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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Saturday, April 2, 2016

Wedding Wishes

Because of some medical issues, I wasn't able to attend my daughter-in-love's sister's wedding in March.  And I was way behind in creating a card.  When I saw the Stamp Ink Paper Challenge #41 was "weddings" it motivated me to get moving.

I want to preface this to say that when we received the invitation, it came in a small box and the invite and accompanying cards were wrapped in lace and burlap fabric.  So I recycled some lace and burlap to use on the wedding card.

Card Base:  Card measures 4-1/2" x 6-1/2".  Shimmery White card stock was cut at 6-1/2" x 9" and scored at 4-1/2".
Sentiment:  Before doing anything else on the card front I heat embossed the sentiment from the Rose Wonder stamp set with VersaMark and silver embossing powder.  The rest of the sentiment from the same stamp set was heat embossed inside with silver embossing powder (forgot to take picture).  The sentiment reads:  wishing you a marriage made in heaven and a lifetime blessed by God.
Center Layer/Strip:  I cut a piece of the lace from the invitation so I would have just the edge (the lace has silver threads as part of the design; tried to capture it in this photo).  I added the two lace pieces to silver foil paper.  The burlap fabric was cut and layered over the lace.  Three flowers from the Rose Garden Thinlits were cut from silver foil paper using the Big Shot.  After adding rhinestones to three Candy Dots brad bases, I added them to the three flowers and then to the lace/burlap layer.  Dimensionals were used to attach the layer to the card.
Embellishment:  Again using the Rose Garden Thinlits, I cut two leaf stems from the silver foil paper and added them to the card.
Envelope:  Since the card was not the usual A2 size, I had to make my own envelope.  Using the Neutrals envelope paper and the envelope punch board, I made an envelope that fit the card perfectly.  I heat embossed two leaf stems from the Rose Garden stamp set in the corner so that it coordinated with the card.  I also added a liner to the inside of the envelope using the Neutrals designer series paper stack.  One of the colors in the stack is silver - goes perfectly with this card (sorry again - forgot to photograph).

Thanks again for stopping by.  I hope you are enjoying the weekend.  We are expecting snow here in the Hudson Valley Sunday morning.  Had next to nothing all winter long.  Didn't the calendar say it was spring?

Stampin' Up! Products Used 
Paper:  Shimmery White card stock (#101910); Silver Foil Sheets (#132178); Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack (#138435); Neutrals Envelope Paper (#138310)
Tools:  Heat Tool (#129053); Rose Garden Thinlits (#140619); Envelope Punch Board (#133774); Embossing Buddy (#103083); Big Shot (#113439)
Stamps:  Rose Wonder Stamp Set (#140697)
Embellishments:  Silver Stampin' Emboss Powder (#109131); Candy Dots Brad Bases (#132293); Rhinestone Basic Jewels (#119246); Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430)  

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

A Late Happy Easter

Today's card is inspired by the sketch from The Friday Mashup #245.  It also happens to be their last challenge.

 I used a mix of current and retired products.

Retired blendabilities were used to color the image.  I then added a liberal amount of the Clear Wink of Stella to the flowers.  I know it's difficult to see but perhaps you can see it a little better in this image.

Thanks for your visit today.


Friday, March 4, 2016

A Friendly Happy Birthday

Today's card is for a very good friend that I met when my sons were in elementary shcool.  We don't see each other very often but we always remember each other's birthday.  I'm submitting it to two challenges:  Mojo Monday #437 and Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes.

Base & Base Layers:  Card base is Mint Macaron card stock.  The next layer is Basic Black card stock with Shimmery White card stock on top of that.  The strip of designer paper is from the It's My Party Paper Stack.
Image Layer:  Stamped the image from the Just Kidding Stamp Set with Black Memento Ink on Shimmery White card stock Mint Macaron, Sahara Sand, Melon Mambo and Crushed Curry Inks were used to color in the image using Blender Pens.  I paper pierced around 
the edge using the Updated Essentials Paper Piercing pack.  The image was matted with Melon Mambo and Basic Black card stock; the corners were all rounded with the Project Life Corner PunchDimensionals were used to attach it to the card.
Sentiment:  The sentiment from the Just Kidding stamp set was stamped on Crushed Curry Card stock using the Memento Ink.  I used the retired Word Bubble Framelits to cut it out.  A Sponge Dauber was used to sponge around the edges.  Had to use double Dimensionals on the back to pop it up over the edge of the image.
Embellishment:  I used the Petite Petals Punch and the flower from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack for the Mint Macaron and Melon Mambo flowers.  They were attached with Glue Dots.  The center is from the It's My Party Enamel Dots.
This is the second half of the sentiment from the front of the card.  I have to admit that this is probably the main reason I bought this stamp set.  Such a fun sentiment.

I lined a Medium Whisper White envelope with a piece of the same designer paper using the Envelope Liners Framelits.  This adds a little extra punch to the card. 

Thank you for stopping by.  Sure hope your week is going well.

Stampin' Up! Products Used
Stamps:  Just Kidding - #140667
Card Stock/DSP:  Basic Black #121045; Crushed Curry #131199; Melon Mambo #115320; Sahara Sand #121043; Mint Macaron #138337; Shimmery White #101910; It's My Party Designer Paper Stack #140552
Ink:  Tuxedo Black Memento Ink #132708; Crushed Curry #131173; Sahara Sand #126976; Melon Mambo #126948; Mint Macaron #138326
Tools:  Big Shot # 113439; Envelope Liner Framelits #132172; Project Life Corner Punch #135346; Petite Petals Punch #133322; Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack #133787; Blender Pens #102845; Paper Piercing Tool #126189; Updated Essentials Templates #138371
Miscellaneous:  Glue Dots #103683; Dimensionals #104430; It's My Party Enamel Dots #140554