Wednesday, June 24, 2020

More Peonies for June!

Yesterday I shared my first Peony card using the Prized Peony bundle.   Today,  I have another card to share, and it might possibly be one of my current favorites!

Again I used the Prized Peony stamp set with it's matching Peony dies.  Instead of using the Peony Garden DSP, I instead used a marble pattern from the In Good Taste designer paper. If there was a brick wall pattern, I might have chosen that, but I love the subtle marbling in this pattern!


Isn't it gorgeous?!  I colored the flower with our brand new Melon Mambo stampin' blends.  Don't you just love the intense color?!  It's so funny that I  always thought Melon Mambo was SO pink until they introduced us to Magenta Madness!

So, how did I make the card?! Here's the recipe:

Card base: Smoky Slate, 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored at  4 1/4"
Layer  1: In Good Taste dsp, Marble pattern, 4" x 5 1/4", stamped with "Your Sweet Friendship..." sentiment in Versamark ink and embossed with Gold Embossing Powder
Layer  2: Square Vellum Doilies
Layer 3: Whisper White cardstock scrap, 4" x 4", stamped with the large peony in Memento ink, then colored with Melon Mambo Light blend  and Mossy Meadow Light blend.  Cut out the peony with the coordinating Peony die, then attach over the square doily with dimensionals. Attach a "sprinkling" of Gilded Gold gems.

Here's a closeup  of the card and the coloring:


Thanks for joining me for another Peony card! I'd love it if you left me a comment so I can see that you've visited!  Who knows ... you might get one in the mail from me!



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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

June means ... Peonies!

When I  think of June, I think of warm summer nights, beach days, ... and flowers!   I specifically equate peonies with June, don't you?!  

I had fun with this new bundle from Stampin' Up!  I made several cards that I'll be sharing over the next few days.  

This particular card  is very easy to make.  I had a thick whisper white card base that I stamped with one of the floral images  from the Prized Peony stamp set (the one without the stem).  Because I wanted it to be subtle, I actually stamped OFF the Gray Granite ink (meaning I randomly stamped the first generation on a scrap piece of paper, then  stamped a 2nd time, without reinking, on the card base).  


Next, I matted the Gray Granite DSP with a Gray Granite mat, 1/4" larger than the DSP, 3 3/4" x 5" (the DSP was 3 1/2" x 3 3/4").  Finally,  on a large scrap of Whisper White cardstock, I stamped the peony image with the stem, cutting out the stamped image with the coordinating die from the bundle.  Before attaching the mat/DSP layer, I tied and knotted some luscious Gray Granite satin ribbon around the piece. Attach  these layers, then adhere the cut-out  peony, bumping it up with dimensionals. 
Above is a closeup view of the card.  I think the peonies stamped on  the card base look very natural!  For best results, make sure you turn the stamp and even stamp off  the edges of the card (with scrap paper underneath of course!).    
Don't you just love this bundle?!  If you want to know how to get it for free, just join my team as  a demonstrator (no, you don't have to sell ...  or you can   if you  choose!).  Pick out $125  of  product for $99,  choose your free bundle in addition, and then wait for your package to come  .. no shipping fee!
Thanks for joining me today!  Come back tomorrow for another beautiful peony card!   (Supply list for the   card above is below!)  Make sure you leave me a comment!   I just might send you the card!


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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

"Black Tie" Flourishing Phrases Card!

It's time to say goodbye to another favorite stamp set of mine. As I said in my Facebook Live last  night, sometimes you don't realize how good it is until they're "taking it away"!  The Flourishing Phrases stamp set with the matching Flourish dies are going  to retire on June 2nd,  2020.   It's a sad time indeed!

In my  Facebook Live, I made a few cards using this versatile stamp set. I love it for the "With Sympathy" and the "Just a Note" sentiments, but it's perfect for weddings and congratulations too.

So, here's my  card:  Mint Macaron cardstock with Basic Black cardstock mat  and Basic Black cardstock diecuts.   It  was  so simple to make -- I just took a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of Basic Black cardstock, laid out a  variety of dies,  and cut.  The trick to attaching these diecuts is to use a sponge, the liquid glue, and the silicone mat from Stampin' Up!  I'm including the  "recipe"  for the card along with the supplies  below.  I hope you'll  consider purchasing  this lovely set!


    1. Mint Macaron card base, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
    2. Basic Black cardstock mat, 3 7/8" x 5 1/8"
    3. Mint Macaron cardstock piece, 3 3/4" x  5", embossed with the Subtles 3D folder.
    4. Basic Black diecuts -- choose a variety that fit on the 4" x 5 1/4" piece of Basic Black cardstock - cut out with your diecutting machine. Adhere to the Mint Macaron embossed piece with liquid glue as described above.
    5. Basic Black cardstock mat for label - final  size is 5/8" x 2 5/8". (I custom-sized this rectangle by choosing a rectangle die, cutting  close to the top and one side of the label, then placed the die bottom and to the other side of the label, thereby creating  a  sized label perfect to attach the Mint Macaron label to. If you have  questions, leave me a comment,  or refer to the Facebook Live from 5/18 where I showed how I did this.)
    6. Mint Macaron cardstock scrap - stamp Congratulations in Memento ink, then cut  out with the 2 1/2" x 1/2" stitched rectangle die. Attach  to the Basic Black rectangle, then pop up with dimensionals. 
    If you like this card, please leave  me a comment!  Thanks and have a great day!
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    Wednesday, April 29, 2020

    Something Old, Something New ...

    You know the old wedding addage ... "Something old, something new,  something borrowed, something blue!".  Well,  I adhered  to all of those  rules for today's card.

    Don't you  just love the colors? I especially love my favorite color, both ink and paper, Blueberry Bushel,  retiring soon!  I knew the day was coming, and mourned it's passing already last  year with the introduction of LAST year's in colors!


    I made this card for a friend's grandmother whose husband passed as a result of this awful virus.   I  thought she would appreciate the vintage look of this card.



    So, did you figure it out yet?  The "old" is the Woven Threads DSP and the Colorful Seasons stamp set.  The "new" is the Ornate Layers dies and the gorgeous gilded gold gems -- this is available as a special deal to customers now and it will be in the new catalog coming next month. (Demonstrators could preorder the suite in March).  The "borrowed" is a cased card from Susan Campfield -- I ended up changing to the rectangle dies from the Ornate Garden suite instead of the Petal Labels dies that coordinate with the Path of Petals stamp set), and the "blue" is the staying Seaside Spray cardstock along with the retiring Blueberry Bushel color (I'm so sad!).   What do you think?!


    In this time of "social distancing", make sure that you continue to stamp.  Make your stamping intentional -- reach out to friends that may have lost loved ones, send a card to a friend you haven't seen for a while, brighten someone's day with a card in the mail  (and since it may not be a good idea to lick your envelope, seal it with a sponge or an aqua painter! ) 


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