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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The Stampers’ Sampler (Part 2)

As I mentioned in my Dec. 22nd post, Sherry Pakulski and I were happy to have our Heart Locket template cards published in the Winter 2016 issue of The Stampers’ Sampler! (To see our first three cards, click here.)

Here are the other two cards that appeared in this magazine:

Mother's Heart

In “Key to Mother’s Heart” (pg. 44) I combined antique flea market photos with Stampin’ Up! card stock, ink, Designer Series Paper, Vanilla Satin Ribbon, key trinket and stamps from the retired Fresh Vintage and You’re a Gem sets.

Key to Mother's Heart

This card and my Bird Challenge card, “Beribboned Birdcage,” (pg. 79) were spotlighted in A Closer Look:

Beribboned Birdcage

I used Stampin’ Up! Tip Top Taupe ink and card stock, Blackberry Bliss and Rose Red card stock and Seam Binding Ribbon and the vine stamp from the Thoughts & Prayers set.

Sherry and I are truly honored when our artwork is published in the Stampington & Co. art stamping magazines. Answering the Challenges is enjoyable and improves our skills as we strive to produce our best work for submission!


No Business Like Snow Business!

We received many beautiful handcrafted Christmas cards this year, but with the busy schedule of holiday events and preparations, I’ve gotten behind in my posts! Here are few snow-themed cards to share today:

Snowflakes are the focus of this first card, made by Wanda Morin of Colchester, VT:

Wanda Xmas 2015

Snowflake stamp images, shaped punch, sequins and patterned paper all coordinate to celebrate a white Christmas! The icy-looking square rhinestones are a fun accent.

Next, a snowflake and dove card made by Kathy Pavloski of Woodland, CA:

Kathy P Xmas 2015

I love the way that this Dove of Peace is holding a snowflake-shaped embellishment in her beak! The sparkly sequins are a treat.

Finally, this Snow Family card was made by Sherry Pakulski of Colchester, VT; notice how she shaded the figures with a very light wash of gray ink to give the snowmen dimension:

Sherry Xmas 2015

We actually got a couple of cards made by Sherry this year; this is one that she made for her father to send out. Sherry’s a very busy woman; she makes cards for her dad, herself and also for co-workers to purchase and send. She told me that her goal for 2016 is to make 10 Christmas cards each month so she isn’t pressed for time next winter!

Watch for more beautiful handcrafted cards in tomorrow’s post!



Brayered Embossing Technique

Christmas Snow

Moana at http://www.studio824.wordpress.com taught me a neat technique to use with my Woodland embossing folder. This is the card that she brought to the demonstrator’s swap last month, and I loved it, because almost everyone else has done what I did with this folder – run the card stock through clean and then sponged ink on the trees afterwards. If you’ll notice, on Moana’s card the ink is on the background and the trees are left white – how did she do that, I asked?

Brayering Technique

First open the embossing folder and lay it flat, then brayer Smoky Slate ink on the background side, where the trees are recessed. The Sizzix logo is on that side. Then put a piece of blank Whisper White cardstock inside the folder and run it through the Big Shot.

Brayered Birches

When it comes out, the background and the lines on trees will be inked, but the birch trees will remain white. Thanks, Moana, for this great idea!

Weekly Deals, May 19th – May 25th, 2015

Weekly Deals GraphicDid you know that one of the prettiest embossing folders that Stampin’ Up! has ever offered will only be available for two more weeks? That’s right; the Spring Flowers embossing folder will not be in our new annual catalog (update: it’s on the Clearance Rack now while supplies last, for $4.79! See the right-hand sidebar for a link.) Did you also know that through Memorial Day, you can get the Spring Flowers embossing folder for 25% off on the Weekly Deals sale? Here’s a card I made for my mom using this beautiful background:

For You Basket

Here is an example using it with our new Mint Macaron In Color:


How do you like the new Dotted Lace trim in Mint Macaron paired with Tip Top Taupe underneath? It reminds me of a luscious Andes Mint! You’ll be able to get these new colors and products in our new annual catalog starting on June 2nd. But in the meantime, don’t miss out on all of the Weekly Deals through Monday, May 25th, while supplies last!

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