Thursday, September 25, 2014

With Heartfelt Sympathy

I tend to gravitate towards neutrals when I’m looking to make a soft, sensitive themed card. The best example I have for this is a sympathy card which everyone hopes they never have to use, but it’s always good to have one on hand.
I started with a rich Chocolate Chip card base and added a layer of Crumb Cake on top embossed with Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder.  The sketchy flowers are stamped from a retired Stampin Up set called Simply Soft and the sentiment is from Close As A Memory.  Although these sets are no longer available through Stampin Up, the Love & Sympathy set would give you the same type of look and it has the loveliest saying for the inside as well. Bonus!
After I stamped the images on Very Vanilla cardstock, I layered it on a slightly larger piece of Chocolate Chip to match the card base. Sometimes this extra layer makes your images really stand out. I wrapped some delicate looking lace around the base and added a daisy border to the bottom.

I recently found this darling package of Recollections Butterflies at Michaels and thought this would be a good place to use one. It matches my color scheme perfectly! Lastly, the top right-hand corner looked a little bare so I added some brownish little rhinestones to finish it off.

Stampin Up Stamp Sets: Close As A Memory, Simply Soft
Stampin Up Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla
Tools: Stampin Up Embossing Folder Perfect Polka Dots, Martha Stewart Daisy Punch
Accessories: Lace Ribbon from local craft store, Recollections Butterflies, Paper Studio Rhinestones
Coming soon . . . I have some new stamp sets that arrived on my doorstep from Lawn Fawn, My Favorite Things, and Stampin Up. I’m looking forward to sharing some fall themed cards with you soon using these newly released sets.

Thank you for visiting today and happy stamping!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

You're perfect in my book

I'm going to visit my nephews in a couple weeks and I always take them something I handmade . . . along with some of their favorite Halloween candy. Since they both love to read, I made them each a bookmark like the one above. I'm hoping they like it!
The To Thine Own Self stamp set from Simon Says Stamp is perfect for making bookmarks or cards
for teachers, students, office workers, and book lovers. Each book is separate in this set so you can arrange them however you choose. There are even 4 shelf lengths to choose from and some cute accessories to put on your shelf.

The bookmark is a die from Paper Smooches Wise Dies. I die cut it on heavy Neenah 80 lb solar white paper. You definitely want to use a heavier paper weight for bookmarks since they are more frequently handled than your typical card.

Enjoy a good book today and don't forget to make a fun bookmark to mark your place!

Happy stamping.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Flu Shot Anyone? get well soon

I just scheduled a day to go get my flu shot. Yuck! Hard to believe it's that time of year again. My son came down with his first cold of the season a little over a week ago. It was actually his 2nd week into school. Those little kids love to spread germs!

With the cold and flu season fast approaching, it's a good time to stock up on "get well" cards. I just adore the stamp set from Lawn Fawn called on the mend. It is so cute and fun!  It is my go-to set when I need to make someone a get well card. Lawn Fawn always makes a coordinating dies with their stamps so you don't have spend endless time cutting out the images. Bonus!

The card I am sharing with you today is a simple one you can easily create a bunch at one time to have on hand. The card size is 3x6 inches long.

I die cut the tissue box and then stamped the image in black ink. I colored it in with the Stampin Up color Soft Sky. I repeatedly stamped the "get well soon" from the set on Crumb Cake (SU!) cardstock in Crumb Cake ink. One phrase was stamped in black ink to pop out that sentiment on the card. I attached the tissue box with a pop dot.

Stay healthy so I don't have to send you one of these cards. Lol!

Enjoy your weekend and happy stamping.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Happy Hello ... I'm Back!


A very Happy Hello and welcome to my new and improved blog!!!!

Although I may have taken a break from blogging, the card making has never ceased.
Whether you are new to my blog or a returning follower, you will find inspiration, techniques, instruction, and product reviews all related to card making. I have so many ideas to share with you that I am really excited about!
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Last but certainly not least . . . I would love to hear from YOU!  Please leave comments on my posts and feel free to e-mail me if you ever have any questions.
Ok, now that you know what's going on  . . . how about some details about the Happy Hello card that is pictured above? The nice big hello die is from Simon Says Stamp. All of the cardstock colors (Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive and Tempting Turquoise) are from Stampin' Up.
To make the rainbow of colors for the word hello, die cut hello in each color you want to use. Next, cut apart the letters and carefully glue them into place connecting one letter to another. Don't throw out those letters you didn't use!  You can make another card in a different color scheme with the leftovers. The Happy stamp inside the "h" is from the And Many More stamp set by Stampin Up.
Thank you for visiting today and happy stamping!