Friday, July 21, 2017

Wishing You Happiness

I had a little fun making this card. It didn't turn out all that great, but it's passable. I got a new Hampton Art set from Michael's last week and had a chance to play with it. All of the stamps are from the same set. This card is 3.5 x 6.25 inches.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Super Simple Birthday

This kite was printed on the paper that I used for a card a few days ago. I liked the patterned part and used it, leaving the kite along the entire left side. Not wanted to toss it, I trimmed it down and used it on this card. :)

I used a newer die to cut the curvy stitched right edge. The sentiment is from a The Paper Company set. I used a square die-cut piece and mounted on foam squares. This card measures 3.5 x 6.25 inches.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Little Hellos #1 - #8

Well, I have finished another Stampin' Up! set. (My mission is to use all of my Stampin' Up! sets - and I have a lot of them!) The set that I used for these cards is called "Little Hellos." It consists of eight small images with sentiments. When I mounted mine, I separated the images from the sentiments so that I could mix and match or use each separately.

For each of these cards, I stamped the image on a die-cut piece. For this first card, I used the piece that I cut the rectangle out of for the second layer. I mounted it on foam squares. I colored the image and placed it on the card front,  in the hole from which it was cut.

 For the rest of these cards, I mounted the images on foam squares.





Extremely simple, but done:)

I have also decided that if I really don't like one of my remaining sets or can't do anything different with them, I am going to skip them! It's adding stress to my stamping, and that is not the reason for card-making!

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Video Tutorial

OK. I made another card using the folds that I shared yesterday. It's nearly identical to the card I posted a few days ago. You can view the tutorial here.

Please note: Start with a piece of cardstock that is 12 inches by 5.5 inches. It makes a card that is 4 x 5.5.

Here are a few more pictures:




I hope that helps! You can find the measurements on this post.

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Instructions

I was asked for a tutorial for making this card. After trying three times to record myself making another card like this, I gave up! Perhaps I'll try again soon. For now, I'll just show a diagram of cutting and scoring, and also measurements of matting, if you want to decorate it.

This looks pretty complicated, but it's really not! Start with a piece of cardstock that is 12 inches by 5 1/2 inches. Cut two slits that are one and a half inches from each side and between the two-inch mark and the ten-inch mark. Then do your scoring. There are "hill" folds and "valley" folds. To do your "hill" folds, leave the right side of the paper up when you do your scoring. To do your "valley" folds, turn the cardstock over and score on the back side. The "hill" folds are marked by the dashed and dotted lines, and the "valley" folds are marked by dashed lines. So, start by scoring two inches in, above and below your cut lines. Move to the four inch mark and score between the two cut lines. Then move to the ten inch mark and again score above and below the cut lines. Turn your cardstock over. Score at the four inch mark above and below the cut lines. Move to the eight inch mark and score along the whole width. Then fold! You should end up with the card base that I made:)

If you want to used patterned paper like I did on my card, here is the pattern to cut. This will fit both the card front and the back, so you would need two like this. Start with a piece that is 5 3/8 x 3 7/8 inches and cut per this pattern.


If you want to cover the entire thing, you will also need pieces with these measurements.

I know these are not ideal instructions, but I hope it helps. Please feel free to ask me questions. It really helps me if you email me so that I have your address, or at least make sure I have a way to contact you. (If you "View my complete profile," you will see a link to click on to send me an email.)

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Pasture Birthday #4

Here is the last card I made with the Stampin' Up! set called "Pasture Birthday." I made a stair-step card to showcase the stamps. The stamps from the set that I used on this card are the sheep, the grass and the sentiment. I embossed the card front piece with a Cuttlebug folder called "Matelasse."

We got back from a short vacation on Tuesday evening. We left Thursday around noon. We went with a group of friends down the Mississippi river - from Wabasha, Minnesota to Guttenberg, Iowa and back. How nice to have friends with boats, huh? :) The weather was awesome (a bit hot, but no complaints!) and we had an awesome time. If I run out of things to post, I might share a few pictures here. (And as I type this, I am out of cards finally!)


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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Pasture Birthday #1 - #3

Here are three cards using my next Stampin' Up! set. This set is called "Pasture Birthday." It consists of nine stamps: this multi-animal border stamp, the cow, a sheep, a pig, a hen, some grass, and three sentiments. I used most of the stamps on these three cards. I will use the last two stamps on tomorrow's card.

For this first card, I used three of the stamps and only one color of ink. I matted the pieces with matching cardstock. The border piece is mounted on foam squares.

For this card, I used the hen. I didn't think the sentiment stamps went very well with this stamp (and I almost didn't use this stamp) so I just printed the sentiment on my computer. The piece that the hen is stamped on was a left-over piece from a die I used. I mounted the hen and sentiment on foam squares.

For this last card for today, I used the pig, the grass and a sentiment. I stamped the pig and added grass by his/her feet. I used Copic markers to color. I used a new border die to cut the bottom edge of the pig and its matting, and mounted on foam squares. The background was made with the sentiment stamp and also the grass, which I stamped in green.

I was asked a question about this card: Daisy Die Cut. Here is your answer, Hanny:) The folder is from Cuttlebug. It's a 5 x 7 inch folder called "Kitchen Weave."

Also regarding the same card, in answer to a question from Digital Chick: the cardstock that I embossed was textured cardstock with a white core/center. After embossing, I used a sanding block to lightly sand it down. The sanding block that I have came from Stampin' Up! several years ago. It's about one inch square and about five inches long. It has a sanding surface on all four sides. I'm sure you can use one designed for other purposes- just make sure to do it lightly.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

"Fancy Fold" Card

I received a pretty, fun card from a stamping friend and decided to make one using the same folds. (Thanks, Donna!) The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink. I stamped it on a previously-die-cut rectangle. The flowers, centers and leaves were all cut with some new dies I bought from Amazon. The patterned papers are from a Recollections matstack.

I added white cardstock to the middle and stamped a birthday greeting there.
One more picture from a slightly different angle.

I am entering this card into the Scor-Pal monthly challenge. The challenge is to use more than one fold, and to use die cuts.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Love Blooms #1 and #2


Making more progress with my Stampin' Up! project - another set used! The set that I used for today's cards is called "Love Blooms." It consists of six stamps - the basket, the birdcage, the stems, the flower, and the two sentiments.

For both cards, I stamped the sentiments on previously-cut ovals and mounted them on foam squares. I stamped the basket, colored it, and masked off the top of it before stamping the stems with green. I added the flowers, stamping them three times without re-inking. I matted the image panel with a matching green and covered the entire card front with patterned paper from a Recollections stack.
For this second one, I stamped the stems and flowers (using a different color ink, but again stamping three times without re-inking.) Then I stamped the birdcage over them. I added a little color to the cage. I matted with black and left the card front totally white. On the sentiment panel (which I realized was crooked a tad, and I fixed it!) I added three silver "pearls" with Liquid Pearls.

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Love Notes

Another Stampin' Up! set finished:) This set is called "Love Notes." I didn't realize that I had so many small, square stamps! Oh well.

This first card is full-sized. I stamped the image, colored it, cut it out with a square stitched die and mounted it on foam squares. The patterned paper is from Recollections. I also added some Star Dust Stickles to the star.

For the rest of the stamps, I just made little cards to add to a gift. These first six are 2 1/8 inches square, after folding. I used dies for the cutting.

This last one is 2 1/2 inches square, after folding.

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Mini Messages #1 - 4


Slowly, slowly I'm making progress in my quest to use all of my Stampin' Up! sets. One more set done. :) The set I used on today's cards is called "Mini Messages." It consists of eight stamps - four images and four with tiny words on them. For each of these cards, I have stamped the words in a lighter ink and added the image with a darker ink over them and cut each of them out with a stitched die.

This first card says "celebrate!" I added the balloon over the words. I cut a matting square out of the blue cardstock, then embossed the remainder of the blue with a never-before-used (by me) folder from Darice. Then I mounted the sentiment on foam squares on the blue and placed it back into the embossed piece.


The second card says "thank you." I stamped the flower over it and added an enamel dot for the center. Again, I mounted on foam squares. The patterned paper on the card front is from a Recollections pad.


This card says "love joy peace." I stamped the heart over the words. I am not good at randomly adding sequins, gems or pearls, but I tried doing that by adding "pearls" with Liquid Pearls. Again, I used Recollections paper.


This one says "my friend." I used the star over the words, added Star Dust Stickles and used patterned paper, cut using the same die set.

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Cattail Birthday

This is a Memory Box die that I bought when I was in Des Moines at our Group Gathering. You can't tell in the picture, but I cut it from a shimmery, coppery-colored cardstock. I cut out a circle the same size as the sun from a post-it note. I also cut a rectangle of white cardstock the same size as the die-cut piece. I brayered yellow ink on the top half of the white cardstock. Then I adhered the circle onto the brayered piece, placing it exactly where the sun was on the die cut. I brayered the other colors onto the piece, adding just a little bit more color to the sun. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink. I used another Memory Box die to cut it out. I mounted the sentiment on Pop Dots. The cardbase and sentiment are ivory cardstock. The card opens from bottom to top.

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Sun Flower Get Well

For some reason, I pulled out this Papertrey Ink set and decided to use it for a card. I used ivory cardstock. I mounted it on shimmery, coppery cardstock and added some scoring with my Scor-Pal at the bottom. It became a Get Well card because I had a small piece of the coppery cardstock with sticky on the back of it sitting on my table. I wanted to die cut something out of it. So, I cut the oval. Then I needed a small sentiment, so I used a Papertrey Ink stamp that fit best on it. I mounted the entire panel on Pop Dots.

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Daisy Die Cut

I made this card using another die cut from my time in Des Moines. It's from Poppystamps/Memory Box - called Floral Stem Collage. The die cuts a single flower, plus the frame with the flower and stem in it. I colored the stem and grasses and the flower with Copic markers. The individual flower is mounted on foam squares and has an enamel dot for the center. I used a piece of blue textured cardstock, embossed it with a Cuttlebug folder, sanded it down and used it to fit behind the daisy. I matted that panel on foam squares.

EDITED TO ADD: The embossing folder that I used is called "Kitchen Weave." It's a 5 x 7 inch folder from Cuttlebug. 

EDITED TO ADD ALSO: The cardstock that I embossed with the folder was textured cardstock with a white core/center. After embossing, I used a sanding block to lightly sand it down. The sanding block that I have came from Stampin' Up! several years ago. It's about one inch square and about five inches long. It has a sanding surface on all four sides. I'm sure you can use one designed for other purposes- just make sure to do it lightly.

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Penny Black Flowers

For these cards, I used a friend's new Penny Black stamp. I believe it is called "Flower Lanterns." I inked the stamp up with distress markers and spritzed with water. I used the stamp three times for each coloring. All of these cards measure 4.5 x 6.25 inches. I didn't want to cut off any of the pretty flower! 

I used a die-cut hello on this first one. I cut it out several times and stacked them, for added dimension.

The sentiment on this second one is from Papertrey Ink.


This sentiment is from Rubbernecker.

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy Anniversary, Vicki and Gary!

I made this card for my friend, Vicki's, anniversary. Have a great day, Vicki!

I used a Gina K stamp for the owls. I paper-pieced them using four different patterns of paper, plus white for the eyes and beaks, then colored the eyes and beaks. The sentiment is from a Bo Bunny set.

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Sentiment Splits

I had access to so many dies and stamps last week - it was so fun! We don't bring quite as much "stuff" as we used to, but there is still a lot:) These cards were done using stamp and die sets from Papertrey Ink called "Sentiment Splits."

This first one is done with ivory cardstock and patterned paper from The Paper Studio. I also matted each piece.

For this second card, I added a butterfly using the same patterned paper and a Memory Box die. I cut another butterfly out of white cardstock to glue the blue one on to, for added thickness.

This card is done with ivory cardstock as the base. The sentiment is from Bo Bunny. I added a flower that I cut using one of my new dies from textured paper which I sanded after cutting and embossing, and added an enamel dot to the flower center. The entire panel is mounted on foam squares.

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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Sparkly Flowers

I'm pretty sure this image is from Penny Black. I colored it with watercolor pencils and an aqua brush. I added Wink of Stella to all of the flowers, which you can not see at all in the picture! They are so shimmery:) Purple is so hard to photograph - the purple flower and the matting are actually more of a reddish violet. Oh well! I cut the image out using a Memory Box stitched rectangle die.

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Saturday, July 1, 2017

July Calendar Page

My calendar page for July. I did the cutting with my Cameo Silhouette out of red, white and blue cardstock. Just a lot of pieces to glue on to my fifteen calendars:)

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