Monday, August 24, 2015

Kinda Eclectic in Soft Tones

Hello, stampers!

Hope everyone had a good weekend.  Our weather this weekend was picture-perfect for being outdoors and we enjoyed every minute of it, hope you did too!

The card I'm sharing today is one I originally designed as a sympathy card, but it would work equally well as a wedding card.  I love the soft, pleasing colors on this card.  I sent it to a friend this week who called after she received it to thank me & tell me that it was the most beautiful sympathy card she had received. :)  I'm going to make a few of these to keep on hand!  Here it is:

The card base is Crumb Cake and the card face is made from Very Vanilla.  The images are stamped in Sahara Sand and the sentiment is stamped in Crumb Cake.  The butterflies are punched from Blushing Bride cardstock & stamped in the same ink.  The gold streamers coming off the butterfly are a piece of gold metallic bakers twine untwisted and attached with a glue dot under the butterflies. Four small pearls add the finishing touch.

Happy stamping!


Monday, August 17, 2015

Rainbow of Endless Thanks

Hello!  I hope you had a good weekend.  Ed & I went to Michigan this weekend for an impromptu get-together with some classmates from his high school days.  What a good time!  Even though I didn't go to school with any of them, we've been to so many reunions together and I've heard so many stories that I feel like they're my friends too!  While we were there he showed me around town and one of the places we went to was Jim's Sunoco where he worked as a teenager pumping gas (back in the days when there were no self-serve pumps - now you know just how old we are!)  The biggest surprise of the trip was that Jim's is now the Round Barn Winery!  Definitely a pleasant surprise for me because that was one of the places I wanted to visit.  If you ask me, wine tasting and a good bottle of red to take home beats the gas station tour any day!

This week's card is another thank-you, clean and simple.  I repeated "thanks" from Endless Thanks in a rainbow of colors - from top to bottom, Pear Pizzazz, Bermuda Bay, Rich Razzleberry, Tuxedo Black, Real Red, Tangerine Tango & Daffodil Delight.  The photopolymer stamps make this easy-peasy, no Stamp-a-ma-jig required!  The butterflies and sun are from Kinda Eclectic.  I took a length of my Bermuda Bay sequin trim apart, and the "streamers" coming off the butterfly are the threads that the sequins were attached to.

a Rainbow of Endless Thanks
Here we are at the Round Barn Winery

Have a great week!


Monday, August 10, 2015

Clean & Simple

Good Monday Morning!

I have two quick cards to share with you today.  The first is a thank-you card for one of my Stampin' Up! customers.  I used the stamp set Endless Thanks.  It has so many nice ways to say "thank you", I know I will be using this one a lot.  The background is stamped with Gorgeous Grunge.  My colors are Rich Razzleberry, Pool Party & Pear Pizzazz.  Flowers from the Itty Bitty Accents punch trimmed with rhinestones and a few loops of metallic thread finish this card.

The second card is one I made for my son and daughter-in-law's anniversary this week.  I pulled out an IO stamp, an oldie but goodie that I've always loved for cards like this.  I love the way the "swishes" from Work of Art emphasize the image.  I used Crumb Cake for the base and Baja Breeze (retired) for the mat.  It doesn't show up well in the photo, but the bottom swish is stamped with heat & stick powder then glittered - it's really simple but beautiful.  The top swish is Baja Breeze.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Sunset Balloon Ride

Good Monday Morning!

I hope everyone had a nice weekend.  Mine was very relaxing - a little bike riding, a little crafting, just enjoying the beautiful weather we're having (finally!)

A couple of weeks ago I got the Celebrate Today stamp set and I've been anxious to play with it.  I'm pretty pleased with my first project, I hope you like it!  A hot air balloon ride at sunset is on my bucket list and this is how I imagine it will be...

My card base is Whisper White, the mat is Night of Navy and the scene was created on Whisper White.  I started by stamping the stars in the sky using Versamark & embossing them with clear embossing powder. Then I created a mask using the Circles Collection Framelits and sponged it with Calypso Coral. Next I removed the mask and started sponging the sky, working upward, in this order: Daffodil Delight, Soft Sky, Marina Mist, Elegant Eggplant and Night of Navy. The clouds are from Work of Art, using Elegant Eggplant stamped off once. The trees are from Lovely as a Tree, stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black.  The basket on the balloon is also Tuxedo Black. The sentiment and stars on the balloon are stamped in Versamark and embossed in gold on Night of Navy cs.  I then cut out the balloon using the Balloon Framelits Dies and adhered it to the card front.  I finished the card with a sprinkle of sequins from the Brights Sequin Assortment, just because I like the effect.  This card was a lot of fun to make and I'm sure I'll be using this stamp set often!

Happy Stamping,