Use It Tuesday - Iced Crystal Technique


Today's Use It Tuesday uses items you may already have in your home. Don't you love when that happens?

This Iced Crystal technique was originally shared with me by Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kim Bolzenthal. The technique is easy yet creates an interesting result suitable for any season and project. Let me show you how it's done:


Epsom Salt
Boiling Water
Paint Brush
Glass Measuring Cup or Bowl
Card Stock

Step One:
Mix equal parts Epsom Salt and Boiling water. (I used 1/2 cup of each.) Stir until the Epsom salt is dissolved.

Step Two:
Paint the mixture onto card stock using long strokes. Drain off any extra. Tip: Once it starts to set, do not go back and brush more on or you will destroy the crystal effect.

Step Three:
Set aside and allow it to dry. And as I said to my son, try not to "mess" with it.

Basic Black and Pumpkin Pie card stock
And here's a close-up so you can see the shine and crystal-like texture!


  • Once completely dry, you can cut the card stock down to size. You can also use it with a steel-rule die like our Framelits.
  • I painted the card stock you see above and there was PLENTY left over. You may want to try less; just remember to use equal amounts water and salt.
  • I kept the remainder of the mixture in a closed Rubbermaid container (shown above). Three days later, I painted more card stock and received the same results as the original batch.
  • Kim mentioned that it could take a while to dry or you can use a fan or heat tool to speed it along. I placed my card stock in the flow of the A/C and was able to use it about an hour later.
If you missed the samples from last week, you can either scroll down or click on the following links:

Googlie Ghouls 1 (Mummy)

Googlie Ghouls 2 (Witch)

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Unscripted Sketches 169 Googly Ghouls


Another week just flew by. Wow, do they move quick!

The good news is that it's Saturday now, so along with a leisurely cup of coffee it's time to enjoy a new sketch from Unscripted Sketches. This is another one that could easily be used as a scrapbook page. And, as a matter of fact, you will find scrap along with card samples on the Unscripted sketches site.

Project Notes:

  • Our Pearl Basic Jewels include small, medium and large pearls along with 3 lines of small pearls. The spider's thread was made with a small portion of one line.
  • The two black dots on the tag are two of the large Pearls colored with a Black Sharpie.
  • Our little witch was heat embossed using Black Embossing Powder.
  • The orange frame was created using a technique I will share with you on Tuesday. Nope. No clues today. And, no, I'm not a meanie.

Product Supply details:
Stamps: Googly Ghouls (128063), Holiday Best (retired)
Colors: Tangerine Tango, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Howlstooth & Scaringbone Designer Series Paper (126906)

Embellishments: Googlies (127539), Pearl Basic Jewels (119247), Black Embossing Powder (109133)
Tools: Big Shot (113439), Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (118309), Paper Snips (103579), Sponge Daubers (102892), Heat Tool (129053)
Non Stampin' Up!: Black Sharpie marker, Spellbinders Grommet Tags, Classic Scallop Squares Lg
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Stampin' Up! Googly Ghouls with Googlie eyes


It's only July and I'm already thinking about Halloween. I can't help it. My Club Hostess Dyanne saw the new Googly Ghouls stamp set (due out August 1) and asked if we could use it. My 11 year old saw it and insisted we need to have it. I didn't say no. And then I remembered a fun technique shared by Kim Bolzenthal and I knew this was a winning combination, sure to please our entire group. And my son. ;)

Project Details:

  • The crinkly shiny background was created with Kim's technique. No spoilers today, but I invite you to check back on Tuesday for a tutorial.
  • The mummy was stamped with Stazon Black and trimmed using detail scissors.
  • The self-adhesive Gogglie eyeball is sized to coordinate perfectly with all images in this set; simply peel and stick.
  • Two Mini Silver Brads give the o's in BOO eyes of their own.

I hope the ladies enjoy the technique and card today. If you would like to see another card using this technique and stamp set, be sure to visit again tomorrow. I've created another card using three other images from this set along with a Tangerine Tango version of the technique. See you then!

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Product Supply details:
Stamps: Googly Ghouls
Colors: Basic Black, Tangerine Tango, Basic Gray and Very Vanilla; Howlstooth & Scaringbone Designer Series Paper (126906)

Embellishments: Googlies (127539), Silver Mini Brads (122941)
Tools: Big Shot (113439), Apothecary Framelits (127003), Small Oval punch (120908), 1 1/4" circle (119861), Paper Piercing Tool (126189)
plus two special ingredients for the technique...

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Stampin' Up! Perfectly Preserved Bundle Preview


A few of my family members and friends enjoy gardening and canning. I have a brown thumb, no green to it all, so I am especially grateful when they share their bounty!  While in Georgia earlier this month, my parents and brother shared relish made from fresh jalapenos, garden tomatoes (including a heirloom tomato that could pass as a small pumpkin), herbs and cucumbers the size of my arm. What can I say... my brother admitted his generosity with the garden fertilizer. Now you know that Miracle Grow's claims are valid!

In our Holiday catalog (due out August 1st), Stampin' Up! has included a fun stamp set complete with canning jar and 13 other images to fill and/or decorate the jar. Perfectly Preserved is also offered with a coordinating Framelit set that will cut out most of the images within the set! I will show you some of the other images another day, but today I wanted to share a summer card that uses the jar a little differently.

Project Notes:
  • The bees are from a retired stamp set called Farm Fever
  • The jar and the flowers are just two of the images from Perfectly Preserved; they were easily cut out using the coordinating framelit.
  • The bees' wings and the center of the flowers were touched up with a bit of Dazzling Details for sparkle. 
  • The background was embossed using our Woodgrain Folder (also offered in the Holiday catalog). 
Please let me know if you would like a copy of the Holiday Mini catalog. (No demonstrators please.)

One last note. Looking for other retired stamps? Visit my For Sale page for discounted stamps and Big Shot dies. Thanks for stopping by!

Product Supply details:
Stamps: Perfectly Preserved (Clear Mount #126692), Farm Fever (Retired)
Colors: Crumb Cake , Basic Black, Whisper White, Primrose Petals*, Raspberry Ripple*

Embellishments: Linen Thread (104199), Dazzling Details (124117)
Tools: Big Shot (113439), Framelits Cannery Set (127822), Woodgrain Embossing Folder (127821)
* In Color Collection 2012-2014

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Stampin' Up! Life Shared Unscripted Sketches 168


Sketch time! Unscripted Sketches has another sketch for us as well as an additional challenge to include an animal on your project. You have all week to play along with us. Any style is welcome and, just so you know, a variety of styles and ideas are shared each week. We would love to see what you like to create!

Speaking of playing along, this stamped image Life Shared reminds me of playing outside as a kid. (No animals for the additional challenge; despite my brother's many attempts to bring home strays, my mother always found a new home for them!) Now if there was just a stamp of kids climbing a tree...

If Stampin' Up! ever decides to draw images from the 80s, they need to include one with permed hair. That would certainly call forth some memories. Will that smell EVER leave my memory? :)

By the way, if you participated in the Non-convention goers swap at Stampin' Addicts, this was the card I made for my group. It's clean and simple, designed with workshops in mind. Enjoy!

Product Supply details:
Stamps: Life Shared, Tiny Tags
Colors: Soft Suede, Very Vanilla; kids clothing includes Baja Breeze, Summer Starfruit and Cajun Craze. All colors were chosen to coordinate with the Comfort Cafe Designer Series Paper.

Tools: 2 -1/2" and 1 3/8" circle punches, Tiny Tags punch
Embellishments: Vintage Trinkets, Victoria Lace Trim

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Circle Circus Season to Smile


It's Friday and a fun day for stamping! In class today we will be working with a classic layout and some fun colors. Both of the cards shown here are quick and easy to make. So quick and easy that we are making both, when this 1 hour class is designed to make just one! (Gotta have time to chat with the ladies!)

If you live in the Melbourne, Fl area and would like to join us, contact me to be added to the class mailing list. (You will only receive notices about the classes - nothing more.)

Blue card based on designs by: Karen Dunbrook and Paula (scrapshappen)
Product Supply details:
Stamps: Circle Circus, Reason To Smile (July 2012 promotion set)
Colors: 2011-2013 In Colors. card one - Island Indigo with More Mustard; card two - Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Baja Breeze
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Unscripted Sketches - I'm in the spotlight!


Christmas in July Bingo: Silent Night, Sleigh Ride, The Little Drummer Boy, Mr. Grinch

Inspiration for my blog name. Wouldn't it be
nice if housework disappeared in December?
A few months ago, I was honored to accept a post on the Design Team of Unscripted Sketches. This month, along with our sketch challenges each Saturday, we are sharing a series called Christmas in July. This fun event features prizes as well as spotlight days. Spotlight days introduce you to our Designers, one at a time. (You will find links to all DT members in the right column of my blog as well as the end of this post.)

While in the spotlight we get to share some things about ourselves by answering three questions. (We get to choose from a list - thank goodness.) Well, today is my "spotlight day". It feels a little bit like confession, but I admit that some of this will NOT be a surprise to friends. ;)

What Disney character are you most like and why? 
Living an hour away from Disney World made this question a must!
I am most like Goofy. I act goofy (silly) at times; but, I also try to be a good parent and try to persevere even when I am making a mess of things. (Remember Goofy going fishing? Yup, that's me.)

Name one thing that turns your stomach.
Cleaning my tongue when I brush my teeth. I want to gag every time - blech! Interesting that the mere thought of skydiving causes the same effect...

If you could learn how to do three things just by wishing and not by working what would they be?
Play the Piano (Geri and I could duet!)
Listen more, talk less. (I've been working on this one for ages!)
Exercise on a regular basis. Yoga and Running are my top choices. This would likely be mastered before the talking one!

Also in the spirit of Christmas, how about a few cards to get us in the spirit? I might even get around to mailing mine this year.

Thank you for stopping by today. Be sure to visit the Unscripted Sketches website to participate in our challenges. Don't forget to check out all we have to offer during Christmas in July!

Visit our Design Team Members

Alicia Arielle Billie CherylAnn Debbie Geri Jane Jessica Laura Michele Nicole Patrice Steph C Stephanie G. Stephanie S Susan Tracey

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Unscripted Sketches challenge 167


Hi all!
Here's the latest sketch challenge at
Unscripted Sketches!
Looks like a good one for a scrapbook page, doesn't it?

Be sure to check out the project samples and ideas posted on the Unscripted Sketches site. You will also get additional info for the Christmas in July promotion. Don't miss it!

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Stampin' Up! Basic Black and Foam pads update


Basic Black Stampin' Pad
We are working on an issue with the Basic Black Classic Stampin' Pad (item 126980). We have discovered that the ink smears when stamped on Whisper White and Very Vanilla Card Stock; however, it still works on the other colors of card stock. We are testing both the ink and card stock. At this time, we do not know when this issue will be resolved and recommend using the Jet Black StazOn Ink Pad (item 101406) on Whisper White and Very Vanilla Card Stock. We are working on this daily and will let you know when we have more information.

Ink Refills
When you use the firm foam pads you get a more solid and crisp image. The firm foam pads hold less ink and release more onto your stamp which means you will need to refill the pad more frequently.

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Unscripted Sketches 166 Just Believe


Happy Weekend!

Saturday means it is time to play with a new sketch at Unscripted Sketches. This sketch is straight forward; well... at least it was until I started playing around with it. The good news is that sketches are a starting point. So play around with it until YOU like it!

If you are not in need of a sympathy card, this one would also work for a general hello, get well or birthday card. Looking at it on the screen, I think it would be fun to replace the green layer with a seed packet. Then you could use an image of the flower (or plant) to coordinate with the seeds. Wouldn't that be fun?

--> See more samples at Unscripted Sketches <--

Product Supply details:
Stamps: Just Believe, Teeny Tiny Wishes, French Foliage
Colors: Soft Suede, Summer Starfruit, Gumball Green, Whisper White

Comfort Cafe Designer Series Paper
Tools: Big Shot, Labels Collection Framelits, Bitty Banners Framelits
Embellishment: Jewels Basic Pearls
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