Saturday, March 21, 2015

Look Who's Turning 4

Happy weekend to all.  Today's card is the one I made for the upcoming birthday of my niece's little girl.  They don't read my blog so I'm not worried about them seeing it ahead of time.

The card base is So Saffron card stockCajun Craze "spots" punched out with the 1/2" Circle Punch were added along both sides.  On a piece of Whisper White card stock I sponged clouds using Soft Sky ink and a template I made using some scallop punches and acetate.  I added some "grass" made from Wild Wasabi card stock and the Fringe Scissors.  The grass was sponged with Wild Wasabi ink.  For the giraffe I found this great post by Kellie Paxton here.  The few things I changed were:  So Saffron was used for the body sponged with Hello Honey ink; tufts were hand cut; the tail made with circle punch; legs cut with the Paper Cutter; Cajun Craze card stock was used for the spots; added to the back were matching punched out card stock for the head, body and nose (large oval) just to make it look nice.  Crystal Effects was added to his eyes for some dimension.  I have to admit, he was a little time consuming but well worth the effort.  Dimensionals were used to attach him to the card.  The sentiment from the Hooray It's Your Day stamp set was heat embosssed on Whisper White card stock with VersaMark and Wild Wasabi embossing powder (retired).  I cut it out using the Word Bubbles Framelits.  Another one was cut out of Cajun Craze card stock to mat the sentiment.  This was also added using DimensionalsCandy Dots were added for color and to carry on the "spot" theme.  The number 4 was made with Simply Pressed Clay and the Alphanumeric Mold.  After it dried, I colored it with the Cajun Craze markerGlues Dots were used to add it to the card.

I hope you enjoyed today's card.  Please take a moment to leave a comment and let me know what you think.  It was definitely a labor of love and helped get my juices flowing to pick up the pace of my dormant creating.  Have a great weekend and I hope to see you back soon.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

How About Some More Butterflies

More butterflies for this card which is going out to a friend for their birthday.  Two challenges were used:  Try Stampin' On Tuesday #209 and Hand Stamped Sentiments #207.

The sketch was for a square card but I made it a regular A2 size.  The base is Blackberry Bliss card stock.  I heat embossed a piece of Vellum card stock using VersaMark, White Embossing powder and the Something Lacy background stamp.  After cutting it to the size I wanted, I cut out the center using the Labels Framelits (third one in from the center).  The negative piece was attached to Blushing Bride card stock and attached to the card.  On the back of the cut out piece I randomly colored
using Blackberry Bliss, Blushing Bride and Wild Wasabi Markers.  I tried sponging but it didn't show through as well as the markers.  The edge was sponged with Blackberry Bliss ink.  It was added to the card using DimensionalsWild Wasabi card stock was punched out with the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch and attached using small pieces of Dimensionals (the extra pieces around the edges of the Dimensionals sheet).  The larger butterfly was punched out of Blackberry Bliss card stock with the Elegant Butterfly punch.  I stamped one of the images from the Papillon Potpourri stamp set on Blushing Bride card stock with Blackberry Bliss ink, punched it out with the Bitty Butterfly punch and attached it to the larger butterfly.  I sponged some Blushing Bride ink on a piece of Irresistibly Yours designer series paper and punched it out with the Bitty Butterfly Punch.  Both butterflies were added to the card with Glue DotsPearls were added to the center of the butterflies and along the Wild Wasabi strip for the finishing touch.  I will add the sentiment to the inside.

Don't know why I'm using butterflies so much; maybe it's the thought of spring almost being here.  Hope you had a good week with lots of time for being creative.

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Another Butterfly Birthday

I must be longing for spring because I have another birthday card using a butterfly.  Two challenges were used for inspiration:  Fab Friday #58 and showCASe your style #9 - Birthday.

For the card base, I used Smoky Slate card stock.  A piece of Calypso Coral card stock was run through the Big Shot with the Fancy Fan embossing folder and added to the card.  Coastal Cabana card stock was used for the long strip.  I used the Petite Curly Label punch to give a decorative edge to each end of the strip. 
The sentiment from the Wetlands stamp set was heat embossed on Whisper White card stock using VersaMark and Smoky Slate embossing powder.  I cut it out with the second from the center of the Window Frames Framelits as well as another from Smoky Slate card stock.  The Smoky Slate was cut in half and used to mat the sentiment layer.  I stamped a piece of Whisper White card stock with the Something Lacy background stamp using Coastal Cabana ink.  The Butterflies Thinlits Dies were used to cut it out as well as one from Smoky Slate card stock.  The gray butterfly was added using liquid glue and then the stamped one was added with Glue DotsCalypso Coral Candy Dots were added for a little pop of color.

Thank you for checking out this post today.  I hope you have a wonderful weekend.  We're expecting a visit from our precious granddaughter.  Soooooo looking forward to it.  Sure hope it doesn't snow.

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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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