Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Fall Arrangement Cards

Here are a few fall cards

Below is the first card and its details:
The background paper is by Cosmo Cricket.
The stitched rectangles are die-cuts I bought off of eBay.
The tag die-cut is by Sizzix
The leaf brads are by Creative Imaginations.

The second card,
The die-cuts are by Spellbinders
One of the papers is a wallpaper sample and the others are misc patterned paper.
There isn't a manufacturer on this stamp. I colored it in with Copic Markers.
The sentiment stamp and black ink by Hero Arts
The background paper is by Provo Craft inked with distress ink Tea Dye

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Deep Red Stamps Sunflower Fall card

The sunflower stamp by Deep Red Stamps can be found:
Sunflower stamp

I colored it in with Copic markers
In the center is a large copper brad.
The patterned paper is by Best Creations
The felt sentiment sticker is by Little Yellow Bicycle.
The kraft card base is by Recollections.

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Monday, October 14, 2019

Manly Monday Chevy Sign

I haven’t been able to make cards for men but I do have a few things to share for the next few weeks. This was a sign I made for a silent auction. The Chevy dealer generously donated the oil change gift certificates but I needed to jazz them up with a sign.
 I cut the truck with the Cricut and made my own hood to sit up like you’re having your truck worked on. All of the letters are stickers. I hoped the fun camouflage patterned paper in the background would appeal to men and the purple would appeal to the women. I’m not sure who won or how much it went for.
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Saturday, October 12, 2019

Lucky Shamrock for my Mom

It is appropriate to post this today Saturday, October 12 for my Mom’s first heavenly birthday. We are burying her ashes today. There are so many emotions and memories that go through my mind.
I feel it necessary to tell you that I wrote this post months ago. I made the top part a short version and at the bottom I give you a more in depth description into the making of this decoration. I also include a memorable moment that I had with my mom. So, Here we go.
I made a decor piece for my mom’s room at the assisted living center for St. Patrick Day. It got many compliments especially  from her. 
I cut out a shamrock stencil and traced it onto cardboard. I used a glue gun to adhere pieces of green fabric inside the drawn template. I altered and then glued the stencil back on top of the cardboard over the fabric pieces. To finish up, I outlined the edges and wrote the word Lucky with Stickles.

Long version:
 It wasn’t supposed to be this way but once my original idea was not coming together I went with what was working. The amount of time it takes me to do such projects is embarrassing. I have to stop over thinking everything and just try it, just do it and just use that favorite stash item you’ve been saving. Quit looking through all your stuff, and take the first thing that you like. Note to self is now finished.

Anyway, I cut the shamrock stencil out of the green-ish cardstock using my Creative Memories heart from the cutting system.  I traced inside the stencil onto a thick cardboard.  Everything  inside the Shamrock is fabric pieces. 
After I put a layer of adhesive from my glue gun inside the shamrock area, I would scrunch the fabric into that glue keeping it inside the stencil outline that I had to drawn. I wish I would have used different shades of greens in some areas. 
And so now what do I do with this thing that I pepped myself up to have the ‘Just do it’ mentality and It looks horrible. 

I placed the stencil on top, stood back to take a look and I was so pleased. Wow! The stencil on top of the fabric was just what it needed.
The fit of the stencil wasn’t great because I had gone outside the lines with fabric and glue. I had to cut the stencil to get it to fit but I did so in small increments. I was sweating. This cutting worked well for the shamrock but not in keeping the square shape of the cardboard and although the trimming the shamrock worked in most places there were gaps in other places.
 Enter the Stickles to the rescue! 
Oh Crap! 
 I had to improvise due to shortage of one color of green Stickles.
 I had a green/red Christmas mix that I used by alternating each color every other couple of inches. I ended up having plenty of the first green but it was lighter so I mixed the two colors together around all of the edges. This type of project might look good with a darker outside line to define the edge but not with this edge’s imperfections. I didn’t want to draw attention to it. 

I wrote the word lucky on a piece of fabric with more green Stickles. This piece was a scrap piece to see how it would look because I was going to write; “We’re lucky to have you” or something like that but I thought that was difficult for a dementia patient. I pulled this prototype out of the trash and glued it on. 

I was running out or low on time because my life revolves around other people that are willing to give me rides and if someone will take me to visit mom, I need to go when they’re ready. 
I still needed a way to hang it up. So when we got there, my brother was kind enough to use the pink Crop o Dile to set some eyelets on each side and tied a ribbon to make it hang. 
She loved it. It was great to see her smile. 
I need to share something that I want to remember:
The last 4 months before she died she would constantly ask me, 
“Who is your mother.” 
I would reply, “You are my mother”.
She would always say in an ugly voice, “I am not your mother”.
Over and over again she asked me the same question. I tried to redirect her and she would ask me, almost drill me,
“Who is your mother?”
I tried, Elizabeth, Liz, Beth, Ms. Bush to which she knew those names were her and with a scowl on her face she would say to me,
“I am not your mother”.
Okay woman, then quit asking me. Lol.
At the end I didn’t bother calling her mom because she wouldn’t respond to anything other then Liz.
So the thing I always want to remember was about a week before she died I came in and said,
“Hi Liz. My name is Cindy and I’m here to visit with you.”

she said, 
“My daughter’s name is Cindy.”

Yes, yes it is.

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Friday, October 11, 2019

Party Girl by Deep Red Stamps

Today is
It's My Party Day
It fits perfect with my
Springtime City Girls by Deep Red Stamps
party sentiment.

Patterned paper by My Mind's Eye
Green shaped patterned paper by K and Co.
Party sticker by Pebbles with surrounding die-cuts by K and Co.
Washi tape by Stampin Up.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Peach and Yellow multi layered background die-cut cards

These die-cuts were sent to me by a Caring Hearts Card drive donator. They are layered with some bright colors but I paired them up with some simple sentiments.
The first one is by Hampton Arts.

And the second one is a Cuttlebug dry embossed square sentiment that I inked and sprayed with Ranger gold spray.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Layered Friends card

Here comes a lot of layers.
The black frame is by Making Memories
The frame is on top of a silver scalloped square die-cut that is turned
Both are on top of a white Spellbinders die-cuts
Creative Memories vellum sentiment
Flower and brad from my stash.

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Here's a similar card

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Deep Red Stamps Selfie Card

I stamped this chica and colored her in with Copic markers. She's a Deep Red Stamp
City Summer Girls
I added some Stickles in different places of her.

The Circles background stamp was stamped with Versa Mark ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder. Then I inked the entire background with distress inks.
The sentiment is by Me and My Big Ideas

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Saturday, October 5, 2019

Christmas Gold embossed Upcycled Card

I love being able to upcycle cards. On this card, the only thing that is original is the gold sides. Those were too pretty to cover up.

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Friday, October 4, 2019

It's Your Day Card Deep Red Stamps

Deep Red Stamps
Colored with Copics and cut it out. Sentiment cut from Cricut. The dry embossing is a The Paper Studio. Rectangle die-cut in unknown.
I stamped the border stamp from the Lace Mesh Borders with yellow ink (SU Daffodil Delight) onto the very pink card base and it didn't show up. So I inked up the same border with Hero Arts Pale Tomato and stamped it again. It's very faint but I like it.

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Thanks a bunch in Blue and Kraft

The kraft paper is by Oriental Trading Co. The blue background is by Paper Pizzazz and the patterned paper is unknown. 
I stamped the floral stamp with navy ink (SU) on the top and bottom of the kraft cardstock. It was an option for a table number for my neighbor's wedding. This and many others were ones that I didn't show her. I pulled out a bunch of stamps to see what I had to present to her. She ended up going with something else that I'll have to find the pictures to post. It's okay that I ended up so many already stamped images because then I'm able to pull one out and make a card.

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Deep Red Stamps Corset Cards

My Deep Red Stamps card uses the
Corset Collage Stamp that I colored in with colored pencils and chalk.

Lace Mesh Border Stamp
I randomly stamped it onto the background and heat embossed in black.
The background is a random coloring with distress ink.
Dry embossed black cardstock is with Swiss Dot Cuttlebug embossing folder.
The lace tape on the left is from Dollar Tree.

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Here's another card using the same stamp
Purple Corset Card

This next card uses the same corset stamp the was heat embossed with silver and colored in with colored pencils.
I matted it on Creative Memories journal box. The background of the card was made with the
Lace Mesh Border

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Fall Acorn Card

Another fall card with an unknown digital stamp that colored in with Copic markers. 
The patterned paper by Recollections.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Fall Embellishment Card

I inked the edges with Versa Mark ink and heat embossed them with copper embossing powder by Ranger Industries.
The gold embossed leaf stamps in the background are by Deep Red Stamps
Elm Leaves Stamp

The circle embellishment is dry embossed with a Sizzix embossing folder inked with distress ink.
The tree is chipboard from Recollections.
The patterned paper and leaf button is unknown to me. 

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Monday, September 23, 2019

Autumnal Equinox Day Fall Thank You card

Today is the Autumnal Equinox Day

I love this card so much that I may give it to my husband so it stays here. I explain how I made the background at the end of this post. The dry embossed leaves folder is by The Paper Studio. After it was embossed, I blotted the entire paper with Versa Mark ink. Then using a large makeup blush brush, I brushed the paper with gold Perfect Pearls powder. The frame is a Cricut die-cut and leaf by Gina Marie. The sentiment is by Fiskars. I inked some of the edges with distress ink.

The background of this card was made at a moment when I thought to myself,. "Hey, I wonder what this would look like." I was inking backgrounds stamps with multiple colors of distress inks and then I would spray the stamp with water and get the ink leftovers inks onto a piece of cardstock. Well, I did that and then I would take that wet paper and put it together with another one on top of it. This is the back of a store-bought card which is glossy. I didn't know if the ink was going to stick to it. I used my heat gun on it and then just stepped away while it dried.

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Sunday, September 22, 2019

Baby Elephant So Blessed card

Wacky Holidays continue with
Elephant Appreciation Day

The elephant and sentiment are Close to my Heart stamps. The elephant is colored in with Copic markers.
The die-cut behind the elephant is by My Mind's Eye.
The background paper was created with glimmer mist or Smooches sprays. I was trying to figure out which ones were still spraying. There weren't very many.

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Saturday, September 21, 2019

Light colors Grateful Card

Background Stampin Up Just Vine stamp set with second generation stamping technique with Soft Sky ink.
The patterned paper by K and Co
Grateful stamp by Close to my Heart. I stamped it at a crop probably 10 years ago.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

A Elephant Precious Gift card

The elephant stamp is by Fiskars colored with Copic markers. 
The sentiment is by Three Bugs in a Rug.
Border die-cut by Spellbinders.
Cardstock from my stash.

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Manly Monday Coffee Feather Special Day

The feather looks like a tie.
The masculine patterned paper.
Definitely a Manly Monday card.
Coffee cup by Forever in Time
Die-cuts by Spellbinders
Wallpaper samples and the backside of the background patterned paper, which is by Paper Reflections.
The sentiment stamp is by Stampibilities

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Sunday, September 15, 2019

Upcycled junk mail dragonfly card

The patterned paper is from a Current envelope junk mail.
The dragonfly stamp (unknown) was colored with colored pencils.
The sentiment by Cricut.
Kraft cardstock by The Paper Studio.

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Friday, September 13, 2019

Positive Thinking Day Lantern Cards

I really like how these cards turned out and I think the first one goes well with
Positive Thinking Day
I cut out two different sized circles with the Creative Memories cutting system out of Inkadinkado masking paper.
The die cut is by Spellbinders. It has been in my stash forever. It was one of those times that I cut out other people's dies and with no idea what I'd use it for or with
The stars aligned and the stamp set and die-cuts came together :)
Ink is Distress ink-Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Faded Jeans, and yellow is Squeezed Lemonade.
Black ink is Hero Arts. I love how dark and sharp it is.
I set a Making Memories eyelet for the hole on top and used Karen Foster floss as the hanging component. 

Die Cuts with a View patterned paper. Sizzix corner die-cuts
Stampibilities sentiment stamp
Yellow distress ink. Hero Arts black ink

The stamp set is unknown but looks like this.

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

For You Multiple Colored Flower Card

I used distress ink markers to color the stamp and get the multi-colored on the Stampin Up stamp.
Stampin Up polka dot ribbon and I'm not sure about the pink but look at that perfect bow.
The circle die-cut is by Hero Arts with a Fiskars stamped sentiment.
Set with a pink eyelet. I'm trying to use more brads and eyelets.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Rose Knot Die Set Card

The Rose Knot Die Set is by Gina Marie. I took the card design from the example on the website.
The background paper is an old one by Provo Craft.
Sentiment by Stampin and Scrappin in navy blue ink

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Deep Red Stamps Floral Arrangement

I have two cards using the same stamp by

Colored with Copic markers.
Sizzix embossing folder with Recollections cardstock
Shaped green paper by K and Co.
Butterfly punch by Marvy. It has dimensional adhesive under the wings

The same stamp stamped Deep Red Stamps Floral Arrangement with black ink and colored it in with Copic Markers.
The background paper is bu SU and the doily is by Doodlebug.
I stamped a Hero Arts sentiment st the bottom of the stamped image.

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Monday, September 9, 2019

Manly Monday Linus Baby Boy

Linus makes another showing for baby boy cards. I have baby stamps but they are by Lawn Fawn and this will sound stupid but I don't want to stamp with them because then they will be dirty. They stain so badly and I'm not sure why I care but I do. Ugh!
Patterned paper by Die Cuts with a View.
Sentiment stamp by Three Bugs in a Rug.
Linus colored in with Copic markers and cut out by a Spellbinders die

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Two more cards with this stamp.

All my cards look the same. Ugh!

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Squares and Ribbon Fall Colors TY card

The floral stamp by Tim Holtz on kraft cardstock by Oriental Trading Co.
The brownish cardstock on the top and bottom by Creative Memories
The orange Bazzill cardstock is punched with a square punch by Creative Memories with brads at the top and bottom.
The sentiment is stamp and matching die-cut set by Stampin Up
The white is ribbon and the patterned paper is unknown.

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Friday, September 6, 2019

Die-Cuts in Purple and Green with Lovely Stamped accessories to go with them card

Die-cut by Spellbinders. It was stamped with a Hero Arts background stamp with Versa Mark ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder.
Distress ink shaded lilac to edges, die-cuts by K and Co.
The leaves are Stampin' Up stamps that I stamped with green and purple and were just sitting on my table. What are the odds of that?
I'm not sure what kind of card this will be. I'll leave it blank until the need arises.

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

Green Ribbon with different wrap around the blue cardstock

I wrapped and adhered the green ribbon around the small square of cardstock. Then I continued the ribbon to wrap around just the bottom of the dark cardstock. The die-cut is from a K and Co Poppy Seeds. Simple. A different way to wrap a ribbon around your card.

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

A Little Something Purse card

I've been trying to find ways to use these stamps and this is another one I came up with. I stamped the squares with a variety of inks and added a die-cut by Spellbinders behind it. The purse is also a SU stamp and I colored it in with Smooches ink. The card base was stamped with a Hero Arts stamp with Versa Mark ink. I used a heat gun to dry it. I did brush some white powdered chalk on it.
The outside edges were inked with distress ink by Ranger (Spun Silk & Mahagony). 

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Here are some other attempts at using this stamp set
Burgundy Box card
Pink squares with flower

Monday, September 2, 2019

Manly Monday Baby Boy Onesie Card

I did second-generation stamping for the background with a Stampin' Up background stamp and ink. The patterned paper is by My Mind's Eye. 
The die-cuts are by Gina Marie:
The letter stamps are Lawn Fawn in the same grayish ink.