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June Wedding?

>> Thursday, April 26, 2018

Good morning!

Today I've done some wedding/anniversary cards, very simple
 barely any coloring.  I used a silver color pencil and 
some Zest-it to blend.
Below I have a picture tutorial of how to make this easel card.

The dies on both cards are from Spellbinders.

I used some gold Twinkling H2Os to put just a bit of color on the flowers.

Make the usual 4 1/4 X 5 1/2 (A2) card base then score the top again at 2 1/8".
Place a die that will fit, without going to the edges of the 4 1/4 X 5 1/2 top.  The middle of the die should be on the score line at 2 1/8" and place the cutting plate right at the score line as shown below.

This will ensure that the die only cuts to the score line.

The rest is self explanatory just looking at the
photos below.
Fold on score line to a mountain.
The last thing to remember on any easel card is to make a "stop" 
on the inside by popping something up, a layer, flower or anything like that.
On my cards above I have a popped up layer.  The "stop" should be at 
about the half way mark so that the front of the card stands up properly.

Thanks for visiting today!


Focus on Hope

>> Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Today I have a Bible Journal page made with the new God Bless You Cross.  I am reading Priscilla Shirer's Devotional, Awaken, and this is a quote from that book.  I think it is super positive so I wanted to include it in my Bible.  The scripture I focused on here is Romans 5:5 - a message of hope.  To make this page, I swiped walnut stain and Sahara Sand ink on some aluminum foil and misted with water.  I then smashed the foil into my page.  After it dried, I did my journaling. 

Next, I stamped the cross and colored it up with water color pencils.  A very easy to do page and I really like how it came out.




Cats and Flowers

>> Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Hi Everyone,

Cats are the popular animal in the lives of my friends and extended family. My aunt, two cousins, both nieces and two friends all have kitties as parts of the family. So, naturally my card for an upcoming birthday had to include a cat :)

I stamped, colored and fussy cut Purrfectly Comfortable Kitty and attached her to a background that was embossed with paw prints and stamped using the Small Cat Print.  I added a couple of rows of gems and a bit of glitter glue to her collar for some girlie bling.  A die cut speech bubble and the Pawsitively Birthday Greeting finished it off. 

One of the ladies that belongs to my rec center where I walk everyday is having some surgery, so I made this get well card with her in mind.  I chose a pastel lavender base card and simple monochromatic color scheme.  

I stamped the Dogwood Branch a bunch of times and then proceeded to fussy cut the blossoms, added a bit of lavender embellishment to match the card base.  I embossed the background panel and added the flowers using dimensional foam tape, embellishing them with some glitter in the center.  

And I have to say that I really prefer the sentiment of "Hope Your Feeling Better", over "Get Well Soon!"  It's so much less!  Whenever I've gotten a card like that, I always want to say, "I'm trying!" :) :) :)  Seriously though, sending cards handmade cards is a special art, and anyone I've ever sent one to, no matter what the greeting says, is always super grateful indeed!

Happy Stamping friends!


Birthday Bouquet

>> Monday, April 23, 2018

Happy Monday everyone. Hope you had a great weekend. We have finally had a couple of consecutive days with sunshine and more normal temperatures. It's beginning to feel like spring!

I went to a local craft store the other day to get one specific die. Well, you can probably guess what happened. I did get that die set, but saw something else and well..... Here are a couple of birthday cards I created using this new fun flower die from Gina Marie.

First I worked on the backgrounds by adding a few colors of TH Distress Oxide inks to some Glossy paper. Once the panels dried I rubbed on some TH Distress Micro Glaze. The glaze really brings out the color and makes it more permanent.

Next I die cut the flowers (all one die) from the white and black panels. I used the outline die just to emboss the edges to give the flowers a bit more definition. The Birthday Wishes greeting was stamped with Versafine Onyx ink on the white panel and heat embossed in white on the black panel.

I really like how these turned out. Thanks for stopping by today.



Bee Happy

>> Saturday, April 21, 2018


I'm thinking if we all wish reaalllly hard we just might actually see some spring weather soon.  I was totally thinking about spring as I made my card for today, so I've done my part :)

I started my card by stamping our Daisy Bloom and Bitsy Bee on separate pieces of white card stock using black ink, coloring and fussy cutting them.   Once my grey layer was cut to size, I added a strip of black card stock and stamped our Spring Bee Happy Greeting above and below.  Before mounting the daisy I added a yellow flower brad to the center and added a little curve to the petals using an embossing stylus.

Thanks so much for stopping by!!


Piggy Grad

>> Friday, April 20, 2018

Happy Friday!
I hope your week has gone well! It's getting to be that time of year..time for the Pomp & Circumstance march across the stage. I remember it well...mainly because I was in the band & played it for a lot of graduating classes! In the graduation spirit, I have a fun grad card today.

Normally, this pig image has a party hat along w/ a balloon but since I fussy cut him, I cut off the party hat. The small balloon was stamped again w/ lt blue ink, colored & fussy cut. All the other balloons were made by die cutting 2 sizes of balloons in a piece of copy paper & using the negative as a stencil. After I sponged the Distress inks thru the stencil I added some Wink of Stella to some of them. 
The greeting was stamped at the bottom & I used Copics to make the shadow underneath. A few grad caps & some drawn balloon strings & I was done!

Here's a look at the inside & below it are the Copics I used.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

stamps: DRS Designs - Birthday Party PigDream Big (insideBrush MortarboardBright Graduation Greeting)
paper: Staples 110# white, black
ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Distress inks tumbled glass, broken china, cracked pistachio, spun sugar, shaded lilac, twisted citron, squeezed lemonade
accessories: Copic markers,  Spellbinders A2 modern stationery dies  Misti, small grad cap punch, ODBD Balloon dies (used as a stencil), Wink of Stella


Fishing Rules!

>> Thursday, April 19, 2018

Good morning!
Well summer and Father's Day is also in our near future so I'm trying 
to think ahead... This first card could be for any occasion but it 
is most likely going to be for the guy in your life!!
DRS stamps used: Fishing Rules 315K and Jumping Fish 325L

This card uses lots of corrugated card stock both torn and painted 
and as a base layer.  I used white paint and green paint and also 
some copper Nuvo Mousse.
I also used some gauze (or cheesecloth) and rubbed it with
Tea Stain Distress Ink.  I applied matte paper adhesive
to the blue panel with a brush and pressed the gauze into it.  
After the adhesive dried I inked it and because some of the paper had 
adhesive on it, I got some really different results, happy accident
you might say.  It just goes with all the other guy elements.
My fish is fussy cut from the jumping fish scene.

This next card is a cute birthday card, with birds and that darling
The bird dies are from Elizabeth Craft.  I colored them to look like the DRS
stamp bird on the feeder,  I believe they are Nuthatch.
Everything else is pretty simple.

Hey, thanks for visiting today!


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