Saturday, July 7, 2018

Words that Comfort

Happy weekend.  Today's card is meant to comfort and inspire.  I used the AAA Challenge #118 - use a frame.

Card Base:  Flirty Flamingo CS cut 4-1/4" x 11"; score at 5-1/2".

Frame Layer:  From a piece of Soft Sea Foam CS I cut an oval using the Layering Ovals Framelits.  Using the Soft Sea Foam layer, I drew a few little lines to mark where the sentiment should be placed on the card base.  I then ran the Soft Sea Foam CS through the Big Shot using the Tufted EF.  The frame was made from Flirty Flamingo CS using one of the Layering Ovals Framelits and a larger Stitched Shapes Framelit.

Sentiment:  The sentiment is a two step sentiment from the Papertrey Ink Phrases & Praises stamp set.  It was stamped using Mossy Meadow and Soft Sea Foam inks.  The Stamparatus came in handy for lining it up just right.  I cut it out using one of the Layering Ovals Framelits that was the next size larger than the oval cut out of the Soft Sea Foam.  I added the sentiment to the card base using the lines I drew as a guide so it would be in the right place for the cut out opening.  The frame was added to the tufted layer and that layer was added using Foam Adhesive Strips.

The Finishing Touches:  I sponged Mossy Meadow ink on a piece of Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon and set it aside to dry.  Be sure it is completely dry because ink will end up all over your fingers (found out the hard way).  After it was dry, I made a bow and attached it with Glue Dots to the bottom of the frame.  I added a Basic Adhesive-Backed Sequin to the knot of the bow.  And "bingo", we have a winner.

I appreciate you taking the time to check out the card.  If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend - be blessed and be safe.

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Saturday, June 9, 2018

Colorful Blooms

Happy Saturday!!  Today's anniversary card is another late card I'll be sending to my younger son and daughter-in-love.  I am determined to get all my cards created and mailed this year, even if they're sent late.  I'm hoping they enjoy getting the wishes even if late. Here are the details.

Card Base:  Pool Party CS cut 4-1/4" x 11"; score at 5-1/2".  I embossed the front of the card with the Layered Leaves EF,  I wrapped the Silver and White Baker's Twine around the card three times, tying it in a bow on the side.

Image Layer:  The beautiful stamp from the Accented Blooms stamp set was stamped on Whisper White Thick CS with Memento Black Ink.  The flowers and leaves were colored in with the light and dark Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Pumpkin Pie and Pool Party Blends.  I used the Bronze Blend for the centers of some flowers.  The corners of the layer were rounded with the Envelope Punch Board.  The image layer was matted with Calypso Coral CS that I rounded the corners of also.  Dimensionals were used to attach it to the card.

Sentiment:  I stamped the sentiment from the Best Birds stamp set on Daffodil Delight CS with Memento Black Ink and punched it out with the Tailored Tag PunchPool Party and Calypso Coral CS were also punched out with the same punch.  The three pieces were layered and  staggered.  I used Dimensionals to attach it to the card.

The Finishing Tou  ch:  Added some retired Metallic Enamel Shapes for a little extra pop.

I hope you enjoyed today's card.  Thank you for stopping by and please visit again.  Enjoy the rest of the weekend.  Be safe and be blessed.

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Birthday at the Beach

Welcome friends.  My card today is for an old friend who moved south to Hilton Head.  I wanted it to reflect a lovely birthday spent relaxing on the beach.  I wouldn't mind that myself.  For today's card I used the Festive Friday Challenge #FF0009 - father's day and/or die cut and Seize the Birthday - beachy birthday.  Since my father's day cards are finished, I opted for the die cuts.

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

Image Layer:  For the beach sand, I used a stamp from the Timeless Textures stamp set and stamped on the bottom of a piece of 4" x 5-1/4" Whisper White CS with Sahara Sand ink a number of times, stamping off first.  The water was stamped using Balmy Blue ink and the water stamp from the 
High Tide stamp set.  The sky was sponged with Balmy Blue ink working from off the cardstock so I wouldn't get big "splotches".  The sea gulls (I think they're sea gulls) and grass from the same stamp set were stamped using Black Memento and Call Me Clover inks.

Die Cuts:  I stamped the sun from the retired Sunshine and Rainbows stamp set on Pineapple Punch CS using Pineapple Punch ink and cut it out using the matching die from the retired Rainbow Builders Framelits.  Glue Dots were used to attach it to the card. The clouds were cut from Shimmery White CS using the Up and Away Thinlits and attached with Dimensionals and Mini Dimensionals.  The Adirondack chair was cut from Lovely Lipstick CS with the Seasonal Layers Dies.  I cut the edges from the Dimensionals into strips to add the chair to the card.

Sentiment:  On a piece of Vellum CS, I stamped the sentiment from the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set using Black Memento Ink.  It was added to the chair with liquid glue before I added the chair to the card.

The Finishing Touch:  Finished it off by adding some Clear Wink of Stella to the sun.

Thanks for visiting today.  Please let me know if you have any questions in the comment section.  Have a great weekend.  Be safe and be blessed.

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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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