Snowy Peace

I know I said I would save posting more holiday cards until closer to the holidays, but the big brown truck (UPS) pulled into my driveway yesterday and brought more goodies for me to play with!  One of the things I had been waiting for was the Softly Falling embossing folder and I knew just what I wanted to do with it.  So off to the craft room I went and this card was born!

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It starts with a card base of Soft Sky card stock cut 5-1/4 x 11 and scored at 5-1/2″.  Next it was time to have fun with the Softly Falling embossing folder which I ran through the Big Shot with a Whisper White card stock panel inside.  Just love the results!  Then I pulled out the Seasonal Layers Thinlets dies and chose two snowflakes to die cut out of Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper.  While I had the Big Shot out I also cut two rectangles from the Stitched Shapes dies, one in Whisper White and one in Soft Sky.  That was all the die cutting needed for this card.  The sentiment is from Carols of Christmas and was stamped in Pool Party which I thought complemented the cool look of the card.

All that was left was assembly and embellishing.  The embossed panel was glued to the card base using Tombow glue.  The mat was glued down, also with Tombow and the two snowflakes affixed with glue dots at opposing corners.  Next, the sentiment panel was glued to the mat, also using Tombow glue.  Before attaching it to the card, a strip of Sheer Ribbon in Whisper White was snaked along the embossed panel and affixed with the Mini Glue Dots (so handy for thin ribbon).  Three of the Rhinestone Basic Jewels were strategically placed and that was it for the front!

The inside of the card received special treatment as well.  Snowflake stamps from the Colorful Seasons stamp set were randomly stamped in Pool Party (after stamping off) all over a 5″ x 5-1/4″ Whisper White panel which was then glued with Tombow to the inside.

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And that completed the card.  It really did come together quickly and I love how simple and elegant the design is as well as how using nontraditional colors gives it a cool, snowy look.

I hope you enjoyed this card!  All of the products used can be purchased in my online store (just click the shopping icon on the right panel).  If you need any help, or have any questions, please drop me a comment and I will get right back to you!  Thanks and hoping you have a peaceful day!

Deck The Halls (or Christmas at the Beach)

Yup – it’s almost that time….time for the stores to pull out the Christmas decorations while we are still thinking about summer vacation and buying back to school supplies.  So I decided to go with the flow and create my first Christmas card!  No groaning, please..I promise this will be the only one until at least after Halloween LOL!

One of the perks of being a Stampin’ Up demonstrator is getting to preorder new stamp bundles before the general public (that would be you).  Makes sense, that way you get to see examples of ways to use them and so it whets your appetite causing that well know “when can I get it” syndrome.  And I love when the sentiment takes center stage like this one does!  Most of the time it makes designing the rest of the card much easier, right?

Well in my case, not always.  I started out okay with red and green, that’s pretty traditional, but it seems my brain was still thinking about summer vacation and that’s what made it onto the card.  So I guess I will just have to call this one Christmas at the Beach.  But enough blabbering – on to the card!

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The card starts with Whisper White card stock cut at 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, then scored and folded.  Next came a panel measuring 4 1/4 x 2 3/4″ of some of the beautiful Foil Frenzy designer paper.  That’s when summer hijacked the card by insisting I put a panel of Wood Textures designer paper on the top (I knew I shouldn’t have left it sitting out).  It measures 4 1/4″ x 2 3/4″.  Now how to transition between these two vastly different papers?  Why with Copper Trim ribbon of course!  It combines the shine of the foil with the earthy tones of the wood panel.  Perfect!  Then came muttering and much head scratching.  How the heck do you bring Christmas to the beach?  Well, I always sit in a chair outside so I cut the Adirondack-style chair from more of the Wood Textures paper using a die from the Seasonal Layers set and used Tombow glue to adhere it directly to the paper.  Problem solved – now I have something to decorate!

I pulled out the At Home with You stamp set and stamped the wreath using Tranquil Tide (I used the aqua pen to blend the ink into the leaves of the wreath) and the present was stamped using Tranquil Tide and Berry Burst  (Helpful Hint – if you need to color a stamp using more than one color, pull out your Stampin’ Write Markers and use the brush tip to gently color in the sections before stamping.)  Both pieces were die cut and popped up with Dimensionals; the minis came in so handy for the wreath.  All that was left was the sentiment, which is from the Carols of Christmas stamp set.  This was inked in Cherry Cobbler and stamped onto a piece of Whisper White, then cut with a large stitched rectangle die.  It took was popped up on Dimensionals taking center stage.

Whew!  Like I said, will save making more Christmas cards for when Christmas is in the air (or at least the retail stores) so my brain will behave.  I hope you enjoyed this tale of Christmas at the Beach!  If you need help ordering any of the stamps/dies/inks, etc mentioned, please let me know as I would be more than happy to help you.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled Summer!  Ta for now!

Stampin’ Up! Celebrate Summer for the Inkin’ Krew Blog Hop

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Delighted to be hoppin’ again!  This month we are celebrating summer – my favorite time of the year!  Fire flies are winking at night, dragonflies buzz during the day and I get to break out my summer dresses -yay!.  And the inspiration for this card came from just that.

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Now on to the mechanics.  I started with Pool Party card stock cut 4.25 x 11 and scored at 5.5 for a top folding card.  Next came a panel of patterned paper from the Naturally Eclectic DSP.  The focal image is one of the Beautiful You gals stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto a Whisper White panel.  Then came the difficult part – what colors to use for her dress?  Well, the answer was to stamp the image again onto the reverse side of the same DSP (a piece left over when cutting the mat), fussy cutting that and attaching it to her with Tombow multi glue.  Her hat was colored in with a Prismacolor pencil and highlights added with a white gel pen to make it look more like a straw hat.

To ground everything, a length of our beautiful Finely Woven Ribbon in Tranquil Tide was wrapped around the matted piece and secured with glue dots.  For the sentiment, I again went to the Beautiful You stamp set and chose Celebrate which was stamped in Versafine ink onto a Whisper White stitched oval.  This was matted with a little more Tombow multi glue to the next largest stitched oval die cut from Lemon Lime Twist card stock and then both were attached to the focal panel with dimensionals.  (I used the new mini dimensionals as the ribbon was too wide to accommodate the regular ones.)  Lastly, a very thin sliver of gold was added just below the focal image to give it some definition and 3 of the new glitter enamel dots finished the front.

The inside received a panel of Whisper White for writing ease which was trimmed with a 1/2″ strip of the same DSP as on the front.  Lovely!

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Daisy Take Two!

I admit it – I LOVE the Daisy suite!  It was a gloomy week with lots of ups and downs (and not just in the weather LOL) so it was nice to escape to the craft room and play with my favorite set.  This was my first time creating a double gate fold card and I found it not only easy but pretty fast too with very little paper trimming needed.  Plus, I just love cards that open to reveal a surprise.

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It started with a sheet of paper from the Delightful Daisy designer paper series.  This was trimmed down to 5-1/2 x 12″ and then scored at 2″, 4″, 8″ and 10″.  Next I measured up 2-3/4″ from the bottom on each side and made a mark on the paper, then trimmed from that mark up to the top of the second fold on each side to get the perfect slant.  Score lines were folded and burnished and I was halfway there!  I took the bits from cutting the slant and glued them to each side at the bottom to break up the paper design a bit, adding more interest.

Now for the surprise on the inside:

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Ta da!  I cut a piece of Whisper White card stock to 5″ x 3-3/4″ and stamped the poor previously neglected small flowers and stems from the Daisy Delight stamp set.  I tell ya, I think I like these little beauties as much as I do the large daisy!  The daisies were stamped in Peekaboo Peach, the cone flowers in Sugarplum stamped off and the stems in Tranquil Tide stamped off.  The sentiment is from the Beautiful You stamp set done in Tranquil Tide again stamped off.

To close the card I attached a piece of Tranquil Tide ribbon with tape to the back (you will need more of this than you think so be generous), brought it around to the front and tied it in a side bow.  The finishing touch is the Gerbera daisy.  To achieve this nice full look you need to punch 3 of the daisies out and attach them to each other with dimensionals.  I then stamped the center onto Tranquil Tide card stock and punched it out, gluing it to the daisy with Tombow multi glue.  This is then attached to the ribbon with a glue dot.

And that’s it!  Sounds like a lot of work but it really goes quickly – I made this card in under an hour start to finish!

Hope you enjoy this little bit of sunshine on a rainy day!  All of the supplies used can be purchased in my store.  Please let me know if you need any help with that and thanks for stopping by!

Remembering Cindy

Heard from a friend this week that someone dear to us passed away and wanted to make a sympathy card to send him.  Rather than a regular sympathy card though, I decided to make a remembrance card instead – something that reflected her beautiful spirit and classy personality.

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I used the triple layer technique to create this card by cutting 3 panels of Whisper White card stock, each 1/2″ smaller than the previous one.  Each panel was temporarily adhered to the next, centering them.  Next I used a stamp from the Flourishing Phrases stamp set and using Distress Oxide ink in Broken China, I carefully stamped the image twice to fill up the left side and bottom left corner.  Once dry, the panels were carefully separated.

For matting, I selected the blue and gold foil sheet from the Eastern Palace Specialty DSP and cut it to provide a thin mat around each of the stamped pieces and used Tombow multi glue to adhere them.  Each matted panel was then attached to the previous one, again with Tombow glue, taking care to line them up.

The orchid image was selected from the Climbing Orchid stamp set and stamped with Distress Oxide ink in Broken China.  It was fussy cut out and then shaped carefully to give it depth.  This was adhered to the upper right corner of the center panel with a dimensional, leaving the petals free to float over the other panels.

The sentiment is also from the Climbing Orchid stamp set and was stamped in Versafine black ink.  The assembled panels were then attached to a card base of Dapper Denim card stock cut at 4-1/4 x 11″ and scored at 5.5″.

The inside received another panel of Whisper White and a stamped off orchid image.  The sentiment a handwritten “In remembrance of Cindy”

So, Ms. Irby, this one is from us to you and since you always loved butterflies, every time one comes to visit the garden, we will know it is you dropping by to say hello.

 

 

 

Tag – You’re It!

I love making cards, but sometimes creativity takes me in a slightly different direction which was the case last night and this morning.  The linear part of my brain decided to do some co-mingling with the crafty side and the result was…tags!  I had forgotten how much fun these can be and some of our DSP just naturally lends itself to being – well – linear!

Take for instance, the Just Add Color DSP.  I wanted to share some with my daughter-in-law while I was in Texas and cutting up some of the designs in this series is a bit challenging unless you give in to its linearness (is that even a word LOL).  When all was said and done, this little beauty just popped right up begging to be made into a tag.

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I started with a base of Whisper White cut to 3-1/4 x 6-1/4.  This was covered by some paper from the Birthday Memories DSP series and feeling somewhat radical, I punched the hole in the corner rather than the center.  Next, I used alcohol markers to color in the strip of Just Add Color panel, pulling in colors from the polka dot paper.  I fussy cut the strip so that I could pop up one half of it on top of the other with dimensionals to give it depth.  This panel was then glued to the tag using Tombow mono glue.  Wink of Stella was applied to the coral bits and the fish were given a coat of Glossy Accents.  Tranquil Tide ribbon was the finishing touch.  What a fun blast of summer!

Stampin’ Up! Tea Anyone for the Inkin’ Krew Blog Hop

 

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I am delighted to be participating in my first blog hop!

Love the new catalog, especially all the lovely DSP so it should come as no surprise that this card uses 3 different ones.

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I started with Peekaboo Peach card stock cut to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″.  To that I added my favorite design from Oh So Lovely (the colors in it set the colorway for the rest of the card).  I then cut a section from the Just Add Color DSP and fussy cut to leave the top portions of the teapot and cups open.  Since I mixed up my patterns, I decided to mix up my coloring mediums too.  I started with Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol for the base coloring of each and then added Copic alcohol markers for the floral images – I know, radical, right?  Looked great but decided to add Glossy Accents to lift the floral images even more and love the dimension that gave them.

Once all was dry, I used Tombow to adhere the focal panel to the card.  The sentiment I chose is from the Climbing Orchid stamp set – just love that font – which is stamped on a stitched oval.  It kinda looked naked sitting all by itself though so I grabbed a small piece of the 3rd DSP I used and I’ll bet you can’t guess which one….it’s Birthday Memories!  That is, it’s some of the grass from the largest print in that group of paper.  Gotta think outside the box sometimes LOL!

That finished the outside of the card so moved on to the inside.

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Sentiment is from the Ribbon of Courage stamp set and is stamped onto Whisper White.  I used more of the grass from Birthday Memories for the top and the bottom and really like how crisp it looks.  This was such a fun card to make!

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