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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Lovely Petals

I CASEd (Copy And Share Everything) this card from Rosalien's Creations. This is one of the cards I am planning for the participants to create at an upcoming workshop I'm hosting in April. I will be holding the card party at my church, and the cards we create will be sent to Operation Write Home. This is my first workshop, so I'm both nervous and excited.
Stamps - Papillon Potpourri (123759), Petal Parade (SAB 133602), You're Lovely (SAB 133578)
Card Stock - Cherry Cobbler, Smoky Slate, Whisper White
Ink - Cherry Cobbler, Smoky Slate
Accessories - Bitty Butterfly punch; Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine; Deco Labels Framelits; Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Flowering Watercolor

This card came about from looking at pieces of scrap paper and a new stamp set. I really like the effect of the watercolor stamp under the "sketched" flowers.
Stamps - Happy Watercolor
Card Stock - Basic Black, Pistachio Pudding, Whisper White
Ink - Basic Black, Pistachio Pudding, Pool Party, Soft Sky

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Gingham Banners

This is just a bright, cheery card to make someone smile. It doesn't get much easier than this - no stamping, just punching!
Card Stock - Melon Mambo, Whisper White
DSP - Gingham Garden
Accessories - Banner punch, Melon Mambo Scallop Polka Dots ribbon, Pearls

Monday, February 17, 2014

Fluttering Banners

Operation Write Home has a challenge this week using banners. I might have gotten a little carried away with the number and sizes, but the stamp sets, punch and framelits, make it a quick card to put together. Oh, and don't be afraid to use a little color!

Stamps - Banner Blast, Hearts a Flutter
Card Stock - Basic Black, Very Vanilla
DSP - Modern Medley
Ink - Crushed Curry, Island Indigo, Melon Mambo
Accessories - Banner punch, Hearts a Flutter Framelits, Island Indigo Satin ribbon

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Box of Field Flowers

First, let me say, this style card takes a bit of time. Second, considering the outcome, the time is well worth the effort. These are more flowers cut using my Silhouette.

The lower left photo shows what the card will look like when folded flat for mailing.
Stamps - Field Flowers (MDS), Papillon Potpourri
Card Stock - Early Espresso Core'dinations, Pear Pizzazz, Pistachio Pudding
DSP - Gingham Garden
Ink - Basic Black, Crisp Cantaloupe, Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Summer Starfruit, Tangerine Tango
Accessories - Bitty Butterfly and Elegant Butterfly punches, Secret Garden Framelit, Crystal Effects

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Wonderful Vases

My Stampin' Up! order arrived yesterday afternoon, so I was compelled to create something with one of my new stamps. The vases were cut from Afternoon Picnic DSP, then adhered to the stamped image on Very Vanilla. Because the vases have clean lines, they didn't take any time to cut.
Stamps - Vivid Vases
Card Stock - Pear Pizzazz, Very Vanilla
DSP - Afternoon Picnic
Ink - Crushed Curry, Pear Pizzazz, Wisteria Wonder, Silver Encore
Embossing Powder - Clear

Simple Field Flowers

I originally started this card a month ago, but it wasn't turning out the way I wanted. There it sat, unadorned. After playing with different color combinations in MDS, and cutting them with my Silhouette, I knew the flowers would be a perfect way to compliment the wood grain finish.

Remember, if a card just isn't "right," set it aside. Eventually, a stamp or trim will come along that is the perfect piece to complete your creation.
Stamps - Field Flowers (MDS)
Paper - Early Espresso Core'dinations, Old Olive, Very Vanilla
Ink - Basic Black, Garden Green, Summer Starfruit
Accessories - Natural Trim ribbon, Circle Designer brad, Woodgrain embossing folder

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Sweet Sorbet Birthday

This is a fun sketch layout to play with. Depending on the colors, paper and stamps I choose, determines the "feel" of the card. With the DSP I chose for this card, it has a soft look to it. I picture this card going to someone's Mother or Grandmother. The flower in the circle is punched from the DSP.
Stamps - On Your Birthday
Card Stock - Basic Black, Crisp Cantaloupe, Whisper White
DSP - Sweet Sorbet
Ink - Basic Black with Clear embossing powder

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Lovely Sycamore Romance

I'm enjoying using Operation Write Home's sketches to create cards. Whether you're new to making cards, or are a seasoned crafter, their sketches are great for inspiration.
Stamp - Lovely Romance
Card Stock - Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
DSP - Sycamore Street (ret.)
Ink - Rich Razzleberry
Accessories - Lacy Brocade embossing folder, Rhinestone

Sunday, February 9, 2014

First Box Card

This is my first attempt making a "Box Card." Making the actual box, is the easy part. (There are lots of tutorials for various sizes.) For me, the challenge was dressing it up. Since this is my first one, I used some retired DSP. I do plan to make more of these, because they are fun to make. However, because there are so many elements, they do take a bit longer than your basic card. (Duh!)
For more ideas on making your own box card, you can run a search on SplitCoastStampers or Pinterest.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Warmest Birthday Wishes

I found this card on Pinterest and fell in love with the design, and was inspired to create my own. The torn masking seems to add to a watercolor effect.
Stamps - Blooming with Kindness, Flowering Flourishes
Paper - Garden Green, Whisper White
Ink - Crushed Curry, Elegant Eggplant, Garden Green
Embellishments - Rhinestones

Thursday, February 6, 2014

R is for Retire

This is one of my dreams of how I hope some days of retirement will look. I still have a few years to go, but I can still dream. Right? Okay, I might have gotten a little carried away with the butterflies, but hey, it's my dream.
Stamps - Occasions Alphabet, Papillon Potpourri, Summer Silhouettes
Card Stock - Bermuda Bay, Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake, Melon Mambo, Pear Pizzazz, Tempting Turquoise, Wisteria Wonder
DSP - Gingham Garden
Ink - Bermuda Bay, Blushing Bride, Melon Mambo, Pear Pizzazz, Rose Red, Tempting Turquoise, Wisteria Wonder
Punches - Bitty Butterfly, Decorative Label, Eyelet Border, Oval, Square

Find more ideas at SplitCoastStampers February Creative Crew Challenges

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Mosaic Medley

This is a "No Brainer" card for the SplitCoastStampers Creative Crew Stampin' Up! Demonstrators' February Challenge. Just looking at it, it does look like a simple, "no brainer" design, and I'm really happy with the results. So why did I struggle putting it together?

If I were to re-create this card, it would be a no brainer, because I can now see all the elements. The struggle comes from pulling the elements together, not the actual layout. When I struggle with elements, I don't actually glue anything down immediately. For this card, the final pieces that pulled the design together were the "framing" of the elements (the Very Vanilla under the Basic Black, the Basic Black under the Cherry Cobber, and the Cherry Cobbler ribbon under the Crumb Cake ribbon). Yep, those were the elements I needed to pull it all together.
Stamps - Mosaic Madness
Card Stock - Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla
DSP - Modern Medley
Ink - Cherry Cobbler
Accessories - Cherry Cobbler and Crumb Cake ribbon; Mosaic punch; Adorning Accents embossing folder; Rhinestones

Find more ideas at SplitCoastStampers February Creative Crew Challenges

Monday, February 3, 2014

Springtime Blossom

This is this week's card for Operation Write Home's sketch challenge. It took a bit of time fussy cutting the flower and leaves, but well worth the effort.
Stamps - Stippled Blossoms
Card Stock - Crumb Cake, Rose Red, Very Vanilla
DSP - Springtime Vintage (ret.)
Ink - Blushing Bride, Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Rose Red
Accessories - Fancy Fan embossing folder, Pearls

Pursuit of Happiness

We all need a reminder, occasionally, to just stop and be happy with what we have.
Stamps - Flower Shop, Pursuit of Happiness
Card Stock - Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White
DSP - Watercolor Wonder
Ink - Tangerine Tango
Accessories - Deco Label Framelits, Designer brads, Pansy punch, Tangerine Tango satin ribbon

Find more ideas at SplitCoastStampers February Creative Crew Challenges

Sunday, February 2, 2014

God Is Love

I had so much fun making these. Did you know that February 17th is Random Acts of Kindness Day? So, I made these little treat holders for my church pastor to give to the children of our church (two days after Valentines Day and one day before RAK Day!). Thanks to this month's Demo Challenge at SplitCoastStampers, I am aware of Random Acts of Kindness Day.

Now that you know that RAK Day is the 17th, what ideas are popping into your mind?
Stamps - Floral Fillers (ret.), Trust God
Card Stock - Crumb Cake, Real Red, Whisper White
DSP - Fresh Prints (SAB)
Punches - 3/16" Circle (non-SU!), Scallop Oval, Small Heart
Framelit - Hearts a Flutter
Sizzlits Bigz - Mini Milk Carton

Find more ideas at SplitCoastStampers February Creative Crew Challenges

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Afternoon Florets

This is just a fun card I made for no particular reason. I used my Silhouette to cut out the flowers, which I had transferred from MDS.
Stamps - Fabulous Florets
Card Stock - Old Olive, Whisper White
DSP - Afternoon Picnic
Ink - Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive

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