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.  

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,

Saturday, April 05, 2014

A Mixed Bouquet Birthday

Are you ready for more flower cards?  After this snow that we got yesterday I am SO ready.  I don't want to see another snowflake until December!  

Today's card was a simple and quick one to make.  Having stamps that have matching punches makes card making a whole lot easier.  Plus the edges look neater and cleaner too.  I would have to say that this is the first flower that I punched that I think I got perfect all the way around!!!  

The base of my card is Whisper White.  Then I used the splashy paper from the "Watercolor Wonder" decorative paper pack.  I layered it with a piece of Pacific Point card stock.  

I stamped the flower from "Mixed Bunch" using Pacific Point ink and punched it out.  I used one of the flower center images and stamped it with Daffodil Delight ink.  I punched it out using the 3/4" circle punch.

The words are from the "Wetlands" set and I stamped them using Pacific Point ink.

I set the flower in place using Dimensionals to give it a little bit of lift off the card.  And that was it.  So quick. So simple and SO colorful!

Thank you for visiting today,

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Springtime Hello

It is springtime but you would never know it here in central Minnesota.  It's the winter that won't die!  We are in the midst of yet another snowstorm.  Hopefully this will be the last of them.  I'm SO ready for spring!

Today I thought I would share with you a card I made using the "Springtime Hello" set.  I just love this bee but didn't think I could make a card just using the bee so I added a flower to it.  But now I'm thinking that I really can make a card with just the bee.  I will work on that tomorrow and share it with you!!

This was a very easy card to make, even though it contains several panels and layering.

I used a marker to color in the flowers and leaves.  I huffed on them and then stamped the image.  The bee was stamped using black StazOn and the body was colored in using the Daffodil Delight marker.  The pretty decorative papers came from the "Fresh Prints" Designer Series Paper DSP) Stack. There's 48 sheets in that pack to play with!  

The base of my card is Pool Party.  It wasn't listed on the front of the paper pack but it did blend well with the DSP.  I used Coastal Cabana card stock for my layering.  And that was about it.  Very simple and quick.  It's a fun "general" occasion card.  It could be a birthday card, thinking of you card, friendship card or even a get well card.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Simply Sketched

My card today comes to you from me!  I did not blog surf.  I was not on Pinterest or Split Coast Stampers!!!  I know that surprises you but it's true!

I used the "Simply Sketched" hostess set and the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" set to make this card.

This card was super quick to make too.  I stamped the image using black StazOn.  I then used my blender pen and 2 markers, Strawberry Slush and Pistachio Pudding.

I did use the now retired embossing folder but I just had to because it's just too darn cute.  Maybe it will make it into the new catalog.  I doubt it but I can hope!

The decorative paper is from the new "in colors" Decorative Paper Pack.  I thought it was just subtle enough of a color to make those flowers pop.

I used the Modern Label punch and the Word Window punch on the words part.  Both the ovals and words were set in place using Dimensionals.  

This was a super quick and easy card to make!

Thank you for stopping by today,

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Flowering Flourishes Meets Petite Petals

Today's card is a very simple and quick one to make.  You could use different colors and make a set of cards to give as a gift or sell at your craft fairs.  It would also make a wonderful Stamp Camp project.  Who wouldn't love to have a set of cards???

For my card I used Strawberry Slush for my main color.  I stamped the "flourish" in using Pear Pizzazz.  Then I stamped the flowers from the "Petite Pairs" set using Strawberry Slush ink.  I punched them out and added Dimensionals behind each one.

The words came from the "Wetlands" set and punched out with the oval punch and the scalloped oval punch.  Those were then taped together and Dimensionals were added to the back of it.

I taped the focal piece on, added the flowers and words, and that was it.  SO simple.  SO quick.

Thank you ever SO much for visiting today,

Monday, March 31, 2014

Mixed Bunch, Flower Shop, and Petite Petals all Rolled into One!

I found a fun card here at Sandy Stamper's blog.  I thought it was such a pretty card.  Though I didn't want to use the new tag punch for the closure on the card.  But in looking at the card here I wished I would have used the "Dotted" embossing folder instead of the tulip border one.  That right side looks a little plain.  Maybe if I make another one I will change it.

This card used 4 sets to complete it.  Mixed Bunch was used for the larger flower, Flower Shop for the second flower and Petite Petals for the center flower.  And the fourth set was Wetlands for the words.  

A pearl was added in the middle of the Petite Petals flower.  

For the background flower I punched two from the Mixed Bunch matching punch. I cut one of the pieces in half and matched it up as best I could and then I took the full piece and added it to the back of the flower.  The top two flowers were set in place using Dimensionals.  

The decorative paper is from the Sweet Sorbet pack.  I didn't use those papers as much as I thought I was going to.  Fortunately I only got one pack of it.  

I liked the idea of stamping the words directly on the decorative paper. It isn't very often you can find decorative paper that you can stamp on.

This was a fun card to make!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Too Kind

Today I made a card that can be used for many different occasions.  I did not add any sentiments to it.  I figured what I write on the inside will determine the occasion or event.

I was a bit surprised at the color of my Elegant Eggplant ink.  It reminds me more of the Perfect Plum color than the eggplant.  The color looked fine to me until I matched it up with the Elegant Eggplant decorative paper and card stock. 

At first I thought it was the bright lighting in my workroom that made me see the colors the way I was seeing it but it looks the same in the photo as it does in real life (so it isn't me!!!).  

This was a fun card to make though.  And easy too!  I like the "Too Kind" set because it's a two-step set.  You stamp off once for the lighter color and right from the ink pad for the darker color.  As simple as that.  And I believe that technique is called "Stamping off".

I used my oval dies to cut the Whisper White and the Elegant Eggplant card stock.  The oval was set in place using Dimensionals.  And that is it!  This would make a great Stamp-a-Stack card!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Friday, March 28, 2014

Flower Shop and Petite Petals

I found a fun card made by Patsy at "Stamps to Die For".  I pretty much copied it as she did it except for the rounded edges on the Crisp Cantaloupe and "thank you" panels.  

One other change was below the words.  I didn't have the ribbon so I improvised with the reverse side of the "Watercolor Wonder" decorative paper!  It all worked out.  I like how it turned out.

Patsy has a step by step video on how to make this card!  It's fun, quick, and very easy to make!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Thursday, March 27, 2014

A Happy Watercolor Birthday Card

Today's inspiration came from a card that was pinned from Constant Contact.  The link had expired so I can not show you the original card.  It was cute too.  There was green dotted paper on the left side where I used the Watercolor Wonder paper.  

The center flower was from the "Bright Blossoms set.  And I don't remember what words were used.  But it was a cute card and I just had to make one.  I simply loved the layout.

My flower came from the "Happy Watercolor" set.  I colored in the flower using a blender pen and the Daffodil Delight ink pad.  I added a bit of Crisp Cantaloupe to the center for some extra color and to help the image blend better with the decorative paper.  

The words are from the "Wetlands" set and they were stamped using black StazOn.  The final touch was the strip of ribbon just after the decorative paper.

And that was it.  Super simple to make!

Thank you ever so much for visiting today,