Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Happy Anniversary

Some friends at church are celebrating their anniversary on 2/2. I guess that would be an easy date to remember :-)  I made them this card.

I have been playing with different Concord & 9th turnabout sets.  This is their wreath turnabout and it can give so many looks. Since their anniversary is close to Valentine's Day I went with the pink colors.

I added a strip of vellum in the middle to soften the look and hold the sentiment. I looked at both plain vellum and the polka dot vellum and ended up picking the polka dot. It just seemed to add something extra. 

I used my Glimmer machine for the sentiment. I just can't get enough of glimmering :-)  I also added some pretty pink metallic paper at both the top and the bottom. I thought it would go with the the sentiment.

Well I hope that you liked my anniversary card. Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Wreath Turnabout (Concord & 9th)
Paper: White (pti); Metallic Confections paper (Tim Holtz)
Ink: Soft Stone (pti), Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Melon Mambo (SU)
Dies: Elegant Occasions Sentiments (Spellbinders)
Other: Patterned vellum (pti)
Hot Foil Plates: Elegant Occasions Sentiments (Spellbinders) 
Hot Foil: Pink  (Spellbinders)

Friday, January 24, 2020

Glimmering Birthday Butterfly

It's been a while and now that the holidays are over I have a bit more time in my craft room. I have new goodies to play with and Glimmer hot plates are some of them. My aunt is turning 92 on Feb 1st and this card will go to her. I used a card from the Spellbinders blog as a guide for my card.

It's hard to catch the pretty shimmer with a camera but I hope that you can see it in the next couple of photos.

I thought it would be pretty to use linen paper but it turns out it is hard to foil on linen. I had to rerun it through several time but fortunately I had taped the hot plate down so that I could do it over. Lesson learned... don't use linen paper for foiling.

 Here is a close up where you get a better look at the pretty blue of the butterfly.

I really had fun making this card and like how it turned out. Thanks for stopping by.


Stamps: None
Paper: White linen, white, Luxe Silver Adhesive paper (pti); Watercolor Wash dsp (mft)
Ink: None
Dies: Butterfly die that came with the Glimmering Butterflies hot plate (Spellbinders)
Other: 1/8" foam tape under butterfly
Glimmer Plates:  Glimmering Butterflies; Art Deco Borders; Birthday Hugs & Wishes (Spellbinders)
Hot Foil: Pewter, Skybright  (Spellbinders)

Friday, August 30, 2019

Anniversary card for my brother and SIL

Hi!  I have a few new goodies and some time to stamp. My brother's anniversary is coming up. I wanted a card not too flowery and thought this worked pretty well.

I love plaid and I just got a stamp by Concord & 9th called Sketched Stripes Background. I stamped the stripes once in each direction in Weathervane and then again in Tattered Rose DOX.

I played with various combos of ink for the sentiment and ended up with Smokey Shadow, Melon Berry and Weathervane. It gets your attention and the shading is not too in your face.

I like the shape of the Elegant Rectangle Stax dies but really had hoped that there would be less space between the dies. I guess next time I will trim down the outer layer.

At this point something was missing and I played for a long time before realizing that a simple polka dot strip would do the trick.

I think this would be great for a masculine card for any occasion. My SIL's birthday is coming up soon so I will give her a more feminine card then :-)

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my card!

Stamps: Shadowed Sentiments (pti); Sketched Stripes Background (Concord & 9th)
Paper: White, Weathervane, Melon Berry Pattern Pack (pti)
Ink: Smokey Shadow, Weathervane, Melon Berry (pti); Tattered Rose (Ranger Distress Oxide)
Dies: Elegant Rectangle STAX Die-namics (mft)

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Jurassic Wiper Surprise

I haven't had much time for stamping lately but I saw a wiper surprise card and really wanted to try it out. I don't have the dies so I watched several videos and proceeded to wing it. It took me a really long time but I finally got it to work. I think the wiper surprise dies will be in my future.  I am entering this card in the My Favorite Things Peek-a-Boo Surprise Challenge. The sentiment will go on the back of the card but I forgot to stamp that before taking my pictures.

Here is the unopened card.

The surprise is when you pull the sides of the card and a pterodactyl pops up.

I love to make interactive cards and if you have a young one who loves dinosaurs then this is a fun one to make!

Stamps: Delightful Dinosaurs (mft); Gradient Sunset (Altenew)
Paper: White, Kraft, Simply Chartreuse, Saffron Spice, Soft Stone (pti); Poppy Parade, Only Orange (SU)
Ink: Smokey Shadow, Weathervane, Spring Moss (pti); Early Espresso (SU); Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide
Dies: Delightful Dinosaurs, Volcano Die-namics (mft)
Other: Zig markers, Always Artichoke marker (SU); cosmetic blending brushes by Yoseng

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Papertrey Ink October Blog Hop Challenge

Today is PTI's monthly blog hop. Here is the inspiration photo. . .

... and here is my card.

Its pretty straight forward. Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Happy Harvest (WP9)
Paper: White, Dark Chocolate, Classic Kraft, Terracotta Tile, Classic Kraft Pattern Pack (PTI)
Ink: Dark Chocolate, Orange Zest (PTI)
Dies: Say It Simply: Giving Thanks; Scallop Stackers: Large (PTI); Happy Harvest (WP9); Nestabilities Square
Other: Twine (May Arts), foam dots, Brown marker

Friday, October 19, 2018

PTI October Create Along With Us

PTI has released so much cute stuff the last couple of months. This time of year is always so busy but I had time today to sit down and play. I've also recently started acquiring and playing with Distress Oxide inks.  So I thought I would play along with the PTI's challenge today.

Here is the card that I copied.


And here is my card.

It is pretty straight forward except for the oval frame. That is where I used the distress oxides. It is pretty pale and I really wish that I had some micro glaze to go over it so that the colors would pop. Well that is now in an Amazon order.  I also cut an additional oval in Kraft to go underneath and support the top oval because the paper was warped.

Edited: I just today got some Ranger Micro Glaze and so I dabbed some on my finger and rubbed it on the pierced oval. I think that the colors of the distressed oxides are brighter now.

Stamps: Winter Fox, Text & Texture: Wood Slices
Paper: White, Kraft, Honey Nut
Ink: Dark Chocolate, Cocoa Bean, Honey Nut, Fresh Snow (fox's face)
Dies: Winter Fox; Pierced Feature Frames: Oval; (PTI) Stitched Rectangles (mft)
Other: Distress Oxides (Spiced Marmalade, Old Paper, Squeezed Lemonade); foam tape under fox

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

PTI Create Along With Us

I have been inspired by all the PTI design team projects for this month's release. I needed to make a thank you card for a friend of mine and really liked this card by Heather and so am playing along with Create With Us this month.  Here is my card.

In place of the gourds I used leaves from the Leaf Prints set.  I have been playing around with alcohol inks and had a few of my trial pieces on my table so I cut them out and then embossed the leaf veins with gold embossing powder.  The orange leaf also has a bit of gold foil on it.

I die cut "friend" three times and adhered with glue and then used Nuvo gloss drops to dot the i.

Here's a close up.

That's it. Thanks for stopping by.

Stamps: Twig Wreath, Leaf Prints
Paper: Stamper's Select White, Kraft, Yupo
Ink: Cocoa Bean, Honey Nut, Versamark
Die: Leaf Prints; Wet Paint III
Other: Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink (red leaf: Flamingo, Watermelon, Cranberry), I didn't write down the green & orange leaf colors; gold foil; Nuvo Gloss Drops (Caramel Cream, Dark Walnut); gold embossing powder; twine

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Thinking of You

Jennifer McGuire recently posted a video on creative uses of embossing folders.  My daughter and I played with this technique and this is my card.

I added Perfect Pearls to the raised areas but you can't see it in the photo and even in real life it doesn't show up much.  I used Nuvo drops to dot the i's. Much easier than trying to glue the tiny little die cut and I love how close a color match it is :-)

Thanks for looking!

Stamps: NONE
Paper: White, Vintage Jadeite, Hawaiian Shores
Ink: Mint Julep, Versamark
Dies: Stitched Rectangles (SSS); Scallop Stackers: Large (pti); Big Basics: Thinking of You Die (pti)
Other: Perfect Pearls, Nuvo gloss drops ‘Caribbean Ocean’; Finial Press Embossing folder (SU ret)

Skinny Note Pads

I thought I would post these note pads that I made last May as gifts since Papertrey's Make It Live video this week used the same note pads but a different cover.

I used my Cinch and 3/8" coils to bind the top. I used some light weight cardboard that I had saved from who knows what for the covers. I then ran assorted dsp from Stampin'Up and Papertrey through my Xyron to apply adhesive to the back & applied the dsp to the covers. There are 2 note pads in each one applied with sticky tape adhesive. I tied on a pen using Baker's twine to complete the gift.

White cardboard backing: 2-1/2 x 8-1/2"
DSP: 2-1/2 x 8"

Thanks for looking!

Fun with the Colorblock Stencil

It's been a busy summer and I am now getting some time to play with some of my new stuff.

I needed a birthday card and so I adapted this card to a slightly different layout.  The corners use the new PTI Color Block Stencils with Distress Oxide ink. This ink is new to me and I got it because it looked like it really blended smoothly in the videos that I watched and I have to say that I really like how it looks. I added some Nuvo gloss drops, also new for me, and they are really fun to play with.  I hope you like my adaptation of Betsy's card :-)

Stamps: Vogue Vases, Simple Stems, In the Shadows
Paper: White
Ink: Melon Berry, Berry Sorbet, Pure Poppy, Ripe Avocado, Fine Linen, Saffron Spice, Honey Nut (pti); Tim Holtz Distress Oxide in Worn Lipstick
Dies: Vogue Vases
Other: Nuvo gloss drops in Ivory Seashell; Color Block Stencil Collection (pti); foam tape

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