Saturday, April 30, 2016

Birthday Booklet

I made a birthday booklet for my dear Aunt Laura who is turning 82 in May. Yes, I was named after her. She's my mom's sister. This booklet is very similar to the booklet I made for her 60th Jubilee two years ago.You can see it HERE along with details on the construction and a photo of the two of us. Aunt Laura's favorite color is purple. 
I am continuing with the embossing folder stamping using Richard Garay's Pine Needles embossing folder.

Stamps: Michael Strong, Stampin' Up, Hero Arts, Stampendous, Inkadinkado Studio K, Stampabilities and Unknown

Distress Inks: wilted violet, fossilized amber, broken china, worn lipstick, crushed olive, vintage photo, hickory smoke, dried marigold, 
Stampin' Up!: wild wasabi, 
Versafine black onyx

Zig and Tombow markers and fun fur fibers.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Pine Needles Embossing Folder Stamping

On a whim I bought the Pine Needles embossing folder
by Richard Garay...and I actually used it. Sometimes I buy things and they sit forever!

This is embossing folder stamping technique I used:  Dabbed the twisted citron distress inkpad directly onto the raised side of the embossing folder, spritzed with water, added paper, closed the embossing folder and pressed it down with my hands. 
The ink was transferred to the paper in a distressed look.  
I did NOT run it through my Cuttlebug. 
Since I was in a hurry, I used my heat tool to dry it, but you can let it air dry.

Stamps: Michael Strong, Verses Rubber Stamps
Distress inks: twisted citron, wilted violet, fossilized amber, ripe persimmon
SU ink: wild wasabi

Martha Stewart deep edge garden gate punch

Stamps:Michael Strong, Hero Arts
Distress Ink: carved pumpkin
Martha Stewart Martha Stewart deep edge scroll heart punch
Various Markers

Stamps: Michael Strong, TPC Studio
Distress Inks: carved pumpkin, ripe persimmon
EK Success medallion punch

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Flourishes, Bird and Butterfly Birthday

I was inspired to make this card after being directed to  Linda Higgins' CARD from Pinterest.

Stamps: Michael Strong, Hero arts, Autumn Leaves/Rhonna Farrer
Distress Inks: pumice stone, scattered straw, salty ocean, ground espresso
Tim Holtz honeycomb stencil THS005
Stampin' Up! embosslit Sweetest Stem
Twine and gemstones

Monday, April 25, 2016

Vertical Nature Walk Card

Have I mentioned how much I like using book paper on my cards? 
I just love the vintage look that book paper gives.
This vertical card fits into a #10 business envelope, 4-1/8 x 9-1/2". 
My turquoise card base is 8-1/2" high and about 7-3/4" wide. 
I folded this in half lengthwise so my card ends up being about 3-7/8" wide.
Lately I have been using Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue, 
the permanent method by positioning the layer while the glue is still wet. 
I see less warping than my old standby glue: 3M Scotch Quick drying glue.
I also like to use Scotch permanent double sided tape.
If you have adhesive preferences, I'd love to hear about them!

Here is the inside of my card.

Stamps: Stampin' Up! Nature Walk, 
Rebecca Sower EK Success Words from the Heart (Nostalgiques, The Attic Collection), 
a tiny clear stamp set from Prima #544959, 
Penny Black 2945H Friendships

Distress Inks: crushed olive, fossilized amber, ground espresso, wilted violet, mermaid lagoon, rusty hinge, barn door

Tombow markers: green 346, blue 452, orange 925, purple 623

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

April 13 Stampfest with Lynette

On April 13 Lynette and I spent the day stamping at my house.
Lynette brought some cards she made recently.
I am so glad she was willing to make these cards again with me!
We always have a great time together...making cards, visiting and just hangin' out!

Stamps: Stampin' Up's Tropical Blossoms, Hero Arts, Inkadinkado and Judith stamps.
InksDistress fossilized amber, abandoned coral
SU summer sun, certainly celery
Versafine black onyx
Markers for outlines on some of the images
Washi tape from Lynette's stash

We used a kind of embossing folder stamping by adding faded jeans ink
directly onto the raised part of the Sizzix Tim Holtz Wood planks embossing folder.
Spritzed the ink with water. Placed blue cardstock paper inside and ran it through the cuttlebug.
Dried the wet paper with heat tool.
Then we enhanced the details with the distress faded jeans marker.
We colored the SU Serene Silhouettes stamp with faded jeans and forest moss markers.
Huffed before stamping. Our card base is gray with a fiber look.

For this card, we searched through many stamp sets to find the perfect "flowers", using stamps from 
Hero Arts-Clear design thinking of you
Stampin' Up!-Fresh cuts and sentiment
Fiskars Heidi Grace Cherrywood Ln.
Stamps by Judith-AA-08 Solid flower (stick stamp)
Used Tombo Markers-green 158, yellow 055, purple 636

What to call this type of card...rectangles or tile card or ?
Lynette was inspired by Michelle Gleeson's Flowering Fields Birthday Wishes card
on her Stampin' Mojo blog.
Thank you, Michelle for sharing the dimensions of the pieces!!!
That saved us gobs of time!!!
white card: 4-1/2 x 5-1/2"
kraft layer: 3-7/8 x 5-1/8"
9 rectangles in white: 1-1/8 x 1-3/8"
sentiment rectangle: 1/2 x 3-5/8"
Impression Obsession
Stamps by Judith
Fiskars Heidi Grace Cherrywood Ln.
Hero Arts
Used Tombow Markers-green 158, yellow 055, purple 636

Here is a "Z-fold" card using SU's Serene Silhouettes.
So glad Lynette brought that stamp set! Just love it!
Used Tombow markers red 847 and green 158 to apply color directly to the stamp.
Stamped a 2nd time without adding more color for the inside.

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Friday, April 1, 2016

March 30 Stampfest with Linda

My friend Linda spent the day with me Wednesday. We had a great time visiting and stamping.

This card design was inspired by Nadine's Wahine Inks card which I saw on Pinterest I used the Textile Cuttlebug embossing folder just on the right side of the front. After trying various flower stamps in various inks, we chose this Rubber Stampede stamp called Solidago Sprig. Linda spritzed the rubber with water then colored on the rubber with Staedtler Aquarell crayons. Then she stamped the flower. We punched a butterfly and added some gemstones to it. Added the sentiment on a layer of white, adhering with dimensional foam. Our first 2 cards (above) are single layer card, just the white cardstock.
For these 2 cards, we embossed and watercolor stamped on a 4 x 5.25 inch white layer and attached that to a navy blue card. You can see variations in the watercolor flower stamping. Sometimes the first stamping was faint. So we tried again. I kind of like the look of a shadowy background.
Stamps: Rubber Stampede, Great Impressions
Inks: Versafine black onyx
Staedtler Karat Aquarell Watercolor Crayons

Linda had previously stamped the center flower with Stampin' Up's petal prints with a watercolor technique. I added the rest of the stamping and sponging, making it a collage-y lady card. Sponged the background using "sequin waste" as a stencil.
Distress inks: festive berries,twisted citron, dried marigold, ripe persimmon,
vintage photo-lady, crushed olive-leaf.
Stamps: Inkadinkado-Dawn Houser, Stampendous, Stampin' Up

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