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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

A Brainy Get Well!

A good friend and cardmaking buddy had brain surgery for repair of the trigeminal nerves in the brain, caused by a rare condition known as Trigeminal Neuraligia.  This condition caused her chronic pain in the area supplying feelings, by the trigeminal nerve, to the cheek, jaw, teeth, gums, lips, or less often the eye and forehead.  Bouts of pain can last from a few seconds, several minutes, days, weeks, months or longer (some people have periods when they have no pain at all for weeks or months).  Her surgery seems very successful, though she can not be sure of the exact results for up to several months.

I wanted to make Charlene a pretty get well card that was cute and very cheerful, letting her know I am so waiting until she can join us again at the crafting table!   After mulling around several ideas, I saw Splitcoaster's Sketch Challenge SC649, issued June 14th.  I really thought I could do something with this sketch idea, using a colored image in a cute round frame.  As it turned out, I took some liberties with the sketch elements, which we are allowed to do.  See the Sketch SC649 below:

My image shouted out for a square frame instead of a round one, and its angled band called for a straight and wider band to blend with my square frame.  I also decided to add a couple of corner curves and eyelets cut-outs to spruce up my layers and a sheer ribbon and bow.  After complete my outside design, I created a little verse and designed the inside to coordinate with the front.  I hope Charlene will enjoy her card, which is shown below:

Ingredients:   Cardstocks:  Recollections Essentials (Violet); SU Whisper White. Patterns: Recollections: Purple Ditsy Floral; K&Co.-Watercolor Bouquet-Purple. Color Digital Image: Bandaging Kitty.  Die: Spellbinders: Classic Squares SM; Lacey Squares. SU Punch: Three Corner (retired).  EK Border Punch: Patterned Circles (cut in half).  Offray 5/8" Sheer Violet Ribbon.  Bath & Body Works-Magic in the Air/ Diamond Shimmer Mist. Frame (outside): 3-1/4". Frame (inside: 2-1/4".  Card Size:  4-3/4" x 6".

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Graduation with Total Honors!



WEEK ENDING - JUNE 18, 2017!!

Boy, you can't ask for much more!  Daughter Jackie just graduated today from the University of Washington with her Bachelors of Science Nursing and with summa cum laude 4.0 honors throughtout her journey to complete her B.S.N.  We are soooooo proud of her...I'm about to bust!

I decided to make Jackie's graduation card in UW colors...purple and gold...unfortunately, the picture shows it up more blue than purple...but really it is purple.  As I did not have any purple papers that were remotely appropriate, I went on Etsy and found some digital paper that I like in purples and gold.  Even though the paper looked purple and gold on the computer screen, they were navy blue and with white fleur de lis.  My next task was to move the two pieces into my PaintShop Pro program and re-color them to the appropriate colors,  That was finally achieve and I resized the papers in Word so the fleur de lis were smaller and the crown in the gold paper were also smaller.

After printing them, I decided to try something I've been thinking I should try.  About three months ago, when I was in Bath & Body Works, I saw a body mist named Magic in the Air, a diamond shimmer mist.  When I sprayed it on the paper sample piece, it put a beautiful shimmery mist all over the paper (and smelled good as well), and I thought, "Wow!  That would be great to use on cardmaking papers."  Now was the time to try it out, and it worked beautifully.  I sprayed it over all the papers and stamped images, except the graduation hat and the gold glimmer stars and tassel.  Unfortunately, the photo shot of the card does not show it off, but it's truly wonderful.  I see I will never have to buy Shimmer White cardstock again, because I can make my own!!!!  Take a peak at Jackie's finished grad card inside and out...I think she will love it.

Ingredients:  Cardstocks: Recollections Cardstock Essentials-purple; Stampin' Up Gold Glimmer (stars/ tassel), Naturals Ivory (retired); Clair Tales Purple & Gold Damask 06 & 07 (color-enchanced); DCWV Glitter Stack-golden yellow.  Stamps: Stampin' Up--Bravo (colored w/Copics).  Inks: Memento-Grape Jelly, Paris Dusk (two-step stamping).   Dies:  MFT-Stitched Star; Stampin' Up-Balloon Framelits (tassel); Impression Obsession-Instant Photo Corners.  Punch: Stampin' Up-IB Accents/ Star.  Bath & Body Works-Magic in the Air/ Diamond Shimmer Mist.  Computer-verse.  Size:  4-7/8" x 6".

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Graduation Congratulations!!

A long-time friend of my daughter's son is graduating from high school...boy how time flies!  His mother and grandparents hosted a graduation barbecue picnic in their backyard, and we were invited to attend.  I wanted to make Cody a special graduation card for this big event in his life.

I chose 2 Cute Ink's digital graduation squirrel image, because all the while Cody was growing up, he had a favorite gray squirrel that he even named that lived in Grandma's backyard.  Cody was sure that this squirrel came back every spring to visit with him by running up on  the deck and beckoning and chattering to him each time the squirrel saw him in Grandma's backyard.  I thought it only fitting that his squirrel friend be featured on his graduation card.

I tried my Heidi Swapp Minc foil transfer machine on the "congratulations" tag, using the Royal Blue foil and backed it with a royal blue and Crushed Curry cardstock enchanced with the Clear Wink of Stella pen to given the background a bit of glittery sheen to match the foil sheen of the greeting.  That was lots of fun.  I'm anxious to try more cards using my new Minc machine.  Take a peek below at Cody's "squirrely" graduation card!

My final step was to find just the right verse to add to my card's inside design created to compliment the card front.  I was able to craft Cody's verse from an inspiration that I found on the Internet...I think it has just right message for this special young man.

Ingredients:  Cardstocks: SU-Whisper White, Crushed Curry; Recollections-Royal Blue.  Darice Core'dinations: Dark Blue Plaid. 2 Cute Ink Digi: Squirrely Graduate.  Copic Markers.  Dies:  MFT-Stitched Oval Scallop Frame; Spellbinders-Scalloped Ovals LG.  Punches-EK Scalloped Edges; Scallop Photo Corner (inside).  Minc: Foil transferred sentiment tag; Minc Transfer Foil: Royal.  Wink of Stella: Clear.  Computer-made verse.  Size: 5" x 6".

Friday, April 14, 2017

Sweet Friend's Milestone Birthday!

A very dear friend is celebrating a milestone birthday this week.  Several really good gal friends are getting together to celebrate her and take her to lunch.  I wanted to make her a special card, and since I seem to be loving my new Stampin' Up Beautiful You stamp set, and also seem to have another card idea floating around in my gray matter, I thought I'd see what I came up with.

I found a lovely piece of patterned paper from the Watercolor DCWV Stack that looks like a watercolored paper with gold foil embossing.  I decided to make a salt watercolored background incorporating the colors from this paper to use as the layer upon which I would stamp my dancing lady image.  Though I had only done one other card with watercolors and never used the salt technique, I decided to be brave and give it a go.

I wanted my stamped dancing lady to have pink arms and legs, so I started my watercoloring with pink where I planned to stamp my image.  I used blues in the sky area along with a bit of pink and orange to give the allusion of the beginning of a sunset, and I used greens and yellow at the bottom to represent grass and a carpet of yellow flowers.  

After my watercolor application was complete and while the paper was still fairly wet, I sprinkled a good amount of regular table salt onto my paper and let it set for about 10 minutes.  I then helped the drying process along with my embossing heat tool.  I brushed and rubbed off all the dried salt so the paper was once again smooth and salt-free.  With salt, my understanding is that the larger the salt crystals and varied their sizes, you achieve a more dramatic effect.  Since table salt is much finer and more uniform, it creates a more subtle effect, but I was pleased with how it turned out and excited to try something new.

Since my patterned paper was gold foil embossed, I stamped my dancing lady onto my watercolor background with Encore Gold Metallic ink.  I stamped the patterned paper as well with the dancing lady stamp and the umbrella from another image in the stamp set.  I then fussy-cut them to adhere over the top of the image already stamped on the watercolor background to give her a patterned dress and matching umbrella.

For my layout, I found a Sketch Layout #SC639 on SplitcoastStampers' April 5th Sketch Challenge that I thought I would use.  See below:

For my #6 top left, I added an umbrella for my stamped lady, and for the #6 lower right, I added a butterfly to my double fishtail flag sentiment.   Below is my finished card, that I think Sandy will really like for her birthday!

Ingredients:  Stampin' Up products:  Cardstock--Island Indigo, Watercolor Paper; Stamps: Beautiful You; Inks: Pool Party, Soft Sky, Pink Pirouette, Sweet SugarPlum, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Mint Macaron, Pear Pizzazz.  Other:  DCWV Watercolor Stack (gold foil pattern).  DCWV Foil Stack (Aqua).  Recollections:  Cardstock--Cool Breeze 5-Color Pack; Gold Metallic pearls.  Encore: Gold Metallic Ink pad.  Wink of Stella: Gold.  Martha Stewart 3-in-1 Petite Butterflies punch.  Papertrey Ink stamp: Tea for Two Additions (sentiment). Technique: Salted Watercolor Wash.  Size: 4-3/4" x 6".

Monday, April 3, 2017

Daughter's Birthday to Celebrate!

Sorry, I have been most remiss in my cardmaking and blogging for the last three months!  Several bouts of the flu, traveling a bit, and general busyness are the only excuses I can offer.  But, I did manage to get a card made for my daughter, Jackie's birthday.


Since Jackie is a big umbrella fan, boasting ownership of at least ten or more, and some with matching goulashes, a card with some sort of umbrella theme is sure to shout out, "THIS CARD MUST BE FOR JACKIE!"  With this in mind, I thought I would like to use my new stamp set by Stampin' Up, Beautiful You, incorporating more than one stamp into my image.  


I chose the dancing lady stamp and borrowed the umbrella from the strolling lady stamp.  I stamped with Versamark and white embossed the dancing lady onto a black cardstock background.  I, then, Versamark stamped and white embossed the image again onto my red, black, and white polka-dot paper and fussy-cut the dress out to layer over my black cardstock white embossed image.  I Versamark stamped and embossed her hat and hair onto another red and black muted pattern and overlayed that as well onto the black cardstock image.  Next, I Versamark stamped and white embossed the umbrella from the "walking umbrella lady" stamp and fussy-cut out just the umbrella, which I set aside to adhered onto the black background after my card layers were cut and adhered together.  My next step was to Versamark stamp and white emboss my chose sentiment underneath my lady image.  After cutting and adhering all my mats and layers, the final step was to adhere the umbrella, which I offset to the left leaving it to hang over onto the layer below (see image below).  I used a white gel pen to make my umbrella handle connecting it to her hand.  

Though I'm not sure I like this, I did color my lady's white embossed hair with shades of brown, using my Copic markers.  I did this because Jackie's hair is brown, but I'm not sure I would do that again.


The last step to complete Jackie's card was to compose a verse and create an interior design that compliments the card front. . .see the finished inside below.


Ingredients:  Stampin' Up products:  Cardstock:  Basic Black, Real Red, Whisper White.  Stamp set:  Beautiful You (Occasions 2017).  White Embossing Powder.  Taylored Expressions Summer Nights dsp.  My Mind's Eye Holly Jolly Winter Branches (hat).  EK punch: Victorian Corners.  Versamark Embossing Ink. Uni-ball Signo White Gel Pen.  Computer verse (odstemplik font).  Size: 4-3/4" x 6". 

Monday, February 27, 2017

My Oldest Son's Birthday is Coming!

My oldest son's birthday is in the early days of March, so I should have been thinking about making his card last week, but alas my calendar was cluttered.  When this happens, I have a difficult time getting myself to my craft table because my mojo has gone out the window, and I have the dickens of a time getting it back! 

Not to fear. . .I went to a cardmaking event hosted by the dynamic duo, Dar Peterson and Luci Kirschbaum, and as I viewed one of the inspiration cards, some ideas flew into my head that I thought would be great additions to an already very cute card (thanks to Luci Kirschbaum).  I decided to complete only a portion of my card and take the pieces home to finish.  Now, I'm thinking it's time to finish it, because it will make the perfect birthday card for my son.

To the original design, I added embossing to the white background layer.  I thought that would be a nice touch, and I knew I had just the right embossing folder for this job!  Then, I decided I wanted to stagger my green color panel instead of stacking all three panels one on top of another.  The embossing texture turned out especially nice...I just LOVE that "Happy Birthday" embossing folder!

Now, I was ready to finalize my card by creating an inside design and verse that was complimentary to the card front design and for the birthday occasion.  Take a peek at the finished product below.

Ingredients:   Stampin' Up products:  Cardstocks--Emerald Envy, Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango, and Whisper White.  Ink--Basic Black; Emerald Envy.  Ribbon--Emerald Envy 3/8" Ruched.  SU-2017 Occasions:  Pattern dsp--Party Animal (2017 Occasions).  Stamps--That's the Tag.  Dies--Timeless Tags Thinlits.  Other:  Cuttlebug EF: Happy Birthday.  EK punch: Zig Zag.  Computer verse.  Size: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2."  (a CASE card...thanks Luci Kirschbaum for original inspiration).

Friday, February 10, 2017

Valentine for My Hubby!




Valentine's Day is in a few days, and I finally finished my husband's card.  He is getting a second hot air balloon card in a matter of just a few weeks to make sure this Bucket List item is complete.  I made his first air balloon card for his birthday just a few week's, which shows just how versatile this new stamp/die bundle, "Lift Me Up," from Stampin' Up is. 

I wanted my color combination to be black, red, and white.  I had in mind to make my night sky in black, and I also wanted it to be a bit glossy so I tired something I was not sure was going to work, but it worked wonderfully.  I covered the entire black cardstock layer with Versamark ink, making sure is was thoroughly and evenly cover by pressing the stamp pad down over the entire area of the cardstock and then wiping the pad in long strokes over the entire surface again..  I sprinkled it with clear embossing powder and heat set it, making it glossy.  I pressed it overnight in a cardstock paper stack with several few books on top to make sure it was flat and level.

I envisioned puffy clouds in my night sky and decided to use the retired SU embossing folder Cloudy Day, because it has tiny embossing dots that make the cloud forms.  For some reason, this folder has the clouds positioned vertically rather than horizontally on the folder.  As I wanted to cover the entire paper with clouds, I placed the paper in the folder so the clouds would cover from side to side.  This left the bottom half of the paper outside the folder, so I made sure it didn't run all the way through the rollers and over the edge of the folder, which would cause the folder edge to crease my paper midway cross.  Next, I turned my black paper and re-positioned the unembossed side into the folder.  I tried to match the cloud impressions as closely as I could to those already embossed, and then I ran it through the Big Shop, again, just to the edge of the folder, but not over it to prevent a crease.  It turned out surprisingly well, and as my air balloon would cover a great deal of the mid-section of the embossed clouds, I did not feel it would show at all where the clouds were not formed quite right!

I decided on a patterned paper for my red color.  I chose a white mini dot on a red background, and I decided on Shimmery White for my card base.  I dressed up the corners with rounded corners and used the eyelet Curvy Corners punch on my black glossy top piece for the red to peek through.  I used the same papers for the balloon colors under the black patterned balloon die-cut overlay.  I colored the black balloon die-cut with Black Wink of Stella to give it a bit of sparkle. 


After roughly laying out my pieces, I decided to add some vellum clouds.  With my chosen sentiment being "love is in the air," I thought a large red glitter heart on my air balloon and smaller ones on each vellum cloud would finish off my card very nicely.

Take a peek below at my finished Valentine air balloon card, both inside and out.  I think my husband will be well pleased.

Ingredients:  Stampin' Up products:  Cardstocks--Shimmery White (cardbase), Basic Black, Real Red, Vellum.  DSP Stack-Brights.  Stamps-Lift Me Up (front sentiment), Sealed with Love (inside sentiment), Valentine's Love (hearts-inside/ retired).  Die:  Up & Away framelits (balloon, clouds). Punch: Curvy Corners (retired). Embossing Folder: Cloudy Day (retired). Embossing Powder: Real Red Glitter.  Other:  Zutter Corner Rounder punch.  Recollections: Foam Glitter Hearts; Charcoal Anthracite Embossing Powder,  Dies:  Papertrey Ink-Clouds/ Hero Arts-Cloud.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

A Husband's Birthday is Soon!




My husband will be celebrating his birthday soon, so it is time I started thinking about his card.  One of the items on his "Bucket List" is take a hot air balloon ride, so using my new Stampin' Up stamp/ die bundle,  Lift Me Up , will be perfect.  

I made my first card using this bundle at a stamp camp hosted by the dynamic duo, Dar Peterson and Luci Kirschbaum.  I thank Luci for the inspiration from her card design as a jumping off point for mine.  

To start my card, I wanted my clouds to be lightly glittered, so I used spray adhesive on white cardstock and sprinkled with ultra fine white glitter, tapped off, and let dry.  Then, I was able to treat it just like any commercial glitter paper.  I used a commercial lightly glitter golden yellow glitter paper for my sun, and used SU's Seaside embossing folder to give my sky some texture.  Then, the "glitter bug" got a hold of me, and I added Wink of Stella-Clear to my clouds, giving them some gray tones, which I loved.  Then, I added "Wink" to  my sun to make it a bit more shiny and to my balloon outline as well!  I think my husband will be pleased with birthday card featuring his very own hot air balloon

My traditional final step to completing my cards is to create an inside design that is complimentary to my card front and compose a verse that fits the card's this case, a birthday!  Take a peek at my finished inside card design.

Ingredients:  Stampin' Up products:  Cardstock--Dapper Denim, Raspberry Ripple, Pool Party, Island Indigo, Sweet Sugarplum, Whisper White.  DCWV Glitter Stack--yellow glitter.  Stamps--Lift Me Up.  Ink: Island Indigo, Smokey Slate.  Dies--Up & Away.  Punch: 3/4" Circle (sun); Curvy Corners (retired).  Embossing Folder: Seaside.  Dazzling Diamonds Glitter.  Other:  Pretty Pink Posh dies--Camping Friends (sun rays).  My Favorite Things: Essential Sentiments.  Wink of Stella-Clear.  Queen & Co.--Twinkle Goosebumps. Elmer's Spray Adhesive.  Computer verse.  Fishtail Flag: hand-cut.  Size--4-3/4" x 6".  (Thank you to Luci Kirschbaum for the design inspiration.)

Sunday, January 22, 2017

A Grandbaby on the Way!




I am going to be a Grandma. . .hallelujah, yippee!  My youngest son and his wife are expecting at the end of February, and we are celebrating this new little person, who is on her way, with a baby shower!  The theme for room decorations are woodland animals, and the shower invitation arrived with a darling little white, Arctic baby fox wearing a pompom-laden, knit snow hat.  My creative juices immediately began to whirl and groan, as they were so not use to being accessed.

I have not been to my craft table since the night before Christmas Eve. . .I was just too sick to care. . ., and this went on for four weeks and three days without any noticeable improvement.   Finally, on the 31st day, halfway through the day, I noticed my constant coughing was considerably better, my nose was not running continually, and my sinuses were a little less plugged.  By the end of the day, I was pretty sure I was really on the mend.  It took three days, and I was quickly back to normal with an abundance of energy!  Thank the Lord!

For my card, my original intent was to use the Stampin' Up Foxy Friends stamps and punch set, but after a bit of searching through my digital images, I found a cute little fox that I thought would be perfect sitting on the left lower side of my shaker circle.  Yes...I wanted to make a shaker card.  Once I made my mind up about those two things, my card flew together.  I was able to use several new dies that I had recently acquired, which lend themselves to a woodsy, fox theme.

I finished my little woodland fox card, and then completed the decor and verse for my card interior.  Take a peek below...I'm pretty pleased with the way Ginger's card turned out!  I think she'll love it!

Ingredients:  Stampin” Up products:  Cardstock—Shimmery White – cardbase; Daffodil Yellow; Soft Sky.  Stamps—Weather Together (raindrops); Foxy Friends (tree stump); Baby Bear (sentiment).  Ink--Sahara Sand; Old Olive (mixed).  Punch—Scallop Edge (retired-inside design), Curvy Corners (retired-inside design).  Embossing Powder—White.  Other:  October Afternoon pattern paper—Hide and Seek (floral.  Digital image:  Pixel Paper Prints—Woodland Animals (fox).  Dies—Impression Obsession—Three Trees Background; Reverse Confetti—Edgers Confetti Cuts (scalloped "V"); Cottage Cuts—Stitched Wide Circle Frame, Pierced Ovals; My Favorite Things—Stitched Circle Scallop Frame; Spellbinders—Scalloped Petite Ovals.  Stash:  1/8” Daffodil Yellow Satins ribbon.  Sequins—misc. colors.  Size:  4-3/4" x 6."

Monday, January 9, 2017

Splitcoaststamper's Best of 2016 Favorites!!!!!!!!!!



I am over the moon!  I have just been notified that my vintage-style BETTY BOOP card that I made for my daughter Michele's birthday this year at the end of June and was a Splitcoaststampers' Weekly Favorites for the week ending July 3, 2016, has now been chosen as one of their Best of 2016 Favorites!!  I can not even tell you how surprised I am. . .I did not even know that they had this award.  I just assumed, "Okay, how marvelous, my card was a Splitcoaststampers Weekly Favorite."  Can I say again, I'm over the MOON!

So, I thought I would repost this little beauty to refresh your memory if you read my blog often or to bring it to your attention if you missed its original posting and are now reading this one. (See below.)  I am also posting a link CLICK HERE back to that post as there is a story why the title of the post is, HAPPY CELEBRATIONS FOR "BETTY!" when my daughter's name is actually Michele.

Ingredients:  SU cardstock: Blushing Bride.  DCWV Old World Stack (glitter applied).  Authentique: Promise collection/ Six (floral).  My Mind's Eye: The Sweetest Thing collection/ Honey "Love" Fond (check).  Dies: Spellbinder's-Heart Squares; MFT-Stitched Squares STAX.  SU punches: Modern Label; Word Window (both retired).  Recollections flowers.  Elmer's Craft Adhesive Spray.  Martha Stewart Glitter: Crystal Fine.  EK punch: Basketweave Corner.  Computer-made sentiment and verse.  Size: 5-1/2" square.  (Splitcoaster Thread: Weed Ending 7-3-16/ #142).

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Out Visiting with a Bug!

If you were wondering what happened to my blog and my cardmaking, I guess I am being forced to take an at-home vacation so I can be sick.  Ugh!  Hope to be back in the thick of things soon.  

I'm falling behind and the new year has only just begun. . .and my most important New Year's resolution was to try not to have so many belated birthday cards this year.  My card calendar tells me I've missed three masculine birthdays, two female friend birthdays, and one of my little niece's birthdays, plus, I joined a Christmas Card challenge for 2017 to try and help me get Christmas cards done and avoid the rush in December.  I've got three for January to do, and I haven't even begun the creative process.  YIKES!!!!!!

Hope to be back soon if I can just shake this terrible cold. . .until then, it's 

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Christmas Pressies :-)!

I want to share my three card pressies received from cardmaking buddies and my Mom for Christmas!  My Mom is a wonder...she made homemade cards for each of her fellow BINGO players, in addition to all her relatives and other friends!  I LOVE to receive homemade glad a few of us share our cards with each other!

My first homemade card received was from my friend Sandy...aren't those little elf stocking legs and shoes just the cutest!  I LOVE them!  Sandy always find such cute embellies when we go on cardmaking shopping trips, and I get to enjoy her finds on my cards fom her.  Thanks Sandy for the darling card!

Next came my friend Charlene's card.  I have to tell you, I was so glad to receive this card with my favorite stamp/die bundle from Stampin' Up.  I had plans to use this set for my four children's Christmas cards and having one made up right in front of me, helped gave me courage to cute into the beautiful pieces ofChristmas patterns I had chosen for each of their cards...LOL!    I made my cards larger than any I had seen on Pinterest or Charlene's card, so I had to create my own dimensions, but it helped to have the smaller version in front of me.  Thanks those reindeer!  I am showing two views Charlene's card so you can see what it looks like when closed and then, open.

My last homemade card received was from my Mom, traveling all the way from northern California.  I love this snowflake stamp set that she used on the front, and also her inside stamped verse.  I'll have to figure out which stamp set it comes from.  So very pretty...LOVE it Mom!


Thursday, December 29, 2016

Leftover Christmas to Post!

I had one card left in my "To Do Stash" that was needed for my brother.  It is a Liz Thayer original design that I changed just a tiny bit.  On Liz's card she snowflaked the area that would show through the tree oval only.  I decided to snowflake my entire area so that the edges of the snowflakes peeked out along the layered edges.  In addition, I added a dot of glue here and there and sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds glitter randomly on this layer as well and on the sentiment band to add a little sparkle.  For my sentiment band, I decided to fishtail the ends rather than leave them straight.  I also decided to leave off the twine bow that was on the original and to lower the band more to the bottom of the oval at the base of the tree trunk, rather than mid-way up the trunk.  I then added glitter snow domes to each of the four front corners.  

My changes were subtle, and therefore, my card retains much of the same flavor as its original.   Take a peek below at the card and its inside design with verse that I created to compliment its front.

Ingredients:  Stampin' Up products - Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Red Glimmer.  Stamps: Lovely As A Tree; Snow Place (sentiment/ snowflakes).  Ink: Garden Green; White Craft. Dies:  Peaceful Pines (star); Top Note BigZ (retired).  Punch: Itty Bitty Accents-Star (retired).  Dazzling Diamond Glitter.  Rhinestones.  Other - Crystal Stickers: Glitter Domes.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Christmas Elf from Yesteryear!

Last year Liz Thayer did a little elf card at her 2015 Totally Lovin' Christmas, which was colored with Stampin' Up markers.  I promptly ruined my stamped image trying to color and blend with these pens.  I have never been very good getting a good color result using these water-based pens.  It's just me, as I have seen some beautiful coloring jobs achieved by others.

I decided that since I had purchased this stamp set already, I would take my salvageable pieces home and re-do my card in the quiet of my craft room.  Well, that did not happen last year, but I made a goal for this year:  I would try to finished my Christmas cards in my "To Do Stash" that were totally unfinished kits or half-started.  Since little elf fell into one of these categories, he was in luck to be finished this year!

I re-stamped my elf image and colored him using Copic markers, which is my pen of choice.  I like the way they shade and blend and the richness of color that you can achieve.  I also wanted the edges of my mat layers to be more visible to bring out the colors used on my elf's clothing, so I decided to start with a new green card base that would be slightly larger rather than cut down the size of all the layers on top of the cardbase.  I prefer the color edges of my layers to be from 1/8" to 3/16" wide instead of the narrow, almost invisible 1/16" that many cardmakers use.  I also decided to put a green mat layer under my little sentiment tag for even more green accents. 

Liz's original design is so very cute and cheerful, and the stamp set is also very cute and cheerful; thus, the resulting card is sure to make its recipient feel very happy when they open their card!  Take a peek below at both the finished exterior results and the inside design that I made to compliment the front.

Ingredients:  Stampin' Up - Cardstock:  Very Vanilla, Garden Green, Real Red, Whisper White, Watercolor paper.  Holiday Fancy Foil Vellum (2015 Holiday). Stamps: Christmas Cuties (2015 Holiday).  Dies:  Top Note BigZ (retired).  Punch: Decorative Label (modified).  Ribbons: 1/8" Red Stripe; 5/8" Vanilla Satin ribbon (retired).  Dazzling Diamonds Glitter (hat trim).  Dazzling Diamonds Gold Glitz glitter adhesive (elf bells).  Stash: Gold sequins.  Size: 4-1/2" x 5-3/4".