Friday, January 31, 2020

Plaid Happy Birthday

Hi there,
Today I'd like to share a different kind of card for me, i.e. no glitter or flocking! Picking myself off the floor! This card was made for the Dies R Us Design Team.

Just an FYI, the die I used today is a fraction of it's original price - $5.60 instead of $22.49, so grab it now if you can! I hadn't realized that when making this card and it is much bigger than I had thought it was too. This card ended up being just a little shy of a 5 x 7.

First, I stamped the plaid background from Concord & 9th in Versafine Clair Charming Pink. I used my Stamp Platform to do this to get good coverage. 

Re-inking and stamping three times, gave a nice even result.

Once it was dry, I die cut the Die-Versions Happy Birthday Solo Sentiments die from the middle of it, being careful that I didn't lose any of the little negative pieces. Then I ran black cardstock through with the same die.

A piece of Super Adhesive Tape was stuck to the back of the plaid negative piece and the black Happy Birthday outline was placed in the sticky space. The little plaid pieces were inserted into their respective spots. I neglected to take a photo of that ... my bad!

The plaid piece was then popped up with little mounting foam strips, but I moved it all slightly intentionally to the left.

Another "Happy Birthday" was die cut from another piece of black cardstock that would be used as the layer on top of the card base. This was then taped again slightly to the left so that it achieved more dimension.

The black piece was then layered to a white card base and then the focal panel was taped on top. A piece of black and white cord was tied around the top of the card to finish it off.

Here are the products that I used in my project today: 

Concord & 9th Plaid Background Stamp
Super Adhesive Sheet
Mounting Foam
Black and White cord

Hope you liked my project today? Please stop by and leave me a comment!

I'll be back tomorrow with my Turner Syndrome card, you won't want to miss that. There are tons of prizes up for grabs as you learn about Turner Syndrome Awareness! See you tomorrow!

Big Hugs,


Friday, January 24, 2020

Hap-Bee Birthday!

Hi there, 

I'm back today to share a card, with one of my favorite coloring techniques - with glitter (and a little flocking)!

The following dies were used in my project today:

(any of the stacker frames would work)

I began with cutting the Honey comb die from black cardstock.

I took a 4 1/2" square piece of Super Adhesive sheet and layered it to a slightly bigger piece of yellow cardstock. I then die cut the Tutti Cross Stitch Nested die from the middle of the square. It did not cut through the yellow cardstock, only the protective sheet was cut.

The Honey comb die was then placed in the center of the circle.

Let the coloring begin! First up is Daisy Glitter for the honey comb. I carefully just poured a little glitter at a time and burnishing it in to the comb sections with my finger.

Till the honey comb was filled! I accidentally filled in one of the flower centers with the Daisy glitter - that would be rectified later!

Then I did the flower centers (missing one) as you can see above! I just used an orange Copic marker over the top of the Daisy glitter, to make it like the rest.

Next in line was the bee, which got the "butterscotch" treatment.

With everything else colored, I was looking for a "quiet" background, so I chose to do Crystal Ice.

So then on to the perimeter! I pulled the protective layer off the rest of the square. There were little areas that were not sticky, so I went in with the Quickie Glue pen and then the background was applied with Canary flocking.

Next step was to make the black frame. I chose the Celtic option, however any one of the Cheery Lynne dies will work.

The focal front was then centered on top of the black frame. 3/4" Tear-ific Tape was added to the back of the entire piece. 

Butterscotch glitter was then applied around the edges.

I had thought to do the create a buzz as the outside sentiment, then I decided to put that in the inside with just the Hap-Bee Birthday sentiment for the outside. The Lawn Fawn Just For You Dies were perfect for both of the sentiments from an old Sparkle N Sprinkle set. Both sentiments were stamped in Versafine Claire Nocturne and then heat embossed with Black Detail embossing powder. Then I also stamped the hive with Versafine Clair Morning Mist on the inside to finish off the card.

That finished off the card for today! 

Here are the products that I used today:

Honey Bees Stamp Set 775 (Sparkle N Sprinkle)
Daisy Glitter (G2019)
Tangerine Glitter (GM2043)
YR04 Copic Marker
Butterscotch Glitter (GM2051)
Crystal Ice Glitter (G1058)
Canary Flocking (FL108)
Super Adhesive Sheets
¾” Tear-ific Tape
Quickie Glue Pen
Memento Dandelion Ink
Black Detail Embossing Powder (EP171)

I'd like to join in the following challenges:
Scrapy Land Challenge #130: Use a brand of die that SL sells
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge #1: Anything Goes
Classic Design Challenge #1: Anything Goes

Hope you've enjoyed my share today? Would love to hear what you think!

Some bitter sweet news on the personal front, on my return from my Scotland trip in
December, I found that I had lost both of my bee hives, due to the Varroa mite,
which as a new beekeeper this year, I had only done the sugar roll method
to ascertain the mite counts through the year. Although I could have extracted
some honey in August, I left all the honey that the bees had produced for them
to survive the winter months. However the stronger hive which had almost 10 full
frames of honey in the top box hadn't even reached that honey before they died.
So I took those frames off and extracted the honey. I was able to harvest 21.5 lbs
of liquid gold! It was certainly a learning year and I have already bought boards
for the hives that will help this year in maintaining a stricter mite control regime.
Here is a picture of the harvest!

Happy stamping until next time!


Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Holly Jolly Christmas

Hi there,

I hope your New Year is off to a good start? I always look forward to January and February as they are usually quieter months for me as there isn't much to do outside in the garden.  I like to use these two months to catch up and hopefully get ahead with stamping duties and a general clean-up and re-organization of my stamping room.

We are putting in a totally new kitchen and have just signed off the paperwork with the contractor. Exciting - but chaos will soon be here! 

In the meantime, here is my January card for Christmas at Sweet Stampin', where this month we have the option of adding "sparkle"!

I received another stamp and die cut set with a magazine last month. The robin die was just so cute, so I made up this little card, using several elements from the set and added a fair amount of sparkle!

Coloring the trees with Stampin' Up markers and using a mask, I created a little forest.

The robin was cut from tan and red cardstock.

Once the trees were dry, I sponged in some Memento Summer Sky for the sky.

The tree trunk was stamped in Rich Cocoa and then colored in using a couple of brown markers. The sentiment was stamped in Memento Northern Pine. I then started to add my sparkle. Dimensional glue was added to the tops of the snow banks and covered with Twinkling Snow Flocking.

The Quickie Glue pen and some Sparkling Snow Glitter were added to give the trees some snowy sparkle.

Some more Dimensional Glue and Diamond Dust glitter was added to the tree trunk for some chunky ice effect. Winter Cranberry Glitter Accents for the red berries of the holly in the sentiment and then Fresh Snowfall Glitter accents were added to the bottom of the card front for twinkly snow.

The little robin was popped on top of the tree trunk and the card front was layered to a red card base, which finished off my card for today.

Here are a list of the products used in my card today:

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas Freebie from Cardmaking
(Stamp and Die set)
Stampin’ Up Water-based markers
Memento Summer Sky
Memento Rich Cocoa
Memento Northern Pine
Dimensional Glue
Twinking Clouds Flocking
Diamond Dust Glitter
Quickie Glue Pen
Sparkling Snow Glitter
Glitter Accents Winter Cranberry
Glitter Accents Fresh Snowfall
Ebony Black Nuvo Jewel Drops 

I'd like to join in the following challenge, please:

Friday, January 3, 2020

Butterfly Sympathy

Happy New Year everyone! 

My backyard header for January 2020 is Winterberry. The birds will eat it as a last resort, when there is nothing else left and the ground is frozen. 

Today I want to share a sympathy card with you that I unfortunately needed. My next door neighbor's Mom passed on New Year's eve. I used the Memory Box Butterfly Swell die, as this sweet little lady loved everything about butterflies.

There are other dies that would give you the same effect, like the Nellie's Choice Floral & Butterflies

Nellie's Choice - Hobby Solutions Die Cut "Floral & Butterflies"  (Ships January 6)

or the Sue Wilson Cascading Butterflies

I began with running the Darice Butterflies embossing folder through my embossing machine. 

The Memory Box Butterfly Swell was then die cut from the embossed piece. 

I looked through my home-made backings and found this piece that I wanted to use. I used to write on the back, how they were made! New Year resolution - get back to that habit!!

I then attached the background behind the die cut piece and cut off the excess.

The sentiment was stamped with Versafine Clair Morning Mist. While it was still wet I added some Sparkle Embossing Powder and this was then die cut with one of the Lawn Fawn Just For You Labels. 

I cut out the Butterfly Swell from vellum also and then fussy cut the three butterflies. They were then inked with Versamark and then sprinkled with Sparkle embossing powder.

A little dab of Scraperfect Best Glue Ever was added to the middle of each of the butterflies and the curled vellum butterflies were attached on top of the glue.

The sentiment was attached with foam tape and the other little butterfly was cut from the same orange cardstock as the layer on top of the card base (also inked up with Versamark and sprinkled with Sparkle embossing powder). This was all layered on to the white card base.

Here is a close up of the front of the card.

Here is a list of the products that I used today:

Religious Sympathy Set 383 (Sparkle N Sprinkle)
Scraperfect Best Glue Ever
Memory Box Butterfly Swell
Lawn Fawn “Just for You Labels” dies
Darice Butterflies Embossing Folder
Versafine Clair Morning Mist
Sparkle Embossing Powder (EP107)
Foam Tape

I'd like to join in the following challenges:
Scrapy Land Challenge #129: Anything Goes using a die that SL sells
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge #12: Anything Goes
Classic Design Challenge #1: Anything Goes

Wishing you all a wonderful, happy and healthy New Year!

Till next time - happy stamping!