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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

That's the Tag

I have a thing for tags.  Not sure why...I always have these fabulous thoughts about creating lovely tags for all my gifts, but when the time comes to give the gift, I'm usually late and don't have enough time to make one.  But somehow I keep drooling over things to make tags with.

So when That's the Tag showed up in the Occasions Catalog, along with the coordinating Timeless Tags Thinlets Dies, I got excited all over again, and ordered the bundle (remember, you can save 10% by purchasing coordinating items in the bundle!).

Then the products sat in my craft room, feeling unloved...until now!

BAM!

Isn't that gorgeous?  I love it!

So one of the thinlits is this oval with a daisy inside.  I cut it using Basic Black cardstock, and then I cut three more--one in Whisper White, one in Pear Pizzazz and one in Daffodil Delight.  I also cut a solid oval tag (using an included thinlit) using Soft Sky cardstock, and I adhered the black daisy tag over the Soft Sky one.  Then I carefully placed the pieces into the "holes" in the black one, creating a pretty daisy.


But what to do with this pretty tag...I had no gifts to give.  Ah, but I COULD make a card...

and this was born.

The card base is Soft Sky, scored at 1/8" on all four sides.  Then a layer of Basic Black, again scored along the edges.  And finally a rectangle of Soft Sky again, but this time I used another of the thinlits to cut the butterflies next to where the tag would go.

After adhering the tag, I made a triple layer bow of Basic Black Bakers Twine and used a Mini Glue Dot to adhere it to the card.  And I added a sentiment, included in the That's the Tag stamp set.  A quick brush over the butterflies with Wink of Stella and I was done!

Isn't that a striking, pretty card?

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Nailed It!

During a Prize Patrol at the Stampin' UP! conference in November, I won this stamp set, Nailed It.  I knew it would be perfect to use for cards for my boys, but I really wanted to get the matching framelits, and had to wait until I could pre-order.  Then I placed my order and got so many cute, new products, that this set sat for awhile.  But no longer...

How cute is that?!!

I wasn't sure where I was going with this card, but it just kind of evolved.  I thought about a carpenter's apron, and took Basic Black cardstock to begin.

Cutting my cardstock to 4-1/4" x 11" and scoring in the middle at 5-1/2", I used the Stitched Shapes framelits (ovals) to make "armholes".  Then, using the Urban Underground Specialty Designer Series Paper, I cut one piece to 4" x 5-1/4".  On the back side I traced the "armholes" and then placed my oval framelit right on top, cutting out matching ovals for the apron "arms".  I also saved one of the cutouts for my pocket.

A piece of Basic Black with two squares of DSP made a long apron pocket.  Those little rivets are the screws from the stamp set, inked in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and punched with a 1/4" punch.

And see those adorable tools?  The stamp set and framelits made it so easy.  I stamped, using Tuxedo Black ink, then colored using a Silver Copic Marker and my new Watercolor Pencils with a Blender Pen.  Then I simply cut them out with the framelits and placed the tools in the pocket.

And catch that cute little ruler in the upper pocket--that's also a framelit, cut with Silver Foil.

I just finished with a little loop of "vintage" 1/8" Black Taffeta Ribbon and this manly apron is ready to go!

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Hugs and Kisses

Saw this idea on Janet Wakeland's blog, and had to try it, but made it my own.

Now how's that for a simple Valentine?

I LOVE the Falling in Love Designer Series Paper and used that as my subtle background.  Isn't that just beautiful?  The card base is Sahara Sand, with a layer of Tip Top Taupe.  Where have I been?  This gorgeous, neutral color has been around 18 months and will be retiring in May, and I am just now finding it?  It's my new favorite go-to neutral!

But I digress...



The "hugs" and "kisses" are cut using the Large Letters Framelits dies with Sweet Sugarplum, Pool Party, Blushing Bride and Sahara Sand cardstock.  They are lined up and adhered, and then I took (oops!  Retired set!) a little sentiment in Sweet Sugarplum ink and created a banner, popped it up with Dimensionals and added an In Color Enamel Shape heart.  Simple and so cute!


Sweet!


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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

High Tide

As soon as I saw the High Tide set in the Occasions catalog, I knew it was coming to my house.  Although I live in California, my heart is on Cape Cod (where my parents live, and I visit at least twice a year).  I love to visit the lighthouses on the Cape, and have many - MANY - photos of them.

So when this set came out, it was the first one I ordered.  Take a look:



My my, what a beautiful and simple card.  I was actually just playing with colors of the lighthouse, and loved it so much, I used the panel on my card.

The lighthouse is a two-step stamp; I stamped the first layer in Sahara Sand, and the second in Crumb Cake ink.  It was exactly what I was looking for.  And that NEVER happens, so I knew this card was a winner.



All of the elements came together--the sand, the sea grass, the water and the sky (which was sponged).  And such a nice sentiment!  All I had to do was add a card base (Early Espresso) and some Linen Thread, and my card was done!

High Tide is available now and is one of those sets that you'll keep forever.


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