Friday, May 25, 2018

And She Did

Hi all.  My card today is, believe it or not, a graduation card.  It is for our niece who recently received her degree, all while being a wife, mom and working.  We are very proud of her and wanted to let her know that when you put your mind to something you can accomplish anything.  I used a couple of sketches as inspiration:  CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge #273 (sketch) and Festive Friday #0008 - wine day and/or watercolor.

Card Base:  Soft Sky CS cut 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4".  On a piece of Whisper White CS, I stamped the cloud image from the This Little Piggy stamp set using Soft Sky ink, added Clear Wink of Stella to the clouds and added it to the card front.

Image Layer:  Stamped the image from the This Little Piggy stamp set on Whisper White CS using Black Memento Ink.  Light and dark Pink Pirouette and Smoky Slate Blends were used to color the image.  I'm still working on my coloring skills using the blends (or any coloring tool for that matter).  I cut
the image and Smoky Slate mat out using the Layering Squares Framelits.  The Pink Pirouette mat was cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits.  After layering these all together I popped it up on the card using Dimensionals.

The Finishing Touch:  A bow made from Silver Bakers Twine was added to the corner with Glue Dots.

I forgot to take a picture of the inside but I stamped the rest of the sentiment ("and she did") plus the word congratulations from the Flourishing Phrases stamp set.  I also added a few more clouds.  This is such a fun stamp set to work with.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Enjoy this memorial day weekend.  Please take a moment to remember all those who have so honorably served the U.S.  Be safe and be blessed.

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Bell and Bough


I know, Christmas?!!!  I didn't plan on a Christmas card but I found some challenges that motivated me.  Plus, it doesn't hurt to get a jump on that busy holiday.  The challenges I chose are:  TGIF Challenge #159 - sketch, Merry Monday Challenge #290 - bell, and ABC Christmas Challenge - J for joy / K for keep it simple.  Here's the how to.

Card Base:  Shimmery White CS cut 4-1/4" x 11"; score at 5-1/2".  As you can see, I flipped the sketch.  At the top I stamped one of the pine boughs from the Christmas Pines stamp set on both corners using Old Olive ink.  I then used the other bough in the stamp set and stamped over the first one using Lemon Lime Twist.

Bell & Bow:  On Gold Foil CS, I heat embossed
a bell from the Seasonal Bells stamp set using Versamark and Gold Embossing Powder.  It was punched out using the Bell Punch.  The bow was cut from the Pretty Pines Thinlits and glammed up with some Clear Wink of Stella.  I used some old gold elastic to "hang" the bell from the bow using Glue Dots.  The bow was attached with Glue Dots and the bell with Dimensionals.

Sentiment:  Since I didn't have the word joy by itself in any stamp set, I used the word enjoy from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits, cut it out of Gold Foil CS, trimmed off the e and n, and attached "joy" to the card with Glue Dots.

The Finishing Touch:  Added a Gold Metallic Enamel Shape to the knot of the bow for a little more shine.

I hope you enjoyed today's card.  If you have any questions or would like to leave a comment, do so below.  Have a great rest of the week and a great weekend.  See you soon.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Birthday in Pink

Today I have a birthday card inspired by the Fusion Card Challenge and the Festive Friday Challenge #007.  I'm so bad at getting cards mailed on time; this one will almost make it.

Card Base:  Very Vanilla Thick CS cut 5-1/2" x 8-1/2"; score at 4-1/4".

Sentiment Layer:  The sentiment from the Balloon Celebration stamp set was heat embossed using Versamark and Black Embossing PowderPowder Pink 3/8" Shimmer Ribbon was added along two sides.  On Powder Pink CS, I stamped three of the images from the

Paisleys & Posies stamp set with Berry Burst ink.  The were cut out with the Paisley Framelits and added to the card with Glue Dots.  The layer was attached to the card with Fast Fuse.

The Finishing Touches:  A bow made from the Berry Burst 5/8" Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon was added to one of the cut outs.  Three Glitter Enamel Dots were added for a little bling.

I hope you enjoyed today's card.  I love using the many challenges out there so if you're ever stumped for inspiration, check them out.  Seems like spring has arrived here in the northeast.  It's lovely to see the sun for a couple of days in a row.  Have a great day.

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Birthday for a Gentleman

I needed a masculine birthday card in a hurry and found the Sunday Stamps Challenge #176 had a great sketch.  This card is easy to make and has a really clean and simple look.

Card Base:  Crushed Curry CS cut 5-1/2" x 8-1/2"; score at 4-1/4".  Added pieces of True Gentleman DSP.

Sentiments:  On Very Vanilla CS I embossed the "happy" sentiment from the Celebrations Duo Embossing Folders and added the layer to the card.  The "birthday" sentiment from the Lift Me Up stamp set was stamped on Crushed Curry CS.  Since I just needed the word birthday I colored just that word with a Night of Navy marker and stamped it.  I used the Tailored Tag Punch to punch out the sentiment.  Loops of Linen Thread was added to the back of the sentiment.  It was attached to the card with Dimensionals.

The Finishing Touch:  Three Metallic Enamel Shapes were added to the birthday sentiment for a little embellishment.

This sketch is very versatile and great for using up small pieces of dsp.  Thanks for checking out this post.  Enjoy the weekend.  Be blessed and be safe.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Paper Pumpkin - March Makeover

The March Paper Pumpkin included products to complete note cards and envelopes.  Since I mail most cards that I create, I knew I wouldn't be using the envelopes but I did not want them to go to waste.  So I cut the envelopes open and used the insides as designer paper, one of the flaps was used on a card and I fussy cut some of the roses on the front of the envelopes.  I used all the note cards and in order to use most of the products in the box, I created some regular size cards using the following additional products:  Powder Pink, So Saffron, Crumb Cake, Lemon Lime Twist and Fresh Fig card stocks; Powder Pink Shimmer Ribbon; Lemon Lime Twist 1/8" Ombre Ribbon; Pearls; Glitter Enamel Dots; Clear Wink of Stella; retired Gold Wink of Stella; some random rhinestones I had in my stash.  Below are more of the cards I created.


 


 


 




Needless to say, it got challenging after a while to come up with a different idea for each card but at least most of the products didn't go to waste.  Thanks for stopping by.  Winter hasn't left us yet in the Northeast but I am hoping the next week brings a turnaround.  Enjoy the weekend.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Seven Already!!

Hi all.  My niece's daughter just turned 7.  She is a smart and talented little girl.  She is an animal lover, just like her mom, so I thought this adorable panda would make a cute card.  I used the Try Stampin' On Tuesday Challenge #360 for my inspiration.

Card Base:  Sahara Sand CS cut at 5-1/2" x 8-1/2"; score at 4-1/4".  Added a piece of retired dsp (don't remember the name).  On top of that is a piece of retired Mint Macaron CS.  Each end of a strip of Melon Mambo CS was clipped and then added to the card.

Image Layer:  I stamped the panda with the balloon from the Party Pandas Stamp Set with Black Archival Ink on Whisper White CS.  Before stamping I covered the balloon and string so they wouldn't stamp.  I cut this out using the Layering Squares Framelits.  I made a frame for the image using Crushed Curry CS and the Layering Squares Framelits using a regular square and a scalloped square.  The image was attached to a larger piece of Whisper White CS and the frame added.  I attached it to the card with Dimensionals.  I cut a rectangle shape from the same dsp, added thin strips of Melon Mambo and a bow cut using the Christmas Stocking Thinlits.  It was added with Mini Dimensionals.

The Finishing Touch:  Crushed Curry hearts from the Regals Enamel Shapes were added to say we love you.

I hope you enjoyed today's card.  Have a wonderful day.

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Friday, March 23, 2018

Finally, Card #3

This is the third card for the couple with their anniversary and birthdays on the same day.  I used the SUO Challenge #196 - Spring and Time Out Challenge #105.  Tulips make me smile, maybe because they say spring has actually arrived.  Read on for the details.

Card Base:  Shimmery White CS cut 4-1/4" x 11"; score at 5-1/2".  I rounded the corners of a piece of Pool Party CS using the Envelope Punch Board. The sentiment from the Vertical Greetings stamp set was stamped with Memento Ink.  I then spritzed this piece using a mixture of alcohol and the remains from a Clear Wink of Stella pen in a Stampin' Spritzer.  Added to the card with Fast Fuse.

Image Layer:  Tulips, stems and leaves are from the Tranquil Tulips stamp set.  This is a two-step stamp set with a watercolor look.  The tulips were stamped with Daffodil Delight and Crushed Curry inks on Whisper White CS.  The stems and leaves were stamped with Old Olive ink.  I also rounded the corners with the Envelope Punch BoardPool Party 3/8" Shimmer Ribbon was used to tie around the image with a square knot bow.  This layer was also spritzed with the same mixture as above.  A piece of fun foam was added to the back of the image to pop it up on the card.

The Finishing Touch:  I added three Clear Epoxy Shapes - 2 to the flowers and 1 to a leaf for a dew drop effect.

You can't see it in the photo, but there is a lot of shimmer on this card.  This is such a lovely stamp set and I can imagine the tulips in so many colors.  Thanks for stopping by.  Have a blessed and safe weekend.

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