Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Pure Prairie- Praying for You




Hi Friends! 

This week has been a busy week organizing my craft/stamping area but I have managed to tale a bit of time to create a few cards :-)


If you have not had a chance to visit the challenge blogs yet, I encourage you to do so- wonderful inspiration from all!

To create this card:

1). Using a photo editing software import the Power Poppy digital images, Pure Prairie Bouquet and Roses and Chamomile (I used the retired My Digital Studio™ from Stampin’ Up! but you could use Microsoft Word or other software).  Enlarge the Pure Prairie image to fit a 4” x 5 ¼” panel and add the sentiment (enlarged a bit as well) onto a different part of the layout, print out onto a piece of 8 ½” x 11” Whisper White cardstock.

2). Die cut the panel using a stitched rectangle die, water color the image using an AquaPainter™ and watercolor pencils, graphite pencil and distress inks.

3). Mount the panel onto a piece of Basic Black cardstock, trim close to the edge and adhere to the white card base.

4). Trim the sentiment, add the flag points using a hexagon punch, mount onto Basic Black cardstock and create the points again with the punch.  Mount the sentiment onto the card front with dimensional foam.

5). Use a clear glitter pen to add shimmer to the petals and the butterfly. 

6). Add white highlights to the flowers using an extra fine white paint pen to finish off the card.
  
Stamp Sets: Pure Prairie Bouquet, Roses and Chamomile (both digital- Power Poppy)

Ink/Mediums: Printer Ink- Black; Derwent™ Watercolor Pencils, Stampin’ Up! Watercolor Pencils, Distress Inks, Spectrum Noir™ Clear Glitter Pen, Extra Fine White Sharpie® Paint Pen

Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black

Accessories/Tools: Big Shot™, MFT Die-namics™ Blueprints 20, AquaPainter™


Thanks again for taking the time to stop by and visit- hugs and I hope you have a great week!

Beary Merry Christmas



Hi Friends!

I am so far behind on creating Christmas cards for this year (I normally try to create approx. ten each month so I am not behind when it I time to mail) so I decided to use the CAS(E) This Sketch #226 Sketch Challenge along with the Merry Monday #253 “Bears” Challenge and the Happy Little Stampers June 2017 “Anything Goes” Christmas Challenge for the design of this card.

I have not inked this retired Stampin’ Up! Beary Merry Christmas (2000) in years and since I collect Boyd’s stuffed bears, I love this sweet image of the bear on his rocking horse.

 If you have not had a chance to check out the challenge sites yet, I hope you will take the time to do so- gorgeous inspiration from the Design Teams as well as the galleries!

To create this card:

1). Ink the Beary Merry Christmas image and sentiment using archival black ink and stamp onto Whisper White cardstock.

2). Color the image with watercolor pencils, water soluble graphite pencil and Stampin’ Write Always Artichoke and Cherry Cobbler markers using an AquaPainter™ to blend the colors.

3). Trim the bear on the rocking horse image, mount onto Early Espresso cardstock and trim close to the edge.

4). Die cut the sentiment using the Circle Framelits™ and mount onto an Early Espresso circle die cut from the same size framelit™.

5). Emboss a piece of Whisper White cardstock using the Big Shot™ with the Tim Holtz™ Poinsettia Knit Embossing Folder, trim and mount onto Early Espresso cardstock, trim and mount onto Cherry Cobbler cardstock before adhering to the white card base.

6). Mount the bear image along with the sentiment using dimensional foam and apply a bit of shimmer to the mane, tail and saddle of the image using a clear glitter pen.

Stamp Sets: Beary Merry Christmas (Stampin’ Up!- retired 2000)

Ink/Mediums: Archival Black Ink. Derwent™ and Stampin’ Up! Watercolor Pencils, Water-Soluble Graphic Pencil, Stampin’ Write Markers- Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler;  Spectrum Noir™ Clear Glitter Pen

Paper: Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso

Accessories: Big Shot™, Tim Holtz™ Poinsettia Knit Embossing Folder, AquaPainter™


Thanks again for taking the time to stop by- I hope all of you have a fantastic week!  

TCC76 Strength For Today


Hi Friends!

It’s time for The Card Concept #76 “Romantic Roses” Challenge! Isn’t this a beautiful inspiration photo?  

I love the deep red roses as well as the black and white and was inspired to create a Shabby Chic/Elegant and Classy card.   

I decided to create a Shabby Chic/Elegant & Classy card with a "sneak peek" of a brand new stamp set, Hymn Blocks (designed by NinaB Designs) - this stamp will be part of the July release from Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps (available the first Friday in July) and wow, I cannot wait for you to see the rest of the hymn blocks in this new set!  It has a wonderful selection of hymns perfect for card making as well as Bible Art Journaling, scrapbooking, home decor and so much more!!

I will also be linking this card to the Deep Ocean Challenge #157 "Die Cuts, Chipboard and/or Punches" Challenge (I used die cuts and punches on this card) and the Word Art Wednesday #288-#289 "Anything Goes" Challenge.

Again, if you have not had a chance to visit the challenge sites or SNSS Blog/FB Page yet, I encourage you to do so- wonderful inspiration from all!


To create this card:

1). Ink the Hymn Blocks image using Versafine™ Onyx Black Ink and stamp onto a piece of white cardstock. Die cut with a stitched flag banner die and mount onto another flag banner die cut from black cardstock (this layer was already dry embossed and die cut in my stash).  Use a stencil brush with hickory smoke distress ink to stencil the horizontal lines (did not show well in the photo but I wanted to give the illusion of the shutters in the background).

2). Layer the designer papers onto a 5 ½” square white card base (I used retired paper from my massive stash).  Add the black organza ribbon and mount the focal image sentiment with dimensional foam.

3). Die cut and assemble the roses from cherry cardstock.  Punch the leaves from black cardstock and use a crimper tool to add texture.  Adhere the leaves to the back of the roses before mounting onto the card front.  

4). Use a clear glitter pen to add shimmer to the roses and a few black crystal drops as accents to finish off the card.


Thanks again for stopping by!  If you are able to join us, we would love to see your artwork in our gallery at The Card Concept!  Hugs and I hope all of you have a fabulous week!  

Happy Wedding Day

Hi Friends!  

I wanted to share with you one more card designed with the June 2017 Our Daily Bread Designs Release stamp set, Happy Wedding Day along with the coordinating Heart Topiary Dies and other custom dies- Mr. & Mrs., Ovals, Ornate Ovals, Pierced Rectangles and the beautiful Wedding Wishes 6x6 Paper Pad.

I love participating with online challenges and am linking this card to the Simon Says Wednesday “Emboss It” Challenge along with the Word Art Wednesday #286-#287 “Anything Goes” Challenge.

If you have not had a chance to visit the ODBD Blog or the other challenge sites yet, I hope you will find time to do so- wonderful inspiration from all!! 

To create this card:

1). Ink the Happy Wedding Day topiary, birds and verse sentiment images with embossing ink, stamp onto white cardstock, apply gold embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.

2). Once the embossing powder has cooled, die cut and emboss the verse sentiment with the Ovals Dies.  Die cut the topiary and bird images with the Heart Topiary Dies and set aside.

3). Die cut and emboss a piece of the gold paper from Wedding Wishes 6x6 Paper Pad using the largest frame from the Pierced Rectangles Dies, mount onto the white card front and add a trimmed piece of the Wedding Wishes 6x6 Paper Pad for the background.

4). Die cut and emboss another piece of the gold paper from the Wedding Wishes 6x6Paper Pad with the Ornate Ovals Dies, die cut and emboss a piece of white cardstock with the large oval from the Ovals Dies, layer onto the Ornate Ovals die cut and mount the layered oval die cut panel onto the card front with dimensional foam.

5). Mount the die cut/embossed oval sentiment along with the topiary die and birds with dimensional foam.

6). Die cut and emboss the Mr. & Mrs. Die using gold foil and adhere to the card front.

7). Add a few pearls to the edge of the verse sentiment to finish off the card.


Thanks again for taking the time to stop by- hugs and I hope you have a blessed week, sweet friends!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

ODBDSLC257 The Best Love Story



Hi Friends! 

Today we reminding you that it is not too late to join us for the Our Daily Bread Designs Shining the Light ODBDSLC287 Color Challenge!  This will be the final Shining the Light Challenge so we would love to see your artwork in our challenge gallery!

Isn't this a lovely color combination for a challenge?  I thought that these soft colors are so elegant and perfect for weddings/anniversaries so I decided to design another card using the June 2017 ODBD Release Stamps and Dies!



We hope you will take the time to check out the rest of my ODBD Design Team Sisters’ blogs and see their gorgeous projects:


To create this card:

1). Ink the Happily Ever After sentiment with embossing ink, stamp onto white cardstock and heat emboss with silver embossing powder.  Die cut and emboss with the Ovals Dies. Mount onto a piece of gray cardstock (die cut and embossed with the Ornate Ovals Dies).

2). Die cut and emboss pieces of white cardstock with the Bitty Blossoms Dies, assemble the flowers and sponge a bit of pink ink over the petals.

3). Cut a piece of the Wedding Wishes 6x6 Paper Pad Collection paper to 4” x 5 ¼”, mount onto a piece of gray cardstock, mount onto a piece of pink cardstock and adhere to the white card base.  Use a pink marker to add additional pink to the scrolls and petals on the WeddingWishes designer paper.

4). Add the layered sentiment with dimensional foam, mount all of the blossoms and add pearls to the flower centers and card corners to finish off the card.

 Don’t forget- you have until July 1, 2017 to join us for a chance to be spotlighted for the Shining the Light award or to win a $15 ODBD gift certificate (one random participant will be chosen).  

Thanks again for taking the time to stop by!  We would love for you to join us for the Our Daily Bread Designs Shining the Light ODBDSLC287 Color Challenge!

 I am also linking this card to the Word Art Wednesday #286-#287 "Anything Goes" Challenge.

Hugs and I hope you have a blessed week, sweet friends!


SUO177 Patriotic Celebration


Hi Friends!   

It’s time for the #177 “Patriotic Colors” Challenge at SU! Only Challenges!  I decided to create a flag using a few stamps from Work of Art and paired it with the Beautiful You stamp set.

I am also linking this card to the Happy Little Stampers June Watercolour "Anything Goes (opt. twist masking) " Challenge and the Splitcoaststampers CAS433 "Flag Day" Challenge.

If you have not had a chance to stop by the SU-Only Challenge site to check out the rest of the Design Team projects or the other challenge galleries yet, I encourage you to do so- fabulous inspiration from all!

To create this card:

1). Ink the block image from Work of Art with Night of Navy Classic Ink, stamp off onto scrap paper and stamp onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock.


2). Ink the straight line image from Work of Art with Cherry Cobbler Classic Ink, stamp off onto scrap paper and stamp onto the panel.  Repeat for the additional stripes for the “flag”.  Lightly spritz the panel with water and dry with the Heat Tool.

3). Use the White Gel Pen to add a few white highlights for “stars”, trim the panel and mount onto a piece of Night of Navy cardstock, trim and mount onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock, trim and mount onto a piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock.  Adhere the entire panel to an Extra Thick Whisper White card base.

4). Ink the Beautiful You girl image with Stampin’ Archival™ Basic Black Ink, stamp onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock and color using a Night of Navy and Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Write Marker.  Soften the color with an AquaPainter™ and dry with the Heat Tool.  Fussy-cut the image, use a Black Stampin’ Write Marker to outline the edges of the image and mount onto the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals®.

 5). Ink the sentiment from Beautiful You with Stampin’ Archival™ Basic Black Ink, stamp onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock, trim and create the banner points with the retired Hexagon Punch.  Mount onto Night of Navy cardstock, trim and mount onto the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals®.

6). Use the Clear Wink of Stella® Glitter Pen to add shimmer to the stripes, star area as well as the dress.  Add a few Rhinestones to finish off the card.

Stamp Sets: Beautiful You, Work of Art

Ink/Mediums: Classic Ink- Cherry Cobbler, Night of Navy;  Stampin’ Archival™ Basic Black; Clear Wink of Stella® Glitter Pen, White Gel Pen
Paper: Whisper White, Extra Thick Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Night of Navy
Accessories/Tools: AquaPainter™, Heat Tool, Rhinestones
Thanks again for taking the time to stop by and I hope that you will create your own Stampin’ Up! Only project and play along with our “Patriotic Colors” challenge!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

CAS Beautiful You "Dress Up "



Hi Friends!

I have been busy the last few days organizing my craft storage room and decided to take a break and create a quick card for the CASOLOGY #253 “Clothes” Challenge using the colors from The Challenge #87 “Aqua, Orange and Hot Pink”Challenge. 


When I was organizing my craft storage area (I am fortunate to have a 10’ x 11’  room dedicated to storage of all of my paper, punches, scrapbooks, fabric, etc. but I am not able to actually create in this room- too much “stuff” as my hubby says- lol!) I found a stash of “scraps”- die cuts, colored images, etc. that I had set aside for future use.  After several hours sorting these "scraps" and resolving now use these "found items",  I pulled out a previously die cut dress and rose for this quick card.

To create this card:

1). On a folded piece of heavy duty white cardstock, use a sponge dauber with the Memory Box™ Zippy Dots stencil and apply Pool Party along with Pumpkin Pie Classic Ink to the background.

2). Tear off a few strips of Washi Tape (various manufacturers) and apply on a diagonal.  Stamp the sentiment from Beautiful You (Stampin’ Up!) with Melon Mambo Classic Ink.

3). Apply a strip of Washi Tape to the dress die cut (this was one of my “found” pieces- previously cut from retired SU! Venetian Romance DSP using the retired Dress Up Framelits™).  To cover the vanilla background of the designer paper (and bring more pink into the design) use a Melon Mambo Stampin’ Write Marker to color the entire dress and blend the color with an AquaPainter™.  Once dry, adhere to the card front with dimensional foam.

4). Attach the Pool Party rose (another item from my stash- previously die cut with the My Favorite Things™ Mini Royal Rose Die). 

5). Apply shimmer to the dress and rose with a Spectrum Noir™ Clear Glitter Pen to finish off the card.

Stamp Sets: Beautiful You (Stampin’ Up!)

Ink/Mediums: Classic Ink-Melon Mambo, Pool Party, Pumpkin Pie; Melon Mambo Stampin’ Write Marker, Spectrum Noir™ Clear Glitter Pen

Paper: Pool Party, White Heavy Duty Cardstock (from my stash), Venetian Romance retired Stampin’ Up!

Accessories: Big Shot™, retired Dress Up Framelits™, MFT Mini Royal Rose Dies, Memory Box™ Zippy Dots Stencil, Sponge Daubers, misc. Washi Tape


Thanks again for taking the time to visit- I hope you have a fabulous weekend!  

Friday, June 16, 2017

Our Daily Bread Designs June 2017 Reminder



Hi Friends! 

Today we are taking a look back at the Our Daily Bread Designs June 2017 Release- I just love this new release for wedding cards as well as anniversary cards! 


My card was designed using the Long Lasting Love stamp set,  the Wedding Wishes 6x6 Paper Pad along with custom dies- Scalloped Chain, Ovals, Layered Lacey Ovals, Ornate OvalsMini Bow and Beautiful Borders . 

To create this card:

1).  Ink the wedding cake image from Long Lasting Love stamp set with archival black ink, stamp onto white cardstock and color with colored pencils.  Use a clear glitter pen to apply shimmer to the petals and fussy-cut the image.

2). Die cut and emboss pieces of white cardstock using the Scalloped Chain Die,  OvalsOrnate Ovals and Beautiful Borders . 

3). Ink the sentiment from the Long Lasting Love stamp set with archival black ink, stamp onto white cardstock and die cut/emboss with the Ovals Dies.  

4). Die cut/emboss pieces of melon cardstock using the Ovals Dies , the Ornate Ovals Dies and the Mini Bow Dies.

5). Layer the Scalloped Chain Die cut onto a piece of the Wedding Wishes 6x6 Paper Pad , mount onto a piece of melon cardstock and adhere to the white card base.

6). Add the Beautiful Borders Die  cut along with a strip of melon cardstock, add the layered oval dies and mount the fussy-cut wedding cake with dimensional foam.

7). Die cut and emboss a piece of melon cardstock with the Layered Lacey Ovals Dies , layer the stamped oval sentiment and mount onto the card front with dimensional foam.  Add the Mini Bow die cut bow along with a pearl in the center to finish off the card.

 I hope that I have inspired you today and know that you will not want to miss the rest of the ODBD Design Team gorgeous projects- come hop along with us:

Sandee * Lisa * Cathy * Diana 
Julie (you are here)Kathy * Robin 
Lori * Helen * Dawn * Sabrina


Thanks again for taking the time to stop by- hugs and I hope you have a blessed weekend, sweet friends!

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