Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Smile

This piece of patterned paper was in a little pack of paper that I got from Vicki at our Group Gathering, by Jenni Bowlin. I matted with gray. I added a sentiment, mounted on foam squares, from Taylored Expressions.

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Monday, July 22, 2019

Just For You

This stamp is an old, wood-mounted stamp. I colored it with Zig Clean Color markers, matted with orange and mounted on foam squares.

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Sunday, July 21, 2019

Best Wishes

Lots of white space:) The purple layer was done with a small embossing folder by Sizzix for Stampin' Up! I embossed it and then cut it down around the edge. I added a white rectangle stamped with a sentiment by Papertrey Ink. The flower is a glittery sticker and the leaf was layer-stamped with a set by Sunny Studio.

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Saturday, July 20, 2019

Today's Your Day


Another very simple card. I used Distress Ink cubes directly on the watercolor paper to make the stripes. Then sentiment is from Papertrey Ink.

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Friday, July 19, 2019

Leafy Birthday

Another card using my leaf die. Again, I used the negative space for a stencil. This time I used embossing paste over the stencil. I added glitter to it. However, it didn't stick at all. I guess I needed to press it down or something. It's been a while since I've used embossing paste and glitter, I have forgotten! At any rate, I then sponged the green ink over the embossing paste image. I added the sentiment, from Papertrey Ink, and a thin strip of glitter Washi tape to the left edge of the panel. I mounted the image panel on foam squares.

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Just Because

When we were in Des Moines last month (already over a month ago - seems like yesterday!), Georgia gave us some stickers - either flowers or butterflies. I chose the flowers. I have now used them up! You will be seeing three more cards I made with them in the next week or two. I added two of the flowers to this card. I drew the stems and leaves and grass by hand with a green gel pen. I think the sentiment is from Stampabilities.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Deco Foil Transfer Gel Sympathy


I tried something new to me for this card. I watched a Jennifer McGuire video on foil a few weeks ago and ordered some Deco Foil Transfer Gel. I used it on this one. 

I cut the leaves with a die, then used the die-cut for a stencil, spreading the transfer gel on the card front. After it was dry, I ran it through my laminator with the copper foil. It adds a bit of dimension, but it's not nearly as smooth as just using the foil with laser-printed images. I do like it, though! I'm pretty sure the sentiment I used is from Stampabilities, but I'm not 100% sure.
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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Another Rose Anniversary

I just love these realistic-looking roses, stamped with layered stamps and die-cut with dies from Sunny Studio. I have several more of them stamped and ready to use. The leaves are stamped and cut with the same sets. The rose on the right is mounted on foam squares. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink. I had used my Cameo Silhouette to cut out a heart for an earlier card. I used the negative part of the die cut as a stencil, and sponged ink onto the front panel for a background.

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Monday, July 15, 2019

Deer Thanks

My brother and sister-in-law from Atlanta were here recently and I brought my sister-in-law down to my stamping room to show her some of my "toys." We had fun:) I helped her, but this is the card that she made. We cut the black cardstock with a die. I sponged the ink onto white cardstock for the background. The sentiment was stamped on black with Versamark, embossed with gold powder and popped up with foam squares. I wish she could have stuck around longer!

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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Let It Snow

My friend, Vicki, brought some 3-D embossing folders to our Group Gathering last month. I'm not sure if this one is 3D or not, but it's wonderful:) I made three embossings of it, and here are the cards that I finished with them. They are all very simple, because I didn't want to cover up the background! For this first one, I simply matted it with red.

For this second one, I added some Wink of Stella to the snowflakes and the sentiment.
And for this last one, I lightly sponged some light blue ink over the snowflakes. Three more Christmas cards done.

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Saturday, July 13, 2019

Celebrate Today

Well, this is the last card that I made while at our Group Gathering in Ankeny, Iowa. I'm quite sure the flower stamp is by Penny Black. I colored it with markers before stamping.

We had a great time this year. I still have many pieces to use on future cards!

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Friday, July 12, 2019

Hello Shaker



I think I had only made one shaker card, ever. This one certainly seemed much easier! I came across some small tubes of items that work perfectly in shaker cards, so you may be seeing more of them. I've also been watching a lot of Jennifer McGuire videos as I've been walking on the treadmill lately and one of the videos was on shaker cards. The stamp I used for the background is an old Stampin' Up! stamp. I layered a die-cut for the sentiment. The circles were cut with a stitched circle die.

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Rose Anniversary

I used a layering stamp set from Sunny Studio for the rose and the leaves on this card. I bought this set at Memory Bound in Ankeny and I also bought the coordinating die set, which I used to cut them out. I mounted the rose and leaves on a stitched circle die-cut that I cut from the card front. I mounted the circle on a fun foam circle. I embossed the background with a folder from Cuttlebug. The sentiment was left over from our make and take at Taylored Expressions. I added a few tiny pink gems.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Old World Map Birthday

I used an old, long-retired stamp to make this card. It's called "Old World Map" by Stampin' Up! I sponged four different colors over the image, which I had embossed with clear embossing powder and Versamark. I used a copic marker to draw the border around the edge. The sentiment was die-cut and layered.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Stenciled Christmas

Three more Christmas cards for today. I bought this snowflake stencil, by Echo Park, while I was at our Group Gathering. For this first card, I used soft silver ink. I matted with shimmery silver. I used the same shimmery silver paper for the sentiment and layered it with two layers of white cardstock for more dimension and strength.

I am entering these cards into the CAS Christmas Card challenge, which this month is to use snowflakes.
For this second card, I used a blue ink and matted with coordinating cardstock. I used gold foil to cut the sentiment, adding layers to it again.
I used a pink ink for this third card. I bought some cheap (Recollections) glitter paper at Michael's last week and the great thing about it is that I can use it for die cuts. I find that with the better quality glittery paper I can't use dies on it. I decided to also use the die to cut a hole in the card front and place the die-cut piece back into it. I placed a piece of green behind the die-cut opening.

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Monday, July 8, 2019

Birthday Leaves


Every time I see these leaves, I think feathers. I just have to keep telling myself that they are actually leaves! :) I used ivory cardstock for this card. I used a die to cut the leaves. To back the leaves, I used a piece of used foil. The foil was used originally for another card, which I haven't finished yet. (I'm actually not sure if I will use it or not.) It was used to foil an embossed image, so there were fine lines gone from it. I thought by using it under the die-cut, you would see where the foil was missing and it looked like veins in the leaves. I'm sorry you can't see it better in the picture. The first picture looks like there is gold in the foil, but that is just a lighting issue.

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Sunday, July 7, 2019

Die-Cut Flowers

Just a simple card for today. I had these flowers left over from another card - that I just realized has not been finished yet! You'll see it eventually. At any rate, I colored the flowers and leaves with Copic markers. I used the "negative" of these pieces as a template to place the flowers. I used my Scor-Pal to add lines above and below the flowers. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink.

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Saturday, July 6, 2019

Ornaments Border

Two more cards I made while at our Group Gathering. Told you I got a lot of cards made down there! LOL!

I used one of my new Gina K stamps, embossed in silver, for the sentiments. I die-cut the borders using a Memory Box die that I bought at the store's garage sale. I also used my Scor-Pal for more dimension and interest. So, I now have 41 Christmas cards made for this year.

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Friday, July 5, 2019

Happy Birthday, Darnell!

This is the card that I sent to Darnell for her birthday. Little did I know that it met the requirements for the CAS Watercolour Challenge, which coincidently featured Darnell's birthday! I also forgot to take a picture of it, so Darnell wonderfully took pictures and sent them back to me:) So, thanks for the suggestion, Darnell, and here is my submission for the challenge.

As I said, i have watched several Jennifer McGuire videos lately while walking on the treadmill in the mornings. This is something I learned in one of them. I believe Jennifer called it an interlocking gate-fold card. The stamps I used are from Stampendous (flowers) and Papertrey Ink (sentiment.) I added some Wink of Stella to the flowers. I die-cut the frame and the image panel.

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Thursday, July 4, 2019

Happy Anniversary, Vicki and Gary!

My friend, Vicki, and her husband got married on the Fourth of July - a few years ago:) So, this year I decided to send them a patriotic anniversary. card. I cut the parts with my Cameo Silhouette. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink. Happy Anniversary, Vicki!

I am entering this card into the Repeat Impressions challenge found on The House That Stamps Built blog. The challenge is to use red, white and blue.

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Another "Fancy-Fold" Card

I made kits of this card to share in Ankeny, per a request I got from someone in the group. I have posted a card like this before, but thought I'd share this one, anyway. The folded pieces are one inch by two and a half inches. The corners are folded up at 45 degree angles and glued on to the card front. I scored some decorative lines with my Scor-Pal and added the sentiment, stamped in copper ink, which is from a Technique Tuesday set that I bought at the store's garage sale.

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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Sending Holiday Cheer


I made these cards while in Des Moines/Ankeny, also. I used a couple new-to-me sets by Papertrey Ink. One of the sets I used to stamp the corners and the other set was used to stamp the image/sentiment. I didn't have two sizes of ovals close enough to the same size, so I embossed the solid color pieces with a Darice embossing folder and added them at an angle. (I like a smaller matting border.) The sentiment panels are mounted on foam squares.

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Monday, July 1, 2019

July Calendar Page

Amazingly, it's July already!! Here is my calendar page for the month. I used my Cameo Silhouette to cut out the pieces.

My calendar files are available for download from the link underneath my blog title. I'd love to hear from you if you use them, or if you have problems and would like a little more help.

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Sunday, June 30, 2019

Spotlight Card

Joyce brought this card for us to make. It's called a "spotlight" card and it's been around for a long time, but I've never made one. Thanks, Joyce! She had already stamped the images and then cut out part of one for us to color and add to the bottom layer. I colored the partial image with Copic markers and then popped it up on foam squares.

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Saturday, June 29, 2019

Letting Paper Speak for Itself

 Kris shared with us some gorgeous paper sheets. I just had to allow them to be seen. They are a bit shimmery, too. For this first card, I just added the die-cut "Mr & Mrs" that I sparkled up with a Wink of Stella glitter marker.
And for this second card, I simply added a sentiment, embossed in white, to the bottom stripe. The sentiment is from a Technique Tuesday set that I purchased at the store's garage sale.

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Friday, June 28, 2019

Pretty Embossed Flowers


This was a card that Kris had all ready for us to make at our gathering in Ankeny. We embossed the flower with some gorgeous embossing powder - a blue-ish green with gold specks. The left side has a strip of very pretty gold foil with an embossed pattern in it. The card has a black base. The sentiment is embossed with gold embossing powder.

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Card Parts from Canada

One member of our stamping group lives in Canada. Sure would be fun to meet her some time for real! Maybe some day. At any rate, she sent us some pieces to use. I made them all into cards at our gathering and am sharing them with you today. For this first one, Annie sent the die-cut coneflower, already colored. I did add a bit more color to it. I used a Darice embossing folder for the background and also a sentiment die, cut twice and layered off-set.
 
Annie also sent this die-cut flower piece. I matted with some paper that I got from Vicki, and also added a die-cut sentiment with a shadow background.
And lastly, Annie sent this embossed-on-black mushroom on an inverted scalloped background. I colored with metallic markers, slightly matted it, used another die-cut sentiment and placed the pieces on a printed notecard that I got from Kris.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Die-Cut Christmas

Two more Christmas cards complete:) I made these, also, while I was in Ankeny. I used a die gifted to me by Kris for them. This first card uses stamps from a Hampton Art set that I purchased at Memory Bound - the store we spent our time at. The set included the die to cut out the "Merry." Merry is mounted on foam squares.
I used the same die for this one, but this time I embossed a sentiment from Gina K in white and added a couple thin strips of white cardstock.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Metallic Marker Anniversary

Here is another card that I made while I was in Ankeny, Iowa at our annual Group Gathering. I believe the flower image is by Altenew. I embossed it with silver embossing powder and colored it with Georgia's metallic markers. They were so cool! The sentiment is embossed with silver, also, and is one of my new (to me) Papertrey Ink stamps.

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Monday, June 24, 2019

Die-Cut Birthday

I used a friend's die to cut the front of this card out of foil cardstock. I matted it with a piece of Gina K patterned paper which I embossed with a Swiss Dots embossing folder by Cuttlebug. I did that to match the dots on the die, which you can barely see on the top and bottom.

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Sunday, June 23, 2019

Christmas Joy

I bought a few clearance sets of Papertrey Ink stamps and got them delivered to me by a friend in Ankeny. There was a garage sale for stampers and scrappers while we were there, too, so I bought a few things. One thing I bought at the garage sale was this Penny Black poinsettia stamp. I combined it with a stamp from a new-to-me PTI set. For the first one, I used markers direct to the stamp. For the second one, I misted with water before stamping. Actually, the top card may be the second stamping of the bottom card:) 

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Saturday, June 22, 2019

Camping

Well, I ended up not getting my blog posts done before we left for camping. Oops. So, you get camping pictures instead:) We went to Glacial Lakes State Park with another couple, and we each stayed in one of these camper cabins. That was great, since it, of course, rained. We had a great time anyway, and got some walks in. The woodticks were horrific, though!

I thought I'd share a few pretty flower pictures with you. Hopefully I'll get my blog posts done soon, since I have lots of cards to share.


Our state flower is the pink and white, or Showy, lady's slippers and I've rarely seen them. But, I'd never seen yellow ones until this camping trip.



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