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.

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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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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Have a Wonderful Birthday

Wow, two days in a row posting.  It's been a long time since I did that.  I used the CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge #136 for my starting off point.  It's a great clean and simple sketch.

I rotated the sketch 90 degrees.  The card base is Blackberry Bliss card stock.  On a piece of Watercolor Paper I stamped the image from the Bordering Blooms stamp set using Black Memento Ink.  I colored the image using Blender Pens and Blackberry Bliss, Old Olive, Calypso Coral and Daffodil Delight ink pads.  The sentiment from the Cottage Greetings stamp set was stamped with Black Memento Ink.  For the scallop edge on the bottom, I used the retired Scallop Trim Border Punch.  Four small Rhinestones were added along the image after the layer was attached to the card.  A piece of Very Vanilla card stock was added to the inside because of the dark card stock base.

This was a really easy card to create but I think the coloring adds just the right amount of pop.  Thanks for stopping by.

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Good Monday to all.  Today I have a birthday card I created for my older son's girlfriend.  I found this great video tutorial on Connie Stewart's blog here.  As you can see, I changed everything except the idea.

Since I followed her directions I won't go into all the minute details.  I will share the colors and products I used.

Card Base:  Crushed Curry card stock
Designer Paper:  Cherry on Top Paper Stack
Stamp Set - both image and sentiment:  Sprinkles on Top - The donuts were colored individually using Bermuda Bay, Watermelon Wonder, Crushed Curry and Cucumber Crush Markers and stamped on Whisper White card stock.  I used the same markers to color in the sprinkles on the donuts and added some Dazzling Details for a little sparkle.  They were cut out using the Project Life Cards & Labels Framelits as was a piece of Watermelon Wonder card stock to use for a mat.  The sentiment was heat embossed on the piece of Window Sheet with VersaMark and White Embossing Powder.  The inside 
flap is Bermuda Bay card stockMy son's girlfriend got a kick out of the inside sentiment:  "sometimes it's better not to remember how many you've had."  I'm not a fan of donuts but I can see how easy it could be to lose count.
I lined one of Stampin' Up!'s medium envelopes with the same designer paper using the Envelope Liners Framelits.

Thanks for coming by.  I hope you're off to a great start this week.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Bohemian For You

Hello all.  I have been missing this past month, partly because we welcomed a little grandson into the family but also because I can't seem to get the creative juices flowing.  This gift card holder was made for my daughter-in-love to hold a new mom gift.  Since this was not the normal gift card size, I thought the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits might work.

The Bohemian designer paper was cut using the Big Shot and the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits.  The width of the bag was perfect for the gift card but not long enough.  I had to improvise a top for the bag so it would hide the card.  Using the retired Labels Collection Framelits, I cut the same designer paper with the largest die.  After folding it in half I used sticky strip to attach the upper inside to make a pocket that would fit over the gift card.  For the tag I used the Tags and Labels Framelits to cut the smaller tag fromVery Vanilla card stock and the larger tag from Island and one on the back.  A Pearl was added to the center of each bow.  This paper has such vibrant colors which makes it fun to work with.  Hope you enjoyed this new take on a gift card holder.Indigo card stock.  The sentiment from the Treat Bag Thinlits was cut three times from Blackberry Bliss card stock, layered on each other and attached to the white tag.  The tag was attached to the bag cover using Dimensionals.  The little bow from the same thinlits was also cut from Blackberry Bliss card stock four times.  I layered two together and attached one bow on the front

Thank you for your visit.  I appreciate your comments on the projects I share.  Have a great week.

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Happy Wedding Day

Happy Thursday.  Better yet, happy almost weekend.  A friend recently asked me to make a wedding card for her.  This is the card I created.

Because I like the look of a larger card for special occasions, this card is 5" x 7".  The card base is Very Vanilla card stock cut at 7" x 10".  I embossed a piece of Pool Party card stock with the retired Filigree Frame Embossing Folder, rounded the corners with the Project Life Corner punch and attached the layer to the card front.  I cut a piece of Very Vanilla card stock so that it would fit in the center of the swirls in the embossed layer and rounded those corners with the same punch.  The sentiment from a long retired stamp set was heat embossed with VersaMark and Gold Embossing Powder.  The bells from the Embellished Events stamp set (retired) were heat embossed with Pool Party Embossing Powder (retired) on a scrap piece of Very Vanilla.  I fussy cut them out and attached them to the sentiment layer with Dimensionals.  After adding this layer to the card, I added Pearls to the card for the finishing touches.  Since I didn't have an envelope to hold the card, I pulled out my handy-dandy Envelope Punch Board and created one using the Neutrals Envelope Paper.  Great product.

Thanks for checking out my post today.  I know I haven't been around much but I'm hoping to remedy that.  What I need is a swift kick in the backside to get me moving.  Have a wonderful weekend.

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Happy Bee-day

Happy weekend all.  Today is my younger sister's birthday and this is the card I will be giving her later today.  The two bees were the inspiration for this card.  I had made them last fall but never used them on anything.  Time for them to buzz outta here.

Hello Honey was my choice for the card base.  The Hexagon Hive Thinlit was used to cut a piece of Basic Black card stock.  That was then attached to a retired piece of Moonlight designer paper and added to the card front.  The daisies were cut from Whisper White card stock using the retired Daisies Die.  The tips were sponged with Hello Honey ink as well as the center of the smaller daisy.  After attaching the pieces together using Multipurpose Liquid Glue, I added a 1/2" Glimmer paper circle to the center.  The daisies were attached with Glue Dots to the card.  The sentiment from the Honeycomb Hello stamp set was stamped with Staz-on ink on Hello Honey card stock and punched out with the Hexagon Punch.  A piece of Whisper White card stock was also punched out with the Hexagon Punch to use as a mat for the sentiment.  In order to make the sentiment smaller, I trimmed it on all side using the Stampin' TrimmerGlue Dots were used to attach it to the card.  I made the bees by first adding strips of Basic Black card stock to a piece of Hello Honey card stock.  The Small Oval Punch (now retired) was used to punch out the bodies.  The 1/2" Circle Punch was used for the head.  The antennae are the cherry from the Cupcake Builder Punch.  The stingers were just cut free hand.  The "smile" was drawn on with a Basic Black marker.  After putting the bees together, I added some googlie eyes.  The bees were attached to the card with Dimensionals.

Thank you for your visit.  I appreciate your comments too.  Enjoy the weekend.  I hope the sun is shining where you are.

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