Author: saundralparker

Gel Press, Peg Stamp, Bunny: A Collaboration w/ Rubber Stamp Tapestry

Rich and I saw this bird picture at a thrift store, so I photographed it and shared it with Rebecca Walton from Rubber Stamp Tapestry (the peg stamp company.)


If you get a chance, watch the videos that Clarity Stamps shares using their gelli plate. Here’s a link to their gelli plate videos.

I used Georgia Pacific 110 lb. white cardstock from Walmart for my bunny.

The bunny stencil came from Stencil Revolution, here’s the link: I bought the 5″ x 6″ size stencil.

The Gel Press I bought from Amazon and here’s the link to it:   Mine is 6 x 6″.  Please note that when I give you links for products, it’s so you can see and get a feel for the product…If you want to purchase it, I recommend you price shop before doing so, as I want you to always be able to find the lowest price possible.

I bought a piece of plexi-glass that I bought from a local glass cutting company. Mine is    7 x 7″ x 3/8″ thick and I only paid $4 for it…I really recommend you buying yours from a local glass company if you can, as you’ll save a lot of money by doing so.

I started by putting my gelli plate onto the plexi-glass and adding a piece of copy paper cut to 6 x 6″ underneath the plexi glass so I know where I want to lay my paper on top so it lines up with it.

I used a brayer (link: ) after dabbing Distress Ink in Shaded Lilac over the gelli plate, and rolled the ink so it covers the entire plate. I laid the stencil over it and lined up the bottom of the stencil with the bottom edge of the gelli plate..
I used a scrap of copy paper and dabbed it on the stencil to remove some of the purple ink then laid the cardstock cut to 6 x 6″ on the stencil. I rubbed all over the back of the cardstock, then rubbed my brayer on it to ensure the ink transferred well. Remove the cardstock, and the bunny is done. I removed the stencil and laid it on a piece of 5 x 6″ cardstock, wrapped a piece of copy paper around it and then ran it through my Vagabond die cutting machine. (Link: )

To run it through the Vagabond, I used the normal base plate, then the clear plastic plate, then a foam piece (if you don’t have that piece, use fun foam), then my cardstock and stencil with a piece of copy paper wrapped around it on both sides, then the top clear plate to make the “sandwich” and ran it through the Vagabond. This not only transfers the ink, but also embosses the stencil onto the cardstock, so you can see the indentations of it. I’ll make a card with this technique in the near future as the lilac was too light for using on a card (in my opinion).

I used Arteza brush pens to color my peg stamps, link

I used a variety of peg stamps and started with my larger images and worked to smaller.
Marker color     Stamp used         Link
Eggplant purple flower top
Olive Green Lavender Sprig
Shaded Lilac D.Ink 3 Ripply Flower
Wisteria Purple Sopanaria no longer available, but Delicate Flower Bunch is very similar
Magenta Little Flower
Bubble Gum Pink Blinky Flower now called Accent Trio
Bubble Gum Pink Sm Poinsettia
Green Tea Lemon Sprig
Olive Green Pointy Holly Leaf

I used a Darice embossing folder called “Stripes” and put two pieces of cardstock inside that were 5 x 7″ as the paper cracked when I only used one piece.

I cut the dark purple card base to 10 1/2″ wide by 7″ tall and scored it on the 10 1/2″ length at 5 1/4″, so my end card will be 5 1/4″ wide by 7″ tall.

I glued the striped embossed lighter purple paper onto the darker purple, and used the Shaded Lilac Distress Ink and pressed the ink pad over the stripes so they pop…..I glued the bunny to it with foam tape after stamping “wishing you a happy Easter” on to the front.

I bought foam tape from Aliexpress $1.05 for 15 mm wide and 10 meters…   I found it held well and didn’t have too much stick like the roll I used to have that I hated..

I put a piece of white cardstock inside the card that was 4 1/2″ x 6″ tall and stamped the back of the card with “Made by Sandy Parker.”



FINALLY!!!  I made a couple of videos…I couldn’t sleep this AM, so got up with the dogs at 6AM and then just laid in bed, and finally decided that was just dumb, so got up and went to my craft room..I’ve been wanting to make the card that I’m doing a video collaboration with Rebecca Walton from Rubber Stamp Tapestry, and decided today was the day.  I’ve thought this card through for the last week, and would have been devastated if the end result wasn’t at all like I had planned.  It came out better than I’d hoped and can’t wait until Monday at noon, when both of our videos go live.

I figured while I was in the craft room, I’d do another video on guillotine paper trimmers.  I think they can be kind of tricky to use, and to measure on, so went through the whole process of how to do almost everything with it.  Obviously, not every crafter would be interested in finding out more about guillotines, but for those thinking of buying one, or ones who own them but don’t use them or don’t know how to use them, I thought it would be a good video for them….You never know.  I had a viewer ask me to do a video on how to trim paper, and that was the biggest hit..So many people said they had trouble cutting paper, and doing it so their paper wasn’t crooked, and it made me happy that I could help.  I kind of feel the same way about this video.  There will be some people who think it’s too elementary, but then I think most of my videos aren’t made for the advanced crafter, and I’m happy that beginners can learn, and maybe others, who are afraid to ask for help, will benefit too.

My girlfriend’s mom, who was 96, passed away, and her funeral is tonight, so I think I’m going to take a nap and hopefully, will be wide awake for it.  I’m not an early morning girl, so the fact that I got up so early today, is not my norm….A nap is definitely in order.


I still have the cold….yep, day ten, and I still sound terrible…Sadly, Rich also has the cold…it’s been a bad week.

My girlfriend’s mom, who was 96, and the lady I made the different door decorations for, passed away.  I couldn’t be with my girlfriend because of my germs, but she allowed me to handle the funeral luncheon.  I was so glad to have something to do to help.

Tomorrow, I’m hoping to be able to buy the rest of the things we’ll need for Saturday’s luncheon, and after that, I’m going to make a video.  I know I’ve said that in the past week, (probably more than once), but I’m serious about it now.  I even have a plan.  I know, it’s shocking, but true.

On a happy note, our nephew just got engaged.  We couldn’t be happier for him,and we’re looking forward to his and his new fiance’s future..  It’s so much fun to see new love, and to watch it blossom.

And one more project for tomorrow…I have to mail my sister her St Patrick’s Day card.  I made it on video at the beginning of my cold, but the card did not turn out the way I’d hoped, and the video was a nightmare, so I’ll mail it to her and call it a day.  Some cards and videos just turn out that way for me.


This cold is a bear…hanging on and on, and now Rich is getting sick, so I might just end up getting it a second time.  That happens with us sometimes…I’ll get sick, then Rich will hold off getting it until I’m almost better, then a few days later, I feel bad again.  It’s the curse of a low immune system….

Last night I started thinking in crafty terms again, which is good news.  I’ve been following some gelli plate videos from Clarity Stamps and they approach gelli printing like a card.  It’s not abstract blobs and weird objects that create unusual marks…it’s actual art.  And I love it.  I have to give it a try and I’m scared, because I don’t know if I have the skill set to pull it off.

In the meantime, I promised the photo I took of woody woodpecker.  Rich posted it with some of his photos on his facebook page, so I can copy and paste it here.

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He would be a lot clearer if I wasn’t taking the photo through a screen.  I loved how bright his head and eye are….If you saw how many photos I took, you’d laugh.  I laid Rich’s camera on a book beside me and just held down the button and it just kept snapping away…

Rebecca Walton, from Rubber Stamp Tapestry (the peg stamp company) and I will be doing a collaboration using a bird picture I found at a second hand store as our inspiration.  Here’s the picture of it.


We both loved that the bird is a bunch of tiny images put together to create it….and started thinking about how perfectly this concept would work with peg stamps.  We also found a stencil at that we thought would be perfect for this project.  Rabbit StencilSo now you have an idea of what we are starting with, and hopefully this Friday, the 15th, both videos will go live.  I haven’t started mine yet, but my plan is to give it a whirl tomorrow….I thought this stencil would be perfect for the way we plan on putting our cards together…..and hope you’ll consider buying one as well, and playing along…I think it’s going to be a lot of fun.


I’d like to say that I’ve been busy in the craft room, but the cold has gotten worse, and I’m a snotty mess.  I did make one video, but it was bad…no horrible is a better term.  I wanted to try triple step stamping in the MISTI, but even though I used good acrylic stamps from Simon Says Stamp, and cleaned them thoroughly, they were so sticky, they pulled the papers from under two magnets and the images shifted enough that it ruined the look, thus ruining the card.  It’s a St. Patrick’s Day card for my sister, and it turned out OK, but definitely not video worthy…plus, I don’t know about all of you, but when I’m not feeling well, nothing goes right in the craft room. I wanted to stamp Gina K’s new Amalgam Ink on a tag that came with one of the stamp kits.  The Amalgam ink smeared, when it’s not supposed to…..and I’d even heat set it.  Alcohol markers smeared the ink (again not supposed to) to the point that the llama I had stamped, lost his entire face….So I had to stamp and re-color the llama on white cardstock, cut him out and glue him to the tag…..Let’s just say there’s nothing about this card that made me extremely happy.  In fact, the card made me feel like I should wrap things up until I felt better.  But since then, two days ago, I’m feeling worse instead of better, so no more craft room for me.

And this will tell you everything you need to know about how I handle colds…I’ve spent the last three days primarily watching cooking shows.  Yesterday, Rich made me lemon ricotta cookies from scratch, and I ate four without taking a breath.  I know, it’s disgusting, but I couldn’t help myself.  There wasn’t a lot of lemon, and the warm ricotta soothed my throat, and I lost all control.

If you’re wondering what kinds of cooking shows I like, they’re the ones on PBS..No commercials, and no cooking competitions, just cooking.  Years ago, when the cooking network first appeared on the scene, Rich and I were on vacation out west, when we found it.  We spent one whole day just watching cooking shows and said if we ever had that channel, we’d never watch anything else.  Sadly, the shows they used to make, have been replaced with a bunch of competition shows, and that killed it for me.  Just show me someone cutting a bunch of onions and I’m happy…I don’t know why, but there’s something completely relaxing about watching someone chopping.  I even love chopping gadgets, so if I come across a shopping channel where they’re selling those boxes where the person puts half an onion in the top and slams the lid down, thereby chopping the onion, I’m in.  I’d never buy one, because I know the strength it would take to do that, plus I don’t want to miss the opportunity to use a sharp knife to make tiny pieces of anything…I’m dangerous with a knife.

I started thinking about it, and came up with this (in case you wondered what makes me tick when I’m sick.)  I’m a poet…

A Recipe for the Perfect Day for Sandy (with a cold)

A.  Comfort foods including but not limited to:  My mom’s potato soup recipe, her creamed chip beef on toast (don’t hate me for loving salt), warm cookies fresh from the oven, warm tea with a lot of sugar and milk, basically any meal with chicken and gravy,  Kool-Aid—doesn’t burn my throat like other drinks (I know, I’m weird)

B.  Cooking Channel

C.  Great Book–has to be really good or I lose interest fast when I have a cold

D. Dog snuggling

E.  Having Rich nearby…

You can’t ask for more than that.


It finally happened…The cold I’ve been trying to dodge, it’s here.  You wouldn’t know this about me, but I DREAD getting colds, because I keep them longer than Rich, then he gives them back to me…Sometimes I have a cold for a month, and that’s not an exaggeration.

We went to breakfast last weekend with college friends and one of them was ill.  At the time I didn’t realize it, so passed the coffee pot, and the sugar and creamer, so basically touched everything she touched.  I try to make sure I don’t touch my face much, but honestly, when you’re eating, you’re basically touching everything.  Toast, communal things, like salt and pepper….darn it….  It was lucky I had one last video for Rich to upload, but now we are out.  I have so many ideas for videos, but my voice is raspy and froggy at the same time, so it’s hard to understand what I’m saying.  I was on the phone with a company, and they had to ask me to spell Parker, as they couldn’t even understand that.  It’s a bummer.

On the flip side, it’s giving me more time to read, and who doesn’t make excuses to do that.  I used to really love Michael Palmer’s books, (he writes medical thrillers), but the one I’m reading now, “Resistant,” is a book about a super bug that no one can cure.  Of course it’s all about terrorism, and how they can spread a super bug and kill anyone and everyone, but it’s one of those things that strikes close to home.   It’s a good read so far, but any time I read about an infection that can’t be cured, it makes me nervous.  I had an infected artificial knee that took six months to eliminate the infection, and the experience left a mark.  Rich gave me IV’s through a port into my chest every twelve hours for six months, and I was in a wheelchair, as they had to remove the knee. After two failed attempts at killing the infection, the third time was the charm.  That’s one of those experiences you definitely don’t want to relive and reading about the different antibiotics they’re using (in this book), things haven’t changed much since 1994.

As for my crafty side, I’ve been watching videos by a company in the UK called Clarity Stamps, and I’ve found so many ideas I want to try.  I’d be in the craft room right now if I could make a video.  Unfortunately, I think it will be a couple of days before I’m back on videos….Drat.

How to: DIY Envelope Glue & Envelopes w/ a Ruler & Scissors

Lindsay the Frugal Crafter showed how to make the glue that seals envelopes years ago, and I decided I wanted to make it. When I give card sets, I like to make sure the envelopes can be sealed…

After several taste tests, I decided that the envelope glue recipe is as follows:
1/2 cup + one tablespoon Elmers Glue All.   
1/4 cup white vinegar
1/8 cup cinnamon extract

You can always make less of this recipe….If you want to cut it in half, it would be 

1/4 cup Elmer’s Glue All

1/8 cup white vinegar

1 TBSP  cinnamon extract, add more if you hate the taste

Stir until everything is combined and then using a funnel, put it into a bottle with a squeeze lid. If you use all of your glue, you can put it into the old glue bottle..

I went on Aliexpress and found a bottle for 67 cents that should’s the link Check the size before you buy it, as it might be too small…

Once you’ve combined your ingredients, put some on the top flap edges of an envelope and let it dry…Once I licked it, it didn’t taste as badly as other envelopes I’ve licked that were made commercially.

To make envelopes for any card, you’ll need 12 x 12″ paper for anything larger than a 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ card (an A2 size card).
Measure your card on the diagonal from the bottom left corner to the top right corner….I first measured an A2 size card that is 6 3/4″ diagonally, and you’ll add 1″ to it, to make      7 3/4″, and you’ll need to cut a square out of your paper that is 7 3/4″.
Once your paper is square, the outside of the envelope should be facedown at this point. You’ll decide what you want to be the outside of the envelope based on if you are mailing it…If you are mailing the envelope, you need the front of the envelope to be easy for the postal workers to read, so a pattern should be in the inside of the envelope...
You’ll put your paper in front of you like a diamond..I always corner round the top corner with my Kadomaru Pro corner rounder from Amazon...I love it…by the way. Lay your card in the center of the diamond, and fold in the sides so they are close to the sides, but not tight. Then rub your folds so you can see them. Pinch in the bottomedges and fold it up to make the bottom of the card, then do the same with the top. On the top corners you’ll see folds where excess paper exists. I use my scissors and trim out the excess..the bottom doesn’t matter as people won’t see that. You might want to cut the center piece that sticks up from the bottom so it’s straight across…You’ll use a strong adhesive on back of the bottom flaps and add your envelope glue to the top edges of the flap. Let it dry before proceeding to the licking phase.
To insert your card, it’s easier to put your card in face down, as any embellishments won’t get stuck on their way in…..
To make an envelope for a 5 x 7″ card, measure diagonally from corner to corner and it’s 8 1/2″….add one inch, so you’ll need a 9 1/2″ square of paper. Follow the same steps as you did for the smaller envelope.