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.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Using "Heartfelt Blooms" One More Time

I did another card this morning using the "Heartfelt Blooms" stamp set. This time I used Primrose Petal card stock and ink along with Very Vanilla card stock. This is a very simple design but one that really stands out because of being asymmetrical. Before adding the focal image to the card base, I stamped around the edges with a stamp from the "Waterfront" set and VersaMark ink.

I often forget about adding something to the inside of the card. This time I remembered. I added just a little bit of color using the focal stamp and the Primrose Petal ink. I hope this inspires you today in your card making journey.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

2018 Sale-A-Bration Heartfelt Blooms

I needed a couple of cards this week so here is what I came up with. At first this stamp set did not jump out at me. I thought it was one that I could do without. After seeing a lot of cards made with the stamp set on Pinterest, I began to have different feeling about it. On the last Stampin' Up order that I sent in, I had the opportunity to get this set. The more I have seen cards made with it, the more I really love it.

Yesterday I needed a get well card. I also needed it a little larger than a regular A2 card. So here is what I did. Of course the focal image is from the set "Heartfelt Blooms" stamped with "Wisteria Wonder" ink on white card stock. It is layered on a piece of Wisteria Wonder card stock. The card base is white. Found a piece of Designer Series Paper in Wisteria Wonder. When I was checking the pieces and layout, I found that the white card base was to stark; it was too white. I started looking through my stamp sets and decided on using a stamp from the set called "Touches of Texture". I stamped it around the exposed edges. What a difference that made.

The next picture shows the back of the card. When I was all done, I turned the card over. In the upper left corner, there was a big, dark ink smear. I didn't have time to start over. What could I do? I thought about ways that I might cover it up or I could just leave it. I didn't like the last idea. What I ended up doing was punching a 1 1/4" square from the Designer Series Paper, cutting it on the diagonal and covering up the smear with one of the triangles. It sort of matched the front of the card. Good or bad, that is what I did.

The second card I needed was a sympathy card. I find these cards difficult to make. I used the same stamp set "Heartfelt Blooms". This time I stamped it with a Stampin' Up retired color called "Brocade Blue". I had seen a card on Pinterest where part of the image had been cut it such a way that it hung over the edge. I wanted to give it a try. I also stamped the image twice so that I could cut out the main flower and attach it over the main image to add interest and dimension to the piece. The sentiment I used is from a Our Daily Bread Designs set called "Loving Memories". Here is a link to the original card I saw.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Four Fold Cards

These cards show my journey at making the four fold card. Some months ago this was my first attempt at making this design. I followed the tutorial that I found HERE. I used the Stampin Up sets called Touches of Texture and Butterfly Basics. It was a challenge but one I enjoyed working on.

For my second card I used designer papers that I had purchased at my local Jo-Ann store. I used basic black for the die cuts. Love how the black looks on the paper.

This last card was one that we did in our Create, Challenge, Encourage Stamp Club for our January meeting. We used the Delightful Daisy stamp set. The card base was basic black with Calypso Coral as the accent layer. The daises were stamped with Calypso Coral and Pacific Point ink. This layout becomes a little time consuming but I think it is well worth the effort.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

From My Heart

Valentine's Day is less than a month away. I thought that we would make a Valentine card in our class on Saturday. I was also looking for a way to use my new stamp set called "Beautiful Bouquet". This is such a pretty set and I had not had the opportunity to use it. As I was looking on Pintrest for inspiration, I ran across a simple but very pretty card. My card is a CASE of that card that you can see here.

The stems are from the "Beautiful Bouquet" set. The heart stamp is from the set called "Banner Blast". When I stamped the heart, I had a hard time getting it to stamp solid. I just left it. When I was all finished, I went over each heart with my "Wink of Stella" pen. That spread the ink color around just enough that it created a very pretty effect. My accent color was Cherry Cobbler--such a beautiful, rich red.

For my bow, I used some white  twine that had been on clearance and colored it with my "Cherry Cobbler" reinker. That is such a cool way of getting the color needed. It's just a little bit messy. Especially when working the "red".

Monday, January 15, 2018

Happy New Year

With this first post of 2018, I would like to wish each one a "Happy New Year". It seems like Parkinson's Disease is taking more and more of our time. My husband is needing more help with doing everyday activities. When I am under a lot of stress, I find it almost impossible to be creative. In the last week, I have made a few cards. I CASE'd a couple of cards and that seemed to help. I also have a class that will be meeting on Saturday. I think I know where I am going with that.

Now I would like to share my cards with you. Being a Stampin' Up demonstrator, I was able to preorder some of the new stamp sets from the new Occassions Catalog which went live On January 3.

I fell in love with the new set called "Hold On To Hope". This first card is one that I CASE'd. I used different colors and different designer series paper. Here is the original card. I found the designer series paper in my stash and it then became my inspiration for the other colors which are Stampin' Up So Saffron and Cajun Craze.

This next card just happened. I wanted to try the Stampin' Up embossing paste. I had also read that you could color the paste by adding ink to the plastic stencil before spreading the embossing paste. The card stock I used was SU Crumb Cake. I then added Soft Suede ink onto the stencil and then spread the embossing paste. Worked beautifully. I then wanted to try coloring the floral stamp with markers. Using my Misti, I colored the stamp in several steps. First Old Olive, next Marina Mist and lastly Rich Razzleberry. I then used the coordinating die to cut the image. I used Basic Black for the cross, Crumb Cake for the card base and Rich Razzleberry for the accent color.

This last card was also a CASE from Pinterest from here. It is a simple card but oh so pretty.

Monday, December 18, 2017

It's Christmas Time

Christmas time is almost here. It has always been one of my favorite times of the year. My family is in Tennessee and our kids live in Chicago and Cincinnati. We will celebrate with our church family mostly. I have just about got all my Christmas cards done. It seems like it is always a mad dash to the finish line for me. I wanted to share some of the cards that I made.

This first card was made from a sketch that I used in a class earlier of this year. The designer paper is from Graphic 45. I used a piece of both sides on the card. Red and yellow card stock became my accent colors.

This next card is a CASE from one I saw on Pinterest. Here is a link the one I saw on Splitcoaststampers. It really caught my attention since I have both of the Memory Box dies used on the card. Instead of using the lighter blue card stock, I used Pacific Pointe card stock. It sure does come together quickly.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Party Time

Tomorrow night is our Stamp Club's annual Christmas Dinner. We will meet at Olive Garden for a fun evening and a time of sharing. We will do a "Christmas Tag Swap" and a Christmas card swap.

This is my Christmas gift tag for this year.

This is my card for the card swap.

And this if a small favor that I made to go by each person's place. 

 They were so much fun to make.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Finished Table Runner and Topper

Finished up the table runner and table topper this past week end. I am still in love with this fabric. The measurement of this one 16" x 40".


This one measures 28" x 28".