Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Strawberries - YUM!

What tastes better than fresh, sweet strawberries!  I used two challenges to finally ink up these strawberries and basket:  SUO Challenge #176 - Out in the Garden and Sunday Stamps Challenge #154.

Card Base:  Whisper White Thick cardstock cut 5-1/2" x 8-1/2"; score at 4-1/4".  Added a layer of Garden Green cardstock.  Since I used the thick white cardstock, I cut out the center of the green cardstock to keep the card lighter for mailing.  Shimmery White cardstock was run through the Big Shot using the Brick Wall Embossing Folder and added to the green layer with Fast Fuse.  I took some retired washi tape, added it to a scrap of Shimmery cardstock, rounded the top edges with the Envelope Punch Board and added that to the embossed layer.

Image:  I stamped the strawberries and the basket from the Basket of Wishes stamp set on Shimmery White cardstock with Memento Black Ink.  I then colored the image using Blender Pens and Soft Suede, Garden Green and Real Red inks.  I added a little shadow beneath the basket with Sahara Sand Ink.  The image was cut out using the Layering Circle Framelits.  It was matted with Gold Foil cardstock, also cut out with the Layering Circles Framelits.  Dimensionals were used to add the image to the card.  I didn't add a sentiment because I felt the card could be used for a variety of occasions and the sentiment can be added later.

Thanks for visiting today.  I hope you get to enjoy some sweet strawberries soon.

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

For a Friend

Good Sunday to all.  Today's card is based on two challenges:  Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #290 and Color Throwdown Challenge #445.

Card Base:  Crushed Curry cut 4-1/4" x 11", scored at 5-1/2".

Image/Sentiment Layer:  Large oval cut from Night of Navy cardstock using the Layering Ovals Framelets.  The Powder Pink oval was cut using the Stitched Shapes Framelits.  After attaching them together, I cut off the top part of the oval.  On a piece of Whisper White cardstock I sponged Night of Navy,
Crushed Curry and Powder Pink inks.  Using the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits I cut out the row of dragonflies from the sponged cardstock.  I added some Clear Wink of Stella to them.  I stamped the sentiment from the Bloomin' Love stamp set on a piece of Whisper White cardstock using Crushed Curry   ink.  The white layer was matted with Night of Navy cardstock and added to the card base.  The ovals were added beneath the sentiment.  Rolled up Glue Dots were used on the bodies of the dragonflies to attach them to the card.  They're my interpretation of the pennant on the sketch.

The Finishing Touch:  Three Regals Enamel Shapes were added next to the sentiment along the edge of the ovals.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you had an enjoyable weekend.  See you soon.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Happy 6th Anniversary

Today's card is in celebration of my son and daughter-in-love's 6th wedding anniversary.  My inspiration came from the CAS on Sunday Challenge #109 - Repitition.

Card Base:  Island Indigo cardstock cut 4-1/4"x11" and scored at 5-1/2".  Very Vanilla cardstock layer measures 4"x5-1/4".

Image/Sentiment Layer:  Sentiment from the Best Birds stamp set was heat embossed with VersaMark and Copper embossing powder on Mint Macaron (2-3/4"x3-1/2").  The weave image from the Best Birds stamp set was stamped with Mint Macaron ink above the sentiment.  Leaves and flowers from the Flourish Thinlits were cut out of Copper Foil and added over the stamped weave.  Matted this layer with Island Indigo cardstock (2-7/8"x3-5/8").  Copper Metallic Thread was wrapped around three times and fastened on the back.  Attached layer to card front with Dimensionals.

The Finishing Touches:  Added a Regals Enamel Shape to the center of
the middle flower.  On the inside I added a layer of Very Vanilla (4"x5-1/4").  Stamped the leaves image from the Flourishing Prases stamp set with Mint Macaron ink.  I used Island Indigo ink to stamp the sentiment from the Basket of Wishes stamp set.

Even though I have been making an occasional card, it has been a lonnnnnnng time since I posted anything.  Hopefully this has gotten the creative juices flowing again.  Have a good week.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Happy Winter Birthdays

Hi there.  My sister-in-law and 2 friends all have birthdays this month and all in the same week (2 are on the same day).  I wanted to make a winter-themed card but not have it look like Christmas.  For inspiration I used:  CAS(E) this Sketch #200, Addicted to CAS #102 and CASology #227 - white space.

For the card base I used Old Olive card stock cut 4-1/4" x 11 and scored at 5-1/2".  I used a piece of Whisper White card stock for the next layer.  Before attaching it to the card I heat embossed the sentiment from the Balloon Celebration stamp set using VersaMark and Copper Embossing Powder.  I cut two of the pine branches from Old Olive card stock using the Pretty Pines Thinlits and added them to the white layer.  The two pine cones were cut from Bronze Foil Paper and 
attached to two Early Espresso solid pine cones, all cut using the Pretty Pines Thinlits.  I used this great idea for attaching the intricate pine cones to the solid ones.  I then attached one using Fast Fuse and the other using Dimensionals.  For the finishing touch I cut a bow from the same thinlits using Early Espresso card stock.  It was attached to the pine cones using rolled up Glue Dots.  Boy, was I tempted to use red for the 
bow but that would have looked too much like a Christmas card to me.  Clear Wink of Stella was used on the bow for a little shimmer.  An Old Olive Enamel shape was added to the bow.

Since I needed three cards, I did two more using two different color greens:  Emerald Envy with silver foil and silver embossing powder and Garden Green with gold foil and gold embossing powder.

Thank you for visiting.  I'm a little behind with Christmas things so I'll be putting in some quality and quantity time in my crafting space.  Have a great day.  See you soon.

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Congrats & Good Luck

So happy you could join me today.  My card is for my niece's husband who was recently appointed police chief in his town.  We are very proud of him and know he will do a great job.  I used the Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge #251.

Card Base:  Natural Ivory card stock (SU retired) cut 8-1/2" x 5-1/2"; score at 4-1/4".  Added a layer of Scenic Scenery DSP Stack.

Sentiment Layer:  On a piece of the ivory card stock I heat embossed the banner from the Banners For You stamp set using Versamark and Copper Embossing Powder.  The sentiments from the same stamp set were also embossed on the banner with the Copper Embossing Powder.  Matted the layer with Dapper Denim card stock.  Some retired hemp twine was wrapped twice around on each end.  The layer was added to the card with Fast Fuse.

Finishing Touches:  The leaf from the Vintage Leaves stamp set was heat embossed on a piece of Copper Foil using Copper Embossing Powder.  It was cut out with the Leaflets Framelits and added using a Dimensional.  I also added 2 Dapper Denim enamel star shapes to the banner (was thinking of a badge, albeit a small one).

This is a very clean and simple card to create and the sketch is great for all types of greeting cards.  So get those fingers inky and create a card for someone special.

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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Happy Halloween

Halloween is here and so am I -- finally.  Been dealing with medical issues again.  Can't say I'll be sorry to see 2016 end.  This is the first halloween card I've made this year.  This is for one of my little sweeties.  I got the design inspiration from the Paper Craft Crew Card Sketch Challenge #216.

Card Base:  Basic Gray card stock cut 5-1/2" x 8-1/2"; on 8-1/2" side, score at 4-1/4".  The web from the retired Bite Me stamp set (this stamp set is on the Clearance Rack of Stampin' Up! here) was heat embossed using VersaMark and Black Embossing Powder.  Added some splatter from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set.  A piece of Pumpkin Pie card stock was added along a strip of Warmth and Cheer dsp.  The spider from the Bite Me stamp set was heat embossed on the plaid dsp.  This layer was added to the card.

Image:  I stamped one of the pumpkins from the retired Fall Fest stamp set on Pumpkin Pie card stock using Pumpkin Pie ink and Cucumber Crush marker.  I then heat embossed the face from the same stamp set onto the pumpkin.  With the Pumpkin Pie marker, I colored along most edges of the pumpkin for depth.  The pumpkin was cut out using the Fun Fall Framelits (also retired).  Using the Layering Circles Dies, I cut one circle from Basic Black and one from Delightful Dijon.  Added the circles to the card and popped up the pumpkin with Dimensionals.

Sentiment:  Heat embossed the sentiment from the Bite Me stamp set with VersaMark and Black Embossing Powder.

Finishing Touch:  Added some googlie eyes for a touch of fun.

As you can see, I used a lot of retired items on this card.  I'm not the biggest fan of halloween and don't send out many cards so I hang on to old stamps that I like for this holiday.  Hope you have a spooktacular day.  Thanks for stopping by.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

No Words

When I saw The Card Concept Challenge #57, I'm never sure what the style is but for this I would guess it is clean and layered.  I had a pretty good idea what I wanted to do.  And I think what I saw in my mind was what I ended up with.

Card Base:  Crumb Cake card stock cut 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4".  The sentiment from the Rose Wonder stamp set was stamped with Early Espresso ink.  I then added a piece of Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack.  To bridge the gap between the dsp and the card base, I stamped a strip of Crumb Cake card stock with the Hardwood stamp, added some score lines to make it look like molding, sponged around the edges with Crumb Cake ink and added it to the card.

Image & Window:  I first stamped the sun image from the Kinda Eclectic stamp set on Whisper White Thick card stock with Daffodil Delight ink.  To make the rainbow I used three colors at a time on the stamp from the Work of Art stamp set.  The markers I used were Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Garden Green, Pacific Point, Night of Navy and Perfect Plum.  I then stamped a piece of Crumb Cake with the Hardwood stamp and cut it out with the Hearth and Home Thinlits.  My intent was just to add it to the image for the window effect but as I was working on it, I decided to do a shaker card.  So I added a piece of Window Sheet, Foam Adhesive Strips and some retired beads and added it to the card.

I like this sentiment because when a rainbow appears, there are really no words to explain the wonder.  Thank you for visiting my blog.  I appreciate and enjoy your comments.

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