Dec 182015

Thank You Card It is time to start thinking about Thank You Cards for all those received gifts or holiday parties.

Today’s card is a change from the holiday cards and colors.  The color scheme is more fall colors, but I couldn’t pass up a chance to use the English Garden Designer Series Paper.  I like the watercolor look to the print.  The Designer Series Papers are so wonderful to work with because they are two-sided.  The diagonal stripe is the back of the floral print and makes it super easy to coordinate.

The Designer Series Papers also make it easy to pick the color scheme for the card because the colors in the prints are listed on the package and you just have to pick the matching card stock.  Stampin’ Up! has made it even easier because they now offer a coordinating card stock package for the Designer Series Papers.  For instance:  English Garden 8-1/2″ X 11″ Card stock Assortment Pack (138999) includes 8 pieces each of Hello Honey, Old Olive, and Soft Suede.

For the inside of the card, I repeated the same scallop circle with the Thank You sentiment. Thank You Card inside

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Nov 132015

Card BoxGreeting Card Gift Box open


The Greeting Card Gift Box is designed for the holidays, but it would make a wonderful gift any time of year.  Fill the box with birthday cards or all occasion cards.  The box will fit at least 4 greeting cards and envelopes.  You could even include postage stamps and a pen to make the set complete.

You can download the complete tutorial HERE.

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Nov 042015

Friendship Card ILCS53Friendship is the SPICE of life Friendship Card is my interpretation of the i Love Card Sketches sketch this week.

I know it is not exactly a winter card, but I needed a break from holiday themed projects.  This card can still express your appreciate of a friend even this time of year.

The stamped images are all fussy cut and added to the brick wall with dimensionals.  Usually when I color an embossing folder I don’t want the overinking, but for the bricks, it works great.

As I am typing this up, I see an opportunity to add a little bling.  Maybe I should add a rhinestone in the middle of the heart flower.

If you like today’s card sketch, you can go over to i Love Card Sketches and take a look at other examples.

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Oct 302015

Christmas cardInside cardThe Christmas Landscape Card is all about the inside 3D window scene.  The front of the card is a mountain and trees view, but the inside of the card looks through the window, complete with drapes, showing the decorated Christmas tree.

The card was inspired by a friend of mine whom I have featured before here on my blog.  Linda Campbell is such a talented paper crafter.  She showed me a similar design and I had to try it myself.

Look back at my post a few weeks ago to see another example and more details about creating the landscape on the front of this card.

The card is made with a 5 1/2″ X 11″ piece of card stock.  You can create your scene on the inside middle panel.  The panels are separated with 1/4″ lines so when folded you have a 3D look.  The card folds flat to fit into a standard medium envelope.

Linda's card front_wm Linda's card inside 3D_wm Linda's window inside_wmThese are photos of Linda’s card showing the 3D effect of the inside panels.  I also like her front door and will have to try that technique as well.

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Oct 122015

ThanksgivingFall is in the air and this Thanksgiving Card reflects the colors of fall.

Today’s card pulls together several stamp sets to create the elements I wanted on the card.  The wreath is from a spring set re-purposed for fall.  I did not have a Thanksgiving stamp set as such so I used just the word “Grateful” from A Little Something stamp set and “Happy Thanksgiving” from Teeny Tiny Wishes.  The little leaves are also from A Little Something and the bow is from the same set as the wreath (Circle of Spring).  The leaves of course are from Vintage Leaves.

I also used a variety of inking techniques for this card.  The wreath is colored with markers and an Aqua Painter.  The leaves are a combination of rock n’ roll and over-stamping techniques.  The hardwood image is inked with Crumb Cake and “thumped” with Tip Top Taupe.  I used a Basic Black marker to ink just the “Grateful” portion of the image.

If you have questions about how to do any of these techniques, send me an email or leave a comment.

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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 162015

Thinking of YouToday’s Thinking of You card is a monochromatic color scheme.  The card is designed for the card sketch challenge at i Love Card Sketches.

This print pattern of Timeless Elegance Designer Series Paper goes well with the new Curvy Corner Trio punch.  Once the corners are punched you can still see the pattern and it looks a bit like lace.

Just a word about the new Curvy Corner Trio punch – the punch includes three corners:  the one you see here, a scalloped corner and a slot.  Yeah, a slot punch for ribbon!

This style bow and ribbon add a little more formal elegance.  It shows just a touch of the Basic Gray card stock behind the ribbon.iLCS46

I used one of the smaller framelits from the Lots of Labels set to cut the Basic Gray mat and used the small framelit with a piece of card stock that is slightly smaller in width than the framelit and cut the Very Vanilla layer.  First on one end and then the other.  If you use the next size larger for the Basic Gray mat, the mat layer looks too large.

Give today’s card sketch a try.  Visit i Love Card Sketches to see other examples and to upload your creation.  I would love to see your creations.

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.

Visit here every Friday for more Holiday ideas, tips and tricks.

Sep 092015

iLCS45 card_lgThis All Occasions Blossoms card is designed for the card sketch this week at i Love Card Sketches.

The blossoms are created with the Birthday Blossoms stamp set and colored with markers, blender pen and white gel pen.  It is so much fun to color with markers.  It takes a little more time than just stamping, but the results are worth it.

The background for the flowers is a brick wall dry embossed and then sponged with Crumb Cake ink.

I added a bit of the Fine-tip Glue Pen to the center of the flowers and just a tiny bit of glitter.  It was very satisfying to hear my husband say “Wow” when I showed the finished card to him.

Try coloring with markers.  Actually I think it is therapeutic.  You can order your markers today at my Online Store.

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