Saturday, May 31, 2014

Embossed Merry Christmas


Another Christmas card for my way-too-small stash!

I used a Darice embossing folder and inked it up with a brayer before embossing on a fourth of a piece of cardstock. I knew when I inked it up that the ink had "puddled" a little bit and I thought it might be a cool effect. It's a border folder, so that's all the wider it is. I colored the holly leaves and berries with Copic markers after embossing. I adhered the embossed layer to completely cover the card front. I'm linking this up to the Christmas Card Challenge blog. This week's additional challenge is "anything goes."

I was asked about the name of the Hero Arts/Sizzix set that I used for this card. I think it's called Frames With Sprigs and the number is 657775. I did a little search for it and found it at Staples for a good price. You can see it here. I hope you see this, Cheryl. I didn't have a way to contact you to answer your question. (I also saw it on Amazon for less, but the description didn't match the picture. I would guess the picture is right, but ...)

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Friday, May 30, 2014

Happy First Birthday, Jonah!

I can hardly believe our grandson Jonah is a year old already! This is the card I made for him. I guess it doesn't really look like a card for a child, but it's what he got. After making SO many cards, first with the new embossing folders and then with my card parts, I ran out of spare time and mojo, too. Hopefully I'll get more of both soon. I have my second round of embossing folder to start with.

The letters were stamped with a retired alphabet stamp from Stampin' Up! I punched them out with a Martha Stewart punch. I punched the matting using coordinating cardstock and an EK Success punch. I mounted them on Dimensionals. The patterned papers are both from Deja Views.

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Happy Happy Birthday

Another piece embossed with my Darice embossing folder and left sitting on my desk for a while. I brayered lightly over it with green ink and matted it with matching cardstock. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Another "Two-Fer" - More Flowers

You get two-fer the price of one today. How lucky are you? LOL!

This first one was actually stamped second, as it uses the second generation stamping of the image. I used a Hero Arts stamp, inked it up with Distress markers and then spritzed with water. The card below was stamped the first time. Then I spritzed it again and stamped this image on white. I added the sentiment from a Papertrey Ink set and mounted on Dimensionals.
For this second one, I added the birthday sentiment - also from the same Papertrey set. I used a Sizzix (Christmas!) embossing folder to emboss the bottom part of the panel. I again mounted on Dimensionals. This one is off-white. 

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Celebrate - Part Two

Just like on yesterday's card, the "celebrate" sentiment was cut with a Memory Box die. The flowers were stamped and cut out with a Hero Arts set. The background was embossed with a Darice embossing folder.

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Monday, May 26, 2014

Celebrate - Part One

Only a few more cards left which were made with my card parts. I have officially put the rest of the parts away for now, but still have a couple cards left to share with you.

The celebrate was cut with a Memory Box die. I stamped the flowers with a Hero Arts stamp and markers, cut them out with the coordinating die and mounted them on foam squares. The background was embossed with one of my newest Darice embossing folders.

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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Color Swap - Rose and Green


I made this card for a color swap in my stamping group. The colors are rose and green.

I used embossing paste and a stencil from Darice. (I have a tutorial on using embossing paste here, if you are interested. I made it a few years ago - definitely amateur! But, it shows how to do it.) I stippled the ink through the stencil, added the embossing paste and then the ultrafine glitter. The pink panel and the rose panel are mounted on Dimensionals. The green patterned paper is from My Minds Eye. 

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Smile

This piece of matted patterned cardstock has been in my card parts box for years. The embossed "smile" was done with one of my recently-purchased Darice embossing folders and had been sitting on my table for a few weeks. I matted it with the same green as the patterned cardstock was matted. I happened across the embossed circle when I was getting out the green cardstock, and decided to throw it on there for fun:)

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Happy Day

I believe the "swish" on this card was done with a stamp and watercolor crayons, directly on a card front. I then stamped the sentiment over it. And then it sat for almost a year. I wasn't happy with the spacing of it. Finally, I decided to trim it down and mount it on foam squares, and now I like it much better:)

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Blue Birthday

More card parts. The parts for this card were the die-cut birthday (Memory Box, I think) and the blue piece with just the horizontal lines embossed. I'm pretty sure that embossing was done with an embossing folder.

I used a Sizzix Christmas embossing folder (that I got last year after all of my cards were finished) to emboss the top part and the bottom part. I mounted the birthday die cut on pieces of foam squares. I stamped the HAPPY using a Papertrey stamp.

Thanks, Donna, about the heads-up regarding my calendar files link. Not sure what the problem is. I changed things up and added a new link, but I don't think that is the solution, either, as I think you have to sign in for that. I'll keep trying.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Ivory Anniversary - Times Two

The anniversary card I made for our daughter and son-in-law. I'm still working on my "card parts."

I'm not sure why I had them, but the three little blue squares, the two tiny pink flowers and one of the green leafy things were in my card parts. The flower got set on top of the green piece and I thought that worked pretty well, then I set them on the blue and I figured that would work, too. I just had to cut one more green piece and then the matting squares. I originally had them all as diamonds, but decided to put the side ones as squares. I mounted each of them on Dimensionals. The sentiment is from Papertrey. The background panel is a die cut I did last summer at our Group Gathering. It was cut with a Spellbinders die, I believe. I mounted that on Dimensionals, also.


I made this one a few days after the first one, but the post hadn't gone live yet, so I decided to add this to the same post, since it uses the same die cut and kind of the same layout. (Oh, my - what a long sentence!) I punched the circles with an EK Success punch. I sponged ink around the edges of the circles and also the edges of the die cut. The sentiment is from Stampendous. I mounted the main panel on Dimensionals.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Probably a Guy Card

This will probably end up going to guy:) 

The die cut was made with a Memory Box die. I cut a piece of blue cardstock narrower than the die cut. I stamped the sentiment (from Papertrey Ink) on the bottom, then scored two lines above it. I adhered it to the card base and added the die cut.

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Penny Black Stickers - Eight Cards

I've had two packages of Penny Black stickers for a few years now. Just before my mom went into the hospital, I was supposed to have the week off from babysitting. This is what I had started on - using up those stickers. It's been on hold for nearly three months, but I finished them off. You get all of them in one day, since they are all relatively similar. I will briefly comment on each of them.

The stamp on this first one is from Rubbernecker. I stamped and matted with Midnight Muse ink and cardstock.
 The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink and is stamped in Soft Suede ink.
 Sentiment is from Papertrey Ink and is stamped in Soft Suede. The butterfly is from Penny Black, also. The sticker panel is matted with white and mounted on foam squares.
 Sentiment from Kaiser Craft and is stamped in Midnight Muse.
 Sentiment is from Papertrey Ink and is stamped in Midnight Muse. The entire panel is mounted on foam squares.
 I scored the lines around the image with my Martha Stewart scoring board. The sentiment is from Technique Tuesday and is stamped in Soft Suede.
 Sentiment is from Kaiser Craft and is stamped in Midnight Muse. This is the only card on white. The rest are ivory. The image panel is mounted on foam squares.
Sentiment is from Papertrey Ink and is stamped with Soft Suede. I cut the line across from the sheet with the stickers. The butterfly is also from the same package.

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Sunday, May 18, 2014

Memory Box Butterflies - Part Two

As promised, here is another card using my new Memory Box butterflies border die. I love it! (I sure need to use it many times to justify the cost, though!)

For today's card, I used the die on white. I scored two lines near the edge of the die cut and then embossed the rest with a Sizzix folder. I matted with Pale Plum cardstock. The sentiment has been stamped and on my table for a while. It's from Verve. I matted with plum and mounted on foam squares. The butterfly on the sentiment is also from Memory Box. 

Edited to add: Donna, you probably won't return here for your answer, but I have no other way to reach you. This die does not cut all the way to the left edge - it cuts just like this with no modifications. It's called "Kensington Border" and you can see it here.

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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Memory Box Butterflies - Part One

Ah, a non "card parts" card! Well, that's not quite true. I very recently purchased this Memory Box butterfly border die and had to try it out. So, I guess this WAS a card part, since the test cut was sitting on my desk for a few days! :)

I simply cut the piece using the die and scored a line near the edge. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink. Stay tuned for another card using this die tomorrow.

Edited to add: In response to the comment from "Anonymous:" There is no embossing folder on this card. The die-cut was done with a Memory Box die called Kensington Border. Gosh, I'm not sure what cardstock I used, but it is probably Stampin' Up! Perfect Plum.

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Blue Thanks

The "card part" on this card was the punched "THANKS" piece. I had made that using a Martha Stewart border punch. I trimmed it down and cut a piece of white to fit on it. Then I wasn't sure what to do. So, I grabbed an ancient Stampin' Up! two-step stamping set and stamped the flowers and stems. I'm excited to use this set again some time soon! There are a few different flowers.

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Daisies

This already-colored image was on my table, too. The image is a digital from Digital Tuesday. You can find lots of vintage images cleaned up and ready for you to use on that site. Cora has been sharing lots of beautiful flowers recently.

I used a Martha Stewart punch for the bottom border of my green cardstock. The sentiment is from Stampin' Up!

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Embedded Flowers Birthday

I know that I've done this before, but I'm sharing another "embedded" flowers card. 

This die-cut (Memory Box die) flower piece was on my table. I had sprayed it with a glimmer mist. I glued it to a piece of white cardstock and embossed with a Stampin' Up!/Sizzix embossing folder. I matted with Pale Plum. The sentiment (from Papertrey Ink) was stamped on white and then cut with a Spellbinders die. Before removing from the die, I sponged with Pale Plum ink. I mounted the sentiment on foam squares.

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Brayered Folder Birthday


Another piece that's been in my "card parts" forever! I brayered this Cuttlebug folder with a Kaleidacolor pad before embossing. I used a grayish cardstock. I found I still had some more of that cardstock, so I used it for the card base and also the sentiment tag, which I cut with a Spellbinders die. The sentiment is from Papertrey ink. I mounted it on foam squares. I have put my "card parts" away for a while again, but I still have several more cards to share with you before I move on to other things.

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Couldn't-Be-Easier Birthday


As my blog post title states, this card could not be much easier! The flowers were cut from some patterned cardstock that I bought a while ago. I mounted them on foam squares and matted that panel with rose. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink and stamped with olive ink. I debated about posting this card, but I did really like it and thought I'd share. I have several other cards ready for you, too. :) More "card parts" but not the same flowers I had been using. 

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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day!

This is the card that we gave to Jim's mom for Mother's Day. (Actually, it's still on our kitchen table. We went to visit her yesterday, and Jim forgot the card! It will be mailed to her.)

I'm not sure who makes the flowers. They were stamped last year at our Group Gathering. I used a Kaliedacolor ink pad. I used Star Dust Stickles on all of the flowers. The sentiment is from Verve. I added an enamel dot on the flower in the sentiment. Happy Mother's Day to all of you mothers. Kind of a sad one for me. We always visited my mom on the day before Mother's Day, too:(

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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Flowers and Friends

More Rubbernecker flowers:) I think it's about time to quick posting them, but believe me, I have more! I believe the sentiment is from Rubbernecker, also, but I'm not sure. I matted the image panel with black. I had added the pink piece on the bottom, then realized that the swirl piece fit perfectly. It also came from my "card parts" - cut with a Memory Box die last summer. This card was sent to Leslie. She commented on the swirls on an earlier card I posted and she is a true artist when it comes to all cards, and coloring in particular. So, this card with the swirls and the sentiment mentioning color - it had to be for Leslie.

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Friday, May 9, 2014

Washi Tape Birthday

More Rubbernecker flowers - prestamped last summer. I trimmed the panel down and matted with black. I added Washi tape along the top and bottom. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink. I actually CUT the stamp into two pieces so I could stamp it in two lines! Unbelievable:)

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

More Birthday Flowers

I'm having so much fun and making so many cards by using up my stampoffs and card parts:) This card also uses some Rubbernecker multi-stamp flowers. This time I matted with rose. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink and is also matted with rose and mounted on foam squares.

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Magenta Birthday

Another stamped image from my "stash." I stamped this image last June at our Group Gathering. I believe the image is a set from Rubbernecker. I also believe I used markers to color the layers. The sentiment is from Hero Arts. I added strips of magenta cardstock to trim out the bottom and left side.

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Sympathy Flowers

More card parts - I used two of them on this card. I wish I could tell you who made the flower stamp and the sentiment stamp, but I really don't remember. I've had them stamped for a long time! (The sentiment COULD be Verve.) I had stamped the sentiment on vellum and embossed with black embossing powder. I trimmed both the flower panel and the vellum down, stuck them together and mounted on foam squares. I'm having SO much fun using up my card parts. I'm on a mission, and doing well:)

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Monday, May 5, 2014

Die-Cut Thanks


Again - I used pieces from my table for this card. The card base is gray with speckles. I had already punched the border (with a Martha Stewart punch) and scored two lines above the punching.

I added a strip of plum cardstock to the inside of the card to show under the punching. Then I added a strip of the same cardstock above the scoring and added two more scored lines. I die cut the "thanks" with a Cuttlebug die and glued it resting on the strip of cardstock.

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Sunday, May 4, 2014

Silhouette Birthday

This black piece was cut with my Cameo Silhouette quite a while ago and went into my "card parts." I cut little pieces of scrap cardstock and put them under the leaves and flower, then added my first ever enamel dot to the flower center:) I simply glued the piece to some Recollections patterned paper and added the sentiment from Papertrey Ink.

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Saturday, May 3, 2014

Birthday Daisies - Part Two

Another card using the same image as yesterday. Again, it was stamped and the tablecloth paperpieced and in my card parts pile. This card is almost entirely made from "card parts."

I colored the image with Copics and added Star Dust Stickles to the flower centers. I trimmed down the image and mounted it on foam squares. The card base was cut last summer at our Group Gathering. I loved the Memory Box die and cut through both layers of the card, leaving the top edge intact. I tried and tried to get it to cut through, but couldn't quite get the bottom entirely cut. I had to use an exacto knife, but I finally got it. (It almost ended up in the trash. Whew - I saved it!) I embossed the middle layer with a Sizzix/Stampin' Up! folder and rounded the corners. The tag was already cut from when I was experimenting with my (then) new Spellbinders dies and Grand Calibur. I stamped the sentiment (from Hero Arts) with Versamark and embossed with white. I put a foam square on the bottom part of the tag and glued the top part to the image panel. I love the way this card turned out.

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Friday, May 2, 2014

Birthday Daisies - Part One

Even though I received my new embossing folders, I'm going to wait to use them. I've had a pile of "card parts" on my desk since January. I had just started to sort through some things and to use some stickers when my mom got sick and everything got put on a back burner. I decided it was time to start to use them again.

I stamped this image (from Gina K, I believe) many years ago and paper pieced the table cloth. Tuesday while Wyatt napped in the afternoon, I colored the image and finished the card. I used Copics for the coloring. The patterned paper is old Stampin' Up! I used my sewing machine to stitch a zig-zag border around the edge. The sentiment is from a Papertrey Ink set.

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

May Calendar Page

Time continues to zip by! Here is my calendar page for May.

I stamped the flowers from Hero Arts on blue cardstock. Then I used bleach and an aquapainter to "color" the flowers white. I colored the flower centers and leaves and grass with markers. The patterned paper is from a stack from Recollections. Happy May to you all!

The file for printing my calendar pages can be found through a link on the top of my blog. I'd love to hear from you if you download it.

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