Saturday, February 20, 2021

Touch of Ink February 2021 S&C challenge

This is another card I made for the Stamp & Chat February challenge.

White basecard was stamped with the leaves with Grey Granite to add some interest to the background.  

I took a layer of Pear Pizazz.  I took a white cardstock and stamped the flower image multiple times as shown and the butterfly in black.  I used water brushes and ink refills on a tray to water color teh flowers and the butterfly in daffodil and pumpkin pie and Calypso coral (also on the flowers) and Pear pizazz on the leaves.
the words are from the retired set Label Me Bold.

 The back graound is done with Balmy Blue ink pad using blender brushes. I have some stencils with cloud shapes and I used that to create the feeling of sky and clouds

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Forever & Always

Some of our local demonstrators have been getting together monthly for a Stamp & Chat -now a zoom meeting and this was the card I made for our monthly challenge layout.

the base white cardstock was embossed using the Painted Texture embossing folder .

I layered a piece of Melon mambo.  
i took a white cardstock, stamped the leaves from the suite sampler set (Hostess set from the Spring 2021 mini) and from Forever & ALways in old olive and water colored it in.

Used water painters with melon Mambo to color in the flowers and Crushed curry for the center and diecut and mounted with dimensionals.

Used the Blending Brushes with Balmy Blue to create a soft sky color,

The words are from Rooted in Nature set. 

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Valentine's Day Treats - Paper Pumpkin Jan 2021 alternative.

For Valentines Day I need little treats for my office staff and the Paper Pumpkin this time was a cardset of 8 which was super cute but I needed treat bags or boxes so I cut the cards in half- thank goodness they were printed front and back so I could do that.

I scored 3/4 inches from the edge on the card halves on all four sides. I cut thick white cardstock into quarters and did the same with it as well.  then I cut the corners to make tabs so I could turn them into boxes.  I needed 16 and it was just perfect.

I diecut the hearts from the Many hearts Die in Real Red for the pink boxes and white cardstock for the red boxes- I stamped the white hearts with
curlycue hearts in Blushing Bride and mounted them on the boxes.

I diecut the banner from the Floral Heart Dies (which I absolutely LOOOOVE!) I', going to use this die for other cards as well - i love the gentle curve, stitched edges and the prescored bend.

The sentiment is from the paper Pumpkin set that came with the kit which I thought would be more universal for my staff than happy Valentines day in case they want to give it away to someone else.
I filled the boxes with an assortment of chocolates and candies

I hope they enjoy it!
now I have all these printed mailboxes and hearts from the kit to play with as well......

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

daisy birthday with flower and field DSP

Sale-a-bration started today and I just Love this Designer paper that came free with my first order.  
I love the pretty little daisies  so of course I had to jazz it up with some more daisies!
Mu mother's birthday is coming up soon and thought this a perfect card for her.  Take a base of white cardstock, then I added a layer of so saffron then a layer of the DSP.  I punched out 6-7 medium daisies and layered 2-3 pieces together then uses a little watercolor with water painters to add a soft blue with Pool party. I punched a bunch of leaves , some I tried to emboss it with Tim Holtz tattered leaves but it was a bit too much so on others i just scored it and used a marker to add some veins and with the simplicity of this card it seemed to be more appropriate.

I used Old olive to stamp the sentiment and used pool party markers to outline the story label punch

not sure which set this sentiment coms from- I took it out because I use it all the time and now i can't figure out which box it came out of - I know i know - I shoulda cleaned it up right after - but I have several different stamps i took out and now I can't find their original box - oh well - I'm sure I will run into it one of these days. I had these US ArtQuest mini Prills in "you had me at yellow"  -you gotta love the name!-  I just love the little balls that looks like center of the flowers - I just used the multipurpose liquid glue and let it dry a tad then mounded the balls on - it is so sweet!

I used n old punch to make the leaves but will be looking to see if there a more appropriate die to use in the future.  

I thought I would start the year 2021 with a clean slate but still have a punch of work from 2020 to finish up so have to get back to the grind- but it was nice to take a little time to make a card for someone. I now feel more energized....


Sunday, November 29, 2020

Gorgeous Posies

There are some images that pull at me and I somehow just love it although I don't know why - that is how it is with this set- There were a lot of kits in the new Stampin' Up catalog this year and the Simply Citrus and the Boho Indigo really spoke to me so they were on my list of things to get- if I had unlimited funds I would love it all but we all have a budget you have to stick to.  My friends told me they got the Gorgeous Posies project kit and how they LOVED it and yes they were quite beautiful but i think the color scheme was not "me" so I resisted. And although I have gazillion flower stamps I kept seeing this stamp and really liking it.  So I finally broke down and bought it and this is the card I mad with it using my favorite colors.  
Base card is Daffodil delight with a layer of Flirty Flamingo.  Same colors used for the flower and the 3 round berry things.  Pear Pizazz was used for the sentiment and the leaves. 
The sentiment was diecut with whisper white and Flirty Flamingo using the Tasteful Labels die - the die has an impression around the margins so I fussy cut it so it would be layered- I wish the designers would make layers that are closer- the 1/4 inch layers look clunky and old fashioned sometimes.  1/16 to 1/8 layers would be nice- I hope someone is listening.  I put rhinestone basic jewels but i colored it first with soft suede stampin' blends to darken it a bit- i know it is hard to see but it does make a difference.
I punched some flowers using an old martha stewart flower punch but it looks Stampin Up is coming out with something similar for the spring for their Hydrangea Haven- which cuts out a bunch at one time which should be great- anyhow i colored the center with Flirty Flamingo. Used an old Calypso Coral ombre ribbon which seems to work here and I think this card screams Me! 

you know my rule- I have to be able to use a stampset in at least 3 different ways so I can justify buying it so I will have to work on some more ways to use this set! 


Sunday, November 22, 2020

poinsettia tag card


I think I have every poinsettia die manufactured- I can't help myself- and this one from Stampin' Up is quite beautiful - great size and I like the leaves and ball like things that add that little something.  the coordinating papers are quite gorgeous as well.  
Anyhow, this month's Stamp n' Chat challenge was to make tags so I did - this has been rummaging around my brain and it worked out almost exactly how I pictured it in my head.

I had a bunch of tags i got eons ago just for this purpose from Tim Holtz or somebody I cannot recall - no label on box either. I stamped it with some christmas musical note background stamp- again not sure the source as I've had it forever (and back then things were not as well labeled)

I stamped the most wonderful time of the year from the Stampin' Up Festive Corners set - I'll be using this for my Christmas card this year as well- I really love it.

Diecut the poinsettia in real red , leaves from Mossy meadow and the ball things (anyone know what this is called?) in expresso and layered it as shown. the center is Daffodil delight.

Added some stars from Snowflake sequins

You can use the tag as is - really pretty or mount it on a red cardstock as I did here and use it as a card.

Saturday, October 31, 2020

Have a Hoot on Halloween

Gayle suggested that we use this layout for our October Stamp n Chat so this was my take on it.

I used the stitches square die to cut out the openings and embossed the early expresso cardstock with the woodgrain embossing folder (sadly retired- but wood planks would work also beautifully.)

stamped the owls from Have a Hoot stampset set and colored it in water stampin' blends and watercolored the background

It's funny but the branches look like they connect -and they re looking at each other!

These owls are just so super cute!

the label die is the small one from "Hippo Happiness" die set. 

Happy Sheltering Halloween!

I bought some Halloween candy for my staff treats and for the trick or treaters just in case but I don't foresee any kiddie coming by with this pandemic-

Stay Safe everyone! 

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Fall Updates

I have a hoard- and I mean a HOARD of cards from years past - some were swaps I made, some fronts only swaps, some were ATC's and not ready for sending out to people but still.....   So I brought them all down from top of my bookshelves with the intention that i will use it to make a full card or something more usable to someone.  So this is an example of such card- the base was solid but the center image was somewhat lackluster so I stamped this jack o' lantern from Everything Essential set from the Fall Winter catalog 2020-2021 and it just brightens the whole card and updates it and now I would be proud to send it out- and I did!

I got a cardfront as a swap that had this pumpkin and the acorn strip which was super cute but it was a bit plain.  I embossed the base mustard cardstock with the Meadow Moments embossing folder along the top ( sorry that it is hard to see) .  I then punched the pumpkin accent with the Rectangular Postage Stamp pumch.   With the large sentiment form Country Home set stamped in black and the acorns and leaves from Beautiful Autumn - with the coordinating punches- which I Love Love Love! it makes embellishing this card and bringing it up a notch super easy. So I took these updated cards and some other cards I've made to my office with a bunch of envelopes and asked my staff  to take the cards with promise to send it to people and they were practically all gone by the end of the day which makes me very happy that these cards will make it home to some happy receiver instead of sitting in a box collecting dust on top of my shelves!
 Taking something old and trying to make it new again with what I have - it is totally fun and great brain exercise!  Try it for yourself.  Hugs, Lynda


Friday, October 16, 2020

Mama Elephant /MFT Slimline Cards for my twins

Splitcoast Stampers Challenge for today was for slimline cards and I have been working on cards for my boys so I thought I would share it with you.

This template is from Mama  Elephant Slimline basics die - oh so cute! The stamps are from Bobo Tea and Zodiac Monkey- but the tiny Bobo Tea is from Zodiac Tiger set that I had to get just for that stamp. but it is a cute set anyway and I was born under the Tiger zodiac so I guess it is ok. 

Base card is white 8 1/2x 7 scored down to  81/2 x 3 1/2. THe scallop is with Sahara Sand and I put the soft sky CS behind the openings which were all mounted with dimensionals.  I did but a balloon image and stamped the inside with sentiment from the Happiest of Birthdays set from Stampin' Up.

Kyle loves his pigs so I used the Slim Woodland die from Mama Elephant and colored it with variety of techniques and mounted onto a 8 1/2x 7inch CS folded to 8 1/2x 3 1/2.  Stamped the Farmland background from Hello Bluebird and extended the image with the black markers and colored it in. 
the animals are from MFT The Whole Herd set. the chicken with the balloons are from Party Animals.
They are mounted using dimensionals of course.
These are perfect for adding money because they are nice and long. 
Enjoy!  Lynda


Saturday, October 10, 2020

Paper Pumpkin June 2020- box of sunshine to give away

I have a whole mess of the paper pumpkin boxes as they are perfect for giving away but it is so plain and I love how the June package had a vibrant color and came with a label we could use to make the box decorative with extra embellishments.  I did add a small flower with a crystal jewel colored with a sof t suede blender marker to add some brownish hue. 

I am going through  my hoard of cards-  and trying to give it away to someone who I hope will use it with some small bits of treats.  This was for my dental hygienist Faye who is moving to Santa Barbara after taking care of me for several decades - I will miss her so much- she really is a gem!

I have plans to make more of these to give away given there are so many people I need to thank - and what better way to clean out your stash than to give it to people who may actually use it?