Thursday, September 14, 2017

Happy Birthday, Annie!

I've had this card base sitting around my stamping room for years! It's finally been made into a card. Yippee! It has hopefully reached my stamping friend, Annie, in Canada by now. Happy Birthday, Annie!

I stamped the bottom border with a Stampin' Up! stamp a long time ago, and then cut carefully around it. (So, the front of the card ends at the bottom of the "lace.") The roses and the sentiment were cut with two of my new dies. I cut out them of white cardstock and colored them with Copic markers. I mounted the leaves on foam squares and glued the rest down. I cut a couple extra layers of the sentiment and glued them all together for added dimension.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Happy Anniversary, Harriet and Bruce!

Today is my friend Harriet's anniversary. Happy Anniversary, Harriet and Bruce!

This is another of my new dies. The card is 3 1/2 x 6 3/8 inches. The patterned paper is from Recollections. The sentiment is an old PSX stamp. I mounted the sentiment panel on foam squares.

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Happy Birthday, Vicki!

Today is my friend Vicki's birthday. Happy Birthday, Vicki! Here is the card that I made for her. The butterflies and the sentiment are both dies. I added a couple "pearls" to the flower centers. The background paper is from Recollections.

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Simple Birthday Card - With a Twist! :)

A couple months ago, a friend showed me a card she had made. It's called a "Pop and Twist" card. I thought it was pretty cool and wanted to make one. Last weekend was the time for me to try:) I knew that the hardest part for me would be trying to figure out how to decorate so many spaces! So, I went totally clean and simple. I only took these two pictures, but if you search for instructions, you will see how it works and can find different ways of making it. It looks like a "regular" card from the front, but when you open it, the middle part twists and pops out. Pretty cool!
I used a couple more of my new dies. I layered the "Happy Birthday" with about four pieces. The sentiment stamps are from a Hampton Arts set.

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Silver Butterflies

Another card using one of my newer dies. I cut it out of silver "mirror" cardstock. The card base is a tri-fold card with the circle already cut out of it. I purchased them at our Group Gathering a few years ago. I embossed the front with an Anna Griffin embossing folder called "Matelasse." I cut a piece of blue vellum for the window. Before adding it, I embossed it with a Darice embossing folder called "WIre Fence." I cut the sentiment out of the silver cardstock, too, and added another layer under it for more dimension.

I had a visitor leave me a comment about the size of my matting and wondering how I did it. (Not on this card, though.) I cut my matting pieces 1/8 inch bigger than my image pieces. That gives me a 1/16 inch border. Not always, but usually. I use a Tonic guillotine cutter that I've had for many years. I love it! This is what it looks like. I did not get mine at Amazon, and I'm sure it's available many, many other places. It's just the easiest for me to link to quickly.

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Monday, September 4, 2017

Fall-To Layout #32 Take Two

I used the Fall-To Layout #32 for this card. I really love Natasha's layouts - perfect for CAS cards. After all, her blog is called Clean and Simple Stamping! :) (It's called "Take Two" because she is on her second trip through her layouts.)

I used another portion of this fall-patterned paper. (One quarter left, and I actually used it for another card that I made yesterday. You'll be seeing that one soon, or I might just save it for a month or so.) I think this paper is so pretty, and I don't even know where it came from. The die is one of my newer ones. I cut the ovals using Nestabilities. I mounted the ovals on foam squares.

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

Celebrate

For some reason, the first time I used this die, I didn't cut all the way through on the second rose. So, I cut that one off and just went with this one. I colored it with Copic markers and used foam squares under the leaves. I had cut the white panel using a Memory Box die. The sentiment is from a Papertrey Ink set.

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Saturday, September 2, 2017

Congratulations, Andrew!

Our oldest grandson, Andrew, tried out for the traveling baseball last time we were down in Chicago. And, he made the team! So happy for him.

When I was putting my stamping room back together, I ran across this embossing folder "out of place."  I still hadn't put it away, and thought that maybe I should use it! Hence, the card:) Quite a long time ago, I bought the die and embossing set from Cuttlebug. Together, they cut and emboss the hat, the bat and the ball. I mounted the ball and the brim of the hat on foam squares. I embossed the "congrats" with a small embossing folder, also from Cuttlebug, and I mounted that piece, matted with a dark blue, on foam squares, also. The card is done with ivory cardstock. I used the same dark blue to mat the main panel.

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Friday, September 1, 2017

September Calendar Page

Goodness - another month has flown by! I'm not quite sure how that happens:)

Here is this month's calendar page. I used thin, speckled, off-white paper and two Gina K stamps. I used Stampin' Up! markers to color the tree and a technique called "thumping."  I first used the lightest color marker and then just "thumped" or "bounced" the darker colors on it before stamping.

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