Dec 162015

Birthday CardBirthday Card in Wisteria Wonder is designed for a card sketch at i Love Card SketchesilCS-02 sketch.

My husband said he wasn’t sure about all the PURPLE on this card.  Then again, he admits he doesn’t like PURPLE.  Myself, I like the different shades on this card with both Wisteria Wonder and Elegant Eggplant.

I love using the Decorative Masks to create backgrounds.  This design is just one of four included in the Happy Patterns set.  You can use these for a complete background or just a small portion on a layer of your card.

For the sentiment, I stamped the image once on Sahara Sand and once on Wisteria Wonder.  I fussy cut around the Wisteria Wonder flag and attached it over that same portion stamped on Sahara Sand.

The center panel and circles are stamped in Wisteria Wonder using the multiple flowers image from Birthday Blossoms stamp set.  The flowers on the circles are highlighted using a blender pen and more Wisteria Wonder and Elegant Eggplant ink.

Lastly I had to add some bling with small rhinestones on the center of some flowers and on the sentiment.

I do hope you like the PURPLE in this Birthday Card in Wisteria Wonder.  To see more examples using this sketch, visit i Love Card Sketches.

Nov 252015

Note Card & Pouch Note Card & PouchLove You Note Card & Pouch is designed for the card sketch at i Love Card Sketches.

I am traveling during the Thanksgiving holiday  so I decided to bring along some Paper Pumpkin kits and some basic stamping tools.  Today’s card and pouch are created from the Love You A Lot kit.  As I did with the card I designed on Monday, I used my stacked round measuring cups to create the circles .  Everything else is included in the kit except the needed paper snips and adhesive.  Even the glue dots are included.iLCS-01 sketch

There are instructions included to complete the suggested projects, but as I did, you can always do your own thing.

You can find more examples with this sketch at i Love Card Sketches.




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Nov 182015

Thank You CardYou are so kind Card Sketch is designed for the card sketch this week at i Love Card Sketches.

The background for the large butterfly is triple-stamped and then cut out with the large butterfly framelit.  The Pacific Point front of the butterfly is cut with the large butterfly thinlit and then layered over the background.  I added the rhinestones for the body, but I am missing the antennae.

I made the card a week or so ago and just found the tiny antennae stamp on my floor just a few days ago.  I found it while I was looking for another small photopolymer stamp that had gone missing.

The question is:  How do you keep track of those tiny stamps, especially the photopolymer stamps that are so nice and clear?  I am trying to train myself to immediately clean my photopolymer stamps to avoid as much staining as possible, but I don’t always put them away until later.  That has led to missing images on more than one occasion.  More training is needed because these older eyes have a really hard time finding things that fall to the floor.  My worse fear is that they will end up in the trash.  Any suggestions for me?

OK – so clean immediately and then store back in the case immediately.  That seems such a simple answer, but when I’m on a roll with creating, I hate to stop for such mundane things.  C’est la vie.

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Nov 062015

front of envelope Thank You NoteYou don’t want to forget to make up some Thank You Notes & Envelopes.

The new envelope paper from Stampin’ Up! gives you a lighter weight paper just perfect for envelopes.  Add a liner of Designer Series Paper to match your note cards and everyone will know how much you appreciate their kindness and/or gifts.

I have included a free, complete tutorial with supplies and instructions for you HERE.

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Thank you for taking a look at my Thank You Notes & Matching Envelopes post today.

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.

Pop over to i Love Card Sketches to see other examples using this week’s card sketch.

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Oct 072015

Sympathy CardSharing in your Sorrow sympathy card is designed for the card sketch this week at i Love Card Sketches.   Unfortunately I need a sympathy card this week.

The large oval is cut from the center of the card stock.  The image is colored with markers, spritzed lightly water and then stamped onto the oval.  Then I used an Aqua Painter to added a subtle watercolor wash around the stamped image.

The stamped oval is glued to the center of the card base.

To add the color bands, I cut strips of the card stock and glued them together.  Then I glued the piece to the original piece that the oval was cut from.  I lined up the same oval framelit and cut out the colored bands to match the original oval.  The banded piece is attached to the front of the card base with dimensionals.

The simplicity of design of the Sharing in your Sorrow card makes it seem more subdued and appropriate for a sympathy card.

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Sep 282015

Baby ShowerHello Baby card is designed for a card sketch challenge.  I need a card for an upcoming baby shower.

The card sketch call for a tall & skinny card today so I cut the Very Vanilla card stock base to 6″ X 7″ and folded it in half at 3 1/2″.  This will just fit into an #6 3/4  envelope.

The theme for the baby shower includes turtles so the Sweet Li’l Things Designer Series Paper was perfect.   Since we are celebrating the upcoming birth of a little girl, I chose to accent in Watermelon Wonder.  The Hello Honey color tones down the girlish pink tones.

The ribbon is cut in half with the scallop edge used to wrap around and the flat edge used to tie a knot around the wrapped piece.  I love the lace trim but it was just too wide for this card.

The tiny heart accents were punched out using the Owl Builder punch and then covered in Crystal Effects to give a little more dimension.

Overall I think the Hello Baby card will be perfect to welcome Baby Girl.

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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 072015

Special day cardBright, vivid colors are used for today’s “happy day” card.  I created this for a card sketch challenge.

The color combination comes from the Bohemian Designer Series Paper.  The color scheme is a little outside my usual comfort zone, but I was determined to try some of these patterns and colors.  I think the Very Vanilla borders and center keep the colors toned down a bit.

The card can be used for any special day and definitely can be used for a masculine card.  Just an appropriate sentiment to the blank inside and the card is ready to go.  I like to have several of these types of cards on hand so I can grab one and finished the inside.  In minutes the card is on its way.

How do you like the colors and patterns today?  Thank you for checking my blog and please leave a comment.