Sunday, June 4, 2017

SIP#101 & FMS#290 - It's Graduation Season!

Hello and welcome back! Today's card is for the graduation challenge at Stamp Ink Paper and the sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.

And here is today's card:

I didn't think I'd have any use for a graduation card this year, until a friend I've known for about 50 years posted on Facebook that she was receiving her Master's Degree in Music. In the world of academic regalia, the master's hood for music is pink, so I knew I needed to incorporate that color in the card. The brand-new In Color, Powder Pink, is perfect! Luckily, I just received my first order from the new catalog so I had some new product to use. 

The card base is the new Very Vanilla Thick Cardstock - I love this for card bases! I added a layer of Powder Pink and then a layer of regular weight Very Vanilla, which I stamped with the "vintage" Music Notes Stampin' Around wheel stamp. (I have unmounted my wheel stamps, but that's a subject for another blog post.) The new Sheet Music background stamp could also be used here, but I don't own that one - yet! The half circle of Pear Pizzazz is embossed with the retired Square Lattice embossing folder, and then the seam is covered with some of the fabulous new Finely Woven Ribbon. A bow was added as a final touch, along with some stamping on the envelope flap. All stamping is done with Chocolate Chip ink.

I'm so proud of my friend for going back to school and furthering her education. I know how hard it is to do it later in life - I was 47 when I graduated from college with my Bachelor's Degree!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!


Supplies used (all Stampin' Up!):

Stamp set - Suite Sentiments (retired), Music Notes Stampin' Around Wheel (retired)
Paper - Very Vanilla Thick Cardstock; Powder Pink, Pear Pizzazz, and Very Vanilla Cardstock
Ink - Chocolate Chip
Accessories - Powder Pink Finely Woven Ribbon
Tools - Big Shot, Circles Framelits (retired), Square Lattice TIEF (retired), SNAIL, Mini Glue Dots 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

SUO#175 & MM#499 - A Special Birthday Card

Hello and welcome back. Today's card is inspired by the Mainly Masculine challenge at SU! Only Challenges and the sketch challenge at Mojo Monday.

And here is today's card:

My oldest son is turning 30 next week - how did that happen? - so these challenges provided the perfect opportunity to create an over-the-top card for that special milestone.

The base is Dapper Denim cardstock, cut 5-1/2" by 11" and folded to create a 5-1/2" square card. I added a layer of Vellum cardstock, cut 5-3/8 by 5-3/8 and embossed with the Brick Wall embossing folder. Next, another layer of Dapper Denim cut 3-1/2" square and layered with a 3-1/4" square of Smoky Slate embossed with the Lucky Stars embossing folder. I then added a piece of Bermuda Bay striped grosgrain ribbon, notching the ends, and another layer of Dapper Denim cut 4-1/4" by 1-1/2" with a piece of "vintage" Smoky Slate patterned DSP cut at 4-1/8" by 1-3/8". (I also used that paper to make the envelope.) The stitched shapes oval is popped up with dimensionals, as are the numbers cut with the Large Numbers Framelits from the Bermuda Bay glimmer paper that was available during Sale-A-Bration this year.

And of course, a special birthday requires that the inside of the card also be special. I don't usually do much with the inside, but I made an exception this time!

The sentiment is stamped in Smoky Slate, the confetti in Bermuda Bay, and the balloons in Dapper Denim, with Bermuda Bay bakers twine strings. Before I send it, I'm planning to punch some confetti from the Bermuda Bay and Silver glimmer papers with my Confetti Hearts and Confetti Stars punches. I'm sure he'll be thrilled when he opens it up - NOT! At least it won't be at my house! :)

I've got six more years until my baby turns 30, so maybe I'll adjust by then. 

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!


Supplies used (all Stampin' Up!):

Stamp set - Balloon Adventures (retired)
Paper - Dapper Denim, Smoky Slate, and Whisper White cardstock, Vellum Cardstock, Neutrals Background DSP (retired), Bermuda Bay glimmer paper (retired)
Ink - Bermuda Bay, Dapper Denim, Smoky Slate
Accessories - Bermuda Bay striped grosgrain ribbon (retired), Bermuda Bay bakers twine (retired)
Tools - Big Shot, Brick Wall TIEF, Lucky Stars TIEF (retired), Large Numbers Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Balloon Bouquet punch, SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals

TGIFC#109 & PP#346 - Faux Dry Embossing

Hello and welcome back! Today's card is for two challenges - the inspiration challenge at TGIFC and the sketch challenge at the Paper Players.

Here is today's card:

I spent way too much time browsing on Pinterest today and found a wonderful technique video from Alisa Tilsner for faux dry embossing. With all of the dragonfly inspiration from Rochelle Blok, I thought this would be the perfect way to try it out!

I created my card base from Smoky Slate cardstock and then die cut 7 of the small dragonflies from the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits and glued them onto the card front using the Tombow glue. I lined them up diagonally like Alisa suggests in her video. I was able to use some of the parts I cut off to fill in the empty spaces. Then I just added a banner of Pink Pirouette, a sentiment from Eastern Beauty, and a little sparkle with some Silver Glimmer Paper. It's a pretty simple card, but it packs a lot of punch, don't you think?

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Supplies used (all Stampin' Up!):

Stamp set - Eastern Beauty
Paper - Smoky Slate, Pink Pirouette, and Whisper White cardstock, Silver Glimmer Paper
Ink - Basic Gray Archival
Tools - Big Shot, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits, Layering Squares Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Banner Triple Punch, Tombow Multi Glue, Stampin' Dimensionals

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Catching up on cards!

Hello and welcome back! Today's post is not for a blog challenge, but a personal one. I started off the year pretty motivated to continue sending birthday and anniversary cards, and was successful in January, mailing 20 cards. Unfortunately, I fell off the wagon in February and March, and went totally dark in April and most of May. So, I'm recommitting myself to get back into the swing. I mailed 9 cards today to finish off May and start June, and I'm planning to send cards to everyone I've missed since the beginning of the year. They won't be birthday or anniversary cards, just a note to remind them that I'm thinking of them.

The cards I mailed today were not original creations, but designs I CASEd from Pinterest. 

My son and daughter-in-law have their first wedding anniversary coming up, so I found this design on Pinterest and tweaked it just a bit. I have so much of this Summer Smooches DSP in my stash, I could make thousands of these cards! 

This card is for several of my friends and family who have wedding anniversaries coming up. I found this design here

I also created a stash of birthday cards which should get me at least halfway through June. Several versions of this card are on Pinterest, but I got my inspiration from Erica Cerwin's blog.

I also pulled a get well card from my Paper Pumpkin stash to send to a friend who recently had hip replacement surgery.

I love sending "happy mail" and hope that this burst of energy is enough to inspire me to keep going for the rest of the year. And to everyone who waited for the card that never came the last few months, they're on their way - eventually!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Supplies used (all Stampin' Up!):
Card #1 --Stamp set - Milestone Moments
Paper - Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, and Real Red Cardstock, Summer Smooches DSP (retired)
Ink - Real Red, Daffodil Delight
Accessories - Real Red and Daffodil Delight 1/2" cotton ribbon (retired), Pearl Basic Jewels
Tools - Big Shot, Lots of Labels Framelits, Perfect Polka Dots TIEF (retired), SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots

Card #2 --Stamp set - Teeny Tiny Wishes, Flourishing Phrases (inside card)
Paper - Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White, and Flirty Flamingo Cardstock, Affectionately Yours Specialty DSP
Ink - Dapper Denim
Accessories - Crisp Cantaloupe Thick Bakers Twine (retired)
Tools - Big Shot, Stylish Stems Framelits, Petal Burst TIEF, Modern Label punch (retired), Tombow Multi Glue, Stampin' Dimensionals

Card #3 --Stamp set - Birthday Blast
Paper - Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, Flirty Flamingo, and Sweet Sugarplum Cardstock, 2016-2018 In Color DSP Stack, Brights DSP Stack
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Tempting Turquoise, Flirty Flamingo, Sweet Sugarplum
Accessories - Whisper White Bakers Twine, Silver Sequin Trim
Tools - Banner Triple Punch, Handheld Stapler and Mini Staples (retired), SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals 

Sunday, May 21, 2017

A Special Baby Shower Card

Hello and welcome back! Today's card is not for any challenge - it is for my niece's baby shower. Baby J is due in July, and unfortunately, I can't make it to the shower this weekend, but I've sent a gift and this card to my sister to pass along. The card was inspired by one I saw on Pinterest by Australian demonstrator Bussakorn Mpelasoka. You can see her beautiful creations here.

I absolutely love this stamp set! :) I think I'll probably end up making a framed art piece for the nursery with the other big stamp, but this one is perfect for the shower. The nursery colors are blue, gray, and white, but Baby J is a girl, so I had to add a touch of pink as well. I stamped all of the images, except for the clouds, with Memento Tuxedo Black and colored them in using a blender pen. The lamb is fussy cut and popped up with dimensionals, and there is a touch of Clear Wink of Stella on the stars. Someday I'll figure out how to photograph that so it shows! The clouds are from the Lift Me Up stamp set, stamped off with Marina Mist and cut out with the Up & Away Thinlits. I pulled out a package of an old Sale-A-Bration DSP to make the envelope liner. I don't often line my envelopes, but with the large stash of DSP in my craft room, I should start!

I'm looking forward to meeting Baby J later this summer, and I hope my niece likes the card. I know she appreciates my work - I made her wedding invitations just a few years ago.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!


Supplies used (all Stampin' Up!):

Stamp sets - Moon Baby, Lift Me Up
Paper - Whisper White Thick Cardstock, Smoky Slate and Whisper White Cardstock, Best Year Ever DSP (retired)
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Marina Mist, Basic Gray Archival, Smoky Slate, Blushing Bride, Daffodil Delight, So Saffron
Accessories - Clear Wink of Stella, Pink Pirouette Taffeta Ribbon (retired)
Tools - Lucky Stars embossing folder (retired), Layering Circles Framelits, Up & Away Thinlits, Big Shot, Blender Pen, Stampin' Dimensionals, SNAIL