Saturday, July 28, 2018

Anniversary Card

Life is sometimes a little overwhelming. This is my first post in just over a month. I needed a short break. I think stress had created a block against creativity. I just needed to stop for a while and focus on something totally different. I did some quilting and tried to focus on some projects that needed to be done around the house.

I needed an anniversary card this afternoon. My sister-in-law took Don to his Rock Steady Boxing class so I had a chance to make the card before we left for the 50th wedding anniversary celebration.  I love the beauty of simplicity.

Stamp set:  Flourishing Phrases
Accessories:  Petals & More Thinlits
Card Stock:  white for the card base, gold foil and Designer Series Paper.
Ink: VersaMark and gold embossing powder

Inside Message

Monday, June 25, 2018

Two More

There were two other cards that we made on Saturday at our stamp club. In my travels around town, I had been seeing rows of beautiful colored Adirondack chairs setting in front of different hardware stores. Those chairs were my inspiration for this card. But--I did not want them sitting in front of a building; I wanted to see them on the shore of some lake.

Stamps -- Waterfront, High Tide and Sitting Pretty
Card Stock -- Crumb Cake, Soft Sky and white. The chairs were cut from scraps.
Inks -- Crumb Cake, Soft Sky and Smoky Slate
Accessories -- Pretty Park Framelits and Seasonal Layers Thinlets

For this second card, I used one of my new stamp and die sets.

Stamps -- Serene Garden
Cardstock -- Very Vanilla and Melon Mambo
Inks - Memento Tuxedo Black
Accesssories-- Die from Garden Scene Framelits and Copics to color the leaves

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Summer Has Begun

Yes, summer has arrived in Michigan. We have already had a few 90 degree days, a few days in the upper 60's and lots of rain.

Parkinson's Disease continues to be a part of our lives. Sometimes it just gets in the way of my card making and postings, but that is just the way life is for now.

Last week, I made three cards for a class I had on Saturday morning. The cards were simple but well liked by the ladies who attended the class.

The first two cards were made using the Designer Series Paper from this past Sale-a-Bration. I saw so many beautiful cards posted on Pinterest. I had to see if coloring on the paper with water based markers really worked. "It did!" On the first card, I used a long time retired color called "Pale Plum". I only have the marker and a few sheets of the cardstock left. It has always been a favorite color of mine.

For the second card I used the color "Pool Party". Love that color. I used the marker and cardstock in that color.

 I also offered the card made with the color "Coastal Cabana". That was probably my favorite, but I didn't get a picture of a finished card in that color. The medallion was made with a scalloped circle and a die from the new framelet set called "Stitched Labels". The first stamp came from the new set "Stitched All Around" and the birthday greeting was a "Our Daily Bread Designs" stamp.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

A Petal Palette Birthday

I have truly enjoyed using the "Petal Palette" stamp set and coordinating thinlets. I also purchased the "Petal Passion Memories & More Card Pack". This card uses one of those cards. I made this card for one of my special friends.

Stamps -- Petal Palette
Ink -- Memento Tuxedo Black with Sweet Sugarplum and Pear Pizzazz for watercoloring
Card Stock -- Sweet Sugarplum for card base and Smoky Slate for accent layer
Accessories -- Petals and More Thinlets, Aqua brush and dimensionals

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Old Becomes New

One retired stamp set
One retired framelit set
One current stamp set
Equals one modern birthday card.

I really find it hard to let go of my retired stamp sets and accessories. I purchased them because I really liked them and I still enjoy using them. I guess I am just not a very good salesman.

Stamps -- Stampin' Up Work of Art and Big on Birthdays
Ink -- Soft Sky, Pool Party and Bermuda Bay
Card Stock -- Pool Party, Bermuda Bay and white
Accessories -- Botanical Builder Framelits and my Misti

Monday, May 21, 2018

Wreaths and More Wreaths

I love watching these designs come to life. Every new elements adds dimension to the overall image. I keep telling myself that it is time to do something different. Hasn't happened yet. Maybe today.

Stamps -- Petal Palette and Bunch of Blossoms for sentiment
Inks -- Wisteria Wonder, Pear Pizzazz and Memento Tuxedo Black
Card Stock -- Wisteria Wonder and white

Stamps -- Gina K Designs Wreath Builder and Unity Stamp for sentiment
Inks -- Gina K Designs Turquoise Sea, Sweet Mango, Grass Green and Stampin' Up's Pool Party and Daffodil Delight
Card Stock -- Pool Party and Grapefruit Grove

Friday, May 18, 2018


With the Wreath Builder templates, you can also create square designs. That is what I did on this birthday card. The template keeps everything lined up.

Card Stock -- Highland Heather for card base, Pistachio Pudding, Gorgeous Grape and White
Stamps -- Leaves -- Hold On To Hope
                 Border -- You're Lovely
                 Flower and Sentiment -- Wreath Builder
Ink -- Memento Grape Jelly and Lulu Lavender, and SU Pistachio Pudding

Thursday, May 17, 2018

From Me To You!

The wreath builder template from Gina K Designs fascinates me. I had a few minutes before lunch this morning so I thought I would try another card with the large template since everything was already out. I love to watch the design come to life. This time I made a square card 4 1/4" x 4 1/4".

Stamps -- Gina K Designs Wreath Builder, ODBD Mini Tags 3 and Stampin' Up Thoughts and Prayers
Card Stock -- Stampin' Up Almost Amethyst, Granny Apple Green and white
Inks -- Gina K Designs Mini Cubes and VersaFine Onyx Black

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Happy Father's Day

May is half gone so I was thinking about my upcoming card class. With June knocking on the door, I thought of "Father's Day" cards. I did not want to use brown or gray or dark blue. I wanted something bright and happy. The colors that jumped out at me were Soft Sky and Lost Lagoon. I didn't have any of the new designer paper so I made my own. I used Soft Sky card stock and ink. I think it made a beautiful background design. After stamping the sentiment on Soft Sky card stock using Lost Lagoon ink, I trimmed the words, cut them apart and used dimensionals to add them to the card. The candy dot was perfect to finish off the front.

I wanted to decorate the inside. I stamped the bottom of the white card stock using the top edge of the background stamp. Finally, using a ruler, I drew a line across the top of the stamped edge with the Lost Lagoon marker in one long smooth stroke. Love it.

Card Stock -- Soft Sky, Lost Lagoon and white
Stamps -- Just Rite Background Harlequin Script
                 Front Sentiment from Hero Arts
                 Inside sentiment from Stampin Up The Wildness Awaits
Ink -- Lost Lagoon
Accessories -- Candy Dot and Lost Lagoon marker

Blessed is those who fear the LORD,
Who find great delight in his commands.
They will have no fear of bad news;
Their hearts are steadfast,
Trusting in the LORD.
Psalm 112:1,7

Monday, May 14, 2018

Why So Difficult?

Why are masculine cards so difficult to create or is it just me? I spent all morning working on this card. I still feel that it is missing something. Not sure what! I will leave it for a while. I want to make at least one or two masculine cards in my next "Create, Challenge, Encourage" stamp club meeting. So I still have some work to do.

Stamps -- Stampin Up Hardwood, Country Livin' and Big On Birthdays
                 Impression Obsession background stamp Distressed Corduroy
Ink --  Memento Rich Cocoa
Card Stock -- Crumb Cake, Early Espresso and Very Vanilla 
Plus circle dies