Good morning all!

My apologies for being absent last week. I came down with the plague that has been, well, plaguing nearly everyone I work with for the last month and it literally laid me out flat for two days. Today I finally feel like a human again without the need to cough, sneeze or down copious amounts of cold medicine to stay alive. Praise the Lord.

I’m back this week with a very pretty set called Bloom with Hope. He He…Funny how timely that seems in light of feeling like I was on my death bed! Anyway, there’s nothing like as few flowers to make things look better right?

Let’s get started!

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My first card today is a VERY simple, monochromatic black and white birthday. I paired our featured set with a Verve set called Joyful Blooms but kept the palette clean. A trio of flowers, a simple wish and a few rounded corners turned a simple design into a striking card. The card base is a 5-1/4 x 10-1/2 piece of white folded and layered on a 5-1/2 inch square of Basic Black. The 4 squares are each about 1-1/4 inches and are layered on 1-1/2 inch squares of Basic Black.

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My second card today is a soft and pretty sympathy card. I started with a card base of Pirouette Pink and stamped the flowers and leaves with Memento Rich Cocoa on white. These were colored with Copics and the piece was then layered on Pretty in Pink cs. The sentiment is stamped with the same ink on white, punched with the Modern Label punch and popped up on a couple of dimensionals. The ribbon is wrapped around the card vertically and the bow near the bottom was tied around the band of ribbon once I had the floral panel in place.

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My last card today is another birthday card. I sort of veered back toward the basic black and white color palette for the card base and the decorative washi tape accent, but the flower and leaves add a bit of color. Both were colored with Copic markers, hand trimmed and adhered to the card with foam dimensionals. The birthday sentiment is stamped directly on the card with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. This one has a little lace peeking through with a lacy bottom edge.

Thanks for dropping by today!

I hope you have a fantastic week.

S: Bloom with Hope, Verve: Joyful Blooms

P: White, Basic Black, Pretty in Pink, Pirouette Pink

I: Memento Tuxedo Black and Rich Cocoa

A: washi tape, Martha Stewart Lace Border Punch, Modern Label Punch, ribbon, 1/4 inch corner rounder, foam dimensionals

Copics: E55, YR21, YR31, BG90, YG93, R37, YG95, RV32, YG83, R20

Good morning everyone! I hope you had a lovely Easter. We had our kids and their significant others here with us which is always fun. My menu came off without any problems, we have enough leftovers that I won’t have to cook again for a day or two and we shared some laughs over a couple of board games when all the food was put away. All in all, a pretty great day!

Today, I have a few cards to share that, I guess you could say, are Easter leftovers. I really should have posted them last week but I got my dates mixed up. Darn it. The featured set this week is Terrific Tulips. It’s an obvious choice for Easter cards but it is also a go-to set for wedding and sympathy.

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My first card today is a bright and happy Easter card. I was going for a sunny field of tulips when i started this one and I have to say, I am pleased with the result. The card base is a half sheet of Peach Parfait cs layered with a panel of So Saffron, The tulips are stamped on ivory with Kiwi Kiss, Always Artichoke, Pumpkin Pie and Crushed Curry and I sponged the edges and background with Crushed Curry to get that sunkissed look. The sentiment is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black, punched with the Word Window punch and layered on a Modern Label punched piece of So Saffron. I used a couple of dimensionals to mount it to the card and added a trio of orange gems along the edge.

 

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My second card is a birthday card that uses a three panel layout. The card base is a half sheet of Regal Rose. I stamped the Hello Doily background medallion along the bottom edge of the card in Rose Red first then stamped and layered three tulip panels on the same color. The tulips are stamped in Rose Red in first and second generation ink with Certainly Celery stems & leaves. The panels were arranged evenly across the face of the card and the sentiment, stamped and punched with the same Word Window and Modern Label idea as my first card today, I finished with a trio of pink gems.

 

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My last card today is a little more involved. The base card is Wisteria Wonder. The panels, inside and out, are layered with a pretty green leaf print DSP from the Twitterpated collection. I held to a green and purple color scheme with Wisteria Wonder and Elegant Eggplant flowers and Lucky Limeade (first and second generation) leaves. The tulips and sentiments are all stamped on ivory and either die cut or hand trimmed. I stamped extras of the flowers and leaves so that I could play with arranging them on the card a few different ways. That left me with a few for the inside of the card as well. The sentiments are layered on die-cut eyelet circles of Wisteria Wonder and I used a scallop edge die from my Sizzix Triple Circle Flip-it Card Framelet to trim the edge of the first front fold. When closed, the two circles that you see in the photo overlap. I finished with a pearly button threaded with thin organdy ribbon for the front to sort of tie the little bouquet together and a coating of ultra-fine glitter on the flowers for a little sparkle.

 

Thanks for dropping in today. Have a fantastic week!

Here’s the supply list:

S: Terrific Tulips, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Hello Doily, Stampendous: Friendly Phrases

P: Peach Parfait, So Saffron, Ivory, Regal Rose, Rose Red, Wisteria Wonder, Twitterpaded DSP

I: Kiwi Kiss, Always Atrichoke, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Rose Red, Certainly Celery, Wisteria Wonder, Memento Tuxedo Black, Lucky Limeade, Elegant Eggplant

A: Word window punch, Modern Label punch, gems, 2 way glue, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, button, ribbon, Spellbinders: Standard Circles Small and Eyelet Circles, Sizzix: Triple Circle Flip It Card Framelits

Happy Monday and while we are at it, welcome to the end of March. Where has this month gone?!?!

I find that the closer I get to my trip in May the faster my weeks are going and Easter is next weekend already. Thankfully, other than groceries for our dinner with the kids I pretty much have things in hand. I spent some time yesterday working on my place setting markers and have those ready to go.  This is a good thing because I have a tendency to wait until the very last second on those and then I’m scrambling – often ON Easter Sunday – to get them put together. So, no procrastination this year! Yay!

Today, I am going to share some cards that I did using the new Lotus Blossom set. Working with this set was a little different, but I hope you will agree the results are fantastic. That extra layer of ink really makes a difference. So, here we go!

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My first card is a fresh, peachy birthday greeting. I started with a half sheet of peach cardstock and centered a kraft colored doily on the front. the flower is stamped in Groovy Guava and Dusty Durango in first and second generation ink depending on which part of the stamp I was using. The stem is done in Certainly Celery and I used Itty Bitty Backgrounds to speckle the background with Dusty Durango. This piece was layered on a panel of Dusty Durango with a strip of Chocolate Chip in between and then trimmed with a couple of Chocolate Chip scallop edges. The sentiment is a rub on that I had in my stash.

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My second card is a symphony in pink. The card base is a half sheet of Pretty in Pink. I stamped the flower on ivory using Memento Angel Pink, Melon Mambo and Certainly Celery (stem) and lightly speckled the background with Melon Mambo. This piece was wrapped with a piece of ruffled ribbon then layered on a slightly larger piece of pale pink vellum. A second panel of ivory was folder embossed with dots and also layered on the same vellum with a wave scallop edge along the bottom. This was adhered directly to the card and the flower added on top. A pearly button and some wax thread finish this one off.

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Finally today, my last card is a get well in a warm golden color scheme. The card base is More Mustard and is layered with DSP from the Autumn Vine and Thoroughly Modern assortments (now retired) with a band of lace ribbon to hide the center seam. The flower is stamped on white with Crushed Curry, More Mustard and Soft Suede with a Lucky Limeade stem. I oval cut this piece out and layered it on a scallop oval of Soft Suede. The get well tag is stamped with Soft Suede and punched with the Artisian Label punch and then cut in half so I could tuck it behind the ribbon. A button and jute twine complete this one.

Thanks for stopping in today

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Here’s the supply list for this round:

S: Lotus Blossom, Itty Bitty Backgrounds, Express Yourself

P: Pretty in Pink, Light pink vellum, Ivory, Peach CS (Basis), Chocolate Chip, Dusty Durango, More Mustard, White, Autumn Vine DSP, Thoroughly Modern DSP

I: Memento Angel Pink, Melon Mambo, Certainly Celery, Groovy Guava, Dusty Durango, More Mustard, Crushed Curry, Lucky Limeade

A: Fiskars Wave Dot border punch, buttons, wax thread, gathered pink ribbon, Dots embossing folder, Happy Birthday rub-ons, kraft paper doily, Artisan Label punch, Spellbinders: classic ovals large and scallop ovals large dies, twine. lace ribbon

Good morning!

First off, let me just say that I had a fabulous weekend and I have two wonderful friends to thank for that. Saturday, I spent the day with my BFF Twyla at the Bachmann Spring Idea house. We do this every year and it’s so much fun. Plus a girl day with Twyla is always a treat…even before we stop into Patrick’s for a little bistro-style lunch and desserts to DIE FOR!

I followed all that fun with a stamping play day with my stamping mentor Alvina.  It’s not too often that we get a chance to do that, so this was a nice treat as well.

This week I am sharing cards done with the set Everything Eleanor.  I have a soft spot in my heart for this one because my mother’s middle name was Eleanor so whenever I use it, I think of her. It’s so pretty and lots of fun to work with. Of course I have a weakness for swirls and flowers anyway, so it is easy for me to dive right in on this one.

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My first card today starts with a Crumb Cake card base layered with a panel of Not Quite Navy. The stamped panel is ivory and is stamped with Not Quite Navy ink then layered over the NQN panel.
I stamped the flower is done with Crumb Cake ink on a separate piece of ivory, hand trimmed it and added it to the swirl with a foam dimensional.
The sentiment which I picked up at Michaels a while back in their dollar section was stamped with Not Quite Navy and layered on the same and adhered with dimensionals over the top of a layered chevron-cut strip. The latter is a strip of DP from My Sentiments Exactly’s Indie Chic Citron collection.

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My second card has ladies birthday or wedding written all over it. I pulled out a couple of different embossing folders to compliment the pretty flowers and pearl swirls that I had in mind when I started this one plus a scallop edge punch to give it a bit of a lacy look. My card base is a half sheet cut lengthwise, of Chocolate Chip. I layered it on a panel of Pistachio Pudding. the panels are either 2 or 3 layers deep of ivory, Pistachio Pudding , and Chocolate Chip and the leaves are Pistachio Pudding as well. I folder-embossed both ivory panels then stamped the flowers on a separate piece of ivory, hand trimmed each one and set them in place with dimensionals and the leaves tucked behind. The little sentiment flag came next followed by the pearl swirls.

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My last card today is a CASE of one that I found on Pinterest by qulterlin. Feel free to check out the original at: http://heartshugsandflowers.blogspot.com/2010/07/monochromatic-card.html I made mine just slightly different but her layout was so lovely, I really didn’t want to fiddle with that too much. My card base is Crumb Cake. I stamped the swirl in Craft White and the label and sentiment on white. The label was popped up on dimensionals with a soft organdy flower attached with a glue dot and the sentiment was die cut and layered using Spellbinders hearts and scallop hearts dies. Another dimensional was used to adhere it to the card and I gave the whole thing a dusting of pearls to accent the swirl. Really a quick and easy card despite how it looks

I hope you have a wonderful week! Our weather is perking up a little more every day and Spring seems to have planted roots so we’re all looking forward to warmer days ahead.

Here’s this week’s supply list:

S: Everything Eleanor, Petite Pairs, Hip Wishes (Michaels), Express Yourself

P: Crumb Cake, White, Not Quite Navy, Ivory, My Mind’s Eye Indie Chic Citron DP, Chocolate Chip, Pistachio Pudding

I: Crumb Cake, Craft White, Not Quite Navy, Basic Brown, Groovy Guava, Memento Rich Cocoa

A: pearls, Organdy flowers, Spellbinder: Heart and Scallop Heart dies, foam dimensionals, Cuttlebug Modern Vine, Lifestyle Crafts: Chain I, Sizzlet: Little Leaf, Lace Scallop Edge Punch

Good morning and welcome to a new week! We had a lovely weekend weather-wise and the hubby and I were able to get out and enjoy some of it yesterday. It was wonderful to be outside sans the jacket soaking up a bit of warm sunshine.

Today I’ll be sharing a few cards that I did using the set Branch Out. I must not be the only one who thinks this set was pretty awesome because Stampin’ Up!  introduced a new set this year that is awfully similar!

Pardon the wintery feel of my first card but I made these while I was at my February retreat and we still had snow on the ground back then!

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My first card is a somber mix of black, ivory and gray, My base card is Basic Black layered on a panel of Stardreams Malachite.
The Stamped panel was done in Basic Black for the tree, Real Red for the little cardinal and sentiment and Encore Silver for the snowflakes. The panel is layered on a piece of Basic Black then again on Stardreams Malachite and tied with some ivory and black ribbom. I finished it off with a trio of black candy dots in the corner.

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My second card today has a more Autumn feel to it.
i stamped the tree four times across the plain white card front then followed with brush strokes of grass from Work of Art. (Another fun set to work with!!)
Next I gave all the trees a liberal dose of “leaves” in Pumpkin Pie, Kiwi Kiss, and Cherry Cobbler then finished the card with a popped up strip of white and a typewriter-style birthday greeting. This was an extremely simple card to put together but it packs quite a punch wouldn’t you say?

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My final card to day is a sympathy card.
I started with a Kiwi Kiss card base and folder embossed half of the front of the card with the Decorative Dots folder, I followed with a panel of Cherry Cobbler that I folder embossed as well using a chicken wire folder.
The tree was stamped on a panel of ivory with Basic Brown and Kiwi Kiss. I rounded the top corners of the stamped panel then layered it on So Saffron and tied it with a piece of narrow Old Olive ribbon. The sentiment was stamped, punched and layered on dimensionals over the ribbon.

 

Here are the supplies for this week’s cards:

S: Branch Out, Hero Arts: Clear Tyoe, Work of Art, Pink by Design: Sympathy and Hero Arts: Remember

P: white, ivory, Kiwi Kiss, Cherry Cobbler, So Saffron, Smoky Slate, Basic Black, Stardreams Malachite

I: Basic Brown, Cherry Cobbler, Kiwi Kiss, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Real Red, Encore Silver

A: foam dimensionals, lace scallop edge punch, scallop oval punches, ribbon, candy dots, chicken wire embossing folder, decorative dots embossing folder, corner rounder

Have a great week and don’t forget to check out the Send A Smile Charity Card event coming up on May 3rd! If you live in the area and would like to join us, click here to learn more and/or register.

See you next week!