Friday, October 28, 2016

Thanks card for my dear friend Peggy!

Hey y'all....gotta tell you that this blog post is really going to be graphic intensive!!!  I felt I had to take a lot of photos to capture this card and still don't feel like I captured good enough photos of it.  I made this card for my dear friend Peggy Dollar and I wanted it to be really special, like her!!!  She is one of the sweetest people I know, not to mention one of the most talented when it comes to card making.  Here is a photo of the card.

All of the patterned paper is made by me on watercolor paper using some Tim Holtz Distress Inks (I think I used "Forest Moss", "Fossilized Amber" and a little of the "Worn Lipstick" in some areas) and a lot of the Heidi Swapp "Gold Color Shine", which I just love!!!  To make it I just put some of the Distress Inks on a ceramic tile, sprayed some water and smooshed!  After I dried it I then used the Color Shine and it turned out SO gorgeous.......I am afraid my photos don't do it justice.  After using the "Mixed Media 2" die to cut the bottom left corner, I saved ALL those tiny pieces to what a job!!!  I then cut the "Mixed Media" die in the top right corner and used foam tape for dimension prior to adhering the top panel to a panel of my "smooshed" watercolor paper.  I die cut a Gina Marie die and then altered it to make a frame for my "faux" mirror to  place behind my vase of wheat.  I scanned a die cut of the wheat and made a cut file to use with my Cameo, because to die cuts of the wheat are quit large.  I cut the vase out of same of my "smooshed" watercolor paper and then used a couple of stamps to decorate it using gold embossing powder.  I cut different size circles to make my own "enamel" dots out of my paper for the top left and bottom right corners using thick embossing enamel and my heat gun.  I also used the thick enamel on my "thanks" after first embossing it with gold and when I heat set with the thick enamel it kind of gave it an "old tarnished" look, which was what I call a , "happy boo boo".  Here are a few close-up photos.

For the inside of the card I cut a panel of the 90# water color paper.  I cut a couple of stencils using the two "Mixed Media" dies to use my same "smooshing" technique to decorate the inside and then sprayed it with my gold "Color Shine".   I cut three strips of my "smooshed" paper to add decoration at the bottom right of the panel.  The text is computed generated and printed with my Canon ink jet.  For the top of the inside I used another piece of  my "smooshed" paper to die cut the gorgeous Gina Marie flourish.  I want to add here that I am absolutely loving the Gina Marie dies....if you have not purchased any from her, you need to go here and check them out.........they are great and her prices and very reasonable!!!

For my "signature label",  I die cut a frame using some more of my "smooshed" paper.

For my envelope, which I made using my envelope punch board,  I cut a label using the 90# watercolor paper and three more of my "smooshed" strips and sprayed it with some more of the gold Color Shine.....I do LOVE that stuff!  I used some of my new Altenew "Magnolias for Her" stamps to decorate the envelope.  Peggy's husband, Ed, says she and I are the only ones that decorate envelopes...but I know other do too!!!

Peggy loved her card and I SO loved making it for her!!!  Til next time........

Finished Card Size:  5.5" Square

Supplies List

Papers:   110# Recollections "Ivory" (card base), Canson 140LB Watercolor Paper, 90LB Strathmore Cold Press Watercolor Paper, "Silver" mirror cardstock

Stamps:  "Lotus Greeting Stamps" by Amy Butler, K&Co. (two on the vase), Altenew "Magnolias for Her" & "Peony Bouquet" (envelope)
Inks:  Tsukineko "VersaMark Watermark", Tim Holtz "Distress Inks"
Cut Files:  "Thanks" and "Vase" made by me

Dies:  Spellbinders 6 inch "Square Card Creator" dies, Sizzix "Mixed Media" & "Mixed Media 2", Gina Marie "Fancy Floral Frame" & "Flourish", Impression Obsession "Wheat Die", "Fran's Make it Pop" Cutting Dies by Stampendous (signature label)    

     Fonts:  "Joe Hand 2"), "Janda Stylish Script" ("and" on signature label)

Tools: Silhouette "Cameo",  Martha Stewart "Score Board", Ranger "Heat It", WeR Memory Keepers "Envelope Punch Board", Tim Holtz "Vagabond 2"

Accessories:  Heidi Swapp "White" & "Gold Color Shine",Suze Weinberg "Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel"

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Two Cards that I made recently and forgot to post!!!

First of all I want to mention that on August 3rd we found out that my darling husband has prostate cancer and on September 6th he took his first of 45 radiation please keep him in your prayers!!!  So far, everything is going pretty well.

This first card is one that I made for him for his 77th birthday which was on August 27th.  Some time back I had seen that "Even when it rains" phase and thought what a great idea for his birthday here it is!

I found the image of the couple under the umbrella somewhere online and turned it into a "cut and print" file to cut on my Cameo.  I also found the puddle and cloud images online and made them into regular cut files to cut on my Cameo.  I made a "raindrop" stencil and used embossing paste to make the raindrops.  I used some liquid pearls on the girl's dress and boots.

For the inside of the card I found the "sun rays" and "you are my sunshine" images online and made them into cut files for my Cameo.  I used some Wink of Stella on them.  All of the "text" was computer generated.

Finished Card Size:  A7 (5"x7")

Supplies List

Papers:  Recollections 65# Grey from the "Dreamy" Collection ", Recollections 65# Blue from the "Seaside" Collection ", Neenah "Yellow Jaune" from the Midtone Creative Collection, 110# Recollections "Black" (card base), Neenah 80# White cardstock

Inks:  Tsukineko "VersaMark Watermark", Tim Holtz "Black Soot" Distress Ink
Cut Files:  "Cloud", "Couple with Umbrella", "Puddle", "Sun Rays", "You are my sunshine" and mat all made by me.

     Fonts:  "Clarity Gothic Light SF" (Even when it rains...), "Corinthia" (Happy Birthday Darling)
Tools: Silhouette "Cameo",  Martha Stewart "Score Board", Ranger "Heat It", 

Accessories:  Ranger "Petal Pink" Liquid Pearls, Teresa Collins "Modeling Paste", "Clear" Wink of Stella Brush Tip Marker

The second card is a "thank you" card for my oldest brother and his lovely girlfriend!  They were here from Alabama for a brief visit the end of August and I had them here at our home for a luncheon and they brought me a lovely bouquet of flowers.

I scanned a die cut of the large rose from the Stampin'Up "Rose Garden Thinlets Die Set" to cut different sizes of it in the same pink color as my pink panel, cut them with my Cameo and adhered them using matte glue to make it look like I had embossed it.  I used Lil'Inker dies to make the frame and added the lovely Gina Marie oval die ("Fancy Floral Frame") and butterflies (from JustRite "Elecant Garden Label Dies") and after making a mat to go under the Gina Marie "Thank You" I added them to the outside of the frame.

For the inside of my card I used an extra pink die cut on the left side and I made a rose background that I printed on my Canon inkjet for the right side.  The message is computer generated.

I altered another die cut of the Gina Marie oval frame to make my "signature label" for the card.

 I just want to add that Ron & Ann loved their card and I also want to make mention of how much I am loving the Gina Marie dies that I have been purchasing and I love that they are SO affordable!!!

Finished Card Size:  5.5" Square

Supplies List

Papers:  Recollections 65# Pink from the "Dreamy" Collection ", 110# Recollections "Ivory" (card base & frame

Inks:  Tsukineko "VersaMark Watermark", Tim Holtz "Vintage Photo" Distress Ink
Dies:  Gina Marie "Fancy Floral Frame" & "Thank You", Justrite "Elegant Garden Label Dies" (butterflies), Stampin'Up "Rose Garden Thinlets Die Set", Lil'Inker Designs "Stitched Marts Square"

     Fonts:  "Yellow Daisy" Silhouette Font (card message), "Corinthia" & "Frosting for Breakfast" (signature label)

Tools: Silhouette "Cameo",  Martha Stewart "Score Board", Ranger "Heat It",  Tim Holtz "Vagabond 2"

Accessories:  "Clear" Wink of Stella Brush Tip Marker, Recollections "Pearls"