Friday, May 24, 2024

Spellbinder Vertual Retreat

 Last weekend May 16, 17 and 18 I participated in the first Spellbinder Virtual retreat. Below are some of the cards I made using the contents of the kit we were provided with

Thursday, May 23, 2024

A new fun fold

 I have seen this fold on Pinterest and watched a video tutorial by Tina Zinck

Below is the card I put together using the retired Dainty Flowers DSP and Rich Razed berry card-stock. I used the cutting and scoring directions from Tinas video. 

 I also used the Dainty Flowers dies as well as Quatrefoil Embossing Folder. Stamp used was So Sincere


Above shows the card closed so that it fits into an A 2 envelope

Friday, April 19, 2024

For You - Beautiful Blossoms #16

 This is the second card for the challenge at Beautiful Blossoms #16

This time I used the Mood Board

The floral image is from Inkadinkadoo and is coloured with Pale Papaya and Pumpkin Pie Stampin' Blends.  I added some black prills in the center of each flower. Some 3D Lacquer was added to each flower and while wet I added some Dazzling diamonds.
The leaves were coloured with Granny Apple Green as well as Mossy Meadow.  Some Balmy Blue in the vase made it look like the stems were sitting in water.

Products Used:
Stamp:  Inkadinkadoo
Inks:  black Memento, SU Blends (Pale Papaya, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Mossy Meadow, Balmy Blue)
Papers:  Pale Papaya, Basic White, Basic Black
Accessories:  Frame die (unknown source), sentiment die (Holtz), Black Prills, 3D Lacquer, Dazzling Diamonds, Gold Acrylic Paint, Mint Gilding Polish (background behind flower), dimensionals, Papaya embellishments

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Best Wishes using “Happiness Abounds” for Beautiful Blossoms Challenge #16

 This card was made for the Anything Goes challenge at Beautiful Blossoms.  The flowers on the card are from the "Happiness Abounds" stamp set and its coordinating dies.

The flowers were stamped with Black Memento ink onto Basic White cardstock and coloured with Stampin' Blend markers. The flowers were coloured using Flirty Flamingo and Polished Pink SU Blends; the leaves with Granny Apple Green and Old Olive. They were die cut using the coordinating dies and added to the card front using dimensionals.

Black Prills were added to the center of the smallest flower.  3D Lacquer was applied to each flower. Blooming Pearl (pink) embellishments added to the front finished the card nicely.
The sentiment, stamped with Versa Mark on Basic Black card stock and embossed with white embossing powder.  Dimensionals were also used to adhere this to the card base.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

The edge was die cut using one of the dies of this set.  The 3/8" glitter organza ribbon was coloured with the Flirty Flamingo marker to make it coordinate better with the theme of the card.

Supplies Used:
Stamp:  Happiness Abounds
Inks:  Black Memento, SU Blends (Flirty Flamingo, Polished Pink, Granny Apple Green, Old Olive), Versa Mark
Papers:  Basic White (thick), Basic Black, Ombre DSP, Basic White
Accessories:  Happiness Abounds dies, 3D Lacquer, Dimensionals, 3/8" Glitter Organza ribbon, Blooming Pearls embellishments, White embossing powder

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

A Birthday card using a layering Sunflower stencil and a SU die for Addicted to Stamps & More #465

 I have not "played " with stencils very much, but thoroughly enjoyed creating a couple of cards using a layered Sunflower stencil for the challenge with Addicted to Stamps & More #465

I also used a die from the Darling Details bundle from Stampin' Up.

I was having so much fun I actually made 2 floral cards. The second 5 by 5" card will be posted at the end of this blog post.

Using the layered Sunflower stencil, I used blender brushes to create the 3 sunflowers on a piece of Basic White card stock. For the flower itself I used the following colours of ink:  Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie and Soft Suede.  For the leaves: Pear Pizzazz and Old Olive.  Balmy Blue was added to the background as well as dots of Crumb Cake .

For the centers of the flowers I used dark brown prills.

The image piece was cut down to 4 5/8 by 3 1/2" and adhered to a lacy die cut that was 4 7/8 by 3 5/8".

Using dimensionals, this was adhered to a Basic White card base that had a 1 1/4" Balmy Blue DSP adhered to the middle with a 3/8" sparkly Balmy Blue ribbon down its center.

The sentiment, from "Peaceful Moments" was stamped using Soft Suede ink and adhered at an angle towards the right side.

To finish the card some wonderful gems were added randomly across the front.

Supplies Used:

Stamps:  Peaceful Moments, Sunflowers (Tim Holtz)

Inks:  Daffodil Delight Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Balmy Blue , Crumb Cake

Papers:  Basic White, Balmy Blue, Balmy Blue DSP

Accessories:  Layering Sunflower stencil, Darling Details die, Early Espresso Prills, Dimensionals, Blender Brushes, Wonderful Gems, 3/8" Glittery Balmy Blue ribbon.

Here is the other card I made, this time using all three sizes of flowers.

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Inspirational Sketches Thanks - TSOT #644

 I still feel awestricken after watching the total eclipse of the sun yesterday. I don't recall seeing the eclipse in 2017 but this one will stay etched in my memory.  I think what really got me was how eerie the light was as the eclipse was starting, how quiet everything was - there were no birds, no children playing, no music playing, no wind therefore no branches rustling, no squirrels. The darkness did not last very long, and before I knew it all the things that were absent were all of a sudden present. 

Tonight I decided to make a card using the sketch from TSOT.  For this sketch I decided to use one of the stamps from the Inspirational Sketches bundle - the mushrooms.

About a month ago I planted all my Canna and Calla lilies in pots and watched as one by one they sent up sprouts and formed stems and leaves.  I was very careful not to water them too much, yet still some of the soil in the pots grew some mushrooms. This inspired me to use the mushrooms as the main focus.

On a top folding Basic White card base, I added a layer of Wild Wheat card stock which I embossed with the "Bark" embossing folder. The edges were sponged with Wild Wheat ink.

Towards the left of this embossed piece , I added a piece of Rings of Love DSP, the edges of which were also sponged with the Wild Wheat ink.

On top of that and offset from the middle, I added a rectangular piece of Soft Suede cardstock which I embossed with the "Stripes" embossing folder.

The focal image was added to the bottom right corner of this embossed rectangle.

The colours of the Mushrooms, from the stamp set "Inspirational Sketches" were inspired by the DSP. Stampin' Blends (Poppy Parade, Wild Wheat, Soft Suede, Granny Apple Green) were used to colour them, after which they were die cut using the Inspirational Sketches die.

Before adding them to a die cut deckled circle, some "dots were added to the background using a dot stamp from the Irresistible Blooms stamp set.

The sentiment is from the same stamp set.

Supplies Used:

Stamps:  Inspirational Sketches, Irresistible Blooms

Inks:  Black Memento, Wild wheat, Soft Suede, Stampin' Blends (Poppy Parade, Granny Apple Green,, Wild Wheat, Soft Suede)

Papers:  Basic White, Wild Wheat, Rings of Love DSP , Soft Suede

Accessories:  Bark embossing folder, Stripes Embossing folder, Sparkle gems Dimensionals, Deckles circle dies, Inspirational Sketches dies,

Saturday, March 23, 2024

A Gatefold Accordion Card with Perennial Lavender DSP

 The Accordion Gatefold card was featured on Manic Mania 9 on the weekend of March 1 to 3, 2024. The card features the Perennial Lavender DSP along with Pretty Peacock and Crumb Cake cardstock.     I also use the Stamp set, & Hexagonal dies by Sizzix that were provided in the kit we used.

A tutorial, other than the one provided by the presenter (Ladybug Scrapbooking, Manitoba) can be found here.

Card opened

Card closed using a belly band

Supplies Used:

Stamp:  Sentiment stamps by Sizzix

Inks:  Gorgeous Grape

Papers:  Basic White (110 lb), Pretty Peacock, Perennial Lavender DSP, Crumb Cake, Gorgeous Grape

Accessories:  Stacked Tiles Hexagon dies (Sizzix), Wild Blooms #2 dies (Sizzix), dimensionals, Glossy Accents, Dazzling Diamonds, Small flower punch, Small rhinestones for flower centers

Friday, March 22, 2024

Swing out Pop up card- Creative Creases Challenge #78

 This unique card fold highlights the Flowering Zinnia DSP. It is a fold I learned from one of owners of the “Scrap Chicks” Scrapbooking & Papercrafter’s Supply Store in Manitoba, Canada. I'm not sure what to call it other than a Swing out Pop Up Card.

It took me 3 tries but I finally got it. 

I am submitting this card to the Creative Creases #78 Anything Goes

This is the front of the card. The card base is a 24 by 16 cm piece of Berry Burst cardstock folded in half at 12cm. I adhered a piece of Flowering Zinnia DSP as well as a Basic White die cut made with the retired Scallop Contour die.

A ribbon and a die cut sentiment and the front was done.

The magic comes when you open the card.

There are 2 panels attached to hinges, and when the card is opened, both the panels swing out to reveal another 'secret' area of the card. There is a small panel, and a larger panel. A Basic White Scallop contour die cut is added over DSP on the larger of the swing out panels. A different pattern is added to the smaller panels after which I add a triangular piece of another pattern to form a pocket.
In the pocket are two tags.  Strips of left over DSP cover both tags after which I embossed them with the Texture Embossing Folder.

The floral embellishments were fussy cut from the DSP as I had not received the stamp and die set yet.

This shows the card opened almost all the way.

The card is opened all the way.

For a short video clip copy and paste the link into your browser. 

Supplies Used:
Papers:  Berry Burst, Basic White, Flowering Zinnia DSP
Accesssories:  Scallop contour dies, Scallop top punch Small flower embellishments. Berry Burst ribbon, dimensionals.

Thursday, March 7, 2024

Hummingbird Lattice card

 I like using every scrap I have left over after making a card/ project and use them to create a new project. The following is an example of this. 


For this 5 by 7” card, an oval was die cut in the center of the card front.  Actually I die cut 2 pieces of card stock at the same time. The second piece will be used to cover  up the work on the inside.

Some adhesive was added around the oval die cut on the inside. The strips of Basic White cardstock, which had previously be cut to a uniform size, were added one at a time to form the above lattice. When done the extra length was trimmed off.

I then added some Meandering Meadow DSP over the lattice after which I adhered the second die cut piece of card stock. This second one hides the glued ends etc.

The flowers and hummingbird, from      were added to the top and bottom corner using dimensionals. Each image was colored with Stampin' blends and die cut with the coordinating dies. 

A sentiment will be added when I need the card for a specific occasion.

Supplies used:

Stamp: Thoughtful Expressions

Inks:  Black Memento, Stampin' Blends (hummingbird:  Melon Mambo, Parakeet Party, Tahitian Tide, Granny Apple Green  Flowers: Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Mossy Meadow)

Papers:  Basic White,  Meandering Meadow DSP, Old Olive 

Accessories:  Oval dies , Thoughtful Expressions dies, Dimensionals, 

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Double Pillar Floral Display Birthday /Anniversary Card for Creative Folds #76

 This double pillar display card (6 by 6")was made specifically to celebrate the 3rd anniversary for the Creative Folds blog /challenge.  I had made a card earlier for challenge #76 but it was not made with the anniversary in mind.  So I wanted to make a card specifically for the occasion. However, I made it a birthday card.

To make the card I used a tutorial by Mixed Up Craft 

Note:  the flowers in the card are left over from previous projects.  I wanted to make my own flowers but I am having trigger finger and other issues in both hands that prevent me from doing fine work.

To protect the fIowers a piece of window sheet (thus the glare in the picture) was adhered over the card front. I also added the display to a 6 by 6" card base at the back. This allows the card to stand up as well although it will stand out without the extra card base.

On the front of the pillars I added some Pansy DSP (retired) matted with gold foil.

The  card does not fold flat for mailing so I made a box for the card.  It could be mailed, but it would be better to hand deliver this one.

Happy Anniversary (birthday) Creative Folds.

Sunday, February 25, 2024

Just for You - a Slim Line card for TSOT #641

 When I saw the sketch challenge at TSOT, I knew I was going to make a slim line card, and I also knew that I wanted to use the faux ribbon technique on the panel on the card front.

I wanted to make a St. Patrick's Day card, but it just wouldn't go together for me, so I abandoned those attempts and created the current card using the "Cheerful Daisies" bundle.

But the idea of using the faux ribbon technique for the panel persisted in my mind. I had some  "Fresh as a Daisy" DSP left over, so I cut a couple of small strips of two of the patterns.  These I adhered to a piece of Basic White cardstock 1 1/2 by 8" which I had penciled marks every 1/2", starting with the solid coloured one. See picture below. Does it not look like a ribbon rolling down the paper?

The finished panel was added to a piece of Basic White card stock embossed with a slimline embossing folder that has dots on it. I love adding texture to my cards. This embossed piece was added to the Garden Green card base.

At the bottom left I added some Daisy flowers which I assembled after die cutting them using the dies that coordinate with the stamp set.

The sentiment is from "Celebrating You" and the embellishments are from the Holiday Rhinestone collection.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Cheerful Daisies, Celebrating You
Inks:  Crushed Curry, Garden Green
Papers: Garden Green, Basic White, Fresh as a Daisy DSP (retired), Daffodil Delight     
Accessories:  Slimline embossing folder (dots), Holiday rhinestone collection, Dimensionals                                                                                                                                                                                          

Friday, February 23, 2024

Easter Egg Card made with a Napkin

 Sometimes one finds a good buy in the Dollar store.  I was shopping there yesterday and picked up two different Easter napkins - an Egg shaped one, and a bunny (head) one. Of course I purchased one of each with the intention of making them into cards.

I used the Egg napkin first.

The card is 6 1/4 by 4 3/4

Napkin and Egg Shaped card together.

I added the napkin to an 8 1/2 by 11" piece of Basic White cardstock that I had prepared with Mod Podge. Once the Mod Podge was dry I ironed the napkin adhering it to the cardstock.  I also ironed on the strip of flowers from a second napkin and ironed them to the card stock.  These flowers were then fussy cut, sponged and added to the flowers on the Egg shaped card. After they were adhered to the card front, I added Crystal Effects to each flower and sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds on them.  Some Lilac pearl was added to the centers.

I sponged the edges of the Egg Shaped card with Gorgeous Grape ink.

The sentiment is from a retired stamp set "Easter Promise"

The Bunny is from "Easter Bunny"

The sentiment and the Bunny are both added to the card front using dimensionals.

On the inside, I die cut a fancy oval die (?name) and added an Easter sticker of 2 bunnies.
The sentiment on the inside is from "Springtime Joy"

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Easter Promise, Easter Bunny, Springtime Joy
Inks;  Gorgeous Grape, Black Memento, Crushed Curry, Smokey Slate Stampin Blend
Papers:  Basic White, Egg shaped napkin, Highland Heather
Accessories: Bunny Die, Lilac Pearl pen, Fancy oval die, dimensionals. Crystal effects, Dazzling diamonds.

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Happy Easter - Double Trouble Paper Crafting#160 & Anything Goes with a Fun Fold for Creative Creases #75

 This card was made for the challenge with Double Trouble Paper Crafting #160 who is partnering with Anything Goes with a Fun Fold for Creative Creases #75

I had so much fun making this card that I made another card with the same fold, only this card featured squirrels (I figured they leaped and jumped from tree to tree and they are getting active now).  See card at end of this post.

Easter is approaching very quickly. Good Friday is March 29 this year, less than 6 weeks away, So I featured creature that did all of the required activity for the challenge the creature I that “hops, skip and leaps - the Easter bunny. I actually made the rabbit hop by attaching it to the card front using a wobble.

I also made a fun fold for this card, using  a tutorial  by Mixed Up Crafts. I had never made this card fold before. It's called a Side Panel Pillar Card. 

My sample was made using 80 lb cardstock but the card was a bit wobbly and did not stand up alone very well, so the final card  was made using 100 lb cardstock.

The Basic White card stock base of this A4 card fold is  9 by 7" scored at 1, 2, 3 and 4 on the 9 “ side. This was rolled up to form a pillar on the left side.

After the pillar was formed  Fresh Freesia DSP, matted with with Starry Sky cardstock was added to the base as well as both ends of the pillar.
The focal image piece is a 5 1/2 square piece of Basic White card stock scored at  1/2 and 1 1/2” on one of the sides. This piece was added to the pillar at one end and the base at the other ( like a pop up mechanism). The scene I created was matted with Starry Sky card stock and then adhered to this piece.

Focal Image:

Background: I used blender brushes to add Balmy Blue and Boho Blue inks to create the sky, and Pear Pizzazz and Old Olive for the ground.

I used a punch to punch out a strip of grass which I added to the bottom.

Images:  All images were stamped and coloured with Stamp'n Blends and fussy cut.  They were placed in the scene shown in the picture.

The rabbit was placed in a wobble allowing it to hop and wobble.

I added a piece of Basic White cardstock on the back for messages.

Products Used:

Stamp:  Easter Bunny

Inks:  Black Memento Stampin' Blends (Smoky Slate, Pumpkin Pie, Granny Apple Green, Daffodil Delight,) Starry Sky Balmy Blue Boho Blue, Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz

Papers: Basic White, Fresh Freesia, Starry Sky, Old Olive, Fresh Freesia DSP

Accessories:  Easter Bunny dies, Wobble, Wave rhinestones, Dimensionals, Glitter, Crystal Effects