Thursday, February 26, 2015

Thinking of You

Today's card is a variation on the one I shared here.  It's the same size, and fits in a business sized envelope.

The background is a piece of patterned paper I had in my stash, which I cut slightly smaller so I had a border around it with a light purple cardstock.

Using my Cuttlebug, I cut one size from the Nested Lacey Pennants set by Spellbinders five times from white cardstock.  Then, from scraps of patterned paper, I cut five Nested Pennants (Spellbinders) and layered them on top of the Lacey Pennants after rounding the corners.

The small circles were cut using the smallest die from Spellbinders' Standard Circles Small set after I stamped either a flower (Avery Elle Simply Tags Christmas) or heart (Simon Says Stamp Pillow Talk).  I used Color Box ink in either Royal Silk or Sapphire Silk (both discontinued).

I used a piece of natural twine to create a "clothesline" to attach my pennants to.  The tiny birds are from a Memory Box die called Resting Birds.  Aren't they cute?

The sentiment is from Thinking of You Kite by Hero Arts.  The butterflies were punched using a really old punch I have in my collection.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Thinking of You Card

Looks like I ran out of scheduled blog posts!  It has been a crazy month with unexpected appointments and obligations.  We won't, however, talk about the snow or cold.

I started by stamping Stampin' Up's French Flair(retired) with Ash Rose Versacolor ink.  I then cut Thinking of You by Simon Says Stamp four times, stacking them together using Tombow Mono Multi Glue.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Note Cards

I needed some generic notecards, so I created several of these.  The background is embossed with Wicker Weave by Cuttlebug.  I love that embossing folder!  The flowers are from an unnamed Hampton Art set.  The ribbon, buttons, embroidery floss, and papers are all from my stash.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Get Well Card

My dad was seriously ill last spring.  My mom and brother told me that I didn't need to hop on a plane, so in addition to lots of prayer, I did what I always do and made a card.

These cards were my inspiration.   I started by looking through my scrap box (which is organized by color, thanks to my awesome daughter) and choosing some that worked well together.  I cut them to the same width and different lengths, cutting a fishtail on one end.  The wheelbarrow is from the Countryside set by Stampin' Up! (retired) and is cut out with Spellbinders Standard Circles Small.

The sentiment is from a really old set that I got before I knew how important it would be to keep my stamps labeled.  <smile>  After stamping it and cutting the cardstock into a rectangle, I cut fishtails into both ends, then I took some grommets from my collection and put them on either end.  Both the wheelbarrow piece and the sentiment were attached to the background with pop dots.  The baker's twine is from Darice.

Dad is doing much better now.  2014 was a rough year for both my parents; we're hoping 2015 proves to be better.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Anniversary Card

This is one of those cards that looked better in my head than in real life.  I sent it anyway.  :)

You can't really see it in the picture, but the background of the card was done with the Mystic M-Bossabilities folder, side B.  On top of that is a piece of vellum that I stamped with one of the images from Stampin' Up's Flowering Flourishes using Versamark ink and then embossed with clear embossing powder.  The sentiment is from another Stampin' Up! set simply called Congratulations.  It was stamped in Chocolate Impress dye ink.  To finish the card, I placed pearls at each corner of the vellum where I glued it to the base card with Tombow Mono Multi Glue.  I also placed a few pearls on the stamped image.  I finished off the card with a brown bow that I created with my Bow Easy.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Thinking of You

I wish I had something other than cards to share with you, but I wasn't able to do much else during 2014 due to all the tendinitis I have in my elbow and one shoulder.  I have missed cross stitching; in fact, I just finished the ornament for my daughter and son-in-law!  Since I am a slow stitcher and can't stitch for more than an hour at a time, it takes a long time to finish anything.  I still have to stitch my other daughter's ornament.  I think I will just give them two ornaments this year.

I started this card by stamping flowers from Stampin' Up!s Sweet Stems set, which is now retired, in Versafine Onyx Black ink.  I then cut them out using a Spellbinders Classic Ovals Large die, then matting them with Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Ovals Large.  The ribbon behind the ovals is from the dollar store, and the rhinestones are Pretty Pink from Queen & Co.  I attached them with Glossy Accents since I wanted to make sure they would stay on the ribbon.

For the sentiment, I cut it three times using the Thinking of You die from Simon Says Stamp, then glued them on top of each other using little dots of Tombow Mono Multi Glue.  I glued them to the card with more of the Tombow glue.

My inspiration for this card can be found here.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Hang on to your hats, this is a complicated card!

This card is 9-1/4" x 3-7/8", and fits in a business-sized envelope.

To create my background, I used two colors of Distress Ink:  Tumbled Glass and Broken China, using this technique from one of my favorite bloggers, Kristina Werner.  

For the pennants, I chose five different solid and five patterned papers from my scrap box, then cut them out using Spellbinders Nested Lacey Pennants and Nested Pennants.  I rounded the corners of the pennants using my We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper.

I stamped the little stars (Flourishes stamp set by Inkadinkado) and the other motif (I don't remember what set that is from) in various ink colors - Memento Bahama Blue, Memories Green, Impress Cherry Pink, Stampin' Up! Elegant Eggplant, and Versafine Onyx Black.   The three balloons were colored in with Distress markers in Broken China, Mustard Seed, and Dusty ConcordTo cut the stamped pieces out I used Spellbinders Standard Circles Small.

The sentiment - from the Stampin' Up! set Itty Bitty Banners was stamped on vellum using Versamark ink, then embossed with Ranger Super Fine Detail embossing powder in white.   I cut it out by hand.

Are you still with me?  I cut a piece of yellow embroidery thread, tied bows in either end, then used Tombow Mono Multi Glue to adhere it to my card front.  After attaching my pennants along the embroidery floss, I placed some rhinestones in between each of them.

Thanks for sticking with me.  I love the way this card came out.  BTW, I gave it to my daughter, Grace, for her birthday.