Thursday, September 3, 2015

Happy 50th Anniversary...

On September 5, my sister and her husband will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. Congratulations and big hugs to both of them! I remember their wedding day very well. I was a young teen who was VERY excited to be my sister's maid of honor. I just can't believe that 50 years have passed since that day!

A special celebration will take place later this month, but sadly we are unable to attend. We will actually be out of the country on that day. I definitely wanted them to know we will be thinking of them, however, so I made a special card, which they should have received by now.

I started with a white card base. I cut another piece of white card that was 1/4" smaller on each side and stamped "happy" and "anniversary" in the right hand corner with Versamark ink, leaving room for a die-cut "50th." I heat-embossed the two words with some gold embossing powder and then dry-embossed the entire piece of card using a Cuttlebug embossing folder called Kassie's Brocade. This panel was then matted with some gold metallic card stock.

I die-cut the "50th" out of the same gold metallic CS and adhered it between happy and anniversary.

I stamped this rose by Stampin' Up onto some vellum cardstock three times with Versamark ink. These images were all heat-embossed with my gold embossing powder and fussy-cut.

I wanted a multi-layer rose, so I cut the center section from one, the middle tier around the center section from another and, finally, the entire rose. I then layered one on top of the other, bending the petals up a bit to add some dimension.

I happened to have some gold leaves in my stash, so I added a couple of these to complete my rose.

For the inside of my card, I found this lovely verse online, which I printed onto vellum using my color printer. It took some experimentation to get the right shade of gold. I actually looked up the RGB numbers for metallic gold and then adjusted from there, printing out several attempts before I got the right color.

I used a flourish die by Sizzix to cut two small flourishes for the top. I was able to intersect the flourishes perfectly in the center. I put some double-sided adhesive tape on the vellum behind the flourishes to adhere my vellum panel to the inside of my card. You don't want to use liquid glue on vellum because it wrinkles the vellum as it dries. (Don't ask me how I know that!!)

This photo shows the gold envelope I made to mail my card in. I happened to have some very heavy metallic gold wrapping paper that worked great for an envelope. My envelope punch board makes it so easy to make envelopes in many, many sizes. Because of the shiny surface of the wrapping paper, I did use a white label on it, but I had a gold metallic marker to write the address.

Well, that's my card for today. Once again, I want to wish my sister and brother-in-law a


Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Happy Birthday to the "Desert Diva"...

Today is the birthday of a wonderful artist and crafter, who also authors the fabulous blog, "Desert Diva." Hannelie is SO talented, often creating beautiful digital sentiments that she shares with the blogging world. She has also been an amazing support to me in my attempts to make a few cards for my family and friends, and I am proud to call her a friend.

If you want to blown away by some gorgeous CAS cards, visit her blog immediately! Once you do, I'm sure you'll want to join me as one of her followers.

I wanted to make a birthday card for Hannelie, using some of the tips I have picked up from her on how to make CAS cards. Here is my attempt:

I started by using a stencil (not sure of the brand) and some gold ink to create a background. Then I stamped my poppy in a bottle on top of the background and also on a scrap of white CS. The stamp set I used is called "Poppies in Bottles" by Stampendous.

I colored the poppy and the bottle that I had stamped onto the piece of scrap CS with some of my ProMarkers.

I also added some Glossy Accents to the bottle to give it a little shine and dimension. Once my bottle was dry, I tied a little piece of red crochet thread around it before adhering it to my card.

On the card base, itself, I colored only the stem of the flower.

For the center of my poppy flower, I added some black microbeads with some Glossy Accents. Then also adhered the flower on top of the one that was stamped onto my card base.

The inside of my card is plain, with only a stamped sentiment from Woodware.

I usually like to dress up the insides of my cards, but this time, I decided to dress up the envelope instead.

First, I made an envelope out of some deep red patterned DSP with my WRMK envelope punch board.

Then I stamped a poppy on the back flap...

...and also one on the front (along with a little poppy bud).

Once again, I want to wish this amazing lady a fabulous birthday filled with family, friends and lots of love. You are a gift to the crafting world, Hannelie, and we appreciate your talent and generosity!

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Now scoot on over to Desert Diva for a real treat. But before you do, remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Don't think of yourself as growing older...

Today is my brother-in-law's birthday--Happy Birthday, Leigh! This is the card I made for him:
The candles were created with a stamp that I purchased at a thrift shop. It's a clear stamp and there was no original packaging left to indicate the company that sold it. I stamped it on several different colors of cardstock and heat-embossed with several different colors of embossing powder. Then I fussy-cut them, cutting off the flame.

To complete my candles, I stamped them an extra time on white cardstock so that I could emboss just the flames with gold embossing powder. Then I colored in the remaining parts of the flames with a couple of ProMarkers, fussy-cut the complete candles (with flames) and glued them behind my flameless candles.

The sentiment was computer-generated and then cut out with a Lifestyle Crafts ticket die.

The candles were adhered to a stitched starburst die from My Creative Time.

I selected three enamel dots that were the same colors as the dots on the DSP to add a bit more embellishment. I suppose I could have left them off since this is a "man's" card, but I just couldn't help myself! Even a man's card needs a bit of bling, right?

For the inside of the card, I used a slightly different DSP (I didn't have another piece of the one I used on the front), but it has basically the same design and colors - it's from the same 6" X 6" pad.

Since men's cards can be difficult, I decided to make two of these!  Here's the second one:

And the inside of this one:

Yay, me! Two masculine cards done in one day!

I hope you have a fabulous weekend. I know I'm going to try!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

More coloring on kraft...

Remember this post where I used kraft card stock to make a wedding card? Well, I also decided to use the same kraft card stock and stamp to make a birthday card.

I stamped my image (by Stampendous) at the top of my card, this time, rather than the bottom. Once again I used Versamark ink and heat-embossed with white embossing powder.

This image seems to lend itself nicely to this embossing/coloring technique. I think it's a pretty old stamp (I got it second hand), so I'm not sure if it is still available.

My image was colored with ProMarkers, using a couple different shades of each color to add some depth.

The "Happy Birthday!" is a Fiskars stamp, and it was also heat-embossed.

At the bottom of my card I added a ribbon, secured with a brad, and some texture with a Darice border embossing folder.

I finished the inside of my card with a sentiment stamp by Woodware.

Our weather has turned gorgeous again. I'm trying to appreciate every minute of it, because I know the cold and snow is not that far off. We've been known to have blizzards in October in Minnesota. In fact, in 1991 there was a terrible blizzard on Halloween night. Here are a couple of images, which I found online, that show the results of that storm:

I do hope the weather is gorgeous wherever you are and that you don't have to deal with any blizzards this year.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--ever day.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Gift card box...

Just a quick post today to share a gift card box that I made a while ago. I found the instructions to make this box here on Splitcoaststampers, and I absolutely LOVE it. I've shared a couple others that I have made here and here, so you can see how different you can make them look. They're fun, quick, easy and look pretty impressive to the receiver.

In this photo, you can see how the box opens up to reveal the gift card inside.

I like to present gift cards this way, rather than slipping them inside a card, because it adds the excitement of opening a small gift.

FYI, the flowers were made with a couple of Recollections flower punches, the leaves were hand-cut from glitter paper and the little doily behind them is a Spellbinders die.

This close-up shows you how the gift card sort of "pops up" when the box is open.

I made this one in colors that coordinated with the other gifts I gave for the occasion.

Well, we have a busy weekend ahead. There is a lot to get done today and a rainstorm heading our way, so I had best get a move on!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Kraft wedding card...

When I make wedding cards, kraft cardstock is definitely not the first paper that comes to mind, but I thought I should give it a try to see what I could come up with.

I stamped my image (old stamp--a garage sale find) with Versamark and then heat-embossed it with white embossing powder.

Once embossed, I colored it with ProMarkers, being careful to stay within my white lines. I've found that alcohol markers can color the embossing if I'm not careful.

I think you can see in this photo that I used a couple of different markers on each part of the image, hoping it added a little shading and depth.

My paper lace that runs beneath my ribbon was made with the "border stitch lace" die by Marianne Designs. I love this little lace die as I think it looks like it could be tatted lace.

 For the inside of my card, I used a little rose stamp across the top and a sentiment stamp that isn't really a wedding stamp. I thought it contained wise advice for any marrying couple, though, so I used it. I'm not sure of the stamp's maker, but I'll try to add that info to this post later today.

Life has been getting in the way of crafting lately. My two little Concord grape vines in the back yard have decided to produce grapes in such abundance that I have to tend to them every day for a while, picking, cleaning, cooking, mashing, straining and canning jar after jar of grape jelly. I also plan to freeze some of the juice and try my hand at some homemade grape juice. Wonder what the juice would taste like were it to ferment a bit...  Hmmmm....  Concord grape wine, anyone?

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

If I told you once, I told you a MINION times...

My youngest grandchild is celebrating his 6th birthday today. Oliver (or Ollie, as we all call him), is a little character. We love him to bits, even when he gets into mischief. He truly is a little Minion with a big smile on his face, so I just HAD to make him this card:

I used an A2 yellow card base, cutting about 3/4" off the top so that I could add some hair, but have it still fit in an A2 envelope. To achieve the strands of hair, I punched a small section with my Fiskars grass border punch. I then cut the individual hairs from the blades of grass.

The goggles were cut from silver mirror cardstock and backed with white. I adhered my last two really big googly eyes and hand drew the crooked smile.

I decided my Minion needed to have the correct logo on his overalls, and a quick search on the internet found the perfect one! It was already colored blue and black, so all I had to do was print it and cut it out.

The buttons on the overalls are enamel dots.

Here's a peek at the inside of my card. I felt like both sides needed a white mat. The rounded tops on the card base and the inside mats were achieved with circle dies.

Did your mother ever say to you, "If I told you once, I told you a million times...?" Mine must have said that at least three times a day with six kids who were never paying attention and always goofing up!

I just want to wish our little Ollie a very, very happy birthday. We love you, Ollie, and hope your special day is the best one ever!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.