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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

A Secret Garden Mother's Day Card Stampin' Up!

I saw a card on Pinterest that used a black and white theme.  The black square in the bottom middle of the card was a frame.  Well, I didn't have the time or the effort to make a nice frame with punches or even cut out by hand using a ruler and a craft knife.  So I cheated and used a piece of card stock on top of the black polka dot paper.  It kind of seems like a waste of that paper only because I don't have much of that design left.  

On my cheating white square I stamped some leaves in Wild Wasabi.  I first stamped off and then stamped on the card stock.  Then I stamped 3 flowers from the "Secret Garden" set using Daffodil Delight.  I also used the "Secret Garden Framelets" to cut out the flower.  And for the center of the flowers I was just going to use a small circle punch but I ended up using the small flower from the "Itty Bitty Shapes" punch pack.  I set them in place on the flower with tape.  The flowers were set in place using Dimensionals and the background was set in place on the folded card base using Dimensionals.  

The words came from the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" set and were set on top of a Modern Label punched piece which was set in place with Dimensionals.  

The background was done using my scoring board.  I scored two spaces and then skipped 2 spaces and did that across my piece of card stock.  After I finished I then cut that piece to fit the front of my card (cut 3-1/2" x 4-1/2").

And that was it.  It's a very simple card to make and quick too!  I can see myself making more of these.  Personally I think they would be fun in a pack of cards with other occasions (to be given as a gift for a very special person!).

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Monday, April 29, 2013

Crinkled Paper Technique Technique Page

This is one of the techniques Terri taught at her Technique Tuesday group.  It's such a fun and effective technique.  

You punch out the shape you want and scrunch it up in your hand. Unfold it and scrunch it again.  Repeat this until you like how much it's crinkled.  

It's a very easy technique and so effective too.  You don't need to do much else to a card, the crinkled look is the center of attention!  

I will be adding this technique to the 5th set of technique pages.  I'm slow at getting them done but I'm almost ready to release the 5th set.  I still have other sets left and there always available on CD.  Just stop by at my web store and check them out.  

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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Thanks a Ton Stampin' Up! Card

I had gotten this card from Terri.  She had made it for one of her FABULOUS Stamp-a-Stacks and she had made a sample for me because I was unable to attend that one. I LOVE going to her Stamp-a-Stacks.  Heck, I LOVE going to all of her events.  She is such a creative person.  You can find her website here.  (and this time I checked to make sure I added the link!!!) LOL

I do not know what set the elephant is from.  I paged through the catalog a couple of times but didn't see it.  So if you know what the name of the set is, please let me know so I can add it to my post.  Thank you in advance.

It's such a cute card too.  I like how Terri does her cards.  This one is done using 1/4 sheet of colored card stock.  The Very Vanilla piece is cut 5-1/4" x 8" and folded in half on the long side.  Then it's taped in place on top of the colored card stock.  

The strip of decorative paper is cut 2-1/2" x 4".  The circle is from the 2-1/2" punch.  And the elephant is punched out using the 1-3/4" scalloped punch.  The Word Window Punch and Modern Label punches are also used here.  And I can only guess that the words came from the same set the elephant is in.  

The large circle is set in place using Dimensionals and then a ribbon is tied to the paper clip piece and attached to the circle.  

It's just TOO stinkin' cute!!

Added 4-29-13: The set used here is "Patterned Occasions."  Thank you bensarmom for letting me know, it's much appreciated.

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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Family Reunion & Butterfly Punch

There's not a whole lot of stamping going on here today!  This card has a lot of layers and the only stamping is the words.

I needed to make a card for my mom. Her birthday is tomorrow.  Nothing like waiting for the last moment.  Well, actually I did have a card for her but I misplaced it along with a few others.  I had this yearly (month to month) card keeper and I misplaced it.  I have no idea where I moved it to.  I'm sure I put it somewhere for safekeeping until I could get back to it.  And when I do that I lose a LOT of things. I guess I should have written a note to myself! UGH  So anyway, I had to make a new card and  thought these butterflies would be pretty along with the Wisteria Wonder.  I also wanted to use the ribbon too, I still have quite a bit of it on the spool and I'm sure it's going to retire too. Not that I can't use it but I try to use current products when I post.  

Anyway, this is the card I made for my mom.  I used the postage punch, a square punch, the small butterfly punch and the scallops on the top are from one of the Big Shot dies (I don't remember the name of it right now and I'm not near a catalog to look it up, sorry).  I added some pearls to dress it up a bit and I set the images on Dimensionals.  And that's about it.  It was pretty simple to make!

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Friday, April 26, 2013

It's a Wrap Occasions Baby Shower Candies

This "It's a Wrap" set has been a lot of fun to play with.  I also kept the other stamped candy wrapper set.  I just think they are fun to have.  I used the set to make shower candies for my daughter-in-law's bridal shower, I used one of the sets to make wedding ones for the Groom's dinner and I have made "thank you" ones too.  And today I made baby shower ones.  The baby shower is tomorrow and I am not done making the baby blanket.  It's not like I don't have other gifts for her.  I could put the blanket on hold (well, not on hold, I could not give it to her tomorrow) and bring her something else.  I have another shower to go to for her so I could bring it then if I don't finish it tonight.  Though I am REALLY hoping on getting it done tonight.  

I did the candies in Daffodil Delight, Certainly Celery (soon to retire), Pretty in Pink (soon to retire), Bashful Blue (soon to retire), and Wisteria Wonder.  They don't know the sex of the baby so I just used all of the pastel baby colors!  

I really don't have a lot to say about these candies.  They are easy to make.  You just stamp on mailing labels, remove them from the label sheet and wrap them around the candies.  So simple.  You need to use the Hershey Nuggets. I originally bought the Hershey miniatures but they labels would work nice on them, they weren't wide enough.  Note to self: I need to hide those miniatures from hubby.  He's such a candy freak!!!

I will let you go now so you can head to the store to get some Hershey Nuggets and some mailing labels.  It's the address ones you want (30 to a page).  Have fun with these!

And thank you for visiting today,

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Blast Off Waterfall Technique Card

This is one of the cards from Terri's Tuesday Technique Night.  She always gives me a sample of each of her techniques.  She's such a sweetie.  Sometimes I have a few moments to watch her demos but most of the time I'm pretty busy getting the area ready for the second part of the techniques.  It's very fun and I LOVE to be busy!  I look forward to the monthly technique night!

This card was made using the "Blast Off" set.  A set I do not own and I'm not sure if I will get it or not. It was way down on my wishlist and there's still other things I want!  Anyway, back to the card.  Waterfall cards are fun to make and even more fun to make work!  When you are all done, you just pull the bottom piece and the cards flip.  I have made one in my life and it worked out just fine!  It was fun but they do take a little bit of time to make so I have never made another one.  You can find a good video on how to make this card here.  

I thought it would be fun to do one for a graduate.  Start out with a baby or toddler photo, then an elementary school photo, a middle school photo and then the graduation photo!  But our son had graduated a while ago so that is out of the question for me right now!  It's a fun idea.  If you give it a try, send me a link so I can see your card!

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Need for Speed Fun Fold

I have loved the look of this layout for years.  It's so fun and yet easy to do!  And I LOVE making masculine cards.  It just seems like there are not enough fun samples out there to be found!

First you fold a half sheet of card stock in half.  Then you cut half of the front of the card off.  On the front piece that is attached you can add some decorative paper.  I don't know what package this paper is from, this was a card I had gotten from Terri from her last Stamp A Stack.  

The inside little card piece is cut 7" x 2-1/4" and folded in half.  It's taped inside the card with the fold about 3/4" from the outside (right) edge.  

The stamped image piece is cut 2" x 3-1/4".  Stamp your image before you put it on the front of the small piece.  If you put it on first you're pretty much guaranteed that you will make a mistake!!!  It happens to me EVERY time I tape first!!  LOL

For other size images, figure out what size you need for the image.  Cut it out and stamp your image.  Then make the inside piece by cutting the card stock 1/4" wider and 1/2" longer.  Yup, just that simple!  I have several images that I want to use this layout on and the above simple instructions will come in handy!!

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Just Believe

The "Just Believe" set is a fun one to play with because it is an extremely versatile set.  It covers most occasions and in my book it's a "must have" set!

I found this card on the February 14th post at Artfelt Impressions. I have not been at Deb's site in a while.  She has a lot of fun cards.  Many of them are clean and simple to make.  Like the one I picked to make today.  

I chose this card mostly because I LOVED the stripes on the side edge.  There was something about it that caught my eye.  And I think this is a layout that I can see myself using in the future.  The near future!!!  

I think I would do something else on the word part.  I think it needs a bit more color.  Maybe a border behind it or a different punch/die cut that can be layered.  But it's still pretty as it is.  Keeping it the way it is gives it the clean and simple look.  I made this card in under 10 minutes and that included getting all the papers, inks and punches out.  To make this for a Stamp-A-Stack would take less time than that to stamp and put together.  

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Rain or Shine Friendship Card

 I saw a card from doing a Google Image search and wanted to copy it.  As I was making it I found it to be too plain so I thought I would give it some colored layers and dress it up a bit.  That was just what the card needed for me to like it better.  I liked it the way it was, that is why I wanted to make one but I now like it much better.  The thin boarders gave it that punch it needed.  You can see the original card here.  

This was a VERY simple card to make.  I did dress it up a little by adding the pearl to the top and a string of them to the handle.  

My colors here are Cherry Cobbler ink and card stock and a scrap piece of Daffodil Delight card stock for the flower.  The center panel is popped up using Dimensionals.  And the words came from the "Rain or Shine" set.  And that's it.  There's not a lot to this card.  It's clean, it's simple and it's pretty!  Just the way I like it!!! LOL

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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Papillon Potpourri

I do have a lot of fun with the "Papillon Potpourri" set. I love butterflies and this set has 6 of them, 3 large and 3 small.  And there happens to be two punches that fit the butterflies too so you don't have to cut a single thing out by hand. Now you know I LOVE that!!!

I got my inspiration for this card from Pinterest.  I was actually going to copy the card but things just weren't working out the way I wanted so I just did what I could and then ad-libbed the rest of it!  If you see a card that is somewhat like this, please email me so I can give credit for the inspiration (I didn't save the web address of where the original card came from).  

Again I went for a Mother's Day card.  I am still not sure on which one I want.  I'm not totally thrilled about the ones I've made.  There was one I did like but I figured I could do better so I'm still plugging along trying to find the one card!

This card was very easy to make. A few layers and some butterflies, a piece of ribbon and a couple of punches.  Very simple to do!  Maybe if I try a more complex card I might like it better!!

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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Bootiful Occasions Baby Shower Card

Okay, I promise this is the last baby card for a while.  And that means for at least for another month or so!  I just wasn't happy with one of the baby shower cards so I felt I had to make another one that I liked better.  

I'm thinking I should have done the boot in blue but since the sex of the baby is not known I did need to keep it neutral.  Though with the blue layers and sponging, I am hoping for a boy!!  But a girl will be fun too.  I would look forward to the nail polish and dresses with a girl and with a boy, it's all old news for me!  So either with it will be fun!

On this card I used the Bootiful Occasions set for the boot and I cut it out and set it in place with Dimensionals.  

I punched out flowers and for the stems I used a piercing tool and punched holes in the paper and drew in lines of Certainly Celery for the stems.  The flowers were punched out and set in place with Dimensionals as well.  And that whole panel was set on the card using Dimensionals.

The second panel was done using the Sunshine & Sprinkles decorative paper.  I still have a lot of that paper to use up!!  

And the background was made using the Dotted embossing folder.  This was fun, easy and quick to make!  And I like it a lot better than the one I was going to use.

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Secret Garden Tiny Book Weekend Project

 As I promised, I have a cute little project for you today.  I made a tiny book.  I've always wanted to make my own little book and I did.  I don't know if I would want to make too many of these though.  They involve sewing and I don't like to sew ANYTHING!  To this day I have not made a card with anything sewn on it!!!  I use to sew a lot and now my machine holds my paper cutter!  I hate setting it up and sewing.  

This was a fun book to make though and if you want to make one yourself you can find the easy to follow instructions here.  

The inside pages of my book measure 1-1/2" x 2", which meant I cut my copier paper 1-1/2" x 4".  You fold 3 pieces together and then in half.  You punch holes in the 3 paper stack.  There's actually a word for that stack.  I also Googled how to make a handmade book and got a little more information on a several other websites too.  This website was helpful but I felt I needed just a bit more information before I could proceed.    

I decorated the outside of my book with the Print Poetry paper pack paper.  I almost used a full sheet of it this time!!! LOL

Once I got the book together I set it under a heavy glass dish I have at my worktable and I left it there overnight. I wanted to make sure it dried flat and even.  And I was also tired!! LOL

So today I added the charms to the spine.  I had added the jump ring before I glued the paper stack spine to the spine of the book. I also added the flower and the brad.  The flower is from the "Secret Garden" set and the brad is from the "Antique Brads" container.  The flower was stamped using VersaMark and then embossed with clear embossing powder.  I cut the flower out (which was difficult to do because it was hard to see the edges of the flower, you had to catch the light just right).  I glued it in place with Crystal Effects.  I cut the prongs off the brad and glued that on top of the flower with Crystal Effects and it is now sitting on my worktable drying.  I did take the photo right after gluing and I was hoping that nothing would slide while it was leaning against the backdrop.  It all seems just fine.  

You can decorate these little books as little or as much as you like.  I do think though, if I ever make another one I would make it a little bigger, which does mean more sewing!!  UGH!!! LOL

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

More Snow

Once again we are getting a lot of snow.  It seems that Minneapolis is the epicenter of this storm.  We've already shoveled about 4" and it's still snowing.  And the bad news is that it's suppose to snow all night.  UGH!!!  I have to work in the morning and I'm going to have to leave an extra 15 minutes or so earlier so I can drive like a little old lady!! LOL

After the shoveling was done I got to make a snowman with hubby.  Or should I say, hubby got to make a snowman with me? LOL  He's such a good sport.

I had gotten a very fun Christmas gift from my friend Katie.  It was a box full of snowman parts.  The smile killed me and I just had to put it on this snowman!!!  I LOVE the nose too! And the hat was in the box too!  Cute, isn't it?  There's a lot more snowman parts in there too.  There were heart shaped buttons, sunglasses, a bow tie, other eye and button shapes, different shaped mouths and noses.  Such a fun present and I finally got to play with it!  The snowman won't last long but at least I finally got out to make one this snow season.  Between colds and a bad hip I didn't think I would get to make one but today I was actually feeling good and got out there.  Man was that snow heavy.  I had hubby lift the body parts for me.  And he helped pack them and smooth them off.  I had the 35mm camera and he had my cell phone and we were both taking pictures.  This is one he took with the phone.  It was fun making the snowman and it was especially fun that he helped me make it!  And this guy may end up being on our next Christmas card!!  He's cheery enough!!! LOL

I have a fun little project to show you tomorrow so be sure to stop back.  

Thank you for visiting today,

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

By the Sea

I have no idea what was going on with the computer.  I ended up checking all the stuff that's plugged into it and gave it one more reboot and everything was fine.  Imagine that.  It may have been something not staying connected.  And how did it get disconnected you ask?  LOL  I moved the tower to dust under it.  I guess I won't be doing that anymore!  LOL

Ok, now onto my card.  I saw this card at Ink A Stamp.  I thought it was SO pretty.  I didn't do it justice.  Not putting stamp pads away can cause you to pickup the wrong color and sponge with it.  Then you take the right color and sponge over the wrong color and this is what you get. It's ok if you don't compare it to the original card!!  You can find the info to make this card at Ink A Stamp, there's a direct link to the card, not just to the blog.

This was a fun card to make until I got to the sponging.  But I can live with it!

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Sir Windchill

Today I am going to share with you one of my creations.  This is Sir Windchill.  He is a beaded snowman.  I had been working on him off and on for a few months.  Sneaking a little time here and a little time there to work on him and now he is finally done.  I was smart enough (this time) to write down the instructions as I made him so I could write it up at a later date and do the diagramming.  The diagrams take me a long time to do. Well, to me it's a long time (it sure feels like it!).  I'm not all that familiar with the program so it does take me a lot longer than someone who had some schooling on it.  But I muddle through and I get the diagrams done and that's what counts!

I will be getting the pattern out for this in a few weeks.  I have a lot of other things I need to catch up on first.  Plus, in my neck of the woods not too many people are liking snow or snowmen right now. We really have had enough!  

I will keep you posted on when the pattern for this guy is available.  And I'll be making some of these to sell as well!

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Monday, April 15, 2013

Rain or Shine and Sunshine & Sprinkles

The title of the two items are like opposites.  Rain or Shine and Sunshine & Sprinkles.  Kind of sounds like shine and rain!  Are you confused now?  LOL  Well, my card won't confuse you.  It's a fairly simple card.  They're usually simple when you use decorative papers or when you use textured backgrounds.

The decorative paper used here is from the "Sunshine & Sprinkles" pack.  And the images are from the "Rain or Shine" set.  

After layering the decorative papers, I punched out a large circle and then stamped the words in the middle.  I know, it's not the right way to do it.  But I did it that way and it words first but like I said, it worked out.  Then I stamped the umbrellas and cut them out by hand.  Not one of my favorite things to do.  And the same with the handles. I did NOT like cutting those tiny things out at all.  Next time I make a card like this the circle is going to be bigger so I can just stamp the handles directly on the paper! I set the umbrellas where I wanted them to go and then I stamped the rain.  I set the umbrella tops in place using Dimensionals.  Then I glued the handles in place.  It's a simple card but it was the cutting that I just didn't like.  But it's done and I now have my two baby shower cards for the two baby showers I will be attending soon.  I do like this one much better than yesterday's post.  I think I'll use this one at the shower my daughter-in-law's family is having.  I don't need to impress my family!!! LOL

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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Rain or Shine Baby Shower Card

At the end of the month I will be in need of a baby shower card.  My daughter-in-law is having a baby (yup, I'm going to be a grandma!) and I am in need of a baby shower card. Actually I will be in need of two.  Her family is also having a shower and I will be attending that one too.  SO this is the first card I have ready.

I used the Rain or Shine set in the new mini catalog.  And the background was done using the boots from the Spring Sampler set.  The cute raindrops in the strip are from the Rain or Shine set as well as the words.  Now I need to find some verbiage for the inside.  And I snuck away here for a second and found a site that has words for inside baby shower cards.  You can find it here.  I'm taking one of them and personalizing it a bit more. I'll print it out on the computer and tape it on a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of card stock inside the card.  I'm going to stamp some boots on the envelope and it will be ready! One down one more to go!

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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Bordering on Romance and Cio Baby

I had bought the download for the "Bordering on Romance" set.  I wanted the real set but just couldn't swing it on my budget.  So buying the download is almost just as good.  There's a few things I can't do with it that I can do with the rubber stamp but I didn't have great plans for this set so it's ok.

I colored in the flowers with Daffodil Delight.  The leaves were colored in with the soon to retire Certainly Celery.  I'm going to miss that color.  After coloring I punched out the image and then I used the Sizzix die and cut out the scalloped circle.  

I added a punched ribbon on top of the decorative paper that came from the "Summer Smooches" pack.  Another fun pack of paper.  Since summer is not that far away (though you couldn't tell it by today with a winter storm hitting us) I can make a few summer cards before these papers retire.  And of course I will share them with you!

The little "Happy Day" words at the bottom are from the "Cio Baby" set.  And punched out with the new matching punch.  It was the first time I got to use those two items.  I need to play with this new stuff more before they retire.  Though I have a feeling these are going to be in the new catalog.  

This was a fun card to make. I was in the mood for coloring so I found this fun!  And I must say it was a very easy card to put together too. I'm all for fun and easy too!

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Friday, April 12, 2013

A Secret Garden Mother's Day Card

I think this may be the card I'm going to give to my mom. I like the cheery look of it and I like the Rose Red color.  

I used a little piece of decorative paper from the "Sunshine & Sprinkles" pack.  Another pack of paper I keep picking away at and there's still lots left.  I swear it multiplies when I'm not looking!!! LOL  Except for the sheets I REALLY like and have used up.  Ever notice that, there's usually one design in the pack that you just love and use it all up and then wish you had more?

The flower is from the "Secret Garden" set.  I just thought it would be pretty to make a single stem flower in a panel.  I like the simplicity of it.  The decorative paper gave the card the "fun" look and the flower gave it the simplicity look.  And of course the words say it all!  The words were done on the computer. I had printed out a full sheet of them and punch then out when I need them.  They fit with the 1/4" punch and they also fit in the oval, that is why I don't punch them out until I need them.  And I finished it off with the Rose Red scalloped circle behind the words.  

I think this one is a keeper!

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Spring Sampler and Delightful Dozen Mother's Day Card

Once again I had to use some more paper from that cute paper pack in the spring mini catalog.  I have used it a lot but yet have hardly put a dent in the pack.  

Today I thought I'd try another Mother's Day card.  The cute little flower came from the "Spring Sampler" set.  And the words are from the "Delightful Dozen" set.  

This was an extremely simple card to make.  Just a couple of layers and the word piece.  

It's a cute card but not one I'm going to be using.  I'll probably be adding it to the pile for the May garage sale.  

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Beaded Star Christmas Bulb

Today I am going to share with you a beaded Christmas bulb I designed.  I taught classes for the past two holidays and the students enjoyed making them.  

It's an easy design to follow and it does go together rather quickly.  

I had fun designing it and even more fun teaching it.  

I finally got the pattern put in PDF format so I can make it available for sale in my web store.  You can find the pattern here.  

I'll be back to stamping tomorrow!

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Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Thoughts & Prayer Mother's Day Card

Last month I made a card much like this. You can see it here.  What I had done was I didn't like the background I did so I remade it.  I kept the piece I didn't care much for.  And when I had stamped the flower image I huffed on the rubber stamp and stamped it on another piece of card stock and set that aside too.  While picking up things today I ran across those pieces and put them together and made another (yet similar) card.  The only thing that is different is how the wording was done.  But I do have to say that this was a quick card to put together. It's always fun when you find pieces to make a card and then end up with a decent finished card!  I will add this one to the ones I'm going to be selling in the garage sale next month!  It's an easy way to sell Mother's Day cards.  The HUGE garage sale (over 200 homes) brings in lots of shoppers and it's the day before Mother's Day.  A perfect time to sell Mother's Day cards now isn't it?  LOL

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Love & Sympathy Mother's Day Card

The "Love & Sympathy" set can be used for lots of other occasions other than just for sympathy cards.  I thought the flower would make a very pretty Mother's Day card.  I'm not overly fond of the background I used but the flower is pretty and with a little work this card could be better.

The colors I used here are Wild Wasabi and Marina Mist.  I actually used markers, no ink pads.  And the words were done on the computer.  Super simple.

This post is short and sweet so you can move on to the next one in your list of cards to see today!

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Sunday, April 07, 2013

Spring Sampler Mother's Day Card

I thought I would play with the "Spring Sampler" set again.  There's SO many fun images in that set. And they don't just have to be used in the spring either.  Though most of them do have the spring theme. But there are some that will work well with summer, babies, showers and kids, along with all the other spring things.

Anyway today I used the tulip in the set.  Which of course does scream of spring.  It's still too cold here to see the tulips blooming!  

I colored in the flower with Regal Rose (a color soon to retire) and Old Olive (not retiring).  

The words are from the "Delightful Dozen" set and I stamped them using Regal Rose as well.  

The rose is from the mini catalog and is called "Vanilla 5/8" Flower Trim".  You get 2 yards of it.  I cut off a flower and I pushed it into my Regal Rose ink pad.  I set it in place on my card using a Glue Dot.  

I had stamped my tulip on a small piece of Very Vanilla and then I cut it short enough on the edges to hide behind a piece of Very Vanilla cut 5-1/8" x 2-1/4".  The piece under it is cut 5-1/4" x 2-3/8" and set in place with Dimensionals.  

The decorative paper is from the Sunshine & Sprinkles pack.  A pack that will soon be retiring and I know I won't be using up before that!  

This was a very fun and easy card to make. And you get to use those little images in a big way!

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Saturday, April 06, 2013

Spring Sampler

Today's card was one found on Pinterest.  You can see the original card here.  And of course I changed it a little bit.  I used More Mustard (another color retiring!) and I sponged it a lot.  I believe the original card was made using Daffodil Delight.  

This was a fun card to make but some "Bee" wording may have been more fun on it.  I suppose I could have done something on the computer but I never think of those things until I'm all done with the card and I'm seeing it on the computer screen as I'm writing up the post.  At this point it's too late to do much about it other than starting all over and most of the time that is not an option.

I did get to finally play with the honeycomb embossing folder.  I am still not sure why I bought it.  I think it was because I saw a card made with it and the "combs" were filled in with small hexagons.  I wasn't fond of the idea of cutting all of those little hexagons out but I did hear through the grapevine that Archiver's has a punch that is that exact size!!!  I may have to check that one out if I want to get more use out of my folder!

I had made this card over a week ago and it got lost in the pile of papers on my worktable.  I had forgotten about it until I was straightening up stuff.  I'm such a messy stamper!  I hate having to stop stamping to clean up my mess so I just move things over a bit and continue on.  Then when it's time to clean it all up I whine!!! LOL  I need someone to pickup after me!  LOL

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Friday, April 05, 2013

Kindness Matters Mother's Day Card

I wanted to make this card for several reasons.  The first one being I LOVE the Pool Party color and two I really liked the looks of this card.  I found it on the net and the link to it lead me to a website but I couldn't find the card there.  Though I did not search for a very long time. I think it would take a little while to locate it. The one who originally posted it didn't give a direct link to the card.  It's difficult to locate the card samples without a direct link.  But you can still go to that site and check out the other cards there.  They're very nice.   I also wanted to make this card because I actually had the matching ribbon.  And I found out today that Pool Party is going to be added to the color line and Bashful Blue will be leaving, along with several other colors.  Stampin' Up! is doing another color revamp but not on a huge scale.  I think it's something like 10 colors are going and 10 are taking their place.  But none of them are brand new.  They are bringing in some old ones.  That's very interesting.

Ok, so now let's talk about this card.  I used the "Kindness Matters" set.  I did change the background.  The original card had the snowflakes background.  I used the Lattice one.  And I did change the words on the card too.  I'm still on a mission to find the perfect mother's day card!!!  Is there one out there?  I'll keep you posted!  LOL

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Thursday, April 04, 2013

Bright Blossoms Mother's Day Card

I did find this card on the internet by doing a Google search for "Bright Blossoms" stamped cards.  I ton of images came up.  Even ones from Pinterest!  As I was scrolling down, this one caught my eye and I just had to make it.  The original one is a birthday card but with this layout it's easy enough to change it to what you want it to say.

I used the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" set to do the words on here.  The paper is from the "Summer Smooches" pack and  I added a strip of Lucky Lime ribbon.  I don't have much for current ribbon so I tend to use retired stuff now and then.  This ribbon is not retired (yet).  This is a very easy card to make and it went together quickly too.  I also like that it's a versatile card.

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Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Just Believe Notes Weekend Project

I have made a number of these fun notebooks in the years.  I found the pattern at Capture the Moment.  You can click here for a link to the directions.  

I had a scrap of decorative paper the "Print Poetry" paper pack.  I know I won't get through that pack using scraps!!! LOL  But at least the scrap piece is gone now.  Once again I find that I should have put a layer behind the image. And I'm thinking that I should have used Very Vanilla card stock instead of the Whisper White. But I had run across this notebook and it just needed decorating.  I don't even remember making it or putting it away!  But that doesn't surprise me! LOL  Anyway, the pencil was already wrapped in white paper so I had to go with white.

You can get a good deal on scratch pads at Office Depot, Office Max or Staples.  You just have to shop around.  Sometimes you can go to your local printer and see if they have any for sale too.  I had bought a TON of them a long time ago so I just slowly pick away at the stash.  One of these days I'm hoping to find that I am in need of shopping for more.  But with the amount I have on hand right now and how quickly I am not using them I don't see myself buying anymore for a VERY long time.

These notebooks are very fun to make.  Now I did alter mine a bit from the original pattern.  I made mine shorter because of the size of the scratch pad.  It's extremely easy to adjust the pattern to what size notepads you have.  I also cut my pencil down too. We have a band saw so I just took it out there and cut it off.  You can take a craft knife and mark your length and then just roll the craft knife across the pencil and apply some pressure and when the cut gets about half way through or a bit more, you can snap the pencil on that cut line.  Just sand the end and now you have safely cut a short pencil.  Or you can try to find some short ones at the dollar store!  How ever you make these, they all turn out cute.  I just like the idea of having a pencil holder along with my notepad!

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Tuesday, April 02, 2013

A Bright Blossoms Mother's Day Card

This card nearly did me in!! I was trying to make a card with out layering everything (like I normally do).  I just couldn't stand it so on the image piece I just had to add a layer behind it.  Now I wish I would have added a layer behind the other two pieces.  So all we can do is imagine them being there!! LOL

I used the "Bright Blossoms" set and the "Summer Smooches" decorative papers to make this card.  And the words are from the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" set.

I stamped the vase using Old Olive and I just glued the flowers on using Crystal Glaze.  That pretty layered piece was set on the card using Dimensionals.  

I may give this layout another try but I will definitely be layering the pieces when I do!!! LOL

Stop back tomorrow, I have a fun little project to share with you!

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Monday, April 01, 2013

A Bright Blossoms Mother's Day Card

Bright Blossoms is a very fun set to play with.  I'm SO in the mood for flowers right now and this little set has some cute and fun ones.  

This card is not my original design.  I know that just surprises you!!! LOL  I wanted to make a Mother's Day card using this set.  I spend a lot of time on Pinterest but this time I just used Google images and a TON of them came up, even ones that are on Pinterest!!!  Makes me wonder if I should continue to use Pinterest or just do a Google search???  

Anyway, lets get back to this card.  After all, this is all about me here!  LOL  The card is very simple and quick to make.  And yet it's very pretty.

I used Summer Smooches decorative paper.  Yup, I still have some of that left too.  I know that surprised you too.  It is rare for me to use up a whole pack of decorative paper.  I would like to sometime.  But then again I think that if I use  it up it's because it was fun and then I will just buy another pack and have left over paper when it retires!!! A vicious cycle!!!

After cutting my card stock I punched the edge.  Then I added a 1-1/2" x 3-7/8" strip of decorative paper.  

I colored the images in using markers.  I huffed on the image and then stamped them on Whisper White card stock that was cut 3-7/8" x 5-1/8".  And then I stamped the words on.  This could also be used for other occasions as well.  I can see it as a birthday card, a thank you card and a get well card.  All would be bright and cheery!

It is as simple as that.  And I told you it was quick too!  Don't you think it's an adorable card?  I sure did, that is why I wanted to make one and share it with you.  You can see the original card here.  

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