Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Iris Gardens


Okay, one more... and I'll be done posting for today.  Here is a double-page spread of our trip to the Schneider Iris Gardens in May 2015.  I think I'm finished with May activities for our 2015 photobook now! Yay!  Still.... no caught up, but I'm not as far behind as I was 2 years ago! Ha!

Thanks for taking a look!

Supplies Used:
Background - gray
Stamp Brush Sets - Twitterpated (chicken wire background - gray); Earth Laugh's (flower - gray); Glimmer Kit (banner - gray); Banner Blast (flower - vanilla)
Punch - Square (filled w/Vanilla)
Embellishment - Pearls (recolored yellow)
Font - Lover's Quarrel and Duchess (black)

Memorial Park


Feels so good to get another double-page spread complete for our 2015 photobook.  As you can see I'm working on May 2015... where we took a picnic in a park.

Never forget those who sacrificed their lives for ours! And THANKS for all those who are serving now and for those that have served! You ARE appreciated!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Background - Real Red
Stamp Brush Set - Decorative Overlays (white)
Punch - Square (filled w/Night of Navy and White); Star (filled w/ White)
Embellishments - Staples and Stitches (white)
Font - Modern Number 20 (white); LD Glorious (Red); Jolt 44 (Red); LD Shelly Print (White) 



It's been a few weeks since I created a double-page spread for our 2015 photobook.  Not sure what it was... I just didn't have the motivation to do any pages.  Well, I'm happy to say I got some creativity back.  yay!

Here is page from our evening with our friends at their cabin in the woods.  If you've been following my blog, you might remember that I created a 12x12 calendar page using those cute little hiking boots... along with a few photos.  I thought to keep some elements from the calendar for the double-page spread and changed many items to give it a different feel.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Supplies Used:
Background - Smoky Slate
Embellishments - May Flowers Mini (vine of flowers recolored yellow and purple)
Stamp Brush Sets - Ink Splatter (dark gray) Happiness Is (words - brown; triangles - painted blue, purple and yellow; arrow -brown); Happy Camper Memories (boot - brown)
Punch - Heart (blue, purple and yellow)
Font - Comic Sans (brown)

Friday, September 25, 2015

Penguin PunchArt

I totally LOVE this little guy! Isn't he so cute!  I cannot take credit for this cute design though.  I saw Deborah Wright's penguin card on Pinterest and just had to try and create one for myself with the supplies I had.
Here is Deborah's card:

Thanks Deborah for your inspiration!

I used the Ovals Collection Framelits for the body, and feet; the heart from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch for the beak; the Flower Frenzy Bigz L Die for the white part of the eyes; the Two-Step Oval punch for the black part of eyes, as well as the white dots for the eyes; and the Flower Fair Framelits for the hair plume.

I used the Northern Flurry TIEF on both the background and the tummy.

Although you may not be able to see it in my photo... I did use Dazzling Details on the edge of the white strip to resemble snow.

Supplies Used:
Stamp Set - Circle of Spring
Ink - Memento
Paper - Soft Sky, Whisper White, Basic Black, Daffodil Delight
Accessories - Big Shot, Northern Flurry TIEF, Ovals Framelits, Flower Fair, Flower Frenzy Bigz L Die, Two-Step Owl Punch, Itty Bitty Accents Punch, dimensionals, Dazzling Details

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Petal Sampler

I saw this cute sketch I found on Pinterest that I wanted to try out.  I really struggled with this card, but I love how it turned out.

I had trouble with the flowers.  I first stamped them on white cardstock, but it didn't look right.  Then I stamped the same color ink as the cardstock... still not what I wanted.  Finally, I used darker inks on the colored cardstock... they really stand out now.

I also chose to ink the sentiment in Crumb Cake instead of Tip Top Taupe.  When using the ink... it seems too dark compared to the cardstock.

I'm glad my perseverance paid off... this is such a cute card. I'm sure my friend will love it!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets - Six Sided Sampler, Petite Petals, Peaceful Petals
Ink - Crumb Cake, Delightful Dijon, Tangelo Twist, Island Indigo, Mossy Meadow
Paper - Delightful Dijon, Mossy Meadow, Mossy Meadow DSP, Whisper White, Tip Top Taupe, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz
Accessories - Petite Petals Punch, Scallop Square Punch, Dotted Lace Trim (Delightful Dijon), Organza Ribbon (Whisper White), scissors

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Monday, September 21, 2015


Here is a great card that I created for my niece... who is in to soccer.  I cannot take credit for the design of the card... that honor goes to Cathy Cains.  I saw her card on Pinterest and fell in love with it, so had to make one of my own.  I changed it a little... but most of it the same.

Here's Cathy's card:

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Set - Boys Will Be Boys (sentiment)
Ink - Black Staz-on
Paper - Garden Green, Whisper White, Basic Black
Accessories - Hexagon Punch, Square Lattice TIEF, Big Shot, Taffeta Ribbon (Basic Black), Banners Framelits, Circle Cutting System (non-SU)

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Friday, September 18, 2015

Sports Birthday

Our nephew has played many sports throughout the years, so I wanted to create something around the theme of sports.  When I saw Martha Inchley's card... I just had to try to recreate it.
Here is Martha's card:
While, Martha used letter die-cuts and stamps or DSP underneath each letter, I wanted to use my digital software. Thanks Martha for your inspiration!

First, I created my own DSP (Designer Series Paper) within the software using the Stamp Brush Set - Great Sport. For each individual letter, I created a different sport theme paper (well, as you can see... I used the basketball one twice on my card).  Now that the DSP was done, it was just a matter of aligning the letter punches on the paper and filling them with the newly designed DSP.  I made the background a gray color, so that the 'c' and 'r' would stand out from the background.

I then printed the panel on Whisper White cardstock and finished the card by matting it on Basic Black cardstock and then on to the Pumpkin Pie card front.

Thanks for taking a peek.

Supplies Used:
Stamp Brush Set - Great Sport
Font - Arial Black (Basic Black)

Paper - Whisper White, Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Watercolor Leaves

I wanted to create a masculine card for my father-in-law who had cataract surgery on his eye (yes, he will need his other eye done too).  I believe with the combination of colors and chevron TIEF I nailed it!
It's sometimes hard for me to create masculine cards, but with this card... I had a surprisingly easy go of it.  Maybe it had something to do with the leaves stamp set -- I LOVE leaves.
I achieved the colors on the leaves by coloring them in with markers -- yellow first, then green, orange and finally red.

Thanks for taking a peek!
Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets - Vintage Leaves, Watercolor Wishes
Ink - Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Early Espresso
Paper - Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Early Espresso
Accessories - Big Shot, Chevron TIEF, Leaflets Framelits, Taffeta Ribbon (Old Olive), dimensionals

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Fair Garden

With my niece's birthday coming soon, and looking at Pinterest boards for a cute card, when I saw Hannelie Bester's card.... I just had to create something similar for myself.  Her's is so striking with the blue glitter behind her flower.  Thanks Hannelie for your inspiration!  Here is her card:

I used the Flower Fair Framelits to make my flower with 3 layers of flower.  I used my scissors to cut each petal to make the flower more defined too.  I love how it came out!  I hope my niece loves it too!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamp sets - Flower Patch, Celebrate Today
Ink - Delightful Dijon, Garden Green
Paper - Delightful Dijon, Garden Green DSP, Whisper White, Naturals White 
Accessories - Square Punch, Corner Round Punch, scissors, Flower Fair Framelits, Big Shot

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Monday, September 14, 2015

Wondrous Grandma

I so love this color combination -- Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight and Early Espresso!

I saw a similar card showcased in the Cardmaker magazine, and just had to create one of my own. It said Rosemary Dennis was the designer.  Her's was a Thanksgiving Day card... so I just changed my sentiment to be for Grandparents' Day (9/13/2015).

Thanks for taking a look!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Set - Wondrous Wreath
Ink - Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Early Espresso, Old Olive
Paper - Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Old Olive
Accessories - Wonderful Wreath Framelits, Big Shot, Corner Round Punch, dimensionals

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Friday, September 11, 2015



Continuing work on our 2015 photobook with our trip to Woodburn, Oregon to see the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival in April 2015.  Beautiful tulip fields!!!!

I decided to create another double-page spread using a layout I found on Splitcoaststampers website... and in using the challenge of scraplifting Annie's Pantry's gallery again.  Thanks Anavon for your inspiration!
Here is her page:

If you'd like to view the Splitcoaststampers Challenge, you may click here:
I love that I could get so many photos on one page with this layout! Mike took so many great photos, and I wanted to make sure I could showcase them all on 2 pages!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
My Memories Suite digital software (MMS)
Background - End of Summer
Embellishments - Blossoms Abound (tulips)
Stamp Brush Set - Earth Laughs (flower)
Punch - Flag (filled w/white and gray)
Font - Denmark (gray) CK Honey (white and gray)

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Tryon Creek Calendar Page

Since I just finished a double-page spread for our 2015 photobook... I also wanted to include a page for our 2016 calendar of our time at the Tryon Creek State Park. (see previous post).

I used a color block behind my photos, and I think it gives the photos depth and interest. 

Thanks for looking!

Supplies Used:
Background - Like Sunshine
Punch - Square (filled w/green,yellow and brown)
Embellishments - Summer Vacation (leaves and flower); A July Romance (ribbon recolored brown)
Stamp Brush Set - Frames with a Flourish (flourish - brown)
Font - CK Bradley's Hand and Broadway (brown)

Tryon Creek State Park


Today I decided to work on our 2015 photobook with our recent hike to the Tryon Creek State Park. I used the Splitcoaststampers website's September Scraplift Challenge. In this challenge, we were tasked with Scraplifting (using a layout or colors) found on someone else's gallery of scrapbook pages.  This month (September) is scraplifting Annie's Pantry's (Anavon) gallery.  She has many that stand out to me, so I plan on using a few of her layouts.
Here is her layout that I chose to use for my double-page spread:

Thanks Anavon for your inspiration!  You may view the challenge on the SplitCoastStampers website here: 

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
My Memories Suite (MMS)
Background - Like Sunshine DSP
Embellishments - Summer Vacation (leaves and flower), Everyday (ribbon), Like Sunshine (button)
Punch - Square (filled w/brown); Flag (filled w/yellow)
Font - CK Ali's Hand (brown)

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Lacy Dreams

I used one of my new stamp sets, 'World of Dreams'.  There was only two sprigs of flowers on the stamp, so I added a few more to my card by just inking the sprigs that I needed.  I used the Stampin' Write marker (Mossy Meadow) to draw the rest of the lines to the main branch.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Supplies Used:
Stamp sets - World of Dreams
Ink - Mossy Meadow, Delightful Dijon
Paper - Mossy Meadow, Delightful Dijon, Whisper White
Accessories - Stitched Satin Ribbon (Mossy Meadow), Dotted Lace Trim (Delightful Dijon)

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Sunday, September 6, 2015

Base Wedding

As I had created their wedding invitations for a lovely couple in Ohio... I wanted to express my congratulations to them on their special day and best wishes for their future together.

Their colors were Navy/Yellow and White, on their invitations as well as the colors in their wedding party, so I decided to stick with those colors for my card.

I created the 'B' in the digital software I have, along with the decorative label design.  Once printed on Whisper White cardstock... I then trimmed around (with scissors) to cut out the label.  Stampin' Up! does have a punch to do this, but I had not purchased it.  I think I did ok with the scissors! =)

Thanks for looking!

Supplies Used:
Font - Majestic (Night of Navy)
Stamp Brush Set - Free Label This (decorative label frame - Night of Navy)
Paper - Whisper White, Delightful Dijon, Night of Navy
Accessories - Dotted Lace Trim (Delightful Dijon); Lacy Brocade TIEF, Big Shot, dimensionals, scissors

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Balloon Celebration

Finally started to play with a few of my new stamp sets today.  This one is from 'Celebrate Today'. The 'Balloon Framelits work so well with this set.

I did have a few issues stamping the photopolymer balloon stamp on the cardstock.  I kept getting bubbles - or places that it didn't stamp so well.  After working with them a long while... I realized that you have to make sure that the stamp is on the acrylic block smoothly.  To do this, start with the top of the photopolymer stamp and roll it on the block instead of just placing it straight.  Does that make sense? I hope so.

Here is a photo showing you what I had issues with:
You can see the one in the middle has a circle area under the word 'happy' that is not fully filled in.  I even tried pressing the stamp down on the paper, but that made the words not so clear.  The top balloon was done after I took off the stamp and then rolled it on to the acrylic block. This way you can make sure there are no air bubbles underneath the stamp.
Hope this helps you too!

Thanks for taking a look!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets - Celebrate Today
Ink - Soft Sky, Tip Top Taupe
Paper - Tip Top Taupe, Soft Sky, Whisper White
Accessories - Balloon Framelits, Big Shot, dimensionals

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