Celebrate!

Here’s a easy shaker card using Papertry Ink’s “Uncorked” stamp set & dies. I made a packet using acetate packaging (from stamps sets, etc.) &  red tape, then adhered it to the back of the frame. Surprising, in that there’s enough depth (without creating a well) for the sequins and stars to be easily seen & still shake! Very nice when mailing since there’s little depth difference between the card layers. Using a glitter paper for the background made the whole thing pop!

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Butterfly Buddies

I don’t often use vellum but in this case it’s my base for shaker card. I used a easy technique to capture the sequins between two sheets of acetate held together with red tape, that’s all and it seems to work just fine! Attached another butterfly on the back side of the vellum front panel for added depth of field  (and a buddy for the front butterfly!)

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Fairy Wishes

Yet another Lavinia stamp with a border die from Papertry Ink. Can you tell I love Lavinia’s Fairies!!

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Collecting Nectar

Another Lavinia stamp combined with the Henna Elements stamp set.

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Delight in the small things

This card includes a Lavinia stamp & flowers from Altenew’s Hennah Elements stamp set. This time I used Clear Color Pens which I love to work with along with Distress Inks for the background. Gold spatters to add the finishing touch. Love the sentiment.

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Hang In There with a Fox!

Here’s another “Hang In There” version from “Up & Away” stamp collection by Lawn Fawn. This one goes to UM’S Mott Children’s Unit.

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Fairy in the Dandelions

I’m really taken with Lavinia’s collection of fairy stamps as you can see! Must add sparkles next time!!

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Hang in There with a Cat

I’m so lucky to have two friends who are Hosts at UM’s Mott Hospital for Children and UM’s Cardiac Intensive Care  Unit. Susie & Mary inspire me to make cards tailored to their patients and their families, that their staff signs & gives to a good home. This is a recent response from Mary (Mott’s Children)

"I just showed the exquisite cards to my staff and they were blown away. Even tears were shed! 
Thank you again and again!!!"

They’ve been well received (!) which thankfully validates the time, design and love put into these cards! Therapeutic all the way around…just saying.

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Pocket Gifts

This card is one of many that I made for my class in “Manly Cards”. Easy to do and you can put money where the tickets are in the pocket, so a couple of “gifts” available with this motif. I love to use buttons as the embellishment for masculine cards, as it seems there are few other options – but will explore this issue further (of course!).

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Road Trip

I created this card for a “Manly Cards Class” I taught at Michaels. Tim Holtz stamps are perfect for this theme, and a little retro paper from BoBunny’s Mama-razzi Collection really set the “manly” tone I needed. Buttons & twine, my new favorite choices for embellishment – especially for male flavored cards! I’m going to enter this card in Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Blog Contest too (Transport-it is the theme). (more…)

Get Up & Glow!

I love to use Distressed Inks with stencils and resists, and the Distressed Markers with images like this balloon. And tying in the American Craft string with the strings of the balloon gives this card a bit of texture, along with the button and rhinestones. Fun to make! I’ll be entering this card into Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Blog Contest theme of Transportation.

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Wish Big

I’ve fallen in love with this Fall embossing folder by Darice. So easy to color with Distress Inks, then I used Papertrey Ink’s Birthday Tag set for the greeting. Added a few die cuts, ribbon and vintage button and it’s ready for it’s seasonal debut! Of course I’m entering it in Simon Says Stamp’s Monday Challenge as well, these contests are so much fun!

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Reeds of Thanks

I’m really getting mileage out of the Tuesday Techniques’ Wildflowers stamp set, so many places to use these images and I’m just getting started! In this case, I created a resist with white embossing powder, then used Crushed Olive Distress Ink to pop the resist, and stamped the wild flowers again with black ink. A nice masculine card, which is sometimes hard to come by! I’m entering this card in Simon Says Stamp’s Monday Challenge too!

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Meadow Sunrise

I love using the masking techniques with Distress Inks, and in this case I stamped the meadow with Tuesday Techniques’ Wild Flowers and added the Oriel Butterfly die cut from Memory Box. Pretty simple but eye-catching. I’m entering this card in Simon Says Stamp’s Monday Challenge for their Anything Goes theme, because it won’t be long before the butterflies depart for the year!

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Jar of Summer Thanks

Summer flowers, what could be better! I wanted to thank a friend for a wonderful gathering in her garden and thought this would be perfect. I used a jar image from Inkadinkado, then filled it with Papertrey Ink’s Delightful Dahlias, worked some Distress Inks around and through a stencil, then applied a black bow using American Crafts’ black twine. I found Tim Holtz’s watercolor paper to be the perfect material to use with his Distressed Inks, they blend so well with this paper. I used a water pen with the same inks for the medal of thanks. Wish I could find more of the bees you see here! I colored the pearls in the center of the flowers with Spectrum Noir alcohol pens for the first time, and it worked great! Another entry for Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Blog contest for their theme “Summer”!

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Say It With Roses!

I’ve always had a thing for yellow roses, so what could be better than a few or more for a birthday celebration! In this case, they come via Papertrey Ink’s “The Sweet Life” stamp and die set. Combine purple  paper from DCWV’s Shimmer Stack, cut leaves from a Circut cartridge and some yellow satin ribbon and you have a great platform to feature a Happy Birthday greeting (also from Papertrey Ink). I’ll be adding this post to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Blog Contest for their Summer Theme. I love their blog & contests, and I highly recommend visiting and purchasing from their store – they have great products & the best customer service! (more…)

Summer Sunrise

Ah, the last true month of summer, with butterflies and flowers still on the rise. Distress Inks & large daubers were used to create the sunset (love this technique), then added flourishes from the Cindy Loo Cricket Cartridge, pearls, rhinestones and a few yellow flowers (from the bridal section of Michaels), and a butterfly sticker from K&Company. A light, whimsical image overall –  still enjoying the sunrises of summer! I’ll be entering this card into Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Blog Contest this week (their focus is “Summer”).

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Beachy Sunset!

I created this sunset with Distressed Inks and the masking technique, then stamped and fussy cut the lighthouse image from Inkadinkado’s Beach stamp set. I also used Technique Tuesdays’ Wildflowers stamp set for the grasses and dragonflies. A little glitter for rippling waves and a black & white twine bow finished it all off. Now it’s ready to enter Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday blog contest for the theme “Summer!” (more…)

Sparkle Buddies

I created this card for Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Blog Contest – and this week’s focus was “Sparkle”. I like this contest because it causes me to focus on techniques and looks that I might otherwise not think of or haven’t revisited in a while. I love sparkly effects and in this case, I painted them in with a brush and glitter glue. The greeting is embossed with Stampendous’ Star Dust embossing powder (my favorite – it’s transparent so any color of ink will shine through). I applied Spectrum Noir alcohol markers to the poppy from Penny Black’s “Blooming Garden” stamp set and used Technique Tuesday’s “Wildflowers” stamp set for the grasses and dragonflies. The butterflies are from Clearly Bespotted’s “Elegant Butterflies” stamp & die collection (I absolutely love this set!!) Rhinestones, pearls, and an orange satin ribbon tie up the finishing details.

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Get Well Soon with Roses

This is a mufti-layered card starting with (3) Spellbinders Dies: Radiant Rectangle Die Set, A2 Filigree Delight Die Set &  Foliage Die Set (I think this is the name of the set). The wonderful roses are from Papertrey Ink’s “Life is Sweet” Stamp & Die sets. I gave a similar card to a favorite doctor of mine, and it brought tears to his eyes…more of a reaction than I planned on (!) needless to say, I was happy to have spent a little extra time and care on his card. This is why hand delivering (if possible) is such a good idea, you get to see what kind of response your card evokes.

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