Monday, December 29, 2014

My Best Friend Cards

I absolutely love the Quick Cards made Easy that comes every month from Great Britian! It's a really great card making magazine with lots of great ideas and techniques. And that's not to mention the great gift that comes with every issue! My problem, though, is that so many of their cards are squares instead of the A4 that I'm used to. I usually just adapt their designs to the size that I have always worked with. One reason I like to work with that size is because I can find envelopes for my cards in many places. I have a harder time finding the envelopes for the square shapes so, if I make a square card, that means I have to make my envie also!

Well, in the issue (Jan. 2015, #135) that I just received came the cutest ready stamped designs to use!

However, they are really too big to look good on my typical 4 1/4 x 5 1/2" card. Of course, the mag had them on 15 x 15 cm cards. For all of us who didn't grow up with metric, that's just about 6 x 6" on the card size. The stamp that came with it is a better size for my regular cards but I still want to use these cute designs! So I decided to tackle a square 6 x 6" card. Now you might have a far better way to do it but this is what I did!

Materials needed:
My Best Friend ready-stamped designs
Pastel chalks
Q-tip or chalk applicator
8 1/2 x 11" white card stock
6 x 6" patterned paper, Gingham Gardens from SU!
Island Indigo card stock 4 1/4 x 5 1/2"
Baked Brown Sugar card stock 4 x 5"

1. Most of the pre-colored designs in this pad have girls with white hair. You can certainly use them like that but I decided I wanted some color to the hair. I used a q-tip to put pastel chalk on the sheet for their hair. I found several shades that looked good in my SU! Stampin' Pastels (retired) but I'm sure that any chalks that you have will have some great colors. After I did the color, I did a quick spray over the chalk with a tiny bit of hair spray. The hair spray will prevent the chalk from smearing. It's not acid free but I don't worry about that on my cards. (just on my scrapbooking) Give the hair spray a couple minutes to dry.
2. The designs are 4 x 5 3/4" so I trimmed a bit off, close to the design. I felt that it fit better that way but you don't want to cut off any of the cute design.
3. With my sheet of white card stock, I used my paper trimmer to cut a piece 6 x 6" in size. That left me a piece 5 x 8 1/2" and a piece 2 1/2 x 6". The smaller piece I put aside to use for other items. The 5 x 8 1/2" piece, I scored and folded at 4 1/4".
4. I adhered the Baked Brown Sugar card stock onto the Island Indigo at an angle. And then I adhered the Best Friend design on top of that.
5. I adhered this part onto the folded 5 x 4 1/4" card fold white.
The Island Indigo is slightly larger than the folded piece but (IMO) that really doesn't matter.
6. I adhered a 6 x 6 " piece of patterned paper onto the 6 x 6" piece of white card stock. This gives it more strength and stability. They I adhered the smaller "card" fold onto the 6x6 piece.
I am not going to try to make a 6 x 6" card that opens since that would require 12x 12" paper or making tabs and gluing it. I just made the opening to be on the top card part.
I hope that this makes sense to you because it is something that I usually don't do but it's always good to try new things! Now, I need to go make an envie to use to mail the card before my January birthdays start up!
If you are interested in Quick Cards Made Easy go to their website here.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Card Map #4

Here is another card map and one look at what I did with it for some December birthdays.


Saturday, December 6, 2014

Mid-Texas area Operation Christmas Child

It's hard to believe that Operation Christmas Child is over for another year. We've finished with National Collection Week and the shoe boxes that we collected are on the truck and on the way to the processing center.

The Mid-Texas area OCC cover 5 1/2 counties across the middle of Texas. We have Robertson, Falls, Milam, Bell, the southern 1/2 of Coyrell, and Lampasas counties. All of these counties are very rural, except for Bell county and Bell still has lots of rural areas. We cover almost 300 miles from east to west. We have 4 relay centers and our collection center. The collection center is located at Immanuel Baptist Church in Temple, TX. The relay centers in Bremond, Rosebud, Killeen, and Copperas Cove feed their shoeboxes in to us. We are very excited that this year our shoebox collection increase by 13.7%. We collected a total of 13,640 shoeboxes! That means that  13,640 children around the world will have the opportunity to hear about Jesus.

As year round volunteers, we are taking December off and then in January, we will start reaching out to the churches and groups that filled shoeboxes by finding ways to tell them thank you. So to everyone who filled a shoebox this year, whether in the Mid-Texas area or somewhere else, we say thank you. You have made a difference in your simple gift!

Monday, November 24, 2014

He Knows My Name

OCC National Collection Week begins today and lasts until next Monday, Nov. 24.
Let's take a look at some children who have received shoeboxes through this ministry.

He knows my name and your name.


Friday, November 14, 2014

Operation Christmas Child

National Collection Week begins on Monday morning, Nov. 17. Be sure to pack your shoeboxes with school supplies, hygiene items, small toys, non-chocolate candies for boys and girls all over the world. Many of these children have never received any kind of gift before. They haven't received gifts from parents and family because in many instances, those who love them have been working hard just to provide food for their survival. Also, this is an opportunity for children to learn about Jesus Christ. With every shoebox goes a booklet in the language of the child telling how to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and have eternal life.

Let's take a look at how Uncle Si Robertson packs a shoebox.


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Card Map #2

Here is another card map. I would love to see what you do with it.


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Happy Veteran's Day

Happy Veteran's Day to all the brave men and women who have fought through the years to keep the United States of American a free nation, under God. A special thanks to my special family members who have served in the Army, Army-Air Force, Air Force, and Marines. My dad was in the Army-Air Force before the Air Force became what it is today. He was an airplane mechanic who helped keep the planes flying in WWII. My brother was in the Army Green Beret during Viet Nam. I have a grandson who was in the Air Force for 4 years and another grandson who is currently serving in the Marines. I have a son-in-love who is a chaplain in the US Army. There are other family members who have served proudly in the armed forces for our country. I am proud of all of them.

Thank you to all of our veterans, past, present and future!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Card Map #1

Here is a card map that you can use if you want. I did it with a variety of colors and patterns to make some manly birthday cards.


Saturday, November 1, 2014

November Birthday Card

Since November is the busiest time of the year for Operation Christmas Child, I don't know that I will have time to make or post any other cards this month. Since I have sent cards to the senior citizens at my church for years, I had to make some so they won't be disappointed. I made all the same design just using different papers. This card was made using all scraps and basic tools.
Materials needed:
Patterned paper 4 1/4 x 5 1/2"
Coordinating patterned paper 2 x 5 1/2"
White card stock
a variety of scraps to punch flowers with
Secret Garden dies from SU!
Vintage Rose Garden stamps by Jennifer Ellory
Tangerine Tango 1/4" ribbon from SU!
Scallop Border punch from SU!

1. Punch along one of the long edges of the 2 x 4 1/2" paper. Adhere it to the other patterned paper about 1/2" from the bottom edge.
2. Stamp the birthday greeting on white card stock that is cut to about 1 x 4 1/4." Adhere the greeting to the bottom right of the scalloped piece leaving a small border around the edge.
3. Make the flower by cutting 3 different sizes from the Secret Garden dies or from flower punches. Punch a hole in the center. Layer the flowers and insert the brad in the center. Adhere the flower to the top left side of the card.
4. Ahere about 6" of 1/4" ribbon across the bottom of the scalloped piece.
5. Adhere the card front on to a card base and add a message inside the card.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Super Busy

I do hope that you will forgive me for the next month or so. I don't know if I'll have any time to make cards, much less get them posted on here. I know that I do not have a huge following but I do appreciate those of you who take a look at my cards. I average 400-500 hits a month so I know that there are people looking. I hope you like what you see and get some ideas for it.

The past month has been very busy and the next month is going to be even busier. Some of you are aware that I am a volunteer for Operation Christmas Child. I have volunteered time to OCC for several years but this past February, I became the area coordinator for the Mid-Texas area. We cover 6 counties across the middle of Texas. It is mainly a rural area and we have about 300 miles from east to west. This is our busiest time of year. We are still working on getting some new groups involved in the program and we are getting things ready for national collection week the 3rd week in November. I have several places where I have committed to speak and/or have a display so that will keep me busy. As area coordinator, I seem to be the one who gets to answer all the questions that come up. Sometimes, I have to call or look on the internet to find answers.

In addition to all of my Operation Christmas Child responsibilities, my family has been keeping me very busy this month too and will continue to keep me busy for a while. My brother was in a very serious accident 2 weeks ago and so I have been spending a lot of time at the hospital. I have a cousin who recently passed away and my baby girl (44 years old, but still my baby) will be having surgery on Oct. 29. My husband has elected to have dental surgery next month and I'm having hand surgery. While all of these are not super serious, they have been keeping me very busy. Please pray for my family as we go through these things.

As I have time to make the occasional card, I will try to get it posted on here. Also, hopefully, in December, I will be able to get back to my normal routine and be able to post cards on a regular basis again. Until then, check back from time to time and please have patience with me. I still love card making and hope I can encourage you from time to time. I will be back.

Here are a few pictures from our Count Down Event for OCC that was held on Sept. 20

We have a tail gate theme and lots of door prizes.

Sharon Harvey told about her trip to hand out shoeboxes in Equador

This is me making announcments.

The youth did a skit with the Chick-fil-a cow and the Maggie Moo Ice Cream shop cow.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Pastor Appreciation

October is Pastor Appreciation month. I made this card to send to the pastor at my church. Pastor's and their families do a lot in order to serve their congretation. Let your pastor know that you do appreciate him/her. Pray for them often, also. I also made a similiar card to send to our music pastor.
Materials needed:
Pumpkin pie card stock 4 1/4 x 5 1/2"
International Bazaar patterned paper 4 x 5 1/4"
Pumpkin pie satin ribbon
Baked Brown Sugar card stock
White card stock
Pumpkin pie ink
Stampin' Dimenionals (#104430)
Trust God stamp set (#126702)
Framelits Labels collection (#125598)

This card is easy to make. Just cut, stamp, emboss and adhere together. Nothing fancy to make a good card.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Zentangle Framed Card

Most zentangles are done in black and white but I wanted to add some colors to this one. Check out more about zentangle here or google it.

Materials needed:
Completed zentangle
Patterned paper 4 1/4 x 5 1/2"
Top note Bigz die (#113463)

After you've done a zentangle that is slightly smaller than your card size, cut out a top note die pattern and use the negative space that you have left over. Save the top note for another project. Adhere the top note "frame" over the zentangle. Then adhere the entire thing onto a card stock base.
Zentangles take a lot of time but they can be very relaxing. You might want to do some while you are watching TV in the evenings or maybe when you are on a long trip and you are not the driver.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Dollar Tree and scraps Card

This card is a bit blurry because the butterfly is thick and made the other part move when I scanned it.
Materials needed:
Burlap & feathers butterfly from Dollar Tree
Scrap card stock 2 x 3 1/2"
Scrap patterned paper 2 1/2 x 3 1/2"
Solid color card stock 4 1/4 x 5 1/2"
Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set
Word Window punch
Modern Label punch
Butterfly brads from a craft store
Glue dots

This was very easy to put together. I did put plenty of glue dots on the butterfly to hold it in place. I put 5-6 glue dots. This card can not be mailed in a regular envelope because of it's thickness. I requires a larger envelope and extra postage.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Doily and ribbon with birds

Materials needed:
Glorious Green card stock 4 1/4 x 5 1/2"
Patterned paper
Serence Silhouettes stamp set (#127324)
Basic Pearls (##119247)
Gumball Green Satin Stitched Ribbon (#126848)
Top Note Bigz die (#113463)
Word Window punch
Modern Label punch
Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set
Styish Stripes embossing folder (#132174)
Doily (SU! has some but this one is from Wilton's)

Friday, October 10, 2014

Peek-a-boo Flowers

Bermuda Bay flowers from Secret Garden stamp set.
Punch 5 circles with different sized circle punches in the patterned paper. Lightly trace the inside of the circle on white card stock. Stamp the flower over the circles. Erase any pencils marks left showing with an art gum eraser. Adhese the pattened paper over the stamped images so that they show through the cirlces.

Now don't you wish you could have come to our Ladies Retreat and had a chance to win some cards made just for you!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Wildflower Meadow

This is the Wildflower Meadow background stamp colored with SU markers. I then embossed it with the matching Wildflower Meadow embossing folder. I placed tiny pearls in the center of 3 flowers and then added 3 pearls on the Lost Lagoon ribbon.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Fall Windows

For this card, I wanted something a bit more fallish so I used Pumpkin Pie card stock. The patterned papers are again from the Greenhouse Gala set. These pieces were made from different sides of papers that I had leftover. The blue felt flowers were carried by SU several years ago. I wrapped floss around the top section 3 times and adhere it to the back.
The blue background for this card was made from the white card stock base. I applied Night of Navy ink directly to the card stock. I didn't need to cover the entire card because I was putting the Pumpkin Pie on top of it. 

Friday, October 3, 2014

Blue and Melon Mambo Floral

Another card from the set. These are super easy and nothing exciting but maybe it will give you an idea or two.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Floral Birthday Wishes

This is another card from the door prize set. Pretty, simple and quick to make.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Garden Circle card

To make this card, I used the Thinlits Die cut Circle Card.(#133480),the Serene Silhouettes stamp set (#127324) and patterned paper from the Greenhouse Gala patterned paper set. The greeting is from a SU birthday set that is several years old. This is another card for the door prize set.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Tags & flower

The two tags were stamped and then cut out. I punched a hole in the top of each one and tied it to floss wrapped around a ribbon slider/brad.
The patterned paper was from the old Greenhouse Gala pack. I made 8 cards for a set to be used as a door prize for my church's ladies retreat in October. I will be posting these the next 7 posts.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Fall Butterflies and Flowers

I found these butterflys at Dollar Tree when I was in there a few days ago looking for items for my Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. There were 2 butterflies on a card for a dollar. I used papers from my scrap box, adhesive, glue dots, and brads to put these together in just a few minutes.

Materials needed:
Burlap & feather butterflies
Mellow Moss and Lost Lagoon card stock, each 4 1/4 x 5 1/2"
Night of Navy card stock 3 1/2 x 3 1/2"
Old Olive card stock 2 x 2 1/2"
Patterned paper from Greenhouse Gala
Tangerine Tango card stock
Tangerine Tango ink
White card stock
Word Window punch
Modern Label punch
Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set
Glue dots

1. I cut the card stock and patterned paper to fit from the scraps that I had and adhered them to the background card stock.
2. I placed several glue dots to the body of the butterfly and a couple to one wing. These butterflies have a heavy body so I put 5 or 6 glue dots on each one to hold it in place.
3. Stamp the greetings on white card stock and punch out with the word window punch. Put out a modern label from Tangerine Tango card stock. Adhere together.
4. Adhere the greeting to the top right of the card and secure in place with brads. The brads on the blue background are brads that I've had for several years.The ones on the green background are from SU and I've had them a couple of years. These were the last ones I had so that's why I didn't use the same brads on each card.

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Earth Laughs in Fall Flowers

We had our Operation Christmas Child rally last Saturday. We had a really good turnout and had lots of fun. We hope that everyone is getting geared up now to pack more shoeboxes and allow more gospel opportunities for children around the world. Maybe I'll have a bit more time now to post instructions for my cards. If you have any suggestions, just leave a comment.
Here's a card with some colors for fall.

Materials needed:
Fabulous Florets stamp set (#123027)
Greenhouse Gala patterned paper (117167, retired)
Wild Wasabi card stock 3 1/4 x 4 1/4"
So Saffron card stock 2 1/2 x 3 3/4"
White card stock
Tangerine Tango ink
Scallop border punch
Dotted Scallop border punch
Corner Rounder punch
Everyday Enchantment Organdy ribbon (or other ribbon)
   Lucky Limeade
   Calypso Coral
Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430)
Xyron Little X

1. After you cut your card stock to the sizes named, then punch your border. I punched the dotted scallop border on the Wild Wasabi and the scalloped border on the So Saffron card stock.
2. Stamp you flower image in Tangerine Tango ink. Cut it out. Place dimensionals on the back of the cut out image. Place it on the So Saffron card stock.
3. Adhere the Wild Wasibi card stock on top of the patterned paper and the So Saffron on top of the Wild Wasibi card stock as shown in the picture.
4. I usually run my tape runner down the back of my ribbon to adhere it to the card. This ribbon is very thin so I ran it through my Little X sticker maker. That put adhesive on the back of the ribbon without me making a mess on everything else. Then I simply peel the ribbon off of the backing paper and placed it on the right hand side of my patterned paper.
5. Because I had room, I placed my greeting strip in the Little X beside the ribbons. Then I adhered it over the green and yellow card stock.
6. Adhere the card front to a card base and you are ready for your fall greeting to a friend.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Green and Brown card

The image on this card is a little different because I double stamped it. I stamped first with Always Artichoke ink and then I stamped it a second time with Old Olive ink. The stamp was from the Just Believe stamp set (#120453).

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A Fall Hello

Most of the items used on this card are either retired or I've had them a long time and don't know the names or where they are from.
Materials needed:
Bloom with Hope stamp set (#133952, hostess)
Regarding Dahlias stamp set (#130327)
Butterfly stamp
Mellow Moss card stock 4 1/4 x 11" scored and folded at 5 1/2"
Patterned paper 3 1/4 x 4 3/4"
Pumpkin Pie ink
Pacific Point ink
Pacific Point marker
Always Artichoke marker
Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430)
White card stock

Monday, September 15, 2014

Daisy, Clips and Ribbon

Materials needed:
Melon Mambo card stock 5 1/2 x 8 1/2" score at 4 1/4
Greenhouse Gala patterned paper (#117167)
Marina Mist dotted scalloped ribbon 11"
2 White silk daisy petals
Top Note Die
Framelits Labels die (#125598)
Basic Pearl Jewels (#119247)
Subtles collection brads (#119738)
Gold circle clip
White card stock
Greeting stamp
Since the patterned paper is two sided, I used the opposite side of the same sheet for the center die cut.
Place adhesive on the back of the ribbon and wrap it all the way around the card and overlap on the back. Place the circle clip on the card over the ribbon.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Peacock Passion

I colored this peacock with regular style markers, using mainly the brush end with the fine tip in the smaller areas. You really can't do much shading using markers but I think it still turned out nicely. The shading that I did do was using a darker marker and a lighter one, like the Always Artichoke and the Wild Wasabi markers.
Materials needed:
Perfect Peacock stamp (#133830)
Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set
Melon Mambo Striped Organdy ribbon (#129293)
Wild Wasabi card stock 3 1/2 x 5 5/8"
Always Artichoke card stock 3 3/4 x 6"
Patterned paper 2 3/4 x5 3/4
White card stock
Very Vanilla card stock 6 x 6"
Subtles Candy Dots (#130933)
Corner rounder
Word Window punch
Modern Label punch
Marina Mist
tempting Turquoise
Melon Mambo
Wild Wasabi
Pink Pirouette
Pretty in Pink
Strawberry Slush
Daffodil Delight

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Get ready for Christmas

Yes, us crafters have to start getting ready for Christmas early. For some of us, September is even a bit late to start! Here are 3 cards that I made from the gift that came with the September Quick Cards Made Easy magazine. The stamps and embossing folder are made by Tiddly Inks and Christy Crolf.

I colored them with Watercolor Crayons that I got from SU! a few years ago. I've tried using the new Blendabilites markers that SU has come out with and I just have not been satisified with my results. Maybe I need to play with them more. Don't know. In the meantime, I'll use coloring methods that I know I can do. lol

The papers, card stock, ribbons, & buttons are also from SU! I think that they are all retired items so I'm not going to post the item numbers for them. I know that you can find papers that will look great.

From now until Thanksgiving, I'll be really busy with Operation Christmas Child. As an area coordinator for OCC, I volunteer all year long but things get really busy in the fall. I know that I will still be making cards but I don't know how much time I'll have for posting them on the internet. I will try not to have any lapses in my posting, but if I miss a few days, please check back again. I'm not planning on stopping my blog. Sometimes, life just gets in the way.

BTW, if you live in the Central Texas area, we will be having our Kick Off Rally on Sept. 20 from 9:30-1;30 with a free lunch. Come learn more about OCC. We have some great things planned. We will also have a silent auction where I'll have 3 sets of cards for sale to benefit our OCC program. One set will be a Christmas set, including these 3 cards.  

Monday, September 8, 2014

More Sympathy

I heard from another friend that a lady I used to teach with lost her mother recently. While I had met her mother, I really didn't know her but I know how it feels to lose a mother. I made this card to send to that friend.
I know opinions differ but I've always felt that sympathy cards should be fairly simple in design. I used plain black and white card stock for this card with a dark green ribbon and ink. I used the Love & Sympathy stamp set that SU currently has. (#122797) 

Friday, September 5, 2014

More Somebunny cards

Materials needed:
Somebunny to Love stamp set by Michael Abrams
Colored card stock
White card stock or watercolor paper
Watercolor Pencils
Aqua painter
Matching ribbons
Scalloped Edge punch
Stampin' Dimensionals
Matching ribbon
I colored these images with watercolor pencils. I've tried all the different kinds of markers but my favorite medium is still watercolor pencils. I colored my images and cut them out loosly around the edge. This is a simple card to make. Just follow the pictures.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Wisteria Blooms and Circles

Materials needed:
Bloom with Hope stamp set (#133953, hostess)
Lost Lagoon card stock 4 1/4 x 5 1/2"
Gable Green card stock 2 3/4 x 4 1/4"
White card stock
Shades of Spring patterned paper
Lost Lagoon ribbon
Cuttlebug Circles embossing folder
Big Shot machine
Wisteria Wonder ink pad
Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430)

As I mentioned in Monday's post, the Cuttlebug dies don't quite fill up the A2 size cards. On this one, if you look at the edges, you can see where the embossing didn't go all the way to the edges. You have to decide how important that is to you and how important the embossed design is.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Simply Blooming

This is another simple card. Easy to make but still nice enough to give to a friend.
Materials needed:
Gable Green card stock
Rich Razzleberry patterned paper
Rich Razzleberry ink
Bloom with Hope stamp set (#133952, hostess)
Teeny Tiny Wishes
Silk flower
Subtles Candy Dots (#130933)

Friday, August 29, 2014

A Different Way to Use a Doily

I love the look of doilies. It always reminds me of the Victorian age when ladies were always very proper. Not that ladies have to always be proper! I'm certainly not! But sometimes, I just like that look.
Materials needed:
Flower Shop stamp set (#130942)
Patterned paper (This is from Kalioscope from SU! It's been retired for a few years. I'm just trying       to use up some of my papers.)
Pumpkin Pie ink
Melon Mambo ibnk
Brights Brads (#119740)
Word Window punch
Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set

On this first card, I have the doily set in the center which is what you will see most often. I placed the flowers with colors to match my patterned paper in the center. This looks perfectly fine but sometimes, I want something different.

On this card, I didn't want to cover up the beautiful butterfly on the paper but I still wanted to use a doily. I folded the doily in half and place it on the patterned paper. After adhering it, I cut the excess half off even with the paper. It gives a different look using the same stamps and colors.

I hope you like seeing things a little different some times.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Love and Sympathy

Materials needed:
Love & Sympathy stamp set (#122797)
Very Vanilla card stock 8 1/2 x 5 1/2"
Slate gray card stock 2 x 3 3/4" plus
Textured Impressions Stripes (#123128)
Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430)
5/8" Whisper White Organza ribbon (#114319)
Wild Wasabi ink
Big Shot machine
This is a fairly simple card to make. I always am in a quandry as to what colors to use for sympathy. I really like using the Very Vanilla card stock but then the accent colors are what I wonder about. The Love & sympathy stamp set from Stampin' Up! is a great one to use for this type of card. Not only does it have a simple, nice flower, it also has great greetings for the outside and the inside of the card.
I think the embossed stripes give it a nice look also. I put the embossing folder on the front half of the card and just ran it through my machine. It worked very well. IMO, the ribbon just gave it that added touch.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Joyful Bird

I still need a lot of practice on using the Stampin' Blendabilities but even though I'm not real good with them, that won't stop me from using what I do.

Materials needed:
Bird stamp set  I believe this is by Autumn Leaves
Certainly Celery card stock 3 3/4 x 3 3/4"
Bloom with Hope (#133952)
Kaleidoscope patterned paper (#115680, retired) 4 1/4 x 5 1/2"
White card stock
Blendabilities pens
Memento ink pad (#132708) This is a great black ink. It gives you a good dark color that doesn't smear.
Wild Wasabi ink
Color Lifter (#129369)
Stampin' Dimenionals (#104430)
Corner Rounder

1. Stamp your image and color it with alcohol markers like SU! Blendabilities. Cut the image out around the outside edges.
2. Round the corners on the Certainly Celery square. Adhere the square diagonally on to the patterned paper. Trim off the edges that stick over the card base.
3. Place dimensionals on the back of the cut & colored image. Press it into the center of the Certainly Celery diagonal square.
4. Stamp the greeting from the Bloom with Hope stamp set with Wild Wasabi ink on white card stock. I like the wavy greeting that is with this stamp set. Cut it out and adhere it to the top of the diagonal.
5. Adhere the card front to the card base. Decorate the inside as you wish. On this card I stamped another bird on the left side with Memento ink.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Flowers and Swirls

Materials needed:
Bloom with Hope stamp set (#133952)
Losdt Lagoon card stock 4 1/4 x 5 1/2"
Lavender Lace card stock 3 x 3 1/4"
White card stock
Shades of Spring patterned paper
Lavender Lace marker
Old Olive marker
Lavender Lace ink pad
Cuttlebug Swirl embossing folder
Big Shot machine
Corner Rounder
Patterned Brads (#122940)
Mini Brads
Word Window punch
Modern Label punch
Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set
Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430)