Sep 212015

All Occasional CardGo Team is designed for a card sketch challenge.  It could be used as an encouragement card, get well card, just because card or even a birthday card.  You can switch up the color scheme to match the recipient’s team colors.  It is football season again and anyone who follows the sport would appreciate this card.  I know two of my grandsons will be getting one in orange and black for the Oregon State Beavers.

The card is relatively quick & easy to create and assemble.  Punch or cut the circles, add a little texture to the background and a sentiment and you are finished.

Sometimes it is hard to find a stamp set for teens or males.  With the Simply Sports stamp set, it is easy to switch out the sport theme, choose their favorite team colors and you are well on your way to letting a special young adult know you care.

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Jul 062015

Enjoy Card SketchThe Enjoy Monday Card Sketch uses the Awesomely Artistic stamp set for the ferns and the Endless Birthday Wishes stamp set for the “enjoy”.  It was created for a card sketch challenge.  I am in love with both of these stamp sets because you can create a variety of card styles and mix and match the sentiments to use for all occasions.

The color combination is Blackberry Bliss, Old Olive and Soft Sky with a neutral Very Vanilla base.  I started with the Designer Series Paper, as I often do, and chose the other colors to coordinate.

The flower embellishment is created using what I call the scrunched flower technique.  I don’t know why I  haven’t used this for a couple of years.  Take a look at the post I did back in 2013 “Scrunched Flower Technique“.  The post includes a video demonstrating the technique.

For the sentiment, I chose to cut the stamped frame out with my Paper Snips, but there is a framelit for this shape in the Project Life® Cards and Labels Framelits set.

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May 182015

Happy Blooming BirthdayHappy Blooming Birthday is created for a card sketch challenge.

The idea started with the card sketch and the Designer Series Paper.  I haven’t used the Flower Patch stamp set very much and I wanted to incorporate it into today’s card.  Once you have those ingredients, it is just a matter of putting the card together.

The Designer Series Paper is used for the background.  The flags are put together:  Whisper White over Calypso Coral and then run through the Arrows embossing folder.  Punch out the flower pieces.  The small leaves are made using the Border Chevron punch.  The large flower is made with two of the flower and one of the leaf framelits from Flower Fair, a 2 1/2″ circle of Whisper White for the background and one Petite Petals flower for the center.  All of the petal edges are sponged with Calypso Coral ink.  The greeting is stamped in Calypso Coral ink.

I hope you enjoy the Happy Blooming Birthday card and try this sketch out yourself.

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Apr 062015

easel cardToday’s card is an Easel Card using the Bloomin’ with Kindness “Hope” stamp sentiment.  Here is a picture of the inside of the card:

inside easel card

Inside of card

Easel cards are so easy to make and create an elegant presentation.  A piece of the designer series paper is used on the inside of the card to frame the area for a written message.

The focal image is on a scalloped circle of Whisper White card stock.  After stamping the sentiment in the center of the circle, the sentiment is masked and the paper is stamped again with the Something Lacy background stamp.  The stamp coordinates with the designer series paper.  The same them is repeated with the smaller circles and the brad for the easel stop on the inside of the card.

The ribbon embellishments have a small strip of Sahara Sand card stock down the centers.

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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.

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Dec 082014

Birthday CardThe Chevron Birthday Card is my last masculine birthday card for the month.  Masculine birthday cards can sometimes be a challenge, but I think the bold chevrons, the font style of the Happy Birthday and the monochromatic  color scheme meet the challenge.

The base of the card is Pear Pizzazz card stock.  I added a piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the 2014-2016 In Color Paper Stack layered over Mossy Meadow card stock.  The edges of the DSP are sponged lightly with Crumb Cake ink.

The focal point of the card is Whisper White card stock again lightly sponged with Crumb Cake ink and layered over Mossy Meadow card stock.

The chevron is punched out of the Whisper White card stock so the Mossy Meadow will show through.  The “Happy Birthday” is stamped in Mossy Meadow ink.  To finish I added a Linen Thread “bow”.

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Sep 262014

Handmade Christmas Joy Gate CardInside Christmas Joy Gate CardThis Handmade Christmas Joy Gate Card is designed for a Christmas family photo.  The gate card opens off-center on the right to reveal space for the photo in the center of the card.  It has a large embossed snowflake on the left. The card was made for a card swap with a few fellow Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.  What a fun afternoon to get together and create and share ideas.  Later I will share a few of the other cards we made.

  • Start with Whisper White card stock cut lengthwise.  Then score it so the finished card is a standard 5 1/2″ X 4 1/4″.  Use the Scalloped Tag punch to punch the right flap.  Night of Navy card stock is added to the left side of the card and under the right side and a small piece to the right edge.  The corners are rounded using the Envelope Punch Board.
  • I had so much fun punching out the little stars with the Confetti Stars punch.  The stars are scattered across the top.  A little trick:  use the end of your piercing tool to pick up a little glue and then pick up a star and place it on the card front.
  • The larger snowflakes are cut with the Snowflake Thinlits.  They are embossed twice with the Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  Be sure to cut them first and then emboss.  Your thinlits are not designed to cut through more than one layer of card stock.  The smaller tree and “Joy” are also cut with the Snowflake Thinlits.  The larger tree is punched with the Tree punch. 
  • Stamp “Christmas” with Night of Navy ink and cut out with the Itty Bitty Banners Framelits.  (“Christmas” is from Petite Pairs stamp set and just the “Christmas” is colored with a Night of Navy Stampin’ Write Marker.)
  • Tie a small piece of Whisper White 1/4″ Cotton Ribbon through the slot of the Scalloped Tag and you are finished.

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Mar 262014

50th Birthday Card This bright and cheery 50th Birthday Card is easy to put together.
The card has several layers, but all of them are just a matter of cutting the card stock.  The layers are repeated on the inside so everything coordinates.  Add a couple of strips to your envelope and you have a complete look.

This card could be used for either male or female.

The Stampin’ Trimmer is excellent for cutting the card stock for this card.  It is easy to get straight, accurate, narrow cuts with the Stampin’ Trimmer.  On the inside I used a little trick I learned years ago.  Rather than waste extra card stock for the layers, I cut a frame from the Pacific Point card stock and used the inside of the frame to punch out the circle for the front of the card.  Here is a video demonstrating how to make the frame.

Very Vanilla card stock (101650) 5 1/2″ X 8 1/2″, 3″ x 3 ½”, 3” X 3”, 3 ¾” X 5” (inside)
Pacific Point card stock (111350) 4″ X 5 1/4″ (2 pieces), 3″ X 3″
Rich Razzleberry card stock (115316) 3/4″ X 4″, ½” X 4” (inside)
Daffodil Delight card stock (119683) ¾” X 4”, ½” X 4” (inside)

Stamp Sets:  Label Love (130622), Bring on the Cake (121958)

Ink:  Pacific Point classic ink pad (126950), Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Write Marker (120970)

Accessories:  Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Argyle Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (127750),
2 3/8” Scallop Circle Punch (118874), 2 ½” Circle Punch (120906), Stampin’ Trimmer (126889)

50th Birthday Card insideTry this sketch with different colors or use Designer Series Paper for the background or the strips.  Of course the card can be used for any age – just color in the appropriate numbers.sketch

Comment on the colors, sketch or overall design.  Your comments are welcome!


Mar 212014

Monochromatic Easel CardToday’s color challenge is a Monochromatic Easel Card.  I think the monochromatic scheme lends an elegance or classiness to the card.  It is perfect for feminine or masculine cards.

Monochromatic means having one color or tones of one color or hue.

A monochromatic scheme uses shades of the same color or a color plus a neutral.  In this case, the colors are shades of gray:  Basic Gray and Smoky Slate.

Color Challenge_Monochromatic Sometimes it is frustrating trying to get a good photo of cards.  For all my trying, the picture today isn’t a good representation of the colors.  The photo shows the base of the card as almost white, but it is Smoky Slate.

The ribbon used on this card is the Whisper White 5/8” Organza (114319) and I used the Smoky Slate Stampin’ Write Marker (131898) to color the center.

Another trick I used was the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch (133324) to create the mat for the sentiment label.  Cut the card stock 2” X 3” and then use the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch to punch both ends.  It fits nicely under the other label.  If I had used the next size up of the Deco Labels as a mat, the mat would have overwhelmed the front of the card.  So voila! Another use for the tag punch.

The top of the easel piece was cut with the Oval Accent Bigz Clear Die (127005).

See the close-up picture for stamping details.Close-up of stamping pattern and sentiment label


Paper:  Basic Gray card stock (121044) 5 1/2″ X 8 1/2″, 2″ x 3″
Smoky Slate card stock (131202) 4″ X 5 1/4″, 2″ X 3″

Stamp Set:  Wetlands (126697), Hearts a Flutter (129252)

Ink:  Smoky Slate classic ink pad (131179), Smoky Slate Stampin’ Write Marker (131898), Basic Gray classic ink pad (126981), VersaMark pad (102283)

Punches/Dies: Mosaic Punch (131267), Modern Mosaic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (129984), Deco Labels Collection Framelits Dies (130102), Oval Accent Bigz Clear Die (127005), Scalloped Tag Topper Punch (133324)

Accessories:  Whisper White 5/8 Inch Organza Ribbon (114319), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Mini Glue Dots (103683), Embossing Buddy (103083), Heat Tool (129053), Black Stampin’ Emboss Powder (109133)

Try your hand at creating a monochromatic color scheme.  Share your results here.  Please leave a comment about today’s Monochromatic Easel Card.