Hi Crafty Friends,. I have a birthday Slimline card to share with you today using a cactus die set from Mama Elephants. This uses the Cactus Builder die set which includes the cacti images and the pot. To create my slimline card I started by creating ...
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"StampOwl's Studio" - 5 new articles

  1. On Point Birthday
  2. July 2022 Karen Burniston Designer Challenge
  3. Fairy Birthday Wishes
  4. Divinity Designs July Release
  5. Miss You
  6. More Recent Articles

On Point Birthday


Hi Crafty Friends,

I have a birthday Slimline card to share with you today using a cactus die set from Mama Elephants. This uses the Cactus Builder die set which includes the cacti images and the pot.

To create my slimline card I started by creating the background. I die cut a piece of blue cardstock using the largest rectangle from the Picket Fence Studios' Slim Nesting Rectangles die set. I added extra color to the panel using Distress Oxide inks in Broken China, Faded Jeans and Prize Ribbon. I added a small rectangle to the base of the card, colouring it with Gathered Twigs Distress Oxide ink. This was then adhered to a side folding Slimline card that measures 3 1/2 inches x 8 1/2 inches.

I die cut the pot and base from ochre cardstock adding ink along the sides of the pot. I decorated the pot using dies from Whimsy Stamps Slimline Zig Zag Edger die set.

I die cut the cactus from green cardstock and shaded the edges using Mowed Lawn & Rustic Wilderness Distress Oxide inks.

To finish off the from of the card I added a sentiment from MFT Stamps Let's Stick Together Stamp set.

For the inside of the card I added a box pop up to add my sentiment and added decoration. I added another of the stitched rectangles from the Slim Nesting Rectangles die set.

I used the second cactus included in the Cactus Builder die set. The sentiment is from an older Sizzix die set.

The border at the top of pop up and edges of the card were created using Whimsy Stamps Zig Zag Edger die set.

Other Supplies:
Cactus Fold-Along Die Set - Sizzix (discontinued)


July 2022 Karen Burniston Designer Challenge

Hi Crafty Friends, 

Welcome to our July Karen Burniston Designer Challenge.

Check out Karen Burniston's blog on Wednesday (US Time) when you will be able to see what all the designers created for the challenge this month, plus Karen will have an amazing video tutorial to share with us all.

Our challenge theme this month is ... "SPINNERS" - create a card of any theme where something spins (this can be Spinner Square, modified Mailbox, or something wound on a string)


Here is a quick video of my card in action.

I have been wanting to make Karen Burniston's Slimline Double Spinner Card that she posted in April for another Designer Challenge, so this challenge was a perfect opportunity to make one. You can see Karen's video here

Normally I know what I want to create when I get started, but for this card I had no idea, so I started with the spinner mechanism and then selected papers and went from there. I decided the colours of the paper shouted birthday so I went from there.

To create my card I used the Spinner Square Pop-up adhering one of the spinner mechanisms to each side of my slimline card. For my patterned paper I used the largest rectangle included in the Long Rectangles - Crosshatch die set. 

For all the birthday elements (the cake, presents etc), I used dies from the Big Birthday Charms die set.

For the sentiments on the spinner arms, I used stamps from The Stamping Village Birthday stamp set. I also added a candle to the ends of each of the arms.

I used rectangles from the Short Rectangles - Crosshatch die set to add a panel to write a personal greeting to the lower left hand corner of my card.

For the front of my card, I repeated a the presents square which I adhered to the lower portion of my card. I die cut the "Happy Birthday" sentiment from pink glitter cardstock using the Happy Birthday & Happy Birthday Shadow die sets.

I added texture to the presents on both the front and inside of my card using Altenew's Pinstripe Background stamp and inks to match the colours of the presents. The inks are listed in the supply list below.


Fairy Birthday Wishes

Hi Crafty Friends,

I have a fairy themed birthday card to share with you today.

For my card I used Crafter's Companion's Woodland Fairy Edge'ables die. I die cut the fairy onto the edge of a white side folding card that measures 5 inches x 6 1/4 inches. I die cut the fairy again, this time from black cardstock and layered the black fairy panel under the white fairy, offsetting slightly to create a shadow.

I added patterned paper to the left edge of my card and also to the inside of my card.

I sponged Terracotta Catherine Pooler ink to the right edge of the fairy.

I pulled out an older Paper Pretties fairy stamp set for the birthday sentiment.

To finish off my card I added some glacier jewels around the card.

For the inside of my card, I added another fairy sentiment using stamps from Scrappy Tails Fairy Sentiments stamp set. The sentiment is stamped towards the left side of the card, so that it is hidden when the card is closed.

Other Supplies:
Fairy Special Stamp Set - Paper Pretties


Divinity Designs July Release

Hi Crafty Friends,

I have lots to share with you today as it is time for Divinity Designs July 2022 Release. This time around Divinity Designs are releasing three die sets, two foiling sets and an embossing folder.


For my first card, I have created a Slimline card. I used the Slimline Card Base; Slimline Rectangles and Slimline Layering Rectangles to create the card base. The top layer of my card using the sand patterned paper included in the Beautiful Beaches Slimline Paper Pad. After die cutting the rectangle, I then used the new Palm Leaves Slimline Embossing Folder to add texture to my card.

For the flip flops, I used the new Flip Flops Layering Combo die set. I created one pair using shades of blue and the other using shades of pink/red.

I added the "Aloha" sentiment using the Aloha die set included in the April 2022 Blessings Box.

For the inside of my card, I used the Slimline Curvy Slops die to create a sand hill along the bottom of the card. I also added a sentiment from the Let's Celebrate stamp set.

For my next card I created a Z Fold Card using the new Surprise Box Card with Layers Die set. I have again used papers from the Beautiful Beaches Slimline Paper Pad for all the layers of my card.

To decorate my card I used the Beach Silhouettes and Aloha sentiment die sets both of which are included in the April 2022 Blessings Box.

Here is an overhead view of my card so you can see the dividers in the box portion of the card where I adhered the palm trees.

Here is a look at my card when it is closed ready to be placed in an envelope.

For my final card I have created a Mini Slimline Card. I used the Mini Slimline Card Base; Mini Slimline Rectangles and the Mini Slimline Pierced Frames die sets.

The leafy background was created using the new Leafy Background Foiling Plate. I used a chocolate/copper foil for all the foiling.

The sentiment is from the All Occasions Foiling/Die Duo set. I used the Solid Foil Plate to create a background the same color as the leaves and sentiment. I used this panel to die cut the larger circle under my sentiment.

For the inside of my card I added another die cut panel which has been foiled using the Leafy Background Foiling Plate.

I added another sentiment from the All Occasion Foil/Die Duo set. This was layered using the smallest rectangle included in the Mini Slimline Pierced Frames die set.


Miss You

Hi Crafty Friends,

It's challenge time with my friends over on the CCEE Stampers challenge blog. Lynn McAuley our challenge hostess for the month, finishes off the month with one last challenge. 

The rose is the national flower for June while the pearl is June’s gemstone. Lynn is asking the CCEE Stampers to include both of these beauties on their card for this week’s CCEE Challenge! 

I was asked recently if I would make a "Miss You/Thinking of You" card for a friend to send to a mutual friend. As I knew I needed to make my rose themed card, it was an easier request to fulfill. 

I pulled out my Pinkfresh Studio Garden Roses Stamp, die and stencil set to create the roses on my card. I used inks from Catherine Pooler Designs to colour the roses.

For the background of my card I used my new Anna Griffin Matelasse Slimline Embossing Folder. I have been after this embossing folder for ages, but up until now it has been impossible to get sent to Australia. When I saw it was for sale on the Scrapbook.Com website I had to order it immediately. It does come in a set of 4 Slimline Embossing Folders.

I added the "Miss You" sentiment to the right side of the card using Honey Bee Stamps Miss You Big Time Stamp/die set.

To finish my card I added some Matte Silver Metallic Pearls which I almost forgot.

For the inside of my card, I added a few more roses around the edges of my card. I also added the "Thinking of You" sentiment from Honey Bee Stamps Thinking of You Big Time stamp set.

Don't forget to check out the CCEE Stampers blog (goes live 12 AM EST) to see the rest of the creations the CCEE Stampers created this week. You can also see more details of their creations on their individual blogs:


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