Thursday, May 25, 2017

Happy Fourth Birthday, Jonah!

Tuesday is the fourth birthday of one of our grandsons. He (for some reason!) likes the Trix bunny:) So, this is the card that I made for him.

I found the picture on-line. I printed it, along with the sentiment, on white cardstock. I printed it again on white cardstock and cut it out. I trimmed down the image with sentiment, and even cut off part of the bunny's left hand. I matted with blue cardstock. I added the cut-out bunny on top, gluing down his left foot and hand, and putting foam squares under his right foot and hand, head, and ears. The inside says, "have a very happy fourth birthday!)

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Sticker Anniversary

Another thing I have out on my stamping table is stickers. And I've had this tri-fold, aperture card out for quite a while, too. Today's card combines them both. The circular sticker and the butterflies are from Penny Black. I mounted the butterflies on cardstock and cut them out, for more substance. I mounted them on Pop Dot pieces. The sentiment is an old wood-mounted stamp from My Sentiments Exactly. After stamping it, I embossed it with a not-yet-used embossing folder from Cuttlebug. I matted it with blue and mounted on Pop Dots.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Blue Thank You

One more card using my Hero Arts multi-step flower set - this time in blues. It's the smaller flower that I used for yesterday's card. I matted with black, and added a bit of greenery using a Spellbinders die. The sentiment was done using one of my new dies that I got through Amazon. The background cardstock is from an old Die Cuts With a View matstack and I matted it with a thinner black border.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Another Hello Card

In the Hero Arts set that I've used for my last two cards, there are two four-step flowers. Here is the second one. For today's card, I went with yellows and oranges/rust. After stamping it, I carefully cut it out and mounted it on Pop Dots. The greenery was cut with a new Spellbinders set of dies that I got at Michael's with a 60% off coupon and a gift card. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink. The card is done with ivory cardstock.

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Pansy Hello

Well, I had a great streak of almost two months without missing a day of blogging:) That streak came to an end yesterday. But, I did finish up a card today and thought I would post it.

I was using the same set of stamps as Friday's card - from Hero Arts. The flowers are made up using four stamps, and today I went with yellow and purples. I stamped and masked. The leaves are also two-step stamped. I die cut the sentiment using a die that just arrived in Friday's mail. I cut it once out of black and twice out of a thick cereal box and then stacked them - for dimension. I matted with matching cardstock.

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Multi-Step Stamping

When Michael's had their buy-one-get-one-free sale last week (or the week before?), I bought a couple Hero Arts sets. One of them is Christmas sentiments. The other is this multi-step stamping set. I stamped the flower with four stamps using various shades of pink/red. The leaves are two-step stamped in greens. Using a craft knife, I cut carefully around the edge of the flower in the two spots where I wanted the leaves, and then slipped them in. The sentiment was one stamp from Papertrey Ink that I cut into two pieces for stamping this card. I matted with a dark pink and mounted on Pop Dots.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Fun With Shapes #3 and #4

Here are my third and fourth cards using the Stampin' Up! set called "Fun With Shapes."

For this first card, I used the row of triangles, the star and the small rectangle. I used Star Dust Stickles on the stars and red glitter glue for the dots on the trees. I matted with green and embossed the edges with a Cuttlebug border folder. The image panel is mounted on Pop Dots. The sentiment is from My Favorite Things.
The fourth card. (I still have the little "hello" to use on another card.) I used the row of solid circles, the row of outline circles and the ornament hanger. I used silver embossing powder for the outline circles and the ornament hanger. I stamped the snowflakes on the ornaments with green ink using a My Favorite Things stamp. The sentiment is from My Favorite Things, also, and is embossed with silver. The image panel is matted with shimmery silver paper.

And no ... no one "made" me use these stamps! :)

Also, I had a question on this card, with no way to reply to the asker. (However, thanks for your name!) That die, which you can see here, does not cut on the left side. Therefore you can make it any width you'd like. I have done cards like this one where the butterflies are way to the right, and other cards where I cut it narrow and the butterflies are much closer to the left side. Hope that helps! If not, please email me. My address is in the "View my complete profile" under my picture. There is a link to click on to email me.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Fun With Shapes #1 and #2

OK, OK ... I used the set that I said I wasn't going to! :) These two cards, and the two cards I will share tomorrow, are made using the Stampin' Up! set called "Fun With Shapes." The set consists of thirteen stamps: four three-in-a-row solid stamps (circles, triangles, squares and rectangles), two outline stamps (circles and squares), six small images (a star, a bow, a rectangle, an ornament hanger, a flower and a candle flame) and a small stamp that says, "hello." I will use the little "hello" on a later card.

For this first card, I used the row of rectangles and the flame. I added Star Dust Stickles to the flames. I matted with matching blue cardstock and mounted on Pop Dots. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink and is stamped with the same color blue ink.

This second card uses the row of squares, the row of square outlines, the flower and the bow. I matted with matching purple cardstock. The sentiment is the same stamp as the first card, from PTI. The image panel is again mounted on Pop Dots and I added pink gems to the flower centers.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Holiday Minis #1 - 7

Here are the seven cards I made using the next Stampin' Up! set in my mission to use them all. This one is called "Holiday Minis." I just don't have much imagination to use them, so they are all basically the same. The set consists of seven image stamps and one sentiment. For this first one, I used the reindeer and the sentiment. I embossed them with detail gold embossing powder and matted with shimmery gold paper. I embossed the background with a Sizzix folder. The image and sentiment are mounted on Pop Dots.

For the rest of these, I colored the images with Copic markers, added some sparkle with a Wink of Stella pen, matted with green and mounted on Pop Dots. The sentiment for these last six card is from Lawn Fawn.

The good news is that I have seven more Christmas cards done!

I have decided to skip the next set of stamps. I just can't do anything at all different with them:( (It's called Fun With Shapes.) I stamped the images and was at least going to share that with you, but changed my mind.

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Tiny Birthday Flowers

A card using scraps - not even "card parts!" The white rectangle and the little black squares were left over from die-cuts and were sitting on my table. I told myself I either had to use them or throw them away, so here they are. To each black square, I added a small flower from The Paper Studio. The sentiment is from Stampabilities. I added some Washi tape underneath. It matches better "in real life." I did my matting with black.

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Sympathy Rub-Ons

More cards that I wasn't going to share:) However, besides sharing ideas, this blog is also a record of the cards I have made. So, here you go - a couple cards that are very similar to others I have previously posted. Both cards are made with ivory cardstock.

I found these rub-on sentiments from My Sentiments Exactly in my sticker drawers. They also came with verses for the insides. I used the sentiments and verses and finished up another package! I'm not even sure where they came from, but I suspect they came in one of three boxes of "stuff" that my son brought me from a co-worker many years ago. (They sure were fun to go through!) The sentiments are mounted on Pop Dots.
The patterned paper for both cards is from a matstack by Recollections.

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Welcome Little One

Yippee - I finished a pack of stickers! :) The giraffe and three leaves were what was left in a package of Sandylion stickers. My cardbase and layer are ivory. The sentiment is from on old Studio G dollar set.

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Pink Anniversary

I embossed the background for this card originally for the stamped border from three days ago. That didn't work at all - the styles were much too different! So, I made this card with it, instead. Both of the embossing folders I used are by Cuttlebug. Kind of hard to see, but I embossed a double line between them with my Scor-Pal. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink and is matted and mounted on Pop Dots. The flower is from Martha Stewart.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Hearts and Posies #4

My last card using the Stampin' Up! called "Hearts and Posies." Today's card features the rose with leaves. I colored the stamp with markers before stamping. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink. The patterned paper is from a Recollections matstack. I matted both layers with black. The sentiment is mounted on Pop Dots.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Hearts and Posies #3

My third card using the "Hearts and Posies" stamp set from Stampin' Up! Today's stamp is the heart. I stamped it three times and put a piece of matching cardstock under it and mounted on Pop Dots. (I love finding scraps that work. Makes me remember to partially mat something.) The sentiment is from Stampabilities. The background was embossed with a Cuttlebug folder. (It's called Matelasse. I figured someone will ask me!) I matted with the same color cardstock.

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Hearts and Posies #2

The second card with my "Hearts and Posies" stamp set from Stampin' Up! The stamp I used today is the border stamp. I inked it up using markers and stamped it twice. Well, once and three fourths:) I matted with orange and added orange gems to the turquoise flowers and a purple gem to the orange flower. I mounted on Pop Dots. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink.

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Hearts and Posies #1

Finally - a new Stampin' Up! set to get started on. (Continuing on my quest to use all of my SU! sets.) This one is called "Hearts and Posies." It consists of six stamps - this large, open heart, a smaller solid (with pattern) heart, a small rose with leaves stamp, a border stamp, a "Forever Friends" stamp with rose, and a "To/From" stamp. I'm pretty sure I won't be using the To/From stamp, and possibly not the other sentiment, either, but I will use the other four stamps.

I stamped the large heart with two different colors of ink and cut them out. I cut a slit through one so that I could intertwine them. Then I mounted them on Pop Dots. The patterned paper is from an ancient matstack from Sizzix. I matted it to match the darker heart. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink.

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Die-Cut Sympathy

The last card - for now - using my new dies. I used the die on black cardstock and matted with a plum. I mounted it on Pop Dots. The background paper is from a Recollections matstack that I really love, and is matted with black.

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Monkey Birthday

I had this cute little monkey sticker on my desk. He's from Sandylion - and is many years old! :) I stamped the background with a Tattered Angels stamp. The balloon was made with one of my new dies. (This balloon is the biggest one the seven!) The string was die-cut from the same set. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink. 

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Die Cut with Flowers

Another new die. (I bought them from Amazon, and they were a great deal!) The die cuts the oval and the greenery.) I matted with deep purple (Rich Razzleberry from Stampin' Up! - probably retired) and then again with matching olive. The flowers are stickers from Martha Stewart that I've had for several years.

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Die-Cut Thanks

You're going to be seeing several of my new dies in action over the coming days:) This one is the "Thank You." I cut it out of coral, then found this patterned paper to match it. (I got the paper at Michael's a couple years ago. I cut the 12 x 12 sheets into fourths right away and threw away the packaging, so I can't tell you who it's by.) I matted the entire piece with the dark yellow cardstock to match the paper.

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Lion Birthday

Another of my new dies - postage stamp-edged die with "stitches." I cut it out of black. And I used up more stickers and more "card parts." The lion sticker, along with the leaves, are from a set of stickers by Sandylion. The plain white circle and the scalloped circle made their way out of my card parts box a couple weeks ago. I sponged brown ink on the plain one and yellow ink on the scalloped one. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink and is embossed with detail gold embossing powder.

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Hoppy Day!

I recently purchased several dies/die sets through Amazon.  I actually sat down and used every one of them! Now I have to put them on cards:)

The first one I'm using is this frame with "stitching" around it. I must admit that it's smaller than I thought it would be, having not checked out the measurements before I ordered it! I do like the size, though. It came with nine other dies - seven balloons, a straight balloon string, and a curvy balloon string. Some of them are REALLY tiny! They might be fun to work with, though, and I think you'll be seeing one soon. I had the green piece sitting on my table, after cutting something out of the middle of it with another new die. It fit perfectly under this white piece that I had cut. So then I had to figure out something to put in the opening. Going through my stickers, I found these frogs. Perfect! And what sentiment would go with them? How about this one from Papertrey Ink. I mounted the white panel on Pop Dots.
Another of the die sets is the one that cuts these shaped. "stitched" pieces. I used one in white and one in black. Used the last of my frogs and also added the same sentiment from PTI. The patterned paper is from Bo Bunny.

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Monday, May 1, 2017

May Calendar Page

Here is my calendar page for this month. The stamp is by Repeat Impressions. I colored with Copic markers and I added a touch of sparkle with a Wink of Stella marker. I matted with thin purple cardstock.

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Congrats


I've been having quite a bit of time in my stamping room lately, and I love it! I've been going through card parts, stickers, etc. and pulling things out to use soon. I have several of these wonderful frames by Rubbernecker stamped and ready to use. (Thanks, Vicki!) So, here is one done:)

The sentiment was previously done using a Darice die. I thought it looked nice with the stamped frame. Hmmm ... what else to put on it? Oh! I've got some Penny Black stickers that I bought last summer in Des Moines at our Group Gathering. I bet one of them would work nicely. I trimmed it down and matted it with black. The butterfly is from the same sticker set. 

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

hello


I had an ivory card base sitting on my table that I had dropped a stamp on (or somehow got smudges on it) so I wanted to completely cover it up. I thought a good way to do that would be to use some of my beautiful Gina K patterned paper. I chose two patterns and added a thin strip of plain cardstock in between. Searching through my dies, I came across this little-used one from Spellbinders. I cut a piece of ivory cardstock to fit on it. I used a stamp from Technique Tuesday to stamp the flower with a coordinating ink, and added the stamped flower center. I also sponged a bit of matching purple ink around the edges before I mounted the image panel on Pop Dots.

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Friday, April 28, 2017

More Penny Black

I know that I said I wasn't going to share any more of these cards, but I guess I was wrong! :) I saw this technique on Darnell's blog, and loved it. So, I had to give it a try. I thought it would be a good way to use these last stampoffs. The flower stamps (I believe) are from Penny Black. I'm pretty sure they were inked with distress markers and spritzed with water before stamping. So, what I did was to cut out a rectangle with a Memory Box stitched rectangle die. I stamped the sentiment (from Papertrey Ink) on it, mounted on Pop Dots, and added it back in the opening. What a great idea! I've certainly seen die cuts placed back into the hole they came from, but not just simply rectangles (or other simple shapes.)
On this one, I sponged around the edges before mounting on Pop Dots and returning it to the image.
And this one is included just because it's the last of my Penny Black flower stampoffs from a couple years ago!

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Simple Birthday

I was sorting through my 12 x 12 papers last week, and I came across this scrap of embossed paper. (I'm sure it wasn't originally 12 x 12, so I don't know why it was in there! :) ) At any rate, I took it out to be used soon. That "soon" was for this card.

I had already cut this card base and had it sitting on my table for a few weeks. The finished card is 4 x 7 - cut to fit an envelope I had. I cut the yellow to fit on the card front with a black mat. The sentiment was cut with a new-to-me die from Sizzix. Simple, but it will probably work well for a kid's birthday card.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Garden Whimsy #5

 I think this card turned out to be my favorite of the five cards I made with the Stampin' Up! set, "Garden Whimsy." The ladybug is the stamp from this set. I love the simplicity of it.

I stamped the ladybug with red on a tiny scrap and cut out the most solid part of it, trimming off the dashed lines around the edges. Then I stamped again with black on another scrap. I added the red cut-out part over the black, and then colored a few of the white dots with a black marker. I cut it out with a die from a Memory Box stitched rectangle set. The sentiment is from a Papertrey Ink set.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Garden Whimsy #4

One more card using stamps from the set "Garden Whimsy" from Stampin' Up! (Last one tomorrow!) For this card, I used the flower with stem, the sentiment, and the ladybugs in the background.

I randomly stamped the ladybugs in a lighter purple on a panel slightly smaller than the front of the card. I inked up the flower stamp with markers and stamped on a scrap. I stamped the sentiment in black over the flower. The little butterfly was punched with a Martha Stewart punch. I hand-drew the bottom of the body and antennae and added a black enamel dot for the body. I matted with cardstock to match the flower and butterfly, and mounted on Pop Dots. I intentionally stamped the sentiment over to the left, but it was kind of long to off-center it and it just looked like it was supposed to be in the middle, but was mis-stamped:) That's why I added the butterfly.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Garden Whimsy #3

Card number three using "Garden Whimsy" set by Stampin' Up!

I stamped the butterfly three times across a white panel, added the sentiment (from Stampabilities) in black, and adorned the antennae with black acrylic dots. Oh yeah - I also added a black acrylic dot for the dot on the i, and I mounted the entire panel on Pop Dots.

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Garden Whimsy #2

Card number two using the Stampin' Up! set called "Garden Whimsy." The stamps I used for this card are the butterfly and the sentiment. I had the die-cut circle and scalloped circle, along with the red half circle, in the card parts that I took out last week. I went old-school and added the black dots on the scallops:) The image panel is mounted on Pop Dots.

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Garden Whimsy #1

My posts for the next several days will be using the Stampin' Up! set called "Garden Whimsy." It consists of eight stamps.

For this card, I used the snail. I almost skipped this stamp, but thought I could at least do this much with it:) I stamped the snail with SU!'s Buckaroo Blue ink and matted with matching cardstock. I mounted on Pop Dots. The sentiment was done with an Image Tree alphabet stamp. This would make a fine "hello, how are you doing" card, I think.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Blue Iris Thinking of You

I have several (I think four more) of this type of flower stamped and in my "card parts" box. I probably won't share all of them with you, as I'm not very creative with them. I'm sure I've already shared a few of them here:) At any rate, this was the second stamping. I had colored the stamp with distress markers and then spritzed with water. For this card, I trimmed off the right side, leaving part of the flower stem "out of the box." The sentiment is from Stampabilities and is mounted on Pop Dots.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Santa

In my "Card Parts" box was this small square of patterned paper. In small cursive letters are the words from "Twas the Night Before Christmas." I thought it might work nicely to stamp an image over it. So, I looked through my Christmas stamps and found this one from My Favorite Things. The sentiment is also from MFT. I stamped the image with distress ink and sponged ink along the edges, too. I matted with with a matching red cardstock and mounted on Pop Dots. The card base is kraft.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Happy (Belated) Anniversary, Lucy and David!

Oops - my friend Lucy's anniversary was last Saturday. I forgot to get her card made! It went out on Saturday, so it shouldn't be TOO late. I hope you had a great day, Lucy!

I used a technique I saw in a Gina K email. She called it "Emerging Corners." I never did end up watching the video, but it appeared to me that you take a large background stamp and just ink up a corner. So, I tried that on this card. I like the way it turned out, and I'll have to try to remember to try that again! I used a Stampin' Up! background stamp. I used distress ink. I matted with SU! Rich Razzleberry. (I'm sure just about everything SU! that I have is retired, except maybe some of my ink pads.) The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink. I matted it with a piece cut with a Spellbinders die. I had a couple thin pieces of Razzleberry left from trimming down the matting layer, so I added them under the sentiment. The sentiment panel is mounted on Pop Dots.


I had taken this SU! background stamp out, also, as a possibility for this technique. After I had made the first card, I decided to try this stamp and make another. I added a strip along the edge. The sentiment is from SU! too.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

hello

Another card made with "card parts." This stamped and matted piece was one of those from my box that I took out to make into a card. The stamp is from Gina K. I colored it with markers before stamping. I added the enamel dots to the centers. I also added another layer of matting - adding the white. The background paper is from Recollections. I used the "hello" die to cut three layers, gluing them on top of each other for thickness. The die is by Darice.

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