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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Botanical Silhouettes

I love coordinating tags, paper and embellishments  for gift giving.
Sometimes gifts can be difficult to wrap in a traditional way - an odd size or shape means that you have to think 'outside the box' to make it work. 
I created a trio of gift wraps for my sister-in-law's birthday gifts, 
using Botanical Silhouettes and Distressed Stripes stamps, along with a simple white bag and card stock and turquoise tissue paper and card stock.

After wrapping the main gift with tissue paper, I used some extra paper to make a 'pom pom' flower to act as a topper. A green ribbon and stamped tag finishes (Tremendous Tags die cut) the design.

A white bag was stamped with images from Botanical Silhouettes using Hawaiian Shores, Aqua Mist, Summer Sunrise, Canyon Clay and Simply Chartreuse. A small butterfly (Butterfly Dreams)  was stamped in Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise and Canyon Clay. A strip of Hawaiian Shores was die cut with the Large Scallop Border Die, folded over the top of the white bag and then tied with a small piece of green Baker's Twine.

The sentiment (Botanical Silhouettes) was stamped 
with Hawaiian Shores and Canyon Clay.

The Pillow Box die was cut from white card stock and then stamped with a variety of colours using Distressed Stripes. A green ribbon was added.

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Wee Folk Baby Welcome

When my granddaughter was born 
I sent this card along to my son and 
daughter-in-law to welcome sweet Cayleigh.  
Wee Folk Mini Kit from Papertrey Ink has 
so many images that are perfect for a baby card.

I started by stamping the leaf design 
two times with New Leaf and Simply 
Chartreuse inks. The sentiment was 
stamped with Sweet Blush ink before 
adding the tulips with New Leaf and 
Aqua Mist inks. For additional details, 
I added hearts and flowers with 
Lovely Lady and Bright Buttercup inks,
then sponged the edges with 
Sweet Blush ink. The card front was 
impressed with Canvas Impression Plate.
The yellow bunny was die cut 
from one of the  pre-printed 
pages that comes with the kit, 
and then added to the card front 
using dimensional foam tape.

Inside of Card

I printed the sentiment from my computer, 
onto a piece of Linen card stock and then 
die cut it using Lawn Fawn's Stitched Rectangles. 
I cut a 5 1/2 " x 4 1/4" Stitched Rectangle from 
Lovely Lady cardstock and then cut the center 
of it with a smaller rectangle so that I could 
insert the white sentiment panel into it. 
A yellow pre-printed butterfly from the
Wee Folk Kit was added.

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Worldwide Quilting Day - Hearts

March 18th, 2017 is  
Worldwide Quilting Day
so it is the perfect time to share a
cozy flannelette quilt I made 
for my granddaughter, who 
was born this past November. 
I had a variety of fabrics in my stash, 
so used them for this snuggly quilt.

My inspiration came from the patterned fabric - 
pink, yellow, blue and glittery white hearts 
printed onto a  light blue background. 
I chose white, pink and yellow fabrics to 
coordinate with the print.The white squares 
were machine appliqued with a pink heart 
using a blanket stitch.

The back of the quilt was created by piecing 
yellow strips of fabric on either side of a pink 
flannelette panel. I machine quilted all the 
layers together by stitching on either side 
of the seamed squares.

Yellow and  pink borders were added to the 
front of the quilt before machine quilting. 
A yellow binding was added to the edges 
of the finished quilt.

 Wishing you a warm and cozy week-end!

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C..

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

What the Doodle: Butterfly Birthday

I love the detailed cut-out design of  
What the Doodle: Butterfly from Papertrey Ink. 
Here's the birthday card for my 8 yearold 
grand niece using this set of stamps and die.

Card Front: stamped with Hibiscus Burst ink using Watercolor Wonder. 
Sentiment: Happy Birthday (Close To My Heart) with Plum Pudding ink.


Butterfly: stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black, die cut and then coloured with copic markers. A yellow and white solid butterfly die cut was adhered to the card front and then the coloured die cut was attached so that the wings could be curled up for added dimension. Purple dots (from my stash) were 'sprinkled' around the butterfly as accents.

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Polly's Superhero Birthday

I really adore the Comic Strip Cover Plate from Papertrey Ink and have used it often for birthday, baby and anniversary cards. This card was made for my grand niece's 6th birthday. I started by cutting the cover plate in Stamper's Select White card stock and sponging the frame portions with a variety of pink inks, to create an ombre look. 

With a colour scheme of pink (Hibiscus Burst), purple (Winter Wisteria, Plum Pudding) and yellow (Lemon Tart, Harvest Gold), I filled each of the blocks with stamps and die cuts from Zappy Birthday and Superhero.

Top left panel: 
Background paper: Plum Pudding Bitty Dots paper. 
Zappy Birthday die cut was stamped with Hibiscus Burst.  
Sentiment: from Zappy Birthday stamped onto a narrow 
piece of white card stock to create a banner. 

Top right panel:
Background: stamped with Birthday Style confetti stamp  
using Hibiscus Burst, Plum Pudding and Harvest Gold inks. 
Circles: Plum Pudding Bitty Dot paper; Superhero image stamped 
with Hibiscus Burst on to White card stock circle;
Star:  Harvest Gold card stock die cut

Center panel:
Background:  Modern Background Stencils sponged 
with various inks; Die cuts from Superhero

 Lower left panel:  
Lightning bolt: stamped onto a die cut and 
layered over patterned paper that was fussy cut.

Lower right panel:  
Background: sponged with various inks to create a "night" sky
Zappy Birthday dies: buildings cut from  Plum Pudding card stock;
"WOW!" cut from white card stock, then sponged with 
Harvest Gold and Lemon Tart inks. 

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Stinkin' Cute for Aviv's 1st Birthday

I don't have a lot of "critter" stamps, 
but I really like this "Stinkin' Cute" stamp and die set 
from Lawn Fawn for children's birthday cards. 
I've already used it for a few cards click here and here,
where I've made scenes, using flowers, sunshine and butterflies.

This variation uses Fabulous Frames die cut from 
Berry Sorbet Bitty Dot Patterned Paper. 
The background scene was created using 
Stamper's Select White card stock sponged with 
Crystal Blue ink (Close To My Heart). 
I then stamped the grass and flowers (Garden Variety) 
and butterfly (Sweet Spring).
I used a foam sheet behind the frame for dimension 
and then attached it to the card front. 
The plaid paper (Recollections: Bold Basics Paper Pad
was mounted onto a Berry Sorbet card base.

The large yellow flower was created by die cutting 
two pieces of yellow polka dot paper - 
Flower Fusion #9 and the smaller Ad Sense medallion. 
A Berry Sorbet button was added to the center 
with yellow embroidery floss. 
The sentiment (Garden Variety) was stamped 
with New Leaf and Berry Sorbet inks 
onto a Double-Ended Banner die.
Since this card was going to my grand niece who turned 
one at the end of February, I stamped sentiments from  
Big Birthday Wishes onto a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle 
white card stock and then added "1" from 
Polka Dot Parade Numbers die cut. 
The bottom of the card was accented with a Heart Border
die cut from Berry Sorbet dotted paper.

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Hearts Cover Plate

I'm a little late sharing this card, 
since it's well past Valentine's Day!
The Hearts Cover Plate and design could 
certainly be used for other occasions too!

Supplies (PTI unless noted)
Stamps - Bitty Background Blocks, Just For You; Say It In Style (Close To My Heart)
Inks - Pure Poppy, Sweet Blush, True Black
Paper - Stamper's Select White, Pure Poppy
Dies - Hearts Cover Plate, Double-Ended Banner Die
Other - Tiny Red Heart Button (from my stash)

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.