Friday, September 16, 2016

Happy Scenes

Love, LOVE, LOVE this window framelit.  The Happy Scenes stamp set comes with this Fall scene, a scene with a barren tree and 3 little birds and a scene with 3 fir trees in snow, along with a myriad of other sentiments:  "Let it snow. Let it snow. Let it snow."; "Happy Winter"; "Deck the Halls"; "Thinking of you with a grateful heart"; Season's Greetings"; "Celebrate the Season"; "PEACE"; "NOEL"; "BOO" and "Wishing you a Happy Halloween."  

Additionally, there are tiny snowflakes, tiny dots and a tiny spider web, complete with a spider.

Can you say VERSATILE???  Halloween, Fall, Thanksgiving and Christmas, all rolled into one stamp set and with the adorable window and window sill die cuts from the Hearth & Home Thinlets Die set, what could be easier or cuter?

As for the outdoor scene, I stamped it in Memento Tuxedo Black and used a sponge with some Soft Sky ink to color the sky and Pear Pizzazz ink to color the grassy knoll.  A little marker in Chocolate Chip colored the tree trunk and a few leaves. Tangerine Tango Marker colored the pumpkins and a few leaves and Cajun Craze colored the rest of the leaves.  

The designer papers pull all the colors together, even though the top pattern is retired and the bottom dark green is not Stampin' Up.

Thanks for looking,
Carole




Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Father's Day / Masculine Birthday Offerings


The focal point on this card is from the stamp set 

Going Global and the coordinating Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  The three "banner" flags are from the also coordinating Designer Paper Stack, Going Places.  The sentiment is from the same Going Global stamp set. 

The colors used are Very Vanilla, Delightful Dijon, Lost Lagoon, Basic Black.  

Nothing fancy, just showing the magnitude of your love.








What could be nicer than call Dad/hubby/ brother/uncle/son a "classic"?  This Model T image and matching sentiment come in a stamp set called Guy Greetings. The images there are perfect for so many guy occasions.

The trees "behind" the car are from Lovely As A Tree - an old standard itself that has been around for about 10 years, but one which I hope never goes away.  

Making the trees look like they are behind the car utilizes a technique called "masking". First, stamp the car on a plain piece of paper (not card stock, just plain paper). That is your "mask." Then, cut it out very close to the image lines. Then stamp your car image on the card stock. Place the mask over the stamped card stock image and then stamp the row of trees right over the mask.  The mask keeps the trees from showing up through the body of the car.  But you must stamp your front image first.

Colors used are Chocolate Chip, Pear Pizzazz, Very Vanilla Card Stocks and Pear Pizzazz, Archival Black and Crumb Cake Inks, with a little Soft Suede Marker coloring the tree trunks.





Love this little bi-plane image. The mottled sky is a Designer Paper called Perfectly Artistic.  The bi-plane is from a set called The Sky Is the Limit. Both were free offerings with a qualifying order during the Sale-A-Bration sale from January-March. The plane is fussy-cut and mounted to pop with Dimensionals.  An additional propeller was cut and added with a Mini-Brad. The clouds and heart contrail images were stamped with Smoky Slate Ink.







This tall and proud giraffe is partially Iris-folded (the body) and partially just paper-folded (the neck).  His neutral colors make him a good male card for any occasion.
















An Iris-folded Lion, King of the Jungle, with his beautiful gold mane, is the perfect king of the family card for Dad. 















The paper-folded Trout is appropriate for any guy card.



















May all the Dads out there enjoy this special day with loved ones nearby and may joy and laughter abound.

Thanks for looking,
Carole





Saturday, May 7, 2016

Mother's Day/ Feminine Birthday Offerings

This lovely card is made using the Rose Wonder Stamp Set and the coordinating die-cut Framelits. The colors used are Blushing Bride and Rose Red.

I die-cut the roses, then swapped the inside pieces with each of the colors.  So the inside (normally scraps) are inserted into the openings in the other color and vice versa.  The same technique was used with the leaves.  

Can you tell I love jigsaw puzzles?

The left margin was die-cut with a framelit from Botanical Gardens Framelits under which was placed a contrasting piece of Designer Paper that pulled both the pink colors together.


Here's another from the same Rose Wonder stamp set, using the same Rose Garden Die-cutting Framelits. On this card, the much larger rose with leaves attached from the set was die-cut out of Gold Foil and the Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green leaves were adhered underneath. 

The "Happy Birthday" sentiment - which could easily have been "Happy Mother's Day" was stamped on Whisper White and free-hand fussy-cut around the letters.  Not much room there to make a rectangled or ovaled sentiment, so fussy-cut is the way to go.


Lilies are always gorgeous - whether for Easter, for sympathy, for a feminine birthday, get well or Mother's Day.  These lilies are from the Remarkable You stamp set, stamped with Archival Black Ink on Shimmery White Card Stock (hard to see the shimmer here).  Then the inner part of the petals is colored with an Aqua-Painter and the stamen is colored with Wink of Stella Glitter Brush in Gold.    

You will notice this is a center-fold or gate-fold card, with both panels matted in Hello Honey Card Stock that had been embossed with an all-over floral embossing folder and both panels then opening to an inside center sentiment.

A small strip of Gold Glimmer Paper on the left side adds just enough elegance to make this card special.




This card uses the Botanical Garden Stamp Set and the coordinating Framelits.  The colors are Old Olive, Daffodil Delight and Strawberry Slush.  The Designer Paper on the right margin pulls all the colors together.  Notice the Strawberry Slush focal point flower and how the inner petals appear to "pop up".  The framelit cuts them so they really do pop up!

While this sentiment reads "Thank You," it could just as easily have been a pretty Mother's Day card with a different sentiment.







There's nothing like a pretty Iris-folded card to make any occasion special.  

Working on the backside and following a radiating pattern, layers are placed in such a way to make the finished image resemble the iris of a camera lens.


And an Iris-folded Sun to show Mom she is the center of your universe.

This pattern uses 5 colors and it's always fun to intersperse patterned paper with solid colors.  Of the 5 little flower groupings below, the far left, middle and far right are stamped right on the card stock with the sun. The 2nd & 4th flower groupings are stamped separately, fussy-cut and popped up with foam Dimensionals.  All the flowers and leaves are hand-colored with Markers.




May all the Moms out there enjoy a happy day of joy and laughter, surrounded by those you love!

Thanks for looking,
Carole






Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Lighthearted Leaves - 2

The lovely and elegant Lighthearted Leaves is being displayed again here.  Even though, there was an urge to color each of the tiny sections of these leaves with colorful markers, I decided to go simple.

Stamping the leaves in VersaMark and hot-embossing with Gold Embossing Powder on Sahara Sand and Basic Black seemed to work for me.  I actually stamped the first leaf in VersaMark right on the large top-half of the panel, hot embossed it and then used the coordinating Leaflets Framelits to die-cut it.  I stamped the same leaf in VersaMark on Sahara Sand, hot embossed and die cut it as well.  Then I inserted the Sahara Sand leaf into the negative space left from the die cut black leaf.  It fit perfectly!

The black leaf is then popped up with Dimensionals.  The bottom half of the page is Designer Paper.  The woodgrain pattern is from Farmer's Market Designer Series Paper (DSP).  This tiny print pattern to the right is from Timeless Elegance DSP. Both are lovely, in my view.

The sentiment is from the Lighthearted Leaves stamp set. Inside can be anything from a blank for your own hand-written message to Thinking of You, Get Well, even a Fall Birthday would work.

Thanks for looking,
Carole



Friday, March 4, 2016

Birthday Blossoms


Love these "connected" flowers.  Don't you think they should be climbing down a brick wall?    

The flowers are from the stamp set, Birthday Blossoms and were stamped twice to get the length in Memento Tuxedo Black and water colored with Aqua-Painters and Rose Red Ink to get the variations in coloration. The centers of each flower were dotted with a Daffodil Delight Marker


THEN (and only then) is the page embossed with the Brick Embossing Folder, after all the stamping and painting is done.  Using a soft sponge, the bricks were lightly scuffed with a dark brown ink to make them pop off the page.


Using contrasting Wild Wasabi card stock and a designer paper with the same colors (Rose Red, Wild Wasabi) the label and flag-ended accents were created. The label was made using the new Tags & Label Framelits, which is a wonderful set for layering.


This sentiment, "the best day ever" is from the same stamp set, Birthday Blossoms, which also includes a larger single flower and a large pair of leaves, and "celebrate you", "have a beautiful birthday", "a day all about you" and "happy birthday."  Truly a sweet and useful birthday set.


A pair of tiny flowers was fussy-cut for the upper left of the label to pull it all together.  


Thanks for looking!


Carole

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Over the Rainbow

"Keep looking up... there may be a RAINBOW waiting for you."  This is just one of the several sentiments in the new set, Over the Rainbow.

Other sentiments are "God gives us RAINBOWS to remind us of hope", "You are the GOLD at the end of the RAINBOW", "You are my sunshine", "Good Luck!" and "The sky's the limit."  So much one can do with those beautiful phrases, the bold word RAINBOW, the sun image and the streak image that I carefully colored with markers to create the rainbow. My 8th Grade Biology teacher would be proud that I remembered rainbow order:  red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet (ROY G BIV).  I used Real Red, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Cucumber Crush, Marina Mist, Wisteria Wonder and Elegant Eggplant.

It seemed a little plain when I was done, so I adorned the bold RAINBOW with Two-Way Glue Pen and added gold glitter to the letters.  It looked like just the right amount of bling to me.

This card is suitable for a Get Well, Cheer Up, Thinking of You, or even a Birthday could work.

Thanks for looking,
Carole

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Christmas Cards, 2015




This past year, I began held Christmas card-making classes June through November.  Each, on a Saturday, we gathered and made two each of two different designs.

In June, we made two of this sweet card with mini-images of an ornament, a tree and a star.  Each aperture was backed with glittery glimmer paper for the maximum blink effect.









We also made two of this snowflake card to the right.

The base is a navy, with a contrasting layer of Bermuda Bay and then a layer of white, which was randomly stamped with snowflakes in varying sizes, shapes and colors. Hard to see here, but an additional layer of vellum, which had a few random snowflakes stamped on it, lent the impression that some snowflakes were far and some nearer.

The focal point is a metallic blue card stock, in a scalloped circle with the large snowflake hot embossed in white and a rhinestone center.  Note the silver metal snowflake charm that adorns the ribbon.





In July, we made this Christmas "bauble", which was hot embossed in gold and hand-colored with markers to march the coordinating design paper strips.

Note the holly leaves pop out from the die-cut circle and the gold thread peeks out from under that layer in random fashion.  The random fine strands of thread just appearing from behind another layer is all the rage in cards right now.



This wreath was stamped first in the lighter shade of green. Then a coordinating stamp with just the few leaves was stamped in the darker green and a third stamp with just the berries was stamped in Cherry Cobbler. The wreath and the bow were die-but and accents of Cherry Cobbler glitter glue added some appropriate bling.  The "Joy" was die-cut and made just the right addition to this card without being ostentatious.










 In August everyone made one of each of these (the trees and the sled) and two of the snowflake tri-fold below.  Both the trees and the sled were water-colored.









This tri-fold snowflake card was interesting to make and I'm quite sure interesting for the recipient to open.  See the opened card.

Note the indigo designer paper strips that accent the Silver Glimmer Paper on both front vertical edges.














.....and a partridge in a pear tree....

The tree image was hot-embossed in gold and colored with markers.

Then a layer of shiny lacquer on the partridge and each little pear help "polish" the key focal points.

I like the non-traditional Christmas color of a metallic peach card base.

This and the silver card below were in the September class.






Classic silver and white make this card quietly stunning.

The tree and the greeting are hot-embossed in silver on a silver metallic card stock background and three designer paper banners in white and silver.

Difficult to see, but there are tiny rhinestone accents on the tree image where the flourishes end in snowflake bursts.

Simple, but elegant.









October class:  This Christmas cardinal brings happy Christmas wishes and the blue shaker card below.

Olive green branches, tipped in red berries contrast this cardinal, which has been made with two-step stamping to provide lovely shading and then a layer of shiny lacquer in streaks over the feathers for texture.

The cardinal is then cut out and popped up to make him really 3-D.

Note, the envelope is lined in the same red paper.





Magnificent shaker card - always a treat to open!

The single window die-cut has been expanded to be double, capturing the moonlight, the trees (close up and in the distance) and the beautiful shaker sequins and beads inside the window frame. The picture doesn't quite do it justice. This is too elegant for words.





In November we made the ornaments you see to the right and the wreath/inside hearth card below.

Using intricate die-cuts to cut these ornaments, we just backed them with alternate shiny foil paper.   Featured here are the silver, gold and red foil paper and the red glimmer paper.














This wreath on the wooden door opens to reveal the hearth inside.  Makes you just want to kick off your shoes and relax in front of the fireplace, doesn't it?



My advanced classes created this ornament out of 1/2 of the thin lucite ornament shells available everywhere.

The white base is the largest circle from the circle collection framelits.  Then a smaller circle cuts the navy background, which has been embossed with Softly Falling Embossing Folder and the raised dots colored with a Chalk Marker.  The three other layers are all framelits in a set called Sleigh Ride Edgelits. The tree layer are die cut from the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper. The village layers is cut from Silver Foil and the horse & sleigh are cut from Gold foil.  Cover with 1/2 of a shallow lucite ornament shell you can find in most stores at holiday time.

I hope you've enjoyed my tour of my Christmas card-making classes this past year.  I'm always "dark" in December so I can prepare for the many classes in the coming year.

Thank you for looking,
Carole




Saturday, December 19, 2015

Leaflets Framelits - again!

Love those Leaflets Framelits.  This card basically uses up some of my overstock: in card stock, in Washi Tape, in retired Designer Series Paper (DSP).

Solid brown background mat is embossed with the Woodland Embossing Folder.  There is an oak leaf die-cut from Mossy Meadow Card Stock.  Then a secondary piece of scrap paper is covered in varying colors of Washi Tape, all abutting each (not overlapping) and also die-cut.

An acorn from Acorny Thank You is cut out of retired DSP, with a shiny gold cap for some bling and a coordinating piece of the same DSP is used to make a flag-ended banner.

Quick and easy.

Thanks for looking,
Carole

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Among the Branches

Oooooh, spooooooky!

The base is Smoky Slate. The Woodland Textured Embossing Folder is used to emboss the birch trees for the background.

Then, the owl, the ravens and the spooky eyes, which are all part of the Among the Branches stamp set, are stamped directly on the Smoky Slate background in Memento Tuxedo Black.

Also included in the Among the Branches stamp set are a snowflake image, a couple of different hanging ornaments, a branch that looks like it belongs with the embossed branches and three wonderful circular sentiments:  Spooky (shown here), Making Spirits Bright, Autumn Wishes & tasty dishes.

Cut the Spider Web Doily in half and adhere it to the lower right half of the base card.  I stamped the "Spooky" with eyes using Tangerine Tango ink on Whisper White card stock and added Pumpkin Pie Grosgrain Ribbon (not the right color, but not obviously off to my eyes).

Thanks for looking,

Carole





Lighthearted Leaves - 1

This is an interesting card, employing several techniques.

Technique #1:  Take Watercolor Paper and with the Stampin' Spritzer, spritz with a fine mist of water before stamping.

Technique #2:  Using the smallest Acrylic Block (Block A) as a stamp.  Just ink up the block and stamp randomly, while the Watercolor Paper is still wet, which causes the ink to run and bleed and make the geometric squares irregular. Used here is Mint Macaron and Soft Sky.

Allow to dry completely, then stamp with Archival Black Ink an image. In this case, it is the single long stem from Lighthearted Leaves.  

Added here is also a strip of Typeset Designer Paper, which looks like newsprint.

Technique #3:  Add Snail Adhesive or tape runner to the back of one side of the image and randomly (or deliberately) loop the Metallic Gold Thread, so it peeks out from the underside.

Technique #4:  Color the White Perfect Accents any color you wish, by making a mixture of Crystal Effects and the color Ink Refill you wish to color it and using a brush to literally color the White Perfect Accents. Allow to dry thoroughly before adhering to your project.

Any occasion, all occasions, male or female.... just an all-around useful card.

Thanks for looking,
Carole

Saturday, November 7, 2015

You've Got This

OK, I confess. I have an abundance of the retired colors, Pistachio Pudding and Crisp Cantaloupe, and I'm trying to use up that Card Stock.

The base is Crisp Cantaloupe Card Stock. There is a mat of Whisper White that has been run through the Big Shot with the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder.  

The new stamp set, called You've Got This, has the lovely flower image you see.  This was stamped on Vellum in VersaMark and hot-embossed with White Embossing Powder. Then, the backside was colored with Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding and Calypso Coral Markers. Allow to dry. 

Stamp the cross-hatch, linen-looking stamp image in Pistachio Pudding Ink on Pistachio Pudding Card Stock.  Adhere the Vellum over it, just applying adhesive to the colored parts or in the corner where the bow hides the adhesive.

I also hot-embossed the sentiment with the focal point flower on the Vellum fussy-cut and popped that and the focal image up with Dimensionals and finished with a tiny knot from the Pistachio Pudding Stretch Ruffled Ribbon.




This is the same card with the Vellum fussy-cut and then adhered to the green background. 

I can't tell which one I like better. 

Which one do you like better?


Thanks for looking,
Carole

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Sprinkles of Life / Trees

Sprinkles of Life is a most amazing and versatile stamp set. It has trees, clouds, cupcakes and ice cream cones, and stamp images of little birds, apples, sprinkles for the ice cream or the cupcake, cherry on top, all in one set!  And best of all, with every purchase of this set, Stampin' Up will donate to the Ronald McDonald House. 

There is a coordinating Tree Builder Punch that helps punch out most of the images from the Sprinkles of Life stamp set.

Whisper White base card, with a mat of Real Red and a smaller mat of Soft Sky Card Stock. Add a hand-cut contoured piece of Cucumber Crush Card Stock for the sloping grass. Trees are stamped with Soft Suede ink on Crumb Cake Card Stock and punched out, using the Tree Builder Punch. Clouds are stamped with Soft Sky on Whisper White and punched out using the Tree Builder Punch. Then tree tops are stamped with Cucumber Crush on Whisper White and apples, leaves, birds are all stamped and punched out with the Tree Builder Punch.

The sentiment can be anything from Get Well, Thinking of You or Happy Birthday.

Thanks for looking,
Carole

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

I Think You're Great!

Just a happy card.  I enjoy employing this "sunburst" technique when I have Designer Series Paper (DSP) to use up.  Cut the DSP into 1-1/4 x 6" strips.  Then cut again diagonally, so you have lots of very long, thin pie-shaped pieces.  

Using a piece of plain white paper, I add adhesive all the way around the edges and a few places in the middle.  Then I begin laying down the pie-shaped pieces, abutting (not overlapping) so they come to a central focal point. 

The card base is Whisper White, the mat is Bermuda Bay Card Stock. Using VersaMark, I stamped the "splashy" image from the I Think You're Great stamp set, faintly, on the right side of the Bermuda Bay mat. The, employing the "kissing technique", I inked up the I THINK YOU'RE GREAT sentiment with its solid background and "kissed" it to the "splashy" image, creating a mottled background that matches the other "splashy" image on the Bermuda Bay background.  The, punched out the sentiment circle with the 1-3/4" Circle Punch and matted it with a contrasting color circle (Crushed Curry) punched from the 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch. That focal point was popped up with Dimensionals, right over the focal point of the sunburst strips. Wrap a piece of contrasting twine around the whole project and you've got a happy card.

Thanks for looking,
Carole

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Sheer Perfection Meets Bold Butterfly Framelits

From the bottom layer up:  Whisper White card base, striped Mint Macaron mat, Perfect Plum Card Stock that has been embossed with the Fluttering Embossing Folder.

Add a layer of the lovely new color Mint Macaron Card Stock, flag-ended.  Top that with a layer of the Sheer Perfection Vellum, already imprinted with Basic Gray butterflies, also flag-ended.  I colored on the backside of the Vellum with spots of Perfect Plum and Mint Macaron Markers, but not a lot, just for emphasis.  You can barely see that the imprinted butterflies perfectly match the Fluttering Embossing Folder, so I lined it up and ran it through the Big Shot with the Embossing Folder, which makes the butterflies sort of pop off the page.

Add a piece of pale lavender ribbon to the top (mostly to hide the adhesive that holds the Vellum - always visible and wishing it weren't).  Then, add a detailed Bold Butterfly Framelit butterfly, contrasted over the solid card stock base. This can be done with the detailed in either Perfect Plum or Mint Macaron, with the solid card stock base being the other color.  

Thanks for looking,
Carole

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Flower Patch

Flowers, flowers, flowers.....  I seem to keep gravitating toward them. 

Flower Patch is a stamp set that has matching die-cutting framelits, so it's fun and easy to die-cut all these images.  With a background of Tangerine Tango, the flowers were stamped in the colors of Tangerine Tango, Hello Honey, Wisteria Wonder and Blackberry Bliss.  The stems and leaves were stamped in Mossy Meadow and all were die-cut with the coordinating framelits.
Notice the stem on the biggest flower is a strip of Mossy Meadow Stitched Satin ribbon and the two ribbons on the right margin are Blackberry Bliss and Hello Honey Stitched Satin. The sentiment is in the Flower Patch set, along with "Happy Bloom-in' Birthday," which is also very cute and clever.

A fun card, putting together all the flower parts.

Thanks for looking,
Carole

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Fabulous You

Just click the heels of your ruby red slippers three times and you'll land back in Kansas.....

Shiny, glittery red embossing powder on Basic Black card stock with this lovely detailed high heel make this card positively striking.  Who doesn't love black, white and red?

The shoe, the butterfly (upper right corner) and the sentiment all come in the retired set, Fabulous You. I never used it when it was current, which is a shame because it executes so nicely.








I also did this card in a Tangerine Tango Embossing Powder, which came out very pretty, but not as stunning as the red.

Thanks for looking,
Carole


Sunday, August 23, 2015

Build A Birthday

Simple and cute. I promised myself that I would try to demonstrate and teach more simple designs and not have so many details.

This stamp set, Build A Birthday comes with lots of layers of images, for you to stamp to build a birthday cake, as tall as the card will allow.  That is cute enough, but I chose to create this birthday cake with Washi Tape, which makes it even easier (I think).

The Designer Paper on the left side is from a paper stack called Cherry on Top and scalloped with the Scallop Border Punch.. The colors just make me happy.  The colors in this paper and Washi are Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Cucumber Crush, Hello Honey, Pool Party, Tip Top Taupe and Watermelon Wonder. And there is coordinating Washi Tape by the same name.  

So the designer paper on the left is paper, but all the cake layers and the candle are the different Washi Tapes in the Cherry on Top Washi Tape set. Just the flame is stamped and a rhinestone added to the center of the flame.

The cake is on Whisper White, mounted on a Bermuda Bay mat.  The Birthday Wishes at the bottom is also in the Build A Birthday set.


Here's another card with the same exact patter/design, but in different colors, also using Washi Tape.  

The colors in this one are Real Red, Crushed Curry and Pool Party.  The little banner on top is also part of the Build A Birthday stamp set.

Thanks for looking!
Carole


Monday, July 20, 2015

Friendly Wishes + Chalkboard look

I wasn't sure I really liked the chalkboard look when it first came out. But it is so prevalent everywhere in magazines and TV, the more I see it, the more I'm liking it.

The base is Whisper White.  The designer paper background is Back to Black, now retired.  I could have stayed with just a black-and-white card, which is striking in its very nature, but I wanted to add a little color.  So, in this case, it's Bermuda Bay, but lots of colors could be put with the Black-and-white combo.

The little horizontal strip of Bermuda Bay behind the tag is embossed with the new Boho Chic Embossing Folder and works perfectly with the black-and-white paper behind it.  

The focal point sentiment is from Friendly Wishes and it looked to me like an old-fashioned sign that is very adaptable to the chalkboard technique.  Using the Colorbox Chalk Ink in Rose (but you can't tell here what color it is) on the Chalkboard Black card stock (regular Black card stock does NOT work), I stamped the image. Then cut the tag with the Ornate Tag Topper.  

I stamped the word FRIEND a second time in Memento Black Ink on Whisper White card stock, fussy-cut around it and colored the letters with Bermuda Bay Marker, then popped it up with Dimensionals over the same word in the stamped image.

Through the top hole in the tag, I added some black-and-white gingham ribbon and tied with some Baker's Twine.  Just add a little bling with randomly placed Bermuda Bay Sequins and a tiny pink sequin heart.

Thanks for looking,
Carole

Sunday, July 12, 2015

My Paper Pumpkin Patriotic Sailboat

Have you heard of My Paper Pumpkin?  It is a monthly subscription through Stampin' Up (and me), whereby you receive each month in the mail, a kit to make cards or gift boxes or in this case, pinwheels.  You get everything you needs from the inks, the stamps, the raised foam Dimensionals, all the buttons, ribbons, embellishments you need to create that month's projects. Directions are provided as well. You do need to provide the double-sided tape. And it's fairly seasonal, so you'll get Valentine's Day in January, Mother's Day in April; Father's Day in May and Independence Day in June.  It costs $19.95 per month, but multiple month subscriptions are discounted.

These delightful and patriotic papers came in the June, 2014 kit. They were already cut and pierced to make 24 pinwheels.  Just put them together. I didn't really have a use for pinwheels, but I kept the paper and used the diagonal cuts for sails and a boat.  The center mast straw was for holding the pinwheels, but I cut it down for the mast.  

The little banner and sentiment are from one of the early photopolymer sets called Settin' Sail.  I fussy cut it out and popped up with Dimensionals.

Couldn't be easier.

Thanks for looking,

Carole




Sunday, June 28, 2015

Love You More

I always have trouble with "man" cards. I tend to gravitate to the fussy, frilly, blingy cards.  So around this time of year, when it's close to Father's Day, I am forced to dig deep and look at my stamp sets differently.

This is a retired stamp set called Love You More, probably designed around Valentine's Day.  But I looked at this globe and the "you mean the world to me" sentiment and thought - aha! a man card.

The base is Very Vanilla, with a Basic Black mat. The background paper is from Typeset Designer Series Paper, which is all Basic Black and Very Vanilla and has a couple of pages with old-fashioned maps within the pack.

The globe was stamped first in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, to get the sentiment at the bottom, which is attached to the globe. Then I hot embossed the globe onto Vanilla card stock, using VersaMark and Black Embossing Powder. The heart in the middle of Africa was colored with Real Red Marker. Then I fussy-cut the embossed globe and popped it up with Dimensionals onto another piece of Vanilla with a Black mat.

Add a little red ribbon and a "man" card it is!  Easy peasy.

Thanks for looking,
Carole