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March 2016

Springtime Thank You

Today I am featuring a card I made for the Global Design Project #GDP027.  I've never taken part in a challenge before so I'm very excited to travel a little outside my box and maybe even stretch it a little.

GDP027 Thank you

This week the theme is Thank You.  A thank you can be magic.  It can make someone's day and yours, too.  A thank you is the best!  Here's my card.

What I Love thank you

The flowers on this card are made using the stamp set What I Love.  It's a Sale-a-Bration set and it will only be available until March 31st.  The good news is that you can get this set for free with a $50 order.  What are you waiting for? So, here's how I made the card.

  • Start with a card base of Lost Lagoon cut 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored and folded at 4 1/4.  I love Lost Lagoon.  You know it will be retiring soon.  That is so sad!
  • I used the Timeless Elegance Designer Series Paper for a layer for this card. Cut it 4 x 5 1/4.
  • The square frame is cut using the Squares Collection Framelit Dies.  I used the 3rd and 4th squares from the center.  The frame is cut from the Timeless Elegance patterned paper,too.
  • The flowers are a triple stamp.  I stamped the stamp that outlines the whole flower first in Basic Black Archival ink on to Very Vanilla cardstock. For the next layer, I used the fuller stamp with Lost Lagoon ink.  Stamp it off and then stamp it on your flower.  The smaller looking stamp was last and stamped in Lost Lagoon full strength on the flower. Make 4 of these flowers.  There's one on the inside.  Sorry to say, but you must fussy cut the flowers. They are so pretty!
  • Using the Botanical Builder framelits cut out leaves in Mossy Meadow and Pear Pizzazz cardstock.  I cut a large and 2 smaller leaves in Mossy Meadow.  I stamped the veins on the leaves and sponged around the edges with a dauber in Mossy Meadow.  Use the Botanical Blooms set for this.  I cut the fern leaves from Pear Pizzazz and sponged around them with Mossy Meadow, too.  You know Mossy Meadow is another color that will soon retire.
  • Some of my leaves and flowers are under the frame and some are on top.  Play with it until you like it.  I taped the items under the frame.  The ones on top are put on dimensionals.  The frame is also on dimensionals.
  • The thanks sentiment is cut from Timeless Elegance paper using the Greetings Thinlits.

What I Love close up 2

Here's the inside of the card.

What I Love inside

  • The sentiment is from the stamp set One Big Meaning and is stamped in Basic Black Archival ink.
  • The leaves are stamped off and then stamped on the Very Vanilla base using Mossy Meadow.  The veins are stamped in Mossy Meadow.
  • Remember your extra flower?  Glue it between the leaves.

I hope you will make some thank yous this week.  Here in the foothills of North Carolina, flowers are beginning to bloom.  I even saw a tree beginning to get its leaves today! So, make a springtime thank you and mail them too! Thanks for coming by.  I'll see you on Monday!

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Melon Mambo

I'm not a pink person.  In fact, the Brights family is my last go to.  But I must say that the Melon Mambo diagonal stripe in the It's My Party Designer Series Paper Stack kept calling to me.  I knew it could make a striking card, and it did.  Today, I'm featuring the Pedal Pushers stamp set.  It's one of the Sale-a-Bration items available for free until March 31st.  I've managed to sneak in a couple other Sale-a-Bration sets, too.

Mambo pedal


I started with a Melon Mambo card base cut at 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored and folded at 4 1/4.  I then added a layer of Basic Black cardstock measuring 3 5/8 x 4 7/8.  Then comes a layer of the It's My Party patterned paper cut at 3 1/2 x 4 3/4.  I also added a strip of designer paper measuring 3/4 x  4 7/8.

The bicycle was stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock using Basic Black Archival ink.  I'll be using a Blender Pen and an Aqua Painter so this is the best ink to use.  The white cardstock measures 2 1/4 x 3 1/8 and it is adhered to a Basic Black cardstock base 2 3/8 x 3 1/4.  I colored the bike using Melon Mambo, Crumb Cake, Cucumber Crush, and Marina Mist and a Blender Pen.  The background was colored using an Aqua Painter.  For both of these methods, press your closed pad.  When you open it, there will be ink in the lid ready for you to use.  Use dimensionals to put this panel on the card.

Party Pants is one of the stamp sets added to the Sale-a-Bration offerings.  I used this set for the sentiment on the front.  It's stamped in black ink on Whisper White and punched out with the Large Oval Punch.  I also punched out black cardstock with the Scallop Oval Punch and layered the two.  Melon Mambo candy dots finish off the look.

Mambo mistake


Does this ever happen to you?  I had already stamped the back of my bike and colored everything and then just look at my sentiment.  What a disaster!  But it's also an opportunity to be a little creative.  Here's what I did.

Mambo fix full view


This sentiment is from Botanicals for You, another Sale-a-Bration item. The stamp has 3 little dots at the front.  I didn't want that so I covered that part with tape before I stamped.

Mambo finished


I do like my card, but do you ever second guess yourself?  While I was typing this post, I just happened to glanced down to see a black piece of patterned paper from the It's My Party stack. Hmmm.  So I changed out the strip of paper behind the bike.  What do you think?  Which do you like best?  Leave a comment and let me know!

Mambo black strip

Sale-a-Bration will be over soon.  Don't lose out.  A list of supplies follows.  I'd be happy to have you order from me.  Thanks for sharing your day with me.  I hope to see you on Friday.


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Pedal Pusher Gate Fold Card

I was inspired by my upline Patty Bennett to create this card.  She just participated in a Fancy Fold blog hop on Take a look, after you read my blog, that is!  I'm going to take the gate fold card and turn it on its side.

Petal pusher front of card


I started with a card base of Mossy Meadow cardstock cut at 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and scored at 2 1/8 and 6 3/8.  I used the Going Places Designer Series Paper Stack.  I live about an hour away from the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina and that's another inspiration for this card. Many people love to bike on the Parkway.  Thus, the use of the mountains on the top portion of the card.  The mountain piece and the green checked piece are cut at 2 X 5 3/8.

Petal pusher

The interesting part of the card is in the belly band.  Cut your Mossy Meadow cardstock at 2 x 10 1/2.  Score it at 3 and 7 3/8.  Adhere using Fast Fuse or The Tear & Tape adhesive.  Your seam will go in the front because your bicycle will cover it and that makes the front and the back look nice.  I used another piece of patterned paper from the Going Places stack cut at 1 3/8 x 6.  The paper will not cover the whole belly band.  Just adhere it so that the bare section will be behind the bike. No one will know the difference!

Petal pusher close up of bike

Now for the fun.   I used watercolor paper and cut it with the 4th oval from the center of the Ovals Collection Framelits.  Stamp the bicycle from Pedal Pushers using the Basic Black Archival ink pad.  Aqua Painters are the best!  I used Mossy Meadow, Delightful Dijon, Soft Sky, and Crumb Cake ink.  Just mash on the lids before you open the pad. That will put ink in the lid for you to use with your Aqua Painters.  Have fun!  I used the Mossy Meadow and Delightful Dijon on the bike.  The Crumb Cake and Soft Sky were used for the ground and sky.  The best thing about water color is that you don't have to be perfect.  I mounted the bike, once dry, on a oval of Delightful Dijon.  I used the 5th oval from the center of the Ovals Collection.  The sentiment is from Beautiful Ride.  I stamped it in Mossy Meadow and tied a bow of Linen Thread.  The paper I used is Very Vanilla cardstock.  It's a 1/4 inch strip of scrap paper.  I notched both ends using the Hexagon Punch.

Petal pusher stamp set


Pedal Pushers is one of the stamp sets that Stampin' Up! added to Sale-a-Bration in mid February.  It will only be available for a little over 2 more weeks.  I know you don't want to miss it.  Make an order of $50 or more and you can choose this set as your free item!  I would love for you to order from me.  See the list of the end of this post.

Petal pusher inside card


The sentiment on the inside is from Sprinkles of Life.  I'm going to give this card to my husband in a few weeks.  It will be anniversary number 41, and he is my best friend so it works.  The cute little birds are also from the Pedal Pusher set.  I used the Aqua Painter again, but keep it light. Very Vanilla is the cardstock I used and watercolor isn't its best medium.

I love this card.  It comes together easily.  Thanks and please come back on Wednesday!

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Cups & Kettle Framelits and More

Have you seen the Cups & Kettle framelits? Have you seen the spoon, fork, and knife?  They are adorable!  When you cut them from the silver foil cardstock, their cuteness is just multiplied.  Love.  I have used the spoon several times, but I just couldn't think of a way to use the fork and knife.  I've seen all three used as a place setting for an invitation. That's really cute, but I have no intention of asking people over for a meal.  I'm a let's meet at a restaurant kind of girl.

With all that said, here's my card for today.

Pie card

It's time for a piece of pie.  Apple, I think.  See my knife and fork! Happiness.

  1. Start with a card base of Very Vanilla cut at 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and scored at 4 1/4.
  2. I used the Farmers Market Designer Series Paper.  The top patterned paper was cut at 1 3/4 x 5 1/4 and the bottom was cut at 2 1/2 x 5 1/4.  Adhere the top piece first and then the bottom.  It will overlap just a little.
  3. The pie plate is cut from silver foil cardstock using the box like die from the Hearth & Home framelit dies. Cut two and overlap them so that the rim of the pie plate is thicker.  The pie will fit on it a little better that way.
  4. The pie uses Crumb Cake cardstock.  I used the Circle Collection framelits.  For the edge of the crust, use the largest circle that has the scallops and the next largest circle.  Nest them together and cut. I used the 4th largest circle, from the outside, to cut the pie itself.  Layer the crust on the pie to help you determine how to cut it.  I think I have 12 scallops on the crust.  I did sponge everything with Crumb Cake ink to make it stand out.  I used dimensionals to adhere the pie to the card.
  5. The Tea Lace Doilies make a great fancy napkin.  Just cut it in half and tape it on.
  6. Cut those super cute utensils from the silver foil cardstock and adhere.
  7. The sentiment is stamped in Blackberry Bliss onto vanilla cardstock and then punched out with the 1 1/4" Circle Punch.  Use a dimensional to place it on the card.  Woo Hoo! is from the Smarty Pants stamp set.  It certainly fits when you are going to get pie!  Smarty Pants is one of the new offerings for Sale-a-Bration. You can choose it for free with a $50 order.  This offer expires after March 31st.

Pie inside 

The inside uses the sentiment from Perfect Pennants.  I stamped it in Blackberry Bliss.  I made the empty plate using the Ovals Framelits for the larger oval and the L Oval Punch for the inside.  The pieces for the plate are sponged in Crumb Cake.  Of course another fork must garnish the plate!  Pie sure can make a day wonderful!

Thanks so much for joining me today.  See you on Monday!


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Easter Lamb, You are So Cute!

Have you seen the Easter lamb in the Stampin' Up! Occasions catalog? It's just a must have.  I have a trio of cards I want to share with you today using the Easter lamb.

Lamb cards 3

Aren't they just so cute!  I had so much fun making them.  Let's take a look at each one.

Lamb Easter card


This card is made from the Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes.  I made a lot of these.  They'll be going to some of the shut-ins at church as well as some friends and family.  The background of the card is stamped in Pool Party ink using the Timeless Textures stamp set.  Next I have a 2 3/4 x 3 1/2 piece of the Perfectly Artistic Designer Series Paper from Sale-a-Bration.  The Whisper White piece is cut at 2 1/4 x 3. The lamb is stamped in Basic Black Archival ink.  I colored in the ears and face of the lamb with an Aqua Painter and Blushing Bride ink. I colored the grass in Pear Pizzazz ink.  Using the Basic Black Stampin' Write marker, I colored in the hooves.  I finished the look with a Blushing Bride flower punched with the Tree Builder punch and a pearl.

Lamb dotted

We will be making this card in my Clean & Simple class on Saturday. The card base is Soft Sky cardstock.  There is a layer is Whisper White cut at 4 x 5 1/4.  The patterned paper is from the Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack and is cut 3 3/4 x 5.  The Pink Pirouette circle is punched with the 2 1/2 inch Circle punch.  The lamb is stamped on Whisper White in Black Archival ink.  First place a piece of tape over the words at the bottom of the stamp. Then ink up the stamp.  You'll need to be sure to take the tape off before you stamp.  Cut out the lamb using the Circles Collection Framelits.

Lamb card dotted close up

I added pink to the cheeks and ears and  Pear Pizzazz to the grass using the Aqua Painter.  A white baker's twine bow finishes the look.  The sentiment is from Suite Sayings and is stamped right on the patterned paper.  The lamb is repeated on the inside complete with the saying at the bottom of the stamp.

Lamb card green stripe

This is the card we will make in my classes Thursday and Friday.  The base is Thick Whisper White cardstock. There is a layer of Crumb Cake cardstock cut at 3 5/8 x 4 7/8.  The patterned paper is from the Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack and is cut at 3 1/2 x 4 3/4.  There is a strip of Everyday Chic Designer Series Paper cut 3/4 x 3 1/2.  

Lamb card green stripe close up

The lamb is stamped on Crumb Cake using the Basic Black Archival ink. The face and ears are colored using the Aqua Painter in Blushing Bride. The grass is Pear Pizzazz.  The spots on the lamb are colored using the gel pen.  Cute!  Top it off with a white baker's twine bow.  The lamb is cut out using the Circles Collections Framelits.  Half of a Tea Lace Doily is pleated behind the circle and then all is mounted using dimensionals. A banner is made for the top of the card using the words from the stamp.

So you can see three different ways to use this lamb, but of course I'm sure you can think of many more.  It's an Easter go to stamp.  Have you made your Easter cards?  A list of supplies follow so you can order your supplies now.


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