Friday, March 16, 2018

Heartfelt Blooms

Since I do not have the "Large Letters Framelits" and since I don't think I can afford them, I have been looking for other ways to do the "Eclipse Technique" that I see all over Pinterest. For this card I used the Sale-a-bration set called "Heartfelt Blooms". I stamped the flower three times on white card stock and then using the die from the set called "Celebrate You", also a Sale-a-bration reward, I cut out the word "you". Then taking the die, I cut three pieces out of black card stock. I then glued all three black pieces together and then added the piece from my stamped image on top. This creates a clipboard like piece. After gluing the stamped image onto the black card stock, I inserted the glued piece back into the cut out spot. Worked beautifully!  And I didn't have to use any dimensionals. It was just the perfect height.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Tulips for Spring

I have been seeing the "Eclipse Technique" all over Pinterest. I watched several videos and saw one that really inspired me to give it a try. I worked on my card this morning and this is what I ended up with.

I have had the "Tranquil Tulip" set for some time. The video I watched used this stamp set.  I used "Sweet Sugarplum" for the card base accented with black. For the tulips I used the "Sweet Sugarplum" ink and for the leaves, I used my favorite "Old Olive". The sentiment comes from the set "Label Me Pretty". I hope you enjoy looking at the pictures. If you are interested in learning more, I would suggest that you visit the blog called "Tedder Bear Stamping". From there you can watch Lisa Tedder's video. She did a great job.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Sympathy Cards

All of a sudden, I need two sympathy cards for friends who have lost their husbands. I know that that is not an easy thing to go through. I just want to let them know that I am thinking about them and praying for them in this difficult time.

Both cards are monochromatic. Both use white and Pacific Point for the accent color.This first card uses the flower stamp from Stampin' Up 's set called "Touches of Texture". I colored the image using ink and a blender pen. I used a stamp from Stampin' Up's set "Waterfront" to add a little color to the white background. Both cards use the sentiment from "Simply Sketched" on the front and the inside sentiment is from the set called "Close As A Memory".

A close-up of the flowers

The second card using stamps from the set called "Petal Palette". I colored the images using ink and my "Aqua Brush". They were cut out using dies from the "Petals and More Thinlets" set.

The inside sentiment for both cards.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Surrounded By His Love

When I go to post a picture of one of my sewing projects, I think that maybe I should change the name of my blog.

I love to sew. I started when I was in the seventh grade and have been sewing ever since. Because of where I am in life's journey, I tend to enjoy smaller projects better than large ones. I had made a wall hanging for Christmas but I knew that I could not leave it up all year. One day while looking at projects on Pinterest, I ran across a picture that really caught my attention. Immediately I knew that this was my next project. After playing with the design on graph paper, I was pretty sure I knew where I was going. I started my project in January at a quilting retreat. Finished it up this morning. I am not good at naming my projects, but I am going to call this one "Surrounded By His Love". I used the same fabric for the binding that I had used for the cross. Thus the name.

I fell in love with the new Stampin Up set called "Hold On To Hope". Early this month I wanted to use it for a class. I had seen a card using the set that really got my attention. After cutting the die from white card stock, you cut an oval around the opening. Cut a scalloped oval frame with a coordinating die. Glue the white oval onto the scalloped oval. Insert the cross back into the original cutout. It really gives a cool focal image -- and so simply. I really like the second card better because I like the higher contrast.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Simple Watercolor

This is a very simply card I made using distress markers as my coloring medium. This image is from a long time favorite Stampin' Up set call "Lovely As A Tree". The trees were stamped on watercolor paper and heat embossed. I used a distress marker to mark a line just about the horizon. With my aqua brush, I pulled the color up. I added a little more ink and water until I had the amount that I thought looked good. Then using a gray colored marker, I outlined the marks at the base of each tree and softened with the aqua brush.

 Image finished!

Cut to size.


Add a colored, embossed and matted background layer. Assemble and add to a white card base.

You are finished.

"Clean and Simple" -- my favorite style.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

The Artist Rule of Three

Today at the meeting of our stamp club "Create, Challenge, Encourage", the challenge was to use the artist rule of three on our cards. I looked through some of my older cards and was surprised how often I have used "three" flowers, butterflies, squares, circles, etc. in my design. The card I made for today's challenge had the three pandas from the 2018 Sale-a-bration set called "Party Panda's". These little guys are so cute. I had to hand cut each one. It really didn't take very long at all. I found the designer series paper in my scrap box which coordinates with a long time retired card stock called "Bordering Blue". I still had a few sheets left which was perfect. I meant to cut all the circles using the smaller circle punch, but when I started, I picked up the wrong one which was larger. I didn't have another piece of designer series paper so I just made it work. When I got everything glued together, I loved the card. I still want to add a sentiment but not sure just yet if it will be "Happy Birthday" or "Thinking of you". I hope that these little pandas will make you smile when you see them.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

My First

My first "waterfall card". I wanted to do something different. I looked and looked and looked. Since I had never done a waterfall card, I decided that would be my challenge. Watched several videos. WOW! There is so many talented card makers out there. My card is a combination of several ideas that I came across.

For my card, I chose Smoky Slate and So Saffron as my color combination. The card base is Smoky Slate and So Saffron is the accent color. I used the large flower stamp from the set "Indescribable Gift" to stamp the four little squares. To add some interest on the band that holds the waterfall strip, I used a die from the new thinlets set called "Petals and More". It wasn't quite long enough so I cut it in half and stretched it out a little. The break got covered up when the waterfall strip got glued onto the band.

This verse is from the new set called "Hold On To Hope".

Monday, February 19, 2018

A New Card

I was looking for ideas for my upcoming stamp club meeting coming this weekend. So many wonderful inspirations. This is the first card I chose. It is called a "Double Point Fold". I did a CASE of a card I saw; I was having a hard time getting started. Here is a link to Lisa Curcio's blog Lisa's Stamp Studio. She created a video with great instructions. I am so thankful for all the talented people out there that are so ready to share their talent. Lisa also shares some great ideas on how to watercolor on Whisper White card stock in her video.

I made a card like this in the stamp club that I was a member many years ago. I enjoyed trying it again.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

For A Friend

Last night, I worked on a card that I want to give to a special friend for Valentine's Day. I used the "Bouquet Bunch Framelits" set.

For the bouquet I used Pale Plum, Wisteria Wonder and Old Olive card stock. I did use a different die for my bow because it was just a little bit larger. I am really happy the way the card turned out.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Getting Ready For Our Valentine Lunch with Friends.

On Wednesday, February 14, we are to have lunch with three other couples. What do we have in common with these folks? All of our husbands have Parkinson's Disease. We have all been married about 50 years.  All of our husbands have had great careers. Our husbands are currently attending the "Rock Steady Boxing" exercise program here in Jackson. All are active in their church. Most of all, we enjoy being together.

Since it will be Valentine's Day, I wanted to do a little something special to celebrate our time together. I would like to share with you what I came up with.

First, I made these little boxes filled with candy. I purchased a bag of Dove Chocolates -- milk chocolate with swirls of dark chocolate wrapped in purple foil. For the box top, I chose SU Elegant Eggplant card stock.The box is small -- about 2 1/4" x 3 1/2"and about 5/8" tall. It holds 6 pieces of the chocolate. I made the flowers using a couple of punches that I have. I used Pale Plum card stock (a long retired color), sponged the edges with Elegant Eggplant ink, shaped the petals, glued two large pieces together, added one layer of the smaller petals, filled the center with glue and topped that off with yellow prills. I truly love making these flowers. I found some pieces of greenery and added them to the box top before gluing on the flower. To finish off the flower, I added a little bit of diamond stickles to the edge of each petal.

I wanted a card to go with the little boxes. I chose to do a little 3" x 3" card. It is made using white card stock for the base. For the top layer, I punched the heats out of white card stock, trimmed it to about 2 3/4" square, embossed that layer and added a piece of Elegant Eggplant card stock underneath. The last thing I had to do was make the envelopes. I think that the little boxes will look so pretty setting on the table.

I looked and looked for a sentiment to go inside the card. I couldn't find one in my stamp collection. Last night, I went looking on Pintrest. I found a quote that I thought might work. This morning I was playing with it, changed some of the words and this is the result. Using Microsoft Publisher, I created and printed the inside of my card. I was able to get the three cards I needed from one sheet of white card stock. I found the RGB code for "Elegant Eggplant" and used that as the color for the printing. It comes out being pretty close to a match.