Nov 272015

Merry Christmas in Pacific PointMerry Christmas in Pacific Point is designed using Stampin’ Up! supplies.

Blue and silver is one of my favorite Christmas colors.  I have a friend that will only put blue and silver packages under her tree.  That is taking it a bit too far, but her tree is always lovely.

Today’s card starts with a tag and a simple Christmas sentiment.  The tag is embellished with snowflakes from the Square Pillow Box Thinlits and a bit of Pacific Point ribbon.

The background is done with the Boughs & Berries embossing folder.  This embossing folder is a bit smaller than my normal sized greeting card so it takes a special technique to add it to the card front.  I placed the Pacific Point in the embossing folder so it was all the way to the top, but placed the top cutting pad only 3/4 the way down the card stock.  Run this through the Big Shot.  Remove and turn the card stock around in the embossing folder matching the pattern as closely as possible.  Place the cutting pad only over the section that is not yet embossed.  Run it through the Big Shot again.  This will give you a complete embossed border.

Add the completed tag to the center of the embossed card stock and add that to the card base.

See the supply list below for the Merry Christmas in Pacific Point card.

Oct 212015

Christmas card Christmas card insideThinking of You at Christmas Card is my new favorite.  I love the green and gold together.

Today I thought:  I have been using silver on my Christmas cards and want to try using the gold.  The gold doily was perfect for the sketch.  The gold is carried throughout the card with gold embossing on the holly and the sentiment.

The front sentiment is inked with VersaMark and gold embossing powder added.  The inside sentiment and holly are inked with Mossy Meadow and gold embossing powder added.  It is hard to see this in the pictures, but it gives a shimmer the card.

The leaves of the holly were colored with Old Olive marker, blotted off and then heat set again.  This brings out the gold over the Mossy Meadow ink a bit more.  I colored the berries with Cherry Cobbler markers before stamping the holly.  Using this technique instead of VersaMark gives a bit more color without completely covering it up with the gold emboss.

Thinking of You at Christmas Card didn’t take to long to make and I will probably be repeating this for my own set of Christmas cards.

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Sep 232015

Get Well CardSending a Kiss Get Well Card is inspired by the card sketch this week at i Love Card Sketches.

Look closely at the background to see the fluttering butterflies flying diagonally across the paper – each one representing a butterfly kiss.

The key to getting the squares straight on the card front is to use a small ruler.  I hold down the card front with some painter’s tape on top of grid paper.  Then I can place the ruler on the grid lines and place the squares up against the ruler.  If your ruler and card front are straight on the grid paper, the squares will be perfectly placed on the card front.

iLCS47The colors are picked up from the squares of the Bohemian Designer Series Paper.  The mats are in Delightful Dijon  card stock and the inked sentiments are in Rich Razzleberry ink.  The Whisper White sentiment diamond edges are also lightly inked with Rich Razzleberry.


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Sep 182015

Christmas CardToday I tried a sponged landscape to create the Peaceful Pines Christmas Card.

This background doesn’t need layers of card stock.  Masking is the key to creating the illusion of depth as well as using different colors of ink.  See the supply list below for colors.  First create a torn edge of card stock to use as the mask.  I also created both a positive and negative mask for the moon and the trees.

You create one section at a time, sponging on colors and covering the section just finished as you move up the card.  After I stamped the trees and sponged them, I went over the entire card front with dabs of Whisper White Craft ink and blended with a sponge.

The tree in the foreground is stamped in Mossy Meadow onto Whisper White card stock and then cut out with the coordinating framelit.  I added a small star to the top of the tree and outlined the tree with Dazzlin’ Details.  I added Dazzlin’ Details to the tree star and the stars in the sky.  I wish the picture showed off the subtle sparkle better.

The finished landscape is glued to Night of Navy card stock and then that is glued to a Whisper White card base.

The sponge landscape background takes is a little time consuming for mass production.  But, if you like to sponge and create this type of landscape background, the Peaceful Pines Christmas Card gives you some ideas for creating a few of your Christmas cards.

Sep 112015

Christmas cardA swing card for Christmas – Wishing You Christmas Joy is the message on the inside.

Christmas cardMaking a swing card like this is made so much easier when using the Circle Card Thinlits.  All the measuring and cutting is done in one run through the Big Shot.  Then you just need to complete the embellishments.

Fancy Foil Vellum is added to the left front panel and I cut a few of the snowflakes out with circle punches and added them to the swing and to the right panel.

To create a few of the elements I had to mix and match.  For instance, I only used the sleigh and horse and not the whole edgelit.  Inside the swing, I used the Night of Navy marker to ink just the “wishing you” from one stamp image and just the “Christmas” from another stamp image in the Versatile Christmas set.  The “joy” is cut from the “enjoy” thinlit from the Mini Treat Bag set.

Be creative with your stamps when you don’t have quite the right message or image you want.

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Mar 252015

iLCS21 card-medILCS21Today’s card “you warm my heart” is designed for the sketch over at i Love Card Sketches.

I haven’t had much opportunity to play with the Sheltering Tree stamp set.  The stamp set has a couple of nice greetings and I can envision a set of cards for spring, summer, fall and winter.  It should be great to use for masculine as well as feminine cards.  Now I just have to get busy “playing”.

The tree is done in Baked Brown Sugar, Pistachio Pudding and Strawberry Slush.  I wanted a muted effect so all the colors are stamped off first.  I learned this neat trick for the foliage on the tree.  Use the back of the stamp to add the Pistachio Pudding and then turn the stamp over and add the Strawberry Slush blossoms.  You can use this technique with a lot of the photopolymer stamps if you want a solid image reverse of the original.  I haven’t tried it, but I bet the clear stamps wouldn’t stick to the acrylic block very well if you try to use the reverse.  It is worth a try though.

The little trick you can see in the greeting.  This stamp image is all one line.  Use a Stampin’ marker to color 1/2 of the image at a time so you can spread the greeting to two lines.

Check out other examples for today’s sketch at i Love Card Sketches.  Share your creation using the sketch for this week.  Have fun stamping!

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Mar 162015

IMG_1995-med IMG_1998-medHave you tried Triple Time Stamping?  The first card today “Best Day Ever” looks like Triple Time Stamping.

The three layers of Whisper White card stock were “tacked” on top of each other without the matting (just a dab of adhesive so you can take them apart again).  Then all three layers were stamped just once with the Something Lacy background stamp using Island Indigo ink.

Take the layers apart and mat each layer onto Rose Red card stock.  The top layer is the sentiment and it is stamped separately from the other layers.  This is stamped once with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and then stamped again slightly down and to the right with Rose Red ink creating a bit of shadow.

Add the bow and the rhinestones and the card is finished.

The second card is really only three layers.  I tacked down strips of Whisper White card stock to mask across the top and bottom and on both sides.  I tacked another piece of Whisper White in the center.  The Something Lacy stamp was stamped on all the layers with Garden Green ink.

I didn’t like the wide bands of white showing around my centerpiece so I trimmed what was supposed to be the mask so I had 1/8″ strips that perfectly aligned with the rest of the design.  The strips are glued down the center of each of the white bands.

To be consistent, I trimmed about 1/8″ off all around the centerpiece.  The very top are the flowers stamped in Strawberry Slush and Garden Green.  That is layered on top of the trimmed piece and they were both attached to the card front with dimensionals.

TIP:  The easiest way to get the ribbon to match the flowers is to take the Whisper White cotton ribbon and spritze it with a mixture of Strawberry Slush ink refill and alcohol.  Let it dry completely before tying it around the top two layers.

Stamp your message on Whisper White with Strawberry Slush ink and punch it out with the Note Tag punch.  Don’t forget to add a couple of rhinestones.

The second card is not really a triple time stamping technique, but close.

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Jan 282015

Thinking of You CardThis is designed for today’s card sketch over at i Love Card Sketches.

The Wetlands stamp set is usually my go-to set when designing with masculine in mind.  Not only the design, but the color scheme is great for masculine cards.

The card base is Very Vanilla card stock cut for a portrait style card.  I layered Crumb Cake card stock and strips of Early Espresso card stock over the Very Vanilla.

TIP:  When placing strips like this it is very helpful to use Stampin’ Ups Grid Paper.  Place the Crumb Cake card stock on the grid paper and line it up in the left bottom corner or anywhere along two intersecting grid lines.  Use a Post It to hold it in place.  Line up your strips starting with the center strip.  Use the grid lines above and below the card stock to make sure the strips are straight and evenly spaced.

Once the strips are attached, both layers are run through the Texture Boutique Machine with the Woodgrain embossing folder.

Cut one large oval from Lost Lagoon card stock and one smaller oval from Very Vanilla card stock.  The Lost Lagoon layer is also embossed with the Woodgrain embossing folder.

The greeting is stamped in Early Espresso ink on Very Vanilla card stock and punched out with the oval punch.

To create the knot, punch or pierce a small hole on the right side of the oval and pull through a length of the Lost Lagoon ribbon.  Tie a knot and trim it.  Glue the ribbon on the back side of the oval.

Attach the stamped oval over the center of the Lost Lagoon oval using Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Attach the greeting oval to the bottom left with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  The focal layers are glued to the center of the card slightly towards the top.

ILCS13 sketch

Thanks for stopping by to see my card.  The supplies are listed below.  Be sure to visit i Love Card Sketches for more ideas and inspiration for using this card sketch.  Join in the fun and post your creation.

Jan 072015

Happy BirthdayFor today’s card sketch on i Love Card Sketches, I created a fun and colorful Happy Birthday Card. 

Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper (DSP) is a real treasure.  You get double-sided 12″ X 12″ sheets that are perfectly coordinated with Stampinn’ Up! card stock and ink and ribbons.  Here I have a piece of DSP from Birthday Bash Specialty DSP collection.  The colors incorporated in the paper are background of Whisper White, Mossy Meadows, Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral, and Bermuda Bay.

The card base is Whisper White with a top layer of Bermuda Bay and the bottom layer of the DSP.

The butterflies are stamped with Calypso Coral ink using the larger butterfly stamp.  The Bitty Butterfly punch is used to cut out the center of the stamped image.

The first Whisper White circle is punched using the 1 3/8″ circle punch.  The second layer is the 1 1/4″ circle punch from Crushed Curry card stock.  I punched one layer of butterfly out of Bermuda Bay card stock and attached the top layer of butterflies with a folded up glue dot just in the middle.

Note the rhinestones are colored Calypso Coral.  I used the dark Calypso Coral Blendabilities alcohol marker.  This doesn’t wipe off.

Stamp the greeting with Bermuda Bay in onto Whisper White card stock.  Use the Paper Snips to cut around the greeting freehand.

Last, use glue dots to attach the Calypso Coral Pompom Trim across the middle.

See the list of supplies below.

If you like this Happy Birthday Card, please leave a comment.

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