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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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day 2015

I hope everyone is enjoying Valentine's Day.  I made this card for my sweet little granddaughter based on the CAS(E) this Sketch #110.

Card Base:  Daffodil Delight card stock
White Layer:  Embossed the top of a piece of Whisper White card stock using one of the Adorning Accents embossing folders (retired) and attached it to the card.
Image:  Stamped the image from the also retired Greeting Card Kids stamp set on Whisper White card stock using Memento Ink PadDaffodil Delight, Night of Navy and Skin Tone Assortment Blendabilities were used to color in the image.  Crystal Effects was added to give her shoes the look of patent leather.  Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details gave the little heart some sparkle.  After fussy cutting the image, I popped it up with Dimensionals on a Night of Navy heart cut using the Hearts Framelits that I had attached to the card.
Sentiment:  The sentiment from the retired Something to Celebrate stamp set was heat embossed on Whisper White card stock using Versamark and Cherry Cobbler Embossing Powder mixed with Dazzling Diamonds.  I used one of the pennants from the Gift Card Envelope and Trim Thinlits to cut it out.  I then cut a piece of Cherry Cobbler card stock to use as a mat.  A Bone Folder was used to give it a "wavy" effect.  Glue Dots were used to attach it to the card, tucking one end under the heart.

I did use a number of retired items but that's because I don't invest in a lot of stamp sets with Valentine themes anymore.  Plus I love the Greeting Card Kids and will probably hang on to that for a while.  We're experiencing some more snow again as well as being very cold.  Hope the weather is better where you are.  Enjoy the weekend.

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Saturday, February 7, 2015

My, How the Time Has Flown

Today's card is the one I made for my younger son's birthday (he will be getting it late but since he doesn't check out my blog, I feel safe posting it).  It's hard to believe that so many years have gone by; he's been out of his 20's for a little while now.  I used two challenges to spark my creativity:  Fusion Card Challenge (just used the sketch) and Seize the Birthday - anything goes.

Base:  Lost Lagoon card stock
White Layer:  Punched 5 small banners from the Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack using the Banner Punch and attached near the bottom of the Whisper White card stock layer using Glue Dots.  A piece of retired black grosgrain ribbon was added.  Over that I wrapped Basic Black Baker's Twine two times over the ribbon.  The layer was then added to the card front.
Sentiment:  Stamped the sentiment from the Perfect Pennants stamp set on Chalkboard paper using the Yellow Citrus Colorbox Chalk ink pad.  The dots were added around the edge using the same ink and a small piece of thin dowel.  After it was dry, I cut it out using the Circles Framelits (fourth one from the center).  It was then matted with Hello Honey card stock punched out with the 2-1/2" Circle PunchDimensionals were used to attach it to the card.  I hope any wishes he makes will come true.  And I hope you have a great weekend.

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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Birthday #2

It has been such a long time since I posted to my blog.  Because of that I would like to wish you all a belated Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and a very happy and healthy new year.  And since I was so laid back for a few months, cards weren't being created.  But, my beautiful granddaughter just celebrated her second birthday last week and I wanted to share the card I made for her.

I used the second largest circle from the Circles Framelits to cut the base from Basic Black card stock.  I folded the card stock first and then cut leaving a bit of folded edge at the top.  I cut another circle from Real Red card stock, cut it in half and sponged around the edges with Basic Black ink.  The black "dots" were punched out with the 3/8" circle punch (retired) and attached using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  I then added a thick layer of Crystal Effects to get the shiny, raised look.  For the head I punched out two circles from Basic Black card stock using the 1-3/4" Circle Punch.  The leaf stem from the Bird Builder Punch was used to make the antennae from Basic Black card stock.  I attached them to one of the circles and then added the other circle.  The head was attached to the front of the card before I added the red wings.  For the finishing touch I added some googlies to the head.

My card turned out to be a little larger than the normal A2 size so I took out my Envelope Punch Board and created the perfect size envelope out of Vellum Card Stock.  The balloon embellishments I've had sitting around in a drawer for a few years.  Since my wrapping paper had balloons all over it, I thought they would help brighten up the plain envelope.

Well, thank you so much for stopping by.  I'm hoping to get back in the swing of things.  There are some birthdays coming up and that should get me going.  Enjoy a great week.

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Joy

Today's card is the third from my recent class.  I CASE'd this from Natasha Zandbergen's blog here but made some minor changes. 

Card Base:  Brushed Gold card stock.  Cut the word Joy out of another piece of Brushed Gold card stock using the Wonderful Wreath framelits.  Added a piece of Red Glimmer Paper behind the cut out part.  It was added to the card using Dimensionals.
Wreath:  On a piece of Whisper White card stock, I stamped the wreath from the Wondrous Wreath stamp set using Pear Pizzazz and Old Olive inks.  The berries were then stamped using Real Red ink.  Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details was added to the berries for some more sparkle.  Dimensionals were used to add it to the card.  I then cut the bow from the same framelits out of Red Glimmer Paper and added it with Glue Dots.

This is a fairly simple card with some added sparkle to give it a little extra wow.  Have a great week.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Merry & Bright

Well, here I am - Last Minute Louie.  The Paper Players Challenge #221 is due in a couple of hours but I didn't start working on my card until late yesterday afternoon.  So to work with those great colors, I chose the Tis' the Season Challenge #29 for my sketch.

Card Base:  Cherry Cobbler Textured card stock (retired).  Add a layer of Whisper White card stock that I embossed using the retired Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder.  Mossy Meadow ribbon was attached.  I tied a bow around the ribbon using the Gold Metallic Baker's Twine.
Poinsettia:  I cut out four flowers from Cherry Cobbler card stock using three dies from my 
poinsettia die set.  Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details was added around the tips of the petals.  A gold glimmer brad was added to the center.  After adding a couple of Mossy Meadow leaves cut from the same dies.  I popped it up on the card with Dimensionals.
Sentiment:  The sentiment from the Good Greetings stamp set was stamped on the bottom using Black Memento Ink.
I'm just going to make it.  Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful weekend planned.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Hope Your Nice

And if you are, I'm sure you're on his list.  This is the second card from my recent class.  You can find the first card here.

Card Base:  Cherry Cobbler card stock
Image Layer:  Heat embossed the Santa from the retired Santa's List stamp set on Whisper White card stock using VersaMark and Cherry Cobbler embossing powder.  The sentiment from the same stamp set was stamped using Black StazOn ink.  I added some Dazzling Diamonds to his hat, beard and coat using a 2-Way Glue Pen.  A strip of Trim the Tree designer paper was added below the image layer. 
Finishing Touch:  I embossed a strip of Basic Black card stock with the retired Square Lattice embossing folder.  After punching out a piece of Silver Glimmer Paper with the 1" Square Punch, I cut two slits in it with an xacto knife and ran the black strip through to make it look like a belt.  This was then added to the card.

This stamp set is such a favorite of mine because of the Santa image.  Not likely to part with it any time soon.  Here's hoping your week is off to a good start.  I'll have the last card from class soon. 

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