Wine Theme Framed Art

Wine Theme Framed Art

Today I am happy to share one of the 12 x 12 framed art pieces that I’ve been working on.  This wine themed art uses multiple stamp sets, embossing folders, techniques, die cutting and even some fussy cutting (with scissors).

I’m offering this as a class for local residents, but if you’re not in western Oregon and want your own, you can purchase it ready-made from my Etsy store here.

The predominant colors in this piece are Cajun Craze, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive and Crushed Curry.  The canvas frame is painted with Burnt Umber acrylic paint, and the large background paper is vanilla with metallic gold accents.

12 x 12 Framed Art Wine Theme, Stampin’ Up!, Tuscan grapes topiary

Over the next few days, I’ll be sharing my coffee theme and ocean theme framed art pieces, and if you don’t want to miss them, consider subscribing to my blog.  It’s fast & easy and you’ll never miss another post!

Thanks for stopping by today and may your glass always be half full!

Shaving Cream Technique

Message in A Bottle, Stampin Up, Shaving Cream Technique,

Shaving Cream Technique  (with a Spritz!)

One of my all time favorite techniques is the messy one where I get to play with shaving cream!  If you’ve never had this experience, well, you’ve missed out on some fun.  Let me show you how the shaving cream technique is done, in a fun new way.

You’ll notice the background on this card is a dreamy, swirly mix of blue and green & my intent was that it would look like shafts of light permeating through the ocean.

Let’s get messy!

Are you ready to see how it’s done?  Here we go!


Squirt a card-sized puddle of cheap white shaving cream into a pan or cookie sheet.


Smooth it out with a spatula, keeping as much depth as possible.


Add 5-7 drops of Pacific Point ink refill to a Stampin’ Spritzer and fill with water. Shake it up and spray it once or twice onto the shaving cream.

Now add 5-7 drops of Lemon Lime Twist ink refill to another Stampin’ Spritzer and fill with water. Spray it next to the Pacific Point from the previous step.


Use a butter knife or bone folder and make a zig zag pattern through the shaving cream, from the Pacific Point side to the Lemon Lime Twist. side. This will pull the two colors together.


Lay a 5″ x 3.75″ panel of Whisper White card stock onto the shaving cream and press it into the mixture until all areas of the panel have made contact.


Carefully lift the panel out and scrape off the shaving cream with a spatula. Set the panel aside to dry for a few minutes.

If you have more panels that you want to do, smooth out the remaining shaving cream, spritz again, zig zig again, and then proceed with your next panel.

I finished my card by stamping some foliage with Tranquil Tide ink and then layering in some torn Crumb Cake card stock, and finally tucking in a bottle full of “I love you’s”.

All of the products that I used are listed below and can be purchased from my Stampin’ Up store here or by clicking on any of the product thumbnails.

Message in a Bottle with Shaving Cream Background Technique,

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Triple Fold Technique and Tutorial with Coffee Cafe

Coffee Cafe Tri Fold Tutorial,

This Triple Fold technique is a fun way to use coordinating designer paper for a colorful “wow” factor. With just 3 score lines, it’s easy and fun to make. Let’s get started!

Triple Fold Tutorial,

Cut a Soft Suede panel measuring 12″ x 5 1/2″.

Score along the 12″ side at 1 3/4″, 4 3/4″ & 7 3/4″.
The first score line is a valley fold, then mountain, then valley. Your card base is now ready to be decorated!

Triple Fold Technique,

You will need three pieces of designer (printed) paper to decorate the card base. The measurements are:
Front section- 1 1/2″ x 5 1/4″
Middle section- 2 3/4″ x 5 1/4″
Back section- 1 1/2″ x 5 1/4″ and a white panel measuring 2 1/2″ x 5 1/4″. This white panel will be where you stamp your sentiment.

Coffee Cafe Triple Fold Tutorial,

The card will be held shut with a belly band, so you’ll need two pieces of paper measuring:
1 1/4″ x 11″ (card stock)
1″ x 11″ (designer paper)

Glue the 1″ strip onto the 1 1/4″ strip and then somewhat loosley wrap it around the card, overlapping the ends and gluing them together.

Coffee Cafe Triple Fold Tutorial,

Stamp the coffee cup pieces and assemble, gluing it to the belly band at the front of the card.

Slide the belly band off of the card and finish embellishing the inside of the card as desired.

Coffee Cafe Tri-Fold Tutorial,

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Gated Garden with This Little Piggy

Gated Garden with This Little Pig,

My UPS driver just delivered this beautiful Detailed Gate Thinlit Die from the Stampin’ Up 2017 Holiday Catalog and I couldn’t wait to play with it.  It is featured in the Halloween section of the catalog and has a spooky graveyard stamp set that coordinates with it, but as you can see here, it’s perfect for everyday uses!

I did find that it’s a bit fussy to cut out because it’s so intricate, so here’s what I did to get good results…run the die and card stock through the Big Shot two times and then rotate the die & card stock 45 degrees and run it through another two times.  Use the die brush to push out all the loose pieces and then your gate is ready for use.

My favorite trick for cutting with intricate dies…

Another trick for getting a good cut is to lay the cardstock and die on 4 to 6 layers of new dryer sheets (I use Unscented Bounce).  Run all of that through your Big Shot.  When you peel the card stock off of the dryer sheets, the negative pieces will stay on the dryer sheet.  The only “bad” part of using this method, is that the dryer sheets leave a film on the back side of the paper.  Not a problem if you’re gluing it down, but in this case, it’s not glued down.  I use this dryer sheet trick quite often for intricate framelits.  I’m not sure who to credit with this idea, but whoever it was, “thank you!!”.

The finished gate can be cut in half so that it opens in the middle, but for this card I kept it whole and just scored and folded the left side at 1/4″ to create a flap.  That flap then glues behind the front panel which measures 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″.  The right side of the gate was trimmed off to be flush with the right edge of the card.

Gated Garden with Bright Wishes and This Little Piggy,

I pulled stamps from several different sets to create this beautiful garden scene which is stamped on a white panel measuring 4” x 5 1/4”.  After masking in the background trees and coloring in the wishing well, I just couldn’t resist adding this cute little pig.  So all in all, four stamp sets were used and they’re shown below in the product list.

The greeting says “This little piggy…says, may all your wishes come true.”

Gated Garden with Bright Wishes and This Little Piggy

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you enjoyed my card!  If you’d like to order any of the products that were used, simply click on a product picture below and you’ll be taken to my Stampin’ Up store.

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