Scrappy Strip Technique

Hello stampers and happy Wednesday to you. Today I am sharing a scrappy strip techqnique. I’m quite sure that this technique was pioneered by Bruno Bertucci from Australia. His card totally captured my heart so I cased it. Bruno’s card is also the one that made me fall in love even more with the Desert Details stamp set. My Tuesday Stories and Stamps YouTube video featured this card and I will share it in this blog post as well.


Scrappy Trip Technique Card with Desert Details


Scrappy Strip technique using Desert Details suite from Stampin'Up!


Taking the Party Inside


I especially love the look of the inside of the card. You use the same technique as for the outside of the card except you have the strips going the long way down the cardstock base. See the photo below. After you have covered your cardstock piece, turn it 90 degrees and cut into half inch strips. Just beautiful!!


Scrappy strip tip for the inside of your card.


The sentiment was stamped in Versamark on a strip of Crumb Cake cardstock and embossed in white. The big flower was stamped in Cajun Craze and it looks great either stamped on Crumb Cake cardstock or Very Vanilla.


Video Tutorial for Scrappy Strip Technique





Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope that you try this technique for yourself. Today is February 1 so that means one more month of saleabration. Is this Desert Details stamp now on your wish list?

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Hot Chocolate or Coffee?

Hello stampers and happy Friday to you! I am a hot drink lover, what about you? Today is about hot chocolate and coffee, but mostly about the whipping cream!! I made this fun card using the Nothing’s Better Than stamp set as well as the Cup of Tea bundle.


Hot Chocolate or Coffee?


There are two things that I really love about this card. The first is that I made a red polka dot cup and that is is a lot bigger than the tea cup die. Watch my video tutorial to see how I did that! The second thing is that I used our Snowfall Accents Puff Paint to make not only the whipped cream on the hot chocolate but also the steam from the coffee cup. It was such fun to play!


Snowfall Accents Puff Paint, Nothing's Better Than Bundle and Cup of Tea Bundle are used to make this fun card.


Be sure to take a close look at this card and comment below if you can spot the one mistake!! Not sure how I messed up? Look at the photo below where I have corrected my mistake. The people who comment and guess correctly will be in a draw to get this card in the mail.


Snowfall Accents Puff Paint, Nothing's Better Than Bundle and Cup of Tea Bundle are used to make this fun card.



Snowfall Accents Puff Paint, Nothing's Better Than Bundle and Cup of Tea Bundle are used to make this fun card.


Video Tutorial


In this video tutorial you will also see how I used paper piecing to make the cute cups. White craft ink and a sponge dauber were used to make the embossed cup a little more vintage. What do you think?



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Blown Alcohol Technique

Hello stampers and happy Monday to you.  Today I have a fun technique with you that I call Blown Alcohol technique. I did something similar this summer but it was WAY more complicated. You can see that post here.

I was reminded of this technique by my European team leader Michelle Last and you can see her blog post here.

Thankfully I have also made a video for you to see how it is done. I also show you how NOT to do it and what happens when you mess up. Always fun to see someone else’s mistakes isn’t it?


Blown Alcohol Technique Cards


To do this technique successfully you need vellum cardstock, 90% or above isopropyl alcohol (you might just know it as rubbing alcohol in North America) and Blends markers. It is helpful to have a stampin’ spritzer as well as these little bottles from Amazon.


Blown Alcohol Cards with cardstock vellum, Blends and isopropyl alcohol


Here’s a close-up of the cards so you can see the detail:


Blown Alcohol Cards with cardstock vellum, Blends and isopropyl alcohol


Blown Alcohol Cards with cardstock vellum, Blends and isopropyl alcohol


Little Tip


What makes the blown alcohol focal point so vibrant is the use of adhesive sheets. When the blown alcohol technique is complete you put the entire sheet of vellum onto an adhesive sheet and then you can adhere it to a sheet of basic white cardstock. Use your layering circles dies to cut out circles and stamp your sentiment in versamark and emboss in gold. Remove the adhesive backing and add to your card front. Accessorize with die cuts, flat jingle bells or stamped and die cut pine cones.


Video Tutorial


Here is a video tutorial that I made. It is in typical Jackie fashion with some trial and error but I think it will make you feel totally at home. My wish is that when you watch my video you will be empowered to give it a try yourself. I used the following Blends colours:  Soft Succulent, Old Olive, Just Jade and Evening Evergreen. Just Jade has been retired so if you don’t already have it you could try and substitute with a different shade of green.





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Torn Paper Strip Peekaboo Card

Hello stampers and happy Monday to you. Today I am featuring a Torn Paper Strip peekaboo card. Sadly the patterned paper that I used for these cards is no longer available. I would say that the lesson in this is to get what you really want when you see it. That is not always economically feasible but do let me know as I will always try to help you out as much as I can!


Torn Paper Strip Peekaboo Card


The premise behind this card style is to do a controlled tear in the panel on the front of your card to expose some pretty patterned paper tucked in behind. If you don’t have this pretty paper you could also create a stamped scene. I have made a video tutorial so you can see exactly how it is done. The only drawback with this card is that it is not really easy to mail. This one should be given in person!!



Torn Paper Strips Peekaboo cards


Do you see the difference in the two cards? The main difference is that I sponged the edges of the torn strip on the card on the left with soft suede ink. There is also a larger margin showing on this card (1/4″ instead of 1/8″) The card on the right has some ink spatters from the Deep shade of Blends.


Take the Party Inside


I finished off the inside of the card using the Grassy Grove bundle. Sponge daubers were used to add some garden green ink to the image that was stamped in soft suede. I’m really happy with how that turned out. If you want to see more cards made using this Grassy Grove bundle, check out my older blog post here.



Grassy Grove bundle from Stampin'Up! used for the inside of these Torn Paper Strip cards


Video Tutorial


If you are like me, it is so nice to actually see a technique in action. Here you go!! I hope you enjoy it and that you also subscribe to my channel on YouTube. Don’t forget the thumbs up!! Thanks so much. I hope that you know how much of a difference you can make to my business, even if you can’t purchase Stampin’Up! supplies from me. Simply by sharing my work you help me reach a broader audience.





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Chay Wright Does Magic with Blends and Alcohol

Hello stampers and happy Friday to you. As promised here is the second half of the cards that I have gathered from the uber talented Chay Wright. These cards also use the Natural Tones Blends, but this time they are used to make flowers instead of humans!


Gorgeous Flowers with Blends and Alcohol


I finally have what I need to try and imitate this gorgeous technique. In the meantime, it is much easier to share Chay Wright’s amazing work. Be sure to subscribe to her channel on YouTube which you can find here.

I did an Blends and Alcohol card back in the fall and you can check out the video tutorial in this blog post.


Alcohol Roses with Natural Tones Blends


As Chay herself says, sometimes when you are trying to make alcohol roses, they don’t turn out exactly as you would like. Don’t throw those attempts out! You can use them to make a card just like the one below! The trick to making these roses is this little tool that you can buy on Amazon. I tried with a cheapie from the dollar store but the results were disastrous.


Alcohol Ink Hearts card by Chay Wright


Link To Chay’s Video Tutorial


Chay first did this Blends and Alcohol technique last summer. You can see her blog post with step by step instructions here. You can also find her on Instagram here.

Edited:  Chay just posted the video tutorial for these cards here. Enjoy!!



I think I will probably have to wait until I get to Holland before I can try this Blends and Alcohol technique. Life is busy at 81 Delaware with my kids and grandkids living with me temporarily. I wouldn’t trade it for anything, these are precious moments. There will always be time to stamp and play later. Now it’s oma time!!

I hope that you have fantastic success with this technique. Be sure to set your calendar on your phone to May 4 with a reminder that this suite will once again be available to purchase! Have a super day and happy stamping.

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Waves of the Ocean Suite

Hello stampers and happy Monday to you. Today I am sharing some Waves of the Ocean suite cards with you. I have been noticeably absent this past week, or at least I hope it was noticed! My oldest daughter and her family moved in with me temporarily until they get possession of their new house. I was in full mom and oma mode and it has been wonderful! Now it is a new week, March break is over, school has begun and so has their regular work routine. Let’s take a look at my Waves of the Ocean cards.


Waves of the Ocean Cards


For the month of March I have been doing a video tutorial each Tuesday on YouTube and Facebook at 10am EST. I pair this with something I call “Parcels in the Post”. This is a collection of cardstock, patterned paper, embellishments and ribbon that gives you enough to play with but doesn’t break the bank. If you want one, click here.

When you read this, I will still have two of these cards to share in my Tuesday tutorials. I hope that you will find me on YouTube and subscribe to my channel! It really is one of the best ways to see what I am doing quite literally.


Waves of the Ocean YouTube tutorial cards


Embossing on Blue Foils


Yes, you CAN emboss on our foil paper. You have to be careful to stop as soon as all the powder is “set”. If you “cook” it too long, then the foil will start to bubble or delaminate. Embossing in white on those gorgeous blues is really quite stunning. The wave image is really a gorgeous stamp.


Waves of the Ocean embossed in white on blue foils paper


Bejeweled Waves


Magic happens when you layer the stamped wave with the die cut waves. One wave is cut from our blue foils paper and the other is cut from our Supple Shimmer paper. The wave was stamped twice and spritzed to get this great effect. You can see it all in action in my video tutorials.


Bejeweled Waves of Inspiration


Masked Cloudy Skies


For this card I used the Basic Borders dies to make a mask which I then moved around after sponging on ink with my Blending Brushes. Both the wave and the pelican stamps were inked and spritzed to get a softer look.


Cloudy sky masking technique with Waves of the Ocean


Crazy Times!


I don’t quite know whether I am coming or going these days. My household has grown from one person to five people, including two littles and a dog! Last week was also March break which meant no school and no daycare, but it also meant lots of oma snuggles and precious memories. I pre-recorded some of the videos for these Waves of the Ocean cards, so some are already up on my YouTube channel and some will be going up in the next two weeks. Please follow me on YouTube and subscribe to my channel. Videos are going to be the main way that I connect with my stamping audience, all other things are secondary.


Just Until the end of the Month


Please be aware that a lot of the products in the Waves of the Ocean suite are only available until March 31. Only the stamp set and dies will carry over into the new annual catalog. The rhinestone waves gems are stunning and the patterned paper is beautiful too. It’s all fabulous!!


Thanks for joining me today, I hope you have a fabulous day. See you here on Wednesday again.




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