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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Birthday Balloons

I found a card similar to this one on Pinterest. Unfortunately, I was unable to discover who to created it. It is such a fun, whimsical card, using the stamp with a different perspective. I knew immediately I would be using the other card as inspiration for at least one (probably more) of my own.

Stamps - Balloon Celebration (140675), Beautiful You (143637), Sheltering Tree (137163)
Ink - Daffodil Delight, Elegant Eggplant, Garden Green, Stazon Jet Black
Stampin' Blends - Bermuda Bay (light & dark)
Card Stock - Whisper White

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Artistically Asian Series

I made a set of ten cards which will be used by missionaries at my church. They are creating comfort blankets for dialysis patients, and I offered to make cards to send with the blankets. Of course, I included coordinating envelopes. Although I used five different stamps (two cards each), I'm only showing three. The other two stamps I used (In the Meadow and Just Believe) were silhouette stamps from retired sets.

To create the consistent masking for the box, I created a template using my Silhouette. This allowed me to make it 5-1/2" x 4-1/4 and perfectly center the cutout. I then ran packing tape around the edges so it won't wear out too quickly.

Stamps - Artistically Asian (141781)
Ink - Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo, Marina Mist, StazOn Jet Black
Card Stock - Whisper White
Accessories - homemade mask

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Sweet Birthday Thoughts

For this card I used the largest jar and sentiment from "Jar of Love." The strawberries, hearts and butterflies are from "Sharing Sweet Thoughts." I used both Stampin' Write and Stampin' Blends markers for coloring.

Stamps - Jar of Love (141587), Sharing Sweet Thoughts (144051)
Ink - Cherry Cobbler (dark and light), Daffodil Delight (light), Melon Mambo, Old Olive (dark & light), StazOn Jet Black
Card Stock - Melon Mambo, Whisper White
Accessories - Crystal Effects

The crystal trim is from an outside source.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Lovely Birthday Trees

It feels like it's been a long time since I've played with "Lovely As A Tree." It is one of my first stamp sets, and it's very versatile. I've used it by itself, or as a backdrop for other stamps. It can also be dressed up for any season.

For this card, I used the new Stampin' Blends to create a more autumn look.

Stamps - Lovely As A Tree (128655)
Ink- Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, StazOn Jet Black
Card Stock - Soft Suede, Whisper White

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Brighter Days

I really like this wishing well. I stamped it with Memento Tuxedo Black, then traced it with different colors of Stampin' Write pens.

Stamps - Bright Wishes (143827)
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Stampin' Write - Basic Gray, Cajun Craze, Chocolate Chip, Garden Green, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Pink Pirouette, Smoky Slate, So Saffron, Wisteria Wonder
Card Stock - Garden Green, Whisper White

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Painted Birthday

I got to play with some of my new stamps. These two stamps sets just scream to be used together.

Stamps - Crafting Forever (143958), Painter's Palette (141910)
Ink - Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo, Pear Pizzazz, Tuxedo Black
Card Stock - Melon Mambo, Whisper White
Accessories - color pencils

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Divine Wine

I feel like such a slacker! It has been so long since I have posted anything. It's not that I haven't been making cards - I have. It's because I have been so busy and when I make cards I forget to take pictures.

Today, I have a little extra time to create AND take a picture to share. I hope you enjoy it.

Stamps - Christmas Happiness (144868), Half Full (144996), Tuscan Vineyard (141902)
Ink - Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Smoky Slate, Early Espresso
Card Stock - Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Whisper White

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Tranquil Tulips

I'm not sure if this is a sign or not, but I used a LOT of retired product to make this card. Could it be my subconscious telling me it's time? Probably not, but a person can dream.

This stamp set, Tranquil Tulips, is one of the new Hostess sets available in the 2017/2018 Stampin' Up! catalog. The back of the tulips, black stamens, stems and leaves were stamped directly onto the card. For the front of the tulips, I stamped them onto a separate piece of card stock and cut them out to lay on top. I really like the effect this gives.

Stamps - Tranquil Tulips (143767)
Ink - Melon Mambo, Pear Pizzazz
Card Stock - Melon Mambo, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White
Accessories - all are retired (sorry)

Monday, May 15, 2017

Time for Wine

I'm not sure why I took so long to order this stamp set, but I am really happy I did. I used Michelle Zindorf's card as inspiration - Thank you! I loved the way she used the corks as a frame. Because I was sending my card to a man, I wanted it to appear a bit more masculine. As Michelle said, "Sometimes stamp sets just scream to be used together, such as, the Tuscan Vineyard and the Mixed Drinks."

Stamps - Mixed Drinks (141928), Tuscan Vineyard (141902)
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Old Olive, Soft Suede, Watermelon Wonder
Card Stock - Old Olive, Very Vanilla
Tools - 1" Circle Punch, 1-1/4" Circle Punch
Techniques - Fussy Cutting

Disclaimer: I do not have Stampin' Up! Watercolor Pencils, so I used what I had in my arsenal for the grapes and the wine opener. 

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Sittin' & Swingin'

This was a fun card to make. I used two different stamp sets and LOTS of ink/markers. After deciding what I wanted to do, it practically created itself. I always enjoy being able to create scenes using different stamp sets.

Stamps - In the Meadow (140754), Sitting Here (141589)
Ink - Dapper Denim, Early Espresso, Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Suede
Stamin' Write Markers - Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Dapper Denim, Pear Pizzazz, Peekaboo Peach, Pumpkin Pie
Card Stock - Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White
Accessories - Pearl
Techniques - Daubing, Cutting, Masking

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Beautiful Bermuda

I'm working on making a set of cards using the Beautiful You stamps. They are currently one of my favorites. Not only do I use this set for making cards, but I also use them in my journal. I'm not much of a freehand artist, so the stamps help me out a bit.

Stamps - Beautiful You (143637), High Tide (143006)
Ink - Bermuda Bay, Marina Mist, Pool Party, Sahara Sand, Soft Sky, Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Card Stock - Bermuda Bay, Whisper White
Accessories - Framelits Label Collection (ret.), Square Latice Embossing Folder (ret.)
Techniques - Masking and Sponging

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Happy Birthday Wishes

I made this card for a former co-worker who just retired last year. A group of us got together for lunch and had a wonderful time catching up.

Stamps - Avant-Garden (143272, Helping Me Grow (140764)
Ink/Markers - Always Artichoke, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette, Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Card Stock - Always Artichoke, Melon Mambo, Whisper White
Accessories - Decorative Label Punch, Rhinestones
Techniques - Coloring, Daubing

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Wedding Season

It will soon be the season for weddings. I like to give a card as special as the happy couple. I really enjoyed working on this card. After envisioning what I wanted to do, it became so much more when I started putting it together.

My original idea was to create a card with white-on-white. Then, after cutting everything and beginning the placement, I soon decided I wanted a little shimmer. I dug deep into my arsenal and found a little pot of Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint. I think I've had it for about five years and it's still good!

I thought it was complete with the placement of the die-cut images and the "Wedding Wishes" stamp. However, a few days later, I decided it needed more. That's when I added the pearls and rhinestones. This time I know it's complete!

Stamps - Floral Phrases (141767)
Ink - StazOn Jet Black
Card Stock - Whisper White
Accessories - Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint, Pearls, Pretty Pines Thinlits (141851), Rhinestones

Friday, February 24, 2017

Birthday Trailer

I had fun making this birthday card. I used two different stamp sets and lots of colors. Just imagine camping on the beach, without a care in the world. Of course, I included a flamingo because every travel trailer should have a flamingo. Right?

Stamps - Glamper Greetings (142202), High Tide (143006)
Ink - Basic Gray, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo, Island Indigo, Marina Mist, Old Olive, Real Red, Smoky Slate, Stazon Jet Black
Card Stock - Island Indigo, Whisper White

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Bendi Flower Garden

For this card I combined dies, punches and jewels from Stampin' Up!, with the bendi card base cut with my Silhouette. I made this card for my niece who will be turning 7 later this month.

Stamp - Dragonfly Dreams (142924)
Ink - Stazon Jet Black
Card Stock - Daffodil Delight, Garden Green, Island Indigo, Kraft, Melon Mambo, Perfect Plum, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories - Bitty Butterfly punch (129406), Bold Butterfly Framelits (139135), Botanical Builder (140624), Pearls, Rhinestones

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Indigo Flowers

Love this Island Indigo. It's a vibrant color that makes the flowers pop!

Stamps - Butterfly Basics (137154)
Ink - Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake, Elegant Eggplant, Island Indigo
Card Stock - Island Indigo, Whisper White

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Razzleberry Flowers

For the flowers on this card I used Stampin' Up!'s Ombre stampin' pad. It allowed me to create the flowers in different shades of the same color.

Stamps - Awesomely Artistic (139950), Butterfly Basics (137154)
Ink - Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake, Delightful Dijon, Rich Razzleberry Ombre
Card Stock - Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Bermuda Bay Dragonflies

I made these dragonflies using the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits dies. I used the die which is a chain of dragonflies. Then I cut a couple of them from the chain. 

Stamps - Butterfly Basics (137154)
Ink - Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, Soft Suede
Card Stock - Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Accessories - Brick Wall Embossing Folder (138288), Clear Embossing Powder (on the dragonflies), Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits (142749)

Friday, January 27, 2017

Indigo Butterfly

On to another series of cards. With this series, I will be focusing on the Butterfly Basics stamp set. Because it is not a two-step stamp set, it required quite a bit of fussy cutting (which I find relaxing).

Stamps - Butterfly Basics (137154)
Ink - Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake, Island Indigo, Rose Red
Card Stock - Rose Red, Whisper White
Accessories - Bold Butterfly Framelits (138135)

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Wild Butterfly

So this is the last of my series of Wild About Flowers cards . . . for a while. I really enjoy working with these stamps. It's fun playing with the various color combinations of the blooms and stems.

Stamps - Wild About Flowers (138728)
Ink - Elegant Eggplant, Smoky Slate, Wild Wasabi
Card Stock - Elegant Eggplant, Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Wild Wasabi
Accessories - Bold Butterfly Framelits (138135), Brick Wall Embossing Folder (138288) Rhinestones

Monday, January 23, 2017

Flower Panels

These panels are a great way to display the three flowers from the Wild about Flowers stamp set.

Stamps - Wild about Flowers (138728)
Ink - Blushing Bride, Daffodil Delight, Marina Mist, Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Wild Wasabi
Card Stock - Old Olive, Whisper White

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Flower Jars

I must admit it, I find fussy cutting relaxing. I used the Everyday Jars dies for the two jars, but some of the blooms I cut out and attached with dimensionals. I also enjoy the look of flowers extending beyond their borders.

Stamps - Jar of Love (141587), Wild about Flowers (138728)
Ink - Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Smoky Slate, Wild Wasabi
Card Stock - Pear Pizzazz, Real Red, Whisper White
Accessories - Everyday Jars Framelits (141490), Summer Starfruit Satin Stitched Ribbon (ret.)

Friday, January 13, 2017

Butterflies and Blooms

Do you remember Embosslits? The Beautiful Wings Embosslits was one of the first items I ordered from Stampin' Up! I decided to resurrect it for this card.

Stamps - Wild about Flowers (138728)
Ink - Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Perfect Plum, Pumpkin Pie, Smoky Slate, Wild Wasabi
Card Stock - Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White
Accessories - Beautiful Wings Embosslits (ret.), Brick Wall Embossing Folder (138288), Pearls, Rhinestones

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Box of Flowers

Wouldn't it be nice to send a friend a box of flowers? This one is even tied up with a bow and has a cute butterfly fluttering about. Because the blooms and the stems are two separate stamps for each set of flowers, it makes it easy to make the blooms stand out.

Stamps - Hardwood (133035), Wild about Flowers (138728)
Ink - Pear Pizzazz, Perfect Plum, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Soft Suede, Wild Wasabi
Card Stock - Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White
Accessories - Bold Butterfly Framelits (138135), Lucky Limeade Organdy Ribbon (ret.) Rhinestones

Monday, January 9, 2017

Balloon Bear

Baby Bear is such a cute stamp all by itself. Adding Balloon Celebration just takes it up a notch. Baby Bear is a three-step stamping process and the balloons are a two-step process. Because the stamps are clear photopolymer, the process is very easy.

Stamps - Baby Bear (141859), Balloon Celebration (140675)
Ink - Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Melon Mambo, Pacific Point, Rose Red, Soft Suede, Tempting Turquoise
Card Stock - Melon Mambo, Whisper White
Accessories - Seaside Embossing Folder (141481)
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