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Monday, March 30, 2015

Birthday Envelope Surprise

Here's a "card" I made for my grand niece's 6th birthday.
I used Papertrey Ink's Envelope Zipper die and 
a variety of stamps and inks from my stash.

I started by creating an "envelope wrap", inspired by
the paper from "Love You to Pieces". 
I used stamps I already own to create my own version of a
 "zippered" envelope.  Stamper's Select White card stock 
was stamped to create these three panels:

I die cut the front flap with the Envelope Zipper die, then created 
a mask in a heart shape in order to stamp  
Background Basics:Gingham with Crystal Blue ink. (Close To My Heart)

The fox (Wild About Love: Close To My Heart) was stamped 
with Raspberry Fizz ink; copic markers were used 
to create grass and colour the flower. 
The sentiments (Clear Dollar Stamps and Close To My Heart) 
were stamped with Orange and Crystal Blue inks. 
The heart was die cut from the Envelope Zipper die collection; 
then stamped with Pure Poppy ink using the 
Love You To Pieces Additions Mini Stamp set.
The Canvas Impression plate creates texture on the front panel.

Center Panel: 
The side flaps - Background Basics:Gingham in Orange ink; 
Small square sentiment stamped with Orange ink. 
(30 Years of Happy: Close To My Heart)
I created a square mask for the center of this panel in order 
to stamp Polka Dot Basics with Raspberry Fizz ink.
(I'm not happy with the polka dot stamping- not as straight as 
I would have liked!! I stamped and mailed this before I got MISTI, 
so I'm hoping future backgrounds will have a cleaner look!!)

Inside Panel
This photo illustrates the assembled envelope wrap with a 
small pocket that holds a surprise!! The sentiments 
(Back Pocket Basics) were stamped with Versamark, then 
heat embossed with Melon Mambo Embossing powder (SU).
Scor-Tape was place on the top flap below the "zipper". 
When the "card" is opened, the blue gingham edges 
will frame the "Love" sentiment.  

Vellum Pocket
I cut a strip of vellum, folded it in half and then used 
Stitching Lines die to create the stitching holes on either side. 
Pink embroidery floss secures the edges of the pocket.
The pocket has been filled with lots of confetti, cut from a 
variety of coloured card stock using Shakers and Sprinkles dies.

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Papertrey Ink March 2015 Blop Hop & MIM #206

I'm slowly getting back into my craft room after a fun vacation.
I'm looking forward to playing with my paper and ink!!

I loved this month's inspiration photo for 
Papertrey Ink's Blog Hop: Aqua and Yellow ... 
Blog inspiration
... but I was also intrigued  by Danielle Flander's  
Make It Monday video: Stamping  and Mixing Patterns ....
so I combined the two challenges to make a baby card!!

I started by cutting the Cover Plate: Comic Strip die 
from Aqua Mist and Stamper's Select White card stock.
The aqua frame was glued to a white card base.
Using the tips and techniques from this week's MIM, 
several stamp sets and ink colours were chosen to 
stamp patterns onto the 5 white card stock pieces.
I used Aqua Mist and Lemon Tart inks, with an accent 
of Spring Moss on the Polka Dot panel.

Top Left Panel - Birthday Style, Polka Dot Basics
Top Right Panel  - SAF 2014: 1940's; Bitty Background Blocks;
Buttoned-Up  #2 die;  Coaster Board; aqua embroidery floss

Center Panel  - Background Basics: Gingham 
Wreath for All Season's (sentiment) - Versafine Onyx Black ink
Block Alphabet Dies - Aqua Mist card stock

Bottom Left Panel  -  Autumn Pattern Pieces
Bottom Right Panel   - Crackled; Friendship Jar Spring Fillers; copic markers
Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Versafine Onyx Black ink; Tropical Teal ink

Thanks for visiting today. Enjoy the Blog Hop.
Karen C.

Monday, March 16, 2015

O'happy day

We're still on a holiday, but just wanted to 
drop by with a card that I made for St. Patrick's Day. 
My grandfather was from Ireland, so I have always 
thought of March 17th as an important day to celebrate. 
Hope you have a good one!!

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Card Base: 
Stampin' Up Rustic White; Polka Dot Basics; Summer Sunrise ink; corner rounder

Summer Sunrise Polka Dot Patterned Paper; New Leaf Gingham  Patterned Paper;
Limitless Layers: 1 3/4" Circles; Summer Sunrise & Rustic White card stock; 
New Leaf & Summer Sunrise inks; Luck of the Irish stamp; foam dimensional dots

Embroidered Blooms (o - from hello; happy)
Big Birthday Wishes (day - from birthday
Luck of the Irish (shamrock - New Leaf and Versamark and clear embossing powder)

Inside: School Time (roadway); Luck of the Irish (sentiment)

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Delightful Dahlia - Mistified!!

The first thing I wanted to try with my new MISTI 
(Most Incredible Stamping Tool Invented) 
was the multi-step flowers from Delightful Dahlia stamp set. 
I've never been able to line these images up - until now!! 
And because it was so awesome, I decided to make a card set 
using a design by Nichole Heady ((from this post)

All together I stamped 12 large and 12 small flowers - 
each with the three step stamps!!
I think I was making up for lost time with this set!!

Inks: Pure Poppy, Hibiscus Burst & Sweet Blush inks.
 White adhesive pearls accent the flower centers.
Leaves: Fine Linen ink.
(full strength and stamped off once to create a shadow effect.)
Sentiments: Dark Chocolate ink.
Card bases: Hibiscus Burst . 
 All white panels were impressed with the Canvas Impression Plate.

 Sentiment: Mum's the Word

Sentiment:  Mini Blooms

Sentiment: Delightful Dahlias Additions
The inside of the cards were lined with white 
card stock and stamped with the small dahlia. 
Here's a sample of one of the card interiors: 

Sentiment: Big Birthday Wishes

 Inks: Summer Sunrise (full strength); 
Summer Sunrise (stamped off once) and Harvest Gold.
Card bases: Harvest Gold 
All other details are the same as the pink set above. 
Sentiment:  Mum's the Word

Sentiment: Mini Blooms

 Sentiment: Delightful Dahlias Additions

Sentiment: Delightful Dahlias

  I decided to give this set of cards to my future daughter-in-law when we visited with them earlier this month. I created a little gift box and tag to co-ordinate with the set.

The box was created with one piece of Hibiscus Burst card stock 
and some trial and error!! I wished I had made note of the measurements so I could refer to them if I wanted to make this again, but I was in a hurry to finish this before we left on our trip. All six cards and envelopes fit nicely into the box.

A Tag Sale #8 was used to create the tag 
and a white ribbon and bow are the finishing touches. 

 I stamped the outline image from the original Delightful Dahlias 
onto a piece of white card stock (cut with the 2nd die from Tag Sale #8) 
with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, so I could colour with copics. 
The leaves (Sending You) were added with Spring Moss ink.
The sentiments (Just For You) are stamped with Dark Chocolate ink.
I used the Linen Impression Plate to create some interest and 
then added this panel to patterned paper tag.

Wow! This was a long post!! 
Thanks for joining me today.  
 Karen C.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

So Happy For You

When my son called to announce his engagement, I knew I wanted to make a special card for the couple. Since we were planning a trip to visit him (he lives in Vancouver) I wanted to take something with us. The gold embossed and blue background paper was inspired by a Papertrey Ink forum member. (Thanks Merry!!)
Here's what I did:
1. Basic Backgrounds:Medallions stamped with Moonstruck Blue (Close To My Heart). The 2nd set of circles was stamped with Versamark and then heat embossed with Gold Detail Embossing Powder on white card stock. This panel was attached to a royal blue card base (from my stash). 
2. Tag Sale #8 was cut from the same blue card stock with the center cut out to create a frame. 
3. A second tag was cut from white card stock and then stamped with a sentiment from Mini Blooms (So Happy) and "For You" from Doodlie Do using Versamark and gold embossing powder. 
4. The birds (Heart-2-Heart #9) were stamped with Moonstruck Blue; hearts (Love Lives Here) with Pure Poppy.
5. The tag was attached to the frontpanel with foam adhesive to create dimension.
6. I created the strips of gold paper by heat embossing them with gold embossing powder and then tucking them under the tag on both side.
7. A small white ribbon finishes the tag.

8. The inside of the card uses the same technique using the smaller stamps from the Medallion set to create a band across the white panel. 
9. The sentiment frame (Pretty Peonies) was die cut and then stamped with Moonstruck Blue. 
10. The sentiment was created using a portion of a sentiment from Tinsel and Tags: House Additions (Congratulations on your) and the word "engagement" using Sans Alphabet (Close To My Heart). These were heat embossed with gold embossing powder.

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.