Saturday, July 23, 2016

Cupcakes


I decided to play with the Sprinkles of Life stamp set along with a layout I found on Pinterest. For each card base I used 4.25x8.5...and folded in half (this way I could wrap the ribbon around the card with the ends falling behind the Deco Labels Framelits.

I embossed only the top portion of the card base with the Decorative Dots TIEF (Texture Impressions Embossing Folder), and then placed a piece of black or pink piece to the bottom portion of the base. I then wrapped the ribbon around the seam of the papers -- leaving the ends in the front, so that the framelit shape would cover the ends.

I die-cut the Deco Labels Framelits and stamped the bottom portion of the cupcake directly on the piece along with the sentiment. I attached the framelit to the card base.

I stamped the top portion of the cupcake onto colored cardstock and used the Tree Builder Punch to punch out the frosting. I used dimensionals to attach the frosting to the cupcake to make it pop.

I added the rhinestones to the sides...as I felt that the label was too plain.... now I'm thinking the label is too big. What are your thoughts?

Thanks for taking a peek!

Supplies Used
Stamp sets - Sprinkles of Life
Ink - Memento
Paper - Real Red, Pink Pirouette, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Basic Black, So Saffron, Whisper White
Accessories - Big Shot, Deco Labels Framelits, Decorative Dots TIEF, rhinestones, Taffeta Ribbon (Real Red, Daffodil Delight), dimensionals, Tree Builder Punch

Friday, July 22, 2016

Aquarium Calendar Page

 

Well, it's been a very long time since I created a scrapbook page, so today was the day to get to work scrapping again (oh I've made a ton of cards...but just haven't been scrapping lately). It felt great to get back into the swing of things with my first page for my 2017 Calendar.  The pages will showcase all the places/things that my husband and I have gone/done in 2016.

Now, I am scrapping with My Memories Suite...and I did just upgrade to the new Windows 10 on my Windows 7 computer... so I had a hard time locating my Pictures on my computer through My Memories. Luckily I found them before getting too frustrated. LOL!

I saw this layout from JCDesigns on their website, and wanted to try working with it. Now I didn't add journaling to my page as it is going to be a Calendar page instead of a scrap book page.  When I get around to creating my scrapbook for 2016... I'll do the journaling then.

Thanks for stopping by!

Phrase Flourish


In need of a "Get Well" card... I made several to have on hand should I need some in the future. Sometimes it's hard to come up with a design on such short notice -- does that ever happen to you?  I got some inspiration from Pinterest using the 'Flourishing Phrases' stamp set from Stampin' Up! I decided not to use the matching framelits on these cards... just wanted to use the stamp set.

I wanted to incorporate the matching DSP for the 3 new In-Color that I used... Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo and Sweet Sugarplum.  I'm loving that Sweet Sugarplum color!

Thanks for stopping by to take a peek!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Set - Flourishing Phrases
Ink - Versamark
Paper - Flirty Flamingo, Sweet Sugarplum, Peekaboo Peach, Whisper White
Accessories - White Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Circles Collection Framelits, Big Shot

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Tin Meadows


My sister and her family live in Colorado....where they can see the mountains out their back window/balcony. As it is my brother-in-law's birthday... I felt a card that showcased the mountains would be perfect for him.

Now, I do have to say that this is my third attempt at coloring in the images. I first tried a blender pen...not so good with a large expanse to color. Next, I tried a brayer.... ugh...the colors were too dark. Finally, with the one shown, I used an AquaPainter. I wish there was something that easily colored large areas without showing brush strokes.  Maybe it's just the operator and I don't know the correct technique with blender pens and brayers.  Anyways.... I'm happy with my results with the AquaPainter that I don't have to do attempt #4. LOL!

I colored the "flowers" and tips of the mountain with a white colored pencil then added Wink of Stella to them.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets - In The Meadow, Tin of Cards
Ink - So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz, Crumb Cake, Memento
Paper - Pear Pizzazz, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, So Saffron DSP
Accessories - Big Shot, Circles Collection Framelits, AquaPainter, Wink of Stella

Monday, July 18, 2016

Swirly Sailing


I wasn't sure I'd like the stamp set -- Swirly Birds, but wanted to get the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits.... and thought that getting the bundle would be a great deal! This is the first card I created with both the stamp set and thinlits! I was so happy with the results.  (Well, except for my over inked red stamp pad that was a little too juicy for my sentiment piece. LOL!).

I used the thinlits for the sun and waves... using the negative pieces for the lighter colors. Creating the ship was kinda cute with all the different stamps to choose from. (There are some stamps I have yet to figure out what they are for, though).  I cut out the boat with scissors.

For the sentiment I used the words from the Birthday Banners set. I decided to make it curved, so that it would flow with the wave thinlit.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets - Swirly Birds, Birthday Banner
Ink - Real Red, Dapper Denim, Chocolate Chip
Paper - Dapper Denim, Real Red, Pool Party, Whisper White, Crushed Curry
Accessories - Big Shot, Precision Plate, Die Brush, scissors, Swirly Scribbles Thinlits, dimensionals

Friday, July 15, 2016

Botanicals


Many Layers and NO stamp sets or Ink!  Well, the inside has the inked sentiment. LOL!

I just about fell in love with Narelle Farrugia's card that I saw on Pinterest and wanted to try recreating it using the supplies I had... I didn't use her colors, but I so loved the layout I had to make two! Thanks Narelle!

Here is her card:

As you can see I didn't add the sentiment to the front of my cards.... the sentiment is in the inside of the card (a Thank You and a Birthday sentiment).

Thanks for taking a peek!

Supplies Used:
Paper - Tangerine Tango, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Basic Black, Tangerine Tango DSP, Rich Razzelberry DSP
Accessories - Big Shot, Precision Plate, Botanical Builder Framelits, rhinestones, glue dots

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Vintage Banner


I CASEd a card from Kylie Bertucci that I found on Pinterest. Thanks Kylie for creating such a lovely card. I changed mine just a bit to make it my own.

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets - Vintage Leaves, Thoughtful Banners
Ink - Dapper Denim, Smoky Slate, Memento
Paper - Basic Black, Whisper White, Dapper Denim
Accessories - Big Shot, Leaflets Framelits, scissors, glue dots, Duet Banner Punch

Butterflies


With most card designs I create, I have a thought in my head (from either a layout or stamp set that I've seen online).... and I try to make something work with what I have. I saw a pretty card that had a die-cut heart with the cardstock color behind....so I felt it would work beautifully with my Butterflies Thinlits.

I started with a piece of white cardstock 3.5x4.75, and die-cut the butterfly in the top portion. I adhered the white cardstock (negative) to the colored cardstock 3.75x5. Then used the sticky tape to adhere only the middle section of the butterfly back within the die-cut piece.

I stamped the sentiment (Tin of Cards) to match the colored cardstock.

I created a bow at the end of my ribbon and instead of cutting off the bottom part of the bow on one side.... I used that piece to wrap around the edge of the focal piece.

I finished the card by adhering it to a thick white cardstock base.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamp sets - Tin of Cards
Ink - Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie
Paper - Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White
Accessories - Big Shot, Precision Plate, Butterflies Thinlits, glue dots, Taffeta Ribbon (Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie)

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Vintage Pair

I wanted to work with the Little Letters Thinlits Dies that I had, so I paired it with "Perfect Pairings" stamp set (ha... did you see what I did there!). I felt that the result was a bit too plain for my card, so I added a "Vintage Leaves" stamp.

I used the Designer Series Paper (DSP) called "It's My Party" and I aligned the letters on the DSP so that all the little arrows were pointing down. It helps when you use the Magnetic Platform in the Big Shot!

Since the stamp within the "Perfect Pairings" stamp set had 'Happy Birthday', I used a marker to only color in 'Birthday'.

Thanks for taking a look!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets - Vintage Leaves, Perfect Pairings
Ink - Memento
Paper - Delightful Dijon, It's My Party DSP
Accessories - Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Little Letters Thinlits, Leaflets Framelits, White Baker's Twine, glue dots

18 Milestone

 

I liked the general layout of Michelle Last's card that I found on Pinterest.  However.... I needed a masculine card for my nephew who is turning 18! Thanks for your layout inspiration Michelle!

I stamped the leaves twice behind the numbers to give it a fuller look.  I decided not to use the banner stamp that was included with the Number of Years Stamp set.... I used the Bloomin' Love stamp set instead.  I felt that the leaves on the sides of the banner went along better with the leaves in the background.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Set - Number of Years, Bloomin' Love
Ink - Mossy Meadow, Crumb Cake
Paper - Mossy Meadow, Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Accessories - Big Shot, Large Numbers Framelits, glue dots, dimensionals

Monday, July 11, 2016

Wedding Rose


My card was inspired by Jackie Bolhuis, and her lovely wedding card.
Here is her card:
I changed the colors to reflect what the bride chose as her wedding colors.... navy/yellow. Thanks for your inspiration Jackie!

Stamp set - Rose Wonder
Ink - Night of Navy
Paper - Whisper White, Night of Navy
Accessories - Rose Garden Thinlits, Big Shot, Precision Plate, Die-Brush, Delightful Dijon Dotted Lace Trim, dmensionals

You Wonder

As I get older.... I find that I'm in need of more and more of these cards. Life... you are here but a moment in time -- it's what you do during that time, to bring joy to other's, that makes life so much more enjoyable and happy. Take a moment to feel the blessings of each and every one who has touched your life (big or small) today!

In this card, I made the stems on the lilies longer by turning the stamp upside down and stamping just the stems on the bottom portion of the card. I then attached the ribbon to hide the parts that don't quite match up!

I used the AquaPainter to add subtle color to the flowers.

Thanks for stopping by!
Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets - Remarkable You, Rose Wonder
Ink - Memento, Pear Pizzazz, Smoky Slate, So Saffron
Paper - Whisper White, Basic Black
Accessories - Black Satin Ribbon, Rose Garden Thinlits, Big Shot, AquaPainter, Big Shot

Monday, June 27, 2016

Leaves


What a great and simple card to make! I cannot take credit for this creation (at least in the brown/black combination).... I was inspired by Teneale Williams' card found on Pinterest.  Here is her card:

To achieve this lovely creation. I used a clear block (Block D = 2-7/8 x 2-11/16) and stamped that into the ink pad (Crumb Cake of Soft Sky) and stamped that onto the Whisper White cardstock.
I then stamped the leave stamp (Vintage Leaves) with Memento ink directly on top of the stamped image of the square. I added the sentiment (Watercolor Wishes) to the bottom section.

I finished the card by matting them with Basic Black cardstock and then attaching them to their card bases.

Thanks so much for looking!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Set - Vintage Leaves, Watercolor Wishes
Ink - Crumb Cake, Soft Sky, Memento
Paper - Crumb Cake, Soft Sky, Basic Black, Whisper White
Accessories - Clear Block D

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Wooden Celebration


Dawn Griffith's card was such a great masculine card.... I just had to create one for myself.  Thanks Dawn for your inspiration!

I created this card for my nephew who is turning 17, so I felt it was a great teenager card.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Set - Hardwood, Celebrate Today
Ink - Lost Lagoon, Early Espresso
Paper - Lost Lagoon, Soft Sky, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
Accessories - Big Shot, Balloon Framelits, dimensionals, glue dot, white baker's twine

Meadow Hunting


Happy Father's Day to all the Father's out there! Both my father and father-in-law are not hunters, but I fell in love with this stamp set "In The Meadow", and wanted to use it for their Father's Day cards. 

Do you see the tree on the left hand side? Well the stamp IS NOT that tall, but I stamped in a way to create a tall tree... the portion underneath the Botanical Gardens DSP (Designer Series Paper) stops and starts down a bit to achieve this look. I love the effect it has... I hope you do too!

I used an AquaPainter to color in the grass and deer.

The Father's Day stamp is not a Stampin' Up! stamp (gasp!)... I know, I try to use Stampin' Up! whenever I can, but when I don't have a specific stamp that I want to use... I must look elsewhere.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets - In The Meadow, Father's Day Stamp (Non-SU)
Ink - Mossy Meadow, Soft Suede, Memento
Paper - Soft Suede, Whisper White, Basic Black, Botanical Gardens DSP
Accessories - Big Shot, Circles Collection Framelits, AquaPainter

Graduate Year

 

I really liked the look of Michelle Leone's graduation card, so striking with the bold orange color. I wanted to create a similar card using the colors of Jacob's high school and the tools I had.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used
Stamp Set - Number of Years, Go Graduate Plus (made in My Memories digital program)
Ink - Night of Navy
Paper - Night of Navy, Whisper White, It's My Party DSP
Accessories - Big Shot, Large Numbers Framelits, Square Lattice TIEF, glue dots, dimensionals

Graduation Poem


My sister-in-law saw this Poem (words by Rascal Flatts) on Pinterest in a frame with a burlap background.  She wanted me to create something similar with a wood plank background, so that she could have it printed 11x14 and framed to set out on the graduation table for their son (my nephew).

As with the graduation invites... I provided many different wood plank backgrounds.  This one was the one she chose.  Hopefully, I will get another photo of the physical framed piece to show everyone here, as this is just my digital image that I created for her to have printed.

I used My Memories Suite software using many different fonts and a wooden plank background from Country Sunflowers.

Thanks for stopping by for a peek!

Graduation Invitations

 

When my brother and his wife wanted graduation invitations for their son (my nephew)... I jumped at the chance to design them using my digital software (My Memories Suite).  They sent me his senior photos and I designed around 8 or 9 different (front and back) options to choose from. They loved them - and I was so happy to design them for them. After designing them, they ordered the invitations through the MPix website as they offer many different paper printing options.

Here are the other designs that I created that didn't make the cut:
 

 

 

 

 

All are so very amazing in their own right... it was hard for them to choose between them.
I hope to design them for all my nieces and nephews when they graduate.

Thanks for stopping by for a look!


Money Diploma

When I saw Cassandra's card on Pinterest.... what a cute idea to use money as the "1" in the year! Thanks Cassandra for your inspiration!
Now, I chose to use a one dollar bill.... as it says "1" on it, and I aligned it so you can see the one.  I'm sure any denomination would work though. =)

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Paper - Elegant Eggplant, Gold Foil, Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant DSP
Accessories - Big Shot, Large Numbers Framelits, Curvy Corner Trio Punch, glue dots, baker's twine

Blooms for You

 




Tracy's card is such a beauty.... I just needed to create one of my own. Thanks Tracy for your inspiration!  As you can see on my card on the left... I did make a few changes to make it my own.

I gold embossed the 'Just For You' sentiment on Basic Black Cardstock. I then matted each rectangle in gold foil before adhering it to the Mint Macaron card base.

Thanks so much for looking!

Supplies Used
Stamp Set - Botanicals for You
Ink - Versamark
Paper - Gold Foil, Basic Black, Botanical Gardens DSP, Mint Macaron
Accessories - Botanical Builder Framelits, Big Shot, Big Shot Die Brush, Heat Tool, Gold Emboss Powder, glue dots

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Rose Blossom


Upon seeing Sharon Burkert's card on Pinterest.... I wanted to try something similar with the stamps that I had on hand. While I think mine looks good.... I really like the detail in the flowers/leaves on Sharon's stamp that she used for the background piece better than my own.

I created my cards as a 'Thank You' for all the generous people who donated to PurpleStride2016 5K Walk/Run -- which is supporting the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Every little bit helps those fighting this deathly disease.... I hope they do find a cure for this soon.

Thanks so much for taking a peek!

Supplies Used:
Stamp sets - Rose Wonder, Bloomin' Love, Lotus Blossom
Ink - Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive
Paper - Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White
Accessories - Big Shot, Banners Framelits, Bloomin' Heart Thinlits, dimensionals, glue dots, Old Olive Taffeta Ribbon


Friday, June 10, 2016

Go Graduate




Graduating from College -- what a great accomplishment! Congratulations to our God-Daughter, Trina! We are so proud of you!

I used Trina's College colors -- umm..whoops! I think her colors are red/white. Oh my...gotta change this. I'll post it when I get it done.

I designed the circle cap and words in my digital software (My Memories) and printed it out on Whisper White cardstock.  I finished the card traditionally.

Okay.... I created another card with the correct colors... here it is:


Supplies Used:
My Memories - Go Graduate Plus digital stamps, font (Lavanderia Regular and June)
Paper - Night of Navy, Whisper White, Neutrals DSP, Real Red
Accessories - White Organdy Ribbon, Navy Satin Ribbon, glue dots, Circles Collection Framelits, dimensionals

Botanical Cards

 

I fell in love with Debbie Mageed's card that I found on Pinterest, so I just had to create one of my own. If you look closely... I did make a few changes from her card to make it my own. Thanks Debbie for your inspiration!

I used Botanical Gardens DSP for each layer of cardstock (excluding the base)... I also used that same DSP for the center of the flowers.

Thanks for stopping by!
Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets - Botanical Blooms, Tin of Cards
Ink - Cajun Craze, Memento, Mossy Meadow
Paper - Cajun Craze, Botanical Gardens DSP
Accessories - Botanical Builder Framelits, Big Shot, Big Shot Die Brush, glue dots

Monday, May 30, 2016

Perfect Blooms

The Botanical Builder Framelits are beautiful when layered! I just love this set... that coordinates with the Botanical Blooms stamp set AND the Botanical Gardens DSP.

I paired these with the Perfect Pairings stamp set for the sentiment.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets - Perfect Pairings, Botanical Blooms (inside leaves)
Ink - Pear Pizzazz, Memento
Paper - Whisper White (thick), Botanical Gardens DSP
Accessories - Big Shot, Botanical Builder Framelits, Rhinestones, Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbon, Glue Dots

Watercolor Marlin



This masculine card came together so easily... I was so happy with the results! (I usually struggle making masculine cards). I started by using a card base from the Watercolor Wishes Kit. Then, I stamped the marlin on to white cardstock and die-cut it with the Deco Labels Framelits. After coloring in the marlin with the Marina Mist marker and my blender pen... I matted the piece with Marina Mist cardstock.  I used dimensionals to 'pop' the piece on the card base.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Set - From Land to Sea, Sprinkles of Life
Ink - Marina Mist, Black Staz-on
Paper - Watercolor Wishes Kit (card base), Marina Mist, Whisper White
Accessories - Big Shot, Deco Labels Framelits, dimensionals

Friday, May 27, 2016

Prayerful Occasions

My nephew is going to have heart surgery. His heart rate is too high, so they want to do a heart ablation to correct it. Scary to think about... as my nephew is 19.

As I was thinking about what I wanted to do with his card... I knew I wanted a heart on it plus bandages. Most of my hearts are small punches... I felt that using the negative space from the Bloomin' Hearts Thinlits would be a perfect fit for a teenager -- kinda edgy and hip.

I used a retired stamp for the bandaids and the square lattice TIEF, which is also retired.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets - Patterned Occasions, Thoughts & Prayers
Ink - Memento
Paper - Cherry Cobbler, Basic Gray, Whisper White
Accessories - Bloomin' Hearts Thinlits, Square Lattice TIEF, Big Shot, glue dots
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