Puzzle Card

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Every time I make a card I try to make it unique to its recipient with their likes and dislikes in mind.  I also LOVE it when the card speaks to something that has special meaning to themThis card meets these standards.

First, the card and then I’ll explain its special meaning and it’s recipient.  The card is this “Twisted Easel Card” :

NOW TO THE MEANING BEHIND THE CARD:

I am the chunky but adorable baby  sitting between my two big brothers.  This is my favorite picture of us.  Throughout our childhood and her life my Mother loved playing games and putting puzzles together.  My eldest brother and I share her love of “working” puzzles.  He recently got me hooked on Dowdle puzzles after giving me a couple for Christmas and later sending me a box full of them just because.   What a GREAT Big Brother!!  I made this puzzle card for him. 

These Dowdle puzzles are created from the artwork of Eric Dowdle. They are very scenic and usually very challenging.  Below is a picture of the latest Dowdle puzzle my eldest brother and I conquered together called New York.  Just look at those buildings, do they all look the same to you because they did to us, now just imagine them divided into 1000 little pieces.  LOL.  You can visit Eric Dowdle’s website HERE , he has GREAT puzzles. 

Supplies:

Stamps – Love Is (SSS) ; All My Love (SSS) ; Paper – Baked Brown Sugar (Stampin Up) ; Black Glossy ; Die-cuts – Love (SSS) ;  Puzzle Background Die (Impression Obsession) ; Double-Ended Tags Die (Spellbinders)

 

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Until Next Time,

 

 God Bless & Happy Stamping!  


Happy Birthday!

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It’s a Birthday Card bonanza!!  I made six different birthday cards for this month and I’m going to share them with you in this post. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

           

     

Some designs were original and others were borrowed with modifications for my taste and needs but I made them ALL with my LOVE for their intended recipient in mind.  I hope you like them.  As always I added BLING which can’t really be seen in the pictures but below are 2 or 3 of them enlarged with hopes that you can get a better idea of their BLING.

 

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Until Next Time,

 

  God Bless &Happy Stamping!   


Comforted By Chocolate

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Have you ever envisioned something and then when it came time to execute the plan nothing went right?  That’s this card in a “Nutshell”. 

INSIDE:   

I made this card for one of my favorite people in the world who loves Chocolate and vowed to go without it and ALL things sweet for 115 days.  A good laugh always makes things seem better even when giving up something you love.  Although it’s not funny until it’s over that’s why I waited until he was back on chocolate to give him this card.  LOL.

By the time I decided the card was finished it was a 6×6 square card instead of the 5×7 horizontal  top-folding card I set out to make.  And I had paper-pieced the background and image which I vowed NOT to do but I was so frustrated I did it anyway.  The color scheme didn’t go as planned either and I didn’t think it looked quite done but everything I thought of adding was over-the-top or risky and not worth messing up the card for and then, God forbid, having to start all over.  So I’ve declared it finished and I think I’m finally pleased with it.

The only things that went according to plan were coloring the image with copic markers (although I needed to do it twice) and changing the “chips” bag and “TV remote” control to a bag of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and a box of chocolates (Cadbury in my mind) respectively.

For this card I used the “Lazy Boy” Art Impressions stamp and made the changes noted previously and the sentiment is from Rubbernecker Stamps.  Hope he likes it.

 

 

 God Bless & Happy Stamping!  


World Traveler Appreciation

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Hello it’s me again and so soon!   LOL.

I decided to post this card I made for my brother.  He’s GREAT and happens to have traveled the world which is why I thought of using this stamp.  In addition to having a multitude of talents he is by far my biggest card-making supporter.  He even follows this Card Blog and leaves comments, which for a guy is pretty AMAZING!      

Card Front on left  &  Inside on right:

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This card is special because it was my first time using Pan Pastels.  I saw a Pan Pastel demonstration at the Impression Obsession booth at STAMPAWAY USAShe made some gorgeous samples and you can see her Demo them in this Video.  It’s nice to have yet another coloring option to add to: Inks, Copics, & Watercolor Markers: Zig Real Color ; Tombow ; Marvy Le Plume II. 

[Remember:  Everything highlighted in PINK is a link.  Just click on the highlighted word.]

As always, this card had quite a bit of bling which didn’t show up in the pictures.  Below is a close up which shows more of the bling but not much.  If anyone knows how to get bling or sparkle to show up in pictures PLEASE let me know!

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I’ve always liked this world map stamp.  I thought about using it for my Dad’s birthday card this year but chose to do another Stampscapes scene for him instead.  My Dad was a world traveler too, having done most of his international travel while in the United States Air Force , from which he retired.  That’s where he became fluent in German.  While in the Air Force he was stationed in Germany, Guam, and Alaska and was sent to places like France, Asia, England, Spain, Turkey, Thailand, and Vietnam among others.  Thanks For Your Service Dad!

Both stamps used for this card are retired Stampin Up stamps: World Map for the image and the sentiment is one from the Word Play set.

 

 

 God Bless & Happy Stamping!   

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Birthday Cards

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Hello Again!!  It’s been a while but I’m back.

A FEW EXCITING THINGS HAVE HAPPENED SINCE MY LAST POST: 

FIRST: 

One of my cards was published in the Autumn 2016 CardMaker Magazine.  My card is called Hello Fall and it appears on page 74.  I was thrilled to have one of my cards published and the fact that it is in my favorite card-making magazine is just icing on the cake.  A true honor. Check it out if you can.

 

SECOND:

I finally went to the STAMPAWAY USA convention in Sharonville, Ohio.  For those who may not know, STAMPAWAY is the largest rubber stamping convention in the country held every year in Ohio.  A lot of people attended the convention this year but not so many that it was too cumbersome to shop.  I thoroughly ENJOYED myself.  I met some wonderful new friends and I will hopefully meet up with them at STAMPAWAY again next year.

 

THIRD:   I made this Birthday card for my Dad:

Making cards for men is always challenging for me because I’m naturally drawn to flowers, I get that from my mother.  So I decided to make my Dad another Stampscapes card for his Birthday this year using a few different stamps to build a new scene.  I love Stampscapes stamps because you can make a variety of different cards just by rearranging the stamps into an endless number of scenes.  That’s him (above) in the row-boat headed to his cabin.  For his Birthday last year I made a more complicated tri-fold Stampscapes card shown below :

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FOURTH:  

I made this Birthday card for my Great Aunt who just turned 85 years old.  

Even though she is 85yo she bowls on a bowling league team and has loved bowling as long as I can remember.  Kudos to her for staying active and not using her age as an excuse to sit at home.  She also swims at the YMCA two days a week.   Go Aunt Ruth!!

 

If you’d like to know the materials used to make these cards leave me a comment or email and I’d be more than happy to post them.

 

      That’s it for now but below is an EXCITING read from my FAVORITE author!  You can get his book at Amazon e-Books.  You can go right to it by clicking HERE.

  

 God Bless and Happy Stamping!  

 

 


“Hapkido Master”

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Just a reminder, any words highlighted in PINK in my posts are links and if you click on them it will take you to whatever is referenced.

Hapkido Pic Close Up Stamped

This card is for my eldest brother inspired by his Mastery of Hapkido.  This is the last of the four cards I pledged to make him so this post is bittersweet.  I have enjoyed making cards with him in mind because he has so many talents that coming up with a card themes was probably the easiest it’s ever been for me.  However, given that he’s a male, it was a battle at first to not use flowers or ribbon or bows or pink in my card creations.    I did however, get to use perhaps my favorite card element: BLING (glitter, stickles, wink of stella, anything that sparkles).   BLING is apparently universal and gender-neutral.  As always the sparkle doesn’t show up well on camera but trust me it’s there.

So I was also excited to make this card because I was able to use a Joanna Sheen die I hadn’t used before.   If you’re not familiar with Joanna Sheen she lives in England and has an online craft store.  Some time ago I ordered 3 dies from her online store but I hadn’t had an opportunity to use any of them until now.  The best thing about ordering from her online store was that the shipping was FREE and you can’t beat that especially coming all the way from England.  The down side was it took a little longer to receive my purchase, about 10-14 days. She has beautiful edge dies.  I also purchased one of her lace edge dies that I can’t wait to use.

My brother, like Joanna Sheen, is an author.  You can get the first book in his latest police thriller trilogy on Amazon eBooks and you can go right to it by clicking here .   Below is a little teaser:

Materials Used-  Dies: Martial Arts (Joanna Sheen), Stitched Speech Bubble Edges Dies (MFT);  Embossing Folder: Brick (Taylored      Expressions); Ink: Pumice Stone (Distressed Ink)

 

Until Next Time,

 

 God Bless & Happy Stamping!  

 


Sax Man Easel Card

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! 

It’s been a while but I’m back with the third of four cards dedicated to my eldest brother.  He is multi-talented and this card’s theme highlights one of his many talents, playing the saxophone. This is Sax-Man:

So for this card I used stamps from one of my favorite stamp companies, Rubbernecker Stamp Co., both the image and sentiment.  I tried a few different card types but settled on an Easel card because I wanted him to be able to see both the image and the sentiment at the same time. 

I tried a new technique for me with this card and used some new products.  I wanted the image to be sparkly and after seeing a card someone did using this technique I adapted it but basically used the same concept.   I stamped the image on white cardstock and then covered it with Elizabeth Craft double-sided adhesive and then covered it with Elizabeth Craft micro-fine glitter.  Next, I colored the image with Copic Markers but I only used two colors to try and create highlights and used each sparingly because the color really travels on the glitter and can easily bleed outside the stamped lines.  I used my stitched square die-cut to double mount the image and I used two great embossing folders in the card background:  the Sizzix holly swirls and sheet music embossing folder set and the We R Memory Keepers Next Level Gemstone.

So I have one more card to dedicate to my eldest brother because I promised four.  It’s been a joy to design cards with him as my muse so I do see more cards to come beyond the fourth one promised.  I don’t know what is next but thank goodness he has many talents from which I can draw upon for inspiration.

 

Until Next Time 

 God Bless and Happy Stamping !   

 

 


Brotherly Love, Sheltering Tree

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I’m back with the second of four cards dedicated to my eldest brother.  He is ultra-talented and a wonderful asset to our family.  He speaks nearly fluent French and although I DON’T,  I decided to do a card in French. 

I used the Sheltering Tree  stamp set, in French, from Stampin’ Up.  It was a bit challenging because of the French element especially on the inside of the card.  Even though it’s only one line, getting the correct words and word order was difficult, not knowing French myself.  I know Spanish but somehow it was not helpful at all. LOL.    Anyway, I’m hopeful he’ll appreciate the extra effort to create a card especially for him in a language he really enjoys. 

The outside sentiment translates into:  “Bill is a sheltering tree.”  The inside translation I’ll leave between he and I and anyone who happens to know French. 

Sheltering Tree 1        Inside Sheltering Tree

Materials Used:  Stamp: Sheltering Tree (Stampin Up);   Ink : Tree – SU Chocolate Chip, SU Craft, Distress Worn Lipstick;  Grass – Distress Pine Needles, Forest Moss;  Sentiment– Versamark;  Embossing Powder: Black;  Embellishments: Glitter Dust Iridescent, Flower Soft- Spring.

 

 Until Next Time  

 

  God Bless and Happy Stamping!!   

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Making Amends – Grillmaster

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Where has the time gone!  I can’t believe it’s been so long since my last post.  I’ve been busy and I seem to have gotten myself in a bit of “hot water” since I last posted.

My BIG BROTHER’S BIRTHDAY was last month and I didn’t call to wish him a happy Birthday until the day after.  However, there were extenuating circumstances.  This is what happened and you judge for yourself:  I remembered his birthday was coming all week but I was sick with Strep Throat on the actual day.   I stayed in bed all day with fever, sleeping and taking medication.  In the midst of my ailment I neglected to call to wish him a Happy Birthday.  But in my defense the next morning, after my fever had resolved and I realized my faux pas, I called him right away. 

Does that really count as forgetting his birthday?  He certainly thinks so, but I hope you’re on my side.

Please weigh-in on this important issue and place your vote below.

I feel particularly bad because he has been such a Blessing and a Wonderful big brother my entire life.  I have vowed to not miss his birthday again!!  

However, count it to my head and not my heart because he really does mean the world to me!  So, I’ve decided to do something to acknowledge how special he is to me.  I’m going to dedicate the next four cards I make to him and make a post for each.   This is huge because I usually only make one card every 2-6 months depending on my free time.

This FIRST CARD celebrates one of his many talents: cooking.  He is an EXCELLENT cook and is particularly skilled with a grill.   So, seeing as he is the family GRILLMASTER, I created this card making adaptations of a card I saw on another blog.

 

GM Signed

Time To Vote

 

How This Card Was Made:   I used the Taylored Expressions, Brick, embossing folder.  I like it so much better than the other brick embossing folders I have because it has nicer detailing on the bricks.  I watered down some Pumice Stone, Distress Ink and applied it with a brush between the bricks to give them greater depth.  The background sky is hard to see in the picture but I used Memento, Summer Sky, to make it and masked my clouds using a Fiskars, XL Cloud Punch, and masking paper.  I cut my grass with my Silhouette Cameo making adjustments to the ‘grass border’ download.  I cut it twice and made two layers of grass and used dimensionals between the layers, off-setting the outer layer just a little.  After assembling the card I realized I should have stamped the bottom sentiment higher but I didn’t want to cover up my cloud so I decided to add another sentiment stamp “you’re the best” at the top.

 

Materials Used: Inks: Distress Ink- Pumice Stone, VersaFine- Onyx Black;  Paper: Stampin Up– Basic Gray, Mossy Meadow,  Gary BurlinGlossy Black, Hammermillwhite;   Dies: Taylored Expressions- Grill,   SilhouetteGrass Border;  Stamps:  Taylored Expressions Punny Man,   Unknown– “you’re the best”,  Punch: FiskarsXL Cloud

 

Until Next Time. . .

 

 God Bless and Happy Stamping !                  I


Love / Valentine’s Card

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Hello Again!

I’m excited to be entering two new Challenges with this post:  The Card Concept Challenge #27 and the 2015 SOC Blogger Challenge.  After reviewing the styles on the Card Concept Challenge blog site I decided that my style best fits the “Classy & Elegant” Design Team’s style and so that is the category I’m submitting under.

The SOC Blogger Challenge  was an anything goes challenge so I chose to use this card for both challenges. The Card Concept Challenge #27 theme is LOVE and it really pushed me to go where I had never gone before.  I had never made a Valentine’s Day card or a card about Love.  I’m not really sure why considering I’ve been madly in LOVE with my best friend and husband for 18+ years now.   About the closest I’ve come is making a few Wedding Cards.  So I started by looking at what I had to use and it wasn’t much.  Only two heart stamps (neither one very appealing) both of which I won at a Archiver’s Mania night several years ago, obviously before they closed.  And I had some heart nesting dies.

So I had to think about what things symbolize LOVE to me and that helped me come up with the ideas for my card.  First, I decided that the color Red is a color I most often associate with LOVE so I wanted to use it and white.  I also wanted to use Heart shapes because they are a universal symbol for LOVE.  And I think another universal symbol for LOVE is the Rose particularly a Red one.  So I incorporated all these concepts together and decided on  ‘triple time’ hearts embossed with Red Roses as my design.  I used pearls and ribbon as my embellishments because I thought they would contribute to making the card Classy and Elegant’.   And of course I used Bling: glittery embossing powder, because what is a card without Bling 

So, below is what I came up with when I put all of the above together.  My husband will appreciate my entering this Challenge because now he’ll get a handmade Valentine’s Day Card instead of a store bought one.  As always it’s hard to see the Bling but I took some close ups so hopefully you’ll get a better idea of the card’s sparkle.   

Luv 0292    Luv 2 0344

 

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Some Sparkle Showing

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Some Sparkle Showing

 

Inside Card

Inside Card

 

Materials Used:

Paper: Stardream Metallic Cover – Crystal, Stampin Up-Real Red;  Ink:  Stampin Up -Real Red;   Embossing Powder:  B&J’s Arts – Mystic Fire;   Embossing Folder: Darice – Wire Fence;   Embellishments:  Ribbon – Red Satin,  Stampin Up – Pearls.

 

 Until Next Time —-  

 

 God Bless and Happy Stamping!