Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Christmas Wreath Two-Sided Card


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I have another Christmas card so I don't get caught like last year, with not enough cards for all.  I still really liking making the card with just a front and a back (another green idea) when I can.  The photos make the red look more true red.  Mine is actually a deep pink red.  A very easy card as you will see:

IMAGE AND CARD FRONT:
  1. Stamped wreath on white cardstock 3 times (once for base, once for dimensions, and once for the back of card and envy.
  2. Painted all of first image, parts of second image for dimension, and trimmed parts for back and envy with twinks.
  3. Trimmed and embossed Holly leaves, bells, and bow from back and mounted with 3D pop-dot REMNANTS. (Go green and don't waste the left-over of pop dots.  They work even better than the dots/squares sometimes, if not just the same.)
  4. Put white cardstock through Cuttlebug with Sizzix Dots folder, painted the flourish with Twink H20 Solar Gold.
  5. Used Bazzill Pirouette taped to Merry Christmas portion of Merry Tree die.

ASSEMBLY AND EMBELLISHMENT:
  1. The Bazzill base is 6.25"x4.5".  The white embossed cardstock (5.5"x4.25) was mounted in the middle.  A plain white piece was mounted on the back.
  2. The wreath was mounted and then Viva Crystal Clear was added to the bells and Mistletoe.  When dry Stickles Diamonds was added lightly to the Mistletoe berries.  The same treatment was done on the backside of the card with the holly, bells, Mistletoe, and the bow. Spica AtYou pens were used to high light the leaves and bow edges where needed.
  3. Two strips of the Bazzill was added to the envy and then the Holly, Mistletoe, etc. like on the back of the envy.
  4. The hearts were added with a dot of GA and then hearts added to them with a Quikstik.
That's it for today and thanks so much for stopping by to look and share.

Shirley

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Saturday, August 9, 2014

New To You Stamps Happen Santas


Still getting out those old images to use, while incorporating some of my new 'stuff'.  I had several images of the Santas With Stars by Stamps Happen.  I decided to make a couple of cards with them and the fact that I usually layer really made it more appealing to me.  The only place I could find the stamp for sale was on EBay, etc.  I am also unmounting all of my woodblock stamps to make more room, so it worked well for that reason too.

IMAGES:
  1. The Santas W Stars was stamped on white cardstock 6 times with Brilliance Gold, heated to dry the ink, painted with twinks, used a black Sharpie for the eyes, then fussy cut for the front, back, and envy, leaving a thin white edge around the images.  Fussy cut 3 of the stars on one of the other images for the cardfront and 2 sides on the back.
  2. The Merry Christmas from the IO Merry Tree die was used with Bazzill deep pink cardstock.  I cut a 1.25 X5.5 piece of the cardstock.  Tape was placed on the die and paper on top to hole it in place.
  3. The Santas had been painted with twinks and were mounted as shown.  The stars were embellished with Stickles Buttercup glitter glue.  Flower Soft/Glossy Accents was used for the fur on caps and Viva Decor Ice White Pearl pen was  used for the beards and hair.
  4. The ribbon is from my stash and the Czech glass heart bead was added to the pearl corsage pin.

CARD FRONT/BACK AND ENVY:
  1. They were created using Spellbinders Enchanted Labels 28 largest die.   White Laid cardstock was used for the front and regular white cardstock was used for the back.
  2. All images were placed on the die cuts first.  ATG tape and was used to place the centers back to back, and the Glossy Accents was used on the 4 corners.
HINT - Someone asked about the needle nosed bottle for the Glossy Accents.  It has worked well for me for about 8 years.  It has only plugged up a couple of times.  I found leaving the bottle on its side keeps it from doing that.   When it did I used a long beading needle to unplug it.  If you have more questions don't hesitate to ask.

As you can tell, life is still taking place here, even more so with the cool weather for this time of year.  See you soon I hope and will be hopping your blogs to see your wonderful creations!!  Thanks for stopping by to look and share.

 Shirley

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Peacock Nouveau

I fell in love with the peacock and feather image when I saw Karen Amidon's and Jenny Gropp's designs on their blogs.  I started my card some time ago and then life happened and I got side tracked, but today here it is:

IMAGES:
  1. Peacock was stamped once and the limb (feather) was stamped 3 times and on an envelope with Memento Nautical Blue ink.  They were painted with twinks an fussy cut.  The circles on the feathers in areas were painted with Golden acrylic Iridescent Gold Deep.  Cupped and flat sequins were used too.  The flat sequins are are blue-green AB (Aurora Boreale) and show as different shades of blue and green. The itty bitty gold circles on the bird are left-over punched centers from a bottle of the sequins.  The bow is May Arts.

BACK AND ENVY:
  1.  I am really liking using the back of my larger card fronts as the area for writing my letter to the receiver.  I did it on this card too.  It is thinner for mailing and I even though I layer.
  2. Spellbinders Enchanted Labels 28 largest die was used for the front and back of the card.
  3. Lil' Inker Mat Stitched Circle die cuts were used to mount the image and the sentiment (which was also stamped with Memento Nautical Blue).
I want to thank those of you who sent cards to Edith and her family.  Her sister has been posting thank yous on Donna's blog.  You can go there with the link in my upper right-hand sidebar.

Don't forget to vote by reading the polls in my upper left-hand sidebar.  You can follow the results there too.

Thanks for stopping by to look and share.  Have a great week and weekend!!
Shirley
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Monday, July 7, 2014

A Special Request


CAS FROM KAREN AMIDON'S POST.
One of our fellow craft and stamping friends, Sue Drees, recently shared some sad news with Donna Ellis at Creative Smiles.

Sue's sister, Edith, fell and was diagnosed with a brain tumor.  On June 25, the tumor was successfully removed. However, the biopsy brought back devastating news of a fast growing Brain Cancer. Edith is determined to fight this all the way. She began physical rehabilitation on July 4.

Sue is helping Edith in every way possible.  She and Edith's husband go together to the hospital each day and check up on changes and her care.  Sue has not asked for help.  Because Donna has kept in touch with her, she asked if Edith would enjoy receiving cards of encouragement and support.  Donna said Sue was so grateful that the on-line community might help in this way - it was something she had not considered.


Will you please consider sending a note, tag, or card (or two or three? :-)) offering encouragement to her? Edith has a disability in addition to this new challenge. I think she is such a role model to be so determined in her fight to get better.

Cards can be sent addressed to Edith c/o Sue and she will take them daily to the hospital.  Edith enjoys quilting and LOVES flowers! Edith's beloved fur child is a little pug, and both miss each other very much.

I will be glad to send you Edith's address if you email me HERE.  Donna has a tab at the top of her blog for Updates On Edith.  I added a shortcut in my right-hand sidebar for you too for future use.

I am posting my first card to her at the top of my post.  My card is pretty straight forward, but if you have questions, please feel free to ask.  Thank you so much for helping me send Edith well wishes and for stopping by to look and share.

Shirley

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Ladybug Hugs To You


I found some really cute Ladybug cards while hopping at Miriam's Delirium, One Krafty Kat, and Paper Lilies And Ink that had me ordering Serendipity's Ladybug Stamp and Die Set.  I found that all of the images and die in the set can also be purchased separately.  For my card here is what I did:

CARDFRONT:
  1. Created a white ladybug die cut with white cardstock and a black ladybug head using glossy black cardstock, painted the white body pink, mounted glossy black ladybug head over the white one, cut slit in the tail between the wings, mounted body on glossy black cardstock and cut around.  Colored legs black with Sharpie black pen.
  2. Used the lid from a Twinks for a circle and traced with black pen, stamped the smaller ladybug using Tuxedo Black ink, painted with Twinks, trimmed around circle.  Stamped ladybug 2 more times, painted, embossed from the back, mounted with 3D pop dots.  Stamped sentiment with Tuxedo Black ink, traced around with pencil and then black pen, cut out.
  3. Die cut using Divine Eloquence with glossy black cardstock.  Used same die as stencil for center traced on white cardstock, stamped with stamp from Fancy Labels, painted with Twinks, mounted on black die cut, mounted on pink cardstock.
  4. Mounted large die cut ladybug with 3D pop dots, added dew drops and pearls as shown with GA and needle nosed bottle.  Used pearl pin with Czech beads and mounted with pin under die cut with attached bow.  Mounted smaller ladybugs and sentiment.  Added GA and pearls to smaller ladybugs.
 INSIDE And ENVY:
  1. Inside - Created top and bottom trim using die used on front, added stamped images with Tuxedo Black from Fancy Labels.  Added GA and pearls to ladybug.
  2. Envy - Stamped images from Fancy Labels with Tuxedo Black on envy.  Stamped ladybug on white cardstock, painted with Twinks and mounted on envy.  Used Viva Decor Ice White pearl pen for eyes and GA for black spots.
Thanks for stopping by to look and share!

   Shirley
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