Friday, October 31, 2014

Doggy Sympathy

It is always a difficult time when a much loved pet passes and my heart goes out to anyone who experiences this loss. It is even more heart breaking when it is a child. Such was the case a few weeks ago when a family in our church lost their pet due to illness. So sudden. So sad.

I dug up my retired stamp set, D if for Dog and combined it with the sentiment from the current, You Little Furball and Thoughts and Prayers for a quick card.


The dog was stamped with So Saffron onto Crumb Cake card stock. I experimented with some colors because I wanted it to look like a yellow lab. To add some definition I added a an outline with the fine tip of the Chocolate Chip marker. Same with the grass - it was added with a marker as well. 

The hearts are little punched hearts from the Heart Border Punch. I cut the color from Pacific Point card stock and added a little rhinestone.

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Also: D is For Dog (retired) stamp set

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Tap, Tap, Tap


Welcome to another challenge from Create with Connie and Mary challenge blog. It is sketch week so here is the sketch and I hope you will be inspired enough to play along!


Even though tomorrow is Halloween and Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner, I created a card that is useful all year round. Not that there is anything wrong with creating a holiday card - anything goes :)

The paper is from Flashback series and it reminded me of a lot of typed "o"s. I played around with different colors for the oval and of course, me being obsessed with red right now, went with red. I stamped it with the notepaper image and the "tap, tap, tap". 

The typewriter from the Tap, Tap, Tap stamp set, is stamped with Black Memento onto Pool Party card stock. I added a little bit of shadow with the lights Coastal Cabana Blendabilities and a Smoky Slate Blendabilities. It gave the typewriter a little bit of depth. To get the blank piece of typing paper in the typewriter, I actually stamped the image on a scrap of very vanilla, cut it out, and glued it over the soft sky card stock. 

I wanted this to be a thank you card so I searched through my stamp sets for an appropriate font. I found it in the An Open Heart stamp set. It looks like a typed message - or close enough to make me happy. 

I almost forgot to add the 3 dots at the top of the card! First I tried Candy Dots but I wasn't feeling it so I ended up with gold sequins. Not sure they were the best choice either but I went with it. 

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Stamps: Tap, Tap, Tap; An Open Heart
Paper: Flashback
Card Stock: Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Real Red, Pool Party
Ink: Black Memento; Coastal Cabana Blendabilities; Smoky Slate Blendabilities
Other: Gold Sequins, Big Shot, Oval Framelit

Thanks for stopping. If you have a chance, please check out what the others created with this sketch. And I sure hope you will join us with a project of your own! All at Create with Connie and Mary challenge blog.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Antique Auto

Yesterday was my son-in-law's birthday and being the car lover that he is, I dug out an old, retired stamp set for his card. 

The card is larger than usual - 5 x7 - I think. I know it didn't require extra postage to mail it.
The stamp set is called Antique Auto (I think) so I went with an antiqued look for my card. The layer of Lost Lagoon card stock is textured with the argyle embossing folder and was a little tricky because it was so large. I had to line up the embossing folder 4 separate times and run it through the Big Shot 4 times. Fortunately the sponging and the layer of Typeset designer paper covers some flaws!

All of the stamped images and the pieces of Typeset paper are sponged with Soft Suede ink which is my go to ink for a true vintage, antique look. 

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Stamps: Antique Autos (I think), And Many More, Gorgeous Grunge
Paper: Typeset specialty paper
Card Stock: Very Vanilla, Night of Navy, Lost Lagoon
Ink: Black Memento, Soft Suede
Other: Big Shot, Argyle embossing folder, sponge

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Cardinal Feathers


I went in search of a card challenge over the week end and found this one at Less is More.  It requires making a clean and simple card using newsprint. Challenge accepted. I die cut some feathers from Stampin' Up!'s Typeset specialty paper and sponged them with Real Red, Cherry Cobbler and Soft Suede ink. 
Before I layered them to my card front I stamped some "blotches" of ink with the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set. I love the earthy look that these stamps give to the background. After I layered my feathers, I stamped a bold sentiment and added 2 Candy Dots to create a visual triangle around my feathers.

I tried making feathers in other colors but kept coming back to the reds. Cardinals are red so pretend they are cardinal feathers.

I have to confess. Red is my color. Red flowers. Red fruit. Red birds. It doesn't matter. I love all things red. My daughter is a fellow lover-of-red and my car loving son-in-law laughs at us because we often see a red car and say "Oh, that car is so pretty. I would love a car like that". He thinks we should be a little  more discriminant - like maybe take into consideration the make and model? I try not get carried away with the color and I don't really wear a lot of red and my house isn't decorated with a lot of red but it is a color that definitely makes me happy.

Here are the card details, all of which are Stampin' Up!
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Oops. Forgot to add: Black Memento ink for the sentiment.

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Control Freak Swap Ornamental Pine

Today's card is another from that I have had on my computer but never posted. It's nice to have some cards to show you while the house is having some "work done". Lol. Sounds like a face lift - and well, it kind of is! 

The Control Freaks swapped cards from the Holiday Mini a few months ago and this is the one I made using my favorite, Ornamental Pine.
The Whisper White base is embossed with the Filigree Frame embossing folder. I stamped and cut the pine branch and then cut it with an Oval Framelit. The oval could be cut first and then stamped if that is your preference. I stamped the ornament separately and cut it out. Then I attached it with a dimensional and added the Silver Baker's Twine with a Mini Glue Dot.

I wanted a silvery look so I used Smoky Slate card stock and ink instead of silver. It doesn't have the shimmer but it still looks lovely!

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Christmas Candles

Welcome to another challenge from the Create with Connie and Mary challenge blog. I am excited to share today's card with you because it is one of those concepts that floated around in my head for a while but I wasn't sure how it would translate to a card.
The challenge colors worked well for my card but they could easily be changed to other colors as well.
My first step in creating the card was to figure out how to stamp the pine needles from without the branch. I masked the bottom part of the card with a sticky notes. Then I stamped the pine branch from Ornamental Pine a few times to get the look I wanted. When I removed the sticky notes I had clean white space below the greens.

The candles are embossed card stock - Lost Lagoon and Brushed Silver. I trimmed them to the width I wanted and then I used the Bird Builder punch to make the curve in each candle and to make the flames. The silver candle and flame are attached with dimensionals. 

Once I had my candles in place I adhered the sentiment with dimensionals and glued on some silver sequins and a silver bow. 

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Stamps: Ornamental Pine
Card Stock: Brushed Silver, Whisper White, Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow
Ink: Mossy Meadow
Other: dimensionals, Bird Builder punch, Big Shot, Stylish Stripes embossing folder, Delicate Designs embossing folder, 1/8" silver ribbon, Frosted Sequins

Now it's your turn! Just go to the Create with Connie and Mary challenge blog and link up your card. Be sure to check out what the other members of the design team created too! 

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Garden Party Fall Flowers

I have another card from the archives, meaning a card that I made and photographed way back when but never posted. 

This is made with the Garden Party stamp set which I love because it makes great clean and simple cards.

To make this card I used a layer of paper from the Flowerpot series. It coordinates with the Garden Party stamp set. Love that! For the main panel I stamped some flowers and leaves directly on the card stock. Then I stamped some speckles by using the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and the sentiment from Hey You. My final step was to stamp a daisy like flower on Crushed Curry card stock and one on Pumpkin Pie card stock. I cut them out and adhered them right onto the card front. Super easy! 

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Kinda Eclectic Naturally

I have had this card in my blog post "drafts" for a long time. Actually, I have quite a few hanging out there. It's time to get them posted don't you think?! Especially the autumn cards!
The base of this card is Naturals Ivory. I absolutely love this card stock especially for autumn cards. It has little flecks throughout and is darker than Very Vanilla.

To make my card, I stamped the leaves, border, and sentiment - all from the Kinda Eclectic stamp set. Then I added the strip of Burlap Ribbon that I cut in half (width wise). I have found that the Multi Purpose Glue works best to keep this ribbon in place. The butterflies went on last. I chose to keep them simple with no embellishments making this a very mailable card.

I had a last minute thought to sponge the edges and I am glad I did.

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