Delivery from Doily Doldrums

Square Vellum Doilies

I will be honest, the Square Vellum Doilies are just not my favorite but I seem to have a truckload of them.  Are they like bunnies??? 

So I challenged myself to find other ways to use them.  

This tutorial will show you how I used them as a stencil.

Items needed:
Silver foil cardstock cut to 3"x 3"
StazOn black ink
Repositionable/temporary adhesive

  • Place a little temporary adhesive on the back of the doily and center it on the silver square. This will help hold it in place while you are sponging. **

  • Use the sponge to apply StazOn in over the doily.  

Applying the ink.

  • Remove the doily to reveal your stenciled design.  The inked doily can be used for another project.

  • On this card I used a plain doily behind the inked silver square. The silver appears different as the light bounces off it. Yu have to see it in person to get the full effect.

**Helpful hint: You will see that I missed punching out all the "hanging chads". Make sure that all the pieces of the vellum have been punched out before you ink it up.

Butterfly Baskets


Find out how to get these beautiful butterflies below!!

I was searching for party favors for my first Sip N Stamp. You heard that right-time to shake off the dust and put on my lipstick!!   Since Easter is two weeks away, a basket seemed to be the way to go.  These baskets have been around for a while in one shape or another but then I realized that baskets are not just for Easter.  Be sure to check out the bottom of this post for some other ideas!!

This tutorial will show you how to make a quick and easy basket using a 6"x 6" sheet of DSP! And what stamper doesn't have at least 3,000 sheets of DSP in this size laying around???  

My biggest dilemma???  Not eating the candy before the stamping party gets here!!


  • Pick any 6" x 6" DSP or cardstock. 
  • Score it at 2" and 4", then turn it 90 degrees and score it again at 2" and 4".  Fold it at all score lines.
Dotted Lines= Fold
Solid Lines= Cut
  • Now take your scissors and cut at the lines indicated in the photo.

  • Place glue at the areas indicated by the green marker.

  • Now bring the two outside pieces together, right side first, followed by the left side (with the glue on the corner). Match up the points at the top.  Hold for a moment to let the glue work.

  • Turn it over and repeat to make the other side.
  • Handle: Cut a strip of DSP to ¾" x 6".  Add Stampin' Seal+ as shown by the green marker lines. You can also use a heavy ribbon for the handle of your basket.


  • Adhere the strip to the inside of the basket, making it the desired height.

  • Now decorate the outside as desired and fill with goodies!  
Here are some other baskets I made and the items used to decorate them:
DSP: Peony Garden
Stampset: Prized Peony
Dies: Peony Dies
Ribbon: Metallic Mesh and Gray Granite Textured Weave

DSP: Gilded Autumn
Stampset: Whiskey Business
Ribbon: Faux Suede Trim

DSP: Golden Honey
Stampset: Honey Bee
Dies: Detailed Bee

DSP: In Color 2019-2021
Stampset: Butterfly Brilliance* see below
Dies: Forever Flourishing, Brilliant Wings

The Butterfly Brilliance Bundle is a sneak peak from the upcoming annual catalog in May 2021.  But you can order it now!!!  That's right, now!!  The DSP that coordinates with this stampset has already sold out, so don't wait.  These butterflies and dies are the most detailed stamps I have ever seen.  They are absolutely beautiful and can be used for any occasion.
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Spread joy and appreciation with this simple, yet beautiful card.  

Items needed:

  • White Notecards and envelopes
  • DSP (Field and Flowers) cut to ¼ inch less than the height and width of your notecard
  • Rectangular Die from Nature's Thoughts
  • White cardstock, Coordinating Cardstock cut to 3⅛" x 4⅝"
  • Inks: Merry Merlot, Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Memento Black
  • Stamps: Free as a Bird, Friends are Like Seashells

~Cut the white cardstock using the rectangular die in your embossing machine.  

~Using the largest shadow stamp in "Friends are Like Seashells", stamp the background at an angle and flip it around for the center stamp.  * You will stamp off each color.  (To "stamp off", stamp your image on a scrap piece before stamping it on your paper to achieve a lighter color.)  Start with Merry Merlot , then Crushed Curry, then Old Olive.

~Using Memento Black, stamp the birds and the "thank you." 

~Adhere your white piece to the coordinating cardstock. Adhere the DSP to the front of the notecard, and then adhere the matted artwork to the center.

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Black Ice Technique

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The Black Ice Technique has been around for a while but I was recently introduced to it by Ann Birchard of Crafting Experience with a Civil Engineer.  All it took was once and I was hooked!! Although it looks difficult, it is really easy.  If I can do it, so can you!  Try it with me!

Items needed:

  • Metallic cardstock
  • Inks: Stazon Jet Black and VersaMark
  • Clear Embossing Powder
  • Tools: Heat tool and repositionable tape

Start with your metallic cardstock cut to any size you prefer.

Any color works!

Stamp the image of your choice using Stazon ink and let it dry.  Enjoy the Moment was used in the feature card.  The photos below show Whale Done on Silver  and Prized Peony on Lovely Lipstick.

Secure the piece to scrap paper using repositionable tape (to help avoid fingerprints in your design).  Take the Stazon ink and swipe the whole way across the piece- starting left to right, then right to left. You can do this repeatedly until you get the amount of striations you desire.  Just be sure to use even pressure and fluid movement- do not stop in mid swipe! You must commit!!

Now take the VersaMark and lightly swipe across the piece, left to right.  
Apply clear embossing powder the the whole piece and carefully tap off any extra.
Photo shows powder before tapping off.

Take your heat tool and melt the powder.  It will become glossy (glassy) in appearance.
And voila!!! You are a magician!!  

Try it on the different metallic cardstock to see the difference it makes.  

March is a great time to join my team as a demonstrator! You get $125 of product for just $99 (no shipping charge on your start-up order) and enjoy ongoing discounts as a demonstrator. The new annual catalog becomes available as a pdf on March 24th and demos are the first to see it and get to order!!  Plus, you get to hang with some amazing people and share your love of crafting together!