Party (stamped just once) for the inside of the flower. I then used the Starburst Punch.

For the leaves, I stamped the leaves with Lemon Lime Twist 2X and the detailed stamp with Tranquil Tide just once and then punched them with the coordinating leaf punch.

The sunflower was adhered to the stitched Pool Party circle using Dimensionals. With the card closed, the stitched circle was adhered to the panel below it using Dimensionals. The leaves were adhered under the flower using liquid adhesive.

The sentiment from the Crazy About You stamp set was stamped with Tranquil Tide on Pool Party and then punched with the Classic Label Punch. It was adhered to the card front using Mini Dimensionals.

Inside the card, the detailed leaves were stamped with Tranquil Tide and the sentiment was stamped with Basic Black.

Finally, a bow made from the Pool Party Shimmer Ribbon was adhered to the centre of the sunflower using Glue Dots.

Linda Vich Creates: Painted Harvest Fancy Fold Flap Card. A delightful medley of Tranquil Tide, Lemon Lime Twist and Pool Party bring to life a Painted Harvest sunflower on this fancy flap card.

Linda Vich Creates: Painted Harvest Fancy Fold Flap Card. A delightful medley of Tranquil Tide, Lemon Lime Twist and Pool Party bring to life a Painted Harvest sunflower on this fancy flap card.

Linda Vich Creates: Painted Harvest Fancy Fold Flap Card. A delightful medley of Tranquil Tide, Lemon Lime Twist and Pool Party bring to life a Painted Harvest sunflower on this fancy flap card.

Linda Vich Creates: Painted Harvest Fancy Fold Flap Card. A delightful medley of Tranquil Tide, Lemon Lime Twist and Pool Party bring to life a Painted Harvest sunflower on this fancy flap card.
I hope you have enjoyed reading about this Fancy Flap Fold Card!




Friday, September 22, 2017

Detailed Gate 50th Anniversary

Linda Vich Creates: Detailed Gate 50th Anniversary. The Detailed Gate Thinlits are used to create golden gates for this 50th Anniversary card.
I got to play with the Detailed Gate Thinlits again, this time for a 50th Anniversary.

I started by cutting the gate from Gold Foil using the Detailed Gate Thinlits. I scored each side about 1/4" in from the edge to allow me to fold the edge around the card front. I then used my Stampin' Trimmer to slice down the middle to create the two gate halves.

I cut a square card base from Soft Suede to match the size of the folded gates and then used the shaped die to cut the shape of the top of the gate into the card base. I repeated this cut with both a Soft Suede and a Very Vanilla matte.

Linda Vich Creates: Detailed Gate 50th Anniversary. The Detailed Gate Thinlits are used to create golden gates for this 50th Anniversary card.
Arrow shows shaped die used to cut shaped card and mattes
On the Soft Suede matte I used Early Espresso to stamp the sentiment using two retired stamp sets: Falling For You and Project Life Day To Day. I used the Confetti Hearts Border Punch to punch little hearts from gold foil. These were adhered to the matte using liquid adhesive. The gates were then adhered to the matte and the matte adhered to the card front.

The inside sentiment was stamped on the shaped Very Vanilla matte and then it was adhered inside the card using Fast Fuse. A few more gold hearts were adhered to the matte.

To finish the card, the now retired 1/8" Gold Ribbon was threaded through each side of the golden gates and tied in a bow to secure the card.

Linda Vich Creates: Detailed Gate 50th Anniversary. The Detailed Gate Thinlits are used to create golden gates for this 50th Anniversary card.

Linda Vich Creates: Detailed Gate 50th Anniversary. The Detailed Gate Thinlits are used to create golden gates for this 50th Anniversary card.

Linda Vich Creates: Detailed Gate 50th Anniversary. The Detailed Gate Thinlits are used to create golden gates for this 50th Anniversary card.

Linda Vich Creates: Detailed Gate 50th Anniversary. The Detailed Gate Thinlits are used to create golden gates for this 50th Anniversary card.


I think that the gold gates work well for a 50th Anniversary! If I use foil for the gates again, I may try sponging the inside of the gates with ink, either gold or some other dark color. I think they would look better than the white backing.



Thursday, September 21, 2017

Quilt Builder Christmas Card

Linda Vich Creates: Quilt Builder Christmas Card. Red, white and black create a dynamic quilt pattern using the Merry Music DSP on this Christmas card.
I have sewed only a few things in my lifetime–a blouse for home ec in grade 9, a dress for my wedding social, a dress for my daughter's first photo with Santa and some bibs.

Sewing is not something I truly enjoy possibly due to the way my mother tried to teach me how to lay out a pattern. Though I first learned to sew at school, in practicing my skills at home, my mother tried to get me to adopt her way of laying out a pattern on the fabric.

This method did not involve mimicking the pattern layout from the pattern itself. Instead, it involved folding the fabric in several different ways to find the most economical use of the material so as to end up with fabric left over for some future project. I simply could not wrap my brain around this method and it left me totally frustrated with the sewing process and I hadn't even got to the sewing machine yet!

Regardless, I have an appreciation for those who possess sewing skills and who can work wonders with a length of fabric, my daughter being one of those people! One year, she was able to measure, design, and sew a tuxedo for our dog, Brandy, to wear on Christmas Eve!

I have an even greater appreciation for those who create magnificent works of art in the form of quilts. The new Quilt Builder Framelits allow non-sewers like me the chance to create quilted cards. With so many lovely DSP choices, how could quilting cards not be fun?

For my first quilted card, I chose some of the lovely black paper in the Merry Music Specialty DSP as well as a red gingham paper from the Quilted Christmas pack as well as Basic Black and Whisper White card stock. Using the star dies from the Quilt Builder Framelits, I used the two dies together to cut the black outline of the star.

Using a method from Klompen Stampers I placed the outline on a piece of Press and Seal paper. I then cut the inside star shape three times using the Whisper White and the two DSP choices. After choosing the appropriate pieces from each, I filled in the quilt, sticking the pieces to the Press and Seal paper.

Once the quilted star was complete, I folded the Press and Seal over the design and turned the piece over. After carefully peeling back the Press and Seal, I applied glue to the back of the star piece and then lifted the star piece and adhered it to a Basic Black square of card stock.

After die cutting a Basic Black stitched square, I layered and then adhered the star design with the black square turned 45 degrees, using Dimensionals. I adhered a matte of the Merry Music DSP to a Real Red 5 x 5" card base and then added the quilted layers using Dimensionals. Because the card front was so busy with all the patterned DSP, I left the sentiment for inside the card.

I used a stamp from the Quilted Christmas stamp set to stamp with Basic Black on Whisper White and then die cut it with the matching die. I also cut an outline of the shape using Basic Black. These shapes were layered together and placed on top of the star piece. A Clear Faceted Gem was colored with a red Sharpie and adhered in the middle. To complete the card front, a length of the 1/8" Real Red Ribbon was wound around the card and tied with a bow.

A Whisper White matte for the inside was stamped with a sentiment from the Snowflake Sentiments stamp set using Real Red. A matching shape with a stitched outline was also stamped. Basic Black on a Sponge Dauber gave a fine inked line around the matte.

Linda Vich Creates: Quilt Builder Christmas Card. Red, white and black create a dynamic quilt pattern using the Merry Music DSP on this Christmas card.

Linda Vich Creates: Quilt Builder Christmas Card. Red, white and black create a dynamic quilt pattern using the Merry Music DSP on this Christmas card.

Linda Vich Creates: Quilt Builder Christmas Card. Red, white and black create a dynamic quilt pattern using the Merry Music DSP on this Christmas card.

I know I'll be playing with the Quilt Builders agains soon–so many possibilities, and not just for Christmas!





Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Colorful Seasons Birthday

Linda Vich Creates: Colorful Seasons Birthday. Heat embossed copper leaves peak from beneath a dry embossed wood plank matte, topped with a square of Wood Textures DSP that is embellished with die cut leaves.
The card share I have for you today was CASEd from a card by Natalie Lapakko. I liked her use of the Wood Textures DSP with the ornate leaf die cut from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits. However, I find it very hard to make a truly clean and simple card!

To begin with, I cut a 5 x 7" card base from Soft Suede. Using Versamark, I stamped the detailed leaf from the Colorful Seasons stamp set around the edges of the card front and then heat embossed them with Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder.

I then cut a Dapper Denim matte and dry embossed it using the Pinewood Planks Dynamic Embossing Folder after first spritzing it with water. A square of both Soft Suede and the Wood Textures DSP was cut and the two adhered together using liquid adhesive. A Soft Suede marker was used to edge the complete piece so that the white edges from the DSP did not distract from the beauty of the card.

Using the dies from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits, I die cut a leaf from Watercolor Paper and the detailed leaf from Copper Foil. Using sponges, I added color to the watercolor paper leaf.

The sentiment from the That's The Tag stamp set was stamped on Very Vanilla using Dapper Denim and then punched with the Everyday Label Punch. I used the now retired Paper Piercing Pack Essentials along with my Piercing Mat and Piercing Tool to line up and pierce two holes in the tag which I then punched with the 1/8" Circle Punch.

Linda Vich Creates: Colorful Seasons Birthday. Heat embossed copper leaves peak from beneath a dry embossed wood plank matte, topped with a square of Wood Textures DSP that is embellished with die cut leaves.
Photo shows the Paper Piercing Pack Essentials
being used to pierce holes symmetrically in the tag.

Linda Vich Creates: Colorful Seasons Birthday. Heat embossed copper leaves peak from beneath a dry embossed wood plank matte, topped with a square of Wood Textures DSP that is embellished with die cut leaves.
The pierced holes were used as a guideline for
punching holes with the 1/8" Circle Punch.

Dapper Denim and Soft Suede were sponged around the tag and then I used Linen Thread to attach the tag and taped the ends on the back of the Dapper Denim matte. The wood matte was attached to the top of the matte using Dimensionals with the colored leaf also being attached with Dimensionals and the copper leaf with glue dots. The Dapper Denim matte was then adhered to the card front using Dimensionals.

For inside the card, the ornate leaf was stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with copper on Very Vanilla. Dapper Denim was sponged around the edges before the matte was adhered inside to complete the card.

Linda Vich Creates: Colorful Seasons Birthday. Heat embossed copper leaves peak from beneath a dry embossed wood plank matte, topped with a square of Wood Textures DSP that is embellished with die cut leaves.

Linda Vich Creates: Colorful Seasons Birthday. Heat embossed copper leaves peak from beneath a dry embossed wood plank matte, topped with a square of Wood Textures DSP that is embellished with die cut leaves.

Linda Vich Creates: Colorful Seasons Birthday. Heat embossed copper leaves peak from beneath a dry embossed wood plank matte, topped with a square of Wood Textures DSP that is embellished with die cut leaves.

I really like the look of the Dapper Denim with the wood and the copper foil!



Monday, September 4, 2017

Pearly Gates Sympathy Card

Linda Vich Creates: Pearly Gates Sympathy Card. The Detailed Gate Thinlits are used as the gates to Heaven in this sympathy card.
It's a terrible thing to lose your mojo. Even though I wanted to craft and I loved looking at crafting ideas but actually sitting down and crafting myself just didn't seem to be in the cards (pun intended) for me.

This summer has been productive in other ways but not so much for card making. However, I was in need of a sympathy card and there was no way I was going to buy a card so I sat myself down and made one! My card is CASEd from a card by Janet Wakeland.

I began my card by cutting a piece of Watercolor Paper to 4.25 x 5.5". I used the clouds from the Up & Away Thinlits to die cut cloud templates from Thick Whisper White. Using the templates alternately, I sponged Soft Sky onto the watercolor paper to create a cloud-filled sky.

Next, I die cut Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper using the Detailed Gates Thinlits. To make this easier, I first removed the protective covering layer from the back of the sheet of glimmer paper. I then used the dryer sheet method for die cutting using my Magnetic Platform.

Because I wanted to adhere the gates to the sky panel, I scored each side of the gates at about 1/4" from the edge. Finally, I used my Stampin' Trimmer to slice down the middle of the gates so that they would open.

On a strip of Vellum, I stamped the sentiment from the Rose Wonder stamp set and heat embossed with Silver Stampin' Emboss Powder. I wrapped the sky panel with the vellum strip, folding it crisply at each edge, and then taped it to the back of the panel.

I then used liquid adhesive to adhere the gates to each side of the panel. The panel was then adhered to a Soft Sky card base using Fast Fuse adhesive.

I heat embossed the inside sentiment on a Whisper White matte and then sponged the edges with Soft Sky before adhering it inside the card.

To finish the card, I die cut a dove from Thick Whisper White using a die set from Impression Obsession. I used Mini Dimensionals to adhere the bird to the front of the card.


Linda Vich Creates: Pearly Gates Sympathy Card. The Detailed Gate Thinlits are used as the gates to Heaven in this sympathy card.

Linda Vich Creates: Pearly Gates Sympathy Card. The Detailed Gate Thinlits are used as the gates to Heaven in this sympathy card.

Linda Vich Creates: Pearly Gates Sympathy Card. The Detailed Gate Thinlits are used as the gates to Heaven in this sympathy card.

Linda Vich Creates: Pearly Gates Sympathy Card. The Detailed Gate Thinlits are used as the gates to Heaven in this sympathy card.


If I made this card again, I would die cut one gate from the Glimmer paper and one from Whisper White and adhere them together. This would prevent the gate from curling at the top. Other than that, I am pleased with how my card turned out!

Hopefully, this is the kick start that I need for my mojo!



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!




Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Magical Mermaid Birthday

Linda Vich Creates: Magical Mermaid Birthday. A sparkly, tropical underwater scene is created with both the Magical Mermaid and Seaside Shore stamp sets.
The card share I have for you today is a card I have been working on for a few days, getting it just the way that I wanted it. I used a 5 x 7" card size so I would have lots of room for my deep sea scene. I have had so much fun stamping, coloring, and blending!

I started with a piece of Watercolor Paper and I sponged the bottom with Sahara Sand. I a stamp from the Magical Mermaid to stamp over this to create the sandy bottom.

After heat setting this, I stamped seaweed from the Magical Mermaid stamp set using Pear Pizzazz. I used several different Stampin' Write Markers to color these and then heat set them. I sponged a little more Sahara Sand over the bottom of the plants to "ground" them.

I used the MISTI to repeatedly stamp the mermaid after coloring portions of the stamp with a variety of markers. A Blender Pen was then used to fill in the scales and the other parts of the mermaid before heat setting again. Finally, I stamped over the mermaid using Versamark and heat embossed it with Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder.

Next, I used a sponge to apply Pool Party, Bermuda Bay and Island Indigo from the top to the bottom of the matte. I used some Clear Wink of Stella on the mermaid's tail and to highlight her hair.

Using the plant from the Seaside Shore stamp set, I stamped it twice on Watercolor Paper using Garden Green and then colored them in with markers and the Blender Pen, finishing by fussy cutting them. A Garden Green marker was used to ink the edges of the plant so no white was visible.

The two angel fish were also stamped on Watercolor Paper but with Jet Black Stazon. After heat setting, they were colored with a Lemon Lime Twist marker and fussy cut. After applying a coat of Clear Wink of Stella to the colored parts of the fish, they were clear embossed two times to make them very glossy. The fussy cut plants were also clear embossed.

I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the anchor from the Seaside Shore stamp set, cutting four separate anchors. Liquid adhesive was used to glue these together.

To make the anchor look rusty, I started by stamping parts of the anchor with Delicata Gold ink and then heat embossing slightly with Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder. I repeated by stamping and embossing with Versamark and using Copper, Gold and Clear Embossing Powders and also by distressing it with some Jet Black Stazon ink.

Of course, the anchor had to have a chain to lower it into the ocean so I cut a length of silver chain and gave it a faux rust effect by applying Inka Gold in Copper, Old Gold and Graphite colors. The top of the chain and the anchor was adhered to the matte using Glue Dots. Seaweed was adhered over the anchor and to the side of it using both Glue Dots and Mini Dimensionals.

The sentiment was stamped with Basic Black on Cajun Craze and then die cut using the #2 circle from the Stitched Shapes Framelits. A matte was die cut using the #4 scalloped circle from the Layering Circle Framelits. After adhering them together with liquid adhesive, Foam Adhesive Strips were used to adhere it over the top of the anchor's chain.

The angel fish were adhered to the matte using Dimensionals and then liquid adhesive was used to add Dazzling Diamonds selectively to the mermaid's headband and to her tail. Clear sequins were used as bubbles and other sequins were used to add a bit more glitz to this under the sea scene. The matte edges were sponged with Cajun Craze before adhering to a Cajun Craze card front using Dimensionals.

A second Watercolor matte was cut for inside the card. The tail of the mermaid was stamped in Bermuda Bay and seaweed was stamped repeatedly using various colors of green ink–Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Garden Green and Lemon Lime Twist. A sponge was used to ink the edges of the matte with Lemon Lime Twist and then the matte was adhered inside the card to complete it.

Linda Vich Creates: Magical Mermaid Birthday. A sparkly, tropical underwater scene is created with both the Magical Mermaid and Seaside Shore stamp sets.
Linda Vich Creates: Magical Mermaid Birthday. A sparkly, tropical underwater scene is created with both the Magical Mermaid and Seaside Shore stamp sets.

Linda Vich Creates: Magical Mermaid Birthday. A sparkly, tropical underwater scene is created with both the Magical Mermaid and Seaside Shore stamp sets.

Linda Vich Creates: Magical Mermaid Birthday. A sparkly, tropical underwater scene is created with both the Magical Mermaid and Seaside Shore stamp sets.


I'm so pleased with how this turned out! I plan to give it to my sister-in-law for her birthday when we go to visit in July and August.