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Friday, November 17, 2017

Remember When

The older we get, the more we think about rekindling past friendships. With today's fast-paced technological advances, I find myself saying...I remember when... It is amazing how we got along without cell phones, iPads, and Apple watches. Here is a card for the person you enjoy reminiscing with.

Stamps: Feeling Sentimental, Elegant Beginnings
Paper: Soft Sky A-2, Whisper White 5 1/4 x 4
Ink: Archival Basic Black, Soft Sky
Technique: Sponging, Distressing
Accessories: Stacked With Love Washi Tape, Adhesive

This is a very basic, simple card. I sponged the white card stock with soft sky ink and distressed the edges. I stamped the image and sentiment directly onto the white cardstock and used the washi tape as a "street" or divider between the image and the sentiment.

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Rainbow Art

If you want to see beautiful colors, then go outside and look around you. The most beautiful vivid colors are everywhere, and my favorites are found sky-high, especially after a rain. Here is a simple card I made showing off colors with the sunshine behind them.

Stamps: Work of Art, Celestial Skies
Paper: Basic Gray A-2, Whisper White 5 1/4 x 4
Ink: Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Garden Green, Night of Navy, Island Indigo, Elegant Eggplant
Technique: Heat Embossing
Accessories: Versamark, Black Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Adhesive

I believe the sentiment says it all, "You are a fabulous work of art." What are your colors, or what colors best describe you? We associate color with our world: emotionally, physically, and symbolically. A person can be green with envy, or feel sad and blue. White stands for purity, and our Red, White, and Blue flag stands for freedom. We surround ourselves with our favorite colors, for we decide the color of our car, phone, clothes, walls, accessories, etc.

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Friday, November 10, 2017


If you want to get noticed, be different, unique, and yourself. It is your very own unique qualities that set you apart from others. These are your gifts that make you wonderful. Here is a card I made to illustrate this idea.

Stamps: Vivid Vases
Paper: Basic Gray A-2, Sweet Dreams DSP 4 x 5 1/4, Daffodil Delight 3 1/2 x 3 1/4, Whisper White 3 1/4 x 3
Ink: Archival Basic Black, Basic Gray, Daffodil Delight, Mint Macaron, Smoky Slate

What do you think? Everything is in the Basic Gray except for the middle image. Although, these are all different vases with different flowers, it is all of the unique, individual qualities that make this vase wonderful and different from the others. The individual vase obviously represents the wonderful person you are honoring with this card. So much more can be said of this quick and easy card to assemble, but I will leave that to each person's individual mind. Share in the comments if you would like.

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Praying for You Skies

A popular stamp set for the past eight years is entitled "Thoughts & Prayers." Need I say more? The sentiments in this set are often sent to those who are sick or suffering a loss. Yet, we must remember to let those we love know that they are always in our thoughts & prayers. Here is a card that I paired up with another stamp set: Serene Silhouettes. I hope you like it.

Stamps: Serene Silhouettes, Thoughts & Prayers
Paper: Daffodil Delight A-2, Whisper White 5 1/4 x 4
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Delightful Dijon, Tangelo Twist, Archival Basic Black
Technique: Ombre Technique, Sponging
Accessories: Brayer, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Sponge, Adhesive

I used my brayer to create the background for my tree silhouettes. I began with Daffodil Delight to cover the entire white panel. I then added the Delightful Dijon to the top 2/3 of the panel. Lastly, I added the Tangelo Twist until I created the effect that I wanted. You can find a tutorial for this technique at SplitcoastStampers HERE. I then stamped my tree silhouettes using my stamp-a-ma-jig. I added some black with a sponge to create the ground. The sentiment was stamped right before I assembled my card.

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Delight in Life

Sometimes you just want to be a bit artistic on your card. Maybe you want to go for the abstract, or you want the main focus to be on the sentiment. Here is a hot glue technique that can be used for any occasion.

Stamp: Delight in Life
Paper: Only Orange A-2, Watercolor 5 x 3 3/4
Ink: Only Orange, Elegant Eggplant, Watermelon Wonder, Bermuda Bay, Garden Green, Almost Amethyst, Archival Basic Black
Technique: Hot Glue Embossing, Sponging
Accessories: Decorative Label Punch, Basic Black Embossing Powder, Dimensionals, Adhesive, Hot Glue Tool

The hot glue embossing technique can be found on splitcoast stampers HERE. There is no limit to what you can do with this technique. It allows you to get as creative as you would like. I remember being in elementary school and just scribbling on a sheet of paper, so that I could just sit and color. As I stared at my 5 x 3 3/4 sheet of watercolor paper, I decided to revert back to my childhood. I scribbled using my hot glue tool. I quickly added black embossing powder to the hot glue and then applied just a bit of heat to make sure it stuck. I then took my ink and applied it to the various sections. Then I stamped, colored, and punched out my sentiment. I sponged the edges and adhered it with dimensionals.

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Musical Note of Thanks

Music is a universal language. Many use it as a tool to help others calm down, pay attention, or become more alert. It affects our emotional and physical state. O.k. I'm not writing a term paper, here is a card for the music lover in your circle. I do hope you like it.

Stamps: Tag Time, Piano Keys, Composer's Dream
Paper: Basic Black A-2, Whisper White 5 1/4 x 4, Gold Glimmer 1 1/4 x 4
Ink: Archival Basic Black, Versamark
Technique: Heat Embosssing
Accessories: 1 3/4" Circle Punch, Aluminum White Metal Tag, Black Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Adhesive

The Piano Keys and Composer's Dream stamps are not from Stampin' Up! Still, SU does have a new background stamp that can be used instead: Sheet Music. If you do not have the aluminum white metal tag, just stamp directly onto a 1 1/2" circle. I hope this has inspired you to go and create your own card and have some fun.

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Saturday, November 4, 2017

Kite Flying

A favorite family activity on a cool, windy, summer day is kite flying. I still remember the simple diamond shapped kites. We had to assemble them and fashion a tail made from rags. Dad would run and let go of it as it soared into the sky. All of us would take turns holding onto the string as it lifted itself higher and higher into the blue sky.

Stamps: Sheltering Tree, Send Me Soaring
Paper: Watermelon Wonder A-2, Whisper White 5 1/4 x 4
Ink: Old Olive, Summer Sun, Melon Mambo, Early Espresso, Midnight Muse, Watermelon Wonder
Technique: Sponging

I sponged the sky with my Summer Sun ink until I got the shade I wanted. The green mounds were stamped with Old Olive twice. The darker shade is the first stamp and the lighter is with the second stamp. Re-ink and repeat. I did this three times. I did the same thing with the leaves on the tree, moving the stamp slightly. The blades of grass were directly stamped where I wanted. The bike and one of the kites was stamped using Midnight Muse, and the second kite was stamped with Watermelon Wonder. The tree trunk was stamped using Early Espresso.

Very quick and easy card to stamp. The base of the card is Watermelon Wonder with the sponged and stamped Whisper White on top of it. I hope you like it.

This is what I call an All Occasion card because you can add whatever sentiment you want before you send it. It can be used for a Birthday, Thinking of You, Thank You, Get Well, etc.

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Friday, November 3, 2017

Baby Girl

Nothing in this world puts a bigger smile on your face than a sweet, precious NEWBORN. Carl Sandburg wrote, "A baby is God's opinion that the world should go on." I could not have said it any better. Here is a baby shower card for that special pink bundle.

I love to use images of baby toys and stuffed animals for these occasions.

Stamps: Year After Year, Something to Celebrate, Teddy and Train
Paper: Blushing Bride A-2, All ABloom DSP 5 1/2 x 3, Whisper White  2 1/4 x 2 3/4 & 3/4 x 2 3/4
Ink: Archival Basic Black, Blushing Bride
Accessories: Bitty Banners Dies, Soft Subtles Brads, Ticket Corner Punch, Sponge, Dimensionals, Adhesive

I know my stamps and designer paper are discontinued, but you use whatever supplies you have on hand. The layout is really fun with the Welcome, Baby banner on top. I hope you like it. Hopefully, this card has inspired you to create your own with your supplies, or copy mine if you have these items.

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What do you think of this pink ink? Can you see it and read it easily? Let me know what you think.



Thursday, October 5, 2017

Play Basketball

Here is a card for that basketball player in your circle. This stamp set is no longer available, but I keep all of my stamp sets. So, I thought I would share my card.

Stamps: Sporting, Just Basketball
Paper: Basic Black A-2, Peach Parfait 2x4, So Saffron 2 1/2 x 3 1/4, Certainly Celery 1 1/2 x 3 1/4, Very Vanilla 2 1/4 x 4 & 5 1/4 x 4 (inside)
Ink: Archival Basic Black, Markers: Basic Black & Peach Parfait
Accessories: Dimensionals & Adhesive

This is a very easy card to put together. It can be made to fit whatever occasion is needed for that basketball player - just add a banner or sentiment on the front or inside of the card. I did want to mention that the Peach Parfait, So Saffron, and Certainly Celery is some old DSP that I still have in my stash. I stamped on it and placed it on the card. I think it works. What do you think? It is a great way to use up old DSP.

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