Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Stampfest with Lynette May 13, 2019

Lynette and I spent Monday visiting and stamping. We made more Z Fold cards and tried something new for us: Smack Down technique.

Though we had made the Z Box Fold card before, we reviewed Deb Valder's tutorial on Splitcoaststampers. We cut the base as she suggested. After seeing a card on Splitcoaststamers made by annsforte3, we changed the top layer on the left front panel to fill the entire space. And we went with annsforte3's flower and butterfly theme. Lynette chose the stamps and colors!

Tim Holtz Visual Artistry Flights of Fancy CSS25856 set.
Stampin' Up's Watercolor Minis
Hero Arts Ribbon Messages Stamp & Cut DC184 for the best wishes  and other Hero Arts

Tombow brush markers, Stampin' Up! lavender lace, Distress wilted violet

Stampin' Up! Sizzix Embosslits butterfly die
Fine leaves-Punch by McGill

by Lynette

View of flattened card by Lynette

My card

We tried out some printed papers on these Z Box Fold cards.
Lynette made this one. She used 2 step stamping for her mini roses and leaves.
Picked raspberry was stamped off  first, then full strength used for the second stamp.
The same with the leaves using peeled paint.

Die leaf from Stampin' Up Sizzix Embosslits sweetest stem
Stitched Shapes Oval Framelits Dies from Stampin' Up!

I used oxide picked raspberry on my roses. For my leaves I copied Lynette's idea of stamping off with peeled paint for the first impression, then full strength for the second stamp.
On the sentiment oval, I used  Tombow markers to ink a stamp from SU's Lots of Lavender set.
The green sentiment stamp, from Hero Arts was stamped in SU's wild wasabi.
Ovals dies from Nestabilities-Spellbinders.

Lynette found a fun, quick and easy technique called Smack Dow on Karen Dunbrook's Snippet's blog. Karen said this is a variation of a technique from Splitcoaststampers.
Lynette chose the stamps, SU's Watercolor Trio 
and ink colors: Stampin' Up! going gray Distress salty ocean, mermaid lagoon and peacock feathers. Then the sentiment from Ranger Letter It called Birthday LEC59295 was inked in Versafine onyx black.

by Lynette

my card

Thanks for looking! Hope your week is going well!
Enjoy the little things in life.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Mother's Day Cards

I made some Mother's Day cards today. Used Stampin' Up's Watercolor Minis, Lots of Lavender and Wreath of Roses stamp sets. The feathery leaf stamp is by Judith. The embossing folder, Flowers & Leaves from Spellbinders, was a little too thick for my 2 B plates/Cuttlebug. So I used one C plate, a piece of sheet metal flashing and a medium thickness piece of paper. I really like the floral design on this Flowers & Leaves embossing folder.

Materials used: twine and some old Hero Arts plastic sequins.  
Distress wilted violet, wild honey, 
Distress Oxide worn lipstick,
Stampin' Up wild wasabi

Here's a similar card with a yellow background.
I tried adding stems from the Lots of Lavender set. Not sure that worked well. 
Distress wilted violet, abandoned coral, scattered straw, wild honey
Memento tuxedo black
Stampin' Up wild wasabi

Here is another slight variation.
Distress wilted violet, spiced marmalade, scattered straw
Distress Oxide worn lipstick
Stampin' Up wild wasabi

Thanks so much for visiting!
Hope you make someone's day!

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Wild Wacky Women Birthday Cards

I made 3 birthday cards for my dear friends who have April birthdays. They came to my house on Easter Monday for a birthday breakfast brunch! It was fun to visit and relax and eat together. 

I used scraps of watercolor paper from my stash for 2 of the cards. You can see the texture in this close up.

For the 3rd card I used Ranger Inkssentials Specialty Stamping paper.
The label says matte coated cardstock. 

Here is a close up of the Inkssentials paper--it is very smooth.

I used Jane Davenport watercolors to paint the yellow, blue and green stripes. Once that was dry I used distress hickory smoke and salty ocean to stamp some background stamps from a Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous set called  Bitty Grunge CMS089. 

On a separate piece of paper with Versafine Onxy Black ink, I stamped the lady, a Dawn Houser Inkadinkado stamp (number listed on stamp 8340 N). I used my new  Beautique oval brush to add distress squeezed lemonade ink to cover that layer. This brush worked well. I bought a set of 3 from Amazon.  The happy birthday stamp is from Stampin' UP! from 2001! I added some fun fur yarn as an accent.

On the inside I used an old Annette Allen Watkins stamp for the "wishing you" sentiment. On the top part of the inside, I stamped a favorite stamp, They who are wild and wacky women, a Suzy Toronto/PSX stamp.

You can always click on an image to see a larger view.
Thank you so much for visiting!
Wishing you Spring Happiness!

Friday, April 26, 2019

Mini Stampfest with Lynette April 24, 2019

Lynette and I had a lot of fun trying to figure out how to make this Z Box Fold card.
We used Deb Valder's tutorial from Splitcoaststampers
starting with a 4 x 9.75 inch piece of white cardstock.
We found other tutorials for similar cards, but we liked the finished
size of this card: 4.25 x 5.5 inches.

Here is Lynette's sweet frog card.

On the front she used a Penny Black frog stamp called, "Oh I wish".
The ferns/leaves were made with some of her dies.

On the inside she used an unmounted frog stamp from her stash.
She did a fabulous job coloring the stamped images with coloring pencils
and then fussy cutting them!

Here's the card flattened out to show you the folds and cut area.
The bottom part is attached to a base -a piece of green cardstock that is 4.25 x 5.5"

For my card, I used Lynette's Silhouette Sentiments stamp set from
Stampin' Up. I used markers to color directly on the stamp.

The circle was die cut  with a "stitched circle die" from Lynette's stash.
I cut the rectangles with a paper trimmer.

Once we figured out where to place the cut and folds, this card was easy to make.
Looking forward to making this again.

Thanks for visiting!
Hope you enjoy the day!

Monday, April 22, 2019

Easter 2019 Lamb Cake

Happy Easter Monday!

Here is the lamb cake I made for our Easter celebration yesterday.
I used my mom's Wonderful Pound Cake recipe
and butter cream frosting.
I spread a layer of frosting on with a spatula first.
Then I piped on the frosting with a Wilton bag and star tip.
I used green food coloring to color the coconut for grass.
Then added Cadbury eggs on top.

Here is a close up. I like to use raisins for the eyes and mouth.

Wishing you a beautiful 50 days of Easter!