Tuesday 30 July 2013

Unusual Anniversary Card

Friends of the family are celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary, and my parents wanted me to make a card for the occasion.  Here's where it get's tricky. This couple is very outdoorsy and down to earth. The selection of 50th anniversary cards in a card shop is fairly limited, and I wanted to make a personalized card that reflected their taste. 

Enter the Tim Holtz 'Tree Line' die.  I am just tickled at how well this card came out - while it's unusual for most anniversary couples, it's just PERFECT for E & J.  And my Mom was thrilled with it.

I wanted to get the card to my parents right away, but I hadn't taken a picture of it yet. So - yesterday when I had my Mom out for errands, I took a picture in my vehicle with my phone.  At least it gives you an idea of the card, but not the shimmer & shine.  :-)  The card is a larger one, measuring 6-1/2 x 5". 

I cut the trees twice, out of gold foil embossed patterned paper by K&Co. The '5 and the '0' were cut from bronze Stardream, which is a lovely heavyweight & pearlized card stock. I added some brown gems and two white card stock hearts.

Inside and on the envelope, I used another of my new stamp sets from 'The Stamps Of Life' ... called anniversary2celebrate.  Such a nice set, with several different verses to go inside Anniversary cards which are not easy to find. I LOVE this set!

I added another panel of bronze Stardream since the card is being hand delivered at a party and doesn't need to go through the mail, weight wasn't an issue.

I love it when a card comes together like this one did, especially when I know how much the recipient(s) will enjoy it.

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Monday 29 July 2013

Umbrella and Rainbows

I'm sure getting good use out of my new stamps from 'The Stamps Of Life'!  The umbrella (umbrella4you) stamps nice and bold, and isn't that difficult to fussy cut.  For this card, I combined it with the puddle from 'boots4rain' - another new set I'm itching to play with. (There are six sets in total.)

The umbrella stamp was selectively inked with Stampin' Up's Crushed Curry, Basic Black, and Real Red. Then I stamped the polka dot portion with pink, and coloured in the turquoise part of the handle with a Copic marker.

The card base is A2, and cut with a Pop N Cuts die out of white Bazzil card stock. Oh, and I stamped dots on the puddle as well, with my trusty dots stamp (Stamps by Judith). The clouds (Memory Box) were die cut out of a scrap of white and I penned the words on.

I just happened to find this sheet of rainbow paper at Michaels, on sale!  The sale price was 3 for $1, and I picked up one rainbow sheet and 2 orange patterned sheets. Had to go back the next day for 3 more rainbow pieces because once I'd finished this card - I just ADORED the colours!

I hand cut the little banner out of a scrap of white card stock, and stamped the words (also from the 'boots4rain' set) in orange with blue dots below it.

Such a fun, feel good card ... and the rainbow print paper will make a great companion for my new umbrella and rubber boot stamp sets!

(Remember you that you can always see my Sizzix Flip-it and Pop N Cut cards by looking on the right side of my blog under LABELS then scrolling down to the 'S' section. I have also added a Stamps of Life category)

Thanks for stopping by today - have a great week!

Sunday 28 July 2013

Sparkling Snowman Pop-Up Card

Today's share is a Pop N Cut Christmas card.  I've had most of my Christmas papers for at least a couple of years, and truthfully I'm tired of them. I'm happy to be using them up, slowly but surely.

Each of the starburst's on this paper are embossed and sparkling!

The insert edges were cut with a Tim Holtz 'On The Edge' die, and I just LOVE how the stamped circle nestles right in there.

The sparkly snowman embellishment is by K&Co.

This snowman just makes me smile - and I'm sure whoever get's this Christmas card in the mail will do the same. Who doesn't love a sparkly, charming snowman over the holidays?

(Remember you that you can always see my Flip-it and Pop N Cut cards by looking on the right side of my blog under LABELS then scrolling down to the 'S' for Sizzix secion. )

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Saturday 27 July 2013

Umbrella Flip-It Card #2

 I only had a few minutes to play in my studio, but still managed to get another card made with my new Stamps of Life stamps and a Sizzix Flip-It die.  I used the same paper stack as yesterday's card since it was still out on my stamping area.

This time the card base is an orange/yellow print with embossed sparkles.  I used the reverse side, which has no glitter, to cut the front circle for embellishing. The umbrella (umbrella4you) was stamped right on that circle with (Stampin' Up) Strawberry Slush ink.


I love how nicely the polka dot section nestles into the already stamped umbrella - easy peasy 2-step stamping!  I stamped it in orange, and the words in dark brown.  The circle was then attached to the Flip-It base with foam tape.

For the circle on the flip side, I used a leftover scrap from yesterday's card, another stamp from the set, a Stampin' Up label punch and hand cut banner. Oh, and foam tape of course. You know I love my foam tape!

See all the glitter on the card front? I didn't add a label or area to write on for this card, instead I will handwrite a note on the back side (which has no glitter) when I need to send the card.

I added some glitter glue to the polka dots on the front umbrella, then left it overnight to dry. I think this card was made in record time, which is one of the great things about Sizzix Flip-It dies!! A whole lot of bang for your buck.

(Remember you that you can always see my Sizzix Flip-it and Pop N Cut cards by looking on the right side of my blog under LABELS then scrolling down to the 'S' section. I have also added a Stamps of Life category)

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Friday 26 July 2013

Umbrella Flip-It Card

I am SO happy with my new stamp sets from 'The Stamps Of Life'. (THANKS Stephanie!!)

You may remember my disappointment in the Papertrey Ink wreath set, at how small the images were.  Well not with these ones - the main images are big enough to hold their on on a card and that was a happy surprise.

For my first card using the stamps, I HAD to pair them with a Sizzix Flip-It die. Would you believe that I did not own an umbrella stamp? In the thousands and thousands of stamps I DO own, I have never had an umbrella one so that was the first set I wanted to play with.  The set is called 'umbrella4you' and it has fun sentiments as well as umbrella and raindrop images.

The Flip-It base was cut from double sided paper with a shiny embossed pattern on the front.  I used a Spellbinders circle die for the white layers, running them through my Big Shot with the Swiss Dots embossing folder. 

The umbrella was stamped on a scrap of white card stock, using a rainbow ink pad. The middle section is a separate stamp, and comes with both a solid and a polka-dot image. Fun Fun FUN! I fussy cut the pieces out, then outlined the edges with a Sakura gel pen. I like the subtle shimmer that gives the umbrella. (Can't wait to emboss one with clear embossing powder to make it nice and shiny!!!)

The sentiment is from the same stamp set, but the 'it pours' part is actually below the 'When it rains' part.  I inked and stamped them separately and it worked perfectly for the hand trimmed banner.

For the inside, I added another Swiss Dots embossed circle, a sun punched from sparkly orange paper, and added the sentiment 'this too shall pass' from the same stamp set 'umbrella4you'.

See that cute label? I punched it out (Stampin' Up punch) from a scrap of white card stock, then stamped the lines from 'lines2journal'. Gives a nice place too add a short note and signature.  LOVING the line stamps.  :-)

Also, I tried to clear emboss raindrops (umbrella4you set) but the powder melted right into the paper! Now this could be due to a number of factors - the age of my Top Boss ink pad, the paper itself or overheating the powder.  Which I didn't do - so strange! But I like the tone-on-tone look in that upper left corner.

 What a great card to send to someone that needs a lift.  Into my stash it goes...

(Remember you that you can always see my Sizzix Flip-it and Pop N Cut cards by looking on the right side of my blog under LABELS then scrolling down to the 'S' section. I have also added a Stamps of Life category

Thanks for stopping by today - Happy Friday!!

Thursday 25 July 2013

Pretty Poinsettia Card

I have a Christmas card to share today ... the base was cut from 2 sided paper with the Sizzix Scalloped Card die.

The pretty 3-d sticker is by K&Co, and the verse panel inside was fussy cut from another piece of K&Co patterned paper.

I simply ran a strip of cream card stock back through on the scalloped end of the die, to get a matching scalloped border for the additional patterned panel.

The finished size of the card is 4.5 x 6", so a little larger than A2. I really like this size of card!

The verse panel has shiny metallic touches, for a bit seasonal sparkle.  Into the Christmas Card stash with this one.

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Wednesday 24 July 2013

First Accordian Card

Yesterday was an exciting day for me! I went up to a friends to pick up my Sizzix Accordian Die, and there were new stamps in my mailbox when I got home.  Woo Hoo!  She had organized a group Sizzix order through Scrappin' Great Deals (a Canadian retailer who goes above and beyond). I have been excited about this Accordion Die, but when I saw the card Betty had done I was blown away.

When I have new toys, I often make a card for my Mom first. She is struggling with a painful leg right now &  I thought she would enjoy a 'get well soon' card.  I used my new stamps too!  They are from 'The Stamps of Life' by Stephanie Barnard (THANKS Stephanie).  The first package I cracked open is 'lines2journal'. I often like to write my verses inside a card and I thought stamped lines would help keep me from writing crooked.

For the envelope below, I inked only the top three lines of one of the journal stamps, stamping it inside the rectangle (Stamps By Judith). The bracket is also from the 'lines2journal' set, and the butterfly is Stampin' Up.  The envelope is 5-1/2" square.

I used a double sided paper for this first Sizzix Accordion card, and only 2 panels. Betty used four on her card, and it was truly fabulous. For my first one though, I didn't want to tackle 4 panels.  As it is, I cut them all out backwards - with the tab on the left instead of the right. The two pages attached together OK, thankfully.

While it folds up nice and flat - it opens into this eye catching display.  So flippin' cool.

I have a little box with ready made butterfly embellishments, since I use them so often. These are from that box and were made with a Stampin' Up buterfly stamp/punch set. It was watercoloured, then sprayed with glimmer mist, AND details added with a Sakura gel pen.

Spellbinder dies fit nicely on the bracket shape, and you can see below where I used one of the line sets from 'lines2journal' stamped in light grey.  I can see how handy these lined stamps are going to be!

I couldn't help myself, so here is another picture of the card opened.

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Tuesday 23 July 2013

Friendship Pop Up Card

Today's share is another card I made using the sparkly, vintage paper stack I used for most of my posts last week.  This is a pop up card that opens from the side rather than the bottom.

The label is also a Sizzix die (and one I'm finding comes in VERY handy!), the stamp is by Stampin' Up and the bird embellishments are from a K&Co package.

I left the label blank for when I go to send the card.

The wings/label are all glittered and sparkly!  I am happy to have used up over half the paper stack now - and I didn't think I'd be able to use most of it once I got it home and looked through it.

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Monday 22 July 2013

Orange & Yellow Flip-It Birthday

My Mom ordered 10 birthday cards, one of them is for an old friend of hers. I decided to use a Sizzix Flip-It for that one, and bright colours.

(Remember you that you can always see my Sizzix Flip-it and Pop N Cut cards by looking on the right side of my blog under LABELS and scrolling down to the 'S' section.) 

I love that the long label on the inside, mimics the corners on the Flip-It label.  It says simply 'Happy Birthday' and gives my Mom room to write a message.

I fussy cut a yellow sparkly flower and popped it up over the sentiment flourish.

The flower was punched (Stampin' Up) from a glittery paper in the same stack. Also the two sparkly half circles on the edges were punched from a scrap, then the sides trimmed off even with the card edges. They give the edges a little somethin' somethin'.  :-) 

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Sunday 21 July 2013

'Hello Friend' Pop Up Card

I still have a couple more cards to share using the same Vintage, sparkly paper stack - but today I'm ready for something bright and cheerful instead.

Loving this new square base for Sizzix Pop N Cuts.  I cut this one out of turquoise Bazzill textured card stock, and used patterned paper for embellishing the front.

(Remember you that you can always see my Sizzix Flip-it and Pop N Cut cards by looking on the right side of my blog under LABELS and scrolling down to the 'S' section.) 

That pretty flourish cuts with the square base die!  Here is a peek at the inside, decorated with card stock stickers from the same package as the papers.  I attached foam tape to the stickers I wanted to pop up, then brushed the remainder of the sticker back with baby powder. That removes any 'sticky', and since the foam tape is already attached, it remains useable. A handy trick that I use often.

This is one of those cards that just makes me happy. 

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Saturday 20 July 2013

Pop Up Bird Card

(Remember you that you can always see my Sizzix Flip-it and Pop N Cut cards by looking on the right side of my blog under LABELS and scrolling down to the 'S' section.)

All week I've been sharing cards made using a pretty paper stack with large, glittered patterns on them. Once I got the paper home, I found the patterns were just to large for most A2 cards. They work wonderfully with Sizzix Pop N Cut dies though!

This card opens from the side, instead of the bottom.  The 'Happiness' label was fussy cut from one of the sheets in the stack. I inked the edges then attached it over a 2nd fussy cut label, then onto the front of the card with foam tape.

The butterfly is another one of Karen Burniston's new dies - it goes with her 'butterfly swing die'. I stamped it with a custom made background stamp, inked the edges, then punched a slot (Stampin' Up punch) out of scrap patterned paper for the butterfly body.

Just look how pretty the inside is when it's cut as a pop up. No way this pattern would work on a standard A2 card. It's all glittered and vintage and BEAUTIFUL!! Pictures just do not do it justice.

Another card for my stash ... thanks for stopping by today!

Friday 19 July 2013

Flourish and Flowers

(Remember you that you can always see my Sizzix Flip-it and Pop N Cut cards by looking on the right side of my blog under LABELS and scrolling down to the 'S' section

In Tuesday's post, I talked about having this lovely paper stack that once I got it home, I realized that the majority of sheets did not work for cards because of their large images. The sheets are glittered and funky though, so I was happy to discover that they worked really well with Sizzix Pop N Cuts!

This is the 4th card I made with the paper stack ...

The front features a glittered acetate flourish (K&Co).  Once again, I used the full 12x12" sheet - half for the front and half for the inside.

Inside the card are more embellishments from the same package as the one on the front, and a K&Co label for stamping words on when I go to send the card. The roses aren't acetate - they are card stock, and they have touches of copper on them.

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