Thursday, April 17, 2014

A Simply Sketched Sympathy card

This card style is an old favorite that I made a while back. I still had the pieces cut and stashed away so I decided to make a card with these ready to go pieces. I needed a Sympathy card and thought Wisteria Wonder along with Whisper White and Basic Black would be a perfect combination. They are both calming and sophisticated. I added some pearls to up the elegance. This color also happens to be one of the colors the bridesmaids wore at my wedding almost 15 years ago.

I used the Simply Sketched stamp set and did some water coloring. I am beginning to enjoy water coloring more. Stampin' Up! is coming out with some new markers that will make water coloring even more desirable to me. I'll share more info. on that soon as they become available. I can't wait and I know you and I both will love them.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Make a Cake Circle Thinlit Card

 I think Birthday cards are my most favorite kind of card to make. This one features the Circle Thinlits along with lots of other fun Stampin' Up! product (Make a Cake, Starburst Sayings, Banner Greetings, and Yippe Skippee stamp sets and Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper Stack). I extended this card a bit to include a flap so I could add a message and some more fun stamping. This card measures 4-1/4" X 9-1/2".

I used the Silver Glimmer paper and the shapes included in the Circle Thinlit pack to add a bit of fun accents onto my card. All of the above is included in the Circle Thinlits pack. There are so many possibilities and options. I love this Thinlit and use it often when I want to make a Wow card for a friend. This one went to my good friend Samantha. Happy Birthday Sam!

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Simply Sketched Thanks in Watercolor

Something I don't do too often is water coloring, but I thought I'd give it a try. I used the Simply Sketched stamp set and Stampin' Up!'s Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper. This is the perfect stamp set for water coloring. I stuck with a couple of colors (Island Indigo and Gumball Green), Gold Sequin Trim, and Tea Lace Paper Doilies... and this is what I came up with. I made this card as a thank you for my friend Samantha for the fabulous dinner party she hosted last month. We had a great time. The food was delicious and the special time with friends was much needed.
I even pulled out my Envelope Punch and made an envelope to fit this odd sized card. This card measures 4" X 3-3/4". I love that I can make a card at any size and feel confident that I am able to use my Envelope Punch to create an envelope to fit whatever size I decide on.
                                                   Envelope Punch Board
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Monday, April 14, 2014

Happy Abby Cadabby Birthday Card

I have some FUN card making to share today. My little niece, Kennedy, celebrated her 2nd birthday yesterday. She loves Abby Cadabby from Sesame Street so I decided to make her this Abby Cadabby punch card. This card was made using a variety of punches from Stampin' Up! Lots of punching and lots of gluing but it was all worth it for sweet little Kennedy.

It was a fun party. A clown, Minnie Mouse, magic, balloons, cake, and yummy food. A fabulous way to celebrate our youngest little person in the family.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Oh' Happy Day with Eastern Elegance

I may have said this already and if, so just pretend you're hearing it for the first time...  I think I have a new favorite stamp set.  It's the Starburst Sayings stamp set from the Celebrate the Everyday Occasions catalog. I especially love the Framelits Dies that coordinate with this set. It is a 6 piece stamp set with sayings for a few different occasions. the oh' Happy Day, just happens to be my favorite of the bunch. I was inspired by a card made by Jacque Williams. I changed the color combination and the dsp.
If you want to step up your card a bit you can add some texture to the base. This happened just by chance. My 7 year old wanted to "help," so he asked if he could run my white sheets through the Big Shot. Of course I said yes and I am so glad I did. He used the Decorative Dots Embossing folder and stuck 2 sheets of Whisper White card stock in at a time and they came out perfectly. He had so much fun doing this. I better keep my eye on my card stock and him or all of my card stock will mysteriously become dry embossed. Lol! I also added the little celebrate image from the Starburst stamp set just to add a little bit extra to my card.
Here is the same card with two different images as the focal point. I'm not sure which card I like best. Now, I just need to think of someone to send them to.

Card Recipe:
Stamp set: Starburst Sayings (133182)
Card stock: Coastal Cabanna, Crushed Curry, Smoky Slate, and Whisper White card stock
Eastern Elegance Designer Series paper
Ink: Coastal Cabana and Crushed Curry
Accessories: White Taffeta Ribbon Starburst Framelits Dies
Starburst Sayings
Starburst Sayings stamp set 133182

Starburst Framelits Dies
Starburst Framelits Dies 132967

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Sale-A-Bration Banner Blast Easy to Stamp Card

This is a late post for me.. but it is still Monday, so...Happy Monday! That's what I tell myself to give me the extra boost of energy to get back into the work frame of mind. Yesterday, even my 10 year said, "I hate Sunday afternoons?" I asked why, and he said because it means we go back to school tomorrow. I think we just love being home together and moving at our own schedules. I'm fine once I get to work. I love the kids and people I work with! I think I just want longer weekends (he-he) I may be just a tad bit spoiled from all of the snow days we've I'm not use to the 5 day work week yet! Lol!

I did get some stamping done over the weekend. Lots, actually so that always makes me feel good. I made this card using a few items from the Sale-A-Bration brochure (Banner Blast stamp set, Banner Punch, and Decorative Dots Embossing Folder). I also gave my new Texture Boutique Embossing Machine a try. It is quick, light weight and easy to use. My 7 year old and I were busy putting together some card kits that I had left over from my downline meeting. This is one of the cards from the meeting. I thought it would be a fun quick and easy card idea for a Paper Party (Workshop). Have you gotten any Sale-A-Bration (SAB) stamp sets yet? It's not too late. Place a $50.00 order and then you can select an item from the SAB Brochure. Get started HERE!

Card Recioe:
Banner Blast stamp set
Whisper White, Strawberry Slush card stock
Strawberry Slush and Coastal Cabana ink

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

A Starburst Sayings Birthday!

I am absolutely loving this Starburst stamp set! I made this fun little card for a friend of my daughter's. My daughter and many of her friends are all turning 13 this month and next. New teenagers! Her friend's favorite color is pink so I chose the pink hues of Primrose Petals and Blushing Bride card stock along with Basic Black and Whisper White. I stamped the Oh' Happy Day image using Black Stazon ink onto Whisper White card stock. It's hard to see but I layered it onto the fun Silver Glimmer paper. I wanted to create a border around the Oh' Happy Day image. The next larger die size was way too big so I decided to use the same sized Framelit on the silver paper and just cut in closer on the Oh' Happy Day image. The layering is very noticeable to the naked just didn't come through well in my photo. If you look closely you can see it.

On the inside of the card I adhered the number 13 in the fancy Silver Glimmer paper. My daughter added a cute message and was all set to go to her friend's sleepover. I'm sure very little sleeping happened last night. I'll be picking up a very sleepy girl in a few hours. Hope you are enjoying your Saturday. We have a basketball game and a soccer game to get to. I can't wait! I really do enjoy watching my kids play. It's fun to see their competitive side. Hope they win! This is the BIG game for soccer. Keep your fingers crossed. I'll tell you all about it tomorrow.

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