Sunday, July 3, 2022

Red, White, and Blue Thanks

Say Thanks to the troops! Our young men and women fight for us every day to maintain our freedoms. We must never forget to say THANKS! Here is a clean and simple (CAS) card to send to anyone who is serving our great country. There are no embellishments, for the true beauty is in what you write on the inside from your heart. 




Stamps:
   For Being You

Paper:
   Basic White A-2, 5-1/4 x 4 (Inside)

Ink:
   Archival Basic Black

Markers:
   Real Red
   Night of Navy

Technique:
   CAS

Accessories:
   Stamp-a-ma-jig
   Adhesive

First, I stamped "Thanks" three times. I used my stamp-a-ma-jig because my stamp was on a wooden block. If you are using a cling stamp set, you can use a Stamparatus or MISTI if needed. I stamped the center one first, and then evenly spaced the other two.

I then colored in the top one, using a Real Red marker, and then the bottom one, using a Night of Navy marker.

Lastly, I adhered the Basic White panel to the inside of the card.

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Saturday, July 2, 2022

Count On It

So many occasions deserve a toast and a celebration, or they deserve both! Which would you choose and why? Here is a card to go with a toast while the lamb dances in celebration. What do you think? 




Stamps:
   Counting Sheep
   Good Feelings

Paper:
   Merry Merlot A-2
   Basic White 5-1/4 x 4 (2)

Ink:
   Tuxedo Black Memento

Markers:
   Basic Black
   Blush Blossom
   White Chalk 

Technique:
   CAS

Accessories:
   Pressed Petals
   Gingham Gala Adhesive Backed Sequins
   Pop-Up Stickers
   Adhesive

First, I stamped the lamb in the center of the card.

I colored it, using Blush Blossom for the face, and hooves. I used the White Chalk Marker for the wool.

I then stamped the sentiment with Tuxedo Black Memento ink.

I then adhered the panel to the Merry Merlot card front and added the pressed petals on the bottom left.

Lastly, I added a few pop-up stickers from my stash of products and adhered the other Basic White panel to the inside of the card.

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Friday, July 1, 2022

Thoughtful Thanks

Make use of Paper Pumpkin left-overs right away. It is great to have a few left-overs from the various Paper Pumpkin kits. Still, they do accumulate and are soon forgotten if you put them away. So, I have now decided to try and make use of them right away. I had three tags left-over from the February kit. I know, I am behind in putting my kit together, but there is no set time to get them done. Thoughts? 


Thoughtful Thanks



Thoughtful Thanks Too



Thoughtful Thanks Tre


Stamps:
   Safari Celebration (Paper Pumpkin 2/2022)
   Positive Thoughts

Paper:
   Fresh Freesia A-2 or Soft Succulent A-2
   Basic Black 5-3/8 x 4-1/8
   Basic White 5-1/4 x 4 (2)
   Paper Pumpkin Tag (Left-Over 2/22)

Ink:
   Bumblebee
   Fresh Freesia
   Pear Pizzazz
   Rich Razzleberry
   Soft Succulent

Technique:
   Blending Brush

Accessories:
   Basic Rhinestone Jewels
   Frosted Rocks (Paper Pumpkin Kit - Left-Overs)
   Blending Brush/Sponge
   Dimensionals
   Adhesive

The instruction sheet, included with each kit, listed the coordinating colors for the kit. I began by pulling all of the colors. I also decided to use my Positive Thoughts stamp set to create my three new cards, using one left-over tag on each card.

First, I stamped the flower image a couple of times, using Rich Razzleberry ink.

I then stamped a couple of butterflies with Fresh Freesia.

Next, I stamped the leaves, using Soft Succulent and Pear Pizzazz. I stamped several in various directions to cover the rest of the panel.

I grabbed my blending brush and added Bumblebee ink across the panel to add a bit of sunlight to the card.

I then adhered the panel to a Basic Black matte, and then onto a card base. I chose Fresh Freesia and Soft Succulent as my card bases.

Next, I added a left-over tag, using dimensionals.

Lastly, I added a few left-over frosted rocks on the flowers and tag. I added rhinestones to the butterflies and adhered the other basic white panel to the inside of the card.

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Thursday, June 30, 2022

Sympathy Moments

A beautiful serene scene is all that is needed for a sympathy card. I believe in letting the paper do most of the work. Thoughts?


Sympathy Moments


Stamps:
   Peaceful Moments

Paper:
   Balmy Blue A-2
   Feels Like Frost DSP 5-1/2 x 3
   Vellum 1-3/4 x 5-1/4
   Basic White Strips 1/2 x 5-1/2 (2), 5-1/4 x 4 (Inside)

Ink:
   Night of Navy

Technique:
   CAS

Accessories:
   Glittery Clear Epoxy Shapes
   Tear & Tape
   Adhesive

First, I adhered a Basic White strip on each side of the designer series paper (DSP) panel. You can easily place the DSP panel onto a Basic White panel that measures 3-1/4 x 5-1/2. I chose to use strips because I have many left-over ones from cutting panels for other cards.

Next, I stamped my sentiment onto the center of a vellum panel. I allowed the panel to dry for a few minutes. 

I then wrapped the vellum around the panel and adhered it to the back, using strips of tear and tape. Any strong adhesive will do the job.

I then adhered this panel onto the Balmy Blue card front.

Lastly, I added glittery clear epoxy shapes and adhered the Basic White panel to the inside of the card.

Here is another card with the sentiment on the upper part of the card:


Sympathy Moments Too


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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Under His Wings

Pairing up the Hope & Prayer stamp set with the Oceanfront stamp set was one of the best decisions I made this week. What do you think?




Stamps:
   Hope & Prayer
   Oceanfront

Paper:
   Gray Granite A-2
   Basic Black 5-3/8 x 4-1/8
   Basic White 5-1/4 x 4 (2)

Ink:
   Crumb Cake
   Gorgeous Grape
   Gray Granite
   Pacific Point
   Pear Pizzazz
   Soft Suede
   Tuxedo Black Memento

Technique:
   CAS

Accessories:
   Pebbles Enamel Shapes
   Basic Rhinestone Jewels
   Adhesive

First, I stamped the sky using Gorgeous Grape.

I then added the water with Pacific Point.

I stamped the sand, using Crumb Cake.

Added a bit of gritty sand with Soft Suede.

Next, I stamped the grasses with Pear Pizzazz. I added a couple of tall grasses and a few small ones.

I then stamped the boulders, using Gray Granite.

I then stamped the dove and sentiment from the Hope & Prayer stamp set, using Tuxedo Black Memento.

I adhered the panel to a Basic Black matte and then adhered it onto the Gray Granite card front.

Lastly, I added a few pebbles, rhinestones, and adhered the other Basic White panel to the inside of the card.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Mossy Grove

This stamp set is ideal for creating masculine scenes as well as having an appeal for all who cherish the outdoors. Thoughts? 


Mossy Grove


Stamps:
Grassy Grove

Paper:
   Soft Sea Foam A-2, Scraps
   Simply Marbleous DSP 5-1/4 x 4
   Basic White 5-1/4 x 4 (Inside), Scraps

Ink:
   Cinnamon Cider
   Mossy Meadow

Technique:
   Die Cutting

Accessories:
   Grove Dies
   2020-2022 In-Color Enamel Dots
   Dimensionals
   Adhesive

First, I stamped and die cut the tall pines using Mossy Meadow on Soft Sea Foam card stock.

I then stamped and die cut a deer. I used Cinnamon Cider on a scrap of Basic White card stock.

Next, I stamped and die cut the grove using Mossy Meadow ink on Mossy Meadow card stock.

I adhered the DSP panel to the Soft Sea Foam card front. I attached the grove with dimensionals. I then adhered the trees and the deer with adhesive.

Lastly, I stamped the sentiment and added a couple of enamel dots. I adhered the Basic White panel to the inside of the card.

Here is another card using the same products, but a different layout:

Mossy Grove Too


Stamps:
   Grassy Grove

Paper:
   Soft Sea Foam A-2
   Simply Marbleous DSP 5-1/4 x 2
   Basic White 5-1/4 x 4 (2), Scraps

Ink:
   Cinnamon Cider
   Mossy Meadow

Technique:
   Die Cutting

Accessories:
   Grove Dies
   2020-2022 In-Color Enamel Dots
   Dimensionals
   Adhesive

First, I stamped and die cut three sections of grass, using Cinnamon Cider on scraps of Basic White.

I then stamped and die cut a deer, using Cinnamon Cider on a scrap of Basic White card stock.

I then stamped and die cut the trees using Mossy Meadow on a scrap of Basic White cardstock.

Next, I adhered the strip of DSP onto the left side of a Basic White panel.

I then attached the three sections of grass using dimensionals. I snipped off the grass section that went past the panel on the left. 

I adhered the deer and the trees using adhesive.

Lastly, I stamped the sentiment and added a few enamel dots. I adhered the other Basic White panel to the inside of the card.

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Monday, June 20, 2022

Thank You Floral 4x4

These 4" square cards make full use of your beautiful 12 x 12 designer sheets. They also fit nicely into a regular A-2 card size envelope. Thoughts? 




Stamps:
   Art Gallery

Paper:
   Bumblebee 4 x 8 scored @ 4"
   Fine Art Floral DSP 4" Sq.
   Golden Garden Designer Acetate 4" Sq.
   Basic White 3-1/4 x 3-1/2, 3-3/4" Sq. (Inside)

Ink:
   Flirty Flamingo
   Mossy Meadow
   Powder Pink

Technique:
   Punching

Accessories:
   Scalloped Border Punch
   Glittered Organdy Ribbon
   Glue Dots
   Adhesive

First, I adhered the acetate to the designer series paper, using glue dots in the center where the image would be mounted. This way, they are invisible to everyone.

I then stamped my image and sentiment. I used Powder Pink for the base of the flower and Flirty Flamingo as the accent color. The leaves, stem, and sentiment are stamped using Mossy Meadow.

Next, I used the scalloped border punch on the sides of the image. In retrospect, I should have punched strips and adhered them under the image to give it a more even look. Still, this is what makes it quite unique. Mistakes and all...

I wrapped a bit of glittered organdy ribbon around the image and tied a bow.

Lastly, I adhered the designer series paper and acetate panel to the Bumblebee card front and attached the image panel to the center. I adhered the 3-3/4" square of Basic White to the inside of the card.

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Sunday, June 19, 2022

Merry Merlot Gallery

Sponging along the tear accentuates the image. I also like that the color sprays onto more of the white paper. Thoughts?




Stamps:
   Art Gallery

Paper:
   Old Olive A-2
   Fine Art Floral DSP 5-1/4 x 4
   Golden Garden Designer Acetate 5-1/4 x 4
   Basic White 3-1/4 x 4, 5-1/4 x 4 (Inside)

Ink:
   Mossy Meadow
   Merry Merlot
   Flirty Flamingo

Technique:
   Tearing
   Sponging
   Punching

Accessories:
   Dragonflies Punch
   Basic Rhinestone Jewels
   Sponge
   Glue Dots
   Adhesive

First, I adhered the acetate to the designer series paper, using glue dots in spots that were not noticeable.

I then stamped my image and sentiment on the smaller piece of Basic White. I used Flirty Flamingo for the first step on the flower, and then I applied Merry Merlot as the accent color. I used Mossy Meadow for the stem, leaves and sentiment.

Next, I tore around the image and sentiment. I tore the paper toward me and then sponged the edges using Flirty Flamingo.

I adhered the designer series paper with the acetate panel onto the Old Olive card front.

I then added the image to the center of the card.

I attached a dragonfly that was left-over from a previous project to the card. You can use the Dragonflies punch to create some. 

Lastly, I added a few rhinestones and adhered the Basic White panel to the inside of the card.

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