Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Mrs. B's Bday

Hello there, glad you stopped in.

Do you sometimes catch a glimpse of a color scheme or pattern and have to run home and try something similar for a card?  That happened to me Sunday when a woman walked by with a beautiful knit sweater. It was layers of pastel colors with a white knit pattern.  That day I went to the stamp room and layered distress inks on a glossy sheet of paper.  Then I embossed with a white background stamp that as far as I know was NBUS (never been used stuff). I think I bought it at a stamp show years ago from Stamp Camp.

The cupcake is a Martha Stewart punch, also NBUS.  I scored the colored paper after it was punched. Then used the same punch on a strip of white sparkle paper to make the icing.  All the confetti was punched from left over snippets.

The saying that I used just came in the mail and was laying on the table.  It was a free gift  that came with a Purple Onion order.

This card is going over to the As You See It Challenge where they are celebrating their 100th challenge.  The theme of course is CELEBRATE.  The challenge ends tomorrow so be quick to check them out. 

Tomorrow night the Cardologists will be celebrating with Mrs. B (you know who you are)! Cake, stamping and laughter.

Hope you have a good day.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Inkspirational Challenge

Exciting friend, Susanne is the guest designer for the Inkspirational Challenge #89.  She so deserves it because she makes some awesome cards.  You can see them on her blog, Keep in Touch. And of course, she inspired me to post a card for the challenge which is the word prompt "Melt". 

I thought at first I would be melting because it has been so hot my stamp room has been a sauna.  But this weekend , thankfully, the heat wave left us and it has been gorgeous.  While I might have used ice cubes melting in my cold drink on a hot day, my thoughts instead turned to candles that melt.

The candle and sentiment stamps are from a retired Stampin' Up set called Poinsettia Greetings.  I stamped the candle in Crumb Cake ink and then used colored pencils. I got to use my new Stampin Up dies Lots of Labels. I found a patterned paper in the Trim the Tree DSP pack and went with the colors Garden Green and Cherry Cobbler.   There is a layer of White sparkle paper in there too.

I hope you visit the Inkspirational Challenge; you have five more days to post your own creation.

Thanks for visiting.  Hope you have a great week.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015


One of the Seven Cardologists has moved away. Today Molly is in her new home in North Carolina. <Sniff Sniff>  We were sad to see her go, especially since it seems it took less than a month to sell her house, pack up, and leave, giving us with little time to adjust to the thought that we won't see her again until October Stamp Camp.  We managed to get much celebration in that short time so I have two cards I made for our Molly.

We were able to visit one last time in her three season room three weeks ago.  Originally we were going to stamp, but with all the good food, laughter and reminiscing over old pictures of the Cardologists, we didn't quite get to unloading the stamping supplies.  Here is the card I made to say goodbye to my friend.

All the images are retired Stampin Up stamps watercolored with Peerless watercolors.  I matched the colors with scraps of paper from my snippet collection. The sea creatures were also  covered with Crystal Effects and popped up.  The sentiment is and old unmounted so I don't know the  company.  The sentiment continues on the inside "Moments spent with a friend are the kind we wish would never end".

I will link this card at the Crazy 4 Challenge C4c248.  Although the challenge is to use lighthouses, if you don't have a lighthouse you can use anything by the sea.

This next card was made for Molly's birthday which we celebrated this last Thursday.  I owe someone a big apology.  Usually when I find an inspiration for a card I will save the page so that I can give credit when I post.  This time I didn't and my search has been fruitless tonight.  I will keep looking and when I find it, I will come back to link it.

I started by masking a strip on the white panel stamping the leaves in gray and midnight muse (stamped off), then sponged the whole strip with sky blue.  The flowers from Stampin Up Just Believe set were stamped in blackberry bliss.  The panel was layered on a grey scrap and then mounted on a  blackberry bliss card with a short front.  

A sentiment by DRS is popped up and overlaps a short front to form a latch. Inside the card  is a panel the same size as the front with another sentiment, company unknown.  There are three score lines beside that inside panel that make it possible to bend the card so that the front can be tucked under or untucked easily from the latch on the back.   A couple butterflies from Papillon Potpourri and some pearls are the final embellishment. 

[And here I return as promised to say that Dina Kowal has a tutorial for the Latch card on Splitcoaststampers.]
Thanks for visiting.  I hope you also have a sweet and sunny day.