Wednesday, April 30, 2014


Hello stampers....
This card is one that I would classify as a "TBD" type card.  (to be determined)  I like having a stash of generic cards made, and when the need for a card arises you can simply add a quick tag for the occasion.  For example, using the stamp set "Teeny Tiny Wishes" would be a fabulous choice that would cover many occasions.  I think this card would be perfect for a birthday, get well, thinking of you, or Mother's Day. 

I seriously used scraps laying on my desk for most of this card.  I found the instructions to make the basket on a sight called  Dawn is a Stampin'Up! demonstrator and does a fabulous job on her videos and card samples.  Check her out!

The card base is from Crumb Cake measuring 4-1/4" x 11", scored at 5-1/2".  The next layer measures 4" x 5-1/4" and I ran it through the Lattice Square embossing folder and my Big Shot machine.  The basket was woven from strips of Crumb Cake cardstock that had been stamped with the "Hardwood" background stamp.  Dawn does an excellent video to show how it's done, and it's much easier than it looks.  The flowers were punched from the Petite Petals punch, and I added my homemade dots to the center. These were attached to the card front with pieces of dimensionals, as was the basket.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

An old pattern but a good one!

Well it's finally the weekend!  YAY!  What an eternal week this was, and I felt like I accomplished nothing.

I was "attempting" to clean my craft space when I came upon this sample.  I sell cards at a local gift shop, and they advised they were running low on sympathy cards.  I pulled this sample because it's easy to reproduce but a pretty elegant card.

The base was made with Soft Suede textured cardstock which has been discontinued. (normal A2 size card)  You could choose to use plain cardstock, or it could be textured with an embossing folder as an alternative. The top layer of Very Vanilla measures 2-3/4" x 4", stamped with Soft Suede ink.  The stamp set is one of my favorites "Thoughts & Prayers."  Luckily it's not retiring!  I stamped the image towards the top of the cardstock to allow a strip of DSP measuring 3/4" to be added to the bottom. I covered the seam with a ribbon.  The Very Vanilla layer beneath this measures 3" x 4-1/4".  I added the larger layer to the cardfront first, then popped the stamped layer on top using dimensionals.  For the final touch, tiny pearls are scattered throughout the branches of the trees....which may be hard to see in the photograph. 

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

sweet little Easter card

Today's card is a sweet little bunny - just perfect for sending special Easter wishes.  I began with cutting out a circle in Whisper White cardstock using SU's circle framelits.  I used the 4th from the largest circle.  I used a sponge and colored some cheeks using Pretty in Pink ink (retired).  The ears were punched in Whisper White c/s and Pretty in Pink DSP using the wide oval and large oval punches.  The white pieces were all sponged with Soft Suede ink, and the pink pieces were sponged with Pretty in Pink ink.  I attached the bunny pieces to a layer of Kraft c/s (non-SU) which measured 3-3/4" x 5". After these pieces were attached, then I trimmed the circle even with the edges of the layer, and rounded the corners.  I added whiskers with my black marker (fine tip end) and added a small heart punched out of matching pink cardstock for her little nose.  The eyes were added using my homemade enamel dots made from Perler beads, and I added a small dot of black enamel liquid for the mouth.  The bow was made from Pretty in Pink satin ribbon from SU (retired).  For the sentiment, I used the word bubble from "Just Sayin" and stamped/heat embossed with Versamark and white embossing folder.  I then used the matching framelit to cut it out, and added it to the card front using dimensionals.  This entire layer was attached to the card front using dimensionals. The card base is a normal A2 size (5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4") and I rounded all the corners.

This card kind of reminds me of "Hello Kitty" only in the bunny version. 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Hexagon Hive Thinlit card

Today's card is made with the "Hexagon Hive" thinlit die which is from the current mini catalog. I began by cutting out the die with some Kraft paper (non-SU).  Then I inked up the Hardwood background stamp (also in the mini catalog) with Early Espresso ink, and stamped the cut out piece and also the card front as well.  I then carefully cut pieces of dimensionals and attached the cut out piece to the card front.

I used the stamp set called "Flower Shop" and stamped the flowers in Calypso Coral and Crisp Cantaloupe ink, and punched them out with the coordinating punch.  The leaves were stamped from "Secret Garden" in Pear Pizzazz ink, and cut out with the coordinating framelit. These were attached with dimensionals.

I stamped the little banner from the hostess set called "Banner Greetings" in Calypso Coral ink, and attached to a toothpick. This was added to the card front using dimensionals.

The centers of the flowers are actually handmade enamel dots that I learned to make by watching several videos on YouTube.  They are so easy to do, and they are made with Perler beads.  I've been baking big batches of them in an array of colors.   I'm addicted, and will be needing a 12 step program shortly!  ha ha!!

I hope you enjoy today's card as much as I enjoyed making it! 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

clean and simple sympathy card

Good morning!
Today's card is a clean and simple sympathy card.  It's never pleasant thinking about having the need for a sympathy card, but of course it's unfortunately a necessary part of life.

The card base is made from Very Vanilla cardstock (5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4") for a side fold card.  The Basic Black layer measures at 2" x 3-1/4".  The Very Vanilla layer measures 1-3/4" x 3".
I stamped the image from "Serene Silhouettes" using StazOn ink.  The layers were adhered together, and attached to the card front with dimensionals.  The sentiment used is from the set "Thoughts & Prayers" and stamped using StazOn.  For a little touch of bling, I added small pearls to the base of each stem and dots of black Stickles (non-SU) to the tips.  I try to keep a supply of these types of cards on hand at all times.  It's simple, but would be sure to let the recipient know you are thinking of them.

Friday, April 4, 2014

update to last sample I've been staring at the last card since it was still sitting out on my table.  Although I liked the clean and simple lines,  I kept thinking it "needed" something.  Then I spied the scrap of DSP that I'd cut away when I'd made my angled cut.  I glued it down, added two lines with my black marker, and now it's done.  I'm much happier with this version.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

super simple "Simply Stars" card

Good evening!
Today's card is a super quick and simple card.  I've found that I'm truly learning to appreciate clean and simple cards these days.  I found this card layout on Amy O'Neill's blog.   Amy had heat embossed her sentiment which I loved, but honestly I was too lazy to pull out my heat gun.  I guess it's just too late in the day. My "Man in Brown" just delivered the stamp set today, so I didn't have all day to play with it.   Anyway, I was happy with the end result for now.  Perhaps the heat gun will make an appearance on another day.

I began with a card base of 4-1/4" x 11", scored at 5-1/2".  I took a scrap of Pool Party DSP which measured 4-1/4" x 3".  I cut it on an angle and glued to the card base.  Next I took my black marker and added two lines which followed the angle of the DSP.  I took a scrap of white cardstock and stamped a large star from the set "Simply Stars" using Real Red ink.  I cut out the star, added dimensionals, and attached it to a vellum cardstock circle measuring 1-3/4".  This was attached to the card front with dimensionals.  I stamped the sentiment in black StazOn in from the stamp set called "Express Yourself."   I added a black dot to the center of the star.