Saturday, May 20, 2017

More stamps please!

Margery stamped this sentiment for me on a sticker and I did really laugh and laugh.  Took berry blast base. Stamped the girl from Pure Innocence from MFT called Pucker Up. It is a lemonade stand that I took out the pitcher and glass.  Stamped the sign, scissors, marker and card from Totally Tess (retired Stampin'Up) to make her a stamper! I'm going to have to see if I can change her expression.....

Friday, May 19, 2017

Crafting forever with friends

When I saw this sentiment from the new Stampin Up catalog I though it perfect for this stamp from MFT Pure innocence. Base it the new Berry Blast. Stap the image in Memento black and color in with berry and lime as shown.  The label bracket punch (retired) in berry blast behind the sentiment punched with 1 3/8 inch circle punch fits perfect- mounted with dimensionals over a strip of Washi.  Super simple card for any of my friends.......

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

A Fairy Garden

I am sad to see Botanical Garden retire.  It was so useful for all the flowers that came with it and loved the diecuts.  The F4A377 challenge on splitcoast was "what's in your garden?"
With work and home life so hectic, I don't feel like there is much time to play.  I was supposed to be doing some catch-up work today but decided to give myself a break and browse splitcoast and found the challenge and thought I would try it and this is what came up.  Strangely I feel more serene and happy now.
The basecard is Wisteria Wonder with a layer of pink pirouette - stamped with some stems on the bottom in old olive .  Stamped the fairies and sentiment in memento tuxedo black and colored
it in with variety of colors; real red, old olive, wisteria, pink pirouette and flesh colored alcohol marker.  Punched the sentiment with Pretty Label punch and added a layer of wisteria behind it.
 Die cut a bunch of different colored flowers, the middle black stamen is from the sale-a-bration set Avant Gardens.  the wings of the fairies have glitter on them although hard to see a bit.
Litle pearls in the center of the flowers - some popped with dimensionals.

Monday, May 15, 2017

The Horse Frontier birthday with wooden crate for Gabrielle

My sister's stepdaughter had birthday and is an avid rider. When I got the wooden crate die and one of the panels looked like it could be a wall in the barn so I thought I would use it.  The base card is variation on the one I use for pop up box card.
Take a 4 1/2 x 11 inch Cherry Cobbler CS here and score it at 1/2", 2 1/2", 5 3/4", 7 3/4" (here from the left).  Score 1 3/4 " across from the bottom.  Cut away the top part except for the last panel which will become the back of the barn to decorate.
THis is what it looks like from the top.  I took a 3x3 sheet of DSP from the same wood pack - the one that looks like white washed wood.  Decorated it with birthday diecuts colored in with melon mambo, tangerin tango, daffodil delight, wisteria wonder and pool party markers.  (not sure on the make of the dies though, sorry)

The horse is from the Horse Frontier set from eons ago fussy cut and attached using a 4 3/4 strip scored 1/2 inch on both sides and attached as shown.  The pocket behind the horse if for the little $$ I slip in.
Attach the little horseshoe from the same set colored  with smoky slate on the front.

The pile of hay and the water trough is from MFT the Whole Herd set mounted with dimensionals.
you can flatten it one direction or another to mail it.  The horse is so realistic- I hope Gabs loves it!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Circuitboard Thank you

I had gotten lots of stampsets with game ideas on them because all my kids are always on the computer or DS or something game related. But when he needed a card to send, Tyler told me he did not want any cards with game ideas on them and he chose this simple circuit board design as his signature. Actually I like it too.  The circuitboard stamp is from CTMH.  Thank you from A-muse Essential Sentiments set.
I used Smooch Gold Lame to add a little sheen of gold on the contact points.  A clean and simple card- my favorite kind.  I think next time I will put the circuitboard on a green color square to make it even more circuit board like.....

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

My Recollections Mermaid

I can't help myself.  Every time I see a mermaid stamp I have to have it.  This mermaid was one I found at Michaels from Recollections.  It even came with a matching die for the body and tail separate. It is such a tight die that there is no white halo around it which I absolutely LOVE!  I had this card in my head and been collecting this and that for it. Basecard is Emerald Envy.  A layer of Pool Party on top stenciled with TCW Mini Kelp Forest with Pool Party inkpad and sponge dauber.  The ornate oval die I bought at a used stampsale - it's from Simply Refined- Home together flourish frame die.  Bought it for $8 and I thought it looked undersea-like with all the waves in it.  The seaweed and the little shells die are from  Taylored Expressions and the turtles are from Memorybox. I used Pearl Paper for the turtles and curry and pink pirouette and coral for the shells.  I used shimmer paper for the tail part and chocolate chip for the body and inked the body with retired alcohol ink in flesh.  the sequins and pearl are from Stampin' Up Sprinkles embellishments  and I used Clear Wink of Stella on the hair and tail to add a shimmer (although hard to see).   It is such a pretty little card.  Stampin' Up has a new mermaid stampset so you know I will have to get it.....

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Superduper Birthday!

 This was one of my projects for this month.
Hermelinda did this really cool Zfold birthday card and I've been meaning to use it. Then I saw the Every day Hero set and had to have it and loved the city scape.

The sentiment from Super Duper stampset goes so well with this.
I stamped the sentiment in Pacific Point and then again with Real red. The new stamp pads are juicy enough that if you put the clear embossing powder on it right away it sticks and lets you emboss it.  Cut it out and layer with dimensional to pop it up as shown.
I stamped the city scape a little higher on the panels of the card and then used a 1 inch strip to stamp it again then rough cut the top part to layer it a bit.  You could color in the houses a bit but I left it be so it would not take too long for the make and take.
I stamped the super duper the same way - - cut out the super duper after stamping in real red and just stuck it on top.  It did not look as good coloring in with markers separately.  I stamped the super hero and the cape separately on a scrap of real red. After I stamped him, then I placed the Happy Birthday panel to hide him behind so you could not see him when the card was flat to make it more a surprise.  I stamped the balloons in real red and pacific point and used basic black markers to make it look like he was holding it.
I stamped the WOW sentiment in the middle panel and little stars in Daffodil Delight to add some interest. 

The super dude was colored in with blender pen and the real red, pacific point and soft suede for the hair.  The skin was colored with Blossom Blush- retired- marker.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter!

My mother in law is doing Easter Dinner this year and she always goes all out.  But I had to do a little
something for my boys.  I was inspired by the On Stage demo by Sara the different side way boxes made with the Window Box thinlits die.  I thought it would make a cute container for the Easter basket.

I used the old lace ribbon large border punch for the handle and just scotch taped it onto the inside of the basket sides.

I found this sweet Mint colored berry basket in ceramic and had to make a little basket for my DH, perfect for the little bunny.

These were some of the treats my MIL put out for dessert- the lambcake was SOOOO cute! and the little petit fours were delish! I especially loved the little nest of eggs ones.  The table was sprinkled with all different chocolates and the whole house was decorated to the hilt.  I hope the boys remember the wonderful things their grandparents do for them....  I certainly love it all!
Happy Easter!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day- Card and Owl Treat bag

 This was a fun little Valentine that we made as a bonus during our February workshop.  The basecard is real red with a strip of Sending Love DSP on the side.  Diecut the right side with the Love Notes framelit.

You want to emboss with Falling Petals embossing folder but put the embossing plates from the Big Shot only to where you want the texture to go so you don't encroach on the hearts to the right.

Stamp little hearts with Sealed with Love set and diecut them out- I like the little white around the edge that offsets it from the background with this die.  Stamp Happy Valentine's day in red ink onto a Stitched Circle cut out of whisper white CS.  Layer on top of the lacy doily.   It looked a bit empty so I was playing with silver thread and cord and ftinally settled on the Sunshine Wishes thinlits dies - I used the flower looking thing because I liked the loop de-loop  of the thicker glittery shimmer paper over the thread that seemed be lost.
I was vising with Mercedes Weber on her workshop in San Jose and she gave me this adorable treat from the February Paperpumpkin kit. Details on her blog here:

Now that my kids are older they are not doing Valentine swaps- where did the time go? - now I have to justify buying all the Valentine stuff -   Anyhoo,  I just loved it and I thought I should make it for my office staff who work so hard all the time.  With the kit it was super speedy although diecutting the wings with the heart die from the Love Notes framelit took the longest.

The Owl is done with Pink Pirouette CS- the body is made from the Best Badge punch with the heart that comes with the kit stamped with sentiment from same.  Love the little heart outline that fits inside the heart and the sentiment  and the heart nose is from the owl builder punch in Peekaboo Peach.  Take 3/8 inch strip and punched a bunch of hearts in a row to make assembly line style.
Googly eyes and tiny clothspins from local craft shop Beverly's. (Love my Mother in Law who gave me a gift card this year for my birthday to this store- all used up already!)  With this precut bag already with tape on it, it was really speedy once I finished all the owls-  So Sweet!  That's why Mercedes is Artisan again this year! A badge creative.
see my basket of owl valentine treats for my wonderful staff.....

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Basket Bunch February Project

 This is one of my February Stampin' with Lynda projects.
Using whisper white as base, then daffodil delight embossed with Sparkle EF.  Stamp the grass with Mint Macaron and add a layer of In color DSP.  Diecut the basket from Sahara Sand and add the flower stems and the flowers. color in with watercolor pencils and blend with aqua painter to create the soft look.  color the leaves with Mint Macaron marker.  Stamp the chick legs onto the whisper white CS then use dimensionals to add a diectt chickie.  Add the rabbit with ears and bow colored in with pink pirouette marker.  Watercolor pencil the chick in daffodil and use Peach marker for the beak.

A sweet little card- the sentiment "have a happy day" from the Hey, Chick fits on the top corner perfect