Tuesday, October 31, 2017


Happy Halloween everyone.  Today I'm sharing a card I made for my grandchildren using the TGIF Challenge #131 - eclipse technique.  This is my grandson's card.  My granddaughter's is pretty much the same except I changed up the bow and embellishments (see below).

Card Base:  Basic Black CS cut 5-1/2" x 8-1/2"; scored at 4-1/4".

Eclipse Layer:  Since I don't do a lot of Halloween cards, I don't buy dsp or halloween stamps very often so on this card I made my own dsp.  On a piece of Whisper White Thick CS, I stamped images from three retired stamp sets (Bite Me, Ghoulish Grunge, and Fall Fest) using Memento Black, Pumpkin Pie, Pear Pizzazz and Sahara Sand inks.  The colored dots were made by using a pencil eraser with the inks.  The Large Letter Framelits were used to cut out the word BOO and the exclamation.  Multipurpse Adhesive Paper was added to the back of the white cardstock before cutting the letters out.  I also cut out the same letters from white fun foam, also with the adhesive paper attached.  Be sure to save all the small pieces that get cut.  I attached the stamped layer to the front of the card.  I adhered the letters to the fun foam letters and added them into the openings on the card stock.  I then added the centers of the B and Os into the openings but without the fun foam attached.

The Finishing Touches:  Added some orange rhinestones I had in my stash.  I also added some glossy accents to a few of the dots and a
couple of the spiders.  I made a bow using the 3/8" Black Shimmer Ribbon and added it to the ghost.  On my granddaughter's card I changed it up a little by using Rhinestones, glossy accents and Pear Pizzazz Shimmer Ribbon.

I used the MISTI for the stamping and it makes it quick, especially if you're doing more than one of the same card.

These will be hand delivered when we go to see them this week.  I also made some treat holders which I will share on another post.

Have a great day and don't eat too much chocolate, if that's possible.

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Flying High Birthday

For today's birthday card I used two challenges:  Creating Pretty Cards Challenge #76 and Seize the Birthday - anything goes.

Card Base:  Soft Sky CS cut at 5-1/2" x 8-1/2"; score at 2-3/4" and 7".  Using the clouds from the Lift Me Up stamp set and Soft Sky ink, I randomly stamped the clouds on the two flaps of the front, stamping off first on scrap paper.

Image Layer:  On a piece of Whisper White CS I again randomly stamped them using Soft Sky ink and the same cloud stamps.  I adhered this layer to Sweet Sugarplum CS and added it to the left flap of the card.

Balloon:  The balloon was cut out of Tranquil Tide CS backed with Multipurpose Adhesive sheets using the Up and Away Thinlits.  The backing pieces were cut out of Sweet Sugarplum, Soft Sky and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper using the same thinlits and attached to the back of the balloon. Dimensionals were used to pop it up on the front.

Sentiment:  The sentiment from the Lift Me Up stamp set was heat embossed on Whisper White CS using VersaMark, Tranquil Tide ink and Clear Embossing Powder.  It was cut out with the Up and Away Thinlits.  I added some Clear Wink of Stella for a little shimmer.  The cloud was attached to the upper corner of the image.

Finishing Touch:  Slipped a piece of Silver Mini Sequin Trim behind the the balloon with a Glue Dot to adhere it.

The inside sentiment is from the Lift Me Up stamp set and was heat embossed with Versamark, Tranquil Tide and Clear Embossing Powder.  I added a small balloon from the same stamp set that was stamped in Sweet Sugarplum ink.

Thanks for stopping by.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Falling Leaves

You can tell fall is in the air; there are leaves everywhere.  My falling leaves card today is based on the CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge #244.

Card Base:  Lemon Lime Twist CS cut 4-1/4" x 11"; score at 5-1/2"  Very Vanilla Thick CS run through the Big Shot using the Woodland Embossing Folder and attached to the card front.

Leaves:  I added Crush Curry, Cajun Craze, Lemon Lime Twist and Peekaboo Peach inks to a clear block, spritzed them with water and placed on Watercolor Paper.  After letting it dry, I cut out the large leaf using the Seasonal Layers Thinlits.  Added some Clear Wink of Stella and attached it to the card.  The smaller leaves were cut from Copper Foil Paper using the same thinlits and added to the card.

Sentiment:  The sentiment from the Best Birds stamp set was heat embossed on Very Vanilla CS with Versamark and Copper Embossing Powder.  Cut sentiment out with the Stitched Shapes Framelits and matted it with Lemon Lime Twist cut out using the Layering Ovals Framelits.  Sentiment attached to card with Dimensionals.

The Fininshing Touch:  Before adding the sentiment, I added some loops of Copper Metallic Thread on the back using Snail Adhesive.

The embossing folder gives a clean and simple card a little added punch.
Hope you enjoyed your visit today.  Please stop by again.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

A BIG Happy Birthday

Hope your Tuesday is going well.  Today I have a birthday card meant for a guy in your life.  I never have one of these on hand when I need it.

Card Base:  Cajun Craze CS cut 5-1/2" x 8-1/2"; score at 4-1/4".

Sentiment - Part 1:  The large debossed "happy" was done by running the card base through the Big Shot using the Celebrations Duo Debossing Folder.

Card Front Layering:  I matted a piece of Painted Autumn DSP with Early Espresso CS and added it just above the happy.  The leaves were cut from Garden Green CS using the Seasonal Layers Thinlits.  I added some retired Crystal Effects to the leaves and popped them up with Dimensionals.

Sentiment - Part 2:  On a strip of Early Espresso CS I heat embossed the word birthday from the Number of Years stamp set using VersaMark and Gold Embossing Powder.  The sentiment layer was matted with a piece of the Painted Autumn DSP and attached under the happy.

Finishing Touch:  Some Regals Enamel Shapes were added to the Early Espresso sentiment strip.

Thank you for visiting my blog today.

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

A Peaceful Snow

This is the first Christmas card I've created this year and went with the traditional red and green.  I'm hoping to jump start my holiday cards using these two challenges:  Merry Monday Challenge #259 - add a Christmas tree and Try Stampin' On Tuesday Challenge #341 with the optional theme of bold words.

Card Base:  Whisper White Thick CS cut 4-1/4" x 11"; score at 5-1/2".  Added Be Merry DSP.

Image Layer:  Ran a piece of Whisper White CS through the Big Shot with the Softly Falling Embossing Folder.  Cut a Real Red CS scallop using the Seasonal Layers Thinlits and attached on the left side of the embossed piece.  Added this layer to the card front.  Cut the trees from Silver Foil Paper using the Card Front Builder Thinlits.  They were added with Dimensionals.

Sentiment:  Another piece of the Be Merry DSP was matted
with Silver Foil Paper and added to the card.  Ran a piece of Real Red CS through the Big Shot with the Christmas Greetings Thinlits (retired) and attached it to the designer paper.

Finishing Touch:  I heat embossed a retired Snowflake Element using VersaMark and Silver Embossing Powder.  It was attached to the card with Glue Dots.

This is an easy card to mass produce, especially if you have a lot of cards to make.  I hope you are enjoying the long weekend as we celebrate Columbus Day here in the US as well as some lovely fall weather.

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Friday, August 25, 2017

A Basket of Sunflowers

I did a little coloring for the Paper Players Challenge #358.  We're have some really great weather here in the northeast, cooler temps and very low humidity, some very fall-like weather so maybee that inspired my  color choices.

Card Base:  Very Vanilla Thick CS cut at 5-1/2" x 8-1/2"; score at 4-1/4".  Before going any further, I heat embossed the sentiment from the Basket of Wishes stamp set first with Cajun Craze ink and then Versamark and Clear Embossing Powder.

First Layer:  Cut two 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" squares from the Painted Autumn DSP (new starting 9/1); I then cut them in half diagonally.  I attached them to a 3-7/8" x 3-7/8" piece of Cajun Craze CS and attached it to the card front.

Image Layer:  Stamped the basket and the flowers from the Basket of Wishes stamp set on Watercolor Paper with Basic Black Archival Ink.  Before doing any coloring, be sure the ink has dried (ask me why I'm saying that).  Early Espresso ink was used to color the basket with a Blender Pen.  The flowers were colored in with Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Daffodil Delight, Lemon Lime Twist and Early Espresso Markers.  The image was cut out using the Stitched Shapes Framelits and matted with Cajun Craze CS cut using the Layering Squares Framelits.  I used Dimensionals to pop up the image on the card.

The Finishing Touches:  I added a touch of Clear Wink of Stella to the center of the sunflower and the little berries.  A bow made from Linen Thread was attached with a Glue Dot.  Four hearts from the Regals Enamel Shapes were added, one in each corner.

Sounds like a lot of work to pull this card together, but I found the coloring was the most time consuming probably because I need lots more practice.  Thank you for stopping by.  Have a great weekend.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Swirly Birthday

It has certainly been a while since I posted.  Today's card is inspired by the sketch from Create Pretty Cards Challenge #74.

Card Base:  Berry Burst CS cut 4-1/4" x 11"; score at 5-1/2".  Whisper White CS cut 4" x 5-1/4".  Embossed with the Layered Leaves EF.  This folder gives such a beautiful deeply embossed image.  Attached to the base with Fast Fuse.

Sentiment:  Stamped the sentiment from the Lift Me Up stamp set on Crushed Curry CS with VersaMark and heat embossed it with black embossing powder.  This is a 2-line sentiment but when I cropped it using one of Bunch of Banners Framelits, it cut the top line off perfectly.  Love the swirls on the sentiment.  I curled both ends in opposite directions using the Bone Folder and attached it with Dimensionals.

Image:  The swirly image was cut from Berry Burst from the Color Theory dsp using the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits.  Before cutting it out I added a piece of Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet to the paper to make it easy to attach to the card.  Again using the Old Olive from the Color Theory dsp, I cut out three leaves from the same thinlits.  The small flower is cut from Crushed Curry CS, also using the same thinlits.  I attached the leaves and the little flowers with Glue Dots.

The Finishing Touches:  Glitter Enamel Dots were added to the center of the flowers for a little sparkle.

I appreciate you stopping by.  Take a moment to leave a comment.  I enjoy hearing from you.  Have a great day.

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