Wednesday, August 24, 2016


My apologies for an e-mail sent the other day with a year-old post.  I have no clue why that happened but if you are interested in the blog post from August 22 that should have posted, please click here.  Again, sorry.



I've been wanting to start creating some Christmas cards early to avoid the last minute rush.  So I checked out some challenges and used the following as inspiration for my card:  Jingle Belles - mostly red; CAS(e) this Sketch #186; Merry Monday Christmas in Summer Challenge - use a previous challenge.  I chose Challenge #178 - red & gold.

Card Base:  Thick Whisper White card stock cut 5-1/2" x 8-1/2"; score at 4-1/4".  Added a layer of This Christmas Specialty DSP that has a diagonal cut at the bottom.  Heat embossed the sentiment from the Star of Light stamp set (not available until 9/1) with retired Cherry Cobbler embossing powder.

Stars:  I first heat embossed the "rays" from the same stamp set using Versamark and Gold embossing
powder.  The two different size stars were cut from Gold Glimmer paper using the Starlight Thinlits (available 9/1).  Glue Dots were used to attach them in the center of the rays.

Finishing Touch:  I pulled some sequins from the Gold Sequin Trim and added them randomly on the card using the Fine Tip Glue Pen.

So happy you took a few minutes to check out my blog.  Please stop back again.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

It's A Good Day

Yes, it has been a good day from the day of my surgery and continues still.  So when I created this card using the Pals Paper Arts Challenge #314 and the Fab Friday Challenge #94, I felt this sentiment in the Best Birds stamp set really says it all.

Card Base:  Dapper Denim card stock cut 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4".  Added a layer of Whisper White with the sentiment heat embossed using Versamark, Dapper Denim ink and Clear embossing powder.

Center Strip:  Peekaboo Peach layer was embossed using the Woodgrain embossing folder and matted with Dapper Denim.

Branch:  Stamped the branch from the Best Birds stamp set on Emerald Envy and cut out using the Birds and Blooms Thinlits.  Stamped the flowers from the same stamp set on Peekaboo Peach, Sweet Sugarplum and Flirty Flamingo card stock.  Cut out using the same thinlits.  Flowers were attached to branch with Glue Dots.  Added some Clear Wink of Stella to the flowers.  Dimensionals were used to attach the branch to the card.

Finishing Touches:  2016-2018 In-Color Enamel Shapes were added and the tiny Pearls were added to the flower centers.

I never thought I'd be able to use all the colors in the Fab Friday challenge but I was very determined to do it.  Success!  My hubby asked why the stars and I said when you're feeling good it's like fireworks celebrating the day.  Yeah, corny I know but I'm feeling blessed each day.  Thanks for visiting.  Feel free to comment or ask questions about this card.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Starfish Happy Birthday

I needed a birthday card, like yesterday, so I opted for a clean and simple one.  I found the Inkspirational Challenge #115 interesting:  use DSP and, as an option, stamp on DSP.  I am also submitting it to Seize the Birthday - anything goes.

Card Base:  Soft Sky cut 5-1/2" x 8-1/2"; score at 4-1/4".  Added a small piece of the By the Shore dsp rounding three of the corners.

Image Layer:  Stamped the 2-step starfish from the Picture Perfect stamp set on another piece of the By the Shore dsp with Peekaboo Peach and Calypso Coral inks.  The sentiment from the Best Birds stamp set was stamped with Basic Black Archival ink.  The Layering Squares Framelits were used to cut the
image and the Calypso Coral mat.  I added two loops of retired Very Vanilla satin ribbon to the back of the image using Glue DotsDimensionals were used to pop up the layer.

Finishing Touch:  Clear Wink of Stella was added to give the starfish a little shimmer,

Thank you for stopping by.  Have a great day.  Check back on Saturday for a chance to win some blog candy.

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Flowers on the Wall

I needed a birthday card for my older son's girlfriend and this is what I came up with.  My card today is based on the Paper Players Challenge #306 which is a tic-tac-toe selection.  I chose the bottom row - texture, scene, die cut.  I am also submitting to the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge #154 - delightful dies.

Card Base:  Basic Black cut 5-1/2" x 8-1/2", scored at 4-1/4".

Brick Wall:  Embossed a piece of Sahara Sand card stock with the Brick Wall embossing folder.  To get the weathered look, I dragged the Sahara Sand ink pad across the folder so it would add color between and on the bricks.  I added the layer to a piece of Daffodil Delight card stock.

Flowers & Butterfly:  The flowers, flower centers and leaf stems were cut from Melon Mambo, Perfect Plum, Bermuda Bay and Old Olive card stocks using the Botanical Builder Framelits.  The flowers were added to the card with Glue Dots and Dimensionals.  The butterfly from the Papillon Potpourri stamp set was stamped on Daffodil Delight card stock with Basic Black Archival Ink and punched out with the Bitty Butterfly PunchClear Wink of Stella gave a little shimmer to the butterfly and the Daffodil Delight flower centers.

Sentiment:  The sentiment from the Sprinkles of Life stamp set was stamped on Bermuda Bay card stock with Basic Black Archival ink. I cut it out with one of the Bunch of Banners Framelits.  I cut another one from Daffodil Delight card stock, cut off one end and used it to mat one side of the sentiment.   It was attached to the card with Glue Dots.  I then added the butterfly with a Glue Dot.

The Finishing Touch:  Retired black candy dots were used for the center of the flowers and the edge of the sentiment.

Thank you for visiting today.  I really appreciate you taking time to stop by.  If you have any questions about this project leave me a comment or e-mail me.

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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Acorny Thank You

My card today is inspired by the Creating Pretty Cards Challenge #61.  You can never have too many thank you cards.

Card Base:  Delightful Dijon card stock cut at 5-1/2" x 8-1/2"; scored at 4-1/4".

Sentiment Layer:  On a piece of Crumb Cake card stock I stamped the spatter image from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set using Crumb Cake ink, first stamping off on scrap paper to avoid it being too dark.  I then sponged around the edges with Crumb Cake ink.  The sentiment from the Vertical Greetings stamp set was stamped along the edge using Soft Suede ink.  A piece of the Serene Scenery designer series paper stack was added at the bottom.  Some retired burlap ribbon was cut and threads pulled for the fringe look.  It was attached to the layer with Fast Fuse adhesive.

Acorns:  Using the Acorn Builder Punch, I punched three acorns and two of the tops from the same designer paper.  One other top was punched from Soft Suede card stock.  After attaching the top part to each acorn with Glue Dots, I popped them all up with Dimensionals.

Finishing Touch:  Using one of the pulled threads from the burlap ribbon, I made a small bow and attached it to the one acorn on the left.

Thank you for visiting my blog.  Please let me know what you think by leaving a comment or question.  Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Wedding Congrats

A friend asked if I would make a wedding card for her and this is the one I came up with.  This card measures 5" x 7-1/2".  I usually make wedding cards a litle bigger and with the Envelope Punch Board, it's easy to make an envelope to fit.

CARD BASE:  Shimmery White card stock cut 7-1/2" x 10" scored and folded at 5" on the 10" side.  The shimmer in this card stock makes it perfect for wedding cards.

TOP LAYER:  Cut the layer of Shimmery White card stock with the Detailed Floral Thinlits.  Heat embossed the sentiment from the Flourishing Phrases stamp set with Versa Mark and Silver Embossing Powder.  Added a piece of Organza Ribbon above the sentiment.  Made a small bow with the same ribbon, tied it in the center with Silver Metallic Thread and attached it to the ribbon with Glue Dots.  This layer was added to a piece of Silver Foil Sheet.  It was then attached to the card front with Dimensionals (lots of dimensionals to be sure it held).

FINISHING TOUCHES:  I added a retired Something Borrowed embellishment to the center of the ribbon,  Some Rhinestones were added to the die cut pieces.

I forgot to take a picture of the inside but I used the sentiments from the Flourishing Phrases stamp set (Marriage is a Journey - good thing you get to bring your best friend along).  I also heat embossed it with Silver Embossing Powder.

Unfortunately, the photo doesn't do the card justice.  The bling and shimmer just don't show up very well in photos.  Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you had a great weekend and managed to stay cool.  It has been pretty hot in the Northeast this summer.

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