Wednesday, April 22, 2015

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I try to create a card every week using a sketch provided by a Stampin' Up! team member.  I missed the last few so I wanted to this week.


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The photo doesn't show off how pretty this paper is.  It's called Gold Soiree and comes in a package of 12 sheets, 2 of each of 6 double sided designs.  Each sheet is 12" x 12" and features Metallic Gold ink.




I used one pattern as the background panel and layered a strip of the printed scallop paper on top.  I die cut an oval from the Oval framelits in white cardstock.  I sponged it with Pistachio Pudding ink.  I cut some flowers and leaves from matching cardstock colors and also sponged them.


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I layered the floral elements on top the oval and added a white Candy Dot to the center.


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I cut a small strip of gold striped paper from the same pack and added a sentiment stamped in Calypso Coral.


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This is such a bright happy card.  It's amazing that in the creative process, sometimes an idea comes together in your head and the finished product ends up entirely different.  Beautiful!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Valentina Doll Art Page

I have a post today featuring one of the Julie Nutting doll stamps.  This is the page I created for February.  The doll's name is Valentina.


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I love her flirty dress!  I guess I was thinking a lot about spring coming and it seems to be reflected in this page.  I chose a pretty sky blue pattern paper for the background and used some vanilla paper for the stamped hills.


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Love, love, love her dress!  I paper pieced it using two papers that had soft colors.  This is a somewhat tedious process.  The dress is stamped on two different papers and then cut with sharp scissors.  I glued the polka dot paper over the stamped doll and then glued the plaid paper on top of that.  I added tiny pearls down the front.


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Her hat was created the same way.  The small polka dot paper is glued over the plaid paper hat cut out.  A slit is cut so it can fit over her head.


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I stamped tiny stars, some with trails, some with faces, in gray ink to create subtle movement to the background.  The sentiment I chose reflects my feeling for EVERYONE I love.


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"Valentina's" friend is the perfect complement to the prim and proper doll page.  As always, I stamped the both doll images on tiny text paper.  I love the way this looks.


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All of my doll pages are 6" x 9", the perfect size to fit into an album when I'm finished.  I need to hurry up and do March and April so I can catch up.  Check back soon!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Awesome Flowers

I saw a card like this made by a team leader at Stampin' Up!  It's really a simple card but it has a lot of punch.  I layered newsprint paper on top of Chocolate Chip cardstock.


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Then it was just a matter of stamping the pretty colorful flowers on top.  It's very easy when you have a stamp set like Flower Patch.  There are 19 images in the set and one design is stamped on top another to create different layers of flowers.  By using different colors of ink, the flowers look almost real.


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Also, by stamping all the flower centers with Chocolate Chip ink, the flowers look tied together as one bunch and match the card base.  You can buy this stamp set to make your own cards.  Just click on the link at the top right of my blog page.  So many possibilities!


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This sentiment also comes in the set along with 2 others.  I used a small die to cut the tag shape and stamped it with the same Chocolate Chip ink.  I added a piece of ivory crochet ribbon and tied a bow with Crisp Cantaloupe twine.


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It would be easy to make a bunch of these cards all at one time.  Bet you can't wait to see what I have to show you tomorrow.  Come back then!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Stamping Fun With A Friend

I will craft any time of day, enjoying my card making by myself.  However, it's really fun when you get to share your card making with a friend who also likes to craft.  It would be nice to do it all the time but logically life is more than making cards.  But recently, a friend and I spent some time together and instead of mostly talking and making one card, we talked some and made 3 cards.


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We worked on the same cards together because we had our supplies out.  This is a unique card because it's cut and scored in a special way.  It's called a tri-shutter card.  This is the front.  When you open the card.....


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it looks like this.  We made one this pretty light aqua and another one with a purple color scheme.  We used a Stampin' Up! set called Mosaic Madness.  There is a matching punch which we used on the front panel.


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Don't the tiny pearls look nice in the center of the medallions?


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We stamped a beautiful sentiment inside.  I sent the purple one to my granddaughter so I don't have any photos of that one, but it was exactly the same.


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So Debra, thanks for coming to play cards with me!


Saturday, April 4, 2015

Golden Thanks

Here is another card I made using bright spring colors.  I love the gold stripe paper I chose for the background.


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The Calypso Coral cardstock frames the gold paper and ties all the colors together.  I stamped some flower images and colored them with markers, blending some shades together.


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I used some really sharp scissors to cut out the flowers.  I cut a label and punched a hole in each end.  I stamped a timeless sentiment in the middle.


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I used some green twine to emphasize the green leaves and threaded it through both ends of the label, taping it to the back of the gold paper.  I think this is an elegant card.


Thursday, April 2, 2015

Created by Me

I entered a challenge recently as a team member with a group who sell Stampin' Up! products.  I love this company because of the way they design everything to coordinate.  Paper, ink, ribbon, buttons, etc.  I was given a variety of products and was to make a card making the best use of them.  Here's my entry.


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I was free to design the card any way I wanted.  I started with a base of Night of Navy and then added a piece of the coordinating pattern paper on top.  I used two ribbons and adhered them down the middle of the card.  The navy ribbon matches the card stock base.  It is a thin seam binding ribbon and I had some trouble with the fishtail end because it wanted to stretch and pull out of shape.  I layered it over some Crushed Curry striped grosgrain ribbon.  The color matches the pattern paper.


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I die cut a sheet of washi tape with one of the Window framelits.  The washi sheets are adhesive backed so it was easy to apply the die cut right over the ribbon.  I used a scallop punch and another coordinating paper for the next layer, popping it up a little with some foam dots.


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I found a stamp that matches the triangles in the paper and used Crushed Curry ink and then punched it out for the next layer.  I threaded some Calypso Coral twine through a gold metal button, pulled the ends around to the back and used a glue dot to hold it in place.


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See what I mean about everything coordinating.  I am one of 8 people who entered the challenge.  I should find out in a day or two if I won.  Voting on the projects is done by the other team members.  If I win, I get to choose ANY stamp set from the 2 current catalogs!  I have my eye on an alphabet set, which I need.  Also, it's one of the most expensive sets in the catalog, so why not when I can possibly get it FREE.


Oh by the way, you can order any Stampin' Up! products from me.  Just click HERE.  Thanks!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Spring is Here

The official date of spring on the calendar is March 20.  Living in Florida it's easy to forget the change of seasons.  We do have several flowering trees that bloom at various months and it's fun to see them.  One of the trees that's blooming right now is the yellow trumpet tree.


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They grow very tall and are stunning in a yard.  Sometimes they are called the "messy tree" because when the flowers fall your entire yard will be yellow.


So, I've been in the mood lately to work on happy spring flower cards.


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This was really simple to put together.  The background paper is the focus.  Such pretty colors.  I angled the stamped and colored image to mimic the geometric triangles.  Did you notice how the gold washi tape is also angled?  Little thoughts like that make a card design come together as a "masterpiece".


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The cute bird and nest was easy to color with my markers and I LOVE the tiny heart in the word bubble.  I also added a yellow gold button with some washi tape looped through the holes.  Not my idea but one I took from another card.


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I'm starting to accumulate a nice supply of hello and thinking of you cards.  So handy to have ready to pop into the mail.  I'd love for you to pop in tomorrow for another pretty card.