08/19/21 August 2021 Technique Squad Blog Hop -Hinge Step Stamping


Thank you for joining us for the August 2021 Technique Squad Blog featuring Hinge Step Stamping!  I was excited to learn this was going to be our featured technique.  I love how easy it is to line up images on my cards - it looks so nice to see everything lined up and spaced so evenly without a lot of effort!



Typically, I use this technique for sentiments.  However, for my card today, I decided to combine a two-step image using different colors, along with the sentiment.  I was pleased with how easy it was to create this colorful look.  In fact, I liked it so much, I duplicated it for the inside of my card!


To complete this card, the first thing I did was place my stamps on the Stamparatus plates.  I used both sides of one plate and one side of the second plate.


I stamped the floral outline image and the sentiment using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  First, I stamped the floral outline image, skipping one step for each flower.  I switched plates and stamped the sentiment, starting with the second step.  Again, I skipped one step before stamping the sentiment again.  Finally, I flipped the plate over to stamp the color image, being sure to wipe the stamp clean each time to avoid mixing colors.

Click here to see a video on how to make this card.

I hope you enjoyed learning how to do the Hinge Step Technique.  If you do not own a Stamparatus, I recommend that you add this to your stamping supplies!  Be sure to check out all of the other cards created by the talented demonstrators participating in this blog hop.  Click the next button to see Kristie Strum's amazing project.


JoAnn Pollock

Carole Garrison (you are here)

Kristie Strum

Mackenzie Grimme

Here is a list of the products I used to make my card:

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07/15/21 Technique Blog Hop Alcohol Coloring Technique

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Welcome to the July 2021 Technique Squad Blog Hop.  Thank you so much for joining me and my fellow demonstrators today.  This month’s theme is the Alcohol Coloring technique.  I must say that I found this to be a bit of a challenge – until I discovered the importance of using the correct isopropyl alcohol.  Once I discovered the importance of using an isopropyl alcohol that was at least 91% alcohol, the whole technique became super easy.  Fortunately, it is easy once again to find this at your local drug store.  I hope you enjoy the examples I have created and that it inspires you to try this technique as well!


To make my card, I started with a piece of vellum, a collection of Stampin’ Blends and some isopropyl alcohol.  I colored random spots of color on my vellum.  You want to fill up most of the space with color, but let the alcohol do the work for you.  Drop a generous amount of alcohol on the area you have covered.  Have a tool available that will help you move the alcohol around.  A straw will work, but I found I have my best results when I used my Stampin’ Up! Heat Tool on low.  As the alcohol was moved around, the color spread as well.  I added different colors (Poppy Parade, Mossy Meadow and Night of Navy) to create my card.  Believe it or not, the card base is Polished Pink!  I love how the color changes as the alcohol moves it around.  It is such a soft look and the colors blend together so nicely. 


For a quick video tutorial on how to do the Alcohol Coloring technique, click here or on the picture below:


A couple of tips for you:

  • Use Isopropyl Alcohol 91 – anything less and the color will not move as it should
  • Use washi tape to adhere the corners of your vellum to your work surface.
  • Use a larger piece of vellum than what is needed. Cut to size once you have finished spreading the color.
  • Be generous with the alcohol. On the card pictured above, I used a capful of alcohol.
  • Use mini-glue dots to adhere to card stock. I found that using Basic White card stock behind the vellum helped to pop the color.
  • Try different color combinations, do not be afraid to try unusual combinations.

When I first tried this technique, I did not know that  the alcohol content was important.  I used what I had on hand, which was Isopropyl Alcohol 70.  I was not excited by the results and continued to research this technique.  Here is an example of a card I made using the 70% alcohol.  This created nice circles of colors, but reminded me more of the Bokeh technique. 


Thank you for hopping to my site and checking out my projects.  If you saw something you love, please contact your demonstrator to place your order.  If you do not have a demonstrator, I would love to help you!  To see the products that I used to make the Butterfly Card, click here.

Click the NEXT button to head over to Kristie Strum's blog to see her awesome project.


Here is a list of the other demonstrators in the hop in case you want to go back and look at one of the posts again.  Be sure to check out all of their blogs to see their amazing projects.

July 2021 Alcohol Coloring Technique Blog Hop Demonstrators

Nicole Mahler

JoAnn Pollock

Tracie St. Louis 

Vy Tran

Carole Garrison

Kristie Strum

Mackenzie Grimme

Rachel Tessman

Amy Rudd


Velveeta Cheese Boxes

This is not my typical blog post, but wanted to share this funny story with you.

My dad was the king of organization.  He repurposed many household items to organize his space.  For him, there were two items that were critical to organization, his Dymo® Label Maker and Velveeta® Cheese boxes.  When my family was packing up the family home of 50+ years, the cheese boxes were found throughout the house, each with a purpose.

This past weekend, Joe and Josee moved into their first home.  John, Sarah, and I, along with Josee's family as well as friends helped with this huge task.  It was fun to be part of this exciting adventure.  They are currently having their kitchen cupboards painted.  Therefore, none of the doors were on the cupboards.  As I was checking out the cupboard space, I had to chuckle, sitting in one of the cupboards, with the spare house keys was a Velveeta® Cheese box, holding the extra house keys.  I think it is a sign that Joe's Grandpa is keeping an eye on things and approves of their new home.

Velveeta Cheese Boxes

What is your go to re-purposed storage solution?

May 2021 Technique Squad Blog Hop - Faux Suede

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Thank you for stopping by to check out the Faux Suede technique feathered in the May 2021 Technique Squad blog hop.  I had never heard of this technique, so I was excited to see what it was all about.  It is a very neat look, exposing the broken fibers of card stock to create a "fuzzy" look.


My daughter showed horses from about sixth grade through college.  I was used to seeing Basic Black, Early Espresso, and occasionally Night of Navy suede chaps.  One brave person even had Basic White suede chaps.  My first instinct was to use Basic Black or Early Espresso, but I really wanted to use the beautiful You're A Peach Designer Series Paper featured on my card.  So, I decided to use Balmy Blue card stock.  After creating the piece of faux suede, I decided to tear the edges to create an even softer look.  You can really see the detail in the close-up image of the card.  The sentiment I used is from the Hand-Penned stamp set in the annual catalog.  I love the two different fonts used on this sentiment.

Faux Suede

I decided to try a few more colors just to see what they would look like with this technique, including Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Basic White, Real Red, Pool Party, Shaded Spruce, Night of Navy, and of course, Soft Suede.  As you can see in the picture above, this technique works for any color.

The technique is easy, only requiring a piece of card stock (I recommend no more than 2" wide) and a bone folder.  To learn how to distress your card stock to create faux suede, watch this video, which is located on my You Tube Channel - Carole's Creative Escape with Carole Garrison.

Here are the measurements if you would like to make this card:

  • Pear Pizzazz Card Stock - 5.5" x 8.5", scored at 4.25" 
  • You're a Peach Designer Series Paper - 4" x 5.25"
  • Balmy Blue Card Stock - 1.75" x 5.25"
  • Basic White Card Stock - 4" x 5.25" (inside of card)
  • Pear Pizzazz Card Stock Scrap
  • Basic White Card Stock Scrap

Here is a full list of supplies used to create this card:

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Thanks again for stopping by to check out this fun technique.  Please be sure to visit the other talented demonstrators participating in this blog hop.  There are sure to be some amazing cards for you to see!  Click the Next button to see Nicole Mahler's creations.

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Nicole Mahler

JoAnn Pollock

Vy Tran

Amy Jo Farkas Rudd

Mackenzie Grimme

Kristie Strum

Carole Garrison










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I joined Stampin' Up! nine years ago.  I signed up for the discount, not really sure what would happen after I joined.  For a few months, I simply enjoyed the discount and making cards.  After a few months, I did a few workshops and attended a few events with my upline (Susan Campfield).  I met people, I heard what others were doing and decided to give it a try.

I invited a few friends over to make cards and before I knew it, I was hosting regular card workshops, attending Stampin' Up! events, and even promoted two levels.  I have had the opportunity to meet people that I would not have otherwise and I now consider them my friends.  I have met demonstrators from around the United States as well as Australia, Germany, and the UK.  I have also traveled within the United States to attend various Stampin' Up! events.  

Stampin' Up! has also given me the courage to push myself outside of my comfort zone.  I have volunteered to present at Team Meetings, I have started blogging, I have joined blog hops, I do Facebook lives, and make videos for You Tube.  Some days the technology is easy and some days not so much.  But I keep pushing and find that I really enjoy doing these things.  The thrill to see that someone is viewing my video in Australia, Germany or somewhere in the United States never gets old.

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Kylie's International Card Gallery - Thank You - May 2021

Each month, I am trying new things relative to my Carole's Creative Escape business.  This month, I have submitted a card to Kylie Bertucci's International Card Gallery for the month of May.  Kylie is a Stampin' Up! demonstrator from Australia and has a lot of great tips and videos.  

The theme for the card gallery is Thank you.  I have submitted this beautiful corner fold card using the Hydraenga Hill Designer Series Paper from the 2021 January to June mini-catalog.  I just love the flowers and colors in this paper!

If you like this card, please consider voting for it here (mine is card number 7).  At the end of the voting period, the top ten winners will be invited to participate in an international blog hop at the end of May.  It would be a huge honor to be a part of this blog hop!


I am developing a PDF tutorial so that you can create this card as well.  To receive this tutorial, please sign up for my newsletter.



April 2021 Technique Squad Blog Hop - Stained Glass Technique - 04/15/21

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April 2021 Technique Squad Blog Hop - Stained Glass Technique

Welcome to the April 2021 Technique Squad Blog Hop.  Thank you so much for joining me and my fellow demonstrators today.  This month's theme is the Stained Glass Technique.  I hope you enjoy learning about this technique as much as I enjoyed creating my examples.  There are several variations of the Stained Glass Technique.  I chose to use heat embossing, ink, and vellum paper to create my stained glass images.

To create my card, I used the large magnolia stamp from the Good Morning Magnolia stamp set.  I stamped the image on vellum paper using my Versa Mark ink pad.  After stamping the image, I used black embossing powder and my heat tool to create the embossed image.  I used my Dark Mossy Meadow and Light Melon Mambo Stampin' Blends to color my image.  I colored both the front and back side of the vellum paper.  This creates a darker color on the vellum paper, resulting in a more brilliant stained glass look.

Black Emboss Vellum

I was not sure which color of embossing powder would give me the best look, so I repeated the above steps, but used white embossing powder instead.  When using white embossing powder, I only color on the backside of the vellum.  The blends will stain the white heat embossed areas.  You will get a softer look just coloring on the back side and you do not risk getting ink onto the white embossed areas.

White Emboss Vellum

As long as I had my heat tool out, I decided to also use clear embossing powder.  Although clear embossing powder is extremely useful, I do not think it is a good option for this technique!  It was very hard to see the embossed image, so coloring was a challenge.  I included this image today so you could see the difference.

Clear Emboss Vellum

Once I was done coloring my image, I used the coordinating Magnolia Memories dies and die cut the large magnolia from Basic White card stock.  I placed glue dots on the back of the vellum image and attached it to the Basic White card stock.  I think this step really enhances the color of your stain glass image!

Clear Emboss Vellum

To create my cards, I used a 5.5" x 8.5" piece of Mossy Meadow card stock, scored at 4.25".  I layered a 4" x 5.25" piece of Melon Mambo card stock onto the card base.  This layer was followed by a 3.75" x 5" piece of Basic White cardstock that I embossed with the Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  I used the Hello sentiment from the Good Morning Magnolia stamp set and Mossy Meadow ink to create the sentiment.  Finally, I used the Mossy Meadow 3/16" Braided Linen Trim to create a double bow to finish off my cards.  (Note: The Good Morning Magnolia stamp set, Magnolia Memories dies and Subtle Embossing folder are some of my favorites items in the annual catalog.  They are retiring at the end of this catalog (May 3, 2021) and are currently on the retiring items sales list.  These items were still available as of April 15th.  However, they are only available as supplies last, so if you like these items, please be sure to order them right away!

Magnolia - Black Emboss

Magnolia - White Emboss

Thank you for hopping to my site and checking out my projects.  If you saw something you love, please contact your demonstrator to place your order.  If you do not have a demonstrator, I would love to help you!

Click the NEXT button to head over to Amy Jo Farkas Rudd's blog to see her awesome project!

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Here is a list of the other demonstrators in the hop in case you want to go back and look at one of the posts again.  Be sure to check out all of their blogs to see their amazing projects.

April 2021 Stained Glass Technique Demonstrators

Nicole Mahler

Carole Garrison

Amy Jo Farkas Rudd

Vy Tran

JoAnn Pollock

Mackenzie Grimme

Kristie Strum

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Gift Card Fun

Hello everyone!  I am so excited to share with you a fabulous fun fold gift card holder.  I received this card as part of a Fun Fold card swap from fellow demonstrator Jennifer Walsh.  I fell in love with this fold when I received it because it looks like a regular card until you open it up!

This is the card that I received from Jennifer Walsh.  Her card features the Daisy Lane Stamp Set from the Annual Catalog and the Well Dressed Designer Series paper from the January to June Mini-Catalog.

Gift Card Fun Fold 4B


Here is the first card I made.  I used the Butterfly Gala stamp set and the Artistry Blooms Design Series Paper from the Annual Catalog.  (Both of these items will be retiring from the Annual Catalog May 3, 2021.)  Opening the card gives the recipient a surprise with a gift card tucked inside.                                                                                       

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Here are two more cards featuring the Artistry Blooms Designer Series Paper.  The card on the left features the Floral Essence stamp set and the card on the right features the Ridiculously Awesome stamp set, both from the Annual Catalog.  (Both of these stamp sets and the designer series paper will be retiring on May 3, 2021.)

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Here is the final gift card holder I made.  This one features the Geared Up Garage Stamp set and the In Good Taste Designer Series paper.  (The stamp set will be retiring on May 3, 2021).

Gift Card Fun Fold 5


Here is a video that shows you how to make this card (forgive all of the ums, I am working on this):


Here are the measurements for this card:

Card Stock - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4" - on the side that will be the front of the card, using your Paper Trimmer, cut at 1 1/2' on the bottom edge to the score line.

Card Stock - 3 3/4" x 4"

Card Stock - 1 1/4" x 4"

Designer Series Paper - 3 1/2" x 3 3/4"

Designer Series Paper - 1" x 3 3/4" (you can also use a piece of card stock and emboss it to add some detail)

Card Stock (Basic White or Very Vanilla) - 4" x 5 1/4" (inside of card)

Dies Cuts/Punches and stamps to embellish outside of card


Here are the products I used on my cards:

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March 2021 Technique Blog Hop - Masked Grid Technique


Welcome March 2021 Technique Blog Hop!  I am so excited to be part of this fun collaboration with fellow demonstrators.  This month's theme is the Masked Grid Technique.  I can't wait to show you my projects!





Here is a step by step guide to complete this technique. 

Use a sticky note to block of an area of card stock.  Use your blending brushes to add color to the background.  Do not remove the sticky note.  Stamp images on the area you just colored.


Using the same sticky note, cover up the area you just colored and stamped.  I like to leave just a tiny bit of the color  edge showing .  Add another sticky note to create the next space that you will color and stamp.




Repeat these steps until you have filled in your card stock. 



Once you have completed these steps, you will have something that looks like the picture      below.  Change the angle of the sticky notes, make some spaces bigger than others.  Use    sentiments as well as images. Shapes and background stamps work well with this technique too.


The picture below shows the different look you get simple by changing how you place the sticky notes on card stock.


Thank you for hopping to my site and checking out my projects!  If you see things you love, please contact your demonstrator to place your order.  If you do not have a demonstrator (in the United States), I would be happy to help you!

Click the NEXT button to head over to Rachel Tessman's blog to see her beautiful projects.


Here is a list of the other demonstrators participating in the hop in case you want to go back and look at the projects again.

Nicole Mahler

JoAnn Pollock

Carole Garrison

Rachel Tessman

Vy Tran

Mackenzie Grimme

Kristie Strum





February 2021 Technique Blog Hop


Hello!  Welcome to the February 2021 Technique Blog Hop.  This month's theme is Mock Croc.  This was a new technique for me and is one I will be using again!  Thanks for visiting us today.

Card Front Finished Card



To make the Mock Croc, take a 4" x 5.25" piece of Basic Black card stock.  '

Use your Versa Mark ink pad and stamp the pad directly onto your card stock.  Leave approximately 1.5 " unstamped so you can hold your paper while you use your Heat Tool.

Versa Mark Pad

Embossing Powder

Next, use your stylus or piercing tool to create lines in the embossing powder.


Use your heat tool to melt the embossing powder.

Heat Embossed

Assemble your card.  For this card, I used the following card stock and Designer Series Paper:

5.5" x 8.5" Melon Mambo card stock, scored at 4.25"

4" x 5.25" Basic Black cardstock

4" x 5.25" Basic White (inside of card)

2" x 5.25" True Love Designer Series Paper 

Layers on Card

Using your Paper Snips, cut out one of the large flowers from the True Love Designer Series Paper.  Color the image with Stampin' Blends (Melon Mambo, Old Oliver, and Daffodil Delight).

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Stamp your greeting and punch or die cut.  I used the Meant to Be stamp set from the Annual Catalog and the Double Oval Punch from the January - June Mini Catalog for my sentiment.  Adhere your sentiment and flower image to the card front using Dimensionals.


Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you enjoyed my project.  Please click on the next button to continue hopping through!


JoAnn Pollock

Carole Garrison

Mackenzie Grimme

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