Sunday, August 11, 2019

Stitched Rainbow Cards

I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful weekend!  We went to a Peach festival last night and had a nice time.  Peach festivals always remind me that summer is coming to an end and school is around the corner!  I'm not happy about that.  I'm not looking forward to the colder weather.  I so enjoyed making these cards.  In my younger years, I used to do a lot of embroidery.  Jennifer McGuire has many videos about stitching on cards, and I was instantly attracted.  Here is my first attempt.

I used Sweet Sugarplum CS from SU for my base card.  For my layer, I used thick Very Vanilla CS and the die from The Stamp Market - Dotted Rainbow to make my rainbow.  The stitch I used on this card is called the stem stitch.  I had a lot of embroidery thread and used DMC Pearl Cotton #5 and DMC Six Ply Embroidery Thread.  They have a DMC Pearl Cotton #3 which is the heaviest thread but I didn't have any of that.  I think the #5 did just fine for this die.  I didn't have blue or green in #5 so I used the DMC Six Ply Embroidery thread and I think it worked just as good.  Since I have a lot of that, I will probably use it in future stitching cards.  Youtube has a lot of videos on the different stitch patterns you can sew and Jennifer shows some as well.  They are very easy to do.  I'm going to send Jennifer this card, and I'm sure she will want to try it out.  I used the die from Lawn Fawn - Stitched Double Rectangles for the edges of my layer. 

For my greeting, I used the Dandelion Wishes stamp set from SU.  I used my stamparatus in case I had to stamp it more than once.  I think in the future, I will stamp my greetings first and then do the embroidery just in case I have a problem stamping.  LOL!  I put a few gems on it just to dress it up a bit.  For my ink, I used Gina K's amalgam black ink.

For my inside sentiment, I used  SU's stamp set Sunshine and Rainbows and stamped the sun in Daffodil Delight and cut it out with the matching die.  I really enjoyed making this type of card and have order some more stitching dies.

I entered this card at CardzTV Challenge #96 - Anything Goes. Love to Craft Challenge #37 - Anything Goes.

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Friday, August 2, 2019

Pop-Up Shadow Box Card

The family celebrated Joe's birthday over the weekend even though it is Tuesday.  I can't believe that I got everyone together again at the same time!  Here is Joe with all his girls!

Some background for this card is that for Christmas Rachel and Sarah gave him a fancy goldfish!  We always had an aquarium but when we moved from NJ to PA in 2004 we dismantled it.  The kids also had some fish off and on when they were younger and shared his love of this hobby.  He had the goldfish for about one month and came home from doing errands with another large fancy fish.  His logic was that he felt the first one needed some company.  Of course, he also bought home a larger bowl for the two of them.  A month later, I found him unpacking and setting up the 10 gallon aquarium that he had unpacked.  To make this story short, we now have 3 other types of fish as well and 2 snails!  The two large fancy goldfish are called Bubbles and Goldie!

I saw this card made by Jennifer McGuire and instantly knew I would make this card for Joe for his birthday.   It reminded me of how this adventure started.

I used Mint Macaron CS from the Share What You Love CS Bundle for my base card cut at  4 1/4" x 5 1/2" times two.  They were both scored at 1/2" and 3/4" and folded back.  My light color was Pool Party CS cut at 3 3/4" x 5 1/2" and then embossed with Hero Arts D 1628 Fancy Die.  I think the little fishes are so cute!!  I used Whisper White CS for the inside cut just a little smaller.  My stamps and dies are also from Hero Arts DC262.  Here is Jennifer McGuire's - video - on how to make these Pop-Up Shadow Box Cards.

The best part of these cards is that the fish are suspended with a strip of acetate and will move back and forth when you push the sides in and out!  I also like the fishes greeting!  The nice thing is this card will fit into a regular envelope.  I have made him a lot of cards over the years, but he says this is his favorite so far and has it propped up next to the aquarium!!  If he's happy, then I'm happy!!   I hope everyone has a great weekend!

I entered this post at CardzTV Challenge #95 - Anything Goes.

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

Gingerbread Christmas Card

Happy Christmas in July!!  I have been wanting to start making Christmas cards but for one reason or another it did not happen.  With Christmas in July, I decided to pull out my Christmas stash and make some cards.  Now I know why I have been procrastinating!!  I don't have a lot of work space so pulling out my Christmas stash takes up a lot of space.  But I preserved and decided to make this cute gingerbread card I had seen over at CardzTV's website the other week.  She did hers with Cricut cartridges, but I used my SU gingerbread punch.

I used Very Vanilla CS for my base card and Real Red for my first layer.  Then I layered some Christmas DSP on top of that.

I then used my Spellbinders dies to cut out my ovals.  I punched out my little Gingerbread man in Crumb Cake and my sentiment is from the Lots of Joy SU stamp set with a few red jewels.

I adhered some of the DSP to the inside and decided not to add a sentiment, as I will probably write a message on the inside.

I even decorated the envelope and used up the rest of the DSP.  Joe thought they turned out really cute which was good enough for me.  He always has a comment when the UPS packages arrive but wants to see the end results!!

Our hydrangeas are still not blooming that good, but our Rose of Sharon tree is the best it has ever been.  I should have taken a picture of it before the bad storms we had lately, but it still has a lot of blooms.

I entered this post at CardzTV Challenge #94 - Anything Goes.

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Sunday, July 21, 2019

Free as a Bird Thank You notes

Well, I hope everyone is surviving this hot weather.  It has been over 100 degrees here this weekend.  Very humid, nasty weather.  My daughter, her husband Dave, Rachel and Sarah were on a cruise this past week to Bermuda.  Everyone went on the Honeymoon!!  They came home this AM and were hoping to find some cooler temperatures.  They will have to wait until tomorrow when it is suppose to drop to 80 degrees.  She asked me if I would make her some thank you cards while she was gone.  I fell in love with one of SU's stamp sets called Free as a Bird.  She loves birds, so I thought I would make some out of the suite.  I saw so many tutorials on Youtube but decided on this one mainly because it would be quick and easy as I had a bunch to make.

I had some  SU note cards that I wanted to use, so this worked out great.  The note cards are 5" x 3 1/2".   I used the Whisper White ones.  I cut the DSP the same size and covered the front of the card using different patterns.  The suite came with this pretty white lace ribbon, which I tied around the left side of the card in a knot.

Here is a picture of some of the patterns.  I embossed the thank you sentiment in white on Basic Black CS and cut it out with the matching dies that came with the set.

This DSP is so pretty.  I popped up the sentiment at different places so I wouldn't cover up any of the birds.

These birds look so real. 

For my inside, I cut a corresponding piece of DSP  5" x 1/2".  I left the inside blank, so she would have some room to write her thank you.  Hope everyone is having a great weekend.  It's hard to believe that July is almost over.  I hope August goes much slower.

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Friday, July 12, 2019

Pansy Birthday Card

The rain the past 2 days gave me a chance to get into my craft room and play around with my Heartfelt Creations Burst of Spring set.  I made some boxes for Mother's Day using some of the DSP pansies, but this time I wanted to stamp, die cut and color my own pansies!  I saw this card on their website and decided to make it for my daughter's birthday next week.  I used SU's Sugarplum CS for my card base and Very Vanilla for my decorative layer.

The die that I used was called Regal Frame & Accent from Heartfelt Creations as well.  I just love it!  My greeting is from SU's Back to Basics stamp set embossed with Iridescent embossing powder.

I stamped and die cut my pansies in the same color using Crushed Curry for the center.  I also placed some yellow stamens in the center. I then added some Wink of Stella on the leaves.   For my first try, I think they turned out pretty good.  Practice makes perfect!

For my inside sentiment, I used one of the oval dies and a stamp from Gina K wreath stamp set.  I cut my CS at 7 1/2" and then scored it in half and cut my die out leaving a tiny piece open on the top to create the base card.  I plan on making myself an envelope for it.

I so enjoyed making this card.  I can see a lot of pansies in my future.  Have a great weekend. I have submitted this card to:

CardzTV Anything Goes Challenge #93 Anything Goes.

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #237 - Dies or Punches

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

One Wild Ride Birthday Card

I decided to try and get some birthday cards made ahead of time.  After that, I hope to make some Christmas cards.  We will see how it goes!  I like to make the masculine cards with  the SU One Wild Ride stamp set, so I made a few.  I used Pacific Point CS for the base card and Very Vanilla for the layer.

I originally used Pacific Point ink for the tire tracks like I did for the rest of the card, but I didn't like how it looked so I did them in Momento Black.  I staggered my motorcycle stamp over the layer and stamped my sentiment on the top using the Better Together stamp set.  I also popped up the sentiment with dimensionals and added some enamel dots.

For the inside greeting, I used two of the stamps from the set.

I used another stamp to decorate the front of the envelope.  This card came together really quick so I'm off and running to do another one.  Have a great week!

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Thursday, July 4, 2019

4th of July Treats

We hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July.  Time seems to be flying by and I didn't get these little treats posted earlier  I made these for my daughter to take to the Wellness Center.  I saw this post over at - Rejoice and Create - and decided to make them.  They came together pretty quick.

It was nice to be able to use up some more DSP scraps that I have had laying around. 

My daughter and Jennifer are down at the shore for the holiday, but when she facetimed me and found out what I was making she asked if I would save one.  I wasn't sure what to put them in but found a styrofoam circle that fit into a basket, so I just stuck the pops in it.

I added some grass and a bowl filled with some candy.  I think you could make these for a kids birthday party as well.  They were a lot of fun to make.

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