Friday, November 22, 2013

A "Get Well" card for Sophia!!!

A few weeks ago, I learned about a little girl named Sophia, who was diagnosed with A.L.L. (acute lymphocytic leukemia).  She is the daughter of my niece's boss and she is only seven years old.  After going through cancer with my youngest son (now 40 years when he was only three and a half years old and then going through it myself, this just broke my heart for her!  I asked my niece if she would get me an address so that I could make Sophia a special card and send it to her and to also let me know her favorite color and what she likes.  I found out that she likes snakes and lizards and pink is her favorite I went from there and this is what I came up with.

Do y'all remember when I did this blog post back in September?  Well, I've held on to the gorgeous little bird sticker that I made from a free file from and when I heard she liked pink and she also likes "critters", I knew what I would place on the front of the card!  The border down the side is a free file from Birds Cards and if you would like the file, you can find it here.....just scroll down until you see "Ribbon Borders 1" and click on the title to download it.  I altered the one I chose to use by getting rid of the scallops on the left side so that it would fit to the left side of my card panel.  I made a paper ribbon to thread through the border and I ran some Scor-Tape down the middle of it and then used pink flock on it and added the bling.  I also want to point out that stripes around the card front are flocked.  Here is a close-up of the card front.

My next project was to find a cute lizard to place on the inside of the card, so I went looking at Google Images and found the perfect one as I wanted it to look like he was holding up a sign.  Of course, I just had to give him some "googly eyes"    Isn't he a cutie patootie???  Oh, and I just want to point out that I did not mis-spell Sophia's name....she is often called "Fia".

When I made the envelope for the card, I used the same "striped" concept on the envelope front.

And last, but not least, for my "signature label" that I always place and sign on the back of my cards, I used the Silhouette America free file from last week as it looks better for a child's card than my regular label!

Sophia's aunt has started a Facebook Page for Sophia called "Sophia's Warriors" and if you would like to stop by and leave some love for Sophia, you can find it here.  Also, if you would like to make a card for Sophia, email me and I will provide an address that you can send the cards to.  Now here is a link to a video of Sophia back when she was three years old that will bring a smile to your face and probably tears to your eyes!

Thanks so much for stopping by....and if I don't get back here before next Thursday, I wish you and yours a very "Happy Thanksgiving"!!!

Finished Card Size:  5.5"x5.5" Square

Supply List

Papers:  Bazzill "Smooth White"
Ink:  Tsukineko "VersaMark Watermark"
Tools:  Silhouette "Cameo", Ranger "Heat It"
Accessories:  Stamp-n-Stuff "Detail Clear Transparent" & "Star Dust Transparent Embossing Powder,  Silhouette "Double-sided Adhesive Sheets", Offray "Bling", Recollections "Pearls", "2 Peas Mr. Giggles" & "LDT Printed" fonts, Martha Stewart "Classic Butterflies" punch, Zig "Wink of Stella Clear Brush Tip" Marker, Doodlebug "Velvet Flock"

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Good News & my "Red Poinsettia Card"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am so excited and so thankful to God and all of y'all for your prayers!  Thank you so much.  The results from my PET scan yesterday are signs of cancer and I don't have another PET scan scheduled until until March 18, 2014!!!!  Everyone there said that I was looking so good!  The only thing I did not like is that I have gained 5 lbs....but the tech that does the PET scan said that that is a good sign as it means I am on the mend from all of the radiation.  Awww, now I can breathe for a while!!!

OK, now back to my passion (besides my DH), crafting!!!  I have completed the "red poinsettia" A2 Frame Card and have photos to share.  

For this one, I did not use the clear embossing powder, I just gave the ink on the vellum a bit of time to dry and I actually think it's better NOT to emboss as I think it cuts better.  I used a couple of "Bic Mark-Its" to color this one.  For my darker color I chose "Rambunctious Red" and for my lighter color I chose "Sunset Orange" and I rather like how it turned out!  For the sentiment I used the "1 Bicarbonite DNA" font and I cut it out of a vinyl sample from that they sent me ages ago called "Champagne Gold Holographic" it!!!  Here is a close-up of the poinsettia.

Now, here are a couple of photos of the back of the card, showing the easel.  For this one I actually cut three of the easel and glued them together.  I did not score them with my cutter, instead after I glued them together I scored it with my Scor-Pal and I actually liked that method much better than cutting it out of cereal box and then having to paint or cover it with paper like I did with the first poinsettia card.

I will be making a "signature" label to go on the back of each card.....maybe using a "Christmas Bell" or "Christmas Tree" shape...have not decided yet!

Hey, once again, thanks for all of the prayers and support...they mean so much to me and thanks for stopping by.  Hurry back!!!

Finished Card Size:  A2 (4.25"x5.5")

Supply List

Papers:  Bazzill "Smooth White", Velllum, The Paper Company "White W/Gold Dots" Decorative Paper
Stamps:  "Pretty Poinsettia" digital stamp by Jane Beljo
Tools:  Silhouette "Cameo", Sizzix "eClips"
Accessories:  Offray Ribbon, Recollections "Pearls", "1 Bicarbonite DNA" font, "Champagne Gold Holographis" Vinyl,  Zig "Wink of Stella Clear Brush Tip" Marker

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Free "A2 Frame Card with Easel", a prayer request and a surprise!

Hey y'all!!!  I need prayers from all of you, as on Monday I am going for a PET scan to make sure that my cancer is still gone and I always get nervous prior to having the scan.  I have to have one every three months.  I'm feeling great, so if that is any indication, I would say everything will be fine!!!

Now, on to the "free" is for the card that I made in the previous post.  It is for the card itself and the surprise!!!  The artist, Jane Beljo, has given me permission to share my cutting file with y'all.  Here are her words "Just give it to anyone who wants it!!  No worries! :)".  So, if you would like my cutting file of her digital stamp...just email me and I will email it to you!  You can purchase her digital stamp here if you would's well worth the $2.50 price.  Thank you Jane Beljo for your generosity!!!  You can check out Jane's links here:

Now, onto the free card can download it here and it includes JPG, MTC, SVG and STUDIO formats.


Friday, November 15, 2013

I LOVE this poinsettia image!!!!

OK y'all, I was "surfing" a few days ago and came across this card that made me want that digital poinsettia I went looking for it and found it here and purchased it!!!  I then proceeded to make me a print and cut file of it in black and white so that I could print it on vellum, lay clear embossing powder on it, heat set it and then color with my Tim Holtz Markers (for my lighter color I used "Spun Sugar" and for my darker, I used "Worn Lipstick") and my Clear "Wink of Stella Brush Tip Marker".  I liked the poinsettia so much that I decided to use it on a Christmas card for my sister-in-law.  This card does not open...I used an easel that I cut with my Sizzix eClips as my SIL likes to place cards on display in her built-in bookcase by her fireplace.  I sure hope she likes it!!!  Here are a couple of photos.

Here is a close-up.

For the "glitter stripes", I once again used the Silhouette "Double-sided Adhesive Sheets".  I'm thinking about making another card just like this one for my other sister-in-law, but make the poinsettia red and use gold accents instead of silver .  If I do that I will post some more photos.  Thanks for stopping by and hurry back!!!

Finished Card Size:  A2 (4.25"x5.5")

Supply List

Papers:  Bazzill "Smooth White", Velllum
Stamps:  "Pretty Poinsettia" digital stamp by Jane Beljo
Ink:  Tsukineko "VersaMark Watermark"
Tools:  Silhouette "Cameo", Sizzix "eClips", Ranger "Heat It"
Accessories:  Stamp-n-Stuff "Detail Clear Transparent" Embossing Powder,  Silhouette "Double-sided Adhesive Sheets", Offray Ribbon, Recollections "Pearls", "Alex Brush" font, Oracal "Ultraleaf Cast" 3.5 Mil Vinyl, Recollections "Extra Fine Silver Glitter" Zig "Wink of Stella Clear Brush Tip" Marker

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

A "Get Well" card for a very special lady!!!

Her name is Barbara and she is also known as "bdjeepers" at the Silhouette Plus group, where she has been a wonderful moderator.  She may be having surgery on both of her hands...right now they are trying injections, but I know she has suffered a lot of pain with this problem and I just want to wish her healing and a full recovery!  She is such a nice person and I miss her at the group as I know everyone else does!  For her card, I am using the Silhouette "double-sided adhesive sheets" and I must say that I love them!!!  If you've not ordered some yet, you really must!  I used some to make the gorgeous designer paper for her card, by cutting strips of the adhesive to make the "glittered stripes" and I also designed a border for the bottom panel and used some of the adhesive to glitter it as well.  Here are some photos.

And here is a close-up.  I used a "flourish frame" file that I've had in my cut files for quite a long time and I'm afraid that back then I did not always add the designer's name to the file name, so I'm not sure where I got this from or who designed it, but I really like it!  I also note here that the font that I used is the "Corinthia" font and you can download it for free at a lot of different sites....just "google" it.  I don't think I've ever used it before but after using it on this card and seeing how pretty it is, you can bet I will be using it again!

For the inside of the card, I used a patterned paper from the Recollections "Black and White" Paper Pad...

and I also used the same for the front panel of the envelope.

I just want to say that I've spent a small fortune on designer papers over the years, but now with the "double-sided adhesive sheets" I will be making my own.  Next I think I will try using my flock!

I want to say that Barbara received her card today and she loved it and I love that she loved it and that hopefully it made her feel better!!!

 Thanks for stopping by and I hope you like what I did with this card...please hurry back!

Finished Card Size:  5.5"x5.5" Square

Supply List

Papers:  Bazzill , Recollections "Black and White" Paper Pad, Southworth Ivory Parchment
Stamps:  Hero Arts "Get Well Greeting"
Inks:  Tsukineko "VersaMark WaterMark"
Tools:  Silhouette "Cameo", Ranger "Heat It" 
Accessories:  Silhouette "double-sided adhesive sheets", Recollections "Pearls" and "Epoxy Stickers", Stamp-n-Stuff "White Opaque" embossing powder, Zig "Wink of Stella Brush Tip Markers" (black & clear), Martha Stewart "Florentine Gold" & "White Gold" glitter, Offray Ribbon

Friday, November 1, 2013

I made a "Hello" card (& a free butterfly file) using more images from..............!!!  I have a good online friend that I've never sent a card to, so I decided to make her a "hello" card and since the weather will soon be turning cold I decided to bring a little "spring time" into her life.  For the card front I found a spring frame at the "all free download" site and then after searching I found an image that matched for the inside of the card.  Here are some photos...let me know what you think!!!

The next two photos include close-ups of my "2 Layer Vellum Butterfly", which is the file that I will be giving away at the end of this post.  I used two of my Zig "Wink of Stella Brush Tip Markers" on the vellum layer.  I used the "Clear" and the "Silver".

And this is the image that I found for the inside panel that matches the "spring frame" on the card front.  All I added was some liquid pearls and I used my clear "Wink of Stella Brush Tip Marker" on some of the flowers...hard to see in my photos, but it is there!

I made my own envelope and I cut a panel to adhere to the front using some patterned paper from my DCWV "Fresh Floral Stack" was a plaid design and had all of my colors on it!  I also cut a liner for the envelope using the same patterned paper.  I just used 24 LB Georgia-Pacific "Premium Ink Jet & Laser Paper" for the envelope base.

I used the print and cut technique with my Silhouette "Cameo" and the font that I used was one that I've been using so much lately as I love it...."2 Peas Mr. Giggles"!!!  This card so SO much fun to make!!! 

Now for the free butterfly can go here to download it and I hope you enjoy it!  I included 
JPG, MTC, SVG and .Studio formats, so that should about cover everyone.

Thanks for stopping by, please hurry back and please leave a comment letting me know if you liked this card!

Finished Card Size:  A2 (5.5"x4.25)

Supply List

Papers:  Bazzill "Smooth White",  Colorbok "Pink" (butterfly frame), DCWV "Fresh Floral Stack"
Stamps:  Hero Arts "Hello Grettings" (A1120)
Inks:  Tsukineko "VersaMark WaterMark"
Tools:  Silhouette "Cameo", Ranger "Heat It"
Accessories:  Zig Wink of Stells Brush Tip Markers "Black", "Clear" & "Silver", Recollections Bling & Pearls, Ranger Liquid Pearls "Petal Pink", Stamp-n-Stuff "Blushing Pink Opaque"