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Candy Jar

Candy Jar

Happy 4th of July!!

Sorry for the later-than-usual post today! Believe it or not, I slept until 10:00! It’s all those 6-hour nights of sleep this week. The kids are going to bed so late this summer, so I am going to bed even later. Then, I was leisurely eating my breakfast and suddenly thought, my blog!

Remember I told you several weeks ago that I was on a buying binge? Well, I’m still powering through all these new products! I also told you that I branched out into some new brands. This week I’m working with a couple of stamp sets from Stamps of Life. I bought them at the scrapbook convention here about a month ago. I really like them – very cute but at the same time very functional. They are really sticky and ink up awesomely. I used Versafine, Versamagic, and Colorbox Chalk Inks on them – they all worked great.

I brushed on Crystal Effects to make the jar glossy. It worked great, but what would have probably worked a little better would be several layers of clear embossing, similar to how I did the heart on THIS CARD. I didn’t want to spend the time with all that embossing, so I took the short cut!

The jar top is wet and crumpled paper – very easy to do and creates a pretty dramatic texture. I forgot to take a picture of the inside of the card. It says, “Candy makes everything better!”. I show it in the video.

Funny thing happened (well, not really). Right after I turned off the video camera, I dropped a black ink pad right on the card!!! Have you ever done that? OMGosh I was so mad. I tried to fix it, but it just couldn’t be fixed. So… the photo above is the first version I made, not the one from the video. The only difference is that I used Blackbird Chalk Ink in the photo and Versafine Black Ink in the video. The Chalk Ink absorbs better into the paper, but it also fades a little bit. The Versafine ink was a very dark black, but it didn’t absorb as well. I preferred the Versafine, only because I liked the rich look of the black.










  1. wrote on July 4th, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Holly Saveur

    Wilson has such a very sweet face and eyes I really don’t know why people are put off just because he is a Pit Bull…I think they should look at his face and character!
    Sorry to hear about the ink pad falling on your card…happened to me many times before!!

  2. wrote on July 4th, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Brenda B

    Love your card and so sorry that it was ruined by that ink pad. I’ve done something similar with liquid glue…I spritz it and it covered my mess. As for the pit bull, a very good friend of mine had one and it WAS very people friendly, but it wasn’t keen on having strange dogs around.

  3. wrote on July 4th, 2012 at 11:47 am


    Oh now….that cute card ruined by an ink pad? Well, now I know you are human! LOL! I do things like that all the time!
    What a fun stamp set….I keep saying I’m going to place an order….I have my eye on several stamp sets at Stamps of Life!
    That’s a wonderful thing your daughter is doing trying to help out dogs needing forever homes. Good luck to her in finding a home for Wilson!

  4. wrote on July 4th, 2012 at 12:16 pm


    So cute!!!

  5. wrote on July 4th, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    June K

    Darlene, you should be so proud of your daughter. She is a remarkably kind person. I remember your other story a few months back where she saved a dog from the park field and that dog became one of your household’s pets. I think the dogs all sense her kindness and gentleness and they all warm up to her quickly and it’s like she has a new best friend. I left her a comment on her blog. I’ve added her blog to my Google Reader so I’ll be sure to see any of her posts.

    Oh, and since this is a craft/stamping blog. . . I love how you used the Crystal Effects for the glass jar. I’ll have to try that. Have 4th of July to you and your family.

  6. wrote on July 4th, 2012 at 1:24 pm


    Happy 4th of July! Such a sweet card! Love the texture tricks.

  7. wrote on July 4th, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Susan Hiles

    Darlene, I have subscribed to your You Tube channel for a while now and enjoy watching them weekly. You make such beautiful cards and was wondering if you ever heard of Operation Write Home (www.operationwritehome.org) and would consider donating cards for our troops that are overseas. Check out the OWH website to see what it’s all about. Sandy Allnock is the President and a dt member on Oozak and hopefully soon for May Arts. Your cards would bless many families in the U.S. as well as our deployed troops.

  8. wrote on July 4th, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Carol B

    Very cute card. I do have question about Crystal Effects, how do you keep it from drying out in the jar? I am on my 3rd jar and usual end up throwing a good portion away. Decided it has something to do with cutting top off, will try just opening jar this time.

    • wrote on July 5th, 2012 at 10:51 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Carol, to tell you the truth, I have not had a problem with mine. I’ve had the same bottle for at least 2 years and it doesn’t appear to be drying out at all. Do you put the cap on tightly after each use? I never leave mine open for any length of time. As long as the cap is snuggly in place, I don’t think it would matter how far down you cut the top. You can always call SU for a replacement. 1-800-STAMP-UP.

  9. wrote on July 4th, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Francine G

    So cute!

  10. wrote on July 4th, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Yvonne Williams

    Darlene, I so enjoy your cards and your videos. My son has two Pits and the are the sweetest little girls. They have not been raised as fighters or with any type of violience. The one only concerns me as she wants to lick your elbow every time she wakes by and her tongue muscle is as strong as all her other muscles. Love her to pieces.

  11. wrote on July 5th, 2012 at 12:29 am

    Efrat S.

    Darlene, your card and video are great as always. And about the dogs, here is a link to a video I saw yesterday and thought your daughter would really like, it’s about a home for rescued Pitbulls and Rotwilers. They have more then 100 dogs and they are all leaving great with a 6 months old baby 🙂

  12. wrote on July 11th, 2012 at 7:07 am

    Terri (blindstamper)

    Cute, cute card! Thanks for what you said about pit bulls. Your daughter is right, they are wonderful dogs…any time they aren’t, it’s a human’s fault. Any dog can be dangerous…and any dog can be wonderful…with the right conditions. Tell your daughter that I think she is awesome and is doing awesome work!

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