Sunday, September 17, 2017

Christmas Quilt

Sometime it is fun to create a project that really is not the traditional way of doing things. Example--making quit blocks out of paper instead of fabric. That is what I did the last few days. I was able to pre-order the Christmas Quilt Bundle from Stampin' Up a few weeks ago. Last week I had a few days to try it out. This is my latest project. The picture is not the greatest because of the reflections on the glass, but I didn't want to take it apart because it is tricky to get back together.


I used glitter paper that I purchased from JoAnn's and it worked beautifully. I had seen a few pictures on Pinterest using four blocks to create a larger unit. Finding square picture frames is a bit of a challenge. Here, I used an 8" x 8" frame that I found at JoAnn's. It turned out to be a perfect fit. I was wondering -- Could I create blocks that would represent all four seasons for the year?


Saturday, September 16, 2017

Baby Card in Plaid

Monday I did a CAS challenge with the theme "Mad about Plaid". I needed a card this morning for a baby shower. The couple is not telling if the baby is a boy or girl. As I was thinking about the card I needed to make, my thoughts returned to the card that I made on Monday. I loved the color. The plaids and polka dots together were so pretty, and I had lots of paper still left. So all I really needed to do was change the image. I remembered a stamp set that I have from Gina K Designs That would be just perfect. So, now it is time for me to show you a picture-----

I stamped the image on watercolor paper with VersaFine Black Onyx ink and heated embossed it with clear fine detailed embossing power. Using my distress ink markers and aqua painted I watercolored the image and cut out several layers using my Spellinder dies. I was pleased with the result and happy to give the card to the expectation mother.


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Eight-Point Quilt Block

I finally got a chance to try out the new "Quilt Builder Framelites Dies" this evening. I am so excited about the possibilities. I cut out four sets in four different colors then I re-assembled the pieces in different color combinations. Here is a picture of my finished card. Of course I had to add in some black. Pink with black is one of my favorite color combinations.

The four colors I used were black, Pink Pirouette, Rose Red and a pink I found that was just a little bit darker than Pretty In Pink. I created several layers which I really love. The sentiment is  from a retired set called "Three Little Words".  So perfect for what I wanted to do. The words on the inside say "thanks so much".


I  put together two other pieces. Just don't have the cards finished yet. Love how there are so many ways to put the quilt blocks back together. Each one becomes so unique.


Love the saying that comes with the coordinating stamp set "Christmas Quilt"--

When life gives you scraps,
make a quilt.

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Today's challenge--



For today's card, I used a stamp from the "Peaceful Petals" set from Stampin' Up. Used Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white card stock, then colored the image with Stampin' Up's watercolor pencils. The Card base is Daffodil Delight. Marina Mist, used to highlight my image, goes well with the Pacific Point polka dots. For layers 4 and 5, I used ribbon and a bow also in the Marina Mist color. As always, I loved working with this sketch.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

A One Sheet Wonder Set

This morning as I was looking on Facebook I came across a video and as I followed the link back to the original blog post, I fell in love with the cards. I had to try casing this set of cards.

I found some cardstock that was very close to the Wisteria Wonder from Stampin' Up. Then I took a 6" x 6" piece of designer series paper from the new Delightful Daisy package. Cut it following the layout and created my cards.

The sentiment is from the Stampin' Up set called "Peaceful Petals". Then I used a stamp from my new set "Labels To Love", stamped it with Wisteria Wonder ink and punched it out with the coordinating punch.







Only one problem.When I looked at the last card, I realized that I had not been as careful as I should have been. This designer series paper had a "nap" to it just as corduroy or velvet, and I got this one upside down. Can't change it now.


Monday, September 11, 2017

CAS446 -- "Mad for Plaid"

"Mad for Plaid" was today's CAS challenge. So many ideas started going through my head. I started to do a navy and white color combination but that idea changed quickly when I saw this paper. I had purchased the Coordination paper at JoAnn's just a couple of weeks ago. I believe there were four different designs per color. I wanted to see what I could do with it.

Pool Party card stock went well with the designer paper. I used a very simple design because I wanted the paper to stand out. To make the daisy, I used the Stampin' Up set "Delightful Daisy", Pool Party ink to stamp the flower and the coordinating punch to cut it out. I found some enamel dots that were a good match so I used them to add a little accent.



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Friday, September 8, 2017

Give Thanks

My Thanksgiving Card--

I wanted to make a fall card.The pumpkins were made using an oval punch for the ones in the background and a circle punch for the one in front. The card stock was a yellow gold that I found at a garage sale some years ago for less than 50 cents for a large stack. After punching each piece, I sponged the edges with Cajun Craze ink. The card base is Cajun Craze. Crumb Cake card stock was embossed to create the brick wall. Before cutting the leaves, I sponged the cardstock with ink. I used the small maple leaf die from the new Stampin' Up thinlet set called "Seasonal Layers". The sentiment is from a retired Stampin' Up set called "Holiday Best".


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Christmas Bells

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I printed a copy of this week's Splitcoast Stampers sketch Wednesday morning. I didn't get to work on a card until late this morning. I knew I wanted to make a Christmas card. I pulled out a sheet of designer paper that I thought might work well with my new stamp set "Seasonal Bells". After trying many color combinations, this is what I created.

First -- the sketch


Now for my card. The designer paper is from Graphic 45's St. Nicholas Collection. The card base is real red card stock. The yellow was a scrap piece so I do not know what color it is. It just worked. I used Memento Rick Cocoa ink to do my stamping. The sentiment is from a new Stampin' Up set called "Snowflake Sentiments".  For the bells, I used the stamp set "Seasonal Bells" with the coordinating punch. The red bow was made using a new Memory Box die that I purchased yesterday. When I saw it, I knew that it was one I had to have.

I started to use an embossing folder on the yellow piece, but I ended up adding score lines 1/4-inch along all four sides. A simple process but it does add a little interest.


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Saturday, September 2, 2017

Christmas Cards Continued

The last few days, I have been enjoying going through my Christmas stamps and dies. I am finding some lovely stamps and dies that have never been used or used very little. These two cards were made with some Our Daily Bread Designs dies that I got a couple of years ago. I had cut it out before but never finished a card.

The die set, from Our Daily Bread Designs, is called "Delightful Decorations" released in 2015. The cardstock used in this first card is Stampin' Up's Cherry Cobbler. The top layer of the ornament is a gold foil cardstock that I found at JoAnn's. The sentiment comes from Our Daily Bread Designs set called "Christmas Mimi". I added two score lines above and below the sentiment to give a little more interest to the white background.

A special tip--When I have scraps of green cardstock left over, I try to cut as many leaves and branches as I can get out of that piece. I store them in a clear stamp box until needed. I love using different shades of greenery in a single project. I think it gives a natural feel to the card and adds more interest to the design.


This second card uses the second top layer die of the same set. The accent layer of cardstock on this card is Stampin' Up's Rich Razzleberry. The branch of greenery came from my little box. I also found the embossed piece of white card stock laying on my work space. Just had to trim one side. This is a 4 1/4-inch square card. The sentiment is from Stampin' Up's set called "Petite Pairs".




Friday, September 1, 2017

Card Sample for Christmas

I am beginning to think about my "Christmas cards" for 2018. I know that it seems a long way off. I would really like to have some ideas of what I am going to do this year so I can begin to prepare. Last year I was not able to get started until after Thanksgiving and I remember how frustrated I felt. I don't want that to happen this year. I love Christmas and I want it to be a happy time.

Here is one of my first samples. I saw a card made like this on Pinterest but when I went back to see it, I could not find it among my "pins". So this was done from my memory (which is not always right). That being said, I really do like this card. A little time consuming but quite easy.

For the card base I used Stampin' Up's Island Indigo cardstock and ink. After cutting the oval from the front panel, I wanted to add some embossing texture. So I cut a piece of  cardstock 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".  After some careful measuring, I cut out the oval to match the original card base and then used my new "Holly" embossing folder. It was then glued to the card front.


For the inside card, I started with a white piece measuring 8" x 5 1/4" folded in half. I placed the card on the inside of the card base and lightly traced some of the oval. I added my stamped image and erased the marks. Then I opened it and stamped the inside greeting.  Finally, I glued the inside card on to the inside back of the card base. I think it creates a unique fold. I don't have a name for the fold but I really do like it. Different.