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Monday, October 31, 2011

HAPPY HALLOWEEN

Today is Halloween so my post really needs to be something "spookey".  Since I didn't have any additional ones to show, I am pulling a card out of the ones I made in 2009.  This was a case of a card that my friend Georgia made.  The main difference between hers and mine was that she had added an orange layer of card stock between the yellow layer and the card base which really set hers off even more.

If you are out Trick or Treating tonight with the kids, hope everybody is safe and has a wonderful time.  Our weather is actually going to cooperate here.............no rain and not overly chilly.  It means up and down answering the door a lot of times but I do especially enjoy the little ones and some of the very clever costumes.

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Sunday, October 30, 2011

BABY GIRL


I decided it was probably a good idea to have some baby cards on hand.  Last summer I purchased some great dimensional stickers and decided to use them to make one for baby girl and one for a baby boy (which you will see later once the recipient has received it). 

The card base is obviously white card stock.  I cut a piece of SU Pretty in Pink card stock to approximately 3 3/4 x 5 inches and ran it through the Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots embossing folder.  This layer was attached to the card base.  

I then cut the three windows using the die from Papertreyink.  Three of the pastel colored dimensional stickers on one sheet were small enough to fit within the windows so it made for quick embellishments.  The label was cut using one of the NEW Spellbinders Blossom Tags and Accents after I had stamped the "Congratulations" with VersaFine Onyx Black ink.  The SU pearls are from blog candy I won from The Stampin' Schach.  I colored the pearls using a Copic marker which matched the pink card stock.

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Friday, October 28, 2011

50th ANNIVERSARY #2

The main focus of this card is the piece I cut and embossed using the Cuttlebug Embossing Plus Brocade Window.  I trimmed the 5 x 7 piece slightly to fit on the front of this card.  I used the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to place the stamped sentiment correctly.  I used VersaMark and Egyptian Gold EP.  

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

ANNIVERSARY FOR FRIENDS


I made this card for our friends Joe and Cindy who celebrate their anniversary on October 27th.  The stamps are from Heartfelt Creations.  There is a set of dies to cut out various sizes of flowers for matching stamp sets. 

The first step was to use the largest of the Spellbinders Lablels 17 die to cut the cards base by setting the die slightly above the fold.  Then I cut a second complete piece with the same die and stamped the flower bouquet onto it.  It was colored with Copic markers and yellow Stickles added to the center of the flowers. 

The popped flower is from a separate stamp in a coordinating set and was cut out with the Heartfelt Creations die which is made by Spellbinders.  It was also colored and then popped onto the matching flower in the bouquet.

The sentiment was stamped and then cut and embossed with one of the Spellbinders Blossom Tags and Accents.  After cutting and embossing, I left the tag in the die and then sponged some pink ink over the design to go with the flowers.
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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

50th ANNIVERSARY

We needed some 50th Anniversary cards.  I ran the card front through the Cuttlebug.  The stamp is from Ann-ticipations and was stamped using VersaMark and then heat embossed with Egyptian Gold EP.  The design was cut and embossed with a Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Circle and then mounted onto the Lacey Circle.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

BASKET OF CHRISTMAS TREATS

Today's card doesn't need much explanation.  I cut a piece of Lasting Impressions "Ballet - Fleur" card stock just slightly smaller than the 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 card front and added that to the card base.   The design is another sticker from a Precious Moments set and was attached to a piece of white card stock which was then cut and embossed using a Spellbinders Classic Standard Circle die.  The next larger size of die was used to cut a layer using Lasting Impressions "Ballet - Solid" card stock.  Final layer was cut using the largest Spellbinders Lacey Circle die.

I usually make Christmas cards for each of the grandchildren.  Although I like to make them cute, I try not to spend a lot of time on them.  Our youngest granddaughter is very petite and the pastel colors on this make me think of her.

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Monday, October 24, 2011

BABY GIRL

A few days ago I posted two cards that were made using Precious Moments nativity stickers.  This cute little lamb was one of the set.  I wasn't able to use all of the stickers on those cards and decided that this would be the one to eliminate because it would make a great sticker for a baby card.

The card base was run through the Cuttlebug with the baby sentiment folder.  The next step was to add a punched edge along a piece of Lasting Impressions "Ballet - Fleur"and add it to the right side of the card front.

I added the sticker to a piece of Lasting Impressions "Ballet - Solid" card stock and then cut and embossed the piece with a Spellbinders Classic Oval.  I then cut a white piece of card stock using the Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Oval which was slightly large than the plain oval and added the lamb to the front of the card.  The ballet papers were the perfect papers to use with this cute little sticker.

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

50th

ENJOY YOUR RETIREMENT

Recently I made this card for a Yahoo Group card swap and I had just purchased and received this cute Precious Moments stamp from a seller on eBay.  Most of the members of our group agree that it is sometimes difficult to come up with a card for the guys so when I saw this stamp I definitely wanted it.  It's a design that will work well for "congratulations on your retirement", "relax on your birthday", "take it easy as you recover".

I stamped the design using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then colored the image with Copic markers using the colored design on the stamp itself as a color guide.  The brown and turquoise card stock is from Stampin' Up.

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

LAST HALLOWEEN

I think this looks like a pretty scary Jack-O-Lantern.    I'm not overly pleased with card.  I had the image stamped and colored already from last year so I wanted to do something with it.  I cut it out with the Classic Scallop Oval Spellbinders and then cut a piece of the Lasting Impressions Creamsicle Pinstripe paper with the next larger size of oval.  The bold striped dp is from Recollections.  

Not too long ago the distributor I use started selling "Candi".  I had no idea what these were all about so I ordered four packages of different colors.  They are very light weight and have a "cupped" shape so I mounted these orange dotted ones with little glue dots.  If you are interested in purchasing some, let me know.

I think this will be my last Halloween card.........but then you never know.  Thank you for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

DOUBLE, DOUBLE....TOIL AND TROUBLE

Today's card is made with the other stickers from the Jolee's boutique dimensional sticker package I mentioned yesterday.  The witches in this package were so nice.  The card doesn't show it but the lavendar cape that this witch is wearing has a velvet feeling to it.  

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

BEWITCHING HALLOWEEN

Last year after Halloween, I found a pack of Jolee's boutique dimensional stickers on clearance at Target.  I really liked them and thought they would be fun to use this year on cards for a couple of the grandchildren.    The dp I used for the background is from my "stash".  I cut the white layer with a Spellbinders die and then lightly sponged it with a green ink before adding the stickers.  I wanted to add a fine line of black around the edge of the layer and made a little slip with the marker, which explains the little black lines I added around the entire piece to help camouflage the boo boo.  I'm sure one of the granddaughters will love this one.

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Monday, October 17, 2011

HALLOWEEN SPIDERS

I think this Halloween card will be for our Grandson, Tucker.  He's at that age where he will probably love getting a spider on his card.  I stamped the spider web on the front of the card in several spots.  The spider web is from Paper Inspirations but I'm not sure where the tiny spider came from...........I cannot find the stamp at this time.

The black layer and orange layer were cut with Spellbinders Labels Four.  The spider is a Cuttlebug die and is popped with a tiny foam dot.

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

BLOOMING FLOWERS

I have the "Blooming Button Bits" from PapertreyInk and decided to check out the gallery for ideas.  I really liked the one that PapertreyInk - Niki Estes had posted from December 2009.  I cased her card pretty close but did make some changes.  I sponged SU Tempting Turquoise ink onto the card base and then added SU Wild Wasabi ink at the bottom to simulate the grassy area.  

The flower stems were stamped with the Wild Wasabi ink.   Instead of buttons, I used yellow glitter for the centers.  I liked the way Niki had done the fine black line around her design so I did my own version of that and then stamped the sentiment which goes so nice with the little rows of flowers.

I can see this card being made with a different sponged background and fall flowers so I may just have to give that a try too.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

FALL FLOWER

Just a simple card today.  I embossed the front of the card base with a Cuttlebug folder.  The orange frame was made with a die (not sure but I think it was from a Quickutz die I borrowed from a friend).  The flower is from a package of K & Company flowers - some of which match K & Company paper that I also have.

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Friday, October 14, 2011

HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY

I took a break from holiday cards and decided to open a set of stamps from Papertrey Ink that I had not ever used.  I'm not sure if I like the colors I combined, but it does make kind of a cheery card.  I used Copic markers to color the flowers and bee.  The layer was trimmed and mounted onto two layers of Stampin' Up card stock and then added to the front of the card base.  The stamp is From Penny Black (1158E) and is probably retired.

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

FALL CARD for Pals Paper Arts PPA115

A second post for today.  I rarely make a card for the Pals Paper Arts.  Since I had some time this morning and I had a stamp here from Penny Black that I had not used yet, I had a quick idea for a card.  The stamped design is 4180J Reverie.  It is versatile and could be used different ways.  

The card base was run through Spellbinders Grand Calibur with a 5 x 7 Cuttlebug embossing folder.  Since I wanted to have the card open and run it through I needed the wider opening of the Grand Calibur.  

I have two drawers of gems and pearls and don't use them often enough so I went digging and found a package with the two shades of gems from Recollections that had never been opened.  Perfect colors for Fall.  The image was stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa and then trimmed the piece so it could be mounted onto a piece of SU Chocolate Chip card stock.  I randomly added the two shades of gems.  The "Autumn" stamp is a retired piece from Hero Arts and that piece was popped with foam squares.

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A SCARY HALLOWEEN

I found this great set of Mrs. Grossman stickers on the website of the distributor I use for most of the craft items I purchase for resale.  First I sponged some SU Baja Breeze ink onto most of the front of the card and then SU Wild Wasabi ink for the "grassy" area.  I arranged the stickers.

There were a few of the stickers left over and I certainly didn't want to waste any.  Recently I purchased the "Easy Folder Frames" set from Joan's Gardens.

Since the frames are plastic and cleaned up easy, I used one to mask the left hand side of the inside of the card and then sponged the Baja Breeze ink into the oval.  The ghost and stars were the only pieces I had left so I added them to the inked oval.  I rarely think to add anything inside the card but thought this was a nice way to use the entire sheet of stickers.

A few days later two of the granddaughters were here and made cards with the remaining two sheets of stickers.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

ANOTHER PRECIOUS MOMENTS

This is another sticker from the Precious Moments set that I purchased in Branson MO.  This cute little boy reminded me of our blonde grandson who is also a very curious little boy.  I love the pastel colors that the Precious Moments designs use.

The embossed card front was done with a Cuttlebug folder and it worked perfectly to have the "Merry Christmas" and "Noel" lines showing completely.

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Monday, October 10, 2011

PRECIOUS MOMENTS........

 
I know I should be working on a few Halloween cards for the grandchildren right now, but I ran across these adorable Precious Moments stickers on my table and decided they would be one of my projects today.  I found these at The Apple Tree Mall in Branson, MO.  There are two sheets in the package -- one sheet has the Nativity pieces and the other sheet has the Santa Claus type stickers.  I wish the designs had been just a little smaller because there were a couple of stickers I couldn't use.  Fortunately I had some 5 x 6 1/2 cards with envelopes in my "stash".

I popped the a star on the first card because of the little angel's sign saying "Follow Me".  On the second card, I popped the donkey and wish I would have popped the star too, but I'm OK with how they both turned out.

The card base on both cards was embossed with one of the 5 x 7 Cuttlebug folders.

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Friday, October 7, 2011

THINKING OF YOU

Before I say anything else, I must let you know that this was not an original idea.  I follow several different blogs and saw a card like this.  Since I already had the Silhouette Grass from Hero Arts, I decided to make one very similar to what I saw.  To see the card that I cased, you can see it here:  2011-10-04 Hero Arts Silhouette Grass – – Autumn Blessings « The Craftiblog   Bonnie Szwalkiewicz has a lot of great cards on her blog so check them out.  Bonnie's card was a one layer card, but I decided I would mount the design onto the SU Close to Cocoa cardstock which matched the SU ink I had used.

One of the things that caught my eye on her card was the shine on the tops of the grass.  I wasn't sure what she used but I had a gold Spica pen which worked perfect.  If you click on the picture you might be able to see the shine that it gives.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

GET WELL CARD

One of my mother's friends fell and broke her hip.  Our families were very close as I was growing up and I wanted to send her a card.

The white layer was run through the Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots embossing folder (my go-to folder) but I used one of the Easy Folder Frames (4 1/4 x 5 1/2) that I purchased from  Joan's Gardens.

By using one of the frames, it left a blank oval in the center of the piece where I stamped the Sunflower design from Serendipity Stamps.  The design was colored with Copic markers.

The white layer was then attached to a piece of SU Crushed Curry and then onto a piece of SU Wild Wasabi.  The card base had been embossed with the same Swiss Dots folder but I trimmed down the length of the card so that there was just a single row of dots framing the layers which were mounted with foam squares.

It felt so good to actually make a card again.  I think it had been about three weeks since I'd taken the time to enjoy getting into my stamping supplies.

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Monday, October 3, 2011

TRICK OR TREAT

Those little Trick or Treaters will be coming around before we know it.  Penny Black has this darling stamp and it so fun to color with Copic markers.  The three colored papers I used were from scrapbook papers that I had.  The candy corn pieces are dimensional stickers which seemed to go perfectly with this stamp.

If you are ever interested in Copic markers, I sell both the Sketch and CIAO markers.  They are one thing I thought I was never going to buy..............now I wouldn't be without them.

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Sunday, October 2, 2011

OCTOBER CALENDAR

It's time to move on to some new creations.  I have been very neglectful about doing my calendars for the last few months.  I had these cute Mrs. Grossman stickers and decided to use them for October since decorations are going up everywhere for Halloween.  I have an extra package of these if anyone is interested.  The package has three sheets which would be a total of six sets of these designs.