Monday, July 7, 2014

A Special Request

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.


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:

  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.
  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!


Saturday, June 21, 2014

Flowers on Crackle Stenciled Background

You can barely see the stitches on the flowers and leaves, but they are there!!  I would never have tried the stenciled BG with modeling paste if I hadn't taken the Online Stencil Class.  Below is how I created the whole card:

  1. Stamped Stitched Flowers 3 times with Golden Glitz ink on white cardstock; painted two completely and one just the flowers with Twinkling H2O's; embossed the leaves and flowers from the back.
  2. Used the Crackled stencil with gold modeling creme applied with a palette knife to white Laid cardstock.  It dries relatively quick.  I left it for 3 or 4 hours.
  3. Die cut two 'hugs' on white cardstock; used leftover negatives from die cuts for exclamation mark; painted one 'hugs'  and exclamation mark with twinks.
  4. Die cut Romantic Rectangles Two large, smallest, and next to smallest from white cardstock.
  5. Cut two BGs (one for front and one for inside middle) from Crackle BG.
  6. Die cut for inside top and bottom edges and envy using largest die with Crackle BG.
  1. Mounted Crackle BG to largest die cut; mounted first flowers with glue dots and leaves with 3D pop-dots; mounted second layer of flowers with glue dots in centers and 3D pop dots on petals; added Viva Decor Ice Pearl Pen to flower centers.
  2. CARD FOLD:  Used a pencil to mark edges of largest die cut near die center; measure twice the length; cut and folded and applied to the back of the Card front.  It still stands just fine by itself.
  3. Added die cut edges to inside top and bottom; applied Crackle BG to next to smallest die cut; mounted to inside top center; added bow to bottom.
  4. Watercolored edges of center embossed area on smallest die cut; double decked with painted 'hugs' on top and mounted to smallest die cut; mounted that to front lower right; applied sequins with GA here and there.
  5. Divided pieces of die cut edges and mounted to lower left of envy.

That's all for now. Thanks for stopping by to look and share!!


Sunday, June 15, 2014

Something Old And Something New Two

I'm back with the kind of new thing again!  I created the background using a technique from my Online Watercolor Class.  I had the images from an earlier card and just changed them around a little.  Here is how this card was created:

  1. Stamped Rose Pitcher on white cardstock with Brilliance Galaxy Gold, painted with Twinkling H2O's.  The roses and the bud with stem were both stamped 3 more times and painted with twinks.  All were fussy cut, embossed from the back and mounted on the cardfront with 3D pop-dots and w/o on other areas.  The lace tablecloth open areas were cut out with an X-Acto Knife and a healing mat.
  2. The background area was created with CAC Craquelure and Twinkling H2O's using a technique I learned in the Online Watercolor Class series.

 Building Card:
  1. Front -  White Laid cardstock was used for the base.
  2. The Craquelure BG was mounted on that.
  3. The image was mounted on die cuts from Spellbinders Lacey Squares using white and natural cardstock.  It was then mounted on the Craquelure.
  4. Inside - Die Cut edges were mounted with strips of the Craquelure BG.
  5. A small die cut was used for the Rose and a rose with stem was mounted to the right.
  6. Envy - Two of the Lacey Square edges were mounted back to back and a rose with stem added. The lacey edges were peeled to thin before mounting and so was the rose with stem.  I start the separation by flipping the edge back and forth with my X-acto knife, see it starting a little and open it up enough to gently a little at a time holding one side flat or with the free hand.
  7. The bow is May Arts and the heart pen is Maya Roads with a Czech bead added by applying Glossy Accents to the stem.
Off to clean some rain gutters.  LOLOL  No rest for the wicked....or is it the stamping.  ;-)  Thanks for stopping by to  look and share.


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Brilliant Peony Painted, Stenciled And Beaded

 If you haven't seen the Stamping With Bibiana blog, get on over there.....right after you look and what I did after seeing her beautiful tutorial on using Brilliant Peony using her made gel and beads.  I just happened to have Golden Bead Gel on hand.  She sponged her stencil, but since I took the Online Watercolors for Cardmakers class, I painted with my stencil.  I didn't have the Memory Box mask for the stencil, so none of my backgrounds are shaded using it.  Here is where you can also see her tutorial as a PDF.  Bibiana, you are one talented lady!!  TFS your art!  Below is how I did mine.

  1. Taped Brilliant Peony Stencil to white cardstock, traced around it with soft lead pen.  Painted stencil areas with Twinkling H2O's with well inked Niji waterbrush (the tip needs to have a lot of the color so it doesn't run under the stencil (if it does a little use white out, etc. in those areas.  Applied the *Bead Gel with thinly a thin palette knife (scrubbed stencil immediately after with soap and dish brush). *My already made gel dried on the flower over night.  Fussy cut around the flower and used an eraser to get rid of any showing lines around the edges.  See the flower below:
  2. Mounted on white laid cardstock with 3D pop-dots and then dark olive green cardstock.
  3. The 'hello' was die cut using dark olive green cardstock and mounted on the laid CS.
  4. The circles were created using the Circle Explosion Stencil by painting all first and then applying the gel beads after.  The circles were ready to go after about 3 hours.
  5. Mounted a pearl heart at the bottom right for a hug and a round one in the center of the flower using Glossy Accents.
  6. A piece of Tim Holtz Idea-ology paper string was tied as a bow on one of the stems.  (What I noticed was the string is 2 twisted twines.  If you wanted thinner you could easily just divide.)

  1. Used a piece of white cardstock for the backside.
  2. Used the center of the stencil and some of the leaves for the upper left, traced lightly for the stems so I could watercolor and then erase lines, applied bead gel first to flower and when dry did the leaves.
  3. Used Circles Explosion stencil along the bottom and applied bead gel to some of the circles.
  4. Applied some circles randomly to the envelope as shown.
I am really liking doing just the backside of the card for my note.  I still add my signature along the bottom, but briefer since I sign my note.  I actually have two other cards in process and hope to be back sooner.  I've said that before.  ;-)  I've had company and you know how that goes!!

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