Thursday, September 29, 2022

Season of Chic

 Hello friends! What beautiful weather we are having! This is just like early summer weather. I truly love it!

Today's card was made for a friend. She loaned me some books on gardening months ago. I looked through them right away and made notes of what I would like to plant. Unfortunately, when I got my flowerbed area cleaned up and rebuilt, it was too late to find all of the pretty plants I wanted. Being me, I put the books on the shelf to return to my friend and even though I have seen her many times, I keep forgetting to return the books to her. 

I used the Season of Chic bundle and coordinating DSP for this card. I love this set and paper!

I started with one of the gorgeous papers from the Texture Chic DSP and matted it with a piece of Early Espresso cardstock. I added this directly to a Petal Pink card base.

I used another piece of DSP from this set and matted it with Early Espresso cardstock as well. I added this to my card front using dimensionals.

On a piece of Basic White cardstock, I stamped the splotch image all over using Petal Pink ink. Over top of that, I stamped my sentiment using Early Espresso ink. The sentiment is from the Shaded Summer stamp set. I then cut out my image using one of the stitched circles from the Stylish Shapes Dies set. I matted this onto a piece of Early Espresso cardstock that I cut out using the Layering Circles Dies. I added this to my card front using dimensionals. Below my sentiment, I added a bow that I tied using the Early Espresso Faux Suede Ribbon. I attached it using glue dots.

To complete my card, I added a couple of leaves that I cut out using Petal Pink cardstock and Gold Foil. I added these under the sentiment piece.

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoy this card. I hope my friend will forgive me for holding her books hostage for such a long time!

Stay well and keep creating!


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Monday, September 26, 2022

Very Best Occasions

 Hello friends! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend! It was absolutely gorgeous here. We had our big Crafting at the Lakehouse event on Sunday and it was a big success. I will share some pictures at the end of this post.

Today's card is one of the cards I designed as a Take and Make. That is a card that the attendees take home and create there. They will have received the stamp bundle in their swag bag so they will be able to make it. They receive the card parts and instructions in their bag as well.

I started by using a piece of the specialty Snowflake Vellum and attached it to a piece of Basic White cardstock. I chose a piece of the vellum that had the silver snowflakes on it. I attached it to the white cardstock so that the background was brighter as I was using a darker card base. I attached my vellum/cardstock to a Night of Navy card base.

On another piece of Night of Navy cardstock, I stamped my sentiment using Versamark ink. Before I stamped I rubbed my embossing buddy over the cardstock to reduce static. I am so happy that Stampin'  Up! has brought back the embossing buddy. After stamping my sentiment, I added some silver embossing powder from the Metallics Embossing Powder set. I then used my heat tool to melt the powder.

I used the Very Best Trio Punch (which is part of the bundle) to punch the four corners of my sentiment piece. The one trick with using this punch is that if you want the two corners to match, you need to flip your cardstock before doing the second punch.

I matted my sentiment piece on a piece of Basic White cardstock. I punched the four corners of this piece to match the sentiment piece.

I added a strip of Metallic Mesh ribbon across the front of my card using adhesive. I added my sentiment piece over top of the ribbon using dimensionals.

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed this card. It is actually much shinier in real life than it is in the picture.

Stay well and keep creating!


Here are some pictures from the weekend:

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Thursday, September 22, 2022

Forever Fern

 Hello friends! This has been a really busy week for me. I've been getting ready for our crafting at the Lakehouse event. It is going to be so much fun! If you didn't get to go this time, you will definitely want to try to make it to the next one in January.

I unfortunately needed to make another sympathy card. A friend's Dad passed away last week. He had been going downhill the past few months so it was not a huge surprise. It is always a difficult time though.

I used one of my favourite stamp sets, Forever Fern. It is such a versatile set and can be used for almost any occasion.

I went with a fairly simple design for this one. I stamped three of the different leaf images on some Basic White cardstock using Soft Succulent ink. I stamped the smaller leaf twice. I matted these images using some Soft Succulent cardstock.

I stamped my sentiment in the lower right corner of a piece of Basic White cardstock using Basic Gray ink. The sentiment is from the Inspired Thoughts stamp set. This is another really versatile set as it has many different sentiments. I wrapped a piece of Soft Succulent Open Weave Ribbon across the cardstock and using another piece of ribbon, tied a faux knot. I added the three images above the ribbon using dimensionals. I added this whole card front to a Soft Succulent card base.

That completes my card. I hope it brings some comfort to our friends.

Stay well and keep creating!


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Monday, September 19, 2022

Cottage Wreaths

 Hello friends! Hope you are all doing well. It is really starting to feel like Fall here. The days are shorter and cooler and we have even had some rain.

Today's card has a bit of a fall theme. I got the idea from a card I designed for my Dorchester group. I have been doing a monthly class there (with the help from my amazing friend) for a few years. We weren't able to get together during the pandemic years but we started up again recently. I designed a card using the "Baby Wipe Technique" for them. When I saw the Cottage Wreaths stamp set I thought it would be perfect using the same technique. Here is the card I came up with.

I placed my Baby Wipe on a small plate and added drops of re-inker in different colours. I used Soft Suede, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry and Mossy Meadow. This creates a stamp pad. I inked up the leafy wreath stamp using my Baby Wipe stamp pad and stamped on a piece of Basic White cardstock. I stamped the branch wreath over top of the leafy wreath using Soft Suede ink. I then stamped my sentiment in the center of the wreath using Soft Suede ink. I matted my stamped image using Soft Suede cardstock.

I embossed a piece of Basic White cardstock using the Timber 3D embossing folder. I matted this with a piece of Soft Suede cardstock. 

I attached my stamped piece to the embossed cardstock using dimensionals. I wrapped a piece of Linen Thread around the lower portion of the embossed cardstock and tied it into a bow.

I then attached this piece to my Mossy Meadow card base using dimensionals.

I sent this card to our new president of our calligraphy guild. We had our first in person executive meeting last week. Prior to the pandemic we took turns hosting the meetings at our homes. This was the first time we had been together since. She wanted to celebrate and prepared a wonderful dinner for all of us before our meeting started. I wanted to thank her for the delicious dinner. It was so nice to get the group together in person again. 

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed this card. I hope our president enjoyed it as well.

Stay well and keep creating!


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