Saturday, December 7, 2019

Glittered Flowers



I used a brass stencil for this card. It was probably from Lasting Impressions. I also used Martha Stewart glitter. I bought a package years ago at Michael's with a 50% off coupon. I think the package has 24 tubs of glitter in so many beautiful colors. I added "sticky" to the white cardstock with my Diecut'N Bond. Then I added the stencil to it. I very carefully added the different colors through the stencil, being careful to contain each color to where I wanted it. When all the open areas were filled with glitter, I removed the stencil and added pearl glitter to the rest of the piece. I simply matted it and added the sentiment, which is from Papertrey Ink.

Edited to add: The Diecut 'N Bond is plenty sticky to hold the glitter, but it's not hard to get the stencil off, especially the brass stencil. I had a little trouble with my snowflake stencil, but was still able to get it off. The snowflake stencil was very detailed and had parts that were very delicate.
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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Glittery Lattice


I had so much fun playing with glitter:) I die-cut this lattice piece out of cardstock that had the Couture Creations Diecut'N Bond on it. Then I sprinkled it with microfine glitter. I cut the leaves out of patterned paper and the flowers out of glitter cardstock. I added Liquid Peals to the flower centers. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink. I sponged some ink around the edge and mounted it on foam squares. I had also brushed ink on the bottom panel.


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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Snowflakes

POSSIBLY this could be my last Christmas card for the year. I don't plan on making any more, but then - I didn't plan on making the last four of them! :)

This line of snowflakes was cut from my Die Cut and Bond-covered cardstock, so I wanted to use up my "test" piece. It works great for die cuts, for sure. I used the die-cut piece to draw a line on my turquoise cardstock, then masked off the bottom part and sponged ink on the top part. Then I added the snowflake border. I used a Papertrey Ink stamp for the sentiment. I used my MISTI and was able to bend the stamp to match the curve of the die-cut.

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Monday, December 2, 2019

Christmas Ornaments

More Christmas. I die-cut the ornaments for these cards out of gold foil cardstock. I used purple glitter paper for the matting of this one, and also for the bow. The die set also includes the line of dots for the hanger. I put a piece of silver shimmery paper under the small dots. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink and is embossed with gold. I matted with gold foil cardstock.
Same as the first, but a different die and I used red. I matted this panel with red to match the ornament.

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Sunday, December 1, 2019

December Calendar Page

I used a corner of a Cuttlebug embossing folder for this month's page. Then I embossed the sentiment, from Papertrey Ink, with Versamark and embossed it with detail silver embossing powder. I matted it with shimmery silver paper. Wow, that year of calendar pages sure went quickly!! Happy December, everyone.

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Saturday, November 30, 2019

I Said I Wouldn't Do It! ...


I was wrong! :( I said I would NOT be making any more Christmas cards this year. But ... I did. It just happened. And even this is not the end of them. I will be adding more tomorrow and the next day, for sure! I love this snowflake stencil from Echo Park and I did so want to use it with glitter. I covered a piece of white cardstock with my Die Cut and Bond and then placed the stencil over it. I added the bluish glitter and removed the stencil and added the pearl glitter. I added the silver strip and the sentiment (from Papertrey Ink) embossed with silver.
Ditto for this card.

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Friday, November 29, 2019

Glitter, Glitter Everywhere!


I used my new-to-me Die Cut and Bond,  a The Crafter's Workshop stencil, and glitter for these cards. I love the sparkle of glitter! Any my stamping room is so sparkly, too! LOL! I covered a piece of cardstock 5.5 x 4.25 with the Die Cut and Bond. Then I removed the backing and added the stencil. I used some Martha Stewart glitter to cover the entire panel. Then I removed the stencil and added another color of glitter. I cut 1.5 inches off of each side and added them to this card front. Then I added a thin strip of silver paper beside the panels. I also added the die-cut sentiment. I put Diamond Glaze on the die-cut, but I'm not sure that was very effective.
I used the remaining section for the bottom of this card. I added a blue strip of cardstock above the panel. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink.

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Thursday, November 28, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving!

Just a wish for a Happy Thanksgiving to all of my American friends. I hope this holiday finds you surrounded by good friends and family.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Winter Birthday


I recently purchased some Die Cut and Bond so that I could use my stencils with glitter. (You'll be seeing a few of those coming up.) I also knew it would be useful for adhering die cuts. So, I pulled out a few of my dies and cut pieces using cardstock covered with the sticky paper. This is one of the dies that I used. For the background, I used brushes and distress inks. After doing that, I took some gouache (a type of white acrylic paint, as far as I can tell) mixed it with water and splattered it on the background. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink.

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Monday, November 25, 2019

Printed Vellum

While digging for some vellum or acetate recently, I came across this already-cut piece of printed vellum. I decided to use it up right then and there! :) I simply stamped and embossed (in gold) the sentiment, which is from Papertrey Ink. I added a thin strip of gold foil to the left side.

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Sunday, November 24, 2019

3-D Embossing

Both of the image panels were embossed at our Group Gathering. I think they were done with 3-D embossing folders from a company in England. I finished them up very simply. A corner of this first panel was accidently cut off, so I straightened it out and cut the opposite corner to match, then matted it and stamped the sentiment along the diagonal edge. The sentiment is from Kaisercraft.

EDITED TO ADD: The embossing folder is from Stampin' Up!Thanks, Vicki!
The sentiment on this one is from Papertrey Ink. I have sure used it a lot lately! I do love it, along with the birthday sentiment that came in the same set. :)

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Saturday, November 23, 2019

Stamped Flowers

These first five cards all use flowers and shaped sentiment panels in my "stash." All of the flowers in this post except the second card use Sunny Studio stamps and dies. I think the second one is from Gina K. I think the patterned paper is all from Die Cuts With a View.




I embossed the top panel of this card with a Darice embossing folder. The flowers are mounted on foam squares. All of these cards are headed up to church for card rack.

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Friday, November 22, 2019

Stamped Card Parts

 
I stamped these flowers at our Group Gathering in June. I have SO many card parts to use up, but I'm very slowly whittling them down. For this first one, I started with a white embossed flower on white cardstock. I used distress inks and spread over the entire panel. Then I sprinkled it with water. I used Versamark and white embossing powder for the sentiment, which is from Papertrey Ink.
For this second one, I simply added a sentiment (from Papertrey Ink, also) and a few black pearl drops, along with a matching mat.

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Thursday, November 21, 2019

BIrthday Roses



I used up a few more card parts on this card. I had the flowers and the leaves already stamped and die-cut. The rose stamp and die are from a Sunny Studio set. The leaves are from Gina K. I did a kind of a fun technique on the leaves that I learned in a Jennifer McGuire video. I stamped the leaves once, using my MISTI, then took a stylus (previously used for "old-fashioned" dry embossing) and "drew" the center line on the stamp for the second stamping. It's a two-step stamping technique, but only uses one stamp. The front-most rose is mounted on foam squares. I added Wink of Stella to the flowers. I also added a few black dots with Liquid Pearls. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Happy Anniversary, Annie and Ray!


Happy Anniversary, Annie! Hopefully you have received this card by now.

I die-cut the flowers and backed that piece with tie-dye glitter paper. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink. (As you can tell from the flurry of anniversary cards, I love this sentiment!)

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Monday, November 18, 2019

Watercolored Flowers

OK. This card was made with more "card parts." The flowers and leaves were stamped on watercolor paper with Versamark and embossed with black embossing powder and then die-cut. I used watercolor paints to paint them. The large flower is mounted on foam squares. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink.

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Sunday, November 17, 2019

Welcome Little One


A couple more baby cards for church. The image is die-cut. The sentiment is from another old dollar stamp set from Studio G.

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Saturday, November 16, 2019

Teddy Bear Baby


More cards for church. The teddy bear is die-cut. I added tiny enamel dots for the eyes. The sentiment is from an old dollar stamp from JoAnn's from Studio G.

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Friday, November 15, 2019

Lighthouse Sympathy

Another simple card. The image stamp is from My Favorite Things. The sentiment is from Kaisercraft.

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Simple Sympathy

I've been making several cards to bring up to church for the card rack. Most are quite simple. I made two of this design. I simply matted the patterned paper with black and added the die-cut sentiment. On my sympathy cards, I usually add a stamped sentiment.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Die-Cut Sympathy

I used a die to cut the sentiment three times and layered them for added dimension. I matted with patterned paper and then a matching gray-blue mat. The card base is ivory. I made two of these cards, which will be donated to our church for the card rack.

Edited to add: I was asked by a couple people about the die in this post. It's from Elizabeth Craft and is called "Lovebirds."

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Absolutely the Last Christmas Card for this Year!


Even if I make more Christmas cards this year, I promise this will be the last one I post. :) I had two of these sentiment panels done and laying on my table, and I wanted them gone. (I have all the parts from my table dealt with. Doesn't mean I don't still have TONS of card parts, but at least the ones that I have taken out have been used.) I used preprinted sentiments from Gina K and then used foil and my laminator to shine them up. The panel is mounted on foam squares. The patterned paper is from Gina K, also.

I am pretty far ahead in my blog posting, with all the cards that I've been making. I'm writing this a week ahead. As of today (November 6) I have my cards all finished, with 15 left over for next year. The insides are done, the envelopes are labled, and, perhaps the hardest part - the cards have been matched up with their recipients. Whew! Now we have to get the Christmas letter written. My calendars are all packaged up. I'm still panicking just a little bit, though, as I have not even thought about shopping yet. Oh well, it's early, right? :)

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Monday, November 11, 2019

I Just Can't Stop!

OK. Two more Christmas cards done - probably for next year!  I had this sentiment done and wanted to get it off my desk. I had used a Dreamweaver brass stencil, Deco Foil Transfer Gel, gold foil and my laminator to make it. I also used two die-cut frames that had been in my card parts for a while. I glued the frames together and put them around the edge of the card. The patterned paper is from Gina K. 

Of course after trimming the patterned paper for the first card down to size, I was left with a strip of it. Couldn't let it go to waste! I matted it with blue and put it on the side of this card. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink.

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Sunday, November 10, 2019

Birdy Birthday

Three more card parts used up. The birds were die cut at our Group Gathering in June. I added them to a die-cut oval. I had stamped the background with a Darcie's stamp and Versamark and embossed with clear embossing powder. I mounted the panel on foam squares. The sentiment is from Taylored Expressions. When we visited there last June, we used a sentiment stamp and die to make several sentiments. This is one that I hadn't used yet.

Edited to add: This die is from Elizabeth Craft and is called "Lovebirds."

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Saturday, November 9, 2019

Forty-Five Years!

Forty-five years ago today. Oh my! :)

Edited to add: Ah yes. After reading Bonnie's comment, I am reminded that many people commented on the dress the last time I posted this picture. I borrowed it from my sister-in-law! I agree - it's lovely.

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Friday, November 8, 2019

Those Cute Turtles Again

In my quest to use things up, I had taken the set of turtle stickers out of my drawer awhile back. It's finally gone now! I think they are so cute. :) I cut three small squares from ivory cardstock and then a green strip to mat them. I added the turtles and the sentiment, which is from Papertrey Ink. I used the last two tiny turtles on the inside of the card. Whew! Feels good to even get one small item used up.

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

It's Your Special Day

In my trip to Hobby Lobby several weeks ago where I purchased a couple (three?) things at 75% off, this embossing folder/die was one of those items. It embosses the flowers and leaves and also cuts out the center. I have had this piece sitting in my pile since the day I bought the folder and finally used it last week on this card. I used textured pink cardstock and lightly sanded it down after embossing. I cut the center out of green and added it to the pink piece. The sentiment is from The Paper Company. I added three "jeweled" enamel dots.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

One Background - Two Cards

At our Group Gathering in June, I got this notecard from a friend. I cut it in half and used it to make these cards. For this first one, I added it to an ivory cardbase. I die-cut several layers of this heart and the sentiment, glued them together and added them to the base.
For this second one, I added thin strips of slightly striped patterned paper. I die-cut the "THANKS" several times and glued them together before adding them.

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