December 25, 2013

The New Telephone Books Are Here!

If you remember the movie with Steve Martin called 'The Jerk', then you will remember the excitement of the telephone book arriving. That's how I felt yesterday when my newest Memory Box die was actually a Christmas present to myself, so its arrival on Christmas eve was perfect.

I love deer, so when I saw some of the cards made with this Memory Box Deer Trio die I just had to order it. To usher in 2014, I plan to make a few winter-theme New Year cards for some friends. I will be using a Penny Black snowy background image that is a winter woods setting. The three deer in this die would be perfect on the background. My cards are stamped and I will be adding the finishing touch of the deer, which I will attach with thin pop dots at the bottom of the background.

Speaking of cards...It will be a while before I have to buy any A-2 pre-folded cards. While at Goodwill this past weekend I found 6 boxes of pre-folded white panel cards (250 per box) for 99-cents a box. Yes, of course I bought them all. Merry Christmas to me.

December 24, 2013

Valentine's Day Card

It's the day before Christmas and I'm making Valentine's Day cards. This is one of my favorite slide-in card designs. The white card inside with the flower and greeting on it slides out of the outer card. I wanted to make the card in red and black and at the center of the card I attached a red and white La Rue die cut heart.

August 23, 2013

Cut, Fold and Tuck Spellbinder's Die

I was aware of the Spellbinder's Cut, Fold and Tuck dies, but wasn't sure if I wanted to add them to my collection. This week a friend surprised me with one of them, the Angle Approach set. She called me later that evening to ask if I'd tried the die out, which I replied, "Yes...and I love it!" What I thought, but didn't say, was that not only did I love the die but want to buy more of them. They are so easy to fold and tuck.

Below is the first medallion I made using a purple polka dot paper with a solid dark purple backing. This will be used on a card for my generous friend who gave me the set.

March 28, 2013

Beautiful Bamboo

A couple of days ago I came across a card made with a bamboo stamp that I just had to case. Thankfully, the same stamp is in my collection so I made the card below.

I started with a 5-1/2" cream colored card. I cut a 5" cream colored layer and embossed two lines at the top and bottom. I stamped the bamboo in brown (off center) and attached this layer to a green layer. I stamped a second bamboo and die cut it with a circle die. I inked the edge of the circle and sponged on a little brown at the bottom left side. I then attached it to the first image, lining up the stalks. I added a piece of sheer brown ribbon and attached the layers to the base card.

January 17, 2013

Splitcoast Stampers Teapot Tuesday Challenge

I love the Splitcoast Stampers website. One of my favorite challenges there is the Teapot Tuesday challenge. The idea is to make a card inspired by a story (told by the moderator), a teapot photo or the destination that the card will be going to. Each Tuesday the name of a person is giving who could use a friendly lift because of circumstances in their life. We are encouraged to send our card to that person. I've always enjoyed doing RAKS (Random Acts of Kindness), so this challenge is one I enjoy being a part of.

This week our inspiration was a story of a swan. The teapot shown was a beautiful swan teapot, so of course there had to be a swan on my card. I decided I would make a stand-up display card.

I started by stamping a floral branch (Stampin'Up! Thoughts and Prayers) in green on white card stock. I added pink flowers and pearls to the branch. I stamped a small swan below the flowers. I then die cut a pink Fleur De Lis Square shape and glued the stamped square to the center of the die cut. I made a 5-1/2" x 8" base card and scored the card. I added decorative paper to the scored panels and a white strip at the center of the card with the sentiment (Verve) stamped in green. There are a couple of cuts at the bottom of the card so that a piece folds 'forward' for the stamped piece to attach to. This way, the stamped piece gives support to the front of the card so you can display it. This card does close up flat for mailing. Isn't it cool? I just love it.

January 1, 2013

Happy New Year 2013

It's here...2013. Today I just wanted to make a few simple cards to send out to wish others a happy new year. I used my Thoughts & Prayers floral vine for the top of the card and added punched flowers (adding mini-pearls) to the vine. At the bottom of the card I printed and hand-lettered the greeting.