Monday, April 19, 2021

Senior Years

 Hello my friends! Today I am sharing some of the new In Colours on my card. I had a retirement card to make for a friend so I decided to use a couple new colours.



I started with a Fresh Freesia card base. This is one of the new In Colours that I am using today. On top of that I added a piece of Basic White cardstock that I embossed using the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder. 

On another piece of Basic White cardstock, I stamped my image using Jet Black Staz On ink. The image of the lady is from the Senior Years stamp set. I used the Watercolour Pencils to colour it in and then used a Blender Pen to blend all of the colour together. I used Basic Gray, Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black, Real Red and Early Espresso watercolour pencils. I cut this image out using the Stitched So Sweetly Dies. I then matted it using the next size up die and Fresh Freesia cardstock. I added this to my card front using dimensionals.

I stamped my sentiment using Tuxedo Black Memento ink on a piece of Basic White cardstock. I matted this using a piece of Fresh Freesia cardstock that I cut using another die from the Stitched So Sweetly Dies set. I added this to my card front using dimensionals.

The friend that will be receiving this card is also a card maker and scrapbooker. I had to make a small card for the lady on the card to hold. I used the envelope die from the Snail Dies and made the envelope from Polished Pink cardstock. This is another of the new In Colours.



I made a tiny card to go inside of the envelope using Basic White cardstock and some more Polished Pink cardstock. I stamped the sentiment on this card using Tuxedo Black Memento ink and the Hydrangea Haven stamp set. I stamped the little heart using Polished Pink ink and the stamp is from the Snailed It stamp set. 

What I used for today's card:

Senior Years Stamp

Hydrangea Haven Stamp

Snailed It Stamp

Stitched So Sweetly Dies

Snail Dies

Watercolour Pencils

Blender Pens

Jet Black Staz On Pad

Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad

Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder

Basic White Cardstock

Polished Pink Classic Stampin' Pad (Available May 4th)

Polished Pink Cardstock (Available May 4th)

Fresh Freesia Cardstock (Available May 4th)

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed this card. I think my friend will like it, especially with the little card. Now that she is retired from her other job, she will have much more time to make cards and be creative. I know that will make her happy. Have you been creative lately?

Stay well and keep creating!

Terry



















Thursday, April 15, 2021

Country Home

 Hello my friends! I hope you are able to enjoy this beautiful, sunny weather we are having here in Kelowna. It is absolutely gorgeous here. It makes it harder to spend time inside in the craft room when it is so nice outside but I knew I needed to make a card so I did it.

Today's card was made for a dear friend that was recently given some devastating news. I knew I needed to make a card using the Country Home stamp set (retiring) because this is the set that brought us together as friends. The first time I walked into her home  I saw these exact milk cans that she had painted beautiful pictures on. We both knew she had to have this stamp set. She was in the process of switching hobbies from painting to card making. She loved Stampin' Up! and decided join my team. More importantly though, she became my friend as well.



This card is a bit of a case (Copy And Share Everything) of a card in the catalogue. I stamped the milk can onto a piece of Basic White cardstock using Tuxedo Black Memento ink. On top of that, I stamped the bunch of flowers using the same ink. Since this stamp set is photopolymer, it was very easy to line up the flowers and the milk can. I let this dry a bit and then coloured the images in using my Stampin' Blends. The colours I used are Pool Party, So Saffron, Crumb Cake, Calypso Coral and Granny Apple Green. The card in the catalogue looks like they had stamped the wood  stamp from the Pallet Thoughts stamp set on the bottom. I do not have this set so I had to improvise. I stamped the milk can onto a piece of DSP from the In Good Taste DSP package. I cut it out and attached the DSP to the bottom of my card. I think it looks more like the milk can is sitting on a table top or floor than if I had just left it blank.

I matted this card front onto a piece of Sahara Sand cardstock and then attached it to a Basic White Thick card base.

I stamped my sentiment from the Here's a Card stamp set (retiring) on to a piece of So Saffron cardstock using Tuxedo Black Memento ink. On the bottom edge, I cut a banner cut into the cardstock. On the top edge, I wrapped some linen thread around the cardstock a couple of times and then tied it into a bow. I attached this piece to my card using dimensionals.

What I used for today's card:

Basic White Thick Cardstock

Sahara Sand Cardstock

Basic White Cardstock

So Saffron Cardstock

Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad

In Good Taste DSP

Country Home Stamp Set

Here's a Card Stamp Set

Linen Thread

Pool Party Stampin' Blends

So Saffron Stampin' Blends

Crumb Cake Stampin' Blends

Calypso Coral Stampin' Blends

Granny Apple Green Stampin' Blends

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed this card. I will be popping it in the mail right away. I want my friend to know how much she means to me. I am very thankful for all of my friends. When I was really young, my Dad told me that you can never have too many friends. I will never forget that piece of advice and will always treasure every friend I have made. Maybe this is a good time to send a friend a card and let them know you are thinking of  them.....

Stay well and keep creating!

Terry




























Monday, April 12, 2021

Inspiring Iris

 Hello my friends! Today I am sharing another of my favourite stamps that will be retiring. It is Inspiring Iris. It is a two-step stamp but being a photopolymer stamp, it is very easy to line up the stamps.

I originally did a card very similar to this one with my Dorchester gals. Before Covid, I volunteered to do a card class once a month for the ladies at the Dorchester Retirement home. Generally it was the same group of ladies every month and they are a FUN group. I really hope I will be able to get back there again one day, I miss those gals!

Here is the card:



I stamped the leaves of the iris onto a piece of Basic White cardstock using Granny Apple Green ink. I then stamped the flower part of the iris on top of the stems using Blushing Bride ink. I don't know if irises come in this colour in real life but I like how they look on my card so I am going with it. After stamping my iris, I cut it out using the Layering Ovals Dies. I matted this oval onto a scalloped oval from the same die set using Blushing Bride cardstock.

I stamped my sentiment in the upper left corner of a piece of Basic White cardstock using Basic Gray ink. I added a strip of DSP from the Sand & Sea DSP package to the lower portion of this cardstock and then added it to a Blushing Bride card base. 

I added my ovals to the right side of the card front using dimensionals and added a bow using the Metallic Blushing Bride ribbon.

This is a good card to make when you need a card in a hurry but it is also very pretty. You could use any DSP and just match your card base and flower colours to the DSP for many different options.

What I used for today's card:

Inspiring Iris Stamp

Blushing Bride Cardstock

Basic White Cardstock

Blushing Bride Classic Stampin' Pad

Granny Apple Green Classic Stampin' Pad

Basic Gray Classic Stampin' Pad

Sand & Sea DSP

Layering Ovals Dies

Blushing Bride Metallic Ribbon

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed today's card. As I said, it is a quick and easy one to replicate so give it a try. 

Stay well and keep creating!

Terry










Saturday, April 10, 2021

Celebrate You

Hello my friends! Welcome to another Stamping Inkspiration's Blog Hop today. The theme for this month is "Celebrate You or Birthdays". There are 33 of us taking part this month so I hope you will check out everyone's post. You will not be disappointed!!



I am sharing a birthday card that I made for my Mother-in-law. She celebrated her 90th birthday yesterday. This has been a very tough year for her. She suffered a stroke on August 8th and then while she was in the hospital healing from that, she fell and broke her hip. It has been a huge struggle for her but fortunately she is a real fighter. I have not been able to see her since before August. While she was in the hospital and up until yesterday at her care home she was only allowed one assigned visitor and that was Doug. This has been a real celebration as I was finally able to have a visit with her on her actual birthday!

So here is the card I made for her. 




I wanted to make this card larger than a regular A2 size because this is a pretty special occasion. I started with a Petal Pink card base. On top of that I added a layer of Basic White cardstock and on top of that I added a piece of DSP from the Peony Garden DSP package.

I cut out a rectangle from the Rectangle Stitched Dies and added it to the card front using dimensionals. On top of this I added the happy birthday sentiment that I cut out of Basic Gray cardstock using the Well Written Dies (retiring) and Playful Alphabet Dies for the number 90. I added the "th" by stamping it beside the 90 using Basic Gray ink and the Make a Difference stamp set (retiring). On a separate piece of Basic White cardstock I stamped the large peony from the Prized Peony stamp set. I used my Old Olive and Petal Pink Stampin' Write markers to colour the stamp before stamping it. The Petal Pink marker is in  the Subtles set and the Old Olive marker is in the Regals set. I used the corresponding die from the Peony Dies set to cut out the flower. I attached it to the right side of the stitched rectangle. I then added a bow using the Petal Pink organdy striped ribbon. 

For the inside of the card, I wanted to do something special as well so I made a pop up sentiment.




I used Basic White cardstock for the inside piece that creates the pop up portion. On top of that, I added the same Peony Garden DSP that I used on the card front.

I cut out the HAPPY from Basic Gray cardstock using the Playful Alphabet Dies. I attached the letters on to strips of Window Sheets and attached these to the pop up portion and then covered it in another strip of the same DSP.  I stamped the word Birthday from the Happiest of Birthdays stamp set in Petal Pink ink and cut it out using a stitched rectangle from the Ornate Layers Dies set. I attached this to the strips of Window Sheets centered under the letters HAPPY.

I used my Stampin' Write markers on the smaller peony flower and stamped it onto a small piece of Basic White cardstock. I used the corresponding die to cut it out and attached it to the inside of the card. 

Here are a couple pictures of my Mother-in-Law with her card and cake:





It was so great to finally have a visit with her. While we were there, we also phoned her sister. It really was something to celebrate! 

What I used for today's card:



















Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed this card and will keep hopping to see the next projects. Just click on the "Next Blog Post" image and it will take you to xxx post.

Stay well and keep creating!

Terry























































Thursday, April 8, 2021

Waterfront

 Hello my friends! How are you all doing? I have been loving this beautiful warm, sunny weather we have been having until now. It makes me want to be on a sandy beach again. That is how today's card came to be. On one of my walks this past week, I was talking to a friend about a trip we went on to Hawaii many years ago. I felt I needed to make this card to pay homage to the Waterfront stamp set that will be retiring at the end of May.



I really love how you can create so many different scenes with this stamp set just by using a variety of  colours of ink or arranging the stamps differently.

I was working on a piece of Basic White cardstock. I started by stamping the water in Seaside Spray ink. This ink is also retiring as it is an In Colour ink and it's time is up. I then stamped the sandy beach in Sahara Sand ink. I also stamped the little dots on top of the sand using Crumb Cake ink. Next I stamped the mountains using Smoky Slate ink. I stamped some full strength and some stamped off to give them dimension. I stamped my palm trees next. I stamped the trunks using Soft Suede ink and the tree tops using Old Olive ink. Finally, I stamped the sun using Mango Melody ink.

I was very happy with my picture scene but it looked a little stark at this point. I decided to add some ink using the Blender Brushes. I sponged on some Balmy Blue very lightly, to create a clear, blue sky. Then I sponged on some Daffodil Delight ink around the sun because it was a very hot sunny day. That "completed" the look I was going for.

I matted this piece on to a piece of Basic Gray cardstock and then matted that on to a piece of Basic White cardstock. I wrapped a piece of baker's twine around these pieces and tied it into a knot. The baker's twine is from the Flowers for Every Season ribbon combo pack. It is actually Misty Moonlight but coordinates well with the Seaside Spray. I then attached this to my Seaside Spray card base using dimensionals. This cardstock is also retiring.

I stamped my sentiment onto a piece of Basic White cardstock using Basic Gray ink. I fussy cut around the words using my scissors and added this to my card front using dimensionals.

What I used for today's card:

Basic White Cardstock

Basic Gray Cardstock

Seaside Spray Cardstock (currently not available)

Waterfront Stamp

Flowers for Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack

Basic Gray Classic Stampin' Pad

Smoky Slate Classic Stampin' Pad

Seaside Spray Classic Stampin' Pad (currently not available)

Sahara Sand Classic Stampin' Pad

Crumb Cake Classic Stampin' Pad

Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Pad

Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad

Mango Melody Classic Stampin' Pad

Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin' Pad

Balmy Blue Classic Stampin' Pad

Blending Brushes

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed this card and it brought you a little sunshine today. I'm sure you probably know this by now but I really like the warm, sunny weather best of all. What is your favourite season? 

Stay well and keep creating!

Terry


































Monday, April 5, 2021

Peony Garden

 Hello my friends! I hope you all had a lovely Easter weekend. The weather has been great here and I got out walking a few times with friends. I am so glad we can get together outside. I do miss the big family dinner but I just can't take that chance right now. Depending on how the vaccinations go I hope we can do a big family dinner for Thanksgiving.

Today's card uses some more of my favourite things that are retiring, in particular the Stitched Nested Labels dies.



I thought about this card when I was on my way home from one of my walks. I am quite pleased with how it turned out. More often than not, what I see in my head is nowhere near what eventually gets on to the paper. I wanted to keep this fairly monochromatic.

I started with a card base of Gray Granite. I really like this colour as it is a perfect blend of gray and beige. On top of this I added a mat of BasicWhite. I used another piece of Gray Granite cardstock for the top piece. I used one of the Stitched Nested Labels dies to cut out the center of this piece. I added a piece of DSP from the Peony Garden DSP pack. I attached this directly behind the opening that I cut in the cardstock. 

I wrapped some white baker's twine around this piece a few times and tied it into a bow. The baker's twine is from the Snail Mail Twine Combo package. I am very happy to have white baker's twine again. I added this piece to the white cardstock using dimensionals.

I stamped my sentiment onto a strip of Basic White cardstock using Gray Granite ink. I cut a banner edge into one side of the cardstock. I added it to the card front using dimensionals. The sentiment is from the Posted For You stamp set which is also retiring.

What I used for today's card:

Gray Granite Cardstock

Basic White Cardstock

Peony Garden DSP

Stitched Nested Labels Dies

Posted For You Stamp

Gray Granite Classic Stampin' Pad

Snail Mail Twine Combo Pack

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed today's card. I was really pleased with how it turned out.

So the winner for commenting on posts in March is Judy A. It was VERY close but she squeaked out by one comment. I delivered her goodies to her today and fortunately she is allowing me to post a picture.



Thank you all that commented! I really love reading them so even though the draw is done, feel free to keep commenting.

Stay well and keep creating!

Terry
















Thursday, April 1, 2021

Thinking of You

 Hello my friends! I hope you are doing well. I am doing great. I am really excited that the rules will be changing as of April 1st. I have not seen my mother-in-law since before August. She will be allowed to have two visitors for an hour instead of half an hour and we will be able to go to her room. Finally we will be able to personalize her room for her. When she had to move in to a care home, they said to be sure to make her room her home but we weren't able to actually bring anything in or go to her room. I think this will be really good for her. And all of this just in time for her 90th birthday!

Unfortunately this week I had to make a sympathy card for a friend. I should have made it sooner than this but to be honest, I find sympathy cards the most difficult of any cards to make. I sometimes have a small batch made up ahead of time but I wanted this one to be made especially for this friend. This is a friend that I met through the calligraphy guild and she has been such a kind person to me. Actually everyone in the guild is incredibly kind. It is sort of like card making people; we are like family.



So for today's card I wanted to use the Woven Heirlooms stamp set. It is unfortunately retiring as of May 3rd. The sentiments in this stamp set are perfect for sympathy cards. 

I started with a Basic White Thick card base. On top of that, I added a layer of Pretty Peacock cardstock and on top of that, I added a piece of Soft Sea Foam cardstock. I embossed the Soft Sea Foam cardstock with the Subtle 3D embossing folder. I love how this embossing folder adds just a little something without overpowering the card. Sadly, it too will be retiring. 

I used the Forever Fern stamp set to stamp various different leaf images and cut them out with their corresponding dies from the Forever Flourishing Dies set. I stamped one of the images in Soft Sea Foam ink onto Soft Sea Foam cardstock. I stamped another one in Old Olive ink on Old Olive cardstock. I also cut one of the larger images out of Vellum. I stamped the smaller berry image in Pretty Peacock ink on Basic White cardstock. I layered the various leaf and berry images in opposite corners of the card front. 

I stamped the sentiment from the Woven Heirlooms stamp set in Pretty Peacock ink on Basic White cardstock. I cut it out using the Stitched Shapes Dies. I matted this onto an oval that I cut from Pretty Peacock cardstock using the Layering Ovals Dies set. Both of these dies will be retiring. I am really sad about this as I use these dies a lot!

I added the sentiment piece to the center of the card using dimensionals. This covers where the stems of the leaf images meet. I also added a bow to the sentiment piece. I used the Silver Metallic Edged Ribbon that I coloured using my Old Olive Stampin' Blends. The metallic edged ribbon will also be retiring.

To finish off the card, I added some frosted gems from the Frosted & Clear Epoxy Droplets. These will also be retiring. So many of my favourite things are retiring however, I know that there will be lots of new exciting items in the new catalogue.

What I used for today's card:

Soft Sea Foam Cardstock

Basic White Cardstock

Basic White Thick Cardstock

Pear Pizzazz Cardstock

Old Olive Cardstock

Vellum Cardstock

Pretty Peacock Cardstock (currently not available)

Soft Sea Foam Classic Stampin' Pad

Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad

Pretty Peacock Classic Stampin' Pad (currently not available)

Forever Fern Stamp Set

Forever Flourishing Dies

Woven Heirlooms Stamp

Layering Ovals Dies

Stitched Shapes Dies

Silver Metallic Edged Ribbon

Old Olive Stampin' Blends

Frosted & Clear Epoxy Droplets

Subtle 3D Embossing Folder

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed today's card. I also hope it helps my friend to heal in this very difficult time.

Also, as promised I have a picture of Sharon with her goodies. She won the blogaversary draw and kindly allowed me to take her picture with her goodies.



I will be tallying the comments on my blog for the month of March and announcing that winner on Tuesday's post.

Happy Easter everyone! I hope the bunny brings you some yummy treats.

Stay well and keep creating!

Terry



























Monday, March 29, 2021

Healing Hugs

Hello my friends! Well unfortunately I didn't get very many pictures of cards emailed to me but I did get some. I did the draw on Sunday and the big winner is Sharon M! I know she will be excited and I hope she enjoys her big prize. Maybe she will let me take a picture of her with her goodies so I can share it on the blog. That way everyone will see what they missed out on and will want to do whatever they need to to get in on the next draws. Congratulations Sharon!!

Today's card was made a couple of months ago. I wanted to share it now as the Healing Hugs stamp set is going to be retiring at the end of  this annual catalogue which is May 3rd. I needed to make a get well card for a friend that had surgery. I love the Healing Hugs set for this purpose. It has great sentiments and with the DistInktive style of the stamp, the images have incredible depth.



I started with a Blackberry Bliss card base. On top of this, I added a layer of Basic White cardstock. I embossed the right side using one of the embossing folders from the Greenery set. On the left side, I added a strip of DSP from the Dandy Garden DSP package. Then I wrapped a piece of Whisper White Crinkled Seam Binding ribbon around this and tied it into a bow.

On another piece of Basic White cardstock, I stamped the flower image from Healing Hugs using Blackberry Bliss ink. I also stamped the leaf image twice, using Mossy Meadow ink. I cut this out using an oval from the Layering Ovals Dies set. I also cut out a Blackberry Bliss scalloped oval and matted the flower image on top of this. I added this to the card front using dimensionals. Unfortunately the Layering Ovals Dies will also be retiring. I am very sad about this because I use these dies A LOT!

I stamped the sentiment using Mossy Meadow ink onto a strip of Basic White cardstock.. I matted this onto a piece of Blackberry Bliss cardstock that I cut out using a die from the Stitched so Sweetly Dies set. I added this to the card front using dimensionals.

What I used for today's card:

Healing Hugs Stamp

Layering Ovals Dies

Stitched So Sweetly Dies

Blackberry Bliss Cardstock

Basic White Cardstock

Dandy Garden Designer Series Paper

Greenery Embossing Folders

Whisper White Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon

Blackberry Bliss Classic Stampin' Pad

Mossy Meadow Classic Stampin' Pad

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed this card. I really hope my friend likes it and it brings her some cheer while she heals from her surgery. 

Congratulations again Sharon. I hope you like your goodies. Thanks for sharing your cards with me.

Stay well and keep creating!

Terry













Thursday, March 25, 2021

Using up my Scraps

 Hello my friends! I hope you are all doing well. I have bee struggling with my back and neck the past couple of weeks. This happens every so often for me and I need to get a tune up. I have been spending a lot of time at the chiropractor. As some of you know, I started seeing a new chiropractor recently and he recommended I have a massage. I had a one yesterday and it was totally different from any kind of massage I have ever had before. It was amazing! I have so much more movement than I had. If you are suffering and would like to check them out, just let me know. I am so impressed with my results.

Anyway, we are here for cards so on to today's card. I was prepping for my monthly card class kit and had some strips of beautiful DSP left over. I almost threw them into the recycle bin but decided I needed to use them on a card instead. 



The DSP I used is from the Butterfly Bijou package which unfortunately is not available any more. It was so popular that it sold out right away. These little strips were all that was left over from cutting for my class. I attached the strips onto a piece of Misty Moonlight cardstock. I started in the upper left corner and spaced the strips about one eighth of an inch apart. I made sure the strips went right off the edges. After I had the entire piece of Misty Moonlight cardstock covered with strips of DSP, I trimmed the pieces that were hanging over the edges. It makes your scissors pretty messy but I think it is worth it because it is a fun design.

I then matted this piece onto a piece of Basic Black cardstock and then attached this to a Just Jade card base.

I stamped my sentiment in Misty Moonlight ink onto a piece of Basic White cardstock. The sentiment is from the So Sentimental stamp set. I cut it out using the Layering Circles dies. I cut out a Basic Black  scalloped circle using the next size up in the Layering Circles dies. I attached these together and then added this to my card front using dimensionals.

I added a little knot of Misty Moonlight ribbon to the bottom of my sentiment. I have a very difficult time making a card without ribbon so this is why I added this little piece here.

What I used for today's card:

Just Jade Cardstock

Misty Moonlight Cardstock

Basic Black Cardstock

Basic White Cardstock

Butterfly Bijou DSP (no longer available)

Misty Moonlight 2020-2022 In Colour Ribbon

Layering Circles Dies

So Sentimental Stamp Set

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed this card. This is a great way to use up scraps of DSP or cardstock. If you are anything like me, I save every little piece of DSP because you just never know if you might need it. Are you a paper hoarder or saver? Give this card a try. You can cut your strips into wider pieces if you like, this is just what I had left over.

Don't forget to comment on all of the blog posts in March to get entered into the draw AND email me a picture of a card you have made to get into the draw for my Happy Blogaversary draw. You have until Saturday, March 27th to email me a picture of a card and until the 31st to comment on the blog posts. I'm excited to see all of your cards!!

Stay well and keep creating!

Terry













Monday, March 22, 2021

Gift Card Holders

 Hello my friends! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. Saturday was the first day of Spring and the weather was a real mixed bag here. Perfect weather for crafting! Saturday was also my one year blogaversary. I started this blog one year ago and it has been so much fun. Did you get the bonus post on Saturday? There are a couple more chances to get your name in to the draw for an amazing prize!

So on to today's card....it is actually not a card at all. I will be sharing another type of gift card holder. This one was inspired by a small box that I received years ago with a gift card and small gift in it. I kept this adorable little box thinking I would re-use it for something. Obviously that didn't happen. I decided to take the box apart so I could recreate it and turn it into a gift card holder. That's what paper crafters do. I had to adjust the dimensions to make it the size I wanted but I am quite pleased with what I came up with.

Here is the one for the girls:




And the one for the boys:


Here is a picture of them all together:


And here is a picture of the back where the fold flap is:




I had to make a total of four - one for each of my big kids. I put a Starbucks card in them for Easter. I didn't decorate the boxes to look too Easterish because I thought they could re-use the gift card holder and if it was total Easter the chances of it being used again would be very small.

For the girls I started with Petal Pink cardstock. I used a piece that was 7 X 9 inches. On the long side, I scored at 2, 2.25, 5.5 and 5.75. I scored on the short side at 1, 1.25, 5.75 and 6. I folded along all score lines and then cut out the four corners. I used the Detailed Trio Punch to round the corners on the flap that folds over.

I layered some DSP from the Peony Garden DSP pack on to a mat of Basic White and then added that to the three sides of the gift card holder. On the flap and the back, I added a very tiny magnet between the Petal Pink cardstock and the Basic White cardstock. I ordered the magnets from Amazon and they are very thin (1mm thick) but are very strong.

On the front side, I decorated it a little more. I stamped my sentiment using Petal Pink on Basic White cardstock. I used my sentiment from the Beauty Abounds stamp set. I cut this out using the Layering Oval Dies. I matted this onto the next size up scalloped oval in Petal Pink cardstock and then matted onto the next size up oval. I added a swoosh of Petal Pink Organdy Striped ribbon to the center of the front side using glue dots. I then added my sentiment piece on top of the ribbon using dimensionals. To finish off the box, I added some Opal Rounds and that is the gift card holder.

The ones for the boys are basically identical to the ones for the girls except that I used Gray Granite cardstock in place of the Petal Pink cardstock. I used the same DSP as the Gray Granite design was on the reverse side of the Petal Pink DSP I used on the girls gift card holders. Also, instead of the Opal Rounds, I used the Frosted Epoxy Droplets to complete it.

What I used for today's project:

Peony Garden DSP

Gray Granite Cardstock

Petal Pink Cardstock

Basic White Cardstock

Detailed Trio Punch

Layering Ovals Dies

Petal Pink Classic Stampin' Pad 

Gray Granite Classic Stampin' Pad

Beauty Abounds Stamp

Petal Pink Organdy Striped Ribbon

Gray Granite Shimmer Ribbon

Opal Rounds

Frosted & Clear Epoxy Droplets

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed this project. It is nice to have a different way to present a gift card. I'm sure the big kids will enjoy them. It has been a tradition in our family that the kids get a gold Lindt bunny every Easter so of course they will also get that along with their gift card and a few other little things. I love keeping these traditions going. Usually we would all get together for a big family dinner but unfortunately we aren't able to do that this year. What are your traditions for Easter?

Stay well and keep creating!

Terry




















Friday, March 19, 2021

Happy Blogaversary to Me!

 Hello my friends! I have decided to share a bonus blog post today as it is the one year anniversary of my very first blog post. I am so excited that I have been posting for a whole year. I started with only posting once a week but in January of this year, I started posting twice a week. There have also been a few extra posts when I partake in a blog hop. When I do the blog hop, it is generally the second Saturday of the month. You will have to read all the way to the end of today's post to see how to get entered in my blogaversary draw.

So for today's card, I am using the brand new Butterfly Brilliance stamp. It is a beautiful stamp set with a coordinating die. I am only using the stamp set for today's card though. There was some beautiful DSP but sadly, it has already sold out. It was going to be available until the end of April but it was so amazingly beautiful it went really fast.



I started with a piece of Basic White cardstock. I stamped the butterfly image on this cardstock using Versamark ink. I then added white embossing powder and heated it to melt. Once the butterflies were cooled I sponged on many different inks using the Blending Brushes. I have to say that using the blending brushes made this so easy. The colours blended so smoothly without any blobs of colour where I didn't want it. These blending brushes are amazing! My plan was to make a rainbow colour pattern like there is on one of the pieces of DSP in the bundle. The colours I used (from the lower left corner to the upper right corner) are So Saffron, Mango Melody, Calypso Coral, Blushing Bride, Magenta Madness, Mint Macaron, Just Jade and Misty Moonlight. After I had blended the inks, I used a piece of paper towel to rub the ink off of the butterflies so they would show up better. This technique is called Emboss/Resist and is another one of my favourites.

I matted the butterfly piece on to a piece of Misty Moonlight cardstock and then added these on to a Basic White Thick card base.

I attached a piece of Misty Moonlight cardstock on to a piece of Foam Adhesive sheet. I cut my sentiment out of this using the Well Written Dies. This created the entire sentiment being popped up as though it is all on a dimensional, which technically it is. I placed the sentiment at an angle which runs in the opposite direction to the direction that the inks were sponged. I thought it looked better this way.

I felt the card needed a little something so I added some Opal Rounds that I coloued using my Misty Moonlight Stampn' Blends. I really like how these turned out. When you move the card, you can still see the shimmery of the opal through the misty moonlight. You probably can't see it in a picture but in real life it is there.

What I used for today's card:

Butterfly Brilliance Stamp

Versamark Pad

So Saffron Classic Stampin' Pad

Mango Melody Classic Stampin' Pad

Calypso Coral Classic Stampin' Pad

Blushing Bride Classic Stampin' Pad

Magenta Madness Classic Stampin' Pad

Mint Macaron Classic Stampin' Pad

Just Jade Classic Stampin' Pad

Misty Moonlight Classic Stampin' Pad

White Stampin' Emboss Powder

Basic White Thick Cardstock

Misty Moonlight Cardstock

Basic White Cardstock

Opal Rounds

Misty Moonlight Stampin' Blends

Foam Adhesive Sheets

Well Written Dies

Blending Brushes


Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed this bonus post with a happy birthday card for my blog. One year of sharing cards and life experiences with you! 

Also thank you all for supporting me on this journey this past year and I hope you will continue to follow me in the upcoming year. Keep commenting! It makes me so happy to read your comments. You will especially want to comment during the month of March as I will be doing a draw for an awesome prize. Your name will go in to the draw for every comment that you make during the month so obviously, the more times you comment, the better your chances. 

For today's draw I want you to share a card with me. I really miss our in person classes because many of you would bring the cards they are working on to share with everyone. Take a picture of a card you have made and email it to me. Send me a comment on this blog post saying you emailed me a picture of a card. I will give you until March 27th to send me a picture of a card and I will do the draw on the 29th. I will announce the winner on my blog post on March 30th. I hope I get A LOT of pictures of cards emailed to me. Just to clarify, you will only get one entry even if you send me 50 email pictures! Of course, I would love it if you want to send me 50 pictures of cards.

Looking forward to your comments and cards!

Stay well and keep creating!

Terry
























Thursday, March 18, 2021

Art Gallery Bundle

 Hello my friends! I hope you are all enjoying this lovely Spring weather we are having. Did you see the amazing Spring/Easter projects from the blog hop on Saturday? Lots of amazing ideas!

I went for a walk along the boardwalk again on the weekend. This time I brought some seeds to feed the ducks. They loved it! There was a couple that would eat out of my hand. They were so sassy, they kept pecking at the bag of seeds. Lots of fun!

Today's card is an anniversary card for my friend and downline, Kay. She has been on my team for two years so I need to celebrate her.

I used the Art Gallery Bundle to create Kay's card. I wanted to use this bundle because I know that she has this one and I wanted to give her some inspiration for using it. 



I started by stamping the larger flower image in Flirty Flamingo ink on a piece of Basic White cardstock. These stamps are a two step stamp. That means that you can stamp in two different colours and get depth in your image. I stamped the second part of the flower in Poppy Parade ink over top of the Flirty Flamingo.I used the corresponding die to cut out the large flower.

The smaller flowers have the flowers and stem all together on one stamp. I stamped the entire image in Flirty Flamingo on my scrap of Basic White and then added the Poppy Parade. I used the corresponding die to cut out the 4 larger flowers. I fussy cut the 6 little blossoms so I could add them as well. 

On my card front piece of Basic White cardstock, I stamped the stems for both flowers using Old Olive ink. I added the flowers on top of the stems using dimensionals. I layered my white piece onto a mat of Old Olive cardstock and then on to a mat of Poppy Parade cardstock. I wrapped my ribbon around the bottom of this piece and secured it at the back. I tied a bow and then added it to the bottom of the larger flower using a glue dot. The ribbon I used is the Fine Art ribbon. It has some gorgeous gold flecks blended right in the ribbon. I added this to a Flirty Flamingo card base using dimensionals.

I stamped my sentiment from the Always in my Heart stamp set using Tuxedo Black Memento ink on a scrap of Basic White cardstock. I fussy cut around the words and cut them apart so I could stack them instead of having them in one long row. I added the sentiment to my card front using dimensionals.

What I used for today's card:

Art Gallery Bundle

Always in my Heart Stamp

Flirty Flamingo Cardstock

Poppy Parade Cardstock

Old Olive Cardstock

Basic White Cardstock

Flirty Flamingo Classic Stampin' Pad

Poppy Parade Classic Stampin' Pad

Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad

Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad

Fine Art Ribbon


Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed this card. I also hope that Kay will like it and it will give her some inspiration. I am so thankful to have her on my team and I look forward to when we are able to get together in person again.

I think it is very fitting that I am sharing an anniversary card with you on this post as it will be posted on my one year blog anniversary. I cannot thank my friend Susanne enough for all of her help getting me started with the computer and technical stuff that I struggled with. I thought having a blog would just be sharing pretty cards but there is a lot more going on in the background that I had to learn. She was so patient with me and so willing to share her knowledge. I could never thank her enough.

Don't forget to leave a comment to get your name into the draw.

Stay well and keep creating!

Terry















Monday, March 15, 2021

Forever Blossoms

 Hello my friends! I am really enjoying this Spring weather. The sunshine just makes me so happy. That is what inspired today's card. The other day I went for a walk along the lake with a friend and on the way back to her house we enjoyed seeing the new plants poking through in people's gardens. The colours I used remind me of Spring and this stamp set is the definition of Spring.



I stamped many of the individual blossoms using Basic Gray ink on Basic White cardstock. I coloured the flowers using Petal Pink Stampin' Blends. I then cut out each flower using the die from the bundle. 

I also stamped the double leaf image, again using Basic Gray ink on Basic White cardstock. I used my Old Olive Stampin' Blends to colour the leaves and then I cut them out using the corresponding die.

I cut out the branch image using the die from the bundle and Soft Suede cardstock. I then adhered the branch onto a piece of Soft Sea Foam cardstock using my Tombo multipurpose glue. I cut out three branches and placed them over the entire piece of cardstock. I then added the flowers on to the branches  using my Tombo glue. Once I was pleased with the flowers, I added the leaves. I cut some of the apart and used a single leaf in places. There is a single leaf stamp and die in this bundle but I already had these double leaves stamped, coloured and cut out so it was just easier to use them.

I layered the Soft Sea Foam piece onto a piece of Petal Pink cardstock and then layered this all onto a Basic White Thick card base.

To finish off the flowers, I added some Basic Jewel Pearls. I coloured the pearls with a So Saffron Stampin' Blend so they would look more like a flower center.

I stamped my sentiment from the Timeless Tulips stamp set using Basic Gray ink on a piece of Basic White cardstock. I used the Rectangular Postage Stamp Punch to cut it out. The punch cuts out a larger image than what I wanted so I simply placed my piece back in to the punch and lined it up where I wanted it to be and then punched it at a smaller size. I added this to my card front using dimensionals.

Of course I had to add ribbon to my card. We do have some Petal Pink ribbon but it is quite a big wider than what I wanted. So to get over this hurdle, I used the White Crinkled Seam Binding ribbon and coloured it using my Petal Pink Stampin' Blends. I tied this ribbon into a bow and added it to my sentiment piece using a glue dot.

This card was made for my Auntie. I'm not sure if she follows my blog but hopefully if she sees this she will be pleased with the card when it arrives for Mother's Day.

What I used for today's card:

Forever Blossoms Stamp Set

Cherry Blossoms Dies

Timeless Tulips Stamp Set

Basic White Thick Cardstock

Petal Pink Cardstock

Soft Sea Foam Cardstock

Basic White Cardstock

Soft Suede Cardstock

Basic Gray Classic Stampin' Pad

Petal Pink Stampin' Blends

Old Olive Stampin' Blends

So Saffron Stampin' Blends

Pearl Basic Jewels

Rectangular Postage Stamp Punch

Whisper White Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed this card. Is it looking like Spring where you are? Don't forget to leave me a comment on today's post to get your name entered in the draw to win the prize. Your comment can be anything you would like to say. Do you think my Aunt will like this card? 

Stay well and keep creating!

Terry