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just a little patience August 16, 2007

Oh my, where to start with this one.  I’m trying to learn to like the Wanted stamp set, and trying to find some creative ways to use it…and I’m having trouble. 

While browsing some blogs yesterday, I found inspiration on Allison’s blog, Stampin’ when I can…  I was looking at her background blog design while waiting for her site to download, and thought, “Now, that’s a cute design.”  You can also find really cool stuff on her site. 

Okay, here’s my creation:  (scroll down further for detail pics)

wanted transparency card

This is a Difficulty Level: 5 (and you must have patience)


Chocolate Chip (and a Transparency Sheet) 5-1/2″ x 11″ folded in half; Groovy Guava mat 5-5/16″ x 5-5/16″; Creamy Caramel 5-3/16″ x 5-3/16″; Close to Cocoa strip 1″ x 5-1/2″.

To create the design on the Creamy Caramel CS, you have to locate the center & stamp circle image using Stamp-A-Ma-Jig tool.  I used Wanted stamp set designs colored with Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa and Chocolate Chip Stampin’ Write markers.  I measured 1-1/2″ out from the center of the circle and stamped the smaller Chocolate Chip circles.  This process continues to cover the whole piece.  The Larger circles are 2-1/8″ apart from one another.  I used the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig tool for the whole design (this tool is my best friend).  I pierced the cardstock between designs (comes out to 2-1/8″ boxes).  I created faux-stitching with a Chocolate Chip Stampin’ Write Marker.  Added some small white dots with a White Uniball Signo gel pen.  Sponged edges with Chocolate Chip ink.  I punched out a half-circle to bottom right corner of card using a slit punch.    It’s all smooth sailing from this point on! 

wanted upclose


This card is covered with a Transparency Sheet.  I stamped the horse to the bottom right corner using Stazon White ink.  The stamped white scalloping to the left of the ribbon is actually the paisley stamp from the Wanted stamp set.  The cardstock and ribbon covers up the tails of the paisleys leaving only the scallops.  I used Stamp-A-Ma-Jig tool to align this design.  They start 7/8″ in from the left side of the card.

wanted upclose 2        my 3 year old son’s creationethan’s creation


The ribbons actually anchor the transparency sheet in place so I don’t have any adhesives showing on front or back of card.  I adhered the 1″ x 5-1/2″ strip of Close to Cocoa cardstock over the paisleys.  Added Chocolate Chip 5/8″ Grosgrain ribbon.  Layered Groovy Guava double-stitched ribbon and tied in place with hardware from Hodgepodge Hardware-Pewter.  Stamped star image, with Chocolate Chip ink, on a star chipboard piece from On Board Blossoms & Basics, punched hole, attached to hardware piece with Linen Thread.  Added a strip of Caramel Gingham ribbon.  Added a circle/spiral from Hodgepodge Hardware-Pewter and created faux-ribbons from thin strips of Groovy Guava and Close to Cocoa cardstock. 

Usually my 3 year old son is my official stamp cleaner.  I let him play around today while I was making this card.  He’s just so much fun.

Have a great night!


15 Responses to “just a little patience”

  1. Allison Says:

    This is awesome…my only wish is that my site opened quicker so you didn’t have to wait!

  2. Angie Tieman Says:

    This is gorgeous! I especially love how you did that background, it’s amazing. I’m quite sure mine would not come out perfect like that at all, even if I did use a stamp-a-ma-jig! I’ve been like you, I keep staring at this set, but haven’t tried to use it…maybe I will now!

  3. I am loving this! The background is gorgeous! I am in awe!

  4. Jennifer Says:

    Just beautiful! Love your Blog and creativity. I have added you to my Blog roll, Jennifer 🙂

  5. Beate Says:

    Wow! Your stamped background looks fantastic. But then…so does everything you stamp.
    Hugs and smiles

  6. stacilynch Says:

    I have been looking for your blog for a week now! I have seen all of your awesome creations in On Stage and I am so glad I can see more of your amazing work anytime I want too! You are truly an inspiration and I LOVE this card!

  7. Chris Says:

    Mary Jo,

    I saw your card on Beate’s blog (I look at it everyday, lol). I just love all your creations. Congrats on the Artisan award! I’m a demo also, still fairly new though. What exactly is the Artisan Award?

    Great job!

  8. Chriss B Says:

    Mary Jo,
    This is just gorgeous! I am totally amazed & in awe of your design(and patience)! I saw your blogsite on Beate’s and OH MY, what a treasure. Thanks so much for sharing and congrats on all of your work and the Artisan Award.
    Chriss B. in Austin

  9. Wow, it’s my first time to your site, what can I say everything is incredible !! I just started my own blog too and I have also been frustrated by doinh the blog roll thing . Good-luck Laurie from
    S-U demo.

  10. Trina Says:

    Wow, what a great card. It makes me want that set, even though I thought that really wasn’t my style either!!

    Good Job!!

  11. Regina Davis Says:

    This is beyond awesome! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe, too. Beate turned me on to your blog, so I’ll be checking in regularly. I can’t wait to see what you cook up.

  12. Step by step it just got better and better! This would take me all day and would challenge me to the max! You are a hard act to follow! Stunning work my dear! Deb

  13. Lynn Says:

    Your card is beautiful, love all the details, the ribbons, the star everything!

  14. Dawn R Says:

    I love the stamped background. I keep seeing so many great cards with this set that I am tempted to get it myself. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Teresa Says:

    Wow! This is super fabulous!!! Such patience too!!!!!

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