Keep Calm & Be Crazy


First – am I the only person who keeps mis-typing the word ‘calm’, and coming up with ‘clam’?! Just in case you read ‘clam’ in this post, remind yourself that I mean ‘calm’. Because of course, both are legit words, so auto correct or spell check won’t flag ‘clam’ for me! I need to take the title to heart; keep calm & be crazy! This is the name of a stamp from Impression Obsession that I ordered recently. It’s just the sentiment, no images, so I thought I’d pair it up with my Concord & 9th Faceted Turnabout Stencils.


I used the large stencil for a full panel background. The sad part is that most of it is covered up with the sentiment, so I thought I’d take a picture of it, before adding the sentiment panel.

Keep Calm & Be Crazy

Can you see that gorgeous geometric shape, right in the middle? One day, I’m going to cut out & use just that part! These Turnabout Stencils are really easy to use, and you can use any colour combination you want. I chose Blueprint Sketch, Spiced Marmalade, Abandoned Coral and Mustard Seed Distress Inks.

Keep Calm & Be Crazy

The photo above is the finished card, with the Keep Calm & Be Crazy stamp sentiment attached.


There’s not a lot to tell; I first created the stencil background, and then sprayed it with some Sheer Shimmer Craft Spray in Frost, from Tsukineko. This adds a lovely shimmer, with a bit of white.  Set that aside to dry, and stamp the sentiment onto a panel of white cardstock, using the Abandoned Coral. I set up the cardstock & stamp in my MISTI, so that I could stamp it more than once. Distress ink tends to be a bit lighter, and not always ‘solid’ on the first stamping. So, inking up the stamp and stamping a 2nd time ensures a nice, crisp image.

Using some banner dies from my stash, I cut the sentiment and a cardstock piece to layer behind it. Everything is layered together with foam squares and/or tape, for extra dimension.

Keep Calm & Be Crazy

I tilted the card for the photo above, so that you can see the lovely shimmer spray!  I think it adds just the little extra something that the card needed, but without taking away from the fun sentiment, or the pretty stencil.


I hope you’ll try out the Faceted Turnabout Stencils; they’re really easy & fun to use! If you’d like to try them out, I’ve attached links to places I shop, so you can get your own. I only provide links to stores where I purchase my supplies, so you can be sure of receiving good service & quality supplies!

Keep Calm & Be Crazy

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I've always liked to create things, but I'm not a great artist, or sculptor, or any type of 'traditional' artist - but I love to create! I love the satisfaction of a completed project. Whether a card, painting or other project - as long as it can create a smile, evoke a feeling, or some type of reaction in the recipient. I hope you will enjoy sharing my creations, and occasional ramblings; I'd enjoy having you create with me! :)

2 thoughts on “Keep Calm & Be Crazy

    1. The turnabout stencils are fun – you’d love them, Buffy! Glad you like my ‘crazy’ birthday card 🙂

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