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.

Friday, June 2, 2017

You've Got this Pretty Label



 Last week's color challenge was for Sweet sugarplum, wild wasabi and daffodil delight.  I was playing with that and the sketch challenge and I got to playing with the Label me Pretty set for the little element  and this kind of organically evolved into this card.   Base is Wild Wasabi with Daffodil embossed with Woodland embossing folder.  The Whisper white panel was stamped with You've Got This set  with Sweet Sugarplum stamped off.  It was colored in with the aqua painter filled with alcohol using the same colors.  But even stamped off it was too bright and seemed to clash with the label so I cut
a piece of vellum to cover it to soften the color even more and it really helped.  I just wanted to Label to really pop.  The flowers and label was colored using the same technique with the alcohol filled Aqua painter with the same colors. - I cut a piece of Sweet Sugarplum punched and cut across to split it to layer it behind the white piece and raised it up with the dimensionals to pop it up more.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Seasonal Layers One Big Measing


 I really like clean and simple cards.  This one has base of Tangerine Tango with whisper white on top diecut with the outline maple leaf.  Stamp the sentiment from One Big Meaning with Cherry Cobbler on top and Old Olive on the bottom.  Diecut a scrap piece of whisper white with the skeleton maple leaf die and sponge it with Tangerine, old olive and cherry cobbler as shown.  Put adhesive on the outline maple and layer the skeleton leaf sponged on top of the white leaf.  Sprinkle dazzling diamonds to have it stick to the white parts.  I put some glue dots behind the leaf and curled the edges to pop it up
a bit.  Offset it a bit to show some of the Tangerine CS behind the leaf. 
Really simple and clean card- just the way I love it.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

CC636 and F4A379- look ma, no stamps!


 I'd forgotten how fun it is to answer challenges-  Splitcoast color challenge this week was for Old Olive, Tangelo Twist and Cherry Cobbler.  Free for all challenge on friday was F4A379- a card with no stamping-  with all the new dies it was easy to follow.  My twins are away at camp and I had some rare  time to myself.
The base is Cherry Cobbler with a layer of whisper white with 3 squares cut out.  I guess you could use a square punch or ide if you had one.  Diecut the left edge with the large scallop die from the Seasonal LayersThinlits die from the new 2017-2018 catalog and a thin scallop
using Old olive  cardstock .  Use two way glue to add dazzling diamonds glitter around the square opening. - you could use double stick tape too t o make it more even.  Put a square piec of old olive, tangerine and cherry cobble behind each square and adhere to the base card.  Diecut 3 maple leaves from the same Seasonal Layers Thinlits die - isn't it Gorgeous?  - love this die set-  it has a branch, flowers, snowflakes and a adirondek chair - an amazing set-  I wanted a little saying and this fit the best- retired Greetings Thinlits in tangerine.  Make sure you use the steel plate to diecut the leaves to make the details pop out cleanly. 

Beautiful You Memory of a Cartwheel


Eons ago in junior high school I was a cheerleader and I remember learning to do cartwheels- I was never one for athletics- more the brain type but it was really fun until I broke my leg running across the football field- oh, well.   I looked at this stamp and wondered if I could make it look like that was what she was doing and tried several different ways to make it work and this is what came out.  The base card is 8 1/2 x 7 1/3 folded in half to 8 1/2 x 3 2/3 (basically a 1/3 of 11 inches)  It will fit into a business size envelope.  Stamped a mask of the girl first and cut it out. then stamped her from the right to the left, masking each image before the next stamping. It's just one layer clean and simple. Colored it in using Berry Burst, Crumbcake and Pool party as shown and did the cloud with a scallop circle mask although hard to see here.  I cut out a mask to sponge in the beach to make it look like she was doing it at the beach.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Crafting forever with Beautiful You

   Crafting Forever set is slowly growing on me.  The intricate pen got my brain thinking and I want it to have a hand around it like the Escher print.  Anyhow, I wanted to make it look like it was drawing something and when I was looking around the images from Beautiful You looked like it would fit the bill- so here is my little card. Base is the new Fresh Fig with a layer of Powder pink.  Stamped the image and sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black and water colored it with some fresh fig. Punched the sentiment with the pretty label punch with a powder pink layer behind it and put a strip of fresh fig behind it.  The pen was colored with Lemon lime twist, Berry blast, and Tranquil tide markers.

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!