Tuesday, April 15, 2014

I Never Have Enough Bday Cards!


Good Morning! I have a birthday card that I made this week...I love sending surprise cards to people...People that don't expect a card from me. Always fun to do! And, I never seem to have enough birthday cards - most likely, because I'm drawn to other images that suggest "Thinking about You", etc. So, I pull out my older Paper Trey Ink Button Bits and decided to make another birthday card with it and this time, I used the flowers. I love picking out what color buttons to use with this set. So whimsical. Below, is the card interior. Just right-click on any photo to view larger.


Okay, Here's the Deets:
Stamp: Paper Trey Ink "Everyday Button Bits"
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Summer Sky
Paper: Paper Trey Ink White Cardstock, Doodlebug "Hello Spring" Paper Pad
Tools: Cuttlebug, Spellbinders Oval Die, Paper Trey Curved Oval Die, EK Success Corner Punches, Martha Stewart Corner Rounder Punch & Picket Fence Punch, Sewing Machine, Thread, Stampin' Up! Dimensionals, Adhesives, Zots, Crochet Thread, Sponge, Cloud Template.
Embellishments: Jolee's Grass, Doodlebug Buttons, Robin's Dew Drops, Queen & CO. Enamel Dots, Paper Trey Ink "Summer Sunrise" Polka Dotted Ribbon
Techniques: Sponging, Stamping, Machine Stitching
 
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Friday, April 11, 2014

A Sister's Special Day

 
 
My sister, Dianne's birthday falls on Easter Sunday this year, April 20th. What a special day for a birthday - One filled with bright hope for tomorrow. This card is 5"x5" and features a whimsical digital image by Mo Manning. I'm not sure if it is easily seen, but I added a few gold adhesive sequins for the candle tops. The photo below is of the card interior...because of the front scalloped and curved edge, I was limited in the space inside for design, but it all worked out fine. Click on any image to view it larger.
 
 
 
Here's the Deets:
Stamps: Digital Image by Mo Manning, Stampin' Up! Small Sentiment, Amuse Happy Birthday Sentiment
Paper: Paper Trey Ink White Cardstock, Doodlebug "Fruit Stand" Paper Pad
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin' Up! So Saffron
Tools: Spellbinders Curved Border Die, My Favorite Things Dienamics Sentiment Strips, EK Success Scalloped Border Punch, Stampin' Up! Dimensionals, Sewing Machine, Thread, Crochet Thread, Adhesives.
Copic Sketch Markers: Y11 Pale Yellow, Y21 Buttercup  Yellow, RV000 Pale Purple, RV13 Tender Pink, RV23 Pure Pink, RV29 Crimson, B00 Frost Blue, BG11 Moon White, G72 Ice Ocean, YG0000 Lily White, YG03 Yellow Green, YG67 Moss, E00 Skin White, E27 Africano, E31 Brick Beige, E34 Orientale, C2 & C3 Cool Greys, 0 Colorless Blender.
Embellishments: Hero Arts Bling, KaiserCraft Adhesive Pearls, Paper Trey Ink Polka Dotted Ribbon, Doodlebug Boutique Button.
Techniques: Sponging, Copic Coloring, Machine Stitching.
 
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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Fill This Day With Joy!

 
Hello faithful followers! It has been another year (sigh) since I've created a handmade card due to life's circumstances. I have jumped back in to my hobby and have a card that I made a few months ago and just got around to photographing it. I'm not the quickest blogger, but hey, I try, lol.
 
Sometimes, we just need a little joy in our life to take us away from the heaviness of the world, don't we? The bicycle focal point just spoke to me and I ran with the green of the grass, the pink of the bicycle seat and gave it a Springtime flavor. The photo below is of the card interior. Just click on an image to view it larger. Thank you for visiting!
 
 
Here's the Deets:
Stamp: Paper Trey Ink "Everyday Button Bits", Computer-Generated Interior Sentiment
Paper: Paper Trey Ink White Cardstock, Heidi Grace "Sunshowers" Paper Pad
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black & Summer Sky
Tools: Spellbinders Oval Dies, My Favorite things Dienamics Sentiment Strips, EK Success Corner Punch, EK Success Scallop Border Punch, Stampin' Up! Dimensionals, Sewing Machine, Thread, Adhesives, Embroidery Thread, Cloud Template, Sponge.
Copic Sketch Markers: YG03 Yellow Green, YG63 Pea Green, YG67 Moss, Y13 Lemon Yellow, C3 Cool Grey, 0 Colorless Blender.
Embellishments: K&Co. Floral Adhesive Gems, Doodlebug Buttons, Robin's Dew Drops, Pebbles Grosgrain Ribbon.
Techniques: Sponging, Copic Coloring, Machine Stitching.
 
 

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Happy Birthday, Dianne!

 
Good Morning! April 20th is my sister, Dianne's birthday and this card was made for her. Dianne is very creative with so many hobbies and one of her favorite things to do is to decorate her house with nostalgic 1940-1950's things that speak of "Country" style. So, when thinking about what stamp set to use for her birthday card, I immediately reached for this cute Anna Wight "Crazy for Chickens" set by Whipper Snapper Designs. I had a 12x12 piece of scrapbook paper that was loaded with rows of black silhouette chickens alternating with gingham borders. So, I thought it would make a cute bottom border for my "Chicken Birthday Card". Overall, all the design elements came togehter quickly as I got my "Country" inspiration on. Happy Birthday, Dianne! I love you!!!
 
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Pictured above, is the card interior with another chicken stamp from the "Crazy for Chickens" set and a computer-generated sentiment. I used coordinating designer paper and layout to create the interior.
 
Okay, Here's the Deets:
Stamps: Whipper Snapper "Crazy for Chickens" by Anna Wight, Computer-Generated Sentiment
Cardstock & Papers: Cosmo Cricket "Garden Variety", Reminisce "Baking Gingham Stripe", Paper Trey Ink White Cardstock
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Tools: Cuttlebug, Spellbinders Circle & Blossom Dies, My Favorite Things Die-Namics Sentiment Strip Die, EK Success Eyelet Border Punch, Sewing Machine, Thread, Signo Uniball White Gel Pen, Stampin' Up! Dimensionals, Adhesives.
Copic Sketch Markers: Y11 Pale Yellow, Y21 Buttercup Yellow, Y26 Mustard, R14 Light Rouge, R27 Cadmium Red, E25 Caribe Cocoa, E31 Brick Beige, 0 Colorless Blender
Embellishments; Pebbles Gingham Ribbon, Paper Trey Ink Button
Techniques: Copic Coloring & Blending, Machine Stitching
 
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Saturday, April 6, 2013

Lovin' Kitties

 
Good Morning! I've just gotta say, I love kitties! I know that not everyone does, but those who do...just can't get enough of them. I bought this cute There She Goes stamp set called "Catitude", illustrated by Torico 2 years ago, but just got around to inking it up. In 2000, we brought home 2 kittens from 2 different litters: one was a Tortie Calico whom we named "Peanut" and the other was a Grey Tabby whom we named "Chloe". Peanut was a precocious, fun-loving and gentle kitty, not to mention my very favorite. Two years ago, we had to put her down due to multiple serious health issues but we still have Chloe, the grey tabby. So as a tribute to Peanut, I always color all my kitty images to resemble her gorgeous colors and it always adds a little whimsy to the image, as well. And with this cute image, I was able to pay tribute to Chloe, too. : )
 
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Pictured above, is the card interior with coordinating papers and the sentiment is from There She Goes "Catitude" stamp set.
 
Here's the Deets:
Stamps: There She Goes "Cattitude", A Muse "Happy Birthday" Sentiment
Cardstock & Papers: My Mind's Eye "Stella Rose" Paper Pad, Paper Trey Ink White Cardstock
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin' Up! Sage Shadow
Tools: Cuttlebug, Spellbinders Circle & Scalloped Circle Dies, My Favorite Things Sentiment Strips Die, EK Success Border Punches, Sewing Machine, Thread, Stampin' Up! Dimensionals, Adhesives, Copic Sketch Markers, Sponge.
Embellishments: Doodlebug Button, The Twinery Twine
Techniques: Copic Coloring & Blending, Machine Stitching, Sponging
 
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Friday, March 29, 2013

A Happy Place


 
Good Morning! Whenever I go to the mailbox and find a new stamp set, that is my Happy Place! I recently purchased this cute stamp set, "Blossom to Blossom" by illustrator Torico by There She Goes Stamps and couldn't wait to start coloring her supercute images. I don't usually use a lot of purple or lilac in my cardmaking but I envisioned shades of purple, pink and aqua to compliment Torico's image. Below is a closeup of the epoxy stickers that I used to create polka dots on the little girl's dress.
 
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Pictured below is the card interior with coordinating papers & design and one of the sentiments included in the stamp set.
 

 
Here's the Deets:
Stamp: There She Goes "Blossom to Blossom"
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin' Up! Baja Breeze
Paper & Cardstock: Doodlebug "Hello Spring" Paper Pad, Clear Dollar Stamps Cardstock, Paper Trey Ink
Tools: Cuttlebug, Spellbinders Circle, Blossom & Big Scallop Border Dies, Paper Trey Ink Cloud Die, Sponge Dauber, Sewing Machine, Thread, Embroidery Thread, Adhesives, Stampin' Up! Dimensionals
Embellishments: Doodlebug Buttons, KaiserCraft Pearls, Recollections Epoxy Stickers
Copic Sketch Markers: RV000 Pale Purple RV11 Pink, RV23 Pure Pink, Y11 Pale Yellow, Y15 Cadmium Yellow, Y21 Buttercup Yellow, Y26 Mustard, BV11 Soft Violet, BV13 Hydrangea Blue, BG000 Pale Aqua, BG11 Moon White, BG45 Nile Blue, E00 Skin White, E31 Brick Beige, E34 Orientale, YR21 Cream, YR24 Pale Sepia, B000 Pale Porcelain Blue, B00 Frost Blue
Techniques: Copic Coloring & Blending, Machine Stitching, Sponging
 
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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Nautical Fun

 
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Well, it certainly was nice to work on a card that didn't take days and days on end, like the last one! I bought a new (well, new to me) stamp from There She Goes Stamps, called "Float My Boat" by their illustrator Torico and as soon as it arrived in the mail, I was inking that cute image up. I love all of Torico's illustrations and hope that There She Goes Stamps never, never lets her go!

I decided to go with a nautical color scheme and envisoned, a pale lime green, pale aqua, bright red and royal blue and all the elements just flowed like the ocean. I curved the "Ahoy Matey" polymer stamp on the acrylic mount to ge the curved sentiment over the image. The little flag is stamped twice, one on the main image, and another cut out and popped up on Stampin' Up! Dimensionals for 3D fun. The corner larger green button was created by tying down the green button then affixing the royal blue metal star brad to the top of the button with Zots. I don't know if you can see the embossed pale aqua background but I used a Cuttlebug circles embossing folder for that.

 
Pictured above is the interior of the card with a computer-generated sentiment and coordinating papers and layout. I added another metal star brad to add a nautical touch to the interior. Below is a closeup of the main image:
 


Here's the Deets:
Stamp: There She Goes "Float My Boat"
Papers & Cardstock: October Afternoon "Seaside" Paper Collection, Various Paper Trek Ink and Clear Dollar Stamps Cardstock Solids
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Tools & Embellishments: Cuttlebug, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Paper Trey Ink Border Die, Martha Stewart Circle Punch, EK Success Corner Rounder Punch, Sewing Machine, Thread, Embroidery Thread, Stampin' Up! Dimensionals, Adhesives, Zots, Doodlebug Buttons, Star Brads, Ellen Hutson "Freebie" Ribbon, Computer-Generated Interior Sentiment.
Copic Sketch Markers: RV000 Pale Pink, RV23 Pure Pink, R02 Flesh, R08 Vermillion, YR21 Cream, YG03 Yellow Green, YG94 Grayish Olive, E25 Caribe Cocoa, E31 Brick Beige, B32 Pale Blue, B41 Powder Blue, BG11 Moon White, BG15 Aqua, BG45 Nile Blue, C2 & C5 Cool Greys, 0 Colorless Blender
Techniques: Copic Coloring & Blending, Machine Stitching
 
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