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

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Happy 3rd Birthday

It's been so long since I posted or even made a card, but I couldn't pass up creating one for my sweet granddaughter.  She turned 3 last month and wanted a rainbow birthday party.

Card Base & Layers:  Daffodil Delight card stock cut 5-1/2" x 8-1/2"; scored at 4-1/4" and folded.  Next layer up is a mat using Pacific Point card stock.  To eliminate some bulk on the card, I cut out the center of the card stock and left enough for the mat.  I then added a layer of Pumpkin Pie card stock.  Added to that was a layer of Whisper White card stock whose corners were punched using the Curvy Corner Trio Punch.

Balloons:  Two balloons were cut from Pacific Point and Pumpkin Pie card stock using the Balloon Framelits Dies and attached to the card.  The balloon strings were hand drawn with a Basic Black Marker.  On a piece of Whisper White card stock, I sponged Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Garden Green, Night of Navy and Perfect Plum inks in a rainbow design.  I then cut out a balloon using the same dies.  To attach it to the card I used an action wobble (non-Stampin' Up!) so you could make the ballon swing back and forth. From the rest of the rainbow design I cut out the "happy" from the Hello You Thinlits and attached it to the card using the Fine-Tip Glue Pen.  The "3" and "RD" were cut from Basic Black card stock using the retired Timeless Type Alpha Jr. sizzlits and attached to the rainbow balloon.  To add a little sparkle to the card, I used the Clear Wink of Stella Pen on the "hello", the "3" and the "RD".

Finishing Touch:  The Pumpkin Pie bow was cut from the Balloon Framelits and added to the rainbow balloon.

Three years have passed so quickly and we have enjoyed the great times we've shared with her.  Thank you for visiting my blog today.  I appreciate your comments so let me know what you think of my card.

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Monday, October 19, 2015

WOW! 15% off Stampin' Up! Stamp Sets

Starting today, October 19, and going through Friday, October 23, Stampin' Up! is have a 15% off sale on all regular priced stamp sets.  What a great opportunity to pick up some of those stamp sets that were on your wish list but you weren't sure if you wanted to really buy them.  The details for this sale are as follows:

    Host stamp sets, rotary stamps and clearance rack stamps are not  
    eligible for the 15% promotional discount.

    Bundles are not eligible for this promotional discount but they are still 
    available at their current 15% Bundle & Save discount.  You may 
    purchase the stamp set from a bundle by itself with the 15% 
    promotional discount.

    There is no limit to how many discounted stamp sets can be placed on 
    an order.

    There is no minimum purchase required for this promotion.

     Order Deadlines:
    Phone:  October 23, 2015 by 6:50 pm (MT)
    Online:  October 23, 2015 by 11:55 pm (MT)

Sounds like a great way to get some of those stamps sets you've been longing to have.  If you are planning to buy any of those wanted stamp sets, head over to my on-line store here to make your purchase.  What a great way to get the holiday card making off to a great start.  Please contact me if you have any questions.  There is an e-mail button on the side bar.  Have a great day.


Monday, October 5, 2015

Peace & Joy

Yes, you're seeing a Christmas card.  It may be early for some but when I saw The Friday Mashup Challenge #228 to use a silhouette, this was the first stamp set I thought of.  I also used the CAS Colours and Sketches Challenge #144; love this color combination.

I chose Night of Navy card stock for the base.  I spritzed the front with the retired Champagne Shimmer Paint that I mixed with alcohol.  Hard to see in the photo but it adds a subtle touch of glimmer.  I used a 3-3/4" x 5" piece of Shimmery White card stock for the image layer.  Soft Sky and Night of Navy inks were sponged on for the background.  I heat embossed just the shepherds 
from the Every Blessing stamp set using Versamark and Black Embossing Powder.  I then heat embossed the star with Gold Embossing Powder.  The sentiment from the retired Good Greetings stamp set was also heat embossed with Gold Embossing Powder.  To mat the image layer, I used a 3-7/8" x 5-1/8" piece of retired Brushed Gold card stock.  Since almost every card I make gets mailed, I try to keep from going over the limit of one stamp.  When I cut the mat for the image, I cut out the center of the gold card stock leaving about a 1/2" edge that I attached the layer to.  This was then attached to the front of the card.  The shimmery paper gives the effect of a starry sky.  It's hard to capture in the photo.

Thank you for your visit.  Come back soon.

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Friday, October 2, 2015

Happy Birthday in the Spotlight

Happy weekend to all.  Today's card is one I created for a life-long friend (literally since kindergarten).  This is for the Seize the Birthday Challenge to use punches or die cuts on the card.  I found this technique here.  Fun to do and so easy.

Card BaseWatermelon Wonder card stock cut 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4" on long side.
Floral LayerBlushing Bride card stock cut 4-1/8" x 5-3/8".  I randomly stamped the larger flowers from the Crazy About You stamp set.  The other flowers are from the Flower Patch stamp set.  Watermelon Wonder and Calypso Coral inks were used to stamp the flowers.  To create an area in the center that could be stamped on, I sponged on Whisper White Craft Ink.  Be sure you give this enough time to thoroughly dry before you stamp.  I cut out three happy's from Basic Black card stock using the Hello You Thinlits and layered them together using the Fine Tip Glue Pen.  It gives the word a little more dimension.  Before attaching it to the card, I heat embossed the word birthday from the Crazy About You stamp set using the Basic Black Archival stamp pad and Clear Embossing Powder.  I then attached "happy" using Glue Dots that I rolled in order to make them fit.
The Finishing TouchRhinestones were added for some extra birthday bling.

I'm trying to spend more time creating but my energy levels have bottomed out and I'm trying to resolve those issues.  Makes me feel good when I do finish a project.  Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the weekend.

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