Friday, May 29, 2015

Happy Fourth

Did you think this was a Fourth of July card?  Sorry.  Today my son and daughter-in-love are celebrating their fourth wedding anniversary.  For their card, I chose to make a fancy fold screen divider card.  There are directions all over the web but I used this video by Dawn Olchefske for the basic directions.

For the card base (cut 5-1/2" x 11" and scored at 2-3/4", 5-1/2" and 8-1/4"), I used Pistachio Pudding card stock.  I punched along the top with the retired Scallop Trim Border Punch.  The Decorative Label punch was used at the bottom to create the "legs".  Four pieces of Gold Soiree designer paper were matted with Calypso Coral card stock and attached to each divider.  The butterflies were cut from Garden Green card stock using the Beautiful Wings Embosslit and attached randomly using Glue Dots.  The Calypso Coral flowers were punched using the Boho Blossoms Punch.  Before attaching them I pressed the center with a stylus to give them dimension using the Stampin' Pierce Mat as a cushion.  They, too, were attached with Glue Dots.  The sentiment from the Memorable Moments stamp set was stamped on Whisper White card stock using Black Memento Ink and punched out with the Decorative Label Punch.  Using the same punch, I punched out two more from Garden Green card stock, cut them and used them to mat the sentiment.  The sentiment was also attached with Glue Dots.  For the finishing touch, I added Rhinestones to the butterflies, the flowers and the sentiment.  This was not as difficult to make as I thought and I am very happy with the end result.

Thank you for stopping by.  I have been very lax with the posting but I have been suffering for three weeks with seasonal allergies which have totally sapped all my energy.  I do have another card to post in the next couple of days.  Hope you enjoy a wonderful weekend.

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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Balloons for a Birthday

Today I have a birthday card for a little girl in my family.  I wanted something with cheerful colors so I chose a palette of Crushed Curry, Old Olive and Tangerine Tango.

I used Tangerine Tango card stock for the card base.  I ran a piece of Whisper White card stock through the Big Shot with the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder (sadly, this will be retiring at the end of this month).  The corners were rounded with the Project Life Corner Punch.  Two pieces of the Irresistibly Yours designer paper from Sale-a-bration were sponged with Tangerine Tango and Old Olive inks, cut out with the Balloon Framelits Dies, sponged around edges with same color inks and attached to the card with Glue Dots.  Before adding them to the card I tied a bow using Old Olive and Tangerine Tango Baker's Twine on each leaving a long tail.  The sentiment from the Perfect Pennants stamp set was heat embossed on Crushed Curry card stock using VersaMark and Tangerine Tango embossing powder.  This was also cut out with the Balloon Framelits and the edges sponged.  Crushed Curry Baker's Twine was tied in a bow on the balloon.  I used an Action Wobble to attach it to the card.  Hopefully, the recipient will have fun making the balloon wiggle back and forth.  The tails of the balloons were covered with Old Olive and Crushed Curry 1/8" Taffeta RibbonCandy Dots attached to Candy Dots Brad Bases were added between the ribbons.  This layer was then added to the card base.  I hope you enjoyed this colorful birthday card.

Some of the items I used will be retiring at the end of May or are already retired.  The list below includes only those items that are available now.  If there are any stamping supplies that you need, please visit my on line store HERE.  Have a great weekend.

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Moon Lake Birthday

Happy end of the weekend folks.  Today's birthday card was based on the colour Q Challenge #287 and the Try Stampin' On Tuesday Challenge #214.

Basic Gray was used for the card base.  I then added a layer of Naturals White card stock.  Two pieces of Moonlight designer paper stack were then attached.  On a piece of Naturals White card stock I stamped the "swoosh" from the Work of Art stamp set using Coastal Cabana ink; I stamped it off once before stamping on the card stock.  The image from the Moon Lake stamp set was then stamped using Basic Black ink.  I also used Basic Black ink to stamp the sentiment from 
the And Many More stamp set.  The image layer was matted with Basic Black card stock and attached to the card with Dimensionals.  For the finishing touch, I added three Basic Black Candy Dots in the corner.  
I chose the colour Q challenge because I needed a masculine card and the colors were perfect for that.  Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you like this clean and simple card.

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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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