Monday, August 28, 2017

Beautiful bouquet CAS444

This is a very simple card that looks complicated.
Pink pirouette base with a layer embossed with Ruffles EF. 
 black scalloped circle  from layering circle framelet then a stitched shaped circle diecut to match.
The flowers and the stems are from Bouquet bunch framelets- cut the flowers - 2 each of the bunches and one of the stems - 2 leaves -from pear pizazz and flowers in white then use dauber to color it in with melon mambo.

Stamp the sentiment from Feather together in black on a strip of 1/2 inch whisper white.
Tie a little bow before mounting

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Baby Bear Birthday- CAS 443

 My sister asked for some images of the Baby Bear stampset and I had not played with it before and there was a bit of a learning curve with it to get the image right.  I started with the third image with Soft suede first then stamped the second image using Crumbcake making sure the eyes matched. Then the first image with crumbcake stamped off worked the best for me - otherwise the images seemed blurry somehow.

The sentiment I had to make up using images from Cookie-cutter Christmas and Lift me Up.  I really love cling and clear stamps because you can cut them up however you need them.  This card also fit the CAS 443 Sweet birthday wishes so posting. 

Monday, July 10, 2017

Blooms & Wishes Colorcase

One of my Stampin' friends Barbara made a card and the colors in it was really fantastic.  Since I did not have the set she used, I decided to use Blooms and Wishes set to make a similar colored card.  The base is whisper white with a layer of Daffodil Delight. Used Melon Mambo for the big flowers and the dots from Awesomely Artistic.  the flower center is real red and the leaves are old olive and Pear Pizazz. Some pearls in the center to add some dimension.  The oval stitched and scalloped oval.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Birthday flower pop pot stand card

I am making a pop up birthday card for a friend and found this really cute pop up  from Elizabeth craft. I had been doing other popup cards but I like the options of adding a lot of flowers in this.  I would like someone to design a popup bouquet  a little smaller that would allow me to add more flowers to the top without sticking out of the card.

I've been diecutting a lot of flowers from any leftover cardstock  with a variety of stampin up flower dies so there is a variety here. I likte the little tiny punches for the center of the card- I got those from Michael's eons ago for a $1 each and they make the sweetest little centers.

 Anyway, this is how it opens up and it stands up with a whole bunch of flowers in it.
I stamped happy birthday on the inside from Stampin' Up Party Wishes (retired) and stamped the sentiment in the front using a variety of markers and punched it out with 1 1/2" circle punch

I added the festive DSP to cover up the holes made by the mechanism of the card.

I hope she likes the card.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Margery's RAK

My DH said-"there is this card for you left on the doorstep" and gave me this envelope and this was what I found inside from my friend Margery.  Such a cute and fun card with the darling stethoscope in the middle surrounded by all the little band aids and pills.
I couldn't help but laugh at the sentiment.

There is actually some science to explain why small creative tasks might make people feel better. According to a new study, a little creativity each day can go a long way towards happiness and satisfaction in the bustle of daily life.

I would suggest that you do a little stamping everyday for better mental health!  Doctor's orders!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy Fourth!

 Happy Fourth of July-  CAS436 challenge was to show your patriotism so here it went.
 When you take Night of Navy and you spray bleach it takes away the colors and makes this sky at night intense pattern.  But I wasnted a little less intense night sky so I used a finer spray to get a softer splotchy sky.  I wanted the fireworks to be more the focus.

The firework is from an old OLD retired set called July Fourth.  I stamped it with versamark and embossed it with white embossing powder to make a more intense white against the background. Then I used alcohol makers in cheery cobbler and turquoise
to color in some parts of it to look more like fireworks with all their colors.   I also used the Star of Light stamp to create the sparkle streak with silver embossing powder.  Added the 2 lounge chairs diecut from the Seasonal Layers thinlits- because we always take our lounge chairs to watch the fireworks, as we will tonight!
My friend Lynne sends me wonderful cards for almost every holiday.  I do not know how she finds the time with her busy life. And then I got this beautiful pop up card for the fourth and I was blown away and I had to share it with you all.  I want that sparkle fireworks die if such thing exists.  What a perfect way to celebrate. 
I absolutely loved it.  Thanks, Lynne!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Paperpumpkin June 2017 variations

  This month's set One in a Melon is I thought was very "Sweet" to say the least.  Love the watermelon theme for the summer and the bag. tissue paper in the melon with little seeds imprinted on them was super cute and very usable for cards since I have only few uses for packaging- I like to cut some of the pieces for other uses like this.  The watermelon skin pattern for the bags are very useful. 
So here are my two little variations on them,  Very summer and I will be using them for many birthdays this summer.
This was the upside down version of the splitcoast sketch challenge SC651- with the watermelon wedge it was a fun challenge to play with.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Beach Volleyball card for Elisabeth

Every year some friends of my DH from school and their families and we go camping and this year I found out one of their girls was a big beach volleyball fan.  They brought a net and balls and they were playing on the beach next to the ocean and it was really amazing to watch them play.  Anyhow, Elisabeth's birthday is coming up in a few weeks and I thought it would be fun to make her a beach volleyball card.  It uses Hiilei stamp from Sister stamps who is swimming in water but her position could be someone diving for a ball so I used it for this.  The net is hand drawn using basic grey and ball is punched in 1 1/4 inch circle punch and hand drawn with smoky slate marker.  I know I have ball stamps somewhere in my collection but for the life of me could not find it anywhere so I searched the internet and found the design on the web and just drew it in. I did sponge the edges a bit to create a little shadow. 

Sunday, June 25, 2017

CAS435 Kaumaka Sandplay

CAS435 was to make a summertime card and I've been wanting to use this stamp that I just got.  I stamped the Beach Scene from CC Designs then stamped Kaumaka (sister stamps)  playing  with sand onto whisper white CS.  I colored the scene with a variety of Copic markers  then inked the sky with the scallop circle punched out. The sentiment is from Echo Park-Vitamin Sea set.  The styles are a little different but still fun.  Mount the sheet onto Dapper Denim CS. 

Friday, June 23, 2017

Magical Mermaid

Splitcoast WT641 challenge was to make a Sea Worthy Card. I just got this set and though should make a card with it.  With the mermaid looking back, I wanted her to look at the sunset  while she was in water- so how to make that effect....
I took a thick whisper white CS and watercolored the top with daffodil and the bottom with pool party and stamped the seaweeds with Memento Black.  Make sure to let the part you do first dry well before doing the second part- I did the sunset sky first and then did the pool party sea.

I took a smaller second sheet of water color paper and stamped the seaweed on it .  I wanted to make sure I had similar horizon lines on both sheets.  I stamped the mermaid on a separate scrap sheet of whisper white, colored it in and then used clear Wink of Stella to add glimmer to her hair and the fishtail. I then put a color of pool party over the body to look like she was in water.  Color in the seaweed and stamp the sentiment in Black.

It still looked like she was just floating in air so I took a piece of clear window sheet and cut it to put over the water part and now it really looks like she has her head out of the water.  I put Tombow multipurpose glue (in the little green bottle) it dries clear so I put a fine layer of glue over the mermaid that was under the water and that is what holds the window sheet on the card.

Now all I need is  a forward facing mermaid, Stampin' Up!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Colorful Season Thinking of You

 I had to get this set- the chair die is just so cool- I could think of so many things to do with it.  I just think how cool would it be sitting on these chairs drinking some lemonade with a friend?  But I realized there was no place to set the glasses. So I cut another chair turned it upside down and cut off the top section to make a matching table and now it feels perfect.  Love the blossoms and the wooden deck - wood textures DSP.  Used the old scallop punch to make subtle clouds in the sky behind. to make a beautiful day. The little glass with straw is from the same Colorful Seasons set-
Diecut with the matching Seasonal Layers Thinlits

Saturday, June 3, 2017

3 variation of Lovely Inside & Out

Saturdays are spent doing laundry, cleaning and baking and while things are washing and baking, I sneak away in little bits of time to play with my stuff.  I'm holding a Stampin' Up party and wanted to make something using the Lovely Inside & Out set.  I love the Lemon Lime Twist and Melon Mambo together so I started with this little piece below using Snow falling EF and Banners for you for the sentiment.  Bent the rubber a bit to fit in the banner which was fine and used stitched shaped framelits to cut a circle to fit behind to show a tiny bit of the lemon lime twist.
 This is the second variation using the left over from the first card and then layering it on a whisper white circle over the Lemon Lime twist embossed with Sparkle EF.  It looked a bit flat so I used 2 way glue to add dazzling diamond glitter and it really made it pop. 
 But I think this is my favorite out of the batch. base is whisper white with a layer of Melon Mambo with Loverly Words cutout.  I took a circle die slightly larger to cut out a circle to show the word and embossed it with sparkle EF too.  I then decided to put a dazzling diamond glimmer paper behind it which really makes it sparkle.  Add a little banner with words and it is done.  Very clean.  I guess you can stamp " for your birthday" or something on the inside for any occasion.

Friday, June 2, 2017

You've Got this Pretty Label

 Last week's color challenge was for Sweet sugarplum, wild wasabi and daffodil delight.  I was playing with that and the sketch challenge and I got to playing with the Label me Pretty set for the little element  and this kind of organically evolved into this card.   Base is Wild Wasabi with Daffodil embossed with Woodland embossing folder.  The Whisper white panel was stamped with You've Got This set  with Sweet Sugarplum stamped off.  It was colored in with the aqua painter filled with alcohol using the same colors.  But even stamped off it was too bright and seemed to clash with the label so I cut
a piece of vellum to cover it to soften the color even more and it really helped.  I just wanted to Label to really pop.  The flowers and label was colored using the same technique with the alcohol filled Aqua painter with the same colors. - I cut a piece of Sweet Sugarplum punched and cut across to split it to layer it behind the white piece and raised it up with the dimensionals to pop it up more.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Seasonal Layers One Big Measing

 I really like clean and simple cards.  This one has base of Tangerine Tango with whisper white on top diecut with the outline maple leaf.  Stamp the sentiment from One Big Meaning with Cherry Cobbler on top and Old Olive on the bottom.  Diecut a scrap piece of whisper white with the skeleton maple leaf die and sponge it with Tangerine, old olive and cherry cobbler as shown.  Put adhesive on the outline maple and layer the skeleton leaf sponged on top of the white leaf.  Sprinkle dazzling diamonds to have it stick to the white parts.  I put some glue dots behind the leaf and curled the edges to pop it up
a bit.  Offset it a bit to show some of the Tangerine CS behind the leaf. 
Really simple and clean card- just the way I love it.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

CC636 and F4A379- look ma, no stamps!

 I'd forgotten how fun it is to answer challenges-  Splitcoast color challenge this week was for Old Olive, Tangelo Twist and Cherry Cobbler.  Free for all challenge on friday was F4A379- a card with no stamping-  with all the new dies it was easy to follow.  My twins are away at camp and I had some rare  time to myself.
The base is Cherry Cobbler with a layer of whisper white with 3 squares cut out.  I guess you could use a square punch or ide if you had one.  Diecut the left edge with the large scallop die from the Seasonal LayersThinlits die from the new 2017-2018 catalog and a thin scallop
using Old olive  cardstock .  Use two way glue to add dazzling diamonds glitter around the square opening. - you could use double stick tape too t o make it more even.  Put a square piec of old olive, tangerine and cherry cobble behind each square and adhere to the base card.  Diecut 3 maple leaves from the same Seasonal Layers Thinlits die - isn't it Gorgeous?  - love this die set-  it has a branch, flowers, snowflakes and a adirondek chair - an amazing set-  I wanted a little saying and this fit the best- retired Greetings Thinlits in tangerine.  Make sure you use the steel plate to diecut the leaves to make the details pop out cleanly. 

Beautiful You Memory of a Cartwheel

Eons ago in junior high school I was a cheerleader and I remember learning to do cartwheels- I was never one for athletics- more the brain type but it was really fun until I broke my leg running across the football field- oh, well.   I looked at this stamp and wondered if I could make it look like that was what she was doing and tried several different ways to make it work and this is what came out.  The base card is 8 1/2 x 7 1/3 folded in half to 8 1/2 x 3 2/3 (basically a 1/3 of 11 inches)  It will fit into a business size envelope.  Stamped a mask of the girl first and cut it out. then stamped her from the right to the left, masking each image before the next stamping. It's just one layer clean and simple. Colored it in using Berry Burst, Crumbcake and Pool party as shown and did the cloud with a scallop circle mask although hard to see here.  I cut out a mask to sponge in the beach to make it look like she was doing it at the beach.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Crafting forever with Beautiful You

   Crafting Forever set is slowly growing on me.  The intricate pen got my brain thinking and I want it to have a hand around it like the Escher print.  Anyhow, I wanted to make it look like it was drawing something and when I was looking around the images from Beautiful You looked like it would fit the bill- so here is my little card. Base is the new Fresh Fig with a layer of Powder pink.  Stamped the image and sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black and water colored it with some fresh fig. Punched the sentiment with the pretty label punch with a powder pink layer behind it and put a strip of fresh fig behind it.  The pen was colored with Lemon lime twist, Berry blast, and Tranquil tide markers.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

More stamps please!

Margery stamped this sentiment for me on a sticker and I did really laugh and laugh.  Took berry blast base. Stamped the girl from Pure Innocence from MFT called Pucker Up. It is a lemonade stand that I took out the pitcher and glass.  Stamped the sign, scissors, marker and card from Totally Tess (retired Stampin'Up) to make her a stamper! I'm going to have to see if I can change her expression.....