Friday, July 10, 2020

Let's Party!

Today I have another Pinwheel Party birthday card to share. The card's recipient loves bright summery colors, so I tried to pick ink colors that reflected that. I used Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade and Ripe Persimmon Distress Oxide inks.

Like the cards in my previous post, I stenciled on a saturated layer of ink at first, and then used a very light touch for the second layer for a two tone look. I added sequins to the centers of some of the pinwheels for more sparkle.

The sentiment, from the coordinating stamp set, was stamped in black ink and then embossing with clear embossing powder to give it some shine. Finally, I filled in some of the blank areas with the little stars from the set stamped in matching colors. Easy and fun!

Stamps: Pinwheel Party (The Greetery)
Ink: Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade, Ripe Persimmon (Distress Oxide)
Paper: Stamper's Select White
Other: Pinwheel Party Stencils (The Greetery), sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), clear embossing powder

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Patriotic Pinwheels

Last week I had a chance to play with my new Pinwheel Party products from The Greetery so I took the opportunity to make a 4th of July card!

I used the stencils to create the pinwheels and it was so easy! I was giddy as I finished each layer and saw it all come together. I used Pure Poppy and Blueprint Sketch ink, stenciling on a heavy layer of ink at first and a lighter application for the next layers. I embellished the centers of some of the pinwheels with Silver Lining Nuvo Crystal Drops.

The sentiment is from a Papertrey Ink set called Land That I Love. The stars are also from that set. I stamped the sentiment in Onyx Black ink and then used clear embossing powder to give it some shine. I am in love with how this turned out!

Stamps: Land That I Love (PTI)
Ink: Pure Poppy (PTI), Blueprint Sketch (Distress Oxide), Versa Fine Onyx Black
Paper: Stamper's Select White (PTI)
Other: Pinwheel Party Stencil (The Greetery), clear embossing powder, Nuvo Crystal Drops Silver Lining

My brother-in-law's birthday is on July 5th, so while I had all of the supplies out I also made him a birthday card. I hope he doesn't mind the patriotic colors!

The sentiment is from the coordinating stamp set called Pinwheel Party. I again stamped it in black and embossed with clear embossing powder.

The confetti embellishments are from an older PTI set called Good Times that I believe is retired.

These pinwheels are SO fun and unique! I can't wait to play some more and explore more possibilities with these!

Stamps: Pinwheel Party (The Greetery), Good Times (PTI)
Ink: Pure Poppy (PTI), Blueprint Sketch (Distress Oxide), Versa Fine Onyx Black
Paper: Stamper's Select White (PTI)
Other: Pinwheel Party Stencil (The Greetery), clear embossing powder

Friday, June 26, 2020

To Brighten Your Day

 A while back I made several cards using new goodies from The Greetery. I used Just Mason Around, Budding Beauties Spring and Painterly Stripes Background stamp sets. They were so fun to make!

For this first card I created a vintage blue Mason jar using a trio of Stampin' Up! inks: Bashful Blue, Cool Caribbean and Tempting Turquoise. The layers were a little tricky to line up at first, but I got better as I went along.

The sentiment strip was cut from PTI's Skinny Mini Banners die out of black card stock and embossed with gold ink. The Painterly Stripes Background was stamped on a panel cut from Honey Bee Stamps Deckle Edge A2 Honeycuts. I actually stamped it twice, reversing it for the second impression to create the plaid pattern.

For the flowers, I started by die cutting and then did the stamping. The petals were stamped in Pretty in Pink and Melon Mambo inks, while the greenery was stamped with Green Parakeet and Mowed Lawn inks. The flowers are mason jar are adhered with foam tape for some dimension.

For this second version I decided to try a green mason jar, this time using Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores and Tropical Teal inks.

This time I only used the cherry blossom image, tucking two sprigs into the jar.

The sentiment strip is again from the Skinny Mini Banners die, just using a different shape and this time on white card stock.

And this last one is sort of a hybrid of the first two.

This time I tried pairing the green jar with a pink striped background for contrast.

It was so fun to stamp a pile of pretty flowers and jars and have fun arranging "bouquets" from them. Which version is your favorite? I think the card with the blue jar is mine.

Have a great weekend!

Paper: Stamper's Select White (PTI)
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Melon Mambo, Bright Buttercup, Bashful Blue, Cool Caribbean, Tempting Turquoise (SU!), Lemon Tart, Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Tropical Teal, Green Parakeet, Spring Moss, Weathervane (?) (PTI), Mowed Lawn (Oxide)
Dies: Just Mason Around, Budding Beauties Spring (The Greetery), Deckle Edge A2 (Honeybee Stamps), Skinny Mini Banners (PTI)

Saturday, May 30, 2020

End of Year Teacher Gifts 2020

These are the end of year gifts I put together for my sons' teachers. I really struggled with what to do this year to thank their teachers. Teachers everywhere had unimaginable obstacles suddenly thrust upon them with coronavirus. How do you teach a classroom of kids through virtual learning with no prep? They were truly heroes this year! The saddest part was how much my kids adored their teachers this year, only to have their time with them cut short.

In the end I put together small, but heartfelt gifts. Inside each of the packages are one of my favorite little floral notebooks from Target, along with some nice chocolates (their favorite if I knew). I wrapped the gifts in brown postal paper and decorated them with the beautiful Small Peony die from The Stamp Market. This first one was my first time using the peony die so I kept it simple. I die cut both the large and small petals twice, all from Pink Pirouette card stock. I die cut the stamen piece from Daffodil Delight, and the leaf from Always Artichoke. Before assembling, I curled each petal upwards around a pencil to give it shape, then hot glued each layer together. It was amazing watching the flower come to life as the layers were added!

The tag is die cut with the Sketched Shapes banner die, and stamped with the sentiment from Keep it Simple: Teacher. Each of their teachers truly was special this year!

For the next two flowers, I experimented a bit more with the peony die. My oldest son's teacher loves the color purple, so I made sure to make her gift have a purple flower.

This time I cut the largest petal four times, twice with the darkest purple card stock (Eggplant Envy) and twice with the midtone purple card stock (a generic card stock from Michael's). The smallest petal was cut twice, like I did in the with the first flower, out of Mauve Mist. I was playing around with a fuller bloom and also creating a gradation of color. 

The stamen is again die cut from Daffodil delight, but this time I used New Leaf card stock for the leaf. The tag is just the same. 

The last flower is again different. The largest outer petals are only cut twice, out of Regal Rose card stock, but the smaller petal is die cut three times. I cut it twice from Pretty in Pink and once from Pink Pirouette. Again, I was experimenting with more layers and a gradation of dark to light petals.

The stamen for this flower was cut from True Black card stock. Of the three versions I can't decide which is my favorite. Which one do you like best?

These peonies were truly beautiful in real life, and so easy to put together! I was so happy with how beautiful they made the gift presentation. Thank you so much to all of the teachers out there! You are so appreciated!!

Stamps: Keep it Simple: Teacher (PTI)
Paper: Pink Pirouette, Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink, Eggplant Envy, Mauve Mist, Daffodil Delight, Basic Black, Always Artichoke (SU!), New Leaf (PTI), white
Dies: Small Peony (The Stamp Market), Sketched Shapes (PTI)
Other: hot glue 

Friday, May 1, 2020

May Day 2020

Happy May Day! This year of all years I have been looking forward to making May Day gifts for our neighbors. We've all been socially distancing since the middle of March so I thought they could use something pretty to brighten their day. 

I love the May Day tradition, and I especially love that this is something I can do together with my kids. Last year my oldest was in school so he didn't get to be a part of it, but since schools are all doing virtual learning right now both of my boys helped out! We took aluminum cans that I have been saving and wrapped them in either pattern paper or jute twine. This was a good stash buster for some of my pretty pattern paper that I had been hoarding!

I think this one wrapped in the natural jute twine is my favorite. I loved the contrast of the rough jute with the delicate flowers. 

I printed tags on my computer, trimmed them out, then notched them into tags with scissors. Most are tied on with pink and white baker's twine. 

I picked up the flowers from Trader Joe's while I was also buying groceries. I used purple stock, white chrysanthemum and pink carnations.

My boys each had their favorite vase and had fun picking which neighbor got which bouquet. They took turns either carrying the flowers or ringing the doorbells. They were so cute running home as fast as they could after dropping off the flowers!

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Succulent Cards

Hello! I hope all is well in your corner of the world. I've continued to make and send out cards to friends, and especially the other moms in my MOPS group, during this time of home quarantine. As a card maker it is the perfect way of staying connected and hopefully brightening someone's day! Today's post is photo heavy as I made a TON of cards using Sugar Pea Design's set Stuck on You. I actually did something with these I've never done before. After figuring out which colors of ink I wanted my plants and pots to be, I stamped and die cut a HUGE pile of all the various pieces and then played around mixing and matching different groupings. It was like paper dolls with die cuts!

For this first card, I cut my card base from white card stock with Papertrey Ink's Noted: Scalloped A2 die.  The cacti are stamped in variations of Green Parakeet, New Leaf, Ripe Avocado and Mowed Lawn inks. Some are stamped on their die cuts and others are stamped directly on the card base. On some I used the rock and roll technique for a two-tone effect. The pots are all stamped in Blueprint Distress Oxide ink. After figuring out my placement, but before glueing anything down, I used the Nesting Basics: Pierced Ovals die to add some interest and ground my focal point. The "Hello" sentiment is from Simple Stems.

This next one is the same idea, but with just a single pot and the sentiment is from Sentiment Staples: Just a Note. I also mixed in a different set. See that little spiky plant on the right? That one is from Papertrey Ink's Putting Down Roots set, but it fit in beautifully.

I also dressed up the envelopes with a sentiment from Keep it Simple: Happy Mail. I embossed this in white because of the dark envelope color. I love the way the white pops against the blue!

For this card my pots got the terra cotta treatment! I used Really Rust (Stampin' Up!) and Rusty Hinge (Distress Oxide) inks.

This card was actually unintentional. I thought I was using my pierced ovals die, as I had on my other cards, when I ran my card base through my die cutting machine, only to discover I cut a huge oval hole in my card base! What I had done was accidentally used the oval die from the Noted: Scallop A2 set! As Bob Ross says, though, "There are no mistakes, just happy accidents." So I used the pierced oval I had accidentally cut, and attached it to a new scalloped card base with foam tape so it is popped up. I actually really like how it turned out and that it is different. Happy accident indeed!

More happy mail. :)

These next set of cards I switched things up and cut my base from Green Parakeet card stock using the Noted: Scalloped A2 Vertical die. I used the pierced rectangle that comes in that die collection to also cut the white panel my plants are on. The tall cactus in the middle is also from Putting Down Roots and while the pot has a coordinating die, the cactus does not. So I had to carefully cut it out by hand to try and match the rest of the die cut pieces. The sentiment is from Sentiment Staples: Thinking of You.

This card switches things up with a single pot and very full arrangement. The remaining pictures are the rest of the variations I made. They all use the same elements I've already talked about, but each one is unique.

I love how much variation there was using just the two main plant sets and a combination of various sentiments. Like I said before, I had never really worked in this method before, but I enjoyed it and love how many different but coordinating cards I ended up with in the end. I hope you enjoyed this lengthy post and were able to get some inspiration!

Stay safe and have a wonderful week!


Stamps: Stuck on You (Sugar Pea Designs), Putting Down Roots, Sentiment Staples: Just a Note, Sentiment Staples: Thinking of You, Simple StemsKeep it Simple: Happy Mail (PTI)

Paper: Stamper's Select White, Green Parakeet (PTI)

Ink: Green Parakeet, New Leaf, Ripe Avocado, Raspberry Fizz, Pure Poppy, Smokey Shadow (PTI), Blueprint Sketch, Rusty Hinge, Mowed Lawn (Distress Oxide), Really Rust (SU!)

Dies: Stuck on You (Sugar Pea Designs), Putting Down Roots, Noted: Scalloped A2Noted: Scallop A2 Vertical, Nesting Basics: Pierced Ovals (PTI)

Other: clover envelopes, royal blue envelopes (Paper Source)

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Wishing You a Joyous Easter

Ever the procrastinator. I didn't get my Easter cards finished until today. It was a mad scramble to get them put together, addressed, and in the mail before the mailman came for there to be any hope of them arriving in time. Any other procrastinators out there? Nothing like a deadline to get things done!

Anyway, I was very happy to finally play with these super cute Easter products from Sugar Pea Designs. I actually bought them to make cards last Easter, but didn't get to it in time (see above statement on procrastination). 

For the focal point I used the Egg Cut-Away Window die. It is so intricate and detailed! I actually die cut the scallop border and the egg window in one pass through my die cutting machine by using washi tape to hold everything in place. Once that die cutting was done, I positioned the green panel over my white card base and lightly traced the egg outline in pencil. Once I removed the green panel, I could easily see where to blend my ink to create the background behind the bunny. For this card I used Hawaiian Shores ink at the top and blended down into Spun Sugar and a bit of Picked Raspberry at the bottom.

The Easter Word is die cut from Hawaiian Shores card stock. Isn't that a beautiful script font?! I used a glue pen to adhere it to my card.

The sentiment, from Easter Wishes, is stamped in Hawaiian Shores ink and stamped onto a small white strip of card stock, then popped up with foam tape.

 The second card is the same as the first, just with slightly different colors.

In this version I blended Squeezed Lemonade down into Spun Sugar distress oxide ink in the background, and the Easter Word is die cut from Raspberry Fizz card stock.

Easter will be very different for many of us this year as we watch live streamed Easter services from home instead of attending worship in person. But wherever we are, we can rejoice in the knowledge that He is Risen! Happy Easter!

Stamps: Easter Wishes (Sugar Pea Designs)
Paper: Certainly Celery (SU!), Stamper's Select White, True Black (PTI)
Ink: Raspberry Fizz, Hawaiian Shores (PTI), Squeezed Lemonade, Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry (Distress Oxide)
Dies: Egg Cut-Away Window, Easter Word (SPD), Scallop Stackers: Small (PTI)