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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Enjoy Life

I love this set:

Enjoy Life is such an uplifting stamp set, with two silhouettes (male and female) and some great phrases.

I had fun putting this card together for my open house last month (I just found some photos of cards I had made for that and never posted!  Yikes!  Better late than never, right?)

This card has a different front flap.  Instead of being a full-size 4-1/4 "x 5-1/2", I cut off 3" of the base and then layered on a a slightly smaller flap.

Starting with a piece of Whisper White, I sponged on the color - Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Real Red, then stamped the grass across the bottom using Mossy Meadow.  The silhouette was stamped with Tuxedo Black (I used the Stamparatus to stamp it a few times in order to get a true, black image) as was the sentiment.

The Whisper White panel was adhered to a slightly larger Mossy Meadow panel, then adhered to the card base (Soft Suede) with adhesive only on the left side.  The white panel below is the inside of the card.  Neat, huh?

Pick up Enjoy Life!  I know you'll love using it for all types of cards--encouragement, celebration, 'miss you', 'love you', and more!  

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Stamparatus Circle Stamping

I finally got a chance to try "circle" stamping with the Stamparatus, and was really thrilled with the outcome.  Look at this:

Look at that gorgeous wreath!

I started with a template that I made from a 6" x 6" square.  I then took the largest Layering Square Framelit and cut one square smack in the middle, and then rotated it 90 degrees and cut again, creating a hexagon shape in the middle.

Then I took another of the same largest square framelits and cut another piece of Whisper White.  I fit it in the template and stamped the Lovely Lipstick flowers from Tropical Chic.  I rotated the piece of paper in the template, using every other corner for the Lovely Lipstick flowers and then did it again with Mango Melody.  I loved the effect!

The sentiment is from Eastern Beauty, and stamped in Garden Green ink.  I fussy cut around the flowers to create the wreath.

This is a pocket card - I cut the Mango Melody base at 5-1/2" x 11" and scored it at 4-1/2" and 9".  This gave me a 2" flap to create the pocket.  Before adhering it closed, I ran it through the Tufted embossing folder.  So pretty!

The inside pull-out is 4-1/2" x 5-1/4".  I put a little tab on the top so it can be easily pulled out.

For the card front, I cut a piece of Garden Green and used the Trio corner punch on the top corner.  Then I made a bellyband from the Tropical Escape Designer Series Paper.  The leaves were stamped and/or cut with the Tropical Chic sets and the Tropical thinlits.

 I'm traveling at the moment but will put together a tutorial for the Stamparatus circle stamping technique when I get home.  It's so easy, and such fun!

Thanks for visiting today.  Here are the colors and supplies used; click on a picture and order in my online store!

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Inspiration Sunday

I love this time of year in the region where I live.  It's known for it's agriculture, and during spring and summer, the scenery can be breathtaking.  Just about a mile from my home in Davis, CA (outside of Sacramento) there is a huge field for growing.  When I first moved to Davis (24 years ago) this field was full of tomatoes; there was a cannery for Hunts, and in the late summer we would wake up thinking we needed to eat spaghetti for dinner.  And then we would realize we were smelling the scent of canning tomatoes.

Today the cannery is gone, but the field is not.  And every year in June and July, there is the most magnificent display of sunflowers.  It's impossible to describe so here is the picture, worth a 1000 words:

And just so you can get the full effect, here are a few more:

So gorgeous!  (Not me!  The sunflowers!). 😏

And of course, these photos inspired me to make a card:

The field of sunflowers immediately made me think of Painted Harvest.

I started with a Whisper White Thick base, cut 5-1/2" x 11" and scored in half.  To this I added a 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" piece of Wood Textures DSP in order to get a "barn" background.

I randomly stamped the sunflowers, using Daffodil Delight and Crushed Curry inks for the flowers and Pear Pizzazz and Old Olive for the centers.  I then added Garden Green seeds.  The leaves were stamped in Old Olive and Garden Green.

Rooted in Nature gave me the perfect embellishment for the corner.  I used the thinlits dies to cut and emboss the leaves using Mossy Meadow cardstock and used Glue Dots to secure them to the corner of my card.  Linen Thread was wrapped around the card and through the sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings.

I love the inspiration that nature provides...such a beautiful display - I hope I've captured just a small part of the beauty of this field.  

Thanks for visiting; if you would like to create a sunflower card of your own, you can click on the photos below to order the products I used for this card.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

A Lined Alphabet Birthday

Time for another birthday card. And I whipped out my Lined Alphabet stamps with the coordinating Layering Alphabet Edgelits to put together a fun card celebrating a 16th birthday.

And since the Tropical Chic set was sitting on my desk, I decided to use that too.  So choosing five different patterns of the Tropical Escape Designer Series Paper I stamped and cut out the "happy".

The card base is Granny Apple Green.  The letters were layered and adhered to a panel of Blushing Bride that was embossed with the Ruffled embossing folder, and I added a strip of retired Lemon Lime Twist ribbon.  Then the fun began...

The numbers from the retired Number of Years were stamped and cut with the now retired framelits.

Various elements from Tropical Chic were stamped and/or cut with the framelits and adhered to the card front.  Colors include Shaded Spruce, Granny Apple Green and Lemon Lime Twist, along with the Blushing Bride flowers.

This card is much busier than I usually make, but I know that Isabella will love it!  

Happy, happy birthday, sweet 16 Izzy!

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