Monday, July 10, 2017

Blooms & Wishes Colorcase


One of my Stampin' friends Barbara made a card and the colors in it was really fantastic.  Since I did not have the set she used, I decided to use Blooms and Wishes set to make a similar colored card.  The base is whisper white with a layer of Daffodil Delight. Used Melon Mambo for the big flowers and the dots from Awesomely Artistic.  the flower center is real red and the leaves are old olive and Pear Pizazz. Some pearls in the center to add some dimension.  The oval stitched and scalloped oval.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Birthday flower pop pot stand card

I am making a pop up birthday card for a friend and found this really cute pop up  from Elizabeth craft. I had been doing other popup cards but I like the options of adding a lot of flowers in this.  I would like someone to design a popup bouquet  a little smaller that would allow me to add more flowers to the top without sticking out of the card.

I've been diecutting a lot of flowers from any leftover cardstock  with a variety of stampin up flower dies so there is a variety here. I likte the little tiny punches for the center of the card- I got those from Michael's eons ago for a $1 each and they make the sweetest little centers.

 Anyway, this is how it opens up and it stands up with a whole bunch of flowers in it.
I stamped happy birthday on the inside from Stampin' Up Party Wishes (retired) and stamped the sentiment in the front using a variety of markers and punched it out with 1 1/2" circle punch

I added the festive DSP to cover up the holes made by the mechanism of the card.

I hope she likes the card.


Thursday, July 6, 2017

Margery's RAK

My DH said-"there is this card for you left on the doorstep" and gave me this envelope and this was what I found inside from my friend Margery.  Such a cute and fun card with the darling stethoscope in the middle surrounded by all the little band aids and pills.
I couldn't help but laugh at the sentiment.

There is actually some science to explain why small creative tasks might make people feel better. According to a new study, a little creativity each day can go a long way towards happiness and satisfaction in the bustle of daily life.
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17439760.2016.1257049

I would suggest that you do a little stamping everyday for better mental health!  Doctor's orders!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy Fourth!


 
 Happy Fourth of July-  CAS436 challenge was to show your patriotism so here it went.
 When you take Night of Navy and you spray bleach it takes away the colors and makes this sky at night intense pattern.  But I wasnted a little less intense night sky so I used a finer spray to get a softer splotchy sky.  I wanted the fireworks to be more the focus.

The firework is from an old OLD retired set called July Fourth.  I stamped it with versamark and embossed it with white embossing powder to make a more intense white against the background. Then I used alcohol makers in cheery cobbler and turquoise
to color in some parts of it to look more like fireworks with all their colors.   I also used the Star of Light stamp to create the sparkle streak with silver embossing powder.  Added the 2 lounge chairs diecut from the Seasonal Layers thinlits- because we always take our lounge chairs to watch the fireworks, as we will tonight!
My friend Lynne sends me wonderful cards for almost every holiday.  I do not know how she finds the time with her busy life. And then I got this beautiful pop up card for the fourth and I was blown away and I had to share it with you all.  I want that sparkle fireworks die if such thing exists.  What a perfect way to celebrate. 
I absolutely loved it.  Thanks, Lynne!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Paperpumpkin June 2017 variations

  This month's set One in a Melon is I thought was very "Sweet" to say the least.  Love the watermelon theme for the summer and the bag. tissue paper in the melon with little seeds imprinted on them was super cute and very usable for cards since I have only few uses for packaging- I like to cut some of the pieces for other uses like this.  The watermelon skin pattern for the bags are very useful. 
So here are my two little variations on them,  Very summer and I will be using them for many birthdays this summer.
This was the upside down version of the splitcoast sketch challenge SC651- with the watermelon wedge it was a fun challenge to play with.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Beach Volleyball card for Elisabeth

Every year some friends of my DH from school and their families and we go camping and this year I found out one of their girls was a big beach volleyball fan.  They brought a net and balls and they were playing on the beach next to the ocean and it was really amazing to watch them play.  Anyhow, Elisabeth's birthday is coming up in a few weeks and I thought it would be fun to make her a beach volleyball card.  It uses Hiilei stamp from Sister stamps who is swimming in water but her position could be someone diving for a ball so I used it for this.  The net is hand drawn using basic grey and ball is punched in 1 1/4 inch circle punch and hand drawn with smoky slate marker.  I know I have ball stamps somewhere in my collection but for the life of me could not find it anywhere so I searched the internet and found the design on the web and just drew it in. I did sponge the edges a bit to create a little shadow. 

Sunday, June 25, 2017

CAS435 Kaumaka Sandplay

CAS435 was to make a summertime card and I've been wanting to use this stamp that I just got.  I stamped the Beach Scene from CC Designs then stamped Kaumaka (sister stamps)  playing  with sand onto whisper white CS.  I colored the scene with a variety of Copic markers  then inked the sky with the scallop circle punched out. The sentiment is from Echo Park-Vitamin Sea set.  The styles are a little different but still fun.  Mount the sheet onto Dapper Denim CS. 

Friday, June 23, 2017

Magical Mermaid


Splitcoast WT641 challenge was to make a Sea Worthy Card. I just got this set and though should make a card with it.  With the mermaid looking back, I wanted her to look at the sunset  while she was in water- so how to make that effect....
I took a thick whisper white CS and watercolored the top with daffodil and the bottom with pool party and stamped the seaweeds with Memento Black.  Make sure to let the part you do first dry well before doing the second part- I did the sunset sky first and then did the pool party sea.

I took a smaller second sheet of water color paper and stamped the seaweed on it .  I wanted to make sure I had similar horizon lines on both sheets.  I stamped the mermaid on a separate scrap sheet of whisper white, colored it in and then used clear Wink of Stella to add glimmer to her hair and the fishtail. I then put a color of pool party over the body to look like she was in water.  Color in the seaweed and stamp the sentiment in Black.

It still looked like she was just floating in air so I took a piece of clear window sheet and cut it to put over the water part and now it really looks like she has her head out of the water.  I put Tombow multipurpose glue (in the little green bottle) it dries clear so I put a fine layer of glue over the mermaid that was under the water and that is what holds the window sheet on the card.

Now all I need is  a forward facing mermaid, Stampin' Up!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Colorful Season Thinking of You


 I had to get this set- the chair die is just so cool- I could think of so many things to do with it.  I just think how cool would it be sitting on these chairs drinking some lemonade with a friend?  But I realized there was no place to set the glasses. So I cut another chair turned it upside down and cut off the top section to make a matching table and now it feels perfect.  Love the blossoms and the wooden deck - wood textures DSP.  Used the old scallop punch to make subtle clouds in the sky behind. to make a beautiful day. The little glass with straw is from the same Colorful Seasons set-
Diecut with the matching Seasonal Layers Thinlits

Saturday, June 3, 2017

3 variation of Lovely Inside & Out


Saturdays are spent doing laundry, cleaning and baking and while things are washing and baking, I sneak away in little bits of time to play with my stuff.  I'm holding a Stampin' Up party and wanted to make something using the Lovely Inside & Out set.  I love the Lemon Lime Twist and Melon Mambo together so I started with this little piece below using Snow falling EF and Banners for you for the sentiment.  Bent the rubber a bit to fit in the banner which was fine and used stitched shaped framelits to cut a circle to fit behind to show a tiny bit of the lemon lime twist.
 This is the second variation using the left over from the first card and then layering it on a whisper white circle over the Lemon Lime twist embossed with Sparkle EF.  It looked a bit flat so I used 2 way glue to add dazzling diamond glitter and it really made it pop. 
 But I think this is my favorite out of the batch. base is whisper white with a layer of Melon Mambo with Loverly Words cutout.  I took a circle die slightly larger to cut out a circle to show the word and embossed it with sparkle EF too.  I then decided to put a dazzling diamond glimmer paper behind it which really makes it sparkle.  Add a little banner with words and it is done.  Very clean.  I guess you can stamp " for your birthday" or something on the inside for any occasion.