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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Creating a "Collar" for Your Cards

I'm back!
Somehow, returning from a vacation is never easy for me.  I've been back for 2 weeks, and have only managed to publish one blog post.  My apologies.

But I'm going to try to make it up to you today.  Remember these cards that I made for Mothers Day?  I called them "collar" cards, because the Designer Series Paper (the pretty stuff!) wraps around the front of the card, much like a collar wraps around your neck.  Here's another example:

Someone (yes, that's YOU, Rob!) asked for more details on creating this, and today I have gotten a video up for you.  Please excuse the quality; my new computer did not have my old Movie Maker software, and apparently it's no longer supported.  So I downloaded another version yesterday and spent a few hours editing my video, staying up until 2 a.m. for it to download.  When it did, I got a message that unless I paid $39.95, I would have a banner across the front of my video saying I created it in a trial version, and the audio would cut out halfway through the video.  Can you say "blackmail"?  I was so disappointed and tired...😠 (and angry!)

So this morning I pulled out my old computer, fired it back up and was able to download and edit my video.  Unfortunately it's NOT the best quality, but I think you'll get the idea.  And the cards are very easy to make.

Have fun!  And please let me know how you like this...your comments are important, and may just spur me on to making more videos (after I find another program that I can work with!  Suggestions anyone?) 😕

If you try this technique, please let me know; I'd love to hear!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Cute Packaging

I like to dress up my packaging, and when I had a customer order a small item, I decided to skip the Stampin' UP! bag and make my own:

I love the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits; it takes just a few minutes to whip up a treat bag or envelope, and you can use cardstock or Designer Series Paper.  I used the Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack, and stamped right on the paper (using a retired Thank You stamp).

This set of thinlits even has a banner and the words (for you) that I used.  The banner was cut with Berry Burst cardstock, and it took a trip through the Big Shot with the Garden Trellis embossing folder.  The words were cut from Lemon Lime Twist cardstock; did you notice that yummy 1/4" Ombre Ribbon in Lemon Lime Twist to match?  And I layered it all over a Vellum label, punched with the Pretty Label Punch.  Easy!

And the perfect way to wrap up some replacement cutting blades for my customer's Stampin' Trimmer! 

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

An Autumn Birthday

I just returned from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, where I went to celebrate my mom's 89th birthday!  What a special day it was - my son and his family from Maryland traveled to the Cape to meet me and my husband, and we all took my mom and dad out for breakfast at one of our favorite eateries:  Jack's Outback.  Here we all are:

And here is the card I made for her:

I figured someone who was turning 89, and who loves fall colors, needed a special card.  So I pulled out my new fav set, Painted Harvest, and mixed it up with my new fav accessory, Embossing Paste and the Decorative Masks.

Look at the texture!

I started with a piece of Very Vanilla and stamped two of the flowers using Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry and Cajun Craze.  I repeated this on a piece of scrap paper, twice, and fussy cut the flowers, layering them with Dimensionals

Next came the texture:  using the Decorative Mask brick wall, I spread on some Embossing Paste that had been mixed with Cajun Craze ink refill.  I was careful to not spread paste over my stamped flowers, leaving an open area devoid of paste in the center.  Once done and dry, it was adhered to a piece of Garden Green, then Cajun Craze, and the card base of Very Vanilla Thick Cardstock.

My cut flower was added, along with two sets of leaves, punched with the Leaf Punch.

And the sentiment, from Dragonfly Dreams, was heat embossed using Copper embossing powder, on vellum cardstock.  This was layered over two pieces of Burlap pretty!

And can you see the sparkle on the flower center?  I added Clear Wink of Stella to each flower for a little added bling.

Happy Birthday Mom!

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Designer Series Paper Sale

Are you crazy about Designer Series Paper?  Well if so, this is YOUR month!  From October 1-31 only, Designer Series Paper is on sale - buy 3, get 1 FREE!  No limits!  AND this special offer includes papers from the Holiday Catalog.

And you get to choose which three packs you buy and which one is FREE--which means that you can purchase three packs of $10.00 papers and get a $13.00 set FREE!  What a deal.

Take a look at the sale items, and order your DSP during October; it's too good a deal to pass up!

Annual (p. 189)144180Just Add Color Specialty Designer Series Paper$13.00 USD/$17.00 CAD
Annual (p. 189)144137Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper$11.00 USD/$14.50 CAD
Annual (p. 189)144118Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper$11.00 USD/$14.50 CAD
Annual (p. 188)144111Be Merry Designer Series Paper$11.00 USD/$14.50 CAD
Annual (p. 188)144163Pick a Pattern Designer Series Paper$11.00 USD/$14.50 CAD
Annual (p. 188)144155Coffee Break Designer Series Paper$11.00 USD/$14.50 CAD
Annual (p. 188)144185Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper$11.00 USD/$14.50 CAD
Annual (p. 188)144110Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper$11.00 USD/$14.50 CAD
Annual (p. 187)144168Petal Garden Designer Series Paper Stack$10.00 USD/$12.50 CAD
Annual (p. 187)144193Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack$10.00 USD/$12.50 CAD
Annual (p. 187)144177Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack$10.00 USD/$12.50 CAD
Holiday (p. 29)144629Christmas Around the World Designer Series Paper$11.00 USD/$14.50 CAD
Holiday (p. 49)144613Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper$11.00 USD/$14.50 CAD

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Sharing Creativity with Retired Items

Sometimes a product catches my interest because of a sentimental reason.  And after this product (in this case, a stamp set) retires, I have a very hard time letting go of it.  Such is the case of Beautiful Ride.

My first car was a Volkswagon Bug.  It was a 1968 Navy blue car, and I got it while I was in college and in need of a ride to the school in which I was student teaching.  I named it "Hubie" (because what college girl doesn't name her car, right?).  Hubie and I were great friends for 2 years; he got me through snowstorms, flooded streets, and kept running while I waited in very long lines to buy gas (how many of you remember gas rationing in the '70's?).  So when I graduated and moved away from home (3000 miles!), I had to sell Hubie--broke my heart!  But I've never forgotten him, and am now a loyal VW driver, on my 4th Passat!

But I digress...So when I saw Beautiful Ride, I knew I had to invite Hubie back into my life.  And I can't let him go.

So bear with me, while I take a nostalgic trip with a card that I made for a colleague who just returned from Hawaii and is having a birthday:

Cute, huh?

Now I have no idea where I got this palm tree die.  I think it may have been at a Scrapbook Expo a year or two ago, but it was in my box of dies and I saw it...had to use it.  And my Hubie is yellow...because it went with the retired designer series paper for the gift (which you'll see in a minute).  Indulge me here...

I started with sand from High Tide, stamped in Sahara Sand.  And added a few wisps of grass in Old Olive.  Then I sponged some ocean using Pool Party ink, over which I stamped the water from High Tide with Marina Mist.  Then I just sponged sky, with Soft Sky.

My Hubie wa stamped and colored with Watercolor Pencils and Blender Pens, and cut out.  So was the surfboard.

And there's a matching envelope (that retired DSP I was talking about).

But wait; there's more:

A gift in a White Gift Box, upon which I adhered that DSP (aren't those Hawaiian colors?).  Tied up with Bermuda Bay 3/8" Mini Chevron Ribbon.

And the tag:

My colleague had gone snorkeling and showed me a picture of a fish like this--I knew I had a stamp to match (Seaside Shore) so I stamped Tuxedo Black on Daffodil Delight cardstock and cut it out.  The shell and rope are also from Seaside Shore; the sentiment and flower are from Happy Birthday Gorgeous!

What a cute set for a Hawaiian memory, don't you think?

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