Monday, March 20, 2017

Spring Birthdays

Hi Everyone! Spring is here. And after the winter snow storms last week I'm pretty sure most everyone is ready for spring. I know I am!! My family has several spring birthdays so I've been working on some birthday cards.

I saw a video by Jennifer McGuire that inspired me. She used a bunch of different greetings to stamp a background on her cards. I took just about every DRS Designs Birthday greeting I could find, arranged them on a piece of CS (in my Misti, of course) and then stamped them with VersaMark ink and embossed them with clear and white EP. I made several of these while I had all the greetings arranged in the Misti. Here are a couple of examples with white embossing:


Once the embossing cooled, I die cut a circle in the card base with Nesties as well as a white frame. Once the frame was glued into place, I added the die cut butterfly. I used a Faber-Castel Pitt Pen to add some white dots to the butterflies.

For a more masculine look, I embossed in clear and added a sail boat.

The sail boat was created with a Darice die and some yellow and blue inks sponged on while still in the die.

These were fun to create and pretty easy with the Misti. And now I have quite a stash of birthday cards for family and friends.

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Happy Hour?

Happy Monday everyone. I'm having fun playing around with this new Tired Woman image recently released by DRS Designs. I think she is a hoot and there are several fun greetings you can pair with her. For my card today I used the Happy Hour Nap Time greeting.

I started by stamping my tired woman with Memento Black ink, colored her with Copics and stamped the greeting beside her before die cutting the panel and frame. I used a Farber-Castell Pitt pen to add the white dots to her dress. To go with those dots, I stamped the white panel with the polka dot background in Versafine Orange ink. An orange dotted ribbon was added to this panel before attaching everything to the orange card base. The tiny birthday greeting was stamped, die cut and attached with a pop dot. Just looking at her makes me want to take a nap!

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Tuesday Morning Sketches

DRS Designs is sponsoring Tuesday Morning Sketches this week, so I thought I'd play along. I really enjoy doing sketch challenges.  Here's the sketch.

I took some liberties with the sketch. I turned it sideways and decided to let the end of the branch take the place of the ribbons. Here's my card.

I let various dies do most of the work for this card!  I started with the pink panel, stamped the greeting in the corner and punched the other corner with a MS corner punch. I used SB dies to cut out the blue and white panels, as well as the branch and the two little birds. Once they were all glued together and attached to the pink panel, it was glued onto the white card base. Some dear friends celebrate their anniversary this weekend, so this is for them.

I hope you can join in the challenge at TMS.

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day

I started by stamping the shamrock background image onto white CS with SU Old Olive ink. Next I used a Taylor Expressions Ray of Sunshine die to cut out the sun's rays with olive CS and the stamped CS. I glued all the pieces onto white CS, using the Olive CS framed. The Irish Good Luck greeting (006D) was stamped with Old Olive ink onto white CS, die cut and layered onto Olive CS. A green rhinestone was added to the center.

Inside the new Love and Laughter Friends greeting (011G) was stamped with Versafine Black Onyx ink. The border at the bottom was created by stamping the Shamrock Swag with Old Olive ink. I used my Misti to line it up.

Be sure to visit our on line store to see all the newly released images. You'll love them!

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Super Tired

DRS Designs has recently released some new images that are super fun. My card today features two of the new images:  Tired Woman (032H) and Super Tired Greeting (025E)

I started by creating a Z fold card and then the pink and black panels. The pink panels were stamped with the words from the Wordy Birthday greeting with SU Pretty in Pink ink. I cut the image apart and randomly placed the words on a large acrylic block to stamp the background. The Greeting (025E) was stamped partially on the front using VersaFine Black Onyx ink, die cut and layered on black CS. The band was decorated with darker pink flowers, leaves and black rhinestones.

The Tired Woman (032H) was stamped with Memento Black ink, colored with Copics, die cut and then the edges sponged with TH Distressed black ink. The rest of the greeting was stamped with VersaFine Black Onyx ink on the inside band and a small flower added to complete the look.

Here's a closer look at the inside portion.

Don't you love this new greeting? And isn't it so true? We try to be super mom, super wife and super woman only to end up super tired most of the time!! I can think of so many friends who would get a laugh out of this image and greeting.

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Happy Easter

It has been unseasonable warm here these past several days and that has inspired me to get started on Easter cards. I recently saw a video on You Tube by Jennifer McGuire where she used toile as a window on her card. I really liked the look and decided to give it a try.

I started with the blue panel and die cut a square large enough for the bunny. I then die cut the same square on the white card base. Next the white toile was attached to the card base with strong adhesive and then the blue panel. I did use another nestie square to emboss the frame around the opening before attaching it to the card base.

The bunny was stamped with Memento Black ink, colored with Copics and then I used a clear Wink of Stella pen to add some shimmer and sparkle. While the Wink of Stella dried, I stamped another bunny and fussy cut him out, then I cut the colored bunny. Using score pal tape I attached the colored bunny to the front of the card, tucking him in between the toile and the blue frame. The other bunny was attached on the inside of the card so he lined up perfectly. This way the tape doesn't get stuck on the inside of the card when you close it. You could stamp a mirror image, color, fussy cut and attach it so the bunny is colored on both the inside and out. Since I don't have much luck with mirror images, I left mine plain.

Once the bunnies were attached, I stamped the Happy Easter greeting with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder.

Here's a picture with the card opened just a bit.

This next card uses the same technique only with a  smaller image attached in the middle of the toile so it looks like it's floating. I really like this one.

I used a different bunny image, colors and die cut. Other than that, it's the same. I'll be doing a few more of these for my grandkids for Easter. Here's another picture of this one sort of opened. It does look like the bunny is floating, doesn't it?

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day

I thought I'd share one last Valentine card with you since tomorrow is the big day! I created this card for my hubby, which is good since it's too thick and sized wrong for the mail. I joined Spellbinders Die of the month club a while back and got the idea for this from a recent die set.

I started by creating the cupid arrow. I used a small bamboo skewer and glued two red hearts on one end. The other end was wrapped with gold twine before attaching the bow and red and gold leaves. I used Glossy Accents for the adhesive to make sure everything stays attached. The greeting was stamped with Versafine Black Onyx ink before attaching the arrow.

Hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day!!

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