Thursday, July 31, 2014

Kinda Eclectic #2

I spent the day preparing for my nursing home project for tomorrow. I was inspired by a card by Ilina Crouse. I like the Marina Mist and it's not totally monochromatic, as the large butterfly is stamped in Midnight Muse (though it doesn't show up in the picture). I still think it needs a little more color so I'm going to make a few more cards and experiment with the colors, as I really like the card.

Stamp sets - Kinda Eclectic
Cardstock - Marina Mist, Whisper White, First Edition DSP (retired)
Ink - Marina Mist, Midnight Muse
Accessories - Elegant Butterfly and Bitty Butterfly punches, 3/8" Whisper White Taffeta ribbon, Stampin' Sponge, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Glue Dots

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Lattice for Perfect Petals and Little Leaves

This card has some lattice on it made with the Chevron Border Punch. It is a CASE from Deb Valder and if you're interested in seeing how the lattice is made you can Google it or find it on You Tube.  It's a really cool addition to a card with flowers.

Stamp sets - Perfect Pennants, Petite Petals
Cardstock - Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Cantaloupe, Whisper White
Ink - Crisp Cantaloupe
Accessories - Big Shot, Arrows Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Banners Framelits, Chevron Border Punch, Petite Petals Punch, Little Leaves Sizzlits (retired), Crisp Cantaloupe Thick Baker's Twine, Pearl Basic Jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals, Glue Dots

Monday, July 28, 2014

Bloom with Hope

I used a design by Julie Gearinger for the card I made today. She always makes such beautiful cards and even though I didn't have the sets she used, I figured I could make a similar card with the hostess set, Bloom with Hope. I didn't have the right leaves without using the retired hostess set, Simply Sketched, so here it is. I hope you love it as much as I do!

Stamp sets - Bloom with Hope (hostess), Simply Sketched (retired hostess), A Dozen Thoughts
Cardstock - Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black,Soft Sky (for sponging), Blendabilites - Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Wisteria Wonder
Accessories - Big Shot, Stylish Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Paper Snips (the flower is cut out by hand and mounted with dimensionals) Stampin' Sponge, Stampin' Dimensionals,

I used a retired Color Spritzer with a Soft Suede marker to add the specks on the sponged Soft Sky.

This is the same card using Cherry Cobbler cardstock and Blendabilities.

Friday, July 25, 2014

By the Tide

I was looking for a summer theme for my nursing home ladies today - something besides flowers - and I came up with a beach idea, which took me to By the Tide. Pool Party gave it a nice fresh look. Turns out there were a lot of steps and kind of confusing for the residents, but we got it finished and everyone was pleased.

Stamp sets - By the Tide, Off the Grid (retired) and any small sentiment you want to use
Cardstock - Whisper White, Pool Party, Subltles Designer Series Paper Stack
Ink - Pool Party, Memento Tuxedo Black, Crumb Cake
Accessories - Big Shot, Circle Framelits, 1" and 1 1/4" circle punches, Island Indigo Baker's Twine, Stampin' Dimensionals, Stampin' Sponge

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Using Hello Honey and Lost Lagoon

I wanted to use the Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack with some of the new In Colors, so I decided on Hello Honey and Lost Lagoon. Lost Lagoon is my favorite. I used the flowers from the Summer Silhouettes stamp set and went with the "round" theme. It was the first time I tried the Large Polka Dot Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

Stamp sets - Summer Silhouettes, Endless Birthday Wishes
Cardstock - Hello Honey, Whisper White, Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack
Ink - Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Old Olive
Accessories - Big Shot, Large Polka Dot Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Circles Framelits, 3/8" Lost Lagoon Stitched Satin Ribbon, Stampin' sponge, Stampin' Dimensionals

Monday, July 21, 2014

Kinda Eclectic

Today's card uses the stamp set Kinda Eclectic along with Flower Shop and a greeting from Petite Pairs. I saw a card similar to this on Pinterest by Kris McIntosh. I thought it was truly beautiful.
Stamp sets - Kinda Eclectic, Flower Shop, Petite Pairs
Cardstock - Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White
Ink - Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant, Pear Pizzazz
Accessories - Pansy punch, Bitty Butterfly punch, Basic Pearls, 3/8" Whisper White Taffeta ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Muslin vintage tea stained ribbon.

I am participating in a swap for my Artsy Book Club. We were supposed to tea stain or coffee stain strips of muslin, cotton, or lace and then stamp or decorate them for a vintage look. I used 1" strips of 100% cotton and tea stained them.  I boiled a pot of water and added about 12 - 14 tea bags and let it steep. Then I soaked the strips in the tea for about an hour. After they dried I took my Very Vintage jumbo wheel and wheeled some Walnut Stain distress ink on each one. I think they turned out pretty cool. I made the little tags using the Scallop Tag Topper punch. Can't wait to see what I get in return!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Beautiful Bunch

This card uses the stamp set Beautiful Bunch with the coordinating punch called Fun Flower. I paired the stamp set From My Heart with it. I saw a card similar to this on Pinterest. I couldn't find the right framelit to go with the saying from From My Heart so I cut it out with scissors (better known as "fussy cut").
Stamp sets - Beautiful Bunch, From My Heart
Cardstock - Elegant Eggplant, Crushed Curry, Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White
Ink - Elegant Eggplant
Accessories - Big Shot, Arrows Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Fun Flower Punch, Chevron Border Punch, Tea Lace Paper Doilies, Basic Pearls, Stampin' Dimensionals

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Hot Diggity Dog

I know I've been away from my blog for quite a while. My apologies, but I went on a wonderful vacation with Lori and the girls to South Dakota and Wyoming (Yellowstone Nat'l Park). We really packed it in for 10 days and then I had a ton to do when I got home with our July 4th family picnic so near. So today, I finally got to play with some of my new stamp sets from the new catalog.  This card features Hot Diggity Dog and Just Sayin'. The idea for the window card came from Linda Heller. I just changed the stamp set because I love the dogs in this set! After I tied the thick Baked Brown Sugar Baker's Twine on, I wish I would have used something other than Sahara Sand on my scalloped piece, but I didn't want to redo the whole card. Love that thick baker's twine!!

(inside of card)

Stamp sets - Hot Diggity Dog, Just Sayin'
Cardstock - Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White, Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack, Sahara Sand
Ink - Early Espresso, Blackberry Bliss, Crushed Curry marker
Accessories - Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots Textuted Impressions Embossing Folder, Word Bubbles Framelits, Scallop Edge Border Punch, 1 3/4" circle punch, Thick Baked Brown Sugar Baker's Twine, Stampin' Dimensional