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May 2016

Birthday Cards to Share

Last week I shared a birthday card I made for Kaye.  Our Luv 2 Create group meets for birthday dinners.  We always bring a handmade card to the birthday person.  My card was this one.

Sunburst flower with dots 


You can read all about how I made this card here.

I want to share with you the cards made by others in our group.

Kaye's bday


This card was made by Martha.  We all know that Kaye loves purple.  The card uses the Fluttering embossing folder. The Botanical Gardens stamp set and framelits were used.  I'm so glad this bundle will be carried over to the new catalog! It's a beautiful card.

Kaye's bday Cindy

Cindy made this birthday card.  I love how she used the Hardwood background stamp and the Flowering Fields retired set.  She used the Rose Wonder bundle for the sentiment.  That's another great bundle that will be carried over to the new catalog.

Kaye's bday Faith

Faith made this card for Kaye.  I just love how she folded the designer series paper!  She also used the Botanical Gardens bundle.

I have one more to share with you.

Kaye's card from Lori

Lori made this card.  She's our fancy card maker.  Lori used Best Thoughts.  It's a retiring host set.  She water colored on the Shimmery cardstock.  There's a definite wow factor going on here!

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The Swallowtail Background Stamp is So Pretty!

I know we have to retire products.  It's a reality.  Times change and so do trends.  But sometimes I mourn a little when a stamp retires.  I mourn the Swallowtail Background stamp.  Saying good bye will be hard.  The stamp lends itself to elegance. So here is my card.

Butterfly gray


Another product we'll be losing is the Timeless Elegance Designer Series Paper.  It's so pretty!  This card is quite simple.

  • Use Basic Gray cardstock cut at 4 1/2 x 11.  Score it at 5 1/2 and fold.
  • Cut the Timeless Elegance paper at 4 X 5 1/4.  
  • The smaller gray panel is cut 3 1/8 x 4 1/8.
  • Cut the other patterned paper 3 x 4.
  • Ink up the Swallowtail stamp well with Basic Gray Archival ink and stamp at a slant.  The "hello" sentiment is from another retiring set, A Dozen Thoughts.  I have used that set so much!
  • Color parts of the butterfly with the Wink of Stella brush.  I'm not sure you can tell how pretty it is.

Butterfly gray sparkle

  • Add a piece of the Very Vanilla 5/8 Satin Ribbon, also retiring!  I tied a little piece of Very Vanilla Thick Baker's Twine around the ribbon.  I pulled out a few of the pieces so the twine was not as thick.
  • Adhere all of the pieces and done.  I said it was easy, but so pretty!

Butterfly gray inside

For the inside I stamped the butterfly again on Very Vanilla cardstock.  The words are from A Dozen Thoughts again.  For some reason, I can't find the Swallowtail stamp set to list with the products below.  If you are interested, you can purchase the Swallowtail Background stamp here for clear or here for wood.

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Best Thoughts and PCCC#194

Best Thoughts is a hostess set that is retiring.  It's such a pretty set.  I must admit that I haven't used it enough.  The Paper Craft Crew is featuring flowers so I thought I would also share my card there.

Paper craft crew

I also have a sneak peak at the Pop of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper although the piece I chose has no pink.  Here is the card.

Best Thoughts

Here are the details on how to make it.

  • The base of the card is Rose Red cut to the standard size.
  • There is a layer of Pear Pizzazz cut at  3 7/8 x 5 1/8.
  • The Pop Of Pink Specialty DSP measures 3 3/4 x 5.
  • The flower is stamped on water color paper.  Use your embossing buddy first.  Ink the stamp with Versa Mark and stamp.  Use gold embossing powder and heat with your heat tool.
  • Use your Aqua Painter.  I used Pear Pizzazz for the stem and Rose Red for the flower.  I went over the whole flower with a light coat of Rose Red.  Then I went back and added some highlights.  I'm not an artist.  I just added some darker spots wherever I thought they would look good.  Let the flower dry and cut out with your paper snips.

Best Thoughts flower

  • Take a strip of water color paper about 1 1/2 inches and emboss with the Fluttering Embossing Folder.  Use your Versa Mark pad and tap onto the paper. Use gold embossing powder and your heat tool.  Tear the edges of the strip. Later when you adhere it to the card panel, you might need to trim the edges to fit.
  • Cut leaves from Pear Pizzazz cardstock using the Rose Garden Thinlits.  I lightly rubbed the edges with the Versa Mark pad, added gold embossing powder, and heated it to melt.
  • Add some leaves with Gold Metallic Thread behind them to the flower.  Add the butterfly panel.  Put another leaf on the front of the panel.

Best Thoughts hello

  • On a piece of water color scrap paper, stamp the sentiment "hello" in Versa Mark.  Use the embossing buddy first! Cover in gold powder and heat.  Punch out the sentiment with the 1" Circle Punch.  Put more Gold Metallic Thread on the back and adhere using a dimensional.  I used the stamp set A Dozen Thoughts.
  • I did turn up the leaves just a little for dimension.

I love how the card turned out.  It's something I've had in my mind and it all came together.  Best Thoughts and A Dozen Thoughts are both retiring.  If you don't have them, you just might need to get them!  See my list of supplies at the end of this post.

Best Thoughts Ensemble

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It's a Purple Birthday! and PCCC194

Kaye was my first downline and she is my biggest cheerleader.  She is always there to help me with a smile.  I hope she feels the same way about me. Last night, our Luv 2 Create group celebrated Kaye's birthday.  Of course we all made her cards.  Today I will share mine with you.  First of all, let me say that Kaye loves purple so I had to use it.  I chose Elegant Eggplant.

Sunburst flower with dots

I admit that this is not a card you can mail.  It must be given in person.  Cindee Wilkinson shared tags that she made for gifts of banana bread for convention friends. I thought they were wonderful.  That's the inspiration I used for the flowers on this card.

  • Use a basic card base of Elegant Eggplant.  Add a layer of Crushed Curry cut 4 x 5 1/4 and a layer of Timeless Elegance Designer Series Paper cut at 3 3/4 x 5.
  • I used leftover leaves from the April Paper Pumpkin for the grass.  They are from the kit called Lovely Little Wreath.
  • The stems are from Mossy Meadow so they match the leaves and I cut a few leaves so they are singles.
  • I cut three circles using the Circles Collection framelits from Elegant Eggplant cardstock.  I used the 3rd, 4th, and 5th circles counting from the outside.  Then I used the Sunburst Thinlits to cut each shape.  I tried to place the middle of each circle over the circle of the thinlit.  You will need to cut each flower separately.
  • Sponge the edges of the flowers with Elegant Eggplant ink.  Use your bone folder to curl the petals.  I adhered each layer with dimensionals.  Once they are together, you can put the flower in the palm of your hand and curl them some more.
  • Punch 6 flowers with the Petite Petal punch out of Crushed Curry cardstock and sponge around the edges with curry ink.  I take the end of my piercing tool and place it in the middle of the flower.  I do this on top of a spongy surface.  When you press the flower will bunch up with dimension.  I put a glue dot on each flower and tried to bunch them up together in the center of the flower.  I added Candy Dots to the center.  I used the Wisteria Wonder ones.

Sunburst flower close up

  • Tape your flower to the card.
  • My sentiment is from the stamp set Circle of Spring.  I stamped it in Elegant Eggplant onto Very Vanilla cardstock.  I punched it out with the 3/4" circle punch. Punch the 7/8" scallop punch from Elegant Eggplant cardstock.  Adhere them together.  I put this little flower on the card with a dimensional.

Sunburst flowers inside

The sentiment on the inside is also from Circle of Spring.  I added flowers using the 3/4" circle punch for the Crushed Curry inside and the 7/8" scallop punch for the Elegant Eggplant outside.  More stems and leaves were added.

Sunburst flowers with supplies

Now if you look at this picture there are no dots added to the card.  The first one I showed had dots from the Sunburst Sayings stamp set.  I added them later.  Which do you like best?

Feel free to pin my card!  Thanks for sharing your time with me.  Come back on Friday!

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Swap Cards to Share

Our local Southern Belle's group met again last week.  We had lots to discuss since the new catalog is now online.  Being on the east coast, the new catalogs have not reached us yet.  We all agreed that we want those catalogs in our hands.  There is something about touch.  So hard to wait!  Mine will be here Tuesday!

I want to share our swaps cards.  This time most of us depended on inspiration from Pinterest.  Sometimes we think there is no need to re-invent the wheel, right.

May Belle's swap 2016 me

This was my swap card.  I was influenced by Michelle Long.  She is a member of the Artisan Design Team.  I loved her card so much that I copied it almost exactly.  I made a few minor changes.  I just got the stamp set Helping Me Grow when I saw that it would be carried over to the new catalog.  The card base is Sahara Sand.  I stamped on the bottom of the card with Versa Mark to add interest.  The top of the card uses the Typeset Specialty Designer Series Paper.  We've had this paper for two years.  It will definitely be missed!  The flower image is stamped with Basic Black Archival Black ink.  I used a blender pen to color the stems and center of the flower.  I used Pear Pizzazz for the stems and Daffodil Delight for the centers.  I added some blotches with the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set.  Half of a doily and small strips of Daffodil Delight from the Brights Color Collections stack.

May Belle's swap 2016

This is Kaye's swap.  She used Julie Brancart of as her influence.  The card base is Thick Whisper White.  The card uses several layers of Melon Mambo and white.  The use of the Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder adds so much.  This card uses the Wild About Flowers stamp set.  Do you see the beautiful leaf accents in Pear Pizzazz?  That is the Rose Garden Thinlits.  Lovely.

May Belle's swap 2016 Martha


This is Martha's swap.  Mossy Meadow, what can we say?  I love that color!  Martha says that Mary Brown is her influence.  There is an extra layer of Mossy Meadow embossed with the Elegant Dots folder. There is so much good about this card.  The leaves are from Kinda Electic.  The butterflies are cut using the Butterfly Thinlits and the Bold Butterfly Framelits.  I believe the sentiment is from the Tin of Cards stamp set.

May Belle's swap 2016 Tina

And, finally, here is Tina's card.  Don't you just love the sponging technique that she used.  The stamp set is Flowering Flourishes.  It is retiring.  And Blackberry Bliss?  What will we do without you?  It's another lovely card.

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