Thursday, September 18, 2014

Cherries in September

I'm kind of CASEing myself today, because I'm trying to use up this adorable cherry-patterned paper.  If you follow that link above, you'll see a card I made in 2010 (eons ago!) for my daughter.

I enjoy creating punch art now and then, like these cherries and their leaves.  The stems were hand-trimmed.

Thanks for letting me share a fruity card with you today!

Stamps: Mason Jar Add-On II - Inspired By Stamping Paper: cherries, Old Olive, Real Red, Basic Black - SU; white - PTI Ink: Bravo Burgundy (to shade the cherries), Handsome Hunter (to shade the leaves) - SU; Versafine Onyx Black - Tsukineko Accessories & Tools: oval, scalloped oval, circle punches - SU; Rose Leaf punch - Martha Stewart; white gel pen

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A Trio of Sympathies

Welcome!  I make so many sympathy cards to sell in the shop that I thought it best to lump a few into one post.

I had to have the Penny Black Botanical Notes stamp after seeing it on others' blogs, and found it makes a lovely background in gray.  The sentiment is from my oft-used Hero Arts set, With Sympathy.

I stamped the image twice on pale gray cardstock, and cut out one butterfly to place on top.  I used a white shimmer Smooch ink to paint the butterfly, but I couldn't adequately capture that in a photo.

Stamps: Botanical Notes - Penny Black; With Sympathy - Hero Arts Paper: Going Gray - SU Ink: Going Gray - SU; Versafine Onyx Black - Tsukineko Fibers: Mushroom seam binding - Hug Snug - The Zipper Stop Accessories & Tools: pearls; doily - Wilton; white shimmer Smooch ink

The next card is one I've made many times over.  It's a CASE of a card by Susan Raihala of Simplicity.  She's got such a way with the clean and simple style.

Stamps: All Year Greetings - Fiskars; Happy Harmony - SU Paper: True Black, white - PTI Ink: Going Gray - SU; Versafine Onyx Black - Tsukineko Fibers: gray velvet ribbon - May Arts Accessories & Tools: Lacy Brocade embossing folder - SU

The last involves subtle sponging, and a stamping-off technique:  stamp an image full-strength on scrap paper, then stamp on your card panel to get a softer appearance.

Stamps: Large Agapanthus - Stampendous; Kind Words - Verve Paper: Elegant Eggplant, Basic Black, Whisper White - SU Ink: Orchid Opulence, Sahara Sand, Elegant Eggplant - SU; Milled Lavender - Ranger; Memento Tuxedo Black - Tsukineko Fibers: black seam binding - Hug Snug - The Zipper Stop Accessories & Tools: Glossy Accents - Ranger; Ornate Flourish embossing folder - The Paper Studio 

Blessings to you,

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

If you find it in the dryer, use it on a card!

Hello again.  :-)  Yes, I've used something I found in my dryer on this card:  gemstones.  They fell off my cardigan sweater, and I'm okay with it.  The sweater had oodles and oodles of gems along the opening, so I won't miss these.  And, actually, I think they were glued on anyway.  Humph!  The quality of clothing today is lousy compared to that in the past.

I kept the card simple, with a 'hello' die from Memory Box atop a punched-border kraft panel, so that it looks like one piece.

Thanks so much for your visit today!

Stamps: none! Paper: white, kraft - PTI Accessories & Tools: Double Embossed Dotted Lace punch - EK Success; gems from my sweater; 'hello' die - Memory Box

Monday, September 15, 2014

Texty Shower Umbrella

Happy Monday!  Today's card reminds me of a quilt, with that pretty paper from Authentique's Uncommon paper pad.

This could be used for a bridal or baby shower, with the sweet little DeNami Design Umbrella sporting a shiny coating of Glossy Accents.

Thanks so much for coming by today.  I hope you have a week full of blessings!

Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes - SU; umbrella - DeNami Design Paper: patterns - Uncommon - Authentique; Vintage Cream, white - PTI Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black - Tsukineko; Basic Gray - SU Fibers: thread Accessories & Tools: doilies - Wilton; pearls; sewing machine; Fancy Tags die - Spellbinders; Glossy Accents - Ranger
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