Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Pale Plum Sketch Challenge

Today was another day that I had a chance to do a card for the Splitcoast Stampers sketch challenge. I am always anxious to see the sketch even when I don't have a chance to make a card.

Today's challenge --

I was not sure where I was going when I started out. Layer # 3 was tall and narrow. I thought that it needed a large, tall image. I found this one in the set called "Insightful Meadows" by Unity Stamp Company. I also wanted to do something using the emboss resist technique. I stamped the image with VersaMark ink and used a fine detail clear embossing powder to do a heat emboss. I also used a large background stamp to add some interest to the background. For adding the background I used Memento Gray Flannel ink. I then sponged very lightly over the embossed image using Perfect Plum ink. Then I discovered that the retired card stock color "Pale Plum" was a perfect match. To add some depth to the color I used a paint chip that I had picked up the other night while out shopping at Lowe's. It was just what I needed. The sentiment on the vellum was from a 2004 Stampin' Up retired set called "Sweet of You".

I hope that you have some time to be creative today.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

A Color Challenge

I was working on a card yesterday for a color challenge that my stamp class is doing on August 26. The colors are Marina Mist, Crushed Curry and Wild Wasabi. I can't wait to see what every one comes up with.

 I wasn't sure how this was all going to turn out but I do love these colors together. The die I used was from Gina Marie Designs. I cut the die three times--one in Marina Mist, one in Crushed Curry and finally one in white. All the die cuts were taken apart and then one was re assembled. I love the patchwork look. The leaves were cut from Wild Wasabi card stock. The flowers were stamped and die cut. I really do love these colors together.

The Crushed Curry frame was used in yesterday's card.

Monday, August 14, 2017

A Clean and Simple Challenge


I read the CAS challenge at Splitcoast Stampers this morning -- "Create a monochromatic colored card with a twist". The explanation for the twist read, "The twist is you can color one portion of your image, that is, if you use flowers, one flower only, not the leaves or other flowers." For this challenge white, black, grey and kraft are considered neutrals.

I was working on another card late morning when I got an idea. I was using a new die cut for my card. In the process, I had cut three images of the same die and I had all these extra pieces. I began playing around and this is the card that I came up with.

The die is from "Gina Marie Designs". I came across her dies at the Mega Meet that takes place in Novi, Michigan usually the second week end in May. She has some really cool dies. This one I purchased in May and had not used it. I had cut it three times: once in Marina Mist, Crushed Curry and white. I had already used the one in Marina Mist. This one in Crushed Curry was there waiting to be used. The little panda bear stamp is from the Unity Stamp Co. I stamped it onto the white circles using Crushed Curry ink. For the twist, I stamped a complete image using VeraFine Black Onyx ink and cut him out. I think this little panda is the cutest. I hope that the card will bring a smile to someone special.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

My Latest Quilting Project

I have used this punch very little. I decided it was time to give it a try. I had seen a card similar to this. I had all these paper scraps together for another project. "Why would they not work for a card?"

As you can see, I tried it and they worked. I love the poka dots. I love the soft pastel colors. I love using something from my collection that has not been used very much. I love many of the retired stamp sets. This sentiment was from one of the first stamp sets I purchased "Always In My Thoughts" (2008). It was a perfect fit. I stamped it and punched it out.

Then I needed something for the inside of the card. I could have left it plain, but that didn't appeal to me. As I was looking through my stencils I found one that had little hexagons on it. Perfect!  I added a little bit of color using the stencil and some ink. Now, for me, it was complete.

Friday, August 11, 2017

A Sketch Challenge

I think that this is the first time I have done the sketch challenge at Splitcoast Stampers in over a year. I printed off a copy of the challenge on Wednesday, SC657, and found that I already had several things that worked perfectly with this challenge.

Here is my card

The little floral piece was an extra one I had done several weeks ago when I was working on another card. The flower was also on my desk; I had made it for a class that I had earlier in the week. All the other elements came together quickly.

The details--
I used SU Blushing Bride card stock for my base and topped it with a piece of designer series paper. The floral strip was a little piece of scrap designer series paper that I layered with Island Indigo card stock, cut a piece of Baja Breeze card stock with a scalloped edged die and added it to the back. The flower is from a retired Stampin' Up set called Stippled Blossoms. The leaves were punched from a piece of Certainly Celery (retired) card stock. They were really plain so I added some veins with a stamp and sponged the edges with Old Olive ink. The verse is from a Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps set called "New Creature". When I finally got it all together, I was pleased with what I had done. I would never have come up with this layout by myself.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

A Special Thank You

I wanted to say thank you for the Stampin' Up orders I received last month. This is the note card I made and put in with their orders. I love the stamp set "Best Birds" and the coordinating dies. I also really like the retired In Color Crisp Cantaloupe with black. I guess I like most any color with black.
The words are from Spellbinders. I stamped the little flowers and used the matching die to cut them out. I should also mention that the size of the card is 4 1/4" x 4 1/4". To make the envelope, I use 24# copy paper, cut a square at 7" x 7" and score at 3 1/2" using my envelope punch board. That gives me the perfect size envelope for this size card.


I used stamps from the set "Colorful Seasons" to decorate the inside.

My prayer is that you will have a beautiful day!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Did You See?

Did you happen to see the video that Jennifer McGuire produced about adding scoring details to create unique backgrounds? I did and I had to try it! Here is a link to her video.

My cards are really a combination of several techniques that I have seen in the past. I have seen a couple of  names for this technique. I saw it called "grid technique" and "faux tiles". I started by scoring lines every 1/2 inch on the diagonal both directions. I then stamped on the side where the score lines create "valleys". The ink skips over the score lines creating the look of tiles. Then I sponged over the entire panel very lightly to take away the stark white of the card stock.

For this card, I used stamps from the Stampin' Up sets called "Touch of Texture", "Butterfly Basics" and "Petite Pairs".

The inside of my card

For my second card, I started by adding the score lines to my piece of card stock. Then using one of the stamps from the SU retired set "Stippled Blossoms", I began stamping all over the card stock creating a unique background. I had seen this on a card on Pinterest using a stamp set from Altenew.  I tried to stamp each image close to the previous image but not on top of it. I really love the result. Then on another piece of card stock I stamped the complete flower (using SU Soft Sky for the solid image and SU Pool Party for the second image), cut it out and sponged the edges. Love, love, love the result. The ink, layering card stock and ribbon were all Stampin' Up's "Pool Party" color

A close-up of the flower and background

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Inspiration Comes From --------

I find that inspiration can come in many different forms. Sometimes it comes from something  I see when I am out doing ________. Sometimes it comes from a picture I see hanging on a wall. Maybe it comes from pieces of clothing -- the fabric that a pretty dress is made of, a pretty blouse my best friend is wearing, a piece of quilting fabric that I have fallen in love with. Maybe it is a picture of a card that I have seen on Pinterest.

One day while looking at pictures of beautiful cards posted on Pinterest, I came across this lovely card. A real "clean and simple" beauty. I knew that it was one that I was going to have to CASE. First let me share the link to the "beautiful card" that I saw.

Now for a picture of the card that I made. I did use a different color and I haven't added a sentiment yet. So simple, so pretty. I hope that the person who will eventually receive this card will feel the same way. I happened to have the same punch used in the original card, but any pretty flower punch or die would work.


"Consider how the wild flowers grow.
They do not labor or spin.
Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor
was dressed like one of these."
Luke 12:27

Thursday, August 3, 2017

For My Brother

My brother's birthday is in just a few days. I think that this is the first birthday card that I have gotten mailed on time. It turned out to be a simple card but one that I was pleased to mail.

Card base -- Pool Party card stock
Stamps -- Main Image "Moon Lake"
                 Happy Birthday from "Happiest Birthday Wishes"
                 Stars from "Big On Birthdays"
                 Inside greeting from "Botanicals For You"
Ink -- VersaFine Black Onyx embossed with clear embossing powder on watercolor paper and colored using distress markers and my aqua brush

Thank you for stopping by.

***This card was in the favorites for the week ending August 6, 2017 at Splitcoast Stampers

Friday, July 28, 2017

"I Did It"

I have had this desire for the last few weeks to make one of the stair step cards that I had been seeing on Pinterest. I searched and searched trying to find a tutorial on how to make one. I found several but they all seemed rather complicated. Many were written with the measurements written in centimeters. I could have converted the centimeters to inches, but I wanted it done for me. I was being lazy, I guess. I finally found instructions that seemed to be ones that I could follow. After making several prototypes, I finally came up with my own plan. It was time to try using some of the new card stock from Graphic 45 that I had purchased not too long ago. Here is my card---

Here is a list of the things I used--

  • A black card base cut to measure 11 1/2" x 6"
  • Paper from the 12" x 12" pad of the Graphic 45 collection "Guilded Lily" 
  • "Vintage Photo" Distress ink
  • Spellbinders Petite Oval Dies for cutting out the image on the front of the card
  • White seam binding (Hug Snug) that I had dyed with re-inkers, crinkled and allowed to dry
  • Our Daily Bread Designs "Flower Border" stamp (stamped on natural card stock and heat embossed with gold embossing powder) then cut out with the Spellbinders Label 18 die
  • flower stamp from Stampin Up's "Colorful Seasons" stamp set, cut out with coordinating die (stamped on Blushing Bride card stock using the Blushing Bride ink pad -- details added with the SU Primrose Petal marker and yellow Stickles)"
  • Finished card size  --  4 1/4 " x 6" 
I hope to be able to share my instructions at a later date. I have to figure out how to write them all down so that someone else could follow them.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

By The Lake

Earlier this month I posted a card very similar to this one. I love creating water scenes. This time its a lake scene with mountains in the background. I love this chair. It reminds me of spending a quiet day by the water's edge.

"Be still and know that I am God"
 Psalm 46:10

A Splitcoast Stampers favorite for the week ending July 30.
I feel blessed.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

A Birthday Greeting

Another birthday card -- Sometimes I need a birthday card and don't have much inspiration. That was my case a few weeks ago. I found a small piece of the floral designer paper in my scrap box. It became my inspiration. I let the colors do the talking. Not a complicated card but one that I was happy to give.

Here is a close up of my little flower. I sponged the edges and after adding a little shaping to the petals, I used a marker to add more color to the center of the flower. I think it gives life to the flower.

Praying that you have a beautiful day!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Pretty Papers

This was a fun card to make and easy too. The hardest part is deciding what "pretty" papers to use. These were papers from Graphic 45. The flowers were made using a die from Cheery Lynn Designs. You get a little different look depending on how you slide the belly band on.

You start out with a card base measuring 12" x 5 1/2", scored at 4 1/4", 7 1/4" and 10 1/4 ". Fold and then decorate with some of those beautiful papers found in your stash. Each layer is cut 1/8" smaller than the measurement of the panel. I prefer the smaller borders, but that is my choice. I only used two different papers. Both sides of the paper with the brown was used.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Tri-fold Revisited

I think this turned out to be a very special card. I found this fold on Pinterest a couple of weeks ago. I had several pieces of scrap designer paper laying on my work space from another project. When I saw how to make this card, I decided to see what I could make.

I used a black card base then chose pieces that would fit each part. The card is so easy to make. The card base is a piece of card stock cut 5 1/2" x 11" and scored at 3" and 7 1/4". The card stock is folded with the two side panels folded over each other. I chose to have the smaller 3" panel on top. All of top pieces (layers) are cut 1/8" smaller than the measurements of the panel. I like the very small borders -- about 1/16". I think the smaller borders accent the beauty of the paper, especially when the card base is black.

The flowers were made using the Cheery Lynn Designs tea rose dies. I used Soft Sky card stock and sponged the edges with a distress ink.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

This Little Piggy

What a fun stamp set! I loved this stamp set when I began seeing cards made with it. I got the set last month but had not been able to get inspired to use it. Yesterday was the "day". This is my card.

I have been looking at cards that are made with unique folders. There are so many. Yesterday I ran across a video showing how to make the "squash fold" card. I had done this fold years ago but had forgotten about it.This video sparked the inspiration I needed. "Here is the a link" to the video.

Here is the card that I made. The finished size of the card is a 4 1/4" x 4 1/4" square card. The card base is Stampin Up's "Lucky Limeade" accented with Calypso Coral and Island Indigo. I stamped my little piggy onto 90 lb. watercolor paper with VersaFine Black Onyx ink and heat embossed it using clear embossing powder. I used the Stampin' Up watercolor pencils and my aqua brush to color the image.

Such cute stamps.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Using A New Birthday Stamp

I just finished a birthday card using a new set that I just received called "Big on Birthdays". I love the large design.

For the card base I used Blushing Bride card stock. The birthday image was stamped onto white card stock using Memento Gray Flannel ink. The leaves were colored with a green copic marker. The flowers, from the retired Petite Petals stamp set, were stamped on Blushing Bride card stock using Blushing Bride ink and punched out using the coordinating punch. Rhinstones were used to accent the center of the flowers and the dot over the "i". To soften the large white area, I used a stamp from the "Touches of Texture" stamp set and Blushing Bride ink.

July  16, 2017
This card was mentioned in the "Favorites for the week ending July 16".

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Joy Fold Sympathy Card

Having fun making cards using the "Joy Fold".  As always, I have used several sets to make this card and I love all of them. I used "Colorful Seasons", "Best Birds" and "Flourishing Phrases" -- all by Stampin' Up.

For the card base I used Primrose Petal card stock. The inks I used were Memento Rich Cocoa, Blushing Bride and a touch of Primrose Petals in the centers of each punched flower.

July 16, 2017
This card was mentioned in the "Favorites for the week ending July 16, 2017 at SplitcoastStampers.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

By The Sea Shore

When I first saw the "Seasonal Layers" thinlets die set in the new Stampin' Up catalog, I fell in love with it. I began seeing cards with the chair on them. Then one day as I was leaving one of the ladies rooms at church I saw this picture--

At that point I knew that this was a set that would enjoy having and using. The set arrived on Wednesday and this afternoon I made a card with it. I used the picture I had seen as my inspiration.

I created the background first with sponges and ink. Then I added the foliage on the left side. That stamp is from the "Wetlands" set and markers were used to color it before stamping. The chair is from the Stampin' Up "Seasonal Layers" thinlet die set. The sentiment is from one of Our Daily Bread Designs "Mini Tags" set. For the card base I used "Night of Navy" card stock and layered the focal image onto a piece of Brocade Blue card stock before gluing it to the card base.

July 16, 2017 -- This card was mentioned in "Favorites for the week ending July 16, 2017".

Sunday, July 9, 2017

"Fancies" to "Die" For

Do you find it hard to make a card without using dies, thinlits, framelits or whatever they are called.

I DO!!!

I love coordinating stamp and die sets.

In preparing for an up coming class on "fancy fold cards", I have found I am going more and more to the beautiful dies and matching stamp sets that I have in my collection. This is the first card I would like to share. I think is called a "joy fold". The card base is cut 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored at 3". The small card is cut 3" x 8" and scored at 4". Each of the top layers are cut 1/8" smaller than the piece it is going on top of. You can make them any size you like; the small 1/16" border  happens to be my favorite.

I have used a Stampin' Up set  called "Best Birds" with the coordinating set of  "Birds and Blooms" thinlets. The card base is Bermuda Bay card stock accented with Pool Party designer series paper. I colored the branch with my SU watercolor pencils and a blender pen. After stamping and cutting out the flowers, I added some accents to the center of each flower with my Bermuda Bay marker.

In order to make the accent piece in the lower left corner, I cut several 1" black circles with a punch. Glued them together, one on top of the other. The leaves were stamped (tip of the branch), colored and cut out. On top of the leaves, I added three little flowers. The last one was popped up using a dimensional.

I am not sure what I will use this card for so I added a sentiment that will allow the card to be used for many different occasions.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

50 Years

2017 has had many 50 year anniversaries.
  1. 50 years since I did my student teaching in home economics at a high school in Nashville, Tennessee.
  2. 50 years since I graduated from Belmont University, also in Nashville.
  3. 50 years since Don and I were married on June 10.
  4. 50 years since we arrived on Bonaire (July 10) to begin our time of service with Trans World Radio as a couple. Don had already been serving with Trans World Radio for three years.
Many things have taken place in those following 50 years. I made a mini album for Don's anniversary card highlighting many events leading up to our marriage and the following years. I hope to share that mini album in another post very soon.

Today I would like to share the cards Don and I received from friends in one of my stamping groups. Each was so unique and beautiful. Pictures do not do them justice.

made by Carol

made by Sandra

made by Jan S.

made by Margaret

made by Judie

from Janice

made by Cris

made by Jan E.

made by Bess

made by GiGi