Sunday, October 15, 2017

Glimmer Carols of Christmas

I am sure I have enough Christmas cards created, even with making some for my Mom, but there is always that one idea that sticks in your head that you have to create. This is one of those ideas.

The base card is Night of Navy, then using the frame from the Carols of Christmas Bundle (saving 10%) and the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper, cut from a 4x5 1/4". You will have to "piece" the frame by cutting one side, then adjusting the die for the other side. You will see that mine isn't perfect. I was so busy lining up the top, I forgot to check the side, but it worked for me. Another tip is to cut the glimmer paper from the paper side, not the glimmer side. This works better for me anyway.
The Night of Navy panel is 3 1/2 x 4 3/4. Check to make sure that it fits inside the glimmer frame and adjust as needed. Using the sky framelit, cut it out of the top. Cut the trees from the glimmer paper and three small stars, using the star in the middle of the frame, from the glimmer paper, also. The deer is cut from Gold Foil paper. (Don't have any???? You really need to purchase the foil papers. They are GORGEOUS!) Gold heat emboss the sentiment close to the sky.
Now to put it all together. I used dotted adhesive around the frame, then Fast Fuse in the center to attach it to the card base. The adhesive sheets would work great for this, too. For the Night of Navy panel, I used liquid glue around the sky and Fast Fuse to adhere on top of the glimmer panel. Now position your trees. Glue down the pair and add mini dimensionals to the single tree and the deer. Add the stars with a spot of glue.
I created another frame from Whisper White for the inside of the card.
This one is so pretty. I wish my picture did it justice. But hope you like it and will give it a try.
Now for one more note. See these tiny strips in the bag? They are from the frame panel and out of glimmer paper so I COULDN'T just throw them away! This is kept in the case with the Bundle.

Does that make me a hoarder??????

Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by!!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Sooooo Simple Carols of Christmas

This idea came from Kate Martin's beautiful layered card, but I decided to try something similar with a single layered card.

I know this one looks a bit warped, but that is the trick of the camera. Or maybe it is my camera skills. Anyway, on with the important stuff.

The Whisper White card base is masked on the top and sides by 1/4". Stamp the ornaments from Carols of Christmas one set at a time with VersaMark. I embossed the first set in silver, the second set in gold, etc. Pull the pieces of masking off and pull out the Year of Cheer Specialty Washi Tape. (I sure hope this carries over to the next season, but will order extra, just in case!)

Create the frame with the gold washi, overlapping the ends for a clean look. Burnish with the Bone Folder to make sure it sticks well.

The sentiment is actually gold embossed on a scrap piece and cut out with the Paper Snips. It comes from the Seasonal Bells set. Decide where you want to position it and lie down a strip of the silver washi tape, burnishing again. Add mini dimensionals to the flag ends and a regular dimensional to the center of the sentiment and position over the silver washi tape.

That is it!!! You have a simple and elegant card. I continued the gold and silver to the sentiment on the inside, too.

Hope you enjoyed your visit. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Golden Carols of Christmas

I have told myself over and over again, that I don't need any more Christmas stamps. And, although I fell in love with the Carols of Christmas bundle as soon as I saw it, I was holding on to my plan. Even after seeing so many great cards from the set, I was still holding out. THEN I saw this one and since no one else knew of my plans, into the cart the set went.

This wasn't the first card I created from the set, but it is certainly my favorite. All I found was a picture, so I am not sure who to give the original credit to for the inspiration. Mine is a bit different, but not very much.

If I was one to create multiples, I think this would be the one. So here it is:

The card base is Whisper White. I used the retired Brushed Gold for the first mat, 4x5 1/4, then a Whisper White, 3 3/4x 5, embossed with the Softly Falling embossing folder.

I had also held off on ordering the foil papers because I still had some of the brushed gold and silver. Well, let me tell you, if you are doing the same thing, Give It Up! There is no comparison!!!

So for the main image, I cut a 3 1/2 square from the Gold Foil and a 3 1/4 square from Whisper White. Cut the sky from the thinlits and attach this to the foil piece. Keep that moon, never know when it might come in handy.

Cut out the deer from the gold foil. Cut a set of trees from the foil and a set from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper. Using glue dots, attach the glimmer trees to the foil trees, positioning them down just a bit, so the foil ones show. Position the single tree lower and in the middle of the double set. Glue dot the deer into the panel. Add mini dimensionals to the trees and position them onto the panel. I placed them lower than the panel and just cut off the extra that was below it. Add dimensionals to the panel and attach to the base.

Stamp your greeting and emboss in gold. Cut it out with a banner die and add it to a strip of gold glimmer paper with glue, then attach to the card base.

I hope that you enjoyed your visit today. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Snow on the doorstep, soon...

Our fall weather has been all over the place. We even had a tornado watch the other night and I don't remember that ever happening in October! Luckily, nothing came of it. Today is cool and foggy, so I am not sure how far off the snow will be. Here is a winter/holiday card that will be a warmer way to enjoy the snow.

I am sure that you already know how much I love this stamp set and framelits set. The At Home With You stamp set is on page 54 of the annual catalog and will carry you through the whole year with fun crafting. Purchase it in the bundle with the framelits and save 10% (plus a lot of time!!)

Now for the card details:
The card base is Chocolate Chip and the door is stamped on a piece from the Wood Textures DSP with Early Espresso ink. It is stamped in the middle of a 4x5 1/4 piece. Then using the window thinlits, cut out the window blocks and back with a small piece of So Saffron. You can now attach this to the card base.

Stamp the other images onto Whisper White, color, and cut out with the coordinating thinlits. They are all added to the scene with dimensionals. The broom is from a retired set, If the Brook fits, stamped with Chocolate Chip onto Crumb Cake. I stamped an extra wreath, colored it, then cut it out with the framelit. This can then be cut up into individual sprigs of holly, which I used on the broom and the sign above the door, which is also stamped onto Crumb Cake.

Then I dug out my retired Mica Flakes (which are still available on the clearance page!) and added the clear to my doorway.  I think it added that magical touch, don't you?

This would be just as nice without the broom and using glitter for the snow.

NOTE: I usually use my positioning tool when I stamp the door on DSP. That way I can stamp twice and get a stronger image.

I hope you enjoyed today's share.

One more thing before I close. Just a reminder that the Oct and Nov Paper Pumpkin kits are going to coordinate this year. To receive both of them, you will need to sign up by October 10, which is just a few days away. Just click on the Paper Pumpkin button in to the right.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Jar of Flowers

Here is another clean and simple card, using watercolor pencils and the masking technique.

The base is Pool Party with a mat of Olive Green. The image is stamped on Whisper White.

Stamp the flower on the bottom from the Butterfly Basics set with Old Olive. Stamp a second image on a piece of masking paper or post-it. Cover the flower image with the mask and stamp the jar from Sharing Sweet Thoughts with Marina Mist. (This set also benefits the Ronald McDonald House Charities and is on the inside back cover of the annual catalog.)

Create another mask with the top rings of the jar. Place this mask over the image and stamp another set of flowers into the jar. I found it a bit large, so I places some scotch tape over the part of the stamp that I didn't want to use, inked the stamp and removed the tape. This leaves just the part that you want to stamp. Color the image with your favorite product.

I used the Watercolor Pencils on this card. The secret to good color is to keep the pencils well sharpened and for more vibrancy, use an Aqua Painter or Blender Pen.

Stamp your sentiment on Whisper White with Marina Mist and mount onto Pool Party. When you don't a the size of die to create the small mat, just cut the same size as the sentiment. Then cut it into four pieces. Add adhesive to the back of the sentiment and place the pieces on the back so they just show around the edge. There is a bit of a gap at each cut, but it really isn't noticeable.

As fellow demonstrator, Connie Stewart, would say, here is a stepped up version of the same card:

I used the triple snowflake from Star of Light, stamped with Pool Party to add a bit of texture, plus the dots from Sheltering Tree. Afterwards, I think that either stamp would have been enough.

Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Clean and Simple

I know it is Fall and the cooler weather has set in..... So here is a card for Fall, with the reminder that the flowers are still blooming.

This is a really simple card and sometimes, that is perfect. A fellow demonstrator shared the idea of the wreath with circles. (She also shared using the same idea to create pumpkins, using oval thinlits).

The card base is Crushed Curry mounted with a piece from the Wood Textures DSP stack. Then using your circle dies, cut out three rings of the same size from Soft Suede, using two of the thinlits that are closest to each other. (Mine leave a 1/4" piece between them, which I thought was too much, so I cut mine in half with the paper snips. It gave it a rustic look and gave me another slightly smaller set to use on another project. )Spot glue these in place to create the wreath, or use glue dots.

Add the leaves from Flourishing Phrases, stamped with Old Olive onto the same color of cardstock, and cut them out. I stamped three sets and cut one apart, creating the three cluster of leaves. Use glue dots to adhere them to the wreath.

The flower is from the set, Flower Shop. Ink the flower with Pumpkin Pie, then color over the center with the Soft Suede marker. Stamp on to Crushed Curry cardstock and use the Pansy Punch to cut it out. Attach this between the leaves with a dimensional.

Add your sentiment to the bottom in Soft Suede. I used a positioning tool to make it darker by stamping twice.

It seems like a lot of steps, but it does go quickly so I hope that you will give it a try.

Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Coordinating Paper Pumpkin!!

Have you heard the news?? The October and November Paper Pumpkin kits will coordinate!! That doesn't mean that one can't be used without the other, but can you imagine the possibilities!!!

So, if you aren't already a subscriber, what a great time to sign up! And if you have been in the past, you might want to give it a try again. Remember, you can skip a month or cancel at any time. And have you seen the cost and obligation of other monthly kit subscription? Paper Pumpkin is less than $20 a month, with enough product to complete the samples PLUS leftovers to create other items! AND it comes with everything you need to create the sample products.

If you have any questions, just let me know. I would love to have you sign up HERE! Or click on the Paper Pumpkin picture in the right hand column.

You must sign up by the tenth of the month to receive that month's kit, so if you want to start with the October kit, make sure that you sign up by October 10.

Can't wait to have you join me in the fun!

Hope you are having a great week and thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Strawberry Card gift and tutorial

First, let me thank all of the great crafters out there that share their talents! I get so many ideas from all of you. This card gift box comes from a fellow crafter, Deb.

I LOVE the Sharing Sweet Thoughts set from the back page of the annual catalog. Another plus to this set is that it helps the RMHC.

This card is created from Real Red cardstock. I stamped the image of the jar with Smokey Slate, then the strawberries with black, all on Whisper White. I used black ink to stamp the lid onto Real Red, cut it out and added it to the top of the jar with dimensionals. I colored the strawberries and covered the jar with Crystal Effects, then set it aside to dry. (You could also use the Fine Tip Liquid glue for the same effect. This is then mounted on DSP and attached to the front.

The cards stands alone with a box base, but lies flat to mail. Or to give it as a gift, add kisses, treasures, or some other small candy to the inside. A mint patty will fit in the upper part, too. (Never too much chocolate!)

NOW for the tutorial on how to make this. As usual, I have tweaked Deb's idea to fit my own ideas. I think I should warn you that my tutorial creation wasn't going exactly perfectly for me, as you will soon see!

Start with one piece 8 1/2 x 4 1/4, scored at 1/2, 1 1/2, 2 1/2 and 3 1/2 along the long side. This will be your base.

For the front, cut a piece 3 x 5, scored at 1/2 and 1 1/2 along the long side

Crease all of the score lines in the same direction
Add strong adhesive (Fast Fuse works great!) to each 1/2 tab.
With the larger piece form a small box at the end with the scores. The tape will attach to the card base.

Flip the smaller piece over and add adhesive to the other end.

Lie the base down flat and adhere the smaller piece (not the scored end like I did, which is why it looks a bit rough on the top of the picture) to what will be the front of the box that was just created.

This is what it should look like (ignoring the extra score on the box, remember the warning I gave you at the beginning, well, scoring in the wrong place is where I started!!!)

Now press this all down flat and fold the taped tab in to attach to the base.

When you open it back up, this is what it should look like (without the extra score lines!)

And this is how I finished it! The strawberry panel was the same size as the front of the card panel, but the door was a bit taller, so I just extended it over the top. All of these images are from the At Home With You set, then colored and cutout with the thinlits, attached with dimensionals. The garland is actually the holly garland stamp and I just randomly colored with my fall colors, using the images as a guide.

Fold it flat and it will fit in a standard A2 envelope or as stated before, add some surprises to the "box" or "boxes" and give as a special gift.

I hope you will give this a try. It really isn't difficult once you figure it out AND if you get the score lines correct!

You can decorate the back as you would the inside of a card.

Have a great day and let me know if you have any questions.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Christmas Bells

There is a bit of a chill in the mornings, so time to start thinking of the holidays. I have quite a few Christmas cards to create, so have already started on them. As you know, I am not an assembly line card maker, so I think making all different ones takes a bit longer, but sooooo much fun.

So here is one on them:

The card base is Black, with a Real Red mat and then the music mat (check out the Merry Musical DSP on page 13 of the holiday catalog!). The image is from the Seasonal Bells stamp set and placed on dimensionals, attached to a 2x4 whisper white. Add the sentiment to the bottom in Black ink. Add this to a Real Red mat, 2 1/8 x 4 1/8, then to Garden Green, 2 1/2x 4 1/2. I, then, placed it on top of the card, but am thinking it would look nice placed with dimensionals.

This one is fast and simple and would work great for those of you who like to assembly line.

Here is another card, created with some retired products, that would work great, too.

The bells are from the Christmas Magic stamp set, stamped randomly on Very Vanilla and colored. Then matted on Real Red, DSP, and Very Vanilla (although Crumb Cake would work, too, which is what I had originally posted) card base.

I hope your week is wonderful and thank you so much for stopping by!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Basket Full of Fall

Fall is definitely in the air and my chest, this morning. The cool moist air was so great coming through my window the other night, that I only closed it down when I should have closed it completely...... Oh, well, love this time of year anyway!!

Here is one of my Fall samples:

The basecard is Chocolate Chip with Flirty Flamingo mats. The woodgrain mat is actually one that I created by stamping the image onto Crumbcake, then creating score marks for the boards. Then I sponged on Chocolate Chip ink for a bit more texture. One of the leaves is from my stash, but the bottom one is from the Colorful Seasons Bundle. I used the Watercolor Pencils to color in my image from the Basket of Wishes Set, stamped on Whisper White with Black ink.

Here is another fall card that I created with retired products, but wanted to share it with you. Maybe you have some of these, too.

Hope you have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Floral Owl

Sometimes I find a great project on line and even though I don't have the same products, I have to give it a try with what is available. This is one of those projects, which was just FUN to create!

Here is the piece I created first:

Okay, not so great, but stay with me. It does get better, or at least I think so! :)

Here are the products that I used:

Stamp Sets: Butterfly Basics, Garden In Bloom, Bloom w/ Hope, and Beautiful Bunch
Inks: Crumb Cake and Black
Watercolor pencils: Yellow and Gray

This is my completed card:

See, not too bad. LOL

The base card is Cajun Craze with a scrap of DSP for the mat. I also used the Linen Thread.

Okay, so now for the inspiration piece, which came from a fellow demonstrator from the UK, Jay. And a big thank you to her for sharing!

Find her information and another fun project HERE

Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Paper Pumpkin Special!

Just a quick reminder that there is a great special on now for NEW Paper Pumpkin subscribers. If you have been thinking about this, now is the time to give it a try. These kits come with everything you need to complete the sample projects plus extra supplies for alternatives, which are available online. You even receive a clear block with you first kit to use with the exclusive stamp set.

You can cancel or skip a month at any time before the tenth of that month. So give this a try. I am pretty sure you won't be sorry. The price is a great deal normally and this promotion just makes it even better.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Just click HERE to sign up.

Now is also great time to sign up again if you are a previous customer. The holidays are coming and the kits as especially fun now.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!!!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Colorful Seasons Fall

I know I told you that I have finished with my fall cards, but sometimes you come across a new idea and just have to try it. This is one of those times. Besides I can always use another card.

This card is so simple and elegant. I love it and hope that you do, too.

The card base is Crushed Curry and the mat is Whisper White. I used Versamark, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, and Real Red inks, plus the Gold embossing powder and the gold washi tape from Year of Cheer Specialty Washi Tape. The tape is in the new Holiday Catalog which went live TODAY!!!!

I used the leaves and sentiment from the Colorful Seasons stamp set. They work perfectly for this project. Want to know how I did it?? Rather than me trying to explain it all, HERE is a link to Jennifer McGuire's technique video.

I will definitely be looking for more ways to use this technique. I hope you will give it a try, too.

REMINDER: Only a few more days to sign up for the Paper Pumpkin special for new subscribers!

Have a great day and Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Trick or Treat Door

I love the holidays and love sharing my passion of cardmaking throughout the year, but especially during the coming season. I have finished my fall cards and am now busy creating for Halloween. I love sending them to friends and family!

I have been stamping for many years and this year, I am doing something new. I have a pretty good idea of what I own, but this year I have pulled out all of my Halloween stamps and placed them on the table where I can "shop" while creating. I find that I am re-enjoying some of my older sets by doing this, which is as much fun as when I first purchased them.

Soooooo, here is the most recent card created with my Halloween stash:

The base is Basic Black and the mat is from the current Wood Textures DSP. It is cut at 4x4 1/4, plus a bottom strip at 4x3/4. I stamped and cut out the door opening with the At Home With You Bundle. This is a must have set and can be used for so many situations!!

Want to know what blooper I did and how I fixed it? I cut my door opening on the wrong side!!! I first thought "oh well, it is Halloween", but just couldn't let it go. So I cut the door completely off, added a strip of the tear tape along the side that needed to be hinged, (letting it hang off about halfway) rolled the excess tape onto itself and stuck it to the inside piece. I then used a ruler and my bone folder to form a crease so that the door would open. You really can't even tell that I did anything different! LESSON: pay attention to how you are placing the door opening thinlet. One side does not have a cutting strip. DO NOT place that on the side to open!!! :)

 From the same set, I created the wreath, lantern, and rug (just the outline: cover the word welcome with a small piece of washi tape, ink the stamp, pull off the washi tape and stamp)

Now for all of the other fun stamps that I used! The ghosts are from Spooky Fun and the pumpkins from A Howling Good Time. I used Whisper White and Pumpkin Pie. The bow is from the Halloween Night's Bakers Twine and everything is mounted on dimensionals.

And now for the inside of the door:

Several years ago I traded for some images and this gal was one of them. I thought she would be perfect for this idea! I stamped the web, spider, and sentiment from the Spooky Fun set, attached the image to the back of the mat and placed it all onto the base.

And another fun card completed.

I hope that you enjoyed this project and thanks so much for stopping by!!!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Halloween Jar

The mornings are becoming cooler. Soon it will be fall and then the fun seasons begin!

This card was created with products from last year. I bet you have them in your stash, too, if you enjoy the holidays as much as I do!  If you don't have the products, use something you do have. This is a very simple project and the idea could be used in so many ways. Maybe later on I will create a Christmas card with the same layout. But for now....

The base is Pumpkin Pie. The DSP strip is from Halloween Night Specialty DSP, cut at 1 1/2 x 5 1/4. The white strip is 2 1/2 x 4 1/4. Using the web doily, I cut a piece to form the web in the top corner of the white strip, then added the adorable spider (that is a LOT coming from me!! LOL), from the Spooky Fun stamp set. At the bottom I stamped the sentiment from Jar of Haunts. Attach these to the base, bumping them together.

On a scrap piece of white, stamp the jar, drips and candy from the same set. Color it all in with the new watercolor pencils. I used the Bermuda Bay very lightly to color in the background area in the jar. Trim the image with the paper snips or the die, and add to the card with dimensionals. Cut out a small banner and add the happy face! Add this to the card with dimensionals, also. That is it!!!!

I am actually thinking about using my Crystal Effects to cover the jar for even more dimension. What do you think??????

And for the inside, something just as simple:

This stamp came from the Haunt Ya Later set. Here is a small tip:  Want a strong ink impression? You can use any of the many stamp positioners available to add layers of stamped images, which all work great, but if you don't have any of them, just ink up your stamp good. Take a look at it to make sure it is evenly covered with ink. Then hold it in place on the card stock for a few seconds. This gives the ink time to be absorbed into the card stock, especially when using the photopolymer stamps.

This is a great fast and simple card to create, so I hope you give it a try using your own stash.

Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

At Home Bundle

Created a couple of cards as soon as I received this bundle. I have a feeling that it will get a lot of use. There are so many things/occasions to use it for.

Here is the first one:

The background is from the Wood Textures Paper Stack and the chair is from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits. I did punch out the windows on the door and placed a small piece of Daffodil Delight behind them. The coloring was done with the Watercolor Pencils.

And now for the really fun card! I can share it now that my friend has received it. (more of the story after the sample)

The door is stamped on the background paper, which came from the Wood Textures Paper Stack, sponged with Real Red. I cut the open door and windows with the framelits. The bottom of the card is also from the paper stack to create the porch. The vases are cut out, then I cut the edges off with a pair of my jagged scissors. I also cut out the center of the lantern and placed a bit of grey behind it. Added a scrap torn piece of the paper stack to the porch to look like the wood was coming up and stamped part of the Welcome mat on to it.

Now for the inside of the door:

I ran my white and Basic Grey ink pads along a piece of Smokey slate cardstock, stamped the spider and web into the corner and glued to the inside of the door. (this was an after thought, so would have attached it to the card base first)

NOTE: When I mention punching, I am talking about using the thinlits, not an actual punch.


Several years ago, when I was a new demonstrator, I had a class in which we created a Red Door card with LOTS of strips of red cardstock in order to make the door look 3D. It was a lot of prep work and work to glue all the pieces together. Most of my customers loved it, except for ONE! She hated it! Luckily, she became a very good friend, but we still tease her every once in awhile about wanting to create another red door, to which she vehemently disaggres. So I was smiling the whole time that I was creating this for her! Luckily, she enjoyed it, too.

I hope that you have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by!

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Paper Pumpkin Special!!!!

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Spooky Night and a laugh.....

I LOVE Halloween and when I saw this sample on Pinterest from fellow demonstrator, Rick, I knew I had to give it a try. I was also sure that I didn't have the sets that he used, but could probably find something in my stash that would work. Here is his card:

And you can find his information about it HERE.  In the post there is a link to a previous card that he lists the colors of ink used.

And here is my adaption:

My photography skills aren't as good as his, because his shows the truer colors. My fence is actually Night of Navy cardstock!

OK, now for the laugh..... After putting most of this card together, I had to look for a witch stamp that could be stamped onto the moon. Guess what I found.....the sets of stamps and dies that Rick used!!!

So, even though some of the dies aren't SU, I had to share my version. The trees are from the retired set, Beautiful Branches.

Anyway, I hope that gave you a chuckle. I also hope that it shows you that just because you don't have everything listed for a project, doesn't mean you can't create it. Just check out your stash for something similar. AND enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Painter's Pallet

This is a really simple card, but, you know, some times that is the best kind.

I have used some retired papers, but don't let that stop you from creating your own with what you have.

The base is 4 1/4 x 11 and Whisper White. Score at 2 3/4 and 5 1/2. Cover with DSP of the same size. I actually used some of the Papers for envelopes. (If using something heavier, it would work best to cut each section to size, avoiding the need to fold.)

For the smaller piece, cut 2 3/4 x 10 from Whisper White, scoring at 4 1/2 and 7 1/4. Cover with       2 1/2 x 9 3/4 piece of DSP. Align the smaller square with the right edge of the base and glue in place. Add glue to the far half of the left side of the smaller piece. Fold the card together and press the glued area to the top of the base. Decorate as desired.

This one has the frame from the easel stamp for the Painter's Pallet set stamped on DSP with Black, then cut out. You could also create this same background with the brush stroke stamp and your chose of colors. The sentiment is stamped in black of a 1 7/8 x 1 3/4 piece of Whisper White. Add a small sentiment on the far right space and sign your work on the back.

This would be a great one in your recipient's favorite color!

Enjoy and thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Bells N Boughs!

It is still time for Christmas in July, right? While I am waiting on my pre-order for the new catalog, I decided to pull some of my retired items out and play. I had planned to create this card with the new items coming, but, when the creative mode hits, you just have to play along, right??????

So pull out your retired Holiday papers and come play!

The card base is Garden Green,8 1/2" x 5 1/2", folded in half at 4 1/4" .

In Real Red, cut the following pieces for mats:               And for the DSP:
     Upper Right:     2 1/4 x 2 1/4                                                    2 1/8 x 2 1/8
     Bottom Right:   2 1/4 x 2 7/8                                                    2 1/8 x 2 3/4
     Top Right:         1 5/8 x 2 3/4                                                    1 1/2 x 2 5/8
      Bottom Left:     1 5/8 x 2 3/8                                                    1 1/2 x 2 1/4

Layer them all onto the base cover, leaving equal amounts of space around each piece. In the lower right one, cut out the letters and numbers and glue into place, towards the top.

 Stamp the image from the Bells and Boughs set on Whisper White, once with Garden Green and once with Real Red. Color in the poinsettias on the red image and cut them out. Cut the green image out. (The stamp has three blooms, but I only used the two.) Glue it onto the panel. Give the blooms some dimension by turning upside down and using the end of something round (like the scoring tool), lightly work circles around the outer edges. Add dimensionals and place onto the green image. Color the blooms over with clear Wink of Stella. I let it dry and added a second coat for more sparkle.

That's it!!! The hardest part is trying to decide which papers to use!

This idea would work for any occasion. Just change the DSP and embellishments.

Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by!!!


Sunday, July 23, 2017

Best of Butterflies

I am one of those lucky ones who can enjoy paper crafting every day......well, almost. And this was one of those days. I pulled out a retired set from Stampin' Up's 25 Anniversary collection called Best of Butterflies. Our marigolds are starting to bloom and we will have a bunch of the real thing soon!

First off, see that little bit of white on the far right of the card? It is actually a corner of the envelope showing. I nearly cried when I saw it, but then saw that the card was okay.

My card base is Daffodil Delight with an image panel of Whisper White (5 1/2 x 3 3/4). Stamp the nearly solid butterfly in Daffodil Delight rocking the edges around in Pumpkin Pie.

Stamp the larger outline Butterfly twice in Basic Black on the panel, stamping a bit off the card. Stamp the whole image onto a scrap piece of Whisper White. Color in the images with Daffodil Delight ink. I squeeze my ink pad in the middle while it is closed. This forms a puddle of ink on the inside of the lid. You can also just place a drop of reinker into the lid. Use the aqua painter to color in your images. I did the same with Pumpkin Pie, adding a bit of water from the painter to dilute it down a bit. As long as you don't add too much, it is fine to close when done. The ink is water based so it won't be hurt at all.

Stamp you sentiment in Basic Black. This one came from the new set, Colorful Seasons. I think this whole set is going to be my new "go to" set. There are so many things that you can do with it!

I try to always use a positioning tool with my sentiments, because there is nothing worse than not getting it as dark as I want it. This one took stamping twice, to get it dark enough for what I wanted.

Cut out the image from the scrap piece, leaving a tiny edge of white around the edges. I usually do this every time I fussy cut. You don't get the look of rough cut edges this way. If you don't like to do that, you can take a matching marker or ink pad and color around the cut edge to give it a smoother look, too.

Decide where you want this image to be positioned and place a dimensional. I took some shiny black thread that I have in my sewing and stuck it in loops on to the dimensional, then added my butterfly.

I finished it up with stamping a butterfly on the corner of the inside, then added some bling with yellow stickles and colored the larger butterflies with clear Wink of Stella. You could add rhinestones instead of the stickles. Repeat the image onto the corner of a white envelope.

I love how this card turned out and hope you do too. The only thing that made it better was that I had a recipient in mind while creating it! So it goes into the mail tomorrow. Hope it brings a smile to her life!

Have a great week and thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Watercolor Cards

We have been enjoying a nightly shower here for several days. So I thought I would share some cards that I created with watercoloring.

The base is Dapper Denim and the mats are Crumb Cake. The image is Whisper White and DSP finishes the card. The "Just Because" is a die that I have had in my stash for a long time. You could stamp your sentiment on the DSP.

The images are from In the Meadow. Stamp the trees, coloring the image with Crumb Cake and Old Olive markers, then use the aqua brush to fill it in. If the ink dries too quickly, just pick some up on the brush and fill in. Next stamp the dear with the Crumb Cake and color in again with the brush, just pulling the color in from the outline. The deer are not completely colored in. Cut a mask for the trees and the deer and position them over the images. Stamp the mountains with Dapper Denim and repeat the coloring process.

Remove the masks. Picking up a little Crumb Cake on the brush, streak color across the card from the bottom of the mountains to the bottom of the card. Do the same above the mountains with Daffodil Delight just above them and Soft Sky above that to the top. The yellow is a bit more saturated in color than the blue.

Stamp the grass randomly at the bottom of the trees and deer, in Old Olive and brush lightly after each stamping. You could stamp a few of the floral stamp in the set to add a splash of color.

Let this dry completely before adding to your card.

Just remember to not over saturate the images with water, or you will make the colors muddy. Less is more! You can always add a bit more color if needed.

Here are two more samples, using watercolor as the back ground.

Pull out a piece of window sheet, or a piece of plastic. Add a single drop of reinker from two or three colors, then spray a mist of water over the inks. Our spritzers work great for this. Again, not too much. You want the colors to blend not  mix. Then lie your cardstock on top, lightly pressing so that it can absorb. Pull away slowly and allow to dry. Stamp your images and build your card. I used Basic Black.

You can also spritz the water on your plastic pallet, then add reinker drops. Give both ways a try and decide which works best for you.

These all take a little extra time, but I think you will find them to be worth it.

Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Best Birds

Here is a very simple card:

The base is Crumb Cake with sponging of the same color of ink around the edges. The mat is Sky Blue, using the Hardwood background stamp and Soft Suede ink. Using the same ink, sponge around the edges with more on the corners.

Stamp the bird, stem an flowers on Whisper White. Sponge on your colors. The flowers actually have a small circle of watercolor, using so saffron, then the image stamped on top with the same ink. Cut everything out with the framelits. SAVE 10% when you purchase the stamp set and framelits together as a bundle! Position everything on the mat. The branch is glued directly to the mat. The bird and flowers are shaped (turn upside down on a piece of foam and using the larger end of the scoring tool, work circles around the edges. This will cause them to curl a bit.) Add them with glue dots.

Tie a bow with the linen thread and attach with a glue dot. Curl the glue dot to fit the back of the bow.

Here is the inside:

The panel is Sky Blue with Crumb Cake sponging around the edges. The bird is cut out with one of the framelits and glued into place.

And the envelope:

I also sponged around the envelope before stamping the bird, all in Soft Suede.

Quick and simple, but I think the recipient will like it. What do you think?

Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Old is New Again!

A few days ago, a couple of friends that I haven't seen in a long while, came for a visit. It was so nice to catch up again, in person. We also swapped "retired" stamp sets, "making the old, new again", and this is one that I received. Not sure how I missed out on it, cuz I love it! It is the On The Porch set from the 1999-2000 catalog. I have only been able to find a few samples using the chair, so was on my own with this one.

IF you enjoy fussy cutting, or don't mind doing it, you won't have any issues creating this card. On the other hand.......... Just make it all one layer. :)

The base is Whisper White. The card is all built on the mat of Smokey Gray cut at 4 x 5 1/4. Stamp the porch in the center with Smokey Gray. Color the curtains in the window with a watercolor pencil. Cover the windows, including the curtains, with the Fine Line Glue pen, set aside to dry. This will give them the look of glass. Stamp the post and top on another piece of the gray. I actually stamped these as separate pieces, lightly colored them in with the gray watercolor pencil and cut them out with the end of the post still attached to the top. Position the top with dimensionals and add the post with the same, gluing the top part of the post to the piece attached to the top. ( I did not cut all the spaces out of the top, but you can if you want!)

Next ink up the window and flower box with Garden Green. Lie a piece of Garden Green scrap on top of the stamp and rub over the image with your finger, being careful not to move the cardstock. Or you can just stamp it as usual. I find that I get a better image doing it like the background stamps when I am only inking parts. Cut the whole thing out. Poke a hole in the center of each window, then snip to each corner to cut the windows out. (Poke the holes before the other cutting to make it easier).
Glue this to the window.

With Garden Green Ink and Whisper White cardstock, stamp the window box and flowers. Stamp another image of just the flowers. With a watercolor pencil, color in the box and the flowers. Cut each image out, gluing the box and flower image onto the window box on the mat. Add the seperate flower image on top with dimensionals. I also added Summer Flowersoft to the flower image, but that is optional.

Stamp the hanging pot on Garden Green and using an orange watercolor pencil, color in the pot. Cut it out, add a dimensional, and hang it on the porch, tucking the top just under the rails.

Stamp the chair image on Whisper White in Soft Suede. I also do this one with the cardstock on top, to insure a good impression. Color as desired with watercolor pencils and cut out. NOTE: when cutting, don't stress the little parts! If the scissors work easily around, great!, if not just leave it. I also leave a bit of an edge around the image. Trying to cut directly on the line leaves an uneven look. Now, do a little shaping. Turn the image over and place on a piece of foam. With the larger ball of the scoring tool, or the end of a pencil, gently working in circles, work around the edges of the image. This will curl them in just a bit. Add dimensionals and place it onto the mat. (Wish I had done this with the hanging pot, too!)

I added the Wink of Stella to the quilt and flowers. Careful, because it does moisten the watercolor, which brightens it all up, but if you use too much, it can also muddy things. Clean the tip after each color and area.

Place a strip of the burlap ribbon onto the left side of the mat. Add dimensionals to the back and position onto the card base. That's It!! LOL

I really hope you enjoy this post and that it inspires you to pull some of those old favorites out and play. Give this one a try if you are lucky enough to have this set. Or swap with a friend and make the Old, New again!

Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by!