Friday, October 31, 2014

A birthday for Handsome

Happy Halloween, if you celebrate that holiday!  I've got a non-Halloween, yet still autumnal, card to share with you today.

Once again, I delved into my bits & pieces to try to use up scraps of paper and stamped items that had no home.  Threw them all together on a Taken With Teal card base, and added a sentiment from Hero Arts / Year Round Sentiments.  Boom, done!

Even the pre-threaded corduroy button was in my scrap bag, already secured to the sweetest little die-cut envelope.  My Stampin' Up! demonstrator had threaded the button with a super skinny strip of paper.  How clever is that!

Not sure just how masculine this card is, but there's gotta be a guy out there somewhere who would appreciate this birthday greeting!

Have a wonderful weekend,

Stamps: sentiment - Year Round Sentiments - Hero Arts; acorn - Autumn Harvest; brown long leaf - Natural Beauty - SU; Polka dot maple leaf - Happy Fall - Inspired By Stamping; large yellow maple leaf - Thankful Leaves - My Favorite Things Paper: Taken With Teal, all patterns, Naturals White, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip - SU Ink: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Pear Pizzazz, Close to Cocoa, More Mustard - SU; Versafine Onyx Black - Tsukineko Accessories & Tools: brown corduroy button, envelope die - SU; white gel pen - Marvy; Labels Eight die - Spellbinders

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Leaves Aglow for You

Hello!  For those of you who have followed my blog for some time, do you remember THIS card from 2013? I had made a few originals in 2009, and did a dressed-up version last year.

Well, this is another re-do/update for today's post.  I think this one's my favorite so far.

What the pictures don't show you is how the leaves on the large panel are clear-embossed, and all the 'glowing light' between them was sponged on after the leaves were in place.

For the update, I added some sparkly gold glitter tape from Inspired By Stamping, as well as some newly-stamped leaves from the original Autumn Fest set / Stampin' Up!  The sentiment is from IBS, as well.

Raise your hand if you sometimes save cards you've made, just 'cause you like how they turned out. (Raising hand here.)  Yep, that's what happened with this autumn card.  Saved it for 5 years.  Ahem. Proud to say today's card DID finally go to someone else, so that she can share it with another person.

Thank you SO, so, SO much for joining me today!

Stamps: sentiment - All Year Wishes 1 - Inspired By Stamping; leaves - Autumn Fest - Stampin' Up! Paper: More Mustard - SU; white - PTI Ink: so many! all Stampin' Up!; Versamark, Versafine Onyx Black - Tsukineko Fibers: vintage thread Accessories & Tools: gold glitter tape - Inspired By Stamping

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Card Concept #22 - Thank-Fall

Welcome!  Time for another Card Concept challenge, and the theme is "Thank-fall."

Here's the inspiration photo.  I picked the colors and pumpkins as the basis for my card, and made sure to keep the elegance factor going, since that is my style for the challenge (Classy & Elegant). You can see the whole list of styles here, if you'd like to play along with us.

This punch art pumpkin is very easy to make.  I have a quick tutorial in THIS post to show how I made mine.

Sure hope you get a chance to come play with us.  The challenge is open for two weeks, and it's just for fun.  Fall fun, that is!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Celebrate A Fall Birthday x 4

Welcome, friends, and happy Tuesday.  :-)

I really like the autumnal birthday cards I'm sharing today, because they totally remind me of my friend Stella's style.  And I adore Stella.  In fact, the Papertrey Ink sentiment (Think Big Favorites #15) is one she uses often, and upon seeing it at her blog, I just had to have it.  You know how that goes.

The little felt leaf stickers were a gift long ago from my friend Emily.  They go perfectly with a smattering of sequins on a manila tag from Staples.

Stamps: Think Big Favorites #15 - Papertrey Ink Paper: Cajun Craze, Soft Suede, pattern - SU; manila tag - Staples Ink: black - Rubber Stampede Fibers: twine - Creative Impressions Accessories & Tools: felt leaf stickers - Target's Dollar Spot; Matte Gold sequins - MJ Trimming; Sand sequins - Pretty Pink Posh

I thought I'd add in all the other cards I made that same day, which include many of the same ingredients.

These leaves have a little somethin'-somethin' going on.  One features crackle paint and distress ink, the other is painted in a shimmery champagne color.

Thanks so much for your visit today!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Bits & Pieces of Lovely Leaves

Hi there!  Recently, I made this card using many pieces from a $1.00 Scrap Bag that I bought a while back from my Stampin' Up! demonstrator.  I love how they all came together for a pretty autumn birthday:

The embossed leaves from Autumn Splendor came as you see here.  The die cut circle in a text pattern was in the scrap bag, as were the skinny strips of autumn patterned paper.

I added some sequins (including some from Pretty Pink Posh), and a seam binding bow from Martha Stewart.

This was easy-peasy to put together.  I love those scrap bags!

Stamps: Autumn Splendor - SU Paper: Fine Linen - Papertrey Ink; patterns, text, blue, orange, brown - SU Ink: Versamark - Tsukineko;  Frayed Burlap - Ranger Fibers: rust seam binding - Martha Stewart Accessories & Tools: Matte Gold sequins - MJ Trimming; Sand sequins - Pretty Pink Posh; circle die 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Damask Pumpkin Tutorial

Happy Friday!  Have any good plans for this weekend?  My eldest daughter and I plan to visit a craft fair, in search of Christmas decorations, and really just to look around.  Can't wait to see what they have!

Today I'm sharing easy-to-make pumpkin cards:

  • Choose cardstock or patterned paper for your pumpkin.  I chose a black and orange Halloween damask from Stampin' Up!  
  • Using any size oval punch, punch out 5 pieces.  Ink the edges in a coordinating color.  I used black.

  • Using a die-cut wreath (Breezy Wreath / Memory Box), snip off small sections to use as greenery on the top of each pumpkin.  One wreath helped me make 7 pumpkins.

  • Layer the oval pumpkin pieces so that they overlap each other slightly; use your favorite adhesive to secure the pieces together.  I like Tombow's Mono Adhesive refills.  I buy them at because the price is so good.

  • Stamp a sentiment on a card base. Center pumpkin over sentiment and adhere using foam tape.
  • Use a bit of liquid glue to add the 'greenery.'
  • Use a small scrap of brown cardstock (approx. 3/4" x 1") - ragged edges are good.  Start at one corner of the scrap, and roll diagonally into a tube.  Squish the tube around until it develops wrinkles, then unfurl it back to the tube shape.  Trim tube length if necessary.  Use a few drops of glue (I like Aleene's Quick Dry Tacky Glue) to secure under top of pumpkin.

I know this is not a photo-heavy tutorial, and I apologize for that.  As I made the cards, I forgot to pull out my camera.  Duh!

I'm not the first to create a pumpkin in this way.  Plenty of versions exist on the Internet.  I might be one of the few to do it in damask, though!

Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes - SU Paper: kraft - PTI; Old Olive, Close to Cocoa, orange/black damask - SU Ink: black - Rubber Stampede Accessories & Tools: Large Oval punch - SU; Breezy Wreath die - Memory Box/Poppystamps

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Black Cat On A Fence

Hi!  Using just two colors for this Halloween card made the creation of it happen pretty quickly.

I stamped a circle from Halloween Tags / Inspired By Stamping as a moon, and added bats from that set as well.  Over top, I spritzed some Khaki glimmer mist and added clear glitter to the moon.

The cat and sentiment are from Stampin' Up!, and the die cut fence is from Memory Box.

It's a square card, which I rarely make anymore.  A mishap along the bottom of an A2 sized card necessitated some chopping off...and thus the square was born!

Stamps: black cat - Autumn Apparitions; sentiment - Teeny Tiny Wishes - SU; moon, bats - Halloween Tags - Inspired By Stamping Paper: kraft, black - PTI Ink: Versafine Onyx Black - Tsukineko Fibers: twine - Creative Impressions Accessories & Tools: crystal glitter - Martha Stewart; Estate Fence die - Memory Box; Khaki Tattered Angels spray mist

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Bits & Pieces Make Elegant Cobwebs

Hello!  Halloween is next week, and I'm wondering how that happened so fast?  Seems it was the end of September just a few days ago, and I was putting out the Halloween decorations.  Time flies when you're having fun...

I'm sharing an elegant card for the October holiday, made with bits and pieces from my workdesk.

The sentiment (Autumn Apparitions/Stampin' Up!) has been hanging around forever, and the black die cut circle + cobweb patterned die cut circle were also languishing for far too long.

Threw them together on an embossed card base, along with some black seam binding and gems.  Ta da!  Done!

Thanks for dropping by today.  :-)

Stamps: Autumn Apparitions - Stampin' Up! Paper: white, black - PTI; Tangerine Tango, cobweb pattern - SU Ink: black - Rubber Stampede Fibers: Black seam binding - Hug Snug - The Zipper Stop Accessories & Tools: circle dies; black, orange and clear rhinestone gems; Lacy Brocade embossing folder - SU

Monday, October 20, 2014

A Custom Creation: Skateboard Girl Turns 16

Hello there!  I've had the pleasure of doing a handful of custom creations over the last couple of months, and this is one of them.  You can see another here, and it happens to use the same cute kitty from Papertrey Ink.

The background story for this card:

  • birthday girl
  • sweet sixteen
  • loves cats
  • loves black, loves blue
  • loves to skateboard

I thoroughly enjoy the challenge of creating a very personal, unique card.  Here's the end result:

I created the skateboard by using a Word Window punch (Stampin' Up!).  I punched out three shapes using blue cardstock, stacked 'em up to give it height, and used a blue marker to add a shadow to the bottom edge.  The wheels were created with Pretty Pink Posh Onyx sequins, topped with silver half-pearls.

The background paper is flocked, which adds to the coolness factor.  :-D

I hear the birthday girl liked her card.  That makes me happy.  :-)

Hope you have a wonderful day!

Stamps: Cat's Meow - Papertrey Ink; Fancy Alphabet - Inspired By Stamping Paper: white - PTI; Basic Gray, Brilliant Blue, black flocked - SU Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black - Tsukineko; Basic Gray - SU Fibers: black seam binding - Hug Snug - The Zipper Stop Accessories & Tools: circle, Labels 15 dies - Spellbinders; corner punch - Fiskars; Copic markers; Word Window punch - SU; Onyx sequins - Pretty Pink Posh; silver half pearls - Recollections; blue gems - Michaels; Cat's Meow dies - Papertrey Ink

Friday, October 17, 2014

Almost One-Layer Sympathy cards

Hello!  I suppose I was in a mood to create quickly on the day these sympathy cards came to life. Each one is simple, using only a piece of pretty patterned paper (from Michael's Dollar Bin), some die cut / punched butterflies and a sentiment.

The sentiment - Deepest Sympathy Plain Jane - is from Verve, and I love the mix of fonts on this. It's a bargain at $3.00!

I'm not listing my supplies today, but feel free to shoot me an email or comment if you have questions about these cards.  Have a great day!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Make It Monday - Gold-Dipped Leaf

Hello friends!  My husband and I are celebrating our 20th anniversary this week, and I'm sharing the card I made for the love o'my life with you:

How's this for a coincidence:  I had been cooking up a card idea in my mind, and decided to feature a single golden leaf, made using gold embossing powder.  Then, on Monday of this week, Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday challenge is...guess what?  Gold-dipped die cuts!!  I used two PTI products on this card, so, of course, I'm entering there.  (Daily Designs Sentiments, Tiny Tags die)

This card has some symbolism going on:

  • We were married in the fall, hence the leaf motif.
  • Our fancy china, which we had registered for before the wedding, is Noritake's Opulence.  Look at the color palette:

Even the swirls in the 'black marble' portion of the plate are represented, using Elegant Flourishes dies from Tim Holtz.  I used the Faux Embossing technique to achieve it.

Sneaking this in to Virginia's View challenge - Clean and Simple, too.

This past weekend, my husband and I visited Newport, Rhode Island to celebrate our milestone anniversary.  We toured five of the mansions, ate wonderful food, stayed in an historic hotel - The Hotel Viking - and enjoyed each other's company.  The last time we visited there, I was pregnant with our first child, 17 years ago.  I want to show you pictures, but it's been a full week and I've not had the time to photo-edit yet.

Here's one pic to share for now.  This is The Elms, a summer 'cottage' built by the Berwind family.

Thanks for dropping in today!

Stamps: Daily Designs Sentiments - Papertrey Ink Paper: True Black, Vintage Cream - PTI; vellum Ink: Versamark - Tsukineko Fibers: vintage thread Accessories & Tools: Tattered Leaves, Elegant Flourishes dies - Sizzix/Tim Holtz; gold embossing powder - SU; Tiny Tags die - Papertrey Ink; Copper embossing powder - Creative Inspirations

Tough to photograph!

OH. MY. WORD.  This card was SO difficult to photograph!  LOL  And so, I am starting off my photos with the one I would typically place after the 'whole card' pic.

At least you can see the golden embossing both on the DCWV paper and on the stamped champagne glasses (Papertrey Ink's Propose A Toast) in the photo below.

And this next pic of the entire card, folks, is the best I could do.  And it ain't makin' me happy.

It looks much better in real life, and it's already in a shop for sale.  Fingers crossed someone thinks it's worthy!

Stamps: Propose A Toast - Papertrey Ink Paper: Vintage Cream - PTI; Once Upon A Time - DCWV Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark - Tsukineko Accessories & Tools: gold embossing powder - SU

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A fancy pink dress + a customized graduation card

Hello all!  I've got two cards to share today, both completely different.  The first is a card I delivered to the bridal shop, A Beautiful Touch.  It is intended as a bridal shower card, but certainly it could be given to a young lady for her birthday, as well.

I hope you're not tired of seeing the dress image from Stampin' Up!'s Blooming with Happiness.  It really lends itself well to the bridal cards, and is very sweet; fun to color, too.  :-)

Stamps: Blooming With Happiness - SU; sentiment - Fresh Cut Wreaths - Wplus9 Paper: gingham - digital paper - Inspired By Stamping; white - PTI; Sahara Sand, pink and brown patterns - SU Ink: Antique Linen - Ranger; Memento Tuxedo Black - Tsukineko Fibers: white sheer polka dot ribbon - Really Reasonable Ribbon Accessories & Tools: circle, scalloped circle dies - Spellbinders; Copic markers; pearls; White Opal Liquid Pearls, iridescent Stickles - Ranger

One more card to share before I go.  My childhood friend's daughter graduated high school in May of this year.  I received an announcement in the mail, and wanted to send a special keepsake card for the graduate.

Using the announcement, I die-cut the circular panel for the front of the card, matted it with navy, and layered it on an embossed red panel.

I stamped a sentiment from Hero Arts on the inside panel, which reads:  YOU DID IT! Congratulations."  On the inside left, I die-cut a phrase which was in the announcement.  It reads: "The journey of a thousand miles, solely, begins with a single step."

Thanks for taking a peek at my cards today!

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