Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Another Thank You

Today I have another clean and simple thank you card.  I used the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #350 and the CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge #118.

I chose Night of Navy card stock for the base.  The tree from the Thoughts and Prayers stamp set was stamped off first on scrap paper and then on Whisper White card stock with Crushed Curry ink.  I then heat embossed the sentiment from the Banner Blessings stamp set using Night of Navy 
ink, VersaMark and Clear Embossing Powder.  Along the top and bottom edges I hand embossed a scallop design (difficult to see in photo) using the Simply Scored Borders Plate; you need to use the Simply Scored Scoring Tool as the base.  I matted this layer with Calyso Coral card stock and attached it to the card.  For the finishing touch, I added a small bow made with retired Calypso Coral Baker's Twine and a retired Calypso Coral Printed Designer Brad.  Thanks for checking out this post.  Stop by again.  Hope you're enjoying your day.

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Doggie Treat

This is not filled with dog treats but sweet treats for my granddaughter.  For Easter I brought a couple of curvy keepsake treat boxes for her aunt and uncle (see below).  Emma saw them and wanted one.  I told her it was for her aunt but I would make a special one for her.  I decided to try
to make one that looked like (or similar to) their shih-tsu Lilly.  How did I do?  The ears gave me a problem but, hey, this is working with card stock so I guess I'm allowed a little artistic license.  I used Crumb Cake card stock for the head.  The eyes were punched out of Whisper White, Crumb Cake and Basic Black card stocks using the Owl Builder punch and the 1/2" Circle Punch.  The mask was punched out of Baked Brown Sugar using the retired heart punch.  I punched out the nose from Soft Suede card stock with the retired small heart punch.  The tongue was made with Blushing Bride card stock punched out with the Word Window Punch.  I used the Large Oval Punch for the ears.  I trimmed off one end, snipped off one of the curved ends and used the Fringe Scissors and Paper Snips for the ends.  I also sponged around most of the pieces with the matching inks.  When Lilly gets groomed, she always comes home with some adornments so I added pink bows here.  Let me know what you think of my attempt at a Curvy Keepsake doggie box.
I made these treats for the little kids class at church and made two for Emma's aunt and uncle.  I saw so many on line that I just borrowed the ideas from some of the ones I liked.  You can't see it here but I added a cotton ball on the back for the bunny tail.  It's surprising how many mini peanut butter cups and kisses you can fit in this little box.
Hope you enjoyed today's post.  We are enjoying some warm, sunny weather today.  Windows are open.  Yahooooo!!

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Big Thanks

Happy weekend everyone.  I need some thank you cards and because I like to keep them clean and simple, I chose the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #181 along with the color challenge of the Pals Paper Arts Challenge #247.

I chose Elegant Eggplant card stock for the card base.  A layer of Whisper White was added.  The image was made by stamping the chevron from the Work of Art stamp set using Elegant Eggplant, Blackberry Bliss and Perfect Plum inks on Whisper White card stock.  The layer was matted with Perfect Plum card stock and attached to the card.  The sentiment was cut from Whisper White card stock using the Hello You Thinlits.  To give it some dimension, I 
added Crystal EffectsAfter letting it dry, I attached it to a piece of Blackberry Bliss card stock with Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  This layer was added using Dimensionals.  For the finishing touch, I added some retired Frosted Sequins using Glue Dots.

Thank you for stopping by to check out my card.  Have a wonderful weekend.  The sun is shining here this morning so I'm hopeful for some (finally) spring weather.

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Look Who's Turning 4

Happy weekend to all.  Today's card is the one I made for the upcoming birthday of my niece's little girl.  They don't read my blog so I'm not worried about them seeing it ahead of time.

The card base is So Saffron card stockCajun Craze "spots" punched out with the 1/2" Circle Punch were added along both sides.  On a piece of Whisper White card stock I sponged clouds using Soft Sky ink and a template I made using some scallop punches and acetate.  I added some "grass" made from Wild Wasabi card stock and the Fringe Scissors.  The grass was sponged with Wild Wasabi ink.  For the giraffe I found this great post by Kellie Paxton here.  The few things I changed were:  So Saffron was used for the body sponged with Hello Honey ink; tufts were hand cut; the tail made with circle punch; legs cut with the Paper Cutter; Cajun Craze card stock was used for the spots; added to the back were matching punched out card stock for the head, body and nose (large oval) just to make it look nice.  Crystal Effects was added to his eyes for some dimension.  I have to admit, he was a little time consuming but well worth the effort.  Dimensionals were used to attach him to the card.  The sentiment from the Hooray It's Your Day stamp set was heat embosssed on Whisper White card stock with VersaMark and Wild Wasabi embossing powder (retired).  I cut it out using the Word Bubbles Framelits.  Another one was cut out of Cajun Craze card stock to mat the sentiment.  This was also added using DimensionalsCandy Dots were added for color and to carry on the "spot" theme.  The number 4 was made with Simply Pressed Clay and the Alphanumeric Mold.  After it dried, I colored it with the Cajun Craze markerGlues Dots were used to add it to the card.

I hope you enjoyed today's card.  Please take a moment to leave a comment and let me know what you think.  It was definitely a labor of love and helped get my juices flowing to pick up the pace of my dormant creating.  Have a great weekend and I hope to see you back soon.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

How About Some More Butterflies

More butterflies for this card which is going out to a friend for their birthday.  Two challenges were used:  Try Stampin' On Tuesday #209 and Hand Stamped Sentiments #207.

The sketch was for a square card but I made it a regular A2 size.  The base is Blackberry Bliss card stock.  I heat embossed a piece of Vellum card stock using VersaMark, White Embossing powder and the Something Lacy background stamp.  After cutting it to the size I wanted, I cut out the center using the Labels Framelits (third one in from the center).  The negative piece was attached to Blushing Bride card stock and attached to the card.  On the back of the cut out piece I randomly colored
using Blackberry Bliss, Blushing Bride and Wild Wasabi Markers.  I tried sponging but it didn't show through as well as the markers.  The edge was sponged with Blackberry Bliss ink.  It was added to the card using DimensionalsWild Wasabi card stock was punched out with the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch and attached using small pieces of Dimensionals (the extra pieces around the edges of the Dimensionals sheet).  The larger butterfly was punched out of Blackberry Bliss card stock with the Elegant Butterfly punch.  I stamped one of the images from the Papillon Potpourri stamp set on Blushing Bride card stock with Blackberry Bliss ink, punched it out with the Bitty Butterfly punch and attached it to the larger butterfly.  I sponged some Blushing Bride ink on a piece of Irresistibly Yours designer series paper and punched it out with the Bitty Butterfly Punch.  Both butterflies were added to the card with Glue DotsPearls were added to the center of the butterflies and along the Wild Wasabi strip for the finishing touch.  I will add the sentiment to the inside.

Don't know why I'm using butterflies so much; maybe it's the thought of spring almost being here.  Hope you had a good week with lots of time for being creative.

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Another Butterfly Birthday

I must be longing for spring because I have another birthday card using a butterfly.  Two challenges were used for inspiration:  Fab Friday #58 and showCASe your style #9 - Birthday.

For the card base, I used Smoky Slate card stock.  A piece of Calypso Coral card stock was run through the Big Shot with the Fancy Fan embossing folder and added to the card.  Coastal Cabana card stock was used for the long strip.  I used the Petite Curly Label punch to give a decorative edge to each end of the strip. 
The sentiment from the Wetlands stamp set was heat embossed on Whisper White card stock using VersaMark and Smoky Slate embossing powder.  I cut it out with the second from the center of the Window Frames Framelits as well as another from Smoky Slate card stock.  The Smoky Slate was cut in half and used to mat the sentiment layer.  I stamped a piece of Whisper White card stock with the Something Lacy background stamp using Coastal Cabana ink.  The Butterflies Thinlits Dies were used to cut it out as well as one from Smoky Slate card stock.  The gray butterfly was added using liquid glue and then the stamped one was added with Glue DotsCalypso Coral Candy Dots were added for a little pop of color.

Thank you for checking out this post today.  I hope you have a wonderful weekend.  We're expecting a visit from our precious granddaughter.  Soooooo looking forward to it.  Sure hope it doesn't snow.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Birthday Butterfly

I am one of three sisters.  Our middle sister celebrated her birthday last week and this is the card I came up with.  I'm still struggling with getting back into create mode after "goofing off" for so long.  But, thankfully, there are a lot of challenges out there for inspiration.  The two I used here are:  Sunday Stamps #95 and Craft Project Central's Creating Pretty Cards #44.

Card Base:   Smoky Slate card stock, 5-1/2" x 8-1/2", folded in half.
Leaf Layer:  Starting at the top of a piece of Irresistibly Yours Specialty Designer paper, I sponged Basic Gray, Smoky Slate and Coastal Cabana inks for an ombre effect.  Using a tissue, I wiped off any excess ink and that made the leaves really pop.  Added some Coastal Cabana ruffled ribbon (retired) along each side and attached the layer to the card.  I then added a strip
of Basic Gray and another of Smoky Slate card stock.
Butterfly:  On a piece of Whisper White card stock I stamped part of the Something Lacy Background stamp with Coastal Cabana ink and cut out the smallest butterfly in the Butterflies Thinlits from it.  I then cut two more from Coastal Cabana and Smoky Slate card stock.  They were each cut in half and used to mat the stamped butterfly.  It was attached to the card using Glue Dots.
Finishing Touches:  I added a bow made from the Smoky Slate Taffeta Ribbon to the butterfly.  Frosted Sequins were added.  Some Pearls were added to the butterfly and the centers of the sequins on the gray strips.

This card is kind of "busy" so I left off the sentiment.  It will be added to the inside.  Thanks for checking out my blog.  Enjoy the rest of the week.

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