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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Little Bitty Birds Anniversary

I was inspired by this card (Audrey Tokach)  
using Little Bitty Birds and Additions,  to create an 
anniversary card for my brother and sister-in-law.
I masked a border on a white card base in order 
to sponge a rectangle of blue sky and green grass.
I die cut the fence from the Additions set from 
white card stock, then coloured it with copic markers. 
Grass and flowers were added with stamps from Garden Variety.
The birds and bird bath were die cut, stamped 
and coloured with copic markers.  
Up, Up & Away and Heart-2-Heart #6 dies were used to cut 
several clouds that were layered together to create dimension. 
These were outlined with a grey copic marker for shading. 
The sentiment was stamped with Pure Poppy ink.
A small red heart was die cut (Flipping Out)
and added to the card front. 

Card Interior
Mat Stack 3 and Mat Stack 3 Collections 
Bird House:  
Little Bitty Birds
Grass & Flowers: 
Garden Variety

Supplies (PTI unless noted)
Stamps - Little Bitty Birds & Additions, Garden Variety'
Mat Stack 3 and Mat Stack 3 Collections
Inks - Pure Poppy, New Leaf, Lemon Tart; 
Close To My Heart: Crystal Blue; Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper - Stampers Select White, Pure Poppy
Dies - Little Bitty Birds & Additions, Up, Up & Away, Heart-2-Heart #6
Other - Copic Markers

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Ahoy! Birthday Wishes for My Brother

Here's another masculine card using Ahoy! stamps and dies 
with a red, yellow and blue colour scheme.
 I die cut the sailboat and waves from white card stock. 
Pure Poppy, Harvest Gold and 
Outdoor Denim (Close To My Heart) inks 
were used to stamp the sailboat.
Waves were stamped with Spring Rain and Blueberry Sky inks. 
The sentiment was stamped with Outdoor Denim; 
the birds used Grey Wool (CTMH)
The sun was created by stamping the sun from 
Make It Market Kit: Shakers and Sprinkles  
with Harvest Gold and Summer Sunrise ink.
The main front panel was mounted onto a 
blue Bo Bunny: Double Dot patterned paper 
and an Enchanted Evening card base.
Card Interior

Movers & Shakers; 
Mega Mixed Messages; Embroidered Blooms

Supplies (PTI unless noted)
Stamps -Ahoy, Shakers& Sprinkles, Mover's & Shakers, 
Mega Mixed Messages, Embroidered Blooms
Inks - Blueberry Sky, Spring Rain, Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Pure Poppy; Close To My Heart:Grey Wool, Outdoor Denim
Paper - Stamper's Select White, Enchanted Evening; Bo Bunny: Double Dots
Dies - Ahoy; Lawn Fawn: Stitched Rectangles
Other - Canvas Impression Plate

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Up, Up & Away Rainbow Birthday

What colours do you usually choose for masculine cards? 
I usually think of blues, greens or brown, but for 
today's card I used a cheery rainbow colour scheme.
I had a piece of white card stock sitting on my desk that 
I had started stamping with yellow polka dots and used it 
as my background for stenciling.
I needed to make a birthday card for my brother, 
and decided to start with an blue ombre look using 
one of the Modern Background stencils. 

 I cut the card front with Lawn Fawn's Stitched Rectangle and 
then sponged the edges with blue ink, before mounting it onto 
a card front with Blueberry Sky Gingham patterned paper.

I've always loved the hot air balloons from Up, Up & Away, 
so I die cut, stamped and coloured the three balloons 
using a rainbow colour scheme. 
I added two clouds to the design, layering 
one over and one under the balloons.

Sentiment Details
I hadn't planned how to incorporate a sentiment but 
knew I needed to fill in some space across the 
bottom portion of the card.  
A piece of white card stock was cut with one of the 
Photo Finishers die and then I heavily sponged 
Blueberry Sky ink along the edges to create a solid border. 
Happy Birthday (Get Lost) was stamped with Pure Poppy ink. 
I created a small circle panel by stamping a 
rainbow of colours onto white card stock 
and then cutting it with Inverted Scallop (Nestabilities). 
Circle punches were used to cut a blue and white circle 
to add onto the colourful background panel. 
A sentiment from Tiny Tags II was the perfect finishing touch.

Card Interior
Up, Up & Away
Clear Dollar Stamps: Rainbow

Supplies (PTI unless noted)
Stamps - Up, Up & Away, Get Lost, Tiny Tags II, Polka Dot Basics;
Clear Dollar Stamps: Rainbow
Inks - Pure Poppy, Harvest Gold, New Leaf, Blueberry Sky, 
Winter Wisteria, Spring Rain; Close To My Heart:Orange
Paper - Stamper's Select White, Blueberry Sky Gingham Patterned Paper
Dies - Up, Up & Away; Photo Finishers Die Collection; circles punches
Lawn Fawn:Stitched Rectangles; Nestiblities:Inverted Scallops; 
Other - Modern Stencils, Copic markers, 3-D foam dots

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Masculine Scene It: Celebrations

I really like the various stamps and dies that allow you
to create detailed card designs with lots of colourful variations. 
I used pink, yellow, blue and green along with   
Scene It: Celebrations for this birthday card.  

Today's card uses a  masculine colour scheme of 
Tropical Teal, Aqua Mist, Canyon Clay, 
Harvest Gold and Bright Buttercup for a different look!! 

Stampin'Up Natural card stock was embossed with 
Cuttlebug's Dots & Spots Embossing Folder,
Aqua Mist ink was sponged over the raised portions.
Tropical Teal card stock was used to create a large 
front panel and a mat for the stamped gingham strip. 
The Scalloped Circle from Tinsel & Tags 
was also cut from Tropical Teal as a 
background mat for the main focal panel. 
I added a few sequins (copper, teal and gold) to finish the front.

Card Interior

Heart-2-Heart # 2 (Balloons)
Everyday Button Bits (Balloon Strings)
Scene It: Celebrations (Banner, sentiments & stars)

Supplies (PTI unless noted)
Stamps - Scene It: Celebrations, Background Basics: Gingham
Inks - Harvest Gold, Bright Buttercup, Canyon Clay, Tropical Teal, Aqua Mist
Paper - Tropical Teal; Stampin' Up Natural
Dies - Scene It: Celebrations, Photo Finishers, Tinsel & Tags Scalloped Circle; 
Lawn Fawn:Stitched Rectangles
Other - Cuttlebug:Dots and Spots Embossing Folder; Sequins; Foam Tape, copic markers

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Tulip Time: Oh Happy Day

When I first got Tulip Time, I stamped and die cut 
a stack of flowers so that I would have them ready 
to make a variety of cards. My first card here, used the 
tulip trio along with some single flowers to create a bouquet. 
For this card, I used 5 single flowers and arranged them 
in a mason jar vase.The background was created by 
sponging aqua, pink and yellow inks and then adding
 'sprinkles' (Tinsel & Tags) with gold embossing powder. 
The front panel was cut with Lawn Fawn's Stitched Rectangle 
die and mounted onto an aqua card base.

Friendship Jar was stamped with a light grey ink 
and then stamped with aqua and green inks using 
Crackled Mini stamp. The jar was fussy cut, a gold string 
was tied around the jar and a Tiny Tag was stamped 
with the polka dot frame and sentiment (Mini Blooms) 
and added to the jar. This was mounted over the 
 floral arrangement using foam dimensional tape. 
Three brass adhesive dots were attached at 
the bottom of the card front.

Card Interior
Embroidered Blooms

Supplies (PTI unless noted)
Stamps - Tulip Time, Tiny Tags, Friendship Jar, Mini Blooms, 
Embroidered Blooms, Tinsel & Tags
Inks - Lemon Tart, Harvest Gold, Bright Buttercup, 
Sweet Blush, Lovely Lady, Raspberry Fizz, 
New Leaf, Vintage Jadeite, Mint Julep, Soft Stone; 
Versamark; Stampin' Up:Pool Party
Paper - Stamper's Select White, Stampin' Up:Pool Party
Dies - Tulip Time, Tiny Tags; Lawn Fawn:Stitched Rectangles
Other - Gold Cord (from my stash); Copic markers; 
Stampin' Up:Gold Detail Embossing Powder; foam dimensional tape

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Scene It: Celebrations Shaker- Sarai

Shaker cards are such a fun and colourful way to 
celebrate a child's birthday. I used the stamps and 
dies from Scene It: Celebrations to create this card 
for one of my grand nieces.
Colourful confetti (Birthday Style) was stamped 
over the card front with 
Hibiscus Burst, Harvest Gold, Limeade Ice, 
Blueberry Sky and Spring Rain inks. 
A thin Hibiscus Burst card stock strip
was added on the left side of the card front.
The sentiment panels were created using sentiments
from Swoosh stamped onto a small curved
white panel mounted onto a Blueberry Sky background.
A pink bow was cut with a Balloon Strings die.  

 Balloon Detail
The shaker panel was created with   
Scene It: Celebrations (balloons)
Scene It: Skyscapes (star background)
and Tinsel & Tags Scalloped Circle.
The sprinkles were added from Shakers and Sprinkles Kit.

 Card Interior

I used the colours from the card front to stamp the 
string banners (Birthday Style) and 
sentiments to celebrate my grand niece's 2nd birthday!

Supplies (PTI unless noted)
Stamps -Scene It: Celebrations, Birthday Style, Swoosh
Inks - Hibiscus Burst, Harvest Gold, Limeade Ice, Blueberry Sky, Spring Rain
Paper - Hibiscus Burst, Harvest Gold, Stamper's Select White
Dies - Scene It: Celebrations, Scene It: Skyscapes, 
Tinsel & Tags Scalloped Circle, Balloon Strings (bow)
Other - Shakers & Sprinkles Kit: Sprinkles; Clear Acetate Sheet; Foam Adhesive Sheet

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Wee Folk: Welcome Baby

Time to welcome a new baby girl to our family!! 
My niece had her second daughter this spring so I chose 
Wee Folk stamp, paper and dies to create this card, 
inspired by a this design from Amy Sheffer.
 The deer and butterfy images were cut from the 
pre-printed design in the Wee Folk Kit.
 The circle scalloped background (Tinsel & Tags Kit)  was 
cut from Hibiscus Burst card stock. Scene It:Skyscapes 
dies were used to cut the background circle in white;
the sun rays in Harvest Gold and the hill in 
green Bo Bunny paper.

The leafy sprigs were die cut and stamped; 
additional colour was added with a green copic marker.
Die cut and stamped flowers complete the focal image.
Additional details include: 
a strip of Bo Bunny Double Dot paper, 
a vellum notched tag with white heat embossed sentiment 
and a white double ended banner with the Welcome sentiment.
Lemon Tart patterned was cut with Lawn Fawn's Stitched Rectangles.

Card Interior
I used sentiments (Stylish Sentiments: Birthday) 
and tulips and hearts to finish the interior design.

Supplies (PTI unless noted)
Stamps -Wee Folk, Big Birthday Wishes, Stylish Sentiments: Birthday
Inks - Lemon Tart, Harvest Gold, Hibiscus Burst, 
Winter Wisteria, New Leaf, Vintage Jadeite; Versamark; 
Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Mowed Lawn
Paper - Vintage Cream, Stamper's Select White, Hibiscus Burst, Harvest Gold, 
Wee Folk Printed Pages (deer, butterfly), Vellum, 
Lemon Tart Patterned Paper; Bo Bunny:Double Dots;
Dies - Double-ended Banner die, Wee Folk dies, Tinsel& Tags Scalloped Circle,
Scene It:Skyscapes  (sunshine, clouds), In the Meadow, Tag Sale #5; 
Lawn Fawn:Stitched Rectangles
Other - Copic markers; White embossing powder; adhesive foam

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

What the Doodle: Butterfly

What the Doodle: Butterfly is such a fun set!! It really allows you to play with different colour combinations and it is a great size for a focal image on a card.
I started by stamping a white card front with Hibiscus Burst ink using Watercolour Wonder to create bold horizontal stripes. This was cut with a Stitched Rectangle die and adhered to a Hisbiscus Burst card base. 
"Enjoy" was stamped with Winter Wisteria ink and the rest of the sentiment was stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with White Detail Embossing powder.

Butterfly Detail

A solid butterfly was die cut from white card stock and attached to the card front. A second butterfly was cut with the detailed die, stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then coloured with copic markers. I glued it to the first die cut along the body and curled the wings to create added dimension.
Yellow and purple Adhesive Sparkles (Close To My Heart) are the finishing touch!!

Supplies (PTI unless noted)
Stamps -What the Doodle: Butterfly, Watercolour Wonder,
Inks - Winter Wisteria, Hibiscus Burst, Memento: Tuxedo Black; Versamark
Paper - Stamper's Select White, Hibiscus Burst
Dies - What the Doodle: Butterfly; Lawn Fawn: Stitched Rectangles
Other - Copic markers; Close To My Heart: Adhesive Sparkles; 
Clear embossing powder; white embossing powder

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Fresh Flowers Just For You

Sweet Spring is one of my favourite stamp sets. 
I love the little butterflies and dotted trail lines and often use them in scenes, like a recent card I made here. There are also several cute floral groupings that can be used in so many ways.
This card would suit a variety of different occasions ..... birthday, thank-you or a note card. The card base was stamped with Off Beat Backgrounds (Waltzingmouse Stamps) using Fine Linen ink, to create a plaid design and then impressed with the Canvas Impression Plate.

The flowers and butterfly were stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and coloured with copic markers. I  also added the grass using copic markers. A stencil brush was used to dab blue ink across the top of the white card stock. 
The sentiment (Petite Places: Main Street) was the perfect size for the top corner. It was stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink.
Lawn Fawn's Stitched Rectangles were used to cut the main focal panel and a Fine Linen mat. The edges of the Finen Linen mat and the card base were sponged with Fine Linen ink.
A Berry Sorbet banner peeks out from the side of the floral panel. A little green flower brad was added to the banner.

Supplies (PTI unless noted)
Stamps -Sweet Spring, Petite Places: Main Street; 
Wa ltzingmouse Stamps: Off Beat Backgrounds
Inks - Fine Linen; Close To My Heart: Crystal Blue; Memento: Tuxedo Black
Paper - Rustic White, Stamper's Select White, Fine Linen, Berry Sorbet
Dies - Canvas Impression Plate;Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles; flower brad
Other - Canvas Impression Plate; Copic markers; Adhesive Foam tape; 
Flower brad

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Sending Hugs

I have had this Stampavie: Ruffles Get Well  for several years and have only used it once, so when one of my grand nieces broke her arm on the school playground, I knew it was the perfect image for a her card!!
The image was stamped with Memento Black ink and coloured with copic markers. The image was fussy cut so that it could be attached to a 2 1/2" Limitless Layer die. Hibiscus Burst card stock was cut with the scalloped circle die from Tinsel and Tags Kit to create a mat for the focal image.
The white card front was stamped with Hibiscus Burst and New Leaf inks using Polka Dot Basics. Hibiscus Burst was used as the card base.

Scripty Hugs die (Lawn Fawn) was cut multiple times 
and stacked to create dimension.
I cut a curved banner and then stamped it with 
"SENDING YOU" (Swoosh)
attached it to the card front and added "hugs" on top!!

I finished the inside of the card with a small circle panel.
Flowers and Leaves: To You From Me
Limitless Layers 1 3/4" Circles
Hibiscus Burst Card stock
 Sentiments: Quilter's Sampler

Supplies (PTI unless noted)
Stamps - Polka Dot Basics, Swoosh, To You From Me,Quilter's Sampler;
Stampavie: Ruffles Get Well
Inks - New Leaf, Hibiscus Burst; Memento: Tuxedo Black
Paper - Stamper's Select White, Hibiscus Burst
Dies - Limitless Layers Circles 2 1/2"  and 1 3/4, 
Tinsel & Tags:Scalloped Circle & curved banner
Lawn Fawn: Scripty Hugs
Other - Copic markers;  Foam Sheet

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Tulip Time Birthday

Even though I have the Friendship Jar Tulips stamps, I couldn't resist the new Tulip Time set and dies that were released early this year. I wasn't sure exactly what I wanted to create when I first got the set, so I die cut and stamped a batch of flowers with pinks and yellows (colours listed below) so that I could make a few cards. I needed a birthday card for my niece's 40th birthday, so this card went together quickly with the pre-made flowers. 

I created the background by stenciling 
yellow and pink inks with one of the Modern Stencils.
I positioned the tulips and then added the sentiment 
with Grey Wool ink (Close To My Heart) and then 
heat embossed it. A few clear adhesive dots finish the card.

The inside of the card features another stamped die cut tulip 
and a sentiment from Delightful Dahlias: Additions

Supplies (PTI unless noted)
Stamps - Tulip Time, Delightful Dahlias: Additions
Inks - New Leaf, Mint Julep, Lemon Tart, Harvest Gold, Bright Buttercup,
Sweet Blush, Lovely Lady, Raspberry Fizz; 
Close To My Heart: Grey Wool; Versamark
Paper - Stamper's Select White
Dies - Tulip Time
Other - Modern Stencils; Adhesive Clear Dots; clear embossing powder

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Lawn Fawn: Stinkin' Cute

Lawn Fawn's "Stinkin' Cute" stamp and die set are 
perfect for a little girl's birthday!! 
I made this card for my grand niece who turned 4 in April. 
I created a landscape with a variety of stamps and dies. 
One of Papertry Ink's Modern Stencils was used to colour 
the hills with New Leaf ink. After stenciling, 
I spritzed the card stock with water, let it dry, 
then cut the paper with In the Meadow dies. 
The hills were adhered to a square piece of 
white card stock that was sponged with 
Crystal Blue and Lilac Mist inks (Close To My Heart).
Other Details include:
Flowers - Wee Folk stamps and dies
Butterfly - Sweet Spring: coloured with copic markers
Sun - Back Pocket Basics stamps and dies
Cloud - Heart-2-Heart #6 die
Sentiment - Spring Hills

The main focal panel was mounted onto a square of New Leaf card stock that had been impressed with Vineyard Impression Plate. Canvas Impression Plate gives additional texture to the white card base.

The inside of the card was finished with tulips from Wee Folk 
and a sentiment from Stylish Sentiments: Birthday.

Supplies (PTI unless noted)
Stamps - Wee Folk, Back Pocket Basics, Sweet Spring, Spring Hills; 
Stylish Sentiments: Birthday
Lawn Fawn:Stinkin' Cute;
Inks - Bright Buttercup, New Leaf, Hibiscus Burst, 
Canyon Clay, Winter Wisteria; Memento: Tuxedo Black;  
Close To My Heart:Crystal Blue, Lilac Mist
Paper - Stamper's Select White, New Leaf,
Dies - Wee Folk; Back Pocket Basics, In the Meadow Collection; 
Heart-2-Heart #6Lawn Fawn:Stinkin' Cute; Nestabilities: Classic Squares
Other - Modern Stencils; Vineyard Impression Plate
Canvas Impression Plate; Copic markers

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.