Thursday, October 30, 2014

Embellished Events And Many More Wedding Card

I LOVE all the cards that Terri had at her Stamp a Stack but I would have to say that this one was my favorite.  It was a tough choice but this is my pick.  

I think the Decorative Dots textured folder was a nice effect in the background.  I tend to lean towards the white on white cards.  And as a wedding card makes it even more special.  

The hearts were set in place using Dimensionals.  Both are the glitter papers.  

This would also make a wonderful anniversary card as well.  

If you're looking for a quick and simple but yet elegant wedding card, then this is the way to go!  It will probably take you longer to get the supplies together than it would be to make the card!!!  Such a perfect Stamp a Stack card!

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A Flower Shop and Gorgeous Grunge Stamp a Stack Card

Today I am going to share with you another card I made at Terri's Stamp a Stack.  I love the Flower Shop set. And what could make a Flower Shop card even better???  Gorgeous Grunge!!!  Another set I love to play with.  Oh and don't forget the Petite Petals set.  The best part about these sets is, they have matching punches.  Well, not the Gorgeous Grunge set but the other two!!! 
I have gotten SO spoiled by sets that have matching punches.  I tend to buy them over other sets because I just hate to cut out stamped images anymore!!!

Isn't this just a fun and pretty card?  The flowers with the rhinestones were set in place using Dimensionals.  This card can be used for SO many different occasions.  The Coastal Cabana card stock is such a pretty color and when I look at this card it just makes me feel happy!  It's got a calm feeling to it to me!

This is a super fast Stamp a Stack card to make.  I think this would be pretty in other colors too.  I may have to give that a try sometime soon!
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

For You and Fabulous Four

The "For You" and the "Fabulous Four" sets were used to create this card.  I'm not sure what set these words were from.  When we stamp, there's usually lots of fun word stamps to use on our cards.  I tend to make birthday cards when I stamp.  This card is another from Terri's Stamp a Stack.

The decorative paper on this card is from the "Confetti Celebrations" Designer Paper pack.  I thought it was such a great pack of paper to make card layouts like this.  

This card is not a "full" card.  It's folded in half like you would normally make a card that opes on the right.  But the front is cut in half and the center strip with the words was added.  I'm hoping that the shadows on the card help you see that there is nothing behind the wording on the right.

This is another fun layout.  I get stuck in a rut and my cards tend to be the same orientation and always open on the right.  And this is a simple card that goes together very quickly!

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Monday, October 27, 2014

For All Things Fall Card

Oh my, this was such a sweet card to make.  This is another card from Terri's Stamp a Stack. 

I LOVE the colors of this card.  That Mossy Meadow is such a pretty green.  The decorative paper is from the "Color Me Autumn Designer Paper.  I do like the "For All Things" stamp set but I didn't order it.  I just didn't see myself making a lot of fall cards.  I have too many other stamp sets that I have hardly used.  Why do I do that?  I buy the ones I like, not a big surprise.  But I find myself not using the sets as much as I thought I would.  And I usually make at least one card a day!! 

Ok, back to this fun card.  We stamped off on the background image and then stamped on the Very Vanilla card stock.  Then we inked up the leaves image and stamped on top of the background stamped area.  Then the piece was punched out using the 2-1/2" circle punch. A ribbon was tied around the panel and taped in place on top of a piece of Very Vanilla.  Then that piece was taped in place on top of the card.

I just love card with that little strip of decorative paper.  It's a great way to get a bit of color on a card and yet leave enough paper to make a bunch of cards.  Perfect for those of you who do Stamp a Stacks.

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Bloom With Hope and Hardwood

Today I'm going to share with you a card I made at Terri's wonderful Stamp a Stack.  I LOVE attending her events.  She's such a talented person! 

This card was fun to make.  I used the Hardwood background stamp using Strawberry Slush card stock and ink.  I also sponged the edges of my card.  I tore the front about 3/4" inward and I sponged that edge too.

The white piece was punched with the Scalloped Tag TopperPunch and Strawberry Slush Thick Twine was tied to the top.  That piece was stamped using the "Bloom with Hope" set.  I sponged the edges of that piece too.  And then that piece was set in place using Dimensionals.

I LOVE the color of this card and I love the Hardwood background in the same color as the card stock.  It's a nice effect.

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Snowman Hat Centerpiece and Bed Spring Snowman Tree Topper

 Today I was at a craft fair.  I'm only doing two of them this year.  I had to cut back because my time is just being consumed by other things and I don't seem to find that time to work on crafting anymore.  It's sad because I do love it.  I still love polymer clay and I did get to play with it a little.  I made a few angel and some other tree ornaments, but nothing like I wanted to make.  I really need to get into a regular routine where I have set days to play with clay, beads, and other things.  I have SO many supplies and I really need to use them!!!

I just LOVE this hat centerpiece that I made.  I had seen one on Pinterest and I just had to make one.  I went to the Goodwill to get a belt and an LP record.  Who has LP's anymore???  We didn't.  Funny thing about this LP, it's a Christmas one.  Like it mattered.  But if you look on the bottom you'd see the Christmas songs listed!  I took a coffee can and glued it to the LP.  Then I spray painted them after the glue dried.  I asked hubby to grab a can of black spray paint when we were at WalMart.  Does this look like black to you?  Me either!!! LOL  It was a dark metallic brown.  I just decided to go with it since I didn't want to go back to the store to get another can of paint. And what was I going to do with the brown can? So I decided to just use it. And I do like how the color turned out.

I dug through my Christmas stuff and found some greens and other fun things to put around the hat.  I cut and glued the belt to fit and then started decorating the hat. The cute snowman head was from a pick I had gotten several years ago at Joann's.  It was in my stash.  I had fun gluing things all around the hat.  

And my second item is a cute snowman tree topper.  A coworker gave me a bed spring she had gotten at some antique show.  I had been talking to her about them and she found one and got it for me.  What a sweetie!  I showed her what I did with it and she said she should have picked me up more!!!  I'm kind of glad she didn't.  I'm not sure I wanted to make a bunch of these.  Plus I know I don't have a bunch of snowman heads.  I had to decapitate a snowman just to get this head.  I should have taken a photo of the body!!! It's kind of spooky.  Maybe I should set it outside on Halloween!!! LOL  Anyway, to make this, I just sprayed the bed spring white.  Once that was dry, I glued the snowman head on top and then white pompoms on the front.  Yup, as simple as that!!! 

So this is why I have no card to post today!

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Frankenstein Card a Thinlits Circle Card

Today I thought I would make one of those Thinlits Circle Cards.  I have not played with that die in a while and I really do like it.  So I'm sure you will see a few more cards made using it in the next few days!!!

I saw these Frankenstein cards last year and wanted to make one but never got around to it.  So now you can see how far behind I am on things.  A year sounds about right!  So sad!!!

I had a lot of fun making this card. It went together SO well.  It was quick and easy to make.  And after I got done gluing the hair in place I opened the card and it didn't work!! Yup, you guessed it, I made the card upside down.  Now it's scrap!!! ARRRG!!!

But I'm okay with that.  I still like the looks of the card and I can now say I made one!!

I used the 2-1/2" circle punch for the larger eye.  The 2" circle punch for the other eye.  I used the 1" circle punch for the black part of the eyes and the nose.  I used the chalk marker for the highlights on the eyes.  And I used a black marker for the scars.  I sponged the nose using Old Olive.  I may make another one the right way but for now I can at least say I made one!!! LOL  You can see the original one at Sandy's "Udderly Awesome Stamping from the Heart" blog.  She made hers right!!! LOL

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

A Thoughts and Prayers meets Work of Art Sympathy Card

Yes, another sympathy card.  I got a call yesterday from the neighbor that our neighbor had died unexpectedly.  It's so sad.  He was such a fun and funny guy.  He was always happy. In the 28 years that I've known him I have never seen him angry or even sad.  He's always been such an upbeat person. We had a running joke between the two of us.  We'd SO often see each other at the grocery store and we'd say stuff like, "you need to let me know when you're going so you can pick up my groceries.  I'll give you a list next time!"  I'm going to miss seeing him at the grocery store and out in his yard.  

So today I made this card using the "Thoughts & Prayers" and "Work of Art" sets.   I used black Memento ink for the tree and words.  I used Old Olive for the grass area and Soft Sky for the sky.  I did the Old Olive first.  Then I inked up my stamp with Soft Sky and stamped off twice.  I then stamped next to the Old Olive.  Then I inked it up again and stamped off once and stamped it next to the lighter Soft Sky.  Then I inked up the stamp one more time and stamped it directly on the card stock.  It was a simple and quick card to make yet very subtle with a sincere look to it.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A Love and Sympathy Sympathy Card

I found out today that my aunt died.  She'd been battling Alzheimer's and a few weeks ago she fell and broke her pelvic bone.  From there she just went downhill.  She lived a very long and full life (well until the end when the quality just wasn't there). But before that she had a wonderful life. I remember hearing stories of her and her husband rollerskating a lot and they were even asked to join the Roller Derby!  I could never see her doing that.  She's such a short and tiny person.  Plus she didn't like violence.  She lived across country from us so we didn't see her very often.  But none the less, it is still sad that she is gone.

So I went down to my workroom and made this card to send to my cousin. 

I used the "Love & Sympathy" set to make this card.  I also used Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive ink.  I colored directly on the rubber with the markers, huffed on the image and stamped it.  

I kept it simple because that was the way my aunt was.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Bootiful Occasions Halloween

I didn't buy any Halloween stamps, paper, or even glitz and glam for the season.  It just wasn't in my budget this year.  I looked in the catalog and saw that "Bootiful Occasions" had not retired so I could use the witch boot image for my Halloween card.  I had some Washi tape leftover from last Halloween so I thought I would use some of that too.  You can always use some decorative paper in the spot I used the Washi tape.  You can even cut that paper in strips and make it look like tape too!

The words are from the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" set.  It's one of my "go to" sets when looking for words.  It has almost all the words you need!

This was a super simple and fun card to make.  I colored in the circles on the boot with Wisteria Wonder and I used Pumpkin Pie for my orange.  I used Whisper White and Wisteria Wonder card stock.

I masked off the words on the bottom of the boot before I stamped it on the card stock.  I punched the boot out using the 2" circle punch.  I sponged the edges when I was done coloring it in.  And that was it!  So quick and so simple.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

A Bloom With Hope Birthday

Okay, so I not only used the same stamp set as yesterday I also decided to do another multi-layer card.  

Today I used Calypso Coral for my color.  I colored in the flowers using the Calypso Coral marker and a blender pen.  The leaves and stem were colored in using the Old Olive marker. 

I also used the Calypso Coral decorative paper from the 12 x 12 paper stack.  I don't use those packs enough and I should.  I still have a lot of paper left by the time the colors expire.  I'm not all that thrilled with the second layer print. It's kind of hard on the eyes.  That is why I chose it for that layer, I was able to cover up a lot of it.  

And another thing different about my card and they way I make cards.  I don't think I have ever centered the greeting as much as I have done here.  It's usually off to one side or the other, but mostly on the bottom left.  But here's it's almost dead center. I like it but it's not how I usually add my wording!

This was a very fun card to make and I was glad I had time to play with all those layers.  The flower layer was set in place using Dimensionals.  The words were too but the Dimensionals were only added to the left side of the scalloped circle and tape was added to the right so it would lay flat on the card.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

A Bloom With Hope General Card

This card can be used for quite a number of occasions.  I didn't move the panels over far enough or up far enough to make room for some wording.  Though I think I may be able to fit a Modern Label punched piece on the left side of the flowers and using the Word Window punch and the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" set to create some words for the card.  But for now I'll leave it plain and not commit to any one occasion.  I'll wait until one arises and go from there!

I did have fun making this card.  It's been a little while since I've made a card with a lot of layers.  I use to LOVE to do cards with lots of layers.  Okay, I still do love to make them, I just don't make as many because of the time involved.  Though as I was making this card, I didn't think it took all that much longer to make.  Maybe 5 or so more minutes.  Not a big deal.

I used the Lullaby decorative paper on the 2 panels behind the flowers.  I LOVE that paper too, it's so soft and sweet looking.  

I colored the flowers in using the Coastal Cabana marker and a blender pen.  The stems are colored in using Baked Brown Sugar.  I sponged all the edges of the pieces.  I thought it would soften the card even more, and it did!  I like it.   

I did enjoy making this card and I may do a few more multi-layer cards.  

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

3-D Star Technique

This is fun and easy technique to play with.  You cut your card stock using the Stars Framelits.  Next you score straight lines from the tip of the star to the center.  Then you score the "elbow" or "crotch" part of the star.  It's located between each star tip.  You score that to the center too.  Then you fold the tip scored lines up (hills) and the "elbow" lines you will fold down (valleys).  Then you adhere the star with Dimensionals.

I didn't make this cute candy box, Terri did.  I wasn't able to attend her technique night because I was teaching a beading class.  I don't usually schedule my Tuesday's for teaching, but it happened.  So I missed out on creating this fun treat box.  I do not know if these boxes are available in the catalog of if they were created on Technique night.  But I suppose you could create any box you like and adorn it with these fun stars!!

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Work of Art Military Flag Card - Masculine Card

This card was a bit more difficult to make than I thought it would be.  Or maybe I just made it more difficult.  That could happen!!!

My girlfriend's son is at boot camp and I thought I would send him a card.  An American flag is a perfect themed card to send to someone in the military.  I tried to make this flag several times.  The first time I stamped the blue field first and worked around it.  NOT a good idea.  My stripes when way over the top edge by the time I got up there from stamping the 3rd row.  So I thought I would try it again.  The same way.  The same results.  What was I thinking???  Then I tried the first and second row of red but forgot to mask off the area for the blue.  UGH!  So I had to start over.  I (once again) repeated that mistake!!!  Now by this time I'm getting frustrated.  SO I decide to do the flag pole first.  Now where that thought came from I have no idea and it resulted in a failure.  SO I got out one final piece of Whisper White card stock and inked up the red waves.  I stamped them where I thought they should go and was ok with that.  Now I knew I needed to block off for the blue area but I needed to move that block up.  I masked the area off where I thought it should be and I stamped the next row of red.  I could have stamped the image a bit closer to the last one but I got it where it needed to be so it was close enough.  I stamped the third row and removed the mask!!  YAY!!!  I was on my way.  I stamped the Pacific Point blue part of the flag!!  We're on our way now!!  Then I needed to do the flag pole.  I got out the Hello Honey ink and I was going to stamp the pole and I thought I should practice on one of my ruined pieces to see how to line it up nicely.  In doing that I didn't move my good image over far enough and I got the Hello Honey ink on the bottom right corner.  UGH!!!  I REALLY didn't want to do this all over again so I thought I would hide it with a tiny star.  Well, one star wasn't enough to cover the area.  I wasn't surprised!!!  I also got a Hello Honey smudge between those 3 bottom stars and the bottom of the flag.  See it, right there in between those???  But wait, there's one more.  Up at the top of the flag, there's a red smudge!!!  What the heck????  I am not usually a messy stamper.  I thought about adding more stars to hide those smudges but in setting them on the spots they looked out of place.  So I decided to just leave it the way it is.  I apologize to Aly at Aly Stamps for ruining her wonderful card.  I am sorry, there is not a direct link to this card on her site.  I found this card on Pinterest and whoever pinned it did not add a direct link, only a link to Aly's blog.  

So if you're going to make this card, please keep your work space free of stuff, especially the good piece you're working on.  Oh and keep your fingers free of ink!!!  Handy tips, huh?  LOL

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