Thursday, February 25, 2016

Daisies and Butterflies

Hi everyone! Hope your week is going wonderfully! My card today features one of my favorite dies, Sketch Daisy, from the latest release. I have made so many cards using this die and all of its parts!

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I started with a white piece of card stock cut 5" x 3.75".  Using the "smooshing" technique, I used Hickory Smoke Distress Ink and a very tiny bit of Scattered Straw here and there for the background. If you haven't "smooshed", there are a number of You Tube videos that show how this technique works! I love it because this kind of background can be created in less than a minute!

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I cut three of the Sketch Daisy from white card stock, and used the negative space as a stencil. I laid the daisies out first to see where I wanted to place them, then used this as a guide for the daisy backgrounds. I positioned the stencil under the flower, removed the die cut, and sponged first with Hickory Smoke. After offsetting the stencil, I sponged Stampin' Up Berry Bliss, offset once again, and lightly sponged another layer of Berry Bliss. I did this for each flower. I slightly curved the leaves and flower of the full die cut flowers, and glued down just the stems, placing them so that the flowers were directly over the sponged daisies, giving it a dimensional look.

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I stamped the "Time to Appreciate" cling stamp onto the piece in the upper left corner. I just learned this stamp has been discontinued, but you may be able to find it by Googling it. Just about any sentiment would work though. I cut one set of butterflies from the Mini Butterflies die, sponging some with Berry Bliss and others with Hickory Smoke, and placed them as shown.  I added a little bling before adhering this piece to the A2 card base with foam tape.  Using different sentiments, I think this card would be appropriate for just about any occasion.

As always, I had fun making this card, and hope you enjoy it!  Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, February 19, 2016


It's now officially Friday! I hope you're gearing up for a great weekend!

Oh my gosh, the holidays are flying by and Easter is coming soon!  My card today is a little different as Easter cards go.  It was a "delight" to make, but then I always have fun making cards!  So here we go ...

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I started with a black card base, and cut a piece of white card stock to 5.5" x 3.75".  I sponged my favorite green ink, Peeled Paint Distress Ink, through the Distressed Grid stencil onto the white piece, keeping it light and sporadic. I then adhered this to the base, leaving a slightly wider margin on the left.

I die cut the largest egg from the Half a Dozen Eggs set from black card stock. I die cut two of the Tanglewood Frame dies from white card stock. On one of the die cuts, I again used the largest egg die to cut the egg shape from the background, making sure to include the flower.  I lightly sponged Shabby Shutters Distress Ink over all but the flower. On the flower, I sponged Squeezed Lemonade and shaded with Dried Marigold.  I then lined up and adhered the Tanglewood egg shape to the black egg. From the other Tanglewood background die cut, I snipped out the leaves and sprigs, sponging over these pieces with Peeled Paint ink. I also snipped out the flower and sponged on the same colors as the first one.
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I adhered the snipped flower over the corresponding one, turning it slightly, and added some yellow Prills to the center.  I next adhered the snipped leaves over the corresponding leaves on the egg.  I used foam tape to adhere the assembled egg onto the card front.  I applied glue to the bottom edges of the other three sprigs and tucked them behind the egg as shown.  For the sentiment, I used washi tape to cover everything on the stamp but the word Delight, inked it with Versafine Black ink, removed the tape and stamped where shown.

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I'm going to experiment with cutting other shapes from the Tanglewood Frame background! It's such a versatile die and so delicate. I hope you'll give it a try too!  Thanks for stopping by, and have a great weekend!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Sketch Rose Branch in more ways than one!

Happy almost weekend to all!  I know ... once again, it's been a long time.

I was honored to have been asked to create 25 cards for the February 2016 Look Book for Memory Box, and spent several weeks working on this project.  So much fun!  Last week the project was completed, and you can view the book online by using this link: February 2016 Look Book.

So moving right along ... my card, which was part of Memory Box's latest Spring release blog blitz in early January, features the Sketch Rose Branch, and oh, the possibilities! You will see another card using this stamp further in the post.

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I die cut two of this beautiful die, one in green and one in cream. I snipped out all the flowers from the cream die cut, including the buds, and glued them over the corresponding green flowers, adding pearls to the centers. I cut a piece of cream card stock slightly smaller than the green card base, cut a window using a die from the Rectangle Layers set and then embossed that piece. I sponged Peeled Paint Distress Ink through the Texture Tiny Dots stencil (unfortunately no longer available from Memory Box) onto a piece of cream card stock that was cut slightly larger than the window, and glued that to the card base.
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I added the assembled Rose Branch to the front of the embossed piece and then popped that with foam tape to the card base. The sentiment is from the Springtime Bunnies clear stamp set, which I cut apart to fit the window opening. 
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Here is another card using the same die:

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Here I die cut the flower in white and colored the flowers, stems and leaves by sponging on Spiced Marmalade and Peeled Paint Distress Inks.  The background is done with the smooshing technique using Scattered Straw Distress Ink. The sentiment is the Happiest cling stamp from Memory Box.

You can see another version of this card in the February 2016 Look Book!  So glad you stopped by!