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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Card #15

I had to use the cute duck on the last card.  He is a great image to color.  I decided to give him a rainbow umbrella.


This is basically a one layer card.  After I colored the duck I decided on a true red card base.  It seemed to set off the other colors and made them pop.  I used an inside scallop rectangle frame die and cut it out of some black card stock.  I used the same die and cut the main panel also.  It was easy to set the duck panel into the black frame and give it an inlaid look.  This is an easy technique but gives a great impact.  


Presenting Mr. Cute Duck.  I found the perfect sentiment in another SSS stamp.  Love it!


15 cards.  Wow!  I'm going to move on with some other projects I have in mind.  Thanks for hanging with me during this series.  See you soon!
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Saturday, September 15, 2018

Card #14

I broke out the watercolor markers today.  I find when I go back to a technique that I haven't done for awhile, I realize how much I enjoy it.  That's the case with today's card.  


I mean really, who could resist these rainbow colors.  So much fun and it really didn't take any time at all.  A few strokes of the marker and then blending with clear water creates so many different variations of color.  


I fussy cut the polka dot boots and was ready to make a simple card into a masterpiece.  


I used a floral paper from the kit as a pretty background.  The LOVE sticker banner is also from the kit.  It fit nicely on a wood look strip of paper.  


This is a perfect card to encourage someone.  I usually leave the inside of my cards blank to write a personal message.  I love to pass along all the love that goes along with a card like this.  


Please come back tomorrow and see my LAST card made with the Simon Says Stamp March card kit.  I'm sending you off with a cute one.  Love,
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Friday, September 14, 2018

Card #13

Even though I have lots of scraps now from making 12 cards from the SSS March 2018 card kit, I have a project for you today that shows how to make something beautiful from odds and ends.  


So I gathered up all the scraps and strips of paper and started sorting and arranging them.  I had to cut some into smaller strips and really work at making them in some sort of coordinating order.  



Even after all that I rearranged the strips for the final cards.  


By adhering them on an angle it draws your eye across the card and gives the plain background some interest.  Love this one.


Here's another example.  I'm crazy about the bicycle strip.  I wish there were more of this image.  Did you notice that in each card I separated the strips with other papers in the collection that have a lot of black and white.  This keeps the design from being too busy.


The design of this last card is horizontal so the strips look ok going straight across.  The sentiment reflects the wishes of my heart regarding lots of friends and family.  So that's it for me today.  Hope you're enjoying my cards!
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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Card #12




After I took the photos for this post I stamped the sentiment on the card.  Recently my grandson visited.  We hadn't seen him in several years so it was pretty special.  When he was younger we used to say I Love You.  The other person would say I Love You More.  It is certainly an appropriate reminder for him of days long ago and memories we made together.  While he was here we had several bunnies visit our yard.  I'm hoping this card will connect with him of days gone by and new ones to come.  Love you Zachary!  


I started the card by embossing several white panels with different designs.  By using a flexible rubber mat I can create a raised effect instead of actually using a die to cut a design.  It adds texture to the background but doesn't take away from the main elements of the card.  I backed the panel with a piece of foam and then cut out a circle.  


I found a paper with tiny hearts and thought it was perfect.  I used a stitched rectangle die to cut both panels and then mounted the white one over the hearts.  You can clearly see the embossing in this photo.  I colored the same bunny image from the kit that I've used several times, added the carrot and some sequins.  And most important I attached the small pom pom to the tail.  Have I ever showed you my sequin collection and how I store them?  



A vision of rainbow sparkles!


Any guesses how many cards I'm going to make from the kit?
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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Card #11

Wow!  We're up to 11 cards from the kit.  I still have a lot of ideas and haven't run out of supplies yet so I'm still going.  


I don't think I've ever made so many cards with no stamping.  It's kinda fun to just layer elements on top of each other and be done.  As you can see this card has 5 different papers along with a few stickers, jute and colored dots.  


This sheet of paper from the kit has so many sections to cut apart and are the perfect size to use on cards.  


I especially like this quote.  Sometimes we think we need a lot of this and that to make us happy.  But really, LOVE is a quality that endures and reminds us what is important.  1 Corinthians 13: 7,8 says "It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  Love never fails."  It's easy to forget that and get caught up in the problems and stress of this world.  Every day we should step back for a few minutes and reflect on love.  Love for each other, love for the beauty around us and especially love for Jehovah God.  



Please have a lovely day!!!
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Monday, September 10, 2018

Card #10



I wanted to remind you about the kit I'm using for all my cards this month.  It's the SSS March 2018 card kit and it comes with this nice sheet giving you some examples of cards to make with all the contents.  I haven't made any exactly like these but all the cards are very pretty.  


I'm using the flowering boot stamp for today's card and a sentiment from the other stamp set in the kit.  


Here's my card.  


I'm pretty happy with this one.  It's exactly my style.  The colored pieces are scraps of inked papers that I had left over from other projects.  I had just enough to use them with a die that cuts the stitched scallop edge.  I colored the boots based on the scallop papers.  


This is a photo of the die, markers and watermelon jewel drops that I used.  


Happy Monday!  See you tomorrow.
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Sunday, September 9, 2018

Card #8



One of the papers in the kit has this flower market design.  I fussy cut the awning and the flowers.  Yes, I did cut all around those tiny flowers with scissors.  Instead of using a plain white paper behind these two elements, I decided to use the Green Apple card stock.  It was also in the kit.  

I'm going to give you a little lesson about card stock.  It comes in different weights.  It ranges from 65 lb. to 120 lb.  The higher the number the heavier the paper.  I usually use 110 lb. white card stock as the base for my projects.  It gives a nice sturdy backing to whatever I'm putting on top and it also holds up well for displaying.  The 80 lb. is good for card fronts which will be attached to the base.  They are also good for coloring with markers or lots of embellishments.  The surface is very smooth on all the weights I use.  If I'm going to watercolor an image or even the entire background, I can't use the same paper.  It will pill and disintegrate under all the water.  In that case I use 140 lb. watercolor paper.  


I backed the Fresh Flowers sticker with a piece of rose card stock to make it stand out and to connect it to the colors in the flower strip.  


Fresh Flowers anyone?
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Saturday, September 8, 2018

Card #7


The Showers and Flowers stamp set from the SSS March 2018 card kit has a happy little duck image.  Since I haven't used it yet I wanted to make a card featuring it. 


I stamped a couple of the ducks and colored them with my Copic markers.  I used a white gel pen to add some details on the umbrella, hat and a few other places.  I cut them out so they would be ready for my card.  


I wanted a rainy background so I used 3 Distress Oxide inks and a cloud stencil from My Favorite Things.  This makes it pretty easy to get the rounded edges to resemble clouds.  The different ink colors give it some depth.  When I was finished I sprinkled some large water droplets on the panel and then let it dry.  This particular ink reacts to water and even though it's subtle you get that effect.  


After stamping the sentiment with black ink and using clear embossing powder the panel was ready for the duck.  I popped him up with some foam.  I decided on a black card base to really set off the strong colors.  I think it looks great!



I wanted to show you the contrast of the exact same card but using different background papers when I took the photos.  So, all you who are reading this, YOU make my rainy days brighter.
Much love, 
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Friday, September 7, 2018

Card #6

I've got a super quick card for you today.  I simply used stickers and papers from the SSS March 2018 card kit.


I started with an Apple Green card base and cut it for a top folding card.  The notebook paper, or maybe it's barn siding, is the background for the other elements.  I put a foam panel between the base and the paper.  As with all the other stickers I "removed" the adhesive with a powder tool and used foam dots to adhere them.  So instead of the stickers being flat on the card, they are raised.  


I added a tiny strip of the black type paper under the banner and then used the watering can and tags as the rest of the elements.  I finished it off with some jute tied around the panel before I finally attached it to the card base.  


Another card in the file.  Thanks for stopping by!
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