Best Fishes on Your 60th!

Best Fishes

I have two brothers-in-law named Bob, but the one who is turning 60 today is the one who is getting this card in the mail to celebrate!

It looks like I am still following Van Gogh’s advice to add some orange to a blue art project, but I really think it works, don’t you? (I’ll tell you a little secret; whatever I’ve just finished becomes my new favorite card, so right now it’s this “Best Fishes” card with the goldfish swimming in a Mason jar!)

Best Fishes Side

All of the stamps on this card are from the new photopolymer set, Jar of Love, and it is truly an amazing collection, with 37 pieces, including 3 jars, lots of images to put in them and many coordinating sentiments. Not only that, there are 17 Everyday Jars Framelits to match! Honestly, you could keep yourself busy with endless combinations of these pieces for the foreseeable future. I am in love!

Here is the color palette for this card, along with Whisper White:

Just a couple of notes on the details of construction: I cut a solid blue jar to put behind the white jar to give the impression of a shadow, and I furthered this image by mounting the white jar on Stampin’ Dimensionals to make it pop up. A little linen thread around the top of the jar to hold the mini tag with sentiment is a small detail that adds a lot of charm. The banner at the top was made with the stamped image that looks like textured burlap and it was trimmed out freehand to give the impression of cut fabric.

Best Fishes Detail

Here are the supplies that I used to make the “Best Fishes” card. The stamps and framelits can be purchased separately, or as a bundle for 10% savings. Click on any picture for a closer look or to order:

After looking at the images in this set, what ideas would you like to try? There are so many possibilities!

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Take Ten Summer 2016 Design ChallengeResults!

Reggie and I were on vacation last week, taking a cruise to Alaska to celebrate our anniversary in April. The cruise season to Alaska doesn’t start until May, though, so we put off our trip until we could book the tour that we wanted.

My husband especially loves birds and was thrilled to see Bald Eagles flying freely in Alaska while we were there! My special interest is the art of the Northwest Coast native Tlingit and Haida clans. Their designs are unique and beautiful, but also rich with meaning. I learned that one reason that these native people were able to develop their art to such a high degree is that they lived in an area of seacoast and temperate rainforests abundant in food and other resources which allowed them more time to devote to craftsmanship.

Speaking of design and craftsmanship, while I was on the ship I got a text from Sherry Degree Pakulski telling me that she had received her artist’s copy of the Summer 2016 Take Ten, and we both had cards included in this issue (pages 36, 45 and 89.)

Polka Dot Birthday

Sherry submitted both of these cards for the layout design challenge:

The Point is...

As you can see, the layout includes an embellished tag overlaid on a narrow vertical strip and a wide horizontal one. She used both patterned paper and washi tape for her background elements. These are really gorgeous cards with Sherry’s signature attention to detail in mixing patterns and colors!

So Much Love

My entry was submitted for a call to use paper-punching on cards. The bird houses were simple to make by stamping a wood grain on the cardstock first, then punching out squares. The red roofs were also made with a square punch but then cut in half diagonally to make the two triangles. The openings were also tiny punched out hearts.

Bird House Love

Here is the color palette that I used on my So Much Love card. I used Very Vanilla as a background for this. Click on any color swatch to see what other products we have that coordinate with these colors!

Here are some of the products that I used to make my card. Remember that you can use anything to make squares for your bird houses; punches, die cutters or even just cutting them out with your paper trimmer:

When thinking about the punches you have on hand, what ideas can you come up with to use them in different, creative ways? Share your thoughts in the comment section!

Retiring Stamp Idea #2 -Flip Over This Paper!

“Sitting in an English garden, waiting for the sun…”

English Garden Cards

Well, actually I was sitting in my garden this morning, enjoying the California sun, but I thought using the retiring English Garden Designer Series Paper for our projects today would be great! This time I used the big, pink watercolor roses on the front of the sheet for the first card, then flipped it over and used the buzzy bees on the back for the second one.

That’s the one of the best parts of DSP, you get twice the number of pattern choices in each package!

English Garden Roses Card

When you need to make a card quick, Designer Series Paper does a lot of the work for you. After putting a trimmed panel of this patterned paper onto the retiring Mossy Meadow card base, I stamped out a greeting from the retiring Petite Pairs stamp set, punched a couple of card stock ovals from the retiring Large Oval and Scalloped Oval Punches, and added some trim with retiring Seam Binding Ribbon in Pink Pirouette and Whisper White. Three pearl accents and a couple of foam Dimensionals to attach it to the card and I was done.

Here is the color palette for the English Garden Rose Card:

hing Bride

English Garden Bees Card

I cut this panel of DSP on the diagonal, giving me two pieces, one of which I can use later on another card, either this bee motif again, or flipped over to the pink rose side (choices!) In addition to the retiring English Garden Designer Series Paper, the Hello Honey card stock and the Early Espresso Seam Binding Ribbon that I stapled to the sentiment tag are retiring, as well as the Chalk Talk Framelits Die set that I used to cut the tag (and it’s on sale for 30% off!)

Note: All of our Seam Binding Ribbon is being discontinued and it won’t be in the new catalog, so if you love it as much as I do, make sure you get some now before it’s all gone! Plus, all the colors I used and some of the others are on sale for 30-40% off, so check it out!

The stamp set I used is not retiring; it’s a lovely photopolymer set called Garden in Bloom (139433.) Notice what I did on the top and right-hand side of the card – I used the flower stem to outline and define the edges! Soft Suede ink (126978) and a few gold sequins as an accent (132983) were used to finish the card.

Here are the colors used in the English Garden Bee Card:

All of the retiring supplies used to make both cards are listed here. Click on any picture for more information or to go to the online store: (P.S. remember the Chalk Talk Framelits are 30% off!)

Just remember that while stamp sets will be available through May 22nd, all other supplies are limited to stock on hand. Some items have already sold out. To look at the entire Retiring List and check availability, go here.

 

 

Happy 84th, Dad!

Dad 84th Birthday

Yes, my dad is celebrating his 84th birthday this weekend, and I always try to make him a special and meaningful card. He was my first art teacher and I have learned so much from him! He promoted my love of paper when I was just a youngster by giving my sister and me a whole bureau full of odds and end-cuts from a friend who was a printer – endless paper to color, cut, glue and construct with in any way we chose.

I used stamps and die cutters from the Stampin’ Up! Number of Years bundle, using Stazon white ink over Pacific Point card stock for the number “84.” I used Chocolate Chip and Real Red inks on the floral stamp and accented it with the tiniest Basic Pearls.

I had one more circus postage stamp left that Kathy Degree sent us, and I thought it was perfect to imply that a long life well-lived really is the “greatest show on earth” for each of us personally. I also included a Blue Jay feather that I found on one of my walks around the neighborhood.

Happy Birthday, Vernon Krause of Auburn, CA; you are the best!

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Paying Attention to Details

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My grandmother, Nana, always chose the best gifts, and one year she gave me the perfect dress for my birthday. This was in the mid-1960’s, so it was kind of a Jackie Kennedy-inspired style, except made for a little girl. The thing I loved most about it was the colors – chocolate brown and cotton candy pink – and to this day I love that color combination! It brings back such happy memories.

Chocolate Butterfly

This year I chose those colors for my husband’s Valentine card – a luscious combination reminiscent of a box of cherry chocolates!

Butterfly Close Up

I used the Bold Butterfly Framelits to cut out the shape, and then re-cut the butterfly with the new Bloomin’ Hearts Thinlits to get that lacy look. Accented with Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper, this is a card for someone special!

Envelope Liner

Attention to detail is important when constructing your own handcrafted cards. I lined the envelope with some complementary Designer Series Paper. I also stamped a “made by me” image on the back, signed and dated it, and finished up by tying Tip Top Taupe and Pink Pirouette ribbons around the envelope.

Here are the supplies that I used to make the Be Mine chocolate butterfly card; any of these products can be ordered online by clicking on the image.

What color combinations do you love? Do they correspond with a happy memory from your past? What ideas do you have for using these fun products?

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Golden State #30 Birthday Card

My son John is an “authentic fan” of the Golden State Warriors NBA team, and since he is celebrating his 30th birthday today, I decided to have a little fun making his card:

Golden State Jersey flat

Not only does this basketball jersey card reflect my son’s new age and decade, it’s also the number of Steph Curry, one absolutely amazing member of this fantastic team!

Steph Curry 1

It was easy to make this card by cutting the 8 1/2″ x 11″ card stock in half the long way, putting the fold at the top of the vertical card. I used the next to the smallest die from the Ovals Collection Framelits to cut the arm and neck holes. Then I used Snail adhesive on Daffodil Delight 1/4″ cotton ribbon to outline the armholes and neckline. I cut the numbers using the new Large Numbers Framelits Dies.

Golden State Jersey side

What color of yellow did I use for the numbers and the inside panel, you ask? Why, “Crushed Curry” of course!

Here are all the supplies I used to make the Warrior’s Jersey card:

 

 

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Take Time to Smell the Roses…

…and take time to handcraft beautiful cards for significant times.

Rose Wonder Duo

These were made by a couple of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators in my group, and they both used the new Rose Garden Thinlits Dies from the Spring Occasions catalog. These are a good example of versatility because they each used a different set of flowers and leaves, color schemes, and sentiments on their cards.

Plum Rose Birthday

This birthday card in Perfect Plum and Pear Pizzazz is really a simple design, but so pretty. I love the paper doily accent!

Rose Sympathy 1

The sympathy greetings in the coordinating Rose Wonder stamp set, along with birthday, wedding and religious sentiments, makes this a very versatile stamp and die Bundle.

Rose Sympathy 2

In Melon Mambo and Pink Pirouette, this color combination is beautiful with the rose motif.

Here is a closer look at the products used to make these two cards. Click on any picture for more information, or to order (and the best part is that you can pick a free Sale-A-Bration item for every $50 purchase through 3/31.) You will be prompted on your check-out screen to pick your free product, so peruse the Spring Occasions catalog here. With stamp and die bundles at 15% off you’re sure to find something you like!

 140804Rose Wonder Photopolymer Bundle – 14080 Price: $49.25

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Happy 26th Birthday, Anne!

My daughter Anne is celebrating a birthday today, three weeks before Christmas, so often her cards and gifts have a holiday look:

Anne 26th

I used Rich Razzleberry card stock and ink, Gold Glimmer paper and the new Gold Metallic thread on her card. The Pearl Basic Jewels look perfect with the Very Vanilla background.

Anne 26th detail

Here’s a tip I’d like to share: when making a border of Gold Glimmer paper like this, cut out the middle and leave just the edges to peek out around your central card stock panel.

Glimmer Frame

Then you can use the leftover piece to punch your Petite Petals flowers and many other things later on. You can use this thrifty technique with any layered paper, but especially with something as dear as Glimmer paper!

Anne 26th 2

Happy birthday to my darling girl, Anne Marie!

Here are the supplies I used to make Anne’s birthday card:

 

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The Party Continues

In previous posts I showed the hand stamped birthday cards that my husband received this month; now we can admire the ones that I got this year:

Renee Kathy and Mindy

Renee Neal-Joslin, Kathy Degree, Mindy Degree

My cousin Renee sent me a card that one of her 4th grade students made with her grandma, using Stampin’ Up! stamps, washi tape and Beautiful Butterfly Embosslits.

Kathy made a moveable card with a Sizzix Die, pretty floral patterned paper and a heat embossed greeting.

Mindy Detail

Mindy used all Stampin’ Up! stamps on her card, from the Sassy Salutations, Work of Art, and Serene Silhouettes sets. The silver butterfly with a rhinestone is the perfect accent.

Sherry and Anna

Sherry Pakulski and Anna Hildenbrand

Sherry Detail

Sherry loves to watercolor, and she did beautiful work on this flower from the Best Thoughts Hostess set. She stamped it on a vintage book page and added a tag, button and gimp trim for good measure.

Anna Detail

Anna did a masterful job of combining textures in her card that includes Stampin’ Up! embossing folders, punches, die cuts, heat embossing and buttons.

Lovely cards from my friends and family that I will enjoy long past the occasion!

Teenage Cat Lovers

When my husband and I first started teaching the 5- and 6-year-olds at church eight years ago, little did we know that we would start a relationship with a couple of twin sisters that would blossom into a great friendship that has endured as the girls have grown. Maybe it was because they found out that they shared a birthday with my husband, Reggie (November 5th.) Or maybe it was because Rachel and Reggie have the same quirky sense of humor. Or maybe they just appreciated that he always let the kids take off their shoes in class, saying “Free feet are happy feet!” (three hours of church is a long time for little kids!)

Rachel and Ariel 13th Bday

Rachel and Ariel at the airport for their surprise birthday trip to visit their siblings at college.

Whatever the reason, one thing I do know is that we all share a love of cats, and even though the girls just celebrated their 13th birthdays, cats are still an important topic of conversation and interest when we get together!

I wanted to make a couple of special cards for their birthdays this year, to commemorate this important milestone in their lives:

Twins 1

I used the Hearth and Home Thinlits Dies from the Holiday Catalog to cut windows in the cards, but then added kitties peeking out, and inside a selection of pastries with coordinating sentiments:

If you are what you eat, eat something cute!

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This is no day for “just a sliver”!

Twins 2

Oh, and when the girls came over to get their cards and gifts from us, they had a special birthday gift for Reggie and me too, painted by Rachel:

CAT

How appropriate!

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