Thursday, September 16, 2021

Celebrate Sunflowers

 Hello my friends! 

Today's card was created for one of the challenges from the Business Expo and Creative Party. There are usually three challenges throughout the day. I was only able to participate in the first one as I had to leave before the other two were posted. This challenge was a colour challenge. Our card had to include white, yellow, orange and black. I should note as well that we only get about half an hour to come up with our challenge cards. Here is the card I came up with....



I used the Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set. I stamped the larger sunflower on to Bumblebee cardstock and Pale Papaya cardstock using Tuxedo Black Memento ink. I stamped two sunflowers on the Pale Papaya cardstock. I used the corresponding die from the Sunflower Dies set to cut out my flowers. To create the centers, I used the detailed die from the same set and cut out just the center from Basic Black cardstock. I had to trim off the petals but I am really pleased with how it turned out. I attached these centers to my flowers using adhesive.

I used a Basic White Thick card base. I attached the two Pale Papaya flowers to my card front using adhesive and attached the Bumblebee flower using dimensionals.

I stamped my sentiment from the Beauty of Friendship stamp set using Tuxedo Black Memento ink onto a strip of Basic White cardstock. I used my paper snips to cut a banner end in the left edge of my sentiment piece. I used a piece of Linen Thread wrapped around the sentiment piece and tied it into a bow on the right edge. I attached this to my card using dimensionals.

At this point, I was out of time so I posted my card to the challenge page. The next day I went into my craft room and saw this card sitting on the table. I felt like it needed something else. I decided to add some Matte Black Dots. I feel like that completed the card.

What I used for today's card:

Celebrate Sunflowers Stamp

Sunflower Dies

Beauty of Friendship Stamp

Basic White Thick Cardstock

Pale Papaya Cardstock

Bumblebee Cardstock

Basic Black Cardstock

Basic White Cardstock

Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad

Linen Thread

Matte Black Dots

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed this card. I am going to be sending it to a friend who is also a demonstrator. She is having some health issues and has had to step back from her Stampin' Up! business a little. I commend her for coming to such a difficult decision. I just want her to know that I'm thinking of her and hoping she is feeling better soon.

Stay well and keep creating!

Terry


















Monday, September 13, 2021

Pretty Pumpkins

 Hello my friends! 

Wow, what a full weekend it was for me! A few months ago, I signed up to participate in another Business Expo and Creative Party with Allison Okamitsu on Saturday. It is a full day of learning business tips, creating cards and card challenges. Unfortunately I was only able to take part in half of the day as my daughter chose that day to have her gender reveal party. Obviously that took precedent over my learning. I can watch the replay of the presentations I missed. I spent most of Sunday in my craft room prepping for my upcoming Crafting at the Lake Event. That is going to be such a fun day!

Anyways, on to today's post. During the expo we created three cards that were all designed by Allison. We used the Pretty Pumpkins Bundle for all of the cards. This is such a cute bundle. I am looking forward to playing with it some more! The cards Allison designed all use non-traditional pumpkin colours and I love them!

Card #1:



The first card is a simple fun fold. The card base is Crumb Cake and the front panel is smaller than a regular A2 card front. I stamped one of the pumpkin images on the Crumb Cake card base using Crumb Cake ink. I cut out one of the fancy pumpkins using a die from the bundle and Gold Foil Sheets. I added this to the front panel using dimensionals.

I stamped the sentiment using Misty Moonlight ink on a strip of Basic White cardstock. I added a strip of DSP from the Harvest Meadow DSP package to the bottom edge of  the sentiment piece. I then cut out the leaves using the dies in the bundle and Soft Succulent cardstock. I attached two of the leaves to peek out at the top left of the sentiment piece and one at the bottom right. I then added the sentiment to the card front using dimensionals. I added a bow using a double strand of Linen Thread to the stem of the gold pumpkin using a glue dot.

On the inside of the card, I added a strip of cork specialty paper and another strip of DSP from the Harvest Meadow DSP package. These two pieces are seen even when the card is closed.

Card #2:



The second card uses a Misty Moonlight card base. On top of that I put a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock that was embossed using the Timber 3D Embossing Folder.

I cut out the same pumpkin as was on the first card only this time I used Bumblebee cardstock. I stamped the leafy pumpkin using Soft Succulent ink on Soft Succulent cardstock. I cut it out using the corresponding die from the bundle. I also cut out the fillagree pumpkin using Misty Moonlight cardstock with an adhesive sheet attached to the back of it. The adhesive sheets make these intricate die cut images so much easier to adhere. I cut out the leaves from Gold Foil Sheets and attached one to each of the pumpkins. I attached the fancy pumpkins directly to the card front and then added the stamped pumpkin using dimensionals. 

I stamped the sentiment using Misty Moonlight ink on a strip of Basic White cardstock. I added a strip of Gold Foil and then a strip of DSP (from the Harvest Meadow DSP package) to the bottom edge of the sentiment piece. I then added this to my card front using dimensionals.

Card #3:



The third card uses a Bumblebee card base. On top of that I added a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock that was embossed using the Timeworn Type 3D Embossing Folder. I added a strip of DSP from the Harvest Meadow DSP package to the bottom edge of the Crumb Cake cardstock.

I added the fillagree pumpkin that I cut out using Bumblebee cardstock with an adhesive sheet attached to it. I stamped the larger leaf images using Soft Succulent ink on Soft Succulent cardstock and cut them out using the corresponding dies. I attached the leaf images together and attached them to the fillagree pumpkin using dimensionals. I tied a bow using the Gold Shimmer Ribbon and attached it to the stem of the pumpkin using a glue dot.

I stamped the sentiment using Misty Moonlight ink on a Basic White label that was punched out using the Label Me Lovely punch. I attached this sentiment piece to the card front using dimensionals. 

That completes the three cards. I hope you enjoy them.

What I used for these cards:

Pretty Pumpkins Bundle

Misty Moonlight Cardstock

Crumb Cake Cardstock

Bumblebee Cardstock

Basic White Cardstock

Soft Succulent Cardstock

Gold Foil Sheets

Misty Moonlight Classic Stampin' Pad

Soft Succulent Classic Stampin' Pad

Crumb Cake Classic Stampin' Pad

Harvest Meadow DSP

Cork Specialty Paper

Timber 3D Embossing Folder

Timeworn Type 3D Embossing Folder

Linen Thread

Gold Shimmer Ribbon

Label Me Lovely Punch

Adhesive Sheets

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed these cards. I had a lot of fun making them. Please note that they were all designed by Allison Okamitsu and I just made them as per the instructions from her.

Also, in case you were wondering what the reveal was on Saturday....we are getting a new baby granddaughter!! We are all so very excited. I can't believe that my baby girl is having a baby girl. At least I can start shopping now that I know what colour to buy.

Stay well and keep creating!

Terry

























Saturday, September 11, 2021

Lifetime Celebrations

 Hello my friends! I am finally able to take part in another blog hop. I wasn't able to take part for July and August because we were at the lake on both of the days of the blog hop. We don't have internet out there so I didn't want to take the chance in case something went wrong with my post and I wasn't able to correct it. That would not have been fair to the others. 



This is the Stamping Inkspirations Blog Hop hosted by my friend Angie. The theme for this month is Lifetime Celebrations. There are 17 of us taking part this month so I hope you will be able enjoy all of the posts from this month. 

This is a perfect theme for me this month. My card is a first anniversary card for my daughter and son-in-law. They got married last September 12th. Their original date was supposed to be May 23rd which was the 10 year anniversary of their first date. Unfortunately due to Covid everything was shut down at that time and they had to pick a new date. It was not easy to plan a wedding at that time. There were many changes along the way which led to a lot of stress for everyone but they got married and it was absolutely beautiful. Now they are expecting their first baby. In fact as this blog is posting, I will be at the gender reveal party discovering whether this little bean is a he or a she. Such an exciting time!

I decided to make a Balcony Card since this is such a special celebration. I started with a card base of Basic White Thick that was 6 X 6 inches and scored at 3 inches. I used Basic White Thick cardstock to make the balcony levels as well.


Here is a picture of the card standing up to give you a better idea of how it looks.




I used the DSP  from the Expressions in Ink Specialty DSP pack. I love the varied colours of green with the swirls of gold. I matted the DSP onto Gold Foil Sheets before attaching it to my card.

I stamped various leaf images from the Forever Fern stamp set and cut them out using the corresponding dies from the Forever Flourishing Dies set. The colours I used for my leaves are Pear Pizzazz, Just Jade, Mint Macaron, Evening Evergreen and Pale Papaya. I also cut out a couple leaf images from vellum. They are kind of hard to see in the picture but they add a little bit of texture to the group. I attached the leaves to their balcony levels using adhesive and then added a strip of scotch tape to make sure they were well adhered. 

Here is a close up picture of the leaves showing the vellum images.



At the top part of the card, I added a couple of gold leaf images from the Expressions in Ink Ephemera pack. I also cut out some butterflies from the Gold Foil using the Brilliant Wings Dies set. I cut out 2 larger filligree butterflies and then one smaller butterfly to represent the new baby.

I used the Always in my Heart stamp set to stamp my sentiment. The sentiment is on one stamp and since I didn't want to cut up my stamp, I had to ink it separately to get the words on two different pieces of cardstock. I stamped the sentiment using Versamark ink on Basic White cardstock. I added gold embossing powder from the Metallics set and heated it to melt it using my heat tool. I used the Banners Pick a Punch to cut a banner cut into both ends of my sentiment pieces. I added these to the lower balcony panels using dimensionals.

This card is a little bigger than our regular A2 size so I used the retired envelope punch board to make an envelope. I used the same piece of DSP that I used on the card from the Expressions in Ink pack. I am really pleased with the way the colours ended up on the finished envelope.



What I used for today's card:

Forever Fern Stamp

Forever Flourishing Dies

Always in my Heart Stamp

Basic White Thick Cardstock

Basic White Cardstock

Gold Foil Sheets

Expressions in Ink DSP

Vellum Cardstock

Pale Papaya Classic Stampin' Pad

Pear Pizzazz Classic Stampin' Pad

Just Jade Classic Stampin' Pad

Mint Macaron Classic Stampin' Pad

Evening Evergreen Classic Stampin' Pad

Versamark Pad

Metallics Embossing Powders

Heat Tool

Banners Pick a Punch

Expressions in Ink Ephemera Pack

Brilliant Wings Dies

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed this card. I think my daughter will really like it. She loves things that are a little more glitzy than the norm. Have you tried this style of card yet? Apparently it is one of the new styles going around on all of the sites.

Click on the "Next Blog" button to head to Rochelle's post. I am sure you will love what she is going to share.

 

 

Angie McKenzie  ●  Libby Fens  ●  Karen Henderson

Cheryl Hamilton  ●  Mo Rootes  ●  Tricia Butts

Jan Musselman  ●  Danielle Kassing  ●  Anne Krucek

 Shel Anderson  ●  Elaine de Montmorency

Jill Chapman  ●  Gez Carpenter  ●  Terry Hamilton

Rochelle Laird-Smith  ●  Annette Ball  ●  Leonie Stuart


Stay well and keep creating!

Terry



































Thursday, September 9, 2021

Nature's Harvest

 Hello my friends! How is your first week of back to school/work? I love this time of year as it feels like a new start. I'm not sure what the new start is for me as I am not heading back to anything. Our weather has been absolutely gorgeous this week. It must be difficult for those that are heading back to school with the weather still feeling like summer.

Today's card was created using the Nature's Harvest stamp set and matching dies. I wanted to make a fall themed card and this one just came together for me.



I started by embossing a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock using the Timeworn Type 3D embossing folder. I added two different pieces of DSP from the Harvest Meadow DSP on top of my embossed cardstock. Then I added some linen thread. I wrapped it around this cardstock three times and tied it into a bow. 

I added this to a piece of Soft Suede cardstock using dimensionals and then added the Soft Suede cardstock to a Basic White Thick card base.

I stamped the larger flower image onto a piece of Basic White cardstock using Tuxedo Black Memento ink. I then used the corresponding die from the Harvest Dies set to cut out the flowers. I used my Stampin' Blends to colour in the flowers. I used Mossy Meadow for the leaves and stems and used Soft Suede and Daffodil Delight for the flowers. I added the flower image to the card front using dimensionals.

I stamped my sentiment from the Many Messages stamp using Soft Suede ink on Basic White cardstock. I used the smaller label die from the Harvest Dies set to cut out my sentiment and added it to my card front using dimensionals. That completes this card.

What I used for today's card:

Nature's Harvest Stamp

Harvest Dies

Many Messages Stamp

Basic White Thick Cardstock

Soft Suede Cardstock

Crumb Cake Cardstock

Basic White Cardstock

Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad

Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Pad

Harvest Meadow DSP

Timeworn Type 3D Embossing Folder

Linen Thread

Mossy Meadow Stampin' Blends

Soft Suede Stampin' Blends

Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed this card. I have a few friends with Fall birthdays so one of them will probably receive this one. Will it be you?

Stay well and keep creating!

Terry

























Monday, September 6, 2021

Nature's Harvest

 Hello my friends! I hope you all had a fabulous long weekend! I had a great weekend. I spent Saturday with my youngest daughter. I love spending time with my girls. It doesn't matter what we are doing, it just makes me happy to be with them. Sunday was a cooler, gray kind of day here so I spent the day in my craft room. I have my Crafting at the Lakehouse event coming up at the end of this month so I need to make sure I am ready for it. Monday was another crafting day. I will be taking some time away from the craft room this coming weekend as my daughter and her husband are having a gender reveal party! I will be helping her with the baking, decorating and cooking so I want to make sure I am on top of my own responsibilities. I am so excited to find out what this little bean is!!

I also had a little visitor in my yard on Monday. I went out to the deck to enjoy the gorgeous weather and saw this little guy (or girl) looking for snacks in the grass. I know some people think of them as pests but I think he is pretty cute. He was checking out the grass and then slowly hopped along the back of the yard and disappeared into the yard behind me.



Today's card was inspired by a conversation I had with a friend. We were talking about putting painter's tape on the floor at our crafting event so that everyone will know where the different stations are as well as staying 6 feet apart. That got me thinking that I haven't done the Painter's Tape Technique for ages. I just received the new Nature's Harvest stamp set and thought the flower image would be perfect for this technique.



I started with a piece of Basic White cardstock that was just a little larger than the image I was going to stamp. I chose the colours I wanted to use which were Bumblebee, Daffodil Delight and So Saffron. I laid a piece of painter's tape across each of the ink pads (one piece of tape for each ink pad) and pressed the tape in to pick up some ink. Starting at the bottom I applied the inked up painter's tape and gently pressed it on my piece of white cardstock. The first colour I used was Bumblebee. Next I added the Daffodil Delight painter's tape and then at the top, So Saffron. The ink has a distinct texture from the tape which adds a little something to your card.

After the ink dried, I stamped my flower image on top of it using Black Stazon ink. I matted this piece on to a piece of Basic Black cardstock.

I added this piece to a piece of Basic White cardstock. I embossed this cardstock using the Painted Texture 3D Embossing Folder. (I had to use this embossing folder to go with the painter's tape technique!) I wrapped some Bumblebee Gingham ribbon around this embossed cardstock and tied it into a bow. I biased my bow just below the middle of  card and over to the left side. I attached this to a Bumblebee card base using my Tombo multipurpose glue. I like to use this glue especially if I am attaching an embossed piece or a piece that has a ribbon around it. It is just a little more security that it will all hold well.

I then added my stamped piece to my card using dimensionals. I also added my sentiment to the stamped piece using dimensionals. I stamped my sentiment from the Many Messages stamp set using Black Stazon ink. I used the corresponding Messages Die to cut out my sentiment. I have had this stamp set for a while but I haven't completely embraced it until now. It is a huge stamp that is the same size as a background stamp. It has 19 different sentiments on one stamp and the corresponding die cuts out these sentiments. The idea is to ink up the entire stamp and cut out all 19 different sentiments at one time and then have a bunch of stamped sentiments on hand for when you are making a card. It is a great idea but that is not the way I craft. I like to stamp my sentiments as I am making my card. I just recently realized that I can ink up the part of the stamp that I want to use and just go with that. I also know of some people that have cut up the stamp so that the sentiments are separate. That is a good idea too but if you do that, you are voiding the warranty for your stamp.

What I used for today's card:

Nature's Harvest Stamp

Many Messages Stamp

Messages Die

Bumblebee Cardstock

Basic White Cardstock

Basic Black Cardstock

Bumblebee Classic Stampin' Pad

Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin' Pad

So Saffron Classic Stampin' Pad

Jet Black Stazon Pad

Painted Texture 3D Embossing Folder

Bumblebee Gingham Ribbon

Painter's Tape (from Hardware Store)

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed this card. Have you ever tried this technique? It is a good one and this stamp set was perfect for it. It can sometimes be a little messy, making your fingers inky. I think it's all worth it though and it washes off easily.

Stay safe and keep creating!

Terry



















Thursday, September 2, 2021

Paper Pumpkin Alternatives

 Hello my friends! As promised here are the alternatives from the August Paper Pumpkin kit. I shared the cards on Monday's post exactly as the instructions stated. If you don't want to make the cards as the kit instructions state, you can always do alternatives. There are tons of examples online every month.

Here are my alternatives made with just a few supplies that I had on hand. Note that the kit came with a Blackberry Bliss Stampin' Spot (mini ink pad).

Card #1 Alternative:




Card #2 Alternative:




Card #3 Alternative:




What I used to make these alternatives:

Plentiful Plants Stamp

Forever Grapevine Stamp

Biggest Wish Stamp

Pool Party Cardstock

Bermuda Bay Cardstock

Blackberry Bliss Cardstock

Melon Mambo Cardstock

Basic White Cardstock

Pool Party Classic Stampin' Pad

Bermuda Bay Classic Stampin' Pad

Melon Mambo Classic Stampin' Pad

White Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed these alternatives. I really had fun making these cards.

Stay well and keep creating!

Terry


















Monday, August 30, 2021

August Paper Pumpkin

 Hello my friends! I hope you are all doing well. I am going to share our latest Paper Pumpkin with you today. I think it is one of the nicest kits we have ever had. As a note to those of you that have been reading this blog since the beginning, I am completely caught up on my Paper Pumpkin kits. There is no more "Leaning Tower of Paper Pumpkins".  You can visit my post on April 1, 2020 if you want to check this out.

I made these cards exactly as the instructions showed and then did some alternatives that I will share later. This kit made 9 full sized cards with lots of detail and bling. Everything to make these cards was included in the kit. That is one of the things I love about Paper Pumpkin! If we are on our way camping I can just grab my kit and I have everything I need to make the cards. 

Here are the cards from this kit:









Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed these cards. If you are interested in checking out Paper Pumpkin, just let me know. I believe that Stampin' Up! has really stepped up their game with these kits. The sneak peek for the September kit is really cute as well. It is going to be Halloween/Fall themed treat boxes and they are really cute. You need to sign up by the 10th of September if this is something that you would like to do.

Stay well and keep creating!

Terry



Thursday, August 26, 2021

Another Wedding Card

 Hello my friends! I hope you are all enjoying this slightly cooler weather. I know I keep repeating myself about the fires but it is a huge thing on everyone's minds. We had blue skies with real clouds a few days this week and the air was clean! It was so wonderful! Unfortunately, the smoke has returned but not as bad as it was. I hope you are all safe wherever you are!

Today's card is another wedding card. Our next door neighbour is getting married on Friday. She is a lovely person and we love having her next door. You don't always get to choose your neighbours, especially if they move in after you, so if you end up with good ones, it is a huge bonus.



I went with a slightly monochromatic look again for this card. I started with a card base of Basic White Thick. I added a piece of Basic White cardstock that I embossed using the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder. I wrapped some White Crinkled Seam Binding ribbon around this piece and tied it into a bow. I then attached this piece of cardstock to my card base. 

I used the Floral Heart Dies to cut the flourished heart image out of Silver Foil. I attached this directly to my card front using adhesive. Since this die cuts out the center heart as well, I cut it out again, this time using Basic White cardstock. I didn't use the flourished heart, just the plain, center heart. I stamped my sentiment onto the center of the Basic White heart using Versamark ink. The sentiment is from the Forever Blossoms Stamp set. I added Silver Embossing powder (from the Metallics Embossing Powder set) to my Versamark ink and heated it to melt it. I added this heart to the center of the silver flourished heart using dimensionals.

I then cut some leaf images from the Forever Flourishing Dies set out of Basic White cardstock. I added the larger images to the lower, right portion of the heart and the smaller ones to the upper, left portion. To finish off the card, I added three rhinestones under the sentiment.

What I used for today's card:

Forever Blossoms Stamp

Floral Hearts Dies

Forever Flourishing Dies

Basic White Thick Cardstock

Basic White Cardstock

Silver Foil Specialty Pack

Metallics Embossing Powder

Versamark Pad

Heat Tool

Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder

White Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon

Rhinestone Basic Jewels

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed this card. I hope the wedding goes well on Friday and that the bride and groom have a wonderful, happy life together. Do you have any weddings this summer? This is my second one this month. I have not attended either wedding as they are very small celebrations due to Covid. I was lucky enough to make cards for the brides though!

Stay well and keep creating!

Terry













Monday, August 23, 2021

Delicate Dahlias

 Hello my friends! This weekend was considerably cooler which was a big welcome to the fire fighters. We even got a bit of rain. As you know, I love the heat but not when our province is burning up. 

Today's card was made for my friend Susanne. I have said many times here how she has been such a huge help to me with my lack of computer skills. We are also co hosting the Crafting at the Lake Event in September. There are a couple spots still available if you are thinking about joining us. Anyway, Susanne just recently earned a huge milestone in her Stampin' Up! journey so I wanted to make her a card.

I used the new Delicate Dahlias stamp set which is a free Sale-a-bration item available right now until September 30th. It is a beautiful stamp set! I thought of this technique as soon as I saw this stamp set. I did the Triple Time Stamping technique, although I made my card bigger than a regular A2 size so I added an extra layer.



I cut my Basic White cardstock in reducing increments of half an inch. The largest piece was 6.75 by 5 inches and the smallest was 5.5 by 3.5 inches. I stamped my sentiment on the smallest piece of Basic White cardstock using Black Stazon ink. The sentiment was from the Peaceful Moments stamp set. I like to use the Stazon Ink if my stamp is made of red rubber rather than photopolymer because I find the Stazon Ink gives a darker, crisper image than Memento sometimes. Of course if the stamp is made of photopolymer it is not recommended to use Stazon ink with it.

I  added a very small dot of adhesive on the back of my pieces of Basic White cardstock and layered them on top of each other with the largest piece on the bottom and the smallest piece on the top. I stamped my images randomly over all of the layers. I used Flirty Flamingo full strength for the outline of the flowers and stamped off once for the fill in stamp. I also used Daffodil Delight for a couple of the smaller flowers. I used Granny Apple Green for my leaves and did it the same way as with the flowers. I used it full strength for the outline and stamped off for the fill in stamps.

Once I was happy with the placement of the stamped images, I carefully pulled my layers apart. I attached the largest white piece directly to my Flirty Flamingo card base. I matted the remaining layers on pieces of Flirty Flamingo cardstock. I tied a piece of White Crinkled Seam Binding around the smallest layer and tied it into a bow. I then attached all of the layers together using my regular adhesive. The one thing I needed to be careful of was not to add one of the layers upside down as then the images would not line up properly. I really like how the images look all lined up with their mats in between them.

What I used for today's card:

Delicate Dahlias Stamp

Peaceful Moments Stamp

Flirty Flamingo Cardstock

Basic White Cardstock

Jet Black Stazon Ink

Flirty Flamingo Classic Stampin' Pad

Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin' Pad

Granny Apple Green Classic Stampin' Pad

White Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed this card. Have you tried this technique before? I find it works best with different sizes and colours of stamped images. I hope Susanne likes it and that she knows how much she inspires everyone around her.

Stay well and keep creating!

Terry












Thursday, August 19, 2021

Dragonfly Garden

 Hello my friends! Well things have settled down a little with the big fire on the Westside. It is nowhere near out but some of the evacuated people were allowed back home again so that is a good sign. It has been a little cooler which is a big help to the firefighters. We had a little bit of rain today but I hope we get more. I think there is some in the forecast for this weekend so fingers crossed!

Today's card was another card that I initially made for a blog hop that I was unable to take part in. I figured I might as well share my card anyway. The theme for this month was "Reading is FONTamental". I wasn't sure exactly what that meant so I decided I would use a stamp set that had a Font that I really liked. That stamp set is Garden Wishes.



I started  by stamping the flower image from the Dragonfly Garden stamp set on to a piece of Basic White cardstock using Versamark ink. I added White Embossing powder and heated it to melt. Once it cooled, I used my Blending Brush to add some Just Jade ink. I added more ink to the center of the piece where the flower image is and less ink towards the outer edges. I then used a slightly damp tissue to wipe the ink off of the embossed image. The ink makes the flower pop. This technique is called Emboss Resist and it is another of my favourites.

I layered my stamped piece on a piece of Basic Black cardstock and then matted that on top of a piece of Just Jade cardstock. I wrapped a piece of Basic Black Baker's Twine around this and tied it into a bow. I then added this to a Basic White Thick card base using dimensionals.

I stamped my sentiment from the Garden Wishes stamp set using Black Staz On ink on a strip of Basic White cardstock. I used the Banners Pick a Punch to cut a banner into both edges of the strip of cardstock. I matted the sentiment onto a piece of Basic Black cardstock that I cut a banner into both ends as I did with the sentiment piece. I added this to the lower part of the card using dimensionals on the right side and adhesive where it sits on top of the flower image piece.

There was still something missing from the card so I added some Matte Black Dots to tie it all together. That completed the card.

What I used for today's card:

Dragonfly Garden Stamp Set

Garden Wishes Stamp Set

Basic White Thick Cardstock

Just Jade Cardstock

Basic Black Cardstock

Basic White Cardstock

Jet Black Stazon Pad

Just Jade Classic Stampin' Pad

Versamark Pad

Basics Embossing Powders

Heat Tool

Blending Brushes

Baker's Twine Essentials Pack

Banners Pick a Punch

Black Matte Dots

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed this card. As I said, this is one of my favourite techniques. Have you tried this one yet? Give it a try and send me a picture of what you've made. I really miss seeing the creations that my stamp group gals make every month. I did a couple of draws every month so if you particpated in the challenges you could have a chance to win a prize. Maybe I need to do that somehow on here so I can see what you all are creating. I'm going to figure that out so stay tuned....

Stay well and keep creating!

Terry
























Monday, August 16, 2021

Forever Blossoms Wedding Card

 Hello my friends! Oh my goodness, I hope everyone out there is safe! This year has been one of unprecedented fires. Another huge one flared up Sunday evening in West Kelowna and it is not good. I know of many friends that had to be evacuated on very short notice. My daughter's in laws had to leave so they are staying with the kids. Fortunately they went over to help them get everything out safely. The cat was scared so he was hiding but they finally got him. I cannot imagine having to evacuate and not be able to find Bailey. We are supposed to be receiving rain but that also might include lightning which we definitely don't need! Stay safe out there everybody!! We are thinking about you......

So on to today's card. We were out at the lake last week and of course I took some card making supplies with me. I was asked by my friend's daughter if I had any wedding cards. She is going to a wedding this coming weekend. I didn't have any with me but I did have one in my stash at home. It was one that I wasn't crazy about which is probably why it is still in my box of cards. I decided to make a new one and see if she wanted it. I got the idea from one I saw on Pinterest but as is my style, I totally changed it.



I love a monochromatic card so that is what I went with. I started with a piece of Basic White cardstock that I cut a circle in using the Layering Circles Dies. After I cut out the circle, I embossed it using the Ornate Floral 3D Embossing Folder. You always want to die cut your cardstock before embossing because if you did it the other way around, you might flatten your embossed layers when you do your die cutting. I attached this piece directly to a card base of Basic White Thick cardstock.

I stamped my sentiment from the Forever Blossoms stamp set using Basic Gray ink. I stamped in the upper part of the circle window so that would leave room for the flowers that I added. I always get nervous when I have to stamp on a card that is partially assembled. There is no room for error in this situation so that is usually when I mess it up. Thankfully, I got it the first time.

I then added my flowers and leaves to the lower left "corner" of the circle. I cut the leaves from the Forever Flourishing Die set. I used vellum for the larger leaves and Basic White cardstock for the smaller leaves. I cut out the flowers from Basic White cardstock using the Floral Hearts Die set. I attached all the leaves and flowers except the center flower using adhesive. I used a dimensional to attach the center flower.

I felt there was something missing so of course I had to add some ribbon. I tied a bow using the White Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon and attached that below the flowers using a glue dot. That completed the card. I sent a picture to my friend's daughter and she was thrilled with it.

What I used for today's card:

Forever Blossoms Stamp Set

Basic White Thick Cardstock

Basic White Cardstock

Vellum Cardstock

Basic Gray Classic Stampin' Pad

Layering Circles Dies

Floral Hearts Dies

Forever Flourishing Dies

Ornate Floral 3D Embossing Folder

White Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed this card. I especially hope the bride and groom like it and that they have a fabulous wedding celebration. Fortunately the wedding is over at the lake and there is nothing on fire in the immediate area yet. There is a fire close by but it is not a huge danger right now. It would be amazing if it stayed that way.

Stay well and keep creating!

Terry












Thursday, August 12, 2021

Counting Sheep and Party Puffins

 Hello my friends! I am going to warn you, this is a long post but it is totally worth it!

Today's first card was made for my granddaughter. I can't believe that they will be turning 5 this month! It feels like forever since we have seen them. We haven't been able to see them since last Thanksgiving. I hope we will be able to see them this summer before they start school. They will be in Kindergarden in September and are VERY excited about that.

I wanted to give the Gatefold Floating card a try so here is my version.



I started with a card base of Highland Heather. (Paisley's favourite colours are purple and pink.) I folded this into a gate fold card which means the two panels on the front open like a gate to show the inside of the card. On the front two panels, I added some DSP from the Hand Penned package. This is the reverse side of one of the pieces with multicoloured flowers that I have used on other cards.

I used the Counting Sheep stamp set from the brand new Sale-a-bration catalogue to stamp the three different sheep images. It is such a cute stamp set and has matching dies too! The first sheep I stamped using Tuxedo Black Memento ink onto a piece of Basic White cardstock that I cut using the Layering Circles Dies. I stamped the grass using Granny Apple Green ink. I coloured the sheep using my Stampin' Blends. I used Basic Black for the hooves, Petal Pink for her face, Smoky Slate for the lines on her wool and then I outlined the entire sheep using Pool Party. I matted this image on a scalloped Circle that I cut using the same dies and Highland Heather cardstock. I cut the balloon image out of Basic White cardstock using the die from the set and coloured it using my Basic Black and Melon Mambo Stampin' Blends. I attached the scalloped circle to the left panel using adhesive. I added the balloon using a tiny dot of liquid glue on her hoof and a dimensional on the balloon.

I stamped my sentiment from the A Grand Kid stamp set using Gorgeous Grape ink onto a small piece of Basic White cardstock. I matted this with a label that I cut out of Highland Heather cardstock using a die from the Stitched so Sweetly Dies set. I attached this to the left panel below the scalloped circle.

I adhered a small piece of Gorgeous Grape cardstock onto a Foam Adhesive Sheet and cut out the number 5 using the Playful Alphabet Dies set. I added this to the top right corner of the right panel.

On the inside of the card I stamped the other two sheep images from the set using Tuxedo Black Memento ink on squares of Basic White cardstock. I coloured these sheep as I did the sheep on the front of the card. I matted these sheep using a square of Highland Heather cardstock. I also stamped two party hats using Tuxedo Black ink onto a scrap of Basic White cardstock. I cut these out using a die from the set. I coloured the hats using Pale Papaya, Highland Heather and Flirty Flamingo Stampin' Blends. I attached the party hats to the sheep using adhesive. 

I created the floating images by attaching strips of cardstock folded up under the squares . They lay flat when opened up all the way or closed all the way but when opened half way, they "float".



On my inside piece of Basic White cardstock, I stamped two of the sentiments from the stamp set using Gorgeous Grape ink.



The second card was made for my grandson. I made him a version of the Gatefold Floating card as well.

For Everett's card, I used the Party Puffins stamp set. I made it basically the same as Paisley's card. I used a card base of Misty Moonlight and the DSP was from the Beauty of the Earth package.



I stamped the larger puffin using Tuxedo Black Memento ink on a piece of Basic White cardstock and cut it out using the Layering Circles Dies. I coloured his feet and beak using Pale Papaya and Pumpkin Pie Stampin' Blends. I coloured his party hat using Daffodil Delight, Shaded Spruce, Pumpkin Pie and Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Blends. I outlined him using the Pool Party Stampin' Blends. I matted this on a scalloped circle that I cut from Misty Moonlight cardstock.

I stamped the sentiment the same as I did for Paisley's card except that I used Night of Navy ink and Misty Moonlight cardstock for the mat. The number 5 was also cut from Night of Navy cardstock.

I stamped the other two puffins on squares of Basic White cardstock and coloured them as I coloured the first puffin. The smaller puffin needed something so I cut out a balloon from the Sheep Dies for him to hold. I coloured it using a Basic Black and a Pumpkin Pie Stampin' Blend.



I stamped the two sentiments on the inside from the Party Puffins stamp set using Night of Navy ink and added the puffins so they would also be floating.



What I used for today's cards:

Counting Sheep Stamp

Sheep Dies

A Grand Kid Stamp

Playful Alphabets Dies

Stitched so Sweetly Dies

Layering Circles Dies

Party Puffins Stamp

Highland Heather Cardstock

Gorgeous Grape Cardstock

Misty Moonlight Cardstock

Night of Navy Cardstock

Basic White Cardstock

Hand Penned DSP

Beauty of the Earth DSP

Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad

Gorgeous Grape Classic Stampin' Pad

Granny Apple Green Classic Stampin' Pad

Night of Navy Classic Stampin' Pad

Basic Black Stampin' Blends

Highland Heather Stampin' Blends

Melon Mambo Stampin' Blends

Pale Papaya Stampin' Blends

Petal Pink Stampin' Blends

Flirty Flamingo Stampin' Blends

Smoky Slate Stampin' Blends

Pool Party Stampin' Blends

Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends

Pumpkin Pie Stampin' Blends

Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Blends

Night of Navy Stampin' Blends

Shaded Spruce Stampin' Blends

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed these two cards. I am pretty sure they will make some little people very happy. Have you tried this Gatefold Floating card? It is a little tricky at first but once you see how it is done, it makes complete sense. I watched a video by Dawn Griffiths to figure out how to do this. Give it a try and share your card with me.....

Stay well and keep creating!

Terry
































Monday, August 9, 2021

Bloom Hybrid Embossing Folder

Hello my friends! I have to say that I feel kind of bad that I have been complaining about the smoke. It was really bad here again but I am very thankful that we are not in any danger. The rain we had on the weekend has hopefully helped. My heart goes out to those that have been affected by the fires.

Today's card was made for a friend of mine who fell and is in hospital on complete bed rest. I met this friend about 10 years ago at my very first card class session at SLR which is Seniors Learning in Retirement. Another friend convinced me to volunteer to teach a class there and it was a huge success. So this lady who was taking my class ended up coming to pretty much every class I have ever done and became a good friend. She moved away a few years ago but has continued to be both a great friend and a supporter of my classes. I hope she heals quickly and gets back on her feet really soon. She is very creative and loves making cards so this is probably very hard for her. 



I embossed a piece of Basic White cardstock using the Bloom Hybrid Embossing Folder. I wanted to do this technique when I got this bundle but I just never got around to it until today. After embossing my cardstock I used sponge daubers to add colour to the raised parts of the embossed images. I used Fresh Freesia and So Saffron to colour the flowers and Granny Apple Green and Pear Pizzazz for the leaves. I love how adding the colour to the embossed images makes them pop! I used sponge daubers to apply my ink rather than the Blending Brushes as I found I had more control on the smaller areas with the sponge dauber.

I layered this embossed/coloured piece onto a mat of Basic Black and then added that to a mat of Fresh Freesia. I wrapped some White Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon around these pieces and tied it into a bow. I then adhered all of this to a Basic White Thick card base. I originally planned on using the Fresh Freesia ribbon which is where I got my colour choices from but when I put that ribbon on the card, I didn't like how it looked. I was much happier with the white ribbon. 

I stamped my sentiment from the Inspired Thoughts stamp set using Black Staz On ink on Basic White cardstock. I cut this out using the label die from the Meadow Dies set. I attached this to my card front using dimensionals.

There was something missing on the card so I added a butterfly that I cut from some Basic Black cardstock using the Brilliant Wings Dies set.

What I used for today's card:

Basic White Thick Cardstock

Fresh Freesia Cardstock

Basic Black Cardstock

Basic White Cardstock

Bloom Hybrid Embossing Folder

Fresh Freesia Classic Stampin' Pad

So Saffron Classic Stampin' Pad

Granny Apple Green Classic Stampin' Pad

Pear Pizzazz Classic Stampin' Pad

Jet Black Stazon Pad

Meadow Dies

Inspired Thoughts Stamp Set

Brilliant Wings Dies

White Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed this card. Have you ever tried this technique? It is fairly easy to do but adds a big wow factor to your card. Give it a try and share your outcomes with me. You can email me pictures of what you have made. I would love to see them. I think that is one of the things I miss the most about not getting together in person. Every month I gave a challenge to everyone and I looked forward to seeing what everyone made.

To my friend, if you are up to reading this, I am sending you a big hug and lots of healing thoughts. Get better soon!!

Stay well and keep creating!

Terry