Tuesday, March 03, 2015

A Mother's Love Card

This card can be used for several occasions to give to mom.  You could give it to her for a birthday, a thinking of you, Mother's Day, or as a thank you card.

I will probably be using this one for a Mother's Day card.  I had no idea where I was going when I started this card.  All I knew was that I wanted to use the "Nobody loves like a Mom" image from the "Mother's Love" set.  As I was getting my worktable set up (meaning clearing a spot to stamp) I ran across a stamped and punched flower.  So I thought I would incorporate it into this card.  

I used a strip of Rose Red decorative paper for a punch of color.  
The card worked out.  It's a quick and simple one and yet it was fun to make!  Plus I got to use up a few scrap items sitting around!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Sunday, March 01, 2015

A Sweetbriar Rose Birthday Card

Today I thought I would make a birthday card that I actually need! My cousin is having a birthday on Sunday and I thought I would make her card early.  It will take more than a couple of days to get to her so I figure I would mail it on Wednesday and she should have it by Saturday.  I'm just surprised at myself that I remembered to make her card before I needed it!!!  Score one for me!!!  Maybe that's a sign that this is going to be a great week!!!

I thought I would play with the Sweetbriar set.  I often stay away from sets like this because of the coloring.  Well, I used the Blendabilities to color in the flowers and leaves and I LOVED it!!!  I had fun with this card and I may even make another one. Coloring with those markers makes coloring SO much easier.  Everything just blends in so nicely!!!  It didn't take long to color in the image either.  I did start out with the lightest colors.  I colored in the whole thing, not just highlighted areas.  Then I went in with the next color and then finally the darker color.  

My colors here are Calypso Coral and Wild Wasabi.  The base of my card is Basic Black and the pieces are layered in Basic Black for that dramatic effect!!! LOL  Did it work?? LOL

I think I would like to make some of these for Mother's Day.  They were easy enough to color.  I could just stamp several images and color them all at one time.  It only took a little strip of the Calypso Coral decorative paper so that stuff would go a long way too!!!  I may just do that.  It was fun enough to do that I know I wouldn't get bored making more!!!

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Sterling Silver Spinner Ring

Wednesday night I was at Sarah's Quench Jewelry Arts Studio with my fellow employees and a few others, making this ring.  It was our Christmas gift from our boss.

It was such a fun glass and a great group of gals to be with.  

I burnished my ring but wished I hadn't afterwards. I can tumble some of the darkness off it.  Though it does look darker in the photo than it is in real life.  

I thought I would share this photo with you.  I ordered some of the patterned silver in the center part of the ring (the piece that spins around the ring) so I could make some rings for gifts and to sell.  Keep an eye out for when I post them.  I will add them to my web store when I finish them.  Tonight I am looking for my metal cutting scissors and my ring mandrel.  Both are lost!!!  UGH!

Thank you SO much for having a look at my fun ring,

A Crazy About You Get Well Card

My get well card is a week overdue, maybe a week and a few days!!!  I was busy making other cards that I forgot that I had needed a get well card.  UGH!!  So today I thought I would sit down and make one.

I used the Crazy About You set for the flower and the leaf.  I stamped the flower using Crisp Cantaloupe and the flower using Pistachio Pudding.  I'm going to miss these colors, they will be retiring in a few months.

The words were done on my computer.  You can go to my web store and purchase the PDF file of 10 different words.  They print out on separate pages (24 words per page).  I print them out and cut them in 4 and keep them in envelopes.  Sometimes I'm ambitious and punch out a quarter sheet of them and then they are ready in the envelope.  But most of the time I just punch what I need when I need it.  Though it is great to have them all pre-punched, it makes it much quicker to just grab and tape!!!  The PDF is not very expensive and you can print and use as many as you like for any projects you make.  You can even print them out for your classes!!!

Okay, back to my card.  I used the paper doily!  I thought I should use them more on my cards.  I have this sinking feeling that they will be retiring too!  The center of the flower is a 1/4" circle of Daffodil Delight card stock. I wanted to add a pearl but I didn't want to pay the extra postage.  I even thought of a Candy Dot but I thought of that about 2 sentences ago!!!  LOL

This was a fun and quick card to make.  I think I may make some as Mother's Day cards!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Friday, February 27, 2015

Butterflies Thinlit Die Mother's Day Card

Have you ever noticed that there is always one pattern in the packages of paper that you really don't care much for?  It happens to me all of the time.  I think maybe once I had liked all of the designs in a package but it never happened again.  Well, this Lullaby decorative paper pack has this pattern that I did not care for.  Even the backside of it was not to my liking.  But today I challenged myself to make a card using it and this is what I came up with.  I now actually like that design.  It's not so wild looking in a smaller piece as it was on the full sheet.  

I used the Butterflies Thinlits die.  I don't bother with the dryer sheets.  I just put one piece of waxed paper (waxy side down on the cutting platform, the card stock, another piece of waxed paper (waxy side up) and then the die.  The image cuts out perfectly without any major problems.  Some little pieces may still be in the butterfly but a tap of the finger and they fly right out of there.  No more piercing tool, or pulling on the pieces.  Not one of my butterflies have come out needing any rescuing!!! I LOVE that waxed paper technique for using these detailed dies.  

Ok, so I got this perfect butterfly and I set it in place using Dimensionals. I added some pearls down the center of it to dress it up just a little bit.  Oh, and I used Crisp Cantaloupe card stock to make the butterfly.

The words are from the retired All Holidays set and they are stamped using Baked Brown Sugar ink.

The base of the card is Baked Brown Sugar, then a layer of Crisp Cantaloupe, then a layer of Whisper White.  The decorative paper was trimmed to fit.  A strip of Baked Brown Sugar was added to hide the line where the two colors meet.  Plus I needed something bold there to help the butterfly stand out more.

I had a silk rose from something from last year (that's retired) and I added it to the top left corner.  I do like how this card turned out and I now like that decorative paper!!!  Sometimes you just have to challenge yourself!!

This card would also make a great Birthday, Thinking of you, Sympathy, and Get Well cards.  Oh, that reminds me, I need a get well card.  I guess I'll be working on that one tomorrow!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Mother's Love General Card

Today's card is made using one of my most favorite layouts.  I LOVE it because it allows you to use those smaller images.  It really brings them up front.  They don't seem so small and lost.

I used the Crisp Cantaloupe color for the card.  It's got several layers but it went together very quickly.  I was able to use some of the paper from the decorative pack too.  I never seem to go through all of that pack before the colors retire.  I find it hard to believe that I can't use up a pack in 2 years!!!  

This card can be used for a number of occasions too!  After I get done posting here, I am going to add a pearl to the center of the flower.  Seeing it in the photo I thought the center of that flower could use something.

This is a fun card to make.  I've made lots of them and I will probably make lots more.  Instead of the ribbon and bow, you can add words there to narrow down an occasion if you want.  Or you can let the inside of the card speak for you!

I am pre-posting my card today.  Tonight I am going to be making a sterling silver spinner ring.  It is our Christmas gift from our boss.  We are all being treated to a class on silver smithing!! I'm so excited about this class.  Not just because I get to play with fire, but because I get to play with silver and learn to hammer, form, and solder!!!  I will take a photo of it and share it with you tomorrow!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Crazy About You Mother's Day Card

I have one more item to play with from my January order.  I eventually get around to the stuff.  Though there are times when I have ordered so much that I just can't seem to play with it all and I forget a few. I have a Big Shot Christmas Stocking that I never did play with.  There were just so many other things to play with that I never found time for it.  I have been scaling back my ordering just because of that.  I need to keep my wants to a minimum so I can play with them all before they retire.  Some things retire too quickly!!

Today's card was made using the Crazy About You stamp set and the matching punch.  Ya just gotta LOVE those punches.  They make card making SO much quicker, easier, and neater too!!!  i would never be able to cut out such nice lines as the punches do!!

The color of the flowers are Coastal Cabana, Strawberry Slush, and Crisp Cantaloupe.  I wanted to use those colors because they are going to be retiring in a few months.  

The words are from the Teeny Tiny Wishes set.  There's lots of other words there that could be used instead of Mother's Day.  But as I had said a few days ago, I am trying to get a big stash of Mother's Day cards done for the little kiddies in May!  

In the center of each flower I added a pearl.  The flowers were set in place using Dimensionals.  The Modern Label punched piece was set in place with Dimensionals as well.

This was a super quick and easy card to make.  How can it not be easy when you can stamp and punch???

Thank you ever SO much for visiting today,

Monday, February 23, 2015

Bloom with Hope Birthday Card

Please put down any sharp objects or things that could cause injury!!!  This card may push you over the edge.  If there were an ugly card contest, this card would have been entered.  This card went in a totally different direction than I had planned.  And all I can say about it is YUCK!!!  I couldn't even give this card to anyone!!!   I am going to rework it in a few days and actually come up with something that isn't so hideous looking.  You know when I tell you that the photo doesn't do the card justice?  Well, in this case, the card is even worse in person!!!  I am not being hard on my self either.  There is nothing about this card that goes together.  I promise you I will rework it and show you something better in a few days.

The Bloom with Hope set deserved better than this!!!

I do thank you for stopping by today and I am sorry the card is not up to my usual work.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

A Blooming With Kindness Mother's Day Card

Today while I was looking at all the stuff on my workroom counter I noticed the paper doilies sitting there.  I had not played with them in a while so I took one out of the pack.  I wanted to make enough of the doily show on the card so that you could see that it was a paper doily there instead of a bit of lacy paper.

First I stamped the flower from the Blooming with Kindness set and I layered it.  Then I made the textured background and set it in place on top of the Old Olive card stock but I didn't tape it in place yet..  Next I set the doily on top of the dotted paper and realized that I should trim up the doily to fit the dotted paper and not let it over hang on the Old Olive piece.  

Next I punched out the Old Olive scallop.  I wanted to be able to see where to place it with all of the elements in place but not stuck down yet.  When I saw where the doily would look best I glued it in place.  Then came the flower and it's layer.  And finally the scallop.  I set it in place using Dimensionals.  I don't know why that center of the scallop looks so off center but it is not. It must be the lighting!  

This was a very fun and quick card to make.  I am trying to get a stash of Mother's Day cards going for the upcoming garage sale.  I sell (other than my unwanted housewares) some necklaces with mom, nana, grandma, aunt, sister, etc. on them and cards too.  The kids that shop with their parents LOVE to buy them. I keep it cheap enough so it won't break their bank and they get to give their special person a fun little gift that they purchased themselves.  It was such a great success last year that I'm going to do it again.  Hundreds upon hundreds of people come to this annual garage sale so I'm sure there will be new people.  Anyway, it's for the kids.  I try to purchase necklace chains at a very low price so I can pass it on.  I love the smiles on these kids faces.  It makes the day SO worthwhile!

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Crazy About You YoYo Spinner Card and Tutorial

Today I'm going to share with you another YoYo Spinner card. This one was done at Terri's downline technique night.  Normally I am setting things up there but Terri told me that I could make my own cards.  I was thrilled.  I wasn't prepared but I managed to get the card put together and I had a great time.  It was the first time my sister was there so I got to sit by her too.  It was a nice night.  

My card looks a bit warped because it is.  I used a glue stick to put it together (remember, I said I had come unprepared!!!).  And I also had a problem with distinguishing my right from my left.  It doesn't easily show up on the photo (unless you look closer) but my fold is on the right!!!  I know, it's a card for left handed people!!! LOL

You can see my other Yo Yo Spinner card and a link to instructions and a video on how to do this yourself.  Click here.   Just a tip here.  When assembling the card it's important to remember that the two window sheets don't need to be a specific size.  They just need to be small enough to hid behind the spinning image.  So if  you can use your Big Shot and Thinlits to cut your circles.  Window sheets can jam a punch and sometimes damage it.  So use your Big Shot if you can.

Also on this card, the tiny flowers were put together with a Dimensional in between and the thread (with a knot tied in it).  Pearls were added to each side.  

When assembled, the Window Sheets will be touching each other.  The thread winds around the dimensional.  I thought it was suppose to go between the window sheets.  Don't do that.  It will make your brad pull through the card stock.

For this card only one image was stamped, unlike the one in the instructions where there were two stamped.  That was because one had to be set on top of the other to cover the brad.  Here the tiny black flower hid the brad.  Whatever works for you!!!

The stamp set used here is Crazy About You.  Such a fun set.  I have it and have not used it yet.

I think that about covers it!  So go make one, they're fun!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting tonight,

Thursday, February 19, 2015

A Papillion Potpourri Sympathy Card

I was working on a fun card technique I saw at Split Coast Stampers.  It had a 10 minute video. Silly me to think that the card could be done in 10 minutes.  I had to pause the video many times, go cut or glue something and then turn the video back on.  SO needless to say I didn't get the card done.  Plus I screwed up the first cut and didn't have any more decorative paper in that color.  So I'm not sure if the card will turn out because of the error.  But you can be assured that I will share it with you regardless!!! Lucky you!!! LOL

Today's card came from Terri's super fun Stamp A Stack last week.  We used the Papillion Potpourri stamp set and the words are from the Petite Pairs set.  

The decorative paper is from the Painted Blossom pack. I didn't buy that pack so I can't make anymore cards like this but I can make them using different decorative papers.  I have TONS of decorative papers.  

The butterfly was stamped using Wild Wasabi ink and punched out.  It was set in place with Dimensionals and pearls were added down the body of the butterfly.  The words were punched out with the oval punch and set in place with Dimensionals as well.

It's a very simple and quick card to make.  This decorative paper takes up most of the viewing area. It's SO lovely that you don't need to add much to the card to make it pretty!!! I LOVE papers like that.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

A Painted Petals and Butterfly Thinlit Mother's Day Card

You will never guess where I saw this card!!!  If you said Pinterest, you are right!  I seem to spend a lot of time there. Though I am not always looking at cards, I'm looking at gardening, beading, and decorating stuff too!!!  But mostly cards!!! LOL

This card was made by Deb at Stampladee.  Her card was a thank you card but I thought I would make a Mother's Day card.

I didn't add the Strawberry Slush thick baker's twine to the butterfly because I don't have any more twine at all.  I thought I had some but I either misplaced it or ran out.  I will be ordering some soon.

The set used here is the Painted Petals set.  The flowers were stamped using Strawberry Slush and the leaves were done using Pistachio Pudding.  I also stamped the word with the Pistachio Pudding.  The words are from the All Holidays retired set.  I don't often get rid of my word sets.  

I didn't add the gold dots but I think I will be doing that after I get done with this post.  The card looks okay in person but looking at it on the screen here it does need that punch of gold.

I used the new Butterflies thinlit die.  I LOVE it.  Easy way to use the intricate dies is to put a piece of waxed paper down on your cutting plate (waxed side down), then the card stock, then another piece of waxed paper (waxed side up) and then the die.  Run it through your Big Shot and tape the cut pieces off if any are still attached.  SO quick and SO easy.  That method has made me LOVE the intricate dies again!!!

I also added some shimmer mist to the butterfly but it didn't show up in the photo.  But that's okay, you get the idea.  

This was a super fun and easy card to make.  I think I make a few more of these since they were so quick and easy.  This would make a wonderful birthday card, thinking of you card, thank you card, and a get well card too!!!  Such a fun card!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Monday, February 16, 2015

A Simply Wonderful Birthday

Today's card comes to you via Terri's VERY fun Stamp a Stack last week.  

This is a very fun card because you can make your decorative paper any color you want it.  The paper is white with clear embossed images on it.  I know, you've done that technique before but this time it's all done for you and it's all perfectly placed on the paper.  

We sponged on Coastal Cabana ink and then proceeded to finish up the card.

We stamped the words and then punched them out.  The little flower was punched out and then set in place on top of the word piece.  A small rhinestone was added to the center of the piece and then that piece was set in place on the card with Dimensionals.  

This was such a fun card to make. I did not buy any of the Irresistibly Yours specialty paper but I think I'm going to have to.  It's just TOO easy to work with.  I especially LOVE the polka dot paper in that pack, not to say that the other images aren't nice, it's just that I always have a preference!!!

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,

Sunday, February 15, 2015

A Butterfly Thinlits Gorgeous Grunge and Love & Sympathy Card

I am loving detailed Thinlits now since I discovered the best way for me to use them.  I shared this the other day but I will share it again and again!  All you need is some waxed paper.  You don't need the dryer sheets.  You put the waxy side down on your cutting platform.  Then the card stock.  Then another piece of waxed paper and then the Thinlit.  Run it through your Big Shot and remove the butterfly.  I did find that a few pieces stuck to the butterfly but I just lightly flicked the butterfly and the pieces popped right off!!!  I am SO into these detailed Thinlits now!!!  I LOVE how this butterfly turned out!

So now lets talk about the card.  The base of the card is a folded half sheet of Whisper White card stock.  The focal Whisper White piece was cut 5" x 3-3/4".  And the Tempting Turquoise piece of card stock was cut 1/8" larger than the focal piece.  

I used the dotted image from the Gorgeous Grunge set and Tempting Turquoise ink.  I did stamp off once before I used it on the card stock.  I repeated this several times on the piece.  Then I used the splatter piece.  A few of the images are directly from the ink pad and then stamped again on the image.  I did that a few times too.

The words are from the Love & Sympathy set.  I found a card I liked on Pinterest and I traced it back to Liz at Stampin' Bliss.  I thought it would be fun to recreate it "my way!"  I just picked out what I liked on her card and ran with it on my card!  And this is what I came up with.  I like it.  I need to get it out in the mail on Tuesday.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,