Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Whimsical new home card...

I have an old stamp set that features a couple of whimsical houses along with trees, bushes and some indoor furnishings. I'm not sure who made this stamp set, since I have long ago thrown away the wrapper. That was way before I created this blog, and I had no idea I'd want to know those details in the future!

Anyway, I used this set to make this whimsical "new home" card:
The cloud paper in the background came with an issue of Cardmaking & Papercraft. The other papers were just scraps from my stash. The house was stamped with red ink onto kraft paper. The little bushes were also stamped onto kraft, but the tree was stamped with brown ink onto green paper and then inked a bit.

My little house and the bushes on either side are popped up on foam tape.

I also added some Wink of Stella sparkle to the hearts and the windows, and I made a little doorknob with a Viva D├ęcor pearl pen.

For the inside of my card, I created a sentiment with my computer and added another little heart.

My 7-year-old grandson is spending a couple of hours with me today. He's watching an old, old sitcom, "Mr. Ed," while I'm typing this post. Remember that show? Clint Eastwood is the guest star in today's episode. I had forgotten how bad the acting was in some of those shows. I remember thinking they were all great!! I'm sure they were at the time, but, my oh my, how far we've come!

I hope you are having a spectacular week. Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Another masculine birthday card...

One of my brothers celebrated a birthday this month, so, of course, I had to make him a card. This particular brother really enjoys a nice glass of wine, so I thought this card would fit him perfectly.

Once again, I used my birthday embossing folder for the background. My sentiment was stamped with individual letter stamps. It's a set that I purchased at a thrift shop, and I think it's called "circus letters." Each letter is very individual and can have lots of additional markings as you see with the "n" and the "e." I didn't worry about getting them in a perfectly straight line. I intentionally wanted them to be a little "off" from one another.

For the inside, I stamped a wine bottle and a glass of wine on vellum, colored them on the backside and paper-pieced the bottle label and the cork.

My sentiment on the inside was computer-generated.

I spent most of my day today volunteering at the St. Paul Scrapbook Expo as a demonstrator for Maria B, the Sizzix lady of itscheaperthantherapy.com. I was showing how to make accordion cards with some of the Karen Burniston Pop It Up Elizabeth Craft dies. It was so much fun to talk with all of the Expo participants and to see all of the merchandise displayed in the booths. Talk about sensory overload! Wow! I wanted at least one of everything, but restrained myself and only bought a couple of small items. I did have time to take part in one make and take, which was a lot of fun.

I'm looking forward to going back tomorrow and demonstrating some more. I'm not sure if I'll be showing how to use the same dies or will be moving on to something else. I know I'll enjoy it, whatever my assignment. Maria is a crafting rock star and a super person to work with, so I consider this a privilege. If you're at the Expo tomorrow, please stop by the booth and say hi!

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

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Happy birthday banner makes a quick card...

At the same time that I bought the Thank You banner that I featured in this post, I also bought the Birthday banner. I love having these on hand to make quick cards when I need them. I think they add a nice embellishment that looks quite professional.

On this card you can see that I glued a piece of black and white baker's twin along the edge of my banner and added a few coordinating enamel dots. The "Happy" was stamped from one of my random birthday stamps (identifying wrappers were lost long ago!).

Here you can see how I've curled the ends of my fishtail banners up slightly. I'm sure they'll get flattened in the mail, but at least I tried to add this little bit of dimension.

If you look closely, you can also see that I've inked around the edges of my banners.

I decided to decorate both the top and bottom of the inside of this card. I think it adds some interest and makes the card a bit more special.

The sentiment on the inside is from a Fiskars birthday stamp set.

I will probably be sharing quite a few more birthday cards during the next couple of months. My family has a TON of summer birthdays. I can hardly keep up!

I asked my 7-year-old grandson tonight what he would order to eat at a restaurant if he could have anything in the world. Here is his menu of choice: Cheese pizza, garlic cheese bread, banana bread, a big sundae, a glass of apple juice and a glass of chocolate milk. This little guy has obviously contracted the family condition of carboholism. We all seem to love our carbohydrates, and some of us older family members have the thighs to prove it!

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

Friday, July 17, 2015

A pretty bouquet of roses...

I recently went to a yard sale where someone was selling ALL their crafting supplies - all their stamps, paper, Cricut cartridges, their Cricut, Zutter Bind-It-All and numerous other items. I had a great time shopping at this sale. Many, many of the stamps were from Stampin' Up. One of them was a beautiful rose stamp that I have used for the following cards:

The stamp that I used for the envelopes and the inside of each card came with an issue of Cardmaking & Papercraft.

Here's a little closer look at the stamp on the envelopes. I stamped off before stamping on each of them so as to make more of a watermark, rather than a detailed image.

I first heat-embossed my roses onto watercolor paper, using Versamark ink and white embossing powder. Once that was done, I used a couple different colors of Tim Holtz Distress Ink for each rose and simple blended them as best I could.

For my leaves, I used an old Cuttlebug die. Once they were cut out, I added some dry-embossed lines by putting the leaf on a sheet of fun foam and then drawing the veins onto the leaf with a stylus. I thought this gave them some nice dimension.

This purple rose is one of my favorites. I used Broken China and Dusty Concord Distress Inks for this one. You've probably noticed by now that each card has a different sentiment.

Once each rose was properly embossed, colored and fussy-cut, I sprayed them all with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist to give them just a little sparkle. The pictures really don't capture it, but it is so pretty IRL.

Here's a little peek at the inside of each card:

This get well card is the only one I left blank inside. I don't have a sentiment stamp that would work, and I felt that a personal, hand-written message would be best anyway.

Here's one last peek at my little "bouquet of roses." I had so much fun making these cards. I think they would make a nice set to give away as a gift.

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

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Happy Birthday to my awesome husband...

July 15 is my husband's birthday, so of course I had to make him a card.

This card is made with "manly" colors of cardstock and is very simply designed--something I think most men appreciate. I used the Cuttlebug "Happy Birthday" embossing folder for my background. My sentiment was computer-generated, and my only embellishments are the four self-adhesive chrome dots.

When I make cards for my husband, I always feel that the message is the most important aspect.

I really believe that he is A.W.E.S.O.M.E. He is patient, kind, compassionate, hard-working, fun, adventurous, generous, smart, handsome, and I am so thankful he is married to ME!

Happy birthday, Love, and many, many happy returns! I need you around for a very long time.

Since this card fits so nicely into Challenge #79-No Designer Paper on the Cardz 4 Guyz Challenge Blog, I thought I'd enter it as a contender.

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

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Happy birthday to my beautiful twins...

Today is the birthday of my beautiful twin daughters. They will spend it together for the first time in many years, as they live 1,000 miles apart. I'm excited for them to have this chance to be together again. They are identical twins and very much alike in so many ways.

When their older sister got married in Vermont, they lived in different parts of the country and traveled separately to the wedding. They had not discussed what they were going to wear, but when they arrived in Vermont, they discovered that they had both purchased the SAME DRESS, just in different colors.

When they were small, they often got into trouble together. We were lucky to live on a circular street with all the homes on the outside and a huge area in the center where all the neighborhood kids played together. The kids were in and out of our home and the neighbors' homes and everyone watched everyone else's kids. Well. My twins went into a neighbor's home one day when this particular neighbor was sleeping. They were quite small - between 2 1/2 and 3 1/2. They climbed onto her countertop, found her sugar, dumped it out onto the countertop and were eating it by licking their fingers and dipping them into the sugar. What a mess! My wonderful neighbor was SO very understanding and didn't even scold them when she walked in on them.  I certainly did, though, when I found out about it!!

Here are the cards I made for my fabulous twins who are now beautiful women with children of their own (Watch out girls, what goes around comes around!):

I used the "Love you a latte" cartridge to cut out this pretty cupcake. The doily and the sentiment label are Lifestyle Crafts dies.

 I saw this fun sentiment somewhere online and thought it would be perfect. I wish I could remember where I found it so I could give proper credit.

The red stitched ribbon behind it is from my messy stash of ribbons.

I actually didn't use one of the layers for this cupcake. The image came with two sections of the cupcake wrapper that could be cut from different cardstock. I wanted to use just this glittery dotted CS, so didn't bother with that final layer. I did ink around the edges a bit, though, as well as in the vertical cuts between the scallops.

Oh, yes, the teal CS behind my image has been embossed with a folder called Kassie's Brocade by Cuttlebug.

On the inside of my card I stamped a little cupcake and added a computer-generated sentiment.

This is the card for my younger (by 11 minutes) twin daughter. She lives in Portland, Oregon, a city that KNOWS its coffee!! I probably should have thought of a cooler theme for her card, since they've been having a mahoosive heat wave there, but I love this cup from the "Love you a latte" cartridge and had to use it.

Do you see the sparkle on the steam rising out of the coffee cup?  After cutting the pieces, I "winked" them with my Wink of Stella glitter brush. LOVE that thing! I'm wishing I had more colors of those glitter brushes now.

I have a Fiskars stamp set of coffee-themed images, so I just had to stamp a similar cup onto the envelope, too. I thought it turned out so cute. I "winked" that steam, as well!

On the inside of this card, I stamped a row of coffee  beans in dark brown ink and then colored them with a medium brown ProMarker.

Since I had a little piece of orange and white twine left after trimming back what I used on the front, I tied a little bow and added it here.

I really love the details I was able to add to the inside of this card.

My sentiment on this card was also computer-generated.


Well, that's it for me today. Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

A pastel Christmas card...

I was inspired by challenge #84 on the Crimbo Crackers challenge blog to create a Christmas card using pastel colors. I love the look of pastel holiday cards, so I thought it would be a great idea to create some for my family to send out this year.

I decided on pink as my pastel color of choice--mostly because I had some pink vellum that I really wanted to use. You can see my creation in the photo above, and I LOVE how it turned out. It's actually even prettier IRL.

I tried to get an angled shot where you could see the embossing a little better. Not sure I succeeded!

I used a pale pink cardstock for my mat that perfectly matches my pink vellum strip.

I heat-embossed the word Noel on my vellum with some sparkly silver embossing powder. It is so sparkly and pretty! I added a little gem on either end to frame my sentiment.

The vellum strip is folded over my embossed mat on either end and secured onto the back of it with tape. I also added some double-sided tape on the backside of the "Noel" where it wouldn't show.

I kept the inside of my card pretty simple. Once again I heat embossed the sentiment with my sparkly silver embossing powder.

I also punched three little snowflakes from white cardstock and glued them around my sentiment.

A pink mat sets it all off, and my card is done!

I'm also entering this card into Winter Wonderland's challenge--all that glitters.

I hope you like my pastel Christmas card as much as I do.

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