Nov 26, 2022

New Darkroom Door Texture Stamps & Frame Stamps!


Hello friends!  I'm so excited today to be sharing some cards made with the brand new Darkroom Door stamps!  I really enjoyed working with these stamps and exploring how they relate to my current Darkroom Door collection and have found that they are really accentuate the current range.  First, I've used the fabulous new Herringbone Texture Stamp to make a bright and cheery birthday card.  

I used my stamp platform to ink the stamp repeatedly in a rainbow of Distress Inks, misting with water to let the colors blend together better.  I layered over a piece of grosgrain ribbon, which I pleated and zigzag stitched across the background.  I finished this card with a stamped sentiment from the Birthday Greetings stamp set and some glitter dots.  

For my next card I used the really wonderful Cheetah Texture Stamp.  My head is spinning with ideas for this stamp!  It's such a trendy pattern these days and I can't wait to explore this stamp more.  I embossed in gold onto blue card, then sponged the edges in blue and black to create a halo effect.  I carefully embossed portions of the Wild as the Sea stamp onto black and layered over some gold thread.  I finished with a few sequins.  

For my last card today, but not last with these stamps, I used the oh so beautiful new Snow Globe Frame Stamp to create a shaker card.  First, I made a background with Distress Oxides and the Snowflake Background Stamp.  I colored and cut the Snow Globe and traced the opening onto my snowflake panel, then cut slightly larger than the marking to create a second window.  I adhered these two together, then pulled out my Yuletide Greetings stamp set and my Staz-On pad and stamped a sheet of acetate to create the shaker window.  

I hope these projects have inspired you today and you'll take a look at the many fabulous new Darkroom Door stamps!  I'll be back soon with part two of this release.  Hugs, Autumn

Nov 22, 2022

New Darkroom Door Frame and Sentiment Stamps!

Hi everyone!  I'm thrilled to be back with part two for the new Darkroom Door stamp release.  If you missed my first post, please visit HERE.  My first card features the new Notepaper Frame Stamp.  I am so in love with this stamp and can't wait to use it in my bullet journal!  But first, I wanted to make an encouragement card.  Now, this Notepaper stamp will work perfectly with the existing range of Quote Stamps, but sometimes you just want to go your own way...

I did!  So I pulled out my Alphabet Medley stamp set and created the letters for this message.  I fussy cut and mounted them onto the Notepaper stamp, so that I could maneuver the placement better than direct stamping.  I also like the bonus dimension.  I stamped a coordinating stem from the You Are Everything stamp set and layered over an embossed background, made using the Spanish Tiles background stamp and Ranger's Vintage Pearl embossing powder (I love this beautiful off white EP!).  I'm so pleased with this card and hope you like it too and can relate to the message!


For the past five years, I've really enjoyed getting into some good novels.  I was really excited that Rachel added the new Reading Sentiment Stamp to the collection!  For my first project with this stamp, I wanted to make myself some new bookmarks, I mean the stamp is perfectly suited for them!  My next project will be to use this stamp with my 2022 reading log in my bullet journal, so stay tuned!  I created a watercolor effect for my backgrounds with the Floral Background stamp, using my stamp platform and Distress Inks.  I lifted some of the ink off from the first impression, then misted with more water to create this effect.  I stamped the Reading stamp over the background to make two bookmarks.  

My final card features the Envelope Note Frame Stamp.  It's another stamp that you will see soon in my bullet journal pages on my @letterpaperpen Instagram account.  I stamped the Envelope in Distress Inks in Gathered Twigs, then used a water brush to pull out some of the ink around the envelope only.  I stamped the sentiment from the Birthday Greetings stamp set into the letter.  

I used the Global Postmarks stamp set to repeatedly stamp the background to make my own "patterned paper."  I added the "first class" label and the fountain pen from the Vintage Office stamp set and finished by impressing one of the Global Postmarks stamps into hot red sealing wax.  I added gold Rub & Buff over the seal.  If you're tempted to try this, just make sure to let the wax completely cool before trying to lift your stamp, so the foam backing isn't too hot and pulls away.  I'm really excited about using my stamps in hot wax now!  I hope these projects have given you some ideas and you'll take a moment to check out the entire new Darkroom Door stamp collection.  Hugs, Autumn

Nov 21, 2022

Graphic 45 Let it Snow Fancy Fold Christmas Cards


Hi everyone!  I'm excited to share with you today a load of cards my mom and I made together last year using the oh so gorgeous Graphic 45 Let it Snow paper collection.  We usually make Christmas cards after Christmas and into January each year because of time off of work and winter setting the cardmaking mojo into full force.  But it seemed strange to share them, so I waited...  I just saw this collection on sale on the G45 website, so I wanted to share so you could take advantage of the half price deal HERE.  If they sell out, maybe you can get some single sheets using the link below from  

Up first, this fancy fold card was really fun to make using the rectangular focal images found in the paper pad.  I layered with some fussy cut poinsettias and some of the text strip.  The icicles were hand cut, but easy to do. 


We didn't buy any of the embellishment packs, only the 12x12 paper and tried to maximize it to the fullest.  I added some die cuts, these snowflakes are by Tim Holtz. 

Of course that meant lots of fussy cutting!  Some stickles add a shine to the snow. 

I tried to make most of the cards mailable, but couldn't resist some 3D poinsettias here and there. 

This trifold card was really fun to make.  I'm a huge owl lover!  I tore some of the layers to make snowy hills. 

And this one is an easel card, with the snowflake border die popping up, so fun!  It still closes pretty flat to fit into an envelope though. 

A smaller scale trifold card. 

This one has a fancy bow, not a fancy fold. 

These just let the paper speak with some simple layers, but they are my favorite. 

And for the last card, I added a row of pearls with a different Tim Holtz snowflake die.   I really hope you've enjoyed seeing these and if you have this paper will be inspired to play. 

Find Graphic 45 Christmas paper today at

Nov 11, 2022

Coffee Lover's Blog Hop w/Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps


Hello everyone!  I hope your fall is off to a beautiful start.  I'm honored today to be joining my friends at Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps celebrating the Coffee Lover's Blog Hop.  

I had such a blast getting inky for this card.  I dipped a Bristol panel into watery Uncharted Mariner Distress Ink and let it dry, then did the same on the reverse side with Vintage Photo.  I used a paint brush to let some ink drip down and carefully let this air dry.  I added some sponging along the edges to darken and "frame" the panel.

I pulled out the Coffee Talk stamps and dies and repeat stamped the to go cups and watercolored them in the same inks, then used the coordinating Coffee Talk die cuts to cut them all out.  I dried my panel with a heat tool after splashing on some extra ink, then rubbed it with an embossing buddy and used the coordinating sentiments to emboss in white.  What fun sayings!  

I had cut a couple of extra cups and used them with some scrap card to make a gift card pocket for my card innie.  I hope you'll check out these fun stamps on the Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps website and visit the blog for more inspiration.  

See my older Coffee Lovers cards HERE!

Nov 3, 2022

PaperArtsy Jofy Snowman Christmas Cards


Hi everyone!  Have you been playing along with Jo Firth Young in her Jofy Jamboree FB group?  Jo's sharing weekly free Christmas cardmaking classes on Sundays.  I shared my first batch inspired by week 2 in THIS post.  I always just watch and try to play along using whatever I have that is similar.  Well, this funny snowman stamp set, JOFY01, is the only set I have by Jo.  I took some of the gel prints I made in week 2 and turned them into these funny cards.  I used the snowflake stamps over the background and then layered a PaperArtsy stencil on top and added some glitter paste, which just won't show up on camera.  I think the paper looks like old school Basic Gray paper!  :)

My sweet friend Maxine helped me in my Instagram poll to come up with a caption, "a little too merry."  I used alphabet stamps from my stash to type out the words.  Thanks Maxine!  These were fun to create and I'm looking forward to Jo's next round this Sunday.  I hope you will join the group and join in on the fun! xx, Autumn

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