Monday, January 19, 2015

Swap card/Cherry Cobbler

I hope you are enjoying your Martin Luther King Holiday today.  This is holiday that is not observed by our office, so I am at work today!
 This is a swap card I designed to take to Sherron's to swap with her, and  her other down lines.  The theme was embossing powder, so I purchased Cherry Cobbler embossing powder and silver ribbon, Assuming I would design a Christmas Card.  HA! best laid plans of mice and men (umm women)

I used embossing folder Honeycomb  (129378) on Cherry Cobbler card stock, then adhered it to a white folded card.  I wrapped bakers twine/cherry cobbler (123125) around the card twice and tied a bow.  (decided I did not like the sillver ribbon) I embossed, with the cherry cobbler embossing powder (122949) the flower image from Six Sided Sampler (130953)

I do not have the coordinating punch Hexagon (130919) so I cut each image by hand, pretty simple based on 6 straight cuts.  I embossed the My Friend from the same stamp set and punched it out using the Modern Label punch (119849)
I arranged the cut/punched images on the right side of the card and used Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)  (One of my favorite things to use on a card/project) to give them a lift.

I guess I was just not in the mood for a Christmas Card on this particular day, even though Cherry Cobbler would make a GREAT Christmas card.

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Weekend.... ahhhhh

The weekend is here, they predict rain for us today!  Imagine that!

This card was one that was made at Bobbie's house in November.  I like the colors and the design.  This is my first time using the sequins on a card, I like the little sparkle they add.

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Baby it's cold outside!

 Mittens, mittens!  Mittens or gloves can be found in EVERY pocket of EVERY jacket I own, you just never know when they will be needed.  Some of them are homemade knitted, some are the 'one size fits all' mittens that come in 2 packs at K-Mart, makes no difference, you must have mittens!

I found this Stampin' Up! punch on the clearance rack and just had to have it.  We used it on the card, punching it twice, once with the designer series paper then again with white for the tips,  we added green ink to the edges using a sponge. 2 short piece of grosgrain ribbon were looped over and added at the edge of the red panel, gave it a little interest against the white card base.
 The big shot and embossing folders make for a great background.  We tied the mittens together with the bakers twine and adhered them to the card front.  The words are a very old Stampin' Up! set but I like the large simple Merry Christmas.
Inside, we took the punch of the mitten and put it on the corner, then used green ink on  a sponge to sponge around the mitten to make a cute accent inside.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

This was a cute holiday set that was available in the Stampin' Up! holiday catalog, Making Spirits Bright (135086), there were several different drinks to celebrate different occasions.

I made this card at Bobbie's house, I believe we used markers to color the image, then cut them into the oval shapes with an oval Framelit (129381).  Cute designer series paper made for a quick card.  Finishing touches included some bling by adding Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246) and coloring them red with a red sharpie marker, Yes you can change the color of the pearls or rhinestones with Sharpie Markers! and red ribbon.

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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Easily Distracted

I think I could get things done if I was not easily distracted!  I start something, upload some photos for a blog post, while they are uploading, Oh! I can work on this card project which is stretched out over the dining room table, Oh! look my husband is working on something, let me talk to him, Oh back to the dining room and stamping.  What the blog entry was not made?  Oh! the kitchen needs to be cleaned up.  Then I become overwhelmed with all the things that I see that need to be done and what do you know? Nothing gets done!

This card was done at Bobbies house to be used as a Christmas Card, but the image of the cardinal is something that could be used any time.  We used the Aqua Painters to watercolor the image and I like the way it turned out.

Not many of of images are this type of Line Drawing that requires me to color them in, and this image could be embossed in gold or silver on maybe a dark card base and it would also be awesome.

I did stamp and put together 4 cards at the dining room table and I got this blog entry done!  Job well done!  (just don't look around...)

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Wednesday 1-7-15

I wonder just how long it will take me to NOT write the year as 2014.  In the "old days", (not like I am really THAT old!) when we had to type a letter, (on a typewriter) it took a long time, now with the computer, the date automatically generates so I am not really even thinking  about the date.

 Today's image is Frosty, this is unfortunately a retired Stampin' Up! set, it was an awesome set, Christmas-ie, but could also be used in January as a 'snow' card!  I have a friend Debbie who love snowmen, so I always think of her when I see Frosty!

As I un-decorated my Christmas tree, I realized how many Snowmen or snow lady ornaments I have.

This was a card stamped in a dark blue ink, then colored with colored pencils.  I do not color in the snow, but outline it using a light blue or a light gray, just to give it a shadow.

I do prefer the verse Merry Christmas over the Happy Holiday verses that seem to be everywhere.

However, I have also collected a few stamped verses that related snow men which is also fun to use with this image.
This card is basically the same, I just put the images toward the bottom of the card with the verse at the top.

I hope that you have a GREAT day, and thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Monday, a new year 2015

 I do very much like butterfly images.  Not real butterflies so much, well if I see them in the garden fluttering by the flowers that is OK, but don't come fluttering around me, or want to land on me, As far as I am concerned they still a bug.

In any case, this is Stampin' Up! Swallowtail (131943) which is an enormous stamp, it is one of the 'background' sized stamps, it is larger than the normal front of a card, so I have see it used in several different ways.  What I did was stamp it 4 times on the 8.5 X 11 card stock, then I cut the card stock into quarters, 4.25 X 5.5  If there was a blank corner, then I inked the stamp again and stamped it to fill in the space.

I cut the piece down, then cut it into thirds, and attached it to a card 11 X 4.25 folded in half letting the card stock show between the panels.
I stamped the verse from Blooming with Kindness (131961), then punched it  using a retired punch, and punched out a heart (I do not have sweetheart punch (133786) but rather another retired punch and adhered them to each other, then used Stampin' Dimensional's (104430) to pop it up.
I used a hole punch and punched out 1/2 of the circle on the folded side,  so I could thread ribbon around the card and tie it on the front and also punched on just the front, 1/2 of the circle so the ribbon would stay in place.

I hope you enjoyed this card and I hope it inspires you to create something.  Special thanks to Bobbie for letting me borrow the image, I had a good time using it!

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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Sunday 1-4-15

This card is using a retired Stampin' Up! stamp set, but I think any type of image could be substituted for the star image.  I used the Simply Scored Scoring Tool ( 122334) and the Simply Scored Diagonal Plate (125586) to create the scored background on the card base.  I had the DSP (designer series paper or Double Sided Paper) that coordinated with the color scheme great and used that layered with the tempting turquoise card stock.
The ribbon and brads add just the right touch to the card.  This card does not have to be just for Christmas but could be used as almost any type of card.

I like to choose stamps that can be used multiple time, and multiple times through the year. Holiday stamps are nice, but then you only get to use them once a year or for a specific theme.

On this variation I did not use the DSP and used the image multiple times, adding the Christmas verse at the bottom.

On the final card, I used the tree image layered with the tempting turquoise and the DSP.  
I like how all three turned out. 

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you have a GREAT weekend!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Final card made at Sherron's in October

Final card made at Sherron's house in October.  The 'swish' is a stamp, (Work of Art 1134111) although I believe you could create this with the swipe of a sponge, or maybe ink and aqua painters (103954) The trees are from Lovely as a Tree (128655) which is a great set, I have used it many times, I do not own this set, but borrowed it from my friend Julene.

All of the cards made at Sherron's were great, and I enjoyed being a part of her stamping group.

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

2nd card made at Sherron's in October

Another card made at Sherron's  house in October.  On this card I was able to use the new Stampin' Blendabilities Markers (page 212 of the catalog)

I used to love to color my images, and chose images/stamps that needed to be colored in, and the larger the image the better!  Recently I have gone with designs that are stamped in the colored ink, and the design is done.  It was fun to use them.  

At the catalog premier, I was the lucky winner of a stamp and a set of 3 Stampin' Blendabilities Markers, have to admit I have not used them yet! 

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