Monday, January 17, 2022

Amazing Silhouettes

 Hello friends! I hope you are all doing well. We had the most amazing weekend! Our daughter gave birth on Friday morning to the most precious little angel. I am so in love with her! Peyton Presley arrived on January 14 to a family that has been waiting for this moment for years. Here is a picture of her and me as soon as she got home from the hospital.



Today's card was created for our Canadian head of Stampin' Up!, Dale.  I may have mentioned that I was part of a group helping Canadian demonstrators called Team Canada. One of the other Team Canada groups created an online recognition program called Stampin' Stones. You can earn a badge by doing different things. One of them is the Creator Badge. I earned that by sharing some cards I created along with the PDF instructions for those cards. Each week, anyone who earns a Stampin' Stones badge gets their name put in a draw to win a free stamp set from Dale. My name was chosen this particular week so of course, I need to send a thank you card!

I wanted to try the Amazing Silhouettes stamp set as I thought it would work for a masculine card. I have to be honest, I wasn't crazy about this stamp when I first got it. I received it as part of my On Stage at Home registration and I don't think it is one that I would have chosen myself. However, I have seen different ideas on the internet and I am completely re-thinking this one. I am really liking it now!



I went with a simpler design and a monochromatic theme for today's card. I started with a piece of Basic White cardstock. I stamped the larger tree image from the stamp set using Evening Evergreen ink. I also stamped my sentiment on the same piece of cardstock using the same ink. My sentiment is from the Shaded Summer stamp set. After stamping, I matted my piece on a piece of Evening Evergreen cardstock. I wrapped a piece of Evening Evergreen Open Weave Ribbon around this piece and tied it into a knot. I added this piece to a Basic White Thick card base using dimensionals. To finish off my card, I added a few 2021-2023 In Colour Jewels in Evening Evergreen colour.

What I used for today's card:

Amazing Silhouettes Stamp

Shaded Summer Stamp

Basic White Thick Cardstock

Evening Evergreen Cardstock

Basic White Cardstock

Evening Evergreen Classic Stampin' Pad

Evening Evergreen Open Weave Ribbon

2021-2023 In Colour Jewels

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed this card. I also hope Dale enjoys it. Have you ever had a stamp like this where you don't like it at first but then you did? I have had this another time and the stamp turned out to be one of my favourites. This stamp set could be just like that. And how adorable is my new granddaughter? Thanks for indulging me.

Stay well and keep creating!

Terry











Thursday, January 13, 2022

On the Horizon

 Hello friends! How are you all doing? It has been a couple of days since we have had any snow so the city is getting caught up on clearing the roads. It is much nicer to be able to drive on a clear road with no ice. Being stuck at home has given me time to catch up on designing cards for my stamp group and for the Crafting at the Lake Event. I'm so excited that we are able to go ahead with this event! We have to have fewer people than we had last time but at least we are able to do it. If you would like to come, let me know.

Today's card was made for my chiropractor. He is an amazing chiropractor but he is not a fan of cards. Well to be clear, he doesn't like store bought cards. When he found out what I do he had to clarify that. I made a Christmas card for him and he was thrilled. I was supposed to have an appointment last week but the office called to cancel because he was sick. He is still home sick so I thought I would make him a card to cheer him up.



I started with a small piece of Basic White cardstock. I used my Blending Brushes to add colour. I added Balmy Blue ink to the top two thirds of the cardstock. Below that, I added a blend of Garden Green and Crumb Cake. After that, I stamped the grasses image from the On the Horizon set using Crumb Cake ink. I also stamped the seagulls image from the same set using Tuxedo Black Memento ink. I matted this piece on a piece of Basic Black cardstock.

On another, larger piece of Basic White cardstock I stamped my sentiment (from the Timeless Tulips stamp set) using Tuxedo Black Memento ink. I then embossed this piece using the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder. I matted this onto another piece of Basic Black cardstock. I wrapped a piece of Linen Thread around this piece a few times and then tied it into a knot.

I added my embossed piece to a Balmy Blue card base using dimensionals. I then added my stamped piece on top of the embossed piece using dimensionals and that completed my card. 

What I used for today's card:

On the Horizon Stamp

Timeless Tulips Stamp

Balmy Blue Cardstock

Basic White Cardstock

Basic Black Cardstock

Balmy Blue Classic Stampin' Pad

Garden Green Classic Stampin' Pad

Crumb Cake Classic Stampin' Pad

Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad

Blending Brushes

Linen Thread

Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed this card and I hope my chiropractor enjoys it. Hopefully he will be feeling better soon. Do you make cards for your chiropractor or vet or someone else like that? I think it is nice to share our creations.

Stay well and keep creating!

Terry





















Monday, January 10, 2022

Blessings of Home Birthday

 Hello friends! Apparently I had to create another card using this stamp set. I really like this new stamp set from the January to June catalogue. I had a birthday card to make so this set was calling to me to be used. 



I started by stamping the larger flower image onto a piece of Basic White cardstock using Tuxedo Black Memento ink. I used the corresponding die from the Flowers of Home Dies set to cut it out. Then I used my Stampin' Blends to colour in the stamped image. I used Petal Pink and So Saffron to colour the flowers and Granny Apple Green to colour the leaves and stems.

I used a card base of Basic White Thick cardstock. On top of this I added a piece of woodgrain DSP from the Heart & Home DSP pack. I matted this on a piece of Basic Gray cardstock. I wrapped a piece of Petal Pink Organdy Striped Ribbon around the right side of this and tied it into a bow. I added this piece to my card base using dimensionals. I then added the flower image to the DSP piece using dimensionals.

I stamped my sentiment from the Blessings of Home stamp using Tuxedo Black Memento ink on a piece of Basic White cardstock. I used the Messages Dies to cut it out. I used dimensionals to add this to my card and that completed it.

What I used for today's card:

Blessings of Home Stamp

Flowers of Home Dies

Messages Dies

Basic White Thick Cardstock

Basic Gray Cardstock

Basic White Cardstock

Heart & Home DSP

Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad

Granny Apple Green Stampin' Blends

Petal Pink Stampin' Blends

So Saffron Stampin' Blends

Petal Pink Organdy Striped Ribbon

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed this card. I also hope the birthday girl will enjoy it and that it arrives on time. Our mail has been so backed up the past couple of months. I mailed all of my Christmas cards the first week of December and they just arrived on Christmas Eve. Some arrived on New Year's Eve. That is a ridiculously long time. 

Stay well and keep creating!

Terry









Saturday, January 8, 2022

Sketch Challenge

 Hello friends! I am taking part in another Stamping Inkspirations Blog Hop today. This is the first one for 2022 and I am excited to do all of them this year (fingers crossed!).



This month's inspiration is a sketch challenge. There are 28 of us taking part this month so it will be fun to see how everyone interprets the challenge. Here is the sketch of what we were to use to create our cards.


Here a picture of the card I created.



I wanted to use the Heart & Home DSP so that is how I came up with the colours I used. I started with the piece of DSP and matted it with a piece of Garden Green cardstock.

Next I embossed a piece of Basic White cardstock  using the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder. I wrapped a piece of Pale Papaya and White Woven Ribbon around the embossed cardstock along the left edge and secured it at the back using scotch tape. For my scalloped piece, I used the scalloped die from the Penned Flowers Dies set and cut it from some Garden Green cardstock. I attached this at the bottom edge of the embossed cardstock using Tombo multipurpose adhesive. I then attached this embossed piece to a Pale Papaya card base. I attached the DSP piece to the card front using dimensionals.

I stamped my sentiment from the Blessings of Home stamp using Tuxedo Black Memento ink on a piece of Basic White cardstock. The whole stamp actually says "Thank You for inspiring me" but I only wanted the Thank You portion of the stamp. Rather than cut my stamp up, I used a masking technique. I placed a piece of tape across the lower part of the stamp that I didn't want and inked up the stamp. I removed the tape and stamped the image onto my cardstock. It is very important to remember to remove the tape before stamping or you will end up with your image and a big blob where the tape picked up the ink. I have done this and it is not fun! I used a die from the Ornate Frames Dies set to cut out my sentiment. I added this to the DSP piece using dimensionals.

What I used for today's card:

Pale Papaya Cardstock

Basic White Cardstock

Garden Green Cardstock

Heart & Home DSP

Blessings of Home Stamp

Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad

Ornate Frames Dies

Penned Flowers Dies

Pale Papaya & White Woven Ribbon

Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder


Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed this card. I think I followed the sketch fairly well. I find that if I am struggling to come up with an idea, a sketch challenge is really helpful to get my mojo back.

Click on the "next blog" button and head on to Cheryl Hamilton's post (no relation).

Stay well and keep creating!

Terry


 

 

Angie McKenzie  ●  Susan Simpson  ●  Donna Lester

Karen Egan  ●  Terry Hamilton  ●  Cheryl Hamilton

Leonie Stuart  ●  Gez Carpenter  ●  Aurélie Fabre

Tricia Butts  ●  Susan Webster  ●  Jill Chapman

Sue Allen  ●  Jan Musselman  ●  Chris Smith

Jo Blackman  ●  Lorraine Tierney  ●  Marieke Bart

Elaine de Montmorency  ●  Sharon Hashimoto Burkert

Danielle Kassing  ●  Karen Henderson  ●  Kirsty Patrick

Mo Rootes  ●  Judith Patterson  ●  Teri West

Rochelle Laird-Smith  ●  Annette Ball


Thursday, January 6, 2022

Blessings of Home

 Hello friends! How is your 2022 going so far? At least it has warmed up. I did not enjoy the minus 20 degrees we were having. 

Today's card was created with a new set from the new January to June 2022 catalogue. It is called Blessings of Home. I wanted to make this card for the gal that organized the business expo's that I have participated in. There is going to be another one in January but I am not able to take part in this one unfortunately. My daughter is due to have her baby and I have too much other stuff going on.



I started by stamping the flower image on a piece of Basic White cardstock using Black Staz On ink. I coloured in the flower using Watercolour Pencils. The colours I used are Flirty Flamingo and Daffodil Delight for the flowers and Garden Green for the leaves and stems. I then used a Blender Pen to blend the colours in. It is not recommended to use regular cardstock for water colouring but since I was not applying a lot of pressure and only using my Blender Pen it worked out well. I also added some Wink of Stella to the flowers to give it a little more pizzazz. It's hard to see in the picture but it is there. I matted my stamped image on a piece of Basic Black cardstock. I added this to a piece of So Saffron  cardstock that I cut out using the Stitched so Sweetly Dies.

I coloured a piece of White Crinkled Seam Binding ribbon using my So Saffron Stampin' Blend. I wrapped it around the stamped piece and tied it into a knot.

I used a So Saffron card base. On top of that I added a piece of Basic White cardstock that  I embossed using the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing folder. I matted this on a piece of Basic Black cardstock. I added my stamped piece to the card front using dimensionals.

I stamped my sentiment from the Pansy Patch stamp set using Black Staz On  ink on a strip of Basic White cardstock. I cut a banner cut into both edges of my strip of cardstock and added this to my card using adhesive along the top edge of the strip of cardstock and half dimensionals on the bottom edge.

What I used for today's card:

Blessings of Home Stamp

Pansy Patch Stamp

So Saffron Cardstock

Basic Black Cardstock

Basic White Cardstock

Jet Black Staz On Ink Pad

Watercolour Pencils

Wink of Stella

Stitched So Sweetly Dies

White Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon

So Saffron Stampin' Blends

Blender Pen

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed this card. I think I needed some bright, Spring colours after doing so many Christmas cards. I hope Allison enjoys it.

Stay well and keep creating!

Terry











Monday, January 3, 2022

Tailored Tag

 Hello friends! I hope you all had a Happy New Year! I hope 2022 is going to be better than 2021 was. For me, it will definitely start off great as my new granddaughter is going to make her appearance very soon. I can't wait to meet her!

So for today's card, I felt compelled to make a card for a friend's husband. I know she follows my blog faithfully so hopefully this will bring a smile to her face. I hope she doesn't tell her hubby that he should be expecting some mail as who knows when it will arrive...

I had to go to Fabricland to pick up some more fabric to make some change pads for my new grandbaby's change table. Our Fabricland is in the next town to us. It's not really that far but I don't often go over there unless I have to. I told another friend that I was planning on going and asked if she would like to join me. When I was on my way to pick her up, I had a brilliant idea. We have a mutual friend that lives over on that side of the bridge so I thought that if everyone was available, maybe we could meet up with our mutual friend after our Fabricland adventure. Everything was working out perfectly and we got to our friend's condo building. Our initial plan was to grab a coffee in the restaurant there but sadly it was closed. We decided to have a visit in their owner's lounge and skip the coffee because we just wanted to catch up. I don't think I have seen this friend in well over a year (maybe longer). She is a caregiver for her husband so she needs to be close to him. We had a lovely visit and there was lots of chatting. After a while her phone rings and it is her husband. He was fine but just wanted to know if she was coming home. It had been 4 hours!! None of us knew how much time had passed but I felt terrible for keeping her away for so long.

Today's card is an apology card to my friend's husband for keeping her too long.



I started by punching many pieces of DSP using the Tailored Tag punch. I used the Simply Elegant Specialty DSP. I love this paper! I adhered the punched out pieces onto a piece of Basic White cardstock leaving about 1/8 inch between each piece. Once I had all of the pieces glued down, I trimmed my cardstock down to the right size and matted it on a  piece of Basic Black cardstock. I then added this to a Basic White Thick card base.

On a small strip of Basic White cardstock I stamped my sentiment from the Art Gallery stamp set using Jet Black Staz On ink. I used the Banners Pick a Punch to create the pointed edges on both ends of my sentiment piece. I also did the same using a strip of Basic Black cardstock. I matted my stamped piece on the black piece and added this to my card front using dimensionals.

I have seen cards using this punch all over Pinterest but until now I had not made one. This seemed like the perfect opportunity.

What I used for today's card:

Art Gallery Stamp

Basic White Thick Cardstock

Basic Black Cardstock

Basic White Cardstock

Simply Elegant Specialty DSP

Tailored Tag Punch

Banners Pick a Punch

Jet Black Staz On Ink Pad

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed this card. Mostly I hope my friend's husband likes it. This card can be recreated by simply changing the DSP and sentiment and it could be anything you need. 

Stay well and keep creating!

Terry






















Thursday, December 30, 2021

Ever Eden Thank You

 Hello friends! I hope you are all doing well. My goodness has it ever been cold here! I know all of Western Canada is in a deep freeze with record breaking low temperatures. I am ready for it to warm up but unfortunately that will also mean more snow....

Today's card was created special for a friend who did something wonderful for me that I did not expect at all. I have to share a little background first....the Stampin' Up! community is so warm and welcoming. We have teams and as a team leader you are called an up-line and your team is called your down-line. My up-line does not have an up-line of her own and was struggling many years ago. She met Desiree at a Stampin' Up! event and they became friends immediately. Desiree told my up-line that she could be "adopted" on to her team. Once my up-line's team grew, we were all welcomed as "adoptees" on to Desiree's team. Unfortunately Desiree doesn't get any financial benefits from any of us but she is still an amazing team leader and so forthcoming with information, advice and help.

As a member of Desiree's Kaleidoscope Stampers team, I was seeing on Facebook that her team was thanking her for the beautiful Christmas card and scissors charm. I never expected that I would get one as I am technically not a member of her team. Imagine my surprise when I went to the mailbox yesterday and there was a gorgeous card from Desiree and a scissors charm for me! It is even personalized! I am so very thankful that I am speechless!!

Of course, I HAD to make a card to send to Desiree to thank her for this. Here is my card:




I started with a Basic White Thick card base. On top of that, I added a piece of beautiful DSP from the Ever Eden Specialty DSP pack that I matted with a piece of Basic Black cardstock.

I stamped my sentiment (from the Peaceful Moments stamp) using Black Staz On ink on a piece of Basic White cardstock. I find the Staz On ink gives a deeper black image than the other black inks we have. I don't like to use Staz On though unless the stamp is made of red rubber. The photopolymer stamps do not do well with Staz On ink or the special cleaner you need to use with Staz On ink. I punched the sentiment out using the Tailored Tag Punch. I also used the Tailored Tag Punch to punch out a piece of Basic Black cardstock. I cut this in half lengthwise and used this to mat my stamped piece. 

I wrapped some of the gold trim from the Simply Elegant Trim pack in a messy "nest" and attached it to the back of my sentiment piece. I secured it using some scotch tape and then added this piece to my card front using dimensionals. I added two of the smaller gems from the Garden Gems pack just below my sentiment. I felt like there was still something missing from my card so I added some Matte Black Dots to the card to complete it. I think they were just what it needed.

Here is a picture of my scissors charm:



What I used for today's card:

Peaceful Moments Stamp

Basic White Thick Cardstock

Basic Black Cardstock

Basic White Cardstock

Ever Eden Specialty DSP

Tailored Tag Punch

Jet Black Staz On Ink

Matte Black Dots

Garden Gems

Simply Elegant Trim


Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed this card. I really hope that Desiree likes it as well. Thank you so much Desiree for thinking about me! It is a wonderful feeling to be included in your team. This is more of a simple card than what I usually do but I think it has some style. It is one that could easily be recreated just by changing the DSP and the sentiment to make it what you need.

Have a Happy New Year! Let's hope that 2022 will bring better things for all of us!!

Stay well and keep creating!

Terry


















Monday, December 27, 2021

Tidings of Christmas

 Hello friends! I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas! We had a great time at my younger daughter's. I brought all of the food up there to cook as she is 38 weeks pregnant and wasn't up to doing the big meal. Her husband's parents came as well as my mother-in-law. It was quite the feat for the boys to get her into the house in her wheelchair but they did it. She was so happy to be there that she didn't want to go back to her home. She is happy at the home but this was the first time she had been out since moving in there. 

I thought I would share one of my favourite cards that I made for Christmas this year. I love all of the cards I created but there are a couple that just stand out as my favourites.



This first one is kind of a rustic style. I started with a card base of Basic White Thick cardstock. On top of that I added a piece of Evening Evergreen cardstock. On top of that I added two strips of DSP from the Tidings of Christmas DSP pack. In between the strips of DSP I add a strip of Gold Foil Sheet.

I used the Christmas Trimmings Dies to cut out a solid star from some Soft Succulent cardstock. On top of that I added a detailed star that I cut out from a Gold Foil Sheet with an Adhesive Sheet attached to the back of it. That made sticking the star to the solid star so much easier! On top of the detailed star I added a sprig of berries that I cut out of Cherry Cobbler cardstock and a leafy sprig that I cut out of Evening Evergreen cardstock. I then added the star to my card front using dimensionals. I used some Linen Thread to tie a bow and attached that to the top of my star using a glue dot.

I stamped my sentiment from the Christmas to Remember stamp set using Evening Evergreen ink on a strip of Basic White cardstock. I used my scissors to cut a banner cut into both edges of the sentiment strip. I attached this piece to my card front using dimensionals.

What I used for today's card:

Tidings of Christmas DSP

Basic White Thick Cardstock

Evening Evergreen Cardstock

Soft Succulent Cardstock

Cherry Cobbler Cardstock

Basic White Cardstock

Gold Foil Sheets

Adhesive Sheets

Christmas to Remember Stamp

Christmas Trimmings Dies

Linen Thread


Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed this card. I think my cards all made it to their destinations on time. I know that many people received them on Christmas Eve. That took almost 3 weeks to go from Kelowna to Kelowna! I know that our mail goes to Richmond to be sorted so they probably hung out their for a couple of weeks. I received a big stack of cards on Christmas Eve as well. They were probably hanging out in Richmond with my stack of cards! 

Stay well and keep creating!

Terry















Thursday, December 23, 2021

Ornament

 Hello friends! Today I am sharing a beautiful ornament that my friend Annette made for me as my Christmas card. It is absolutely stunning! I received permission to share this with you as I didn't want to just post it without her allowing it.

I met Annette a few years ago through another friend of mine. First, she asked if she could have the latest Stampin' Up! catalogue from me. Of course, I was happy to give a catalogue to her. Then my friend asked if Annette could come to my classes. I have to say I was very nervous to have her attend my classes. She used to teach card classes I believe at a scrapbook store that doesn't exist any more. I knew that she created amazing cards so I was feeling a little intimidated. That was completely unnecessary. She is a lovely person and as you can see from this beautiful ornament, is an incredible card maker. We have very different styles and have a mutual respect for each others creations.

Annette said that she was inspired by something similar that Jennifer McGuire created. As we often do as card makers, she changed up Jennifer's design and made it her own. She even made a special matching box to store this in so it will be safely stored away so I can bring it out again year after year. Here is a picture of the front of the ornament:



And the back of the ornament:




And the lovely box that I will be able to store it in:



I am not comfortable placing this ornament on my tree this year. This is the first year since Bailey moved in that I have successfully had a Christmas tree up. I tried last year by putting up my little tree but before I could put a single ornament on it, she had knocked it over and was chewing on it. We had to put Bailey on kitty valium this year because her anxiety was getting too out of hand. I decided to try putting up the little tree and she has been leaving it alone. I even put some ornaments on it! She went over to it and checked it out the first day I put it up but since then, she is leaving it alone. Maybe next year I will be able to put up the regular tree!! So back to my beautiful hand made ornament from Annette, I don't want to take a chance that Bailey will decide it is a toy so it will be hanging on the wall unit safe and sound.

I decided to try to make a similar ornament using Stampin' Up! products. Here is what I came up with:



This is the back of my ornament:




I started with a piece of Basic White Thick cardstock. I used the larger label die from the Seasonal Labels Dies set to cut the top of the ornament. I placed only the edge of the cardstock in the die so that the top edge was cut and the remaining piece of cardstock was over top of the die as it went through the die cutting machine. I repeated this with the opposite end of the cardstock so that both ends looked the same. I scored the cardstock so that I could fold it up on itself to create the ornament shape.

On the front piece of the ornament, I used a die from the Tasteful Labels Die set to cut the window in the ornament. I then stamped my sentiment from the Frosted Gingerbread stamp set below the window. I used Versamark ink to stamp it and then added silver embossing powder from the Metallics set. I heated this with my heat tool to melt the embossing powder. 

I used the same large label die from the Seasonal Labels Dies set to cut out a piece of Pearlescent Specialty Paper. I added ink to this paper using my Blending Brushes. I tried to use similar colours as Annette used but of course they are not exactly the same. I used Just Jade and Misty Moonlight to create my background.

I then attached 2 of the larger "little" trees from the Christmas Trees Dies set directly to the coloured background piece. I secured the trunks of the trees by attaching a strip of Basic White cardstock along the bottom of the inside of the ornament.

I attached 3 of the smaller "little" trees from the same die set to the front panel of the ornament. I attached them to the window opening and secured their trunks by attaching another strip of Basic White cardstock along the bottom edge on the inside of the ornament.

I added some Tear n Tape to the top edge of the ornament and stuck the top edges together. I then punched a small hole in the top using my Take Your Pick Tool. I tied a piece of silver trim through the hole to create a loop to hang the ornament. The trim is from the Simply Elegant Trim package.

I wanted to add some silver stars to my ornament but I didn't have any current silver foil paper. I decided to make my own. I used my Versamark ink pad and pressed it onto a piece of Basic White cardstock. I added silver embossing powder and heated it to melt. I repeated this once more right on top of the first layer. I then used the small stars die from the Christmas Trees Die set and cut out the small stars. I added them randomly to the ornament using glue dots.

I stamped my second sentiment onto a piece of Basic White cardstock using Versamark ink. I added silver Embossing powder and heated it to melt it. I then attached this piece of cardstock to the back of my ornament.

My design is very different from the one that Annette made. She used other dies and foil and cardstock that I did not have. I am quite pleased with how mine turned out though.

What I used for my ornament:

Basic White Thick Cardstock

Pearlescent Specialty Paper

Basic White Cardstock

Frosted Gingerbread Stamp

Whimsical Trees Stamp

Misty Moonlight Classic Stampin' Pad

Just Jade Classic Stampin' Pad

Blending Brushes

Versamark Pad

Metallics Embossing Powder

Seasonal Labels Dies

Tasteful Labels Dies

Heat Tool

Simply Elegant Trim

Christmas Trees Dies (No longer available)

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed both of these ornaments. Did it inspire you to give something like this a try? If you do, share a photo with me!

Stay well and keep creating!

Terry
























Monday, December 20, 2021

Inspired Thoughts

Hello friends! It is almost Christmas and I should be sharing Christmas cards but I have a different card to share today. This card was made for a friend of mine that fell on the ice a couple weeks ago and broke her wrist. It was a very snowy day and there was ice underneath the snow. I'm so glad that it was just her wrist that she broke! When I was working at the hospital, this is the season where we saw so many broken bones.



For today's card, I  started with a card base of Basic White Thick cardstock. On top of that I added a piece of Rich Razzleberry as it is one of her favourite colours. I added a piece of DSP from the In Good Taste DSP pack. I think it is supposed to be spackle but I am pretending it is snow.

On a piece of Basic White cardstock, I stamped the lady image from the Senior Years stamp set using Black Staz On ink. I used a die from the Hippo & Friends die set to cut out the image. I coloured it using Watercolour Pencils and then blended it using a Blender Pen. I coloured her skirt gray, her shirt Rich Razzleberry and her shoes black. I also added a tiny bit of So Saffron to her hair. (My friend has gorgeous blonde hair.) I stamped the lady image again on a scrap of Balmy Blue cardstock and cut out just her left arm. It is hard to see in the picture but I embossed the arm piece using the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder and attached it to the left arm of the coloured image. I am hoping this will look like her cast. I attached this image to my card front using dimensionals.

I didn't know what colour cast my friend has on but I went with Balmy Blue. After I made this card, I went to have tea with my friend and her cast is purple. She may need a new cast at her next check up so maybe she will go with blue.

On another piece of Basic White cardstock, I stamped the sentiment from the Inspired Thoughts stamp set using Black Staz On ink. I cut a banner cut into both edges of the cardstock and added it to my card front using dimensionals. 


What I used for today's card:

Inspired Thoughts Stamp

Senior Years Stamp

Basic White Thick Cardstock

Rich Razzleberry Cardstock

Basic White Cardstock

Balmy Blue Cardstock

In Good Taste DSP

Hippo & Friends Dies

Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder

Jet Black Staz On Ink Pad

Watercolour Pencils

Blender Pens

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed this card. As I said above, I went to visit my friend and gave her this card. She liked it and appreciated my strange humor. Hopefully it cheered her up a little while she is healing. 

Stay well and keep creating!

Terry




























Thursday, December 16, 2021

Quiet Meadow

 Hello friends! Are you all ready for Christmas? I got all of my cards in the mail and I have one parcel to send up to my littles in Prince George. We will be sending it through the courier with my hubby's office so it will definitely be there before Christmas. I wish we were able to be together but that is not an option this year.

Today's card is for a friend and former coworker who just retired. I am so happy for her!



I started with a Soft Succulent card base. On top of that I added a piece of Sahara Sand cardstock at an angle. I then added a piece of DSP from the Harvest Meadow DSP pack at the opposite angle.

On a piece of Basic White cardstock, I stamped the larger flower image from the Quiet Meadow stamp set using Tuxedo Black Memento ink. I used my Stampin' Blends to colour in the flower. I used Soft Succulent for the stem and leaves and Flirty Flamingo and So Saffron for the flowers. After I had coloured my flower image I decided that it looked too plain. I stamped the flower image on a piece of computer paper and cut it out. I laid this over top of my coloured image and stamped over top of it. I stamped the script image in Sahara Sand ink that I stamped off twice and then I stamped the dots using Soft Succulent ink stamped off once.

I added some Stampin' Seal to the back of my stamped image and added some Linen Thread in a messy loop. I secured the Linen Thread on the back using some scotch tape. I then added dimensionals and attached this piece to my card front.

I stamped my sentiment on a strip of Basic White cardstock. The sentiment is from A Grand Kid stamp set. After I stamped my sentiment, I used my paper snips to cut a banner into both edges. I then added the sentiment to my flower piece using dimensionals.

What I used for today's card:

Quiet Meadow Stamp

A Grand Kid Stamp

Soft Succulent Cardstock

Sahara Sand Cardstock

Basic White Cardstock

Harvest Meadow DSP

Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad

Soft Succulent Classic Stampin' Pad

Sahara Sand Classic Stampin' Pad

Flirty Flamingo Stampin' Blends

Soft Succulent Stampin' Blends

So Saffron Stampin' Blends

Linen Thread

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed this card. I'm sure it will bring joy to my friend. She has been looking forward to retirement for a while. 

Stay well and keep creating!

Terry






















Monday, December 13, 2021

Bamboo Beauty

 Hello friends! How are you all doing with your Christmas to do lists? I am actually doing pretty well. The mail is probably going to make things be late due to the backlogs caused by the road closures. I think everyone has pretty much accepted that as how it will be this year.

Unfortunately, it is not happy times for everyone this year. A good friend of mine lost her mother a couple weeks ago. Her Mom was 98 years old and had a fabulous life. Thankfully my friend was there with her when she passed. It is always difficult though.

Today's card is a sympathy card that I made for my friend. I used the Bamboo Beauty stamp set. I wanted something simple yet elegant.




I started by stamping the large bamboo stalk image on a piece of Basic White cardstock using Gray Granite ink. I added the bamboo leaves to the stalk using the same ink. Then I stamped my sentiment in the lower right corner using Tuxedo Memento Black ink. The sentiment is from the Bamboo Beauty stamp set as well. After I was finished stamping, I used one of the dies from the Stitched Rectangle Dies set to cut out the center of my bamboo plant. I matted the piece I die cut out onto a piece of Gray Granite cardstock.

The piece that had the stamped image cut out of it was matted on a piece of Soft Sea Foam cardstock. I wanted a lighter colour to go with the Gray Granite. I wrapped a piece of  Gray Granite Shimmer Ribbon around this entire piece and tied a knot. I attached this directly to a Gray Granite card base.

I then added the die cut piece back to where it was die cut using dimensionals. It gives a bit of a pop to the image. This is a version of the Spotlight Technique except that I didn't colour the image that I cut out.

What I used for today's card:

Bamboo Beauty

Stitched Rectangle Dies

Gray Granite Cardstock

Soft Sea Foam Cardstock

Basic White Cardstock

Gray Granite Shimmer Ribbon

Gray Granite Classic Stampin' Pad

Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed this card. I also hope it brings a bit of joy to my friend and lets her know that I care. It is hard to say goodbye to our loved ones regardless of their age and how long they have been here with us. Sending much love to you my friend!

Stay well and keep creating!

Terry












Saturday, December 11, 2021

The Sounds of Christmas

 Hello friends! I am taking part in the final Stamping Inkspirations Blog Hop of this year. The theme for this month is The Sounds of Christmas. There are 18 of us participating in the blog hop this time so enjoy all of the posts.



I immediately thought of the song Hark the Herald Angels sing. This song always makes me think of Christmas. I decided to use the Angels of Peace stamp set for this challenge. I did a stepped up version of a simpler card that I created for my Crafting at the Lakehouse event. 



I started by embossing a piece of Basic White cardstock using the Merry Melody 3D Embossing Folder. I matted this on a piece of Gold Foil Sheets. I wrapped some gold trim around this piece three times. The trim is from the Simply Elegant Trim package. I added this piece to a Basic White Thick card base using dimensionals.

I stamped the larger angel from this stamp set using Versamark ink on a piece of Basic White cardstock. I added gold embossing powder from the Metallics Embossing Powder Set and heated it to melt it. Once it had cooled, I cut it out using a die from the Stitched Rectangles Dies set. I matted this on a piece of Gold Foil Sheets. I added this to my card front using dimensionals.

On another strip of Basic White cardstock, I stamped the sentiment from the Poinsettia Petals Stamp set using Versamark ink. I added gold embossing powder and heated it to melt. I added this below the angel on my card front using dimensionals.

What I used for today's card:

Angels of Peace Stamp

Poinsettia Petals Stamp

Basic White Cardstock

Basic White Thick Cardstock

Gold Foil Sheets

Stitched Rectangle Dies

Metallics Embossing Powders

Versamark Pad

Merry Melody 3D Embossing Folder

Simply Elegant Trim

Heat Tool


Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed this card. I love doing a stepped up version of a simpler card. This seemed like the perfect time to recreate this angel card. 

Click on the "Next Blog" Button to head to Susan's post and see what she is sharing with us this month.

Stay well and keep creating!

Terry


 

 

Angie McKenzie  ●  Libby Fens  ●  Leonie Stuart

Mo Rootes  ●  Aurélie Fabre  ●  Gez Carpenter

Rochelle Laird-Smith  ●  Tricia Butts  ●  Elaine de Montmorency

 Jill Chapman ●  Jo Blackman  ●  Jan Musselman  

Annette Ball  ●  Karen Henderson  ●  Teri West 

Danielle Kassing  ●  Terry Hamilton  ●  Susan Simpson