Monday, March 12, 2018

Happy Birthday Sis

Here's hoping everyone is adjusting to the time change.  Now if spring would just wake up and join us.  My middle sister had a birthday last month and this is the card I made for her.  It's an eclipse card which I love making.  There are so many possiblities when creating one of these.

Card Base:  Elegant Eggplant CS cut 5-1/2" x 8-1/2"; score at 4-1/4".  A layer of Lemon Lime Twist was added on top of that.

Floral Layer:  On a piece of Whisper White CS, I stamped a variety of images from the Bloomin' Love stamp set.  I used the MISTI to balance the images on all sides.  When I stamped one side, I turned the card stock and stamped the other.  I then moved the stamp and did the same thing.  The colors I used for all the floral and leaf images were Lemon Lime Twist, Berry Burst, Blushing Bride, Elegant Eggplant, Pink Pirouette, Perfect Plum, Wisteria Wonder and Sweet Sugarplum inks.  I added the little dots from the Painted Harvest stamp set to fill in some empty spots.

Sentiment:  I added a piece of Adhesive Sheet to the back of the floral layer and cut out the sentiment using the Celebrate You Thinlits.  I saved all the tiny pieces so I could add them back later.  This layer was then attached to the card front.  On scrap pieces of Lemon Lime Twist and Perfect Plum I added Adhesive Sheet and cut out the same sentiment from each.  I attached all three sentiments together for dimension and added it back into the opening of the floral layer.  Then to really test my patience I added all the tiny pieces from the sentiment back into the openings in the letters.

The Finishing Touches:  I stamped some of the floral images from the Bloomin' Love stamp set on Blushing Bride, Elegant Eggplant and Sweet Sugarplum card stocks using the coordinating color inks.  They were cut out using the Bloomin' Hearts Thinlits.  I layered them to get 3 flowers and added them to the card.  Clear Wink of Stella was added to the small center flower.  Small Pearls were added to the center of each flower to finish the card.

If you want to try this type of card, there are so many places on the internet to find directions.  It seems like a lot of work but they can be done a lot simpler.  Thank you for visiting.  Have a great week and be safe.

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Saturday, March 10, 2018

Big & Bold Anniversary Wishes

Happy weekend to everyone.  This card is the first of a three card series.  My daughter-in-love's sister and brother-in-law are celebrating their anniversary next week.  But they are also celebrating their birthdays, all on the same day.  I chose the TIME OUT Challenge #104 - BOLD for my inspiration.  I think the large image and sentiment as well as the bright colors does make a bold statement.  I'll share the other two cards next week some time.

Card Base:  Lemon Lime Twist CS cut 5-1/2" x 8-1/2"; score at 4-1/4".  I added a layer of Whisper White CS that had the corners rounded using the Envelope Punch Board.

Image Layer:  The beautiful flower from the Heartfelt Blooms stamp set was stamped on Whisper White CS with Fresh Fig ink.  The Layering Squares Framelits were used to cut it out.  I cut a piece of Eastern Palace DSP and rounded the corners to use as a mat.  Before matting the image, I added a Delicate White Doily that was colored with a Sponge Brayer and Crushed Curry Ink between the image and the mat.  A piece of Crushed Curry 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon was added to the white layer.

Sentiment:  One of the banners from the Banners for You stamp set was stamped on Lemon Lime Twist CS using Fresh Fig ink.  Two of the sentiments from the same stamp set were then stamped on the banner with Fresh Fig ink.  The banner was cut out with the Bunch of Banners Framelits.  It was added to the card with Dimensionals.

The Finishing Touches:  To the center of the big flower I added a large Clear Faceted GemMetallic Enamel Shapes were added to the sentiment banner.

I appreciate you taking the time to visit my blog.  Please let me know what you think of the card.  Have a blessed and safe weekend.

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Hugs and Wishes

Happy Wednesday everyone.  Here in the northeast we are anticipating a huge snow fall - 10 to 14 inches.  I guess winter won't be going out quietly this year.  My card today is meant to be a hug in the mail with some words of love and support.  I used the challenge As You See It Challenge #170.

Card Base:  Soft Sky CS cut at 5-1/2" x 8-1/2"; scored at 4-1/4".  One of the Petal Pair embossing folders was used down the center of the front.  With the Layering Squares Framelits, I cut one of the scalloped squares from Night of Navy CS and used it to mat a piece of Naturally Eclectic DSP.

Sentiment:  Adhesive Sheets were added to pieces of Emerald Envy, Lemon Lime Twist and Naturally Eclectic DSP and used them to cut out the hugs sentiment using the Lovely Words Thinlits.  I also used one of the Layering Circles Dies around the thinlit so that I would have an edge around the sentiment.  They were layered together both for dimension and stability and added to the card.

Images:   I stamped the flower and butterfly images from the Hold On To Hope stamp set on Whisper White CS using Emerald Envy, Night of Navy and Lemon Lime Twist markers.  They were cut out with the Cross of Hope Framelits and added to the card with Glue Dots.

The Finishing Touch:  Added a little sparkle with a Rhinestone on the butterflies and the flower.

Thank you for visiting today.  Hopefully you aren't being slammed with lots of snow today.  Stay warm and be safe.

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Monday, March 5, 2018

Just Like Home

I've been wanting to work with this stamp set for a while but it took the CAS on Friday Challenge #127 - One Layer Wonder to give me that little nudge.  Living in the Hudson Valley in New York the Catskill Mountains are a beautiful sight year round.  I was trying to capture the quietness of a morning sunrise.

The card base is Shimmery White CS cut at 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" and scored at 4-1/4".  Using the Waterfront stamp set, I first layered a couple of the "ground" images using Pear Pizzazz and Old Olive inks.  I stamped the first mountain image with Smoky Slate ink.  I stamped the image again on some masking paper, cut it out, masked the first image and then stamped it again a couple of times again using the mask.  I also masked the mountains to stamp the sun coming up behind a couple of peaks using Crushed Curry ink.  I colored the pine trees from the same stamp set by coloring them with Early Espresso and Old Olive markers and then stamping them.  The clouds from the Lift Me Up stamp set were inked with Pool Party ink, stamped off and then stamped on the card front.  I didn't put a sentiment on it yet; I'll add that when I decide who and what the card will be used for.

I guess I was a little intimidated by the stamp set but I think with a little more practice, it will become well used.  Thanks for visiting my blog.  I hope you enjoyed my take on my part of the country.

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Saturday, March 3, 2018

Is It Spring Yet?

Here in the northeast winter is still hanging on but the beginning of March brings hope for warmer days.  My card today has a little springtime flair based on two challenges:  Paper Craft Crew Tic Tac Toe Challenge #282 and the CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge #261.  For the tic tac toe challenge I used the center column of living creature (butterfly), elements of springtime (leaves, butterfly, bright colors) and vellum (butterfly and sentiment).

Card Base:  Whisper White Thick CS cut 4-1/4" x 11"; score at 5-1/2".  Ran a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White CS through the Big Shot with the Layered Leaves Embossing folder.  Since this card will be going through the mail, I added a 3-3/4" x 5" piece of fun foam to the back of the layer for support and attached it to the base with Fast Fuse.

Image & Sentiment:  On a piece of Vellum CS, I stamped the large 3-step butterfly from the Watercolor Wings stamp set with Daffodil Delight, Peekaboo Peach and Perfect Plum Inks.  The body was stamped using Basic Black Archival Ink.  The butterfly was cut out with the Bold Butterfly Framelits.  Before attaching it to the card with Glue Dots, I gently creased it on both sides of the body so the wings would be dimensional.  The sentiment from the Sweet Cupcake stamp set was heat embossed on Vellum CS with Versamark and Black Embossing Powder.  I then cut it out with the Bunch of Banners Framelits.  With a Bone Folder I curled the center and then the ends in the opposite direction.  It was attached with Glue Dots.

The Finishing Touches:  I added two retired Daffodil Delight Enamel Shapes to the sentiment.  Clear Wink of Stella was added to the butterfly body.

Hopefully we'll all be seeing beautiful butterflies in our yards soon.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend.  Please stop by for a visit again.

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

A Simple I Love You

This card was going to be a Valentine card but when the day came and went, I decided to make it an "I Love You" card.  I'm using the Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #279 - clean and simple.

Card Base:  Very Vanilla Thick CS cut 4-1/4" x 11" and scored at 5-1/2".  I heat embossed the sentiment from the Vertical Greetings stamp set using Dapper Denim ink and Clear Embossing Powder.  When using the ink pad to heat emboss, you have to move quickly with the embossing powder.  If it doesn't emboss well, you can go over it again if you use a stamp positioning tool to start with.

Image Layer:  I did use my MISTI to stamp the image from the Vertical Greetings stamp set.  I covered the image, except the planter, with a post-it note and stamped the planter with Dapper Denim ink twice to get good coverage.  I then masked off the planter and flower and stamped the stem with Lemon Lime Twist ink.  Finally I masked off the bottom of the image and stamped the heart flower with Fresh Fig ink.  On a scrap piece of Very Vanilla CS, I stamped the heart once more with Fresh Fig ink and cut it out with the Sweet and Sassy Framelits.  The image layer was matted with Lemon Lime Twist and Fresh Fig CS and attached to the card.  The extra flower was popped up with Mini Dimensionals.

The Finishing Touch:  Retired Brights Sequins were added to the card, one on the planter and two randomly placed.

I really enjoy working with this stamp set but don't always think to use it.  It certainly makes for a clean-looking card.  Hope your weekend has been a good one.  Thanks for taking the time to check out my card today.  Have a blessed week.

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Sweets for the Sweeties

Today I'm sharing the treats I made for my granddaughter and grandson.  Some of the inspiration comes from a new challenge - Festive Friday #0001: Valentine and/or sequins.

When the holiday catalog came out, I found these Acetate Card Boxes.  Haven't used them for cards but they popped into my head when I was trying to come up with treat holders.  I did one in Sweet Sugarplum  CS and one in Real Red CS.   The retired Confetti Hearts Punch was used on the top and bottom edge of the card stock.  They were each inserted
into an acetate box.  I had all the hearts that were punched out and wanted to use them in some way so
I made shaker hearts for the front of the box.  The sentiment from the Bloomin' Love stamp set was heat embossed on a piece of Window Sheet with Versamark and White Embossing Powder and cut out
with the Sweet and Sassy FramelitsWhisper White
CS was cut with the framelits.  I added Foam 
Adhesive Strips, put the punched out hearts in the center, added the embossed vellum and then another frame cut with the dies to cover the edges of the vellum.  I used the Sweet Sugarplum and Real Red markers around the
around the edge to color the adhesive strips.  Sweet Sugarplum 3/8" Grosgrain Ribbon was added to one and Whisper White 3/8" Classic Weave Ribbon was added to the other.  I then popped up the shakers with Dimensionals.  These held quite a few Dove and Reeses hearts which I'm sure made my little sweeties very happy.

Thanks for visiting.  Enjoy your weekend.

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