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Monday, June 30, 2014

Petite Petals Shadow Box Technique

This is one of the techniques that Terri had demonstrated at her Tuesday Technique Night for her downline.  I had never done that technique before and I was actually able to play that night.  One of the gals had to make three sets of the cards and technique card and I helped her out!  So I got to have a hands on experience that night.  It was fun!  

It's an easy technique too.  A few folds on a 4" x 4" piece of decorative paper and you are done.

You take the decorative paper and you fold it in half and then in half again. Then you unfold it and fold each corner to the center.  Then you take those tips and fold them back so the tips are just on the edge of the fold.  Just look at the photo and think backwards!!!   See the lighter color folded pieced.  Those are the ones that the tip folds back to the edge of the yellow part.  

Once you get the folding done you add whatever you'd like in the center.  Here we added a postage square with a Petite Petals flower and a little leaf from the owl punch.  You can add words or photos in that box if you wish.  The possibilities are only limited to the size of the inside of that box!!!

It's a fun technique.  Oh and did you notice?  No stamping???  Once in a while you have to make a card that does not require any stamping.  But you can always stamp something on the inside!

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

World of Dreams Masculine Card

I wanted to play with the "World of Dreams" stamp set but I wasn't sure where I was going to go with it.  This one image caused me to lean more towards the masculine side.  So I got out the "Hardwood" background stamp and used Early Espresso ink on Chocolate Chip card stock.  

I stamped the image on Very Vanilla card stock using the Early Espresso ink.  

I layered the image in Early Espresso.  The words were done on my computer and I set them in place on top of an Early Espresso scalloped circle.  I set the image and words on the card using Dimensionals.  And lastly, the base of the card is Very Vanilla.

It was an easy and quick card to make too.  Though I don't like it much.  It really has no flow.  It actually reminds me of going into a 1960's decor home with dark paneling and very little contrast in the photos on the walls!  LOL  I am thinking that I can do much better with this set!!!

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Flowering Flourishes Ombre Technique

Oops, I got the words a bit crooked.  But it's easy enough to fix so when I get done posting this I will tend to that.  

Today I thought I would play with the Ombre Technique again.  You just pick colors that are a bit lighter than the last color and stamp them.  I started out with Raspberry Ripple on the bottom part.  Then I used the new Blackberry Bliss, followed by Elegant Eggplant, and then Wisteria Wonder.  I stamped off each color before I stamped them on my card stock.

I used a scrap piece of Wisteria Wonder card stock for the round scallop and a scrap piece of Elegant Eggplant for the layer.  And the words were done on my computer.  I set this piece in place using Dimensionals.

After seeing it done I wished I would have gone with the blue Ombre colors instead.  Anyway, after I stamped the colors I then stamped the Flowering Flourishes image using black StazOn ink.  I added some pearls to the card.  

It wasn't a difficult card to make but like I said, I think I would have liked the blue colors better.  

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Elegant Butterfly Punch and Negative Space Technique

Today I have a no stamping card for you!  Yup, those do happen now and then, don't they?  

This is actually a technique.  It's called the "Negative Space" technique.  It's where you punch out a space (the butterfly in this case) and you add something behind it (decorative paper here) and you can see the image perfectly.  

You just add Dimensionals to the back of the negative space piece and add your paper.  Affix that onto your card and you are done. 

This was the card that Terri taught at her Technique Night last week.  I was there to help her out and at the end of the night she always has two finished samples and instruction cards for me to take home.  I LOVE Technique Night!  I get to see all the gals I don't often see.  A great and talented group of stampers!!!

This is a very simple card to make and it's good for quite a few occasions.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Work of Art and Flowering Flourishes

 I am SO loving this "Work of Art" set.  I'm sure you can tell that because I made a card using it yesterday!!! And I may use it again tomorrow!!! LOL

I found this card made by Nan Cee's at Split Coast Stampers. The minute I saw it I knew I had to make it.  Of course I didn't pay close enough attention so my first attempt was way too dark.  Stamp off on the Mossy Meadow and the Blackberry Bliss.  The top color of the Blackberry Bliss is actually a 4th generation inking.  I stamped off then I stamped on my card stock, I moved the stamp up on top of the first stamping, and I stamped again.  Then I moved it up one more and stamped again.  So ink up your stamp well because it has to stamp 4 images (one on scrap paper and 3 on your card).  Does that make sense?  

Then I stamped the "Flowering Flourishes" image using black StazOn.

I punched out the butterfly using the Blackberry Bliss card stock and I placed a half a Dimensional under each wing.  I did not remove the protective layer on the top, just on the bottom to make it stick to the card.  I glued the butterfly in place in the center of it and then added the half Dimensionals.  By not removing the protective piece, the wings will stand up nicer.  So when your card is sent through the mail, once it's opened the wings should pop back up.   

I just LOVE the look of this card.  I did change the orientation of the butterfly a bit but that was because I didn't get the stamped images centered as well as I wanted to so I put the butterfly up on top more to fill in the extra white space.  It was a lot of fun to make too.  Oh and you can whip out quite a few of them in not time at all!

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Work of Art And Blooming with Kindness

Isn't this a fun card?  I was made by Mary at Seaside Inkspiration.  

This is a super easy and quick card to make.  I thought it would be fun to put one together and it was.

I used Soft Sky, Strawberry Slush and Daffodil Delight for my ink.  The words are from the "Blooming with Kindness" set.  I'm SO glad that set didn't retire. I LOVE playing with it. I think I may have to see if I can incorporate the "Work of Art" with it!

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

A Wetlands Work of Art Birthday Card

My nephew's birthday is on the 26th and I'm actually ready for it!  I most often get his birthday wrong.  Somewhere along the line I thought it was the 19th.  So I would mail his card so it would arrive on or around the 19th.  I think I liked it better when I thought his birthday was the 19th.  At least his card wasn't late!!!!!  LOL

SO, while surfing the net under the keywords "Stampin' Up! Work of Art" I ran across this fun and super easy masculine card!  It's tough to find masculine cards that I really like or would like to make.  Some I REALLY like but there's too much work involved in them to try to make them.  But this card was super easy and super fast.  The only complaint I had about it was trying to dry the stamp so I could ink it up with the second color!!! Oh and for that I have found that a few napkins or paper towels folded together help.  When we get fast food, whether we eat in or go through the drive-up, we often end up with lots of extra napkins.  I take them home with me and use them to dry off my stamps.  They don't have lint on them!!! Or food!!! LOL  

I found this pretty card here.  It was made by Lisa at "Add Ink and Stamp."  The minute I saw that card I knew I was going to make it and I knew who I was gong to make it for!!!  This is one of those cards that you can just whip up a lot of them in no time at all!!  I need to just sit down and play with that "Work of Art" set and see what I can come up with on my own!!!  Wish me luck there!

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Another Summer Silhouettes Birthday

I found a card similar to the one I made at Julie's Paper Pleasing Ideas blog.  I say similar because I changed it up a bit.  
I had used my Big Shot to cut out an oval to use as a template.  I was going to sponge but I am not that great at sponging large areas, and after several attempts I was going to abandon the whole card.  But I thought I would mix some Marina Mist ink with a little of the Vanilla Shimmery Smooches Spritz and spray my color on.  I liked how it turned out.  In person you can see the shimmer on it.  It sparkles so pretty!!!

Then I stamped the stems using Mossy Meadow ink.  I embossed the flowers using my VersaMark pad and white embossing powder.

I used the Modern Label punch for the word layer and the Word Window punch to punch out the words from the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" set.  I set the words in place using Dimensionals.  I also set the front panel in place using Dimensionals.  That I think was a mistake.  The paper warped when it dried and the Dimensionals only enhanced the warped look.  UGH!  So if you are going to make a card like this using the layers, lay the stamped layer flat to dry.  Or do as the original card was done, NO layers!!!  I chose to do the top layer because I was afraid I would wreck the card stamping on it.  I've done it too many times SO I know what I know the damage I'm capable of doing!!  LOL

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

A Summer Silhouettes Birthday Card

Today's card comes to you from me!  Yup, an original!  I know, it's SO unheard of lately!  For a while there I thought I lost my creativity to make original cards.  I thought I was destined to copy other people's cards!!  But now and then I do get a spark of the creativity and I come up with something not found on the net yet! I'm sure my mojo will come back someday!

Today I thought I would play with the "Summer Silhouettes" set.  I SO love the Coastal Cabana color and I wanted to make a fun card with it.  

I stamped the design on a strip of Whisper White and I trimmed it up to measure 1" x 4".  Then I added a strip behind it that measured 4" x 1-1/4".  I stamped the stems  using Wild Wasabi ink and the teeny flowers are done using Coastal Cabana.  

I used the Modern Label punch and the Word Window punch.  The words are from the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" set.

This is a super easy card to make!  And it can be used for other occasions too, like a Mother's Day card, a Sympathy card, a Thinking of You card, and even a Get Well card.  I love playing with this set.  It has not disappointed me yet!

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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Work of Art

Oh no, not another new "favorite" set!!!  I had ordered this "Work of Art" set and it was on backorder.  I was not surprised about that.  It's such a cool looking set and I wasn't the only one to realize that.  SO everyone else got the same idea as I did and ordered one too!  Thus resulting in sets being on backorder.  My set came last Wednesday and I didn't have time to play with it right away!!!  But when I finally did have a few minutes to play with it, I was at a loss as to what to make.  SO, I went on Pinterest and found this fun sample to copy!  You can see the original card here.  My yellows are a bit different.  I'm not sure why but it's ok, I like both cards.   I do not know who originally made this card.  The link provided with the card I found on Pinterest is  but it doesn't lead anywhere.  So if you know who made this card, please let me know so I can give them credit. 

My yellows inks are as follows:  Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, and Hello Honey.  The orange ink is Tangerine Tango and so was the base of the card.  I added a rhinestone to the heart and it just completed the card.

The words are from the same set.  I took them and added them both to one clear block and I was able to stamp them at the same time.  I LOVE being able to do that!

This was a very fun card to make.  I can see myself making these in different color schemes and using them as a card set.  

This is also a technique.  It's called the "Ombre" technique.  That technique is very easy.  You just find at least three colors in the same color group and go from light to dark or dark to light in your stamping.  That's it!  Such a simple technique!

This is a very fun and easy card to make and I can see myself making more in the near future!

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Flower Shop Thinking of You Card

I was thinking of a friend today and thought I would give her a call.  She wasn't home so I just left a message to let her know I was thinking of her.  I was originally going to send her this card but after I finished it I wasn't so thrilled with the color.  I think the color is very pretty but something more vibrant would be better.  I found this card on Split Coast Stampers. It was made by sistersandie.  It is such an elegant looking card.  Now the original card does have some tiny pearls on it.  I decided not to add them so I could be assured that they would go through the postal machines without any extra fees.   Go have a look see at the original card.  It is very pretty with the pearls and something in the center of the focal flower.  Plus I just noticed that on the original card the focal flower was punched out twice.  I didn't stamp my words directly on the card.  I didn't have any that were a decent enough size to do that space justice so I just used the Modern Label punch and the words from the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" set.  

So what I am going to do tomorrow is to redo this card in some pretty colors and make a set out of them!  It sounds like a fun challenge, doesn't it?  

This is a very quick and simple card to make.  I think it would make a FABULOUS Make n Take or Stamp a Stack card.  It doesn't require a lot of time or materials.  Oh and one more thing I forgot to mention when stamping the flowers, I did stamp off on each one except for the focal flower.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

A Round Array Candy Jar Weekend Project

Today I made a fun candy jar for a beading friend!  The jar is from some instant coffee.  It's about 4-3/4" tall.  Not real big but big enough to fill with candies and use as a fun gift.

I used the "A Round Array" set for this project.  The top reads "For You" and the front reads "You make me smile."  This is for my friend Suzanne who not only makes me smile but she also makes me laugh.  And I mean the kind of laughing where you have tears rolling down your cheeks and you can't catch your breath!!!  I love those times!!!

I wrapped a piece of Real Red decorative paper around the jar.  Then I wrapped a piece of ribbon in the center of the decorative paper.  I punched out two Whisper White scallops, then two smaller Real Red scallops and the images were punched out using the smaller scallop punch.  

I layered the scallops and then attached the top one to the lid of the jar using glue dots.  I needed something that would be very sticky.  I did the same with the smaller scallops, except for the larger white one.  I glued it to the decorative paper.  

I filled the jar with Ginger flavored Altoids.  They are Suzanne's favorite.  She will be SO surprised to get this on Friday!!!  I had the jar filled with the Altoids for a couple of weeks now and finally got around to decorating the jar.  Nothing like waiting!!! But at least it wasn't one of those last minute things!!!  After all, I do have it done 3 days in advance!!!  

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Bloom with Hope Ombre Technique

This is a very fun technique and with the new in colors you can make some fun Ombre cards.  Not to worry if you don't have the latest in colors, this card was not made using them!

I used Soft Sky, Marina Mist, Pacific Point, and Night of Navy.  The words were stamped using Pacific Point ink.  The stamp set used here is "Bloom with Hope."  I stamped the flowers and then the words.  I taped it to a folded half sheet of Pacific Point.  It's such a pretty card!  I wish I would have used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to get the flowers more inline but it is what it is!  It's still pretty!  There's not much more to say about this card.  Easy Peasy!!!

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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Bloom With Hope

Okay, I'm going to attempt this post one more time.  A big storm is rolling through and the lights went out for a second and so did my computer and all that I had typed.  It's quieting down out there so I thought I would try this again.  Sheeeesh!!!

Today I used the "Bloom with Hope" stamp set again.  Mostly because I hadn't put it away plus I hadn't used these images yet!

This was a fairly easy card to make. Okay, it was easy, it was just the fussy cutting of the flowers that I didn't like.  I much prefer my stamps to have a matching punch or die!  

I colored the flowers using a blender pen and the Crisp Cantaloupe marker.  I used the Daffodil Delight marker on the center of the flowers plus a little around the edges of the center.  The camera didn't do the flower justice.  It looks way more orange around the flower center than it really is.  I am SO looking forward to getting some Blendabilities markers.  It will make coloring SO much easier and you won't see that line where you over color.  I tend to refill my blender pens so they are VERY wet and I don't get too much of those lines showing.  

The leaves were from a Sizzlet die.  I used the Modern Label and Word Window punch, and the words are from the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" set.  One of my favorite word sets!

The base of my card is Pistachio Pudding and I used the Polka Dot embossing folder on the Whisper White piece of card stock.  Oh and not to forget the little strip of Crisp Cantaloupe decorative paper.

Well, I should wrap this up, I'm hearing another wave of rain and wind coming through and I don't want to lose all of my typing again!!!  UGH!

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Friday, June 13, 2014

Bloom with Hope Hostess Set Birthday Card

I am really liking this new Bloom with Hope Hostess set.  Today I used it with the new Hello Honey decorative paper, marker, and card stock.  Yup, there's a 1-3/8" circle of card stock punched out just under the Happy Birthday!

I stamped my image using black StazOn and colored in the flower using the Hello Honey marker and a blender pen.  I set it in place with Dimensionals.  And the words, which I had done on my computer, were set in place using Dimensionals as well.

I used the Polka Dot embossing folder for the background.  It needed something but not anything too busy or it would take away from the decorative paper.  It was just enough!

I thought this would be a fun layout for that image.  It's not small but yet it's not big enough to take up most of the card front.  So you have to add a few other elements to bring it all together.  Personally, I like how it all went together!  

Now I need to make a bridal shower that is going to be late.  The shower is tomorrow but I won't be able to make it.  It's our granddaughter's first birthday tomorrow and I don't want to miss that!  I can't believe how fast that first year went by!  We  bought her a talking Mother Goose stuffed goose.  It will probably scare her and make her cry!  Nice gift, huh??  Make the kids cry!!! LOL  

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Blooming with Hope Birthday Card

Using one of my favorite layouts I picked a flower out in the "Blooming with Hope" set and stamped only that flower on a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock.  I colored the flower using the new Hello Honey card stock.  

The decorative paper is from the "Lullaby" Designer Series Paper pack.  I cut the decorative paper 2-7/8" x 4".  I cut the Lost Lagoon card stock 1/8" larger.  I lined up the two pieces and put a little line of removable tape about where I thought the circle would be punched from.  I punched the 1-1/4" circle first. I dropped the layers all the way down into the punch.  I lined up the two sides and then I punched it.  Next I took just the decorative paper and a scrap piece of copier paper and punched a larger circle out using the 1-3/8" circle.  You end up with just a little ring of paper punched out when you are done.  Tape the two pieces together.  

I colored the flower using the Hello Honey marker and a blender pen.  The stem was colored in using the Wild Wasabi marker.  I added some Dimensionals around the opening of the layers and lined up the stamped image and pressed down.  Next I added Dimensionals to the rest of the back of the piece and set it in place on top of a piece of Whisper White that was cut 3-1/2" x 4-5/8".  That was taped in place on top of a half sheet of Hello Honey Card stock.  The card stock was cut on the 8-1/2" side to form a bottom opening card. 

I used the Modern Label punch and Hello Honey card stock.  The words are from the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" set.  And that was it.  I LOVE using this layout and I think I have a few more images that will fit in that opening!  This layout is actually a great way to use those little stamps that you have.  It really sets the focus on them!

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Bloom with Hope Birthday Card

Today I thought I would play with the new "Bloom with Hope" set.  I like this set because it covers many occasions, Birthdays, Thinking of You, Mother's Day, Get Well, and there is even Sympathy words in the set.  

I didn't know what to do with this set so I went on Pinterest and I found a card there that I copied (most of it).  You can see that card here.  I colored the flowers using the Cherry Cobbler ink pad and a blender pen. I do not have the Blendabilities markers yet.  I'm hoping to get them soon.  It looks like it would be a lot easier coloring with them.  I did get a chance to play with them last month and thought they were great.  I'm saving for them!!!

So back to my card, after all this blog is all about me, isn't it?  LOL  

I used the next to the largest clear block and covered it with So Saffron ink.  Then I stamped it on my card stock.  I used black StazOn for the flower and as I said above I colored it in with a blender pen and ink pad.  The stems were colored in using the Old Olive marker.  I also took the  Sahara Sand marker and added a little shadow on the left side of the stems and under the flower petals next to the stem.  

The words are from the Petite Pairs set.  The Whisper White piece is set in place on top of the So Saffron card base using Dimensionals.  A bow was tied using the Baker's Twine.  All I had was white and it worked just fine!

This was a fun card to make and it opened up the door for me on this stamp set.  I already have a new card in mind for tomorrow!!!

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

A Flower Shop Birthday

Today I found a fun card by Terry at Classy Cut-up's Creations.  I thought it was such a pretty card that I just had to make one.  I did change the background color because I didn't have the decorative paper.  So I went with what I had.  My decorative paper is from the Neutral's Decorative paper pack.  I don't use those as often as I should.  

The flowers are from the "Flower Shop" stamp set and the leaves are a Sizzlit.  I also used the Ribbon punch for the Whisper White border.

The words are from the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" set.  A set I've been using an awful lot lately!  And those words are taped to a piece of Basic Black and punched using the Modern Label punch.

Even with the background change I still like it.  I thought it turned out nice.

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Monday, June 09, 2014

A Label Love Birthday

Please forgive the little bit of retired ribbon here.  I don't have any current Pool Party ribbons.

This was a fun card to make and it has very little stamping!  I used Pool Party for the base of my card.  I added the Polka Dots embossed background piece and then the ribbon was added. The decorative paper and layered it using some Pool Party card stock.

The word piece is from the "Label Love" set and it was stamped using the Pool Party ink pad.  What I LOVE about this is, there's a matching punch!  It makes making cards SO quick!

I set the Pool Party panel in place using Dimensionals and I added the words using Dimensionals just on the right side.  The left side was just taped in place on top of the panel.

I punched out a butterfly and sponged the edges of it.  I added rhinestones down the center of the butterfly and one on the bottom corner of the word piece and that was it.

It was a very simple and quick card to make!  Maybe next time I will have some current ribbon.  Though I am sure you are creative enough to use other ribbons you have!

I found this fun card on Split Coast Stampers.  You can view the original card here.

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Sunday, June 08, 2014

A Timeless Talk Birthday

Every now and then I run across a stamp set that I have not used in a very long time.  The "Timeless Talk" set is one of those.  I still like the set but it just doesn't come to mind like some of the other sets do.  So today while looking through the current stamp sets that I have, I saw this one and thought I would make a card. I sat for a while thinking of what to make and drew a blank.  I don't work well under pressure!!!

This record player image called my name so that would be the one I would use.  I inked it up with black StazOn and stamped it on a piece of Whisper White card stock.  I trimmed up the piece and then I layered it on a piece of Basic Black card stock.   Next I just sat there wondering where I was going to go with that piece!!!  Seriously I was at a loss.  I dug through my stash of finished pieces and found the embossed striped piece and found it to be perfect for the background layer on my Basic Black card base.  I was going to use just a plain piece of black behind the record player piece and then it dawned on me to use some of the decorative paper in the Neutrals pack.  I don't use those papers much either!  No wonder I have huge stashes of stuff around here!!!  Anyway, I layered it on a piece of Basic Black card stock and set it in place on top of the striped background piece.  The record player piece was set in place using Dimensionals as well as was the Modern Label piece.  The words are from the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" set (that I was thrilled to see was still in the catalog, I use it a LOT!).  I added 3 of the Real Red Candy Dots to the record player and it was done.

This is a super quick and easy card to make!  Plus it was fun too!

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Saturday, June 07, 2014

Petite Petals Birthday

Oh my, what a super quick card this was to make.  I think it took me longer to get the supplies out than it did to make the card!

The only think I had made up ahead of time was the words.  I had printed a bunch out on my computer and have them in my stash.

I used Strawberry Slush for the base of the card, for the flowers, and for the scalloped circle.

I stamped the Gorgeous Grunge image using Baked Brown Sugar ink.  I used the splatter image and Pistachio Pudding ink.  I stamped the Petite Petals flowers and punched them out.  I set them in place using Dimensionals and I added a pearl to the centers.  

The Happy Birthday was punched out and set in place using Dimensionals as well.  And that is it.  I told you it was a very easy and quick card to make!!!

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Friday, June 06, 2014

Vivid Vases Card

I was SO glad to see that "Vivid Vases" made it to the new catalog.  I had bought the set but had not used it.  I found a card to CASE (copy and study everything) here.  The card was featured using the new Blendabilities.  I do not have any of them, though I do have quite a few Copic markers which are the same thing.  It's matching the Stampin' Up! colors that is the problem.  So I thought I would go with the markers and a blender pen.  It's pretty but it does not do it justice like the original card is.  The colors are more vivid and they blended together much prettier.  I am going to save for those pens!  

So lets talk a bit more about my card.  After I got done coloring them I layered the image on a piece of Basic Black card stock.  That was then set in place on a piece of Daffodil Delight decorative paper and the base of the card is Whisper White.  I added a knotted piece of red ribbon. And that was it.  It's a very simple card to make and I do know for a fact that using the Blendabilities markers goes a lot faster than using a blender pen and markers or ink pad.  Plus you don't have to clean the pens when you are done, like you do with a blender pen.  

This was a fun card to make.  I love to color once in a while!!!  I like how bright and cheery this card looks but when compared to the original card it's not so vivid!!!  But I still like it and will use it sometime down the road!

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Wednesday, June 04, 2014

A Beautiful Wings Anniversary

I still had the gold foil paper out (I left it out - I'm one to NOT put things away when I'm done, hence the mess in my workroom most of the time!).  

I used the "Beautiful Wings" die. I like how the detail shows up so much more on the foil paper than it does on regular card stock.  

I used the gold Washi tape and then just added the butterflies.  I set them in place using Dimensionals.  

I used the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" set for the words.  

This was a very quick card to make and I am now have the anniversary card I need for this month!

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Tuesday, June 03, 2014

A Flower Shop and Petite Petals Wedding Card

You are not going to believe this.  I have a wedding to go to next month and I already have the card made!!!  I was cleaning in my workroom (which is something you probably won't believe!!!  LOL) and I ran across the card front I had made using the gold Washi tape and the half paper doily.  I had made a card using that layout a while ago and I was either going to make another one or used up the last bits of my Washi tape and set it all aside.  I'm not sure how it came to be but I was glad that I ran across it when I did! I looked at it and immediately thought of making it into a wedding card for next month!

It's difficult to see but the flower is the shiny gold foil paper.  I used the Flower Shop punch and the Petite Petals punch.  The only stamping on this card is the words and those are from the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" set.  It went together so quickly.  I'm sure that is because most of the work on it had been done a while ago.  Though the looks of the previous work on it would tell me that it took all of 3 or 4 minutes to rip some tape and cut a doily to fit!  Not a lot to it, is there?

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Monday, June 02, 2014

A Gorgeous Grunge Summer Silhouettes Birthday

I LOVE the "One Sheet Wonder" technique.  It's the one where you take a full piece of card stock and stamp all over it.  When you are done you cut it into pieces for your cards.  Here I used Pumpkin Pie and Crumb Cake ink.  You stamp on the image and then stamp again without re-inking.  It gives you a nice muted look in between the open spaces.  I used the "Gorgeous Grunge" set to do this.

Then I stamped the flower.  I used the "Summer Silhouettes" set with Pumpkin Pie and Pear Pizzazz ink pads.

The words were done on my computer.  I usually print out a full sheet of them and punch them out using the 1-1/4" circle punch and save them for when I need to make a quick card or when I need words to fit in one of these types of circle layers.

This was a very quick card to make.  Now I have some extra backgrounds from the "One Sheet Wonder" page I made and I have some extra " Happy Birthday" circles in my stash!!!  I'm ready if I need a super quick card.  It's always good to have a stash.  You can find some fun things in it that you didn't think would go together!!!  

This was a fun card to make.  I like the colors but I'm not crazy about them.  They remind me of fall and I'm not ready for fall yet. We just had the worst winter here in Minnesota and I actually said (out loud) that I hated winter!  I have never said that in my life!  So I'm going to head back towards the fun spring and summer colors for a while and I will ease into the fall colors as the season approaches.  Or unless I find a card that I just HAVE to make and it has fall colors!

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Sunday, June 01, 2014

The Open Sea Father's Day Masculine Card

While waiting for my Stampin' Up! order to come I will be playing with some of the sets that I have.  I just turned in my order today so it will be a little while before I get it.  I'm ok, with that.  I have tons of other things to keep me busy until then.  Like I REALLY need more stamps!!!  LOL  But I do, I do!!!  I just love to stamp and I try to make a card or work on a stamping project every day.  Personally, I think it helps keep me sane!!  It just gives me some time alone to create and I love it.

So today's card was made using the "Open Sea" set.   I used Soft Suede for the base of my card.  I layered the map on top of a cut piece of Chocolate Chip. I was going to go with Early Espresso but I thought it was too dark.  The words were done on my computer and the background was found on the Internet.  I just Googled "Antique World Maps" and then I selected "images" and quite a few came up.  I liked the one I found here plus a blue one, so I did a copy and print thing with it.  It made for a pretty background and perfect for the ship image.  I did print it on 32# copier paper.  I prefer to print my backgrounds on heavier copier paper, it looks more professional.  The ink takes nicer to it and it won't show the card base through it as easily so the colors on the copier paper look more solid than transparent.

I just taped everything together and when I set the word piece in place I did use Dimensionals.  I thought the card needed a little something.  I didn't want to go too fancy or frilly, after all it is a masculine card.  As easy as this was to make I should have printed out a few more maps and made a masculine Birthday and Get Well card.  Oh well, hopefully I will remember this card sometime on down the road when I need one like that.  

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