Saturday, March 31, 2018

Beach Scene

Our card group didn't meet on Thursday because it was Maundy Thursday. However, we did meet Thursday last week and I didn't post one of the cards we made. Lynn made a fantastic lunch and we made great cards.

This is not Stampin' Up!, with the exception of the inside, and that will no longer be available after today, so you will be spared my sales pitch...lol. BUT, if you like the beach scene, I'm sure I can switch it back!! We have many products that can be used for that.

For me, this was a clean and simple card. It's basically one layer with minimal stamping. You just stamp the sentiment on white card stock cut it with your trimmer and put a mat under it. Punch out the birds and adhere them to a blue card stock base. Tear a darker piece of blue paper that has a white core. Tear a lighter piece of blue with a white core and adhere it to the card base. Tear a piece of sand colored paper that doesn't have a white core and adhere that. Die cut the shells and adhere that. You're done! 

Just Us Girls Challenge #434 Wild Card Week will determine if it meets their CAS requirements!


The inside shells were punched using a very light shade of pink paper. The sentiment I chose is from Happy Wishes, mentioned above.


Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a fantastic Saturday! Sunday's coming!!

Friday, March 30, 2018

Stampin' Up! Masculine!

Good Friday to you! Let the viewer beware: This card uses a retired stamp from Definitely Decorative Pines 1998 (borrowed from a friend) and a retired stamp set pictured below (The Wilderness Awaits). I am willing to sell the stamp set in order to make room for new stamps in April!

That's one of the perks of becoming a demonstrator...you get to buy the products after On Stage in April but before the Annual Catalog goes live on June 1. If you want to learn more about becoming a demonstrator, let me know...I would be delighted to assist you.

On with the card...


The technique should be familiar if you have been following my blog. If not, it's called "Retiform". The colors are black and white. It was for my third entry at All Sorts but the challenge kinda ended!

Why did I choose to use something you can't buy through Stampin' Up!? Good question...and the answer is because it's for the Silent Auction in Maine for Cystic Fibrosis. I mean, does this not shout Maine to you? Plus I needed a masculine card for it.

I did use Basic Black 3/8" Shimmer Ribbon on the card rather than continuing the retiform technique. I also think my sentiment is going a little up hill. I have such a difficult time getting things perfectly straight even when I use my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig. I wonder if anyone out there has a tutorial on stamping straight sentiments?

Here's the inside...



Hope you enjoyed my card and thanks for stopping by to take a look see. 

Retired Product For Sale! Leave me a comment with your email if you are interested OR click on this link to contact me.




Thursday, March 29, 2018

Stampin' Up! Ebony and Ivory Petal Passion

This is my second post today. So, if I really don't like black and white, why do I keep making cards that are just that? Well, because I have a friend who loves those two AND I can have another entry in All Sorts #460 Black & White Only!

I used the Petal Passion DSP, the Sparkle Embossing Folder, the Bow Builder punch and black rhinestones to make my card...easy peasy! Hope you like...



Card base: Thick Whisper White 4 1/4" x 11", scored and folded at 5 1/2"

Basic Black Mat: 3 1/2" x 4 1/2"

Whisper White Embossed Panel: 2 3/4" x 4"

The black rhinestone jewels are not available, but you can take Rhinestone Basic Jewels and color them with a black Sharpie or even use Pearl Basic Jewels.

Products Used:

Big Shot
[143263]
$110.00
Glue Dots
[103683]
$5.25

Stampin' Up! Black and White for the Happy Inkin' Blog Hop



Hey y'all...it's Thursday again...and you know what that means. Yes, we are going hopping with a great group of crafters. This week's challenge is a sketch and here it is...

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My card has so many ingredients, I am just going to list them below along with measurements. In addition to the hop, I'm playing along with Allsorts Challenge 460 - Black & White Only


...and for the inside...




If you have any questions about my card, please leave a comment with your email address. In the meantime, I hope you'll click on the names listed below who have participated in the hop. If you click on the "Next" button you will be taken directly to Julie Johnston's work of art. You can also click on any name below to go directly to that site.


Measurements and Supplies:
  • Whisper White Card Base: 4 1/4" x 11" scored and folded at 5 1/2"
  • Basic Black Mat: 4" x 5 1/4" (2) - one for card front, one for inside
  • Petal Passion leaf DSP: 3 3/4" x 5"
  • Petal Passion Stripe DSP:3 1/2" x 2 1/2"
  • Basic Black scraps for flower sprigs, horizontal piece and "amazing"
  • Whisper White scrap for sentiment cut with Layered Circles Framelits
  • Vellum for  leaves
  • Whisper White mat 3 3/4" x 5" for inside greeting 
  • Daffodil Delight Scrap for inside "you"
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink and Daffodil Delight ink
Details for Card Outside:
  • Make your card base
  • Layer black mat, DSP leaves mat and DSP striped mat to card front
  • Cut the horizontal strip with die from Petals & More and adhere to DSP
  • Cut two black flower sprigs using Flourish Framelits and adhere to DSP
  • Stamp sentiment from Flourishing Phrases in Memento Tuxedo Black; and little flowers from Petal Palette
  • Cut out with scalloped circle die, edge it with black marker and adhere over sprigs and leaves with dimensionals
  • Punch 3 Vellum leaves with the Leaf Punch, use Tombow glue to adhere them underneath the circle (just put glue on the stem that goes under the circle)
Details for Card Inside:
  • Die cut "amazing" and "you" with Celebrate You Thinlits
  • On your Whisper White mat, using any alignment tool you have (or your naked eye), lay out "so He made you" from Flourishing Phrases; the sun rays from Amazing You;  Happy Birthday from Beautiful Bouquet and your die cut words. Once you have everything positioned, remove the cut outs and ink up the stamps and stamp away! I added ellipses after the "you" to lead into "Amazing"; then glue your cut out words where you wanted them.
  • Adhere the art piece to the black mat and that to the card base
If you wish to purchase any of the products through me, just click on the pictures below and it will take you to my online store. Please note that the Amazing You stamp set and matching die set "Celebrate You" are Sale-A-Brations items that are free with a $100 purchase. That promotion ends 3/31/18. The die set will carry over to the June 1, 2018 Annual Catalog, but not the stamp set. The Stamp-A-Ratus will be available June 1 unless you took advantage of the pre-order offered by Stampin' Up!






Product List
Leaf Punch
[144667]
$16.00
Big Shot
[143263]
$110.00
Stamparatus
[146276]
$49.00

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Stampin' Up! Heartfelt Blooms

Over at The Sisterhood of Crafters, Debbie has a challenge for Spring Flowers.

Now, it doesn't get any better than this, does it? I used my watercolor pencils, blender pen and Heartfelt Blooms stamp set on my card. No dragonflies were hurt in the making of this card!
I have to make this a quick post today because it's a double whammy...chemo and radiation! Woo hoo, though, it's his last day of radiation!! 14 days of it went by quickly...for me anyway.

If you have any questions, let me know and I'll get back to you. Thanks for stopping by today!


Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Stampin' Up! You're Inspiring

I made my card today for a special someone in my life. I was inspired by two challenges:

and

SSC 175 Easter Palette


So, I used the You're Inspiring stamp set to create this card...

I started by creating a card base of Daffodil Delight card stock. Then, using retired Mint Macaron card stock (I have some if you need it!), I cut a panel and embossed it with the Layered Leaves Dynamic TIEF, using my Big Shot. 

Then I cut a piece of Wisteria Wonder and adhered it to the MM panel.  I colored a piece of Just Add Color DSP (this is a Sale-A-Bration exclusive item. With a qualifying order of $50, this item can be added to your shopping bag - good until 3/31/18) and adhered it to the WW. The colors I used from my Stampin' Write Markers were Wisteria Wonder,  Pear Pizzazz, Marina Mist, Soft Sky and Pool Party. I also used my Daffodil Delight Light and Dark Blends (temporarily unavailable).

I stamped the daffodils from the Occasions Catalog You're Inspiring stamp set, using the direct to stamp method, onto a Whisper White scrap. In case you aren't familiar with "direct to stamp", it's a technique inking up the stamp with Stampin' Write Markers, huffing on it and then stamping. I used Pear Pizzazz and Daffodil Delight markers. I cut it out with one of the circles from Stitched Shapes Framelits. I adhered it to the DSP panel with Stampin' Dimensionals.

With the addition of a Linen Thread "Billie Moan" bow, the card front was done.

The measurements and partial listing of products used are listed below. 

The inside is a surprise for the recipient!

I hope you have enjoyed my card and that you will leave a comment if you have visited. It helps promote my blog and I am also hoping to promote my business! PLUS, I love hearing from you!!

Measurements:
Card Base: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Mat: 4" x 5 1/4"
Panels: 2 1/4" x 4"



Products Used:
Mint Macaron 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Mint Macaron 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
[138337]
$8.00