Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A Gorgeous Grunge Birthday Card

I found a fun card made by Deborah at Wrightcrafty.  I thought her card looked more like a Valentine's Day card, which is okay but I was in the mood for butterflies.  So where she had hearts I added butterflies.

My words are from the Express Yourself set.  I didn't have the same set for words as she did but you make due with what you have.  

I loved the whole idea of mixing the Gorgeous Grunge with the Washi tape. And don't forget the Baker's Twine around the middle of the card.  The bow doesn't show up very well.  It turned a bit when I was setting the card in place to take the photo and I didn't notice it until I posted it here.  

The colors I used here are Raspberry Ripple and Black StazOn ink.  Raspberry Ripple and Whisper White card stock.  Such a fun and quick card to make.  This would also make a pretty Mother's Day card!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

An Off the Grid Birthday

This is one of those super quick cards.  I have a bunch of pieces in an old Stampin' Up! clear container and every now and then I will dig through it for something.  

Today I found 3 butterflies and the words all layered and ready to go.  And by ready to go I mean they even had the Dimensionals attached to the back!!!

So I got out the Off the Grid set and stamped my grid using VersaMark.  Then I embossed it using Gold embossing powder. 

The flower is from the Morning Meadow set.  I stamped it using Melon Mambo because it's what the butterflies and words looked like they were done in.  I added a large pearl (which are retiring) and I set the flower in place using Dimensionals.  As simple and quick as that.  I highly recommend having a little stash of pieces ready to go for times like this.  Plus it's great when you are in need of making a card in no time.  Just grab some pieces from the container and create a quick card!!

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Monday, April 21, 2014

An Off the Grid Gorgeous Grunge Birthday Card

I'm really sad that the Off the Grid image is retiring.  It was such a fun one to play with, especially to make masculine cards.  I am going to play with it a few more times before it retires.  And I may even hang onto it for a while after it retires just because I like it so much.  It's a new stamp, I'm surprised it's retiring so soon.

I'm SO glad Gorgeous Grunge isn't retiring.  I LOVE the dotted image.  It gives the card a nice splash of dots just where you need them.  It gives the card a bit of color in blah spots. Without it here the card would be pretty empty and boring looking in the center and corners.  

I used several stamps and punches to make this card.  Of course the Gorgeous Grunge and Off the Grid as I had mentioned above.  The Petite Petals and matching punch.  Flower Shop and matching punch and the Mixed Bunch and matching punch.  Interesting observation here.  Those three sets with matching punches are not retiring!  I though Mixed Bunch might but I was wrong.  Oh and the words are from the Simply Sketched hostess set (which of course is retiring).

The colors I used here are Whisper White, Melon Mambo and Pistachio Pudding.  

The flowers were taped together and the last layer has Dimensionals behind it and the wording was set in place using Dimensionals too.

This was a fun and pretty quick card to make since everything is punched out.  No hand "fussy" cutting!

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

A Morning Meadow Mother's Day Card

Oh yes, I'm still making Mother's Day cards.  Still on the quest for the one I want to give my mom and the rest will be for sale at the annual garage sale.  

I do like this card.  It was made by Sandy at Stamp with Sandy. And as usual, I changed it a bit.  I am usually drawn to a card because a of a few things on it and once in a while it's the whole card!  Sandy's card has a flower in the upper left.  I added a scallop to the bottom left.  And Sandy's banners don't stick out as far.  Upon looking at my card I think I should have taped them in further.  But all in all they are pretty much the same card.

I did have a little problem with mine but it ended up being an okay thing after all.  When I used my markers (Pear Pizzazz and Melon

Mambo) to color in the image, my stamp must not have been cleaned off from the last use because my stems got a brownish look to them in spots.  I used it anyway because it did look pretty natural.  But to repeat it, I don't think so!!!! Unless it accidentally happens again.  

The colors used here are Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz and Basic Gray.  The words were done on my computer and they were set in place along with the stamped image, using Dimensionals.  

It was a pretty easy card to make!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Saturday, April 19, 2014

A Blooming With Kindness Mother's Day Card

The original card was done by Heather at Split Coast Stampers.  When I ran across it I thought it was such a pretty yet simple card that I had to make one.

I did change it a little.  I added my wording up at the top left corner.  Her card has the wording on the left near the flower.  It's not that I didn't like her wording, I just wanted to make this card into a Mother's Day card and I needed more space.

I wasn't sure how she got her leaves to look like they do but for mine I stamped off before stamping on the card stock.  

The flower was stamped using Blushing Bride and then Melon Mambo was sponged on.  It gives it some nice dimension.

It's a very easy card to make and super quick too!

Thank you SO much for visiting today and I hope you all have a wonderful Easter,

Friday, April 18, 2014

A Petite Petals and Gorgeous Grunge Birthday

I still have to say Gorgeous Grunge is one of my favorite sets to fall back on for a fun background.  I love the splashy dots!!!  

Today's card comes to you via Chantal at For the Love of Stamping.  I spent a few minutes trying to find the direct link to her post but gave up after a bit.  It was fun to see her other posts too so it wasn't a waste of time.  

I did change the card a little bit though, but not too much.

I started out with a half sheet of folded Crisp Cantaloupe.  The top layer is Whisper White cut to 4" x 5-1/4".  Then I used the Lattice die and cut out my piece.  Actually, I had it on hand and I had used my Xyron machine to add sticky to the back of it so it was like a sticker and SO easy to apply.  

Then I used a scrap piece of Crisp Cantaloupe decorative paper and a square punch and made the tapered end.  I set the piece over the lattice to see where I needed to trim it for length.  I did the same with the Basic Gray piece.  

I punched out a Crisp Cantaloupe scalloped oval and added the Simply Sketched greeting to it.  

The flowers are from the Petite Petals set and the coordinating punch was used.  And again, I had some extra flowers so I thought I would use them up, that is why my card is in Crisp Cantaloupe.  I set the flowers in place using Dimensionals.  In the center of each flower is a medium size half pearl.

This was such a quick and easy card to make.  Even if I had to use all new pieces instead of from my stash, it would still be a quick card to make.  I think it turned out well and I like it just as much as Sandy's card!!!

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,

Thursday, April 17, 2014

A Flower Shop Birthday And Washi Tape Technique

Today's card was made by Terri.  It was one of her cards she made at the monthly Technique Tuesday event she has for her downline.  I shared this technique with her a while back and she shared it with the group.  It's just another fun way to use your Washi Tape.  

The flower is from the Flower Shop set and the Washi Tape is covering the button.  It's also a great way to make colored buttons to go with your projects!!!  It's quick, easy and fun too!

The paper doily was sponged using the Daffodil Delight ink pad.  I like how it allowed the center word part to stand out more.  How simple.  It's one of my "duh" moments!  I could have thought of that (but I didn't).  I have a LOT of those moments!!! LOL

It's a pretty easy card to put together too.  The flower was set in place using Dimensionals and the petals were curled a bit before it was set in place.  Cute and sweet!!!  

I tried to find the technique page where I explained how this was done.  But it's simple enough.  You just take the Washi Tape and cover the top of your button with it and set your button in place with glue dots or Dimensionals.  Snail tape will not hold!!!  Come to think of it, maybe I didn't do a technique page on it.  I think I may have just made some buttons for Terri!!!  It was a while ago and a lot has happened since then!!!  But now you know how to do it!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A Serene Silhouettes Birthday

Today I thought I would play with some circles and do a monochromatic card.  I'm not a big fan of those types of cards.  They just seem a bit blah to me.  

I used Early Espresso ink on the butterfly image.  I used Sahara Sand decorative paper and card stock.  I textured the card stock using the Dotted folder.

The words are from my computer and they are layered using a piece of Sahara Sand and Early Espresso.  It was a simple card to make but not one of my favorites.  I just can't get into these types of cards.  So making this card was a huge challenge for me.  I don't like challenges like this!!! LOL

In the future I will probably not step out of my box!!!  Ok, I might but  it will be a long time before I do this again!!!  You give it a try and see if you enjoy making cards like this!  I like color on my cards.  I like to see a bit more variety.  I challenge myself now and then but am always disappointed!!  I just can't do these!  But I will admit, it was a quick card to do!!! LOL

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Blooming with Kindness Thumping Technique Mother's Day Card

Today I was inspired by a card I found at Split Coast Stampers.  It was made by Mary, aka StamperCamper.  

I thought it was such a pretty card.  Mary's card is a square card.  I try to stay away from square cards!  I have done a number of challenges on Split Coast Stampers using square cards but to just make one as a card to give away, well... no.  I prefer the standard size.  

And once again you catch me making a Mother's Day card.  I do need to find one I like to give to my mom.  this one is pretty but it's not speaking to me!  

Thumping is a very fun technique.  Take care when you use it that you "thump" with the darker colors.  

To make this card I stamped the flower image from the "Blooming with Kindness" set using the Pink Pirouette ink pad.  Next I took my blender pen and wiped away the ink from the stem of the flower.  Then I took my Melon Mambo marker and tapped on the flower.  You hold the marker like you would hold a drum stick and just let it bounce off the rubber.  Depending on the colors you use, you may have to wipe your marker off like you do with your blender pen on scrap paper.  Just to get that color mix off.  I only did that once with this flower and I didn't notice any difference so I kept thumping.  It is difficult to see how much color you are adding using these two colors.  I just started at one side of the flower and worked my way across to the other side and hoped for the best.  I do like what I see!  No two will be alike, that's for sure!!!

When I was done with the thumping I took the Wild Wasabi marker and colored in the stem.  I added a Pink Pirouette layer behind the focal layer and the base of the card is Whisper White.  Before I put the layers together I punched out the Pink Pirouette scallop.  You can't even tell on the card that I did that. It's hidden between the layers!  There was not one scrap of that color and I just didn't want to take a new piece of card stock to punch my scallop.  The next layer is Melon Mambo and the words were done on my computer.

And there you have it.  A pretty, quick and easy card to make.  

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Sunday, April 13, 2014

A Peaceful Petals Mother's Day

I took a couple of days off from posting.  Things had gotten a bit crazy around here with working and the Upper Midwest Bead Society Demo & Do yesterday.  I had to prepare and pack for it.  I taught two morning during the morning session.  I LOVE teaching beading and my first class was extremely full.  But it was a great group of beading gals a I had a great time.  

So for today's card I didn't have to go far to find it.  It came in my email via Late Night Stampers.  There was a link to the card which was done by Lori at Stampin Dreams.  It's such a pretty card that I had to give it a shot.  I was in the mood for a little blender pen coloring.  I didn't quite stick with the colors that Lori used but I did like the layout, the image and that pretty background paper.  It's from the "Watercolor Wonder" decorative paper pack.  I have found those flowers a bit more difficult to use than I thought they would be.  So when I find a fun card using it I just HAVE to make it.  I did buy 3 packs of it after all!!!  But with spring here and our snow all melted it's going to be a lot easier and more fun to make some spring flower cards using the background papers from that pack!

I also changed the wording on my card.  I am still making Mother's Day cards for next month.  Yup.  Mother's Day is less than a month away!  I am also working on a special gift for my daughter-in-law for Mother's Day.  It will be her first!  I will share it with you when I finish it.

I do thank you for visiting today,

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Petite Petals Mother's Day Card

This was a fun and simple card to make.

I started off with a half sheet of Whisper White and I folded it in half.  Then I added a 5-3/8" x 4-1/8" piece of Basic Black.  Then I added a 5-1/4" x 4" piece of Whisper White card stock.  

I used the 1-3/4" circle punch for the center of the Basic Black circle and a 2-3/4" circle for the outside.  The dotted paper is from the Neutrals decorative paper pack.  It measures 2" on the inside and 2-1/2" on the outside part.   glued those layers together and then I added Dimensionals onto the back of it.   Before I set it in place I used the Big Shot and the leaf die and cut out a leaf for the circle.  I glued the stem to the back and a couple of leaves to the ring.  I added a few Dimensionals to the leaves to keep them from sagging in the middle.  

The flowers are from the "Petite Petals" set and I used Melon Mambo ink to stamp them.  Once stamped I punched them out and set them in place on the leaves.  I added a rhinestone to the center of each flower.

The words are from the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" set.  I thought it would be a pretty Mother's Day card.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

A Simply Sketched Birthday

I found this fun card made by Ingrid at "The Creative Grove".  It just so happened that I had that stamp set sitting out.  Along with a dozen other ones but we won't talk about my poor cleaning up habits after a stamping project.  Or any other project to be honest!!! LOL

So, needless to say the stamp set was sitting out and was within reach!  I used the beautiful flower from the set and the set and the birthday words.  The original card was a beautiful Crisp Cantaloupe sympathy card.  

I just loved the striking white look of this card.  It's the contrast of the minimal colors against the white.  I may have to make another one like this into a Mother's Day card.  It would be simple and quick enough to do.

The flower area measured 2" x 3-1/4".  The word piece was custom cut to fit the words used and the banner tips were cut in using the 1" square punch.  The base of the card is a half sheet of Whisper White card stock folded in half and the next layer was cut 1/4" less on two sides.

This would be a perfect Stamp a Stack card or layout for a Stamp a Stack.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Monday, April 07, 2014

A Simply Sketched Mother's Day

I have always thought this "Simply Sketched" stamp set was SO pretty.  I have made several cards using it in the past and plan on making more before it retires!

This was a quick and simple card to throw together, even with all the layers.  I used a half sheet of Basic Black and folded it in half for the base of my card.  Then I took a quarter sheet of white and used the "Dotted" embossing folder and then cut 1/8" off on two sides.  Next I took a piece of the Watercolor Wonder decorative paper and trimmed it 3-7/8" x 2-1/2".  The 2-1/2" part isn't as important.  You can make it taller or shorter, it will still look nice.  I used 2-1/2" because it was what I found in my scraps.  Then I took a scrap of Basic Black and cut it 4" x 2-3/8".  

I stamped the image on a piece of Whisper White that measured 2" x 3-3/8" and the Basic Black piece was cut 2-1/8" x 3-1/2".  

I punched out a black scallop, a Daffodil Delight 1-3/8" circle to fit the Mother's Day words that were done on my computer.

The flower and part of the scallop were set in place using Dimensionals.  Where the scallop lays on the top layer I used a little bit of tape.

And that was it.  I told you it was quick and simple, even with all those layers!!!  Now go make one yoursefl!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Morning Meadow Meets Petite Petals

I am in the Mother's Day card mode.  We have this ridiculously HUGE garage sale in our neighborhood the day before Mother's Day.  I often have a bunch of handmade cards I have either recently made or have had to rework because of retired colors.  I will make them into Mother's Day cards and sell them at the garage sale.  A perfect time to get rid of my retired stash of cards and a perfect time for those who need a card for the next day! (especially the men!!!  LOL).

So today's card was made using the Watercolor Wonder decorative paper.  And yes, I was inspired to use it because I had left it sitting out!  

The flowers are from the "Morning Meadow" set and the center of the flowers are from the "Petite Petals" set. Both of which have matching punches.  It sure did make making this card SUPER quick and easy.  And I used the "Bird Builder" punch and Gumball Green card stock for the leaves.  Pearls were added to the center of each flower for that finishing touch!  A quick and fun card to make!

The words are from my computer.  I made a PDF file for sale in my web store that has 9 other greetings as well.  You can print them out and use them as needed.  I punch out a page at a time and keep them in an envelope so all I have to do is grab the wording I need and finish up my cards quickly.  

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