Monday Medley #41 – Best Blossoms

Monday Medley #41 – Best Blossoms

Good morning!

I hope you all had a great weekend. I filled mine up with lots of girl time, a little creativity (not mine however), some Spring inspiration and a much needed day with my best friend. Saturday I spent the day at my friend Susette’s house making cards. Well, that was the plan but my creative mojo apparently didn’t feel the need to get out of bed because I didn’t accomplish a whole lot in the way of cards. I did however have a great day chatting with the lovely Susette and spent the time reveling in her enthusiasm and charm.
Sunday, my best friend Twyla and I went to the Bachman Spring Idea House and soaked up a bit of Spring inspiration followed by a little shopping, lunch at Patrick’s, and then a very productive afternoon prepping parts and pieces for the Stamp A Stack for he Troops event coming up on April 27th. I am thrilled to say that event is sold out and I’m just as excited to see what this year’s group of stampers does. We have some new faces in the crowd this year and I’m looking forward to the fun that is sure to ensue!

So, on to this week’s Monday Medley!
I am featuring an older set this week called:
Best Blossoms

5inkyfingers - Monday Medley 41 - Best Blossoms 1My first card is a fresh and pretty card that, sans a sentiment as I’m showing here, could work equally well for a wedding or a sympathy card, Mother’s Day or birthday.

The card base is a half sheet of Pirouette Pink layered with a panel of Crumb Cake and then faced with two half panels of Pirouette Pink and a two-layer center band of the two colors.

I ran the lower half of the two half panels thorugh my striped embossing folder to give it the look of wainscoating and punched a strip of Pirouette Pink for the center band to give that piece some interest.

A bit of ribbon with the ends tucked and hidden and a cluster of Crumb Cake flowers and Certainly Celery leaves (all hand trimmed) with tiny pink gems for the flower centers finishes the whole thing off.

 

 

5inkyfingers - Monday Medley 41 - Best Blossoms 2

My second card is a little more subdued and somewheat mono-chromatic too with an emphasis on the Crumb Cake and linen colors. The Certainly Celery punched and layered band and accent colors help to keep the color scheme from being too boring and the pearls I added to the flowers give it a little more dimension.

My background is stamped in Crumb Cake ink on some lovely linen beige cardstock that I picked up locally. It has this beautiful fine linen texture to it that I love and it coordinates beautifully with Stampin” Up’s Crumb Cake ink.

I hand trimmed all the flowers in this one as well and popped them up on dimensionals at a couple of different levels. I  repeated the idea with the sentiment. The latter was stamped with Basic Brown ink.

Although this card ended up in my Thank You card pile, I think this one would be great as a Sympathy card too.

 

5inkyfingers - Monday Medley 41 - Best Blossoms 3Finally, for my last card today, I went a little bolder and brighter with a Not Quite Navy and Certainly Celery color combo.

My card is a half sheet of Not Quite Navy left plain. I thought about folder embossing it but decided to save that for the little Artisian Labels that I punched to layer behind my flowery squares instead.

The flower pieces were actually all stamped in a strip then cut apart into three equal pieces, layered on Certainly Celery and then trimmed out with the Artisan Label halves. Note, I punched 3 artisan labels, folder embossed them and then clipped them in half so I could arrange them at the top and bottom of each of my flower pieces.

A trio of flowers and the leaves were stamped on separate scraps of ivory and Certainly Celery, hand trimmed (really wishing I had a punch for this set) and arranged to one side on dimensionals. A wavy little thank you banner tucked into the blooms finishes this one off.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week!

This week’s supply list:

S: Best Blossoms, Itty Bitty Banners
P: Pirouette Pink, Crumb Cake, Certainly Celery, NotQuite Navy, White, Ivory, Linen Beige
I: Crumb Cake, Certainly Celery, Basic Brown
A: gems, ribbon, foam dimensionals, dotted scallop ribbon border punch, stripes embossing folder, pearls, Martha Stewart leaf order punch, Gelly Roll clear star glitter pen, Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder

Monday Medley #40 – A Slice of Life

Monday Medley #40 – A Slice of Life

Good morning all!
Well, I have officially sworn off believing anything the weather forecasters say. I mean really…10 inches of snow in April? Again? Yes, folks…if you are toying with the idea of moving to Minnesota, I strongly encourage you to have second thoughts. I know I am, and I’ve lived here for 29 years!
Yes, it’s April. Yes,  we have snow on the ground and yet another promise of warmer days ahead. We’ll see…
In the meantime, I am going to do my level best to think Spring and bring you some fresh ideas!
This week I am featuring the set

A Slice if Life

This is a darling little set with an assortment of occasion stamps.

5inkyfingers Monday Medley #40 - A Slice of Life-1My first card is a fresh and sparkly get well using the vase of flowers.
I used my Copic markers to fill in the vase and flowers and then added tiny little pink gems to some of the flower centers.
The vase was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black on white and then die cut using a Chalk Talk framelit. I punched an 1/8 inch hole in either end of the piece to string my ribbon through and then set the piece aside.
My card base is a 5 x 7-3/4 piece of American Crafts Fountain textured card stock. I layered it on a 4 x 5-1/4 panel of Pirouette Pink and then again on a 5-1/2 x 4-1/4 panel of the same Fountain cs.
Next, I punched a scallop strip of Pirouette Pink and adhered that to the upper third of the card.  After threading a piece of 1/8 inch wide white organdy through the holes on my vase piece and adding a few foam dimensionals to the back, I wrapped the ribbon around the card and tied the ends in a bow centering the piece on my scallop punched strip.
Lastly, i stamped the sentiment on a small piece of white, punched it out with the Word Window punch and layered it on a Pirouette Pink Modern Label punch with a couple more dimensionals.

5inkyfingers Monday Medley #40 - A Slice of Life--2My second card makes use of that cure little pair of footie pajamas. Aren’t they adorable?
I started with a sunny So Saffron card and a few pieces of designer paper from the My Mind’s Eye Sweet Caroline Howdy Doody collection, Essentially, I just cut two strips of two different prints and added a scallop punched strip of a third design between them. I also used the latter to punch a Modern Label for the sentiment.

All three hanging jammies are stamped on white with Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with Copics. I hand trimmed each one and then punched a tiny hole near the center of the hanger hook for a coordinating colored brad. Note: I placed the jammies on the striped designer paper where I wanted them before punching the holes and then inserted the brad through both layers so they do “swing” a bit but not a lot.
The sentiment was stamped next and layered on the pre-punched Modern Label and adhered to the card with foam dimensionals.

Monday Medley #40 - A Slice of Life i am finishing today’s post off with a very pretty wedding card.
I will admit the swirly Elegant Lines embossing folder background does kind of steal the show, but I balanced out all that elegance with a palette of soft colors and a simple design.

My card base is a half sheet of Bazzil Walnut Cream card stock. The white embossed panel is trimmed to 4 x 5-1/5 and adhered to the front of the card.
The cake and sentiment are both stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black on white. I colored the cake with Copics and then layered it on a scallop lace rectangle (Spellbinders) with a bit of Pirouette Pink Scallop edging at the top and bottom to bring that soft pink back in.
The sentiment was layered on a smaller lacy scallop rectangle but I added a couple small pink pearls at the end to dress it up. i added a bit of glitter to the cake as well and one small pearl to the stem of the cake stand.
Both the cake and the sentiment are adhered to the card with foam dimensionals.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and listening to my weather woes. If you live somewhere warm and sunny, just know that I am insanely jealous. : )
Have a wonderful week!

Here’s the supply list for this week:

S: A Slice of Life, Express Yourself, Teeny Tiny Wishes
P: American Crafts: Fountain, Bazzill: Walnut Cream, So Saffron, Pirouette Pink, white, My Mind’s Eye Sweet Caroline Howdy Doody DP
I: Memento Tuxedo Black
A: brads, Word Window Punck, Modern Label Punch, Elegant Lines embossing folder, pearls, 2 way glue, glitter, Spellbinders: Scallop Lace rectangles, Scallop Lace border punch, foam dimensionals, ribbon, Chalk Talk framelits, scallop edge punch
Copics: Y00, G20, B00, BG10, T0, E41, R00, R32, R20, E51

Monday Medley #39 – Watercolor Garden II

Monday Medley #39 – Watercolor Garden II

Good morning and welcome back for week #39 of Monday Medley.

I hope wherever you are you are starting to see a few sings of Spring. We are still in the process of melting, and there’s plenty of white still on the ground, but little by little we’re starting to see some improvement. Heck, our temps hit 57 degrees yesterday and I opened the deck doors in celebration! I’m choosing to ignore the forecast for another 1-3 inches of snow for Monday into Tuesday. (sigh)

On that happy note…let’s get to the real reason you stopped by.

This week I am featuring

Watercolor Garden II.

5inkyfingers Monday Medley #39 = Watercolor Garden IIThis is an older, now retired, set but it’s one I really like to play with from time to time. If you’re new to stamping and the prospect of 2-step stamping has you a feeling a little unsure of yourself, you really cannot go wrong with this style of stamp set. Layering the colors is super easy and, best of all, forgiving if you don’t land it just perfectly.

My first card is a bit on the asymmetrical side. I’m seeing a lot of this sort of layout on Pinterest these days and I really like the slightly off-kilter look.

I chose bright colors for my card base (Bermuda Bay) and added in some Cool Caribbean and Certainly Celery ink as well as a strip of dazzling teal glitter tape and a couple of turquoise gems.

The center flower and the sentiment label are both popped up on a foam dimensional

 

 

5inkyfingers Monday Medley #39 = Watercolor Garden IIMy second card starts with a simple ivory card but I used a new embossing folder that I picked up recently to give it some texture and provide a pretty background for my stamped layer.

The card is layered on So Saffron and wrapped with a piece of ribbon. The flower is stamped on ivory with Certainly Celery, Always Artichoke, Crushed Curry and Groovy Guava. I trimmed it very close on the sides then layered it on a lacy rectangle die cut piece of ivory with foam dimensionals.

A sprinkling of glitter on the flower adds just a bit of sparkle.

 

Finally, for my third sample today, I pulled out some decorative paper from My Mind’s Eye that I’ve had for a while. The colors, as it happens, coordinated nicely with my Rich Razzleberry card face.

The card itself is cut from a half sheet of Crumb Cake with the  folder embossed Rich Razzleberry panel added. I also layered together a few different prints from the decorative paper pack as well as a small flag of the embossed Rich Razzleberry.

My flowers were stamped with Rich Razzleberry, Memento Lilac Posies and Certainly Celery with a little Crushed Curry in the centers. I hand trimmed one flower to pop it up and slightly off the oval. The sentiment was stamped directly on the decorative paper and a trio of pearls finishes the whole thing off.

5inkyfingers Monday Medley #39 = Watercolor Garden IIThanks so much for dropping by today.

Have a great week!

Here’s the supply list for this week:

S: Watercolor Garden II, Stampendous Friendly Phrases, Close to my Heart Say it in Style

P Pool Party, White, Rich Razzleberry, Crumb Cake, So Saffron, Ivory, My Mind’s Eye So Sophie Graceful DP

I: Bermuda Bay, Cool Caribbean, Certainly Celery, Rich Razzleberry, Memento Lilac Posies, Crushed Curry, So Saffron, Always Artichoke, Groovy Guava

A: Lifestyle Crafts Label dies, glitter tape, foam dimensionals, gems, ribbon, glitter, 2-way glue, lacy scallop rectangles (Spellbinders), Modern Vine embossing folder

Monday Medley #38 – You’re Sweet (CTMH)

Monday Medley #38 – You’re Sweet (CTMH)

Good morning everyone and welcome to Monday Medley #38!

This week I am featuring a Close to My Heart set called

You’re SweetMonday Medley #38 - CTMH You're Sweet

It’s a fruity, fun little set that I picked up a while ago and really haven’t taken the time to play with until now. A shame really as it is a cute set.  I’m thinking of using it to make up a few recipe cards for summer drinks and maybe a summer deck party?

This first card begins with a Pumpkin Pie card base layered with a stamped panel of white.

I stamped the lemon/lime in Lucky Limeade and Yo Yo Yellow and the orange slice in Pumpkin Pie taking care to mask off the right edge of the panel before I started to preserve the clean white edge which I punched with a scallop edge punch.  I used my 1/8 inch circle punch to add holes in each scallop for a little more lacy looky and then added a thin strip of Crushed Curry and a trio of citrus colored baker’s twine for a bow.

The panel was then mounted to the card and finished with the stamped and die cut sentiment. Makes you want a tall glass of lemonade doesn’t it?

Monday Medley #38 - CTMH You're SweetMy second card is a cherry-flavored note card in, you guessed it, Cherry Cobbler. I paired that with Basic Black and White, some black and white dotted Washi tape and Lucky Limeade stems/words.

To begin, I adhered 3 strips of the Washi tape down the center of the card leaving about 1/8 inch of space between each one. The ends were trimmed flush with the top and bottom edge of the card.

Nest, the four white panels were stamped and then layered on a single panel of Basic Black which was then popped up on dimensionals in the center of the card.

I would love to tell you that the stacked words came out nice and even like that because I am just that skilled,,,but alas, the stamp set I used is a clear set from Stampendous so lining them up was super easy. *smiles*

This card definitely looks more involved than it is and it went together quickly.

 

My last card todayMonday Medley #38 - CTMH You're Sweet takes things in a little different direction. For this sample, I turned that cute strawberry stamp into a polka-dot string of hearts for a simple and sweet anniversary card.

My card base is a half sheet Crumb Cake that I kept very clean and simple with a frilly white band of pre-punched edging (Bazzill) and a short and sweet rub-on “i love you” sentiment.

The strawberry hearts were stamped with Melon Mambo in first and second generation ink on white. Each one was hand trimmed and punched with a 1/16 inch hole punch then strung on a piece of Baker’s Twine and fastened with brads to the card.  Sweet right?

Have a great week everyone!

Here’s the supply list:

S: So Sweet (CTMH), Stampendous: Typewriter Wish

P: Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, White, Crumb Cake, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry

I: Rose Red, Lucky Limeade, Melon Mambo,  Pumpkin Pie, Yo Yo Yellow

A: Washi tape, foam dimensionals, rub ons (Pebbles, Inc), Bazzill Edge Strips, brads, gems, baker’s twine, circle card thinlet, scallop edge punch, 1/8 in punch, 1/16 in punch

 

Monday Medley #37 – Best of Everything

Monday Medley #37 – Best of Everything

Happy St. Patricks Day!!!

I hope that you’re finally starting to see a little Spring where you are. Our transition is coming slowly (a good thing considering the amount of snow that we have to melt) but it’s getting better every day. Those of us who live here in Minnesota are now at that stage of the year where 30 degrees feels balmy (seriously, it does!) and we’re waffling between our winter coats and our spring jackets. A month ago, 30 degrees was still cold enough to warrant, scarves, hats and mittens. Just one of the vagaries of life here in Minnesota!

This week, I have a trio of cards to help bring Spring in the door using the set

Best of Everything

My first card begins with a nice clean Bashful Blue card base.   5inkyfingers - Monday Medley #37 - Best of EverythingI paired that with Kiwi Kiss, Marina Mist and Elegant Eggplant for a fresh garden of best wishes.

The stamped panel is layered on Marina Mist and then on Elegant Eggplant but I used my lace scallop edge punch to trim the lower edge of the Marina Mist piece and balanced that out with a white bow at the top.

The sentiment was stamped in Elegant Eggplant, punched with a medium oval punch and layered on a scallop oval of Elegant Eggplant. This piece was popped up on a dimensional to mount it to the card.

5inkyfingers - Monday Medley #37 - Best of Everything

My second card is a snappy Cherry Cobbler, saffron and green birthday. I made use of some wonderful DP from Echo Park’s This & That Graceful collection to pull my colors together and it definitely makes a statement. The narrow green band and the saffron yellow scallop edging along the bottom are from the same colleciton.

This time, my card is ivory layered on Cherry cobbler. The stamped flower was stamped twice; once directly on the smaller ivory piece (I carefully inked the flower with Cherry Cobbler and the stem with Kiwi Kiss) and then again (flower part only) on a scrap of ivory. The second flower was hand trimmed and adhered to the first with a small glue dot so that the petals could be curved up just a bit. The center was given a small green gem for sparkle. A narrow tan bow was tied around the green band near the top and the flower panel was popped up on dimensionals. Finally, the sentiment was stamped directly on the card.

My third card makes use of Washi tape in some snappy, 5inkyfingers - Monday Medley #37 - Best of Everythingfun colors and that adorable little bird.

I started with a crisp, white card layered on a panel of American Crafts Fountain cs.

Next, to create my background, I stacked several strips of Washi tape in an assortment of patterns in blacks,, grays, minty green and a bright, limey green. I also included a strip of silver glitter tape for sparkle.

The bird was stamped with Basic Black on white and hand trimmed. I also stamped him again on a scrap and used the wing portion to create a template for a second wing which I covered with Wash tape and hand trimmed as well. Both the bird and wing are adhered to the card with smal foam dimensionals.

Finally, the sentiment was stamped directly on the card and a few black and lime/yellow gems were added to finish it all off.

Thanks so much for joining me today! I hope you have a wonderful week!

Here are the supplies for this week:

S: Best of Everything, Stampendous: Orchid Greetings and Everyday Chat

P: Bashful Blue, Marina Mist, Elegant Eggplant, white, Cherry Cobbler, ivory, American Crafts: Fountain, Echo Park: This & That Graceful DP

I: Bashful Blue, Marina Mist, Elegant Eggplant, Kiwi Kiss, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black

A: ribbon, Washi tape, glitter tape,  medium oval punch, scallop oval punch, lace scallop edge punch, gems, scallop edge punch, gems, foam dimensionals, small glue dots