Wood Textures and Leaves

The Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack is pretty neat.  I used it for the card I am sharing today.

Wood Textures and Seasonal Layers

The card base is Early Espresso measuring 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and scored at 4 1/4.  The Very Vanilla layer is 3 3/4 x 5.  The log paper is cut at 3 5/8 x 4 7/8.

The Lemon Lime Twist Finely Woven Ribbon was added to the log/vanilla layer.  The bow was made using a bow maker and glue dotted after the circle and leaves were added.

The Stitched Shapes Framelits were used to cut a Very Vanilla circle.  

The Seasonal Layers Thinlits were used to cut a Lemon Lime Twist leaf and an Early Espresso leaf.

The acorn was stamped, the bottom in Crumb Cake and the top in Early Espresso, from the Painted Harvest stamp set.  It has to be cut out by hand.  Add with a dimensional.

The hello is from the At Home with You stamp set.

Wood Textures up close

The inside of the card uses a sentiment from the Count My Blessings stamp set.  A few more acorns were stamped on the inside, too.

Wood Textures inside

Using designer paper can make a card fast and relatively easy to make.  I made this card for someone special who is going through a rough time.  I hope he liked it.  I do have a hard time making cards that are masculine.

Wood Textures

Fall is my favorite time of year.  I can't wait for the weather to be a little cooler.

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Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #476 Christmas

The Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge is a sketch this week.


When I saw this sketch, my mind went immediately to the new Year of Cheer Specialty Washi Tape.  It's perfect for the slanted stripes!  Are you ready for a little shimmer and shine?

CCMC #476 (2)

The card starts with the Thick Whisper White card stack cut at 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and scored at 4 1/4.

The next layer is 4 x 5 1/4 in the Gold Foil.  Now it is really hard to waste this foil behind another layer.  I cut out the center to use another time.

CCMC #476 gold foil

The Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper is used for the next layer cut at 3 3/4 x 5.  Add 3 rows of the Year of Cheer Specialty Washi tape at a diagonal to this base.

The sentiment in the lower right corner is from the stamp set Christmas Pines.  Use the Embossing Buddy in the area, stamp with Versamark, and then heat emboss with Silver Embossing Powder.

Add a gold Foil Snowflake.  The center has more of the same background paper cut with the Layering Circles Framelits.

The snowflakes, one in Gold Foil and one in Silver Foil, are cut using the Seasonal Layers Thinlits.

CCMC #476 inside

The inside of the card has more of the Year of Cheer Specialty Washi Tape again diagonally across the paper.  The sentiment is from Christmas Pines.

CCMC #476 Year of Cheer

So, here is a little bit of a fancy card without a lot of bother.  The Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper is just fantastic especially if you like a little sparkle in your life.  I'm not so much of a sparkle person, but I do love this card.  If you don't have those Foil Snowflakes, you must get them right away!

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I Can't Get Enough of Painted Harvest

Painted Harvest just might be the ultimate perfect stamp set!  Well, maybe I'm going a bit too far with that statement, but it's close!  I knew that my people coming to class would love it, too.  I had to include a card using this fantastic set.  Here it is.

Painted Harvest in blues

The ladies were impressed that the card looks difficult, but it comes together easily. They like that!

The card base is in Night of Navy measuring 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and scored at 4 1/4.  The Marina Mist layer measures 4 x 5 1/4 and the Whisper White layer is cut at 3 3/4 x 5.

The larger less detailed flower is stamped in Marina Mist.  The smaller detailed stamp is stamped in Night of Navy.  It just looks beautiful!  The center of the flower is Crushed Curry.  Add in some of the dots in the center with more Crushed Curry.

The leaves are stamped in Old Olive.  I have found that it's easier to stamp the detailed leaf first.  It makes lining up the solid stamp a more satisfying experience. Stamp off the solid stamp.  It's also in Old Olive.

The stamping is beautiful, but it's the ribbon that just makes this card special.  It's the Night of Navy Gingham Ribbon.  Add a length of the ribbon across the card and then glue dot on a bow after the ovals have been positioned.

The navy oval is cut using the Layering Ovals Framelits and the white oval is cut using the Stitched Shapes Framelits.  Stamp another flower.  The sentiment is from the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set.  Attach the ovals with dimensionals.

Painted Harvest blues inside

The inside has yet another flower.  Beautiful Bouquet is the source of the sentiment here, too.

Painted Harvest blues

Did I tell you that I love this stamp set?  I hope you do too because I have at least one more sample coming up soon.  Now, let me say that if you don't already have this set, you will want to make sure you get  it.  I would love for it to make it into the next annual catalog, but there are no guarantees.  You might want to stock up on this ribbon, too.

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Birthday Card Haul

Last week was my birthday.  It was a big one for me.  I won't tell you how old I am, but one of my cards does happen to have my age on it.  Thanks to my sister.  I'll have to forgive her because the card is so beautiful.  Today I'm going to share my birthday cards that were hand made.  I'm positive that many are CASEd from Pinterest or some other source.  If you see a card that you designed please consider it a compliment to you.  If you want to comment and give yourself credit, please do so. I'll start with my sister's card.  This was made by Martha Morin.

Martha Morin (2)

And here is the inside of her card.

Martha Morin inside

Kaye Owenby (2)

This card was made by Kaye Owenby.

Debbie Brooks

This card was made by Debbie Brooks.

Debbie Brooks  too

This one is also made by Debbie Brooks.  Debbie joined my team.  She had already given me a card, but gave me another when we all met to celebrate birthdays.

Cindy Rose (2)

This one was made by Cindy Rose.  I love Oh, So Eclectic.

Debra B.

This was made by Debra B.  We met for a team meeting not too long ago.  We made different backgrounds.  This was a tie dyed technique using a coffee filter.  Debra made hers into my card.  Don't you love that!

Lisa Austin

This card was made by Lisa Austin.  So pretty!

April Gardin

This card was made by April Gardin, the newest member of our team.  She's off to a great start!

Twila Hartford (2)

Twila Hartford made this card.  Twila and I share the same birthday.  I'm older.

Patty Tacy

Patti Tacy made this card.  We are trying to pull her into the team.  I think she'll be joining us soon!

Faith Welch

This card was made by Faith Welch.  Faith, I love you and my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Tina Lesson

Tina Lesson, a fellow Southern Belle made this card.

Kathy Smith

Kathy Smith made this card.  Kathy is the reason that I stamp.  We taught first grade together and she was across the hall.  Now and then I would see faculty members in her room after school hours and they were having fun!  I asked to join the group. Here I am, still stamping!

NC Demo Group

I don't know exactly who made this card, but it came from my NC Demo group.  I want to show you the inside of this one.

NC Demo Group inside

Sherry Summers

This card was made by Sherry Summers.  Lovely!

Nancy Rogers

Nancy Rogers made this card.  You can see she has a eye for detail.  Some of this was hand drawn.  I love that she used the new embossing paste she just got!

Pat Wilkinson

This one was made by Pat Wilkinson.  

Thanks to all of you.  I hope I didn't leave any of them out.  Just think about all the time and love put into these cards.  I am truly blessed to have these friends.  Many of these friends have been brought to me through stamping.  Stampers are good people!

Thanks for taking the time to share these cards with me.

Garden in Bloom and Feelin' Special

Today I want to show a card that we made in class recently.  I just got the stamp set Garden in Bloom.  I shared a card with you using that set here .  This set is just so easy to use.  I wanted to show you some completely different colors.  Here is the card.

Garden in Bloom

I just love Emerald Envy with Fresh Fig!  Who knew that would be so pretty.

The card base is Emerald Envy.  It is cut at 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored and folded at 4 1/4.

The Fresh Fig layer is 3 3/4 x 5.  The Whisper White layer is 3 5/8 s 4 7/8.

Stamp the sentiment for this card first.  Then stamp the flowers and leaves wherever you please.  The outlines of the flower and leaf are stamped full force.  The inside of the flower and leaf is stamped off.

When finished stamping, cut two circles out using the Layering Circles Framelits. Center the smaller circle around the sentiment.  Place the larger one equidistant from the other circle.  These can be cut out at the same time.  Adhere the white rectangle to the card.  Lay the outer circle piece down where it was before making sure to align the stamping.  Put adhesive on the back of the smaller circle.  Adhere to the card making sure to align.  Pull up the outer circle and add a Foam Adhesive Strip around the back.  Adhere making sure to align once again.

Garden in Bloom circles

Add a bow using the Emerald Envy Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon.  It is beautiful!

Garden in Bloom inside

Here is the inside of the card.  Just add another flower.  The sentiment is from Garden in Bloom, too.

This is a fun technique to try.  I'm seeing a lot of them with the Large Letter Framelits.  I'll have to try that!

Garden in Bloom class card

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