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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

Joyful

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.

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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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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Ahoy There!

When I saw the CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge #187, I knew what I wanted to do with it.  This is the end result.

Card Base:  Cucumber Crush card stock was cut 5-1/2" x 8-1/2"; score at 4-1/4"; the Whisper White Thick card stock is cut 1/8" smaller all around than the base and embossed with the Seaside embossing folder.

Images:  The three fish from the Seaside Shore stamp set were each heat embossed two times (for added dimension) using Versamark, Cucumber Crush, Sweet Sugarplum and Watermelon Wonder inks and Clear embossing powder on Whisper White Thick card stock.  The shells were heat embossed three times using Versamark, Tip-Top Taupe ink and Clear embossing powder.  They were all fussy cut.  Glue Dots were used to add the fish and the shells were added using Dimensionals.

Sentiment:  The sentiment is from the same stamp set.  I heat embossed it on the white card stock with Versamark, Cucumber Crush ink and Clear embossing powder.  I used the Bone Folder to give a little curl to the center and the ends.  Glue Dots "anchored" it to the card.

The Finishing Touch:  I wanted to add some bubbles coming from the fishes' mouth so I used retired Crystal Effects.  After it dries clear, they look like little bubbles (see close-up photo).

This will make a fun card to send to someone for no reason.

Thanks again for visiting.  I welcome comments or questions about any of my posted projects.  Have a great day.

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Get Well Thoughts & Prayers

A very special friend recently had surgery and I thought a card would help make her recovery a little brighter.  I chose the Pals Paper Arts Challenge #315 and CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge #188 for my inspiration.

Card Base:  Whisper White card stock cut 5-1/2" x 8-1/2"; score at 4-1/4".  I used a piece of the 2016-2018 In-Color Envelope Paper as the next layer.  The Project Life Corner punch was used on 2 opposite corners.  From a piece of So Saffron card stock, I cut the border from the Flourish Thinlits and added it to the 
Dapper Denim paper using the Fine-Tip Glue Pen.

Image Layer:  I used the MISTI tool to stamp the image from the Thoughts and Prayers stamp set on Whisper White card stock.  I first colored the stem using the Old Olive marker.  I did it a couple of times in order to get a good image.  I then cleaned that ink off and colored the flowers with the So Saffron marker, doing those twice also.  The sentiment from the same stamp set was heat embossed using Versamark, Dapper Denim ink and Clear Embossing Powder.  Using the retired Ovals Collection Dies, I cut out the image and matted it with an oval cut from So Saffron card stockDimensionals were used to attach it to the card.

The Finishing Touches:  Clear Wink of Stella was added to the flowers as well as tiny Pearls added to the center of each.

I hope you enjoyed today's card.  You may be wondering why I used envelope paper rather than regular dsp.  There are a couple of reasons.  As a hobby demonstrator, I am trying this year to limit the amount of dsp I purchase since I always have so much left over.  When you use the envelope paper to make envelopes, there are always pieces left over that are too small to make envelopes (unless you're making really small envelopes) so this gives me a way to use some of those pieces up.  And secondly, since this is a lighter weight paper, it keeps cards from going over the normal postage rate.  Have a great day.  See you soon.

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Just a Note

Today's card is based on two challenges:  Stamp Ink Paper Challenge #62 - sketch and ColourQ Challenge #356.  Join me as I walk you quickly through the card design.

Card Base:  Thick Whisper White card stock cut 5-1/2" x 8-1/2"; score at 4-1/4".  Added a layer of Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack.  In order to get the cross hatch on the regular Whisper White piece of card stock I used the Simply Scored Scoring Tool and the retired Diagonal Plate.

Flower:  Using the Flourish Thinlits, I cut the flower parts and the leaves from Old Olive, Melon Mambo, 
Soft Sky and retired Blackberry Bliss card stocks.  I layered them together using the Fine Tip Glue Pen and added it to the embossed layer.  Some Clear Wink of Stella was added to the flower parts for a little shimmer.

Sentiment:  The sentiment from the Picture Perfect stamp set was stamped on Soft Sky card stock using retired Blackberry Bliss ink.  Because it is a photopolymer stamp, I was able to curve it a bit when I added it to the block.  It was punched out using the Duet Banner Punch.  I cut two more banners from Melon Mambo and Blackberry Bliss card stocks, cut them down and used them to mat the sentiment.  It was added to the card using Dimensionals.

The Finishing Touch:  Rhinestones were added to the flower center and the sentiment for a little extra bling.

Thank you for visiting my blog.  I hope you are enjoying a great weekend.

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