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)