Thursday, November 20, 2014

Blooming with Kindness


I have a lovely color challenge to show you today from Create with Connie and Mary! I think of it as a final nod to autumn and a break from the colors of Christmas and winter. 
I used these lovely colors to create a birthday card.
I began with background using a piece of designer paper from the Park Lane series. I love the foliage pattern in this paper! The flower was stamped and then fussy cut with sponging around the edges to give it some depth. To add the Tangelo Twist color to my color, I stamped and punched a butterfly from Tangelo Twist card stock.

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Stamps: Blooming with Kindness, Papillon Potpourri
Paper: Park Lane
Card Stock: Whisper White, Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist
Ink: Hello Honey, Blackberry Bliss
Other: Butterfly punch, Corner punch, sponge

For more inspiration, head over to Create with Connie and Mary challenge blog. I hope you will join us with a creation of your own!

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Baby Girl or Baby Boy?


It is time for another challenge from Create with Connie and Mary. I hope you can play along! It is a really fun, creative sketch.

I went with a baby card. No. There are no grandchildren on the way if that is what you are thinking! I just like to have baby cards on hand.
I stenciled some stars on Soft Sky card stock. It photographed dark but yes, it is Soft Sky and added some Pink Pirouette paper and a doily.

The moon and stars are from the stamp set, Pictogram Punches. I drew the lines by hand with the fine point of Stampin' Write Markers. My original card had 2 strips of ribbon down the left side but I wasn't feeling it so I punched a strip of Whisper White with the Star Border Punch and layered it on Soft Sky card stock. I liked that much better. 

The sentiment is from Petite Pairs and is raised up a bit with a dimensional. I think this card would be appropriate for girl or boy and totally mailable which seems to be my objective more and more!

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Stamps: Pictogram Punches, Petite Pairs
Paper: Pink Pirouette paper
Card Stock: Soft Sky, Whisper White, Pink Pirouette
Ink: Soft Sky, Pink Pirouette
Other: Doily, circle punch, scallop circle punch, dimensional, Star Border Punch, Star stencil, sponge dauber

I hope you will be able to play along this week. We love to see what you create! For more inspiration, or to link your project, just go Create with Connie and Mary challenge blog!

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Ornamental Pine with Star Background


Today's card is one that I originally was going to use for my design team card for a Create with Connie and Mary color challenge. I ended up using a different Ornamental Pine card but you can see the other one Here.

I really like this card and just wanted to share!
I stamped the images and then used the hammer technique (my term) to create random stars. To do this I placed the card stock in the Lucky Stars embossing folder and then gently hammered the areas around the stamped image. It doesn't harm the embossing folder and it allows you to choose where the embossing will go. 

As an afterthought I added some Dazzling Details and I squirted it a little bit too hard so a couple of branches have more dazzle than I prefer. Oops.

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Monday, November 10, 2014

An Open Heart Christmas


Happy Monday.? I hope you had a wonderful weekend! While I didn't get any stamping done, I did get a lot done around the house. The kitchen is almost finished and I am ok with the almost part because my oven is now plugged in! Five weeks without one was getting old fast. 

On another note, Christmas is right around the corner as my children reminded me. So here is a card for you to enjoy.
I used the stamp from An Open Heart stamp set and made it into a spray of Christmas berries. First I die cut an Oval with Oval Framelits. Then I stamped the branch with Always Artichoke ink. Then I used Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities to add the color. Yes, Always Artichoke is a water based ink and Blendabilities are alcohol based but Always Artichoke is one of the inks that can be used with Blendabilities - which is why I chose it for my card!
Tip: To give the image some depth, I added a line of Smoky Slate Blendabilities here and there under the branch to create a shadow.

The sentiment is from Petite Pairs. I love the fonts of this set and the fact that they can fit in tiny places. The ribbon is actually 3 pieces: 2 straight pieces and one for the bow which I tied and attached with a Glue Dot.

I hope you have a great day. Because it is David's one day off, I will be spending the day with him probably working around the house.

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

White Christmas CCMC328


Isn't that a lovely color combination for this week's challenge at Create with Connie and Mary? I chose to go with a Christmas card but if you play along (and we hope you will), feel free to use the colors for any occasion card. 

So here is my clean and simple card.
I stamped the image first by using only part of the tree stamp from White Christmas stamp set. Because it is photopolymer it is pretty easy to ink up only part of the image. Then I stamped the snowman, bird. I saved the sentiment until after I embossed the snowflakes. 

When embossing the snowflakes, make sure to place your card stock into the embossing folder so the raised side ends up on the stamped side. I goofed on my first one. 

I used a wee bit of ink and a blender pen to add some color here and there on the stamped images. My final step was to stamp the sentiment and add the Frosted Sequins.

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Stamps: White Christmas
Card Stock: Whisper White, Smoky Slate
Ink: Smoky Slate, Cherry Cobbler, Lost Lagoon
Other: Blender Pen, Frosted Sequins, Big Shot, Northern Flurry embossing folder

For more inspiration just go to Create with Connie and Mary challenge blog. Hope to see you there!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Stamp Review Crew: Kinda Eclectic Edition


Welcome to another Blog Hop with the Stamp Review Crew! We are featuring the stamp set, Kinda Eclectic. All Crew members will be showing you new ways to use this fun stamp set.
Remember: this Blog Hop officially begins Monday, November 3rd. We post early to get the kinks out of the links so you may need to come back.

If you arrived from Kerry Willard Bray's blog then you are in the right place. If this is your first stop, don't worry as the Blog Hop goes full circle - just follow the links.

I went a little bit artistic with this card. It didn't turn out like the one in my head but that is the beauty of water color.
This card was made with water color paper which is important for getting the ink to "move". First, I embossed some leaves and the sunburst image with white ink and white embossing powder. Then I used an aqua painter and ink refill to create the background. Once it was dry (a heat tool helps), I stamped some more leaves with Old Olive ink and added the sentiment. The butterfly is stamped on Typeset designer paper and punched out. 

Stamps: Kinda Eclectic
Paper: Typeset specialty paper
Card Stock: Whisper White, Coastal Cabana, Basic Black
Ink: Whisper White craft, Tempting Turquoise, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Coastal Cabana, Black Memento
Other: Big Shot, Large Polka Dot embossing folder, Butterfly punch, Aquapainter, White embossing powder

There is nothing fancy about my second card. I just wanted to show how this set can be used for occasions other than thank you cards. 
I used a clear block to stamp the background. Then I used my heat tool to dry it. This is important because my next step was to stamp and emboss the leaves. Even though classic ink dries quickly, it will still hold embossing powder so heat drying it is a must. I added some red berries with a Cherry Cobbler marker and stamped the sentiment last. 

I love the color combination of Cherry Cobbler, White, and Crumb Cake but this card could be made with green or just white for the card base. 

Stamps: Kinda Eclectic, Perfect Pairs
Card Stock: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler
Ink: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler
Other: Candy Dots, Clear Acrylic Block, White embossing powder, Big Shot, Stylish Stripes embossing folder

You won't want to miss the next stop which is Cindy Beach's blog.  Enjoy!
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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.
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