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Dark Damask Card


Wahoo it is Friday and today I am sharing a card that I have been holding onto for awhile. I didn’t really do it on purpose it was just one that sat in my studio, unfinished for awhile. Well,  no more here is it in all it’s glory; dark Damask.  I think that it is no secret that I adore damask in my card making and really in all things. I might actually use in every card if I wasn’t worried that you all might get bored with it. Dark Damask-1

Two of my favorite pieces of this card are; the iridescent violet embossing powder and the top garden rose which I watercolored. It just has a neat matte look to it and I really like the two different colors.

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I knew that I wanted to create a grey. black and purple card with a wallpaper feel to it. I started by stamping my background on a piece of grey cardstock knowing that I was going to cut it apart later. I stamped the black damask shape using VersaMark and heat embossing with Black Embossing Powder from Ranger.

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Then I began to layer up the background. I used Ornaments from BoBunny, Papillon from Stampers Anonymous, French Foliage and Gorgeous Grunge from Stampin’ Up, and Bella Brush from Fancy Pants Designs. I used a variety of inks; VersaMark, Hickory Smoke and Weathered Wood Distress Inks.  I allowed my background to dry overnight so I could stamp the flourish from the Pollen Dust set by Fancy Pants Designs on the left-hand side using VersaMark and the Violet Satin Pearl Embossing Powder. This powder is awesome and is very iridescent. I was glad the lighting was good when I photographed it. When I create a background like this I just keep working and adding things as I go along.

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I distress my edges using Broken China, Weathered Wood, Hickory Smoke and Black Soot Distress Inks. I then cut my background into somewhat equal strips and the distressed those edges with the Hickory Smoke and Black Soot. I then did a little physical distressing with my Edge Distresser. I really wanted my wallpaper to be peeling off.

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At this stage I went ahead and adhered my stamped panels to a piece of 7 1/4″x 5 1/4″ black cardstock. I then die cut the damask border using my Epic 6. This is a retired die from QuicKutz. I used black cardstock and used VersaMark and Black embossing Powder to give it the shiny finish.

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Next, I created the sentiment label. I cut out one shape in white cardstock and one in gray. I repeated my damask flourish shape; this time in Hickory Smoke. Once I allowed that to dry, I stamped my sentiment from Think Big Favorites #3 from Papertrey Ink using VersaMark and then heat emboss with my Ranger Black Embossing Powder. I added a little Black Soot Ink to my gray label and then adhered the newly stamped sentiment on top. I used foam tape to layer this over my damask die cut. I added two adhesive pearls from Kaiser to complete the label.

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Now on to my roses! I started with my gray rose. You can see my tutorial on this process here. These are created using the McGill Paper Blossoms punches and shaped with the McGill Tools.  I wanted something that was at least a little realistic so I did an internet search and found this page with grey roses. To create the two tone look I used watercolor paints on the petals before I shaped them.

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The large purple rose was created in the same way but instead of watercolor I used Wilted Violet Distress Ink on the edges. I also created the tiny light lavender flower using my McGill Punches.  These were assembled and adhered using hot glue.

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Whew – I think that is it. I am certain to have forgotten some step somewhere along the way but I really tried to remember everything.


Stamps: Ornaments – Bo Bunny, Papillon – Stampers Anonymous, French Foliage & Gorgeous Grunge – Stampin’ Up, Pollen Dust & Bella Brush – Fancy Pants Designs, Flourish/Damask Shape – Hampton Art, Think Big Favorite #3 – Papertrey Ink

Ink: VeraMark – Tsukineko, Tuxedo Black – Memento, Broken China, Black Soot, Weathered Wood & Hickory Smoke Distress Inks – Ranger

Dies: Damask Border – QuicKutz, Label 4 – Spellbinders

Other: Black Embossing Powder, Violet Satin Pearl Embossing Powder – My Sentiments Exactly!, Adhesive Pearls – Kaiser Scrapbook, Watercolors – Artists Loft

I hope that you are all enjoying today and have a wonderful weekend!



Barbie Inspired Birthday Card


As I mentioned we went to another birthday party last weekend and the theme was Barbie. The party even featured a visit from Barbie herself. I made card to complement the Barbie theme. I think that this Barbie Birthday Card has a cute vintage feel.


I did a little internet search and found a silhouette of Barbie that I traced in my Silhouette Software. The frame is a shape I purchase from the Silhouette Design Store here. I cut the head silhouette and frame out of glittery black cardstock. I was really surprised how well my Cameo cut through the glitter cardstock. Other then making a trail of glitter everywhere, it was really easy. Next I cut the center in white.

I cut the name out of pink cardstock using the font Dollie. You can download this font here. I used a DP from SEI for the background and glued all of my pieces together. Once I had the name adhered to the frame I added Stickles in Glam Pink.

Once everything was dry I added the Prima flower and pearl adhesive. I then added the pink gems from Hero Arts at the top. I apologize for not getting more photos of these but, as usual, I was running a tiny bit late and just barely had time to let the card dry before it headed out the door.


Paper: Glitter Black 12×12 – The Paper Company, Neenah Solar White, DP – SEI, Black – Recollections, Rose Red – Stamping’ Up

Other- Round Pink Gems – Hero Arts, Adhesive Pearl – Recollections, Glam Pink – Stickles, Paper Flower – Prima

I am hoping to get back to making more videos soon. There has just been so very much going on and they do take awhile. I have also been trying to decide the direction to take my blog and crafting in general. I would really love to have this blog support itself as I love what I do here and creating is a huge part of my life. So, you may see a few changes to the site in the months to come to help my little home on the web grow.

I have just past one year of blogging and I wrote 144 post in that first year and I thank each and everyone of you for visiting my page.


1920s Inspired Card


I have another card today that was inspired by Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. I am really feeling the 1920s owing to this fantastic show. You can see my previous card inspired by this time You’re Swell. This card was made with stamps from Waltzing Mouse Stamps. Seriously, this is such a fun set! I went with silver, red and black and I think that it turned out great. This sentiment would be good for a birthday, promotion or really any celebration.

Close-up of Champagne card. Stamps from Waltzing Mouse Stamps - created by Jennifer Miner
Close-up of Champagne card. Stamps from Waltzing Mouse Stamps – created by Jennifer Miner

I started this card by creating the background. I stamped the background stamp with Encore Ultimate Metallic Silver Ink. I then embossed the background with Sterling Silver Embossing Powder from Stampin’ Up. The metallic ink stays wet for awhile which gave me plenty of time to stamp the whole background first and then emboss the whole thing at once.


I then created my sentiment; I started by stamping the silver frame in the same way that I did the background. Next, I stamped the sentiment using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink in the center. I then added the red element below the sentiment by stamping with Versamark and Festive Berries Distress Ink. I do this is to give myself a little additional time to complete the embossing process and to have a close shade of red as my base so if the embossing powder coverage isn’t perfect you don’t see white through. All you have to do is ink up your stamp with Versamark and then load it up with your selected fast drying ink, then stamp. I used Zing! Glitter Embossing Powder in Red for this.

1920s Inspired Celebration Card.
1920s Inspired Celebration Card.

My next step was to create the red glitter background paper for the sentiment. I knew that I wanted red glitter but I didn’t have glitter paper on hand. So I decided to create my own. I started with a piece of cardstock cut to the size and then I rubbed/pounced my VersaMark ink pad directly on the edge of the paper. I then poured on my Red Glitter Embossing Powder, tapped off the excess and heat set with my heat gun. The Zing! powder gave great coverage and I only needed one coat of embossing powder. This also allowed me have perfectly coordinated colors on my card.

Stamps from WMS.
Stamps from WMS.

I mounted my silver background to a piece of black cardstock and then added my ribbon. Since the background was created in strips I had a tiny gap right in the center – which I covered with my ribbon. The sheer ribbon and silver glitter tape are from Michaels. I added my sentiment with Score Tape. At this point I felt like it was just missing something. I added the Lush! brads to pull it all together. This one is ready to go!

Embossing power and glitter embossing powder give this 1920s inspired card some real punch. Created by Jennifer Miner.
Embossing power and glitter embossing powder give this 1920s inspired card some real punch. Created by Jennifer Miner.


Stamps: Art Deco Background & Putting on the Ritz – Waltzing Mouse Stamps

Ink: VersaMark, Festive Berries Distress Ink – Ranger, Encore Ultimate Metallic Silver – Stampin’ Up

Embossing Powder: Sterling Silver Embossing Powder – Stampin’ Up & Red Glitter Zing! – American Crafts

Other: Lush! Brads – My Mind’s Eye, 5/8″ Red Sheer Ribbon – Michaels, Silver Glitter Tape – Michaels

Thank you for stopping by. Have a wonderful day!





Girly Graduation Pop-Up Box Card


Today’s card is my first attempt at a Pop-Up Box card. I am so happy with the card and it was well received. This was a graduation card for a simply wonderful young woman. This was much easier then I was thinking and I found myself wondering why I didn’t make these sooner. I have another similar box underway with the same paper. I have horded this stunning Bo-Bunny paper for ages. I am so glad to have found a project for it. As I was running a little late with the card, as in I had to let it dry on the way to the party, the photos are not the best but, you get the idea.

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I made the box base following the tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers and created the base using Basic Black 12×12 cardstock from Stampin’ Up. I then cut the 12×12 paper from Bo Bunny called Beau Jardin Blush for each panel. The DP panels are .25 smaller then the side so you get the layered look. There are two side of the paper and the dark side I used on the outer side and the light side was used on the inner panels. I mounted the inner panels to Rose Red cardstock from Stampin’ Up.

The accents were created using my Silhouette Cameo out of Basic Black and Rose Red cardstock. Each element is mounted on a piece of acetate using Zots. On the back panel I used Prima Flowers and stamped the sentiment from Mega Mixed Messages by Papertrey Ink.

Side View of the Pop-Up Box Card
Side View of the Pop-Up Box Card

I used a tiny envelope from Hero Arts to hold the cash and used a large Zot to adhere it to the front of the box. Normally I would add Stickles to each element, allow them to dry and then adhere them to the box but I was running late so I stuck everything down and very carefully added the various colors of Stickles. It actually worked out really well,  all things considered.

Pop-Up Box Card-4This card fit a 6×9 envelope which I naturally assumed I had in my “Envelope” drawer but I had nothing large enough. I ran down to our basement and dug through my wrapping supplies until I found a box of old Christmas cards. I found a set that was the same size and grabbed an envelope.


Paper: Basic Black & Rose Red – Stampin’ Up, DP – Beau Jardin Blush by Bo Bunny

Misc: Black Diamond, Crystal, Picket Fence & Fruit Punch – Stickles, Gems – Hero Arts & Be and my Big Idea, Flowers – Prima, Tiny Envelope – Hero Arts


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