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Sunday, October 28, 2012

A Birthday Card

I enjoy receiving birthday cards, and sending them too. Some cards I have made in advance and I can pull out a card that suits the recipient's personality. Other times, I want to make a card especially for a particular person. When I started making this card, it was for no one in particular (I didn't even know it would be a birthday card). Then I realized, as I was finishing it up, who it would be going to. I just love when that happens!
Supplies: Stamps - Elementary Elegance (ret. Happy Birthday) and Everything Eleanor; Paper - Bravo Burgundy, Garden Green, Not Quite Navy and Very Vanilla; Ink - Bravo Burgundy and Garden Green; Accessories - the sentiment was cut from Apothecary Accents Framelit and the ribbon was punched from the Ribbon Border punch,

This card was inspired by Lynn Starzl's Watercolor Winter card I saw on the Stampin' Up! demonstrator site..

Friday, October 26, 2012

Distressed in Stitches

I just recently started following Black Tie Friday's blog. This week I have decided to try my hand at Challenge #7. The challenge is to make a distressed card with stitching on it. My problem - I have never "stitched" a card. My solution - "faux stitching". I used the paper piercing tool to pierce the holes then "stitch" lines using Stampin' Write markers.

Supplies: Stamp - Serene Silhouettes; Paper - Basic Black, Not Quite Navy and Whisper White; Ink - Basic Black and Not Quite Navy (stitching) ; Accessories - Whisper White Organza Ribbon, Vintage Faceted Designer Button, and Pearl Jewel (colored with black Sharpie and heat-set).

Thursday, October 25, 2012


A family friend has retired from the fire service and will be having a retirement party in a couple of weeks. As soon as we found out about the celebration, my husband asked me if I would be making a card. Of course!
Supplies: Stamps - Delightful Dozen, Happy Hour; Ink - Daffodil Delight, Lucky Limeade, Old Olive, Pacific Point, Real Red, Tangerine Tango; Paper - Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point, Whisper White; Accessories - Rhinestone Jewels; Punches - 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" Squares

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Inspired by Nature

I was so bummed when SU! retired this stamp set. However, I have decided I'm not retiring from using it. There are a lot of wonderful, current stamps, which I use the majority of the time. I'm just glad I can still spend time with some of my old friends.
Supplies: Stamps - Inspired by Nature; Paper - Bravo Burgundy and More Mustard; Ink - Bravo Burgundy and More Mustard; Ribbon - Always Artichoke seam binding. For a great bow-making tutorial, check out this video

Monday, October 22, 2012

Three More Cheers!

I made a card similar to this one and sent it to a friend for her birthday. Therefore, I needed to make another one, "just in case." The previous one had a more summery look, whereas this one has more autumn-like colors.
Supplies: Stamps - Happy Hour; Paper - Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, International Bazaar DSP, and Polka Dot Parade DSP; Ink - Lucky Limeade, Pacific Point, and Tangerine Tango; Jewels - Rhinestones (one I colored with a purple Sharpie and heat-set it).

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Triple Butterflies

I haven't played with the Triple Time technique in a while. I just love the bright colors and how they all compliment each other.
Supplies: Stamps - Blooming With Kindness and Papillon Potpourri; Ink - Calypso Coral, Island Indigo and Summer Starfruit; Paper - Gumball Green; Accessories - White Baker's Twine, Vintage Faceted Button, Elegant Butterfly punch; Technique - Triple Time.

Well, I'm off for a long weekend with my husband, good friends, and Dominoes (no, not the pizza)! Wishing you an enjoyable, fun-filled weekend too.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Warmest Birthday Wishes!

I've got a friend and niece whose birthdays are this month. This is one of the cards I made to send. Unfortunately, the Designer Series Paper (DSP) and the ribbon are retired. However, the layout is one of my favorites. For the frame around the sentiment, I cut the shape with the Apothecary Accents, then cut them in half lengthwise.

Supplies: Stamps - Blooming with Kindness; Paper - Calypso Coral, Island Indigo, Very Vanilla, and Everyday Enchantment DSP (ret.); Ink - Island Indigo; Framelits - Apothecary Accents; Ribbon - Calypso Coral Everyday Enchantment Organdy (ret.); Punch - Ribbon Border; Jewels - Pearls (Can you find all the pearls? There are four of them.)

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Sharing in Sorrow

Okay, so no one likes to make these cards. If you're like me, you only make them when you need one. This card is 8-1/2" x 11" (folded in half), so lots of co-workers will have an opportunity to sign it.

Supplies: Stamps - Serene Silhouettes, and Thoughts & Prayers; Paper - Always Artichoke (7-7/8" x 4-7/8"), Crumb Cake (8-1/4" x 5-1/4", and 5" x 3-3/4"), and Very Vanilla (8-1/2" x 11" (folded in half), and 4-1/4" x 3"), plus enough Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla for the sentiment; Ink: Always Artichoke; Framelits - Apothecary Accents; Jewels - Pearls.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Holly & Poinsettias

This idea just came to me, to use the Watercolor Winter stamp set with this layout. I'm pleased with the way it turned out. The best part, I used up a lot of scrap paper.

Supplies: Stamps - Watercolor Winter; Ink - Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Real Red and Soft Suede; Paper - Always Artichoke and Cherry Cobbler; Ribbon - Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding; Punches - 1-1/4" and 1-3/8" square punches.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Jars of Flowers

I needed a couple of Thank You cards and decided to use a format I previously used. So, if these seem familiar, they probably are. I changed up the colors and made other adjustments, and am pretty-happy with the results.

Supplies: Stamps - Field Flowers and Perfectly Preserved; Paper - Calypso Coral and Island Indigo, and Always Artichoke and More Mustard; Ink - the "water" in both jars is Pool Party, the blue flowers are Island Indigo over Bashful Blue, the yellow flowers are More Mustard  over So Saffron, the stems on both in Always Artichoke and the Thank You tags are Calypso Coral and More Mustard; Embossing Folder - Fancy Fan; Ribbon - Calypso Coral Everyday Enchantment Organdy (ret.) and Ruffled Ribbon, and Always Artichoke Seam Binding.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Iridescent Ornaments

I just love playing with the Iridescent Ice embossing powder. This is a super-easy card to make.

Supplies: Stamps - Ornament Keepsakes; Framelits - Holiday Ornaments; Embossing Folder - Fancy Fan; Ink - Garden Green and Riding Hood Red; Paper - Garden Green, Riding Hood Red and Whisper White; Eyelet punch and Iridescent Ice embossing powder.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The Stockings Were Hung. . .

Twas the Night Before Christmas is my all-time favorite Christmas Eve bedtime story. As a child, my mom would read the book to my sister and me every Christmas Eve. As we got older, my sister and I could recite most of the book by heart. When I made this card last year, it reminded me of the book, and still does.
I made this card using the Stitched Stockings stamp, the Stocking Builder punch, and the garland was created using Little Leaves Sizzlits.

What Christmas memories do you have from your childhood?

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