Friday, May 19, 2017

Sunburst

I was having trouble getting started making some cards that I really needed. I searched Pinterest for what seemed like hours. I came across this one card. I had the exact designer paper and the exact stamp set. So I decided to try CASE'ing the card just as Angela Westland had made her card. The link to her card is HERE.

Here is my card. The "Floral Boutique" designer series paper is so pretty. I love the Night of Navy color with the white. The sentiment is from the "Floral Phrases" stamp set.


Making this card was just what I needed. I began going through my box of scraps and ended up making two more cards.




After doing these cards I was able to get some more cards made for my class coming up next week.


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Better Late Than Never

I seem to always be running behind these days. It is a challenge to just keep up with "today's" activities. April 30 was my son's birthday. I just got his birthday card in the mail. Daniel grew up by the sea. He loved the water. One of our favorite times was watching the sail boats go by our house. This was not really a birthday card, but I wanted him to know how thankful I am that he is my "son".


I used the stamp set "Swirly Bird" to create the sailboat and a die from the coordinating thinlets to create the waves. Using a large post-it note to mask off the sky, I sponged on Brocade Blue ink and then added Night of Navy ink to the horizon. I then turned the post-it note around to mask/cover the sea and a punched circle to create the sun. A scalloped circle was used to add the illusion of clouds. The sentiment stamp came from the "Sheltering Tree" set.


Saturday, May 13, 2017

Updated Post

I was doing some updating and editing of my blog and found that this post had never been finished. It was still in the draft mode. I decided that it was time to finish it or delete it. I really like this card so it is time to "finish" what I had started. I made this card some time ago basically using a piece of SU designer paper. The paper has some of my favorite colors and "flowers". I love the delicate feel of the paper and the design. The "thank you" sentiment is from a Unity Stamp Co. set called "Butterflies and Sunbeams," the August 2015 Sentiment Kit. The little flowers are from the SU set "Petite Petals".


Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and letting me share my love of card making with you today.

Friday, May 5, 2017

A Mother's Day Project

Been working on my centerpiece for the Mother and Daughter Tea which will be at our church on May 13. I first started out by making a small table topper. I pulled out some batik fabrics that I had purchased some time ago. I cut my strips 2 inches wide. Sewed six strips together and then cut the strips into triangles using my 60 degree triangle ruler creating a hexagon shaped mat. Love the results. But I think it needs something else.


Since I love paper crafting and making cards, I came up with the idea of making an "explosion box" into a candle holder for one of the little LED candles that can be purchases at craft stores. The box is 3-inches square and 4 1/4-inches tall. I used Rich Razzleberry and Sweet Sugarplum Stampin' Up card stock.  I topped the box off with some little paper shaped flowers. For the defuser over the cut out circle, I used vellum card stock. I was not able to get a picture showing how the box looks with the light on.




I needed someway to keep the tea light centered so I created a little box/platform to hold the tea light in place. It was then glued it in the center of the bottom of the box.


 All together!


The following picture shows how the box opens and the tea light in the center. 


I had lots of fabric left so I made another table mat. This is made basically the same way. I cut the strips 2-inches wide and sewed two sets of six strips together. I then cut the strips into triangles using the 60 degree ruler. Ten triangles are needed to make this mat.




Monday, May 1, 2017

Create, Challenge, Encourage

Sometime ago the three words "Create, Challenge, Encourage" became my motto for the stamp classes I have been leading. We all learn from another. I love sharing things I have learned, challenging others to try new things and encouraging them in their daily lives. It has been a blessing for me to get to know a special group of ladies that had been attending my classes at the local scrapbooking store Altered Art Addicts.

We were all sad when the owners of the store announced that they were closing. Everyone wanted to continue the classes but I was going to have a conflict with the Saturday afternoon time. The group decided to try meeting at my house on the fourth Saturday of the month at 10 o'clock in the morning. Saturday, April 29 was our first meeting. We had a great time.

Here are the three cards that I had prepared for the class to make --


This first card was based on the "Gift Card Holder" I posted a few days ago. The card base is Primrose Petal card stock with Primrose Petal designer series paper used on the inside. The birthday stamp comes from the Stampin' Up set called "Birthday Blooms". The stamp creating the design on the front is from the retired Stampin' Up set called "Fresh Vintage". The sentiment on the right side is a quote from Corrie Ten Boom; the stamp is from Our Daily Bread Designs.



My goal for the next card was to create a card using only one stamp set. The set used was Stampin' Up's "Kinda Electic" which is being retired. Since this stamp set has no sentiments I pulled a stamp from "Flourishing Phrases". The card base is SU Pool Party. The inks that were used are Pool Party, Soft Sky and Smoky Slate -- all from Stamping Up.


Because Masculine cards are always a challenge, I wanted to include one. This card is on a white card base. Smoky Slate and Basic Gray with black accents make up the other card stock colors. The birds are from the Stampin' Up set "Wetlands". The backgound for the image was created with a stamp from the set "Gorgeous Grunge" using Memento Desert Sand and Sky Blue ink. These are such soft colors that they are ideal for adding color to a background.  The sentiment is from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. The dotes were made using a paper punch, gluing them onto the card and covering them with a crystal lacquer.


Thank you for your visit today.


Friday, April 28, 2017

Giving a "Gift Card"

So often when I am giving a "gift card", I struggle with what type of card to make or use. While searching for some inspiration online one day, I came across a card that really stood out to me. The more I studied the picture, the more I fell in love with the card. I even found a blog post with a great picture tutorial on how to make the card.

Here is the link -- Easiest Gift Card Holder Ever

I went down to my craft room and started working on the card (from memory). This is the card I created. The card is a Z-fold except the piece on the right side is folded to the inside of the card and glued at the top and bottom to form a pocket which will hold a gift card.




When I went back to my computer, I discovered that my memory had gotten all mixed up. It should have been a landscape card and I had made mine the opposite way. So it was back to the drawing board.

For the second card I chose blue and yellow -- the University of Michigan colors. All of the sentiment stamps I used were from the Our Daily Bread Designs set called "As You Graduate". The cap and diploma stamp was from another stamp set that I purchased somewhere else. Use school colors and you will have a great graduation card. Use pretty papers and stamps and you have a lovely birthday card.





Thursday, April 6, 2017

A Couple of Special Cards

I was just looking over some of my pictures taken in March. I found two cards that I had not posted. The first one was for my daughter's birthday. We had been traveling the first of March and got back home the day before her birthday. It took me about a week to get her card made. It was a little too late to say "Happy Birthday"; I had talked with her by phone on her special day. When I saw this sentiment, I knew that it was what I wanted to add to her card. Purple was always her favorite color when she was in high school. I came across the purple card base and the white embossed panel. I heat embossed the sentiment using white detailed embossing powder. After cutting the leaves with one of my dies, I used some punches to make the flowers. I am truly thankful for Angela; she is a very special daughter.


This was a thank you card even though it does not have any "words" on the front. I made the front panel a long time ago when I was doing some watercolored background washes. It had been in a scrap box for many months just waiting to be used. The rose is a Penny Black stamp that I had colored with markers, spritzed with water and stamped. It made the perfect card when I was in a hurry and needed to get the card done. What do you have lying in your scrap box just waiting to be used?




Monday, April 3, 2017

Tunnel Cards

I set out a few weeks ago wanting to learn how to make a new fold card when a friend had showed me her card. She had a die for making the card, but I did not. I searched the internet and searched Pinterest until I found instructions on the SplitcoastStampers site  -- Tunnel Card Tutorial.

The piece of designer paper (which I found in the scrap box) became my inspiration for this card. I loved the colors and I had the card stock to go with it. The "Happy Birthday" is from the Stampin' Up retired set "Sassy Salutations". The butterfly is from a Stampin' Up embosslit called "Beautiful Wings", also retired. Lastly, I used a stamp set from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps called "Sunshine and Flowers". I would encourage you to give this card a try. It was a lot of fun to make.




Friday, March 31, 2017

Experimenting With Embossing Powder

Last week at our Triple A's Stamp Club we talked about the differences in ink pads and embossing powders. This is one of the cards that we did. The first one using blue on a white card base. The second uses white card stock on a blue card base. Both cards were stamped with the same Penny Black stamp and embossed with the same embossing powder. Everyone seemed to enjoy working on their cards.



We also did this card. It was a case of one of my cards that I made back in 2012 entitled From My Desk. It was perfect for what we were doing. Of course I love using the color black with many other colors.







Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Color Challenge

In our card class last Saturday at Altered Art Addicts, I gave the gals a color challenge. It was an old combination from the Splitcoast Stampers weekly color challenge. I didn't write down the challenge number and then I could not find it again when I tried. The challenge was to use cherry cobbler, pool party and mossy meadow colors. There were some really pretty cards. I am now sorry that I did not take pictures of the cards.

This was my card. The base is pool party.  I stamped my image on watercolor paper and colored it using raspberry ripple, pool party and always artichoke inks. The sentiment was stamped on vellum and heat embossed with gold embossing powder. The scalloped layer is cherry cobbler card stock. I have so much trouble getting everything straight, I just placed the focal image on an angle. It made it a lot easier. The flower is from the Simply Sketched set and the birthday greeting is from the retired set Happiest Birthday Wishes.



Tuesday, March 28, 2017

New Toys Versus Old Toys

I just received a shipment from Stampin' Up last week. One item in the shipment was the Flourish Thinlets. I love the dainty look of these dies. I started out to see what the dies looked like. I found a small strip of Wild Wasabi card stock and cut the leaves. I ended up getting at least five cuts from that one piece of paper. Secondly, I wanted to see what the little decorative border looked like. I found a small piece of Strawberry Slush paper that the die would fit on. Perfect. I looked at the die cuts. Now, what kind of card could I make using what I had just cut?

 Here is the card I came up with. The flower is from the stamp set called "Secret Garden". It was stamped on Strawberry Slush card stock and heat embossed using white detailed embossing powder. The sentiment was from the set called "Watercolor Trio". To add  some dimension to the flower, I added a little rose red ink at the base of each petal using a blender pen.



I then decided that I wanted to use this card in an upcoming class at the end of April. I made a second card because I wanted to show that the card could be made without the dies. I have been made aware in the past months that not everyone is able to purchase new stamp sets with coordinating dies all the time. So, my question was, "Can I make this card using only stamps?" I used the greenery stamp from the set "Kinda Eclectic", stamped it on the white card stock using Pear Pizzazz ink and then embossed the piece.The flower was from the "Secret Garden" stamp set. I stamped it on white card stock with Primrose Petal ink. (Don't have the Strawberry Slush ink pad.) It was  stamped again on Strawberry Slush card stock because I wanted to use just the center part for an accent piece. Even though I have the die, I cut these pieces out by hand. Any  flower stamp would have worked on this card. I stamped the sentiment on a piece of scrap card stock, made it into a banner and sponged the edges with the Primrose Petal ink to give it some definition.


It's fun to have new toys, but beautiful cards can be created with things already in our craft rooms.


Sunday, March 19, 2017

Creating My Own Unique Designer Paper

I wanted to try creating a sheet of my own designer paper using inks and stamps from my craft room. I thought that the result was fairly good. Some of you create such lovely papers. I started out by sponging different colored distress inks onto plain, white card stock.Took out a few stamp sets and started stamping, covering the entire sheet. I thought I did a pretty good job on that part. Of course the paper shows my favorite colors and images.


I got two cards made using the paper. I hope to get some more made with what I have left someday.





Saturday, March 18, 2017

Going Back to "One Sheet Wonder"

I was going to try the "one sheet wonder" pattern that I have using a different designer paper. I cut my 6" x 6" piece. Looked at the pattern, made a cut, looked again at the pattern -- it was all wrong. Now what? Well, I will just use these pieces and see what I can make. After playing with different solid colored card stocks and different layouts, I made three cards (instead of four).


Here are the cards all together.


Now, individually. 
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When I saw this paper by Graphic 45, I fell in love with it. Loved the small design, the strips on the back side, the colors and the flowers. I took the pieces that I had cut incorrectly and made three cards that I was very happy with. I used different stamp sets, a number of different dies and different color card stock. They are not what I started out to make, but that is OK. I love the finished cards.

There was one little piece left, so I used it on the inside of the middle card. So often I forget about doing anything to the inside when I am working on a card, but I always love the finished look when I do. Even just a little piece of the designer paper gives that completed look.


Friday, March 17, 2017

Another Day -- Another Card

Some weeks ago, I had done a class on making this card. Then I sent the instructions to my cousin in Tennessee. She was overwhelmed with all the parts and my instructions. So I wanted to show her how to make the card while I was there. I had used my last sample card so I needed to make another one. I used some of the Graphic 45 designer paper that I had. I used a birthday sentiment to complete the card.

As it turned out, I needed a birthday card while I was there. So this card turned out to be perfect. I guess I need to make a few more of this design to have on hand.






Thursday, March 16, 2017

Grandson's Birthday

February 21, our grandson, Alex, turned 21. I ask myself, "Where has the time gone?" It doesn't seem that many years ago that we were rejoicing over his birth. Even now at 21, he still brings joy, and laughter, to our lives.




There is now a very special person in his life, Danielle. They love the Lord and want to serve him with their lives.

 Because we where hoping to see him in person, I decided to hold his birthday card until we were able to do that. On our way home from Tennessee last Saturday night, March 11, we were able to stop in Florence, Kentucky and meet the grandkids for supper at the Cracker Barrel restaurant.  We had such a good time visiting with everyone, and I was able to give Alex his birthday card "in person".

I was a very simple card. I was pleased with the way it turned out.






Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Flowers Are Mine

Sometimes I look around my desk and wonder why I don't just throw everything laying around in the wastebasket. Then I make a card with some of those things. That's why I cannot seem to throw away those extra flowers, leaves, die cuts, etc away. This is one of those cards. I needed a card for a special friend. Found the die cut in a small tray on the left side of my desk. The flowers were from the "flower drawer" and the leaves were from a small plastic box of "greenery". Often when I have a small scrap of card stock left, I will punch or die cut a flower or two. If it is green card stock, I will punch or die cut greenery until the scraps are so tiny that I can do nothing else with them. I have found that I like to have different shades of greenery on hand. When I am in the middle of making a card, I don't have to stop and cut the leaves.

I started out making this card with the idea that it would be a sympathy card. I had cut the large circle medallion months ago (from a Spellbinder's die). To keep the colors soft I used the same vanilla card stock that the circle was cut from. From the "flower drawer" I found the parts for the flowers which had been cut from SU island indigo card stock. Some parts had already been sponged with whisper white craft ink. The greenery was already cut. After laying everything out, I sponged a little island indigo ink onto the medallion so that it would show up better. I did not add a sentiment because I knew that I could use the card for many different occasions. 

I love flowers and I love putting them on my cards. I love springtime and I love seeing all the different flowers come to life after a winter of rest. 

"Take a good look at God's Wonders--
They'll take your breath away."
Psalm 66:5 (The Message)






Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Card in An Envelope

In just over a week, Grandpa and I are hoping to see our grandchildren who live in northern Kentucky, just south of Cincinnati, Ohio. I wanted to give each a card with a small cash gift inside. I decided that the ideal card would be one of the cards that is made inside an envelope. Mine turned out to be 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" square. I used double sided designer paper. The belly bands were made from a small strip cut from the leftover paper and turned to the opposite side. The challenge for me was how to decorate the inside of the cards and what accent piece to add to the belly band. I only got pictures of the insides of two cards. This was a fun project but I thought I was never going to get finished. My creativity was not working very fast.