Thursday, March 29, 2018

Seven Already!!

Hi all.  My niece's daughter just turned 7.  She is a smart and talented little girl.  She is an animal lover, just like her mom, so I thought this adorable panda would make a cute card.  I used the Try Stampin' On Tuesday Challenge #360 for my inspiration.

Card Base:  Sahara Sand CS cut at 5-1/2" x 8-1/2"; score at 4-1/4".  Added a piece of retired dsp (don't remember the name).  On top of that is a piece of retired Mint Macaron CS.  Each end of a strip of Melon Mambo CS was clipped and then added to the card.

Image Layer:  I stamped the panda with the balloon from the Party Pandas Stamp Set with Black Archival Ink on Whisper White CS.  Before stamping I covered the balloon and string so they wouldn't stamp.  I cut this out using the Layering Squares Framelits.  I made a frame for the image using Crushed Curry CS and the Layering Squares Framelits using a regular square and a scalloped square.  The image was attached to a larger piece of Whisper White CS and the frame added.  I attached it to the card with Dimensionals.  I cut a rectangle shape from the same dsp, added thin strips of Melon Mambo and a bow cut using the Christmas Stocking Thinlits.  It was added with Mini Dimensionals.

The Finishing Touch:  Crushed Curry hearts from the Regals Enamel Shapes were added to say we love you.

I hope you enjoyed today's card.  Have a wonderful day.

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Friday, March 23, 2018

Finally, Card #3

This is the third card for the couple with their anniversary and birthdays on the same day.  I used the SUO Challenge #196 - Spring and Time Out Challenge #105.  Tulips make me smile, maybe because they say spring has actually arrived.  Read on for the details.

Card Base:  Shimmery White CS cut 4-1/4" x 11"; score at 5-1/2".  I rounded the corners of a piece of Pool Party CS using the Envelope Punch Board. The sentiment from the Vertical Greetings stamp set was stamped with Memento Ink.  I then spritzed this piece using a mixture of alcohol and the remains from a Clear Wink of Stella pen in a Stampin' Spritzer.  Added to the card with Fast Fuse.

Image Layer:  Tulips, stems and leaves are from the Tranquil Tulips stamp set.  This is a two-step stamp set with a watercolor look.  The tulips were stamped with Daffodil Delight and Crushed Curry inks on Whisper White CS.  The stems and leaves were stamped with Old Olive ink.  I also rounded the corners with the Envelope Punch BoardPool Party 3/8" Shimmer Ribbon was used to tie around the image with a square knot bow.  This layer was also spritzed with the same mixture as above.  A piece of fun foam was added to the back of the image to pop it up on the card.

The Finishing Touch:  I added three Clear Epoxy Shapes - 2 to the flowers and 1 to a leaf for a dew drop effect.

You can't see it in the photo, but there is a lot of shimmer on this card.  This is such a lovely stamp set and I can imagine the tulips in so many colors.  Thanks for stopping by.  Have a blessed and safe weekend.

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Saturday, March 17, 2018

A Dapper Birthday

Happy Saturday everyone.  Remember I said I had a series of three cards for a couple celebrating their anniversary and birthdays on the same day.  This is the second of the three.  I used the CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge #263.  The sketch is perfect for creating a masculine card.

Card Base:  Night of Navy CS cut 5-1/2" x 8-1/2"; score at 4-1/4"

Sentiment Layer:  On Very Vanilla CS, I heat embossed the sentiment from the Truly Tailored stamp set using Night of Navy and Tranquil Tide inks with Versamark and Clear Embossing Powder.  I didn't want the mustache that is part of the sentiment so I covered it up when I stamped the two parts of the sentiment.  I cut a 2-1/2" square piece of True Gentleman DSP in half diagonally.  These were added to opposite corners.  I added a 1/4" strip of Night of Navy CS over the edge of the DSP and trimmed off the overhang flush with the edge of the Very Vanilla layer.  The whole layer was added to the card front.

The Finishing Touch:  I fussy cut a bow tie from the same DSP and added it with Glue Dots.

Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you are enjoying a great weekend.  Be blessed and be safe.

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Happy Birthday Sis

Here's hoping everyone is adjusting to the time change.  Now if spring would just wake up and join us.  My middle sister had a birthday last month and this is the card I made for her.  It's an eclipse card which I love making.  There are so many possiblities when creating one of these.

Card Base:  Elegant Eggplant CS cut 5-1/2" x 8-1/2"; score at 4-1/4".  A layer of Lemon Lime Twist was added on top of that.

Floral Layer:  On a piece of Whisper White CS, I stamped a variety of images from the Bloomin' Love stamp set.  I used the MISTI to balance the images on all sides.  When I stamped one side, I turned the card stock and stamped the other.  I then moved the stamp and did the same thing.  The colors I used for all the floral and leaf images were Lemon Lime Twist, Berry Burst, Blushing Bride, Elegant Eggplant, Pink Pirouette, Perfect Plum, Wisteria Wonder and Sweet Sugarplum inks.  I added the little dots from the Painted Harvest stamp set to fill in some empty spots.

Sentiment:  I added a piece of Adhesive Sheet to the back of the floral layer and cut out the sentiment using the Celebrate You Thinlits.  I saved all the tiny pieces so I could add them back later.  This layer was then attached to the card front.  On scrap pieces of Lemon Lime Twist and Perfect Plum I added Adhesive Sheet and cut out the same sentiment from each.  I attached all three sentiments together for dimension and added it back into the opening of the floral layer.  Then to really test my patience I added all the tiny pieces from the sentiment back into the openings in the letters.

The Finishing Touches:  I stamped some of the floral images from the Bloomin' Love stamp set on Blushing Bride, Elegant Eggplant and Sweet Sugarplum card stocks using the coordinating color inks.  They were cut out using the Bloomin' Hearts Thinlits.  I layered them to get 3 flowers and added them to the card.  Clear Wink of Stella was added to the small center flower.  Small Pearls were added to the center of each flower to finish the card.

If you want to try this type of card, there are so many places on the internet to find directions.  It seems like a lot of work but they can be done a lot simpler.  Thank you for visiting.  Have a great week and be safe.

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Saturday, March 10, 2018

Big & Bold Anniversary Wishes

Happy weekend to everyone.  This card is the first of a three card series.  My daughter-in-love's sister and brother-in-law are celebrating their anniversary next week.  But they are also celebrating their birthdays, all on the same day.  I chose the TIME OUT Challenge #104 - BOLD for my inspiration.  I think the large image and sentiment as well as the bright colors does make a bold statement.  I'll share the other two cards next week some time.

Card Base:  Lemon Lime Twist CS cut 5-1/2" x 8-1/2"; score at 4-1/4".  I added a layer of Whisper White CS that had the corners rounded using the Envelope Punch Board.

Image Layer:  The beautiful flower from the Heartfelt Blooms stamp set was stamped on Whisper White CS with Fresh Fig ink.  The Layering Squares Framelits were used to cut it out.  I cut a piece of Eastern Palace DSP and rounded the corners to use as a mat.  Before matting the image, I added a Delicate White Doily that was colored with a Sponge Brayer and Crushed Curry Ink between the image and the mat.  A piece of Crushed Curry 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon was added to the white layer.

Sentiment:  One of the banners from the Banners for You stamp set was stamped on Lemon Lime Twist CS using Fresh Fig ink.  Two of the sentiments from the same stamp set were then stamped on the banner with Fresh Fig ink.  The banner was cut out with the Bunch of Banners Framelits.  It was added to the card with Dimensionals.

The Finishing Touches:  To the center of the big flower I added a large Clear Faceted GemMetallic Enamel Shapes were added to the sentiment banner.

I appreciate you taking the time to visit my blog.  Please let me know what you think of the card.  Have a blessed and safe weekend.

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Hugs and Wishes

Happy Wednesday everyone.  Here in the northeast we are anticipating a huge snow fall - 10 to 14 inches.  I guess winter won't be going out quietly this year.  My card today is meant to be a hug in the mail with some words of love and support.  I used the challenge As You See It Challenge #170.

Card Base:  Soft Sky CS cut at 5-1/2" x 8-1/2"; scored at 4-1/4".  One of the Petal Pair embossing folders was used down the center of the front.  With the Layering Squares Framelits, I cut one of the scalloped squares from Night of Navy CS and used it to mat a piece of Naturally Eclectic DSP.

Sentiment:  Adhesive Sheets were added to pieces of Emerald Envy, Lemon Lime Twist and Naturally Eclectic DSP and used them to cut out the hugs sentiment using the Lovely Words Thinlits.  I also used one of the Layering Circles Dies around the thinlit so that I would have an edge around the sentiment.  They were layered together both for dimension and stability and added to the card.

Images:   I stamped the flower and butterfly images from the Hold On To Hope stamp set on Whisper White CS using Emerald Envy, Night of Navy and Lemon Lime Twist markers.  They were cut out with the Cross of Hope Framelits and added to the card with Glue Dots.

The Finishing Touch:  Added a little sparkle with a Rhinestone on the butterflies and the flower.

Thank you for visiting today.  Hopefully you aren't being slammed with lots of snow today.  Stay warm and be safe.

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Monday, March 5, 2018

Just Like Home

I've been wanting to work with this stamp set for a while but it took the CAS on Friday Challenge #127 - One Layer Wonder to give me that little nudge.  Living in the Hudson Valley in New York the Catskill Mountains are a beautiful sight year round.  I was trying to capture the quietness of a morning sunrise.

The card base is Shimmery White CS cut at 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" and scored at 4-1/4".  Using the Waterfront stamp set, I first layered a couple of the "ground" images using Pear Pizzazz and Old Olive inks.  I stamped the first mountain image with Smoky Slate ink.  I stamped the image again on some masking paper, cut it out, masked the first image and then stamped it again a couple of times again using the mask.  I also masked the mountains to stamp the sun coming up behind a couple of peaks using Crushed Curry ink.  I colored the pine trees from the same stamp set by coloring them with Early Espresso and Old Olive markers and then stamping them.  The clouds from the Lift Me Up stamp set were inked with Pool Party ink, stamped off and then stamped on the card front.  I didn't put a sentiment on it yet; I'll add that when I decide who and what the card will be used for.

I guess I was a little intimidated by the stamp set but I think with a little more practice, it will become well used.  Thanks for visiting my blog.  I hope you enjoyed my take on my part of the country.

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