Wednesday, September 17, 2014

John's Birthday

Yesterday was John's birthday.  I went to the store and looked at cards, but I just couldn't bring myself to spend $5~~at a minimum.  So, I came back home and made this one!  He is going fishing for a couple of days, so I pulled out the Amuse Studio stamp set, Sealed With A Fish.  Since you cannot see thru the dies, I first die cut the shapes and then used Memento ink to stamp the images.  This was a little time consuming and I realized that I definitely prefer our Stampin' Up open dies.  Nonetheless, I colored all the little shapes using Copic markers and they are so cute!!  The "birthday fishes" sentiment on the card is also included in that Amuse stamp set and the "happy" and "to my husband" sentiments are from retired Stampin' Up stamp sets.  John got a chuckle out of the card, knowing he is going Muskie fishing, not fishing for pretty little tropical things--hahaha!!! Have a great day!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Give Thanks For All Things

Today's card is another on which I used a Project Life card (4"x3") as the inspiration.  The pattern cardstock is the actual Project Life card.  From there I decided on the Cajun Craze card base and using one of the sentiments from the For All Things stamp set (Holiday Mini) on Very Vanilla cardstock.  I thought the Woodgrain embossing folder was a good one to use due to the tree branches on the PL card.  I used my corner rounder on the card base and the stamped layer so that all the corners matched the Project Life card.  Once the sentiment was stamped, the little leaves from Holiday Home were added,  the edges sponged and dimensionals used to adhere it to the card. After adding a Very Vanilla liner to the inside of the card, I wrapped it all up with twine from Amuse Studio.  Have a great day!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Catalog Idea

I had a great weekend~~card class on Saturday afternoon, an evening with friends and a Sunday spent making frozen tomato sauce and playing in my scraproom.  This is like the fourth batch of tomato sauce.  I told my husband, I am done with tomato sauce for this year--LOL!!! So today's card idea came from the card pictured on page 67 of the annual catalog.  I do not have the Dictionary background stamp, so I used the retired En Francais.  I changed out the color combinations and have yet to add a sentiment, but the basic layout is the same.  The flowers are from the Flower Shop stamp set.  I stamped Rich Razzleberry cardstock with the flower inked using Blackberry Bliss which was a nice contrast to the Baked Brown Sugar flower.  As much as I enjoy my framelits, it sure is nice to sometimes just pull out a punch and obtain the shape you want.  A little twine, lace and butterflies are pretty embellishments.  When you get stuck on a card design, just grab the annual catalog and something will jump out at you!  Have a great day!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Playful Cards

So yesterday was "playing with Lawn Fawn stamp set and dies day".   Everything about the Lawn Fawn stamp set, Life Is Good,  just called my name.  I held off for a while, but after seeing extremely cute cards on Pinterest, I caved.  I was able to play with my Copic markers, too.  But that only proved that I need some additional shades of some of the colors, such as beige/light brown and that I need to maybe watch a few videos on Copic coloring on line!!!  I know what will be going on my wish list this year!  Isn't the little crab just too cute?  I would never have a need to give any one a card apologizing for being crabby (lol)~~if anyone wants it,  let me know and I will set it aside for you!  I knew when I saw the lighthouse that it would need the "sunburst image" from Stampin' Up!'s Kinda Eclectic set behind it.  I have many people who brighten my life, so this card is a keeper.   By the way, I placed the order for this set and dies over the weekend and it arrived yesterday, wrapped with baker's twine and a little handwritten note.   Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Celebrate!

I made myself a promise that I would continue to use retired DSP and I did just that on today's card. The color combination of Real Red, Basic Gray and Smokey Slate together with the "wood" banner makes this another more masculine card.  I was originally going for a  birthday card, but decided that "celebrate" could be used for any special occasion.  The hearts were created using a combination of punches and framelits.  The sequins are from the Frosted Sequins in the Holiday Mini and the collection includes white snowflakes, too.  If I was to use all the retired DSP I own on cards, I wonder how many cards I could create? Have a great day and find yourself a little stampin' time!!!!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Happy Healing

Our next door neighbor had his third knee replacement surgery and when I thought about creating a card for him, I wanted to include the "happy healing" sentiment from the And Many More stamp set.  Our neighbors know we like our birds, so out came Choose Happiness.  I stamped the branch and colored it in with my SU Markers.  After inking the bird stamp using markers, I stamped it on a separate piece of paper, cut him out and perched him on the branch.  The Woodgrain embossing folder created a good layer between the white card base and the white stamped cardstock.  But the card still needed a little something.  So, out came Gorgeous Grunge and linen thread.  I hope Jerry enjoys the card and has a very speedy recovery.  Hope you have a great day!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Fall Leaves

OK~~no more denying it!  Fall is here. You can feel it in the air and leaves are falling.  Plus, it was 58 degrees when I woke up yesterday morning,   So today's card is a pretty Fall card.  The leaves and the sentiment are from the stamp set For All Things in the Holiday Mini.  I used the rock and roll technique on the leaves and sponged using a variety of inks~~Blackberry Bliss, Cajun Craze, Hello Honey and Mossy Meadow.  After hand cutting the leaves they were adhered to the Very Vanilla layer.  By the way, I used my diagonal scoring plate to create the diamond background~~such a pretty effect!  I need to use that scoring plate more often.  The combination of the button, ribbon and linen thread  added just the right amount of additional texture and interest.  Have a great day and enjoy the feel of Fall in the air!