Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Watercolor Roses

This morning I cut my half dead roses back before the rain came. There were drops of water left on them from yesterday's rain so I entered the challenge of All Natural at Splitcoaststampers TLC601  

I was amazed at how it turned out. I had 3 red and 1 pink mini roses which I laid on watercolor paper and ran it through my Cuttlebug using A, B, and C pads. The sentiment is from a Paper Pumpkin kit and I used Perfect Plum ink. The base of the card is Blackberry bliss with a layer of Perfect Plum and then the watercolor paper. I'm looking forward to trying this technique again as I know it will never turn out the same.

Let me know what you think. I appreciate comments and thank you for them. 


Monday, August 29, 2016

Origami

The designer paper I used on this card was called Origami. I love the layout of the pieces.


This card was made using Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set, Flourish Thinlits, Crumb Cake ink, cardstock and Very Vanilla Cardstock.





Color Purple

The past few days I have been into the color purple!




I am now out of that one sheet of designer paper (the second and third cards). I fell in love with it and hope to get more! I was able to get 10 card kits out of the 12 x 12 sheet in addition to the cards I made. The cardstock I used was Blackberry Bliss, Rich Razzleberry and Perfectly Plum. The butterfly punches I used were Bitty Butterfly, Elegant Butterfly from SU and Monarch Butterfly from Martha Stewart.



Sunday, August 28, 2016

Stampin' Gals Gone Wild

This is the card I made today for the Stampin' Gals weekend sketch challenge on FB. I used Dapper Denim cardstock and a designer paper a friend gave me. It has a little silver in it but the camera didn't pick that up. The butterflies are the Bitty Butterfly punch. The ink used was Dapper Denim. I have now fallen in love with the In Colors for this year, with the exception of Peekaboo Peach. I'm sure I'll find paper that will go with that and then I'll be totally in love with the whole package. The sentiment is from Love & Sympathy, which is a retired stamp set from SU.



Saturday, August 27, 2016

Sympathy

No one likes making sympathy cards, but I had a request for five this weekend. My favorite stamp set and framelits for making them is Secret Garden. Here is what I created....




While I had the set out, I decided to make a birthday card...


On the birthday card, I used Pop of Pink washi tape, gold foil and the Perfectly Penned stamp. The bow is not Stampin Up. I used the "twine" from the tags on my new Vionic sandals :-)  My husband says I'm frugal! I need to be after spending that much on sandals!!

A friend gave me some beautiful paper so I also created this sympathy card with it...



The colors I used were Sweet Sugarplum, Blackberry Bliss and Whisper White. I really liked the way SU paper coordinated with a non-SU designer paper.











Thursday, August 25, 2016

Happy Birthday!

Yesterday I had another order for a birthday card. The cardstock was already cut from a previous card kit for my group so this was a piece of cake to create. I amuse myself!


Since we live in Florida and the recipient lives in Florida, I thought the flamingo was very appropriate. The colors I used are Mint Macaron, Melon Mambo, and Flirty Flamingo. I used DSP to make it look like she was wading in water and added washi tape at the bottom to make it look like sand. I have a vivid imagination! I used the Pop of Paradise stamp set and the sentiments are from a retired set. The flamingo was cut out using the Layering Oval Framelits.

I entered this in the Stampin' Royalty Challenge. SR #343

Monday, August 22, 2016

I made these cards for a challenge at Splitcoaststampers...Color Challenge CC596

The colors are Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke and Pool Party. The DSP is from the 2016 Holiday Catalog. It was a pre-order as a demonstrator. Customers may order beginning September 1, 2016. If you don't have a demonstrator and are interested in Stampin' Up products, I would be delighted to assist you...just leave a comment below. Everything on these cards is Stampin' Up with the exception of the kitties, which are from the IOS Cat Set dies.  

It's not Christmas yet, but I'm in the mood for cooler weather. Today it was 95 and we haven't had a cool day since March. My kitties are purrfectly content watching it snow. Hope you enjoyed my cards.



Sunday, August 21, 2016

Pet Sympathy

On our way home from our trip north this summer, we stayed with friends just outside of Atlanta. Their children are their pets. Since we have known them, they have had Sonny and Cher. Then when they passed, they got Butch and Sundance. Butch passed and they got Glory. Sundance decided he didn't like his name so they started calling him Gus. While we were there, Gus was diagnosed with cancer. A month later he crossed the rainbow bridge. He was such a gentle giant. 

I made this card for them. I was waiting to find a paw print stamp and Thursday I found it at Michael's. RIP Gus...we will meet again.




I used Basic Gray for the card base, DSP from SU Timeless Elegance, Sahara Sand and Very Vanilla for the layers. The hearts are silver Glimmer paper and punched out. On the inside the hearts are from God's Beauty and the corners were punched using the Corner Trio from SU. 

We will miss that boy when we go to visit again!


Thursday, August 18, 2016

Love the Mint Macaron!

Today we tried a new venue. We usually meet at various homes and the hostess provides the meal and the card kits. We met, instead, at Michael's and had the classroom for 3 hours. We each brought our own lunch. The cards we made were very pretty, I think.









Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Discipline


Today I disciplined myself...I could not make any new cards until I finished all the ones I had started and not finished OR had made card kits for our group. I made a total of 8 cards. Some of them are similar to ones I have posted previously, but I needed to see what I accomplished!

These two cards were a CASE of Kim Jolley's card. I didn't put a sentiment on mine as I'm not sure how I'm going to use them. Kim did put a sentiment on hers and it makes a big difference.  Here's the link to Kim's Card.



I did the same thing for this next one...no sentiment as I don't know how it will be used. 

These cards are from a kit that I made up for our group awhile back. Some gals couldn't attend so I finished the kits up and changed them a little from my original layout. I also used copper embossing powder on the sprinkles.





These two are also from other kits. There was one more kit but I will post that another day. We were ambitious that day!











Sunday, August 14, 2016

Hydrangeas Don't Grow in Florida or Do They?

Pretty color challenge at Sunday Stampers #133....

My card base is Dapper Denim. I used Pear Pizzaz to sponge the bottom layer and Lost Lagoon for the top layer using the tree canopy die from Thoughtful Branches. I added yellow Perfect Pearls for the centers of the flowers. I used Tip Top Taupe for the sentiment and for sponging around and on the Whisper White cardstock, which was my neutral color. The leaves and bottom border are not SU products but the colors fit in with the challenge. 




It's Not Valentine's Day

I saw a challenge on Splitcoaststampers, CC595, and decided I would make a card today using that challenge. The card base is Mossy Meadow. The Whisper White was sponged with Old Olive. The heart was cut out using the Bloomin' Love Thinlets and inlaid back into the WW. The flowers are Daffodil Delight. I scored the card incorrectly so I decided to add Dessert. The dessert part of the challenge was "Summer Treats". What better treat than ice cream thus I added a strip of Birthday Bouquet DSP from SU. I colored the pink cones with Daffodil Delight, which made them turn orange :-(  The Mint Macaron cones have added squiggles of Mossy Meadow marker. The sentiment is stamped in Old Olive and is from Honeycomb Happiness.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

29th Birthday for Real!

My friend's granddaughter turns 29 in September for the first time!! I made this card for her to send. Colors are dapper denim, emerald envy, flirty flamingo and sweet sugarplum. The DSP was cut out using the framelits that were a bundle with Swirly Bird. The 29 is stamped in Dapper Denim and the ballerina is done with Versa Mark. I added pearls to the flowers to kick it up a notch as well as adding pearls under the "Happy".



For some reason, the numbers on my Number of Years stamp set do not stamp properly. I reinked them 3 times using my Misti and Dapper Denim ink, which was new.

Here's the inside....

on the opposite side is another ballerina...turning! Her granddaughter has studied ballet for a number of years and is a dancer.

Halloween

This was my first ever Halloween card. I used SU Happy Scenes. I'm not a fan of Halloween, nor are my children. However, we have friends who have children who love it. Colors are basic black, whisper white (sponged with tangelo twist ink) and tangelo twist. I made the bats from a butterfly die. I added faux stitching and black enamel dots to kick it up a notch.




Sunday, August 7, 2016

Tuscan Vineyard

I had every intention of not having a sentiment on this card today, nor words inside. However, this challenge at Stamp Ink Paper changed my direction! It was a fun challenge and I'm just making the deadline!


and for the inside...


All of the products used are from Stampin Up.  The cluster of grapes is from Tuscan Vineyard. I made my own background paper using Tuscan Vineyard and Timeless Textures, stamped in Tip Top Taupe ink on Whisper White. I also used Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry for cardstock and ink. The grapes were cut out with the new oval framelits. Once I created my puns in Word, I punched them out using the banner punch and decorative label punch. Hope you enjoyed the puns!

My inspiration for this card came from Ange in Australia and her You Tube Video.  Thank you Angela!



Thursday, August 4, 2016

Thoughtful Branches and Swirly Bird

Today we used the Thoughtful Branches stamp set and dies plus the Swirly Bird stamp set and dies from Stampin Up.



We used one-sided adhesive sheets to cut out the dies and it was so much easier than having to put glue on such thin pieces of cardstock with so many spaces in between. Here's the inside of the card:



Falling Flowers stamp set and the border die from Flourish Thinlits were used to make the next card.




The following card has no sentiment on it because I noticed the globe was off kilter. I can think of all kinds of sentiments to go with that, but there are no stamps for them. I will have to make my own!


It was a fun day with a delicious broccoli quiche and fruit tart served. Next week I think we are doing the bokeh technique...can't wait to learn that!