Mother’s Day

Anyone else go gaga over April the Giraffe?  She is currently the most famous mother in the world!  I’m a mother, but I am just famous in the eyes of my kids. Well, at least I hope I am!!  Sadly, both my mother and my mother in law passed away almost 15 years ago. That’s 15 years of not having a reason to get excited over all the pretty cards I’ve seen on Pinterest.  But all that changed in December 2015 and June 2016. That’s when my kids made me a grandmother!!  Woohoo. I know it’s cliche, but there really isn’t anything better than having the joys of a little one and then handing them back to their parents when they need a diaper or get fussy. LOL.   So now Mothers Day is right around the corner. I think the kids are doing a great job at raising two beautiful little girls.  I made them each a card to let them know they are amazing moms.  I know how difficult it can be at times and just a few words of encouragement may just be what they can use.

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I love being inspired by others.  When I first came across this Card by Sharon Burket via Pinterest I knew I was going to make it one day!  Finally the perfect occasion came up…Mothers Day and I wanted to use the Butterflies Thinlits Dies and the Bold Butterfly Framelits Dies to represent a Mommy and a baby butterfly.

Using the Watercolor Wings Stamp Set I stamped the 3 step stamps on both whisper white and vellum.  Then I cut the vellum with the detailed dies and the cardstock with the open dies.  The jar and flowers were stamped and cut with the Jar of Love stamp set and the co-ordinating Everyday Jars Framelits Dies.  The cardbase was cut using dimensions and instructions in Susans blog but I have included them in my tutorial for the “mechanism” that makes Mama appear to be taking off.  You can find the tutorial here One Flap Easel Card with pop up element.  The card will fold flat completely to fit inside one of our medium envelopes.

Check out the flying Mommy!

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Happy Mothers Day!!

 

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Wine anyone?

Hello, hello, hello!!!!  Taxes.  Need I say more?  I’m so relieved to get them behind me, that I just wanted to make a card for the fun of it.  I introduced you to the Center Box (or U Fold) here, and thought I’d give it another go.  Edited to add U Fold Tutorial

I honestly did not have a plan.  Just the folded card base.  Then I thought about what I have in the way of supplies and what will be retiring.  The Hearth & Home Framelits (#139666) are carrying over!  Window!!!!  Yes, the light bulb went off and my creating began!  The window is just a tad too wide to fit inside the opening, so I just cut some off each side.  Then I needed a scene to look at through the window, sadly the matching stamp set to the framelits are no longer available, but Sheltering Tree (#137163) will work nicely!  A piece of the Delicate White Doilies (#141701) was used for the “curtain”.  Retired DSP became wall paper, the 2 potted plants were stamped and fussy cut from the Vertical Greetings (#141876)  This style card really would be ideal for one of the vertical sentiments, but I didn’t want to throw off the symmetry of my scene.

This card is going to a special lady.   She made her final house payment, and she managed to do this as a single mom while raising children and grandchildren.  I really am happy for her!  The sentiment is from Sunshine Sayings (#141594) .

The teeny tiny flower bouquet is the flower stamp from Sprinkles of Life (#139971) and punched using the Tree Builder Punch (#138295).

My FAVORITE part of this card is the wine “glass”!  Can you believe I stamped the glass from the Mixed Drinks (#141928) onto acetate using Stazon Black Ink and then heat set that.  I admit, I had to go over the black ink with a sharpie because I wanted definition.  I then tried to fill the glass with red wine.  OY!  that took experimentation.  The Cherry Cobbler Classic Ink just kind of laid on top of the window sheet, so I smudged it (on purpose) to try to fill the glass.  Eventually I just filled it in with red sharpie.  Then I fussy cut and attached the glass with a multi medium adhesive.

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Here is the view from over head:

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Best part of all?  NO BULK or BUMPS to mail once it folds flat, it’s flat and fits nicely inside of our Medium Envelopes (#107301)

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If you need any of the products mentioned, please be sure to look for me in the Demonstrator Directory!  Until next time 🙂

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Window Box Pop Out Cards

Hi Peeps!  Happy Easter!  Today I’m sharing 3 projects I worked on this week.  First let me tell you a little something I learned about myself in the process!

I started out as a scrapbooker!  Really, I did!  One year for Christmas, I thought it would be nice to make an album for each of our family trips to Europe.  At the time, there were just 3…Holland, England and Ireland.  BUT, we have 2 kids, so I actually made NINE 12×12 albums!  OMG by the time I was done, I thought I’d never want to see another scrapbook in my life!  LOL

I really started making cards because I wanted some instant gratification.  I wanted to be able to start a project and finish it the same day!  After my first few cards and they were pretty primitive:

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I eventually started using my Cricut to help make my cards.  Cricut was in partnership with another card/stamping direct sales company.  That is how I discovered the world of stamping!  I loved how their stamp sets co-ordinated with Cricut images.  I have MS and using scissors to fussy cut is quite a challenge.  Speaking of a challenge, I HATED the ink pads from that company.  They had beautiful colors, don’t get me wrong, the ink pads were just very difficult for me to manage getting open.  Here are a few cards from my Cricut phase:

Then I found Pinterest!!!!  I saw this really cool card but I needed a diagonal score board.  Enter Stampin’ Up!  Here is the card that changed how I crafted:

So what have I discovered about myself?  I’m much more than just a scrapbook-er or a card-maker.  I am a paper-crafter…and I am always evolving!

If you have made it this far into my post, THANK YOU!  Here are my version of the Hexagon Window Box cards.  Stampin’ Up! does carry the framelits to make the box but I made my version using my Cricut Explore, because I wanted to use my own die cut images to personalize it for my needs.  This is the first attempt:

I loved it but there was one major flaw!  It was TOO BIG for even a 5×7 envelope!  So back to the drawing board I went!

It came out cute, but had more of a Wedgewood feel, so I tried again!

What do you think?  Is this more Delft Blue like????  I loved that the flowers and matching framelits reminded me of tulips, perfect right?  Jar of Love Stamp set (#141587) and co-ordinating Everyday Jars Framelits (#141490) can be purchased from me, ordering information is at the end of this post.  I added a dragonfly and a bee to the flowers, just to add a little something!  I’m going to make a few options and try to sell them on Etsy, wish me luck!

One more look at all 3 of my projects:

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I hope you have a fabulous Easter!

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Lets CASE Connie!

Good morning Peeps!  April 1st already!  WOW!  I have no pranks for you….but…….

Today I thought I’d try a new feature.  I’m calling it Lets CASE Connie.  First, you may be asking, “Who is Connie, and why should I CASE her”?  Connie is Connie Stewart, you may already know her Web Page Simply Simple Stamping

Connie is a Stampin Up Demonstrator and creator of Flash Cards and Flash Cards 2.0.  She is also my “upline” and my mentor.  I encourage you to check out her videos on YouTube her Flash Cards are SUPER!  My personal style is a more detailed/involved card and I struggle with simple cards.  That’s where her Weekly Challenges come in handy.  She puts out a post that includes a “card sketch” and a couple of cards she designed using the sketch.  When I am in a creative slump but just want to craft I resort to these sketches to get my ideas flowing.

The theory behind CASEing a card is that you can either Copy And Steal Everything.  Meaning duplicate the card exactly.  OR  you can Copy And Share Everything by which you can tweak the design to make it your own.  Either way is fine as long as you give credit to the original designer 🙂

This is the sketch and sample I decided to CASE:

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I TOTALLY “stole” this card.  But wait!  Did I?  Not quite, and thats only because I didn’t have the right color cardstock.  So rather than a piece of DSP adhered to a Pacific Point Cardbase, I attached my DSP to a slighter larger piece of whisper white that I used a sponge dauber with Pacific Point ink to create a border.  Then I adhered both to a white note card.  SEE?  CASED but in my own way.

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Once I was done with the above card, I tried it with Different DSP in a portrait orientation.

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So there you have it, my first ever “Lets Case Connie”  I’ll try another next time I’m feeling uninspired 🙂  I’m kind of feeling silly and I think I will whip up a quick April Fool prank for my hubby……