Monday, May 2, 2016

Happy Retirement, Jim!

Today is my husband's last day of work. Yahoo!!! Retirement, here we come! :)

Here is the card I made for him. The stamps are both from a My Favorite Things stamp set. I stamped with Versamark and embossed with detail white embossing powder. I rounded all of the bottom corners. The image panel is mounted on foam squares.

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

May Calendar Page

A very simple page for May. The stamps are from a set from Papertrey Ink. That's it:) I used my MISTI to make the stamping of fifteen calendars go a lot faster and be more precise.

You can find links to my Excel file for printing calendars, along with cutting instructions, on the blog page found under my blog title.

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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Graduation Congrats

This is the same layout as yesterday's card, but it has a completely different feel to it. It's for our former next-door neighbor who I babysat until he was three. I can't believe he's graduating already! The school colors are blue and yellow, in case you couldn't guess:)

I embossed the background with an old Cuttlebug folder. The graduation cap was done with Lifestyle Crafts dies. The two stamps are from a retired Stampin' Up! set called "Congratulations." (It was in my stack of stamps to use, but I only used these two stamps and called it good enough.) I used the "faux embossing" technique on the "Congratulations" but it's not as effective as it is on green. The blue strip is mounted on foam squares.

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Patterned Paper Birthday

I love cards with cut-outs - both full and partial. But, like so many other techniques, I forget to do them! So, on today's card I did it. :)

I used some more beautiful patterned paper for the background. This is from The Paper Studio's Mirabelle. I matted with pretty brown cardstock - Soft Suede from Stampin' Up! I placed the two layers together and cut the smaller circle with a Spellbinders die. Then I used the next bigger circle to enlarge the circle in the patterned paper. I mounted that panel on foam squares. The sentiment from Inkadinkado was stamped with matching ink. The butterfly was cut with a Memory Box die. I had the perfect color deep red cardstock that I first cut the butterfly from, but the brown actually looked better. The butterfly is also mounted on a foam square.

Edited to add: The embossing folder I used on Wednesday's card is Cuttlebug Anna Griffin Matelasse.

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

"Sketchy" Birthday

This die-cut and stamped sentiment panel was also in with my ivory cardstock, so I decided to use it. It's mounted on foam squares. I cut another panel for my stamping and  yet another from the glittery cardstock for the bottom layer. The flowers are from a retired Stampin' Up! set that I've already used. It's called "Delight in Life." I happened to watch a video on Gina K's Stamp TV by Melanie Muenchinger in which she colored her flowers like this. She literally just scribbled on her flowers and they look awesome! So, I gave it a shot, and I like the way they turned out. You can find the video here - if the link works.

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