Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Floral Thanks A Bunch

Every now and then, I challenge myself to make a clean and simple (CAS) card.  Easier said than done since I am not too inspired to make them.  I tend to layer and have a lot of colors on my cards.  It's really difficult to have a lot of white space for me since I feel it is so plain.  I love other people's CAS card but mine, I feel are too plain.  So here is another go at it.  I really enjoyed all the stamping and colors.


I love Lawn Fawn's Penelope's Blossom stamp set and it was a perfect set to use since I am dying to put some flowers in my garden.  I die cut a circle for a different project, and decided to use the negative as a mask for my stamping around the card.  Since I recently discovered that Michael's craft store sells 110 pound cardstock, I had to get my hand on those to try it out.  I normally use Neenah Solar White 80lb cardstock as my card base but thought I should upgrade when I'm making a one layer card.  I have to say that I am impressed by how smooth and nice it takes stamped images.  I'm actually running low on my Neenah Solar White that I got a case of, way back when, so I have been looking into other cardstocks and I'm glad that there is one good local alternative.  I stamped a variety of flowers with different ink pads, mostly Brilliance ink pad.  I start with the largest flowers and leaves first and fill in the circle with smaller flowers and leaves.  To finish the card, I stamped the sentiment from Hero Arts Thanks A Bunch stamp set in black Brilliance ink.   


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Bouquet Of Birthday Wishes

Lately, I feel I have a limited amount of time and too many things I want to get done, like preparing the garden.  However, I did relax some and went on a scrapbooking retreat this past weekend.  Another fun weekend and it flew by so quickly this time for some reason.  Every time I turned around, 3 hours have passed.  I did get to bed at a reasonable hour, 2:30am.  :-D  NOT!  I'm usually exhausted come 8:45pm, but while I was at the retreat, I was pumped and ready to go, even at midnight.  It did helped that Jessica set up some fun activities, such as breaking a pinata filled with papercrafting goodies, white elephant gift exchange and judging the best pages.  I don't remember laughing so hard, especially watching the pinata activity.  Good to know that you are never too old for a good old fashion pinata.  :-)  See my posts here and here for more info on the retreat.  Thanks to Jessica, I had another relaxing and awesome time, and was ready to tackle my to-do list this week, so definitely a big shout out to her.
Anyway, I made this card at the retreat and had a great time trying out My Favorite Things Blueprint 14 set and the Gerbera daisy dies.  I love the stitch details since it gave a nice texture to the card.  I embossed the blue panel with Paper Studio butterflies embossing folder and distressed the edges with Distress Vintage Photo ink.  I die cut the Gerbera daisies twice and distress the edges with Distress Worn Lipstick and Vintage Photo inks.  I stamped the sentiment from Freshly Squeezed Stamp and distress the edges after cutting ribbon tails on the banner.  Everything was adhered to a white cardbase.  On a side note, I recently discovered My Favorite Things and since I love so many of their products, I placed my first order with them.  Besides having adorable and nice looking dies and stamps, their products are high quality too.  Another plus, my order came within a few days.  Awesome!  So glad that I finally had time to play with my new goodies.  


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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Showered With Love Or...

This card was inspired by the dog that we adopted.  I was thinking about how everyone in our family is showering him with love and thought it would be cute to have it be literal.  Albus has been a source of joy in our lives and makes us smile often.  Who knew that pet therapy was so powerful.  Anyway, when I show this card to my husband, he said, "It's cute but the clouds do not make sense".  He saw it as the dog giving out loving vibes or full of love.  I thought I made it quite obvious with the clouds but it is quite interesting to see his point of view.  Anyway, Albus does reciprocate our love for him and is clearly very attach to us too.  I kept this card simple since that is what our love for him is.  We absolutely adore and love him.
This card was just clean and simple stamping and coloring.  Back to the basics!  The only technique I used was masking the cloud to stamp another one.  I used Lawn Fawn Critters In The Park and Hello Sunshine stamps to stamp with Memento ink.  For the hearts, I used Brilliance Rocket Red ink.  I use Hero Arts Everyday Sayings to stamp with Brilliance black ink.





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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Lovely Easter Lilies

Help!  I'm addicted to hauls videos.  LOL!  :D  Why do I find it so fascinating to see what people buy?  Seriously, it's not like I'm getting the goodies, but for some reason, I enjoy watching them.  Usually I'm thinking," Lucky duck!", "I want that! Must put it on my shopping list", or "Wow! Cha-ching! Cha-ching!  Wish I can go to their house to play".  :)  Sooo dangerous!  You're probably wondering if I have a haul and my delightful answer is "YES!".  So my latest haul is from a company that I have never bought from.  I didn't know this but I have two of their dies already that I got from Simon Says Stamp.  I started following Amy R. and she is on the design team for My Favorite Things (MFT) and I love the dies that she used.  I started following MFT's latest release and I was a kid in a candy shop with all the great products they had.  I placed my first order with them to try out some of their stamps too.  I just got my order this weekend and I dove right in and played, just a little.  It was too nice to be inside, but I did take a creative break here and there.  I knew I wanted this MFT Lily die when I saw it, but especially, when Jennifer McGuire used it in this video.  I knew I wanted an Easter card with white lily too.  So this is the result of all my wants.  :-)
First, I die cut the lilies twice with MFT lilies die-namics and my Fiskars Fuse.  I used my markers to color leaves, stems and centers of the lilies.   I created a card front with dashed cut lines that I cut out with my Silhouette Cameo.  I wanted to see if I can create the dashed lines without a die but the grooves were not as defined as a die could make.  Anyway, I arranged the lilies on the light purple cardstock so I know where to stamp the sentiment from Hero Arts Celebrate Everyday stamp set with MementoLuxe Sweet Plum ink.  I adhered all the flower parts to the card, and used glue dots to lift some of the lilies to give it dimension.  Then I layered a white cardstock with purple cardstock for the cardbase, and adhere the card to the cardbase with a foam adhesive.  I had to hold myself back big time from using my Wink of Stella pen.  I just felt for Easter, simple with no glitz is best.  I love how this bouquet of lilies and can't wait to give it to my in-laws.  I get so excited to give people something that I made, almost as much as getting a package in the mail.  :-)

For the inside, I layered it with purple cardstock and used a cross that was cut from my Silhouette Cameo when I was cutting Easter eggs for decoration.


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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Color My World With Music

Life is taking over again and I have not been in my crafting room as much.  I have acquired some new stamps and embossing folders these past few months but I just do not have the time to play.  I'm trying to be better about using my new supplies, but sometimes inspiration does not hit.  Even though I have seen what other people have done with the same stamps, I try my hardest not to CASE(copy and steal everything or whatever version of the acronym).  Hence, it sits in my "new" box until I am inspired to use it.  
Anyway, I just got this Stampin' Up Arrows embossing folder and I always like to run it through twice, once as a sample for my embossing folder in storage and another to possibly use for a project.  Since it was staring at me on my desk, I had to use it with my new Stampin' Up Countless Sayings 2 photopolymer stamp.  I'm always in search of good clear stamps and this set from Stampin' Up is sturdy and stamps nicely.  I hope they make more clear stamps.  I have to admit that is the only type of stamps that I buy now.  The only thing you should beware of, is that the printed image on the sheet that it comes on does come off easily.  I placed my clear stamp on top of the printed image since I needed my acrylic block and I didn't want to lose it, and when I pull the stamp off, so did some of the ink on the printed image on the acetate packaging.  Yes, I am one of those people that like their stamps and packaging looking new.  I know I'm strange like that.  :D  Okay, back to the card.  I had these musical notes dies from My Favorite Things for awhile and used them once, and always used black cardstock with them.  I thought I brighten things up a little by cutting them out with white cardstock and coloring them with markers.  I have to admit that I rarely cross over to the unexpected, as in I keep it true to what I normally see it.  I know, BORING!  :)  Sometimes, I have to force myself to just let it go and be a child again when it comes to creativity.  Who knows, you might even see a purple polka dot dog on one of my cards.  Ha!  :D 

First, I embossed white cardstock with Stampin'Up Arrow Embossing Folder and Fiskars Fuse and adhered it to the card base.  Then I die cut My Favorite Things musical notes dies 3 times and colored them with my markers.  I stamped the "happy" sentiment in black and cut it out.  Then I stamped the rest of the sentiment on blue cardstock with Lawn Fawn Check This Out stamp set and cut it in an arrow shape.  I used two different height dimensionals to adhere the sentiments to the card.  Then I glue the notes to the card. This was a simple card but I loved the way it came out.



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