Sunday, February 18, 2018

A Simple I Love You

This card was going to be a Valentine card but when the day came and went, I decided to make it an "I Love You" card.  I'm using the Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #279 - clean and simple.

Card Base:  Very Vanilla Thick CS cut 4-1/4" x 11" and scored at 5-1/2".  I heat embossed the sentiment from the Vertical Greetings stamp set using Dapper Denim ink and Clear Embossing Powder.  When using the ink pad to heat emboss, you have to move quickly with the embossing powder.  If it doesn't emboss well, you can go over it again if you use a stamp positioning tool to start with.

Image Layer:  I did use my MISTI to stamp the image from the Vertical Greetings stamp set.  I covered the image, except the planter, with a post-it note and stamped the planter with Dapper Denim ink twice to get good coverage.  I then masked off the planter and flower and stamped the stem with Lemon Lime Twist ink.  Finally I masked off the bottom of the image and stamped the heart flower with Fresh Fig ink.  On a scrap piece of Very Vanilla CS, I stamped the heart once more with Fresh Fig ink and cut it out with the Sweet and Sassy Framelits.  The image layer was matted with Lemon Lime Twist and Fresh Fig CS and attached to the card.  The extra flower was popped up with Mini Dimensionals.

The Finishing Touch:  Retired Brights Sequins were added to the card, one on the planter and two randomly placed.

I really enjoy working with this stamp set but don't always think to use it.  It certainly makes for a clean-looking card.  Hope your weekend has been a good one.  Thanks for taking the time to check out my card today.  Have a blessed week.

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Sweets for the Sweeties

Today I'm sharing the treats I made for my granddaughter and grandson.  Some of the inspiration comes from a new challenge - Festive Friday #0001: Valentine and/or sequins.

When the holiday catalog came out, I found these Acetate Card Boxes.  Haven't used them for cards but they popped into my head when I was trying to come up with treat holders.  I did one in Sweet Sugarplum  CS and one in Real Red CS.   The retired Confetti Hearts Punch was used on the top and bottom edge of the card stock.  They were each inserted
into an acetate box.  I had all the hearts that were punched out and wanted to use them in some way so
I made shaker hearts for the front of the box.  The sentiment from the Bloomin' Love stamp set was heat embossed on a piece of Window Sheet with Versamark and White Embossing Powder and cut out
with the Sweet and Sassy FramelitsWhisper White
CS was cut with the framelits.  I added Foam 
Adhesive Strips, put the punched out hearts in the center, added the embossed vellum and then another frame cut with the dies to cover the edges of the vellum.  I used the Sweet Sugarplum and Real Red markers around the
around the edge to color the adhesive strips.  Sweet Sugarplum 3/8" Grosgrain Ribbon was added to one and Whisper White 3/8" Classic Weave Ribbon was added to the other.  I then popped up the shakers with Dimensionals.  These held quite a few Dove and Reeses hearts which I'm sure made my little sweeties very happy.

Thanks for visiting.  Enjoy your weekend.

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Monday, February 5, 2018

Candles to Celebrate

Starting out the week with a masculine birthday card based on 2 sketches:  CAS(E) this Sketch #156 and Seize the Birthday - option of candles.

Card Base:  Crumb Cake CS cut 4-1/4" x 11"; score at 5-1/2".  I used the Celebrations Duo Embossing Folder to get the debossed word celebrate.

Image Layer:  The candles are from the retired birthday candles wheel; I removed the rubber from the wheel and converted it into a regular clear mount stamp.  Using my MISTI, I colored one candle at a time using Crumb Cake, Tranquil Tide, Night of Navy and
Chocolate Chip markers on Very Vanilla CSCrushed Curry marker was used on the flames.  The MISTI makes it possible to get good ink coverage, especially when using the markers.  Clear Wink of Stella was added to each flame for a little shimmer.  A strip of Tranquil Tide CS was added to the top and bottom of the image layer.  I added a piece of 3/8" Crumb Cake Classic Weave Ribbon and attached the layer to the card front.  The sentiment from the Sprinkles of Life stamp set was stamped on Crushed Curry CS with Tranquil Tide ink and added to the ribbon with Mini Dimensionals.

The Finishing Touch:  I added three gold Metallic Enamel Shapes for an added festive look.

Thanks for visiting my blog.  Hope you enjoyed today's card.  Have a great week.

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Friendly Pinks

Today I have a card based on the CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge #256.  When I saw the sketch, it seemed like it would be a snap to make.  Boy, did I make a challenge out of it.  My original thought was to do a one-layer card.  I was so wrapped up in figuring the size of the images, making my own stamps and masking, I didn't realize I was stamping on a single sheet, hence my layers.

Card Base:  Fresh Fig CS cut at 4-1/4" x 11"; scored at 5-1/2".

Image:  On Whisper White Thick CS, I stamped seven squares using Powder Pink, Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride, Sweet Sugarplum, Berry Burst, Rich Razzleberry and Fresh Fig Inks.  I didn't have any stamps with a square image so I decided to make my own.  Using the Layering Squares Framelits, I cut out six squares from fun foam.  I attached two together to make three stamps.  On the back of each I added some Multipurpose Liquid Glue and let it dry.  When it dries, it becomes tacky and will stick to a clear block.  I don't have a Stamparatus yet, but I do have a MISTI, so I used that to stamp the images where I needed them.  I stamped the first one, masked it and stamped the second and so on.  I heat embossed the sentiment from the Bloomin' Love stamp set with Versamark and Silver Embossing Powder.  This layer was attached to a piece of Silver Foil and then added to the card.

The Finishing Touch:  I made a small bow with the 1/8" Fresh Fig Sheer Ribbon and attached it with a Glue Dot.  Added Metallic Enamel Shapes to the bow and two of the squares.

That's the most pink I've seen on any card I've ever made.  Thanks for stopping by and please visit again.  Have a great week.

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Oh My Gosh, You're Five

My sweet granddaughter turns 5 today.  I'm not sure where that time has gone but we feel blessed every day for her and her brother.  I made her a waterfall card.  I haven't made one of these in a number of years but I recently saw one on Dawn Griffith's blog here.  She has a great video explaining the how to; looks hard but is pretty simple to make.

Card Base:  One piece of Early Espresso CS cut at 4-1/4" x 5-1/2".  On the front I added a layer of Painted Autumn DSP cut at 4" x 5-1/4".  Added a strip of Early Espresso CS cut at 1" x 4-1/4" and added to the card using Tear and Tape on the ends.  On the back of the card base I added a layer of Daffodil Delight CS cut at 4-1/8" x 5-3/8".  For special occasions and holidays I write a poem for them so I printed it out on a piece of Very Vanilla CS, cut it at 4" x 5-1/4" and added it to the Daffodil Delight.

Waterfall:  Cut four pieces of Early Espresso 2" x 2" and 4 pieces of Very Vanilla at 1-3/4" x 1-3/4".  I stamped images from A Little Wild stamp set on the four Very Vanilla pieces with Early Espresso ink.  Colored the bear
and the bee hive using Crumb Cake Light and Dark Blends.  The rest of the images were colored using Early Espresso, Daffodil Delight, Peekaboo Peach and Lemon Lime Twist MarkersClear Wink of Stella was used to add sparkle to the bees' wings, the flowers and the hive.  I put the waterfall together following Dawn's directions.  The sentiment on the pull down tab is from the retired stamp set It's Your Birthday.  I used some retired Early Espresso and 
Tangerine Tango baker's twine to pull down the waterfall.

The photos show the other images used for the waterfall.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you like this card and will give it a try.  There are so many stamp sets out there with images that can be used on this type of card.  Have a happy and blessed week.

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Saturday, January 27, 2018

Happy Birthday - Late Again

Happy weekend blog friends.  Today's card is a masculine (belated) birthday card.  The last year or so I have been negligent in getting cards out on time or even made.  This year I'm trying not to miss any birthdays of family and friends, even if they are late.  Since this is a winter birthday, I went with a little bit of a wintry looking card.

Card Base:  Whisper White Thick CS cut at 5-1/2" x 8-1/2"; score at 4-1/4".  Run the card front through the Big Shot with the Softly Falling EF.  I cut a piece of the retired Serene Scenery DSP on the diagonal and added it to the card front.  It reminded me of snow falling.  Added a piece of the 5/8" Burlap Ribbon along the edge of the dsp using Tear and Tape.

Images:  The trees were cut from Garden Green CS (backed with Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets) using the Card Front Builder Framelits (retired).  I had this snow marker in my stash and added it to the tips of the trips.  When you apply heat, it puffs up to give the snow dimension.  The double tree image was added.  The single tree was attached using Dimensionals.

Sentiment:  I cut two of the sentiments from Crumb Cake and Garden Green CS, both backed with the adhesive sheets, using the Happy Birthday Thinlits Die.  The green was attached to the Crumb Cake, offsetting it a little to have a shadow effect plus to make it a little sturdier.  They were then added to the card front.  I stamped the belated sentiment from the Sweet Cupcake stamp set on Crumb Cake with Garden Green Ink and cut it out using a die from the Up and Away Thinlits.  It was attached with a Dimensional.

I really, really like the Happy Birthday die.  It's a nice big sentiment with a great font.  Thank you for visiting today.  Have a great weekend.

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

A Big Thanks

Wishing you a very belated happy new year.  It sure has been a cold one here in the Northeast.  My card today is a simple thank you card.  I borrowed a sketch from Connie Stewart's blog here.  Each week she has a new sketch with four versions.  Great for getting your crafting juices flowing again.

Card Base:  Very Vanilla Thick CS cut 5-1/2" x 8-1/2"; score at 4-1/4".  Added a layer of Eastern Palace Specialty DSP.

Sentiment Layer:  Cut a strip of Very Vanilla CS 1-1/2" x 5-1/2".  A strip of Gold Foil was added to the top and bottom; attached layer to card front on a diagonal.  The ends were trimmed even with the sides of the card.  I attached a piece of Multi-Purpose Adhesive Sheet to Tranquil Tide CS.  The sentiment from the retired Hello You Thinlits was cut out three times from the card stock.  Added some sparkle to each one using retired Gold Wink of Stella.  After peeling off the adhesive backing, I layered the three together for more dimension.  This was added to the diagonal strip.

Medallion:  The medallion was cut from Gold Foil (backed with adhesive sheet) using two of the dies from the Eastern Medallion Thinlits.  It was attached to a Very Vanilla CS circle cut with the Layering Circles Dies and added to the card front. 

Finishing Touch:  To the center of the medallion I added a heart from the Metallic Enamel Shapes.

Thank you for stopping by.  It's been quite a while since I last posted.  I'm hoping to do so more often in 2018.  Be safe and stay warm.

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