Thursday Tutorial with Sandy

Scrapbook Blessings, and I have a great tutorial for you featuring The Stamping Chef digital stamps.  This is a fun way to show off those creations. Lets get started!

  • Start with 4.75 square of double sided pattern paper
  •  Score the points at 1.25 and 1.75″in, rotate 90 degrees and do all 4 points
  •  Fold 1.25″ score line in towards card
  •  Fold 1.75″ score line out
  • Get your center picture ready. Here I made my own background measuring at 3×3
  • Using pop up squares, attach them to inside panel like below
  •  (had to trim my center image because I stamped to close to the edge, you can see it below but no worries, the flap will cover that up so it is actually 3 x 2.75)
  •  No add more pop up squares to outside edge like below
  •  fold back the flaps
  • I added my digi stamp to the outside this time, just did a triple layer of pop ups (look under her head, lol)
  • 5.5″ square card base is need to finish the card off
Here you have it… A Faux Frame Card Fold!  Very easy to do!

Hope you have a blessed day and thanks for stopping by,


Tutorial Thursday: Tent Topper card by Krista

Today Krista created this awesome card for you.

Tent Topper

Want to know how she did it?!
Follow her steps!

Tent Topper Card


  • 4 1/4″ x 8 1/2″ piece of cardstock for card base
  • Scor-Pal™, or other scoring tool
  • Scor-Tape™, or other strong adhesive
  • Stamps
  • Ink
  • Additional cardstock for your main image and card front
  • Patterned Paper for your card front
  • Embellishments


Step 1

Score your 4 1/4″ x 8 1/2″ piece of cardstock at 4 1/4″.


Fold cardstock at score line to create your card base.

The fold is going to be to the top.

 Step 2

Decorate your card front with additional cardstock, patterned paper and embellishments.
Leave room on the top to add your focal point. 

Step 3

Stamp, color and layer your main image.

Step 4

Add Scor-Tape™ to the lower half of the back of your image.

Step 5

Line up your card front at 5 1/2″ either on your Scor-Pal™ or your grid paper.

Adhere your main image so that the top of the image will line up with 0″ to create a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ card.

Now your card is finished!

Tutorial Thursday – Envelopes and I’m not mailing any bills

Today is a Tutorial Thursday for The Stamping Chef using envelopes which I’m sew thankful its not to mail bills!!!! Its Lynne here one of The Stamping Chef’s Sous Chefs to inspire you with a mini album using envelopes which was originally inspired by one of my Design Team Sisters on Treasure Box Designs, Lara. It is the most adorable mini album and knew that I wanted to try it and made my very very first one in January and now, I knew I wanted to show you this wonderful inspiration!!! Are you ready???



  •  8.5 x 11 inch piece of card stock scored at 2, 2.25, 6.75, and 7-inches with the long piece at the top  

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  • I used Martha Stewart Vine punch which I thought was a border punch but it wasn’t and then added an additional 1.75 inch piece of paper on the left side (the side with the 2-inch score line)  


  • fold on your scored lines to make the album base  


  • three (3) business sized envelopes which is alright if they are security ones as you won’t see the blue 
  • seal the envelopes shut


  • cut one envelope 5.75 inches, cut one envelope 6.75 inches, and final envelope 7.75 inches
  • make an accordion folded piece for the album to hold your envelopes by cutting a piece of card stock 2.5 x 4.25 inches


  • score this piece long ways every 1/2 inch until you have five (5) parts
  • glue accordion onto one end of album
  • start adding envelopes in accordion only gluing the bottom part of the envelope into the folds – envelopes should be able to be lifted up from the album with the flap side up to be covered (here is where I made an error and needed to cover both sides   


  • you will see the above envelope is only glued at the BOTTOM – glue in the other two (2) envelopes into the folds and glue the folds together while playing to make sure it “works” before you glue  


  • envelopes should all be glued and able to flip forward
  • need to cut some card stock to cover your envelopes of course to make them look pretty with each piece being 4-inches wide
  • one piece should be 5.25 inches long, next one should be 6.25 inches long, with the last piece should be 7.25 inches long
  • adhere to front of each of the corresponding envelopes 
  • punch a half-circle in the top of each piece after glued to envelopes to ensure all half-circles are in the same place – I do not have a circle punch and folded one of my scrap envelope pieces in half to create the half circle cut which I duplicated on each of my envelopes


  • to make inserts to go into the envelopes, you need 3 pieces of card stock cut 3.75-inches wide with one 5.25 inches long, ones 6.25 inches long with the last one being 7.25 inches long
  • slide inserts into each of the envelopes
  • now comes the fun part – DECORATE!!!!!
  • for my decorations, I used various early works of The Stamping Chef which are adorable babies – you can decide on the “theme” of your mini album (from left to right, top to bottom) – I used Good Night Sleep Tight, Little Emily, Good Night Mimi, Little Lucy


  • blocks were made spelling out “Lily” using Make the Cut


  • you of course need a “belly” band to hold it all together by cutting a strip of card stock 1.5 x 11-inches – I decorated mine with the Martha Stewart Vine Punch


  • wrap it loosely around the album and then glue the ends of the band together making sure its not too tight 
  • VIOLA – here’s my finished product. Hope you like it and can’t wait to see your creations on TSC Recipes with sew many “themes” to choose from at The Stamping Chef!!!! The little paper-pieced baby holding a button was a Treasure Box Designs Freebie – Cute as a Button

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God Bless you and thanks ever sew much for stopping by today.

I would love to read your comments and can’t wait 

for you to leave  yours!

Much love, hugs, and friendship


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Tutorial Thursday – Aluminum Foil Not Just for Left-Overs Anymore!

Welcome, its Lynne here one of The Stamping Chef’s Sous Chef’s  to The Stamping Chef’s Tutorial Thursday and today’s project is will be a total surprise for you . . . . yes, Aluminum Foil is no longer just for kitchen use or left-overs anymore!!!! If you happened to see my project yesterday, you might have noticed that I had made a card using aluminum foil as my “metal” accent. Just in case you missed it . . . . .


The image I used is from The Stamping Chef and is Steampunk Hat which was colored with my Spectrum Noir Markers and then chalked around the edges to give the vintage look. For further instructions, please, stop at my blog, Her Craftiness, posting for The Stamping Chef Challenge, Metal.  We, at The Stamping Chef hope you would want to submit your own version of “METAL” at TSC Recipes on FaceBook


  • I used my Cuttlebug and the above card is my Steampunk embossing folder which was then “inked” with a stamp pad to accentuate the embossing
  • aluminum foil actually cuts with your paper cutter as long as the blade is not a worn-out blade but instead one that is faily new
  • depending on the amount of embossing that your folder is depends on how many layers of aluminum foil – I recommend at least 2 layers of foil – below are samples of 1-layer, 2-layer, and finally 3-layer  



  • isn’t fantastic how amazing they all look with something that everyone has in their house at little or no additional expense???

Now, your question, how to adhere to your card – 

  • you need to glue your base that the aluminum foil needs to be adhered to first. I find that using my ATG gun works the best and holds it best with little or no tearing
  • if you are adhering anything to the aluminum foil, I find that puff-dotting my item to the foil works best
  • aluminum foil gives a great look to sew many different style of cards such as the “steampunk”, but also for Halloween, for mirrors, along with shabby chic – the only restriction is your imagination!!!!
  • reminder that it is fragile and treat it as if it were tissue paper!

I had first seen this technique on Canadian Nickel’s Blog and just knew it was something I wanted to do and hope that perhaps you do also!!! 

 God Bless you and thank you ever sew much for stopping by today! We love reading comments and would love to read yours . . . .

Much love, hugs, and friendship


Thursday Tutorial with Sandy

Thursday Tutorial Hi friends, Sandy here with another Thursday tutorial for The Stamping Chef and featuring the Chef’s digi-stamps.

A couple of weeks ago I posted a card for TSC and got a couple of requests on how to do the criss-cross fancy fold.  Here is the card that I did featuring BABYDOLL (she is a freebie at TSC store)….

As you can see, the front folds are cut at an angle and open to reveal the cute image and sentiments.

So lets get started…

  • start with a 12×12 double side card stock
  • cut in half, giving you 2 pieces of 6×12 card bases

  •  score at 4″ and 8″ horizontally

  • now the card magic… measure down 4″ and lightly pencil mark along the outside edge
  • flip and do the other side, measuring down 4″
  • using your paper trimmer, place your paper diagonal on the trimmer lining up the 4″ score line at the top with the now 4″ pencil mark on the side and cut
  • that’s all there is to it, a very easy card to make

  •  For this card, I did it a little different than the first one
  • I place adhesive along on side and bottom of card and folded making it a criss-cross envelop
  • using a border punch, paper flowers and the scrap triangles, added a little embellishment to the front

  •  the mat sizes are… 3.75″x 5″ (white), 3.5″x 4.5″ (pink), circle with digi stamp is 3.5″ big
  • digital stamp used is All Girl (she is a part of the “Expresso Yourself” line found HERE)

Hope you liked this quick and easy card project.  We would love for you to follow The Stamping Chef Blog and see the new releases along with the current challenge (animals/pets) that we are having.  Also if you want to hop over to The Stamping Chef Store there is a current t-shirt promotion going on right now!

Hope you have a blessed day and thanks for stopping by,


Thursday Tutorial Home Decoration

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1. Cut a piece of paper of 20 x 20 cms.
2. Drill three edges of this paper with a puncher border.

3. Roll up to form a cone and stick inside by leaving a 3.5 cm edge. Use of double –
face for more ease.


4. Bend the edge which stays with the handle of a pen or other one.


5. Add a little texture on this edge to make it more attractive. For my part, I
added a piece of white lace, but you can put it for what you wish
according to your style and to your tastes.


6. Print your image and colorize it. Put aside then.


7. Fill the cone with the material as the absorbent cotton, the raffia.


8. Then, I added a small egg in polyester.


9. Now, it is necessary to fill the top of the cone with diverse flowers.



10. Apply some touches of “Glitter Stickels Icicle” to give of the shine.
11. Now, take a piece of lace or ribbon and stick every end on your cone to
realize a small handle. Realize two small knots and stick them on both


Here we are! Your decoration of internal is almost ended.


Thursday Tutorial Primsa Pencil Coloring with Amanda

Prismacolor pencil tutorial

Please bear with me everyone, this is my first ever tutorial, so I really hope you don’t have any difficulties following along and that I have been clear enough in my explanations.

This is my personal technique I have developed through trial, error and practice. It works great for me, but may not be for everyone.  Remember that not everything comes out perfectly the first time and that these results are ones that I feel I have perfected over time.

I use regular printer paper for coloring with prismacolor scholar pencils.

When coloring, I like to layer a few pages on top of each other to make the surface a little softer. I find I get a more even result this way.

Which ever area of your digi you decide to start with, imagine where the light would hit it, if it were a 3D object (for this tutorial, imagine the light is infront of her). Then try to picture where the shadows would be (for her pants, shadows would be on the sides of her legs, since they are rounded, under her zipper, under her shirt and around her belt.) Trace the areas, pressing firmly with your colored pencil.


Color inwards, pressing firmly towards the areas where shadows would be, and releasing pressure on pencil as you get further away from the outlines you’ve previously made.


For this shirt, your shadows would be under and around her arms, under the cookie and under her neck. On the cookie, under her hands and the bottom of the cookie, and the outside of the chocolate chips.


Most important to remember is that people are not flat, but rounded, so their
clothing would follow that shape, as would shoes and other accessories.


Don’t let the hair intimidate you, it really is no different then the other shapes and areas. Again, her head is round, as should the shadows and highlights.


Hair doesn’t usually lie absolutely flat to the head. Wherever the part in the hair would be, it usually dips in towards the scalp. This would create a dip (a shadow). Also, there are usually natural high and lowlights in hair, so you could go back and add as many or as few as you’d like.  I used a dark brown for the shadows and blended in a medium brown (overlapping colors slightly to avoid lines in the colors, I find it easiest to blend using a small circular motion.)

One great tip to remember is that since you’re only using pencil crayons, no oil or blending medium, as long as you don’t press too hard, if you make a mistake and add too much shading, you can use an eraser to lighten the area! J


So for her eyes, because of the location of the pupils (towards the nose), I figured that would be the darkest and shadowy area, so I pressed hardest towards the inner portion and lightened up as I got towards the outside.

For her skin, under her hairline, above and below her cute little button nose, inside her ears, under her eyes and around her full cheek is where the light wouldn’t reach so these should be the darkest areas.  I used “peach” in the shadows and “pale peach” for the highlight areas.

And here’s the finished product. Lucy looks like she’s really enjoying that cookie, doesn’t she?!

I colored this entire image using only 9 prismacolor pencils (one for each area, two tones on her hair and two on her skin) J

I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with after trying this technique J ~Amanda Brunet