Thursday, September 14, 2017

Happy Birthday, Annie!

I've had this card base sitting around my stamping room for years! It's finally been made into a card. Yippee! It has hopefully reached my stamping friend, Annie, in Canada by now. Happy Birthday, Annie!

I stamped the bottom border with a Stampin' Up! stamp a long time ago, and then cut carefully around it. (So, the front of the card ends at the bottom of the "lace.") The roses and the sentiment were cut with two of my new dies. I cut out them of white cardstock and colored them with Copic markers. I mounted the leaves on foam squares and glued the rest down. I cut a couple extra layers of the sentiment and glued them all together for added dimension.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Happy Anniversary, Harriet and Bruce!

Today is my friend Harriet's anniversary. Happy Anniversary, Harriet and Bruce!

This is another of my new dies. The card is 3 1/2 x 6 3/8 inches. The patterned paper is from Recollections. The sentiment is an old PSX stamp. I mounted the sentiment panel on foam squares.

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Happy Birthday, Vicki!

Today is my friend Vicki's birthday. Happy Birthday, Vicki! Here is the card that I made for her. The butterflies and the sentiment are both dies. I added a couple "pearls" to the flower centers. The background paper is from Recollections.

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Simple Birthday Card - With a Twist! :)

A couple months ago, a friend showed me a card she had made. It's called a "Pop and Twist" card. I thought it was pretty cool and wanted to make one. Last weekend was the time for me to try:) I knew that the hardest part for me would be trying to figure out how to decorate so many spaces! So, I went totally clean and simple. I only took these two pictures, but if you search for instructions, you will see how it works and can find different ways of making it. It looks like a "regular" card from the front, but when you open it, the middle part twists and pops out. Pretty cool!
I used a couple more of my new dies. I layered the "Happy Birthday" with about four pieces. The sentiment stamps are from a Hampton Arts set.

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Silver Butterflies

Another card using one of my newer dies. I cut it out of silver "mirror" cardstock. The card base is a tri-fold card with the circle already cut out of it. I purchased them at our Group Gathering a few years ago. I embossed the front with an Anna Griffin embossing folder called "Matelasse." I cut a piece of blue vellum for the window. Before adding it, I embossed it with a Darice embossing folder called "WIre Fence." I cut the sentiment out of the silver cardstock, too, and added another layer under it for more dimension.

I had a visitor leave me a comment about the size of my matting and wondering how I did it. (Not on this card, though.) I cut my matting pieces 1/8 inch bigger than my image pieces. That gives me a 1/16 inch border. Not always, but usually. I use a Tonic guillotine cutter that I've had for many years. I love it! This is what it looks like. I did not get mine at Amazon, and I'm sure it's available many, many other places. It's just the easiest for me to link to quickly.

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Monday, September 4, 2017

Fall-To Layout #32 Take Two

I used the Fall-To Layout #32 for this card. I really love Natasha's layouts - perfect for CAS cards. After all, her blog is called Clean and Simple Stamping! :) (It's called "Take Two" because she is on her second trip through her layouts.)

I used another portion of this fall-patterned paper. (One quarter left, and I actually used it for another card that I made yesterday. You'll be seeing that one soon, or I might just save it for a month or so.) I think this paper is so pretty, and I don't even know where it came from. The die is one of my newer ones. I cut the ovals using Nestabilities. I mounted the ovals on foam squares.

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

Celebrate

For some reason, the first time I used this die, I didn't cut all the way through on the second rose. So, I cut that one off and just went with this one. I colored it with Copic markers and used foam squares under the leaves. I had cut the white panel using a Memory Box die. The sentiment is from a Papertrey Ink set.

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Saturday, September 2, 2017

Congratulations, Andrew!

Our oldest grandson, Andrew, tried out for the traveling baseball last time we were down in Chicago. And, he made the team! So happy for him.

When I was putting my stamping room back together, I ran across this embossing folder "out of place."  I still hadn't put it away, and thought that maybe I should use it! Hence, the card:) Quite a long time ago, I bought the die and embossing set from Cuttlebug. Together, they cut and emboss the hat, the bat and the ball. I mounted the ball and the brim of the hat on foam squares. I embossed the "congrats" with a small embossing folder, also from Cuttlebug, and I mounted that piece, matted with a dark blue, on foam squares, also. The card is done with ivory cardstock. I used the same dark blue to mat the main panel.

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Friday, September 1, 2017

September Calendar Page

Goodness - another month has flown by! I'm not quite sure how that happens:)

Here is this month's calendar page. I used thin, speckled, off-white paper and two Gina K stamps. I used Stampin' Up! markers to color the tree and a technique called "thumping."  I first used the lightest color marker and then just "thumped" or "bounced" the darker colors on it before stamping.

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Dream

For some reason, I just loved this dream catcher die when I saw it. So, I ordered it:) I'm not really sure what to do with it, but here is my first card. I cut it out of a textured cardstock. I used a piece of ivory cardstock and a Memory Box die for the matting for it, and then I used foam squares to mount it. The background cardstock is from The Paper Studio. (Mirabelle. I love those patterns!) The "Dream" stamp is from an old Inkadinkado set. It's hard to tell in the picture, but the card opens from bottom to top.

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

More Dies!

Another new die, and another simple card. I cut the die from an off-white panel. I matted with slightly patterned paper. The sentiment is from Inky Antics and is cut with a Memory Box die and mounted on foam squares.

Edited to add: Here is the link to this die that I bought from Amazon. I have bought many dies from Amazon and also from eBay. There are multiple sellers selling them. I haven't been linking, because I think these companies are making dies using other company's dies as patterns. Not sure how they can do that, but I have seen some that I've recognized from "major" companies. Wherever they come from, they work really well!  If you are interested, please allow lots of time for looking, because there are lots of dies. Also, they ship from China, so they take a long time to get here.

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Die-Cut Baby Card

I received several new dies on Tuesday (and I still have another batch coming in a few weeks.) One of my new ones was this little train. I just thought it was so cute. I cut it out of textured blue and used a sanding block to highlight some of the features. The "Congratulations" was cut from the same cardstock. The train is mounted on foam squares. The background cardstock is from an old Die Cuts With a View matstack.

We've been keeping so busy! We just painted our kitchen. That took about five days to sand walls, wash walls, tape, paint (two coats!), untape, touch-up and put things back. I do love the color. As soon as we finished that yesterday, we started getting ready to have work done our floors. We have hardwood in the kitchen and entryway. We are going to have it refinished darker. We are also going to add a "hallway" to our dining room (which was the sunroom, but we put our dining room table in there) and also put hardwood in the dining room. In order to do that, we have to empty everything from the kitchen, the dining room, the entryway, the area outside our bedroom and another small area outside the office and a bathroom. Whew! We are also removing the trim boards ourselves (well, mostly Jim, but I'm helping!) and will clean and refinish them. Should look nice - I hope! They will start September 11 and I think they said it would take about a week. More disruption, but it will be worth it.

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Fall-To Layout #30 - Take Two

I actually had some "extra" time earlier this week (not sure how that happened!) and I opened up some of my older stamping bookmarks. Imagine my surprise to find out that Natasha had reactivated her Clean and Simple Stamping blog with Fall-To Layouts:) I just had to make a card with this week's sketch. You can find it here.

The patterned paper I used for this card is from The Paper Studio. I love that stack! I matted with a deep, rusty orange. I added some olive rick-rack along the right edge. The stamping was all done with SU! inks and Papertrey Ink images. I cut the circles with my Circle Nestabilities and mounted on foam squares.

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Fall Birthday and Hello

This die-cut and folded piece has been in my paper drawer for years. I thought about tossing it, but instead made it into a card. I matted it with a deepish red. I don't know who made the die. I'm not even sure how it got into my paper drawer! :) The sentiment is from Stampin' Up! and is matted and mounted on foam squares.
While I had that sheet of paper out, I made another card with it. It is almost fall, after all! I matted with the same deep red as the first card. I die-cut the hello out of the same red, and also twice out of white to stack it. My Ott light doesn't seem as bright as it used to be. I wonder if they can kind of "wear out."

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Musical Birthday

I bought some more dies, and this one arrived a few days ago. I cut out two colors and made them into cards right away. I used the same layout for both. This one is black and red.
This one is blues and grays and uses ancient paper:)

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Thoroughly Thankful #2


Here is the second card I made with the Stampin' Up! set called "Thoroughly Thankful." The flowers and sentiment are all part of the same stamp. There were two other small stamps that I did not use.

I colored the image with my new Spectrum Noir Sparkle markers. I didn't do anything "fancy" with them - just used them as markers. The sparkle from them is so pretty! It's like having Wink of Stella built in:) I think you can see the shimmer better in this small photo. I mounted the image panel on foam squares.

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Thoroughly Thankful #1


I really wasn't ready to start another stack of Stampin' Up! stamps (in my quest to use them all) but I was looking for something to color and thought this would work. I was wanting to use my new Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. I still haven't used them in any way except like "regular" markers, but I did enjoy coloring this image with them. This set is called "Thoroughly Thankful." For this card I used the main image, the greeting on the front of the card, and the sentiment on the inside.

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

My Stamping Room - Done!

  
OK. Here are pictures of my stamping room. Whew! I'm so tired of looking at pictures of it to share - I just want to be in there! :) Sorry if there are too many. I did delete several more.

Above is the view from outside the door looking in. (I will put the descriptions of the pictures below the pictures.)

This is outside looking in - in the other direction.

Starting to the left behind my table and going around the room. Just after we bought our house (before we even knew if we were going to get it) someone had these two teak shelves for give away at the end of their driveway. We gladly picked them up! My stamping table and hutch are teak, so that was perfect! (The table and hutch bottom were our old dining room furniture. We gave the hutch top away years ago.) On this shelf are flowers and buttons, tablets of patterned paper, miscellaneous older markers, some eyelets, ink pads, tape runner, binders with my stamps, binders with colored cardstock. The six-drawer unit has more misc stuff and some punches.


My table. On the left is a nine-drawer container for my copics and other markers, my foam squares, etc., gems and pearls. On top of that is an Ott light - that's where I take pictures of my cards. My acrylic blocks and small stamp sets are in the wood trays, along with my blank and finished calendar pages, Stickles and Liquid Pearls. My "lazy susan" storage holds scissors, glues, stamp-a-ma-jig, brayer, paint brushes, blending tools, etc. Also, my PTI stamps are in CD cases in a revolving CD holder. Also in CD cases in that same holder are my first Nestabilities - the "plain" shapes with scallops.
My wood-mounted stamps. These are all Stampin' Up! The closed doors hide more wood-mounted stamps - non-SU! The SU! stamps are arranged by size and then alphabetically. I have the last two stacks on the second to the bottom shelf and the bottom shelf left to use.

The view from my table. In the left corner is a storage cube and my Cameo Silhouette. Then my desk. This was about the first thing that my mom bought after starting work. The TV came from Jim's mom's place and the computer was my dad's. The next unit holds my punches. It also came from my dad's place - it's for VHS tapes:) The doors open out. The black storage shelf holds our photo albums and the remains of my former crafts. The painting on the printer was done by our daughter in tenth grade. It was hanging up but fell down a while ago. Jim will try to figure out a better way to hang it!
I don't have a window in my room, but if I keep the door open, I can see outside through the family room.

With the doors closed, this is the view. The Starry Night painting was done by me at a "Paint Pub." The scenery picture is a crewel stitchery done by me many years ago.
My bulletin board with some cards I have received. It hasn't been updated for quite a while. :( In the colored drawers are my embossing powders, eyelets and snaps, stickers, extra supplies and miscellaneous items. Also there sits my Grand Calibur, which I rarely use.
Last picture - behind my table. We got the upper cupboards free through FreeCycle. I think they match quite well! They hold finished cards, ribbons, white and off-white cardstock and much more. The hutch holds envelopes, several boxes of cards I've received over the last many years, my ScorPal, some punches and a few other things. The six-drawer unit on the left is FILLED with 12 x 12 paper - which I very rarely use. The three-drawer unit hold alphabet stamps. Next comes more paper. Then my BIGkick, MISTI, dies, Washi tape, and card parts. The binders on the right hold my embossing folders and Cuttlebug dies. 

I think that's about it! Please ask if you have any questions.

And I even have the family room back:) And it amazingly only took about two and a half days.


   
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Friday, August 18, 2017

Die-Cut Daisy

I think this card is pretty similar to one I posted a month or two ago, but I'm just using up some more "card parts." This daisy was cut with a die when I was in Des Moines in June. My how time flies!! The die cuts the window, the daisy with stem and grasses, and also an extra daisy for popping up on top. I did the coloring with my sparkly Spectrum Noir markers. I added some blue patterned paper underneath and also some scoring with my Scor Buddy. I used a black enamel dot for the flower center. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink. This card is going to an on-line friend who should have already received it. Happy Birthday, Gloria!

The die is from Poppystamps/Memory Box - called Floral Stem Collage.

The stamps/die set that I used for yesterday's card is from Hero Arts/Sizzix and is called "Frames with Sprigs." Here is a link to it on eBay in case you want to see what it looks like.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Happy Anniversary, Kris! (And My Stamping Room)


This is the card I made for stamping group friend, Kris. Happy Anniversary to you and Ron! I made the second card first, but decided, even though I liked it, that it needed "a little bit more." So I made this top one.

The flower stamp and die are from a Hero Arts/Sizzix set that I've had for quite a while. I colored it with markers, spritzed with water, and stamped on ivory cardstock. I mounted them on foam squares. The sentiment is an old one from PSX, stamped on the same ivory cardstock. I matted with a matching purple. The card base is ivory, also, with a layer of kids watercolor cardstock on the bottom. to the left is the one without the purple matting. Just a bit too plain.

My stamping room is done!!! We went out of town overnight Tuesday night and came back Wednesday, but I still finished putting it back together late Wednesday afternoon. I'm so excited about it! :) I have posts scheduled already for the next few days, but soon I will push them back a day and show you pictures of my completed room. I love it! There are some things that I need to "purge" but for now I just put everything back. I was going to reorganize, but I liked it the way it was.

Edited to add: The Sizzix/Hero Arts set that I used for the flowers is called "Frames with Sprigs." Here is a link to it on eBay in case you want to see what the set looks like.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Simple Thinking of You

I stamped this "Thinking of you" sentiment last week while working on another card. It was the wrong size for that card and I, of course, couldn't throw it away:) It was stamped in my favorite brown - Soft Suede. (The stamp and ink are both from Stampin' Up! and likely both retired.) The flowered paper is from a matstack from The Paper Studio and the bottom layer of patterned cardstock is from an old matstack by Recollections. I do believe that is my last sheet from that stack - possibly the only matstack I have even come close to using up!! (Actually, now that I think of it, I think I may have one more sheet.)

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

My Stamping Room

We've only lived in this house for four and a half years, and we painted my stamping room right away. I do like the color, but with the teak furniture (old dining room table and old hutch bottom), everything was too much the same color. (I used a flash for this picture, and the room looks more rose-colored than it actually is.) So, I bit the bullet and moved everything out on Sunday so that I could paint it! This is what things looked like while I was waiting for Jim to help me move out the big furniture.
This is what our family room looks like! How did all of that stuff actually fit into my room - and how will I get it back in?!? :)



Ready for painting! I'm anxious for it to be done. I'm sure it will need two coats. Hopefully it will go back together as quickly as it got emptied, but I don't really think that's possible:)

I had this ready to post, but we actually got it painted yesterday, too! First we did have to remove the table and the desk with the computer. I was hoping to not have to move them, but it was fine. Here are a couple pictures of it painted. And it actually was done well with only one coat of paint!


Now today I will remove the tape, replace the outlet covers, etc., vacuum and start moving stuff back in. I'm so excited ... and amazed that it went so quickly!

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Die-Cut Thanks


When I was in Des Moines in June, I used a friend's die to cut these two pieces. So pretty, I think! For this first one, I had cut the piece with ivory cardstock, and then I matted with some Recollections dotted cardstock and mounted on the card base.

For this second one, I had used the die on patterned paper. I added it to an ivory base. I had lost the little triangle for the "A", so I added a matching gem.

Edited to add: This die is from Simon Says Stamp. You can find it here.

Also (with encouragement from Darnell) I am entering these cards into the Inkspirational challenge, which is "Wave."

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Spring Garden #3

Card #3 and the last using the Stampin' Up! set called "Spring Garden." The stamps from the set are the sentiment, the flowers, and the stems. I again used kid's watercolor paper and spritzed the flowers and stems before stamping. I embossed the matting with a Darice border folder on the bottom.

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Spring Garden #2

Card #2 made with "Spring Garden" by Stampin' Up! The stamps I used for this card are the stem with leaves, the flowers, the butterfly and the butterfly body. For each of them, I spritzed with water before stamping on kid's watercolor paper. The sentiment is from another SU! set. I cut it out with a Memory Box die. I mounted the sentiment on foam squares. The card base is ivory.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Spring Garden #1

Here is the first card of my next Stampin' Up! set. Making progress! :) (I think after this set, which completes another stack, I will work on "card parts" for a while.)

This set is called "Spring Garden." It consists of ten stamps, which I will use on my cards over the next three days. The stamps I used for this card are the stems and the flowers. The sentiment is from another SU! set. I used some kid's watercolor paper for the stamping. I inked up the stamps with markers and spritzed with water before stamping. I matted with black. The entire card front is covered with paper from Recollections. The image panel is mounted on foam squares.

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