Note Cards

Happy Monday and hope you had a nice weekend!  Mine was busy and I was not able to spend as much time as had been planned working on crafts.  The rain arrived later than predicted so time was spent on other weekend activities.  When it did start raining, I decided to reorganize my craft area.  What began as a small chore became “huge” so precious time was spent organizing and not crafting.  Doesn’t it seem that “time flies”? Enough with organizing and on to creating projects for Mishmash Monday.  The planned projects were note cards and card candy (more on that to come). Below you will see examples of two of the note cards prepared.  I wanted to keep them simple and the 3″ x 3″ size is perfect for when you want to write a line or two to accompany a gift.  Later this week, I will share more note card samples.

3″ x 3″ Note Cards

Now to discuss the card candy…I prepared several samples of card candy (you know, the little extras to add to a card) and in a rush, did not realize that I had inadvertently touched ink.  Well, yes, you’ve guessed it – I had ink on my fingers and touched the samples!!!  Lesson learned – make sure hands are clean before picking up finished samples.  All is not lost though as I will rework the samples and share them with you on Thursday. 

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Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check in again this week for “Creation Thursday”.
Until then, have a good week!

“With Sympathy”

This week for “Creation Thursday” I am sharing a card that I’ve made to send to a friend that lost her mother earlier this week.  Obviously, it was not what was originally planned for this week’s post.  Since we all, at one time or another, know someone that experiences such a loss, I thought it appropriate to share the card.  It’s simple but will carry a special message to my friend.  
The card can easily be adapted for any occasion.

Materials and Tools:
Whisper White Card Stock (100730)
Summer Starfruit Card Stock (126839)
Summer Starfruit Classic Stampin’ Pad (126991)
Garden Green Classic Stampin’ Pad (126973)
VersaMark (102283)
Black Emboss Powder (109133)
Secret Garden Stamps (129144)
 Secret Garden Framelits (129372)
Bitty Butterfly Punch (129406)
Everything Eleanor Stamps (124164)
Loving Thoughts Stamps (125845)
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439)
Stampin’ Trimmer (126889)
Bone Folder (102300)
Embossing Buddy (103083)
Heat Tool (129053)
Stamping Sponge (101610)
Clear Stamp Blocks (118486, 118484, 118489)
Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)
SNAIL Adhesive (104332)  
Note:  To prepare the flowers, VersaMark was stamped onto a scrap piece of Whisper White CS.  Black Emboss Powder was applied and the heat tool was used to melt and set the emboss powder.  A stamping sponge was then used to color the flowers using Summer Starfruit Classic Stamp Pad.  Though it’s not clearly shown in the photo, the color is darker in the center of the flower and lightens as it moves out toward the edge.  To ensure the ink is evenly applied, use a circular motion when sponging.  The next step is to use the Secret Garden Framelits to cut the flowers. 
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If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.
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This weekend’s forecast is for rain so I’m already making plans to spend time crafting and I look forward to sharing the items with you on “Mishmash Monday”.   Until then, have a great weekend!

Butterflies & More Butterflies!

Hope your week is off to a good start!  It was monthly card class day and in this posting, I’ve decided to share from today’s “Butterflies are Free” card workshop and what a wonderful afternoon it was!  In the class, participants made four cards and embellished a box for storing the cards.  Floral District Designer Series Paper from Stampin’ Up! provided the color palette for the cards.  The box was cut using the Silhouette Cameo and white card stock.  Samples were available so that everyone would have a design they could follow or they could be adventuresome. The creative juices were really flowing and though everyone had the same base, each added their own flair to the cards and boxes creating a unique set.  It was a lot of fun and all the card sets were beautiful.  I was having so much fun watching and assisting that I forgot to take photos of all the sets but a “great big thanks” to a couple of the ladies who responded to my request for photos.  They are shared below.

Don’t you think the cards turned out beautiful?!
Below is a collage of the samples provided for the class.  Individual photos of samples can be found under the Projects tab at the top of the page.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Stay tuned for updates on products that will be retiring from Stampin’ Up!  Information will be available later this week and I’ll be posting it once it’s received!  You’ll want to nab your favorite items before their gone!!!

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check in again this week for “Creation Thursday”.
Until then, have a good week!

Butterflies are Fluttering!

Today the weather was beautiful so I took advantage and spent the afternoon outdoors.  Despite the bizarre Spring weather much of the country has experienced the last few weeks, I actually saw the first butterfly of the season. It reminded me of next week’s “Butterflies are Free” card class so for “Creation Thursday” one of the card samples is being shared.  The card is one of four differently designed butterfly cards that will be made by participants.  To coordinate the cards, Stampin’ Up! Floral District Designer Series Paper is used on each of the cards.  The “friend to friend” butterfly card has multiple layers to add dimension and interest.  Hopefully, you’re enjoying beautiful weather and will soon see a butterfly too!

Elegant Butterfly and Bitty Butterfly in Floral District DSP

Materials and Tools:
So Saffron Card Stock (105118)
Whisper White Card Stock (100730)
Floral District DSP (126919)
Rich Razzleberry Classic Stampin’ Pad (126950)
Elegant Butterfly Punch (127526)
Bitty Butterfly Punch (129406)
Modern Label Punch (119849)
Whisper White 3/8″ Taffeta Ribbon (109070)
Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246)
SNAIL Adhesive (104332)
Sticky Strip (104294)
Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)
Stampin’ Trimmer (126889)
Bone Folder (102300) 
To order the materials needed to make your own card, click here.
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Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check in next week
for “Monday Mishmash”! 
As always, contact me with any questions.

It’s a Blue Monday!

Happy Monday! It’s  Monday Mishmash and we’re celebrating “Blue Monday” but not a sad, blue day.  Instead, I have prepared a card using blue card stock!  While looking at different card designs, I saw a monochromatic card prepared in a deep tan and embossed with a contrasting color.  The monochromatic look was beautiful and I decided to use one of my favorite colors in the Brights Collection – Tempting Turquoise,  to prepare a similar monochromatic look.  The white embossing “pops” against the blue background and creates a bright, cheerful look. It was a quick, simple card that is classic in design.  As an added touch, the white card liner was stamped with the Tempting Turquoise Classic Stampin’ ink pad.

Materials and Tools:
Tempting Turquoise Card Stock
Whisper White Card Stock
White Stampin’ Emboss Powder
VersaMark Ink
Secret Garden Stamp Set
Papillion Potpourri Stamp Set
 Curly Cute Stamp Set
Elegant Butterfly Punch
Bitty Butterfly Punch
3/16″ Corner Punch
Tempting Turquoise Classic stampin’ pad
Stampin’ Dimensionals 
Stampin’ Sponge
Heat Tool
Stampin’ Trimmer
Bone Folder
After the flower design was embossed, Tempting Turquoise ink was sponged onto  the center of the flower to add color depth.  Each butterfly was stamped onto scrap Whisper White CS and cut using the appropriate punch.  Stampin’ Dimensionals were used to attach the butterflies to the card.
To order any of the materials needed for this card, click here.
Be sure to contact me if you have any questions.
Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check in again this week for “Creation Thursday”.
Until then, have a good week!