Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Bright Colors - Color Swap

This is another card I made with new dies - and card parts - and then I realized that it worked for this month's color swap in my stamping group. The colors this month are "bright colors."

The new dies I used are the rainbow pieces and the sun. The rainbow die is one piece, but it cuts all six pieces at one time. I used Copic markers to color them. I cut the sun out of bright yellow, and I used the same yellow for matting. I printed the sentiment on my computer and used a yellow Copic marker to draw around the edge. The cloud die-cuts were in with my "card parts." The clouds are mounted on Pop Dots.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Christmas Deer

I was supposed to be getting ready for company and packing up for our Group Gathering in Des Moines yesterday, but I took some time to make this card. Some new dies came in the mail yesterday and I had to use them right away! :)

The die I used for this card cuts everything you see in green - the deer, trees and snowflakes. I used a sentiment from Papertrey ink, bending it to fit the curve - not quite enough, but hey, I tried! :) I stamped it with Versamark ink and embossed it with a light blue embossing powder. I matted it with a textured blue and then the same green. The background was embossed with a Sizzix folder on shimmery white.

Off to Des Moines this morning! We'll have a blast!!

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Wedding?

Another die:) This time it's the heart with birds and flowers. I cut it out of this white panel. Then I used a distress ink cube to ink it up. I set it back into its original position. I added a piece of olive-y green behind it and matted it with a purple to match the die ink. The sentiment is from Stampin' Up! I think it would make a nice wedding card, but would also work for an anniversary or even a birthday.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

"Loon-y" Birthday

Another "guy" card for my stash. While I had my Tattered Angels stamp set out last week, I stamped this frame and cut it out. Then I had to figure out what to do with it. I thought a nice loon would work well, so I used the Repeat Impressions stamp and stamped it with gray. I trimmed it down to fit under the frame, which I had mounted on foam squares. I embossed the cat tails on the left side with a Cuttlebug folder. The sentiment is from Stampin' Up! I stamped it to match the frame, and I also used matching cardstock to mat the bottom layer.

Edited to add: The embossing folder that I used on this card is a border folder. No trick involved - just used the narrower folder! :)

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Thinking of You

Another of my new dies. (I've had such fun shopping for cheap dies on Amazon. Takes a long time to get here from China, but it's worth the wait:) ) The entire light green piece was cut with one die. I tested it out on the light green and decided I should use that piece. I cut a piece of white cardstock to fit into the center section, then stamped the sentiment on it - from Stampin' Up! I mounted the entire piece on Pop Dots. The background paper is from a matstack from Bo Bunny.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Die-Cut "Guy" Card

I made this card using one of my new dies. The die is the "squiggle." I used three Copic markers to scribble on some white cardstock, then used my die to cut it out. I cut it again on another piece of white, then put the colored piece into the second die-cut. There were also, I think, five little pieces of white that had to be fit back into the colored part. For the matting, I used the same Copic markers to color around the edge, for matching matting. (Kind of hard to tell in the picture that the matting varies in color from corner to corner.) The sentiment was stamped on a thin strip of white and mounted on foam squares. I used the darkest color of red to color around the very edge of the sentiment. I thought this would make a fine card for a guy, something that I'm lacking in my "stash."

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Anniversary Poppy

Another card using the same Penny Black stamp set as a couple days ago. I stamped it on a previously-cut circle with "stitching," colored it with Copic markers and added black Stickles to the center. I used a Spellbinders die to cut the matting for it. The butterfly is also from the same set. I cut it out, leaving a white border around it, and mounted on Pop Dots. The sentiment is from PSX.

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Daffodil Birthday

The daffodil on this card is by Penny Black. I stamped it on a very smooth, almost shiny white cardstock with black Memento ink. I colored it with Copics and matted on dark green cardstock. I also mounted it on Pop Dots. The sentiment is one that I die-cut a few weeks ago when a friend came over to play:) I added a black gem for the dot on the "i".

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Touch of Nature

Another card using the same set from Crafty Secrets as yesterday's card - very similar. Again, the background stamp is from Tattered Angels and the flowers and sentiment are from the Crafty Secrets set. This time I used the same color as yesterday for the stamped background (different stamp) but I used black to stamp the flowers and then I colored with Copics.  I cut the panel with a Memory Box die and matted with dark green. The patterned paper on the left side is from a matstack I've had for SO many years and have never used - by Jodie Lee. I matted it with the same dark green. I also mounted the image panel on Pop Dots. Not sure what this card could be used for, but I do like the way it turned out:)

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Hello

A simple card today, and a short break from my Stampin' Up! project.

I've had this Crafty Secrets stamp set for several years, and I don't think I've ever used it. The stamps from the Crafty Secrets set are the flower and the "Hello." The background stamp is from a Tattered Angels set. I stamped the background and the flower in shades of green, and matted with a matching green. I cut the image and the matting with Memory Box dies.

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Friday, June 2, 2017

Heavenly Days #3


My third card using the Stampin' Up! set called "Heavenly Days." The stamp on this card is the heart. I stamped it with Memento black ink, colored with Copics, added Star Dust Stickles to the dots and the flowers, and mounted on foam squares. There is one more stamp in this set that I won't be using at this time. It is a sentiment stamp that says, "Have a heavenly day."

This card is a center stair-step card. I haven't made one of these for quite a while. (You can find the measurements and directions on this blog post. If you are interested in other of my stair-step cards, you can see them by following this link.) The textured, white-core paper I used is from Die Cuts With a View. I embossed it with a Cuttlebug folder and sanded it lightly with a sanding block. The sentiment is from Inky Antics. The butterfly was cut with a Memory Box die.

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

June Calendar Page

My June calendar page for the year. The image is from a Stampin' Up! set. I colored it with Copic markers. The sentiment is from Repeat Impressions.

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Heavenly Days #2

The second card with the Stampin' Up! set called "Heavenly Days." The little flower in the pot is from the set. I stamped it with Memento black ink, colored it with Copics and die-cut it with a Memory Box die. I added Star Dust Stickles to the flower. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink. It's mounted on a foam square. The patterned paper is from a Die Cuts With a View matstack. I used the same die set to cut the patterned paper and bottom layer. I mounted that layer on Pop Dots.

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Heavenly Days #1

I didn't think I'd have a card to share this weekend, but here is one:) I took a little time yesterday afternoon to get this one made.

This is the first card using my Stampin' Up! set called "Heavenly Days." The angel, the present, and the sentiment are from the set. Inside is another stamp from the set, the words, "Each new day is a gift - that's why it's called the present!" I colored with Prismacolor pencils and used some Gamsol. I cut out the present (even the loops on the bow!) and mounted it on a Pop Dot. I used Star Dust glitter on the wings.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Happy Fourth Birthday, Jonah!

Tuesday is the fourth birthday of one of our grandsons. He (for some reason!) likes the Trix bunny:) So, this is the card that I made for him.

I found the picture on-line. I printed it, along with the sentiment, on white cardstock. I printed it again on white cardstock and cut it out. I trimmed down the image with sentiment, and even cut off part of the bunny's left hand. I matted with blue cardstock. I added the cut-out bunny on top, gluing down his left foot and hand, and putting foam squares under his right foot and hand, head, and ears. The inside says, "have a very happy fourth birthday!)

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Sticker Anniversary

Another thing I have out on my stamping table is stickers. And I've had this tri-fold, aperture card out for quite a while, too. Today's card combines them both. The circular sticker and the butterflies are from Penny Black. I mounted the butterflies on cardstock and cut them out, for more substance. I mounted them on Pop Dot pieces. The sentiment is an old wood-mounted stamp from My Sentiments Exactly. After stamping it, I embossed it with a not-yet-used embossing folder from Cuttlebug. I matted it with blue and mounted on Pop Dots.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Blue Thank You

One more card using my Hero Arts multi-step flower set - this time in blues. It's the smaller flower that I used for yesterday's card. I matted with black, and added a bit of greenery using a Spellbinders die. The sentiment was done using one of my new dies that I got through Amazon. The background cardstock is from an old Die Cuts With a View matstack and I matted it with a thinner black border.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Another Hello Card

In the Hero Arts set that I've used for my last two cards, there are two four-step flowers. Here is the second one. For today's card, I went with yellows and oranges/rust. After stamping it, I carefully cut it out and mounted it on Pop Dots. The greenery was cut with a new Spellbinders set of dies that I got at Michael's with a 60% off coupon and a gift card. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink. The card is done with ivory cardstock.

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Pansy Hello

Well, I had a great streak of almost two months without missing a day of blogging:) That streak came to an end yesterday. But, I did finish up a card today and thought I would post it.

I was using the same set of stamps as Friday's card - from Hero Arts. The flowers are made up using four stamps, and today I went with yellow and purples. I stamped and masked. The leaves are also two-step stamped. I die cut the sentiment using a die that just arrived in Friday's mail. I cut it once out of black and twice out of a thick cereal box and then stacked them - for dimension. I matted with matching cardstock.

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Multi-Step Stamping

When Michael's had their buy-one-get-one-free sale last week (or the week before?), I bought a couple Hero Arts sets. One of them is Christmas sentiments. The other is this multi-step stamping set. I stamped the flower with four stamps using various shades of pink/red. The leaves are two-step stamped in greens. Using a craft knife, I cut carefully around the edge of the flower in the two spots where I wanted the leaves, and then slipped them in. The sentiment was one stamp from Papertrey Ink that I cut into two pieces for stamping this card. I matted with a dark pink and mounted on Pop Dots.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Fun With Shapes #3 and #4

Here are my third and fourth cards using the Stampin' Up! set called "Fun With Shapes."

For this first card, I used the row of triangles, the star and the small rectangle. I used Star Dust Stickles on the stars and red glitter glue for the dots on the trees. I matted with green and embossed the edges with a Cuttlebug border folder. The image panel is mounted on Pop Dots. The sentiment is from My Favorite Things.
The fourth card. (I still have the little "hello" to use on another card.) I used the row of solid circles, the row of outline circles and the ornament hanger. I used silver embossing powder for the outline circles and the ornament hanger. I stamped the snowflakes on the ornaments with green ink using a My Favorite Things stamp. The sentiment is from My Favorite Things, also, and is embossed with silver. The image panel is matted with shimmery silver paper.

And no ... no one "made" me use these stamps! :)

Also, I had a question on this card, with no way to reply to the asker. (However, thanks for your name!) That die, which you can see here, does not cut on the left side. Therefore you can make it any width you'd like. I have done cards like this one where the butterflies are way to the right, and other cards where I cut it narrow and the butterflies are much closer to the left side. Hope that helps! If not, please email me. My address is in the "View my complete profile" under my picture. There is a link to click on to email me.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Fun With Shapes #1 and #2

OK, OK ... I used the set that I said I wasn't going to! :) These two cards, and the two cards I will share tomorrow, are made using the Stampin' Up! set called "Fun With Shapes." The set consists of thirteen stamps: four three-in-a-row solid stamps (circles, triangles, squares and rectangles), two outline stamps (circles and squares), six small images (a star, a bow, a rectangle, an ornament hanger, a flower and a candle flame) and a small stamp that says, "hello." I will use the little "hello" on a later card.

For this first card, I used the row of rectangles and the flame. I added Star Dust Stickles to the flames. I matted with matching blue cardstock and mounted on Pop Dots. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink and is stamped with the same color blue ink.

This second card uses the row of squares, the row of square outlines, the flower and the bow. I matted with matching purple cardstock. The sentiment is the same stamp as the first card, from PTI. The image panel is again mounted on Pop Dots and I added pink gems to the flower centers.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Holiday Minis #1 - 7

Here are the seven cards I made using the next Stampin' Up! set in my mission to use them all. This one is called "Holiday Minis." I just don't have much imagination to use them, so they are all basically the same. The set consists of seven image stamps and one sentiment. For this first one, I used the reindeer and the sentiment. I embossed them with detail gold embossing powder and matted with shimmery gold paper. I embossed the background with a Sizzix folder. The image and sentiment are mounted on Pop Dots.

For the rest of these, I colored the images with Copic markers, added some sparkle with a Wink of Stella pen, matted with green and mounted on Pop Dots. The sentiment for these last six card is from Lawn Fawn.

The good news is that I have seven more Christmas cards done!

I have decided to skip the next set of stamps. I just can't do anything at all different with them:( (It's called Fun With Shapes.) I stamped the images and was at least going to share that with you, but changed my mind.

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Tiny Birthday Flowers

A card using scraps - not even "card parts!" The white rectangle and the little black squares were left over from die-cuts and were sitting on my table. I told myself I either had to use them or throw them away, so here they are. To each black square, I added a small flower from The Paper Studio. The sentiment is from Stampabilities. I added some Washi tape underneath. It matches better "in real life." I did my matting with black.

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Sympathy Rub-Ons

More cards that I wasn't going to share:) However, besides sharing ideas, this blog is also a record of the cards I have made. So, here you go - a couple cards that are very similar to others I have previously posted. Both cards are made with ivory cardstock.

I found these rub-on sentiments from My Sentiments Exactly in my sticker drawers. They also came with verses for the insides. I used the sentiments and verses and finished up another package! I'm not even sure where they came from, but I suspect they came in one of three boxes of "stuff" that my son brought me from a co-worker many years ago. (They sure were fun to go through!) The sentiments are mounted on Pop Dots.
The patterned paper for both cards is from a matstack by Recollections.

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Welcome Little One

Yippee - I finished a pack of stickers! :) The giraffe and three leaves were what was left in a package of Sandylion stickers. My cardbase and layer are ivory. The sentiment is from on old Studio G dollar set.

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Pink Anniversary

I embossed the background for this card originally for the stamped border from three days ago. That didn't work at all - the styles were much too different! So, I made this card with it, instead. Both of the embossing folders I used are by Cuttlebug. Kind of hard to see, but I embossed a double line between them with my Scor-Pal. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink and is matted and mounted on Pop Dots. The flower is from Martha Stewart.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Hearts and Posies #4

My last card using the Stampin' Up! called "Hearts and Posies." Today's card features the rose with leaves. I colored the stamp with markers before stamping. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink. The patterned paper is from a Recollections matstack. I matted both layers with black. The sentiment is mounted on Pop Dots.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Hearts and Posies #3

My third card using the "Hearts and Posies" stamp set from Stampin' Up! Today's stamp is the heart. I stamped it three times and put a piece of matching cardstock under it and mounted on Pop Dots. (I love finding scraps that work. Makes me remember to partially mat something.) The sentiment is from Stampabilities. The background was embossed with a Cuttlebug folder. (It's called Matelasse. I figured someone will ask me!) I matted with the same color cardstock.

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Hearts and Posies #2

The second card with my "Hearts and Posies" stamp set from Stampin' Up! The stamp I used today is the border stamp. I inked it up using markers and stamped it twice. Well, once and three fourths:) I matted with orange and added orange gems to the turquoise flowers and a purple gem to the orange flower. I mounted on Pop Dots. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink.

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Hearts and Posies #1

Finally - a new Stampin' Up! set to get started on. (Continuing on my quest to use all of my SU! sets.) This one is called "Hearts and Posies." It consists of six stamps - this large, open heart, a smaller solid (with pattern) heart, a small rose with leaves stamp, a border stamp, a "Forever Friends" stamp with rose, and a "To/From" stamp. I'm pretty sure I won't be using the To/From stamp, and possibly not the other sentiment, either, but I will use the other four stamps.

I stamped the large heart with two different colors of ink and cut them out. I cut a slit through one so that I could intertwine them. Then I mounted them on Pop Dots. The patterned paper is from an ancient matstack from Sizzix. I matted it to match the darker heart. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink.

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Die-Cut Sympathy

The last card - for now - using my new dies. I used the die on black cardstock and matted with a plum. I mounted it on Pop Dots. The background paper is from a Recollections matstack that I really love, and is matted with black.

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Monkey Birthday

I had this cute little monkey sticker on my desk. He's from Sandylion - and is many years old! :) I stamped the background with a Tattered Angels stamp. The balloon was made with one of my new dies. (This balloon is the biggest one the seven!) The string was die-cut from the same set. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink. 

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Die Cut with Flowers

Another new die. (I bought them from Amazon, and they were a great deal!) The die cuts the oval and the greenery.) I matted with deep purple (Rich Razzleberry from Stampin' Up! - probably retired) and then again with matching olive. The flowers are stickers from Martha Stewart that I've had for several years.

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Die-Cut Thanks

You're going to be seeing several of my new dies in action over the coming days:) This one is the "Thank You." I cut it out of coral, then found this patterned paper to match it. (I got the paper at Michael's a couple years ago. I cut the 12 x 12 sheets into fourths right away and threw away the packaging, so I can't tell you who it's by.) I matted the entire piece with the dark yellow cardstock to match the paper.

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Lion Birthday

Another of my new dies - postage stamp-edged die with "stitches." I cut it out of black. And I used up more stickers and more "card parts." The lion sticker, along with the leaves, are from a set of stickers by Sandylion. The plain white circle and the scalloped circle made their way out of my card parts box a couple weeks ago. I sponged brown ink on the plain one and yellow ink on the scalloped one. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink and is embossed with detail gold embossing powder.

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Hoppy Day!

I recently purchased several dies/die sets through Amazon.  I actually sat down and used every one of them! Now I have to put them on cards:)

The first one I'm using is this frame with "stitching" around it. I must admit that it's smaller than I thought it would be, having not checked out the measurements before I ordered it! I do like the size, though. It came with nine other dies - seven balloons, a straight balloon string, and a curvy balloon string. Some of them are REALLY tiny! They might be fun to work with, though, and I think you'll be seeing one soon. I had the green piece sitting on my table, after cutting something out of the middle of it with another new die. It fit perfectly under this white piece that I had cut. So then I had to figure out something to put in the opening. Going through my stickers, I found these frogs. Perfect! And what sentiment would go with them? How about this one from Papertrey Ink. I mounted the white panel on Pop Dots.
Another of the die sets is the one that cuts these shaped. "stitched" pieces. I used one in white and one in black. Used the last of my frogs and also added the same sentiment from PTI. The patterned paper is from Bo Bunny.

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Monday, May 1, 2017

May Calendar Page

Here is my calendar page for this month. The stamp is by Repeat Impressions. I colored with Copic markers and I added a touch of sparkle with a Wink of Stella marker. I matted with thin purple cardstock.

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