Wednesday, February 13, 2019

A Winter Happy Birthday


Today's card is a winter birthday card for my younger son.  I really like this stamp set and dies and it's so versatile for many different occasions.  I used the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #375 for my inspiration.  My interpretation is a little different since I moved the one element to the bottom next to the sentiment.

Card Base:  Basic Gray CS cut 5-1/2" x 8-1/2"; score at 4-1/4".  A piece of Smoky Slate CS was run through the Big Shot with the Softly Falling EF.  The sentiment from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set was heat embossed (not very straight) using Versamark and Silver Embossing Powder.  The layer was attached to the card front.

Images:  The evergreen tree from the Winter Woods stamp set was stamped on Whisper White CS using Call Me Clover Ink.  Using the In The Woods Dies, I first cut out the tree and then using the more detailed die, I cut it again to get the pop-out branches.  By stamping on Whisper White CS, it looks like there is snow on the branches when it's cut out.  Before adding the tree to the card front using Dimensionals, I added glue dots and attached some Silver Metallic Thread to the side of the tree.  The pine cone and pine branches from the Winter Woods stamp set were stamped with Basic Gray and Call Me Clover ink and cut out using the In The Woods Dies.  They were attached using Glue Dots.

The Finishing Touch:  Clear Wink of Stella was added to the pine cone.

Thank you for making a stop at my blog.  I hope you're having a great week.  Be happy and be blessed.

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Saturday, February 2, 2019

The Big 6

Happy Saturday everyone.  It has been quite some time since I posted but we moved in early October (from New York to Connecticut).  We have spent a lot of time unpacking boxes, finding our way around and then the holidays arrived so I didn't have much time for card making.  But my sweet granddaughter, who is one of the reasons we moved to Connecticut, just turned 6 and I had to make a card for her.  I was inspired by a card I found on Kelly Kent's blog here.  I am also adding it to the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge #215 - birthdays.

Card Base:  Shimmery White CS cut 4-1/4" x 11"; scored at 5-1/2".  I added a piece of Pool Party CS that was embossed with the Seaside Embossing Folder and cut out with one of the Rectangle Stitched Framelits.

Mermaid:  To cut all the pieces of the mermaid, I used the Fox Builder Punch and the retired Owl Builder Punch.  If you check out Kelly Kent's blog, she has a template of all the pieces you need.  Lovely Lipstick CS was used for her tail, fin and "private" coverage.  Early Espresso was used for her hair and Soft Suede was used for her eyes and mouth.  Very Vanilla CS was used for the face, body, and arms.  I also used Silver Glimmer Paper for the other piece of her coverage.  After putting all the pieces together, I added her to the card with Dimensionals.

Sentiment:  I cut four happys from the Well Written Framelits using  Lovely Lipstick CS, attached them together with Multipurpose Glue and added it to the card front.  I then added the number 6 that was cut from Silver Glimmer Paper using the retired Large Number Framelits.

The Finishing Touches:   Using the Dark Lovely Lipstick Blend I colored a Rhinestone and added it to her "outfit".  Additional Rhinestones were added to her hair and waist.  Clear Wink of Stella was added to her hair for a little extra bling.  A few Basic Adhesive Backed Sequins were also added since my granddaughter loves glimmer and shine.

This was a fun card to create for her.  She enjoyed it and even said the mermaid looks like her.  I guess she meant the dark hair and eyes; she doesn't have a tail or fin.  I hope you enjoyed today's card.  If you did, leave me a comment.  Have a wonderful weekend.  See you soon.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Blessings in Blue

I'm back with another clean and simple card.  We will be moving to Connecticut late next month and I have started packing things up.  That leaves me with a limited supply of crafty items to use so I think clean and simple will be my norm.  I challenged myself with these two challenges:  CAS(e) this Sketch #286 and ABC Christmas Challenge - p, q, and r.  I chose P for plain.

Card Base:  Night of Navy CS cut 5-1/2" x 8-1/2"; score at 4-1/4"

Sentiment Layer:  On a piece of Shimmery White CS, I heat embossed the frame and the sentiment from the Christmas Pines stamp set using Versamark, Night of Navy ink and Clear Embossing Powder.  I used the Stamparatus for this, first stamping with Versamark and then stamping over that with the Night of Navy.  Then it was heat embossed.  The Stamparatus insures that the stamping lines up each time.  This layer was then added to the card.

The Finishing Touch:  The little stars from the Starlight Thinlits were cut from retired dazzling diamonds glimmer paper.  I attached one of the smaller stars to the larger one using 4 Glue Dots and attached it to the card with Glue Dots.  The other two were attached separately.  It's hard to see the shimmer on the card stock and the glimmer paper but it adds just the right amount of sparkle.

The Inside:  I stamped another sentiment from the Christmas Pines stamp set inside using Night of Navy ink.  I added a couple more die cut stars.

I hope you liked today's card.  It really is P for plain and simple.  Enjoy your day - be blessed and be safe.



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Sunday, August 26, 2018

A Bright Birthday

Hi everyone.  I hope you're having a great weekend.  Since I was awake so early today, rather than lay there trying to go to sleep, I figured I could do something creative.  I came up with this clean and simple card inspired by a few challenges:  Hand Stamped Sentiments Color Challenge #296; Seize the Birthday Challenge - anything goes; TIME OUT Challenege #116.

Card Base:  Whisper White Thick CS cut 4-1/4" x 11"; score at 5-1/2".

Image Layer:  Using the Stamparatus, I stamped the image from the Vertical Greetings stamp set.  What I did was first stamp the
stem using the Granny Apple Green Marker.  I then used the Blueberry Bushel Marker to color the pot and the center flower.  Daffodil Delight Marker was used to color the last two flowers.  This layer was matted with Granny Apple Green CS and attached to the card.
Sentiment Layer:  I again used the Stamparatus to stamp the sentiment on Shimmery White CS using Granny Apple Green ink.  This layer was also matted with Granny Apple Green CS and added to the card.

The Finishing Touches:  The little bow was made using some retired 1/8" sheer whisper white ribbon and added to the flower pot with a Glue Dot.  I didn't want to leave the sentiment unadorned, so I added a few Rhinestones for some sparkle.

As I said a very clean and simple card that took very little time to create.  It's the start of another week, so enjoy and be creative.

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Monday, August 20, 2018

For You

Happy Monday everyone.  For you today I have a card inspired by the sketch from the Paper Craft Crew Challenge #303.

Card Base:  Crumb Cake CS cut 4-1/4" x 11"; score at 5-1/2".  Added a layer of Crushed Curry CS.

Image Layer:  On a piece of Wood Textures DSP, I stamped the big wood image from the Rooted in Nature stamp set using Crumb Cake ink.  I chose the lightest of the dsp sheets so the image would show up.  Using some Copper Metallic Thread, I made some loops on the image using Glue Dots to hold them in place.

Leaves:  I made a variety of leaves using the Nature's Roots Framelits and the Rooted in Nature stamp set.  There are some embossing dies in this set so I used one on Cajun Craze CS and then cut it out with the matching die.  I stamped the stem with leaves on Granny Apple Green CS using Granny Apple Green ink and cut that out with the matching die.  On Crushed Curry CS I stamped another leaf using Cajun Craze ink and cut it out with its matching die.  They were attached to the card with Glue Dots.

Sentiment:  I heat embossed the sentiment from the Banners for You stamp set on Granny Apple Green CS using Versamark and Copper Embossing Powder.  It was punched out with the Classic Label Punch.  I added a piece of Burlap Ribbon across the card and attached the sentiment with Dimensionals.

I think this makes a great masculine card and you can add any sentiment to this card.  Thank you for stopping by.  Have a great week; be safe and be blessed.

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Saturday, August 18, 2018

It's a Dog's Life

Aren't dogs the best?  And this little puppy is so adorable I knew I had to use him for the Festive Friday Challenge #0014 and the Try Stampin' On Tuesday Challenge #396.

Card Base:  Whisper White Thick CS cut 4-1/4" x 11"; score at 5-1/2".  Rounded the corners of a piece of Tranquil Textures DSP (great patterns and colors) and attached it to Fresh Fig CS.  I wrapped a piece of Crumb Cake Nature's Twine around the layer twice and added it to the card front.

Image Layer:  Stamped the puppy  from the Bella and Friends stamp set on a piece of Whisper White Thick CS using Black Memento Ink.  I used light and dark Crumb Cake,
light and dark Mint Macaron and Bronze Blends to color the dog.  He was cut out using the Layering Circles Dies and matted with a piece of Fresh Fig CS cut out with the Stitched Shapes Dies.  Dimensionals were used to add him to the card.

The Finishing Touches:  Added multiple layers of Clear Wink of Stella to the heart on the puppy's collar.  For a little something extra, I added some Basic Adhesive-Backed Sequins on the dsp.

I left the sentiment off the front but used the "thank you" sentiment from the same stamp set on the inside.

Well, that's it for today.  This challenge sketch is very versatile as well as clean and simple so why not spend a few crafty moments this weekend creating your own.  Enjoy your day; be safe and be blessed.

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Night Owl Thank You

When I saw this bundle in the new holiday catalog, I knew it would one of my first choices.  I've always loved owls and used to collect them.  For inspiration, I used two challenges:  The Paper Players Challenge #405 and Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #350.

Card Base:  Pumpkin Pie CS cut 5-1/2" x 8-1/2"; score at 4-1/4".  Added a layer (4-1/8" x 5-3/8") of So Saffron CS embossed using the Woodland embossing folder.  Attached to card with fast fuse.  Added a strip of Mango Melody CS on the embossed layer.

Image:  Using my Stamparatus, I stamped the owl from the Still Night stamp set on a piece of
Whisper White CS using a So Saffron  ink spot.  (I bought some of the uninked spots, added reinker to them and use them mostly with the Stamparatus).  I then cleaned the stamp and used the Mango Melody marker to selectively add ink to the chest and around the eyes and stamped over the owl.  After cleaning the stamp again, I used the Pumpkin Pie marker to color the feathers, eyes and beak and stamped again.  The owl was cut out using the Night Owl Thinlits.  I cut the branch out three times from Sahara Sand CS using the same thinlits and attached them together using Multipurpose Glue.  This gives the branch added dimension and stability.  I then attached the branch using small pieces cut from the edges of the Mini Dimensionals sheet.  I used double Dimensionals to attach the owl.

Sentiment:  I stamped the sentiment from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set on So Saffron CS using Pumpkin Pie ink.  It was cut out with the Classic Label Punch and sponged around the edges with Sahara Sand ink.  I attached it to the card using double Mini Dimensionals.

The Finishing Touches:  I added some Clear Wink of Stella to the owl's eyes and beak.  I also added a few Sahara Sand Basic Adhesive Backed Sequins.

This is a great stamp set and dies; hopefully it doesn't get "lost" in the new catalog.  Have a great weekend; be safe and be blessed.

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