Friday, February 17, 2017

Beautiful Paper

Just came across some pictures of a "thank you" card set I made about a year ago as a gift for a friend who was having surgery.I had this beautiful sheet of designer paper and I saw a card set made with the paper on Pinterest. It was the inspiration I needed to cut up that sheet of paper and make a set of six cards.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

He Is Risen

I spent the morning working on an Easter card for our stamp club's March meeting. I wanted a card that tells the true meaning of Easter. It is not about the Easter bunny, candy or eggs. It's about the fact that Jesus died, was buried and raised from the dead in order to provide my Salvation.

I began by cutting this Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps die out of black card stock. I have had the die for a couple of years and have never used it. It is time! To create the background, I began by sponging blue ink onto a piece of white card stock. Stamped the sun (from the SU stamp set "Kinda Eclectic") in SU Crushed Curry ink. Black card stock was used to create the mount. The sentiment was from a very old Cornish Heritage Farms set that I purchased before the company went out of business. I trimmed the focal piece, layered it with a piece of blue card stock and added it to a white card base. Simple. I wanted to add something else but stopped. Not sure what that something else should be.

He is not here; he has risen!
Remember how he told you,
while he was still with you ...
"The Son of Man must be delivered
into the hands of sinful men,
be curcified and on the third day
be raised again."
Luke 24:6-7 NIV

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Two Cards -- The Same But Different

This card is from yesterday's post where I had made a set of cards using a "one sheet wonder" sketch pattern. I needed a card for a friend who fell earlier this week and broke her foot. So-- I decided to make a card following the same design as the first card using the same paper and similar color palate.

This is the new card I made. I hope that you can see the similarities and the differences. By using the same paper and choosing different sides, you create two unique cards.This sentiment if from Our Daily Bread Designs Mini Tags 3 set.

Here is the two cards together. Makes me wonder how many different looks could be achieved with this sketch and these papers. Should I try?

Friday, February 3, 2017

Second Card Set

I enjoyed making the first set of cards using the One Sheet Wonder patterns so much that I decided to try another set with some beautiful paper I purchased at my local scrapbooking store, Altered Art Addicts in Spring Arbor, Michigan. The piece was by Graphic 45 called "Pretty Primrose" from the Secret Garden Collection. The minute I saw the paper, I knew that I had to have at least one sheet. I am beginning to think that I need to go back and purchase a few more. Here are the cards--

The Complete Set

For this card and the next one, I used SU Cajun Craze card stock for the base. I also used SU So Saffron in the layers. The sentiment is from a long time retired Stampin' Up set called "Lots of Thoughts". The flower came from the Stampin' Up set called "Fabulous Florets". It was stamped on white card stock using Memento Rhubarb Stalk ink. I used the Memento ink because I knew that I wanted to add some additional color and highlights using my copic markers. I think that this flower was meant to go with this paper.

For this second card I used the "Friend" stamp  from SU's set "Awesomely Artictic". Using my Misti, I stamped it in three colors -- So Saffron, Cajun Craze and Old Olive.

The last two card are made using SU's So Saffron card stock for the base. Most of the layers are SU Cajun Craze. The elements on the card above were added directly to the card base. The sentiment is from the SU's set "Whimsical Words".

Some time last year, I began to be aware of how many stamp sets I had that I had never used or used very little. I decided that it was time to slow down on the purchases and start using what I had. It has been fun to see how much I really love lots of the retired stamp sets. I guess that doesn't help the stamp companies but it has made me more aware of what I have and what works for me. That doesn't mean that I have not purchased anything new; it just means that the things I do purchase tend to be ones that I really, really like.

Have a great day stamping.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

One Sheet Wonder Technique

I have looked at different pictures of cards that were made using only one sheet of designer paper. Some instructions call for a 12 x 12--inch sheet of paper. Some call for a 8 x 8--inch square of paper, some 8 1/2 x 11--inch piece. I chose to make four cards using a 6 x 6--inch piece of designer paper.

I chose to use a sheet from the Stampin' Up's "Love Blossoms" designer series paper stack. The card bases and mats were made using SU Early Espresso card stock. I also used a couple of small pieces of SU Crumb Cake card stock for a second layer on the first two cards.

From Pinterest, I found the cutting guide and sketches on the following blog -- Crafts By Happy Stamper. I also found the sketches on this address -- Poetic Artistry. I believe that this last one may be one of the original posts. The date was September 5, 2008.

Here is a picture of each card.

The sentiment for this card is from Our Daily Bread Designs. It is stamped in Memento's Rich Cocoa ink.

This sentiment is a stamp from Stampin' Up's set called "Awesomely Artistic". I used my Misti to get the words in perfect alignment. "Friend" is stamped in three colors--SU Blushing Bride, Rose Red and Memento Rich Cocoa.

This "Thinking of You" sentiment is from SU's Sassy Salutations" stamped with Rose Red ink.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Foggy Morning

The past week, here in Michigan, we have seen several days with really heavy, dense fog. I was inspired to try to create a foggy scene on a birthday card. I spent most of the morning working on the card. I first started out by stamping the image on white card stock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Then I tried sponging over the image with Stampin' Up's Whisper White craft ink. It was working but not like I wanted it to. Next I tried stamping the image on light gray card stock using VisaFine Onyx Black ink. Now it looked like I was on the right track. Finally, I began sponging over the stamped image. I tried to add more sponging in the center of the image to create more depth to the scene. I used Memento Gray Flannel ink to stamp the deer and then did more sponging. Finally I was getting the look that I wanted. I love the finished result.

The stamps used were: "Woodland Wonder" from Penny Black, "Forest Silhouettes" from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps and the "Happy Birthday" from Stampin' Up's set called "Bloom With Hope". The card base is SU's So Saffron card stock with a small piece of designer paper that I found in the scrap box.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Beautiful Day

Birthday's are special days to remember those who are dear to us. I have some special people in my life who have birthday's during the month of January. I thought about using winter scenes but decided to CASE a card that I saw on Pinterest a few days ago and use my new stamp set from Altenew again. It is called "Beautiful Day".

The layout of this card is pretty much like the one I saw on Pinterest. The flower is different and I used a different butterfly. Here is a link to the original card --Scrappin' and Stampin' in GJ. I didn't realize how many different stamp sets I had used until I was starting to write everything down. Below the pictures, I have listed all the stamp sets used.

Stamp sets used--
Altenew  -- "Beautiful Day"
Stampin' Up -- Simply Sketched, Kinda Eclectic, Papillon Potpourri, Just Believe
Sweet and Sassy Stamps -- "Sunshine and Flowers"

Note on the butterfly --  I stamped the image onto So Saffron card stock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I added some additional color using my copic markers to the center of the butterfly.  After punching the butterfly out, I covered the image with a glue pen and dipped the image into my glitter.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

A New Stamp Set

Earlier this month I received a new stamp set "Beautiful Day" from Altenew. I started playing with this set a few days ago. I finally got my birthday card finished using this set along with numerous other sets from my collection.

After practicing on several flowers this is the final card.

Because the flowers are so large, I made my card 5 1/2 x 5 1/2-inches. I found a 12 x 12-inch sheet of paper that was the perfect color to go with my Pool Party card. I used the masking technique on the two pink flowers when adding the leaves. The center flower was stamped on a separate piece of card stock and cut out.

This flower has several parts and each was stamped using a different color ink. The outlines were stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black. The pink flowers were stamped using SU Blushing Bride and Primrose Petals ink.The center flower was stamped using SU Soft Sky and Pool Party inks. The leaves were stamped with Memento New Sprout and Bamboo Leaves colors.

The verse was from Our Daily Bread Designs set called "Happy Birthday". This was the first set I purchased from ODBD.  The inside verse was from Unity Stamps set "Butterflies and Sunbeams".

I love creating flowers so I expect that this will be one of my favorite sets. I hope to acquire some more sets in the near future.

Have a wonderful day.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Wall Hanging Update

We moved into our home in July of 1988. In the basement there was a huge "ugly" spot on the wall at the bottom of the stairs. The previous owners had evidently glued something to the wall and then pulled it off before leaving. The spot was just too big for any pictures that I could found.

One night while I was sitting at the far end of the room, the thought of making a quilted wall hanging that would be big enough to cover the spot came to my mind. It wasn't long until I started my project. I had sewed since I was in high school, but I had never made a quilt. I found the fabric and chose the log cabin pattern to make my wall hanging. I did get it finished and it has hung in the same spot for over 20 years. The ugly spot was fixed but the quilt was hung back in its spot.

Last year I decided that it was time for a new wall hanging. After making numerous patchwork projects, I was ready to attack the project. I found some fabric that I fell in love with and I chose to use the rail fence pattern. I love the affects that can be created using fabric, patterns and colors.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Blessings of the Christmas Season

This has truly been a month of celebrations. The Lord has brought many blessings and surprises into our lives this month.  The first event was a Christmas Ballet Celebration which was produced by the daughter of dear friends from our church.

The next night we drove to Northville for a Christmas concert by David Britton and Jean Watson. You ask "Who is David Britton". Well, he was our son, Daniel's very best friend growing up. David trained as a classical vocalist at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. Our granddaughter, Sarah, is a freshman at Westmont College in Santa Barbara. Daniel's son is named Alex and David's son is named Alex. It had been almost thirty years since we had last seen David. We were truly blessed to spend a few moments with him.

Next, we attended the fall drama production of "The Miracle Worker", at Lumen Christi High School here in Jackson. The students did an awesome job with such an emotional story.

Then there was a Christmas party for volunteers of the Henry Ford Allegiance Health Hospital. Our Quilting group comes under the volunteers for their Hospice program. Sunday night there was a Christmas event at our church which we were able to attend.

During all these events, I have been trying to work on my Christmas cards. I still need to do a few more; it feels good to be almost done.

I ended up doing two cards. I used Spellbinders dies to create the front of the card. Punches were used to make the flowers. I spritzed the layers for the flowers with a spray from Tattered Angels before gluing them together.

The second card was done in white and SU's Pool Party card stock and ink. To create my background I embossed my white card. Leaving the card stock attached to the folder, I brayered the Pool Party ink on the top of the folder and ran it through the Big Kick again. I love the icy look of the Pool Party ink and card stock. Instead of using rhinestones, I punched 1/8-inch circles from glitter paper and added them to my card. I achieved the same effect. This made the card more mail friendly.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.