Sunday, July 24, 2016

Wedding Congrats

A friend asked if I would make a wedding card for her and this is the one I came up with.  This card measures 5" x 7-1/2".  I usually make wedding cards a litle bigger and with the Envelope Punch Board, it's easy to make an envelope to fit.

CARD BASE:  Shimmery White card stock cut 7-1/2" x 10" scored and folded at 5" on the 10" side.  The shimmer in this card stock makes it perfect for wedding cards.

TOP LAYER:  Cut the layer of Shimmery White card stock with the Detailed Floral Thinlits.  Heat embossed the sentiment from the Flourishing Phrases stamp set with Versa Mark and Silver Embossing Powder.  Added a piece of Organza Ribbon above the sentiment.  Made a small bow with the same ribbon, tied it in the center with Silver Metallic Thread and attached it to the ribbon with Glue Dots.  This layer was added to a piece of Silver Foil Sheet.  It was then attached to the card front with Dimensionals (lots of dimensionals to be sure it held).

FINISHING TOUCHES:  I added a retired Something Borrowed embellishment to the center of the ribbon,  Some Rhinestones were added to the die cut pieces.

I forgot to take a picture of the inside but I used the sentiments from the Flourishing Phrases stamp set (Marriage is a Journey - good thing you get to bring your best friend along).  I also heat embossed it with Silver Embossing Powder.

Unfortunately, the photo doesn't do the card justice.  The bling and shimmer just don't show up very well in photos.  Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you had a great weekend and managed to stay cool.  It has been pretty hot in the Northeast this summer.

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Friday, July 15, 2016

Where Has Your First Year Gone?

Today is my precious little grandson's first birthday.  This is the card I created for him.

CARD BASE:  Tip-Top Taupe card stock cut 5-1/2" x 8-1/2".  A layer of Pool Party card stock was added.  The banner was cut out of the retired Cherry on Top dsp using the Banners Framelits and added to the Pool Party layer.

IMAGE:  Stamped the image from the Bella and Friends stamp set on Whisper White Heavy card stock with Memento Ink.  I colored the image using a Blender Pen and Tip-Top Taupe, Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Crushed Curry and Cucumber Crush inks.  The Tip-Top Taupe Marker was used to darken around the edges of the puppy.  The image was cut out using the Layering Squares Framelits.  A Crushed Curry mat was cut out with a scallop square from the same framelits and attached to the image.  The balloon image from the Balloon Celebration stamp set was stamped on Cucumber Crush card stock with Cucumber Crush ink and punched out with the Balloon Bouquet Punch.  I added it to the image layer and popped it all up with DimensionalsClear Wink of Stella was used to add some shimmer to the balloon.

SENTIMENT:  The sentiment is from the Best Birds stamp set and stamped using Memento ink.  A couple of Crushed Curry retired It's My Party Enamel Dots were added next to the sentiment.

It's hard to believe his first year has gone by so quickly.  We really do enjoy our two little sweeties.  Thanks for visiting my blog.  Have a great weekend.

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Monday, July 4, 2016

A Very, Very Belated Happy Anniversary

Before I get to today's card, I would like to wish all my U.S. friends a very happy and safe Fourth of July.

I finally got around to creating an anniversary card for my son and daughter-in-love to celebrate their fifth anniversary on May 29.  A bit late, I know, but it will be a complete surprise when they receive it.  I used the CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge #179 as my inspiration.  When I saw this sketch, I knew exactly what stamp set I would use.

Card Base & First Layer:  Base is Basic Gray card stock layered with Mint Macaron cs.

Image Layer:  On Shimmery White card stock, I stamped the image from the Timeless Love stamp set with Black Memento Ink.  The flowers were colored with Watermelon Wonder and Flirty Flamingo inks using a Blender PenDaffodil Delight was used on the flower centers and Mint Macaron ink was used for the leaves.  I then used the Gold Wink of Stella Glitter Brush to add some shimmer to the center of the flowers.  The extra leaves were stamped with the small leaf from the Endless Thanks stamp set using Mint Macaron inkClear Wink of Stella was added to each leaf.  How I wish you could see the shimmer in the photo; it really adds a lot to the card.  The corners were punched using the retired curvy corner punch.

Sentiment:  The sentiment from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set was stamped on Shimmery White using Basic Gray ink.  It was punched out with the Duet Banner Punch.  The same banner was punched out of Basic Gray card stock, snipped in half and added to the back of the sentiment as a mat.  Gold Metallic Thread was added to the back in little loops for some added dimension.  Dimensionals were used to attach it to the card.

Thank you for stopping by today.  Enjoy the holiday and nice weather.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Paper Pumpkin Recycle

The May Paper Pumpkin included masculine cards.  Since I had no need for all the cards, I decided to repurpose them.  This is a card I made for my sister's recent birthday.

Card Base:  Used one of the card bases from the May Paper Pumpkin.  Added a layer of the retired Cherry on Top designer paper to the back of the card front.

Sentiment:  The "happy" is from the Paper Pumpkin.  The "birthday" is from the stamp set that came with the Paper Pumpkin.  I stamped it in Watermelon Wonder card stockClear Wink of Stella pen was used on the happy for a little glimmer.

Balloons:  The balloons were punched out of Bermuda Bay card stock and the same designer paper as above using the Balloon Bouquet Punch.  I covered the Bermuda Bay balloon with the retired crystal effects.  White Baker's Twine was attached to the three balloons.  The large balloon was added and then the smaller balloons were attached using Dimensionals.  I gathered the three strings with another piece of twine and used a Glue Dot to hold it in place.

Finishing Touch:  Added the blue star embellishments from the Paper Pumpkin, one at each side of the sentiment and the larger one over the balloon strings.

Thank you for visiting my blog today.  I always welcome your comments.

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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Sweets for my Little Sweetie

I'll be seeing my granddaughter this weekend and I wanted to bring her a little treat (grandson is too young for these types of treats).  I had saved this idea from Sam Donald (better known as Pootles) from England and thought it fit the bill.  She has a great video here.

I used Pink Pirouette card stock for the box.  After cutting the paper to size, I stamped the images from the retired Zoo Babies all over the card stock with Early Espresso ink.  After assembling the box, I worked on the sentiment for the lid.  I stamped the sentiment from the retired Lovely Amazing You stamp set on Pink Pirouette card stock with Early Espresso ink and punched it out with the 2" Circle Punch.  The edges were sponged with Pink Pirouette ink.  I then cut an Early Espresso mat using the retired Circles Collection Framelits, added the sentiment and used Dimensionals to add it to the top of the box.  Some retired candy dots were added; sort of look like little chocolate chips. 
I stamped the elephant again on a piece of Pink Pirouette and punched it out with the 2" Circle Punch.  The edges were sponged and the image added to the inside lid of the box.  This box holds plenty of treats for its size.  And, boy, do I love my grandkids more than chocolate!!!

Hope your weekend is going well.  Enjoy.

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Friday, June 10, 2016

Butterfly Get Well

Happy Friday.  For today's get well card, I got my inspiration from the Global Design Project Challenge #39 and the Sunday Stamps Challenge #128.

Card Base & Layers:  Card base is textured Island Indigo card stock (retired) cut at 4-1/4" x 11" and scored at 5-1/2".  Designer paper layer is retired Bohemian dsp.  I then added a layer of Delightful Dijon card stock embossed with the Woodgrain embossing folder and sponged around the edges with Delightful Dijon ink.

Butterfly:  I used the three largest images of the two-step Watercolor Wings stamp set for the butterfly on Very Vanilla card stock.  I stamped off the Island Indigo with the first stamp and then layered the next two using Rich Razzleberry and Delightful Dijon inks.  After adding the center of the butterfly, I used the Bold Butterfly framelits and the Big Shot to cut them out.  Clear Wink of Stella pen was used to add a little shimmer.  Glue Dots were used to attach it to the card.

Sentiment:  The sentiment from the Thoughts and Prayers stamp set was stamped with Island Indigo ink on Very Vanilla card stock.  The new Duet Banner punch was used to punch it out.  Some retired Island Indigo candy dots were added.  Dimensionals were used to add it to the card.

Thanks for stopping by today.  May you enjoy a wonderful, safe weekend.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Tiny Dancer

I have not done much blogging since June of last year.  I was having some medical issues and after a valve replacement in April, I am feeling so much better.  Praise God!

My 3-1/2" year old granddaughter had her first dance recital last weekend and we weren't able to attend.  This is the card I created to let her know we are so proud of how well she did.  I used three challenges in making this card:  CAS on Sunday Challenge #84 - sparkle; Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge #274; AAA Cards Challenge #66 - watercolor.

Card Base/Layers:  Cucumber Crush card stock cut 4-1/4" x 11", scored at 5-1/2".  Stamped sentiment from retired Sweet Stuff stamp set with Basic Black ink.  Embossed right edge with Lucky Stars EF.  Added three strips of retired washi tape to Very Vanilla card stock and added layer to card.

Image:  Stamped image from the same stamp set on Watercolor Paper using Black Staz-On ink.  I tried to mimic one of her costumes using Cucumber Crush, Tangerine Tango, Chocolate Chip and Basic Black inks using an Aqua Painter.  Cut image out using the Big Shot and the Tags and Labels Framelits.  Cut 2 more layers with the Framelits from Cucumber Crush and Tangerine Tango.  These labels are terrific for layering because the layers are graduated and work perfectly.  Added Clear Wink of Stella to the waist and ruffle of the dress.  Added the image to the card using action wobbles so she can make the dancer "wobble" back and forth.

Finishing Touch:  Colored four Rhinestones with a sharpie marker and added them to the dress.

Inside:  Stamped another image from the same stamp set on Very Vanilla card stock, watercolored it like the front image.

It feels good to be able to be creating cards again and posting them to my blog.  I hope you are enjoying some nice weather.  It's been a little too hot for me but we're cooling off.  Have a wonderful Wednesday.

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