Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Happy Winter Birthdays

Hi there.  My sister-in-law and 2 friends all have birthdays this month and all in the same week (2 are on the same day).  I wanted to make a winter-themed card but not have it look like Christmas.  For inspiration I used:  CAS(E) this Sketch #200, Addicted to CAS #102 and CASology #227 - white space.

For the card base I used Old Olive card stock cut 4-1/4" x 11 and scored at 5-1/2".  I used a piece of Whisper White card stock for the next layer.  Before attaching it to the card I heat embossed the sentiment from the Balloon Celebration stamp set using VersaMark and Copper Embossing Powder.  I cut two of the pine branches from Old Olive card stock using the Pretty Pines Thinlits and added them to the white layer.  The two pine cones were cut from Bronze Foil Paper and 
attached to two Early Espresso solid pine cones, all cut using the Pretty Pines Thinlits.  I used this great idea for attaching the intricate pine cones to the solid ones.  I then attached one using Fast Fuse and the other using Dimensionals.  For the finishing touch I cut a bow from the same thinlits using Early Espresso card stock.  It was attached to the pine cones using rolled up Glue Dots.  Boy, was I tempted to use red for the 
bow but that would have looked too much like a Christmas card to me.  Clear Wink of Stella was used on the bow for a little shimmer.  An Old Olive Enamel shape was added to the bow.

Since I needed three cards, I did two more using two different color greens:  Emerald Envy with silver foil and silver embossing powder and Garden Green with gold foil and gold embossing powder.

Thank you for visiting.  I'm a little behind with Christmas things so I'll be putting in some quality and quantity time in my crafting space.  Have a great day.  See you soon.

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Congrats & Good Luck

So happy you could join me today.  My card is for my niece's husband who was recently appointed police chief in his town.  We are very proud of him and know he will do a great job.  I used the Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge #251.

Card Base:  Natural Ivory card stock (SU retired) cut 8-1/2" x 5-1/2"; score at 4-1/4".  Added a layer of Scenic Scenery DSP Stack.

Sentiment Layer:  On a piece of the ivory card stock I heat embossed the banner from the Banners For You stamp set using Versamark and Copper Embossing Powder.  The sentiments from the same stamp set were also embossed on the banner with the Copper Embossing Powder.  Matted the layer with Dapper Denim card stock.  Some retired hemp twine was wrapped twice around on each end.  The layer was added to the card with Fast Fuse.

Finishing Touches:  The leaf from the Vintage Leaves stamp set was heat embossed on a piece of Copper Foil using Copper Embossing Powder.  It was cut out with the Leaflets Framelits and added using a Dimensional.  I also added 2 Dapper Denim enamel star shapes to the banner (was thinking of a badge, albeit a small one).

This is a very clean and simple card to create and the sketch is great for all types of greeting cards.  So get those fingers inky and create a card for someone special.

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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Happy Halloween

Halloween is here and so am I -- finally.  Been dealing with medical issues again.  Can't say I'll be sorry to see 2016 end.  This is the first halloween card I've made this year.  This is for one of my little sweeties.  I got the design inspiration from the Paper Craft Crew Card Sketch Challenge #216.

Card Base:  Basic Gray card stock cut 5-1/2" x 8-1/2"; on 8-1/2" side, score at 4-1/4".  The web from the retired Bite Me stamp set (this stamp set is on the Clearance Rack of Stampin' Up! here) was heat embossed using VersaMark and Black Embossing Powder.  Added some splatter from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set.  A piece of Pumpkin Pie card stock was added along a strip of Warmth and Cheer dsp.  The spider from the Bite Me stamp set was heat embossed on the plaid dsp.  This layer was added to the card.

Image:  I stamped one of the pumpkins from the retired Fall Fest stamp set on Pumpkin Pie card stock using Pumpkin Pie ink and Cucumber Crush marker.  I then heat embossed the face from the same stamp set onto the pumpkin.  With the Pumpkin Pie marker, I colored along most edges of the pumpkin for depth.  The pumpkin was cut out using the Fun Fall Framelits (also retired).  Using the Layering Circles Dies, I cut one circle from Basic Black and one from Delightful Dijon.  Added the circles to the card and popped up the pumpkin with Dimensionals.

Sentiment:  Heat embossed the sentiment from the Bite Me stamp set with VersaMark and Black Embossing Powder.

Finishing Touch:  Added some googlie eyes for a touch of fun.

As you can see, I used a lot of retired items on this card.  I'm not the biggest fan of halloween and don't send out many cards so I hang on to old stamps that I like for this holiday.  Hope you have a spooktacular day.  Thanks for stopping by.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

No Words

When I saw The Card Concept Challenge #57, I'm never sure what the style is but for this I would guess it is clean and layered.  I had a pretty good idea what I wanted to do.  And I think what I saw in my mind was what I ended up with.

Card Base:  Crumb Cake card stock cut 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4".  The sentiment from the Rose Wonder stamp set was stamped with Early Espresso ink.  I then added a piece of Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack.  To bridge the gap between the dsp and the card base, I stamped a strip of Crumb Cake card stock with the Hardwood stamp, added some score lines to make it look like molding, sponged around the edges with Crumb Cake ink and added it to the card.

Image & Window:  I first stamped the sun image from the Kinda Eclectic stamp set on Whisper White Thick card stock with Daffodil Delight ink.  To make the rainbow I used three colors at a time on the stamp from the Work of Art stamp set.  The markers I used were Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Garden Green, Pacific Point, Night of Navy and Perfect Plum.  I then stamped a piece of Crumb Cake with the Hardwood stamp and cut it out with the Hearth and Home Thinlits.  My intent was just to add it to the image for the window effect but as I was working on it, I decided to do a shaker card.  So I added a piece of Window Sheet, Foam Adhesive Strips and some retired beads and added it to the card.

I like this sentiment because when a rainbow appears, there are really no words to explain the wonder.  Thank you for visiting my blog.  I appreciate and enjoy your comments.

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Sunday, September 11, 2016


I really like this sentiment so I searched for a sketch challenge that would work with the large sentiment.  I chose the Try Stampin' On Tuesday #287 sketch.

Card Base:  Crumb Cake card stock cut 5-1/2" x 8-1/2"; score at 4-1/4".  Added a strip of Affectionately Yours designer paper after rounding the corners.  Cut a strip of Copper Foil, rounded the corners and added to the card.

Sentiment:  Heat embossed the sentiment from the Banner Blessings stamp set on Daffodil Delight using Versamark and Copper embossing powder.  It was cut out with the retired Ovals Collection Framelits.  I then embossed it using one of the Floral Affection embossing foldersDimensionals were used to attach it to the card.

The Finishing Touch:  I cut a small flower and flower center from the Botanical Builder Framelits using Mint Macaron and Night of Navy card stocks and added them with a Glue Dot.  I then added some 2016-2018 In-Color Enamel Shapes.

Hope you had a great weekend.  I always appreciate your thoughts and comments.  Stop by again.

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Christmas 2

Good evening.  This is the second Christmas card so far this year.  It is based on two challenges:  The Challenge #76 and Christmas Card Challenge #39.

Card Base:  Cherry Cobbler card stock cut 5-1/2" x 8-1/2"; score at 4-1/4".

First Layer & Sentiment:  Heat embossed the sentiment from the Star of Light stamp set on Very Vanilla card stock using Versamark and Gold embossing powder and attached layer to card.
Image Layer:  Heat embossed two of the bells from the Seasonal Bells stamp set on a piece of This Christmas DSP using Versamark and Gold embossing powder.  I punched them out with the Bell Punch.  I then punched two more bells from Basic Black card stock, cut them in half and used them to mat each bell.  To another piece of This Christmas dsp I added a strip of the music dsp and a piece of Gold Foil and added this layer to the card.  I was going to add a bow to the bells but instead used a paper piercer at the top of each bell and added a retired gold brad.

The Finishing Touch:  Metallic Gold Thread was then attached in loops to the back of the bells using Glue Dots.  The bells were attached with Dimensionals.

I appreciate you taking a peek at my blog.  Stop by again.

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Saturday, September 3, 2016

Just Because

My card today is inspired by the CAS-ual Friday's Challenge #155 - black, white + one color.

Card Base:  Basic Black card stock.  Added a piece of 2015-2017 In-Color DSP Stack with corners rounded.

Image Layer:  The image from the Vertical Greetings stamp set was heat embossed on Thick Whisper White card stock using Versamark and Black embossing powder.  The sentiment from the same stamp set was heat embossed using Versamark, Mint Macaron ink and Clear embossing powder.  The corners were rounded with the Project Life Corner Punch.  I used a piece of fun foam as backing so the whole image would be even and not sag in any spots.

The Finishing Touches:  To make the little bow, I used Mint Macaron ink to color a piece of White Baker's Twine.  The bow was attached with a Glue DotWhite Perfect Accents were added to the center of each of the topiary balls.

Hope you are enjoying the long weekend.  Be safe.  Thanks for checking out this post.

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